Texas Rainmaker

I’ve been saying all along that the provisions in the Obamacare plans that force individual citizens to purchase health insurance under penalty of fine or imprisonment is unconsitutional and unprecedented. (See Sec. 1501: REQUIREMENT TO MAINTAIN MINIMUM ESSENTIAL COVERAGE on page 320)Never before has the U.S. government forced citizens to engage in a contract or purchase goods or services…. nor should they. Ever.

Senators DeMint and Ensign have raised a Constitutional Point of Order on the Senate floor against the Democrat health care takeover bill on behalf of the Steering Committee, a caucus of conservative senators. The Senate will vote tomorrow on the bill’s constitutionality.

And I’m glad to see them address the car insurance red herring as well.

“Forcing every American to purchase a product is absolutely inconsistent with our Constitution and the freedoms our Founding Fathers hoped to protect,” said Senator DeMint. “This is not at all like car insurance, you can choose not to drive but Americans will have no choice whether to buy government-approved insurance. This is nothing more than a bailout and takeover of insurance companies. We’re forcing Americans to buy insurance under penalty of law and then Washington bureaucrats will then dictate what these companies can sell to Americans. This is not liberty, it is tyranny of good intentions by elites in Washington who think they can plan our lives better than we can.”

There’s nothing Democrats hate more than being on the record with their votes. As evidenced by their three midnight/weekend/holiday votes on this current healthcare fiasco, they would prefer to do things behind closed doors so they can come out spinning… rather than promote their policies publicly where they can be held up for scrutiny and debate.

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Cash for Cloture
December 21st, 2009 10:54 am

Introducing the Obama Administration’s newest pay-for-play federal program. Seedy Chicago politics and backroom bribery are all it takes for the federal government to take over the healthcare industry.

UPDATE: A list of the payoffs Harry “Boss Tweed” Reid secured to bribe his way into a cloture vote…

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An Inconvenient Scandal
December 13th, 2009 1:46 pm

Sorry, Al Gore, but your scam has been exposed. For those of you who haven’t been following the story, it appears some scientists involved in building the Global Warming movement have admitted to fudging the data to bolster their claims… and to weed out data that would contradict the very premise of the Global Warming religious movement.

Here’s some background on the unfolding scandal…

And here’s a nice video that puts Al Gore’s “hockey stick” into historical perspective:

Dan Rather would probably call it “Fake, but settled science“…

UPDATE: Algore got caught making up some statistics of his own in Copenhagen…

Mr Gore, speaking at the Copenhagen climate change summit, stated the latest research showed that the Arctic could be completely ice-free in five years. In his speech, Mr Gore told the conference: “These figures are fresh. Some of the models suggest to Dr [Wieslav] Maslowski that there is a 75 per cent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during the summer months, could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.”

However, the climatologist whose work Mr Gore was relying upon dropped the former Vice-President in the water with an icy blast. “It’s unclear to me how this figure was arrived at,” Dr Maslowski said. “I would never try to estimate likelihood at anything as exact as this.”

…how inconvenient.

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If you really want to know what Democrats are up to… ignore their words and watch their actions.

Democrats are claiming that $500 billion in cuts to Medicare won’t cut healthcare benefits… But the proof that they’re lying is in the legislative pudding. Democrat Senator Bill Nelson of Florida insert language into the legislation that exempted three counties in his home state from the cuts.

And the political makeup of those three counties tells you all you need to know about the true impact of the legislation. The three counties specifically carved out with Nelson’s language are Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach… all heavily Democrat).

If you’re simply going to use legislation to buy votes, at least have the balls to be honest with us about it.

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Dude, Where’s Our Leadership?
November 15th, 2009 9:41 pm

Since Barry was apparently more focused on winning an election than he was actually leading a country, perhaps some tips on protocol are in order…

When 13 brave military men and women under your command get murdered by an islamic terrorist, try showing a little more respect than throwing a few shout-outs to your bureaucrat buddies first.

And when meeting foreign leaders, try not to grovel like a subservient weakling ready to spit-shine their shoes….

And when you’re going to give a gift to a key ally, try not to make it look like you’re some deadbeat showing up to the holiday party having forgotten a gift… and if you’re going to be that much of a thoughtless idiot, at least make sure the crap you scrounge up is usable.

Gosh, I can’t wait to see what he does with Iran…

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After losing two of three key races last week, Nancy Pelosi declared:

“From our perspective, we won last night. We had one race that we were engaged in, it was in northern New York, it was a race where a Republican has held the seat since the Civil War. And we won that seat. So, from our standpoint, no, a candidate was victorious who supports health care reform, and his remarks last night said this was a victory for health care reform and other initiatives for the American people. From our standpoint, we picked up votes last night, one in California and one in New York.”

Oops, maybe not.

Now a recanvassing in the 11-county district shows that Owens’ lead has narrowed to 3,026 votes over Hoffman, 66,698 to 63,672, according to the latest unofficial results from the state Board of Elections.

In Oswego County, where Hoffman was reported to lead by only 500 votes with 93 percent of the vote counted election night, inspectors found Hoffman actually won by 1,748 votes — 12,748 to 11,000.

The new vote totals mean the race will be decided by absentee ballots, of which about 10,200 were distributed, said John Conklin, communications director for the state Board of Elections.

Oswego County elections officials blame the mistakes on “chaos” in their call-in center that included a phone system foul-up and inspectors who read numbers incorrectly when phoning in results. Of 245 races in the county — not including the congressional and court races — 84 had incorrect totals reported election night.

In the congressional race, more votes were cast in Oswego County than any other in the 11-county district.

The district’s second biggest voter turnout was in Jefferson County, where Hoffman also has benefited from a turnaround since election night, gaining about 700 votes. Owens led Hoffman by 300 votes on the final election night tally. But after recanvassing, Hoffman now leads by 424 votes, 10,884 to 10,460.

The race is down to 3,000 votes and there are over 10,000 absentee ballots to be counted, many of which are likely military. Given the historical trend of military votes favoring the coservative candidate, the results could be interesting.

Democrats were very enthusiastic about recounts and recanvassing in the presidential race in 2000, the 2006 Washington state governor’s race and the 2008 Minnesota senate race. I won’t hold my breath waiting for the same enthusiam this time around.

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Veteran’s Day 2009
November 11th, 2009 8:58 am

To each and every veteran and his or her family who have ever served this great nation…

…Thank You.

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A Healthcare Plan So Good…
November 9th, 2009 3:01 pm

They’ll throw you in prison if you don’t join it…

No, thanks.

UPDATE: Just a reminder… Nancy Pelosi thinks throwing you in jail for failing to buy her insurance plan is “fair”…

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Looks like they finally got their wishes.

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Another fine example of why Congress is held in such high regard…

It’s often said that members of Congress don’t read legislation before casting votes. I now understand why. Most of them are probably too stupid to understand what they’re reading anyway. Not only does Democrat Corrine Brown show that she has no comprehension of the matter upon which she’s speaking (or cheering), but she’s so unintelligible that subtitles are required.

And to top it off, she gives this public display of stupidity in the halls of Congress, wasting the time representatives could be spending on topics that are actually important… while wearing a bathrobe.

More taxpayer money down the toilet.

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