Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Obama Opens US Courts to the "Citizens of the World"

As you are probably aware, President Barack Obama claims himself a citizen of the world.  Not only does he view himself as a citizen of the world, but he views the world as citizens of the United States, with the same rights to US housing, US financial aid, US protections, US freedoms, et al, as any natural born or naturalized citizen.  In fact, he has ordered the military to Mirandize the enemy in the throes of war.  That's insane!  The Miranda warning is a right for US citizens, to give them protection against making incriminating statements against themselves.  It never was - and should never be - intended as blanket protection for all people of the world, anywhere in the world, and especially in time of war - for our enemies!

People with half a brain should know that before the US declared war on the terrorists, war was declared on the US by the terrorists.  Their actions were notched up way beyond what could be called civil disorder, way beyond a protest against major socio-political or religions positions.  They slaughtered thousands of innocents with their carefully orchestrated attack on the US.  Their actions should strongly suggest to Obama and his other Progressive/Liberal cohorts that the terrorists established the rules - the rules of war - and that they did not perpetrate a civil crime as of one US citizen against another US citizen, and therefore should be treated and tried differently - by the conventional rules of war, and not in civil courts.

I found this blog while scrolling through Blogsurfer.  I hope they don't mind me using it here because it demonstrates the Obama Administration's version of the Miranda Rights for our enemies at Gitmo and those on the battlefield:


"Post-War on Terror” Miranda Rights - Posted in In the News by tymothyson on November 19, 2009

"You have the right to remain silent or shout any obscene, blasphemous religious propaganda you may want. Anything you say or do could, but will not be used against you in a court of military law. You have the right to a[n] civilian attorney who could leak information to terrorist cells outside of your terrorist jail cell, though you should really be tried as an enemy combatant war criminal and never again see the light of day. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you as part of the $75-100 Million of our tax dollars to move your keister from Gitmo to the land where our fathers died. Do you understand these rights as they have been read to you? Of course you don’t, you didn’t even have to learn English to take up residency on the dole, plant a dirty bomb, or get a license to fly a jumbo jet.

“If you are not a United States citizen, you need not contact your country’s consulate prior to any questioning because we will treat you like one anyway.”

Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder sees Al-Qaeda in the same light as Obama.  He has made it abundantly clear that he plans to try five of the main Gitmo terrorists/detainees as if they mugged an old lady in Central Park. 

Our laws require that accused US citizens be tried before a jury of their peers.  WHO, then, are the peers of these men, these non-citizens?  Holder himself said that if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed pleads guilty and testifies the same as he has before, Holder can guarantee a conviction.  What conviction?  He's an enemy combatant and has admitted to his role in the planning of the 9-11 attack.  He declared jihad against the US... that's a declaration of war!

Further, Holder is also getting pressure from Germans that the testimony they may contribute during the trial not be used if the prosecution plans to seek the death penalty.  So, has Holder created his own Catch-22?  If KSM and the four others are given life in prison, what prison will they be sent to?  If in the US, the US citizens will pay again for the crimes of this man by providing him with three squares (a special diet by the way) special prayer times, and more civil rights that most US citizens exercise in their lifetime -- for the rest of his!

In another instance, Navy seals are being prosecuted for bloodying the lip of another terrorist/enemy who is known to be responsible for the atrocious murders and abuse of the corpses of four civilian US security personnel in Iraq.  Now, during declared wartime, every action of military personnel is under the microscope of liberal interpreters, and the enemy is afforded US Citizens rights when they aren't US citizens, it's NOT war anymore - it's insanity!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Send Thanksgiving Message to These Democrats for Healthcare Sell Out!

Many thanks to for this information.   Take this information, and let your Senators know that they should be especially thankfully this Thanksgiving holiday for the career that they once HAD in the Senate.  Adios, Amigos y Amigas!

