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Monday, March 22, 2010

Know Who You're Dealing With

When abortionists run newspapers ...

A letter to the editor of the Roanoke Times:
The Times failed again to report '40 Days For Life'

In the words of President Ronald Reagan, "There you go again." The Roanoke Times missed another opportunity to report on 40 Days For Life.

On March 7, about 100 people peacefully assembled on the public right of way in front of Planned Parenthood in Roanoke for a midpoint rally in our "40 Day" campaign to pray for an end to abortion in the Roanoke Valley.

One young lady recounted the story of her abortion many years ago at Roanoke Planned Parenthood. After her tearful testimony, she sang a haunting song she composed to her daughter, telling her she was sorry for never "standing behind her and swinging her to the sky" or giving her the chance "to eat butterscotch pie."

Another post-abortive woman spoke of the years of pain after her abortion, as her hands holding her notes shook with emotion.

Tears for these women and their children were freely shed as participants prayed for an end to abortion and for the conversion of abortion providers. Other participants told of the joy they receive as adoptive or foster parents.

When will this story finally be told? What are you afraid of? [link]
The Times routinely reports on local protests that draw tiny crowds (I remember one that had a turnout of seven) - if the protesters are pushing that which the Times supports.  But let a hundred people show up at an anti-abortion rally and  ... not a word.

I wonder why that is.

* Punctuation adjusted for clarity.

Quotes of the Day

Matt Patterson on last night's passage of ObamaCare:

"In November 2008, Americans elected a socialist as their president.  In March 2010, they woke up stunned to find themselves living in a socialist country."

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Rick Moran:

"What hath Congress wrought? The difference between what the president and congressional Democrats say the bill will do, and the likely effect the legislation will have on the lives of American citizens, is a chasm whose depth and girth is unknowable.

"Others may wish to exaggerate and claim that this is the 'death of freedom' or that the bill places us on the road to a Marxist dictatorship. Instead, I agree with Matthew Yglesias, who proudly states that health care reform is the completion of the American welfare state."

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Michael Ramirez:

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Senator Lamar Alexander on the fact that it became nothing more than another welfare program:

"The mistake is to expand a health care delivery system that is already too expensive instead of reducing its cost so more Americans can afford health insurance.

"This taxes job creators in the middle of a recession. It means Medicare cuts and premium increases for millions of Americans. When you include the cost of paying doctors who serve Medicare patients, it will increase the national debt.

"It will force governors to cut higher education funding, and raise taxes and tuition to pay for new Medicaid costs."

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The Washington Examiner: in "Democrats to America: Drop dead":

"Well, they finally did it. Despite more than a year of steadily rising public opposition, manifested in opinion polls and in protest rallies across the country, President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi finally rammed through Obamacare late Sunday when House Democrats gave the bill their imprimatur."

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Megan McArdle:

"Republicans and other opponents of the bill did their job on this; they persuaded the country that they didn’t want this bill. And that mattered basically not at all."

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Joseph Antos, with the American Enterprise Institute, on the fact that ObamaCare will require the states to pick up the tab when it comes to the dramatic expansion of Medicaid coverage for those currently uninsured:

"Every member of Congress will be hearing from their governor, from every political person in their state saying we don't have the money."

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Barack Obama, proving that he was snorting cocaine when he should have been paying attention in Basic Math 101:

"How many people are getting insurance through their jobs right now? Raise your hands. All right, well, a lot of those folks, your employer, it’s estimated, would see premiums fall by as much as 3000%, which means they could give you a raise!"

Note: For those of you who are math-challenged, if the premiums fell 100%, they'd go to zero.  3000%?

Note 2: Which explains how we have a president who has exploded the national debt in one year and doesn't seem to care.

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Rick Santorum:

"This day will go down as either the day that America turned its back on our unique system of democratic capitalism or the day that ignited a firestorm to reclaim the vision that has made our country the greatest in the history of the world. Today is owned by those who believe that an all powerful federal government is the future of our republic, tomorrow freedom-loving patriots will begin the fight against this tyranny to reclaim our birthright."

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Washington Times editorial "Democrats' death by suicide":

"Democrats in Congress refuse to believe the contempt with which the American people hold them."

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Leftist columnist E.J. Dionne:

"Yes, we did. 

"Finally, President Obama can use those words. The passage of health-care reform provided the first piece of incontestable evidence that Washington has changed."

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5th District Congressman Tom Perriello - Democrat - proving once again that he ain't all that bright:

"At the end of the day, this decision for me came down to whether working families would see savings at the kitchen table. They will."

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The Kingsport Times News:

"It is a dark day in America."

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From a Wall Street Journal editorial, "The Doctors of the House":

"We also can't mark this day without noting that it couldn't have happened without the complicity of America's biggest health-care lobbies, including Big Pharma, the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, the Business Roundtable and such individual companies as Wal-Mart. They hope to get more customers, or to reduce their own costs, but in the end they have merely made themselves more vulnerable to the gilded clutches of the political class."

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Peter Robinson:

"What a pleasure—at this hour, what a profound consolation and pleasure—to learn that that there are so many Americans whose first impulse is to fight the hell back."

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Finally, and most importantly, this from Kathryn Jean Lopez:

"Congratulations, Democrats. Beginning now, you own the health-care system in America. Every hiccup. Every complaint. Every long line. All yours."

The Fight Continues

Government seizure of our health care system is only the beginning.  Battle lines are already drawn on a number of fronts as liberal Democrats attempt to do to our country what they've done to their east- and west coast states:
Voter Backlash Beyond ObamaCare
By Rosslyn Smith, American Thinker

Voter anger is building on issues beyond ObamaCare. The large group of people already angry over runaway spending and ObamaCare are now being joined by those angry at the EPA for moving forward with controls on green houses gases without Congressional action -- and without considering the economic impact on the economy. Like the Tea Party movement, this group cuts across geographic and political lines.

On a drive across rural Wisconsin last fall I was struck by the large number of white barns and milking sheds standing empty where there were once huge herds of Holsteins. Many farmers are wondering why they ever elected Democrats to Congress in the first place. They certainly didn't think it would mean being strangled to death by regulations that would meet the approval of the likes of Robert F. Kenndy, Jr, the intellectual giant who thinks hog farmers are a greater threat to America than al Qaeda. [link]
Then there's illegal immigration.

And taxes.

And homosexual rights.

And gun control ...

And ...

Throw The Bums Out

The House vote that passed ObamaCare, 220 ayes (all Democrat), 211 noes (including every Republican) can be found here.

We Deserve Better Than This

If this is how it's been done all along, we need to tear it down and start over:
Inside the Pelosi Sausage Factory
Michigan Rep. Bart Stupak sold his anti-abortion soul for a toothless executive order.
By Kimberley A. Strassel, Wall Street Journal

Last week Republican Rep. Mike Pence posted on his Facebook site that famous Schoolhouse Rock video titled "How a Bill Becomes a Law." It's clearly time for a remake.

Never before has the average American been treated to such a live-action view of the sordid politics necessary to push a deeply flawed bill to completion. It was dirty deals, open threats, broken promises and disregard for democracy that pulled ObamaCare to this point, and yesterday the same machinations pushed it across the finish line. [link]
Read the whole thing.

"Dirty deals, open threats, broken promises and disregard for democracy."

I'm embarrassed for my country.

It Ain't Over

The battle to keep the Democrats from destroying the best health care system the world has ever known now moves to the Senate, where ...

Oh.  Never mind.

Webb and Warner.

Kiss your health care goodbye.