Obama's Latest CBC Speech

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Perhaps you saw President Obama's speech at the CBC, (Congressional Black Caucus), the other day. If not you can view it here split into 2 parts. I'm going to discuss a few things he said in this speech on this post. Including parts where I both agree and disagree.

I will provide the exact times in his speech where you can find exactly what I'm talking about without having to watch the whole thing. Feel free to watch it all if you wish though. I will say either part 1 or 2 then the minute and second of that part where Obama mentions the issue I'm talking about. I will then put part of the quote up to center each issue I have on that particular section of speech. Here we go.

part 1 3:35

"Some folks seem to have forgotten how bad things were when I took office. They seem to be exercising some selective memory"

Actually, our memory is just fine, we remember that you didn't fall from the sky and were a part of the do-nothing congress whose earmarks and misguided legislation helped cause this recession.

part 1 4:03

"Our entire financial system was poised on the brink of collapse."

Now thanks to misguided bailouts due to both Bush and Obama it's our currency, government, and therefore our entire country poised on the brink of collapse. Just ask Arthur Laffer, Reagan economist.

part 1 4:36

"We're cutting taxes for 95% of working families. Not for the rich folks but for ordinary folks."

What good is a few bucks for the folks when your Cap and Trade bill will make our "energy prices skyrocket"? Those are your words Mr. President and you should stop slapping the public across the face by talking about your fake tax cuts. The things your making more expensive in our lives are far more than any supposed "tax cut" you think you passed.

part 1 4:49

"We're extending and increasing unemployment insurance for 12 million Americans to help them weather this economic storm."

The best tool to weather an economic storm is a job. How about you stop talking about "saved jobs" because they mean nothing if unemployment keeps rising rather than decreasing. Start creating real jobs by working with (rather than against) businesses. A stable job will help someone much more than "increasing unemployment insurance".

part 1 5:11

"We are saving the jobs of teachers and police officers that Americans rely on all across the nation"

Nothing wrong with this one, except for the fact that it's taxpayers in local communities whose taxes help pay for teachers and police officers salaries. If you create more private sector jobs then the tax revenue from those jobs will increase and there will be enough money to save teachers and cops from being fired without a "stimulus" check.


"with the largest investment in our infrastructure since the interstate highway system was built in the 1950's"

Then why aren't we repairing the roads where it's most needed?

part 1 6:05

"This recession has hit communities of color with particular ferocity"

Aren't most of those same communities run mostly by Democrats? Haven't they been run by Democrats for years? Just an observation. Weren't the ghetto's still ghetto's in the 90's? Obama was a community organizer in Chicago and aren't crime and poverty still relatively high there? I hope he has better success with the nation than he had in Chicago but so far I'm not impressed.

part 1 6:32

"we all know that these problems have been there for a long time"


"That's why my administration under the leadership of Eric Holder is serious about enforcing our civil rights laws and tearing down barriers to equal opportunity"

Who isn't?!! We should all be in favor of enforcing our civil rights laws but these "barriers to equal opportunity" within the African American community can only be solved by leaders within those communities. Business leaders to create jobs and loving parents pushing morals, values, hard work, and serious schooling to the children of those communities. An embracement of personal responsibility and tough policies against crime. For crime brings with it poverty and destruction to any community regardless of race.

Part 2 1:17

"your trying to make sure everyone has health care and they're putting a Hitler mustache on you that doesn't make sense to me explain that to me"

Anyone who does that is an idiot. However, it's also not wise for Obama and others on the left to label anyone who disagrees with them "extremist".

Part 2 2:00

"It will be against the law for insurance companies to deny you coverage because of a pre-existing condition"

I'm not against this, just like I'm not against it being illegal to deny coverage based on race etc.

Part 2:11

"It will be against the law for insurance companies to drop your coverage when you get sick or water it down when you need it the most. They won't be able to place some arbitrary cap on how much coverage you receive in a given year or a lifetime."

That's great, but the government will be able to do all of these things, and senior citizens will bear the brunt of it.

He mentions requiring insurance companies to cover preventative care at no extra cost.

Part 2 2:50

"There's no reason we shouldn't be catching diseases like breast cancer before they get worse."