Below is a list of the Democratic Senators up in 2010, and the email contact links for each of their offices:

Bayh, Evan - (D - IN) Class III 131 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5623 Web Form:

Bennet, Michael F. - (D - CO) Class III 702 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5852 Web Form:

Boxer, Barbara - (D - CA) Class III 112 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3553 Web Form:

Burris, Roland W. - (D - IL) Class III 387 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2854 Web Form:
Dodd, Christopher J. - (D - CT) Class III 448 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2823 Web Form:

Dorgan, Byron L. - (D - ND) Class III 322 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2551 Web Form:

Feingold, Russell D. - (D - WI) Class III 506 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5323 Web Form:

Inouye, Daniel K. - (D - HI) Class III 722 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3934 Web Form:

Leahy, Patrick J. - (D - VT) Class III 433 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4242 Web Form:

Lincoln, Blanche L. - (D - AR) Class III 355 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4843 Web Form:

Mikulski, Barbara A. - (D - MD) Class III 503 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4654 Web Form:

Murray, Patty - (D - WA) Class III 173 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-2621 Web Form:
Reid, Harry - (D - NV) Class III 522 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-3542 Web Form:

Schumer, Charles E. - (D - NY) Class III 313 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-6542 Web Form:

Specter, Arlen - (D - PA) Class III 711 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-4254

Wyden, Ron - (D - OR) Class III 223 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510 (202) 224-5244 Web Form:

Obama's Plan to Spread the Wealth -- TO THE WEALTHY!

According to, 690,000 Americans took advantage of the Cash for Clunkers Program.  Under this Obama brainfart, it cost the taxpayers $24,000 for EACH one of those cars.  Remember the head-slap "I coulda had a V-8?  Well you, too, could have had at least a V-6 -- along with all the other folks who got their new cars if you'd been given your OWN money to spend!

So, my point here is that SOMEONE took some of your wealth and gave it to someone else!  AHHH--- that would be Obama's promise to Joe the Plumber when he said he thought that spreading the wealth around would be good for everyone.  Well, was it good for you?  Seriously, who got that $24,000?  It wasn't the car dealers.  Some of them are still awaiting their money from the government to cover the rebates given to those who purchased the cars... So, WHO got that money?

We're all, by now, familiar with the fact that the reported "jobs saved or created" numbers that have been posted on the site are absolutely false.  I'd like someone to PROVE that any job was actually saved due to the economic strategies of the Obama Administration. They like to use the nice round number of one million jobs, even though it's much, much less than that.  But we'll go with data the Obama administration has posted, just for the sake of this argument. 

The Administration says that they've created and/or saved one million jobs and they spent $160 billion doing it.  That means that government had spent  paid $160,000 on each job.  Hmmm.  Will someone please introduce me to the person who got a job created by the stimulus with a starting salary of $160,000?  The Obama Administation likes to say that some of the jobs saved are "the waitress who's still on the job," --  as Joe Biden himself used this example.  (I'd like to meet the waitress who makes that kind of money!)

In fact, Jared Bernstein, chief economist and senior economic advisor to Vice President Joe Biden says that the cost per job was more like $92,000.  So, even if the "shovelers" on the shovel-ready jobs, and the waitresses, and teachers, or whoever, got $92,000 on average, and didn't actually get their fair share of that $160,000 average - WHO did?

Are you beginning to get the picture?  The Obama Administration has borrowed billions upon billions of dollars in only 11 months in office.  And only a small portion of that money has trickled down to the people who are hurting and need to work.  Millions, if not billions have been documented as wasted - mostly in million-dollar chunks that include rebates to the long-dead, rebates to prisoners, yada, yada..... 

I CAN tell you where jobs were actually created. There are 30-some-odd czars and they have sizeable staffs. There are innumerable advisors and expanded staff roaming the White House halls on any given day.  All the czars make at least high six-figure incomes. Their operating budgets/expenses have not been made public. But just their combined salaries run in the millions of dollars. Government is the sector where the greatest amount of job creation has taken place.

Where is the rest of it going, though?  Is it going to some middleman?  To some corporation (cash for clunkers) perhaps?  To local governments (shovel-ready projects) perhaps?  To banks (bailouts) perhaps?  To financial insurers (AIG) perhaps? 

