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Yes, Lindsay, There Is Freedom!

As I sit here contemplating the birth of a savior and a man who so willingly gave his life so others could live – I’m saddened that a government meant to protect the people has so willingly acted against those who they represent.  Ironically, it appears that this government wants to become its very own savior in what it believes will undoubtedly “protect” Americans with their health care monstrosity.  I can honestly say that I’m disheartened by the fact that our very own government believes it can be the alpha and the omega, that it can take the place of faith and God, voting on a bill that could forever change the face of America, on the eve that we celebrate a birth that forever changed the lives of the human race.  The government wants a rebirth of this country on the very same day that a real rebirth of spirituality, faith, and hope entered the hearts of so many.  

As a young American I cry for the times when this country seemed to make sense and the government seemed to act as representatives, not oligarchs.  What do we have to look forward to in the next few years? A real tyranny of the majority? A government run by corporations and special interests not the people? An even larger entitlement mentality when people under 30 already don’t know how to take care of themselves? An insurmountable debt that inevitably makes my peers, and those coming up behind me, serfs to the very country that is supposed to be free?

Where is my Christmas letter from the editor; where is that belief in freedom? And does it even exist anymore?

Dear Editor: 

I am 28 years old.  Some of my friends say there is no Freedom in the United States.  My father says, ‘If you still feel it in your heart it is so.’   Please tell me the truth, is there still Freedom? 

Lindsay Janeway

America

Lindsay, your friends are wrong.  They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age.  They do not believe except what they see.  They think that nothing can be, that our government can never go back to its intention as a Republic.  They think that an oligarchy exists, which means it is too late for America, something their little minds do not quite comprehend yet.  In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.  You see, your friends do not understand that what makes this country great is the fact we all have a voice, and when loud enough can move mountains.  There still is time, Lindsay, if we stand and fight for what is right and what the founders had fought so hard for over 230 years ago.

Yes, Lindsay, there is freedom, or at least it still exists if we fight for it.  It exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.  Alas! How dreary would be the world if there was no free country that fought and continues to fight on behalf of the basic principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  It would be as dreary if there were no Americans who believed in the founding of this great country.  There would be no faith in freedom, no capitalism, no freedom of speech to make tolerable this existence.  We should have no enjoyment except in sense and sight.  The external light with which liberty fills this world would be extinguished.  There would no longer be that shining city on a hill.

To not believe in the American spirit and the basic idea of freedom!? You might as well not believe in sweetness and light! Even if you can’t see freedom what does that prove? Nobody can truly see what is in our hearts or faith for that matter, but just because something cannot be seen, whether in this brief moment in time, or ever, does not mean that it doesn’t exist.  The most real things in the world are those that men cannot see.  As was said in a simple, yet poignant book “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly.  What is essential is invisible to the eye.” Freedom, truth, liberty, and happiness are all invisible to man’s eye, Lindsay, but they are what bind Americans of all ideologies, faiths, and walks of life.  These are the essential principles of our individuality as Americans and are the most important beliefs in this world. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart a clock to see how time is kept, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart.  Only tyranny, apathy, entitlement, loss of faith, and socialism could tear that apart.  The only way that this country could not be free is if good men do not stand up and allow for things to happen.  If freedom is not put to good use for the purpose of voicing our opinions and beliefs to be loud and be heard – it is then, that freedom could be lost.  Ah, Lindsay, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding than freedom. 

No Freedom! Thank God! Freedom lives and freedom rings forever.  Do not let the light of freedom dwindle.  If Americans stay vigilant then a thousand years from now, Lindsay, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, freedom will continue to make glad the heart of men and be the beacon of hope for the rest of the world.

So, Lindsay, on this Christmas Eve please stand for what is right and embody what is meant by the home of the brave.  Do this, so one day you can look at your children and tell them that because your faith in freedom and in this great country didn’t taper, they can be free today.

Merry Christmas To All!

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Ben Nelson’s Bribery Flip-Flop?

Ben Nelson was another Democrat senator on the fence for the Senate Health Care bill. He was up in the air based on his pro-life stance and the abortion mandates being slipped into the bill.

There have been reports that Ben Nelson was apparently offered somewhere between $300-$500M worth of earmarks for his state of Nebraska.

The White House and Democratic Leadership in the Senate has told Senator Nelson they will close every military base in Nebraska — a threat that is not credible, really — but they have also offered Senator Nelson between $300 million to $500 million in earmarks, according to key hill health care operatives. These hundreds of millions will be available for whatever he wants to spend them on in Nebraska.

Earlier, as mentioned above, there was a report that the White House and other Democrats were threatening to close Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. 

