We all hear politicians talk themselves up, about how they got this bill passed and that amendment added, yada, yada, yada. But at last night's Crusade For Voters candidate forum in Richmond, Congressman Bobby Scott, the Democrat who represents the 3rd district broke new ground. Responding to his Republican opponent Chuck Smith, he touted his credentials as the best friend children ever had in Congress and claimed that he got legislation into the health care bill that protected children. Now, that's very interesting . . . the bill was crafted entirely in the Senate. So, unless Mr. Scott inconspicuously swapped jobs with Mark Warner or Jim Webb, it's inconceivable that he drafted one dotted "i" of the health care bill. Mr. Scott must be a new breed of legislator: Supercongressman, able to leap either chamber in a single bound.
There's been a lot of noise about the silence of Congressional Democrats running for re-election this year not mentioning their votes on the infamous health care bill in their campaign ads (see LifeNews.com). It's been documented, despite what the propaganda hacks in the White House and DNC have said, and what Bill Clinton proclaimed, that not one Democrat anywhere has run an ad promoting his or her vote on the health care bill. WRONG! In fact, some Democrat incumbents are advertising their votes on the health care bill — and the "stimulus," too (see Raw Story). They are the few, the proud . . . the ones who voted NO!
Never before this year has the Congress passed such a mammoth intervention in the marketplace, such as the infamous health care bill, with so many outstanding questions. The reason for the unanswered — and unknowable — is, of course, that very few members read it. Remember madam speaker's clownish remark? "We have to pass the bill so we can know what's in it." That boomerang has come back to bite Bill Clinton as well. A vociferous proponent of the bill because of the Utopia it would bring us, it turns out those well wishes were vacuous by the nature of his ignorance of the legislation's own mechanisms. He as much admitted it on Meet The Press on Sunday (see Jonah Goldberg at AEI's Enterprise Blog). When asked by host David Gregory why the public has a distaste for the bill despite Mr. Clinton's prognostication in 2009 that they would love it once it was signed into law, he responded:
Well, I was wrong about that for two reasons. First of all, the benefits of the bill are spread out over three or four years. It takes a long time to implement it. And secondly, there was — there’s been an enormous and highly effective attack on it.
Hmmm. He didn't know it would take several years, huh? Even I knew that. So, Bill didn't read the bill. Guess what Mr. Former President? The people you disparage as "attacking" it are doing nothing more than providing the truth of the facts; facts found in the bill, because, unlike you, they've read it and know what's in it. (In fact, the only "attacking" was by the bill's supporters who demonized opponents as, ironically, "extremists.") It wasn't popular then and it's not now precisely because people have done what you apparently did not — they read it, they understand it and they know it's not good for them or the country. That's why it's not popular.
The only wait that has people antsy is the wait to repeal it. Only then, there will be true joy.
Shocking, I know, but here is more from the Left Wing Honesty File — as thin as that is. In fact, two in one day pretty much blows open the the file and spills the contents to the ground. But here is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) (see Sharron Angle ad) telling an audience of left-wing "NetRoots" bloggers last week that the health care bill didn't go far enough and that he will ram through a public option (i.e., absolute government control of health care). That makes Harry one of the 9 percent (see Rasmussen Reports poll), along with Pete Stark, who believe the federal government has no limits on its power. Still, I'm not giving Harry too much credit for honesty. He also says in the video below that the public now supports the health care law. Not true, as the Rasmussen poll vividly demonstrates. But when you think the government can do anything, liberties with the truth are a small casualty.
Harry Reid believes in total government control of health care. He believes the public agrees. He probably believes he's in for a good November.
