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Archive for 26 March 2009
President Barack Obama’s intelligence chief confirmed Thursday that some Guantanamo inmates may be released on US soil and receive assistance to return to society.
“If we are to release them in the United States, we need some sort of assistance for them to start a new life,” said National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair at his first press conference.
“You can’t just put them on the street,” he added. “All that is work in progress.”
Assistance? From whom? Do they expect us, YOU and I, to support them?
Just think….you can dial 911 while you’re taking care of business yourself.
Courtesy of Sharon.
This is despicable.
(CNN) — Erik Roberts, an Army sergeant who was wounded in Iraq, underwent his 13th surgery recently to save his right leg from amputation. Imagine his shock when he got a bill for $3,000 for his treatment.Army Sgt. Erik Roberts was badly wounded in Iraq with two comrades in April 2006.
“I put my life on the line and I was wounded in combat, and I came back and they’re not going to take care of my medical bills?”
It’s a level of outrage shared by his mother, as well as the doctor who performed the surgery.“It’s hard to understand why we’re not taking care of guys like Erik whose injuries are clearly related to their service. They deserve the best care of anybody,” said Dr. William Obremskey, an Air Force veteran and surgeon at Vanderbilt Orthopaedics in Nashville, Tennessee.“For him to be responsible for $3,000, I think, is a little ridiculous or is uncalled for, particularly in this situation.”
This is absolutely an outrage. And that’s not the end of it. According to the article, his PRIVATE insurance picked up the majority of the $90,000 in costs.
CNN on Wednesday contacted the office of Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Roberts’ home state of Ohio who serves on the Senate’s VA committee. Brown’s office had not heard of Roberts’ case, but immediately reached out to the soldier and alerted the VA about his situation.In less than 24 hours, the VA got back to CNN. “The VA will be paying the bill,” said VA spokesman Sean Nelson.
We are moving one step closer to socialism. Today Geithner is scheduled to announce “sweeping expansion of federal authority”. A rose by any other name is still a rose and socialism called “sweeping expansion of federal authority” is still socialism.
I get it, we need some oversight in the financial industries but complete government. control is not the right path. Dictating the salaries and limiting the risk that companies can take to benefit shareholders is an anathema to prosperity. Risk = reward. What they are proposing is nothing less than a government take over of private industry.
Read the rest here.
It’s about principles.
It’s OK for Republicans to want President Obama to fail if they think he’s jeopardizing the country, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told members of his political party Tuesday night.
Jindal described the premise of the question — “Do you want the president to fail?” — as the “latest gotcha game” being perpetrated by Democrats against Republicans.
“Make no mistake: Anything other than an immediate and compliant, ‘Why no sir, I don’t want the president to fail,’ is treated as some sort of act of treason, civil disobedience or political obstructionism,” Jindal said at a political fundraiser attended by 1,200 people. “This is political correctness run amok.”
Did the lefties get their knickers in a twist when James Carvelle stated he wanted Bush to fail? Of course not, because they certainly weren’t hoping for his success. The Democrats, the left, and the FAR moonbat left, did everything they could stop anything and everything that Bush proposed that made any sense. You must remember also, Congress voted FOR that war in Iraq, so I don’t wanna hear jack about that, ok? They continued to vote for the funds when they could have just said no.
So far, B. Hussein Obama has been a miserable failure. He is not a leader, he’s a campaigner. That’s what he does….he campaigns. Ok, so you got the job….now try doing it! I’ve never seen such incompetence, in the WHOLE administration. They look like a bunch of flipping butterflies, flitting from one flower to another. I still don’t see the attraction with him. He’s boring, and couldn’t give a straight answer to a straight question if someone was waterboarding him.
Yes, it is ok to hope Obama fails. That means his policies will fail, and he’ll be a one term president, if he isn’t impeached first. BUT, with the likes of Queen Nanny pulling more strings that she has the right to pull, we still have a major battle on our hands. If we could get HER out, we might have hope for REAL change.
For the record: I HOPE he does fail! Flat on his face. So far, he’s doing a pretty good of that, all on his own.
I think this is a very good idea, and one that should have been implemented years ago.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Want government assistance? Just say no to drugs.Lawmakers in at least eight states want recipients of food stamps, unemployment benefits or welfare to submit to random drug testing.
The effort comes as more Americans turn to these safety nets to ride out the recession. Poverty and civil liberties advocates fear the strategy could backfire, discouraging some people from seeking financial aid and making already desperate situations worse.
Those in favor of the drug tests say they are motivated out of a concern for their constituents’ health and ability to put themselves on more solid financial footing once the economy rebounds. But proponents concede they also want to send a message: you don’t get something for nothing.
“Nobody’s being forced into these assistance programs,” said Craig Blair, a Republican in the West Viginia Legislature who has created a Web site — notwithmytaxdollars.com — that bears a bobble-headed likeness of himself advocating this position. “If so many jobs require random drug tests these days, why not these benefits?”
I agree. Years ago when I lived in a not so nice area of Chicago, I saw people selling their food stamps, trading them for drugs, you name it. Now I know that there are people, particularly these days, who legitimately need assistance. I don’t have a problem with that. But I don’t think it’s too much to ask that those who are taking taxpayer dollars pass a drug test. I would go one step further and demand proof of citizenship to anyone who is seeking assistance from the US government.
….from The Morning Bell:
- Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner sent the dollar tumbling with comments about China’s ideas for overhauling the global monetary system, only to drive it back up by affirming that it should remain the world’s reserve currency.
- According to letter obtained by The Hill, liberal advocacy groups and lawmakers want more defense spending left behind.
- Of the eight issues Gallup tested for their annual environmental issues survey, not only did global warming come in last, but “global warming is the only issue for which more Americans say they have little to no concern than say they have a great deal of concern.“
- Despite almost no experience in the car business, the Obama Administration’s Auto Task Force is set to back more bailout loans for the U.S. auto industry.
- Chanting “OPD you can’t hide – we charge you with genocide” 60 people marched to condemn the Oakland Police and to honor cop killer Lovelle Mixon yesterday.
Does anyone else feel like they’ve fallen through the rabbit hole?