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Hollow Shell of Our Fathers

Posted by foundersfreedom on December 21, 2009

As I sat awake at 2 AM checking the result of the Senate cloture vote on their version of health insurance “reform” (though I’m not sure anyone has actually seen it), I have to think back to my previous post, ‘Line in the Sand.’

It appears the best health care system will be solidly on that slippery slope toward government take-over and its impending mis-management and rationing as it occurs everywhere it exists. No one but those who now have to own this vote believe this will improve care, save money, prohibit paying for the killing of babies, and not cover illegals.  Some polls show well over 50% don’t trust Congress to make ANY changes and a CNN poll showed over 60% didn’t want this as proposed. I’m convinced that most of them know it’s a lie and the endgame is very much different than stated.

But that’s not all.  Despite the coolest summer in our history, thousands of emails exposing the attempts to exclude data that didn’t fit the agenda, thousands of scientists questioning that human activity is causing the earth to warm,  and amidst massive snowstorms in several parts of the globe, a world summit took place that was hell-bent on doing something about this supposed warming. 

Colored by rants from the likes of Hugo Chavez against the evils of capitalism, cheered enthusiastically by the way, there was mostly haggling over how certain “poor” countries could legally steal money from the Americans and Europeans under a global agreement.  Even though no agreement was crafted, our own Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, proposed giving $100 BILLION per year to the cause. Surely this was under the authorization of the White House.  Better keep those Treasury printing presses on.

Now comes the one that may break the camel’s back.

A member of the House of Representatives again raised the desire to grant a “pathway to citizenship,” a pretty name for amnesty, despite multiple millions of real Americans being out of work and no end to the unemployment line in sight.  He actually said it could help us to do that.   But that is not the real evil that is lurking behind immigration “reform.”

The evil is not the loss of more jobs or the cost of covering their medical expenses.  We’re already experiencing that and have been for many years.  The evil will lie in loss of representation.

Imagine that ten to twenty million (or more – who knows?) illegals, by the waving of the Democrats’ magic wand, are deemed to be citizens of the United States. Yes, people who don’t know or care about our culture or identity, don’t speak our language and soon to receive “free” health coverage, welfare and social security benefits will have a huge say in who will represent us in Congress and especially the White House.  All by sneaking over our wide-open borders.  Which party do you suppose a vast majority will vote for? One that encourages personal responsibilty (or used to) or the one that will give them everything they’ve lacked in their home country, plus some?  The likes of the last two nail-biter elections will never be seen again.  My vote will become worthless. We will never be able to overcome that vote deficit. And all by the stroke of a pen.  Representatives won’t listen to us any more on amnesty than they have on the health care debate. Why should they? There will be a Senator prostitute him/herself once in a while for extra goodies, but they have all the votes needed to pass anything they want.  A proud, smiling, and willing World Citizen is in the White House to sign every piece of insidious legislation.

Amnesty will encourage even more immigration from all over the world, further multiplying its effect.  It means we will never be able to elect a conservative President ever again.  To anyone who thinks that sounds ridiculous, I’m open to hearing how you think that can occur, let alone how you think that it will occur. I argue that it cannot. Benjamin Franklin said,” When the people figure out they can vote themselves money, it heralds the end of the Republic.”  It appears we have reached that tipping point. I pray that I’m wrong and that it’s been just the coincidence of several unfortunate events.

And I finally arrive at the premise of the title.  Are we no longer Americans?  Have we become the hollow shell of the Founding Fathers? Are we like the once-proud British who have given up the fight? Succumbing to One World socialist EU rule and Islamic immigration jihad, the nation that one hundred years ago ruled nearly half the planet is on the verge of losing it’s identity forever. 

America is under assault by those same forces, and to be perfectly honest, I thought the UK was a full 10 years ahead of us.  But the events of 2009 indicate we are much closer than we could have ever imagined.  The world (with the help of the likes of George Soros) has us in their sights and are pulling out all the stops to take us down financially, and as the last bastion of freedom and self-determination.   A New World Order cannot allow our belligerence to stand.  We must submit for the world to be an equitable place for all (meaning subsistence for all but the ruling elites).

We have run out of sand.  The line, if it’s to be drawn again, will have to be somewhat final.  The domestic enemy is one step away from controlling our very essence and our lives through both health “reform” and environmental legislation.  We will be forced to weigh the right amount, eat the right food, exercise the right amount, drive the right vehicles, set our thermostats at the right temperature and on ad infinitum or we will be punished.

