Obama’s speech tonight: He’ll blame GOP in Congress for not taking steps on the economy, but the facts don’t lie #tcot


Obama is using his great “oratory” tonight to bring us his introduction to Porkulus II!

So when you hear Obama say tonight that “Congress”, aka “Republicans, need to focus on jobs, please remember the facts of this simple chart.

From HotAir.com:

You know how Obama repeatedly says Congress could take steps “right now” to jumpstart the economy again? Let’s amend that statement for accuracy: The Senate and the president could take steps right now to jumpstart the economy again. That is, they actually have House bills in front of them.

So that pretty much will neuter Obama’s attempts tonight to blame Republicans in Congress for no “jobs plan”.

Victor the Contractor: “Today is a momentous day. Today we lose our right to choose.”


From DougRossatJournal — exactly my sentiments from someone named “Victor the Contractor”.  Read it a little further below.

Even though I am not giving up hope until the last Marxist votes today (UPDATE after vote: 219 Marxists for, 212 Patriots against), I am ANGRY, frustrated, and sad for our country all at the same time.  The Democratic leaders have lied and bribed their way through this process.   They are arrogant and happy about running roughshod over our freedom, our opinions, and our Constitution. 

It is hard for us to imagine that our country is descending toward something similar to what we have read about in history books (USSR, Stalin, Chavez — name your tyrant or you Communist).  It is surreal.  But it is happening.  And many Americans are going right along with these arrogant people we call the President and leaders in Congress.   Many will deny it.  And many will call me crazy for saying it.  But it is true nonetheless. 

Even though the vast majority of Americans oppose this power grab called Obamacare, it is still astounding that so many Americans feel that something is “owed” them….so much so that they feel it fine for our government to take over free markets and give to them whatever they want.  But, again, it’s happening.

I am sick to death of the “always been a Democrat so Obama has to be right” crowd, too.  Ladies and gentleman, the Democratic party of JFK jumped ship long ago…and any stragglers went overboard in November, 2008.   I have encountered individuals who know nothing to very little about what is going on in Washington — but because they (Or their families) have voted “D” all of their lives, Obama must be the god he thinks he is!  It is frustrating.

<slap><slap><slap> Wake the hell up America…..we are on the verge of losing 234 years of greatness…..that is NOT an overstatement.  Read, be aware, protest, donate to the people running against the Marxists in Congress this November.   Get involved locally.  Work to get Obama out of office in 2012 ( if not before).

If America can be damaged from within its own structure…She can be repaired as well.

But put aside your family’s political history, or your bad choices, and even circumstances you didn’t ask for…..and know that freedom is not free.  And there are no guarantees with individual freedom.  Some people experience hard knocks in life, but it is still not the job of all Americans to be forced to pick up your pieces (Many will, thank the goodness of American hearts, but they should not be forced by mandate of government!) 

Understand that the lifestyle we all live (where the rich can get as rich as they want and the poor drive cars, have cable and cell phones) didn’t come free.  Men and women fought and died for the things we have and our way of life.    Our way of life is being threatened like never before from within! 

I could go on, but “Victor” has more to say in more eloquent fashion than I.  “Victor” has captured the sentiments of many of us. 

Worth a read (my emphasis):

Today is a Momentous Day!

Today is the day! Today is the day that all Americans see the naked ambition of fifteen percent of the population as they exert their will over the silent, hard working 85 percent. Today is the culmination of many years of hard work in swaying public perception, breaking down the walls of decency and building a climate of victimization and entitlement. Today the House of Representatives votes on the Senate Health Care Reform Act.

Never mind that no one has actually read this pork nirvana: this bill that nationalizes one sixth of the economy. Never mind that this bill is a slap in the face to all who work hard and don’t expect or would accept a handout from anyone. Never mind that, on its face, the bill is a brazen attempt to subvert the Constitution of the United States and assign obligations to buy a service and criminalization of the God-given right to choose.

