Notes on Rep. Tom Price – Defending the American Dream Summit

Pardon the format; these are my notes from the Defending the American Dream Summit.

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Solutions being offered now by DC bear no resemblance to American principles.

On Health Care Reform:

1. They’ve stolen the trust between doctors and patients. Government should not interject itself in the free and independent decisions made by two people.
2. The principles of affordability, accountability, and quality – none are improved by the intervention of government.
3. The GOP offered numerous positive solutions – all were rejected by the Democrats. Some were as far back as 15 months ago. He is a member of the Republican Study Committee and urged the audience to sign up for their email alerts.
4. Tort reform – Their bill does NOTHING. The GOP had an alternative, but it was rejected.

The GOP has a strategy for the coming days:
1. Provide knowledge to Americans. ObamaCare is Bad Medicine.
2. No mandate
3. Replace those who voted for the bill, repeal it and reform the system
4. Elections have consequences. November 2008 started it all.

10 Solutions for America:
1. Never apologize for America
2. The current narrative against free market/capitalism is WRONG
3. Spending during a deficet is foolish. Starve the Beast.
4. Fundamental changes are needed in the system. HCR, taxes. He’s a big FairTax supporter. He warning a new national sales tax could be on the way; above and beyond what we already pay in income tax!
5. Americans are bright and industrious. Stop making promises you can’t keep. America can see through the lies.
6. Earmark reform
7. Use privatization to help reduce the size of government
8. Reverse the current incentive to be/stay on welfare.
9. Fix the education system. 40 years of their big experiment in education has resulted in children not having any idea what it means to be American.
10. Change in leadership.

November 2010 is the most important election in modern history.

Make it a goal to recruit 5 people every week to the cause of saving America.

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance”

Sam Adams – “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Pictures from the Atlanta Defending the American Dream Summit

Here are my impressions on yesterday’s AFP Defending the American Dream Summit held in Atlanta, GA. Some of the pictures are a little dark – I either need an easier to use camera, or help with this one! Some of the pictures were too dark, so apologies to Martha Zoeller, Virginia Galloway, Tommy Newberry, Brian Donegan, Jonathan Krohn, Sue Everhart, Joe Turner and Joel Aaron for not being pictured here.

Erick Erickson of RedState was one of the first speakers. He reminded the crowd not to let the train wreck in DC to overshadow our our looming train wreck here in Georgia. Just because our legislature is majority GOP doesn’t mean it’s conservative. They are only GOP for convenience. He advised the two ways to control politicians are by MONEY and FEAR.

Tommy Newberry touted his book, The War on Success. Bless his heart, he read all of Obama’s speeches to boil down his philosophy to three principles:
1. Dismantle the Constitution
2. Dismantle the Judeo/Christian values this country was founded upon
3. Redistribution of wealth

Brian Donegan founded a coalition for disabled Americans, Can-Do Conservatives. He shared the story of his parents being told he’d never live more than a few weeks and here he is – 27 years later!

Jonathan Krohn was his usual precocious self. He’s growing into a fine young man.

Sue Everhart, chair of the GA GOP told the crowd she was conservative first, GOP second!

Rep. Tom Price (GA-6) took the stage to a standing ovation. He said the solutions being offered now by Washington bear no resemblance to American principles. Hot topics were the current Health Care Reform legislation, the GOP strategy going forward, and ten solutions for this current predicament. He encouraged everyone to sign up for alerts from the Republican Study Committee, which you can do here. I’ll have more on his talk later. [UPDATE: Notes here.]

He evoked the words of Thomas Jefferson, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance” and then closed with those immortal words of Samuel Adams, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.”

For the first Breakout, I attended the one on New Media. Nothing much I didn’t already know, except this nugget – 1 of 5 people decided their vote based on a social network site. Amazing, but also frightening.

Back in the big hall, Neal Boortz was his usual snarky and wildly entertaining self. More on his talk later as well. [UPDATE: Notes here.]

Inhaled some lunch, and then hurried back for the surprise guest, our friend John Berry. And yes, he and the hubster have been friends since high school!

