I am not sure why, but HotAir seems to be very forgiving of the fact that Newt and the GOP tried to push a liberal, pro-abortionist, pro-ACORN candidate Maybe I am reading it wrong.
My concern now is that the people who were going to vote for Scozzafava are moderate-left people who were voting for the “other” liberal. How many of these people are voting for the liberal? Now that we have gotten rid of one of the liberals, I fear many will switch to the official Dem, instead of the GOP supported one.
I am disgusted by anyone who backed this DIABLO. Those who had the moral strength to stand up for the true conservative should be praised.
Palin rightly calls for unity, not the unity of fake Republicans, DIABLOs, and RINOs, but of ACTUAL conservatives. I am glad to see that Gingrich finally joined the party, but I would have preferred he not turn on conservatives in the first place.
If Hoffman loses, I think one of the biggest reasons is the the GOP and people like Newt supported the liberals, instead of the conservatives.
Totally true, and precisely Gingrich’s point in endorsing Hoffman so quickly after Team Dede threw in the towel this morning. But there are a lot of Scozzafava supporters who’ll read this tomorrow and wonder why Palin wasn’t worried about unity when she dropped the hammer on their preferred candidate — who, by the way, was her party’s nominee — last week.
I understand HotAir saying this is a good thing and all, but I am still pissed.
Newt tried to berate Hoffman supporters as splitting the vote. That’s just wrong. The only one splitting the vote was a liberal as the GOP candidate. I am sick and tired of seeing one RINO after another elected and turning on us (looking at you right now, Snowe)
Newt and the leadership in the GOP need to realize that we support the ideals of the GOP. The GOP abandoned us, we didn’t abandon the GOP. The fact that there had to be a “Conservative” candidate to run against the GOP one shows how far they have fallen from us.
Hopefully, this is the shot across the bow that makes this shipwreck in progress turn around. If the GOP sees that we are done with electing DIABLOs and RINOs maybe they will turn it around. The US wants and needs CONSERVATIVE, not DEMOCRAT LITE.
Hopefully, the GOP will help us do this. If not, step aside and let us elect real Republicans, not the fake ones they are pushing. Scozzafava was a joke, and no one was laughing, except the Democrats who had 2 candidates in that election. One supported by the Democrats, one supported by Newt and the GOP.
So, as I said in the title. ABOUT DAMN TIME, Newt.
You guys will dump on him as a johnny-come-lately, but (a) his support for Scozzafava was always strategic, driven more by stopping the Democrats next year than stopping Hoffman and (b) as her most prominent Republican supporter, this is the most important endorsement Hoffman could have right now aside from Scozzafava’s (or maybe Snowe’s or Collins’s). There isn’t much time left before the election and there are bound to be hurt feelings among Team Dede’s Republican loyalists, most of whom probably aren’t all that conservative anyway. To avoid my nightmare scenario of her voters breaking for the Democrat or staying home (and I’m not the only one who thinks it’s possible), every last Republican with an ounce of sway needs to push them to get over it ASAP. Here’s Gingrich setting the tone, no doubt with Romney and Huckabee soon to follow:
Gingrich made the announcement via Twitter shortly after the Republican Party nominee Scozzafava announced she was releasing supporters from their commitment to back her.
“Scozzafava dropping out leaves hoffman as only anti-tax anti-pelosi vote in ny 23 Every voter opposed to tax increases support doug hoffman,” Gingrich wrote on Twitter. (Tweet shown as it appeared)
I have spoken about tort reform before. This is one more MAJOR problem with this bill.
It figures. The Pelosi Plan will punish states that limit trial lawyers’ winnings.
Capital Confidential reported this at Big Government:
Section 2531, entitled “Medical Liability Alternatives,” establishes an incentive program for states to adopt and implement alternatives to medical liability litigation. [But]…… a state is not eligible for the incentive payments if that state puts a law on the books that limits attorneys’ fees or imposes caps on damages.
Tort reform could save the country $54 billion.
So it only makes sense that democrats would oppose it.
