Thursday, September 10, 2009

"You Lie!"

For local events happening on Saturday, September 12, please click here.

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." (George Orwell)

Is this what Congressman Joe Wilson did last night during President Obama's address to the Joint Session of Congress when he called out, "You Lie"?

Wilson has been excoriated in the media for his "incivility". Even conservative writers such as John Podhoretz, National Review, think Wilson's "conduct" deserves censure. Of course, several GOP politicians could not wait to criticize him for boorish behavior unbefitting the Chamber. In fact, Wilson has reported that the GOP leadership called him last night and asked him to call the White House and apologize! Rush Limbaugh points out that during his speech, Obama called Sarah Palin and Rush liars, but don't expect the establishment GOP to ask him to apologize.

Where is the outrage about the incivility of the President's speech demeaning those who oppose his Healthcare takeover. Where is the outrage about the falsehoods he did, in fact, tell on the floor of the Chamber?

Congressman Wilson's outburst came when Obama said that it was a myth that the Healthcare benefits would serve illegal aliens. Obama was in fact lying.

Here is just some of the evidence:
The Bipartisan Congressional Research Service, which provides research reports to Congress, has recently subimitted a report which states: "Under H.R. 3200, a 'Health Insurance Exchange' would begin operation in 2013 and would offer private plans alongside a public option…H.R. 3200 does not contain any restrictions on noncitzens—whether legally or illegally present, or in the United States temporarily or permanently—participating in the Exchange."
While Section 246 of HR3200 states that "Nothing in this subtitle shall allow Federal payments for affordability credits on behalf of individuals who are not lawfully present in the United States," there is zero language about the mechanism for verification.

The Congressional Research Service goes on to say, "Some have expressed concerns that since H.R. 3200 does not contain a mechanism to verify immigration status, the prohibitions on certain noncitizens (e.g, nonimmigrants and unauthorized aliens) receiving the credits may not be enforced. However, others note that under §142(a)(3) of the bill, it is the responsibility of the Health Choices Commissioner (Commissioner) to administer the "individual affordability credits under subtitle C of title II, including determination of eligibility for such credits."

A local congressional office told us that this is basically the same way verification for Medicaid is done...that it stipulates that the Commissioner will set up the verification mechanism. Some simple research, however, shows that Medicaid has had, since 1986, a verification requirement in place to ensure that ineligible persons do not obtain benefits. The verification system used to determine eligibility under Medicaid and prevent illegal aliens from getting these benefits is the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) system.

The use of SAVE in Medicaid does not appear to have been left to the individual judgment and politics of an appointed official but, rather, was legislated by Congress as follows:
Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA), P.L. 99-603, which required the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (now Department of Homeland Security (DHS), effective March 1, 2003) to establish a system for verifying the immigration status of non-citizen applicants for, and recipients of, certain types of federally funded benefits, and to make the system available to Federal, state, and local benefit issuing agencies and institutions that administer such benefits.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the DHS agency responsible for administering the SAVE Program. The IRCA, as amended, mandates the following programs and overseeing agencies to participate in the verification of an applicant’s immigration status: the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) Program, the Medicaid Program, and certain Territorial Assistance Programs (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services); the Unemployment Compensation Program (U.S. Department of Labor); Title IV Educational Assistance Programs (U.S. Department of Education); and certain Housing Assistance Programs (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).

If the majority in the House of Representatives wanted to actually keep illegal aliens from getting benefits, the Democratic-controlled House Ways and Means Committee would not have voted 26-15 -- on a straight party line -- to kill an amendment offered by Nevada Rep. Dean Heller that would have prevented illegals from receiving government subsidized health care under any reform proposal.

Maybe what Congressman Joe Wilson did last night was an act of courage. "Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence." (H.F. Amiel, 1821-1881, philosopher).

Call or email Congressman Joe Wilson's office and thank him for speaking out on behalf of Truth last night. The switchboard number is here: (202) 224-3121. His direct line is (202) 225-2452.

