CODE RED Tea Party Arrives On Capitol Hill (Updated – Jon Voight)
An estimated 25,000 Tea Party Patriots have arrived on the Capitol Steps to protest Obamacare.
An estimated 25,000 Tea Party Patriots have arrived on the Capitol Steps to protest Obamacare.
President Obama’s second cousin will speak at a Tea Party rally opposing healthcare reform tomorrow, organizers announced today.
Dr. Milton Wolf, a radiologist from Kansas, published an op-ed last week decrying “Obamacare,” and will join a slough of conservative lawmakers and activists on Capitol Hill tomorrow to rally against the legislation.
Joining wolf will be Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Tom Price (R-Ga.), Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), and actor Jon Voight.
The rally is part of a larger “Take the Town Halls to Washington” project.
WOLF: Obama family health care fracas
By Dr. Milton R. Wolf
“Primum nil nocere.”First, do no harm. This guiding principle is a bedrock of medical care. Sadly, those politicians who would rewrite our health care laws do not live in the same universe as do the doctors and health care professionals who must practice it.
Imagine if, like physicians, politicians were personally held to the incredibly high level of scrutiny that includes civil and financial liability for any unintended consequence of their decisions. Imagine if they were forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars each year on malpractice insurance and still faced the threat of multimillion-dollar lawsuits with every single decision they made. If so, a government takeover of health care would be the furthest thing from their minds.
Obamacare proponents would have us believe that we will add 30 million patients to the system without adding providers, we will see no decline in the quality of care for the millions of Americans currently happy with the system, and -if you act now!- we will save money in the process. But why stop there? Why not promise it will no longer rain on weekends and every day will be a great hair day?
America has the finest health care delivery system in the world. Let’s not forget that and put it at risk in the name of reform. Desperate souls across the globe flock to our shores and cross our borders every day to seek our care. Why? Our system provides cures while the government-run systems from which they flee do not. Compare Europe’s common cancer mortality rates to America’s: breast cancer – 52 percent higher in Germany and 88 percent higher in the United Kingdom; prostate cancer – a staggering 604 percent higher in the United Kingdom and 457 percent higher in Norway; colon cancer – 40 percent higher in the United Kingdom.
Look closer at the United Kingdom. Britain’s higher cancer mortality rate results in 25,000 more cancer deaths per year compared to a similar population size in the United States. But because the U.S. population is roughly five times larger than the United Kingdom’s, that would translate into 125,000 unnecessary American cancer deaths every year. This is more than all the mothers and fathers, aunts and uncles, cousins and children in Topeka, Kan. And keep in mind, these numbers are for cancer alone. America also has better survival rates for other major killers, such as heart attacks and strokes. Whatever we do, let us not surrender the great gains we have made. First, do no harm. Lives are at stake.
Obamacare: Fixing price at any cost
The justification for Obamacare has been to control costs, but the problem is there is little in Obamacare that will do that. Instead, there are provisions that will ration care and artificially set price. This is a confusion of costs and price.
As one example, consider the implications of Obamacare’s financial penalty aimed at your doctor if he seeks the expert care he has determined you need. If your doctor is in the top 10 percent of primary care physicians who refer patients to specialists most frequently – no matter how valid the reasons – he will face a 5 percent penalty on all their Medicare reimbursements for the entire year. This scheme is specifically designed to deny you the chance to see a specialist. Each year, the insidious nature of that arbitrary 10 percent rule will make things even worse as 100 percent of doctors try to stay off that list. Many doctors will try to avoid the sickest patients, and others will simply refuse to accept Medicare. Already, 42 percent of doctors have chosen that route, and it will get worse. Your mother’s shiny government-issued Medicare health card is meaningless without doctors who will accept it.
Obamacare will further diminish access to health care by lowering reimbursements for medical care without regard to the costs of that care. Price controls have failed spectacularly wherever they’ve been tried. They have turned neighborhoods into slums and have caused supply chains to dry up when producers can no longer profit from providing their goods. Remember the Carter-era gas lines? Medical care is not immune from this economic reality. We cannot hope that our best and brightest will pursue a career in medicine, setting aside years of their lives – for me, 13 years of school and training – to enter a field that might not even pay for the student loans it took to get there.
