Why was there no mention of this?
Why was there no mention of this?
John Deere, Caterpillar, Medtronic, Verizon, Ski Resorts in Colorado and New Hampshire, and student loan centers in Indiana already report devastating effects of the healthcare bill:
MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL DEVICE MANUFACTURERS
“A Dire Warning From Bay State Medical-Device Companies That A New Sales Tax In The Federal Health-Care Law Could Force Their Plants - And Thousands Of Jobs - Out Of The Country...”
“‘This Bill Is A Jobs Killer,’ Said Ernie Whiton, Chief Financial Officer Of Chelmsford’s Zoll Medical Corp., Which Employs About 650 People In Massachusetts. Many of those employees work in Zoll’s local manufacturing facility making heart defibrillators.”
“‘We Could Be Forced To (Move) Manufacturing Overseas If We Can’t Pass Along These Costs To Our Customers,’ Said Whiton.” (“Beware The ‘Jobs Killer’,” Boston Herald, 3/25/10).
“Deere & Company, Iowa’s Largest Manufacturing Employer, Said In A Statement This Morning That The Recently-Passed Health Care Legislation Will Cost The Company $150 Million After Tax This Year.” (Des Moines Register, 3/25/10)
CATERPILLAR, MEDTRONIC AND VERIZON
“Even Before President Obama Signed The Bill On Tuesday, Caterpillar Said It Would Cost The Company At Least $100 Million More In The First Year Alone. Medical Device Maker Medtronic Warned That New Taxes On Its Products Could Force It To Lay Off A Thousand Workers. Now Verizon Joins The Roll Of Businesses Staring At Adverse Consequences.” (The Wall Street Journal, 3/25/10)
A very disturbing story from komonews.com:
When she signed a consent form, Jill figured it meant her 15 year old could go to the Ballard Teen Health Center located inside the high school for an earache, a sports physical, even birth control, but not for help terminating a pregnancy.
"She took a pregnancy test at school at the teen health center," she said. "Nowhere in this paperwork does it mention abortion or facilitating abortion."
Jill says her daughter, a pro-life advocate, was given a pass, put in a taxi and sent off to have an abortion during school hours all without her family knowing.
"We had no idea this was being facilitated on campus," said Jill. "They just told her that if she concealed it from her family, that it would be free of charge and no financial responsibility."
Forever remembered as the faux pro-life Democrat who ushered hardcore Socialism into America, Rep. Stupak tried to make it sound like Obamacare won't fund abortions. Of course that's nonsense. The Stupak Amendment was redundant and won't be enforced. Now Stupak says Planned Parenthood doesn't even perform abortions!
STUPAK: That’s a town hall meeting, and that was in the fall before we had the Stupak amendment, and the question was, ‘Would I vote against the health care bill if it funded abortions?’ I said I would cross that when I get there, because I was negotiating on the Stupak Amendment. And what did I do? We forced a showdown with the House, we got the Stupak Amendment, and we banned abortions in the House bill.Washington Times
PICKET: But, particularly, you said you would vote for the health care bill even if the language didn’t get into it.
STUPAK: That’s not what I said. If you go to the video…the unaltered video, you will find I said, ‘If I’m given a clean shot, and I’m allowed to bring it up, and a rule comes up, and I’m allowed to have my amendment, and let’s say we lose that 218 to 216, would I then vote for health care? Yeah, if it’s a good bill , I would, because I want health care, and as long as I had a shot to vote my conscience, then I would feel comfortable. I’ve done all I could as one member to protect the sanctity of life.
PICKET: Then how come you didn’t vote for Pence’s amendment to de-fund Planned Parenthood back in 2009?
STUPAK: I don’t think I ever voted to de-fund Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood does not do abortions…in my district. Planned Parenthood has a number of clinics in my district that provide health care for my people. Therefore, these clinics do quite well in my district, and I’m all for health care and extending it to everybody–access to health care, so that’s just another way. Also on Planned Parenthood , when they do it, there is a segregation of funds that go with it. It’s usually about four hundred million they tried to de-fund on Planned Parenthood. Maybe this time, I’ll look at it again if Pence brings it up. Maybe I’ll vote differently this time, but you’re right I did vote against it.
