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Obama 2010 Welfare Spending – More Than Bush Spent On the Iraq War 2003-2009

Via CNSNews:

During the entire administration of George W. Bush, the Iraq war cost a total of $622 billion, according to the Congressional Research Service.
 
President Obama’s welfare spending will reach $888 billion in a single fiscal year–2010–more than the Bush administration spent on war in Iraq from the first “shock and awe” attack in 2003 until Bush left office in January.

Why is no one talking about this? Does Congress even realize how much money they’re spending anymore?

In March 2008 Obama said:

“When Iraq is costing each household about $100 a month, you’re paying a price for this war.”
 
The Heritage study says, “Applying that same standard to means-tested welfare spending reveals that welfare will cost each household $560 per month in 2009 and $638 per month in 2010.”

How do you feel about $460-538 per month of your families money being redistributed to those that this Administration considers more deserving than your family?

Note: This is in addition to the additional money you will be paying each month to provide health insurance to others – Cap and Trade for non-existent global warming – etc., etc.

Redistributing wealth?

Was this his plan all along?

Hypocrisy?

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Is It A Tax – Yes

I must admit, I have been remiss and have not scoured the “Baucus Proposal”. I waited in anticipation, downloaded it as soon as it was available and then………..when I opened it my eyes glazed over. After spending days reading the last bill (H.R. 3200) I’m just not looking forward to this one. However, after the Obama Sunday show extravaganza and the discussion of the ‘definition’ of tax – I got started.

Page 29 of the Baucus Proposal.

Excise Tax. The consequence for not maintaining insurance would be an excise tax. If a taxpayer‘s MAGI is between 100-300 percent of FPL, the excise tax for failing to obtain coverage for an individual in a taxpayer unit (either as a taxpayer or an individual claimed as a dependent) is $750 per year. However, the maximum penalty for the taxpayer unit is $1,500. If a taxpayer‘s MAGI is above 300 percent of FPL the penalty for failing to obtain coverage for an individual in a taxpayer unit (either as a taxpayer or as an individual claimed as a dependent) is $950 year. However, the maximum penalty amount a family above 300 percent of FPL would pay is $3,800.

The excise tax would be assessed through the tax code and applied as an additional amount of Federal tax owed.

George was right. 

What could this possibly mean for you:

Single Person = $62.50 to $125 per month of new taxes

Family = Up to $316 per month of new taxes

If your Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) on your last tax return was more than 300% of the Federal Povery Level (FPL) you will not be eligible for ANY tax credit to offset these costs. So, if you are a single person making more than $15.63 per hour – sorry, no bennies for you.

How would a new $300 bill each month impact your family? Where will you make the cuts, food, clothing?

Where do you fall in these numbers?

Poverty Level - 2009

 

Um, what happened to no tax increases.

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Nancy Pelosi Concerned About Violence

The question:

“How concerned are you about the tone of the political debate in terms of people talking about anti-government rhetoric and so on and the possibility of violence.”

The answer:

Speaker Pelosi, we the people are concerned about the threat of violence as well. We’d appreciate it if you would stop inciting these possible acts with your irresponsible statements and accusations. Further, if you are concerned about anti-government rhetoric we would suggest that you start doing your job and investigate the known corrupt members of Congress. Please.

Full video.

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House Votes to Defund ACORN – ALL Funds

Rep. Darrell Issa  (R-CA) offered the Defund ACORN bill as an amendment to the Student Loans bill.  

Vote: 345 to 75.

Nays:

Baldwin
Becerra
Brady (PA)
Brown, Corrine
Butterfield
Capuano
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Cleaver
Clyburn
Crowley
Cummings
Davis (IL)
DeGette
Delahunt
Doyle
Edwards (MD)
Ellison
Engel
Fattah
Filner
Fudge
Green, Al
Grijalva
Hinchey
Hirono
Holt
Honda
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Johnson, E. B.
Kilpatrick (MI)
Kucinich
Larsen (WA)
Lee (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Lynch
Markey (MA)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
Meeks (NY)
Mollohan
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Nadler (NY)
Neal (MA)
Olver
Pallone
Pascrell
Payne
Polis (CO)
Price (NC)
Rahall
Rangel
Roybal-Allard
Rush
Sánchez, Linda T.
Schakowsky
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sherman
Sires
Slaughter
Stark
Thompson (MS)
Towns
Tsongas
Velázquez
Waters
Watson
Waxman
Wexler
Woolsey

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It’s The Logical Conclusion

According to Rep. Hank Johnson:

“I guess we’ll probably have folks puttin’ on white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside intimidating people.”