The right to choose not to buy a service one may see as a bad bargain, or the right to decide what is right for your own body. Those who have eroded the belief in right and wrong for decades; who have literally made a federal case over the right to control a person’s body; who have cried that the state had no business, indeed no say at all, about what what one put in their body, believed in their head, and even what they did to their unborn children. Now those very same harpies have turned that tenet on its head as they grasp at the ability to regulate every aspect of what we do with the body God gave us.

A God they do not believe in and they do not seem accountable to. For we live in a time where the ugliest of motivations are cloaked in compassion. A time where the killing of an unborn child is seen as ‘kind’ as opposed to saddling a selfish couple with the ‘burden’ of raising unwanted offspring. A time where the lazy and the losers in the lottery of life are trying to maintain a lifestyle by taxing the driven and conscientious people who make this country hum with productivity. These are times that try the morals of men as those who want to invalidate hard work and drive have control of the levers of power and use that awful responsibility for their own gain and avarice.

Before you go on and whine about the poor and stricken and the addict who can neither care for themselves or have the tools to prosper in this world, know this: Life is a harsh taskmaster who punishes the dumb, the lazy and the foolish with scourge and tribulation until they learn to operate within the constraints of civilization. Lessons you don’t learn or fail to heed as a child will be revisited repeatedly until you get with the program, succumb to the destruction brought on by your own lusts. Attempts to rewrite God’s law, or common sense, for those agnostically inclined, will always result in an unbalanced society that careens hither and yon morally, until it sputters to a halt, mired in the ambivalence of indecision and relativism. A civilization that feels more empathy for the sinners than the sinned-against is destined to fail as the criminals achieve a critical mass and take the controls in efforts to profit from the moral decline.

We have such a state of affairs now. The ugly girl at the dance is now calling the tune, much to the chagrin of the highly offended orchestra. The drop-outs who threw stones at the University’s stained glass windows now are the faculty; destroying the ideas and ethics that made this country great. There is a joke in the trades that men teach their children to work before they go off to college and get ruined. The ability to define right and wrong is the hallmark of a great society and the lack thereof the talisman of a civilization in decline. The loafers and anti-establishment crowd of the sixties are now deciding the tax rate for the rest of us, and they are not amused anymore. They are out for revenge. Revenge on the ‘boy scouts’ who kept their collective noses clean and worked eighty hours a week and put their kids through college and took care of their ailing parents and saluted on Veteran’s Day all across this fine country.

‘Liberal’ doesn’t even begin to appropriately label these Marxists! They really are the failed Communists who sewed the cancer of relativism into our public psyche and tried with all of their drug-addled reasoning to convince the rest of us that drive and vigor were not valid traits and conscientiousness was tantamount to selfishness. That success was to be punished, or at least taxed to support the ‘less able’ among us.

The Democrat majority in both Houses and the Marxist in the White House are poised to enact their vengeance today on all those who ignored their pleas for fairness and charity to the losers and lazy in society. Today they can ‘get over’ on the corporate toadies and millionaires who rule over and abuse the working class. If it were that easy, FDR, LBJ or even Ralph Nader would have so changed the collective zeitgeist to such an extant that this latest populist farce would be ignored, even maligned by the healthy, prosperous and well adjusted masses.

Instead we have an anti-St. Patrick leading the snakes from the swamps right into the halls of power. Its ironic that the ‘most transparent’ government in history has hidden its agenda and blocked public reflection on its programs. Its ironic that even the President is not sure what is actually in the health care bill and more troubling that he doesn’t care by what process it arrives at his desk. It will be law, no matter how many seats are lost in the coming elections.

This rush to political suicide by an overtly socialist Democrat Party barely disguises the real intent of this travesty of legislative process: the health care reform bill is Communism. Socialism is a ‘cooperative’ between business and Government. Communism’s hallmark is the Government’s possession of the means of production. I trot out this aged mare to make a point: a government that can nationalize the better part of a native automobile industry is, by its very nature, Communistic. Such a Government should not be trusted to ‘nurse’ a substantially healthy industry. Period. If its too big to fail, its just too big.