A Nelson aide has not only discredited the AFB threat, but has also stated the earmark bribery is an erroneous report.

As the Senate health care debate enters crunch time, the pressure from all sides continued to grow today, with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., right in the middle.

His spokesman quickly dismissed a report by conservative columnist Michelle Malkin that Nelson was even being threatened with “closure of an air force base,” presumably Offutt Air Force Base, which is south of Omaha and home of U.S. Strategic Command. Malkin also said Nelson has been promised a “bribe bigger than Sen. Landrieu’s.”

That’s a reference to Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat and one of the last holdouts on the vote to begin the health care debate. The legislation includes a provision to increase Louisiana’s Medicaid funds that Landrieu says is worth $300 million.

I wonder who we should believe? Another politician or people legitimately concerned about the future of the country? Excuse me if I’m not ready to concede that the bribery is false, given the fact that so many politicians seem to have lost all sense of decency, integrity and any connection to the people they supposedly represent.

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Narcissist in Chief Gives Himself a B+ for the Year

Jake Tapper Reports:

“Good, solid B-plus,” the president said. 

Explaining, he said, “we have inherited the biggest set of challenges of any president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. 

“We stabilized the economy, and prevented possibilities of a Great Depression or a significant financial meltdown. The economy is growing again.

“We are on our way out of Iraq. I think we’ve got the best possible plan for Afghanistan.

“We have reset our image around the world.

“We have achieved an international consensus around the need for Iran and North Korea to disable their nuclear weapons.

“And I think that we’re going to pass the most significant piece of social legislation since Social Security, and that’s health insurance for every American,” he concluded.

Pressed by Oprah as to why only a B-plus, the president said, “B-plus because of the things that are undone. Health care is not yet signed. If I get health care passed we tip into A-minus.”

If this doesn’t scream sheer ego and arrogance, I don’t know what does.  Most intelligent individuals usually know that when a question of this sort is thrown at you, the proper response would be “I believe the American people are more apt at giving me a grade than I would be…” But of course, Mr. Mirror, mirror on the wall, had to answer and gave himself a high score.

If recent polls like Gallup or Rasmussen are any indication of how the American public actually feels about him and his grade, it would seem that he really needs some extra credit or maybe some one-on-one time with his professor, the public.  Obama’s approval rating has taken a nose dive while he sits at only 44% approval and he technically still has 1 more month until he reaches his one year mark.

All of the things that Obama mentions are outright lies as far as being accomplishments or things that most people look at much differently than he does. 

Take for example the assertion that he has stabilized the economy; many argue that just because stocks are rising that does not mean the economy has stabilized or gotten better.  We are on unprecedented territory and the unemployment rate is still in double digits.  Stocks also correct themselves for inflation which is what would appear to be happening, as well as the fact that many businesses have had to cut their workforces and become more efficient with less people.  For now, companies are reaping the rewards of more efficiencies, but eventually that will plateau if they want to move forward and stay ahead of their competition. There is still a chance that the economy could experience a double dip, and if it doesn’t, the most likely situation will be heavy inflation or Japanese style deflation with no growth for years to come.

How long until people get fed up with his blame game rhetoric that he has inherited this situation?  He has inherited the situation from every corruptocrat dating back more than just Bush’s 8 years.  We should throw in Greenspan, Clinton and even Carter for that matter if we want to really get at the heart of the issue.  He should also include himself since was in fact legal council for ACORN and lead the charge in the 90’s to obtain a settlement on a lawsuit indicating that credit scores are apparently discriminatory and the CRA should be expanded – hence subprime… I could go on, but I’ve vented enough on that topic.  I just can’t stand people who continuously play the victim, meanwhile, as they point the finger, opportunities and life pass them by.  I have no respect for individuals who can’t take responsibility – and this is supposed to be the leader of the only super power left in the world!?

I’m not sure where he comes off saying that we are pulling out of Iraq?  I’ll believe it when I see it.  Seems like he is carrying out Bush’s policies for now.  I think that stating his plans for Afghanistan are the best are delusional at best.  Maybe, if he had listened to his general in the first place, we wouldn’t have had so many killed over the couple of months (more so than any time when Bush was in office).  He still did not give them the # of troops requested but merely cut the request in half – I will forever call it Halfghanistan.

We have reset our image around the world? Funny, those whom I know living abroad who were excited about Obama, even after I tried to tell them the truth about his record and his ideology, are only now realizing what a disaster he is.  He continues to snub our allies, bow to other leaders, and apologize for all of America’s perceived wrongs on his travels abroad — this has made him a laughing-stock.  The liberal media lets him get away with it, but I don’t expect it to continue forever, if he continues to decline in the polls — eventually real sentiment will bubble to the surface.

