An influential senior Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee is withholding support for his party’s recently drafted healthcare reform bill because illegal immigrants won’t benefit under the plan.
The only Hispanic in the U.S. Senate, New Jersey’s Robert Menendez, doesn’t like the way illegal aliens are treated in the bill, recently released by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, and refuses to vote for it until changes are made. This could create a huge problem, according to the congressional newspaper that broke the story, because Menendez has considerable leverage and may represent the committee’s deciding vote.
Specifically, Menendez objects to the portion of the bill that forbids illegal immigrants from buying health insurance through newly created exchanges that will be set up to cut costs. The senator, once among the highest ranking Democrats in the U.S. House, has joined forces with Hispanic advocacy groups that have denounced the proposed measure’s emphasis on legal and illegal immigrants.
Menendez is also concerned that, under the bill, families made up of both legal and illegal residents won’t be treated fairly because they can’t purchase reduced-premium insurance from companies participating in the new exchange. That means they would be forced to pay much higher prices for private coverage than legal residents.
Indeed the drafted bill says that families that include illegal immigrants will receive lower federal subsidies than those without. That means that the income of an illegal alien will be counted when assessing a family’s federal aid although the illegal immigrant will not be eligible for healthcare subsidies. This concerns Menendez terribly, though changing it would put him at odds with the White House.
President Obama has steadfastly maintained that his healthcare plan will not help illegal immigrants, although some aren’t buying it. A few weeks ago a Republican lawmaker made worldwide headlines for shouting out “You lie!” after Obama told a joint session of Congress that illegal immigrants will not be insured when his overhaul takes effect. That will certainly change if Menendez has his way.
…for this bill. You tell me what you think this POS means; maybe slow down the certain extinction of the fringe media? This unconstitutional waste of taxpayer money reeks of favoritism, corruption, and another non-rep. riding the clock. As always, bold emphasis is mine.
(e) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.
H. R. 3602
To allow certain newspapers to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
September 17, 2009
Mrs. MALONEY introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To allow certain newspapers to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN NEWSPAPERS AS EXEMPT FROM TAX UNDER SECTION 501.
(a) In General- Paragraph (3) of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting ‘(including a qualified newspaper corporation)’ after ‘educational purposes’.
(b) Qualified Newspaper Corporation- Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended–
(1) by redesignating subsection (r) as subsection (s), and
(2) by inserting after subsection (q) the following new subsection:
‘(r) Qualified Newspaper Corporation- For purposes of this title, a corporation or organization shall be treated as a qualified newspaper corporation if–
‘(1) the trade or business of such corporation or organization consists of publishing on a regular basis a newspaper for general circulation,
‘(2) the newspaper published by such corporation or organization contains local, national, or international news stories of interest to the general public and the distribution of such newspaper is necessary or valuable in achieving an educational purpose, and
‘(3) the preparation of the material contained in such newspaper follows methods generally accepted as educational in character.’.
(c) Unrelated Business Income of a Qualified Newspaper Corporation- Section 513 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
‘(k) Advertising Income of Qualified Newspaper Corporations- The term ‘unrelated trade or business’ does not include the sale by a qualified newspaper corporation (as defined in section 501(r)) of any space for commercial advertisement to be published in a newspaper, to the extent that the space allotted to all such advertisements in such newspaper does not exceed the space allotted to fulfilling the educational purpose of such qualified newspaper corporation.’.
(d) Deduction for Charitable Contributions- Subparagraph (B) of section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting ‘(including a qualified newspaper corporation as defined in section 501(r))’ after ‘educational purposes’.
Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me???? Hello – when is NY going to wake up?
NOW, can you believe our stupid congress confirmed this dipstick who thinks we should redistribute America’s wealth to other countries, (like we aren’t doing enough of that already? Anybody seen the embassy city complex built in Iraq?) Everybody needs to keep digging on these czars and continue to peel the onion.
