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Palin scheduled for Leno return

Posted by loricalabrese on February 28, 2010

Jay Leno faces an uphill battle to reclaim his spot as host of “The Tonight Show.” Leno’s return Monday night has many people wondering if he can win back viewers, barely eight months after Conan O’Brien’s debut.

NBC is hoping to see higher ratings and has been busing preparing and lining up guests. Jamie Foxx will join Leno for his first show on March 1, alongside Olympic medallist Lindsey Vonn and musician Brad Paisley.

Sarah Palin and Olympic snowboarder Shaun White will be welcomed on March 2.

Palin’s last appearance on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien garnered a huge response as she graced the stage during an interpretative reading of “Going Rogue” by William Shatner.  Palin tackled her own reading of Shatner’s autobiography “Up Till Now.”

NBC said Monday that other guests set for Leno’s first week back include Olympic champion Apolo Anton Ohno, Simon Cowell, Kristen Stewart, Avril Lavigne, Morgan Freeman and Matthew McConaughey.

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Ann Coulter says Palin’s created more jobs than Obama

Posted by loricalabrese on February 28, 2010

Ann Coulter, an American conservative social and political commentator, author, and syndicated columnist, is known for stirring the pot and at CPAC, Coulter did not disappoint as one of the conference’s most anticipated speakers.

Coulter’s speech resembled more of a comic routine and roused the audience as she took shots at everyone from the Obamas to the late Ted Kennedy.

Coulter said that since President Obama was elected, “For the first time in my life, I’m sometimes not proud of my country,” rousing cheers from the crowd. She was alluding to a moment from the 2008 campaign trail when Michelle Obama said, “For the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”

Another Coulter one-liner that received cheers from the packed crowd was when she joked that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has created more jobs than Mr. Obama. “She’s created at least 11 jobs fact-checking at the AP just for the Palin autobiography,” she said.

While praising Republicans for their recent wins in states including Massachusetts, she took a shot at the late Democratic Senator, Ted Kennedy.

“Well, what a difference a year makes! This time last year according to the media the Republicans were finished, dead, moribund – it was the beginning of the Democrats’ thousand-year Reich….The fact that a Republican is now in former Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat must have him rolling in his grave – probably spilling his drink.”

Even Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t escape. Coulter mocked his statement that the end of the Iraq war would be one of the Obama adminitration’s “greatest achievements.”

“Why couldn’t Obama have picked someone respectable as his running mate, you know, like John Kerry did?” Coulter asked.

More winning one-liners by Coulter:

“I might be in favor of national healthcare if it would require all Democrats to get their heads examined.”

“Bill Clinton was recently rushed to the hospital with chest pains.When the doctors asked what his symptoms were, he said he felt like 2 interns were sitting on his chest. He’s fine now, he just had to have a stent surgically inserted into his boxers once they got the interns out. While he was in the hospital he had some minor surgery, while he was there he had Sidney Blumenthal’s lips surgically removed from his buttocks.”

“CNN called the opponents of big government tea-baggers, which is the gayest term I’ve ever heard on CNN other than Anderson Cooper.”

“You’ve been a great crowd, especially since you’re all paid shills for the insurance companies. Anyway, thanks for being here, Keith Olbermann is a girl, God Bless America, and remember – Keith Olbermann is a girl.”

Read more articles by the National Sarah Palin Examiner at Examiner.com

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Palin says Obama’s new health care bill is like putting perfume on a pig

Posted by loricalabrese on February 28, 2010

President Obama hosts his televised health care summit with Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Thursday.

After months of criticism that he wasn’t personally involved in shaping the health-reform conversation, President Obama finally released his own plan for legislation on Monday. However, many are not impressed with the much heralded, “President’s proposal,” including the former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin.

“The President has wrestled control of the health care debate away from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid by finally introducing his own plan. Unfortunately, the White House’s proposal includes everything we found untenable about the old Senate bill – only this one is even more expensive! This is what you might call putting “perfume on a pig.””

Palin took on the new proposal in a Facebook note on Wednesday titled, “More of the Same, Only More Expensive.”

“The President’s proposal doesn’t include pro-free market ideas like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, giving individual buyers the same tax benefits as those who get insurance through their employers, or instituting real medical liability reform,” Palin said. “Despite the “kumbaya” rhetoric, Democrats are making plans to ram this bill through the Senate using a partisan procedural maneuver that will bypass the normal bipartisan debate process.”

It’s still not entirely clear that Congressional Democrats can pass health reform on their own and many see the health care summit as a political event.

