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Article 1, Section 9, Constitution of the United States

If this is the law of the land...why in a republic (little r) and as republicans, do we allow mere POLITICIANS to the right to use a "title of office" for the rest of their lives as if it were de facto a patent of nobility. Because, as republicans, this should NOT be the case...just saying...

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Friday, December 24, 2010

111th Congress Most Productive Ever: JournoList Alive & Well: Media Talking Points

If there was ever any doubt that JourList (or it's successor) isn't up and running...the current talking points by the MSM that the 111th Congress is the most productive since the Great Society initiative of Johnson in the 1960's should put that to rest.  Pretty much every outlet from NBC to the LATimes is saying this almost verbatim. 

As always, Breibart TV is on top of this...
Is it a coincidence when reporters and anchors all use the exact same words when describing the 111th Congress in such flattering and historic language? From network anchors in New York to local news across the country, where do they all get the same words?
So, the media hasn't stopped pitching the Obama Agenda...but they've forgotten that last month's election was a clear rejection of that agenda by voters.  Nearly all of the key "moderate" Democrats who voted FOR the "Stimulus Package," ObamaCare and Cap & Trade were kicked out of office.  Liberal revisionism is running rampant throughout the media.  Even Mr. Obama has been bitten with the revisionist bug.
Nowhere was that revisionism more evident than in President Obama's comments late Wednesday in lauding the just-ended 111th Congress, and in particular its lame-duck conclusion: "A lot of folks in this town predicted that after the midterm elections, Washington would be headed for more partisanship and more gridlock. And instead, this has been a season of progress for the American people. That progress ... is a reflection of the message that voters sent in November, a message that said it's time to find common ground on challenges facing our country." A few paragraphs later, it became clear that Obama wants us to believe that voters meant for congressional Democrats and Republicans to find that common ground so they can do more of what made the 111th Congress "the most productive two years that we've had in generations.
The 112th Congress' mandate is to rollback all of the "progress" made by the last Congress.  America doesn't want ObamaCare...and unlike claims immediately after it's passage, it hasn't grown more popular with time, was we, in the words of the former Speaker of  the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), "learn what's in it."  As recently as Dec 13, 2010, 56% oppose ObamaCare and want to see it voted down the incoming Congress. 
Rasmussen Reports has a poll out today showing opposition to President Obama's health plan at 56 percent, and support at 41 percent. That's the lowest level of support so far this year.
Those numbers are much higher among the elderly, upon whose backs it will be paid...and by the middle class as they see their insurance rates rise due solely to the mandates within the cumbersome legislation.   The number of exceptions being granted is higher and growing higher with every passing month.  HHS Secretary  has the power to grant companies exemptions to the provisions of this bill, and has already extended more than 100 so far. 
If you still harbor any illusions that ObamaCare is a carefully constructed solution to a complex problem, just open your eyes and look at how many people are winning exemptions from it.

At least 111 waivers have been granted from ObamaCare thus far, covering over a million Americans. A list of approved applications for waivers can be found here. Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin decided to get in touch with a few of these applicants, and received this comment from the financial vice president of the Local 802 Musicians Health Fund in New York: “We got grandfathered in, because things were moving so fast, and we need time now to prepare for the law.” Does that sound like the work of a responsible design team, spending over a trillion of our dollars with the greatest of care?
But this doesn't even count those for regious purposes...Muslims and the Amish...just to name two such groups.  Of  course many Unions are fully exempt from the provisions as well.  Here is a list of unions with more than 140,000 members now exempt from a provision in the health-reform law:
1. Bricklayers Local 1 of MD, VA and DC: 1,985 members
2. International Brotherhood of Trade Unions Health and Welfare Fund - Local 713: 861 members
3. Indiana Teamsters Health Benefits Fund, Local 1102: 500 workers
4. Amalgamated Welfare Fund: 1,384 members
5. Local 1102 Health & Benefit Fund: 4,642 members
6. Local 1102 Welfare Fund-- Lerner Employees: 245 members
7. Local 338 Affiliated Benefit Funds: 18,209 members
8. Operating Engineers Local 835 Health and Welfare Fund: 576 members
9. Texas Carpenters and Millwrights Health and Welfare Fund: 4,729 members
10. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1445 New Hampshire: 148 members
11. Plumbers and Pipefitters Local No. 630 Welfare Fund: 1,166 members
12. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1000: 3,855 members
13. 1199 SEIU Greater New York Benefit Fund: 4,544 members
14. Laundry and Dry Cleaning Workers Local No. 52: 1,547 members
15. Social Service Employees Union Local 371: 34,000 members
16. United Food and Commercial Workers Union (Mount Laurel, NJ): 4,100 members
17. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1459: 1,400 members
18. United Food and Commercial Workers and Participating Employers Interstate Health and Welfare Fund: 9,780 members
19. Laborers' International Union of North America Local Union No. 616 Health and Welfare Plan: 188 members
20. Service Employees Benefit Fund: 1,297 members
21. UFCW Allied Trade Health & Welfare Trust: 68 members
22. United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 1995: 2,779 members
23. Asbestos Workers Local 53 Welfare Fund: 2 members
24. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 123 Welfare Fund: 534 members
25. UFCW Local 227: 1,125 members
26. UFCW Maximus Local 455: 59 members
27. Local 25 SEIU: 31,000 members
28. UFCW Local 1262: 5,390 members
29. Local 802 Musicians Health Fund: 1,801 members
30. Transport Workers: 107 members
31. Service Employees International Union Local 1 Cleveland Welfare Fund: 520 members
32. Teamsters Local 522 Welfare Fund Roofers Division: 270 members
33. Cleveland Bakers Teamsters: 1,000 members
34. DC Cement Masons Welfare Fund: 225 members
Then there's the regulatory over-reach...the FCCs "Net-Neutrality" regulations, that gives the government the power to seize websites they feel are not "neutral."  The EPA's attempts to regulate into existence "Cap & Trade" that never made it out of the House...the list is lengthy, and the country does't want it.

But with the overt tilt of media'd never notice.  JournoList is alive and well.

UPDATE:  Instalanche!  Thanks, Glenn.  I straigntened up the make sense.   Please feel free to look around and comment freely.

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