If the Government can decide that an entire industry needs to be saved and defies its own Constitution to do so, then that Government is invalid and must go. I trust that the Supreme Court will strike this law as soon as the mountain of lawsuits start. But what do we make of a process by which a minority of the population forces its mindset on the majority? Under what authority have GM and Chrysler been seized? Its not Constitutional. And neither is this health care bill.

Yes, today is a momentous day! It is the day we declare war on Liberalism. Today is the day we record the vote for this Communistic legislation. Today we make plans to campaign against our socialist Senators, reprobate Representatives and power-hungry President. And, pass or fail, we will know who voted for our ‘right to choose’ and who opted for a ‘Stalinization’ of our legislative process. It works both ways: Freedom of choice extends to the right to choose NOT to do, buy or consume anything, for whatever reason.

Give me Liberty or give me death!

Victor The Contractor

Victor, I’m with you!

It’s sooooo cold….


(H/T: RedState.com)

AMERICA RISING – be inspired and fight to get your country back


Obama didn’t inherit these sobering deficits – he created them


From American Thinker:

Every single proposal from this President makes the budget outlook worse. Much worse. Unprecedented in peacetime worse. Third World basket case, debtor-nation, worse. Can we get anything from this man that is not a 1,000 page piece of legislation that costs $1 trillion and needs a new czar?
Let’s grant, for the sake of argument, that Obama was handed a terrible situation. He was made captain of a ship that was leaking and close to sinking. But instead of patching the leaks, he is taking an ax to everything. He says we can’t live with the status quo.
Can we please not save this country by destroying it?

Randall Hoven at American Thinker has boiled down the CBO budget estimates for Obama deficits for about the next 10 years. What Hoven tells us is that the deficit spending Obama and the Democrats are piling upon us is unprecedented….much worse than anything Reagan or Bush could have comprehended.

Do you get the size and endurance differences? Obama’s average will be worse than Reagan’s worst single year. Obama’s best will be worse than Bush’s worst single year. Obama’s average will, in fact, be worse than any year since 1930 except for World War II. That means unprecedented in peacetime.

Explain, you say? Let’s look at Obama:

Note a few things. First, Obama’s budget would more than double the long-term deficit, from $4.4 T to about $9.2 T, when estimated apples-to-apples. Secondly, the baseline estimate has gone up $2.7 T, or 61% just between June and August. Third, we do not have such an updated estimate for Obama’s budget.
If CBO would re-do its estimate for Obama’s budget like it did for the baseline case, we could expect the 2010-2019 cumulative deficit to be $12 T to $15 T if Obama gets his way — before Obamacare or Cap & Trade or anything else new.
Let’s be clear here. If Congress from here out does nothing but maintain the dreaded status quo, we are on an unsustainable budget path. A path of structural deficits never going below $500 B or 3% of GDP in any year from now on. A path that leaves us with a public debt of about 67% of GDP from 2011 on, or a level not seen since Truman was paying off World War II.
That’s the good news. The bad news is if Obama gets his way. If he does, essentially double everything: annual deficits more like $1 trillion or 6% of GDP every year. Debt held by the public will reach at least 80% of GDP, if not 90% or more.

Now to Reagan and Bush, both of whom are regularly impugned by the left… Both are accused of ballooning the deficit., when in reality the facts are that 8 months into his Presidency Obama is leaving them in the dust. How do they really compare?

In Reagan’s eight years, 1981-88, the deficit averaged 4.2% of GDP, with the worst year being 6.0%. Under George W. Bush, 2001-2008, the deficit averaged 2.0% of GDP, with the worst year being 3.6%.
Now let’s look at CBO’s forecast of Obama’s deficits for 2009-2016. The average deficit will be 6.3% of GDP, with a worst case of 13% and a best case of 3.9%. And these are the rosy predictions, the June predictions — before being updated in August as the baseline scenario was.