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Metro Richmond is hosting Presenter Training for KISSN (Keep It Simple, Say No) on Saturday, July 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Richmond. This training is for anyone who wants to become a presenter of the KISSN abstinence curriculum. Topics covered in the curriculum include "Building Healthy Relationships," "Love vs. Infatuation," "The Myth of Safe Sex," "Secondary Virginity," and "The Freedom of Abstinence." Programs like KISSN are especially vital in a culture in which 50 percent of high school students were reported to be sexually active in 2009, according to the Center for Disease Control. Worse yet, a Virginia based abstinence group reports that almost 70 percent of central Virginia high school seniors are sexually active and, of that group, 50 percent became sexually active between the ages of 13 and 15, and 22 percent before the age of 12. Abstinence is the only effective, 100 percent method to prevent STDs and pregnancy.
But these horrifying statistics aren't the only reason the KISSN and similar curricula must be taught to teenagers: The federal government recently made changes in abstinence education funding. These changes affect Virginia because, typically, this funding is in the form of state grants that states must choose to either accept or decline. Keeping true to his campaign promise, President Obama introduced a budget in the spring of 2009 that included a clause eliminating nearly all abstinence education funding and replacing it with so-called "comprehensive sex ed" funding. However, approximately $50 million was reallocated to abstinence funding during the Congressional health care bill debate — one of the few positives in that process. Currently, the federal government is providing state grants for all forms of sex education.
In 2007, then-Governor Tim Kaine, at the urging of Planned Parenthood, cut off state funding of proven abstinence-centered education programs, such as KISSIN. In fact, the second largest school district in Virginia, Prince William County, had contracted with KISSIN because of its effectiveness. The funding has never been restored.
Changes that occur on the federal level regarding abstinence education funding trickle down to the state. However, Virginia must also do its part to ensure that only fail proof sex education is presented to our youth. We encourage you to attend the KISSN training on July 17 to support a worthy organization and to learn more about an important abstinence curriculum that you could implement in your church or school.
To register for the KISSN training, please contact Sher Aker by July 9 at 804-673-2020 or at email@example.com. There is a $35 registration fee to cover the cost of the curriculum's manual and for lunch.
Annotations & Elucidations You Want Bipartisanship?
The president visited the Senate Republicans yesterday asking for bipartisanship, then promptly went to a partisan fundraiser to mock them. Classy. Not only that, he's disingenuous, as ever. There is bipartisanship in Washington — and it's all against his policies as evidenced by the large numbers of Democrats who voted against the health care bill and cap and trade. Now, Democrats are joining Republican calls for the White House to be more forthcoming on a brewing scandal — did the president offer a candidate a job to drop out of a primary? The candidate, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) says yes. By the way, if it happened, it wouldn't be your normal political patronage. It's against the law.
Elsewhere, we're sorry to hear the Jay and Stephanie Burkholder have given up their lawsuit against the city of Roanoke for stealing their land and giving it to a private company. It's been a long fight and the legal expenses are mounting. The Burkholders pledge to work for, as are we, a state constitutional amendment beginning the next session of the General Assembly to prevent such government abuse and protect property rights. We'll have more comment about this later this week.
More notes of interest in this News Stand: The GOP wants your ideas. It has started a Web site to take the ideas from every day Americans. U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia's 6th District explains in Human Events. Lawrence Meyers of Big Hollywood explains how we fuel Hollywood trash while Mark J. Fitzgibbons, usually of the Washington Examiner, goes national in the American Thinker, putting the lie on the G-Men's reply to Virginia's lawsuit against the health care law; and Ronald Kessler of News Max says it all when he writes that conservatives are the mainstream — and that's not partisan. All of the above is below. Check it out.
