February 11, 2011

Official AG Office Response from Ohio AG Mike DeWine Concerning Obamacare Implementation

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:23 pm

Received at 4:45 p.m. from Lisa Hackley of the Attorney General’s press office, looked at for the first time at 8:15 p.m.:

We are aware of the concerns, and the Attorney General will continue to monitor events closely to see what in fact develops. Judge Vinson in our case said that he expects that the federal authorities will not act contrary to his determination, and we will be watching the Obama Administration’s conduct. The Attorney General fully expects the issue of Obamacare’s unconstitutionality will go to the Supreme Court, where he believes that we have a very strong case.

This response is not acceptable in the circumstances.

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Previous Posts:

  • Feb. 10 — “TIB Radio Preview: AG DeWine and the Federal Court Ruling Voiding Obamacare”
  • Feb. 7 — “Mike DeWine’s Core Campaign Promise to Fight ObamaCare Remains Unkept (UPDATE: AG’s Response Requested)”

If Not Now, When?

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:09 pm

Michelle Malkin’s column wrap on Planned Parenthood today:

Congress has interrogated banking, energy, health insurance, tobacco and oil execs — treating them like serial killers before the cameras. When will they finally de-fund a corrupt industry that has real blood on its hands?

I would hope that the answer is something close to “right freaking now.”

Good-Bye, DLC

Via Politico back on Monday:

The Democratic Leadership Council, the iconic centrist organization of the Clinton years, is out of money and could close its doors as soon as next week, a person familiar with the plans said Monday.

Besides being proof that there is no such thing as a moderate Democrat, this is good news, because radicals can no longer do time at the DLC and try to pass themselves off as moderates. Examples of past chairmen who were and are by no means moderate:

  • Dick Gephardt. The Missouri Congressman “opposed committing U.S. troops in the 1991 Persian Gulf War.” 11 years later, he said that decision was wrong, because he didn’t know what a bad guy Saddam Hussein, who had just occupied Kuwait, really was. Sure Dick. I can’t find a link, but I believe it’s correct to say that Gephardt was among those considering impeaching Bush 41 in the runup to Gulf War I.
  • ARIFPOTUS (Accused Rapist and Impeached Former President Of The United States) Bill Clinton. This former chair of the “moderate” DLC and his wife (who was also a DLC member) infamously tried to create statist health care in 1993-1994. The DLC backed welfare reform, but at crunch time and after two vetoes, Clinton only signed on to it after being told by Dick Morris that “it was the one issue that could cost him re-election.”
  • Tom Vilsack. In the wake of the infamous Kelo decision, he petulantly vetoed an eminent-domain reform bill (fourth item at link) as governor of Iowa; the Hawkeye State’s two legislative chambers overrode his veto 90-8 and 41-8, respectively.
  • Joe Lieberman. Yeah, he got it right on Iraq, but he’s also Mr. Cap and Trade.

It’s now official; the Democratic Party only represents 20% of the country — and roughly 80% – 90% of the establishment press, which works day and night to convince the other 80% of the country that the party isn’t as radical as it really is.

Fred Barnes in 2004:

Now, the new study by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press found the national media to be 34 percent liberal and 7 percent conservative.

Over 40-plus years, the only thing that’s changed in the media’s politics is that many national journalists have now cleverly decided to call themselves moderates.

In other words, they fib about themselves the way they’ve fibbed about their favorite political party and its politicians for decades.

Lucid Links (021111, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:28 am

Brad Schiller, in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal:

Doing the Math on a Jobless Recovery
President Obama has urged us to be patient, but must we wait until 2018 to get back to full employment?

President Obama has urged us to be “patient” with this jobless recovery. But it’s worth asking how long it will take to get back to the employment levels we experienced before the recession of 2008-09. How patient will we need to be?

… The White House keeps hoping for monthly job gains of 250,000. But even gains of that magnitude—more than double the average gain last year— would not get America back to full employment until 2018.

The math of joblessness is exceedingly bad news for American workers. It’s also a sobering reminder of how ineffective stimulus policies have been.

Thirty-plus months into the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy, while millions needlessly suffer from extended unemployment caused by “ineffective stimulus policies” (I would argue “destructive stimulus policies”) — Why in the he** should we be “patient”?

“Party of compassion” my a**.

