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Finding out what’s in it…

The medical device industry is one of many commanded to foot the bill for health care reform through increased tax burdens should the Supreme Court uphold the law commonly referred to as “Obamacare.”  An excise tax of 2.3% on medical devices is scheduled to take effect in less than a year.

As it turns out, the original $20 billion price tag was a rather conservative estimate.  A MassDevice.com analysis uncovered nearly $10 billion in additional expected tax revenue over 10 years, much higher than Congress originally estimated.

Industry experts and executives have been warning for at least 2 years that the effects of the med-tech tax will be detrimental to the American economy and more importantly to research and development in the medical device industry.

To combat the increase in overhead, senior executives of major med-tech companies have vowed to decrease spending on research and development, capital equipment purchases and will likely continue to cut employees in the U.S. Smaller companies scattered throughout the country may not be able to compete at all.

“The U.S. leads the world in developing and manufacturing medical products… the government is… implementing policies that will cut jobs in this sector and harm its competitive advantage – the development of innovative medical technologies,” said Tom Sommer, President of MassMEDIC, a med-tech industry group in Massachusetts.

 

How will the medical device tax affect you?

Increased prices for medical devices such as hip replacements and pace makers seem the likely targets, and since insurance companies will have to pay for those, there should be no concern for regular Americans, right?  WRONG.

Also considered “medical devices” in the health care reform law are items such as dentures, electric breast pumps for new moms, female condoms, dialysis catheters, some wheel chairs, breast prosthetics following cancer surgery and much more.

Conceivably every American will experience the effects of the tax increase on “medical devices” if the Supreme Court upholds Obamacare.

 

Health Reform after Obamacare: Return of the Single Payer

The Supreme Court’s hearing of the lawsuit against Obamacare was one of the toughest moments for our current president. It coincided with the House of Representatives voting down his budget 414-0, numbers that look more like the Giants beating the Patriots than Congress voting on a presidential budget bill.

Many commentators have declared the imminent death of Obamacare when the Court in all likelihood strikes down the individual mandate as unconstitutional. That may very well be the Court’s ruling, but to assume that this will also be the end of health care statism in America is more than premature. It is irresponsible.

Socialized medicine was declared dead in America after Bill Clinton’s Health Security Act went down in flames in 1993. But it did not even take 16 years before a Democrat president once again introduced an all-out health reform bill. Between these two legislative behemoths were numerous smaller proposals for advancing government in health care. After the Health Security Act was defeated, Clinton and – shame on them – the Republican-led Congress in 1997 created the SCHIP program. This “Medicaid for Kids” has been expanding relentlessly since then and is today within reach of socializing health insurance for children. Children are relatively cheap to insure and their removal from the private insurance market has contributed to higher premiums for adults. With higher insurance premiums, fewer people can afford health insurance; with more people without coverage, liberal theory says that the support for government-run health care will increase.

Another form of proposed advancement of government in medicine has been the opening of the federal employee health insurance program to all Americans. Two Democrat presidential candidates, Bill Bradley in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004, were big champions of this idea. The idea is to create a “public option” that slowly but relentlessly will outcompete private insurance. The original version of Obamacare came with a modified version of the Bradley-Kerry idea. (The public option is still in Obamacare, just dormant for now.)

In other words: health care statists have never given up. They have just shifted tactics. When Obama won decisively in 2008 and Democrats took control over Congress they felt their time had come again. A defeat in the Supreme Court may mean defeat for Obama in November, but regardless of how the election goes, health care statists will not give up.

The battle for health care freedom is not over. Far from it.

The question is: what’s next? Some conservative commentators, including Rush Limbaugh, have suggested that the single-payer model will resurface. Having researched and written about health reform for a good decade now, I am inclined to agree: all experience shows that single-payer health care is the only goal that will satisfy a health care statist.

A comparison between Obamacare and the Clinton plan reinforces the impression that single-payer is next on the liberal health policy agenda. The two reform plans have several key policy goals in common:

  1. Expand government in health care;
  2. Change the way health care is paid for and the way it is distributed; and
  3. Introduce new criteria for who shall get health care and who should not.

They also share important policy methods for achieving these goals:

  • Mandatory individual health insurance coverage;
  • Separation of premiums from health risk, i.e., community rating;
  • Introduction of federal coverage mandates; and
  • Guaranteed issuance of insurance plans.

The only major difference is that the Clinton plan was an open single-payer model, while Obamacare relies on the individual purchase mandate. (In the Clinton plan, employers were mandated to provide insurance – a small but crucial difference.) The single-payer feature was a major reason why the Health Security Act died in Congress.

Obama’s health reform team learned from Clinton’s mistake and omitted the single-payer element. This was, of course, deliberate. It is in the president’s desk drawer, and will be pulled out in the event he is re-elected. He could use the single-payer model to scoop up the pieces left over after the Supreme Court fires its judicial artillery at his Affordable Care Act.

Contrary to the individual purchase mandate, a single-payer financing model for health care is shielded from judicial challenges. Declaring a single-payer health care system unconstitutional because it is funded through taxation would be like declaring public education or Social Security unconstitutional because they are funded through taxation.

Although I personally do not believe that the government has the right to tax us and spend the money on entitlements like public education or Social Security, the Supreme Court has the last say on that. It would be earth-shattering if the Court was ever faced with a challenge to a single-payer health care system and declared that government cannot tax us and spend the money on entitlements.

