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Preview of Obamacare #1

via Drudge & The Daily Mail

UK HEALTH SYSTEM: Babies born in hospital corridors: Bed shortage forces 4,000 mothers to give birth in lifts, offices and hospital toilets...

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Role call of H.R. 2454

Quick & Dirty roll call of Cap & Trade bill.  See source here

 

Alabama

No

AL-1

Bonner, Jo [R]

No

AL-2

Bright, Bobby [D]

No

AL-3

Rogers, Michael [R]

No

AL-4

Aderholt, Robert [R]

No

AL-5

Griffith, Parker [D]

No

AL-6

Bachus, Spencer [R]

Aye

AL-7

Davis, Artur [D]

Alaska

No

AK-0

Young, Donald [R]

Arizona

Aye

AZ-1

Kirkpatrick, Ann [D]

No

AZ-2

Franks, Trent [R]

No

AZ-3

Shadegg, John [R]

Aye

AZ-4

Pastor, Edward [D]

No

AZ-5

Mitchell, Harry [D]

Not Voting

AZ-6

Flake, Jeff [R]

Aye

AZ-7

Grijalva, Raul [D]

Aye

AZ-8

Giffords, Gabrielle [D]

Arkansas

Aye

AR-1

Berry, Robert [D]

Aye

AR-2

Snyder, Victor [D]

No

AR-3

Boozman, John [R]

No

AR-4

Ross, Mike [D]

California

Aye

CA-1

Thompson, C. [D]

No

CA-2

Herger, Walter [R]

No

CA-3

Lungren, Daniel [R]

No

CA-4

McClintock, Tom [R]

Aye

CA-5

Matsui, Doris [D]

Aye

CA-6

Woolsey, Lynn [D]

Aye

CA-7

Miller, George [D]

Aye

CA-9

Lee, Barbara [D]

Aye

CA-10

Tauscher, Ellen [D]

Aye

CA-11

McNerney, Jerry [D]

Aye

CA-12

Speier, Jackie [D]

No

CA-13

Stark, Fortney [D]

Aye

CA-14

Eshoo, Anna [D]

Aye

CA-15

Honda, Michael [D]

Aye

CA-16

Lofgren, Zoe [D]

Aye

CA-17

Farr, Sam [D]

Aye

CA-18

Cardoza, Dennis [D]

No

CA-19

Radanovich, George [R]

Aye

CA-20

Costa, Jim [D]

No

CA-21

Nunes, Devin [R]

No

CA-22

McCarthy, Kevin [R]

Aye

CA-23

Capps, Lois [D]

No

CA-24

Gallegly, Elton [R]

No

CA-25

McKeon, Howard [R]

No

CA-26

Dreier, David [R]

Aye

CA-27

Sherman, Brad [D]

Aye

CA-28

Berman, Howard [D]

Aye

CA-29

Schiff, Adam [D]

Not Voting

CA-30

Waxman, Henry [D]

Aye

CA-31

Becerra, Xavier [D]

Aye

CA-33

Watson, Diane [D]

Aye

CA-34

Roybal-Allard, Lucille [D]

Aye

CA-35

Waters, Maxine [D]

No

CA-36

Harman, Jane [D]

Aye

CA-37

Richardson, Laura [D]

Aye

CA-38

Napolitano, Grace [D]

Aye

CA-39

Sanchez, Linda [D]

No

CA-40

Royce, Edward [R]

No

CA-41

Lewis, Jerry [R]

No

CA-42

Miller, Gary [R]

Aye

CA-43

Baca, Joe [D]

No

CA-44

Calvert, Ken [R]

No

CA-45

Bono Mack, Mary [R]

No

CA-46

Rohrabacher, Dana [R]

Aye

CA-47

Sanchez, Loretta [D]

No

CA-48

Campbell, John [R]

No

CA-49

Issa, Darrell [R]

No

CA-50

Bilbray, Brian [R]

Aye

CA-51

Filner, Bob [D]

No

CA-52

Hunter, Duncan [R]

Aye

CA-53

Davis, Susan [D]

Colorado

Aye

CO-1

DeGette, Diana [D]

Aye

CO-2

Polis, Jared [D]

No

CO-3

Salazar, John [D]

Aye

CO-4

Markey, Betsy [D]

No

CO-5

Lamborn, Doug [R]

No

CO-6

Coffman, Mike [R]

