Archive for November, 2009

June 20, 1676

“The Holy God having by a long and Continual Series of his Afflictive dispensations in and by the present Warr with the Heathen Natives of this land, written and brought to pass bitter things against his own Covenant people in this wilderness, yet so that we evidently discern that in the midst of his judgements he hath remembered mercy, having remembered his Footstool in the day of his sore displeasure against us for our sins, with many singular Intimations of his Fatherly Compassion, and regard; reserving many of our Towns from Desolation Threatened, and attempted by the Enemy, and giving us especially of late with many of our Confederates many signal Advantages against them, without such Disadvantage to ourselves as formerly we have been sensible of, if it be the Lord’s mercy that we are not consumed, It certainly bespeaks our positive Thankfulness, when our Enemies are in any measure disappointed or destroyed; and fearing the Lord should take notice under so many Intimations of his returning mercy, we should be found an Insensible people, as not standing before Him with Thanksgiving, as well as lading him with our Complaints in the time of pressing Afflictions:

The Council has thought meet to appoint and set apart the 29th day of this instant June, as a day of Solemn Thanksgiving and praise to God for such his Goodness and Favour, many Particulars of which mercy might be Instanced, but we doubt not those who are sensible of God’s Afflictions, have been as diligent to espy him returning to us; and that the Lord may behold us as a People offering Praise and thereby glorifying Him; the Council doth commend it to the Respective Ministers, Elders and people of this Jurisdiction; Solemnly and seriously to keep the same Beseeching that being perswaded by the mercies of God we may all, even this whole people offer up our bodies and soulds as a living and acceptable Service unto God by Jesus Christ.”

Today, a reader of The Liberty Journal asked us to post his letter regarding the potential ramifications of the federal government running America’s healthcare system. The specific issue he addresses of population control is not one that I considered while evaluating this  proposed takeover of American health. The fact is, I merely concluded that if the government has its way with this, the freedoms you and I enjoy as Americans are toast. Is this letter by the author a justifiable concern? You bet it is – and you can bet that marrying healthcare to the federal government and IRS will result in outlandish scenarios of nightmarish proportions.   Enjoy this read by Robert A. Bonelli.

After A Takeover of Healthcare,
Can a One Child Policy be Far Behind?
By
Robert A. Bonelli

This Saturday in the U.S. Senate our way of life will reach a crossroads.  A vote not to allow the proposed Senate version of the healthcare bill to go to the floor for debate may well be the last opportunity for the majority of Americans to make sure the correct road is chosen.  Make no mistake about it; this bill is simply a power play by the government to gain more control of how we live our lives.  It could easily lead to government control of the continuation of our families.

In 1979, China’s Deng Xiaoping announced a one child policy in a speech.  A formal policy was in place nationwide by 1981. The technical policy on family planning followed two years later. Still in force today, the technical policy requires IUDs for women of childbearing age with one child, sterilization for couples with two children (usually performed on the woman), and abortions for women pregnant without authorization. By the mid-eighties, according to Chinese government statistics, birth control surgeries-abortions, sterilizations, and IUD insertions-were averaging more than thirty million a year. Many, if not most, of these procedures were performed on women who submitted only under duress.

How does China’s internal population management relate to the current healthcare legislation debate in our country?  Why should we be concerned?  Can it really happen in the United States? China did not initiate its one child policy to be cruel to its people, nor did they do it because they do not respect life.  They initiated the policy simply due to the growing fiscal demands of a rapidly expanding population.  In the mid 1950’s, Mao Zedong encouraged population growth as a means of increasing the size of the labor pool with the intent of increasing the means of production.  Years later this unchecked growth, assisted by government bans on birth control, lead to food supply shortages.  In 1962 when a famine resulted in 30 million deaths, China began to look for ways to reverse the rate of its population growth.  Initially simply nationalistic appeals and slogans worked, but by 1979 when the rate of growth started to accelerate, more drastic measures were devised “for the public good.”  The rest is history and that history is scared by more than an estimated 250 million abortions, many by force.  Naturally, it was all “for the public good.”

