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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the United States Senate last night at 1 AM?

Answer: After some arm-twisting and vote buying, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) was able to pass his cloture bill.

Don’t worry folks, this does not mean that Sen. Reid’s version of Obama-Care passed the Senate. What took place last night/early this morning (go figure) was only a cloture vote, which basically puts a time limit on the consideration of this bill and overcomes a filibuster.

Overall, this still isn’t good news to hear:

Landmark health care legislation backed by President Barack Obama passed its sternest Senate test in the pre-dawn hours early Monday, overcoming Republican delaying tactics on a 60-40 vote that all but assures its passage by Christmas.

Hmm… Interesting. What’s a better way to show the American people that this administration and federal government (owned by Democrats) is all about transparency? A Christmas Eve senate vote on Obama-Care of course! Creative, yet very shady of you Democrats: Attempting to sneak a bill through the senate that takes over 1/6 of the U.S. economy while Americans are focused on the holidays and their families. I must say, this is absolutely pathetic:

The atmosphere was intensely partisan, but the outcome preordained as senators cast their votes from their desks, a practice reserved for issues of particular importance. Administration officials who have worked intensely on the issue watched from the visitor’s gallery despite the hour. So, too, Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who championed health care across a Senate career that spanned more than 40 years.

Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s announcement Saturday that he had decided to support the bill—in exchange for a variety of concessions—cemented the Democrats’ 60-vote majority behind a bill assembled at the direction of Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada.

Oh trust me! Along with Sen. Ben Nelson’s “Cornhusker Kickback” worth $100 million, there were quite a few other “variety of concessions“:

New England’s Special Syrup. Vermont and Massachusetts will get similar (though less generous) special treatment by the feds in covering Medicaid expansion costs. Combined with Nebraska’s tab, the exclusive clique’s payoffs will cost taxpayers $1.2 billion over 10 years. At least.

Corruptocrat Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd’s Christmas wish. He’s plunging in the polls and in need of a little bacon to bring home.

“Some insurers are more equal than others” tax exemption. TheWSJ reports that nonprofit insurance companies will be exempt from a new, nearly $7 billion tax to pay for Demcare. Democrat Sens. Ben “Blank Check” Nelson and Carl Levin of Michigan pushed hard for the tax exemption, which will exempt insurers in their states.

The Frontier Freebie. Several lucky states will see an increase in Medicare payments to hospitals and doctors, the NYT reports, — “where at least 50 percent of the counties are ‘frontier counties,’ defined as those having a population density less than six people per square mile. And which are the lucky states? The bill gives no clue. But the Congressional Budget Office has determined that Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming meet the criteria.”

More Democrat Hospital Bennies. Also via NYT: “Another provision of the bill would increase Medicare payments to certain “low-volume hospitals” treating limited numbers of Medicare patients. Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa and chairman of the Senate health committee, said this ‘important fix’ would help midsize Iowa hospitals in Grinnell, Keokuk and Spirit Lake. Another item in Mr. Reid’s package specifies the data that Medicare officials should use in adjusting payments to hospitals to reflect local wage levels. The officials can use certain new data only if it produces a higher index and therefore higher Medicare payments for these hospitals. Senate Democrats said this provision would benefit hospitals in Connecticut and Michigan.”

Bernie Sanders’ Socialized Medicine Sop. He wanted a public option. Instead, he got socialized medicine satellite clinics funded to the tune of at least $10 billion. In his remarks early this morning before the cloture vote, he gloated about the funding as a crucial step toward universal care. Click here to check it out.

Fla.-Pa.-NY Protectionism. Via Politico: “Three states – Pennsylvania, New York and Florida – all won protections for their Medicare Advantage beneficiaries at a time when the program is facing cuts nationwide.”

Wowzers! Want to know what the most depressing part of all this is? The deals listed above that bought persuaded senators to vote ‘yes’ IS NOT all of them. Read about the first list of shady deals (including the Louisiana Purchase) by clicking here.

