Saturday, January 30, 2010
Here's what they asked us to do:
"Dear MoveOn member,
On Tuesday, we ran a full-page ad in USA Today, signed by thousands of MoveOn members, sending a simple message to Democrats: fight, don't fold, on health care.
The message seems to be breaking through with some in Washington. On Wednesday, President Obama told Congress to "finish the job" on health care.1 And on Thursday, Speaker Pelosi insisted, "...we're going to get health care reform passed," saying, "If the gate's closed, you go over the fence. If the fence is too high, we'll pole-vault in. If that doesn't work, we'll parachute in."2
But a huge roadblock remains: the U.S. Senate. Conservatives are pushing hard to delay or drop health care, while Senate leadership is sending mixed signals.3
We urgently need to make sure every single Democrat in the Senate gets the message: it's time to stand up and fight. So we're flooding their offices with faxes telling them just that. Can you send a free fax to your senator, Ben Nelson, today?"
Apparently, our big spending Judas thinks that all those hundreds of thousands of dollars of ads paid for by his Democrat friends in Washington, abetted by his endorsements from Warren Buffet will reconvince Nebraskans that he is an independent minded conservative who deserves re-election.
This is a fight we can't wait for.
Friday, January 29, 2010
- Stothert's remarks were directed toward a member of fire management, Captain Jim Gentile, at Tuesday's council meeting. He acted non-plused to the question and said no one from the fire department was there at city expense.
- Union President Thug, Steve LeClair who basically represents everyone in the fire department including its clueless management calls a press conference to demand Councilwoman Stothert's apology for her accusation (not her question, which it was) because their feeling are hurt. It certainly couldn't be their credibility since they have virtually none with the public.
- The Fire Chief, the Thug-in-Chief Mike McDonnell continues his absence from any form of public appearance. No doubt, he is in hiding out, trying not to offend his union (of which he is still the de facto leader) while letting Gentile speak for him since he, McDonnell, doesn't want to be perceived as management. Of course, he is the guy who is supposed to lead the fire department but his vision of that appears to be only to do exactly what the union contract calls for rather than to accept the responsibility for management which apparently the Suttle administration (owned by McDonnell, LeClair and their union) has no intention of expecting him to do.
Stothert owes these thugs and cry babies nothing. She seems to be the one City Council member who is not owned by them. This started because the A.W.O.L. Fire Chief, his union-owned thugs in management and 'his' union wanted to burden the citizens of Omaha with a river boat that wasn't necessary given the fact that there are several other entities including the sheriff's department that already have boats and provide the same service. No doubt once they got it they would have impose more costs on the City of Omaha with training, specialty pays, etc. And who knows, they probably would have found some reason to train at taxpayers' expense in Belize or somewhere else.
Councilwoman Stothert is the one breath of fresh air on the city council. She is the one who is looking out for the taxpayers of Omaha. She owes no one an apology regardless of the cry baby thugs asking for it.
P.S. We can't wait to hear from non-existent fire fighter Bob Smith. How are things at the West Dodge station?
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The 'chat' summarizes by saying:
"In Omaha and other Nebraska municipalities, taxpayers are continually asked to accept tax hikes to ensure that public union employees can maintain their lifestyles at a time when the taxpayers are struggling to maintain their own. Citizens should hold local politicians accountable for their quid pro quo arrangement with powerful public unions. Voters should also demand that the Unicameral support elimination of the CIR or amend CIR statutes to correct its serious deficiencies. Taxpayers deserve better."
We've watched the outrageous behavior of Omaha City Council members who will sell their votes to the highest bidder, i.e., the unions or even Father Schlegel, Jim Young, etal when they want to name a street after Mike Fahey.
We think the Platte Institute ought to go even further and work to pass either state or local legislation that would require a city council member or state legislator to publicly acknowledge whether he or she had received any donation from the group whose interest he or she is voting on and to disclose how much he or she received from that organization or individual. THAT WOULD BE TRANSPARENCY IN GOVERNMENT!
"Last time, far-right Congressman Joe Wilson shouted "You Lie." Last night, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito was only slightly more graceful.1
It's never been more clear that the current Supreme Court is dominated by right-wing partisans, and last week, they issued the most scandalous decision since Bush v. Gore by opening the floodgates to unlimited campaign spending by corporations.2
Today we're launching a massive new campaign to end corporate domination of American politics.
We'll demand a constitutional amendment to directly reverse the Supreme Court decision, and we'll fight for essential changes like the Fair Elections Now Act, to give small-donor-backed populist candidates a chance against the corporate big guns.
It'll be a huge fight and we need to know if we'll have the resources to proceed. It'll take $200,000 right away to start strong, and that'll take 9 donations from Omaha. Are you in? Please help with a contribution of $5 today. Click here:
- "After the hottest decade on record, Ben Nelson gave his support to an effort to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) finding that "greenhouse gases . . . endanger both the public health and the public welfare of current and future generations."
- Nelson's attempt to legislatively derail a scientific finding based on decades of climate research is misguided and harmful to Nebraska, the nation, and the planet.
- Ben Nelson is not for EPA regulation of major stationary sources emitting more than 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide in a year.
- Ben Nelson is not for a carbon tax.
- Ben Nelson is not for a cap and trade program.
