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The Slaughter Solution to Ramming Through ObamaCare

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Who can forget the Louise Slaughter (D-NY) story at the Blair House health care summit where she regaled the world with an account about a constituent that was forced to wear her dead sister’s dentures.

Who knows if the story is true, but I would like to know if so did Slaughter purchase the lady some new dentures or is the story all she required to fulfill her selfish purpose of forcing ObamaCare on the rest of us.

In an encore performance, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY), the Democratic chair of the House Rules Committee and ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced The Slaughter Solution.

There is something ominous about the title of her scheme given the slash and burn consequences of the act.

At present, the Democrats don’t have the votes to get ObamaCare legislation through the House or the Senate. Under Slaughter’s strategy, Democratic leaders can overcome this problem by simply “deeming” the Senate bill passed in the House – without an actual vote by members of the House.

They would magically consider the Senate bill passed once the House approves a Corrections Bill that would make changes to the Senate version.

Who are these people?

Nancy Pelosi reveals much by saying, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”

“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.”
—Vladimir Lenin

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March 11, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Nancy Pelosi defends Charlie Rangel

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After news broke that the House ethics committee plans to admonish  Rep. Charlie Rangel for violating House rules, Speaker Nancy Pelosi immediately came to Rangel’s rescue, once again.

No surprise here since in the past Pelosi has been Rangel’s most prominent defender through his many tax evasion episodes – thieves sticking together and all that.

“I think that every member is entitled to have his day before the ethics committee,” she said. “They have said he did not knowingly violate the rules. And, again, if this were the end of it, that would be one thing. But there’s obviously more to come and we’ll see what happens with that. But every member has that right.”

Pelosi said, “All I saw was the press release where it said he didn’t violate the rules of the House.” She noted that the report said Rangel didn’t know he was violating rules that applied to a lobbyist-funded trip to the Caribbean.

Pelosi pointed out that the ethics committee found that Rangel’s staffers knew corporate money was paying for trips even though Rangel claims he didn’t.

“I think it’s quite a statement to hold members accountable for what their staffs knew,” she said. “I’ll be interested to see how that reverberates.”

Typical Charlie Rangel to go with the twofer “ignorance” and “the staffer did it” defense.

Pelosi failed to mention whether Rangel should stay on as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, but this might be a good time to remind her about the promise of the most ethical administration ever.

“Obviously they have other issues to deal with,” Pelosi said. “We’ll just see what happens next and what comes out of the ethics committee.”

John Murtha could not be reached for comment.

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February 26, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Scott Brown Votes For Massive Spending Bill

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No matter how much we would like to believe in our leaders – in the end they are only politicians.

The most recent disappointment comes from the new Republican Massachusetts Senator, Scott Brown. It didn’t take long for this new face from the northeast to fall for the old bipartisanship con and side with the Democrats.

Up for vote was a $15 billion spending bill disguised as a job creation package. The bill includes a tax credit for businesses that hire unemployed workers. A credit few businesses will find useful mainly because tax credits are not the reason employees are hired, unless you’re ACORN.

Then there are subsidies for state and local construction bonds and $19.5 billion to shore up a highway-construction fund.

So, instead of creating an atmosphere for long term growth we see politicians throw taxpayer billions at temporary government jobs.

Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week.

Brown said the bill was not perfect but would help put people back to work. “I hope my vote today is a strong step toward restoring bipartisanship in Washington,” he said in a statement.

It must be said that Republicans didn’t back Scott Brown so that he would restore bipartisanship or vote with Democrats on another massive spending bill. He was elected to help stop runaway spending, stop the hijacking of the economy, stop ObamaCare and stop the government takeover of the private sector.

After this unexpected move we might begin to wonder if electing Scott Brown was a mistake. The answer at this moment in time is no. He is still far better than any Democrat running for the seat. But his action makes it crystal clear that depending on any politician to always do the right thing is a fool’s ploy.

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February 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Why Is There A Ban On Common Sense?

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Have you ever wondered what the lowest form of life is?

