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  • Sherry 11:13 PM on 08/15/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Catholicism, , HHS mandate, ObamaCare, , Voting   

    Why I Will Vote for Romney 

    Because of Obamacare. That’s it. That’s all.  Everything else, I can deal with, but the HHS mandate is the straw. It is what made me from a person who follows politics and cares, into an irritated voter. This Tea Partier who up until now felt a bit timid about calling herself as such, is mad.

    I am a mother of ten children. I have a master’s in special education. I have worked, loved, thought, read and managed to live these past 46 years without needing Think Progress or any other group to tell me how to think or speak for me. I have read enough of the Health Care law and the subsequent policy fig leaf accommodations to know that I object to this law. It is bad policy.

    I am not a puppet of the GOP.  I am tired of being dismissed because the media disagrees with my opinion.  I am Catholic and I am American. Those are my bonifieds for objecting to this law.

    This law does not allow me to be either Catholic or American, since I cannot obey and be in good conscience with my Faith, and I cannot be proud of my civil obligations when they trample on my right to practice my religion.  This law upturns my country’s proud heritage of cherishing civil liberties and the freedom of religion from interference by the state, replacing it with a tolerance by the state of my religion’s proclivities. That tolerance is limited and it keeps shrinking. I do not trust the state to protect my right to be Catholic if it is telling me the extent to which I may practice my faith in my life as it pertains to my earning a living.

    It is not a war on women to fight against what was not demanded only last month of private employers.

    It is not a war on women to insist that one’s faith code not be deliberately narrowed or codified to suit modern sensibilities or liberal policies about abortion, sterilization and birth control.

    It is not Republican to denounce this overreach by the government to dictate the parameters of faith as manifested in our public lives through our private businesses and the decisions we make in the process of running them, it is American!

    As an American, I denounce this law as a treasonous break of the social compact we were guaranteed by the constitution.

    To say this is NOT what the government should be in the business of doing, is not treason or stupidity or miserliness towards the poor or born out of malice towards anyone.

    The President should not be setting himself up as the secular pope and using the department of Health and Human Services as his outreach.

    We have the right to profess what we believe.

    We do not wish to be aiding and abetting in grave moral evil (abortion), or finance unhealthy/risky behavior that warps a woman’s view of her body (her natural body is flawed and must be fixed).

    We have been given no say in this matter, we have been simply told by government fiat, to obey. The government is even in the business of granting indulgences to those entities that pay and schmooze up the right allies. It is a corrupt and cynical abuse of the promises this country was founded on, to have the law apply unevenly, and have the law specifically dictate that certain religions must violate their beliefs to comply.

    We cannot be Catholic simply by coming to mass every Sunday. It is not worth our time if that is all that Catholic means. We cannot be Catholic if we say we believe these actions to be sinful, but we’ll finance them and turn a blind eye. We will not comply.

    I object to this law. I object to this policy. I find it offensive. I object. I respectfully object. I absolutely object. And if the country demands that I choose, between American and Catholic, it is an easy choice. I choose Catholic. But I will be sad, because the America I knew would never make such a demand. It was a better place than this, and it should be again.

     
    • fuzislippers 11:18 PM on 08/15/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Bravo! Well said, Sherry!

    • SignPainterGuy 12:02 AM on 08/16/2012 Permalink | Reply

      You said it Sherry, and very well ! I`m a Dad of only one daughter and Southern Baptist, by birth and then choice, but that`s just the beginning of why I hate ObamaScare. I hate it for your reasons and a plethora of others, starting with the lies and trickery with which it was deemed and reconciled into passage over a holiday weekend. The overall lack of choices we are left with; whether to buy insurance or not and what kind, how much, which coverages and from whom. The costs, the limits, the extra work for medical professionals just to comply, that will force many ins. cos. and Drs. and Nurses and entire clinics and hospitals to leave the biz or seriously curtail services.

      There is simply NOTHING about it that is right.

    • Maureen Ronau (@maroncc) 10:22 AM on 08/16/2012 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with you 100%, Sherry!

    • Maurisa 12:13 PM on 08/16/2012 Permalink | Reply

      Amen!

  • just a conservative girl 10:20 AM on 10/11/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Quote of the Day – Jon Gruber Edition 

    “This was a big decision to be made and Governor Romney clearly stated that he believed without an individual mandate healthy people could just free ride on the system,”

    Jon Gruber MIT Economist that worked with Mitt Romney on RomneyCare and personally met with President Obama and Congressional Democrats on Obamacare. 

    How does any republican support this man? 

     

     
  • backyardconservative 1:35 PM on 08/01/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Another ObamaCare Ruling from on High at HHS 

    There’s a form of opt out for religious entities, but it’s not enough. Insurers must cover birth control with no copays:

    Generic versions of the pill are available for as little as $9 a month. Still, about half of all pregnancies are unplanned. Many are among women using some form of contraception, and forgetting to take the pill is a major reason.

