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Monday, July 27, 2009
Enjoy and send everyone you know here to watch. We have to educate the public.
UPDATE: This is longest video segment. In it you will see person after person coming up to talk about how they do not want this. There are personal stories, there are statements of fact, there are PEOPLE who will be effected by this monstrosity who all feel there is a better way.
Starting about 9:30 Jim Durbin of 24thstate.com talks about actually having read the bill and how it is clearly designed to put private insurance out of business.
Around 16:35 a young man with cochlear implants speaks to how his life has been changed by having them and how he would not receive them under the current plans being discussed-mainly due to the expense.
19:28 starts the young veteran who takes Claire to task and demands an apology. He too was really unbelievable in his passion and conviction. Everyone was really.......
There is a large time gap in between video 3 and 4. Mysteriously the Internet connection I had been using all night stopped working and threw me off. I had to disconnect and reconnect. Sabotage? You be the judge.
We will start shortly before 7pm CST and will broadcast until it is over. Join us LIVE!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
A few words from me about the end of my life.
(Correction-so I realized that I said "me and my" and my mom would be mortified! So, I correct myself I know it is "Darin and I" or "my cohort and I" How embarassing :) Don't hold it against me too much-sometimes my hoosier shows through.)
Sunday, July 19, 2009
If you cannot be there, I will be livestreaming the event with some help from one of my cohorts in extremism, Darin from Reboot Congress. We plan to have the stream going before, during and after the forum-along with some interviews. Please watch if you can't be there in person.
Welcome to our livestream of the Healthcare Townhall broadcasting LIVE from Forest Park Community College.
Friday, July 17, 2009
When I got there, the crowd was about 2/3 formed-more arrived some time later. Most of the people were on the median in the middle of the street, walking around and doing some pleasant chanting. There were no rednecks or right wing extremists that I could see. (I keep hearing about them, but like the fabled jackalope, I have never actually seen one.)
Since I didn't get there right on time, I thought maybe there was no one in there. I asked a couple of people and as it turns out there were folks inside. Once the protesters started showing up, they closed all the blinds and locked the door-but not before flipping the bird to a few of the protesters through the window. Nice. That is sum super class right there.
I have now learned two things-knocking on the door of your local representatives office is not welcome and the sidewalk in front of their office is strangely private property. Um, no it's not, but whatever.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
With the double straw man of a failing healthcare system and falsities of better care for everyone under the emerging plan, it is easy to fool those who want to believe. Utopian thinking is great in fables and books for children, but they have no place in real life. The fact is most Americans get excellent care in this country even when you don't have insurance or are an illegal immigrant. Americans enjoy higher survival rates, better and quicker access to care and more choice in their treatment, unlike most of our socialized counterparts. Government driven healthcare will eventually eliminate all competition, leaving us with only DMV-like treatment.
More false arguments? The healthcare system is not the reason our economy is tanking. It is complete bunk to pretend that getting the government involved will make treatments cheaper or better and care more efficient. It has been shown in report after report, not only have costs gone up under the Medicare/Medicaid programs, but fraud and waste are at an all time high in both programs. To somehow elude to costs going down is simply a falsehood that can't stand up to any real scrutiny. How about the spending now to reduce cost later? Take a look a this chart from Philip Klein at The American Spectator-it outlines how not only are the CBO's projected cost calculations misleading to the naked eye, but are flat out wrong about where they go in the last five years. A government option, costing the American tax payer $230 billion in 2019, will be the cause of a ruined economy, driving us over the brink. There is no possible way our current economy-or even one from a fairy tale-can support not only this unmitigated growth, but that of Medicare, Medicaid, SCHIP and Social Security. Just how much money does this Administration think Small Business and "the rich" have? Just how long do they think Small Business and "the rich" will put up with 35% to 50% to eventually 80% tax rates? Clearly they do not see the fallacy in their thinking-the higher they raise taxes, the more rules and regulations are shoved in the faces of these folks, the less business they will do; the less jobs they will provide and in turn, the less revenue (yes income to TAX) there will be. This plan is unsustainable. There is no preventative care reward and resultant savings or realistic budget cuts that are going to make this a practical solution. What it will happen in the end is a poor, over-burdened system which rations healthcare and asks old people to just "take the pain pill" and die.
Instead of this approach, we need something that allows us to continue to have the most innovative system in the world. We are leaders in pharmaceutical research and medical technology. Innovation would all but cease under this type of plan. Who in their right mind would invest and create in a losing system like this?
