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118 New Bureaucracies in PelosiCare Bill

November 8th, 2009

The new PelosiCare bill contains provisions for 118 new bureaucracies — and Pelosi says this won’t increase the federal deficit? See especially sops to politically correct types and Acorn funding salted throughout this list.


Nov. 5, 2009-New Federal Bureaucracies Created in Pelosi Health Care Bill
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The House Republican Conference has compiled a list of all the 118 new boards, bureaucracies, commissions, and programs created in H.R. 3962, Speaker Pelosi’s government takeover of health care:

1. Retiree Reserve Trust Fund (Section 111(d), p. 61)
2. Grant program for wellness programs to small employers (Section 112, p. 62)
3. Grant program for State health access programs (Section 114, p. 72)
4. Program of administrative simplification (Section 115, p. 76)
5. Health Benefits Advisory Committee (Section 223, p. 111)
6. Health Choices Administration (Section 241, p. 131)
7. Qualified Health Benefits Plan Ombudsman (Section 244, p. 138)
8. Health Insurance Exchange (Section 201, p. 155)
9. Program for technical assistance to employees of small businesses buying Exchange coverage (Section 305(h), p. 191)
10. Mechanism for insurance risk pooling to be established by Health Choices Commissioner (Section 306(b), p. 194)
11. Health Insurance Exchange Trust Fund (Section 307, p. 195)
12. State-based Health Insurance Exchanges (Section 308, p. 197)
13. Grant program for health insurance cooperatives (Section 310, p. 206)
14. “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 321, p. 211)
15. Ombudsman for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 321(d), p. 213)
16. Account for receipts and disbursements for “Public Health Insurance Option” (Section 322(b), p. 215)
17. Telehealth Advisory Committee (Section 1191 (b), p. 589)
18. Demonstration program providing reimbursement for “culturally and linguistically appropriate services” (Section 1222, p. 617)
19. Demonstration program for shared decision making using patient decision aids (Section 1236, p. 648)
20. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicare (Section 1301, p. 653)
21. Independent patient-centered medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302, p. 672)
22. Community-based medical home pilot program under Medicare (Section 1302(d), p. 681)
23. Independence at home demonstration program (Section 1312, p. 718)
24. Center for Comparative Effectiveness Research (Section 1401(a), p. 734)
25. Comparative Effectiveness Research Commission (Section 1401(a), p. 738)
26. Patient ombudsman for comparative effectiveness research (Section 1401(a), p. 753)
27. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1412(b)(1), p. 784)
28. Quality assurance and performance improvement program for nursing facilities (Section 1412 (b)(2), p. 786)
29. Special focus facility program for skilled nursing facilities (Section 1413(a)(3), p. 796)
30. Special focus facility program for nursing facilities (Section 1413(b)(3), p. 804)
31. National independent monitor pilot program for skilled nursing facilities and nursing facilities (Section 1422, p. 859)
32. Demonstration program for approved teaching health centers with respect to Medicare GME (Section 1502(d), p. 933)
33. Pilot program to develop anti-fraud compliance systems for Medicare providers (Section 1635, p. 978)
34. Special Inspector General for the Health Insurance Exchange (Section 1647, p. 1000)
35. Medical home pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1722, p. 1058)
36. Accountable Care Organization pilot program under Medicaid (Section 1730A, p. 1073)
37. Nursing facility supplemental payment program (Section 1745, p. 1106)
38. Demonstration program for Medicaid coverage to stabilize emergency medical conditions in institutions for mental diseases (Section 1787, p. 1149)
39. Comparative Effectiveness Research Trust Fund (Section 1802, p. 1162)
40. “Identifiable office or program” within CMS to “provide for improved coordination between Medicare and Medicaid in the case of dual eligibles” (Section 1905, p. 1191)
41. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Section 1907, p. 1198)
42. Public Health Investment Fund (Section 2002, p. 1214)
43. Scholarships for service in health professional needs areas (Section 2211, p. 1224)
44. Program for training medical residents in community-based settings (Section 2214, p. 1236)
45. Grant program for training in dentistry programs (Section 2215, p. 1240)
46. Public Health Workforce Corps (Section 2231, p. 1253)
47. Public health workforce scholarship program (Section 2231, p. 1254)
48. Public health workforce loan forgiveness program (Section 2231, p. 1258)
49. Grant program for innovations in interdisciplinary care (Section 2252, p. 1272)
50. Advisory Committee on Health Workforce Evaluation and Assessment (Section 2261, p. 1275)
51. Prevention and Wellness Trust (Section 2301, p. 1286)
52. Clinical Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1295)
53. Community Prevention Stakeholders Board (Section 2301, p. 1301)
54. Grant program for community prevention and wellness research (Section 2301, p. 1305)
55. Grant program for research and demonstration projects related to wellness incentives (Section 2301, p. 1305)
56. Grant program for community prevention and wellness services (Section 2301, p. 1308)
57. Grant program for public health infrastructure (Section 2301, p. 1313)
58. Center for Quality Improvement (Section 2401, p. 1322)
59. Assistant Secretary for Health Information (Section 2402, p. 1330)
60. Grant program to support the operation of school-based health clinics (Section 2511, p. 1352)
61. Grant program for nurse-managed health centers (Section 2512, p. 1361)
62. Grants for labor-management programs for nursing training (Section 2521, p. 1372)
63. Grant program for interdisciplinary mental and behavioral health training (Section 2522, p. 1382)
64. “No Child Left Unimmunized Against Influenza” demonstration grant program (Section 2524, p. 1391)
65. Healthy Teen Initiative grant program regarding teen pregnancy (Section 2526, p. 1398)
66. Grant program for interdisciplinary training, education, and services for individuals with autism (Section 2527(a), p. 1402)
67. University centers for excellence in developmental disabilities education (Section 2527(b), p. 1410)
68. Grant program to implement medication therapy management services (Section 2528, p. 1412)
69. Grant program to promote positive health behaviors in underserved communities (Section 2530, p. 1422)
70. Grant program for State alternative medical liability laws (Section 2531, p. 1431)
71. Grant program to develop infant mortality programs (Section 2532, p. 1433)
72. Grant program to prepare secondary school students for careers in health professions (Section 2533, p. 1437)
73. Grant program for community-based collaborative care (Section 2534, p. 1440)
74. Grant program for community-based overweight and obesity prevention (Section 2535, p. 1457)
75. Grant program for reducing the student-to-school nurse ratio in primary and secondary schools (Section 2536, p. 1462)
76. Demonstration project of grants to medical-legal partnerships (Section 2537, p. 1464)
77. Center for Emergency Care under the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (Section 2552, p. 1478)
78. Council for Emergency Care (Section 2552, p 1479)
79. Grant program to support demonstration programs that design and implement regionalized emergency care systems (Section 2553, p. 1480)
80. Grant program to assist veterans who wish to become emergency medical technicians upon discharge (Section 2554, p. 1487)
81. Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (Section 2562, p. 1494)
82. National Medical Device Registry (Section 2571, p. 1501)
83. CLASS Independence Fund (Section 2581, p. 1597)
84. CLASS Independence Fund Board of Trustees (Section 2581, p. 1598)
85. CLASS Independence Advisory Council (Section 2581, p. 1602)
86. Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1610)
87. National Women’s Health Information Center (Section 2588, p. 1611)
88. Centers for Disease Control Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1614)
89. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Women’s Health and Gender-Based Research (Section 2588, p. 1617)
90. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1618)
91. Food and Drug Administration Office of Women’s Health (Section 2588, p. 1621)
92. Personal Care Attendant Workforce Advisory Panel (Section 2589(a)(2), p. 1624)
93. Grant program for national health workforce online training (Section 2591, p. 1629)
94. Grant program to disseminate best practices on implementing health workforce investment programs (Section 2591, p. 1632)
95. Demonstration program for chronic shortages of health professionals (Section 3101, p. 1717)
96. Demonstration program for substance abuse counselor educational curricula (Section 3101, p. 1719)
97. Program of Indian community education on mental illness (Section 3101, p. 1722)
98. Intergovernmental Task Force on Indian environmental and nuclear hazards (Section 3101, p. 1754)
99. Office of Indian Men’s Health (Section 3101, p. 1765)
100. Indian Health facilities appropriation advisory board (Section 3101, p. 1774)
101. Indian Health facilities needs assessment workgroup (Section 3101, p. 1775)
102. Indian Health Service tribal facilities joint venture demonstration projects (Section 3101, p. 1809)
103. Urban youth treatment center demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1873)
104. Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for diabetes prevention (Section 3101, p. 1874)
105. Grants to Urban Indian Organizations for health IT adoption (Section 3101, p. 1877)
106. Mental health technician training program (Section 3101, p. 1898)
107. Indian youth telemental health demonstration project (Section 3101, p. 1909)
108. Program for treatment of child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators (Section 3101, p. 1925)
109. Program for treatment of domestic violence and sexual abuse (Section 3101, p. 1927)
110. Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1966)
111. Committee for the Establishment of the Native American Health and Wellness Foundation (Section 3103, p. 1968)
112. Grant program for mental health and substance abuse screening (Manager’s Amendment, p. 31)
113. Centers for Disease Control Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 35)
114. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 35)
115. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 36)
116. Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 36)
117. Food and Drug Administration Office of Minority Health (Manager’s Amendment, p. 36)
118. Outreach program to increase awareness of diabetes screening benefits (Manager’s Amendment, p. 39)