Don’t bother pondering it too long because without a doubt it is the lowly politician. What other conclusion can be reached as we watch them purposely destroy the economy?

The excuses are as many as there are self-serving bureaucrats, but excuses won’t cut spending, pay down debt, increase jobs or cut the trade deficit.

If there is to be an illusion of strengthening the economy there must be an attempt to develop domestic energy.

The U.S. used 22.8 trillion feet of gas and 5.2 billion barrels of oil in 2009. Locked up by federal restrictions are approximately 43 billion barrels of oil and 286 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Without access to these resources, average natural gas prices will rise 17% by 2030 and electricity prices will “necessarily skyrocket,” as Barack Obama once said, by at least 5%.

These are not climate fantasies derived by running faulty assumptions and bad data through inaccurate computer models. This is simple math, common sense and Economics 101.

Energy is expensive.

Why are we leaving vast amounts in the ground while importing it from others. What exactly are we saving it for? What reason is there to neglect the wealth and jobs to be found in our waters and under our feet?

It all comes down to the complete and utter failure of our politicians to do what is best for the long-term health of the nation. Meanwhile, the economy continues to tank, the jobless rate continues to rise, the many taxes continue to be oppressive and domestic oil & gas remains an untapped resource.

Our biggest deficit these days is in the area of common sense.

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February 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Obama Has Lost 4 Million Jobs

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After one full year in office, the results of Barack Obama’s jobs stimulus program are finally in. In the 12-month period starting with February 2009 through January 2010, the nation saw a net loss of 4.022 million jobs, according to the latest figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov). The unemployment rate stands at 9.7%, a full 2% higher than it was when Obama took office. And the only solution that Obama seems to have is to throw another $100 billion into another failed jobs stimulus package.

He still finds himself in the catch-22 of defending the results of the previous stimulus package and yet professing the urgent need for a second one. The American people were fooled by the rhetoric last year. It is increasingly evident that they will not be fooled again.

Given the results of recent elections in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts, it certainly appears that they are no longer supportive of the Democrats’ policy proposals.

Obama and others in his administration still claim that his policies are working as intended and that they have saved or created anywhere from 600,000 to 2 million jobs (depending on what day it is and who is speaking). So if that is true then the true job losses would have to be from 4.6 million to 6 million in order to net out at the 4 million job loss figured provided by the BLS. If that is an example of his policies working as intended then it is really no wonder why the American people have started electing candidates who do not support those policies.

There are no easy answers to the question of how to create more jobs, but clearly throwing more money at the problem has not worked for Obama, just as it did not work for Bush. One thing that is very clear though is that employers are worried about what more is to come from this administration. Fearing a federal mandate to provide health coverage for all employees or face still fines and penalties for failing to do so is certainly a deterrent for some companies to hire more employees. Fearing huge increases in energy bills is another. And fearing increased interest costs and inflation due to a ballooning national debt is still another.

Those fears are justified given the reckless healthcare reform package, cost-increasing cap-and-trade bill and deficit-ballooning budget which have been proposed by Obama and his fellow Democrats. Reducing those fears will be the best way to increase jobs. For employers, the decision to hire new employees is always a long-term one, but before making that decision there must be a high level of predictability about the future.

With so many disastrous policy proposals on the horizon, employers cannot make any solid long-term plans, including those regarding hiring new employees. By now Obama and the Democrats should have learned that lesson, but given their recent statements and actions, clearly they have not. As a result, the near-term outlook for jobs looks just as bleak as the near-term past.

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February 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Canadian Premier Turns to US Health Care System

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Socialist health care system fails another Canadian.

It seems in spite of the claims that government run health care is superior those who must live with it tell a far different tale. In this case, Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams will undergo heart surgery later this week. Not in Canada, but in the United States.

Deputy premier Kathy Dunderdale confirmed the treatment at a news conference Tuesday, but would not reveal the location of the operation or how it would be paid for.

“He has gone to a renowned expert in the procedure that he needs to have done,” said Ms. Dunderdale, who will become acting premier while Mr. Williams is away for three to 12 weeks.

