Democratic Senator slams Obama over earmarks

Washington Examiner

By: Mark Hemingway
Commentary Staff Writer
Dec. 27, 2009

Remember when President Obama promised to go through legislation “line by line” eliminating earmarks? Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., hasn’t forgotten:

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) said Obama made earmark reform “a very big part of [his] campaign” but still signed this month two massive spending measures that both included approximately $4 billion in earmarks.

Feingold, who broke with his party to oppose both the $447 billion 2010 omnibus spending bill and the $636 billion 2010 Pentagon spending bill, said the president could have used his veto pen to reject the measures and force lawmakers to cut earmark funding.

“We’ve got to have a fresh start next year, and I’ve signaled that if they want my vote, they’ve got to stop just signing onto huge numbers of earmarks,” Feingold said.

Obama talked tough about earmarks on the campaign trail.

“Absolutely, we need earmark reform,” Obama said in his first presidential debate with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). “And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.”

There’s no bigger illustration for why we need earmark reform than the health care legislation just passed. The problem ultimately isn’t so much that billions in pork barrel spending targeted to lawmakers districts — though that’s pretty egregious in and of itself –but  the $15 billion in earmarks handed out this year amount to chicken feed at the rate Congress is currently spending. The problem is the way that earmarks grease the wheels to buy votes needed to pass much more expensive legislation. Just ask Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., whether they would have voted for Obamacare had they not received hundreds of millions in earmarks.

Attention U.S Senators

Dear Senators:

You have just met to vote on your parties  Illegal and Unconstitutional Health Care Reform Act on Monday at 1 am.

I am putting you on CONSTRUCTIVE NOTICE OF INSTRUCTION that you do not have any LEGAL CONSTITUTIONAL authority to vote yes on this issue. Therefore, your vote will be in VIOLATION of your OATH OF OFFICE and subject to removal.

Congress lacks the constitutional authority to regulate and control the practice of medicine in the jurisdiction of the States.

See Linder v. United States (caselaw.lp.findlaw.com…), 268 U.S. 5, 18, 45 S.Ct. 446 (1925) (“Obviously, direct control of medical practice in the states is beyond the power of the federal government”);

Lambert v. Yellowly (caselaw.lp.findlaw.com…), 272 U.S. 581, 589, 47 S.Ct. 210 (1926) (“It is important also to bear in mind that ‘direct control of medical practice in the States is beyond the power of the Federal Government.’ Linder v. United States 268 U.S. 5, 18. Congress, therefore, cannot directly restrict the professional judgment of the physician or interfere with its free exercise in the treatment of disease. Whatever power exists in that respect belongs to the states exclusively.”)

Oregon v. Ashcroff (openjurist.org…), 368 F.3d 1118, 1124 (9th Cir. 2004) (“The principle that state governments bear the primary responsibility for evaluating physician assisted suicide follows from our concept of federalism, which requires that state lawmakers, not the federal government, are ‘the primary regulators of professional [medical] conduct.’ Conant v. Walters, 309 F.3d 629, 639 (9th Cir. 2002);

Barsky v. Bd. of Regents (supreme.justia.com…), 347 U.S. 442, 449, 74 S.Ct 650, 98 L.ED. 829 (1954) (‘It is elemental that a state has broad power to establish and enforce standards of conduct within its broders relative to the health of everyone there. It is a vital part of a state’s police power.’) The Attorney General ‘may not…regulate [the doctor-patient] relationship to advance federal policy.’ Conant, 309 F3d at 647 (Kozinski, J., concurring).”)

And certain features of this proposed law will certainly be unconstitutional; see:

United States v. Constantine (supreme.justia.com…), 296, U.S. 287, 56 S.Ct. 223 (1935) “We think the suggestion has never been made — certainly never entertained by this Court — that the United States may impose cumulativepenalties above and beyond those specified by state law for infractions of the state’s criminal code by its own citizens. The affirmative of such a proposition would obliterate the distinction between the delegated powers of the federal government and those reserved to the states and to their citizens. The implications from a decision sustaining such an imposition would be startling. The concession of such a power would open the door to unlimited regulation of matters of state concern by federal authority. The regulation of the conduct of its own citizens belongs to the state, not to the United States. The right to impose sanctions for violations of the state’s laws inheres in the body of its citizens speaking through their representatives. So far as the reservations of the Tenth Amendment were qualified by the adoption of the Eighteenth, the qualification has been abolished. (emphases added)

THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION

Article. IV.

Section. 3.

Clause 2: The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.