Then call the White House at 202-456-1111 to ask them if Obama is going to apologize for calling Sarah Palin and "conservative talk radio hosts" liars. Ask them if the Democratic leadership is going to make Nancy Pelosi apologize for calling town hall protestors and tea partiers "nazi's." Ask them if Obama is going to apologize for the words ("Republicans are a**holes") of his personal pick for "Green Jobs Czar," Van Jones. Ask when Obama is going to apologize to Officer Crowley for calling him stupid. Ask them if the ban on "vitriol" (Obama despises all the "vitriol") only applies to Republicans or if his Democrats are supposed to follow these same niceties.

Then call the GOP leadership at 202.863.8500 and tell them you are ashamed that they would force Joe Wilson to bow down and apologize. Ask them if they forced the Democrats to apologize when they booed President Bush during some of his joint session addresses and a State of the Union speech.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

September 12, 2009: Where Will You Be? (Hint: Be at a Tea Party!)

I will be in Washington D.C. getting my protest groove on with hopefully hundreds of thousands (or millions) of other taxpayers and patriots. It is pretty late in the game, but if you are interested in going to D.C. for the big march and rally, or you are already going but need more information, just head on over to 9/12 D.C. This march couldn't have been timed any better. I hope we have an amazing turnout so that the congress critters understand that we don't want THEIR "solutions!" To find out if there is an event in your city/neighborhood, check out Tea Party Patriots and click on your state to view those events.


If you cannot attend any event, or there are none near you, then try to show your solidarity by tweeting all day long about it, update your Facebook status about it, put a sign on your car, just do anything you can to get the message out that you want to be in D.C. and that you are in spirit.


If you cannot make it to D.C. and you live in Washington State, you will find the local events that are happening in solidarity with the D.C. march below.


Washington State Events on September 12, 2009


The Tea Party Capitol Surge for Real Health Care Reform!
Where: The north steps of the State Capitol building in Olympia, WA
Time: noon to 1:00 p.m.
More info: Olympia Tea Party or contact olympiateaparty@gmail.com. I recommend that everyone try to go to this rally as it will be the most visible, and the bigger this rally is, the bigger the statement. I understand that some people live far away (like over the mountains) so it makes perfect sense to have your own rally over there, but if you live anywhere near Olympia, please attend this one instead of other, smaller rallies. My parents will be driving from Bremerton to attend!

Flag Waving/Support the Troops at Freedom Bridge in Lakewood
Where: Exit 122 on I5 South, Freedome Bridge, Lakewood, WA
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
More info: Some history of Freedom Bridge can be found here. This event is sponsored by the Conservative Babes of King County.

Anacortes Tea Party!
Where: On the corner of 12th and Commercial Ave. in Anacortes, WA
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
More info: Go-Patriots or contact andy@go-patriots.com. The organizers say, "rain or shine, bring your sign!" But if you do not have a sign they will have extras!

Tri-Cities Tea Party!
Where: John Dam Plaza, 800 Jadwin AveRichland, WA 99353
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
More info: Tri-Cities Tea Party

Standing for Liberty: Burlington Tea Party!
Where: K-Mart parking lot, between Wendy's and Shari's, 1550 South Burlington Blvd.
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
More info: Mt. Vernon Tea Party or contact mtvliberty@aol.com

Parade of Patriots: Okanogan Tea Party!
Where: Okanogan Fairgrounds on Rodeo Trail, Okanogan, WA (email contact below for more info)
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
More info: Contact illuminescence@hotmail.com

American Patriot Rally and Boston Tea Party Re-enactment: Vancouver Tea Party!
Where: Vancouver Landing Amphitheatre, 100 columbia street, Vancouver, WA
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
More info: We the People Washington or contact debbie@wethepeople-washington.org

Monroe Tea Party and Sign Waving!
Where: At the intersection of Highway 2 and Lewis Street, Monroe, WA
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
More info: Seeds of Liberty or contact info@seedsofliberty.net

Avondale Tea Party!
Where: On the corner of Avondale and Union Hill Road (where Highway 520 ends)
Time: Begins at 11:00 a.m.
More info: Contact Tea Party Dave at kingsgateridge45@yahoo.com

For more Washington State info, check out www.teapartypatriots.org/State/Washington and www.theteapartyofSpokane.com.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Psst... I See Special Interests...

