Archive for July, 2009

HEALTH CARE REFORM: Are You Ready For Your Loss Of Privacy?

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

 

“Order a Pizza” and see where we are headed under the Obama plan.  This short video is hilarious but scary and sobering!  http://www.aclu.org/pizza/images/screen.swf

HEALTH CARE REFORM: The Freddy Kreuger of our Nightmares

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

Govt wants to control not only healthcare but our lives!  

Specifics of ObamaCare are more terrifying than dream-stalker Freddy Krueger because once the nightmare of health care reform begins, it will never end.  Freddy Kreuger killed innocent children in dreams with a razor-fingered red glove for revenge.  ObamaCare will kill innocent children in the womb as a “health service.”  But the killing won’t stop with children.  

 Seniors starting at age 65 must have mandatory end-of-life counseling.  And heaven help you if you’re anywhere between the spring and winter of your life and you have a chronic, progressive, or debilitating disease.  Life-limiting illness will get you an appointment with hospice.  You see, infanticide, euthanasia, and “early retirement” of certain individuals will save costs and spare society of unwanted burdens.  After all, who has more value?  Military veterans, parents and grandparents, and children with challenges – or the millions of illegal aliens who will get free health care and translation services through costs we forfeit.  Money must be saved and spent wisely.    

In addition to government seizing our medical care decisions to save costs through rationing and end-of-life decisions for targeted groups, ObamaCare will control services and set salaries of doctors.  If doctors dare make independent decisions, they can be fined in six figures and even imprisoned.  Further, government will invade the privacy of our lives as Freddy Kreuger invaded our dreams.  Government can snoop into our personal and financial records, see our bank accounts and electronic transfers, audit books of businesses that self-insure, and even interfere in our marriages.   Businesses, doctors and hospitals will be snarled in strangling red tape.  The IRS will hover over all individuals, ready to swoop and take 2.5% of gross income for failure to buy into ObamaCare.    

Unlike “Nightmare on Elm Street,” which we could walk away from at the end of the movie, there will be no escaping the nightmare of chilling horrors that are being unveiled in ObamaCare.  The demon in our dreams will stalk us in the world of reality.  There’s much more to ObamaCare than taking control of health decisions.  The government wants control of our private lives 

WARNING:  Do not fall asleep whatever you do.  In “Nightmare on Elm Street,” potential victims were drugged to prevent them from dreaming.   In the world of ObamaCare, the president and his minions are drugging minds with lullaby lies.  Freddy Kreuger was stopped by a mob of neighbors.  The government frightfest can be stopped by a vigil of patriots. You can read the 1081 page House Bill 3200 at: http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf   

HEALTH CARE: “Talking Heads” Twist Round and Round and Make Me Cross-Eyed

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah 

I’m tired of traveling talking heads – from the oval office to television to town hall meetings to round table discussions.  They talk, talk, talk about talking points.  They talk about ideals in glittering generalities and talk in circles until I’m cross-eyed.  Let’s infuse three important questions into this round-about discussion to get to three important facts. 

The three questions are:  (1) Who are the 50 million uninsured? (2) Why are costs rising faster than inflation? (3) What is wrong with the current medical distribution system that it needs a complete overhaul?   The three facts are:  (1) The uninsured number not 50 million but closer to 20 million.  (2) Insurance costs are rising faster than wages and inflation because of illegal aliens, malpractice lawsuits, waste and fraud.  (3)  The current distribution system for health care is excellent and should not be destroyed to give government more control over our daily lives.

WHO ARE THE 50 MILLION UNINSURED?   

Talking heads continue to use the misleading number of 50 million (they’re now rounding off their first estimate of 46 million to 50 million).  It has been proven that this is exaggeration.   Of the 46 million talking heads say are uninsured, roughly 11 million have access to Medicaid, Medicare or S-CHIP and choose not to take it; another 11 million are mostly young and earn $50,000 or more a year and are able to afford insurance but choose not to take it; and another 11 million are illegal aliens.  This leaves approximately 13 million uninsured Americans.  This is an important fact that talking heads ignore!  Talking heads know this but are bent on taking advantage of voters who don’t access to this information.