Americans for Tax Reform has culled the 1990-page Pelosi health-care overhaul bill to find the taxes that will supposedly collect over $540 billion in revenue over 10 years. It’s quite an impressive list of new burdens on Americans and their health-care providers and producers — but that’s redundant. After all, who do you think will end up paying for the medical-device taxes? It won’t be insurers or doctors:
- Employer Mandate Excise Tax (Page 275): If an employer does not pay 72.5 percent of a single employee’s health premium (65 percent of a family employee), the employer must pay an excise tax equal to 8 percent of average wages. Small employers (measured by payroll size) have smaller payroll tax rates of 0 percent (<$500,000), 2 percent ($500,000-$585,000), 4 percent ($585,000-$670,000), and 6 percent ($670,000-$750,000).
- Individual Mandate Surtax (Page 296): If an individual fails to obtain qualifying coverage, he must pay an income surtax equal to the lesser of 2.5 percent of modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) or the average premium. MAGI adds back in the foreign earned income exclusion and municipal bond interest.
- Medicine Cabinet Tax (Page 324)
- Cap on FSAs (Page 325)
- Increased Additional Tax on Non-Qualified HSA Distributions (Page 326)
- Denial of Tax Deduction for Employer Health Plans Coordinating with Medicare Part D (Page 327)
- Surtax on Individuals and Small Businesses (Page 336)
- Excise Tax on Medical Devices (Page 339)
- Corporate 1099-MISC Information Reporting (Page 344)
- Delay in Worldwide Allocation of Interest (Page 345)
- Limitation on Tax Treaty Benefits for Certain Payments (Page 346)
- Codification of the “Economic Substance Doctrine” (Page 349)
- Application of “More Likely Than Not” Rule (Page 357)
I feel so sorry for the pain that the US has caused to the democratic country of Honduras. It’s disgusting.
Now we know why John Kerry demanded that the Law Library of Congress withdraw its report declaring the removal of Manuel Zelaya from the Honduran presidency legal, weeks after the issuance of the report. Honduras, under new pressure from the US, has agreed to allow Zelaya to return as president to the Central American nation under an agreement announced this morning. However, there is one piece of good news, assuming Zelaya keeps his word:
The interim government of Honduras has yielded to international pressure and agreed to allow the return to power of Manuel Zelaya, the ousted President who was toppled in a military coup four months ago.
The breakthrough came after renewed pressure from senior US officials who travelled to Honduras this week for a last-ditch effort to end the crisis.
“It is a triumph for Honduran democracy,” said Mr Zelaya after the rival sides agreed to a deal under which he may be reinstated as President within days.
Well, no, it’s actually not a triumph for Honduran democracy. The parliament in Tegulcigapa had voted unanimously for his removal after Zelaya attempted to violate the nation’s constitution and fake a referendum vote, for which ample evidence existed. It’s actually a triumph for American interventionalism, which this administration pretended to eschew. So much for a humble foreign policy.
The problem should be short-lived, however (emphasis mine):
Mr Micheletti said that Mr Zelaya could return to office after a vote in Congress that would be authorised by the country’s Supreme Court. He said that the deal would require both sides to recognise the result of a presidential election due to take place on November 29 and would transfer control of the army to the top electoral court.
Thanks for the ammo, Pelosi. The GOP hammered you fools over this last time and now you put it back?
The Medicare end-of-life planning provision that 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said was tantamount to "death panels" for seniors is staying in the latest Democratic health care bill unveiled Thursday.
The provision allows Medicare to pay for voluntary counseling to help beneficiaries deal with the complex and painful decisions families face when a loved one is approaching death.
Sen. Kerry wants report that proves Obama wrong and that the Honduras removal of Zelaya was legal destroyed
Zelaya was legally removed from office because of treason, theft, graft, attempted voter fraud, and attempting to circumvent the Honduras constitution. The Law Library of Congress report shows this. Obama doesn’t care and wants to support the good friend of Castro and Chavez.
Ignore the truth, hide the truth, destroy the truth. My guess is that people didn’t realize that this was the “Change” they were voting for.
A month ago, the Law Library of Congress reviewed the removal of Manuel Zelaya from his post as President of Honduras, an act that the Obama administration called a “coup” and demanded reversed for its illegality. To the embarrassment of the White House and State Department, the Congressional body determined that Honduras acted lawfully in removing Zelaya for his crimes against their constitution, although they determined that his exile broke Honduran law. Now John Kerry wants the Law Library to retract its findings, apparently trying to rewrite history to hide the facts of the case:
The chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees are asking the Law Library of Congress to retract a report on the military-backed coup in Honduras that they charge is flawed and “has contributed to the political crisis that still wracks” the country.