Burkholders give up fight for Reserve Ave. property (Roanoke Times)
Government challenges state's health care stance (Roanoke Times)
Fifth District candidates face off (Lynchburg News & Advance)
Allen says ‘poor judgment’ led to 'macaca moment' (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell says he didn't know of Fred Malek's Nixon work, SEC settlement (Washington Post)
House GOP unveils Web site to build agenda (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Republicans, Dems press White House on job offer to Sestak (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Obama gets an earful in clash with GOP senators (AP/GOPUSA.com)
GOP hopes candidate will flip Wash. Senate seat (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Does Hollywood Ideology Affect Hollywood Revenue? (Lawrence Meyers/Big Hollywood-Breitbart.com)
ObamaCare Lawsuit Reveals National Grab to Regulate Individual 'Decisions' (Mark J. Fitzgibbons/American Thinker Blog)
Conservatives Are the Mainstream (Ronald Kessler/NewsMax.com)
America — It's Time to Speak Out (U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va./Human Events)
Obama's Border Security Plan: More Desk Jobs! (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Look Who's Behind the White House — Sestak Stonewall (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)
Preposterous Bill Press (Brent Bozell/GOPUSA.com)
West of the Potomac, GOP Hopes Rise (Tony Blankley/GOPUSA.com)
Republicans take it to the president (Fresh Ink Blog GOPUSA.com)
Gov't employees used crystal meth & downloaded porn. ... (Kay Daly/Fresh Ink Blog GOPUSA.com)
Annotations & Elucidations The Nuts And Bolts, Tax Day, TEA Party Version
After yesterday's very meaty edition of the News Stand, we've compiled a very basic version today — can't always keep that pace up, you know. Plus, there's other stuff to do. (What good conservative blogger wouldn't be getting ready for the TEA Party tonight?) Still, we have a good variety of reading for you today, especially of state news, of which we play a big part (the first three links).
Something else of interest: The Virginia Supreme Court heard arguments earlier this week on a property dispute between the (liberal) Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and nine more traditional (or orthodox) parishes that broke away and kept their property when the Episcopals appointed an openly homosexual bishop in New Hampshire a few years ago. The diocese wants the land back. At contention is an 1867 Virginia law meant to referee such disputes.
Nationally, the polls show liberal leaders falling faster than American prestige around the world, and — lo and behold! — TEA Party members are wealthier and better educated than most and not racist! Golly Gee! (This is only news to mainstream media types, but fun to cite.)
Have fun paying your taxes (those who do) and attend a TEA Party!
*McDonnell proposes adding to Va. budget to attract commerce (Washington Post)
*Pro-choice plate avoids McDonnell veto pen (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
*Governor McDonnell Targets Abortion Funding (Video 2:16) (CBS6/WTVR.com)
McDonnell makes no vetoes to legislation (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Going fast more costly (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
McDonnell amends 122 bills (Roanoke Times)
19 Baptist pastors criticize McDonnell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Va. Episcopal hierarchy fights to keep church property (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
AP-GfK Poll: Obama slips, other Dems slide, too (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Poll shows resistance to health care bill rising (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Tea Party leaders on alert for infiltrators (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Bunning endorses outsider Paul in Kentucky US Senate race (AP/GOPUSA.com)
RNC chairman: GOP wants to help black community (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Fla. governor Crist might run for Senate as independent (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Establishment Terrified by Tea Party Movement (Matt Towery/GOPUSA.com)
GOP Should Push Tough Regulation of Wall Street (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)
William Ayers' Wyoming Debacle Highlights Leftist Weaknesses (Christopher G. Adamo/GOPUSA.com)
The Individual Mandate: We're All Amish Now (Jon N. Hall/GOPUSA.com)
Annotations & Elucidations Time For Tea (Parties)
It's a busy Monday version of the News Stand. We're in the news, again, because liberals are complaining about us. Translation: We're doing an effective job thwarting their agenda.
Someone else doing an effective job are the lobbyists paid for by local governments with your tax money, who lobby, mostly, against interests of taxpayers and for the interests of government. Hundreds of thousands of dollars across the state, in fact. The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot features one such lobbyist and the dough she rakes in for the Virginia Beach School Board. However, some localities have stopped paying for outside help, which is good. But they continue to lobby the General Assembly with in-house staff. Not much better. Elsewhere, Tea Parties are spring up across the state and there are several dispatches regarding such. In news sure to cheer Planned Parenthood, a Catholic pharmacy which did not sell contraception, closed.