JERUSALEM – It is “desirable” to redistribute America’s wealth to poorer nations, argued President Obama’s newly confirmed regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein.
According to Sunstein, global climate change is primarily the fault of U.S. environmental behavior and can, therefore, be used as a mechanism to redistribute the country’s wealth.
The argument bears striking resemblance to comments made by Obama’s former environmental adviser, Van Jones. WND reported Jones used a major environmental convention to argue for spreading America’s wealth.
Now WND has learned Sunstein made similar, more extensive arguments.
The Obama czar penned a 2007 University of Chicago Law School paper – obtained and reviewed by WND – in which he debated whether America should pay “justice” to the world by entering into a compensation agreement that would be a net financial loss for the U.S.
Sunstein heavily leans on the side of such an agreement, particularly a worldwide carbon tax that would heavily tariff the U.S.
A prominent theme throughout Sunstein’s 39-page paper, entitled “Climate Change Justice,” maintains U.S. wealth should be redistributed to poorer nations. He uses terms such as “distributive justice” several times. The paper was written with fellow attorney Eric A. Posner
“It is even possible that desirable redistribution is more likely to occur through climate change policy than otherwise, or to be accomplished more effectively through climate policy than through direct foreign aid,” wrote Sunstein.
He posited: “We agree that if the United States does spend a great deal on emissions reductions as part of an international agreement, and if the agreement does give particular help to disadvantaged people, considerations of distributive justice support its action, even if better redistributive mechanisms are imaginable.
“If the United States agrees to participate in a climate change agreement on terms that are not in the nation’s interest, but that help the world as a whole, there would be no reason for complaint, certainly if such participation is more helpful to poor nations than conventional foreign-aid alternatives,” he wrote.
Sunstein maintains: “If we care about social welfare, we should approve of a situation in which a wealthy nation is willing to engage in a degree of self-sacrifice when the world benefits more than that nation loses.”
This academic has got to go. He is living so far in his own head, and “my little pony world” that the term “fringe” could never do him justice.
Of course it’s a dem that is throwing down the race card again. Dream on Dems – your time has come to an end. Hank seems to think that if the congress doesn’t reprimand Joe Wilson for his outburst, then y’all are going to be putting on pointy white hats and riding through the countryside. I wonder how the black folks I met in D.C. during the march feel about this resolution.
Joe Wilson spoke the truth and is now be censored; just like the rest of us.
As my readers may have noticed today, there appears to be a battle between hackers and my host. I am just waiting for the smoke to clear to see who wins and what I will have to do if my site does actually get crashed.
Yesterday, I wrote Paging Perkins Coie, Paging Perkins Coie, STAT! because of the new Taitz lawsuit in California District Court featuring an affidavit from Lucas Smith stating that he had travelled to Kenya and obtained Barack Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate from the Coast General Hospital.
Today, a reader, Kathy dropped a link about how the DOJ has stepped in hoping to get the case thrown out. That is some arrogance; not only do we once again get to hear we have no standing and his records continue to be sealed, but we get the privilege of paying to have a case thrown out instead of Bambi having to pay Perkins Coie (again).
The Justice Department is urging a federal court to toss out a lawsuit in which prominent birthers’ attorney Orly Taitz is challenging President Barack Obama’s Constitutional qualifications to be president.
In a motion filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Calif., government lawyers did not directly rebut the conspiracy theory Taitz propounds that Obama was not born in Hawaii as he claims and as asserted by Hawaiian officials as well as contemporary newspaper birth notices. Instead, the federal attorneys argued that the suit is inherently flawed because such disputes can’t be resolved in court and because the dozens of plaintiffs can’t show they are directly injured by Obama’s presence in office.
