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Heritage - Update from Heritage on Townhall Downfalls, Health Care, Cap-and-Trade, RightOnline and More... 

In June, the U.S. House debated and passed a so-called “cap and trade” bill, or global warming tax, that would create a $9.4 trillion hole in the economy over the next 25 years. Then, in July, the White House and Congressional leadership made a push to pass a sweeping health care bill which will cost $1.5 trillion and put us on a path to government control of our health care decisions.


Every August, the U.S. Congress takes one month off to work in their districts. And, across the country, Americans are speaking out. You have probably seen the videos on You Tube. Members of Congress who used to have 50 people show up at their local townhall meetings are often finding that over 1,000 constituents show up – many of whom cannot get a seat.


You, and many others like you, have been raising legitimate questions, starting with “is this even a proper role for our federal government?”, and “is it Constitutional?” The questions have usually been thoughtful and specific, oftenwith references to provisions in the legislation or to the principles upon which our country was founded.


The Heritage Foundation’s blog – The Foundry – has posted a series of stories and videos from townhall meetings across the country to highlight what the people are telling their elected representatives. Please send me links to your townhall meeting YouTube videos and news stories, and Heritage may highlight them in this series called “Townhall Downfall.”



Still, news from the White House and Congressional leaders is that both of these issues will be front and center again this fall, so I've included links below whichyou might find helpful in your own messaging.


Global Warming Tax


The Heritage Foundation has produced a state-by-state analysis of the global warming tax. When you click here you will find a chart where you can chose your state and see what type of economic impact this legislation will have on your economy.


And as prices at the pump have been slowly creeping higher, analyst Ben Lieberman discusses the Five Things Congress and the President Are Doing to Bring Back Sky-High Gas Prices.


Health Care


Heritage is also continuing to work on health care policy ideas that do not include a government takeover. This week we hosted a Health Care Tele-Town Hall with analyst Nina Owcharenko. You can listen to it here.More than 3,000 Heritage supporters called in from across the country to hear Nina's update on the debate and answer questions.


Moreresearch and commentarythatyou might find helpful:


Five Questions for Health Care Townhalls
Obama’s Non Sequitur: An Instant Response to the White House’s Health Insurance Talking Points
Health Care Reform in West Virginia: A Lesson from the States
A Federal Health Insurance Exchange Combined with a Public Plan: The House and Senate Bills
A Parade of Trojan Horses
How’s That Government-run Health Care Working Out Britain?
How’s That Government-run Health Care Working Out Canada?
How Lack of Consumer Choice Drives Up Health Care Costs
Fact Checking the White House on Health Care
Obamacare: The Marriage of Big Government and Big Insurance


You can track all of our work on health care at



New Study on Juvenile Crime Sentencing


Many on the left led by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch want to end life without parole sentencing for juvenile killers. Heritage just completed a study called, Adult Time for Adult Crimes, to reveal the types of offenders currently sentenced to life in prison and demonstrate that it is a rarely used and constitutionally appropriate sentence.


RightOnline 2009


Our InsiderOnline editor, Alex Adrianson, and I went to the RightOnline conference in Pittsburgh last week. The conference’s goal is to help equip conservatives to compete online with our liberal counterparts.


Check out our blog posts and videos from the event.



Daily Grind: Obamacare At Any Cost 

Reid: ObamaCare "By Any Legislative Means Necessary"
Reid, Pelosi, and Obama with but one option to force ObamaCare on the American people: to change the rules and eliminate the filibuster in a sharp departure from more than 200 years of parliamentary history.


Health Care Rationing: It's No Myth!
Rationing decisions, like those made within Britain's National Health Service, are made within a system that both guides and ethically justifies them but it is still rationing.


The Overnights from NetRight Nation
Executive Director of NetRight Nation Adam Bitely gives the weekly update on what is going on around the blogosphere and what is coming.


Too Hot Not Too Note: Catch me if you can
The American Spectator writer Peter Ferrara illustrates very plainly the coming negative effects of Obamacare.



NRCC - Spending, Democracy & Disapproval 

Manchester Union Leader Editorial

Our Spending Twins

Shea-Porter, Hodes Can’t Say No


Our two representatives to Congress, Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, talk the talk about holding down spending. However, when they get the chance they seem to have no trouble voting “yes” for increased spending.


Last month there was a proposed 5 percent cut in fiscal 2010 appropriations to fund agriculture programs. This would have cut only $1.1 billion from the bill’s $20.5 billion spending. Voting not to cut were Hodes and Shea-Porter. Also last month, a proposed 5 percent cut to water and energy spending was proposed and, once again, Hodes and Shea-Porter voted not to cut the spending.


With this year’s deficit heading to $2 trillion of borrowed money, a world record, it will take courage to cut budgets in Washington. We don’t see that coming from our delegation in the U.S. House.



