Dutch Treat Breakfast with Bob McDonnell at Cafe Caturra. Come meet with Bob McDonnell (with Del. Lee Ware) up close and personal, for a dutch treat breakfast, and hear his exciting vision for Virginia this Thursday, September 3rd.
Location: At Cafe Caturra
13830 Village Place, 378-4955
Date: Thursday September 3, 2009
Cost: No cost to listen (Dutch treat Breakfast and Coffee if you choose)
Please make every effort to come out and support the candidate(s) that will get Virginia back on track.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Dutch Treat Breakfast with Bob McDonnell at Cafe Caturra. Come meet with Bob McDonnell (with Del. Lee Ware) up close and personal, for a dutch treat breakfast, and hear his exciting vision for Virginia this Thursday, September 3rd.
Read Here: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2009/08/post_315.html#more
Anita Kumar reports on some dirty trick being played by the Deeds campaign. Below is what happened and a statement by the RPV regardning the incident:
Who is Jennifer? Another Case of Inter-Campaign Trickery....Bob McDonnell's campaign received a call this morning from a woman who called herself "Jennifer" and claimed to be a freelance reporter from the Connection newspapers in Northern Virginia. She asked for information about McDonnell's schedule.....The problem? She isn't a reporter. She actually works for Creigh Deeds's campaign....McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin, who took her call, said the caller ID showed Deeds's campaign headquarters phone number and the words "Deeds for Va." ...Deeds campaign manager Joe Abbey questioned his staffers after hearing about the call from a reporter. He later said he found out the caller was one of his staffers -- though he did not release the woman's name...."An overzealous campaign worker was trying to figure out where Bob McDonnell was today,'' Abbey said. "We have made it clear to all staff and volunteers that this behavior is not acceptable and should not happen again."...Political observers will recall this happened before in Virginia....Last year, Senate candidate Jim Gilmore suspended his communications director for two weeks without pay because she sent an email to rival Mark Warner's campaign under a false name and asked to be put on his email list....In 2001, a top campaign official for Warner, then a gubernatorial candidate, was reprimanded for posing as a constituent and making confrontational remarks about rival Mark Earley during a radio call-in show..."Nothing surprises us anymore from Team Deeds,'' Martin said. " 'Me too' on policy. 'Me too' on attacks. Now they are 'me too' on past political capers."
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'Jihadists' and 'global war on terror' no longer exist and we're not engaged in a "war on terrorism" ...Interesting
http://www.thecontemporaryconservative.blogspot.com Didn't these people give "W." grief on the Mission accomplished statement......just because you believe something is true doesn't make it true. Afghanistan is now Obama's war to win or loose I guess....from the Washington Times:
It's official. The U.S. is no longer engaged in a "war on terrorism." Neither is it fighting "jihadists" or in a "global war." …President Obama's top homeland security and counterterrorism official took all three terms off the table of acceptable words inside the White House during a speech Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank…."The President does not describe this as a 'war on terrorism,'" said John Brennan, head of the White House homeland security office, who outlined a "new way of seeing" the fight against terrorism. …He was specific about ways in which Mr. Obama believes words influence the way America prosecutes the fight against terrorism. ….Mr. Brennan said that to say the U.S. is fighting "jihadists" is wrongheaded because it is using "a legitimate term, 'jihad,' meaning to purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal" which "risks giving these murderers the religious legitimacy they desperately seek but in no way deserve."
Read Here: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/06/white-house-war-terrorism-over/?feat=home_headlines
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 3:27 PM
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August 31, 2009
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Deeds Pushing Divisive Social Issues Once Again
- Jumps on Decades-Old College Paper, Avoids Discussion of Real Issues -
- Attempts to Reframe Race in Effort to Divide, Not Address Jobs, Economy, Roads -
RICHMOND - Trailing badly in every public opinion poll, Democratic candidate for governor Creigh Deeds has once again broken his promise to avoid injecting divisive social issues into the campaign by exploiting an academic paper written decades ago. Deeds has made the centerpiece of his campaign a master's thesis written by Republican Bob McDonnell before the fall of the Berlin Wall and before many of the people who will vote in this election were even born.
"Please take a few minutes to read the article and then forward it to every person you know: friends, family, neighbors, you name it," wrote Deeds senior advisor Mo Elleithee in a blast e-mail Sunday, following the publication of the thesis by the Washington Post.
Deeds is attempting to re-frame the race in an effort to divide Virginians along emotional social issues, despite an express promise not to do so.
"I've never made social policy a huge part of my campaigns or a huge focus of my agenda," Deeds said in the first gubernatorial debate at the Homestead in July. "We have to be focused not on the politics of division, not of the things that divide us as people, but the things that will allow us to move forward as a Commonwealth. We can't be continually dividing our citizens on social politics."
Watch the video of Deeds making his promise here.
Indeed, once Deeds made his desperate bid to change the subject away from issues important to everyday Virginians, the media noted that his gambit to cast the campaign in light of a social agenda was - at best - precarious.
"Deeds to Wage Risky Attack On Opponent's Abortion Views," read the headline in the Washington Post on August 9, 2009. "Deeds's strategy is a departure from the approach that worked for the state's past two Democratic governors, who generally played down touchy social issues and focused instead on the issues they said voters cared about more: traffic, schools and other quality-of-life issues," reported the Post.
Who's Got the Façade?
"We've said all along that Bob's election year rhetoric about prioritizing jobs and the economy is nothing more than a façade," wrote Mo Elleithee in the Deeds campaign e-mail.
On odd claim, given that Deeds has yet to offer a coherent plan to do much at all, except raise taxes. He also vows not to have a transportation plan, but only has a way to pay for whatever it may be.
Façade of A Transportation Plan
"In response, R. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for governor, has pledged to come up with a solution in his first year in office but has offered no funding plan. He vows not to, saying that any proposal would be divisive and limit his ability to bring lawmakers together to agree on a solution once he's elected."
"[Deeds'] vaunted transportation policy consists of . . . promising to build consensus, and an admission that he would sign a tax hike if one landed on his desk."
"Republican Robert F. McDonnell has compiled a transportation plan while Democrat Creigh Deeds curiously has declared he won't advance one until after - read, if - he gets elected."
"Deeds, on the essential subject of transportation and so far in this race, is standing at the starting blocks deaf to a starting gun that long since has sounded."
"[A]s McDonnell points out, his opponent's plan is so skimpy that he doesn't even list transportation as a separate menu item on his Web site.