I agree again, but it will be very expensive because of all the extra preventative tests. Aren't they currently criticizing the insurance companies for this. If there's no compensation for these tests yet they are required then it will severely damage the insurance companies. That's of course the hidden agenda because if private insurance goes down and you can't change insurance (remember you can keep your insurance but you can't change it, Obama only likes to mention the first part of that), not being able to change your insurance is in the bill.

Part 2 3:56

"They said the same thing when we tried to pass Social Security. They called FDR all kinds of things." "They said the same thing about Lyndon Johnson when he tried to pass Medicare."

When Social Security was passed by FDR under the economically catastrophic New Deal the average life expectancy for whites was 59 years old. For Black Americans the life expectancy was only 48!! You couldn't collect until you were 62. It was an FDR trick designed to take money from working people but never intended to pay them. Now that the life expectancy has greatly increased in this country, (thanks to our awful health care), the program is going broke. Therefore, critics of the Social Security program were right even if Obama disagrees.

Also, isn't Medicare riddled with fraud and waste? Obama's plan doesn't increase fraud prevention. What do you think will happen when millions of people are added to it?

At about 4:45 in part 2 he talks about education. I agree with most of what he says for the next few minutes about education. The only problem is that the teachers unions will prevent much of what he talks about, like getting rid of teachers that aren't performing well.

Part 2 7:00

"Government can't put away the Playstation, government can't put our kids to bed at a reasonable hour, government can't attend those parent/teacher conferences, government can't help them with their homework, government can't make sure they leave for school on time. These are things only a mother can do and a father can do. These are things that a parent can do."

I agree 100% with this as well as most that comes after it. I don't like the term "shared prosperity" at about 9:30 in the speech. Then he closes with the usual style we've become accustomed to with Obama. There's a quick skip toward the end and someone accused Fox of editing the speech. I watched it on Fox and there was no such edits.

One last point before I end this. We all know of Martin Luther King Jr's. famous I have a dream speech. I'd like to share some of that speech that you may not know.

"In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred."

"The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to a distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone."

President Obama and the CBC have great opportunity at this time to inspire the African-American communities in ways no other American leaders could before. Mr. President I agree with you when it comes to all of the things in this speech that talk about what the government can't do. You actually sent a very conservative message of personal responsibility toward the end of the speech.

Government has spent decades trying to fix our poorest communities. Government has spent decades trying to solve poverty and crime in the African-American communities. It's time to use your outstanding communication skills to inspire those communities to help themselves. After all:

"The government declared war on poverty and poverty won." Ronald Reagan


Massachusetts Priorities

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Massachusetts, like many other states is feeling this recession. It doesn't seem like that matters much to some of our legislators, they have bigger problems to worry about like picking our official state sandwich.

The Fluffernutter, a gooey combination of peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff that has given countless children a sugar rush, is again being proposed as the state sandwich.

Shame-full story.

It's amazing that this is the state of the original Boston Tea Party.

Maybe when we're done talking about state sandwiches we can start talking about health care or the economy again. I think it's a little more important than establishing a state sandwich don't you?

Let's use Mass as an example for health care, it's making the recession worse here.

"some legislators believe the current law is unrealistic given current economic conditions and should be waived for the newly unemployed, but Democratic Governor Deval Patrick vows to continue the program and cut other spending to balance the budget instead."

Mass care increasing recession.

Now, some news on economics. A few months ago I attended a town hall meeting with Deval Patrick, I've posted about it previously. While he didn't pick me for a question at the event I did get to submit a Youtube question with one of his staffers after the event.

The question was never posted or answered, (no surprise there), even though I was assured when I called constituent services that even if it wasn't posted I'd at least get a phone call or e-mail answer. It's been 3 months and I'm still waiting.

First, read this.

Ok, now it's almost laughable that the title of that story was, "Tracking the recession: Stimulus helps revive summer youth jobs programs." However, the last line of the story was, "Don’t expect any growth in teen jobs until 2012."

So let me get this straight...stimulus is reviving summer job programs with no growth in summer jobs!! Was this story written by Joe Biden!!!

There's another point to this story though that ties directly into my question for Deval. All of the so called jobs being talked about by most stimulus supporters are funded with stimulus dollars, like the story you just read. What happens when the stimulus money runs out?

The way I put it to Deval in a question you'll never see him answer was something like this, I don't remember my exact words but I'll be pretty close here.

