Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Harkin on Health Care, Nelson's Kickback, and Global Cooling

Have you seen or heard of Senator Harkin's comments on the health care bill on tv or in your newspaper? Neither have I. So, let his own words inform you of the intent of this health care bill: "Make no mistake, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a profoundly progressive bill. As Ezra Klein wrote in the Washington Post, "The bill is the most important social policy achievement since the Great Society."

"To be sure, the path to securing 60 votes was paved with painful compromises. That's also the way our predecessors were able to get the votes to pass Social Security and Medicare, both of which had big gaps in coverage when they were first enacted. They passed bills that were less than a full loaf, and then they came back for more in later years.

"Instead of that "partial loaf" analogy, I like to think of this bill as like a starter home. It is not the mansion of our dreams. But it has a solid foundation, giving every American access to quality, affordable coverage. It has an excellent, protective roof, which will shelter Americans from the worst abuses of health insurance companies. And this starter home has plenty of room for additions and improvements."

It has been said that Harkin declared health care to be an "inalienable right" now - forever. And here I thought that inalienable rights, like those in our Bill of Rights, are only those given by God, for they are by definition incapable of being taken away, given up, or transferred to another. One exception to this rule, we know, is those rights being declared or given away by tyrants. Could Senator Harkin have been any more clear about the intent of Democrats? And I say that we can call Nebraska's exclusion from ever having to pay for Medicare taxes an inalienable right for Nebraskans, given by this proposed health care bill. We are in serious trouble....


  • I know I've written about this before, but it deserves to be repeated: As reported this time by CNS News: A provision deep within the Senate’s 2,000-page health-care overhaul bill would make it impossible, once approved, for the legislation to be repealed or changed by future Congresses -- a provision that a Senate Republican and a conservative analyst say is unconstitutional. On page 1,020, the bill states: “It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection.” Senator Jim DeMint is challenging the constitutionality of this section, as well as others.

  • ObamaCare also legislates racial discrimination to such an extent that the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was compelled to send letters to the president and congressional leaders warning about the "racially discriminatory provisions" in the Senate's health care bill.
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  • Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) reached out Thursday evening to South Carolina GOP Attorney General Henry McMaster, the leader of a group of 13 Republican state attorneys general who are threatening to file suit against the Senate health care bill, and urged him to forgo any legal action, POLITICO has learned.

    According to a copy of a memo sent by McMaster’s chief of staff to other GOP state attorneys general detailing the call, Nelson asked McMaster to “call off the dogs,” a reference to recent threats by the state AGs to file a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Medicaid provision in the bill that benefits Nebraska at the expense of other states. . . .

    The memo, written by McMaster Chief of Staff Trey Walker, explains that Nelson told McMaster that the Medicaid deal had not been his idea, and that the same Medicaid exemption would be extended to other states.

    “Senator Nelson insisted that he had not asked for the Cornhusker Kickback to be placed in the U.S. Senate version of the health care bill to secure his vote. Senator Nelson told the attorney general that it was simply a ‘marker’ placed in the U.S. Senate version of the bill and assured the attorney general that it would be ‘fixed,’ says the memo [Right]

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  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) defended Congress' work on a healthcare bill Tuesday saying the process has displayed historic transparency, just as C-SPAN mounts an effort to open the negotiations. Pelosi also hinted that holding informal negotiations--likely without TV cameras--might be the most practical way to push the legislation through

    "We will do what is necessary to pass the bill," Pelosi said.
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  • Even if Umar Farouq Abdulmuttalab had never boarded that Christmas flight from Amsterdam to Detroit wearing explosive underpants, a passage on page 17 of a report published in July by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security would still be eye-popping.

    "Not all known or reasonably suspected terrorists are prohibited from boarding an aircraft, or are subject to additional security screening prior to boarding an aircraft," says the passage.

    More than eight years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, people boarding commercial flights in the United States -- and sometimes those boarding international flights bound for the United States -- are still not screened against the government's full Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB).

    This is not an oversight. It is a policy.

