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Republicans lied to us

It’s been some time since I have written anything.  Like most of you, I’ve been busy with life.  I felt compelled to write something after the whole health care debacle that occurred last week in the House because it stirred something inside of me.  So on with it. Since the founding of our nation, the great debate has been and is the role government should play in the lives of its citizens.  This debate drove the architects of our Constitution to find a balance that would give the federal government just enough powers to secure and protect the liberties of its citizens while granting most governing powers to the states and the people.  Alexander Hamilton actually believed we should have a king, while Patrick Henry was extremely wary of government in … Read entire article »

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Democrats are getting nervous about 42 percent…

For the last few weeks some Democrats have been expressing their deep concerns about the implementation of ObamaCare.  During a budget hearing that featured Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius,one of the law’s chief architects Senator Max Baucus stated that he sees a huge train wreck coming in regards to implementation of ObamaCare. And the full impact of this train wreck will be felt by the midterm elections in 2014.  Making matters much worse for the Democrats was a recent poll by Kaiser Family Foundation that revealed that 42 percent of Americans are unaware that ObamaCare is still the law of the land.  The uninformed voter doesn’t even realize what is coming, but they soon will and this is making the Democrats very nervous.  The same uninformed voters who … Read entire article »

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Dr. Ben Carson: Will anybody have the honesty to own up to that ObamaCare is a disaster?

Nancy Pelosi famously said “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”  Well that 2,700 page bill she was referring to was passed three years ago and everyone is finally starting feel what’s in it and what’s in it is a complete disaster.  Let’s face it, ObamaCare is destroying our healthcare system in ways you can’t even begin to fathom.  Since 2011 Republicans have had multiple opportunities to de-fund ObamaCare and have done nothing,  Dr. Ben Carson sat down with Neil Cavuto and discussed how disastrous ObamaCare really is for Americans.  Below is a clip of this exchange. One of the main architects of ObamaCare says it’s going to be messy.  Really?  I guess this is why our elected officials should actually read the … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (No Opposition Edition)

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines opposition as: 1 : a configuration in which one celestial body is opposite another (as the sun) in the sky or in which the   elongation is near or equal to 180 degrees 2: the relation between two propositions having the same subject and predicate but differing in quantity or quality or both 3: an act of setting opposite or over against : the condition of being so set 4 : hostile or contrary action or condition 5 a : something that opposes; specifically : a body of persons opposing something b often capitalized : a political party opposing and prepared to replace the party in power This past Friday I was listening to Mark Levin on the way home from work and he was describing how destructive Obamacare is and how it will forever … Read entire article »

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What’s more believable…the left’s claim that Republicans are waging a war on women or the real war being waged on liberty?

The truth can sometimes be an elusive thing especially during an election year.  This cycle is no different.  Opposing campaigns attempt to define the narrative or the platform of the other through a series of allegations and talking points.   The left has always been extremely successful playing to the fears of specific groups; further fractionalizing our society into pieces and parts and pitting us against each other.  Instead of discussing the main issues that impact us, we find ourselves arguing over topics that have nothing to do with our current woes.  It’s a distraction, a red herring that diverts our attention away from focusing on draconian regulations and the terrible polices that are destroying our liberties and the very fabric of our culture.  These aren’t new tactics, just effective at … Read entire article »

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Why Obama and the Democrats are going to lose the Medicare debate…

Nancy Pelosi once said of Obamacare that we had to pass it so we can find out what’s in it.  Well one of the big stink bombs that the Democrats don’t want to talk about is the massive cuts they made to Medicare when they passed Obamacare.  These cuts were designed to keep Obamacare deficit neutral and was a key provision that helped both the House and Senate pass the the bill in March 2010.  In fact in the below video President Obama stated that he would veto the bill if there was any attempt to undo the cuts to Medicare. Check it out. So how have the Democrats received a free pass for so long in regards to the massive cuts they made to Medicare when they passed Obamacare?  How … Read entire article »

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Megyn Kelly Panel: Obamacare is indeed a tax

I thought this was actually a pretty good debate on Megyn Kelly’s show about whether Obamacare is actually a tax.  If you missed this exchange yesterday take a few moments to watch it.  It’s about five minutes long. Those pesky facts always seem to trip up the left.  I especially liked when she played the the audio clip of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli explaining to the Supreme Court as to the reason why they didn’t call it a tax.  When questioned why congress did just call it a tax, Mr. Verrilli responded, “They may have thought your honor that calling it a penalty as they did would make it more effective in accomplishing its objective…”  Well we finally had a moment of clarity and truth from the left.  The reason they … Read entire article »