When you came out tonight Deval you started by talking about jobs being created here in MA. They were all stimulus jobs created with stimulus dollars. When the stimulus money runs out you'll be right back where we started, needing more stimulus dollars to keep funding those jobs.

I'd like to know how you plan to create long-term jobs in the private sector? It was JFK who said you decrease revenue when you increase taxes because you kill jobs.

I used JFK because I knew it would be harder for Deval to criticize a Democrat than a Republican like Reagan and Coolidge. For the record here's the JFK quote I was referring to. I doubt Deval knows it:

"Our true choice is not between tax reduction, on the one hand, and the avoidance of large federal deficits on the other. It is between two kinds of deficits, a chronic deficit of inertia, as the unwanted result of inadequate revenues and a restricted economy, or a temporary deficit of transition, resulting from a tax cut designed to boost the economy, produce revenues, and achieve a future budget surplus. The first type of deficit is a sign of waste and weakness, the second reflects an investment in the future"

The economy here on a state level is much the same as the national level. Rising unemployment, decreasing revenue, tons of wasted money, and absolutely no quality leadership.

It's not all bad though. At least we may soon have an official state sandwich, the Fluffernutter. WOO HOO!!

Thanks for reading.


I Reply To MoveOn.org, Regulation, and Critics Of We The People

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Dear MoveOn member,

Dawn is a few years younger than me. She lives in Atlanta. She's an aspiring playwright. And four years ago, she was diagnosed with a rare, but treatable brain tumor.

Dawn's doctors are ready to treat the tumor, but they can't. CIGNA, her insurer, refuses to pay for the care she needs because the only hospitals qualified to treat her are out-of-network. And after years of fighting, Dawn just received her final denial letter.

For me, the scariest thing about Dawn's story is that it could happen to any of us—to a friend of mine, or someone in my family. After all, Dawn has insurance. But as long as private insurers are the only game in town, they'll continue to have the power to deny Americans the care they need.

Dawn is fighting back. And while CIGNA may be able to ignore Dawn, they won't be able to ignore millions of us standing together with her. I'm joining Dawn's fight to shine a light on Big Insurance's abusive tactics, get Dawn the care she needs, and make sure they don't do this to anyone ever again. Will you join me by signing a statement of support? Clicking below will add your name:


The statement says, "I stand with Dawn Smith. CIGNA must provide the treatment she needs and stop rejecting legitimate care for all the others who are suffering."

Unfortunately, Dawn's story isn't unique—she's one of the millions of Americans who are suffering—but what she's doing about her situation is. Instead of suffering in silence, she's sharing her painful, powerful story so that, as she says, "no one else has to go through what I have."

I've been really moved by Dawn's strength, given everything she's going through. She has terrible pain and sudden seizures that can knock her off her feet. She's had to move back in with her mom so she can have constant care. But through all that, she's kept her spirits up.

The heart-breaking part is that her condition is treatable. But CIGNA's refusal to treat her has brought her to "the end of my rope," as she puts it. CIGNA gladly accepts Dawn's premium payments, but when she needed care, they refused to pay for it, coming up with new reasons as they went.

Dawn's story is a symptom of a much bigger problem. But if we all rally behind her, we can help not just her, but everyone else who's suffering under our broken system, too. Together, we have the power to make Dawn's story different, and in the process, to remind Congress and the American people why we so desperately need health care reform.

I'm standing with Dawn. Will you join me? Clicking below will add your name:


Thanks for all you do.

–Justin, Marika, Daniel, Kat, and the rest of the team


Ok, first things first, I have Cigna insurance through my employer and for about $45 bucks a week they cover my wife, myself, and all 3 of our kids. I certainly can't complain about that coverage as I also find the co-pays reasonable.

Having said that it's also true that I don't have a brain tumor so I haven't had first hand experience with Cigna on how they handle such problems. So far though I trust my insurance company more than MoveOn.org don't you?

"CIGNA gladly accepts Dawn's premium payments, but when she needed care, they refused to pay for it, coming up with new reasons as they went." Think about that for a minute. It's truly a case for reform. Now take the same quote and replace the word CIGNA with The Government. Isn't that one of the major cases against the government takeover of health care?

The government will have the ability to deny care, especially to the elderly, by "coming up with new reasons as they want" also.

