Right after the last presidential election - on November 9, 2008 in a message entitled "Obama Payback Will Cause Us Problems" I listed nine special interest groups BO would have to pay back because they helped him get elected. The only question I had then was how he would prioritize the groups on the list.
With the union favoring Craig Becker, union lawyer for the Service Employees International Union & labor federation AFL-CIO, being one of the 15 recess appointments made over the weekend BO's priorities are taking shape right before our eyes. Becker is now a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
With healthcare transformation taking longer than thought & planned comprehensive immigration reform & union card check issues move to the top of the list - both of which will help Socialist Democrats get reelected in November by expanding their voter base to more of the poorest, least educated, lowest skilled, & laziest people in the country. Overtures now to these two groups, even if no legislation is passed before November, provides the promise that it will be pursued in the next Congress. Since we are already outnumbered this strategy can only help seal the deal.
Taxes to pay for the healthcare transformation will also move forward as a member of our group so astutely asked me - "Are you ready for the value added tax (VAT) - it is coming." Just so everyone knows VATs are used in over 130 countries & virtually all of them employ VATs in addition to income taxes & payroll taxes. The American tax hit will be in the 50% range if a VAT is enacted as an add on - which it certainly will be. Please remember that the FairTax, like the VAT is a consumption tax, but the FairTax is a replacement not an add on - all the difference in the world but don't expect any one in the media or BO's administration to tell you that.
Cap & Trade which has already passed the House & had some rumblings last fall in the Senate Environmental & Public Works Committee will take a back seat until, & if, BO holds a majority in Congress in 2011.
To wrap up the recent exchange of messages re so-called moderate Republicans, like Chris Christie, really being not much different from Socialist Democrats I received this message from a subscriber to ReturnToExcellence.net - "I thought you would like to know that I called Christie's office yesterday and talked to one of his aides. She told me that he is discussing, with the State Attorney General, NJ's options for dealing with the Health Care Bill. She said that he does indeed have an opinion, however, just not an official one at this time." How underwhelming.
With regard to the possible Republican comeback & return to their roots one of the hardest working patriots I know re standing for something questions how far they will come back. After you read her message below please realize that she is not in her twenties but is just a few months short of being 65 - the age of Medicare eligibility, & has never taken a dime from Social Security.
I have agreed with you for a long time that it is not about Democrats or Republicans, but about stating your principles and then taking the actions that support those principles.
The Republicans have announced that they will campaign this fall on repealing the health care reform bill that was just signed into law.