For Health Freedom, John C. Hammell, President International Advocates for Health Freedom 556 Boundary Bay Road Point Roberts, WA 98281-8702 USA www.iahf.com… jham@iahf.com 800-333-2553 N.America 360-945-0352 World

Typo in Law Establishes Mandate to Lock Gun-Toting Train Passengers in Boxes

Dec. 21, 2009

By Chad Pergram

– FOXNews.com

Because of a typo, President Obama signed a bill into law Wednesday that requires passengers who carry firearms aboard Amtrak be locked in boxes for their journey

Harry Houdini made a career escaping from locked boxes. So did David Copperfield and Doug Henning.

And now, add to that list Amtrak passengers packing heat in their luggage?

It may sound absurd. But President Obama signed a bill into law Wednesday that requires passengers who carry firearms aboard Amtrak be locked in boxes for their journey.

It’s a mistake in the law’s wording. But for now, the clerical error is the law of the land.

Earlier this week, Congress sent the president a massive spending bill that funded dozens of federal departments. Tucked into the transportation section of the legislation are safety requirements for Amtrak customers who carry firearms on board the government-backed train system. The bill Congress passed mandates that passengers with firearms declare they have weapons with them in advance and stow them in locked boxes while on the train.

The bill text was correct when the House approved the legislation last week. The Senate followed suit Sunday, but somewhere along the line, the language that referred to putting the guns in locked boxes morphed into stuffing “passengers” into locked boxes.

Aides to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., became aware of the problem Wednesday night as the House voted on its final slate of bills for the year. Pelosi’s staff tried to negotiate with Republican aides to see if they would agree to change the text of the bill without revoting the entire piece of legislation. But it was all for naught as Obama had already signed the measure into law.

It’s clear the typo alters the legislation’s mandate. But no one quite knows the origin of the mistake.

Senior Congressional sources familiar with the error suggested the problem may have been introduced in the “enrolling” process of bills. Once both the House and Senate approve the final version of a bill, the text of the legislation is sent to an “enrolling clerk” who actually copies the bill onto parchment paper. The parchment version of the package is then sent to the White House for the president to sign into law.

Another theory is that the mistake could be something as simple as a printing error. The House and Senate run multiple versions of bills before they send the final copy to the White House to become law. Another possibility is that Congress sent President Obama the wrong, non-proofed version of the bill to sign.

The misfire is fixable. But probably not until early next year. The House late Wednesday completed what it expects to be its final session of the year. The Senate remains in session debating health care reform. But both the House and Senate would have to agree to a technical correction of the text that missed its mark.

The law, though, states that Amtrak has six months to implement the policy. So it’s unlikely that any gun-toting passengers would have to travel in a box.

The error is reminiscent of $289 billion farm bill President Bush vetoed in May, 2008. In that instance, both houses of Congress inadvertently sent Bush an incomplete bill, leaving out a 35-page chunk. The president then vetoed an incomplete bill. Congress discovered the error when lawmakers attempted to override the president’s veto.

In that case, House re-passed the entire farm bill and overrode Bush’s veto.

“This bill is one of the most-passed bills we’ve done,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., quipped at the time.

The rules to allow Amtrak passengers to carry weapons with them are new. Airline passengers have long been permitted to transport weapons in checked luggage. But Amtrak banned firearms from its trains after Sept. 11. Only police officers are now allowed to board Amtrak trains with guns.

Rep. John Fleming and Sen. Roger Wicker, both Mississippi Republicans, are the primary advocates of the Amtrak gun provision.

Barack Obama is the Biggest Failure Since New Coke…

Strongest comment ever

Dec. 21, 2009

The Betrayal

This MUST be added on the EXTREMELY DANGEROUS Illegal Alien Constant Liar Power-Crazy Psycopath & Sociopath Communist Foreign Born In Africa Domestic Enemy Radical Islamic Muslim Jihadist Terrorist Illegal and Unconstituional Usurper Barack Obama/Soetoro who MUST be STOPPED & Immediately ARRESTED, and Indicted, and IMMEDIATELY PUT THROUGH IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS for the Thousands of Illegal and Unconstitutional Felonies Usurper Barack Obama Is Committing Daily in the USA AGAINST THE LEGAL SOVEREIGN 307 + Million USA Citizens:

(51) Usurper Barack Obama, Here is an IMPORTANT QUESTION FOR YOU, that I will STAND UP ON T.V. and Ask YOU to YOUR FACE IN FRONT OF CAMERAS Over and Over until you answer this QUESTION: Why are you using 100% TRUTHFULLY & 100% FACTUALLY THE STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER # 042-68-4225 TODAY while you reside in Our White House that was issued to a man who was born in 1890 who naturalized into the USA, and who lived and died in Conneticut in 1977? How can you have this STOLEN Social Security # 042-68-4225 in YOUR name that was issued to this deceased person who died in Conneticut in 1977, when YOU NEVER lived in Conneticut?