    Not even having to pay for it will presumably enable even more forgetfulness. And more systemic abuse.

    This is not really healthcare either, it’s a lifestyle choice, though widely prevalent, but it’s not limited to what we most commonly think of as birth control:

    The requirement applies to all forms of birth control approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That includes the pill, intrauterine devices, the so-called morning-after pill, and newer forms of long-acting implantable hormonal contraceptives that are becoming widely used in the rest of the industrialized world.

    Coverage with no copays for the morning-after pill is likely to become the most controversial part of the change. The FDA classifies Plan B and Ella as birth control, but some religious conservatives see the morning-after drugs as abortion drugs. The rules HHS issued Monday do not require coverage of RU-486 and other drugs to chemically induce an abortion.

    And what this ruling does as well is increase costs–eventually leading to rationing health care to less politically correct people and real diseases.

    More. Catholic Vote: This Tryst Paid For By Taxpayers Like You

     
  • Pat Austin 9:14 PM on 06/26/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    The White House “Punks” Your Doctor 

    Did I fall asleep and wake up in Cuba or the Soviet Union?

    Not having enough on their plates already with the tanking economy, rising unemployment, rising energy prices, a bottomed out housing market and skyrocketing national debt, the Obama administration is assembling a team of prank callers to harass the few remaining doctors we still have willing to practice medicine in this looming quagmire that is Obamacare.

    Straight from the New York Times:

    Alarmed by a shortage of primary care doctors, Obama administration officials are recruiting a team of “mystery shoppers” to pose as patients, call doctors’ offices and request appointments to see how difficult it is for people to get care when they need it.

    That’s right.  You’ve been Punk’d!   Imagine the poor receptionists in doctors offices all over America.   “What?  You don’t really want that appointment after all?  Well thanks for wasting my time and keeping me from attending to someone who actually does need medical care.  Have a nice day.”

    It seems the Obama administration is suddenly alarmed by the shortage of doctors.  Now, I wonder why there’s a shortage?

    Last year the Wall Street Journal wrote about the looming shortage of primary care physicians:

    The U.S. has 352,908 primary-care doctors now, and the college association estimates that 45,000 more will be needed by 2020. But the number of medical-school students entering family medicine fell more than a quarter between 2002 and 2007.

    The numbers tell the story, yet Team Obama wants to call and harass your doctor’s receptionist just to be sure.  This snoopy survey is redundant; the WSJ article has the numbers:

    Back to the NYT (emphasis mine):

    The administration says the survey will address a “critical public policy problem”: the increasing shortage of primary care doctors, including specialists in internal medicine and family practice. It will also try to discover whether doctors are accepting patients with private insurance while turning away those in government health programs that pay lower reimbursement rates.

    What is this “will address” part of the equation?  What are the consequences if you’re busted not accepting new patients?

    It will also “try to discover” if your doctor isn’t accepting Medicaid patients.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but is there some law that says a doctor MUST accept Medicaid patients?  Aren’t we still in a free market economy where a doctor can treat whomever he wishes?  Doesn’t the Hippocratic Oath bind the doctor to ethical practices?

    Needless to say, doctors aren’t thrilled by this new snoop scheme.  The government snoops won’t be identifying themselves as snoops, of course; if you’re attempting to entrap someone, you don’t blow your cover right off the bat.

    Here’s one of the scripts they’ll be using:

    Mystery shopper: “Hi, my name is Alexis Jackson, and I’m calling to schedule the next available appointment with Dr. Michael Krane. I am a new patient with a P.P.O. from Aetna. I just moved to the area and don’t yet have a primary doctor, but I need to be seen as soon as possible.”

    Doctor’s office: “What type of problem are you experiencing?”

    Mystery shopper: “I’ve had a cough for the last two weeks, and now I’m running a fever. I’ve been coughing up thick greenish mucus that has some blood in it, and I’m a little short of breath.”

    Seriously.   And they’ll be blocking their phone number so they won’t be detected through caller ID.  The offices of over 4,000 doctors in nine states will be called at least twice.  Eleven percent of those will be called a third time; this time the caller will identify himself as part of the HHS, ask if the doctor accepts new, Medicare or Medicaid patients and check for discrepancies in the story.

    And guess who has been contracted to do the survey?  National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.  Shocker.

    What are the consequences for these doctors who refuse to accept Medicare, Medicaid, or don’t feel they can take on additional patients?  Is there something in Obamacare that says they must?  Remember, you’ve got to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.  Where does all this lead?

    This all reminds me of the White House Fishy campaign of 2009 which turned out to be full of legal problems.

    Call me paranoid, but it seems like a huge waste of government dollars and a whole lot like Big Brother.

     
    • RightKlik 9:21 PM on 06/26/2011 Permalink | Reply

      Are we supposed to be surprised when they find out that people who are stuck with cheap, crappy government health care wait longer for non-urgent health care services?

