Thursday, June 28, 2012

Governor Romney's Response to SCOTUS ObamaCare Decision

Here is the full transcript of Governor Mitt Romney's response to the decision on ObamaCare issued on June 28, 2012 by the United States Supreme Court.

“As you might imagine I disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision, and I agree with the dissent, what the court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day if elected President of t he United States, and that is I will act to repel Obama Care. Lets be clear about what the court did and did not do. The court said that Obama care does not violate the Constitution. What they did not do was say Obama-care was a good law or its good policy, Obama care is bad policy yesterday, its bad policy today.

Obama care was bad law yesterday, it’s bad law today. Let me tell why I said that, Obama care raises taxes on the American people by approximately 500 billion dollars, Obamacare cuts medicare, cuts medicare by approximately 500 billion dollars and even with those cuts and tax increases, Obama care raises billions to our national debt and pushes obligation the oncoming generations. Obamacare also means for up to 20 million Americans they will lose the insurance they currently have, the insurance that they like and want to keep.

Obamacare is a job killer, businesses across the country have been asked what they think of Obama care, 3 quarters of those survived by the chamber of commerce said Obamacare makes it less likely for them to hire people. And perhaps most troubling of all, Obamacare puts you between the Federal government and your doctor. For all those reasons its important for us to repeal and replace Obamacare. What are some of the things we will keep in place? And must be in place for a reform, a real reform of the healthcare system. One we have to make sure people who want to keep their current insurance will be able to do so. Having 20 million people, up to that number of people, lose the insurance they want is simply unacceptable.

Number two, we’ve got to make sure that those people who have preexisting conditions know that they will be able to be insured. And they will not lose their insurance. We also have to assure that we do our very best to help each state in their efforts to assure that every American has access to affordable health care. And something that Obamacare does not do that must be done in real reform is helping lower the cost of health care and health insurance. It’s becoming prohibitively expensive.

And so this is now a time for the American people to make a choice. You can choose whether you want to have a larger and larger government more and more intrusive in your life. Separating you and your doctor. Whether you’re comfortable with more deficits. Higher debt that will be passed onto the coming generations. Whether you’re willing to have the government put in place a plan that potentially causes you to lose the insurance that you like.

Or whether instead you want to return to a time when the American people will have their own choice in health care. Where consumers will be able to make their choices as to what kind of health insurance they want. This is a time of choice for the American people. Our mission is clear. If we want to get rid of Obamacare, we’re going to have to replace President Obama.

My mission is to make sure that we do exactly that. That we return to the American people the privilege they’ve always had that lived their lives that they feel most appropriate. Where we don’t pass onto coming generations massive deficits and debt. Where we don’t have a setting where jobs are lost.

If we want good jobs and bright economic future for ourselves and for our kids, we must replace Obamacare. That is my mission. That is our work. And I’m asking the people of America to join me. If you don’t want the course that President Obama has put us on, if you want instead a course that the founders envisioned, then join me in this effort. Help us. Help us defeat Obamacare. Help us defeat the liberal agenda that makes government too big, too intrusive and is killing jobs across this country. Thank you very much.” -- Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for President of the United States of America

Obama One - Constitutional Freedom Zip!

Every American should remember where they were on this day in history. They may well be witnessing the end of the founder's vision for a true Constitutional Republic.

Today the United States Supreme Court upheld nearly every initiative in the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare. While, I am not totally surprised the Obama healthcare initiative wasn't completely shut down by the Supreme Court, it did surprise me that they allowed the individual mandate to stand as is and will allow it to be used against all Americans as a new burdensome tax. There was one other surprise and this was the one that hurt the most for conservatives, libertarians and others in the country who saw this man as a sort of legal savior for issues important to them. The, now we can say so-called conservative, Chief Justice George W. Bush appointee John Roberts was the deciding vote to make nearly 90% of the act a part of constitutional law in this country. That came as a real Mike Tyson blow to the jaw of many.

What makes the Court's ruling more important is that once it is enacted into law by January 2014, even if Governor Mitt Romney is elected President this November, he will have a difficult time getting the entire Act repealed by Congress. About the best that might be hoped for is the removal of the individual mandate which will tax or penalize every American by forcing them to purchase health insurance.

