This should really be a new messaging strategy for Ted Strickland… he liberated 400,000 Ohioans from their jobs so they could have health care coverage and follow their passions:
From The AP:
COLUMBUS — Calling lawsuits filed by more than a dozen states to challenge the constitutionality of the new federal health care law “a waste of taxpayer money,” Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray Monday said he won’t be next in line. The state’s top lawyer rejected formal requests from eight congressional Republicans representing Ohio and the 21 Republican members of the state Senate to file a lawsuit to prevent new mandates under the law from being applied here.
“We believe that these lawsuits do not have any legal merit whatsoever,” Mr. Cordray said.
Mr. Cordray said he did not discuss his decision with Gov. Ted Strickland, a fellow Democrat. Unlike some other states where the issue has pitted governors and attorney generals of opposite parties against each other, Ohio’s top executive and lawyer are on the same page.
“The first (argument) is that Congress does not have the power under the commerce clause to legislate affecting health care through an individual mandate that people purchase insurance,’’ Mr. Cordray said. “There is no individual right in the constitution to purchase health insurance. This is not one of the fundamental rights contained in the Bill of Rights… It’s a fanciful argument.”
This is a straw man argument- No one in the TEA Party movement is suggesting the Bill of Rights excplitly discusses health care purchases. And it is because it isn’t mentioned is why such mandates would only be constitutional if passed into law by individual states.
So now, the commerce clause, which is Congress’ power to regulate interstate trade, can be used to FORCE YOU to buy insurance or face penalties. Rich, a former Jeopardy champion, is smart enough to knows that is the true fanciful argument, but he dare not say so in an election year.
Now that we all have health care thanks to Federal Romneycare, I can feel the same sort of love from this guy I feel from Plunderbund or Brian Rothenberg: (Click the “off” button)
Robert Letcher, a man with Parkinson’s disease, sat on the street during a TEA party rally with a sign about his disease, only to have one out-of-life TEA party activist start to throw money at him.
The video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Mary Jo Kilroy and Chris Redfern have blasted out email appeals using this guy’s story and have purchased thousands of dollars in blog ads trying to get his story out to the liberal nutroots blogosphere.
Apparently, Letcher also has no time for civility, and calls freedom loving TEA party activists vulgar names:
Letcher was a Ph.D. nuclear physicist who once worked on breeder reactors for Westinghouse. These days, he is a liberal distressed by what he believes to be a health-care system as eaten through by figurative weevils as his body has been by Parkinson’s.
When he sat down in front of the enemy last week, he said, “My weakness was my strength. I didn’t have to say anything. I was the argument. I was ‘Bob the Argument.’” Besides, there were so many cameras there, it was unlikely anyone would hit him, he said.
His chief detractor didn’t hit him with anything but dollar bills.
“People from both sides were screaming at each other,” he said. “They were screaming and not engaging.”
Letcher believes that at the great banquet table that is America’s ideological plurality, there is room for liberal and conservative; wings left, right and in between. But we cannot set a table place for hatred.
Somehow, in the slugfest that now passes for politics as usual, we have lost our willingness to acknowledge – much less appreciate – the concept of a loyal opposition.
After the dollar bills had settled on Robert Letcher last week, one of the demonstrators gently counseled him to move to safer ground than the commercial driveway in which he’d almost been hit by a car.
“Later, I went up to him and said, ‘Thanks, buddy, for helping me.’”
There was the slightest glint of hope in Letcher’s eye when he added, “And he was a Tea Bagger.”
“TEA Bagger”- a derogatory sexual term for testicular gustation. Classy.
This guy is a radical activist and a long time agitator, and he used his disease knowing that rallies can bring out the worst of people on both sides.
And Kilroy, who was a long time coordinator for the Socialist Party and student of Saul Alinsky, knows Alinsky’s 13th rule: “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” This is where Kilroy and her inner circle understand that instead of getting into the pros and cons of insurance mandates, what sells is human tragedy, offensiveness, and singling out a single angry activist making him the face of evil. And it was a job well done.
