Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

  • 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?”

  • The GOP Beat Goes On

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    Rick Santorum’s recent sweep of Missouri, Minnesota and Colorado left many pundits scratching their heads. Once again, the polls and momentum were pointing to Romney after his wins in Florida and Nevada, and many were speculating that once again the path to the nomination was clear. With Santorum’s surprise surge, this sense of inevitability around Romney has been shattered while exposing the weaknesses many in the GOP base find with him. Santorum has even replaced Gingrich as the leading “non-Romney”.

    Santorum is riding a wave of momentum

    I have to yield to the “architect”, Karl Rove, who has, in my opinion, the best breakdown on the race so far. Rove believes that Gingrich and Paul will not drop out and will drag their baggage to the convention in Tampa. With some wind at his back, Santorum still has a huge hill to climb but is in the best position to mount a formidable challenge to Romney. Santorum is jumping ahead to Texas and will employ the same strategy that worked in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota where he made 22 campaign stops. Compare this to the three stops Romney made.

    I believe that with Santorum getting an early start in Texas he will succeed in earning significant exposure towards winning the state’s rich delegate count. A lack of deep organization and funds compared to Romney’s war chest still represents Santorum’s major disadvantages. But Santorum is finding ways to succeed without.

    The GOP base and the public are still not sure about any GOP candidate. It’s still only February, and a brokered convention, the first in All in all, the public is not sure about any GOP candidate–and we are only in February. A brokered convention – something that hasn’t happened in modern times – remains unlikely but cannot be counted out.

    The sad reality now is that Obama has no one opposing him while he builds a monster organization. He has more than a billion dollars in his coffers and has a convention headquarters of more than 50,000 square feet. His campaign’s use of technology and social media will certainly eclipse their impressive efforts of 2008.

    While his poll numbers, the unemployment rate and the economy are still dismal, Obama overshadows them by thumbing his nose at Catholics over the abortion and contraception controversy. Obama is turning a deaf ear on his Democratic party, but his machine is getting in place while the GOP waffles. Don’t doubt for a second that Obama will resort to any tactics to be re-elected this year!

  • Dismal Economy, Lack of Clue is Obama’s Problem

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    I arranged to have my family to join me for a Christmas celebration at a West Virginia ski resort. We have so much to be thankful for and we all enjoyed our time together. At this most wonderful resort were employees working in all departments offering not only first class service but they were real down to earth nice people. I was frequently reminded that the employees were ever so grateful for a thank you, a monetary tip, and especially that they were employed.

    The new "community center"

    The employees came from surrounding states: Ohio, Pennsylvania and of course West Virginia. Many shared with me that they “did not think things could get as bad as they are”. Too many in their communities were not only unemployed, they were living in homeless shelters and being fed by churches in their communities. They previously had good jobs in the various manufacturing, retail and service sectors but now lack the resources needed to look for real jobs. One remarked that she had heard her parents talk about the Great Depression in the 1930’s and that they could not believe that this was happening to her friends and family members.

    Focused on more pressing matters

    I stopped to think about this and I was saddened. We hear about the perils of the extraordinarily high unemployment rates across the country and that there are no jobs being created. For many, these are just statistics, but for folks like I met over the holidays, our economic situation is nothing short of a catastrophe.

    We see no attempt by this administration to change this situation and create an environment for economic recovery and job creation. Nearly four years later, the economy is only mustering very weak signs of recovery while our president, who hasn’t held a real job, takes yet another lengthy vacation in Hawaii. Was this his tenth or eleventh vacation of the year?

    Recently-departed GOP candidate Herman Cain said in an interview last night that he will continue to get the message out about the failure of Obama to effectively and sincerely lead us to recovery. While many point to Obama’s low 42% approval rating as a weakness, Cain points out that this means 42% of Americans are clueless as to how bad the president is. Good point.

    The dismal economy is a major threat to Obama in the election. That he still doesn’t have a clue over what to do about it is an even bigger one.

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    Unemployment office image: Grand Rapids Press

  • Steve Jobs and the Occupiers: Two very different visions for America

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    I am reading Walter Isaacson’s new book on the life of Steve Jobs. Like many adoring Americans, I will always be influenced by Jobs. I have enjoyed the experience of his many brilliant innovations.

    Steve Jobs: An optimistic vision for America's opportunity and growth

    A passage in the book continues to resonate with me. He told President Obama last year that he will be a one-term president if he continues his anti-business policies, stating that regulations and costs of operation are stifling economic activity. Jobs added that America’s education system needs a transformation if our country is going to be competitive.

    What a critical yet positive statement about what America needs to thrive. Contrast this with the “Occupy Wall Street” invasions of our public spaces across the country. The unruly, unsanitary and illegal behaviors of OWS protesters are not going unnoticed, yet they don’t appear to be coalescing into a cohesive movement.

    I have followed the OWS protests and have read differing points of view on their meaning. Many in the media are ignoring the real reasons behind these “never-ending” occupations of urban public parks.

    One theory is that the Obama campaign machine is recruiting and compensating these lost youth in an effort to promote Obama’s agenda of change. Couple this with the threats and actions of the unions that are advocating city riots and upheaval during the next year. Their intentions to orchestrate or co-opt OWS are obviously designed in an attempt to derail the GOP efforts for 2012.

    How will this play out? The agitating and increasingly violent behavior of OWS protesters may backfire on Obama and the unions who are openly supporting them as they begin to make their case for another four years.

    Given the choice between a positive, pro-growth vision provided by Steve Jobs or the anti-business class warfare vision provided by OWS, Obama and his left-wing allies have chosen the latter as the foundation for their 2012 campaign.