Aye

CO-7

Perlmutter, Ed [D]

Connecticut

Aye

CT-1

Larson, John [D]

Aye

CT-2

Courtney, Joe [D]

Aye

CT-3

DeLauro, Rosa [D]

Aye

CT-4

Himes, James [D]

Aye

CT-5

Murphy, Christopher [D]

Delaware

No

DE-0

Castle, Michael [R]

Florida

No

FL-1

Miller, Jeff [R]

Aye

FL-2

Boyd, Allen [D]

Aye

FL-3

Brown, Corrine [D]

No

FL-4

Crenshaw, Ander [R]

No

FL-5

Brown-Waite, Virginia [R]

No

FL-6

Stearns, Clifford [R]

No

FL-7

Mica, John [R]

Aye

FL-8

Grayson, Alan [D]

No

FL-9

Bilirakis, Gus [R]

No

FL-10

Young, C. W. [R]

Aye

FL-11

Castor, Kathy [D]

No

FL-12

Putnam, Adam [R]

No

FL-13

Buchanan, Vern [R]

No

FL-14

Mack, Connie [R]

No

FL-15

Posey, Bill [R]

No

FL-16

Rooney, Thomas [R]

Aye

FL-17

Meek, Kendrick [D]

No

FL-18

Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [R]

Aye

FL-19

Wexler, Robert [D]

Aye

FL-20

Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D]

No

FL-21

Diaz-Balart, Lincoln [R]

Aye

FL-22

Klein, Ron [D]

Not Voting

FL-23

Hastings, Alcee [D]

Aye

FL-24

Kosmas, Suzanne [D]

No

FL-25

Diaz-Balart, Mario [R]

Georgia

No

GA-1

Kingston, Jack [R]

Aye

GA-2

Bishop, Sanford [D]

No

GA-3

Westmoreland, Lynn [R]

Aye

GA-4

Johnson, Henry [D]

Not Voting

GA-5

Lewis, John [D]

No

GA-6

Price, Tom [R]

No

GA-7

Linder, John [R]

No

GA-8

Marshall, James [D]

No

GA-9

Deal, Nathan [R]

No

GA-10

Broun, Paul [R]

No

GA-11

Gingrey, John [R]

No

GA-12

Barrow, John [D]

Aye

GA-13

Scott, David [D]

Hawaii

Aye

HI-1

Abercrombie, Neil [D]

Aye

HI-2

Hirono, Mazie [D]

Idaho

No

ID-1

Minnick, Walter [D]

No

ID-2

Simpson, Michael [R]

Illinois

Aye

IL-1

Rush, Bobby [D]

Aye

IL-2

Jackson, Jesse [D]

Aye

IL-3

Lipinski, Daniel [D]

Aye

IL-4

Gutierrez, Luis [D]

Aye

IL-5

Quigley, Mike [D]

No

IL-6

Roskam, Peter [R]

Aye

IL-7

Davis, Danny [D]

Aye

IL-8

Bean, Melissa [D]

Aye

IL-9

Schakowsky, Janice [D]

No

IL-10

Kirk, Mark [R]

No

IL-11

Halvorson, Deborah [D]

Aye

IL-12

Costello, Jerry [D]

No

IL-13

Biggert, Judy [R]

No

IL-14

Foster, Bill [D]

No

IL-15

Johnson, Timothy [R]

No

IL-16

Manzullo, Donald [R]

Aye

IL-17

Hare, Phil [D]

No

IL-18

Schock, Aaron [R]

No

IL-19

Shimkus, John [R]

Indiana

Aye

IN-1

Visclosky, Peter [D]

Aye

IN-2

Donnelly, Joe [D]

No

IN-3

Souder, Mark [R]

No

IN-4

Buyer, Stephen [R]

No

IN-5

Burton, Dan [R]

No

IN-6

Pence, Mike [R]

Aye

IN-7

Carson, André [D]

Aye

IN-8

Ellsworth, Brad [D]

No

IN-9

Hill, Baron [D]

Iowa

Aye

IA-1

Braley, Bruce [D]

Aye

IA-2

Loebsack, David [D]

Aye

IA-3

Boswell, Leonard [D]

No

IA-4

Latham, Thomas [R]

No

IA-5

King, Steve [R]

Kansas

No

KS-1

Moran, Jerry [R]

No

KS-2

Jenkins, Lynn [R]

