Friday, March 24, 2017

You had one job! A message for Ryan on RINOcare, a lesson for Trump, and a THANK YOU to the Freedom Caucus!

Looks like conservatives are FIGHTING where RINOs are not. The Obamacare 2.0 vote has stalled out...THANK YOU, Freedom Caucus! Here's a pretty good tally of how this has all played out over the week:
And by Friday afternoon, Mark Levin had had enough of the RINOs' CRAP, particularly that of the Speaker's...
CR: Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief took to Facebook to share his immediate reaction to the demise of RINOCare. He put the blame squarely at the feet of Speaker Paul Ryan.


Related link: Mark Levin: The failure to govern belongs to the GOP leadership!

More from Levin Friday evening...
CR: “I want to congratulate the Freedom Caucus, the true constitutional conservatives, the true patriots, for stopping this disastrous bill from passing,” Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin said Friday evening on the radio.

The American Health Care Act, or RINOcare, was defeated today as Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. pulled the bill from the floor of the House of Representatives before it could go up for a vote. The Obamacare repeal-in-name-only bill didn’t have enough votes to pass, largely because of the Freedom Caucus’ refusal to break their promise to the American people.

The bill ultimately failed, Levin explained, because too many Republicans do not want to repeal Obamacare and conservatives won’t have it.

“The problem is, ladies and gentlemen, a big part of the Republican party is progressive. That is, they are utopian statists,” Levin said.

“This bill was written by cowards. Cowards who were afraid that if they dared to touch what Obama had built in any significant way, that they’d lose at the ballot box.”
And the RINOcare lesson for President Trump:

But with tweets like this, it hardly looks like he got the message...
Straw men & red herrings abound, cast towards conservatives for trying to save a party, a presidency, and most importantly a Populace from deeper entitlement bondage. I think the discerning reader can acknowledge who those are that apparently don't want to save themselves.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

LEE: "Senate parliamentarian told me it's possible to push harder on repealing Obamacare regulations"

WashingtonExaminer: Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said on Wednesday that the Senate parliamentarian has told him that it may be possible for Republicans to push harder on repealing Obamacare's regulations than the current House bill, which contradicts the assertion by House leadership that the legislation goes after Obamacare as aggressively as possible under Senate rules.

"What I understood her to be saying is that there's no reason why an Obamacare repeal bill necessarily could not have provisions repealing the health insurance regulations," Lee said in an interview with the Washington Examiner, relating a conversation with parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough about reconciliation he had on Tuesday.

Lee also said that the parliamentarian told him it wasn't until very recently, after the unveiling of the House bill, that any Republican even asked her about the possibility of repealing regulations with a simple majority.

With a House vote currently expected on Thursday, Republican leadership is scrambling for votes, trying to stave off a backlash from conservatives that could sink the bill. One of the issues conservatives have raised is that the House bill leaves most of the regulations in place, thus not combatting one of the main complaints about Obamacare – its skyrocketing premiums and limited choice.
The rest is well worth the read, but just from Sen. Lee's pull quotes, it's even clearer who should be running point on such an important piece of legislation...
"One of the things we've been told over and over again is the bill was no more aggressive than it has been... in part because of Senate rules. And the Senate rules are something those defending the bill have repeatedly pointed to in defense of why they wrote it the way they wrote it. The parliamentarian said, there's not necessarily any reason that would categorically preclude you from doing more, both on the repeal front and the replacement front, all sorts of things are possible."

"What matters is how it's done, how it's written up. There are ways it's written up that perhaps make it not subject to passage through reconciliation, but there are other ways you could write it that might make it work."

"There's no reason categorically to conclude you couldn't."

"She was also saying until very recently, nobody had even asked her about it. And yet one of the arguments consistently used by those behind the bill is, 'This thing is the most aggressive we can pass and can get through Senate rules.' And it's just not true."

"That's one of the things that I find so stunning about this House bill. It still does include things that could be really problematic, and that some have suggested could even be fatal. So it's not as if they have crafted it in the most cautious manner possible relative to the reconciliation rules."
If the House does manage to pass this half-ass'd Obamacare 2.0 patch tomorrow, it'll be left to Lee and the handful of other conservatives in the Senate to not only force these regulatory matters under reconciliation, but also push for a corrective rewrite to send back to the House (one of which is the first related link below).

Here was a great interview that covers this & more from Wednesday's Mark Levin Show...