Nationally, we see the class exhibited by the New Jersey teachers union (it circulated an e-mail wishing for Republican Governor Chris Christie's death). In Analysis, Internet safety activist Stacy Rumenap looks at a recent big win in federal court against the FCC and Henry Lamb discusses how President Obama got that national security force he campaigned for . . . in the health care bill! Nancy Pelosi was right. We did have to pass the bill to learn what was in it! In Commentary, Michelle Malkin and Mark Tapscott examine how the left in the media and out will try to sabotage the Tea Parties.
*UR recognition of Family Foundation leader protested (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
*Jepson alumna condemned by students for leadership award (The Collegian)
*Family Foundation lobbies McDonnell on abortion, stem cell research (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Some school divisions think lobbyists worth the investment (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Catholic pharmacy shutters in Virginia (Washington Times)
Tea Party: We're taxed enough (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Farris, Viguerie To Speak At Culpeper Tea Party (Culpeper Star Exponent)
Tea Party seeks to ‘wake up’ America at Freedom Rally (Danville Register & Bee)
New flap brings McDonnell’s national viability to fore (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
'Jobs' governor's first 90 days have veered off course (The Daily Press)
Mims sworn in as Supreme Court justice (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
After loss, Va.'s Deeds tries to regain his footing (Washington Post)
Obama election-year jobs agenda stalls in Congress (AP/GOPUSA.com)
GOP senators push for 'mainstream' court nominee (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Psst: Hilary Rodham Clinton for court? (AP/GOPUSA.com)
GOP Chairman Steele: 'I've made mistakes' (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Obamacare Will Be at Center of High Court Hearing (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)
Obama's Private Army (Henry Lamb/GOPUSA.com)
Court Rules FCC Lacks Authority to Regulate Internet (Stacy Rumenap/GOPUSA.com)
Crash course: Your illustrated guide to Tea Party saboteurs (Michelle Malkin/MichelleMalkin.com)
Will Mainstream Media reporters and editors expose, screen out, or help Tea Party saboteurs? (Mark Tapscott/Beltway Confidential-WashingtonExaminer.com)
Are All Cultures Equal? (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)
The liberals in Congress who rammed through the health care bill now have no hesitation in admitting its true intentions — redistribution of income and control of people and business. Now, they're showing a willingness to admit their real motivations — redefining the Constitution (to put it mildly). I realize that might be a stretch considering most of them don't know what's inthe Constitution, but makes it no less appalling that U.S. Representative Phil Hare (D-Ill.)admitted last week that he "doesn't care" if the health care law is constitutional (then confuses the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence). (H/T to Adam Sharp of Sharp Elbows Blog, who took the video and is heard asking Rep. Hare some of the questions.) Either way, it begs three questions:
» These geniuses are trying to improve health care coverage and cost increases?
» If he hasn't read the constitution, how can you believe him when he says he read the health care bill?
» Isn't he violating his oath the defend the constitution when he admits he doesn't care whether the government health care takevover is constitutional?
Congressman Hare: Constitution? Declaration of Independence? Who cares? I don't!
Annotations & Elucidations Week's End
An eventful week winds down to a slumberish end. We all can use the respite. However, there is some news: Despite his "Executive Directive," Governor Bob McDonnell said on his monthly "Ask The Governor" show that there is no need for an anti-homosexual bias law. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has the details, but you can hear it for yourself on the link to WRVA's podcast (a first for the the News Stand). The Washington Post has mention of it as well, on it s Virginia Politics Blog. Have a listen and a read . . . and a good weekend.
