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Tuesday
Sep222009

Heritage - Obama moves to cut missile defense

Last month news outlets in Poland reported that the Obama administration had made the decision to abandon our anti-missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic. Czech Premier Jan Fischer confirmed those reports telling reporters that President Obama phoned him to say that “his government is pulling out of plans to build a missile defense radar on Czech territory.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration is justifying its decision on their determination that Iran’s long-range missile program hasn’t progressed as rapidly as previously estimated. This despite the facts that:

On February 2nd, Iran successfully launched a satellite into orbit using a rocket with technology similar to that used in a long-range ballistic missile.

On May 20th, Iran test-fired a 1200-mile solid-fueled two-stage ballistic missile.

On July 15th, Germany’s foreign intelligence service, BND, announced that Iran will be able to produce and test a nuclear weapon within six months. BND also stated that it has “no doubt” that Iran’s missile program is aimed solely at the production of nuclear warheads.

On August 3rd, The Times of London reported that Western intelligence sources concluded that Iran has not only perfected the technology to build and detonate a nuclear weapon, could assemble a weapon in just six months, and could deliver the weapon on Iran’s Shebab-3 ballistic missile.

Just yesterday French President Nicolas Sarkozy said: “It is a certainty to all of our secret services. Iran is working today on a nuclear [weapons] program.”

The only country other than Iran that is happy with President Obama’s decision is Russia. State Duma foreign affairs committee head Konstantin Kosachev told the Associated Press: “The U.S. president’s decision is a well-thought (out) and systematic one. Now we can talk about restoration of (the) strategic partnership between Russia and the United States.” But, in fact, the missile defense capitulation is just one in a long line of Obama surrenders to Russia. Heritage fellow Ariel Cohen explains from Moscow:

"All these concessions the Russians pocketed, smiled, and moved on to new demands: European security reconfiguration; additional global reserve currency which would weaken the dollar; and a strong push-back on sanctions against the Iranian nuclear program. …. While the Russians clearly like the better atmospherics, and somewhat toned down the shrill anti-American rhetoric, the Iranians and the Venezuelans, who also received Obama’s “stretched hand” and, in case of Hugo Chavez, a pat on the back, are refusing to play ball. They, like their friends in Moscow, are also pocketing concessions while continuing the mischief."

The decision to abandon the “third site” deployment of 10 missile interceptors in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic violates President Obama’s pledge to support missile defense that is “pragmatic and cost-effective.” Ground based missile defense is effective, affordable, and available now. According to the Congressional Budget Office, alternatives to the third site do not provide a comparable level of defense. The CBO concluded that the estimated $9-14 billion 20-year cost of the third site was half of the estimated costs of a sea-based alternative. Abandoning our best missile defense option in Europe only encourages Iran to speed up their ballistic missile program so that they can get their threat in place before a European missile defense system is available.

The Poles and the Czechs know what it means to live under the boot of Russian domination. The third-site issue is of huge symbolic importance to both nations, and if Moscow emerges the victor, with an effective veto over U.S. policy in Europe, it would represent a massive surrender of American strategic influence and a betrayal of two of its closest friends in the region.

Go to 33minutes.com for more on missile defense, the threat posed to us and our allies by nuclear weapons, and the action plan necessary to revive a strategic missile defense system that only America can develop, maintain, and employ for its own defense and the peace-loving world’s security.

 

Tuesday
Sep222009

NRCC - New Poll Shows Shea-Porter's Policies Sinking in Popularity 

Democrat Policies Hit New Low in Public Opinion

 

Washington- According to a new poll, Carol Shea-Porter and her Democrat friends are setting new records in unpopularity with the American people after continuing to push their big-government, anti-jobs agenda. Just days after the Obama administration revealed that a National Energy Tax could cost families nearly $2,000 a year, the Gallup Organization released a poll showing that Americans are fed up with Democrats’ constant interference in everyday life – and that’s before the Democrat efforts to tax every person who flips on a light switch and a takeover of the healthcare industry are finalized.

 “Americans are more likely today than in the recent past to believe that government is taking on too much responsibility for solving the nation's problems and is over-regulating business. New Gallup data show that 57% of Americans say the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals, and 45% say there is too much government regulation of business. Both reflect the highest such readings in more than a decade.” (Frank Newport, “Americans More Likely to Say Government Doing Too Much,” Gallup Organization, 9/21/09)

 “The Democrats’ big-government agenda might be wildly unpopular already, but Carol Shea-Porter should fear the day that Americans start handing over even more of their hard-earned money to fund her party’s reckless National Energy Tax and government healthcare takeover,” said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. “These poll numbers are no accident – Shea-Porter and her elitist party leaders have embraced the ‘Washington knows best’ attitude that has caused their popularity to plummet. The American people have spoken and Shea-Porter is paying the price for her role in her party’s constant efforts to interfere in her constituents’ daily lives and fund her party’s next government takeover.”

Their poll numbers are sinking quickly, but Carol Shea-Porter and her Democrat friends continue their push to raise taxes and expand the role of government in everyday life. As American families and businesses continue to feel the pinch from Washington’s reckless big-government policies, Shea-Porter should know that election day can’t come quickly enough for the New Hampshire voters who will decide her fate.

 

Tuesday
Sep222009

NetRight Daily: Audit Turns Up Waste in Green Projects... No Surprise 

Fellow Bloggers,

Please check out the Rangel Out Now effort being promoted by Americans for Limited Government.  Here are today's top stories on NetRight Nation and other relevant information:

Audit Turns Up Waste in Green Projects:  The Washington Post reported today that an audit turned up waste in several Green Projects that are run by the Energy Department. While this is unsurprising, this is the same agency that is being tasked with determining where billions of dollars of the Stimulus Bill are going to be spent. Even more troubling is that the initiatives that are being determined as wasteful are the exact types of projects that the funding from the stimulus bill are dedicated towards.