Aye

KS-3

Moore, Dennis [D]

No

KS-4

Tiahrt, Todd [R]

Kentucky

No

KY-1

Whitfield, Edward [R]

No

KY-2

Guthrie, Brett [R]

Aye

KY-3

Yarmuth, John [D]

No

KY-4

Davis, Geoff [R]

No

KY-5

Rogers, Harold [R]

Aye

KY-6

Chandler, Ben [D]

Louisiana

No

LA-1

Scalise, Steve [R]

No

LA-2

Cao, Anh [R]

No

LA-3

Melancon, Charles [D]

No

LA-4

Fleming, John [R]

No

LA-5

Alexander, Rodney [R]

No

LA-6

Cassidy, Bill [R]

No

LA-7

Boustany, Charles [R]

Maine

Aye

ME-1

Pingree, Chellie [D]

Aye

ME-2

Michaud, Michael [D]

Maryland

Aye

MD-1

Kratovil, Frank [D]

Aye

MD-2

Ruppersberger, C.A. [D]

Aye

MD-3

Sarbanes, John [D]

Aye

MD-4

Edwards, Donna [D]

Aye

MD-5

Hoyer, Steny [D]

No

MD-6

Bartlett, Roscoe [R]

Aye

MD-7

Cummings, Elijah [D]

Aye

MD-8

Van Hollen, Christopher [D]

Massachusetts

Aye

MA-1

Olver, John [D]

Aye

MA-2

Neal, Richard [D]

Aye

MA-3

McGovern, James [D]

Aye

MA-4

Frank, Barney [D]

Aye

MA-5

Tsongas, Niki [D]

Aye

MA-6

Tierney, John [D]

Aye

MA-7

Markey, Edward [D]

Aye

MA-8

Capuano, Michael [D]

Aye

MA-9

Lynch, Stephen [D]

Aye

MA-10

Delahunt, William [D]

Michigan

Aye

MI-1

Stupak, Bart [D]

No

MI-2

Hoekstra, Peter [R]

No

MI-3

Ehlers, Vernon [R]

No

MI-4

Camp, David [R]

Aye

MI-5

Kildee, Dale [D]

No

MI-6

Upton, Frederick [R]

Aye

MI-7

Schauer, Mark [D]

No

MI-8

Rogers, Michael [R]

Aye

MI-9

Peters, Gary [D]

No

MI-10

Miller, Candice [R]

No

MI-11

McCotter, Thaddeus [R]

Aye

MI-12

Levin, Sander [D]

Aye

MI-13

Kilpatrick, Carolyn [D]

Aye

MI-14

Conyers, John [D]

Aye

MI-15

Dingell, John [D]

Minnesota

Not Voting

MN-1

Walz, Timothy [D]

No

MN-2

Kline, John [R]

No

MN-3

Paulsen, Erik [R]

Aye

MN-4

McCollum, Betty [D]

Aye

MN-5

Ellison, Keith [D]

No

MN-6

Bachmann, Michele [R]

Aye

MN-7

Peterson, Collin [D]

Aye

MN-8

Oberstar, James [D]

Mississippi

No

MS-1

Childers, Travis [D]

Aye

MS-2

Thompson, Bennie [D]

No

MS-3

Harper, Gregg [R]

No

MS-4

Taylor, Gene [D]

Missouri

Aye

MO-1

Clay, William [D]

No

MO-2

Akin, W. [R]

Aye

MO-3

Carnahan, Russ [D]

Aye

MO-4

Skelton, Ike [D]

Aye

MO-5

Cleaver, Emanuel [D]

No

MO-6

Graves, Samuel [R]

No

MO-7

Blunt, Roy [R]

No

MO-8

Emerson, Jo Ann [R]

No

MO-9

Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R]

Montana

No

MT-0

Rehberg, Dennis [R]

Nebraska

No

NE-1

Fortenberry, Jeffrey [R]

No

NE-2

Terry, Lee [R]

No

NE-3

Smith, Adrian [R]

Nevada

Aye

NV-1

Berkley, Shelley [D]

No

NV-2

Heller, Dean [R]

Aye

NV-3

Titus, Dina [D]

New Hampshire

Aye

NH-1

Shea-Porter, Carol [D]

Aye

NH-2

Hodes, Paul [D]

New Jersey

Aye

NJ-1

Andrews, Robert [D]

