And the RINO train is still running in California

I wish just once I could vote for a candidate rather than voting against a candidate. The California Republican Party in its infinite wisdom has opted once again to run RINOs rather than real conservatives in the upcoming November elections. Apparently, still not learning valuable lessons from having put the Governator into office.

Make no mistake their Democrat alternatives are much worse and even the local garbage man would do a better job than Barbara Boxer and Gerry Brown can offer. I’d just really like it if I didn’t have to hold my nose while pulling the lever. I warned people about Arnold and I was right. The same warning goes out about Whitman. She is essentially Arnold in a skirt. Bummer. I guess when she gets voted in we will have to work very hard to keep her feet to the fire. At least she isn’t married to a Kennedy – I suppose that is some solace, though very little in my opinion.

The good news I suppose is that both Boxer and Brown have very public records on what they have done ‘for’ California – that alone should guarantee the public sends them packing. In fact, I’m not sure either of them have ever held a job outside of politics.

I did have to laugh at the article though – making several references to the wealth of each of these women. Had they been men, I’m not sure it would have been mentioned. And naturally, the writer failed to mention the wealth of the Dem candidates – apparently, if you are a Dem wealth, mansions, private jets, and a private security team is just a given and deserved. Since the public has foot the bill for such things maybe it is (in their world). The concept that someone may have actually worked to generate their own wealth without robbing the public appears to still be somewhat novel.

Hey Tea Party, if you’re out there, California needs help and I mean, seriously H E L P!!!

Maybe Jan Brewer can hold some seminars for Republican wannabe’s – it’s a thought.

WC

Want to help cut spending in Washington? Here’s your chance

That’s right folks, you too can have your voice heard. Go to the YOUCUT website and have your say.

How it works:

YouCut – a first-of-its-kind project – is designed to defeat the permissive culture of runaway spending in Congress. It allows you to vote, both online and on your cell phone, on spending cuts that you want to see the House enact. Vote on this page today for your priorities and together we can begin to change Washington’s culture of spending into a culture of savings.

All of us want to be able to do something and this is about as easy as it gets. Vote on the cuts you want and make your own suggestions while you’re at it. You aren’t even required to register as a ‘member’ before you can vote. So quit your bitching about the budget – speak up and vote.

If we have any hopes of ever changing how things are done in Washington by our leaders, then we have participate too. Try it, you may like it.

Writer Chick

Drugging kids is the answer?

I personally think not. ADHD seems now to be some normal part of the American culture. I beg to differ. Apparently, even the psychs can’t seem to agree on what the symptoms are – although it doesn’t stop anyone from parents to school nurses diagnosing this ‘illness’.

A couple of videos I think illustrate my views nicely:

Interesting note: In 1985 apparently there were a few thousand diagnosed with this illness – currently it is estimated that as many as 4 million children are on medication for this disorder. So what? Is there something in the water or is it just the drug companies are working overtime on their marketing campaigns? Something tells me that once this enforced healthcare kicks in that there will be an awful lot more of our children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, brothers and sisters diagnosed and put on ADHD (brain altering) drugs to ‘fix’ what ails them. Remember a good citizen is an obedient one, right? Something to think about.

WC

Walking – Theme Friday

I’m walking. Pushing past protesting muscles that beg me to stop. Breathing labored and proving my sedentary tendencies.

But the sky is blue and the sun sinks into the cold place that lives inside me.

Walking hurts. Blisters form. Hamstrings shriek like sad violins out of tune. The dog drags me along—a little ox of industry, anxious to see the world as the ever exciting place it is. The hill rises slowly but challenges me still.

But walking keeps me alive. And proves that there is life beyond my four walls. And that the world is filled with freedom-seeking creatures. Birds streak across the horizon. Butterflies and bees dart in a nectar-crazed dance. Black-eyed Susans sway and nod with the breeze and smile good morning.

There is space. Life does go on despite hurt or pain. Joy is fleeting but can be known. Happiness sows its seeds and when tended can grow. I could make it grow and live. I could. I have the will…. Only a promise and not a certainty.

The calm spreads slowly and warmly like good cognac in quiet moments. So I walk…and keep walking. Eschewing thought. Worry. Sadness.