      I guess we can never have enough anti-private sector propaganda.

      While we’re on this theme, how about some mystery lobbyists at the White House? Send them to congress too. Send in some mystery billionaire donors while you’re at it. Send some mystery constituents to congressional offices.

      Let’s collect some data!

    • just a conservative girl 12:09 PM on 06/27/2011 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know about Cuba, but you certainly woke up in MA instead of LA.

  • backyardconservative 11:39 AM on 01/05/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Bye Bye Speaker Pelosi, Hello the People’s House 

    Happy new House New Year.

    The imperial Pelosi era is over. No more boozing cross-country plane-loads at our expense. No more strutting and bashing We the People with her gavel. No more imbecilic arrogance of we have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.

    She’s still telling whoppers as she steps down.

    Welcome Speaker Boehner.

    Power Play has long observed he and his staff to be among the least cynical, most earnest of any on the Hill. It may seem contrived or cheesy to critics, but these folks actually believe in what their talking about.

    Whatever the barriers Pelosi broke, John Boehner will certainly be the first brother of 11, German-Catholic, tavern keeper’s son from blue-collar Cincinnati to wield the gavel. Those roots are reflected in the people he has gathered around him and in their priorities.

    Welcome, at long last. This is the people’s house.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

     
  • backyardconservative 9:33 AM on 10/28/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama the PC Media Punchline. It Begins 

    We had the CNN piece on the slurpee shtick–bored with Barack.

    We have a NY columnist talking openly about the president’s “diminishing brand” and speaking of him as his own First Lady.

    Now the WaPo’s Dana Milbank, who loves to lampoon from the left, openly mocks the Barackstar: On the Daily Show, Obama is the last laugh.

    What do you do when you’re not cool any more?

    Dude.

    –More at Memeorandum.

    More. Well, well. The NY Times The Caucus. According to them this is what was cut from the show due to the president boring on, uh, time constraints:

    The interview went longer than Mr. Stewart expected – so long, in fact, that the show’s producers decided to cut out the original introduction Mr. Stewart taped, which include a riff of him fiddling with a pen and drumming his fingers on the table while making the president wait, and his introduction of Mr. Obama as “White House chairman of the council of Economic Advisers Austan Goolsbee’s boss.’’ A spokeswoman for the show said it was the first time the show consisted of a single interview.

    Even nastier stuff. How interesting. What will Stewart do to motivate the vote at his Saturday rally?

     
    • rubyslipperblog 7:54 PM on 10/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for linking. I feel like I am going to drown this week I am so busy.

      What do you do when you’re not cool anymore? I guess Obama’s answer is to hang out with those ultra cool progressive bloggers. I would love to see a transcript from the think-tank meeting that came up with the “Obama meets with bloggers” game plan. If these are the supposed smart people, I will stick with being a stupid racist.

    • backyardconservative 10:06 PM on 10/28/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Stupid racists forever!!!:)

      His last ditch attempt. How pathetic.

      I think Iowa Hawk took a stab at it:)

      http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2010/10/one-afternoon-in-the-office-of-the-powerful-man-on-earth.html

      • rubyslipperblog 12:08 AM on 10/29/2010 Permalink | Reply

        LOL:

        PRESIDENT OBAMA
        By golly, we got us a big fella here! That’s quite a suit you have on. Do you mind if I ask who your tailor is?

        OLIVER WILLIS
        Thank you Mr. President. It’s actually the dust cover for Mr. Soros’ Bentley. My mom added the lapels.

  • nosheepleshere 2:37 PM on 10/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama’s “Hope-A-Dope” Nation 

    With two years left in his term, the errand boy sent by grocery clerks presides over a nation in deep and ever-growing trouble.

    Through his propaganda of carefully crafted, semi-divine, yet vague and appealing buzzwords, Fearless Reader won the public’s support.  Now, his cult is crumbling.

    Washington seeks to extend our dependence on government in perpetuity.  A record forty-two million Americans are on food stamps. That’s an 18% jump from 2009 and 1.4% from June 2010.

    Political scientist William Voegeli’s new book, “Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State” notes, “Liberals don’t want the government to grow indefinitely. They just want it to be bigger than it is right now.”

    We are seeing, firsthand, that big government’s trillion-dollar stimulus programs don’t produce jobs.

    The Democrats’ stimulus includes “$145 billion in state and local aid to forestall austerity measures in the public sector,” notes Manhattan Institute senior fellow E.J. McMahon. As private sector workers suffer layoffs, salary cuts and pay freezes, the stimulus gives raises to government employees—who increasingly dominate Big Labor, which returns the favor with cash for Democrats.

    “I have no better friend in labor than AFSCME,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi once said of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the U.S.’ largest political campaign donor, giving over $38 million since 1990, almost all to Democrats.

