Herman Cain spoke this evening at the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC in Woodlands, Texas. There was much to learn about the man at the press conference and during the event. Passion and knowledge prevailed in his insightful views on the state of the country and the possibilities.
Recently, Chairman Bernanke of the Federal Reserve declared we don’t really have much inflation and that the economy is recovering. I asked Mr. Cain if he would share his views on the Federal Reserve. His answer was succinct and on point. He does not think we need to do away with the Federal Reserve. Mr. Cain served on the Board of the Federal Reserve in the 90s. His opinion is the Federal Reserve has changed significantly since he served, and needs to be fixed. Quote Mr. Cain: “I respectfully disagree with Chairman Bernanke regarding inflation. There is inflation when I go to pump gas and the price has gone up a dollar a gallon.” Mr. Cain also stated he respectfully disagreed with Chairman Bernanke on the recovery in America. “How could we be in economic recovery when 15M people are unemployed? This month’s numbers on unemployment have gone back up over 400,000! This is not recovery.” In his view, the Federal Reserve has become overly politicized.
Mr. Cain observed we had become a nation of crises. America has a crisis of morality, economics, immigration, spending, energy, national security, and a lack of leadership. It is important in leadership to identify the right problem, surround yourself with the right people, and provide common sense solutions. In his view, the lack of leadership is permitting the crises to continue growing in the country.
He expressed amazement regarding the President;s decision on loaning money to Brazil for drilling oil. The President stated the United States would be Brazil’s customer. Mr. Cain was passionate in his argument we should be our own customer. It is important to drill here, and drill now! If he runs for President, this is a priority.
When asked why he should be President, the answer was insightful. He is a problem solver. The career experience reflects a gift at problem solving. The job of President, particularly in these difficult times in America, requires a problem solver.
Over the past 7 days, he had traveled to 9 states and had 16 engagements. Why? He is talking to conservatives and determining if he will run for President. In his mind, he had set 4 criteria for his decision. Three of the four criteria had exceeded expectations. The fourth criteria had met expectations. He is a few weeks away from making a decision. It was not his intention to ever run for President. He felt compelled to consider it, after the President signed Obamacare into law. This law is unconstitutional and tramples on the rights of Americans. Mr. Cain takes liberty very seriously.
During his speech, there were several specific examples given of economic changes he would make in the country. Stimulating the economy requires putting more money in the hands of individuals and businesses. He proposed a 6.2% tax holiday for one year for the employers and employees. There were several ideas proposed to promote business in the United States rather than allowing the business to go overseas.
It was clear by the end of the speech, Mr. Cain is a leader. He has a vision of how to solve the nation’s problems. His advice to the audience: “Stay Informed, Stay Involved, and Stay Inspired. Everyone will need to participate in efforts countering the plethora of misinformation that is being circulated. There is 50% of the country that doesn’t have a clue. Doing research and getting educated on the issues will be a critical component of the plan to win in 2012.
I would be remiss if the highlight of the evening was not included. For the finale, speakers and Teaparty volunteers gathered on stage for a song. They were singing God Bless America and Mr. Cain led the audience in singing with them. This was one of those “Kodak” moments you know will not be forgotten for a very long time.
So, is he the “one” to run for President and win it for conservatives in 2012? At this point, he is probably one of only a handful of people who could adequately address the challenges facing our country. His expertise and wisdom clearly outshines the Administration in Washington today. The love he exhibits for God, family, and country is evident. Clearly he would be a formidable candidate against President Obama. We will know shortly!
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February 2009, the budget was delivered to Congress by the Administration. Democrats rammed it through without time for either party to read or think about much of any of it. There wasn’t a budget passed at all in 2010 for the 2011 expenditures. The Democrats and the President hung together on budget issues as they did on everything else, passing individual spending bills for funding of various departments and programs, so the public would be less aware of the exorbitant spending.
The Federal Budget year ends at the end of September. The “budget” proposals for 2012 were not delivered until recently after the passing of Healthcare legislation, and a horrendous Lame Duck Session. The new Congress was sworn in, and the House proceeded to repeal Obamacare after a lot of committee hearings to hear all sides from both Democrats and Republicans. It was transparent, and provided a lot more information about the parts of the bill likely to kill jobs, companies, and people. They moved on quickly to the task of spending cuts for 2011. A budget was not proposed at all for 2011, Congress has simply continued to spend by passing individual spending bills. This is a first step in cuts. If you want more cuts, it will take a lot longer to peruse the complicated thousands of pages with a lot of entries already partially spent. Because time was of the essence due to this fiscal year being half over, they focused on programs that killed jobs or were causing companies problems creating jobs. This resulted in a significant list of terminated programs. Bear in mind, they must move rapidly to cuts on the 2012 proposed budget.
Okay, so now the House has cut 61 Billion of current spending. A lot of people thought it should be more. The House stated this is the first step, and no one seems to want to hear it. It has been two weeks since that passed, and Senator Harry Reid is adamant that this bill will not be passed in the Senate in the current form. For those of you who are unaware, there is a heated battle going on between Senator Harry Reid and Speaker John Boehner regarding the budget and cuts to spending. The House is choosing to move forward with more cuts and repeals. The House is ignoring the tireades of Senator Reid for the most part.
It is already March, and almost too late to stop the massive amounts of money already “distributed” to worldwide sources as well as domestic sources this year. The Senate adopted a stance of doing almost anything rather than addressing the current proposed cuts by the House. The House has moved on to the next set of cost cutting measures. They passed the repeal of the 1099 requirement for small businesses buried in the Healthcare Reform bill. A good point to make at this juncture is that funding for the Healthcare Reform Law was a line item inside that bill and was approved when the bill was signed into law by the President. A report was issued by the Congressional Research Service in October 2010 that itemized the “pre-approved” appropriations that were inside the Obamacare bill.
To further keep the public off balance, the Administration released the proposed 2012 budget for the Congress to study, make modifications and pass quickly prior to the beginning of the fiscal year on October 1, 2011. This is a compilation of committee recommendations, Presidential recommendations, and thousands of pages of supporting documentation.
The President chose now to make a big issue out of the Defense of Marriage Act. This is a red herring folks. He knew the Conservatives would be upset and it would be hard for them to ignore the screams of anxious Conservative constituents. While there were a few speeches on the House floor about it, Speaker Boehner, and the Majority Leader Eric Cantor kept the house focused on the repeal of the additional 1099 requirements for small businesses. In blogs across the country, rhetoric and venom aimed at the GOP reached a deafening crescendo as people wanted them to drop everything and take action on the latest debacle by the Administration.
While the red herrings continue at a brisk pace, the Secretary of State has given testimoney to several Congressional Committees. Most of these recorded hearings were televised in the middle of the night. She has requested money be sent for aide to the Libyan refugees that escaped to Tunisia. Senator Reid has already stated they are working on it. The House has stated it is not going to happen.
The bulk of my point is the progressives are still held together by Senator Reid and the Administration. They do not break rank unless he says ok. Senator Reid has the ability to prevent anything being heard on the floor. In the House, there are some Democrats beginning to vote more moderately. No matter what the House passes, there is very little chance Senator Reid will permit the Senate to pass anything completed by the House. If a bill is permitted to the floor, thus far the Senator has ensured all progressives vote against the bill in question.