According to the California Taxpayers Association, California has wasted $19 billion since the year 2000, citing nearly 130 instances of severe waste on everything from Medical fraud and welfare to transportation and criminal justice. See their shocking (or maybe not so shocking) report here.
This report coincides with a state budget that is about $20-billion in the red heading into the new fiscal year. The government's answer has been deep cuts to education, teacher layoffs and fire & rescue downsizing while social programs seem to be comparatively thriving.
California simply cannot control its spending. This is liberal politics at its finest.
(BTY, this is the tip of the iceberg. Much of the waste goes unreported and the majority of cases that are reported cannot be quantified in dollars and cents).
The Intercollegiate Studies Institute administered a 60 question quiz on knowledge of American history, government, foreign affairs, and market economics to a random sample of the American public, both college grads and not.
Their findings showed that the years in college made little difference in civic literacy.
In 2008, ISI expanded the field of study to measure the average independent impact of college on the acquisition of civic literacy among Americans of all ages. A random, representative sample of 2,508 American adults was surveyed to allow comparisons between those with and without college degrees. Respondents were asked 33 questions, many drawn from U.S. naturalization exams and U.S. Department of Education high school progress tests (NAEP). 71% of Americans failed this basic test. The overall average score was only 49%, with college graduates also failing at 57%.
What are students learning in college then?
Knowledge of American history, government, foreign affairs and economics had the almost exact opposite effect.
If two people otherwise share the same basic characteristics, including equal civic knowledge, the one who graduates from college will be more likely than the one who does not graduate from college to:
- Favor same same-sex marriage; and
- Favor abortion on demand.
Similarly, all else being equal, a college graduate will be less likely to:
- Believe anyone can succeed in America with hard work and perseverance;
- Favor teacher-led prayer in public schools; and
- Believe the Bible is the Word of God.
[I]f two people otherwise share the same basic characteristics, including formal education, the one who scores higher on the civic literacy exam will be:Civic knowledge likewise had the effect of increasing an individual's regard for American institutions and ideals.
- More likely to agree that a person’s evaluation of a nation improves with his understanding of it; but
- Less likely to agree that legislatures should subsidize a college in proportion to its students learning about America.
- More likely to agree that prosperity depends on entrepreneurs and free markets; but
- Less likely to agree that the free market brings about full employment.
- More likely to agree that the Ten Commandments remain relevant; but
- Less likely to agree that the Bible is the Word of God.
If two people otherwise share the same basic characteristics—they have the same level of education, earn the same income, are the same age, etc.—the one with greater civic knowledge will be more likely to support:
- America’s ideals: He or she will be less likely to agree with the proposition that America corrupts otherwise good people.
- America’s Founding documents: He or she will be less likely to agree with the proposition that the Founding documents are obsolete.
- American free enterprise: He or she will be more likely to agree that prosperity depends on entrepreneurs and free markets, and less likely to agree that global capitalism produces few winners and many losers, and that government regulation does more good than harm.
- The Ten Commandments: He or she will be less likely to agree that the Ten Commandments are irrelevant today.
You can take the test for yourself here and see how you measure up on civic literacy. Let me know how you did. (I scored 90.91%!)
Today the National Organization for Marriage launched a new TV ad campaign throughout California entitled "Two peas, same liberal pod," highlighting Republican Senate candidate Tom Campbell's support for income tax and gas tax increases, as well as his support for same-sex marriage -- all positions shared with Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer.
NOM Executive Director Brian Brown explained: "GOP voters believe in tax cuts, the family, and national defense. They oppose same-sex marriage by a 4-1 margin. They deserve to know that Tom Campbell is a pro-tax, pro-choice, pro-gay marriage Republican -- not much different from Barbara Boxer on many key issues."
Leading conservatives are calling the Democrats' extremely unpopular, corrupt, unconstitutional passage of Government Health Care takeover "intolerable, " comparable to the Intolerable Acts of King George leading up to America's War for Independence. They vow to overthrow the tyranny enacted today so that real, responsible health care reform can begin.
From The Hill. UPDATED: 3/20/10 at 12:39 p.m.
House Democrats not on this list are expected to vote yes. However, some members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus who are not mentioned below have threatened to vote no unless the Senate's immigration-related provisions are changed.
All House Republicans are expected to vote no.
If every member votes and all GOP lawmakers vote no, the maximum number of Democratic defections to pass a bill is 37, which would result in a 216-215 tally.
