Republicans React To The Pelosi Health Care Plan

Mike Pence calls the bill (pdf, here) a “freight train of mandates, taxes and bureaucracy” on CNN:

House Leader John Boehner (OH):

The American people have spoken. Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have ignored them.  Through the month of August, the American people let Members of Congress from both parties know that they didn’t want a government takeover of health care.  That hasn’t changed.

But instead of listening to the American people, Democrats hid behind closed doors and came back with a bill designed to appease the liberal special interests.  Three things about Speaker Pelosi’s health care bill are already clear: it will raise the cost of Americans’ health insurance premiums; it will kill jobs with tax hikes and new mandates; and it will cut seniors’ Medicare benefits.  The fact that it weighs in at nearly 2,000 pages – more than 620 pages longer than the government takeover of health care Hillary Clinton proposed in 1993 – is as good an indication as any of just how costly and unsustainable Speaker Pelosi’s proposal is.

There is a better way.  Republicans have offered solutions to lower health care costs and expand access at a cost our nation can afford.  You can read about them at  Democrats need to listen to the American people, and work with us on the real reforms families want and need.

See also:

10 Facts Every American Should Know About Speaker Pelosi’s 1,990-Page Gov’t Takeover of Health Care

More Republican reactions, here.


Hey, how’s this for transparency: When Speaker Pelosi announced the House version of a Health Care Reform Bill, members of the public weren’t allowed to go to the event.

Democrats repeatedly touted the openness of the development of their health care bill, which House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer called “the most deliberative, transparent and open process” he had seen in his career on Capitol Hill.


Hey, guess what? The House Dems want the federal government to regulate vending machines. Yep, vending machines, so you can see the nutritional labels on the junk food you’re craving, because you’re too ignorant to know that Doritos have little to no nutritional value without closely examining the ingredients.

‘(viii) VENDING MACHINES.—In the case of an
18 article of food sold from a vending machine that—
19 ‘‘(I) does not permit a prospective pur20
chaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel
21 before purchasing the article or does not other22
wise provide visible nutrition information at the
23 point of purchase; and
1 ‘‘(II) is operated by a person who is en2
gaged in the business of owning or operating 20
3 or more vending machines,
4 the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in
5 close proximity to each article of food or the selec6
tion button that includes a clear and conspicuous
7 statement disclosing the number of calories con8

Chart of the Day: America’s Progressive Hexigon


Andrew Marcus jigged this handy-dandy chart up to help illustrate the relationships discussed in his long post at Big Government:

You will notice that the Democratic Socialists of America is featured at the top of the HOP. An important point needs to be made here. President Barack Obama and the Working Families Party are Democratic Socialists.

This is not meant as a judgment. It is simply a fact which the politicians involved with the Working Families Party group should be made to own.

A little info about the Tides Foundation, courtesy of Discover the Networks:

Established in 1976 by California-based activist Drummond Pike, the Tides Foundation was set up as a public charity that receives money from donors and then funnels it to the recipients of their choice. Because many of these recipient groups are quite radical, the donors often prefer not to have their names publicly linked with the donees. By letting the Tides Foundation, in effect, “launder” the money for them and pass it along to the intended beneficiaries, donors can avoid leaving a “paper trail.” Such contributions are called “donor-advised,” or donor-directed, funds.

Through this legal loophole, nonprofit entities can also create for-profit organizations and then funnel money to them through Tides — thereby circumventing the laws that bar nonprofits from directly funding their own for-profit enterprises. Pew Charitable Trusts, for instance, set up three for-profit media companies and then proceeded to fund them via donor-advised contributions to Tides, which (for an 8 percent management fee) in turn sent the money to the media companies.

One big donor is of course, George Soros, who has donated more than $7 million to Tides over the years.

Obama, (and many of the Dems holding the reins of power in Congress) are no ordinary Democrats.  Last year, we looked at Obama’s past associations and actions, to make the assessment. Now the evidence is current, obvious and ongoing. It can no longer be denied.

Obama is a  Democratic Socialist.

The Republican party should get up to speed and start calling him what he is.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin, who says:

This is the network to which NY-23 radical leftist Republican Dede Scozzafava and her supporters have hitched their trailer.

Not cool.

John Kerry: Law Library Didn’t Reach Desired Conclusion-So Strike It From Record

Last month, the Congressional Research Service at the Law Library of Congress reviewed the ouster of Honduran President Manuel Zelaya from office,  an act that the Obama administration condemned and called a “coup”, and found that the ouster was constitutionally justified. Since the ouster took place last summer, the Obama administration has sided with Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Fidel Castro in demanding that Zelaya be reinstated, and has punished the Honduran interim government by revoking the travel visas of government officials, and cutting off aid to the poor country. It has also threatened to not recognize the results of the upcoming election in November.

Ed Morrissey reports:

Now John Kerry wants the Law Library to retract its findings, apparently trying to rewrite history to hide the facts of the case:

The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees are asking the Law Library of Congress to retract a report on the military-backed coup in Honduras that they charge is flawed and “has contributed to the political crisis that still wracks” the country.

The request, by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has sparked cries of censorship from Republicans who say the Democrats don’t like what the August report said: that the government of Honduras had the authority to remove President Manuel Zelaya from office.

