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    • Happy Easter! April 4, 2010
      For one day, let’s not be partisan hacks. Happy Easter! :D Advertisements
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    • Did It Happen Or Did It Not? April 3, 2010
      It’s been what, three weeks since Rep Emanuel Cleaver claimed he was spit on? And now he won’t talk about it? I know if some guy spit on me, I’d kick his ass! I understand that a politician might choose a different option, but he sure as hell would want that guy punished and not […]
      Anthony
    • “Right Wing Domestic Terrorism” Assumptions April 2, 2010
      So much for the Leftist assumptions and chants of “right wing domestic terrorism” playing a role in the nine Hutaree terrorists. They blast that if a person is a Christian, then they must be a right winger. I find the exact opposite to be true out here, where the Catholics and Christians are usually on […]
      Anthony
    • Phil Hare (D-IL) Is A Sad Fool April 2, 2010
      How a member of Congress can disregard the US Constitution, which they swore to uphold and protect, is frightening. Of course, you won’t see this in the MSM, because they are still salivating over Catholic priests raping young boys. How sad that he thought life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness was in the US […]
      Anthony
    • Watch Out! That Island Is About To Tip! April 1, 2010
      Just imagine if a Republican had said this… Laughs at 1:20.
      Anthony
    • My Thoughts On The Coffee Party March 28, 2010
      LOL
      Anthony
    • A Retard and A Bunch of Teabaggers March 28, 2010
      Such words echo the comments section of CNN’s article on yesterday’s Tea Party in Senator Harry Reid’s hometown. And we’re being told the Left is so tolerant of others? Give me a F*cking break. SocratesNJ Interesting that the Tea-Baggers have the time and money to go to Nevada. I figure that they’re either collecting socialistic […]
      Anthony
    • Thoughts On Mesa, Arizona March 28, 2010
      I just got back from a week long trip in Mesa, Arizona. Some comments: The flight from Chicago to Mesa was about 3.5 hours. Not bad, and no headaches this time! Last time I was on an airplane was three years ago. The flight was Chicago to Orlando-about 2 hours, but I got a terrible […]
      Anthony
    • Global Warming Causes…Violence? WTF? March 27, 2010
      As if the Man-Made Global Warming (aka ManBearPig) movement wasn’t crazy enough, it just got a little crazier. Global warming could make the world a more violent place, because higher temperatures increase human aggression and create volatile situations, a new study says. The report combined government data about average yearly temperatures with statistics o […]
      Anthony
    • Comforting The Pro-Choice Side March 26, 2010
      NPR decided to provide more comfort to the Pro-Choice side of the Abortion debate. Here’s the memo that was just distributed to all NPR staff: “NPR News is revising the terms we use to describe people and groups involved in the abortion debate. This updated policy is aimed at ensuring the words we speak and […]
      Anthony
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The CBO Director You DIDN’T Hear From

Posted by Anthony on March 22, 2010

A fantastic op-ed from the New York Times, posted Saturday. Think anyone saw it? Me neither.

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, who was the director of the Congressional Budget Office from 2003 to 2005, is the president of the American Action Forum, a policy institute.

ON Thursday, the Congressional Budget Office reported that, if enacted, the latest health care reform legislation would, over the next 10 years, cost about $950 billion, but because it would raise some revenues and lower some costs, it would also lower federal deficits by $138 billion. In other words, a bill that would set up two new entitlement spending programs — health insurance subsidies and long-term health care benefits — would actually improve the nation’s bottom line.

Could this really be true? How can the budget office give a green light to a bill that commits the federal government to spending nearly $1 trillion more over the next 10 years?

The answer, unfortunately, is that the budget office is required to take written legislation at face value and not second-guess the plausibility of what it is handed. So fantasy in, fantasy out.

That is basically what the scoring is; fantasy in, fantasy out. The little tricks the Democrats played can’t fool everyone. So does the bill really lower the deficit?

