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REVIEW & OUTLOOK
APRIL 26, 2010
About those lower insurance costs we promised . . . .”
SNIPPET: “Mr. Foster predicts net national health spending will increase by about 1% annually above the status quo that is already estimated to be $4.7 trillion in 2019. This is one more rebuke to the White House fantasy that a new entitlement will lower health costs.”
SNIPPET: “Dr. Berwick explained in an interview last year that the British National Health Service has “developed very good and very disciplined, scientifically grounded, policy-connected models for the evaluation of medical treatments from which we ought to learn.” He added that “The decision is not whether or not we will ration care—the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open. And right now, we are doing it blindly.”"
“Obama’s Own HHS Says Health Care Bill Will Cost More Than Projected”
Friday, April 23, 2010
By Ricardo Alonso Zaldivar, Associated Press
SNIPPET: “But the analysis also found that the law falls short of the president’s twin goal of controlling runaway costs, raising projected spending by about 1 percent over 10 years. That increase could get bigger, since Medicare cuts in the law may be unrealistic and unsustainable, the report warned.
It’s a worrisome assessment for Democrats.”
SNIPPET: “The report’s most sober assessments concerned Medicare.”
“The Tea Party in Boston knew how to right a ship”
Sandy Rios – Guest Columnist – 4/21/2010 9:55:00 AM
SNIPPET: “And America has not used her strength only on herself. She has welcomed the world’s people, yearning to be free. She has used her prosperity and the strength of her character applied to military might to protect and defend nations all over the world, not as conquerors but as warriors handing out chocolates to little children…offering hope and peace…building up where we have made war. Making friends and allies of our enemies…sending unbelievable amounts of money and human treasure to aid in tragedies, build hospitals, feed the hungry, fight the diseased. There has never been a country like America…never.
A few years ago I was speaking on the grounds of the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, when an attendee amazed me with his remark: “If America falls, where else will the world turn? Who else will take its place as a beacon of hope and life and freedom?”
But the Canadian wasn’t the only one who feels that way. When we open the phones on my radio show to discuss the dangerous trajectory of our nation, we hear from former citizens of Eastern Europe and Nazi Germany and Cuba who fill the phone lines with lament at what they see happening in the country they have so grown to love. They never thought they would see the day when their beloved America would go the way of the country of their first love.
Amazed…dismayed…people who understand better than many of the current generation what is slipping away before them.”
“Make way for the Tea Party Express”
By Andrew Ian Dodge | Published: 04/20/10 at 12:16 AM
SNIPPET: “In a move, that is no doubt based on the Tea Party Express’ desire to be seen as non-partisan rather than merely a Republican front, they have endorsed one lone Democrat. The trouble with their selection is that he seems to be a rather odd choice. Why Walt Minnick was chosen seems to be a mystery to both Tea Party members and Democrats alike.”
SNIPPET: “But Minnick hardly has a Republican in Name Only as an opponent. Vaughn Ward’s website makes it very clear that this veteran is not from the centrist wing of the Republican party. He states clearly his beliefs. They read like the laundry list that would unite tea party people behind him. “Stop Tax Increases, Eliminate Wasteful Spending, Repeal and Replace the Health Care Bill, Defend our 2nd Amendment Rights, Secure Our Borders,No Amnesty.””
SNIPPET: “Tea Party Boise does not endorse Mr. Minnick or any candidate from any party at this time. Tea Party Express would be well advised to talk to those in Idaho who cast the votes.
Tea Party Patriots coordinator for Idaho said the following:
“… I am very disappointed and have requested an explanation. Minnick is no Conservative and I’ve been in touch with TP folks on his side of the state when they have had repeated demonstrations at his offices. He’s only voted with “us” because we hold his feet to the fire! So, I am not in agreement.”
Maybe Tea Party Express will explain their choice in that Idaho district to help with any confusion that tea party observers might be suffering. There are a lot of frankly befuddled Republicans, tea partiers and Idahoans that deserve an explanation why this race was singled out for such a spot of bizarre meddling.”
“Obamacare: Impact on the Family”
Posted April 16th, 2010 at 4:00pm
SNIPPET: “The recent health care debate has shown that many in Congress do not always vote in favor of what is best for their constituents. Families, specifically, will suffer many negative repercussions from the passage of the health care bill.
Heritage’s Chuck Donovan explains the immense impact that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will have on families by decreasing family choice, undermining the role of parents, penalizing marriage, and undercutting freedom of conscience.”
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
Legal Experts Blast Judge’s Decision: ‘If National Day of Prayer Is Unconstitutional, the Constitution Is Unconstitutional’
Friday, April 16, 2010
By Pete Winn, Senior Writer/Editor
SNIPPET: “(CNSNews.com) – Conservative legal experts say a federal district judge in Wisconsin had no legal basis for declaring the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional – and predict the decision cannot stand.
“If the National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional, then the Constitution itself if unconstitutional,” Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel and dean of the Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va., told CNSNews.com.