Related links: Immigration provision cut from Obamacare rollback, angering conservatives
Don’t Stop. We’re Winning on Swampcare
BURN. Mike Lee Scorches House Leadership Over SwampCare

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Tyranny much? Observing an 'honest' preference for 'Rule of Men' to originalism's Rule of Law

The purpose of the Constitution is to defend the individual and his or her liberty and create a government that supports that. The phrase, “living and breathing Constitution”, is always promoted by progressives. An activist court that upheld Plessy vs. Ferguson believed in a living and breathing Constitution, so did FDR with the internment of Japanese Americans and the court that upheld the Roe vs Wade decision. You want judges to apply the facts, not a living and breathing ideology. Having an originalist interpretation of the Constitution like Neil Gorsuch has nothing to do with supporting slavery, or being anti woman. ~ MLS, 3/20/17
Despite that it's more than likely Judge Gorsuch will be confirmed, Democrats continue to scheme on his nomination, lending one to better understand Jeffrey Lord's assessment that over the years Democrats have played games with the nomination process until finally rigging judicial confirmations for the Left's benefit.

Nevertheless, it's remains refreshing to clearly observe throughout this process their honest preference for judicial oligarchy (for the breadth of it leaning leftward, that is), as well as an abundant disdain for Americanism, constitutionality and the Rule of Law in general, in their own words! (H/t: TheDailyWire)
“Judge Gorsuch has also stated that he believes judges should look to the original public meaning of the Constitution when they decide what a provision of the Constitution means. This is personal, but I find this originalist judicial philosophy to be really troubling. In essence, it means that judges and courts should evaluate our constitutional rights and privileges as they were understood in 1789. However, to do so would so would not only ignore the intent of the Framers, that the Constitution would be a framework on which to build, but it severely limits the genius of what our Constitution upholds. I firmly believe the American Constitution is a living document intended to evolve as our country evolves. In 1789, the population of the United States was under four million. Today, we're 325 million and growing. At the time of our founding, African-Americans were enslaved. It was not so long after women had been burned at the stake for witchcraft, and the idea of an automobile, let alone the internet, was unfathomable. In fact, if we were to dogmatically adhere to originalist interpretations, then we would still have segregated schools, and bans on interracial marriage. Women wouldn’t be entitled to equal protection under the law, and government discrimination against LGBT Americans would be permitted. So I am concerned when I hear that Judge Gorsuch is an originalist and a strict constructionist.”

At no point did Feinstein articulate constitutionally codified rights as timeless. Also ignored were legal options for change via constitutional amendment or the passage of constitutionally-compatible legislation.

Leahy described originalism as a judicial philosophy “outside the mainstream” or contemporary jurisprudence
“Judge Gorsuch appears to have a comprehensive originalist philosophy. It’s the approach taken by jurists such as Justice Scalia, Justice Thomas, or former Judge Bork. While it has gained some popularity within conservative circles, originalism, I believe, remains outside the mainstream of modern constitutional jurisprudence. It’s been twenty-five years since an originalist has been nominated to the Supreme Court. Given what we’ve seen from Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas, and Judge Gorsuch’s own record, I worry that it goes beyond being a philosophy and becomes an agenda.”

Feinstein, Leahy, and other Senate Democrats pushed Marxist themes of class warfare thoughout their monologues, framing the Supreme Court's primary role as being an avenue through which wealthy, powerful and elite individuals are to be punished for oppressing the proletariat.
Related link: Leahy Tells Gorsuch: ‘Originalism…Remains Outside Mainstream’

Let's look at the word and its definition more closely:

In rejecting originalism, it's little doubt that they reject our founding, but unmistakable is their rejection of our Framers' clear intent for both then-present citizens and future generations ("to ourselves and our Posterity"). Their unrelenting pursuit of a 'living and breathing' redefining ultimately culminates in their desire for unlimited power (i.e., 'Rule of Men'), and if ever fully achieved, would spell the end for the Rule of Law. Tyranny much?
"Therefore, he who bids the law rule may be deemed to bid God and Reason alone rule, but he who bids man rule adds an element of the beast, and passion perverts the minds of rulers, even when they are the best of men. The law is reason unaffected by desire." ~ Aristotle (384-322 BC), “Politics.”