    The gelding who occupies the Oval Office infused federal aid to states and localities pumping up the paychecks of heavily unionized public employees who already earn more, on average, than the people who pay their salaries.

    Finally, lower cost was the campaign promise of ObamaCare, but as Medicare actuaries confirmed, it will increase healthcare costs. The president’s government takeover has already begun to boost private health insurance premiums and all we’ve seen to date is the tip of the iceberg.  Still more frightening—there are two more years left in this president-in-training’s term.

    May God have mercy on this nation.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
    • Quite Rightly 8:38 PM on 10/09/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Amen.

      And it’s a good thing most sentient Americans still remember that old saying, “God helps those who help themselves.”

  • nosheepleshere 4:28 AM on 09/15/2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , David Limbaugh, , ObamaCare,   

    Crimes Against Liberty 

    “Generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal,” and that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for.”—Barack Obama upon winning his party’s nomination for president.

    It didn’t take generations but only a couple of years for a majority of Americans to begin to realize that instead of messianic healing, the errand boy sent by grocery clerks is inflicting unprecedented injuries on America and the liberties of its citizens.

    Your humble dispatcher is currently reading Crimes Against Liberty, a book written by David Limbaugh which is five hundred pages long and includes one hundred pages of indexed footnotes for each chapter.

    Skimming through the book are details on how Fearless Reader admitted that he doesn’t care about the lawmaking process just the result. There is a culture in the Department of Justice where they “don’t believe the voting rights laws should ever be enforced against blacks and other minorities,” as evidenced by the fact that DOJ dismissed a case against the New Black Panther Party that had clear video evidence of voter intimidation.

    The book discusses how the regime asked Americans to report their friends for circulating emails critical of ObamaCare and has given nearly a billion dollars to Hamas-ruled Gaza while undermining our ally Israel at almost every turn.  The book also discusses how this president-in-training continues to weaken our national security by signaling appeasement to Iran as well as refusing to acknowledge or confront threats from radical Islam.

    There’s lots more, but then I don’t have to state the obvious.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
  • backyardconservative 10:42 AM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Fighting Kagan Crucial to Fighting ObamaCare 

    Tony Blankley makes the argument. The liberals have stacked the deck after politicizing the Supreme Court nomination process, heads I win tails you lose:

    But — and this is paramount — because liberal justices tend to seek to undermine the clear intent of the Constitution while conservative justices try to hold the line, the result is an inexorable march toward undermining the Constitution, with conservative appointments functioning as mere temporary holding actions.

    The Constitution itself is at stake–conservatives need to go on offense and fight for it.

    How does the right to privacy in Roe v. Wade square with ObamaCare?

    Our bodies ourselves? Anything to say, Ms. Kagan?

    More. Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe.

     
    • rubyslipperblog 11:59 AM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Dems seem to have cornered the market on the heads I win, tails you lose mindset these days. I can see why she should be opposed but I have a hard time seeing Obama nominating someone who is going to be even neutral on ObamaCare. I think she is going to be in over her head on the Court just as Obama is in over his head with the Presidency.

      • backyardconservative 1:07 PM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I agree with you, I think she will be in over her head. She sure got twisted up in her presentation to them for the govt. on the Citizens United case–a liberal against free speech? (well, we know the truth)

        http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/white-house/Kagan_s-views-on-free-speech-add-heat-to-court-fight-93987369.html

        But she’ll still have a vote. I would like to tie this up for months. And I do think she needs to answer some tough questions. Because these are tough questions and her (presumed) positions are contradictory.

        • rubyslipperblog 6:51 PM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

          I see your point, tying this up for months could put it into midterms. Her own position on the Court has been one that demands tough questioning. Why should she escape without meeting that requirement? At a minimum, I wouldn’t be surprised if she withered under tough questioning. There is no huge surge of public support for her confirmation either.

    • fuzislippers 1:56 PM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      We really do need to start pushing back. We’ve just sort of shrugged and gone along with a lot of things to “keep the peace” or not to be accused of [fill in the blank], but it’s not helped us at all. At all.

    • Quite Rightly 4:23 PM on 05/19/2010 Permalink | Reply

      I agree. This should be a hard fight and the Dems should have to struggle every step of the way.

      I am tired of getting stuck with with obaminations because Congress wants a quick vote so they can go on vacation. It’s what the Senate did with Obamacare and what they are planning on doing with Kagan.

  • backyardconservative 12:34 PM on 04/08/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    ObamaCare: White Hot Outrage, Pending Disaster 

    ObamaCare has created a high-risk game that will likely end in disaster. Richard Epstein, Professor University of Chicago Law School.

    The liberal WaPo blog reports:

    Call me pretty damn upset this morning.

    –crossposted at BackyardConservative

     
    • rubyslipperblog 4:55 PM on 04/08/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Epstein’s article is excellent. I remember watching this video on the problems with health care reform back in September. It is long but I learned a lot from that.

