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Saturday
Jul252009

NHGOP STATEMENT ON DEMOCRAT ATTACKS ON REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES 

CONCORD – Today, former New Hampshire Governor and Republican State Committee Chairman John H. Sununu thanked the New Hampshire Democratic Party for embarrassing themselves with their latest desperate attack on a Republican candidate:

 

“Today the New Hampshire Democratic Party put out another disparaging and dishonest news release attacking one of our outstanding Republican candidates. They seem intent on focusing on personal attacks, but in fact are giving our potential candidates great visibility before any of them have actually announced their intent to run for office.

 

“Thank you for confirming how concerned you are about Paul Hodes’ clumsy senatorial campaign and how nervous Democrats are about our strong field of Republican candidates. Thank you for verifying that the Democratic Party is truly the party of ‘the politics of personal destruction.’

 

“And thank you for exposing your own hypocrisy and dishonesty, and for giving us the perfect context to reveal the following about your sheltered senatorial nominee:

 

  • Paul Hodes Is A Washington Insider Who Has Accepted Over $1,384,140 In Special Interest Money From Political Action Committees (PACs.) (opensecrets.com)

 

  • Paul Hodes Has Accepted $406,444 In Individual Contributions From His Fat-Cat Lobbyist Buddies During His Time In Washington. (opensecrets.com)

 

  • Paul Hodes Recently Jetted Off To Martha’s Vineyard To Munch On Shrimp Cocktail, Sip White Wine and Solicit Campaign Contributions From Washington’s Biggest Lobbyists. (The Hill, 7/19)

 

  • After Successfully Shoving Carol Shea-Porter Out Of The Democratic Senate Primary, Paul Hodes Has Wasted His Time In Washington Cozying Up To Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-NJ) And Other Democratic Party Insiders, Instead Of Focusing On Fixing The Economy And Creating New Jobs. (New York Times, 5/19)

 

“Our thanks to the New Hampshire Democratic Party. Your defensive and transparently desperate news releases continue to strengthen our 2010 Republican campaign. Keep up the good work.”

 

Saturday
Jul252009

NetRight Daily: It's Up to the American People Now 

It's Up to the American People Now: With the Senate taking a pass on healthcare reform before the August recess and the increasing likelihood that the House will delay action before the recess, the hard work of protecting our freedom now rests in the hands of the American people. Remember what Jefferson said: "the price of freedom is eternal vigilance."

 

GOP Not Allowed to Say "Government Run Health Care": Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), the secretary of the House Republican Conference and a former District Court Judge, is having his messages to constituents censored by Democrats on the Franking Commission. Republicans are no longer allowed to use the words "government run health care" in the communications to their constituents.

 

The "Deficit Neutral" Blues: Barack Obama is publicly pulling out all of the stops to salvage his hemorrhaging government-run, socialized medicine scheme. The so-called public "option" is languishing in the House of Representatives, and so far, the Pied Piper President has been unable to win over members of his own Party.

 

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Saturday
Jul252009

Daily Grind: The "Deficit-Neutral" Blues 

The "Deficit-Neutral" Blues
If the Blue Dogs help to radically expand the national debt with ObamaCare, they may find themselves singing the blues.

 

Justice Ginsburg, Who are "We"?
Ginsburg states that abortions should be used to rid ourselves of "populations that we don't want to have too many of." Who are "We" exactly?

 

The Overnights from NetRight Nation
New! Executive Director of NetRight Nation, Adam Bitely, informs us on what's going on around the internet along with what's coming.

 

ALG in the News: Not so stimulating
The White Mountain Independent features Americans for Limited Government's Chairman Howie Rich's Column.

 

Saturday
Jul252009

NRN - Obama's Soylent Green Rationing Rooms 

By Carter Clews

 

The latest figures from James Carville's Democracy Corps polling firm cannot be good news for Barack Obama and his head-strong, headlong push for government-run socialized medicine: A full 54 percent of senior citizens oppose the scheme. And 40 percent oppose it "strongly."