When has Obama done anything about North Korea or Iran? His foreign policy seems to be avoidance.  He has not called for harsher sanctions, he is not using anything other than words to try to disarm Iran.  While he stares at himself in the mirror and relishes the media attention, Iran is creating weapons of mass destruction with their plutonium/uranium enrichment plants.

Health care legislation will definitely be significant but significance doesn’t always mean good.  It is absolutely maddening that those in DC could care less about the polls on health care. Most of America disapproves of this bill and the way the government is handling it.  I’ve seen the way government has screwed up business, the economy, and everything else it has touched, there is no way I want them making decisions about my health! 

So continue to grade yourself a B+ Mr. Ego… I can only hope that one of these days somebody in the media has a ‘Come-to-Jesus’ moment of clarity and decides to do his/her job for the good of the country. 

I suspect that the true grade will come for Mr. President in November 2010 – EPIC FAIL.

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Grateful That My Name Isn’t Babs: Mikulski & Boxer The Epitome of “Huh?”

Babs Mikulski and Babs Boxer, two Democrat females from Maryland and California respectively have said some interesting things this past week, which should make everyone go “Huh?”

Barbara Boxer earlier this week equated the amendment to continue the ban of federal funded abortions to denying men Viagra.  Now, I’m not quite sure if it is just me, but I don’t really see how these two are comparable.  On the one hand you have an actual disorder; erectile dysfunction, on the other, you have pregnancy, which I don’t find to be a disorder.  (Spare me mother’s health, rape/incest – those are already covered). 

Barbara Mikulski created an abortion amendment that would call abortion preventative care, placing it in the Senate Health Care bill, which would invariably dump the federal funding ban on abortion.

As the Senate prepares for a possible vote today on the Mikulski amendment to the Senate version of the government-run health care bill, it is drawing more opposition. Americans United for Life joins the National Right to Life Committee in condemning the amendment for calling abortion preventative health care.

As LifeNews.com reported yesterday, NRLC condemned the Mikulski amendment because it would essentially define abortion as preventative care and could persuade private insurance plans to define abortion as such and provide coverage of it.

AUL staff attorney Mary Harned has released her own analysis of the amendment and concurs with NRLC that it presents problems.

“The Mikulski amendment, in pertinent part, requires group health plans and health insurance issuers offering group or individual health insurance to provide coverage for and not impose cost sharing requirements on ‘preventative care’ for women ‘as provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA),'” she explained.

I would like to ask both Babs’ what they deem preventative care.  I would assume that prevention starts before an individual gets pregnant, i.e. birth control and sex, however, that may just be my naiveté.  Abortion is legal, I’m not sure why it needs to be included in an insurance plan, especially if Americans don’t want to pay for it or agree with it based on moral and religious grounds.  How is a mandatory inclusion of abortions in a government health care system constitutional?  It would seem that forcing all citizens onto a plan that covers abortions would violate first amendment rights for those who are opposed based on religious beliefs. 

To make matters even worse, Mikulski recently stated that health care is a female issue.  Is this just another Democrat showing her true intolerant and segregated beliefs? Mikulski is my Senator, so I have many opinions (not good) about how she operates and what she stands for.  Health care is a human issue, not an individual group’s issue – but here we go again: liberals grouping people by class, race, gender and religion… Stop the insanity.

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No More Wire Hangers: Berkeley City Council Unhinged Over Anti-Abortion Amendment

It’s time to cue Joan Crawford “No more wire hangers,” or better yet: “Tina, bring me the axe!” Maybe it’s about time to at least bring down the hammer on the city of Berkeley.  The city shows how well government can waste taxpayer money by sending wire hangers to 20 politicians who believe in the sanctity of life, or whom believe that the long-standing ban of federally funded abortions should be retained. 

The San Fran Gate reports:

The city of Berkeley mailed coat hangers to 20 members of Congress on Wednesday in protest of the anti-abortion amendment in the House version of the federal health care bill.

The City Council approved the action 7-1 on Tuesday night. Councilman Gordon Wozniak dissented; Mayor Tom Bates was absent.

Metal coat hangers were mailed with a protest letter to members of the House of Representatives who voted in favor of the amendment but have a history of supporting abortion rights.

The amendment would ban coverage of abortion for those who would receive government-run health insurance. It would also forbid people from choosing a private plan that covers abortion if they receive federal subsidies to pay for the insurance.

I think we should invite her to the city council meetings in the future:

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What should we send Berkeley in return? Check out Michelle Malkin’s blog for some great ideas!

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Democrats: “Who’s Crying Now?”

