220 Reasons For Change In 2010

I waited to write this post tonight while I watched the debate over HR 3962 play out all evening on CSPAN. I was hoping for a small miracle, as I was hoping to post about the defeat of the bill while it sat on Nancy Pelosi’s table. The House passed the bill by a vote of 220 – 215. They only needed 218 votes to pass the bill.

In the end this evening, 220 people voted to in favor of taking away your rights as an American citizen.

The debate started early in the day and did not conclude until well into the evening. In typical Nancy Pelosi fashion, the debate on the House floor soon took a turn for the worst when the majority failed to observe House rules in a fair manner.

Democrat after Democrat was allowed to parade down to the microphone and ask for unanimous consent to enter their comments into the record. When Republicans questioned whether or not these unanimous consent requests were counting against debate time, they were told they were out of order. When they raised parliamentary inquiries about the procedure for objecting to the unanimous consent requests, they were told that regular order would continue and they should just shut up.

It’s quite clear how things are run in the House under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership. This first video is almost 8 minutes long and shows how things got heated up to begin the day.

This second video shows how efficiently Nanny State Nancy is at shutting down the minority.

As the evening progressed we heard some excellent floor speeches, from MIke Pence (R-IN),

and Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI).

The final vote in support of the bill included on Republican, Anh “Joseph” Cao (R-LA) who claimed that he voted for passage of the bill to support “life”. Thanks for killing any chance of a happy life there Anh. We appreciate it, and we’ll show you how much in 2010.

Make sure you check the final roll call of the vote to see how your Representative voted and remember their vote when you walk in to cast you ballet next year.

The unemployment rate (of those still able to collect unemployment benefits) hit 10.2%. More Americans are out of work now than ever before in our nation’s history, and the Democrats in the House of Representatives chose to pass HR 3962 which gives the government control of 1/6th of our economy, reduces even more jobs, violates your right as an American citizen and adds trillions to our federal deficit.

The CBO estimate released last night finally sheds light on the smoke and mirrors game the majority has been playing with the cost of their health care reform proposal. Over the first 10 years, this legislation builds in gross new spending of $1.7 trillion – and most of the new spending doesn’t even start until 2014. Once that spending is fully phased in, the House Democratic bill rings up at more than $3 trillion over ten years.

I guess it could be worse. The President of the United States could be making snide comments about people who attend tea parties.

Does anybody think that the teabag, anti-government people are going to support them if they bring down health care? All it will do is confuse and dispirit “Democratic voters” and it will encourage the extremists.

If you don’t find anything wrong with that statement, make sure you look up the definition of teabag and you’ll develop a whole new respect for our Commander-in-Chief. Oh! Speaking of our Commander-in-Chief…

After speaking to House Democrats, insulting a great number of Americans, and forcing his hand in the health care debate, President Obama and his wife flew off for a relaxing weekend at Camp David. In the meantime, our former President, and his lovely wife spent several hours at Fort Hood visiting with families and showing their support.

Word has it that Barack Obama might get around to visiting Fort Hood, and showing his support of the families there, on Tuesday. Maybe. The teleprompter might change its mind though.

A government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.
Barry Goldwater

Whackos, Wanna Be’s, Writings, And Wisdom

I started my day today with a quick and easy project. Well, it was supposed to be quick and easy. It ended up taking 14 hours, but it’s done. I won’t go into details because I know some of you get bored if I talk in code.

It’s late, so I am going to put several smaller thoughts together again.

Thought #1

The first story I read today caught me off-guard. This is what happens when I open my news reader before I’ve had my first cup in the morning.

It seems a woman in Michigan who lives in front of a bus stop watches some children for less than an hour each day until the bus arrives. She helps out the parents of said children by keeping an eye on them (at the parent’s request) so they get off to school each day. The problem is, the state of Michigan has decided she’s doing so against the law.

A West Michigan woman says the state is threatening her with fines and possibly jail time for babysitting her neighbors’ children.

Lisa Snyder of Middleville says her neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of her home. It arrives after her neighbors need to be at work, so she watches three of their children for 15-40 minutes until the bus comes.

The Department of Human Services received a complaint that Snyder was operating an illegal child care home. DHS contacted Snyder and told her to get licensed, stop watching her neighbors’ kids, or face the consequences.

When a neighbor cannot help a neighbor without being threatened by some over-zealous idiot, there’s a problem. So much for the village, huh?

Thought #2

President Obama thinks your children do not spend enough time in school.

President Barack Obama is among those making the case that American kids aren’t spending enough time in school.

The president says that puts them at a disadvantage compared to other students around the globe. He’s pushing for schools to add time to classes, to stay open later and to let kids in on weekends so they have a safe place to go.

While it’s true that kids in many other countries have more school days, it’s not true they all spend more time in school. In fact, U.S. kids spend more hours in school than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests.

For all I know, this thought might be related to the next one.

Thought #3

Increasing the time children spend in the classroom would allow more time for the proper indoctrination of children, would it not?

If videos like this surfaced of children being taught to praise George W. Bush, heads would be spinning and the lamestream media would be covering it 24/7. Tell the truth now, have you seen any of these indoctrination videos on any mainstream media station?

Just imagine what can be done by increasing the length of the school year. Can we see a pattern here? YES WE CAN.

Thought #4

Whoa. Talk about making heads spin. Sarah Palin’s new book, “Going Rogue: An American Life” will hit the bookstore shelves on November 17th.

I’m sure the mere mention of her name on my blog has reassured some readers (and some family members) that I am a member of the vast right-wing conspiracy they (and former President Bill Clinton) are so vehement in believing actually exists. Uhoh. I just linked to CNN. Now my head is spinning.

Thought #5

Did you know it’s former President George W. Bush’s fault that current President Barack Obama cannot close our facility at Guantanamo Bay?

Hope, change, and no semblance of accountability whatsoever.

And now, the final thought for the night, presented by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI).

You Shouldn’t Compromise Your Principles

When the U.S. House of Representatives passed their version of the $15 billion automaker bailout earlier this week, I was disappointed, but not nearly as disappointed as I was that Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI) voted for the bailout. To say I was shocked is an understatement.

Before I get too far into this post, let me make a few statements. I understand that Thaddeus McCotter is from Michigan, a state that has been hit hard by this economic downturn because of their ties to the automotive industry. I understand he is an elected representative, whose job is to represent the constituents who live in his district. And, I understand that many of his constituents probably support the bailout effort and demand that he do so as well.

Rep. McCotter has made no secret of his support of this bailout, yet he adamantly fought against other bailout efforts in the past. Apparently, supporting taxpayer funded programs to prop up failing U.S. businesses is only correct if it happens to involve businesses that have a direct impact on your own district. It’s a shame too, because unlike many other members of Congress, I really didn’t think Rep. McCotter was a hypocrite. I thought he was one of those elected officials we could believe in. You know, someone who we could actually trust and who would stand up on their principles and do the right thing for our country.

It seems I, like many other people, was mistaken.

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