- Ben Nelson wants to use efficiency and renewable energy. Well, that's nice, but it just won't get the job done. If we rely solely on efficiency and expanding renewables we will face decades of continued increases in our carbon dioxide emissions. By the time those strategies begin to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions it may be too late to reverse the ill effects of climate change. That's why Nelson's plan is bad for the planet.
- Ben Nelson's plan is also bad for Nebraska. As a state with great renewable energy potential the best thing to drive investment in our wind resources is some sort of limit on greenhouse gas emissions. Building a transmission line from a windmill in Western Nebraska to Chicago will always be more expensive than burning a fossil fuel in Chicago unless we put a price on the environmental damage done by fossil fuels.
- Ben Nelson's plan is also bad for the nation. Climate change is disturbing global weather patterns and creating conflicts across the globe. Destabilizing conflicts provide fertile ground for terrorist groups to recruit, train and plan attacks on America.
- Nebraska deserves more from its senior Senator. "
Wow, Ben can't get respect from anyone!
With that said, this is exactly the Ben Nelson game plan. You know, an independent for Nebraska. He may have to spend several BILLION dollars to convince Nebraskans, particularly those 67% who opposed his health care sell-out that he really listens or cares about more than the 30 pieces of silver, but he'll keep on trying with his lies and misleading commercials.
All of this when the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Hussein Obama has just appeared to tell us how government must restrain costs and create jobs. Amazing!
Check it out at: http://www.breitbart.tv/1m-trip-lawmakers-went-to-denmark-you-got-the-bill/
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I am currently in Washington where I work very hard for my constituents in my home state of Nebraska. I listen to them as they walk outside my Nebraska offices, send me their e-mails and call me incessantly. While I am laboring for them here in Washington, I anticipate that I will be returning to my home in McCook, Nebraska on a permanent basis less than 3 years from now.
Now, since I have been know to make some pretty good deals, I'm asking if perhaps you and I could spend a few moments or hours discussing the Miss America Contest in which you are a judge-in some isolated and discreet location. In particular, I am interested in seeing Miss Nebraska, Brittany Jeffers, become Miss America. While I would never condone anyone selling their vote, I think I can make you a deal that you can't refuse. For your vote, I will do whatever is necessary to prevent a return to the fairness doctrine whether that be voting against it, putting a hold on it or whatever.
The Heritage Foundation Presents:
The State of Our Union
By Edwin J. Feulner, President, The Heritage Foundation
The President of the United States will tomorrow inform the Congress on the State of our Union, as he is constitutionally mandated to do. The past 12 months have seen our country head down a dangerous course, and The Heritage Foundation can only hope that the President will use this time of reflection, coming on the heels of a stunning electoral loss, to change direction.
You must recognize, Mr. President, that the State of the Union is not good. You need a new approach and fresh domestic and foreign policies. Shifting tactics and stoking populism will be both cynical and condescending to the voters, who will see through this strategy. Mr. President, it’s the policies you need to change, not the spin.
In 2008, you promised economic recovery and sound financing. You promised to keep our country safe. You also promised bipartisanship.
Instead, our nation is enduring high unemployment and slow growth, due to surging spending and government borrowing. Bailouts and a pork-ridden “stimulus” bill will not get our country back on track. High unemployment comes primarily from the lack of job creation, rather than job destruction. Our research shows that your administration’s policies have created uncertainties that have hindered risk-taking by entrepreneurs.
And now, faced with difficulties, instead of changing course you are doubling down and promising increased regulation. The challenges you have faced in one year in office—tea parties, town halls, three tough electoral losses—should have made you rethink your policies. Americans have always preferred limited government over the expansionist kind, lower—not higher—taxes, rational policies, not punitive ones. Your advisors are misreading the public, and economic reality, if they think increased red tape and government control will cure any of our ills.
The Index of Economic Freedom that The Heritage Foundation publishes annually alongside The Wall Street Journal tells the story. This year, for the first time since we started publication of the Index, the United States has fallen from the top tier “free category.” Yes, about half of this fall came because of decisions taken by your predecessor, but you have only gone ahead faster and bigger. And our Index, issued last week on the anniversary of your inauguration, does not even take account of the second half of your year in office.
Your signature health care reform initiative has been a colossal missed opportunity. It is now in free fall, while insurance and health costs continue to climb.
This was a year that should have been spent working on lowering the barriers to jobs creation. But expansionist policies have crowded out investment and are killing the great American job machine.
In foreign policy, your year in office has left the world a more troubled place. A president has to lead in the world as it is, not as he wishes it to be.
Just as creating jobs should get all your attention domestically, battling terrorism should be Job One in foreign policy. The massacre at Fort Hood and the attempted Christmas Day bombing should have been wake-up calls for Washington. Our country is not using all the tools in the tool kit to protect Americans from terrorism. Even worse, your Administration seems ambivalent over the fact that the legal authority for key investigative methods granted under the Patriot Act is about to expire.
Abroad, we simply don’t know when Iran will obtain a nuclear weapon. You seem to have thrown all your chips with an entity that does not exist—the International Community—waiting for it to impose sanctions on Iran and turn the spotlight on its horrific human rights record. This fits with your view that the Berlin Wall fell because “the world came together as one,” but just like that was bad history, your view of the present is also borderline mythical.