“It is clear, from the text of the Constitution, and the relevant statutory law implementing the Constitution’s textual commitments, that challenges to the qualifications of a candidate for President can, in the first instance, be presented to the voting public before the election, and, once the election is over, can be raised as objections as the electoral votes are counted in the Congress,” Assistant United States Attorneys Roger West and David DeJute wrote. “Therefore, challenges such as those purportedly raised in this case are committed, under the Constitution, to the electors, and to the Legislative branch.”
“The injuries alleged by Plaintiff Freese and the other military Plaintiffs herein, are not particularized as to them, but, rather, would be shared by all members of the military and is an inadequate basis on which to establish standing,” the government lawyers wrote.
The Justice Department brief takes a few shots at the wackiness of the birthers, accusing them of trafficking in “innuendo” and advancing “a variety of vaguely-defined claims purportedly related to a hodgepodge of constitutional provisions, civil and criminal statutes, and the Freedom of Information Act.”
The case is set for a hearing Tuesday morning before Judge David Carter. There’s a strong chance the session will devolve into something of a sideshow since a couple of plaintiffs in the case are now in a dispute with Taitz and have sought to bring in a different attorney to represent them in the case.
…for thinking that having competing views of the role of government somehow does not conflict with the Constitution and Bill of Rights which as far as I can tell, has told the federal government what it can and cannot do.
Is this non-rep. lying, or is she just one of the most incredibly hyped on koolaid non-reps. you have ever heard? Senior Medicare benefits are not going to be cut…lalalalalalalalala. Yeah, I believe ya, yada, yada, yada.
Please notice the “angry mob” questioners. “Why should I trust you, and why should I trust my government elected officials, and what can you do to restore that trust in government?” I’m expecting :::crickets::: or spin for this answer…hmmm…”competing views about the role of government…”
Not only are we racists, we are assassins now and Sarah Palin is Randy Weaver; WTF?
Let me state for the record that I absolutely detest Barack Obama, not because of his skin color, but because he is consolidating power inside the executive branch at breathtaking speed, among numerous other negative qualities, two of which are his stunning lack of experience at anything except reading a teleprompter and knocking his opponents off the ballot. What is happening right now with the labeling of protesters is that same “removal from the ballot” maneuver.
It is NOT his job to control these: T.A.R.P., The Banks, The Car Companies, Czars, The US Census, etc. It is un-American to ask Americans to report each other to a White House email address. It is un-American to gather information from government website visitors. This man is not a leader and is not qualified to be POTUS. I do not even have to go near the birther issue to make my case. I will stick with the million bucks this guy has paid Perkins Coie to keep ALL of his records sealed. That is enough proof for me that he is trying to hide something, and I and thousands of Americans want to know what that actual is. I personally do not think wanting to know why he has spent all that money to keep his records sealed is a “radical” position, and it certainly is not backed up with any type of firearm; so Jean can just shut the hell up on that assassination point.
Now we get to listen to Jean Damu equate Sarah Palin with Randy Weaver of Ruby Ridge, and who seems to believe that we who protest the fascist policies of this administration want to assassinate him. NOTHING could be farther from the truth. I want to see Barack Obama, his wife, Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barney Frank, Henry Waxman and any other minion, including any traitorous republicans dragged from the White House and Capitol Hill IN HANDCUFFS after a full investigation to see what has actually occurred inside the White House and our government over the last 6 months! I want cameras in the courtrooms of their traitor trials. I want every single non-representative to uphold their oath to the Constitution and I want them to apologize to all of us everyday Americans for the insane name-calling! I want all of the money that has been drained from our personal coffers, in hopes of breaking our spirit and making us more malleable to control, RETURNED IMMEDIATELY!
Recently we have been informed that President Obama has received more death threats in a shorter period of time than any president since the organizing of the Secret Service in the immediate aftermath of the Lincoln assassination.
