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Where is the outrage? Elena Kagan, Justice on a Mission

Justice Kagan was a member of the Obama administration and it is now apparent she was actively involved in the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare.  Traditionally, Justices recuse themselves from cases where they have a personal investment or are otherwise connected.  In fact, Kagan appears defiant to any notion of backing away from this case.

I can only imagine the left’s reaction had G.W. Bush appointed a Justice who’d cheered and pushed along the USA Patriot Act and then later ruled on the very law’s constitutionality.  There would be recall petitions, screams for assassination on MSNBC, (I’m not joking), and protests on the steps of the Court.

In this instance, the press is quietly approving.

Background

In 2010, Obama nominated Elana Kagan.  She, like Miers in 2005, had no prior judicial experience but she was an administration insider.  Her lack of judicial experience was vigorously defended, as opposed to Miers who was blasted for it..  Bloggers and journalist hit the history books (likely the first time since college) to trudge up examples of previous Supreme Court Justices who were confirmed without prior experience*.  FYI, Kagan was the first Justice confirmed without previous judicial experience in 38 years, the last being Justice William Rehnquist** in 1972.

As all liberal women are, Kagan was held as some sort of intellectual powerhouse, as opposed to Miers who was touted as an idiot, (all conservative women and minorities are labelled thus.)  Kagan’s prior experience as the Dean of an Ivy League Law School was somehow grand résumé material.

When A Plan Comes Together

At the time of her nomination, (May 10, 2010), Democrats held a super-majority in the Senate and solidly controlled the House.  The administration and their allies in Congress were actively pressing hard for what turned out to be a seriously over-reaching agenda.  In March, Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law and by many states were lining up to challenge the law.  Everyone knew a Supreme Court challenge was coming.

The nomination of Elana Kagan was no accident.  Nothing Obama does is an accident.  Every move is politically and ideologically motivated.  The Administration knew a legal challenge to Obamacare was coming, they knew Democrats would lose the House in November, and they needed insurance.  Kagan was that insurance policy.

Kagan now holds a position on, what for liberals represents, the most powerful legislative body in America.  When Congress can’t get something done liberals always have the courts.  But I digress.

I find it hilarious that liberals are calling for Justice Thomas to recuse himself while insisting Kagan has no conflict since her “role was insignificant” in passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Justice Thomas has no connection to the issue and it is a stretch to imply his judgement would be influenced because his wife works with people who oppose the law.

Using liberal logic, Kagan has friends who support Obamacare, there is solid evidence she supports Obamacare, she worked in the Administration as they were pushing the legislation, there is no way she should be allowed to weigh in on this case.  That is if the Court answered to anyone.  It is a shame that there are not clear laws defining what a conflict of interest is and when a jurist should by necessity recuse themselves or be forcibly recused.  But that’s not how it works.

In fact the entire reason Kagan is on the court is to hear this case.  Her qualifications are inconsequential, she was nominated specifically to defend the Administration’s ideology.  National Healthcare has been a socialist goal since the Wilson Administration and the costs be damned.

Unfortunately, I believe this single law could ultimately be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.  If allowed to continue, Obamacare will, in the end, cost 10 times the original estimates and coupled with other out-of-control entitlements will drive the nation into bankruptcy.

15 Trillion now and growing.  I predict sometime between 18-21 Trillion the nation will follow the Greek tradition.  Only question, who bails us out? Continue reading

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Is Cancer Treatment Worth it?

Much political hay was made last year when Sarah Palin and others suggested the Democrat-written health care legislation would lead to “death panels.” The President scoffed, Pelosi told us pass it and find out, Reid kept his head down and made disingenuous promises.  What about death panels is so scary?

The Stats

In North America approximately 1.5 million people are Continue reading

Obama Flunked High School Civics

Bret Baier spars with the an Muhammed Ali-like President Obama

I’ve asked it before and I’m asking it again, why is it that anytime someone says, “let me be perfectly clear,” they proceed to be anything but. In the above interview, Obama reminded me of Muhammad Ali as he verbally danced like a butterfly around questions and attempted to sting like a bee by excoriating Baier for interrupting his long-winded attempts not to answer the questions.