* -- Voted for Stupak amendment in November
(Y) -- Voted yes in November
(N) -- Voted no in November
Firm No, Leaning No, Likely No (35)
John Adler (N.J.) (N) Adler announced March 18 he will vote no
Jason Altmire (Pa.) * (N) Announced March 19 he is going to vote no, saying, "I strongly believe that a vote in opposition to the health care bill is consistent with the views of the district I represent." On March 16, Altmire told Fox Business Network that he has major problem with Democrats' "deem and pass" strategy, calling it "wrong." Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) told McClatchy Newspapers earlier this month he was targeting Altmire
Michael Arcuri (N.Y.) (Y) He is now a firm no. His statement reads, "And after several meetings and conversations with the president, Speaker of the House, administration officials and colleagues, I am not convinced enough changes can be made to the Senate health care bill to meet the needs of the people in my district."
John Barrow (Ga.) * (N) Announced on March 19 he is a no. Barrow told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "It puts too much of the burden of paying for it on working folks who are already being overcharged, and that’s not fair. It threatens to overwhelm Medicaid in Georgia, and that's not right. And it barely touches the insurance companies, and that's not smart." Barrow had been considered a likely no vote. He voted no last year in committee and on floor.
Marion Berry (Ark.) * (Y) Berry has not been talking publicly recently. Berry, who is retiring, could be a yes. However, he has been critical of the president since announcing his retirement. Strong backer of Stupak language. Voted yes in Budget Committee markup on March 15
Dan Boren (Okla.) * (N) Won't be changing his mind — firm no
Rick Boucher (Va.) (N) GOP target who has told local press outlets in Virginia he has major problems with Medicare cuts and "unsavory dealmaking" that benefited Nebraska, Louisiana and Florida. Leaning no
Bobby Bright (Ala.) * (N) Voted against House health bill, stimulus and climate change. Firm no
Ben Chandler (Ky.) * (N) His office told The Hill on March 15: “Congressman Chandler’s position on the bill remains the same. He expects to vote against the legislation.”
Travis Childers (Miss.) * (N) Told the Daily Journal he will vote no, citing lack of strong language on abortion funding. From Childers's statement: "While I cannot vote for current House legislation, I remain committed to effective, fiscally responsible healthcare reform that makes sense for North Mississippi."
Jerry Costello (Ill.) * (Y) One of his senior aides, David Gillies, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Costelllo will vote no on the Senate bill. Most of the calls, e-mails and letters he has received have advised a no vote. His office did say he was "undecided" on the reconciliation legislation if it comes up for a vote.
Artur Davis (Ala.) * (N) Running for governor, but will make sure to return to D.C. to vote no
Peter DeFazio (Ore.) (Y) The Huffington Post reported March 19 that DeFazio is a no unless changes are made to provisions pertaining to Medicare disparity reimbursements. There are likely going to be some tweaks to the language, securing DeFazio's vote. However, DeFazio voted against the stimulus so he is not one to cave if he doesn't get what he wants. Without a change, DeFazio has made it clear he is a no
Joe Donnelly (Ind.) * (Y) Among the Stupak dozen — will vote no unless abortion language in Senate bill is changed, according to The Rochester Sentinel
Steve Driehaus (Ohio) * (Y) In toss-up race in November who is ardent backer of Stupak language. Now sounds like a very firm no. Told the Cincinnati Enquirer, "They are going to have to do it without me and without the other pro-life Democrats." His spokesman told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "Unless changes are made to the abortion language in the Senate version, Rep. Driehaus will be voting no."
Chet Edwards (Texas) (N) Perennial GOP target. Edwards spokesman told CNN he will vote no. Votes no at March 15 Budget Committee markup
Larry Kissell (N.C.) (N) GOP target, but reelection chances on the rise. Firm no
Frank Kratovil (Md.) (N) Voted for climate change; says he will vote no
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (S.D.) (N) Congresswoman told the Rapid City Journal she's a no, noting she is not a fan of reconciliation. She also voted no on education reform bill expected to move in reconciliation with healthcare reform
Tim Holden (Pa.) * (N) The Morning Call reported March 20 that Holden received a call from President Barack Obama, and told him he will be voting no. Has expressed concerns about cuts to Medicare. Voted against healthcare and climate change in 2009.
