Harry Reid, Democrat Senator from Nevada, if anyone doesn’t know that, has pulled the hugely bloated omnibus spending bill from the Senate floor tonight.
All one can say about that is “Praise the Lord”.
The insanity of a last minute Christmas Eve (remember last year’s holiday gift? ObamaCare), push to spend 1.3 trillion more is too unbelievable to believe, but there you have it. Desperation does strange things to people. I hear de-nial is NOT a river in Egypt. Think about it.
As the nation prepares to celebrate Independence Day with parades and barbecues, America’s veterans face a new tax on prosthetic limbs and other vital medical devices.
The health care overhaul passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama earlier this year contains a new tax on medical devices such as prosthetic limbs, pacemakers, and wheelchairs. This tax, which its proponents claim will raise $20 billion over the next ten years, contains no exemption for the nation’s 22 million veterans. In fact, Senate Democrats specifically refused to exempt veterans from the tax.
On March 24 2010, Senate Democrats rejected an amendment offered by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to the healthcare bill. This amendment (SA 3644) would have prevented the medical device tax from hitting veterans covered by the Veterans Healthcare Program or TRICARE for Life. This amendment was rejected by a vote of 44-54. All but five Democrat senators voted in favor of retaining the tax for veterans.
Now I’m really hacked off.
My friend over at the Conservative Pup has a great post. In it she uses this photo…I had to borrow it. Go here to read her most excellent commentary.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words.
From White House.gov we find the salaries listing for the 469 staffers (not counting the 40 whatever czars). The total for this bloated White House staff for 2009 is $38,796,307.00.
Understand that Bush 43, in his second term, had a staff of 48 individuals
Source: Source Watch
Click on the title to read the rest of the post by John at Midknight Review.
And all caught on a hidden camera. James O’Keefe is at it again and good for him. Now we can all get a bird’s eye view of your tax dollars at work. And this is just one snapshot.
This is old news, but well worth watching again. Watch as Progressive Caucus member Maxine Waters makes a big whopper slip of the tongue….poor lady, she can’t even think of another word for socialism, but is left floundering until the alternative language comes out of her mouth. Unfortunately…take over of an oil company means the same thing! I’m reminded of a scripture that says…”Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Sometimes you just can’t hide it no more! See those around her getting a kick out of it too. Feel free to pass this one around “liberally”.
It seems House Speaker (and oh may she lose her job very soon) Pelosi just can’t take “no” for an answer. She has more tricks up her sleeve to get the very bad Senate version of health insurance reform passed into law. The recent overture by the White House to invite Republican input may just prove to be a diversion from what is really going on. Remember, I’ve said it before…when there’s a bunch of things going on that the press is reporting on, always watch what the left hand is doing behind the scenes. This administration keeps proving time and time again that they will use trickery to get their agenda passed. Our only problem is being sure to find out what is going on behind the scenes, but this time, its seems Pelosi’s top health care aid Wendell Primus is already talking…read the report at the link below. The contortions they want to do for this one are staggering.
Pelosi Aide: Health Care Summit a Trick, Strategy on Pro-Abortion Bill Decided
From Philip Moeller at U.S. News:
“Arguing against new government inducements to improve retirement plans is an uncomfortable place to be. Who could possibly be opposed to the goal of a comfortable retirement? Who doesn’t want to help older Americans achieve that goal? Who doesn’t agree that something is terribly wrong when middle-class salaries actually are lower, after inflation adjustments, than they were a decade ago? Surely, we must do something about this.”…
Read the rest of the column here.
So after reading this….if you thought the health care bill was about insuring 30 plus million uninsured…if you thought massive government spending was about creating new jobs…(well, it will create new very expensive government jobs but is that what we want?)…if you thought hope and change was a good selling point in the last election…what do you think now? It looks like the president makes great sounding promises, then turns around and does the exact opposite. Why would he do that? Why would he want to destroy the economic wealth of the American people? (Think Cloward and Piven.)
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” -Thomas Jefferson
He didn’t say it…but…does that mean if it’s not democracy, that it becomes socialism?