And it only gets worse under Obama:

What’s more, the numbers under Obama never get better. The picture doesn’t clear up with the end of this recession. The deficit will be 5.6% of GDP, and the public debt 82% of GDP (unprecedented in peacetime), in 2019. But again, those are the rosy numbers.
Obama’s budget is now being considered by Nancy Pelosi’s House and Harry Reid’s Senate. Do you think the tweaks they make to Obama’s budget will increase or decrease the deficit? Obama’s budget did not include health care reform. The health care bill currently being considered (H.R. 3200) was estimated to add $1 trillion to the 2010-2019 cumulative deficit, per the CBO.
Things were bad in 2008. What Obama did early ($787 B stimulus, $410 B reconciliation, $350 B TARP part II) made them worse. What he put in his February budget would make them even worse. What he proposed after that budget (health care reform with a public option, cap and trade emissions legislation) would make them yet worse again.

We are in an unsustainable territory and at this level our kids and grandkids have had the American Dream stolen from them before they’ve had the chance to take their stab at it.

These deficits, among other Obama-inducing catastrophes, are destroying our country…..doesn’t Obama know that? Or does he just not care? Or, perhaps it was part of the “hopenchange” plan along? Because, after all, “never let a crisis go to waste”!

Some thoughts and facts on Obamacare – posted before President “Sham Wow” begins his desperation prime time pitch (again) tonight


So much is being said about healthcare right now.  And rightfully so.  The Right is feeling good that the current Obamacare debacle has a great chance of dying before the Congress recess in August. And Obama is feeling the pinch from his own party that it is too much too soon.

Of course, the Right should never underestimate a corrupt administration’s ability to ram this thing through one way or another and the Left shouldn’t underestimate Obama’s ability to “throw them under the bus” on the way!

Some of my thoughts and research on this health “care” debaucle that must be STOPPED!

OBAMA IS LYING ABOUT WHAT WE WOULD GET WITH THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION

Obama, during the campaign last year, touted a very moderate view of how he would handle healthcare “reform”.  From American Thinker:

When Obama was in pre-election campaign mode, he made some reasonable statements about healthcare. He wanted you to keep your insurance if you were happy with it. He told us that government-run healthcare with higher taxes was a bad idea. And he didn’t think anyone should be forced to purchase insurance. Only the most naive among us believed Obama’s sweet little promises, but at least they sounded nice.

Think about that as you soak in what Obama is trying to force upon us, our economy, and our kids/grandkids.  As President, he is almost a lone player (if you believe there are actually Blue Dog Democrats against it) in ramming through the current healthcare bill proposals at break neck speed….many of the healthcare fundamental reforms he’s touting are at 180 degrees opposite what Obama campaigned for. 

So hypocrisy and opportunism are two words that come to mind when hearing Obama tout this plan…..A third work that comes to mind is deceit!

Obama is lying and stating blatant inaccuracies in order to “get his way”.  Three main lies that he is touting were highlighted at the New York Post:

1)“If you like your current health-care plan, you can keep it.”   Even White Housespokesmen have said that Obama’s oft-repeated pledge that you can keep your current insurance isn’t meant to be taken literally…..the president supports an individual mandate — a requirement that every American buy health insurance…..

And that doesn’t just affect those without insurance today. The bills now before Congress say that while you won’t be immediately forced to switch from your current insurance to a government-specified plan, you’ll have to switch to satisfy the government’s requirements if you lose your current insurance or want to change plans.

Plus, the president supports the creation of a government insurance program that would compete with private insurance. But because this ultimately would be subsidized by American taxpayers, the government plan could keep its premiums artificially low or offer extra benefit.

In the end, millions of Americans would be forced out of the insurance they have today and into the government plan.Businesses, in particular, would have every incentive to dump their workers into the public plan. The actuarial firm the Lewin Group estimates that as many as 118.5 million people, roughly two-thirds of those with insurance today, would be shifted from private to public coverage.