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Teeing it up: A Round at the LINKs (Take Back Liberty edition)

The constitution took a beating this past week.  First with the Arizona ruling on Tuesday then with the Obamacare ruling on Thursday.  Both high profile cases were closely watched as many experts believed the SCOTUS would not only strike down the individual mandate in Obamacare but would kill the terrible law in its entirety.  Sadly that was not the case.  Conservative Justice Roberts jumped shipped and sided with the four Justices on the left and interpreted the penalty as a tax making Obamacare constitutional.  Remember that day and how you felt when the unthinkable became a reality.  It should have never come to this point.  It should have never been left in the hands of the SCOTUS to defend our liberties.  WE should be the defenders of our liberty and … Read entire article »

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John Roberts: Missing the mark or right on target?

When I first heard that Obamacare along with the individual mandate was found to be constitutional I was shocked.  When I learned that one of our own, Justice John Roberts crossed over to the dark side in a 5-4 ruling I was appalled.  The end of liberty was at hand.  The great experiment had finally unraveled and the republic our founders gave us we could not keep.  I couldn’t believe Justice Roberts ruled that the individual mandate was constitutional because he interpreted that the penalty imposed was actually a tax and within the constitutional authority of the congress to levy on the people.  I needed to know how a conservative Justice who many consider to be an extremely brilliant man could veer so far off the conservative course.  This is … Read entire article »

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Reason # 321 why John Boehner needs to go

Yesterday I read that Speaker of the House John Boehner sent a memo out to rank and file Republicans urging them not to spike the ball if key provisions in Obamacare or if the entire bill is struck down by the High Court.  “If the Court strikes down all or part of the president’s health care law,” Boehner said in a memo sent to Republican House members Thursday, “there will be no spiking of the ball.” Are you kidding me?  How many remember the below clip of John Boehner’s closing argument against Obamacare on the House floor prior to the vote back in March 2010. My how soon we forget.  We’re talking about a bill that no one had time to read before it was voted on.  This was a bill … Read entire article »

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Senator Patrick Leahy plants the seeds of judicial activism if ObamaCare is ruled unconstitutional

A few days ago the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Patrick Leahy (D VT) picked up on the Senate floor where the President left off two months ago in regards to trying to intimidate the SCOTUS.  The truth is this vote has already been cast and I believe at a minimum the individual mandate in ObamaCare is going to be ruled unconstitutional.  I also believe there is a very good chance the entire law could be thrown out.  Let’s face it the defense of the individual mandate did not go well for the Obama administration.  In fact I’m not even sure all the left leaning judges were buying the argument. This same opinion that I have about the fate of ObamaCare must also be running through the halls of … Read entire article »

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Is Obama propping up Medicare Advantage until after the election?

The Democrats are screaming that Paul Ryan’s plan to save Medicare will gut Medicare and kill grandma and grandpa.  The problem with that argument is that the Democrats have already dealt a serious blow to Medicare Advantage when they rammed Obamacare  through Congress back in March 2010.  The American Healthcare Education Coalition (AHEC) is a national non-profit, public-interest organization that pushes for free market solutions to our healthcare issues.  They analyzed the impact Obamacare would have on Medicare Advantage and below is an except from their study. The cuts to Medicare Advantage begin right away, with payment rates frozen in 2011 at their 2010 levels.  The reimbursement rates for doctors continue to decline; between 2012 and 2017, the law phases in a new formula for setting maximum MA payments by region. … Read entire article »

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Patrick Henry: Give me liberty, or give me death!

Two years ago today President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  For the first time in our nation’s history people are now slaves to a government program that mandates they purchase an insurance plan or face a penalty.  The act of an all controlling leviathan.  Liberty was lost on that day.  Call it planned or a strange coincident but the President signed this liberty stealing act on the anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famous “give me liberty or give me death” speech during the Virginia Convention at the ,St John’s Church in Richmond Virginia.  Henry’s words moved and inspired a people into action.  Below is the entire speech he gave in response to increasingly oppressive British rule over the American colonies.  Please take a few moments … Read entire article »

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Has compromise become a placebo for the ignorant?

