Archive for March, 2010

Yesterday there was a rally sponsored by Northwest Indiana Patriots (NWIP) at the office of the NON-representative Pete Visclosky.

The weather was cold windy and at times sleet pelted the patriots as they braved Mother Nature.  Approximately 50+   turned out for the protest.  We arrived at around 10:50am and immediately bundled up and hit the street. By 11:15, Broadway in front of Pete’s office was lined with flags. Countless (meanings 100′s) thumbs-up signs from passing motorists, accompanied with horns hooking NO to OBAMACARE, which helped warm up the patriots as they voiced opposition against the tyranny of the federal government. Every person was in good cheer, sharing gloves, extra coats, signs and flags; along with excellent dialogue regarding the country, it was pure patriotism.

More pics and further thoughts at break:

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Health Care

Posted by courage On March - 21 - 2010

The last week has been one of frustration, with numerous posts begun only to lay unfinished in my draft box.  The news brought daily insult from the Democrats; they believe the American people to be fools.  Continually reporters are told that once the people see the health care legislation, code for them passing it, we will then understand how it will magically transform our lives.

I have written letters and called elected officials in Washington urging they start the process over, void of the shake-downs, shenanigans and bribes, requesting they taking small steps instead of giant leaps, asking why the payment for doctors is not included in the bill when any reasonable person knows this expense should be included.  Each office refuses to talk specifics about the bill, a memo early in the week from the Speakers office handed out talking points, foremost do NOT talk about specifics… mission accomplished.   I received emails back talking about how wonderful the legislation is and how it will help the country, everything vague, filled with rainbows.

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After laying the groundwork for a decisive vote this week on the Senate’s health-care bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested Monday that she might attempt to pass the measure without having members vote on it.

Instead, Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers “deem” the health-care bill to be passed.

The tactic — known as a “self-executing rule” or a “deem and pass” — has been commonly used, although never to pass legislation as momentous as the $875 billion health-care bill. It is one of three options that Pelosi said she is considering for a late-week House vote, but she added that she prefers it because it would politically protect lawmakers who are reluctant to publicly support the measure.

“It’s more insider and process-oriented than most people want to know,” the speaker said in a roundtable discussion with bloggers Monday. “But I like it,” she said, “because people don’t have to vote on the Senate bill.” (emphasis mine)

Pelosi’s statements become more insulting each day to the intellect of the American people, she believes WE-THE-People are simpletons and do not understand how this gigantic legislation will forever negatively alter health care as we know it in the United States.  NO lawmaker has yet seen this reconstructed bill, it is unavailable for the American public to read yet we have Congress critters like Pete (pay-for-play, Department of Justice investigation) Visclosky stating in emails to constituents that he will vote in favor of the bill.  How does this work?  How can ANY Congressperson state they will vote in favor of a bill that has not been scored by the Congressional Budget office and that they have not yet read?

I have recently heard people speak of “unintended consequences” of legislation that Congress is currently passing, such as the credit card reform act which allowed companies like Chase to up interest rates to almost 30%.  IF these in fact are “unintended,” then why has Congress NOT moved to swiftly pass legislation which would cap interest rates below which would be found by neighborhood loan sharks?  What?  These inept Congressional Reps didn’t know this would happen.. BS, almost immediately after passage of this supposed “reform” credit card companies began sending notices to card holders of rate increases.

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Richmond Times: Virginia’s General Assembly is the first in the nation to approve legislation that bucks federal health care reforms by banning mandatory health insurance coverage. Without debate, the House of Delegates voted 80-17 Wednesday to accept Senate amendments to a bill that supporters say preserves Virginia’s prerogatives as a state. Thirty-four other legislatures have filed or proposed similar measures rejecting health insurance mandates.

Will this trend continue?

h/t to Northwest Indiana Patriots (NWIP) for the link

Nothing could be easier.. a few quick minutes and you can email your legislator and fence sitting blue dogs, all at once.

Being a patriot.. being an American involves action, regardless of whether you believe your Representative will listen or not.

Take action today.. quick and easy…

On the top of Dennis Prager’s home page is a box which says, “Say No to Obamacare!”  Click the link and go for it…

Mass email sending at this link…  http://www.dennisprager.com/

Presidential Approval Rating

Posted by courage On March - 10 - 2010

First.. President Obama not only has won a Noble Peace Prize for.. for… ahhh.. for, well doing something I suppose.  He also can be given an award for the most appearance in TV during any Presidential year.. 158 to be exact.  Many of these appearances contained some mention of health care reform.. but Obama believes the American people just don’t quite understand the legislation.. yet.

Hey, if you would only hop on the Obama high-speed train to socialized medicine, everything would be honky-dory… really.. forget the doubts you have, forget the questions, forget worrying about whether how this will affect your household’s bottom line, forget that we have numerous Congress critters stating with no shame that they have yet to read the bill…none of this matters.

Apparently the American public is not buying the Utopian hope and change mantra.  Behind the smoke and mirrors which have been championed as health care “reform,” individuals are beginning to understand how this legislation will negatively affect their life and that of their loved ones.

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 22% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).

Forty-two percent (42%) of Democrats Strongly Approve while 72% of Republicans Strongly Disapprove. Among those not affiliated with either major political party, 17% Strongly Approve and 45% Strongly Disapprove.