I have Journey’s song playing in my head after Joe Wilson’s outburst Wednesday night.  Joe Wilson exclaimed “You Lie!” regarding President Obama’s assertion that illegal aliens would not be covered in any health care legislation, however, under all but one version of the health care bills, illegal aliens would in fact be allowed to partake in the system (no proof of documentation required).

This is something that was discovered several weeks ago by those citizens who actually took the time to read through the bills as they became available to the public.  There were other provisions in the draft legislation that also raised various red flags. 

The AP, of all publications, ran a mostly objective fact check on the President’s speech and found that he most certainly lied regarding that issue as well as various others.   

People could argue day and night over the issue of right and wrong and the appropriateness of Joe Wilson’s remarks.  There will always be those who agree with the timing of his remark and those who do not.  It’s just that simple.  Don’t cloud the issue of health care by demonizing a politician and distracting the American public when plenty of politicians have done the same thing in other forums.

I find it incredibly hypocritical to hear President Obama call Sarah Palin a liar, because she made complete sense in her recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, continue to blame Bush for everything, and state that Republicans do not have solutions, but feign outrage when somebody shouts out at a specific part of legislation that has been blatantly falsified, and all hell breaks loose. 

I also find it funny that during various State of the Union addresses by then President Bush, the Democrats would interrupt him as a raucous crowd, applauding their own social security obstructionism:  

2005:

2006:

 

(H/T Gateway Pundit)

I have to wonder in wild amazement how Democrats can be so blind to their history of doing the same things that they get so riled up about.  I realize that there are hypocrites on both sides of the aisle, but give it a rest.  How many times did specific liberal politicians give an interview during Bush’s term in office stating that he was a liar?  How many times did Democrats like Harry Reid make disparaging remarks about the support of our troops by stating that the War was lost?  What about Nancy Pelosi’s recent CIA accusation, where she called them liars?  I could go on, but I’ll leave it there.  The selective outrage of the liberal wing of the Democrat party is astounding, if not so pathetic.

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An Inconvenient Health Care Truth For Media Conveniently Afraid Of Statistics

The media during Bush’s 8 years certainly was not afraid to pull out any statistics that would discredit Republicans or the administration.  One of their favorite statistics was the number of deaths during the Iraq War. 

However, now that there are wars still being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq, the media has conveniently left that tiny issue to the way-side.  The only individual who still has her principles is Cindy Sheehan.  I may not agree with Ms. Sheehan’s politics, but I can at least commend her for her consistency. (via the Examiner): 

After receiving the email, I asked Sheehan to give me a call, so I could verify that the note in fact came from her.  She did, and we discussed her plans to protest next week in Martha’s Vineyard, where President Obama will be vacationing.  “I think people are starting to wake up to the fact that even if they supported Obama, he doesn’t represent much change,” Sheehan said.  “There are people still out here who oppose the war and Obama’spolicies, but it seems like the big organizations with the big lists aren’t here.”

I asked Sheehanabout the fact that the press seems to have lost interest in her and her cause.  “It’s strange to me that you mention it,” she said.  “I haven’t stopped working.  I’ve been protesting every time I can, and it’s not covered.  But the one time I did get a lot of coverage was when I protested in front of George Bush’s house in Dallas in June.  I don’t know what to make of it.  Is the press having a honeymoon with Obama?  I know the Left is.”

I have more appreciation for those who stay true to their beliefs no matter what those beliefs are, rather than changing them based on whichever way the political wind is blowing, especially when your guy won the biggest office in the land. 

So I sit here scratching my head wondering why the media hasn’t reported the latest news coming out of Canada and their health care system?  The new president of the Canadian Medical Association states that Canada’s health care is imploding.  Canada has also encouraged its citizens to buy and use private insurance to ween them off of government-run health care. 

The former president of the Canadian Medical Association was on O’Reilly last night and confirmed the same thing.  Although O’Reilly, as usual, wasn’t letting him get his statements in completely, he intimated that there are not enough doctors able to cover the volume of people covered under their system.  This leads to rationing of care and increased costs to attempt to fund everyone.  Rationing is the only way to say you are covering everyone, and try to cut costs at the same time.

France also reported that it’s health care system is going bankrupt, nearly two weeks ago.  No mention of their single-payer system and the nightmare it created for the citizens of that country by the MSM.

The English system also has horrible statistics.  Their rate of survival for any cancer or serious illness is significantly worse than it is in the States.  The National Center for Policy Analysisalso conducted a study and concluded the NHS was putting the patient last.  If NHS was a business it would fail miserably based on its standard operating procedures and business practices that it chooses to implement.

