“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Kevin Mooney - Sen. Specter eyes compromise on Employee Free Choice Act

A spokesperson for Sen. Arlen Specter confirmed that he is going to join with other Democrats in voting for cloture on the Employee Free Choice Act. When asked what Specter’s final position would be on the bill, the spokesperson said he was continuing to pursue a compromise that involves the highly contentious Card Check and binding arbitration provisions and referred The Examiner to his March floor speech.

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It's not just Obama

While Obama may be the driving force behind the current attempts of government to take over our health system, he's not my biggest concern. Yes, I believe he is trying to take our democracy down the path to socialism, whether you want to call it socialism, nationalization or "doing what's best for Americans". I certainly believe he and the Democratic Congress are blurring the path between free enterprise and government, interfering and stabbing democracy in the front (and the back).

However, like and trust Obama and his plans or not, the biggest problem with government involvement in health care and other aspects of our lives isn't what's going to happen during Obama's administration. The biggest changes are going to happen down the road, post-Obama ("assuming" he doesn't figure out some way to turn us into a Chavez nation where term limits and true-free voting don't exist).

Once the government gets their mitts into our health care it becomes another power base for Washington DC bureaucrats. It becomes another place for government workers to protect their jobs and coast to retirement. It becomes a place where mini-despots act out their desires to rule and be superior to someone, anyone, but mainly those who come begging for a health procedure. It becomes anything BUT good.

Even if you're an Obama-lover, can you really expect the next batch of government types to live up to the lofty ideals being advertised by current proponents? You have to know oh skeptical ones, that those touting the "change" are often doing so for personal reasons, for personal or capitalistic gain? We've already head the leaks of power deals being made between drug companies and the Obama administration.... what haven't we heard about?

Why do people think the top echelon of AARP and the AMA are quasi-signing on while the larger part of their base is opposing the move? Come on, we know this is just another power shift. Deals are being made as I type... Although, those who are making deals to keep their power and dollars should look at history and know that the kind of promises made during power shifts are often not worth the time it took to shake hands. It's a "whatever we need to do now" mentality that rules during huge governmental change, then, when the changes happen those that helped are next in the steamroller's path.

Welfare started out as something the government, notably President Roosevelt, did to "help" during and after the Great Depression. During that period of time Social Security and unemployment compensation came into being. Those changes created generations of people completely dependent upon the government. Can anyone really say that was a good thing? Sure, it was good temporarily for those who'd hit rock bottom and those who were headed in that direction. But if they government hadn't stepped in to redistribute wealth, would we have survived? would we have been a stronger country?

What if, instead of giving hand outs to individuals, the government had given loans to businesses so people could work, have jobs, be self-sufficient? What if they had made the hand-outs temporary while creating jobs, then stopped the programs (which I believe was the original intention)? What if... there are a lot of what ifs...

Now we're in a temporary downturn and people are hurting. We'll get through it. We would have gotten through it without the 'stimulus' redistribution of our tax-dollars by Congress. Like-wise, we can also make changes in how health care is handled without having government take over any portion of the process.

Government health care will become another boondoggle program that curtails self-dependence. If the government, if Congress, is successful and mucks this one up, we will become a true nation of government-dependent weenies. We are close to going over the line from true democracy to some form of socialism, whether you want to use that label or not. Government-run or government-involved health care will be the proverbial straw that breaks American democracy's back.

Today I heard the government is digging deeper into private business, wanting the salaries and compensation info from insurance companies. Why? So they can continue their demonization and take over of private enterprise. It's a slippery, slippery slope we're on right now. Who figures out where to draw the line?

Even if you believe Obama and friends are right, that the government should offer a public option, do you trust future governmental types to run it efficiently and honestly?