The most amazing moment came, though, when the President flatly admitted that he doesn’t care how Congress passes the health bill as long as they do.  President Obama told Bret Baier of Fox News, “I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about what the procedural rules are in the House or Senate.  What I can tell you is that the vote that’s taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform.  And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform.  And I don’t think we should pretend otherwise.” In the parlance of the web, WTF?!  So what is he saying?  I believe he’s saying, it doesn’t matter how they pass it, as long as I get to use that new pen I bought for the signing. He sounds to me like someone who didn’t pay attention in civics class.

Slaughter House Rules

When I first heard talk of the so-called “Slaughter Solution” I scoffed.  Really?  Even Nancy Pelosi knows you cannot subvert the Constitution.  Certainly, the President would refuse to sign an illegally passed law.  I could not image any Administration openly supporting the passage of a law that had not been properly voted upon.  The House and Senate bills are not the same bill.  The Senate rewrote and substantially changed the House bill.  According to tradition and my understanding of the Constitution the house must vote upon the Senate version of the bill.

As I listened to the debate I was heavily impacted by the Republican references to Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution.  It was so obvious this tactic was unconstitutional.  However, I notice the quoted text was always abbreviated (as indicated by ellipses.)  The researcher I am, I decided to reread the Constitution.  Wouldn’t it be ignorant to based my opinion on an excerpt?  But hey, most Americans base their opinions on far less – ask any liberal and they tell you what they “feel” is right.

The Constitution Assumes Democracy

Unfortunately, this is where I piss off my conservative friends, but please keep reading, then research it and convince me I’m wrong or that there is a better Article upon which to base a Constitutional challenge.

Article I, Section 7 of the U.S. Constitution

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; if he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill.

This article appears to be talking primarily about overriding a Presidential veto.  I reread the entire Constitution excluding amendments to find any clear language regarding bills where the Senate substantially changes a House bill.  Clearly, over time Congress has established a long history of messing with bills and reconciling the versions into a new bill which is then passed by both houses.  But such procedures are not specifically spelled out in the Constitution.  It seems the details of how to originate a bill and pass a bill is largely left up to Congress.  When it says, “Every bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States,” it does not even mention their having voted on that bill.

Scary omission as we have always assumed they vote.  Today, we have Congress run by ideologues, who comb through the Constitution looking for loopholes and what they can get away with.  I believe the founding fathers took it for granted that common sense would rule Congressional procedure. They assumed any bill presented to the President was the same bill voted for by both houses of Congress, but the fact is, they forgot to spell it out for the idiots of the future. Oops.

The good news may be that the long-standing tradition of both houses voting on the same bill may sway the Supreme Court to nullify the health care law.  The bad news is that Article I, Section 5 reads, “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings…” and this will likely be the basis for Pelosi’s defense.

If Republicans were in the majority and the Slaughter Solution were even discussed, the press would be circling like sharks, insinuation dictatorship, ect.  It might have even been nicknamed the “Final Solution.” Instead today we see editorials and sycophants in the MSM defending it and claiming it’s commonly done.  To that I must exclaim, BULLSHIT.

This is an affront to American political tradition, democracy, and freedom.  If we let them get away with this, there will be no bound to how far they will go the next time!

The Idiot quote of the Year

Comes from Nancy Pelosi.

“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it”

Democrats defy logic and the public

At least we see people are starting to get it.  Unfortunately, the administration looks at polls and dismisses them.  They are undounted.  Let’s review:  Health care that will raise a family’s health insurance cost while at the same time requiring that coverage under penalty of prison is not welcome by the American public.  The administration and the leadership in Congress flip America the bird and push harder.  Global warming is revealed to be a hoax complete with intentionally destroyed data and explicit written evidence of number tampering.  Does the Administration pause and investigate?  No they defiantly press harder, seeking an international treaty that would crush what’s left of American industry, impose a global tax on Americans, then pour salt on U.S. industry by announcing CO² a hazardous waste to be regulated. Stand-by for the breathing tax, trust me it’s coming. Meanwhile unemployment remains in the double digits.  Does any of this create jobs for Americans?  Not really.

