Politics

Politics: Reality Bites – April 6th

This is a political rant post. And in case you weren’t aware: I’m a conservative (Not necessarily a Republican), which means that my thoughts and views? Will be slanted toward that arena. If you’re not interested, or you don’t agree and reading this will just make your blood boil, then by all means, skip it.

Comments are closed. These are my thoughts, my opinions and a place for me to record the craziness that is our political system right now. There are plenty of places one can go and debate these issues, this is not one of them. Thanks.

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I have been … obsessed (though that might be too strong of a word) about politics lately. I strongly feel we’re on the precipice of something large and foreboding and though some would scoff at this assessment, I honestly believe the very fabric of our country is about to be torn down the middle. For that reason alone (and for the fact I feel obligated to get involved, however that pans out, for my children), here are my thoughts on the following issues in the news lately:

You have probably heard this audio clip from Congressman John Dingell:

Now really. How can you dispute the fact that though Dems will deny it until they are blue in the face, controlling the people is EXACTLY what their end goal is. That’s the biggest premise of Democrat ideology: bigger government, control the people. I’m not sure how much clearer I can make it.

And that desire comes straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.

And if you still want to argue with me and say it was a slip of the tongue (though I will postulate it was a Freudian slip), then I ask you, what, precisely, did he mean to say instead?

This kind of stuff just infuriates me. How can people be so BLIND and in this case DEAF?

I don’t get it.

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Come 2014, all 100 U.S. senators, all 435 representatives in the House and every one of their personal aides will have to go to the newly formed state exchanges for health insurance — just like everyone else in the country who isn’t covered by their employer.

But select congressional leadership staffers — some of whom wrote the health insurance act — won’t. And neither will White House staffers and Cabinet members — nor the president himself. They will be allowed to keep their current plans, which are offered to all other federal employees.

And now many congressional aides who like their current health insurance policies and will be forced to switch are asking: Why?

“If it’s such a good bill, why did the people who wrote the bill exempt themselves from it?” asked a Republican aide who requested anonymity. “With this administration it’s always, ‘Do as I say, not as I do,’ just like paying your taxes!”

“If we’re forced on the exchange, then everyone should be,” a Democratic staffer said.

“If this health care bill is so great, then why are Obama’s staff exempt?” a GOP aide scoffed. “If we have to give up our health care, then so should every federal employee.”

See folks, this is the sort of crap that makes people crazy. THIS is the sort of crap that prompts good, honest, hard-working people to leave the comforts of their home, to travel to D.C. to protest this debacle. HOW IS THIS FAIR?! For an administration to tout fairness for everyone, to disregard the constitution as some “piece of paper that no longer applies nowadays” and to FORCE people to purchase something they have no desire to purchase AND THEN opt out of this “fantastic health care transformation” is simply infuriating.

I wasn’t aware that God appointed any one person, or persons, other than Christ, of course, better than all the others. You have to admit, if this is such a great program then why in God’s name aren’t the very people who wrote the damn thing EXEMPTING themselves from it?

How can we NOT be upset by that? How can you NOT be upset by this?

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Several large companies have filed reports that claim they will lose millions, in some cases, billions of dollars with the implementation of this health care law.

Washington doesn’t like the sound of that. After all, that directly conflicts with the pack of lies that they’ve been spoon feeding the American people for the past year and are now summoning these companies to appear before a committee and basically put their money where their mouth is. Here is a portion of the letter that was sent to AT&T:

The Subcommitte on Oversight and Investigations will hold a hearing on April 21, 2010, at 10;00 a.m. in Room 2123 at the Rayburn House office Building to examine the impact of the new law on AT&T and other large employers. We request your personal testimony at this hearing.

You can read the letter in its entirety here.

They are requesting documents to prove their claims, explanations of their accounting procedures since 2003, and any and all senior company officials to put in an appearance.

I think this is hilarious. Dems can’t stand facts and figures, especially when it directly conflicts with their dreams of Utopia so I hope and pray that these companies go to Washington and show them, in plain English, in black and white, with cold, hard facts, that their numbers are indeed correct and they will in fact lose big time with this health care disaster.

Though I’m hoping it happens, I’m also equally prepared to hear the “spin” the Dems put on it when it happens.

Because I have to give the Dems credit – they are MASTERS of spin.

And is anyone else IRKED that these companies were even summoned to the king Washington in the first place??

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I am quite proud that Missouri is one of 14 states suing the Federal Government over Obamacare. Though I am wary of our chances of winning, I think it’s admirable that these 14 states took a stand and are at least forcing the government to take a good, hard, long look at the commerce clause in the Constitution.

There’s an editorial piece in the Seattle Times that touts Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna’s challenge of ObamaCare’s individual mandate:

The main challenge here is on one point — whether the federal government can require people to buy a private product: health insurance.

The argument centers on the U.S. Constitution’s commerce clause, which gives Congress the power “to regulate Commerce … among the several States … ” The lawsuit argues that requiring a citizen to buy insurance goes beyond regulating commerce. It is, says McKenna, “forcing people into the stream of commerce.”

The law calls its mandate a tax. But if you comply, your money goes to the insurance company. You pay the government only if you don’t comply — which means, McKenna says, “It’s not a tax. It’s a fine.”

We think McKenna has a good case, and one the progressives who condemn him ought to appreciate.

It sounds like a strong case to me and it will be very interesting to see how it pans out when the time comes.

Personally, I hope it’s deemed unconstitutional.