Does that sound like America?  Is our patriotism all just bluster?   There are millions of dead and wounded that fought for freedom on foreign lands.  We are about to spit in their faces.  Can we look our soldiers in the eye and say we support them when we won’t even step up to the plate with our cowardly representatives? 

Many very wise people are saying that our economy could go south again. How bad does it have to get before things turn ugly?  For those that are dependent on government for their every need, it may not take much once the checks shrink or disappear.  I’ve spoken with several veterans lately and they tell me explicitly that they see what a powder keg we’re living in. I don’t fear our military, current or former. I also don’t fear LOCAL law enforcement.  They are our neighbors and friends.  They want the same things we want: freedom and opportunity for themselves and, more importantly, for their children and grandchildren. Please take time to talk to them.   They also tell me they took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution and all have said they did not recant.  We should stand shoulder to shoulder for our Constitution and our way of life.  We owe them much, much more.

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The Tide is turning

Posted by foundersfreedom on August 19, 2009

Wow, I miss pontificating here, but the time spent with the Cincinnati 912 Project and the Tea Party is giving me the hope that we CAN and WILL stop the madness in DC.  All the efforts of Patriots across the US seem to be paying off. 

We may have dodged the immediate bullet on health care “reform” but we will never stop and now we will push back . Those that have so willingly attached themselves to the Obama agenda are very certainly marked people, in the political sense – for you Lefties who take any resistance to your socialist agenda as physically dangerous.

The real America has awakened and we are not only going to work very hard to remove those that hate American principles, but replace them with people that will begin to reverse the process.

Everyone has now seen the real Obama, not the media version of him and most don’t like what we see.  The take-over of private business and this attempt at taking over health care and strapping us with environmental nonsense is being seen for what it is – the beginnings of a totalitarian regime. Under Obama?  Maybe not, but how long until the next “One” comes along?

We pledge our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to maintain this last bastion of freedom for our children and grandchildren.  Even for those around the world who have longed to live half as free as we have. 

God continue to show mercy and favor to your people.

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Still walking the talk

Posted by foundersfreedom on August 5, 2009

If anyone out there has missed my posts, I’m very much involved in the “mob” that is getting in the face of the DC Monster.

I miss posting, but I have more important things on my plate in these troubling times.

God Bless,
FF

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If you must assert your right to die, find the nearest tall bridge…

Posted by foundersfreedom on May 2, 2009

..and leave our doctors out of it.   Can’t we be responsible for anything anymore?

From World Net Daily. Montana judge’s decision may require physicians to kill patients requesting such “services” even if against the Hippocratic oath, their conscience, or their religion.

The arogant and spiteful progressives / “liberals” continue to mock our consciences and our belief in something beyond what we see with our eyes.  Their absolute disdain for people of faith is frightening and they are getting more and more bold.

There are plenty of  evil doctors willing to rip babies apart up to the time of birth, let them do it. To force a dissenting physician is beyond unconscionable.  There is much more to this than the obvious over-stepping of judicial authority. These people are NOT required to stay with any doctor if they aren’t receiving the care they expect. Isn’t that the way it used to be? Univeral health care may just be the “cure” for such poor business practice.  

We are being bombarded with moral relativism, or rather moral equivalence, of every type of behavior.  The desire is to relegate us to our churches or little enclaves and  to keep our views out of public spaces.   

The progressives / socialists / Marxist s have to eliminate religion from the masses in order for it to be fully implemented. Remember the failed Soviet Union?   Religion was all but non-existent, at least in public.  A minimal search of Marx, Lenin or any other true socialist will give you a good glimpse of where all this is taking us – and by design.  The writing is on the wall (oops – a biblical reference). Are you reading it?

Any bets on who this judge voted for in the last election? 

Physicians in Montana could be facing “kill-on-demand” orders from patients who want to commit suicide if a district court judge’s opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.

The case has attracted nominal attention nationwide, but lawyers with the Christian Legal Service have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending case because of what it would mean to doctors within the state, as well as the precedent it would set.

The concern is over the attack on doctors’ ethics and religious beliefs – as well as the Hippocratic oath – that may be violated by a demand that they prescribe deadly chemicals or in some other way assist in a person’s death.

M. Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the CLS, told WND that states allowing a “right to die” across the country – Oregon and Washington – include an opt-out provision for physicians with ethical or religious opposition to participating in killing a patient.

Physicians in Montana could be facing “kill-on-demand” orders from patients who want to commit suicide if a district court judge’s opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.

The case has attracted nominal attention nationwide, but lawyers with the Christian Legal Service have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending case because of what it would mean to doctors within the state, as well as the precedent it would set.

The concern is over the attack on doctors’ ethics and religious beliefs – as well as the Hippocratic oath – that may be violated by a demand that they prescribe deadly chemicals or in some other way assist in a person’s death.

M. Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the CLS, told WND that states allowing a “right to die” across the country – Oregon and Washington – include an opt-out provision for physicians with ethical or religious opposition to participating in killing a patient.

Montana’s situation, created late last year in a decision from First District Court Judge Dorothy McCarter in the Baxter et al. v. Montana case, is different. There is no provision for a doctor to refuse such “treatment” for a patient.

Just how did America arrive at a court case ordering doctors to help a suicide? Read it in “The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom”

In that case, Robert Baxter, 75, a retired truck driver from Billings who suffers from lymphocytic leukemia, filed the lawsuit along with four physicians in the state’s district court system. They were aided in the case by the assisted suicide advocacy group Compassion & Choices, formerly known as the Hemlock Society.

Baxter told the organization’s magazine that society already provides death when animals are suffering.

“I just feel if we can do it for animals,” Baxter said, “we can do it for human beings.”

The CLS, joined by the Christian Medical Association, yesterday filed briefs asking the state Supreme Court to protect the conscience rights of healthcare professionals.

The groups, representing more than 18,000 Christian medical and legal professions, are urging the court to reverse the district court’s decision and recognize a right not to participate in assisted suicide.

“The trial court’s decision to create a constitutional right to ‘obtain assistance from a medical care provider in the form of obtaining a prescription for lethal drugs’ threatens the rights of healthcare professionals and institutions that hold sincere ethical, moral, and religious objections to participating in the intentional killing of their patients,” Mattox said.

“Medical professionals should not be coerced to violate the Hippocratic Oath in order to practice in Montana,” he said.

If a “right to die” is to be recognized, it should be developed from the people through the legislative process, not imposed by a single judge, the brief also argues.

The district decision, the groups also point out,  would seriously undermine the relationship between doctors and patients. Patients could be uncomfortable knowing their doctor had provided a lethal dose to another patient, and doctors would have concerns about such demands from patients.

“At a time when states are experiencing a healthcare shortage, making Montana the only state in the union to coerce professionals to assist in suicides could jeopardize the state’s healthcare system,” Mattox said.

He told WND that the effort clearly is part of a nationwide agenda to impose and mandate ethical standards on Americans. Similar are the Obama administration’s suggestions that that pharmacists may not have the right to refuse to dispense abortion-inducing medications, and doctors may not have a conscience right to refuse to do abortions, he said.

“I don’t know where it’s coming from, but there is certainly a push from government to tell people to set aside religious or ethical qualms and to abide by whatever the government tells you is appropriate,” he said.

Mattox said the state still has several weeks to file its briefs in the Montana case, and then there will be further arguments on behalf of requiring doctors to provide terminal treatment.

“A mentally competent, terminally ill Montanan should have the right to choose a peaceful death, when confronted by death,” Kathryn Tucker, Compassion & Choices director of legal affairs, told KTVQ-TV, Billings.

But Montana Assistant Attorney General Anthony Johnston disagrees.

Johnston told the television station, “The laws governing the medical profession say the medical profession is to heal, not to kill.”

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Coming soon: Pay-as-you-breathe tax.

Posted by foundersfreedom on March 24, 2009

We will be free to choose whether we pay this tax or not.  However, the method of  avoidance isn’t very appealing.  But then again, less people means a healthier Earth, right?  Also fewer of us rabble-rousers to control.  

I just got a great idea.  Since Obama, Pelosi and the other liberals are so fearful of the future of the Earth, perhaps they will do the right thing and lead by example.  They should immediately make a pact to stop producing toxic CO2 (i.e. breathing – for you typical Obama voter ).  That’s the sign of true leadership. Change we CAN believe in! 

From the AP  Any emphasisis mine.

WASHINGTON — The White House is reviewing a proposed finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that global warming is a threat to public health and welfare.