The health care statists know this. They also knew that they could not get Obamacare passed as a single-payer plan. Therefore, a defeat of the individual mandate offers them a perfect opportunity to revive single-payer, either after the November election or later. Therefore, it is very important that friends of health care freedom are prepared to meet the challenge from health care statists.

By definition, single-payer health has only one source of health care payments. The Clinton plan relied on a 7.9 percent payroll tax to pay for our health care. This funding mechanism came with a plan to keep the tax rate steady – effectively a guarantee that the health care income tax would never go up. This is of course a ludicrous promise to make: a quick historic review of the growth in health care costs and the growth in compensation of employees reveals that health care outpaces the proposed tax base at every corner.

Suppose, for the sake of analysis, that the Clinton plan had become the law of the land in 1987 (the earliest year with available, consistent data). In order to generate sufficient revenues to pay for our health care from that year until 2010, the federal government would have had to raise the tax almost every year. By 2010 the tax would no longer be 7.9 percent but 12.4 percent.

This is, of course, assuming that government would not ration health care. If it chose to maintain the payroll tax at its original level, it would have had to slash away a large portion of the health care produced in America every year:

  • In 2010 the output value of all health care in America was $1,619 billion;
  • If the only funding source would be a 7.9-percent payroll tax, there would only have been $1,026 billion available in 2010;
  • The American people would have had to forfeit $593 billion worth of health care in 2010 alone.

Who would have been deprived of health care? Who would have made the decisions on who should get, and not get, health care?

Health care statists avoid the rationing problem like the plague. If they revive single-payer again, they should face these questions every time they take their socialized-medicine idea to the public arena.

More obamacare Lies

“obamacare” was sold on a lie and passed against the wishes of the majority of Americans.

To make matters worse, in an unprecedented move, the man who administers Medicare and Medicaid was appointed in a clearly obvious move to bypass the Constitutional provision for Legislative oversight.

You won’t be keeping your healthcare and your doctor if you like them. There’s going to be a single payer system complete with rationing. It was sold as ”a robust public option” because that sounds so much better than death panel. However, if you listen to the words of the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, you’ll see exactly where he stands on the subject.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0wnvZrOwAs

Consider this bit of news reported by Investor’s Business Daily:

The strategy of hide and delay may have collapsed with a new Congressional Budget Office report that reveals that the current 10-year cost of ObamaCare is an astounding $1.76 trillion. That’s nearly double the $900 billion President Obama told a special session of Congress on Sept. 9, 2009, that ObamaCare would cost. He also claimed the “plan will not add to our deficit.”

The new projection is from 2013 to 2022, and when 2014 arrives and costs and taxes are in sync, the 10-year cost of ObamaCare is expected to be well in excess of $2 trillion. Fact is the administration has no clue and never had one concerning how much ObamaCare and its consequences would drive up costs, a fact grudgingly admitted to by Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, under questioning by Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

Johnson noted that we were promised family premiums would drop by $2,500 once ObamaCare and its insurance exchanges were up and running. But the Kaiser Family Foundation has released a study saying that in anticipation of ObamaCare’s arrival, family premiums are up $2,200.

http://news.investors.com/article/604400/201203141851/cbo-obamacare-cost-double-obama-vow.htm

Healthcare is not a “human right”. It’s a commodity. It doesn’t matter if the government redistributes wealth to pay for the healthcare needs of the collective or if you pay for it yourself, it’s still bought and paid for. It’s still a commodity. Healthcare is NOT a right.

BTW, you’re born with rights that are God given. Government does not give your rights to you. As John F. Kennedy so eloquently stated in his 1960 inaugural address “The rights of man come not from the generosity of the State, but from the hand of God”.

“progressives” MUST be voted out of office in November 2012.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/more-evidence-obamacare-was-sold-on-a-lie/

The Obamacare Prayer Vigil(s)

Have you heard that the White House is planning a “prayer vigil” for Obamacare outside the Supreme Court “right when justices plan to hear arguments for three days beginning March 26″? Isn’t it quite intriguing that an Administration that touts their skewed view of “separation of Church and State” now prepares to call on the Name of God Almighty to push their liberal agenda through.

In the comments of this article, TH30PH1LUS left this comment:

Posted on March 9, 2012 at 5:12pm

“When you spread out your hands in prayer,
I hide my eyes from you;
even when you offer many prayers,
I am not listening.

Your hands are full of blood!” ~ GOD (Isaiah 1:15)

The magnitude of this Scripture is astounding! Just at face value alone, the words virtually leap off the screen, a resounding rebuke to an Administration who’s arrogance knows no boundary. When you dig deeper, looking at every facet of this Scripture, it is a true testament that the Word of God is applicable today.

This Administration- this country, in reality, has so much innocent blood on her hands. However, there is also the Scripture regarding God’s wrath on those who go against Him- Romans 1:28 sums it up, but again, the entire chapter of Romans 1 describes current times exactly.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done.

In reading the originally article, another passage of Scripture came to mind. You can read the entire passage here in 1 Kings 18. For this article, we will focus on four verses, 1 Kings 18:36-39.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The LORD—he is God! The LORD—he is God!”

If the God-fearing people of this nation will fall on their faces before God Almighty, there is no doubt we will see miracles happen all over this country! Obama’s Administration is planning a prayer vigil on the steps of the Supreme Court House….. where will the God-fearing people of this nation be? Elijah was a true servant of God, and called on Him to show Himself to the false prophets of the day, letting it be known to all that He alone is God.

It would be quite fitting for the servants of God in this day- God-fearing men and women of America, to have our own prayer vigil in front of the Supreme Court at the exact same time as this Administration is performing a sacrilegious ceremonial display of arrogance they call prayer. There is power in prayer!

