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Holding the Democrats accountable


January 25, 2006

 "So, I say to my Democratic friends, think carefully about what is being done today. Its impact will be felt well beyond this particular nominee," John Kyl (R-AZ) told fellow Senate Judiciary Committee members as they voted against Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.

"In the first instance I suspect that if it comes to the Security Council in a few weeks we would look for a statement that essentially calls on Iran to comply with the existing IAEA resolutions," U.N. Ambassador John Bolton said. "I think that would be a gut check for the Iranians, and if they don't heed that warning we would have to consider what to do next."

"Everyone knows that this is a process called bundling, and that [lobbyist Jack] Abramoff would walk into the firm and ask attorneys to donate $1,000, $500, or $250 to a campaign. This is Abramoff money and this is just an example of the utter hypocrisy that this issue only affects Republicans."

"Pat Leahy is an Abramoff Democrat," Jim Barnett, executive director of the Vermont Republican Party, said.

"When we talk about national security, we are going to go right to what happened to the men and women in uniform," said Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.


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Hillarycare continues

Sen. Hillary Clinton’s push for socialized medicine continues with another e-mail to her friends. While Hillary may not be 'left' enough on the Iraq war for her party’s liking, she is certainly left enough on rationed socialized medicine, and she is making the most of it.

Here is part of her latest e-mail:

Republicans are nothing if not consistent in putting their special-interest friends first.

Today, the Washington Post revealed a back-room deal by Republicans to preserve a loophole in Medicare payment policies that allows insurance companies to receive excess payments from Medicare – to the tune of $22 billion.

You read that correctly.

The Senate tried to act to save Medicare $26 billion in payments to insurance companies. But, in the Republican-controlled conference committee – where both Democrats and the public were shut out – lobbyists for the insurance companies successfully eliminated all but $4 billion of the savings.

Even a prominent Republican health care lobbyist, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, "I have worked many [budget] bills, and this was the most closed I've ever seen."

Once again, Republicans and their campaign contributors win, and the American people lose.

I am not going to stand for it.

Just because Republicans have the audacity to hand over $22 billion in Medicare payments to their lobbyist friends while cutting Medicaid for children and seniors – that doesn't mean we have to take it.

Rep. John Dingell of Michigan and I will introduce legislation to close, once-and-for-all, the loophole allowing insurance companies to bilk Medicare. We will use the savings to restore funding to children's health care and Medicaid slashed by Republicans.

I know how fundamental this issue is to New Yorkers and to Americans everywhere. In fact, before the Washington Post story broke, I had hoped to write you with one simple update today: the first day that I asked you to your share your health care stories with me, over 1,000 of you responded.

That's no fluke. It shows how many Americans are suffering as they have to make terrible choices. Bills they can't pay, insurance they can't afford, pain they can't get treated. It's simply wrong, and I'm going to make sure that all Americans and their representatives know just how wrong it is.

If you haven't shared your health care story with me yet – about how it is impacting you and your family – please do so today. Many of your stories will be posted on, and others will be shared at roundtable discussions going forward.

Please use this link to send your story:

We are united in our determination to stop George Bush from doing with health care what he tried to do with Social Security. We will find real solutions for Americans – not more Republican corporate giveaways under the guise of helping people.

This is a national crisis and a moral failing. And, together, we will turn it around. Please stay tuned for our next steps as we chart a better course to provide health care for all Americans. In the meantime, please send me your health care story by using this link.


Political assassination by impeachment

Editorial by: Roger Wm. Hughes

I was in the stacks at the University of Iowa library decades ago looking for books to complete my research for a class paper when I was drawn to a book written by Eugene McCarthy [note: I have not taken the time to determine which book it was.] In that book, I read about a conversation that occurred in a limousine returning from the White House by the visiting Democrat Congressional leadership. It was a startling revelation.

McCarthy stated in the book that after a meeting with Richard Nixon that occurred early in 1969, someone in the limousine said, "The only way that we are going to get rid of Nixon is to impeach him." McCarthy remembers this as the first time someone mentioned impeachment of the president. It was from then on the goal of the Congressional Democrats to impeach Richard Nixon.

It therefore comes as no surprise that Insight Magazine reports the Bush administration is preparing for impeachment hearings. To many liberals the Terrorism War in Iraq is another Vietnam, and that is good enough reason to impeach President Bush. This has long been a serious matter, and if Democrats gain control of the House of Representatives, it can be an expected consequence.

When I first raised this concern in 2003, many responded that this was all hyperbole. Now, the evidence is becoming clearer that Democrats are bent upon political assassination of this president by impeachment.

Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who likes to defend mass murders like Saddam Hussein, drafted "Articles of Impeachment" early in the first term of the Bush administration. There are thousands of blogs and websites dedicated to the proposition of impeaching President Bush and there are millions of Americans who want to see this president impeached. On the Vote to Impeach website 640,000 individuals have signed their names to the desire that Bush be impeached.

Of course, the current thinking is to attack Bush for acting illegally in the National Security Agency’s spying on al Qaeda communications with Americans. Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean has stated, "The question remains: Why did President Bush deliberately choose to break the law?"

They must be stopped.

We must understand that there is a growing drumbeat from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and other democrats who will soon participate in Senate Judiciary hearings on whether the action by the NSA is illegal. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), who chairs the committee, has already used the word impeachment when speaking about possible consequences if the President acted illegally in the wiretappings.

It is important that Republican members of the Judiciary Committee be fortified by helping them to understand how these hearings will be used. It is important that the nation not be affronted by a one-sided circus claiming that the President has no powers under the constitution that Congress can’t take away.

We need to take seriously the determination by Democrat members of Congress and their supporters - be they or impeachment websites like Ramsey Clark’s. We need to sound the alarm that these people actually believe that defending this country against the Mid East Islamic terrorists is a crime. In fact, we must warn people that they believe that the war on terrorism is confined to Afghanistan and al Qaeda.

We need to defend ourselves against these Utopians in the same way that we had to defend this nation against those who told us that Joseph Stalin and Communism was a good thing. They are from the same whole cloth. After all, they believe that most of these problems that we are confronting are our own fault.

They believe that it is our fault that we drive cars and heat our large homes. It is our fault that we consume more resources than the rest of the world. It is our fault that we are dependent on oil. It is above all else our fault.

No one offers these impeachment nuts the embodiment of their belief in American guilt, corruption and misguided behavior more than President Bush. It was, for goodness sake, President Bush who called Iraq, Iran and North Korea 'evil empires.' How can we trust someone who doesn’t understand that the evil empire is us after all? This is the logic of these Utopians.

This fallacy must be stopped. Every citizen of this nation has an obligation to end this ridiculous argument. Evil is defined by nations that starve, kill and maim their own people. Evil is a religious cult that believes it is right to inflict terrorism on innocent people. Evil is a fool who doesn’t know the difference.



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