 

Uninsured Americans Comprise 3% of the population.  83% of insured Americans are happy with their insurance plans.  What sense does it make, then, to force the vast majority of Americans who are satisfied with their health insurance into a small group of people who don’t have health insurance and ruin it for all? This would be like forcing 287 million grains of sand into an hour glass with 13 million grains of sand and expecting health care to flow just as fast and as efficiently as it did before the overload. Talking heads should be talking about 13 million uninsured.  Let them round it off to 20 million, as they would be so inclined in their exaggeration.

 

WHY ARE COSTS RISING FASTER THAN INFLATION?

 

Talking heads ignore root reasons for rising insurance costs.  Ideologue talking heads prefer to blame doctors and insurance companies for rising costs, yet this blame is misplaced.  What are the root causes?

 

Malpractice lawsuits:  Some doctors prescribe procedures to protect themselves from potential lawsuits, but this practice is a symptom not a cause.  This practice definitely drives up costs, and doctors and insurance companies have no choice but to raise rates.  What is ignored by ideologue talking heads are the root causes.  This particular problem is caused by frivolous malpractice lawsuits and doctors have no choice but to “put facts in the record” to guard against losing everything they have.  Ideologues refuse to address TORT reform because trial lawyers who get rich off jury judgments against doctors are some of the Democrats’ primary campaign contributors.  There are other reasons for rising insurance costs.

Waste, Fraud and Abuse:  Fraud in Medicare alone is $60 billion every year.[1]  Fraud in Medicaid costs is estimated to be $30 billion every year.[2]  These programs, are huge, complex, and have little oversight.  They’re like a “honey pot” which attract hucksters. This annual $90 billion in fraud in Medicare and Medicaid does not include costly waste and abuse that should be addressed.  President Obama puts the total cost of waste, fraud and abuse in these two programs at $300 billion.[3] He says he will use the “over $300 billion that we will save through changes like reducing Medicare overpayments to private insurers, and rooting out waste in Medicare and Medicaid,” to pay for his health care takeover.  Before Obama counts this $300 billion in “savings”, he should first eliminate it to prove that he can and will.

Illegal aliens:  The American Hospital Association reported that its member facilities provided $21 billion in uncompensated health-care services last year.   Census data shows that non-citizens make up 43% of uninsured residents – by far the largest group among the uninsured.  The health care cost crisis cannot be solved without getting rid of this catastropic cost that increases every year.  There is a simple solution to this problem.  (See “How can Conservatives Reframe the Healthcare Debate?” on this website).  Yet, the Obama administration and Democrat Members of Congress exacerbate the problem by including illegal aliens in their health care reform.  Not only does House Bill 3200 include illegal aliens, it gives them preferential treatment over citizens. 

Page 50, Section 152 of the House Health Care Reform Bill 3200 says that health care will be provided to ALL non-U.S. citizens, illegal or otherwise.

 

Page 170, lines 1-3 say that any non-resident alien will be exempt from individual taxes to cover the costs of their medical plans (while tax-paying Americans must pay for them).

 

If the reason to make changes in health care is to reduce costs, illegal aliens is one of the biggest contributors to increasing costs for health care, and ballooning federal deficits.  This cost should be eliminated, not made a permanent problem.  The inclusion of benefits and preferential treatment for illegal aliens raises cynicism about the agenda behind the proposed health care takeover.

WHY DESTROY A MEDICAL DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM THAT WORKS?   

There’s nothing wrong with the current distribution of health care.  What sense does it make to overhaul and restructure a distribution system that works well?   The discussion should be about identifying the precise causes of rising costs, and brainstorming solutions.  Instead talking heads want to reform the best health care system in the world to give government more control over our private lives.  If you haven’t seen the organization chart of the bureaucratic maze of nationalized health care, click http://www.house.gov/jec/news/2009/Health%20chart%20pr.pdf to see how the government will be forced between you and your doctor.  You will see some strange new programs there that will of themselves increase costs of health care that are not being talked about.

