January 31, 2010

Everybody knows the union bosses' names...

...at the White House.

The folks at the National Right to Work have put together this video emphasizing the Obama White House's unnaturally close relationship with big labor's bosses. This is a clear violation of the President's campaign promise to keep lobbyists out of positions of influence in his administration. Of course, he's already broken that promise many times over.

January 30, 2010

Christmas Day Bomber Handled Poorly

Senator Collins does an excellent job in laying out the problems in the handling of the Attempted Christmas Day Bomber in the following video. There has been little reason given by those who want terrorists tried in civilian courts as to why military tribunals are not adequate. There is a media perception that military tribunals are 'less fair,' but that has not been backed up by evidence. The complaints under the Bush administration were legitimate because there was no timeline for detainees to be tried. That was rectified with the bipartisan vote to institute military tribunals. Those who want civilian trails would be wise to answer the questions, 'Why civilian courts?' and 'Why are military courts not suitable?'

Senator Collins Upset About The Handling of The Christmas Bomber

January 27, 2010

House Republican Leadership Press Conference

U.S. House Republicans discuss jobs, the economy, health care, and the State of the Union following their weekly Conference meeting. This weekend, they head to their Republican retreat featuring an appearance by President Obama. Here in advance what they hope to hear this evening from President Barack Obama but most importantly what the House republican intend to share with Obama at their meeting.
ARRA News Service

January 26, 2010

Rubio Climbs as Crist Continues to Fall

Red Country is reporting that "US Senatorial candidate Marco Rubio has surpassed Governor Charlie Crist in today's Quinnipiac poll (47-44). What is surprising to me is, that in such a short period of time, Rubio has done what many thought to be the unthinkable - sprint past Crist!" . . .

To add a little salt to the wound, Crist has just announced that he reported $2 million in the last quarter--far less than what he reported in prior quarters. Rubio's fundraising has been climbing steadily. Yet, rumor has it that Rubio will post a very impressive number that is comparable to what Crist just announced. . . .

How about some more sprinkles of salt on that wound? Marco Rubio will be the keynote speaker at what is known to be the center of the universe for Conservatives around the country--CPAC. Last year's keynote speaker was none other than the Majarushie himself, Rush Limbaugh. Rush has publicly stated that he likes Rubio and said that he is 'Reagan-like'. Hold the presses! This just in moments ago: Rubio announces $1.75M Quarter

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January 23, 2010

CEI Report Card for the Obama Administration

Competitive Enterprise Institute: Washington, D.C., January 20, 2010—One year ago today, Barack Obama took the oath of office as President of the United States. Since then, he and his appointees have had the opportunity to begin implementing their policy agenda, with notable results throughout the federal government’s departments and agencies. The analysts of the Competitive Enterprise Institute have assessed the administration’s first-year performance and assigned grades accordingly.
D- White House (overall) ― Barack Obama, President
Grader: Fred L. Smith, Jr., President

D+ Department of Agriculture ― Tom Vilsack, Secretary
Grader: Frances B. Smith, Adjunct Fellow

D Consumer Product Safety Commission ― Inez Moore Tenenbaum, Chairman
Grader: Angela Logomasini, Director of Risk and Environmental Policy

F Department of Energy ― Steven Chu, Secretary
Grader: Iain Murray, Vice President for Strategy

F Environmental Protection Agency – Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator
Grader: Myron Ebell, Director of Energy and Global Warming Policy

D Federal Communications Commission – Julius Genachowski, Chairman
Grader: Ryan Radia, Associate Director of Technology Studies

F Federal Trade Commission – Jon Leibowitz, Chairman
Grader: Michelle Minton, Policy Analyst

C- Food and Drug Administration – Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner
Grader: Gregory Conko, Senior Fellow

F Immigration and Customs Enforcement – John T. Morton, Assistant Secretary
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services – Alejandro Mayorkas, Director
Grader: Alex Nowrasteh, Policy Analyst

F Department of Interior – Ken Salazar, Secretary
Grader: R.J. Smith, Senior Environmental Scholar

F Department of Justice – Eric Holder, Attorney General
Grader: Hans Bader, Senior Attorney

D Department of Labor – Hilda L. Solis, Secretary
Grader: Ivan Osorio, Editorial Director

C- Office of Management and Budget – Peter Orszag, Director
Grader: Ryan Young, Journalism Fellow

F Public Company Accounting Oversight Board – Daniel L. Goelzer, Acting Chairman
Grader: John Berlau, Director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs

D Securities and Exchange Commission – Mary L. Schapiro, Chairman
Grader: John Berlau, Director of the Center for Investors and Entrepreneurs

F Department of Transportation – Ray LaHood, Secretary
Grader: Sam Kazman, General Counsel

