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President Obama Pulls The Nuclear Option

For a man that has promised that he will dismantle our nuclear weapon program, Obama seems to have an affinity for the nuclear option.  Okay, so I’m not talking about a real nuclear warhead and a real nuclear winter, but ObamaCare unleashed on this country is pretty darn close.  Today, the President delivered yet another address about his plans for health insurance reform.  This message was suppose to inform us that the President had embraced the good ideas of the Republicans and would be including them in his plan.  But that is not what I heard today.  I heard the Illustrious One call on the Democrats to charge forward without the Republicans and get ObamaCare through with reconciliation.

The President made this clear as he stood in the White House surrounded by the photo-op placed doctors donning their white jackets.  He said, “We have debated this issue thoroughly, not just for the past year but for decades.  Reform has already passed the House with a majority.  It has already passed the Senate with a supermajority of 60 votes.  And now it deserves the same kind of up or down vote that was cast on welfare reform, that was cast on the Children’s Health Insurance Program, that was used for COBRA health coverage for the unemployed, and, by the way, for both Bush tax cuts — all of which had to pass Congress with nothing more than a simple majority.”  There it is, the nuclear option.  The President also called on the three people, outside of Washington D.C. and the unions, that support ObamaCare to get out like the tea partiers and make their support known by saying, ” And I urge every American who wants this reform to make their voice heard as well — every family, every business, every patient, every doctor, every nurse, every physician’s assistant.  Make your voice heard.”

Obama has not noticed that the overwhelming voice of We The People has spoken.  We do not want his reform, which is actually a tax and spend bill.  We do not want government intrusion in our lives.  It does not matter how often the President promises that he does not “believe we should give government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats more control over health care in America.  I believe it’s time to give the American people more control over their health care and their health insurance.”  We know that the only reason the government would power forward with this legislation that has little support is for nefarious reasons.  The government desires to build the infrastructure for government insurance. 

How reconciliation will work is that the House and Senate pass a concurrent resolution, which I assume will have the President’s changes.  This resolution instructs one or more committees to report changes to the legislation by a certain set date.  Those committees send their reports to the budget committeee, which combines them into a single omnibus bill. In the Senate, the reconciliation bill then gets only 20 hours of debate before the final vote. This means the bill only needs 51 Senators to vote in support of the legislation.

If this gets through, the country will never be the same.  It will be a form of nuclear winter.

Obama Has New Plan For ObamaCare

The President used his weekly address today to urge Republicans and Democrats to work together during the upcoming Healthcare Summit to pass ObamaCare.  Let me be clear, I continue to call this monstrosity ObamaCare because this is still ObamaCare we are talking about, not healthcare reform.  The Democrats have been unable to put together their two bills and so the President has stepped in and will present his own plan using pieces from both bills.  Is this not a complete and utter act of ignoring the American people?  We have rejected both bills.  The Republicans have rejected both bills.  The President wants to bring the Republicans inside to help develop a new plan.  And he formulates his own plan using the rejected bills?!  This is not bi-partisanship! 

The Marxist Progressive vein snaking through the government continues even as the President plays bait and switch and talks out of both sides of his mouth.  Reuters is reporting that the new agreement will be a combined budget reconciliation bill.  This means that the bill will only need 51 votes in the Senate to pass this piece of garbage.  So what is the point of a summit?  The Republicans should not attend this meeting at all.  Instead, they should schedule a press conference and present their own bills – one from the House and one from the Senate.

There is rumor that there will be items that would be attractive to Republicans in the plan, but as long as those ideas are enclosed in a bill that also contains healthcare decision boards, a public option and increased taxes, the Republicans should do nothing but burn the bill.  The Republicans would like to slowly dismantle the healthcare system we have now and rebuild it and that seems to be the best plan.  Because any overhaul the Democrats have in mind is actually an overthrow of freedom.

President Listens To Press, But Not The People

The press has come out in recent weeks complaining that the President has not held a press conference since July.  Obama has opted for controlled one-on-one interviews instead to keep the tough questions from being asked.  The President finally listened to the press corps (or is it corpse?) and conducted an impromptu press conference on Tuesday during the regularly scheduled White House briefing.

So the question becomes, why does the President cave to pressure from the press corps and not to pressure from the American people?  A large majority of people on both the left and right are calling for the President to scrap the House and Senate health insurance reform bills and start from scratch in a bi-partisan matter.  The President has indicated indirectly that he will not agree to a “start over”.  The GOP has agreed to attend a healthcare summit with the President.  I maintain that if the President does not start that summit by trashing both bills, the GOP must get up out of their seats and walk out and hold a press conference speaking directly to the American people about why they have abadoned the negotiations.  Otherwise, this will become a photo op for the President and a way for the Progressives to ridicule free market ideas.