 

In conclusion, the debate by talking heads is off base.  Ideologues should be challenged by conservatives.  To get health care right, questions must be re-focused and root problems identified.  Also, the President should be challenged to produce the $300 billion in “savings” from waste, fraud and abuse from Medicare and Medicaid before counting it as real money on the table.  Talking heads that twist ‘round’ and ‘round’, repeating talking points incessantly to mask real problems and real solutions make my head ache and my eyes cross.  



 


[1] The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, May 5, 2009

[2] Examiner.com, http://www.examiner.com/x-2684-Law-Enforcement-Examiner~y2009m7d23-Billions-in-MedicareMedicaid-lost-to-fraud-abuse.  According to Steven Malanga of the Manhattan Institute, experts estimate that “abuses of Medicaid (alone) eat up at least 10 percent of the program’s total cost nationwide — a waste of $30 billion a year.”

[3] CBS News Politics, June 13, 2009, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/13/politics/main5085776.shtml?source=mostpop_story

Hey, Obama — Take Your Boat And Shove It!

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By Lucy Kubiszyn             

At first, I didn’t believe what I heard on the radio. Listening to Rush Limbaugh discuss the section of Obama’s government health care plan now in Congress, I thought, this is America, and we don’t do things like that. But as I continued to listen, I actually became fearful. These people in power are serious about change, change in our values, our ethics, and yes, our country.

            Under Democrats, the future doesn’t look  bright for grandma and grandpa. As part of the pending legislation, senior citizens must submit to government counseling on “end-of-life issues” at least once every five years. If seniors have health problems or are in assisted living or nursing homes, they must be counseled more often on these issues. Combine this part of the legislation with the section that says under Obama’s plan older citizens may be denied more health services in the future because of their age, and it really doesn’t look good for seniors.

             According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the global population of seniors will double from seven to 14 percent over the next 30 years. Obviously, this population is taking up too much of the nation’s resources and therefore, has become disposable. Yet, this is the group of people who have worked hard  their entire lives, paid their taxes, supported their schools, churches and communities and served in our military. Now in their golden years, these seniors find Obama and his cohorts turning their backs on them.            

          Maybe most upsetting to me is the fact that I am one of their number, and I’m not ready to be shipped out to sea on Obama’s boat. I may be pushing 74, but I still have a pretty good life. I enjoy my husband, five children and 13 grandchildren. We work and bring money into the economy. We pay our taxes, support our church and community organizations. Bottom line, we are still active and productive citizens.            

          So, take your boat, Obama, and shove it!  I’m not being shipped out anywhere right now.   

“Each person has a Mission. God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.” 

by Cardinal John Newman, Echo of Mary Queen of Peace, 1995 

Lucy Kubiszyn is a writer, retired public relations professional, and a wife, mother and grandmother with very conservative views.  

Takeover of Health Care in the Name of “Emergency”

Monday, July 27th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

President Obama has declared an “emergency” to takeover health care.  This is only the latest in a series of government grabs in the name of an “emergency”.  And it seems each “emergency” breaks laws, breeds corruption and bleeds freedoms.  And each “emergency” action pushes our country closer to economic meltdown not economic recovery, and closer to a socialist society and farther from capitalism.   

Obama wants to transform America

It’s becoming clear what candidate Obama meant when he gushed five days before the election that America would soon be fundamentally transformed, and why immediately his appointees gleefully pounced with statements like You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” and “This is the best crisis since 1932.”   It seems we are witnessing deliberate actions to discard the rule of law, to takeover our free-market capitalist system, and to replace our U.S. Constitution as the blueprint for America – all in the disguise of an “emergency”.  Consider just a few examples:

Auto companies

Auto companies were taken over in the name of an “emergency”.  In the process, the Obama administration violated the legal rights of secured creditors under the U.S. bankruptcy code.  This was done without regard of the rule of law and to reward Obama’s union supporters as political payback.  

