Glenn had an unplanned interview with a former marine, Anthony, on the streets of Harlem recently. Anthony has been a life-long democrat and had his eyes opened during the Kerry presidential campaign. He can no longer vote democrat and did not vote for Obama.
This is an incredible must see interview with a very articulate, intelligent American.
Glenn points out the red crayon math the administration and congress are using to bring us to an irreversible place of loss, shows the first step of the necessary 12 step program that America needs to suspend its disbelief, and continues to show the path to destruction with the hidden parts of the stimulus bill, health care bill, and cap & trade.
I will add the separate videos as they become available, so check back often. Also, PatriotsNetwork usually has the whole show in it’s entirety up a few hours after airing.
Must See – Anthony, Former Marine:
Reader Betty was wondering about the healthcare gems hidden in the stimulus bill. I’ve added links in comments and then decided to add this commentary piece. Go over and read the whole article.
Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) — Republican Senators are questioning whether President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill contains the right mix of tax breaks and cash infusions to jump-start the economy.
Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.
Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).
The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.
But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”
Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.
Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)
What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.
The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.
My, my, my, what a day already….is this still America or Hitler 2.0? I’m feeling a b**chslap coming. Obama loves being the international rock star so much, I hope he stays in China, and keeps Joe and Nancy close by.
Rush: Obama’s purging Republicans from the Civil Service
Via Instapundit comes word that the federal government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to purge the federal government of Republican civil servants all in the name of purify the federal bureaucracy.
It is a typical Washington process that many political appointees are able to take jobs within the civil service once their political appointment expires — usually at the conclusion of one administration. What often happens as well is Congressional staffers, before an election or shortly thereafter, will move over to the Executive Branch placed into the civil service, in effect, by appointment.
So, for example, when George Bush became President in 2001, a number of Clinton political appointees became civil service employees. As a result, they became subject to civil service hiring and firing rules, which meant they could no longer be replaced simply for having been a Democratic appointee.
Barack Obama is changing that. He intends to purge all Republicans from the federal bureaucracy retroactive to five years ago.
Under his new rules, made retroactive for five years, the Office of Personnel Management will examine civil service employees who got their start as political appointees in the Bush administration and terminate those employees. The order is retroactive to 2004, that moment when a number of Republican congressional staffers and others sought to embed into the second Bush administration right after the election.
According to John Berry, the Director of OPM:
Beginning January 1, 2010, agencies must seek prior approval from OPM before they can appoint a current or recent political appointee to a competitive or non-political excepted service position at any level under the provisions of title 5, United States Code. OPM will review these proposed appointments to ensure they comply with merit system principles and applicable civil service laws. I have delegated decisionmaking authority over these matters to career Senior Executives at OPM to avoid any hint of political influence.
It is becoming more than apparent that our leaders and people in the spotlight are starting to take the peoples’ fear of the Obama administration to heart and are starting to stand up and push back. (See Lou Dobbs)
“This is an administration hell-bent on taking America towards a socialist country.” – Governor Perry
Governor Rick Perry spoke in Midland, Texas on Wednesday and made some pretty forthright comments about the administration in D.C. starting with “This administration, I think this administration; its past ‘doesn’t care’ about Texas. I think this administration is interested in punishing us”, in reference to the Alien Transfer and Exit Program and what it means for Presidio, Texas.
The first part of Perry’s remarks focused on what’s called the Alien Transfer and Exit Program, something that he has been talking about for more than a week. Perry describes it as a plan where illegal immigrants who are captured in Arizona are sent to the small Texas town of Presidio and set free. It’s a sign that the Obama administration is trying to punish Texas, Perry said, adding that members of the state’s congressional delegation, as well as his office, weren’t given any warning of the administration’s plans for Presidio.
A few more money quotes from the Governor:
I think it’s time for us to stand up. I think it’s time to make tea parties twice as big as what they were. I think one of our greatest challenges and our greatest works in front of us right now, is to stop this administration in Washington using whatever tools we have at our disposal, whether it’s the courts, or whether its the bully pulpit of the Lt. Governor and Governors’ offices…