Monday, January 31, 2011

Halfway There: The Fight of Our Life

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Heartland Institute Experts React to Ruling That Obamacare Is Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson ruled Monday from Florida that the Obama administration’s health care overhaul is unconstitutional, siding with 26 states that sued to block it. The Florida-based judge accepted without trial the states’ argument that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – commonly called Obamacare – violates people’s constitutional rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties. (A PDF of the ruling can be found by clicking here.)

The following statements from health care policy experts at The Heartland Institute may be used for attribution.

Peter Ferrara, senior fellow at the Heartland Institute for health care policy, general counsel of the American Civil Rights Union, and author of The Obamacare Disaster: An Appraisal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

“With the powerful decision of the Florida Federal District Court today joining the earlier Virginia Federal District Court holding central aspects of Obamacare unconstitutional, the handwriting is now on the wall. A minimum of four U.S. Supreme Court Justices are going to agree that central aspects of Obamacare are unconstitutional as well. I predict a fifth will join them.”

For more comment, contact Peter Ferrara at or 703/582-8466.

Ben Domenech, research fellow for health care policy at The Heartland Institute and managing editor of Health Care News:

“There is little question that the constitutionality of President Obama’s nationalized health insurance regime will ultimately end up at the U.S. Supreme Court. Given that the cases involved are focused on questions of law rather than ascertaining or investigating facts, that the law in question has been challenged now by a majority of states, and that the law’s enforcement holds massive ramifications for the American economy, I hope the Supreme Court will consider fast-tracking these cases to be considered as soon as possible.

“Until this question is resolved one way or the other, health policy in the United States must engage in a schizophrenic period which pits states against the federal bureaucracy. This is not a healthy expression of federalism, and this extraordinary degree of uncertainty ultimately does a disservice to every citizen. The fault here lies with the policymakers who rushed this mishmash of legislation through the Congress for political reasons, sacrificing coherent policy for the sake of hoped-for political gain.

“The American people now bear the pain of this monumental mistake of leadership, and as they are all individual stakeholders in the current debate, they deserve to know, and know soon, whether the Constitution allows their government to command them to purchase a product under its Commerce Clause authority or not. Not since Bush v. Gore has there been a case which so justly merits expedited consideration.”

Domenech can be reached for additional comment at or 703/509-1741.

The Heartland Institute is a 27-year-old national nonprofit organization based in Chicago. Its mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. For more information, visit our Web site at or call 312/377-4000.

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Why ObamaCare is Unconsitutional: The Money Quote #tcot #teaprty

Federal Judge Roger Vinson of the Northern District of Florida has declared Obamacare unconstitutional.

The money quote: (decision pdf, p 42)

It is difficult to imagine that a nation which began, at least in part, as the result of opposition to a British mandate givingthe East India Company a monopoly and imposing a nominal tax on all tea sold in America would have set out to create a government with the power to force people to buy tea in the first place.

The judge ruled that not only is the individual mandate unconstitutional, but the lack of a severability clause and the decision on the part of the government to argue that the individual mandate was vital and essential to the functioning of the Act meant that the whole thing must be struck down.

I hold out hope for the Republic.

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

HHS Lying Propaganda over Obamascare waivers #hcr #tcot #teaparty

The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the arm of the federal bureaucracy most charged with implementing the monstrous, 2,700 page law.

The Affordable Care Act is designed to provide Americans with affordable, high-quality coverage options – while ensuring that those who like their current coverage can keep it.

So if the law is designed to ensure that people can keep their coverage, why do so many need waivers to prevent them from losing it?

Unfortunately, today, limited benefit plans, or “mini-med” plans are often the only type of insurance offered to some workers.

That's the only type offered to some workers by their employers. And the reason the mini-med plans are offered is that neither employers nor insurance companies can afford to pick up the tab for someone who gets sick off the job, when that person may require care for half a century. So of course they want an annual limit. And a limit of $750,000 is enough to cover all but the most expensive medical problems.

