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Please, Don’t Let Another Congressional Staffer Go to Bed Hungry

An underpaid Congressional staffer huddles for warmth during a cold Washington winter.

In some corners of elite opinion working on Capital Hill means one is laboring in the political equivalent of Wal–Mart. Hill workers have their pity while toiling in a crowded ideologyshop for chump change.

Yet, just like Wal–Mart, each time an election or retirement causes a new Congressional store to open the line of applicants typically extends around the corner.

How to explain it? Don’t these serfs know they’re being exploited?

You expect this reasoning in the WaPost, but surprisingly enough, this expose was in the Washington Times. The premise is Capitol Hill staffers are grossly underpaid and as a result the nation is being run by penniless Facebook addicts who are subject to an employment revolving door of tornadic force.

The pitiful few newbies that do manage to cling to their position are utterly at the mercy of rapacious lobbyists up to no good.

I am indebted to the author of the story, Luke Rosiak, for sharing his employee turnover numbers with me for comparison purposes. Frankly, if the situation had been reversed I don’t know that I would have been so gracious. Still, Rosiak’s generosity does not prevent me from disagreeing with his conclusions.

He begins by painting a picture of ignorant amateurs: “High turnover and lack of experience in congressional offices are leaving staffs increasingly without policy and institutional knowledge…leaving a vacuum that is usually filled by lobbyists.”

As a result: “When Americans wonder why Congress can’t seem to get anything done, this could be a clue.”

Once we get past the irony that after finally identifying jobs where federal salaries are equal to or less than the private sector the WT sees fit to complain; a comparison shows the analysis is flawed. First because salary numbers leave out the excellent health insurance that Hill staffers receive and secondly, because it ignores the nature of work in a Congressional office.

Although located in august structures and surrounded by the echoes of history, Congressional offices are basically 535 mom and pop operations with the elected official serving the role of mom or pop, as the case may be. None of these offices are governed by the rules and regulations that pamper civil service employees. Officeholders are political entrepreneurs building a brand on the taxpayer dime.

Some Congressional offices are well run organizations that rival an Apple Genius Bar for motivation and expertise. Others limp along like a poorly managed Dollar store where are all the toys are from China and contain extra lead.

But regardless of how the office is managed, the jobs are an example of an efficiently functioning employment marketplace. If the salary for Congressional office jobs was too low, there would not be enough qualified applicants to fill the positions. It would be necessary to follow in the footsteps of agribusiness and hire illegal aliens. Yet that’s not happening.

If the officeholder was dissatisfied with the quality and performance of the employee the salary was attracting, he is free to increase the amount paid for the position, but that’s not happening either. Instead we have market equilibrium: plenty of well–qualified applicants at the advertised salary.

Even at the existing salaries the WT disapproves of the turnover in these jobs is better than in comparable private sector positions. According to the figures developed by the WT, in 2006 there was 24 percent turnover on Capital Hill. The Bureau of Labor statistics for the same year finds the voluntary quit rate in “professional and business services” was 33.7 percent, a figure that is almost 10 percentage points higher.

Median experience levels for Congressional offices were also higher than in the private sector. For staff assistants — mostly equivalent to receptionists and entry–level office workers — the median was 2 years and for legislative assistants it was 4 years. In the private sector the BLS figures for workers ages 20 to 24 (entry–level jobs) the median experience was 1.5 years. For workers 25 to 34, closer to the legislative assistant level, the median was 3.1 years.

Besides, when one considers a great legislative mind like Nancy Pelosi just celebrated 25 years at the Congressional trough, experience past a certain point begins to look overrated.

Many of these jobs are viewed as stepping stones to a better position. Just as no one expects to be taking orders in a drive–through the rest of their life, few Hill receptionists expect to be tracking down errant Social Security checks until they retire.

Some are promoted inside the same office, some go to better jobs in other offices, some leave for the private sector and some run for office themselves. Some even leave to become lobbyists, although that’s seen as a bad thing in the context of the article: “It means that young workers have proximity to enormous power while surviving on a meager budget — dual forces that come together to push congressional staffers through the “revolving door” to highly paid K Street lobbyists.”

