Wishes, Words, Weirdos, & Washouts

Thank God tomorrow is Friday!

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
2 Timothy 4:7

Thought #1

Do you still support the health care bill, which will eventually usher in the single payer system, that is being floated on Capitol Hill? Watch this.

Now. Tell me again how you support willingly giving up the very health care system that people around the world wish they had.

Thought #2

I wondered if Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was happy with “negotiations” in the Senate regarding the health care bill. The latest version uses mirrors to hide the public option behind a trigger, that, if pulled will usher in all of the public option goodness that Scary Harry and company want to force down the throat of the American people. So what did Joe have to say?

I’ve told them that I can’t support a trigger–no, actually, to be more explicit: If they say that it’s unlikely to be [pulled] then it’s unnecessary

All of the backroom negotiations in the world couldn’t hide that public option because Harry Reid forgot he was using a two-way mirror to hide it from us.

Thought #3

Kevin Jennings, President Obama’s “Safe Schools Czar”, has proven he is anything but safe when it comes to our nation’s children or anything to do with our nation’s schools.

On Saturday, it was discovered that Kevin Jennings’ organization GLSEN sponsored a youth conference at Tuft’s University in March 2000. This conference was fully supported by the Massachusetts Department of Education, the Safe Schools Program, the Governor’s Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth, and some of the presenters even received federal money. An undercover journalist with Mass Resistance was at the conference and recorded a couple of the workshops. During one of the conference workshops an activist asks 14 year-old students, “Spit or swallow?… Is it rude?”

It gets worse too, but you’re going to have to visit Big Government to read and listen to the rest. The next time you see someone from the Obama administration waving their fist in the air, remember what you’ve read.

Thought #4

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has proven once again that she is a complete moron.

Yes, you heard her correctly, she actually stood on the floor of the Senate and compared a woman’s reproductive health (aka abortion) to a man who uses Viagra.

What an idiot.

Balking, Billions, BS, & Bribes

To say I am disgusted that the health care reform bill passed the cloture vote is an understatement. Although I know we cannot trust anything most politicians have to say, I am shocked that all of the politicians who stated their position would switch so easily. Anyway, here are my thoughts for today.

Thought #1

The day after Joe Lieberman (I-CT) cast his vote for cloture on the bill, he was strutting all over the capitol crowing that he will not support the bill in a final vote if the public option is included.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, speaking in that trademark sonorous baritone, utters a simple statement that translates into real trouble for Democratic leaders: “I’m going to be stubborn on this.”

Stubborn, he means, in opposing any health-care overhaul that includes a “public option,” or government-run health-insurance plan, as the current bill does. His opposition is strong enough that Mr. Lieberman says he won’t vote to let a bill come to a final vote if a public option is included.

Nice “promise” there Captain Obvious. Thanks for sticking to your principles, but pardon us if we can’t ignore the fact that you keep speaking out of both sides of your mouth.

Thought #2

I can’t help but question why any politician would vote for this bill.

The bill doesn’t start spending until 2014, and only costs $9 billion that year. But by 2019, the annual cost hits $196 billion. The minority staff of the Senate Budget Committee reports that, if you factor out all the budget gimmicks and look at the 10 years of actual implementation, the cost is closer to $2.5 trillion.

This bill increases our federal deficit to levels which will never be paid off, not even by our great-great-great-great grandchildren. It raises taxes to a level where many workers will be paying nearly one-half of their income to the federal government. The bill also threatens billions of dollars in fees and penalties, not to mention jailtime for those who do not wish to have government-run health care.

If I hadn’t read the bill myself, and seen all of the coverage of it, I would think we were talking about some European country, but sadly, we’re not. My arms are swollen from pinching myself, hoping to wake up from this horrible nightmare. The sad thing is, it’s not even to the worst part yet.

Thought #3

Harry Reid is an expert liar. Well, I wouldn’t call him an expert, because everyone knows he’s a liar. Habitual liar then, maybe? He certainly takes his time and packs as many lies into one sentence as he can. Does that make him a bulk liar?

“The key elements of this health care reform bill, I repeat: reduces short-and-long term debt, expands coverage, promotes choice and competition, reforms the insurance market, improves quality of care,” Reid said.

How many lies did you count? Go read John Hawkins’ post at Right Wing News to find out.

Thought #4

Mary Landrieu’s vote for cloture on the health care bill, and maybe even the final vote, was bought and paid for by Harry Reid. She has attacked ABC for making this claim, and she blames ABC for all the “vicious” attacks from right wing blogs.

Let’s look at the evidence, shall we?