Palin said, “With a government-growing proposal this bad, it’s no wonder the President wants bipartisan cover for it in an election year. Thursday’s health care summit is already being revealed as little more than a photo-op. The Obama administration still denies the existence of the House Republicans’ health care plan that offers alternative solutions to health care challenges – even though the White House website links right to it.”

A new poll says three of four Americans doubt the meeting will lead to a health care agreement, reports Susan Page of USA TODAY.

“The public is clearly opposed to the Democrats’ health care bills,” Palin added. “Americans want to scrap these big-government plans and start over with common-sense, incremental reform. Some on the left have urged Democrats to vote for Obamacare because it’s a foot in the door for universal health care. They understand what’s at stake; so should the rest of us.”

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Sarah Palin Fact Checks Obama’s Kabuki Theater

Posted by Gary P Jackson on February 26, 2010

Let’s face it guys, yesterday’s ObamaCare summit was nothing more than the theater of the absurd. It was designed by Obama and his minions to embarrass the Republicans, an effort that failed miserably. In fact what it did do is prove the Emperor has no clothes.

In the end, Obama basically threatened to do what the democrats have been threatening to do for some time: use “reconciliation” to circumvent the Senate rules and shove this unconstitutional mess down America’s throat with 51 votes, rather than the 60 it would normally take them to get this kind of heavily opposed legislation done. Obama is basically telling America: “You don’t like this? Tough, I won you lost, deal with it.”

What made this Kabuki Theater so absurd was the fact Harry Reid started off making it all look so innocent by saying “Reconciliation? What reconciliation? No one’s talking about reconciliation!” Democrats are really interesting little whizbang creatures aren’t they? They actually think they can lie to people’s face and get away with it. This may work on their base of voters, but that’s a really small base. For the rest of us, that dog don’t hunt.

John McCain weighed in this morning with George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America. McCain said if the democrats used reconciliation, the results would be “cataclysmic” and stressed the fact that the democrats were using Bernie Madoff type accounting.

You can see the interview here.

For her part, Sarah weighed in with a heavy critique of her own, offering up a little fact checking reality:

Fact-checking Obamacare Summit

Today at 12:01pm

We should be thankful for yesterday’s 7-hour health care summit – it was helpful in that it allowed Americans to hear the fundamental differences in approaches to meeting health care challenges. On one side, commonsense conservatives laid out fiscally-sound, free market-based, patient-centered solutions; and on the left’s side we heard about the Democrat’s belief that growing government is the only way to meet challenges.

As the saying goes, “Everyone is entitled to his opinion, but not his own facts.” When these “facts” concern one-sixth of our economy and something as important to our personal wellbeing as health care, we’d better make sure they are the real deal.

Please take a look at the compilation below from GOP.com correcting the top five falsehoods from yesterday’s summit. I appreciate their research and revelations compiled here.

- Sarah Palin

TOP FIVE FALSEHOODS

If Democrats Would Start Listening To The American People, They’d Stop Telling Falsehoods

NO ONE’S TALKING ABOUT RECONCILIATION?

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Claims “No One Has Talked About Reconciliation.”No one has said — I read what the President has online — no one has talked about reconciliation but that’s what you folks have talked about ever since that came out, as if it’s something that has never been done before.” (“Transcript: White House Health Summit, Morning Session,” Kaiser Health News, 2/25/10)

But Reid Himself Is Talking About Reconciliation. “Harry Reid’s got a gift for hyperbole – and it keeps on giving. The Senate majority leader’s latest gem came in response to hints that Democrats might try to use the fast-track budget ‘reconciliation’ to bypass a Republican filibuster of President Obama’s health care plan. After advising Republicans on Tuesday to ‘stop crying over reconciliation as if it’s never been done before,’ he ticked off a list of legislative feats he contends were accomplished through the filibuster-busting process: ‘Contract [with] America was done with reconciliation. Tax cuts, done with reconciliation. Medicare, done with reconciliation.’” (Jonathan Allen, “Hyperbolic Harry,” Politico’s “Live Pulse” Blog, 2/24/10)

“For Some Bizarre Reason, During His Initial Presentation, Sen. Reid Said That ‘No One Has Talked About Reconciliation,’ … But That’s Obviously Not True. Everybody’s Talking About It. And A Lot Of Dems Would Be Pretty Upset If They Weren’t Talking About It.” (Josh Marshall, Talking Points Memo’s “Editors Blog” Blog, 2/25/10)


