Saturday, October 31, 2009

Republicans Are Offering Better Solutions to Lower Health Care Costs

No government takeover, no $2 Trillion cost, no 1990 page indecipherable bill, no loss of freedom, no power grab by Congress, just plain common sense solutions, a "change we can believe in".

Here are four smart, fiscally-responsible reforms that we can implement today to lower costs and expand access to quality care:

· Number one: let individuals and families buy health insurance across state lines.

· Number two: allow individuals, small businesses, and trade associations to pool together and acquire health insurance at lower prices, the same way large corporations and labor unions do.

· Number three: give states the tools to create their own innovative reforms that lower health care costs.

· Number four: end junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order not because they think it's good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.






What Sarah Palin Says

GOP Solutions for America

The Pillars of Liberal Progressivism

Pete Morin has written a short article on the infiltration of our education system, legal and press by Liberals (progressives). Read it here.

Dismantling America: Part II By Thomas Sowell

It is time to speak out. Dismantling America: Part II
By Thomas Sowell

Ethics list heavy on defense spenders

This is corruption at the highest level of our government, and an affront to our Republic. A message should be sent to all who serve, the USA will not allow its public servants to bastardize the oaths they take. If and when they are found guilty, they should go away for a long long time. This is no petty offense. Ethics list heavy on defense spenders

Read the Washington Post article here.

The Three Envelopes by Charles Krauthammer

Obama is facing the same decision on Afghanistan that Bush faced in late 2006 in deciding to surge in Iraq.

In both places, the deterioration of the military situation was not the result of "drift," but of considered policies that seemed reasonable, cautious and culturally sensitive at the time, but ultimately turned out to be wrong.

Which is evidently what Obama now thinks of the policy choice he made on March 27.

He is to be commended for reconsidering. But it is time he acted like a president and decided. Afghanistan is his. He's used up his envelopes.

Read full article here.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Do They Need the Public Option?

The 2000 page House bill basically is the road to socialized medicine. Restrictions on insurance companies destroy all sense of competition and relegates them to being bill paying organizations. The concept of insurance is non-existent in the bill and will force the insurance companies out of business, thus destroying peoples' investments all for the sake of a power grab by the Democrat liberals. Read more here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

AP Corrects Administration Stimulus Jobs Number

Even in its limited review, the AP found job counts that were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of paid positions; jobs credited to the stimulus program that were counted two and sometimes more than four times; and other jobs that were credited to stimulus spending when none was produced.

Even if we accept the 30,000 job number the administration put out, it is a joke when considering the $Billions of deficit this stimulus bill created. You can read more of the AP story here.

Cash for Clunkers cost taxpayers $24,000 per real sale

According to a new study by Edmonds, an industry analyst, only 125,000 of these sales would have not been made without C4C — which brings the subsidy to about $24,000 per actual successful incentive. Read about it here.

Health Care Reform: Rational Alternatives to the Congressional Leadership Bills

Conservatives do have alternatives to the House bill, unfortunately they don't take 1900 pages and pass off all decisions to Washington bureaucrats. LOL. Health Care Reform: Rational Alternatives to the Congressional Leadership Bills

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Mainstream Media Ignores Juicy ACORN Nuggets

Where is the MSM? The Congress is still finding ways to put taxpayer's money to work with ACORN and the Democrat party. Again, where is the MSM? See "If It Is Up To Maxine Waters, ACORN Is Not Dead", below.

Mainstream Media Ignores Juicy ACORN Nuggets

This Is How Democrats Get Votes Passed

An Insult On Democracy

Rep Jack Murtha, Chairman, records an obvious No vote as Yes. He should be put away and the key thrown out.

If It Is Up To Maxine Waters, ACORN Is Not Dead

When the dust settled, Democrats had outmaneuvered Republicans, and the new bill they approved could allow organizations like ACORN to play a role in the highest levels of the new consumer protection agency. Barney Frank and Maxine Waters are at it again. How Dems Outmaneuvered GOP on ACORN

Obama: Drifting On Action On Afghanistan

CNBC Anchor Knocks MSNBC for Lack of Balance

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Climate Assumptions From Another Planet

This article challenges the assumptions the EPA makes to support the Cap-Tax & Trade bill now in the Senate. Anyone who believes this bunk has to have an ulterior motive, maybe like "the control of our economy and our lives".

The EPA and EIA assumptions are naively optimistic at best, and delusional at worst. They should certainly not serve as a foundation for setting energy and climate change policy, especially when global warming science itself is coming under increasing criticism for errors, exaggerations, fabrications, "cherry-picked" and "lost" data, and computer modeling that reflects neither observations nor reality.
Climate Assumptions From Another Planet

Dismantling America

How much of America would be left if the federal government continued on this path? President Obama has already floated the idea of a national police force, something we have done without for more than two centuries.

We already have local police forces all across the country and military forces for national defense, as well as the FBI for federal crimes and the National Guard for local emergencies. What would be the role of a national police force created by Barack Obama, with all its leaders appointed by him? It would seem more like the brown shirts of dictators than like anything American.

