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Color me completely unsurprised. If it happens, these Republican regressive tax hikers will be following in the footsteps not only of tax-happy Democrats, but also in the shadow of their Beltway GOP counterparts who voted to raise tobacco taxes to fund the massive S-CHIP expansion. And hey, you know who the original champio
I've written extensively on the Democrats' use of kiddie human shields to pimp everything from the health care takeover to the Chicago crony-lympics bid to the anti-obesity campaign. Now, the Education Department is signaling that it will exploit its access to federal school lunch enrollees to dragoon more kids into the government health care empire.... Read More
For those of you who may have forgotten, radical leftist Democrat Rep. Jim McDermott earned the infamous moniker "Baghdad Jim" after traveling to Iraq in the fall of 2002 for a Saddam-backed junket before the U.S. invasion. McDermott is also the defiant lawbreaker who leaked a tape of an illegally tapped phone conversation by GOP... Read More
Here is Larry Scary O'Donnell -- who can usually be seen frothing at the mouth with bulging neck veins as he melts down on MSNBC -- sloooowly reading a teleprompter as he chastises me, Rush Limbaugh, and Glenn Beck for "attacking" 11-year-old Marcelas Owens. Nice to see your Valium working, Larry: As usual, he gets... Read More
This new video is currently the featured clip on the Senate Democrats' YouTube site. It's health insurance-bashing demagoguery and dumbing-down and cowardice and child exploitation at its worst. Watch what the Senate Democrats have entitled "Young Health Care Activist Discusses Health Insurance Industry Abuses:" On Wednesday, I told you about how the Democrats have resurrected... Read More
(Makestickers.com) My column shines light on the Hail Mary strategy of the Demcare-peddlers: Quick, hide behind the children! Just a reminder that President Obama will be in St. Charles, Missouri today for a closed-door, invitation-only Kabuki health care speech to high school students and then he'll be heading off for a fund-raiser with Claire McCaskill.... Read More
My column today builds on this post about the slacker mandate in Demcare -- and examines how the chief architects of the government health care are openly achieving single-payer-by-proxy. Listen to the final self-congratulatory paeans to "health care as a right" this morning and you'll understand exactly what I'm talking about and exactly what they... Read More
Photoshop: Leo Alberti My syndicated column today digs a little deeper into President Obama's September 8 speech to schoolchildren. The school guides now featured front and center on the www.ed.gov website were developed by the White House Teaching Fellows -- a group which includes several activist educators as you'll see below. Downplaying academic achievement in... Read More
Up in smoke.
Photoshop credit: Mike On June 2, I called attention to the Democrats' plans to complete a government tobacco takeover. The next step took place today while America slept. Another day, another industry grab: Here's the roll call vote. Only 17 Nays:
Up in smoke.
Banks? Check. Auto industry? Check. Housing market? Check. Health care? Getting there. Tobacco? Why the hell not? The Senate took a step Tuesday toward giving the government some controls over the tobacco industry, bolstering the chances that a long-sought goal of anti-smoking advocates will finally be realized. The 84-11 Senate vote to consider the bill... Read More
Strike back at the taxaholics...and get healthier, too: Good idea!
Up in smoke.
Read this on the plane this morning: Did you know that pipe smoking is the new cool thing among college kids and young people? Via the WSJ: Dan Nemets, a sophomore at Central Michigan University, likes the TV show "Family Guy," heavy-metal musician Ozzy Osbourne and a good pipe. Mr. Nemets took up pipe smoking... Read More
Giddyup.
He warned us. After signing the universal health care Trojan Horse S-CHIP bill into law yesterday, President Obama took his "next step" this afternoon -- quietly signing a memorandum revoking the Bush administration's attempts to ensure that government-funded health insurance for working poor people actually went to working poor people. The road to Hillarycare is... Read More
Light up for Big Nanny.
Now that S-CHIP has passed, smokers will need to do their patriotic duty and fork over those hiked-up tobacco taxes to help ensure that more and more families drop their private coverage and ride the universal health care Trojan Horse. How about lighting up with these? Et tu, President Obama? Caption: A box containing Obama... Read More
Paved with Big Nanny intentions...
As expected, the House today gave final approval to the S-CHIP government health care expansion funded with a massive tax hike on smokers. President Obama is set to sign the bill amid great "progressive" fanfare. The kiddie human shield strategy strikes again. The roll call vote is up here. The vote was 290-135. I've broken... Read More
I don't call them squishy, bend-over Barack Obama Republicans for nothing. Here's the roll call vote on the massive S-CHIP expansion, funded with a huge tobacco tax increase that will hit the working poor the hardest in hard times. Nine Republican Senators joined the Democrats to shove the universal health care Trojan Horse through. The... Read More
Cross purposes.
