Posts Tagged ‘2012 elections’

  • Zero Hour for Obamacare

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    Today marks perhaps one of the most historic and important dates in the history of our government.

    The long-awaited Supreme Court case on the constitutionality of the insurance mandate contained within Obamacare – the one that forces every American citizen to purchase health insurance –has finally arrived.

    A well-known and publicized fact is that Obamacare, with all its whacky and unrealistic provisions, will now cost roughly $17 billion. As this number keeps rising, it may cost many times that number by the time it is fully implemented. From my perspective as a health care professional and small business entrepreneur, I have written extensively about the damage Obamacare is doing.

    Jay Carney doesn't want to talk about Obamacare

    The facts and fears of Obamacare seem to have no end as more and more people – and Members of Congress – become more familiar with “what’s in the bill”. Successful efforts by Republicans in the House of Representatives to repeal Obamacare, spurred on by Rep. Michele Bachmann, were DOA in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

    Since then, Obamacare has continued to attract more commentary and analysis from concerned professionals in the medical community. Medicare-aged citizens, young people tuning into their future and the general public have become concerned that Obamacare was a dreadful mistake. Public opinion polls now show a majority of Americans support the repeal of Obamacare.

    An overriding fear of many is that this monster of a bill represents the single largest power grab in the history of the U.S. It has implications for nearly every area of our lives – taxation, real estate ownership, small business, privacy, and our own health and well-being. As Obamacare continues to reveal its true nature, outrage grows over how this bill was forced upon all of us without Members of Congress even taking the time to read it.

    Politically speaking, even though the Supreme Court is evaluating only one aspect of Obamacare – the individual mandate – it is clear that the implications of this decision will have a greater impact on how our government operates in the future. A 5-4 decision striking down the mandate will give a green light to the GOP to again move to repeal the whole law. A GOP victory in November giving them control of both the House and Senate will pave the way.

    The men and women who will decide our fate

    On the other hand, other SCOTUS scenarios are being tossed around town. One has SCOTUS affirming the constitutionality of Obamacare by a 7-2 margin with conservatives on the bench finding some way to join with the liberals. I don’t believe this will happen, but if it does, it will mark the end of constitutional government. We will no longer enjoy a free society, as the government will have free reign to mandate upon the citizenry anything they felt was best for us. This would be a political, social and economic nightmare.

    What if Obamacare is affirmed by the Supreme Court, but by a narrower 5-4 margin? It would still lead to a dangerous outcome for the future of our country as a free society, but would raise the stakes even further for November’s presidential election.

    As Obama gets his reelection campaign in gear, its clear Obamacare isn’t an issue he’s anxious to run on. White House spokesman Jay Carney has gotten rather adept at dancing around the issue when pressed by reporters. Obama may be unsuccessful in handling Obamacare during this election season no matter how it turns out. If Obamacare is struck down, he loses. If it is affirmed, America loses.

    “This is the most important election of our lifetime” is a cliché we hear ad nauseam every four years. But with Obamacare and the unprecedented powers it confers upon our government at hand, this cliché has unfortunately become a sobering reality.

  • Time to rally around Romney

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    The race for the GOP nomination has been long, rocky, interesting and perhaps an exercise that will strengthen the campaign skills of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for the general election.

    But it clearly needs to end. The Gingrich and Santorum campaigns have now been reduced to juvenile games that only serve to weaken the GOP’s chances for victory in November. Both campaigns passed out Etch-a-Sketch toys at Romney’s event in Maryland – a desperate exercise in an attempt to revive their campaigns.

    Rep. Sean Duffy (WI), RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Sen. Ron Johnson (WI)

    It won’t work. Santorum is now 300 delegates behind Romney, and Gingrich doesn’t stand a chance at the nomination. In his attempt to capitalize on Romney’s “Etch-a-Sketch moment”, Santorum went so far as to imply that Obama would be a better choice over Romney in November.

    It would be wise for both Gingrich and Santorum to realize their chances at the nomination have vanished and get behind Romney as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and FreedomWorks’ Dick Armey have done. There’s too much at stake in this election – from the economy to repealing Obamacare – to let this campaign drag on and drag down the GOP in November.

    This week I attended an event for RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who was celebrating his birthday. Priebus asked that I continue my fundraising efforts to unseat Obama as well as speaking out about how Obamacare is wrecking our once great health care system.

