Monday, March 22, 2010


Re: ObamaCare, one

I'm gonna let the Gary Bauer tell you 'bout what happened last night -- and what liberty-loving citizens need to do in the weeks to come. Before I do so, however, I wanna say this:

I'm an ordinary workin' "Joe" who pays for his own health care insurance. Two things 'bout ObamaCare strike me personally -- in a philosophical sense, one, as I consider my undergraduate and graduate schooling; and, two, in a I'm-just-an-ordinary-working-"Joe" sense, as I consider what kind of hits my wallet's gonna take when ObamaCare becomes the law of the land.

First, as someone who's read a book or two (to borrow a line from Bill Clinton circa-1992), and who's received a degree or two, I've never bought for one minute Barry Obama's talking points that his health care scheme is going to save money. I mean, the VA, Medicare and Medicaid are all in-the-red entries on fed and state gov'ment balance sheets. So how, exactly, will we be saving money by pouring millions of subsidized individuals onto the same balance sheets?!

Second, now that insurance companies will be required to enroll all comers, even those who wait until they're sick as a fuckin' dog before signin' up, someone is gonna have to pay for the enrollin'. The someone in question is gonna be folks who work hard and play by the rules -- more Bill Clinton from '92 -- like yours truly. Certain I-only-work-a-few-weeks-each-year/Creeder-Reading leftists might crow now that I'm on the hook for their lazy-ass health care premiums, but they're not gonna like me very much, personal-like, in the weeks to come ... and that's a by-God promise, indeed.

From The Campaign For Working Families PAC:

Last night, Democrats passed ObamaCare by a vote of 219-to-212. The most bi-partisan aspect of the bill was theopposition to it. Republicans voted unanimously against it and they were joined by 34 Democrats. This bill raises taxes by more than $500 billion. It imposes new taxes on investments and new fines on businesses. It imposes unconstitutional mandates on Americans and funds abortion. And the Democrats own it entirely. This is what happens when liberals get power.

In a weekend of outrageous statements, the worst was to hear Obama and Pelosi describing their takeover of nearly 20% of our economy in the language of liberty. They cloaked one of the biggest expansions of government and retractions of liberty in our nation’s history in conservative rhetoric. For example, Nancy Pelosi hailed the vote as "great act of patriotism."

After the House vote, President Obama said, "We proved that this government — a government of the people and by the people — still works for the people." But the American people didn’t want this bill. The latest Rasmussen poll found that likely voters opposed it 41%-to-54%. In fact, there is not a single poll the president or congressional Democrats can point to in the past 60 days that shows public support for the legislation that passed last night.

Republicans did everything in their power to stop socialized medicine. The reconciliation process that Democrats used to circumvent Republican efforts is proof of that. And while Democrats are celebrating today, they have damaged our democratic republic in the process. The bill was written behind closed doors. Committee hearings were a charade. It passed the Senate not because of the legislation’s merits, but because of special deals and kickbacks. Until the national uproar, Democrats had planned on passing it without even voting on it.

When a Republican doesn’t vote consistently for conservative principles, we call him a RINO – a Republican In Name Only. I don’t know what you call a Democrat who betrays his core principles, but this bill should be called the "Stupak Abortion Subsidy Act."

Rep. Bart Stupak has been elected to Congress as a Democrat since 1992 in a relatively conservative district. But he was always pro-life. Yesterday, Stupak sold out his pro-life values for an executive order from the most pro-abortion president in history. An executive order cannot override legislation. That’s why the Hyde Amendment was so important and has been reaffirmed by every Congress for more than 30 years. The Senate bill funds abortion, which is why Stupak consistently said he was a "No" vote until the very end.

My friends, there’s no way to sugar coat this. Last night’s vote was a major set back – just one of many negative consequences of recent elections. Obama said recently that he was going to wear us down. The Democrats aren’t done. Immigration "reform" is next. This is gut check time for conservatives.

What is the solution? There is only one: We must win elections. But please do not email me asking about impeachment. Impeachment is a political process conducted by Congress, and liberal Democrats – Obama’s allies – dominate Congress. Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are not going impeach Barack Obama.

If you don’t like the policies coming out of Washington today, the solution is to change the politicians making them. That means contributing to conservative groups and supporting conservative candidates, staying united against the Left, outworking the liberals and outvoting them on Election Day.

Now if your reaction is to throw your hands up in despair, give up and walk away, then Obama has worn you down. But if your reaction is to recommit to the values we cherish and fight even harder in the political arena, then it’s not too late to take back our country and make America the "shining city upon a hill" our Founding Fathers envisioned. I’m not giving up and I pray you will continue to stand with me!

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