Only a socialist could think this makes sense.

Global Warming: It’s About Politics

October 28th, 2009

Once again, Coyote Blog the prolific and intellectual powerhouse has brought to my attention a great video source to argue that Global Warming is a political issue, not a scientific one. Whatever the scientists want to argue about (or not argue about) isn’t the issue. Global climate has become a political movement led by people who thrive on any scare/crisis/mania that, in their opinion, will enlarge the regulatory role of government in human affairs. It matters little whether this is cause is global warming, global climate change, global cooling, holes in the ozone layer, Y2K, energy crisis, over-population, SARS, swine flu, bird flu, alar in apples, butter, trans-fats, or obesity. It is the same people with the same motives. The cause is immaterial to the proposed “solution,” more government control of our lives.

See the video:

Resist cap and tax legislation, tell your representatives that the U.N.’s global warming conferences (Kyoto, Copenhagen, etc.) are nonsense. Tell Al Gore to take a cold bath.

More Govt. Lies About H1M1

October 26th, 2009

A CBS network investigation says government estimates of swine flu are vastly exaggerated From the article:

If you’ve been diagnosed “probable” or “presumed” 2009 H1N1 or “swine flu” in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn’t have H1N1 flu.

In fact, you probably didn’t have flu at all. That’s according to state-by-state test results obtained in a three-month-long CBS News investigation.

Was the government “exaggeration” due to a) ignorance or willful misrepresentation of flu test results, and/or b) the fact that CDC halted testing — apparently under the assumption that a pandemic was in fact under way. The government says so, so why test? Now CDC is stonewalling when asked to provide more accurate information. Read the article in the link above.

The federal government has botched the flu vaccine production, scared hell out of the citizenry, lied about the extent of the “pandemic” and produced a vaccine some (including me) fear is unsafe. Now, having announced a national emergency and launching the production of tens of millions of doses of vaccine, they’re apparently willing to lie about the extent of the health threat, continuing to recommend shots — so as not to be embarrassed, one presumes.

Remember, this is the same gang of liars that want to take over the entire health care industry. Do you trust them with your health?

