Those were just some of the incendiary words thrown around the U.S. Senate last week, and that doesn’t count what people said in private. The Senate may still have a reputation as a genteel club, but lawmakers seemed to abandon rules of decorum completely last week in arguments about whether Congress should be treated like the rest of the country when it comes to Obamacare. Senator David Vitter, a Louisiana Republican, has demanded a floor vote on his bill to end an exemption that members of Congress and their staffs are slated to get that will make them the only participants in
Among the things that really frost me about this horror of a law is that all the deciders -- including all members of the federal judiciary (let´s not forget) -- are exempt from its provisions.
It´s George Orwell´s great line from Animal Farm in full display -- "All the animals are equal, but some are more equal than others." And the most equal "animals" in America are the ones who already feed to satisfaction at the public trough.
Sometimes I fear that the only way to get some real reform in this country is to have another Constitutional convention. Two key amendments would need to be passed: Term limits and a prohibition of any passage of any law from which Congress or any other branch of government is exempt.
... and one more thing: check out this piece run by WSJ by George McGovern, the uber-liberal who went bankrupt trying to run a business on the laws he passed while in the Senate: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203406404578070543545022704.html
A person can live and survive the death of a business; we can´t live and survive the death of our ability to get the healthcare of our choice when we get sick and face serious illness.
The trade off, they tell us, is that millions of Americans will get FREE health care. Now it seems, citizenship is not even required. A lot of us had to go to some pretty dark places, do some regrettable things, endure hostilities and many lost limbs and other body parts, but were rewarded FREE health care as a benefit for our service. Obamacare will effectively withdraw Veterans’ health care benefits, removing military service as a requirement. When Veterans finally realize this, I hope they are just as passionate as the congress weenies and their friends who were in jeopardy of losing their benefits.
THIS is the single issue which should make Americans madder than hell and motivate us all to march on Washington. It´s an issue that doesn´t rely on dividing Americans by political persuasion, race, or religion and so could potentially unite tens of millions of fed-up proletariates across the USA, from all walks of life. But who will step up and rally them? Sigh.
Federalist #57. "I will add, as a fifth circumstance in the situation of the House of Representatives, restraining them from oppressive measures, that they can make no law which will not have it´s full operations on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society." (Madison or Hamilton). Also read the debates on ratification that were held in the States.
The fact that Congress has the audacity to do this shows their contempt for the public and just how far we have sunk as a Nation. Not only are our exalted leaders morally bankrupt, they are corrupt to the core.
They have no fear of the voters. After all, it is they who select the voters through gerrymandering and redistricting, not the other way around as it was intended from the beginning.
Things that would get you or me thrown in jail, are legal and routine in DC. DC has sunk so low it is beyond fixing. I don´t know what to do. The American people no longer have will to pay the price, however small or however large, required to live in a free and moral country.
When asked that well known question, "What kind of Country have you given us?" Thomas Jefferson replied, "A Republic, if you can keep it." Well, we couldn´t keep it.
FTA: “… Several Democratic senators have asked staff to draft legislation that would deny federal health subsidies to anyone who votes for the Vitter plan, even if Vitter’s plan doesn’t become law. Vitter isn’t taking the attempts to strong-arm him quietly. … He also wrote a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee demanding an investigation of Reid and Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer of California. ‘Threatening to take away their colleagues’ health care coverage subsidy if they do not vote a certain way, at worst constitutes bribery and a quid pro quo arrangement, and at best amounts to improper conduct,’”
#1 ~ the overwhelming majority of people covered by ObamaKKKare get their insurance from their employer ~ just like before.
There are a host of new taxes that are supposed to be paid on all sorts of things, some related to health care, most not!
The members of Congress had for years and years gotten their medical insurance from the Federal Employee´s Health Benefit program (FEHB) like all other federal ´workers´.
There´s the 27th amendment that prohibits changing their compensation until an election had occurred, so that happened in 2010 ~ which meant that some time in 2011 they should have been pulled out of FEHB!
They weren´t. In fact, they seemed to believe that whatever ObamaKKKare did it left employer provided medical insurance alone. That´s where the exception came in and someone discovered the members of Congress and their employees (right down to the Capitol Police) were no longer part of the FEHB coverage umbrella.
Obama´s closest advisors probably imagined the FEHB program would still apply ~ so they came up with an emergency fix.
The 27th Amendment, however, says any such fix (to change compensation, and health insurance is certainly part of their compensation) can´t take place until an election intervenes ~and that´s 2014!
I´d say they are way up a crick without a paddle at the moment although they can change their staff compensation at will ~ so those folks are simply out of FEHB and off into a different gub´mnt exchange!
BTW, that exchange WILL NOT HAVE any of the insurance plans available that were previously available through FEHB and the prices will be higher.
But being exempt from ObamaKKKare? Which part are they exempt from
#7: please add to your list that the chief occupation of Congrescritters these days is raising money for re-election. They have no time to write (or even read) legislation. Legislation is drafted by lobbyists, who then pay for their bills to be passed. Members do not serve at the will of the People. They constitute a privileged class, like the English Earls and Barons. They are persons of enormous personal wealth, much of which was acquired while in "public office." See Sen Harry Reid. And they hold office for life (in some cases even longer). The Democrats hold power in all the heavy voting districts; rampant vote fraud is perpetrated there; dead people, nonexistent people, and who knows what all cast prefab ballots to keep dems in power. This is the only way that 100% of the voters in some districts would vote for Ø. That is not 100% of the registered voters, mind; it is 100% of the residents!
#5, right! On this issue, Senator Vitter is the lone hero. Even my Tea Party Congressmen are silent on this. We MUST make some major changes because folks, these Hill creatures are greedy and self-serving!!!
The historic IT disaster known as the Obamacare web site has been of intense interest to me, since I´ve been a Senior Software Engineer for decades, and I have personally participated in, witnessed, and reported on (as a technology reporter) a number of IT disasters. But even so, the size of the Obamacare web site catastrophe on October 1 still takes my breath away. When I first heard, shortly after October 1, that there was 500 million lines of code in Healthcare.gov, I quickly rejected that figure, because it´s impossible.
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A great deal of attention has been focused on the political fallout that Democrats in Congress will face because of their support for ObamaCare. Beyond video of Mary Landrieu in 2009 saying just what Obama was saying about people being allowed to keep their old health plans, surely the video of Nancy Pelosi that we had to "pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it" ought to be part of any Republican´s campaign against Democrats in the congressional midterm elections.
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