No

NJ-2

LoBiondo, Frank [R]

Aye

NJ-3

Adler, John [D]

No

NJ-4

Smith, Christopher [R]

No

NJ-5

Garrett, Scott [R]

Aye

NJ-6

Pallone, Frank [D]

No

NJ-7

Lance, Leonard [R]

Aye

NJ-8

Pascrell, William [D]

Aye

NJ-9

Rothman, Steven [D]

Aye

NJ-10

Payne, Donald [D]

No

NJ-11

Frelinghuysen, Rodney [R]

No

NJ-12

Holt, Rush [D]

Aye

NJ-13

Sires, Albio [D]

New Mexico

Aye

NM-1

Heinrich, Martin [D]

Aye

NM-2

Teague, Harry [D]

Aye

NM-3

Lujan, Ben [D]

New York

Aye

NY-1

Bishop, Timothy [D]

Aye

NY-2

Israel, Steve [D]

No

NY-3

King, Peter [R]

Aye

NY-4

McCarthy, Carolyn [D]

Not Voting

NY-5

Ackerman, Gary [D]

Aye

NY-6

Meeks, Gregory [D]

Aye

NY-7

Crowley, Joseph [D]

Aye

NY-8

Nadler, Jerrold [D]

Aye

NY-9

Weiner, Anthony [D]

Aye

NY-10

Towns, Edolphus [D]

Aye

NY-11

Clarke, Yvette [D]

Aye

NY-12

Velazquez, Nydia [D]

Aye

NY-13

McMahon, Michael [D]

Not Voting

NY-14

Maloney, Carolyn [D]

Aye

NY-15

Rangel, Charles [D]

Aye

NY-16

Serrano, José [D]

Aye

NY-17

Engel, Eliot [D]

Aye

NY-18

Lowey, Nita [D]

Aye

NY-19

Hall, John [D]

Aye

NY-20

Murphy, Scott [D]

Aye

NY-21

Tonko, Paul [D]

Aye

NY-22

Hinchey, Maurice [D]

No

NY-23

McHugh, John [R]

Aye

NY-24

Arcuri, Michael [D]

Aye

NY-25

Maffei, Daniel [D]

No

NY-26

Lee, Christopher [R]

Aye

NY-27

Higgins, Brian [D]

Aye

NY-28

Slaughter, Louise [D]

Aye

NY-29

Massa, Eric [D]

North Carolina

Aye

NC-1

Butterfield, George [D]

Aye

NC-2

Etheridge, Bob [D]

No

NC-3

Jones, Walter [R]

Aye

NC-4

Price, David [D]

No

NC-5

Foxx, Virginia [R]

No

NC-6

Coble, Howard [R]

Aye

NC-7

McIntyre, Mike [D]

Aye

NC-8

Kissell, Larry [D]

No

NC-9

Myrick, Sue [R]

No

NC-10

Mchenry, Patrick [R]

No

NC-11

Shuler, Heath [D]

Aye

NC-12

Watt, Melvin [D]

Aye

NC-13

Miller, R. [D]

North Dakota

Aye

ND-0

Pomeroy, Earl [D]

Ohio

Aye

OH-1

Driehaus, Steve [D]

No

OH-2

Schmidt, Jean [R]

No

OH-3

Turner, Michael [R]

No

OH-4

Jordan, Jim [R]

No

OH-5

Latta, Robert [R]

Aye

OH-6

Wilson, Charles [D]

No

OH-7

Austria, Steve [R]

No

OH-8

Boehner, John [R]

Aye

OH-9

Kaptur, Marcy [D]

No

OH-10

Kucinich, Dennis [D]

Aye

OH-11

Fudge, Marcia [D]

No

OH-12

Tiberi, Patrick [R]

Aye

OH-13

Sutton, Betty [D]

No

OH-14

LaTourette, Steven [R]

Aye

OH-15

Kilroy, Mary Jo [D]

Aye

OH-16

Boccieri, John [D]

Aye

OH-17

Ryan, Timothy [D]

Aye

OH-18

Space, Zachary [D]

Oklahoma

Not Voting

OK-1

Sullivan, John [R]

No

OK-2

Boren, Dan [D]

No

OK-3

Lucas, Frank [R]

No

OK-4

Cole, Tom [R]

No

OK-5

Fallin, Mary [R]