Sebelius vs. Hillary Begets National Emergency

October 26th, 2009

After the mugging of the vaccine producing pharmaceutical industry by Hillary Clinton in 1993 the federal government became the dominant purchaser and price setter for vaccines in the U.S. The result of this was that major pharmaceutical companies simply abandoned the business of vaccine research and production, leaving it largely to overseas producers.

Now even HHS Secretary Sebelius complains that:

Four of the five manufacturers of H1N1 vaccines are foreign companies — a fact that alarmed lawmakers, who expressed concern about the ability of the federal government to secure enough vaccine to prevent the spread of the swine flu virus. Some expressed even greater concern that the lag in vaccine production could mean the H1N1 flu shots will arrive too late to do any good, citing a recent study that predicted that the most cases of swine flu will occur this week…

Sebelius said the U.S. is “at the front of the line” in terms of getting the vaccines as they’re produced but noted the need to expand the country’s manufacturing capacity.

“We are still too dependent in the United States on vaccination production in other countries,” Sebelius said at a hearing on the topic.

Vaccine manufacturers worldwide are “using old technology,” Sebelius explained, stressing the need to convert from egg-based to cell-based vaccine development.

(Emphasis added)

OK, Hillary, stuff that in your bong pipe and smoke it!

So now the sun-god prez declares a national emergency brought on by government incompetence and socialist destruction of private sector enterprise. These same geniuses now want to do the same thing to the entire health care industry in the U.S.

Crisis after crisis. Welcome to Obamacare folks.

U.S. Sovereignty at Stake in Copenhagen?

October 21st, 2009

Is Obama Poised to Cede US Sovereignty?

Although Lord Monckton skips over the fact that U.S. treaties have to be ratified by the full Senate, many treaties have been signed by the presidents and not ratified, but still cause great mischief.

From the Harvard Law Journal:

Under contemporary treaty practice, a nation’s signature of a treaty, especially a multilateral treaty, typically does not make the nation a party to the treaty. Rather, nations become parties to treaties by an act of ratification or accession, either by depositing an instrument of ratification or accession with a depositary (for multilateral treaties) or exchanging instruments of ratification (for bilateral treaties). The signing of treaties under this practice is at most an indication that the terms of the treaty are satisfactory to the executive institution in that nation charged with negotiating and signing treaties and does not constitute a promise that the nation will become a party to the treaty.

Despite the modern separation between signature and ratification, many international lawyers and academics contend that when a nation signs a treaty, it is bound to refrain from actions that would defeat the object and purpose of the treaty until such time as it makes clear its intention not to become a party to the treaty.

Read the whole treaty draft:
here

Having scanned but not read the whole treaty draft (which is 180 pages long) it is clear to me that this treaty:

  • Is based on the mythology and hysteria of human caused, catastrophic global warming according to the IPCC.
  • Is at its heart, not about climate. It is about redistribution of national wealth from developed to developing countries.
  • It gives power, if not sovereignty, to an international body that does not have our best interests at heart.
  • It is not in the interest of the U.S. to sign or ratify such a blatant attempt by the international community to mug us.

The Copenhegan committee presumes to “require a shift in the global investment patterns” so that “financing allocation shall clearly respond to the priorities identified by the international community”. They further assert that developed countries are at fault for alleged warming of the climate. See the treaty language below.

PP.13 Recognizing that current and potential climate change impacts require a shift in the global investment patterns and that criteria for financing allocation shall clearly respond to the priorities identified by the international community, with climate change stabilization being one of these priorities.
PP.14 Acknowledging that current atmospheric concentrations are principally the result of historical emissions of greenhouse gases, the most significant share of which has originated in developed countries.
PP.15 Further acknowledging that developed countries have a historical responsibility for their disproportionate contribution to the causes and consequences of climate change, reflecting their disproportionate historical use of a shared global carbon space since 1850 as well as their proposed continuing disproportionate use of the remaining global carbon space.
1. [[[As assessed by the IPCC in its Fourth Assessment Report] Warming of the climate system, as a consequence of human activity, is unequivocal. [Global atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases have increased significantly because of human activities since 1750.]
2. Current atmospheric concentrations are principally the result of historical emissions of greenhouse gases, [the largest share of which has originated in] [originating from] developed countries [Parties].

So, according to this treaty, there is a “debt” owed by developed countries such as the U.S.A to the developing countries (such as North Korea, Zimbabwe and Cuba?). In fact (see below) the Annex I countries (such as U.S.A) are expected to pay the “full cost” of the program for the poor folks, including “actions taken in the context of sustainable development”.

33. In the light of a shared vision based on historic responsibility/emissions, debt/per-capita emissions convergence/an equitable allocation of a shared atmospheric resource, [and in accordance with the provisions of the Convention,] Annex I Parties shall provide new and additional financial resources to meet the full costs incurred by developing country Parties [in complying with their obligations under Article 12, paragraph 1, and the full incremental costs of implementing measures that are covered by Article 4, paragraph 1] [, particularly the most vulnerable countries including LDCs and SIDs, of meeting their commitments, towards the full, effective and sustained implementation of the Convention]. They shall also provide new and additional funding to cover the full incremental costs incurred by developing countries in implementing nationally appropriate mitigation actions undertaken in the context of sustainable development. Annex I Parties commit the amount of [ ] billion [Euros/dollars] in order to enable mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries for the period now up to 2012. The [Conference of the] Parties shall periodically review the adequacy of levels of financing required to support mitigation and adaptation actions in developing countries, including a comprehensive review not later than 2011.

(emphasis added)

This treaty apparently gives the COP (Copenhegan committee) authority to govern the financial transactions anticipated by the treaty.See alternative texts from the treaty below.

(c) Alternative 1:
The financial mechanism shall operate and function under the authority, governance and guidance of, and be fully accountable to, the COP, which shall decide on its policies, programme priorities and eligibility criteria, and allocation of resources for adaptation, mitigation, technology and capacity-building and any other function that may be determined by the COP;
Alternative 2:
The financial mechanism [shall][should] function under the guidance of [the COP] [the
Meeting of the Parties to the Copenhagen Agreement];
Alternative 3:
The financial mechanism shall function under the strategic guidance of the COP.