    Happy to oblige.

  • The Rounds: Obamacare back in the Spotlight

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    As the GOP race for the nomination continues to slog along with no clear front-runner, people are now seriously looking at ways the decision might be rendered in Tampa. Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner states that:

    Is it too late for a new candidate to enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination? Absolutely not. Is it probable? No. But it is much more likely than many Washington insiders let on.

    Obamacare and its progenitor, Romneycare, continue to play a huge role in the race. Mitt Romney’s health reform law in Massachusetts remains a drag on his campaign. Dr. Milton R. Wolf, writing in The Washington Times, feels it’s time for Romney to stop defending it and issue a mea culpa:

    “Despite Mr. Romney’s current lead in the primaries, he just cannot seem to close the sale… If the former governor would like to reach out to the conservative Republican base, I suggest he start by finally acknowledging the obvious: Government has no business interposing itself between you and your doctor. He should begin his Romneycare mea culpa with these three words: I was wrong.”

    Speaking of Obamacare, Americans in increasing numbers simply don’t like it and more than 50% want it repealed. As the question of its constitutionality moves to the Supreme Court, the op-ed wars are heating up again.

    While President Obama’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jeffrey Zients, may have undercut the legal defense of Obamacare by stating that the fine for violating the insurance mandate would not be considered a “tax”, it was the fight over contraception coverage mandates that dominated the news.

    Obama’s decision to force the Catholic Church to provide contraception coverage, including the morning-after pill, sparked widespread outrage.

    From Charles Kadlec in Forbes:

    “Before our very eyes, President Obama is on the verge of establishing the principle that the right to religious freedom comes not from our Creator, but from those who rule us. A government endowed right granted to women now trumps our unalienable right to act in accordance with our religious beliefs and conscience. Not only does this overturn the First Amendment, it also tramples the nation’s founding principles as announced in the Declaration of Independence. Such an achievement would be the true audacity of power.”

    In The Wall Street Journal, Rivkin and Whelan state that:

    “In an effort to rally its base in the upcoming November election, the Obama administration seems more interested in punishing religiously based opposition to contraception and abortion than in marginally increasing access to contraception services. It is the combination of the political motive, together with the exclusion of so many employers from the mandate, that has profound constitutional implications. It transforms the mandate into a non-neutral and not generally applicable law that violates the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause.”

    Also in The Wall Street Journal is a nice snapshot of various left-wing defenses of Obama’s mandate on the Catholic Church and other religious entities.

    Charles Krauthammer, writing in The Washington Post, chides the GOP for not mounting a strong opposition to Obamacare beyond pledging to repeal it.

    “In 2010, when all this lay hazily in the future, the sheer arrogance of Obamacare energized a popular resistance powerful enough to deliver an electoral shellacking to Obama. Yet two years later, as the consequences of that overreach materialize before our eyes, the issue is fading. This constitutes a huge failing of the opposition party whose responsibility it is to make the opposition argument. Every presidential challenger says that he will repeal Obamacare on Day One. Well, yes. But is any of them making the case for why?”

  • Newt is Running out of Steam

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    The flavor of the day (month?) continues in the GOP race for the nomination.

    One thing’s for sure: No one can say that this race is dull. Former Speaker Newt Gingrich was obviously resurrected because of his sharp-tongued response to CNN’s John King in the South Carolina debate, which played a significant factor in his big victory in the state. This caused a near panic in the Romney camp and Republicans across the country.

    The battle between Mitt and Newt has thrown conventional theories and pundit models out the window. The polls are erratic because the voters are erratic as they move from one candidate to another with unusual frequency. They do not know whom they can trust and have emerged as a flighty and unpredictable group.

    By all measures of political scrutiny and facts Romney should win in Florida. He has the campaign organization. He has the money advantage. He has the advantage of thousands of mail-in ballots already cast.

    However, even though Romney is gaining back some ground in the polls today and had a strong performance against Gingrich in last night’s debate, this race has proved anything can happen. The Florida primary is a week away, and a week is an eternity in this erratic political game.

    I predicted a Romney victory in South Carolina and was way off. But I sense that Newt’s second resurgence is running out of steam.