But again, statistics point to a much smaller “problem.” Between the years 2005 and 2011 a total of 161 staffers became registered lobbyists. That represents 5 percent of the total, which is more than the number of people who become murderers and less than the 7 percent who become alcoholics.

The ability to change jobs, in this case voluntarily, is a feature of the marketplace, not a bug.

Besides, increasing salaries for these jobs does not mean that substantive legislation will start whisking it’s way through the Capital. Taxpayers would just have an overpaid group of true believers. Elected officials aren’t looking for the next Steve Jobs, they are looking for Donald Segretti: someone who is loyal, takes orders without question and gets the job done.

Members of Congress are getting the employees they want courtesy of our tax dollars. The problem is conservatives aren’t getting the government we want because the officeholders we elect lack the courage. And salaries large enough to launch staffers into the 1 percent aren’t going to change that.

Jack Lew: Obama’s Newest Propaganda-Puppet

President Obama has had problems retaining his administration’s  Chief’s of Staff position filled during his first [ and only] term in office. First came fellow Chicago Democrat Rahm Emanual, who was replaced by another Chicago Democrat, William Daley, only to see him replaced by the latest White House Chief of Staff, Mr. Jack Lew. The Daily Caller explains Obama’s picks for the White House Chief of Staff positions as follows:

All three of President Barack Obama’s chiefs of staff earned millions of dollars after passing through the revolving doors that lie between the Democratic Party and Wall Street. Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley, and now Jacob Lew, are all career Democrats who have taken lucrative trips through those revolving doors, eliciting jeers from Republicans who say Obama is running an administration of crony-capitalists.

Meet the latest White House Chief Jack Lew. Mr. Lew is the former Obama-appointed budget officer who came to the White House via banking giant Citigroup where Lew spent 3 years heading up the Alternative Investments unit. Citigroup paid Jack Lew over $2 million dollars in 2009 salary and bonuses, basically for profiting in investments that bet on the housing and mortgage crisis. Of course when Citigroup lost billions of dollars due to geniuses like Jack Lew betting on the crisis,the taxpayer paid off those losses in the 2008, 2009 bailout packages. Meanwhile, Jack Lew still kept his millions of dollars in crony-fatcat bonuses and salary. This surely qualified him to be Barack Obama’s latest Chief of Staff, considering that the previous 2 Chief’s of Staff also had a direct involvement in the housing and mortgage collapse.

                    Jacob, “Jack” Lew  also served as the Director of the Office of Budget and management from 1998-2001. Lew was an “Special Assistant” to President Clinton in ’93-’94, only to then be injected into OMB by Clinton as an Executive Associate Director and Associate Director for Legislative Affairs from 1995-1998. ( a glorious-sounding title for a political operative/lobbyist)  Fast forward to today, and we see that Jack Lew is in fact, just another White House political-propagandist appointee who has been appointed to his position to spread Barack Obama’s misinformation.

  The proof behind that statement can be found here, where Jack Lew was exposed on national TV when he made the statement that Obama’s latest budget proposal can not pass the U.S. Senate simply because it “takes 60 votes to pass  it.” As Larry Kudlow points out there,  it only takes 51 Senate votes to pass Obama’s budget proposal, and there are currently 53 Democrats serving in the U.S senate. So why would the very experienced White House Chief of Staff, former assistant for budgetary legislative affairs at the OMB, and former fat-cat-Citigroup lobbyist  Jack Lew all of a sudden state that Obama’s budget is “dead in the water’ simply due to the misstatement that it takes 60, not the factual 51 votes to pass it in the Senate? Simply put, because Jack Lew is nothing more than a political propagandist spewing misinformation on national TV to protect Barack Obama’s most recent episode of Budgetary Buffoonery.

 Obama’s budget will never receive a vote in the U.S. Senate, simply because it is controlled by Democrat Harry Reid, and to do so in an election year would expose not only Barack Obama’s much-hoped-for trillion-dollar deficits for the next 10 years if passed, but it would also put Reid’s fellow Senate Democrats on the hot seat if they were forced to vote for it. ( a whopping 23 of which are up for reelection in 2012) Jack Lew is no rookie when it comes to budgetary legislative policy and procedure, as can be evidenced in his past positions as Clinton’s chief OMB lobbyist and influence peddler back in the 90’s.