Apparently the members of this committee anticipate the power to dragoon not only public, but also private monies into their scheme. Here are alternative policies that the parties will select and agree upon.

4. [Generation][Provision] of financial resources
12. All Parties, in accordance with their respective capabilities, shall implement and periodically report on policies and instruments to mobilize public and private financial resources, improve enabling
environments for investment in support of measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change outlined in Article 4.1 of the Convention.
13.
Alternative 1:
The public sector shall be the major source of funds, while market mechanisms and other private-sector sources would play a complementary role in addressing climate change. Public finance may also be used to leverage private investment and to provide incentives for additional efforts.
Alternative 2:
Private funding will be the main source of investment, channelled via appropriate policy frameworks and regulations that create enabling environments and demand for climate change technologies. Financing
the incremental costs of technologies for adaptation and mitigation is dependent on public sources of finance and public policies. Where it is provided, public finance should be directed to areas that cannot
be adequately financed by the private sector to leverage private investment and to provide incentives for additional efforts.
Alternative 3:
Both public and private finance should play a major role in the implementation of this Agreement. Public finance should leverage private investment and provide incentives for additional efforts, and be directed towards areas that cannot be adequately financed by the private sector, in particular for adaptation. Private funding, channelled via appropriate policy frameworks, should be the main source of necessary investment for mitigation. Parties should encourage the establishment of a robust carbon price signal, including through a progressive integration into the global carbon market, as a key means to deliver cost-effective emissions reductions globally.

(emphasis added)

If President Obama signs this abomination he proves, once and for all, that he hates this country, the one he’s constantly apologizing about. So he’ll probably sign it. If the U.S. Senate then ratifies this treaty, then Lord Monckton will be proven correct. The basic purpose of this treaty is to stick it to the U.S.A.

We will be surrendering our sovereignty to a miserable bunch of socialist international bureaucrats.

How does that HOPEN-CHANGE grab you?

Legislative Jibberish

October 2nd, 2009

Should the congress be allowed to pass laws that nobody can read or understand? See this: Finance Committee Democrat Won’t Read Text of Health Bill, Says Anyone Who Claims They’ll Understand It ‘Is Trying to Pull the Wool Over Our Eyes’

I don’t think so. Do you?

On Health Care & Freedom

September 11th, 2009

After taking notes during the president’s much-praised health care address to a joint session of congress, I put them aside for a while. Many others reacted, so my comments would probably just add to the noise. However, after a few days of reflection, some generalizations pop out.

Obama’s vision of the health bill would place many requirements on private insurance plans, such as required coverage of pre-existing conditions, no caps on claims, mandated maximum premiums. So his requirements raise costs to issue insurance (how could they not?) while limiting premiums (how can this possibly work?). This is evidence of complete economic ignorance, if not insanity.

The plan increases government health care expenses while Obama says it will do the opposite. How could the government subsidize 30-40 million people’s insurance without increasing government expenses? Supporters claim that government involvement will reduce the actual cost of care through efficiencies. Think defense department procurement and $400 toilet seats. Medicare, Medicaid, VA and other governent health care programs are known to have vast amounts of waste and inefficiencies. So who can point out a government program that doesn’t?

The so-called “public option” will require government subsidies, no matter what it’s sponsors claim. Think AMTRAK and the Post Office, both of which were supposed to operated as profitable independent entities. Or think Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were wildly profitable as long as their government sponsored Ponzie schemes held together. Then to prevent a disastrous crash massive (estimated up to $1 trillion) subsidies are required for rescue now in in the future.

And then, there’s the general promise not to raise taxes for those earning less than $250,000. Somebody has to pay for all the out-of-control spending already passed and anticipated. So how can Obama keep his promise? Easy, he imposes a value added tax and argues that this keeps the promise since it isn’t imposed on individuals.

“What’s so bad about that?” say the Obama gang. Why not be like Europe? The French and the Germans seem happy enough, even though the European economic stupor can be attributed directly to the welfare state underwritten by a value added tax system. But what they fail to mention is that Europeans have given up gobs of their freedom in return for this dull-but-secure lifestyle. And who is to say that the European model will not self-destruct as ever-increasing demands and ever-declining resources clash — which is already happening.

Thus, the real question is not about health care, or even taxation. The real question is a conflict between more government control of your life versus retaining the freedoms you now have. Do you want government run health care, or do you want your freedom?

It’s that simple, and it’s that vital.

Strange Fed Reserve Trading

August 24th, 2009

Quoting from a recent post in Zero Hedge: This Week in Mayhem (08/24/2009) “The Federal Reserve has apparently been engaged in OTC derivatives trading — beginning in March 2009.” and “At this time, it is unclear whether these $1.4 trillion in new Federal Reserve OTC derivatives are related to the unusual market activity many of us have been observing.”(my emphasis added)

The world of big-money/monitary policy/banking and foreign exchange make my eyes glaze over — far to complex for me to make sense out of it. However, I am an ardent observer of the stock market where, indeed, something “fishy” has been going on since last March.

A search for something understandable about “Federal Reserve OTC Derivatives trading” yields little that can be understood without decoding or at least translation. What is clear, however, is that this $1.4 trillion is a lot of money and nobody seems to have a clear explanation of what it does or what it is intended to accomplish. Under such opaque circumstances one can be forgiven for being suspicious of market manipulation and skulduggery.

Oh Canada!

August 15th, 2009

Click the video below if you think Canadians have a good healthcare system.

(Thanks to PJTV)

It’s not about health. It’s not about the House Bill or the Senate Bill. It’s about Freedom. Government has no business at all in health care. NONE!