$700 billion stimulus package

Obama’s $700 billion stimulus bill was passed by Congress as an “emergency.” It was rushed through before the public or Members of Congress could read the bill.  Now we know that political corruption to buy votes was rampant, and that the bill did little to grow jobs despite the gargantuan increase in the federal deficit.  But it did financially reward political supporters of Obama and further the Democrat’s ideological agenda.

Cap-and-Trade energy tax

Obama is using an “emergency” to force through his cap-and-trade energy-tax legislation that has already passed the House.  We’re hearing how this will have little if any impact on global warming and that it will lose jobs and raise the costs of living for Americans.  But it will funnel money to powerful Democrats and make political supporters of Obama even richer. 

Federal Reserve Board

America is being forced into a radical social experiment that will transform the America we know and love forever in the name of an “emergency”.   To put the “state of emergency” in perspective, let’s look back to when it all began in September 2008.  Hank Paulson, Bush’s Treasury Secretary, worked closely with Timothy Geithner, Obama’s Treasury Secretary, and others on an “emergency” plan to supposedly bail out the economy. 

Corruptive actions using the latest economic slowdown started with the independent Federal Reserve Bank.  12 men sat around a table at the Federal Reserve and secretly decided to hand out $500 billion of our taxpayer money to foreign governments.  This is 10 times the annual State Department budget and 30 times our foreign aid budget.  The Federal Reserve Board did this without oversight, without accountability, and without action by Congress.  This violates the U.S. Constitution which states that no money shall be drawn from the treasury but in consequence of appropriations made by law.  The Federal Reserve Bank also gave billions of dollars to their favorite U.S. banks.  There is no record of who got this money or how it was spent.  Yet it’s taxpayers’ money! 

Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson

Now we’re learning that about the same time the Federal Reserve Bank was secretly giving billions of dollars to foreign banks without keeping a record and without accountability to the American public, Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson’s used the economic “emergency” to play the national market with taxpayer dollars to shore up the personal worth of his Goldman-Sach stocks.  His value had plummeted from $700 billion to $500 billion and was going south.  For details on the actions by the Federal Reserve Bank and Hank Paulson, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJsp6vQwWSQ

“Emergency” is being used as an excuse to change America

Since taking office in January 2009, the Obama administration has continued to use an “emergency” to do things never before done in America that will fundamentally change America.  Nationalizing private industry and using tax dollars to reward political backers such as unions and Acorn opens the government to corruption.  The president’s appointment of over 30 czars to make decisions about how to spend tax dollars with no accountability to voters or to Congress erases the lines of checks and balances in our U.S. Constitution.  If Obama’s health care overhaul passes, Americans will lose more freedom and make even more opportunities for fraud and corruption.  In the name of “emergency,” the government is rewriting the laws that undergird our U.S. Constitution. 

Americans are alarmed over what we hear is an “emergency,” and as a result, we are vulnerable!   It’s important to remain vigilant and remember that WE THE PEOPLE have a contract with the President and Congress made over two centuries ago.  It is the U.S. Constitution.  It cannot be changed without mutual consent.  It’s time that American voters put on the brakes hard, starting now with the takeover of our health care.  If we don’t brake soon and fast, that cliff that’s looming ahead will soon be in our rear view mirror in our accelerating plunge.    

IS HEALTH CARE REFORM ABOUT OBAMA?

Friday, July 24th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

“It’s not about me,” President Obama said about his health care reform during his press conference on July 22, 2009.  Then, who is it about?  It’s certainly not about patients.  It’s not about doctors.  And it’s definitely not about getting better or cheaper medical care, according to the Congressional Budget Office and health industry experts. 

So if it’s not about Obama, why is the President telling 52 balking, fiscally conservative Democrats that they should give him their vote because he is President and they will make him look bad if they don’t give him this victory?[1] At one point, according to Senator Chuck Grassley, Obama exclaimed, “You’re going to destroy my presidency!” If overhauling the best health care in the world is not about him, why does the President not use facts as moral suasion instead of intimidation? 