   Yet Jack Lew goes on national TV recently, and promotes the lie that Obama’s budget is dead in the water in the U.S. Senate, alluding ( or trying to) to Obama’s reelection campaign [that is running against the do-nothing Congress] that includes falsely accusing Republicans of being obstructionists. This is exactly what House Speaker Boehner has done recently in Calling Harry Reid’s Bluff  on the payroll tax cut battle.  He wants the House to pass a clean tax cut extension bill and force Harry Reid and the Democrats to vote on it in the Senate. Just like Obama’s budget, Harry Reid will refuse to bring the clean tax cut extension up for a vote in the Senate.

Meanwhile the media operatives just love to publish Jack Lew’s recent misinformation,( without correction) while also refusing to point out the facts about what Harry Reid is doing in the Senate. They are all working for the Obama2012 reelection campaign and the truth be damned.

Jack Lew: Obama's Newest Propaganda-Puppet

President Obama has had problems retaining his administration’s  Chief’s of Staff position filled during his first [ and only] term in office. First came fellow Chicago Democrat Rahm Emanual, who was replaced by another Chicago Democrat, William Daley, only to see him replaced by the latest White House Chief of Staff, Mr. Jack Lew. The Daily Caller explains Obama’s picks for the White House Chief of Staff positions as follows:

All three of President Barack Obama’s chiefs of staff earned millions of dollars after passing through the revolving doors that lie between the Democratic Party and Wall Street. Rahm Emanuel and Bill Daley, and now Jacob Lew, are all career Democrats who have taken lucrative trips through those revolving doors, eliciting jeers from Republicans who say Obama is running an administration of crony-capitalists.

Meet the latest White House Chief Jack Lew. Mr. Lew is the former Obama-appointed budget officer who came to the White House via banking giant Citigroup where Lew spent 3 years heading up the Alternative Investments unit. Citigroup paid Jack Lew over $2 million dollars in 2009 salary and bonuses, basically for profiting in investments that bet on the housing and mortgage crisis. Of course when Citigroup lost billions of dollars due to geniuses like Jack Lew betting on the crisis,the taxpayer paid off those losses in the 2008, 2009 bailout packages. Meanwhile, Jack Lew still kept his millions of dollars in crony-fatcat bonuses and salary. This surely qualified him to be Barack Obama’s latest Chief of Staff, considering that the previous 2 Chief’s of Staff also had a direct involvement in the housing and mortgage collapse.

                    Jacob, “Jack” Lew  also served as the Director of the Office of Budget and management from 1998-2001. Lew was an “Special Assistant” to President Clinton in ’93-’94, only to then be injected into OMB by Clinton as an Executive Associate Director and Associate Director for Legislative Affairs from 1995-1998. ( a glorious-sounding title for a political operative/lobbyist)  Fast forward to today, and we see that Jack Lew is in fact, just another White House political-propagandist appointee who has been appointed to his position to spread Barack Obama’s misinformation.

  The proof behind that statement can be found here, where Jack Lew was exposed on national TV when he made the statement that Obama’s latest budget proposal can not pass the U.S. Senate simply because it “takes 60 votes to pass  it.” As Larry Kudlow points out there,  it only takes 51 Senate votes to pass Obama’s budget proposal, and there are currently 53 Democrats serving in the U.S senate. So why would the very experienced White House Chief of Staff, former assistant for budgetary legislative affairs at the OMB, and former fat-cat-Citigroup lobbyist  Jack Lew all of a sudden state that Obama’s budget is “dead in the water’ simply due to the misstatement that it takes 60, not the factual 51 votes to pass it in the Senate? Simply put, because Jack Lew is nothing more than a political propagandist spewing misinformation on national TV to protect Barack Obama’s most recent episode of Budgetary Buffoonery.