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself." ~ James Madison (1788), "The Federalist No. 51"

Related link: The Originalist Perspective

ADDENDUM: A masterful rebuttal from Sen. Cruz addressing the Dem derangement...
"The voters had a direct choice. The voters understood the twenty-one men and women from whom the President would pick. And they had a very different vision of a Supreme Court justice that was put forth by Hillary Clinton. And in November, the People spoke. In what was essentially a referendum on the kind of justice that should replace Justice Scalia, the People chose originalism, textualism and rule of law. The People chose judicial humility. The People chose protecting the Bill of Rights, our free speech, our religious liberty, our Second Amendment, rather than handing policy making authority over to judges on the Supreme Court."
"A decade ago, Judge Gorsuch was confirmed by this committee for the Federal Court of Appeals by a voice vote. He was likewise confirmed by the entire United States Senate by a voice vote without a single Democrat speaking a word of opposition. Not a word of opposition from minority leader Chuck Schumer. Not from Harry Reid or Ted Kennedy or John Kerry. Not from Senators Feinstein, Leahy or Durbin, who still sit on this committee. Not even from Senators Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden. Not a one of them spoke a word against Judge Gorsuch's nomination a decade ago. And the question this hearing poses to our Democratic colleagues is what has changed? What has changed, ten years ago Judge Gorsuch was so unobjectionable he didn't merit even a whisper of disapproval? In the decades since, he has had an objectively exemplary record. By any measure, he has shown himself to be even more worthy of the bipartisan support he received back then. Unfortunately, modern reality suggests that's probably not something my Democratic colleagues feel they can do in today's political environment. Many probably believe they have no choice but to try to manufacture attacks against Judge Gorsuch, whether they want to or not, just to preserve their own political future..."
Sen. Cruz continued to dig into the baseless attacks (which can be heard above), but unquestionably put Dems on notice that the sideshow wasn’t gonna fly. Bravo, sir!

Related links: Ted Cruz: If criticizing judges is so awful, why are Dems gleefully trashing Neil Gorsuch?
Chuck Schumer Confirms the Gorsuch Hearings Are For Show

Democrats Plan to Filibuster to Thwart Gorsuch Nomination
Gorsuch and Precedent: Democrats Want It Both Ways

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

CRUZ: lower premiums, 3-step process 'ain't gonna happen', repeal/replace Obamacare in one fell swoop!

Lion Ted continues to be right on the money!

TheResurgent: Senator Ted Cruz revealed Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation that he and fellow conservative stalwarts Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Mark Meadows met with President Trump on Saturday to discuss Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, with a focus on legislation that would result in decreased premiums.

“The number one issue is premiums,” Cruz stated. “My biggest concern with the House bill is that it doesn’t lower premiums … If Republicans hold a big press conference and pat ourselves on the back that we’ve repealed Obamacare and everyone’s premiums keep going up, people will be ready to tar and feather us in the streets – and quite rightly.”

Cruz also stated that he’d been speaking around the clock with Congressional leaders about the need to completely repeal and replace Obamacare in one fell swoop as opposed to the three-step process currently being proposed by Paul Ryan and the Trump administration – a process which would require Democratic support in order to pass the Senate, a result of which the Texas firebrand said flatly, “that ain’t gonna happen.”

Conservative leaders are proposing a full repeal and replace via budget reconciliation, including the expansion of Health Savings Accounts and allowing the purchase of insurance across state lines as means of reducing premiums. Because it does not include such elements, Cruz says he cannot support the House bill in its current form.

“I cannot vote for any bill that keeps premiums rising.”

The effort is just the latest in a string of several by conservative leaders (including Cruz, Meadows, Lee, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ben Sasse and others) to promote a full single-phase repeal and replace action.

Whether the meeting with Trump will result in substantive change to the repeal effort remains to be seen, but Cruz says he believes that the President is listening to the conservatives’ arguments. A strong grassroots campaign would no doubt help the cause. To share your thoughts, visit the White House contact page here.
The campaigns are over...let's get the promises right!

Related links: ‘Fundamentally False’: Ted Cruz CRUSHES Paul Ryan’s Lies About Repealing Obamacare
Price shoots down clean repeal of ObamaCare