So what can the response be? Letcher is in a country that will treat him with the best care in the world. And now that Romneycare has been applied to the national level, premiums will go up, businesses will have a tougher time paying for their employees, and more Americans who might someday have Parkinson’s will have a tougher time paying for it.
But maybe that’s the point… for a guy so well educated, he probably knows that the goal is to have more Americans as wards of the state- in loco parentis- from the time they are born until they die. If so, then he shamelessly used his disease to push his political agenda.
Robert Letcher, health problems or not, you are scum.
Unlike like Dennis Kucinich, Congressman John Boccieri apparently can’t be persuaded with a simple flight on Air Force One and public arm twisting:
Urgently wanting his “yes” vote on the health care bill, the White House late last week invited U.S. Rep. John Boccieri, D-Alliance, to attend President Barack Obama’s Monday afternoon speech on health care in Strongsville.
The president’s staff even offered Boccieri a ride to Ohio on Air Force One.
But Boccieri’s spokeswoman, Jessica Kershaw, said the congressman, who flew home separately Friday, had other plans.
Declining to join Gov. Ted Strickland, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Avon, and five Ohio Democratic congressmen in welcoming Obama about 1 p.m., Boccieri opted not to make the 50-mile drive to Strongsville, even though Obama was going to talk about Boccieri’s constituent, Natoma Canfield, 50, of Medina.
But according to Hugh Hewitt, it’s a very different story behind the scenes:
Many of them won’t survive the fall campaign to hear them. Take Ohio’s John Boccieri for example. The Canton Democrat is allegedly pro-life, but the Senate bill subsidizes abortion and eliminated the House bills provisions concerning freedom of conscience for providers. Boccieri refused to show up for the underwhelmingly attended rally led by the president in Ohio yesterday, but House Whip James Clyburn said that Boccieri, a “no” vote in the fall, will be switching over to vote yes now –demonstrating not only that he’s easily pushed around by San Fran Nan, but that his first vote wasn’t an honest one but designed for cover.
Blue Dog Democrats in Ohio have to walk a fine line here by supporting an agenda that their constituency overwhelmingly opposes. But my question is- What sort of things did the White House have to do to get Boccieri into a position that he will probably vote yes? Unless it’s pictures of him with a dead girl or a live boy, what else would possibly make him so eager end his career in Congress?
From the RGA:
From the NY Daily News:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a fierce critic of the health care reform bill from the Democrats’ left, relented Wednesday and said he would vote for it.
The Ohio Democrat’s decision brings House Speaker Nancy Pelosi one member closer to the 216 votes she needs to pass reform.
But Kucinich is not doing it gladly, and his capitulation comes only after intense pressure from Pelosi and President Obama, who traveled to Ohio with Kucinich earlier this week.
“I have taken this fight farther than many in Congress have been willing to take it,” Kucinich said, arguing that he owed it to his constituents to push for a single-payer health-care system that ends the power of insurance companies.
But, he said, “In the past week, it’s become clear that the vote on the final health bill will be very close.”
And he does not want to be the one who scuttles reform, even if he doesn’t think it’s good enough.
“I know I have to make a decision on the bill not as I’d like to see it, but as it is,” he said.
“After careful discussions with President Obama, Speaker Pelosi, my wife Elizabeth and close friends, I’ve decided to cast my vote in favor.”
Dennis Kucinich, at age 31, became one of the worst big-city mayors in history, and lead the city of Cleveland into default. Thirty-one years later, perhaps this is Dennis’ efforts to make President Obama look far more fiscally irresponsible than he? But I suppose the Federal government can’t really default because, unlike the city of Cleveland, they can print more money.
The truly liberal movement that Kucinich claims to represent is right to object to insurance mandates, as instead of socialized health care, they see it as a handout to insurance companies… corporatism.
But the little known fact about Kucinich is that he isn’t a true believer. He once was staunchly pro-life, voting to ban partial-birth abortions in the Ohio state senate and campaigning on a staunchly pro-life platform, earning a 95% from the National Rife to Life Committee as recently as 2000. And as Sabrina Eaton and Stephen Koff reported in 2003, he was more than willing to use the worst racial prejudices imaginable in order to win elections. At the end of the day, this guy is a total dirt-bag opportunist who cares more about spending public presidential campaign funds in lavish ways during his kooky national campaigns than representing the people of his district.
