George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
WEDNESDAY, November 30, 2011
REST OF THE SORRY
STORY ABOUT THIS GREAT RECESSION.
This is from the Huffington
Post in 2009:
legislation was the repeal of the 1933 Glass-Steagall Act
(alternatively known as Gramm Leach Bliley), which allowed banks to
merge with insurance companies and investment houses. And Dorgan was,
at the time, on a proverbial island with his concerns. Only eight
senators would vote against the measure -- lionized by its proponents,
including senior staff in the Clinton administration and many now
staffing President Obama, as the most important breakthrough in the
worlds of finance and politics in decades. ...
Nevertheless, the bill
did not lack champions, many of whom declared that the original
legislation -- forged during the Great Depression -- was both
antiquated and cumbersome for the banking industry. Congress had tried
11 times to repeal Glass-Steagall. The twelfth was the charm. ...
years later, Dorgan has been vindicated. His warning that banks would
become "too big to fail" has proven basically true in the wake of the
current financial crisis. He seems eerily prescient for claiming then
that Congress would "look back ten years time and say we should not
have done this." But he wasn't entirely alone. Sens. Barbara Boxer,
Barbara Mikulski, Richard Shelby, Tom Harkin and Richard Bryan also
cast nay votes.
did Sen. Russ Feingold, who, in a statement from his office, recalled
that "Gramm-Leach-Bliley was just one of several bad policies that
helped lead to the credit market crisis and the severe recession it
is from Counterpunch, an online newsletter, in September 2008:
disgraceful bow to the banking industry, eagerly signed into law by
Bill Clinton in 1999, bears a major share of responsibility for the
current banking crisis. Here’s the complete roll call of shame:
FOR (52): Abraham, Allard, Ashcroft, Bennett, Brownback, Bond, Bunning,
Burns, Campbell, Chafee, Cochran, Collins, Coverdell, Craig, Crapo,
DeWine, Domenici, Enzi, Frist, Gorton, Gramm (Tex.), Grams (Minn.),
Grassley, Gregg, Hegel, Hatch, Helms, Hutchinson (Ark.), Hutchison
(Tex.), Inhofe, Jeffords, Kyl, Lott, Lugar, Mack, McConnell, Murkowski,
Nickles, Roberts, Roth, Santorum, Sessions, Smith (N.H.), Smith (Ore.),
Snowe, Specter, Stevens, Thomas, Thompson, Thurmond, Voinovich and
Warner.DEMOCRATS FOR (38): Akaka, Baucus, Bayh, Biden, Bingaman,
Breaux, Byrd, Cleland, Conrad, Daschle, Dodd, Durbin, Edwards,
Feinstein, Graham (Fla.), Hollings, Inouye, Johnson, Kennedy, Kerrey
(Neb.), Kerry (Mass.), Kohl, Landrieu, Lautenberg, Leahy, Levin,
Lieberman, Lincoln, Moynihan, Murray, Reed (R.L), Reid (Nev.), Robb,
Rockefeller, Sarbanes, Schumer, Torricelli and Wyden.
AGAINST(7): Boxer, Bryan, Dorgan, Feingold, Harkin, Mikulski and
VOTING: 2 REPUBLICANS (2): Fitzgerald (voted present) and McCain.
House Democrats were no less enthusiastic in their endorsement of this
invitation to plunder–the repeal passed there by a margin of 343-86,
with the Donkey Party favoring the measure by a two-to-one margin,
138-69. Current House speaker Nancy Pelosi managed not to register a
vote on this one, so great was her fear of offending her party’s
corporate paymasters even though she knew passage was a sure thing."
Jan 3, 2007---Time for a reminder
Don't just skim over this, read it slowly and let it sink in..... If in
doubt, check it out !!!
The day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was
actually January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of
Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.
The Democrat Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first
time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy
that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this:
January 3rd, 2007 was the day the Democrats took over the Senate and
At the time:
The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77
The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%
The Unemployment rate was 4.6%
George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of
Remember the day...
January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House
Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate
The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of
BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!
THANK YOU DEMOCRATS for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6%
Unemployment... to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6
TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and
Freddie Mac FIASCOES!
(BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie -
starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy).
And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac?
And who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?
OBAMA and the Democrat Congress
So when someone tries to blame Bush... REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007....
THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!"
Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in charge of the
gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving.
Budgets do not come from the White House. They come from Congress and
the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democrat
Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 &
2009 as well as 2010 &2011.
In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused
them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough
on spending increases.
For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid by-passed George Bush
entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running
until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a
massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budgets.
And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that
very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he
signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.Let's remember
what the deficits looked like during that period: (below)
If the Democrats inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the
last of the Republican budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five
years, and the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. After that,
Democrats in Congress took control of spending, and that includes
Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
If Obama inherited anything, he inherited it from himself.
In a nutshell, what Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I
voted for and then I voted to expand that
deficit four-fold since January 20th.