How far the President will go depends of course on how much resistance he meets. But the direction in which he is trying to go tells us more than all his rhetoric or media spin.

Dismantling America, By Thomas Sowell

Monday, October 26, 2009

What The Election In The 23rd NY Congressional District Is All About

The candidate has expressed astonishment that his underdog campaign against two major party opponents has suddenly made him the hero of conservatives nationwide.
Doug Hoffman, Ordinary American

Marco Gets It , By Larry Thornberry

For those of you in Florida, take a look at a true Conservative, the "anti Charlie Crist".Marco Gets It, By Larry Thornberry

Newt On 2012

Congress Despairs When Slaves Can Read

Are we slaves to Congress? If we are given the chance to read the bill, will we become worthless to our current Congress? We should hope so. Slave owners believed if a slave was taught to read and write they would no longer listen and obey their master and would then be worthless.

We the People are fed up with being insulted, ignored and abused as taxpayers. We will not sit by and allow this blatant power grab by the president, the administration and Congress, using socialist-structured environmental and health-care legislation. We will not tolerate the endless tsunami spending on top of an already out-of-control national debt and exponentially growing annual national deficit, which is leading this country into bankruptcy.

Congress despairs when slaves can read

The Health Care Fatal Conceit

According to Peter Wallison of the American Enterprise Institute, "almost two thirds of the bad mortgages in our financial system ... were bought by government agencies or required by government regulations."

Fannie and Freddie were bailed out last year, adding $5 trillion to our national debt, and put under government control. Now the news is it looks like FHA needs to be bailed out.

And, of course, low-income people who are the supposed beneficiaries of government compassion are the victims. Foreclosures in minority neighborhoods are reported to be seven times higher than the national average. We can expect the same results from government taking over health care as we've gotten from housing socialism.

This country is about freedom. There's no substitute for the fruits of personal responsibility. Giving it up for the conceit of socialism is indeed a fatal mistake.
So says Star Parker. The Health Care Fatal Conceit

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Obama's Views on Redistribution of Wealth

He can't do it through the courts yet, so he will do it through legislation. Redistribution here we come.

Health Care Specialists

Friday, October 23, 2009

"Green Jobs" in Germany From Tim Andrews

 Tim Andrews states:

Proponents of Cap & Tax legislation have promised their plan would create "green jobs", and as such help the economy. Of course, such claims are without logic or merit, and have been disproven in every instance in which they have been tried.

We previously reported on a study in Spain's King Juan Carlos University which demonstrated that in Spain, up till that point a model for President Obama, for every "green job" created, 2.2 regular jobs were lost, and only one in 10 of the newly created green jobs became a permanent job (President Obama stopped mentioning Spain after this...)

Now, the German think tank Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung has published the first independent report into Green Jobs in germany, entitled Economic impacts from the promotion of renewable energies: The German experience

The result?
"In the end, Germany's PV [solar energy] promotion has become a subsidization regime that, on a per-worker basis, has reached a level that far exceeds average wages, with per-worker subsidies as high as 175,000 € (US $ 240,000)....Claims about technological innovation benefits of Germany's first-actor status are unsupportable. In fact, the regime appears to be counterproductive in that respect, stifling innovation by encouraging producers to lock into existing technologies...It is most likely that whatever jobs are created by renewable energy promotion would vanish as soon as government support is terminated, leaving only Germany's export sector to benefit from the possible continuation of renewables support in other countries such as the US."

Let's be clear here - In Germany the government subsidy required to produce just one green job can be as high as €175,000, or $US240,000. Far more than the average income, and no doubt causing massive harm on the economy.

The study authors conclude: "Although Germany’s promotion of renewable energies is commonly portrayed in the media as setting a “shining example in providing a harvest for the world”, we would instead regard the country’s experience as a cautionary tale of massively expensive environmental and energy policy that is devoid of economic and environmental benefits."

All the data says that this is NOT the way forward. The only question is if Obama-Pelosi-Reid are going to follow the science and data, or if they are going to impose theirradical, ideological, job-killing agenda on the American people.

Andromeda galaxy: Nasa Swift Satellite takes best-ever picture


Sweep Strikes Blow Against Mexican Cartel

Even though this investigation was started 44 months ago during the Bush Administration, we have to give credit to AG Eric Holder for following through on it. If our borders were more secure, with fewer illegals, the problem would not be so severe. Turn sheriff Joe loose. Sweep Strikes Blow Against Mexican Cartel

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Senate Defeats Costly Medicare 'Fix'

There are some moderate Democrats that believe in fiscal restraint.An unfunded $250 billion plan to bring (read bribe) doctors on board the government health plan bill is defeated. Senate Defeats Costly Medicare 'Fix'

Three Felonies a Day

Radley Balko argues we are now seeing the fruition of Ayn Rand’s fear that government would eventually declare “so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws” in order to extend its power. Three Felonies a Day

