Tuesday, September 29, 2009
To: Friends & Supporters
From: Gary L. Bauer
Get Free Health Care — In Jail!
Senator Max Baucus’ (D-MT) latest “bi-partisan” healthcare bill has been criticized by Republicans and Democrats alike. The liberals in Congress are upset because it does not provide for a public option, while conservatives are upset that it still amounts to a government takeover of healthcare and forces individuals to buy healthcare coverage whether they like it or not. A large percentage of younger workers in our country are healthy and would prefer not to pay for healthcare coverage. Also, many wealthy Americans, who can afford to pay their own bills, don’t want to be forced to buy a policy they don’t need.
But what, under the Baucus plan, would happen to people who refused to buy health insurance? The bill states that a $1,900 “excise tax” would be assessed. Senator John Ensign (R-NV) asked what would happen to someone who refused to pay the tax. He was told by Tom Barthold, Chief of Staff for the Senate’s Joint Committee on Taxation, that the person could be charged with a misdemeanor, face up to one year in jail and a fine of up $25,000.
During the 1994 healthcare debate, the mandate issue was at the forefront. At the time, the Congressional Budget Office called the individual mandate “an unprecedented form of federal action.” In the history of the United States, the federal government has never legally forced people to purchase any service or good. If this bill is passed, history will be made.
This is another step in the direction of Big Government socialism. The Left wants MORE control over your life. Liberals think they can run your life better than you can. Of course, there is one “benefit” to not paying the Baucus healthcare excise tax — you will get free healthcare in jail!
More “Buyer’s Remorse” On Obama
More and more, voters who supported Obama last November are having second thoughts now. Richard Cohen, the very liberal Washington Post columnist, wrote this morning that Obama was “appearing promiscuously on television and granting interviews like the presidential candidate he no longer is.” He added, “The trouble with Obama is that he gets into the moment and means what he says for that moment only.” That sounds like something Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity would say!
CNBC editor Charles Gasparino wrote in the New York Post today that Wall Street executives feel betrayed by Obama too. Citing top people from places like Morgan Stanley, Black Rock and J.P. Morgan, Gasparino wrote:
“The guy (Obama) who seemed like such a steady voice — vowing to curb runaway spending and restoring order to the banking system and the economy as a whole — is instead so driven to achieve his big-government policy goals that he and his policy people are ignoring their own economic advisers on the severe economic costs that his agenda will cause.”
What amazes me is how anyone on Wall Street could have thought Barack Obama was a moderate. Had they never heard about Reverend Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, MoveOn.org, Code Pink, ACORN and all the other socialists and lefties that were important in his life and at the heart of his campaign?
Mike Pence, Rising Star And Presidential Candidate?
This morning, House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-IN) co-hosted CNBC’s morning television show Squawk Box in New York City. Pence has emerged as one of the conservative movement’s leaders in Washington. He recently placed second in the Value Voters Presidential Straw Poll. He tied with Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin despite that he has not announced he is seeking higher office.
Pence articulately defended the conservative position in the healthcare debate and looked like a natural throughout the broadcast. Keep an eye out for Mike in the coming months as he continues to lead the conservative movement in Congress.
Reading And Responding
I drove into the office this morning eagerly anticipating a flood of reaction to yesterday’s message on the GOP. I was not disappointed, and I deeply appreciate the time each of you took to share your sincere and thoughtful opinions with me. Reading through your messages, there were some consistent themes. Today, I’d like to address the notion of Republican ineffectiveness.
Bud in Virginia wrote, “When the Democrats were in the minority, they never accepted their minority status… Democrats continued to block key judicial appointments, filibustered bills and generally behaved in such a way as to make great strides for their liberal causes. So why do the Republican efforts seem to pale in comparison?”
The Left slowed Bush down by tying things up in the Senate. To control the Senate effectively, a party needs not just a majority but a super-majority of 60 votes or more to stop filibusters. At no time during the Bush years did Republicans ever have more than 55 votes in the Senate. (For the record, Newt Gingrich never had a majority in the House as big as the one Nancy Pelosi commands today.) Most folks forget that Democrats controlled the Senate for Bush’s first two years, thanks to Jim Jeffords of Vermont switching parties, and Republicans lost control of the House and Senate after the 2006 elections. So, there was a Republican majority in Congress for only four of Bush’s eight years.
Today, Harry Reid controls 60 Democrat votes in the Senate, giving him the power to shut down Republican filibusters and ram through Obama’s socialist agenda. That is why I find it odd that I get so many complaints about one or two Republicans. Our problem isn’t a few RINOs, as aggravating as they may be. Our problem is the super-majority of 60 liberal Democrats who are going to ram ObamaCare down our throats unless a few of them start to fear the voters of their states more than they fear the radical Left.
Having served in Ronald Reagan’s administrations, I want to make this additional point. It is much easier for a liberal administration to succeed than for a conservative administration. First, there are thousands of liberal bureaucrats throughout the federal government who want Big Government and who cooperate with liberal administrations to enact their agenda. These same folks, however, will work overtime to frustrate conservative initiatives.
Second, the vast majority of reporters are liberals who support the Democrat agenda. As a result, they down play or ignore Democrat mistakes and divisions, while gleefully reporting conservative divisions and ignoring conservative accomplishments.
But here is the most important point: With all of Obama’s mistakes and outrages, the most reliable polls show that 48% of the country approves of his performance. America is split down the middle, just as it was in the cliff-hanger elections of 2000 and 2004. If we stick together and pick up Senate and House seats in 2010, we can stop Obama’s push to turn us into a socialist country. If we go off on 3rd party suicide missions, continually trash all Republicans and abandon the GOP entirely, we may lose the country for good.
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