In reality, if you strip out all the gimmicks and budgetary games and rework the calculus, a wholly different picture emerges: The health care reform legislation would raise, not lower, federal deficits, by $562 billion.

Aha! So they…lied? Well at least the CBO isn’t partisan…is it?

Even after all of the waste is spent, there will still be 18 million uninsured in 2019. But think of the glass as half full! With the pattern Congress has taken, passing bills before reading them and “fixing” them later, that number may go down!

Just kidding.

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Hey November, Can You Arrive Any Faster?

Posted by Anthony on March 21, 2010

The Democrats’ health care bill passed just an hour ago, 219 to 212. Thirty four brave Democrats voted no. Roll call can be found here.

I watched the debates all day on CSPAN. It was clear from the start that the Democrats were going to buy the votes necessary to pass this crap legislation. Today, Big Government won. The only bipartisanship in Congress today was being against the bill.

I don’t care if the passage of this bill was historic, and I am not alone. The bill may have good ideas sprinkled around in it, but the majority of it is unnecessary. I haven’t even read the damn thing and I know that, because let’s be realistic, what good can come from 2,000 pages written by lawyers in smoke filled rooms? Not much.

One question remains; hey November, can you arrive any faster?

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If You Dislike Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Posted by Anthony on March 21, 2010

…then you are WAY too far left.

What a phenomenal speech he is giving right now. Turn on CSPAN. I think he has 2012 Presidential candidate potential!

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Stupak A No Vote (For Now) UPDATE: Stupak Will Vote Yes

Posted by Anthony on March 21, 2010

From @EvanGlassCNN:

“I’m still a no // There is no deal yet. Its a work in progress. Maybe we’ll get there today.”

Breath a sigh of relief, people. There is still hope. Hopefully he realizes the Obama Administration can not be trusted to follow through on promises.

Final vote should come later today.

UPDATE: Check the list here for the vote count. As of 4:06 PM CST, 3/21/2010, it is 212 NO, 216 YES, 3 UNDECIDED.

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Not the Way to Protest

Posted by Anthony on March 21, 2010

In Washington DC today, Tea Part protests took the spotlight. Unfortunately, the media decided to cover the bad seeds.

Civil rights icon and veteran Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia, said anti-health care bill protesters Saturday repeatedly yelled the “N” word at him as he left a heath care meeting and walked to the Capitol.

Also:

A CNN producer overheard the word “faggot” yelled at Frank several times in the lobby of the Longworth building. Frank said he heard someone yell “homo” at him.

“I’m disappointed,” Frank said. “There’s an unwillingness to be civil.”

These morons and trolls in no way represent the majority of citizens who participate in Tea Party protests. This will fuel nutroots and far lefties to spout about how racist and bigoted the entire Tea Party movement and its members are.

However, with a big vote tomorrow in Congress, I’m not sure this won’t get much more than a brief mention on talk shows tomorrow. Tomorrow should be quite interesting.

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Little Brother Fights Big Brother

Posted by Anthony on March 20, 2010

Last Wednesday, Idaho Governor Otter signed the Idaho Health Care Freedom Act, which challenges the current health care bill in Congress, dubbed “ObamaCare”.

The Idaho Health Care Freedom Act says in part, “every person within the state of Idaho is and shall be free to choose or decline to choose any mode of securing health care services without penalty or threat of penalty.”

Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter, a Republican, said Wednesday he signed it because he believes any health care laws should ensure people are “treated as an individual, rather than as an amorphous mass whose only purpose in this world is to obey federal mandates.”

I like this. While many people can not afford health insurance, many others simply choose not to have it. It is their risk and their gamble, but that’s the blueprint of insurance. The government can not force citizens to buy health insurance.

Sure, these bills won’t do much, because as it goes, federal law > state law. Even so, it is nice to see some states recognizing the irresponsibility in the Democrats’ health care “reform” bill and taking action.

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Deem and Pass Is Dead

Posted by Anthony on March 20, 2010

So far the best news of the weekend, the “Deem and Pass” tactic that was supposed to be used by the Democrats, is now dead.