The recent violent and furious protests by armed sign carriers at town-hall meetings, called to discuss health care reforms, recalled not so much democratic discussions New England used to be famous for as distant white protests against civil rights reforms. Cartoons disparaging the President and his family bring to mind an earlier time when blacks were routinely ridiculed in the nation’s press. The Rush Limbaughs, Glenn Becks, Lou Dobbs, Anne Coulters, Sean Hannitys, etc., who routinely pollute the television and radio airwaves, have proven themselves true acolytes of the 1930s fascist Father Coughlin, the “Father of Hate Radio,” and are themselves the oracles of hate television. Like the “birthers,” those delusional white folks who so hate the idea of a black president that they invent their own “reality” in the form of fake birth certificates and claim the president wasn’t born in the U.S. and therefore is ineligible to be president. Protesters carrying signs calling for the death of Obama, Michelle and the children, black politicians’ offices being painted with swastikas, the president labeled a Nazi, a communist, and Republican Party threats that similar tactics will be used in upcoming debates on immigration reform; all this against a national media backdrop of a full television menu, ranging from Whale Wars and Dog the Bounty Hunter to the First 48, has reinforced television viewing that promotes racial and ethnic intolerance. The tinder box of political tensions is ignited and simmering.
This is the “democracy at work” that a handful of white liberals, notably including San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, dismiss not only as harmless but productive.
Mayor Newsom and others seem not to recognize a new downward ratcheting of Republican Party strategists; a downward spiral from the so-called “southern strategy” of the Nixon years and beyond, when the Republicans manipulated white fears toward civil rights gains for African-Americans and others to a newer and even more mean-spirited strategy that could be called the Randy Weaver recruitment plan.
Randy Weaver was the evangelical, former Green Beret, Aryan-nation-sympathizing nut who was in a shootout standoff with the federal government in 1992 at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
Though few invoke Randy Weaver’s name, the allusions could not be clearer.
The hatred and anger we see spewing forth at the health care “discussions” (and which we are led to believe will be duplicated at any immigration reform discussions) is based on a fundamental mistrust of government that was first fueled during the civil rights movement and gradually stoked to its current white heat intensity by the Howard Jarvis-Paul Gann-like tax reform initiatives that spread across the nation in the late 1970’s. These tax reform initiatives helped lay the basis for the current fiscal crises now experienced by virtually every public political entity in the nation.
Many within the Republican Party appear appalled at what’s happening. However, anyone who’s followed the career and seemingly inexplicable popularity of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Randy Weaver in pumps, witnessed the ease with which she describes herself as a “redneck woman,” and notes the racist populist enthusiasm of her denigration of the federal government can see that a sizeable portion of the Republican Party has gone far beyond what senior Republican strategist Ed Rollins lamented on election night past when he said, “We’ve become the party of the deep south.”
In 2008, the Republican Party at its national convention of 2,500 delegates, boasted 75 African-American delegates. [Numbers of Latino delegates appear not to be available.] In addition to proving that white folks have no monopoly on political self-delusion, these numbers reflect how totally and absolutely the Republican Party is out of step with modern needs of the multi-racial electorate of the U.S.
Those charged with securing the safety of the president say all that is needed to set of a conflagration (presumably a euphemism for the unthinkable) is a spark.
Meanwhile from the Left, there is barely a whisper. From those who were so quick just a year ago to accuse Michigan Congress member John Conyers of treason for not attempting to impeach Bush, there is virtual silence. Significant numbers of black progressives engage in studious navel gazing as they debate whether or not Obama is good for black people. Organized labor, at a time when it could have tremendous influence in charting a progressive path, is disorganized.
There is no joy or delight cataloguing the darkness that seems to be descending on the U.S. political scene. However, the atmosphere has now become so charged, it is rarely possible to criticize Obama on his weaknesses and failures, without adding fuel to the fire in progress.
If the unthinkable should become real, that would surely unravel the American project as we know it.
…Barack Obama for going on vacation while Americans are still losing their jobs, homes, and life savings, and for believing that spending unholy, godzilla-sized amounts of OUR money, OUR children’s money, OUR grandchildren’s money, and OUR great-grandchildren’s money in what appears to be the hope of completely collapsing our economy while selling the message to the hopey-changey zombies that spending more money than George Washington to George Bush II is somehow “stimulating the economy”.