It seems to me that the only people that feel there was some racial component of Rep. Joe Wilson’s remark are the race baiters that see an opportunity. The rest of us see it for what it was – the truth.

Rep. Johnson, YOU are not helping the cause of diversity and tolerance. This very well may institigate more racists sentiment, because of people like you that inject race into non-racial remarks just to get yourself on TV.

Yes, people like Rep. Johnson have turned this into the logical conclusion. If you disagree with anything related to this President – you are a racist.

My question – why does it seem that none of these politicians feel it was disrespectful to the American people that President lied to us? again……………..

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Congressional Black Caucus And Farrakhan

This is what we are paying our Congress to do – meet with Farrakhan to discuss what he can do to help them. This meeting was in January 2006, however I’m sure I would have remembered ANYONE reporting on this.

Barbara Lee (D-CA)

Maxine Waters (D-CA)

William J. Jefferson (D-LA) – indicted

Al Green – (D-TX)

There’s a couple of others I wasn’t able to identify – sorry I tried.

It’s obvious based on their warm greetings that this group has a good deal of respect for Farrakhan or do they agree with his teachings?

After their heart-to-heart with Minister Farrakhan of course he preached a little for them.

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Eric De La Cruz – Harry Reid

The story of Eric is a sad story to be sure. In the email I received this morning from his sister Veronica De La Cruz. 

Diagnosed with Severe Dilated Cardiomyopathy five years ago and in need of a heart transplant, my brother Eric passed away far too early this July 4th.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Ms. De La Cruz was a speaker at Harry Reid’s ‘private’ Town Hall Meeting.

Her brother was 22 years old when he was diagnosed with a condition that weakens the heart muscle. After five years of fighting to get coverage, it took intervention from Reid and others to help get Eric in line for a transplant.

By the time he qualified for coverage and found a California hospital willing and able to do the procedure, it was too late.

“Eric died because he couldn’t get insurance coverage,” she said, calling on the audience to support reforms that would include having the government step in to provide more coverage or requiring private companies to do so. “We are on the brink of creating a system where basic health care is a right.”

This is going to sound heartless and it’s in no way meant to. Eric was not let down by the insurance industry, he was let down by the Social Security and Nevada State Medicaid systems.

You see, Nevada Medicaid Program only covers heart transplants up to the age of 20 years old. If you are older than 20 – sorry. According to the NY Times.

Ben Kieckhefer, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services, defended that policy. “All insurance plans decide what things they are going to cover and what things they are not going to cover,” he said. “Everyone in the state Medicaid program recognized the difficult situation the family was in, but we can’t just start covering something for one individual case.”

Ms. De La Cruz says a surgeon told her he could have helped her brother, but he arrived “two years too late.” If not for all the delays and denials, she says, her brother would be alive today.

What happened to Eric De La Cruz should not have happened, no doubt. However, Ms. De La Cruz how could you stomach standing on stage next to Harry Reid the man that is responsible to oversee the Nevada Medicaid Program that was responsible for the delays that caused your brothers death?

Harry Reid is disingenuous when he speaks of health care reform as Nevada is one of the only 18 States that DO NOT offer a State high risk pool for those people like Eric that need help. How can he stand next to this woman and try to take credit for trying to help after years of suffering that were caused by his State policies. Harry Reid is trying to exploit this man when in fact it was he and his policies that assisted with this young mans death. It’s disgusting.

Again, the case of Eric is heartbreaking and I am in no way minimizing the impact or pain of this family. However, Eric had the option of trying to seek assistance from another state (California) if this health care reform goes through across the United States – where would Eric have gone to seek help?

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