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ALG Denounces "Public Option Opt-Out" as a "Scam," Praises Senator Lieberman for Filibuster Promise 

"Even if states say no, taxpayers will still have to pay."

ALG President Bill Wilson. 

October 27th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today denounced Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for "trying to put the so-called 'public option' on life support with a cynical and duplicitous 'opt-out' ploy." 

At the same time, Wilson applauded Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) for promising to join Republicans in filibustering the "public option." "Senator Lieberman is a hero in this frightful debate over the government takeover of the entire health care system.  We need more heroes who are willing to buck Harry Reid." 

Lieberman said he would vote against the bill ""even with an opt-out because it still creates a whole new government entitlement program for which taxpayers will be on the line." 

"This public option 'opt-out' is nothing more than a scam," said Wilson.  "The federal government will still hold all of the cards, and use subsidy 'incentives' to essentially force states onto government-run healthcare.  In the end, states will be punished one way or another for not participating." 

"For example, the government could make additional federal funding for Medicaid contingent upon participation in ObamaCare," Wilson explained.  "The fact is, the government has managed to achieve 100 percent state participation in receiving tax dollars in everything from education to 'No Child Left Behind' to transportation.  They'll get what they want, one way or another through the most draconian thumb-screw thuggery." 

"To make matters worse," Wilson added, "even if states decide they do not want to participate, individual taxpayers will still be forced to foot the federal tax bill—just like parents who are forced to pay for public schools even though they send their kids to private school," Wilson said.  

"The fact is, this will not pay for itself—it will top $2 trillion over ten years once fully implemented—which is why everyone will be forced to chip in whether or not they directly receive services.  It's just another unsustainable welfare entitlement—and one that will surely bankrupt the entire health system and the public treasury," Wilson explained. 

Yesterday, Reid held a press conference to announce his proposal.  He stated, "Under this concept, states will be able to determine whether the public option works well for them and will have the ability to opt out if they so choose." 

According to Reid, states would only have until 2014 to make their decision. 

"There are a lot of outstanding questions on the 'Reid Opt-Out.'   Namely, why is this an 'opt-out' instead of an 'opt-in?' No business in America could get away with an 'opt-out' when selling a product.  In Harry Reid's world, taxpayers will get the bill for trillions of dollars for ObamaCare before they even get to decide that they do not want it," Wilson added. 

"And even if states say no, taxpayers will still have to pay," Wilson concluded. 


NRSC - As House Democrats Condemn Grayson's Latest Outburst, Hodes Remains Conspicuously Silent 

WASHINGTON – As controversial Democrat firebrand U.S. Representative Alan Grayson (D-FL) announced today that he stands by his radio interview outburst calling a top female adviser to Ben Bernanke a “K Street whore,” a number of Grayson’s House colleagues have condemned his statements.

Nevertheless, U.S. Representative and Senate hopeful Paul Hodes (D-NH) has remained conspicuously silent about his Democrat colleague, thus far failing to speak out and condemn Grayson’s offensive and chauvinistic comments. 

According to CBS News, “Outspoken Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson is under fire from both Republicans and Democrats after a month-old radio interview was posted online in which Grayson is heard calling an adviser to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke a ‘K Street whore.’” 

Last month, Grayson made news when he claimed the GOP wanted Americans to “die quickly” and referred to the health care system as a “holocaust in America.”

 “Paul Hodes wants the people of New Hampshire to promote him to the United States Senate, yet he’s not willing to stand up to his own party and condemn overtly derogatory, sexist, and belittling commentary from one of his own colleagues,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokeswoman Amber Wilkerson Marchand.  

In the wake of these outrageous comments, many Democrat lawmakers have distanced themselves from Grayson. U.S. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) called the charges “inappropriate and unfair," U.S. Representative Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) said “there’s no call for that language” and called Grayson’s comments “absurd.

U.S. Representative Dina Titus (D-NV), like Grayson a member of the 2008 freshman class in the House, referred to Grayson’s latest outburst as a “bit extreme and rather sexist.” 

