Archive for February, 2009

OK, It’s partisanship from here on out

February 14, 2009

Monica Crowley has been a wonderful addition to the McLaughlin Group–she almost balances out the  uber-irritating Eleanor Clift.   Somehow the Republicans got the idea that we conservatives were tired of partisan bickering and that we just wanted everyone in Congress to “just get along.”   WRONG!    We desperately want the Republicans to continue to fight the liberal Dems who are on their way to destroying our country with that horrific HR 1 stimulus bill.

Bipartisanship is the recipe of doom for the Republicans.  It’s partisanship all the way to the 2010 primaries.

Anyone who votes for HR 1 should be thrown out of office

February 13, 2009

FRIDAY THE 13TH OF FEBRUARY, 2009

Bet you didn’t know Porkulus will cost $3.27 trillion?!?!?

1. Have You Seen Porkulus?

Nancy Pelosi let K-Street lobbyists look at the final language, but would not let members of Congress look. Democrats told Republicans they couldn’t see Porkulus because they were going to vote against it. And the Democrats told everyone there’s be a 48 hour viewing period, but they’ve decided to ignore their promise.

2. A Raw Deal For American Families

Porkulus provides $1.10 per day in tax relief to workers, while saddling every American family with $9,400.00 in added debt. And it is bigger than the GDP of all but 15 nations.

3. The Democrats’ Math Doesn’t Add Up

The only thing certain is that Porkulus does not create all the jobs Barack Obama said it would.

4. Democrats to Approve $12 TRILLION Debt Ceiling

Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking out the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and inserting ”$12,104,000,000,000”.

5. Caterpillar CEO Directly Contradicts Obama’s Claim he said Workers Would be “Rehired” if “Stimulus” Passes

The daylight brings a huge contradiction. Obama really is Captain Bull Snot.

6. The Politicization of the Census Bureau is Not the Change Americans are Looking For

No single word was more prominently used during the election cycle of 2008 than “change.” It was a rallying cry for both Republicans and Democrats and represented a promise to reform Washington into a more bipartisan and transparent government. That was until the wave of promised bipartisanship suddenly hit a sea wall called the U.S. Census Bureau.

7. ‘Stimulus” Has $8 Billion for Harry Reid’s Re-Election Campaign

How Much Pork Is Hidden in the Details?

8. Obama’s bailout to cost $3.27 trillion

The Heritage Foundation reports that the true cost of the so-called “stimulus” is going to be $3.27 trillion. That’s right, President Obama’s bloated bailout boondoggle is going to cost four times the already outrageously expensive $789 trillion Senator Susan Collins finds “fiscally responsible.”

9. Jesuits Accused of Catholicism

Belief Is Intolerable

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1. Have You Seen Porkulus?

Nancy Pelosi let K-Street lobbyists look at the final language, but would not let members of Congress look. Democrats told Republicans they couldn’t see Porkulus because they were going to vote against it. And the Democrats told everyone there’s be a 48 hour viewing period, but they’ve decided to ignore their promise.

We’re receiving E-mails from Capitol Hill staffers expressing frustration that they can’t get a copy of the stimulus bill agreed to last night at a price of $789 billion. What’s more, staffers are complaining about who does have a copy: K Street lobbyists.

E-mails one key Democratic staffer: “K Street has the bill, or chunks of it, already, and the congressional offices don’t. So, the Hill is getting calls from the press (because it’s leaking out) asking us to confirm or talk about what we know-but we can’t do that because we haven’t seen the bill. Anyway, peeps up here are sort of a combo of confused and like, ‘Is this really happening?'”

Reporters pressing for details, meanwhile, are getting different numbers from different offices, especially when seeking the details of specific programs.

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Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., complained this morning on the House floor that lawmakers were being asked to vote, sight unseen, on “the largest single bill in the history of Congress.” Some Democratic lawmakers fired back that Republicans didn’t need to see the bill anyway, since none of them voted for the stimulus when it moved through the House the first time and would probably stand in opposition.

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Let’s pretend the conference report is to be distributed right now – 5:30pm EST – to House members (in reality, it likely won’t be until later tonight). That would leave 15 1/2 hours, or 930 minutes, for consideration of the 1,434-page conference report before floor action on the bill commences – one and a half pages a minute from now until the morning, with no stops for any reason whatsoever.