Nashua Telegraph Editorial

Lawmakers Must Stand Up to Critics


Key Excerpts

“New Hampshire's representatives in Congress, Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, need to meet with their constituents in the open town-hall format to discuss health care. They need to do so as soon as possible, and they need to stand up for what they believe in despite the bullying tactics of the opposition.”

“If, as they say, they support the key components of the plan now working its way through the House of Representatives, they need to follow the example of Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, who went toe-to-toe with the an unruly crowd Tuesday night in Dartmouth, Mass., and gave as good as he got.”

“Only Sen. Judd Gregg has hosted open, public events with a forum Thursday in Salem.”

“Every schoolboy knows you can only avoid the bully for so long. Eventually, he has to be confronted to be defused.”

“Whether Shea-Porter or Hodes are planning open town-hall meetings is a moving target. Shea-Porter earlier in the month issued a statement suggesting that she would not, but that could change any day now. Hodes has alluded to the possibility of open town-hall meetings at some point in the near future but has provided no specifics.”

“Avoiding these meetings only feeds into the hysteria. Our lawmakers need to stand up for their beliefs, no matter how unruly the crowd.”

Read the full editorial:



Faith in Obama Drops As Reform Fears Rise

Health-Care Effort Is Major Factor, Poll Finds

By Dan Balz and Jon Cohen Washington Post August 21, 2009 A1


NOTE: Disapproval of Obama's handling of the health-care issue reached 50 percent in the new poll, the highest of his presidency, and 42 percent of those surveyed say they now "strongly disapprove" of the way he is dealing with his main domestic priority. Views of the president's actions on reform have dropped most sharply among seniors and independents...Disapproval of Obama's handling of the reform issue has spiked to 57 percent among independents, a new high, with nearly half giving him strongly negative marks. Nearly six in 10 independents oppose the proposals.


Public confidence in President Obama's leadership has declined sharply over the summer, amid intensifying opposition to health-care reform that threatens to undercut his attempt to enact major changes to the system, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.


Among all Americans, 49 percent now express confidence that Obama will make the right decisions for the country, down from 60 percent at the 100-day mark in his presidency. Forty-nine percent now say they think he will be able to spearhead significant improvements in the system, down nearly 20 percentage points from before he took office.


Read the full story:



NRCC - Divided Party Decisions 

“Given the fact that Carol Shea-Porter votes with her party an astounding 97 percent of the time, it’ll be interesting to see where she falls on government-run health care now that her Washington leadership is divided and can’t tell her what to do. Now she’s left with a divided party and an outraged New Hampshire constituency because she’s doing everything she can to avoid face-to-face town hall meetings. It looks like Shea-Porter has made one decision clear – she doesn’t want to meet with the people who elected her. Her next decision will be whether to support the Democrat Leader or liberals in Congress.” – Tory Mazzola, NRCC Spokesman


NOTE:House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Friday left the door open to moving a health reform package without a public insurance option prized by liberals. Hoyer’s remarks were in contrast to statements Thursday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who told a San Francisco audience that a public option must be included to win the votes necessary to pass in the House.


Hoyer Not Firm On Public Option

The Hill

Ian Swanson

August 21, 2009


House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Friday left the door open to moving a health reform package without a public insurance option prized by liberals.


Hoyer’s remarks were in contrast to statements Thursday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who told a San Francisco audience that a public option must be included to win the votes necessary to pass in the House.


Hoyer (D-Md.) emphasized his support for a public option in a teleconference call with reporters, but also said he wants to ensure Congress sends a bill to the president.


“I’m for a public option, but I’m also for passing a bill,” he said. Democrats believe the public option is necessary, he said, “be we’ll have to see.”


He added that there are many other important parts of healthcare legislation approved by three committees in the House.


President Barack Obama already has signaled he won’t insist that a public option be included in a final healthcare legislation, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Sunday opened a firestorm with the political left by saying that a public option was “not essential” to a healthcare bill.


In the Senate, it appears unlikely that a bill with a public option could win the 60 votes necessary to win procedural votes. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) has said the votes in the Senate aren’t there and that pursuing a public option is a “wasted effort.”


But not including the option could provide problems for Democratic leaders in the House. Sixty members of the party’s liberal wing have signed a letter stating that they won’t support a bill that does not include a public option, and some Democrats have said that underestimates opposition from the left.


“There’s no way I can pass a bill in the House of Representatives without a public option,” Pelosi said during a press conference Thursday in San Francisco, according to Bloomberg News. Liberals say including a public option is the best way to introduce increase competition in the insurance sector and force private companies to lower their costs. Opponents argue a public option could drive private insurance companies out of business and lead to runaway costs.


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