"We, too, have been disappointed in Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds' dodge in presenting solutions to Virginia's most pervasive problem."
Washington Post (Again)
"Mr. Deeds, insofar as his published platform is concerned, has barely bothered to float a transportation program. Now, by stating that he'd sign a bill containing higher taxes for roads, he has at least tipped his hand."
In his thesis, McDonnell championed covenant marriage, which would be an option for couples who want to enter matrimony with a firm lifetime commitment to the union.
Included among others who support the idea are Governor Tim Kaine and Del. Albert Pollard (D - 99th District). While lieutenant governor, Kaine proposed covenant marriage as part of his legislative package aimed at strengthening families.
"Marriage is sort of the bedrock of society," [Kaine] said, according to the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. "Anything you can do to make marriages stronger is a good thing."
"There's a concept out there that issues of family preservation are the province of one party," Pollard said. "That is wrong. The idea that marriage is a sacred bond is not unique to one party."
McDonnell: Do the Job, Work Hard: You're Hired
McDonnell said he does not consider sexual orientation when hiring employees for his office. "I'm not going to discriminate on any basis other than whether people are hard-working and honest," he said. (Daily Press, February 28, 2006)
Creigh Deeds: Losing, Desperate and Divisive
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Saturday, August 29, 2009
The new ruling class is about to fail America yet again as Republican Congressmen (and women) start signal that they are starting to cave on the health care debacle despite the ever increasing public outcry against current Health Care proposals. It's becoming more and more apparent that the American people need new representation across the board since, by my observation, all the voices at the various town halls, Tea Parties and public protests are telling our representatives that we haven't the money nor the desire for socialized medicine in America.....we need to stop, the ever increasing power of, these people and vote in citizen representatives who actually listen to their constituents and represent them since our government works for us, we do not work from them. The Revolutionary War was fought against a ruling class in American and the Constitution/Declaration of Independence was penned airing our grievance and stand again a ruling class...this a fight all Americana's should wear as a badge of honor since it's not about Republican versus Democrat or even right versus left but our freedom versus being ruled by policies we, the American people, have no hand or say in....which goes against the very core of soul as a country. Every inch of freedom we give to a government will end up in a mile of regret when we realize we can no longer exercise it freely.
From The Associated Press (AP):
A leading GOP negotiator on health care struck a further blow to fading chances of a bipartisan compromise by saying Democratic proposals would restrict medical choices and make the country's "finances sicker without saving you money."....The criticism from Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., echoed that of many opponents of the Democratic plans under consideration in Congress. But Enzi's judgment was especially noteworthy because he is one of only three Republicans who have been willing to consider a bipartisan bill in the Senate....In the Republicans' weekly radio and Internet address on Saturday, Enzi said any health care legislation must lower medical costs for Americans without increasing deficits and the national debt....."The bills introduced by congressional Democrats fail to meet these standards," he said....Enzi, together with Republican Sens. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Olympia Snowe of Maine, has held talks with Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. But the chance of a bipartisan breakthrough has diminished in the face of an effective public mobilization by opponents of Democratic proposals...."I heard a lot of frustration and anger as I traveled across my home state this last few weeks," said Enzi, who has been targeted by critics for seeking to negotiate on legislation. "People in Wyoming and across the country are anxious about what Washington has in mind. This is big. This is personal. This is one of the most important debates of our lifetime."...He called for more competition among health insurers, for the ability of small businesses to band together across state lines to negotiate for lower-cost insurance plans, for tax breaks to help people buy insurance and for reducing malpractice lawsuits.
Read Here: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5il892mEYzWO1CD8hZVloHcT8OukAD9ACI4D80
Next the President will mandate that he be every American's facebook buddy! From CNET:
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet....They're not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency. ....The new version would allow the president to "declare a cybersecurity emergency" relating to "non-governmental" computer networks and do what's necessary to respond to the threat. Other sections of the proposal include a federal certification program for "cybersecurity professionals," and a requirement that certain computer systems and networks in the private sector be managed by people who have been awarded that license....."I think the redraft, while improved, remains troubling due to its vagueness," said Larry Clinton, president of the Internet Security Alliance, which counts representatives of Verizon, Verisign, Nortel, and Carnegie Mellon University on its board. "It is unclear what authority Sen. Rockefeller thinks is necessary over the private sector. Unless this is clarified, we cannot properly analyze, let alone support the bill."
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
My Wife has Suffer interrogation techniques “unauthorized” to CIA Operatives and lives to tell about it
I love a good cigar, right or wrong, and probably over the last 17 plus years of marriage I might have happened to blow smoke in her face while talking to her…..lucky she’s no terrorist and I’m not a CIA operative otherwise it would be an “unauthorized” interrogation technique…..YIKES! I'm glad we’re happily married since I wouldn’t want that coming out in divorce proceedings. According to the 9-11 commission report, Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, the man behind the U.S.S. Cole attack in 200 (that killed 17 U.S. sailors) described what the report (this is also in CIA Inspector General’s report) as “unauthorized” interrogation including blowing smoke in his eyes from……wait for it……CIGARS!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaaah, not the slow death of second hand smoke which has been proven time and again as a wives tale. I will admit some of the things they did were rough but where do we draw the line when inrrogating terrorists to get information that may porevent another U.S.S Cole or 9_11.. Per CSNNews:
CIA officers blew smoke in Nashiri's face, according to the report, and they used cigars…..The IG's office described this smoke-blowing as one of several "unauthorized or undocumented techniques" it discovered had been used in isolated incidents by CIA employees interrogating high-level al-Qaida terrorists….."An Agency (redacted phrase) interrogator admitted that, in December 2002, he and another (redacted phrase) smoked cigars and blew cigar smoke in al-Nashiri's face during the interrogation," said the IG report….The IG, however, was unable to clearly establish that the smoke-blowing was intended to force Nashiri to cough up what he knew about al-Qaida's plans…."The interrogator claimed they did this to 'cover the stench' in the room and to help keep the interrogators alert late at night," said the IG report. "This interrogator said he would not do this again based on 'perceived criticism.' Another agency interrogator admitted that he also smoked cigars during two sessions with al-Nashiri to mask the stench in the room. He claimed he did not deliberately force smoke into al-Nashiri's face." The interrogators learned their lesson: Don't blow smoke at terrorists. ….Other reported instances in which CIA interrogators used unauthorized techniques did not merit a separate IG investigation, according to the report. "These included the making of threats, blowing cigar smoke, employing certain stress positions, the use of a stiff brush on a detainee and stepping on a detainee's ankle shackles," said the report. "For all of the instances, the allegations were disputed or too ambiguous to reach any authoritative determination regarding the facts."…..But CIA interrogations of detainees, according to the report, did uncover plots against the U.S., including plans to "loosen spikes in an attempt to derail a train," "blow up several gas stations to create panic and havoc," "hijack and fly an airplane into the tallest building in California in a west coast (sic) version of the World Trade Center attack" and "cut the lines of suspension bridges in New York in an effort to make them collapse."…..In the eight years since Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida has not managed to strike America again. As a reward for the CIA's part in this success, President Obama has now stripped the agency of its lead role in questioning terrorists and Attorney General Eric Holder has named a special prosecutor to investigate its interrogation practices.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port, Mass., the Kennedy family said in a statement.
