Call To Action: Final ObamaCare Push-Back March 16

The Dems are determined to pass their health care legislation come hell or high water, even in the face of massive opposition, even though they don’t have the votes to do it in the House. Their latest ploy?:

Ace reports, (via The Corner):

Constitutional Slaughter: Democrats Attempting Rule Change in House That Would Pass Senate Bill Without An Actual Vote on the Senate Bill

House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter is prepping to help usher the healthcare overhaul through the House and potentially avoid a direct vote on the Senate overhaul bill, the chairwoman said Tuesday.

Slaughter is weighing preparing a rule that would consider the Senate bill passed once the House approves a corrections bill that would make changes to the Senate version.

Slaughter has not taken the plan to Speaker Pelosi as Democrats await CBOscores on the corrections bill. “Once the CBO gives us the score we’ll spring right on it,” she said.

Leon Wolfe at RedState explains:

Having determined that they lack the votes in the House to pass the Senate bills as-is, House Democrats are attempting one of the most breathtakingly unconstitutional power grabs ever witnessed – a maneuver to deem the Senate bill ALREADY PASSED by the House by rule, despite the fact that it clearly has not. Now, as we have constantly reminded our ahistorical liberal friends who have already forgotten all of 2002-2006, the filibuster is constitutional because it is a Senate rule of debate, which is expressly authorized by Article I’s delegation of power to each house of Congress to set its own rules of debate. Apparently, some Democrats can’t seem to tell the difference between a rule of debate and just declaring by rule that the House has passed a bill that they have not, when the Constitution itself expressly states that “in all [] Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays[.]” What Slaughter and Pelosi here are attempting here is a blatant violation of the principles of bicameralism and presentment.

And unlike other Unconstitutional things Congress does, there’s caselaw here suggesting pretty clearly that when Congress attempts to pass a law in the absence of proper bicameralism and presentment, a person negatively affected by Congress’s action (e.g., a person required to pay a fine for not having health insurance) has standing to challenge the law’s validity in the Courts. This farce is illegal and unconstitutional on its face, and someone has to be advising the Democrats in the House of this fact. They already know the American people don’t want this bill. They know by now that what they’re trying to do is illegal. The question now is whether they still have the shame to care about either.

Ace is absolutely correct – they’re hoping that the MSM will give them the cover they need to do this…

This is the typical nonsense desperate leftists try. If you can’t do it by the rules, change the rules, and rely on the media to pretend what you’ve done is perfectly reasonable.

*What can we do?

Dan Riehl, fresh off a teleconference call with Mike Pence, has this:

Pence: Next 2 Weeks Will Determine Future Of Health Care In America

Speaking to approximately 10,000 activists, bloggers and other citizens tonight on an Americans For Prosperity Tele-Townhall, 3rd ranking House Republican Mike Pence said the Democrat majority continues to do everything they can to muster the votes to pass the Senate bill, previously passed by the Senate on Christmas Eve. Pence added that it’s doubtful most, if any fixes would be forthcoming from the Senate due to Senate rules and procedures.

Echoing Obama, but without the emphasis or yelling, Pence stated, “Now is the time, this is the moment” to do whatever you can to defeat this bill if you oppose it. His key suggestion was to continue to pressure wavering Democrats.

Tea Party activists hastily organized a  protest for Obama’s visit to Philadelphia on Monday.  Gateway Pundit covered the 2,225 strong anti-ObamaCare rally in St. Charles MO today.

Tabitha Hale at Freedomworks put out the call for a final rally in DC on March 16th:

*You can order your own torch and pitchfork, here.


Michael Moore Volunteers For Rahm Emanuel’s Job

Is it conventional wisdom that the Rahm Emanuel’s job is hanging by a thread? Is he about to thrown under the bus?

Well guess who’s stepping in to take over his job? (Nice Deb first: Huffpo link):

President Obama, Replace Rahm With Me: An Open Letter From Michael Moore (eeek)!!!

Now, don’t get too giddy with excitement over my offer, because you and I are going to be up at 5 in the morning, seven days a week and I am going to get you pumped up for battle every single day (see photo). Each morning you and I will do 100 jumping jacks and you will repeat after me:


Then we will put on our jogging sweats and run up to Capitol Hill. We will take names, kick butts, and then take some more names. If we have to give a few noogies or half-nelson’s, then so be it. In our pockets we will have a piece of paper to show the pansy Dems just how much they won by in 2008 — and the poll results that show the majority of Americans oppose the Afghanistan and Iraq wars and want the bankers punished. Like drill sergeants, we will get right up in their faces and ask them, “WHAT PART OF THE PUBLIC MANDATE DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND, SOLDIER?!! DROP AND GIVE ME 50!”