I don't disagree with the fact that we do need reform. What we don't need is a government takeover. Name one thing the government runs better than the private sector? Our military is amazing because the politicians largely stay out of it. They control funding etc. but when it comes to missions our military leaders are left largely in charge of what's done. THAT'S WHY OUR MILITARY IS SO AMAZING, THE POLITICIANS ARE NOT TELLING OUR MILITARY EXACTLY WHAT TO DO, THAT'S LEFT TO OUR MILITARY EXPERTS!!

Could you imagine if the likes of Nance Pelosi were in charge with our military? Are you ready to put her and others in congress like her in charge of health care?!!

Think about it....The government's case for taking over health care has never been weaker. Congress and Obama don't think that's the case but let me explain.

Even before Obama became president the government began getting involved in taking over more and more of our country and our personal lives. From Tarp, to Stimulus (1 and 2), Cash For Cars That Work Fine (Clunkers), the bankrupt Post Office, the ever-frustrating RMV, the "pork" added to various bills over the years from BOTH PARTIES,Cap and Trade (Energy Tax), and on and on and on.

Given that track record they dare to label opposition to the health care plan as a Republican conspiracy, they call us extremist, they think we're just being racist against the President. I know most people reading this are smarter than that, what's amazing is how few politicians are smart enough to understand that. How can they be so blind to the feelings of a majority of the people?

If disagreement was solely based on race then there's no way he would have won the election in November it's as simple as that. Were the African Americans who opposed the Bush policies labeled as racist extremists?...Of course not, American opposition and distrust of government is to a point natural and healthy for Democracy. It is one of the greatest things about our great country. Look at how Iran reacted to the protests by it's people.

This is not about right versus left, or black versus white. This is about right versus wrong. This is about average Americans from all areas, all races, and all political parties standing up to our elitist politicians.

We put our trust in the politicians long enough. We were betrayed by the parties enough times. The time has come for the politicians to put their trust back in we the people.

If we say no to trusting the government with our money then in the interest of representing we the people the government should take less of our money, not more. If we say no to trusting the government with our health then they shouldn't takeover the health care industry.

Ronald Reagan believed in deregulation, keeping the government from intruding as much as possible while still upholding the law. We should go after the Bernie Madoff's of the country, however, the fact that people like that do exist is no basis for labelling all investors as con-men criminals.

Obama is the anti-Reagan, he believes in regulating everything:

Ben Bernanke isn't waiting for Congress to expand the Fed's regulatory powers. Instead, he wants to put regulators directly inside banks to monitor (and possibly reject) pay packages.

The whole story.

Here's another:

The FCC rules "would bar Internet service providers such as Verizon Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. or AT&T Inc., from slowing or blocking certain services or content flowing through their vast networks," according to the AP.

But critics contend that the proposals are nothing more than a backdoor way for the FCC to tighten federal control over the Internet by beginning with the regulation of Internet service providers.

Full story

If we're extremist for being concerned about the power of government then every founding father of this great nation were extremists. If that's the case then I'll wear that label proudly.

"Every dictator who ever lived has justified the enslavement of his people on the theory of what was good for the majority." Ronald Reagan's CPAC speech 1974.


IBD: 45% Of Doctors Would Consider Quitting If Congress Passes Health Care Overhaul

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Very scary stuff indeed.

Two of every three practicing physicians oppose the medical overhaul plan under consideration in Washington, and hundreds of thousands would think about shutting down their practices or retiring early if it were adopted, a new IBD/TIPP Poll has found.

The poll contradicts the claims of not only the White House, but also doctors' own lobby — the powerful American Medical Association — both of which suggest the medical profession is behind the proposed overhaul.

It also calls into question whether an overhaul is even doable; 72% of the doctors polled disagree with the administration's claim that the government can cover 47 million more people with better-quality care at lower cost.

Major findings included:

• Two-thirds, or 65%, of doctors say they oppose the proposed government expansion plan. This contradicts the administration's claims that doctors are part of an "unprecedented coalition" supporting a medical overhaul...

• Four of nine doctors, or 45%, said they "would consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement" if Congress passes the plan the Democratic majority and White House have in mind.

More than 800,000 doctors were practicing in 2006, the government says. Projecting the poll's finding onto that population, 360,000 doctors would consider quitting.

• More than seven in 10 doctors, or 71% — the most lopsided response in the poll — answered "no" when asked if they believed "the government can cover 47 million more people and that it will cost less money and the quality of care will be better."

Read more here.