Monday, March 20, 2017

So much lib entitlement drama over such minute budget cuts

President Trump’s budget proposal is overall oustanding, however the one part of the bill you won’t hear discussed in the liberal media is the debt. The national debt is out of control, but the left-wing media doesn’t care. Instead they will act as the Praetorian guard of big government and viciously attack any attempt to reign in profligate, wasteful federal spending. This is unsustainable. ~ MLS, 3/16/17
President Trump's revealed his budget proposal Thursday, and immediately the headline hysterics commenced. Here's the skinny on perhaps a not-so-skinny budget, but the truth beyond the phony narratives nonetheless...
Critics are portraying these domestic cuts as shocking while Mr. Trump is advertising his defense increases as the largest in history. They’re both wrong. The annual federal budget is now more than $4 trillion, so the White House is proposing to shift a mere 1.35% of that to defense from other priorities. That’s it.
Yet, the feigned outrage of the Left (and unfortunately some of the status quo Righties) over shifting priorities from their incessant siphoning of taxpayer dollars through a grab-bag of supposed political 'untouchables' to some semblance of national sovereignty and defense, as well as budgetary maintenance that might eventually lead to fiscal responsibility one day (God forbid!), have sent a propaganda storm through the media that would have us frightened with grim tails and foreboding feelings that the end is nigh. But I would have to absolutely agree with Erick Erickson on this one: the hue and cry is tiring...
If President Trump blinks, protestors take to the street. If he yawns, a Starbucks goes up in flames by outraged anarchists. If he tweets, progressive activists burn trashcans and hurl them onto interstates blocking rush hour. There is nothing the president can do to avoid the leftwing outrage. It is exhausting just observing it.

The latest outrage is President Trump’s budget. He would like to see eighteen federal agencies abolished, saving over $3 billion. Among those agencies would be the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Immediately, progressive activists took up the cause of Big Bird. President Trump, according to the activists, would mount Big Bird’s head on a wall. Pay no attention to the fact that Big Bird is now on HBO, a for profit endeavor.

While President Trump’s budget could use entitlement reforms to help it balance, it is a step in the right direction. It increases military spending, which is badly needed. It decreases domestic spending and ends the duplication of federal services. But President Trump wants to curtail the Meals on Wheels program. The progressive outrage over this is to declare the budget “not Christian.”

Let us leave aside the humor of people who demand Christians bake cakes for same-sex weddings claiming a budget cut is anti-Christian. What is amazing is that the left thinks only the federal government can feed the elderly and poor and it is somehow an immoral act to suggest otherwise. When government becomes your religion, your arguments take on the character of religious zeal.

Meals on Wheels and other programs targeted for elimination are good programs that benefit people in need. But there is no evidence that such programs cannot be responsibly handled by non-profits and local communities. Christians, in fact, are admonished throughout the Bible to take care of widows, orphans, refugees and the poor. Thanks to an ever-expanding federal government, many Christians have abdicated personal responsibility for that care to the federal government. Churches were given a way out of needing strong social programs because the government took them over.

As a result, people became less dependent on local churches and their local community in general. Whether cause or correlation, there is no real dispute that as American society becomes increasingly secular, families break down, vitriol in the public square increases and society destabilizes.

President Trump’s budget challenges the status quo, which voters in November clearly indicated they wanted challenged. His elimination of programs and eradication of duplicate services is not intended to write off the poor and needy, but to try something new and different. The vitriol has more to do with money than honest complaints. Favored programs are being cut. Planned Parenthood, the high priests of the secular left’s chief sacrament, abortion, cannot be deprived of money. We are not allowed to try anything different.

The left will object no matter what. The substance of their objections amount to “we lost and we were convinced we would never lose again.” The real problems for Donald Trump and his budget are coming from congressional Republicans.

Some are outraged that he wants steep cuts to the State Department and United Nations. Others are upset he wants to cut the budget and mischief making abilities of the Environmental Protection Agency. Still others are upset he wants to increase the military’s budget. Republicans are pronouncing this budget dead on arrival.

If the framework of this budget cannot make it through a Republican congress, no balanced budget ever will. And if no balanced budget can make it through congress, we will one day soon face economic and financial catastrophe. For eight years, Washington politicians behaved like the debt and deficits do not matter. Now they have an Administration that believes both matter and the status quo does nothing but complain.
'If not now, when?' is the proverbial question that continues to be answered with 'NEVER!' by these forces who refuse restraint. Governmental self-control must be reinstated by and for the sake of its People. It's time.

Related links: Liberals: Stop Saying That Trump Will Kill All Meals On Wheels
Big Bird Is Rich, So Why Does He Need Taxpayer Money?
In Trump’s $1.065 trillion budget, the details are more in the words than the numbers
America’s Fiscal Insolvency and Its Generational Consequences (February 2015)
PELOSI GALORE: Slams ‘stupid economy’, repeats words, bursts into laughter
Pelosi: Trump Budget Is Systemic Deconstruction of the Federal Government and Its Role’
Despite Liberal Squealing, Meals On Wheels Proves Private Charity Works Best
When the Government Steps Out, the Community Should Step Up
You’re Going to Hell if You Support Cutting Meals on Wheels Funding
It’s About Time Veterans Got The Care They Deserve

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Here to stay? Trump & Republicans are blowing it on Obamacare repeal

"This is ass backwards! It embraces progressivism; it embraces centralism. All the talk to the contrary is BS. The Republicans have blown it, and they have blown it big time...and now the president is too." ~ Mark Levin, 3/9/17
This is the colossal cluster@#$% that happens when you put the cart before the horse (i.e., replace, or more accurately amend, before repeal)!