I know this is the job Rahm Emanuel was supposed to be doing.

Read the whole half baked thing. I don’t know if the guy actually means half the things he says, or if it’s just boob bait for liberal bubbas who will believe anything….including the catastrophic ramifications of global warming:

If you exiled them to a lone chunk of melting polar ice cap, they would keep insisting that it was just a normal “January thaw,” even as the frigid Arctic waters rose above their God-fearing necks (“See what I mean — this water is COLD! What ‘global warming‘?! Adam and Eve rode dinos…aagghh!!… gulp gulp gulp”).

Good night!

And what are we to make of this?:

You’re such a good guy, Mr. President. You came to Washington with your hand extended to the Republicans and they just chopped it off. You wanted to be respectful and they decided that they were going to say “no” to everything you suggested. Yet, you kept on saying you still believed in bipartisanship.

Earth to Michael Moore:

January 23, 2009:

President Obama listened to Republican gripes about his stimulus package during a meeting with congressional leaders Friday morning – but he also left no doubt about who’s in charge of these negotiations. “I won,” Obama noted matter-of-factly, according to sources familiar with the conversation.

…thus earning him the nickname of “Teh Won”.

Feb 6, 2009:

“I welcome this debate, but we are not going to get relief by turning back to the same policies that for the last eight years doubled the national debt and threw our economy into a tailspin,” said President Obama – sounding more like Candidate Obama than at any time since he took the oath of office less than a month ago.

Obama, speaking to about 200 House Democrats at their annual retreat at the Kingsmill Resort and Spa, dismissed Republican attacks against the massive spending in the stimulus.

“What do you think a stimulus is?” Obama asked incredulously. “It’s spending — that’s the whole point! Seriously.”

August 7, 2009:

“I don’t want the people who created this mess to do a lot of talking…”

September 9, 2009:

Boehner: GOP leaders haven’t met Obama for health talks since April

Earlier this year, GOP leaders sent a letter to the president in May stating that they would like to work with the administration to find “common ground” on healthcare reform.

But the administration responded with a tersely worded letter indicating that they had healthcare reform under control.

Just a few examples of  Obama’s “extended hand”.

Crazy stuff, all of it. I can’t imagine what sitting through one of his movies would be like. Ish.


Of course commenters are already reminding me of the horrifying and unsightly implications of Michael Moore filling in for Rahmbo, in the congressional locker room showers….



It’s Almost As If The American People Have Stopped Believing Him

You know who I’m talking about.

There have just been too many lies. Not innocent little white ones, not face-saving ones, not even craven Bill Clinton style lies. Just lie upon lie upon lie upon umpteenth lie to feed the narrative of The Big Lie – whatever that may be at the moment – which right now, is – America  needs health insurance reform immediately to avoid a fiscal crisis.

All but the most gullible among us have noticed Obama’s propensity to lie, and they are tuning him out.

Ace puts it this way:

Rasmussen: 66%+ Majorities Think the President Is Lying About Everything In Health Care, Including the “The’s” and “And’s”
Update: Dick Durbin Says Anyone Who Says Premiums Are Going Down is a Liar

Count Liberal Senator Dick Durbin in the 54% Who Expect Premiums to Go Up: This is pretty damn good:

Sen. Dick Durbin, March 10, 2010: “Anyone who would stand before you and say ‘well, if you pass health care reform next year’s health care premiums are going down,’ I don’t think is telling the truth. I think it is likely they would go up.”

And guess who just said yesterday most premiums would go down?

Reason’s Matt Welch decided to take on the vexing issue of Obama and the L word:

Voters pretty much knew that Bill Clinton was a slime ball when they sent him to the White House; Barack Obama held out the promise of being more dignified.

The difference between these two most recent Democratic presidents, substantial to begin with (especially in the crucial area of economic policy), may come into sharper relief in 2010. Clinton’s reptilian relationship with the truth, suffused as it always has been with a catch-me-if-you-can sense of personal preservation, actually turned out to have some uses for the nation when he changed course after the 1994 Republican revolution and began co-opting some of the limited-government policies proposed by his opponents. It’s easier for a chameleon to change his spots.

Obama’s dishonesty, by contrast, seems to spring from a different place. As a man who has spent most of his career wowing people with his words and very little of it converting those words into deeds, he has an activist’s gap between rhetoric and reality and a radio broadcaster’s promiscuous carelessness with cutting rhetorical corners. Sure, it’s not technically true that the administration’s day-one lobbying reforms served “to get rid of the influence of…special interests,” as he claimed in a January radio address (to the contrary: federal lobbying in 2009 set an all-time record), but it’s easy to imagine that the president feels his combination of tighter employment restrictions for ex-lobbyists and stricter disclosure requirements for current ones is, in the context of the Manichean fight between “the people” and “special interests,” good enough for government work. The perfect shouldn’t be the enemy of the good, and the critics who complain are just opportunistic literalists grasping for any club to beat back the march of progress. No need to give them an inch.

