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Obama’s Blood Money

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I am tired of the finger-pointing, politicking, nuanced meanings, smoke and mirrors, and outright lies.  Worse yet, all of it may end up working.

Here’s a thought: healthcare reform should be about maximizing the health of a nation and extending coverage for everyone — including the unborn.  Healthcare reform must promote and encourage better health for generations yet to come — not destroy them.  

On October 7, 2009, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the following when asked about federal dollars for abortion : “Well, I don’t want to get me in trouble at church, but I would mention there’s a law that precludes the use of federal funds for abortion that isn’t going to be changed in these health care bills.”

I give Mr. Gibbs all the credit in the world for such an accurate, skillful and deliberately misleading non-answer.  The expertise necessary to dissect such a disarming reply is most remarkable.  Thank goodness for fact-checkers like the National Right to Life Committee.

“[T]here’s a law… that isn’t going to be changed.”  Accurate ?  Yes.  Misleading?  Absolutely.

Pro-life people just want to know the truth.  Are government monies going to be used to help pay for abortions in Obama’s healthcare reform?  

Yes.  Assuming proposed reform ultimately passes–yes.

FACT #1: There is no current federal law that would prevent the new programs created by the pending healthcare bills from paying for abortion on demand.  And every attempt to add such limitations to the healthcare bills has been blocked.

Democrats are hiding behind the “Hyde Amendment” when they say federal funds cannot be used for elective abortions.  Guess what folks?  Democrats are completely bypassing the Hyde Amendment which only applies to appropriations bills.  The new premium subsidy programs are not funded through appropriations bills.

FACT #2: Under H.R. 3200, as amended by the Capps-Waxman Amendment, under the public option, the Department of Health and Human Resources is explicitly authorized to pay for elective abortions using funds drawn on a U.S. Treasury account.

“[T]here’s a law… that isn’t going to be changed.”  Accurate ?  Yes.  Misleading?  Absolutely.  It ignores the real question.  What about the unborn?

Any person intentionally misleading the public on the critical issue of federal funding of abortion will have blood on their hands if the proposed healthcare reform passes.  Tax dollars, federal funds, Treasury accounts, federal subsidies–whatever you want to call it–is blood money if it helps to kill the unborn.

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Salesman of the Year!

Barack Obama declared the other evening that, “It’s time for America to chart a new course.”  (Quite possibly the scariest words in American politics.)  And who wouldn’t buy what this guy is selling??? 

Obama promised affordable education and declared that a college education should be a birthright for every American!  Obama promised affordable healthcare for every American and that all of us will have the same top-of-the-line healthcare as members of Congress in four years!   Obama promised to take the record profits of big oil and “make” them reinvest in alternative energy sources and pay for pollution!  Obama promised good paying jobs for the jobless!  And for such a young man with little experience, Obama has done very well for himself in finding enough people to buy into the hype with their votes.

First, Obama does not seem to appreciate that education, especially higher education is something that should be earned through hard work, dedication and personal sacrifice.  What kind of a birthright is Obama talking about?  What kind of message does that send to slackers in high schools across America if the government will ensure that you get a college degree whether you’ve earned it or not?  How many excellent future graduates will then have their degrees discounted because the market is flooded and employers can’t determine whether these degrees represent any significant achievement?  Obama doesn’t understand that promising government-backed college education does not raise the bar, it lowers the bar for everyone.  Obama doesn’t understand that information, i.e. education,  is a commodity that students buy and that college education is an investment in yourself that shouldn’t be passed out to people who haven’t earned the privilege.

Second, Obama doesn’t appreciate the fact that compared to private sector compensation, full-time civil servants and elected officials in the Federal government typically make far less money in public service. One of the incentives to retain well-trained and competent employees and leaders is to provide an excellent healthcare incentive package.  The idea that EVERY American should be entitled to the same government healthcare benefits package is simply pandering for votes.  So, why work for the government anymore?  And more importantly, Obama’s plan cannot work well simply because healthcare services are limited and finite.  Anyone who has visited an emergency room lately already knows this.  If the government begins footing the medical bills of every American and disregarding the limited resources available and increasing the demand on our skilled medical professionals, we will be begging for the days of the 3 1/2 hour emergency room waiting experience.  Further, individuals will have less incentive to be proactive in maintaining their own health (quitting smoking for example) because medical bills will be a thing of the past.  (Well, not exactly, but I’ll get to that.)

Third, the evil “big oil” corporations.  Since when is actually making money such a problem in America?  I really don’t understand how people in cafes can complain about $3.75 per gallon gas while simultaneously paying $64.00 per gallon for their lattes with tipping to boot. Think about it.  We hear a lot about big, bad, American oil corporations and their outrageous profits, but Starbucks is making out like a bandit!  And Obama needs to brush up on corporate formation.  Last time I checked, it’s the shareholders, i.e. regular Americans, who actually own these companies and invest in them!  Obama promises to punish these oil companies for excessive profits, force them to reinvest in other energy sources and make them pay for global pollution.  So Obama’s policies will actually punish the investors, i.e. you and me!  So what’s the point in investing in stocks or mutual funds of American companies if the government is going to limit your opportutnities to amass wealth or save for retirement?  IT IS OUTRAGEOUS that Obama is going to take profits from hard-working, investing Americans and claim that he will help us and the economy by doing so. The government already rakes in billions of dollars with a “B” through corporate taxes and fuel taxes.  If you wish to revive the American economy, the answer cannot be found in punishing with EVEN MORE TAXES the very industries driving the economy in the first place.  Furthermore, Obama doesn’t explain why American oil companies should have to pay for global pollution but not other countries such as Mexico, India, and China. 