The CBC has just released new statistics that show Americans’ life expentency is on the rise while deaths are not.  But I thought American health care was ranked last?  It’s amusing to hear liberals use the common argument that the US ranks 37th out of 37 countries when comparing their health care systems.  However, when you ask for the context of those statistics, since stats can be masterfully manipulated based on outside factors/variables used to conduct studies, it’s no wonder that the CATO Institute was able to debunk that ranking. 

Those who cite the WHO rankings typically present them as an objective measure of the relative performance of national health care systems. They are not. The WHO rankings depend crucially on a number of underlying assumptions–some of them logically incoherent, some characterized by substantial uncertainty, and some rooted in ideological beliefs and values that not everyone shares. Changes in those underlying assumptions can radically alter the rankings.

[…]while the United States ranks 37th, there is no ranking for which both claims are true. Using OP, the United States does rank 37th. But while France is number 1 on OP, Canada is 30. Using OA, the United States ranks 15th, while France and Canada rank 6th and 7th, respectively. In neither ranking is the United States at 37 while France and Canada are in the top 10.

Which ranking is preferable? WHO presents the OP ranking as its bottom line on health system performance, on the grounds that OP represents the efficiency of each country’s health system. But for reasons to be discussed below, the OP ranking is even more misleading than the OA ranking. This paper focuses mainly on the OAranking; however, the main objections apply to both OP and OA.

But, as Newsbusters reports, the media has conveniently overlooked the story regarding Canadian health care, especially when early proponents of Universal health care, like Hillary touted the system as a model the US should use. 

One would think that the media would want to get all facts out to the public, and unfortunately, if some of those facts get in the way of what they idealistically felt was the answer, then so be it.  The people will be better off knowing the truth and making their decisions on health care from there.  It may also help certain representatives who are on the fence.  It’s scary to know that the media is willing to throw the country down the toilet and inevitably bankrupt the nation in order to reach their liberal ‘Utopia.’ 

Facts just seem to get in their way.

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Sarah Palin, Facebook, And The Washington Elite

Sarah Palin appears more and more like a comic book heroine as the months march on.  She has a common foe that is constantly attacking her from both sides of the spectrum; the Establishment.  The evil establishment has been sitting, rotting in the pits of the DC beltway.  Those who enter this black-hole, leave without morals, standards, common sense, or dignity.  Many are mutated into something they never intended to become.  Many pump their faces full of botox, insert hair plugs, lie for the sake of lying, or for the sake of money and power.  These political villains ooze corruption and their struggle has been finding the kryptonite to finally do in this heroine that manages to enact change via a keyboard and a social media platform: Facebook.

The beltway pundits like Krauthammer, i.e. elitist neocons, pounce on this woman and treat her as some kind of joke.  Also, take for example, the insiders at the NRSC, who wrote her off, and instead asked Newt Gingrich to speak at their event. Even though she wasn’t the headliner at the event the start of it quickly became about her, just ask the crowd inside. 

The DNC attacks her as the next radical, religious zealot conservative, although she is a major proponent of the constitution and states’ rights, and does not believe in forcing her beliefs on others.  The libs fear her and can’t stop talking about her even outside town hall events in Towson, Maryland. 

If Sarah Palin was such a non-entity and was no threat to the establishment or the powers that be in Washington, why is she still given so much face time and why is every single statement she makes on Facebook picked apart? 

It’s quite simple: This woman is the future and she is a threat.  She represents what I have been wanting to see out of politics for a very long time.  She is an average individual who has made it up through the ranks with only God, family, and herself to thank.  She has gotten ahead by hard work and progressing one step at a time in a cut-throat political world.  The founding fathers had envisioned a government that would be run by the people, for the people, and not by career politicians that treated their constituents like peasants, believing they were part of the next plutocracy/oligarchy/political dynasty.  Sarah Palin is the type of person who is not beholden to the special interests, the lobbyists, the political back-scratching and corruption that is so rampant in our government. The Messiah of ‘Hope and Change,’ currently occupying the White House, can’t even compare to the standards Sarah Palin has set and what it is she exemplifies.

You may not like Sarah Palin, but you cannot say she isn’t a force to be reckoned with. 

I’ll put it out there now, I am a big Sarah Palin fan, I have been since that fateful day at the end of August.  I will never forget where I was and when I saw her introduced: I was actually working out at the gym, running on the treadmill of the Mandalay Bay Resort in Vegas, doing a fist bump into the air.  For the first time in my female adult life I was enthused by a politician and actually believed in them.  I could tell that this woman was the genuine article and respected her for that fact alone.  Every blow she made to Obama during her RNC convention speech was just one more time I was jumping out of my chair clapping, and confirming that this woman is the future of politics. 