What can we do to take back control? Let’s take a page out of the Liberal playbook for a change. These people have a goal of completely changing the country. IF you will notice, liberal bloggers have not criticized one action or timeline of events with their representatives in Congress. They didn’t demonize any of the Progressive leaders during the Healthcare debates even though some of them were against it. Most of them are promoting what a great job they are doing, and how the evil Republicans are causing trouble. The progressives know how to stick together for a common goal. Note that the progressive constituents continue to “influence” the people via rallies, blogs, facebook, and twitter with positive messaging about their social agenda. Perhaps the conservatives should examine what they want as a goal. My personal goal is fiscal responsibility and a more limited government. Because these are my goals, I blog, twitter, and communicate my ideas and questions on a regular basis with regard to furthering “my agenda”. It has taken the progressives years to put everything into place and will take us several years and all of us working together to put things right in our country.
I don’t wine, dine, or personally hobnob with anyone in Washington. However, over the past few years I have called with suggestions and questions to various offices. They now know who I am and take my calls and letters on a regular basis. A dialogue needs to be encouraged that doesn’t bash, or cajole, but reaches out to see if we can better understand decisions, and help wherever possible. Several of my friends have made suggestions on the America speaks website that was put up prior to the elections by John Boehner, who was a representative at that time, and not a speaker. Two of my friends got callbacks with further questions. Here is that website: http://www.americaspeakingout.com/
Watch for my next blog. I will be outlining some suggested things we can proactively do to help with the economic problem and ensure we win in 2012. Our work has just begun!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )
Today was the annual State of the State speech given by Governor Rick Perry of Texas. Throughout the year people have seen the lists declaring Texas is rated great for business, jobs, and quality of life. The speech given earlier today in the State Legislature was indicative of the why. Texas, like so many of the states is facing challenges primarily due to unfunded Federal Mandates and a flagging national economy. Listeners heard dozens of ideas on how Texas will effectively manage the challenges in tough times. The core of Texas is strong, and the following ideas were offered as evidence that the state government is working hard to insulate Texans as much as possible from the deficit battles at national level.
Rather than bore my readers with rhetoric, I will attempt to list the ideas given today by the Governor that will ensure Texas remains high on the list of desirable places to live.
- Each group/division that receives monies, will need to justify their fiscal viability.
- Duplicity in different departments will be either eliminated or merged functionally.
- Non-Critical groups that receive monies will be suspended for two years (no monies given).
- Push Washington to have a balanced budget amendment added to the Constitution.
- Begin using “Outcomes-based funding” for undergraduate institutions. The funding would no longer be based on the number of students, but be based instead on the number of degrees awarded to students.
- Tie high school diplomas and GED’s to the Driver license. A person would need to be enrolled in a high school or obtain a GED to get their license.
- Encourage a sharing of services between school districts to lessen the overhead costs.
- All school districts need to lessen their expenditures.
- Challenge the institutions of higher education to develop bachelor degrees that cost no more than $10,000, including textbooks.
- Leverage web-based instruction for high schools and others across the state.
- Congressman Doggett’s legislation is taking $830M from Texas School Children and we should encourage our Congressman to repeal this legislation.
- Continue to lobby for businesses to come to Texas and increase the number of jobs in the state.
- Veterans are an untapped source of expertise that will be a great addition to the workforce – don’t forget them!
- Other state governors are now actively adopting the Texas model of making regulations that are good for business.
- Sanctuary cities must be abolished so the law enforcement can do their work
- Law enforcement should be able to ask for documentation for anyone who has been detained on criminal charges
- It is critical we work closely with Mexico to fight the violence of the drug cartels
- Human Trafficking is a big problem in Texas and we have two legislators who are continuing to lead the charge in this area. They are Representatives Senfronia Thompson and Randy Weber. Stronger sentencing needs to be available for these offenses. Proposed is 25 years minimum for first offenders and life without parole for repeat offenders.
- Washington continues to neglect their responsibility for the border. Numerous efforts have been made to communicate the urgent need of help on the border to get the drug cartels under control. Texas continues to need 1,000 National Guard Troops on the border as well as drone planes to aide our efforts.
The Obamacare legislation will cripple Texan’s healthcare, and the end result will devastate the state budget. Attorney General Greg Abbott is using every tool at his disposal to fight this example of government overreach. We have several pieces of legislation proposed which will help to protect the citizens of Texas in this area. One bill that is proposed by Texas representative Creighton states it is unconstitutional to mandate a citizen purchase health insurance. There are several other bills filed which propose innovative healthcare solutions for Texans.
Texas is being punished for doing a good job. The proactive efforts to improve air quality yielded good results and still created more jobs in the process. The EPA has continued to try and penalize Texas for doing a good job. This is a political ploy to usurp state rights. Note from author: Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed legislation against the EPA.
There were positive ideas in this speech, and credit was given to several legislators in the state for their progressive ideas and strong bill proposals. It was clear that Texas has an A team fighting on all fronts to maintain quality of life, increase jobs, and protect citizens as much as humanly possible.
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Today a Federal Judge in Florida ruled Obamacare is unconstitutional due to the individual mandate. Because the mandate is so integral to all of the Obamacare law, he suggested the entire document is not valid. Unfortunately, we have a few years more before this will likely reach the Supreme Court. Until that time, many other dictates will be handed down to insurance companies, the people, and the Corporations that provide healthcare insurance to employees.
All of this does not change the fact, the system is broken. The states who are loudly protesting the intrusion of the federal government into healthcare, must continue finding solutions at state level to avoid this overreach by the Federal government. Below you will find a summation of various state options that I have been researching over the past months. To protect state rights and the rights of individuals, one must strengthen the ability of the states to provide the appropriate solutions for their citizens.
Today, I am sharing an idea posited by the Honorable Ted Cruz, of the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) and Mario Loyola. Mr. Cruz was a featured speaker at the yearly conference of the TPPF in Austin, and a lot of education on state rights/powers was gained from this remarkable statesman.
The latest policy paper focuses on the Interstate Compacts in Our Constitution. An interstate compact is the agreement between two or more states of the United States of America. Many interstate compacts have been created through the years. Our Constitution dictates specific “behaviors” if you will, of the Compacts. Interstate Compacts can regulate matters within the enumerated powers of the federal government that require congressional consent. In prior instances of Interstate Compacts, it was accomplished by a bill or resolution that was subsequently presented to the President for his signature. Yet, in other cases it has been an “implied” consent.
The following links are just a few examples to familiarize my readers with the numerous ways the Interstate Compacts have been used in America. Here are just a few examples of current Interstate Compacts that are successfully working today:
Operating agencies created by interstate compact
- Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlantic_States_Marine_Fisheries_Commission
- Colorado River Compact (Colorado, New Mexico, Utah Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona, and California) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_Compact
- Driver License Compact (all States except Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Driver_License_Compact
- Education Commission of the States (all States (except Washington), three territories, and Washington, D.C.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_Commission_of_the_States
- Great Lakes Commission (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Lakes_Commission
- Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_States_Marine_Fisheries_Commission
- Northwest Power and Conservation Council (Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Power_and_Conservation_Council
- Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (New Jersey and New York) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Authority_of_New_York_and_New_Jersey
- Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Metropolitan_Area_Transportation_Authority
Looking at the links above, it is apparent there can be any number of reasons to institute an interstate compact. Could they be used for common sense health exchanges? Could they be used for specific healthcare options that are supported at state level? The potential for this solution is vast, as many applications can be used within this framework.
Refer to the policy perspective from the Honorable Ted Cruz and Mario Loyola for more detail on the use of interstate compacts:
The use of state compacts has been used primarily when a group of states have something in common that needs regulation at a state level. We now have multiple approaches to take back the power of the state. The biggest question arises because there doesn’t appear to be any definition of how deeply a compact can intrude on the federal law.
When the federal government is all powerful, citizenry lose the ability to hold them accountable. Policies should reflect the values of those citizens. The interstate compact is a tool for states to fight back against Federal overreach and more specifically Obamacare. It is the right of a state to determine their course.
