DNC Rewards Vulnerable Dems with $$$

Vulnerable Democrats that supported Obamacare are being rewarded with huge chunks of cash from Democrat PACs as well as other Democrats in Congress:

Several of these members were last-minute yes votes, which helped push the legislation to passage.

Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) raised more than $140,000 from PACs and fellow members in the final 10 days of the quarter — which was more than one-third of the $400,000 total he raised for the entire quarter.

Rep. Scott Murphy (D-N.Y.) raised more than $100,000 from political committees after deciding to vote yes on the bill, and he raised about $475,000 overall.

Reps. Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.) and Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) weren’t far behind, each raising more than $90,000 from PACs and fellow members of Congress in the final week-plus of the quarter. Halvorson raised $410,000 total, while Giffords raised nearly $500,000.

Frequent givers included labor unions and left-leaning groups like the Human Rights Campaign PAC. Several liberal members of Congress who championed the bill, including Reps. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), also rewarded those who voted yes with contributions.

While members flooded each other’s coffers in the final days of the first-quarter fundraising period, House leaders gave little to those who voted no on healthcare reform.

Public bribery and corruption in the halls of Congress. Vote ’em out.

Meanwhile, Alaska has joined the ranks of states that are challenging Obamacare:

Parnell and state Attorney General Dan Sullivan released a 48-page legal memo on the case, calling the law an unprecedented and unconstitutional exercise of federal power to regulate commerce.

“For the first time, the federal government is dictating economic choices,” Parnell said. If that power is upheld, the Republican governor said, it could lead to mandates for gym memberships or the purchase of GM cars.

Oklahoma looks to be joining the suit soon, as does Mississippi.

The Obamacare ship may never sail after all. Unfortunately, now that Congress has launched it once it will come back again and again, even if the suit wins on States Rights grounds. Washington will find a way to screw up the country. They always have and will continue to do so. We can only stave off the inevitable slide into socialism for as long as we can, for the sake of our children.

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Posted April 22nd, 2010 Filed in Healthcare, Scandals

78% Expect Middle Class Tax Hike for ObamaCare

From Rasmussen, 78% Expect Middle Class Tax Hike To Pay For Health Care Reform.

With almost 25 percent real unemployment, is it any wonder that the vast majority of Americans want Congress to start over?

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Steyn: Why Obamacare at Any Cost for Dems

If you read only one article today, make it Mark Steyn’s Obamacare worth the price to Democrats. The premise:

Because it’s worth it. Big time. I’ve been saying in this space for two years that the governmentalization of health care is the fastest way to a permanent left-of-center political culture. It redefines the relationship between the citizen and the state in fundamental ways that make limited government all but impossible. In most of the rest of the Western world, there are still nominally “conservative” parties, and they even win elections occasionally, but not to any great effect (Let’s not forget that Jacques Chirac was, in French terms, a “conservative”).

The result is a kind of two-party one-party state: Right-of-center parties will once in a while be in office, but never in power, merely presiding over vast left-wing bureaucracies that cruise on regardless.

Exactly. Remember, we never recovered from Roosevelt’s New Deal or Johnson’s Great Society. Nor will we recover from Bush’s Medicare expansion. Similarly, once implemented we will never roll back medical care expansion.

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Posted March 7th, 2010 Filed in Healthcare, Obama, Barack Hussein

Extraordinary Abuse of Power

Says WSJ Online:

A string of electoral defeats and the great unpopularity of ObamaCare can’t stop Democrats from their self-appointed rendezvous with liberal destiny—ramming a bill through Congress on a narrow partisan vote. What we are about to witness is an extraordinary abuse of traditional Senate rules to pass a bill merely because they think it’s good for the rest of us, and because they fear their chance to build a European welfare state may never come again.

Exactly. Read it all.

Remember that we never recovered from Roosevelts socialist New Deals (which arguably added years onto the Great Depression). We never recovered from Johnson’s Great Society. We will never recover from the Great Entitlement Expansions of the Bush/Obama era.

Health care reform, yes. Making us into the image of France, no.

Take back our country. Join the Club for Growth to support pro-economic candidates in winnable races that matter, regardless of party affiliation.

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The Day ObamaCare Died

YouTube rocks:

Now that’s funny, I don’t care who y’are.

