It can happen!
It's looking more and more possible each day.
Yesterday's Rasmussen poll only had them apart by one point, so anything can happen, depending on turnout.
Can you imagine the political implications (not just to ObamaCare) of a Republican winning "the Kennedy Seat"?
But now ALL conservatives, no matter what state you're in, have a chance to make a difference.
The campaign has set up a "call from home" program and EVERY conservative in America can help. Are you willing to make 15 or more calls to stop the radical left agenda by the Obama/Reid/Pelosi team?
Another option is that you can make a contribution...but just as importantly, if you can't send any funds...you can make some calls and help the cause.
If you want to make a contribution...just visit the Scott Brown for U.S. Senate Web Page.
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One more vote. That's all it will take to stop the health care bill in the Senate.
Pitch in and help Scott Brown get that vote for us next Tuesday.
(and I do mean "tax")
One of the best ways to understand what a piece of legislation is all about is, well, to read it, (which too many of our elected officials refuse to do...or don't allow enough time for the American people to do).
This is even more true when it comes to Obamacare.
For example, Grover Norquist had a little fun doing a word search on the House version of Obamacare and found some interesting patterns.
If you care about your freedom (and/or your money), take a look at how often the following words appear in the bill:
- "Tax" 87 times
- "Taxable" 62 times
- "Excise tax" 10 times
- "Taxes" 15 times
- "Fee" 59 times
- "Penalty" 113 times
- "Require" 118 times
- "Must" 58 times
- "Shall" 3,424 times
Not exactly the language of liberty, is it?
The ability to obstruct is an important thing. Especially if you're in a minority and don't want to get run over by a majority.
Gene Healy has a good column out today looking at the importance of the Senate filibuster, which is made all the more obvious in the current fight over Obamacare.
He points out that a number of liberals are beside themselves about the ability of Republicans to influence and/or slow down the health care debate.
Our entire constitutional architecture is based on the idea that it should be hard to do big things. As Hamilton put it in Federalist 73, "the injury which may possibly be done by defeating a few good laws, will be amply compensated by the advantage of preventing a number of bad ones."
Krugman points out that the 60-vote requirement for cloture "appears nowhere in the Constitution." While he's got the document out, maybe he can enlighten the Times' readers as to where Congress finds the power to force all Americans to buy health insurance.
Instead of getting upset that the opposition doesn't lay down when they try to ram something through, maybe liberals should be more concerned with the fact that the majority of the American public (as opposed to a minority in Congress) don't agree with their plans for health care.
And that majority gets to vote in eleven months.
Just to make you feel a little more comfortable about the people that are the biggest advocates of Obamacare, it turns out that most of them admit to not really knowing all the details.
Of course, this is ONLY legislation that would give the government effective control over about one sixth of the US economy. No need to pay that much attention I suppose.
Anyway, here's a nice collection of quotes put together by the Senate Republican Caucus.
Makes you feel real good about who's minding the store, doesn't it? read more »
right idea, wrong cause
Our fearless fiscal warrior went on television yesteray to declare that our country will go bankrupt if he doesn't get his health care "reform" bill passed. Via ABC News:
The president said that the costs of Medicare and Medicaid are on an “unsustainable” trajectory and if there is no action taken to bring them down, “the federal government will go bankrupt.”
“This actually provides us the best chance of starting to bend the cost curve on the government expenditures in Medicare and Medicaid,” Obama said.
Obama told Gibson that anybody who says they are concerned about the rising deficit or worried about tax increases in the future has to support this health care bill.
A few things here.
1) Congratulations on admitting to a keen grasp of the obvious. Anyone and everyone with a lick of common sense and the ability to read a financial report has pointed out that there is absolutely no way under the sun that the federal government will be able to continue to provide all the wonderful entitlement benefits that liberals have saddled us with without, eventually, going broke.
2) You lose any credit you might have gained for recognizing our financial strait when you proclaim that the only way to fix our problem is to "bend the cost curve" by creating yet another entitlement. read more »
Yes, believe it or not, there are now some key liberal voices coming out against Obamacare. Although not for the same reasons that conservatives oppose it of course. Rather it's because they feel that the Senate leadership has crossed the liberal line in the sand in terms of the latest version (such as it is) not going "far enough".
The latest big-time liberal to voice opposition was former DNC Chairman and Vermont Governor Howard Dean. From the AP:
Former Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean argued Wednesday that
the health care overhaul bill taking shape in the Senate further
empowers private insurers at the expense of consumer choice.
"You will now be forced to buy insurance. If you don't, you'll pay a fine,"
said Dean, a physician. "It's an insurance company bailout."
Interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America," he said the bill has some
good provisions, "but there has to be a line beyond which you think the
bill is bad for the country."
"This is an insurance company's
dream," the former Democratic presidential candidate said. "This is the
Washington scramble, and it's a shame."
In what should come as a shock to absolutely nobody in this country, a look at the details of the latest version of Obamacare demonstrates that it's still a sweet deal for the millions of illegal (soon to be given amnesty) aliens in this country.
A report from the Center for Immigration Studies took a look at the fine print of both the current House and Senate versions of health care "reform", (all 4,000 plus pages) and finds that, surprise, illegals will indeed get access to taxpayer funded health care benefits.
- HR 3962 ensures illegal alien access to the exchange and public option. HR 3590 states illegal immigrants are excluded from these.
- Both bills ostensibly bar illegal aliens from receiving the premium subsidy, and both bills use some form of eligibility verification for the subsidy.
- Both bills expand Medicaid eligibility. Both bills lack verification requirements based on citizenship or immigrant status. Both contain serious loopholes to enroll illegal aliens easily into Medicaid. HR 3962 automatically covers anchor babies.
- The eligibility verification process in each bill falls woefully short of protecting taxpayer liability to cover or subsidize people living unlawfully in the United States. Both the House and Senate bills’ verification processes will encourage large-scale fraud and abuse.
- The Senate bill exempts illegal aliens from the mandate that everyone have health insurance or else face a tax penalty. This perverse exemption treats illegal aliens better than the bill treats American citizens.
As Gomer would say: "surprise, surprise, surprise!"
As Gomer would say: "surprise, surprise, surprise!"read more »
AARP, are you listening?
"We're going to let you die."
As incredible as it may sound, those are the words of Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor under Bill Clinton, in a speech given two years ago whose premise was "what a Democrat presidential candidate would say if he wasn't worried about getting elected".
You don't say.
His remarks were caught on audio, (much to the chagrin of those pushing Obamacare right now), and you can listen to them by clicking the "video" below. A transcript of his comments is posted below as well, (via WSJ).
It's interesting how, as you listen to his comments, you can see how much of what he says looks an awful lot like some of the elements of (and logical consequences of) current Democrat health care proposals.
Enjoy... and pass it on!
I will actually give you a speech made up entirely--almost
at the spur of the moment, of what a candidate for president would say
if that candidate did not care about becoming president. In other
words, this is what the truth is, and a candidate will never say, but
what candidates should say if we were in a kind of democracy where
citizens were honored in terms of their practice of citizenship, and
they were educated in terms of what the issues were, and they could
separate myth from reality in terms of what candidates would tell them:
new tools for the campaign
Now you can participate (and invite others to do so) on Facebook!
The campaign is available here, on the "Take Aktion!" tab of our Facebook page.
From there you can sign the petition, fax your members of Congress, join the campaign - and invite others to participate as well. But now you can use your Facebook network to help spread the word!
As you know, liberals in Congress are still working to push for a government run "public option", despite the opposition of the American people.
It is critical that they continue to hear from us - which means we must keep up the pressure and continue to spread the word!
We've just made it easier to do exactly that by making our campaign available on Facebook.
Help spread the word by joining our campaign on Facebook and invite your friends to join as well.
You can also take your support to the next level by adding the campaign application to your Facebook profile. This will allow you to add the campaign to a "Take Aktion!" tab that can appear on your profile and make it easy for others to see your support of the campaign.
Simply click the blue "Go to Application" button in the upper left corner of the AktNow application page, then click "allow" to give it permission to run on your Facebook profile. (See the example below) read more »
Dems want illegals in Obamacare
It looks like some apologies might be due in Joe Wilson's direction if certain Democrats have their way.
Why is that? Because after months of denying there would be a move to add illegal aliens to any government subsidized health care, the mask came off this week as Democrats moved to specifically include illegal aliens in the pending health care bills.
A large group of House Democrats are working to amend the House healthcare bill to specifically include subsidized coverage for illegal aliens. And the radical group LaRaza is calling on its members to contact Senators and "flood their voicemail" telling them to do the same - and drop any mandatory citizenship verification for coverage.
And they're in a hurry too.
They just rejected a Republican proposal to have at least three days to review a final bill - and they stopped a proposal to actually have the bill written out in legislative language BEFORE it gets voted on.
What they want it clear. They want to ramrod an end product that will be full-blown, government run "Obamacare" - which will include illegal aliens.
During August conservatives brought tremendous pressure on Congress. And support for government run healthcare is at an all time low. read more »