Here are the links to my prior work on the Tenth Amendment and Nullification as well:
Tenth Amendment Rights Townhall (Part 3)
Tenth Amendment Rights Townhall (Part 2)
We are Americans, and perseverance is one of our finest traits. The Constitution and our laws have provided us with solutions that protect the states and it’s people. Now is the time to stop the erosion of those state rights by utilizing the tools given in our rule of law.
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Recently, I attended two days of conferences in Austin, Texas. This was the annual conference for the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). The non-partisan organization examines each issue facing Texas with a keen eye for the pros and cons. Thousands of hours are invested in research each year, yielding an overview of suggested optimum solutions. The Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute have long been a part of their efforts and participated this year. This conference, like the other events sponsored by the TPPF throughout the year was very well-attended by legislators and writers from across Texas.
What I found in this conference, was a multitude of ideas that could be used by many states in efforts to combat fiscal problems and Federal Overreach. The topics covered, represented a wide range of known challenges confronting the Texas Legislature and people of Texas this year. This author chose to attend healthcare, state budget, and energy sessions as a focus.
The first session of note revolved around Healthcare Exchanges: Good Deal or Raw Deal? Distinguished panelists for this discussion included several persons of note, including Senior Research Fellow Edmund Haislmaier. For those of you who are unaware, Mr. Haislmaier has been leading the way in his research for the Heritage Foundation in the area of Healthcare. I might add this session was moderated by the Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth, Executive Director and Director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the TPPF. Ms. Wohlgemuth, has long been recognized as an expert on Healthcare policy.
What we learned is Healthcare exchanges are a necessary component of a complete healthcare policy. My conclusion after hearing the various opinions, is that a Healthcare exchange is a must. All panelists agreed Healthcare exchanges are needed, and Texas and other states should proactively create what is in the best interest of it’s citizens. Texas State Representative, Dr. John Zerwas had already filed legislation in January 2011 to establish a state Healthcare Exchange. In theory, an exchange will enable individuals and small businesses to access the competitive rates enjoyed by large corporations simply by banding together. The interesting point in this discussion is what is created for Rhode Island may not be suitable for Texas or any other state. One size/type does not fit all with Healthcare exchanges, or general Healthcare. This is the importance of each state creating the most applicable solution for their circumstance. Demographic components of the respective state plays a large part in the definition of unique qualities of a state. Whether a state’s population are primarily in urban or rural locations is also a primary consideration as the requirements are defined by a state.
Continuing with the healthcare theme, there was an excellent panel discussion on whether Texas should opt out of Medicaid. It isn’t possible to “opt out” for many reasons. However, there needs to be new definitions considered for Medicaid. The choice is clear. Something must be done this year to address the exploding Medicaid costs. In Texas, Medicaid costs have increased dramatically since 2000. This is without the consideration of Obamacare. In 2000, Medicaid costs for the state of Texas were $11 Billion dollars. In 2011, the costs for Medicaid will exceed $30 Billion dollars. Clearly hard decisions and a new approach needs to be adopted to get the spending under control in Texas. At this time, the state contributes 30% on Medicaid costs and the Federal Government contributes 70%. Everyone voiced concern that the massive Federal deficit is likely to reduce the amount of support from the Federal Government. The state must develop some sort of “safety-net” for the people. The conversation on Medicaid and overall healthcare needs to be redefined. In Texas, State Representative Charlie Howard filed legislation to prevent Obamacare from coming to Texas. The majority of the conservative states are actively fighting to block this travesty of Federal overreach. This is a key component of the state solutions.
I strongly encourage everyone to read available research papers on healthcare policy by the experts. For your convenience, links are included below to the available research. Medicaid is but one troubling aspect of America’s healthcare dilemma. With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (Obamacare), the Medicaid recipient base will be enlarged dramatically. This will likely collapse the Medicaid system, and bankrupt the majority of the states, if action isn’t taken immediaetly. The time to address healthcare and Medicaid is now, prior to the enactment of the Obamacare law in 2014. Bear in mind much of the challenge for satisfactory solutions is due to constraints placed upon Texas (and the other states) by specific Federal Regulations. The conclusion is the entitlement program of Medicaid is in trouble, and the enactment of the Obamacare law could topple budgets and Medicaid programs across the country.
Honorable Arlene Wohlegemuth at the Texas Public Policy Foundation:
Senior Research Fellow Edmund Haislmaier at the Heritage Foundation:
Senior Fellow, Jagadeesh Gokhale, Cato Institute
Texas State Legislative Information:
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The American people were watching every move made by Congress last week. It definitely was a rewarding activity, for once. The Conservatives were prepared and set the tone for what could be expected this year. Most Republicans are aware this may be a short lived career due to hard decisions that must be made over the next two years. This did not deter them from hitting the ground running with the business of the people.
What was the most unusual moment? Having the House members participate in saying the various components of the Constitution was long overdue. For several years, members of Congress have proposed legislation and deals that would have made the founding fathers shudder with remorse.
What was the best educational moment? Prior to the reading of the Constitution which was instigated by the Conservatives, the liberals wanted to know exactly what would be read on the House Floor. The Conservatives explained that many words of the original Constitution were redacted by the Library of Congress when they were in essence, nullified by various amendments. Most people in the country believe the original Constitution stands as is, and have not factored in the alterations that have occurred via the amendments and precedents set by the Supreme Court. It was an inspiring event to watch, and most Americans were fervently hoping the participants recognized this event was a sacred honor.
Were the Republicans prepared? Yes. On the second day the rules committee hearings began the discussions and testimonies about Obamacare. Majority Leader Cantor immediately proposed rule changes on the floor and shared the schedule with the Minority Leader, Steny Hoyer. The organization and planning was evident.
Did the Liberals make any missteps? Yes. Ms. Louise Slaughter, former chair of the Rules Committee, suffered a great embarrassment in the public hearing. Ms. Slaughter’s new position is senior ranking member of the minority on the Rules Committee. She began by chastising and shouting at the Conservative Committee Chairs that were seated before her. Her exact words were, “ I am astonished that the three of you sit there, and say the Republicans had not input or activity in the Healthcare Bill.” Ms. Slaughter quoted many hours and meetings that went into the Healthcare Bill. Further, she said the Democrat Caucus had logged about twice as many hours in the effort. It appeared Ms. Slaughter was truly upset by the Republicans for having these hearings so soon, much less, at all. The media was crowded into the room, and everyone was riveted to her words. The three men tried to answer her questions and make comments, but Ms. Slaughter continued to badger and speak over the top of everyone’s voices. It was at that moment that something truly remarkable occurred. Mrs. Virginia Foxx asked for the floor. She pointed out the statistics cited by Ms. Slaughter pertained to the bill passed by the house. Ms. Slaughter was misleading people about the facts. One could hear a pin drop in the room. Mrs. Foxx went on to say that the Conservatives were not permitted amendments or discussion on the Senate Bill that was passed, and it was very different from the House Bill. Mrs. Foxx had facts and figures at her fingertips, and quite frankly. Ms. Slaughter was made to look a fool. A round of applause should be given for Mrs. Foxx who can always be counted upon to tell the truth and be prepared.
After all of the proceedings, we also learned the Republicans have a plan to take care of the everpresent Czar problem. They will be putting legislation forward to fix the problem of non-approved people who bypassed the Senate evaluation process. One of the concerns about this administration is the number of Czars, their radical views, their power, and the massive amount of money to pay their salaries. The bill will address the problem.
The Republicans outlined key areas they believe are broken in the Healthcare system. Their committees are already putting together simple documents proposing each solution. The legislation from the Conservatives is likely to be brief as the document to repeal Obamacare was only two pages and very easy to understand. Easy to understand legislation, with no trickery shall be a breath of fresh air.