The section is question is Section 2006 of HR 3590, which states:

SEC. 2006. SPECIAL ADJUSTMENT TO FMAP DETERMINATION FOR CERTAIN STATES RECOVERING FROM A MAJOR DISASTER.

Section 1905 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396d), as amended by sections 2001 (A) (3) and 2001 (B) (2), is amended (1) in subsection (b), in the first sentence, by striking subsection (y) and inserting subsections (y) and (aa); and (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection: (aa)

(1) Notwithstanding subsection (b), beginning January 1, 2011, the Federal medical assistance percent age for a fiscal year for a disaster-recovery FMAP adjust ment State shall be equal to the following: (A) In the case of the first fiscal year (or part of a fiscal year) for which this subsection applies to the State, the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), increased by 50 percent of the number of percentage points by which the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), is less than the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the preceding fiscal year after the application of only subsection (a) of section 5001 of Public Law 1115

(if applicable to the preceding fiscal year) and without regard to this subsection, subsection (y), and subsections (b) and (c) of section 5001 of Public Law 1115. (B) In the case of the second or any succeeding fiscal year for which this subsection applies to the State, the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the preceding fiscal year under this subsection for the State, increased by 25 percent of the number of percentage points by which the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), is less than the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the preceding fiscal year under this subsection.

(2) In this subsection, the term disaster-recovery FMAP adjustment State means a State that is one of the 50 States or the District of Columbia, for which, at any time during the preceding 7 fiscal years, the President has declared a major disaster under section 401 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act and determined as a result of such disaster that every county or parish in the State warrant individual and public assistance or public assistance from the Federal Government under such Act and for which (A) in the case of the first fiscal year (or part of a fiscal year) for which this subsection applies to the State, the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), is less than the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the preceding fiscal year after the application of only subsection (a) of section 5001 of Public Law 1115 (if applicable to the preceding fiscal year) and without regard to this subsection, subsection (y), and subsections (b) and (c) of section 5001 of Public Law 1115, by at least 3 percentage points; and (B) in the case of the second or any succeeding fiscal year for which this subsection applies to the State, the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the fiscal year without regard to this subsection and subsection (y), is less than the Federal medical assistance percentage determined for the State for the preceding fiscal year under this subsection by at least 3 percentage points.

(3) The Federal medical assistance percentage de termined for a disaster-recovery FMAP adjustment State under paragraph (1) shall apply for purposes of this title (other than with respect to disproportionate share hospital payments described in section 1923 and payments under this title that are based on the enhanced FMAP described in 2105(b)) and shall not apply with respect to payments under title IV (other than under part E of title IV) or payments under title XXI.

Let’s think of all of the states which have had a county or parish declared a major disaster area by the President in the past seven years that meets all of the requirements listed above (aka where every county or parish in the State warrants individual and public assistance). How many do you come up with?

One clue. Katrina. Got it yet? Section 2006 was written explicitly for the state of Louisiana, which just happens to be Mary Landrieu (D-LA) territory. According to ABC, the cost of Section 2006 is $100 million, but Mary Landrieu herself has gone on the record to correct that amount.

I will correct something. It’s not $100 million, it’s $300 million, and I’m proud of it and will keep fighting for it

The Senate health care bill is Harry Reid’s creation. It took quite a few weeks to draft that bill and no matter what Mary Landrieu says now, the truth is Harry Reid either wrote that section, or allowed it to be entered into the bill.

There is no denying that Section 2006 only applies to the state of Louisiana, and Mary Landrieu herself will “fight” for that section. So, was it a bribe from Harry Reid to buy her vote for the bill?

Let’s keep looking at the facts.

According to an article at nola.com, Mary Landrieu (D-LA) will be hosting a fundraiser for Harry Reid (D-NV) next month in New Orleans. Say what?

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., will host a fundraiser for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in New Orleans next month, an event that comes on the heels of Reid’s assistance getting Louisiana a windfall of Medicaid money in the health care reform bill.

The event was planned “several weeks ago,” according to Landrieu’s office. She and political consultant James Carville will host a brunch on Dec. 12 at the St. Charles Avenue home of David Voelker, an investor who chairs the Louisiana Recovery Authority and was a supporter of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

Why on Earth would a moderate Democrat like Mary Landrieu host a fundraiser for Harry Reid, in New Orleans? The only reason to hold a fundraiser for a Senator from Nevada in New Orleans is to repay a favor you received from that Senator (you scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours).

It’s just a bit too coincidental that Mary Landrieu was wavering about supporting the health care bill, section 2006 was written so it applies to no other state than Louisiana, and now she’s throwing a fundraiser for the Senate majority leader.