Sorry, not letting this one go, because it pains me to watch the new Republican-controlled administration of Trump, McConnell & Ryan FAILING LIBERTY in such a big way...
On Friday’s Mark Levin show, Full repeal of Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process in the Senate is possible and they can do it with 51 votes. Paul Ryan even said on the Mark Levin show in 2012 that 85% of Obamacare could be repealed through this process. But neither the House nor the Senate, have even attempted to pass a full repeal of the law through this process. So why won’t the Republicans do this? Because there are so many moderates and liberals in the Republican party that some of them want some aspects of Obamacare to stay.

Related links: Lie, lie, lie: Ryan and Co. caught in twisted pretzel of lies to preserve Obamacare
Ted Cruz Announces Method to Get REAL Obamacare Repeal

Did the GOP Leadership, led by Paul Ryan, even consult with conservatives before writing the American Health Care Act? You know the answer...
...all they had were different listening sessions, then went behind closed doors and only allowed leaders and chairmen (most of whom you cannot label “conservative”) the ability to negotiate details.

...what the whole conservative movement really wanted on repeal is completely public and widely known for years. These are as follows:

  1. Full repeal
  2. Stop Medicaid expansion
  3. Take out the regs that drive up costs
  4. Interstate competition
  5. Supersize HSA’s
  6. Allow people to pay for premiums out of it so they can control their care
  7. Equalize tax treatment (deductions preferred but tax credits could be considered if tightly structured)
This bill literally does none of those things except attempts the tax equalization component and botches even that part of it.

...we have one or two years of opportunity to get stuff done and we need to approach fights differently and drive the policy as close to conservative principles as possible.

...Obamacare repeal is a no brainer. It is literally what the GOP ran on (very successfully, I might add) for the last three election cycles. Mitch McConnell promised to “rip it out, root and branch.” President Trump said it would be one of the first things he did when he won.

The really interesting point about this moment is that it is the Ryan/McConnell leadership that has changed ZERO from their previous failed strategies. They are still head patting conservatives with rhetoric but catering to moderates with policy. They are still secretly negotiating deals without conservative input then daring conservatives in a “binary choice” to oppose “the best chance to fix health care/taxes/regulations/education” and if you oppose their crap sandwich, you are the problem.

Why can’t Ryan just simply say: 'I’m hearing some good ideas from our conservative colleagues and we’re going to work with them to address their concerns.' That's what they do with moderates. But no, instead they insist the bill is the most conservative thing ever and anyone who disagrees is a liberal who doesn’t understand conservative policy.

Take a look at Ryan’s interview with Tucker Carlson. He literally says the reason we can’t do repeal the way conservatives want is because of reconciliation, and conservatives just don’t understand how things work. Really?! We repealed MORE under reconciliation with Obama in the White House than we are with the GOP holding the majorities in the House, the Senate and our guy in the White House!

Sorry. We know for a fact more can be repealed because we did it already.

President Trump has said he wants to work with conservatives and fight for the people. Conservatives have openly said they are willing to take less than they want. GOP leaders say: you get nothing like always and we’ll just primary you like we did before.

...the conservative movement has grown up and understands the moment. GOP leadership has not and does not.
Equally dastardly was the news that came out late Friday afternoon concerning Trump's own threats towards conservatives in the GOP: Back the bill or get primaried!

President Trump has told Republican leaders that he's prepared to play hardball with congressional conservatives to pass the GOP healthcare bill, including by supporting the 2018 primary challengers of any Republican who votes against the bill.

Sources told the Washington Examiner that Trump made that threat in a White House meeting on Tuesday with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and other members of the House GOP whip team that helps line up votes.
Related link: Trump Engages on ACA: Threatens Conservatives with Primaries

Why go there? Especially when the Democrats are itching to hang Obamacare's failure AND RINOcare on Republicans! If this is the continued direction of the administration, only one word comes to mind: betrayal.
Since 2010, Republicans have repeatedly promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which is now universally referred to as Obamacare. Last week, Republicans finally unveiled their alternative to Obamacare and it is best described as swampcare. Far from repealing Obamacare or replacing Obamacare, it only tweaks the Affordable Care Act and does nothing to drain the swamp. ...