McDonnell doubts need for bias law (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
No 'rampant discrimination' against gay employees to argue for law, McDonnell says (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Senate bill proposes no more bailouts (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Saying ‘I do’: Black marriage campaign is growing (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Ask The Governor (60:00) (WRVA.com)
Democrats send Obama final health measure (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Obama dares GOP to repeal health care bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)
GOP warns Obama about labor board appointment (AP/GOPUSA.com)
NPR, PBS stations get $10M infusion for local news (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Would partners of gay troops get benefits, too? (AP/GOPUSA.com)
How the Left Fakes the Hate: A Primer (Michele Malkin/GOPUSA.com)
Game On! (Michael Reagan/GOPUSA.com)
Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854, Redux (Tony Blankley/GOPUSA.com)
As the General Assembly began in January, perhaps the most anticipated legislative debate was going to be over the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act. How would this legislation — written to exempt Virginians from the unprecedented individual mandate in the Congressional health care bill — be received after a huge conservative victory in the fall? After all, the campaign was seen as a referendum against the federal government’s increasing control of private business and individual lives. But could it clear the typically obstructionist Virginia Senate? The answer came pretty early in session when five key Senate Democrats joined all 18 Republicans to send it comfortably through to the House where it was met warmly — even 55 percent of House Democrats voted for it. Similarly, the House version made its way through both chambers later in session. It was all anti-climatic until the events of last weekend.
After Congressional liberals rammed through its government-run health care plan, despite overwhelming opposition across the country, and the subsequent White House gloating, all eyes turned to Virginia. Yesterday, Governor Bob McDonnell made it official with what had to be the most widely reported bill signing ceremony in recent Virginia history. With his signature, Virginia has exempted itself from the most significant portion of the new federal law. We congratulate Governor McDonnell, the General Assembly and the bill patrons for their hard work in making history and protecting Virginia families from the federal government’s burdensome overreach and constitutionally questionable actions.
The patrons and chief co-patrons responsible for this major success for constitutional principle are: Senators Jill Vogel (R-27, Winchester), Steve Martin (R-11, Chesterfield) and Fred Quayle (R-13, Suffolk); and Delegates Bob Marshall (R-10, Manassas), John O’Bannon (R-73, Henrico) and Chris Peace (R-97, Hanover).
Now, however, even more national attention is focused on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as he defends this new law against the government takeover of our health care system. We thank him for his efforts and state and national leadership on this matter, as he does what he was sworn to do — defend Virginia law and the Virginia and United States Constitutions. He, as you can guess, is under a blistering attack from a loud, but determined, minority opposed to the Virginia law and his legal actions against federally run health care. You can support him by signing an online petition found here.
Finally, thanks to all of you who contacted your legislators and worked so hard to defend the founding principles of Virginia and the nation during this General Assembly session. As these uncertain economic times continue, more work will be required in the months ahead to restore our Founders’ vision.
Annotations & Elucidations Jesus' Home Found?
Not much regarding state news today. So slow, in fact, that even Barack "Barry from D.C." Obama had time to call in to WTOP radio to chat up Governor Tim Kaine. So we've loaded up, mostly, on what everyone is talking about: the health care bill — and the News Stand is loaded today, complete with news, analysis and commentary on health care, but other topics, too, including some thoughts on Christmas. In addition, Matt Friedeman, at Rightly Concerned Blog, takes a look at an archaeological find in Nazareth that could be a home in the village in which Jesus grew up! Pretty exciting news at any time, especially now, especially with all that is going on.
One reason for the large News Stand is that it will take a break after today until January 4. So read up! Starting then, we'll have all the news concerning the countdown to General Assembly session as well as the pending inauguration of the McDonnell-Bolling-Cuccinelli administration. Until then, we'll continue to update the blog with comment and content throughout the Christmas season, with the expected breaks here and there to enjoy the Holy Season.