We talked about “death panels” in reference to our current healthcare bills now under consideration by Congress, but another approach is to simply control the number of people entering the system – new births.  Naturally, it will all be “for the public good.”

Should we be concerned?  Consider that one of Mr. Obama’s close advisors, his Science Czar, is John Holdren.  Mr. Holdren is a radical thinker who can, and has, rationalized the use of forced population control if economic conditions warrant it.  If government run healthcare begins to reveal a shortage of medical care supply versus a dramatic increase in demand for medical care –as is a predicted result of the current healthcare legislation before Congress, clearly Mr. Holdren will be at the President’s side with his suggestions.  Those suggestions will be to force a downsizing of the population.  A one child policy will be an easy first step for this man and for this administration.

To emphasize my point, I simply quote Mr. Holdren’s own writing from the book he co-authored with Paul and Anne Ehrlich – entitled Ecoscience. It is important to read these quotes to fully understand exactly what is in the minds of the people to whom we may be giving control over our lives. Holdren (with the Ehrlichs) notes the existence of “moral objections to some proposals (regarding population control)…especially to any kind of compulsion.”  He wrote:

“Several coercive proposals deserve discussion, mainly because some countries may ultimately have to resort to them unless current trends in birth rates are rapidly reversed by other means. Some involuntary measures could be less repressive or discriminatory, in fact, than some of the socioeconomic measures suggested.”

Holdren refers approvingly to Indira Gandhi’s government for its (at the time Ecoscience was written) attempt at a compulsory sterilization program:

“India in the mid-1970s not only entertained the idea of compulsory sterilization, but moved toward implementing it…This decision was greeted with dismay abroad, but Indira Gandhi’s government felt it had little other choice. There is too little time left to experiment further with educational programs and hope that social change will generate a spontaneous fertility decline, and most of the Indian population is too poor for direct economic pressures (especially penalties) to be effective.”

Yes, we should be concerned.  Still, it will all be “for the public good.”
As to whether or not it could happen in the United State; yes it could.  This past week we already had a trial balloon floated with the study by the U.S. Preventive Task Force that suggested woman wait until the age of 50 to have regular mammograms to screen for breast cancer rather than starting at the age of 40.  The uproar was immediate and was deafening.  However, it is clearly a view to what will be coming.
If we cede one sixth our of economy – healthcare – to the government and along with it effective control of the most personal aspect of our lives, we will have placed so much power in the hands the government that the only result most certainly will be absolute corruption and abuse.

For the “public good” radical thinking will consolidate more power and control in the hands of the federal government.  We will experience the trampling constitutional rights to citizens while constitutional limitations on government powers will be breached.
The American Revolution continues this Saturday on the floor of the United States Senate.  Debate must be blocked in order to preserve the freedom our founders intended.

I couldn’t resist. As reported by AP News on 10-13-09 , the FDA found vials of drugs, manufactured by Cerezyme, that contain harmful substances. Infected drugs are:  Cerezyme, Fabrazyme, Myozyme, Aldurazyme and Thyrogen.

The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that bits of steel, rubber and fiber found in vials of drugs used to treat rare enzyme disorders could cause serious adverse health effects for patients.

Despite those problems, the FDA said the products would remain on the market, because there are few alternative treatments.

It’s exciting that this administration wants to take over American health care. This follows another incident in June as reported

The FDA announcement is the second case of contamination for the Cambridge, Mass.-based company this year. In June, Genzyme was forced to shut down a key production facility due to viral contamination.

I guess the same old rule applies. Take action after the company is sued for wrongful death. Even then they would try to settle and keep it on the market. Fortunately for Cerezyme, their Board of Directors’ seem well connected.

Henri A. Termeer (Chairman)

Deputy chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s board of directors

Richard F. Syron

Director at Freddie Mac from 2003-2008. Served as president of both the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, and he played a major role in restructuring New England’s banking system following the crises of the early 1990s. He has served as deputy assistant secretary of the United States Treasury, principal assistant to Federal Reserve Chairman Paul A. Volcker, and has held several economic, research, policy and managerial positions in state and national government.

