Thursday, November 12, 2009

In case you are scoring at home...

I don't have the time nor the energy to keep up with every detail of the ongoing health care debate and the legislation that just passed the House by a measly 5 votes. But every once in awhile I read something that is succinct and is a good talking point if you find yourself in a discussion with someone who actually thinks this is a good idea for America.

Today's fact of the day on the recently passed health care bill, H.R. 3962 is don't have insurance? Pay a fine or go directly to jail. Under the House legislation "Americans who do not maintain acceptable health insurance coverage and who choose not to pay the bill's new individual mandate tax (generally 2.5% of income), are subject to numerous civil and criminal penalties, including criminal fines of up to $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years." This is according to the non-partisan Congressional Joint Tax Committee, which also defines the penalties as a "tax." This applies to all American citizens, thus further breaking the President's promise of "[u]nder my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase." Additionally businesses could be fined up to 8 percent of their payroll if they fail to comply with the government mandate. There are also further penalties, or taxes, for underpayment or for "taking a frivolous position" on the government mandate.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Right Side of History

When people warned of Obama's desire to FUNDAMENTALLY change America, this is a key example of what they are talking about. His primary goal is not to fix this country's problems but rather to overhaul the principles that made this nation great. I believe he has two main purposes in doing so:

1) To impose on the American people his idea of fairness, which was most likely instilled/fostered during his 20 years in Reverend Wright's social liberal theology "church".

2) To aggregate and concentrate more power in Washington so he, and those on his side, can better implement purpose #1 while also being better able to control and dismiss those who oppose his agenda.

Notice that neither of those purposes have anything to do with making this country better. In fact, #2 all by itself will make certain that the forward progress of our nation will cease.