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Robert Reich: The President is Lying About Health Reform

I continue to be amazed at how differently politicians speak when they don’t think they’re being recorded. 

They’re trying to scare you.

You remember Robert Reich don’t you? He’s the Obama advisor that didn’t want recovery jobs to go to “white male construction workers”.

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Harry Reid – Healthcare Hustle

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the Senate Finance Committee health-care bill won’t be the one that comes to Senate floor.

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harry reid flipping off americans

If we are to take Mr. Reid at his word – then why did the CBO bother to cost out the bill proposal?

The CBO estimate will turn into ‘cover’ for the members of Congress that vote yes on this monstrosity. They will vote yes and then tell us that they would have never voted for the bill if they had known……………….oh well, too late now.

Message to Congress – at least 80% of Americans have demanded that you read the bills before you sign them. We will not allow you to use this as an excuse. If you vote on a bill without knowing the details/impact to your constituents – we will vote you out.

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How Much Will Obamacare Cost You?

Thanks to Hot Air – you can calculate it – and should.

Barack Obama and his Democratic colleagues on Capitol Hill have tried to sell ObamaCare as a way to make health insurance more affordable for all Americans, but does it deliver?  The AP sounded skeptical on Sunday, when they analyzed the various proposals, noting a number of ways in which costs will escalate for consumers outside of Congressional sales pitches.  The article also links a handy tool from the Kaiser Family Foundation, generally supportive of health-care reform, that allows consumers to get an idea of what ObamaCare will cost them individually and as families.

The Kaiser tool also helps quantify the subsidies.  At an annual income of $33,000, for instance, a family of four would get over $10,000 in tax refundables to help pay for their health insurance, only contributing less than $1500 out of their own pocket.  The total tax liability for a family earning $33K per year falls far below $10,000, which means they will not only pay no income taxes but will take away from the general fund.  At $44K, twice the poverty level, the family would pay $3,070 for their insurance and get $8,445 in subsidies, which would likely also far outstrip their tax liability.  We will pay each family earning $66,000 over $3600 a year in subsidies despite the fact that they make far above the median American income.

Try out the Kaiser web site and see for yourself.

I did – this free insurance is going to cost me more than 250% more than what I am currently paying…………………

Since I make less than $250,000 a year and this fee is considered an excise tax – Obama – YOU LIE!!!

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ACORN – The Election Arm Of The Democratic Party

You can always count on Michelle Bachmann to shoot straight.

My takeaway from this – ACORN is not defunded. Lots of talk – no action.

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Of Course I’m Not Going To Read The Bill – I Don’t Understand It

Delaware must be so proud.

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Rep. Tom Carper (D-DE) explains in this video why he won’t read the bill – “it’s hard to decipher what it means”.

“For example, credit card disclosures – do you actually read this stuff?”

“That’s one of the reasons why we’ve directed among others, banks, to use plain language – plain english to explain what they’re doing so that the jibberish – you know – you can’t read it and really know what it says”

Rep. Carper, just based on the statements and direct “quotes” from the health care bill (H.R. 3200) that were made at Town Hall Meetings all over the Country by regular ‘ole citizens – it’s obvious that many Americans can indeed read and comprehend difficult legislation. Further, they should be given the opportunity to do so. It’s OUR legislation and we have a right to know what’s in this legislation BEFORE you vote on this.

I’ll tell you what Rep. Carper – send me the bill – give me a couple of days and I’ll sit down with you and explain it to you. C’mon it will be fun, I’ll even invite some friends ;o)

Additionally, if Congress can direct the banks (among others) to us plain language why can’t the Congress direct Congress to use plain language????????? The Constitution, Bill of Rights and Ten Commandments are very clear and enduring documents – written in plain language.

I’m not sure if Carper is REALLY honest or REALLYdumb. This is the same man that last week put the Administration and Congress on blast for going back on their “secret negotiations” with Pharma. Via Firedog Lake:

In a stunning moment during the Senate Finance Committee markup Sen. Tom Carper defended a secret deal that the White House, Baucus, and PhRMA had reached. The White House has long denied the deal. Carper publicly acknowledges that part of the deal was that PhRMA would run millions of dollars worth of campaign ads in support of health care reform.

According to Carper the “golden rule” in Congress is that secret back room deals in exchange for advertising buys must be honored. 

Geez, he would have never lasted in Chicago…………….

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The ACORN Embezzlement

We’ve all heard about the $1 million embezzlement a ACORN funds byWade Rathke’s brother (Dale). I will still never understand how this man is not in jail – even more now.

I never paid too much attention to the details of the embezzlement. Then yesterday “the memo” was released. Matthew Vadum has been exhaustively covering details of the ongoing ACORN scandal:

The advice from Elizabeth Kingsley of Harmon, Curran, Spielberg Eisenberg LLP came in the form of an eerily prophetic legal memo to ACORN dated June 19, 2008, the day before ACORN’s national board fired disgraced founder Wade Rathke.

If you have a few minutes the article ACORN’s Prophetic Lawyer is a worthy read.

This embezzlement was not just a run of the mill crook stealing corporate funds (our money for the most part).  This money was stolen from pension plans, ACORN Beneficial Association, or ABA and the ACORN Fund, a similar discretionary health care fund.

Minutes from a meeting ACORN held in Los Angeles last summer reveal a group then on the brink of financial collapse. “Currently owe over $800k to IRS,” the minutes note. “Haven’t paid medical bills of over $300k. We are essentially ‘broke’ nationally and lots of offices are struggling.”

If all of the money was paid back, why did they not have the money to pay medical bills? ACORN Fund, apparently had advanced a large amount of money to ACORN so the fund didn’t have the money to pay the medical bills.

There is the appearance, at least, that money was taken out of (or not paid back to) a fund established to cover employee health care costs in order to cover the cash shortfall caused by the embezzlement.

At least $215,000 of the embezzled funds were never paid back – “ABA decided to write this debt off as a gift to ACORN”. Of course ABA didn’t decide to write off this debt – Wade Rathke did.

This is the group that’s supposed to ‘protect’ employees right?

This is the group that pickets those evil rich people that ‘steal’ money from the poor? All the while the rich Rathke’s are stealing from truly poor people.

Interesting tidbit from last week:

Joel John Morris, of Bend was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman to 24 months in prison to be followed by 36 months of supervised release. Morris pled guilty in May 2009 to one count of Embezzlement from an Employee Benefit Plan.

In all, Morris made eight illegal withdrawals from the pension plan totaling $269,000.

“Mr. Morris’ theft of his own employees’ retirement funds was unconscionable,” said Kent S. Robinson, the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Oregon. “This case should send a message that prison is waiting for any corporate executive who illegally raids the company’s pension plan.”

This investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor – Employee Benefits Security Administration and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig J. Gabriel.

Really……………so where is the jail time for the Rathke brothers? Where’s the justice for the ACORN employees that are victims of this crime?

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Census – ACORN – SEIU

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