It is hard to be bitter in the sunshine. Hard to hate the world when you see it through unjudging eyes. Hard to surrender hope when your body is moving. So…I walk and keep moving. And follow the peace that lives out there.

copyright 2010

Where is Christine walking?

We Should be Thanking Him? Eh?

In case you missed it, the president was quoted as saying rather than criticizing him, the tea partiers should be thanking him for lowering their taxes. Hmmmm….methinks he hasn’t been keeping track of his own broken promises. This article from Investers Business Daily does a nice recoup of all the taxes that somehow slipped the notice of the prez. Emphasis mine.

Thanks For What?

Downsizing: Rather than protesting the greatest expansion of government in U.S. history, Tea Party attendees should be thanking Big Government for all it’s done. At least, that’s what President Obama thinks.

As the Associated Press reported Thursday, the president said he was “amused” by the Tea Party faithful gathering in cities across America to protest soaring government spending, ballooning debt and the explosion in taxes that will be needed to pay for it all.

“You would think they’d be saying thank you,” he said.

And why should they be thankful? As the president himself said on his weekly radio address a week ago, “one thing we have not done is raise income taxes on families making less than $250,000; that’s another promise we kept.”

In fact, that wasn’t his promise at all.

Here’s what candidate Obama really said in September of 2008: “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”

Got that? “Not any of your taxes.” The claim of no tax hikes on those below $250,000 as a result of the current administration’s policies is completely and utterly false.

A report from the House Ways & Means Committee’s GOP members notes that, since January 2009, Congress and the president have enacted $670 billion in tax increases. That’s $2,100 for each person in America. At least 14 of those tax hikes, the report says, break Obama’s pledge not to raise taxes on those earning less than $250,000. Roughly $316 billion of the tax hikes — 14 increases in all — hit middle-class families, the report says.

This comes in addition to recent data from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office showing U.S. spending and indebtedness growing at an alarming rate. Government spending now totals 25% of GDP, a quarter above its long-term average. By 2035, it will hit 34% of GDP at current trends — a 70% increase in the real size of government in just 25 years.

More spending means more debt. In 2008, total federal publicly held debt was about $8.5 trillion — an amount Uncle Sam took 220 years to accumulate. By 2020, that will soar to $20.3 trillion, a 139% jump. No surprise the Government Accountability Office last week said the U.S. is on “an unsustainable long-term fiscal path.”

So let’s see: The administration and its allies in Congress pass what can only be called the most financially irresponsible series of bills in our nation’s history, imposing a crushing tax burden on our children and our children’s children, while lowering all Americans’ standard of living, and we should thank them for it?

This is the delusional thinking that’s led to the Tea Party Movement’s soaring popularity. The hundreds of thousands that turned out around the country on April 15 were objecting to the systematic ruin and loss of liberty that massive fiscal irresponsibility brings.

Given all this, no one should be shocked that 52% of Americans in a recent New York Times/CBS Poll said President Obama’s policies are moving the U.S. towards socialism. It’s that serious.

The president can belittle people all he wants. That’s his prerogative. But he ignores Tea Partyers at his own political peril. They will not go away or be mollified by the usual prevarications.

Democrats ridicule Tea Party followers as yahoos, racists and illiterates, a mob willing to be led. They are anything but. Indeed, they have shown their seriousness by putting out their own “Contract From America.”

It’s a common sense document, proposing 10 concrete steps to bring sanity back to our government and make it accountable once again. Sadly, the mainstream media won’t cover it. But if you’re interested, go to http://www.thecontract.org, and see if you don’t agree.

So much for hope and change and no taxes on the middle class. WC

Tax Day – Oy!

Well happy tax day everybody!  Ain’t it grand to be alive and pay our taxes for another (bleak) year?

Found some appropriate quotes:

“Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us.”   Thomas Jefferson

“There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. … You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”   Ronald Regan

Also anyone interested in watching the tax day event in D.C. can see it live from 6PM to 9PM eastern time here

Starbux is also giving away free coffee all day today to anyone bringing in their own coffee mug.

And finally….if you need to smile watch this video. Guaranteed to lighten your mood.

Have a good one.

WC 😉

Forgive and Forget or Fighting Back?

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about depression and what drives people to it. I’m not talking about clinical depression and this is no reflection on what  some people consider a serious disease. It’s more about garden variety depression, that feeling that you cannot change a circumstance no matter what you do. That things haunt you and are hard to get over. That kind of depression. Or maybe you would call it something else—no matter what you call it, it can sure be confounding.