Yup, here it is on pg. 61 of the Senate stimulus bill: (Source link) Pssst. Someone tell the Senate Democrats who larded up the Senate stimulus bill with $75 million for smoking cessation that they need smokers to keep buying cigarettes to pay for the S-CHIP universal health care Trojan Horse! Maybe they should reallocate... Read More
The open-borders crowd has been pushing to get a piece of the S-CHIP pie for more than a year. House Republicans have flagged the issue repeatedly. The bill is now in the Senate. CNS reports on Harry Reid's diffident attitude about the loosened ID standards: A proposed change to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program... Read More
"...because today's children are tomorrow's bright future!"
I mentioned the universal health care propaganda kiddie art contest in my post earlier today on S-CHIP. They really deserve stand-alone attention -- especially when juxtaposed with Nancy Pelosi's view of these same kiddie human shields as burdens on the economy who need to be, um, preempted with tax-subsidized contraceptive and family planning services. The... Read More
Giddyup, B.O. Republicans.
Scroll down for updates...2:06pm Eastern. Harry Reid on the Senate floor now decrying Republicans for "jeopardizing the health of children..." It's a twofer tonight for the B.O. Republicans, who'll be busy on the Senate floor approving Tim Geithner's Treasury Secretary nomination -- and also working with the Dems to pass the S-CHIP Trojan Horse and... Read More
Scroll for updates...McCain defends Joe the Plumber... Photoshop: David Lunde My syndicated column today reports on Team Obama and the Obamedia's mission to tear down Joe the Plumber. Yes, we are in the midst of a new contagion: Joe The Plumber Derangement Syndrome. JTPDS. Now, pay close attention to how the MSM rushes to uncover... Read More
Sinking S-CHIP.
I've noted before that liberals see the federal S-CHIP health insurance plan as a Trojan Horse for government-run entitlement programs. I was called a "bitch" for questioning the wisdom of allowing families with middle-class assets including two properties and three cars to be covered by a federal program intended to help the working poor. Now,... Read More
Earlier today, I blogged the failure of the Democrat attempt to override President Bush's S-CHIP expansion bill veto. I linked to the roll call vote, but it deserves a separate post. As covered here extensively last year, the Dems' push to expand the children's health insurance entitlement beyond low-income families, beyond children, and beyond legal... Read More
Child exploitation.
Update 2:20pm Eastern. Veto override failed. Here's the roll call vote. GOP leader Boehner's statement: House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today expressed disappointment at the Majority’s latest attempt to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to cover illegal immigrants and adults at the expense of low-income children. Boehner voted to sustain the... Read More
Kiddie care.
(Makestickers.com) The do-nothing Democrats in the House will engage in more gesture politics tomorrow as they bring up the massive S-CHIP expansion again for a veto override. It's not going to pass and the current program has already been funded, but they'll take any opportunity they can to demagogue the issue. Pointless: Prepare the next... Read More
(Makestickers.com) Well, well, well. After all that Doing It For The Children hyperventilation, after all the finger-pointing and foot-stomping, after all the kiddie human shield-waving, after all the teeth-gnashing vows not to surrender on their massive S-CHIP entitlement expansion, the Democrat have, yes, surrendered. Surrendered. You will remember that Harry Reid and the desperate, Do-Nothing... Read More
(Makestickers.com) The Associated Press assigns BDS-infected reporter Jennifer Loven to cover the president's second veto of the massive S-CHIP entitlement expansion tonight, and she piles on the bias thick--starting with the first paragraph: Popular? When put to a popular vote, liberal Oregon voters resoundingly rejected the same cigarette tax-funded scheme for an expanded S-CHIP program.... Read More
Well, this is fascinating. Two Boston Globe reporters hung out on Mitt Romney's lawn last week and other Globe staffers have been scoping out the lawn over the last two months: Standing on stage at a Republican debate on the Gulf Coast of Florida last week, Mitt Romney repeatedly lashed out at rival Rudy Giuliani... Read More
Robert Rector at the Heritage Foundation reports that the S-CHIP bill still pending in Congress continues to provide loopholes to illegal aliens to obtain access to Medicaid and undermines welfare eligibility rules for legal immigrants. Bottom line: *** Previous: Shamnesty Watch: S-CHIP loophole - New health care benefits for illegal aliens?
Who cares about the children?
Let's recap the S-CHIP debate briefly. The Democrat leadership wants a massive entitlement expansion of the federal children's health insurance program dependent on taxing smokers. President Bush supports renewing the current funding levels and embracing a less ambitious expansion. The Dems are holding the current funding dollars hostage until and unless Bush and the GOP... Read More
I've said it all along: The Democrats' massive S-CHIP expansion is a Trojan Horse for Hillarycare. Now, we get it straight from the horse's mouth. A Hill source sends an audio clip of former Iowa Dem. Governor Tom Vilsack at Drake University on Nov. 16 describing how S-CHIP will help achieve those universal entitlement ends:... Read More
The b-word.
The nattering nabobs of ninnyism on "The View" never cease to amaze. You may recall last month when "View" co-host Joy Behar appeared on the Bill Maher show and called me a "selfish bitch" because I questioned Harry Reid's poster family for the massive S-CHIP entitlement expansion. (Like the t-shirt says: "I'm not a bitch.... Read More
Gamble.
