Like Lambs To The Slaughter House

We’re still waiting to see what’s actually in the bill they are going to attempt to “deem as passed”.

For weeks now we have heard President Obama tell us all why he thinks this health care bill should pass. Of course, no matter how much he speaks, he never actually gives one good reason for believing so. Back room deals have been made, arms have been twisted, and now he’s resorting to threats to get the bill passed.

The president will refuse to make fund-raising visits during November elections to any district whose representative has not backed the bill.

A one-night presidential appearance can bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds which would otherwise take months to accumulate through cold-calling by campaign volunteers.

So there you have it. If a Democrat does not back the current bill, President Obama plans to hang them out to dry come November.

That really isn’t an issue though. In fact, it’s quite an incentive to oppose the bill. Each candidate Barack Obama has campaigned for, has lost their bid for re-election.

Back in November, he campaigned for Jon Corzine in New Jersey yet Chris Christie won by more than 5 percentage points. He campaigned in Virginia for Creigh Deeds and Bob McConnell ran away with the election with an 18 percent margin. This year, Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley by more than 4 points in the special election to fill Edward “Fat Teddy” Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts.

Forget the fact that voting against this bill will solidify any re-election chances, if I was a Democrat serving in the U.S. House of Representatives or the U.S. Senate and I was up for re-election this year, I would still be voicing my opposition to this bill.

It doesn’t make sense to pass this bill when it adds so much to our federal deficit, takes away our rights as Americans, and will end up burdening the American taxpayers for years to come.

President Obama has been lying about this health care bill for so long, he ‘s no longer even trying to pretend anymore.

Watch this video, where he states, “Your employer, it’s estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3000 percent which means they could give you a raise.”

Sounds good doesn’t it? Let’s presume your employer is paying $400 per month for your insurance. Do the math people. If the premium for your coverage dropped 3000% that means your employer would save $12,000 per month just on your coverage alone. Does this mean your employer will be paid by the government $11,600 per month to employ you? Premiums cannot drop more than 100% before you hit $0.00. Again, do the math.

In an article at American Spectator today, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) wrote,

First, using the “Slaughter House Rules” to skirt a substantive vote and “deem as passed” the Senate’s government-run health care bill would violate constitutionally prescribed procedures for duly passing and enacting federal legislation. Obviously, this dysfunctional legislative branch’s Leftist majority cares little about this pesky “supreme law of the land.”

Nancy Pelosi may like the idea, but Article I, Section VII, Clause II of the U.S. Constitution states,

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively…

If Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Louise Slaughter, Harry Reid, and President Barack Obama (also known as the SlaughterHouse Five) use the “Slaughter House Rules” to pass this bill, the bill itself will be tied up in the courts longer than it would take to pay for the bill in the first place and Democrats will be defeated (like lambs to the slaughterhouse) left and right this coming election.

Meanwhile, we wait to see what’s going to be in the bill.

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Enough Already, It’s Time To Listen!

As you know, President Obama spoke to the American people on Wednesday. He spoke about health care. Again. During his speech he spoke about some changes in the current health care bill. You remember the current health care bill don’t you? Yeah, that’s right, it’s the one that 2/3 of the American people don’t want!

I think this was speech number 500 or something. Do I really need to see the President of the United States every day on my television? Do I need to hear his voice every day on the radio? If Barack Obama was as smart as he wants us all to think he is, he would shut up already, and he would do it now.

Let’s look at some of the things he had to say, shall we?

  1. He said, “The bottom line is: our proposal is paid for.”

    Don’t be so sure about that. The CBO (the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office) has said that it lacks sufficient details to evaluate the President’s plan. There’s no way for him to honestly claim that this “new” proposal is paid for.

  2. He said, “Now, it’s true that all of this will cost money – about $100 billion per year.”

    Over the course of 10 years, that $100 billion per year will add up to $1 trillion in costs. Costs he just claimed were “paid for”. If that cost is paid for, that means your taxes are going up and you haven’t even started paying for the new health care you’re going to be receiving yet!

  3. He said, “Finally, my proposal would bring down the cost of health care…”

    Wait. How can you bring down the cost of health care, when you’re paying $1 trillion for it before you even know what the actual costs are going be? Remember, he said it would cost $100 billion per year and the CBO hasn’t been able to verify anything about the proposal!