What a coincidence!  Just in time for the Prez’s cap and tax initiative.

Such a declaration would be the first step to regulating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and could have broad economic and environmental ramifications. It also would likely spur action by Congress to address climate change more broadly.

The White House acknowledged Monday that the EPA had transmitted its proposed finding on global warming to the Office of Management and Budget, but provided no details. It also cautioned that the Obama administration, which sees responding to climate change a top priority, nevertheless is ready to move cautiously when it comes to actually regulating greenhouse gases, preferring to have Congress act on the matter.

Government agencies don’t move cautiously. They run until they hit the inevitable wall.

The Supreme Court two years ago directed the EPA to decide whether greenhouse gases, especially carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels, pose a threat public health and welfare because they are warming the earth. If such a finding is made, these emissions are required to be regulated under the Clean Air Act, the court said.

“I think this is just the step in that process,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, noting the Supreme Court ruling. Another White House official, speaking anonymously in deference to Gibbs, predicted “a long process” before any rules would be expected to be issued on heat-trapping emissions.

But several congressional officials, also speaking on condition of anonymity because the draft declaration had not been made public, said the transmission makes clear the EPA is moving to declare carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases a danger to public health and welfare and views them as ripe for regulation under the Clean Air Act.

Such a finding “will officially end the era of denial on global warming,” said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., whose Energy and Commerce subcommittee is crafting global warming legislation. He said such an endangerment finding is long overdue because of the Bush administration’s refusal to address the issue.

By fiat – not science.  But liberals NEVER let facts get in the way of their assaults on common sense.

The EPA action “signals that the days of ignoring this pressing issue are over,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., whose Senate committee is working on a climate bill.

No, just the days of logical and thoughtful dissent are over.  The juggernaut is in charge now.

Many business leaders argue, as did President Bush, that the Clean Air Act is ill suited to deal with climate change and that regulating carbon dioxide would hamstring economic growth.

“It will require a huge cascade of (new clean air) permits” and halt a wide array of projects, from building coal plants to highway construction, including many at the heart of President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan, said Bill Kovacs, a vice president for environmental and technology issues at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Abigail Dillen, an attorney for the environmental advocacy group Earthjustice, which is involved in a number of lawsuits challenging permits for new coal plants, dismissed the dire economic warnings from business groups about carbon dioxide regulation.

“It’s to their interest to say the sky is falling, but it’s not. … The truth is we’ve never had to sacrifice air quality to maintain a healthy economy. The EPA has discretion to do this in a reasonable way.”

An internal EPA planning document that surfaced recently suggests the agency would like to have a final endangerment finding by mid-April. But officials have made clear actual regulations are unlikely to come immediately and involve a lengthy process with public comment.

Gibbs, when asked about the EPA document Monday, emphasized that “the president has made quite clear” that he prefers to have the climate issue addressed by Congress as part of a broad, mandatory limit on heat-trapping emissions.

But environmentalists said the significance of moving forward with the long-delayed endangerment issue should not be understated.

“This is historic news,” said Frank O’Donnell who heads Clean Air Watch, an advocacy group. “It will set the stage for the first-ever national limits on global warming pollution and is likely to help light a fire under Congress to get moving.”

Hopefully that’s not the only fire that gets lit.  A fire needs to be lit under the reps that claim to represent us.

BO has seen that this has to get done now.  As the number of us “deniers” grows day by day, the window of opportunity is closing.  Despite several studies showing that the Earth may actually be cooling and has been for a few years, this insidious plan will be approved unless We the People generate our own amount of heat toward these arrogant hypocrites.  They live like royalty off our backs, flying around in their own self-importance  in their chartered or private jets, while passing laws that restrict everything the unwashed masses do. 

The insulation around Washington has to be ripped off and shredded.  As the economy worsens, and many much more knowledgeable than I say it will get much worse, how long can the American people tolerate the inevitable increases in their energy costs?  People are sharpening their pitchforks and everyday we see more and more reason to do so.  What are YOU doing about it?

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Please, Dear God, let Obama fail! Amen.

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 26, 2009

 

flag-1Change has come to America and it is frightening. The speed at which the Left has taken their mandate for change is breath-taking.  Daily there are hundreds of billions, and now trillions, being thrown at problems of (mostly) governments’ own doing.  It’s nearly impossible to keep up, let alone get a handle on it all.