Kucinich caved into Democrats who understand that if this bill passes, then the transformation of America is complete… And this type of disgusting paternalism means that voters will slowly become totally dependent on the election of Democrats indefinitely into the future to maintaining the growing welfare state. And the one pro-life Kucinich just pledged to vote for a staunchly pro-abortion bill which will count on abortions to help keep health care prices lower. disgusting.
Cleveland voters should be ashamed they didn’t end Dennis’ career decades ago.
Ohio TEA Party groups, the Americans for Prosperity, the Ohio Freedom Alliance and other right-of-center activists have quite a rally protested outside of Mary Jo Kiljob’s office tomorrow. Click here for details. If you live in the Columbus area, please stop by during lunch time.
The voting is so close even among Ohio’s supposed blue dogs, that the President himself is personally “softly threatened” Dennis Kucinich today over his promised “no” vote.
The Columbus TEA Party, to show they are not opposed to any healthcare reform, sent a letter to Rep. Kilroy suggesting a 1-sentence health care bill. Their suggestion is vastly superior to the 2300+ page monstrosity which, if passed, will fundamentally change America and our relationship with government forever:
No state or federal law shall require any person to enter, nor stop any person from entering, a contract or program for either medical services or the financing of medical services, including through insurance and through simple direct payment, and no taxes, fees, penalties or other government collections, direct or indirect, shall be imposed except for ordinary sales taxes or income taxes that apply generally to all products and services, and any person may sue to enforce this provision in any state or federal court of competent jurisdiction.
From The National Journal:
OH Gov. Ted Strickland (D) told reporters Saturday he believes this year’s legislative quagmire in DC will play a role in his bid for re-election in ’10, further evidence that Dems recognize the danger they face in a nationalized midterm election.
“If I win, I will thank those who helped me. If I lose, I will certainly not blame others for that loss, but I do believe what happens in Washington has a direct effect within our individual states, whether it is politically or in terms of the economy of our states,” said Strickland.
Strickland underscored the importance of passing health care for Dem candidates in ’10. He knows whereof he speaks; the “failure to address the health care issue” was a major factor when he lost his House seat in ’94. “I don’t think the American people reward failure or perceived failure,” he said.
Citing shortfalls in the current system, need, and state budgetary concerns as the most important reasons for Congress to act on the health care bill, Strickland added that there are also political implications, saying “if you’re speaking only politically, I think that that’s also important that we have action on health care.”
A surprisingly blunt assessment. But with voters souring on President Obama and with Strickland going to Washington to beg for additional billions of ObamaBucks to make up for his poor management of the state, how could Ted possibly avoid the national political climate?
From the National Journal:
We’re sure Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ben Nelson (D-NE) are used to being mistaken for one another. But it looks pretty bad when someone running to join them in the Dem caucus does the mistaking.
In an email to supporters sent last night, OH Sec/State Jennifer Brunner (D) voiced her support for health care legislation free of anti-abortion language similar to the House bill.
“On Tuesday night the U.S. Senate turned aside a dire threat to the rights of women to reproductive health services when Sen. Bill Nelson’s amendment to the Senate health care reform bill was defeated by a 54-45 vote,” Brunner writes to supporters.
The only trouble is, the amendment was Ben Nelson’s effort to include Stupak-like language in the Senate bill. On a vote to table the measure, effectively killing it, Ben Nelson voted no, in order to keep his bill alive, while Bill Nelson voted yes.
The campaign immediately sent out a correction.
And this gets the truth of the matter: Brunner didn’t really flip-flop on Afghanistan or pander on heath care. Instead, Secretary Brunner doesn’t actually know a hill of beans about foreign policy or the minutia of what is going on in Congress. And her campaign is so cash-poor that she can’t hire smart staff to help her hide her ignorance.