Matthew 18:20:

For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

ObamaCare Must be Repealed

Charles Krauthammer makes an excellent case against ObamaCare – a must read.

The point he leaves off on is certainly one to ponder:

In 2010, when all this lay hazily in the future, the sheer arrogance of Obamacare energized a popular resistance powerful enough to deliver an electoral shellacking to Obama. Yet two years later, as the consequences of that overreach materialize before our eyes, the issue is fading. This constitutes a huge failing of the opposition party whose responsibility it is to make the opposition argument.

Every presidential challenger says that he will repeal Obamacare on Day One. Well, yes. But is any of them making the case for why?

This is the biggest problem facing us right now. Since the economy is perceived to be improving despite a 15% unemployment rate (includes those who gave up looking for a job), and the underemployed. Since the perception, rather than the reality, that the economy is improving is taking the air out of the sails of the Republican candidates – it should force them to deal with the real destruction that is coming our way… ObamaCare. It’s like an avalanche slowly making it’s way down the mountain, picking up steam and enough power to crush us all.

Many liberals in the States point to Canada’s health care system as one we should emulate. It’s not true. As an American living in Canada it’s been a learning experience.

To begin with we should remember that Canada has about 30 million citizens versus the United States’ 300 million. That number in itself should give us pause. We should also be aware of the conversation taking place within Canada trying to figure out ways to save their system – which is in serious trouble – not the least that it is financially unsustainable. We’re talking about months-long waits to see specialists and to get treatment we routinely get quickly in the States.

I asked a lady in her 80s here what she thinks of the Canadian health care system. She explained that it’s great until you get old. In other words – it’s fine when you’re young, healthy, and basically don’t need more than basic care and prevention. After that, it’s trouble.

I know another man, in his early 70s, who had tremendous pain in his arm. He was able to see his general practitioner and get pain medication but had to wait months to see a specialist. Thankfully, his pain subsided – but what if it hadn’t? What if there had been something really wrong? As it was, his quality of life was severely curtailed and he was unable to do the things he normally did during the course of his day.

On the flip side of the age spectrum, I know of a baby that was in need of eye surgery. It was determined by the government insurance that it was not a critical situation. What ended up happening fell in the category of unintended consequences – what began as something relatively minor became a bigger deal. This baby, needing eye surgery, was unable to keep her balance as she began learning to walk – she then not only needed surgery, but also needed to relearn how to balance and walk properly – I’m sure needing some sort of therapy to fix the situation.

I myself, before moving to Canada, during a basketball game, tore my ACL – I had an appointment with a top specialist within the week and surgery the next month… without a referral. Here in Canada you always need a referral. I wonder how my injury would have played out here in the Canadian system.

In addition to long waits for basic medical care we must discuss the financial burden ObamaCare would place on the United States’ weak monetary situation. We currently find ourselves 15 trillion dollars in debt. ObamaCare will cost us trillions more.

To see the bill’s true first-decade costs, we need to start the clock when the costs would actually start in any meaningful way: in 2014. The CBO says that Obamacare would cost $2.0 trillion in the bill’s real first decade (from 2014 to 2023) — and much more in the decades to come.

But $2.0 trillion wouldn’t be the total ten-year costs. Instead, that would merely be the “gross cost of coverage provisions.” Based on earlier incarnations of the proposed overhaul, the total costs would be about a third higher (the exact number can’t be gleaned from the CBO’s analysis, which is only preliminary and is not a full scoring) — making the total price-tag between $2.5 and $3 trillion over the bill’s real first decade….

We’d also pay for this through increased deficits. Under strict instructions from the Democrats, the CBO gave Obamacare credit for over $400 billion (from 2014 to 2023) in phony “savings” that would allegedly result from cutting doctor’s payments under Medicare by over 20 percent and never raising them back up. As the CBO notes, one of two things could happen: Congress could either follow through on these severe pay cuts — in which case doctors would view all Medicare patients as if they have the plague — or, Congress could eliminate these pay cuts — as everyone in Washington expects to have happen under the so-called “doc fix” — in which case the CBO projects that this bill would raise deficits by over $100 billion from 2017 to 2019 alone.

Can we afford ObamaCare medically or financially?

We must all focus on the 2012 election as the one that will determine the direction our country is headed. Is it going to be one where the government controls our private lives – telling us what procedures they can afford to ‘give’ us, and which ones they can’t – or one where we, as individuals, have control over our own lives?

After all is said and done, after ObamaCare comes into effect 23 million Americans will continue to be uninsured. The argument that all of us will have insurance is simply not true.

We cannot deny that our health-care insurance industry needs to be fixed – but our health care system itself is one that many across the world depend on when their own socialized systems fail them. Our health care is second to none.

To destroy our health care system as a by-product of fixing the health-care insurance industry is foolish and puts us all at risk – those put most at risk are our elderly, whose care will be rationed first. Don’t believe me – ask my 80 year old friend how she likes it.

The Ugly Truth about Canadian Health Care

Politics Made Simple: Let Liberals Pay for All Abortion Pills

During the debate about Barack Obama’s recent big government attempts to mandate that religious organizations pay for free contraceptive and after-the-fact abortion pills, there has been very little discussion of the fact that these abortion pills are seen by many Americans as a way to commit legal murder by killing a developing fetus while it is still in the womb. Also of note is that when people do a browser search for “abortion pill” Planned Parenthood  is the very first “recommended by google” site to come up. No health professionals, no doctor’s groups, and no scientific studies are even in the top 10 search results for abortion pills. That is blatant internet media manipulation designed to nudge people’s perceptions of what is right or wrong in America today, and I for one find it a disgusting disservice to all Americans, especially young women thinking about having an abortion.

