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A Conservative solution to our health care problems is what is needed now I have heard people say.  Well there has been this Conservative solution since before Obamacare was forced thru the Congress by the Democrats who were in control of both houses and the Presidency.  These same Democrats who refused to allow any  Republican input at all during the drafting of this bill.  the same Democrats who refused to be bothered reading the 2000+ page bill that they passed without one Republican vote for it. If you check back on this blog site you will see the Republican plans and proposals that were submitted in both the House and the Senate that were never allowed by the Democrat leaders to see the light of day.  They were trash canned.  What we got stuck with is a so-called  Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) that we are now finding out is not at all affordable  for  the few people who have been able to get a look  at  the available plans on a web site set up to show these plans to people and allow them to enroll in and purchase insurance.   There  were,  we are now being told,  all of 6 people in the entire country who managed to enroll in Obamacare and purchase an insurance policy the first day before the site crashed and burned.  The same web site that cost $6 billion  and three years to get up and running but isn’t running at all.  The web site that was built by a Canadian company  but is now being fixed by what the President assures us are experts, or this same Canadian company.  Funny I thought the “experts” on the Internet and building programs for the Internet would be the very Americans who built the Internet in the first place.  Guess none of these people had a friend in the White House.  Or maybe they were willing to take less time and cost less money to build a web site that  probably would have worked almost as well as the Internet they built in the first place.  Ya think??  But no “friend” in the WH gets no contract.

The following letter is from Jim DeMint who outlines the Republicans and Conservatives Healthcare Plan that is affordable and available and more important, Constitutional.  Please check it out.  BB

The Conservative Alternative to Obamacare11/01/13Dear friends,We’ve been very critical of Obamacare because it’s hurting Americans. But that has caused some to ask, “What’s your alternative?”

The truth is, we’ve always had alternatives, but our critics weren’t ready to listen. Now, the disastrous rollout of Obamacare has a lot of people asking for alternatives to government-run health care. And conservatives are ready.

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With each passing day, it becomes clearer that Obamacare will not reduce premiums for average American families, bring down health care spending, or truly improve health care in this country. Instead, people are receiving notices from their insurance companies that their policies are being canceled or their premiums are skyrocketing.

At The Heritage Foundation, we are envisioning a health care system where you and your family come first.

What if you could choose and control your own health insurance? What if you could buy the insurance and health care services you want and need? What if your health insurance didn’t go away when you changed jobs?

The good news is, all of these things are possible. There can be life after Obamacare—and it doesn’t mean going back to the status quo that we had before. We can move ahead, taking the best health care system in the world and making it even better.

Our experts in the Center for Health Policy Studies have put together a new paper that explains how these conservative ideas work. It includes:

  • How we will help people with pre-existing conditions
  • How we will help you keep your health insurance when you change jobs
  • How we can lower costs and improve health care quality—no matter what your income is
  • How we can honor people’s faith and protect the right of conscience in health care

We are excited to share this set of commonsense solutions with you—not just because they are good public policy solutions, but because they bring hope. We have hope for life after Obamacare, and these policies would give you back control over your own health care.

Now that’s worth working toward. I hope you’ll join us.

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Jim DeMint

I have been getting wind of this for some time but never in detail so just sat on it waiting for a more official notice.  Heritage Foundation doesn’t report on rumors so here it is Dear Readers just what we tax payers have grown to expect from our government.  At this time I can only refer you to a statement by Thomas Jefferson.  (And for you purest I also included the source of Jefferson’s quote 🙂  since the last time I used a quote I  got all kinds of comments refuting the source I had given).

AUTHOR: Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)
QUOTATION: The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is it’s natural manure.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to William Stephens Smith, November 13, 1787.—The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, vol. 12, p. 356 (1955).

A related idea was later expressed by Bertrand Barère de Vieuzac in a speech to the French national assembly, January 16, 1793: “L’arbre de la liberté… croît lorsqu’il est arrosé du sang de toute espèce de tyrans (The tree of liberty grows only when watered by the blood of tyrants),” Archives Parliamentaires de 1787 à 1860, vol. 57, p. 368 (1900).