Senator Newman to propose infanticide law change (BearingDrift.com)
McDonnell to announce Connaughton as transportation secretary (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
'Barry from D.C.' calls WTOP to thank Va. Gov. Kaine (Washington Post Politics and Policy Blog)
Jesus' Narareth home found? (Matt Friedeman/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Abortion could still roil the health bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Reid brags about deals cut for votes in Senate health bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Democrat's special deals life blood of health care bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Senate gears for second critical health vote (AP/OneNewsNow.com)
Sunrise vote nudges health care bill forward (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Blacks say Obama notdoing enough for them (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Europe feels left out in cold on climate deal (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Concessions Democrat lawmakers won in health care bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Worst reporting of 2009 — who made the cut? (OneNewsNow.com)
Abortion — a 'choice' issue for Democrats (OneNewsNow.com)
Senator Nelson 'betrayed' pro-lifers back home (OneNewsNow.com)
Healthcare mandate: Get insured . . . or else (OneNewsNow.com)
Obamacare Hazardous to America's Health (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)
The 'Science' Mantra (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)
Al Gore and the Wizards of Climategate (Tom Borelli/GOPUSA.com)
A Cool Wind Braces theHot-Air Crowd (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)
The Realities of Christmas Time (Richard Olivastro/GOPUSA.com)
'Tis The Week Before Christmas (Henry Lamb/GOPUSA.com)
The War on Christmas — it's a Commie thing (Matt Barber/OneNewsNow.com)
Away with the manger (Chuck Norris/Rightly Concerned Blog)
When All Else Fails, Accuse Opponents of Being Racists (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
A Tasty Recipe for Conservative Victory (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Should GOP Adopt a Conservative Litmus Test (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Fast and pray until Christmas Day (Janet Porter/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Minister tells his flock to go steal (Matt Friedeman/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Sen. Gregg: 'A government run by community organizers has taken over' (Matt Friedeman/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Reid bought off votes with $1.2 billion in kickbacks (Elijah Friedeman/The Millennial Perspective, Rightly Concerned Blog)
How to stop the healthcare bill (Matt Friedeman/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Below is the text of a news release issued today from the office of Lt. Governor Bill Bolling concerning the votes by Senators Warner (contact here) and Webb (contact here) in favor of a procedural motion that will allow the Senate health care bill to proceed to a final up or down vote, where it is all but assured of passing. The text of the letter referenced in the news release is posted here.
BOLLING CALLS ON WARNER AND WEBB TO VOTE AGAINST FEDERAL HEALTHCARE LEGISLATION
RICHMOND – Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today sent a strongly worded letter to Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner expressing outrage over special concessions given to certain states to obtain support for federal healthcare legislation from their Senators and asking them to oppose this legislation, which Bolling called "misguided."
"As you know, one of our major concerns with this legislation is the potential impact it could have on the cost of Medicaid for Virginia’s state government," wrote Bolling. "Many reports have suggested that this legislation could result in much higher Medicaid costs for state governments across the nation, costs that state governments simply cannot bear."
In his letter, Bolling cited reports from this past weekend that the Senate’s Democratic leadership had made concessions to Senator Ben Nelson that would hold his home state of Nebraska harmless for any additional Medicaid costs that might come about as a result of the enrollment of new Medicaid recipients after 2017, while all 49 other states would be required to pay a portion of the increased costs. This reportedly would save Nebraska $45M per year, while passing these costs on to other states.
Additionally, similar "sweet heart deals" were reportedly made to Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and other Senators to obtain their support for the healthcare bill, while the citizens of Virginia and other states were not afford the same benefits.
"I am outraged by reports that surfaced this weekend regarding concessions that were made to Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson to secure his vote in support of this legislation," stated Bolling. "If these reports are accurate, this type of quid pro quo is unacceptable, and you and your colleagues should object strongly to the practice, which I have no doubt the American people will find offensive as well."
"If the Senate’s leadership is so desperate to obtain votes to secure the passage of this legislation that they would make these types of concessions to these Senators, I would ask that you demand that the same concessions be extended to Virginia, and for that matter, to every other state in the nation," continued Bolling.
