02/28/09 TEA Parties/ Health Care


           “Bread, Beans, and Bullets: Jobs, Taxes, and the Second Amendment”
             Monday, March 8, 2010,       7pm
             AMVETS Hall, 1217 Merriman Road, Westland
  – Jack McHugh, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, “Taking Back Our Government: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why”
  - Stacey Mathia – Independent Candidate for Governor, “It Is Time We the People Held Our Elected Officials Accountable”
  - Scott Hagerstrom- Americans for Prosperity, State Director
  - Rick Jarosz, Downriver Republicans Grassroots Organization -  ”The Second Amendment” (Gun rights)    
Panel discussion will follow.     All welcome!
Presented by Patriots of Southeast Michigan LLC
Contact 734-787-8805      
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                              TEA PARTIES

Power to the People!
 By Jim O’Neill  Friday, February 19, 2010

When the Left says that they are giving power to the people—they lie.  When governments say that they want to return power to the people—they lie.  When politicians say they are for the people—they lie. 
There is only one source of power to the people, and that is “we the people” ourselves.  “We the people” are our own strength, hope, power, and deliverer—with God’s grace and guidance.
It is time to take our power back….
As John Houston might have said in his movie classic “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”—“Leaders?  We don’t need no stinking leaders.”
Judi McLeod, editor of Canada Free Press recently wrote, “Much heart can be taken in this truth:  Tea Party members call no one leader, for their only leader is the American Constitution.”
Founding Father, John Adams, “guesstimated” that only around one-third of the population actively supported the Revolutionary War (another third actively opposed it, and the last third sat on their butts). 
“We the people” currently have much more than a third of the people with us.  We can take back our power—we must.  It will be both a revolution, and a restoration.

Tea-Publicanism is the Answer for America’s Woes
 By Jerry A. Kane  Friday, February 19, 2010
Knowledgeable tea partiers know that the Democrat Party plays so far out in left field it’s no longer in the stadium, and all they see is a Hobson’s choice between supporting spineless, sell-out, milquetoast, business-as-usual, Democrat-light Republicans or a third party. But now tea party conservatives are saying they have found an answer to the dilemma and are urging their brethren to become Tea-Publicans and rejoin the Republican fold.
“Only if Tea Party folks unite with RNC folks can they defeat the DNC. … Scattered over numerous 3rd party efforts, the American Right has no chance of regaining political power, much less saving U.S. sovereignty, security or freedom,” writes the webmaster at the National Precinct Alliance Web site.  http://www.nationalprecinctalliance.org/
More http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/20192

Messiah-less, but NOT Leaderless… 

By JB Williams  Saturday, February 13, 2010
The real grass-roots patriot movement has a clear message for Washington DC…
In 2010 and 2012, it’s going to be the patriot way or the highway for DC elitists in both political parties and there is nothing the DC establishment can do to stop it or hijack it!…Contrary to media efforts to paint the patriot movement as a fractured “leaderless movement” headed for the ash heap or the anti-establishment political bone yard, the patriot movement is far from leaderless. In fact, unlike the political left always in search of a messiah, the right is full of leaders, all over the country.
It is however, without any particular political messiah… and that’s what makes politicos nervous. Political messiahs are for the political left, not the right….
Politicos can’t fathom that average American patriots can muster the power to reclaim their country without a political messiah to lead the way. They can’t begin to imagine the true power of a real grass-roots movement committed to real patriotic change, or maybe they simply dare not imagine such an insurmountable force.

How Immigration and Multiculturalism Destroyed Detroit
By Frosty Woodridge           October 5, 2009
As the Muslims moved in, the whites moved out. As the crimes became more violent, the whites fled. Finally, unlawful Mexicans moved in at a torrid pace. You could cut the racial tension in the air with a knife! Detroit may be one our best examples of multiculturalism: pure dislike and total separation from America.
Today, you hear Muslim calls to worship over the city like a new American Baghdad with hundreds of Islamic mosques in Michigan, paid for by Saudi Arabia oil money. High school flunk out rates reached 76 percent last June according to NBC’s Brian Williams. Classrooms resemble more foreign countries than America. English? Few speak it! The city features a 50 percent illiteracy rate and growing. Unemployment hit 28.9 percent in 2009 as the auto industry vacated the city.
Frightening Film on U.S. Terrorism Training Camps
Fox News – Sean Hannity              February 17, 2009

Our Unconstitutional Census
California could get nine House seats it doesn’t deserve because illegal aliens will be counted in 2010.
By John S. Baker and Elliott Stomecipher      Augst 9, 2009            Next year’s census will determine the apportionment of House members and Electoral College votes for each state. To accomplish these vital constitutional purposes, the enumeration should count only citizens and persons who are legal, permanent residents. But it won’t.
Instead, the U.S. Census Bureau is set to count all persons physically present in the country—including large numbers who are here illegally. The result will unconstitutionally increase the number of representatives in some states and deprive some other states of their rightful political representation. Citizens of “loser” states should be outraged. Yet few are even aware of what’s going on.