    Many non-partisan experts, within the CBO and the Obama Administration itself have said the Senate bill will raise premium costs for families on the individual market by an average $2,100 and raise national health spending overall. So which part of those facts show his proposal “brings down the cost of health care”?

  4. He said, “I don’t believe we should give government bureaucrats … more control over health care in America.”

    His “new” proposal creates more than 160 new boards, commissions and programs. Billions and billions (probably $100 billion) in wasteful government bureaucracy firmly planted between you and available health care.

It’s no secret that I disapprove of President Obama, but just once I would like to believe something, anything, that comes out of his mouth once he starts to make a statement. Heck, even when he starts with the words “Good Afternoon”, it usually isn’t. Have you seen the economy lately?

If his speech was meant to “rally the American people” he needs to fire his speech writers and spokespeople, immediately. All he has done is rehash all of the same aspects of a health care bill that the American people have already said they don’t want. During the presidential campaign, he made a comment about “lipstick on a pig”. If this isn’t the biggest pig to be painting lipstick on, I don’t know what is.

In addition to the cosmetic surgery he performed on the horrible health care bill, President Obama has made it clear he intends to have it pushed through Congress using reconciliation which requires a simple majority in both the House and the Senate.

By doing so, every member of the Senate and every member of the House up for re-election, who vote to pass the bill this way, will face intense scrutiny from the voters in November. My bet is less than 25 percent of them will keep their jobs. That is, if the bill ever makes it way back to the House floor at all. Steny Hoyer says they don’t even have a bill yet.

Democratic leaders are contending with a host of undecided lawmakers who want to see the fine print before making a decision. Hoyer said final language and a cost estimate should come back from the Congressional Budget Office by the end of next week.

“At this point in time we don’t have a bill,” Hoyer said. “It’s a little difficult to count votes if you don’t have a bill.”

Once again, our Congressional leaders are pimping a bill no one has seen yet. It hasn’t even been written, yet the President has spoken to the American people encouraging them to support whatever it is that they may write in the future.

The President wants Congress to act before he leaves on his trip to Asia on March 18th. Both Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer say it’s “doable”. I don’t think so, neither does Howard Dean.

Passing the healthcare proposals before Congress will “hang out to dry” every Democratic incumbent running for reelection this fall, Howard Dean said Thursday.

Dean, a physician by training who’s a former chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), said that Democrats in Congress — and President Barack Obama — would do themselves more harm than good by passing the current healthcare bill.

How long can the Democrats ignore the will of the American people even when their own party members begin speaking out against the bill? It won’t be much longer, I can guarantee you that.

It’s time to start over. Toss out the current bill, sit down at the table to discuss the real issues, and put together a real health care proposal that makes sense.

If the Democrats don’t see this is the best way to move forward on health care, it’s time to vote them all out of office.

It’s time to get leaders in those seats who know how to listen to the American people.

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Another Day, Another Snow Job

Yesterday some weather forecasters said we’d get snow while others said we wouldn’t. Of those calling for snow, one was correct. We got exactly as much as he said we would, and that’s why I pay attention to Glen Burns at WSB-TV. After 13 years of watching (and listening to) him, he’s right more often than anyone else.

 

I took the video fairly early in the day. We ended up with about 3 inches total here at our house, but at one point it was melting as quick as it was falling.

It was pretty to watch, but it was a heavy, wet snow and the kids didn’t find much interest in it. Amazing really, because we rarely get snow, so you would think they would want to be out there all day.

With all the snow falling outside, I couldn’t help but wonder if hell had frozen over. After reading the news today, I’m still not sure.

House Ways and Means Committee Charlie Rangel was on the verge of losing his gavel Tuesday night as a trickle of Democratic defections turned into a flood.

It wasn’t clear how Rangel would go – voluntarily, by force, temporarily or permanently – but the tide had clearly turned against him by the time he walked into a closed-door meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s staff Tuesday night.

“The dam broke today,” said a senior Democratic aide.

Charlie Rangel has been in the House of Representatives for 39 years. House members are elected every two years. That’s one election and 17 re-elections so far for those of you keeping track. By now, Mr. Rangel is pretty settled into his job as a career politician, but it looks like his days are finally numbered.

Sure, it’s only a leadership role, but a very influential one at that, so if hell is freezing over, I’m hoping his days as a Congressman could be coming to an end as well.

Another interesting development today was the sudden “switch” by Senator Jim Bunning (R-KY).

