Archive for January, 2011

Obama Health-Care Reform Act Ruled Unconstitutional by Florida U.S. Judge

January 31, 2011

By Andrew M Harris – Jan 31, 2011

President Barack Obama’s health care reform legislation, assailed as an abuse of federal power in a 26-state lawsuit, was ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. judge.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson in Pensacola, Florida, declared the law unconstitutional in a ruling today. Then- Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum filed suit on behalf of 13 states on March 23, the same day Obama signed into law the legislation intended to provide the U.S. with almost universal health-care coverage. Seven states joined the litigation last year, and six signed on this year. Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli sued separately on March 23 and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed his own suit on Jan. 21.

Vinson’s ruling may be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta. A federal appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, is already slated in May to hear challenges to two conflicting federal court rulings in that state, one of which upheld the legislation while the other invalidated part of it. The U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately be asked to consider the issue.

The 955-page law bars insurers from denying coverage to people who are sick and from imposing lifetime limits on costs. It also includes pilot projects to test ideas like incentives for better results and bundled payments to medical teams for patient care.

In an Oct. 14 decision letting the case to proceed, Vinson narrowed the issues to whether the act exceeded the constitutional powers of Congress by requiring all Americans over the age of 18 to obtain coverage and expanding eligibility for Medicaid, the federal-state program offering care for the indigent.

The case is State of Florida v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 10-cv-00091, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (Pensacola).

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The Laffer Curve – 3

January 31, 2011

The Laffer Curve – Part 2

January 30, 2011

The Laffer Curve – Part 1

January 29, 2011

Tea party response to state of the union

January 26, 2011

GOP response to State of the Union 2011

January 26, 2011

Republican Response To State Of The Union Address

January 26, 2011

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

Remarks of Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI) as prepared for delivery in the House Budget Committee Hearing Room, Washington, DC, January 25, 2011

Good evening.  I’m Congressman Paul Ryan from Janesville, Wisconsin – and Chairman here at the House Budget Committee.

President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces.   One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.  We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber.

Earlier this month, President Obama spoke movingly at a memorial event for the six people who died on that violent morning in Tucson.  Still, there are no words that can lift the sorrow that now engulfs the families and friends of the fallen.

What we can do is assure them that the nation is praying for them; that, in the words of the Psalmist, the Lord heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds; and that over time grace will replace grief.

*****

As Gabby continues to make encouraging progress, we must keep her and the others in our thoughts as we attend to the work now before us.

Tonight, the President focused a lot of attention on our economy in general – and on our deficit and debt in particular.

He was right to do so, and some of his words were reassuring.  As Chairman of the House Budget Committee, I assure you that we want to work with the President to restrain federal spending.

In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress’s own budget.  And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs.

The reason is simple.

A few years ago, reducing spending was important.  Today, it’s imperative.  Here’s why.

We face a crushing burden of debt.  The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead.

On this current path, when my three children – who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old – are raising their own children, the Federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay.

No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation.  The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country.

Frankly, it’s one of my greatest concerns as a parent – and I know many of you feel the same way.

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Our debt is the product of acts by many presidents and many Congresses over many years.  No one person or party is responsible for it.

There is no doubt the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation.

Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt.

The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies – an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus.

All of this new government spending was sold as “investment.”  Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt.

Then the President and his party made matters even worse, by creating a new open-ended health care entitlement.

What we already know about the President’s health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have.  Job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandates and fees.

Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates.  Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers.  The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree – and we think his health care law would be a great place to start.

Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage.

Health care spending is driving the explosive growth of our debt.  And the President’s law is accelerating our country toward bankruptcy.

Our debt is out of control.  What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis.

We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly.

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And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do.

Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified – especially when it comes to spending.  So hold all of us accountable.

In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget.  Last year – in an unprecedented failure– Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget.  The spending spree continued unchecked.

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We owe you a better choice and a different vision.

Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you – to show you how we intend to do things differently … how we will cut spending to get the debt down… help create jobs and prosperity … and reform government programs. If we act soon, and if we act responsibly, people in and near retirement will be protected.