Senator Connie Mack III

Served as a United States Senator from the state of Florida from January 1989 until January 2001. After leaving the Senate, he served as senior policy advisor in the government relations practice at Shaw Pittman

Take it for what it’s worth. Maybe having an ex-senator and one former CEO of Freddie Mac and one current federal reserve bank officials doesn’t have anything to do with allowing this company to continue putting poison on the market. This is the kind of transparency the Obama administration is becoming known for. This is from the administration that wants to take over American everything, but obviously can’t run American anything.

Bloated, manufactured, fudged, inaccurate, misleading, unverifiable, and fraudulent are a few of the words that come to mind when trying to determine where and how the stimulus money is being allocated. If you are looking for a set of hard and fast rules for the disbursement of these funds, the protocols are well summarized by the assistant secretary for management at the Department of Treasury in an  interview with Investigative Reporting Workshop of American University

There are no restrictions on the use of the funds, Dan Tangherlini, an assistant secretary for management at the Department of Treasury, said,…Funds under this program have virtually no strings attached,…These stimulus dollars could just pad the bottom line of companies and the majority of the funding is going to the subsidiaries of foreign firms.

The key here is, no strings attached.  Perhaps the first knee-jerk reaction would be to accuse the White House of committing an egregious act against American workers by providing this stimulus money to foreign companies. The counter argument is that these foreign companies have subsidiaries in the United States, so they should be eligible for this free money. Both arguments have merit, but the Obama administration, that wants to take over the American health care system, cannot clearly establish rules dictating that any foreign companies receiving American taxpayer money must allocate that money to benefit their American subsidiaries only. Since this is not the case, these foreign companies, as stated above, can use the stimulus money to pad the bottom-line of their parent companies, leaving the intended recipients of these funds without. Oh, by the way, the intended recipients are American workers. So, the result is that hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars are being sent oversees to improve the world economy, not the American economy. Take a glimpse for yourself.

An MSNBC report, U.S. stimulus deal buoys U.K. factory’s workers, shows the following:

On Aug. 5, Obama unveiled plans that would allow Navistar to receive $39 million in federal money to build electric battery-powered commercial trucks with Modec…But while Navistar and Modec eventually plan to establish manufacturing facilities in the United States, the first batch of their battery-powered vehicles will come off the shop floor in England, not America…The deal will eventually create up to 700 jobs in the U.S… Navistar’s spokesman Roy Wiley also declined to say when exactly the vehicles would start being produced in the United States. “I won’t respond to timeline questions,” he said. “We’ll start production when we start production.”…Matt Rogers, the Department of Energy’s senior adviser in implementing the Recovery Act program, said the Modec-Navistar deal makes good sense for Americans.

John Waters, the chief executive of Anderson, Ind.-based Bright Automotive, an American manufacturer, stated

(Obama) is giving money to U.S. companies importing vehicles and not exporting them. There is a contradiction there in terms of image and messaging.

The Washington Post report, Foreign Firms Eye Stimulus Dollars, states:

Foreign nations and companies are stepping up their lobbying efforts in Washington and in state capitals…foreign companies, trade ministries and business groups are proceeding cautiously for fear of stoking nationalistic objections from U.S. lawmakers and their constituents. Lobbyists and consultants hired by the companies are warning them to proceed carefully and to emphasize that any contracts would lead to jobs in the United States rather than overseas…If a foreign firm received a stimulus-related contract, most of the wages and product purchases would stay within the United States. But some portion, perhaps up to 40 percent, could leave the country, trade experts said.

Investigative Reporting Workshop reports again in, Overseas firms collecting most green energy money, and discovered the following:

…of the $1.05 billion in clean-energy grants handed out by the government since Sept. 1, 84 percent – a total of $849 million – has gone to foreign wind companies. Spanish utility company, Iberdrola S.A., alone has collected $545 million through its American subsidiary…

European companies, in particular, are well positioned to collect stimulus benefits for clean energy…Obama is well aware of America’s role as an energy innovator slipping while foreign competitors have taken the lead. At a campaign event in Portsmouth, N.H. in October 2007, the president noted that technologies invented in America – like wind turbines, solar panels, and compact fluorescent bulbs – are being developed overseas and sold back to American consumers.

