Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Dodd’

Tyranny vs Liberty

March 26, 2010

“So who are the losers? Who are the losers? Well, the first loser I think is the United States Senate. Because, as I said before, this reconciliation requiring only 51 votes is a radical departure from anything we’ve done in the past, and I do not accept the statement that it’s been done in the past. Not when it affects one-sixth of the gross national product and is a direct result of the vote of the state of Massachusetts that gave this side 41 votes. If you still had 60 votes, we wouldn’t be doing this on reconciliation, we would be doing it in the regular way we address legislation. Legislation through the House, legislation through the Senate, a conference committee, and then, obviously, a final vote. But they can’t afford a final vote because there’s 41 votes now, not 60. So the Senate is a major casualty of this process.”

John McCain – 3/25/10

“From the beginning, the core of this bill being put together in a hidden room, behind a hidden room, behind a hidden door on the Speaker’s side — on the Majority Leader’s office suite, brought to this floor on a Saturday afternoon. The tree was filled up, and we were told we had to vote on it on Christmas Eve. No amendments were allowed. Then it was taken over to the House, and the Speaker worked out the deals in the back rooms of her offices, behind hidden doors without any public input, as it was represented it would be. What happened? It passed the House without any amendments being allowed. Now for the first time we have a chance to make amendments and the position on the other side of the aisle is no amendments allowed, even if they’re good amendments. So I guess obviously they consider their promises to be an inconvenience. Obviously they presume the Republican Party is an inconvenience, the democratic process is an inconvenience. And it also appears, considering the opposition to this out in America, that the American people are an inconvenience and that amendments which make sense aren’t going to be allowed to be passed because they don’t want to send it back to the House of Representatives.”

Judd Gregg – 3/25/10



Mostly Approve: 40%
Mostly Disapprove: 49%
(Quinnipiac University Poll, 3/22-23/10)


Favor: 38%
Oppose: 50%
  (“Bloomberg National Poll,” 3/19-22/10, P.1)

Approve:  37%
Disapprove: 48%
(“CBS News Poll,” 3/18-21/10, P. 4)

Favor: 39%
Oppose: 59%
(“CNN Opinion Research Poll,” 3/19-21/10, P.2)

Despite strong opposition from the American people, Democrats pushed forward with partisan health care legislation filled with tax hikes, Medicare cuts, and premium increases. 

The American people have been ignored by their government and criticized by the left-wing media outlets.  The American people have been called terrorist by the very people WE put in office. 

The anger in America is due to bad policies imposed by a failed government.  The attacks on the American people will be remembered this November.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” ~ Thomas Jefferson


March 25, 2010

Senate Dems Oppose Republican Bill To Extend Unemployment Insurance Without Adding To the Debt


Are you kidding me??  Way to show restraint moonbats!

“National Debt Has Increased Over $2 Trillion Since President Obama Took Office” – Last Month Was The “Largest Monthly Deficit In History” 

“The Latest Posting From The Treasury Department Shows The National Debt Has Increased Over $2 Trillion Since President Obama Took Office. The debt now stands at $12.6 trillion. On the day Mr. Obama took office it was $10.6 trillion.” (“National Debt Up $2 Trillion On Obama’s Watch,” CBS News, 3/16/10)

“The Government Ran Up The Largest Monthly Deficit In History In February, Keeping The Flood Of Red Ink On Track To Top Last Year’s Record For The Full Year. The Treasury Department Said Wednesday That The February Deficit Totaled $220.9 Billion, 14 percent higher than the previous record set in February of last year.” (“Budget Deficit Sets Record In February,” AP, 3/10/10) 

By 2020, Interest Payments On The Debt Will Approach $1 Trillion A Year 

CBO: “Net Interest Would More Than Quadruple Between 2010 And 2020 In Nominal Dollars … It Would Expand From 1.4 Percent Of GDP In 2010 To 4.1 Percent In 2020.” “Under the President’s budget, debt held by the public would grow from $7.5 trillion (53 percent of GDP) at the end of 2009 to $20.3 trillion (90 percent of GDP) at the end of 2020. As a result, net interest would more than quadruple between 2010 and 2020 in nominal dollars (without an adjustment for inflation); it would expand from 1.4 percent of GDP in 2010 to 4.1 percent in 2020.” (Douglas Elmendorf, CBO Director, Letter To Sen. Inouye, P.2, 3/5/10)

CBO: The Cost Of Yearly Interest Payments To Increase From $209 Billion In 2009 To $916 Billion In 2020.

