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Wednesday
Dec232009

NetRight Daily: Big Government Backlash

McConnell Surrenders:  An ice storm is coming. Some of the Republicans don't want to get stuck in D.C. for Christmas fighting for freedom.

Rep. Parker Griffith to Become a Republican:  The Alabama Democrat announced his intention to switch parties. This is a big black eye for Obama.

How Both Parties Lost the People:  The founders of this country were possessed of the revolutionary notion that the supreme power of our government resides in the people. The Declaration of Independence stated "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed". Our Constitution, the very document that outlines the principles by which this nation is to be governed begins:"We the People", indicating that the Constitution itself is a statement made by the"consent of the governed".

Big Government Backlash:  President Obama's approval rating has sunk below 50% for the first time, but for our money the bigger polling news is the way his agenda is turning the public against activist government.

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Wednesday
Dec232009

NH DHHS - Third Grade Oral Health/Body Mass Index Report Released

Healthy Smiles–Healthy Growth Survey

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announces the release of the Healthy Smiles–Healthy Growth Survey.

The survey was funded by a collaborative effort with the HNHfoundation and Northeast Delta Dental. The survey took place in 81 public schools in New Hampshire during the 2008-2009 school year. One dentist and six dental hygienists visually screened the teeth of third grade students and measured their heights and weights. Oral health surveys were done twice before in New Hampshire, but heights and weights were not measured in those surveys.

Thanks to the efforts of participating schools and families, this survey resulted in the collection of New Hampshire’s first statewide and regional obesity data and first regional oral health data for children.

The survey reveals some new information about the health of children in New Hampshire. One in three third graders (33%) was above a healthy weight and more boys (21%) than girls (15%) were obese. The Healthy People 2010 goal for childhood obesity is 5% or below. Approximately 44% of the third graders had experienced tooth decay, and 12% of children had untreated tooth decay at the time of the survey. An estimated 60% of the students had dental sealants. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings applied to the back teeth to protect molars from decay.

Since the last third grade survey was conducted in 2004, there has been a marked improvement in the proportion of students with dental sealants and untreated decay. Several oral health initiatives over the last five years may have contributed to the improvement.

“The health of our children will determine the future health of our country,” said Dr. Jose Montero, Director of the Division of Public Health Services at DHHS. "Children’s oral health status has improved in New Hampshire, in part due to fluoride in water and access to dental care in school-based programs. A similar approach can help reduce childhood obesity. We encourage schools to improve nutrition and increase physicalactivity to help prevent childhood obesity.”

The survey found differences between schools with higher and lower proportions of children participating in the free and reduced-price meals program. In schools with a higher proportion of participating children, 27% of third graders were obese. In schools with a lower proportion of participating children, 16% were obese. Similarly, students in schools with a higher proportion of children participating in the free and reduced-price meals program had more tooth decay and were less likely to have protective dental sealants.

This survey also showed regional weight and oral health differences.

Students in the Belknap/Merrimack Region and Coos County had higher proportion of obese third graders compared with some other regions. Approximately 46% of third grade boys in Coos County and 43% of girls in the Belknap/Merrimack region were above a healthy weight. Coos County students had the highest proportion (64%) of third grade students with tooth decay and the lowest proportion (24%) of third grade students with dental sealants.

Schools are an excellent place to prevent dental disease and obesity in children. In New Hampshire, 168 schools (53% of all public elementary schools) provide dental services and dental health education for students.

To help reduce obesity, many schools have added daily physical activity. Some schools have also changed food offerings to make sure students eat more fruits, vegetables, low fat milk, and whole grains. Information from this survey will help public health programs direct resources to areas with the most need.

The 2008-09 Healthy Smiles-Healthy Growth Survey was a collaborative effort of the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services, the New Hampshire Department of Education, the HNHfoundation, the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation, and the New Hampshire Dental Society Foundation. The full report can be viewed on the New Hampshire DHHS website at: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov and on the HNHfoundation website at: http://www.hnhfoundation.org/.



Wednesday
Dec232009

Daily Grind: Take Two Aspirin -- and Call the Undertaker

Red Alert: Check out a new feature from Americans for Limited Government called The Washington News Alert. It is your one stop shop for all the news and commentary around D.C.

Take Two Aspirin – and Call the Undertaker
A heart-felt letter puts what we are fighting for in perspective.