Next up was Joe Turner, magician, and his flaming wallet! According to him, the reason his wallet was on fire was from the friction of all the money flying out as taxes.

Following Joe, was Joel Aaron, first Atlanta Tea Party MC who currently works for AFP. He lead some comparisons between communism and America today.

The next breakout was ‘The Constitution and the Real American Legacy,’ lead by Cherokee Tribune columnist and Constitutional historian, Don Conkey. The room erupted in cheers and a standing ovation when he donned his tricorn! He said in his 82 years, he’d never seen such a power grab as last Sunday (a week ago now). And he reminded us he’d lived through Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Saddam. His new book is out, “God’s Influence in the Making of America,” at unibooks.com. As soon as it is available, I’ll be ordering my copy. He and his sidekick, retired political science professor Jay Lybbert, were fascinating. More on their talk later. [UPDATE: Notes here.]

Next breakout session was on ‘Winning with the Traditional Media,’ led by Erick Erickson. He gave advice on how to speak to reporters, how to deal with a camera stuck in your face (at which I failed miserably at CPAC this year – crash/burn – I don’t want to talk about it), how Twitter has opened an avenue of access previously unavailable to the common folk wanting to get some news out (they really read the tweets they get). Reporters main goal is to have a story no one else has, first. You help them, they come to trust you, the relationship becomes such that you can get your message out. “Be witty, be pithy, but most of all, be right.”

Reporters don’t understand liberty, only equality. He told other stories about CNN, Politico and gave great advice.

The high point of the session (for me at least) was meeting Erick’s wife. Behind every great man is a woman in charge. 🙂

Herman Cain closed the day with a rousing talk on taking back America. He said we can do it if we
1. Stay connected
2. Stay involved
3. Stay inspired.

Despite the attacks, their shifting narrative and never-ending name calling, we need to remember that Obama, Congress and the traditional media want us to give up. That is the last thing we should do.

What a day!

Quote of the Day

A little late with this, but it is still good!

Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), on the government power-grab thinly veiled as Health Care Reform,

“So this is what change looks like? I would remind the president that he is not the leader of a party or ideology. He is the leader of our country, one founded not to humiliate others but to inspire the world. As families lose their jobs, their homes and their dreams for their children; as our troops fight and sacrifice in foreign fields for our liberty and security, President Obama’s obsessive-compulsive pursuit of an abominable government takeover of health care has defied the public’s objections and spoiled this House and further alienated Americans from their representative government. As President Obama’s campaign mantra of hope and change has degenerated into tax and hate…”

Smitty is also partial to this quote from the same speech,

…the most dangerous special interest is big government and President Obama is its lobbyist.

Random Miscellany

Meet my new BFF.

Got a list and checkin’ it twice. Fire them all.

What exactly did Obama promise the Georgia AG to shut him up?

The Tea Party store is open for business!

Joe Biden – cool kid or middle-school loser?

The list of amendments to the HCR bill is a who’s who of what is wrong with it.

Best Facebook status seen in a while:

I do not like it Uncle Sam, I do not like it Sam I am. I do not like these dirty crooks, I do not like how they cook books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their secret deals. I do not like this Speaker Nan, I do not like this ‘YES WE CAN!’. I do not like this kind of hope, I do not like it, nope! nope! nope! If you don’t like this government bloat, then pray to God and for Pete’s sake: VOTE!

“…97 miles of sunshine blown up the fundament…”

Roll call on Senate vote to Repeal the Albatross. (In Sen. Isakson’s defense, he was in the hospital at the time!)

Stacy is on his way to Vegas. Law enforcement has been advised.

Obama FAIL – Mohammed Atta’s recruiter walks away a free man.

Rep. John Dingell gives new meaning to “dingleberry.

“Tyrants have always some slight shade of virtue; they support the laws before destroying them.”—Voltaire

Big Surprise #2 – ObamaCare Has Race-Based Provisions

Yes, gentle readers, you read that lede correctly.

RACE-BASED PROVISIONS.

