Monday, November 30, 2009

Can Marion Berry Can Survive By Voting With Obama?

Well - John Brummett of Arkansas News in his analysis believes that "Marion Berry can survive in the 1st District by voting with Barack Obama and health care." Before proceeding, Brummett has been peddling the Democrat mantra in Arkansas for so long that he doesn't even mind pontificating in NW Arkansas about 1st District voters.

Rick Crawford, 1st District Republican Candidate for US Congress, was asked to respond to to the above statement. Crawford responded:
"When I first saw this, I had to read it again to make sure I read it correctly. Once I did, I realized just how out of touch those who are outside the First District are with what people like you are expressing to me about Marion Berry's vote for healthcare a few weeks back.

I also believe that an overwhelming majority of people in the First District disagree with the liberal policies of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi. It's time for a new direction and a new day for the First district of Arkansas. For too long, Marion Berry has told us he is one of us, only to then fly home to his mansion in Washington to be a pawn for Nancy Pelosi and the liberal Democrats in Congress."
In a recent letter to constituents in the 1st District, Crawford expanded his position:
Marion Berry not only voted for Nancy Pelosi's $1.1 trillion government takeover of health-care, he voted for the $700 billion Wall Street bailout and Obama's $787 billion stimulus bill, which has failed to create jobs, and only added to our exploding federal deficit.

We need to grow the economy and create jobs, while eliminating wasteful spending and reducing the national debt to keep the American dream alive for hard-working Arkansans.

I am a small business owner who understands what it means to live the American dream. I am also a veteran of the United States Army and have fought for our country and our freedoms.

Arkansans resoundingly oppose the liberal agenda of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Marion Berry, and I stand ready to be a check and balance on the Obama-Pelosi-Berry agenda.

Tags: 1st District, Arkansas, Barack Obama, Marion Berry, Rick Crawford

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Perfect Storm

Perfect StormAs we head towards the end of 2009 and look towards 2010, there is a perfect storm brewing in regards to our nation’s economy that should cause us all to have great pause. As we have seen so far this year, our national debt has ballooned at a quicker pace than we have seen in decades. What has happened as well is the Federal Reserve has kept interest rates at or near zero percent for much of this duration.

These interest rates will remain low only for a short time. Necessity will demand they go higher. Foreign countries, namely China, have continued to purchase our debt but the interest they are earning on that debt has been minimal and they will more than likely look to increase that very soon. And when China and other countries want that to happen, we will have to oblige their request because if we don’t, we will have even greater economic problems to deal with.

That is where the perfect storm comes in to play. Not only will we have to increase the interest payments to those who hold our debt, but we will have to start to raise our interest rates here at home. As reported in the New York Times today, the storm looks to be very menacing:
“With the national debt now topping $12 trillion, the White House estimates that the government’s tab for servicing the debt will exceed $700 billion a year in 2019, up from $202 billion this year, even if annual budget deficits shrink drastically. Other forecasters say the figure could be much higher.

In concrete terms, an additional $500 billion a year in interest expense would total more than the combined federal budgets this year for education, energy, homeland security and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

When you put in perspective — our interest payments in proportion to our overall federal budget — it is troubling what is looming on the horizon for our country.  If the Federal Reserve does not act precisely in tandem with the White House and Congress to address these upcoming issues, we could be in for a prolonged period of economic distress that shows no signs of turning around. But there are solutions we can deploy that would not cost taxpayers and would restore our economy at a much more advanced pace while also curing many other ills.

Where our Congress has failed miserably over the last three years has been in its desire to create more programs that spend money we do not have. So to counteract that, we need to cut government spending and taxes for individuals and corporations so we can put more money back in the private sector. The private sector needs more of its own money now than it has in the last twenty plus years. The Obama-Pelosi-Berry agenda is to raise taxes in all areas of our country to pay for programs we do not need and that are not fiscally responsible. 

Marion BerryWe also need to restore the dollar so we can keep its prominence in the world as the reserve currency. When we have a strong dollar all nations prosper. If we do not have a strong dollar, our nation suffers. By employing fiscally responsible economic policy we can restore many segments of our economy and more people will be able to go back to work to good paying jobs.

There are common sense solutions that we can use and have ready for the perfect storm that is ahead. If we chose not to have leaders in Washington who will draft legislation that will reinforce these principles, then what is coming will hurt us even worse than what is going on right now. If we chose to send people to Washington who want to cut federal spending, who want to restore our economy through conservative fiscal policy and cutting taxes, I believe we can turn our economy around.