Kennnedy, 77, "liberal lion of the Senate," had fought a public battle with cancer. "He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him," the family said.
For more information...http://www.politico.com
Monday, August 24, 2009
The problem with being a celebrity President is that the press treats you more like a celebrity than a President. The press is very fickle, as any movie star or rock star would tell you, and as the President’s poll numbers dip and his agenda get’s bogged down and the press gets frustrated look for more critical stories on the President. I think there has never been a President so reliant of polling numbers and public support as the Obama Administration is for success. The midterm elections will really be a good benchmark on the disenchantment of the President thus far or the dip in popularity as just a blip in his term. From the Washington Examiner: Before White House press secretary Robert Gibbs left town, he tried to clarify President Barack Obama’s comment that “everybody in Washington gets all wee-weed up.” Gibbs explained to reporters that what the president meant was that they were a bunch of bed wetters who made too much out of the implosion of the White House health care strategy……Gibbs has grown more sardonic and patronizing as the summer wears on and Obama’s poll numbers wilt……The press secretary has lectured reporters on the nature of their jobs — apparently to defend the administration against “misinformation” rather than asking impertinent questions like “How will you pay for it?”….. Reporters who traveled with the Obama campaign tell horror stories about the organization — dishonesty, rudeness and abysmal access. But those reporters still served up the glowing coverage…..Obama was the hottest news story of their generation. Rather than covering the long-shot freshman senator who would be crushed in February, Obama campaign reporters experienced the reflected glory of being along for a historic journey. There was plenty of motivation to keep that journey going….Conversely, Obama making a hash out of health care provides plenty of good copy for the White House press corps. And because Obama fatigue has set in with the reading and viewing public, skeptical stories match the national mood.
Read article here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/The-thrill-is-gone-for-Obama-and-the-media_08_24-54389032.htm
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Improper ?.. maybe, criminal ?..not quite…..breaking a campaigning promise to change the way things are done in Washington D.C. definitely yes. The only way to rid the government of fraud and special favors IS to rid government of fraud and special favors. Getting to a point where I could care less what party does this but we need to start getting rid of this growing ruling class and take back our government…..From the AP:
President Barack Obama's push for a national health care overhaul is providing a financial windfall in the election offseason to Democratic consulting firms that are closely connected to the president and two top advisers……..Coalitions of interest groups running at least $24 million in pro-overhaul ads hired GMMB, which worked for Obama's 2008 campaign and whose partners include a top Obama campaign strategist. They also hired AKPD Message and Media, which was founded by David Axelrod, a top adviser to Obama's campaign and now to the White House. AKPD did work for Obama's campaign, and Axelrod's son Michael and Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe work there…..The firms were hired by Americans for Stable Quality Care and its predecessor, Wealthy Economy Now. Each was formed by a coalition of interests with big stakes in health care policy, including the drug maker lobby PhRMA, the American Medical Association, the Service Employees International Union and Families USA, which calls itself "The Voice for Health Care Consumers."….. A larger issue is a network of relationships and overlapping interests that resembles some seen in past administrations and could prove a problem as Obama tries to win the public over on health care and fulfill his promise to change the way Washington works,……. The Democratic National Committee paid AKPD at least $106,000 for polling, media production, communication consulting and travel costs from February through April. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee paid GMMB roughly $75,000 from February through June for ads.
As we are beginning to fraud emerge from TARP and the stimulus, we should prepare for massive fraud with the Cash for Clunkers program if the program we borrowed the idea from (Germany) is any indication. This is the problem with massive government programs be it Medicare, Welfare or Cash for Clunkers fraud always follows suit……From the CATO Institute:
This may well be the case with Germany's reprehensible cash-for-clunkers program….Germany's police union, the Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter, estimates that about 50,000 cars destined for the scrap yard under Berlin's trade-in scheme have been illegally resold to Africa and Eastern Europe. The government had paid around â‚¬125 million for these vehicles to be destroyed so that people would buy new, more fuel-efficient cars. German environmental group Deutsche Umwelthilfe predicts a doubling of illicit exports by the end of the year. It's probably only a matter of time before American clunkers will likewise find their illegal way to the streets of Mexico and beyond. And humanity would be better off if they did….This is where the environmental argument for destroying the clunkers comes in. The old cars must disappear, we are told, because they contribute to global warming. Let's look first at the rather dubious claim that trading in your old car for a more fuel-efficient new one reduces carbon emissions. If half of the new sales would have occurred anyway and the other half merely brought forward purchases rather than created new ones, then the real mileage effect appears quite limited. What's more, the energy required to manufacture a car accounts for as much as 45% of its lifetime energy consumption. So replacing old cars with new ones requires a big up-front energy investment. And crushing old cars and converting them to steel consumes more energy than exporting them……It is true that selling clunkers to the Third World will increase emissions in those countries by increasing the number of cars on the road. But denying those poor people access to affordable cars means lowering their living standards. Lower living standards will of course always reduce energy consumption, but surely that cannot be a desirable policy objective…..Moreover, many of our clunkers are bound to be more efficient and more environmentally friendly than cars currently on the roads of many of the world's poorest countries. Selling the clunkers to them, therefore, could defray the cost of the clunkers programs while also upgrading the stock of cars in Africa and elsewhere.
If we cannot prevent the fraud and environmental impacts then this program is just a waste of tax money propping up a government owned automobile industry that cannot make it on their own.