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

US Sovereignty and the Climate Summit

So, thank you, America. You were the beacon of freedom to the world. It is a privilege merely to stand on this soil of freedom while it is still free. But, in the next few weeks, unless you stop it, your president will sign your freedom, your democracy, and your humanity away forever. And neither you nor any subsequent government you may elect will have any power whatsoever to take it back. That is how serious it is. I've read the treaty. I've seen this stuff about [world] government and climate debt and enforcement. They are going to do this to you whether you like it or not. So said British Lord Christopher Monckton at an event at Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota this past Wednesday, October 14th. US Sovereignty and the Climate Summit

President Obama's Foreign Policy: An Assessment

I understand that Americans are concerned about the economy. And I understand that every new president is going to have domestic priorities. But our adversaries around the world are not standing idly by while we debate these domestic issues. Our current focus on health care is very important, but people like Kim Jong Il don't care about it. We need a president who is going to provide us with leadership in international affairs--not one who believes that America should simply come home. And we need a president who believes that the best place to defend our interest is overseas rather than in the streets of America. President Obama's Foreign Policy:
An Assessment by John Bolton

Elites and Tyrants

A MINORITY VIEW BY WALTER WILLIAMS Few Americans have the stomach or ruthlessness to do what is necessary to make their governmental wishes come true. They are willing to abandon constitutional principles and rule of law so that the nation's elite, who believe they are morally and intellectually superior to the rest of us, can have the tools to implement "social justice." Those tools are massive centralized government power. It just turns out last century's notables in acquiring powerful central government, in the name of social justice, were Hitler, Stalin, Mao, but the struggle for social justice isn't over yet, and other suitors of this dubious distinction are waiting in the wings.

Senator Warns White House: Don’t Create ‘Enemies List’

Columnist Cognitive Dissonance on Health Care Reform by Michael Tanner

Option is the word. Cognitive Dissonance on Health Care Reform by Michael Tanner

A Nobel Prize for Showing That Freedom Works

The Nobel Prize for economics was given to a researcher who actually studied the environmental impact of Government doing "NaDa". Guess what, it showed that "Not only is government help often not needed, Ostrom says it usually screws things up because bureaucrats operate in an ivory tower ignorant of the local customs and the specific resource." A Nobel Prize for Showing That Freedom Works by John Stossel

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Traditional Americans are losing their nation


"Whites are not only more anxious, but also more alienated. Big majorities of whites say the past year's turmoil has diminished their confidence in government, corporations and the financial industry. ... Asked which institution they trust most to make economic decisions in their interest, a plurality of whites older than 30 pick 'none' – a grim statement." Traditional Americans are losing their nation

What Would The Federal Deficit Buy?

Reading the Qur’an Through the Bible

For those of you interested in the relationship of the Qur'an and the Bible, this in-depth article states: The Qur’an itself has a more generous attitude toward the Bible. If its religious message is not Christian, it hardly rejects the Christian Scripture. At one point it even asks that “the people of the gospel direct themselves according to what God has revealed in it.” The Qur’an, apparently, was not written to replace or correct the Bible. It was written to offer its own interpretation of the Bible.Reading the Qur’an Through the Bible by Gabriel Said Reynolds

Monday, October 19, 2009

Gregg: U.S. could be on path to a 'banana republic' situation

Welcome to the School of Social Engineering

Recognizing the truth of Abraham Lincoln's observation that "the philosophy of the schoolroom in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next," Mr. Obama knows that the best way to achieve his larger "progressive" vision of eradicating all traces of outmoded moral convention from the American social consciousness is to start with the children.


It has been happening for some time now and is accelerating under Obama. Our children are becoming more and more liberal as the schools become infested with teachers with leftist ideologies. Colleges today are turning out a product that all liberals can be proud of. The question is, what can be done to protect the fundamental moral values and love of freedom that many of us grew up with. Change may already be here. Welcome to the School of Social Engineering

Oath-Keepers

A bit far out, but an interesting concept that movie makers should jump on. Many on the Right see a danger that our Constitutional rights are being tramped on. This organization is promoting a non-violent "stand down" in the case of unlawful orders to police or military. If that is their true intent, so be it. If aligned with the far-right Patriot groups, it could be dangerous.

Since their purpose is to defend the Constitution, I would be very surprised if the ACLU doesn't offer their services in the group's defense. READY TO REVOLT: Oath Keepers pledges to prevent dictatorship in United States

Schoolhouse Shariah

Educators in California should be aware of this new guideline for teaching Islamic studies in their seventh grade. All parents, except Shariah, should be up in arms and get this changed.

Who helped build the California Education Department's framework for Islamic studies? Islamist "scholars" with the Council on Islamic Education, or CIE, a Saudi-tied activist group.

The consultancy changed its name after former IBD Washington bureau chief Paul Sperry, author of "Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington," exposed that its chief researcher and textbook consultant for years taught social studies at a Saudi madrassa just outside Washington.