Out of the "Dollars" Obama is getting from China, he's sending "pennies" down to the the people.  And the wealth of our nation is being re-distributed to the wealthy GROUPS .  The "have nots" NEVER have gotten theirs... just look at all cultures and civilizations throughout history.  So, if you're looking for your share of Obama money!  Don't hold your breath! 

Friday, November 20, 2009

"Lousiana Boudin" in the New Senate Health Care Bill

Pork, whether it's negotiated for or not, is pork.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is desperate to get his necessary votes for his health care bill to make it onto the floor of the Senate and be passed on Saturday.  In order to get all his democratic senators in lock-step, he has decided to resort to bribery.  According to,  "Nov. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D), one of three lawmakers being wooed by Senate Democratic leaders to back health-care legislation, won the inclusion of an extra $100 million in federal aid for low-income people in her state."

Was the same consideration given to the Arkansas Senator, Blanche Lincoln?  No, not that has been made known yet anyway.  However, it's bribery to include such "favors" in turn for a single vote needed on Reid's "pet project" -- and it's pork!  More importantly it's wrong.  PLUS it's plain stupid to make it so very obvious!

The American people have finally become aware of the shenanigans that go on in Washington all the time.  This type of behavior is so commonplace that all the players in Congress simply ignore it, turn blind eyes to it and consider it usual legislative activity, but it's appalling to ordinary citizens.  However, Americans aren't likely to grow numb to the "pay to play" tactics or the bribery tactics that the House and Senate are using routinely, because they know that if normal American citizens conducted their businesses and personal dealings in like manner, they'd be imprisoned for bribery and other felonies.

Why won't the politicians wake up to the fact that their constituents are onto their games, and it's not going to be "politics as usual" anymore.  Politics isn't the same as it used to be.  Americans are more educated, becoming more involved in government, and demanding accountability from their representatives.  If Congress members don't wake up to that fact, then perhaps in 2010 and 2012, when corrupted House and Senate members are removed from the premises, they'll finally understand that Americans really are mad as hell and not going to take it any more!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Obama's Fuzzy Math

I don't think anyone should be in the least surprised about the arbitrary (kindest word I could think of) numbers that are thrown around by Obama and his administration.

I mean, after all, during his campaign he said he visited ..... let's see how many states was it he said?

And how many jobs does his administration say they've saved with the Stimulus Package I?

It is obvious that the only long term jobs (or positions) that have been created are those he created in government. Most jobs that have been "created" on "main street America" are mostly temporary jobs and/or short-term project work. Yet, the Administration's website touts large numbers from mystical congressional districts all over the country that simply do not exist.... just like the promised jobs!  Each of these jobs cost you the taxpayer an average of $173K. And if a worker made as much as $53K for this job, where did the other $120K go? And really.... you cannot count jobs saved!

In regard to mystical healthcare numbers, Obama's administration had said at first that there are from 46 to 47 million people in the US who are without health insurance. Then somehow it became more like 30+ million. So, who really knows? Here are some of the factors that make determining this number difficult to pinpoint - but let's illustrate worst-case scenario using numbers from 2007:

Of the 46 million who the Administration claimed are uninsured, 6.4 million are already on government-funded healthcare program but consider themselves as non-insured. One reason for this is that these people were automatically enrolled or pre-enrolled by a medical facility after receiving treatment at an emergency room or free clinic. They may not be paying insurance premiums, but they certainly have access to medical care any time they need it!

Another group of 4.3 million people are eligible to go on a federally funded Medicaid or SCHIP or something similar, but they simply have not signed up. If they were to go to a free clinic or emergency room, they, too, would automatically be shifted into the group above, and while they aren't paying insurance premiums, they technically have no healthcare coverage risk.

Approximately 10 million are non-citizens. How many of these are illegals is not known, but it would most likely be a staggering amount.