These budget debates are not just about the programs of government; they’re also about the purpose of government.

So I’d like to share with you the principles that guide us.  They are anchored in the wisdom of the founders; in the spirit of the Declaration of Independence; and in the words of the American Constitution.

They have to do with the importance of limited government; and with the blessing of self-government.

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We believe government’s role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense …  to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves.

We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility.

We believe, as our founders did, that “the pursuit of happiness” depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.

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Limited government also means effective government.  When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn’t do any of them very well.  It’s no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high.

The President and the Democratic Leadership have shown, by their actions, that they believe government needs to increase its size and its reach, its price tag and its power.

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Whether sold as “stimulus” or repackaged as “investment,” their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much.

And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten – along with record deficits and debt – to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit.

We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end.  We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first.

*****

Our nation is approaching a tipping point.

We are at a moment, where if government’s growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America’s best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won’t work now.

We need to chart a new course.

*****

Speaking candidly, as one citizen to another:  We still have time… but not much time.  If we continue down our current path, we know what our future will be.

Just take a look at what’s happening to Greece, Ireland, the United Kingdom and other nations in Europe. They didn’t act soon enough; and now their governments have been forced to impose painful austerity measures: large benefit cuts to seniors and huge tax increases on everybody.

Their day of reckoning has arrived. Ours is around the corner.  That is why we must act now.

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Some people will back away from this challenge.  But I see this challenge as an opportunity to rebuild what Lincoln called the “central ideas” of the Republic.

We believe a renewed commitment to limited government will unshackle our economy and create millions of new jobs and opportunities for all people, of every background, to succeed and prosper.  Under this approach, the spirit of initiative – not political clout – determines who succeeds.

Millions of families have fallen on hard times not because of our ideals of free enterprise – but because our leaders failed to live up to those ideals; because of poor decisions made in Washington and Wall Street that caused a financial crisis, squandered our savings, broke our trust, and crippled our economy.

Today, a similar kind of irresponsibility threatens not only our livelihoods but our way of life.

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We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity.  And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.  That’s the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington.

Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth.

*****

These are not easy times, but America is an exceptional nation.  In all the chapters of human history, there has never been anything quite like America.  The American story has been cherished, advanced, and defended over the centuries.

And it now falls to this generation to pass on to our children a nation that is stronger, more vibrant, more decent, and better than the one we inherited.

Thank you and good night.

Las peripecias del independentismo

January 21, 2011

Las peripecias del independentismo

Por Ismael Castro Negrón

Berrios, él  solito, si Rubén Berrios Martínez,  es el que  representa  a todos los partidos Políticos, a los 18 grupos Independentistas y claro esta a todo el pueblo de Puerto Rico. Sus expresiones de que  hay que causarle una crisis a Estados Unidos, es su solución y según designios le asegura una intervención (¿?) Internacional y la Independencia.

Lo de la crisis es para resolver sin intervención del pueblo, el asunto de imponerle al Congreso de Estados Unidos, por encima de su soberanía  con jurisdicción,  la obligación de unos mecanismos procesales, para resolver, si somos  ó no somos y si  queremos seguir siendo parte de la Nación. Su leguaje y propuesta son únicos.

Desde el saque su  cantaleta contradictoria indica,  “ya conoce, por experiencia, lo que sucederá si el Gobierno de Luis Fortuño convoca a un plebiscito “criollo” con alternativas de status, como ha recomendado el comisionado residente Pedro Pierluisi. “No va a tener consecuencia alguna.”

Más como siempre condiciona y carga su discurso y le dirige como orden a la  Legislatura de Puerto Rico, (Entiéndase al PNP Y PPD) que  convoque este año (2011)-a una consulta que permita reclamarle a Estados Unidos, un cambio, hacia un status “no colonial, no territorial y plenamente democrático,” y a su vez seleccionar un mecanismo procesal entre una Asamblea Constitucional de Status y un plebiscito.