But there’s a less charitable explanation too. During the president’s nonstop gabfests before, during, and after the State of the Union speech, he kept repeating the fiction that the medical industry’s “special interests” were significantly to blame for scotching his health care legislation. In fact, the administration and Congress negotiated with those interests every step of the way, receiving crucial buy-in and millions in campaign contributions. Pro-reform lobbyists outspent anti-reform lobbyists on advertising by a factor of 5 to 1. There’s a three-letter word for blaming the defeat of his bill on health care lobbyists, and it rhymes with pie.

By the way…those insurance companies Obama’s been so busy villifying?

$436,000,000,000 in tax credits payable directly to insurance companies in the Senate health care bill.

Jennifer Rubin sums it all up at Commentary Contentions:

The bottom line is this:

The reason President Obama can’t move the numbers and build public support is because the fundamentals are stacked against him. Most voters believe the current plan will harm the economy, cost more than projected, raise the cost of care, and lead to higher middle-class taxes.

Thus, in a sense, the president’s spinners are right when they say the president has a “communications” problem. In spite of — or is it because of ? — his incessant hammering at the same points, the public doesn’t buy what he’s selling. It sounds better to call it a communications problem, as if there were a technical problem with the microphones and satellite dishes at the White House. But it’s more properly thought of as a credibility problem. Obama says X; the public thinks X isn’t true. The numbers don’t move.

His hyper-partisan fellow travelers have no problem with the strategy, of course – they do what they can to aid and abet. But thank God, the big lie of the day is crumbling right before our eyes, regardless.

I always knew people would catch on eventually.

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Abraham Lincoln, (attributed)


Dennis Prager’s excellent article: Why Democrats don’t care about $9.7 trillion debt

…which helps explain why Obama and the Dems feel they have to lie —they do not think like most Americans think….


These Are Obama’s Peeps

The SEIU and HCAN (Health Care for America Now) bused in activists from DE, CT, MD, MN, VA, NJ, NC, NY, OH, PA, RI to protest the AHIP insurance company conference in DC.

Gateway Pundit reports:

HCAN & SEIU Hold Massive Astroturfed Rally in DC; Protesters Arrested After Busting Into Ballroom

The leftists were arrested after breaking into the ballroom where insurance executives were holding a meeting.

The police arrested the more violent protesters outside the Ritz Carlton. (Flickr)

Doing their master’s bidding?

Obama has set the tone with speech after speech trashing the insurance companies.

Obama’s connection to the SEIU is well known, in fact SEIU leader, Andy Stern is the most frequent visitor to the White House. A recent interview question from The Cornell Daily Sun to Andy Stern, suggests who really is in charge:

…Sun: So how have you decided to pass the reform? [Ed: note the phrasing]

A.S.: The president, after a long process, has stepped in with his final set of ideas that will come out today or tomorrow. The Speaker of the House [Nancy Pelosi] is preparing the education process to get members of her party understanding the bill. And we hope, in congressional districts all over the country, to have our members go speak with their representatives — call, write, fax — to make it clear this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we can’t let it slip away.

Obama has backed HCAN since his campaign days:

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has signed on to the progressive Health Care for America Now campaign’s principles – a move that bolsters the clout of the nascent organization and could provide him with artillery support as he starts to pound the health-care issue on the presidential campaign trail.

The reviled insurance companies have become the Emmanuel Goldsteins of the Obami –  who now engage in this daily ritual of “two minutes of hatred” for them and the principles of Democracy.

It doesn’t seem healthy…


Richard from Hyscience reminds us of Michelle Malkin’s important post from last August:

Flashback: Who’s funding the Obamacare Astroturf campaign?

It always comes down to the usual suspects.


Nancy Pelosi Has An Exciting Surprise For You!

It’s going to be very, very exciting.

What she actually said:

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy. Furthermore, we believe that health care reform, again I said at the beginning of my remarks, that we sent the three pillars that the President’s economic stabilization and job creation initiatives were education and innovation—innovation begins in the classroom—clean energy and climate, addressing the climate issues in an innovative way to keep us number one and competitive in the world with the new technology, and the third, first among equals I may say, is health care, health insurance reform.”


Hot Air: Oh my: 68% now oppose passing ObamaCare without Republican support