 

Perhaps they have figured out what Obama is covering up and the mainstream media is refusing to reveal: "Obamacare" is the ultimate redistribution program. Only in this case, it's far worse than the mere "redistribution of wealth," candidate Obama proposed in his campaign.

 

With "Obamacare," the president proposes "redistributing the health" – from the old who have worked hard all of their lives to provide for their "Golden Years" to the younger members of the welfare culture who have come to believe that everything they receive from the hand of government is an "entitlement," and that universal health care should now be loaded onto the Gravy Train.

 

In short, the Obama government-run "health care" plan is actually a not-so-veiled attempt to take from those who have worked hard and – once again – give to those who have hardly worked.

 

Need proof? Asked where he would get the funds to provide free universal health care coverage for all 43 million uninsured Americans – including the full 40 percent of whom simply did not bother to work last year -- he boasted that he would cut Medicare and Medicaid by more than $500 billion, completely gutting those long-established programs.

 

Now, keep in mind that today, more than one-third of senior citizens depend on those two programs for vital – often life-sustaining -- medical treatment. Within 30 years, as Baby Boomers continue to age, that number will double. And under the Obama program, the services they rely upon most will no longer exist.

 

At his recent press conference designed to push his welfare healthcare program, Obama was forced to admit that under "Obamacare," he would appoint a panel of government-ordained "experts" to ration out health care to those they think deserve it most. Conceded the president, "And part of what I think government can do effectively is to be an honest broker in assessing and evaluating treatment options."

 

And who will Dr. Obama's "honest brokers" choose to let live – or die?

 

In an interview with the New York Times, Obama pulled no punches in pronouncing that his rationing police would have to take a long, hard look at "the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives [who are] are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here." And that, he added, "certainly [is] true when it comes to Medicare and Medicaid, where the taxpayers are footing the bill and we have an obligation to get those costs under control."

 

Now, lest anyone think that the Obama plan would never, ever consign senior citizens to Solyent Green-type "dying rooms," consider what has occurred in the countries he most often cites as models for his health care rationing regime.

 

Dr. Karol Sikora, the former head of the World Health Organization Cancer Program and author of The Economics of Cancer Care, recently reve aled that under the British national "health care" program there are 25,000 "unnecessary deaths" every year. "As a practicing oncologist," he disclosed, "I am forced to give patients older, cheaper medicines. The real cost of this penny-pinching is premature death for thousands of patients."

 

In Canada, according to Dr. David Gratzer, a Canadian physician, author, and senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, "More than 1.5 million Ontarians (or 12 percent of that province's population) can't find family physicians. Health officials in one Nova Scotia community actually resorted to a lottery to determine who'd get a doctor's appointment."

 

None of which bodes well for senior citizens already consigned by Mr. Obama to the tender mercies of the rationing police. But, actually, despite the horrors of Britain and Canada, the real model for "Obamacare" might be even worse.

 

In the nation of Zimbabwe several decades back, another highly popular, charismatic leader proposed government-mandated socialized medicine for what, at the time, was known as "The Breadbasket of Africa." After all, he reasoned, if they could provide food for an entire continent, they could certainly provide health care for their own people. A noble mission, indeed. Or, so it may have seemed.

 

Soon, according to the Oxford Journal's "Health Policy and Planning" monograph, "health care was free for people earning less than 150 Zimbabwe dollars (Zim$) per month (US$8.6). Fees were only charged at the level of the district hospital."

 

Sound like Utopia? Well, not quite. Here, according to Frank Donaghue, CEO of Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), is the situation in Zimbabwe today:

 

"How can he [the formerly charismatic Robert Mugabe] be proud of a country where we looked at a doctor's paycheck for the month – we held the pay stub in our hands – for 32 cents for a month's compensation?"

 

According to PHR, in Zimbabwe today, "Since November (2008) all of Zimbabwe's public hospitals have closed. Mission hospitals are scarce, overcrowded, and lack basic resources like running water."