More than 10 million don't fit into either of the above groups, but they have substantial incomes. In fact, usually more than three times the poverty level. Included in that group, as well, are single income earners whose income is over $30K per year, and a family of four has an income of more than $62,000 per year who simply have chosen not to acquire healthcare coverage or they may be influx between an old job and new job and are awaiting the new coverage to "kick in".

From the remaining group, approximately 15.6 million, 5 million are adults between 18 and 34 without kids. They are US citizens, some of whom fall below poverty level and somehow are not eligible for federally funded health insurance program, and most are not a childless adult between age 18-34.

So, given the above breakdown, we're talking about only 15.6 million who currently may not have healthcare coverage because they cannot afford it or because they simply cannot get it. These people should be the ones that the government focused on - the ones who need some kind of intervention for the Democrats to be satisfied that everyone had access to healthcare.

But they aren't satisfied... for two reasons. Number one and most importantly, they don't have control of the healthcare industry. Don't be fooled; that is their goal. Second, they will be forcing those younger Americans who want to spend their money on something other than healthcare into a healthcare plan.... or be penalized. Either way, the government is getting deeper into their pockets, too! (Plus stripping them of a personal choice.)

My math is not that great, but that appears to be that only about 5% of Americans are presently the ones who actually need healthcare coverage and cannot afford or obtain it. YET, Harry Reid's latest proposed Senate healthcare bill is being touted as covering 94% of Americans. Does that mean the last group listed above will be left out - again? How has that improved any situation for other Americans? Isn't this hoopla about healthcare reform then much ado -- all for 1% of Americans? Would somebody explain this in plain ENGLISH?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Abortion Will Be Federally-funded in the New Overhauled Healthcare System

If you don't believe it.  Read this:

Let's say that the healthcare bill gets through the Senate and returns to the House and both House and Senate manage to come together on a healthcare bill.  If the Stupak Amendment remains attached at that point, (MOST unlikely that the House would allow it to stand - but if it did...) Obama plans to strip it from the final bill as he prepares to sign it.

Neither Obama or the House of Representatives are at all listening to the people.  The majority of Americans oppose federal funding of abortion at this point, and the most of them who oppose it do so under any circumstances except where it is necessary to save the life of the mother or in the cases of incest.  So, why won't they listen to the people and abide by their wishes?  Simple.  They are NOT in office to do the will of the people, but to use the power of their offices to push through their liberal/progressive agenda which does not reflect the majority of Americans but the few who happen to agree with them - special interest groups, both political and corporate.   Isn't this supposed to be a DEMOCRACY where the majority rules.... or a Republic where the PEOPLE rule?  Apparently the United States of America is neither anymore! 

It's amazing what one can learn when they get out of the small world of their own minds. Jeremiah Wright spewed hatred against the government for causing hardship on the black population.  Here is one very interesting quote: 

“The great irony is that abortion has done what the Klan only dreamed of.... Roughly one quarter of the black population is now missing.” Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., has long been a strong opponent of killing the unborn.

NOTE:  There's a slight of hand going on here as well..... the hubbub over the abortion portion of this bill is overshadowing the Public Option portion.  Don't be distracted on either of these issues as this healthcare debate continues.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

ObamaCare Will Contribute Hugely to National Debt Crisis!

All too often we're hearing conflicting numbers when Democrats talk about what some of their new programs will cost and how many people will be affected by it.  We hear that the "simple language" version of the healthcare bill will cost less than a trillion dollars.... but at the same time the full version will almost double that amount.  It's the same bill with the same provisions - AND ultimately the same costs, but it allows them to present a lower cost to the ears of those who are looking for more palatable numbers.  You and I, however, are the ones that are going to have to come up with the real cost.  If we can't, the debt will be carried over to our children and their children, and with the combined indebtedness of all of Obama's programs, our grandchildren's children.  And to just get caught up, folks, that would mean that the government would cease spending and implementing any new programs from here on out until the national debt is repaid.  That is not reality.
We're also learning that we'll be paying the taxes to pay for this healthcare bill for years before it actually goes into effect.  So, let's just think about this.  They're projecting that healthcare in 2013 will cost less than $1 trillion on the low side and twice that or more on the higher side.  I once used the analogy that it's like buying a car, paying for it for four years before you can ever drive it.  By the time you can drive it, its technology is outdated AND the purchase price doubled.  Think about that for a moment  WHY would anyone pay double for something that they can't take advantage of in the very near future?  And even more, why would people want to pay for something that other people will be using as well - and some for no contribution to the cost?  That just doesn't make sense to me.