•    CBO: “Outlays: Net Interest … 2009… 209 [Billion Dollars].” (Douglas Elmendorf, CBO Director, Letter To Sen. Inouye, P.13, 3/5/10)

•    CBO: “Outlays: Net Interest … 2020… 916 [Billion Dollars].” (Douglas Elmendorf, CBO Director, Letter To Sen. Inouye, P.13, 3/5/10)

CBO: “The Additional Borrowing Related To The President’s Revenue And Spending Proposals Would Generate About $800 Billion More In Interest Costs Over The 2011–2020 Period.” (Douglas Elmendorf, CBO Director, Letter To Sen. Inouye, P.6, 3/5/10)


55 Dems Must Have Forgot About This Exchange

March 25, 2010
Sessions Amendment: Eligibility Verification
Senator Sessions has proposed a first-degree amendment (#3701 – link) to the Health Care Reconciliation Bill, H.R. 4872, to require use of an effective system to verify that only those eligible to participate in the taxpayer-subsidized insurance exchange do so.Background:
  • Section 1411 of the health care Act provides the procedures for determining eligibility for participation in the Exchange.  The amendment makes these procedures more robust and effective and eliminates the discretion of the DHS Secretary to alter eligibility formulas.
  • The amendment adds a requirement that an applicant provide a sworn statement specifically attesting to the fact that the enrollee is a citizen, a U.S. national, or an eligible lawful permanent resident.  The amendment also requires that eligibility be demonstrated with documentation. 
  • It then requires that each exchange shall verify eligibility verification in accordance with the way eligibility for other federal health related programs is established and verified under the Social Security Act.
  • Additionally, the amendment directs the exchanges to rely upon the DHS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program.  SAVE is a program designed to aid agencies granting benefits in determining an applicant’s immigration status.  It does not make determinations but is rather an information service.
  • The Amendment maintains the current 5 year waiting period for legal aliens to receive welfare benefits.
  • This amendment implements the President’s promise to a joint session of Congress that his health care proposals “would not apply to those who are here illegally.”

    If Obama didn’t lie then why did 55 Democrats vote to kill this amendment? 

     The vote result was 55-43.
    The Motion to Table (kill) Sessions Amendment #3701 to H.R. 4872, the Reconciliation Bill, is agreed to.

    55 Dems Voted To Increase Taxes On 14.7 Million People With Incomes Less Than $200,000

    March 25, 2010
    Risch Amendment: Lower Itemized Deduction Threshold
    Senator Risch has offered an amendment (#3645 – link) to repeal the increased limitation on itemized deduction for medical expenses included in the health care bill.


    • Current law allows Americans to take an itemized deduction for medical expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) until the end of 2010. A provision of the Senate health care bill that is now law increased that limitation starting in 2011, raising it from 7.5 percent of AGI to 10 percent.
    • This provision raised $15.2 billion to help pay for health care reform.
    • The Risch amendment would return the limitation back to 7.5 percent by repealing Section 9013 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care act (the Senate health care bill).
    • This is paid for by lowering the income threshold for health expenditures that determines the exception from the individual mandate from 8 percent to 5 percent.
    • The itemized deduction for medical care is a broadly taken deduction that benefits millions of Americans making less than $200,000 or $250,000; President Obama make a “solemn pledge” that he would not raise taxes on this group.
    • By limiting this deduction and raising the level of necessary medical expenses needed before the deduction could be taken, President Obama and Congressional Democrats are raising taxes on all Americans who take advantage of this deduction.
    • According to materials provided by the amendment sponsor, data from the Joint Committee on Taxation shows that 14.8 million taxpayers will be affected by this tax increase, and 14.7 million of them have incomes less than $200,000.
    • Lowering this threshold back will be a tax cut on millions of Americans who will have more affordable access to medical needs, and help them afford the unsustainable cost increases that will result from the Democrats’ health care reform.


    SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “One Other Point That I Think It’s Very Important To Make Is That It Is True That In Certain Cases, The Taxes Will Go Up For Some Americans Who Might Be Making Less Than $200,000.” (Sen. Baucus, Floor Remarks, 3/23/10)

    SEN. MARY LANDRIEU (D-LA): “Yes, We’ve Had To Raise Some Taxes And Fees To Pay For This Bill.” (CSPAN’s Washington Journal, 12/22/09)








    57 Dems Vote Against Keeping Premiums Affordable

    March 25, 2010
    Barrasso Amendment: Requires Legislation Not Increase Premiums Senator Barrasso has offered an amendment (#3582 – link) to require that premiums will not increase as a result of passage of the legislation.