But sense when did American citizens become "workers"? That must have been about the time they started voting for socialists.

In the meantime, the law requires insurers to phase out the use of annual dollar limits on benefits. In 2011, most plans can impose an annual limit of no less than $750,000.

So, HHS, when you said it was designed to let them keep their plans, you lied.

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Helping Americans Keep the Coverage They Have and Promoting Transparency

Helping Consumers Keep their Coverage

The Affordable Care Act is designed to provide Americans with affordable, high-quality coverage options – while ensuring that those who like their current coverage can keep it.  Unfortunately, today, limited benefit plans, or “mini-med” plans are often the only type of insurance offered to some workers.  In 2014, the Affordable Care Act will end mini-med plans when Americans will have better access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance plans that cannot use high deductibles or annual limits to limit benefits.  In the meantime, the law requires insurers to phase out the use of annual dollar limits on benefits.  In 2011, most plans can impose an annual limit of no less than $750,000. 

Mini-med plans have lower limits than allowed under the Affordable Care Act.  While mini-med plans do not provide security in the event of serious illness or accident, they are unfortunately the only option that some employers offer.  In order to protect coverage for these workers, the Affordable Care Act allows these plans to apply for temporary waivers from rules restricting the size of annual limits to some group health plans and health insurance issuers.

Waivers only last for one year and are only available if the plan certifies that a waiver is necessary to prevent either a large increase in premiums or a significant decrease in access to coverage.  In addition, enrollees must be informed that their plan does not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.  No other provision of the Affordable Care Act is affected by these waivers: they only apply to the annual limit policy.

As of today, a total of 733 waivers have been granted for 2011.


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Noted Jew hunter George Soros pays rabbis to attack Glenn Beck. @YidWithLid has the details #tcot #p2

I'm not a huge Glenn Beck Show fan. Oh, I believe he's sincere and mostly agree with his policy preferences. But something in his style on TV is just not for me. I do love his radio show, though.

But now noted Jew hunter George Soros has funded some social justice group to go after Beck.

And to what end? Glenn Beck is, as far as I can tell, a friend of Jews and also of Israel.

This is all about Soros' current socialism, not his youthful collaboration with defeated nationalist socialist regimes per se.

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As the Torah says Thou shalt not go up and down as a tale-bearer among thy people (Lev. 19:16). The ancient Jewish Sages took that passage and said that there are three transgressions that would cause a man to lose his place in the world to come: murder, adultery, and idol worship, and that loshon hora (evil speech) is equivalent to all three (Bab. Erchin 15b). Jews believe that the harm done by telling tales about people is worse than the harm done by something like theft because one can repay stolen money, but harm done by speech can never be repaired.

In today's Wall Street Journal, four-hundred Rabbis joined with a socialist Jewish organization called Jewish Funds for Justice (JFJ) to bring shame upon themselves, their holy profession and the entire Jewish people, and even worse have committed a Chillul Hashem (desecration of God's name) with an open letter to Fox News against Glenn Beck (the full ad is embedded below).


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Monday, January 24, 2011

Why wealthy conservatives should give to the grassroots, instead of wasting it. #tcot #teaparty

The argument, laid out in Vassar's colloquial prose, goes something like this:

Conservatives earn their money.

They also respect the value of a dollar.

To further conservative values, both energy and money are needed.

Rely on the sweat equity of the grassroots.

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The soul of conservatism is defined by sweat equity.

…for conservatism’s greatest strengths (we work for our livelihoods and generally think the best of each other) have been turned against us, while the Left’s greatest weaknesses (they bitch and whine, doth party and sloth a lot and are filled with hate) have been turned into assets.

And we also know it’s very difficult to keep the ideal of sweat equity in the family once a certain amount of wealth is obtained. So of equal importance to the Constitutional blueprint is that the wealthy man must pass on “his legacy” of success by extending his hand back down the hill to those coming up behind. This handshake is a bond, not unlike the Eucharist, that links him to every generation of builder who came before him and to every would-be builder he can touch who will come after him. It is an acknowledgment that once upon a time he’d been there, too. It is a quiet prayer of thanksgiving in one direction while a “Follow me, boys” in the other.