The individual mandate was the most hotly debated issue of the Act as it now gives government on all levels - Federal, State and Local, the legal ability to force Americans to purchase or refuse them access to certain goods and services. The Court's decision today opens up a Pandora's Box that will see future administrations and Congressional laws that will virtually take away that last remaining vestige of human rights in this country, the citizen's perception of freedom of choice.

This piece of legislation, now confirmed by the Supreme Court as Constitutional and binding, is so damning that many don't yet see the depth of its intrusion into their daily lives or the future results of its destruction to their individual freedoms. What the Supreme Court did today was literally change what makes the United States of America different from every other nation on the surface of the planet. With a 5 to 4 vote the justices have taken away individual choice from American citizens.

It is June 28, 2012. This is the day the America that was officially begun on July 4, 1776 was laid to rest. May she Rest In Peace because this rotating orb will never see the likes of her again. She was murdered by those elected to protect her.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"Newsroom" Sets a High Bar - Can It Keep It Up?

I hope folks will start watching this new show from HBO titled "Newsroom." When it was first announced a few months back I thought, like many, that since it was on the same cable network that spawned the illogical, sickening and misogynist Bill Maher and was going to deal with the politics of the day then it was just going to be another anti right-wing, conservative bashing foray that I really wouldn't need to waste an hour of my life on.

However, since I am a fair and balanced conservative/libertarian type I decided to give the pilot episode of Newsroom a viewing when it premiered last Sunday. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this first episode turned out to be something completely different from what I had expected. If others thought like I initially did upon reading the pre-release hype and early video previews that this would end up being just another liberal Hollywood attack show on conservative ideas then, like me, you will be happy to know it wasn't that at all. The pilot episode was a well written jaunt into a behind-the-scenes look into a typical cable news outlet similar to a CNN. From what I have read of upcoming scripts it will share equal time between liberals and conservatives and will take on anyone to the FAR left and right, which in my opinion, are fair game because those on the fringes of both sides are certifiably insane and need to be visibly exposed for the damage they continue to do to both legitimate points of view.

The Jeff Daniel's lead character is a nominal Republican and moderate anchor newsman while the lead female role, played by Emily Mortimer, is a nominal liberal executive news producer who has been tempered in her leftist stance by years of being on the front lines of far too many wars instigated by the extremists of both sides of the political spectrum. Their stated goal is to now go back to the Murrow/Cronkite days of just telling the truth of the news, without political bias or commentary. Reporting what is truly happening allowing the actual news to sink into the minds of its viewers and letting the chips fall where they may. This is exactly what watching news was like in the early days of news programming on television when Edward R. Murrow, Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley ruled TV journalism. It was honest, truthful, unbiased reporting of the facts and gave the fourth estate an air of integrity it has long since lost with the advent of 24 hour cable news and its desire to beat the other guy and utterly dominate them in the ratings game.

The real liberal and conservative point/counterpoint in this show is likely to be the Sam Waterston and Jane Fonda characters - but, that is only speculation on my part at this early time in the series. From what I have seen and read so far Will McAvoy (the Daniel's role) has become a disheartened realist coming to grips with himself and his personal world view in rapidly changing times.

I am looking forward to seeing if this show will continue the very high bar the pilot set for itself in future episodes or if creator and writer Aaron Sorkin eventually succumbs to ratings fever and find ways to screws it up. For now, however, Sunday night has returned as my favorite night of fun and intelligent TV viewing.

Monday, June 25, 2012

My Way or the Highway

One of the biggest questions asked by most Americans is - "Why can't anything get done in Washington, D.C.?" It's a good question and one that begs an answer.

Many members of Congress feel handcuffed by a President who seems almost daily to be slipping further and further out of touch with what the limits of his office are. On the other side of the coin we have a President becoming so frustrated by a "do nothing" Congress that he justifies acting unilaterally to make legislative decisions apart from congressional vote and turning policies into the law of the land by way of Executive Order.