We go through life, for the most part minding our own business and doing our best to pursue our goals and dreams. Large and small. Those things that we believe will make us happy. Of course without setbacks and obstacles, life would be rather boring, so we encounter stops and slows along the way. Sometimes, we encounter those stops in a deeply emotional way.

Someone we care for betrays us. Hurts us. Messes with our heads. It’s deep. It’s emotional. It makes you want to crawl into a hole and stay there indefinitely. After a while, it starts to affect other things, other parts of our lives—things go downhill. And suddenly it seems everything is just a big pile of shit and each day brings more shit to add to the pile.

We have searched our souls. Sought counsel. Prayed. Tried to forgive and forget. Because…well, because that’s what society expects of us. Whether through some religious philosophy or a military attitude, life tells us to suck it up and move on. Much as we’d like to, we can’t seem to. No matter what remedies are employed, logical or illogical, we simply can’t move on. We can’t forgive and forget. Why?

Certainly most of us try to be a bigger person. A better person. The lessons of Christ teach us to turn the other cheek. To bless those who trespass against us. To open our hearts with love and see that the perpetrator of our pain is also in pain. Perhaps lost. Doesn’t mean to do what they do. Is just acting out of fear or pain or something… Even the non-religious philosophy seems the same, though perhaps more crude. “Suck it up.” “There are plenty of fish in the sea.” “You’re too good for them.” “They are just jealous of you.” “Don’t waste your time and energy.” “Stop worrying about things you cannot change.” A whole litany of catch phrases designed to make us feel better and empower us. Restore our self esteem. Enable us to move into tomorrow.

Does it work? Sometimes. Maybe half the time.  And sometimes just through sheer perserverance we get through it. Past it. The impact and power of the thing fades and we become immersed in other things. Though I don’t think it ever goes away. It lurks back there, in some ways affecting your future actions. Affecting how you deal with people and situations in the future. Perhaps curtailing your trust or belief in people or things. Changing you maybe in small ways, maybe in large ways but changing you.

What’s the alternative? Seriously, what choice do we have? Society prohibits us from causing bodily harm to another, no matter how much they may have hurt us. We aren’t allowed to have duels when we are insulted or hurt. We can’t punch out somebody’s lights. In short we can’t fight back. Too bad, because I believe therein lies the problem.

I believe that one of the reasons we can’t let go. Can’t move on. Can’t get past certain things is because our hands are tied. Because we can’t fight back, or at least we feel we can’t fight back. Hence the reason for lawyers? (Okay, just kidding).

Seriously though, imagine a world where when someone hurts you, you could challenge them to a duel. You could punch their lights out without being punished further. You could loudly and freely object. Doesn’t that feel better?

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t advocate violence. I honestly don’t think it solves anything. But I guess I also don’t advocate forgive and forget. I think you can fight back, retrieve your self respect and self esteem without issuing blows or black eyes. I think you can fight back with the truth.

Telling someone who had done you wrong that you forgive them, when they have done nothing to deserve forgiveness, in my opinion only acts to enable the person to continue doing wrong to others. You included. On the other hand, telling that person the truth, the unvarnished truth, without worrying about how they will respond or sugar coating anything is good for the soul. Again, no need to be violent, but honesty I think is the best weapon of all. Forget societal rules, forget about how you might sound or what others may think. Tell the truth. Tell that person or group, or whatever exactly what you think of them. Exactly what they did that was damaging. Let them carry the burden of their actions. Don’t let them get away with it. If they have any integrity, after the shock they may truly make amends for any hurt they may have caused. And if so, then you probably could quite easily forgive and forget.

You may have helped them change their ways. But even if they don’t, at least you don’t have to own what they did. You can move on. The bible even says that the truth sets you free. It’s my opinion that it does.

What do you think?

copyright 2010

WC

Exemption…Bamacare Trix

Well, well, well…isn’t it interesting that those who tout the magical qualities of our new socialist medical care get to excuse themselves from it?

This CBS news article explains what the wiley wabbits is up to.

