About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Cap & Trade Vote Leads To The Stalling Of Universal Healthcare Reform

Well some good has come of the recent Cap & Trade vote that passed the House 219 to 212 in that people - including many from our group - have let their elected reps know of their displeasure with the vote. It appears that BO & the Democrat controlled Congress will not pursue Cap & Trade again until the fall - but rest assured it will return. A crucial few of the 219 House Members who made the difference in Cap & Trade passing may be feeling like they have been hung out to dry. In particular NJ Republican freshman Congressman Leonard Lance had demonstrations in front of his district offices & he received countless calls & letters letting him know that his constituents were not fooled by a mimeographed response that I got my hands on & forwarded to people in his district.

Because of the problems with the citizenry not accepting Cap & Trade after narrowly passing the House Universal Healthcare Reform has also started to stall as people learn more about it. BO's goal of passing the 1,018 page Universal Healthcare bill before the August recess is in jeopardy. But BO is still pushing knowing that if it fails now it will be all the harder to pass later. BO had a short news conference today during the lunch hour & will follow it up on Wednesday night with a prime time news conference which in turn will be followed by a road show - all geared to pass Universal Healthcare.

Although I detest the exercise myself it is good to keep the pressure on to let our elected reps know that Universal Healthcare is not the answer to the healthcare reform that is needed. The last time Americans let their feelings be known in mass outside of an election was in June 2007 when the Senate was about to give away our Social Security & Medicare benefits to illegal aliens in exchange for perceived future votes - it worked that time in our favor & this one is of equal importance to our futures. If defeating Universal Healthcare is important to you go to this link for the telephone #s of every member of the House & to this link for the #s of every Senator to let your elected reps know what you think of Universal Healthcare. Keep the links handy because you will need them again.

If our elected reps receive enough feedback like the excellent thoughtful letter below sent by a member of our group to his Congressman re Cap & Trade we have a chance that Universal Healthcare reform will also be postponed until such time that we can elect people of a caliber so that we do not have to go through such an annoying exertion to hold on to the things that are the foundation of our way of life.

Dear Mr. Lance,

I read your response to the objections raised regarding your vote on "Cap & Trade". I must say that I find your arguments breathtakingly uninformed. You state that you voted for the bill because it is good for New Jersey. You say that New Jersey is ahead on "green" legislation and it is time to level the playing field with other states. This implies that this state's laws have placed it at a competitive disadvantage relative to other states. Is it now time to handicap the entire country so that the nation will be at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world? Parasitizing other states by trading or selling allowances may result in short term gains for this state but will ultimately bring down the entire nation.

Furthermore, you claim that this bill will increase "green" jobs. Anyone who has seriously looked at this bill has concluded that it is a jobs killer and any gains in "green" jobs are offset by a greater loss in other areas. In addition, making energy from fossil fuels more expensive without viable alternatives is foolhardy. This will only result in driving up the cost of companies doing business and those costs will ultimately be passed on to consumers, some of which live in this state.

Finally, you claim that your voting record to date is fiscally conservative and to be admired. This administration with the willing help of the Democrat Congress is a juggernaut that is bound and determined to enact legislation that will destroy our once vibrant capitalist society. The bills you voted against were going to pass no matter what you did. This bill was the first opportunity to put the brakes on and possibly derail this onslaught. This time you had a chance to make a difference and do what is right for America but you and six other "Republicans" sided with the enemy. Also, I could not care less that Tom Kean called you. He is one of the weak, moderate Republicans that have participated in bringing this country to its knees.

The next chance you will get is "healthcare reform". This simply must not pass! Please do not participate in the destruction of our healthcare system and try to hide behind some quote from The Star-Ledger or calls from former politicians. Remember, what is bad for the nation is also bad for New Jersey.

P.S.: You did not read the entire bill.

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