Yes, I find Jon Stewart funny, rarely agree but find him hilarious. I think the below excerpts from his last show tells us a lot of why the Obama administration seems destined to implode if it doesn’t, at the very least, slow the pace down of what they think needs to be done. The Obama campaign was built on trying to be all things to all people (from blue dog DEMS to ultra left crazies) and now all these groups want their pay back and they want it now…..there’s just one problem most of these groups can’t find a common path for which to travel, let alone those of us of a conservative bent. Health Care is becoming the boondoggle of all boondoggles because of the vagueness (yes I’m starting to sound like a broken record) and that it goes too far for some and yet not far enough for other’s leaving everyone pissy at the one guy that seems need our love and acceotance (by the fact that if is unable to say no if it effects his pol numbers), President Obama. Stewart has one thing right in his little tirade that I agree with wholeheartedly…..this administration looks more and more undisciplined and overwhelmed…... I also don’t think they could sell insulation to an Eskimo :)…From Mike Allen's POLITICO Playbook
JON STEWART opened 'The Daily Show' by playing a clip of the president saying, 'the public option, whether we have it or we don't have it.' Stewart feigns surprise: 'Wait a second! What did you just say?! ... No public option? ... Did you just drop public option? ... Mr. President, I CAN'T TELL IF YOU'RE A JEDI -- 10 STEPS AHEAD OF EVERYTHING -- OR IF THIS WHOLE HEALTH-CARE THING IS KICKIN' YOUR ASS JUST A LITTLE BIT. Why is this so hard? Why can't you guys just stay on message? Remember the Bush team? Little bit of discipline, little bit of repetition. They sold us a WAR nobody wanted and nobody needed. [Clips of President Bush, Secretary Powell, Condi Rice, Secretary Rumsfeld, Vice President Cheney, Mrs. Bush all echoing each others' language in the run-up to Iraq.] Salesmanship! THOSE GUYS could sell ice cubes to Eskimos. The Democrats, I don't even think could sell Eskimos BEEP they need -- insulation, heating apparatus. ... Yes, we can! [pause] Unless you don't think we should!'
More proof that the press, at least, is getting tired of the undisciplined Obama admin:
ED SCHULTZ, front-row regular at White House press conferences, opening his MSNBC show: '[T]he White House, I think, is dazed and confused ... They don't know what page they're on. I mean, they don't have a playbook. You can't go over to the White House and say, can we have your plan for health care, and boom, there's a 200-pager right there. They don't have that. Now, what they have is a bunch of bullet points and a bunch of ideas, but the bottom line here is that the president I think needs to be more direct and start doing some arm-twisting with some folks that aren't listening to him.'
Watch the video Here: http://www.comedycentral.com/
Read the rest : www.politico.com
Over at Political Christian, http://www.politicalchristian.org/wordpress/2009/08/why-are-internment-camps-being-built/ a great blog run by Larry Miller (a man deserving of conservatives respect and props) there posing the question, What's with all the internment camps being built in the US"...Has Larry gone off the deep end or is he on to something other's have missed? ....
For starters, all anyone need do to begin a serious investigation of the subject of internment camps is Google the phrase “FEMA Camps.” ...I have had numerous readers contact me, saying that they have personally witnessed the transportation of construction materials used for internment camps, have actually worked in and around them, or have personally seen such camps. These eyewitness testimonies have come from very credible people, including law enforcement and military personnel, as well as airline pilots and construction workers.....This is an advertisement by the National Guard promoting the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of “Internment/Resettlement Specialist.” Question: why does the National Guard need to recruit Internment/Resettlement Specialists? What do they know that we should know?....Some suggest that these facilities are being prepared for large numbers of illegal immigrants. This seems extremely doubtful, however, considering the propensity of the federal government to (1) do next to nothing to seriously curtail the flood of illegal aliens into America, (2) do virtually nothing to apprehend illegals known to be in the US, and (3) do everything it can to facilitate the release of those illegals incarcerated by State and local authorities.....In fact, an argument could be made that by today’s politically correct definition, America’s Founding Fathers would be categorized as “paranoid,” “extremists,” or “potential dangerous militia members.” I would even go so far as to question the patriotism of anyone today that is not a little paranoid. This federal government has certainly earned whatever paranoia citizens feel.
Interesting....I guess you all know what I'll be googling tonight..
Read the post here: http://www.politicalchristian.org/wordpress/2009/08/why-are-internment-camps-being-built/
Section 1233 of HR 3200, “Advance Care Planning Consultation.” Does this provision just provide seniors with more information to those on Medicare or does it clear the path for bureaucrats to decide who gets care and who doesn’t (depending on contribution to society) if rationing or prioritization of care is implemented through the Health care bill. As I stated yesterday, it all comes down to how you interpret the context of what is being said and trust government to do the right thing. Like a super power the vague language in this bill sees to be open to being used for good or evil, and there in lies the weakness of this bill and why we need to start over. Section 1233 has several sections that have, will and should cause this kind of unease, they are below:
• ….. An advance care planning consultation with respect to an individual may be conducted more frequently than provided under paragraph (1) if there is a significant change in the health condition of the individual, including diagnosis of a chronic, progressive, life-limiting disease, a life-threatening or terminal diagnosis or life-threatening injury, or upon admission to a skilled nursing facility, a long-term care facility (as defined by the Secretary), or a hospice programcomment on such set of measures before finalizing such proposed measures.'.
• ….. The level of treatment indicated under subparagraph (A)(ii) may range from an indication for full treatment to an indication to limit some or all or specified interventions. Such indicated levels of treatment may include indications respecting, among other items--
`(i) the intensity of medical intervention if the patient is pulse less, anemic, or has serious cardiac or pulmonary problems;
`(ii) the individual's desire regarding transfer to a hospital or remaining at the current care setting;
`(iii) the use of antibiotics; and
`(iv) the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration
• …. Physician’s QUALITY REPORTING INITIATIVE- Section 1848(k)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1395w-4(k)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraphs:
`(3) Physician’s QUALITY REPORTING INITIATIVE-
`(A) IN GENERAL- For purposes of reporting data on quality measures for covered professional services furnished during 2011 and any subsequent year, to the extent that measures are available, the Secretary shall include quality measures on end of life care and advanced care planning that have been adopted or endorsed by a consensus-based organization, if appropriate. Such measures shall measure both the creation of and adherence to orders for life-sustaining treatment.