* “A Number Of Democratic Senators Have Signed A Letter Urging Reid To Use Reconciliation To Pass The Public Option.” (Eric Zimmermann, “Reid: ‘No One Has Talked About Reconciliation,’” The Hill’s “Briefing Room” Blog, 2/25/10)

Obama Health Reform Advisor Says The Door Is Open For Reconciliation. “Linda Douglass, the communications director of the White House Office of Health Reform, left reconciliation on the table as an option for passing a health care bill if Democrats and Republicans don’t reach consensus during Thursday’s summit. … ‘Certainly if that were not to be the case, he would be asking for a simple up or down majority vote and would certainly hope that the Republicans would not try to block that simple up or down majority vote.’” (Carol Lee & Patrick O’Connor, “Douglass Open To Reconciliation,” Politico’s “44” Blog, 2/25/10)

THE AMERICAN PEOPLE AREN’T INTERESTED IN RECONCILIATION?

Obama Claims Americans Don’t Care About Reconciliation.You know, this issue of reconciliation has been brought up. Again I think the American people aren’t always all that interested in procedures inside the Senate. I do think they want a vote on how we’re going to move this forward.” (President Obama, Health Care Summit, Washington, DC, 2/25/10)

But 52% Of Americans Don’t Want The Democrats To Use Reconciliation To Pass Their Government-Run Health Care Experiment. “In the survey, Americans by 52%-39% oppose Senate Democrats using the procedure, which allows a bill to pass with a 51-vote majority rather than the 60 votes needed to end debate.” (Susan Page, “Poll: Expectations Low On Health Summit,” USA Today, 2/25/10)

DEM PROPOSALS WILL LOWER PREMIUMS?

President Obama Claimed CBO Determined His Plan Would Lower Premiums. PRESIDENT OBAMA: “It’s not factually accurate. Here’s what the Congressional Budget Office says. The costs for families for the same type of coverage that they’re currently receiving would go down 14 percent to 20 percent.” SEN. LAMAR ALEXANDER (R-TN): “The Congressional Budget Office report says that premiums will rise in the individual market as a result of the Senate bill.” PRESIDENT OBAMA: “No, no, no, no. Let me — and this is an example of where we’ve got to get our facts straight.” ALEXANDER: “That’s my point.” OBAMA: “Well, exactly, so let me — let me respond to what you just said, Lamar, because it’s not factually accurate. Here’s what the Congressional Budget Office says. The costs for families for the same type of coverage that they’re currently receiving would go down 14 percent to 20 percent.” (President Obama, Health Care Summit, Washington, DC, 2/25/10)

But Actually, CBO Determined The Bill Would Raise Premiums For Americans Purchasing Insurance Individually.CBO and JCT estimate that the average premium per person covered (including dependents) for new nongroup policies would be about 10 percent to 13 percent higher in 2016 than the average premium for nongroup coverage in that same year under current law.” (Douglas W. Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), 11/30/09)

INCREMENTAL PLANS ARE UNACCEPTABLE?

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): “[I]naction And Incrementalism Are Simply Unacceptable.” (Mike Allen, “Will Dr. Obama Go For Plan B-1, Or Plan B-2? — Dems’ Post-Summit Message: POTUS Was ‘Thoughtful, Comprehensive,’ Rs ‘Insulted The Summit’ — New NYT Expose May Finish Gov. Paterson,” Politico’s “Playbook,” 2/25/10)

But 56.4 Percent Of Americans Prefer An Incremental Approach.Moreover, 56.4 percent of people indicated they would prefer Congress to tackle healthcare reform on a step-by-step basis, not take the comprehensive approach as embodied in the legislation that passed the House and Senate last year but has stalled for the past month.” (Jeffrey Young, “Poll: Most Americans Think Congress Should Start Over On Healthcare,” The Hill’s “Briefing Room” Blog, 2/16/10)

PUBLIC FUNDS WOULDN’T GO TO ABORTION?