For the first week, they earned kudos on organization and focus. It was clear from the tone of the speeches and the content, that these people know the economic fate of the land is in their hands. I look forward to the coming weeks of legislation as the 112th The country will be watching as the people’s House is restored to a place of honor and truth. There are no illusions that many of the people in the House have been duplicit and corrupt in past years. However, this is a new beginning and if their activities continue with the high standard of the first week, the American people will be well served.
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Recently, I had the good fortune to attend an event sponsored by The Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF). They had brought the best minds together from across the country for a morning of conversation regarding potential solutions to a pressing problem for Texas and all of the nation. I’d like to focus first on the content, followed by my own humble conclusions.
The Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth was our moderator to the event. She is the Executive Director of the Foundation’s Center for Health Care Policy. It was made clear we were there, not only for an update on healthcare, but to specifically focus on state solutions. The first speaker introduced was Speaker of the House, David Clark from Utah.
Utah has implemented a healthcare solution for their state. It is focused on being patient centric. Their state identified the healthcare challenges a few years ago (this was prior to the Obama administration). The next step was to develop a vision of a healthcare system to resolve problems and make it cost effective for the consumers. It is now 2010 and the people of Utah have a very real example of what can be accomplished at state level. The most salient point offered was unique solutions would be required for each of the states. The states are unique and their demographics reflect different cultures and customs. Utah had developed a cost effective approach which resolved their list of challenges. There is no individual mandate nor is there a mandate for employers. Clearly a state should have the right to implement such a plan. The government role is market facilitator in the Utah solution. The healthcare system in Utah began by offering private sector reforms. This will be followed by reform of the public sector. There is also a risk adjustment mechanism. The Utah system is a free market system. Here is the link, to this most remarkable solution: http://www.exchange.utah.gov/
The next speaker was the esteemed Michael Cannon from Cato Institute. His focus in this discussion was about the real cost of Obamacare. There are several different prices being discussed with regard to the Healthcare Reform Law. We are talking abou the price now and the price of the new healthcare reform bill in the future. Until we repeal obamacare, nothing will make a difference. The unfunded mandate on the taxpayer is the largest in history. The tax credits are a temporary reprieve and will only help a very small percentage of the population. With each day that passes, there are more disturbing financial facts that are coming to light about this law. Mr. Cannon had many excellent points about the economic trouble, this bill is likely to call if it is not repealed. For more from Michael Cannon, I refer you to this interview he gave on CSpan about Obamacare: http://www.cato.org/mediahighlights/index.php?highlight_id=1292
The final speaker of the morning was Edmund Haislmaier. Heritage had riveting observations about the anomalies of this situation. Medicaid will have many disruptions generated by Obamacare. Expanding coverage to everyone comes at a great cost to business owners and individuals. Benefit costs will necessarily go up due to the mandates and increased numbers of people that do not contribute via taxes. Small business will be better off paying the penalties and dropping the coverage. Standards of coverage will be dropped dramatically beginning at 64 yrs of age. Quote Edmund Haislmaier: “Clearly ignorance and incompetence have ruled this entire process. Harry Reid never meant this particular piece of legislation to be the final option; it is not the sane response”.
The people at Federal level complemented Massachusetts and they are a failure. The Feds knew nothing about it. Utah is successful in their efforts and they did not look at it. It is all about doing it the Federal way.
What is the solution to this obvious debacle?
We need to repeal the thing, period. Do what we can for insurance independence quickly! Mr. Haislmaier recommended a benchmark analysis for Texas as soon as possible. Identify what the world will look like pre-obamacare and post obamacare. The most prudent choice will be the one designed specifically for a Texas solution. The process would be to identify, measure, and pushback via the use of state legislation. For more indepth healthcare information by Edmund Haislmaier, please go to this website: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/04/State-Health-Care-Reform-An-Update-on-Utahs-Reform
What I learned at this event, was simple. People need to develop a framework in their respective states to identify the problems. Put together a meaningful benchmark using a state solution and compare it to Obamacare. The next step is to use legislation to implement the laws which would further enable a state solution based on the needs of the people. This would provide the greatest protection against the intrusion of Obamacare.
In my humble opinion, this event was without peer. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a rare gem that deserves our support for it’s continued growth. Please have a look at the TPPF: http://www.texaspolicy.com/
“How can limited government and fiscal restraint be equated with lack of compassion for the poor? How can a tax break that puts a little more money in the weekly paychecks of working people be seen as an attack on the needy? Since when do we in America believe that our society is made up of two diametrically opposed classes—one rich, one poor—both in a permanent state of conflict and neither able to get ahead except at the expense of the other? Since when do we in America accept this alien and discredited theory of social and class warfare? Since when do we in America endorse the politics of envy and division?”
After the dust settled on the passing of the Healthcare Reform Bill and the Reconciliation Bill, Americans find they are left with more confusion. While Democrats were preening over the latest victory, Republicans were left with choices of how to handle the latest debacle by the Progressive Party.
The American public is alarmed. The government has passed a bill putting the US government between patient and Doctor. At a time when America’s deficit is experiencing exponential growth, a bill was passed with a pricetag in excess of 2 Trillion Dollars. The United States owes money to other countries. Our country is overextended on credit. Basic accounting rules are the same throughout the world. When there is too much debt, the borrower will go bankrupt. The progressives have pursued their political agenda at all costs, to the absolute detriment of the American people. At a time when unemployment numbers are soaring, more taxes and hardships had been placed squarely on the shoulders of the middle class.
There have been heated debates on whether to repeal the entire bill at the appropriate time or only parts of it. Having read dozens of these commentaries myself, it still wasn’t clear what the optimum approach would be to this problem. I decided to solicit an opinion from a trusted source in Texas.
I contacted Senator John Cornyn for his opinion of what needs to be done about this new Healthcare Reform law. This Texas Senator has consistently been a valued source not only Texans but for the American people on all things constitutional. As a judge in Texas, prior to his Senate career, he provided leadership and exemplary judicial abilities in the courtroom.
I asked Senator Cornyn what are his thoughts on the Healthcare Reform bill. What is the most fitting way for the Congress to deal with this law?
“Republicans seek not only to repeal this health-care law, but also to replace it with something better. Make no mistake: ‘replace’ does not mean tinkering around the edges of this $2.6 trillion law. ‘Replace’ does not mean saying ‘yes but less’ to another unsustainable entitlement. ‘Replace’ means enacting reforms that will actually lower the costs of health care, which the American people want and expect us to do,” said U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.
What can “we the people” do to ensure the Republicans get the opportunity to help us? For the Republicans to be able to execute their plan, the American public needs to take action. There will need to be a Conservative majority in the Congress and a Republican President in place for their plan to work. Timing is critical and the time is now to get involved in the process. Getting out the vote is critical to getting the country back on track. Talk to your friends and neighbors about this effort. Support conservative candidates. In a time of enormous debt and spending in the country, we are in a position to help future generations of Americans by taking these actions.
A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people.
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There were so many great promises given during the Obama campaign. After the vote last night, it all became clear to the American people. This administration does not like the American way of life. We had suspected as much, but the ramped up activities of the last few months prove the case beyond any doubt.
We have seen the President of the United States bring disgrace to the office of the President, time and again over the last several months. The minute he came to office, there were speeches given around the world by him, apologizing for American “behavior”. He apologized to our enemies, and repeatedly had actions which served to alienate the allies of America.
