Today’s SCOTUS ruling upholding Obamacare’s Constitutionality is not only an affront to the very principles this nation was founded upon, but also the end of any illusion of freedom we had left. As of today non individual in this country has any real control over the limit government now has on them. As of today, we are a nation of slaves beholden to government. As of today government is no longer “of the people, by the people, for the people”. Today, government is master and can now legitimately rule our lives like it has never been able to do before.
I won’t bother commenting on the ruling itself, other than to say I am ashamed of Justices Kennedy and Roberts. They swore to uphold the Constitution and did exactly the opposite today. Our forefathers — Madison the least of which — which weap in shame at what was committed today. What I did want to comment on, and particularly for the scurrilous Americans that voted for Obama, are the very likely unintended consequences of today’s ruling. That slippery slope is a bitch, and I hope every single individual that voted for Obama tumbles right over it.
Today the Supreme Court ruled that Government can control what you eat, and can punish you if you do not adhere to the inevitable dietary regulations that are coming. Don’t believe that’s possible? Go talk to New York City and Boston. Today the Supreme Court rules that government can control how much energy you consume, and can punish you if you you do not adhere to the inevitable restrictions that are coming. Don’t believe that’s possible? Go talk to the U.N., and the passel of lawmakers in states and the federal level that are working hand in hand to enact carbon taxes. Today the Supreme Court ruled that Government has ultimate say in your healthcare and can punish you if you don’t adhere to the regulations. Many of which are already in place. Don’t believe that? Go talk to the 43 Catholic Denominations that are currently suing the Government for trampling religious freedom. Wait and see that its inevitable that rationing will occur. As has been the case of every single nation that has implemented a national healthcare system.
Today the Supreme Court ruled that we are no longer a single people. As of today we are “us” and “them”. As of today we are a nation of mob rule; a nation in which those who pay no income taxes — some 50% of all working adults — make the rules under which the other 50% of adults who do pay income taxes have to live. Its the ultimate socialist society in which the productive half of the country has to support themselves, along with those who are not productive. And have zero say about it.
I see little reason why those individuals who do not believe in our founding principles should enjoy the very system those principles created. Tell me why we Conservatives should not, from this moment forth, use the very tactics of the left to defeat them. If we are not a nation of principles and laws, why should we not also actively attack Democrats? Why should we not intrude upon the homes and work places of Democrats? Why should we not destroy the property of Democrats? Why should we not perpetrate voting fraud to ensure our candidates win? Why should we not practice intimidation?
Oh you fools, you know not what you did today.
The stories regarding horrendous conditions within the British managed healthcare system are legion, and now comes the claim that the system is actually a pathway to death for the elderly. The issue of course, is that in a health system funded solely through taxation services always have to be rationed. So don’t take the article to mean that the British healthcare system is intentionally murdering people. yet at the end of the day thats precisely what its doing. When scarce resources have to be allocated, they’re more likely to be allocated to the young and that simply isn’t something we should contenence here in the United States.
While there are a litany of issues — severe and other wise — with the patch work of healthcare and insurance systems here in the U.S., I don’t want to see us march down the road of Britain like a bunch of lemmings either. We can do much better, and without consigning our elderly to the deathchamber of centrally managed healthcare. Foremost is controlling skyrocketing healthcare costs, which Obamacare doesn’t even begin to provide. The issue of ever increasing cost is a complex one with no single solution, yet the first step should be to enact Tort reform enabling Doctors and Hospitals to control their insurance costs. Those costs are passed along to each of us in turn, and doctors are forced to defensively order batteries of needless medical tests for no other reason than as insulation from possible future legal proceedings. The costs of which are also passed along to us all.
Secondly, Congress should enact cross state insurance pools, and allow insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines as well. Larger pools mean lower premiums, and that is never a bad thing. Third, the States and Congress should enforce existing laws, or enact them as needed to better regulate the industry and vet premium increases. There should be clear, convincing documentary evidence required for premium increases. And that simply isn’t my impression now. In most cases I’m a proponent of less regulation, but I believe the record is clear that in the healthcare insurance industry, the industry has failed to regulate itself. And that lack of self regulation has caused great harm.
