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Archive for December 22nd, 2009

Sarah Palin: Midnight Votes, Backroom Deals, and a Death Panel

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 22, 2009

Complete Transcript of Governor Palin’s Facebook post:

Midnight Votes, Backroom Deals, and a Death Panel

Today at 10:52 pm EST

Last weekend while you were preparing for the holidays with your family, Harry Reid’s Senate was making shady backroom deals to ram through the Democrat health care take-over. The Senate ended debate on this bill without even reading it. That and midnight weekend votes seem to be standard operating procedures in D.C. No one is certain of what’s in the bill, but Senator Jim DeMint spotted one shocking revelation regarding the section in the bill describing the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (now called the Independent Payment Advisory Board), which is a panel of bureaucrats charged with cutting health care costs on the backs of patients – also known as rationing. Apparently Reid and friends have changed the rules of the Senate so that the section of the bill dealing with this board can’t be repealed or amended without a 2/3 supermajority vote. Senator DeMint said:

“This is a rule change. It’s a pretty big deal. We will be passing a new law and at the same time creating a senate rule that makes it out of order to amend or even repeal the law. I’m not even sure that it’s constitutional, but if it is, it most certainly is a senate rule. I don’t see why the majority party wouldn’t put this in every bill. If you like your law, you most certainly would want it to have force for future senates. I mean, we want to bind future congresses. This goes to the fundamental purpose of senate rules: to prevent a tyrannical majority from trampling the rights of the minority or of future congresses.”

In other words, Democrats are protecting this rationing “death panel” from future change with a procedural hurdle. You have to ask why they’re so concerned about protecting this particular provision. Could it be because bureaucratic rationing is one important way Democrats want to “bend the cost curve” and keep health care spending down?

The Congressional Budget Office seems to think that such rationing has something to do with cost. In a letter to Harry Reid last week, CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf noted (with a number of caveats) that the bill’s calculations call for a reduction in Medicare’s spending rate by about 2 percent in the next two decades, but then he writes the kicker:

“It is unclear whether such a reduction in the growth rate could be achieved, and if so, whether it would be accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or would reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.”

Though Nancy Pelosi and friends have tried to call “death panels” the “lie of the year,” this type of rationing – what the CBO calls “reduc[ed] access to care” and “diminish[ed] quality of care” – is precisely what I meant when I used that metaphor.

This health care bill is one of the most far-reaching and expensive expansions of the role of government into our lives. We’re talking about putting one-seventh of our economy under the government’s thumb. We’re also talking about something as intimate to our personal well-being as medical care.

This bill is so unpopular that people on the right and the left hate it. So why go through with it? The Senate is planning to vote on this on Christmas Eve. Why the rush? Though we will begin paying for this bill immediately, we will see no benefits for years. (That’s the trick that allowed the CBO to state that the bill won’t grow the deficit for the next ten years.)

The administration’s promises of transparency and bipartisanship have been broken one by one. This entire process has been defined by midnight votes on weekends, closed-door meetings with industry lobbyists, and payoffs to politicians willing to sell their principles for sweetheart deals. Is it any wonder that Americans are so disillusioned with their leaders in Washington?

This is about politics,, not health care. Americans don’t want this bill. Americans don’t like this bill. Washington has stopped listening to us. But we’re paying attention, and 2010 is coming.

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Trig Palin’s Testimony

Posted by Adrienne Ross on December 22, 2009

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

(Video H/T Sinistar)

When I see Trig Palin, I smile. When I see him smiling and playing around with his father–as he is in the video–and kissing his mother–as he is in the picture–I smile even more.

Trig is a testimony to the beauty and value of all God’s children. I thank God for families, like the Palins, who recognized from the beginning that “every good and every perfect gift” comes from God.

I shake my head when I think about this startling statistic: 90% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted. Look at Trig’s smile, hear his giggle, sense how much his father loves him, feel how much he loves his mom–and tell me he’s not worthy of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” You can’t, because he is, as is every single life.

Thank God for His wisdom; He gave Trig to just the right family.