So right now the world has an impression that America is distracted, unable, or unwilling to lead or vigorously defend its interests. That was painfully apparent in your Administration’s decision to walk away from our missile defense commitments to Poland and the Czech Republic. The time for missile defense is now, not after a threat emerges.
Mr. President, several policy areas cry out for your attention.
Domestically, you need to show the American people the full long-term obligations of the government in your annual budget, just as the government forces private corporations to do. Bring transparency to Washington by showing the long-term debt picture on your budget.
Then you and the leaders of both parties should lay out the options for fixing the deficit crisis and conduct a national conversation on what action to take. Trust the people to help make decisions. And press Congress to put Medicare and Social Security on a 30-year budget, to give seniors certainty while forcing the tough decisions necessary to give our children a financial future.
Get the economy moving again. You need to give main street businesses and banks—our real job creators—some certainty by eliminating the threat of higher taxes, spiraling debt and suffocating regulation. Make the tax cuts on the books permanent, to encourage more saving and investment.
Urge Congress to reform the bankruptcy laws so that supposedly “too big to fail” companies can be restructured in an orderly way rather than bailed out or regulated to a slow death. Denationalize General Motors. And please, end the TARP bailout slush fund.
On health care, you can get real reform back on track by doing what you should have done on day one: genuinely reach across the aisle as you promised your voters last November. If you proceed in this manner, you will be able to move forward with bipartisan tax reforms that provide adequate tax relief for reasonable coverage for those who have coverage today, while extending help to those taxpayers who currently do not have coverage.
Rather that trying to pass a huge bill that runs everything from Washington, it is time to downsize the legislation drastically and to give states much greater freedom and encouragement to put into place innovative approaches that will work best for them. The solution for Massachusetts or Vermont will be different than that for Colorado or Texas.
States need to be able to negotiate major changes in statutory programs, like Medicaid, as part of a plan to increase coverage. It should be states that set up insurance exchanges, reinsurance pools or other ways to make affordable insurance available to everyone. And if Americans in one state want to buy health insurance from another state, nothing should stop them.
In foreign policy, please stop giving captured terrorists the same constitutional rights as Americans. We should be turning over captured terrorists to Military Commissions for trial after our intelligence services have interrogated them.
America should be strong in deed as well as words. That is not possible without a strong national defense. We must make an irrevocable commitment to recapitalizing the U.S. military, an effort that would require another $50 billion a year in buying the new equipment and maintaining the capabilities our men and women under arms need to defend us.
We need a new vision. We need to keep Americans safe. And we need to reverse the decline of American leadership and influence in the world. Our freedom and security will be at stake unless we reverse the decline of American fortunes in the world.
Afghanistan is a war that must be won. Winning is more important than any deadline for withdrawal. Announce that the United States won’t quit until the job is done.
Mr. President, let’s recommit to expanding free trade and making America more competitive in the world. We need to make America the freest economy in the world, in order to have more economic growth, prosperity and jobs. You should recalibrate the top tax rate on U.S. corporate profits so that it is no higher than the average of the top rates that prevail in our 30 largest trading partners.
We also need to recommit ourselves to our friends and allies. You have not done a good job supporting our friends. Instead, we engage our enemies and get a clinched fist in return. We should re-dedicate ourselves to the proposition that America is a beacon of freedom for free peoples of the world, and that being true to that proposition means supporting free peoples, not coddling or giving comfort to dictators.
Be a war president 24-7-365. Commit yourself to helping, rather than hurting, our economy 24-7-365. Every moment of every day you should be working to defend the nation; protect our liberties; and promote American prosperity. Your resolve must not waver. Your commitment should not falter.
If you devote all your attention to letting our private sector create jobs at home and achieving victory overseas, we will enthusiastically support your efforts, and the State of the Union in 2011 will be far better.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
In a Wall Street Journal editorial that appeared Monday regarding Senator Chuck Schumer and federal credit lines enjoyed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Christmas Eve announcement that after chewing through $111 billion from taxpayers, Fan and Fred can now consume an unlimited amount of cash from the U.S. Treasury) the following comment was made:
"While Mr. Schumer seems to have developed a nice racket, we can't help but wonder if Fan and Fred own any properties in the state of Nebraska. Can Senator Ben Nelson perhaps get a piece of this action?"
Of course there has been one disgusting cartoon animation after another, each heaping national contempt on Nebraska because of Nelson's grand extortion. (Check out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McfkyBFiiIE
With that said, it is obvious that Nelson still doesn't get it as he continues to harangue Nebraska television viewers and radio listeners (phase 1) with his incessant ads telling us he was right to vote the way he did, the latest even including Warren Buffett and a liberal Creighton University M.D. whose pro-government health care credentials were blatantly evident at a Platte Institute Seminar on health care last fall.
But here is what you can expect from Nelson next (phase 2):
- On any Dirty Harry Reid attempt to pass a reduced health care package with reconciliation or discussion of it he will wash his hands of the idea much has his fellow sellout, Blanche Lincoln (D-Arkansas)
- New attempts to show that he prioritizes bipartisanship
- New comments on how important it is for the congress to be 'transparent' (this from a guy that used midnight negotiations with Harry Reid and Barbara Boxer to sell out his constituents for those 30 pieces of silver).
