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Obamacare is in… almost


With the House passing the bill, it’s one step closer to becoming law. I want it to work. Then again, I wanted Kevin Rudd to “work”, and look how that turned out. Anyway, wanting it to work and realising that it most likely won’t are two different things. Hope I’m wrong.

Anyway, it’s still got the Senate to go.

By the way, here are some naive questions;

1: Why are so many on the Right so against abortion? In a society that champions individual freedoms, and the Right in particular does, why is it then the State’s decision? I’m not saying abortion is the greatest thing, it just seems odd that the rights of an unborn child take precedence over the rights of the mother and/or parents.

2: What will this do for the economy? How will payments be sustained? And what has this done for the notion of the individual vs the notion of the State?

America, take a look at the over-bureaucratized public hospitals in Australia, the billions wasted, the service offered, and then reconsider , noble an idea as it is, just how 30 million plus Americans will be paid for and serviced. My gut tells me Obamacare will help some, yet hurt many. One feels less-momentous legislation would have been more effective and less damaging.

We shall see. Want to be wrong.

UPDATE
Keep that Socialist ball rolling, Obama. This time? Climate change (groan).


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No salt! No salt for you!


If a certain US Democrat gets his way, all salt used in restaurant food preparation in NY state will be banned.

What next? Americans can piss only at certain times?

H/T Just one beef, Naturalfake; cats can be pretty smart at times.



Obama’s downfall. Rudd’s, too? And for similar reasons?


In a sense, it’s fascinating to watch… in the sense a car accident is fascinating to watch.

Simon Heffer:

The descent of Barack Obama’s regime, characterised now by factionalism in the Democratic Party and talk of his being set to emulate Jimmy Carter as a one-term president, has been swift and precipitate. It was just 16 months ago that weeping men and women celebrated his victory over John McCain in the American presidential election. If they weep now, a year and six weeks into his rule, it is for different reasons.

Of course, Australia, has a similar leader in none other than Kevin Rudd. All talk, and no walk. Promise after promise either broken, or not delivered on. His BER is in a shambles, as is his mad pink batt home insulation plan. Both were ill-conceived, and poorly executed. His federalist approach to health care is equally bad, even without his blatant lies that the former PM ripped billions out of health care (which he didn’t).

Some of that surely must sound familiar to any American readers out there.



Is Obamacare unconstitutional?


OK, this is a few months old, but I missed it, and my favourite blogs missed it (I think). Maybe you missed it, too.

This is from a retired US constitutional lawyer, Michael Connolly.

However, as scary as all of that is, it just scratches the surface. In fact, I have concluded that this legislation really has no intention of providing affordable health care choices. Instead it is a convenient cover for the most massive transfer of power to the Executive Branch of government that has ever occurred, or even been contemplated. If this law or a similar one is adopted, major portions of the Constitution of the United States will effectively have been destroyed.

The WSJ didn’t miss it, though.

Thank goodness Scott Brown won in Massachusetts, thus effectively killing Obamacare… or at least putting it on the back-burner.

Why do I care? Because the US has a tad more global influence than, say, Poland.

H/T An American buddy on email. Checked at snopes.

Perhaps Obama got “one term president” right, but a “really good one”? Perhaps not.

Anyway, a “really good” president usually gets two terms. A “mediocre” president usually doesn’t. So this crap he’s saying about being happy about being a “really good” one term POTUS vs a “mediocre” two term president is just complete – yet eloquently spoken – crap.

Hey, that might work in an ESL job, or as an amateur blogger… but as leader of the free world???


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Brock Lesnar doesn’t want Obamacare


The WWE and UFC champ isn’t impressed.

After a stint in a Canadian hospital that left him criticizing the entire Canadian medical system and railing against U.S. health reform Wednesday, he returned to North Dakota and was diagnosed with diverticulitis after a trip to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

No worries, but. All sorted. He’s back.

Coakley? Brown?


Meanwhile, as we wait for the result of the Senate race in Massachusetts, to see whether Obamacare will live or die, good ol’ Barney Frank, a Democrat naturally, wants to change the rules.

Of course he does. Weasel.