From LaShawn Barber (guesting for Michelle Malkin),

[Emphasis Admin.] Transfer of wealth and “crucial decisions” aside, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act contains provisions that provide incentives for racial discrimination. I mentioned the so-called health care bill’s racial preference provisions on the American Civil Rights Institute’s blog a while back.

One provision states that programs with “a record of training individuals who are from underrepresented minority groups or from a rural or disadvantaged background” will be given priority for government money. This is only one of several such provisions. Programs and medical institutions that practice racial preferences will be moved further up the money queue than programs and medical institutions that disregard race.

The one who disregards skin color is penalized. Hopenchange in America!

By the way, the Civil Rights Act prohibits government racial discrimination and preferences. The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called the provisions racially discriminatory and sent President Barack Obama and Congress letters warning them about the provisions. The politicians ignored the warning, naturally.

The Commission said the inclusion of the discriminatory provisions appeared to motivated by a crusade to narrow racial health care disparities and the belief that the disparities are caused by a shortage of medical professionals who are members of preferred minority groups. Seriously.

Got that? ObamaCare discriminates based on race – directly violating The Civil Rights Act and numerous other anti-discrimination laws. Seems like a vaulted Constitutional Scholar would have caught a little snag like that. But wait, there’s more…

The Commission rightly concluded that medical institutions competing for federal dollars may end up lowering academic standards for minority applicants, and added that “race-based attempts to achieve some ill-defined ‘critical mass’ of minority students or to demonstrate a ’sufficient’ record of training such students are constitutionally suspect… As we noted in our October 9, 2009 letter, it is generally illegal for the government to show favoritism or even use classifications based on race, ethnicity, or sex.

Read the whole thing. Your blood will boil.

Saints preserve us! How many years will it take to undo the damage this foolish man and his minions are wreaking on America?

Big Surprise – Obama Pwns Stupak

Guess what didn’t get signed yesterday?

Remember that Executive Order intended to give Bart Stupak enormous peace of mind that no Federal funding would be used to pay for abortions? Darn it all, they must have run out of ink in the 22 pens used to sign the bill. Don’t you worry though, they will get around to signing it “soon.”

Yep, the EO that bought off Bart Stupak. The Daily Gator reminds Stupak that the check is in the mail, among other “descriptive terms.” Heh.

The D after Stupak’s name disables his God-given ability to know that when Obama’s mouth is open, HE’S LYING.

Chump.

While there are many tactics and strategies flying about how to replace this socialist millstone foisted on the citizen’s necks, I like John Hawkin’s idea the best – Starve the Tumor.

What does it take to fund all those government jobs, agencies, panels, & commissions? Tax dollars.

Now, who controls the purse strings? Congress. How many votes do we need via reconciliation to make budget changes? 51.

So, can we gut Obamacare by refusing to fund it?

YES.
WE.
CAN.

Is this a viable strategy? Yes, it is.

Now, what if Obama is President and we do this? He still has to sign a reconciliation bill. Will he do that? He’s certainly not going to be inclined to do it. But, if Republicans don’t back down, we’ve got a stand-off. At that point, it probably comes down to who has the American people at their back. I like those odds.

On the other hand, if we can replace Obama in 2012, then a Republican President will definitely sign off on reconciliation and we’ve eviscerated Obamacare.

Of course, the ideal is still to repeal Obamacare in its entirety — and that should be our ultimate goal. But, if we can defund it while we’re working towards that end, it’ll be like ripping the engine out of the car that drives the bill — and it’s very doable.

Very doable, indeed.

Quote of the Day

Daniel, commenter at The Anchoress:

All I can say is – if and when we get into the next life, we won’t have to worry about meeting Nancy P there.

Do No Harm

The Hippocratic Oath no longer applies.

Come November, 219 former “lawmakers” will be looking for work and their own coverage. Good riddance.

WOLVERINES!

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Sane Words From a Doctor

This post is IMPORTANT and especially for those of you who don’t click through the links (you know who are). Via The Anchoress (with instructions to spread the word):

I have been a doctor for 19 years. 4 years in the Army and 15 years in private practice. I belong to a doctor owned group of approx 350 doctors in a multi-specialty practice. We employ 4000 people. In addition to being touted as one of the very best clinics in the nation (Acclaim Award winners) we have donated over a million dollars to the local city in grants, scholarships and charity. Regularly voted as top places to work by our employees. US healthcare at its very best. I am very proud of what we do and we provide tremendous care and value to our patients.

