Friday, March 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Obamacare!

Two short years ago President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also goes by the alias OBAMACARE).

On March 23, 2010, President Obama took steps to:

Create $525,000,000,000 in new taxes on the American people.

Create $43,000,000,000 in new Medicaid costs for the 50 (not 57) states.

Increase health insurance premiums on young people by $504 dollars a year.

Cost the American People 1,760,000,000,000 over the next 10 years.

Cut Medicare and Medicare related programs by over $500 billion.

End Medicare as we know it.

Remarkably, 17 people still support this legislation in Lackawanna County as evidenced by the video below:

You might think that you are safe from Obamacare since President Obama said if you like your current plan you could keep it. Not so fast. Obamacare is likely to leave more than half of all employers without a grandfathered plan. And, if you work for a small business (like most Americans do) it could be as bad as 80% without a grandfathered plan.

This video goes over some of the other broken promises of Obamacare:

Monday, March 19, 2012

Obama's TSA Strikes Again

A a wheelchair...with a cast.


Here's a montage of other horror stories:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

PA Voter ID Law Heads to Governor

Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed Pennsylvania's Voter ID Bill. Having already passed the Senate, the bill now heads to Governor Corbett. The Governor has previously indicated that he would sign the bill, if it passed.

The Legislation, House Bill 934, was authored by Republican State Representative Daryl Metcalfe. According to Metcalfe, it was based on Indiana's Voter ID law which was upheld as Constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. Metcalfe goes on to identify four types of fraud which would be prevented by the bill: impersonation at the polls, fictitious registrations, double voting, and voting by illegal aliens.

Critics have said this doesn't happen. A few videos for their consideration:

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Trouble with Teleprompters

Danish TV on President Obama's recycled language:

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Lackawanna (Not So) Wonderful

As both GoLackawanna and the Scranton Times have reported, donors to the commissioners’ campaigns have been given jobs in the new administration. The commissioners adamantly defend their picks, claiming that the donations have nothing to do with their hiring decisions. As a matter of fact, they say that they don’t even know who contributed to their campaign.

That raises an interesting question.

Candidates for office have political committees. When they file their campaign finance reports, they sign and swear out an affidavit in the presence of a notary. It states:

I swear (or affirm) that to the best of my knowledge and belief this political committee has not violated any provisions of the Act of June 3, 1937 (P.L. 1333, No. 320) as amended.

Can you swear out a statement that your authorized political committee didn’t break any laws without reviewing your report? If you review your report, can you still claim that you don't know who contributed to your campaign?

There is nothing illegal about accepting campaign contributions that are accurately and fully disclosed in accordance with the law. But this excuse – politicians don’t know who contributed to their authorized campaign committees – just doesn’t sit well.

It is even harder to believe after being hit with story after story after story dealing with contributions.

And really, can you blame someone for looking a bit cynically at a politician that promises that a tax increase is “not on the table” and then raises taxes by 38% less than a month later?

How about when a politician says that he is looking to hire people that have the right “contacts and connections”?

This is not the way to rebuild trust between the government and the governed.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

President Obama Snubs Veterans

It is a generally accepted principle that politicians play to their base – especially in an election year. There is nothing remarkably surprising about that.

Take, for instance, federal employees. In 2010, President Obama imposed a pay freeze on federal employees. Considering both the high rate of pay and generous benefit packages that federal employees receive, this wasn’t very surprising. Particularly when you consider the sad state of affairs that the American economy finds itself in.

President Obama also grew the number of bureaucrats dramatically. The U.S. Office of Personnel Management figures demonstrate that President Obama added 173,000 new bureaucrats to the Executive Branch in the first two years of his administration alone, bringing the total number of employees in just this area to 2,133,000.

That’s a lot of votes.

Just in time for the 2012 Election, President Obama is now proposing an $800 million pay raise for American bureaucrats.

A politician giving away election-year raises to his employees is all too common. What is really surprising is that while President Obama is proposing a near-billion-dollar raise package for some employees of the federal government, he is eviscerating others. Namely, the United States Armed Forces.

The President has long been hostile towards our Armed Services. Previously, he tried to get the Department of Veterans Affairs to bill individual Veterans’ medical insurance policies to pay for care that was related to service-connected medical conditions. When outrage mounted, he backed off.

Now he is targeting Tri-Care. The President’s proposed defense budget calls for military families and retirees to pay 30-78% more for their healthcare while leaving the federal civilian unionized employees healthcare untouched and while proposing the aforementioned raises.

Federal paper-pushers get raises while soldiers and their families get increased healthcare costs.

Could it be because the brave men and women that serve the United States traditionally support Republicans?

Whatever the reason, President Obama should immediately abandon this attack on military families. The last thing our troops should be worried about is their medical bills.