The people of the state of Louisiana should be ashamed of Mary Landrieu.

As a former resident of the state Nevada I can tell you, Harry Reid is not looking out for the interests of his constituents either. He hasn’t for a long time, it just took a while for many people to see his true colors. Hopefully, it’s only a matter of time now before Harry Reid is but a painful memory in the timeline of Nevada history.

And You Thought Nixon Was A Crook

As you may have heard by now, the Senate voted in favor of cloture, and to send their version of health care reform to the Senate floor for debate. The vote for cloture was 60-39.

Before you panic too much, please remember that the bill must still pass the a final vote in the Senate, then, if it does, it must be reconciled in conference with the House version that passed and then the final bill must then pass another vote of the House as well as a cloture vote and final passage within the Senate.

The fight is far from over, but let’s look at the vote which took place this evening. In order to invoke cloture, sixty Senators must for it. As you see above the vote was just 60. To tell the truth, I was shocked. I thought for sure at least one Democrat would defect, or at the very least, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) would.

Sen. Lieberman has stated, more than once, that he would support a filibuster of the bill if it contained a public option. The bill tonight contained that option, so I was very upset with Mr. Lieberman. I still am. He made it clear, or at least made it seem that way, in many media outlets that he would not vote the way he did tonight, yet his communication with his constituents tells a completely different story.

Some have asked about my remarks regarding votes on health care reform on the Senate floor. When the bill comes to the Senate floor, I am planning to vote to allow debate to begin on the bill, which in this instance will require 60 votes. I very much look forward to debating the various aspects of this critical legislation and voting on proposed amendments. If, however, when the subsequent motion to limit debate time on the bill is voted on, with a 60-vote requirement for that motion to succeed, I will not vote in favor of that motion if the bill at that time includes a public option, for the reasons stated above.

It seems he was straight up with his constituents, which is good, but he sure misled the remainder of the American people, didn’t he?

A few Democrats had indicated that they would not support the bill if it contained a public option as well, and every single one of them toed the party line. I don’t know why any Senator would vote to begin debate, let alone vote to support this bill, when a vast majority of Americans do not want this bill to pass.

The approval rating for this bill is far below that of President Obama, which just happens to have dropped below 50% this week also.

It’s just a shame that Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), and Ben Nelson (D-FL) and every other Democrat in the Senate put their loyalty to Harry Reid over their loyalty to their constituents tonight. That action alone speaks volumes.

With the success of this cloture vote, Harry Reid accomplished two tasks. He showed the people of Nevada (which is my home state) how much he listens to and appreciates their opinions, and he showed the rest of the United States that he is better at bribing, and coercing his party members in the Senate than Nancy Pelosi is with her members in the House.

Friday Night Thoughts

I was sitting here relaxing tonight, when I heard that Nancy Pelosi will be putting HR 3962 up for a vote sometime this weekend. Wonderful, it’s not like I had planned a busy weekend bird watching, stopping by the Instant Tea tomorrow, or celebrating my wife’s birthday either. Sheesh. Thanks Nancy.

Thought #1

There was a “house call” in Washington yesterday and thousands of protestors showed up again to protest the current health care reform bill. It seems some of the protestors that showed up in Washington couldn’t control themselves and got themselves arrested.

The health care debate got ugly in Washington this morning. Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman was the target of protesters today — some of whom were arrested.

The protests took place in the waiting area of Lieberman’s office inside the Hart Office Building.

About 20 protesters, carrying signs, took over the waiting room, many sitting on the floor. They told police they were not taking over the office, but rather waiting to see the senator.

Before I go any further, let me make something clear. It was not these protestors,

or these protestors.

In fact, the only protestors who got arrested were those who showed up to protest the fact that Rep. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) said he would take part in a Republican filibuster of any health care bill he does not agree with. These protestors were not part of the ‘House Call’.

 
Thought #2

This is President Obama’s economy now.

 
Thought #3

Have you pondered the actual costs of the health care proposals in the House?

Thought #4

When has Nancy Pelosi actualy kept a promise she made?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD that the speaker will not allow the final language of the health care to be posted online for 72 hours before bringing the bill to a vote on the House floor, despite her September 24 statement that she was “absolutely” committed to doing so.

Thought #5

Some stories do have a happy ending.

A 1965 Volkswagen van stolen 35 years ago in Spokane, Washington, was found by customs agents in a shipping container in the Los Angeles port last month, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official said.

The original owner should get the vehicle back, if you ask me.