Legal Bribery and the Democratic healthare plan

Written by Ray Roberts on December 27, 2009 – 12:23 pm -

An example of how the criminal gang in Washington does not promote the general welfare.

The rundown from wvgazette.com

The following stick-up artists obtained special benefits for their states:

  • Mary Landrieu of Lousiana, $300 million.
  • Ben Nelson of Nebraska, $100 million.
  • Carl Levin of Michigan, an exemption to the insurance tax for Blue Cross Blue Shield in his state.
  • Christopher Dodd of Connecticut, $100 million for a university hospital.
  • Roland Burris of Illinois, funding for the discredited ACORN group.
  • Patrick Leahy of Vermont, $600 million.
  • Bernie Sanders of Vermont, $10 billion for community health centers across the nation.
  • Bill Nelson of Florida, an exemption for 800,000 Florida seniors to rules that take the advantage out of Medicare Advantage.
  • Max Baucus, extra Medicare benefits for Montana residents.
  • Tom Harkin of Iowa, increased Medicare payments to eight hospitals in Iowa.
  • Byron Dorgan and Kent Conrad, both of North Dakota, higher Medicare payments to doctors in their state and four other states.

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    Follow the (phony) money

    Written by James Ostrowski on December 27, 2009 – 11:14 am -

    Central Problem: the Central Bank

    By ROBERT KLEIN AND GEORGE REISMAN

    The Federal Reserve’s easy-money madness must end.

    PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA HEADS the list of Americans who believe that the continuing financial crisis should be blamed on excessive risk-taking by bankers who had an unbridled desire to make money in mortgages. These would-be reformers want stronger government regulation of the bankers to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.

    In a recent 60 Minutes interview, Obama blamed “fat cat bankers” for causing the crisis, putting America through its “worst economic year…in decades.” He went on to chide Wall Street banks for “fighting tooth and nail” the new regulations he believes would be vital in preventing future crises.
    [drwaing] Christoph Hitz for Barron’s

    A deeper examination, however, reveals that this is neither a housing crisis nor a Wall Street banking crisis. This is a monetary crisis, rooted in the lending of money created out of thin air. This is what leads to economic booms and busts.

    The current crisis goes back to the Asian Contagion of 1997 and the meltdown of the Long Term Capital Management hedge fund in 1998. In response to each of these situations, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates and rapidly expanded the money supply. This excess liquidity helped push stocks, especially tech issues, to unsustainably high levels. The excess money created by the Fed and the banking system spilled into the rest of the economy, pushing up consumer prices.

    To combat the rise in prices that it had caused, the Fed tightened monetary policy, which precipitated a massive plunge in stocks. Then, to bail out investors and stimulate the slowing economy once again, the central bank expanded the money supply rapidly to force rates lower. It ultimately jammed down the overnight fed-funds rate to 1%.

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    The Great Henry Mark Holzer (my law professor)

    Written by James Ostrowski on December 26, 2009 – 11:59 pm -

    A N N O U N C E M E N T

    An Internet Course On

    AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

    Presented By

    Professor Emeritus

    HENRY MARK HOLZER

    Brooklyn Law School

    [http://www.henrymarkholzer.com]

    Like many other Americans, I am deeply concerned about our nation’s future.

    The Weekly Standard of December 21, 2009, reports that “a survey commissioned by the American Revolution Center” found that “when it came to a simple test of knowledge about the founding [of the United States of America], nearly 83 percent of . . . Americans failed.”

    In the face of this woeful ignorance, the Constitution of the United States of America is under an unprecedented attack by Barack Obama and his runaway Democrat Party, aided and abetted by the complicit mainstream media.

    Yet with a few notable exceptions there is hardly any knowledgeable defense of our founding document to be found anywhere.

    Not on radio or television. Not in the press. Not at the grassroots. Certainly not in academia. Nor, sadly, among most Republicans, Conservatives and even Libertarians. Most of the Media’s “instant,” pontificating constitutional experts, especially those on national television, do more harm than good because they spread disinformation that is neither knowledgeable nor principled.

    While many “tea party” activists and other patriots are valiantly trying to fight for core constitutional values, they’re disarmed because they have been taught little about American constitutional law. The fact is that everyone fighting for America today, in order to defend the Constitution, must know the answers to countless crucial questions.

    Just a few examples:

    · Can Congress constitutionally require Americans to buy medical insurance?

    · Did Congress lack the constitutional power to give a lame-duck, unelected treasury secretary unchecked and unsupervised power to dispense a trillion dollars of taxpayer money?

    · Does Obama have the constitutional power to appoint unaccountable “czars” to rule over virtually every aspect of our lives?

    · How was a bare majority of the Supreme Court able to usurp constitutional control over America’s national security and the “War on Terrorism” from President George W. Bush?