The President made it clear early on in his term of office, that he was the friend to the unions. In fact, the unions greatly influenced him. Andy Stern, the President of the SEIU had more visits to the White House last year than any other person. The Commander in Chief of this country’s armed forces chose to surround himself with advisors who admire Mao, Marx, Chavez, and many have broken the law. He nominated a Treasury of Secretary who was guilty of evading income tax. There is a Czar who has had questionable relationships with young boys. The President appointed many Czars to positions without putting them through the Congressional Review Process. This is in violation of the Constitution. Sadly, America was unhappy with the last administration and were easy prey for this calculating man who does not love this republic or the people.
We have a man in the White House who does not refer to the Constitution, but constantly refers to changing America. Yes indeed he has changed America. It is clear that he is skillfully and aggressively dismantling the United States of America. Since his time in office, he has pushed the progressives in the House and they have passed legislation giving the Federal government power over automotive industries, banking, financial sectors, student loans, insurance companies, and now our healthcare. He had condoned arm-twisting, bribes, lying, and any other manner of unsavory thug tactics to get his agenda accomplished expediously. People have tried in vain to ask if he condones this type of behavior in the Congress. He adroitly avoids an answer, and fills the gap with rhetoric of how he is “saving Americans”.
At a time when our country is deeply in debt, the Progressives under his urging and leadership have continued to pass numerous bills which require more money resulting in a larger deficit. Tonight they passed a large healthcare bill as their latest gambit to completely control the American people. This will begin taxing the people immediately in a time when millions are out of work and small businesses are struggling for survival. One would seriously question their motives after this blatant gesture of ignoring the plight of the American people. These same people have their own healthplan. The Congress refused to be on the same program for Healthcare as the American People. How dare they? Clearly, they are unaware of who their employer is at this point in time. Obama cannot save them from the consequences of their actions. The American people are not stupid and see exactly what is going on in Washington.
Furthermore, the legislation was written in conjunction with outside organizations that include lobbyists and union organizations. This man has no scruples. Chicago thug tactics are prevailing in Washington. The radical left in the Democratic party are very happy with this state of affairs. One only had to watch a small bit of the speeches on the floor of the House or Senate to quickly see the “Kool-Aid” glaze in their eyes when referring to the President. Anything goes with this man, and the Progressives are openly embracing this approach.
Tonight was the finale in a long series of bribes and arm-twisting by the President and his cronies. There was a special deal for Nebraska, Florida, Connecticut, Stupak, Vermont, Michigan, North Dakota and Louisiana that we know of at this time. Special deals made for “special people” who would vote for the Healthcare Bill. These special deals will be paid for with the hard earned tax dollars of the American People. There were 219 Democrats that voted for this bill. Many were offered “deals” behind closed doors that we have yet to hear about.
We need to aggressively work this year to get rid of the traitors to the United States way of life. There are 219 people in the House and a majority in the Senate that need to be voted out. What were they thinking when they voted us into generational debt, and more unemployment? They were thinking of themselves ladies and gentlemen. These people do not deserve our trust nor our money. Let’s send them packing. My next article will include a list with some priorities. Stay tuned – we have only just begun to fight!Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )
Recently, A key exchange occurred on the House Floor between the Republican Whip, Eric Cantor, and the Majority leader, Steny Hoyer.
Congressman Cantor was asking the questions on healthcare status that have been causing the majority of America to lose sleep. The majority leader tap danced on almost every single direct question by Rep. Cantor. In most cases, the majority leader tried to redirect the conversation by attacking the knowledge of the Republicans on the Healthcare bills and their knowledge of parliamentary procedure. The debate was lengthy and Congressman Cantor would not be deterred in his quest to get answers for the American people. Regardless of the barbs, jabs, and rhetoric leveled by Majority Leader Hoyer toward the Minority Whip, Representative Cantor continued to pursue the lines of questioning until he obtained the answers to specific questions.
What did we learn? Let’s focus on the most important dialogue that set the tone of this debate on the House floor. Majority Leader Hoyer would not commit to giving 72 hours to review the reconciled bill. The tone of the Majority leader and defensive posturing on this point revealed much about the attitude of the House Progressives. Hoyer claimed the House and Senate bills had been reviewed for months, therefore everyone had more than adequate time to review the bills in question. Rep. Hoyer was clearly trying to avoid an answer. The question was: “Will the American public be given 72 hours to review the reconciled bill which is newly scored by the CBO?” A lot of heated remarks were voiced by Hoyer aimed at the Republicans. The tactic of the majority leader was to make numerous attempts to deflect attention being brought to bear on the topic. Finally, after a continuous barrage of direct questioning by the Republican Whip, the truth emerged about the reconciled bill. There have been changes made to the reconciled bill and no one is promised 72 hours to review it.
The Corn husker bribe for Nebraska has been dropped from the reconciled bill. We do not know if any of the other special deals for other states are still in it. The bill is likely to have the reconciliation “nuclear” option to force it through. Rep. Hoyer feigned a complete lack of information about the “Slaughter Solution”. For those of you who are unaware, this would involve Rep. Louise Slaughter on the Rules Committee attempting to use new rulings to completely avoid a vote. Hoyer made a comment he would “look into it”.
The dialogue uncovered a nugget of information that the Democrats in the House should likely be interested in as the time to vote on healthcare is brought for the final drama in Washington. The Stupak language which guaranteed that no taxpayer money would be used to fund abortions has been deleted from the reconciled bill. There are numerous pro-life groups who have clearly stated the Senate Healthcare Bill that passed, does not uphold the Hyde Amendment which states taxpayers will not be subsidizing abortions.
As if the aforementioned facts were not enough to sully the Democrat’s modus operandi, the following point on parliamentary procedure that should serve to shake the Democrats to their foundation. Representative Cantor revealed it is definite that the healthcare bill being passed by the House would have to be signed into law by President Obama before any legislation for amendment could be put before the Senate. Thus far, this has been a proposal voiced by many House leaders, including Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. The majority leaders are asking the Democrats to pass a bill that is not universally accepted, with the knowledge they would be able to get changes accomplished after the fact in the Senate. It is a “trust me” statement. As we all know from watching over the past years, proposed legislation is always questionable as to whether the managers allow them to be considered at all.
The bottom line of today’s debate is clear. The democrats will use whatever method is possible, to ram this bill down the throats of the American people. It does not matter if it is good for America, only that it accomplishes the President’s political agenda. The other item of note, is all of America should thank Republican Whip Eric Cantor for an outstanding job of representing the people.
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We the people have been watching the healthcare debate and all of you over the last several months. To that end, the people want to be certain you are fully aware of our position on the activities in Washington.
We the people are fully aware of the following:
1) Bribes and sweetheart deals have been made to ensure the adequate number of votes are obtained for the healthcare bill. These deals give advantages monetarily to corporations, individuals and states in exchange for support on the healthcare bill. The deals discriminate against the millions of Americans who will pay more taxes and insurance premiums to pay for those promises. For instance, the state of Nebraska is exempt on some costs, and the rest of the country will bear the burden. Senators have been so bold on the Senate floor as to “brag” about the deal they achieved for their state over the other states.
2) This bill is not improving healthcare costs. Healthcare premiums will increase for the Americans who are currently paying for healthcare.
3) The Constitution is being trampled on to satisfy the power grab by the Federal Government. If you listened to the speeches on the floor of the Senate beginning December 21st and 22nd, it was plainly stated the progressives think the rights of the Federal government take precedence over the rights of the people as enumerated in the Constitution.
4) There is sleazy arm twisting going on in the democratic party behind closed doors to ensure the adequate number of votes are obtained for the healthcare bill. Don’t tell us, this is how deals get done in Washington. We don’t care. STOP now.
5) Democrats are more than willing to add further burdens to the people in the form of taxes while we are struggling in this economic climate. People are jobless, losing their homes, and struggling to put food on the table. What did the progressives elect to do, to help us? We know there are 10 new taxes.