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  • Are you aware that our government is set to offer a plea bargain to the underpants bomber?? Now that will probably not deter further terrorists, in my estimation! I do have to wonder what wonderful enticement will be given, so that he will be ready to tell all he knows against his fellow jihadists, don't you?
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  • Following our President's silence for four days after the underpants bomber's failed attemp to explode an airplane en route to Detroit, we get this news: Meanwhile, the White House was working overtime to build a case against Bush regarding the failed terrorist attack on America. A source in the White House counsel's office told The American Spectator of memos frantically seeking information that would "show that the Bush Administration had had far worse missteps than we ever could". [Now that's real leadership, isn't it?]
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  • A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the Obama White House not to go forward with plans to send a number of Yemeni terrorists now being held in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility back to their home country. But the Obama White House insists it will continue to send those Gitmo inmates to Yemen -- a country now recognized as a hotbed of terrorism so dangerous that the U.S. has decided to close its embassy there. "We've had close dialogue with the Yemeni government about the expectations that we have as far as what they're supposed to do when these detainees go back," Brennan said. Washington Examiner, by Byron York

  • As of yesterday, President Obama has declared that we will not be sending Yemen detainees back to Yemen. Perhaps he is learning just what a threat America is facing from jihadist Muslims....This does, however, make more difficult his campaign pledge to close Gitmo. Oh, well - what's one more pledge broken - and this one for good reasons.
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  • According to Jim DeMint, he has not put a hold on Erroll Southers for the TSA, but he objected to a request to have Southers confirmed by unanimous consent - that is, without a roll call vote. DeMint wants to discuss the notion of TSA agents being allowed to form a bargaining unit thus taking the safety of our entire air transport system out of the hands of the geniuses who check your hand bags and pack packs, and putting it into the hands of union executives. Total time elapsed between Obama's inaugural and Senate floor action? 303 days. No holds. No filibusters. Just showing how important Obama and the Senate Dems felt this whole thing was, prior to Christmas day.

    The elapsed time between DeMint objecting to the unanimous consent request and the attack by the Tighty-Whitey Terrorist? 36 days.

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  • Do you remember the story about how many times the Bertha Lewis of ACORN has visited the White House? There is an update from Andrew Brietbart of ACORN videos fame - at According to Politico’s Ben Smith, the Bertha Lewis who went to the White House is not ACORN’s CEO but another woman named “Bertha Lewis.” I contacted Smith to tell him that Big Government would offer a correction if the “administration official” who offered the information went on record and told us who the “other” Bertha Lewis is and got the unnamed administration source to come out from behind the veil of anonymity and use his/her name. So far, according to unnamed White House sources, “different” people with the familiar names of Malik Shabazz, Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers were discovered on White House visitors logs. As I skeptically asked on my Twitter account, “What are the odds?”

    First thing Monday morning, Smith contacted the White House and White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki came from behind her anonymous veil and confirmed for Smith, “it was a different Bertha Lewis, though she declined to share details about that visitor, citing privacy reasons.”‘

  • As posits: Must have been the Bertha Lewis who is president of the Bertha Lewis Society only for people named Bertha Lewis.
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  • Recent headlines regarding Global Warming: Iowa temps 'a solid 30 degrees below normal'...
    Peru's mountain people 'face extinction because of cold conditions'...
    Beijing -- coldest in 40 years...
    World copes with Arctic weather...

  • Vermont sets 'all-time record for one snowstorm'...
    Iowa temps 'a solid 30 degrees below normal'...
    Seoul buried in heaviest snowfall in 70 years...
    Historic ice build-up shuts down NJ nuclear power plant...
    Midwest Sees Near-Record Lows, Snow By The Foot...
    Miami shivers from coldest weather in decade...
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  • And as if we need further proof of the degradation of our American Society and henceforth our chosen language, here is what Amanda Simpson, believed to be America's first openly transgender presidential appointee, says about the job she starts Tuesday in the U.S. Commerce Department. "Being the first sucks," she told ABC "I'd rather not be the first but someone has to be first, or among the first. I think I'm experienced and very well qualified to deal with anything that might show up because I've broken barriers at lots of other places and I always win people over with who I am and what I can do." I don't care what her genetics are. I do care that a government official sinks to such language, just as I cared when our First Lady chose to depart the Presidential airplane wearing short shorts... Oh - you think I'm making that up? If so, go here: It shows to me a lack of respect for America and the Presidency, as well as our former standing in the world.
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