If it’s not about him, why did Obama as U.S. Senator vote “against nearly every reform to make health care more affordable and accessible”?[2]   “Throughout his years in the U.S. Senate, Barack Obama joined Democrats to defeat meaningful health care reform proposals that would have helped to solve many of the problems he now says can only be addressed by a $2-trillion government takeover.”[3]  Consistently, Obama voted “for the politics of ‘delay and defeat’.[4]  Passing health care reform wasn’t so urgent then; yet now President Obama says nothing is more important.

If it’s not about him, why would Obama want to control one-sixth of the U.S. economy and preside over a government takeover of our medical care decisions in a radical social experiment?  We don’t know what unintended consequences of Obama’s health care takeover will be, but we do know, based on similar systems in Canada and Britain, that the quality of medical care will be lowered considerably, costs will rise and deficits will grow.

Do you realize that if Obama’s health care reform is passed, we will lose doctor-patient confidentiality?  Our personal and medical secrets will become government property under the control of bureaucrats who, experience teaches us, don’t keep secrets well.  Experience also teaches us that bureaucrats don’t hesitate to use personal information against “political enemies” to embarrass and intimate voters.  Remember Joe the Plumber?

For an excellent, shocking summary of the treachery within the House bill, read Peter Fleckstein’s analysis at: http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgibin/getdoc.cgi?dbname1_cong_bills&docid=f:h3200ih.pdf.



[1] Juan Williams, Public Radio & Rahm Emmanuel, as reported on Fox News, July 23, 2009

[2] Jim DeMint, 5 Questions for President’s Health Care Press Conference

[3] Jim DeMint, The President of ‘NO!’ – Obama’s Record on Health Care.

[4] Ibid.

How Can We Trust Government To Manage Health Care Insurance After Congress Stole Our Retirement Insurance?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

 

Democrats want a federal government takeover of our personal healthcare insurance.  Where is the evidence that patients can trust politicians to manage our health care insurance?   It’s certainly not Social Security “retirement insurance”.  Congress confiscates our Social Security funds every month, under the pretense that workers’ payroll taxes for Social Security go into a Trust Fund to pay for our retirement.   

What is the “trust fund” for Social Security? 

There is no trust fund as such.  Congress never set aside the trillions of dollars of surplus funds (over what is needed to pay immediate retirement benefits), but spends the cash immediately.  Congress replaces cash taken from the trust fund with non-traded IOU Treasury bonds.  These are not backed by assets, do not have to be paid back, and are piled in a filing cabinet in Parkersburg, West Virginia. These are misappropriated taxes!  There is no pile of money somewhere that can be used to pay Social Security benefits – instead, it’s just a computerized ledger somewhere that says, “IOU” to future Social Security recipients.  That’s it.  If IOUs were to be repaid, Congress would have to tax citizens again to replace the Social Security taxes Congress raided.  If the gap in future shortfall were made up by tax increases, Social Security taxes would consume one out of every five dollars an average American earns.  

How much of our retirement funds has Congress stolen?

 Congress has spent more than $11 trillion of our Social Security taxes (that were supposed to be set aside in a trust fund to pay for our retirement) to date.  Since 1983 alone, Congress has spent more than $1.67 trillion of the fund’s cash surplus on food stamps, Amtrak, debt reduction, and pet projects. Members of Congress have become spendaholics, addicted to freewheeling spending of our FICA taxes without accountability.  The public remains largely unaware of this hoax.  President Obama and Congressional leaders are working on as big a hoax in their proposal for a government takeover of our private health care insurance.  And if they succeed, there will be no accountability – just as there is no accountability with the raiding of our FICA taxes.   

What happens to a person’s Social Security “investment” when they die? 

