John Ruberry shared with me a blog post which highlights a salient point on the defamation of the Tea Party by the Main (Lame) Stream Media and Democrat congressmen this past week – heck - this past year.
For the record, tea partiers don’t wear masks, don’t chant obscenities, and when the police tell them to do something–they do it. They’re quite different from the chlamydia-cluster I wrote about in two years ago.
Yes, there is a police presence at tea parties–but they concentrate on traffic control.
John and I were part of a contingent of credentialed bloggers covering – at our own expense – the 2008 RNC Convention and counter demonstrations in St. Paul. It wasn’t unusual to see protesters wearing Che t shirts and bandannas obscuring their face. Real sons of liberty ready to accommodate the wishes of the MSP police gathered at the 12 Street Bridge in St.Paul:
Of course I have video of the angry mob in action:
Doesn’t look like any TeaParty I’ve attended, perhaps it is closer in tone to recent CoffeeParty events. Note the chant ‘resist, resist with your fucking fist’ intermixed with the 60′s standard ‘The Whole World is Watching”. This was back in 2008, when Obama was encouraging his supporters to “argue with your neighbors and get in their faces” and bonding with Philly natives by observing how he would bring a gun to a knife fight – because folks in Philly like a good brawl. In 2008 and 2009, promoting violence was an effective political tool of the Democrat party, now the chickens have come home to roost.
March 2010, a wildly unpopular health care reform bill is passed despite vigorous bipartisan disapproval of the bill. Democrats now shirk from the ‘bring a gun to a knife fight’ bravado of the past two years and cry victim. Interestingly, every instance they’ve brought up as proof of right wing extremism and racism as motivators for unrest over the passage of this disastrous bill has been shown to be blatantlyfalse.
Each week Photo Friday posts a photo assignment. Your mission is the creative interpretation of the week’s theme. When you’re done, post the picture you took to your website and submit your link to Photo Friday.
This week’s challenge is ‘Pleasure’. I could not resist the opportunity to share a guilty pleasure with my readers. Since discovering Lush during a trip to Australia in 2000, I’ve been addicted to Lush bath and body products. One of my favorite products is a massage bar aptly named ‘Guilty Pleasure‘. The description found on the Lush website is quite accurate – Seductive rose, sensual jasmine and mind clearing sandalwood essential oils intoxicate and energize the both of you, while cocoa and shea butters heat up to melt all over, making things go more smoothly.
Lush Massage Bar - Guilty Pleasure
Photo Friday is about challenging our participants to be original and creative within the constraints of the week’s theme. It’s not a competition. Anyone with a camera and a place on the internet to post pictures can participate
Three airports in the district of infamous fence-sitting and ultimately kowtowing Democrat Bart Stupak were awarded $726,409 in grants by the Obama Administration just two days before a vote on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare.
With the passage of the health care bill, Dems in DC are raising champagne toasts to their Pyrrhic victory. The rest of America is looking at the frightening details of this gigantic lurch towards insolvency masquerading as a health reform bill. You know, the stuff Pelosi said we would find about AFTER the bill was signed into law.
23 million Americans according to the CBO reports, as of 2019 there would still be 23 million people in America lacking health insurance.
49% – According to Rasmussen – Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters favor their state suing the federal government to fight the requirement in the new national health care plan that every American must obtain health insurance.
Florida, Texas and Pennsylvania are among 14 states that filed suit after the president signed the bill over the constitutionality of the burden imposed by the legislation. The health-care overhaul will make as many as 15 million more Americans eligible for Medicaid nationwide starting in 2014 and will cost the states billions to administer.
1. You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501)
2. You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).
3. You would like to pay less in premiums by buying insurance with lifetime or annual limits on coverage? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer such policies, even if that is what customers prefer. (Section 2711).
4. Think you’d like a policy that is cheaper because it doesn’t cover preventive care or requires cost-sharing for such care? Tough. Health insurers will no longer be able to offer policies that do not cover preventive services or offer them with cost-sharing, even if that’s what the customer wants. (Section 2712).
5. You are an employer and you would like to offer coverage that doesn’t allow your employees’ slacker children to stay on the policy until age 26? Tough. (Section 2714).
Three simple words to bring health care back to being patient centric, not politician centric. Three words that can dial back our nation’s dramatic lurch towards insolvency.