Barack Hussein OBama, WHY are you using this STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY # 042-68-4225 as you are ILLEGALLY USURPING the Office of the USA President and the Commander-In-Chief position while you use this STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER to collect a Federal paycheck living in Our White House using STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY # 042-68-4225 !! !! !! ?? !!!

(52) Why are there 39 Social Security Numbers that are tied Directly to your name, Barack Hussein Obama, and to the addresses where you have lived at all through your life and especially in Chicago? Are you harboring Radical Islamic Muslim Jihadists that you are financially supporting to help the Radical Islamic Muslim Jihadists Terrorists to over-throw the USA government and to commit Jihad on the USA citizens as soon as you “give” them “your civilian army” signal to go ahead and to evil according to your Satanic plans for America, Usurper Illegal Alien Barack Obama?

(53) Barack Hussein Obama WHY do you worship The False GOD called “ALLAH” who is actually Satan Whom you are worshipping, in the Devil Satan’s despicable UNHOLY EVIL KORAN – BOOK of SATAN’S CONSTANT NON-STOP LIES, and then get in front of people of all different nations telling EVERYONE how you, Usurper Barack Obama will do everything to SUPPORT the Islamic Muslim faith? Then you publicly mock GOD ALMIGHTY THE MOST HOLY TRINITY and you announce Usurper Barack Obama and you say that American is NOT a Christian country any more? Why don’t you realize that THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS INDEED A CHRISTIAN NATION Founded On Judeo-Christian beliefs, and the USA Constitution was created from the Holy Spirit of God on Judeo Christian principals!!

(54) Why is there 100% proven expert forensic evidence that your FEDERAL Selective Service Form is a complete and total counterfeit forgery? Seriously, Barack Hussein Obama, you have NO WHERE TO RUN FROM THESE FELONIES YOU OBVIOUSLY COMMITTED!! Why did YOU Usurper Barack Hussein Obama or why did YOU hire or pay someone else under your direction To Cocommit FEDERAL FELONIES to submit a counterfeit forgery for your FEDERAL Selective Service Registration, Usurper Barack Obama? There is NO wiggle room in this Mr. Obama. Your Federal Selective Service Registration is 100% proven to be a 100% FORGERY!! This is a Federal Offense & a Several Federal FELONIES HERE that YOU have committed!!

*** Usurper Psychopath/Sociopath Usurper Barack Obama —
Do you REALLY think you are going to get away with committing Felonies against WE THE PEOPLE, and that
WE THE PEOPLE won’t notice you committing ALL of the
DAILY Felonies you are committing against WE THE PEOPLE – ALL 307 + MILLION LEGAL USA Citizens?!!

I could spend 6 months listing TRILLIONS $$$$ of other Illegal Felonies that YOU have committed Usurper Barack Hussein Obama II/Barry Soetoro in the USA against all 50 states, against the USA Constitution, and against all 307 + Million USA Citizens!! I will list a few more here and list the others publicly in a long list soon….God Almighty THE MOST HOLY TRINITY Willing…..

(55) Lets See… Why have you, Usurper Barack Obama SEALED to HIDE and To CONCEAL from the USA Citizens ALL OF Your Personal I.D. IDENTIFICATION CITIZENSHIP Documents and Records that contains and includes the COUNTRY of your birth and your FOREIGN BIRTH CITIZENSHIP STATUS on them, Usurper Barack Obama!!!? I am NOT talking about a Birth Certificate or a COLB…. I am talking about WHY DID YOU SEAL ALL of YOUR I.D. Documents & Records that have Your Personal CITIZENSHIP on them? Are you ashamed and fearful that you will be found out to be Definitely FOREIGN BORN IN AFRICA, and NOT in the USA, of course you are!! And therefore, DEFINITELY NOT eligible to be in the USA as an Illegal Alien, or DEFINITELY NOT Eligible to be a USA Senator, and the USA President because YOU are an Illegal Alien who NEVER naturalized into the USA!!