We need people in Washington who are not afraid to act and act decisively when it comes to our nation’s economic future. The Arkansas First District has this opportunity to Boot Berry and to Send Rick Crawford to Washington, D.C. as our new voice to see that these things come to fruition.
Rick Crawford for Congress

Tags: federal reserve, interest, Marion Berry, National Debt, perfect storm, Rick Crawford, tax increases

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Four Measures to Remake America - Marion Berry Votes for Big Government

by Michael G. Franc, National Review Online: In the House these last ten months, four votes stand out for the historians and political scientists to ponder and dissect — the final votes on the $787 billion economic stimulus plan, the fiscal-year 2010 budget resolution, the cap-and-trade legislation, and, of course, health reform.

If signed into law, collectively these four measures would remake America. Arguably, none of our previous major public-policy upheavals — not the New Deal of the 1930s or Great Society of the 1960s on the political left, nor the 1980s Reagan Revolution or the short-lived 1990s Republican Contract with America on the right — would rival this one for the extent to which it would permanently alter the relationship between the federal government and ordinary Americans.

Why? These bills call for new and unprecedented levels of taxation, spending, regulation, and debt (total federal debt, for example, would triple in the next decade alone); they would usher in an entitlement crisis measurably worse than even the most jaded budget experts previously thought possible; environmentally based trade protectionism in the form of carbon tariffs would undermine the post–World War II consensus that international trade is good and must be as free and open as possible; regulations on the production and use of energy would squeeze the budgets of American families and threaten the existence of millions of small businesses; and, finally, the federal welfare state and all its pathologies would extend far into the reaches of a formerly self-reliant middle class, and in so doing limit the ability of future generations to equal or exceed the achievements of previous ones.

Few lawmakers have cast so many important votes in such a short period of time. House Republicans have been virtually unanimous in their opposition to this agenda, but House Democrats have been divided in important ways.

One would expect, for example, that the members of the über-liberal House Progressive Caucus would robustly embrace this agenda. And 75 of its members voted for all four of these measures; the four who cast any dissenting votes presumably did so because the proposal in question wasn’t liberal enough. . . . But what about those members who are more centrist in their orientation, or who represent districts where the voters are more suspicious of Big Government initiatives?

First, let’s look at the Blue Dogs. The 52-member Blue Dog Coalition proudly touts its commitment to the principles of fiscal conservatism on its website. One icon simply states: “restoring fiscal responsibility to the federal government.” The coalition, we learn on its history page, has been particularly active on “balancing the budget and ridding taxpayers of the burden the debt places on them” and “protecting that achievement from politically popular ‘raids’ on the budget.”

. . . So what have these “fiscally conservative” lawmakers done on these four Big Government bills? In large part, signed on. . . . Perhaps most surprisingly, a total of 30 Blue Dogs tilted to the side of Big Government at least three out of four times, including Reps. Marion Berry of Arkansas, Allen Boyd of Florida, Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Bart Gordon of Tennessee, and Ben Chandler of Kentucky. . . . [Full Article]
Tags: big government, federal spending, government regulation, Marion Berry, Michael G. Franc, National Debt, taxes

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Blue Dogs - Including Berry, Lincoln & Pryor - Pee on Constituents

by Lisa Benson

Tags: Blanche Lincoln, Blue Dog, Lisa Benson, Marion Berry, Mark Pryor, pee, political cartoon, taxpayers

Thursday, November 19, 2009

What Others Are Saying About Berry's Vote for Nationalized Healthcare

The National Review: Remaking America, Pelosi Style
"Perhaps most surprisingly, a total of 30 Blue Dogs tilted to the side of Big Government at least three out of four times, including Reps. Marion Berry of Arkansas, Allen Boyd of Florida, Joe Donnelly and Brad Ellsworth of Indiana, Bart Gordon of Tennessee, and Ben Chandler of Kentucky." (read more)

'Yes' Votes On Health Plan Put Some House Dems On Defensive
"Rep. Marion Berry, D-Ark., expected all along that he would vote against the Democrats' health care bill. But Saturday morning he changed his mind.
'I made the decision that this issue is just too important to the American people ...for us to stop working on it at this point',"
"Sometimes you just have to do what you think is the right thing to do and take the heat," (read more)