Let's get this corrected before it spreads to the other 49. Schoolhouse Shariah

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Why the future looks bleak

Optimist that he is, The Old Jarhead points out a few "minor" problems that need to be addressed in order for our way of life to survive. Don't have a clue what we can do about the meteors and volcanoes, and solving the birthrate differences may take awhile, but the other items can be reversed over time. I'm an optimist also. Essay: Seven reasons why the future looks pretty bleak, By Robert A. Hall

Saturday, October 17, 2009

How Turkey Was Lost to the West

Has NATO lost one of its members to radical Islam? Caroline Glick of Real Clear World makes a compelling case in support of this unsettling development.How Turkey Was Lost to the West

Did “history” elect Olympia Snowe?

The article below, by a Maine Republican, explains Olympia Snowe's popularity in the state, basically the best of the worse, and a half loaf is better than none.

He states that "if the GOP takes control of Congress next year, I hope they don’t see it as a broad conservative mandate but as a simple message – voters are tired of politicians who promise change but deliver the status quo. The first party to really understand that all voters want is for the culture of Washington to change and actually works to make those changes will be the party that keeps power for more than a few election cycles. This isn’t about ideology, it’s about trust." Did “history” elect Olympia Snowe?

Natural Gas Changes the Energy Map

Vast amounts of the clean-burning fossil fuel have been discovered in shale deposits, setting off a gas rush. But how it will affect our energy use is still uncertain.

Natural gas offers advantages over other fossil fuels. It burns cleaner than coal, producing much less carbon dioxide. Since coal-fired power generation is responsible for a third of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions, replacing at least some of that coal with gas could significantly reduce such pollution. And using natural gas to replace gasoline and diesel fuel in vehicles could reduce the country's reliance on foreign oil.
Natural Gas Changes the Energy Map

Things Our Kids Are Exposed To

Bozell Column: MTV's Exotic Marathon (and Junior-High Education?)

Friday, October 16, 2009

Lindsey Graham - The Maverick We Don't Need?

We in SC have a Republican Senator that is nearly as moderate-left as Olympia Snowe. The Tea Party people have the right idea. Get real conservatives to run in the primaries against both Democrats and Republicans and take back our government from the left. All The President's Mavericks

Climate Study - Decide For Yourself

Global Warming Primer

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Bush Saved 750,000 Iraqi Lives, Clinton Policies Killed 1,000,000

Something the press will not print. Bush Saved 750,000 Iraqi Lives



1,000,000 Iraqis Died As a Result of Clinton's Policies... 85,000 Died During "Bush's War"

Magic Numbers in Politics: Part II by Thomas Sowell

Congress, by citing unsupported imperatives, is able to convince each other to act in the interest of the governed. In doing so, our freedoms are being eroded away bit by bit, and with the recent Congress, at a faster pace. We must, as Thomas Sowell states in his article, begin to weight these imperatives against their cost and effect. Think MPG and Government Health Care.

In real life, people weigh one thing against another. But in politics one declares one thing to be imperative, so the issue then becomes how we do it. In real life, all sorts of desirable things are not done, either because of other desirable things that would have to be sacrificed to do it or because of the dangers incurred in achieving the desired objective are worse than the problem we want to solve. Thomas Sowell :: Townhall.com, Magic Numbers in Politics: Part II

Scientists Rebut Claim That Man Causes Climate Change

More on climate change. Is the Cap & Trade only a gimmick to control and tax our energy and allow the world community to oversee our lives? Is it one step closer to socialism? Scientists Rebut Claim That Man Causes Climate Change

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Use Energy, Get Rich and Save the Planet

One argument for Capitalism and personal wealth was published in the NYT back in April refuting the old IPAT theory, used by Obama's science advisor and defining the Kuznets curve, based on "real" scientific evidence. In this reality, the richer a nation gets, the more the people turn toward cleaner sources of energy and greener living. It has nothing to do with Government and taxes. As stated in the NYT article: The old wealth-is-bad IPAT theory may have made intuitive sense, but it didn’t jibe with the data that has been analyzed since that first Earth Day. By the 1990s, researchers realized that graphs of environmental impact didn’t produce a simple upward-sloping line as countries got richer. The line more often rose, flattened out and then reversed so that it sloped downward, forming the shape of a dome or an inverted U — what’s called a Kuznets curve. (See nytimes.com/tierneylab for an example.)

It is strange that, even the NYT would include this quote in its article: “The long-term trend is toward natural gas and nuclear power, or conceivably solar power. If the energy system is left to its own devices, most of the carbon will be out of it by 2060 or 2070.” Strange that we cannot develop our own natural gas fields or increase our use of nuclear power here in the USA due to liberal green fanaticism.
Use Energy, Get Rich And Save The Planet

Crunch Time for Health Care: Now It’s Up to Us

One of the most often repeated assertions from TeamObama about their proposed “reform” of health care has been that individuals would be able to keep their current health insurance if they so desired. But this, to employ Joe Wilson’s colorful characterization, is a lie. As Hinderaker shows, the Baucus plan before the Senate, combining a “weak mandate” to buy insurance with “a strong requirement on the insurance industry that it insure everyone, regardless of pre-existing conditions or state of health,” would “devastate” the private insurance industry.