Instead of working with Republicans to pass an acceptable bill for funding CHIP, the federal children's (well, children plus adults plus maybe illegal aliens, but they won't say it) health insurance program, the Dems are plotting ways to use it to embarrass the GOP come election time. Of course, they really, really, really do care... Read More
Measure 50 goes down.
Well, I hope the national Democrat leadership and their S-CHIP-peddling minions are paying attention. You know that brilliant idea of funding children's health insurance with tobacco taxes? Liberal Oregon said no yesterday, voting down a massive tobacco tax hike ballot measure to pay for government-subsidized health care: Oregon's working poor will have to wait a... Read More
Kiddie politics.
Thought you'd like to see the Senate roll call vote on S-CHIP last night, which sets up yet another showdown with President Bush over the massive entitlement expansion proposal: The Senate acted after the bill was approved by House of Representatives last week in a 265-142 vote that was short of the two-thirds majority needed... Read More
Dragging out the kiddie human shields again.
Don Surber asks: "Will there be a VA bill by Veterans Day?" Will they? Nope. The Democrat way is to "support the troops" by holding war and military funding hostage to the massive S-CHIP entitlement expansion plan. Craven crapweasels that they are, the Dems are on the trail pounding their "It's the war or the... Read More
This is high-larious. The Hill reports on an internal Democrat strategy memo complaining that the Democrat Party is too hyper-rational and lacks emotional appeal. For real. They think "SUFFER THE LITTLE CHILLLLLDREN!" is too bland and accountant-like: Democrats are losing the battle for voters’ hearts because the party’s message lacks emotional appeal, according to a... Read More
Question the timing.
Update 5:45pm Eastern 10/25. S-CHIP passes, 265-142. The vote did not clear the two-thirds, veto-proof hurdle. Wire dispatch: Rep. Blunt's statement: House Republican Whip Roy Blunt (Mo.) issued the following statement today after Democrats attempted once again to use a children’s health program created by Republicans to expand taxpayer-funded care to people who are neither... Read More
Big Meanie Mark Steyn delivers a Sunday barbecue of the Democrats' sunk S-CHIP and the real war on children: Last Thursday, Nancy Pelosi, as is the fashion, used the phrase "the children" like some twitchy verbal tic, a kind of Democrat Tourette's syndrome: "This is a discussion about America's children … We could establish ourselves... Read More
Update 3:20pm Eastern. See my new post on Pete StarkRavingMad. These people can't contain themselves. And let's stop the delusion that the Starks are the fringe. They are the center of the nutroots-i-fied Democrat Party. Shocker! Not a word in the NYTimes coverage of the override vote failure about Stark's remarks. Nothing in the latest... Read More
"Smear campaigns."
Mike Luckovich wants to know if you like his latest editorial cartoon, lambasting Rush Limbaugh, me, and other GOP critics of the Democrats' child-sized human shield defense. Feel free to vote.
Update 10:30am Eastern. "Meanie" Mark Hemingway reports on the Democrats' new poster family, the Wilkersons: While USAction and a labyrinthine maze of leftist activist groups prepare to rally around images of Tampa Bay’s Most Photogenic Baby holding up a crayon sign that says “Don’t Veto Me,” Dara and Brian Wilkerson are real poster children —... Read More
The spew.
There was an infantile, pea-flinging discussion of the Graeme Frost case on the Real Time with Bill Maher show last night. Blogger Ms. Underestimated sent word that the classy Joy Behar--a comedian or something--offered her penetrating analysis of why I'm focusing more on opposing middle-class entitlement expansion than stopping the Iraq war. If you can't... Read More
Driving the point home.
This question is for grown-ups only: Who deserves government-subsidized health insurance? What if I told you I drove these three cars (photos are showroom models): A Volvo SUV... A GMC Suburban... And a nice, big Ford F250 Pickup work truck... And what if I told you, further, that I owned a large home and commercial... Read More
Watch it.
We've posted the video of John Kerry's health care poster child abuse on YouTube as a reminder of the tactics the Dems use over and over in their quest for socialized medicine: Here. Yup. The Left doesn't want to talk about this, so I'll keep throwing it back in their faces: Graeme and Gemma Frost... Read More
Update 1:40pm Eastern. Bruce Kesler discovers that, despite living in one of the highest cost areas of the U.S., San Diego, owning a modest house in a middle-class neighborhood, with substantial equity, he qualifies for S-CHIP. He says no thanks: More: Need vs. want. Update 1:10pm Eastern 10/10. Snort-worthy conspiracy theory of the day...The tinfoil... Read More
The most buzzworthy story on the right side of the blogosphere this weekend concerned young Graeme Frost, the 12-year-old child severely injured in a terrible car accident that also left his sister with permanent disabilities. Graeme Frost was propped up by Democrats desperate to avert the president's veto of S-CHIP legislation, which would have massively... Read More
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