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Archive for October 2009
I just love my church. I can’t say it any stronger than that! Today was our Fall Festival and I took a few shots of some of the great folks who were there to share a beautiful, yet chilly, afternoon. In no particular order, other than they came out that way.
Yes, in case you were wondering….that IS an outdoor kitchen. So cool!
While spending time with my fellow church members this beautiful afternoon for our annual Fall Festival, evidently a comment showed in my ‘pending’ pile. Now, I’m usually fairly easy going, and will approve most all comments, even if I don’t agree with the commenter. There are exceptions however, and the one I had waiting for me falls into those exceptions.
While you’re at it, just remember, there aren’t a whole lot of secrets on the internet.
Republican state Assemblywoman Dierdre Scozzafava has suspended her campaign for upstate New York’s 23rd Congressional seat, leaving Democratic nominee Bill Owens and Conservative Party nominee Doug Hoffman in the race that will conclude Tuesday, Fox News has confirmed.
The move comes on the heels of a new poll that showed Scozzafava had fallen behind her two competitors in a race too close.
The Siena College poll has Owens picking up 36 percent of the vote, while Hoffman has 35 percent. Scozzafava has 20 percent, with nine percent of voters undecided.
Let’s just hope that those who were behind Scozzafava will throw their weight behind the REAL conservative in this race! And that includes Newt Gingrich, although I’m not real sure he’ll be able to recover from his little song and dance. I rather hope he doesn’t. The Republican Party needs REAL conservatives, not the wishy washy type…aka RINO!
Page 94—Section 202(c) prohibits the sale of private individual health insurance policies, beginning in 2013, forcing individuals to purchase coverage through the federal government
Page 110—Section 222(e) requires the use of federal dollars to fund abortions through the government-run health plan—and, if the Hyde Amendment were ever not renewed, would require the plan to fund elective abortions
Page 111—Section 223 establishes a new board of federal bureaucrats (the “Health Benefits Advisory Committee”) to dictate the health plans that all individuals must purchase —and would likely require all Americans to subsidize and purchase plans that cover any abortion
Page 211—Section 321 establishes a new government-run health plan that, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group, would cause as many as 114 million Americans to lose their existing coverage
Page 225—Section 330 permits—but does not require—Members of Congress to enroll in government-run health care
Page 255—Section 345 includes language requiring verification of income for individuals wishing to receive federal health care subsidies under the bill—while the bill includes a requirement for applicants to verify their citizenship, it does not include a similar requirement to verify applicants’ identity, thus encouraging identity fraud for undocumented immigrants and others wishing to receive taxpayer-subsidized health benefits
Page 297—Section 501 imposes a 2.5 percent tax on all individuals who do not purchase “bureaucrat-approved” health insurance— the tax would apply on individuals with incomes under $250,000, thus breaking a central promise of then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign
Page 313—Section 512 imposes an 8 percent “tax on jobs” for firms that cannot afford to purchase “bureaucrat-approved” health coverage ; according to an analysis by Harvard Professor Kate Baicker, such a tax would place millions “at substantial risk of unemployment”—with minority workers losing their jobs at twice the rate of their white counterparts
Page 336—Section 551 imposes additional job-killing taxes, in the form of a half-trillion dollar “surcharge,” more than half of which will hit small businesses ; according to a model developed by President Obama’s senior economic advisor, such taxes could cost up to 5.5 million jobs
Page 520—Section 1161 cuts more than $150 billion from Medicare Advantage plans, potentially jeopardizing millions of seniors’ existing coverage
Page 733—Section 1401 establishes a new Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research; the bill includes no provisions preventing the government-run health plan from using such research to deny access to life-saving treatments on cost grounds, similar to Britain’s National Health Service, which denies patient treatments costing more than $35,000
Page 1174—Section 1802(b) includes provisions entitled “TAXES ON CERTAIN INSURANCE POLICIES” to fund comparative effectiveness research, breaking Speaker Pelosi’s promise that “We will not be taxing [health] benefits in any bill that passes the House,” and the President’s promise not to raise taxes on families with incomes under $250,000
If you would like to read the entire 1,990 pages yourself, you can find the legislation here. (.pdf)
Courtesy of Mike Pence via Facebook.
Is The Cost of Freedom Too High? Totalitarian Socialism is Much Cheaper!
by J. D. Longstreet
Just a snippet:
So, you want to leave win the war, any war? Use the nuke arsenal. It would be quick, efficient, very effective, and there would be no question as to the victor. Leave the offending country a radioactive pile of debris for the next few thousand years.
We have the material, the methods, and the means to take out any country causing trouble for us in the world. I must tell you, those atomic weapons, as costly as they are, would be more cost efficient than placing a couple hundred thousand troops on the ground, in a troublesome region, and supporting those troops while forcing them to fight handicapped. And that is what we are doing, currently!