TUESDAY, November 29, 2011
MUSINGS ON THE RECENT BOARD
- Good attendance…a teachable moment?
- Good ideas
- Questions were fair, but could have
been more probing and less repetitive.
- Too long for a sustained effort at
that time of day. Lost some control at the
WE CAN DO ALL THIS !
- Nearly all of the discussion was
reactive, not pro-active. Don’t cope;
rather, Drive. When Washington says
“Jump”, don’t say “How High?” Say “Sez
Who?”. We know better than the
academicians regarding what is really needed in Health Reform.
- There was little or no discussion
regarding PATIENTS, their needs, their expectations (rational and
otherwise)…and their ultimate unique power to effect change (vs. we
“health care providers”).
- The government interests and goals
are all about COST CONTROL…at all cost, and much less about coverage. The only ways to get cost control without
provoking at least the passive aggression of health care providers are:
Rationing / Prioritization, decided upon with broad public input and
not imposed by the government through physicians; Medical Malpractice
Reform to minimize the now substantial Defensive Medicine costs; end of
life issues; motivating people, positively and negatively, regarding
life-style changes that drive 50% of health care costs.
- Coordination of Care, vital and to
be performed by – and reimbursed to – any willing physician and not
just “primary care” physicians. “Specialists”
now do a great deal of “primary care” and are often in a comparable
position to effect coordination of care.
- Physicians should be enlisted to
help, and not demonized. Ultimately, they
are far from powerless.
- The hospital must commit to a “WIN
– WIN” game plan with their medical staff. The
alternative is only “LOSE – LOSE” !
- We cannot allow the marginalization
of any of our Staff physicians, either by neglect or intent. Again, they are far from powerless.
- The hospital must encourage and not
block the effective reorganization of the Organized Medical Staff that
is in process with the development of the PAC, the re-alignment of the
MEC, and their coordination as the eyes and ears of the Organized
Medical Staff as the ultimate governance body.
- There must be, in fact and in
perception, a true Partnership between the Hospital Board –
Administration and the Medical Staff. And
it must be realized and accepted as such by the Community we all serve. That is not the current perception…and that is
George A. Sprecace, M.D., J.D.
November 1, 2011
MONDAY, November 28, 2011
MY BOY"...RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING.
published in The Day, Nov 22, 2011
Gingrich sets out to prove his staying power
By AMY GARDNER The Washington
- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich touched down in New Hampshire on
Monday to assume the title of surging presidential candidate - and to
try to impart to it a staying power that has eluded those who have
risen and stumbled before.
fifth Republican contender to climb to the top of public polls this
year, Gingrich took advantage of the moment to again announce his plans
to reform Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and various programs for
the poor. Campaign money is coming in, he said, and a staff that shrank
to a dozen after an implosion in June has grown to 40. Gingrich is even
allowing himself to look ahead to a general-election contest against
President Barack Obama, because, he said, "one of the reasons people
support me is because they can see me debating Obama."
challenge is to keep his momentum going a bit longer than the other
Republicans who have vied for the role of chief rival to Mitt Romney,
the former Massachusetts governor.
entered the contest with enough baggage to prompt skepticism that his
campaign could go anywhere. He had an extramarital affair with the
woman who is now his third wife, and as House speaker he was sanctioned
for ethical violations. More recently, he has had to fend off questions
about a report that he received between $1.6 million and $1.8 million
in consulting fees for advising Freddie Mac, a federally backed housing
finance giant that is despised by conservatives.
got obvious vulnerabilities," said James McCloskey, 38, who came to see
Gingrich in Manchester on Monday. "Between Freddie Mac and his
marriages, he's going to have to answer some tough questions. But he's
an absolutely brilliant mind."
said Monday that he is better positioned than his rivals to last. The
way he sees it, his decades in Washington don't make him an insider,
because he offers an anti-establishment message that appeals to
conservatives. And because of his years in Washington, he has the
policy background - and a Rolodex of national contacts - to help him
don't take Washington seriously," Gingrich said. "I don't go in and
say, 'What are the norms in Washington?' I say, 'Let's establish new
proposal to reform entitlements was a case in point. His plan was an
amalgamation of ideas he has already broached and that Republicans have
supported in the past - creating private savings accounts in lieu of
the current Social Security program, empowering states to administer
Medicaid with federal block grants. But Gingrich also took it a step
further. Food stamps must go, he said. Public housing, too. Kids should
take jobs in their schools - both to acquire a work ethic and to
replace janitors whose union contracts pay them too much.
a day when Romney was campaigning just a few miles down the road,
Gingrich was also, more subtly, going after his chief rival for being a
more status-quo candidate.
have a DNA model in my head," Gingrich said. "What I want to do is
different from traditional politics and government."
surge is a little different from those of Rep. Michele Bachmann of
Minnesota, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and businessman Herman Cain, who
were relatively unknown when they shot up in the polls. Gingrich did
the opposite. His campaign fell apart just days after he launched it,
torn by internal disagreements and revelations that Gingrich had owed
the jeweler Tiffany's as much as $500,000.