Some choice passages from the article:

One such surprise is found on page 158 of the legislation, which appears to create a carve out for senior staff members in the leadership offices and on congressional committees, essentially exempting those senior Democrat staffers who wrote the bill from being forced to purchase health care plans in the same way as other Americans.

Really? And it was supposed to be such good healthcare- affordable, comprehensive, available, no pre-existing conditions terms – what’s not to love here?

It appears from the way this language is written that those staffers NOT in personal offices, such as those working and paid under the committee structure (such as those working for Chairman Henry Waxman) or those working on leadership staff (such as those working for Speaker Nancy Pelosi) would be exempt from these requirements

Hmmm….so the most powerful woman in American and her gangsta cronies are thinking their plans might work better for them? No doubt she is right, since her plan probably includes actually being able to see a doctor before you die.

This problem was acknowledged earlier in the process – last year, Senator Grassley tried to repair it, but he was rebuffed.

As Speaker Pelosi said a few weeks ago, it’s only after this legislation is passed that we’ll truly find out what’s in it.

Yes, one of those nasty naysayers tried to point it out but was of course demonized and rebuffed. Have to pass it before we know what’s in it? Seems that was just what SanFranNan was counting on, eh?

WC

Healthcare Votes – Yea and Nay

Congratulations America, we have now officially become financially indentured slaves for at least the next three generations. Oh yeah, that’s what I call change. Extra kudos to those ‘under 30’s’ who got Papa O into the oval office. Kind of fitting I guess since they and their children and grandchildren will be paying for this albatross ultimately.

Now 33 million will have healthcare (never mind that 90% of the population will pay for the 10% who need it so desperately and probably more because why pay for it if your fellow American will pay for it for you?) hurrah!

I don’t know what’s happened to this country – when America started believing that want = right – but there you have it. The old getting something for nothing has won out over rugged individualism and a true Republic. Oh and stay tuned for a massive immigration bill being pushed through that will entitle ‘residents’ to the fine healthcare we’re all about to get. (Never mind that there will be a 50% reduction in doctors since recent polls show about that many doctors and healthcare professionals will either quit or be unable to stay in business.)

You think Medicare is bad, just wait, you’ll be craving for those days soon. Take a number and sit down – hopefully you don’t have any condition that will cause your expiration before you can ‘see’ a doctor.

For those of you who give a damn who voted yea or nay I give you the following:
Health Care Votes
Senate and House Roll Call on H.R. 3590
Senate Roll Call:

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes On Passage of the Bill “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (H.R. 3590 as Amended) Christmas Eve, December 24, 2009.

* YEAs: 60
* NAYs: 39
* Not Voting: 1

By State:

