HDR 78(1): Let’s Roll!
I went to a rally today, and it had nothing to do with 0bamaCare (more on that later.) The state of Hawaii is actually thinking of raising it’s General Excise Tax (GET) by 1%. For you mainlanders, this is not a sales tax….it’s an additional 4% tax (4.5% on Oahu for our proposed rail system….another story) that taxes goods and services at every level, including food and medical care. We’ve had it since the 1930s. The big unions here want the tax increased so they can keep their cushy jobs and entitlements. HELLO….what planet are they from? Have they not seen what’s happening with the economy lately? So I went to the Capitol and waved signs with fellow anti-taxers and met with some of the lawmakers. I don’t know if it helped but we’ll find out soon enough. Texas is looking better and better all the time! Here’s more on the GET if you care to learn more: Hawaii’s GET – A Conundrum
And Now, The 800 Pound Gorilla. All the back room deals, and arm-twisting worked and the Marxist-in-Chief got his way with healthcare. Here’s how they voted: Final Vote Results-219 to 212 (Note the Democrats who voted against this bill – they deserve credit!) Also remember these names: Carney (PA), Driehaus (OH), Dahlkemper (PA), Kaptur (OH), Molohan (WV), Rahall (WV), Stupak (MI). These are all Dems who voted “no” last time and switched their votes to “yes,” allowing the bill to pass. They need to be targeted and defeated! Think the dust is settled on 0bamacare? No way, Jose! WE THE PEOPLE are just getting started. Quite a few of you have emailed me asking, “what’s next?” Here you go…
Timeline and Fact Checking: Want to know what would phase in with 0bamaCare and when? Here’s a timeline: Senate Healthcare Timeline And those Medicare benefits 0bama promised would stay? Not true: The Truth About 0bama’s Medicare Claim One more thing – it looks like staffers for House leaders may be exempt from the 0bamaCare mandate….Nice!!! Leadership Aides Exempt From Bill? UPDATE: Chuck Grassley is making a big deal out of this and trying to force the issue. Good for him! Should The Senate Force Obama Into Obamacare?
Thank Goodness The IRS Will Be Involved! I’ve been thinking that they don’t have enough power and control over our lives so I’m really glad they will be “The Enforcers” of 0bamaCare. They really needed more workers (over 16,000) and more funds ($10 billion). And they are so knowledgeable in all things related to healthcare, it’s wonderful that they will be the ones determining “minimal essential” coverage. Woo Hoo! IRS Gains Broader Powers Under Health Reform (Thanks, Rob, for the link. And for the following story.)
March 23 Is An Historic Day. On 3/23/1775 Patrick Henry gave his famous “Give me liberty or give me death” speech. Coincidence that it’s the same day 0bamaCare is signed into law? I think not: Gentlemen may cry, “Peace! Peace!” — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death! Patrick Henry – March 23, 1775
Elections Have Consequences. Hey all you who voted for 0bama – did you know you “overwhelmingly voted for socialism”? Just ask Al Sharpton. Frankly, I agree with him. And if you protest that conclusion, then shame on you! The hopey-changey thing doesn’t work anymore – you should have learned more about your candidate before putting him in the White House because all the warning signs were there. So check out this LIST, copy it and share it with everyone you know. It’s the names of all the members of Congress who belong to the Progressive (aka socialist/communist/Marxist) Caucus: CPC Important to note….the CPC was founded by Bernie Sanders, a self-avowed socialist. And, until 1999 the Congressional Progressive Caucus worked in open partnership with Democratic Socialists of America. After the press reported on this link, the connections suddenly vanished from both organizations’ websites. TARGET THESE PEOPLE AND DEFEAT THEM!!!
Votes Have Consequences. Bart Stupak was supposed to receive “The Defender of Life” Award from the Susan B. Anthony list Wednesday night. No more. The group has denied him the award and title after his switch to a “yes” vote on 0bamaCare: Stupak Stripped of Award The National Right to Life group and Catholic bishops also condemned Stupak: Abortion Compromise Doesn’t Satisfy Critics So why is it that everyone but Stupak seems to realize 0bama’s executive order means nothing? Ah….Stupak knows, too. In fact, looks like he planned to vote “yes” all along: “I’d Vote Yes” Here’s the sweetheart deal he got in exchange for his vote: $726,409 for Airports
And Here’s What Stupak Did After His Vote…..He celebrated at a DC dive with other Dems! In fact, Anthony Weiner planted a big wet one on him to show his appreciation – disgusting! Stupak Closes DC Dive After Selling Out In House BTW, Bart, 0bama didn’t even sign that Executive Order he promised you. You’ve been punk’d! UPDATE: 0bama signed the worthless, non-binding executive order Wednesday. Feel better, Bart after the 0bamaMessiah had you squirming for a couple of days?