Here are a few of the young mind-maniputaling tidbits being spread nationwide by Planned Parenthood, many times by using your tax dollars: ( emphasis added at times)

What is the abortion pill?

The abortion pill is a medicine that ends an early pregnancy. In general, it can be used up to 63 days — 9 weeks — after the first day of a woman’s last period. Women who need an abortion and are more than 9 weeks pregnant can have an in-clinic abortion.

The name for “the abortion pill” is mifepristone. It was called RU-486 when it was being developed.

That Planned Parenthood definition of the abortion pill is the equivalent of saying that rat poison is a medicine to treat rats. It is that simple.

What happens during a “Medication” abortion?

It’s common for women to be nervous about having a medication abortion — or any other medical procedure. But many of us feel better if we know what to expect.

What they fail to tell young women are the lifelong feelings of  guilt and shame many women suffer with for the rest of their lives, all because the “experts” at Planned Parenthood steadfastly and irresponsibly refuse to tell this side of the story.

Under Step 3, the follow-up visit after taking the abortion pill:

You will need to follow up within two weeks. Follow-up is important to make sure your abortion is complete and that you are well. You will need an ultrasound or blood test.

In the unlikely event that you are still pregnant, your health care provider will discuss your options with you. It’s likely you will need to have an aspiration abortion if the medication abortion did not end the pregnancy.

So just what is the innocent-sounding aspiration abortion?  According to Web MD  it is also known more fittingly as a suction abortion or a vacuum abortion. The manual vacuum abortion is when they use a syringe to suck the fetus tissue out, while the machine vacuum method uses a machine which involves the use of a hollow tube (cannula) that is attached by tubing to a bottle and a pump, which provides a gentle vacuum. The cannula is passed into the uterus, the pump is turned on, and the tissue is gently removed from the uterus. Note that nowhere in the Web MD description of these types of abortions is the word “aspiration” as Planned Parenthood refers to it.

Planned Parenthood also tries to imply that they do not receive any tax dollars to promote their main agenda: abortion-promotion.  That is a blatant lie, as can be seen in the article titled, Planned Parenthood’s Annual Report: Got $487.4 million in Tax Money, Did 329,445 Abortions.

The Liberal-in-Chief, Barack Obama wants all Americans to pick up the tab for the sectors of American society’s irresponsibility and pay for abortion pills, against the main beliefs of a large sector of American society who view abortion as murder and a disservice to young, naive, pregnant women. So here is a suggestion: Since Liberal nanny-state worshipers want young women across America to have the abortion pills, let them pay for it. Take the millions of tax dollars being used to finance Planned Parenthood’s abortion-selling agenda away from them, and let the Liberal elitists in the media and elected public office donate their own cash for these abortion pills. We could even give proper credit to one of the main promoters of tax dollars being used for abortions in America today, Senator Barbara Boxer. We could name the new Liberal abortion-donation fund, the Barbara Boxer Buys Abortion Pills for Everyone, fund. Giving true credit where credit is due and all that.

Again, If it is such a great and noble cause, put your money where your Liberal rhetoric is and pony up a few million.  The fact is these Liberals are full of dishonest hot air when it comes to actually “helping people” with their own money. They only want to help people with other people’s hard-earned dollars, including the taxpayers purse, as proven by the above expose’ on just how many tax dollars went to Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills. The minute any elected official starts talking about de-funding the Liberal abortion mills of Planned Parenthood, Liberal mouthpieces like Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer start screaming about women’s rights to proper health-care and “medicine.” More rat poison anyone?

Tyranny Alive and Well in Oklahoma’s State Government

The 2012 session of the Oklahoma legislature has begun where it left off in 2011, subverting the will of We the People. It seems the newly elected Republicans in the governor’s seat, and the state Senate and House either can’t read or don’t care what the citizens of the great State of Oklahoma have to say about Obamacare.

In November of 2010 Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly voted to not participate in Obamacare. Seventy percent of We the People voted in favor of State Question 756. This initiative said that the citizens of Oklahoma rejected any aspect of Obamcare and no person and no organization could be forced to participate in this unconstitutional legislation from the federal government. We recognized the bribery and back room deals that created this monster and said NO!!! in a very loud and clear voice. In spite of the 70% vote, Governor Mary Fallin, Senate Pres Pro Tem Brian Bingman, and House Speaker Kris Steele made three separate attempts to implement Obamacare in 2011. All failed, greatly due to the efforts of Amanda Teegarden and the OK-SAFE organization. We found ourselves fighting against a sneak attack that makes Pearl Harbor look like a minor misunderstanding.

Now, as the 2012 session gets started, the top priority of our Republican “leadership” is to get Obamacare shoved down the throats of We the People before they do anything else. The citizens of the State of Oklahoma swept Republicans into office in 2010 because we were tired of the double-dealing, lying, and treachery inherent in the Democrat Party. To our dismay we have found out that we have swept more double-dealing, lying, and treachery into office by electing Republicans. Mary Fallin was a RINO when in Congress but had more money than her opponent so got elected without people really knowing how she sees government.

Up for grabs is $54.5 million of “Obama money” from “Obama’s stash” and our greedy Republican politicians want this money to spread amongst their friends at the state Chamber of Commerce office and the members who give them money. The down side to this money is that to get it, the state must sign a legally binding contract to implement Obamacare. HELLO!!! 70% of us said NOOOO!!!! less than 2 years ago.

