The $3000 Thingamajig

The President needs to stick to something he knows about — like stopping the oceans from rising.

I’m afraid there’s a better than average chance that the economy-thing is not going to work out well at all.

The latest evidence: The $3000 Thingamajig …..

Changes Coming To The Trucking Industry

Due to numerous factors, such as rising fuel costs, rising costs of consumer goods and reduced consumer spending, there isn’t as much freight to haul and truckers are looking to the manufacturers to help them meet these challenges, so they may remain profitable.

The answer is being addressed by Peterbilt, smaller and more fuel efficient trucks.

*PS*

1:4 RC model truck pulls a Nissan SUV. The truck is a one-off creation by Luca Bordin a Peterbuilt fanatic. The truck is powered by a 12V car battery and features a horn which works using compressed air.

What Did The DNC Know And When Did They Know It?

obama boilerplate comments on senate healthcare vote

historic … ed rhoncus tincidunt metus. Quisque dolor velit, varius vitae dapibus non, cursus quis felis. Curabitur ligula tortor, porta eu venenatis vel, pulvinar … unprecedented … volutpat vitae aliquam at, hendrerit vitae velit. Aliquam luctus suscipit ligula nec fermentum. Aliquam eget lacus in ipsum dictum …

extraordinary … placerat bibendum tellus. Nunc rutrum erat vel ante tristique id scelerisque sapien hendrerit. Vivamus ac libero enim, porta congue lorem. Ut euismod lectus et urna posuere tempor. Pellentesque nisi erat, rhoncus ut varius non, porta at nunc…. the last eight years.

more at washington times

Inside The House Health Plan, H.R.3200

This post is taken from LGF2, as the poster vapig posted the info after visiting the Mark Levin show’s website.
For those who haven’t had the opportunity to find out what insidious government intrusions, and takeovers, are included in this bill, which the current resident of the White House is promoting, it will simply amaze you.
As a reminder of how atrocious this piece of legislation is, first the official chart of the House plan.

healthcare map

There is a man by the name of Peter Fleckstein (aka Fleckman) who is reading it and has been posting on Twitter his findings. This is from his postings (Note: All comments are Fleckman’s)

Pg 16: SEC. 102. PROTECTING THE CHOICE TO KEEP CURRENT COVERAGE. lines 3-26 of the HC Bill – OUTLAWS PRIVATE INSURANCE by forbidding enrollment after HR 3022 is passed into law.

Pg 21-22: SEC. 113. INSURANCE RATING RULES of the HC Bill MANDATES the Government will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!

Pg 29: SEC. 122. ESSENTIAL BENEFITS PACKAGE DEFINED: lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!

Pg 30: SEC. 123. HEALTH BENEFITS ADVISORY COMMITTEE of HC bill – THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.

Pg 42: SEC. 142. DUTIES AND AUTHORITY OF COMMISSIONER of HC Bill – The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC Benefits for you. You have no choice!

PG 50-51: SEC. 152. PROHIBITING DISCRIMINATION IN HEALTH CARE in HC bill – HC will be provided to ALL non US citizens, ILLEGAL or otherwise.

Pg 58: SEC. 163. ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATION HC Bill – Government will have real-time access to individual’s finances and a National ID Healthcard will be issued!

Pg 59: SEC. 163. ADMINISTRATIVE SIMPLIFICATIONHC Bill lines 21-24 Government will have DIRECT access to your BANK ACCOUNTS for electronic funds transfer. This means the government can go in and take your money right out of your bank account.

PG 65: SEC. 164. REINSURANCE PROGRAM FOR RETIREES is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in Unions and community orgs (ACORN).

Pg 72: SEC. 201. ESTABLISHMENT OF HEALTH INSURANCE EXCHANGE; OUTLINE OF DUTIES; DEFINITIONS Lines 8-14 Government is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.

PG 84: SEC. 203. BENEFITS PACKAGE LEVELS HC Bill – Government mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the Exchange

PG 85: SEC. 203. BENEFITS PACKAGE LEVELS Line 7 HC Bill – SPECIFICATION OF BENEFIT LEVELS FOR PLANS = The Government will ration your Healthcare!