`(B) PROPOSED SET OF MEASURES- The Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register proposed quality measures on end of life care and advanced care planning that the Secretary determines are described in subparagraph (A) and would be appropriate for eligible professionals to use to submit data to the Secretary. The Secretary shall provide for a period of public
……you be the judge, does this open up the chance for abuse where it is determined that a Medicare recipient, upon a changing medical condition or when entering a nursing home, is consulted that their quality of life doesn’t dictate that full coverage is necessary (this is where the death panel came from) or do we trust that all these consultations will be done by caring bureaucrats not trying to cut costs, time and workloads (this hasn’t occurred yet in government institutions.)…..I wouldn’t go so far as saying this is the intent but it certainly is not a big leap that it can open the door for such abuses. The inherent problem with massive government plan is that is takes so mush money, people and parts to make it work that it rarely meet the stated objective. We should reform and enhance the system we have (which give unparalleled service compared to the rest of the world) that no one goes untreated when in need and not provide an vague and meandering national plan that will be riddled with misinterpretation, fraud and massive budget overages…
Read Bill HR 3200 Here: http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h3200/text
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Yet another example of the Obama administration's inability to react effectively to changes in the political climate, the President flipped and then flipped again on the public option in the health care bill. The inability to stay on message has to be a major concern for people wanting this administration's policies to be enacted. I do find it funny that this Administration thinks that by just repeating that they never wavered that we will forget that they wavered.....didn't I see Obi Wan Kanobi do that to a storm trooper..... I don't think the force is with the President on this one. From the NYPost:
The White House fell into full retreat yesterday from its earlier surrender of Democratic plans for a massive new government-run insurance agency as part of its health-care reform bid. .....The Obama administration now says it remains fully behind the idea of a "public option" for government-run insurance, despite clear signals over the weekend from top officials that the public option is not a deal-breaker and is just a "sliver" of the overall reforms it seeks. ...
"The administration's position is unchanged," ...."The president prefers the public option as a way of doing that," he said. "If others have ideas, we're open to those ideas and willing to listen to those details. That's what the president has said for months." ...The public-health option would be a federally run health-insurance program, similar to Medicare or Medicaid, that would provide insurance to millions of low-income and uninsured Americans. Supporters believe it would compete with private insurers, forcing them to lower prices. ...Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who started the whole controversy when she seemed to ditch the public option during an interview Sunday, also insisted yesterday that there has been no change whatsoever in the administration's policy on the public insurance program. ..."All I can tell you is that Sunday must have been a very slow news day, because here's the bottom line: Absolutely nothing has changed," she said in a speech about Medicare.
Read Here: http://www.nypost.com/seven/08192009/news/nationalnews/public_humiliation_185275.htm
From the AP: ....House GOP Whip Eric Cantor of Richmond said Tuesday that no one should be touting the benefits of stimulus — as Vice President Joe Biden has — at a time when national unemployment is at 9.4 percent.... he said that when the administration pressed Congress to act immediately, it projected joblessness no higher than 8.5 percent... Cantor said at a job fair (in Richmond) recently, some 3,200 people showed up in 90-degree weather and said people are still worried job security.
Read Here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090818/ap_on_go_co/us_economy_republicans
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
-Realtors cite Bolling's commitment to finding "solutions" and record of supporting for smart growth, affordable housing and low taxes-.
Richmond - Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today received the endorsement of the Virginia Association of Realtors®, through their Realtors® Political Action Committee, for his re-election campaign.
Representing more than 33,000 Realtors® and real estate professionals, VAR is the state's largest trade association, while RPAC is one of the largest political action committees in Virginia.
"I am honored to receive the endorsement of a pro-business, pro-economic development group like the Virginia Association of Realtors®," said Lieutenant Governor Bolling. "Virginia's economy is struggling and Virginia families are hurting. I have proposed a detailed plan to get our economy moving again and create jobs, restore fiscal integrity to state government and solve the transportation, education and health care challenges facing Virginia. The Virginia Association of Realtors® know that I have a record of effective leadership and bi-partisan results and I look forward to working with them to for the next four years."
The Realtors® noted Bolling's consistent support of Realtor® and property-owner positions since being elected to the Virginia Senate in 1995 and that he has repeatedly demonstrated his commitment to important causes and issues including smart growth, affordable housing, and reasonable and standardized taxes and fees.
"Local and state REALTOR associations have actively supported and campaigned alongside Lt. Governor Bolling since he was on the Hanover Board of Supervisors. That record of support and that mutual respect that we have for each other is the trademark of a relationship that builds real solutions for our REALTORS," said Virginia Association of Realtors (VAR) President John Powell of Colonial Heights.
"The RPAC Trustees take very seriously their responsibility to support candidates who will help Virginians invest in safe and vibrant communities," said RPAC of Virginia chair Bill Gearhart of Roanoke. "We believe that the candidates endorsed by RPAC of Virginia today hold great promise for Virginia's future."
The Virginia Association of Realtors® is the business advocate for real estate professionals in Virginia. VAR represents more than 33,000 Realtors® active in all phases of real estate brokerage, management, development, and appraisal.
Authorized and paid for by Bolling for Lieutenant Governor 09
Monday, August 17, 2009
Public Policy Polling's new poll has Bob McDonnell continuing to pull away from his opponent. From PPP press release:
In a result probably owing more to the shift against Democrats in the national political climate than anything going on in Virginia, Bob McDonnell now leads Creigh Deeds 51-37 in the race to become the next Governor of Virginia....It’s not that voters are changing sides from last fall- the 5% of John McCain’s voters planning to vote for Deeds is actually equal to the 5% of Barack Obama’s voters planning to vote for McDonnell. But Republicans, on a losing streak in Virginia, appear to be more motivated about heading to the polls at this point three months before the election......McDonnell has a 52-33 lead among independents and has locked up 94% of the Republican vote while Deeds is at 80% with Democrats. There is some good news for Deeds in the poll, as he leads 64-3 among African Americans. The 33% of undecided voters in that group will likely move toward Deeds as the election approaches, tightening up the race.