And much earlier Tertullian had said: “Plures efficimur quotiens metimur a vobis; semen est sanguis Christianorum (We multiply whenever we are mown down by you; the blood of Christians is seed),” Apology, trans. T. R. Glover, pp. 226–27 (1931).

NOW READ WHAT CONGRESS IS UP TO!   Sincerely, BB

 

Now Congress Wants to Exempt Itself from Obamacare

April 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm

 

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No argument for Obamacare’s repeal can top the simple fact that Members of Congress do not want it to apply to them.

Today’s Politico reports that the House and Senate congressional leadership—both Democrats and Republicans working in cahoots with Obama Administration officials—have been secretly negotiating for months trying to find a way to exempt Members of Congress and their staffs from being forced into Obamacare’s health insurance exchanges.

Beginning on January 1, 2014, these exchanges, to be run by the federal government or the states (under federal rules) will offer federally “qualified” insurance coverage for millions of Americans. Ordinary Americans must either sign up or face a tax penalty. Senator Max Baucus (D–MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has now famously described the Obama’s Administration’s implementation of this process as an oncoming “train wreck,” and Henry Chao, an Administration official involved with the implementation of the law, just hopes that Americans can avoid a “third-world experience.”

According to the Politico story, there are two major reasons why Members of Congress want to exempt themselves and their staffs from the terms and conditions of the law:

  1. They fear higher health care costs. Congressional leaders fear that being forced into the Obamacare exchanges will result in higher health care costs for themselves and their families and their aides. “The problem stems from whether members and aides set to enter the exchanges would have their health insurance premiums subsidized by their employer—in this case the federal government.” This is also true for millions of ordinary Americans. They could also lose their employer-based coverage, and they could also face higher costs. Also contrary to the President’s promises, independent analystsexpect health insurance premiums to rise sharply, particularly for younger workers and their families.
  2. They fear the impact on Capitol Hill employment. “There is concern in some quarters that the provision requiring lawmakers and staffers to join the exchanges, if it isn’t revised, could lead to a ‘brain drain’ on Capitol Hill, as several sources close to the talks put it.” Given the insane spending and record deficits, it’s hard to imagine how a Capitol Hill “brain drain” could produce even worse government. But ordinary Americans who run businesses are also faced with anxieties, particularly whether they will be able to hire or retain valued employees or reduce full-time workers to part-time employees in order to avoid Obamacare’s mandatory costs.

For veteran Capitol Hill watchers, shenanigans behind closed doors to enable Congress and its staffers to escape Obamacare come as no surprise. After all, the national health care law was fashioned through repulsive backroom dealing (the “Cornhusker Kickback,” the “Louisiana Purchase,” etc.) that set a record for arrogance and contempt of popular opinion. Favored businesses and unions got special exemptions (more than 1,200 waivers) from Obamacare’s insurance rules. So consider today’s Politico revelation just marquee for a rerun of a tiresome old movie: one set of rules for Congress and another set of rules for the rest of us.

If Congress quietly wants to exempt itself from Obamacare, that’s great—so long as it includes the rest of us in that midnight amendment.

(Remember Dear Reader that Obama has already exempted the labor unions and other cronies so why not themselves?!!~  these people are beyond repulsive IMO.  The Tea Party is revving up for the 2014 election with the theme to throw them all out and get decent people in Congress.  Unfortunately we stuck with Obama regardless of how many laws he breaks or how many impeachable offenses he commits because there is no way the first American Black President will be impeached.  But we can damned well change Congress! and put more sane conservative people in who will uphold our constitutional rights and govern as our country should be governed.  This means first repealing Obamacare, then Dodd-Frank and that is just a start of what needs done in Washington.  Things a decent and sincere  Copngressman or woman will do.  Sincerely, BB)

 

 

Articles: Republican Delusion is Obama’s All-Too-Secret Weapon.