The request, by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. and Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., has sparked cries of censorship from Republicans who say the Democrats don’t like what the August report said: that the government of Honduras had the authority to remove President Manuel Zelaya from office.
Zelaya has been holed up at the Brazilian embassy in Tegucigalpa for several weeks, and high-ranking U.S. officials arrived Wednesday to try to broker a resolution.
Critics of the Obama administration — which condemned Zelaya’s removal in June — have pointed to the report as evidence that the White House was wrong when it sided with most Latin American countries in calling for Zelaya to be returned.
Gee, what a shock. The White House made up numbers to make things look better.
They “saved or created” 30,083 jobs… and lost millions.
I wonder why they never seem to screw up and under estimate these numbers… like they do with how much things cost us.
Two weeks ago, the Obama administration finally got around to documenting the number of jobs “saved or created” by Porkulus thus far … and came up with a whopping 30,083 jobs. Even that, as it turns out, was greatly inflated. The AP does the math that the White House was apparently too incompetent to do itself and discovers that 5,000 of those “saved or created” jobs were created, all right — out of someone’s imagination:
An early progress report on President Barack Obama’s economic recovery plan overstates by thousands the number of jobs created or saved through the stimulus program, a mistake that White House officials promise will be corrected in future reports.
The government’s first accounting of jobs tied to the $787 billion stimulus program claimed more than 30,000 positions paid for with recovery money. But that figure is overstated by least 5,000 jobs, according to an Associated Press review of a sample of stimulus contracts.
The AP review found some counts were more than 10 times as high as the actual number of jobs; some jobs credited to the stimulus program were counted two and sometimes more than four times; and other jobs were credited to stimulus spending when none was produced.
Read the AP’s specifics on how the numbers went askew. My personal favorite? A Florida day-care center claimed to have saved 129 jobs, but the stimulus money went instead to raises for all of its employees.
Oh yeah. I have faith in these fools handling health care correctly.
It would have been cheaper to give them away free.
American taxpayers paid a lot of cash for those clunkers: $24,000 for each new car sold, according to a study released Wednesday.
That’s a lot of money, especially when the so-called “cash for clunker” stimulus program offered only a maximum $4,500 in cash for each person who traded in an old gas-guzzler and bought a new car.
The government could have done almost as well by just giving away cars for free, instead of creating an elaborate incentive program, according to an analysis by the automotive information firm Edmunds.com in Santa Monica, Calif.
Not surprised at all.
Bend the cost-curve so that those paying for insurance will pay more, to cover those currently uninsured.
Of course. Of course. There are no magic beans here. If you’re insuring a family of four, guess what? You’re getting a new family member or two whose premiums you will have to cover.
The best sort of family member: One you’ve never met and who then doesn’t have to be invited to weddings and won’t get drunk at Thanksgiving.
Take Ohio, where a young, healthy 25-year-old living in Columbus can purchase insurance from WellPoint today for about $52 per month in the individual market. WellPoint’s actuaries calculate the bill will rise to $79 because Democrats are going to require it to issue policies to anyone who applies, even if they’ve waited until they’re sick to buy insurance. Then they’ll also require the company to charge everyone nearly the same rate, bringing the premium to $134. Add in an extra $17, since Democrats will require higher benefit levels, and a share of the new health industry taxes ($6), and monthly premiums have risen to $157, a 199% boost.
Meanwhile, a 40-year-old husband and wife with two kids would see their premiums jump by 122%—to $737 from $332—while a small business with eight employees in Franklin County would see premiums climb by 86%. It’s true that the family or the individual might qualify for subsidies if their incomes are low enough, but the business wouldn’t qualify under the Senate Finance bill WellPoint examined. And even if there are subsidies, the new costs the bill creates don’t vaporize. They’re merely transferred to taxpayers nationwide—or financed with deficits, which will be financed eventually with higher taxes.
A family of four with average health in those same cities would all face cost increases of 122% buying insurance on the individual market. And it’s important to understand that these are merely the new costs created by ObamaCare—not including the natural increases in medical costs over time from new therapies and the like.