We seek to maintain a 3-5% profit margin annually. We operate in the very precarious business model of enormous volume, low margin. As any business owner knows, this is high-risk-low-margin of error model. Consequently any small changes to cash flow vectors, mandates widespread internal policy and practice corrections. Tiny changes = massive consequences.

As many people may know, Medicare and Medicaid, the current government paid ‘insurer’ – pays approximately 70% of the cost of care. ie its more expensive for doctors to care for these patients than we get reimbursed for. Say you are a contractor. Imagine the government mandating a significant number of your jobs whereby your out of pocket costs are ~ 30% + greater than your income. That is Medicare and Medicaid. In perspective, our group alone, year 2008 lost ~$12 million caring for our government patients. This is despite taking over 1 1/2 years to help move our fee-for-service traditional Medicare patients over to Medicare Advantage plans, which are privatized versions of Medicare that reimburse better…still not covering costs…but lessen our losses significantly.

Many people ask, why do private health insurance premiums continue to escalate? The liberals want you to believe its a combination of profiteering and waste. When in fact its due mainly to two other processes. The first is obvious: every year it costs more to care for patients and premiums are trying to keep up with this rising cost. But secondly, and less often discussed, is that every year private delivery systems lose more and more money caring for our government patients. Someone has to make up for these losses in order for your hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, pharmacies, group practices to remain solvent and profitable. Every year these delivery systems open their books to the private healthcare insurers – and the insurers must – they must in order for the entire system at large to stay functional, increase the amount they pay out to cover these losses. If they dont, both the delivery systems and the insurers die. So to keep the boat afloat, the payouts by private insurers MUST increase to subsidize the ever increasing losses doctors incur by taking care of our government patients. So, in a way, you could say that your increasing premiums are a tax that you are paying to cover the losses that are Medicare and Medicaid. It’s a clear and inarguable private subsidation of government cost. Enough said on that.

So to really feel the consequence and full impact of Obamacare, one must simply see the economic dominos. Most people can see how this bill will rapidly reduce private insurance plans and rapidly expand government plan patients. And take whatever number that is being reported, and multiply that by 3. That has been the experience in both Mass and Hawaii. Both government plans were overwhelmed with the enrollees as they significantly underestimated the government migration.

Ok, so now- how can anyone not see the obvious outcome? Government patients = significant loss of profitability. Initially the private insurers will do their best to continue to subsidize this loss, and there will be a huge escalation of premiums. But within a few months this will be unsustainable. Its a cycle that cannot be stopped. Higher premiums = higher recidivism to government plans = higher premiums etc. Within months, every single hospital, every single doctor office, clinic, nursing home, pharmacy – every delivery system reliant on private insurers will no longer be profitable. ie they will go bankrupt. These will most certainly be the headlines to come: Hospital XYZ shockingly announces bankruptcy; Hospitals can no longer remain open; Clinics across the country file for bankruptcy; Loss of Pharmacy access shocks the Nation; Doctors going bankrupt en masse creating healthcare delivery and access to care crises; Where can you go to get care?; Loss of access reported Nationwide

Yes a crises. A crises of access due to widespread business failure. You will not be able to get care for as long as it takes for the government to devise their emergency bailout package and as long as it takes for those insufficient dollars to try and get those doors back open again. But it will be too late, and it will be too expensive. There is absolutely no way that our government can capitalize our entire healthcare system. Try as they might, only a percentage of what we have now will ultimately survive. And those that do survive will be a shell of what they once were. The conditions will be frightening, and the consequences will be dire. The degree of disarray will be unimaginable and the underlap in access to care will be gaping.