This dumb POS has been putting forward this fantasy economic theory that is as realistic as Mishy actually showing up for work, instead of following proven economic realities of cutting government spending, cutting taxes, incentivizing the engine of our economy, namely small business, and kicking the crap outta Goldman Sachs, their fraternal brotherhood of Big New York Banks, and the most unconstitutional banking cartel Known.To.GOD, namely, THE FED.
You know this guy is backtracking when he actually does not try to spin his failure…keep the pressure on!
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration will raise its 10-year budget deficit projection to approximately $9 trillion from $7.108 trillion in a report next week, a senior administration official told Reuters on Friday.
The higher deficit figure, based on updated economic data, brings the White House budget office into line with outside estimates and gives further fuel to President Barack Obama‘s opponents, who say his spending plans are too expensive in light of budget shortfalls.
The White House took heat for sticking with its $7.108 trillion forecast earlier this year after the Congressional Budget Office forecast that deficits between 2010 and 2019 would total $9.1 trillion.
“The new forecasts are based on new data that reflect how severe the economic downturn was in the late fall of last year and the winter of this year,” said the administration official, who is familiar with the budget mid-session review that is slated to be released next week.
“Our budget projections are now in line with the spring and summer projections that the Congressional Budget Office put out.”
The White House budget office will also lower its deficit forecast for this fiscal year, which ends September 30, to $1.58 trillion from $1.84 trillion next week after removing $250 billion set aside for bank bailouts.
Record-breaking deficits have raised concerns about America’s ability to finance its debt and whether the United States can maintain its top-tier AAA credit rating.
Politically, the deficit has been an albatross for Obama, a Democrat who is pushing forward with plans to overhaul the U.S. healthcare industry — an initiative that could cost up to $1 trillion over 10 years — and other promises, including reforming education and how the country handles energy.
When can we impeach or arrest this guy for absolute NEGLIGENCE?
Meanwhile back here in the real world, here are the banks that failed this week. Remember what I said earlier about no reports about the F.D.I.C. balance of $13 Billion since March, 2009?
Never in our lifetimes have we seen a federal government so hellbent on the complete absorption of the economy into a fascist socialist state, and we have never seen the uncompromising “will of the people” to push back against government officials that cannot be trusted as far as we can look at them. We have the Tea Parties that started in February in Seattle that have grown in number and size since that time, and now there are 60,000 seniors canceling their AARP memberships because they just don’t trust AARP to watch out for them. We have a government that sold 69 million zombies the promise of hope, change, and transparency and the only transparency is in it’s blatant disregard of it’s own corruption.
Into this steps Dick Armey using his media presence to paint the 9.12 March as a fight against Obama Healthcare reform instead of what it actually is; THE MOTHER OF ALL TEA PARTIES! Does anyone have a direct line to Dick to let him know that we absolutely detest being labelled as republicans that want to defeat healthcare as much as we detest the liberal Democrats that are trying to paint us as anti-American fascist nazis? Anybody?
Un-freakin-believable. I just read the title and my blood pressure started to skyrocket. The 9.12 March on Washington DC is not just about healthcare; it is about the Constitutional Restoration of America. PERIOD. If it ain’t okay with the Constitution, it cannot be passed into law. The TARP, the Bailouts, GM, Chrysler, the Stimulus (that isn’t stimulating because it has not been released to the people that don’t hoard), Cap and Tax, and NOW Healthcare. It’s about ALL OF IT, and I am MORE than a LITTLE bit irritated that DICK thinks we are all republicans. Dick, we appreciate you pulling your weight as a patriot and setting up the march, but please stop labeling us.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Armey is organizing a march on Washington against the Obama administration’s healthcare plan that he hopes will finally finish off the Democratic push for socialized medicine.