Hi and welcome to all of the new readers who have found their way here via Hot Air or Ace of Spades HQ or any other site!

I'm reposting the special interest excerpts from Organizing for Obama's emails, beginning in January of this year. I wish I had kept his campaign emails (no, I mean his real campaign emails, not the ones he continues to send out despite having won the election) so that I could prove that this has been going on for a verrrry looong time.

At the bottom of this ridiculous list you will find my video response to the heavy handed and pathetic cries of, "Hark! There be another special interest for you to slay Obamessiah!" Or something like that. Make sure to scroll to the bottom for the video.


Regarding fundraising for President Obama’s inauguration
“...with your help Barack and Joe will run their administration without the influence of big money from Washington lobbyists or special interests.”
Email from Obama for America
January 3, 2009


Regarding their votes for the stimulus package
“Doing what's right can be thankless when the culture of Washington tries to make political games out of the issues that matter to everyday Americans.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
February 23, 2009


Regarding the initiative to support President Obama’s budget, the Organizing for America Pledge Project
“But the special interests and old ways of Washington won't go away easily. In fact, they'll only fight back harder.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
March 9, 2009


Regarding the battle over President Obama’s budget
“And we believe in the power of people to drown out the cynics and entrenched interests in Washington to bring lasting, meaningful change...”
Email from David Plouffe, 2008 campaign manager for Barack Obama
March 13, 2009

Partisan voices and special interests are showing real resistance to President Obama's call for making the necessary reforms and investments in energy, health care, and education.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
March 16, 2009

“What you do now will decide what kind of debate they have -- one that's dominated by special interests and partisan voices intent on keeping the status quo, or one that reflects the priorities of citizens like you.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
March 25, 2009

Regarding reasons to donate to Organizing for America
“All too often, the will of the American people has been lost in the noise of partisan division and special interests in Washington.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
April 8, 2009


Regarding actions to take after Congress passed President Obama’s budget
“The fights ahead will be tougher, and the stakes will be higher. With the special interests gearing up to block or water down the President's agenda, we'll need to count on your active involvement to defeat them, and we'll need to get even more people involved if we hope to succeed.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
May 6, 2009


Regarding the wind-up to the health care debate
Special interest lobbyists and partisan ideologues will now go into overdrive, spreading distortions and twisting arms in D.C. to water down the final plan -- or stop it entirely.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
May 14, 2009


Regarding ways to support President Obama’s health care agenda
“Your call, right now, can help remind your representatives that the American people are counting on them to stand up to special interests and deliver the comprehensive reform we so desperately need.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
July 8, 2009


Regarding donations to support President Obama’s health care agenda
“Every single day, special interests spend a staggering $1.4 million lobbying Congress to shut down the President's agenda for health care reform.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
July 13, 2009


Regarding the push for President Obama’s health care agenda
“As the President has said, we're either going to get real health care reform this year, or not at all. And with so much pressure from insiders squeezing Congress every day, the outcome is far from certain.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
July 14, 2009

Regarding donations to support President Obama’s health care agenda
“The pundits told us it was impossible -- that the donations working people could afford and the hours volunteers could give would never loosen the vise grip of big money and powerful special interests.”
Email from President Barack Obama
June 16, 2009


Regarding a chance to meet President Obama by donating to support his health care agenda
“This is the clearest sign yet that your hard work is paying off and that the special interests' grip on Washington is starting to break.”
Email from David Plouffe, 2008 campaign manager for Barack Obama
July 17, 2009


“But as the final negotiations begin, desperate lobbyists and defenders of the status quo will distort, attack, and make every threat they can to stop reform.”
Email from David Plouffe, 2008 campaign manager for Barack Obama
July 17, 2009


“For too long in Washington, the voices of the powerful special interests were heard first, and loudest. And make no mistake, they are still our biggest threat.”
Email from David Plouffe, 2008 campaign manager for Barack Obama
July 17, 2009


