The U.S. Constitution — is it dead or dying?

History has shown that republics last on average about 200 years.  The United State is a republic underpinned by a Constitution.   As we stand today, that constitution is defunct.

Here’s why:

  • In Congress a large and powerful government agency has been found full of corruption.   That agency is the Internal Revenue Service.  Lois Lerner an IRS operative in Cincinnati, OH, may be at the center of some of it.
  • Lerner repeatedly evokes the Fifth Amendment and refuses to answer question, thus preventing the investigation to proceed.
  • Congress which has the Constitutional authority could find her in contempt but President Barack Obama’s Justice Department under the leadership of Eric Holder would have to prosecute her.
  • There is little chance that the Obama regime’s prosecutorial arm would reveal corruption inside itself.
  • The courts are powerless without the justice department
Constitutional toilet paper?

Constitutional toilet paper?

Meanwhile POTUS governs by fiat.   The representative democracy that was given checks and balances has been wadded up and thrown in the trash.  Right now the Constitution is simply a museum piece.

Most dismaying is that after 150 years and a civil war that cost a half million lives, some radicals talking about session.  What does that say?  That many don’t expect that would be the kind of compromising that made the Constitution a workable document.

This blogger remembers Ronald Reagan, who was elected along with a Democrat controlled House of Representative and a slim majority in the Senate.   Reagan proceeded to negotiate with the House members and formed a coalition of Democrats and Republicans.  That coalition formed a majority that passed Reagan’s program and turned a deep recession into prosperity.  That’s the way a republic should work.  That is the way the founding fathers envisioned that a republic should work.

That has been lost and along with it the fundamental document that it all depended on.

 

 

Democrats Create 53 New Gov Programs, Offices, Bureaucracies

 

 

DETAILED ANALYSIS: HOUSE DEMOCRATS’ GOVERNMENT TAKEOVER CREATES 53 NEW GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS, OFFICES & BUREAUCRACIES 

Democrats continue to claim that their health care legislation will not increase the federal deficit, even though the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has revealed the truth: the bill actually increases the deficit by $239 billion.  One of the reasons it’s so expensive is the plethora of new federal government programs it would create.  House Republican Leader John Boehner offered the following comment:

“The American people’s number one concern about health care is controlling cost, so it is baffling that Democrats have put together a $1.5 trillion bill that actually increases the deficit in order to create 53 new government programs.  We need to throw away this 1,000-page monstrosity and start over, this time focusing on real, bipartisan reforms that lower costs and expand coverage.”

The House Democrats’ bill creates a massive new federal bureaucracy littered with new federal agencies, new programs, and new bureaucrats.  Here they are, as identified by the House Republican Conference, chaired by Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN):

  1. Health Benefits Advisory Committee (Section 123, p. 30)
  2. Health Choices Administration (Section 141, p. 41)
  3. Qualified Health Benefits Plan Ombudsman (Section 144, p. 47)
  4. Program of administrative simplification (Section 163, p. 57)
  5. Retiree Reserve Trust Fund (Section 164(d), p. 70)
  6. Health Insurance Exchange (Section 201, p. 72)
  7. Mechanism for insurance risk pooling to be established by Health Choices Administration Commissioner (Section 206(b), p. 106)
  8. Special Inspector General for the Health Insurance Exchange (Section 206(c), p. 107)
  9. Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund (Section 207, p. 109)
  10. State-based Health Insurance Exchanges (Section 208, p. 111)
  11. “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 221, p. 116)
  12. Ombudsman for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 221(d), p. 117)
  13. Account for receipts and disbursements for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 222(b), p. 119)  
  14. Telehealth Advisory Committee (Section 1191, p. 380)
  15. Demonstration program providing reimbursement for “culturally and linguistically appropriate services” (Section 1222, p. 405)
  16. Demonstration program for shared decision making using patient decision aids (Section 1236,  p. 438)
  17. Accountable Care Organization pilot program (Section 1301, p. 443)
  18. Independent patient-centered medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302, p. 462)
  19. Community-based medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302(d), p. 468)
  20. Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (Section 1401(a), p. 502)
  21. Comparative Effectiveness Research Commission (Section 1401(a), p. 505)
  22. Patient ombudsman for comparative effectiveness research (Section 1401(a), p. 519)
  23. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1412(b)(1), p. 546)
  24. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for nursing facilities (Section 1412 (b)(2), p. 548)
  25. Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1413(a)(3), p. 559)
  26. Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 1413(b)(3), p. 565)
  27. National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 1422, p. 607)
  28. Demonstration program for approved teaching health centers with respect to Medicare GME (Section 1502(d), p. 674)
  29. Pilot program to develop anti-fraud compliance systems for Medicare providers (Section 1635, p. 716)
  30. Medical home pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1722, p. 780)
  31. Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund (Section 1802, p. 824)
  32. “Identifiable office or program” within CMS to “provide for improved coordination between Medicare and Medicaid in the case of dual eligibles” (Section 1905, p. 852)
  33. Public Health Investment Fund (Section 2002, p. 859)
  34. Scholarships for service in health professional needs areas (Section 2211, p. 870)
  35. Loan repayment program for service in health professional needs areas (Section 2211, p. 873)
  36. Program for training medical residents in community-based settings (Section 2214, p. 882)
  37. Grant program for training in dentistry programs (Section 2215, p. 887)
  38. Public Health Workforce Corps (Section 2231, p. 898)
  39. Public health workforce scholarship program (Section 2231, p. 900)
  40. Public health workforce loan forgiveness program (Section 2231, p. 904)
  41. Grant program for innovations in interdisciplinary care (Section 2252, p. 917)
  42. Advisory Committee on Health Workforce Evaluation and Assessment (Section 2261, p. 920)
  43. Prevention and Wellness Trust (Section 2301, p. 932)
  44. Clinical Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 941)
  45. Community Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 947)
  46. Grant program for community prevention and wellness research (Section 2301, p. 950)
  47. Grant program for community prevention and wellness services (Section 2301, p. 951)
  48. Grant program for public health infrastructure (Section 2301, p. 955)
  49. Center for Quality Improvement (Section 2401, p. 965)
  50. Assistant Secretary for Health Information (Section 2402, p. 972)
  51. Grant program to support the operation of school-based health clinics (Section 2511, p. 993)
  52. National Medical Device Registry (Section 2521, p. 1001)
  53. Grants for labor-management programs for nursing training (Section 2531, p. 1008)