Pelosi Said Abortion Wouldn’t Be Funded Under The Plan. “The law of the land is there is no public funding of abortion and there is no public funding of abortion in these bills and I don’t want our listeners or viewers to get the wrong impression from what you said.” (Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Health Care Summit, Washington, DC, 2/25/10)

But The Bill Allows Federally Funded Abortions.Under the new abortion provisions, states can opt out of allowing plans to cover abortion in the insurance exchanges the bill would set up. The exchanges are designed to serve individuals who lack coverage through their jobs, with most receiving federal subsidies to buy insurance. Enrollees in plans that cover abortion procedures would pay with separate checks — one for abortion, one for any other health-care services.” (Paul Kane, “To Sway Nelson, A Hard-Won Compromise On Abortion Issue,” The Washington Post, 12/20/10)

Pro-Life Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) Calls Obama’s Abortion Language “Unacceptable.” Unfortunately, the president’s proposal encompasses the senate language allowing public funding of abortion. The senate language is a significant departure from current law and is unacceptable.” (Ben Smith,” Stupak: “Unacceptable,” Politico’s “Live Pulse” Blog, 2/23/10)

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) Says 15 To 20 House Dems Who Can’t Support Obama’s Proposal. Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan Democrat who led efforts to tighten abortion language in the House health care bill, said Wednesday morning there are 15 to 20 House Democrats who cannot support President Barack Obama’s effort to bridge the gap between the House and Senate health plans. … He said well over a dozen House members will likely balk, not just on abortion but on the residual tax on so-called Cadillac health plans, which he said the House had already rejected.” (“Stupak: 15-20 Dems Can’t Back Obama Health Plan,” The Wall Street Journal’s “Washington Wire” Blog, 2/24/10)

Sarah was also on the Sean Hannity show giving her thoughts about this fiasco. Video courtesy Palin TV:

For his part, Allahpundit over at Hot Air put together a compilation of highlights (lowlights?) from yesterday’s dog and pony show. Highlights: The best freak-show moments from the health-care freak show. Please click here to read.

We are winning this fight and winning it big time. Right now everyone’s job is to remain strong and continue to put pressure on the enemies of freedom and liberty. We can stop this unholy mess.

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Gov. Palin Reacts to Health Care Summit

Posted by Ron Devito on February 26, 2010

Part I

Part II

Both videos retrieved from PalinTV.

Synopsis

“Michele Bachmann summed it up very well earlier today. She suggested that ‘maybe the beer summit was more productive and fruitful than what we saw today coming out of the health care summit. Maybe these guys should have popped some tops of of some MGBs and really gotten down to business.’ “

Governor Palin described the summit as “a lot of political posturing” and how Obama “slid from professor at a lectern mode and slid right into the moderator at a meeting mode.”

Governor Palin said that the Republicans at the summit did well and will continue to do well if they remain firm on the core issues: small, limited government, free markets, energy independence, and national security. The Democrats, in contrast appeared to be petulant and lecturing and bent on pushing forward a government takeover of one sixth of our nation’s economy.

She noted that the Republicans have their own health care solutions, but the Democrats are not interested. Theses solutions, tort reform, and the ability to buy insurance across state lines could be implemented incrementally, rather than as part of a comprehensive package. She said proposals like price controls, as envisioned in the Obama bill would distort and manipulate our free market economy.

Governor Palin re-emphasized that the Republican Party should be reformed from within, that a third party is a bad idea, because we are a two-party system, and creating a third party structure and machine would require much more effort than reforming one of the two.

Ronald Wilson Reagan’s Successor: Sarah Louise Heath Palin

“Fundamentally opposed viewpoints on how to meet the challenges in America Today” – Sarah Palin

“No pale pastels, but bold differences” – Ronald Reagan, CPAC, 1974

“A simple answer to the challenge…the TEA Party faces…is to pick a party” – Sarah Palin

“There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers.” – Ronald Reagan

“Get the people in the party to understand what has built this great country and what will allow for a brighter future for this country…take over the Republican Party TEA Partiers!” – Sarah Palin

“A new Republican Party, a revitalized Republican Party based on conservative principles” – Ronald Reagan (as quoted by Sean Hannity).

“Get back to the foundation of America, build upon that and we will be a safer, healthier, more prosperous nation.” – Sarah Palin

SarahWaveReaganSalute

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Huffington Post Blows More Smoke (Update: Video – Bill O’Reilly Calls Huff Po Pinheads)

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 25, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

The Huffington Post is once again more than willing to make Governor Palin look bad–even if that means they have to spin things to get that job done.

On “Good Morning America” today, in an interview with Bill O’Reilly, George Stephanopoulos brought up Governor Jeb Bush’s comments about Governor Palin’s readiness for a 2012 presidential run. Bush, whose own name has been thrown around as a potential candidate, said a few days ago:

“My personal belief is that for Governor Palin to be a successful candidate for higher office, she needs to take this charisma she has and also add to it some depth of understanding of the complexity of life that we’re living in today. If she had the combination of that, she would be a formidable candidate.”