Daniel Lipinski (Ill.) * (Y) Will not vote for abortion language in Senate bill, but has other concerns as well. Democratic leaders cannot count on Lipinski
Stephen Lynch (Mass.) * (Y) Says he will vote no. Proponent of Stupak language. Has major problems with "deem and pass" strategy. Told Politico, "I don’t buy the argument that he’s done if this doesn’t pass. He’s got three more years. He can recover.”
Jim Marshall (Ga.) * (N) Perennial GOP target, but favored to win reelection. Told The Hill he's a no
Mike McIntyre (N.C.) * (N) Seven-term lawmaker rejected House health bill and climate change. Spokesman tells The Hill McIntyre is a no. Expected to win reelection easily even though Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won district
Mike McMahon (N.Y.) (N) Suggested last month he was a no to the Staten Island Advance. McMahon told The Hill on March 12 he is leaning no. Voted no on education reform bill that is expected to move with healthcare reform in reconciliation
Charlie Melancon (La.) * (N) Senate hopeful voted no in November and no in committee. Likely no
Walt Minnick (Idaho) (N) One of the House's most conservative members. Firm no
Collin Peterson (Minn.) * (N) Ag chairman not shy in bucking leadership. Firm no
Nick Rahall (W.Va.) * (Y) The Hill reported March 19 that Rahall is involved in discussions with Senate on abortion provisions. Told the Charleston Daily Mail that he will vote no unless abortion language is changed. Rahall is third committee chairmen on this Firm No, Leaning No, Likely No list
Mike Ross (Ark.) * (N) AP reported March 19 that Ross is a firm no.
Heath Shuler (N.C.) * (N) CNN reporting Shuler is a no. Doesn't hold his tongue when he opposes Democratic leaders. Critic of reconciliation. Gannett New Services reports Shuler is leaving himself wiggle room. Shuler said: "Until I know the details of the final bill and the process, I am reluctant to draw a line in the sand."
Ike Skelton (Mo.) * (N) GOP targeting his seat. Armed Services Committee chairman is a firm no
Bart Stupak (Mich.) * (Y) Was going to hold March 20 press conference with "other pro-life Democrats," but is was canceled on Saturday morning. Many believe the press conference was to announce a deal with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), but any deal is off -- at least for the moment.
Gene Taylor (Miss.) * (N) Has been a firm no all Congress. Constituents last summer urged him to get others to vote no
Harry Teague (N.M.) * (N) Announced March 19 that he is a no and ripped the bill for doing more for insurance companies than the uninsured: "In fact, I believe we are doing more for the insurance companies than we are for the people who need this coverage, and that is why, despite the positive steps it takes, I must vote against this bill."
Firm Yes (40)
Joe Baca (Calif.) * (Y) Must-have for leadership and was at 3/18 CHC press conference where lawmakers announced they would vote for the bill
Tim Bishop (N.Y.) (Y) Must-have vote for leadership. Bishop's office told CNN that the New York lawmaker wants major changes to Senate bill. Voted yes in March 15 Budget Committee markup
John Boccieri (Ohio) * (N) Announced he will vote yes at a March 19 presser. He said: "Yes, I will be voting yes for the bill. I was very encouraged by the budget results that came back from the Congressional Budget Office." Clyburn had publicly said he was leaning on Boccieri, who is in a tough reelection race
Allen Boyd (Fla.) (N) Big yes for Democrats. Boyd said on March 19 he is a yes. Voted no on March 15 during Budget Committee markup and voted no on last year's bill
Russ Carnahan (Mo.) (Y) Announced his support of bill on March 18. In competitive race this fall, but should win
Joe Courtney (Conn.) (Y) Announced on March 19 he is a yes. Had expressed concerns about excise tax
Brad Ellsworth (Ind.) * (Y) Seneta hopeful said on March 19 he is a yes, which is a huge get for Democratic leaders
Eliot Engel (N.Y.) (Y) Said on MSNBC March 19 he is a yes, but that was expected
Bob Etheridge (N.C.) * (Y) Announced March 19 he is a yes
Dale Kildee (Mich.) * (Y) Not one of Stupak's Dozen
John Garamendi (Calif.) (Y) Vowed last summer to vote against any bill without a public option, but his office says Garamendi is a firm yes and will keep fighting for the public option
Bart Gordon (Tenn.) * (N) Gordon said in a March 18 statement on the bill: "I am supporting it."