Regarding president obama’s health care petition
“For Republican leaders and special interests, the health insurance debate may be a political game. But for millions of American businesses and families, the cost of inaction is economic ruin and deteriorating care for the ones we love.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
July 23, 2009

Regarding donations to support President Obama’s Health Care agenda
“Can you chip in $1 each day until we pass real health insurance reform? A huge response will show the insurance companies and their allies in Congress that their delay tactics will only make our movement stronger.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
July 28, 2009

Regarding citizens making their voices heard at town halls
Insurance companies and partisan attack groups are stirring up fear with false rumors about the President's plan...”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
August 9, 2009


“As you've probably seen in the news, special interest attack groups are stirring up partisan mobs with lies about health reform, and it's getting ugly.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
August 9, 2009


“Many representatives are pushing hard toward reform, and they are taking a lot of heat from special interests.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
August 9, 2009


Regarding ways to combat constituents that oppose President Obama’s health care agenda
“Members of Congress have been home for just a few days, and they're already facing increased pressure from insurance companies, special interests, and partisan attack organizations...”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
August 10, 2009


“It's up to us to show Congress that those loudly opposing reform are a tiny minority being stirred up by special interests...”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
August 10, 2009

Regarding Representative Rick Larsen’s town hall meeting
“Our congressional representatives are back home this month, and they're facing more and more pressure from special interests on health insurance reform.”
Email from Dustin Lambro, Washington State Director, Organizing for America
August 11, 2009


“Our representatives are under attack by Washington insiders, insurance companies, and well-financed special interests who don't go a day without spreading lies and stirring up fear.”
Email from Dustin Lambro, Washington State Director, Organizing for America
August 11, 2009


Regarding OFA’s telephone health care forum with President Obama
“Your work so far has been incredible. But the special interests and partisan attack groups who oppose reform will not let up, and they will tell whatever lies they can to spread fear.”
Email from David Plouffe, 2008 campaign manager for Barack Obama
August 18, 2009


Regarding real questions real citizens have about the health care bill
“It's time to set the record straight -- and, more importantly, expose the special interests and partisan attack organizations behind the lies and misinformation.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
August 19, 2009


“...these lies are no accident. They're part of a deliberate plot by the special interests who profit from the status quo to kill any reform at all.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
August 19, 2009

“While Americans watch their paychecks dwindle, their coverage disappear, and their businesses struggle, special interests are trying to scare folks into opposing reform.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
August 19, 2009


Regarding finding events near you to support President Obama’s health care agenda
“… We’ll urge those still standing in the way to start putting their constituents' health and economic security ahead of the special interests and partisan point-scoring.”
Email from Jeremy Bird, Organizing for America
August 30, 2009

Regarding new donations to support President Obama’s health care agenda
“Opponents of health insurance reform have power. Some reap huge profits from the status quo. Others take large campaign contributions from those who profit. So they'll do anything to keep the current system in place.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America (entitled: Power)
September 2, 2009


“These same well-financed forces have killed reform in the past, and they're aiming to do it again. But here's why this time can be different: There are folks like you, all around the country, who are ready to go toe-to-toe with the special interests, even when they're not fighting fair. But we need your help to keep it up. Can you donate $25 or more to beat the special interests?”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
September 2, 2009


Regarding OFA’s ability to organize on behalf of President Obama’s health care agenda
“With Congress back home, special interests and partisan attack groups went into overdrive spreading lies, and the media seemed to broadcast any story of conflict or division they could find.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
September 3, 2009


“As Congress returns to D.C. and we roll up our sleeves for the final push toward reform, we know the hardest work may yet lie ahead. The special interests and those in Congress who have pledged to oppose the President no matter what will stoop even lower in the weeks ahead.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for America
September 3, 2009


Lastly, remember how they spent the last few months denouncing us and our "mob tactics," calling us astroturfed and accused us of supporting the "status quo" because we dared to speak out at tea parties and town halls? Remember how we all donated untold hours and dollars to self-fund every event we've held? The President and his cronies didn't like that. Pelosi said we were "un-American." Behold the audacity of hypocrisy.

