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Wednesday
Oct142009

Daily Grind: The Panic Bloom 

The Panic Bloom
Is the U.S. economy in the midst of a healthy recovery, or is this the one last batch of healthy shoots before it wilts?

And They All Said, "Amen"
A special message from the Heavenly Host Committee to name Obama, "God."

Chronic Depression
With recoveries like this, who needs recessions?

 

Wednesday
Oct142009

ALG Condemns Senate Finance Committee for Voting for '$4,000 Family Healthcare Tax' 

"The whole point of so-called health care 'reform' was to

reduce the costs of health care," said Wilson.  "Now, we learn

that the Baucus bill does precisely the opposite—increasing

the cost of private premiums at an even faster pace than they

would have."ALG President Bill Wilson.

October 13th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned the Senate Finance Committee for approving what he called a "$4,000 family health care tax on private insurance options, forcing, over time, more families onto substandard government-run health care."

Wilson pointed to a recent report by America's Health Insurance Plans that stated, "by 2019 the cost of single coverage is expected to increase by $1,500 more than it would under the current system and the cost of family coverage is expected to increase by $4,000 more than it would under the current system."

The report continues, "This amounts to an additional 18 percent increase in premiums by 2019." The report states that this average increase is a "composite of increases by market segment": a 49 percent increase for the individual market, a 28 percent increase for employers with fewer than 50 employees, an 11 percent increase for larger employers, and a 9 percent increase for self-insured employers.

"The whole point of so-called health care 'reform' was to reduce the costs of health care," said Wilson.  "Now, we learn that the Baucus bill does precisely the opposite—increasing the cost of private premiums at an even faster pace than they would have."

"Which," Wilson added, "is the point.  The idea is to push Americans off of private health options onto the government-run scheme."

The Committee voted 14-9 in favor of the Baucus-led bill, which ALG estimates could extend to as many as 45 million at a cost of $2.1 trillion over ten years.  Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine was the only Republican voting in favor.

"The Senate Finance Committee has accepted the doctrine of quantity over quality—that every American must have health care, no matter how much government's mandate that it be so reduces quality over time," said Wilson.

Wilson pointed to the average cost per individual covered under the Baucus plan, which is $2,858.  "The Baucus plan puts the basic price per individual at about $2,000 less than what it actually costs today for a health premium.  Which means that the plan will provide below-average medical care to participants, millions of whom will be forced on to the plan," Wilson explained.

Last week, Wilson blasted the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for "understating" the cost estimates of the Senate Finance Committee bill, which according to ALG estimates was $1.271 trillion off the mark. 

Wilson also took issue with the amount of individuals that estimated to be covered under the Senate plan by the CBO.  "The CBO estimates that a government program in which 91.5 million people under the age of 65 are technically eligible for will only result in 29 million new enrollees," Wilson said.  "That just does not pass the smell test."

According to the CBO letter to Senator Max Baucus, taxpayers would subsidize care for those making 400 percent above the poverty level, or individuals who make $43,320 a year or less.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, that includes 91.5 million people under the age of 65, or 125.8 million in total.  Currently, 80.5 million now receive their health care from the government.

Wilson said that means at least 45 million will be eligible, "and eventually, will be forced on to, by government mandate, on to these government-run plans."

According to the CBO analysis, the Senate bill will cut Medicare and Medicaid by approximately $404 billion, and include tax increases of $406 billion over ten years.

"Rather than put this bill in the trash where it belongs, the Senate Finance Committee is consigning the American people to a future of health care rationing without their own private options at a cost that will break the public treasury once and for all," Wilson concluded.

 

Wednesday
Oct142009

HCHR - Snowe-Melt in Forecast For Top Commerce Perch

Developing Story: Snowe-melt in forecast for top commerce perch

Sen. Olympia Snowe may lose out on her shot at the top Republican seat on the Senate commerce committee if she votes for health care reform, committee members say.

Republicans on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee are reportedly threatening to vote against Snowe’s bid for the seat, about to be vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas).

Read the developing story

Wednesday
Oct142009

DSCC - Nashua Telegraph: John H Sununu "Relishing" GOP Primary  

She is likely to get the endorsement and the financial support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and is polling far ahead of her two primary opponents – Manchester businessman Ovide Lamontagne and magazine publisher Sean Mahoney.