- Comments emphasizing the need to deal with job creation as a first priority
- Criticism of Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Hussein Obama after tonight's State of the Union address
- And emphasis on his bipartisan votes such as the one he cast on Senator Thune's bill to return unused 'stimulus' funds to the U.S. Treasury (a vote that despite Nelson's 'for' vote failed)
Nelson's acts still remind us of those of a cat trying to cover its excrement on a hot tin roof. He'd do himself and his constituents a favor by moving to phase two.
See the Wall Street Journal editorial at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703906204575027491265360632.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_AboveLEFTTop
Monday, January 25, 2010
Tomorrow, Americans for Prosperity will call the Move.on bluff in front of Nelson's office over the noon hour. They are normally there anyway, every Tuesday, but maybe tomorrow we'll have an old fashioned 'love-in' as
Sunday, January 24, 2010
A profound quote from a blogger identifying himself only as “Mike M.,” on a website known as Missourah.com, crossed my desk the other day. With regard to the recent ruling of the U.S. Supreme Court, striking down key portions of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill passed into law a few years ago, the writer wrote: “Certainly, the spectre of corporate money buying candidates and influencing our political system is an unwholesome one. But the solution is not limiting campaign donations. It is limiting the power of government, so that the money spent in the system has less impact on our lives, and power is truly returned to ‘the little guy’ that politicians love to pay lip service to.”
The writer has hit upon a truth abandoned long ago by Democrats and increasingly ignored by Republicans as well. Somewhere along the way, our politicians developed the idea that regardless of the growth of the private sector or the condition of the economy, the growth of government is a given. In fact, when times are toughest, and hard-working, taxpaying Americans are struggling to make ends meet in their own personal budgets — this is when paternalistic bureaucrats try to save us with higher taxes, more regulations and programs that generally provide little benefit but perpetuate the growth of yet more government.
In a misguided attempt at campaign finance reform, Senators John McCain, R-AZ, and Russ Feingold, D-WI, cosponsored the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Act, a bill that many have since called an incumbent protection act. It banned corporations and unions from “electioneering communications” within 30 days of a primary or 60 days of a general election. With a wink and a nod toward the Supreme Court, President George Bush signed this bad legislation in 2002. In a 5-4 decision written by Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, the High Court has finally ruled that corporations are entitled to the same right individuals have to spend money on political speech for or against a candidate.
Ronald Reagan famously said, “Government is not the solution to our problems; government is the problem.” Smaller government is still at the crux of modern conservative thought largely because of the Gipper’s leadership. And yet, due to greedy, overreaching members of Congress — primarily Democrats — government continued to grow during the 1980s and deficit spending ballooned. The 1994 GOP sweep of Congress, the lingering effects of Reagan’s across-the-board tax cuts, the dot.com explosion, and the growth of investment by baby boomers combined to create a budget surplus through the Clinton years — despite his ill-advised tax increases.
However, in the last decade — with special emphasis on this last year — government growth has been frightening. Everyone pays lip service to the concept of big corporations holding sway in the halls of Congress, when the reality is that power hungry politicians don’t want to have to restrain themselves.
It is somewhat akin to the Islamic edict that women must cover themselves from head to toe so as not to be a stumbling block to men. There is nothing in the Koran that instructs men to show restraint, only that women shouldn’t show an ankle or a wrist for fear of tempting a man. Following this logic, Muslim men are basically admitting, “Yeah, we have no self-control, and we don’t really want to develop it, either, so instead of keeping our lust to ourselves, we will put the onus of responsibility on the objects of our lust and blame them if we feel some overwhelming need to commit rape!”
Likewise, progressives like John McCain and Russ Feingold, by their support of this legislation, are saying, “We want as much power as possible, and we don’t want outside influences informing the electorate of our plans, so anyone with the capital to mount a serious offense against our policies should be silenced so we can get back to creating the nanny state.”
As The Wall Street Journal correctly opined on the issue, “In a season of marauding government, the Constitution rides to the rescue one more time.” Perhaps if we were to dust it off more often, the Constitution might tell us that the expansion of government is much more insidious than the expansion of free speech.
© 2010 by Doug Patton
Doug Patton is a former speechwriter and public policy advisor who now works as a freelance writer. His weekly columns appear in newspapers across the country and on various Internet websites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where is a senior writer and state editor. Readers can e-mail him at email@example.com.
We're not sure who he is referring to when he opines that:
"While civil debate over the terms of their contracts is fair game, let us not resort to name-calling, profanity and other derogatory, misleading and insulting commentary that only demeans their service, harms the collective bargaining process and erodes the tone of public debate."
We're not sure that any of his fellow council members are indulging in such, but perhaps he aims his remarks at poor blogs such as ours that objectively assess Fire Union Leader Mike McDonald, excuse us, Fire Chief McDonald, and his successor fire union president Steve LeClair as the heavy handed thugs that they are.
In any event, Jerram doesn't speak for the council. They already have an incompetent City Council President, Garry Gernandt, that is supposed to do that. Further, as Jerram opines about the process one thing is evident and that is that he along with Gernandt are nothing other than stooges that will vote for anything the mayor tells them to....
Be that as it may, the Democratic Senate caucus landed, like a roulette ball destined for a dangerous slot, on 60. It then learned that when all Democrats are indispensable, every Democrat can be an extortionist. So there have been serial purchases of 60th votes for health legislation. This squalid commerce (special benefits tailored for Florida's Medicare Advantage clients, for Louisiana and Nebraska, and for union members) did almost as much as the legislation itself to discredit the entire sorry business.
