President Obama's rhetoric Wednesday night summoned the memory of "1984," George Orwell's novel of a nightmarish future -- where the slogan of the rulers is "War is peace; freedom is slavery; ignorance is strength."
Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens’s last minute opposition to the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill, announced just prior to the House of Representatives’ vote, was reminiscent of Senator John Kerry’s infamous statement “I voted for it before I voted against it.”
To vote on health care, or not to vote on health care? That is the question for House Democrats, whose decisions on the legislation in the next few weeks could make or break the way health care is practiced in America.
A Park Police officer once flagged me down when I rode my bike through a crosswalk, shaking up some tourists. “You can hurt someone just as much with a bike as you could with a car,” he said. “You’re right, sir,” I replied. “I was wrong and I won’t do that again.” And I haven’t.
Before raising taxes to engineer a government health care take over, Congress would do well to remember President Obama’s own words from last year. On the campaign trail in October, then-Senator Obama criticized his opponent, Sen. John McCain, for allegedly proposing to eliminate the current federal tax exemption on employer-provided health care benefits.
President Obama's sustained push to radically rework American medicine has triggered an enormous backlash among Americans who have come to understand that despite his repeated promises to the contrary, the president's scheme will cause many millions to lose the health insurance they have and see it replaced by the so-called "government option/public plan."
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tried to reassure citizens in New Orleans this week that Obamacare bureaucrats will make sound medical decisions for all Americans.
After veterans organizations and pro-military citizens groups conducted a shock-and-awe campaign in the blogosphere, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the O-Team had "made the decision that the combat-wounded veterans should not be billed through their insurance policies for combat-related injuries."
The largest abortion provider in America should not be the largest recipient of federal funds under Title X. Yet this is precisely what is happening. Last year alone, according to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report, it received 34% of its $1.04 billion in revenue from government grants and contracts.
In 1993, R. James Woolsey, about to become President Clinton's first director of Central Intelligence, remarked to a Senate committee on the defeat of international communism: "We have slain a large dragon" He then added: "But we live now in a jungle filled with a bewildering variety of poisonous snakes. And in many ways, the dragon was easier to keep track of."
Put simply, Hizb ut-Tahrir serves as an ideological incubator that radicalizes Muslims, some of whom go on to join Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups.
Thursday is the day things tend to come to a boil on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress have been in town for three or four days; they're planning their exits on Friday to meet other commitments; they've had a chance to talk and meet with one another and sample the moods of their colleagues.
A key element of President Obama’s plan for a government takeover of health care is to create what he calls “the government option.”
Six months into his presidency, Barack Obama finds himself where he likely never expected -- surrounded by chaos. Some of it is admittedly the result of the Bush years, when banks, lenders, financial institutions, Wall Street and a host of others ran our economy slap into the ground.
Unfortunately, China's president had to dash home to suppress ethnic riots. Had he stayed in Italy at the recent G-8 summit, he could have continued the Herculean task of disabusing Barack Obama of his amazingly durable belief, shared by the U.S. Congress, that China -- and India, Brazil, Mexico and other developing nations -- will sacrifice their modernization on the altar of climate change.
Comments by knowledgeable individuals on topics near and far....Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, on Democratic plans for socialized medicine: "We should start over. We're headed down the wrong path."
In his prime-time press conference Wednesday night, President Obama took to the podium to push his health care agenda and pressure Congress into working harder and faster on the hotly contested legislation.
One hundred and thirty four Republican Members of Congress took to the House Floor yesterday in a stunt that rained down press coverage on the GOP, allowing them to highlight President Obama’s empty promises on the economy at a time when unemployment tops 10%.
Fed head Ben Bernanke went before Congress this week with his midyear update on monetary policy and the economy. In so many words, the former Princeton economics professor is taking credit for averting the collapse of our financial system; is cautiously optimistic about economic recovery by year-end and 2 to 3 percent growth in 2010; and says he has the tools and wisdom for a carefully crafted liquidity-exit strategy that will prevent future inflation and more asset bubbles.
All the problems with the American health care system come from government intervention, so naturally the Democrats' idea for fixing it is more government intervention.
Proponents of radical health care reform frequently point out the flaws in our current system. One primary critique is that American health care is expensive and, worse, all that spending doesn't necessarily result in better care.
