The House will return to Washington next week to act on Medicaid and education funding for states.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced the news via Twitter, saying: “I will be calling the House back into session early next week to save teachers’ jobs and help seniors & children.”

Isn’t this always the way for the hapless Democrats, frame a discussion to play on the basis of emotions, I’m surprised Pelosi didn’t add something in for kittens and puppies.

A House leadership aide told The Hill the early return was discussed following the Senate’s vote Wednesday to move forward on the $26 billion package.

This is nothing short of pay-off to blue states which refuse to balance their budgets.  Illinois has been writing IOU’s for months and California is drowning in red ink. The fiscal irresponsibility of failing states falls directly on the shoulders of elected officials and agency chiefs.  Spending tax payers money is easy when you believe the flow is eternal, only one sin tax, property tax hike or federal government bailout away.  Like all government agencies, states seldom work from sound financial principles, instead they look at a budget, rub their hands together and start thinking of all the pie-in-sky projects and expenditures they can hoodwink into existence.

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Pelosi: Unemployment Benefits are a Job Creator

Posted by courage On July - 2 - 2010

Who knew that unemployment benefits created jobs?  Sometimes you just can’t make up the inane things that spill from elected officials mouths.

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“It creates jobs faster than almost any other initiative you can name.”I wonder if the Speaker also thinks that other programs are also “job creators?”  You know things like hmm say, food stamps and welfare; do they also create jobs?  Oh maybe she’s talking about creating government jobs to process the paperwork that goes along with various program.  Naw, that would make too much sense.

Senate Passes “Doctor Fix” … But We Passed Heath Care?

Posted by courage On June - 20 - 2010

Didn’t we just go through a year plus of health care reform?  You remember.. hearings broadcast daily on C-Span, television cameras filming every closed door meeting, Congress critters putting the interests of their constituents first.  What, you don’t remember this hoopla?  <snapping fingers> That’s right, I was thinking of an episode of the Twilight Zone.

During a town hall forum, I asked my non-representative Pete Visclosky why Dr. Fix was not included in the health care legislation?  Shouldn’t the payment to doctors for medical services provided under Medicare be a basic consideration in any health care “reform?”  Well, payment to doctors was not included in the “reform” law, imagine that.  In order to keep the final tally under $1 trillion, payment to doctors was conveniently forgotten.  But have no fear, on Friday the Senate passed “Dr. Fix.”

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Fascist Pelosi.. “We Want Your DNA”

Posted by courage On May - 21 - 2010

From CNET News:

Millions of Americans arrested for but not convicted of crimes will likely have their DNA forcibly extracted and added to a national database, according to a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.

By a 357 to 32 vote, the House approved legislation that will pay state governments to require DNA samples, which could mean drawing blood with a needle, from adults “arrested for” certain serious crimes. Not one Democrat voted against the database measure, which would hand out about $75 million to states that agree to make such testing mandatory.

“We should allow law enforcement to use all the technology available to them…to reduce expensive and unjust false convictions, bring closure to victims by solving cold cases, better identify criminals, and keep those who commit violent crime from walking the streets,” said Rep. Harry Teague, the New Mexico Democrat who sponsored the bill.

But civil libertarians say DNA samples should be required only from people who have been convicted of crimes, and argue that if there is probable cause to believe that someone is involved in a crime, a judge can sign a warrant allowing a blood sample or cheek swab to be forcibly extracted.

“It’s wrong to treat someone as guilty before they’re convicted,” says Jim Harper, director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute. “It inverts the concept of innocent until proven guilty.”

“Suspension of the rules is supposed to be for praising the winner of the NCAA championship or renaming Post Offices,” Harper says. “Things like collecting Americans’ DNA are supposed to be fully debated in Congress.”

In a surprise move, as the U.S. Congress was expanding the FBI’s DNA database, the U.K.’s new coalition government was pledging sharp curbs on its own databases.

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Why has this not been reported in the news media?  Currently, the feds can violate your rights under the 4th and 5th amendment with DNA collection through the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 signed by President Bush.  This new legislation creates an incentive for state and local governments to follow suit, cash bribes in the way of grant program money will be available for the agencies that sign up for the collection. If your local or state government chooses not to be party to this legalization, the feds will taking names.  For the moment there seems to be no penalty, but the future is always unclear with this administration. This legislation morphs “innocent till proven guilty” to “guilty till proven innocent and we now have your DNA.”

Where did your Congress critter stand on the issue, check here. For those in Indiana’s 1st Congressional  District, no fear our  fascist  non-representative Pete (I haven’t seen a pay-for-pay deal I didn’t like) Visclosky voted in favor of the legislation; as did all the lockstep Democrats.