Republicans are known RIGHTLY! for being adept at snatching defeat from victory.  Why this is so often baffles many of us, but this article in American Thinker has some serious answers and perhaps can serve as a warning to those of us who react in the ways outlined in the article.  It seems the most important and potentially devastating Republican characteristic in self-defeat is overly optimistic and willing to believe verbal please of innocence even against all evidence of past negative actions.  In other words: STOP BEING MR. NICE GUYS!  BB

If you have limited time for the Internet I suggest American Thinker be at the top of your list of sites to go to first.  Just run thru the titles of articles and choose those that appear to offer you the information you need and I promise you will remain or become well informed on national and international affairs.  BB

» House GOP’s Spending Record: So Far, So Good – Big Government.

Our newly elected Congressmen seem to have gotten the message from we the people and are busy finding and exposing a few of the huge pool of ineffective spending by our federal government.  The problem is the Old Dogs both Republican and Democrat.  It will be interesting to see which one wins this battle of wills.  the next month or two are important because  several spending bills,the budget and debate over whether or not to raise the debt ceiling are on the agenda.  If the new guys are to have a fighting chance they need your help: make those phone calls and send those emails.  (TIP:  Congressional staffers  reported that those blanket emailing where everyone uses the same wording have the least impact. So write your own email message.  It can be brief as: Do Not raise the Debt Ceiling., or   Do not bail out any cities or states with federal tax money.  In fact brief and to the point is better.   BB

House GOP’s Spending Record: So Far, So Good

by Robert Bluey

Republicans have controlled the House for little over a month, but so far the record is clear: The new GOP majority is living up to its promise to cut spending.

In the first four weeks of the 112th Congress, Republicans have passed legislation that cuts spending by $656 billion without a single spending increase.

The conservative Republican Study Committee’sMoney Monitor, (you might want to subscribe to this newsletter.  BB)  the only document tracking the cost of bills as they pass the House, has the data. It shows:

  • $541 billion in mandatory spending cuts.
  • $115 billion in authorized spending cuts (subject to appropriation).
  • $770 billion in tax cuts.

Those figures stand in stark contrast to the previous Congress, when the Democrat-controlled House enacted $682 billion of new spending in just the first four weeks.

Of course, Republicans face a high hurdle to enact many of their cuts with Democrats controlling the Senate and President Obama in the White House. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying.

The GOP’s cuts includerepeal of Obamacareand YouCut-related bills such as theStop the Over Printing Act and elimination of the presidential campaign fund.

Expect more next week when Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the RSC (Republican Study Committee),will offer several amendmentsto the fiscal 2011 continuing resolution. Conservatives maintain the GOP should cut a full $100 billion in non-security spending. The proposal released last weekby House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) includes $58 billion in discretionary spending, plus another $16 billion in security spending.

Since the Debt Ceiling debate is coming up very soon and the Old Dog Republicans, Democrats and Obama are all for raising the debt ceiling  the newbie Republicans in the House  are up against it here.  Passing this one bill would have taken care of the argument that the honor of the United States is at stake.  It is a simple law and perhaps that is the problem: it is too sane for our Congressmen to understand!

RSC Members Introduce Bill to Prevent a Default on the Debt

Washington, Jan 26

Led by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC), and Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), RSC members have introduced H.R. 421, the Full Faith and Credit Act.  In the event the statutory debt ceiling is reached, this legislation would direct the United States Treasury to prevent a default by paying principal and interest due on debt held by the public before making any other payments.  The bill has also been introduced in the Senate by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA).

“The ‘full faith and credit’ of the United States should not hang in the balance on every adjustment to the national debt limit,” said Rep. McClintock.  “States protect their credit by pledging first call on revenues to their debts and so should the federal government.  After all, before you can ‘provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty,’ you have to be able to finance them.”

“A pitiful scare tactic already being used by the Treasury Secretary in the debt ceiling debate is the threat of allowing the federal government to default on its obligations,” said Chairman Jordan.  “This is government mismanagement at its worst.  Secretary Geithner knows full well that he has the authority to prioritize federal spending so that default is not an option.  This bill will take Secretary Geithner’s disastrous scenario completely off the table.”

“America’s sterling credit rating is vital to our future prosperity,” said Rep. Foxx.  “This bill offers a simple safeguard to protect our credit and prevent a sovereign debt crisis.  It’s the sort of common sense solution that we can easily put in place without wading into the debate over raising the debt ceiling.”