 

It's clear: socialized medicine – whether called "the public option," "national health care," or "Obamacare" – simply doesn't work.

 

And one is left to wonder: When – not if, when – the "redistribution of the health" in America descends to the level of Britain, Canada, or, yes, Zimbabwe, and the rationing police are called in to divvy up the scarcity, who will be the first to be sent to the "Soylent Green Rationing Rooms" in order to, in Obama's words, "get these costs under control"?

 

Perhaps the 54 percent of seniors who now oppose Mr. Obama's health care scheme have already figured out the answer to that chilling question.

 

Carter Clews is the Executive Director of ALG News.

 

Saturday
Jul252009

ALG Condemns Pelosi-Waxman Plan to Bypass Energy and Commerce Committee 

Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman are telling the Blue Dogs

that their legitimate concerns to slow things down and fully

consider the astronomical costs of insuring 'all Americans'

with government-run health care don't matter. Why should

they vote for the proposal now?"—ALG President Bill Wilson.

 

July 24th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Energy and Commerce committee chairman Henry Waxman for "agreeing to bypass the Energy and Commerce committee if members of their own caucus do not cave into dictatorial demands to bring the socialized medicine bill to the floor."

 

According to Reuters, Waxman said "we are going to have to look at perhaps bypassing the committee" if no agreement could be reached with at least seven Blue Dog Democrats on the committee that have held up the legislation because of its high price tag, which will cost more than $1.5 trillion according to Kaiser Health News.

 

Those seven House Democrats signed a Blue Dog Democrat coalition letter against proposed government-run socialized medicine legislation that stated, "We do not support health care reform that is not deficit neutral."

 

"Nancy Pelosi has gone completely insane," said Wilson. "Democrats in the House should be concerned that the Botox has seeped completely into her brain. Like her forehead, the brain has stopped moving."

 

Wilson said that circumventing normal procedure will cost her critical votes on the floor of the House. "Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman are cramming a bill through that virtually no one has seen nor read, all the while ignoring the legitimate concerns of a key segment of their caucus."

 

"And to what end? To ram ObamaCare down the throats of the American people by the arbitrary August deadline. Even if Pelosi and Waxman bypass Energy and Commerce, get it to the floor for next week and get it passed by week's end just to claim victory, it will be nothing more than a Pyrrhic victory," Wilson declared.

 

Currently, there are 52 members of the Blue Dog Democrats in the House of Representatives, more than enough votes to defeat the proposal should they vote with the 178 member House Republican caucus.

 

Markup in the Energy and Commerce committee is expected to continue into the weekend. Yesterday, a markup session of the House Energy and Commerce committee was canceled because of opposition to the legislation by Blue Dog Democrats on the committee. And the committee also canceled a markup session on Tuesday for the same reason.

 

The committee had been expected to consider the proposal by the Obama Administration that, according to Politico, would "empower an outside body, like the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, to make binding recommendation for cost cuts in government-run health care programs."

 

House Democrats have claimed that their proposal will cut the growth of Medicare spending by $500 billion over ten years. At Wednesday night's news conference, Barack Obama elaborated on his plans to cut Medicare to pay for his overall plan by allowing an "independent group of doctors and medical experts" to determine how to cut the program tens of millions of seniors now depend on for medical care.

 

"This is the greatest demonstration of Nancy Pelosi's weakness," said Wilson. "This ObamaCare proposal is so bad that the Speaker of the House cannot even muster enough votes in her own party to bring the bill to the floor. And so in a hissy-fit she is simply circumventing the committee process altogether."

 

"The Democrat House Leadership has lost its mind, plain and simple," Wilson stated.

 

"Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman are telling the Blue Dogs that their legitimate concerns to slow things down and fully consider the astronomical costs of insuring 'all Americans' with government-run health care don't matter. Why should they vote for the proposal now?" Wilson asked in conclusion.