When people die, their FICA payroll taxes  “investment” in Social Security disappears.  This “wealth” cannot be passed to heirs.  Yet Social Security taxes now consume one out of every eight dollars an average American earns.  These reasons are among many why the Social Security “trust fund” should be scrapped and the payroll taxes that now get deducted as FICA taxes should go into personal retirement accounts – that can be drawn upon retirement and passed to survivors upon death.   

What’s the difference between Congress’ and taxpayers’ insurance accounts? 

When it comes to giving workers the choice to use their payroll taxes for personal accounts instead of piling their tax-dollars into a revolving-door slush fund for Congress to spend as soon as it is deposited in the Social Security “trust fund,” there is a double standard.  Democrat Members of Congress have IRAs, 401ks and invest their money in bonds and stocks.  Every federal worker, including every Member of Congress, can opt out of Social Security and choose a more secure retirement.  What’s good enough for the people who pay for the plans is not good enough for Congress or federal workers.  The same elite mindset is being applied to health care insurance now being written by Congress.  While patients who pay for health care will be forced to accept whatever government gives them, Members of Congress will not.  They will have separate insurance. 

What’s the real agenda? 

President Obama gave two reasons for a federal takeover of healthcare:  To give every American health care insurance and to reduce costs.  Now, according to his own Congressional Budget Office and health experts like the Mayo Clinic, proposed health care legislation will do neither. This alarm would seemingly sway the President to turn off the fire hoses to force Democrats to urgently approve a bill, and take time to find out what’s wrong and get it right.  Instead, Obama has told Congress not to slow down. The agenda seems more a takeover than a makeover.  A future article will address what the agenda may be.  

If the real reason behind Obama’s health care reform is to help the economy and reduce long-term federal deficits, he might consider doing something simple with Social Security:  Demand that Congress stop spending our retirement funds.  This would shore up the unfunded liabilities for Social Security on the balance sheet and would be step one.  Step two would be to turn off the fire hoses and get behind a true bipartisan work effort to find ways to reduce long-term health costs and to give everyone access (not an entitlement) to health insurance without raising taxes, destroying jobs, rationing healthcare, and increasing the federal deficit.   

Dinner With The President: A Parable

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

 By Elois Zeanah

The consequences of not saying “no” for fear of being politically incorrect is captured by an anonymous parable making its way across the Internet.  In case you haven’t seen it, it’s worth a quick read.  It follows:   

Once upon a time, I was invited to the White House for a private dinner with the President. I am a respected businessman, with a factory that produces memory chips for computers and portable electronics. There was some talk that my industry was being scrutinized by the administration, but I paid it no mind. I live in a free country. There’s nothing that the government can do to me if I’ve broken no laws. My wealth was earned honestly, and an invitation to dinner with an American President is an honor.

I checked my coat, was greeted by the Chief of Staff, and joined the President in a yellow dining room. We sat across from each other at a table draped in white linen. The Great Seal was embossed on the china. Uniformed staff served our dinner. The meal was served, and I was startled when my waiter suddenly reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate, and began nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen.

“Sorry about that,” said the President.  “Andrew is very hungry.”

“I don’t appreciate…” I began , but as I looked into the calm brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty. It was just a dinner roll. “Of course,” I concluded, and reached for my glass. Before I could, however, another waiter reached forward, took the glass away and swallowed the wine in a single gulp.

“And his brother Eric is very thirsty.” said the President.I didn’t say anything. The President is testing my compassion, I thought. I will play along. I don’t want to seem unkind. My plate was whisked away before I had tasted a bite. “Eric’s children are also quite hungry.”

With a lurch, I crashed to the floor. My chair had been pulled out from under me. I stood, brushing myself off angrily, and watched as it was carried from the room. “And their grandmother can’t stand for long.”

I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but inside feeling like a fool. Obviously I had been invited to the White House to be sport for some game. I reached for my coat, to find that it had been taken. I turned back to the President. “Their grandfather doesn’t like the cold.”