What is meant by a “weak mandate” is that, in the current version of the Baucus bill, there is no requirement to buy health insurance at all until after 2013, and by 2017 the penalty for failing to buy health insurance still amounts to only about 15% of the cost of the insurance. Now, think about it: if you know that you don’t have to buy health insurance when you are young and healthy, but if you should get sick, or just get older, you can apply for health insurance at any time and it will be illegal for the insurance company to turn you down, what would you do? Obviously, you would defer buying insurance unless and until you get sick. This means that the pool of those who are insured will be lower quality, and the cost therefore higher for everyone who buys insurance. It is as though you could wait until you die, and then your heirs can buy life insurance on you.

As Hinderaker observes, “This isn’t reform, it is stupidity.”

Crunch Time for Health Care: Now It’s Up to Us

This From The "Old Jarhead"

Democrat Congressman Calls Disabled Marine "White Trash"
http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2009/10/democrat_congre_1.html
Excerpt: Welcome to the new age of Democrat civility. We have Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer comparing Republicans to the Taliban. We have Democrat Congressman Alan "Dick" Grayson comparing Republicans to Nazis. We have Democrat Congressman Brian Baird calling Tea-Party Patriots "brownshirts." We have the Democrat House Leadership calling critics of their Health Care Program "Un-American." Add to this hall of shame Democrat Congressman Dennis Moore, (D-KS), who referred to his Republic challenger --- a Marine Veteran who lost his leg to an IED in Iraq --- as "white trash."

Census Bureau knocks Sen. David Vitter's proposal to ask about immigration status

Vitter portrays his amendment as a last-ditch effort to protect the political power of Louisiana and other states with relatively small populations of people who are either not citizens or are not legal residents in the United States, and keep Louisiana from losing one of its seven congressional districts in the coming reapportionment. Census Bureau Knocks Sen. David Vitter's Proposal To Ask About Immigration Status


Reason TV: Whole Foods chief Mackey defends capitalism

Monday, October 12, 2009

Decline Is A Choice

Facing the choice of whether to maintain our dominance or to gradually, deliberately, willingly, and indeed relievedly give it up, we are currently on a course towards the latter. The current liberal ascendancy in the United States--controlling the executive and both houses of Congress, dominating the media and elite culture--has set us on a course for decline. And this is true for both foreign and domestic policies. Indeed, they work synergistically to ensure that outcome.

Charles Krauthammer's essay, although rather lengthy, spells out the direction the liberal left is taking this country on the world stage. Irreparable harm is being done to the world's balance of power which only a reversal of our domestic spending deficits and defense drawbacks can cure. Decline Is a Choice: The New Liberalism and the end of American ascendancy. by Charles Krauthammer 10/19/2009

Tea Partiers Turn on GOP Leadership

The only way to protect our freedoms and our Constitution is to have representatives of both major political parties believe in these goals. Tea partiers turn on GOP leadership

Joe Friday

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Our Laureate: Neda of Iran

Washington Post Editorial, October 10, 2009

IT'S AN ODD Nobel Peace Prize that almost makes you embarrassed for the honoree. In blessing President Obama, the Nobel Committee intended to boost what it called his "extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples." A more suitable time for the prize would have been after those efforts had borne some fruit.

It is no criticism of Mr. Obama to note that, barely nine months into his presidency, his goals are still goals. His peace prize came in the same week that Washington was consumed by a divisive debate over how to win a war in Afghanistan; the Obama administration announced a probable delay in its plan to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Israel's foreign minister told the world that the Middle East peace Mr. Obama has been promoting is not coming soon. The Nobel Committee's claim that Mr. Obama has "created a new climate in international politics" is about as realistic as last week's "Saturday Night Live" parody skewering the president for failing to deliver, already, on a series of campaign promises.

We understand how much Scandinavians and other Europeans welcomed the end of the Bush administration; in that sense, Mr. Obama's prize confirms that his ascension to the presidency has improved America's image in the world, or at least parts of it. But in offering this latest Euro-celebration of the 2008 election, the Norwegian committee has also demonstrated a certain cluelessness about America. If anything animates Mr. Obama's critics in this country, it is the impression that he is the focus of a global cult of personality. This prize, at this time, only feeds that impression, and thus does him no favors politically.

