LAS VEGAS – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, seeking to console liberal activists who were disappointed by the final version of the national health care law, assured them that there would eventually be a public option.

“We’re going to have a public option,” Reid said. “It’s just a question of when.”

Is this a surprise to anyone?  And it only gets better (from a progressive standpoint,) worse if you are a freedom loving American.  Reid as well as most Democrats continually sing the mantra that Social Security is “not broke.”  A classic case of progressives altering the meaning of commonly held words to suit their twisted ideology.  Anyone paying the slightest bit of attention knows the federal government has been pillaging the “trust” fund for decades to pay for other budget items/programs.

During a question and answer session, Reid also argued against “fear tactics of those who say Social Security is going broke. It’s not.”

“Social Security is the most successful social program in the history of the world,” he said.

My own infamous Representative Pete-I-love-Pork-Visclosky has made the same exact statement during town hall forums.  There must be a Democratic handbook which offers these buffoons talking points in order to bamboozle the American people.  What the Democrats refuse to acknowledge is that social security is hemorrhaging for the first time this year.

A report from the Congressional Budget Office shows that for the first time in 25 years, Social Security is taking in less in taxes than it is spending on benefits.

I’m thinking many of you had already heard that concerning news.

The money, according to the Congressional Budget Office, will completely run out in 2039.  Allow me to remind you that the CBO  inherently under-reports cost analysis of government programs. When projecting future economic trends the CBO adjusts numbers based on the assumption of growth in the economy including increases in the workforce, increased taxation, and uses other variables none of which are based in concrete facts.

In 2005, for example, CBO projected that Medicare would cost $1.5 trillion in 2050. Two years later, in 2007, the same CBO projected that this cost would reach $2.8 trillion in 2050. And in 2009, it projected that the cost would be $3 trillion instead. In other words, the program’s projected cost doubled in four years.

Nothing the CBO states as fact can be relied on as to any future reality.  Notoriously  all of government has mislead the American people in cost analysis, because they cannot predict what will happen 2 years from now and any assumptions are purely speculation.

The Social Security “trust” fund is in BIG trouble, it’s time we face this fact and figure out what to do.  The Dems want you living in a false reality, because they do not believe the American people can grasp, understand and accept the truth.  It’s time they stop coddling and become stateswomen/men, displaying honest fact based concern for the people they are elected to represent.

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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Here it comes… who didn’t realize that taxes would be a result of the horrendous health care law they recently passed?  Tax paying citizens can only pay so much before their budget is spread so thin that it snaps… that snap is on the horizon, while the state is currently solvent this fact will become mute as million dollar burdens are hoisted on the backs of Hoosiers.  And Pete Visclosky, the pay-to-play transient resident from Indiana can take the blame for his part in all this.

INDIANAPOLIS | While the most costly provisions of federal health reform won’t take effect until 2014, state officials determined Indiana’s budget will pay a price starting this summer.

That’s because the new health law takes money from prescription drug rebates currently paid to state Medicaid programs and redirects those funds to the federal government.

As a result, Indiana will lose $25 million during the 2011 budget year, which begins in July, and as much as $400 million during the next decade, said Anne W. Murphy, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.  (emphasis mine)

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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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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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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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Congratulations, You May Soon Own a Cotton Plantation

Posted by courage On February - 17 - 2010

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What exactly are the House Democrats thinking passing the Castle Nugent National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2010?  Oh yes, these nitwits just passed a bill which spends $50 million dollars to purchase a cotton plantation; not just any old cotton plantation but one that  the exists in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Fiscal responsibility… sure when donkey’s fly.  In case you are wondering where your Representative came down on the bill, check here. For Hoosiers in the 1st Congressional District, yes Pete (I haven’t found a spending bill I won’t vote for) Visclosky voted for passage of this bill.

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I don’t care what the reason, it is appalling that the House thinks nothing of wasting tax dollars.  If the Gasperi family wanted to make sure this land was not developed then they could have sold it to private investors with a stipulation that the land was not developed.  Ahh, but that makes to much sense, instead they place us (tax payers) on the hook for $50 million plus annual maintenance fees of $1 million.

November can’t come fast enough.

Pete Visclosky Town Hall Forums

Posted by courage On January - 17 - 2010

Over the past week, Courage and One Nerve Left attended 3 of the 24 local town hall forums sponsored by Representative Pete Visclosky.  Each of the forums was scripted in the same manner; submit cards with questions for the Congressman, while he shuffles through the questions,  a local high academic 8th grader gives the bio of the Congressman.

The next 45 minutes Visclosky took the floor touting the wonderful things has done for the area; he is in full campaign mode with far too many “I” statements.  When he did direct statements toward the state of the nation he was quick to blame previous administrations; namely Bush.  This was predictable, given that the current crop of Dems can not seem to find anything but virtuous intent in their own actions.  The remaining 40 minutes or so was used to read and answer the questions which were submitted.  Often his answers would flow in to expanded rhetoric which only vaguely answered the original question and left the audience unsure of the reasoning.  This point was evident with the numerous times individuals in the audience would say right before he moved on to the next question, “you didn’t answer the question.”   After the second of these forums, it was obvious that he would not debate the merits of his positions which frustrated the audience and us.

Being proactive sort of people, prior to the third event we hastily wrote up a sheet called “We-The-People Speak: Rebuttal to previous town forums held by Representative Visclosky” and handed then out at the door of the event.  The sheet was based on previous statements which either went unchallenged during the event because they were offered during the 45 minute “I’m a great guy” beginning segment or statements which were either ignored or rhetorically tossed aside.

Here’s our rebuttal: With some minor corrections for clarity and typos,

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