6) Small businesses will suffer greatly under the penalties and mandates in this healthcare bill. There are approximately 6,000 businesses in the USA which are selling medical devices. New taxes on medical devices will cause many of them to go out of business, and jobs will be lost. The net result is economically fewer people will be able to afford them, and more people will die as a result. Nearly 1,000 people per day die from cardiac arrest. To save these people, and prevent brain damage, a defibrillator needs to be within 5 minutes proximity of the person. Fewer organizations will be able to purchase these due to the new tax regulations. This is just one example of how the people will suffer more with this legislation in place.
7) This isn’t about healthcare, but about ensuring unlimited powers of the Federal Government over the states and the people. Re: The speech of Max Baucus to the Senate on December 21, 2009. Thank you to Mr. Baucus for making it crystal clear on the intentions of the Progressives.
8) There is a text provision in the Healthcare Bill to prevent future Congresses from repealing this legislation.
9) Both the President and the progressives in Congress have deceived the people.
10) All of you are fully aware the American People do NOT support this legislation based upon the numerous poll numbers reported over the last several weeks.
Consider this your notice that we the people will not tolerate the arrogance exhibited by the progressives in Washington. The Congress works for us, and not the other way around. All of you are strongly encouraged to have a read of the Constitution and the enumerated powers. Please be aware that thugs and bullies in the government are not going to be acceptable to any of us.
This writer is strongly encouraging everyone to make this message viral. The people should send mail to their governors and legislators now to mandate passing of nullification bills. There are precedents that have been made by the Supreme Court on the using of “interstate commerce” as an excuse for passing of unconstitutional legislation. This legislation does not fall into any of the categories outlined by the Supreme Court in their interpretation of the enumerated powers of our constitution. References include: Wicker vs. Philburn, Gonzales vs Reich, USA vs Lopez, and USA vs. Morrison. In these cases the Supreme Court rendered specific decisions on Commerce. According to their guidelines, the Individual Mandate in the Healthcare legislation is not supported by the Constitution. This was brought to light this morning in the Senate by Senator Ensign and Senator Hatch.
It is time we stand up for our liberty, and assert who works for whom, once and for all.
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It is established that there will be “Navigator Programs”. This is a program which will give grants to organizations that can help to manage the citizens in the new Healthcare program. Organizations that will be eligible for these grants and who can apply are identified. In that list, are the unions! Also, on that list are organizations identified by description. Those descriptions fit organizations such as ACORN! ACORN is being investigated in over a dozen states for election fraud. They are also under investigation for the promotion of illegal activities. This is who Harry Reid and the democrats think should be eligible to manage the citizens on the healthcare program. This is who they think is eligible for grant money to help them do this. I submit to you that the corruption in the Senate is worse than we could have imagined.
Andy Stern of the SEIU has visited the White House 22 times since the new administration took over.
He was also invited to a panel in November 2009 that debated the topic redistribution of wealth at the meeting of the Federalist Society organization. This organization is made up of highly esteemed lawyers and judges throughout the USA.
On the day of the big vote on the Healthcare bill in the Senate, what group was gathered at the capitol surrounded by Harry Reid, Chris Dodd, Charles Schumer, and others? It was the SEIU and they were showcased by kicking this press conference off with a speaker from the SEIU.
Is it the unions that are running the White House?
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We now have the Senate version of the healthcare bill. In this masterpiece of paperwork, otherwise known as massive evil personified, we find the first semblance of rationing and discrimination toward a large demographic group in the United States.
Today’s standards on breast cancer prevention, have been set by reknown oncologists who based their recommendations on years of exhaustive studies. Currently they say beginning at age 40, women should have annual mammograms to be safe. Doctors worldwide advise their patients to do self-examinations on a regular basis to catch this disease if it occurs between the annual check-ups. The reason for this was based on the rapid spreading of this particular type of cancer.
What do we have in this healthcare bill? The new plan proposed by the Senate outlines their plan for preventative healthcare for women. The document specifically states women beginning at age 50 will receive a mammogram every two years. In addition, they say there is no reason to continue the self-examinations. I was incredulous when a Democratic Senator on the floor of the Senate was justifying all of this based on one new opinion submitted by a study group. Statistics introduced by the Democrats say 1 person out of every 1,904 will get breast cancer before 50. Application of this new statistic applied to millions of women over the age of 40 indicates these are considered the “acceptable” losses by the Democratic party.
In addition, there have been statements by several of the Senators in their speeches, that women really don’t need to continue the self-examination process any more. This has been advocated by the medical profession worldwide for decades due to the rapid growth of this particular type of cancer.
If you have friends, mothers, sisters, daughters, please share this information with them. It is discrimination at best and it is advocating an “acceptable” loss of life for women. Make a note this will be the first outright rationing of healthcare in the United States, and it hasn’t been passed yet. What other medical decisions will the bureaucrats make for the rest of us?
I will close this update with a sobering quote as we continue the investigation into the proposed government healthcare.
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Editorial note: All the numbers and facts were obtained from the Census Bureau, Unemployment figures, Medicaid and Medicare information, the CBO letter to the House and the Healthcare Proposal released on October 29, 2009.
Let’s begin with stating the facts we can all agree upon at this time. The most pressing problems with current healthcare systems are as follows:
- Non-coverage of pre-existing conditions
- Some people don’t have coverage
- Can’t afford it
- CHOOSE not to have it and save money
- High premiums
The new plan, will allegedly result in a neutral monetary impact for the government (current admiministration claim). The Congressional Budget Office claims the cost will be close to 1Trillion dollars. Yet with the increased taxes on the people, there will be minimal negative impact to the government deficit. With the increased tax, and medicare and Medicaid cuts, it won’t impact the government. It will most severely impact the middle class. The Medicaid cuts won’t begin to address the fact they are including a larger group of people in the Medicaid program under the new Healthcare plan. The people who work and contribute will be paying exorbitant premium increases to accommodate the many new inclusions in the healthplan.
In a nutshell, here is how the new plan will be paid for by working Americans (numbers from Bureau of Census, Unemployment Department and the Social Services Branches of government respectively) : The premium percentage limit specified will be based on the modified gross adjusted income of the people who are working. If you strive to work hard and reap the rewards of a free enterprise system, this Healthplan will be penalizing you on the reward.
Take a look at the numbers:
- # of 18 and under: 73.9M
- # of unemployed in the country at this writing: 15.1M
- # of working age adults = 191.2M
What do the numbers mean to America with this new health plan?191.200,000 Working age people in this country. – 15.100,000 Unemployed people 176.100,000 Working age people employed – 3,950,357 Working age people on welfare 172,149,643 Working age people who are employed – 46,995,000 Approximately uninsured in the country 125,154,643 Working age people who are employed – 11,900,000 Estimated number of illegals in the country as of March 2009 113,254,643 Approximate total number of gainfully employed people 307,818,616 Total population per census bureau -255 ,143 ,000 # of people covered on insurance in 2008 census 52,675,616 Not insured – 11,900,000 Estimated illegal aliens 40,775,616 People who are legal and uninsured (13.25% of population)
If we look at the number of gainfully employed people (primarily middle class), these numbers and the newly proposed healthcare plan tell a specific story:
- Increase benefits for Medicaid recipients from 57% contribution by the government to 91%
- Poverty level now to be determined by up to 150% of the actual poverty guidelines (Millions more of the population will be able to go on government sponsored Medicaid)
- Employers will be better off financially paying the fine, not offering coverage, and simply have employees take public options
- Parents will be required by law to provide insurance coverage for children up to the age of 27
Whether we include the illegal immigrants or not, the tax burden for the above mentioned items, and to insure non-working people falls squarely on the shoulders of the middle class. There are some slight numerical differences noted in the reports from the various government agencies – but you can see the concept of what is happening here. The primarily middle class working Americans will be paying for everyone. The majority of the companies will opt to pay the fines and the employees will need to go on the public option. This will save the companies money and result in a premium that is 3-4 times higher (conservative estimate) than what a person pays today. This factors in the company is no longer subsidizing the person’s premiums, benefits are improved, and the person must contribute to paying for the non working individuals.