If you don’t think this will affect you, think again.  As we have seen, the federal government takes small steps toward tyranny, in the name of creating an utopia society; the next step will be collection from those detained for non-serious crimes, then with driver license renewal, all in the name of keeping the nation safe.  That is how they operate, we have only a slightly thug government, more accurately described as a nanny state.  The ends justify the means and that tenet means trampling on your rights as a citizen is inconsequential as long as they get what they want; because they know whats best for you, your state and our society.  Make no mistake this is solely the first baby-step towards a national DNA data base, in the future they will point to cases which will validate this intrusion in to your life.

Why the use of some  parliamentary move to swiftly move this to the floor for a vote?  Was Congress afraid that IF the people knew about this legislation, a firestorm of letters and calls would ensue?

And a nagging question begs to asked… If the Republicans believe in the Constitution and the principles of freedom it embodies, why were they not screaming and having their voices heard?

This legislation has yet to come before the Senate, hopefully constitutional voices will finally be heard.

Those that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary safety deserve neither liberty or safety.   ~  Benjamin Franklin

I’ve already commented on Pelosi’s arrogant statement regarding the content of the health care bill after it is passed (here).   The American public was correct, when 80% of the people said that Congress doesn’t know what’s in the bill.  After all the hoopla and champagne sipping, it is now being reported that major aspects which the White House triumphed as being cornerstones to the bill are not there.  <gasp>  I know.. what they were wrong?  Didn’t they read the bill?  This should come as no surprise to anyone watching these keystone cops.

Washington— Hours after President Barack Obama signed historic health care legislation, a potential problem emerged. Administration officials are now scrambling to fix a gap in highly touted benefits for children.

Obama made better coverage for children a centerpiece of his health care remake, but it turns out the letter of the law provided a less-than-complete guarantee that kids with health problems would not be shut out of coverage.

Under the new law, insurance companies still would be able to refuse new coverage to children because of a pre-existing medical problem, said Karen Lightfoot, spokeswoman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee, one of the main congressional panels that wrote the bill Obama signed into law Tuesday.

However, if a child is accepted for coverage, or is already covered, the insurer cannot exclude payment for treating a particular illness, as sometimes happens now. For example, if a child has asthma, the insurance company cannot write a policy that excludes that condition from coverage. The new safeguard will be in place later this year.

Full protection for children would not come until 2014, said Kate Cyrul, a spokeswoman for the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, another panel that authored the legislation. That’s the same year when insurance companies could no longer deny coverage to any person on account of health problems.

Obama’s public statements have conveyed the impression that the new protections for kids were more sweeping and straightforward.

“This is a patient’s bill of rights on steroids,” the president said Friday at George Mason University in Virginia. “Starting this year, thousands of uninsured Americans with pre-existing conditions will be able to purchase health insurance, some for the very first time. Starting this year, insurance companies will be banned forever from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions.”

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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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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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In a fundraising e-mail to Democratic supporters, Pelosi said that the Democratic agenda is moving the country forward and the Democrats toward victory this fall.

“Republicans are in full-blown ‘spin mode’ attacking the president and claiming he has lost support,” she wrote. “But that is just hype and hyperbole. You and I know better — together we are moving America forward.” (emphasis mine)

Oh really?  I suppose she hasn’t been watching the most recent Rasmussen poll.  The President’s ratings are down, as are the polling numbers of many Democrat’s facing re-election this year.

This reminds me of mid-December comments made by the speaker:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has privately told her politically vulnerable Democratic members that they will not vote on controversial bills in 2010 unless the Senate acts first.

Hey Nancy, if you are not worried and all this is “hype and hyperbole” then why the drawback in the House?  Of course anyone with any sense knows why; as the agenda of this administration goes from the blank slate (Obama’s words) to concrete action the country is  concerned and those concerns translate in to votes.

The Dems thought “Teddy’s seat” in Massachusetts was a shoe-in, suddenly it has become the early 2010 election anyone interested in politics or the course of this nation is watching.  Even the wasted air space on MSNBC is seeing the writing on the wall…  Oh yes they are very worried about Scott Brown.

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As only this brand of Democrats seem able to do, Chicago thug politics rears its ugly head as a conservative newsreporter attempts to question  Martha Coakley after the debate with Scott Brown.  Why is it I see a continuing pattern of violence coming from the Democrats?  (this will be a future post)

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And how does Scott Brown answer the “Teddy’s seat” quip in the debate?

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And he is spot on.. the seat belongs to the  People !

Pelosi and the Democrat party refused to acknowledge the 9-12 March on DC where at least 1.5 million people took to the streets, they can ignore the rising tide of patriots in the country.. ignore it all.. but this I will promise, you have awoken a sleeping giant and WE-THE-PEOPLE are mad as hell and not taking it anymore !

March 11

We came on 9-12 and we will come again, whether by car, plane, bus or ballot box.  The American people will not sit idly by and let you a destroy the country !

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