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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Harry & Nancy Are Drunk With Power

Did you see the headlines today?

Dems look to skip formality on health bills

Democrats Reid, Pelosi ponder crafting Obama’s final healthcare bill behind closed doors

Did you read any of the stories with those headlines?

Democratic leaders are looking to forgo a formal, public conference to merge the House and Senate’s health care overhaul bills, giving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the White House free rein to hammer out the final measure behind closed doors and thwart Republican efforts to stymie it.

The maneuver gives Democratic leaders the ability to quickly work through hundreds of differences between the 2,000-page bills and to keep control over the deals they will need to make on politically touchy topics such as abortion, taxes and Medicare cuts.

You read that correctly. Rather than allowing a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill, Scary Harry and Nanny State Nancy are planning to keep the negotiations behind closed doors, out of the public eye, and away from any scrutiny by the American public.

It wasn’t all that long ago that Harry Reid was against that very idea. The year was 2006.

They rushed the bill through votes in the House. They called the Senate into session at one o’clock in the morning to pass their version. They refused to allow enough time for people to read the entire bill before bringing these votes, many of which were on amendments which members of Congress hadn’t even received a copy of. But don’t you fret. Nancy Pelosi says there has never been a more open process.

C-SPAN wrote a letter to congressional leaders Tuesday asking that TV cameras be allowed to film negotiations to reconcile the House and Senate versions of healthcare reform legislation.

But Pelosi said Congress has already been transparent throughout the process.

“There has never been a more open process for any legislation,” Pelosi said at a press conference.

If you get too nauseated you can fast forward to the 7 minute mark to hear her ridiculous remark.

Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are drunk with power and it’s only a matter of time before they kill someone. It’s time to pull them over and make them pay the consequences.

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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Two Thousand Seventy Four Pages

Scary Harry Reid released the brand new Senate health care reform bill. I’ve added it to the source document list to the left, and I will begin reading it sometime tomorrow. According to early reports, the bill will cost $849 billion over 10 years, and will reduce the deficit by $127 billion over that same 10 years.

$127 billion dollars sounds like an awful lot, except it’s not. Not really. The federal deficit for October 2009 alone, was $176 billion. Think about it. The Senate version of health care reform will reduce the deficit by $1.058 billion per month for 10 years. If we have more months like October 2009, the deficit will still rise by more than $174 billion every month.

The next time you hear someone brag about this bill “reducing the deficit” just slap them in the face with the facts and watch the blood drain from their face.

The Senate health care bill is being introduced as an amendment, in the form of a substitution, for House Resolution 3590. HR 3590 had absolutely nothing to do with health care before this substitution.

Early reports indicate that this substitute HR3590 contains a 40% excise tax on health care plans which are in excess of $8,500, an additional 0.5% Medicare tax on wages in excess of $106,800, and additional fees for manufacturers of certain drugs and medical devices. The bill also raises taxes by $370 billion over 10 years, and it doesn’t stop there. The Senate health care reform bill allows for taxpayer-funded abortions through the public health insurance plan and the health insurance “exchange”.

In short, the Senate bill will raise premiums, raise taxes, and cut benefits. You can read the Congressional Budget Office score of the bill (PDF), for more information on the costs of this version of health care reform but remember one thing. The bill they scored for this report (HR 3590) will not be the same bill (therefore their score of the bill will no longer be valid) once it passes. It is sure to “evolve” before any final vote comes to the Senate floor.

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I will begin my review of the substitute to HR3590 tomorrow evening. Until then, get reading. Don’t make me do it alone.

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.

The Phony, The PlayBook, And The Performance

After an absence last month because the kids were all sick, we attended the Sweetwater Camera Club meeting tonight. Of course, we had a blast like we always do. It was good to see everyone, and we look forward to the annual bbq on Saturday! Yum!

I went to the dentist yesterday and on Monday I have to go back to get a couple teeth pulled. I could be the national poster child for the ‘How Not To Take Care of Your Teeth When You Are Young’ campaign.

Anyway, here are some thoughts tonight, before I take a pain pill. (Imagine how fun it would be to post after taking them).

Thought #1

President Obama said he was willing to meet with Republicans in Congress to discuss health care. It turns out that was just another lie. Rather than refusing to meet with them, he just doesn’t respond to their requests in the first place.

Gingrey said a dozen GOP House doctors requested a meeting with Obama last month to discuss health care — but got no response.

Tongue firmly in cheek, Gingrey said he didn’t know that wearing a white coat was a requirement to meet with the president.

“If these voices are not enough to get his attention” Gingrey said, “my white coat will.”

Gingrey — who stood next to a large photo of White House aides handing out white coats to the doctors — held his medical smock in the air on the House floor.

Rep. Phil Gingrey is my representative in Congress. Over the past few years I have voiced my concerns to him, and he has responded each and every time, even when I write to him about the most benign issues. Gingrey is the real deal. The same cannot be said about our President.

Thought #2

Indoctrination and propaganda at its finest.

I haven’t looked into this story too much, but it’s clear that the Ron Clark Academy subscribes to the same playbook as many other schools.

How desperate are you to further your cause that you feel the need to brainwash children and use them to spread your message?

Thought #3

Word has it that the leadership of the House and Senate have a plan to pass health care reform by performing a four part act that could very well railroad the bill through the Senate. From there it’s only one step away from the President’s desk.

The final step in this plan is for the House to take up Obama care, without amending the legislation, and then sending that bill directly to the President for his signature.

Head over to the Heritage Foundation and read the entire plan.