Zelaya has been holed up at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa for several weeks, and high-ranking U.S. officials arrived Wednesday to try to broker a resolution.

Critics of the Obama administration — which condemned Zelaya’s removal in June — have pointed to the report as evidence that the White House was wrong when it sided with most Latin American countries in calling for Zelaya to be returned.

As Morrissey notes, that report has had nothing to do with the political crisis in Honduras. What a ridiculous and specious argument.

The only political “crisis” that the report stoked was the one in the US, when people wondered why we were suddenly taking  the same side as Hugo Chavez, Daniel Ortega, and the Castro brothers against one of the more stalwart US allies in the region.

And if the United States had taken the correct position from the onset, and joined the free people of Honduras in their resistance to tyranny, the crisis in Honduras would have abated long before now.

Striking the CRS’s findings from the record won’t change that inconvenient truth, but it might spare the Obama administration some embarrassment.


Honduras Folds – (Or Not) Updated

Transnationalist Harold Koh Behind Obama Administration’s Honduras Policy

Video: Jim DeMint Details Honduras Trip On Fox

CRS Report: Honduran “Coup” Was Justified

Report: U.S. To Engage In Joint Military Training Exercises With Venezuela and Nicaragua

Zelaya Claims To Be In Honduras (UPDATE: He’s There)

Video:Democratic Leader Roberto Micheletti tells Greta the truth on the Honduran situation.

Could George Soros Be Behind The Obama Administration’s Disgraceful Treatment Of Honduras?

“Global Healer”, Obama To Cut Off Aid To Poor, Democratic Country

State Dept. Will No Longer Threaten Sanctions On Honduras

Senator Lugar Asks Clinton To Explain Honduras Policy

Video: Glenn Beck On Honduras

Obama Administration Seen As “Villains” By Hondurans

United States Revokes Visas For Four Honduran Officials

Zelaya Steps over Border Into Honduras; Then Promptly Steps Back

Ousted President Zelaya Leads Caravan Back To Honduras

Tens Of Thousands Of Pro-Government Hondurans March In Capital

Honduran “Coup-Mongers” Kick Venezuelan Diplomats Out Of Country (UPDATED)

US Turns Up Pressure On Honduran Interim Government To Restore Zelaya

Zelaya Vows To Return To Honduras; Asks Intl. Community For Help

Honduras Crisis Talks Resume In Costa Rica

Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

“Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

Project Valour-IT Marine Of The Day

Cassandra of Villainous Company interviewed today’s Project Valour-IT Marine of the Day:

Some Random Officer:

In keeping with our practice of interspersing interviews of active duty Marines with inspirational stories, today’s Marine of the Day is some random officer who generously agreed (much to my surprise) to be interviewed. We hope the combined format will provide a more rounded view of the Marine perspective:

1. What is your rank and MOS in the Marine Corps?

Colonel – 8041 (ground colonel), 0802 (field artillery officer), 8848 (Management, Data Systems Officer, not sure how this got in my record), 8840 (Manpower Management Officer – my Naval Postgraduate MOS), 9702 (joint specialty officer)

2. How long have you served?

I’m in my 29th year of service.

3. What made you join the military? And why the Marine Corps?

I wanted to serve my country, I needed a job to support my family, and I wanted to serve in the best Service in the military.

4. Have you ever been deployed?

Yes – to Japan twice on 1 year unaccompanied orders each time, to Iraq on a 1 year Individual Augment assignment, currently in Afghanistan. I have made shorter education and training deployments in CONUS as well.

5. What was the most rewarding thing you ever did as a Marine?

The most rewarding thing I did was serve in 3/11 as the FSC, OpsO, and XO (Fire Support Coordinator, Operations Officer, and Executive Officer). The next was serving as EA in PP&O (Plans, Policies & Operations).

6. If you could tell a young man or woman contemplating military service just one thing, what would that be?

It is a great profession that offers great opportunity with a dedicated group of like-minded individuals.

7. What does being a Marine mean to you?

It means being part of a organization rich in tradition, able to meet any challenge, that holds itself to a higher standard.

8. What are the best and worst things about your job?

The best things are having a stable, rewarding job that sends you around the world on different assignments. The worst things are time spent away from your family and not being able to put down roots.

9. Some people say wars never solve anything. What do you think?

I think the only thing worse than war is giving into the will of someone else. There are times when war is necessary and there needs to be an organization designed to fight that war filled with people dedicated to winning that war.

10. Do you think the Marine Corps made you a better person, or would you be the same no matter what career you chose?

It made me a better person just as my wife has made me a better person – both taught me that there is more to life than just yourself.


Marine Team Daily Roundup

MaryAnn at Soldiers’ Angels Germany is a tireless supporter of our troops. She updates her blog everyday with spotlights on servicemembers, goings on at Landstuhl as well as downrange.

Miss Ladybug has video of the return of LCPL Brandon Lara and the respect the community showed in honor of his sacrifice. Kleenex required.

Flag Gazer has a great post up about the Baghdad Zoo.

Grim has a couple of entries in the Demotivator contest. I think they’re rather good if I do say so myself.