Controversial televangelist and former Republican presidential hopeful Pat Robertson has called upon GOP members of Congress to end the government shutdown.
In statements made on the Tuesday edition of Christian Broadcasting Network program the "700 Club," Robertson told Republicans that they should "wave the white flag."
"The Republicans have got to wave the white flag and say, 'We fought a good fight and now it's over. They cannot shut the government down and then bring about a default. We can't do it," said Robertson. more >>
Americans were shocked by headlines like, "Priests Face Arrest for Holding Mass During Shutdown." News accounts reported that Catholic priests were warned that they are not permitted to minister on base during the shutdown, and they risk being arrested if they attempt to do so.
Since they are unpaid volunteers, this was not caused by a shutdown of military funds. Priests were warned that they risked arrest and military discipline if, without pay, they simply walked onto the base property to perform a chaplain's regular duties.
Congress quickly responded with a nonbinding resolution to reinstate furloughed chaplains on a volunteer basis. The House voted 400 to 1, and the Senate passed a similar resolution. more >>
The Affordable Care Act is like the television show Storage Wars, where unclaimed items in storage lockers are auctioned off after a quick peek through the door. People bid top dollar and hope for the best. Some find a goldmine, but the unseasoned bidders usually receive a Pandora's Box.
Let's look at some of the winners. The Center for Public Policy, a non-partisan public interest think tank in Washington D.C., estimated that $120 million was spent lobbying for health reform. Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) alone spent $26 million lobbying for Obamacare in 2009. And PhRMA has spent well over $100 million on ad campaigns promoting healthcare reform legislation.
Upon passage of the bill, the stocks of some of the largest health insurers, including Cigna, UnitedHealth Group,WellPoint,and Aetna climbed. Major makers of electronic health records (EHR) systems lobbied hard, locking out smaller competitors. Chicago-based Allscripts Healthcare Solutions former CEO Glen Tullman, who had served as health technology adviser to Obama's presidential campaign in 2008, made more than $200,000 in contributions to the campaign, and was frequent guest at the White House during 2009. With some nudging from the Stimulus mandate for EHRs, annual sales of Allscripts more than doubled from $548 million in 2009 to $1.44 billion in 2012. Cerner, another software purveyor, spent $400,000 lobbying for EHR. During the same three-year period, sales rose 60 percent. more >>
In dysfunctional and ideologically driven Washington, it seems the only way to slow out-of-control spending is with the debt ceiling votes. Republicans control only one-half of one-third of the government. The only leverage they have in imposing some form of fiscal sanity is their debt ceiling votes.
All the posturing and rhetoric of Democrats and Republicans leading up to the "deal" remind me of a WWF wrestling match: lots of pre-match bluster with a predetermined outcome.
It seems all the politicians want to do now is hit the "pause" button on all of this. Both sides are getting beat up in the polls. more >>
If you believe Bigfoot roams the Pacific Northwest, you might be gullible enough to believe Barack Obama's claim that the United States will default on its creditors if Congress doesn't raise the debt ceiling. But if you can see the President's propaganda for the scare tactic it is, you know there was never any chance the United States would default on its creditors.
The administration and the lame stream media have recklessly repeated the mantra that if the government can't continue to irresponsibly spend more than it takes in, this must end in "default," as if living within their means wasn't even an option. Well, here are some fast facts. The government is raking in, on average, $200 billion dollars per month. Interest on the national debt is around $30 billion per month. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that if a default happens, it is because Obama and his ilk want it as the final and ultimate protest.
The truth is the United States Treasury takes in enough revenue to pay its creditors such as Treasury holders, bond holders and foreign creditors, and the 14th Amendment clearly states that all creditors of the United States must be paid in full. This means that before the government pays for any program, department or subsidy, the creditor must be paid first. more >>
The "new era of civility in politics" called for by President Obama after former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot, lasted about five Washington minutes. Since then Obama has adopted a scorched earth public policy in an attempt to destroy his political enemies, but sacrificing the Constitution as collateral damage.
Consider Obama's January 12, 2011 words in Tucson: "At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized-at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do; it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."
Fast forward to the October 8, 2013 press conference, when an unhinged Obama used highly inflamed words describing those who think differently as "hostage takers" party to "extortion" and "insanity," who created "catastrophe" and "chaos." Rather uncivil discourse for one who seems to believe he is destined to be the fifth president chiseled out of rock at Mount Rushmore. more >>