The Playboy Philosophy and Your Health Care
With the weakening of the family unit over the past forty years, big government invariably seeps in to fill the void.

Appointment Watch from ALG Research
This week ALG Research examines the Director of Operational Energy Plans and Programs for the Department of Defense.

Too Hot Not To Note: A Parody of Leadership
Paul Samuelson at RealClear Politics analyzes Barack Obama's failed leadership in health care reform.

 



Wednesday
Dec232009

ALG Blasts Sen. Majority Leader Reid for Making Health Care Rationing Board Unrepealable 

"[O]nce passed, any attempt to remove the health care rationing board will be

deemed out of order forevermore.  People are going to die." ALG President Bill Wilson

December 22nd, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for inserting language into the Senate health care bill that would make it nearly impossible to repeal what Wilson called a "health care rationing board."

"The Independent Medicare Advisory Board will become the Healthcare Soviet—dictating rules, rates and procedures in America's health care system with no appeal.  That is why Reid has given it the most protection," Wilson explained.

In the Reid Substitute, under Section 3403 in a section entitled "Limitations on Changes to this Subsection," it states, "It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment, or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."

Section 3403 establishes the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (IMAB), which would "reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending" under the Reid substitute.  Wilson said that is "rationing."

"The whole purpose of this panel is to ration health care to seniors, no question," Wilson said. 

"To hide that, the bill states that 'The proposal shall not include any recommendation to ration health care' right after it gets through establishing the power for the IMAB to ration health care," Wilson explained.

"This is Orwellian Newspeak of the first order," Wilson declared, adding, "Right in this section, Harry Reid is saying that they're going to ration health care away from seniors, but they're just not going to call it that."

"And then, to lock it in place, Reid goes as far as to require a two-thirds vote in order to amend or repeal the rationing board," Wilson explained.

The Senate rules change was exposed on the floor of the Senate by Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), as reported by the National Review Online.  Senator DeMint said, "This is not legislation.  This is not law.  This is a rule change.  It's a pretty big deal.  We will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a Senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or repeal the law."

DeMint said that under Senate rules, it should take a two-thirds vote of the Senate to invoke cloture on legislation that contains such rules changes.  And, that, "[A]s the chair has confirmed, Rule 22, paragraph 2, of the standing rules of the Senate, states that on a measure or motion to amend the Senate rules, the necessary affirmative vote shall be two-thirds of the senators present and voting."

However, the Senate President ruled that the rules change was not a rules change, but a change in procedure.

"This is completely unconstitutional," Wilson noted, pointing to Article I, Section 5 of the Federal Constitution, which states: "Each House may determine the rules of its proceedings…"

"Under current rules, the Reid substitute, which includes a rules change making it out of order to amend or repeal a section of the bill, should require a two-thirds vote in order to be enacted," Wilson explained, concluding, "That has not happened, and will not happen, meaning that once passed, any attempt to remove the health care rationing board will be deemed out of order forevermore.  People are going to die."

 

Wednesday
Dec232009

CHQ - A Plan for States to Tame the Federal Leviathan Using the Constitutional Amendment Process

The States Can Check Washington's Power

Wall Street Journal (David Rivkin and Lee Casey) - "For nearly a hundred years, federal power has expanded at the expense of the states-to a point where even the wages and hours of state employees are subject to federal control. Basic health and safety regulations that were long exercised by states under their 'police power' are now dominated by Washington.
 
"There is a way to deter further constitutional mischief from Congress and the federal courts, and restore some semblance of the proper federal-state balance. That is to give to states-and through them the people-a greater role in the constitutional amendment process."
 

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Lobbyists Doing Better Than Ever under Obama, Pelosi, Reid

 

Politico - "K Street is raking it in. Washington's influence industry is on track to shatter last year's record $3.3 billion spent to lobby Congress and the rest of the federal government - and that's with a down economy and about 1,500 fewer registered lobbyists in town, according to data collected by the Center for Responsive Politics." 

Texas Tea Parties Take Aim at Senator Hutchison

Dallas Morning News - "Tea Party groups in Dallas, Austin and Houston are rallying today at the offices of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison to protest her breaking ranks with a GOP filibuster aimed at stalling the Democrats' health care bill. 'We want to let her know that we are not happy,' said Dallas Tea Party leader Phillip Dennis. 'If we can't trust her to fulfill her promises as a senator, how can we trust her as governor?' "


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