Here’s how the stimulus money for green energy development was distributed:

…first round , ..$499.9 million going to wind developers. Of that, $342.6 million went to two foreign companies – the renewable energy subsidiary of Spanish utility Iberdrola ($294.8 million) and the American subsidiary of Portugese utility EDP Renováveis ($47.7 million)…British private equity firm Terra Firma bought Everpower Wind Holdings, one of two American companies that would receive grants on Sept. 1. The newly British-owned company received $42.2 million in cash…second round…$464.2 million dedicated to wind. All of it went to the subsidiaries of foreign companies – Iberdrola ($250.9 million), Japanese utility Eurus Energy’s American subsidiary ($91.3 million) and German utility E.on Climate and Renewables ‘ American subsidiary ($121.9 million).

So how does the allocation of this stimulus money to foreign companies immediately benefit Americans? As reported,

…in the case of these 11 wind farms, according to data provided by the companies themselves in regulatory filings and collected by the American Wind Energy Association, 982 turbines were installed – 695 of them were manufactured by a foreign company…Using the Renewable Energy Policy Project’s own numbers, as many as 4,500 manufacturing jobs may have been created overseas…other manufacturers, even American-owned ones, have begun building supply chains in countries with cheaper labor costs to provide the thousands of parts that may finally be assembled in the United States.

It appears that the Obama administration will move forward with the unwritten policy to destroy American manufacturing and turn the American workforce into a bunch of service-oriented, value-adding, non-producing pencil pushers. If the immediate goal of the stimulus was to get Americans working again in the private sector, he could have made this money available to American small businesses directly. Instead, the White House provides endless amounts of interest-free money to the banking industry to lend to small businesses. How is that well conceived plan working out? It’s not. Banks are hoarding most the money to cover their gambling losses, while portions of it are being used to invest abroad and portions are used to continue playing the high-stakes poker game called derivatives trading. Small business are getting snubbed by the banks and are unable to obtain the once available short-term funds they once depended on. Maybe those surviving the carnage will learn not to depend on the monetary leeches/parasites of society.

Small business is the backbone of American employment and I cannot believe the White House and Congress are so clueless as not to inject money directly and immediately into American small businesses. Additionally, with the lack of oversight and accountability within all governmental agencies, how can it be expected that stimulus money can even be allocated effectively and efficiently. I can only conclude that this White House and Congress will support employment initiatives that further grow government jobs, green jobs that don’t exist, or further proliferate the swelling ranks of the unemployed and continue de-incentivizing the unemployed by extending unemployment benefits indefinitely. It seems that the Obama administration has figured out the perfect recipe for building a constituency.
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Pehaps this interview is a bit dated, but the point he make is clear, and I agree.

Classic quote from Ted: “I don’t like repeat offenders.  I like dead offenders.”

In this article, Gibbs Says He Doesn’t Know if White House Has Reviewed Constitutionality of Forcing People to Buy Health Insurance, Gibbs was asked about whether the constitutionality of the proposed health care legislation be taken into consideration. While I really didn’t expect them to consider it, I was shocked by this statement he made:

he does not know if White House lawyers have reviewed whether it is constitutional for the federal government to order individuals to buy health insurance and said that the White House is not seriously considering the concerns of people…who believe the mandate is not constitutionally justified.

Even though I consider Orin Hatch (R-Utah) a over worn Washington insider, he makes some valid points in this video regarding the constitutionality of the proposed health care legislation.

As pointed out, once the federal government makes health care coverage compulsory, it will open the flood gates for other compulsory demands that will dictate the live of Americans in the future. No, you will not be deciding your future. You do not know what’s best for you and your family, so please step aside and let our effective and efficient federal government tell you how. No, really. Let this compulsory program slip through and it will never stop.

Wake up America.