If Obama can now resist the temptation of faux populism, if he does not rage, like Lear on the heath, against banks, he can be what Americans, eager for adult supervision, elected him to be -- a prudent grown-up. For this elegant and intelligent man to suddenly discover his inner William Jennings Bryan ("You shall not crucify America upon a cross of credit-default swaps") would be akin to Fred Astaire donning coveralls and clodhoppers.
It's worth some consideration as it does show that Republicans can't expect total collapse of Obama and associates. Check it out at: http://townhall.com/Common/PrintPage.aspx?g=6d134d71-2e36-4d8e-9e30-3f5b5407c0f6&t=c
Here's what they had to say:
Dear MoveOn member,
After one bad Senate election, most Democrats in Washington are on the verge of full-fledged retreat.
Everything we've fought for together hangs in the balance. President Obama has signaled he's open to dramatically scaling back health care reform.1 The chairman of the Senate Banking Committee says he might gut the financial reform bill to appease Republicans.2 And on top of all that, the Supreme Court just opened the floodgates of corporate cash on politics!3
We need to show Democrats that we're mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. So MoveOn members are organizing an emergency rally in Omaha on Tuesday to urge Democrats to show some backbone—starting with passage of a real health care reform bill.
We need a big turnout to show Democrats we're still waiting on them to deliver the change we voted for—on health care and everything else. Can we count on you to attend?
Saturday, January 23, 2010
- The almost inconceivable loss of the 'Kennedy Senate Seat' (Thanks David Gergen) in Massachusetts to a pick-up driving nobody.
- The Supreme Court nullification of part of the McCain/Feingold Campaign Finance Act
- The problem with the Bernanke Fed Chief renomination.
One can blame almost all of these reversals on government over-reach and while Obama may not be responsible for all of these, he certainly has lots of ownership. He and his congressional leaders have tried to force an unwanted takeover of health care down the throats of Americans and paid dearly for that this week. They tried to force a cap and trade law down our throats which would never have passed the senate and will hopefully die this year although the over reach of their EPA still threatens the citizens and economy. Their goal was to move on from this to grant citizenship to virtually every illegal alien living in the country. All of this while spending worse than any drunken sailor John McCain or George W. Bush could even imagine on stimulus programs that for the most part have not created let alone saved any real jobs. And of course, they've continued the TARP bailout with designs to continue to spend the unused and yet unwasted money on more of their programs while saving the likes of GM and Chrysler, investments which will never return more than a fraction of their costs.
Americans rebelled in the last three elections against this government over reach, the intrusion into their lives. They rebelled as the triumvirate of Obama/Reid/Pelosi addressed every socialist agenda while allowing unemployment to rise, assuring their rube constituents that their take over of their lives and socialist actions would create more jobs. They were wrong.
While it's hard to imagine things could get worse for them, it could. With the nomination of Bernanke treading water the stock market has lost 500 points this week-not because of Scott Brown. And with the likes of leftist liberal Democrats like Barbara Boxer and Russell Feingold saying they will vote against him things may not get any better unless Harry Reid can get a vote quickly. Why quickly? Because the December unemployment numbers will be out this week and they are going to be worse than any number we've seen yet. That certainly isn't going to help the Bernanke nomination as all of these lemmings try to halt their rush to extinction.
No, it was a bad week and it will get worse.
While his analysis will no doubt find some who will accuse him of being racist they are based on fact and to a great extent his assumptions are ones that Republicans in 2010 and 2012 would be wise to consider.
Check it out at: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=35300
Friday, January 22, 2010
One might think these two leftist politicians could at least talk to each other and work out some kind of a solution but they've resorted to a war of letters on official stationary.
We have a suggestion for them and since the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Hussein Obama and Suttle are such close friends (Suttle met with him yesterday), we think Suttle should ask that the president just invite both him (Suttle) and White to have a beer with him at the White House. After all that solved the problem with the black professor and the policeman didn't it?
Thank you for contacting me regarding health care reform. I appreciate hearing from you on this critical issue.
On December 24, 2009, I voted for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), H.R. 3590, which passed the Senate by a vote of 60‑39. I did everything in my power to make significant improvements to this health reform bill. The product of weeks of negotiation, the PPACA contains many changes which will benefit Nebraskans and all Americans now and well into the future.
I made it my goal to prevent any government-run insurance program from being established and to ensure that the new coverage offered is built upon the private system we have today. In fact, I worked to ensure that this bill will:
o Not allow a single taxpayer penny to be spent for abortion coverage. The bill requires that health plans receiving federal subsidies and offering abortion coverage collect separate premiums for the procedure from customers, and keep the money in a separate account segregated from federal funds. I also fought to ensure that abortion-free insurance coverage options are available to all consumers; to provide grants to pregnant teens and college students to help them stay in school; and to extend and increase the adoption tax credit. With these provisions, this bill will not only prohibit federal funding for abortion, but work to greatly reduce the number of abortions performed.
o Reduce the federal deficit by $134 billion by 2019, and by as much as $1.3 trillion by 2029.
o Extend the solvency of the Medicare program by an additional nine years, to 2026.
o Narrow the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole" coverage gap for Medicare beneficiaries.
o Provide affordable coverage to more than 30 million uninsured Americans, and stop the current shift of uncompensated care costs to those of us with insurance coverage.
o Reform insurance practices to end denials for pre-existing conditions, ban lifetime and annual limits, and require insurance companies to pay out, at a minimum, 80 cents in medical care for every dollar they receive.
o Control health care costs well into the future, while improving quality and access.