Sununu is not jumping on the bandwagon. In fact, he’s downright combative. “I hope the NRSC understands that New Hampshire doesn’t really respond well to having candidates designated from outside the state,’’ he said, in anticipation of a national GOP endorsement.

Nashua Telegraph Editorial: Primary fights have been good for GOP

October 14, 2009

http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091014/OPINION01/910149974/-1/opinion

Most political observers knew that former New Hampshire governor John H. Sununu would bring his unique style to the role of Republican Party chairman for the state. Having been in and out of political office since the early 1980s, he also brings a sense of history to the job.

That may be why the state GOP has held off on endorsing former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, who remains in a primary fight for the opportunity to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Paul Hodes for the Senate seat now held by Sen. Judd Gregg.

With Gregg out of the running, the race is wide open, with polls showing Ayotte posing a serious challenge. She has raised more than $600,000 since July, matching what Hodes raised in the same quarter.

She is likely to get the endorsement and the financial support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and is polling far ahead of her two primary opponents – Manchester businessman Ovide Lamontagne and magazine publisher Sean Mahoney.

Sununu is not jumping on the bandwagon. In fact, he’s downright combative. “I hope the NRSC understands that New Hampshire doesn’t really respond well to having candidates designated from outside the state,’’ he said, in anticipation of a national GOP endorsement.

The former governor and once chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush probably knows better than most that the New Hampshire GOP thrives on a good primary contest.

In 1980, 11 Republicans sought the U.S. Senate nomination for the right to face one-term Senate Democrat John Durkin. That may have been the time when John H. Sununu first saw the power of competition within his party.

He was one of those candidates, finishing a very respectable second to Warren Rudman. He chaired Rudman’s fall campaign against Durkin, who was beaten decisively despite the re-election of incumbent Democratic Gov. Hugh Gallen.

In 1994, 10 Republicans sought the Second District nomination to face two-term incumbent Democrat Dick Swett. State Sen. Charlie Bass of Peterborough emerged from the primary to beat Swett in the general election after surviving primary attacks from his more conservative opponents.

In 2002, most partisan Democrats assumed that Congressman John E. Sununu’s bold decision to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Bob Smith would split the party and assure victory for Gov. Jeanne Shaheen in her first senate race. Sununu won the primary over Smith and then beat Shaheen in the general election by 5 percentage points.

In all three examples, while there was some intramural sniping, the candidates spent most of their time bashing the Democratic incumbent. In every case the Democrat had no primary opponent, so was not getting as much free media. All the focus was on the GOP primary fight.

None of this has been lost on a political operative as astute as John H. Sununu. In fact, he is relishing the primary season.

“Six months ago, I thought we were going to have difficulty getting candidates. Now I’m going to have to referee deep primaries in almost every, if not every, major race in the state,” Sununu said. “I’m just going to make sure it’s a positive Republican primary with all the candidates focused on the shortcomings of the Democrats.”

If past performance is any indication of future success, he’s on the right path.

 

Wednesday
Oct142009

NRCC - Will Carol Shea-Porter Support Pelosi's Second Stimulus? 

Stimulus Still Not Working, Yet House Dems Want to Gamble on More Taxpayer Money

Will Carol Shea-Porter Support Pelosi’s Second Stimulus?

 

Washington- With 15.1 million people out of work, a 9.8% unemployment rate, and a bloated federal deficit it is evident that the Democrats’ trillion dollar stimulus isn’t working. But despite these alarming numbers, House Democrats are willing to gamble on a second stimulus offering more ways to tax, spend and borrow. With a government-takeover of healthcare looming and a National Energy Tax pending, another stimulus would prove even more detrimental to taxpayers. After supporting the first failed stimulus, will Carol Shea-Porter gamble with more New Hampshire taxpayer money?