  • Cliffhanger in South Carolina

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    Newt Gingrich once again finds himself in the right place at the right time — this time in South Carolina. Mitt Romney has struggled with questions over his taxes and offshore bank accounts while losing bragging rights over winning Iowa. Rick Perry threw in the towel, along with his support for Gingrich. And polls now show the primary in South Carolina tomorrow — the first in the South — is a toss-up.

    Marianne Gingrich delivers a January surprise for Newt

    Newt’s newfound momentum doesn’t change the fact that it’s just a matter of time before he will self destruct — and it may already be underway. Yesterday’s string of events, including the bombshell interview with Newt’s ex-wife, haven’t been factored into the polls and we will unlikely know how they’ll affect the results prior to tomorrow evening.

    Good timing for Marianne Gingrich, but unfortunate timing for Newt. After all, this is the South Carolina primary tomorrow, and its heavily evangelical and social conservative constituencies may sour on the former Speaker after digesting Marianne’s charges just as they began turning to him. Is this still someone they can get behind?

    Newt has moved into a slight lead over Romney in the polls, but not significant enough to assure a win. I predict that Romney will eek out victory in South Carolina. As far as Newt goes, he does not deserve to win a single primary.

  • A New Year, Another Shake-up in the GOP Race

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    This past year has been an unusual year to say the least! A new Rassmussen Poll shows that Republicans have a 47% to 39% to defeat Obama this year. But which candidate? The latter part of 2011 was inundated by debates and more debates and seemingly every candidate has had their day in the limelight. It reminds me of famous ice cream shoppes with their flavor of the day! Always changing from one non-Mitt to another.

    Consolidating

    And change it does. Since  my last post we witnessed Gingrich fall far from the top with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney battling it out on a daily basis over 1 or 2 points. And coming up from the rear in the past few days is Rick Santorum who had entirely been written off two weeks ago.

    Romney took Iowa, but with Santorum right behind him by only eight votes. I expect we’ll have a smaller field of candidates by the primary in New Hampshire (Perry and Bachmann are likely out). Romney is obviously strong in the Granite State, but this race has proven that anything can happen. What ever the outcome, I expect this race to continue evolving with more surprises to come.

    Surging

    The question today is “does Iowa matter?” Probably less so had Ron Paul or Rick Santorum won, as they would have struggled to translate that victory in to more victories in other states. Romney can take his Iowa win to New Hampshire and fuel some potential momentum.

    I still hear talk of Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump waiting to see how things turn out, although Christie has been campaigning for Romney and may be setting himself up as his running mate.

    On to New Hampshire and South Carolina!

  • How Bad is Newt?

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    A typical blog post from me might be titled “How Bad is Obama”? And I have written quite a lot about our current president in the past. Over the past several weeks, while launching a new business, I have stayed abreast of the GOP race for the White House. Republicans must win the White House in 2012 if our country is going to survive. While all of the contenders have been worthy of watching, I do not believe that Gingrich is the person that can make this happen.

    Newt comes up from the back

    This past May Gingrich “stepped in it” shortly after announcing his candidacy. In an interview with NBC’s David Gregory on Meet The Press, he labeled Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan “right wing social engineering”. By the end of that week the GOP’s self-proclaimed “ideas guy” was barely on the charts. I didn’t think Newt could ever bounce back, and neither did the pundit class.

    Surprise surprise! Here we are in December and Gingrich is the clear front-runner just a couple weeks before the Iowa Caucus. This unlikely resurgence is the result of Mitt Romney’s lackluster complacency, Rick Perry’s brain freezes, and Herman Cain’s personal dalliances (which, I should note, pale in comparison to those in the Oval Office in the late 90’s).

    There can be no doubt that Gingrich is on a roll. The American public is now more convinced than ever that America is going in the wrong direction and Newt is using the right lingo, knows how to maneuver through the political maze, and has the luck of being at the right place at the right time.

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  • Donald Trump’s Opportunity

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    The controversy over President Obama’s birth certificate and his eligibility for the office has been simmering for three years. It took Donald Trump a mere month to force Obama’s hand and compel him to make the document public. His effectiveness in driving this issue to conclusion has put him among the leading contenders for the GOP nod in 2012. And he did it his way.