PG 91: SEC. 204. CONTRACTS FOR THE OFFERING OF EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLANS Lines 4-7 HC Bill – Government mandates linguistic appropriate services. Example – Translation for illegal aliens!

Pg 95: SEC. 205. OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT OF EXCHANGE-ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS IN EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN HC Bill Lines 8-18 The Government will use groups i.e., ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Government HC plan.

PG 102: SEC. 205. OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT OF EXCHANGE-ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUALS AND EMPLOYERS IN EXCHANGE-PARTICIPATING HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN Lines 12-18 HC Bill – Medicaid Eligible Individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. No choice!

pg 124: SEC. 223. PAYMENT RATES FOR ITEMS AND SERVICES lines 24-25 HC No company can sue the GOVERNMENT on price fixing! No “judicial review” against Government Monopoly!!

pg 127: SEC. 225. PROVIDER PARTICIPATION Lines 1-16 HC Bill – Doctors/ AMA – The Government will tell YOU what you can make.

Pg 145: SEC. 312. EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT COVERAGE Line 15-17 An Employer MUST auto enroll employees into public option plan. NO CHOICE!!

Pg 146: SEC. 312. EMPLOYER RESPONSIBILITY TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT COVERAGE Lines 22-25 Employers MUST pay 4 HC 4 part time employees AND their families.

Pg 149: SEC. 313. EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGE Lines 16-24 ANY Employer with payroll of $400k and above who does not provide public option pays 8% tax on all payroll.

pg 150: SEC. 313. EMPLOYER CONTRIBUTIONS IN LIEU OF COVERAGE Lines 9-13 Business’s with payroll between $251k – $400k who doesn’t provide public option pays 2-6% tax on all payroll.

Pg 167: SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesn’t have acceptable HC according to Government will be taxed 2.5% of income.

Pg 170: SEC. 401. TAX ON INDIVIDUALS WITHOUT ACCEPTABLE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is EXEMPT from individual taxes. (Americans will pay)

Pg 195: HC Bill – SEC. 421. CREDIT FOR SMALL BUSINESS EMPLOYEE HEALTH COVERAGE EXPENSES Officers and employees of HC Administration (GOVERNMENT) will have access to ALL Americans financial and personal records!

PG 203: SEC. 441. SURCHARGE ON HIGH INCOME INDIVIDUALS Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that!

Pg 239: SEC. 1121. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE REFORM Line 14-24 HC Bill Government will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors, low income, poor affected.

Pg 241: SEC. 1121. SUSTAINABLE GROWTH RATE REFORM Line 6-8 HC Bill – Doctors, doesn’t matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same.

PG 253: SEC. 1122. MISVALUED CODES UNDER THE PHYSICIAN FEE

SCHEDULE Line 10-18 Government sets value of Doctor’s time, professional judgment, etc. Literally value of humans.

PG 265: SEC. 1131. INCORPORATING PRODUCTIVITY IMPROVEMENTS INTO MARKET BASKET UPDATES THAT DO NOT ALREADY INCORPORATE SUCH IMPROVEMENTS. Government mandates and controls productivity for private HC industries.

PG 268: SEC. 1141. RENTAL AND PURCHASE OF POWER-DRIVEN WHEELCHAIRS. Federal Government regulates rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs

PG 272: SEC. 1145. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!

Page 280: SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS The Government will penalize hospitals for what Government deems preventable readmissions.

Pg 298: SEC. 1151. REDUCING POTENTIALLY PREVENTABLE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS Lines 9-11 Doctors! Treat a patient during initial admission that results in a readmission? Government will penalize you.

Pg 317: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS Lines 13-20 OMG!! PROHIBITION on ownership and investment! Government tells Doctors what and how much they can own!

Pg 317-318: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS lines 21-25, 1-3 PROHIBITION on expansion – Government is mandating hospitals cannot expand!

pg 321: SEC. 1156. LIMITATION ON MEDICARE EXCEPTIONS TO THE PROHIBITION ON CERTAIN PHYSICIAN REFERRALS MADE TO HOSPITALS Lines 2-13 Hospitals have option to apply for exception BUT community input required. Can you say ACORN?!!

Pg 335: SEC. 1162. QUALITY BONUS PAYMENTS Lines 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Government mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. Rationing

Pg 341: SEC. 1162. QUALITY BONUS PAYMENTS Lines 3-9 Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing people into Government plan.