  • pjMom 1:09 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Headline of the day 

    Via Mark Hemingway at Beltway Confidential:
     
    McClatchy: If people people think Obamcare means free health care, don’t blame Obama

    Rush was right (no surprise).  Folks are lining up and calling around asking for their free Obamacare. 

    McLean said the call center had been inundated by uninsured consumers who were hoping that the overhaul would translate into instant, affordable coverage. That widespread misconception may have originated in part from distorted rhetoric about the legislation bubbling up from the hyper-partisan debate about it in Washington and some media outlets, such as when opponents denounced it as socialism.  

    Emphasis not my own.  Hemingway adds:

     
    • rubyslipperblog 2:31 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Incredible, blame the critics not the ones who took every sob story they could get their hands on and held them up as reason to create a new entitlement. Never once did they mention Naomi Cantfield would have to hold on to her house and fight cancer for another couple years so they could make the whole thing look like it saved money.

      • backyardconservative 2:55 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Bachmann-Palin rally streaming live now, via Huffpo:) They must really be worried on the left.

        http://ow.ly/1vILQ

        Americans won’t stand for this demagogic takeover of our country. We’re not confused.

    • Jill 3:20 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The critics (that would be us) screamed about the costs and the negatives until we were hoarse.

    • fuzislippers 11:10 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Unreal. Again. What the heck is wrong with people? I honestly don’t know what happened to logic and common sense.

      • Sherry 6:04 PM on 04/15/2010 Permalink | Reply

        Not taught in schools. Not practiced in life. Going extinct.

  • backyardconservative 9:07 AM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Revisiting those dead sister’s teeth 

    Mark Godblatt in the American Spectator discusses Dem dependence on sob stories and how we can push back.

    It’s not going to be a question of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth–we can do better:)

    Clifford Asness, RCP wrote yesterday about our making the case for freedom.

    We’ll go toothless if we have to.

     
    • rubyslipperblog 4:57 PM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      That Goldblatt article is excellent. Nearly every argument I have had on the subject I was asked in one form or another, “how can I be so heartless.” Anyone who knows me knows I am pretty far from heartless. I have my faults but heartlessness isn’t one of them. I have always thought though that most people go into the voting booth thinking of themselves and their immediate family and their community mainly. Haven’t Democrats overestimated Americans ability to internalize the struggle of Naomi Cantfield (assuming no one fact checks the story first ) and have her interests foremost in their thoughts when they go to vote.

      I live in a pretty affluent area but I know way more people who are out of work than I know someone who was denied treatment for cancer. I remember going to my hairdresser and interrupting her phone call with her stock broker, true story. Now I go in and find the shop empty. These are the things people internalize and take with them to the polls. Many businesses are still a long way off from having to make that 51st hiring decision and when they are there no one feels the confidence in this economy to go ahead and take the plunge. Is Louise Slaughter’s dead sister’s teeth story somehow going to trump the reality people see around them everyday? I don’t think so.

    • backyardconservative 5:50 PM on 04/06/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes. Jobs are the biggest concern–everywhere in the country.

    • fuzislippers 11:16 PM on 04/07/2010 Permalink | Reply

      As Churchill said: The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of misery.

  • backyardconservative 10:53 AM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    ObamaCare Townhall Reaction Back Home 

    It begins. Some legislators are ducking them of course, but here are a few so far. The Hill:

    Freshman Rep. Mark Schauer (D-Mich.), whose reelection race is considered a toss-up, held two healthcare town hall events in his district earlier this week. One of the dozen seniors in a crowd of 60 who grilled Schauer at a forum in Lansing compared the bill to buying a Gulfstream jet aircraft “and charging it to my grandchildren,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

    An apt analogy.

    Others have really embarrassed themselves into political oblivion. Keep your camera handy and your spirits up.

    P.S. Michael Barone looks at where the stimulus money went, by congressional districts–not to the job-creating private sector. You can guess where it did go. Charged to our grandchildren.

    More. Via Memeorandum, ObamaCare opposition may be increasing. And the Washington Post is bored by the President’s pitch.

     
    • rubyslipperblog 12:58 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      My Congressman will not hold one because he is the only one in the Philadelphia area to have death threats. It’s just not safe for him to face the vicious tea party folks in my area. Of course there are no police reports to back up these threats. The Congressman also appears far too dainty to make comment on these threats himself as well.

      It appears he is being protected from his wild-eyed constituents so that he can take John Murtha’s spot on the Appropriations Committee. This had been promised to Chris Carney who seems to have been passed over for Murphy for the spot. There is quite a bit of tension brewing between Murphy and Carney and growing anger upstate against Paul Kanjorski who cast the vote for Murphy over his neighboring Congressman Carney. Looks like Carney has taken a scenic tour of the underside of the bus carriage for his fatal vote for health care. Democrats are such a caring bunch aren’t they?