Today saw a steadystream of calls to repeal this anything-but-healthcare reform bill. While this sounds very sexy, the GOP needs to market commonsense alternatives to replace this flawed healthcare bill. Amazingly enough, the GOP actually have the right ideas to ensure quality healthcare is available and affordable to every citizen in America.
The key points to remember come November and beyond:
Establishing Universal Access Programs to guarantee access to affordable health care for those with pre-existing conditions.
Ending junk lawsuits.
Encouraging innovative state programs.
Allowing Americans to buy insurance across state lines.
Enhancing Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).
The only way one is defeated is by staying down. That is not in my genetic makeup, nor is it in the conservative GOP movement. Now is the time to focus our energy in supporting conservative candidates who will support commonsense reform in healthcare. There are 219 +2* congressional seats that are now extremely vulnerable come November. Our votes can send a message to DC telling them this is what change looks like.
In case you were not aware, here is a preview of the costs you will be burdened with starting this week:
The CBO says that health insurance premiums would rise by 10 to 13 percent in the individual market, in relation to current law. The Medicare Chief Actuary says that the percentage of the gross domestic product spent on health care would also rise in relation to current law, increasing from 17 percent today to 21 percent in 2019. And, as the CBO reports in its latest scoring, as of 2019 there would still be 23 million people in America lacking health insurance.
What about the 23 million who will be left behind with Obamacare? There are fines for them as well:
Under the reconciliation bill that is now before the Senate, individuals who don’t purchase insurance would be subject to a fine of $325 in 2015 and $695 in 2016. Individuals may be subject to a charge equal to as much as 2.5 percent of their income in 2016, if the total is greater than the flat payment.
Three simply words: Repeal. Replace. Reform. Repeat as necessary until January 13, 2013
* Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Tim Holden (D-PA) – both voted no simply to save their political career and not in opposition to obamacare. Hence they both will be looking for new jobs come November.
“Last night the world watched the U.S. House of Representatives act with stunning disregard for the constitutional rights of every American, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. What passed under the rally call of civil rights and human dignity was in fact one of the strongest challenges to individual freedom in a generation.
In winning passage for the healthcare overhaul using every unsavory procedural tool, threat and backroom promise, they broke faith with their own pledge of openness and transparency. But far worse than hollow campaign promises is the shame in knowing that public officials who knowingly violate their oath to defend the Constitution, commit an act far more injurious to the public trust than bowing to raw politics.
If and when President Obama signs this unconstitutional healthcare bill into law, the roadmap for Pennsylvania’s legal challenge is clear. From the disintegration of the separation of powers between the state and federal government to the misapplication of the Commerce Clause to the lack of congressional authority to apply a direct tax on citizens, the Congress has given us an obvious framework to oppose this bad law.
As Pennsylvania’s Governor, I will use the powers of the office to defend the rights of every citizen to make private decisions, like the purchase of health insurance, for themselves. I will vigorously defend the responsibilities of our elected state legislative bodies, under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution, to make decisions about any restructuring of laws that regulate the conduct of health insurance companies and providers. This is simply not the role or right of the federal government.
In my administration, I will never hesitate to defend the constitutional rights of every citizen. This will be my first and highest priority.”
U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey denounced the partisan House vote today on a health care bill that does little to reform our broken health care system.
“The Democrats are declaring today’s vote historic, and they are right,” Mr. Toomey said. “For the first time in our history, one political party has used every trick in the book to force a brand new government entitlement program though Congress despite bipartisan opposition. The extreme politics of one-party rule has succeeded in passing a bill that will raise the cost of health care for many Americans, impose billions of dollars in new tax increases, and give government unprecedented power over people’s health care decisions. Today is not a cause for a celebration but a cause for concern about the state of our economy, our health care, and our political system.”
Contains $569.2 billion in tax increases
Contains $523 billion in Medicare cuts
Uses accounting gimmicks to hide the true cost of the bill
Still contains a host of sweetheart deals, including special handouts for Louisiana, Montana, Connecticut, and Tennessee.
Will result in job losses by imposing a huge penalty on businesses that cannot afford to provide their workers with health coverage
Will result in a huge increase in health care premiums for individuals
“I pledge to the people of Pennsylvania,” Mr. Toomey continued, “that if I’m elected to the U.S. Senate, I will work to eliminate the job-killing tax increases, deficit spending, Medicare cuts, premium increases, and sweetheart deals in this bill, and replace them with commonsense bipartisan health care reforms that lower premiums, give doctors and patients more control of health care decisions, and do not further burden our troubled economy.”