Swampcare violates core Republican promises going back to 2010. Republicans have taken to noting how many times they have voted to repeal Obamacare, but those times did not really count and they know it. In 2015, Republicans structured a comprehensive plan to roll back Obamacare. Every Republican supported that legislation. Now many of the same Republicans who supported the 2015 plan are refusing to support it again. They know that now it could become law. ...

Republicans promised to repeal Obamacare and President Trump promised to drain the swamp. Swampcare makes the whole mess worse. Ironically, President Trump is President because his voters had enough of the Republican Party. They had enough of the leadership of the party and its pundit cheerleaders who supported every Republican expansion of government and every too clever by half compromise with Barack Obama.

Now those very same establishment politicians and their pundit cheerleaders are rushing to claim swampcare is the best thing ever. President Trump’s supporters are outraged and recognize the breach of trust. But President Trump himself appears to be going along with the GOP plan.
Supporters may be hoping that this is just the opening salvo, another 'art of the deal'...but if this bill is rammed through in similar fashion as the one that started this chaos, the government take over of healthcare will escalate and costs will sore (thus ignoring our citizenry's genuine concerns yet again)...and that will all be on President Trump.
Since 2010, the GOP has pledged to repeal Obamacare and now, in the present, we know they have been lying the whole time.
I had hoped they'd prove Boehner wrong. Wishful thinking...

Related link: RINOcare? No, we want you to Repeal Obamacare ENTIRELY!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

RINOcare? No, we want you to Repeal Obamacare ENTIRELY!

“the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act… is amended….” ~ actual text of Republicans' American Health Care Act
So this was announced Monday evening...

Related links: Trump endorses RINOcare. Are we doomed?
Why Trump will be remembered as ‘Obama-lite’ if he doesn’t stop the GOP’s health plan

But why not just repeal the thing in its ENTIRETY first? It's more and more obvious that the Republicans, from Congress on Up, don't want to be on the hook for removing government from our healthcare choices. Folks, this replacement leaves A LOT to be desired, and conservatives are speaking out on it...

“This is a Republican welfare entitlement”
And the Freedom Caucus rolls out an incredibly novel health care plan: Repeal Obamacare ENTIRELY!
Not sold on GOP leadership’s touted “repeal and replace” bill, congressional conservatives have a simple plan to handle Obamacare: Do what they promised voters and pass the same legislation they did 14 months ago.
Related link: Conservative Republicans hold presser AGAINST GOP health replacement bill

...while the pom-pom squad cheer RINOcare on...
...and the Left sits back smiling, because they'll just pick up where they left off when power shifts back to them.
"So, well done, Republicans. Instead of putting forward a gradual repeal of Obamacare, you've actually created a gradual cementing of key elements of Obamacare, all to avoid the political blowback." ~ Ben Shapiro
Related link: Obamacare 2.0 is a gift to illegals. Oh, and GOP? You LIE.

ADDENDUM: Levin certainly weighed in tonight on this issue...
CR: Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin thrashed establishment Republicans on his Tuesday radio show for what he called the “RINOcare” bill Republicans introduced to supposedly replace Obamacare.

“Has the American spirit been conquered?” Levin asked of the weakness of the politicians in Washington, who are seemingly afraid to stand up for free market principles.

“The problem with the Republican plan is that it is not a market-oriented plan,” Levin explained. “The substance of this thing is politics through and through.”

“They have embraced the progressive agenda, and Barack Obama and the Democrats have won,” Levin said of the bill.

“The decision has been removed from the individual,” he added. “We’re out of the decision-making process.”

Levin moved on to his next point.

“What kind of country do we want to be?” he asked, explaining that the American healthcare system has been used to “redistribute wealth” and distribute funds through the “welfare program” of Medicaid.