OH….THE AUDACITY OF YOUR CONSTANT LIES & CON-MAN SCAMS USURPER ILLEGAL ALIEN BARACK OBAMA!!

**NOTE:*** Usurper Barack Obama, You gave the USA People “USURPER BARACK OBAMA – THE ILLEGAL ALIEN – IS USING TODAY Residing in Our WHITE HOUSE, STOLEN SECURITY NUMBER
# 042-68-4225, As BARACK OBAMA Is Connected to 39 Illegal Social Security Numbers in MASSIVE FELONIES Of Social Security Identity Thefts & DIRTY Money Laundering As Barack OBama SEALED AND/OR FORGED ALL PERSONAL I.D. DOCUMENTS & RECORDS TO TRY TO HIDE & CONCEAL ILLEGAL ALIEN BARACK OBAMA’S FOREIGN CITIZENSHIP-GATE – URGENT AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS NATIONAL SECURITY DISASTER-GATE.”

YOU KNOW what I am talking about, Usurper Barack Hussein Obama!! Usurper Barack Obama, you know very well EXACTLY what I am and WHAT MILLIONS of Americans are talking about…. Illegal Aliens use STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS to open bank accounts, and to get driver’s licenses and to try to be able to work in the USA because they are undocumented workers in the USA….oh, You are NOT fooling ANYONE, BARACK OBAMA/SOETORO, YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY AN ILLEGAL ALIEN who was BORN Definitely in a Foreign COUNTRY, who NEVER Naturalized in the USA and — oh golly… You SEALED and HID ALL OF YOUR PERSONAL CITIZENSHIP PAPERS of your PERSONAL I.D, Documents & Records of the COUNTRY OF YOUR CITIZENSHIP At Birth… And YOU SEAL Your Current ILLEGAL ALIEN CITIZENSHIP STATUS in the USA!!

(56) Another question… ILLEGAL ALIEN Constant Liar Barack Obama, how many phoney bank accounts did you open with the 39 STOLEN SOCIAL SECURITY NUBMERS that are tied to your name and addresses that you lived at in money laudering schemes – Usurper Constant Liar ILLEGAL ALIEN Power-Crazy Radical Islamic Muslim Jihadist Terrorist & Communist Marxist Who Was Foreign Born In Africa, Who Is AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS Domestic Enemy EXTREMELY DANGEROUS Malevolent & Evil Psychopath/Sociopath Who Is The INSANE EXTREME NATIONAL SECURITY DISASTER AKA As The ILLEGAL ALIEN Foreign Born Domestic Enemy UUSURPER BARACK OBAMA – THE EXTREMELY URGENT & EXTREMELY DANGEROUS NATIONAL SECURITY DISASTER OF ALL USA CITIZENS IN THE USA!!

(57) Usurper Barack Obama – Why are you CONSTANTLY SAYING CONSTANT LIES out of your mouth EVERY TIME You open your mouth to speak to the USA Citizenry You are saying CONSTANT LIES as a CONSTANT LIAR, Barack Obama To The Amercan People??!! Usurper Barack Obama why are You ALL of the time saying that you are GIVING THE USA PEOPLE 100% TRANSPARENCY, when YOU Are CONSTANTLY LYING TO THE USA CITIZENS And are Doing the Opposite, and Hiding EVERYTHING You are Doing from the USA, like your SEALED Personal I.D. Documents & Records & Your Sealed Executive Order “Punative President Records?” From: WE THE PEOPLE?? Is it because you are Stealing From THE USA Treasury – a USA Treasury Heist and you are doing so many Diabolical HORRENDOUSLY EVIL things in the USA underneath and behind with your LIES OF TRANSPARENCY, that you have to HIDE EVERYTHING YOU ARE DOING because EVERYTHING You are Doing in Our White House that is Total & Complete Evil Tyranny YOU Want to Hide And Conceal From the USA People, as you plan How To Kill ALL 307 + Million Americans in “Population Reduction” in Your Communist Radical Islamic Muslim Jihad Terrorist Eugenics?!

(58) Usurper Obarack Obama… Do you REALLY think You will NOT be punished severely for the Constant Felonies YOU are Committing Against the USA people, that MILLIONS of the USA people see you committing against US? Barack Obama, MILLIONS & MILLIONS of USA Citizens KNOW ALL ABOUT YOU BEING AN ILLEGAL ALIEN BARACK OBAMA and ALL about YOU being a Psychopath with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and Megalomania, and WE THE PEOPLE know that you are a Constant Liar Demon-Possessed Sociopath with Delutional Insanity, and Your blind and Insane spiritual sickness you are in as you are worshipping ALLAH Who Is REALLY Satan the Devil who is a False God, as You are a Delusional Radical Islamic Muslim Jihadist Supporter Terrorist Communist Foreign Born Domestic Enemy of the USA Constitution, the USA, and ALL 307 + Million American citizens, and You Do NOT Know RIGHT from Wrong, and TRUTH from Lies, that is WHY YOU Are A PSYCHOPATH Who is 100% Devoid of Moral Conscience!!