I really like Kim Priestap’s thought on this issue:

Progressives like the idea of a federal mandate right now because a progressive congress and president are issuing it. However, if the federal government has the power to force you to buy health insurance, it has the power to force you to buy anything it chooses. Progressives need to consider how they will feel when that power is in the hands of a conservative congress and president, which just might be the case come January, 2013.

So Liberals – does the thought of a conservative president with all of this power over the people make you nervous? Now you know how conservatives feel.

Neither side should have that much control – now, or ever.

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Now that Obama jammed this piece of crap legislation down our throats, I think many people feel that it’s a done deal.

Oh. Contrare.

Now that Congress has spoken, and the law is on the books, we’re supposed to line up and silently take our orders. Forget the chicanery, the sleazy side deals; forget the simple lack of constitutional legitimacy of the thing. It’s on the books now, so we have to obey. So says seventy years of modern liberalism.

Needless to say, nothing of the sort is going to happen. This battle has only started. Obama has his bill? Indeed he does — but along with it, he also has:

* Well over half the populace infuriated by the bill and the methods used to push it through. (Poll numbers range from the mid-50s to the lower 60s, depending on how the questions are worded. The latest CNN poll puts opposition at 59%.)

* Thirty-seven states considering laws forbidding the federal government from ordering their citizens to purchase health insurance. (Idaho has already passed such a provision.)

* A raft of lawsuit filings,beginning yesterday, attacking the bill on virtually every level from funding to the “reconciliation” process. (What a misnomer that is!) Many are based on very substantial grounds, and some have an excellent chance before the bench.

* A lengthy and convoluted series of actions that must be taken, beginning now, to assure that the provisions of the bill go into effect without breaking the budgetary barriers and revealing ObamaCare’s actual costs. Many are as controversial and unpopular as the bill itself. Chief among these is cutting Medicare benefits, which must be done sometime in the next few months. Need I say more?

* Obama’s personal and party poll numbers falling through the floor, as the Democrats shed not only the voters attracted by Obama in 2008, but those who had drifted in the over eight years of the Bush presidency. Independents, Reagan Democrats, liberal Republicans, floaters…all gone. As of this Monday, CNN puts Obama’s disapproval rate at 51%. We’ll see what seats the Dems can carry with the combined Move On/ACORN vote. (Well, it seems that they can forget about the ACORN part too. You see how this works?)

Read entire article here.

The fight has only begun.

The future of our country quite literally depends on the outcome. America is strong and proud because of that ancient piece of paper the Dems are trying to convince us means nothing or no longer applies to modern life.

We’re not giving up without a fight.

DO NOT BECOME COMPLACENT. We still have a lot of work to do.

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And lastly …

I watched an interview that Greta Van Susteren did with Harry Reid last night and I couldn’t believe his naivety when it came to human nature.

The man actually thinks people are going to buy health insurance under this new law.

If you’re confused, let me explain:

Under the new law, it will be cheaper to pay the fine to NOT have health insurance than it would be to have insurance. And under the new law, it will be perfectly legal to buy health insurance whenever an emergency happens.

For example:

We pay the fine and live without insurance. Suddenly, my appendix bursts and I need surgery. I can buy insurance and *POOF*, I’m covered, from that very moment on. I never had to pay premiums, the insurance company is out the thousands of dollars they had to fork over to pay for my surgery, the insurance company loses tens of thousands of dollars, I cancel my insurance as soon as I’m well.

The insurance companies can not possibly survive. They will go bankrupt and that leaves … what. The government as the SOLE health insurance provider. The Federal Government NOW has the power to deem you worthy, or not, to receive various treatments. They have that power because we GAVE them that power. They’re footing the bill, so they have that power. And what are we going to do about it? Nothing. There is NO ONE ELSE to help us. The competition has been destroyed. It’s the government’s way or no way.

See the problem?

And so when I hear Reid say, “But you know, most people aren’t going to go out looking for ways to scam the system. I think most people are going to comply with what the rules are, the rules are that people should have insurance and I think people are not willing to do that gamble,” is just bewilders me.

(Fast forward the video to 17:30 to see Mr. Reid’s response).

Mr. Reid, you sir are living in a fabricated Utopia if you don’t think people are NOT going to scam the system. WHY wouldn’t they?? You’re telling me, that if people have the chance to save themselves $750 (by being penalized $750 as opposed to buying health insurance for $1500), they aren’t going to do that? Especially when they know they can just buy insurance when they need it and that the insurance companies, by law, have to allow them?

What PLANET are you from?? I would like to think that people would do the honorable thing, but let’s get REAL, people will take the less expensive route. Especially if they don’t use insurance very often and ESPECIALLY if they are unemployed and CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY the $1,500 dollars.

I think this whole Utopia mentality is exactly where the Dems and the conservatives part ways. It would be wonderful to have such a world exist, but conservatives are realistic – SOMEONE has to pay for the rainbows and unicorns, they don’t simply fall out of the sky.

The naivety of this party just astounds me.

I also find it interesting that Reid talks about the impartiality of the Congressional Budget Office. I’m going to assume their impartiality is correct – why else send out a memo instructing Democrats (right before the health care disaster was passed) to keep quiet about the CBO’s results?

CBO doesn’t give you numbers that are favorable to your cause? Let’s simply pretend everything is okay and not mention that part. The American people are too stupid to fully comprehend that part anyway.

(And by the way, here is the CBO’s re-estimate of the president’s budget. You can see why the Dems didn’t want anyone discussing the CBO’s report).

We need to seriously wake up, people.

Updated: If you’re feeling a bit down, depressed and dejected by Obamacare being shoved down your throats, take heart.