Levin also spoke to other conservative colleagues over concerns...
On Tuesday’s Mark Levin show, The problem with the Republican RINOcare healthcare plan is that it is not a market-oriented plan. The substance of this thing is politics through and through. Republicans embraced the progressive agenda, and Barack Obama and the Democrats have won. The worst part is that the Republicans are dressing their RINO plan up with conservative propaganda. Every one of the Obamacare fundamentals is being preserved, because Republicans fear being blamed. In addition, more and more of our society and what the government does revolves around the centralization of power, because the people are apparently too stupid to decide for themselves what kind of healthcare they need. Now, we need politicians, professors and surrogates to develop our healthcare plans. Later, Daniel Horowitz, Senior Editor at Conservative Review, calls in to explain that the new RINOcare not only doesn’t replace Obamacare, it doesn’t repeal it either. Also, Rep Dave Brat of Virginia calls in to talk about his opposition to the Republicans replacement healthcare plan. After that, we are leaving our children and grandchildren a broken Social Security system, a broken healthcare system, broken education system and trillions of dollars of debt. We have gone from a nation that was the consent of the governed to a nation where the government gets to make every decision for us. What kind of a country do we want to be?
ADDENDUM II: More from Levin on Wednesday:
On Wednesday’s Mark Levin show, President Trump is 100% behind the RINOcare replacement plan, which is a combination of establishment Republicans and the Trump administration pushing a massive government program. This plan will create a massive amount of regulation that will have a devastating impact on the economy. They are leaving price hike regulations in place and getting rid of the individual mandate, and then putting in place a 30% fine for those who don’t have insurance and decide to come back in. In addition, there will be tax credits, where the tax payer is going to be subsidizing an enormous amount of money. How will we ever move towards a completive market system for insurers to market to the middle? Also, the government is throwing money at the states to help them deal with high risk pools but it won’t be enough. The Republican plan doesn’t address the cost increasing mandates and it will affect Republicans at the ballot box. Why are the Republicans talking like liberals to get their big government program through? Conservative’s opposition is not based on purism or perfectionism but based on promises to fully roll back the core pillars of Obamacare which are hurting the country. After that, GOP leaders, like Steve Scalise are trying to shore up support for the bill are sending a dire message to conservatives. He’s telling principled constitutional conservatives that they have 2 choices, either you support Donald Trump who supports the American Healthcare Act, or you support Nancy Pelosi and Obamacare. These Republicans are acting like leftists and are creating a false dilemma. Later, Jim Jordan calls in to discuss his effort in fighting RINOcare.
Related links: Establishment RINO Squish Steve Scalise Using Slimeball Leftist Tactic to Get You to Accept Obamacare 2.0
6 moronic arguments for RINOcare, refuted
Trump seeks to rally support for health reform as doubts grow
20 ideas to crush Obamacare and cure America's health care crisis
CR: Health care policy is complicated, and it’s easily to get lost in the details when it comes to House leadership’s Obamacare replacement plan.

Referencing an earlier discussion with a GOP lawmaker, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin broke down the problems with the replacement package, and what the bill's various provisions mean for the American taxpayer.

In conclusion, he posed a simple question to the audience about the end result of GOP leadership's big-government plan:

“What are we doing to future generations – children, grandchildren, and children yet born – with these massive, overwhelming costs, debt, [and] entitlements?”
Related links: Why TrumpCare is even worse politics and policy than Obamacare
Tell the Republicans to do their damned job
GOP should look up the definition of 'Obamacare' before claiming to repeal it
BACKLASH: This is how to kill RyanCare, says one conservative group
Limbaugh Airs Montage Of Conservatives UNHAPPY With Obamacare Repeal And Replace Bill
Conservatives Revolt Against Republican Health Bill

ADDENDUM III: On Thursday, Mark expressed how there is something horribly immoral about RINOcare...
CR: Thursday on the radio, Conservative Review Editor-in-Chief Mark Levin gave the rundown on the press conference of Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. (F, 51%), in which Ryan tried to give the hard sell to Americans on the Republican American Health Care Act "reform" plan.

Levin called Ryan’s proposal “repeal in name only." Or, if you will, “RINOcare,” because the GOP plan keeps the core of Obamacare in place.

Levin had a “number of questions” for the speaker, questions that so far remain unanswered.

“Now, here’s my question Mr. Ryan,” Levin said. “How much will the average American’s deduction go up, or down?”

Further, Levin asked, how much will the federal government be spending on subsidies for certain individuals? Will individuals be able to see the doctors they want? The specialists they need? Will individuals be able to go to the hospital of their choice? Will they be able to get the medicines they need to get?

At the end of the day, the problem with RINOcare, Levin explained, is it embraces the Left’s assumption that government involvement is needed to make health insurance affordable. It embraces progressivism; it embraces centralization.

“Republicans have blown it,” Levin said. "There is something horribly immoral about RINOcare."
Related link: RINOcare: What would Mike Pence of 2003 tell VP Pence?

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Trump proves 'Presidential'...Dems prove petulant

Last night, Donald Trump the man became Donald Trump the President...

TheResurgent: The truth is that Presidential speeches to joint sessions of Congress are quickly forgotten. Within a week, the nation will be on to other topics. But while the speeches are forgotten, the impressions they leave will live on. Last night, Mr. Trump finally became President Trump. That should scare the crap out of Democrats.