**New plan includes $558 billion in revenues from tax provisions (per CBO)
The changes in revenues include effects on Social Security revenues, which are classified as off-budget. Starting in 2013, nonelderly people with income below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty guidelines would generally be made eligible for Medicaid; the federal government would pay a share of the costs of covering newly eligible enrollees that averaged about 91 percent. (Under current rules, the federal government usually pays about 57 percent, on average, of the costs of Medicaid benefits.) In addition, states would be required to maintain current coverage levels for individuals under Medicaid and some children in CHIP through 2019. Beginning in 2014, states would shift some children in CHIP to Medicaid, but the federal government would continue to provide enhanced reimbursement, which currently averages about 70 percent, to states for providing such benefits. CBO estimates that state spending on Medicaid would increase on net by about $34 billion over the 2010–2019 period as a result of the provisions affecting insurance coverage.
There were many other “addons” that were unnecessary but which directly burden the taxpayers. This is another good example of zero fiscal responsibility in the House at this time. They won’t be paying the bill – we will! For instance the government will judge the geographies of each state to determine cost of living adjustments. An example would be that Texas has a good economy and a much better cost of living than California. The cost of living adjustment means a Californian would pay less and a Texan would pay more to make up the difference. If you believe the country is suffering economically now, just wait until your insurance premiums quadruple to pay for all the extras in the new plan. It doesn’t just “fix” the issues in the healthcare system, there are noticeable “improvements” for the non working people in the country. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a classic redistribution of wealth in the country.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )
Senator Charles Schumer was first elected in 1998 to the Senate. He is up for re-election in 2010.
Schumer Offers Major Revision To Health Care Reform Bill To Address Affordability Concerns
Proposal Would Expand Hardship Waiver To Exempt More Americans From Mandate To Buy Insurance If Affordable Plans Are Not Available–Current Bill Sets Threshold At 10% Of Income; Schumer Amendment Lowers Bar To 8% of Income
Schumer Amendment Would Also Eliminate Penalty For Americans Who Fail To Buy Insurance In First Year Of Overhaul; For Second Year, Penalty Is Reduced By 50 percent
Editorial Note: This is what the Senator has not “revealed” in his effort to save money for the poor: It is true the poor will not be forced to pay for insurance if they cannot afford it. The other half of the truth is that all of the Democratic speeches for the last several months and the President all concur that no one will be without insurance. Connect the dots and I guess the “hardship” cases will be funded by the government (taxpayer money)? A bill has already been drafted to insure all “illegal aliens” will be given amnesty. This will automatically make them eligible for the public offering of insurance. Do we believe the amnesty bill will happen (thus covering the aliens) and the government will not “bail out” the poor?
The Senator has helped to make his case, so we will let him tell you in his own words, what he is has been thinking and doing recently. In the following video, Senator Schumer declares the American People don’t really care about the pork projects in the stimulus.
Pork Projects definition: Funding created by a legislature for projects that are not essential but are sought because they pump money and resources into the local districts of the legislators.
When he made that speech what were some of the Pork Projects he was referring to in the stimulus that the “American public would not care about”?
Questionable or Non-Stimulative Spending:
- $50 million for the National Endowment for the Arts Editorial Note: These are the people who have made all the posters and artwork promoting the President’s healthcare project, and other items on his agenda. All of the American taxpayers have paid for this propaganda material
- $2 billion for the Neighborhood Stabilization Fund Editorial Note: providing funds to organizations such as ACORN, which as been accused of practicing unlawful voter registration in recent elections and encouraging citizens on other illegal activities
- $300 million for the Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program Editorial Note: There is nothing about this that creates jobs, only continues to give away taxpayer dollars that we do not have
- $2 billion to support the manufacturing of advanced vehicle batteries Editorial Note: These were stipulated to be in the form of grants
- $1 billion for Community Development Block Grants
- $198 million to authorize payments to certain Filipino veterans from WWII Editorial Note: most of them do not live in this country
- $300 million for federal procurement of plug-in and fuel efficient vehicles Editorial Note: This is definitely not feasible for states with large land masses where cities are widespread across vast geographic areas.
- $8 billion for a High Speed Passenger Rail Program, after the House did not include any funding for the program and the Senate included $2 billion, which will fund at least one project from Las Vegas to Los Angeles
- $15 million for historic preservation at historically black colleges and universities
- $170 million for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to research the causes, effects, and ways to mitigate climate change
- $200 million for Americorps and other paid “volunteerism” programs Editorial Note: Volunteer means no money, and there should be no government interference
- $400 million for NASA to accelerate climate research missions
- $5.5 billion for federal buildings (GSA), including $4.5 billion to convert federal buildings into “high-performance green buildings” and $450 million for a new headquarters for the Department of Homeland Security.
- $210 million for a new grant program to modify and upgrade local fire stations Editorial Note: Why can’t individual states or communities address these needs, as they are specific to areas?
- $25 million for the Smithsonian Institution for maintenance backlogs
- $650 million for Digital-to-Analog Converter Box Coupons Editiorial note: Doe the government assume there is a “right for every American” to have a television?
These items make it a certainty that future generations will be paying for the money used by special interest groups.
Here is a video clip where Senator Schumer is justifying the money spent by the government on “good nationalization” of the banks. This is a very few months after the largest stimulus bill in history was passed by the House.
What about our rights? In the debate over what to pass for Healthcare Reform, they are trampling all over the rights of individuals. It is our right to choose the best healthplan option for us. It is our right if we do not want insurance. We the people have the right to tell them what we want. The government does not have the right to nationalize the banks in any of the defined framework given in the Constitution or the Declaration. The government does not have the right to determine where billions of dollars of our money should go as outlined by the constitution. This is the same Senator who is fighting to get a “fairness” doctrine in place that will curtail our Freedom of speec, a right given to the people in the Constitution.
Senator Schumer, because you have forgotten who you are working for and also forgotten our Constitutional rights, it is time to go!
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government.
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Senator Barbara Boxer came to office in 1992. She is up for re-election in 2010.
What does she stand for? Senator Boxer is for a government run healthcare plan. This plan takes away a person’s right to choose healthcare options. Let’s talk about how that is possible when the exact verbage stating that is not in the Healthcare Plan. The government committee would “vet” the current 1300+ insurance companies in this country. They would have the right to negotiate different benefits and prices on the plans the public currently have. The government committee would also be the only ones that could approve those individual plans being offered from those companies. Clearly they would be in a position to create a government monopoly, thus destroying free enterprise. Why is this so important? We are a country based on free enterprise. As the private insurance companies go out of business, all their employees will be left without jobs. In the meantime, the people of this country will be solely dependent on waiting for months for a “whimsical” approval by the government committee for the treatment of chronic illness and other maladies. People will die while waiting for the bureaucrats to make decisions on what they are eligible for on their medical problems.