D Department of Treasury – Timothy F. Geithner, Secretary
Grader: Wayne Crews, Vice President for Policy
Detailed explanations for each grade is included in the CEI assessment ... [Full Report]

January 22, 2010

Confirmed: Dems have 'voting legislation' in works

by Chelsea Schilling, WorldNetDaily: Rep. Barney Frank has confirmed that Sen. Chuck Schumer "is working on legislation regarding voting," lending weight to reports that Democrats are planning to implement a federal mandate to automatically register millions of people to vote. As WND reported, Wall Street Journal reporter and political commentator John Fund has been warning that Democrats have a plan to propose universal voter-registration legislation – within months or possibly even weeks. . . .Fund argues that universal-registration plans involve the use of a wide range of government lists and databases to automatically add people to voter registration rolls. He discusses the topic in his November 2009 book, "How the Obama Administration Threatens to Undermine Our Elections."

Schumer, chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, held a hearing on voter registration in March 2009. Jonah Goldman, director of the National Campaign for Fair Elections at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, testified before the committee about concerns with the current registration system and its impact on the 2008 election. Goldman's testimony drew from an Election Protection report titled, "Election Protection 2008: Helping Voters Today, Modernizing the System for Tomorrow." That report included the following policy recommendation:

Automatic Registration: Automatic registration shifts the burden of registration from voters to government and eliminates the need to rely on independent, third-party voter registration organizations to sign up voters. Such a registration system will help states efficiently identify eligible voters from other government databases and add those names to their registration rolls. Voters can opt out if they prefer not to be registered, but for those who want to be included on the rolls, this system will continually update the names of eligible voters, eliminating the last minute deluge of registration applications just before registration deadlines.

Following the hearing, Schumer argued that as many as 7 million registered voters were prevented or discouraged from casting ballots in the 2008 election. "Each one alone may not seem like an egregious violation, but put together, you get massive disenfranchisement," Schumer said in a statement. "This is unacceptable and undemocratic." . . .

"The idea, embraced by Barack Obama when he was a presidential candidate, is to shift responsibility for registering to vote from the individual to the federal government," Fund writes in his book. "All eligible citizens would automatically be registered to vote, which existing lists such as DMV records, income-tax returns, welfare rolls and unemployment lists being used to enroll everyone. Once registered, individuals would stay on the federal rolls, even if they move to another state or district."

Fund warns that the government databases contain names of non-citizens, mentally incompetent individuals and felons – factors that would usually disqualify a person from voting in most states. He also notes that many people own property in more than one location and pay taxes to numerous government entities.

"[U]niversal voter registration would automatically register them in more than one location, allowing them to vote more than once – either in person or by mail," Fund explains. He said the plan would destroy the integrity of the registration process, much as widespread registration drives by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, were reportedly rife with criminal actions, including people registered multiple times under fraudulent names and addresses. In the 2008 election, ACORN's practices led to investigation in more than a dozen states.

"Now they will sell this very cleverly," Fund explained. "They will say, well, OK, ACORN did have some problems with voter registration. We shouldn't have these third-party rogue groups out there. So, let's put ACORN out of business, and let's register everybody."

Numerous left-leaning groups and publications have been openly calling for universal-voter registration in recent years. In its April, 13, 2009, article by Eliza Newlin Carney, the National Journal reported that Schumer "plans to introduce a bill to revamp the voter registration system later this year."  "Democrats believe it is too hard for people to register and vote; Republicans believe it is too easy to register and vote fraudulently," Schumer said. "There may be a way to solve both problems simultaneously through technology and forge a better bipartisan solution."  Even Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has advocated for automatic voter registration. "A system of automatic registration, in which the government bears more responsibility for assembling accurate and secure lists of eligible voters, is a necessary reform," then-Sen. Clinton told the New York Times in November 2008.

In addition to statements made by Frank and Fund, a congressional staffer confirmed Schumer's involvement. "What we know from statements from advocacy groups that support universal-voter registration is that they have been working with Sen. Schumer's office since approximately last spring to create a bill," the staffer told WND. "We don't know exactly when he will introduce it, but it has been predicted to be introduced in the near future for several months now. Schumer definitely has been, and seems to be, the point person on this."

Obama’s Real Party Crasher

by William Warren:

January 21, 2010

Out-of-touch Democrats and the Kamikaze Congress

by Chris Slavens: . . . Young, uninformed voters who jumped on the Obama bandwagon have moved on to the next social trend, some regretting their votes upon finding that the president’s version of change is not what they expected. Tea parties organized on a grass roots level are gaining widespread popularity and momentum among the working and middle classes, despite an intense media propaganda effort to portray the movement as marginal. But while Obama’s plummeting approval ratings reflect an increasingly disillusioned citizenry, his position is safe for the moment.