Truth And Consequences. Former House Speaker Tom Delay expressed how the passage of the bill was “sickening” and “you saw the Constitution burned by the Democrats.” He smacked Geraldo Rivera back to earth after gloating that DeLay was probably in “mourning.” (Note to self: the term “useful idiot” fits Geraldo perfectly!) And future Speaker of the House John Boehner gave a great speech before the Democrats marched off the cliff: Hell No!
Who Knew Healthcare Had Anything To Do With Student Loans? Knowing that they couldn’t pass the student aid package because they no longer have a supermajority in the Senate, the Dems tacked a huge government takeover of student loans onto the healthcare bill. Are we having fun yet? Do we not see how this administration will stop at nothing to increase the size of government and control as much of our lives as possible?
A High Speed Train, A Low Speed Arrival. Part of the stimulus money went to Florida to develop a high speed train between Orlando and Tampa. This was to be the centerpiece of 0bama’s plan to tout high speed rail travel around the country. It’s fast, alright…about 168 mph. But because it makes 5 stops it only takes about 30 minutes off the trip – a trip that takes 90 minutes to drive. Gee, I’m so glad they got that $1.25 billion of our money: Stimulus Plan For Rail Line Between Tampa And Orlando Shows System Of Weak Links
Can She Really Be That Stupid? Yes, I pick on Nancy Pelosi a lot. But she deserves it. In an interview with Diane Sawyer, she said “you want bipartisanship, but you cannot let the lack of bipartisanship stand in the way of making this change that is important to the American people.” Pelosi Defends Healthcare Tactics Maybe she needs to start reading the polls – her approval rating is at 11%. Of course, she’s still ahead of Harry Reid whose approval rating is now at 8%. Way to go, you’re both delusional!
But This Is One Smart Dog! He Refuses Treats From Obama – LOL!!
From ACORNS Grow…..more groups with different names! Don’t be fooled by the stories that ACORN has “disbanded.” It is merely regrouping with new names but the same faces at the helm. Do they really think we won’t notice???? A Weedlike Acorn
Maybe They’ll Come To Your Door. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that according to the Constitution the only thing you need to fill out on your census form is how many people live in your home. Period. My friend Jackie asked me if this was really true, so I asked an attorney today…she said that’s all she was telling them, too! Be aware that someone might call you on the phone and show up at your house, just like what happened with Pamela Geller: Census Stalkers You sure would be in good company! (BTW, there are different forms going out across the country. The one we got here in our district in Hawaii merely asked how many people lived in the house and residents’ names. Go figure….)
Three Rising Stars This Week! First, look out, Bart Stupak. Dan Benishek is out to get your job. After Sunday night’s healthcare vote, his Facebook page added thousands of fans overnight. Dan has never held political office but believes in fiscal conservatism, energy independence, and strong national defense. He’s a physician and pro-life. As for healthcare, he believes the system needs fine-tuning but not the monstrous government takeover just passed by Congress. And there’s another person vying for Stupak’s seat: Linda Goldthorpe Linda is an attorney who would like to see the federal government keep it’s hands off state affairs, restrain itself to Constitutionally mandated issues, and cease taking personal property through taxation and excessive regulation.
Ilario Pantano is a Marine vet running for Congress in North Carolina. Talk about life experiences…..he’s an author, former Wall Street trader, and former Deputy Sheriff. While serving his country in combat in Fallujah, he killed two insurgents. Wrongly accused of murder, a military hearing dismissed all charges against him. Even still, Jihadists sent his family death threats so he resigned from the Marine Corps. His issues are promoting jobs and the economy, protecting the homeland, and preserving conservative values.
Current Rising Star Tally: Katherine Jenerette (Congress-SC), Allen West (Congress-FL), Les Phillip (Congress-AL), Steve Stivers (Congress-OH), Tim Burns (Congress-PA), Christine O’Donnell (Senate-DE). Stay tuned for more!
Final Thought: “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.” – Plato
So let’s roll! Don’t give up, don’t give in – remember in November!
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON!!