Archive for March, 2010

Ron Paul on the Health Care Bill

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Following months of heated public debate and aggressive closed-door negotiations, Congress finally cast a historic vote on healthcare late Sunday evening. It was truly a sad weekend on the House floor as we witnessed further dismantling of the Constitution, disregard of the will of the people, explosive expansion of the reach of government, unprecedented corporate favoritism, and the impending end of quality healthcare as we know it.

Those in favor of this bill touted their good intentions of ensuring quality healthcare for all Americans, as if those of us against the bill are against good medical care. They cite fanciful statistics of deficit reduction, while simultaneously planning to expand the already struggling medical welfare programs we currently have. They somehow think that healthcare in this country will be improved by swelling our welfare rolls and cutting reimbursement payments to doctors who are already losing money. It is estimated that thousands of doctors will be economically forced out of the profession should this government fuzzy math actually try to become healthcare reality. No one has thought to ask what good mandatory health insurance will be if people can’t find a doctor.

Legislative hopes and dreams don’t always stand up well against economic realities.

Frustratingly, this legislation does not deal at all with the real reasons access to healthcare is a struggle for so many – the astronomical costs. If tort reform was seriously discussed, if the massive regulatory burden on healthcare was reduced and reformed, if the free market was allowed to function and apply downward pressure on healthcare costs as it does with everything else, perhaps people wouldn’t be so beholden to insurance companies in the first place. If costs were lowered, more people could simply pay for what they need out of pocket, as they were able to do before government got so involved. Instead, in the name of going after greedy insurance companies, the federal government is going to make people even more beholden to them by mandating that everyone buy their product! Hefty fines are due from anyone found to have committed the heinous crime of not being a customer of a health insurance company. We will need to hire some 16,500 new IRS agents to police compliance with all these new mandates and administer various fines. So in government terms, this is also a jobs bill. Never mind that this program is also likely to cost the private sector some 5 million jobs.

Of course, the most troubling aspect of this bill is that it is so blatantly unconstitutional and contrary to the ideals of liberty. Nowhere in the constitution is there anything approaching authority for the Federal government to do any of this. The founders would have been horrified at the idea of government forcing citizens to become consumers of a particular product from certain government approved companies. 38 states are said to already be preparing legal and constitutional challenges to this legislation, and if the courts stand by their oaths, they will win. Protecting the right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, should be the court’s responsibility. Citizens have a responsibility over their own life, but they also have the liberty to choose how they will live and protect their lives. Healthcare choices are a part of liberty, another part that is being stripped away. Government interference in healthcare has already infringed on choices available to people, but rather than getting out of the way, it is entrenching itself, and its corporatist cronies, even more deeply.

Rick Santelli Takes on the Establishment

Thursday, March 18th, 2010


Rand Paul for Senate

Friday, March 12th, 2010

A great new video from the Rand Paul campaign:

No. Your Answers to The Census Aren’t Confidential

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

Mary Theroux explains why you shouldn’t believe government claims that Census answers are confidential:

I saw a huge new billboard in San Francisco the other day—part of the $350 million ad campaign supporting this year’s $14 billion Census—picturing an American Indian in full regalia against a black background, apparently in the process of worshiping the sky, with the stylized text “Tell your story.”

If he’s wise, he might want to think twice about thereby providing information that can be used against him.

As examples, 1940 Census data was released and used to locate and intern Americans of Japanese, Italian and German descent, as outlined in these stories from Scientific American, “Confirmed: The U.S. Census Bureau Gave Up Names of Japanese-Americans in WW II: Government documents show that the agency handed over names and addresses to the Secret Service,” and USA Today, “Papers show Census role in WWII camps.”

The Census Bureau played a role in the confinement of more than 100,000 Americans of Japanese descent who were rounded up and held in internment camps, many until the war ended in 1945. In 1942, the Census turned over general statistics about where Japanese-Americans lived to the War Department. It was acting legally under the Second War Powers Act, which allowed the sharing of information for national security.

The newly released documents [further] show that in 1943, the Census complied with a request by the Treasury Department to turn over names of individuals of Japanese ancestry in the Washington, D.C., area because of an unspecified threat against President Franklin Roosevelt. The list contained names, addresses and data on the age, sex, citizenship status and occupation of Japanese-Americans in the area. [emphasis added]

And more recently, in 2002,

the Census turned over information it had collected about Arab-Americans … to Homeland Security.

While the Census Bureau assures us that “your confidentiality is protected. Title 13 requires the Census Bureau to keep all information about you and all other respondents strictly confidential,” the exceptions above negate such assurances. And, of course, their release of the “strictly confidential” data was perfectly legal: during World War II, under the terms of the Second War Powers Act, and more recently under the terms of the still-in-effect USA PATRIOT Act.

And there’s more.

(Via David Beito)

The Fun Always Happens in TX-22

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Ron Paul whipped his three challengers (Larry, Moe and Curly as they’ve been called) in the Republican primary for his seat in Texas’ 14th Congressional District. Next he’ll face whip the winner of the Democratic runoff election. (His son Rand Paul also looks on track to win the Kentucky Senate seat).

However, the real action is in Ron Paul’s old district TX-22. Dr. Paul lost, then won, then lost, then won (in a special election) that district, which he later gave up to run for Senate.

Later, TX-22 was won by none other than Tom “the hammer” DeLay. After DeLay nearly lost a primary challenge (in the midst of his corruption scandal) he decided not to run again and was beat by Democrat Nick Lampson, who was an incumbent representing the recently redistricted TX-9. Lampson won that election when the only Republican was write-in candidate Houston City Councilwoman Shelley Sekula-Gibbs (whose name was notoriously difficult to write in). Next year, Lampson lost the Republican leading district to Republican Pete Olson.

Now Olson faces Lyndon LaRouche Democrat Kesha Rogers. Rogers wants to bring home the troops but unfortunately, apparently, wants to send them to to the moon. Texas Democrats are already mulling the possibility of removing Rogers as the Democratic candidate (which would leave Democrats with a write-in candidate) because she supports impeaching Obama.

Ron Paul Speech: My Battle Against the Fed

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Audio of Dr. Paul’s speech from Jekyll Island below the break…

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