    • The amendment makes implementation of the health care law and the reconciliation bill contingent upon a certification from the Secretary of Health and Human Services that such legislation “would not increase premiums more than the premium increases projected under existing law.”
    • The Congressional Budget Office has previously found that the Senate bill would RAISE premiums in the individual market by an average $2,100 per family. At a time when many families are coping with job losses and struggling to make ends meet, they should not be forced by the federal government to buy more expensive health insurance they may not need, want, or be able to afford.
    • During his campaign, President Obama’s campaign plan promised that his reform would reduce premiums for the average family by $2,500 “by the end of my first term as President.” This amendment would ensure that Democrats’ actions match their rhetoric.
    • The reconciliation bill includes language that would apply the health law’s new benefit mandates to “grandfathered” plans. These new mandates on existing plans violate the President’s promise that “If you like your current plan, you can keep it” as well as his pledge to lower premiums Ð because if you like your current plan, you will have to pay more for it (presuming it still exists at all).
    • The Hippocratic Oath for physicians states that medicine should “first, do no harm.” This amendment ensures that all Americans will not be financially harmed by the impact of the Democrat reforms.


    Under Dem Healthcare Law “Premiums Will Continue To Rise,” “Healthy Families Will Be Picking Up Most Of The Bill”

    SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “Anyone Who Would Stand Before You And Say Well, If You Pass Health Care Reform, Next Year’s Health Care Premiums Are Going Down, I Don’t Think Is Telling The Truth. I Think It Is Likely They Would Go Up, But What We’re Trying To Do Is Slow The Rate Of Increase.”(Sen. Durbin, Floor Remarks, 3/10/10)

    AP: “Buyers, Beware: President Barack Obama Says His Health Care Overhaul Will Lower Premiums By Double Digits, But Check The Fine Print. Premiums Are Likely To Keep Going Up Even If The Health Care Bill Passes, Experts Say. … ‘There’s no question premiums are still going to keep going up,’ said Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a research clearinghouse on the health care system.” (“Fact Check: Premiums Would Rise Under Obama Plan,” AP, 3/17/10)

    •    “The Budget Office Concluded That Premiums For People Buying Their Own Coverage Would Go Up By An Average Of 10 Percent To 13 Percent, Compared With The Levels They’d Reach Without The Legislation. That’s mainly because policies in the individual insurance market would provide more comprehensive benefits than they do today.” (“Fact Check: Premiums Would Rise Under Obama Plan,” AP, 3/17/10)

    Senate Dems Vote To Keep Sweetheart Deals

    March 25, 2010

    McCain Amendment: Remove Sweetheart Deals
    Senator McCain has offered an amendment (#3570 – link) to strike the “sweetheart deals” included in the health care law and the reconciliation bill.


    • The amendment repeals the following “sweetheart deals” included in the health care law and the reconciliation bill:
      1. Increase in Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments just for Tennessee (Section 1203, page 71 of H.R. 4872);
      2. Increase in Medicaid DSH payments just for Hawaii (Section 10201, page 2132 of H.R. 3590);
      3. The “Louisiana Purchase” to increase Medicaid funding just for Louisiana (Section 2006, page 428 of H.R. 3590);
      4. Increased Medicare reimbursement just for frontier states (Section 10324, page 2237 of H.R. 3590);
      5. Medicare coverage just for Libby, Montana residents exposed to environmental hazards (Section 10323, page 2222 of H.R. 3590);
      6. A $100 million hospital funding provision intended to benefit Connecticut (Section 10502, page 2354 of H.R. 3590); and
      7. Extension of Section 508 hospital reimbursement provisions just to Michigan and Connecticut (Section 10905, pages 2205-06 of H.R. 3590)
    Arguments in Favor:
    • Citizens in other states should not be asked to see their taxpayer dollars funding special “backroom deals” for certain locales.
    • The public outrage over the “Cornhusker Kickback” included in H.R. 3590 may lead many to believe it is long past time for Congress to strip out ALL of the “backroom deals” included in the Senate bill – rather than using the reconciliation measure to add more of them.
    • Given President Obama’s campaign promises of transparency – including his famous pledge to televise negotiations on C-SPAN – the American people deserve action consistent with Democrats’ rhetoric.
    • If Democrats support this government takeover of health care, they should be willing to support the legislation on its own merits – without the need to add on extraneous “backroom deals” in order to win votes.