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Posted January 21st, 2010 Filed in Healthcare, Obama, Barack Hussein

Scott Brown Draws New Map in MA

OK, I was wrong. Brown won decisively enough that challenging the results of this race won’t have a chance in court. Even Democrats won’t try that one.

McCain Palin Bumper Sticker

Source: NY Times

As much as everyone wants to deny it, the Massachusetts Senate special election was a referendum on the Democrat agenda in general, and ObamaCare in particular. So much so, that Democrats nervous about retaining their jobs are getting ready to jump ship:

Democratic leaders and the White House insisted ahead of the vote that they aren’t preparing to desert health care. They admit they’ll have to come up with a new strategy to win passage but said they didn’t want to allow one Senate race to take them off course on the president’s top legislative item for the year.

But several House members said Tuesday night that they had no interest in pursuing the most likely scenario for moving ahead with a bill — approving the already-passed Senate version of health reform in the House — and some said President Barack Obama should step back and start over.

HT to Hot Air, who muses:

Exit question: What do Blue Dogs stand to gain by still voting yes? A promise from Obama that he’ll campaign for them? How did that work out in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts?

Indeed, it seems that ObamaCare may be DOA in 2010. Should Democrats retain the House in November, they can take another run at it in 2011. That way there’s a whole ‘nother year before the next election. In the meantime, there’s a whole lot of other issues in the Democrat agenda, and there are a few Republicans that would be willing to cut from the herd on one item or another. Politico has an opinion on which issues these will be.

Posted January 19th, 2010 Filed in Healthcare, Transient Causes

Market Rises on Speculation ObamaCare will Fail

From Bloomberg:

U.S. stocks rose, boosted by a rally in health companies on speculation Republicans will block an industry overhaul, while Treasuries fell for the first time in three days and the dollar strengthened.

This tells me that ObamaCare is bad for the economy. The Market knows this. Analysts know this.

We are in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Savings accounts have been depleted by a population desperate to pay the bills. Retirement accounts (and retirement plans) have suffered unconscionably. True unemployment figures are north of 17% (click link for nice analysis from InvestorCentric Blog).

Is this really the time to make us look more like France?

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Posted January 19th, 2010 Filed in Healthcare, Obama, Barack Hussein

Obama Popularity Plunges; GOP in Disarray

So Obama’s health care agenda continues to erode his popularity, evidenced by Rasmussen Reports latest findings:

This is a 3 point decrease in just the last week! Rasmussen says:

Overall, 46% of voters say they at least somewhat approve of the President’s performance. That’s the lowest level of total approval yet measured for Obama. Fifty-three percent (53%) now disapprove. Eighty-one percent (81%) of Democrats approve while 83% of Republicans disapprove. As for those not affiliated with either major party, 66% disapprove.

Obama is losing more and more of the independents and moderates that got him elected. Already CBS News is wondering if Obama will be a one-term president, comparing him to LBJ. And that’s because of the war in Afghanistan (which a stunning 57% of Americans now oppose), barely making a mention of the health care issue — which only exacerbates his unpopularity.

The quickness of the drop should be of concern to liberals everywhere. Gallup notes that most post-World War II president has dipped below 50% in approval ratings at some point in their presidency, but:

If his rating falls below 50% before November, it would represent the third-fastest drop to below majority approval since World War II, behind the declines for Gerald Ford (in his third month as president) and Bill Clinton (in his fourth month).

Gallup polls all adults, not potential voters like Rasmussen, which is why they don’t have him below 50% — yet. Even with the liberal-but-uninvolved in the mix, Obama is headed for the basement:

Early in his administration, only Republicans and conservatives registered less than 50% approval for the job he was doing. Since July, the category also includes non-Hispanic whites, seniors, upper- and upper-middle-income Americans, political independents, married adults, weekly churchgoers, and those living in the South. The groups doing the most to keep Obama’s job rating above 50% — with 60% or higher approval levels — include 18- to 29-year-olds, blacks, Hispanics, postgraduates, adults earning less than $12,000 per year, Democrats, liberals, moderates, infrequent and non-churchgoers, and adults who are not married.

Todd Zywicki notes that the very image that Obama projects has changed. Once he “seemed to be even-tempered, honest and somewhat earnest. He came across as reflective and open to debate, listening and persuasion.” But things have changed:

This Obama has disappeared in the past few weeks while the health care debate has unfolded. Rather than open, he comes across as a sarcastic and lecturing professor. Rather than honest, he has seemed duplicitous and slick. Rather than careful and measured, his plan appeared rushed and extreme.