The loss of this handshake, and its meaning, has been the failed legacy of conservative wealth in America in the last forty years.


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Court: Emanuel off Mayoral Ballot. It turns out "reside" means "reside". #tcot #teaparty

Full decision at link.

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Appellate Court: Emanuel Off Ballot

Rahm Emanuel has been knocked off the mayoral ballot after an Appellate Court overturned a ruling in his residency case.

The court ruled that Emanuel did not meet the residency requirement for eligible candidates.

“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement,” the court wrote in its decision.


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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Counting Coup: The Invisible Victories | RedState

Ron Robinson shows why knowledge and the willingness to show up can be the difference.

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We Are Yet To See Our Finest Hour | RedState

Chin up, tea parties. We're just getting started.

See why at Redstate.

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Monday, January 17, 2011

Reason #342 why public sector unions should be banned. #tcot #teaparty

If it should happen to snow in Duluth, Minnesota this January, don't expect city crews to plow it. They might be on strike.

Now, not all of them, mind you. Just Teamsters Local 320 members in the Virginia station -- for now.

So should you need to use a road for, say, taking an ambulance ride, make sure to arrange other means of transport.

The criminal element in Duluth should find it easier to evade the police, who may not be able to respond, what with the roads full of snow.

And if you don't happen to live in a fireproof building, perhaps you should take special care to have a few buckets around. There should be plenty of snow around in Duluth this time of year with which to extinguish the blaze.

Maybe you can just use what's in the street.

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St. Louis County snowplow driver stage job action

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Some three-fourths of the St. Louis County snowplow drivers in the Virginia district didn't respond to an emergency call-out on Saturday morning.

The drivers belong to Teamsters Local 320, which has filed a strike notice for early Wednesday. The union says the main issues are the county's proposals for duties and pay for long-time employees.


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Dear @ReincePriebus -- Deliver Unity. Reach out to the #teaparty grass roots to save the GOP

Can Reince Priebus, newly minted Republican National Committee chair, save the party?

"Save it from what", you ask? There are several giant threats to the GOP, but none greater than the perception of a rift between the grassroots and the donor class.

I say "perception of a rift" because there not only is not a real rift, there are not even two distinct groups. While it is true that the size of the donation people are willing to give varies indirectly with the number willing to give at that level, and I don't have access to the RNC donor list, it's my experience that ideology and political philosophy among Republicans are not closely tied to personal wealth.

People from all walks of life share the Republican vision of a virtuous people operating in liberty to produce peace, security and prosperity. They do not identify themselves as rich or poor, white or black or latino, though we are all certainly aware of the categories into which we vall.

So while wealthy Republicans may wonder what drives the tea party movement, there are also many poor or middle class conservatives wondering the same thing. Inertia and the interests of daily lives keep people from finding out about the movement.

Conversely, there are in the tea party movement people struggling to pay their monthly bills and people who have no such struggles.

What drives the tea party movement is the understanding that the America in which we grew up may not exist for our children. The things in which we believe -- virtue, equality before the law, liberty, hard work, limited government, and the very concept of nationhood -- these things are under attack.

For what can be done to bring the fervor of the tea partiers into the Republican Party, read on at the Redstate link.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Thanks, 47. #ILGov Quinn's Job-Killing Tax Increase a mere 66% now. #ILPolitics #teaparty

The 47% of Illinois voters who thought Pat Quinn was fit for the office to which he was sworn in today did the more sensible of us no favors.

Illinois needs to cut spending. There are lots of ways to do this, but none of these ways are politically viable for a Democrat. Democrats are owned by the public sector labor unions and those kept in poverty by the seduction of government and its stranglehold on our state's economy.

But it's clear Quinn's has a plan to keep people in Illinois: send property values though the floor so no one can afford to leave.

Read more at Marathon Pundit.