* Alabama: Sessions (R-AL), Nay Shelby (R-AL), Nay
* Alaska: Begich (D-AK), Yea Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
* Arizona: Kyl (R-AZ), Nay McCain (R-AZ), Nay
* Arkansas: Lincoln (D-AR), Yea Pryor (D-AR), Yea
* California: Boxer (D-CA), Yea Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
* Colorado: Bennet (D-CO), Yea Udall (D-CO), Yea
* Connecticut: Dodd (D-CT), Yea Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
* Delaware: Carper (D-DE), Yea Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
* Florida: LeMieux (R-FL), Nay Nelson (D-FL), Yea
* Georgia: Chambliss (R-GA), Nay Isakson (R-GA), Nay
* Hawaii: Akaka (D-HI), Yea Inouye (D-HI), Yea
* Idaho: Crapo (R-ID), Nay Risch (R-ID), Nay
* Illinois: Burris (D-IL), Yea Durbin (D-IL), Yea
* Indiana: Bayh (D-IN), Yea Lugar (R-IN), Nay
* Iowa: Grassley (R-IA), Nay Harkin (D-IA), Yea
* Kansas: Brownback (R-KS), Nay Roberts (R-KS), Nay
* Kentucky: Bunning (R-KY), Not Voting McConnell (R-KY), Nay
* Louisiana: Landrieu (D-LA), Yea Vitter (R-LA), Nay
* Maine: Collins (R-ME), Nay Snowe (R-ME), Nay
* Maryland: Cardin (D-MD), Yea Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
* Massachusetts: Kerry (D-MA), Yea Kirk (D-MA), Yea
* Michigan: Levin (D-MI), Yea Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
* Minnesota: Franken (D-MN), Yea Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
* Mississippi: Cochran (R-MS), Nay Wicker (R-MS), Nay
* Missouri: Bond (R-MO), Nay McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
* Montana: Baucus (D-MT), Yea Tester (D-MT), Yea
* Nebraska: Johanns (R-NE), Nay Nelson (D-NE), Yea
* Nevada: Ensign (R-NV), Nay Reid (D-NV), Yea
* New Hampshire: Gregg (R-NH), Nay Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
* New Jersey: Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
* New Mexico: Bingaman (D-NM), Yea Udall (D-NM), Yea
* New York: Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea Schumer (D-NY), Yea
* North Carolina: Burr (R-NC), Nay Hagan (D-NC), Yea
* North Dakota: Conrad (D-ND), Yea Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
* Ohio: Brown (D-OH), Yea Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
* Oklahoma: Coburn (R-OK), Nay Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
* Oregon: Merkley (D-OR), Yea Wyden (D-OR), Yea
* Pennsylvania: Casey (D-PA), Yea Specter (D-PA), Yea
* Rhode Island: Reed (D-RI), Yea Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
* South Carolina: DeMint (R-SC), Nay Graham (R-SC), Nay
* South Dakota: Johnson (D-SD), Yea Thune (R-SD), Nay
* Tennessee: Alexander (R-TN), Nay Corker (R-TN), Nay
* Texas: Cornyn (R-TX), Nay Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
* Utah: Bennett (R-UT), Nay Hatch (R-UT), Nay
* Vermont: Leahy (D-VT), Yea Sanders (I-VT), Yea
* Virginia: Warner (D-VA), Yea Webb (D-VA), Yea
* Washington: Cantwell (D-WA), Yea Murray (D-WA), Yea
* West Virginia: Byrd (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
* Wisconsin: Feingold (D-WI), Yea Kohl (D-WI), Yea
* Wyoming: Barrasso (R-WY), Nay Enzi (R-WY), Nay

House Roll Call:

U.S. House Roll Call Votes On Passage of the Bill “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” (H.R. 3590) Sunday, March 21, 2010.

* YEAs: 219 (Voting yes were 219 Democrats and 0 Republicans)
* NAYs: 212 (Voting no were 34 Democrats and 178 Republicans)

(There are 4 vacancies in the 435-member House.)

By State:

ALABAMA

Democrats — Bright, N; Davis, N.

Republicans — Aderholt, N; Bachus, N; Bonner, N; Griffith, N; Rogers, N.

ALASKA

Republicans — Young, N.

ARIZONA

Democrats — Giffords, Y; Grijalva, Y; Kirkpatrick, Y; Mitchell, Y; Pastor, Y.

Republicans — Flake, N; Franks, N; Shadegg, N.

ARKANSAS

Democrats — Berry, N; Ross, N; Snyder, Y.

Republicans — Boozman, N.

CALIFORNIA

Democrats — Baca, Y; Becerra, Y; Berman, Y; Capps, Y; Cardoza, Y; Chu, Y; Costa, Y; Davis, Y; Eshoo, Y; Farr, Y; Filner, Y; Garamendi, Y; Harman, Y; Honda, Y; Lee, Y; Lofgren, Zoe, Y; Matsui, Y; McNerney, Y; Miller, George, Y; Napolitano, Y; Pelosi, Y; Richardson, Y; Roybal-Allard, Y; Sanchez, Linda T., Y; Sanchez, Loretta, Y; Schiff, Y; Sherman, Y; Speier, Y; Stark, Y; Thompson, Y; Waters, Y; Watson, Y; Waxman, Y; Woolsey, Y.

Republicans — Bilbray, N; Bono Mack, N; Calvert, N; Campbell, N; Dreier, N; Gallegly, N; Herger, N; Hunter, N; Issa, N; Lewis, N; Lungren, Daniel E., N; McCarthy, N; McClintock, N; McKeon, N; Miller, Gary, N; Nunes, N; Radanovich, N; Rohrabacher, N; Royce, N.

COLORADO

Democrats — DeGette, Y; Markey, Y; Perlmutter, Y; Polis, Y; Salazar, Y.

Republicans — Coffman, N; Lamborn, N.

CONNECTICUT

Democrats — Courtney, Y; DeLauro, Y; Himes, Y; Larson, Y; Murphy, Y.