also angered many conservatives by labeling the House Republicans'
Medicare plan "right-wing social engineering," making the kind of
over-the-top comment that many observers say has always been his
a normal environment, he wouldn't have been able to come back to the
top of the heap," said Ed Rollins, a longtime Republican strategist,
who worked with Bachmann's campaign this year. "This has been such an
has recovered slowly, largely by impressing voters during debates - the
very medium that has hurt the fortunes of some of his rivals, notably
Perry. After the first few debates, conservative radio personality Rush
Limbaugh called Gingrich the only "grown-up" in the room - a perception
that many rank-and-file Republicans appear to have come to share.
watched every single debate," said Amie Martin, 41, a marketing
professional from Nashua who came to Manchester to hear Gingrich give
his speech on entitlements. "I've been saying all year, 'Look, you've
got to listen to Newt. He's always spot-on.' The more people listen to
Newt, the more people see that he makes sense."
strategies helped Gingrich survive the lean months of his campaign.
his now-dissolved think tank, American Solutions, Gingrich was able to
build a network of supporters who were active within the tea party.
They helped arrange campaign events in Iowa and elsewhere. Gingrich
also took his wife, Callista, on many of his trips - and she was
regularly a hit with the crowds.
didn't have any staff until a week ago," said Gingrich spokesman R.C.
Hammond, recalling the lean summer months when the entire staff - and
the Gingriches - would stay with Greg Ganske, a former congressman from
Des Moines, every time they campaigned in Iowa.
of those who resigned in the spring went on to join Perry's operation.
But others rejoined Gingrich this month. Gingrich has bolstered his
staff in Iowa, New Hampshire and Florida, and, unlike many contenders,
has a notable operation in South Carolina. He is launching Web sites
tailored to every state, including NewtHampshire.com, which he said
signed up 250 volunteers just last week.
about yard signs?" Martin, the Gingrich supporter, asked the campaign's
New Hampshire volunteer coordinator Monday.
back to me on Wednesday!" was the reply. "We've got 4,000 coming in."
Gingrich has a lot of ground to make up. After the last filing report
in October, his campaign said it was deep in debt, whereas Romney had
nearly $15 million in cash on hand.
the campaign spokesman, said: "Newt said it would take 2 1/2
months. He said not to pay attention to the coverage because it was
going to be awful, and to continue to plow ahead. 'We need to focus one
day at a time. Focus on one day, and do one thing, and we will get
going again.' And he was right."
SUNDAY, November 27, 2011
OF ALL THIS, YOU NEED LOOK NO FURTHER THAN THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE
PUBLISHED ON SUNDAY, NOV. 20, THE LEAD ARTICLE ENTITLED: "TEACHING
radicals are promoting "comprehensive sexuality education"
"Comprehensive sexuality education" will steal your children's souls
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November 22, 2011
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years ago we reported on a Planned Parenthood pamphlet made available
Girl Scouts that unnatural sex acts were just fine (I cannot name the
even mentioning them is pornographic).
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daughters. They do this in many ways. Perhaps the most insidious is
call "comprehensive sexuality education."
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children into the soul-destroying idea that children are "sexual from
birth" and that any sexual act is equal to any other.
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excellent Editorial in The Day...which could be entitled: RESTORING
"US" IN USA.
Although understandable given the era (early 1970's), the repeal of the
was an enduring error of epic proportions. Gone is the concept of
above Self, replaced by "Me". Gone is the sense of
belonging...if not to a family in its broken condition, then at least
Society. Gone is a powerful means of developing "self-image" instead
of expecting it to be imparted from without. Gone is the concept of
Service, as distinguished from the self-service of career
Gone is the opportunity, either by remedial education in the Armed
Forces or by
life-education, to correct the total failure of "Public
Education" and its discredited denizens to provide even a foundation in
the three R's. And gone for many is the opportunity for a meaningful
productive life and livelihood through life-long education after
service. The sorry state of our Republic can be traced
this situation. And this is probably the easiest one of the many
that must take place in our national life to restore America to its
potential. Otherwise, our decline and fall are at
hand. Fortunately, we still have a choice...for
published in The Day, Nov 26, 2011
trend in military service
The results of a new survey showing the percentage of Americans
serving in the military has shrunk to its lowest level in more than 75
years underscores concerns that out-of-touch civilians are less capable
of making informed decisions about such critical issues as when this
country should go to war.
"What we have is an armed services that's at war and a public that's
not very engaged," Paul Taylor, executive vice president of the Pew
Research Center, told The New York Times. "Typically when our nation is
at war, it's a front-burner issue for the public. But with these
post-9/11 wars, which are now past the 10-year mark, the public has
been paying less and less attention."
The Pew survey found that less than 1 percent of the U.S. population
has been on active military duty at any given time in the last decade,
compared with 9 percent of Americans who were in uniform during World
War II. A main reason for this decline has been the phasing out of the
draft in 1973.