The government has taken over the automobile industry in this country. Senator Boxer supported this effort as well. Now the government is attempting to enforce what car to drive by indiscriminately adding taxation to vehicles they do not deem to be acceptable. The government argument is these vehicles use too much gas and they emit too much carbon. Yet, the government officials fly to meetings for the afternoon and drive SUV’s and ride in limos, which greatly damage the environment they want to protect – or so they say. When the Senate is in session, the Senator spends the weekdays in Washington and often comes home to California on the weekends (jets home and back leaving a big carbon footprint)
Next up is Cap N Trade. Americans will pay fees for how many light fixtures you have, the type of windows you have, how many cars and type you will have. This bill will add approximately 15% equivalent tax each year to a family’s tax situation. Cap N Trade is one of the pet projects of Senator Barbara Boxer. So cap and trade will be sold to Americans as a way of fighting global warming by increasing the costs of carbon-based energy usage so radically that both American industry and consumers would be forced to begin using alternate energy sources. One might also look at the energy efficiency of her home. Senator Boxer is more affluent than a lot of Americans at this point in our economic plight. She will be able to afford what she is foisting on America.
Free enterprise built our energy industries, and only free enterprise can build the new energy capacity we need. It cannot do this, however, unless the enormous burden of taxation, regulation, and litigation (and subsidies of favored industries) Washington has placed on the backs of American workers is removed, not increased by the additional oppression of “cap and trade.”
There is no resource problem. The United States is overflowing in essentially unlimited quantities of all the fuels—uranium, coal, oil, and natural gas —these industries require. The environmental lobby and its congressional retainers insist, however, that these fuels not be used.
The American public is struggling now with the economy, unemployment, and heavy taxation. What is she thinking adding all of this on top of the current problems? Perhaps she isn’t thinking about the impact to her consitutents?
Senator Boxer is consciously choosing to promote the Healthcare Bill and Cap N Trade, which will bankrupt many Americans if passed. The Healthcare Bill is estimated at an equivalent of a 12-15% tax increase on Americans. The Cap N Trade bill is estimated to have a 15% equivalent tax increase on the people of this country. One may say the millionaires in Washington will be able to handle it, but the majority of the country will suffer under the consequences of these two bills. This bill is unconstitutional. Isn’t it time we got back to the discipline of the constitution and follow the laws of the land?
Let’s take a look at her inability to conduct herself with the decorum the office of Senator deserves. To adequately represent the people, one would hope the person would have respect and dignity for the office. Senator Boxer has accused concerned well-dressed constituents at Town Halls of being “plants” by the insurance companies. She is known for her personal verbal attacks on others when they disagree with her. Senator Boxer has shown arrogance and disrespect on a regular basis to others that are peers and to people being questioned by the Senate. She has even been accused of racial prejudice when questioning a person in a Senate forum. You may say, ok, why does this matter? Have you worked with someone who is constantly disrupting the flow of work in a corporation? Not much gets done. Also, a lot of people in the Senate will take an opposite point of view (regardless of how they believe) if embarrassed or angered by such offensive public tactics. She has disgraced the office of Senator representing the good people of California. The people deserve the best representation. The people deserve someone who will check their personal biases and prejudices at the door and resolve to do whatever it takes for the good of the people. And oddly enough, she is the first one to be outraged and request admonishment if others display flaring tempers and rude behavior. Senator Boxer has not been held accountable on any of these occasions.
Senator Boxer, your grandiose ideas are driving Americans to bankruptcy and trampling our rights. For that, and for the disrespect to the office of Senator, you need to go.
Please see the links below for corroborating material on her difficulties in controlling her temperament:
Barbara Boxer showing disrespect to a Brigadier General.
Senator Barbara Boxer accused of racism by head of Black Chamber of Commerce
Senator Barbara Boxer, California wants people to believe the “unruly angry mobs” are shills for the insurance industry and Nazis. She is suspicious as they are “too well-dressed”
Well-dressed constituents of Senator Boxer voice their concerns
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Senator Harry Reid (Democrat) was first elected in 1986. He will be up for election again in 2010.
In February 2009 when the country was struggling with high unemployment numbers and a terrible economy, this is how he voted to spend more of your tax dollars (plunging us deeper into debt for future generations):
1) Voted to pass a stimulus package worth billions when the country is already deeply in debt. The excuse was that it would create jobs and help the economy. In the stimulus package were the following things to “help the economy”:
- Voted to keep a $245M earmark in the stimulus bill to “help Hollywood” via tax credits
- $15.84 billion for student financial assistance, including Pell Grants (Div. A, Title VIII) Editorial Note: When millions are out of work, is it important to plunge us deeply into debt to pay for more student’s college education? Let them work their way through school like so many generations of college students before them.
- Included not less than $250,000,000 shall be available for competitive grants for innovative programs to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service
- Included an additional amount for `Scientific and Technical Research and Services’, $220,000,000.
- To the National Endowment for the Arts: For an additional amount for `Grants and Administration’, $50,000,000, to be distributed in direct grants to fund arts projects and activities Editorial note: This group most recently has used their money and abilities to provide signage and art to support the President’s pushing of the government run healthcare program. These were your taxpayer dollars furthering the personal agenda of pushing government healthcare on everyone.
Senator Reid has many, many examples such as the one above where he is more than willing to commit trillions of dollars for almost anything, as future generations will be the ones committed to paying it back.
Growing the government to take more control (these excerpts are from laws he voted for)
1) Establishes the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to oversee appropriated funds and prevent fraud, waste, and abuse (Div. A, Title XV). Editorial note: There are laws on the books that can prevent the fraud, waste, and abuse, the laws haven’t been enforced for decades)
2) Establishes the Office of National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to allow for the electronic use and exchange of information that secures and protects patient health information, improves health care quality, reduces medical errors and health disparities, reduces costs from inefficiency, medical errors, inappropriate or duplicate care, and incomplete information, and improves coordination of care between hospitals, laboratories, and physician offices (Div. A, Title XIII). Editorial note: This is setting up a focal point who will ensure there is a health technology network in place nationwide – in preparation for the Government run healthcare that the House and Senate Democrats are trying to pass.
In 2001, Senator Harry Reid voted against an amendment that would prohibit the use of funds from tax-exempt organizations and labor unions for broadcast ads supporting federal candidates. Apparently he wanted to preserve the “free reins” of the special interest groups to help in federal campaigns.
And finally there is the matter of common sense and being non-partisan for the good of the country. Recently Senator Reid led a vote against permitting 72 hours of public viewing time of the Chairman’s mark of the Healthcare Proposal. He and his fellow democrat Senators voted to not have any time to review the finished product and associated financing prior to the vote. This is absolutely a disservice to the country.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was asked by over 20 other Senators recently to instruct pertinent Senate committee chairmen to investigate ACORN’s offenses and identify the sources of all federal funds that ACORN and its affiliates receive. Despite the fact that the U.S. Senate has at its disposal 20 committees, 68 subcommittees, and 4 joint committees, the Majority Leader has denied the request, stating he will not instruct Senate leaders to do anything that would detract from efforts to address the issues currently before Congress. ACORN is involved in a criminal case now involving voter fraud. There are 10 other states investigating similar voting fraud charges. In addition, they have had several offices filmed advising people on how to handle taxes on businesses with underage prostitutes. Acorn is under investigation in several states for these last items as well.
This is a standard, straightforward request that has occurred previously with other sessions for both the House and Senate. Under the direction of this same Majority Leader, in conjunction with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congress has held more than 150 oversight hearings on Bush-era practices and activities – transcribing more than 3,200 pages of witness testimony and printing more than 17,000 pages of unclassified, publicly available reports. For Majority Leader Reid, it seems that ‘oversight’ is a selective responsibility, and the misuse of taxpayer dollars by a fraud-ridden organization does not qualify as a priority in his purview as the Leader of the U.S. Senate.
For the inability to be fiscally responsible, uphold the duties of your office in an honorable manner, and provide unbiased leadership in the Senate, there is only one thing left to say. Senator Reid, you have served special interests more than the people, and it is time to go.
Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.
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