“This important piece of legislation ensures America’s debt rating and the threat of default on our debt cannot be used as political weapons.  This bill will remind the markets and the world that America will never default on its debt while giving Congress time to have a meaningful, reasonable discussion about how to rein in out-of-control spending and prevent our country from sliding further into debt,” remarked Rep. Garrett.

I listened to The One and Only Obama for all of 15 minutes.  I know it was 15 minutes because I set my rooster shaped timer to force myself to listen at least 15 minutes.  And it did force me because I was ready to shut off the WTF  stuff (I won’t use foul language because I still remember my Mom’s soap from when I was five and copied my cousin) but I can darn well think it and that is exactly what I thought of this moron’s State of the Union Address. It was so bad that I KNOW it gave me the flu because I have been sick since!

Even tho I was feeling queezy from an overdose of Obama I still  made it a point to  listen to Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Michelle Bachmann.  Thank God we have people in congress like these two.  Please God allow there to be enough of them to save us.

Here is the video and written words of Rep. Paul Ryan.   I give you both because if you are like me you get more from the written word even after hearing the dialog.  🙂    If you don’t care to listen to or read Ryan please page down and read again what Michelle Bachmann said. It’s important that we understand where we are today and where the Republicans we elected in November need to try to take us tomorrow.BB

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Rep. Paul Ryan: ‘Our nation is approaching a tipping point’

January 25, 2011 |  5:36 pm

Wisconsin Republican representative Paul Ryan

Response to the State of the Union by Rep. Paul Ryan, as provided by Republican Party leadership

Good evening. I’m Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin – and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.

President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber.

Earlier this month, President Obama spoke movingly at a memorial event for the six people who died on that violent morning in Tucson. Still, there are no words that can lift the sorrow that now engulfs the families and friends of the fallen.

What we can do is assure them that the nation is praying for them; that, in the words of the Psalmist, the Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds; and that over time grace will replace grief.

As Gabby continues to make encouraging progress, we must….

…keep her and the others in our thoughts as we attend to the work now before us. Tonight, the President focused a lot of attention on our economy in general – and on our deficit and debt in particular.

He was right to do so, and some of his words were reassuring. As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, I assure you that we want to work with the President to restrain federal spending.

In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress’s own budget. And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs.

The reason is simple.

A few years ago, reducing spending was important. Today, it’s imperative. Here’s why.

We face a crushing burden of debt. The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead.

On this current path, when my three children – who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old – are raising their own children, the Federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay.

No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country.

Frankly, it’s one of my greatest concerns as a parent – and I know many of you feel the same way.

Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years. No one person or party is responsible for it.

There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.

Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic…….. growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt.

The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies – an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus.

All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.”  Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.

Then the President and his party made matters even worse, by creating a new open-ended health care entitlement.

What we already know about the President’s health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have. Job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandates and fees.

Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates.  Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers.  The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree – and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.

Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.

Health care spending is driving the explosive growth of our debt.  And the President’s law is accelerating our country toward bankruptcy.

Our debt is out of control.  What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.

We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.

And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do.

Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified – especially when it comes to spending.  So hold all of us accountable.

In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget. Last year – in an unprecedented failure– Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked.

We owe you a better choice and a different vision.

Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you – to show you how we intend to do things differently … how we will cut spending to get the debt down… help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs. If we act soon, and if we act responsibly, people in and near retirement will be protected.

These budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they’re also about the purpose of government.

So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us.  They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.

We believe government’s role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense …  to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.

Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well.  It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.

The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.

Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten – along with record deficits and debt – to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.

We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end.  We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.

Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won’t work now.

We need to chart a new course.

Speaking candidly, as one citizen to another:  We still have time… but not much time.  If we continue down our current path, we know what our future will be.

Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody.

Their day of reckoning has arrived. Ours is around the corner.  That is why we must act now.

Some people will back away from this challenge.  But I see this challenge as an opportunity to rebuild what Lincoln called the “central ideas” of the Republic.

We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper.  Under this approach, the spirit of initiative – not political clout – determines who succeeds.