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Sarah Palin Warns About Rush to Pass Healthcare Bill

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 22, 2009

In a strongly worded tweet, Governor Palin issued this warning to the American people regarding the irregularities associated with the push to pass Obamacare this week:

She followed up with two additional tweets:

Governor Palin was on her way to the Wasilla book signing when she tweeted, but she promised to say more on Facebook later today.

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Christmas With the Palins

Posted by Dr. Fay on December 22, 2009


During her interview for FOX and Friends at the Going Rogue book signing at the Villages in Florida, Gretchen Carlson asked  Governor Palin about her family’s Christmas traditions.  Governor Palin replied that Christmas at their house includes a visit at Grandma’s house and a candlelight service at church on Christmas Eve.  Christmas morning starts with opening presents left by “Santa” the night before, and then the family participates in the annual Wasilla Community Christmas dinner. 

Asked what her favorite things about Christmas were, Piper mentioned gingerbread cookies, getting to go snowmachining and skiing, and “lots of gifts.” It sounds like the Palin Christmas is a mixture of fun and giving!  Also note that Christmas Eve is spent remembering the true meaning of Christmas, the day in which we celebrate Christ’s birth. 

When asked what message she wanted to give to America at Christmas, Governor Palin expressed the “specialness” of having her son home for Christmas and asked that we reach out to the families whose loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice in the war zone and won’t be home for Christmas. 

Video of Gretchen’s interview with Governor Palin and Piper can also be found here.   Information about the Wasilla Community Christmas dinner and how you can help out can be found here.

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Surprisingly Not Very Surprising: Sarah Palin More Respected Than Joe Biden, Al Gore

Posted by Gary P Jackson on December 22, 2009

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll has some very interesting bits of data scattered within. As expected in this poll, Barack Obama’s favorable/unfavorable numbers are upside down, and support for his unconstitutional “health care reform” has collapsed.

Being an NBC poll, the internals are about what you’d expect:

Out of the 1008 questioned, democrats are over sampled by 6 percentage points over Republicans, though those who claim to have voted for Obama vs McCain are closer with only 3 points between them. So that sort of brings it back a little closer to reality.

Ninety percent of those polled are registered voters, not always the most reliable sample, as out of those polled, only sixty-seven percent voted. So one would have to consider this a soft sample. In other words those polled may, or may not reflect the mood of the nation as well as a sample that contained a higher percentage of likely voters. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent.

What is interesting though is what is down further into the poll. Half of those polled were asked who they respected the most and half were asked who they respected the least. This yields some remarkable findings:

Now I’m going to mention some people who have served in public life at some point in the past decade. Please tell me which one or two of these people, if any, you have the most regard and respect for

THIS TABLE HAS BEEN RANKED BY THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE

Barack Obama………………….28

Colin Powell……………………..27

Bill Clinton………………………..21

George W Bush…………………17

Hillary Clinton……………………14

John McCain…………………….13

Sarah Palin……………………….13

Dick Cheney………………………9

Al Gore……………………………..8

Joe Biden…………………………..3

None…………………………………3

Not sure…………………………….3

Knowing the sample, that doesn’t seem all that unreasonable. What is simply remarkable is Joe Biden, the Vice President, with almost four decades in Congress is tied with “none of the above” and “I don’t have a clue” for dead last on the old respect-o-meter.

This next question is where it gets a bit more interesting:

Now I’m going to read you some people who have served in public life at some point in the past decade. Please tell me which one or two of these people, if any, you have the least regard and respect for.

THIS TABLE HAS BEEN RANKED BY THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE

George W Bush…………….33

Dick Cheney…………………27

Al Gore……………………….19

Barack Obama……………..19

Sarah Palin…………………..16

Bill Clinton…………………..14

Hillary Clinton………………10

Joe Biden……………………..9

John McCain…………………5

Colin Powell………………….1

None……………………………3

This is interesting to me mainly because it shows how just wording a question differently can yield somewhat different results. While in the first question Barack Obama is the most respected out of the bunch. When a different group is asked to name those who are least respected Obama has the dubious honor of finishing rather high in the ranking here as well. In fact, on the old disrespect-o-meter, more people have little regard for Obama than Sarah Palin.

What does this really mean? Practically nothing! But it tells us that in the grand scheme of things Sarah Palin may have a little work to do yet, when it comes to repairing her image, after being savaged by the media non-stop for a year. Of course, she has plenty of opportunities to do just that.