Global Warming “Unanimity” Crumbling

June 27th, 2009

Kimberly Strassel writes in the Wall Street Journal about the worldwide shift in sentiment about climate change (aka Global Warming). See: Climate Change Climate Change

The climate alarmists and greens claims of unanimity and settled science are beginning to be recognized for what they are, a thin disguise for sloppy science. And a growing number of scientists are waking up to this reality as well. So why do global warming alarmists rely on sloppy science and intimidation? Simply because it has never been about science. It has always been about political power. I’d guess that not a single member of the U.S. Congress who voted for the Cap & Trade bill has the scientific moxie to understand the science. But they do surely understand the politics of power, and this is all that matters to them.

So as the mania cools — as it inevitably will — the statists and former communists will find something else to promote their socialist dreams. It may be science, it will be scare mongering, and it will be some big lie to justify more big government control over the lives of individual citizens. Scary germs, epidemics, rampant obesity, genetic mutations, over-population, bad eating habits — whatever it is will be an easy substitute for global warming.

Eric Hoffer, in his masterwork “The True Believer” observed that to the true believer one “cause” is interchangeable with another. Where did all the American reds & pinks go after the Soviet Union Collapsed? They all became environmentalists. We’re sure to see a similar, effortless transition as Global Warming mutates to something equally motivating to the far-left.

The energies of Meddlesome Liberal Busybodies (MLB’s) should never be under-estimated.

EPA Coverup Before Cap & Tax Vote

June 25th, 2009

Thanks to Michelle Malkin and the Competitive Enterprise Institute we have another example of a government agency coverup — doing harm to the country while protecting the agency’s backside.

In a nutshell, Competitive Enterprise Institute has obtained Environmental Protection Agency emails wherein a scientists attempts to introduce global warming research results contrary to Al Gore/Obama administration orthodoxy. He is silenced by his supervisor. See email below. The reason is that the information might show the agency in a bad light.

See PDF for full report from radioviceonline.com.

The science behind man-caused global warming due to CO2 is bogus. To leap from bogus science to a program that will stab the American economy in the back with vastly increased prices for everything from gasoline to watermellons is insane. The Waxman Markey Cap & Trade (tax) bill is up for a vote this week. It is extremely harmful.

I urge you to visit Freedom Works to lodge a protest with your congressional representatives. It’s easy and takes only a few minutes.

Email Spam From the Whitehouse

June 23rd, 2009

The whitehouse has me on their mailing list. In the past month I’ve received three slick emails from “Barack Obama,” and “The First Lady” from “whitehouse.gov.” Each email contained some fluff such as a promotion for “United We Serve” and a advice for fathers on Fathers Day. Each had embedded a video — none of which worked — but good enough for government work.

Some questions:

1) Why does the President spam me using my email address which they got from an email protesting the idiocy in Washington.

2) These emails aren’t cheap. How does the Prez justify spending public money to puff up his image? Does the U.S. Government pay for these emails, or does the DNC? And who elected the first lady, anyway?

3) Will my email address find its way into the lists used by the Democratic National Committee? How about the FBI?

4) The volunteer letter said:

Today, for the official kick off of United We Serve, members of my administration have fanned out across America to participate in service events and encourage all Americans to join them.

Who are these “members of my administration”? ACORN perhaps? Must be lots of them if they’re “fann[ing] out across America.” Or maybe it’s just another of the president’s exaggerations/lies.

5) How did we elect a President who treats us all like a bunch of juveniles — fathers day advice, indeed! I should paddle his supercilious butt.

Since my representative would just toss these questions into the round file, perhaps someone reading this has a rep who is willing to investigate. Good luck.

Goldman Sachs & Govt. Collude in Market Manipulation

June 7th, 2009

See this from Zero Hedge: “incredibly Shrinking Market Liquidity”.

A very interesting data point, also provided by the NYSE, implicates none other than administration darling Goldman Sachs in yet another potentially troubling development. The chart below demonstrates the program trading broken down by the top 15 most active NYSE member firms. I bring your attention to the total, principal, customer facilitation and agency columns

Click here to see table from article

Key to note here is that Goldman’s program trading principal to agency+customer facilitation ratio is a staggering 5x, which is multiples higher than both the second most active program trader and the average ratio of the NYSE, both at or below 1x. The implication is that Goldman Sachs, due to its preeminent position not only as one of the world’s largest broker/dealers (pardon, Bank Holding Companies), but also as being on the top of the high-frequency trading/liquidity provision “food chain”, trades much more often for its own (principal) benefit, likely in tandem with the other top dogs on the list: RenTec, Highbridge (JP Morgan), and GETCO. In this light, the program trading spike over the past week could be perceived as much more sinister. For conspiracy lovers, long searching for any circumstantial evidence to catch the mysterious “plunge protection team” in action, you should look no further than this.

This is serious stuff, the U.S. Government secretly colluding with a private bank (or several) to cause stock market moves that injure American traders and investors for what could only be political purposes. I don’t know how such a thing could be uncovered for all to see, but think it should be investigated, revealed and if verified, prosecuted as the crime it is.

Government Market Manipulation – Another source

June 1st, 2009

Here’s the conclusion of another well researched article charging the PPT (Plunge Protection Team) with criminal intervention in the current stock market.

Treasuries are therefore the engine which drives this fraudulent scheme, a scheme that is completely illegal because the authority granted in Reagan’s Executive Order creating the PPT is exceeded beyond all belief in what one day will be exposed as the greatest abuse of financial power by US government officials in the history of our country. Because of this blatant illegality, Buck-Busting Ben and Hanky Panky Paulson deny that the PPT does anything but meet occasionally to brainstorm pending issues.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. But then, what should one expect from Obama administration’s lawless attitude. See my previous post.

