Archive for November, 2009

It was the ol’ bait-and-switch on the health care bill. According to White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod, it is likely that the amendment to the health care bill that restricts federal funding for abortions and caused just enough Democrats to vote for it in order for the bill to passed will be stripped out by President Obama.

First, Nancy Pelosi tried to ram through health care legislation on November 7… a Saturday when the public wasn’t really paying attention (and what happened to giving us at least 36 hours to read the 2000 pages?).  The House met in intense debates all day, but they could not get the measure passed until an amendment written by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) prevented federal subsidies from going toward private plans that offer abortion overage. This swayed enough moderate Democrats to pass the bill 220-215 in the dead of the night.

However, President Obama does not support the amendment, stating it changes the “status quo,” and may intervene to delete the legislation that got the bill passed. No, according to Axelrod, “He’s going to work with Senate and the House to try and ensure that at the end of the day, the status quo is not changed … there are discussions ongoing to how to adjust it accordingly.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell insists that Americans do not want their tax dollars funding abortions and the legislation will likely be held up in the Senate. “This will be on the floor for quite a long time. I think it ought to be on the floor at least as long as it’s been in Harry Reid’s office.”

So… in order to finagle this bill through the House, the abortion amendment gets tacked on that gets just enough Democrats to barely pass it, and then the administration comes along and rips out the thing that actually got it passed? How shady is that? Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and Axelrod should go in together on a used car dealership. Their sales skills would be better suited for that profession.

Met Mike Huckabee tonight… the resulting article:

Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee appeared before a large crowd in Edmond, Oklahoma, last night at Best of Books, the latest stop for his book tour promoting his new tome, A Simple Christmas. It seems to be a recent trend that those in political media are writing heart warming Christmas tales. A Simple Christmas has been released during the same season as Glenn Beck’s children’s version of The Christmas Sweater, an adaptation of his adult novel from a year ago.

Huckabee’s book is a collection of twelve Christmas tales from throughout his life, beginning as a child up to his time as a presidential candidate. In a day and age in which Christmas has become inundated with commercialism, he has billed his memories as heart warming stories that celebrate the holiday spirit. Huckabee believes that it’s possible to make the Christmas season simple again instead of becoming lost in the frustrating chaos our times have made it.

Glenn Beck’s The Christmas Sweater, on the other hand, is a novel about a boy named Eddie who wanted a bike for Christmas but instead receives from his mother a hand-made sweater that he absolutely does not like. He insults her and she later dies in a car accident. Now adapted as a children’s book for the 2009 season, the rest of the story tells how Eddie deals with his bitterness and anger while staying with his grandparents.

Both books by the political media hosts are based on Christian principles, Huckabee probably more prominently so as a former pastor. Each have other books that deal with hot political issues and views expressing their conservative viewpoints, but the Christmas books show a different side of the men and gives us a glimpse of their souls away from the camera.

Toward the end of his signing in Edmond, Governor Huckabee spent a few minutes fielding questions from reporters about the current health bill which just passed the House and is on its way to the Senate. He stated the plan is, “an unmitigated disaster,” and when asked if he believed the states could afford the plan, he expressed that they could not. He maintained his stance that America has a health crisis and not a health care crisis. It was a brief moment that snapped the crowd back to real world politics in what had otherwise been a heart-warming night full of promise for the upcoming holiday season.

Leaders of the world will meet next month at a global conference in Copenhagen to sign a treaty concerning the controversial climate change issue. Developing countries around the world are accusing the United States of not doing enough to prevent greenhouse gases from being emitted and are seeking a world tax to be placed upon America for its usage. In many eyes of those countries this tax would be a type of reparation for the United States growing rich while using “cheap fuel.”

U.S. Lawmakers have already come under heavy scrutiny for the energy bill that narrowly passed the House in June, a measure that would raise energy rates. Said Jim Imhofe (R-OK), “This is not an energy bill. This is a cap-and-trade bill. This is a huge tax increase.”

With the world now in a cooling trend, people are becoming skeptical about the global warming coverage of recent years that has now been renamed “climate change.” Opponents of the theory, including many scientists, have urged for years that the temperatures of the planets work in a cyclical nature and have more to do with the sun and oceanic thermal venting than emissions produced by humans. Some data even suggests that to prevent a one degree warming of the planet via carbon dioxide emissions we’d have to stop all current emissions for more than 30 years.