    OWS: A pessimistic vision of class warfare and revolution

    Conventional wisdom has said that, if next year’s election is a referendum on Obama, he’ll lose, but if it’s a choice, he’s got a chance. By closely aligning with OWS, Obama has just made a “choice” election much clearer for Americans and considerably weakened his prospects for a second term.

    The embrace of OWS by Obama and the unions may be more effective at solidifying opposition to a second Obama term while failing to energize his base. Consider Obamacare. The unions practically wrote the law, yet they secured waivers for themselves so they don’t have to comply with its damaging provisions. Is this the kind of change OWS protesters can believe in?

    Considering what’s at stake, including the repeal of Obamacare and reversing Obama’s socialist agenda, his open courting of OWS should be welcomed as a blessing.

  • Obama kills “financially unsustainable” Obamacare program

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    We’ve known since the beginning of Obamacare that it would do the opposite of the stated promise of reigning in skyrocketing health care costs.

    The Obama Administration has pulled the plug on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, known as Class, was intended for people with chronic illnesses or severe disabilities.

    Why? The Administration determined that Class was financially unsustainable. Premiums were expected to cover the costs of the program for 75 years. That was about 74 years too much for Obama’s number crunchers.

    Does Obama expect us to believe that this is an outlier and that there are no other components of Obamacare that are financially unsustainable? As Obamacare continues to push costs even higher, we know better.

    The US Supreme Court has yet to determine the constitutionality of Obamacare, but as I’ve said before, we cannot rely on SCOTUS to undo this monstrosity. It must be repealed, and it should be noted that every GOP candidate for 2012 has pledged to do just that.

    Read about the Obama Administration’s decision to end Class here.

  • We need hopeful signs

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    Each day brings news that things are not getting better. As American patriots that love our country, we must change the direction of our thinking.

    Not only are we suffering through the most dismal economic situation in more than 50 years, our nation is in the grips of unprecedented corruption and lies. The tactics of US Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner, President Obama and Congressional leaders are unacceptable and must end. Their record of corruption makes Watergate look trivial.

    This is not the hopeful sign we need

    The left-wing youth causing problems across the country appear to be motivated by various liberal groups, unions and ideologues. They will not be arrested or forced to leave even though they are hitting these cities hard in additional expenditures to clean up after them, protect private property, and contain the reprehensible activities happening at these protests. Reports of public defecation, urination and fornication in the streets are widely reported. I do not believe they are an accurate representation of the bright youth that makes up America’s future.

    There are rumors that many of these protesters are from BHO’s very own databases, which explains why he has signaled his support for the protests rather than put an end to them as every former president would have done by now.

    It is time for Americans to visualize a repeal of Obamacare. We must pursue independent investigations of outright documented corruption and prosecute those public officials involved. We must retake the public spaces in our cities from a confused youth running amok with misplaced attacks on our free market system and the liberty it brings.

    And we must support the Republican candidate that is going to get it done. The Obama Administration needs to leave town in 2012.

  • Christie’s Out. It’s Time for the GOP to Rally

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    It’s official: Governor Chris Christie has finally made his decision and will not run for the Presidency, choosing to continue as Governor of New Jersey. While we may have been strung along a bit longer than we’d like, at least we can get on with the important job of choosing a GOP candidate for 2012.

    The GOP needs to move towards deciding on a viable candidate that we can get behind and defeat Obama in 2012. We must totally envision defeating the failed policies and lack of leadership of BHO. His failed policies have catapulted America towards a double-dip recession, a tanking stock market, and a pervasive socialist agenda that’s permeating every segment of our economy and psyche.

    Beyond working toward victory in 2012, I call on the leaders of the Republican party to do something to reverse the course Obama has set for our nation. First, we must repeal Obamacare. I have written extensively about how Obamacare is destroying the world’s greatest healthcare system. One of my early posts on the subject, Obamacare: Swindle of a Lifetime still holds true.

    Obamacare was shoved town the throats of the American people by a Congress that didn’t bother to read the bill before passing it. The new law started to reveal itself over the months following its enactment and the American people began to realize how devastating its costs and impact will be. Yet it is just one example of the nanny state that’s growing like a malignant cancer on our liberties and freedoms.

    The GOP now has four serious contenders for the presidential nomination – Romney, Perry, Cain and Gingrich – and it must work to stop the infighting. Any one of the aforementioned candidates would, in my opinion, go a long way towards victory. The GOP cannot simply sit on the sidelines and criticize. It must go on offense in Congress to undo the damage Obama has done while grooming its candidates to take on Obama in 2012.

  • Obama targets big donors, weakens healthcare non-profits

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    President Obama is determined to establish the federal government as the sole provider for Americans in need.

    A central component of Obama’s recent spate of deficit reduction proposals is a new tax levy on charitable gifts from higher income donors. The rationale is to keep some taxpayers from enjoying more benefits from tax-deducted gifts than other taxpayers. The reality is this is a tax increase that will directly and adversely impact America’s non-profit community.

    Among the organizations directly threatened by this new tax on giving are the thousands of healthcare and hospital foundations that rely on generous donations from those with higher-incomes. These organizations are already struggling in the face of Obamacare’s onerous new regulations.

    What we know now about this new tax on giving:

    • It targets those with higher incomes who make significant donations
    • It doesn’t affect those with higher incomes who don’t give to charity
    • It increases the amount required by higher income individuals to achieve the same impact with charitable gifts.

    Combined with Obamacare, this new tax on giving will only serve to drive more people into the arms of government-run healthcare, which I’m sure suits our President just fine.

    The Daily Caller has this article on the backlash that’s brewing over this new tax on giving.

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