Government’s Illegal Stock Market Manipulation Suspected

May 31st, 2009

As a long time observer of the stock market and an active participant I’ve been quite amazed by the stock market’s 3 month, 31.7% rise from 3/6/09 to 5/29/09 as this is being written. There is something quite strange about the pattern, in that short term corrections that normally occur in such a market are absent, or lasted only a day or so.

Given the current out-of-control politics, and increasing lawlessness of the federal government one can justifiably ask whether the market is being manipulated by the government. A Google search produced several interesting tidbits.

First, a video of an interview displayed the observation by Dan Shaffer of Shaffer Asset Management wherein he pointed to evidence of what appeared to be government intervention in the markets during the current rally. I encourage you to examine the link yourself. A summary of his comments:

“Something strange happened during the last 7 or 8 weeks. Doreen you probably can concur on this — there was a power underneath the market that kept holding it up and trading the futures. I watch the futures every day and every tick, and a tremendous amount of volume came in a several points during the last few weeks, when the market was just about ready to break, and it shot right up again. Usually toward the end of the day – it happened a week ago Friday, at 7 minutes to 4 o’clock, almost 100,000 S&P futures contracts were traded, and then in the last 5 minutes, up to 4 o’clock, another 100,000 contracts were traded, and lifted the Dow from being down 18 to up over 44 or 50 points in 7 minutes. That is 10 to 20 billion dollars to be able to move the market in such a way. Who has that kind of money to move this market?

On top of that, the market has rallied up during the stress test uncertainty and moved the bank stocks up, and the bank stocks issued secondaries – they issues stock – they raised capital into this rally. It was perfect text book setup of controlling the markets – now that the stock has been issued…” [interrupted by Richard Suttmeier].

A second little bit of information surfaced a few years ago in reference to a so-called Plunge Protection Team, whereby:

The Working Group on Financial Markets, also know as the Plunge Protection Team, was created by Ronald Reagan to prevent a repeat of the Wall Street meltdown of October 1987. Its members include the Secretary of the Treasury, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, the Chairman of the SEC and the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. Recently, the team has been on high-alert given the increased volatility of the markets and, what Hank Paulson calls, “the systemic risk posed by hedge funds and derivatives.”

The article goes on to explain how the PPT is supposed to work, by buying up massive amounts of index futures so as to squeeze shorts and produce a strong market rally. Again, please read the article.

I’m not a fan of conspiracy theories since conspiracy requires much more secrecy and trust than can usually be found in real life. However, I do believe that the government can keep dirty secrets, and perhaps this is one of them.

Back in August 2005, a Canadian financial firm called Sprott Asset Management published a study entitled “The Visible Hand of Uncle Sam” available here in PDF format. This study provides a lot of details concerning the PPT. An interesting quote from the report (Pg. 5) corresponds in an eerie way with what Dan Shaffer reported. They’re talking about the day after the 1987 crash.

Stewart and Hertzberg combined a detailed reconstruction of that Tuesday’s trading activity with extensive interviews of market participants to underscore the gravity of the situation. By approximately 12:30 p.m., trading in many large-capitalization stocks
had all but ceased, and calls for the NYSE to close grew louder. Despite remarkable pressure, though, the exchange remained open. This proved a fortuitous decision, because as the paper recounted, a stunning recovery would soon commence: In the space of about five or six minutes, the Major Market Index futures contract, the only viable surrogate for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the only major index still trading, staged the most powerful rally in its history. The MMI rose on the Chicago Board of Trade from a discount of nearly 60 points to a premium of about 12 points. Because each point represents about five in the industrial average, the rally was the equivalent of a lightning-like 360-point rise in the Dow. Some believe that this extraordinary move set the stage for the salvation of the world’s markets.

I suppose some might say that secret government manipulation of stock market prices is beneficial in that it is intended to prevent collapse. I vehemently disagree with this. If such a secret program of intervention exists, who does it serve? Why is it secret? It is apparent that it exploits the vulnerabilities of short sellers, using their losses and fear of losses to goose the market. These are citizens too, and don’t deserve to have the government plotting and acting against their economic interests.

And in the current political context, with banks attempting to recapitalize a rising market is beneficial to them. Has Geithner engaged in market manipulation in order to benefit his banker buddies? Or perhaps Obama wants a rising market as a proxy indicator of his “successful” recover program?

Stock market manipulation is a crime if done by private citizens. It is still a crime if done by the U.S. Government.

Lawless Government, Stunning Thuggery

May 19th, 2009

As the Obama government becomes ever more lawless certain members of congress are engaging in stunningly ugly acts of thuggery. Thanks to Freedom Watch we have this:

1) A hedge fund manager publishes his opinion in a newspaper. Nothing sinister or odd about that.

2) A senior member of congress, Barney Frank and some congressional henchmen threatens this citizen in a manner that the Godfather would find impressive. I find this behavior despicable and a criminal abuse of power.

This is no joke. It it is a serious act of criminality by an increasingly criminal government.

Plain Truth – Don’t Let Tyranny Win

May 18th, 2009

In a nutshell, here it is. The big lie. The huge threat to our freedom and our way of life.

The future is yours to decide, for now at least. Don’t waste the opportunity to preserve your liberty. Fight back against this madness.

Our Dear Leader Designs Autos Too

May 18th, 2009

In a breathtaking example of government by diktat, our Dear Leader Obama declares that cars will henceforth drive farther (35.5 mi.) per gallon of gas and emit less CO2 to “curb global warming.”

See:Obama to Set New Vehicle Rules, First Carbon Limit

Presumably the government/union dominated GM & Chrysler will oblige him — if they can, a dubious assumption to say the least. Remember, “It only has to be good enough for government work!”

What is the legal basis for this authority? We have a dictator. His friend Hugo Chavez would approve.

Government Criminality

May 15th, 2009

George Will recently opined in a newspaper column that President Obama has acquired the “tincture of lawlessness.” Colorful language but a bit too delicate to describe the reality of a president showing complete disregard for the laws of the country and the Constitution he’s sworn to protect and defend.