I do not believe that a person must have a specific degree to be able to run a business, a school, or a country.  I find liberal ivy league elitists lacking in wisdom.  I don’t want to make a generalization here, but most who have graduated from a top school known for its academics, excel in knowledge, book smarts, and theory, but try applying that to the real world.  What happened to real life trial and error or insight?  Wisdom is not gained through books, it’s gained through life experience.  Sarah Palin has experienced much in her adult life, and her career.  She has had to work hard to make ends meet and even put herself through school.  Let’s think for a moment about those who have been born into privilege or have had their schooling paid for, whether through family, friends or a Saudi acquaintance… Do they appreciate their education and the effort/money it took to get it?  Or does the individual who had to scrimp and save to make it just another year appreciate it that much more?  Does the person who had to save understand what it means to not spend beyond your means or does the silver spoon, political wanna-be?

It’s no coincidence that those who came from ivy league schools have gotten us into some of the biggest messes this country has seen.  Take for example Jimmy Carter, the genius, he made things so bad they had to create a new economic term; stagflation.  If you don’t see the parallels between him and the next coming of the messiah, the genius from Columbia and Harvard Law, you are fooling yourself.  And what about the liberals who call Bush a dummy? Well didn’t he come from Yale?  Don’t use the excuse that you need an ivy league degree to manage a country.  I have seen businesses come and go and some of the most successful companies have been built from the ground up by college and high school drop-outs.  Ronald Reagan was no ‘ivy leaguer’ and he turned our economy completely around.  He studied economics at a small school and became a ‘B’ actor, something he was later made fun of for as well as his affinity for mac n’ cheese! 

Sarah Palin’s recent statements have been concise and have hit through to the heart of the matter.  She is the only member of the GOP, besides DeMint, Bachmann, and a handful of others who are true conservatives, unabashedly, unapologetic for calling a spade a spade. 

At first, I too, thought death panels could just be a metaphor for what the end of life counseling and bureaucracy would become, but upon further investigation into the section, there is much to be said for the candor behind Mrs. Palin’s statement.  The provision in the bill was so incredibly vague that fear and caution should have been the common sentiment among those reading the bill.  Many times these convoluted bills are written in such ways that nobody can understand the legalese. The bills are passed, and only later, do representatives realize there were too many loopholes in the first place. There is a reason why that provision was taken out of the bill after Sarah Palin doubled down on her death panel statement.

Sarah Palin has continued to blast Obama and the liberal policies that are being concocted in DC.  She recently made a statement regarding Obama’s off-shore drilling and oil funding hypocrisy.  George Soros and Goldman Sachs have had plenty of influence on the company that Obama just gave $2B to – Petrobras.  Sarah Palin made the following statement:

Why is it that during these tough times, when we have great needs at home, the Obama White House is prepared to send more than two billion of your hard-earned tax dollars to Brazil so that the nation’s state-owned oil company, Petrobras, can drill off shore and create jobs developing its own resources? That’s all Americans want; but such rational energy development has been continually thwarted by rabid environmentalists, faceless bureaucrats and a seemingly endless parade of lawsuits aimed at shutting down new energy projects.

I’ll speak for the talent I have personally witnessed on the oil fields in Alaska when I say no other country in the world has a stronger workforce than America, no other country in the world has better safety standards than America, and no other country in the world has stricter environmental standards than America. Come to Alaska to witness how oil and gas can be developed simultaneously with the preservation of our eco-system. America has the resources. We deserve the opportunity to develop our resources no less than the Brazilians. Millions of Americans know it is true: “Drill, baby, drill.” Alaska is proof you can drill and develop, and preserve nature, with its magnificent caribou herds passing by the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), completely unaffected. One has to wonder if Obamais playing politics and perhaps refusing a “win” for some states just to play to the left with our money.

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Buy American is a wonderful slogan, but you can’t say in one breath that you want to strengthen our economy and stimulate it, and then in another ship our much-needed dollars to a nation desperate to drill while depriving us of the same opportunity.

Sarah Palin’s latest ‘take Obama to task’ moment occurred earlier today when she asked a question that many of us conservatives have been asking.  Why no tort reform?  I would think that we should fix the known problems that are smaller before tackling an entire system by overhauling it.  Tort reform is another lucrative business for the lobbyists, but those on the left conveniently forget that the liberal lobbyists are just as bad as the supposed ‘conservative’ lobbyists they love to demonize.  We have learned, however, that the evil insurance company lobbyists like PhRMA are actually on Obama’s dole as well.  The trial lawyer’s lobby, i.e. ABA, has had significant pull on Capitol Hill for years, and you can expect that they will not be mentioned by many of the politicians because most of them are probably old law school chums. 