 “How can Granite State voters expect Paul Hodes to stand up to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama on the critical issues facing his state such as health care and the economy when Hodes can’t even stand up against blatantly inflammatory and hate-filled language from one of his fellow House colleagues?” Wilkerson Marchand concluded.  



Jim DeMint: Why We Need Term Limits in Congress 

Fellow Bloggers,

Last week, we broke a story about Senator Jim DeMint introducing a Constitutional Amendment that would create Term Limits for members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Senator DeMint followed up today with a blog post explaining why we need this amendment. Please read and spread to your friends.

From U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC):

The people of South Carolina have given me the privilege of representing them in Congress for more than 10 years now, and over that period I've learned a great deal about how things work in Washington. One of the more unfortunate things I've come to realize is that Congress has the power to corrupt even those with the most honorable intentions. Too often, I've seen good, honest citizen legislators come to Washington only to realize that in Congress, you either conform to the system or find yourself on the outside looking in. As a result, the American people are left with more "career politicians" who go along to get along in Congress, and end up beholden to special interests, lobbyists, and big government policies.

Though there is no simple solution to this trend, there is a clear place to start: term limits. With term limits, we can put an end to the "if you can't beat them, join them" approach to legislating, and begin enacting responsible legislation that is in the best interest of our nation. As a result, I will soon be introducing a constitutional amendment limiting current and future members of Congress to serving three terms (six years) in the House and two terms (12 years) in the Senate.

Let's face it, Washington has become far more powerful than any one person or party. If we want to change the policies, we must first change the process. By imposing term limits, we can ensure frequent turnover which allows for new ideas and fresh perspectives in Congress. Additionally, term limits will keep politicians in-tune with their constituents and less focused on pleasing those who promise to help get them re-elected.

While term limits are certainly a step in the right direction, they are not enough. I sincerely hope my amendment will be ratified, and then be followed by other structural reforms that make our public institutions more transparent and accountable. The American people deserve congressmen who fight to give them a voice rather than fight for their personal power and success. If the people want new policies and real reform, it's not enough to change the congressmen -- we must change Congress itself.



NRSC - As Americans Are Working Hard, Hodes Is Hardly Working

Good afternoon – As Senate Democrats continue debating their contentious government-run health care proposal today, I thought you might be interested in knowing what Democrat Congressman Paul Hodes and his House colleagues have been busy with this week in Washington.

According to this week’s schedule, Hodes and his Democrat colleagues in the House are taking up four non-controversial “suspension” bills this week, including resolutions welcoming to the Archbishop of Constantinople to the United States and honoring the 2,560th Anniversary of the birth of Confucius.

Unfortunately, Paul Hodes is not taking advantage of his spare time during these two-and-a-half-day workweeks by explaining to New Hampshire voters just how he plans to play for the government-run health care plan that he supports or explaining why the so-called “stimulus” bill that he voted for has not met expectations for job creation in New Hampshire.   

If you happen to find some time to chat with Congressman Hodes amidst his very busy schedule, I hope you’ll consider the following statement from the NRSC:  

 “Paul Hodes wants the people of New Hampshire to promote him to the U.S. Senate, but he still hasn’t demonstrated leadership in the House. Hodes should make good use of his spare time and explain to his constituents: How does he propose paying for a government-run health care plan? Will he vote against a health care bill that is not deficit neutral? Why hasn’t the stimulus produced the job creation that Hodes promised when he voted for this bill in February? Voters in the Granite State deserve leadership in Washington – not another rubber stamp waiting in the wings to take his directions from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.” – Amber Wilkerson Marchand, NRSC spokeswoman 



Daily News from the Veterans Today Network 

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Will Someone Please Check Chuck Norris' Meds?



By Gordon Duff, Staff Writer

Lord only know, I like Chuck Norris, his films, his TV shows and even his hokey infomercials.  As one of the real people Norris pretends to be in his movies, he can be inspiring, if not massively overstated.  As a Vietnam War combat vet, I love being portrayed in overblown Hollywood style.  However, when it comes to having Norris use his status as a "Vietnam Era" Air Force vet to spout crazy conspiracy mumbo jumbo, someone, please get this man some help. 


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