I wanted to shout- that was my coat! But again, I looked at the placid smiling face of my host and decided I was being a poor sport. I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled. Then I felt my hip pocket and realized my wallet was gone. I excused myself and walked to a phone on an elegant side table. I learned shortly that my credit cards had been maxed out, my bank accounts emptied, my retirement and equity portfolios had vanished, and my wife had been thrown out of our home. Apparently, the waiters and their families were moving in.

The President hadn’t moved or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I lowered the phone into its cradle and turned to face him.  “Andrew’s whole family has made bad financial decisions. They haven’t planned for retirement, and they need a house. They recently defaulted on a subprime mortgage. I told them they could have your home. They need it more than you do.”

My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled back to the table and knelt on the floor. The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate his steak and drank his wine. I lowered my eyes and stared at the small grey circles on the tablecloth that were water drops. “By the way,” He added, “I have just signed an Executive Order nationalizing your factories. I’m firing you as head of your business. I’ll be operating the firm now for the benefit of all mankind.. There’s a whole bunch of Erics and Andrews out there and they can’t come to you for jobs groveling like beggars.”

I looked up. The President dropped his spoon into the empty ramekin which had been his creme brulee. He drained the last drops of his wine. As the table was cleared, he lit a cigarette and leaned back in his chair. He stared at me. I clung to the edge of the table as if were a ledge and I were a man hanging over an abyss. I thought of the years behind me, of the life I had lived. The life I had earned with a lifetime of work, risk and struggle. Why was I punished? How had I allowed it to be taken? What game had I played and lost? I looked across the table and noticed with some surprise that there was no game board between us.

What had I done wrong? As if answering the unspoken thought, the President suddenly cocked his head, locked his empty eyes to mine, and bared a million teeth, chuckling wryly as he folded his hands.“You should have stopped me at the dinner roll,” he said.

Gangster Government: The Threat of an Imperial Presidency

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

Did you think that America would ever see the day that an “imperial president” could bypass Congress, the People’s representatives, and take away a person’s private business without payment of any sort and render them virtually worthless overnight?   This is happening to owners of thousands of profitable automobile dealerships across our country. 

President Obama has enabled General Motors, after propping them up with our tax dollars, to send a faceless Fed Ex directive to private business owners, demanding that they sign a document giving GM, now a government-owned company, its assets and its customer list, which will be given to competitors.  Michael Barone, a senior writer with U.S. News & World Report and the principal co-author of The Almanac of American Politics,  has called this “gangster government”. 

Representative Michele Bachmann (R-Minnesota) describes a situation during a Congressional hearing how a 90-year-old car company, and others, have suffered this fate.  Yet, those who have a close political connection to a Democrat Congressman can get the Obama administration to throw them a lifeline and can keep their businesses, while others are cast out into the un-American abyss that seems to be gradually enveloping American free enterprise.  If this can happen to someone else today, it could happen to you tomorrow.  If government can take over and politicize the automobile industry, it can do the same to another industry.

Click http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thR-lVuztIY to hear this short video of Rep. Michelle Bachmann talking about “gangster government”.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: A California Crisis is Coming to Your State

Monday, July 13th, 2009

By Elois Zeanah

What do President Obama and CA Gov. Schwarzenegger have in common?   They both support sanctuary cities, in violation of federal immigration laws; they both have an economic crisis on their hands; and they both issue IOUs.  Schwarzenegger could dent the California economic catastrophe colossally by signing an executive order that California would no longer be an outlaw state.  President Obama could stave off the stampede of taxdollars going to illegal aliens and save the Union by signing an executive order that banned federal funds to sanctuary cities.   But neither will because both put politics over policy and potential votes and campaign contributions over economic stability.  As a result, a California crisis is coming to your state.  Amnesty will only hasten the day.  Let’s briefly examine how illegal immigration contributed to the California crisis.  