(59) Usurper Barack Obama, the USA people will be taking you down very soon, because the United States of America is a nation that was formed and built COMPLETELY ON JUDEO-CHRISTIAN HOLY BIBLE BIBLICAL VALUES. BARACK OBAMA!! Another Question for You: Why Do YOU have the AUDACITY TO BE A CONSTANT LIAR, Usurper Barack Obama, as you Deny and Mock the TRUE GOD ALMIGHTY – THE MOST HOLY TRINITY? Do you think you will be allowed by GOD & THE USA people to destroy Christians, because you are a Radical Islamic Muslim who worships the Satan as “ALLAH” !!!! Think again, Barack Obama, GOD IS AGAINST YOU and the USA people are against you, and GOD is calling you Barack Obama “The man of perdition, and the man of sin …”

PERDITION MEANS HELL-FOREVER-FIRE….Usurper Constant Liar Servant of Satan The Devil, Barack Obama, TRULY that’s where YOU will be going in Eternity AFTER the USA people give you what you deserve… Congressional Hearings, and arrest and trial …. and either life in prison or execution for your thousands of Frauds, perjuries, Grand Thefts of the USA Treasury, Stolen Social Security Fraud, Identify Theft, Forgery of Federal Selective Service Registration, Wire Fraud in a Forged Counterfeit Online COLB of (3) Copies of Internet Online Forgeries of your Fake Non-Existent COLB because you have a NON-Existent Birth Certificate and YOU KNOW THIS IS TRUE, So You Could in Wire-Fraud Steal the 2008 Illegal Election in Election Fraud, Extortion, Foreign Campaign Election Donations, and thousands of other of your felonies you have committed and ARE Committing In OUR WHITE HOUSE, and Also when you were an illegal ILLEGAL ALIEN Senator in Illinois…

(60) The USA CHRISTIAN PATRIOTS will be bringing you out and down & Escorting YOU Out Of Our White House – Usurper Insane Extremely Dangerous Constant Liar Psychopath Pwer-Crazy Illegal Alien INSANE Usurper Barack Obama in Handcuffs with the evil & crazy New World Order – One World Government people you are working with 24/7. WHY Are YOU DELIBERATELY Working To Bankrupt & Destroy The Sovereignty of the USA By You Trying to Bankrupt the USA, Usurper Barack Obama, so you can be the Dictator of the World for the New World Order? Why do You think You can get away with YOUR Evil Plans Barack Obama to DELIBERATELY BANKRUPT & Destroy the USA Sovereignty, so the USA will lose OUR National USA Soveriency in Bankruptcy so YOU can dissolve the USA Sovereignty and create a nation from the USA, Canada, and Mexico as A North American Union, that the One World Government & New World Order is ordering you, -ILLEGAL ALIEN Usurper Barack Obama – their puppet – To Create A North American Union – that GOD ALMIGHTY is 100% Against & GOD will NOT Allow it, and GOD Almighty WILL 100% Destroy Your Evil Plans, Barack Obama,together with the New World Order’s – One World Government Evil Constant Liar plans for GODS’ World!!

(60) Why do you always say “WE will be doing this, WE are dedicated to waging this …” Usurper Barack, When The USA CITIZENS STAND AGAINST YOU, USURPER BARACK OBAMA… WE THE PEOPLE KNOW WHO YOU ARE, Usaurper Barack Obama, and WE THE PEOPLE Stand 100% Against You. You are Going DOWN YOU Will Be Taken DOWN by Christian Patriots & GOD ALMIGHTY, Usurper Barack Obama!!!

Change Nobody Believes In

The Wall Street Journal

Dec. 21, 2009

And tidings of comfort and joy from Harry Reid too. The Senate Majority Leader has decided that the last few days before Christmas are the opportune moment for a narrow majority of Democrats to stuff ObamaCare through the Senate to meet an arbitrary White House deadline. Barring some extraordinary reversal, it now seems as if they have the 60 votes they need to jump off this cliff, with one-seventh of the economy in tow.