The Nobel Committee's decision is especially puzzling given that a better alternative was readily apparent. This year, hundreds of thousands of ordinary people in Iran braved ferocious official violence to demand their right to vote and to speak freely. Dozens were killed, thousands imprisoned. One of those killed was a young woman named Neda Agha-Soltan; her shooting by thugs working for the Islamist theocracy, captured on video, moved the world. A posthumous award for Neda, as the avatar of a democratic movement in Iran, would have recognized the sacrifices that movement has made and encouraged its struggle in a dark hour. Democracy in Iran would not only set a people free, it would also dramatically improve the chances for world peace, since the regime that murdered her is pursuing nuclear weapons in defiance of the international community.
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Announcing Friday that he would accept the award, Mr. Obama graciously offered to share it with "the young woman who marches silently in the streets on behalf of her right to be heard even in the face of beatings and bullets." But the mere fact that he avoided mentioning either Neda's name or her country, presumably out of consideration for the Iranian regime with which he is attempting to negotiate, showed the tension that sometimes exists between "diplomacy and cooperation between peoples" on the one hand, and advocacy of human rights on the other. The Nobel Committee could have spared Mr. Obama this dilemma if it had given Neda the award instead of him.

GOP Comments On Health Care Proposals

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dems Attach Hate Crimes Bill to Defense Appropriation

The thought police are at it again. The Democrats have attached "hate crime" legislation to the Defense Appropriation Bill. The thinking is that it would not get passed except for this type of subterfuge. If Republicans do not vote for it, they will be accused of not supporting our troops.

This process of adding items, that have no relation to the main legislation, to popular bills is a common occurrence. This policy must be stopped for any control of spending to be realized. Boehner: ‘Just Plain Wrong' for Democrats to Attach Hate Crimes Measure to Defense Authorization Bill

Thursday, October 8, 2009

CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan On Afganistan


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Where Is The Bill? What Bill?

The Difference Between Reagan And Obama

Perception makes a vast difference in the direction of our Country. Which one do you prefer? Reagan and Obama

FCC Meeting To Regulate Free Speech?

Debt: Outrageous Numbers

Cal Thomas defines the reality of the debt numbers for the future. Outrageous Numbers

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Our Lagging "Educational" System

You don't need a dictator to make you feel queasy about the manipulation of children. The mindset that sees children in school as an opportunity for teachers to impose their own notions, instead of developing the child's ability to think for himself or herself, is a dangerous distortion of education. Too many "educators" see teaching not as a responsibility to the students but as an opportunity for themselves-- whether to indoctrinate a captive audience with the teacher's ideology, manipulate them in social experiments or just do fun things that make teaching easier, whether or not it really educates the child. So says Thomas Sowell in his article: A Letter from a Child

Kevin Jennings - Not Fit For Schools Czar

What Obama was thinking when he appointed Kevin Jennings as "safe Schools" czar, no one knows. Perhaps Obama knew nothing about this man which is an indictment against his leadership ability. You do not want Kevin Jennings anywhere near the schools your children are in. He is the type of person the laws should protect the children against. Read this article and you will be deeply concerned for your children if Kevin remains in this job. Commies, Fascists and Perverts, Oh My!

More About Our Nanny State

Contract From America

Tea Party Patriots has set up a site for every American to have access for their opinions on how to improve our government. The intention is to develop a contract of 10 ideas that we can point to in selecting our candidates for the election in 2010. Go to this website, register and give them your opinion. Take an active part in shaping the future of the good ole USA. Contract From America Site
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Sheriff Joe: Wings Clipped

Sheriff Arpaio of Arizona, long a successful enforcer of our immigration laws, has again been restricted by the Obama Administration. By limiting the sheriff to only "jail checks", the administration is taking away "field arrest" authority, thus limiting his effectiveness. Sheriff Joe vows to forge ahead using Arizona State laws and if the Feds don't take the illegals he rounds up, he will ship them to the border himself. Keep up the good work Joe. Immigration Hard-Liner Has His Wings Clipped

The Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act

When we should be encouraging small businesses to expand, Congress wants to burden them with regulations, the complexity of which will discourage new start ups and force many to close up shop due to the cost of compliance. Another Sarbanes-Oxley: Threatening Small Businesses with the "Beneficial" Ownership Bill

The Relation of Complexity Theory to Politics

In this article explaining the Complexity Theory and relating it to the current political climate, the author makes a good case that the sands are shifting and the populist is restless. There may be a new order developing that neither current Democrats or Republicans will be able to control. The Shifting Political Sand Pile

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Dollar - No Longer The World Currency

Deficits do have consequences. The strength of the U.S. Dollar, due to deficits and unchecked spending by Obama and the Congress, is in question and the rest of the world is fearful that their reserves will be eaten away by unchecked inflation. The demise of the dollar

ACLU - Religion Under Assault

The ACLU is at it again, supporting a nutcase that is objecting to a cross in the middle of the Mojave Dessert. Voters Seeing Red Over ACLU Attack

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Job Losses

Bush Years - Not So Conservative

This article by Vasko Kohlmayer at The American Thinker dissects the Bush years and the assault on the Federal deficit and Conservative principles during those years. Were we all lulled into thinking that a Republican President would fight to protect our liberties and practice fiscal restraint?