I’ll give Obama kudos, he does not craft his agenda by following polls.  President Clinton seemed obsessed, chasing  polls, however Obama seems obsessed by ideological fervor.  I’ve heard him called an empty suit and while I have not come to any solid conclusion on that, I doubt it.  I do believe he is a front man for greater powers, but I think he is completely in line with those who sponsor him.  He has a clear agenda to socialize America.  He was raised and mentored by communists, by his own admission he chose to associate himself with radicals and communist professors while in college, why then should it surprise anyone when his administrative agenda is aggressively socialist?

I’ll answer that.  I believe it is due to two things.  Continue reading

Republicans Offer Health Care Americans Want

Reprint:  Author, John Boehner

Publication:  The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Republicans are offering a step-by-step, common-sense approach to health care reform – an altogether better solution than the 2,032-page government takeover of health care being pushed through Congress by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

We’ve introduced a bill to lower costs, and increased access to high-quality care – a bill the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has confirmed will lower premiums by up to 10 percent, without imposing tax increases on families and small businesses.

News Conference "To Make A Healthcare 'House Call On Washington"

As Ohio and other states across the nation continue to struggle with joblessness, rising costs of living and skyrocketing health care costs, our plan offers real relief.

In fact, the House Ways and Means Committee has determined that under the Republican plan, premiums for families will be nearly $5,000 lower than the cheapest plan in the Democrats’ government-run proposal.

Not only does the Republican plan lower health care costs, but it also expands access to quality care at a price our country can afford, and tackles the problems in our health care system that have contributed to the crisis we face today.

Specifically, our bill includes common-sense solutions to:

• Guarantee that all Americans – regardless of pre-existing conditions and past illnesses – have access to the care they need at affordable prices by creating Universal Access Programs that expand and reform high-risk pools and reinsurance programs.

• Encourage competition – which is key to lowering prices and increasing quality of care – by allowing Americans to shop for coverage from coast to coast and permitting Americans living in one state to purchase insurance in another.

• Empower small businesses to pool together and offer health care at lower prices, just as corporations and labor unions do. • Reward innovation by providing incentive payments to states that reduce premiums and the number of uninsured.

• Help end costly junk lawsuits that contribute to higher health care costs by increasing the number of tests and procedures that physicians sometimes order, not because they think it is good medicine, but because they are afraid of being sued.

These are just a few highlights of our bill. To learn more about the responsible, common-sense solutions in the Republican plan and read the entire bill, visit healthcare.gop.gov.

House GOP Leaders Hold Press Conference On Health Care Reform

Clearly, our bill offers a stark contrast to Pelosi’s health care plan. Pelosi’s bill represents bureaucracy designed to centralize health care decision-making in Washington at the expense of patients and doctors.

It will create dozens of boards, bureaus and commissions in charge of coming up with new regulations and red tape that will inevitably make health care in this country more expensive.

And despite costing $1.3 trillion, it will push billions more in costs over to already cash-strapped states like Ohio, where our governor is already struggling to fill an estimated $850 million state budget hole.

Enough is enough. Americans are fed up. The trillion-dollar “stimulus” isn’t working. Unemployment is rising. The debt to be paid by our kids and grandkids is exploding.

As members of the House of Representatives prepare to take a vote on a health care bill as early as today, they must make a decision:

They can vote for Pelosi’s bill that will raise premiums, increase taxes and cut Medicare benefits for seniors, or they can support the Republican plan that makes health care more affordable and accessible for our families.

The American people have made it clear where they stand. It is time for members of Congress to show they are listening.

Today’s Unconscionable Government Actions

I found this column in today’s Examiner.com. It is written by Anthony G. Martin, who also blogs at Liberty Sphere.  He covers the material well and paints a picture of the extreme arrogance we are dealing with.

However, we must remember the Democrats, led by Pelosi, Reid, and Obama, know their window of opportunity is closing.  In about a year that window will be closed as Republicans and conservative will sweep away their temporary super-majority.  If anything last Tuesday’s repudiation encourages them rather than chastens them.  It encourages them to move with a sense of urgency knowing they must act before the public can throw them out.  Why, you may be asking?  Because a sweeping take-over of health care give Democrats power.  The more people latched onto the government tit they more people are beholden to the Democrats.  They are enslaving the American people while the idiot masses gladly extend their hands for a bit more money, never suspecting it is they who are paying for it.  In more ways than they realize.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Unconscionable.