                                                    HEALTH CARE
Yes, Mr. President: A Free Market Can Fix Health Care

by Michael F. Cannon            October 21, 2009     
In March 2009, President Barack Obama said, “If there is a way of getting this done where we’re driving down costs and people are getting health insurance at an affordable rate, and have choice of doctor, have flexibility in terms of their plans, and we could do that entirely through the market, I’d be happy to do it that way.” This paper explains how letting workers control their health care dollars and tearing down regulatory barriers to competition would control costs, expand choice, improve health care quality, and make health coverage more secure.
First, Congress should give Medicare enrollees a voucher and the freedom to choose any health plan on the market. Vouchers would be means-tested, would contain Medicare spending, and are the only way to protect seniors from government rationing.
Second, to give workers control over their health care dollars, Congress should reform the tax treatment of health care with “large” health savings accounts. Large HSAs would reduce the number of uninsured Americans, would free workers to purchase secure health coverage from any source, and would effectively give workers a $9.7 trillion tax cut without increasing the federal budget deficit.
Third, Congress should break up state monopolies on insurance and clinician licensing. Allowing consumers to purchase health insurance licensed by other states could cover one-third of the uninsured without any new taxes or government subsidies.
Finally, Congress should reform Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program the way it reformed welfare in 1996. Block-granting those programs would reduce the deficit and encourage states to target resources to the truly needy.
The great advantage of a free market is that innovation and more prudent decisionmaking means that fewer patients will fall through the cracks.
Someone Needs to Tell the President His Health Care Plan is Dead
The day before yesterday’s White House health care summit, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) told reporters: “The only way this works is for the House to pass the Senate bill and then, depending on what the package is, the reconciliation provision that moves first through the House and then comes here.” When Conrad was reminded that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has repeatedly insisted that the House will not pass the Senate bill until the Senate passes a second bill that fixes the first, Conrad replied: “Fine, then it’s dead.”

This was the dynamic that President Barack Obama was trying to alter with his eventually-seven-hour meeting. And judging by pretty much every major news outlet, he completely failed. Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA), who is one of the 39 House Democrats that the White House needs to switch from a “no” the first time around to a “yes” this time, told The New York Times: “I don’t see very many at all who voted no who are going to switch their votes unless there are substantial changes in the bill.”

And that reality is already spreading throughout Capitol Hill. Politico reports that while Democrats were hoping to pass Obamacare by Easter, “there were signs Thursday night that the schedule was slipping. One Democratic lawmaker involved in the negotiations, who asked not to be identified to speak candidly of the process, said the party would not, in fact, start down the path of reconciliation next week.”

Oba-Kabuki: A Box-Office Bomb
By Michelle Malkin            February 26, 2010
The Oba-Kabuki health care show at Blair House kicked off with a big lie on Thursday morning — and it all went downhill from there. The taxpayer-funded infomercial backfired by exposing the president’s thin skin, the Democrats’ naked disingenuousness and the ruling majority’s allergies to political and policy realities.

Obama: Arrogance Run Amuck
by Bobby Eberle           February 26, 2010
Yes, the so-called Health Care Summit is nothing that will go down in history. It basically accomplished nothing from a policy standpoint, and was a legislative waste of time. However, from a political perspective, the summit gave the American people a glimpse of two items that will help Republicans in the long run: Republicans actually speaking out and not backing down, and Obama’s arrogance.

“Bending the Curve”: What Really Drives Health Care Spending
by Jason Fodeman, M.D. and Robert A. Book, Ph.D.             February 17, 2010
Abstract: Contrary to their stated intent, the health care reform bills passed by the House and Senate would substantially increase health care spending if either became law. Based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what drives health care spending, these bills exacerbate many of the inefficiencies in the U.S. health care system, particularly those that drive spending upward. While an increased prevalence of disease, the third-party payment system, technological change, and waste and fraud are likely contributing to increased health care spending, the main problem is a pricing system that insulates both patients and producers from normal market incentives to reduce prices and match spending on services to their value to patients. Real health care reform to improve care and control costs would empower patients by expanding their menu of choices, allow patients and providers to benefit from choosing more cost-effective treatments, reform Medicare and
Medicaid, and create a national market for health insurance and competitive markets for health care.
Full article: http://www.heritage.org/Research/HealthCare/bg2369.cfm

4 Health Care Questions and Answers
by Andrew P. Napolitano
1. Can the federal government compel a person to have health insurance?
2. Why can’t I buy health insurance from whatever carrier is willing to sell it to me?
3. Is tort reform constitutional?
4. Is there anything in the Constitution that empowers Congress to regulate health care or get between patients and their physicians or empower bureaucrats to tell physicians how to practice medicine?
Answers at  http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/02/26/judge-andrew-napolitano-health-care-constitution-tort-reform/
 159 Ways ObamaCare Is a Government Takeover of Health Care
Posted by Jeff Mazzella
February 25th, 2010
During today’s White House Health Care Summit, President Obama continues to insist that his plan to reform the nation’s health care system is not a government takeover of health care. 
Countering the president’s claim, the Senate Republican Policy Committee released a list of 159 new boards, bureaucracies and programs created in the Senate-passed bill, which serves as the framework for President Obama’s “new” health care proposal, a summary of which was released earlier this week.    http://www.redstate.com/erick/files/2010/02/presidenthcrprop.pdf
View the entire RPC list here.   http://www.gop.gov/blog/10/02/25/159-ways-the-senate-bill

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