Obama and the SOTU Speech

I didn’t plan on addressing President Obama’s speech, but it struck me in a funny way.  As Organizer and Chairman of the FWB Tea Party, I have developed a new respect for the challenges our elected leaders face as they try to do the right thing for their voters.  During Wednesday night’s SOTU speech, I realized President Obama isn’t some megalomaniacal  dictator in sheep’s skin.  He is merely in over his head.

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once said that there are things you know you know, things you know you don’t know, and things you don’t know you don’t know.  As President Obama fights to save his presidency, it appears more that he just doesn’t understand what is truly needed to lead a complex organization, such as the U.S. Government.  It isn’t particularly surprising, as President Obama has never even led a Fortune 500 company, been a governor, or been a Vice President.  He doesn’t understand the job he sits in.

This isn’t to say President Obama can’t learn on the job.  Judging by the growing gray in his hair, Obama has surely learned a heckuva lot over his first year as President.  Before people spout off in anger about his ulterior motives to destroy the U.S. and turn us into a Communist nation, try stepping back and picturing how challenging it would be for you to find yourself leading one of the most complex and dynamic organizations in the history of the world.

That being said, while President Obama gets a crash coarse on how to actually lead and rally our great nation, I have to condemn some of the advice Obama has received in office.  I must also place a lot of blame for our current situation on the leaders in the House and the Senate, in particular, on Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.  Both of these “leaders” know exactly how Washington works and have taken advantage of our new president from Day 1.

They have used his good intentions and naivete to ram through disastrous legislation and regulation.  They have used Obama to pass a spending bill and had Obama sell it as a Stimulus Package.  They stole trillions from the treasury to pay off a lot of political donors and used Obama as cover.

Like anyone new to a job, you are very excited to implement your own ideas and make the world a better place.  President Obama proposed some things that were idealistic, but that he felt would make our country stronger.  But once again, Congress used his learning curve to write up a whole list of pet projects and special interest regulations.

I am starting to see a pattern where President Obama would like to be a great president but may be about 12-20 years too early.  His life and career experience haven’t allowed him to understand that there are things he doesn’t know that he doesn’t know right now.  The Democrat Congressional leaders are about to destroy this promising young president’s career because they can’t work hard to pass good legislation needed to make President Obama look a lot better while he gains experience as our nation’s leader.

It is time to hire a new batch of mature legislators who will help our president and our nation to succeed.  It is time to put responsible people in charge and get our economy back on track.  The current Congress has shown no signs of making this happen, so in 2010, we will replace Congress and encourage the new elected leaders to help President Obama put in much better legislation to move the U.S. into the 21st century for the citizens and small businesses rather than for corrupt politicians using their power, authority, and tax dollars to buy favors and campaign contributions.

Don’t blame an inexperienced President for our problems in government.  Blame the out-of-touch Congressmen, Senators, and career staffers who have been up there 30 years living the high life and ruining our nation.  I ask for Congress to remove Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid as leaders of the House and the Senate, respectively, and try to help this President learn how to lead the right way.  Congressman Allen Boyd (D-FL-2), how can you defend voting for Pelosi of all the potential House Speakers with all the midnight votes, pay offs, bribes and massive deficits, yet tell your conservative and independent electorate that you aren’t one of those D.C. Democrats?  Time to remove Pelosi or remove yourself.

We the People will NOT tolerate another 1-3 years having Pelosi and Reid ruin our beloved Republic.  We still aren’t sold on President Obama yet, but I, for one, will give him the benefit of the doubt for now.  But there is no excuse for career politicians like Pelosi and Reid for the problems they are causing in D.C.

Letter Writing Tips – Ed Winkelseth

I recommend the first paragraph of any letter be personal so as to remove the appearance of the letter being a fill in the blanks form letter.

I also recommend dropping the Dear in the Salutation; address them as Councilman, Representative, Congressman, Attorney General, Mayor, Senator, President or whatever.  They like their titles and in the rest of the letter you will be addressing the fact that if they don’t do the job they were elected to do they may not have the title very long.

Another important thing to remember is some of these folks are seeking higher office, McCollum wants to be Governor, Crist wants to be our Senator, etc.  Remind them that you are watching how well they perform their present duties and this will serve as an indicator of their suitability to hold higher office.