That is the only word one can find that adequately describes the actions of an extremist U.S. government barely 2 days out from a clear repudiation by the voters.

Unconscionable.  A most startling word that denotes the lack of a conscience.

There is no other way to suitably or more accurately describe the actions of the U.S.Congress today, initiated by the Democratic leadership, even as hundreds if not thousands of conservatives descended upon Washington in a Capitol Building protest led by Rep. Michelle Bachmann.

Bachmann’s plan included a rally on the Capitol steps to decry the push by Nancy Pelosi and other extremists to shove government-run healthcare down the throats of the American people, followed by a citizen-led person-to-person campaign as the protesters seek out and talk to their own Representatives face-to-face.

These stalwart Patriots arrived in Washington just in the nick of time, it would appear.

Reuters reports that a Senate panel led by California Leftist Barbara Boxer approved a ‘climate change’ measure over the objections of the GOP, which boycotted the vote en mass. The bill essentially cripples the oil, coal,and gas industries by mandating ‘carbon emissions’ restrictions that would have the effect of hampering the ability of Americans to say warm, cool, and drive to work…you know, that little thing we call ‘LIVING.’

Unconscionable.

Bloomberg is reporting that despite the voice of the citizens in repudiating ObamaCare and other Obama initiatives in Tuesday’s vote, the Democratic leadership in the House is proceeding with plans for a vote on the massive 2-trillion-dollar government takeover of healthcare. The vote could come as early as tomorrow or Saturday.

Unconscionable.

And then, in perhaps the most outrageous action of all, the U.S. Senate, led by Leftist extremists such as Harry Reid, John Kerry, Chris Dodd, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Chuck Schumer, voted to BLOCK a simple question from being asked on the upcoming U.S. Census.

That question? ‘Are you a U.S. citizen?’

Unconscionable.

The whole purpose of the census is to discover how many CITIZENS we have in the U.S. for the purpose of setting House district boundaries, the number of representatives allowed to the states, as well as billions of dollars in federal money.

When illegal aliens are included in the mix, which the Democrats wish to do, an unfair advantage is created in favor of those states that have the most illegals–states such as California.

Such a thing is not only unconstitutional but criminal.

Since law enforcement won’t do that job in holding our elected officials accountable to the law and the Constitution, is it time for ordinary citizens to place these enemies of the rule of law under ‘citizens’ arrest?’

No one is above the law, and extremist illegal measures implemented by elected officials should be met by extreme action on the part of the citizens.

This is a clear attack on our liberties. And, as Barry Goldwater is famous for saying, ‘Let me remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And let me also remind you that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.’

Time’s Almost Up

I usually don’t post party talking points or reprint the writings of partisans, but I came into possession of the following letter from Representative Tom Price (R-GA).  What gives Congressman Price so much more credibility is the fact that he is a doctor.  Not a lawyer!

Democrats have put a stranglehold on Republicans suppressing any input. Even as Obama was assuring us he would consider Republican proposals he was refusing to meet or discuss ideas with Republicans.  I have a strong message for Democrats and Nancy Pelosi in particular, payback’s a bitch.

And now Representative Price’s letter.

Dear Friend,


Despite the hard work of Republicans to pass health care reform that increases accessibility to quality care and lowers costs, Democrats continue down the path toward a government-run public option. Speaker Pelosi has stifled all opposition to her plans, and reports from Washington indicate that they have 210 votes for the proposal. That means they are only eight votes away from passing a bill that will end personal, private insurance and eventually put a government bureaucrat between you and your doctor.

We must stand up and let our voices be heard so we can stop this devastating legislation. Elected leaders in Washington are there to serve you, and Americans are crying out for health care reform that expands choices and improves coverage – not the one size fits all approach being jammed through by Democrats in Washington!

If you haven’t already, take this opportunity to visit Voice for Freedom to sign the petition to Speaker Pelosi to stop her government takeover of health care. And please make a donation to help the GOP take back control of the House of Representatives and ensure that there are patient-centered solutions to health care reform.


Yours truly.

Congressman Tom Price, M.D.

This is not to be considered an endorsement of the Republican party or Tom Price. This is reprinted to help communicate the urgency of getting our voices heard.
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