Complexity of life? What does that mean? Has she not been leading discussions on health care, the economy, national security, energy independence? What simplistic issues does he think the governor has been dealing with lately: cookie baking? basket weaving?

Jeb Bush went on to say he doesn’t know what Governor Palin’s deal is. Well, where has he been then? Her deal is the same deal millions of Americans share. Her deal is what the Tea Party movement has been meeting about, hard-working Americans are concerned about, and a plethora of organizations are scrapping to schedule her to come and talk about. What’s not to get? What part of common sense conservatism is causing Jeb Bush trouble? What’s his deal?

Now, the Huff Po is consistent, if nothing else. One can always count on them to advance their purposes by any means necessary, so today they half-reported O’Reilly’s response to Stephanopoulos’s question about Bush’s statement.

They wrote:

As for frequent “O’Reilly Factor” guest Sarah Palin, O’Reilly says she absolutely wants to run but has to weigh whether she wants to put her family through the process. And, he added, she needs to study up.

“Sarah Palin needs to go to college,” O’Reilly said. “Political college, world affairs college, and she is. She’s hired a bunch of advisers and they’re giving her a whole bunch of tracks to learn, because it is a sophisticated deal.”

O’Reilly, who has interviewed Governor Palin on a few occasions and has spoken well of her afterwards–he who doesn’t ask softball questions, as he’s wont to boast–should have done a better job dealing with Governor Bush’s baseless comment. For reasons I cannot fathom, he didn’t speak up about the substantive issues he and she have engaged in, didn’t call Bush out for his comment–void of anything resembling fact–and didn’t ask, “Pinhead?”

Nonetheless, there was more to the answer he gave than the Huff Po would have you know.

NewsBusters reported what the Huff Po conveniently left out.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Is she ready?

O’REILLY But, Bush is right, the Governor’s right in the sense that Sarah Palin needs to go to college, political college, world affairs college. And she is. She’s hired a bunch of advisers. And they’re giving her a whole bunch of tracts to learn. Because, it is a sophisticated deal. But, give me a break. Nancy Pelosi’s a genius? She’s the Speaker of the House. She’s afraid to come on my program, Stephanopoulos. If she were sitting where you are sitting, she’d be shaking. She can’t answer the questions.

STEPHANOPOULOS: I don’t know about that.

O’REILLY: She can’t answer the questions. All right? So, yeah, Sarah Palin needs a little bit more seasoning. But, don’t tell me Harry Reid and Boehner and Pelosi are geniuses. They’re not. The country’s in a mess. If they were geniuses, we’d be better off.

As I said, O’Reilly did not go into detail regarding the governor’s grasp of issues as he has done in the past, perhaps because he wanted to go in a different direction, to make a separate point, which he did. O’Reilly’s point was if one wants to talk about someone who’s lacking understanding, they need not look any further than the Speaker of the House. It is she, he asserts, who can’t answer the questions, so much so that she wouldn’t dare take the challenge of being interviewed on “The Factor.”

Governor Palin, on the contrary, has no problems sitting down with him and answering whatever question he throws her way because she does know the issues. And while there will be those in the “Vicious press,” as O’Reilly called them, who will read into his comment that the governor needs more “seasoning,” his point was this: they all need a little more, including Reid and Boehner. But Speaker Pelosi needs a lot more than seasoning, and Governor Palin could definitely take her to school.

Update: Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor this evening:


(Video H/T Sheya)

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Family Guy Actor: “That [Joke] Bothered Me Too”

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 25, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Whereas some people have come out to tell Governor Palin to lighten up about the “Family Guy” episode, insisting it was just a joke and she needs to get a sense of humor, one “Family Guy” actor has come out to express his objection to the joke. Good for him!

Lisa de Moraes of Washingtonpost.com reports:

Not everyone who works on Fox animated sitcom “Family Guy” is standing in solidarity with its Valentine’s Day episode’s Sarah Palin gag.

Cast member Patrick Warburton told TV critics Wednesday he objected to the joke.

“I know it’s satire but, personally, that [joke] bothered me too,” Warburton said on a conference call to promote his other primetime show, CBS’s sitcom “Rules of Engagement,” which returns for a fourth season on March 1. (On “Family Guy” Warburton does the voice of the wheelchair-bound police officer, Joe.)

“I know that you have to be an equal-opportunity offender, but there are some things that I just don’t think are funny.”

