Warning: This Is What Change REALLY Looks Like

March 24, 2010

 

They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little
temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
-  Benjamin Franklin

And they will most likely lose both, as one variation of the above quote suggests.

Not one to miss an opportunity to gloat, President Obama proudly proclaimed, “This Is What Change Looks Like,” upon the passage of the monstrous pile of crap known as HR 3590 (“Healthcare Reform”).

While the bulk of the septic ooze doesn’t actually kick in until 2014, the part that is shoved up the back-side of American workers and  businesses will, unfortunately, kick in soon in the form of higher taxes (both overt and hidden).  But what else can we expect from the crap sandwich foisted on us by the Democrats?

Tragically, there’s far more here than meets the eye.

As David Hogberg pointed out in an excellent piece at Investor.com, we may be about to live the above adage by Ben Frankin. Franklin nails it when you take the time to fully understand just how much of our liberty has been snatched with the passage of this one piece of legislation.

Hogberg provides us with a verified list of “20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms.”  Here’s a sample:

You are young and don’t want health insurance? You are starting up a small business and need to minimize expenses, and one way to do that is to forego health insurance? Tough. You have to pay $750 annually for the “privilege.” (Section 1501) [All emphasis mine]

You are young and healthy and want to pay for insurance that reflects that status? Tough. You’ll have to pay for premiums that cover not only you, but also the guy who smokes three packs a day, drink a gallon of whiskey and eats chicken fat off the floor. That’s because insurance companies will no longer be able to underwrite on the basis of a person’s health status. (Section 2701).

Read the whole thing.

The bill also nationalizes the student loan industry, as Stoutcat mentioned in a recent rant. If you haven’t yet read about that little slight-of-hand maneuver, be sure to do so.

It’s happening, folks. Obama’s silent revolution is here. It’s occurring before our very eyes. Freedom, as we know it, is being taken from us, and it’s being done without so much as a shot being fired.

Yet.

Gerry Ashley


First Ad For New Obamacare Plan

March 22, 2010

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Gerry Ashley


“This Is History”

March 22, 2010

 

Rep. Paul Ryan, from the House Floor last night. He hits so many nails square on the head that he’s practically built himself a house.

“We have seen this movie before, and we know how it ends…

“[T]he quest to reclaim the American ideal is not over. The fight to re-apply our founding principles is not finished. It is just a steeper hill to climb, and it is a climb that we will make.”

Clearly, Paul Ryan is one of those who hears us. Could he be a Presidential contender in 2012?

Stoutcat

H/T: @ErickaAndersen via Twitter


Vow to Remember

March 21, 2010

 

Vow to remember this coming November
The healthcare vote, and those who followed.
Vow to remember this coming November
When deals were made and Reps were yellow.
Vow to remember this coming November.
Vote out the Congress whose brains were fallow
Vow to remember, and if you remember,
Then follow.

Vow to remember each Rep on a bender
Got bribes galore without a bellow.
Vow to remember each Rep was a vendor
Of votes; with spines made up of Jell-o .
Vow to remember, and return to sender
Those Reps and that cesspool in which they wallow.
Vow to remember, and come this November,
Then follow.

Vote in November and let us remember,
A country free and proud and mellow.
Vote in November and always remember,
That pile of crap we had to swallow.
Vote in November and let us dismember
The Reps who betrayed us, and sold us hollow.
Vote in November–our hearts should remember
And follow.

UPDATE: Per the comments, this song of course is a take-off from “Try To Remember” from the longest-running musical ever, The Fantasticks.

Stoutcat


Q: Why Is A College Education Like Healthcare?

March 20, 2010

A. It’s not.

So why in the name of all that’s holy are we seeing provisions for taking over the college loan business, as well as disbursements to “historically black” colleges and “underrepresented students” in this abortion of a healthcare bill that may be foisted upon us before the Vernal Equinox?

John Leo, writing at Minding the Campus, mentions the racial preferences which are sprinkled liberally (hah!) throughout the bill, and in particular he makes reference to college and university funding (in a healthcare bill?):

Obamacare money for colleges is also aimed directly at predominately black and Hispanic schools. On its for-pay site, the Chronicle of Higher Education says: “The plan also includes $255-million a year to help historically black colleges, as outlined in the House bill. It includes $750-million over five years for College Access Challenge grants, which would support state efforts to enroll and graduate underrepresented students, down from $3-billion over 10 years in the earlier House version.”