As stated before, I sought to make improvements to this bill to ensure that the final plan provides Americans with reliable and secure health care at all stages of their lives. I would not allow the government to take steps toward a single-payer, nationalized health care system; and on all these critical components, we were successful.
An important part of my decision was the fact that had this bill not been approved with my vote, the alternative for the Senate leadership was to use a procedure called "Budget Reconciliation." This procedure would have enabled passage of a much less conservative bill, requiring only 51 votes in the Senate. I supported this bill for two reasons: first, because the reconciliation alternative would have included a government-run plan and would not have been as beneficial for Nebraskans; and second, because it will deliver relief from rising health care costs to Nebraska families, workers, rural communities, and employers. This bill takes a market-based approach, offering tax credits for middle-class Americans to help make insurance more affordable; and it improves the delivery of health care for all of us while reducing the deficit.
I have posted links to the legislation, as well as other resources pertaining to the current health care reform debate, on the Health Reform feature on my website at:
I hope you find this information useful.
As you may know, both chambers' health care reform bills are now being brought together in conference committee, undergoing further deliberation and compromise to generate a final piece of legislation to be approved by the Senate and House of Representatives. I will fully examine the merged bill upon its completion; and when it comes time to cast a final vote, I will only support a bill if it will work for Nebraskans.
I am truly thankful that so many Nebraskans such as yourself have shared their opinions and ideas with me on this crucial matter. Rest assured I will keep them in mind as Congress needs the input of all Americans to resolve such an important issue.
Ben NelsonU.S. Senator"
While Team Obama is fighting for more government employment, with trillions of dollars of spending, it is time for Republicans to fight for private free-enterprise employment by letting folks keep more of what they earn and by providing new incentives for the extra hour worked and the extra investment dollar put at risk.
This is where the GOP must go. Republicans should not let another day pass without unleashing a fusillade of new tax-cutting proposals to get America moving again.
It's part of some great advise he gives Republicans at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/01/22/are_republicans_listening_to_the_scott_brown_message_99998.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rcp-today-newsletter
"And the Democrats are delusional: Scott Brown won by running against Obama not Bush. He won by brilliantly nationalizing the race, running hard against the Obama agenda, most notably Obamacare. Killing it was his No. 1 campaign promise."
Krauthammer tells it as it is at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2010/01/22/the_meaning_of_brown_99990.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rcp-today-newsletter
We were just about to let a day go by without a comment by Nebraska's Judas, Ben Nelson, but we just can't, given some of his comments. But before we get to those we feel that it's time that we do to things:
- Award Ben Nelson our January Hall of Shame Award for his onslaught of lies, misleading commercials and continued support of the Ben Nelson/Harry Reid/Pelosi/Obama Health Care Bill takeover. You'll recall he earned the monthly award several times last year and received the annual award for being the most shameful of all of 2009's nominees.
- Establish the Ben Nelson 'Days Left Until We're Rid of Him' Post, so we won't forget the nefarious, arrogant 'finger' (Our apologies to those young college girl interns in his office who are not familiar with the term) he's given his constituents here in Nebraska (We'll use Election Day 2012 for that date)
Now that we've got that out of the way let's go to what this arrogant liar had to say upon his return to his beltway utopia. Among other things he said:
- The Massachusetts election should serve as a "wake-up call" to folks that are tired of partisanship.
- "Bipartisanship should be the word of the day."
- "The overriding message ...is that people are upset because Washington is dysfunctional and not working for them"
- "The vote should end the situation where one side thinks it doesn't need the other"
Excuses us Ben, perhaps if that is the case you should get your friends at the Nebraska Democrat Party to quit trying to defend you wholly partisan action and provide a written apology for your auctions. What have you been doing for the last month other than selling out your values to one side and defending your partisan sell out? And if Washington is dysfunctional and not working for us, could there possibly be a better poster boy for that than you?
Finally, Judas Ben, your comments show that you still don't get it. Your abandonment of Nebraska values, your failure to hear your constituents, your support and vote for a totally partisan bill opposed by two-thirds of your constituents won't be forgotten. You may think Scott Brown has saved you given the Senate bill is dead but your hypocrisy and actions have done you in. It's not too soon to start packing your bags.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
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"With Tuesday night’s upset by Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the GOP gained more than just a 41st vote to disrupt the Obama agenda. As attention turns to the midterm elections in November, the Republican Party has strong momentum. A few months ago, even GOP leaders said that taking over the Senate was a pipe dream, and it is still not probable. But as some independents sour on the Democratic Party, the possibility for a GOP majority can no longer be dismissed out of hand. More likely, next year’s Senate will still have a Democratic majority but be much more closely balanced between Democrats and Republicans.
In fact, it is likely that the Republicans will gain at least 3 to 5 Senate seats in November."