    RESULTS:  54 Democrats Voted To Keep The Special Deals In Health Reconciliation Bill.





    Full Medicaid Disproportionate Share Payment (DSH) For Tennessee.

    “EXTENSION OF DSH ALLOTMENT.—Section 1923(f)(6)(A) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396r-4(f)(6)(A)) is amended by adding at the end the following: ‘‘(v) ALLOTMENT FOR 2D, 3RD, AND 4TH QUARTERS OF FISCAL YEAR 2012 AND FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013.—Notwithstanding the table set forth in paragraph (2): ‘‘(I) 2D, 3RD, AND 4TH QUARTERS OF FISCAL YEAR 2012.—In the case of a State that has a DSH allotment of $0 for the 2d, 3rd, and 4th quarters of fiscal year 2012, the DSH allotment shall be $47,200,000 for such quarters. ‘‘(II) FISCAL YEAR 2013.—In the case of a State that has a DSH allotment of $0 for fiscal year 2013, the DSH allotment shall be $53,100,000 for such fiscal year.’’”

    (“Amendment In The Nature Of A Substitute To H.R. 4872,” 3/18/2010, P. 67)


    “Obama’s New Health Care Proposal Keeps Louisiana Medicaid Provision.”
    (“Obama’s New Health Care Proposal Keeps Louisiana Medicaid Provision,” New Orleans Times-Picayune, 2/22/10)

    “Obama’s Plan Is Silent On Two Other High-Profile Legislative Deals In The Senate Bill. The First Provision Sends $300 Million In Additional Medicaid Funding To Louisiana And Was Widely Viewed As A Sweetener To Win Moderate Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Vote Last Fall.” (“Deals Remain In Obama’s Plan,” Politico, 2/22/10)

    “…There Are Controversial Special Provisions Of The Senate Health Reform Bill That President Obama Leaves Untouched. First Up, The ‘Louisiana Purchase.’ … [Sen. Mary] Landrieu Said In A Speech On The Senate Floor Feb. 4th That Critics Should ‘Shut Their Mouth.’” (“White House Cuts Special Help For Nebraska, But Other Deals Remain In Reform Bill,” ABC News, 2/22/10)

    •    “And Reid Already Has Established A Dangerous Precedent, By Dangling $300 Million In Medicaid Funding For Louisiana To Win Landrieu’s Support For Bringing The Bill To The Senate Floor. Months Earlier, Reid Had Carved Out His Own Medicaid Exemption For Nevada. One addition he made to the Senate bill, an increase in the Medicare payroll tax for high earners, has raised concerns with Sen. Olympia J. Snowe (Maine). Snowe, the only Republican who has been at least somewhat supportive of Democratic reform efforts, cited its potential to harm small businesses.” (“Reid’s Recipe For Getting Health-Care Deal Done,” The Washington Post, 12/4/09)



    “There Is Also Not Specific Mention In The President’s List Of Fix-It, Of A Special Proposal Aimed At A Connecticut Research Hospital, But Open To Other Hospitals… So Those Provisions Apparently Still Remain.” (“White House Cuts Special Help For Nebraska, But Other Deals Remain In Reform Bill,” ABC News, 2/22/10)

    •    $100,000,000 For “Health Care Facility” “At A Public Research University In The United States That Contains A State’s Sole Public Academic Medical And Dental School.” “(a) APPROPRIATION.—There are authorized to be appropriated, and there are appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, to remain available for obligation until September 30, 2011, to be used for debt service on, or direct construction or renovation of, a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or outpatient clinical services. Such facility shall be affiliated with an academic health center at a public research university in the United States that contains a State’s sole public academic medical and dental school.” (Manager’s Amendment To H.R. 3590, Pg. 328)



    “The Secretary Shall Establish A Pilot Program In Accordance With This Subsection To Provide Innovative Approaches To Furnishing Comprehensive, Coordinated, And Cost-Effective Care Under This Title To Individuals Described In Paragraph … [An Individual] Is An Environmental Exposure Affected Individual Described In Subsection (E)(2) Who Resides In Or Around The Geographic Area Subject To An Emergency Declaration Made As Of June 17, 2009.” ‘‘(A) PRIMARY PILOT PROGRAM.—The Secretary shall establish a pilot program in accordance with this subsection to provide innovative approaches to furnishing comprehensive, coordinated, and cost-effective care under this title to individuals described in paragraph (2)(A). … ‘‘(2) INDIVIDUAL DESCRIBED.—For purposes of paragraph (1), an individual described in this paragraph is an individual who enrolls in part B, submits to the Secretary an application to participate in the applicable pilot program under this subsection, and— ‘‘(A) is an environmental exposure affected individual described in subsection (e)(2) who resides in or around the geographic area subject to an emergency declaration made as of June 17, 2009.” (Manager’s Amendment To H.R. 3590, Pg. 195-196)