Question: How many compromises does it take until you actually compromise our health-care sytem?

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)?

Answer: Apparently he thinks that opponents of Obama’s health-care reform are like supporters of slavery.

WTH…

You heard it correct. Sen. Reid (D-NV) actually compared Republicans who oppose Obama’s health-care reform to those who tried to hang on to the institution of slavery over a century ago. Interestingly enough, those individuals were (for the most part) Democrats (haha):

The Nevada Democrat, in a sweeping set of accusations on the Senate floor, also compared health care foes to those who opposed women’s suffrage and the civil rights movement — even though it was Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, who unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and it was Republicans who led the charge against slavery.

Now usually I try to stay nice on my blog, but what was this idiot actually trying to accomplish politically with these statements? Are Democrats TRYING to make it easier for Republicans to win in the 2010 elections? Seriously… If you don’t believe the Senate Majority Leader uttered these words, check it out below:

Oh goody! Once again, the liberals pull out the infamous race card. Unfortunately for them, the polls aren’t showing very favorable numbers for the Democrat’s health-care reform. Hmm… This must mean most of America is racist! Haha:

Props!

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the latest numbers from the Rasmussen Reports on health care reform?

Answer: The support for Obama-Care is at an all time low.

Hmm… So why is the House and Senate trying so desperately to force this down the American people’s throats?

Rasmussen’s latest:

Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June.

Just 38% of voters now favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats. That’s the lowest level of support measured for the plan in nearly two dozen tracking polls conducted since June.

Half the survey was conducted before the Senate voted late Saturday to begin debate on its version of the legislation. Support for the plan was slightly lower in the half of the survey conducted after the Senate vote.

Prior to this, support for the plan had never fallen below 41%. Last week, support for the plan was at 47%. Two weeks ago, the effort was supported by 45% of voters.

It doesn’t help when the Democrat’s health-care reform bills keep getting larger and larger by the week. After all, Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) 2,074 page version of the bill was hardly out long enough for ANY normal American to read it. It just goes to show why the left needs to pass this monstrosity in the dead of night over the weekend… Something I find very unsettling.

Here is some more interesting numbers to soak in:

Only 16% now believe passage of the plan will lead to lower health care costs. Nearly four times as many (60%) believe the plan will increase health care costs. Most (54%) also believe passage of the plan will hurt the quality of care.

That’s funny… Why is the left preaching the exact opposite? But like most of Obama, Reid, and Pelosi’s loyal liberals, they are more elite and know what’s best for everyone else (not at all).

And how about these numbers:

Majorities of both men (61%) and women (52%) among likely voters now oppose ObamaCare.  Every age demographic except 18-29 year olds oppose it by majorities ranging from 58% to 65%. Every income demographic except the under-$20K group opposes it by a majority, even the heretofore sympathetic $100K+ demo, which opposes it 58/41 — with 50% strongly opposed.

Side-Note: We all better start working extra hard because if Obama-Care passes our money will be going towards poor people and college student’s prison sentences for not purchasing health-care. Yippy!

Oh yeah, did I ever mention that most college students are misinformed? Haha.

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Good-Conservatives

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Why the handcuffs?

Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Pelosi/Obama-Care plan?

Answer: The plan is so good that it includes handcuffs!

Props to Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) for asking the simple question that Democrats always fail to answer: If the ObamaCare proposal is so good, why do you have to imprison people who don’t want to participate?

There is a reason why Democrats won’t answer this question, but Ed Morrissey from Hot Air does an excellent job answering it:

Why can’t they answer? They can’t. They need to force people into the system in order to spread the costs more evenly to everyone, which is why the House took the blatantly unconstitutional path of federal mandates for health insurance. They want to solve a problem involving 13% of the American population by burdening the 87% that doesn’t have the problem at all, rather than looking for a way to reduce health-care costs for 100%.

The brilliant logic of the far-left… Trying to solve a problem by spending as much money as they possibly can while ignoring the main issues and concerns. Bravo.

