Archive for August, 2009
Response has been great for our bus trip to DC on September 12th. We have filled up the second bus and have decided to shoot for a third one. We have room for another 45 people so tell your friends and relatives, this will be one of the largest conservative rallies to be held in the district in years and for only $35 you can be a part of it. Let your representatives know that we will not put up with out of control spending, socialization of our government and the addition of massive debt that will be left to our children and grandchildren.
The buses will be leaving from the JC Penny end of Fashion Square Mall in Charlottesville. Departure is scheduled for 7AM so plan on being there by 6:30. There will be volunteers to check you onto the buses. We ask that at least one person in your party have a cell phone, the volunteers will need that number in case we have to get in touch with you at the end of the day. Maps and additional information will be handed out upon boarding the buses.We will return by approximately 9 PM that same evening. The buses have room for storage of back packs and incidentals.
Upon arriving in DC we will be dropped off at Freedom Plaza on Pennsylvania Ave. where the march is scheduled to begin, the 9/12 Group will have volunteers along the route to assist people as needed. The route is about .8 miles long so wear comfortable walking shoes. For those who may have difficulties walking there are metro stops along the way that will take you to the Capital Building were the march ends and the rally is to take place.
At the end of the day the buses that will be taking us back to Charlottesville will pick us up at Union Station which is about 4 blocks from the Capital Building. You will need to be at the Station by 6 PM and the buses will leave at 6:30. Make sure you check in with one of the volunteers before boarding the return bus, we do not want to leave anyone behind.
For those of you who want additional information please fill out the contact form.
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FOR SATURDAY’S RALLY:
Dick Armey – FreedomWorks
Matt Kibbe – FreedomWorks
Mason Weaver, San Diego, CA
John Tate, Campaign for Liberty
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN)
Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots
Darla Dawald, Resistnet.com
Brendan Steinhauser, FreedomWorks
Steve Elliot, Grassfire
Kellen Giuda, New York City
Deneen Borelli, The National Center for Public Policy Research/Project 21
Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty
Stephen Baldwin and Kevin McCollough, X-Treme Radio
Yaron Brook, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights
Lloyd Marcus, Tea Party Express
Rev. CL Bryant, Shreveport, Louisiana
Joel Aaron, Atlanta, Georgia
Phillip Dennis, Dallas, Texas
Jeff Anderer, entreprenuer
Rep. Tom Price (GA)
Rep. Michelle Bachmann (MN)
Doc Thompson, Richmond, Virginia
Mario Lopez, Hispanic Leadership Fund
Toby Marie Walker, Waco, TX
Andrew Moylan, NTU
Kelly Hoag, Austin, TX
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS FOR FREEDOM PLAZA GATHERING:
Andrew Moylan, National Taxpayers Union
Hi Caliber, Mr. Conservative (music)
Charles Lollar, Maryland
Nic Lott, Mississippi
Diana Reimer, Pennsylvania Tea Party Patriots
Phillip Dennis, Dallas Tea Party Patriots
Tom Gaitens, Florida
Debbie Dooley, Georgia
Lee Doren, Bureaucrash
Everett Wilkinson, Florida Tea Party Patriots
Toby Walker, Waco Tea Party Patriots
Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks
The week before last I was fortunate to be able to attend two different town hall meetings with Congressman Perriello, one in Ruckersville in Greene County a rural community the other in Charlottesville, a college town. The difference between the two was significant.
The Ruckersville town hall had a much larger group of people that were not in favor of government run health care. This group was well informed and had obviously done their homework by at least reading parts of H.R.3200 something our representatives might want to consider. The questions were well posed and the statements to the congressman were well thought out, although people who made statements instead of asking questions were heckled. (For some reason those on the left seem to forget that one of our rights is the ability to petition our representatives:-)
Being from Greene County I was somewhat annoyed when an acquaintance acted surprised that the people at the Ruckersville event seemed to be so well informed. He meant this as a compliment and proceeded to compare the Ruckersville people to the Charlottesville group in which the majority of people supported government run health care. He was not quite as complementary about these people saying that the only thing they seemed able to do was whine about their situation, and folks that is the difference between the whiney Charlottesville intelligentsia and the average folks outside the town.
We have one group of people that want to be left alone to succeed or fail on their own and then there is this group of bed wetters that think it is the responsibility of others to take care of them. From the artist whose husband is an entrepreneur and can’t afford health insurance to the eighteen year old who claims to be independent but wants to know if she will have to get a job working in a cubical just to have insurance coverage. To the artist I say tough it out or go out and get a real job, it is not up to the state to provide you with medical coverage. To the young so called “independent” yes you just might have to get a job after college don’t look to your neighbor to provide for you.