Better and more feasible ideas exist; we must look for them. With a few very important changes such as bridging the gap for the under-insured, creating a better system for those with pre-existing conditions and providing a more affordable way to continue coverage for the unemployed, we would be well on the way to achieving the goal of an extraordinary system. Addressing only the real short-falls, while preserving what does work right, is less expensive and more rewarding. Creating more entitlements, removing competition, punishing innovation and installing a huge government bureaucracy to be the final determiner of medical decisions is the wrong way for America.UPDATE 1: Well, this is fun information.....see free healthcare is decidedly NOT free. Some initial figures and taxes from the House proposal:
*a tax on individuals failing to sign up for health care equal to the lesser of 2.5% of adjusted gross income (AGI) or the average individual premium amount
*a tax on employers for not providing a health care plan equal to 8% of payroll. This becomes 0, 4, or 6 percent of payroll as payday totals dip below $400,000 annually
*a new and undetermined excise tax on health insurance plans
*codification of the "economic substance doctrine," whereby businesses would not be able to avoid engaging in legal tax avoidance techniques without demonstrating a bona fide business purpose
*delay of worldwide interest allocation, a baby step toward the full double-taxation of corporate profits earned overseas
*the big one--a new "surtax" on the AGI of small businesses and other high income earners. Click on over to ATR to get the rest of the details.
UPDATE 2: Read the CBO Preliminary statement HERE. (PDF) As expected, illegal immigrants (one of the leading drags on the healthcare system now) remain uninsured (and pay NO penalty, as Americans will) and small business bears the brunt of the actual out of pocket expense. How nice.
"Although obscure," reported the Wall Street Journal, "the post wields outsize power. It oversees regulations throughout the government, from the Environmental Protection Agency to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Obama aides have said the job will be crucial as the new administration overhauls financial-services regulations, attempts to pass universal health care and tries to forge a new approach to controlling emissions of greenhouse gases."I didn't realize the President had the authority to appoint a new King.
Sunstein also believes that - whether you're a blogger, The New York Times or a Web hosting service - you should be held responsible even for what your commenters say. Currently you're immune under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. "Reasonable people," he says, "might object that this is not the right rule," though he admits that imposing liability for commenters on service providers would be "a considerable burden."So not only we will have a new King with unbelievable power, but he won't like conservatives with opinions. No doubt these rules, regulations, and lawsuits won't apply to the liberal glad rags and their commentors. (Oh, you definately must click that link!)
But who cares about a burden when insults are being bandied about? "A 'chilling effect' on those who would spread destructive falsehoods can be an excellent idea," he says. "As wehave seen," Sunstein writes, having shown us no such thing, "falsehoods can undermine democracy itself." What Sunstein means by that sentence is pretty clear: He doesn't like so-called false rumors about his longtime University of Chicago friend and colleague, Barack Obama.
He alludes on page 3 (and on page 13, and 14, and 45, and 54 - the book is only 87 pages) to the supposedly insidious lie that "Barack Obama pals around with terrorists." Since Sunstein intends to impose his Big Chill on such talk, I'd better get this in while I can. The "rumor," i.e., "fact," about the palsy-walsiness of Obama and unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers (Ayers referred to Obama as a "family friend" in a memoir) did not "undermine democracy," i.e., prevent Obama's election. The facts got out, voters weighed them and ruled that they weren't disqualifying.
(H/T-post inspired here: http://astuteblogger.blogspot.com/2009/07/plans-of-cass-suntein.html )
Monday, July 13, 2009
".....over the last decade, global temperatures have cooled. Also, it now seems that the hottest years of the last century were in the 1930s, not the 1990s, as we had been told earlier.":Even way back in January NewsBusters writes that scientists now believe we may actually be on the brink of another Ice Age:
"The main flaw in the AGW theory is that its proponents focus on evidence from only the past one thousand years at most, while ignoring the evidence from the past million years -- evidence which is essential for a true understanding of climatology. The data from paleoclimatology provides us with an alternative and more credible explanation for the recent global temperature spike, based on the natural cycle of Ice Age maximums and interglacials."Hey, I have an idea, how about if congress stops passing legislation and regulations that actually do nothing to promote good stewardship of the earth, but only perpetuate one tainted bubble after another.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
"I don't believe it's too late to change course, but it will be if we don't take dramatic action as soon as possible. If nothing is done, this recession could linger for years. The unemployment rate could reach double digits." (Jan '09)
(Unfortunately it is already nearly at double digits and has been found to almost assuredly be headed higher.)
"That is why I have moved quickly to work with my economic team and leaders of both parties on an American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan that will immediately jump-start job creation and long-term growth. " (Jan '09)
"It was, from the start, a two-year program, and it will steadily save and create jobs as it ramps up over this summer and fall. We must let it work the way it's supposed to, with the understanding that in any recession, unemployment tends to recover more slowly than other measures of economic activity." (July '09)
Huh? So.......was it an immediate need or a long term plan?
This piece of junk has fallen completely flat, has not restarted lending to business, or many consumers and now good ole' Barney Frank wants to lower the standards again so we can re-inflate a burst economy.
President Obama can say what he wants-he sold it as something that had to be done immediately, to pull us back from the brink immediately.