2)“You will pay less.” The Congressional Budget Office has made it clear that the reform plans now being debated will increaseoverall health-care costs, yet President Obama on Friday repeatedly said that his reform would reduce costs and save Americans money.

But no matter how many times he says it, the truth is you will pay more — much more — both in higher taxes and in higher premiums.

….if one totals up all the new taxes in the House Democratic health-reform bill — the income surtax, the penalties on businesses and individuals that fail to buy into the government health plan, as well as other fees and taxes — the cost to US taxpayers will top $800 billion. New York City will face marginal tax rates as high as 57 percent.

At a time of rising unemployment and economic stagnation, that is like throwing an anchor to a drowning man.

In addition, the new insurance regulations expected to be part of the final bill are likely to drive up insurance premiums. And, if the new government-run plan under-reimburses doctors and hospitals — as Medicare and Medicaid do — providers would be forced to recoup that lost income by shifting their costs to private insurance, driving up premiums. A study by the Council for Affordable Health Insurance estimates that the president’s proposals could increase premiums by 75 to 95 percent.

3)”Quality will improve.” Anyone who thinks a government takeover of the health-care system will improve quality of care has only to look at the health-care programs the government already runs: The Veterans Administration is overwhelmed with problems, Medicaid is notorious for providing poor quality at a high cost — and Medicare has huge gaps in coverage.

Worse, however, on Friday, Obama endorsed the creation of a government board with the power to dictate how your doctor practices medicine and all but endorsed the rationing prevalent in nationalized health-care systems around the world.

Other great analysis of the  “untruths”  being preached to us are also found at “O’s Broken Promises: Health Bills vs. Prez’s words” at the Post.

GOVERNMENT-CONTROLLED HEALTHCARE HASN’T WORKED WHERE IT HAS BEEN TRIED.

The Obamacare proposals (of which many Obama is not even familiar) are nothing more than an attempt at government-controlled healthcare.  In other countries, such a system has resulted in millions waiting for needed care and for rationing of care to those deemed “not worth it” by government bureaucrats.

Obama expects us to believe him and not our “lying eyes”.  We can clearly see what government-run healthcare has done to other countries.  The care is inferior every where it is tried.

Two good examples of countries with government-run healthcare are Canada and Britain.  Canada has, at any given time somewhere around one million people on a waiting list for surgeries and other necessary procedures.  In Britain, breast cancer survival rates are well under US rates at 69% and 84%, respectively.

In Britian, life-saving cancer treatments are not given to those who the government bureaucracies feel are not “worth the expenditure” because they are too old!  I don’t know about you, but the government has no right to decide whether I, or my parents, live or die because they don’t deem me as “worth” it. 

The plan currently proposed WILL eventually ration healthcare just as its done in other countries….Obama and others have even insinuated as such.  Common sense dictates it as well….the government can not possible pay for all of the services for everyone (including illegal aliens) that we receive in healthcare today….so how do they try to provide it ?  By rationing the care that some receive.  It can be as seemingly benign as further limiting the number of mammograms a woman receives to disallowing cancer treatments altogether, as Britain does, on the elderly and those the GOVERNMENT decides are not worth the money.  It has played out in exactly that manner in other countries.

Yes, our healthcare may cost more, and that is why it is the best system in the world.

IF IT IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR US WHY WON’T OBAMA AND DEMOCRATS SIGN ONTO RECEIVING THE EXACT “CARE” THEY ARE FORCING UPON US?

From The American Thinker:

“Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill.”

Congressman John Fleming has offered a resolution that will give members of Congress “an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is, and urge their colleagues who vote for legislation creating a government-run health care plan to lead by example and enroll themselves in the same public plan.” Fleming’s resolution has over 40 cosponsors– but not a single one of the cosponsors is a Democrat.

Similarly, Obama has flatly refused to participate in the public health insurance program. I can’t blame Obama for wanting the very best health care for his own family, but I can blame him for being a hypocrite.