For days now he has blocked a bill extending unemployment benefits, highway funding, and other government programs because the bill was unfunded.

Tonight, however, he switched his position because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) promised him a vote on his amendment forcing the $10 billion bill to be offset by closing a tax loophole, as well as a chance to offer amendments on the next Senate jobs bill which will cost $150 billion.

Just moments after he agreed to Scary Harry’s terms, the extension bill passed 78 – 19 and his amendment failed with only 43 Senators voting for it.

So what did Bunning gain out of this? Nothing. Nothing at all. He folded under the pressure when he should have stood his ground. How much longer can we write checks with nothing to pay them with? Here’s Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) speaking on the Senate floor today before Sen. Bunning caved.

 

The one bright side was seeing which 19 GOP members voted against the measure. Senators Alexander, Barrasso, Bennett (UT), Bunning, Burr, Coburn, Corker, Cornyn, Crapo, DeMint, Ensign, Enzi, Gregg, Hatch, Johanns, McConnell, Risch, Sessions, and Thune all voted against a bill that will cost $10 billion with no money allocated to pay for it.

Even though he voted against the bill itself, by dropping his opposition to the bill Jim Bunning helped increase our national debt by $10 billion in just a matter of minutes. Thanks, Jim!

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Two Days Before Christmas

Here we are just two days before Christmas and the U.S. Senate is still debating health care reform with the final vote for passage coming around 8:00 am tomorrow morning. Harry Reid keeps saying that the reason they are debating the bill in the middle of the night and right up to Christmas day, is because of the Republicans. He forgets that we all know he, as Majority Leader, sets the Senate schedule, and he alone decides when legislation hits the floor. In other words, this is his way of punishing everyone because he thinks the Republicans are pooping in his Post Toasties. Grow up Harry.

Just thinking about the health care bill makes me angry, which is exactly why Scary Harry made sure that debate on the bill ran right up to the Christmas holiday. Too many people are traveling to visit family. They’re trying to enjoy the season, and they don’t want to listen to all this negativity or even think about the horror that will come if this bill actually makes it through the entire process.

On a more optimistic note, Rich Lowry writes about five reasons the health care bill might not pass. Personally I think there are a few more reasons than the ones he chose to focus on. His five include public revulsion (which hasn’t stopped Scary Harry, Nanny State Nancy, or The Failed One® yet), the abortion funding issue, and more.

Some other reasons the bill might not make it include the fact that Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Rules Committee has gone on the record to state that Congress should scrap the bill and start over. It turns out Democrats aren’t supporting the bill either. As their base erodes, so will any effort to pass the horrific legislation. It’s already a given that most Democrats up for re-election in 2010 (in the House and the Senate) face an uphill battle because of their support for the bill.

To make matters worse for every Democrat in the House (as the entire House is up for reelection in 2010) is the fact that The Failed One® is now thinking about postponing health care talks until February. This will keep health care reform on everyone’s mind well into the months leading up to the election. Those opposed to this bill and running for office couldn’t have asked for a better Christmas present from President Obama.

That’s it from me tonight. I have a few things I need to get done around here, and I need to get up early tomorrow for the senate vote (although I am pretty sure we all know the outcome of the vote).

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Passage, Productivity, Procedures, & Praise

Another day, another tumultuous day where DSL is concerned. Although the weather cleared up enough so it wasn’t foggy and the sun was trying to break through the clouds, a dark cloud hung over my internet connection. It’s okay though, because they will fix it. Eventually.

Today, for the first time ever, we saw Sandhill Cranes flying in formation. First we saw a group of 21 over the interstate and then farther down the road we saw approximately 300 of them flying on their journey south for the winter. They were too high in the sky for decent photos, but it sure was nice watching them.

Thought #1

If, and that’s a big if, this health care bill passes the Senate, how exactly does Harry Reid expect to reconcile the Senate version with the House version?

The Senate version doesn’t prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage for pre-existing conditions, the House version does. The Senate version might not contain a public option, the House version does. These are some pretty big obstacles to overcome in the road to reconciliation in conference.

It might not matter though, since Democrat support for the bill is waning as well.

Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean argued Wednesday that the health care overhaul bill taking shape in the Senate further empowers private insurers at the expense of consumer choice — a claim the White House rejected.

“This is an insurance company’s dream,” the former Democratic presidential candidate said. “This is the Washington scramble, and it’s a shame.”