Beyond controlling cost, the States and Congress also need to address egrgious industry practices that directly harm consumers. States and consumers need real teeth to combat those practices that can, and have lead to death or debilitation through lack of medical treatment. Examples of which are the well documented policies of insurance agencies to intentionally deny claims for non-medical reasons, and the intentional cancellation of consumer policies when healthcare claims are made. My sister-in-law is an example of this second practice. She lost her healthcare three years ago when she was diagnosed with a chronic illness. After nearly 20 years of maintaining healthcare insurance, and being in good health, the company refused to renew her insurance at the end of the term after submitting her claim. She was unable to find comparable coverage afterward that would cover her (pre-existing condition), and couldn’t afford the one policy that would. Practices such as these should come with very real consequences to the companies that practice them, and what’s more, can be done Constitutionally.
That Democrats have refused to discuss, let alone enact, many of the similar proposals Republicans have put forth over the last 20 years shows that the Obamacare is more about politics than it is about ensuring the health of American citizens. Obamacare will eventually lead to single payer system, with its inevitible rationing and treadmill to the “death panels” which Britain itself is experiencing.
Not that a Michael Bloomberg endorcement would be anything to desire as a Republican, but in a candid moment when Michael Bloomberg lets slip that Mitt Romney would be a better President than Barack Obama? You know that must have had a few tongues wagging in the west wing! Of course Bloomberg is only saying what a lot of Democrats of thinking, even if they can’t say it publicly. So now can we Republicans start saying to Democrats that if they don’t vote for Mitt Romney that they are Religious Bigots?
Obama never really quit campaigning after the 2008 election. Undoubtedly he must have been thinking forward to all of the accomplishments he was going to usher through Congress as he stood under Greek columns in 2008 accepting the Democratic nomination for President. Not many think he’ll make that mistake again — of festooning with such pomp again that is.
But life has a habit of not going the way we want it to. And for someone who spent his entire life ducking responsibility — drug use, refusal to take stands on controversial legislation, minimal private sector work experience — he simply wasn’t prepared for the disappointments and tasks that would lay ahead of him. Instead of walking into the White House and immediately getting to work setting the economy to right, he lacked executive experience and knowledge that he would need in order to do that. Instead, he ushered through a $900 Billion Stimulus package which funneled millions to campaign donors and other connected individuals; instituted $100 Billion in highly questionable loans to companies that likely couldn’t have gotten them on their own through the private sector (Solyndra, and many others); and failed to create the jobs President Obama promised would come of borrowing nearly an additional $1 trillion dollars.
Jobs that were created through the stimulus legislation, however, ended up costing the country $300-500k to create per job. Yes, you saw that figure right. However, that figure is reflective of the administration’s claim of “saved” and created jobs. A claim that is entirely unsupportable in that you can’t document jobs that weren’t lost, but were saved none-the-less. The administration now counts jobs that are supposedly “funded” by stimulus dollars, instead. Free money to pay my existing employees? Sure, I’ll take some! Hire new employees? Are you kidding? Demand drives hiring and we have none of that around here, thank you very much! The actual figure is likely higher, though I haven’t seen a credible figure yet.
Instead President Obama ushered through Obamacare, which most expect to be tossed by the Supreme Court later this year despite considerable political capital expended by the President and Congressional Democrats to pass it. Itself, a tremendously expensive drain on the nations budget! Estimates now show that the initial 10 year cost will be $1.7 Trillion, though even that cost is gamed. In order to get it passed, Congressional Democrats back loaded the costs while immediately instituting the taxes and fees. The figure represents only 6 years of actual Obamacare related spending, but 10 years of taxes related to it. The cost will balloon as time passes, though how much is impossible to determine.
Instead of fostering realistic economic growth President Obama has gone on a spending spree the likes of which the world has never seen before. He’s drowned the United States in debt, having accumulated more current and projected debt than all of the previous Presidents before him combined. In terms of real debt he accumulated more than President Bush did in 8 years, in less than 2 years. Lacking in a business background, President Obama simply doesn’t understand how to create jobs. Nor do his advisers, who like him are similarly lacking in the knowledge and skills businesses tap to foster growth and economic demand. Such a waste. A waste that points to the President’s unrealistic ideology, which is grounded in the world of academia where there are no actual repercussions for being wrong.