Mr. Obama promised a new era of transparent good government, yet on Saturday morning Mr. Reid threw out the 2,100-page bill that the world’s greatest deliberative body spent just 17 days debating and replaced it with a new “manager’s amendment” that was stapled together in covert partisan negotiations. Democrats are barely even bothering to pretend to care what’s in it, not that any Senator had the chance to digest it in the 38 hours before the first cloture vote at 1 a.m. this morning. After procedural motions that allow for no amendments, the final vote could come at 9 p.m. on December 24.

Even in World War I there was a Christmas truce.

The rushed, secretive way that a bill this destructive and unpopular is being forced on the country shows that “reform” has devolved into the raw exercise of political power for the single purpose of permanently expanding the American entitlement state. An increasing roll of leaders in health care and business are looking on aghast at a bill that is so large and convoluted that no one can truly understand it, as Finance Chairman Max Baucus admitted on the floor last week. The only goal is to ram it into law while the political window is still open, and clean up the mess later.

***

• Health costs. From the outset, the White House’s core claim was that reform would reduce health costs for individuals and businesses, and they’re sticking to that story. “Anyone who says otherwise simply hasn’t read the bills,” Mr. Obama said over the weekend. This is so utterly disingenuous that we doubt the President really believes it.

The best and most rigorous cost analysis was recently released by the insurer WellPoint, which mined its actuarial data in various regional markets to model the Senate bill. WellPoint found that a healthy 25-year-old in Milwaukee buying coverage on the individual market will see his costs rise by 178%. A small business based in Richmond with eight employees in average health will see a 23% increase. Insurance costs for a 40-year-old family with two kids living in Indianapolis will pay 106% more. And on and on.

These increases are solely the result of ObamaCare—above and far beyond the status quo—because its strict restrictions on underwriting and risk-pooling would distort insurance markets. All but a handful of states have rejected regulations like “community rating” because they encourage younger and healthier buyers to wait until they need expensive care, increasing costs for everyone. Benefits and pricing will now be determined by politics.

As for the White House’s line about cutting costs by eliminating supposed “waste,” even Victor Fuchs, an eminent economist generally supportive of ObamaCare, warned last week that these political theories are overly simplistic. “The oft-heard promise ‘we will find out what works and what does not’ scarcely does justice to the complexity of medical practice,” the Stanford professor wrote.

• Steep declines in choice and quality. This is all of a piece with the hubris of an Administration that thinks it can substitute government planning for market forces in determining where the $33 trillion the U.S. will spend on medicine over the next decade should go.

This centralized system means above all fewer choices; what works for the political class must work for everyone. With formerly private insurers converted into public utilities, for instance, they’ll inevitably be banned from selling products like health savings accounts that encourage more cost-conscious decisions.

Unnoticed by the press corps, the Congressional Budget Office argued recently that the Senate bill would so “substantially reduce flexibility in terms of the types, prices, and number of private sellers of health insurance” that companies like WellPoint might need to “be considered part of the federal budget.”

With so large a chunk of the economy and medical practice itself in Washington’s hands, quality will decline. Ultimately, “our capacity to innovate and develop new therapies would suffer most of all,” as Harvard Medical School Dean Jeffrey Flier recently wrote in our pages. Take the $2 billion annual tax—rising to $3 billion in 2018—that will be leveled against medical device makers, among the most innovative U.S. industries. Democrats believe that more advanced health technologies like MRI machines and drug-coated stents are driving costs too high, though patients and their physicians might disagree.

“The Senate isn’t hearing those of us who are closest to the patient and work in the system every day,” Brent Eastman, the chairman of the American College of Surgeons, said in a statement for his organization and 18 other speciality societies opposing ObamaCare. For no other reason than ideological animus, doctor-owned hospitals will face harsh new limits on their growth and who they’re allowed to treat. Physician Hospitals of America says that ObamaCare will “destroy over 200 of America’s best and safest hospitals.”

• Blowing up the federal fisc. Even though Medicare’s unfunded liabilities are already about 2.6 times larger than the entire U.S. economy in 2008, Democrats are crowing that ObamaCare will cost “only” $871 billion over the next decade while fantastically reducing the deficit by $132 billion, according to CBO.

Yet some 98% of the total cost comes after 2014—remind us why there must absolutely be a vote this week—and most of the taxes start in 2010. That includes the payroll tax increase for individuals earning more than $200,000 that rose to 0.9 from 0.5 percentage points in Mr. Reid’s final machinations. Job creation, here we come.