    It is now up to Trump to capitalize on this victory and focus his attention on the critical issues our nation faces: A multiplying national debt; a health care system in peril; soaring prices at the pump; turmoil in the Middle East; a nation losing it’s standing in the world. Americans increasingly felt that George Bush was was the villian two years ago because of missteps in Iraq and Afghanistan and the economic meltdown. Under Obama’s direction, Afghanistan is moving in the wrong direction, we’ve lost our leadership in the Middle East, and the economy continues to deteriorate.

    This is Trump’s opportunity. If he can focus his attention and apply his approach to addressing our nation’s ills (he often states our country is in the worst shape it’s ever been) as he did with the birth certificate issue, he can do what no current GOP contender has been able to to: Go on offense and force Obama off of his game.

    Will Trump’s poll numbers get another boost if he redirects the energy he spent on the birther issue towards our debt, energy and foreign policy woes? It’s his opportunity to seize.

  • The GOP Stood Firm on the Budget

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    As the terms of the Budget deal were tossed around last week, many things stood out. First, kudos to the Republicans who stood their ground and hit a home run. Speaker John Boehner was determined to get the budget through even if it meant shutting the government down. He was loyal to the constituents who voted in 87 house members in November demanding our inflated federal government stop spending money at the rate that it had been for the past two years.

    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

    President Obama was no where to be found all day Friday as Boehner and a weakened Harry Reid duked it out. It is important to note that the original Democratic budget plan included ZERO budget cuts. Harry Reid bowed to the Republican push and agreed to allow issues surrounding funding for Planned Parenthood and NPR voted on in the Senate. These programs may not get defunded, but we will get our elected officials on the record regarding these non-deserving drains on our budget and the American taxpayer’s wallet.

    While Obama, who’s now focused on 2012, wants to take credit for passing a budget and avoiding a shutdown, the kudos go to the Republicans and Speaker Boehner for driving these cuts home. There’s much more to do, but this is a solid start.

    Congressman Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, is getting the attention he deserves as the only Member of Congress putting together realistic plans to cut federal spending. He is a problem solver and has the facts and numbers to back things up.

    Under his plan, Medicare will stay the same as it is now for those currently 55 and older. For those under the age of 55, Medicare and Social security will change, and for the better. You will still receive Medicare but it will be managed by private insurance companies to reduce the drain on government coffers.

    For Social Security, we may have the opportunity to direct some of your funds in investments just as you manage your portfolio. I believe that both Social Security and Medicare need to be privatized to allow free enterprise to market, sell and create the actuarial tables. This not only would draw out efficiencies via a capitalist model, but if managed correctly it could make money for our economy and not drain it. In my role as a Registered Nurse and owner/operator of a home health care company, I deal with Medicare provisions each and every day. The current Medicare model is broken. These changes are absolutely necessary.

    I believe that Paul Ryan’s plan, even though it may not make it through the Senate, will have a lasting impact on our economy, spending and certainly healthcare. It shows that the recklessness of Obama’s spending and Obamacare will bankrupt our nation and destroy our free market system. Paul Ryan and John Boehner have made great strides in seeing that this doesn’t happen.

  • Obamacare: One Year In

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    Today marks the first anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. Each day since its passage, more is learned about the contents of this monstrosity. Remember when Nancy Pelosi boasted that once you read it you will like what’s in it? Well, more have read it and most do not like what is in it!

    The list of those who don’t like it continues to grow. Just look at the list of companies and organizations that have secured waivers exempting them from compliance. Waivers are coming out of the woodwork because citizens are now aware that it isn’t what it was cracked up to be. Budget conscious people now believe that Obamacare is so unreasonable that this is going to cost us all a lot more to insure everyone.

    Court challenges to Obamacare cannot get to the Supreme Court fast enough. If the Supreme Court does not overturn Obamacare, Democrats are going to do everything in their power to put this on the back burner as candidate Obama ratchets up his 2012 Campaign.

    I just wrote about Newt Gingrich’s prediction that Obamacare will be repealed in 2013. It will, but only if Republicans win the Senate, keep the House Leadership, and take the oval office in 2012. The only potential candidate I see right now that has the leadership and courage to beat Obama in 2012 and tackle this issue head on is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

    One year in, and Obamacare continues to reveal its insidiousness. We must keep up the pressure to repeal it and defund it or we face a reality where Obamacare becomes increasingly entrenched as it’s implementation phases take root.