 Obama’s budget will never receive a vote in the U.S. Senate, simply because it is controlled by Democrat Harry Reid, and to do so in an election year would expose not only Barack Obama’s much-hoped-for trillion-dollar deficits for the next 10 years if passed, but it would also put Reid’s fellow Senate Democrats on the hot seat if they were forced to vote for it. ( a whopping 23 of which are up for reelection in 2012) Jack Lew is no rookie when it comes to budgetary legislative policy and procedure, as can be evidenced in his past positions as Clinton’s chief OMB lobbyist and influence peddler back in the 90’s.

   Yet Jack Lew goes on national TV recently, and promotes the lie that Obama’s budget is dead in the water in the U.S. Senate, alluding ( or trying to) to Obama’s reelection campaign [that is running against the do-nothing Congress] that includes falsely accusing Republicans of being obstructionists. This is exactly what House Speaker Boehner has done recently in Calling Harry Reid’s Bluff  on the payroll tax cut battle.  He wants the House to pass a clean tax cut extension bill and force Harry Reid and the Democrats to vote on it in the Senate. Just like Obama’s budget, Harry Reid will refuse to bring the clean tax cut extension up for a vote in the Senate.

Meanwhile the media operatives just love to publish Jack Lew’s recent misinformation,( without correction) while also refusing to point out the facts about what Harry Reid is doing in the Senate. They are all working for the Obama2012 reelection campaign and the truth be damned.

5 of 12 Members of the Super Committee Received Bundled Cash from Lobbyists

5 of the 12 members of the deficit Super Committee received Bundled Cash from Lobbyists.

It's not how they normally get the cash, but you get the idea.

 

Shall we name names?

Yes we shall!

Co-Chairmanship of an Unconstitutional Congressional Committee apparently has it’s privileges:

Paty Murray D – WA $262,000 (democrat co-chair)
Jeb Hensarling R – TX $235,500 (republican co-chair)

And sometimes it’s not bad just being a member:

Chris Van Hollen D – MD $40,000
Dave Camp R – MI $32,000
John Kerry D – MA $20,425

Source: http://sunlightfoundation.com/

Mike Yost to Take On Corrine Brown for U.S. Congress in 2012 – Florida District 03

Pictured to the left is 2012 Congressional candidate Mike Yost,  with wife Debbie, whom is running against long-term incumbent Democrat Corrine Brown in Florida’s District 03 race. This race boils down to a very simply-defined characterization:  Mr. Yost is a solidly conservative candidate who firmly believes in our Constitutionally mandated form of limited government while Corrine Brown represents not the people, but special interest groups who fund her career, and the irresponsible big government debt spending commonly found in the Liberal ideology of today’s Democratic Party. Mike Yost is basically a Patriotic concerned citizen and former neighborhood mechanic, while Corrine Brown is a career special interests funded politician, as you will see below.

First, let’s take a closer look at nine-term Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Right from her start in Florida politics, Corrine Brown has been embroiled in corruption controversy as detailed here  , and is currently trying to continue her long time district gerrymandering-to-retain-power agenda, when she filed a lawsuit against Amendment 6 ( The  Fair District Amendment of FL 2010) which was voted into law in the 2010 elections,  here.  Corrine Brown represents everything that is wrong with our government today, as you can see in the above links. The people of Florida voted for The Fair District Amendment and Corrine Brown basically tells them to go to hell by filing a frivolous lawsuit in a blatant attempt to ignore the will of We The People.

Florida’s  congressional District 03 shows us just what Corrine Brown’s pattern of gerrymandering district lines- to-retain-your-house-seat looks like in the following map.

 

Look at the district lines there!  District 03 currently contains portions of  Alachua, Duval, Clay, Lake, Marion, Orange, Putnam, Seminole and Volusia counties. No wonder Corrine Brown doesn’t bother to actually hit the pavement much to talk to the people in that district, but instead relies on Church gatherings,  BBQs, and other already put together social events to garner her votes. Also of note is the fact that Brown’s campaign office sits right on top of a polling station. This district was created in 1903 ( and gerrymandered ever since) and has never had a Republican win this seat. EVER.  108 straight years of Democratic rule. This could explain why this has been one of the poorest districts throughout Florida’s history, year, after year, after year.  Conservative  Republican candidate Mike Yost would like to change things for the better for all Floridians in district 03, mainly by creating a business friendly environment that will lead to more jobs and prosperity for everyone. That means less of the big government nanny-state agenda, of which Corrine Brown has had Florida’s District 03 mired in for almost two decades.