I will not expand this discussion to predict what this means to our economy at large because I am not an economist. But anyone can be close to predicting what I am suggesting. Factors such as loss of work hours due to illnesses not treated, pressure on all the other private business models; let alone the out and out loss of enormous capital via the bankruptcy of this entire healthcare industry can clearly be the death nail to our country and imo is a clear and present threat to our very sovereignty. This can make the housing collapse look like a speed bump. This will be massive and rapid and lethal and complete.

I am not certain why this very obvious outcome has not been openly discussed more often – ie the rapid and massive bankruptcy of all of your health care providers and their delivery systems. But this is the inevitable outcome should this bill ever become law and implemented.

Thanks for reading. Please ping, copy and email your friends and try and get this word out. I know it’s a very late hour – but I do think the implementation is not an inevitability as multiple lawsuits may keep it on hold for a while – so public opinion will still be vital for many more months to come.

Unbelievable times. Please do your part and email and make the phone calls. This plea comes an honest and heartfelt love of our country and its citizens, and an honest and heartfelt love of my profession, avocation and the welfare of my patients.

CODE RED/Kill The Bill Updates!

Both The Other McCain and Potluck are running all day updates on the Obamacare vote and DC Kill The Bill Rally. Check back often for the latest news.

Per the lastest GOP email to Stacy:

See floor schedule for the House today (from Hoyer’s office)… last vote should be 3-ish. Rules Committee is meeting now to write the rule for tomorrow’s reconciliation bill… we expect it will include the “Slaughter Solution” deeming the Senate bill passed and making Obamacare law. . . .Things are tight . . . DO NOT let up on your efforts.

Crap weasels. Looking on the bright side, evidently Pelsoi, et al., didn’t get the treason memo. That’s a good thing.

Since Saturday is supposed to be a day of rest, relaxation and fun, instead of watching for missles coming over the horizon, check out Daley Gator’s diversion for those sick and tired of the Pelosi/Obama soap opera. Play early, play often.

The American Ides of March

Figures Nancy Pelosi would pick today of all days to begin her ruination of America.

Jennifer Rubin:

In short, the cost-containment problem (otherwise we’ll bankrupt ourselves, the president once threatened) is made worse, dramatically so, by the bill. And when we add on “a range of job-killing tax hikes and controls on all Americans,” you have a truly destructive, ill-conceived piece of legislation. If members think hard about that, rather than the arm-twisting and bravado from the White House, what the leadership is up to will become apparent. They are not, it seems, in the business of passing anything remotely resembling “reform.” They are rather attempting to avoid humiliation and prevent a tidal wave of rage from their liberal base.

They are so desperate to pass something, anything, that the government takeover of student loans (a hot topic at our house right now) is now included in the monstrous bill.

Ed Morrissey spoke at the Kill the Bill Rally in Minnesota (read the whole thing!):

Not only is this bill too radical for the American people, it’s too radical for even some Democrats in Congress. But that has not convinced Pelosi and Obama to withdraw it, or to start working with opponents to find some common-sense compromises to reform the cost structure of health care in America. Instead, Nancy Pelosi has decided to attack the structure of representative government by attempting to pass the Senate version of ObamaCare without a floor vote in the House. That’s how desperate the nanny-staters are to defy you and saddle America with a government overhaul of our health care system that we don’t want.

It’s gotten so bad that the NYT is not even bothering to hide their slobbering adoration of The One.

And please, don’t say it’s like watching sausage being made. Sausages everywhere are insulted by the comparison.

This whole Pelosi procedure is nothing but a thumb in the eye of the Constitution. The House could merely have an up-or-down vote on the Senate version of the bill, but Pelosi doesn’t have enough votes to do that – she’d lose the votes of several Democrats who have principled objections to various measures in the Senate version — and so instead they’re going through this bizarre kabuki dance.

Stop. Breathe. Think. Pray. As The Anchoress calmly reminds us

Consider that John Paul spent a good part of his papacy repeating these four words over, and over: Do not be afraid.

[…] It is the most basic -and challenging- of all lessons; and we had better learn it, soon, or we will fret ourselves into sick despair and spiritual weakness, at a time when we need to be very, very strong.

Yes, indeed. We need all our strength, physical and spiritual, to fight this godforsaken tyranny.

