Cash 4 Cloture More Successful Than Cash 4 Clunkers

As expected, debate continued on the Senate floor until late into the evening. After taking a small break the Senate was back in session at midnight at just after one o’clock this morning, Scary Harry and the ‘Cash 4 Cloture’ Democrat Party voted for cloture on the health care bill.

As I mentioned last night, there is no such thing as a moderate Democrat, nor one that keeps their word, not in the U.S. Senate anyway. They say that everyone has a price and we learned tonight that several senators can be bought with little to no out of pocket expense (for some anyway).

Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) made sure his state received a Medicaid expansion “kickback” that will save his state, as well as Vermont and Massachusetts (because of deals with their Senators too), roughly $1.2 billion, which will be passed on to the citizens of 47 other states.

Senators Chris Dodd (D-CT), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), all made sure to get a little honey in added to their pot before the vote took place.

One Senate Democrat, Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) thinks that anyone against the health care reform bill hates President Obama, yet he fails to see that 60% of the American people are against this health care reform bill.

They are desperate to break this president. They have ardent supporters who are nearly hysterical at the very election of President Barack Obama. The birthers, the fanatics, the people running around in right-wing militia and Aryan support groups, it is unbearable to them that President Barack Obama should exist. That is one powerful reason. It is not the only one.

Does he actually think that sixty-percent of the American people are members of Aryan support groups or right-wing militias? Seriously? Talk about a fanatic.

Are you still wondering why Scary Harry called the Senate into session in the wee hours this morning? Maybe it has something to do with the numerous new tax hikes the Senate Democrats are forcing on their constituents.

Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 1997/Sec. 9003/$5 bil/Jan 2011): No longer allowable to use health savings account (HSA), flexible spending account (FSA), or health reimbursement (HRA) pre-tax dollars to purchase non-prescription, over-the-counter medicines (except insulin)

HSA Withdrawal Tax Hike (Page 1998/Sec. 9004/$1.3 bil/Jan 2011): Increases additional tax on non-medical early withdrawals from an HSA from 10 to 20 percent, disadvantaging them relative to IRAs and other tax-advantaged accounts, which remain at 10 percent.

FSA Cap (Page 1999/Sec. 9005/$13.3 bil/Jan 2011): Imposes cap on FSAs of $2500 (now unlimited). Indexed to inflation after 2011 (added on page 363 of manager’s amendment)

Does he really think passing a bill in the middle of the night will keep people from learning what they’re up too?

The vote tonight does settle one thing. This health care reform bill is owned 100% by the Democrats. Anything printed in the bill, anything passed into law, is on their shoulders, and we the people of the United States of America will remember exactly what they have done.

More Indoctrination, More Broken Rules, And More Bad News

For the first time in weeks, we all slept in today. Okay, so we were up by 10, but around here, that’s like sleeping in.

It was a beautiful day today. The kids played in the backyard and tormented frogs for a while. Well, I know they were nice to the frogs and they just played with them, but I am pretty sure the frogs didn’t take such action kindly.

After the frogs had their fill of “boating in the pond”, I took the boys over to Tanner State Park, and we were surprised there were no remnants from the flooding last week. Well, okay, there were no visible remnants, except the COPPERHEAD snakes everywhere. We saw four of them, one of which was longer than I am tall, so we skiddaddled over to Sweetwater Creek State Park instead.

The water was muddy, but not too high. We heard a ranger stating that the water rose about 15 feet, which was hard to imagine since there were no lasting effects there either. The osprey weren’t feeding, leading us to believe they won’t eat fish that is (a) hidden in brown muddy water, or (b) hidden in brown muddy water that may have contaminants and bacteria in it. Then again, maybe they did feed and (b) is why we didn’t see them…

Thought #1

Check out this video.

Is this another case of indoctrination or what? Oh sure, they try to temper the last half of the video with the “we’re all together” meme, it’s the “yes we can” and the praising President Obama by name that has me concerned again.

Thought #2

Why do politicians insist on changing the rules when they are in power? Rather than have an honest debate with honest representation in Congress, Harry Reid has promised to basically shove the current health care bill down the throats of the American people.

Developing news on the health care front is that Harry Reid is going to use reconciliation in the Senate if he cannot get the sixty members necessary to block a filibuster. In other words, he is going to bend the rules to his favor so that a simple majority can bypass Senate rules.

This isn’t the first time a political party has changed the rules once they assumed “command”, and the Democrats are hardly alone in doing so. But that doesn’t make it right.

Thought #3

Unemployment among young Americans (age 16 to 24) has risen to 52.2%. No, that is not a typo. 52.2 percent of our young people cannot find work.

And worse, without a clear economic recovery plan aimed at creating entry-level jobs, the odds of many of these young adults — aged 16 to 24, excluding students — getting a job and moving out of their parents’ houses are long. Young workers have been among the hardest hit during the current recession — in which a total of 9.5 million jobs have been lost.

It’s clear that none of Obama’s plans are working. And before you start spouting off that it was the Republicans and their 8 years of control in Washington that caused this, remember one thing. Republicans DID NOT control Congress for the past eight years.

Sure, President Bush was in office and has his share of the blame to shoulder in this mess we are now facing, but the House and Senate were not under Republican control during that entire eight years. Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and their cohorts on the Hill are as much to blame for all of this.

It’s time for Congress to wake up and get to work. The time for pointing fingers is over, unless of course you want to single out those responsible for the mortgage fiasco, then you can point to Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). Should we be working on a solution to fix these problems rather than finger pointing and shoving unwanted (expensive) legislation on the American people?

Now I am off tonight to read my new Photoshop User magazine and some more of the book I am reading. I may actually climb into bed before 3am. How awesome would that be?

PS: Yes, MR Ducks! MR Not Ducks! OSAR, CM Wings! YIB MR Ducks!

The Warning Signs Were There

Tell the truth now. Did you know there was trouble brewing in the housing market? Did you see the coming economic storm? We’re you shocked when not-so-smart people in our government started espousing the need to ‘bailout’ certain financial companies? Seriously?

The signs have been there for a couple of years. If you’re one to keep your head in the sand (like many politicians on the House Financial Services Committee) you might not have seen those signs, but for those of us who happen to have more than a pea for a brain, we saw the signs. We knew it was just a matter of time before lending institutions would begin to crumble, and now it has happened.

Financial institutions are crumbling and it’s all because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have imploded. Maybe things wouldn’t have gotten so bad if Fannie and Freddie were not required to purchase all of those bad loans in the first place. Then again, things could be much worse. The American people could lay blame on Congress, where it belongs, because they failed to take action that could have prevented this whole mess.
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