Pg 354: SEC. 1177. EXTENSION OF AUTHORITY OF SPECIAL NEEDS PLANS TO RESTRICT ENROLLMENT – Government will RESTRICT enrollment of Special needs people! OMG! My sister has Downs Syndrome!!!

Pg 379: SEC. 1191. TELEHEALTH EXPANSION AND ENHANCEMENTS Government creates more bureaucracy – Telehealth Advisory Committee Can you say HC by phone?

PG 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 4-12 Government mandates Advance Care Planning Consult. Think Senior Citizens end of life

Pg 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 17-19 Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney. Mandatory!

PG 425: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death!

PG 427: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 15-24 Government mandates program for orders for end of life. The Government has a say in how your life ends!

Pg 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 1-9 An “advance care planning consultant” will be used frequently as patients health deteriorates.

PG 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 10-12 “advance care consultation” may include an ORDER 4 end of life plans. AN ORDER from GOV

Pg 429: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 13-25 – The Government will specify which Doctors can write an end of life order.

PG 430: SEC. 1233. ADVANCE CARE PLANNING CONSULTATION Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.

Pg 469: SEC. 1302. MEDICAL HOME PILOT PROGRAM Community Based Home Medical Services=Non profit organizations. Hello, ACORN Medical Services here!!?

Page 472: SEC. 1302. MEDICAL HOME PILOT PROGRAM Lines 14-17 PAYMENT TO COMMUNITY-BASED ORG. 1 monthly payment 2 a community-based org. Like ACORN?

PG 489: SEC. 1308. COVERAGE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR SERVICES The Government will cover Marriage and Family therapy. Which means they will insert Government into your marriage

Pg 494-498: SEC. 1308. COVERAGE OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST SERVICES AND MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR SERVICES Government will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, rationing those services.

Hat tip to Vapig. Thank you!

There will be more, much more, on this outrageous Marxist scheme.

A Thank You Note To Honduras!

Dear Citizens of Honduras,
I wish to personally thank you for faithfully defending your nation’s constitution from a failed coup d’etat, by your now ousted President.
You have given all lovers of freedom and democratic principles, a shining example of how to recognize and defeat a determined enemy, and one who would become your dictator.

Good citizens of Honduras, you watched as ‘Mel’ ran a corrupt government, that hadn’t even submitted a fiscal budget for 2009, as demanded by your constitution. His attempts to bribe and confuse the mostly impoverished citizens did not go unnoticed, and you acted accordingly. In violation of your constitution, he attempted to hold an illegal referendum (which are prohibited within six months of a general election) in order to force the ‘cuarta urna’, or fourth ballot box, into the polling places for the November general election. This would have created a National Constituent Assembly, hand picked by Zelaya, which would have had the power to review and change the constitution, with the end result being ‘continuismo’ for Zelaya, just as his close associate Hugo Chavez has done.

People of Honduras, with your Attorney General, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), your military commanders, and the National Congress, you have demonstrated loyalty to the rule of law. As young as your constitution is, ratified in 1982, you have nurtured it despite the many hardships your citizens face in their daily lives.

I would also like to thank you for demonstrating, to those of us who will listen and pay attention, what a government and its citizens can and should do when its elected leaders behave unlawfully. You have given us hope that we could, when faced with a constitutional crisis, rise up and peacefully remove the president when his actions are repeatedly demonstrated as being unconstitutional.

Further thanks are extended for continuing to show support for your government’s actions in removing your president, despite the many world leaders opposition, as well as the ongoing propaganda being disseminated against you in the alleged main stream media. That CNN will cover your peaceful protests of thousands, in support of your governments actions, the only videos to be found are of the pro-Zelaya protests, small as they are.

While I don’t envy the uncertainty that you face right now, Honduras, you have given us all an excellent lesson in civics and hope, that with reasonable people, usurpers of authority and illegal acts will not be tolerated.
You have proven that there is change we can believe in.

With gratitude and respect,
a freedom loving American citizen.

Excellent links for additional info:
Where is the Fourth Box taking us?

From La Gringa’s Blogicito, read this post first, then this link takes you to her home page for a most excellent description of what has/is taking place.