Any health care plan will have winners and losers. That is a fact. Under the Obama plan healthcare will be distributed more evenly, which sounds nice in theory, however in reality this means that some Americans will see their current level of health care decrease. The only way to provide care to more people with the same or less money is to pick losers.
As we come to the final days of session before the August recess, Democrats are rushing to pass a trillion-dollar government health-care plan paid for by small businesses. Republicans recognize that we also must present our ideas directly to the American people, without the typical media filters and pundit analysis.
In a triumph of bureaucratic innovation, Seattle officials tried to encourage the public to make use of a hugely expensive new transit system by banning all parking near the stations.
The left is constantly arguing for so-called "fair trade" to make up for previous unfair financial practices. "We need economic justice," they scream.
Whether they be Libertarians, members of the Constitution Party, Reform Party members, angry independents, or tea partiers who don't feel either party is serving their interests, there are plenty of disaffected people agitating for a third party in America.
Big Nanny Democrats want to ration health care for everyone in America -- except those who break our immigration laws. Last week, the House Ways and Means Committee defeated an amendment that would have prevented illegal aliens from using the so-called "public health insurance option." Every Democrat on the panel voted against the measure.
It’s getting old, isn’t it? Everyone these days is bipolar or has some other chic mental disorder that he feels excuses his self-centered conduct. Like the guy who once walked into my class twenty minutes late. I told him it was his last time to come in late. He said, “But you don’t understand, I’m bipolar.” And he said it in front of the whole class.
I was listening to National Public Radio's morning "news" Monday on the way to work, during which the newsperson read the apparently "factual" statement that the United States is the only developed country that does not provide "comprehensive" health care coverage.
Somewhere in Iran, there is a young girl. She has been placed in a dirty cell on charges of treason to the government. She is frightened and alone; her family does not know where she is. She knows that the next morning, she will be executed.
Dear Carrie: I'm a 24-year-old single college graduate. I was fortunate to graduate debt free, and have a job that pays roughly $40,000 a year in a part of the country where the cost of living is relatively low.
Obama and his economic team predicted that if Congress failed to pass their "stimulus package," the unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent in the weeks before the president took office, would rise above 8 percent this year and peak at 9 percent in 2010.
When Republicans were warned not to give Sonia Sotomayor the drubbing Democrats gave Robert Bork and Sam Alito -- lest they be perceived as sexist and racist by women and Hispanics -- the threat was credible, for it underscored a new reality in American politics.
Did you know that a family court can order a man to reimburse the government for the welfare money, falsely labeled "child support," that was paid to the mother of a child to whom he is not related? Did you know that, if he doesn't pay, a judge can sentence him to debtor's prison without ever letting him have a jury trial?
In chess, a player will sometimes sacrifice some pawns as part of a grand strategy to compromise an opponent’s defenses. Pawns are relatively unimportant pieces, so it’s a good way to get something for virtually nothing.
Sacramento is so desperate to erase the state budget's $26.3 billion shortfall that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democratic Legislature seem poised to end decades of prohibition so that they can tap new revenue from a widely occurring natural resource
We Americans have had four changes of government since 1979. The only period in our history when we had just one in 30 years was in the early 1950s.
Last week, Senator Dick Durbin made comments that should have won him the “Most Racially Insensitive Remarks of the Year Award.” His statements were made in a committee markup. An audio recording of the heated exchange between Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Brownback (R-KS) revealed the unfortunate bias of the Senator from Illinois. Senator Durbin justified the fact that 41% of pregnancies in DC are terminated by abortion by essentially saying, “It’s a black thing!”
Barack Obama is no horse whisperer wooing America into embracing change. An articulate bull has been unleashed in America's china shop. His sweet talk and promises of bipartisanship have given way to a radical liberal bent on transforming America into a socialistic nightmare we can’t afford!
The current climate of suspicion, accusation, and posturing surrounding the relationship between various entities in our intelligence communities and two of three branches of the federal government should be a source of grave concern to Americans. While games are being played, we must ask: Are we safer today than we were two years ago, or four or eight?
Many of my readers and listeners are beyond feeling “concerned” about our Obama-driven nation. I’d say they’re angry.
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