In the Senate, Tom Coburn successfully submitted an amendment that passed that the Senate Health Committee by a vote of 12 to 11.  This amendment requires members of Congress to use the same health plan they are forcing upon us.  However, if the bill is passed, there is a huge chance Democrats will cut this amendment from the bill during committee. (H/T: Gateway Pundit)

HOW SHOULD WE ADDRESS THE HEALTHCARE ISSUE IN THIS COUNTRY?

Obama, in his speeches, likes to say that 45 million Americans are uninsured — that is misleading.  Almost 2/3 of those are young people who CHOOSE not to have insurance and others who qualify for S-CHIP and Medicaid who don’t use it.  (Some are also illegal aliens who have no right to our healthcare system to begin with)

In addition, those that have coverage through companies are currently not able to keep that coverage if they move or go to a new company.

Point being, let’s encourage those citizens to use what is available.  At the same time, let’s modify the system to make healthcare more affordable where the consumer manages what they pay and what they receive, not the government.  We are not in need of a complete government takeover with 84 new government departments created in order to tell us what doctor and what care we can receive.  That is exactly what this current plan will do.

Like it or not, healthcare is not a “right” endowed by our bloated government! 

Any healthcare modifications should look at using what is available and then modifying the system to encourage tax credits or savings plans for those struggling to pay for healthcare.  Plans should be portable so that families can keep the insurance they have if they move from state to state.  That, in addition, to current offerings, goes a long way in covering those without healthcare….at least it gets you closer to that goal without government choosing what care you get and don’t get.

BOTTOM LINE:

What is being proposed is a massive, likely irreversible, government takeover of healthcare that is unconstitutional and Socialistic in nature.  Among all of its other faults, this current plan forces us to pay healthcare for 12 to 20 million illegal aliens, forces us to pay for abortions, further taxes “the rich”, and puts a financial penalty on individuals and businesses if we choose NOT to play in the government’s big “healthcare” plan.  (Those are all included in the current bill proposals).

Worst of all, the government chooses whose life is valuable and what procedures are necessary — ALL life is valuable and worthy of all humanly possible attempts to save it…and my doctor and I should decide what procedures are necessary for my care, not bureaucrats in Washington.

MORE REFERENCES:

We all need to be up to speed on what is happening with this healthcare debacle.  Here are more links and information, I highly recommend to become and stay informed.

Five Myths About Health Care at Forbes.com

Putting Citizens, not Government, in charge of healthcare at Heritage.org

One Step Closer To Losing Your Right to Healthcare at The American Thinker

Does Ted Kennedy deserve his extended care? at The American Thinker

Tulsa Tax Day Tea Party – Downtown Court House 4-15-2009


100_0794Tulsa actually had THREE Tea Parties today.  One downtown that I attended, one at LaFortune Park, and one at Veteran’s Park in the evening.

The downtown event that I attended had about 300-400 people.  The event at Lafortune Park in Tulsa had thousands.  The Veteran’s Park event had hundreds.

The Tulsa downtown event was peaceful and chock full of patriotic Americans of all ages who are tired of the bailouts, spending, higher taxes, and the debt placed on our children.

Don’t be deceived by the media who don’t get it and those who choose only to attack the Tax Day Tea Parties of 2009–of which can only be dubbed as “historical” in nature.

Pics from the Tulsa Tea Party Downtown April 15, 2009:

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Patriotic:

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And Great Signs!

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The Crowd:

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There were hundreds of Tea Parties today…..check out info on some of the others:

Massive: Tax Day Tea Party USA

Nashville, Tennessee THOUSANDS attending

Miami, Florida

Dayton, Ohio – 7000-8000 attendees

Reston, Virginia – 500 attendees

Chicago, Illinois – 2000 attendees

Lansing, Michigan – 5000 attendees

San Antonio, Texas – 16,000 attendees

Just a sampling of the massive multiple-site protest that was held today….I venture to say it was “historic”!

This is just the beginning…..hear that Washington? 

Gee, I love the sound of protest in the mornin’!