The cost of these latest programs that the Obama Administration is shoving through Congress is passed through the Congressional Budget Office.  This office is responsible for adding up the numbers to come up with the cost of these proposed programs.  However, they can only work with the information that is given them and sometimes they're given incomplete information or proposals.  (Senator Baucus sent over a partial bill for them to figure the costs on so the numbers would fall below $1 trillion!)  Even though the Director of the CBO has made some public statements, we ordinary citizens aren't usually privy to that information unless it's televised on CSPAN and we happen to know when the Director will appear before some committee. 

So, if you'd like to hear from someone who know how these bills are calculated, here's a former Director of the Congressional Budget of Office sharing her perspective on the proposed healthcare bill and its impact on YOU.

The debt for each person in the country for the national debt as of today is $39,054.98.  (THAT MEANS WHAT YOU OWE, what each person owes - including children and infants (calculate YOUR own family's total!) - for the entitlements and government spending thus far!) If the taxman came knocking on your door to collect your portion of the national debt, how long would it take you to pay that amount? 

As Ms. O'Neill states, the national debt goes up another $5 million each day - just in interest.  So, we're compounding that national debt number very rapidly and your amount owed continues to go up!  That $39,054.98 amount is also without including the cost of the healthcare overhaul (this healthcare bill) - let's not deceive ourselves, it's not reform, it's overhaul! - and again, it doesn't include the cost of Cap and Trade/Cap and Tax (Clean Energy legislation which is before the Senate) which will come to us not as "a tax" but come DIRECTLY out of each person's pocket each and every month.  It will drive up simple day to day living expenses to levels which will be unsustainable for many Americans. 

During the Bush Administration, there was a term introduced, "fuzzy math".  The Bush Adminstration may have coined the phrase, but the Obama Administration has certainly mastered it! 

It's way past time to put the brakes on government spending.  The Congress doesn't speak in millions of dollars anymore (that's pocket change to them), or even billions of dollars  (that's folding money - in small bills), but in TRILLIONS of dollars without the least hesitation and without acknowledgement that, though we're considered a rich nation, we do not have that kind of money!  You are smart enough to know that if you don't have money, you should not go on spending.  Why shouldn't the government understand and adhere to the same?

It would be smarter and much wiser to slow things down, get the national debt reduced, make changes to the health care where there is an obvious need for change, and implement change as we can pay for them.  Our government should run its business like we should run our homes and businesses:  you pay as you go.  Congress, as you have observed, is not going to do that.  The Democrats are apparently "drunk" with the power of having control over the House, Senate, and the White House and they are not weighing the impact of their hugely expensive programs on the American people.  They're "just making hay while the sun shines", pushing through their ideaological legislation while they can. 

So it is up to you and me as voting citizens to communicate our concerns at the time of next elections and clearly send our message that they are not considering American's interests and well-being or the country's financial integrity in the global economy.  Congress and the White House need to understand that people have had enough of their extravagences and that they cannot label as extremists everyone who has deep concerns about where we're headed as a nation.  If they don't pay attention to the people, they must be made to pay with their political careers. 

(Note:  Here's an excellent article by Rich Lowry on why healthcare issue should be slowed in the Senate:

Abortion in a Legislative Disappearing Act

Now you see it, now you don't, now you see it....  First abortion coverage was included in the House healthcare bill, then it was until Stupak Amendment clarified that it would not be covered, and then ...