It's too soon for Republicans to get fat-headed about this. They need to do their job and stick to the real principles of the party while they invite like-minded independents and participants from the tea party and 9/12 movements to join them. If they do, November will bring them much more even numbers.
You can check out Sabato's work at: http://sn117w.snt117.mail.live.com/default.aspx?rru=inbox&wa=wsignin1.0
Going for four!!!!
P.S. Let's hope he comes to Nebraska in 2012!
Nelson may ignore all of these things given his arrogance and hubris, but he should take note of what is happening around the country even if he doesn't choose to believe in Rasmussen Polling who noted exactly what was happening in Massachussetts.
Today, we learn from Rasmussen that an incumbent senator in neighboring Missouri is now in major dodo. Yep, Rasmussen tells us that:
- "Republican Roy Blunt now holds a six-point lead over Democrat Robin Carnahan in Missouri’s race for the U.S. Senate" finding, "Blunt ahead of Carnahan 49% to 43%."
- "The latest numbers mark a shift in Blunt’s favor from last month when Carnahan had a narrow 46% to 44% edge over her Republican rival. "
- "The candidates, both members of prominent Missouri political families, were tied at 46% apiece in September."
- "As it has for other Democrats throughout the nation, the health care issue appears to be creating challenges for Carnahan. Just 37% of Missouri voters favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, but 62% oppose it."
- "As in most other states, stronger feelings are on the side of the opponents. In Missouri, 20% Strongly Favor the plan versus 50% who Strongly Oppose it. Carnahan captures 90% of the vote among those who Strongly Favor the plan, but 84% of the larger group that Strongly Opposes it are voting for Blunt."
- "Missouri attitudes towards the health care plan are similar to the national average. The health care issue played a key role in Tuesday’s stunning Massachusetts election. "
One might think Judas would get it, but he appears to be intent on finding that tree on which to hang himself. AMEN
Here are a few of their comments:
- Tuesday's election was a shock. But the aftermath was even worse: President Obama and some Democrats in Congress are now considering scaling back health care reform.1
That would be a huge mistake. We saw on Tuesday that voters don't feel like Washington is delivering on the change they voted for in 2008.2 Caving on health care reform will only make that worse.
- It's time to stand up to corporate interests and fight for us—starting with passing a strong health care reform bill, not scaling back.
- It's clear voters still want real change—but are disappointed with Washington's failure to deliver. A poll of Massachusetts voters shows just that:3
82% of Obama supporters who voted for Brown support the public option, as do 86% of Obama voters who stayed home.
57% of Obama voters who stayed home on Tuesday support the Senate health care bill or think it doesn't go far enough.
And of Obama voters who cast a ballot for Brown, nearly half (49%) support the Senate bill or think it does not go far enough. Just 11% think it goes too far.
- Democrats could take the election's message to heart and redouble their efforts for real change. Instead, too many, including the president, are shrinking back.
- But even with one less Democrat in the Senate, they've got more than enough votes to finish reform. Through a process called "budget reconciliation," they only need 51 votes to pass a bill, not 60.
Could it be that our friends at Moveon are just smoking a little too much of that medical marijuana for their insanity?
Here are a few of his thoughts:
- "With one piece of legislation, President Obama and his congressional allies have done in one year what it took President Lyndon Johnson and his allies two years to do in 1965 and 1966 -- revive conservatism. Today, conservatism is rising on the steppingstones of liberal excesses."
- "Today, Democrats worrying about a reprise of 1994 should worry more about a rerun of the 1966 midterm elections, which began a Republican resurgence that presaged victories in seven of the next 10 presidential elections."
- "The 2008 elections gave liberals the curse of opportunity, and they have used it to reveal themselves ruinously."
- "The essence of contemporary liberalism is the illiberal conviction that Americans, in their comprehensive incompetence, need minute supervision by government, which liberals believe exists to spare citizens the torture of thinking and choosing."
- " If the Democrats' congressional leaders are determined to continue their kamikaze flight to incineration, they will ignore Massachusetts's redundant evidence of public disgust."
Will, who proves in his column today that he isn't particularly easy to read, makes some good points.
Certainly, on a local basis, liberal leftist Tom White, who we understand was looking forward to a visit by the prince to help him raise money to defeat Congressman Lee Terry, must be reconsidering that option.
Broder closes his column by saying:
"In November, Democrats lost the governorships in New Jersey and Virginia, two states President Obama carried in 2008, and now they have lost a race in Massachusetts, where he won in a landslide.
There is no evidence that Obama provided a boost for local candidates by campaigning in all three of those states. I was told that one internal Democratic poll in Massachusetts showed that Coakley slid six points during the final weekend when both Obama and Bill Clinton were in Massachusetts, urging voters to support her.
Nationally, as in Massachusetts, polls show independents defecting rapidly from support of Obama's congressional agenda, and Democrats on Capitol Hill are deeply worried about the persistence of high unemployment.
Obama may recover, as Ronald Reagan did from a similar second-year slump, but it will take a significant change of direction to turn things around. "
Seems this time Broder has got it right. We certainly don't ever want to be too ebullient or adopt the arrogance of Martha Coakley, but the Prince of Peace Nobel Laureate President of the World of Equal Nations Commissar Barack Hussein Obama and his associates will have to do a fast 180. Fortunately, Queen Nancy Pelosi seems undeterred in her race to lead her lemmings in the House over the cliff.