Watch this video about health care from the Ted Strickland campaign:
Did you get the idea that many children without health insurance now have it, thanks to Gov. Strickland? After all, it did say “He’s passed legislation guaranteeing health-care access for all Ohio children, and he’s working to make that happen.” And he “cares about children.”
However, Gov. Strickland, with his pathetic lack of leadership on fiscal matters and dependence on one-time money, would make future funding of a larger SCHIP program quite impossible. Catherine Candisky and Mark Niquette of The Dispatch explain:
To hear Gov. Ted Strickland on the stump or in a new campaign video, you might get the impression that every uninsured child in Ohio now has access to health insurance.
That’s not the case.
An estimated 111,255 children in Ohio remain uninsured, according to a state survey earlier this year. Although most of those are eligible for but not enrolled in the tax-funded State Children’s Health Insurance Program, or SCHIP, 34,232 uninsured youngsters don’t qualify for coverage because their family’s income exceeds current guidelines.
In 2007, the General Assembly approved Strickland’s plan to expand SCHIP eligibility to children in higher-income families, but the state has never funded it. Money for the expansion was earmarked in the two-year state budget approved in July, but it is to come from tobacco funds that are tied up in a lawsuit over the proper use of the money.[...]
The state is counting on $30 million in tobacco money for SCHIP and $2.2 million for a buy-in program for children in families whose income exceeds 300 percent of the poverty level but cannot find affordable coverage because of chronic or pre-existing conditions.
Administration officials say they are confident they eventually will win the lawsuit and be able to use the tobacco funds, and that Strickland is not trying to take credit for doing more than he has on health care.
“He’s out there saying, ‘I fought for this, we passed this legislation, and we’re now working to make it happen,’ ” Strickland spokeswoman Allison Kolodziej said. “He’s discussing it and making sure it’s part of the public discourse.”
So Gov. Strickland was willing to give health care to children in families who are more than three times the federal poverty level, and just like with the one-time-only Federal stimulus money, was willing to misallocate tobacco settlement money which was supposed to go to anti-smoking campaign. (The original settlement, which liberal Republican Attorney General Betty Montgomery was part of, was unconstitutional as it was a compact among states without congressional approval and effectively enact a national sales tax. Smokers got nothing and cigarette makers, by funding this massive payday for lawyers, essentially bought permission to fix prices and exclude competitors.)
However, in the end, all that matters to Ted Strickland and his supporters is his good intentions and the size of his heart. Just remember that when the tobacco settlement money runs out and the obligations which came attached to the stimulus dollars come due, hang onto your wallet!
Apparently, Gov. Ted Strickland, who as a Congressional benchwarmer was an early supporter of HillaryCare in 1993, is so anxious to reduce the quality of medical care in Ohio that he’s not even waiting for Obamacare and death panels to become a reality…
From the Ohio Hospital Association:
(COLUMBUS, OH) – As hospitals prepare to pay the first installment of a new hospital tax, many are planning more cuts in staff, services and vital renovation projects, according to a new statewide survey.
The Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) survey found many hospitals’ struggle for financial stability will worsen on Nov. 30 – the due date of the first installment of a new $718 million state tax on Ohio hospitals. The governor proposed and legislators imposed the new tax to help balance the state’s two-year budget.
The survey found hospitals have already taken many cost-cutting measures:
- Half (48%) have already enacted layoffs
- Two-thirds (67%) have not filled vacancies
- Over one-third (37%) have reduced or eliminated services
- One in 10 (12%) have cancelled or delayed expansion or renovation projects
- Four in five (81%) have taken other cost-cutting measures such as reducing community benefit spending, reducing employee benefits or freezing wages
In expected future cuts:
- One in five (18%) plan to lay off additional employees
- Half (50%) plan to leave future vacancies unfilled
- Two in five (39%) plan to reduce or eliminate services
- Half (49%) plan to cancel or delay expansion or renovation projects
- The majority (64%) will take additional cost-cutting measures
Necessary emergency department modernizations are among renovation delays, and the current H1N1 flu epidemic is already adding to the overcrowding in hospital ERs.