The point being, you don't KNOW who's going to be making future decisions. All we really know is that once the government gets involved we have Welfare, the IRS, the Post Office, and our Medicare and Medicaid programs which are riddled with abuse and waste. No matter how good Obama and others make it sound, no matter how they vilify the current system, it's not going to be better when the government takes over. These will become the good old days for those of us who live through the transition. The next generations will only know government run health care, just like so many now only know Welfare. Scary.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

A view from the left on Obamacare: Obama's healthcare horror

You're going to have to hold your nose and your temper as you read some of the crud in this, but it's an interesting read and very telling...


Obama's healthcare horror
Heads should roll -- beginning with Nancy Pelosi's!
By Camille Paglia

Buyer's remorse? Not me. At the North American summit in Guadalajara this week, President Obama resumed the role he is best at -- representing the U.S. with dignity and authority abroad. This is why I, for one, voted for Obama and continue to support him. The damage done to U.S. prestige by the feckless, buffoonish George W. Bush will take years to repair. Obama has barely begun the crucial mission that he was elected to do.

Having said that, I must confess my dismay bordering on horror at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy. When will heads start to roll? It's rumored that the White House counsel may be booted, following Michelle Obama's chief of staff, and I hope it's a harbinger of things to come. Except for that wily fox, David Axelrod, who could charm gold threads out of moonbeams, Obama seems to be surrounded by juvenile tinhorns, bumbling mediocrities and crass bully boys.

Case in point: the administration's grotesque mishandling of healthcare reform, one of the most vital issues facing the nation. Ever since Hillary Clinton's megalomaniacal annihilation of our last best chance at reform in 1993 (all of which was suppressed by the mainstream media when she was running for president), Democrats have been longing for that happy day when this issue would once again be front and center.

But who would have thought that the sober, deliberative Barack Obama would have nothing to propose but vague and slippery promises -- or that he would so easily cede the leadership clout of the executive branch to a chaotic, rapacious, solipsistic Congress? House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, whom I used to admire for her smooth aplomb under pressure, has clearly gone off the deep end with her bizarre rants about legitimate town-hall protests by American citizens. She is doing grievous damage to the party and should immediately step down.

Click to continue reading: http://www.salon.com/opinion/paglia/2009/08/12/town_halls/print.html

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Groups Rally Nation In Support of Dobbs and 1st Amendment

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is mobilizing activists and groups across America to defend CNN host Lou Dobbs and all First Amendment rights from attacks launched by illegal alien and Obama supporting organizations such as La Raza, Media Matters, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Associated Press.

"These groups are trying to take Lou's job because they don't like his tough stances on illegal immigration and his statement that Obama should show his birth certificate like most Americans have to do," said William Gheen. "By trying to deprive Lou Dobbs of his livelihood and liberty, these groups are attacking all First Amendment rights in America, including free speech, freedom of the press, and the right of all Americans to seek redress of their grievances with the government."

The Associated Press regularly censors or distorts news stories and has launched an attack on Dobbs via David Bauder. George Soros's free speech attack group called Media Matters is trying to run a political attack commercial accusing Lou Dobbs of engaging in wild conspiracies. The Southern Poverty Law Center has attacked Lou Dobbs falsely accusing him of being associated with the neo-Nazi James Von Brunn.

"They want Lou Dobbs silenced because he dared to say that Obama should show his birth certificate for the job just like most Americans have to," said Willilam Gheen of ALIPAC. "They want Lou Dobbs off the air before they file new legislation to provide amnesty for illegal aliens. They fear Dobbs because of his integrity and his loyalty to the American public."

ALIPAC is encouraging activists across America to contact talk radio shows and other show hosts in defense of Lou Dobbs and freedom of the press in America. The group hosts a fan site that will be updated at www.loudobbsforpresident.org Talk radio interviews are being scheduled and other organizations and leaders are being asked to join the fray.

All members of the American media and public that understand what this attack on Lou Dobbs means to all First Amendment freedoms in America are asked to speak out against these attacks by the political wing of the Obama administration.

For more information and to schedule interviews, please visit www.alipac.us