*Cross-Posted*
At LGF2.

Trans-Nationalists And Gun Hater Confirmed By Senate As Legal Advisor To The State Department

After months of delays by the GOP, this nominee was finally brought to the Senate floor for a vote, which passed 62-35.
There were five alleged Republicans that voted ‘yea’ in the confirmation of this ridiculous excuse for a legal adviser. Even though you already know who they are, I will list them.

Collins (R-ME), Yea/ Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Yea/ Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Martinez (R-FL), Yea

Why am I being so unflattering to the newest addition to the bizarre current administration’s confirmation?
Here is a clue, from his own mouth:

“If you want to be in the global environment, you have to play by the global rules,” Koh told a Cleveland audience.

As one source described him:

Koh’s positions treat our constitutional law as if it were a mere local ordinance on the greater world stage. This is of particular concern to gun owners at a time when the U.S. Congress is under pressure from President Obama to ratify an international gun control treaty with countries in the western hemisphere. That treaty, known by its Spanish acronym CIFTA, would likely serve as a forerunner to a more extensive United Nations initiative, the “Program of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its Aspects.”

Another source describes him this way:

Former Clinton administration official Harold Koh, who has been dean of the Yale Law School since 2004, once wrote that the U.S. was part of an “axis of disobedience” with North Korea and Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. Koh also has long held that the U.S. should accept international law when deliberating cases at home.

Obama nominated Koh on March 23 to become the State Department’s legal adviser — an appointment that, if confirmed by the Senate, will give Koh far-reaching influence over the extent to which international norms affect U.S. law.

“This is not a desk job. This guy will be the face of American international law around the world,” said Steven Gross, legal expert and fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation.

“The top legal adviser at State travels extensively and is involved in international legal negotiations, treaties and in major United Nations conferences.

“The president should have the right to choose the most conservative or liberal legal advisers to give them advice, but this is much more than that. The concern is that he cares as much about — if not more about — international law and integrating that into the American judicial system than he does about protecting American prerogatives and American sovereignty,” Gross said.

Koh, in an email to Yale Law, said this:

“I feel like I am setting sail on a thrilling new adventure,”

I suspect that thrill will be accompanied by a weird tingling sensation to the legs of certain members of the alleged progressive community.

Aside from his obvious support for internationalizing American law traditions, his ‘trans-nationalism’ is a direct threat to the sovereignty of our nation, which would effect every article of the Bill of Rights. Koh has said little to dissuade me, and others, that his perspective is not a danger to our Constitution.

On different occasions, Koh has stated the following:

In an article published in the Berkeley Journal of International Law in 2004, Koh wrote, “What role can transnational legal process play in affecting the behavior of several nations whose disobedience with international law has attracted global attention after September 11th — most prominently, North Korea, Iraq and our own country, the United States of America? For shorthand purposes, I will call these countries ‘the axis of disobedience.'”

In a Stanford Law Review article published in May 2003, Koh wrote that supporters of the International Criminal Court should bring pressure to bear on U.S. opinion “with an eye toward persuading U.S. officials that the ICC actually serves U.S. interests.”

“We should resist the claim that a War on Terror permits the commander in chief’s power to be expanded into a wanton power to act as torturer in chief,” Koh wrote in an article published in May 2006 in the Indiana Law Journal.

Koh also advocates a “transnational legal process” and has criticized the U.S. for its failure to “obey global norms.”

In a paper entitled “A world drowning in guns,” Koh maintains that a civil society cannot exist with broad gun ownership: “Guns kill civil society,” he said.

I know there will be some who praise his work as a legal scholar, and Dean of Yale Law, but to the majority of American citizens, who don’t give a Tinker’s Dam about what other countries in our hemisphere, or beyond, have to say about our Constitutional Republic, his perspectives reside in the koffee klatches of liberal academes, not the real world. That he supports subverting our Constitution to the whims of foreign courts is as absurd a notion as I’ve seen come down the pike.

As for the CIFTA, that was mentioned up above, I could provide a link to the formal treaty with its sophistic terminology, and let you muddle through it with glazed eyes, but I won’t do that to you.
Instead, here is an analysis of the treaty, which has been languishing away in dusty bins with other treacherous documents, by Gun Owners Of America.