On the other hand, Barack Obama has done all he is ever going to do. While folks tend to like him personally, he consistently earns poor marks for actual job performance, which is what matters. So, for Obama, it’s all downhill from here.

You can check out the entire poll by clicking here.

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A Christmas Tribute

Posted by Denise Spencer on December 22, 2009

As the holiday season gets into full swing, I wanted to take a moment to step back and remember why this time of year is so important.

Alan Jackson summed up the importance of this season with the song “Let it be Christmas”. The chorus of the song says it all:

Let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let every heart sing let every bell ring
The story of hope and joy and peace
And let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let anger and fear and hate disappear
Let there be love that lasts through the year
And let it be Christmas
Christmas everywhere

Let it be Christmas everywhere
With the gold and the silver, the green and the red
Christmas everywhere
In the smiles of all children asleep in their beds
In the eyes of young babies their first fallen snow
Elderlys’ memories that never grow old


It is up to us to make this a happy and memorable season for those around us. Let us take a break from the partisan politics of Washington, D.C. and remember to love one another, to display random acts of kindness, to say thank you to perfect strangers, basically we need to pay things forward. Take the time to hug our children, our spouses, our neighbors. No matter our politics, in the end we are all in this together for better or worse.

Here is a display of what this season is all about. While in Fairfax at Bjs, Greta Van Susteren captured a video fo Todd and Trig Palin, click here. This video shows how special children, especially children like Trig, are. This is why we need to take a step back. Watch the smiles moving across Trig’s face as his daddy plays with him. This is the reason for the season!

We also must remember those who can not be home with loved this Christmas. They are on the front lines protecting our freedoms. They are giving us the opportunities that we have today. May God bless our troops and their families.

I leave you with these thoughts: we must have hope, faith and love this holiday season and all year long. God bless us all! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all!

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Interview with John G. Miller, Going Rogue Jacket Winner

Posted by Ron Devito on December 22, 2009

In this interview, John G. Miller spoke with Ron Devito about winning Governor Palin’s red Going Rogue jacket in an online auction to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Fisher House.

Devito: “Tell me a little about yourself.”

Miller: “I authored three books, QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life, Flipping the Switch…: Unleash the Power of Personal Accountability Using the QBQ!, and Outstanding!: 47 Ways to Make Your Organization Exceptional. I also do speaking engagements on personal accountability and have been on the market for 15 years. I self-book almost all my engagements. I spoke for your employer — Con Edison — about personal accountability in September 2005.”

Between QBQ and Flipping the Switch, Miller has over one million books in print. Outstanding is set to publish January 1, 2010.

Devito: “How did you find out about the Going Rogue jacket”

Miller: “I was online, and saw the link to the jacket on Laura Ingraham’s site. I thought it would be a fun way to donate to help wounded veterans. One person bid $56,000. I bid $57,000 Friday (December 18, 2009) morning and found out one minute later that I owned it!”

Devito: “What is your personal connection to wounded veterans?”

Miller: “My son-in-law, Justin Gallagher, 25 fought in Fallujah, during the surge. He returned home safe and sound in 2007, but three of his buddies died from IEDs. A fourth friend lost both of his legs from a road-side bomb.”

Devito: “What is your opinion of Sarah Palin?”

Miller: “I respect her. Our values are similar. I think she is a woman of integrity. It’s not about Sarah. It’s about the values she represents: smaller federal government, less entitlement programs, strong national defense, pro-life, competition in the marketplace, capitalism. I’m a capitalist! Innovation comes from capitalism. When people compete, they have to be creative. I voted McCain-Palin in 2008. My daughter and my wife both love her.”

Devito: “What are your plans, now that you have this jacket?”

Miller: “I’m going to continue teaching personal accountability and responsibility to counter the tidal wave of victim thinking, which is very contagious and a cancer in our society. I’d love to meet Sarah now that I have her jacket!”

The winning bid was first announced by Podomani, a web design and marketing firm which handles Miller’s websites: QBQ and Outstanding Organizations.

Miller lives in CO. He and his wife, Karen, have seven children … and a horse. He grew up in Ithaca, NY

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