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Government-Programs-ObamaCare-Cost

Wonder what you would find if you frisked Pelosi/Obama-Care and all the other government service expansions?

Answer: They cost billions more than what they were originally projected to cost.

This is what I would like to call ‘a reality check for those who put their trust in big government’. Are you confident the price tag on Obama-Care will remain within its original cost prediction? If you are one of those liberals who quickly respond with “Yes!” to that question, then here’s your reality slap in the face:

No other Big Government program has ever stayed within an order of magnitude of the promises made when it was signed into law. Medicare originally cost about $3 billion, when it began in 1965, and was projected to cost about $12 billion by 1990, adjusted for inflation. The actual cost in 1990 was nearly ten times that figure, $107 billion. It was up to $440 billion by 2007. The architects of the program would have been run out of town on a rail, if these future costs had been known to the voters of 1965.

The difference between promised benefits and expected revenues for Social Security and Medicare amounts to about $107 trillion dollars, which Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute points out is double the annual Gross Domestic Product of the entire world. The most strident opponent of the New Deal would never have dreamed of predicting this level of cost overrun. Name any government program that has been around for more than five years, and the odds are good it costs at least triple what its opponents originally said it would cost.

Gee, the government has an amazing track record at running things pretty well… Not at all. Need more evidence? Look at the United State Postal Service and Amtrak which are both colossal failures and a drain on our government.

So I ask again, do you like your odds that the price tag on Pelosi/Obama-Care is correct? But than again, the real question should be which price tag is the correct one? After all, Pelosi/Obama-Care has been stuck with more price tags than an opened/returned item placed on the clearance shelf:

  • CBO estimate of $3 TRILLION over the next 10 years.
  • The Heritage Foundation estimate of $2.6 TRILLION.
  • Democrat and CBO estimate of $1.2 TRILLION without the ‘doc fix’ or $1.45 TRILLION with the ‘doc fix’.

And the price tags continue so make sure you pick your poison, because:

Maybe this time, we can roll a titanic new government program across the fruited plains, without squashing the fruit. Among the most dangerous delusions of liberals and moderates is the belief they can unleash a blizzard of taxes and spending without radically altering other aspects of their lives… the belief they can blow the better part of $3 trillion taking over an industry, but everything else will stay exactly the same. They don’t appreciate how quickly the economic depression from huge taxes and industrial takeovers will destroy the income stream fueling the program, requiring increasingly high taxes in a vicious cycle resembling the collapse of a star into a black hole. They underestimate the damage to the national psyche that will result from hooking the middle class into a welfare program it can never escape. They’ve grown to take our fantastically advanced medical science for granted, and don’t realize how much less they’ll be expected to settle for, when doctors and corporations flee from a nationalized health care industry, the way many doctors currently refuse to accept Medicare. I don’t think enough people appreciate how far we have to fall, from the A+ health care we enjoy today, to the C- that will be good enough for government work.

Side-Note: Larger government is never the answer. Democrats and liberals need to wake up to reality and stop passing out entitlements like it’s candy on Halloween. Obama and his loyal Democrats need to get their priorities straight. Unemployment is at 10.2% and they are busy trying to overhaul 1/6 of our U.S. economy… Absolutely irresponsible and absurd.

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Wonder what you would find if you frisked the U.S. House of Representatives over the weekend?

Answer: The socialized Pelosi/Obama-Care plan barely passed.

Unfortunately, it was my birthday on November 8th and I did NOT enjoy the gift our U.S. Representatives are attempting to give me and the rest of America:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi defied policy logic and public opinion late Saturday night, ramming through the House a nearly 2,000-page health-care leviathan that counts as the biggest expansion of the federal government since the New Deal. As President Obama likes to say, this was a “teachable moment” about our current government.

The vote was 220 to 215, with 39 House Democrats joining all but one Republican in opposition. Mrs. Pelosi had to cajole and bribe her way to the magic 218, and the list of her promises must be stacked to the ceiling.