Dean argued that the Senate’s health care bill would not prohibit insurance companies from denying coverage for preexisting conditions and he also said it would allow the industry to charge older people far more than others for premiums.

Oops. Where is Scary Harry going to find the 60 votes now?

Hat Tip: Vinny

Thought #2

Speaking of Vinny, you need to watch his latest episode of IT.tv.

 
Thought #3

The debate over the heath care bill got interesting today when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a 767 page single-payer amendment to the bill. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) exercised his prerogative in the Senate and insisted that the bill be read, in its entirety, on the Senate floor.

The Senate clerk began reading the bill at noon and three hours later they were less than 150 pages into the bill. Realizing his amendment lacked the votes to pass, he withdrew the amendment and then berated Republicans for bringing Senate business to a halt.

I applaud the Republicans, especially Tom Coburn for doing so. Without their dedication to stopping this bill, the Democrats would be rolling through with steam rollers killing the American way of life and ushering an era of socialism that would destroy our country forever.

Thought #4

When the author of the bill insists that no Senator can understand the health care bill, you know you have issues.

 

Max Baucus (D-MT) insulted every member of the Senate by claiming they do not have the mental capacity to understand the bill they are debating. What a moron.

Tom Coburn is one of only two doctors who serve in the U.S. Senate. Max Baucus is one of almost 60 morons who do the same.

Thought #5

Once again, Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) makes me wish I lived in the 11th district of Michigan.

 

What a great summary of the Democrat controlled Congress. “Too costly, too crazy, too quickly…”

Thought #6

Time for my final thought of the day. Actually, it’s a question. What did you see or hear today that made you smile? This is what I saw.

 

Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly.
Langston Hughes

Rumors, Relevance, Recalculations, & Reform

Have you ever wondered just how hypocritical Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is? I’ll have a post tomorrow night showing just how narrow minded and nasty Nanny State Nancy can really be. (Yes, that was a teaser).

Thought #1

So the rumor I heard was true. The Baucus Plan, aka SB 1796, aka “America’s Healthy Future Act of 2009” was released today. I have a link for it over in the sidebar, and I am searching for an HTML version to post on the page.

The bill weighs in at 1,502 pages and if you watch the video from Thought #3 you will see why the bill will transform from the released version almost immediately. Word has it that the House and the Senate want to wrap up the debate over Health Care Reform and shove it down our throats within the next couple weeks.

I guess I better get to reading this bill huh?

Thought #2

On September 14, 2006, he said,

We need a new policy – the one the president promised when we went into Afghanistan in the first place. Where NATO allies have pledged troops and assistance to Afghanistan, they must follow through. But the United States must lead by example by sending in at least five thousand additional American troops. More elite Special Forces troops, the best counter-insurgency units in the world; more civil affairs forces; and more experienced intelligence units. More predator drones to find the enemy, more helicopters to allow rapid deployments to confront them, and more heavy combat equipment to make sure we can crush the terrorists.

Now, on October 18, 2009, he says,

I don’t see how President Obama can make a decision about the committing of our additional forces or even the further fulfillment of our mission that’s here today without an adequate government in place or knowledge about what that government’s going to be.

Counting the numbers of troops is not going to define our success here.

Not that you needed a reminder nor an example of how Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has made himself irrelevant when it comes to American politics.

Thought #3

Harry Reid and the Chamber of Secrets.

Thought #4

The other day I asked How Much Is Your Job Worth? It turns out, my numbers were pretty low.

In my post I quoted CNN, which was my first mistake, and it turns out that jobs created by the stimulus do not cost the American Taxpayer $71,500 each. They actually cost us $526,610 each. I won’t make that mistake again.

With $16 billion in federal contracts awarded, each job created in the past seven months cost $526,610. These federal jobs are directly paid for with taxpayer dollars and, as such, do not reflect growth in the real private-sector economy. If the cost per government job remains the same, the $787 “stimulus” could possibly produce 208,000 jobs in eight months-compared to the 263,000 jobs lost in the month of September alone.

Thought #5

If any of the Health Care Reform bills pass both houses, land on the President’s desk, and are signed into law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius will be instrumental in shaping the implementation of that reform and she alone will be responsible for creating a level playing field between any government plan and private insurance companies.

Here she is talking in 2007 about health care reform. See if you can figure out how “level” that “playing field” is going to be with a single payer system.