“All of these signatures, calls, office drop-bys, conversations, gatherings, and town hall meetings, all of the late nights, homemade signs, long hours in the sun, and tireless volunteers who make it happen -- totaling more than 1.5 million people who've taken part in this campaign for real reform -- it all adds up to one incredible movement for change.”
Email from Mitch Stewart, Director, Organizing for AmericaSeptember 3, 2009

(Is anyone else amused by the reference to "homemade signs?")


Redistribution and a Night Out

Commenter Darrin very aptly adds:

You might also add the concept of WFB's --it's not just taking the money from A to give it to B, but in Buckley's words, the money goes to Washington and "spends a night on the town."

So Dick takes your twenty, gets a martini with it, and person B gets twelve bucks.

It's not just the transfer of wealth, but the inefficient and kleptocratic transfer that adds insult to injury.

Bravo!

Take a Peek Inside the Socialist Mind

This is awesome. Fox Nation posted the video of Norm Dicks getting pwned by yours truly, and below is one of the comments from an oh-so educated and intellectual commie. It is very enlightening to get a glimpse of their logic.
Actually you have MORE freedom with universal healthcare. You don't need to worry about it, and you don't need to check with a bean counter at your HMO to have an appointment approved. Security, education and health care should be given by the state, when you have those three things, you have the freedom to do ANYTHING at all. When you have none, you are no longer free. republicans just don't get it, and seem to enjoy given large sums of money to insurance companies for horrible service. shrug.

Stunt Woman? - Updated with Transcript

Scroll for update

A handful of people have offered sincere criticism of my approach at Norm Dicks' town hall, and the number one criticism is that it was a "stunt" and therefore did not achieve anything. Also, one of the comments on my blog accuses me of being a "Randroid," which I think is really funny. However, this person also later posted an excerpt from one of my other articles and said I am not too loony. :) Okay, okay, I have read Atlas Shrugged, and I did identify with many of the themes - you caught me. But I read a lot. I have also read Frederic Bastiat, which is actually where I first saw the use of the word "plunder" to describe government's redistribution of wealth.

As far as the "stunt" portion goes, I chose my line of attack very, very deliberately. Believe me. Also believe that I have very specific questions about the legislation and its repurcussions. However, as I watched these town halls unfold during the August recess, I noticed that many, many people were asking brilliant, intelligent questions that their Representatives and Senators evaded quite easily. I wanted to throw something at Norm Dicks that he could not answer without grave consequences, and that by not answering, also gave me an answer.

You all should have seen this town hall in its entirety. There were 1100 people there and 80% of the questions asked were anti-Obamacare, pro-tort reform/pro-HSA/pro-decreasing mandates/pro-buying insurance across state lines, etc. And these 80%? Their questions were all incredible. Everyone was obviously very well read on HR 3200 and a host of other policy issues. So why not throw in one question with dramatic flair? I know it is not for everyone, but I felt it was an appropriate way to ask my question.

And in regards to the Randian stuff. I actually make it a point never to subscribe to only one person's ideas or philosophies, and I most definitely try not to put anyone on a pedestal (except maybe Thomas Sowell...). I try to mix it up as much as I possibly can. I also acknowledge that it may be impossible to have that form of society, however, I do believe it is important to discuss the differing worldviews and philosophies that form the basis of both sides. Now of course there are many details to be hashed out, but I really believe that we need to start debating some of these root issues.

I think it is intellectually dishonest for politicians who want a single payer system to cloak this desire in a wish for "reform." I've met many pro-Obamacare people at rallies and protests (well, counter protests) that use this line as well. The disguise becomes obvious when you ask them what they think about HR 3400, HR 2520, HR 1495, and SB 1324 and they have either never heard of these alternative bills, or they smack them all down because they do not contain a "public option." It is not "reform" they seek, it is complete and total transformation, and the time has come for the real debate to please stand up.

