Recent history showed we couldn’t even trust a GOP Congress under Bush to control government spending. The past century of history reveals the myth of the conservative blue dawg Democrat.
Blue dawgs are mostly drawl and that’s all when it comes to final votes on major legislation, and yet, they are now Americans’ only hope to avoid, at minimum, a near decade long Great Recession prolonged by a government take over of the 1/6 of the economy that is health care.
A yellow dawg democrat is one that would vote for a democrat even if he were a yellow dog. Blue dogs are democrats from mostly conservative districts that vote republican for President, and claim to be fiscal conservatives, but whose main claim to fame has been to advocate tax hikes to pay for the liberal welfare state and pork for their districts.
We are told there are 52 such hounds in Nancy Pelosi’s House kennel and yet only 8 House members of all species voted against the $780B stimulus; only 2 against the $4T budget outline with a $1.8T deficit in 2009-10 and none against the $480B Omnibus Spending bill.
Did we mention drawl and that’s all?
Millions of yellow dawgs chose to board the elephant in the 80s after too many kicks in the head from the donkey; even more fled to Newt in the 90s; yours truly fled from Gore in 2000; and now this message from an even more recent convert:
Republican Ralph Hall knows a lot about politics, having been first elected a county judge when Harry Truman was president. Now the 86-year-old is a member of Congress from east Texas, a job he’s held the past 29 years. Yesterday, he stood up at a conference of GOP House members to issue some words of warning about the health care bill they’re now debating.
He reminded them that he had served for nearly a quarter century in the House as a Democrat before switching parties in 2004, so he knows the mindset on the other side of the aisle. He warned fellow Republicans not to pay too much attention to the opposition to radical health care reform from moderate Blue Dog Democrats.
“In the end, Speaker Pelosi will break them,” he told his colleagues. She will use every tactic available, he said, to force wayward Democrats to vote for “her bill,” much as she did on cap-and-trade legislation. Another Republican who had often tangled with GOP House Speakers agreed, saying that Speaker Pelosi is “far more willful” than Newt Gingrich or Dennis Hastert were in their day.
This rooster recently heralded the possible dawn of Blue Dawg democrat power based mainly on a group of 8-12 Senate democrats led by Evan Bayh (D-IN) who have blocked the energy tax assault on the poor and middle class that ObamaDems call cap and trade. Scores less than 52 democrats voted against the energy bill in the House in a vote that the Speaker manipulated to win by a few votes while giving “cover” to all the drawls that needed same proving:
DeVine’s Law: To Be a Democrat is to empower the left
So, while it is heart warming to see some democrats blocking ObamaPelosi’s non-health care bill in committee and making statements of revulsion with same on television, I feel like I have seen this movie before and that the ending was not a Mr. Smith Goes to Washinton moment. In this Capra classic Claude Rains shoots Jimmy Stewart and successfully covers up the murder.
But all hope is not lost, especially if one looks to the now bluer than in the past Tar Heel State where a recent Raleigh News and Observer story stumbled into the following reality concerning budget negotiations:
Democrats generally agree that tax increases are needed…
Heard that song before? It was number one on the charts during the last Great Democrat Recession called the 70s Show.
And yet, after months of advocating tax increases alomg with her Democrat majority pals in the state legislature, the newly elected on the coattails of Barack Obama Governor Beverly Perdue rejected a general income tax increase on all taxpayers. Of course, the rejection was accompanied by the class warfare rhetoric and a wink that tax increases on “the rich” would be acceptable. South Carolina and Alabama may soon have an even greater influx of this demographic from NY and NC, but I digress.
The main point is that when We the People assert ourselves, like we did on amnesty for illegals two years ago and cap and trade two months ago, and like the Tar Heels above, we can tame even rabid tax and spend blue dawgs and keep them from going yellow with cowardice.
The blue dawgs are already being threatened with “floor votes” publicly. I can’t imagine what is happening behind closed doors, but some of the dems’ drawls are sounding a bit higher in tone. Liberals do, after all, favor “fixing” canines and males of all species.