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Speaking of the so-called “party of compassion,” I’ve been late in getting to this, but need to — Sherrod Brown was Co-Porker of Month:

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today named Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and John Kerry (D-Mass.) January Porkers of the Month for urging the Pentagon to release taxpayer funds to continue development work on General Electric’s alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter. The alternate engine has been criticized as wasteful and unnecessary by taxpayers, the Bush and Obama Administrations, and numerous top military officials. Sens. Brown and Kerry represent states where the engine will be developed and built.

CAGW has long opposed the alternate engine. On May 20, 2010, Defense Secretary Robert Gates made it clear that he will recommend that the President veto any legislation that includes funding for the alternate engine, a pledge that has been reiterated by the White House. …

… “The alternate engine has been a $3 billion boondoggle and taxpayers should not sink one more dime of limited resources into this failed project. This program has become the epitome of senseless government waste, diverting resources away from other important military projects and expenditures that keep the nation and our troops safe and secure,” said CAGW President Tom Schatz. “The only general who supports the alternate engine is General Electric.”

We should expect no less from the guy who was the deciding vote in the Senate’s passage of the 2009 stimulus bill. The Joint Strike Fighter’s alternate engine may be the epitome of waste on an individual basis, but the stimulus plan, which accomplished nothing, has been the prime example of an entire government program which never should have happened.

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Lightning Links:

  • Remember the Left’s wholly ineffective boycott of Whole Foods back in 2009 because its CEO had the nerve to say that ObamaCare was a bad idea? Well: “Whole Foods 1Q net income up 79 percent.”
  • AOL stock is down 8% in the four days since Huffington’s Heist was announced. Note that AOL is paying Arianna and her investors in cash, and not AOL stock.
  • Lawrence Tribe is supposedly a leftist legal titan. Ann Althouse is a self-described “law professor who sometimes writes about the law.” Althouse shreds Tribe’s legal non-arguments supporting Obamacare, which Allah at Hot Air properly characterizes as entirely political and not really legal, in three posts (one, two, three).
  • Doug Ross“Obama’s Budget Cuts in Pictures.” High-powered magnifying glass required.
  • At Hot Air“Ryan, Bernanke agree that best policy for growth is to cut spending” — Gosh Ben, where have you been?
  • Matt at WoMD reports a significant exodus from Ohio Republican Party headquarters. I hope there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye, because if there is, I think this guy had something to do with it.

Positivity: 40 Days for Life Becomes Largest Pro-Life Campaign Ever

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From LifeNews.com in Washington, DC (links are in original):

2/9/11 11:50 AM

The … 40 Days for Life prayer campaign that has pro-life advocates reaching out to women going to local abortion centers with real help and support has rapidly become the largest ever.

“With the dramatic changes in congressional leadership, negative attention surrounding Planned Parenthood and the rest of the abortion industry, and the monumental shift in public attitudes regarding the right to life, we have reached a cultural tipping point,” Shawn Carney, campaign director of 40 Days for Life, told LifeNews.com today.

“Against that backdrop, we are preparing to launch the largest-ever 40 Days for Life campaign,” he said.

Carney said pro-life advocates in 243 cities — reaching from coast to coast in the United States, plus Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, Belize, Spain, Georgia and Armenia — are preparing to participate in the peaceful pro-life event. The coordinated international campaign begins March 9 and runs through April 17 and the campaign coincides with the Christian season of Lent.

This spring’s 40 Days for Life campaign represents a staggering 45% increase in participating cities compared with last spring’s effort in 167 locations.

“People are becoming more aware of the truth about abortion,” Carney said. “The recent closure of a dangerous abortion center in Philadelphia and the murder charges filed against its owner shows that abortion is anything but mainstream medicine.”

He added: “The institutional scandal at Planned Parenthood which revealed the organization’s willingness to aid and abet illegal sex trafficking of girls as young as 14 demonstrates the shocking reality of what goes on behind the closed doors of America’s leading abortion chain — facts also borne out in Unplanned, the national best-selling book recently released by Abby Johnson, the former Planned Parenthood clinic manager in Texas, who experienced a conversion during a 40 Days for Life campaign. As more people discover the truth, abortion’s days are numbered.”

The 40 Days for Life campaign consists of 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, 40 days of constant, peaceful vigil outside abortion centers and Planned Parenthood offices and 40 days of pro-life community outreach.

The 40 Days for Life movement continues to grow. Thus far, seven coordinated national 40 Days for Life campaigns have been conducted, twice each year, beginning in the Fall of 2007. More than 400,000 people in some 337 cities have already taken part. Nine abortion centers have closed following 40 Days for Life prayer vigils, and at least 43 abortion industry employees have quit their jobs, including Abby Johnson. …

Go here for the rest of the story.