We the People shouldn't be at all surprised by this political anemia and impotence. The state of mind of the politicians occupying the White House and hallowed halls of the Capital Building are merely a reflection of the mood of those who have elected them, repeatedly, into the offices they hold. It is by the will of the people that this sorry state of affairs on the Hill continues because We the People both want it and allow it to go on. If we don't like what is going on we have to look no farther than our own mirrors and gaze at the reflection staring back at us.

Does this all sound a bit maudlin? Too bad! Some time the truth is maudlin and even hurts. My generation, later referred to as "The ME Generation," and our boisterous and sometime flamboyant displays of discontent we became famous for back in the 1960's & 1970's, came about as a result of the anguish and injustice we saw in the world that our parents (the Depression Era/World War II Generation) had left us to deal with. We came out of the 1950's as children lured into a false sense of security hiding under our radioactive proof school desks and we were pissed that we and our parents could have been so naive. Then after the assassination of a beloved President John F. Kennedy, we swore off our innocence and charged into the cold cruel world fully intending to change it only for the betterment of all humankind. Needless to say, we failed. Taking the blinders off our eyes was the right thing to do but in our desire to be unfettered from the shackles of our naiveté we threw out the baby with the bath water. We tore away at the society our parent's created (often referred to as The Greatest Generation) and in doing so without reserve also ended up destroying some of the most important pillars of American culture - hope, trust and optimism.

My generation's story isn't all gloom and doom. We, the children of the 60's, free love, drugs and rock n' roll made some good and worthwhile changes too. We fought back discrimination against people of color, women and those whose religious views were different from the standard Christian concept. We helped bring an end to an unjust war in Vietnam and to bring down a crooked President who stepped outside the bounds of Constitutional and civil law. It was our generation that helped create the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Movement, as well as ensuring each American child was afforded a sound elementary and high school education regardless of the color of their skin, the size of their bank account or the neighborhood they lived in. At that time these weren't considered liberal or conservative ideas but humanitarian ideals and were strongly supported by Republicans and Democrats. In fact, it was Republican support that helped get the Civil Rights Act passed during the term of Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson. We had our problems but one thing that still occurred was a working together of both sides of the aisle when it came to getting important legislation passed and on the books.

Where we went wrong in the process was allowing that pendulum to swing too far in one direction without any kind of checks and balances. We let it get out of control and laid the framework for the situation we now are so sadly familiar with, both sides of any issue or policy so locked into their political positions that nothing short of total collapse of the system will be enough to pry them back into a state of survivable reality. What once at least appeared on the surface to be a working situation has declined into a state of prolongated disenchantment, despair, hopelessness and has left the country with a sense that We the People have lost all personal control and responsibility.

Sadly, we passed this disparity gene on to our children leaving them as the generation of lost dreams. I'm honestly not sure what we expected. This is the natural reaping of two decades sowing seeds of distrust in authority, lack of respect for elected public office and disinterest in the political workings of the world around us.

Fortunately for this nation my generation is coming to an age where we will soon all be relegated to the ground. What I have been witnessing of late is giving me some renewed encouragement and hope for our future into becoming a great country once again that aspires to the vision of its founders. The age of the Great Divide is slowly giving way to a new age of Understanding between disparate parties. I see in a group dubbed The Millennials - those aged 20 to 45 - a new and refreshing way of handling those important issues which so sharply divide us today. Issues like immigration, the economy, healthcare, abortion, education, how we conduct wars, and so forth. My hope is being renewed by people like Representative Aaron Schock, the youngest member of Congress, Mike Lee and Justin Amash. Also up and coming leaders like Duncan Hunter, Senators Marco Rubio, Kirsten Gillibrand and Michael Bennet are stepping onto the political scene with fresh eyes and ideas that might allow for working with their counterparts in the other parties and actually become a working Congress once again. They seem to have one thing in common so lacking in the older members of government: they understand the importance and advantage of compromise to get needed legislation passed to bring this nation back up out of the ditch it has dug itself into because of decades of this relentless need to play the "I'm right, your wrong - Gotcha!" game that has haunted D.C. for far to long and has led to this era of ineptness and stagnation.

I do see real hope on the horizon for America but it will be The Millennials - our grand and great grandchildren that will make it happen by learning from my generation's few successes and major failures. When that time comes I can go to ground knowing the United States of America is in very capable hands.