When Will Our Politicians Learn From History?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

By now I'm sure you've heard about Obama's tariff on Chinese tires. Well, that decision is of course being praised by those who refuse to learn the lessons of history.

"Today, the President courageously stood up and enforced fair trade rules that will save jobs and help our communities. Since China joined the WTO, American workers have not been assured that the government would defend them against unfair trade. With this 'Section 421' decision, President Obama has taken the side of American workers and manufacturers." - U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown

Read the story.

Ok, so now you've seen the typical type of talking points usually given when it comes to tariffs. "Trade safeguards that protect American manufacturers from excessive imports."

Wait a minute, I know I've seen this argument before. Another tariff about protecting manufacturing jobs. It was called the Smoot Hawley Tariff Act of 1930. The argument for this tariff in 1930 in part was this:

"The original intention behind the legislation was to increase the protection afforded domestic farmers against foreign agricultural imports". Sounds great right?

Well read what happened for yourself.

"It provoked a storm of foreign retaliatory measures". Now, why does that seem familiar. THIS IS WHY!!

"Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana

I'll ask again as I did in the title of this post. When will our politicians learn from history?


Remembering 9/11

Friday, September 11, 2009

I can't believe it's been 8 years since the attacks of 9/11/01. We honor those who were taken from us on that day as well as all of those who have paid the ultimate price since.

It is my hope that we can all remember the unity seen in this country in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks. We watched the partisan bickering subside in this country for awhile. Even the politicians put aside party differences and united for awhile in our time of shock and mourning.

Regardless of personal political beliefs we became unified in the common love of our country and families. That is the message of remembering 9/11. We saw that our greatest strength comes to us when we stand together. We are strongest when we stand as the United States of America. Acting like the divided states of the parties have become our greatest weakness. George Washington warned about the danger the party system poses to our country. Rather than follow the politics of right and left we must look at issues through the prism of right and wrong.

Whether you agree with the wars or not doesn't matter today. Today is about the heroes of United 93. The heroes of NYC who ran to the Twin Towers in an attempt to save lives. To those at the Pentagon who dealt with that attack. Never forget how you felt on that day. Never forget how you felt in the days, weeks, months, and years since that day. And never forget that we are the UNITED STATES of AMERICA.

God bless those lost on 9/11 as well as all who have been lost since, God bless the families of those lost, and may God continue to bless The United States of America.


Too Many Patients For Too Few Doctors And Constitutional Questions

Thursday, September 10, 2009

For the last few weeks Dick Morris has been covering how Obama's health care plan will lead to rationing.

The fundamental question that the Obama Administration has never answered is a simple one: How can they treat 50 million new patients with no extra doctors?

A new report from the American Association of Medical Colleges underscores the urgency of this concern. The Association notes that the United States now suffers from a shortage of 15,000 doctors - a shortfall that is expected to grow to 125,000 in fifteen years. And, the Association reports, if universal health insurance is passed, the shortage will grow to over 150,000 by 2025.

Read the full story.

My mother is an RN and has talked for years about what a high demand job hers is. She can relocate practically anywhere she wants because so many more RN's and MD's are needed. Dick Morris mirrors that point of view in his article yesterday. Obamacare will create a far greater shortage of doctors and nurses than we already have. Obama hasn't mentioned a word on how he plans to increase the amount of doctors and nurses to handle the massive increase in patients he'll be forcing into the system with his government run health care plan. His refusal to clarify that has become part of the argument regarding rationing.

The other point to think about comes from Andrew Napolitano regarding the Constitutionality of government-run health care. See his point regarding this issue here.

Look away from the teleprompter for a minute Obama and listen up. Most Americans aren't lawyers. Most of us keep the language pretty simple when we're sitting at home yelling at our TV's while watching the news. When I was a kid I remember my father yelling at the news in frustration and I didn't get it. Now it's my kids watching me get frustrated at the news. I didn't understand the big deal then but I sure do now.

Obama thinks this is a right wing conspiracy. He doesn't seem to realize that we the people have been screaming at our TV's not only since his election, but for the last few years. We got sick of partisan politics putting our government on pause. Congress' approval rating has been dismal far longer than Obama's been president.