The former Alaskan governor/GOP vice presidential contender and her daughter Bristol lashed out at the show and at “Fox Hollywood” network over the episode, in which a teenaged girl character with Down syndrome say her mother was a former governor of Alaska. Sarah Palin’s youngest son has the same condition.

Series creator Seth MacFarlane shrugged it off with a statement about the show being an “equal-opportunity offender.”

[...]

Warburton appears to be the first person involved with the show in any way, shape, or form who has publicly broken ranks.

“Look, I have fun. I like Seth. He’s got a great comic mind and I think that the show can be fantastically funny. But I do believe that it can be hurtful at times,” Warburton said in response to a question about the episode posed by WaPo Team TV’s “Family Guy” bureau chief Emily Yahr.

Warburton is to be commended for speaking up on behalf of decency, something that so many others seem to lack whenever it comes to the Palins. It’s not easy to take the stand that he has taken when others have voiced an entirely different perspective. Not many others would do it. As for me, if I’m going to call out those who do wrong, I’d better be just as willing to thank those who do right–and I am. I extend a big “thank you” to Warburton for being man enough–and just plain human enough–to do the right thing.

Read the full article and all of Warburton’s comments here.

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Sarah Palin To Obama: Health Care Bill Is Same Old Song And Dance Only More Expensive

Posted by Gary P Jackson on February 24, 2010

The President and his lunatic Congress simply won’t listen to the American people. America has loudly rejected ObamaCare and any thought of it. The democrat/communist party just lost what has been one of the bluest of blue seats for half a century, based solely on the fact that Scott Brown, the new Senator from Massachusetts, promised to vote to kill ObamaCare!

The democrat/communist party is facing losses in the House and Senate like it has never seen in America’s history. The loses, to use the Obama regime’s favorite buzz word will be “unprecedented!”

And yet, knowing this is a suicide mission for anyone voting to advance this dangerous and unconstitutional legislation, Obama is asking his people to sacrifice their careers to get this monstrosity passed into law.

Never mind these people, including the President, work for us, and never mind 75-80 percent of “us,” (according to some polling) have told these people to cease and desist!

To continue to attempt to force this completely rejected crap sandwich down America’s throat is criminal, and in my opinion, those pushing it should be treated as criminals, enemies of the people.

With that said, America’s Governor has weighed in:

More of the Same, Only More Expensive

The President has wrestled control of the health care debate away from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid by finally introducing his own plan. Unfortunately, the White House’s proposal includes everything we found untenable about the old Senate bill – only this one is even more expensive! This is what you might call putting “perfume on a pig.”

What’s in this “new” proposal? It has the unpopular (and arguably unconstitutional) individual mandate that forces people and employers to purchase health insurance – only this time with much harsher fines on employers who choose not to go along with another expensive government mandate. It has provisions that will make employers think twice before expanding their workforce. It has cuts to Medicare Advantage, a popular program which allows seniors to pay a little more money out of pocket for better coverage. And, of course, it still has sweetheart deals – only this time they’ve been extended even more.

We don’t know what the final long-term cost of this will be because the Congressional Budget Office hasn’t had a chance to calculate costs. We do know that the White House recognizes that its proposal will cost tens of billions more over the next ten years than the already-expensive $2.5 trillion Senate bill. The President promised last July that he won’t sign a health care bill if it “adds even one dime to our deficit over the next decade.” But he’s now proposing a health care bill with uncertain fiscal repercussions that could lead to endless deficits.

The rising cost of care has driven the entire health care reform debate. So how does the President’s proposal address this central issue? Price controls. That’s right: Washington, D.C. wants to give a panel of bureaucrats the power to cap insurance premiums and prices. As Michael Cannon of the Cato Institute notes, “artificially limiting premium growth allows the government to curtail spending while leaving the dirty work of withholding medical care to private insurers.” This leads to rationing. Any economist worth his salt – including the White House’s own Larry Summers – will tell you that price controls lead to all sorts of negative unintended consequences. It’s another step towards government controlled health care and away from the real solution: free market, patient-centered reform.

With a government-growing proposal this bad, it’s no wonder the President wants bipartisan cover for it in an election year. Thursday’s health care summit is already being revealed as little more than a photo-op. The Obama administration still denies the existence of the House Republicans’ health care plan that offers alternative solutions to health care challenges – even though the White House website links right to it.

The President’s proposal doesn’t include pro-free market ideas like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines, giving individual buyers the same tax benefits as those who get insurance through their employers, or instituting real medical liability reform. Despite the “kumbaya” rhetoric, Democrats are making plans to ram this bill through the Senate using a partisan procedural maneuver that will bypass the normal bipartisan debate process.

