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Friday
Apr232010

NRCC - As Seniors Push Back, Carol Shea-Porter's Re-Election Hopes Fade

How to Alienate a Core Constituency with a Single Vote

 

Washington- To no one’s surprise, Carol Shea-Porter is already paying a heavy price for forcing her party’s unpopular healthcare bill through Congress and onto the American people. As Shea-Porter pursues her uphill climb toward re-election, a new report reveals that she may have already sealed her fate by alienating seniors, a key constituency.

 

“In other senior-heavy areas of the country, Republicans are trying to use Medicare cuts and other health-related issues to bludgeon Democrats.”

 

“Democrats face an uphill battle on the issue. In the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, in March, 55% of respondents 65 or older agreed the health-care law was a ‘bad idea,’ versus 48% of the general voting population. Just 34% of seniors labeled it a ‘good idea,’ compared with 36% of all voters.” (Michael M. Phillips, “GOP Candidates Court Seniors Over Health Care,” Wall Street Journal, 4/22/10)

 

“Just a month after the Democrats’ healthcare takeover was signed into law, Carol Shea-Porter's vote is already coming back to haunt her,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Shea-Porter thought that she could get away with rubber-stamping a bill that slashed Medicare and could force seniors to find new healthcare plans, but it’s clear that key voters in New Hampshire feel differently. As Shea-Porter continues her re-election tailspin, there’s no doubt that she’ll look back on her vote to alienate New Hampshire seniors as the one that sealed her fate.”

 

Shea-Porter's total disregard for New Hampshire's seniors could spell the end of her time in Congress – especially since the district’s 78,000 seniors make up almost 12 percent of its population.

“[The healthcare bill] will also result in $500 billion in cuts to Medicare, and Democrats are having trouble explaining why those reductions won’t dilute care, said David Wasserman of The Cook Political Report.

“‘In the midterm scheme of things, the importance of senior voters goes way up, and that’s why healthcare has caused Democrats problems this year, and why they want to move on…’” (Ian Swanson, “Dems Eye Older Voters with Wall St. Reform,” The Hill, 4/21/10)

Friday
Apr232010

ALG Warns Dodd Bill to Lead U.S. "Down a Rabbit Hole" of Government Takeovers

"Call it corporatism, call it socialism.  Whatever we call it, the Dodd bill is not a free market system.  Instead, it adopts a system that over history has consigned tens of millions of people to lives of poverty throughout the world."—Bill Wilson, President of ALG.

Says Expanded Takeover Provisions Threaten Free Enterprise System

April 22nd, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned what he called the "unlimited bailout fund" and "greatly expanded federal takeover provisions contained in the Dodd bill that threatens every business in America with a government takeover of its assets, operations, and ownership."

ALG today published a comprehensive backgrounder, "Down a Rabbit Hole," on the imminent danger this legislation represents.  "Under the Dodd bill, the government could seize any institution it wants," Wilson declared, urging Senate Republicans to filibuster the measure.

"This legislation has got to be one of the most egregious violations of property rights in American history.  It will give to government the means to consolidate the economy, pick winners and losers, centralize credit, and eliminate entrepreneurship — all by faceless bureaucrats who nobody will ever see," said Wilson.

Wilson pointed to provisions in the bill creating a $50 billion revolving "orderly liquidation fund," which he said is "actually an unlimited bailout-takeover fund that will most certainly be abused by a government hell-bent on taking over every aspect of the economy and redistributing wealth to favored political classes." 

"The fund would be used to save politically-favored institutions deemed 'too big to fail', or to seize financial institutions and other entities deemed by the Federal Reserve to be 'substantially engaged in activities' that are financial in nature," Wilson explained.

"That is very muddy language, and it will be up to the relevant agencies to determine what 'substantially engaged' means," Wilson added.  "It's a rabbit hole."

"If a new government power can be abused, it will be abused," Wilson predicted, pointing to the government seizure of GM and Chrysler under the Troubled Asset Relief Program.  "Even though those were auto companies that posed no systemic risk to the financial system, and even though there were private sector alternatives to the government takeover, they were considered to be economically important enough to apply to TARP."

Wilson continued, "The same thing will happen under the Dodd bill to other companies, except the fund will be unlimited.  And like TARP, the actions taken under the fund will not be subject to Congressional approval."

Under the Dodd bill, a firm can be put into receivership by a recommendation of two-thirds of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the FDIC Board of Directors, and determination by the Treasury Secretary.  "This transfers the determination of what constitutes risk from markets to a Politburo that operates with impunity on its own and without any accountability with the power to seize whatever it deems to be 'too risky,'" Wilson explained.

Wilson said the seized firms "will most likely be sold to the very financial institutions that are taxing the people to finance the fund in the first place," meaning the fund "could be used by government to knock out competitors to politically-favored institutions."