The much larger liberal crowd in Charlottesville generally stayed away from facts and relied on feelings. There were so many sad stories, it was so depressing. Everyone else was to blame for their situation; doctors, insurance companies and government were at fault because they had gotten sick and did not have the money or insurance to get the proper care. This whining went on for hours with the occasional interruption by someone who actually wanted to be left alone and did not want any government help.
If we were to take this group of looters and put them in one state and leave them to their own devices how long would they last? With every one of them relying on the other person to take care of them would anyone get taken care of? Or would they at some point realize that they might have to do something on their own? It would be an interesting experiment. Lets’ give it a shot; Vermont has a lot of empty space.
If anyone has been following the news of late they cannot have missed the examples of government efficiency. I am of course speaking of the cash for clunkers program and the wonderful job the VA has done in taking care of our veterans.
Let us take a quick look at the cash for clunkers program. The government in all its wisdom decided it would be a good idea to offer people from $3500 to $4500 for their old “clunkers” as trade-ins on new more fuel efficient vehicles, cars that would get a whopping 5 miles more per gallon. To start off, the federal government had to come up with regulations for the program a 136 page book; nothing is ever simple when it comes to bureaucrats. Then once a dealer has gotten the rules down a 60 plus page form had to be filled out to get their money, again bureaucracy at its best.
Now the thinking behind this program was to accomplish two goals. The first goal was to stimulate the economy by selling cars. To me this appears to be another bailout of the auto industry and their respective unions, but that is a subject for another day. The question to ask is was the economy stimulated? I would answer no it was not and I say this for several reasons. First, car sales did spike during this period but I would wager that most of these sales would have taken place eventually and people just bought cars now as opposed to later in order to take advantage of the government’s largess. Secondly eight out of the top ten cars sold were foreign made thus benefiting other countries as much as our own. Of course as usual when it comes to government programs there are always unforeseen circumstances. In this case there were projected to be about 750,000 clunkers turned in, of those about 60% or 450,000 would have been sold to used car dealerships, typically mom and pop businesses. Destroying these operable vehicles will adversely affect these small used car dealers as well as the people who cannot afford new cars and rely on cheaper used autos for transportation.
The second goal that this administration wanted to accomplish was to reduce pollution, in particular CO2 emissions (they call it a pollutant). According to figures the 5 miles per gallon increase in mileage for all trade-ins would mean a yearly reduction in CO2 emissions of 365,000 metric tons. Sounds like a lot but the estimated yearly output of CO2 worldwide is 29.1 billion metric tons. In other words CO2 would be reduced by about one tenth of one percent. Of course this figure does not take into consideration the amount of CO2 generated in the production of these new cars which in some cases were not needed and this does not take into account the carbon dioxide generated in the destruction of the clunkers. Therefore goal number two was a failure as well.
Since health care has been a big issue in the news lately and our Congressman Tom Perriello points to the Veterans Administration as good example of a government run healthcare program, I was shocked, yes shocked to hear the news about the current VA problems. It seems that this well run example of government efficiency sent out over 1200 “death notices” to Gulf War veterans. They were notified that they had ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, a neuro-muscular disease that usually kills within five years. I think that these war heroes have been through enough without terrorizing them at home with medical malpractice.
These past few years have not been banner times for VA Hospitals. Just this past month the VA Medical Center in Philadelphia revealed that 98 cancer patients were given incorrect radiation doses. This spring an investigation into botched colonoscopies which may have exposed over 10,000 veterans to HIV and other infections was begun. Then of course there was the Washington Post expose in 2007 describing the terrible conditions at Walter Reed and other VA hospitals. I agree with Perriello that our veterans deserve the best treatment available but they are not getting it, and yet this Congressman wants the same for all Americans?
These are just two examples of government “efficiency”, a clunkers program that runs out of money the first week of a three month program and a VA health care system that is failing. It would take a book to mention all the other government programs that are out of control. Are these the people that you really expect to fix our health care? To quote Barney Frank: “What planet are you from?”