If anybody knows about tort reform and a loser pays law, it would be Sarah Palin.  She saw, this past year, how a law that was intended for the right reasons, can be used and abused by partisan ideologues.  If Alaska had a loser pays law her ethics complaint issues would have been null and void.

First, we cannot have health care reform without tort reform. The two are intertwined. For example, one supposed justification for socialized medicine is the high cost of health care. As Dr. Scott Gottlieb recently noted, “If Mr. Obama is serious about lowering costs, he’ll need to reform the economic structures in medicine—especially programs like Medicare.” [1] Two examples of these “economic structures” are high malpractice insurance premiums foisted on physicians (and ultimately passed on to consumers as “high health care costs”) and the billions wasted on defensive medicine.

Dr. Stuart Weinstein, with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, recently explained the problem:

”The medical liability crisis has had many unintended consequences, most notably a decrease in access to care in a growing number of states and an increase in healthcare costs.
Access is affected as physicians move their practices to states with lower liability rates and change their practice patterns to reduce or eliminate high-risk services. When one considers that half of all neurosurgeons—as well as one third of all orthopedic surgeons, one third of all emergency physicians, and one third of all trauma surgeons—are sued each year, is it any wonder that 70 percent of emergency departments are at risk because they lack available on-call specialist coverage?”
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Dr. Weinstein makes good points, points completely ignored by President Obama. Dr. Weinstein details the costs that our out-of-control tort system are causing the health care industry and notes research that “found that liability reforms could reduce defensive medicine practices, leading to a 5 percent to 9 percent reduction in medical expenditures without any effect on mortality or medical complications.”

Read more from Sarah’s facebook page here.

This woman is leading the charge and the debate and she hasn’t even made any major public appearances since she stepped down from being Governor of Alaska.  She has simply written her opinions on her facebook page, and the political world, as well as the media, is once again, all aflutter. 

You cannot tell me that this Conservative woman from Alaska is not a threat or a superstar.

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The Health Care Hypocrisy Of The Left

Could this be the Obama administration’s Halliburton?  The left attacked Dick Cheney’s ties to Halliburton and it’s no contract awards.  David Axelrod’s situation with his firm AKPD appears to have similar issues regarding the current health care legislation.

Bloomberg broke the story:

Axelrod was president and sole shareholder of AKPD from 1985 until he sold his interest after Obama’s victory, government records show. The firm owes Axelrod $2 million, which it’s due to pay in installments beginning Dec. 31. Axelrod’s son, Michael, still works there. He didn’t return a phone call. The firm’s Web site continues to feature David Axelrod’s work on the Obama campaign.

While Hugh Hewitt followed up with further investigation into the matter:

The problem is that Axelrod’s former firm is currently receiving huge fees “from Healthy Economy Now, a coalition that includes the Washington-based Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturers of America, known as PhRMA,” as well as AARP, the SEIU and other big players in the health care debate. 

IfAxelrod has been negotiating any part of any deal involving any of these players which are funneling money to the firm that owes him money, or if he is advising the president on the deals with any of these groups, that’s a conflict of interest.  Laundering the money through a “coalition” doesn’t remove the conflict much less the appearance of impropriety.  The coalition is in effect partially funding David Axelrod’s severance package though its members might have done so unknowingly.  These forthcoming payments to Axelrod are much more significant than the sort of “retained ties”  that Democrats blasted Dick Cheney for vis-a-vis Halliburton even though there was no high level negotiations between the vice president and his former company.

AKPD isn’t the only firm that is set to make windfall profits from a health care reform bill.  GMMB also worked for various Democrats, the DCCC, the DNC, and Obama’s campaign.

President Barak Obama’s push for a national health care overhaul is providing a financial windfall in the election offseason to Democratic consulting firms that are closely connected to the president and two top advisers.

Coalitions of interest groups running at least $24 million in pro-overhaul ads hired GMMB, which worked for Obama’s 2008 campaign and whose partners include a top Obamacampaign strategist. They also hired AKPD Message and Media, which was founded by David Axelrod, a top adviser to Obama’s campaign and now to the White House. AKPD did work for Obama’s campaign, and Axelrod’s son Michael and Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe work there.

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“We are deeply honored to have been part of Barack Obama’s historic campaign to change America and the world,” GMMB says on its Web site. GMMB’s partners include Jim Margolis, a senior strategist for Obama’s presidential campaign.

Both GMMB and AKPD also have worked for Democrats this year. The Democratic National Committee paid AKPD at least $106,000 for polling, media production, communication consulting and travel costs from February through April. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid GMMB roughly $75,000 from February through June for ads. And GMMB took in at least $9,000 this year from Senate leader Reid’s political action committee for communications consulting.