Millions of families have fallen on hard times not because of our ideals of free enterprise – but because our leaders failed to live up to those ideals; because of poor decisions made in Washington and Wall Street that caused a financial crisis, squandered our savings, broke our trust, and crippled our economy.

Today, a similar kind of irresponsibility threatens not only our livelihoods but our way of life.
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We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity.  And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.  That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington.

Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.

These are not easy times, but America is an exceptional nation.  In all the chapters of human history, there has never been anything quite like America.  The American story has been cherished, advanced, and defended over the centuries.

And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.

Thank you and good night.    ####

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And if you missed Rep. Michelle Bachmann here she is.  Some have said she should not have spoken and tried to upstage Rep. Ryan, but I don’t agree because Rep. Ryan was speaking for the Republican party Old Dogs and maybe the new dogs too  (I don’t trust the Old Dogs just see what they let go of during the lamb duck session!).  Rep. Michelle Bachmann was speaking for We the People.  She didn’t soft soap or beg; the lady stated the cold hard facts of where our nation stands today. BB

Rep. Michele Bachmann reply for the Tea Party

Rep. Michele Bachmann of the Tea Party: ‘We bought a bureaucracy that tells us which lightbulbs to buy’

January 25, 2011 |  9:12 pm

Republican representatives Michele Bachmann and Speaker John Boehner 1/11

Remarks by Rep. Michele Bachmann following the State of the Union, as provided by the Tea Party Express

Good evening, my name is Congresswoman Michele Bachmann from Minnesota’s 6th District.

Two years ago, when Barack Obama became our President, unemployment was 7.8 percent and our national debt stood at what seemed like a staggering $10.6 trillion dollars.

We wondered whether the President would cut spending, reduce the deficit and implement real job-creating policies.

Unfortunately, the President’s strategy for recovery was to spend a trillion dollars on a failed stimulus program, fueled by borrowed money.

The White House promised us that all the spending would keep unemployment under 8 percent.

Not only did that plan fail to deliver, but within three months the national jobless rate spiked to 9.4 percent. And sadly, it hasn’t been lower for 20 straight months. While the government grew, we lost more than 2 million jobs.

Let me show you a chart.

Here are unemployment rates over the past ten years. In October 2001, our….

…national unemployment rate was at 5.3 percent. In 2008 it was at 6.6 percent. But, just eight months after President Obama promised lower unemployment, that rate spiked to a staggering 10.1 percent.

Today, unemployment is at 9.4 percent with about 400,000 new claims every week.

After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the $410 billion spending bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have.

But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.

Deficits were unacceptably high under President Bush, but they exploded under President Obama’s direction, growing the national debt by an astounding $3.1 trillion-dollars.

What did we buy?

Instead of a leaner, smarter government, we bought a bureaucracy that tells us which light bulbs to buy, and which will put 16,500 IRS agents in charge of policing President Obama’s healthcare bill.

Minnesota Republican representative Michele Bachmann ObamaCare mandates and penalties will force many job creators to stop offering health insurance altogether, unless yours is one of the more-than-222 privileged companies or unions that has received a government waiver. (That is a waiver FROM USING AND FOLLOWING Obamacare dictates!    The Congress and President and  all the lucky union members can keep what they have and are exempt from Obamacare.  but We the People who pay the taxes must take what we are forced to take.  and if that is not enough you might remember that in the GM deal the President and Democrats in Congress even agreed to have us the tax payers pay for the health care insurance and retirement of the United Auto Workers union members working for GM.  BB)  ARE you mad yet?  )

“In the end, unless we fully repeal ObamaCare, a nation that currently enjoys the world’s best healthcare may be forced to rely on government-run coverage that will have a devastating impact on our national debt for generations to come.

For two years President Obama made promises just like the ones we heard him make tonight. Yet still we have high unemployment, devalued housing prices and the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing.

Here are a few suggestions for fixing our economy:

The President could stop the EPA from imposing a job-destroying cap-and-trade system. (Congress would not allow this so the President is getting his way with his Czars and thru regulations under the various departments!  He is also using his hidden from the public Presidential Degrees to do so much harm.  these are the tactics of a dictator not a President of the United States.  BB)

The President could support a Balanced Budget Amendment.