With this sort of controversy over the validity of the issue, trying to pass legislation on the matter is becoming harder for lawmakers. Putting it into the hands of world powers becomes increasingly uneasy.

Wording in the current draft of the Framework Convention on Climate Change sets up a world government entity that, “will be ruled by the [Conference of the Parties] with the support of a new subsidiary body on adaptation, and of an Executive Board responsible for the management of the new funds and the related facilitative processes and bodies.”

This is worrisome wording for those that are concerned about the country’s sovereignty and fear that interests of the United States will come under the control of other world powers. While that may be the long-term controversy, the short-term issue remains a monetary one.

Stated Ben Lieberman, senior policy analyst for energy and environment of the Heritage Foundation, “The developing world especially wants hundreds of billions of dollars per year. The developed world is offering up tens of billions. So there’s a big gap that hasn’t been narrowed there in terms of being able to come up with an agreement in Copenhagen.”

For more info: Divisions Remain Ahead of Climate Change Conference in Denmark, Lord Moncton’s Warning to America, Inconvenient Alarm, Draft of Copenhagen Treaty

The people have spoken and they’re saying they’ve already had it with the policies of the new administration in Washington. Here’s how it played out this Tuesday:

New Jersey Gov: Chris Christie (R) 49%, Jon Corzine (D) 45%
New York Dis. 23: Bill Owens (D) 49%, Doug Hoffman (C) 46%
Virginia Gov: Bob McDonnell (R) 59%, Creigh Deeds (D) 41%

With the majority of the country against the public option in the current health care bill, rising unemployment, proposed cap-and-trade legislation that even President Obama has admitted would cause energy rates to skyrocket, waffling on troop deployments in Afghanistan, the upcoming controversial climate change treaty in Copenhagen that would tax American pockets to give money to other countries, and a combination of “Net neutrality” and the proposed Cybersecurity Act that would place the Internet under government control, Democrat nominees for various offices around the country have taken a big hit.

Both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did what they enjoy best and campaigned hard for their party in New Jersey and New York in recent days, but it wasn’t enough to sway voters from voting conservative. Many in New York District 23 believed former Republican nominee Dierdre Scozzafava was too liberal, prompting Doug Hoffman to join the race. He garnered considerable backing from national conservatives such as Sarah Palin and Tim Pawlenty and effectively knock Scozzafava out of the race over the weekend. With Scozzafava out, Hoffman gained additional GOP support. However, since she only put her campaign in suspension, she still showed up on the ticket and collected six percent of the vote, which was just enough to take away from Hoffman and give the decision to Owens although combined it would have defeated the Democrat nominee.

In the closest race, Republican Chris Christie, who had been just slightly ahead in the New Jersey gubernatorial polls for weeks, narrowly beat out Democrat nominee Jon Corzine. This is a bitter defeat for Democrats since New Jersey is a notorious stronghold for the party. Many believe this is a strong reflection of how voters are feeling about the current administration in Washington. I recall the exact opposite happening in Maryland when incumbent Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich, who was even endorsed by the liberal Washington Post, was ousted in favor of ill-liked Martin O’Malley, a former Baltimore mayor who had once spent more money on a new motto for Baltimore than he had on education. However, voters had grown increasingly angry at the Bush administration and GOP candidates felt the backlash.

The Virginia governor race wasn’t even close, with Bob McDonnell winning by a landslide 19 points. In a state that Barack Obama carried by nearly seven points in 2008, voters unquestionably swung back to the right. Analysts are now saying that Republicans should look at how McDonnell ran his campaign and mimic it for the 2010 elections. The Lt. Governor and Attorney General positions were also won by Republican candidates.

In an unsurprising race, former Lt. Governor of California John Garamendi won that state’s District 10 house seat, but while the votes were still being tallied, Nancy Pelosi and her typical arrogance urged Garamendi to fly to Washington D.C. to be sworn in on Thursday.

These wins for conservative candidates follow special elections victories earlier in October. In Oklahoma, Todd Russ won a State House seat that hadn’t been held by the GOP since 1965. In Tennessee, Pat Marsh picked up a State House seat that had never been controlled by Republicans and gave the GOP their first opportunity to pick the Tennessee Speaker of the House in 40 years.