Corrine Brown isn’t working for the people of Florida, in fact, as we see here,  she is beholden to special interest groups such as CSX railroad.

From our friends at propublica.org: The Hidden Hands in Redistricting: Corporations and Other Powerful Interests  About half way down in that article we see this section: Florida, railroads and friends, with a picture of Congresswoman Corrine Brown, whom Mr. Yost plans to unseat in 2012:

Congresswoman Corrine Brown, an African-American Democrat from Florida, appears to be a case in point. Brown represents one of the most irregularly shaped districts in the nation. It is 150 miles long but only the width of a highway bridge at its narrowest point and scoops heavily African-American neighborhoods out of Orlando, Gainesville and Jacksonville. The result of a deal between Republicans and minority representatives in the state legislature, the district and ones like it helped elect a more diverse congressional delegation but also ensured that the remaining districts would be whiter—and more Republican—because minority voters, who tend to vote for Democrats, had been carved out. Redistricting professionals call that ‘bleaching’.

 

Then the article goes on to show how Brown created a group called Protect Your Vote, in which this is disclosed: Though Protect Your Vote had little support from representatives of the minority groups whose rights it was supposedly trying to protect, it had a lot of support from corporate donors, who gave nearly $800,000. Last year, Honeywell International PAC gave Protect Your Vote $25,000. The same year, the PAC gave Corrine Brown’s campaign $10,000. Also in 2010, Honeywell hired a former Brown aide as a lobbyist, according to federal lobbying disclosures. And many of the company’s government contracts fall under the purview of Brown’s membership on the Transportation and Infrastructure and Veterans’ Affairs committees. Another $25,000 donation to Protect Your Vote came from CSX Transportation Corp., a Jacksonville-based railroad and trucking company. Brown championed the controversial SunRail commuter rail project, using her position on the subcommittee to help secure federal funding that made the $1.2 billion project possible. The SunRail deal is worth more than $600 million to CSX.

 

Corrine Brown represents everything that is wrong in politics today, and I,d like to introduce you to the person who would like restore honesty, integrity, and true representation of the people in Florida’s district 03 in 2012,  Mr. Mike Yost.

I recently interviewed Mr. Yost here in Florida to discuss why he decided to run for Congress, what he would represent if elected, and just how he plans to unseat the heavily entrenched Congresswoman Corrine Brown in the 2012 elections. For a detailed look at just who Mr. Yost is, and what he stands for,  please visit his website at http://yostforcongress.com/ .

 

In  my first question for Mr. Host, I asked him to define his conservative principles.  Mr. Yost stated that he believes conservative principles to mainly consist of three main components: 1- Restoring America to the  principles defined by the U. S. Constitution, Bill of Rights. and the rule of law. 2- Scale back our government by operating under sound fiscal policies that line up with  the same way American households do:   Spend less than you take in, budget wisely for the betterment of all in the household/country and the strict avoidance of irresponsible  debt-spending that leads to bankruptcy/insolvency. Mr Yost also stated that this is more common sense “household economics” than it is “Harvard elitist Keynesian economic theory.”  One has proven to work in countries throughout the world, the other has resulted in the total collapse of economies of once-powerful countries that experimented with the failed European Socialism model.