Who Took A Risk By Voting For The Health Care Bill?
"The Democrat from the most pro-McCain district who voted for the health care bill was Marion Berry of Arkansas, who's in his seventh term representing an area that gave McCain 59 percent of the vote. Of the 15 Democrats from the most pro-McCain districts who voted for the measure, Berry was the only "yes" vote." (read more)

AUFC, AFSCME, SEIU Defend Dems on Healhcare Vote
"Backed by SEIU, the groups say they'll put a total of $1.75 million behind the ads defending Baron Hill (IN-9), Brad Ellsworth (IN-8), Joe Donnelly (IN-2), Chris Murphy (CT-5), Joseph Cao (LA-2), Earl Pomeroy (ND-AL), Marion Berry (AR-1), Vic Snyder (AR-2), Tom Perriello (VA-5), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Paul Hodes (NH-2), Michael Michaud (ME-2) and Dina Titus (NV-3)" (read more)

Not Looking Forward to New Laws
"I am so proud of my 1st Arkansas district representative, Marion Berry, voting for this health care disaster that I will work tirelessly to see that he is retired in 2010. I am so proud of him that I will invest my hard-earned money (which otherwise would be sent to the U.S. Government) to help with his glorius defeat in November 2010." (read more)


Rick Crawford for Congress

Tags: Marion Berry, nationalized health care

Monday, November 16, 2009

Health Care Turncoat Marion Berry

by Sam Batkins, Center for Individual Freedom: What do you get when you mix political expediency, prevarication, “moderate” rhetoric and a desire to avoid the wrath of Nancy Pelosi? A “Blue Dog” Democrat.

During last Saturday’s midnight vote in the House of Representatives on ObamaCare, nowhere was the scent of political fear stronger than on the tails of self-proclaimed fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats.

At one point this year, more than 69 Democrats publically expressed opposition to the many troubling provisions within the House health care bill, H.R. 3962. Those Democrats rightly balked at legislation that would tax the middle class, create a government-run public option and cut Medicare by hundreds of billions of dollars.

During the vote on Saturday night, however, 36 of them heard Speaker Pelosi’s footsteps and bowed to her will, voting for final passage and sending the 2,000-page-plus bill, complete with its $1.3 trillion price tag, to the Senate. . .

One of the health care turncoats, was Marion Berry from Arkansas 1st District! Berry "wasn’t the only House member made out to be a liar last Saturday night. One by one, nearly three dozen of his “moderate” Democrat colleagues, all once pledging opposition to government-run health care and fidelity to fiscal responsibility, went back on their word and marched to the Speaker’s heavy drum."

Eventually, Blue Dog Democrats like Berry will feel the wrath of the voters who will dole out their punishment. Berry "backtracked on their opposition to ObamaCare" in a state that John McCain won in 2008 by almost 20% over Barack Obama and "no crafty rhetoric or folksy campaign commercial" will save him from voters in 2010.
Tags: 1st District, Arkansas, government healthcare, Lap Dog, Marion Berry, Nancy Pelosi, turncoat, voters

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Blinders - Jihad at Ft Hood

Old stream media has PC blinders on. Read the "Jihad at Fort Hood" series for non-Politically Correct insights into the background on the murder of "14" and wounding of 30 American military and civilians at Ft Hood, Texas.

Follows is an insightful cartoon by William Warren


Tags: Ft Hood, Jihad, media, political cartoon, politically correct, William Warren

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Don't Copy Europe's Mistakes: Less Government Is the Right Way to Fix Healthcare

Eline van den Broek explains that government interference is driving up healthcare costs in America and warns that European style health "reform" will make the situation even worse. Based on what has happened in Europe, she explains that universal health coverage is not the same as universal healthcare, that insurance mandates mean more government control, and that price controls simply do not work.

America, You Asked for It!
Tags: Europe, government healthcare, Health Care, insurance mandates, Obamacare, Socialism, United States, universal healthcare

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Happy Veterans Day

This Veterans Day please take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by our nations heroes and their families. When our nation called they answered and we will forever be in their debt.