As a whole, the economy is no better off than it was 6 months ago. Wall Street and the bankers were left in a fine position, while main street got nothing. Now, to show how arrogant and confident Wall Street is, AIG is looking to pay out more fat bonuses. Don't be pissed at AIG-the government gave them the money.
The American people can almost always count on Biden to give it to us straight though. As was one of our greatest fears during the campaign, Obama's inexperience becomes clearer everyday. The Administration not only mis-read the economy, but they continue to mis-read our enemies which both leave America weak and in immeasurable danger.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
After a local business took a stand last week publicly thanking Russ Carnahan for essentially voting to drive them out of business, it became clear that we must leave no room for doubt what this bill would do to all small business in this country if this boondoggle is allowed to pass.
Even when considering conservative estimates, home energy prices will rise by an average of let's say $1,000 per year for my family of four. (I live in a state where much of our electric is generated by coal burning facilities.) In my family that is an increase of about $83.33 per month. Oh wait bye-bye Obama tax credit. And then some......
Then what about the cost of manufactured goods? I do buy various things that are manufactured to live my life. Even if those things increased by only an average of 10% per month, that then increases my monthly 'sundries' bill by about $20.00 per month. That's not devastating, but now my total costs just live-and not eat-has gone up by more than $100 per month.
Then there is the food. Unfortunately, my silly, greedy children and what's worse, my husband and myself, like to eat. For our average family of four our food bill increasing by 10% per month will add $66.00 per month to our living expenses.
So just for the family-I haven't even gotten to my small business-our cost of living just went up about $170 per month. Hmm, we could probably survive that OK-we should, after all, pay our fair share as a middle class family. It is up to us to sacrifice, right?
So now let's take a look at the income I bring in and what will happen to that.
I buy a lot of manufactured goods. A lot. My cost-of-goods sold ALONE on my last years tax return was in excess of $30,000. That is the amount I have paid for goods to resell to my clients. An increase of 10% adds $3,000 to money I pay out. What that actually means is I will sell less items. I will REDUCE the amount of goods I sell to my clients. So not only my costs will increase, but my revenues will decrease. My clients costs will go up too, so (in the words of Obama) they will "necessarily" buy less product.
Finally, we can take a look at my automobile gas bill. I drive an average of 250-300 miles per week-I am in a service business-so at $2.50 per gallon, right now my gas bill runs around $150 per week. With estimate on the increase of gas falling somewhere between .77 cents and $1.50 per gallon-an average of $1.14 per gallon increase- that will will raise my total automobile gas bill alone to more than $218.40 PER WEEK.
Because there is no way I can afford to continue to do business at my current rates and even turn a tiny profit with these increases, I would "necessarily" have to either increase my rates or go out of business. Although, it might not be up to me in the end. With the cost of so many other prices increasing for my clients, they may go out of business, which would put me out of business anyway.
So to recap, just the cost of Cap and Trade to this small business will result in an average $443.60 INCREASE EVERY MONTH just to live and do business. To live in my home, buy things like toilet paper, toothpaste and food, and finally, to drive my car to make money. Right now I cannot even estimate the impact of business that will be lost, let alone what will happen if my clients start closing.
Listen, I am all for being a good steward of this earth. We should keep our planet healthy and much research should be done to figure out what can be done to actually accomplish that goal. But this science is not settled by a long shot, no matter how much Senator McCaskill, Russ Carnahan or many other Democrats might like to think otherwise. Reports by leaders in the EPA are being suppressed, hundreds of scientist express their disagreement by taking out ads in newspapers (PDF), and there are also the false claims of diminishing polar bear populations and thinning ice mass. Oh and let's not forget the falling (NOT rising) temperatures. Facts are just strange like that.
Finally, it is important to note that Cap and Trade does nothing to actually lower carbon emissions at all. Ultimately, it is really just a way for very specific sectors of the economy to profit-rape the American people. Cap and Trade does not reward innovation, it only adds to the cost of doing business and those costs will be passed on to the consumer or the businesses will move away, operating in countries which do not have these penalties. Rather rewarding the successes of developing cleaner forms of energy or doing business, there is only the new way to charge. Big business will not bear the brunt of increases and penalties. One way or another WE will pay for it.
For the millions of small business out there though it is a different story. We will not survive cost increases like this. We will not be able to continue to provide jobs and goods or services to the communities we live in. The government needs to take a look at the real math, that affects real people.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for selling the American people down the river, guaranteeing a life of crushing debt, taxes and job loss for generations to come. Stupid fucking RINO's-I hope it was worth it. 15 punches
Completely unforgivable: during the Crap and Traitor debate you get all worked up over a few cents tax on foreign oil tax, but could give a shit about the thousands of additional dollars every year families will pay under cap and trade. In case you are not aware it is considerably easier for me to control my driving over freezing and starving to death, ass wipe. If you don't want the folks to have to pay a few cents to foreign countries for oil, I have an idea...I know....stupid as is sounds........DRILL THE HERE YOU IDIOT! 10 punches