“In consultation with his own doctors, he’s decided to go that route.”

Mr. Williams’ decision to leave Canada for the surgery has raised eyebrows over his apparent shunning of Canada’s health-care system.

“It was never an option offered to him to have this procedure done in this province,” said Ms. Dunderdale, refusing to answer whether the procedure could be done elsewhere in Canada.

Mr. Williams, 59, has said nothing of his health in the media.

“The premier has made a commitment that once he’s through this procedure and he’s well enough, he’s going to talk about the whole process and share as much detail with you as he’s comfortable to do at that time,” she said.

The lesson here is that Politicians always find a way to bypass what they force on everyone else. The vulgar part about it is that the taxpayers always get stuck with the bill.

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February 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Does The End Justify The Means?

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A very ugly trend is emerging from the ranks of both the political and scientific world. In the past, fudging the number was done by the most unscrupulous in both worlds. Now, it is an epidemic. We are witnessing trends that reveal those who don’t like what the data shows will simply change the numbers.

The reason stems from the old adage, the end justifies the means. As it turns out, the end for which the numbers are being massaged and the reason bean counters are willing to sell their souls is – socialism, global climate regulation, health-care legislation, repudiating debt commitments and the list goes on.

At first glance, it appears no number is immune. Numbers also falling prey to manipulation is the GDP, inflation, unemployment and even temperature.

Politicians continue to clamor and even threaten for alternative numbers that will make them look better. A call for a new, socialist-friendly way to measure the economy is in the wind. You might consider that “crazy talk” but there is historical precedent for a “socialist GDP.” It turns out that Mikhail Gorbachev kept Soviet statistics in two sets of books: those they published, and those they actually believed. Stalin did the same thing when he was alive.

America is not immune. We now have the king of liars and manipulators in the White House. Barack Hussein Obama has certainly taken lying and number manipulation to a new level. For a guy that promised transparency, he hides the numbers pretty good don’t you think?

Instead of counting unemployment numbers, he stands proudly and touts some imaginary number about the number of jobs “created or saved” by the stimulus bill. If you stop to think about that for a minute you might feel insulted that Obama would think you so stupid as to believe such nonsense. I’ve heard of taking credit where there is none, but this is ridiculous.

You might also notice the congressional leadership tends to hype the number of green jobs “likely” to be created from the explosion of spending, subsidies, loans and mandates, while ignoring the job losses caused by its taxes, debt, regulations and diktats.

The president and his advisers have lied or exaggerated since day one. Obama claimed his radical attempt to regulate energy and the environment with the cap-and-trade bill would boost the economy. After confronted with economic reality, we discover another lie and his attempt to manipulate the numbers. He claims “all” their trillion dollar spending created jobs and spending more will create even more jobs. This is fine except why is the promised no higher than 8% unemployment rate now over 10%?

Environmentalists have descended into a separate reality where only green counts. Scientists from the University of East Anglia were caught manipulating, hiding or deleting data as to arrive at some predetermined consensus. Oh, there are also the attempts to squelch publication of studies coming to different conclusions.

What about the the most dubious lie of all – ObamaCare?

What can only be classified as a bad joke are the numbers used to justify health-insurance reform legislation. You must wonder how it is possible for the government to expand coverage and at the same time reduce the deficit. You manipulate the numbers. Didn’t you know that you can make anything sound good if only you have the numbers to back it up? Yep, any number that sells the lie will do because to socialist, the end justifies the means.

The good news is that the public doesn’t believe the Washington spin. Large majorities believe the health-care legislation will raise their insurance costs and increase the budget deficit. Most Americans are highly skeptical of the claims of climate extremists. And they have a more realistic reaction to the extraordinary deterioration in our public finances than do the President and Congress.

Those in Washington are greedy and live for power. The best way to shock them back into reality is vote out as many as possible. That, or string them up on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

OK, OK – we’ll  save that for later, if necessary.

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January 14, 2010 at 10:48 am