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines “compromise” as a settlement of differences by arbitration or by the consent reached by mutual concessions; something intermediate between or blending qualities of two different things.  Compromise is a part of the fabric that is our nation.  It has been this way since our inception and throughout our growth as a nation.  Some compromises have been successful such as those reached during the Philadelphia convention in 1787.  It was through a series of compromises our constitution was crafted and later ratified by the states.  The Bill of Rights was the result of a compromise between federalists and anti-federalists.  An example where compromises ultimately failed were those made prior to the civil war.  These compromises only acted as a placebo and ultimately could not avert a bloody civil … Read entire article »

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You can play through an injury for only so long until it eventually sidelines you

A long time ago on a football field a far far away I played the game of football.  I played the game hard.  I played the game to win.  Growing up in Pennsylvania in the 1980s it was God, guns, and football.  From August to November high school football in Pennsylvania is life.  You’re either playing it or you’re supporting it.  That’s how it was back then. Because football was such an important piece of every community there was a sense of pride when your team took the field.  You felt like you were part of something larger than yourself and you didn’t want to let the team down.  By doing so you were not only letting the team down, you were letting the community down and that was unacceptable.  I … Read entire article »

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Behind Closed Doors

I’m sure most of you have either heard of or experienced closed door meetings in the organization you work for.  These meetings are called for a variety of reasons; however based on my own experience the main reason is when management is planning some type of organizational change they don’t want their employees to know about.  The topics can range forced layoffs to major organization restructure and can create a certain amount of uneasiness in the workplace, so steps are taken to conceal the order of business from the workforce.   They don’t want to present a plan or announce a layoff until all the logistics have been hammered out, a general consensus has been reached, and the timing is right.  Because closed door meetings tend to be so secretive it’s … Read entire article »

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Uh Oh, maybe Elena Kagan was more involved with Obamacare than she let on

Well it appears that Elena Kagan might have snowed everyone.  Thanks to The Media Research Center and Judicial Watch new documents have been obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveals the possible involvement of Elena Kagan as the Solicitor General in the development of a legal defense for Obamacare.  Below is an excerpt from the Daily Caller. In an email dated Jan. 8, 2010, then-Deputy Solicitor General Neal Katyal sent an email to Senior Counsel Brian Hauck and Deputy Attorney General Thomas Perrelli that indicates Kagan played a key role in coming up with a legal defense. “Brian, Elena would definitely like OSG [Office of Solicitor General] to be involved in this set of issues … we will bring Elena as needed.” Basically the Deputy Solicitor General is saying we need to … Read entire article »

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Friday Ramblings: From ObamaCare to the Huffington Post

Welcome to another Friday and my ramblings from this past week.  This week was once again a very active week on the front-lines for many conservative bloggers.  The discussions I had in the trenches ranged from a government shutdown to D.C. federal judge’s absurd take on ObamaCare.  The two conversations I thought were the most interesting for me was the D.C. judge’s ruling that ObamaCare is indeed constitutional and one on Huffington post readers. I’m not sure if you knew this, but earlier in the week a U.S. District judge Gladys Kessler, a Clinton appointee, ruled that ObamaCare was constitutional.  Now that’s pretty big news for Obama and I expected it to be all over the news and yet I did not see that much information on it.  Now maybe I … Read entire article »

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Finding meaning in an oath

Five times in my military career I raised my right hand and took an oath to support and defend the constitution.  Each time was a very special moment for me because I understood the meaning behind the words and the promise I was making to the American people.  You see the oath is not something that should be taken lightly.  When you raise your right hand, you pledge to support and defend a document that was crafted to limit the government’s ability to encroach on individual liberties and rights.  Many elected officials take the same oath or a close version of it when they swear into office.  From Governors to Presidents, each swears an oath to support and defend the constitution.  They are making a promise to the American people … Read entire article »

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Politics on the Small Screen (27″)

States, judges, and citizens haven’t bought the left’s argument regarding the constitutionality of the health care mandate; but perhaps it is just because they haven’t heard it in the right light.  Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius thought that she should give the explanation a shot in a fun little contrasting metaphor.  After precluding with the typical “interstate commerce clause” that floats as well as Christine O’Donnel (not a witch), she handed us this gem: [I]f I don’t have a 27-inch TV for the Super Bowl, I can’t demand on the day of the Super Bowl that somebody deliver that TV because I have a right to it. On the other hand, if I don’t have insurance, I come through the door of an emergency room and get treated and … Read entire article »

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