When you get to the closure let them know you expect action on their part.

Examples of the first sentence of the opening paragraph include, but are in no way limited to (remember the more original it is the harder hitting it will be) the following, and after that a short sentence or two are where the reader will be able to see this is not a form letter.

I am a single parent.
I am a stay at home mother
I am a small business owner
I am a plumber, electrician, clerk, secretary, etc.
I am a disabled veteran, veteran, military retiree, etc.
I am a naturalized citizen
I am a “whatever”

Another thing to remember is to make sure we have the correct legislation number for the individual we are writing; Senators vote on Bills preceded by a “Sxxxxx” and representatives vote on Bill numbers preceded by a “Hxxxx”

Stimulus Watch Website

Here’s your chance to participate in the stimulus program. State Rep. Greg Evers contacted me about this website and asked that we begin to review and vote on these projects. This is not a vote whether you agree or disagree with the stimulus program – the cows, and dollars, have left the barn.

Rather this is your chance to evaluate the quality of the projects. You can sort by zip, and then open a project, read about it, and vote.

Rep. Evers is having his committee in Tallahassee review these projects as well. You can contact him at greg.evers@myfloridahouse.gov to thank him or advise him of what his committee should look into should you see “shenanigans”.

http://stimuluswatch.org/2.0/

Message from the Chris Saccomanno:

DC Healthcare Bill is the Wrong Bill, at the Wrong Place, at the Wrong Time

I try to encourage people to take action and participate in County Commission Boards, political parties, and many areas of the political process. You will be surprised at how much you, personally, can influence when you just find one area which interests you and you make an ongoing commitment to be a part of the process.

That being said, I want to address why I am wholeheartedly against the DC-centric healthcare bill moving through the Federal Government right now.

The current bill does nothing to address the cost of healthcare outside of federal rationing. Insurance costs are skyrocketing because the basic cost of healthcare is going up. If you pass a bill that doesn?t address the core problem, then it is a complete waste of time and money.

The only way to bring down the cost is to get the government out of the healthcare business almost completely. We need more doctors and help them to start individual practices. The doctors can only do this if the AMA loosens it?s grip on the doctor quotas of our medical schools and the government must pass legislation to help small practices survive by passing medical lawsuit reform. U.S. doctors are some of the best trained medical professionals in the world and try their best to provide top notch service. They should not be subject to massive lawsuits just because the human body sometimes doesn?t react properly to well-intentioned treatment.

Once there is a free market healthcare system in place, costs will come down, quality and access will increase dramatically, and insurance costs for catastrophic conditions will be drastically reduced. It is all relatively simple, but the DC bill does not address any of these issues.

Reduce the cost of healthcare through free markets and entrepreneurship, then we can talk about government?s role to help the poor, the elderly, pre-existing conditions, and other vulnerable citizens who need a little extra help. Throw out the current bill and start with something that makes sense!

Letters from Attorneys General to Pelosi and Reid

December 30, 2009

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi – Speaker, United States House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515Attorney General, South Carolina

The Honorable Harry Reid – Majority Leader, United States Senate, Washington, DC 20510

The undersigned state attorneys general, in response to numerous inquiries, write to express our grave concern with the Senate version of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“H.R. 3590”). The current iteration of the bill contains a provision that affords special treatment to the state of Nebraska under the federal Medicaid program. We believe this provision is constitutionally flawed. As chief legal officers of our states we are contemplating a legal challenge to this provision and we ask you to take action to render this challenge unnecessary by striking that provision.

It has been reported that Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson’s vote, for H.R. 3590, was secured only after striking a deal that the federal government would bear the cost of newly eligible Nebraska Medicaid enrollees. In marked contrast all other states would not be similarly treated, and instead would be required to allocate substantial sums, potentially totaling billions of dollars, to accommodate H.R. 3590’s new Medicaid mandates. In addition to violating the most basic and universally held notions of what is fair and just, we also believe this provision of H.R. 3590 is inconsistent with protections afforded by the United States Constitution against arbitrary legislation.