Cross-posted at RedState

Friday Catch-Up

Not ketchup. Or catsup. Or catchup. Whatever.

Starting off, our FLOTUS is the picture of grace and a perfect representation of a gracious American woman. Every American’s heart just swells with pride at her uncanny ability to … uhhh … ummm.

Alrighty, then.

Potluck is off to a roaring start. Even got an Instalanche the first week! The ladies there are a force to be reckoned with. Two big whopper hat-tips to check out: Obama appoints an ‘undecided’ representative’s brother to the bench (oops – wait – does that look like a bribe?) and Obamacare’s hidden ‘pain-management’ strategy. Ouch.

FYI – Michelle Bachmann was on Hannity this afternoon. Definitely worth a listen. She used the ‘S’ word several times, emphatically, about a certain someone.

You knew the media would label this fella a right-wing nutcase. It’s part of the script, stupid…

Dan Riehl is really mad. I mean really mad. So mad, in fact, The Anchoress is a tad worried about him as well as Instapundit. Both are wondering if he is an outlier of American sentiment at the moment. I think not – he very succinctly told Obama, Congress and the world at large that he’s MadAsHellAndHe’sNotGonnaTakeIt Anymore! Right on the money, baby:

…been characterized as an angry post. Oh, you bet. Judging from my referral counts, it is one of, if not my most broadly read and linked and commented upon posts in almost six years. I believe that’s because I simply let loose, channeling an anger a great many Americans are feeling right now.

…the House, where the real action must take place, seems to be continuing to bleed votes for Pelosi and company. As I said in an email group last night, Obama doesn’t really need reconciliation to get his prized but despisedhealth care bill. He would sign the Senate bill if it passes the House in a heart beat and burn his own House down. My suggestion is to make sure every potential yes vote for his disastrous bill knows that We the People will do everything within our power to fan those flames come November.

No scandal, or even alleged scandal will go unearthed. No expense, or fundraising report will go without being reviewed with a fine tooth comb. Every trip, every relative or family member who ever boarded a plane on a government junket of some sort will see their name in print. Every romantic dalliance, or one night stand will be blog and eventually media fodder before this Army of Davids is through. That is the war I am talking about. If Obama wants to take a match to his House, rest assured, the American people and the GOP will invest every dollar, every ounce of energy and moment of time required to see that it burns to the ground.

So, go on, Democrats. Light it up! We the people won’t even stop long enough to relieve ourselves on your burning majority, so busy will we be burning down your House. And it will be a decade, or perhaps two, before you earn enough trust back from the American people to ever be given political control over us again. (Spit) Wet yourselves in that. It’s the only water you’ll get from us for some time. Hell, yes, we’re angry. What we are not, is stupid. We’re just waitng to find out just how stupidly drunk with power you and your dear leader might happen to be. Burn it down. It’s your House, for now. So much for your fear of global warming, I guess. Idiots! Bring it on![Emphasis Admin]

Ahem. I met Dan Riehl at CPAC this year, in the coffee shop in front of the drink cooler, with Stacy in tow. He seemed a level-headed, temperate sort of fellow. But I know how he feels. I’m watching my retirement evaporate. Forget the equity in the house; it tanked last year. My college grad can’t find a job. My youngest is accepted at the college of his choice – but can we swing it in this economy? Yeah, I feel his rage, too. We all do. Scott Brown is just the beginning.

Pure and simple, America feels betrayed by those elected to represent us.

It’s quite telling when a WH advisor likens the vote (and I use that term loosely) on Health Care Reform as This is the last helicopter out of Saigon.”

Mark Mardell, North American editor of the BBC, was watching and he blogged in response: “Fleeing a lost war is not the most optimistic metaphor for an adviser to adopt. And it still may go down in flames.”

But could Mardell have misunderstood the analogy? Maybe the point of comparison is that the fall of Saigon was a communist takeover. [Emphasis Admin, gee there’s a lot of that today]

Yep. Socialized medicine is just the beginning.

Obama wants to be everywhere, all the time. VDH calls it ‘Obama Fatigue.’ How long before he shows up for Senior Night at Stegman Colesium?