That, my friends, is by design.  The Soros Left has a plan to destroy the Republican Party and implement new financial and social orders.  His Open Societies Institute gives a humble image of righteous endeavors, but his hatred for what America stands for is what drives him. 

Here is a portion of an article from Investors Business Daily

And since 2003, tearing down what he views as the “fascist” tyranny of the United States, as he has put it, is “the central focus of my life.”

Through networks of nongovernmental organizations, Soros intends to ruin the presidency of George W. Bush “by any legal means necessary” and knock America off its global pedestal. “His view of America is so negative,” says Sen. Joe Lieberman, who, like Gen. David Petraeus, has been a target of Soros’ electoral “philanthropy.” “The places he’s put his money are . . . so destructive that it unsettles me.” Soros’ aim seems to be to make the U.S. just another client state easily controlled by the United Nations and other one-world groups where he has lots of friends.

Anyone who has been paying any attention knows who George Soros is and I didn’t intend to write about him, though a very wide road leads to him. 

 The reality is that Barack Obama, a radical the likes of Soros, is now the President of these, currently, United States.  This President has done more in the last 5 weeks to forward the Soros Socialist/Marxist program than the sum total of the previous 30 years.

In the past 5 weeks Obama has promised to give away$800 billion, $410 billion, $275 billion of OUR MONEY and now he presents a nearly $4 trillion “responsible” budget.  What is responsible about any of this?

Folks, this man is lying and evil.  He is taking us on the fast track to the failure that has been coming slowly.  He’s setting aside $634 billion that we DON’T HAVE for a Universal Health Care System that we DON’T HAVE. 

There are at least 2 scenarios that could be in play.  The first is the lockbox line of bull we always hear about, such as Social Security, which eveyone knows is full of IOUs.  The second is much more diabolical and involves the spending of money, again, that we don’t have on a huge program that has not been authorized.  The word tyranny begins to come into focus.

As Obama is conferring rights to illegals and terrorists, as just today he decreed that at least some of the Gitmo detainees will receive criminal trials with OUR hard fought rights, his liberal comrades in the Senate are plotting to “Hush Rush (and Hannity, Levin, Beck, Ingraham and any other opposition voices). Is this what our brave soldiers had in mind when they stared death in the face, and in the case of hundreds of thousands over the centuries, gave all?  The Founding Fathers are spinning in their graves.  The benefactors of our insane catch-and-release policy, yes, those who are sworn to the death to destroy us, will now have access to publicly funded defense attorneys and will make a mockery of our legal system. Osama and Ahmadinejad are having a very hearty “un-Islamic” laugh. 

The Senate approved a vote for DC today and has sent the bill to the House for debate and a vote.  The Constitution says representation is reserved to the States. Two Senators can’t be far behind.  That’s 2 more GUARANTEED DEMOCRAT…never mind, the Constitution is irrelevant. And wasn’t Orrin hatch, a co-conspirator co-sponsor of this fraudulent deal, a one-time chairman of the judiciary committee?  I think that position has something to do with the LAW and the CONSTITUTION! 

We all know what the problem is.  Now, what are our options to take back our country?  There are many who are calling for peaceful and symbolic protest designed to get the attention of Washington to say, “Hey, we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it anymore!”  Another is the sovereignty movement in some Statehouses to tell Washington to back off.  I’ll address the third in a moment.

The National Tea Parties set up for tomorrow, Feb. 27th, though well-intentioned, I’m afraid will fall short simply because of the lack of time to build large enough gatherings nationwide.  My fear is that the MSM will film places where there are only a handful and show them as proof that America is really behind Obama’s agenda.  We could look foolish to the ignorant masses, some of which may be experiencing the first pangs of buyer’s remorse.  It could put doubt in their minds as to the validity of their concerns.

This is not to say that these are wrong or shouldn’t be done, but it will need to be a continuing movement to build momentum.  I know there’s a “We the People” march planned for the end of May in DC and I encourage everyone to consider taking their families and being a part.  See the details at www.resistnet.org.

I personally believe it is up to our state legislatures to rein in the addicts in DC.  The 10th Amendment to the Constitution, (I know, I know) specifically gives the bulk of rights, except for the few specifically enumerated to the federal government, to the States.  Until this president gets his hands on a couple Supreme Court nominees, the Court should uphold those rights.  We should all be encouraged by this movement and we should get 100% behind it.

