White Flag Democrats

What else would you call this liberal pow-wow of politicians, all Democrats, putting up legislation to usurp the power of the Commander In Chief? Regardless of the fact that the current Commander In Chief would probably want nothing more than to cut and run in Afghanistan, this bunch of ‘lawmakers’ is showing their disdain for the US Constitution as well as the troops already there.

Sponsored by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), H.R.3699 would ‘prohibit any increase in the number of members of the United States Armed Forces serving in Afghanistan.’

The New Buzz Phrase, Choice And Competition

‘Choice and competition’ has  become the new buzz phrase that Democrats in Washington are using to promote their health insurance reform plan, formerly known as their health care reform plan.

It’s a buzz phrase that uses the foundational principles of a free and market-driven economy. Choice and Competition. They are what has made this country, in only a couple hundred years, the greatest and most innovative country in the world. Which, of course, just drives the far Left and socialists and communists around the world crazy. Which was the whole point of President Obama’s apology tour.

But using Right thinking terminology to promote a Leftist agenda seems to work well with the dumb masses and the President, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Saul Alinsky know it. This is why they are using the buzz phrase to promote the government takeover of nearly 20% of the private sector economy with their health insurance/care agenda. Claiming that it is choice and competition that we need, and they’re going to give it to us if we buy into HR3200 and whatever else they can pile on to it. It is for the same reason that they lie to you and anyone who will listen when they say that Republicans ‘don’t have a plan’ when they do.

The way things are now, there is no market-based solution. It is not allowed. The market is mucked up by government with regulations that limit free market competition, and that limit not only consumer’s choices but the insurer’s choices with all kinds of ‘requirements’ of coverages that insurers must provide regardless of the needs and wants of the consumer.

HR3200 will increase government intervention to the point of taking the industry over, restrict competition instead of promote it, limit consumer choice, and increase cost. And, it conspicuously has no tort reform. In short, it will do the opposite of what it is claimed to do. The dirty little secret here is the administration doesn’t care as much for peoples’ health care as it does for the power of controlling it.

In a free market environment, from a business standpoint, it makes no sense to deny coverage to a customer. It happens every day in Canada and Great Britain. In fact, some European countries are now trying to move away from socialized medicine to private market-driven solutions. The idea is to get customers.

One universal truth is this, ‘everything that does not exist in infinite supply is rationed. In a free society, people are allowed to make their own rationing choices.’ Under HR3200, in reality, the government will be the one denying medical care by its rationing of choices.

There is a market for everything, and left to compete for that business, costs will come down, and choices will go up. One insurer will be trying to out-do his competitor and come up with something better suited for that consumer in order to get that customer.

The free market will be able to handle the vast majority of all peoples’ health insurance requirements. There will be a place for some sort of government fund to handle the very worst of circumstances that free market competition can not handle. But sacrificing the entire industry to government control for the benefit of the few that really will need its help is ridiculous.

If this sounds like an economics lesson, that’s because it is. It is a subject that is lacking in the typical liberal arts education curricula. But that’s another subject.

related link: GOP’s Alternative Health Care Plan

72-Hour Cover Up, What Are They Hiding?

Isn’t it  time for some transparency in Washington? Isn’t it time to hold this administration to its ‘words, just words?’ You remember when candidate Obama promised bills would be publicly available 10 days before being voted on? How about 72 hours? The trend seems to be not at all.

A message from Herman Cain . . .

A Bipartisan bill (H. Res. 554) that would require major legislation to be posted on the web for public review for 72 hours before coming to a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives IS STALLED..  Unless Members of Congress from both parties hear from their constituents that they want it passed, it is likely that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will have her way and the bill will be buried.Please CALL your U.S. HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE and ask that he or she sign the Discharge Petition in favor of passing a mandatory 72-hour reading period for all non-emergency legislation.

The 72 hour reading period mandate could have prevented several votes that, like a thief in the night, were hastily rushed through congress:

· The massive $787 billion stimulus billed passed in February which appeared at midnight one night, giving members just 12 hours to read it before a final vote.

· The $1870 per household global warming tax bill which came to the floor just 16 hours after a 316 page amendment was introduced.

· The huge prescription drug entitlement bill that was jammed through late one night in 2003 when most members had not had a chance to read it.

Currently, the discharge petition has 178 signatures but it needs 218 in order to override Pelosi’s objections and be forced to the floor for a vote.

Please call your U.S. House Representative asap. The phone number of the U.S. Capitol switchboard is 202-224-3121. Our calls have made a difference in the past and they will make a difference again.

related link: Congress.orgHerman Cain