DELAWARE

Republicans — Castle, N.

FLORIDA

Democrats — Boyd, Y; Brown, Corrine, Y; Castor, Y; Grayson, Y; Hastings, Y; Klein, Y; Kosmas, Y; Meek, Y; Wasserman Schultz, Y.

Republicans — Bilirakis, N; Brown-Waite, Ginny, N; Buchanan, N; Crenshaw, N; Diaz-Balart, L., N; Diaz-Balart, M., N; Mack, N; Mica, N; Miller, N; Posey, N; Putnam, N; Rooney, N; Ros-Lehtinen, N; Stearns, N; Young, N.

GEORGIA

Democrats — Barrow, N; Bishop, Y; Johnson, Y; Lewis, Y; Marshall, N; Scott, Y.

Republicans — Broun, N; Deal, N; Gingrey, N; Kingston, N; Linder, N; Price, N; Westmoreland, N.

HAWAII

Democrats — Hirono, Y.

IDAHO

Democrats — Minnick, N.

Republicans — Simpson, N.

ILLINOIS

Democrats — Bean, Y; Costello, Y; Davis, Y; Foster, Y; Gutierrez, Y; Halvorson, Y; Hare, Y; Jackson, Y; Lipinski, N; Quigley, Y; Rush, Y; Schakowsky, Y.

Republicans — Biggert, N; Johnson, N; Kirk, N; Manzullo, N; Roskam, N; Schock, N; Shimkus, N.

INDIANA

Democrats — Carson, Y; Donnelly, Y; Ellsworth, Y; Hill, Y; Visclosky, Y.

Republicans — Burton, N; Buyer, N; Pence, N; Souder, N.

IOWA

Democrats — Boswell, Y; Braley, Y; Loebsack, Y.

Republicans — King, N; Latham, N.

KANSAS

Democrats — Moore, Y.

Republicans — Jenkins, N; Moran, N; Tiahrt, N.

KENTUCKY

Democrats — Chandler, N; Yarmuth, Y.

Republicans — Davis, N; Guthrie, N; Rogers, N; Whitfield, N.

LOUISIANA

Democrats — Melancon, N.

Republicans — Alexander, N; Boustany, N; Cao, N; Cassidy, N; Fleming, N; Scalise, N.

MAINE

Democrats — Michaud, Y; Pingree, Y.

MARYLAND

Democrats — Cummings, Y; Edwards, Y; Hoyer, Y; Kratovil, N; Ruppersberger, Y; Sarbanes, Y; Van Hollen, Y.

Republicans — Bartlett, N.

MASSACHUSETTS

Democrats — Capuano, Y; Delahunt, Y; Frank, Y; Lynch, N; Markey, Y; McGovern, Y; Neal, Y; Olver, Y; Tierney, Y; Tsongas, Y.

MICHIGAN

Democrats — Conyers, Y; Dingell, Y; Kildee, Y; Kilpatrick, Y; Levin, Y; Peters, Y; Schauer, Y; Stupak, Y.

Republicans — Camp, N; Ehlers, N; Hoekstra, N; McCotter, N; Miller, N; Rogers, N; Upton, N.

MINNESOTA

Democrats — Ellison, Y; McCollum, Y; Oberstar, Y; Peterson, N; Walz, Y.

Republicans — Bachmann, N; Kline, N; Paulsen, N.

MISSISSIPPI

Democrats — Childers, N; Taylor, N; Thompson, Y.

Republicans — Harper, N.

MISSOURI

Democrats — Carnahan, Y; Clay, Y; Cleaver, Y; Skelton, N.

Republicans — Akin, N; Blunt, N; Emerson, N; Graves, N; Luetkemeyer, N.

MONTANA

Republicans — Rehberg, N.

NEBRASKA

Republicans — Fortenberry, N; Smith, N; Terry, N.

NEVADA

Democrats — Berkley, Y; Titus, Y.

Republicans — Heller, N.

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Democrats — Hodes, Y; Shea-Porter, Y.

NEW JERSEY

Democrats — Adler, N; Andrews, Y; Holt, Y; Pallone, Y; Pascrell, Y; Payne, Y; Rothman, Y; Sires, Y.

Republicans — Frelinghuysen, N; Garrett, N; Lance, N; LoBiondo, N; Smith, N.