Other deceptions include a new entitlement for long-term care that starts collecting premiums tomorrow but doesn’t start paying benefits until late in the decade. But the worst is not accounting for a formula that automatically slashes Medicare payments to doctors by 21.5% next year and deeper after that. Everyone knows the payment cuts won’t happen but they remain in the bill to make the cost look lower. The American Medical Association’s priority was eliminating this “sustainable growth rate” but all they got in return for their year of ObamaCare cheerleading was a two-month patch snuck into the defense bill that passed over the weekend.

The truth is that no one really knows how much ObamaCare will cost because its assumptions on paper are so unrealistic. To hide the cost increases created by other parts of the bill and transfer them onto the federal balance sheet, the Senate sets up government-run “exchanges” that will subsidize insurance for those earning up to 400% of the poverty level, or $96,000 for a family of four in 2016. Supposedly they would only be offered to those whose employers don’t provide insurance or work for small businesses.

As Eugene Steuerle of the left-leaning Urban Institute points out, this system would treat two workers with the same total compensation—whatever the mix of cash wages and benefits—very differently. Under the Senate bill, someone who earned $42,000 would get $5,749 from the current tax exclusion for employer-sponsored coverage but $12,750 in the exchange. A worker making $60,000 would get $8,310 in the exchanges but only $3,758 in the current system.

For this reason Mr. Steuerle concludes that the Senate bill is not just a new health system but also “a new welfare and tax system” that will warp the labor market. Given the incentives of these two-tier subsidies, employers with large numbers of lower-wage workers like Wal-Mart may well convert them into “contractors” or do more outsourcing. As more and more people flood into “free” health care, taxpayer costs will explode.

• Political intimidation. The experts who have pointed out such complications have been ignored or dismissed as “ideologues” by the White House. Those parts of the health-care industry that couldn’t be bribed outright, like Big Pharma, were coerced into acceding to this agenda. The White House was able to, er, persuade the likes of the AMA and the hospital lobbies because the federal government will control 55% of total U.S. health spending under ObamaCare, according to the Administration’s own Medicare actuaries.

Associated PressSen. Ben Nelson

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Others got hush money, namely Nebraska’s Ben Nelson. Even liberal Governors have been howling for months about ObamaCare’s unfunded spending mandates: Other budget priorities like education will be crowded out when about 21% of the U.S. population is on Medicaid, the joint state-federal program intended for the poor. Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman calculates that ObamaCare will result in $2.5 billion in new costs for his state that “will be passed on to citizens through direct or indirect taxes and fees,” as he put it in a letter to his state’s junior Senator.

So in addition to abortion restrictions, Mr. Nelson won the concession that Congress will pay for 100% of Nebraska Medicaid expansions into perpetuity. His capitulation ought to cost him his political career, but more to the point, what about the other states that don’t have a Senator who’s the 60th vote for ObamaCare?

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“After a nearly century-long struggle we are on the cusp of making health-care reform a reality in the United States of America,” Mr. Obama said on Saturday. He’s forced to claim the mandate of “history” because he can’t claim the mandate of voters. Some 51% of the public is now opposed, according to National Journal’s composite of all health polling. The more people know about ObamaCare, the more unpopular it becomes.

The tragedy is that Mr. Obama inherited a consensus that the health-care status quo needs serious reform, and a popular President might have crafted a durable compromise that blended the best ideas from both parties. A more honest and more thoughtful approach might have even done some good. But as Mr. Obama suggested, the Democratic old guard sees this plan as the culmination of 20th-century liberalism.

So instead we have this vast expansion of federal control. Never in our memory has so unpopular a bill been on the verge of passing Congress, never has social and economic legislation of this magnitude been forced through on a purely partisan vote, and never has a party exhibited more sheer political willfulness that is reckless even for Washington or had more warning about the consequences of its actions.

These 60 Democrats are creating a future of epic increases in spending, taxes and command-and-control regulation, in which bureaucracy trumps innovation and transfer payments are more important than private investment and individual decisions. In short, the Obama Democrats have chosen change nobody believes in—outside of themselves—and when it passes America will be paying for it for decades to come.

And they always told us to Question Authority!

The Post & E-Mail

by Neil Sankey, formerly of Scotland Yard

At one time voters elected men of proven reputation. Above, Chief Justice Frederick Vinson administers the oath of office to Dwight Eisenhower as President Harry Truman (far left) looks on, 1953 – United Press. (c/o. Library of Congress)

(Dec. 19, 2009) — For the past year and a half, I have worked endlessly for answers to questions that should have been voluntarily answered. Questions to which we, still, do not know the answers.