Where’s That Groundhog When You Need Him

The dust is settling here; maybe the house will be back in order by the weekend and my sanity will be restored.

Had a great post rattling around in my head for Groundhog Day all day yesterday, but lost it. Maybe it will come back around again, like in the movie. I’d like to get it back, like this entire last year, the income I’ve personally lost through mandated furloughs, the equity in my home that has evaporated, the hope of sending our son to the college he chooses instead of the one I fear he will have to settle for, the simple ability to sleep at night.

It all started with my morning commute, sitting in the legendary Atlanta traffic, in the rain, when I saw IT. A small car in the next lane, with bumper damage and one of those circular Obama Biden magnets. Except it was UPSIDE DOWN. Interesting. As I crept along, I contemplated the metaphor. Was the driver disgusted and wracked with “voter’s remorse” or satisfied that the new administration has literally tried to turn America upside down?

Let’s begin with Obama, might as well. His Transparency proclaims that those without jobs are by design in order to allow him the glory of job rebound numbers in 2010, an election year. Erick:

What the hell? This man says last week that “we acted — immediately and aggressively” and this week says “by design, the bulk of the remaining 50 percent of Recovery Act funds will be deployed in the coming months of 2010.”

The King of Flip-Flops continues. After suggesting spending freezes in his prickly SOTU, two days later he presents his budget. No spending freezes for government, but you betcha more taxes for Americans. After Reuters put up an article on O’s oppressive budget, outlining just a bit of the pain:

Middle-class families also will find fewer tax breaks available to them in 2010 if other popular tax provisions are allowed to expire. Among them:

* Taxpayers who itemize will lose the option to deduct state sales-tax payments instead of state and local income taxes;
* The $250 teacher tax credit for classroom supplies;
* The tax deduction for up to $4,000 of college tuition and expenses;
* Individuals who don’t itemize will no longer be able to increase their standard deduction by up to $1,000 for property taxes paid;
* The first $2,400 of unemployment benefits are taxable, in 2009 that amount was tax-free.

Reuters then yanked it after the White House screamed foul. That’s right, no corrections or errata. Just bang, it’s gone like it never existed. Guess they can’t take the heat.

He really hates us. And every day America become more disenchanted with him.

Perhaps he should go back to basics and listen to a wise man,

What part of “Thou shalt not steal” is so hard to understand?

The pow-wow with the GOP last week is still reaping benefits, like this from HotAir: Demand Question Time. Imagine the man who campaigned on transparency actually keeping at least that promise?

More later…

(Cross-posted at RedState)

Quote of the Day

Victor Davis Hanson:

…I think not merely the thrill is gone, but a righteous anger about an Obama trifecta— of serial apologies and bows abroad, massive borrowing and deficit spending, and government-take overs of private spheres of life—is swelling up in the electorate. I haven’t seen in my lifetime anything quite like it. And this furor of being had has the potential not just to take Obama down, but also his ideology and supporters along with him for a generation.

The Reason Why

Everything happens for a reason.

The Anchoress is always able to see through the histrionics and find the divine reason behind current, disturbing events.

We’d best prepare ourselves for an America we could not have imagined even 9 years ago, and a world besieged by an ideology that seems to be heading to a victorious ascendancy.

“Seems” being the operative word.

Remember what I said back in November; sometimes bad things have to happen, have to be allowed to happen, before something great can happen in response. This is one of the lessons of the crucifix. Sometimes wholly unjust and destructive things will happen, but it is never the end of the story. The resurrection would not have happened, had the crucifixion not been allowed; not just allowed, but surrendered to and embraced by Jesus.

At first blush Sunday morning, the world was all “So this is how liberty dies; to thunderous applause.” emo-unhappiness. But on further reflection, I see that things, bigger things, have been set in motion. The “present” President, who plays to sycophants and duplicitous media, who hates Americans, and the aforementioned Congress of Not the People provide the jump-start to wake the sleeping giant.

2010 will be verrrry interesting.

Remember, Ecclesiastes 3:
1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:
2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
3A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.

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