    • backyardconservative 3:10 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Interesting. They have the majority but are afraid to meet their constituents and are fighting among themselves.

      • rubyslipperblog 3:34 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

        This is quite the growing feud and it looks as the Dems are picking and choosing winners and losers among those who cast the suicidal vote. Murphy is probably less vulnerable than Carney but that is pretty relative in this environment anyway. I wonder if Carney would have cast that vote had he known he would have been thrown under the bus this way. Perhaps the spot on Appropriations was the carrot promised for his vote. That wouldn’t surprise me in the least. I was born and raised upstate and can testify bringing home the bacon goes a long way up there. Kathy Dahlkemper only got one vote so clearly she was shown the underside of the bus as well.

    • Jill 6:30 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Obama is such a tedious “orator.” Can’t believe the Post acknowledged it.

    • sallyewit 6:44 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like it’s time for another Tea Party!

      http://tinyurl.com/teapartypatriot

    • backyardconservative 8:15 PM on 04/03/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Lots on Tax Day around the country.

  • Jill 3:48 PM on 03/30/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Obama’s bludgeon 

    From Roger Kimball:

    Americans are entering upon untrodden ground here. What just happened? Everyday, it seems, brings some new enormity. ObamaCare is a bludgeon with which Obama beats down capitalist instincts. Spreading the wealth around requires that he spread the pain around, too. Suddenly, anyone with a job is “rich.” Taxes must rise. Regulation must become more onerous. Individual initiative must be stifled. Everything must be more complicated, more subject to oversight by the only part of the economy that’s booming: the public sector, the sector the rest of us pay for with our taxes.

    That about sums it up.

    (Fun fact for word geeks: bet you didn’t know that the etymology of this evocative word is unknown.)

     
  • One Ticked Chick 4:54 PM on 03/26/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Is There An Upside to ObamaCare? 

    I’m trying to remain optimistic following the passage of ObamaCare.  Daryl Luna at the Tenth Amendment Center gives us 5 reasons to look at the upside.

    We know who our enemies are. For many, Bart Stupak and other “pro-life” Democrats were key allies in the battle to protect the rights of the unborn…his vote Sunday let any doubters know where he and his comrades stand on the issue of life.

    This already has and will continue to drive the GOP toward a more conservative direction. If Lindsey Graham is opposed to government-run healthcare, it is not because he is philosophically committed to conservative governance. Rather, he opposed the bill because of public pressure and the frustration of being in the minority. That being said, I don’t care why as long as he opposes it when it comes time to act.

    It has forced us to consider the issue of health care reform on a national stage once again. Healthcare reform is something that needs to be discussed. We need to head towards a no-government, market-based solution.

    This could prove a valuable political tool in the midterm elections. I am hoping for true liberty candidates to have a shot at office (or at least be able to shake things up) because of the neglect of freedom carried out by our current representatives – now truly displayed by the healthcare reform debacle.

    There will be a renewed emphasis on nullification and states’ rights. Our government has been out of control for well over a century. Rights have been trampled and the Constitution has been completely disregarded for far too long. States should resist this legislation, and nullification is the constitutional and proper answer.

    As Luna notes, “the fight for freedom must be waged in both success – and failure.”  With the public united in its opposition to ObamaCare, I’m optimistic that we’ll win the bigger prizes this November and in 2012.

     
    • fuzislippers 4:14 AM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is an interesting perspective, and I would love to be enthusiastic about it. But there is a lot of time between now and January 2011 (when this Congress changes over to Republican hands) and still longer before we have decent president in January 2013. They can do a lot of damage between now and then (both thens), and they will. So much that I fear they don’t expect to lose control at either point. That said, we can thank our lucky stars (and our God, if we are so inclined) that ObamaCare didn’t get passed early last year or last summer. We’d already have amnesty and Cap and Tax in place by now (or be working on Cap and Tax). Both are job and economy killers.

      The healthcare/amnesty/Cap and Tax trifecta will lead to cuts in our defense and military, just as it has in Europe. The trouble is that Europe is ONLY safe because of us, what happens when we have no resources to protect them … or ourselves? The self-serving myopia of these solipsistic socialists is mind-boggling.

    • One Ticked Chick 2:41 PM on 03/27/2010 Permalink | Reply

      Good points as usual, Fuzzi. Everything you say is true. We’re living in dangerous and troubling times that could depress even the most cockeyed optimists. However, optimistic is what I intend to remain and I hope most people will do so as well. I’m not going to allow the the passage of ObamaCare, or any of the other debilitating legislation Congress has in store for us, depress me or throw me off track. I’m focused on the solution and that begins with the midterm elections.

  • nosheepleshere 5:46 AM on 03/25/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Flaws In ObamaCare Force New House Vote 

    Republicans, The New York Times is reporting, identified parliamentary problems with at least two provisions that will require the Democrats’ sweeping health care legislation to be sent back to the House for yet another vote, once the Senate adopts it.