Luis Gutierrez (Ill.) (Y) Said at a March 18 press conference he will vote for the bill because he got a renewed commitment to immigration reform from President Barack Obama.
Raul Grijalva (Ariz.) (Y) Grijalva was at 3/18 CHC press conference where lawmakers announced they would vote for the bill
Baron Hill (Ind.) * (Y) Announced on March 20 he is a yes
Steve Kagen (Wis.) (Y) Told Fox 11 in Wisconsin that he prefers more incremental approach. But on March 13 he said, "We're going to find and secure enough votes to pass healthcare ... "
Mary Jo Kilroy (Ohio) (Y) Announced on March 19 she will vote yes.
Ann Kirkpatrick (Ariz.) (Y) Congresswoman on March 16 said she's a yes, asserting bill will enhance the healthcare of children and seniors. Kirkpatrick voted against climate change bill in 2009. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won Kirkpatrick's district by 10 points in the 2008 presidential election
Suzanne Kosmas (Fla.) (N) In a big boost to the chances of health reform passing, Kosmas announced on March 19 she is a yes. President Obama urges her to support the measure during a recent meeting in the Oval Office, according to March 16 AP report. Kosmas voted no last year
Dennis Kucinich (Ohio) (N) His yes vote, announced on March 17, is a huge boost to the chances of healthcare reform passing. Kucinich is first no vote in 2009 to commit to voting for yes. Before supporting bill, Kucinich had blasted it on cable news networks
Dan Maffei (N.Y.) (Y) On March 16, Maffei said, "I'm proud to support this legislation."
Betsy Markey (Colo.) (N) The Denver Post reports she will vote for the bill.
Harry Mitchell (Ariz.) (Y) Announced on March 19 he will vote yes. Big pickup for Democrats
Richard Neal (Mass.) * (Y) Fan of Stupak language, but will vote yes
Jim Oberstar (Minn.) * (Y) Wants Stupak language but told Politico of Senate bill: "On balance, it does what we need to do."
Bill Owens (N.Y.) (Y) Announced on March 20 he will vote yes. Latest upstate New York Democrat to vote yes, following Reps. Scott Murphy and Dan Maffei.
Chris Murphy (Conn.) (Y) GOP target said on March 19 he will vote yes
Scott Murphy (N.Y.) (N) Announced on March 19 he is a yes. Murphy was personally lobbied by President Barack Obama and later, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Soon after meeting with Pelosi on March 19, he announced he was a yes vote
Silvestre Reyes (Texas) * (Y) Intelligence panel chairman on board
Tim Ryan (Ohio) * (Y) On March 16, Ryan said on the House floor, "We need to pass this bill." Congressman voted for Stupak language
John Salazar (Colo.) * (Y) GOP target told the Denver Post he is a yes
Mark Schauer (Mich.) (Y) Told the Citizen Patriot he will vote for the bill. Schauer said: “I needed to see the bill and the Congressional Budget Office score. The bill fundamentally does what I hoped it would.”
Adam Schiff (Calif.) (Y) Firm yes
Carol Shea-Porter (N.H.) (Y) Spoke out favorably on healthcare reform on the House floor on March 16. In a toss-up reelection race, according to Cook Political Report.
Adam Smith (Wash.) (Y) Will approve bill
Vic Snyder (Ark.) * (Y) Has gone from lean yes to firm yes. Not seeking reelection
Betty Sutton (Ohio) (Y) Told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "The legislation is not perfect and indeed contains provisions that I will continue to strive to improve, but I will vote for the bill."
Dina Titus (Nev.) (Y) Announced on March 19 she is a yes
Paul Tonko (N.Y.) (Y) Said on March 19 he will vote yes
Charlie Wilson (Ohio) * (Y) Announced on March 19 he is a yes. Considered less vulnerable this fall than other Ohio Democrats.