While this newspaper does not advocate the return of military
conscription we believe the idea of compulsory enlistment in some form
of national service has merit. Many countries around the world require
such service for 18-year-olds, lasting one to three years, which
benefits not only the government but also helps conscripts learn new
skills, appreciate the value of leadership and teamwork, and develop a
sense of responsibility for contributing to society.
Contemporary U.S. culture, on the other hand, seems to reflect a
growing disconnect and disparity rather than any sense of national
unity, as indicated by the emergence of both the tea party and Occupy
Wall Street movements. Far from a nation united, we have become a
Our government's progressively dysfunctional behavior has
contributed to an increasingly distrustful public, which reinforces a
cycle of cynicism so distant from the hopeful national spirit that
pulled this nation out of the Great Depression and other national
As for the trend toward a lowered percentage of citizens connected
to the military, nowhere is this more clearly defined than in the halls
Only 22 percent of members of Congress today have served in the
armed forces - higher than the national average but still the lowest
ratio among elected officials since at least World War II, when four in
five members had military experience.
Yet these are the same representatives who can declare war, and
whose budget authority determines military pay and benefits.
Speaking of politics, the Pew survey also found, not surprisingly,
that those in the public connected through a family member to the
military tended to be more conservative.
Some 73 percent of Republicans reported a family connection to the
military, compared to 59 percent of Democrats and 56 percent of
Correspondingly, those with family ties to the armed forces were
more likely to be critical of President Barack Obama's handling of his
job as commander in chief, with 41 percent saying they disapprove,
compared to 34 percent for those without a family member who served.
FRIDAY, November 25, 2011
In recent weeks I have been asked why my
comments on Rapid Response have been sparing in contrast
postings of the comments of others.
In keeping with the original premise and promise of this section, I
provide original commentary when those opinions are not receiving
airing in the media.
The Republican debate derby, and the inevitable liberal press
providing ample exposure for many of my opinions. The Platform of
Party Movement, offered below, is another source.
But the most clear and prolific reflections of my opinions can be found
regularly in the words of Newt Gingrich, who has long been my choice
Republican nominee for President of the U.S.
However, to repeat some of my earlier comments:
you see, I can
still create my own melody to rise above the cacophony out there.
- This national election in 2012 is
entirely for the Republicans to lose. And they can do it: by
overly emphasizing a Religious United States over a spiritual United
States bound by the precepts of Natural Law; by demonizing all
immigrants with a broad brush that alienates all immigrants - new and
old - in this nation of immigrants; by committing to Hell the vast
majority of homosexuals for whom their sexual tendencies are as
biologically based as is the color of their eyes; by defending at all
cost "free enterprise" without recognizing that criminals on Wall
Street require the same oversight and punishment as criminals on Main
Street; by failing to acknowledge that we all have a societal
responsibility to care for the deserving under- served as we
diligently identify and deal with the undeserving under- served; by
failing to emphasize that our dues for our membership in American
Society are the payment of fair and progressive taxes that will support
right-sized State and Federal Governments.
- What is absolutely vital for this
nation at this time when so much of our public life has become
dysfunctional is a clear call for a National Constitutional Convention
to put forth Amendments to the U.S.Constitution that will prevent the
crass buying and selling of our elected offices...including the
Presidency of the United States, as is now the case...and that will
establish term limits that will make the term "career politician" an
oxymoron. This could be done in record time, as has been the case
in the past when a majority of Americans had set their mind to
Tea Party Movement Platform
Beliefs of the Modern-Day Tea Party Movement
“Be sure you put your feet in the
right place, then stand firm.”
Preamble: The Tea Party Movement
is an all-inclusive American grassroots movement with the belief that
everyone is created equal and deserves an equal opportunity to thrive
in these United States where they may “pursue life, liberty and
happiness” as stated in the Declaration of Independence
and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States.
No one is excluded from participation in
the Tea Party Movement. Everyone is welcomed to join in seeking to
achieve the Tea Party Movement goals, which are as follows:
1. Eliminate Excessive Taxes - Excessively
high taxes are a burden for those exercising their personal liberty to
work hard and prosper as afforded by the Constitution. A fiscally
responsible government protects the freedom of its citizens to enjoy
the fruits of their own labor without interference from a government
that has exceeded its necessary size, scope and reach into the lives of
“Collecting more taxes than is
absolutely necessary is legalized robbery.” --Calvin Coolidge
“A wise and frugal government, which
shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and
improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it
has earned - this is the sum of good government.” --Thomas Jefferson
“Any tax is a discouragement and
therefore a regulation.” --Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Also see: What is the Tea Party; Tea Party Ideas; Tea Partiers; Voice of the Tea Party
2. Eliminate the National Debt - By
implementing fiscally conservative policies at all levels of
government, progress can be made toward eliminating the U.S. National
Debt. Massive increases in the National Debt have created and continue
to create a huge burden for the next generation of Americans, thus
imperiling the country’s short-term and long-term economic health and
“You cannot escape the responsibility
of tomorrow by evading it today.” --Abraham Lincoln
“If there must be trouble, let it be
in my day, that my child may have peace.” --Thomas Paine, 1776
“As on the one hand, the necessity for
borrowing in particular emergencies cannot be doubted, so on the other,
it is equally evident that to be able to borrow upon good terms, it is
essential that the credit of a nation should be well established.” --Alexander
Tea Party Platform continued:
3. Eliminate Deficit Spending - All
deficit spending must be eliminated immediately. We insist that
government representatives at all levels maintain a fiscally
responsible budget and balance the books as would be expected of any
“Arbitrary power is most easily
established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness.”