As the article states: It is becoming increasingly clear that the main problem facing this country is the growing state. It is threatening to smother this nation as it usurps ever more of our income and liberties while all the while it spends with insatiable abandon. We must admit that we bear a share of blame for the current situation. Let us resolve to never again become heedless of the danger of statism at home. Let us stay vigilant and remember Ronald Reagan's maxim: "Government is the problem, not the solution." They Call us Leftists By Vasko Kohlmayer

Specialized Health Courts - Tort Reform

"The most promising proposal is to send malpractice suits to specialized health courts with expert judges and no juries." This was written by Stuart Taylor in an article in National Journal Magazine.

Considerations, similar to those enumerated in his article, explain why we already have specialized courts without juries for vaccine liability, workers' compensation, bankruptcy, and tax cases. To make health care available and affordable for everyone, we need tort reform to eliminate the need for defensive medicine and allow doctors to do what they have been trained to do efficiently. Wasting Billions, Doing Injustice

SNL Obama

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Roman Polanski

Double Standard Re: Charlie Rangel

Why Is Rangel Still Here?

Health Care Reform - An Educated Response

This article is well worth the time it takes to read it. I only wish our Congress would do so.

Gerald E. Harmon, MD, FAAFP: Health care reform


Congress and the Administration consider and pass hundreds of pieces of legislation and rulings annually and it is intriguing to note what captures the most attention of the media and the electorate.

We are quite used to our political leaders addressing international relations, national defense, etc., but we always pay the most attention when the legislators discuss very personal issues such as changes in taxes, changing and expanding the role of the federal government, or changes in health care.

Health care reform actually covers all these issues -- it affects our taxes, it potentially greatly expands the role of the federal government, and it sure is very personal.

So no surprise that everyone gets nervous and quite interested in Congress as they consider changing the system. And the need to change the system is undeniable -- the current course is not sustainable financially.

The real problem before America right now is how much of the system to change immediately (if any) and how much change needs to be incremental with significant discussion and debate and a realization of the short and long-term effects of our actions.

If there were enough resources/money available to cover our needs and commitments we would not be having the current debate.

However, we have a "perfect storm" of conditions moving us inexorable to reconfigure the health care industry in America.

We have an aging population demographic, a marked reduction in the primary care infrastructure of our system, an epidemic of unhealthy lifestyles highlighted by obesity and inactivity, and what can only be described as overconsumption if not exploitation of existing health care funding.

If those storm conditions were not bad enough consider that we find ourselves in a huge economic downturn so our resources are even more strained with an increased demand for capacity that does not exist.

What can we do quickly now and more deliberately later? There are some pretty straightforward answers that have been studied and proposed by smart people for many years and I think they deserve serious attention.

Even using the most favorable budget numbers from the Congressional Budget Office the leading proposals from Congress (HR 3200 and the Senate Finance Committee wording) increase the tax burden on Americans by almost $1 trillion-this change itself is unsustainable and cannot be seriously supported by our voters.

Let's take smaller bites at this apple and work at a viable solution over time.

For instance, it may be a "bridge too far" to attempt to provide universal coverage for all uninsured citizens -- many of the 47 million number that are frequently quoted as being uninsured would remain without viable health care funding under almost any legislative proposal now before Congress and yet the expenditures would be hundreds of billions of dollars for little gain.

We can, however, provide advanceable, refundable tax credits to families and individuals who meet economic criteria such as 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, and allow those credits to be used to purchase health care coverage.

Estimates are that we could reduce the numbers of uninsured by as much as 20 percent using this straightforward method and yet the overall impact on taxpayer obligation would be minimal.

We must face the fact that expanding health insurance for folks will not necessarily increase access to care.

Our nation has allowed our Primary Care safety net (family physicians, internists, pediatricians, obstetricians, etc.) to suffer marked reductions in staffing and we find ourselves critically short of those professionals.

Massachusetts many years ago expanded health care coverage to all its citizens and found the state unable to provide even minimal primary care for those newly covered.

Many of the bills currently in Congress pay lip service to more primary care doctors but really offer no meaningful resourcing to achieving the goal, instead using nondescript terminology such as "quality improvement" and "pay for performance" to indicate that providers can be enticed to enter primary care fields with the expectation of higher rewards somewhere down the line of government funding.

Furthermore, we can make health care insurance more affordable if we allow transparency in policy pricing and coverage across state lines and allow high risk pools that provide coverage for pre-existing conditions to be formed nationally-this has been done in 35 states successfully with funding for the pools from multiple sources, including fees on insurance providers and agencies that market in the states.

And if we allow federal anti-trust relief then health care providers such as physicians and hospitals can openly market their prices to the consumers and the health insurance companies and allow free market pressures to drive many prices down.

Currently, it is against federal law for individual doctors, practices, or hospitals to have even informal discussions about fees so there is little change of competition for market share or reduction in costs to the consumer.

And although many in Congress and the President have openly spoken against true Medical Liability Reform it cannot be denied that a large amount of our health care resources are devoted to what we call "defensive medicine" where testing and investigation and even some treatment is driven by the fear of litigation rather than by a clearly defined benefit for the patient.