Giving power back to people
I believe there is a better way. The problems in the American health care system are not caused by a shortage of government intrusion. They will not be solved by more government intrusion. In fact, our current problems were precisely, though unintentionally, created by government.
(Editor’s Note: If this doesn’t make your face hurt, check out because you must be dead. H/T BB.)
Tucson drivers were honking like crazy outside Gabby Giffords’ office at Swan and Pima, trying to tell the wayward congresswoman that the people of Tucson are NOT in favor of Washington’s corrupt takeover of our health care.
Get ready for this; either turn up the volume or turn it down. Remember, this video is a perfect example of the mighty, Republican paid for, astro-turf campaign against Bambi Obama. This has nothing to do with healthcare, corrupt politicians, or un-Constitutional laws – we just want to see him fail. (snark for those mental midgets out there.)
And now for the real astroturfer:
And for the little party that Annabel has started. Chicago Coffee Party, March 13th, 2010 – Kickoff Day:
Let’s REVIEW, shall we?
If these non-representative, government officials want to be so stupid as to pass this bill, then allow them to do so and see what happens next.
One for fun and inspiration (remember when they laughed at us?):
Yesterday, I verbally slapped a radical, british, muslim for his comments about returning Islam as the beacon of light in the world. It is now the evangelical christian right’s turn for a bit of a reality check. LM readers know that I am a libertarian according to the Nolan Chart. (Some, but not all, readers were surprised to find out what their political leanings were after taking that test.)
This morning, Politico came out with a story about evangelicals being fearful of the tea parties. I know that most of my readership are christians of different hues, but over time I have found that they respect others belief systems and are tolerant as their religion professes. LM’s readership realize that America was founded as a republic, not a theocracy. Religion is important, but not the all controlling dictate of the country.
That being said, the leaders of the christian right appear to not have realized the dire straits the country is in, and want the tea parties to make social issues an important part of the protests.
NEWSFLASH: Social Issues are not sinking the ship! This is one American that is sick and tired of listening to the christian right dictate the moral code just as much as I hate listening to Obama tell me what’s best for me. Millions of Americans of all colors and religions are tea party patriots. They understand what is at stake, and if you are talking about social issues right now, you are part of the problem; not part of the solution.
The rise of a new conservative grass roots fueled by a secular revulsion at government spending is stirring fears among leaders of the old conservative grass roots, the evangelical Christian right.
A reeling economy and the massive bank bailout and stimulus plan were the triggers for a resurgence in support for the Republican Party and the rise of the tea party movement. But they’ve also banished the social issues that are the focus of many evangelical Christians to the background.
There will be no social issues if the economy collapses and everyone is plunged into abject poverty.
And while health care legislation has brought social and economic conservatives together to fight government funding of abortion, some social conservative leaders have begun to express concern that tea party leaders don’t care about their issues, while others object to the personal vitriol against President Barack Obama, whose personal conduct many conservative Christians applaud.
I would like to know exactly what personal conduct can be applauded? Attacking Americans, name calling, lying about almost everything, etc.?
“There’s a libertarian streak in the tea party movement that concerns me as a cultural conservative,” said Bryan Fischer, director of Issue Analysis for Government and Public Policy at the American Family Association. “The tea party movement needs to insist that candidates believe in the sanctity of life and the sanctity of marriage.” (emphasis mine)
EXCUSE ME? This is exactly what pisses me off about the radical christian right; just like the radical muslims. America was founded by people that no longer wanted to be owned and told what to do, where to live, and how to think.
“As far as I can tell [the tea party movement] has a politics that’s irreligious. I can’t see how some of my fellow conservatives identify with it,” said Richard Cizik, who broke with a major evangelical group over his support for government action on climate change, but who remains largely in line with the Christian right on social issues. “The younger Evangelicals who I interact with are largely turned off by the tea party movement — by the incivility, the name-calling, the pathos of politics.”