“A penny saved is a penny earned.”
“Tomorrow, every Fault is to be
amended; but that Tomorrow never comes.” --Benjamin Franklin
Tea Party Platform - Home of the Tea
Party Movement Platform continued:
4. Protect Free Markets - America’s
free enterprise system allows businesses to thrive as they compete in
the open marketplace and strive toward ever better services and
products. Allowing free markets to prosper unfettered by government
interference is what propelled this country to greatness with an
enduring belief in the industriousness and innovations of the populace.
“That some achieve great success, is
proof to all that others can achieve it as well.” --Abraham Lincoln
“You cannot build character and
courage by taking away a man’s initiative and independence.” --Abraham
“The government’s view of the economy
could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it
keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”
Party Platform continued:
Abide by the Constitution of the United States - The U.S.
Constitution is the supreme law of the land and must be adhered to
without exception at all levels of government. This includes the Bill
of Rights and other Amendments to the U.S. Constitution
and their provisions designed to protect states’ rights and individual
“A general Dissolution of Principles
& Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America than
the whole Force of the Common Enemy.” --Samuel Adams, 1779
“The Constitution is the guide which I
will never abandon.” --George Washington
“We the people are the rightful
masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the
Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” --Abraham
Party Platform continued:
Promote Civic Responsibility - Citizen involvement at the
grassroots level allows the voice of the American people to be heard
and directs the political behaviors of our representatives at both the
local and national level so they, in turn, may be most effective in
working to preserve the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of this
“The battle, sir, is not to the strong
alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” --Patrick
“To sin by silence when they should
protest makes cowards of men.” --Abraham Lincoln
“Truth will ultimately prevail where
there is pains to bring it to light” --George Washington
“All tyranny needs to gain a foothold
is for people of good conscience to remain silent.” --Thomas
Party Platform - Home of the Tea Party Movement Platform continued:
Reduce the Overall Size of Government - A bloated bureaucracy
creates wasteful spending that plagues our government. Reducing the
overall size, scope and reach of government at both local and national
levels will help to eliminate inefficiencies that result in deficit
spending which adds to our country’s debt.
“My observation is that whenever one
person is found adequate to the discharge of a duty...it is worse
executed by two persons, and scarcely done at all if three or more are
employed therein.” --George Washington
“If we can prevent the government from
wasting the labors of the people, under the pretense of taking care of
them, they must become happy.” --Samuel Adams, 1802
“Energy and persistence conquer all
things.” --Benjamin Franklin
Party Platform continued:
Believe in the People - The American people, given their
guaranteed freedoms, will thrive in a democratic, capitalist
environment which allows individuals to strive toward ever greater
achievements, innovations and the efficient production of needed and
valued goods and services.
“Industry need not wish.” --Benjamin
“Government of the people, by the
people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” --Abraham
“The people will save their
government, if the government itself will allow them.” --Abraham
Party Platform continued:
Avoid the Pitfalls of Politics -American politics is burdened by
big money from lobbyists and special interests with an undue influence
on the peoples’ representatives. The Tea Party movement is seen as a
threat to the entrenched political parties and thus is the continual
target of smear campaigns and misrepresentation of its ideals. We
choose not to respond to these attacks except to strongly and
explicitly disavow any and all hate speech, any and all violence as
well as insinuations of violence, and any and all extreme and fringe
elements that bring discredit to the Tea Party Movement. We are a
peaceful movement and respect other's opinions and views even though
they do not agree with our own. We stand by the Tea Party beliefs and
goals and choose to focus our energies on ensuring that our government
representatives do the same.
“I am a firm believer in the people.
If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national
crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” --Abraham
“Honesty is the best policy.”
“Guard against the impostures of
pretended patriotism.” --George Washington
Also see: What is the Tea Party; Tea Party Ideas; Tea Partiers; Voice
of the Tea Party
Tea Party Platform continued:
Local Independence - The
strength and resilience of a grassroots movement is the ability of
citizens at the local level to determine their own platforms, agendas
and priorities free of an overriding central leadership. Exercising the
clearly stated message of the Tea Party movement by its nature involves
discourse about which policies and candidates best hold to our stated
principles, and these various opinions should flourish and evolve at
the local level.
“Here sir, the people govern.”