Leaning Yes or Likely Yes (13)
Gerry Connolly (Va.) (Y) Obama to visit Connolly's Fairfax, Va.-district on Friday. But Obama doesn't have to worry about Connolly's vote. He is a very likely yes. Voted yes in Budget Committee markup on March 15
Mike Doyle (Pa.) * (Y) Doyle told The Hill on March 16 that he will likely vote yes
Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.) (Y) Was one of 10 Democrats to vote with Republicans on resolution criticizing "deem and pass" strategy on March 18. But GOP target will likely vote yes, according to Arizona Daily Star
Jim Himes (Conn.) (Y) Must-have vote for leadership. Likely yes
Jim Langevin (R.I.) * (Y) Langevin's seat not in danger this fall. He has previously fended off primary challenges. Voted yes in March 15 Budget Committee markup
Mike Michaud (Maine) * (Y) Likely yes
Dennis Moore (Kan.) (Y) Retiring this year. New Budget Committee member voted yes in March 15 markup
David Obey (Wis.) * (Y) Waiting to review bill language; likely yes
Tom Perriello (Va.) * (Y) Said he will vote yes on March 19 if gets assurance from 51 senators that bill will be amended in the upper chamber. In toss-up race this fall; Pelosi had long talk with the Virginia Democrat on March 10 on the House floor
John Spratt (S.C.) * (Y) Budget Committee chairman is in competitive reelection race. Spratt will soon be trying to collect votes for his budget resolution. Voted yes in Budget Committee markup on March 15
Anthony Weiner (N.Y.) (Y) On March 12, Weiner noted that 290 times this Congress, the Senate has failed to act on bills passed by the House, adding, "Fool us once, shame on you, fool me 290 times, shame on us." Regardless, Weiner is a very likely yes
David Wu (Ore.) (Y) His office told NPR he is leaning yes, but the only floor vote he missed, on March 18, was the motion to table the GOP resolution condemning the "deem and pass" strategy. Was undecided for three hours during 2003 Medicare drug vote, then voted with the GOP. Republicans are targeting Wu this fall
John Yarmuth (Ky.) (Y) Considered a team player. Likely yes. Voted yes in Budget Committee markup on March 15
Undecided/Unclear (33)Brian Baird (Wash.) (N) Retiring member who bucked party on Iraq war surge. Another target of Clyburn
Melissa Bean (Ill.) (Y) Conservative Democrat well-positioned for midterm election
Shelley Berkley (Nev.) (Y) Told Politico she does not like the Senate bill
Sanford Bishop Jr. (Ga.) * (Y) Favors Stupak provision
Michael Capuano (Y) Wanted to be a senator, but doesn't trust the Senate. TPM reported that Capuano is leaning no. In an e-mail to supporters, Capuano said he has many problems with Senate measure
Dennis Cardoza (Calif.) * (Y) KCRA.com reported that Cardoza doesn't know how he will vote but congressman will announce his position on Saturday (March 20). Protesters on Friday showed up at his Modesta office. Secured language for district before last year's vote
Chris Carney (Pa.) * (Y) The Hill on March 20 moved Carney from leaning no to undecided. Carney told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette he is undecided, but added, "Everything I want to see is in there." On March 19, Carney was seen on the floor talking to Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.). Carney this month told the Scranton Times-Shamrock, "As I said publicly, I can't vote for a bill that will publicly fund abortion."
Jim Cooper (Tenn.) * (Y) Has had up-and-down relationship with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
Jim Costa (Calif.) * (Y) Bakersfield Californian reported Costa will announce his position on Saturday (March 20). Costa said he is undecided but defended how Democrats are planning to pass the bill. Secured project for his district before November vote
Henry Cuellar (Texas) * (Y) Cuellar on March 20 said on Fox News that he has not returned the president's calls, noting he will see him on March 20 when the commander-in-chief will visit Capitol Hill. Cuellar said, "The White House has called; with all due respect to the White House this is a decision I need to make for my district. It's not the White House's decision, it's my decision." Under pressure from Speaker and the president, Cuellar backed the climate change bill and House healthcare measure last year.
Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.) * (Y) GOP target. Her yes vote could be key to passage. Strong backer of Stupak language
Lincoln Davis (Tenn.) * (N) The Hill on March 19 moved Davis from Likely No category to Undecided column. Voted no in November, but has been avoiding requests for comment
Bill Foster (Ill.) (Y) GOP target
Marcia Fudge (Ohio) (Y) Fudge is undecided, according to wkyc.com. Obama lobbying for her vote, giving her a ride on Air Force One on March 15
John Hall (N.Y.) (Y) Democratic leaders may lose other Dems from N.Y., but need to keep Hall on board
Debbie Halvorson (Ill.) (Y) Politically vulnerable, but favored to win her reelection race
Paul Kanjorski (Pa.) * (Y) GOP target. Also voted with education reform bill that will move with healthcare reform in reconciliation
Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) * (Y) Voted with leadership first time around, but doesn't toe the party line. Wants Stupak language but that's not a deal breaker. Voted yes during Budget Committee markup. Likely to move to lean yes category soon
Ron Kind (Wis.) (Y) Represents competitive district. Voted against bill in committee
Ron Klein (Fla.) (Y) GOP target
Jim Matheson (Utah) * (N) The Hill on March 19 moved Matheson from Likely No to undecided. Voted no last year, on the floor and in committee
Jerry McNerney (Calif.) (Y) Waiting for final language. There are false reports of him being a firm no
Alan Mollohan (W.Va.) * (Y) In November, seat was considered safe. Now, he's in a tight race
Glenn Nye (Va.) (N) In toss-up race
Solomon Ortiz (Texas) * (Y) Was a late yes last time around
Earl Pomeroy (N.D.) * (Y) Voted against bill in committee, and for it on the House floor
Mike Quigley (Ill.) (Y) Late addition to this list. The Chicago Sun Times reported March 20 that Quigley said he will not vote for bill if a deal is make with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) on abortion. Quigley, who replaced Rahm Emanuel in the House, said he talked to White House political adviser David Axelrod on March 19
Ciro Rodriguez (Texas) * (Y) Considered by Cook Political Report to "likely" retain seat
Bobby Rush (Ill.) (Y) Surprise addition to this list. Said he was undecided on March 18. The Hill reported that Rush engaged in several discussions with leadership lawmakers after announcing his position. Concerned about bill's impact on hospitals in poor areas. Still, liberal congressman is a likely yes. Rush defeated Barack Obama in 2000 House primary
Loretta Sanchez (Calif.) (Y) Was a late yes in November
Kurt Schrader (Ore.) (Y) Budget Committee member didn't vote during March 15 markup. In competitive reelection race.
Zack Space (Ohio) * (Y) Voted yes in committee and yes on the floor last year
John Tanner (Tenn.) * (N) House deputy whip not running for reelection, but he still will need to be convinced to get to yes. Voted no in committee and on floor
Take the time to watch this. If you thought you knew everything about this disgusting man, I promise you will learn much more....
I have to admit, I didn't know that in 18 years Boxer has only passed three bills, two of them only involving naming something. I have just seen the liberal policies she has supported over the years and the harassment she has given to those who are actually trying to make things better.
Throw the bum out!
It’s a scene right out of the 1970s TV show “CHiPs,” except it really happened Monday on Interstate 8 near San Diego, California. A driver in blue Toyota Prius found his car accelerate suddenly. He managed to dial 911 before reaching speeds in the 90s. An alert California Highway Patrol officer pulled alongside the Prius, issued instructions over a loudspeaker, and helped the driver slow down safely.
This story has a happy ending but too many others have ended in disaster. Indeed, there are reports of at least 56 fatal accidents involving Toyotas and sudden acceleration going back as far as 2004.If your car suddenly accelerates – and you don’t have Officer “Ponch” Poncherello to slow you down – what should you do? And if you don’t drive a Toyota, what should you do if your throttle gets stuck (because of a loose floor mat or a water bottle?).
Here’s what the experts say:
1. Practice “Deliberate Calm.” In an emergency situation, you need to consciously tell yourself to stay calm and to focus on solving your problem. In aviation, pilots call this “deliberate calm” – a purposeful effort to stay cool while doing exactly what you’re trained to do. If you want a perfect illustration of “deliberate calm,” just ask Capt. Sully Sullenberger on the US Air 1549.
2. Carefully press and hold the brakes. At high speed, don’t jam on the brakes – which could cause you to lose control of the car. And be careful about pumping the brakes.
Pumping brakes at full throttle “can make a bad problem even worse,” according to a field test by Consumer Reports. Power brakes rely on engine vacuum to provide additional brake pressure, CR says. “At full throttle, the engine doesn’t generate any vacuum," CR explains. "So as soon as we removed and reapplied pressure to the brake pedal, the power assist disappeared and stopping the car became hopeless."
