Slaves to Government: Constitutional Gnosticism Will Destroy a Free Republic
[Editorial Note: I've had a lot of requests for a transcript of my monologue on the radio this morning. Well, here you go.] “You cannot sustain a free republic when the citizens who are expected to comply with the law have no understanding of what the law is or how their government works without paying the gnostics to enlighten them and the people who write | Read More »
Saying “Republicans Want You to Die” *May* Be Bad
“If the other side won’t have an honest discussion, so be it, but let’s not let them pretend they are being honest.” I did an interview with Brian Lehrer on WNYC this morning — public radio. Congressman Perriello was on before me talking about the line cutting at his brother’s house — an incident that must definitely be condemned. But what stood out was Perriello | Read More »
If King George Will Not Listen . . .
“Acts of violence against congressmen for behaving as congressmen are wholly inexcusable. . . . But let’s not act surprised.” This is one of those posts that has to be written and has to be said, though I know going in to it I’m going to get beaten up from all sides, though especially from a left particularly out to get me right now. Nonetheless, | Read More »
Why It Must Be “Repeal And Start Over”
Last night Mitch McConnell said the mantra for the GOP in 2010 would be “repeal and replace.” There is a problem with this mantra — some in the Republican caucus actually mean they just want to redo what has been done and substitute some portions. Others want to repeal the whole thing and substitute something entirely different. See, for example, John Cornyn yesterday saying he | Read More »
Should Barack Obama Suffer With the Rest of Us?
Ben Domenech has more on Chuck Grassley’s quest to have Barack Obama be part of Obamacare. As Ben noted and I told you about yesterday, Democrats exempted senior Democrat leaders and their staffs from Obamacare. It’s like a scene out of Animal Farm. Well, it turns out that Grassley is not done fighting this and intends to push the issue during reconciliation. Ben has the | Read More »
A note from Congressman Randy Neugebauer
Congressman Neugebauer sent along the note below and asked if I’d post it. Gladly. I also sent him $30.00 yesterday. — Erick I am Randy Neugebauer, the Congressman who said the Democrat’s health care bill is a baby-killer. Now, Democrats are demanding that I apologize for it. I think Red State is a good place to respond to that request, and Erick Erickson was kind | Read More »
Senior Congressional Staff EXEMPT From Health Care Bill
The New Ledger has the news thanks to Ben Domenech. One such surprise is found on page 158 of the legislation, which appears to create a carveout for senior staff members in the leadership offices and on congressional committees, essentially exempting those senior Democrat staffers who wrote the bill from being forced to purchase health care plans in the same way as other Americans. John | Read More »
Is the AFL-CIO Getting Federal Dollars to Support Health Care Deform?
“[L]ots of union leaders are wondering why the heck the AFL-CIO decided to line up behind legislation that taxes union workers.” Ever heard of the American Center for International Labor Solidarity? Well, the ACILS is a cover from the AFL-CIO. Same group. Different name. See, Congress can funnel money to the AFL-CIO through this front group and no one can attack the AFL-CIO because who | Read More »
Swing Districts Oppose Health Care Deform
Following up on Moe, some detailed survey data is out this morning from 35 swing congressional districts around the country. Things don’t look good for the Democrats. In those 35 swing districts, people really don’t want health care deform going through. The poll was of 1,200 registered voters, which means likely voters will be even more amplified. For 82% of those surveyed, the heath-care bill | Read More »
I thought insurance companies were evil
$436,000,000,000 Total tax credits payable directly to insurance companies included in the Senate health care bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office score and language in Section 1412(c) of H.R. 3590 (page 291).
The Abortion Gambit: Stupak’s Folly
“The Democrats can give all the cover they want to Stupak, but the Senate GOP will show the cover to be the fig leaf it is.” Credit where it is due: the Senate GOP has come up with a great strategy to combat talk of compromise on reconciliation. The Senate GOP will block any effort to strip abortion funding in reconciliation. This may get a | Read More »
The NRCC has a list of targets in the House of Representatives on the health care vote. Go check the list, see if your congresscritter is on it, and pick up the phone. Tell ‘em to vote no on Obamacare.
I can’t make it any easier for you
Go here. Enter your zipcode. Your Congressman’s name and phone number will appear. Call him and tell him to vote against the Senate’s health care plan. How hard can that be?
Will Bart Stupak Betray Pro-Life Voters
Quin Hillyer has a great article at the Washington Times about the canard that is reconciliation. Mark Thiessen makes a similar argument. In short, the Democrats are telling pro-life Democrats to vote for the Senate pro-abortion funding health care plan and then Nancy Pelosi promises to use reconciliation to defund abortion. There’s just one problem — abortion rights is not a deficit issue. As a | Read More »
The Reconciliation Game
For all the talk about the Republicans having used reconciliation more than the Democrats, it is important to remember a few things: Each time reconciliation was used, it was used to fix legislation already enacted into law. What the Democrats want to do is use reconciliation to fix legislation before it is enacted into law. And guess what? The Senate Parliamentarian is telling everybody that | Read More »
Democrats Filibuster the Listening Session
Barack Obama said it would be a listening session for him, but the entire time leading up to it, Obama and the Democrats already plotted to ignore the Republicans. CNN now has data showing just what a grand kabuki dance of non-listening the alleged summit was. Democrats dominated the talk. Of course, Captain Bullcrap said the time limits did not apply to him, just to | Read More »
The Sham Wow Summit
There are many reasons the Republican Party is often referred to as the Stupid Party. Many Republicans thought that after the President overshadowed the GOP at their Baltimore retreat last month, going to Blair House yesterday would just be another PR disaster. It was anything but. The GOP won the day so convincingly that even the traditional media had to praise the party for talking | Read More »