In regard to whether this Healthcare Bill will or will not contain government-funded abortion, Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who is the Democrats’ chief deputy whip, says that there's no doubt that the "last minute insertion" of the Stupak anti-abortion amendment to the House's recently passed Healthcare Bill HR3962 will be stripped out when the bill comes back to the House in its final form from the Senate.

The Liberal Democrats planned to use the Stupak amendment as only a ploy to appease the Moderate
Democrats, and snagged the single, turncoat Republican in the end who voted for the bill based primarily on that restriction to the bill. These pro-abortion Democrats in the House knew they'd ultimately have another chance to get that government-funded abortion slipped back into the final healthcare bill. You can look for it to happen most likely late at night, on the weekend and/or in the very late night hours with a super fast move to a final vote.

Now, you would think that those "moderates" who went ahead and voted for HR 3962 after the Stupak amendment would know that - I mean even I can see it coming! But that, folks, is how Washington plays the game and all the members of Congress will feign "horror" at such a move when they're in front of media cameras and microphones! This is typical of so many maneuvers that are commonplace in Washington. Both sides of the aisle play it, and the side that is not in power is always crying "foul" when these are used by the side that is in the majority. Don't you love hypocrisy?

I wish someone would make an exhaustive list of the tactical procedures and/or "playing instructions" (with all their twists and turns including terminology - or what I call politi-speak) to this Washington Game so the most ignorant American would have the opportunity to learn how to recognize it. Then people could contact their Congressmen and say, "Whoa! I know what you guys are up to. You're doing this and that, and I don't like it!"

Here are a few I've noticed:

1. After a meeting, never appear alone in front of cameras to make comments; having a crowd standing behind you adds credibility to your futility.
2. Be vague when talking; never say anything in simple terms, stutter or stammer if you have to buy you "thinking time" to evade difficult questions and don't give a direct answer - even better, change the subject.
3. Never say what you mean; you might be held accountable.
4. Coin a new phrase; it makes you sound so intelligent.
5. Never refer to the Constitution as authority to cover your political view; it's never there.
6. Place all blame on the opposing party for the same tactics that you have used in the past to push your own agendas and make the opposition look as ridiculous as you did when you espoused it.

And there are many more. Start your own list. You can share with me, if you like!

So, watch for what comes out of the Senate. Let's see how many pages are either taken out or added to this already hefty bill (at 4 reams of paper presently!) Don't forget to contact your Senators and let them know you're tired of being lied to, you're tired of back-room deals, you're tired of pork, and that you won't turn a blind eye to their shinanigans any more. (Even Obama knows what THAT word is!)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Is ObamaCare DOA in the Senate?

So, the House squeaked out enough votes to pass their horrendous healthcare bill against the wishes of the majority of Americans. I had assumed it primarily had to do with the fact that the uber-liberals were just hell-bent on pushing through their agenda based upon their socialistic ideals, or that they were running on the stale "mandate" of 2008 Obama campaign. However, the polls suggest that Americans have changed their mind on Obama's change!

So, that gave me pause to think, why would so-called "intelligent" people and large organizations be in favor of this vastly aggressive bill. I happened on to an article that Dick Morris and his wife, Eileen McGann, wrote on The Hill. Now, I'm not necessarily a big fan of Dick Morris. I'm always suspicious of someone who changes political allegiances, and especially when they change back again. In this case Dick was a republican who went over to the left to work for Clinton, and now is on the right again. In fact, I have about as much respect for him as I do Arlen Specter.

However, in their article, Morris and McGann did shed some light on that nagging questions. They claim that there was some "bribery" involved. I must say that makes sense. But, isn't that "business as usual" that Washington is known for and what Obama vowed to change? Oh, but no, it wasn't that kind of Washington change he meant, was it? He meant that he would have a sub-cabinet that that was neither elected or approved, that wasn't answerable to Congress, and that had no restrictions upon them - but that's for another time.  In today's blog I'm dealing with why would groups like AMA and AARP be in favor of Obamacare. Morris and McGann pointed out that there was a little wheeling and dealing in a back room at the White House.