 “Carol Shea-Porter had the option to vote for a Republican version which would have created more jobs at a faster pace with a lower cost, but instead proved to be reckless with New Hampshire taxpayer money by voting for Nancy Pelosi’s failed stimulus,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “Now, having led the nation into heaps of debt and the biggest federal deficit in history, Shea-Porter and her party are intent on spending billions of taxpayer dollars on frivolous expenditures while middle-class families in New Hampshire are suffering. With that kind of record of fiscal irresponsibility, can New Hampshire taxpayers really trust another Democrat stimulus?”

Democrats asked the “American people to trust them with an unprecedented level of funding to address the economic emergency.” But their promises have fallen flat as 7.2 million jobs have been eliminated since the recession began.

 “We cannot overstate the importance of this effort. We are asking the American people to trust their government with an unprecedented level of funding to address the economic emergency. In return, we must prove to them that their dollars are being invested in initiatives and strategies that make a difference in their communities and across the country.” (Memorandum to Head of Departments and Agencies, www.Recovery.gov, February 9, 2009)

With all signs pointing to a jobless recovery despite passing a trillion dollar stimulus plan, is it really a good idea for Carol Shea-Porter to ask New Hampshire families to open their check books to fund a second Democrat stimulus?

 “Democrats are scrambling to define a new plan to boost the economy as unemployment hurtles toward politically perilous double digits, after months of insisting that talk of another stimulus package was premature.” (Steven Dennis, “New Economic Plan Weighed,” Roll Call, 10/13/2009)

 

BACKGROUND:

How Democrats Have Spent Taxpayer Money:

 

  • ·         $50,000 grant for the Frameline film house, which recently screened Thundercrack, “the world’s only underground kinky art porno horror film, complete with four men, three women and a gorilla.” (Joseph Abrams, “Stimulus Bill Funds Go to Art Houses Showing 'Pervert' Revues, Underground Pornography,” Fox News, July 31, 2009)
  • ·         $25,000 grant to help fund the weekly production of “Perverts Put Out” at San Francisco's CounterPULSE, whose “long-running pansexual performance series” invites guests to “join your fellow pervs for some explicit, twisted fun.” (Joseph Abrams, “Stimulus Bill Funds Go to Art Houses Showing 'Pervert' Revues, Underground Pornography,” Fox News, July 31, 2009)
  • ·         $25,000 grant for “The Symmetry Project,” a dance piece by choreographer Jess Curtis.  The show depicts “the sharing of a central axis, [as] spine, mouth, genitals, face, and anus reveal their interconnectedness and centrality in embodied experience,” according to a description offered on Curtis’ Web site. (Joseph Abrams, “Stimulus Bill Funds Go to Art Houses Showing 'Pervert' Revues, Underground Pornography,” Fox News, July 31, 2009)
  • ·         $219,000 grant for a psychology professor at Syracuse University to study the “hookups” of 500 freshmen women. (Michelle Breidenbach, “Stimulus funding for Syracuse University sex study questioned,” (Syracuse Post-Standard, Aug. 24, 2009)
  • ·         $850,000 for a backup runway at the Murtha Johnstown-Cambria Airport, named after Chairman of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee, Rep. John Murtha (D-PA).  While the airport can handle the largest commercial jets, it is served by only six commercial flights a week, and those are small planes. (Tom Schatz, “Stimulus not stimulating,” Citizens Against Government Waste, May 29, 2009)
  • ·         $3.4 million for a wildlife crossing, otherwise known as an “eco-passage.” It will serve as an underground wildlife road-crossing for turtles and other animals that live in Lake Jackson, Florida. (The Florida Office of Economic Recovery, accessed June 2, 2009.)
  • ·         $9.38 million to renovate a 97-year-old train station building that has sat vacant for more than 30 years. (Michael Yoder, “Elizabethtown Amtrak project feted,” Lancaster Newspapers, April 4, 2009)
  • ·         $2.5 million to dead people from the Social Security Administration (SSA) who blames a strict mid-June deadline for mailing out $250 checks to 10,000 deceased persons. (Dead Woman Gets Federal Stimulus Check: Son Wants To Keep Check As Souvenir,” WBAL-TV, May 12, 2009)
  • ·         $578,661 to the Town of Union New York, which did not request the money, to spend on a homeless problem it does not have. (Nancy Dooling, “$578,661 for Union Homeless Questioned,” Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, March 5, 2009)