The third path to taking our country back, and the least desireable, is through taking up of arms.  To be totally honest, we have to acknowledge that the Founders knew this to be an option preserved for future generations. They had just come through just such a successful revolution and knew well the tyranny that an over-reaching government can impose upon its citizenry.

Thomas Jefferson said, “What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that they preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.”  Was this just to show how clean they were or how shiny the barrel and stock were?

James Madison: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

Ben Franklin:  “Any society willing to give up a little freedom for a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

And a favorite from Patrick Henry: “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death! ”

This is not an endorsement for revolution of this kind, as I fear one who leads it may be worse, ala Hitler.  If this is the course America is forced to take, we should be thankful that the gun owners are primarily on our side.  (Which side are the gun banners on again? )

This is exactly why the Founders put the right to bear arms second only to the right to free speech, as mentioned earlier, another favorite target of the Left.  Without the 2nd the first would be difficult to defend.

I will close with this.  America, know who you are and what you stand for before choosing the path to take.  Do we believe in Providence and self-determination or in “government benevolence?”  Will we help our brothers in need or fend only for ourselves?  I pray we are willing to suffer some hard times to preserve what  millions from around the world have only dreamt of for over a century… being free in the most benevolent, beautiful and blessed country God ever created.

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Which do you think is the more believable scenario for the UAW?

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 15, 2009

Talks have stalled between the automakers and the UAW.  That leads me to ask a very poignant question.  Which do they prefer,  bankruptcy wherein many more may be laid off, or sadly for America and capitalism, a government take-over?

I have to assume that the union members don’t want their employers out of business, though sometimes their actions make one rethink that.  The confidence with which they continue to balk at Big 3 offers means they must have a trump card to prevent their complete demise.  My thinking is that they know the federal government will not let them fail. 

The UAW leadership is in the tank with the Democrats, the contentious issue is the health care costs of retirees, and the new administration has designs on nationalizing the health care system.  This leads to two different scenarios that end up in the same place.

If the auto companies are allowed to file for bankruptcy, the Democrats, who run all 3 branches now, will likely put the health care burden on  the backs of the taxpayers rather than leave their base in the cold.  The other option is a government take-over the companies and the health care costs again will be covered by the taxpayers by default.  Either way, the unions have nothing to lose.  Why should they give anything back at this point?

I   

In this Reuters story

By Kevin Krolicki and Poornima Gupta

 

DETROIT (Reuters) – Talks between the United Auto Workers and General Motors Corp central to a turnaround plan for the struggling automaker have broken down over the issue of retiree healthcare costs, a person briefed on the talks said on Saturday.  A parallel set of talks between Chrysler LLC and the UAW over similar concessions were continuing over the weekend but little progress had been made, a person briefed on those negotiations said.  The breakdown of talks at GM and the stalled negotiations at Chrysler come with just three days remaining until both automakers must submit new restructuring plans to the U.S. government as a condition of the $17.4 billion in federal aid that has kept them both operating since the start of the year.

 “It doesn’t seem like the stakeholders are really prepared to give a whole lot,” said independent auto industry analyst Erich Merkle. “It’s a high-stakes game of poker right now.”

 If GM cannot win agreement from the UAW and creditors to reduce its debt, analysts say the Obama administration will face a politically tough choice: either pump billions of dollars more into the struggling automaker or steer it toward bankruptcy as some critics of the bailout have urged.
What about the take-over option?

 

UAW negotiators walked away from talks being held near GM’s Detroit headquarters on Friday night because of differences over how to pay the health care costs of retirees, the person familiar with the talks said.

 

Under Chief Executive Rick Wagoner, GM has resisted suggestions that it would be better able to restructure under a court-supervised bankruptcy.

[…]

The UAW is owed some $20 billion by GM, money pledged to a healthcare trust for retirees. The union faces demands that it surrender its claim to half of that amount in exchange for stock in a recapitalized GM under the terms of the federal bailout for the automaker.

[…]

GM and the UAW agreed to create the retiree health-care fund as part of a 2007 labor agreement the automaker hailed at the time as a way for it to shift a crippling liability from its balance sheet. But the steep slide in U.S. auto sales in late 2008 overwhelmed GM’s attempts to cut costs and raise cash on its own, leaving it unable to survive without federal loans and unable to fund its commitment to the union trust fund.
For his part, UAW President Ron Gettelfinger has balked at saddling retired workers with additional risk by taking devalued GM stock instead of cash.
So the unions, complicit in the financial hardship of the automakers, won’t help the Big 3 by accepting some stock in lieu of cash because the value of the stock has dropped due to said financial hardship the unions were complicit in.  Talk about your catch-22.

