Poll: Health-care reform more popular after passage than before

Fickle America. Yo Republicans, start talking about what is in the bill. Not that most don’t want it. Details, details. Not that you are just going to change  healthcare reform. You are going to lose the PR war,once again, shoot yourselves in the foot. Potus  is giving out the Drugs– Free, free, free, …..Counter attack!

Washington Post:

One of the predictions that I and many others had about the health-care reform bill was that it would become more popular after passage than it was before passage. Voters like success, the media covers winners more positively than losers, and people take their cues from outcomes. The first poll taken entirely after the House vote bears that out: 50% were enthusiastic or pleased while 42% were angry or disappointed. Similarly, 49% thought this a good thing for the country while 40% thought it bad.

The poll is a Gallup poll, and as they say, that’s a sharp improvement over the pre-passage numbers. On 3/9, they asked whether you’d advise your representative to vote for the bill. About 45% said yes, while 48% said no. So there’s been a flip from plurality opposition to plurality support. This is, of course, just one poll, amd soon we’ll know if it’s a general trend.http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/03/poll_health-care_reform_more_p.html

Whoa, looks like Nelson,et al,will bail on reconciliation

Ah so, I think I got it. There will be no Reconciliation– thus the House bill as signed today will remain the law of the land without changes. Got it. The Republicans are getting jammed up. Other possibility-Ping Pong Public Option back to the House. Could that be done? Oh what a tangled web you weave. Sure you will come up with some contrivance.

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) said Monday he would vote against a reconciliation package that included changes to healthcare reform and student lending legislation.

Nelson said he opposed the package because the student lending bill would make the federal government the originator of student loans, replacing private lending institutions. Nelson said that would cost 30,000 jobs.

Nelnet, a major student lending company, is based in Nebraska.

Nelson said he also opposed the reconciliation package because of higher payroll taxes it would place on unearned income.

The revenue would go into general health funds and Nelson said he would prefer to reserve that source to shore up potential Medicare shortfalls in the future.

And so it came to be that the 60th vote for Harry Reid’s O-Care bill, which set us on the long and winding road to a public option and eventually single-payer health care, decided that replacing private entities with federal administrators isn’t such a hot idea. Good work, Ben. Let’s hope the pizzerias in Omaha now appreciate your genius. You’ll be pleased to know that Blanche Lincoln — also the 60th vote, natch — has similarly decided to take a very bold stand for freedom by voting no on a bill that makes the horrendous boondoggle she voted for in December marginally worse.

Bear in mind that if reconciliation in the Senate breaks down, the Cornhusker Kickback will end up as the law of the land. Exit question: Think I’m kidding about us being on a road to the public option? Think again.


House Judiciary Chairman Says Constitution’s Non-Existent ‘Good and Welfare Clause’ Authorizes Congress to Force Americans to Buy Health Insurance

That ole Constitution has sooo many pages to read, must be buried there some where! No??

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) said the “good and welfare clause” gives Congress the authority to require individuals to buy health insurance as mandated in the health care bill. However, there is no “good and welfare clause” in the U.S. Constitution.

Conyers said: “Under several clauses, the good and welfare clause and a couple others. All the scholars, the constitutional scholars that I know — I’m chairman of the Judiciary committee, as you know — they all say that there’s nothing unconstitutional in this bill and if there were, I would have tried to correct it if I thought there were.”

The word “good” only appears once in the Constitution, in Article 3, Section 1, which deals with the Judicial Branch, not the powers of Congress. Article 3, Section 1 says in part: “The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.”



Phil Spector Beaten In Jail?

Specter Mug Shot

Somehow I missed this… so Phil is finallyenjoying life at Corcoran? It’s is nice to see for once that LA can dispense justice. Took years, but the jury did come through. Lest you feel sorry for him, he had a thing for Russian Roulette.

Phil Spector allegedly lost some of his teeth after being involved in a brawl in jail.

The legendary music producer – who was jailed last June for 19 years for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson – has reportedly been in a number of fights since he got to jail, and had some of his teeth knocked out in one brawl.

Spector’s friend Steven Escobar, said: “Phil has quite a mouth on him. Not everyone understands his humor. He said the wrong thing to the wrong inmate in the yard.

“He mouthed off to a big guy, who punched him. At first, Phil said he fell down a flight of stairs. Later, he told family and friends what really happened.”

Escobar said the star had suffered a bruised nose, a black eye and two missing teeth in the violent beating.

Spector’s trial, in which  jurors deliberated for 30 hours, then announced a guilty verdict on the second-degree murder charge. Fidler had ruled jurors also could consider the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Spector’s first murder trial in 2007 ended in a mistrial as jurors said they couldn’t reach a verdict after 15 days of deliberations. Jurors then were deadlocked 10-2 in favor of conviction.

Fidler declined to allow Spector to remain free on bail pending sentencing, citing Spector’s years-long “pattern of violence” involving firearms.

“This was not an isolated incident,” Fidler said, noting Spector’s two firearms-related convictions from the 1970s. “The taking of an innocent human life, it doesn’t get any more serious than that.”

In closing arguments at the retrial, prosecutor Truc Do called Spector “a very dangerous man” who “has a history of playing Russian roulette with women — six women. Lana just happened to be the sixth.” http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/05/29/spector.sentencing/index.html

Freedom Defense Initiative Goes Hollywood with Geert Wilders

While our judicial system would release the terrorists, and POTUS remains indifferent to our homeland threats, Al-qaeda continues their steady march to destroy all that we know.

Geert Wilders lives with a constant death threat over his head. Al-Qaeda has vowed to kill him. As a Dutch parliamentarian and outspoken critic of radical Islam, Mr. Wilders must travel with four bodyguards and sleep in a safe house, each and every night.

His short documentary film, Fitna (included in this DVD) set off a firestorm in the Middle East and Western Europe immediately upon its release. The controversial film showed how Islamic terrorists are following the literal dictations of the Quran.  That message can be seen here in this DVD, with striking clarity in film, photographs and a special message from Geert Wilders himself, who came to America with an urgent and terrifying warning: Islam is on the verge of conquering the West. http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/islam-rising-geert-wilders-new-documentary/

From over at Pam Geller: Clear your calenders for May 1, 2010: we are descending on LA and you are coming with us! But seating is limited – register now.

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“‘Nil desperandum’–never despair.”

A nice piece to perk us up from the Weekly Standard. While it is easy to despair, its not the battle but the war that determines the outcome. Worth going over for a read.

Last night’s victory was the culmination of Obama’s health care effort, which has been his version of  Napoleon’s Russia campaign. He won a short-term victory, but one that will turn out to mark an inflection point on the road to defeat, and the beginning of the end of the Democratic party’s dominance over American politics. Last night was Obama’s Borodino. Obama’s Waterloo will be November 6, 2012.

The editors of National Review sensibly counsel conservatives, in the wake of last night’s victory for Obamacare: “‘Nil desperandum’–never despair.” I agree, though I’m more inclined to the mock-Latin motto of the Harvard band: “Illegitimi non carborundum”–don’t let the bastards get you down.

Why not? Because we can repeal it.

As National Review’s editors explain (and see also the strong Wall Street Journal editorial this morning), this legislation “will increase taxes, increase premiums, and increase debt, while decreasing economic growth, job growth, and the quality of health care.” So it will–if it is allowed to go into effect.

Luckily, key parts of Obamacare–especially the subsidies–don’t go into effect until 2014. So what Republicans have to do is to make the 2010 and the 2012 elections referenda on Obamacare, win those elections, and then repeal Obamacare.    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/special-editorial-repeal It’s going to take real effort.

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