Next up, I asked Mr. Yost for his views on the present tax rate hikes proposed in the current “Tax the Rich scheme” of President Obama and his liberal minions in Congress today, and how he would  address the apparent problems within out current tax code structure.   Mr. Yost stated that he supports a Fair Tax policy in which  the income tax is abolished and goods are taxed at one steady rate of  an all inclusive 26%. This would prevent politicians from being influenced by corporate lobbyists who seek to influence legislation that includes tax code loopholes and subsidies for the entities they represent.  Mr. Yost also stated that The Fair Tax plan would open up the true free market system by encouraging competition, and which most economists estimate  would double the U.S  estimated GDP in a very short time when implemented properly. Mr. Yost explained the fair Tax plan this way:  The fair tax would consist of an all encompassing consumption tax of 26%, thereby eliminating the personal and corporate income tax completely. Mr. Yost explained that big corporations are effectively buying legislation that provides tax loopholes for the entities they represent, in exchange for political contributions and other favorable treatment. The fair tax ends that charade immediately. When you tax consumption and not production, it opens the door for more competition which in turn creates a better economic environment and more jobs, all the while keeping prices affordable. With the implementation of a fair tax, Mr. Yost explained,  politicians would not be so easily coerced into prostituting their principles in the form of forcing bad legislation onto the people just to remain in office by appeasing lobbyists. As a final note on the fair tax, Mr. Yost explained that we already pay an embedded 22% tax on everything we buy today, and that the 26% Fair tax would leave people with a lot more money in their pockets if their paychecks did not have the income taxes taken out of them, which in turn leads to more spending, which also leads to more revenue across the board. Eliminating the corporate taxes would encourage growth in the economy simply by making more working capital available for expansion and innovation. This would also reverse the massive trade deficits we currently run,  as Mr. Yost pointed out the fact that we have now become a country that is more of an importer than an exporter.  ” We have become a service economy, moving money from one sector of the economy to another, instead of the worlds leading producer of  exports,”  Mr. Yost explained.

Mr. Yost currently serves as his own campaign manager, and when I asked him about it, he stated that he has one picked out, but at the moment does not have the finances to bring them on board. That led us into a conversation about campaign finances in which Mr. Yost informed that he neither received any support from the RPOF, nor the RNC in 2010, when he also ran for the Fl-03 House seat.  ( Republican Party of Florida, and Republican National Committee) Not a dime of  support for a true conservative candidate.  Their main excuses for not helping Mr. Yost unseat Corrine Brown was the usual negative attitude that he can never win that seat because she she is too heavily entrenched in a gerrymandered district that has never voted Republican. Times are changing, and Mr. Yost just happens to be the exact kind of candidate that can unseat Brown in 2012.  How about showing a little can-do attitude like the voters did in the two special elections recently  held, where Democrats were drummed out of office by Republicans in New York and Nevada?  Mr Yost is showing the courage and tenacity  to take on Corrine Brown a second time, so how about the RPOF and RNC helping him out here and doing the same thing ?  Mr Yost stated that he did receive support from Dick Morris and several Tea Party groups in 2010, and when people actually get to know Mr. Yost and his unwavering conservative principles of limited government, his belief in our Creator, and American exceptional-ism that leads to freedom and prosperity for all based on the U.S. Constitution,  he will be seen as a Marco Rubio-type Tea Party candidate and is very electable.

While discussing the topic of campaign finances,  Mr. Yost said he would like to see serious campaign financing reform enacted that would stop the special interests from influencing our elected officials through unlimited funding through super PAC’s, non-profits and lobbyists. ( Community organizers will surely hate to hear this idea)  In Mr. Yost’s own words he simply put it as,  “If you can not vote, you should not be allowed donate to political campaigns.”  Individual voters can show support for their candidates with campaign contributions, while big corporations, Super PACS and lobbyists buying politicians poses a serious threat to our Republic.  G.E, just to name one, is not a registered voter, and therefore should not be allowed to donate to political campaigns, period.  Likewise for all the fake non-profit political action committees and assorted special interest groups.  As Mr. Yost stated, “Imagine the kinds of legislation that would get enacted if politicians were not beholden to any special interest groups, but instead were beholden to “we the people” to remain in office, as our founding fathers intended?

Mr Yost and I also discussed the topic of Federal subsidies using taxpayer dollars for political gains. He proposes a phase-out of ALL federal subsidies  by a 20% reduction  a year for five straight years, thereby eliminating them all together. The federal subsidy scheme is nothing more than a pay to play vote buying scam for certain politicians to remain in power by handing out tax dollars to special interests in their states. Mr. Yost also pointed out that no where in our Constitution are federal subsidies authorized, and how it also stymies true competition which works against our free market principles. The free market and competition should decide what businesses succeed or fail,  not the U.S. Government. To quote Mr. Yost, ” We need to get our government out of our free market economy, and a true free market economy regulates itself.  Government involvement and over-regulation of businesses only serves to stifle the free market, leading to the current negative-growth economy we see today.”