Oregon

Aye

OR-1

Wu, David [D]

No

OR-2

Walden, Greg [R]

Aye

OR-3

Blumenauer, Earl [D]

No

OR-4

DeFazio, Peter [D]

Aye

OR-5

Schrader, Kurt [D]

Pennsylvania

Aye

PA-1

Brady, Robert [D]

Aye

PA-2

Fattah, Chaka [D]

No

PA-3

Dahlkemper, Kathleen [D]

No

PA-4

Altmire, Jason [D]

No

PA-5

Thompson, Glenn [R]

No

PA-6

Gerlach, Jim [R]

Aye

PA-7

Sestak, Joe [D]

Aye

PA-8

Murphy, Patrick [D]

No

PA-9

Shuster, William [R]

No

PA-10

Carney, Christopher [D]

Aye

PA-11

Kanjorski, Paul [D]

Aye

PA-12

Murtha, John [D]

Aye

PA-13

Schwartz, Allyson [D]

Aye

PA-14

Doyle, Michael [D]

No

PA-15

Dent, Charles [R]

No

PA-16

Pitts, Joseph [R]

Aye

PA-17

Holden, Tim [D]

No

PA-18

Murphy, Tim [R]

No

PA-19

Platts, Todd [R]

Rhode Island

Not Voting

RI-1

Kennedy, Patrick [D]

Aye

RI-2

Langevin, James [D]

South Carolina

No

SC-1

Brown, Henry [R]

No

SC-2

Wilson, Addison [R]

No

SC-3

Barrett, James [R]

No

SC-4

Inglis, Bob [R]

Aye

SC-5

Spratt, John [D]

Aye

SC-6

Clyburn, James [D]

South Dakota

Aye

SD-0

Herseth Sandlin, Stephanie [D]

Tennessee

No

TN-1

Roe, Phil [R]

No

TN-2

Duncan, John [R]

No

TN-3

Wamp, Zach [R]

No

TN-4

Davis, Lincoln [D]

Aye

TN-5

Cooper, Jim [D]

Aye

TN-6

Gordon, Barton [D]

No

TN-7

Blackburn, Marsha [R]

Aye

TN-8

Tanner, John [D]

Aye

TN-9

Cohen, Steve [D]

Texas

No

TX-1

Gohmert, Louis [R]

No

TX-2

Poe, Ted [R]

No

TX-3

Johnson, Samuel [R]

No

TX-4

Hall, Ralph [R]

No

TX-5

Hensarling, Jeb [R]

No

TX-6

Barton, Joe [R]

Not Voting

TX-7

Culberson, John [R]

No

TX-8

Brady, Kevin [R]

Aye

TX-9

Green, Al [D]

No

TX-10

McCaul, Michael [R]

No

TX-11

Conaway, K. [R]

No

TX-12

Granger, Kay [R]

No

TX-13

Thornberry, William [R]

No

TX-14

Paul, Ronald [R]

Aye

TX-15

Hinojosa, Rubén [D]

Aye

TX-16

Reyes, Silvestre [D]

Aye

TX-17

Edwards, Thomas [D]

Aye

TX-18

Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D]

No

TX-19

Neugebauer, Randy [R]

Aye

TX-20

Gonzalez, Charles [D]

No

TX-21

Smith, Lamar [R]

No

TX-22

Olson, Pete [R]

Aye

TX-23

Rodriguez, Ciro [D]

No

TX-24

Marchant, Kenny [R]

No

TX-25

Doggett, Lloyd [D]

No

TX-26

Burgess, Michael [R]

Aye

TX-27

Ortiz, Solomon [D]

Aye

TX-28

Cuellar, Henry [D]

Aye

TX-29

Green, Raymond [D]

Aye

TX-30

Johnson, Eddie [D]

No

TX-31

Carter, John [R]

No

TX-32

Sessions, Peter [R]

Utah

No

UT-1

Bishop, Rob [R]

No

UT-2

Matheson, Jim [D]

No

UT-3

Chaffetz, Jason [R]

Vermont

Aye

VT-0

Welch, Peter [D]

Virginia

No

VA-1

Wittman, Rob [R]

No

VA-2

Nye, Glenn [D]

Aye

VA-3

Scott, Robert [D]

No

VA-4

Forbes, James [R]

Aye

VA-5

Perriello, Thomas [D]

No

VA-6

Goodlatte, Robert [R]