The only thing true about this paragraph is that FreedomWorks is the major sponsor.
The march, organized by Armey’s political group FreedomWorks, is scheduled for Sept. 12 and is already generating hundreds of thousands of responses, the Texas Republican tells Newsmax.TV. The group isn’t providing transportation, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem.
“We had a guy the other day from Indiana that said,’ I want to get there’. When we explained that we don’t bus people into these things, he said, No, a bunch of us are getting together and renting our own bus. We’re all coming”, Armey told Newsmax.TV’s Ashley Martella.
The fact is they want their voices to be heard and they are looking at a venue in which they can express it.
Dick? Might be prudent to start talking about the Constitutional Emergency that is an actual crisis, the millions of indies, dems, and pubs that are now patriots, and not about Republicans taking seats back in 2010. Oops, too late. Partisan to the end, eh Dick?
Armey also told Newsmax that:
the agenda of Obama and the liberal leadership of Congress offers the GOP ample opportunity to take back control of the House and build ranks in the Senate in 2010.
Armey believes that given the agenda of Obama and the liberal leadership of Congress, Republicans stand a good chance at taking back control of the House and at diminishing their disadvantage in the Senate in 2010.
Unfortunately for “we the people”, it is going to be a few years before we have a large number of candidates of integrity to run for office, so we are stuck having to choose between corrupt Party A and corrupt Party B with no assurance that they won’t flip to the other side when some big cash cow walks through their office door.
“I think there’s a very big chance,” he says. “All the electoral cards are stacked against [the Democrats] in 2010. It’s a crucial year for liberty in my estimation because, as you know, in the year 2010 when they conduct the census, you’re going to have the most crooked census in the history of the nation.
What Dick? You just figured that one out? A crucial year for liberty? How are the pubs that keep protecting the special interests going to obtain and maintain liberty for us?
“I’m laughing at these guys. They are going to say, “We’re going to use a method called sampling, and they way that works is we put all the congressional district maps on a table and we take a look at the different maps and how we’d like them to be and who we’d like to be in the different districts. Then we’ll decide what the populations will be. And they send ACORN out to do the canvassing.”
…And you are laughing? Are you a freakin’ idiot?
“I don’t know what this ACORN outfit is, but I’ve got to tell you, they [have their hands] in everything that comes through Congress these days, and there’s money for ACORN in it. There’s money for ACORN in this healthcare bill. I don’t get it. Saul Alinsky must be a genius.” “he made doctors out of all these social activists.”
…And you don’t know what ACORN is?
For this you are awarded Today’s Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me? Award for being as out of touch with “We The People” as the current adminstration and their minions in congress.
Hey kids, it’s another Oh My %^&*#%$#^%^ God Moment in our national history! This coming from the guy who couldn’t even figure out how to pay his own taxes. So having too much credit is what got us into this mess, and now another democrat wants to raise the country’s credit limit?
Washington — U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asked Congress to increase the $12.1 trillion debt limit on Friday, saying it is “critically important” that they act in the next two months.
Mr. Geithner, in a letter to U.S. lawmakers, said that the Treasury projects that the current debt limit could be reached as early mid-October. Increasing the limit is important to instilling confidence in global investors, Mr. Geithner said.
The Treasury didn’t request a specific increase in the letter.
“It is critically important that Congress act before the limit is reached so that citizens and investors here and around the world can remain confident that the United States will always meet its obligations,” Mr. Geithner said in a letter to lawmakers.
Mr. Geithner said the that it is “clearly a moment in our history” that requires support from both Democrats and Republicans for the increase.
“Congress has never failed to raise the debt limit when necessary,” Mr. Geithner said.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday the federal government’s budget deficit reached $1.3 trillion through the first ten months of fiscal 2009, on track to reach a record high of $1.8 trillion for the 12-month period.
Can we impeach the dipstick in the WH yet and fire the rest of these morons?