What happened to the promises to represent We the People? What happened to the promises to govern honestly and above board? What happened to the promises of “transparency”? What happened to the promises to listen to the citizens of Oklahoma? It seems we have removed one political party full of lying, cheating, back-stabbing politicians and replaced them with another party of lying, cheating, back-stabbing politicians.

Some of the issues being shoved down our throats once again are:

SB 999 – Authored by Republican Sen. Bill Brown (OK Senate 36.) This bill directs the Insurance Commissioner to “establish a comprehensive health care information system”. This bill is a rehash of SB 411 from the 2011 session and creates a system that puts all of our medical records into a federally monitored data base which is one of the provisions in Obamacare.

SB 1002 – Authored by Republican Randy McDaniel (Ok House 83) and Republican Mike Mazzei (OK House 25). This is called the Health Care Choice Act, and is a rehash of SB 57 from 2011. This is the part of Obamacare that provides information to “help” a patient make decisions on what “care” is needed, and when to end life instead of fight on.

SB 1161 – Authored by Republican Gary Stanislawski (OK Senate 35). This boondoggle expands government to the tune of more employees at a minimum of $40,000 per year each. I assume that the Obamacare money will be used to pay for this expansion since the state government is in short supply of money.

HB 2266 – Authored by Republican Doug Cox (House Ok-5) This little jewel provides for “e-care” to be provided by nurses using online “medical protocol” and “medical algorithms” to treat patients instead of seeing a doctor. The author has declared this to be an emergency situation which will make this effective upon approval by both houses and the signature of the governor.

The above are just a few of the tyrannical pieces of legislation being imposed on We the People by the very Republican party who assured citizens that they would listen to and honor the votes of the citizens of the State of Oklahoma. It seems the promises have once again taken a back seat to their own financial interests and those of their friends with campaign cash to offer. We find more politicians who see putting money in the pockets of themselves and their deep pocketed donors more important than honoring the wishes of those who voted them into office.

Once again, this isn’t the Democrat Party doing this to us. This is the “conservative” Republicans who ran on a platform of limited government; and government Of the People, By the People, and For the People. It isn’t like no one voted on SQ 756, or in the state elections. In 2010 Oklahoma saw a record turn-out of voters intent on stopping the corruption and tyranny being purposely imposed on them by Democrat politicians who cared more about an agenda espoused by Marxists than they did about the citizens of the State of Oklahoma. What we have found is changing parties doesn’t help when the other party is just as corrupt and just as tyrannical as the one we just deposed.

This is sad because so many good people have worked so hard to establish the Republican Party as a party of the people, only to be thwarted by politicians who don’t seem to appreciate the efforts of patriots. This behavior is not the behavior that is expected by the many hard working citizens who happen to be registered as Republicans. Like so many others, I am not a partisan political hack; but rather a patriot interested in seeing this state and this nation return to the greatness established by our founding fathers.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma
February 14, 2012

Rick Santorum Makes Townhall Appearance in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum made an appearance at the Oral Roberts University Mabee Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma this afternoon after a campaign stop in Oklahoma City this morning. Santorum began his remarks with encouragement for a man who had an unknown medical emergency just as the event was to start. He also spoke of the importance of the prayers offered up by the staff of Oral Roberts University when the announcement was made that a medical emergency was in progress. The exact problem has not been announced but several doctors, EMS Technicians, and firefighters worked on the victim for abut 15 minutes before taking him to an ambulance.

In his address, he spoke of the situation in Syria and the consequences of a lack of action on the part of the administration. He also addressed Barack Obama’s disdain for life and faith in his attitudes towards religious institutions and abortion, and his disregard of the freedoms we hold dear. Santorum spoke of the uniqueness of America, the need to return to the tenets of the Constitution, the operator’s manual of our nation. He said this nation is the cornerstone of civilized society because of our Constitution. He spoke of our founding fathers taking their inspiration from the bible to craft a document that acknowledge God as giving us our freedoms, not government. He talked about and quoted the Declaration of Independence, which says; “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”. He reiterated that our freedoms come from God not government. If government gives us our rights then government can take those rights back. Santorum spoke of how the French Revolution had tried a similar method but chose “Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity”, a system which ended up with the guillotine.

Mr. Santorum spoke also of tolerance and the difference between conservative Christian tolerance and that of the leftists in our nation. He said Christian people accept every nationality, every religion, and every aspect of life. He told the assembled there that no other nation anywhere in the world is as tolerant of so many varied aspects of humanity as is America. He also pointed out that those on the left who claim to be tolerant have no tolerance for anyone who does not totally agree with their specific views of a subject.

Santorum covered the energy issue, and its relation to the global warming issue of environmentalists. He brought up the Keystone pipeline and the fact that there are hundreds of pipelines crossing this country, including in the area now made off limits by Obama. He told the assembled crowd that if the oil is not brought to America it would go to the west coast of Canada and be sent to China, costing America jobs and cost efficient fuel. He also spoke if his support of energy independence from the beginning, not just lately.

Santorum also spoke of the War on Terror and how it is not winnable because we can’t win a war against a tactic. He told the 5,000 or more in the audience that warring against terror would be like warring against the Nazi tactic of “blitzkrieg”. America wasn’t fighting against blitzkrieg; it was fighting against Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany. In the same sense, Santorum said, America today is fighting against radical Islamists. He made the distinction that we are not fighting against all Muslims, but those who desire to kill all those who do not accept Islam as their faith.