    Before the discovery of the parliamentary issues, Democrats defeated more than two dozen Republican amendments or other proposals aimed at derailing the legislation or making changes that would delay it by forcing an additional vote in the House.

    Senate Democrats had been hoping to defeat all of the amendments proposed by Republicans and to prevail on parliamentary challenges so that they could approve the measure and send it to President Obama for his signature. But the bill must comply with complex budget reconciliation rules, and Republicans identified some flaws.

    The Hill says that Democrats Evan Bayh of Indiana, Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Nelson of Nebraska strayed frequently from their party during Wednesday night’s voting. Bayh, who is retiring, crossed the aisle to vote with Republicans 10 times. Lincoln, who faces a tough re-election race, supported Republicans eight times. Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia also bucked his party three times.

    Nelson, who has come under fire from his conservative base in Nebraska for his support of the healthcare reform effort, supported the GOP the most—on 20 out of 29 votes as of the 2:55AM adjournment.

    Senator Gregg: Protect Medicare Savings

    Senator McCain: Remove Sweetheart Deals

    Senator Crapo: No Tax Hikes for Families Earning Under $250,000

    Senator Enzi: Strike the Employer Mandate

    Senator Barrasso: Requires Legislation Not Increase Premiums

    Senator Grassley: Requires President, Congress Enroll in Exchange

    Senator Alexander: Reduce Student Loan Interest Rate

    Senator LeMieux: Members On Medicaid

    Senator Coburn: Bars Sex Offenders from Receiving E.D. Drugs

    Senator Hutchison: State Opt Out

    Senator Hatch: Block Medicare Advantage Cuts

    Senator Collins: Waive Employer Mandate Tax

    Senator Thune: Strike CLASS Act

    Senator Cornyn: Remove New Taxes on Investments

    Senator Hatch: Protect Wounded Soldiers from Medical Device Tax

    Senator Inhofe: Protect Pediatrics and Disabled from Medical Device Tax

    Senator Crapo: Protect Cancer Patients from Medical Device Tax

    Senators Roberts, Inhofe, Brown, Crapo: Strike Medical Device Tax

    Senator Burr: Tricare and Veterans Health Programs

    Senator Roberts: Rationing

    Senator Roberts: Critical Access Hospitals

    Senator Vitter: Repeals Democrats’ Health Care Bill

    “Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.”—Voltaire

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
    • Jill 7:20 AM on 03/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The amendments highlight many of the objectionable features of the bill. It must be awkward to vote against protecting Tricare, or against denying fed-funded Viagra to molesters and rapists. Or maybe not.

    • Quite Rightly 8:38 AM on 03/25/2010 Permalink | Reply

      The problems they found affect the gov’t takeover of the student loan industry, which makes it illegal for private banks to offer student loans.

      It is difficult to imagine that the country will let this stand.

      For one thing, what will Harvard say? I can’t imagine this will be good for any of the Ivy League schools that produce our disgraced nation’s socialist power brokers.

      Does anyone out there know how this will work?

  • nosheepleshere 7:21 AM on 03/22/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Stupak Covered In Shame 

    Instapundit and Ace of Spades are both reporting that Bart Stupak (D-MI) changed his vote on healthcare reform from No to Yes for a paltry $726,409.  Stupak’s office announced that three airports received grants from the FAA for maintenance and improvements on three airports in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

    Stupak, who had been a thorn in the side of Demonrats who were hell-bent to get ObamaCare passed, proclaimed ad nauseum that he would cast a No vote, crumpled under the arm-twisting and empty promises of Fearless Reader.

    The lives of as yet unborn children have been traded for $726,409.  Stupak defended his cowardice by saying that an Executive Order issued by Fearless Reader gave impetus to his change of heart.

    Those familiar with the text and intent of the bill say the order offers no interpretation or action beyond what the Senate version of the bill already does.

    Stupak may have changed his mind but his soul was sold to the most pro-abortion president in this nation’s history.  I hope you’re happy little man.  Get ready to pack up your office.  And don’t forget to take the jacket you’ve got hanging on the back of your office door.

    Michelle Malkin is reporting that Stupak is being stripped of his “Defender of Life” Award.  The Susan B. Anthony List announced their decision in this statement:

    “Let me be clear: any representative, including Rep. Stupak, who votes for this healthcare bill can no longer call themselves ‘pro-life.’ The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund will not endorse, or support in any capacity, any Member of Congress who votes for this bill in any future election. Now through Election Day 2010, these representatives will learn that votes have consequences. The SBA List Candidate Fund will work tirelessly to help defeat Members who support this legislation and make sure their constituents know exactly how they voted. We will actively seek out true pro-life candidates to oppose Members who vote ‘yes’ on this bill, whether it be in general or primary elections. For these Members, it will be a quick downhill slide to defeat in November.”