The same cannot be said for House Democrats. They will reap the consequences of President Obama’s policies, and their roles in a legislative experiment gone wrong.

Democrats across the country are switching parties or retiring, probably because they place greater value on their political careers than in blind party loyalty or supporting a far-left agenda. A new Rasmussen poll indicates that 36% of Democrats “believe their representatives in Congress have lost touch with the party’s voters”, while only 54% say they “have done a good job representing their party’s values over the past several years.”

Obviously, Democrats are not on the same page as their supporters, let alone independents and Republicans. Which page are they on? Whose interests are they representing? And how can they possibly believe that ignoring their constituents will be helpful in winning reelection in November?

Some don’t, which is why they’re getting out of the game with their reputations intact. The rest, who go along with Obama’s disastrous agenda, seem to be committing political suicide, sacrificing their careers to implement long-lasting changes in U.S. government and society that the people do not want. Like Japanese kamikaze pilots of the Second World War, they fly a one-way mission. But this brand of liberalism is no “divine wind,” and the inevitable crash will affect the entire country.

The House of Representatives was designed to reflect shifting public opinion. Today’s problem is that opinion is shifting, and House Democrats aren’t reflecting. They continue to pursue federal health care reform that is unnecessary, unpopular, and unconstitutional. They ignore, or support, the president’s alarming use of policy “czars,” sidestepping Congress and the voters in an unprecedented increase of the Executive Branch’s power. If Democrats refuse to address the problems in the Obama administration, and continue to disparage the legitimate dissent of concerned citizens, they will be dealt a severe blow in the coming 2010 election, which could result in a lost Democratic majority and lame duck presidency only halfway through Obama’s first (and possibly last) term. . . . [Full Article] Chris Slaven, former member of the Wilmington News Journal’s Community Advisory Board, is a guest Liberty Features Syndicated writer for Americans for Limited Government.

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What is a Trillion Dollars?

As a followup to prior post A TRILLION IS A THOUSAND BILLION, the following video was suggested to help put a Trillion dollars more info perspective:

January 20, 2010

America Now Only the Land of the "Mostly Free"

by Amanda J. Reinecker: The Heritage Foundation has released our 2010 Index of Economic Freedom, and the results are alarming if not terribly surprising: America is no longer ranked among the world’s free economies. Instead, for the first time, America ranks as only "mostly free" -- behind countries like Canada, Ireland and Switzerland.

The Index, published for the past 16 years as a joint project with The Wall Street Journal, analyzes the economic freedom of 179 countries and bases their scores on three categories: government burdens upon businesses and entrepreneurs; intrusiveness of government; and fundamental societal characteristics that support today's most prosperous economies.

Given the past year, it should come as no surprise that the United States' ranking has declined. After all, government spending has exploded and intrusion into the economy has increased, yet our government continues to raise its debt ceiling to allow for spending package after spending package.

Heritage Vice President Michael Franc explains:
The drop in rankings is notable as it comes in the same week that marks the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's inauguration. By any standard, Americans' overall wealth and prosperity has continued to decline...unemployment has skyrocketed and shows no signs of abating, government spending and debt are at unprecedented levels during peacetime, and our elected officials seem determined not only to ignore these alarm bells but to pursue policies...that will cause entrepreneurs to stay on the sidelines rather than take the risks that have led the United States out of previous recessions.
Americans are not happy about this. More and more of them are voicing their disapproval of big-government policies, which give way to more taxes and less freedom. On Tuesday, many of these Americans made their message loud and clear.

Note as defined by the report, "Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state. In economically free societies, governments allow labor, capital and goods to move freely, and refrain from coercion or constraint of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself."

January 19, 2010


Before addressing the word TRILLION, let's look at the word BILLION.
The next time you hear someone uses the word 'billion' in a casual manner,
think about how you want the politicians spending YOUR grandchildren's tax money.
You and your children's taxes are paying the interest on the National Debt

Let's put the word BILLION into perspective.
A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago our ancestors were Living in the Stone Age.
A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

Pre-the Obama Administration, spending a billion dollars was only 8 hours and 20 minutes ago.

Remember when Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D) asked Congress for
250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans.
Interesting number... What does it mean?
Well, If the Government had given Your  money directly to the people:
Each of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman and child) gets $516,528.
Or, each one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets $1,329,787.
Or, each family of four gets $2,066,012.


Congress was already overspending, but now they are doing so exponentially!
Now we spending a billion dollars about every 5 minutes.

The total INTEREST PAID on the National Debt since 1988 was $7,393 billion ($7.4 trillion).