In a Townhall type segment, several students of Oral Roberts University were given the opportunity to ask questions of Santorum. The first question came from a student who wanted to know what the differences were between Santorum’s foreign policy and that of Ron Paul. Santorum replied that the difference was that he had a foreign policy and Ron Paul did not. He went on to say that Paul’s ideas of pulling all of our military back into the United States would leave a vacuum that would be filled by someone. He pointed out that the void is being filled in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood and that has resulted in Americans being held hostage. Santorum said we need to have a presence in the world if there is any chance of many people to ever experience freedom. He pointed out that many people in Iran love America but that when they tried to stand up and gain their freedom from an oppressive regime that Obama stood by idly while they were crushed.

A student who identified himself as the president of the student Democrats asked Santorum about Obamacare. He wanted to know why Santorum was against the plan when the Catholic Church, of which Santorum is a member, accepted the plan. The student said that the Pope actually came out and said health care was a right so how was Santorum standing against it. Santorum replied that the opportunity to purchase health care is indeed a right but that government mandating that everyone buy insurance and also mandating what the policy would include or leave out was not freedom of choice, it was dictating a policy to be enforced by fining those who did not comply. He said that religious freedom must be gauged by a combination of conscience and practicality that had to be balanced for the sake of freedom.

The last questioner was a young lady who asked the candidate how he would deal with the attacks that would come from the Obama regime in the general election. Santorum stated that he had a message that would resonate with Americans and that any Republican candidate can expect the same attacks from Obama, that he would not face anything different that what is being put out now from Obama.

After the Townhall meeting Santorum stated in an interview on Tulsa’s KRMG radio that Tulsa has had the biggest and most enthusiastic crowd to attend an event so far in the campaign.

Part of Santorum’s address can be found at this link.

Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma
February 9, 2012

Obama’s Class Mate Speaks Out!

An email that went viral back in June of 2010 is now making a comeback as we head into the 2012 Presidential elections. In that email we see Mr. Wayne Allyn Root, a college classmate of Obama’s, stating some very strong opinions about just who Barack Hussein Obama really is, his religious beliefs, and his overall ideological agenda. The only changes made to the entire email are formatting and sentence structure, while word for word it is kept  intact. – D.J. Redman

OBAMA’S COLLEGE CLASSMATE SPEAKS     OUT By Wayne Allyn Root , June 6th,     2010

 

 

 

 

 

Barack Hussien Obama is no fool.  He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant.  He knows exactly what he’s doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. Economy to create systemic     failure. Economic crisis and social chaos — thereby destroying capitalism and Our country from within. Barack Hussien Obama was my college classmate.  ( Columbia University , class of ’83). He is a devout Muslim do not be fooled. Look at his Czars…anti-business..anti- American. As Glenn Beck correctly predicted from day one!  Barack Hussien Obama is     following the plan of Cloward &Piven, two professors at Columbia University .. They outlined a plan to socialize America by overwhelming the system. With government spending and entitlement demands. Add up the clues below. Taken individually they’re alarming. Taken as a whole, it is a brilliant, Machiavellian game plan to turn the United States into a socialist/Marxist state with a permanent majority, That desperately needs government for survival … and can be counted on to always vote for bigger government. Why not? They have no responsibility to pay for it.
Universal Health Care .  The health care bill had very little to do with health care. It had everything  to do with unionizing millions of hospital and health care workers, as well as adding 15,000 to 20,000 new IRS agents (who will join government employee unions). Obama doesn’t care  that giving free health care to 30 million Americans will add  trillions to the national debt.  What he does care about is     that it cements the dependence of those 30 million voters to Democrats and big government. Who, but a socialist revolutionary would pass this reckless spending bill in the middle of a depression?

Cap &Trade.  Like health care legislation having nothing to do with health care, Cap &Trade has nothing to do with global warming. It has everything to do with redistribution of income,  with government in control of the economy and a criminal payoff to Obama’s biggest     contributors. Those powerful and wealthy unions and contributors (like GE, which owns NBC, MSNBC and CNBC) can then be counted on to support everything Obama wants. They will kick-back hundreds of millions of dollars in contributions to Obama and the Democratic Party to keep them in power.  The bonus is that all the new taxes on Americans with bigger cars, bigger homes and businesses helps Obama “spread the wealth around.”

Make Puerto Rico a state. Why?  Who’s asking for a 51st state? Who’s asking for  millions of new welfare recipients and government entitlement addicts in the middle of a depression? Certainly not American taxpayers. But this has been Barack Hussien Obama’s plan all along. His goal is to add two new Democrat senators, five Democrat congressman and a million loyal Democratic voters who are dependent on big government.
Legalize 12 million illegal Mexican immigrants. Just giving these 12 million potential new citizens free health care alone could overwhelm the system and bankrupt     America . But it adds 12 million reliable new Democrat voters who can be counted on to support big government.  Add another few trillion dollars in welfare, aid to dependent children, food stamps, free medical, education, tax credits for the poor, and eventually Social Security.    

Stimulus and bailouts. Where did all that money go? It went to Democrat contributors, organizations (ACORN), and unions — including billions of dollars to save or create jobs of government employees across the country.  It went to save GM and Chrysler so that their employees could keep paying union dues. It went to AIG so that Goldman Sachs could be bailed out (after giving Obama almost $1 million in contributions). A staggering $125 billion went to teachers (thereby protecting their union dues). All those public employees  (unions) will vote loyally Democrat to protect their bloated salaries and pensions that are bankrupting America.