Leave aside, for a moment, the fact that the House – including Hoyer himself – unanimously voted in favor of a 48-hour review period for the porkulus before action was taken on it. Is one night really enough time to read for the first time and consider a bill that would borrow and spend an amount of money that, if it were GDP, would make it the fifteenth largest economy in the world?

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2. A Raw Deal For American Families

Porkulus provides $1.10 per day in tax relief to workers, while saddling every American family with $9,400.00 in added debt. And it is bigger than the GDP of all but 15 nations.

Following are some very tentative quick facts on the trillion-dollar “stimulus” spending deal slated to be rushed through the House and Senate today or tomorrow by Congressional Democrats, as compiled by the Office of House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH). These are based on best estimates on legislative text and scoring and may be subject to revision. Keep in mind that the Democrats haven’t actually released the actual text yet.

Generational Theft. The final agreement will cost each and every household more than $9,400 in additional debt (including interest on the bill), paid for by our children and grandchildren.
Paltry Tax Relief for Working Families and Small Businesses. The “Making Work Pay” tax credit at the center of the plan amounts to $1.10 a day, not even enough to ride the bus one-way to work.
Massive Government Expansion. The final agreement is almost as much as the annual discretionary budget for the entire federal government.
A Trillion-Dollar Spending Bill. The $789.5 billion final agreement slated for a House vote either today or tomorrow will exceed more than $1 trillion when adding in the interest of approximately $300 billion between 2009-2019.
Unnecessary Spending That Won’t Create Jobs. Apparently included in the final “jobs” bill is money for plug-in vehicles, money for STD prevention, and money for ACORN (via the Neighborhood Stabilization Program and CDBG program). The final agreement also creates new programs and funds existing programs that can be used to fund earmarks and pork-barrel projects.
The bill contains enough spending – $789.5 billion – to give every man, woman and child in America $2,600. $789.5 billion is enough to give every person in Ohio more than $68,000.
Supporters of the bill say it saves or creates 3.67 million new jobs. But, the data they are circulating shows only 3.46 million – that’s 210,000 fewer than their talking points claim, 500,000 fewer than President Obama promised, and a staggering 2.74 million fewer than the 6.2 million jobs that would be created by the House GOP alternative.
The bill creates 31 new programs totaling $97 billion (31% of all appropriations) and expands 73 programs by $92 billion which are part of the regular appropriations process, not “stimulative spending.”
Almost one-third of the so called “tax relief” in the bill is spending in disguise, meaning that true tax relief makes up only 26% of the total package – a far cry from the 40 percent that President Obama had requested.
A provision tucked in the bill will further increase government involvement in health care by putting bureaucrats – not doctors – in charge of health care choices for families and seniors.
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Oh, and Porkulus is, at its base total larger than the Gross Domestic Product of all but 15 countries and, at the Congressional Budget Office estimate, is larger than the GDP of all but 4 countries.

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3. The Democrats’ Math Doesn’t Add Up

The only thing certain is that Porkulus does not create all the jobs Barack Obama said it would.

Congressman Eric Cantor has prepared a chart that shows just how screwed up the White House’s numbers are. The White House attributes the error to a rounding error. That doesn’t quite add up though.

Small states have significant deviations from totals by the state versus total by the congressional district. And states with just one state wide congressional district have +20% swings.

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According to their own documentation, the bill will create 500,000 fewer jobs than Barack Obama promised. That’s right – a half million less.

The Democrats say Porkulus will save or create 3.67 million new jobs, but their data shows only 3.46 million new jobs. Both are short of Obama’s 4 million new jobs (maybe he is including the 51st through 57th states in his data).

For perspective: the House GOP’s alternative to Porkulus would create 6.2 million new jobs.

Likewise, there’s something else screwy with the Democrats’ numbers. According to their data, Wyoming will get 8,000 new jobs. But broken down by Congressional District, Wyoming’s single Congressional District will get only 6,100 new jobs.

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4. Democrats to Approve $12 TRILLION Debt Ceiling

Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking out the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and inserting ”$12,104,000,000,000”.

In October, this Democratic Congress raised the debt ceiling to $11.3 trillion. Four months later, they will raise it to $12.1 trillion. And at the rate Obama and the Democrats are going, they’ll need to boost it by another trillion in a year or so.

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5. Caterpillar CEO Directly Contradicts Obama’s Claim he said Workers Would be “Rehired” if “Stimulus” Passes

The daylight brings a huge contradiction. Obama really is Captain Bull Snot.