In summary, Mr. Yost is a true Reagan conservative, and he closed our interview with the following quote from the President Reagan himself:  “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”  To which Mr. Yost added his own quote:  “This {election} isn’t about Mike, this is about our children and grandchildren and the future of America.”

I found Mr. Yost to simply be a very knowledgeable, informed concerned citizen whom would like to see America restored to  the freedoms and prosperity that was envisioned by our founding fathers by following our very own founding document, The U.S. Constitution and enhancing our prosperity-inducing free market system. As one writer wrote during the 2010 elections when Mr. Yost challenged  8-term incumbent, Democrat Corrine Brown, that this battle indeed seems to be a David vs. Goliath episode in Florida politics. While that still holds true in describing the upcoming Florida U.S. House District 03 2012 election battle between these two candidates, it could be better described as a simple example of what is right ( Mike Yost) vs. what is wrong, (Corrine Brown) in American politics today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet the Intellect in Charge of America’s Healthcare

       I really wasn’t in much of a mood to write today, but Obamacare Chief Katherine Sebelius cried out to me for another 15 minutes of fame, so here we are. Once again an incident showing how incompetent and ridiculous certain Obama appointees can be is being downplayed by the MSM.  When they did show the following video it wasn’t shown in full context, but thanks to the internet and social media nothing slips by the people today. Here is the whole video  from Eyeblast.tv:  http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=hdqGnznzqG   Unbelievable!  Here is the text of why Obamacare is Constitutional, right from Health and Human Services Secretary Katherine Sebelius:

Sebelius: “Well, I think that the…I…let me begin by saying I’m not a lawyer. And I’m leaving those arguments to our legal team from the department of justice. But I think there are certainly lots of talented Constitutional lawyers who feel that the Commerce Clause very much is broad enough to cover the interstate commerce of healthcare and that we have a unique product because people access services of healthcare whether or not they have insurance. What they’re choosing not to do is actually pay for those services. So it isn’t like if I don’t have a 27-inch TV for the Super Bowl I can’t demand that they have the Super Bowl that somebody deliver that TV because I have a right to it. On the other hand, if I don’t have insurance and I come to the door of an emergency room I get treated and get cared for and somebody else picks up that tab. And I think it’s that framework for a layperson that the two judges who have ruled who find that this law is constitutional found to be well within scope of the commerce clause.” (emphasis mine)

     What I also find amazing here, is that Mr. Obama has appointed someone who isn’t a faux lawyer, as Sebelius deemed important enough to lead off with in her statement, while trying to sell Americans the Obamacare Socialized medicine once again. Call me dense, but I still can’t bring myself to equate the government takeover of 1/6th of the US economy to buying a TV,  let alone it’s Constitutionality.

        Here is another tidbit about about this genius that is now in charge of American healthcare: She was once the Governor of Kansas for 6 years. So much for informed voters once again.  Her father, John J. Gilligan also made his living in politics as the Governor of Ohio. Ms. Sebelius served 8 years in the Kansas leglislature and another 8 years as the Kansas Insurance Commissioner. With a degree in “Public Administration,” Ms. Sebelius somehow wound up serving as The Executive Director and Chief Lobbyist for The Kansas Trial lawyers Association. Once again an Obama appointee is another fluffy lobbyist at her roots. Every cent this career politician has made has come from the U S taxpayer one way or the other. Today she is also effectively in charge of  America’s Socialized Medicine being sold as Healthcare Reform, which is 1/6th of the entire U S economy. Take another look at the above transcript of this genius explaining to us why Obamacare is Constitutional today. That statement completely sums up Obamacare perfectly. They have no clue what they have done here, nor do they care about the disastrous effects their vaunted Socialized medicine will have on the best healthcare system in the world.