If you can’t take the heat, get the hell out of the kitchen. The Tea Party Movement is trying to stop a train wreck of biblical proportions. Lead, follow, or get out of the way.
There’s no centralized tea party organization, and anecdotes suggest that many tea party participants hold socially conservative views. But those views have been little in evidence at movement gatherings or in public statements, and are sometimes deliberately excluded from the political agenda. The groups coordinating them eschew social issues, and a new Contract From America, has become an article of concern on the social right.
Is gay marriage or abortion going to sink this country right now? Nope? …moving on…
The contract, sponsored by the grass-roots Tea Party Patriots as well as Washington groups such as FreedomWorks and Americans for Tax Reform, asks supporters to choose the 10 most important issues from a menu of 21 choices that makes no mention of socially conservative priorities such as gay marriage and abortion.
“They’re free to do it, but they can’t say [the contract] represents America,” said Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, a veteran of the Christian right. “If they do it they’re lying.”
Okay, now we are liars again. Really? At this point, banning gay marriage and relegating a woman to property status once she conceives aren’t really a priority as the Titanic is about to slip under the surface.
Groups such as FreedomWorks, said Perkins, bring a libertarian bias that doesn’t represent the “true tea parties.” Brendan Steinhauser, the director of federal and state campaigns at FreedomWorks, responded that the contract represents activists’ priorities.
“People didn’t come out into the streets to protest gay marriage or abortion,” said Steinhauser, who said that he hoped the Republican Party would follow the contract’s cue and “stop bringing up flag-burning amendments and the gay marriage thing when they’re not what people are focused on.”
There’s little data on the disparate tea party movement. One small CNN survey of self-identified tea party activists found that 68 percent identify themselves as Protestants or other non-Catholic Christians, as opposed to just 50 percent in the general population. Only 9 percent of the activists say they’re irreligious, as opposed to 14 percent in the broader sample.
Once again, someone who is not a tea party patriot trying to pigeon hole a movement they refuse to accept as is, and act like they don’t understand.
There is more to the story at the link above.
For the LOVE OF GOD, can someone shut this woman up? I know she is digging an even deeper hole for herself each and every day, but frakkin’ dobermans on skateboards; Nancy STFU! I am so tired of listening to you; a trait that you and your cohorts do not share.
I have been saying for months that this bill will never be dead, that Congress is IGNORING US, and that we can only be assured that this form of healthcare rape does not pass if we can hold on long enough to fire the entire Congress in upcoming elections. Where have I been wrong?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that Republicans have left their mark on the healthcare bill and should accept that the bill will go forward.
“They’ve had plenty of opportunity to make their voices heard,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday morning. “Bipartisanship is a two-way street. A bill can be bipartisan without bipartisan votes. Republicans have left their imprint.”
Splitting hairs much?
The public option, for example, has been stripped from the bill because Republicans were so adamantly against it, she said.
“They’ve had a field day going out and misrepresenting what the bill says,” Pelosi said. “But that’s what they do.”
That statement would only apply if millions of Americans hadn’t already read the bill and told those same lawmakers what was in it’s 2700 pages.
On ABC’s “This Week,” just a few days after the bipartisan healthcare summit, Pelosi said, “What’s the point of talking about it any longer?”
BUT IT GETS BETTER!!! The progressives are salivating and chomping at the bit being this close to passing the biggest expansion of government – evah! Nancy, Harry, and Bambi are not going to give up; even it means throwing dems right under that very special Obama bus. Does anyone want to let Nancy know that we plan on firing the majority of them for the BS and attitude they pulled this past year? Oh that’s right, she isn’t paying attention to us…
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue’s massive role in this election year.
Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Pelosi said in an interview being broadcast Sunday the ABC News program “This Week.”
“We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress,” she said. “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”
It took courage for Congress to pass Social Security and Medicare, which eventually became highly popular, she said, “and many of the same forces that were at work decades ago are at work again against this bill.”