Hey, I’m tired of all the bellyaching, all the bitching, and moaning, coming from the very people who could not screw up enough courage to defend their own shadow. I’m tired of good, loyal, American men and women spilling their blood and laying down their lives for a whole segment of our society who have no respect, nor love for the country nor their fellow Americans. I’m tired of the useful, idiots our enemies find, in abundance, in the governing bodies in Washington.
What you will, my fellow Americans, but we have become two nations, again, much as this country split in the 1860’s. I’m not talking about a North/South split… I’m talking about a “Love America/Hate America” split. The last presidential election did nothing to bring us closer together. In fact, it appears Obama’s election has driven us even farther apart. We are hopelessly split apart and the Union, though it appears as one on paper, in reality… it no longer exists. Neither side has any interest, at all, in rejoining the other.
The “Hate America” and the “Blame America First” crowds (one and the same) have sapped this country of its will to survive. Any medical practitioner will tell you that when the will to survive is gone… all is lost.
Read the entire post here.
Not all change is good change. The change we are seeing is definitely NOT a good change. Over the past few decades, we have been pushed into a place our founders never envisioned. Over the past 10 months, we have been on a speeding freight train heading into a stone mountain. End of the line.
Is that really what we want? For our children? For out country? I love America. I love the idea of America. I was brought up on God and country, and family first, and foremost. Social programs don’t solve the worlds problems, they create more and bigger problems. Protesting wars doesn’t stop the war, it prolongs the death and destruction.
American is not to blame for the world’s ills. The world has managed to screw itself up quite nicely all on it’s on, caving to the PC, or allowing murderous thugs to rule, or turning a blind eye to mass murder, all across the globe. And yet, there are those, right here in the country who actually praise such actions? 60, or even 50 years ago, those people would have been shunned. Today, they are hailed as heroes? I’m sorry, but no overpaid actor is a hero, of any sort. Only those who stand up against tyranny deserve to be called heroes.
As horrible as it is, I agree with Mr Longstreet. Use the weapons we have, and put an end to the whole mess. At least allow our brave young men and women the means to do their job, and win. We were always a nation of winners. Now, we’re just a nation of whiners. I don’t like that much at all. And neither should you.
Shared by Mr Ol Broad with a H/T to his bud Rick.
1. RAISES TAXES ON MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES.
2. MASSIVE CUTS TO MEDICARE BENEFITS FOR SENIORS.
3. NO PROTECTIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES.
4. INCREASES THE COST OF HEALTH INSURANCE.
5. USES GIMMICKS TO HIDE BUDGET-BUSTING COST, PILES UP DEBT ON FUTURE GENERATIONS.
6. IMPOSES JOB-KILLING EMPLOYER MANDATES.
7. TILTS THE PLAYING FIELD IN FAVOR OF THE GOVERNMENT-RUN INSURANCE COMPANY.
8. THREATENS CASH-STRAPPED STATES WITH UNFUNDED MANDATES.
9. CREATES A NEW MONSTROSITY IN THE TAX CODE.
10. MISSES AN OPPORTUNITY TO CURTAIL JUNK LAWSUITS.
The Foundry has several great posts today.
The new House health care bill (H.R. 3962) unveiled by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) yesterday clocks in at 1,990 pages and about 400,000 words. As written, the bill purports to cost only $1.05 trillion over the first ten yearsover $700 billion in tax increases and cuts to Medicare Advantage and Medicare prescription drug payments. But as troubling as those numbers are, the scariest thing about the bill is the solid foundation it lays for a complete government take over of the health care sector of our economy. and is paid for by
Unless they had explicitly named them, the Senate’s Kerry-Boxer and the House’s Waxman-Markey global warming bills could not have been better designed to inflict more pain on the states that swung red in the last election than on those that went blue. The American Clean Energy and Security Act in the Senate and House’s Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act both call for dramatic reductions in carbon dioxide emissions, eventually 83%. (Isn’t it curious that neither bill is titled after the impending global warming catastrophe that they are supposedly designed to avert?)
The House health bill (H.R. 3962) creates a new minimum federal standard benefit package that will eventually apply to nearly all health plans, and establishes a new “Health Benefits Advisory Committee”. The Committee, housed within HHS, will make detailed recommendations, which the Secretary of HHS would then impose on all private insurers and employers through regulation.
Reading each of these posts, you’ll notice a common theme: Government control. I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel the need for a nanny taking care of my every need. I’m a big girl, and I feel I can make decisions for my own life a LOT better than some feckless bureaucrat hundreds of miles away.
The same goes for companies. Do you believe the government can run your company, given their inability to run the ‘businesses’ they are involved in now? The more regulations imposed on any company, the more businesses will fail. The point of having a business is to make money. I guess those assjacks in D.C. don’t understand the simple principles of economy.
H/T: Shelley via Smart Girl Politics
Shared by my excessively ‘progressive’ sister.