Month: March 2010

Disagreement no longer proper – where have we seen that before?

Excellent WSJ article on (a) increasing corporate analyses of the effects of “ObamaCare” on companies (and ultimately YOUR pocketbook), and (b) Congressional anger at corporate America reporting those effects, as required by SEC regulations. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke took to the White House blog to write that while ObamaCare is great for business, “In the last few days, though, we have seen a couple of companies imply that reform will raise costs for them.” In a Thursday interview on CNBC, Mr. Locke said “for them to come out, I think is premature and irresponsible.” Meanwhile, Henry Waxman and House Democrats announced yesterday that they will haul these companies in for an April 21 hearing because their judgment “appears to conflict with independent analyses, which show that the new law will expand coverage and bring down costs.” In other words, shoot the messenger. Black-letter financial accounting rules require that corporations immediately restate their earnings to reflect the present value of their long-term health liabilities, including a higher tax burden. Should these companies have played chicken with the Securities and Exchange Commission to avoid this politically inconvenient reality? Democrats don’t like what their bill is doing in the real world, so they now want to intimidate CEOs into keeping quiet. (emphasis added) via The ObamaCare Writedowns – WSJ.com. (Accessed 3/28/2010) Where have we seen suppression of dissent before? Like this:Like...

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I do not like it, Uncle Sam

I do not like it Uncle Sam, I do not like it Sam I am. I do not like these dirty crooks, neither how they cook the books. I do not like when Congress steals, I do not like their secret deals. I do not like this Speaker Nan, I do not like this “YES WE CAN!” I do not like this kind of hope, I do not like it, nope, nope, ……NOPE! via Facebook. Shamelessly lifted from Marc Bittner’s FB posting who lifted it from someone else, who lifted it from … and so on.  But it’s too good not to preserve. Like this:Like...

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This says it all about the so-called healthcare “reform” bill

The Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine combined the radicalism of Alinsky, the corruption of Springfield and the machine power politics of Chicago. Sunday was a pressured, bought, intimidated vote worthy of Hugo Chavez but unworthy of the United States of America. It is hard to imagine how much pressure they brought to bear on congressman Stupak to get him to accept a cynical, phony clearly illegal and unconstitutional executive order on abortion. The ruthlessness and inhumanity of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid machine was most clearly on display in their public humiliation of Stupak. The real principles of the machine were articulated by Democratic Congressman Alcee Hastings who was impeached and removed from the bench as a federal judge, before being elected to the House when he said “”There ain’t no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something. . . .All this talk about rules. . . .When the deal goes down . . . we make ’em up as we go along.” via This Will Not Stand: Newt on the passage of Obamacare. The comment of (impeached and removed) judge Hastings is the most despicable example of what happened, and why. Like this:Like...

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The lie of an executive order banning federal funding of abortions

OK, pay attention now. This is not a pro-life/pro-choice argument.  Both sides of that issue should be concerned about this issue.  What is the issue?  We’ve just seen Rep. Bart Stupak decide to vote “yes” on health care and he is relying on a letter from Pres. Obama that the Pres. will issue an executive order that federal funding of abortions will not be included in this legislation. It’s a lie for him to say he’s relying on that and the mere issuance of such an executive order is a lie, or at best a false promise having no effect whatsoever and, in fact, federal funding of abortions is a required part of the law of the land. Here’s why. The landmark case of Roe v. Wade decriminalized abortions and Medicaid came to cover all abortion services. Eventually, an amendment to the medicaid bill known as the “Hyde amendment” restricted funding and yet later further modifications kept some restrictions which still limit federal funding of abortions in some, but not all, circumstances. The end result is, we presently have in the law the requirement of federal funding of abortions under some circumstances. And an Executive Order cannot alter that result. ONLY if the current health care bill explicitly banned federal funding of abortion could the present law be altered. The President’s swift pen can’t do it. Thus, regardless of...

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In the “still” mountain air

There’s a place in Arkansas that was created in 1921  as a family refuge/enclave. It was just after the war and they — being my grandfather and his 10 siblings — were concerned about the future and thus wanted a place to which the family could always retreat.  A reunion began in 1923 and except for one year, continues each July 4th. It’s a celebration not only of our great country but also to the remarkable insight of our ancestors. I’m there now as I write this and I could swear I feel those 10 folks around me, in addition to my grandfather and grandmother who are always with me.  Stories were handed down through the generations and one of them prompted an adventure one day long ago. At the age of 14 I was up here and several of us cousins had heard there was a whiskey still up the mountain, an old abandoned one. So up the logging road we went, then up the hillside on a game path to a saddle between two mountain tops to sort of a plateau. We were in fairly heavy woods when suddenly we were about to break out of the trees … and there it was. The still. Only problem was, it was not abandoned. Not only was it not abandoned, it was operating, cooking, and occupied! Frozen in our...

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