The President could agree to an energy policy that increases American energy production and reduces our dependence on foreign oil. (He could lift the ban he place on drilling in the Gulf and in Alaska while at the same time giving your tax dollars to Mexico to drill in the Gulf.  He also gave your money to Brazil and its dictatorship for their drilling in the Atlantic off their coasts. BB)

The President could also turn back some of the 132 regulations put in place in the last two years, many of which will cost our economy $100 million or more. (This while allowing his favored General Electric to produce incandescent light bulbs overseas while closing their light bulb plants here in the United States!  BB)

And, the President should repeal ObamaCare and support free market solutions like medical malpractice reform and allow all Americans to buy any healthcare policy they like anywhere in the United States.

We need to start making things again in this country, and we can do that by reducing the tax and regulatory burdens on job creators.

America will have the highest corporate tax rate in the world. Look no further to see why jobs are moving overseas.

But, thanks to you, there’s reason to hope that real spending cuts are coming. Last November you went to the polls and voted out big-spending politicians and you put in their place men and women with a commitment to follow the Constitution and cut the size of government.

I believe that we are in the early days of a history-making turn.

Please know how important your calls, visits and letters are to the maintenance of our liberties. Because of you, Congress responded and we are starting to undo the damage that’s been done.

We believe in lower taxes, a limited view of government and the exceptionalism of America. And I believe America is the indispensible nation.

Just the creation of this nation was a miracle. Who’s to say that we can’t see a miracle again?

The perilous battle that was fought in the Pacific, at Iwo Jima, was a battle against all odds, and yet the image of the young G.I.s in the incursion against the Japanese immortalizes their victory. These six young men raising the flag came to symbolize all of America coming together to beat back a totalitarian aggressor.

Our current debt crisis we face today is different, but we still need all of us to pull together. We can do this.

And that’s the hope we hold tonight as Americans. We will push forward to reclaim the greatness of our country and to proclaim the liberty upon which we were founded.

And we will do so because we the people will never give up on this great nation.

God bless you, and God bless America.    ####

 

 

Debt-Ceiling Debate – Andrew Stiles – National Review Online.

The most important issue before Congress is not health care or jobs but the Debt Ceiling!  If Obama and his fiends are given more money then the jig is up for the United States.  Our law makers must not allow this to happen.  Make the cuts to keep within the amount of money coming into the government every day and then make the cuts to get us back in the black.

Any deals made with Obama and the Democrats can be and WILL BE broken the moment they have been given another piggy bank to raid.

Pay close attention to the comments by the  politicians  in this article and it will tell you exactly who not to vote for in 2012.  I am assuming there will still  be the “show” of a national election ion 2012 but if Obama gets more power now it is a fact that he will win the  “for looks” election in 2012.   It all depends on what our new elected Republicans can get the old dogs to do.  Get on the phone people!  If your congressman comes home see him at his office face to face with as large a group as possible and let him know you meant NO MORE SPENDING (that is also what Obama will call “investing” in our country.)

Be sure to go to the articles (Blue print) that the author recommends seeing.  BB

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January 24, 2011 4:00 A.M.

Debt-Ceiling Debate
Republican lawmakers and presidential hopefuls debate the best approach to the debt ceiling.

There has been a lot of discussion recently about how Republicans, fresh off their monumental victory in the midterms, should approach the impending vote to raise the federal debt limit. It was reportedly a hot topic at the Republicans’ annual retreat in Baltimore. There has also been a considerable amount of nuance in the debate. For example, few politicians who say they’re “against” raising the debt ceiling actually mean it in the purest sense. Rather, the emerging consensus among GOP lawmakers is that Republicans should use the debt-ceiling vote as a “leverage moment” by agreeing to raise the debt limit, but only in return for serious concessions from congressional Democrats and the Obama administration, namely in the form of spending cuts.  (This is so much BS People!  BB)

White House officials, on the other hand, have denounced the “insanity” of “playing chicken” with the debt limit and have warned of the “catastrophic” consequences that would result if the ceiling isn’t raised. They argue that failing to increase the debt limit would cause the United States to default on the national debt. But not all Republicans agree with that assessment.

Potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates are divided on what to do about raising the debt ceiling — running the gamut from “absolutely not” to “yes, but only if . . . ,” and everywhere in between. Here’s a look at what some of them have had to say on the matter.MICHELE BACHMANN
Bachmann, along with Rep. Ron Paul (R., Texas), is one of the few Republicans in Congress to vocally oppose raising the debt ceiling under any circumstances. In a recent op-ed, she wrote that the upcoming vote is “one of the most significant challenges” facing the 112th Congress.

“Congress simply cannot continue to operate under the pretense of ‘gangster government,’ raising the limit upon our whim,” she said. “We aren’t going to find financial stability by allowing ourselves to fall further down the rabbit hole.” Instead of “giving ourselves an excuse to delay the inevitable” by raising the debt ceiling, Bachmann says, Congress should start to cut spending immediately.  (Bachmann is a very smart lady and should be listened to  but the old dog Republicans have done everything they can to push her to the side lines.  Get behind her 100%.  BB)


HALEY BARBOUR
The Mississippi governor echoes the GOP consensus position. “I think [the debt ceiling] should be [raised],” he said in an interview with Fox News. “America would suffer enormous consequences.” Still, he urged Republicans to “use the debt ceiling as a tool” to bring down spending through forced concessions.

This is a tool to get spending cuts,” he said. “To make the Left and anybody else understand [that] the debt ceiling is going to go up [only] when we have a plan that puts us on a path and doesn’t just say we’re going to do something, but starts making the cuts.”  (Let us just leave this damned fool in Mississippi!  BB)

 

JOHN BOLTON
The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations predicts a “war of nerves” between Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration over the upcoming vote. In a statement to NRO, Bolton said that contrary to the “disinformation” coming from the White House, refusing to raise the debt ceiling need not entail default. For instance, Republicans could pass short-term resolutions to keep the government funded, or simply vote to raise the debt ceiling in smaller increments, which would increase pressure on the president to make a deal. (This might be a possibility.  Have the Republicans who have forever been stupid in the past stay the course and win the battle?  BB)

“The responsible Republican position is that there will be no default on the national debt, and there will be no government shutdown,” he says, adding that Republicans should refuse to raise the debt ceiling “until the Obama administration agrees to binding commitments to reduce government domestic spending back to fiscal-year 2008 levels, if not even earlier if we can do so.”

 

JIM DEMINT
In a statement to NRO, the South Carolina Republican says he will “continue to oppose any effort to increase the debt limit.” In fact, he says he’ll filibuster the vote “unless the Senate passes a constitutional amendment to force Congress to balance the budget without raising taxes.”Furthermore, DeMint doesn’t buy the administration’s doomsday rhetoric. “Those who say the sky will fall if we don’t increase the debt limit,” he says, “fail to recognize that the sky is already falling with all this reckless debt and uncontrolled spending.” (Stick with Demint!  BB)


NEWT GINGRICH
A spokesman says the former House speaker believes the debt ceiling “should be raised only if it is accompanied by significant spending cuts.”MIKE HUCKABEE The former Arkansas governor has urged Republicans to challenge President Obama over comments he made back in 2006. Then-senator Obama said that raising the debt limit was a “sign of leadership failure.”

“What the Republicans need to do is to not become the bad boys, but to simply take the president at his word, and say, ‘Mr. President, we certainly don’t think you’ve made this radical a change in just a few years, so we’re going to take you up on it. You were right then. Rarely do we think you’re right, but by golly, we think you’re right this time. We’re going to do what you suggested,’” he said in an interview with Fox News.  (Let’s allow the Newt to continue teaching at the universities with the other “thinkers” and not “doers”.  BB)

 

GARY JOHNSON
“Governor Johnson [the former governor of New Mexico] is opposed to increasing the debt ceiling,” a spokeswoman tells NRO. “Here’s why: One of the reasons for our outrageous deficits is the fact that debt ceilings haven’t been taken seriously in the past — and they need to be. If by not raising the debt ceiling, it precipitates serious spending cuts in Congress, then that’s a good thing.”


