So much for not increasing taxes on any family making more than 200k. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is putting a value added tax (VAT) – and other taxes – on the table. To be clear, Pelosi is not suggesting replacing the federal income tax with a VAT, but she is strongly suggesting the elimination of all employer-based health insurance and pension plans.
Rich, but certainly not surprising. A few bloggers have pointed out the libelous reporting/commentary being dished out by 501(c)(3) group Media Matters for America concerning one of Glenn Becks reports on the recent ACORN videos. At the same time, Media Matters is complaining that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is being “misrepresented” by the media.
Homer’s “Odyssey” tells the tale of Odysseus, a hero of Greek mythology. Odysseus encountered two beasts while trying to sail through the Strait of Messina. On one side was Cylla, a six headed sea beast. On the other was Charybdis, a massive whirlpool.
Today, we call Cylla ,”a rock”, and Charybdis, “a hard place”. Between which, much like Odysseus, many Democratic legislators are now finding themselves. The legislators of whom I speak, at a minimum, are those from otherwise conservative districts who will be seeking reelection in 2010.
Why the dilemma? Obamacare.
At town hall meetings throughout the country, Americans are speaking out against Obamacare. At the same time, the administration calls those who object to Obamacare, angry, misinformed, bussed-in, Nazi mobs with scripted “talking points”.
I do not envy any legislator. Not that I ever did, but, this time the stakes are much higher. As a legislator, if I believe the administration, I must ignore my constituents, and risk losing my job in 2010. Yet, if I believe my constituents, I must ignore the administration and risk the wrath of Obama and Pelosi. So, now what?
Personally, I would look at the polls. While not 100% accurate, here’s what we do know.
The most important fundamental is that 68% of American voters have health-insurance coverage they rate good or excellent. That number comes from polling conducted this past weekend [August 1 -2] of 1,000 likely voters. Most of these voters approach the health-care reform debate fearing that they have more to lose than to gain.
Adding to President Barack Obama’s challenge as he sells health-care reform to the public is the fact that most voters are skeptical about the government’s ability to do anything well. While the president says his plan will reduce costs, 53% believe it will have the opposite effect.
There’s also the reality that 74% of voters rate the quality of care they now receive as good or excellent. And 50% fear that if Congress passes health-care reform, it will lead to a decline in the quality of that care.
And, this is even more interesting.
Those opposed to Mr. Obama’s reform appear to have momentum on their side. Polling last weekend showed that 48% of voters rate the U.S. health-care system as good or excellent. That’s up from 35% in May and up from 29% a year ago. Only 19% now rate the system as poor, down from 37% a year ago. It appears that the prospect of changing health care has made the existing system look better to a lot of people.
Two final thoughts…first, as anyone who frequents this blog knows, I’ve written perhaps 7 or 8 posts on the health care proposals as currently drafted by Congress. Go to the archives of this blog and you will find my posts. Print them out and take them to the DNC. If I have misinformed anyone I want to know, and I will correct it immediately.
And, second, it seems to me when the administration brands those who oppose Obamacare at town hall meetings as angry, bussed-in, misinformed, Nazi mobs, reading from scripts, it creates even more distrust. People who are sincerely opposed to Obamacare know that they are none of the above. So they wonder, if the administration is calling me something I am not, what else are they misleading the public about?
Or was it “Let them fly coach!”
San Fran Nan Rides (or, perhaps, flies) again!!
“Last year, lawmakers excoriated the CEOs of the Big Three automakers for traveling to Washington, D.C., by private jet to attend a hearing about a possible bailout of their companies.
But apparently Congress is not philosophically averse to private air travel: At the end of July, the House approved nearly $200 million for the Air Force to buy three elite Gulfstream jets for ferrying top government officials and Members of Congress.
The Air Force had asked for one Gulfstream 550 jet (price tag: about $65 million) as part of an ongoing upgrade of its passenger air service.
But the House Appropriations Committee, at its own initiative, added to the 2010 Defense appropriations bill another $132 million for two more airplanes and specified that they be assigned to the D.C.-area units that carry Members of Congress, military brass and top government officials.”
But, then, seeing as they let Congressmen buy airports, I guess jets are small potatoes.
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is probably the best health care act ever passed by Congress, and President Obama wants to kill it. If you are employed, and your employer provides health insurance, read on, but, you will not like what you read. Read more
For those of you who work for a health care insurance company, I want you to read what she said after her weekly press conference yesterday. Not only did she say that health care insurance companies are the real problem, she called their actions – your actions if you work in the industry – immoral.
and he did it last year. The prophet speaks.
In her head long rush to have former President Bush indicted for something, anything, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has decided that deceiving the American public is acceptable. Read more
When all else fails … Read more
UPDATE: You can hear Speaker Pelosi’s comments for yourself below … but Congressman Peter Hoekstra says either the Speaker was asleep or she just wasn’t paying attention because the intelligence briefing laid it all out. Asleep or not paying attention, either way, with Nancy in charge … we are doomed. Read more