UPDATE

It’s Brown! Republican Scott Brown is Massachusetts’ new senator. And that means socialized health care, aka Obamacare, is all but dead…

…unless, it’s this Frank is alluding to. It used to be a two thirds majority needed, then it went down to 60/40 and now it seems the Dems want just a simple majority of 51/49 to be implemented for the big decisions.

Regardless, a state that has been blue (very blue!) for 40 years is now red. Obama and the Democrats have been sent a clear message.

Post has been updated.

UPDATE II

Politico has a couple of good news pieces/background here and here.

If you still crave more, try the Matt Drudge link in the blogroll, or, if you’re wondering who to blame, go here.

UPDATE III

You know, you gotta wonder but, did Brown win or did Coakley lose? Let’s not forget that Massachusetts is a big Catholic state. So why would Coakley say Catholics shouldn’t work in emergency rooms, or critisize Brown for arguing that Catholic nuns shouldn’t have to perform abortions? Or that Curt Schilling, the Boston Red Sox pitcher who ended Boston’s 80-odd year drought to win the World Series, was referred to as a Yankees fan(???). Or that, even after dropping 10 points (she was 30 ahead at one stage) she took a week’s vacation right in the middle of the campaign (hare and the tortoise, anyone?).

Oh yeah, and that as D.A., she kept an innocent man in jail just to further her political career.

Wow, just wow. And thanks to my American buddy on the phone.

UPDATE IV

Tim Blair has some good links, too.

UPDATE V

Credit (kind of) where credit’s due for poor old Barney.

Going forward, I hope there will be a serious effort to change the Senate rule which means that 59 votes are not enough to pass major legislation, but those are the rules by which the health care bill was considered, and it would be wrong to change them in the middle of the process.

And in more good news, from the above link, Frank has ruled out any weasley reconcilliation process that would allow the Dems to pass the bill on only 51 votes. Good… if not a pleasant surprise.

H/T The Corner.

And also from The Corner, Jay Nordlinger…

I will say merely that Massachusetts today showed that America is not quite ready for social democracy — not yet. Sweden will not arrive tomorrow. Maybe the next day. But not tomorrow, and that is heartening.

UPDATE VI

Although linked to by a miffed Dem supporter, here’s a site pointing out where supporters of Scott Brown and the Republicans can take their business.

Heh.

H/T thefrollickingmole over at Tizona’s.

UPDATE VII

Rasmussen Reports has the breakdown of who voted what. Sheesh. Coakley barely even had the Union workers on side!

Even if Coakley loses, Dems may still pass Obamacare


In a previous post, it was explained that the Democrats need 60 Senate votes to pass Obamacare, but if they lose a special election in Massachusetts on Tuesday, and there are growing signs they may well, then they’ll come up one short. But now they’re coming out and saying they’ll only need 51 votes by using a process called reconcilliation.

WTF?

The bloke saying it is Van Hollen, who also mentioned the following:

“Why would you hand the keys to the car back to the same guys whose policies drove the economy into the ditch and then walked away from the scene of the accident?” Van Hollen said. “For the Republicans to say vote for us and bring back the guys who got us into this mess in the first place, I don’t think it’s a winner.”

The Republicans stuffed the economy back before the election?

Oh really?

UPDATE

The unions won’t have to pay Obama’s mega health tax for almost a decade.

Meanwhile, back on Friday, Democrat big guy, Barney Frank said, “If Scott Brown wins, it’ll kill the health bill.

But that was Friday, and Van Hollen came out with his garbage today.

Regardless, Obi still has the jitters, and is travelling to Massachusetts (I love spell check) on (US) Sunday to wield his purple prose on the blue-come-green state.

H/T Drudge.

UPDATE II

Stay classy Democrats:

New York Sen. Charles Schumer, who famously hammered then-Sen. Alfonse D’Amato for calling him a “putz-head” in their hot 1998 campaign, was accused Thursday of stepping into the gutter himself after he sent out a fundraising e-mail in which he called Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown a “far-right tea-bagger.”

The two-term Democrat, in accusing Brown of being aligned with the conservative “tea party” movement, used a term that every tea party critic knows refers to a sexual act.

UPDATE

Barney Frank has ruled out any reconcilliation process. Good… didn’t expect that.

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