SARAH PALIN
In an appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Palin said her position was likely to “get some people all wee-weed up.” (She was right.) The former Alaska governor denounced the administration’s request to raise the debt limit and pointed to President Obama’s past comments — that raising the debt limit was a sign of “failed leadership” and “weakens us domestically and internationally.” She argued that by supporting a debt increase now, Obama was “hell-bent on weakening America.”

“What Obama is doing [is] purposefully weakening America because he understood that debt weakens America . . . and yet now he supports increasing debt,” she said.  (Sarah is my pick for president 2012 and I think she can win.  she doesn’t have the “intellectuals” but she is talking the talk of the man on the street.  All we have to do is get that man on the street mad enough to go vote and if he doesn’t have a job by 2012 he will.  BB)

 

RON PAUL
Paul’s position shouldn’t come as a surprise. On raising the debt limit, he falls in the “No, not under any circumstances” category. He has said the vote on the debt ceiling will be “an interesting litmus test” for the new Republican majority, specifically for freshman members closely tied to the Tea Party.

“If the new Congress gives in to establishment pressure and media alarmism about ‘shutting down the government’ by voting to increase the debt ceiling once again, you will know that the status quo has prevailed,” he wrote in an op-ed. “You will know that Congress, despite the rhetoric of the midterm elections, is doing business as usual.”  (Really he is wrong here because raising the debt ceiling will not mean “doing business as usual” at all, it means Obama and the Communist have won the game.  Stalin said that communist would crush America without firing a shot and this vote will be that non-shot. BB)


TIM PAWLENTY
In a recent Washington Postop-ed, the former Minnesota governor urges Congress to refuse to raise the debt limit in order to “force hard choices now” on spending. But Pawlenty goes one step further, arguing for “dramatic” reforms to entitlements in addition to discretionary spending cuts.He says the White House is offering a “false choice between more debt and default.” If Congress enacts significant spending cuts and passes a law directing the Treasury to “sequence” and “prioritize” its debt payments, then default can be avoided. This, he argues, would be “only the beginning” of a larger argument over federal spending, debt, and entitlements. He thinks Washington should try what he did in Minnesota: “Set some priorities, and then cut funding for just about everything else.”   (He is looking good for President too.  BB)

 

MIKE PENCE

Conservatives in Congress will not support an increase in the debt ceiling unless it is married to very real and significant reductions in spending in the short term and in the long term,” said Pence. “This country’s going broke. We’ve got to use the leverage of the debt-ceiling vote to demand that this administration and what remains of Democratic leadership in the House and the Senate work with us to change the fiscal direction of this country.”  (Another old dog who is still playing the DC game.  Let him hand around but certainly don’t put any stock in him.  BB)

 

JOHN THUNE
“The best way forward would be for President Obama and Senate Democrats to agree to spending cuts and budget reforms,” Thune said in a statement to NRO.  (I was disappointed with this response from Thune as he was beginning to show me something.  Guess we can just let him go back to the woods.  BB)


Republicans will be taking their cue from President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. Depending upon what the president says, we could see a clearer strategy begin to materialize. Either way, the vote will be a crucial political test for the GOP as it begins to make its case for the White House in 2012, whoever the nominee may be.

— Andrew Stiles is a 2011 Franklin Fellow.

Tea Party Rep. Refuses Congressional Health Plan | The Blaze.

This is a start towards restoring our government; may it continue in full force.  BB

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From The Blaze:

A newly-elected GOP Rep. announced that he is refusing the congressional health insurance plan in a show of solidarity with the American people.

Rep-elect Joe Walsh (R-IL) told the New York Times that he will stick to his Tea Party roots and decline the government health care provided to members of congress.

“I don’t think congressmen should get pensions or cushy health care plans,” he said. But it‘s a decision that’s not being welcomed by everyone in his family. Walsh’s wife has a pre-existing medical condition, and she’ll now be charged with the difficult task of finding a plan on the open market.

Walsh joins two other Republicans in declining the government’s health plan. So far, incoming Reps. Bobby Schilling (IL) and Mike Kelly (PA) have made similar decisions.


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