Social Security and Medicare will be the deathknell of this country with their unfunded liabilities. Nazi Nancy wants to completely tank the country with healthcare.
The White House says Obama, perhaps on Wednesday, will announce a “way forward” on health care. He, Pelosi, and Senate Democratic leaders have left little doubt that they hope to pass a Democratic-crafted bill under “budget reconciliation” rules that would bar Republican filibusters in the Senate. It’s unclear whether Pelosi can muster the needed votes in the House.
White House officials say they will redouble efforts to remind voters that the Senate passed an Obama-backed health care bill in December, with a super majority of 60 votes. The new plan calls for the House to pass that bill and send it to Obama’s desk, and then use Senate budget reconciliation rules to make several changes demanded by House Democrats.
The White House is going to remind us of how much we opposed the ramming of this bill through the Senate on Christmas Eve? Oh, BRING IT ON!!!
As for the fascist leader of the house, will Nancy report to the principal’s office for a decidedly robust round of discipline considering she still is not listening?
(P.S. I am well aware of what most of us wish for Nancy, but let’s keep it civil in comments. I don’t need anymore attention than I already have.)
I had to add this video just in case Nancy does a fly-by:
(If you haven’t seen this yet, put down all liquids. Considering how simple-minded you are, I thought instructions might be handy.)
Valerie Jarrett answered some questions at the John F. Kennedy School of Government on 2.19.2010, and the forum illustrates the differences between intellectuals and the political class, and average every-day American.
The initial question belittling Americans (and which took well over a minute), and Val’s answers on numerous topics are unbelievably offensive on so many levels. She agrees with Mr. Academia that Tea Party Patriots need simple pamphlets to address lack of knowledge and vocabulary.
News flash for Val; TPPs have known for a very, very long time what cloture and reconciliation are. Too bad for the rest of the country that it took you getting a job in the White House to learn what those terms mean. As for Obama not going around Congress on issues, hasn’t he already done that?
I found this billboard on Patriots For America, but the original post is here.
Billboard On I-75 In Florida: America’s Coming For You Liberals
Do your part in November – VOTE and encourage everyone you know to do the same!!
This photo is of a billboard recently established on I-75 just south of Lake City in Florida. The cost of 10 months rental of the billboard and doing the artwork was $6500. The folks responsible for the billboard say they feel it’s a reasonable cost to reach out to 1,000,000 vehicles per month to motivate participation in the electoral process to get our country on sound footing and VOTE OUT everyone in Washington.
I wonder how many more billboards like this one we are going to see sprouting up all over the country in the next few years?
Glenn starts his program today with NOW’s statement about the Tim Tebow SuperBowl Ad, and the silence on the Betty White ad (which I absolutely loved!). What is more important is the presidential spending as a percentage of GDP starting with FDR farther along in this segment. What happens to Obama’s numbers when we start attributing his budget to George Bush?
I will add the Carly Fiorina and Chuck DeVore segments as they become available. Want to know more about Chuck (the Tea Party backed candidate), go here. This guy is sure to upset the moderates among us, but try to keep an open mind, and consider the state of the Republic, and the alternatives.
My favorite quote:
The president has the nerve to lecture America on wasting money. Do we really have to listen to this president preach to us about fiscal responsibility? Maybe it’s just me, but I think that’s a little like abstinence only sex education taught by Tiger Woods. President Obama is a lot of smart things. He’s accomplished, he’s good looking, he gives good speeches, he’s married to a woman with unbelievably well toned arms, I hear, but he’s as fiscally responsible as a Real Housewife of Orange County at a Louis Vutton sample sale.
Part 2: Obama’s Budget:
Part 3, Carly Fiorina:
Part 4, California – “Too Big To Fail?”
Part 5, Chuck DeVore (with treats):
Part 6, Chuck DeVore continued:
Part 7, Tomorrow’s show – California Progressives and Calvin Coolidge:
Wow – just a bit smarter than she looks. Does she realize that her career is probably over for awhile?
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