One also has to question what the definition of “bi-partisan” truly is because I think it means something quite different to most of America than it does to the government.  The government tries to convince the population that getting just one member from the opposition party to agree with them makes any bill bi-partisan.  Or taking one idea from the other party and incorporating it within a bill is bi-partisan.  This is absolutely ridiculous.  We are tired of the Washington games and I would pray for snow to keep the government shut down except that apparently everyone is still getting paid because not having the government in session is costing us $100 million a day.  That seems to defy common sense, but with government one needs to suspend reality.

Nonsensical Foreign Policy

Foreign policy needs to incorporate common sense.  Whether it is the common sense approach of profiling, action rather than speechifying, an olive branch and arrows over an outstretched hand of platitudes and the realization that people around the world despise the United States just for existing as the last bastion of freedom on the planet.  The President would like to follow the nonsensical approach.  Iran fires missiles into space and America issues strongly worded statements.  Our foreign policy government representatives do not even have the power to rally the world around stiff sanctions.  And some people in America continue to ignore the truth.

This last statement has become very apparent to me particularly in regards to interviews that I have conducted with candidates for various offices throughout America both on the federal level and the local level.  One independant candidate felt that it was Iran’s right to pursue nuclear weapons and build missiles.  While I can agree that countries should be entitled to sovereignty in building missiles, the issue of nuclear weapons should be of concern.  Particularly when certain countries are run by dictators hell bent on destruction including their own. 

The Ron Paul foreign policy has also been strong in candidates I have interviewed.  The idea that waterboarding is torture and that it is our use of enhanced interrogation and our policy of holding enemy combatants at GITMO without trials is being used as a recruitment tool is one area I strongly disagree with Rep. Ron Paul on.  My interviewee last night held that same view.  Where is the common sense?  Not only has Islam been a violent religion dating all the way back to its inception, but in my lifetime alone I have witnessed plane highjackings, kidnappings, homicide bombers, beheadings and 9/11.  All of this before detainees at GITMO or any of our current wars in the middle east.

There is a fundamental lack of reasoning for people to continue to blame America for the fact that we are hated.  We always will be regardless of what we do.  The President can continue to bow and pander and our country can close GITMO and stop enhanced interrogations, but it will make no difference.  Iran will continue to build nuclear weapons ands call for the destruction of Israel and Muslim men and women will continue to flock to terrorist activities regardless of how America conducts its future foreign policy.  To walk forward blindly means to walk forward into our destruction.  And Freedom’s Wings will never endorse any candidate that holds to these positions.  I support Ron Paul on many issues, particularly economically, but on foreign policy I am miles apart from him and his followers and from the liberals in this country.

And We Thought The Budget Could Not Get More Bloated

This is completely mind boggling to me!  Did I step off of planet Earth for a minute and just imagine that the President has been characterizing himself as a deficit hawk?  The President has spent the better part of his presidency pointing back at President Bush and blaming him squarely for our financial woes and the huge deficit that met Obama at the door.  Pssst…Mr President, I think you missed the fact that Democrats controlled Congress for the last two years of Bush’s presidency and I am pretty sure that document you threw out in the trash bin behind the White House gives the spending power to Congress.  And now the President has presented his supposedly “spending freeze” budget to Congress and it comes in at a whopping $3.8 trillion dollars!

With a 2011 budget this large, one just knows there are little goodies stuffed into this thing.  Let’s see, the President thinks he is going to tax the wealthy more to help pay for his spending.  During the State of the Union, he bragged about his tax cuts and promised more for small business.  But many small businesses will fall under this new tax bracket of making over $250,000 annually.  The President promised to cut capital gains taxes for small businesses.  Unfortunately, that means nothing since the Bush tax cuts will go away at the same time, making this a complete wash.  The rich will also be limited in their itemized deductions.  Sure sounds “fair” to me.

There is an additional $100 billion in spending for job creation.  So by the time we get to 2011, this will be Porkulus Bill number 75?  This budget promises to add to the deficit.  So much for pointing back at Bush.  This year, the deficit will be $1.6 trillion and last year was $1.4 trillion and 2011 is projected to be $1.3 trillion.  That is if he can fund the budget.  I already pointed out he wants to soak the rich, which will not work, but he has another plan as well.  Despite the fact that Crap & Tax appears to be all but dead in the Senate, the President has funds raised from carbon credits in his budget.  That’s right, either the President knows something we don’t know – possibly an Executive Order to implement Crap & Tax? – or he is trying to pull a fast one.