This hypocrisy goes hand-in-hand with Obama’s latest back-door deal with the health care industry/PhRMA.  His deal was eerily similar to Bush’s drug deal which had the left screaming.  Weeks after this deal was made, those on the far left and the more progressive end of the spectrum finally admitted the story was true.  In fact the story was aired on Air America today of all places!

Unfortunately, this wouldn’t be new to Obama or any of his Chicago cronies, who act more like the mob than they do petty theft politicians.  After reading Michelle Malkin’s “Culture of Corruption,” I am still learning much more than I ever imagined based on their pay-to-play politics as usual, rampant double standards, lies, and fraud.  It’s as simple and basic as checking Michelle Obama’s progression through the ranks of her career as Obama moved up in state and eventually US politics. 

To make matters worse, House Democrats have decided to conduct a witch hunt against specific health insurance companies.  I do not believe that our constitution allows for witch hunts or going after a specific/select group.  This is a discriminatory attack to silence dissent and to get their way on health care when the session begins in September. 

Letters sent to 52 insurance companies by Democratic leaders demand extensive documents for an examination of ‘extensive compensation and other business practices in the health insurance industry.” The letters set a deadline of Sept. 14 for the documents.

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, signed the three-page letter dated Monday.

An industry source replied when asked for comment: “This is nothing more than a taxpayer-funded fishing expedition designed to silence health plans.”

How is this legal?  Should I assume that because the House passed the cap on executive pay, which is an unconstitutional piece of legislation, although I do agree that some executive compensation is in fact superfluous and harmful, that they can nows conduct searches/investigations on any individual, any community, any genre of business?  I have an idea! If we are going to go after harmful business entities, why not conduct a witch hunt against Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, AIG, Citibank, Bank of America, Country Wide, Fannie & Freddie, GE, CLN, The unions, and the Federal Reserve.  Hell would freeze over for that to happen while the Democrats maintain a super majority, especially when Wall Streets gives almost 3x as much to Democrats as it does to Republicans. 

This all sounds eerily fascist, I hate to say that, but this is much worse than the Patriot Act folks – this is appalling.

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Make That 2 Fake Doctors At Democrat Town Halls

We have another case of “I’m not a doctor, but I play one at town halls.”

Sheila Leavitt appeared at Barney Frank’s town hall yesterday, where the Associated Press article this morning claimed she was a physician. However, upon further investigation after the town hall had ended, a man who attended the event, looked into the Massachusetts database of doctors to find out whether or not this woman was in fact listed.  Lo and behold, there was no trace of either a Sheila Levitt or Leavitt as a practicing physician in the state. 

I’m tired of hearing about fake concern at town halls when average Americans attend after work or take a day off to be inside a forum to voice their opinions and concerns.  None of the people  I have met at any of the tea parties or town halls are paid, coerced, or bused to the event.  Is it so hard to believe that the real astroturf may come from the left more so than the right?  Which would explain why so many on the left believe this to be a fake movement.

During the town hall, Leavitt stated that she hoped reform would create a more even playing field regarding pay for primary care physicians as opposed to specialists who make more money.  The Associated Press picked up on this story and the fact that this woman also harped on those opposed to ObamaCare as using the “same talking points.”  I find it ironic because this woman sounds very similar to the ‘faux’ doctor at Sheila Jackson-Lee’s town hall, Roxana.  The Associated Press claimed this woman was a doctor from Newton, MA, but there is no record of her, and according to a freeper who also conducted an investigation of their own, via the AMA website/database, she does not exist.

The only references to Sheila Leavitt as a medical doctor I can find on Google (besides references to last night’s town hall) are self-references; where she identifies herself that way.  I could find no listing for a medical office belonging to Sheila Leavitt.  Physicians generally have offices where they practice medicine.

As far as I can tell, she is not listed as a licensed Physician at the Massachusetts State Medical Board web site.  Several “Leavitt”s are doctors in Massachusetts, but none are named “Sheila.”  Just for kicks I tried the Associated Press’ original misspelling of the name, “Levitt,” and also found no “Sheila” as a licensed doctor.

Note the update below, where a comment poster claiming to be Leavitt’s son claims she is a former physician.

Other references to Leavitt mention her full name and home town, but do not indicate that she is a medical doctor.  For example, I do find several references to a far-left agitator named Sheila Leavitt of Newton MA who turned a “grease car” into a rolling Bush protest with signs attacking his daughters, raises chickens, and advanced the weird conspiracy theory that the 2004 election was rigged in favor of George W. Bush.

This woman may not have personally claimed she was a doctor, but even so, this says more about the movement on the left and the real meaning of astroturf, as well as, the media lapdogs that so willingly follow Obama over a liberal cliff like little lemmings.

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