Imagine though, using a floor vote as a threat? Boggles the mind, so fearful are the ObamaDems of what the public already knows about the health care bill and what will be found out during an August recess during which time the dog’s ears will be prickling with the sound of their voting masters. They fear scared dogs in September won’t be as fearful of Master Pelosi’s Clyburn Whip after We the People taming.
But the seeds of We the People’s defeat at the blue dawgs’ paws are already becoming clear to observers of past cavings, and they lie in the possible “fixes” of specific provisions already highlighted in the alternative media. The danger is the all too frequent exercise, even at times with republicans in starring roles, of supposed antidotes for specifically toxic provisions highlighted in the press that ignore much more dangerous provisions elsewhere and which doesn’t even fi the problem intended.
Diversions that could give Blue Dogs cover
Few private insurance plans cover abortions unless to save the life of the mother. The total amount of money spent on abortions, despite the over 49 million babies killed since 1973, is put a drop of water in the ocean of the money spent on health care.
It has been pointed out that ObamaCare does not prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions. Of course, it should prohibit same, but even if it did the greatest evils of the overall bill that threaten the elderly with pain pills instead of life-prolonging surgery; the private insurance industry overall; and the long-term health of a medical cost-burdened economy would remain.
Greatest dangers are public (government) “option and broad grants of authority to bureacracy
So long as any health care legislation includes a mandated public “option”, it is clear that the government insurance would become the only option within a few years at most as employers substitute the cheaper version sold by a profit-loss immune Big Brother.
Moreover, so long as the executive branch, government agencies and/or panels of medical experts retain vast authority as to the specifics of which patients qualify for what treatements at what age, the public would be buying a pig in poke and essentially giving up their present rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness via health care purchases in a free market in favor of handing over their lives and Liberty to an all powerful Big Government:
Isn’t the point of the Democrats‘ push to reform the health care system based on establishing health care as a right? That’s what the politicians say of course. But in reality the result will be the exact opposite.
Part of the problem is that most Americans don’t understand what a right is. A right is not a guarantee that the government (i.e., other people) will provide you something for free. We have the right to engage in religious expression, but that doesn’t mean that the government pays for the construction of the church. We have the right to peacefully assemble, but the government doesn’t promise to supply your transportation. You have the right to keep and bear arms, but don’t expect the government to provide you with a free firearm and bullets. You have the right to free speech, but the government won’t grant you free radio or TV air time.
What makes something a right is not whether the government can force somebody else to pay for it. What defines something as a right is whether the government can or cannot prohibit you from doing it. (President Obama notoriously called these “negative liberties”.) If the government can’t stop you from doing it, then it’s a right.
When Poison Pills are the cure
We the People must insist upon reading the government insurance company’s policy provisions before buying it. No medical experts like the current Most Powerful Man on the Planet who slanders pediatricians prescribing organ removals for profit and who coldly tells the daughters of pain-free centenarians to take pain pills sans pacemakers as they await the inevitable ticker malfunction.
Let’s see the treatment schedule first. Surely your experts are better than those that stopped and 572 laws in Leviticus?
Insist that President Obama, Michelle and the girls, all members of Congress and their families and all government employees take the government option as a condition for passage.
Then, after ObamaCare dies with the passage of that amendment maybe we can get down to some real reform that would open up interstate commerce to a free nationwide insurance competition and make government only a safety net insurer of catastrophic illness.
Auto insurance doesn’t cover oil changes, after all, and just because a Democrat feigns affinity for Huckleberry Hound doesn’t mean the blue isn’t the same hue as the blue in Obama and Pelosi’s shades in Chicago and Fisco.
There are a few real conservatives among the pack like Parker Griffith of Northern Alabama, but no where near 52, and so only if We the People will kill ObamaCare, will it be killed.
Mike DeVine’s Charlotte Observer, Examiner.com and Minority Report columns
“One man with courage makes a majority.” – Andrew Jackson
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