In addition to the outrageous "pay off" tactics employed by Senate Democratic Leadership, Bolling encouraged Senators Webb and Warner to vote against the substance of the legislation, citing concerns that it will result in increased healthcare costs, increased insurance premiums, increased taxes on family and businesses and fewer options for individual patients.
Annotations & Elucidations The Slow Time
It's a slow political news cycle this time of year, especially right after a gangbusters election, as things settle down. Soon, however, it will be special election time in Fairfax and Virginia Beach for two Virginia Senate seats (vacated by the elections of Ken Cuccinelli to attorney general and Ken Stolle to Virginia Beach Sheriff). It's becoming more likely that the new senator from Virginia Beach will be the Republican nominee since the Democrats can't seem to find a candidate. Bob McDonnell will show his bipartisan stripes and meet with House Democrats, while Ron Villanueva gains another vote in his bid to keep said Dems one seat fewer.
Nationally, the AP reports 10 states face looming budget disasters, while U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is seeking a huge tax increase to pay for the health care bill. Who thinks things will get better soon? Meanwhile, Walter E. Williams is on target as ever in his column about contempt for the constitution, Christopher Adamo offers the GOP lessons from the New York special Congressional election, and Bobby Eberle tells RNC Chairman Michael Steele to knock off the irresponsible racial talk.
McDonnell to meet with House Democratic Caucus (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Beach electoral board finds extra vote for Villanueva (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Two Republicans run for Stolle's seat; another Democrat out (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
'Jane Roe' honored at LU pro-life conference (Lynchburg News & Advance)
A Year Out, Widespread Anti-Incumbent Sentiment (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press)
Reid eyes payroll tax hike to pay for health care (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Report: 10 states face looming budget disasters (AP/GOPUSA.com)
History Is Calling — Will Obama Answer? (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)
Constitutional Contempt (Walter E. Williams/GOPUSA.com)
We Win, They Lose (Lisa Fabrizio/GOPUSA.com)
Blind Diversity Equals Death (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)
Lessons Learned From New York District 23 (Christopher Adamo/GOPUSA.com)
Bridging the Racial Divide Takes a Bridge, not a Chainsaw (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
No More Career Politicians! (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Our friend Brian Gottstein at Tertium Quids posted this yesterday about what's inside the "health care" bill. It's important that we know what's in it, since some members of Congress don't — because they refuse to read it (if you haven't seen this brief video, please do) — then tell them ourselves (see Congressional switchboard phone number and e-mail info). Quoting from Peter Fleckstein's Twitter updates (see his blog), Brian provides the following creepy elements to the bill:
Pg 22 of the HC Bill MANDATES the Govt will audit books of ALL EMPLOYERS that self insure!!
Pg 30 Sec 123 of HC bill —THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benes u get
Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill — YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!!
Pg 42 of HC Bill — The Health Choices Commissioner will choose UR HC Benefits 4 you. U have no choice!
PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill — HC will be provided 2 ALL non US citizens, illegal or otherwise
Pg 58HC Bill — Govt will have real-time access 2 individs finances & a National ID Healthcard will b issued!
Pg 59 HC Bill lines 21-24 Govt will have direct access 2 ur banks accts 4 elect. funds transfer
Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Govt is creating an HC Exchange 2 bring priv HC plans under Govt control.
PG 84 Sec 203 HC bill — Govt mandates ALL benefit pkgs 4 priv. HC plans in the Exchange.
From a recently received e-mail from Billy Valentine of the Facebook group Catholics in the GOP:
Pence Amendment to De-Fund Planned Parenthood failed, 187-247. We received 20 Dem votes, 3 more than we did last time the amendment was offered two years ago.
Yet, the vote clearly shows elections have consequences, and the need to work hard in 2010 so pro-lifers can take back Congress.
In the meantime, please continue to lobby Congress hard on the health-care bill.
You can send a quick e-mail to your represntatives concerning taxpayer funded abortions, medical professional conscience protection, and other life aspects of the socialized medicine bill through Facebook by clicking here.