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~The First Amendment to the United States Constitution

Is America safer now under Obama than it was under Bush after 9/11?

February 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Intelligence chiefs all say attempted terrorist attack on U.S. Homeland certain in next 3-6 months.   Looks like the terrorists are taking advantage of all their new rights granted by the President and Attorney General Eric Holder.

The right to kill Americans and not be killed themselves.

Categories: News

Give President Obama a Break!

February 5, 2010 Leave a comment

We’ve all seen the campaign promises and inconsistencies from his administration on video throughout the last year.  Those are facts that no one can dispute and will be dealt with at election time.  But I think there is a larger issue that is being overlooked.  The President called for transparency, it didn’t happen and mistakes were made.  It’s true he is in charge of our government and should be held accountable, but the American people need to understand that it is not entirely his fault.  He is our President, so I think all Americans should, in spite of any evidence to the contrary, give him the benefit of the doubt about wanting transparency until the next election.  We have to work together or our nation will fail, and a transparent government is a good start.

For many Americans who have not worked with the federal civilian workforce this may be a surprise or a shock.  In the federal government, it is widely known that outside of law enforcement and security, probably about 25 percent of the people, at the most, do all the real work.  The other 75 percent have jobs and that’s about it.  It’s an employment program – some insiders call it a welfare program, that’s all it is.  Anyone who works with feds knows this – it’s a privately held known fact.  Federal workers are paid more than their private sector counterparts and they produce much less.

So when the President calls for transparency in government he might be sincere but there are a lot of folks standing in his way.  Take Congress for instance – they are hiding things as we just learned about in health care reform.  The President said the other day that some of the provisions that got “snuck in” might have violated his pledge.  He said he would fix it, and that’s all we should expect.  He is our President, and we should take him at his word, nothing less.

However, the President has an even bigger problem than that.  For what I estimate to be the 75 percent of worthless bureaucrats populating the ranks of our government, well, they have a lot to hide.  They know what happens when we find out they don’t contribute anything productive at work.  And boy, I don’t have to tell you that they are sharp to criticize anything that does.  They use their position power to protect themselves from being revealed, and that is what we have to stop.

So the solution isn’t just to cut spending or to raise taxes or anything like that.  The solution is to remove the power from the federal government brick by brick.  The American people should go line by line in the budget and pick out programs they want and then decide – who does it – a government bureaucracy at the federal level, or somewhere closer to the people like the state, local or even the private side.

It’s not going to be fixed from inside the federal ranks and it’s not going to be fixed fast.  To make government transparent the people have to do it from the outside-in.  No blue ribbon commission of ex-Senators and Congressman or top bureaucrats can fix the problem from the inside.  There are too many strong forces with bullshit jobs and lucrative contracts producing little or nothing to hide.  The real fix is for the American people to elect officials who have the guts to make the tough choices and shed the pork.

We also have to look-in at the problem from the outside.  We need real transparency.  The President has called for it, so we should take him at his word.  It’s the only way anything will get fixed.

 

Fool Me Once Shame On You, Fool Me Twice Shame On Me!

February 3, 2010 2 comments

America, you should learn from your mistakes and not allow people to take advantage of you repeatedly.  Oh what a difference a year makes.

Categories: Corruption

Virginia Senate Bans Forced Universal Healthcare As Unconstitutional !!!

February 3, 2010 1 comment

Virginia State Senator Phillip Puckett (D) says Democrats across the country need to step back and listen to what the people are saying.

Categories: Health Care

Republican’s Announce Alternative to Tax, Spend, & Big Government

February 2, 2010 Leave a comment

THE ROADMAP PLAN

The President submitted his budget this week – and it’s more of the same – TAX AND SPEND.  The Republican’s also announced their plan – but you won’t hear about it on the news.

I think the Republican “Roadmap for American’s Future”  is ambitious and not without shared sacrifice.  I don’t agree with every point – but I think it is a solid plan and points to a better direction for our country.   If you support it or are opposed to it let Congress know!

What are the alternatives?  If anyone has a side by side comparison of the current system, the President’s plan, and the Republican alternative that would be great to see.  We need to have real facts and information.

The GOP  plan is presented in short video format – easy to follow and understand and can be found here.  Takes about 5 minutes to watch all of them.

We need to get smart about the alternatives America – we need changes that will work.

All comments and additional links are welcome.

Domestic Terrorists

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Not only are we under attack by Muslim Islamic Jihadist’s around the world who want to murder our military personnel and blow up civilian buildings and planes, we now face increasing attacks by Domestic Terrorists trained and based in Washington D.C.

Their weapon of choice?  Higher spending and higher taxes.

We must destroy the enemy.  Don’t listen to what they say – watch what they do.  Speak up everyday – they are on the ropes, don’t give them a break!

Senator Webb Responds – says Health Care bill contains a “multi-state government-administered insurance option”

January 10, 2010 2 comments
 
January 9, 2010
 
 
Dear Mr. Edwards:
 
Thank you for contacting my office regarding health care reform. I appreciate your taking the time to share your views.
 
I voted in favor of health care reform legislation in the Senate. Despite my disappointment with some provisions in the bill, as well as the process under which it was considered, the final package presented to the Senate reflects many improvements that take into consideration the concerns that I and others brought forward during the debate.
 
Our country needs health care reform. Most importantly, the status quo of our present system, which is damaging our national economy at many levels, is unacceptable. Spiraling costs for health care have placed our biggest industries at a severe competitive disadvantage worldwide, and have become unsustainable for many small businesses. In addition, the billions of dollars spent on medical care for the uninsured is a burden borne not only by government at all levels, but also by tens of millions of others through higher taxes and insurance rates.
 
I have stated on several occasions my concerns that the Obama administration should have begun the health care process with a clear, detailed proposal, from which legislation could then be put into place. Instead, the legislation is the product of five separate congressional committees, three in the House and two in the Senate. I and my staff have carefully worked through thousands of pages of sometimes contradictory information, and have done our best to bring focus to the debate and clarity to the final product.
 
As the debate moved forward in the Senate, I repeatedly took a number of difficult votes, often breaking with my party, in order to strengthen the bill. The bill passed by the Senate addresses a number of the most troubling concerns. The new language demands greater accountability from health insurers. It reins in excessive overhead costs that go strictly to administration instead of patient care. It immediately makes available a health care tax credit for small businesses. It forces competition through a multi-state government-administered insurance option. It immediately bans ‘pre-existing conditions’ exclusions for children. It incorporates a measure that I sponsored to reward quality, instead of quantity, of Medicare services offered to patients.
 
The independent Congressional Budget Office now estimates that the reforms contained in this legislation will lower the federal budget deficit by $133 billion over the next ten years, and by more than $1 trillion over the decade following.
 
Now that two different pieces of legislation have successfully emerged in each house of Congress, I intend to examine closely the version produced at the next stage of the legislative process. Significant deviations from the core principles I insisted upon in the Senate compromise will lead me to withhold my support.
 
As the Senate continues to debate health care reform, please be assured that your views will be very helpful to me and my staff. I hope that you will continue to share your thoughts with us in the years ahead.
 
Thank you again for your interest in this important matter.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Jim Webb
United States Senator
 
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Categories: Congress, Health Care