President Obama today repeated the claim we asked about yesterday at the press briefing that Jim Owens, the CEO of Caterpillar, Inc., “said that if Congress passes our plan, this company will be able to rehire some of the folks who were just laid off.” …

But after the president left the event, Owens said the exact opposite.

Asked if the stimulus package would be able to stop the 22,000 layoffs or not, Owens said, “I think realistically no. The truth is we’re going to have more layoffs before we start hiring again”

“It is going to take some time before that stimulus bill” means re-hiring, he said.

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6. The Politicization of the Census Bureau is Not the Change Americans are Looking For

No single word was more prominently used during the election cycle of 2008 than “change.” It was a rallying cry for both Republicans and Democrats and represented a promise to reform Washington into a more bipartisan and transparent government. That was until the wave of promised bipartisanship suddenly hit a sea wall called the U.S. Census Bureau.

The White House quietly announced that the Director of the non-partisan Census Bureau would no longer report to the Secretary of Commerce as it always has, but would now report directly to the President’s Chief of Staff, and former head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rahm Emmanuel.

This sudden and seismic shift may on the surface seem to be nothing more than a procedural change, until one realizes the importance of the 2010 Census and the political power that it will have to shape the future.

The data collected in the Census will affect how more than $300 billion in federal and state funding is allocated each year to communities for neighborhood improvement, public health, transportation, and much more. The statistics will also be used to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redistrict state legislatures. It will also affect school district assignment areas and other important functional areas of government.

That’s why the seizure of the non-political Census Bureau by the political structure in the White House signals a troubling willingness to insert politics into the process that it says it wants to de-politicize. This is nothing more than a bait-and-switch.

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7. ‘Stimulus” Has $8 Billion for Harry Reid’s Re-Election Campaign

How Much Pork Is Hidden in the Details?

Quite a lot. According to Bloomberg, Congressional leaders managed to squeeze in a tax break of ‘up to $10 billion’ that General Motors has been looking for:

“GM won a provision that will erase a tax liability of up to $10 billion that would have resulted from restructuring efforts, said Senator Debbie Stabenow, a Michigan Democrat.”

The bill also includes $8 billion for Harry Reid’s re-election effort a MagLev train from Southern California to Las Vegas.

The Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas maglev is competing with a privately-funded diesel/electric train – one that Reid won’t be able to take credit for, and which won’t go all the way to Hollywood. If Harry Reid is going to stand a chance of getting re-elected, he’ll need to be able to point to plenty of concrete and steel with his name on the outside and your tax dollars on the inside.

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8. Obama’s bailout to cost $3.27 trillion

The Heritage Foundation reports that the true cost of the so-called “stimulus” is going to be $3.27 trillion. That’s right, President Obama’s bloated bailout boondoggle is going to cost four times the already outrageously expensive $789 trillion Senator Susan Collins finds “fiscally responsible.”

Here’s the skinny from Heritage:

“All of the major news outlets are reporting that the stimulus bill voted out of conference committee last night has a meager $789 billion price tag. This number is pure fantasy. No one believes that the increased funding for programs the left loves like Head Start, Medicaid, COBRA, and the Earned Income Tax Credit is in anyway temporary. No Congress under control of the left will ever cut funding for these programs.”

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9. Jesuits Accused of Catholicism

Belief Is Intolerable

A perfect display of what liberal “tolerance” means these days: apparently it’s now “intolerant” to put a crucifix in the classroom of a Catholic college. This comment is priceless:

“But sophomore Alex LoVerde, 20, believes a crucifix ‘pushes the Catholic religion’ and does not belong in a classroom. ‘I think the Jesuit tradition is more of openness and tolerance,’ LoVerde said. ‘I think that an overt display of crucifixes is not what the Jesuits would have had in mind.'”

Boston College really is failing its core educational mission if this sort of ignorance is common among its students.

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The Stimulus Bill Nightmare explained by Heritage Foundation

February 12, 2009

Here’s a thorough review of the Stimulus Bill by a Heritage Foundation Vice-President. Reportedly the bill is now 1000 pages and Queen Pelosi is asking her Dems to commit to voting for the bill before she gives them a final copy!

The Results of Massachusetts Universal Healthcare

February 11, 2009

The National Center for Policy Analysis has a summary of what has happened in Massachusetts with mandated universal care. Shades of things to come with Obama’s socialized medicine/socialist healthcare plan.

Crap Sandwich causes Obama’s approval to fall.