In the meantime, the White House will continue to ignore Republican reform ideas and cast the GOP as the party of no. That’s a hard sell considering that Democrats still hold the majority in the House and Senate. The only real “gridlock” preventing Democrats from doing what they want is the very real threat of America’s voice being heard at the ballot box.

The public is clearly opposed to the Democrats’ health care bills. Americans want to scrap these big-government plans and start over with common-sense, incremental reform. Some on the left have urged Democrats to vote for Obamacare because it’s a foot in the door for universal health care. They understand what’s at stake; so should the rest of us.

The President can perfume this proposal however he wants, but it still doesn’t pass the smell test. Washington should listen to Americans now, or Washington will hear us in November.

- Sarah Palin

As always, Sarah has plenty of links to back her up, and I hope readers will take time to visit each and every one to learn more about the mess Obama is trying to get us into.

One of the things Sarah mentions, that is part of Obama’s failed strategery, is price controls. Governments have tried regulating prices since the time of ancient Rome. It has never, ever worked. It always leads to major shortages of the goods or services being controlled.

In the old Soviet Union, it lead to shortages of food, clothing, and other staples of life. This sort of thinking lead to the eventual collapse of the Soviet Empire. Price controls have destroyed the Cuban economy and are destroying the economy in Venezuela.

Richard Nixon imposed price controls in the 1970′s. It caused massive economic problems for the country that lasted for over a decade. Also lead to massive inflation in the end.

Now this fool in the White House and his power mad Congress want to destroy the best health care on the planet in some maniacal scheme they hope will allow them to control the entire economy, as well as lives of all good decent Americans.

You wanna see “death panels“? Wait ‘till you see the massive health care rationing that will take place if this craven plan is allowed to come to fruition. More devastating than all of the dead ObamaCare will leave in it’s wake from health care rationing, is all of those who had hopes that modern medicine would find cures for diseases they suffer from. Obama’s insane Marxist plan will remove any and all incentives to further medical research.

And since Obama will have destroyed the economy and run up our already unsustainable debt to the point of no return, there will be no government money, tax payer money, to fund medical research either. You see communism is all about the equal sharing of misery, not prosperity and happiness.

This is evil, pure evil. These people are completely out of control. Obama and his insane Congress must be stopped and stopped now. Once stopped they must be watched like a hawk watches chickens.

As long as one progressive democrat/communist is in power, at any level, in any capacity, America, and the American people are in danger.

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Injury to Davis and Damage to Snowmachines Caused Iron Dog Champs to Scratch

Posted by Dr. Fay on February 24, 2010

Todd Palin and Scott Davis Unloading Their Snowmachines

Davis/Palin warming up before 2010 Tesoro Iron Dog race

Davis/Palin waiting for start signal

And they were off!

On Monday, the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reported that the Davis/Palin team had withdrawn from the 2010 Tesoro Iron Dog race due to an injury sustained by Davis during an accident:

As of early Monday evening, five teams were forced to bow out of the 27th annual race that leads teams from Big Lake to Nome and on to Fairbanks. Among that group is the team of past Iron Dog champions, Scott Davis and Todd Palin, who officially scratched in Puntilla Lake.

Iron Dog officials confirmed Monday morning that Davis injured his back about 30 miles past Puntilla Lake late Sunday evening. The full extent of the injury had not been reported to Iron Dog headquarters, but Davis and Palin did have to make their way back to Puntilla Lake and had since returned to Big Lake.

The Peninsula Clarion added some initial details on Tuesday as they reported:

In the Pro Class, Soldotna’s Scott Davis and Wasilla’s Todd Palin scratched due to a variety of factors, according to Regina Daniels, the wife of Davis. Davis has seven Iron Dog titles. He is tied with John Faeo for the most wins in race history. Palin has four titles.

Daniels said both Palin and Davis crashed in separate accidents going into Skwentna, which is the first checkpoint in the race that goes from Wasilla to Nome to Fairbanks.

Daniels said the crashes caused damange to snowmachines and caused the pair to lose time. The pair rode ahead to Puntilla, but there decided to scratch.

The cause of the scratch was listed as injury, but Daniels said Davis’ aching back was just one of the factors that caused the duo to scratch. She said Davis’ back injury was not severe, because the pair rode 300 miles back toward Wasilla on Monday after scratching.