OBAMA and the Democrats Vote Against Healthcare Reform
* Obama voted NO on Allowing Americans to Deduct Their Health Care Costs. S. Con. Res. 70. This would have allowed an above-the-line federal income tax deduction for individuals who do not receive health insurance through their employers. This amendment was offered by Sen. Jim DeMint March 13, 2008 It failed 45-51
* Voted NO on Allowing Americans the Freedom to Purchase Health Insurance Across State Lines. HR 976. This would allow Americans to purchase individual health insurance across state lines. Offered by Sen Jim DeMint. Failed Aug 2, 2007 by a vote of 37-62
* Voted NO on Allowing Americans to Use Their Own HSA Funds to Cover Health Insurance Premiums. HR 2. The senate rejected an effort to allow Americans to use their tax-free Health Savings Account funds to purchase health insurance. Offered by John Ensign. Failed Jan 25, 2007 by a vote of 47-48
* Voted NO on Preventing the Erosion of Private Health Coverage. S.Amdt. 2537 to S. Amdt. 2530 to HR 976. The senate rejected an effort to minimize the erosion of private health coverage. Offered by John Kyl on Aug 2, 2007. Lost by a vote of 37-62
* Voted NO on Expanding Access to Small business Health Plans. On motion to invoke cloture on the Committee Amendment. The senate rejected an effort to allow for the expansion of health-care access and reduced costs through the creation of small business health plans and through the modernization of the health insurance marketplace. May 11, 2006 Voted down 55-32
* Voted NO on Preserving Employer-Sponsored Coverage. S. Amdt. 2596 to S. Amdt 2530 to HR 976. The senate rejected an effort that would require individuals who are eligible for SCHIP and employer-sponsored coverage to use the employer-sponsored coverage instead of SCHIP. The amendment offered by David Vitter failed on Aug. 2, 2007 by a vote of 35-64
* Lastly, voted NO on Requiring Health Insurance for Illegal Immigrants. The senate rejected an effort to require illegal immigrants seeking “Z Visas” to maintain a minimum level of health coverage. Offered by Jim Demint on June 6, 2007. Lost by a vote of 43-55.
Obama’s real views on private health care.
“I don’t believe we will be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There is going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out or a decade out…I happen to be a proponent of single payer universal health care.”
Is This What You Want?
NDP leaks health agency plan to cut 6,000 surgeries in Metro Vancouver area
VICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. NDP says huge cuts in surgeries are being planned for the Vancouver area starting in September…”They may say that this is a proposal, but it’s the proposal to close 13.5 operating rooms, to cut 6,250 surgeries, to cut 112 positions, including 13 anaesthesiology positions, and to undermine their long-term ability to deal with increasing health challenges over the next decade.”
Health Minister Kevin Falcon told health authorities last month to cut $360 million to avoid deficits
Where Will The Canadians Go Once We Have Obamacare?
Canadians visit U.S. to get health care
BY PATRICIA ANSTETT FREE PRESS MEDICAL WRITER
Hospitals in border cities, including Detroit, are forging lucrative arrangements with Canadian health agencies to provide care not widely available across the border.
Agreements between Detroit hospitals and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for heart, imaging tests, bariatric and other services provide access to some services not immediately available in the province, said ministry spokesman David Jensen. http://freep.com/article/20090820/BUSINESS06/908200420/1319/
There Will Be More of This Under Obamacare
Dialysis for immigrants drives hospital into debt
Associated Press Aug. 17, 2009, 6:30AM
A Las Vegas hospital providing emergency dialysis services to 80 illegal immigrants says that accounts for much of its operating deficit.The University Medical Center says the treatment will cost it about $24 million this fiscal year, aggravating a budget deficit that is expected to approach $70 million.
Numbers They Don’t Want You To Know
The myth of the uninsured
July 10, 3:34 PM
Raleigh Libertarian Examiner Danielle Cuave
When the Current Population Survey (CPS) calculated how many people they believed were uninsured (they came to a 47 million estimation), they counted anyone who was without insurance for at least one day in a year… In addition, statistics state that of the half that were uninsured for less than a year, they were typically left without insurance for less than one month over a two-year period. This would bring the number closer to 23 million of Americans having no insurance for one year… Of the uninsured, about ten million of them are illegal aliens, and even more are legal residents. This makes the claim that “42 million Americans are uninsured” factually incorrect…
Senate Dems strategize healthcare endgame
By Ian Swanson and Michael O’Brien
Senate Democrats are considering several options to move healthcare without Republican support and will make a decision on that process shortly after they return to Washington, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday.
Just A Little Company Get-Together
by Neal Boortz
Transcript of remarks made by Leo Carrington (who doesn’t exist) to a mandatory meeting of all employees of Carrington Automotive Enterprises, Inc. (which doesn’t exist either) on August 17th, 2009 at the Royal Payne Hotel (a purely imaginary place) in Norfolk, Virginia (which does, in fact, exist).
Now for the rest of the story