Morris and McGann stated that the AMA,, under the current law, was facing a 21% cut in physicians' Medicare reimbursements that have accumulated over year after year rather than being repealed by Congress. Obama promised to kill the cut if they would endorse his bill. (Ah, now that makes some sense.... and perhaps why the trustees okayed the endorsement without the support of the membership.)

Likewise, AARP apparently got a financial windfall for their support as well. It appears that they are doing like some of the non-banks that are now banks. That is to say, they dabbled in insurance through their subsidiary company, so they are morphing from an advocacy group into a full-fledged insurance. They had their own Medi-gap insurance which is costly for seniors. This Medi-gap picked up where Medicare left off... but Bush passed Medicare Advantage program. It did the same thing, but at a lower cost. (And where was it now that Obama was going to cut Medicare to pay for his plan? Oh, yeah, Medicare Advantage! Hmm. That eliminates competition for AARP, doesn't it?)

But there's one other entity that I had questions about and not a lot has been said about it. That is the negotiated deal between Obama and the drug companies. So, what kind of deal did Obama do for them? Well, let's see... Morris and McGann say in their article that for backing his ObamaCare bill, the drug industry could get a 10-year limit of something in the neighborhood of $80 billion on prescription drug costs, plus there would be a ban on imported Canadian drugs, and the drug industry was to also make their huge advertising budget available to the Obama Administration.

So, who are the other winners? How about the Insurance industry itself. I haven't heard them screaming bloody murder about this governmental competition. Perhaps that because they will have potentially 40 million new customers whose premiums will be paid by the government. But wait, they were perhaps a little premature in their elation. It appears that the honeymoon with ObamaCare ended when the Senate Finance Committee bill lowered the penalty from $3,500 to $1,500. That meant that the penalty was more affordable than their insurance premiums.

Among the losers in this scenario is the industry that makes medical devices. They wouldn't go along with ObamaCare and it's cost them. The BaucuScare bill imposed a tax on their devices. These include arterial stents, prosthetics, hip and knee joints, pacemakers, and automated wheelchairs.

Now that these facts have come to light, people are becoming better informed than ever before and the Senate needs to understand that when Americans say they don't want ObamaCare, they mean it! If they don't listen, the American people will be the real losers here. They will lose the quality of care that is the envy of the whole world. They will lose the right to choose their insurance coverage, to choose their doctor, and to choose the type of medication and/or treatment.  Is ObamaCare DOA in the Senate?  I hope so!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Pelosi' HR3962 Is Worst Socialist Legislation - Ever!

If you're looking for more deficit spending and higher taxes for everyone, increased costs for insurance coverage, rationed care (particularly for elderly and the sick), a long waiting period for coverage under the new healthcare plan for those with pre-existing conditions, and "creative" (if not illegal) Congressional accounting, then The Pelosi healthcare bill has it all! The health bill she unveiled last Thursday (and which President Obama quickly proclaimed a "critical milestone") is probably the worst piece of socialist legislation ever introduced and, quite frankly, forced upon Americans.

Rumor has it that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said to her fellow Democrats that she is "all in" and prepared to lose seats in 2010 if that's what it will take to pass ObamaCare. Well, if that's the case, I say let her's be the first one to go! (No single person should have as much power as she THINKS she has. She's got the representatives in the House by the -- well, she'd got them literally dominated!)

The Democrats under Pelosi's dictatorship leadership are no longer even making the pretense of wanting "bipartisan" support for this bill. Instead they are using pure political power plays to shove through what is probably an unrepealable middle-class entitlement that will continue to expand over time and raise taxes steeply. This ObamaCare will expand government control of healthcare, and that means that all medical care will be administered through the Congress - what kind of healthcare, how much healthcare, who gets it and who doesn't, how much it costs, etc. Do you really want some other Congressman or Senator from some other state having a say in meeting your health care needs?