--Alexander Hamilton in a speech to the New York Ratifying Convention,
“Every government degenerates when
trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves,
therefore, are its only safe depositories.” --Samuel Adams, 1781
“This country, with its institutions,
belongs to the people who inhabit it.” --Abraham Lincoln
Tea Party Platform - Thank you for
visiting the Tea Party Movement Platform Website
MONDAY through THURSDAY, November
21 through 24, 2011
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL
That's in recognition of all of God's gifts to us, for all the gifts
families have given us, and for the opportunity to be all that we can
Of course, that is not true of everyone. And, to the extent that
we have an obligation to help those in need.
But we also have an obligation to distinguish between the "deserving
underserved" and the "undeserving underserved". To
paraphrase the Bible, if you won't work, you won't eat. That
the criterion used by us individually and by our government...if we are
avoid the decline and fall of America from within.
So, pay attention, Folks. That attention, and your actions in the
elections and including your VOTE, will determine the future of
America. YOUR CHOICE.
SUNDAY, November 20, 2011
one fact could have been added to this
list: the last Federal Budget passed was on 4/27/09, even though the
controlled all three branches of the government until last election.
the R's won the House, they immediately passed a budget but the D
Senate refuses to bring it up for a vote. Obama presented
this year that was so bad the Senate voted it down 97/0.
2007---Time for a reminder
just skim over this, read it slowly and let it sink in..... If
in doubt, check it out !!!
day the democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was
actually January 3rd 2007 the day the Democrats took over the House of
Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.
controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end
103rd Congress in 1995.
For those who
listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is
"Bush's Fault", think about this:
the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:
At the time:
The DOW Jones
The GDP for
quarter was 3.5%
policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!
the day that Barney Frank took over the
Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate
that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?
taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment... to this
(among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans
economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!
Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie - starting in 2001
was financially risky for the US economy).
And who took
highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMA
who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?
and the Democrat Congress
when someone tries to blame Bush... REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd,
2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!"
Bush may have
the car but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering
they were driving.
Budgets do not
the White House. They come from Congress and the party that controlled
since January 2007 is the Democrat Party.
Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as
In that first
had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on
when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid by-passed George Bush entirely, passing
continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama
office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to
the 2009 budgets.
this time? He
member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending
and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.Let's
remember what the deficits looked like during that period: (below)
inherited any deficit, it was the 2007 deficit, the last of the
budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and the fourth
decline in deficit spending. After that, Democrats in Congress took
spending, and that includes Barack Obama, who voted for the budgets.
anything, he inherited it from himself.
In a nutshell,
Obama is saying is I inherited a deficit that I voted for and then I
four-fold since January 20th.
FRIDAY and SATURDAY, November 18
and 19, 2011
in the London Times -
Interesting and sadly rather true.
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend,Common
has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was,
his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will
remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
- Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
- Why the early bird gets the worm;
- Life isn't always fair;
- and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound
financial policies (don't spend
more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children,
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when
well-intentioned but overbearing
regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with
harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for
mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly
only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents
attacked teachers for doing the
job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly
It declined even further when schools were required to
get parental consent to
administer sun lotion or an aspirin to a student; but could not inform
when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the
churches became businesses;
and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you
couldn't defend yourself from a
burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for
Common Sense finally gave up the will to
live, after a woman failed to
realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in
and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death, by his
parents, Truth and Trust,
by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his
He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I'm A Victim
Not many attended his funeral because so few
realized he was gone.
WEDNESDAY through THURSDAY, November 9 through 17, 2011
following is all
the more relevant as we decide on our leadership in the 2012
we have just witnessed the results of elections in New London, Ct.
I will support and assist Mayor-Elect Finizio when I agree with
policies...but I will never support King Finizio.
A MAN WITH GREAT INSIGHT OF WHICH MANY OF HIS THOUGHTS & WARNINGS
COME TO ROOST!!
1.) Read Thomas Jefferson's incredible career, to establish his
in your mind.
2.) Read his conclusions and statements below ... they are stunningly,
scarily, true today ...
would that we had all have taken note of his warnings ... you will be
shocked by their current validity ...
3.) Carefully consider his wise words, absorb and use.....
Thomas Jefferson - Curriculum Vitae
5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.
9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
14, studied classical literature and additional
16, entered the College of William and Mary.
19, studied Law for 5 years starting under
23, started his own law practice.
25, was elected to the Virginia House of
31, wrote the widely circulated
"Summary View of the Rights of British America " and retired from his
32, was a Delegate to the Second Continental
33, wrote the Declaration of Independence
33, took three years to revise Virginia ’s
legal code and wrote a Public Education bill and a statute for
36, was elected the second Governor of
Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
40, served in Congress for two years.
41, was the American minister to France and
negotiated commercial treaties with European nations along with Ben
and John Adams.
46, served as the first Secretary of State
under George Washington.
53, served as Vice President and was elected
president of the American Philosophical Society.
55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and
became the active head of
57, was elected the third president of the
60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling
the nation’s size.
