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THIRTEEN AGs SAY “NOT SO FAST” – LET’S TALK CONSTITUTION

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 31, 2009

One can predict some of the words and phrases Obamacrats will use: obstructionists, partisans, ideologues, Obama-haters, so on.

No soothsayers needed. Pretty standard stuff.

Defenders of the Constitution will be attacked as corporate marionettes, accused of bending over for insurance companies and pharmaceutical interests. Republicans in general will be (and have been) accused of viciously and callously standing in the way of fundamental human decency by endorsing what will undoubtedly lead to the deaths of billions and billions of Americans. The bodies of the uninsured will litter the streets of the United States as heartless right-wing fat cats step around their rotting corpses, laughing the sinister laugh of the victorious, as they visit their own doctors where all the real medicine is kept.

Left-wing blogs will explode with mendacious outrage and rice-pudding indignation. The words “Nazi,” and “corporate shill” and “desperate” (among others) will soak up enormous amounts of bandwidth as pajama-clad basement-dwelling blogosphere leftocrats rat-a-tat away, condemning the patriots who fight to bury Obamacare by standing up for the Constitution.

It’s what so many of us who have questioned the absurd claims of ObamaCare have been waiting for. It’s what so many of us who have questioned the constitutionality of it all have been hoping would come to fruition.

It’s a very good first step.

As many as thirteen state Attorney Generals – all Republicans – have said that the Nebraska sweetheart deal won by Senator Ben Nelson in exchange for his support of this health-care reform monstrosity is unconstitutional and must be removed from the bill.

From the Associated Press, via Fox News:

Republican attorneys general in 13 states say congressional leaders must remove Nebraska’s political deal from the federal health care reform bill or face legal action, according to a letter provided to The Associated Press Wednesday.

“We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed,” South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and the 12 other attorneys general wrote in the letter to be sent Wednesday night to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision,” they wrote.

There is also a great deal to explore regarding the constitutionality of mandating citizens to purchase a free-market service or good – in this case, health insurance – from a private entity, as presecribed in the bill.

One thing at a time, though.

The letter was signed by top prosecutors in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington state. All are Republicans, and McMaster and the attorneys general of Florida, Michigan and Pennsylvania are running for governor in their respective states.

Last week, McMaster said he was leading several other attorneys general in an inquiry into the constitutionality of the estimated $100 million deal he has dubbed the “Cornhusker Kickback.”

Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint of South Carolina raised questions about the legislation, which they said was amended to win Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson’s support.

“Because this provision has serious implications for the country and the future of our nation’s legislative process, we urge you to take appropriate steps to protect the Constitution and the rights of the citizens of our nation,” the attorneys general wrote.

Here’s the funny part … House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina called the letter was “a political ploy.”

Damn right it is.

“This threat stinks of partisan politics,” he said in a statement. “If Henry McMaster wants to write federal law he should run for Congress not governor.”

If it stinks, I like the smell. I hope it comes out in a candle.

I can’t even begin to tell you how comical it is to hear a Democrat decry “partisan politics.” What on earth could be more partisan than having a holdout Senator or two vote for a bill not on its own merits, but as a result of party-unifying bribery? (Is anybody in there, Ben Nelson and Mary Landrieu?)

Surely Mr. Clyburn is aware that all Senate Democrats voted for the bill. By definition, isn’t that partisan politics?

Clarity, please.

Clyburn needs to think before he speaks. He snidely remarks that South Carolina Attorney General McMaster should run for Congress if he wants to “write federal law.”

Clever.

Perhaps Clyburn ought to think about actually representing the people – you know,do his job – if he wants to remain in Congress.

At last look, nearly six in ten Americans don’t want this bill passed.

Nice work, Pubs. Don’t let up.

See what happens when they actually set their minds to something?

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DEMS CONFIRM THEY’RE FRUADMASTERS, SAY “NO” TO JOHANNS

Posted by Andrew Roman on December 23, 2009

Building off my piece earlier today “Sweetheart Dealin’ Frauds” is the story of the Democrat shoot-down of Senator Mike Johanns – the other Senator from Nebraska. Yesterday, Senator Johanns asked that the Senate “strike the special carve-outs from the Senate health care bill” (i.e., get rid of the sweetheart deals).

There was a higher probability of seeing Hillary Clinton in the Penny’s catalogue modeling the latest in thong wear.

Nothing moves faster than Democrat lips saying “no” when their bribes comes under threat from pork smashers.

Said Senator Johanns:

There should be no special deals, no carve-outs for anyone in this health care bill; not for states, not for insurance companies, not for individual senators.