Finally, under Article XXIX, if Mexico demands the extradition of a lawful American gun dealer, the U.S. would be required to resolve the dispute through “other means of peaceful settlement.” Does anyone want to risk sweltering in a Mexican jail at the mercy of the Obama administration?

There is also this excellent video by GOA, which explains nicely what the treaty could do.

We will have to wait and see if this lecherous individual will be as damaging to U.S. interests, as I and others fear.
For now we can only wait and see, and while waiting, fumigate our parties ‘big tent’ of such unworthy politicians, as the five who voted for this confirmation.

*CROSS POSTED*
At LGF2 and Urban Grounds.

ObamaCare:A Disaster That Can, And Must Be, Avoided!

I wish to state clearly, my position. Our current president has seldom been truthful about his various policies and programs, and in the case of health care, if he were Pinocchio, he would need safety lights on the tip of his nose, to warn aircraft, as his nose is so often tilted skyward.

I have been promising a gentleman I know, who is a client of one of my colleagues, to post on health care issues, particularly the looming street fight concerning Obama’s socialist plans for our health care system.

First an introduction to this gentleman, his name is John Goodman, and he is a member of the NCPA, has his own health care blog, is known as “The Father Of Health Savings Accounts,” cited as one of the three men who killed “HillaryCare” (along with William Kristol, and Sen. Phil Graham), has been a contributor to FOX News, and according to what he told me the other day, will become an adviser to FOX on the debate of ObamaCare. I strongly encourage readers of this post, to read and save his links for future reference. Mr. Goodman is a genuinely good man, and is tireless in his efforts, along with his charming wife.

With his bona fides established, his devotion to affordable, available, portable, and free-market based approaches to health care are clearly evident.

As it so happened, later in the same day, another colleagues client and I spent about thirty minutes talking. I can’t identify this gentleman, as he didn’t give express approval to cite him, but what he told me is on my word. This gentleman is in charge of a corporation that provides packaged health care insurance for major employers, so he definitely has skin in the game. After returning from Washington, he was quite disturbed by events, and that he had to spend millions of dollars on lobbyists, to fight ObamaCare, something he never thought he would do. We talked specifics, but at one point, I asked him if he had seen the Drudge Report, that ABC news had completely sold out to the White House, and after a stunned delay, he said no, and was totally dejected by the news.

I asked both of these gentlemen, if the AMA coming out against the “public option” was a little late, or would their turning against it add weight to the opposing forces in this debate. Mr. Goodman said the AMA had “sold out,” while the other gentleman said that the AMA, big business, and the pharmaceutical companies had all “sold out,” but not necessarily for the reasons most think. They have been threatened with loss of access to this, and future debates, if they oppose the president’s desire for socialized medicine. They will be put on Obama’s growing enemies list, and given no voice. Think Chicago styled political maneuvering. The second gentleman did say that many doctors have finally learned the details of the “public option,’ and that is they will be required to treat these policy holders…without compensation!

Many already know that, in those countries that have socialized medicine, with a focus on Canada and the UK, as Obama cites those two models as his guide, there are major shortages for service. Ask yourself, if you are a doctor, have friends or family who are, or even considered this field when in college, would you put in the required expense, time, and work, to become a physician/surgeon, only to not be able to make a good living, and have a bureaucrat determine which patients you could treat?
Exactly!

Here is some selected info from Mr. Goodman at NCPA:
WHERE DOES SINGLE-PAYER HEALTH CARE WORK?

* In Canada, the average wait for a 65-year-old man to get a hip replacement is six months, according to the Freedom Works Foundation.
* The average wait time in a Canadian emergency room is 16 hours and 18 minutes.
* Also, the average cancer test and radiation treatment cycles vary between 6 to 8 weeks, according to the foundation.

Meanwhile:

* In Great Britain, at any one time, there are about a million people waiting to get into hospitals, according to John C. Goodman, president, CEO and Kellye Wright Fellow of the National Center for Policy Analysis.
* Almost 900,000 Canadian patients are on the waiting list at any point in time, according to the Fraser Institute.
* In New Zealand, 90,000 people are on the waiting lists, according to government figures.

