Posts Tagged ‘Government’

Virginia 5th District Blog

September 20, 2009

For those who may be interested I have started a new blog entitled Virginia’s 5th District. The aim of this blog is to attempt to keep citizens of the 5th informed about what is taking place in politics on the state and national level that might affect those of us in the district.

The Jefferson Area Tea Party site will be maintained in order to keep people informed as to JATP happenings. I look forward to reading the insightful comments on these blogs both pro and con, this type of discourse is what makes our country great.

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Smile, Spit or Swallow?

September 13, 2009

Saturday September 12, 2009 will be remembered as the day the grass roots caught fire. With over 1 million citizens congregating at our nations capital the politicians didn’t know whether to smile, spit or swallow. With people arriving from all fifty states the Republicans and especially the Democrats still do not know what to make of it.

News channels are reporting tens of thousands showed up when in actuality the numbers where in the high hundreds of thousands. Of course the left wing blogs are coming up with 50 to 70 thousand as an estimate. Anyone who was there will have to laugh at that estimate. There was at least 250 thousand gathered around the capital reflecting pool. My wife and I wandered around for hours and at times could not even make it through the crowd. The people stretched for a mile back to the Washington Monument. Freedom Plaza was so crowded that attendees gave up trying to get there for the march and went directly to the Capital.

Opponents will try to down play what happened yesterday but that is only because they are afraid that we will take our country back. The people have found their voices and the roar of freedom is once again going to be heard throughout our country. We will not let these corrupt Washington bureaucrats sell our rights to the highest bidder. The silent majority has woken and we will be heard.

DC 9-12 March

September 13, 2009

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Working On Third Bus To DC

August 27, 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
Chris Cassone
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
Bruce Bellot

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
Angela McGlowan
Toby Walker, Waco Tea Party Patriots
Matt Kibbe, FreedomWorks


Here is a link to a site that has additional information on the march
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Barney, What Planet Are You From?

August 25, 2009

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?”

It Is Not About Healthcare It Is About Control

August 25, 2009

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.

Be Afraid! Be Very Afraid!

August 24, 2009

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.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-bY92mcOdk&feature=related

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
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/indepth/new_democrats/s/capress/090810/national/health_cuts_2

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.
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/special/immigration/6575281.html

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…
http://www.examiner.com/x-13415-Raleigh-Libertarian-Examiner~y2009m7d10-The-myth-of-the-uninsured

Big Brother Is Watching

August 16, 2009

From the White house: “There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.”

This is reminiscent of the House Committee on Un-American Activities from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s and is way too similar to Orwell’s 1984 where citizens were encouraged to turn in their neighbors for the good of the “state”. By law any email sent to the White House cannot be deleted and has to be archived. So when Robert Gates says they are not collecting emails he is lying. Whether they are using them to generate a list of non-compliant Americans is anyone’s guess.

This administration and its lackeys in the Senate and House are stepping way beyond their powers and all because they don’t know how to handle dissent. During the last eighteen to twenty four months this party has had it easy with the MSM supporting them with biased coverage. Radical protests against the Bush administration were ignored or down played. Obama’s town halls in which the questioners were obvious plants are overlooked, verbal faux pas are ignored. Anything that could slightly embarrass the ruling party is discounted.

All of a sudden over the last five months the tide has begun to turn and Obama and his minions are not sure how to handle it. At first they ignored it saying this new movement was being generated by Fox News. This was because Fox was the only news outlet that was paying any attention to it. On April 15 hundreds of thousands of conservatives hit the streets to protest out of controls spending and unconstitutional practices. Here in Charlottesville in the heart of Virginia liberalism over 1500 average “Joes” came out to have their voices heard. This movement has continued to grow since.

Now that this campaign has grown and become more vocal and dares to become informed and ask questions the left has to resort to Saul Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals specifically these two:

“Rule 5: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It’s hard to counterattack ridicule, and it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

“Rule 11: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it. Don’t try to attack abstract corporations or bureaucracies. Identify a responsible individual. Ignore attempts to shift or spread the blame.”

From gathering emails of opponents, to having his toadies demonize them, to using union thugs for intimidation there is nothing this administration will not do to push its socialist agenda forward. But these tactics will not deter the growing number of Americans that are willing to fight this rising flood of socialism: Obama, the Times They Are A Changing!

“Come gather ’round people wherever you roam
And admit that the waters around you have grown
And accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you is worth saving
Then you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone
For them times they are a changing “
Bob Dylan

Perriello Watch Video on C-SPAN

August 15, 2009

Carlisle Video’s Perriello Watch has been posted on C-Span’s Citizen Video page. Kudos to Keith Drake for his success. Check it out.

Perriello Watch Video

Three Sides of the Triangle

August 14, 2009

From what I have determined after attending two health care town halls is that there are three types of people. Two of whom show up to have their voices heard. One group is happy with the direction the government is taking and does not have a problem with relying on others to take care of them, at least with the big things; health care, retirement, education, etc. They are okay with picking their own cable company and buying their own food, at least for now. The second group is not happy with the direction of government and are more interested in personal freedom as opposed to being taken care of from cradle to grave. The third group is not even involved and have given up and the most that they will ever do is sit at home and swear at the television newscasts when things aren’t going the way they want.

Because the first group is fairly happy with the current elected officials and the direction they are taking the country and the third group is relatively uninvolved it will be up to the freedom lovers in the middle group to try harder to make the necessary changes. We can do this by continuing on the course we have chosen. It will not be easy, we have been demonized and called every name in the book by the far left and many of our elected officials. This should only make us more determined.

If we are to succeed we need to be persistent, truthful and sincere. I would guess that about a third of the citizenry, the people who are not paying a lot of attention, eventually will open their eyes. When they do we need to be in their field of vision with the light of truth. We cannot be perceived as a radical group who are just opposing this legislation because of who is proposing it. We must overcome the stigma that the left is trying to impose on us. During the twentieth century certain movements have tried to hide atrocities and failed, the left will also fail in their attempt to hide their socialist agenda.

Patriots and lovers of the Constitution must not give up in their crusade to up hold the founding fathers vision of a true Republic.