Si eso se hace y como  quiera los Estados Unidos, no reacciona, miren la salida feroz , llena de Plena,  porque nada resuelven las consultas al pueblo es lo que afirma Ruben. Con el cuento de que su propuesta es de entendimiento Democrático, vamos al mambo de la desobediencia civil, (usted + = (Yo)= ¿?) a su crisis. “Si después de que concluyera ese proceso puertorriqueño, Washington volviera a evitar enfrentarse al debate sobre status, la alternativa, como en el caso de Vieques, será lanzarse a la calle y acentuar la presión internacional, indicó.”

Esto es lo mismo que tanto ha cacareado desde el PIP desaparecido para todo efecto práctico. Pero que más consulta que las mismas elecciones donde el pueblo determino lo que es un resultado contundente. Rubén no puede cambiar esa situación. De hecho desaparecieron como partido en esa plena Democracia de participación que ahora reclama. ¿Hay que crear  qué  crisis y a quien?

Cuando de hablar mal de Puerto Rico se trata, citar información  de la prensa Americana,  es  lo mejor que se le ocurre. “Puerto Rico, según,” The Economist,” dice…“es la economía de mayor decrecimiento en el mundo y ha visto la emigración de cerca de medio millón de puertorriqueños en la última década.” ¿Con que Independencia cambia y mejora eso?

Se le olvida que hay 4 millones de inmigrantes legales y americanos. “Esos dos últimos eventos demuestran la profunda bancarrota de la relación con Estados Unidos.” Señalo, en una entrevista telefónica desde San Juan. (Citamos del Periódico)

Un  libro de Historia de Puerto Rico, el que sea, recoge exactamente lo mismo de los  Independentistas, están en esa cantaleta y se dispararon la maroma de una insurrección armada, violenta y  Nacionalista en los años 50. El 1% de la población no es la mayoría y hablar como si lo fuera, pero no lo no lo constituye. Esa es la tranca que además cierra la puerta, de la constituyente, como todos las demás manipulaciones y engaños procesales que se puedan inventar.

Lo tonto es que los que están en mayoría y en el poder, se dejan mangonear con palabrejas.  Mantiene la actitud equivocada como exponentes de la mayoría de ciudadanos Americanos, Sencillamente  en este territorio el no posee ni cuerdas vocales y en aparente carencia o sordera, cuando se ataca la  nacionalidad Americana grita revolución. Precisamente por miedo intimidante de insurrección y violencia los demás se callan.

Debemos seguir con esa retorica de escopeta y que se repita esa insurrección del siglo 21. Si el pueblo desolló al  1%  de la poblacion  y aun  menos, de este chorro de parejeros socialistas con títulos y además  desean los subsidió de los Estados Unidos y ayuda exterior para su fanatismo de  República socialista, lo próximo será el uso del  capital del estado para sus oficiales de partido.

Retorica sin  explicaciones pragmáticas y reales proyectando  una economía decreciente, y  18 grupúsculos independentistas  fragmentados, que quieren diferentes métodos de enfocar eso que patrocina el  izquierdismo separatista. Es risible lo de una Constitúyete y ¿Con el visto bueno del Congreso?

Pero lo más ridículo  es que ahora habla y define como piensa cada la gente del  PNP , “En el PNP parece haber distintas corrientes sobre cómo enfrentarse al debate de cómo encaminar una consulta en San Juan. Thomas Rivera Schatz, han sugerido una consulta de tres alternativas sin el ELA. Carlos Romero Barceló sugiere una especie de referéndum estadidad sí o no, José Aponte pide reclamarle a Estados Unidos un cambio de status y legisladores del PNP, Pedro Rosselló quisiera aplazarlo hasta 2013 y Pierluisi prefiere un plebiscito entre el Estado Libre Asociado actual, la estadidad, la independencia y la libre asociación.

Seguimos viendo las peripecias del Independentismo Moderno.

In the name of LOVE!

January 17, 2011

The Dream is not over, Statehood for Puerto Rico

 

America’s enduring strength

January 13, 2011