I know, I stole this observation from drudgereport.com, but the question rings really true to me: if the federal government cannot handle a small potatoes “cash for clunkers” program, why we would think that it can handle a trillion dollar health care program?
Obama is Starting to LOSE His Attempt to Force Americans to Accept ‘ObamaCare’ –An Alert from RightMarch.com PAC
As we told you, the radically liberal administration of Barack Hussein Obama — with the help of his partners-in-crime Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid — is trying to FORCE Americans to accept socialized health care like Canada and Europe…
We informed you — you responded by taking action against them — and now, they’re having to postpone their push to get their bill passed before the August recess!
That means we CAN stop this disastrous bill — IF we keep up the pressure!
TELL CONGRESS TO REJECT SOCIALIZED HEALTH
CARE — BETTER KNOWN AS “OBAMACARE”:
Dr. McKalip, the President of the Florida Neurosurgical Society, has summed up the liberal Democrats’ plan very clearly:
The Majority in Congress and the President are promising to change the “status quo” by pushing a government-run-medicine plan (HR 3200). The plan would create rationing through government committees, FORCE all Americans to buy over-priced, politically created health insurance, create an economically unsustainable government-run insurance plan, and impose economy-crushing taxes. In fact, the President would break yet another promise by imposing a 2.5% income tax on each person who refused to buy government improved insurance. Further, after 2013 people would be FORCED to stay in their current plan for LIFE or buy only a government-approved plan since no further enrollment will be allowed in non-approved insurance. Insurance companies would profit endlessly from the free business of the mandate. As medical care demands increased and artificially high profit margins became unacceptably low (for them) they would join the bailout game. In other words, there would be absolutely no change to the status quo — just an expansion of more people into the currently bad system with the added feature of state-sanctioned rationing of medical care.
More than 88 million Americans could LOSE their private, employer-based coverage, according to a new analysis of “The American Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009” released this week by The Heritage Foundation.
While Obama, Pelosi and Reid insist that “if you like your health insurance coverage, you’ll get to keep it,” it’s now very clear: once again, THEY’RE LYING.
If the public plan is implemented as detailed in this bill, people with private insurance will be moved on a public plan, regardless of what they want, because their employers will make that decision because of the financial incentives in the bill.
That’s not all: Yearly premiums for Americans with private coverage could jump as much as $460 per person as a result of more cost-shifting, which would stem from the public plan. Even doctors stand to lose thousands of dollars of income under the legislation. Annual physician net income is estimated to drop by 6.3 percent or $13.4 billion (coming in at an average $18,900 per physician) when compared with current trends.
Throughout the last presidential campaign, Barack Obama repeatedly promised the American people: “If you’re a family that’s making $250,000 a year or less you will see no increase in your taxes. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your personal gains tax, not any of your taxes.”
TELL CONGRESS TO REJECT SOCIALIZED HEALTH
CARE — BETTER KNOWN AS “OBAMACARE”:
We’re starting to win. Please, take action right away to STOP this bill dead in its tracks!
William Greene, President
P.S. America needs health care reform. But new government programs, mandates, and price controls would deny patients control over their most important and personal medical decisions — and it’s “reform” that we cannot afford.
THIS ATTEMPT BY LIBERALS IS OUTRAGEOUS — and it MUST be stopped!
For those of you in Madison, a new Conservative Young Professionals has taken root….
Search on Facebook for Conservative Young Professionals of Madison and join-up.
Having grown up outside of Madison, this exciting news. Having started CYP from scratch almost a year ago, the creators will have difficulty getting this going–so join them and invite your Madison-area friends.
And while you’re at it, invite your friends to our email list/facebook account, too. The more people that we have involved, the easier it is to do neat things and for our side to win some of the battles coming up. So do your part.
Remember the federal stimulus bill? A $700 billion pork-laden monstrosity that basically amounted to pay-back for every Democratic special interest group and did not do much to focus on job creation and alleviating the hardship for people out of work?
I remember Scott Walker talking about Wisconsin should be thoughtful about what we took from the stimulus, especially money that had “strings attached”–that would mandate future spending. He said that it may be that the opportunity for cash outweighed the on-going obligations for that money. Walker urged the state to look at our true preferences instead of racing to get the money without regard to the requirements or strings attached.
I remember the debate and I remember meeting 80 people at Karma in January for a CYP event to help rally the troops after Walker was roundly criticized for being willing to throw away money at a time when the state needed it.
Now Barak Obama has released a $4 billion program that will essentially reward (bribe?) states that make certain changes in education. I don’t know all of the specifics, but at least one of the changes is that the state has to have a pay-for-performance aspect (merit pay). Wisconsin apparently has a statute that forbids the use of our state standardized tests for determining outcomes for teachers. Obama’s education secretary called this “ridiculous”–his word (I understand that the details to how this money will be rewarded are kind of murky, which is how the federal government likes to hand out money these days–less work, more discretionary power, and nobody can appeal the decisions).
I support merit pay and pay for performance. The statistics are undeniable that we can figure out which teachers increase their students’ test scores. To those people who say that test scores aren’t important and that teachers will teach to the test…. I think they ought to be a little more realistic–huge prizes on our society are being handed out on the basis of standardized test scores (like my job). Maybe you think the world should be run differently (I do), but that’s reality.
But the teachers union does not (some of those people who attacked Walker for not wanting to take the stimulus are now advocating adopting the educational reforms because they believe in them–that’s great). To me, it will be very interesting if Walker’s most vociferous critics (among them public union employees) will now advocate that the state does exactly what the Department of Education wants (race to the top!)–even if it means adopting reforms they really don’t agree with and believe would be bad for the state in the long run. It seems to me the logic of their criticism of Walker demands that Wisconsin race to do what it takes to get the federal money.