We are tired of watching the government treat our opinions like they don't matter. We were against TARP, against stimulus 1 (Bush's) and 2 (Obama's), against Omnibus (with it's 9,000 earmarks), against Cash For Clunkers (which the government failed to run effectively), and now we are against this massive health care overhaul. This health care issue is the largest of all the programs I just mentioned. We have good reason to be angry at the town hall meetings and good reason not to trust the government with health care.

It was the Liberals championing the "don't trust government" attitude during the Bush years. It is natural for Americans not to trust the government when it intrudes into our lives. That was the whole premise behind the Constitution. Stimulus is not life and death.....health care is. If you can't be trusted with our money, how can you be trusted with our health?


President Obama's "Hail Mary"

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Last evening, Sarah Palin penned an OP/ED for the Wall Street Journal regarding health care. Hours before President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress, the White House released a series of talking points, and one of them was particularly notable:

On Gov. Palin's Attacks

Every non-partisan organization that has looked at her claims say they are false. And the ideas in her op-ed are both scary and risky. Eliminating Medicare and giving our seniors vouchers instead is a bad idea that we shouldn't adopt.

Some points:

-Sarah Palin stated nothing in her OP/ED about eliminating Medicare.

-Medicare already funds optional private insurance for seniors under the Medicare Advantage (Part C) program.

-Stating her ideas are "both scary and risky." What would be so scary and risky about tort reform and opening up insurance competition across state lines?

These are the same old talking points we have seen for months. This is a feeble attempt to blame someone else for incompetent leadership both in Congress and by the White House. The president will have 60 Senate seats once Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick appoints a Senator to replace Ted Kennedy.

So with the votes, why has his plan failed? It has failed because his attempt to rush it through before the August recess brought tremendous negative attention to the plan. Why would a president want to rush something through in a panic when he has 60 votes? Quite obviously, it was rushed because the American people would soon realize what total garbage this plan is. And they did.

Thanks to the works of people like Gov. Sarah Palin and others, the truths of what ObamaCare would be, and, even worse, what it could turn into. This is where the death panels come in. No bill would ever use the term "death panels"; that would be political suicide. The "death panels" would be simply a negative externality resulting from the passage of the bill. Economics is the study of how a society allocates its scarce resources. The very nature of the laws of supply and demand guarantee that there will be rationing. "Death panels" was a way to describe what rationing is to the average American. It worked, and, dare I say it; it seems to be rather accurate as well.

Even scarier, are the rambling ideas that are being floated around in congress. Public Option, CO-OPS, triggered public option, etc. These are all nonsensical terms and no one knows how bad the effects of these programs could be. As we have seen over the last month, the American people do not want them. The inability to stand on principle is staggering, and also quite scary.

And most comical is this notion floating about that Palin did not write today's OP/ED. Noted Palin-obsessed lunatic Geoffrey Dunn is perpetuating this insane notion. This was hilarious enough on its own, in that The Huffington Post would actually publish his response. Now, even the White House is getting on board with it!

From Politico:

"Even Gov. Palin in the essay that, I don’t know, she wrote herself" - the official wryly continued, drawing laughter from reporters - "as she considered all of the complexities of this issue, acknowledged at the front end that there is a significant health care crisis. That alone is important."

Is this a joke? This is what the White House has turned into? They are either totally incompetent, or absolutely terrified of this woman. For the White House to question the authorship of a piece written by a former governor with a degree in journalism, simply because they think she talks funny is truly amazing.

Their Pravda style propaganda is sickening.

Obama and his cronies have no clue what being president is about, and it is sickening.


Paging Ashley Judd.... This is the United States Calling....

Monday, September 7, 2009

Welcome C4P readers. I hope you enjoy the blog. We are just starting out and if you could stick around... we would greatly appreciate it.

We may all recall a low-budget, internet-only commercial that actress Ashley Judd sponsored a while back condemning Gov. Sarah Palin's authorization of predator control methods in the state of Alaska. This was repeatedly proven to be a bit of a political attack against Palin, not against the program of wolf hunting, as many states use the program to control predators and maintain a steady supply of animals suitable for hunting and food consumption. It was an attempt primarily to polarize Palin rather than condemn wolf hunting. We all knew it, and now we essentially have proof.