Big Business and the Democratic Party:  Ever since FDR was elected president in 1932, the Republican Party had been vilified by liberals and the news media as the party of large corporations and the defender of greedy capitalists.  That claim is not supported by the facts.  In the last decade, large corporations in many industries have contributed far more money to the Democratic Party and democratic candidates than to Republicans.

ObamaCare Preys on the Young, Flouts the Constitution:  Ask the Obama administration why it is pushing legislation to conscript the young, and it will likely deny doing any such thing. But how else to describe individual mandates, the latest twist in the White House's nationalized health care scheme?

Rangel Must Go:  Charlie Rangel's problems are legion. Namely, he is the subject of an "ongoing" investigation by the House Ethics Committee for violating public disclosure laws to the tune of failing to report over $1 million in outside income. And he also failed to report $3 million in business transactions as required by the House. And if justice is to be served, it must no longer delayed by the Ethics Committee.

Senate Votes to Keep Spending Millions on Stimulus Signs:  Ever since the "American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009" kicked in, it was obvious that a major part of the stimulus would be paying people to design, manufacture and put up signs alerting taxpayers where their "stimulus" money was going. You'd have to spend a fortune on an investigation to find a better example of a self-perpetuating sinkhole -- and then spend even more money on signs announcing the findings of your investigation -- to top this.

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Tuesday
Sep222009

Daily Grind: Rangel Out Now! 

Editorial: Rangel Must Go
The House Ethics Committee has clearly decided to turn its 'internal investigation' into an 'eternal investigation.' And justice delayed has long since become justice denied.

Scuttling Missile Defense in a Dangerous World
On September 17, 1939, Russia invaded Poland and ironically, seventy years later, the Obama administration rewarded Russia by caving in to its demands regarding the European phase of our anti-ballistic missile defense program.

ALG in the News: Carter Clews on MSNBC
Americans for Limited Government Executive Editor, Carter Clews, takes on ACORN and their CEO on "The Morning Meeting."

Tuesday
Sep222009

ALG Slams Baucus Bill as "Socialized Medicine in Trick or Treat Garb" 

"Harry Reid still doesn't have the 60 votes needed in the Senate

for cloture on the so-called 'public option,' and so Senate Democrats

have begun watering down their proposal.  Really, this is the beginning

of the end.  They are fleeing for the lifeboats on a political Titantic."

ALG President Bill Wilson.

 

September 21st, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today slammed Senator Max Baucus' "chairman's mark" on the Senate Finance Committee's version of the "ObamaCare" proposal as "just another means to the end—socialized medicine in trick or treat garb."

Baucus sought to create a plan without the so-called "public option" as a means of garnering support for health care legislation that could pass this year.  Wilson said it doesn't matter.

"This is still a government takeover of the health care industry," Wilson said.  "The proposal creates government-run 'co-ops' to administer care in place of private options.  It still sets up a rationing board.  It still forces Americans to be insured or else pay a fine.  It still does nothing to allow Americans to purchase insurance across state lines.  It still expands Medicaid.  It still increases taxes.  It still has no tort reform.  And it still adds to an already unsustainable debt."

"It may move a little slower toward the goal of a single-payer system, but there is no question that under the Baucus proposal, Americans would be tricked into getting a treat that would crush our health care industry," Wilson added.

Wilson said the proposal would ultimately result in Americans "being forced off of their current health care plans—which are excellent—and into a government-regulated co-ops that will drastically increase in costs since insurance policies will no longer be based on individual risk."

Wilson pointed to provisions that force insurers to take on riskier patients without charging more for the premiums.  "As a result, the associated risk costs will be passed on to everybody, distributed throughout the system, which means rates will go up.  At the same time the quality of everyone's coverage will be watered down to pay for the uninsurables. And individuals will have no choice but to buy the plans per the mandate." 

Wilson said that the system would not be pay for itself, and would lead to greater taxpayer-subsidized health care.  "To make up for the inevitable shortfalls and deficits that will be endemic throughout the system, taxes under the plan will be raised on businesses and individuals."

The Baucus bill is said insure an additional 26 million individuals that Wilson says could cost as much as $1.22 trillion over ten years.  The average cost for an insurance premium is $4,700, according to the National Coalition on Health Care.  "That's about $122 billion extra every year we don't have.  That's on top of 'stimulus' and TARP and all the rest of Barack Obama's record-setting $1.85 trillion deficit.  Under the Baucus proposal, the American people will be dealt yet another unsustainable entitlement that over time will totally consume the public treasury," Wilson said.

Wilson credited concerned citizen efforts nationwide, including ALG's 400,000 member activists, who have called, emailed, wrote letters to, and visited with Congressmen at their offices and town hall meetings for persuading many elected officials to vote against the bill.  He said public opposition to the bill "is the only reason lawmakers are now considering removing the public 'option.' Only, the American people still do not want the total destruction of private health care now being proposed."

According to Rasmussen Reports, 56 percent of voters now oppose the plan.  And Barack Obama's public disapproval has sunk to the 52 percent mark for the first time in his term.

"Harry Reid still doesn't have the 60 votes needed in the Senate for cloture on the so-called 'public option,' and so Senate Democrats have begun watering down their proposal.  Really, this is the beginning of the end—they are fleeing for the lifeboats on a political Titantic.  Nobody wants to be left without a seat," Wilson concluded.