President Trump’s speech was, frankly, a conventional speech to a crowd that favors convention. He sounded the part. He hit the right notes. His remarks on Ryan Owens and having Mrs. Owens there were electric and unifying. It was a moment of non-partisanship in a hyper-partisan age. That moment allowed all but the most cynical partisans to be American, not partisan. The President put the nation ahead of the tribe. That matters.

It matters because things have felt out of sorts for some time and the last month has been discombobulating and confusing for so many people. Last night, President Trump restored normalcy. It has a different rhythm and a different cadence, but it is familiar. That familiarity is reassuring.

The President’s performance should scare Democrats because they had placed their bets that President Trump is incapable of rising to the occasion. But he did. They cannot now rely on letting President Trump self immolate. They are now going to have to relate to real people in the heartland again, but how can they?

In saying, “My job is not to represent the world. My job is to represent the United States of America,” President Trump connected with the middle class across demographic lines and Americans witnessed a Democratic Party sitting on their hands. When the Congress gave Mrs. Owens a standing ovation, Keith Ellison — the would be chair of the DNC — and Debbie Wasserman Schultz refused to stand.

Last night, the President showed he really has found his footing. He showed he really can be up to the task of being everyone’s President. He showed he is invested in the job.

The substance of his speech was not conservative. There was big government for everyone. Republicans cheered protectionism and government mandated paid family leave. They cheered further government interference in the free market and healthcare. But again, the substance of the speech will all be forgotten. No President’s wish list in a speech like this ever advances too far.

What does advance is how people left the speech feeling. And Americans had every reason to feel reassured that things will be okay in the Age of Trump.

Now if he’ll just stay off Twitter for 24 hours.
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Powerful: Last Night’s Special Moment You Might Have Missed

Though the overall substance of Trump's speech to Congress was a mixed bag for constitutional conservatives, it was more than visibly obvious that Democrats became the Party of Hate last night...
TheResurgent: President Trump gave a good, presidential speech last night. It wasn’t Reagan. But it damn sure wasn’t The Donald of June 2015 either. He hit the right message, the right tone, and most importantly, exposed the Democrats as the party of hate.

Democrats behaved like petulant children by sitting and grimacing against public opinion, while Trump gave the most inclusive and bipartisan speech he’s ever made.

Here’s the list of things the Democrats hated, by my reckoning.
  • Black History Month
  • Fighting anti-Semitism
  • pre-existing conditions
  • Rare disease survivors
  • Medicaid support at the state level
  • State lines (selling health insurance across them)
  • Accessible child care
  • School education choice
  • Law enforcement (they were forced to their feet on the second mention)
  • God
  • Big, bold, daring things
After baiting the Democrats for 18 months, Trump turned the tables, extended his hand, and let them turn their shoulder from him, against public opinion. This won’t go over well for Democrats.

Nobody will remember what Trump said last night. They’ll remember he was presidential. And they’ll remember how the Democrats reacted. That’s exactly what Trump intended.
Related links: A Tale of Two Parties
Don’t the Democrats Have to Expand Their Base Too?
PATHETIC: Nancy Pelosi Refuses To Applaud When Trump Talks About Job Creation (VIDEO)

And the Media FREAKS OUT that 7 in 10 Americans felt optimistic after Trump's speech? Really, how can we not considering...
In his speech last night, President Trump proved that he can act presidential and assume the ceremonial duties of president. He inspired much of the country with optimism after eight years of national malaise.
ADDENDUM: From Levin Wednesday evening...
On Wednesday’s Mark Levin show, President Donald Trump gave a terrific speech on Tuesday. It will resonate with most Americans because of the conservative aspects and the patriotic packaging of some liberal policy items like family leave and infrastructure spending. Of course liberals and Democrats are furious because Trump is politically hijacking their issues. Rather than trying to hang onto their constituents they are letting them go. However, it’s frustrating that Trump is trying to win the Reagan Democrats with big government policies. He should instead win them over with free market economics and unleashing the economy. Trump was extremely effective in advancing both conservative and liberal policies. Maybe this is what the American people want and what the Republican Party has become. In addition, there was not a single thing mentioned about the debt by Trump, the Democrats or Republicans. Nobody wants to talk about the debt because they created it. After that, the Democrats are despicable and acting like children during the speech. They still can’t accept the outcome of the election.
Related links: Trump's address to Congress was an A+ speech even lefties have a hard time criticizing.
Trump scored big, using a conventional speech to kick off an unconventional presidency