Here we have an article that describes wolf hunting procedures in the ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE state of Oregon. This article was dated September 5th, 2009. The time of this writing is the evening of September 7th, 2009. It begins:

U.S. Department of Agriculture officials shot and killed two wolves today that were linked to five attacks on livestock in the Keating Valley area of Baker County. The wolves were shot after nonlethal efforts failed to keep them from killing livestock again. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife then authorized Agriculture's Wildlife Services to kill the animals, one of which was wearing a tracking collar, from a fixed-wing aircraft.

Interesting. That sounds an awful lot like the same program that occurred up in our 49th state. In defense of the United States Department of Agriculture, they did make attempts to resolve this issue using nonlethal means, which, surprisingly, did not work:

After the first incident, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Defenders of Wildlife and the landowners worked together to try nonlethal measures to keep the wolves from killing livestock again.

Those measures included placing a radio collar on one of the wolves so it could be monitored, installing fladry (flagged fencing that can be a wolf deterrent), using a radio-activated-guard box that makes noise when a radio collar approaches, double-penning livestock, keeping livestock near homes at night, burying carcass piles and using guard dogs.

It should be noted that the killing of these wolves was not carried out by the State of Oregon. Rather, it was carried out by the United States Department of Agriculture, meaning that someone in the Obama Administration would have had to authorize this themselves. Ironically, Ashley Judd does not seem to have so much of a problem when it is Obama who kills the wolves...no. She only has a problem when Sarah Palin does it. Psst.... Ashley!.... your hypocrisy is showing!

Remington Steele: Liberal hypocrisy knows no bounds.


1963 Communist Goals

In the Congressional Record, Florida congressman Albert Herlong Jr. submitted the "Communist Goals of 1963. I'd like to share them with you. This is from "The Real America". See if some of these sound familiar to what's happening today in America.

1963 Communist Goals

1. US acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. US willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament by the U.S. would be a demonstration of "moral strength".

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long term loans to Russia and Soviet Satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China, and admission of Red China to the UN.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the Germany question by free elections under supervision of the UN.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the US has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet Satellites individual representation in the UN.

11. Promote the UN as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with it's own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the UN as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the US Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the US.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken the basic American institutions, by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for Socialism, and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers associations. Put the party line in text books.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all form of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings," substitute shapeless, awkward, and meaningless form.

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography, and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy, and promiscuity as "normal, natural, and healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the grounds that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American founding fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man".

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of "the big picture": Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture-education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand or treat.

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks, and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special interest groups should rise up and make a "united force" to solve economic, political, or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally Reservation so the US can not prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction over nations and individuals alike.

How many of these Communist goals look like Liberal goals to you?

See them for yourself.


MoveOn.org Thinks They're Winning The Healthcare Debate

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dear MoveOn member,

After a few weeks of health care craziness, there's good news: we're winning on the ground. Lots of town halls are now dominated by supporters of health care reform. The vast majority of Americans want the choice of a public plan.1 And a powerful bloc of progressives in the House is standing strong on real reform.

The really bad news? The media's still acting like President Obama's health care plan is on the skids. If we don't turn the conventional wisdom around before Congress begins voting on health care, we could be in big trouble.

We've got a plan to make it happen. It starts tomorrow with major vigils across the country to bring the media's focus back to the real people suffering under the current health care system.
And then we'll shake up the media story again by going on the offensive against Republicans, with a new series of tough ads that call them out for their ties to the health insurance industry.
But to actually make a big splash, we need to raise $185,000 today—and that's going to take at least 3 donations from people in (location withheld). Can you chip in $20 right now to help out?
Right now, Republicans in Congress think they can get away with viciously slandering President Obama's plan for a public health insurance option—even though 77% of Americans say they want to have the choice of a public plan.2

These Republicans need a reality check. Every member of Congress should know that opposing health care reform isn't just morally wrong—it's politically dangerous and unpopular.
That's why we're planning some very tough new TV ads. They'll let voters know exactly how much money their representatives have taken from the insurance industry, whose top goal this year is to kill the public option.

These ads are a surefire way to put Republicans on the defensive, and show that Americans want their representatives to stop siding with insurance companies by obstructing health care reform.

To hit our goal of $185,000 and get these ads on the air, we need at least 3 people in (location withheld) to step up. Can you chip in $20 right now to help out?
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Kat, Stephen, Joan and the rest of the team
1, 2. "New Poll: 77 Percent Support 'Choice' Of Public Option," The Huffington Post, August 20, 2009.
Want to support our work? We're entirely funded by our 5 million members—no corporate contributions, no big checks from CEOs. And our tiny staff ensures that small contributions go a long way.
Chip in here.