61, was elected to a second term as
65, retired to Monticello
80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe
81, almost single-handedly created the
University of Virginia and served as its first president.
83, died on the 50th anniversary of the
Signing of the Declaration of Independence along with John Adams
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed
attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature
his laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than
most understand today. Jefferson really knew his stuff. A
from the past to lead us in the future:
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the white House for a group of the
brightest minds in the nation at that time. He made this statement:
"This is perhaps the assembly of the most intelligence ever to gather
at one time in the White House
with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
And here's what the great man himself , had to say.....
“When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we
shall become as corrupt as Europe .” -- Thomas Jefferson
“The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who
willing to work, and give to those who would not.” -- Thomas
“It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it
goes. A principle which, if acted on, would save one-half the
wars of the
-- Thomas Jefferson
“I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the
government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of
care of them.” -- Thomas Jefferson
“My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results
too much government.” -- Thomas Jefferson
“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” -- Thomas
“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and
arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in
-- Thomas Jefferson
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood
patriots and tyrants.” -- Thomas Jefferson
“To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas
which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” -- Thomas
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:
“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our
than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of
their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation,
the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will
the people of all property
- until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers
TUESDAY, November 8, 2011
DAY, ELECTION DAY, IT IS FITTING TO OFFER THE OPINION PIECE SHOWN
AS I SAID ON THE DAY FOLLOWING ELECTION DAY IN 2008, THE NATION HAD
DEMONSTRATED THE RESULTS OF A MASS HYPNOTIC SPELL.
BOTH TODAY IN
LOCAL AND IN STATE ELECTIONS...AND IN NOVEMBER,
IT'S TIME TO WAKE UP
August 18, 2011 Obama: The Affirmative Action President by Matt
(columnist - Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner)
Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama
an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass
akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will
did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into
thinking he could manage the world's largest economy, direct the world's
most powerful military, execute the world's most consequential job?
Imagine a future historian examining Obama's pre-presidential life:
into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test
along the way; a cushy non-job as a "community organizer"; a
brief career as
a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly
devoid of his attention, so often did he vote "present") ; and
unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of
which was devoted to his presidential ambitions. He left no academic
in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator.
And then there is the matter of his troubling associations: the
white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as
"spiritual mentor"; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as
colleague and political sponsor. It is easy to imagine a future
looking at it all and asking: how on Earth was such a man elected
Not content to wait for history, the incomparable Norman Podhoretz
the question recently in the Wall Street Journal:
To be sure, no white candidate who had close associations with an
hater of America like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant terrorist like
Ayers, would have lasted a single day. But because Mr. Obama was black,
therefore entitled in the eyes of liberaldom to have hung out with
protesters against various American injustices, even if they were a bit
extreme, he was given a pass.
Let that sink in: Obama was given a pass -- held to a lower standard --
because of the color of his skin. Podhoretz continues:
And in any case, what did such ancient history matter when he was also
articulate and elegant and (as he himself had said)
of which gave him a fighting chance to become the first black president
thereby to lay the curse of racism to rest?
Podhoretz puts his finger, I think, on the animating pulse of the Obama
phenomenon -- affirmativeaction. Not in the legal sense, of course. But
certainly in the motivating sentiment behind all affirmative action
regulations, which are designed primarily to make white people, and
especially white liberals, feel good about themselves.
Unfortunately, minorities often suffer so that whites can pat
the back. Liberals routinely admit minorities to schools for which they
not qualified, yet take no responsibility for the inevitable poor
performance and high drop-out rates which follow. Liberals don't care if
these minority students fail; liberals aren't around to witness the
emotional devastation and deflated self esteem resulting from the racist
policy that is affirmative action. Yes, racist.
Holding someone to a separate standard merely because of the color of
skin -- that's affirmative action in a nutshell, and if that isn't
then nothing is. And that is what America did to Obama.
True, Obama himself was never troubled by his lack of achievements, but
would he be? As many have noted, Obama was told he was good enough for
Columbia despite undistinguished grades at Occidental; he was told he
good enough for the US Senate despite a mediocre record in Illinois ;
told he was good enough to be president despite no record at all in the
Senate. All his life, every step of the way, Obama was told he was good
enough for the next step, in spite of ample evidence to the contrary.
could this breed if not the sort of empty narcissism on display every
In 2008, many who agreed that he lacked executive qualifications
raved about Obama's oratory skills, intellect, and cool character. Those
people -- conservatives included -- ought now to be deeply embarrassed.
man thinks and speaks in the hoariest of clichés, and that's
when he has
teleprompter in front of him; when the prompter is absent he can barely
think or speak at all. Not one original idea has ever issued from his
-- it's all warmed-over Marxism of the kind that has failed over and
again for 100 years.
And what about his character? Obama is constantly blaming anything and
everything else for his troubles. Bush did it; it was bad luck; I
this mess. It is embarrassing to see a president so willing to
own powerlessness, so comfortable with his own incompetence. But really,
what were we to expect? The man has never been responsible for
how do we expect him to act responsibly?