[Video] The quote is from Judge William S. Sessions, former FBI Director and Captain – United States Air Force 1951-1955 - and read by his son, NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions.
Tags: NRSC, tribute, veterans, Veterans Day

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Democrats' Health Care Plan

by Lisa Benson
Tags: conservative democrats, government healthcare, Lisa Benson, politcial cartoon, political satire

Monday, November 9, 2009

20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Today is the 20th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. It is a great day for Liberty that should not be forgotten. For those of us who remember that day, we remember the lesson that Communism does not work. For those who are too young to remember it first-hand, please take time to watch this video.

by Fred Smith, CEI President: On November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall came crashing down. Today marks the twentieth anniversary of that great day – one of the greatest in the history of human freedom. Communism in Germany finally collapsed, setting off a domino effect that would reach Moscow within two years. Families torn apart for nearly three decades came together in tearful, happy reunions as the world watched. The Cold War was finally, mercifully, ending.

Many historians cite World War I as the twentieth century’s opening act. Sixteen million souls died in that war over nothing. Two of the nations it toppled became the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. Communist and fascist governments would combine to kill more than one hundred million people over the next seven decades. Those needless deaths are the twentieth century’s legacy, every bit as much as the transistor or rock ‘n roll.

The fall of the Berlin Wall was that short, bloody century’s coda. November 9, 1989 was also the start of something better. It was a nation’s way of saying that it was ready to move on to better times. To a new world defined not by oppression, ideology, and servitude, but by freedom. Sweet, precious, fragile freedom. Seeing the footage on the news was like witnessing something being born. The hope and potential that surround every birth were glimmering in people’s eyes. It was beautiful.

What Berlin’s people did on that day also inspired half a continent to send the same message to their leaders. What a noble achievement. How worthy of commemoration, now that twenty years have passed. What a shame, then, that this milestone has been treated more like a millstone by the media. Reporters more concerned with today’s news cycle are giving at best perfunctory attention to a day that showed us all that is good about humanity.

To partially right that wrong, CEI has produced a short video [posted above] commemorating what the Berlin Wall’s fall symbolizes. . . . Of course, it is hard to convey in a few short minutes what the people living in that Wall’s shadow went through for 29 long years. So put yourself in their shoes. Think what they thought. Look right in the eyes of those separated families as they try to catch glimpses of each other over that wall. And the people who risked their lives escaping. And the soldier carrying back the body of someone who didn’t make it. What was going through his mind as he carried out his grisly task? That might give you an idea of what the Berlin Wall meant.

We all need to remember the Berlin Wall. We need to say to each other, “Never again.” And we have to mean it.

Tags: Anniversary, Berlin, CEI, Freedom, History

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Comply with Pelois Healthcare Plan or Go to Jail

by Publius, Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee Dave Camp (R-MI) released a letter from the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) confirming that the failure to comply with the individual mandate to buy health insurance contained in the Pelosi health care bill (H.R. 3962, as amended) could land people in jail.

The JCT letter makes clear that Americans who do not maintain “acceptable health insurance coverage” and who choose not to pay the bill’s new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

In response to the JCT letter, Camp said: “This is the ultimate example of the Democrats’ command-and-control style of governing – buy what we tell you or go to jail.  It is outrageous and it should be stopped immediately.”

Key excerpts from the JCT letter appear below:
H.R. 3962 provides that an individual (or a husband and wife in the case of a joint return) who does not, at any time during the taxable year, maintain acceptable health insurance coverage for himself or herself and each of his or her qualifying children is subject to an additional tax.” [page 1]

If the government determines that the taxpayer’s unpaid tax liability results from willful behavior, the following penalties could apply…” [page 2]

Criminal penalties

Prosecution is authorized under the Code for a variety of offenses. Depending on the level of the noncompliance, the following penalties could apply to an individual:

• Section 7203 – misdemeanor willful failure to pay is punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.

• Section 7201 – felony willful evasion is punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or imprisonment of up to five years. [page 3]
When confronted with this same issue during its consideration of a similar individual mandate tax, the Senate Finance Committee worked on a bipartisan basis to include language in its bill that shielded Americans from civil and criminal penalties. The Pelosi bill, however, contains no similar language protecting American citizens from civil and criminal tax penalties that could include a $250,000 fine and five years in jail.

“The Senate Finance Committee had the good sense to eliminate the extreme penalty of incarceration. Speaker Pelosi’s decision to leave in the jail time provision is a threat to every family who cannot afford the $15,000 premium her plan creates. Fortunately, Republicans have an alternative that will lower health insurance costs without raising taxes or cutting Medicare,” said Camp.