 Illegal Immigration is a “Catastrophic Hit” to California’s Budget[1]     

California’s budget deficit is $26.3 billion, and just three items that fund illegal immigration are responsible for nearly half this deficit.  $10.5 billion per year is spent on just education, medical care, and incarceration for illegal immigrants.  These costs do not include welfare costs such as public housing and rent assistance, food stamps, free education and school lunches, Medicaid, SSI, unemployment benefits, Earned Income Tax Credit, and more.  While illegal immigrants are barred by federal law from received welfare benefits, they can use their children born in the U.S. to evade laws and get them anyway.  This is why “anchor babies” are also called “jackpot babies”.    

 Anchor Babies 

 

   Babies born to parents in the U.S. illegally are called “anchor babies” because they automatically become citizens and immediately “anchor” their illegal families to free federal, state, and local benefits.  45% of anchor babies are born to unwed Mexican teenagers.  They get on welfare immediately and can stay on welfare for life.  Birthright citizenship is an irresistible magnet to get free benefits.  There are about 400,000 new anchor babies born every year in the United States.  10% of all births in the U.S. are to illegal aliens.  In Los Angeles, 25% of all births are anchor babies.  One anchor baby is born every five minutes.   

 

A bill, H.R. 140 to ban automatic birthright citizenship was introduced this year in the House of Representatives to end this costly injustice to American taxpayers and to our economy.  Most other countries ban birthright citizenship because of security threats and because of unbearable costs which take invaluable resources and burden federal, state and local budgets and taxpayers.  It is shameful and a travesty that politicians refuse to follow the example of other countries to protect our nation and our economy.  The U.S. is the largest of only 33 countries in the world that grant automatic birthright citizenship to children of illegal aliens and temporary visitors, while 122 countries do not. (If you’d like to see a sampling of other countries who banned automatic birthright citizenship, see the article, “What Countries Ban Birthright Citizenship,” elsewhere on this website.) 

 

If Gov. Schwarzenegger and President Obama were really serious about shaving costs to solve economic woes, both would support H.R. 140 and urge its immediate passage to stimulate their respective economies. The Birthright Citizenship Act of 2012 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to clarify the language/intent of “citizen” in the 14th Amendment to join other countries and stop the abuse of immigrants (illegal aliens and visitors on visas) who come to the United States to have children to give their children dual citizenship; to prevent them from entering military service in their countries; and to get free education, welfare, healthcare and other benefits paid for by U.S. taxpayers.    

Click http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h112-140 to read the bill, who the sponsor and co-sponsors are, and what the status is.  If your U.S. Congressman has not co-sponsored this legislation, please call his/her office and request that he/she do so.  

 

Welfare Magnet 

 

An L.A. Times article on July 10, 2009,[2] gives the example of an unemployed illegal Mexican immigrant who has birthed four of her five children in the United States.  Her four anchor babies “receive a total of about $650 each month from the state’s CalWorks program.  She also receives about $500 in federal food stamps and other vouchers” each month. 

Free benefits for children born in the United States is a welfare magnet as strong as jobs.  The problem has gotten so bad that twice as many illegal alien households receive U.S. welfare than citizen households.[3]   This should be encouragement enough for Gov. Schwarzenegger to sign an executive order that California will no longer violate federal laws and treat illegal residents the same as legal residents.  And the fact that taxpayers pay $90 billion every year on welfare for illegal for illegal aliens [4]should be an urgent reason for President Obama to sign an executive order to enforce the ban on outlaw sanctuary cities.  This one act alone would force California to trim its budget as nothing else would – and would stimulate the national economy in a way Obama’s$787 billion stimulus package cannot. Many states throughout the nation are facing bleak budgets and illegal immigration is a factor in all.   

 
California’s budget problems are grimmer but the crisis in California will hit every state in the Union unless something is done to stem the unsustainable costs of illegal immigration. 
 


 

 

[1] “Illegal Immigration again in the budget spotlight, LAT, July 10, 2009

[2] Ibid

[3] Center for Immigration Studies, “Use of Means-Tested Programs”.  29.9% of illegal Hispanic households receive benefits versus 14.8% of native citizens.

[4] Robert Rector, Heritage Foundation, October 29, 2006 on CNN:  http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html