Okay, first of all I'd like to thank MoveOn.org for the comic relief they regularly provide me with. As I stated earlier I've been reading the health care bill for myself, unlike most of the people who act like they know what's in the bill. If you want to check any of this info you can read the bill for yourself

It's actually not as hard to read as you may think, however I'm certainly not saying it's easy or fun to read either. As long as you take your time and read it carefully, I've had to read several parts 2 or 3 times just to make sure I'm understanding what it says. Unlike MoveOn.org and their partisan polls and routine of misinformation I don't want to spread misinformation. I actually encourage all who read this to try and read some of the bill for themselves.

It's easy to be lied to by both sides to sell an agenda. On health care though it's Obama, (who hasn't read the bill), and groups like MoveOn.org, (who also haven't read the bill), that are misleading the public the most. Why won't they read the bill?....It's quite simple. They know this bill was written by the progressive left. They are progressive left so they trust the bill. This provides them with the belief that they don't have to read the bill. After all they trusted Pelosi and company with the cap and trade (tax) and stimulus. Haven't they turned out great?!!!

One thing in this bill that worries me the most is the unprecedented regulatory power of the "commissioner".

Section 141 - (a) In General- There is hereby established, as an independent agency in the executive branch of the Government, a Health Choices Administration (in this division referred to as the `Administration').

(b) Commissioner- (1) IN GENERAL- The Administration shall be headed by a Health Choices Commissioner (in this division referred to as the `Commissioner') who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.

I can't wait to see who Obama appoints to be the commissioner.

This commissioner is talked about all throughout this bill, and so is the HHS (health and human services) secretary. One thing apparent in this bill is that these 2 individuals are going to be granted unprecedented regulatory power over PRIVATE AND PUBLIC insurance companies.

I've already posted a story explaining abortions being covered in the health care bill so I won't get into that again. Obama likes to say, "if you like your insurance keep it". He's not lying about that. You do get to keep your insurance. The problem is that you aren't allowed to CHANGE your insurance, funny coming from the president of Change. The only change you'll be allowed to do under this bill is CHANGE from your current insurance to the government plan.

He doesn't talk about the business taxes in this bill either. Including excise taxes (can you say New Deal 2?). Explanation: Under FDR's "New Deal" most government revenue came from various excise taxes.

Businesses can pay an 8% tax, (8% of total payroll), rather than provide insurance to it's workers. Well from a business standpoint if the current cost of providing health care to workers is more than 8% of payroll then businesses will choose to pay the tax rather than provide the insurance. Since you can't change your insurance plan this would force you onto the government plan.

Smaller businesses have an even greater incentive to push it's workers onto the government plan. If total payroll is between $350K and $400K then the tax is only 6%, $300 - $350 = 4%, $250 - $300 = 2%, and under $250K = 0%.

This is essentially just another way for government to squeeze more tax dollars out of businesses. While at the same time getting more and more people pushed onto the government plan. I'm sure the job creation that will cause will be fantastic.

Do not be fooled by the new, "do it for Ted (Kennedy)" attitude either. Keep in mind that Kennedy OPPOSED welfare reform under Clinton and Gingrich. He even called it "legislative child abuse".

He was part of "No Child Left Behind" with Bush. Teachers now complain that they have to teach students specifically based on passing this test. I'm not going to launch a personal attack on his character there are plenty of others that will waste their time with that. I will admit that as a MA resident I won't miss him as one of my senators. Good thing he stopped Deval from being able to appoint himself. I'll see you at the special election on Jan. 19th.

As for health care I could go on and on about different problems in this bill but it would take forever and this is a blog, not a book. Remember we will be stuck with this bill once it passes. After Stimulus, Cap and Trade, Cash For Clunkers, and TARP, not to mention all the "pork" in the various bills in recent years are you really ready to trust the same congress responsible for the failures mentioned above with taking over our health care system?

They can call me an extremist if it makes them feel better. If you're reading this blog regularly then you're probably an extremist in their eyes also. Unlike those who would criticize me everything I've said above is a matter of fact. What have I said that's extreme here? Hitler also described his critics as "extremist". Who proved to be the real extremist? Having opposing views of others, especially critical views of government, doesn't make you an extremist...........it makes you an American.


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