Friday, May 28, 2010

Is There No End To Republican Hypocrisy ?

GOP Moves to Repeal Healthcare Law
By Molly K. Hooper - 05/27/10

House Republican leaders introduced a bill Thursday to repeal and replace the sweeping healthcare law adopted in late March. According to Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the measure would repeal the current law and replace it with the alternative the minority party offered to the original healthcare legislation last November. “As unpopular as this healthcare bill is today, it’s at the height of its popularity,” Blunt said. “The more the American people know about it, the more concerns they are going to have, and the more they are going to look at alternatives.” Chances are slim Republicans could get their measure to the floor, given the Democratic majorities in the chamber, but it could make a useful campaign tool for the party. The vote on healthcare reform has become a political issue in a year rife with anti-incumbent sentiment. Tea Party activists opposed the legislation and protested on Capitol Hill during the March vote, shouting, “Kill the bill.” Several Democratic candidates in conservative-leaning districts have said they would not have voted for the bill, while unions are withholding support from some Democratic incumbents who voted against the legislation. A Gallup poll taken earlier this month found that healthcare is still in the Top Five list of voters’ concerns. Another Gallup poll found that voters are “no less concerned about paying the costs of a serious illness or accident, or normal healthcare costs, than they were last year.” In all, 20 GOP lawmakers co-sponsored the repeal-and-replace bill, including House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), Whip Eric Cantor (Va.), GOP conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) and Blunt. Rep. Wally Herger (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Healthcare, formally submitted the bill. A Herger aide explained the legislation would repeal the entire law but would provide protections for those with pre-existing conditions. “[It] would prevent an insurance company from denying new coverage to someone with prior coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition. So if you lose the health insurance because you lose your job, move, get divorced or just want to change plans, you are protected,” Herger spokesman Matt Lavoie said. Democrats laughed off the GOP effort to repeal the law. An aide for Assistant to the Speaker Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said that the “repeal Repubs” would create a boon for the health insurance industry. “Repeal Repubs are out of step with the majority of Americans who want to give the reform bill a chance to work. If the GOP gets their way, they would actually strip individuals and families of important rights and benefits and add to the deficit they created. This is a healthcare bill only insurance companies would love,” Van Hollen spokesman Doug Thornell said. Asked of the chances the measure would move through the House, Herger’s Democratic counterpart, Rep. Pete Stark (Calif.), responded, “Like a prayer in hell.” The chairman of the Ways and Means Health subcommittee admitted he hadn’t seen the GOP measure but added, “It’s probably lousy.” Republicans say their bill would reduce costs, increase access and create transparency and more competition in the system. Blunt claimed that of all the healthcare measures scored by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), this measure is “the only thing that anybody offered that the Congressional Budget Office said would decrease the cost of insurance for everybody.” Asked why leaders didn’t submit a measure solely to repeal the massive entitlement law, Blunt responded, “Then you’d be asking, ‘Why don’t you have any ideas?’ ” At least one Republican has a problem with his leadership offering a repeal-and-replace bill. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said in an interview with The Hill that Republicans “should be for 100 percent repeal. The replacement component of it should be a separate question because it blurs the issue; once you tie a comprehensive replacement to a repeal bill, you’ve guaranteed it’s going to bog down and the American people that are sick of backroom deals are going to ask a whole lot of questions that we are going to have to answer.” King called ObamaCara“ a malignant tumor that has metastasized as we speak.” Rep. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), a co-sponsor of Herger’s measure, disagreed. “We have got to understand that the Senate is not going to be in Republican hands, nor is the White House until hopefully 2012, so the political reality is we have to operate within reality — and we will go as far as we can to repeal the most egregious parts of the bill and replace them with good reforms,” Boustany explained.

Editorial : This piece of legislation is pure crap ! Only From Republicans who are so out of touch with common everyday people and so in touch with millionaires !

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Radio WCMT ~ Listen Carefully, Not Unbiased !

Talk Radio Has Responsibity...
by Don Jones

This morning, I was listening to the radio, WCMT 101.3 fm,

A show called "Goodtimes in the Morning" with Chris and Paul ! I listen to get the latest local news and gossip ! It is actually entertaining at times, and on occasion even informative ! There is a local physician who calls in regularly and gives his opinion on almost everything. Most of the time, he is entertaining not informative. This morning he made another of his outrageous statements in regard to our government. Not only was it not accurate, it was not true. He said, and I will try to stay as accurate as I can remember. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, knew in advance of the Japanese attack on Pear Harbor, and did nothing, so we the USA would get into the second world war. Just let me say, That I think this is totally irresponsible. This is his opinion with no hard facts. "I think it was Dwight Eisenhower, he was a mere Major and wanted to rise to a five 5 star General and then President of these United States " ! Now, I said what I did to illustrate how ridiculous, Some people`s statements are. Of course, My statement is not true. Now this radio station is a right wing republican radio station. I know that. How ? They carry Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity hours on hours everyday. They do not carry Jim Hightower, Left wing Democratic commentator. Did you notice, I used the term "Commentator" Not News ! Please do not misunderstand, I know the President and General Manager of this station, he`s a pretty nice guy and a very hard worker. However, he is not unbiased ! Yes, he is entitled to his opinion, but, so am I ! If this radio station wants to be a service to the community, let them broadcast both sides, not just the Republican right wing side ! After all, there are two sides to every issue ! This station chooses to give but one side ! WCMT, put on Jim Hightower > <, commentator ! As for our local physician who calls regularly, most of us are aware that he should not be taken seriously ! This writer`s opinion !

Monday, May 17, 2010

No More Tax Breaks for Companies Who Move off Shore !

In Pa. 12th District, Critz Backs Keeping Jobs At Home
by James Parks, May 14, 2010

Democrat Mark Critz is the only candidate in the May 18 special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district who believes it’s time to stop tax breaks for companies that move overseas and give them to companies that create jobs here in America. By contrast, his Republican opponent Tim Burns shipped Pennsylvania jobs offshore and opposes caps on CEO pay. Clearly why working people in Pennsylvania’s 12th congressional district are backing Mark Critz.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Seniors Bill of Rights !

Seniors Bill of Rights

Last week, the House Democratic Caucus launched the Seniors Task Force to engage American seniors on issues relevant to them [ ]. Co-chaired by Congresswomen Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Doris Matsui (D-CA), the caucus introduced
H. Res. 1342, a Seniors Bill of Rights. The legislation addresses Democratic support for senior priorities including: protection from scams and fraud; affordable health care; safe and livable communities; and economic security [ ]. "With seniors living longer, it is a relief to see our government paying attention to the needs of the growing retiree population," !

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Transplant`s~"The Gift of Life" Total Numbers !

Total Number of Transplants Performed in the United States
1988 to April 2010

All donor types 480,547

Deceased donors 376,610

Living donors 103,937

Total number of organ donated in the US 1988 to April 2010 > 235,827

Deceased donors 131,375

Living donors 104,152

I consider my self blessed to be counted in these numbers !

Don Jones, Heart-Transplant - 1994

" Give The Gift of Life, Be an Organ/Tissue Donor, it`s the Masonic Thing to Do"!