    See what others are saying about Stupak’s turncoat cowardice at Memeorandum.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here.

     
    • Agnes Bullock 8:16 AM on 03/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      You are assuming that Stupak Iscariot had a soul in the first place!!!!! Party over principle, ALWAYS, for the party of death. The D after his name assured his vote, period. Remember, his “amendment” only was offered to provide cover for the Party of Death last November- there was NEVER anuy douibt he would cave.

    • Jill 8:21 AM on 03/22/2010 Permalink | Reply

      May God have mercy on his soul, and the souls of his fellow betrayers.

  • nosheepleshere 10:10 PM on 03/21/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Gone With The Wind 

    Those members of the House of Representatives who cast a vote for ObamaCare have declined to stand with the American men and women who sent them to Washington and have ultimately changed the kind of country America will be.

    Gone with the wind will be the vitality of American enterprise and a free society.  Gone also will be the quality and choice of American medicine.  Medical care will be rationed by politics.

    Political cowardice will ring in an era of big government that will dictate every aspect of our private lives and know no end.

    Read more at No Sheeples Here

     
  • nosheepleshere 4:36 PM on 03/20/2010 Permalink | Reply
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    This And No Other Is The Root From Which A Tyrant Springs 

    I have remained silent this week about the political cowardice of the 111th Congress.  My disgust moved me away from the subject of politics.  Like all the other bloggers who have pounded on their keyboards hour after hour and day after day in frustration over how the Demonrats are taking a sledge hammer to the pillars of our democracy, I am outraged.

    So reviled is the public over the “Cornhusker Kickback”, the “Louisiana Purchase”, “Gator Aid” and the tax on high-cost “Cadillac” insurance plans that they came in droves that have yet to be tallied to Washington to have their voices heard as the cowards of the House Rules Committee met in the Capitol Building.

    Those attending the Code Red Rally did, in fact, have their voices heard.  At 3:15PM, Steny Hoyer announced that the House is abandoning the “deem and pass” strategy proposed by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY).  They will instead move toward an up-or-down vote.

    Shortly thereafter, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking to the Democratic Caucus said that the vote on healthcare reform will represent a historic change for America.  She’s right.

    Just as imperial incompetence, decadence and monetary trouble contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire, this Leftist Revolution being perpetrated by Fearless Reader and his brutish minions is destroying America.

    In my lifetime, I have never seen my countrymen so vehemently divided against one another.  Never have I seen a president who was more divisive, arrogant and willing to dismiss the will of the people.

    Jeffrey T. Kuhner, writing for The Washington Times, makes this observation:

    “Since coming to office, he [Obama] has behaved without any constitutional restraints. The power of the federal government has exploded. He has de facto nationalized key sectors of American life—the big banks, financial institutions, the automakers, large tracts of energy-rich land from Montana to New Mexico. His cap-and-trade proposal, along with a newly empowered Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to impose massive new taxes and regulations upon industry. It is a form of green socialism: Much of the economy would fall under a command-and-control bureaucratic corporatist state. Mr. Obama even wants the government to take over student loans.”

    “Yet his primary goal has always been to gobble up the health care system. The most troubling aspect of the Obamacare debate, however, is not the measure’s sweeping and radical aims—the transformation of one-sixth of the U.S. economy, crippling tax increases, higher premiums, state-sanctioned rationing, longer waiting lines, the erosion of the quality of medical care and the creation of a huge, permanent administrative bureaucracy. Rather, the most alarming aspect is the lengths to which the Democrats are willing to go to achieve their progressive, anti-capitalist agenda.”

    “Obamacare is opposed by nearly two-thirds of the public, more than 60 percent of independents and almost all Republicans and conservatives. It has badly fractured the country, dangerously polarizing it along ideological and racial lines. Even a majority of Democrats in the House are deeply reluctant to support it.”

    “Numerous states—from Idaho to Virginia to Texas—have said they will sue the federal government should Obamacare become law. They will declare themselves exempt from its provisions, tying up the legislation in the courts for years to come.”

    “Mr. Obama is willing to devour his presidency, his party’s congressional majority and—most disturbing—our democratic institutional safeguards to enact it. He is a reckless ideologue who is willing to sacrifice the country’s stability in pursuit of a socialist Utopia.”

    Let me be clear, while Kuhner suggests impeachment, I am not.  The mainstream, for its duplicity in turning a blind eye to the many questions his candidacy raised, should be impeached.

    November 2, 2010 will be a day of reckoning.  A defining moment.  Throw out all the bums and weak sisters.  All the Progressives.  All the hard-of-hearing or deaf predators of our liberty.  Throw them out on their damned fourth point of contact.

    “This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs, when he first appears he is a protector.”~Plato, Greek Philosopher, 428BC—348BC

    Read more at No Sheeples Here

     
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