Check out his whole column, if you must, at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/20/AR2010012001738.html?wpisrc=nl_politics
"I am Quinn's father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace.
To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry."
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
McCain is a failed political opportunist and will simply use any opportunity to raise money for himself and his causes. SAD.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Well, yesterday the Objective Conservative was tipped off that Pro-Life supporters had visited the 'estate' and sure enough we found evidence at the entry to Nelson's gated compound, located at 21251 S 204th St , Gretna, 68028.
“Now everything that gets done in the Senate will have the imprimatur of bipartisanship,” another administration official said. “The benefits of that will accrue to the president and the Democratic Senate. It adds to the pressure on Republicans to participate in the process in a meaningful way, which so far they have refused to do.
” More defensively, Obama advisers plan to argue that Coakley’s lackluster campaign contributed at least as much to the loss as the national environment.
“You can say it’s a rejection of the agenda,” a top Democrat said. “But it’s just as valid to say it’s frustration with the way things are going in the country and that people still want change.”
We'd suggest that many of the likely responses discussed in Allen's column only reveal the on-going, unabated arrogance of the president and his gang and will only exacerbate the problems of the commissar and his comrades.
Check out the column at: http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=43D62D3D-18FE-70B2-A8A2DB2551E7FCD1
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Care to know why a community organizer posing as a president is so dangerous to the future of the Republic? Simply contrast the demeanor of Barack Obama when the subject is national security with his behavior when he speaks of tinkering with our domestic life or of coming to the aid of the victims of the recent catastrophe in Haiti.
When the topic is using our military to keep the American people safe, this president seems downright bored, but the prospect of using troops to ride to the rescue of a foreign neighbor makes him animated beyond all reasonable proportion. When he speaks of our intelligence services, one would think he was speaking about the enemy; but when the issue is redistributing our wealth and dictating every aspect of our daily lives, he is positively giddy.
Army psychiatrist/Muslim terrorist Nidal Hassan shot up Fort Hood, Texas, and Obama told us not to “jump to conclusions.” His first formal statement on the subject was preceded by a “shout-out” to someone in the audience before he could get around to talking about the worst domestic act of terrorism on American soil since 9/11.
Obama’s hand-picked commander, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, told him last August that deploying forty thousand additional troops was essential to avoiding failure in Afghanistan. After ignoring those recommendations for three months — while he tried in vain to administer life support to an unconstitutional health care bill the American people never wanted — our ditherer-in-chief decided to follow the course leading to failure by sending thirty thousand troops instead.
Once he had finally made his decision, Obama went to West Point for a presidential dog-and-pony show, using academy cadets as his props. He was trying to look tough and cool in the face of adversity. Instead, he just looked indifferent. In fact, his speech was so dispassionate it put some of the cadets to sleep.
When the al Qaida-trained underwear bomber tried to kill three hundred Americans on Christmas Day, Obama dithered some more, letting his hapless Homeland Security Secretary tell us that “the system worked.” By the time he actually got around to saying something about the incident, the terrorist had lawyered up and the decision had already been made to try him in civilian court. He mouthed the words, “the buck stops with me” as he spoke of “systemic failures,” but the meaning was clear: “it’s the CIA’s fault.”
Now, the Anointed One has latched onto the plight of the people of Haiti, millions of whom have been victimized by a corrupt government, a virtually nonexistent infrastructure and a severe lack of capitalism — all of which contributed to making the recent earthquake a catastrophe. Like the ill-prepared victims of Hurricane Katrina, who had been trained to look to government for their salvation, the poor Haitians — especially the children — have been devastated beyond their ability to even comprehend what is happening to them.
President Obama has pledged $100 million in U.S. Government aid for the relief effort, but we all know it will be much more. Of course, because of Washington ineptitude, we don’t currently have that money; so in order to make good on the billions we are promising to pour into that destitute nation, we must go, as usual, hat in hand to China to borrow it.
The office of President of the United States is an executive position described in some detail in the U.S. Constitution. It states that the president’s first duty is that of commander-in-chief of the armed forces. In other words, the use of our military and our intelligence services to protect this nation from our sworn enemies is the primary duty of each and every man who has ever held the office of president. And benevolent as it might sound dripping from Barack Obama’s lips, the use of our military as cops and nursemaids and nation builders is not in their job description.
No authority is given to the president — or Congress — to create a national health care program. Nothing gives him the right to interfere in our lives and our commerce. He has no legal power except that which is granted him by the people and their Constitution. Yet Barack Obama seems to believe that he has the right to meddle in the lives of his own citizens and to save the world from every tragedy that befalls it. This is a man who has little interest in his actual constitutional duties, but who is gleeful at the prospect of interfering in the lives of Americans or acting as superhero to the globe. Someone needs to break the news to him that he is neither the savior of humanity nor the president of the world.
© 2010 by Doug Patton
Doug Patton is a former speechwriter and public policy advisor who now works as a freelance writer. His weekly columns appear in newspapers across the country and on various Internet websites, including Human Events Online and GOPUSA.com, where is a senior writer and state editor. Readers can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, January 15, 2010
If you'd like to print the form out, you can find it at: http://www.votedouglascounty.com/pdf/2010Primary/2010DelegateFilingForm.pdf
Time to get involved!