Read Here: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/PPP_Release_VA_80492583.pdf
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 11:32 AM
Proving that politics usually follows public sentiment and not the other way around, the GOP is finally starting to go on the offensive about the Health care bill being proposed in the House. Following the grassroots effort of citizens making their voices heard in the various town halls, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty had some strong rhetoric for our President and the Health care bill. The vocal stance, although welcome, seems to be a little late as the House and the Obama administration seem to be willing to, at the very least, to dial down the massive public option of the House proposal. Once again in reading the bill personally I found that the shear size, as well as, the vague nature of each resolution would have brought us to this point due to people’s general distrust of big government in the United States. If the GOP is going to survive, let alone thrive, in the coming years we need leaders out in front of issues explaining why these progressive socialist ideas will hurt America’s democracy in the long run (e.g. Bob McDonnell/Bill Bolling in Virginia, J.C. Watts and Gov. Jindal of Louisiana) an not just making policy statements based on wanting to run for POTUS...not saying Pawlenty in not lopking out for us but he should have been saying this months ago. It’s time we get politicians and leaders more concerned for America’s prosperity then power or office privilege. We the voters need to stress in the upcoming election cycles that we’re the ones in charge not the new and ever growing “ruling class” of Washington D.C..From Politico:
Minnesota GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty took an aggressive line against President Barack Obama’s proposed health care overhaul Friday and insisted that a rejection of the Democratic plan could usher in a Republican resurgence. …“It appears that President Obama is making great progress on climate change, he is changing the political climate in the country back to Republican,” Pawlenty said during a speech to the second annual GOPAC conference in Chicago. …“He went around the country last fall promising ‘change we can believe in,’ but now we see it’s about changing what we believe in,” said Pawlenty, an anticipated 2012 Republican presidential contender. “We need to be calling out the flaws and misguided decisions of the Democrats in Congress and the Obama administration.” …Pawlenty characterized Obama as an “extreme left liberal” proposing a health care plan “that we don’t recognize as supporters of the free market.” …“Medicaid is essentially bankrupt, Medicare is essentially bankrupt, why the heck would we give the federal government another entitlement program to manage?” asked Pawlenty. …The Minnesota Republican threw a number of red-meat lines to the audience of GOP state legislators, including a slam directed at MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews.
Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/26138.html
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Have almost completed reading the entire House health care bill H.R.3200 (on page 1012 of the total 1018 pages)...how many representatives, that are ACTUALLY paid to be in the House, can say the same.... :) The biggest problem is actually the bill itself (let’s leave the idea of socialized medicine on table for a sec and discuss what the text of H.R. 3200 actually states.) This bill is bad because it tries to give everything to everybody and thus reads very vague. There are many sections in this bill that could be, and have been, interpreted numerous ways depending on the person reading it and this is what seems to be causing (and should cause) the unrest…….If you trust government to give you what you don’t have, you infer one thing, if you have issues in letting government have power over your decisions you’ll definitely read it another….this problem has marred Medicare and Medicaid since they were passed(read those bills when you have a chance.) I really don’t want a government bureaucrat interpreting a provision in this bill with my wife, mom, sister, niece’s health in the balance……this is just a bad bill…… we can debate the need for reform but House Bill 3200 is not the bill to start those discussion…throw it out and let’s get the American people involved in the process and create something we can all be proud of and that meets the needs of those that need help.
A misnomer of the separation of church and state is that this ideal prevents Christians, Muslims, and Jews etc from prayer in government sponsored institutions (e.g. schools, government offices.) What the principle of separation of church and state states is that the government should be prevented from endorsing or sponsoring a particular religious belief or sect of religion (i.e. the Church of England during our Revolution) over another one. It was put in place to foster discussion between sects of religions and between various religious beliefs; it was never meant to stifle religious expression as dictated in the 1st Amendment…in a nutshell separation of church and state was put into affect to protect religion from the government not the other way around….. The ACLU recently went after Santa Rosa County, Florida, school Principal Frank Lay and Athletic
Director Robert Freeman for a prayer over a meal at an appreciation luncheon with booster club members and other adults. The case against the Principal and A.D. stems from an ACLU lawsuit filed last year against Santa Rosa County schools where a federal judge ruled to a broad court order that banned any prayer or religious activities by school employees before, during or after school….which is unconstitutional, please refer to the 1st Amendment……… and without hearing any legal argument, U.S. District Court Judge Casey Rodgers initiated criminal contempt proceedings and referred the case to the U.S. Attorney's office…yes that’s right the principal and the A.D. could got to jail for praying over a meal….the funny thing is in San Francisco , the school district is allowing Muslim students time to observe their prayer right (which they do several times a day) in a room set up for just this practice…..is this separation of church and state or Christianity and State? In a free society we need to be tolerant of all beliefs, creeds, colors and the like but this shouldn’t mean that the public expression of those ideal should be suppressed for the sake of political correctness or not offending those that believe to the contrary of the views expressed. I tolerate everything (and listen to it all trust me), accept less than I tolerate and believe what my heart, mind and soul leads me too. If I have to tolerate you then you have to tolerate me…that’s how it works in a supposed free society…..we’re not free if we hide our beliefs and only take them out when we’re alone or with like minded people we feel safe with…..We may not WANT to hear opposing views and beliefs but we must, at the very least, let those beliefs be heard hence we all loose our right to express our own views and beliefs……it's a two sided coin we always should be mindful of.
Read more about this case http://www.northescambia.com/?p=10035
As the dollar continues to weaken to all time lows, China grows increasingly impatient and with the economy stagnating despite the ill advised stimulus we continue to face a Congress and President unable to see that big government cannot solve our all our wants and needs....this is not the right time for an out of control spending spree by Congress; we cannot keep this pace of spending up and survive for much longer. From the AP:
The federal deficit climbed higher into record territory in July, hitting $1.27 trillion with two months remaining in the budget year…..The Treasury Department said Wednesday that the July deficit totaled $180.7 billion, slightly more than the $177.5 billion economists had expected…..The Obama administration is projecting that when the current budget year ends on Sept. 30, the imbalance will total $1.84 trillion, more than four times last year's record-high….The soaring deficits have raised worries among foreign owners of U.S. Treasury securities including the Chinese, the largest holder of such debt….Massive amounts of government spending to combat the recession and stabilize the U.S. financial system have pushed the deficit higher. …The Treasury Department is auctioning a record $75 billion in debt this week….The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note, which moves opposite its price, rose to 3.75 percent from 3.70 percent ahead of the auction results and 3.67 percent late Tuesday. Bond prices jumped Tuesday as stocks fell…..The total public debt now stands at $11.6 trillion. Interest payments on the debt cost $452 billion last year, the largest federal spending category after Medicare-Medicaid, Social Security and defense.
Read Here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Federal-deficit-higher-in-apf-3876319127.html?x=0&.v=5
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
...probably not (and the below video would suggest they definitely don't now) but they should at least feign interest....