All of the special deals should be removed. If the bill cannot pass without carve-outs, what further evidence is needed that it is bad policy? No senator should vote for the final cloture vote until all of the carve-outs and special deals are removed.

Nebraskans don’t want a special deal, they want good policy. They don’t believe the Federal Government is the answer to every problem and they don’t like backroom deals.

This was precisely the point of my article earlier today.

These earmark whores couldn’t care less what is or isn’t fiscally sound for this country. They haven’t invested an inkling of critical thought into the matter of deteriorating quality of care. They’re not interested in the unprecedented financial discord that lies ahead for the country.

What else is needed to convince those who still support ReidCare that the bill is no good? What more does one need than to watch Senators fall in line only after they are bribed to do so?

Here are some of the goodies Senator Johanns was hoping to have cut out of the bill:

– Eliminating or reducing the Medicaid unfunded mandate on Nebraska, Vermont, and Massachusetts (starting on page 96, line 9)

– Exempting certain health insurance companies in Nebraska and Michigan from taxes and fees (starting on page 367, line 6)

– Providing automatic Medicare coverage for anyone living in Libby, Montana (starting on page 194 – section 10323)

– Earmarking $100 million for a “Health Care Facility” reportedly in Connecticut (starting on page 328)

– Giving special treatment to Hawaii’s Disproportionate Share Hospitals (starting on page 101, line 6)

– Boosting reimbursement rates for certain hospitals in Michigan and Connecticut (starting on page 174 – section 10317)

– Mandating special treatment for hospitals in “Frontier” States like Montana, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Wyoming (starting on page 208 — Sec 10324)

Dems told him to take a walk.

Most of them ought to be home just in time for Christmas Eve pumpkin pie.

And what is the upshot of all of this, if there is one? Dennis Prager said it on his radio program today – that it affords Americans the opportunity to really see leftism in action.

The compassion, the hope, the promise of modern liberalism sure sounds peachy in the brochure, but once the Left is in power, those latent totalitarian tendencies bubble up to the surface.

It’s inherent.

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LOVE THAT ACORN

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 5, 2009

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Is there anything that could (or would) be more surprising than to find out that an upstanding, impeccably above-board, beyond-reproach community organization such as ACORN, which advocates for a host of social issues for people on the lower end of the income ladder – including health care and voter registration – might have more than a little bit of corruption in its ranks?

Recall that during the last Presidential election cycle, ACORN was a hot button political issue. The organization’s endorsement of President Obama was a controversial one because of numerous allegations of voter registration fraud against them. The fact that Obama (along with others) served as ACORN’s lawyer while the organization battled a voting rights lawsuit thirteen years earlier brought on additional allegations of a conflict of interest leading up to November’s election. It didn’t exactly make things any easier for the Big O that his campaign hired an ACORN affiliated group – for nearly a million dollars – to run one of those much heralded “Get-Out-The-Vote” drives. (Thank goodness the mainstream media took it upon themselves to serve as his de facto press secretary during the campaign).

And now, with the echoes of accusations of widespread voter fraud still resonating from the campaign season, comes this little ditty from the great Breitbart.com website – something that will go largely ignored by the mainstream media:

Four former ACORN workers in western Pennsylvania will face trial on charges that they forged, illegally solicited or illegally filled out voter registration cards before the November election.

That’s after a court hearing in Pittsburgh on Friday.

Twenty-year-old Pittsburgh resident Eric Jones waved his preliminary hearing. Three others were held for trial: 23-year-old West Mifflin resident Alexis Givner and two Pittsburgh residents, 21-year-old Ashley Clarke and 28-year-old Mario Grisom.

Prosecutors charged seven ACORN workers in May. One had already been ordered to stand trial and two others had their preliminary hearings postponed.

I have recently pulled so many things from my “If This Had Been a Republican” file, there’s only lint left in the cabinet where the folder used to be.

Try to envision any group with political leanings toward the right – say, a faith-based organization – who not only conducted “Get-Out-The-Vote” campaigns across the country, but endorsed the Republican candidate for President of the United States amidst widespread allegations of voter registration fraud. Just imagine that same group in a similar situation as ACORN – particularly if the Republican candidate had won the election – having former campaign-season workers facing trial for forging, illegally soliciting and/or illegally filing voter registration cards.

By now, we’d know the address, religion, skin color, past affiliations, blood type, personal hygiene habits and medical histories of each of these people. Perhaps the Connecticut Working Families Party would be scheduling bus tours to drive by the houses of such unconscionable people.

Such a scandal would knock the “hanging chad” out of the big leagues.

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