[…]

A bankruptcy filing would allow GM to rework its contracts with creditors, the UAW, dealers and its suppliers. But it would also mean even steeper job losses. GM, Chrysler and Ford Motor Co have cut 250,000 jobs since the start of the decade and are looking to cut more.

 A bankruptcy by one of the U.S. automakers could also trigger a wave of failures among parts suppliers. That industry is seeking $18.5 billion in federal aid and has warned that 1 million jobs could be lost if the industry collapses.
Thus, the government will likely not allow them to fail.  The ones with the most to lose are the taxpayers.

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Read it and LEAP – $trillion “stimulus” nets you $13 per week – what a bargain!

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 12, 2009

Snag in the final “stimulus” bill – from Fox:

The $500-per-worker credit for lower- and middle-income taxpayers that Obama outlined during his presidential campaign was scaled back to $400 during bargaining by the Democratic-controlled Congress and White House. Couples would receive $800 instead of $1,000. Over two years, that move would pump about $25 billion less into the economy than had been previously planned.
Less money for us to control.

Officials estimated it would mean about $13 a week more in people’s paychecks when withholding tables are adjusted in late spring. Critics say that’s unlikely to do much to boost consumption. 
$1.2 trillion nets the average taxpayer $52 / month to control for themselves.

Millions of people receiving Social Security benefits would get a one-time payment of $250 under the agreement, along with veterans receiving pensions, and poor people receiving Supplemental Security Income payments.
Big bucks here!

An additional $46 billion would go to transportation projects such as highway, bridge and mass transit construction; many lawmakers wanted more.
Wasn’t this what we were told the “stimulus” was for?

 In late-stage talks, Obama and Reid, D-Nev., pressed for $8 billion to construct high-speed rail lines, quadrupling the amount in the bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.  Reid’s office issued a statement noting that a proposed Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas rail might get a big chunk of the money.
Don’t go thinking this is a pork project to help Los Angelistas to get to Senate President Reid’s Nevada casinos.  It’s not.  As Pres. Obama said, this is a spending bill … not pork.

 But Senate Republican negotiators insisted that no separate funds for new school construction be created that could become permanent federal funds.
This disagreement could set back plans to hold a final vote in the Senate as early as Thursday night. Democratic aides told FOX News a vote could instead come early Friday morning, or even Saturday. 
School funding, etc. is the responsibility of STATES.  Republicans want to keep it that way.  Obviously the Dems want the Federal government to control all of education including construction. They’ve done such a great job so far.

 But nothing could shake negotiators from insisting on including $70 billion to shelter middle- to upper-income taxpayers from the alternative minimum tax, originally passed a generation ago to make sure the super-rich didn’t avoid taxes.
Out of principle, no doubt.  Couldn’t be that they and too many of their friends are now subject to it.

Okay, I did the math.  $1.2 trillion divided by 250,000,000 ( for the typical Obama voters – that’s 250 million) people who live here, equals $4800 per man, woman, and child.  With the big tax $13 / week cut you get it, it will take you 7.69 years to reach $4800.  That’s without any tax increases or taking into account any inflation, which certainly couldn’t occur as the Fed prints hundreds of billions of paper money to cover this “job creation bill.”   

That fits well with former too-close-too-being-President John Kerry who said on the floor of the Senate during the debate,

 “I’ve supported many tax cuts over the years, and there are tax cuts in this proposal. But a tax cut is non-targeted.
If you put a tax cut into the hands of a business or family, there’s no guarantee that they’re going to invest that or invest it in America.
They’re free to go invest anywhere that they want if they choose to invest.” 

He also said there’s no guarantee they (we) will invest it where the government wants them (us) to. These serial mismangers who screw up everything they touch don’t want us to be in control of our money.  Pure arrogance.
Sad thing is, he’s just the one that said out loud what many in Washington think and believe.

These people have got to be stopped and then REMOVED from office.  Go to www.grassfire.org or other and join the Resistance.
We’ve got to get active and get busy.
 