Democratic leaders have decided to abandon the plan to avoid a direct vote on the Senate health care bill, known as deem and pass.

Instead, multiple Democratic sources told CNN that they will have three independent votes — a vote on the rule, then a vote on the fix package, followed by a vote on the Senate bill.

So it follows that they believe they have the votes necessary to pass the bill. You can change that.

What this country needs is true bipartisan leadership to come forth with sensible solutions. To pass a bill that is 5% excellence and 95% pure crap is insanity.

Of course, so long as both parties continue to take jabs at each other, nothing good will ever get done.

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A Twenty Six Year Old Child

Posted by Anthony on March 19, 2010

Never heard of that before!

Honestly, that is pretty ridiculous. While I love the fact that people with pre-existing conditions will get immediate support and further support in 2014, why is a twenty six year old allowed to be covered by his or her parents? Twenty-six!

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Traitor

Posted by Anthony on March 17, 2010

Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) has made it known today he will vote for the $875 billion health care plan currently sitting inside the House of Representatives. The far left Progressive voted against the health care reform bill back in November because it did not include a single-payer system.

Kucinich has displayed great common sense on fiscal issues. However, when the President makes a visit to your district, privately meets with you four times, and asks for your vote, you had better vote in his favor, or else!

Wait a sec, that’s not what the President should be doing. That’s what lobbyists are for!

“The president’s visit to my district … underscored the urgency of this vote,” Kucinich said. “I have doubts about the bill … [but] I’ve decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation.”


Traitor.
I realize Kucinich is a far lefty guy. I can respect that, to an extent. His fiscal policy record is astounding for any politician in Washington DC. But what the hell happened? This bill will not lower premiums, as mentioned by Dick Durbin (D-IL) .

Well then…so much for cutting costs.

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Strange Days

Posted by Anthony on March 15, 2010

The title of this post was to be the title of this blog. Alas, some wanderer on the Internet beat me to it. No worries, as I like All Along the Watchtower as a title.

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Written in 1966 and recorded the following year, Bob Dylan penned fantastic lyrics that can be applied to today’s scenarios in US Politics. No offense to Bob Dylan, but the original sucked. It was Jimi Hendrix’s version that would totally kick ass.

Amazing, isn’t it? Forty years later and it still packs a punch.

“There must be some kinda way out of here”
Said the joker to the thief
“There’s too much confusion
I can’t get no relief”

“Businessmen, they, they drink my wine
Plowmen dig my earth
None will level on the line
Nobody of it is worth”, hey

“No reason to get excited”
The thief, he kindly spoke
“There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke”

“But you and I, we’ve been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us not talk falsely now
The hour is getting late”, hey

Hey

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view

While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants too

Outside in the cold distance
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl, hey

All along the watchtower
All along the watchtower…

While there are many interpretations of what Bob Dylan meant by his words, I have my own argument on the words.

Take the second line of the song;

said the joker to the thief

Politics, as everyone with a brain knows, is 100% corrupt. Candidates go in clean, get tainted, and come out dirtier than Pigpen on his best day.

Pigpen

Why is that? Lobbyists. They are the scum of the earth, and they get around easily. I live in a country where rich scum are allowed to, basically, buy votes. Morality is laughed at in Washington, DC. Common sense is unheard of.

The Jokers of Congress are the Republicans. They parade around small government, but won’t stick to the principle. Rather, they will allow the Defense budget to balloon out of control. Their interventionist foreign policy has cost the world millions of lives and trillions of dollars. To take them seriously is a big mistake. They are the worst kind of politicians…

…with the except of the Democrats, those Thieves. The Democratic Party is the party of big brother, big government, high taxes, and waste, waste, and more waste. Sure, there are some good Democrats (and Republicans). But even the good ones go nuts sometimes (two examples-Kucinich and Grayson).

This great country, the United States of America, is headed for strange days. Stand up and demand your country back, but be intelligent about it. This blog shall follow that idea, from here to eternity.

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