Mark Tapscott, writing for the Washington Examiner said, “Whether it’s the $650 billion projected by the Senate bill or the $873 billion of the House bill, it appears highly unlikely, to put it charitably, that either measure will make it to Obama’s desk with the cap-and-trade program intact. That means Obama will be counting phantom revenue as part of his next federal budget proposal.  But then Obama’s $787 billion economic stimulus program has produced two million phantom jobs located in phantom zip codes in phantom congressional districts, so perhaps nobody should be surprised to see phantom revenues in a White House budget proposal.”

Despite the fact that projections show the deficit continuing to lower each year until 2020 when the deficit will be around $800 billion dollars, reality reveals something else that has me questioning if our economy can truly recover with Progressives at the helm. Estimates have the publicly held debt doubling to $18.5 trillion by 2020.  And the interest on our debt will quadruple to more than $800 billion by 2020.

The budget also contains the Tenth Amendment defying guarantee to spend $25 billion to provide state governments with six additional months of help paying their Medicaid bills.

We have watched politicians on both sides of the aisle spend our money irresponsibly and every year the deficit continues to hold above the trillion dollar mark and the national debt balloons.  I have no doubt that if John McCain were the president instead, that the budget would not be much better.  It is up to us on the grassroots level to stop this wasting of our hard earned dollars.

Obama’s Disingenuous Bi-Partisanship

On Friday, President Obama met with members of the House GOP at their annual three-day retreat in Maryland.  He made some opening remarks and then proceeded to conduct a question and answer session.  Mainstream Media and members of the left described the President’s “performance” as a return to his former campaign self and the three Stooges at MSNBC (Rachel Madcow as Larry, Racist Chris Matthews as Curly and Keith Olberdork as Moe) aired a special, dedicated to their analysis of the President’s appearance in Maryland where they basically declared Obama the winner and described how the President mopped the floor with the GOP – even without his trusty teleprompter.

I witnessed something quite different.  The President is not moving to the center and deciding that he would like to work in a bi-partisan way.  The State of the Union Address revealed that the President plans to move forward full steam ahead.  This meeting with the GOP backs that up as well.  The President was obtuse, answering questions in long rhetorical soundbites that left most wondering what the original question had been.  The President was defensive on many issues and stuttered and stammered to get his footing.

Obama claimed that he is open to GOP ideas.  He has said the same thing all year-long, even as he completely ignored GOP suggestions and he and his administration, along with the Democrats, have claimed time and time again that the Republicans are obstructionist and the party of “no” and have no ideas to offer.  A member of the GOP should have asked the President how the GOP managed to obstruct anything when they do not have enough votes to accomplish that – the Democrats obstructed the Democrats.  Mike Pence pointed this ignoring of GOP ideas out in this exchange with the President:

REP MIKE PENCE (R-IND.): Mr. President, a point of clarification.

What’s in the “Better Solutions” book are all the legislative proposals that were offered . . .

OBAMA: Oh, I understand. I’ve actually read your bills.

PENCE: . . . throughout 2009.

OBAMA: I understand.

PENCE: And so rest assured the summary document that you received is backed up by precisely the kind of detailed legislation that Speaker Pelosi and your administration have been busy ignoring for 12 months.

OBAMA: Well, Mike, hold on, hold on a second.

(APPLAUSE)

No, no, no, no, no. Hold on a second guys.  You know, Mike, I’ve read your legislation. I mean, I take a look at this stuff. And the good ideas we take.

But here — here’s the thing, here’s the thing, I guess, that all of us have to be mindful of. It can’t be all-or-nothing one way or the other, all right?  There’s eloquence for you.  “No, no, no, no, hold on guys…here–here’s the thing, here’s the thing.  As I said, he stuttered and stammered his way through this thing because he knows he is wrong and lying.  Confidence does not need to be defensive.

You — you — and what I mean by that is this. If we put together a stimulus package in which a third of it are tax cuts that normally you guys would support, and support for states and the unemployed and helping people stay on COBRA that your governors certainly would support, Democrat or Republican. And then you’ve got some infrastructure, and maybe there’s some things in there that you don’t like in terms of infrastructure, or you think the bill should have been $500 billion instead of $700 billion, or there’s this provision or that provision that you don’t like. In other words, Mike and the rest of you boneheads obstructing me, even if a bill is total garbage and full of waste, one bright shining light should get you on board to vote for this stuff.  The Porkulus Bill got its nickname for a reason: it was full of pork!  And has been proven an utter failure full of fraud.