According to the Congressional Budget Office the lowest cost family non-group plan under the Speaker’s bill would cost $15,000 in 2016.
Tags: Government-Run Health Care, HR 3962, Nancy Pelosi, prison

Rick Crawford Statement on Rep. Marion Berry Voting for Pelosi Health Care Bill

Updated 11/8/09 (9;00am):  by Rick Crawford: “Tonight we saw history made where a liberal congress decided they know how to deal better with health care decisions than the American people do. Marion Berry voted in favor of this legislation and in doing so, completely ignored what his constituents wanted. Marion Berry proved again how he is nothing more than a Yes vote for Nancy Pelosi and her liberal agenda.”

Representative Marion Berry released this statement in support of H.R. 3962, the Pelois National Health Care Plan with the misnomered title of The Affordable Health Care for America Act:
“I vote for this bill today to move the process forward, not to endorse its entire content. This bill is not perfect; however, it represents significant progress in achieving more affordable and better quality health care. This legislation represents compromise among a wide variety of voices from vastly different regions of the country. It prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions, prohibits federal funding for abortion, and bars illegal immigrants from receiving federal benefits under the bill. In addition, I fought for and was successful in including several priorities for health care reform in this bill, including provisions to provide cheaper prescription drugs for seniors by requiring pharmaceutical companies to negotiate prices with Medicare and filling in the Part D “doughnut hole.” The legislation also preserves access for patients to receive durable medical equipment such as diabetic testing supplies from their local community pharmacist.

“For too long insurance companies have found ways to cheat Americans out of the lifesaving care and procedures they desperately need simply because they were more interested in boosting their quarterly profits rather than providing care. One of the most important accomplishments of the House bill is that it puts an end to these practices and ensures that doctors and patients, not insurance companies, make health care decisions. There is no doubt that reform is needed to control rising health care costs, increase quality and value, and to improve access to coverage and care. This legislation is the next step toward that goal.”

Editorial note: Berry failed to mention the increased burden on the debt, higher taxes, the reduction of medical benefits to medicare recipients and the criminalization of American Citizens including fines and prison for failing to buy approved health insurance policies approved by the Federal Government. Information on this will be in a separate post.
Tags: Marion Berry, nationalized health care, Rick Crawford

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Where is Marion Berry?

And why is his office not taking calls from concerned constituents today?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has scheduled a vote for 6:00 pm EST today! Not just any vote, but a vote on her 1,990 page "Government Takeover of the US Health Care System" bill, HR 3962. That's right. The bill that...
  • Permits federal taxpayer funding of abortion services, above and beyond the status quo of current law.
  • Provides for a "health care czar" called the Health Choices Commissioner, who could forcibly enroll individuals in government-run insurance and whose tasks include requiring random compliance audits on Americans' health benefits plans.
  • Allows for "community organizations" like ACORN and Planned Parenthood to assist the Health Choices Commissioner in enrolling individuals in the Health Insurance Exchange.
  • Encourages identity fraud for illegal immigrants seeking to gain taxpayer-subsidized health benefits through inadequate citizenship and legal status verification standards. Page 255, Section 345 of H.R. 3962 includes language requiring verification of income for individuals wishing to receive federal health care subsidies, and while the bill currently does include a requirement for applicants to verify their citizenship, it does not include a similar requirement to verify that person's identity, a key component of effective verification.
  • Provides for 13 new and different tax increases, including an employer mandate excise tax.
  • "Grandfathers" out of existence individual health insurance coverage.
  • Retains the "death panels" by providing for bureaucrats working for a new comparative effectiveness institute funded by a tax on health benefits. The institute could publish the protocols needed to deny patients access to life-saving treatments on cost grounds.
  • Contains NO ban on federal promotion of assisted suicide and/or health care rationing of treatments.
  • Facilitates leftist, social engineering policies such as rewriting current tax law to allow domestic partners to be treated as "spouses."
  • Retains both the individual and employer mandates to purchase health insurance or else face a financial penalty, and compliance to this mandate will be enforced by the IRS.
  • Imposes a 2.5% tax on an individual's modified adjusted gross income if they fail to purchase "acceptable" health care coverage.
  • Imposes a surtax, starting in 2011, on "high"-income people - that is, couples with adjusted gross income over $1 million and individuals over $500,000.
  • Fails to hold Members of Congress to the same health care system requirements that Americans will have to live by under the public health insurance option.
  • Prohibits states from using tort reform to reduce health care costs.
  • Mandates that all health insurance companies accept all applicants, that they cannot deny anyone for pre-existing conditions, and that they cannot increase the monthly premiums for less healthy, more costly consumers.
  • Accommodates "whistleblower" provisions for trial lawyers to bring suit against employers.
  • Slashes Medicare payments to providers by more than $400 billion.
  • Creates dozens of new bureaucracies (111 to be exact) including the Health Benefits Advisory Committee and the Health Choices Administration.
  • Encourages people to drop their insurance in favor of the public option as it provides for underpaying medical providers, who will in turn jack up their rates for those patients who have private insurance, driving more people to the cheaper, government plan.
  • Authorizes Medicare to pay doctors for providing advice to patients on end-of-life care.
  • Grants the authority to negotiate drug prices for Medicare beneficiaries to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
  • Considers individuals to be treated as "children" up to the age of 26 for the purpose of remaining on their parents' insurance plan.
  • Imposes an excise tax on medical devices.
  • Cuts $170 billion from the Medicare Advantage program.
  • Institutes $729.5 billion in job-killing tax increases on all Americans, fines those who can't afford to purchase government-forced insurance, and cripples businesses by taxing health benefits.