It is almost beyond comprehension that the Democrats have begun such a purely political power play, especially with the unpopularity of their own agenda. People from all political positions are expressing great concern over this governmental seizure of this large portion of the nation's economy. But the goal of these liberal (and wimpy moderate) Democrats is to ram through this part of Obama's overall income-redistribution plan. It's all about gaining more CONTROL in every aspect of American lives.

Congress claims that HR 3962 is "universal coverage" - but keep in mind they have admitted that it's still NOT going to cover everyone. The actual result if this is passed will be destruction of the world's best healthcare system, of our country's fiscal stability, of private industries, of opportunities for prosperity, and ultimately, the personal freedoms fo every American.

This proposed legislation that Pelosi is ramming through the House with super-sonic speed costs considerably more than it was supposed to. It costs even more than the HR 3200! And again, it doesn't even offer healthcare to everyone - as the Obama campaign promised. It does NOTHING to change the things that are wrong with the present system. Instead it creates the framework for even more problems -- in spades! And further, as we have seen time and time again, the estimated costs of government programs are always only a portion of its actual costs. This bill was supposed to come in at around $900 billion or Obama wouldn't sign it. But it's now well over $1 trillion at this writing and he doesn't sound hesitant at all in his praises of this bill! (Some have calculated that over 10 years, this bill will have a price tag of $2.4 trillion!)

(Note: Remember how Obama used the "Republicans/Bush's deficit" as a talking point in his campaign and how he was going to turn it around... well, instead he has created a mountain of debt that makes the Bush deficit look like a tiny blip on the deficit screen - and he isn't through - the Cap and Tax is working its way through the Senate now!)

"House Call" on Washington

Tens of thousands of people marched on the House on Thursday at noon to protest this healthcare legislation. (Interesting how no one will give a solid estimate of how many people there really were, but it was literally a sea of people encompassing the Congressional buildings. But if Code Pink were to stage a protest, they'd have a pretty good headcount and post that amount (times 100 - or 1000!) Regardless, the message from these people is that this bill is a piece of crap! If you asked people in that group if they believed that we need healthcare reform, most of them would say that we do. However, they don't want an overhaul. They would tell you, "Let's fix what is wrong with the one we have!"

Sure our present system has flaws - that is something that no one disputes. But we have identified where the problems are and everyone in Congress knows where they are. The FIRST flaw is that we don't have a cap on non-economic compensation when there is a malpractice lawsuit. Everyone also knows that the lobbyists for trial lawyers have paid off most if not all of our lawmakers. Suspiciously, this is the one segment of professionals that have had absolutely no comment or been seen taking a position during this hotly contested debate, but if we really fixed what was wrong with our present healthcare system, they certainly have a dog in the hunt.

Like Rats From a Sinking Ship! (After the public spoke in NJ and VA!)

The voices of the "tens of thousands" is being heard, though. The Blue Dogs saw what happened in Virginia and New Jersey last week. On the heels of that demonstration, they saw how quickly a very large group of people could be called to and attend a march on Congress. Now, they're considering their options. Some are wring their hands moaning, "What to do, what to do." The question is are they more afraid of Nancy Pelosi - or their constituents! Will they "walk the plank" for Ms. Pelosi and the trial lawyer lobby?

Not only are the Blue Dogs in a quandary about which side they're willing to commit to, the members of AMA (American Medical Association) who Obama proclaimed again this week supported his Obamacare, are now saying that the AMA should not be supporting the House's health care plan because the issue of endorsement hadn't been formally approved by the membership.

Actually, it was a board of trustees for the AMA that made the endorsement without taking an official vote among the members of the organization. This week, there's been some developing outrage among AMA members who feel like this endorsement was made against the general consensus of the AMA’s members. So, in a few days, probably on Monday, the members will cast a vote on a resolution that could officially reverse the AMA's Obamacare endorsement. (Note: If Pelosi gets her way this weekend, though, it's too late in the game to be withdrawing a much-publicized endorsement and would be nothing less than a token gesture. Where have the AMA members been all this time??? Have they, too, seen the handwriting on the wall?)