If there’s uniform opposition because the Republican caucus doesn’t get 100 percent or 80 percent of what you want, then it’s going to be hard to get a deal done. That’s because that’s not how democracy works. The President of the United States does not know that he is the head of a Representative Republic.  He thinks this is a Democracy.

Something that many analysts did not pick up in the opening statements of the President set off some Marxist/Dictator warning bells.  We already had Obama call out the Supreme Court and attempt to embarrass them at the SOTU and he informed them that he was encouraging Congress to overturn their ruling to uphold the First Amendment with legislation.  The President later informed Congress that he would be issuing an Executive Order to set up the spending committee that would take over the Congressional power of deciding where spending should be allocated and cut.  So we have President getting Congress to take SCOTUS’ power and then the President taking Congress’ power leaving one person holding the bag.  And this brings me to this statement from Friday:

I’m ready and eager to work with anyone who is willing to proceed in the spirit of goodwill. But understand, if we can’t break free from partisan gridlock, if we can’t move past the politics of no, if resistance supplants constructive debate, I still have to meet my responsibilities as president. I’ve got to act for the greater good, because that, too, is a commitment that I have made. And that, too, is what the American people sent me to Washington to do.

The President just informed the nation that he is going to act for the greater good, which we know means his interpretation of good, even if he has to act without Congress.  We know that Congress will be in gridlock now with the election of Scott Brown and the GOP is aware that they cannot move forward any big government ideas without suffering the wrath of We The People.

Since the Massachusetts wake-up call, Obama’s only concession has been to issue a spending freeze in his 2011 budget.  This concession is not only temporary, but freezes spending at an exorbitant rate while not doing anything to reform entitlement programs like MediCare, MediCaid and Social Security, which are bankrupting the country.  And the next concession that the President will toss out to the little people is moving the 9/11 trials out of Manhatten.  This brings little solace to an American public outraged that non-citizens who took part in slaughtering 3,000 of our fellows were given Constitutional rights.  And the idea that this “circus” trial, that will give voice to these Jihadi terrorists to spill forth their bilge, is just going to be moved to another American city instead of back to GITMO insults our intelligence.

The President is putting on airs of being a willing participant in bi-partisanship, but the actions will prove that this is just another lie.  And so we will have to remind him again in November 2010 that We The People are the government.


After Lashing, Lobbyists Get Special Treatment

In Wednesday evening’s State of the Union Address, the President made the following comment that drew gasps and murmurs:

To do that, we have to recognize that we face more than a deficit of dollars right now.  We face a deficit of trust -– deep and corrosive doubts about how Washington works that have been growing for years.  To close that credibility gap we have to take action on both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue — to end the outsized influence of lobbyists; to do our work openly; to give our people the government they deserve.  (Applause.)

That’s what I came to Washington to do.  That’s why -– for the first time in history –- my administration posts on our White House visitors online.  That’s why we’ve excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs, or seats on federal boards and commissions.

The reason for the reaction from the chamber were the facts.  The President was lying.  Not only does he have lobbyists and former lobbyists on commissions and boards, but many of his advisors and cabinet members fall into that description.  I have counted over one hundred personally and most people researching the influence of lobbyists on the Obama administration place the count in the forties.  The President went even further, suggesting in his comments that the government would do its work openly and offered as an example, the move the White House made to place the names of visitors to the White House on their website.  He failed to mention that this came after a Freedom of Information Act request.

But even more appalling is the revelation yesterday that K Street lobbyists have been invited to participate in a series of teleconferences hosted by the Treasury Department.  Raise your hands if you think these teleconferences will be behind closed doors.  The Hill wrote, “The Treasury Department on Thursday morning invited selected individuals to ‘a series of conference calls with senior Obama administration officials to discuss key aspects of the State of the Union address.’  The invitation, which went to a variety of stakeholders, was sent by Fred Baldassaro, a senior adviser at the Treasury Department’s Office of Business Affairs and Public Liaison.  The invitation stated, ‘The White House is encouraging you to participate in these calls and will have a question and answer session at the end of each call. As a reminder, these calls are not intended for press purposes.’

So obviously, these meetings will not be public and these insiders will be asked to have, as the President put it, “outsized influence.”  By the way, is the term “outsized” really a word?

This tactic of eviscerating and then seeking recommendations from “bad elements”  is a familiar one for the White House.  The President attacked banks and then asked them to help the economy by lending again.  Now he seeks guidance from these lobbyists after lashing out at them.