Where is the law allowing the U.S. Government to:
1) Fire executives of automobile companies.
2) Force banks to accept government ownership.
3) Force bankruptcy provisions denying secured creditors a preferred position in bankruptcy.
4) Donating 55% ownership of Chrysler to the auto worksers union?
5) Seizing ownership of auto companies.
6) Permitting the Federal Reserve to spend TARP money any way that Geithner wants.

And now he wants to nationalize the health care industry, regulate hedge funds, set limits on executive compensation, and jigger the U.S. Census count, all without legal authority.

It would seem to me that any one of these actions should generate a lawsuit going to the Supreme Court. Where are the checks and balances?

While we’re at it, where is the law that allows the government to:
1) Interfere in education (Education)
2) Regulate business & labor (Commerce, Labor)
3) Regulate food and drugs (EPA, FDA)
4) Subsidize and supply social welfare programs (Human Services)
5) Produce entertainment via radio & TV or for politician’s enjoyment (at Lincoln Center) (public radio & tv & Various stealth programs)
6) Subsidize art (National Endowment for the Arts)
7) Regulate employment (Labor)
8) Regulate energy production and use (EPA, Engergy)
9) Provide retirement and Medical care (Social Security, Medicare)
10) Preserve a postal monopoly (?)
…. and on and on.

It’s time to do some really serious trimming, not with a scalpel but with an axe! The criteria needs to be “If the department isn’t specifically provided for in the Constitution, and only then if you can’t find something in this government department that you seriously benefit from every day, or if the department’s activities interfere with your liberties, then the whole department needs to be eliminated.” This would eliminate at least 85% of all Federal Government. Good riddence. We’d never even miss it except on payday when we’d celebrate more to spend.

Arctic Ice Expanding

April 21st, 2009

Here’s a report published in WattsUpWithThat.com, showing that the Arctic Ice Cap is expanding, not shrinking as some polar bear alarmists have proclaimed. In fact, it grows and shrinks every year with amazing regularity.

The polar bears and crashing ice shelfs make dramatic and emotional TV propaganda, but they’re being used to promote a big lie.

It constantly amuses me that supposedly truth-seeking scientists, when confronted with real-world data that contradicts their “models” routinely toss out or “adjust” the data to fit the model. This is prevalent practice in the “climate science” community, which feeds the “climate politics” community, which feeds the “totalitarian control of everything” community. So it’s no surprise that the political class of climate alarmists propagates the lies and probably believes them as well.

Man caused global warming is a political issue, not a scientific one. Unfortunately, even after downgrading “global warming” to “climate change” the potential for enormous economic and social damage looms. Nothing the Obama, Pelosi, Reid gang has done so far carries the thermo-nuclear potential for misery so much as the anti-carbon mania.

We need to recognize “environmentalism” for what it really is. It isn’t nature conservation. We’re all for that. No, it’s about political power and control. Environmental is all-encompassing. It speaks in terms of “the planet.” Environmentalists consider people to be a problem. Conservationists love nature. Environmentalists love power. Don’t be fooled.

What’s It All About … (Alfie)?

April 20th, 2009

Good chart from CoyoteBlog.com – Why People are Angry. I can’t add anything useful to this very concise statement.

More Mendacious Flim-Flam – Obama to “Save” $100 Million?

April 20th, 2009

OK, fine, the feds do need to trim and the $100 million Obama instructs the bureaucrates to “trim” isn’t “nothin.” BUT, the treasury has so far prevented Goldman Sachs from returning 100 times that amount, $10 Billion, and other banks want to do the same. This is political flim-flammery most vile, low and mendacious. Does anyone really buy into the idea that this is a show of fiscal discipline?

Why not slash 80% from the $3.5 Trillion Obama/Pelosi/Reid budget. Except for a bunch of teary-eyed thumb sucking bureaucrats looking for sympathy and welfare we wouldn’t notice the difference. The federal government does nothing useful for us anyway.

What Depression? We’re Being Lied To

March 25th, 2009

Earlier in this blog (January 20, 2009) I wrote an article stating that the so-called recession, which the politicians and fear mongers (Bernanke and Paulson) were promoting as an upcoming depression, just didn’t add up. Something was queer in the numbers.

Now more news pops up, ablely documented by bizziblog.com reenforcing the thesis that: a) Whatever current recession we’re currently experiencing was most probably caused by the Obama/Geithner/Bernanke/Paulson types creating panic, b) The trillion dollar stimulus money riot has had no effect in relieving the recession, and c) The recession except for (maybe) housing and (maybe) banking appears to be curing itself.

What this adds up to is that the government is driving the economy over a cliff based on false information or outright lies.

STOP THE MONEY RIOT NOW!

Disgusted with Congress, Not Bonuses

March 19th, 2009

Barney and his cronies make me too sick to write. So I’ll just post the following courtesy of YouTube.

The Great Algorization – Fear, Panic and Cataclysm

February 27th, 2009

It has become obvious that the entire world has fallen into a frenzy of fear and panic. This isn’t a consequence of some random threat or misfortune. It is a deliberate fanning of flames by a bunch of pent-up socialists inspired by Al Gore and now led by Barak Obama. See: Dick Morris – It’s Obama Spreading Panic.

We could call this the Great Algorization. The economy is weak, so a recession is talked into a depression. Some scientists worry about the climate, so alarm spreads and becomes panic about “climate change.” Gas prices go up due to fear and speculation, which results in panic about energy supplies, and manias about renewables, energy independence and carbon footprints. The panic inspires “do-something-anything” government, which results in multi-trillion dollar budgets and trillion dollar deficits. So why not throw in health care, education and what next? Oh, yah, social justice. Why not that too?

It all makes me sick of being so negative. But, trillions in damage are being done right before our eyes. So what’s there to be optimistic about?