NEW MEXICO

Democrats — Heinrich, Y; Lujan, Y; Teague, N.

NEW YORK

Democrats — Ackerman, Y; Arcuri, N; Bishop, Y; Clarke, Y; Crowley, Y; Engel, Y; Hall, Y; Higgins, Y; Hinchey, Y; Israel, Y; Lowey, Y; Maffei, Y; Maloney, Y; McCarthy, Y; McMahon, N; Meeks, Y; Murphy, Y; Nadler, Y; Owens, Y; Rangel, Y; Serrano, Y; Slaughter, Y; Tonko, Y; Towns, Y; Velazquez, Y; Weiner, Y.

Republicans — King, N; Lee, N.

NORTH CAROLINA

Democrats — Butterfield, Y; Etheridge, Y; Kissell, N; McIntyre, N; Miller, Y; Price, Y; Shuler, N; Watt, Y.

Republicans — Coble, N; Foxx, N; Jones, N; McHenry, N; Myrick, N.

NORTH DAKOTA

Democrats — Pomeroy, Y.

OHIO

Democrats — Boccieri, Y; Driehaus, Y; Fudge, Y; Kaptur, Y; Kilroy, Y; Kucinich, Y; Ryan, Y; Space, N; Sutton, Y; Wilson, Y.

Republicans — Austria, N; Boehner, N; Jordan, N; LaTourette, N; Latta, N; Schmidt, N; Tiberi, N; Turner, N.

OKLAHOMA

Democrats — Boren, N.

Republicans — Cole, N; Fallin, N; Lucas, N; Sullivan, N.

OREGON

Democrats — Blumenauer, Y; DeFazio, Y; Schrader, Y; Wu, Y.

Republicans — Walden, N.

PENNSYLVANIA

Democrats — Altmire, N; Brady, Y; Carney, Y; Dahlkemper, Y; Doyle, Y; Fattah, Y; Holden, N; Kanjorski, Y; Murphy, Patrick, Y; Schwartz, Y; Sestak, Y.

Republicans — Dent, N; Gerlach, N; Murphy, Tim, N; Pitts, N; Platts, N; Shuster, N; Thompson, N.

RHODE ISLAND

Democrats — Kennedy, Y; Langevin, Y.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Democrats — Clyburn, Y; Spratt, Y.

Republicans — Barrett, N; Brown, N; Inglis, N; Wilson, N.

SOUTH DAKOTA

Democrats — Herseth Sandlin, N.

TENNESSEE

Democrats — Cohen, Y; Cooper, Y; Davis, N; Gordon, Y; Tanner, N.

Republicans — Blackburn, N; Duncan, N; Roe, N; Wamp, N.

TEXAS

Democrats — Cuellar, Y; Doggett, Y; Edwards, N; Gonzalez, Y; Green, Al, Y; Green, Gene, Y; Hinojosa, Y; Jackson Lee, Y; Johnson, E. B., Y; Ortiz, Y; Reyes, Y; Rodriguez, Y.

Republicans — Barton, N; Brady, N; Burgess, N; Carter, N; Conaway, N; Culberson, N; Gohmert, N; Granger, N; Hall, N; Hensarling, N; Johnson, Sam, N; Marchant, N; McCaul, N; Neugebauer, N; Olson, N; Paul, N; Poe, N; Sessions, N; Smith, N; Thornberry, N.

UTAH

Democrats — Matheson, N.

Republicans — Bishop, N; Chaffetz, N.

VERMONT

Democrats — Welch, Y.

VIRGINIA

Democrats — Boucher, N; Connolly, Y; Moran, Y; Nye, N; Perriello, Y; Scott, Y.

Republicans — Cantor, N; Forbes, N; Goodlatte, N; Wittman, N; Wolf, N.

WASHINGTON

Democrats — Baird, Y; Dicks, Y; Inslee, Y; Larsen, Y; McDermott, Y; Smith, Y.

Republicans — Hastings, N; McMorris Rodgers, N; Reichert, N.

WEST VIRGINIA

Democrats — Mollohan, Y; Rahall, Y.

Republicans — Capito, N.

WISCONSIN

Democrats — Baldwin, Y; Kagen, Y; Kind, Y; Moore, Y; Obey, Y.

Republicans — Petri, N; Ryan, N; Sensenbrenner, N.