And calls to Marion Berry's DC office [(202) 225-4076] are routed to a full voice mail box! His Jonesboro phone [(870) 972-4600]is answered by a machine that not only explains they're closed, but that they're gone for a 3 day weekend to celebrate Columbus Day! The number [(501) 843-3043] for his Cabot office is also off for a 3 day weekend! The message on his Mountain Home office phone [(870) 425-3510] informs callers it will be closed from November 9 until November 18.

Not one person is available to hear from you, me, us, or any one of his constituents concerned with his position on a bill that will not only affect us all, but our descendants for generations as well. And he's not available. His taxpayer funded staff is off for a 3 day weekend!

Is he there? Will he vote yea, nay, or present? Who knows?

You can still email him, but who knows if he'll listen. We get nothing more than a canned response to every question we've asked over the past several months.

Is this what you expect of your Representative? If not, if you expect your Representative to make himself available and to be more responsive to constituent concerns, then help us Boot Berry next year!

In the meantime, let him know how you feel when he and his staff decide to pick up the phones.

Washington, DC Office--(202) 225-4076

Jonesboro, AR Office--(870) 972-4600

Cabot, AR Office--(501) 843-3043

Mountain Home, AR Office--(870) 425-3510

Tags: Abortion, Arkansas, Boot Berryism, Cabot, Government-Run Health Care, HR 3962, Jonesboro, Marion Berry, Medicare, Mountain Home, Nancy Pelosi, US House

Friday, November 6, 2009

Government-Run Healthcare at Your Fingertips - Inherited National Debt

Although Nancy Pelosi is no laughing matter, this video brings a chuckle:

Here is a video addressing Inherited National Debt:

Tags: Health Care, Nancy Pelosi, National Debt, videos

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Why Does Marion Berry's Vote For or Against Certain Sports Teams?

A reporter at The Hill has noticed some odd voting behavior by Arkansas Rep. Marion Berry. Makes you wonder about his drugs; oops that's Marion Barry.

We could understand if Berry always voted against resolutions congratulating a champion sports teams; and vice versa. Why has Rep. Berry voted against some teams and voted for others? Was he taking his nap during some votes? Does he dislike certain mascots? What going on with 67 year old (next election 68) Rep. Marion Berry? Background follows - we await Berry's answer.
by Eric Zimmermann, The Hill: It's a tradition in Washington to publicly congratulate champion athletes. Superbowl and World Series winners, for example, are routinely invited to the White House for a photo-op with the President. So it caught our eye . . . when Rep. Marion Berry (D-Ark.) was the sole vote against congratulating a few college championship teams.

Berry voted against resolutions congratulating the Iowa Hawkeye men's wrestling team and the Syracuse men's lacrosse team, both of whom won national championships. . . . In January, . . . he was one of 5 votes against congratulating the Florida Gators for winning the BCS national championship.

Clearly, Berry has a philosophical objection to resolutions honoring sports teams, right? Not so fast: In July, he voted in favor of congratulating the Lakers for winning the NBA championship. And in the last session of Congress, he voted to congratulate several college teams, including the Boise State and Louisville football teams.