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An update on Obama-Care

BREAKING: Charles Krauthhammer, whose words are always carefully weighed, believes Obama-Care 1.0 will die.  He suggested a Obama-care 2.0 to replace it.  LINK to Krauthhammer article.


At this point, I still believe some form Obama-care will become law.  The Democrats have the votes.  They can ram it through.  Whether that benefits them in the long run is debatable.

Liberal Dynasty

But consider this: Obama-Care will be the Democrat’s flagship program like Social Security was 60 years ago.  No matter how bad it is; the liberal media will provide cover.  Democrats will tout their socialized medicine as the beginning of their socialist workers paradise. 

At every national election, Democrats will scare voters by claiming that if they (the Democrats) lose the election the medical coverage that voters depend on will end.   Of course, they will promise fixes and more funding in the healthcare system.  This link show what the British liberals say at election time.

Obama-care is not about health.  It’s about creating a socialist-Democrat dynasty in the United States!

Not Compatible With Open Borders

Free medical care and open borders are not compatible.   Illegal aliens from the Caribbean, Central American, and South America will stream into the U.S.  

The U.S. cannot fund a national health care system and a strong military.   This has been the case in Europe where our NATO allies have all but pulled the plug on their military machines.   There are hints that emaciating the military is one of the objectives of the socialists who support Obama-care.

Risky Lifestyles Will Cost Taxpayers

America is a nation of millions of people living risky lifestyles. Whether it is obesity, drug use, or promiscuous and deviant (and now legal) sexual activities, many of these Americans will need long-term medical care, paid for by the taxpayers who have lived non-risky life styles.

Many of  the people, who exercise their “First Amendment rights” and mark their bodies with hideous tattoos, may one day face the the consequences.  Hepatitis C and other viral diseases will require years and thousands of dollars of treatment.  LINK to the Mayo Clinic.

Here is what I see Obama-care will introduce:

  • Abortions on demand will be paid for by public funding.   LINK
  • Obama says illegal aliens will be denied Obama-care.  That’s may or may not be correct right now.  However, aliens can become eligible for medical care with a sweep of Obama’s hand through a presidential executive order or amnesty.  However, one research service believes that HR-3200 (The House Obama-care bill.) does not exclude illegal aliens.  LINK
  • If amnesty is extended to illegal aliens, they will immediately sponsor into this country their extended families.  Estimates are that this will add another 120 million people eligible for HC into the U.S.  LINK
  • The number of uninsured in the U.S. has been claimed to be as high as 94 million and as low as 47 million.  The actual number is far less, according to the census.   LINK to the Heritage Foundation. Link to image.
  • Whatever the real number of uninsured is, it will create a shortage of doctors, nurses, and hospital space.  
  • Cost of a socialized medicine is far under-estimated.  Even the Congressional Budget office confirms that the costs will be much much more than the Obama Regime claims. Link to CBO  LINK
  • Access to medical care will be rationed or even denied if it is deemed to be too expensive.
  • Elderly citizens, who believe now that they are entitled to healthcare, will be denied because their lives will be determined to be too expensive to maintain.   Rationing is the norm in the United Kingdom and every other nation where socialized medicine is.
  • Cancer patients will not be denied health insurance, but costs and rationing will cause Obama-care to denied to them the newest medicines and treatments if it is too expensive or not authorized.  LINK
  • Current Medicare users will be squeezed.  Obama-Care will cut $150 billion from Medicare Advantage.  LINK
  • The Congressional Budget Office estimates that seniors will pay 20% more for drugs under Obama-care.  LINK
  • Government sanctioned, doctor assisted suicide will become routine.
  • Doctors who were enthusiastic about helping mankind will slowly become crushed and lose enthusiasm under the bureaucracy.  LINK
  • One plan to provide health care for only the uninsured is bogus because those who have insurance will drop it to get “free” healthcare.  After all,  they will correctly reason that they are paying for it.
  • Businesses who provide healthcare will be taxed to pay for those not on healthcare.  These business may choose to drop their HC and tell employees to jump to the public option.
  • Many of those who are uninsured have chosen not to pay for health insurance for various reasons.  Some are wealthy and would pay for medical care out of pocket.  Those more affluent taxpayers will probably jump  in and out of the health care system, depending on their own wishes.

Look At Socialized Med In Canada, U.K.

No one knows the future, but we can look at countries where socialized medicine is used today. 

These health care systems are in chaos!  For example:

  • Thirsty patients drink water from flower vases in the United Kingdom.  LINK
  • U.K. mums give birth in toilets, corridors, elevators, and offices because there are no rooms.  LINK
  • System-wide, the U.K. National Healthcare System (NHS) is short of qualified midwives.  There are almost no OB-GYN births in the U.K.  British mums get midwives, many from third-world countries.
  • Some 1,000 deaths one year alone in NHS were caused by the superbug MRSA.  LINK
  • Ants, cockroaches, rats cause infections in U.K. NHS hospitals and clinics.  LINK
  • Filthy U.K. hospitals threatened with closure. LINK
  • Patients become angry and frustrated over appallingly filthy hospitals.  One lady patient was so appalled that she cleaned up her own ward while plugged into an IV.  LINK
  • Disillusioned nurses are sometimes cruel to patients.  LINK
  • U.K. hospitals still have wards and open bays.  Space problems causes men and women to be put in the same wards!  This has been reported in the British press.  LINK
  • Patient care is deplorable in some cases.  LINK LINK
  • The Canadian HC system is about to implode.  This was reported on the Fox News Channel.  Canadians are crossing over the U.S. border to get HC. LINK LINK LINK

The list goes on. 

Bush Was Right!

Spread this around before it is removed from YouTube.

This video clearly shows that George Bush warned Congress starting in 2001, that this economic crisis was coming, if something was not done. But Congress refused to Listen, along with the arrogant Congressman, Barney Frank.

This video says it all.  The liberal media reportedly did not want this video on YouTube; it was taken off.

This link is of the same video, but is routed through  Canada. Everyone in America needs to see this before it is  Yanked off the Internet again!  Let’s see how far we can spread it before it’s  Pulled it off the Canadian site

Is GovMo Near Collapse?

The top executives of Government Motors, once known as General Motors, Tuesday dumped hundreds of thousands of shares of stock in their own company!

This was reported Tuesday May 12 on the Fox News Channel and in the on line pages of the Wall Street Journal.

O-bow-MA’s bailout of GovMo has placed the United Auto Workers as 55%  majority owners of the failing company.  The question is will the new GovMo owners put the viability and future competitiveness of the failing automaker above the interests of the workers?  Perhaps the top executives have answered that question with they sell orders!

What was O-bow-MA Thinking?

Leave it to the British to look at American politics with clarity.  O-bow-MA Friday attended a White House Correspondents Dinner and heard what the British newsman, Tony Harnden of the London Telegraph, described as a crass, hateful, and disgusting  diatribe.

That was so true, too!

Harnden wrote in the Telegraph:

What was Wanda Sykes thinking? Perhaps more to the point, what was President Barack Obama thinking when he laughed and smiled as the comedienne wished Rush Limbaugh dead?

Although the Left is reporting her White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech as “taking shots” at Limbaugh and mocking everyone, that’s a gross misrepresentation of what turned into a hateful and disgusting diatribe.

I was at the dinner and I began by laughing at Sykes’s gentle teases about the press loving Obama so much they never capture him on film smoking but often seem to get him on the beach.

It was amusing when she quipped that Obama trying so hard to be all things to all men that the next thing is he’ll be seen mowing the White House lawn.

But the speech took a very ugly turn when she laid into Limbaugh.

Read it all by CLICKING HERE.