WYOMING

Republicans — Lummis, N.

Toon in….

Here you have a pictorial commentary of today’s most pressing events. Well, at least for us Yanks. Tomorrow will probably be even worse…so much for ‘land of the free and home of the brave.’

(Can’t say I blame him- I know they’re talking but all I hear is blah, blah, blah)

(This would be funny if it weren’t so pathetically true)

(It’s not what has been said about healthcare that concerns me, but what has been written and hidden from view)

(Oh yes, he is our most charming and articulate president, isn’t he?)

(Well, I guess they told us, eh? Funny, I thought we had a representative government, meaning our government represented our interests and not their own. )

Look, I know that this healthcare issue has got everybody’s panties in a twist and rightfully so. But to me there is a bigger issue in play here that I think a lot of people are missing. And that is the issue of control.  Historically, politicians have proven they do not have their constituents’ best interests at heart. Scandal after endless scandal has proven that. In fact, in recent years I’d say that many of our esteemed politician’s have proven that their goal is power, pure and simple. They live as elitists in ivory towers, above the reach of the law and certainly common sense. There isn’t one average American who could do what many of our ‘leaders’ have done and not be sitting in federal prison right now. You know it and I know it.

Yet so many seem to believe that in the case of healthcare there is some altruistic motive at play. So, this is the exception? I think not. This is the proverbial carrot being dangled in front of our noses, serving to distract us from the fact that the government wants to control our lives in ways they shouldn’t.

Healthcare is not a right. Really it isn’t. While it might be an ideal scene to have healthcare for everyone, just as it would be an ideal scene for everyone to have enough money, food, shelter, clothing, etc.- that fact is that it doesn’t make one entitled to it. Making healthcare a ‘right’ simply means this, that someone else is going to pay for those who can’t or don’t want to. It means that the fruit of my labor, my hard work is going to be rewarded to someone else. Not because they deserve it or did anything to deserve it but because I have something they don’t.  Common sense tells you that if you take something of someone else’s because you want it and for no other reason that is theft. Pure and simple.

I don’t give a damn how anyone justifies that – the government is condoning and trying to force wealth/resource distribution so nobody owns anything and everyone has everything. Well, they’ve been trying that on this planet for centuries and it’s always failed and generally results in the ruling class having the resources and everyone else having nothing but hard and dismal lives.

In America our rights are as follows (emphasis and comments mine):

The Bill of Rights: A Transcription

The Preamble to The Bill of Rights

Congress of the United States
begun and held at the City of New-York, on Wednesday the fourth of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.

THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.

RESOLVED by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; viz.

ARTICLES in addition to, and Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, proposed by Congress, and ratified by the Legislatures of the several States, pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution.

Note: The following text is a transcription of the first ten amendments to the Constitution in their original form. These amendments were ratified December 15, 1791, and form what is known as the “Bill of Rights.”

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. (typically known as freedom of speech-the framers knew that governments not held accountable by the people would soon become despots. this right is speaks especially to political dissent and freedom to express it thereof. in other words, we cannot be punished for expressing same and fighting the government’s will to imprison us or quiet our voices when we disagree with laws they want to enact)

Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. (yes, guns can cause harm, but they can also protect you from being forced into servitude by a power hungry government. the first thing that dictatorships do is disarm society, so resistance is impossible)

Amendment III

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Amendment IV

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. (simply stated your home is your castle and your belongings are yours and may not be taken from you. nor may the government intrude upon your castle without just cause, generally proof that you have broken the law.)

Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. (You cannot be imprisoned without a jury trial of your peers -due process. Nor can your possessions – and I believe that would include your income -be taken and given to someone else, even if they need it more than you.)

Amendment VI

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.

Amendment VII

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Amendment VIII

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. (States rights)

These rights were determined by the framers because they amount to allowing every American citizen the right to a free life, without government intrusion, and provides the ability for anyone to pursue their goals as they are able and see fit.  You’ll notice that government forced charity is not among the list. Just something I thought I should point out.

Anyway, there you have it. I don’t know what’s going to happen to our country and frankly I’m quite worried that my country is changing in ways that are both dangerous and frightening. Is it really worth giving up your personal freedoms so you can maybe get a free doctor’s visit if you need it sometime? Think about it.

WC