Fifty-seven percent (57%) believe that passage of the proposed health care legislation will hurt the economy. Just 25% believe it will help.

My guess is the 25% who believe the health care legislation will help the economy are Pelosi supporters, who believe her factious claim of jobs created.

Sport Fishing Ban? Executive Order by the Arrogant

Posted by courage On March - 10 - 2010

Brown County Indiana

The Obama administration will accept no more public input for a federal strategy that could prohibit U.S. citizens from fishing some of the nation’s oceans, coastal areas, Great Lakes, and even inland waters.

This announcement comes at the time when the situation supposedly still is “fluid” and the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force still hasn’t issued its final report on zoning uses of these waters.

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“Now we see NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and the administration planning the future of recreational fishing access in America based on a similar agenda of these same groups and other Big Green anti-use organizations, through an Executive Order by the President. The current U.S. direction with fishing is a direct parallel to what happened in Canada with hunting: The negative economic impacts on hard working American families and small businesses are being ignored.

“In spite of what we hear daily in the press about the President’s concern for jobs and the economy and contrary to what he stated in the June order creating this process, we have seen no evidence from NOAA or the task force that recreational fishing and related jobs are receiving any priority.”

Consequently, unless anglers speak up and convince their Congressional representatives to stop this bureaucratic freight train, it appears that the task force will issue a final report for “marine spatial planning” by late March, with President Barack Obama then issuing an Executive Order to implement its recommendations — whatever they may be.

Led by NOAA’s Jane Lubchenco, the task force has shown no overt dislike of recreational angling, but its indifference to the economic, social and biological value of the sport has been deafening.

Additionally, Lubchenco and others in the administration have close ties to environmental groups who would like nothing better than to ban recreational angling. And evidence suggests that these organizations have been the engine behind the task force since before Obama issued a memo creating it last June.

As ESPN previously reported, WWF, Greenpeace, Defenders of Wildlife, Pew Environment Group and others produced a document entitled “Transition Green” shortly after Obama was elected in 2008. What has happened since suggests that the task force has been in lockstep with that position paper.

Then in late summer, just after he created the task force, these groups produced “Recommendations for the Adoption and Implementation of an Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes National Policy.” This document makes repeated references to “overfishing,” but doesn’t once reference recreational angling, its importance, and its benefits, both to participants and the resource.

Additionally, some of these same organizations have revealed their anti-fishing bias by playing fast and loose with “facts,” in attempts to ban tackle containing lead in the United States and Canada.

That same tunnel vision, in which recreational angling and commercial fishing are indiscriminately lumped together as harmful to the resource, has persisted with the task force, despite protests by the angling industry.

As more evidence of collusion, the green groups began clamoring for an Executive Order to implement the task force’s recommendations even before the public comment period ended in February. Fishing advocates had no idea that this was coming.

Collusion.. who would have thought?

Perhaps not so coincidentally, the New York Times reported on Feb. 12 that “President Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.”

Morlock fears that “what we’re seeing coming at us is an attempted dismantling of the science-based fish and wildlife model that has served us so well. There’s no basis in science for the agendas of these groups who are trying to push the public out of being able to fish and recreate.

“Conflicts (user) are overstated and problems are manufactured. It’s all just an excuse to put us off the water.”"Some of the potential policy implications of this interim framework have the potential to be a real threat to recreational anglers who not only contribute billions of dollars to the economy and millions of dollars in tax revenues to support fisheries conservation, but who are also the backbone of the American fish and wildlife conservation ethic,” said CSF President Jeff Crane.

Indeed, in Indiana the licenses required to hunt and fish remain the largest portion of revenue the state DNR procures to maintain state parks.  As an angler, I find this extremely disturbing.  Fishing not only provides food for the angler but also offers a spiritual renewal as she/he connects with nature.  Perhaps the President doesn’t understand this.. instead finding solace in the hard asphalt of community organizing?  Anglers understand the niravanic  state which transcend the stressors of daily life.  As the “green” movement moves to fulfill their agenda to “protect” the environment, they loose sight of how science has shown that fishing and hunting actual help create a more vibrant and healthy  environment for a particular species.  Anglers are some of the more environmentally conscious people I know, cherishing the Earth and the bounty she supplies; while greeners are about control, lacking commonsense in the interaction of this planet.

Are these the same greeners who left this mess on the Cpaital grounds after Obama’s inauguration?

From the Speakers website, remarks at the 2010 Legislative Conference for National Associations of Counties talking about the health care bill:

But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform.  Health insurance reform is about jobs.  This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon. (emphasis mine)

“Pass the bill to find out what is in it,” shouldn’t the people and our elected representatives KNOW the impact this bill bill will have on the lives of Americans?  Throughout the summer, town hall events were held and citizens continually asked elected officials about specific aspects to the various bills.. again and again the concerned populace was discarded, dismissed and treated with utter contempt.  Madam Speaker, we know what is in the health care bill, we have read the various versions, taking time away from loved ones, spending countless hours with our head swelling in disbelief over the audacity of public officials and wondering what in the Constitution grants Congress the mandate to require private citizens to buy anything from a public company solely on the basis that they breathe.

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