What gives? Berry's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tags: Arkansas, Marion Berry, voting record

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Reading Guide — Pelosi Health “Reform” Bill

In order to assist people seeking to read and review the health “reform” legislation (H.R. 3962) introduced by House Democrats, the Republican Conference has compiled a list of important page numbers and provisions in the 1,990-page “Affordable Health Care for America Act:”

Page 94—Section 202(c) prohibits the sale of private individual health insurance policies, beginning in 2013, forcing individuals to purchase coverage through the federal government

Page 110—Section 222(e) requires the use of federal dollars to fund abortions through the government-run health plan—and, if the Hyde Amendment were ever not renewed, would require the plan to fund elective abortions

Page 111—Section 223 establishes a new board of federal bureaucrats (the “Health Benefits Advisory Committee”) to dictate the health plans that all individuals must purchase—and would likely require all Americans to subsidize and purchase plans that cover any abortion

Page 211—Section 321 establishes a new government-run health plan that, according to non-partisan actuaries at the Lewin Group, would cause as many as 114 million Americans to lose their existing coverage  Page 225—Section 330 permits—but does not require—Members of Congress to enroll in government-run health care

Page 255—Section 345 includes language requiring verification of income for individuals wishing to receive federal health care subsidies under the bill—while the bill includes a requirement for applicants to verify their citizenship, it does not include a similar requirement to verify applicants’ identity, thus encouraging identity fraud for undocumented immigrants and others wishing to receive taxpayer-subsidized health benefits

Page 297—Section 501 imposes a 2.5 percent tax on all individuals who do not purchase “bureaucrat-approved” health insurance—the tax would apply on individuals with incomes under $250,000, thus breaking a central promise of then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign

Page 313—Section 512 imposes an 8 percent “tax on jobs” for firms that cannot afford to purchase “bureaucrat-approved” health coverage; according to an analysis by Harvard Professor Kate Baicker, such a tax would place millions “at substantial risk of unemployment”—Uwith minority workers losing their jobs at twice the rate of their white counterparts

Page 336—Section 551 imposes additional job-killing taxes, in the form of a half-trillion dollar “surcharge,” more than half of which will hit small businesses; according to a model developed by President Obama’s senior economic advisor, such taxes could cost up to 5.5 million jobs

Page 520—Section 1161 cuts more than $150 billion from Medicare Advantage plans, potentially jeopardizing millions of seniors’ existing coverage

Page 733—Section 1401 establishes a new Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research; the bill includes no provisions preventing the government-run health plan from using such research to deny access to life-saving treatments on cost grounds, similar to Britain’s National Health Service, which denies patient treatments costing more than £35,000

Page 1174—Section 1802(b) includes provisions entitled “TAXES ON CERTAIN INSURANCE POLICIES” to fund comparative effectiveness research, breaking Speaker Pelosi’s promise that “UWe will not be taxing [health] benefits in any bill that passes the HouseU,” and the President’s promise not to raise taxes on families with incomes under $250,000

Top Ten Tax Increases Included In H.R. 3962

1. Small Business SURTAX (Sec.551, p. 336)$460.5 Billion
2. Employment Mandate TAX* (Secs 511-512, p.308)$135.0 Billion
3. Individual Mandate TAX* (Sec. 501, p.296)$ 33.0 Billion
4. Medical Device TAX* (Sec.552, p. 339)$ 20.0 Billion
5. $2,500 Annual Cap on FSAs* (Sec. 532, p. 325)$ 13.3 Billion
6 Prohibition on Pre-Tax Purchases of Over-the-Counter
Drugs through HSAs, FSAs, and HRAs* (Sec. 531, p.324)
$ 5.00 Billion
7. Tax on Health Insurance Policies to fund Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund* (Sec. 1802, p.1162)$ 2.00 Billion
8. 20% Penalty on certain HSA Distributions* (Sec. 533, p.326)$ 1.30 Billion
9. Other Tax Hikes and Increase Compliance on U.S. Job Creators$ 56.4 Billion
   > IRS reporting on payments to certain businesses (Sec. 553, p.344)$ 17.1 Billion
   > Delay implementation of worldwide interest allocation rules (Sec. 554, p. 345)$ 26.1 Billion
   > Override U.S. treaties on certain payments by "insourcing" business (Sec. 561. p. 346)$ 7.50 Billion
   > Codify economic substance doctrine and impose penalties (Sec.562, p.349) $5.7 Billion
10. Other Revenue-Raising Provisions $ 3.00 Billion
TOTAL TAX INCREASE . . . . . . . . . . $729.5 Billion
*[Violates President Obama's pledge to avoid tax increases on Americas earning less than $250,000]
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