The Conservative Young of Milwaukee hosted Rep. Scott Newcomer and 70+ young professionals on top of the Metro Hotel in downtown Milwaukee for a frank discussion on small business, the current dismal state budget and political action. The venue was perfect and the discussion, if a little depressing at times due to Gov Jim Doyle’s oppressive new taxes and huge budget deficit, was productive and lively.
If you missed the 2 minute survey, don’t forget to have your say online!
Don’t miss out on upcoming Edelweiss cruise on Lake Michigan!
Added: new guest speaker CEO Debra Waller of Jockey International Inc.
Tuesday, August 11th
Call 414 276 7447 to make your reservation for the up coming CYP event held on the Edelweiss. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased over the phone with a credit card or in person with cash at the ticket office located at 205 W. Highland ave. The vessel departs at 6pm sharp–there is nothing liberal about it!
Please join us.
Special Guest Speaker: Debra S. Waller, CEO of Jockey International Inc. (yes, the underwear and clothing manufacturer).
Check out this JSOnline article. Aside from the soap-opera-esque storyline, it’s about an external entity forcing restrictions on an organization resulting in the organization running less efficiently. I can’t help but notice the irony in that it is a government agency feeling the weight of excessive “regulation” of its day to day activities.
The last section also has several gems in it:
According to the state Corrections Department, Sago is on probation until early next year after being convicted of the misdemeanor battery of another woman in 2007.
A union leader, Capadona has pushed the interest of union members, records show.
She also has filed personal complaints over not being given a work area near a window, microwaves she uses being placed too high, whether automatic restroom doors for the handicapped stayed open too long, and how paychecks are distributed.
Perhaps folks should keep stories like this in mind when it comes to considering how large a role government should play in their lives.
The Texas Transportation Institute just released their 2009 Urban Mobility Report. As noted in a JSOnline article, it turns out that “Milwaukee-area motorists spend far less time stuck in traffic than their counterparts in most similarly sized urban areas.” In fact, motorists lost a little less time due to congestion in 2007 than they did in 1997. This would seem to contradict the popular notion that we need expensive public transit solutions such as heavy, light, and commuter rail to counter the increasingly congested and sprawling environment we find ourselves in.
While the roadway delays in Milwaukee dropped slightly over the past nine years, the miles traveled continued to creep up, reaching 11 million miles per day in 2007.
In contrast, ridership and miles traveled on public transportation has dropped over that time frame.
Data put the number of passenger trips on public transportation at 74 million in 2000 vs. 48 million in 2007. The miles of travel on public transportation in a year dropped from 218 million to 154 million, according to the mobility report.
“That’s not too surprising, because we’ve been cutting service so dramatically,” said Peter Beitzel, who researches transportation issues as vice president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce. “This trend has been going on for a long time, and it’s kind of disturbing.”
But is it really disturbing? And is the reduced service causing folks to use their cars, trucks, and motorcycles, or is it simply a result of motorists preferring those latter options? A cursory explanation might be that it’s precisely because it’s less time consuming traveling on the roadways that people are choosing that option over less convenient and perhaps more expensive options (especially when factoring in time spent waiting) like the bus.
The report also highlights several strategies for reducing congestion:
Get as much use as possible out of the transportation system we have. Add roadway and public transportation capacity in the places where it is needed most. Change our patterns, employing ideas like ridesharing and flexible work times to avoid traditional “rush hours.” Provide more choices, such as alternate routes, telecommuting and toll lanes for faster and more reliable trips. Diversify land development patterns, to make walking, biking and mass transit more practical. Adopt realistic expectations, recognizing for instance that large urban areas are going to be congested, but they don’t have to stay that way all day long.
For those that are concerned about our congested highways (particularly the I-94 corridor between Milwaukee and Waukesha) and our continued subsidization of location decisions (no matter where people live), I hope we take these strategies into consideration before simply pushing for more highway spending or massive investments in public infrastructure such as high-speed rail.
You can read the congestion data report for Milwaukee for more detailed information.
Insurance companies make profit; if the government provides public insurance, we just save the profit (and all of the wasteful fragmentation of competition).
You wouldn’t say that about Proctor and Gamble. Why is anyone saying it about health insurance companies?
Former Vice President Al Gore recently spoke in London to encourage world leaders to unite against climate change, accusing politicians of exploiting ignorance of those who don’t believe global warming is taking place and touting President Obama’s early actions in office. (if you watch the video, linked here, you can hear Gore saying that the allocation of $80 billion in taxpayer money to environmental issues within weeks of Obama’s taking office is “good news from America”). Renewable energy sources are great-there is some end to the supply of oil on this planet, after all-but where Mr. Gore went with his passion for the planet borders on ridiculous.
As it turns out, Mr. Gore believes it necessary to compare fighting climate change to battling Nazi Germany. Gore stated that “Winston Churchill aroused this nation in heroic fashion to save civilization in World War II,” and now is our time to stand up to fight global warming in a similar fashion. A few years back, our president cast nations harboring potential terrorists, i.e. people with guns, bombs, and the capability to actually do violence with them, as an “axis of evil” and was mocked relentlessly for doing so by the media and the public. One wonders whether we will see the same widespread ridicule here or if the world will just accept the tenuous analogy between soldiers participating in a genocide and carbon emissions.
Even Gore recognizes his statement might have been a little over the top:
Mr Gore admitted that it was difficult to persuade the public that the threat from climate change was as urgent as the threat from Nazi Germany.
“The level of awareness and concern among populations has not crossed the threshold where political leaders feel that they must change.
“The only way politicians will act is if awareness raises to a level to make them feel that it’s a necessity.”
No word on whether Gore took a private jet to London for this event.