“Those people constitute only about 1 to 2 percent of the population in those countries, but keep in mind that only about 15 percent of the population actually enters a hospital each year,” says Goodman. “Many of the people waiting are waiting in pain. Many are risking their lives by waiting. And there is no market mechanism in these countries to get care to people who need it first.”

I’ll leave it to someone else to crunch the numbers, but if the percentages of those waiting for care remained constant, and are applied to the U.S., the number of people waiting for care would be truly horrifying.

For a little insight into what is happening in Canada, this video documentary, which is a little long, is as unsettling an indictment on the Canadian system, as any I’ve seen.

As for the price tag of the Big Lie Obama is attempting to foist on us, I am reminded of P.J. O’Rourke’s quote, “If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free.”
The claim is that it will only cost one trillion dollars, over a ten year period. Just hearing that, makes me suspend any desire to listen to what other lies they have planned for this debate.

According to the CBO:

According to our preliminary assessment, enacting the proposal would result in a net increase in federal budget deficits of about $1.0 trillion over the 2010-2019 period. When fully implemented, about 39 million individuals would obtain coverage through the new insurance exchanges. At the same time, the number of people who had coverage through an employer would decline by about 15 million (or roughly 10 percent), and coverage from other sources would fall by about 8 million, so the net decrease in the number of people uninsured would be about 16 million or 17 million.

That net decrease nestles up against the estimated 46 million to 47 million uninsured at the present date.

So, with this lie, a trillion dollars would cover approximately thirty percent of those who are now uninsured, but it would also flip some from covered to not. That may be change, but from my perspective, if it isn’t adaptive change, it is worthless.
This proposal is worthless.

As the lie about the one trillion dollars is still being bandied about, the truth of the matter is slowly entering the debate. Instead of one trillion dollars, try four trillion dollars, if the actual goal is to provide coverage to a much larger population, which I not only believe is the goal, but ultimately, that the government is in complete control of our health care system.

I will include some other linkage at the bottom of this post, if any are interested in what some others are saying, as this post is already long enough.

I wish to direct your attention, though, to a petition, recommended by Mr. Goodman, that got six thousand signatures after his Sunday appearance on FOX. They are wanting as many as possible, but at least one hundred thousand, at which time Mike Gallagher will hand deliver it to Washington.
FREE OUR HEALTH CARE NOW!!!!!
If you agree with the petition, and its purpose, I urge you to sign.

As for being a critic of the current policy canard being promoted by the president, I would be remiss in not mentioning there are alternatives. There is much discussion going on, much of it secretive, and there was one proposal that was made several years ago, but the democrats wouldn’t let it reach the floor.
It is called the Healthy Americans Act S. 334.
A brief summary of this now forgotten proposal:

It all starts with tax reform that empowers the individual. From that, we can get portability, individual access, incentives for healthy behavior, and market forces. The Healthy Americans Act embraces these principles; that health care coverage can be affordable, the uninsured can be covered, and, not insignificantly, our economy will be strengthened.

All of us need to get involved in this fight, as the unclear policy, being forced upon us by a power mad president, will destroy our health care system, if not forever, at least for decades. Write any and all of your elected officials, let us bombard Congress with emails and phone calls.
While I haven’t checked prices for good quality pitch forks at the local hardware store, that thought has entered my mind.

LINKAGE:
Rationing WILL Come!

The Smart Money Is Against Health Care Reform!

Conversation: For the Nation’s Medicine, a HICA Moment.

The price of Obama’s health care ‘savings’.

Health Care Solution May End Up Being Private Insurance Co-ops.

GOP Leader: House Democrats’ Health Care Plan “Is Nothing Less Than a Government Takeover.”

The GOP Can Stop ObamaCare.

*CROSS-POSTED*
At Urban Grounds and LGF2.0

What Say You, Thomas Paine?

Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one; for when we suffer or are exposed to the same miseries by a government, which we might expect in a country without government, our calamity is heightened by reflecting that we furnish the means by which we suffer.
Thomas Paine, Common Sense, 1776

**UPDATE**
OBAMA WORRIED ABOUT THE 2ND AMERICAN REVOLUTION!!!

WFFOT: Still want that flying car?

New Scientist takes a look at “Ten sci-fi devices that could soon be in your hands”.