    · Why do even supporters of Roe v. Wade’s result admit that, as constitutional law, the decision is indefensible?

    · What turned the Constitution into a “living” document that can mean anything Earl Warren, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor feel it should mean?

    · Is the “fairness doctrine”—which could kill conservative talk radio programs, like Rush Limbaugh—a violation of the Constitution’s First Amendment?

    · Are American citizens about to be stripped of their constitutional “right to bear arms”?

    · What are “unenumerated” constitutional rights, and why have they never been recognized?

    · Can racial quotas ever be eliminated entirely?

    · Where does the Constitution say that convicts are entitled to law libraries?

    The answers to these and scores of other questions about America’s Constitution will, for good or ill, determine much about the future of the United States of our nation.

    Those who are committed to fighting for that future must acquire a basic understanding of the Constitution’s origins and birth, its written text, the manner in which it has been deliberately violated, and the consequences of how it has been misinterpreted by collectivists and statists.

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    The Kindle Revolution

    Written by James Ostrowski on December 26, 2009 – 11:20 am -

    Both my books are now on Kindle for a lower price.

    Update: I sold a book on Kindle. Also, I learned that is a taboo on charging more than $9.99 so I just lowered the price for both to $9.75.


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    A New Low, Even for Unions

    Written by Michael Rebmann on December 25, 2009 – 4:57 pm -

    The Red Cross says strikers blocked at least one blood delivery during the day and relented only when told it was needed to save the life of a 2-year-old boy.

    The Red Cross had to go to court to get the union to stop blocking vehicles leaving its building, interfering with blood shipments to local hospitals.

    You can read more here and here.


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    WTF (Fudge)!

    Written by James Ostrowski on December 25, 2009 – 2:24 pm -

    The White House

    Office of the Press Secretary

    For Immediate Release December 17, 2009
    Executive Order — Amending Executive Order 12425
    EXECUTIVE ORDER
    - – - – - – -
    AMENDING EXECUTIVE ORDER 12425 DESIGNATING INTERPOL
    AS A PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION ENTITLED TO
    ENJOY CERTAIN PRIVILEGES, EXEMPTIONS, AND IMMUNITIES

    By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 1 of the International Organizations Immunities Act (22 U.S.C. 288), and in order to extend the appropriate privileges, exemptions, and immunities to the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), it is hereby ordered that Executive Order 12425 of June 16, 1983, as amended, is further amended by deleting from the first sentence the words “except those provided by Section 2(c), Section 3, Section 4, Section 5, and Section 6 of that Act” and the semicolon that immediately precedes them.

    BARACK OBAMA

    THE WHITE HOUSE,
    December 16, 2009.

    HT David Kramer

    I don’t buy into everything Jones says, but if you are not concerned about the federal takeover of all law enforcement, you are naive. Rule of thumb–any federal involvement in local law enforcement is presumed bad.

    As I state in my upcoming book, when you start to see strange men in strange uniforms in your community, you know you are in deep dodo (no swearing on Christmas).


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    Don’t Be Fooled!

    Written by Michael Rebmann on December 24, 2009 – 10:27 am -

    The road to socialized medicine is paved with the Christmas Eve morning passage of the Senate Health Care Bill. Thank you all for that giant lump of coal dumped in to our stockings.

    As Peter Schiff has noted, our Congress is setting up the insurance companies to fail. They have included an incentive for healthy people to not purchase insurance. The fine is a measly $750 which is nothing compared to the thousands of dollars it costs to purchase insurance. Healthy people can save the difference since pre-existing conditions will no longer exclude people from purchasing insurance. The prudent person will save the money and wait until they require intensive medical care and then buy insurance. The whole concept of spreading the risk in insure one’s self against calamity has been legislated right out the window.

    Perhaps our elected officials actually intend to bite the hands that feed them. They could double-cross insurance companies by not raising the fine in five years, thereby forcing the industry into bankruptcy as millions of healthy people opt-out. During the ensuing insurance crisis,’ our courageous leaders could ride to the rescue with a nationalized, single-payer system.

    The real tragedy is that the current bill does nothing to restrain the forces that are propelling healthcare costs into the stratosphere, namely: regulatory bans of insurance competition, the out-of-control medical malpractice industry, federal programs and subsidies, and a tax code that favors a third-party payment system – which alienates the patient from the cost of his care.

    Ignoring the fact that health care is a collection of goods and services will lead to a disaster of epic proportions.


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    Little Red Book for the Liberty Movement

    Written by James Ostrowski on December 24, 2009 – 9:44 am -

    Believe it or not, I will publish my third book in January, a concise strategy manual for the ever-growing liberty movement.