The country goes broke, future generations face a bleak future, but Obama, the Democrat Party, government, and the unions grow more powerful. The ends justify the  means. 

Raise taxes on small business owners, high-income earners, and job creators. Put the entire burden on only the top 20 percent of taxpayers, redistribute the income, punish success, and reward those who did nothing to deserve it (except vote for Obama).

Reagan wanted to dramatically cut taxes in order to starve the government.  Barack Obama wants to dramatically raise taxes to starve his political opposition. With the acts outlined above, Barack Hussien Obama and his regime have created a vast and rapidly expanding constituency of voters dependent on big government; a vast privileged class of public employees (unions ) who work for big government; and a government dedicated to destroying capitalism and installing themselves as socialist rulers by overwhelming the system.  Add it up and you’ve got the perfect Marxist scheme — all devised by my Columbia University college classmate Barack Hussien Obama using the Cloward and Piven Plan.  Note:  This letter was “Correctly attributed” says snopes! http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/overwhelm.asp .

America can choose to bury her head in the sand and stand by doing nothing to stop the Socio-Marxist plan to finish her off as we know her… or she can stand up and fight against the reelection of Barack Obama in 2012. The time is now. Get active, spread information like this to everyone you know. America’s future propserity and freedom depends upon it!

Santorum contrasts healthcare and Romneycare sans Glitteratti

GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum visited Minnesota today in an effort to boost support for his campaign one day before the Minnesota Caucus.

Tuesday’s caucus here in Minnesota corresponds to that of Colorado and Missouri.

Santorum visited voters in a small banquet room of Rochester’s prestigious Kahler Grand Hotel, which stands across the street from the Gonda Building of the Mayo Clinic. The candidate used the venue to tick off 10 of 15 reasons why so called Romneycare and Obamacare are essentially the same.

“We have a presidential candidate for all intents and purposes is the least qualified to make an argument against the opposition on the major issue of Healthcare, and that is Mitt Romney,” Santorum said in his speech.

Healthcare, Santorum said, is one of the major reasons why the Tea Party formed, amongst others.

The GOP presidential candidate best suited to oppose and eventually replace the current president cannot be a carbon copy of him on the issue of healthcare, Santorum said.

Santorum pointed out that health institutions of the stature of the Mayo Clinic show the success of the private sector as opposed to the dismal failure of public sector government controlled programs.

Despite the relative smallness of the banquet room off the main lobby of the hotel, the room was packed to capacity with voters and supporters. Santorum took time to shake hands with many who stuck around, take photos with supporters, talk with constituents and sign autographs.

The Glitterati known for pelting conservative candidates with glitter in opposition to their stances on gay marriage were not to be seen at the event. However, Santorum had a brief, intense conversation with a constituent where he politely but firmly reiterated his stance that marriage is defined as the union between one man and one woman.

The only other sign of potential opposition to the candidate at the event was a person dressed in a pig outfit with a sign saying, “Pork Lovers for Rick”. Doubtful they were from a pork producing coop of Minnesota, but more likely a quip on Santorum and earmarks when he was a senator from Pennsylvania.

Santorum was to make a brief stop at Soldiers Field in Rochester to lay a wreath in honor of Minnesota veterans before the event at the Kahler Grand Hotel. After that the candidate was off to Colorado to greet voters there.

GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum greets voters at Kahler Grand Hotel banquet room across from the Mayo Clinic

 

Pork Lovers for Rick!

Obama’s “Health-care” Death Lists Coming Your Way

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive . . . . .those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” —   C. S. Lewis

 

Comrade Obama said something at one of his White House healthcare events that should scare you out of your wits, especially if you are a senior citizen.

He suggested that one way to save health-care costs is not to spend on procedures that “evidence shows [are] not necessarily going to improve care” for the sick and the dying. “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller,” the President said.

This is socialist Obama-talk, and let me translate. Under Obama’s plan, some impersonal bureaucrat, based solely on cost to the government health-care system, will now decide whether you or your sick father or mother, die. Do you need a heart operation or expensive cancer therapy to give you a chance for life? Under Obama’s plan, a bureaucrat will “calculate” how much this care would cost the government.

The bureaucrat will then do a “cost/benefit” analysis, the “benefit” being extending your life or treating your cancer or heart disease. If you’re too old, forget about it. The bureaucrat will have to follow rules laid down by his superiors in a big book of “rationing” rules.

If, for example, you’re over 65 years old, the bureaucrat can tell you, “Sorry, extending your life by 10 years with this expensive heart operation is not “worth it” to the government health-care program or “other taxpayers.” So we won’t pay for your heart operation. Or, “you’ll have to wait nine months on our heart-operations list, and we’ll ‘reconsider’ your application at that time. The government only has so much money for health care, so we can’t spend it on people over 65 years old. Sorry. Next in line, please.” And you will DIE waiting on their heart-operation death lists.

Also, as health-care costs explode in a socialized-medicine paradise, bureaucrats will have to keep lowering the cut-off age for your CAT scan, heart operation or cancer care. First the cut-off age might be 68, then it will go to 65, then to 60, then to 55. The more health-care costs explode, the lower the cut-off age will go. Soon you will be caught in the net, with your LIFE at stake.

Think this is a frightening fantasy, that it “can’t happen here?” Think again. InEnglandandCanada, where they’ve had a socialized-medicine paradise for the last thirty years, that’s exactly what happens, every day. InEnglandandCanada, they have health-care rationing. Government bureaucrats decide who gets the expensive CAT scan, cancer care, or heart operation quickly, or who waits on the health-care “death lists” for nine months for that CAT scan or heart operation. A slimy, indifferent government bureaucrat will decide if you, your mother, father or grandparent lives or dies.