February 8, 2009

I often find that national polls are confusing and take paragraphs to state something that could be summed up in one sentence:  The Messiah’s approval rating  has dropped below 60% because of the crap sandwich  stimulus bill he is promoting.

HR 1: The Ultimate Crap Sandwich

February 8, 2009

There is so much garbage in the Democrat Stimulus Bill, that many conservative commentators have labeled it a “Crap Sandwich.” Here is Senator Tom Coburn ‘s assessment. He is the most conservative Republican in the Senate–we need many more like him.

Obama’s Socialist Health Board

February 7, 2009

The Heritage Foundation has a long but well worth reading article  on Obama’s Socialist Health Board  to be funded in the stimulus bill (HR 1).    Here is the concluding paragraph:

Conclusion

As is clear from the British experience and other international examples, a comparative effectiveness strategy that relies on central planning and coercion would not only be counterproductive in the long run–because it would undermine the incentives for medical innovation–but would also lead to the imposition of cost constraints that would worsen patients’ medical conditions and damage the quality of their lives.

Helen Evans, Ph.D., is a citizen of the United Kingdom. A registered general nurse, she is the Director of Nurses for Reform and a Health Fellow with the Adam Smith Institute of London, England.

This guy is our commander in chief?

February 6, 2009

The Messiah,  for all his Ivy League education,  does not even know protocol for saluting a Marine, but instead shakes his hand!!!!

Where are  all  the grown-ups in this  White House?

What a waste of resources for the Messiah to fly Air Force 1 for a Democrat “retreat” only 150 miles away.    Why  not stay in DC and get the job done  without  acting like CEO’s ?  Obama and the Dems should be ashamed of this hypocrisy.

Obama will decide “worthy” medical treatment–rationing is coming

February 5, 2009

The Heritage Foundation has been prolific lately, putting out information and warnings about what we can expect with Obama’s socialist policies.    The scariest part of the stimulus bill which has not gotten alot of attention, but which was inputted by Daschle, is the “prequel”  to universal healthcare.   Heritage Foundation  has a short scholarly paper on the healthcare provisions in the stimulus bill and  is worth reading, as well as  numerous other articles at the Heritage website on Obama’s healthcare plan.

American Thinker has an article by Douglas O’Brien, (previously in the Bush administration) which is more direct:  “How the Stimulus Bill Could Kill You.”     The third paragraph quote:  “the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research would lower overall spending by determining which medicines, treatments and procedures are most effective–and identifying those that do not justify their high price tags.”    This sounds  like bureaucrats, and not doctors, will be making  decisions about life saving modalities.   As Rush would say, for those of you in Rio Linda, this means the government will be rationing your healthcare.  But the spookier implication  is that even if you can afford an expensive medical treatment, a board of bureaucrats will ban it if  they decide it is not cost effective.   If this doesn’t sound like socialized medicine, I don’t know what is.

Those of you (doctors included) who think univeral healthcare is the panacea, be careful what you wish for.   Finding a cure for cancer is never going to happen under Obama, because no company is going to spend millions of dollars to  research and develop new medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, and then have Obama’s Socialist Health Board  capriciously ban the product of its research, because the board thinks it is too expensive.    With all the problems the Messiah has had with his appointments, can you imagine who he would pick to make these literally life and death decisions?    Scary, very scary indeed.

The Demise of Primary Care Physicians

February 3, 2009

Here  is another article that quotes a starting salary of $150,000 for doctors right out of their residencies–there are areas of the country where young doctors can get employment at this salary level.   But note these doctors are saddled with  $100,000 to over $200,000 in medical school loans.  With this financial burden,  young doctors rarely even think of  “hanging a shingle,”  that is, opening their own practice, as was customary decades ago.    It is understandable why going into primary care is the choice of less than 5% of doctors completing their 3 year residencies.

I doubt the doctor in this article, who loses $9.00 everytime he gives a pneumonia shot to an elderly patient,  makes $150,000 a year.     The day of solo practitioners is  quickly fading away even in rural areas.  Right now in Texas half the primary care physicians practice solo or with one other doctor, but these practices are disappearing rapidly.    There is no year-end six figure bonus  for the 64 year old family doctor who gets up in the middle of the night to take care of his patient’s heart attack.

Daschle is now out of the picture, but I shudder to think who will be the Messiah’s next pick to “overhaul”  our healthcare system.   When I hear medical economists who advise Obama making statements that nurses can perform most of what a primary care doctor does,  I know the family doctors’ concerns are not going to be  a priority in an Obama administration.