    •    “On June 17, 2009, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Issued A Public Health Emergency (PHE) Finding At The Libby Asbestos Superfund Site In Northwest Montana. Over The Past Several Years, Hundreds Of Cases Of Asbestos-Related Disease Have Been Documented In The Communities Of Libby And Nearby Troy.” (EPA Website, Accessed 12/19/09)

    “Another Provision The President Has Asked Reid To Consider Removing Was Promoted By Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) On Behalf Of Residents Of Libby, Mont.” (“Obama Presses Reid To Cut Special Deals From Health Bill,” Politico, 3/11/10)


    February 26, 2010

    “Mr. DeLay has proven himself to be ethically unfit to lead the party,” Pelosi said at a news conference the following day. “The burden falls upon his fellow House Republicans. Republicans must answer: Do they want an ethically unfit person to be their majority leader or do they want to remove the ethical cloud that hangs over the Capitol?”

     2004, Nancy Pelosi talking about Tom Delay. I wonder if she is willing to say the same thing to one of her own?  It’s time to remove that “ethical cloud” a.k.a., Charlie Rangel.

    Democrat Charles Rangel,  has been reprimanded for taking a couple of corporate-funded trips to the Caribbean.  The House ethics panel concluded this week that the veteran lawmaker, who chairs the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, violated the chamber’s gift rules in taking the trips.

    Scott Brown Was Only The Beginning

    January 25, 2010

    They think we are on board with all of their ambitions.  They think they own our vote.  They think they won’t lose in 2012.  THEY BETTER THINK AGAIN!

    This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing Government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or their revolutionary right to dismember or overthrow it.  — Abraham Lincoln.

    Return of the Dixiecrats

    January 11, 2010

    The States’ Rights Democratic Party was a short-lived splinter group that broke from the Democratic Party in 1948. The States’ Rights Democratic Party opposed racial integration and wanted to retain Jim Crow laws and white supremacy. The party’s slogan was “Segregation Forever!” Members of the States’ Rights Democratic Party were often known as Dixiecrats.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” 

    Reid’s racially insensitive comments should not be overlooked and the apology should not be accepted.  Time and time again, Reid and others from the democratic party have made controversial remarks with little regard to  the consequences.

    Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan compared the then-GOP-controlled House to “the Duma and the Reichstag” — referring to the legislature set up by Czar Nicholas II of Russia and the German Weimar Republic’s parliament, which brought Adolf Hitler to power.

    House Ways and Means Committee, Democrat Charlie Rangel of New York  called President George W. Bush “our Bull Connor.” Who was Bull Connor? He was the racist Birmingham, Ala., public safety commissioner who turned fire hoses on civil rights marchers in the 1960s.

    Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri commented about the administration’s response to Hurricane Katrina, she said, “George Bush let people die on rooftops in New Orleans because they were poor and because they were black.”

    Democratic Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts, who also accused Bush of racism in responding to Hurricane Katrina? Incredibly, he offered this conspiracy theory: Bush (SET ITAL) wanted (END ITAL) blacks to leave Louisiana to make it a more solidly Republican red state. Frank called this “ethnic cleansing by inaction.”

    Did we ever get an apology from Al Gore, for Brazile’s assertion that the Republican Party possesses a “white-boy attitude” ? 

    The only “Game Change” I’ll be reading this year will be the election results!  The Dixiecrats should save their apologies for ObamaCare.


    November 11, 2009


    Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, is an “Islamist extremist.”   Obama & commies do not want to release this information because they can’t afford to admit that the most destructive terrorist act to be committed on American soil since 9/11; happened on their watch!  The only thing Obama & commies are watching is your wallet! 

    Could this TERRORIST ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL been prevented?  This attack may have been prevented if Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was a “rightwing extremist” instead of a “Islamist extremist”.  Maybe then the DHS would have had him listed on their “watchdog list”.

    How many more attacks will we have to endure on Obama’s watch??  One is too many.  George Bush kept us safe for 8 years; Obama for only 8 months.  

    Obama better react to this TERRORIST ATTACK ON U.S. SOIL!  We all remember what happened when Bill Clinton failed to react to the attack on the USS Cole….