President Obama promised he would create jobs, and hasn’t. President Obama promised to reign in the cost of healthcare, and hasn’t. President Obama promised to banish lobbyists from the White House, and didn’t. President Obama promised he was post-racial, but throws the race card in every instance anyone disagrees with him. And the list goes on. This is why President Obama can’t run on his record, and why his entire campaign will be negative. That negativity has already begun and will only get worse as the 2012 campaign season kicks into high gear.
For those who want to see the facts about the Obama administration, here are a few charts to digest. While they should be self explanatory, I’ll discuss them briefly for the liberals in the audience. The data for each of the charts was obtained directly from the CBO, Dept. of Labor, and the Treasury. Read more…
I know its a rhetorical questions, but come on? Really?
“The power to decide whether or not to use contraception lies with a woman, not her boss,” Sen. Gillibrand said.
“It’s time to tell those Republicans mind you’re own business,” Sen. Lautenberg said.
Please tell me Democrats know that women actually do have the right to purchase their own health insurance now. Please tell me Democrats understand the difference between forcing religious institutions to directly or indirectly provide elements of healthcare that run counter to to their religious tenets; and someone employed by said institution going out and purchasing her own insurance. Please tell me Americans are not stupid enough to fall for this.
Beyond that there is an entire layer of irony here too. First, an entire political party that champions “Separation of Church and State” using the State to intrude in a religious affair; and secondly the Catholic church that supported Obamacare now complaining because it was impacted in a way unforeseen. Dance with the devil….
It saddens me that it is 2011 and yet we as a country as still so focused on the issue of race that we simply can’t move beyond it. On one side you still do have genuine racism against minorities in small pockets around the United States, but on the other hand you also have racism by minorities against the majority. I don’t buy the common contention from certain minority groups that racism only occurs in one direction and I honestly think that attitude is utter nonsense. Racism is nothing more or less than:
|the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others|
|abusive or aggressive behavior towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief|
What race you happen to be has absolutely nothing to do with it. Frankly there is just as much racism in the black community as there is in the white community, if we want to be completely honest about the situation. Despite progress we as a nation have obtained towards eradicating racism, we will never overcome it completely if what we continue to focus on is race!
For instance, last week Morgan Freeman, a particularly talented actor that I have loved and respected my entire adult life made a completely egregious and ridiculous statement regarding “Tea Party” racism and that political attacks against President Obama are rooted in nothing but racism. Sentiments that are happily carried over the airwaves by the main-stream media without any proof what so ever, and without any meaningful counterpoint. It’s frustrating. Read more…
When I read Michelle Malkin’s blog yesterday I was amazed to read that a Democrat was lecturing us in our responsibilities as an American. Apparently, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes, we have a responsibility as an American to ensure President Obama’s success.
But I think he is our president. And what we have to step back and say is, whether we voted for Barack Obama or not, whether we agree with Barack Obama or not, whether we like Barack Obama or not, he is our elected president. And our success, your children`s success and your grand children`s success depend on he being a good president while he`s in office. You may want to change presidents. You may yourself want to run against him. That`s fine. You can do that in a campaign. But you also have a responsibility as an American to make him be successful because the country is not successful if the president is not successful.
I quickly jumped over to Google and tried to find a similiar statement from Mr. Bloomberg countering the vociferous attacks against President Bush during his administration, and sure enough came up empty. I simply don’t recall any high profile Democrat saying anything similiar when the Democratic party went to war against President Bush. Mr. Bloomberg will have to excuse my cynacism and will simply have to accept that his President will get what he himself sowed during the Bush administration. Then Senator Obama spared no effort in casting stones against a President whom himself was fighting two wars, including making incendiary statements that directly effected American forces fighting in foreign lands.
Of course there is also the aspect that I vehemently oppose President Obama’s political policies. I am enraged that President Obama spent the first two and a half years spending his political capital on liberal policy issues to the detriment of the American economy. I am enraged that President Obama spent his first two and half years fighting to foist an unconstitutional and massively expensive Health Care law upon us when he should have been putting Americans back to work. President Obama should have been focused on the 9% unemployment rate when he was instead focused on his next vacation. And now that President Obama says his attention is focused on the economy and the American public Mr. Bloomberg will have to excuse my disbelief. Thus far all I have heard from his President are words.