Governor Pat Quinn and the Democrats in the ILLinois General Assembly are now only looking at a relatively paltry 66 percent increase in the personal state income tax. Last week they proposed upping the rate from 3 percent to 5.25 percent--a 75 percent hike. The corporate income tax goes up too--from 4.8 percent to 7 percent, according to their latest plan. The spenders in the legislature were seeking an 8 percent rate. After four years the income tax goes down to a still undetermined amount.

This will cost me a lot of money--that cash is headed for the sinkhole known as Illinois state government. The state has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

Last year a Quinn aide suggested a 2 percent increase in the personal state income tax, which the governor disavowed--he said he would veto a hike that big. But it appears that was Quinn's plan all along. He's a liar.

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Saturday, January 08, 2011

Quinn A-Tax Illinois | 75% tax hike, Spending,Borrowing. All plotted behind closed doors. #ILGOP #teaparty

Sneaking around in the lame duck session to rob the taxpayers blind, all because he can't say know to his public sector union puppetmasters.

Read the whole thing at Redstate

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Democrats kept their grip on power in the Illinois Legislature and won the governorship by the slimmest of margins, and they are going to make voters pay for it. Emboldened by his reelection, Governor Quinn and legislative allies are seizing on the lame duck session to sneak through a radical tax and spending plan the voters did not expect and would not have accepted.

Campaigning in 2010, Gov. Pat Quinn declared his intention to raise income taxes from 3% to 4%. So after winning the election by a razor-thin margin over Bill Brady, Quinn had some claim to a mandate, since the people who voted for him knew that was his plan.

Visit, find your representatives, and express your interest in this matter.


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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Dear #union members: you must decide if you are Americans or communists #tcot

It is now clear that the communist agenda of Stern, Trumka, and Obama is not compatible with American values.

They want wealth to be redistributed, to be taken from those who earn it and given to those who do not, in the name of "social justice", their twisted idea of fairness.

But Americans believe that fairness is when the rules apply equally to all, not when the power of government is used to help or hurt one person more than another.

And the communists believe that we are part of a group, not individuals with our own thoughts, our own beliefs, our own dreams. Americans believe that an individual should stand on his own, holding his hand out in friendship to others, but not holding it out to beg from them.

And now Stern, Trumka, and Obama want to push this social justice by taking down America. They want to send our jobs overseas, and are working hard, with their taxes and regulations, to make sure companies and their factories can't locate in America, but cheap foreign labor can.

They follow the model of Marx, Stalin, Hitler, and Mao: speak glowingly of fairness and the wonders that will happen if they can only rob those who have to give to those who do not. And if you speak out against them, if you dare open your mouth in opposition, you know what will become of you, your family, and your friends. You know what they will do to you.

They reward laziness and sloth, in order to gain dependents. They want power for themselves. They live for it.

So decide. Are you a follower of thugs or of freedom?

Read more at Redstate.

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You’ve known for a while now that today’s union bosses are no longer about just “helping the workers.” They are, as we’ve shown you in the past, about transforming America into a semi-socialist state, that includes the taking over of public businesses.

Note to union members: After you view this video, if you cannot yet figure out that the union you are paying dues to is only using you to Europeanize America, there is no hope for you.


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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Averting disaster: clean house at the RNC. #teaparty #tcot

It's clear that the RNC chairman, treasurer / CFO and chief counsel need to step out of leadership.

Both Michael Steele and Reince Priebus are relatively young to have gotten into leadership positions at the RNC. They can take these changes as learning opportunities, improve their political and administrative acumen, and move on.

But they aren't the right people to run the RNC right now.

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Is it a Reince Priebus for RNC Chair, or the precipice of disaster?

An interesting post up on the RNC Chair race over at Redstate. It follows up on a Politico item.

It has recently come to my attention that the things I have seen about Reince have been observed by others in the RNC. Politico is reporting a RNC Chairman out of CT has the same concerns I Do Not Believe This Is The Man For Our Party.


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