Yes friends, the flying car is included. Or personal spaceship, or your own jet-pack.
Old news you say? Maybe. But, this part seems kind of interesting to me..

your personal spacecraft could fly into orbit on a beam of microwaves shone upwards from the ground.

Bad news? The inventor says it’s still 50 years away. I don’t think I’ll be able to wait for that one. But some of the other devices don’t have such a long lead time.

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WFFOT: “Jaaaaaaaane! How do you stop this crazy thing?”

Heh.

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So, New Year’s Resolutions Come Three Weeks Behind Schedule

In the spirit of “Loyal Opposition My [redacted],” I would like to offer y’all some cheer for the upcoming inauguration. Yes, we thought that the gag-worthy Obamessiah Adoration would be over after the election, but it seems to have increased in frequency – much like a teenage boy, whom, having finally gotten laid, is not calm and satisfied, but wants more – and more – and more.

At any rate, there are some silver linings in all this. Thanks to Glenn Beck, there’s a theme song for Tuesday’s festivities.

The top New Year’s Resolution – to lose weight – has not been a paragon of success – until now. Who can deny that the idolatry of Obama is nauseating? Who hasn’t lost her appetite (yes, even for things made out of chocolate) while watching the media-love-fest, which puts baby-talking teenagers who sit on each other’s laps to shame? Who hasn’t thrown up, if even in their mouths, if even a little, in the past few months? Fear not, dear readers: weight loss just got easier. Move over, small portions and blue plates! Obama is the New South Beach Diet.

The New York Times is running out of money – fast. Apparently, people don’t want to buy the paper that sent Maureen Dowd on a fact-finding mission to Alaska that was reminiscent of Joe Wilson’s “fact-finding” mission to Nigeria.

The pundits are already pointing out that Obama cannot possibly deliver on all of his promises. (Granted, we wish they had said so in October, but ’tis the nature of the modern media.) This allows plenty of opportunity to say “I told you so” and the like.

Americans who are abroad and are ashamed of being from this country are feeling the love from foreigners. Silver lining: those unpatriotic, thankless pansywaists are more likely to stay abroad.

Sorry for the rant (sort of!) – but I figured that y’all have to be more than a little tired of the love-fest.

2008:A Quick Review

I had thought I would do a more detailed year in review, but time doesn’t permit.
I have the ham hocks and onions boiling, for the blackeyed peas. The pork chops are marinating, and the corn bread mix is standing by.

The past year was a momentous one, in many respects, as have been so many other years in our history. In that respect, nothing has changed, no badly how some had hoped for it.

The year we embark on today, will most likely be more of the same. Many trials and tribulations, opportunities and threats, which we will face, and I believe, overcome.

Enjoy what you have and hold dear, and don’t let those things you have no control over, get you down.

As the old expression goes:
ONWARD THROUGH THE FOG!

Obama:Time’s Man Of The Year?

Really?
This guy?

obama-spleef

I need not delve into their justification for selecting this stoner. I’m certain it is because he is the first biracial PEOTUS, and not because he is the least experienced, least known candidate in the history of this country.

Spleef on, B-HO.
Your Lapdog loves you.

Obama Video Tribute…LOMA Style!

A look into The Future.

Give me Christ
Or give me Hiroshima
Destroy another fetus now
We dont like children anyhow
Ive seen the future, baby:
It is murder

Things are going to slide …

Is Obama SOBER?

I am just a worthless liar. I am just an imbecile.
I will only complicate you. trust in me and fall as well.
I will find a center in you. I will chew it up and leave.
I will work to elevate you, just enough to bring you down.

Now that he is elected, there only remains hope that little changes.
Do the videos seem angry and dark to you? Well then, mission accomplished. These images are but a portent for the next four years.

*P.S.* I quit drinking right about the time the lightly pigmented Jimmy Carter left office….hmmm….I do have a bottle of wine and a six pack of beer in the fridge that have been there for months and months….hmmm.
Nah. I need to face this unpleasant reality, completely sober.

If A Speech Writer Switches Parties, Would The Media Report it?