Existing federal law mandates medical care and evaluation for patients who present to our nation's emergency rooms yet it does not resource that care nor does it provide any liability relief for any subsequent allegations of bad medicine or even unpreventable bad outcomes in an imperfect system.

Some reasonable estimates of the cost of such truly unnecessary medical care run as high as 180 billion dollars annually.

Even if we saved only half of that amount we would realize a savings of 900 billion dollars over the next decade if we considered real liability reform efforts such as medical courts, loser pays, etc.

Eventually we can enact some of the more far-reaching ideas contained in the draft legislation from Congress and the Senate-such things as mandated Electronic Medical Records, as Comparative Effectiveness Research, and rewards for health lifestyles and preventive medicine.

And we certainly need to address strategies to strengthen the existing Medicare program including the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund and the Supplementary Medical Trust Funds that resource Medicare A (hospital inpatient) and Medicare B and D (doctor and outpatient charges, durable medical equipment, and pharmacy) commitments respectively.

All of the considerations outlined here have been touched upon in some form at town hall meetings, in editorials of leading newspapers, and in many Congressional hearings and committees.

The current health care "crisis" did not occur over a short period of time but rather over decades and the crisis deserves a measured attempt at management and reconciliation, not a hastily configured attempt at a long-term fix such as currently proposed by the Senate Finance Committee (that chaired by Senator Baucus) or by the 1000+ page House legislation known as HR 3200.

Let us take an incremental approach that will not markedly expand the role of the federal government and that will reduce health care expenditures in the short term while establishing qualified studies and commissions/committees to seriously address long term solutions bereft of traditional partisan politics that serve only those currently in power.

My patients -- my American colleagues and taxpayers-- deserve such a measured and thoughtful approach.

Let us not allow the mantra of "never let a crisis go to waste" to force bad legislation upon us.

Gerald E. Harmon, MD, FAAFP, Pawleys Island

Past President, SC Medical Association

Member, Council on Medic

Nobody Likes Us? Who Cares?

An Op-Ed piece in the NYT today tracks the historical popularity of the USA through the eyes of the Europeans. The article concludes that our popularity decreases as our strength increases and envy sets in.

It appears that Obama's penchant for apologizing and running our economy into the ground is working (except for the Olympics), the popularity of the USA is rising. Nobody Likes Us? Who Cares?

Friday, October 2, 2009

Obama's Way Around Cap & Trade

NYT article showing how Obama tends to get around Congress if Cap & Trade is not passed. E.P.A. Moves to Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions

What Obama Should Say To Iran

Talk about Iran and the inevitable question comes up, what can we do. The answer usually come down to two divergent viewpoints: 1. the military option 2. sanctions.

Recognizing the internal uprising after the last rigged election in Iran, it appears that there is considerable unrest and a hunger for more freedom throughout the country. Maybe some open support for their cause could awaken enough people for them to solve the problem from within.

This is a sample of what President Obama could say. What Obama Should Say To Iran

Employee Free Choice Act - Misnomer

Obama and the Democrats are bowing to their supporters, the labor unions, in proposing the Employee Free Choice Act, which is now being discussed in Congress. This article, by The Ayn Rand Center says it all. Read it here.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Update: ACORN Legal Letter Surfaces

ACORN's Prophetic Lawyer

EXCLUSIVE: ACORN Legal Memo Confirms Depths of Troubles
by Matthew Vadum

Has Our Nation Lost Its Moral Compass

Nation of Men, Not of Laws

Taxpayers Help Soros Drill For Oil - In Brazil

On August 23rd, when I reported on the $2 Billion loan guarantee to The Brazilian Oil Company and the double standard it sets, I was unaware of Obama's friend and benefactor, George Soros's huge investment in the company. Read Obama Helps Soros Drill Oil In Brazil

One of my friends sent me the following:

: Another unbelievable fact

This is a perfect example why I refrain from watching the news on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN or NSNBC. Fox was the only news to report this (20 Aug 2009).

"Today even though President Obama is against off shore drilling for oil for this country. He signed an executive order to loan 2 Billion of our taxpayers dollars to a Brazilian Oil Exploration Company (which is the 8th largest company in the entire world) to drill for oil off the coast of Brazil. The oil that comes from this operation is for the sole purpose and use of China and not the USA. The Chinese government is under contract to purchase all the oil that this oil field will produce, which is hundreds of millions of barrels of oil". We have absolutely no gain from this transaction whatsoever.

Wait it gets more interesting.

Guess who is the largest individual stockholder of this Brazilian Oil Company and who would benefit most from this? It is American Billionaire, George Soros, Liberal businessman who is a radical left wing supporter, finances MoveOn.org as well as other liberal programs and was President Obama's largest and most generous supporter during his campaign. If you are able to connect the dots and follow the money, you are probably as upset as I am. Not a word of this transaction was on any of the other news networks.

Forward this factual e-mail to others who care about this country and where it is going. I did not think this was the type of change Obama meant. Also, let all of your Government representatives know how you feel about this. I wonder what President Obama is getting out of this?.....