The National Debt itself is projected to grow to $19,224 billion by the year 2019.
(That’s $19 trillion) And we have to pay the Interest while paying the cost of Government's operations


There were very few taxes 100 years ago.
Our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely NO National Debt.
We had the largest middle class in the world.

What happened?
Greed, Corruption, Elitism, Liberalism, Socialism

Are American voters asleep at the switch?

January 18, 2010

MLK Fought for Civil Rights and Against Democrats

Francis Rice, Chairman, National Black Republican Association: As we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let us pause to reflect on who he was and why his struggle to obtain civil rights for black Americans was necessary. First, Dr. King was a Republican until the day he died because he knew that the Republican Party, from its founding in 1854 as the anti-slavery party, championed freedom and civil rights for blacks. For details on the history of civil rights, see the NBRA Civil Rights Newsletter posted on the NBRA's website.

Second, the nemesis of Dr. King's valiant and historic campaign to end discrimination and gain equality for blacks was the Democratic Party, the party of slavery, segregation and the Ku Klux Klan. Led by former Klansman [Senator, WV] Robert Byrd, Democrats launched a despicable crusade to smear and undermine Dr. King. This relentless disparagement of Dr. King resulted in his being physically assaulted and ultimately to his tragic death.

When Dr. King left Memphis, Tennessee in March of 1968 after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Byrd called Dr. King a "trouble-maker" who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Prior to his death, Democrats bombed Dr. King's home several times. The scurrilous efforts by the Democrats to harm Dr. King included spreading rumors that he was a Communist and accusing him of being a womanizer and a plagiarist.

An egregious act against Dr. King occurred on October 10, 1963. Democrat President John F. Kennedy authorized his brother, Democrat Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, to wiretap Dr. King's telephone using the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Wiretaps were placed by the FBI on Dr. King's telephones in his home and office. The FBI also bugged Dr. King's hotel rooms when he traveled around the country.

The trigger for this unsavory wiretapping was apparently Dr. Kings' criticism of President Kennedy for ignoring civil rights issues, according to the author David Garrow in his book, "Bearing the Cross". As was pointed out in the book by Wayne Perryman: "Blacks, Whites and Racist Democrats," Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil Rights Act while he was a senator. After Kennedy became president, he was opposed to the 1963 March on Washington by Dr. King.

The justification given by the Kennedy Administration publicly for wiretapping Dr. King was that two of Dr. King's associates, including David Levinson, had ended their association with the Communist Party in order to work undercover and influence Dr. King. However, after years of continuous and extensive wiretapping, the FBI found no direct links of Dr. King to the Communist Party.

Kennedy's disdain for blacks further manifested itself when the King family sought help with getting Dr. King out of a Birmingham jail. Kennedy's civil rights advisor, Harris Wofford who was a personal friend of Dr. King made a telephone call on behalf of Kennedy without Kennedy's knowledge. That call resulted in Dr. King's release. Kennedy was angry about the call because he feared he would lose the Southern vote. History shows, though, that the call by Wofford eventually worked in Kennedy's favor and is the primary reason so many blacks today wrongly venerate Kennedy.

The unrelenting efforts by Democrats to tarnish Dr. King's reputation continued for years after his death. To his credit, Republican President Ronald Reagan ignored the Democrats' smear campaign and made Dr. King's birthday a holiday.

Today, while professing to revere Dr. King, Democrats are still attempting to sully his image by claiming that he was a socialist. In reality, Dr. King was a Christian, guided by his faith and Republican Party principles as he struggled to gain equality for blacks. He did not embrace the type of socialist agenda that is promoted by the Democratic Party today, which includes fostering dependency on government handouts that trap blacks in generational poverty.
Frances Rice, a retired lawyer and US Army Lieutenant Colonel, is chairman of the National Black Republican Association and may be contacted at: www.NBRA.info

Al-Gebra Movement Threatens America

A public school teacher was arrested today at John F. Kennedy International Airport as he attempted to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a compass, a slide-rule and a calculator.
At a morning press conference, the Attorney General Eric Holder said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement. He did not identify the man, who has been charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
'Al-Gebra is a problem for us', the Attorney General said. 'They derive solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in search of absolute values.' They use secret code names like 'X' and 'Y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined that they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country.
As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'There are 3 sides to every triangle'.
When asked to comment on the arrest, President Obama said, 'If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, he would have given us more fingers and toes.'
White House aides told reporters they could not recall a more intelligent or profound statement by the President.
It is believed that the Nobel Prize for Physics will follow---
OK... Now President Obama, stop being the butt of these kind of jokes and do what the constitution allows you to do which is "PROTECT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC"... We are at war you "------," stop denying it and act to protect us, not the enemy...
H/T ARRA News Service

January 17, 2010

The Marriage Penalty in Health Care

by Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum: Hidden in Obama's health care bill is a huge marriage penalty. Both the Senate and House bills would set up yet another federal program to provide financial incentives to subsidize marriage avoidance and illegitimate offspring. Even though all evidence shows that marriage is the best remedy for poverty, lack of health care, domestic violence, child abuse, and school dropouts, federal welfare programs continue to discriminate against marriage and instead give taxpayer handouts to those who reject marriage. This isn't any accident; it is a central part of the Democrats' political strategy that produced 70% of unmarried women voting for Obama for President in 2008.