The lone Republican, Joseph Cao, represents a Democratic-leaning Louisiana district and extracted a promise that Mr. Obama would increase Medicaid payments to his state, and even then he only voted after Democrats had already hit 218. Let no one suggest this was the “bipartisan” health reform that Mr. Obama has long promised.

Rep. Anh Joseph Cao (R-LA) is an absolute joke and a disgrace to Republicans and especially conservatives everywhere! Unfortunately Mr. Cao, he knows the end is near for his shortly lived political career because there is no going back after his actions on late Saturday night/early Sunday morning.

The bill is instead a breathtaking display of illiberal ambition, intended to make the middle class more dependent on government through the umbilical cord of “universal health care.” It creates a vast new entitlement, financed by European levels of taxation on business and individuals. The 20% corner of Medicare open to private competition is slashed, while fiscally strapped states are saddled with new Medicaid burdens. The insurance industry will have to vet every policy with Washington, which will regulate who it must cover, what it can offer, and how much it can charge.

Mrs. Pelosi’s craftiest political turn was a last-minute compromise to strip federal funds from insurance plans that cover abortions. The deal—negotiated by Michigan Democrat Bart Stupak and supported by the National Right to Life Committee—gave cover to 40-some Democrats to support the larger bill.

The real importance of the abortion uproar is as preview of the politics that will dominate every medical coverage issue if ObamaCare becomes law. Every decision of what to insure or not—when an MRI can be used, or whether a stage-four breast cancer patient can get Avastin or some future expensive drug—will become subject to political intervention over moral disputes or budget constraints. Heretofore, these decisions have largely been made between a doctor and patient. This is the real “right to life” issue.

[…] They know this legislation is not the result of some national consensus in favor of expanding state power. Its passage was possible only because of temporary liberal majorities that are intent on fulfilling their dreams of a cradle-to-grave entitlement state. If they lose Blue Dog seats, or even their majority, in the short term, so be it. As the party of government, Democrats believe they will benefit in the long run from a much larger government.

The last paragraph I posted above is so incredibly true. Where is America headed? Unfortunately America is starting to look unrecognizable from when it was originally founded. Over the centuries, it has metaphorically gone through more plastic surgeries than House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A country that once symbolized freedom and hard work is slowly morphing into a something that symbolizes laziness and cradle-to-grave entitlements.

NO MORE!

As Sarah Palin said on her Facebook page: Our legislators can listen now, or they can hear us in 2010. It’s their choice.

Let’s protect our freedoms and help stop this monstrosity in the Senate, because 2010 is on the horizon folks.

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Obama-VA-NJ-Downplay

Wonder what you would find if you frisked the Obama Administration and the liberal mainstream media?

Answer: As expected, they are trying to downplay the significance of the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial elections.

3…        2…        1…        GO!…        And they’re off!

That’s right folks. The liberal mainstream media are busy bees this morning trying their best to downplay the elections from last night. Are we shocked? Personally, I’m not! I predicted the whole thing, but than again it wasn’t that hard. It was like predicting a dragster will go straight rather than turn, haha.

I wonder how the White House was taking the shocking political news? After all, Obama sent his top pollster to take command of the race in New Jersey. Not only that, Obama was featured in most of Corzine’s advertising and visited multiple times, including the day before the New Jersey election! Not to mention, Obama campaigned for Deeds multiple times while the Democratic Governors Association and the Democratic National Committee spent $10 million on Deeds’ campaign. Here is the White House’s reaction:

President Obama is not planning to watch Tuesday nights election returns, Obama aides Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod tell CNN.

Obama is more likely to watch Tuesday night’s Chicago Bulls game than any political coverage, according to Axelrod.

The president’s senior staff have also decided not to hold a watch party to keep an eye on election returns as they come in.