3. Shift into neutral and steer safely to the side of the road.
Even though the car will rev up in neutral, don’t worry. Most late model cars have engine speed limiters to prevent damage. Also, don’t worry if you put the car in reverse, the engine will either stall or behave like it’s in neutral.
4. Don’t turn off the engine. If you shut down the car, you could lose power steering and braking, making the car more difficult to control. Also, if you turn the key too far, you could accidentally lock the steering and you won’t be able to control the car.
Hat Tip: Ben Sherwood
Rapper Jay-Z sat in the president's chair as he and Beyonce visited one of the most confidential rooms in America. “I believe the only exceptions had to be okay’d by either the chief of staff, national security adviser or the deputy chief of staff,” the Bush official told dailycaller.com.
"Whatever it takes to get healthcare done,"
He wasn't kidding. Today, the White House announced they will offer a judgeship position to the brother of a Congressman who is one of 10 crucial votes Obama needs:
Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he’s obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson’s brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit…
“The Congressman is looking for development of bipartisan consensus,” Matheson’s press secretary Alyson Heyrend wrote to THE WEEKLY STANDARD on February 22. “It’s too early to know if that will occur.” Asked if one could infer that if no Republican votes in favor of the bill (i.e. if a bipartisan consensus is not reached) then Rep. Matheson would vote no, Heyrend replied: “I would not infer anything. I’d wait to see what develops, starting with the health care summit on Thursday.”
Seven-month-old baby survives shot to chest in parents' murder-suicide pact blamed on global warming
Perhaps this suicide pact was inspired by Al Gore's lies in the New York Times:
It would be an enormous relief if the recent attacks on the science of global warming actually indicated that we do not face an unimaginable calamity requiring large-scale, preventive measures to protect human civilization as we know it...
We would no longer have to worry that our grandchildren would one day look back on us as a criminal generation that had selfishly and blithely ignored clear warnings that their fate was in our hands. We could instead celebrate the naysayers who had doggedly persisted in proving that every major National Academy of Sciences report on climate change had simply made a huge mistake.
I, for one, genuinely wish that the climate crisis were an illusion. But unfortunately, the reality of the danger we are courting has not been changed by the discovery of at least two mistakes in the thousands of pages of careful scientific work over the last 22 years by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the crisis is still growing because we are continuing to dump 90 million tons of global-warming pollution every 24 hours into the atmosphere — as if it were an open sewer...
The lags in the global climate system, including the buildup of heat in the oceans from which it is slowly reintroduced into the atmosphere, means that we can create conditions that make large and destructive consequences inevitable long before their awful manifestations become apparent: the displacement of hundreds of millions of climate refugees, civil unrest, chaos and the collapse of governance in many developing countries, large-scale crop failures and the spread of deadly diseases...
They are ferociously fighting against the mildest regulation — just as tobacco companies blocked constraints on the marketing of cigarettes for four decades after science confirmed the link of cigarettes to diseases of the lung and the heart.
Gore would know all about that. His family made their fortune from tobacco after all...
Simultaneously, changes in America’s political system — including the replacement of newspapers and magazines by television as the dominant medium of communication — conferred powerful advantages on wealthy advocates of unrestrained markets and weakened advocates of legal and regulatory reforms. Some news media organizations now present showmen masquerading as political thinkers who package hatred and divisiveness as entertainment. And as in times past, that has proved to be a potent drug in the veins of the body politic. Their most consistent theme is to label as “socialist” any proposal to reform exploitive behavior in the marketplace... From the standpoint of governance, what is at stake is our ability to use the rule of law as an instrument of human redemption.
Gore also knows all about that... he invented the internet. Next, Al Gore calls for action... the economically suicidal kind:
It begins with a choice by the United States to pass a law establishing a cost for global warming pollution. The House of Representatives has already passed legislation, with some Republican support, to take the first halting steps for pricing greenhouse gas emissions. Later this week, Senators John Kerry, Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman are expected to present for consideration similar cap-and-trade legislation. I hope that it will place a true cap on carbon emissions and stimulate the rapid development of low-carbon sources of energy...
We have overcome existential threats before... Public officials must rise to this challenge by doing what is required; and the public must demand that they do so — or must replace them.
I'm so so sure Al Gore wishes global warming weren't true. Then he wouldn't have to push cap and trade... which he earns millions from. At the expense of global hysterial that costs innocent lives.