Conservatives have been exchanging email for weeks about the shocking fact that Obama's health care bill discriminates against marriage while financially favoring unmarried couples living together. This fact is finally getting national attention, at least in the Wall Street Journal and on Fox News.

Here is the cost in the House bill for an unmarried couple who each earn $25,000 a year (total: $50,000). When they both buy health insurance (which will be mandatory), the combined premiums they pay will be capped at $3,076 a year. But if the couple gets married and has the same combined income of $50,000, they will pay annual premiums up to a cap of $5,160 a year. That means they have to fork over a marriage penalty of $2,084.

The marriage penalty is the result of the fact that government subsidies for buying health insurance are pegged to the federal poverty guidelines. Couples that remain unmarried are rewarded with a separate health care subsidy for each income. When the Wall Street Journal reporter quizzed the Democratic authors of the health care bill, they made it clear that this differential was deliberate. The staffer justified the discriminatory treatment because "you have to decide what your goals are."

Indeed, the Democrats have decided what their goals are. They know that 70% of unmarried women voted for Obama in 2008, and the Democrats plan to reward this group with health insurance subsidies. The House staffer told the Wall Street Journal reporter that the Democrats can't make the subsidies neutral towards marriage because that would give a traditional one-breadwinner married couple a more generous subsidy than a single parent at the same income level. Horrors! The Democrats certainly are not going to allow traditional marriage to be preferred over couples who just shack up!

Obamacare will thus ratchet up the federal welfare spending that already produces many financial incentives to remain single. These include the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), housing benefits, food stamps, child support enforcement, and the entire Great Society welfare apparatus. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously and accurately explained the disastrous results of welfare back in 1965. The welfare system created a matriarchy with millions of children lacking their father in the home.

It's no wonder illegitimate birthrates are soaring and unmarried mothers now give birth to 4 out of every 10 babies born in the United States. Prior to 1970, most unmarried mothers were teenagers, but by 2007 women in their 20s had 60 percent of all babies born out of wedlock, and women over age 30 had another 17 percent. Means-tested welfare programs already cost taxpayers close to $1 trillion a year (twice as much as national defense and nearly the size of the federal deficit), and Obamacare is projected to >add another $2.5 trillion after all its provisions take effect. There's no end in sight to the increasing costs of these entitlements.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a liberal firm that consults for clients such as Bill Clinton and John Kerry, admitted: "Unmarried women represent one of the most reliable Democratic cohorts in the electorate . . . leading the charge for fundamental change in health care." It used to be that a husband was responsible for the financial support of his wife and children, but the feminists' agenda calls for replacing husbands with Big Brother Government. The feminists call their movement "women's liberation," and Obamacare is one more way to help them achieve their goal.

Feminists keep tightening their control over the social policies of the Democratic Party, and Obamacare will be his third payoff to this group. The first bill Obama signed as President, the Lilly Ledbetter Act, enables women to sue employers years many years after any alleged workplace discrimination (when no one is still alive to defend against allegations), and the second payoff was getting Obama to give the majority of taxpayer-paid Stimulus jobs to women even though men have suffered the big majority of job losses in the current recession.

January 16, 2010

Harry Reid: I Have A Dream

By William Warren:

Harry Reid: "I have a dream that we will NOT be judged by the content of our character but by the POLITICAL PARTY to which we belong!"

Media Bias: "See it's OK . . . He's a Democrat!"

January 13, 2010

Crist loses home county straw poll to Rubio

Miami Herald/AP:
"Republican activists in Gov. Charlie Crist’s home county voted 106-54 to support former House Speaker Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate primary.

Monday night’s straw poll was the 11th conducted by a county Republican committee and Rubio has won them all.

The fact that Crist lost in Pinellas County, which he represented in the state Senate and where he’s lived nearly all his life, can’t be a good sign for Crist."
H/T Michelle Malkin

January 7, 2010

AARP Dirty Secrets - Part 2: AARP “Kickbacks” Fund Donations to Liberal Causes

Seniors’ Advocacy Organization Gives Millions to…High Schools?
“Our focus is on issues….Here, policy trumps everything.” — Associated Press story quoting AARP Executive Vice President for Social Impact Nancy LeaMond,who in 2008 received $385,598 in salary and $36,081 in other compensation from the organization.

