Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This Is Our Role, National Biometric ID Card, Miss Me Yet, & D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

Nancy Pelosi actually SAID the following yesterday:  "We must pass the health care bill so that we can find out what's in it!" Exactly! Unbelievable!  This blogger is headed for Washington, DC - to take part in FreedomWorks' "The People's Surge Against Obamacare" on March 16.  Please comment with ideas or with possible words for a sign I might carry.  I need to make the strongest stand I can to help defeat this bill - or answer to my grandchildren for standing idly by at our crisis point.  I heed the words of Judge Napolitano [following].

Coming to government computers in the USA, perhaps, and reported by the UK Telegraph about England:

Patients’ confidential medical records are being placed on a controversial NHS database without their knowledge, doctors’ leaders have warned.

The scheme, one of the largest of its kind in the world, will eventually hold the private records of more than 50 million patients.
But it has been dogged by accusations that the private information held on it will not be safe from hackers.
The British Medical Association claims that records have been placed on the system without patients’ knowledge or consent.
It follows allegations that the Government wanted to complete the project before the Conservatives had a chance to cancel it.
Dick Morris: "The final fight over health care boils down to a simple formulation: The People vs. Pelosi. In district after district, the next 10 days will feature an aroused citizenry demanding a no vote while an ideologically motivated speaker demands assent. The echo of this push/pull will take place in the minds of the Democratic House members. Each will ask himself whether he is really prepared to throw away his career for this vote. Is this it? Is this legislation worth the end of line?
To arouse public opinion, anti-Obamacare groups are drilling down to the congressional district level and running ads in each swing congressman's backyard pressuring their member to vote no. The League of American Voters is now running ads in the [swing] districts. The ads all feature the telephone numbers of the representatives. They will be hearing -- at some length, we suspect -- from their constituents. Will the din of those who vote on their re-election drown out the pushing of the speaker who doles out their privileges?"

Andrew P. Napolitano is a 59-year-old former New Jersey Superior Court Judge.  He is a graduate of  Princeton University, and Notre Dame  Law  School.   At Princeton he was a founding member of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton along with Justice Samuel Alito
 Judge Napolitano is the youngest life-tenured Superior Court judge in the history of the State of  New Jersey .  In a stirring Utube video in which he makes the case for our government not being Constitutionally permitted to take over our health care system, he also tells a story about our FBI-written search warrant.  If the person to whom it is given tells ANYONE about the situation, he is eligible for 5 years in prison.  How scary is that?  The Judge ends with this: "In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its maximum hour of danger.  You're that generation!  This is your role!  Now is that time!  Freedom must be defended from every assailant in every corner of this country, from inside this country, from outside this country and especially from the government that wants to take it away from us!"

This from the NYT: Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill have settled on a way to prevent employers from hiring illegal immigrants: a national biometric identification card all American workers would eventually be required to obtain. [Once again, the government's idea to take care of a small percentage of people in America is to enslave and control ALL of us!]

Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker. [And here I thought that only those who are ARRESTED must give their fingerprints to the government!  But this plan would be so much more inclusive - and wouldn't that be a good thing?  NOT!]
The uphill effort to pass a bill is being led by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), who plan to meet with President Barack Obama as soon as this week to update him on their work. An administration official said the White House had no position on the biometric card.
The biggest objections to the biometric cards may come from privacy advocates, who fear they would become de facto national ID cards that enable the government to track citizens. [Do you think?]

"It is fundamentally a massive invasion of people's privacy," said Chris Calabrese, legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union. "We're not only talking about fingerprinting every American, treating ordinary Americans like criminals in order to work. We're also talking about a card that would quickly spread from work to voting to travel to pretty much every aspect of American life that requires identification."
Mr. Graham says he respects those concerns but disagrees. "We've all got Social Security cards," he said. "They're just easily tampered with. Make them tamper-proof. That's all I'm saying." [Now, all Americans can trust our government to do what they have so far never shown an ability to do - right?  That's like saying that Communism and Socialism have never worked as well as Democracy simply because the right people have not been in charge.]
Many of us have seen the billboard of President George W. Bush - beside the words:  Miss me yet? A NYT columnist has written: "A perhaps more substantial sign incorporates a sign famous (or infamous) in the Bush presidency. The March 8 cover of Newsweek reproduces the famous 2003 photograph of Bush on the flight deck of the U.S.S. Lincoln. The president is in the left of the picture, striding away from the famous banner proclaiming “Mission Accomplished.” Those words haunted Bush for the next five years, but now, Newsweek reports, they may play differently because — and this is emblazoned on the cover — we may have “Victory At Last.” It has to be said, declare the cover-story’s writers, that “now almost seven hellish years later . . . something that looks mighty like democracy is emerging in Iraq”; and, they add (eerily echoing Bush’s words in 2003), this development “most certainly is a watershed event that could come to represent a whole new era in the history of the massively undemocratic Middle East.”
Analyses of how this has happened are plentiful and varied, but most agree that it had something to do with the summer of 2009, when the town meetings that seemed a good, nicely democratic idea in the spring turned into a recruiting device for the angry crowds that would become the Tea Party."
Commentary Magazine informs us:  Writing in the Washington Post, Kelly Amis and Joseph E. Robert Jr. explain that the $450 billion spending bill last year “effectively dismantled a small, successful education program benefiting low-income children in the nation’s capital.”
Congress needed only to reauthorize the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program — as the local community asked it to do and as the research should have compelled it to do — but the members who mattered ignored the families outside their white marble offices, even rescinding scholarships to hundreds of hopeful students.
Where is Obama in all this? Nowhere to be found. They write:
Obama could have stood up for these children, who only want the same opportunities that he had and that his daughters now have. Instead, his education secretary, Arne Duncan, proffered an argument that would be funny if it weren’t so sad: Scholarships for poor students aren’t worth supporting because not enough of them are given out. [I wonder why we haven't heard about this from the marching college student and the unions which are driving them to rebellion?  No Child Left Behind, indeed.]

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