Well? Would they?
My response comes with a qualifier.
Yes they would, BUT, only if it were a McCain speech writer, that switched to Obama, not the other way around.
Which is what has happened, with one Wendy Button, as she explains in this piece, SO LONG, DEMOCRATS!
In her words:

Since I started writing speeches more than ten years ago, I have always believed in the Democratic Party. Not anymore. Not after the election of 2008. This transformation has been swift and complete and since I’m a woman writing in the election of 2008, “very emotional.”

You really need to read the whole danged thing, but here are some teasers, that explain when and why the proverbial straw realized gravity is not only a good idea, it is the law.

The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t “a real plumber,” and “They’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,” and the patronizing, “I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber.”
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I can no longer justify what this party has done and can’t dismiss the treatment of women and working people as just part of the new kind of politics. It’s wrong and someone has to say that.

All I can add is, good luck, and best wishes, Ms. Button. I, like you, was abandoned by the donks, years ago. Now that you have begun your education, you will find the learning curve isn’t as steep as you once thought.
The left’s propaganda is effective in creating the myth that liberals are the most tolerant, and support the common man, and woman. You will soon discover, if you haven’t already, the opposite is the truth.
I didn’t make the transition overnight, from supporting the donks, to supporting the GOP, but it was the eventual and inevitable result. I think your transition may be similar.

A Glimpse Into The Future With Obama As President.

Usually the measure of a President’s success is, their accomplishments in the first one hundred days, not the first two.

Hopiness=Dopiness.

VOTE REPUBLICAN.

Katrina+3: Waiting on the Big Swede

Gov. Haley Barbour issued a state of emergency declaration for the southern part of Mississippi on Thursday afternoon due to the potential threat coming from the Big Swede.

“Now is the time to prepare yourself, your family and your friends,” Barbour said in a statement.

Barbour also urged “all Mississippians to please take this storm seriously. One of the most important lessons we learned after Hurricane Katrina was that there is no substitute for awareness and self-help, especially in the days before a hurricane is predicted to hit.” link

We’re ready. I think. Still have a few loose ends to tie up, but most of the preparation has been done.

This is the Labor Day Weekend/World Famous Friday Open Thread. A Free speech zone.

WFFOT: College Football season gets going big time this weekend.

Ahhhhhhhhh! Life is good.

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An In-Depth Analysis Of An Obama Focus Group!


They don’t ask any “yes we can” questions, or “we are the one’s we’ve been waiting for” questions, but all in all, a very thorough look at the Obamaniacs.

Tax cuts for the rich

You’ve heard it for years. Depending upon your point of view, it’s either one of the more disingenuous claims of the populist Left, or it explains the unholy alliance of power and money of corporate America with the wealthy oligarchy.

You’ve examined the veracity of the claim, and answered it to your own satisfaction.

There is only one reason the Left continues to trot out the “tax cuts for the rich” theme: it works.

The reason it works is equally simple.

It is true.

It’s also false.

There are infinite possibilities to spin “the truth” from both sides of the political spectrum, with each side scoring points, discrediting the position of their opponent, and making convincing arguments of the “rightness” of their position.

TCFTR is an emotional, almost gutteral indictment that will never be successfully countered by a scholarly rebuttal, even with a little snark mixed in. That hasn’t stopped the Right from trying. Stephen Moore has tried, and tried, and tried. His case is persuasive – if you want it to be persuasive, and shameless propoaganda – if you are so inclined to believe. Largely ignored during the primary season, it will again become the Left’s weapon of choice in the general election season.

John McCain will not counter it. He believes it. He used the rhetoric of Left to oppose the Tax Reform Act of 2001.

Mitt Romney cannot counter it. A Harvard Business School response will fall upon deaf ears. Romney knows this, and he won’t even try.

Mike Huckabee can. He is, in fact, the only one who can. The way to respond to an emotional, populist charge is with a response that is equal parts of emotion and populism, and delivered with conviction. Huckabee can do it with the credibility that will be necessary to make it stick. And, once successfully countered, it is put to bed, once and for all.

The question is, “Will he?” It is a general election theme. The rewards for rolling out a tactic before time might decrease it’s effectiveness, but as time grows short, it may be the last card that Huckabee has left to play.

Interesting tidbit: “Who pays income taxes?”

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It’s all about Change

That’s what they’re telling us. It’s the new slogan.
The NH debate and NFL Playoff thread is now open.
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