ARRA News Service - While AARP claims to serve as a seniors’ advocacy organization, its operations charge elderly beneficiaries above-market rates for insurance policies in order to fund entities and causes that seemingly have little to do with its stated purpose:

• A review of its financial statements finds that in 2008, AARP received $652.7 million in direct “royalties and fees” from selling products like Medigap supplemental insurance policies. Royalty revenues now comprise more than half — 60.3% — of all AARP revenues; in 2008, fully 38% of AARP’s $1.1 billion in revenue came directly from United Healthcare.

• A similar review of AARP’s most recent Form 990 filing with the Internal Revenue Service reveals that these royalty fees helped fund millions of dollars in donations to organizations whose purposes appear to stray far from AARP’s stated goal of helping seniors:
o More than $1 million to 56 school districts and high schools under the rubric of the “Ethel Percy Andrus Legacy Award;”
o $10,000 to the Center for American Progress Action Fund for a “half in ten campaign to cut poverty in half in ten years;”
o $10,000 to the Consumers Union for “general support;”
o $100,000 each to the host committees for the 2008 Republican and Democratic National Conventions;
o $1,897,159 to the AARP-controlled Legal Counsel for the Elderly;
o $200,000 to the Make it Right Foundation to “build affordable green housing;”
o $2,050,000 to WETA—the Public Broadcasting Service affiliate in Washington, DC—“to support the production and national television distribution of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill;” and
o $21,624,619 to the AARP Foundation.
While grants to schools, “affordable green housing,” and public broadcasting may be worthwhile efforts, many may question their relationship to AARP’s stated mission as a seniors advocacy organization. Moreover, a Bloomberg news analysis published in December found that seniors have been charged hundreds of dollars above market rates for AARP-branded coverage—a practice which several of the organization’s own members called “unconscionable.” Given these facts, many may question: Whom does AARP serve — its members, or its executives’ political wishes? And is AARP a seniors’ advocacy group, or a billion-dollar insurance company masquerading as a “charity” organization?

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Allen West Calls on Ron Klein to Open Healthcare Debate

Deerfield Beach, FL - Florida Republican Congressional Candidate Allen West today called the backroom negotiations over healthcare "a flagrant disregard of the trust of the American people." West called on his opponent, Representative Ron Klein, to demand the negotiations be made public or announce he will vote against the bill.

"Our Republic depends on openness, on our citizens being able to learn about legislation and make their thoughts known to Members of Congress," West stated in an email sent to his supporters today. "No Member of Congress should support a bill whose details are unknown to the public." West called for grassroots activists to contact Congress and demand open hearings on the healthcare bill.

"This is not representative government, it is a flagrant disregard of the trust of the American people," West stated. "The only word to describe what Representative Klein's boss, Nancy Pelosi, is doing is nefarious. Our Republic stands upon a simple premise called the rule of law; this is completely the antithesis of that principle".
Text from e-mail to supporters:

Once again the liberals in Congress are taking action that threatens our Liberty. Even worse, now they are negotiating the final important details of the healthcare takeover behind closed doors.

This is nothing less than a flagrant disregard of the trust of the American people. Our Republic depends on openness, on our citizens being able to learn about legislation and making their thoughts known to Members of Congress.

This week, Brian Lamb of C-SPAN wrote to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid. Lamb and C-SPAN offered to put the entire backroom deal making on TV. So far, neither Reid nor Pelosi have agreed to have the public watch as the liberals plot to enact a government run healthcare system.

We need to take action now. I need you to do the following three action items to let Congress know we expect them to conduct business in the open where we can view the proceedings.

Email or call either Speaker Pelosi ( AmericanVoices@mail.house.gov or 202-225-0100 ) or Senator Reid reid.senate.gov/contact or 202-224-3542 ) and tell them to make the health care negotiations public.

Call my opponent Ron Klein (866-713-7303). Ask Congressman Klein to call for open meetings or to announce he will oppose any health care deal completed behind closed doors. No Member of Congress should support a bill whose details are unknown to the public.

Forward this email to at least five of your friends. Together we can bring the liberals out in the open and expose their plan to put the government in charge of your health care.

Steadfast and Loyal,
Allen B. West

January 6, 2010

AARP Dirty Secrets - Part 1: Helping Seniors or Helping Itself

Administration Silences Medicare Advantage Critics—So AARP Can Collect More “Kickbacks”
“There’s an inherent conflict of interest….They’re ending up becoming very dependent on sources of income.” — Former AARP Executive Marilyn Moon, quoted in Bloomberg article

ARRA News Service - This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it was investigating Humana for providing “misleading” information regarding the Administration’s proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage policies—and prohibited other Medicare Advantage plans from providing similar information on how Democrat health “reform” could take away their current coverage.