No

VA-7

Cantor, Eric [R]

Aye

VA-8

Moran, James [D]

Aye

VA-9

Boucher, Frederick [D]

No

VA-10

Wolf, Frank [R]

Aye

VA-11

Connolly, Gerald [D]

Washington

Aye

WA-1

Inslee, Jay [D]

Aye

WA-2

Larsen, Rick [D]

No

WA-3

Baird, Brian [D]

No

WA-4

Hastings, Doc [R]

No

WA-5

McMorris Rodgers, Cathy [R]

Aye

WA-6

Dicks, Norman [D]

Aye

WA-7

McDermott, James [D]

No

WA-8

Reichert, Dave [R]

Aye

WA-9

Smith, Adam [D]

West Virginia

Not Voting

WV-1

Mollohan, Alan [D]

No

WV-2

Capito, Shelley [R]

No

WV-3

Rahall, Nick [D]

Wisconsin

No

WI-1

Ryan, Paul [R]

Aye

WI-2

Baldwin, Tammy [D]

Aye

WI-3

Kind, Ronald [D]

Aye

WI-4

Moore, Gwen [D]

No

WI-5

Sensenbrenner, F. [R]

No

WI-6

Petri, Thomas [R]

Aye

WI-7

Obey, David [D]

Aye

WI-8

Kagen, Steve [D]

Wyoming

No

WY-0

Lummis, Cynthia [R]

 

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Cap and Trade: Stand Up Today; Take Back Your Government – Make A Call

As you may have noticed, I’ve been twittering quite a bit about the Waxman Markey (Cap and Trade) bill.

Please contact your representative and tell them to vote no on this massive taxing/spending bill.

Rep. Robert Latta had a great video on this bill and it’s impact:

The Heritage Foundation has analysis.  Among the ramifications:

1.    Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $9.6 trillion
2.    Destroy an average of 1-3 million jobs, every year
3.    Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation
4.    Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent
5.    Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent
6.    Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500 annually
7.    Increase the federal debt by 26 percent, which is $29,150 per person

Newt Gingrich provides a forum for finding your representative, their contact information and recording how many of us call, here. Or call the main switchboard at (202)224-3121.  Vote expected today as you are finishing up a weeks’ work and looking forward to the weekend.  Don’t let them slip this through when you aren’t looking.

Call and tell your representative they work for YOU, tell them YOU want them to vote NO and YOU will actively organize to ensure they do not get re-elected if they do not represent YOUR wishes.  This is YOUR country, take it back, take back YOUR government.

Now go, get busy.

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To My Representatives Re: Cap and Trade

Here is a copy of the email I sent to my representatives yesterday via Visible Vote:

 

My name is {insert name}. You are my elected representative.  As you know, Ohio has some the of the highest corporate, income and personal taxes as well as unemployment and utilities rates in the nation. 

The cost of living continues to increase, however my salary cannot keep up the pace. 

Yet Congress continues to spend.  It spends my money under the assumption that I am working for YOU. 

We’ve been forced to alter our lifestyle but Congress refuses to alter their spending. 

I cannot afford to continue to subsidize those who will not pull their own weight and I cannot afford to finance every Congressional whim. 

ENOUGH.  Vote NO on cap and trade.  Do not lay another spending bill at my door.  Keep your hands out of my pocket. Stop enslaving this country. We cannot afford this out-of-control government you are forcing down our throats.

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Cap and Trade – End of the American Lifestyle

From the Heritage Foundation:

Cap and Trade Top Ten List
1. Cap and Trade Is a Massive Energy Tax
2. It Will Not Make A Substantive Impact on the Environment
3.
It Will Kill Jobs
4. It Will Cause Electricity Bills and Gas Prices to Sharply Increase
5. It Will Outsource Manufacturing Jobs and Hurt Free Trade
6. It Will Make You Choose Between Energy, Groceries, Clothing or Haircuts.
7. It Will Be Highly Susceptible to Fraud and Corruption
8. It Will Hurt Senior Citizens, the Poor, and the Unemployed the Worst
9. It Will Cost American Families Over $3,000 a Year
10. President Obama Admitted “Electricity Rates Would Necessarily Skyrocket” under a cap-and-trade program. (January 2008)

See the rest of the piece here.

If this passes, American life as we know it will cease.  Call or write your representatives today.