Sometimes, in order to make sure your message is heard loud and clear, you need to really hone in on one very specific point, and then hammer that point home. I do believe that it is plunder and theft for a politician to proclaim certain portions of the population as the neediest and to then forceably take (what happens when you don't pay your taxes? And you can't use Timothy Geithner as an example...) from others to essentially buy votes. Another commenter points out we've already got legal plunder with all of the other entitlement programs, and isn't the horse already out of the barn? Well, yes, it is. But that doesn't mean we let the horse keep going on down the road. Nor does it mean we don't attempt to get the horse back in the barn.

I'll end this post with one of my favorite Thomas Sowell quotes:
"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics."

***

I just remembered that I typed up my town hall statement/question, of which the video only shows the latter half. Below is the part that did not get recorded.

"All of the concerns brought forth tonight about the contents of the current legislation such as HR 3200 in the house and HELP bill in the senate are completely valid and much needed. I speak of such concerns as what you find on page 16 in HR 3200, with the paragraphs that make it illegal for private insurance companies to write new policies (or change conditions and benefits of your current plan) after, 'the day before the first day of Y1 (2013).' In order for me to keep the plan I have now, many variables must remain exactly the same:

  • My employer must decide to keep my current benefits even though it will be cheaper for them to drop their employee coverage and pay the penalty payroll tax of 8%.
  • NOTHING can change in my current plan – not my co-pays, not my monthly premiums – they can’t change what is covered – NOTHING can change.
  • The public option cannot exploit its ties to the taxpayer and the printing presses by undercutting private insurance prices by raising taxes or printing more money, thereby squeezing the private market out and making it impossible for them to exist."

The juicy stuff came after my comments on a very troubling aspect of the legislation under consideration by the President and the Democrat leadership. Below is the juicy part.

So yes, while all of these types of factual statements regarding what is actually in the bill are necessary inclusions in the debate, the real debate is the philosophical debate. It is about whether or not the idea of health care is a right, and whether universal coverage is a moral imperative. Congressman, you have two sets of constituents demanding that you vote a certain way. One side is demanding that your vote culminate in legislation that removes the government from health care and leaves people alone, free to live their lives, earn their own money, and keep the fruits of their labor. The other side is demanding that your vote culminate in legislation that actively seeks to plunder from some in order to satisfy arbitrary needs as determined by you and other bureaucrats.

This is my question: if you are so keen to forceably take from one person to give to another - who you deem as needier than me; if you believe that it is absolutely moral to take my money to give to someone else based on their supposed needs, then you come and take this $20 from me.

I adlibbed the part about it being a down payment on Obamacare. :-)


I'M BACK!!

Hey everyone!

Wouldn't you know it, the weekend I lay low, the video of me at Norm Dicks' town hall goes viral... hahahahaha.




Hot Air posted it first. As of last night it had over 40,000 views on You Tube!

It's funny because apparently there was a lot of confusion as to whether or not that was me, or if this was the blog that belongs to the girl in the video, and of course I was off on my relaxing weekend so I couldn't confirm any of it. Hilarious.

Anyway, it is me in the video. And I'm happy so many people understand what I was trying to do and say. It's exactly as Allahpundit at Hot Air said, I was basically asking Norm to act like a man and be the thief he really is by taking my money in front of everyone instead of via legislation concocted behind closed doors.

You should have seen his face!!! He was RED. He waved his arm and dismissed me, and then turned to the other side of the room. Also not shown in the video was the mass of people standing up waving their own bills in the air saying, "come and take my money too!" BRILLIANT!

Look folks, if we continue to only fight about the details of the legislation, we have already relented and compromised our most basic principles. We will have agreed on the basic premise and will only be ironing out the details. We've agreed on the house and now we're just arguing over the drapes. The problem is, we DO NOT agree on the basic premise of government bureaucrats assessing the "needs" of the American people and then deciding who gets the freebies and who gets to pay. Uh uh. No way. THIS is the argument we need to be having. It is the intellectually honest debate and it is fun to make the lefties crawl out from under the "reform" rock and admit that it is not "reform" they are after, but rather a public option and eventually a single payer system.

Oh, and I am thoroughly refreshed for the battles ahead. One more thing - a message to the D.C. rats, lest they forget:

COME AND TAKE IT!!!