Just like this very day, we Americans seem, some reluctantly, to allow our Government to pass into law a Bill which no one has read and few have even seen, if in fact it even exists! —  Even though the Health Care Reform Bill will control everyone’s ability to provide health care for themselves and even their loved ones — Unbelievable!

I also found it unbelievable that, back then (in 2008), we were about to elect a man to the Office of President of The United States who was actively concealing from us who he really was!  I still find that incredible!, and we still have not learned. The hypnotized masses remain at least partially hypnotized, although there may yet be signs of intelligent life.

It was so apparent that we were being very badly misguided by our Mainstream Media, It was so obvious they were not going to do their job. It even became obvious that there were certain eligibility subjects that even the rightwing talk radio would not discuss, AND STILL WILL NOT!

I had to find out what was so taboo, and why.

They are all quick enough to tell us that we have “The Finest” Security Agencies…… “The Finest” FBI, CIA, POLICE, etc in the WORLD, yet here we were laying ourselves open to the ultimate subterfuge, and NO ONE WAS INVESTIGATING.

When I first started out on this quest in the last half of last year, there was much information out there to be found and plenty of places to look. Now, unfortunately, it is all scrubbed and corrupted beyond recognition. It is amazing what they have achieved, although certainly nothing to be proud of. Public records pages have been destroyed, articles hacked and erased, miles of blogs and even Public Record information has disappeared.  Bogus replacement pages have been inserted, diverters, root kits and viruses etc, it is horrendous. All in the cause of disrupting, confusing, or totally concealing THE TRUTH! Well I hope they are proud of what they have wrought upon us, it is getting worse daily.

Hawaii is a good example, had experienced investigators gone there early on they would have been able to lay hands on those records without much effort, and there would have been lots of corroborative evidence available from other, independent sources around the Island. Municipal records and documents would still have been findable and so would people willing to talk. Not so now, the “Goons” have been there and done an excellent job.

What I really cannot understand, and what causes me personally so much pain, is the total lack of, what’s the FBI motto? “FIDELITY, BRAVERY and INTEGRITY”??  Well where has that gone?

Amongst Government, State, Federal and even City “OFFICIALS”……….. Almost NO-ONE, has stood up and fought for the side of INTEGRITY. Those few that are brave enough to stand up have been ridiculed and derided mercilessly.

I just do not understand this, where is the “guts” of the CIA, FBI, all the Police Agencies, don’t they CARE about the People, the Constitution, the Country?

There ARE, UNDOUBTEDLY, many “OFFICIALS” out there who know the answers to our many questions, so why do they not come forward? Don’t they recall who really employs them?  There are many who could find the answers and use evidence properly for the purpose of prosecution of those guilty in this horrific charade. WHY DON’T THEY, no guts?…. I cannot believe that but it sure looks that way at the moment. They, our previously entrusted “Officials”, can hear, see and feel, daily, the harm being caused by this gang of Chicago Thugs and their Marxist cronies, the UNELECTED Czars.

WHY ARE WE / THEY ALLOWING THIS TO CONTINUE??…..are we really backing away from their thuggery? We shall all be very sorry if that is the case.

I am quite sure that there IS, or certainly should be, sufficient material in the past “Confidential Files” of that crowd to bring this all out in the open.

WHATS UP WITH YOU GUYS?  From the Chief Justice on down, maybe you should all take a half day and re-read the CONSTITUTION, then re-read your Oaths of Office that you respectively took, think about why you are there. Maybe look directly at your children as you do it.

It is NOT to protect Mr. Obama and his cronies personally that you are in a position of Authority.  YOU are there to protect THE CONSTITUTION of THE UNITED STATES and the OFFICE of the (lawful) PRESIDENCY. Don’t you really want to know whether your President is at least ELIGIBLE to do the job, now that you have seen what he can do, don’t you at least think his eligibility and his motivation are relevant factors.

If there still exist doubts as to where loyalties should lie, I would recommend an article,  “WHAT OATHS MEANT TO THE FRAMERS’ GENERATION:” A Preliminary Sketch by Judge William Enfield Professor of Law in the University of Arkansas. (See a review online.)

It is very clear to me that it is well past time some of these “elevated officials” did their job, lowered their haughty countenances and listened to “We the People,” READ what we have sent you and ASK some questions without derisively dismissing us as ignorant peasants.  — WE ARE NOT! as you will, perhaps, find.