First, a ray of hope and inspiration: Ford motor company hasn’t taken any government money (yet) and lo and behold has just announced a hybrid vehicle that automotive reviewers hail as “best in the world.” YEH! Ford has announced reopening of an engine manufacturing plant. YEH! American capitalism does work.

Herald National Bank started up in November, raising $62 Million in capital. YEH! Inspirational? YES INDEED.

Message to the Obama crowd: GET THE HELL OUT OF THE WAY AND LET AMERICANS SOLVE THEIR OWN PROBLEMS. Your brand of jive and low-class, irresponsible economics belongs back in the “hood” where it originated and where it continues to stagnate.

Recession or Money Riot Panic?

January 20th, 2009

First, refer to the U.S. Government’s GDP figures for 2007 and the first three quarters of 2008. Does this look like recession to you?

Two graphs published by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis provide further reenforcement to the contention that the current Money Riot has been caused by Henry Paulson waving the bloody shirt of “depression” before congress last September, a gullible public and a press eager to discredit President Bush. See my earlier article: Bent Reality Produces Fake Crisis”

Does this look to you like the start of a “Great Depression II”?

These graphs illustrate that the alarm and panic are of recent origin. Why was the recession backdated to Nov. 2007? Was it even a recession before the Paulson/Bernanke congressional performance?

See also the net employment statistics illustrated below — showing a drop in employment, mostly by large organizations in clear anticipation of crisis. The number drops abruptly in October and November. Paulson’s alarm was sounded in late September. So did his shrill alarm cause this obvious panic? The chart below illustrates the scared reaction of (mostly large, bureaucratic) companies anticipating a terrible recession or even depression.

Congress needs to get a grip and stop the riot now, before we spend ourselves into hyper-inflation and destroy the entire economy through hyper-regulation by hyper-ventilating politicians and depression zombies.

What If Obama is an Illegal Alien?

October 24th, 2008

The law suit by Pennsylvania attorney Philip J. Berg alleges that Barak Obama does not qualify to run for President of the U.S. because he is not a “natural born citizen” as required by Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. It is alleged that he was actually born in Kenya, and that his birth was recorded several days later in Hawaii. Berg demands a “vault copy” of the original birth certificate as proof of “natural born citizen” status.

So far, Obama and the Democratic National Committee have refused to produce this evidence. (In Hawaii this is not public record, as it is in many other states.) In fact, they have filed legal papers to block Berg’s suit. Why have they done this?

The DNC did produce what they claim to be a birth certificate, but there is enough legitimate doubt about its validity that the request for a “vault copy” certified by the proper officials in Hawaii would seem reasonable enough.

It is really troubling to think about the ramifications of Berg’s claims being true. We would have a political party and a presidential candidate covering up a fraud involving constitutional provisions of the highest order and the fraudulent raising of over $600 million under false pretences. We might also have a president not constitutionally qualified to hold the office and a congress unwilling to impeach. Now that would be grounds for who knows what kind of upheaval. It should not be allowed to happen.

Obama and the DNC owe it to the American people to produce a valid birth certificate in response to Berg’s suit, and do it right now.

WHAT Deregulation, Barak? Put up or Shut Up!

October 8th, 2008

OK, Obamanuts and liberal talking heads, I’m challenging you to put up or shut up. You blame everything you don’t like on “deregulation” as illustrated in this quote from the Nation (Dec. 26, 2000):


Capitalism is falling apart. Tires explode, utility rates skyrocket, pharmaceuticals kill patients, telephone service is a mess, airports are gridlocked, broadcasters rip off scarce airwave spectrum for free and salmon in the Northwest are becoming transgendered and unable to breed. Even successful dot-commers are an endangered species.

Yes, Virginia, we do need government regulation.

What? Well, let’s concentrate on the fianancial “deregulation” that you, Senator Obama, say caused the current financial crisis/panic. You name the regulation and then state how, had this regulation still been in effect it would have prevented the mess. You can’t do that because there has been no deregulation. You are playing on the ignorance of voters with your lies.

The real “deregulation” consisted of the exemption of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from accounting rules that applied to all private financial institutions. It consists of allowing government sponsored agencies to lobby and pay off members of congress, notably Barnie Frank, Chris Dod, Hillary Clinton and of course, Barak Obama. It consisted of allowing Franklin Raines to rake off $90 million in salary and bonus money over five years at the head of Fannie Mae. The real “deregulation” consisted of the CRA and congressional pressure to give out home loans to bums and vagrants, providing they were of the right color. Yes, that’s the “deregulation” you should be talking about.

Put up or shut up!

Climate Science Corrupted by Environmentalist Zealots

September 25th, 2008

A new article by Dr. Richard S. Lindzen, Professor (Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate
Massachusetts Institute of Technology) discusses the perversion of the scientific establishment caused by the insinuation of leftist environmental politics into its very structure.

Climate Science: Is it currently designed to answer questions?

This reinforces the point that the climate debate isn’t about science. It is about politics. Dr. Lindzen describes in detail how the climate science establishment has been corrupted by the influence of non-scientist environmental zealots whom he names and documents. Read the paper.

Twisted Reality – War News

July 14th, 2008

War news is always grim. But today’s headlines blaring the “news” that 9 American troops have been killed in a ” well planned, massive Taliban assault,” amount to nothing less than twisted news. Yes, presumably the Taliban forces did attack, but the outnumbered American and Afghan forces drove them back and inflicted “tens” of deaths among the attackers. And the winners were…?? To read the article one would think the Taliban had won a major victory. Reuters, you’re a sick, lieing propaganda outfit, obviously aiming to denigrate U.S. military efforts in Afghanistan and elsewhere. And to make it worse, the Yahoo news page featured a file photo from the Communist Vietnamese newspaper “The Nien Daily.” The U.S. news outfits that picked up the story didn’t do anything to improve it or its headline. Our troops deserve better coverage. A little honesty would go a long way.

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