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And there will be bread lines…

Does it not seem that the Obama administration is doing everything it can to ensure that American is cast into a position of being a ‘third world country’?

It’s a frightening thought.   How much damage will this guy do before it stops?  How many of his policies will be irreversible?   So much of what he has done and is attempting to do (nationalizing banks, nationalizing companies, trillions of dollars in programs and bailouts, universal health care, turning over companies to unions) will be so entrenched in the system it will be impossible to extricate ourselves from – think Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.

His end game seems to be make the U.S.A. a nation of recipients.  There are plenty of “entitlementers” out there already.  For those of us who are not inclined to let the government run our lives, he will create an environment that will tax us into the poorhouse and/or limit our ability to take care of ourselves by regulation and decreased commerce.  Do YOU have the time or the inclination to stand in line for bread or milk or toilet paper? 

Do you believe that this country should be forced into soup kitchens because the progressive movement feels they must break us in order to achieve their ultimate goal?

Where are the politicians (regardless of party) who will put their personal interests aside to ensure our survival?  It sounds dramatic, but it’s just that simple.  There are millions of us ordinary folk standing up, but there are too few politicians entering the battle for the future of this nation.

 

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The Value of Beauty…The Beauty of Value

I have something to say:

Probably most of you have seen (or at least heard) of Susan Boyle’s first audition on Britain’s Got Talent.  If not, here it is:

It reminded me so much of the Paul Potts audition a couple of years back on the same program.

Because they are both talent people, you say?  Well, yes.  But that’s not why.

It’s because of the initial reaction of the judges and the audience.  It is the mockery, the disdain, the ridicule of the audience over the appearance of the contestants.   And, I’d like to note, especially toward Ms. Boyle.

Neither Mr. Potts nor Ms. Boyle are from the “beautiful people crowd”.  They are everyday people.  They are the people we work with or live down the block from.  They are people we can identify with.   They are average.  So why are these everyday folks treated this way?  Because our society (not just America but Britain and elsewhere) are obsessed with youth and beauty and fame.  Without that, it follows that you have nothing to offer.  You must be exceptional.

We are fascinated with Paris Hilton who is young and rich and famous and, I guess, beautiful.  We are attracted to Britney Spears, who is young and rich and famous and beautiful.  We build up the George Clooney’s and Leonardo Di Caprio’s and Johnny Depp’s and David Beckham’s; the Angelina Jolie’s and Halle Berry’s and Jennifer Aniston’s.  Then, at some point,  we want them to stumble – to fail at something –  and we wait to watch them fall.  When they do, we revel in it.  And we are vicious toward them.  Whether it’s weight gain, a nasty divorce, a substance abuse problem, bad or too much cosmetic surgery or (horrors) just getting older.  Why?  Because we covet beauty and fame and riches.  We want it for ourselves, but if we can’t have it, we want to live vicariously through someone who does have it.  Then we resent them.

Mr. Potts and Ms. Boyle possessed something that cannot be seen in an instant.  Talent, yes, but heart and courage too.  They put themselves on the line, and faced the judgment of the panel and audience.  How quickly the smirks and eye-rolls stopped when these two started to perform.   Suddenly they weren’t the jokes they were expected to be, they were special.

This is the kind of behavior we expect from children.  Who among us can’t recall an incident in high school where someone on the ‘outside’ was treated repulsively from the in-crowd?  The problem is that this behavior now extends to adults as well.

Are we so shallow that we only appreciate those who are pretty (as we define that)?  Do we really believe that a person’s value is measured by their appearance?  Is success only measured in dollars or the number of magazine covers someone is on?  Can we not appreciate the individuality and gifts of every single person?

My mother said beauty is only skin deep but ugly goes clear through to the bone.    She was right.  Beauty was present on stage – a man in an ill-fitting suit who was working every day to support his family.  Beauty was a 47-year old woman with heavy eyebrows and a not-too-svelte figure who put her aspirations of singing on hold for years to care for her elderly mother.  Beauty was the grace they showed in the face of incredible odds and their passion in pursuing their dream.  The ugly was sitting in the audience.

I watched Mr. Potts on You Tube after he won and I teared up each time.  I choked up every time I watched Ms. Boyle as well.  Beautiful voices to be sure, but so much more.

We need start looking beyond the surface.  There are many beautiful people out there and we are missing them.  We would be more beautiful people for knowing them.

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