Yet the Administration’s edict prohibiting plans from communicating with their beneficiaries failed to include AARP, which sponsors a Medicare Advantage plan but has been a prime advocate of Democrats’ government takeover of health care—quite possibly because AARP has been supporting a health care overhaul from which it stands to gain overall handsomely. Even as AARP advocates for cutting Medicare Advantage plans by more than $150 billion, an analysis of the organization’s operations reveals that it stands to receive tens of millions of dollars at the expense of seniors’ medical care—with Democrats’ full approval:

• The Congressional Budget Office has previously estimated that the cuts to Medicare Advantage plans proposed in Democrats’ government takeover of health care (H.R. 3200) would cause millions of seniors to lose their current plan and enroll in government-run Medicare.

• Because the government-run Medicare benefit is less generous than most private health plans, the independent Medicare Payment Advisory Commission found in June that more than nine in ten seniors not in nursing home settings utilize some form of Medicare supplemental insurance. While many of these individuals currently rely on Medicare Advantage plans for the extra benefits they provide to seniors, many would be forced to purchase supplemental Medigap policies should their existing Medicare Advantage plans be taken away from them due to Democrats’ government takeover of health care.

• A review of its financial statements finds that in 2008, AARP received more than half a billion dollars in revenue from selling products like Medigap supplemental insurance policies—$652.7 million in direct “royalties and fees,” and an increase of more than 31 percent from the $497.6 million in similar revenue AARP generated in 2007.

• Royalty revenues now comprise more than half — 60.3% - of all AARP revenues; a Bloomberg news analysis published in December found that in 1999, royalties comprised only 11% of the organization’s total revenues.

• The Bloomberg article—which highlighted what one observer called AARP’s “dirty little secret”— profiled seniors who felt betrayed after paying hundreds of dollars above market price for AARP branded coverage. One noted that “AARP has great buying power, and people should be able to get the best deal….This is unconscionable, what AARP has allowed to happen.” Another disillusioned senior wrote to the organization’s leadership asking whether AARP had a “‘special relationship’ with [insurance carriers] by which it receives commissions, incentives, rebates, or dare I say ‘kickbacks?’”—and when he arrived at AARP headquarters for a tour, was promptly escorted out of the marble-covered atrium.

• While H.R. 3200 would place strict price controls on Medicare Advantage plans—requiring them to pay out 85% of premium revenues in medical claims — Medigap policies face a far less strict 65% requirement. In other words, under the Democrat bill, seniors could pay as much as 20 cents more out of every premium dollar to fund “kickbacks” to AARP-sponsored Medigap plans than Medicare Advantage plans.

The higher prices charged by AARP plans, and the organization’s increasing dependence upon revenue from “royalties,” provide tangible evidence why AARP would support cuts to Medicare Advantage that would likely increase their “kickbacks” from Medigap plans. However, it does not answer several key questions:

• Given the myriad new layers of insurance regulation included in Democrats’ government takeover of health care, why does the legislation not include a single provision attempting to impose any new restrictions on Medigap policies?

• Did Democrats “forget” to protect seniors—or were they informed that AARP could not support legislation that would limit its lucrative revenue source?

• Similarly, did CMS “forget” to include AARP among the organizations whose First Amendment rights to inform seniors of harmful Medicare provisions were restricted—or did the Administration only wish to silence its critics, and not outside organizations using “kickbacks” to fund advertising in support of the Democrat agenda?

These questions hint at a more fundamental query: With seniors believing that AARP is “making money on the backs of old people,” who should believe that the organization is looking out for seniors’ interests and not its own?

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January 4, 2010

We can stop Obamacare in Two Weeks!

Hat Tip: America, You Asked For It!

It just may be possible. And of all places for it to happen, Massachussetts is the battleground!

That's right, the land of Martha's Vineyard, Ted Kennedy, and Barney Frank may hold the key to stopping the runaway train to Socialism that we've been trying to derail for months!

On January 19, there will be a special election to fill the seat vacated by Senator Kennedy's death. Without this seat, the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda will fall flat on its face because the Socialists in DC will no longer be able to overcome a Republican filibuster.

Here's a press release from Conservative Solutions on Facebook that lays out a plan for winning the first battle of 2010!

Subject: If you REALLY want to stop the Obama/Reid/Pelosi agenda

It's not faxes. It's not rallies. It is Scott Brown for US Senate in 15 days!!!

On Tuesday, January 19th there is a special election for the US Senate in Massachusetts. This race has huge national implications. This is the seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy and most importantly, would represent the 41st vote breaking Harry Reid’s filibuster proof majority in the Senate.