This report is consistent with Governor Palin’s tweet:

At the time the decision was made to withdraw from the race, the Davis/Palin team was showing up in Position Number 1 on the Iron Dog 2010 GPS Tracking page. Alerted by @TraceyPorreca’s tweet (see below), I saw this personally by following the link to the tracking page.

So at the time they withdrew because of equipment problems, they stood a very good chance of winning the race. They had drawn a starting position of 22, from which they had raced to the head of the pack. It must have been a heart-wrenching decision to withdraw from the race and was certainly made with due consideration of all factors involved.

There is always another year, another race, and another championship. And we are here to cheer them on!

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Palin’s Spokesperson, Meghan Stapleton, Resigns – My Personal Tribute

Posted by Adrienne Ross on February 24, 2010

By Adrienne Ross – http://www.motivationtruth.com

Meghan Stapleton and I in Fairbanks, Alaska

Politico reports that Meghan Stapleton, Governor Palin’s spokesperson, aide, and friend, has now resigned:

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s senior adviser and spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, has resigned, POLITICO has learned.

Stapleton has been a Palin confidante since December 2006 and one of the governor’s most trusted aides since she was vaulted onto the national political scene by being picked as GOP presidential nominee John McCain’s running mate.

Stapleton said she resigned to spend more time with her husband and 2-year-old daughter, Isabella.

“While it has been an honor to help Gov. Palin and her family over the last few years, I am also honored to have this incredible opportunity to stay home with my precious miracle, Isabella,” Stapleton told POLITICO. “[She is] 2 years old, [and] I have missed significant moments in her life, but I look forward with great happiness to celebrating milestones as well as mundane moments with her as I refocus my priorities. I also look forward to seeing my saint of a husband again, too!”

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“While I had hoped to work together on so many more projects, time with my precious 2-year-old has been further minimized with the whirlwind commitments of all things Palin,” she told the SarahPAC staff. “I have done my best to scale back, but Isabella is now resorting to hiding my BlackBerry, and she shouldn’t grow up begging for a mother to start acting like a mother.”

Read more of what Meghan had to say here.

Mrs. Stapleton has stood alongside Governor Palin for years and has been a major part of her career and success. She will, no doubt, be missed, but I am happy that she will be able to spend more time with her little girl and her husband. She is to be commended for that decision.

As I have written here many times, I have great respect for Meg.

In June, I wrote:

I will forever be indebted to Meg, for she was the reason I had access to the invitation-only event yesterday where I first met Sarah.

Read about that full weekend when I first met Governor Palin, Todd, and Meghan in New York. Read my account of each of those three days here, here, and here.

I also caught up with Meg in July at the Governor’s Picnic in Fairbanks, Alaska, when Governor Palin stepped down and turned the reins over to Sean Parnell. What I wrote after that event is my tribute to Meg today, as it sums up my thoughts.

I wrote:

The other person I wanted to see was Meghan Stapleton, Sarah’s Spokesperson. She is the one responsible for granting me the opportunity to meet Sarah in New York, for which I am still most grateful. It was great to see her and talk to her. She has my respect because she is such a good friend to Sarah, is so good at speaking up on her behalf, and just stands by her side. I like that in people. It’s called loyalty. So many people just want to make a name for themselves. They don’t know how to serve others. In fact, they’re offended by the term. But I sense something completely different in Meg. I watched her in New York as Governor Palin prepared to speak at City Hall. Meg is, as Sarah says, “Her right-hand man.” It was quite hot, and Meg went in and out carrying bottled water to Sarah and everyone else sitting on the steps of City Hall. Now someone else in that situation–if asked to do what Meg was doing–may have thought, Hey, I’m the Spokesperson; that’s not my job. But Meghan served. That may have gone unnoticed to some, but that’s the kind of thing that jumps out at me. And I remember how that stood out to me that Saturday morning. Maybe it’s my Christian faith, but I always view people with servants’ hearts as people of incredible power. It’s evidenced by how we live our lives, too. I just believe that true humility is something that is revealed in what we do, rather than what we say–and when we can give ourselves to someone else without feeling like we’re losing out…well, it’s just something special. Whenever I saw Meghan during that weekend, she was serving: getting water, keeping the crowd from devouring Sarah, standing by her side–whatever, she was loyally serving. In a time when service has become a 4-letter word, an insult to egomaniacal self-seekers, Meghan wears it well–in whatever capacity she happens to be serving at that moment. Service should not be something to be shunned. It’s something to be embraced. It reveals true character of heart; that’s what I see in Meghan.

Read the full account of that event and see pictures here.

God bless Meghan Stapleton and family.

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