    Direct Citizen Action

    How We Can Win the Second American Revolution Without Firing a Shot

    Good strategic thinking and action have been sorely lacking in my thirty years in the liberty movement. Nor did I have any big ideas until about five years ago when I started studying direct action theory and practice.

    I put all I learned into a nice, neat, inexpensive manual that should get wide distribution.

    I am intending to charge just $5.95 at this point.

    Stay tuned.

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.


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    Last minute Christmas Gift

    Written by James Ostrowski on December 24, 2009 – 9:10 am -

    My new book of course. It’s getting great reviews. It’s cheap. And it actually discusses Christianity in a positive manner, though it’s intended for a general audience.

    I have books at the house so if you are within driving distance of North Buffalo, I can get you the book.

    Send me an email with your cell No.

    jameso@apollo3.com


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    Warren Redlich for Governor

    Written by James Ostrowski on December 24, 2009 – 1:48 am -

    Prominent Albany lawyer Warren Redlich is considering a run for NY governor next year. Warren, who was my co-counsel for Ron Paul in 2008, would run as both a Republican and Libertarian. That would give him a critical second line should he win the Rep. primary. That would make him competitive with the establishment whores who purchase their minor lines strictly for cash. Warren gets his on principle.

    Now, Warren, like Ron Paul, will be the underdog for the GOP nomination. But I will say the same thing I said then about Ron, which, though he did not prevail, turned out to be true. Warren would be a real contender for the nomination.

    Why? Because people will be looking for a real change next year. And same old, same old, Rick Lazio, isn’t it. Nor is Rockefeller Republican Chris Collins. If Warren can get the tea party and Ron Paul people to rally behind him, he can win.

    (BTW, most people thought Ron’s campaign would be a joke. I did not and was one of the first to say so. Remember, he finished 3 little points behind the eventual nominee in Iowa. Ron then got smeared by the neocons just before NH and also had a less than sublime campaign operation. Just defending my predictions here.)


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    Predictions for 2010

    Written by Michael Rebmann on December 23, 2009 – 8:14 pm -

    The cover story for the latest issue of Artvoice is 2010:  The Future is Ours.  Various local quasi-personalities chip in with their wit ranging from insightful to delusional.  There is a variety of humor and reality represented.

    After reading the article, I would like to single out two predictions for awards.  A Hope Award and an Irony Award.

    My choice for the Hope Award goes to John Duke of the First Amendment Club for the following prediction:

    After the 2010 census, US Representative Brian Higgins’ district will become Republican and Louise Slaughter’s district will no longer exist.

    John’s prediction represents justice for all who realize that government spending is leading us right down the drain.

    The Irony Award (aka Only in Buffalo) goes to Buck Quigley, Associate editor of Artvoice, for this gem:

    Bass Pro announces closure of its brick-and-mortar stores, insisting that the future of fishing retail is on the Web. City officials give them enormous tax breaks to build an Erie Canal-era façade that will hide a honeycomb of cubicles where “Outdoors Associates” will route phone calls and emails from irate shoppers to production facilities in India and China.

    Happy New Year!


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    Say a Prayer for Michael Badnarik

    Written by Michael Rebmann on December 22, 2009 – 5:40 pm -

    I just received word that the President of the 2009 Continental Congress and 2004 Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party, Michael Badnarik had a Heart Attack this morning and [is] in an unconscious state. His condition is serious.


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    How the Grinch Stole Health Care

    Written by Michael Rebmann on December 22, 2009 – 10:39 am -


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    Facts, Just the Facts

    Written by Michael Rebmann on December 21, 2009 – 12:59 pm -

    I know I am asking a lot, but maybe if the liberal/progressives could manage to wrap the brains around facts, we wouldn’t be facing more government health mandates.

    According to the American Medical Association’s National Health Insurer Report Card for 2008 , the government’s health plan, Medicare, denied medical claims at nearly double the average for private insurers: Medicare denied 6.85% of claims. The highest private insurance denier was Aetna @ 6.8%, followed by Anthem Blue Cross @ 3.44, with an average denial rate of medical claims by private insurers of 3.88%

    In its 2009 National Health Insurer Report Card, the AMA reports that Medicare denied only 4% of claims—a big improvement, but outpaced better still by the private insurers. The prior year’s high private denier, Aetna, reduced denials to 1.81%—an astounding 75% improvement—with similar declines by all other private insurers, to average only 2.79%.

    Maybe there’s something to be said for the need to keep your customers satisfied in order to make that profit after all.


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    BS Alert

    Written by James Ostrowski on December 20, 2009 – 3:36 pm -

    How many times have you heard that we need digital medical records so avoid duplicate tests.

    Nonsense. Do you know anyone who ever had a duplicate medical test?

    I hate medical tests and cannot imagine that I would tolerate having two done in the same year.

    And no, I don’t want my medical records on the web. Duh!

    Liars!


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