The epic downplay maneuver! Bravo White House… Bravo! Glad to know that all of the campaigning trips you have made to New Jersey and Virginia weren’t worth your time to at least watch. Apparently that was valuable time wasted while you could of been making a decision on what to do in Afghanistan. Reminder: Without the proper resources, our troops are in danger over there. Just thought I’d let you know!

As for the liberal mainstream media, you know they’re at their news desk with a devilish grin while finger-pecking away on their computer keyboards. It’s still early, but here is what one liberal media source had to say on the issue:

Advice to readers about the coming orgy of analysis about the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections: Ignore it. Disquisitions on The Meaning of It All for President Obama or the 2009 results as a harbinger for Congress in 2010 have scant basis in reality.

Over-interpreting election results is an occupational hazard for political reporters. This problem is particularly acute in the year after a presidential contest, when we are suffering from a bad case of electoral withdrawal.

Of course, there are years in which a president’s political woes contributed to his party’s poor showing in the off-year elections and the congressional midterms. The prime example is Bill Clinton’s experience of 1993-94, in which Republican gubernatorial victories presaged a shellacking in Congress. Democrats lost the House (down 54 seats) and Senate (down eight) — and then Clinton went on to win reelection. The next best example is George W. Bush in 2005-06, in which Democratic gubernatorial wins paved the way for large gains in the House (plus 31 seats) and Senate (plus 6).

Thank you liberal Ms. Marcus for making the conservative’s point. Clinton’s presidential woes contributed to the Democrats poor showing in off-year elections and the congressional midterms. Do you really think President Obama doesn’t have any woes now or in the future!? The man has spent our country into oblivion and plans on continuing his pattern towards socialism! The main reason Bill Clinton got re-elected was because the Republican majorities caused Clinton to return to the center of the political spectrum. So yes… The off-year elections of last night do matter and hold somewhat of a significance for what’s to come.

Ms. Marcus goes on to perform a classic liberal move in her article:

So it’s possible, for example, that Obama’s performance has turned off some of the Virginians who voted for him last year and played a role in the race between Democrat R. Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell. But Deeds was a lousy candidate, McDonnell a far more adept one. Virginia is a purple state, but purple with a decidedly reddish tinge.

But as to the question of whether Tuesday’s results portend very much for Congress in 2010 or Obama in 2012, the answer is: not really, all the commentary notwithstanding.

One of the most used tactics by the far-left: Start demonizing. Not to mention, Creigh Deeds is one of their own… They will throw anyone under the bus if it benefits themselves just a smidge. There is no loyalty in the progressive circle.

Side-Note: Unfortunately for liberals, Obama is a lot more radical than he portrayed during his campaign. His massive government spending and deficits (without results) will lead to his defeat in the 2012 election.

I’m calling it.

*UPDATE*

Nancy Pelosi believes the Democrats won last night…

Yup! Your not going blind and you read that correctly… Talk about trying to downplay the Republican domination that occurred in last night’s elections:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she sees no need to be worried by Republican victories in two governors races last night, because for her the news was all good.

“From my perspective, we won last night,” said Pelosi (D-Calif.), referring to the New York special election for the House seat previously held by Republican Rep. John McHugh. “We had one race were engaged in.”

“From my perspective, we won last night,” said Pelosi (D-Calif.), referring to the New York special election for the House seat previously held by Republican Rep. John McHugh. “We had one race were engaged in.”

“From my perspective, we won last night,” said Pelosi (D-Calif.), referring to the New York special election for the House seat previously held by Republican Rep. John McHugh. “We had one race were engaged in.”

This lady is so delusional it’s hilarious! How is Pelosi the Speaker!? I mean, come on! Maybe I’m giving the Democratic Party too much credit here, but there’s got to more intelligent Democrats in Congress than this loony tune.

Reminder to Pelosi: Bill Owens, from New York’s 23rd congressional district, campaigned against the government/consumer/public/whatever-you-want-to-call-it option! He’s got to run again in 2010, and if he wants to keep his current win longer he will have to appeal to the conservative district he’s in.

+1 for Republicans | ZERO for Pelosi.

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