“The flu epidemic exemplifies why hospital renovations are necessary and why this new tax is so devastating,’’ said James R. Castle, OHA president and CEO. “Hospitals are facing a series of bad choices. More layoffs and service reductions will mean longer waits and higher costs for all patients.”
See why it is critical that Ohio Senate Republicans get their act together and push for lower taxes?
Download the full report here.
This is from the same organization which was responsible for packing Sherrod Brown’s sham town hall at OSU with union goons and leftist crazies. Who wants to go?
Join us for a candlelight vigil and peaceful procession from one downtown Columbus church to another as we “Shine Our Light on Health Care.”
This event will be an opportunity to reflect on the spiritual roots of our work to support health care reform – highlighting the moral aspects of the issue, and remembering the real-life consequences of our broken health care system. We will demonstrate the depth and breadth of public support for a health care future that includes everyone and works well for all of us.
WHAT: LIGHT ONE CANDLE FOR HEALTH CARE
WHEN: Sunday, August 23, 8:30 PM – 10 PM
WHERE: Meet at First Congregational Church, 444 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215
PROCESSION ROUTE: After short remarks, prayer, and candlelighting at First Congregational, we will proceed westward on Broad St., south along Third St., ending at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 404 S. 3rd. St. for wrapup remarks and closing prayer.
CLERGY: Reverend Tim Ahrens of First Congregational Church, Reverend Denise Edwards of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
If the route is too long for you, please consider joining us for the distance you are able. Organized processions from additional starting points are very much welcome!
We will provide candles, but please bring extras to share if you have them.
Godless Brian Rothenberg, President and Chief Thug of Progress Ohio, sent me an advance copy of his prayer:
Let us bow our heads.
We address this generic meditation and non-judgmental prostration to whom it may concern.
In the beginning was the Flesh. And the Flesh became the Logos.
We reject death, and lust for life. We wallow in despair and reject the ChristoFascists’ natural law, while fornicating endlessly with all available bodily orifices and inanimate objects.
Our Secular Savior, Barack Hussein Obama, will alleviate us from the toils of working in your world of scarce resources. And as we transition to this green utopia, give us the strength to loot and cannibalize older generations of capitalist scum. Oh yes, we can.
Obama is my shepherd, I shall not want.
And he will RAISE US UP! RAISE US UP! RAISE US UP!!
Please take away our daily bread, as we raise our taxes.
And lead us not into prosperity.
But deliver us from self-reliance.
With liberty and abortions for all.
Kevin O’Brien continues to do the Lord’s work by preaching sanity, promoting reasonableness, and “bearing false witness” at the Schultz Gazette.
My friend Alex Tornero wrote, produced, and directed this ad. It is so good that I had to share:
This is the message which will “pull the plug” on ObamaCare.
More videos are surfacing from Senator Sherrod Brown’s Sham Health Care Town Hall at OSU on Tuesday:
And according to his staff, Sherrod Brown is not a fan of town halls:
And if you ask a tough question, Mr. Clean would like to have a word with you outside!
In addition to the left using classic Saul Alinsky tactics by talking about Nazi imagery, they simply don’t want to believe that the outrage at these town halls about government taking over 15% of the private economy is NOT coordinated. The left can’t believe it because they are used to things being organized in a top-town Politburo fashion (such as most of Tuesday’s pro-Brown supporters), and their backwards ideology prohibits the left from understanding spontaneous order.
Remember, this ProgressOhio email blast below, which wasn’t even sent out to every member of Progress Ohio’s email list, went out the day prior at 1:13 pm the DAY BEFORE THE EVENT. Sherrod Brown’s staff handled this event exactly the way they should have if they wanted a controlled environment. But instead of a health care town hall sponsored by OSU’s medical center, it was a campaign event:
So for future reference, if you want to know when the next Sherrod Brown sham town hall will be, email Brian Rothenberg at . Apparently, he is politically connected enough to know when these events will occur… And those sorts of high level connections will be useful for the Rothenberg family if ObamaCare is enacted and Ohioans start having to beg Senator Brown for unapproved or expensive medical treatments to save the lives of relatives.