Perhaps the facade has cracked and the real Obama is peeking out? Only time will tell.

As expected, Obama’s dismal performance is dragging his party down while propping Republicans up (ht to Hot Air):

The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 43% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.

That represents the lowest level of support for Democrats in recent years, while Republicans have tied their highest level of support for the third straight week. The previous low for Democrats over the past year was 37%.

But speaking of the other side of the aisle, writing for Forbes, Bruce Bartlett calls the GOP “The Party of Medicare,”
and rightly so, given the reversal of Republicans concerning this particular entitlement program. Were I writing the article, however, I would have titled it “The Party of Mediocre”. The GOP has failed to provide any real opposition to ObamaCare; instead they have pulled a page from the Democrat play book and scared old people by telling them that Obama was going to reduce their benefits and begin euthanizing the elderly. How terribly unimaginative, unimpressive, and absolutely ineffective in the long run.

Once again, all facets of the national political parties fail to impress.

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Posted September 2nd, 2009 Filed in Government, Healthcare, Obama, Barack Hussein

Economist Feldstein: Dump ObamaCare

Writing in the Washington Post, Martin Feldstein makes a clear, concise, and compelling arguement for why he believes Obama’s Plan Isn’t the Answer:

For the 85 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, the Obama health plan is bad news. It means higher taxes, less health care and no protection if they lose their current insurance because of unemployment or early retirement.

President Obama’s primary goal is to extend formal health insurance to those low-income individuals who are currently uninsured despite the nearly $300-billion-a-year Medicaid program. Doing so the Obama way would cost more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years. There surely must be better and less costly ways to improve the health and health care of that low-income group.

Although the president claims he can finance the enormous increase in costs by raising taxes only on high-income individuals, tax experts know that this won’t work. Experience shows that raising the top income-tax rate from 35 percent today to more than 45 percent — the effect of adding the proposed health surcharge to the increase resulting from letting the Bush tax cuts expire for high-income taxpayers — would change the behavior of high-income individuals in ways that would shrink their taxable incomes and therefore produce less revenue. The result would be larger deficits and higher taxes on the middle class. Because of the unprecedented deficits forecast for the next decade, this is definitely not a time to start a major new spending program.

There’s more. Recommended reading. Go read. Then write your politicians. And if you’ve already written them, call them.

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Posted July 28th, 2009 Filed in Healthcare

No Health Care “Reform” Until 2010

The Chosen One has reached a crossroads. With billions spent and nothing to show for it but rising unemployment and an economy in shambles, Obama is attempting to push his version of socialized medicine through a reluctant Congress. The UK Times describes this point in history as a pivotal point for Obama:

How he handles the issue over the next several weeks could shape the rest of his presidency, shedding light on his political strength, his relationship with both parties in congress and the extent to which he is willing to bend in fighting for his agenda.

Obama’s Wednesday press conference attempted to concentrate on health care socialization reform. Even though he performed badly and was sidetracked with trying to undo the damage of his racial comments, he made it clear that he is adamant about attaining his health care legislation by August. If he pushes too hard he risks appearing dictatorial and may lose support among liberal Republicans and conservative Democrats. If he doesn’t push he risks appearing weak and will give time for opposition to his plan to solidify.

But it has become apparent that nothing will happen by August. Obama is already setting a new deadline, declaring that reform will happen by the end of the year. But there are problems with that, as well. Some Republicans will stand firm against Obama’s plan, hoping that his first major political defeat will be his “Waterloo”. Plus:

And some Democrats fret privately that, come September, health care will compete with Senate action on historic climate change legislation, efforts to toughen financial system rules, and pass annual spending bills to fund the government for the fiscal year that starts October 1.

I believe that hoping a single defeat will equal Napoleon’s Waterloo is wishful thinking in the extreme, but there is very real hope in thinking that other issues will arise after August to derail the president’s plans. The president’s declining poll numbers will ensure that.

AlphaPatriot’s prediction: no health care “reform” until 2010. Even then, it will be a trimmed down version of the sweeping socialization that Obama envisions.

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Posted July 26th, 2009 Filed in Healthcare