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
.....from the New York Times:
'A NEW PLAYBOOK IN HEALTH DEBATE' -- p. 1 in national edition (metro area got 'HOUSING ACCORD IN WESTCHESTER') : The White House on Monday started a new Web site to fight questionable but potentially damaging charges that President Obama’s proposed overhaul of the nation’s health care system would inevitably lead to “socialized medicine,” “rationed care” and even forced euthanasia for the elderly.For some of Mr. Obama's supporters, the newly galvanized opposition to his proposed policies provided a troubling flashback to the successful effort to stop President Bill Clinton's similarly ambitious plans 16 years ago - a fight Mr. Obama's aides had studied carefully to avoid making the same fatal mistakes. White House officials say such fears are unwarranted, arguing that the conservative protests are getting outsize coverage on cable news. 'Don't associate loud with effective,' Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, said in an interview, adding that he detected no anxiety from supportive lawmakers in politically vulnerable districts. 'What is coming across is a lot of noise and a lot of heat without a lot of light.' And White House officials say their August counteroffensive is a break from the Clinton approach, which is now viewed as having failed to adequately address critics.
Read Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/health/policy/11health.html?_r=1&hp
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wow, this is scary...I guess I won't be visiting that site, I'm already considered a terrorist by Homeland Security (read previous post about people Homeland Security is keeping track of) because I have this blog. After refusing to believe in any and all conspiracy theories for my whole adult life (conspiracies usually break down in plausibility once they get into the actual execution phase), I'm starting to believe I may need rethink that position....
From the Dallas Daily News:
Texas Sen. John Cornyn, accusing the White House of compiling an "enemies list," has asked President Barack Obama to stop an effort to collect "fishy" information Americans see about a health care overhaul...Cornyn, who leads the Republicans' Senate campaign effort, said Wednesday in a letter to Obama that he's concerned that citizen engagement on the issue could be "chilled." He also expressed alarm that the White House could end up collecting electronic information on its critics. ...."I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward e-mails critical of his policies to the White House," Cornyn wrote. ...Cornyn was responding to a post on the White House's blog Wednesday in which users are asked to help stop the spread of disinformation about legislation to overhaul health insurance. The post offers an e-mail address, email@example.com, for users to forward anything "on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy." ....In his letter, Cornyn asked that the effort cease immediately and that the administration inform Congress what it's doing to ensure that names and electronic information about citizens weighing in on health care are not collected....Kevin McLaughlin, a spokesman for the senator, said that the office had received no response from the administration....He said Cornyn had not yet considered whether he would push for legislation to address the matter if necessary.
Read Here: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/politics/state/stories/DN-cornynflag_06nat.ART.State.Edition1.4bb4d44.html
From mcclatchy DC Bureau:
Eight-year-old Daniela Earnest has made lemonade out of lemons in more ways than one this week. ....Hoping to raise money for a family trip to Disneyland, the Tulare girl opened a lemonade stand Monday. But because Daniela didn't have a business license, the city of Tulare shut it down the same day....From that came a radio station's offer of Disneyland tickets to Daniela's family — in exchange for 30 cups of lemonade — and an appearance in front of the Tulare City Council on Tuesday night that will likely lead to a compromise allowing her lemonade stand and other pint-sized business ventures to operate legally. .....The story began Monday morning when Daniela and her stepmother, Marisa Earnest, set up shop at Cartmill Avenue and Hillman Street in north Tulare. The lemonade was freshly squeezed and priced at $2 for a 32-ounce plastic cup....Richard Garcia, a Tulare code enforcement officer, happened to be at the same intersection to remove illegal signs left behind by someone selling tetherball poles....Garcia told Daniela and her stepmother that their lemonade stand — on the northwest corner of the busy intersection — was not safe, and also that they needed a business license to sell lemonade.
Read Here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/73160.html
DEMS and REPS both not happy with Lawmakers and the townhalls will be rockin' during the upcoming Congressional recess
It's going to be a bumpy ride for Lawmakers during their upcoming recess if recent townhalls are any indication of the current mood of voters. Both DEM and REP voters are frustrated with their representatives and are being quite vocal about it...DEM voters don't think Congress is moving fast enough while REPS are shocked at the pace at which the current agenda is being administered.....From Politico:
To watch the news, the only grass-roots action in the health care debate involves opponents shouting down Democrats at town halls and grocery stores. ....But Democrats — especially those who have expressed anything less than full-blown support for the legislation before Congress — are getting back-home pressure from the left, too......On Tuesday, about two dozen activists gathered in front of Democratic Rep. Eric Massa’s office in Pittsford, N.Y., to deliver close to 5,000 petitions from New York voters urging him to support the House health care bill....“We’re here today because we’re a bit confused. Congressman Eric Massa says that he’s a strong supporter of health care reform, yet he’s not going to vote for H.R. 3200,” said Diana Cihak, the head organizer in the region for Citizens Action New York, which is leading the health care campaign for the state as a member of Health Care for America Now, an umbrella group of liberal organizations. ...Massa was one of 60 House Democrats to declare his opposition to the deal struck between leaders and four conservative Blue Dog Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee right before the House broke for recess last week, saying that the compromise went too far in weakening the public option. ...We saw basically the end of the public option” in that bill, Massa said in an interview with POLITICO. “I have said from Day One, I will not support a bill that does not have a strong competitive option in the public sector as a balance to the for-profit private health insurance sector. Now, in very clear black and white, this bill no longer has that. It’s a giant step backwards.”.....Massa has also voiced concern about the proposed surtax on wealthy Americans to pay for the bill and opposed voting on a health care bill before the August recess — two other reasons HCAN and its local allies are targeting him now. ....The Tuesday afternoon press conference included representatives from Local 1170 of Communications Workers of America and the Working Families Party, a state progressive group. Both groups supported Massa’s 2008 bid for Congress — as Rick Sanchez, a CWA member, reminded Massa’s chief of staff as he accepted the stack of petitions. ....“For these groups, the “right thing” means supporting the Democrats’ health care legislation, even if it’s not as strong as some of them would like it to be. ...“If [the public option] is weak, we still need health care reform. He’s got to vote for it,” insisted Phil Dagger, one of the activists. ....Joe Racalto, Massa’s chief of staff, invited the group back to Massa’s district office for a spirited back-and-forth after Tuesday’s event. That meeting led to a second session Wednesday, this one with Massa himself. ...The pressure on Massa is somewhat unusual, as one of his main objections to the current House bill is that the public option doesn’t go far enough. Massa ran for Congress calling for a single-payer universal health care system, a position that helped him win support of progressives and unions. ...But he is not alone in getting pressure from HCAN and other health care proponents.
Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0809/25860.html
As the word gets out to the voting public on the increased need to raise taxes on the middle class as well as the cost of these huge social programs(namely health care) and stagnant economy the Obama administration will need to do some reshuffling of its agenda, as approval rating dips, so as to avoid a mass overhaul in the Democratic led Congress come midterm elections this November.....From Bloomberg:
President Barack Obama’s approval rating is falling amid concerns about the U.S. economy and his push to revamp the U.S. health-care system, a Quinnipiac University poll shows....Exactly half of the registered voters surveyed from July 27 to Aug. 3 by Quinnipiac said they approve of the job Obama is doing, compared with 42 percent who disapprove. That’s down from 57 percent approval and 33 percent disapproval in a poll taken in late June, according to results released today. ...Americans are upset about rising unemployment and worried that health-care plans making their way through Congress will add to the U.S. budget deficit, said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Hamden, Connecticut-based polling institute. The combination has helped drive down the president’s ratings....A “willingness to give him the benefit of the doubt is, among some voters, evaporating,” Brown told reporters in Washington yesterday. ....The poll found that voters disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy by 49 percent to 45 percent. On his effort to overhaul of the health-care system, 52 percent disapprove of his handling of the issue while 39 percent approve. ....Only foreign policy offered a bright spot: 52 percent of poll respondents approved of his job on this front, compared with 38 percent who disapproved. ....The poll surveyed 2,409 registered voters nationwide and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points.
Read Here: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=akA7XABFTuSs
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
After chiding CEOs for the use of corporate jets Congressional leaders once again use the age old practice of Do as I say, not as I do. Cut waste and costs before raising taxes...jets maybe, these jets are a little excessive. From Rollcall:
Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies. ...But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress....The Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service. ....But the House Appropriations Committee, at its own initiative, added to the 2010 Defense appropriations bill another $132 million for two more airplanes and specified that they be assigned to the D.C.-area units that carry Members of Congress, military brass and top government officials....Because the Appropriations Committee viewed the additional aircraft as an expansion of an existing Defense Department program, it did not treat the money for two more planes as an earmark, and the legislation does not disclose which Member had requested the additional money......An Appropriations Committee staffer said the military was already planning to replace its passenger fleet, and the committee “looked at the request and decided they should speed up the replacement.”...The Gulfstream G550 is a luxury business jet, which the company advertises as featuring long-range flight capacity that “easily links Washington, D.C., with Dubai, London with Singapore and Tokyo with Paris.” The company’s promotional materials say, “The cabin aboard the G550 combines productivity with exceptional comfort. It features up to four distinct living areas, three temperature zones, a choice of 12 floor plan configurations with seating for up to 18 passengers.” ...The version Gulfstream sells to the military is reconfigured for the government with modest accommodations, not the luxury version sold to private customers, said a source familiar with the planes. ...Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) had submitted a request to the Appropriations Committee for a $70 million earmark for one airplane on behalf of Georgia-based Gulfstream, and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) lists the airplane as one of the earmarks that he was asked to request, though his office said he never made the request to the Appropriations Committee....“The committee saw fit to fund it at that level” without Kingston’s involvement, his spokesman said. ..Bishop’s office did not return several calls requesting comment for this story. ..Air Force spokesman Vincent King told Roll Call: “This line item provides funding to purchase C-37 aircraft. The C-37 is the military variant of the commercial Gulfstream 550 executive jet. C-37s provide executive airlift for senior U.S. government officials including Congress and combatant commanders.” ...Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said if Congress wants to buy new jets for the comfort of top government officials, “I think that all needs to be justified on the merits. ... Certainly, lawmakers can fly — and many do fly — coach and business class.” While there may be reasons for flying on top-notch private jets, “it shouldn’t just be squeezed into the bill.” ...Ellis said the airplanes are also part of a larger trend for the Appropriations Committee to simply decide that big-ticket items are program increases, not earmarks, so they require less public disclosure. ...The more that you push for transparency, the more of this stuff goes underneath the carpet,” Ellis said. While Congress has established new rules requiring greater transparency for earmarks, the Appropriations Committee is “the judge, jury and executioner over what is an earmark and what isn’t and how much information we get.”
Read Here: http://www.rollcall.com/media/37552-1.html
Monday, August 3, 2009
Faith and Freedom Coalition
Pastor and Activist Training with the
Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition
The Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition,
Senator Steve Martin
Invite you to breakfast with our special guest:
National Chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, author, FOX and CNN contributor, and former National Executive Director of Christian Coalition
This special briefing and training will take place at Brock's. Topics will include educating pastors and activists on their legal rights and discuss our willingness to defend those rights.
This event is free to pastors and activists, breakfast included!
August 4, 2009
Doors Open at 7:30 am
1130 Iron Bridge Rd. Chester, 23831
You will be encouraged and motivated by these prominent leaders! Also, learn more about your opportunities to partner with us in our effort to assist churches across Virginia in registering their congregations to vote, educating people of faith on important public policy issues, and encouraging them to go out and vote on November 3rd.
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Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 10:04 AM
Politicians rarely keep all their promises given the reality of situation, once they get in office, but to go back on the cornerstone of one's campaign is very problematic for Obama...As Bush 1. (George Hubert Walker Bush)saw with his infamous "no new taxes" quote, Obama may finally start to feel the fickleness of the American voter if he decides to raise income taxes (he has actually already raised taxes on the middle class with almost all of his programs thus far) in this tight economy. From the AP:
President Barack Obama's treasury secretary said Sunday he cannot rule out higher taxes to help tame an exploding budget deficit, and his chief economic adviser would not dismiss raising them on middle-class Americans as part of a health care overhaul....As the White House sought to balance campaign rhetoric with governing, officials appeared willing to extend unemployment benefits. With former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan saying he is "pretty sure we've already seen the bottom" of the recession, Obama aides sought to defend the economic stimulus and calm a jittery public....Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers both sidestepped questions on Obama's intentions about taxes. Geithner said the White House was not ready to rule out a tax hike to lower the federal deficit; Summers said Obama's proposed health care overhaul needs funding from somewhere...."There is a lot that can happen over time," Summers said, adding that the administration believes "it is never a good idea to absolutely rule things out, no matter what."...During his presidential campaign, Obama repeatedly vowed "you will not see any of your taxes increase one single dime." But the simple reality remains that his ambitious overhaul of how Americans receive health care -- promised without increasing the federal deficit -- must be paid for.
Read Here: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/2-Obama-officials-No-apf-2491158742.html?x=0&.v=7
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 8:12 AM