In short: our president is a small and small-minded man, with neither
temperament nor the intellect to handle his job. When you understand
and only when you understand that, will the current erosion of liberty
prosperity make sense. It could not have gone otherwise with such a man
the Oval Office.
TUESDAY through MONDAY, November 1
through 7, 2011
WE WILL BE ABLE TO SAY: REST IN PIECES.
Piece by piece, will Obama's
health-care reform law be dismantled?
By Gail Russell Chaddock | Christian Science Monitor – Wed, Nov
The administration itself has abandoned a long-term health-care
provision for seniors, and the Supreme Court will decide soon whether
to take up the law. Critics see beginning of the end for Obama's
The landmark health-care reform law – President Obama's signature
domestic triumph – has suffered its first major body blow, dealt not by
Republican lawmakers intent on dismantling "Obamacare" but by the
administration's own Health and Human Services (HHS) Department.
The setback came in mid-October, and it means that a piece of the 2010
Affordable Care Act – a new program intended to help seniors and
disabled people afford at-home care – will not be set up after all. The
problem? HHS could not see how to make that program, called CLASS,
"actuarially sound" for 75 years, as the law required.
The Obama administration's acknowledgment that the CLASS numbers don't
add up is only fueling the GOP narrative that the entire health-care
law is a boondoggle and won't provide the cost savings to government
that Democrats had promised. Indeed, the CLASS (Community Living
Assistance Services and Supports) Act was supposed to shrink US
deficits by $72.2 billion over 10 years – fully half the $140 billion
in deficit reduction the Obama administration claimed for the overall
health-care reform law at time of passage.
"Had the whole bill been subject to the accounting and actuarial review
that the CLASS Act was, it would not have survived either," says former
Sen. Judd Gregg (R) of New Hampshire, who slipped in the pesky
actuarial requirement as the CLASS legislation was taking shape.
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The demise of CLASS, say critics, signals the beginning of the end of
Mr. Obama's health-care reform law. Many Republicans have pledged to
starve it of funding, and the US Supreme Court is slated to discuss in
a Nov. 10 closed-door conference whether to hear the various legal
challenges to it. Moreover, the law's bid to expand Medicaid, a public
health program for the poor, is in jeopardy as states restrict access
and make cuts to try to control rising costs.
Supporters of Obama's health-care reforms acknowledge that the collapse
of the long-term care provision could drive support for a broader
repeal of the law. But they are playing down that concern.
"Clearly, the CLASS Act was the premier attempt in the Affordable Care
Act to address long-term care," says Ron Pollack of Families USA, a
national organization for health-care consumers. "That said, this
program was really separate from all of the remaining portions of the
act and should have no impact at all in terms of their implementation."
Now that the CLASS program will not materialize, where does that leave
the health-care consumer?
At least 2 in 3 seniors will need help with daily activities at some
point in their remaining years, estimates HHS. But fewer than 10
percent of those age 50 or older have private insurance to help pay for
it, according to the Congressional Research Service. Options include a
nursing home at a median annual cost in 2010 of $75,000, assisted
living at $37,500, or a home-care attendant at $19 an hour to help with
basics such as eating and getting into bed. But Medicare covers only
limited long-term care services, meaning individuals pay for them
mostly out of pocket. Medicaid does cover such services, but
beneficiaries must have nearly depleted all resources before they are
"There needs to be a mechanism by which people can insure themselves
against being bankrupted by medical expenses later in their life," says
Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy
The CLASS program would have allowed people to buy insurance to cover
in-home care; after paying into it for five years, they would be
eligible for, say, a $50-a-day benefit to subsidize an attendant's
salary, so they could afford to live at home rather than in a more
expensive institutional setting.
But HHS documents reviewed by a House and Senate GOP CLASS Act working
group showed that HHS officials were concerned as early as May 2009
that CLASS could not be sustained without billions in taxpayer
subsidies by the third decade, when claims would be spiking.
Is this the end of the issue? Not likely. Republicans and some business
groups say it's not enough that HHS says it is scrapping plans for the
CLASS program. They want Congress to repeal it.
"CLASS is not gone – not yet," said Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) of Montana,
a member of the CLASS Act working group, at an Oct. 26 hearing. "The
secretary can claim she has the authority to, in effect, rewrite it."
The US Chamber of Commerce, which backed the overall health-care reform
law, is also calling on law-makers to repeal CLASS, saying it will
never benefit taxpayers and could yet be revived by regulators.
Democrats, though, still want to find a way to make the CLASS Act work.
"Cheering the suspension of CLASS does nothing for the working families
in my district who are already under the enormous stress that comes
when a parent falls seriously ill and who have no way of paying for the
around-the-clock care their loved one needs," said Rep. Ted Deutch (D)
of Florida, at the Oct. 26 hearing.
According to updated estimates from the Congressional Budget Office,
the Affordable Care Act will cut federal deficits by $127 billion over
10 years, even now that CLASS is excluded.
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