“Obamacare money for colleges.” Cognitive dissonance? Oxymoron? Lapsus lingua? Nope, just the start of yet another government take-over. Because in the healthcare bill is also the provision to nationalize the college loan industry. The National Association of Scholars views this latest power grab with some concern:

“The health care bill that the Democrats hope to pass by “reconciliation” to avoid the normal Senatorial voting procedure is now being amended to include the administration’s Big Grab on federal student loans.  If this works, we will have one bill in which the federal government not only takes primary control of American health care but also simultaneously takes practical control of American higher education…

“Senator [Lamar] Alexander notes that DOE plans to borrow from the Fed at a 2.8 percent interest rate, lend to students at 6.8, and splurge with the difference with a massive new spending program.  He reports that the Congressional Budget Office has lowered the estimated savings from kicking out the private lenders from $87 billion to something like $47 billion.  Some 2,000 private lenders will be forced out of this business.  Services to students driven by industry competition will be eliminated in favor of typical federal bureaucratic “efficiency.”  And those “educators, engineers and computer scientists—the backbone of the new economy”?  They will be spending years longer and paying lots more to pay back loans that are actually being used to fund Congressmen’s favorite edu-pork programs.”

Borrowing at 2.8% and lending at 6.8%? Lower estimated savings than originally promised? Putting 2,000 private lending companies out of business? Sounds just like an Obama-sponsored, pork laden, Democrat spending spree. Heck, it’ll fit into the Obamacare bill slicker than a bucket of boiled okra.

As we get closer and closer to an actual vote, I’ll go back to Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and quote rule #9:

“The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

Usually, perhaps. But in this case, I must disagree. Nothing could be more terrifying than the actual passage of this abomination of a bill.

Stoutcat


Weekend Slaughter – Obamacare Climax Sunday?

March 19, 2010

Source: seraphicpress

We’ve got a big week-end in store for us. You’ve heard of the “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.” Well, now get ready for the “St. Patrick’s Day Week-end Slaughter.” Translation: If President Obama and the Democratic Congress have their way, by Monday, healthcare reform will be a done deal, compliments of the Slaughter Rule. In a very real sense, they are out to slaughter health care as we know it. And given some of the aspects of this bill, democracy itself is in serious danger.

They just ask you not to look at the method used to accomplish this goal. A lesser person might think something fishy is happening here.

They also want to assure you: There’s nothing to see here, folks… just keep moving along now.

Look, fellow citizens. It’s crunch time. This is the moment we’ve known was coming since before the B.O. Presidency began. It’s now or never. Contact your Senators and the Representatives–not just the one from your district, but all your state’s Reps. Let them know firmly but politely your views on not just the bill, but the sleight of hand used to accomplish it.  Track how your Senators and Representatives vote. And get ready to hit the ground running next week. Because there is a light at the end of the tunnel. And that light’s name is the United States Constitution.

With the support of Republican members of Congress,  radio talk show host Mark Levin (who is also an attorney and author of the best seller “Liberty and Tyranny”) is preparing a legal challenge to be filed the moment Obama signs this Obamanation into law.

And Levin, who is also President of the Landmark Legal Foundation, is just the man to lead this challenge. According to Wikipedia, Levin:

“…served as adviser to several members of President Ronald Reagan’s Cabinet, eventually becoming Associate Director of Presidential Personnel and ultimately Chief of Staff to Attorney General Edwin Meese

If you don’t already listen to his radio talk show, I urge you to do so, but also go to Levin’s web site as it is chock full of verified information which should reassure you we are on the right side of the issue and victory will ultimately be ours.

As the direct beneficiaries of the ultimate democracy in the world, it is paramount that We the People roll up our sleeves and show character approaching that of those who got us through World War II. There are some who say we no longer have that character. Sadly, to a large degree they are right. But we had better FIND that character in each of us. And the time is now. For if we don’t make a stand here and now, democracy, as this world knows it, will have been dealt a potentially lethal blow.  And the bloodshed it would take to re-establish any form of democracy anywhere in the world again would be nothing short of apocalyptic.

This is not the time to turn our heads away. It’s time to take our place on the battle lines. And when we defeat healthcare reform, we might just want to take a good hard look at Congressional Reform. Starting this fall.

UPDATE: Malkin weighs in, and hits a home run right off the bat:

If you cannot trust government’s numbers, you cannot trust government’s words. This is the lesson of the House Democrats’ desperate promotion of a phony-baloney, Congressional Budget Office analysis of their latest health care takeover package.

Gerry Ashley


ObamaCare: How We Got Here

March 18, 2010

 

…all in 90 seconds:

The National Republican Congressional Committee did a great job on this. Spread it around, and if you feel like it, send them a few bucks.

And just to remind you, this is how it’s supposed to work:

Stoutcat


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