“The National Day of Prayer – or prayer itself – is older than the Constitution,” Staver said. “There is no question (this ruling) will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
In a decision released Thursday, U.S. District Judge Barbara B. Crabb in Madison,Wis., declared unconstitutional a 1988 federal law giving the president the authority to designate the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer.
The decision came in a case filed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Madison, Wis.-based atheist group, which had argued that the statute was unconstitutional because it endorses prayer.”
SNIPPET: “President Obama, who last year issued a proclamation but refused to host National Day of Prayer ceremonies at the White House, as previous administrations had done, contend that the statute is simply an “acknowledgment of the role of religion in American life” that is similar to other ceremonial practices that courts have upheld in the past.”
“Obama: Is He Helping Or Hurting Your Business?”
By Steven Burke, ChannelWeb
3:45 PM EDT Mon. Mar. 29, 2010
SNIPPET: “But many small-business solution providers don’t agree with those numbers. They point instead to the latest posting from the Treasury Department showing that the national debt has increased more than $2 trillion since Obama took office. And even though Obama has said that government cannot continue to spend as if deficits do not matter, he has proposed in the fiscal year 2011 budget to add $8.5 trillion in debt over the next decade.”
SNIPPET: “Alan Weinberger, chairman and CEO of The ASCII Group, an organization that provides business-building tools to thousands of resellers, said the majority of his members make less than $200,000 a year. But he said these small-business owners are being asked to bear an unfair tax burden vs. larger businesses. “There is a complete disconnect between Wall Street and Main Street,” he said. “Everything the Obama administration has tried to do is to contain Wall Street infrastructure. Obama has not really looked at the problems of Main Street and specifically small businesses and the small-business solution provider community.”
SNIPPET: “”My taxes are going up under Obama,” said one solution provider owner who did not want to be identified. “I’m not a fan of anyone who wants to raise taxes and spend their way out of problems.” Citing the budget deficit, the business owner said: “Spending $1.4 trillion when you don’t have it never made anything better. We are now one of the largest debtor nations in the world.
“As individuals, if we ran our household budgets the way the country is run, we would all be bankrupt,” added the CEO. “Every damn one of us. We are a country of individuals where for the most part the vast majority of us are fiscally responsible. But we have to fund a government that has forgotten what fiscal responsibility is.”
The CEO said that eliminating tax breaks for those making more than $250,000 hurts small businesses like his own.”
SNIPPET: “”Everything that has happened with Obama and health care has me rethinking that,” he said. “There are many small-business owners like me working 70 hours a week. We barely have time to keep up with business. With what is going on in this country maybe it is time for all of us to get up and get involved.”"
“Nuclear Summit Part of Obama Administration’s ‘Fantasy Foreign Policy,’ Newt Gingrich Says”
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
SNIPPET: “(CNSNews.com) – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich characterized this week’s nuclear summit in Washington as a “charade” that reveals the Obama administration’s “fantasy foreign policy.”
“When you can give a speech on nuclear disarmament while the North Koreans are proving on the same day – deliberately – that they have no interest in your policy” — that’s fantasy, Gingrich told journalists at an Americans for Tax Reform gathering in Washington on Tuesday.
“When you can have a big, giant summit in Washington while the Iranians hold a press conference laughing about the concept of sanctions” – that’s fantasy, Gingrich said. He also mentioned China’s reluctance to go along with another round of U.S. sanctions on Iran.”
“UN Reaching for Any Excuse to Tackle Climate Change”
Posted April 13th, 2010 at 5:35pm
SNIPPET: “Further, the idea that global warming is somehow responsible for the emptying of the Aral Sea is ridiculous. Yes, the Aral Sea was once the world’s fourth largest inland body of water, but its shrinkage isn’t a new phenomenon. The sea has been shrinking since the 1960s because the primary inflows to the sea, the Syr Darya and Amu Darya Rivers, are diverted for agricultural irrigation. That’s not to say there aren’t environmental consequences, but is the UN really the body best equipped to solve this problem let alone climate change?
By linking the Aral Sea to global warming, Ban is trying to use water scarcity to rebuild the credibility of the global warming effort. But his claims that global warming would aggravate water scarcity, like many he’s made before, are baseless and not supported by sound, incontrovertible evidence. The credibility of climate modeling has come under heavy attack, not just because of errors reported in data sets, but simply because of their accuracy in forecasting.
As Ban attempts to build momentum for this year’s climate summit in Cancun, Mexico, it’s important to remember the debacle that was Copenhagen. This is nothing more than a Ban trying to stay relevant.”
April 13, 2010
“Reagan Would Not Start with Today’s Russia”
by James Carafano, PhD
SNIPPET: “President Obama wants a world without nuclear weapons. So did President Reagan. The similarities end there.
How we get to a nuke-free world matters.”
SNIPPET: “Reagan’s sound vision for “rendering nuclear weapons obsolete” started with first ensuring robust defenses, then reducing the nuclear stockpile appropriately. Obama has taken a “reduce first, beef up defense later (if ever)” approach.
It’s a path that leads to even greater danger, not to “zero.” Doubtless President Obama is motivated by the very best of intentions. But in a world of proliferating nuclear power, we should remember where a road paved only with good intentions leads.”