Finally, Obama promises good paying jobs (not good jobs) for the jobless–all 5% of them.  This can only mean one thing: raising the minimum wage.  If you haven’t already figured this out, artificially raising wages decreases the overall standard of living because prices rise as well.  You have “more” money, it just has less value.  So rather than raise the bar for everyone and strengthen the economy, minimum wages discount everyone’s dollar–all 100% of us.  Thanks, Barack!  So while a jobless person may find a new job, it won’t necessarily be worth it.  The taxes taken out of their pay check to fund American college educations, universal health insurance, global warming initiatives, and massive job programs won’t leave much after the bills are paid.  And any money left over won’t be worth investing in companies since profits are evil.  So Obama’s policies won’t be free at all.  All of us will pay much higher taxes, have much greater dependence on government and have less money and fewer opportunities for ourselves and our families.

So Obama really knows how to work a crowd and get people excited about “change” even though no one really seems to understand that change can be very, very, bad.  He appears to many as a political saviour, yet his policies only represent the tired old liberal ideas that have never worked.  Obama has the least experience of any Presidential candidate in modern times.  I ask you, “How is that change we can believe in?”

Vote for Obama! It’s easier than thinking! 

Bill Proposes 50 New Federal Judgeships for Next President

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Up to 50 lifetime appointments to the Federal judiciary may be at stake immediately in the race for the White House if this law passes:  

The Federal Judgeship Act of 2008, sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is aimed at easing judges’ caseloads in federal courts.

The measure would add 12 permanent seats to U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and 38 permanent seats to U.S. District Courts across the country. It would also make five temporary judgeships – one each in Arizona, Hawaii, Kansas, Missouri and New Mexico – permanent. It would also put two temporary seats in the Ninth Circuit and 14 temporary district court seats around the country. It would take effect the day after the next president is inaugurated.  Full Article

Now, I understand that the Federal dockets are cramped, but that’s nothing new.  I just don’t recall the Senate being very interested in this problem during the Bush presidency.  Hmmmmm.   Maybe conservatives can look forward to McCain winning this election, or we can thank the good Senator for having enough sense and foresight (remember the Gang of 14?) to preserve the Senate’s privilege to filibuster possible liberal, living-Constitution nominee types in the unfortunate event that he lose this election.

Earlier Post: Conservatives, “It’s About the Justices Stupid” 

Land of the Free & Home of the Crybabies?

In April 2003, we Americans gave President Bush a 76% approval rating in his handling of the War in Iraq. But now as tensions continue to rise and insurgents continue to kill men, women, children, and troops, about 39% of us think we have the right to change our minds, elect a new Congress, pull out of Iraq, and forget the whole thing ever happened. And granted, we do have that right.      

But whatever happened to doing the right thing no matter the cost, and taking responsibility for one’s actions? 

We can’t blame Bush for this war; 76% of us gave the President and Congress our blessing! We need to grab a mirror and blame ourselves. We supported our leaders in the decision to go to war. So here we are. And it’s too late to talk about how or why we got here, we just need to tread very carefully now so we don’t make it worse. We need to suck it up and be willing to take responsibility. The 39% of us who have since changed our minds simply don’t deserve that luxury.   

Iraq obviously needs America’s military help. The Iraqi people risk life and limb every day at the whimsy of fanatic jihadists who wish to establish a violent Islamic Theocracy that would send human rights (especially women’s rights) straight to the Dark Ages. Premature withdrawal of American troops could have devastating consequences for the Middle East region. Jihadists likely would bring the fight to American soil and increase hostilities against our allies abroad. If Iraq can’t be helped now, it won’t be helped ever. 

How soon we forget history. Iraq mostly conjures up the ghosts of Vietnam. But what about Japan? In WWII Japan was bombed to oblivion by the U.S., yet Japan became a major industrialized democracy a mere 40 years later thanks to us—her former American enemy. 

If you think we’ve been in Iraq too long—think again. Japan required military occupation by the U.S. for 7 years (without the Japanese carbombing utilities, city markets, police stations, or weddings every other day). We have been in Iraq only four years and our government is seriously considering a pull-out thanks to the 39% of us who simply changed our minds! 

Maybe we have really just lost our minds.

Where’s our resolve? Where’s our idealism? We must make the the WWII generation sick. Why can’t we see beyond the current violence and gas prices and envision a peaceful and stable Iraq 40 years from now? Other countries in the region are stable. The good people of Iraq are counting on us to help them fight for freedom from the jihadists. Or at least they were counting on us.

WE ARE AT WAR FOLKS. Wake up. Some of us need to grow up. It’s not pretty. It’s not easy. And it’s definitely not our choice! Unlike the Japanese, the jihadists have not surrendered! We can’t stop fighting yet. We have an important mission in Iraq. 

And don’t mistake me for a warmonger. I believe we should always seek peace and pursue it. I can’t help but get an enormous knot in my throat as I hold back the tears when reading or hearing about the death of another young American soldier or when I think about my own two family members who are serving in the U.S. military. One leaves next month for his second tour of duty in Iraq. 

All the men and women who serve or have served in our military are courageous.

But so are the innocent Iraqi men, women, and children who must deal with jihadist terror and sectarian violence every day. Let’s take responsibility for what is happening in Iraq by staying, fighting, strengthening, and stablizing the infant Iraqi government until she is ready to release us. And continue to pray for strength and wisdom for our leaders, military commanders, and troops in resolving this War. Pray for Iraq. May our ultimate decision honor our sacrifice and the good people of Iraq.