If we can elect Army Natl. Guard Lt. Col. Scott Brown to the US Senate then…

  • Obamacare. – Dead
  • Cap and Trade – Dead
  • Another Stimulus Package – Dead

This will be a very low turnout election so GOTV is crucial.

Here are two things you can do.

Click on this link to make Voter ID and GOTV calls via the Brown Campaign’s virtual phone bank. We are halfway towards our goal of making 500,000 calls by election day. The sooner we can make the initial calls, the sooner we can start re-calling Undecided’s.

Also, if you have $5, 10, $25, $50 or whatever you can spare, please sign up to donate to the Brown Campaign on January 11.

I understand that for some of you, Scott may not be as socially conservative as you would like but he is as socially conservative as you can be and still get elected in Massachusetts.

His opponent supports Taxpayer funding for Abortion. She supports overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. She opposes the troop surge in Afghanistan. She supports a second stimulus package.

If you would like more information about Scott, you can visit his website.

Thank you.

Brad Marston

We've been fighting a war against our way of life for almost a year now. Here is an opportunity to deal the enemy a decisive blow, and possibly win the war. And it's a simple two step plan that can be implemented by anyone, anywhere in the US.

January 3, 2010

The Reason We Will Continue ...

2009 is over! 2010 is here!
Time to save this young damsel in distress,
and all of our other grandchildren and great grandchildren!
Make copies of the photo; carry them in your billfolds.
Give them to friends.
Time for "Real Change" in 2010!
[ARRA News Service]

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Marco Rubio & Charlie Crist Battle for 2010

Adam C. Smith, St Petersburg Times Political Editor offers some interesting end of year considerations on the Rubio - Christ race in Florida for the US Senate: Welcome to 2010, which stands to be the busiest and most unpredictable political year Florida has seen in decades. . . .

Winner of 2009: Marco Rubio Eight months ago, even some of his biggest admirers were calling him crazy and shortsighted. Why in world would he launch a futile U.S. Senate campaign against an immensely popular sitting governor sure to raise vast amounts of money? Give it up, and the attorney general's nomination would be all his, and he'd be poised from there to run for Senate or governor.

Instead, Rubio stuck to it. He courted national conservative media attention and excited hard-core activists, while Tea Party protesters became a growing force and Crist steadily looked more and more vulnerable. Today, Marco Rubio vs. Charlie Crist is among the marquee races across the country.

Loser of 2009: Charlie Crist
The governor's uncanny political instincts used to be taken as an article of faith, but they seem to have disappeared in 2009. He's in real trouble at the opening of 2010, but nobody should count him out.

Political predictions. . . [We'll just have to see] [However] Pat Shortridge, senior adviser to the Rubio campaign, predicts soon from Crist: "A lot of wild punches. And early negative advertising. And mudslinging mail. And anonymous Web sites. All repeated ad nauseam. So be forewarned. It's coming. Very, very soon," he wrote in an e-mail to supporters.

Indeed, Crist can't afford to keep watching Rubio's poll numbers climb, and he has the money to inflict real damage on the Miami Republican with an aggressive negative assault. At the same time, Crist's nice guy persona would take a serious hit, and he could provoke Jeb Bush to rise up to Rubio's defense.

Former Gov. Bush is officially neutral, but that may not last all that long. His sons, Jeb Jr. and George P., are planning to host a Rubio fundraiser in Miami this month.

H/T to eGOPNews for photo and lead on article. In full disclosure, America's Best Choive has previously endorsed Marcio Rubio for US Senate

January 1, 2010

Obama Health Care Hypocrisy Exposed

by John Allison III, at America, You Asked For It!

After Harry Reid and his 59 cronies in the US Senate voted on Christmas Eve to cut Medicare and tax health care benefits of the American middle class, President Obama proudly exclaimed the vote is moving us "toward the end of a nearly century-long struggle" and that the bill "includes the toughest measures ever taken to hold the insurance industry accountable."

His remarks are hypocritical in light of what he said on the campaign trail.

But last year an Obama campaign ad blasted Senator John McCain (R-AZ) for proposing what the President is now praising in Reid's health care bill. Yes, we have the proof because the President's political hacks failed to seek out and destroy the evidence! The President's campaign ad may not live long on YouTube if recent history is any guide. So view it while you can.

The first video is Obama's original campaign ad that slams John McCain for proposing to pay for health care reform by taxing health care benefits and cutting Medicare--both of which are contained in Reid's health care bill Obama seems so giddy about now. The video below is an edited version of the campaign ad that was adapted to target Reid's bill.

Please rate the second video if you like it, because the liberals have already started giving it low marks.

Original Campaign Ad Slamming John McCain

Adapted Ad to Fit Reid's Health Care Bill