Every day, sick people who the bureaucrats decide are not “worth” the money, DIE on the death-lists inEnglandandCanada. That is your health-care future inAmerica, if socialist Obamacare is not revoked when Obama gets thrown out of office in 2012.  I hope this scares the hell out of you, because it scares me.

Website:  www.americanlibertynews.com

 

Obama's "Health-care" Death Lists Coming Your Way

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive . . . . .those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” —   C. S. Lewis

 

Comrade Obama said something at one of his White House healthcare events that should scare you out of your wits, especially if you are a senior citizen.

He suggested that one way to save health-care costs is not to spend on procedures that “evidence shows [are] not necessarily going to improve care” for the sick and the dying. “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller,” the President said.

This is socialist Obama-talk, and let me translate. Under Obama’s plan, some impersonal bureaucrat, based solely on cost to the government health-care system, will now decide whether you or your sick father or mother, die. Do you need a heart operation or expensive cancer therapy to give you a chance for life? Under Obama’s plan, a bureaucrat will “calculate” how much this care would cost the government.

The bureaucrat will then do a “cost/benefit” analysis, the “benefit” being extending your life or treating your cancer or heart disease. If you’re too old, forget about it. The bureaucrat will have to follow rules laid down by his superiors in a big book of “rationing” rules.

If, for example, you’re over 65 years old, the bureaucrat can tell you, “Sorry, extending your life by 10 years with this expensive heart operation is not “worth it” to the government health-care program or “other taxpayers.” So we won’t pay for your heart operation. Or, “you’ll have to wait nine months on our heart-operations list, and we’ll ‘reconsider’ your application at that time. The government only has so much money for health care, so we can’t spend it on people over 65 years old. Sorry. Next in line, please.” And you will DIE waiting on their heart-operation death lists.

Also, as health-care costs explode in a socialized-medicine paradise, bureaucrats will have to keep lowering the cut-off age for your CAT scan, heart operation or cancer care. First the cut-off age might be 68, then it will go to 65, then to 60, then to 55. The more health-care costs explode, the lower the cut-off age will go. Soon you will be caught in the net, with your LIFE at stake.

Think this is a frightening fantasy, that it “can’t happen here?” Think again. InEnglandandCanada, where they’ve had a socialized-medicine paradise for the last thirty years, that’s exactly what happens, every day. InEnglandandCanada, they have health-care rationing. Government bureaucrats decide who gets the expensive CAT scan, cancer care, or heart operation quickly, or who waits on the health-care “death lists” for nine months for that CAT scan or heart operation. A slimy, indifferent government bureaucrat will decide if you, your mother, father or grandparent lives or dies.

Every day, sick people who the bureaucrats decide are not “worth” the money, DIE on the death-lists inEnglandandCanada. That is your health-care future inAmerica, if socialist Obamacare is not revoked when Obama gets thrown out of office in 2012.  I hope this scares the hell out of you, because it scares me.

Website:  www.americanlibertynews.com

 

Three-Dollar-Bill Obama

Way back in the early days of America, there were a wide assortment of traveling salesmen roaming from town to town selling everything from pots and pans to “magic elixir” guaranteed to cure everything from warts to polio. These unscrupulous traveling elixir peddlers became known by several terms, the most popular of which referred to them as “snake oil salesman.”    Another way of referring to them was expressed in the phrase, “He is as phony as a three-dollar bill,” simply due to the fact that there is no such thing as an American three-dollar-bill. As the 2012 Presidential elections draw nearer, it is becoming more evident by the minute that we currently have a President that is indeed, as phony as a three-dollar-bill. Thus the phrase Three-Dollar-Bill Obama

While on the current taxpayer-funded campaign trail, President Obama constantly states that the national debt and trillion-dollar-plus yearly deficits are a serious threat to our national security, which is 100% correct. The problem there is that his statements are intended to paint himself as some kind of  small government champion while the facts about federal spending show him to be as phony as a three-dollar-bill. See the following chart for the truth. While the chart show the yearly deficits from 2002-2010, covering the G.W. Bush years and Obama’s first two years in office, keep in mind that in the year 2011, Three-Dollar-Bill Obama rang up another whopping $1.3 trillion-dollar deficit!

Next up high on the list of Obama fallacies is the infamous statement that Obama-care will reduce the cost of health-care in America while increasing the quality of care. ( And giving everyone “free” health insurance.) This phony-as-a-three-dollar-bill statement is debunked in a very easy-to-read style here.

Finally, Three-Dollar-Bill Obama is claiming that the do-nothing Congress hasn’t made any attempt to reduce the federal debt and deficits while refusing to acknowledge the fact that the House of Representatives has passed numerous bills to reduce big government spending and move our economy forward, which Liberal Democrat and chief obstructionist, Senate leader, Harry Reid has refused to allow to come up for a vote. This is proven here,   here and once again, here. 

Do we really want to allow Three-Dollar-Bill Obama four more years of saying one thing while doing just the opposite?  As President Obama continues his taxpayer-funded reelection campaign this year while refusing to actually work with Congress to solve America’s problems, expect more three-dollar-bill Obama statements to be debunked on a regular basis here at CDN. ( If any readers have other false Three-Dollar-Bill Obama statements that need to be published here at CDN, drop them in the comment section please.)

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