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US Senate Democrats open the door for Universal Health Care – here’s your “stimulus”

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 10, 2009

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“All Americans should have the same excellent health care that Congress gets!”

th_daschle1  “That’s right, Ted.  But that’s really too expensive.  I say at age 67 we cut ’em off.  Not us, everybody else.” 

The Senate just passed their version of the so-called stimulus bill with the help of three liberal Republicans.  Hardly bi-partisan, but it did pass.

We just found out last night that this monstrosity contains a provision for kicking the door wide open to implement the onerous universal health care we’ve been hearing about for years.

Under the title of  National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, a deceptive title since it goes beyond technology to insert into actual treatments and effectiveness, The National Coordinator’s duties include the following:

(1) ensures that each patient’s health information is secure and protected, in accordance with applicable law;

(2) improves health care quality, reduces medical errors, and advances the delivery of patient-centered medical care;

(3) reduces health care costs resulting from inefficiencies, medical errors, inappropriate care, duplicative care, and incomplete information;

(4) provides appropriate information to help guide medical decisions at the time and place of care;

(5) ensures the inclusion of meaningful public input in such development of such infrastructure;

(6) improves the coordination of care and information among hospitals, laboratories, physician offices,and other entities through an effective infrastructure for the secure and authorized exchange of health care information;

(7) improves public health activities and facilitates the early identification and rapid response to public health threats and emergencies, including bioterror events and infectious disease outbreaks;

(8) facilitates health and clinical research and health care quality;

(9) promotes early detection, prevention, and management of chronic diseases;

(10) promotes a more effective marketplace, greater competition, greater systems analysis, increased consumer choice, and improved outcomes in health care services, and

(11) improves efforts to reduce health disparities. 

Okay, so computerizing and centralizing American’s health records is to be able to secure and protect it?  Only in Washington where personal FBI files of your opposition can end up in the hands of certain strategic people.

This Coordinator sitting in DC will “help guide medical decisions at the time and place of care” because he/she obviously will know better than your doctor how to treat what ails you.  I don’t think God is looking for a job.  And they will coordinate care from hospitals to labs to your doctor’s office.  How big of a bureaucracy will that take?  There’s your 4 million jobs saved or created! 

There’s really no sense in going on with any analysis of what this says. We know where it’s leading.

What frosts me and millions of others is the way it was hidden and hurried through the process without real, honest and open debate.  It’s quite obvious that Daschle, Kennedy, Obama and their cohorts knew that resistance would build quickly once the light of day shone upon it.  This is nothing new except for the scope of what they are trying to do – take over one seventh of the American economy after effectively taking over the banking system.  But, since the socialists/ leftists run the show, the best we can do is pound on our representatives and hope and pray they do the right thing and vote against it.  This backroom political end run around the people of this country is unforgiveable and decidely Chicagoesque.  Mr. Obama learned well. 

I do believe that Obama has opened this can of worms too soon. Many millions of us knew his intentions before his election, but now the mask is off for many others who were just wanting to get rid of George Bush.  This is NOT the change they were looking for. 

We knew this fight was coming sooner or later in this administration, so we’ll make sure the President has to burn as much political capital as possible right from the get-go.  Bring it on.

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Geithner speaks, “stimulus” passes and Dow drops nearly 400 points – not much of a confidence builder

Posted by foundersfreedom on February 10, 2009

The first $350 billion didn’t do anything and we’re about to see if throwing the other $350 billion will stick as we throw it at the wall.  What a great way to run a “recovery.”    A 400 point drop doesn’t show much confidence from Wall Street that this will work. Even with the senate passing the “stimulus” bill.

Now the real fight begins as the conference committee has to listen to the Democrat House members whine and moan about the pork negotiated out of the Senate version.  When asked whether this could push the 3 Republican defectors out of the deal, Queen Pelosi says, “that’s not my problem.”  ‘Atta girl, stay true to your liberal theology.   Their real motives behind this plan will be shown in vivid, living color.

This could be fun to watch as long as sanity steps in and stops this monstrosity. Dem House members porking up the bill as Dem Senators try to stop them. 

That begs a question which will not be asked by the MSM.  Which side will Obama put the pressure on?  You know he wants the spending since he said that’s what the whole thing is about, but he has to have support from at least 2 Republicans in the Senate to get it done.

While it sickens me to give that much power to Snowe, Collins and Specter, perhaps putting the spending back in will give them the opportunity to do the right thing and back out as they said they might.

More to come…

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