As the fund is drained, FDIC can charge more assessments to keep the fund at its $50 billion limit.  "That's what makes the fund actually unlimited and permanent, because as it's used up, the FDIC can just charge the banks more assessments without any Congressional approval."

"Call it corporatism, call it socialism.  Whatever we call it, the Dodd bill is not a free market system.  Instead, it adopts a system that over history has consigned tens of millions of people to lives of poverty throughout the world.  By its passage, we're abandoning the only system that has ever guaranteed prosperity and the opportunity for individuals to make themselves wealthy through the protection of private property," Wilson concluded.

Attachments:

"'Down a Rabbit Hole:' The Threat Posed by the Dodd Bill to the Private Sector," April 22nd, 2010, Americans for Limited Government.

 



Friday
Apr232010

NetRight Daily: Earth Day Edition 

Earth Day: A Cloaked Celebration of Statism - Each year on April 22 Americans celebrate Earth Day. While the "holiday" is dressed up as a day to preserve the Earth, it serves little more as a day to attack the benefits of capitalism and modern society. Does anyone really know what Earth Day is really all about?

John Stossel and the Media's "Statist Syndrome" - When he first began his career as a crusading consumer journalist in the 1970s, John Stossel believed fervently that higher taxes and greater government involvement in the marketplace were integral checks against corporate greed and malfeasance. With an irreverent, intelligent and skeptical tone that riled corporations -- but resonated with viewers -- Stossel's career flourished, leading him to the pinnacle of his profession at ABC News.

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Friday
Apr232010

CHQ - Craig Shirley: A Movement Grows (But Washington Doesn't Understand It)

Craig Shirley: A Movement Grows (But Washington Doesn't Understand It)

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Craig Shirley: A Movement Grows (But Washington Doesn't Understand It)
Washington Examiner - Conservative author Craig Shirley touches on the Tea Party movement, and argues that it holds more power than the Republican Party establishment in Washington - but it also needs to figure out what to do with that power.

Conservatives Gearing Up To Fight Supreme Court Nominee Over Abortion
Washington Times - Conservatives appear to be gearing up to fight any potential Justice that would be friendly to the pro-abortion crowd.

GOP Hints At Giving Ground On The Wall Street Bill
Politico - There are signs that Republicans are beginning to crack.  A close look at the 'reforms' Democrats are proposing reveals a bill choked with Constitutional and Big Government oversight problems - and conservatives need to oppose them with the same vigor as the Obamacare bill.

CNN Poll Shows Americans Want Conservative, Moderate Supreme Court Justice
LifeNews.com - Three-quarters of the American publicdo not want another activist Justice on the nation's highest court.

Pro Life Organizations Take Democrats to Task On Obamacare
Politico -- Four social conservative organizations are targeting self-styled "pro-life" Democrats who voted for ObamaCare despite the embedded provisions for expanding access to abortion.

Democratic Candidates Embracing Tea Party
Miami Herald -- Tea Party Democrats are beginning to challenge their establishment as well.

Blacks, the Media, and Tea Parties
American Thinker -- Black entertainer and songwriter Lloyd Marcus criticizes the mainstream media's arrogance and condescension towards black conservatives.

Has Ron Paul Arrived On The Scene?
American Conservative - Jack Hunter presents a music industry analogy to argue that Rep. Ron Paul and his views are becoming more and more acceptable to the mainstream.

Bachmann Standing By 'Gangster Government'
The Hill - Rep. Michele Bachmann isn't backing down over her use of the term 'gangster government' to describe the way Democrats are handling their role as the majority Party.

Crist's Move To Bring In The Feds May Backfire On Him
American Spectator - Floridian Larry Thornberry writes of Gov. Charlie Crist's latest desperate attempt to discredit conservative challenger Marco Rubio, saying Crist is the one who's closer to those who might be implicated in a scandal and may ultimately bear the brunt of the need to elaborate. 

Friday
Apr232010

Shea-Porter Introduces Bill That Will Help Service Members & Veterans Suffering From Urological Trauma

WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) and Zack Space (D-OH) introduced legislation late yesterday (HR 5106) that will establish a National Commission on Urological Trauma. Injury to urogenital organs accounts for up to 10% of all war related injuries, and countless service members and veterans are currently living with these painful injuries. 

Far too many of our service members and veterans are suffering from urological injuries that they received while fighting overseas,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter. “These men and women are often in excruciating pain, and it is critical that we identify resources that will help them.  This legislation will do that.”

The National Commission on Urotrauma will study morbidity and mortality rates resulting from urological trauma, evaluate resources for prevention and treatment, and identify programs that would help improve the management of urological trauma.