In that Congress does not possess the right under the Spending Power to demonstrate a “display of arbitrary power.” Congressional spending cannot be arbitrary and capricious. The spending power of Congress includes authority to accomplish policy objectives by conditioning receipt of federal funds on compliance with statutory directives, as in the Medicaid program. However, the power is not unlimited and “must be in pursuit of the ‘general welfare.’ ”

Supreme Court stated, “that conditions on federal grants might be illegitimate if they are unrelated to the federal interest in particular national projects or programs.” seems axiomatic that the federal interest in H.R. 3590 is not simply requiring universal health care, but also ensuring that the states share with the federal government the cost of providing such care to their citizens. This federal interest is evident from the fact this legislation would require every state, except Nebraska, to shoulder its fair share of the increased Medicaid costs the bill will generate. The provision of the bill that relieves a single state from this cost-sharing program appears to be not only unrelated, but also antithetical to the legitimate federal interests in the bill.

The fundamental unfairness of H.R. 3590 may also give rise to claims under the due process, equal protection, privileges and immunities clauses and other provisions of the Constitution. As a practical matter, the deal struck by the United States Senate on the “Nebraska Compromise” is a disadvantage to the citizens of 49 states. Every state’s tax dollars, except Nebraska’s, will be devoted to cost-sharing required by the bill, and will be therefore unavailable for other essential state programs. Only the citizens of Nebraska will be freed from this diminution in state resources for critical state services. Since the only basis for the Nebraska preference is arbitrary and unrelated to the substance of the legislation, it is unlikely that the difference would survive even minimal scrutiny.

We ask that Congress delete the Nebraska provision from the pending legislation, as we prefer to avoid litigation. Because this provision has serious implications for the country and the future of our nation’s legislative process, we urge you to take appropriate steps to protect the Constitution and the rights of the citizens of our nation. We believe this issue is readily resolved by removing the provision in question from the bill, and we ask that you do so.

By singling out the particular provision relating to special treatment of Nebraska, we do not suggest there are no other legal or constitutional issues in the proposed health care legislation.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance as you consider this matter.

Sincerely,

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Rob McKenna – Attorney General, Washington

Mike Cox – Attorney General, Michigan

Greg Abbott – Attorney General, Texas

John Suthers – Attorney General, Colorado

Troy King – Attorney General, Alabama

Wayne Stenehjem – Attorney General, North Dakota

Bill Mims – Attorney General, Virginia

Tom Corbett – Attorney General, Pennsylvania

Mark Shurtleff – Attorney General, Utah

Bill McCollum – Attorney General, Florida

Lawrence Wasden – Attorney General, Idaho

Marty Jackley – Attorney General, South Dakota

Wayne Harris to attend Jan 12th Tea Party Meeting

Mr. Harris, the Chairman of the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners, has accepted our invitation and will speak at our regular meeting at the American Legion at 7PM. Let’s have a big turnout so we can interact with our elected officials!

Sacred Heart CEO Acknowledges the Uselessness of DC-Centric Healthcare

Roger Hall, CEO of Sacred Heart finally chimes in that the Dems healthcare proposal is pointless at best, grossly damaging at worst.

The president and CEO of Sacred Heart on the Emerald Coast does not believe the proposed health insurance reform in Washington will improve care because the problems are larger than that.

Roger Hall, the hospital’s top executive, told a large group at Wednesday’s Walton Area Chamber of Commerce’s Power of Business luncheon that the nation’s entire healthcare system was broken, not just insurance.

“Do we need healthcare reform? Certainly,” he said.

Do we need healthcare reform?  Oh, absolutely.  The problem with our system is the underlying cost of healthcare.  So, of course, DC proposes a plan to move money around so all the middlemen in government, the healthcare lawsuit industry, the insurance industry, the pharmaceutical industry, AMA, AARP, and whoever else I have missed….so all the middlemen get their financial cut at our expense.

It is not a national shame we don’t have government-provided healthcare.  It is a shame our elected servants are in a smokey bar in downtown DC dividing up our national treasury.   I try very hard to give all sides a chance and be as fair as possible, but this Democrat government takeover plan should be a complete disgrace to anyone in the Democratic Party.

We demand the GOP cleans it’s house and we demand the Democrats clean house of the “politics as usual” garbage.  President Obama inspired a nation with talk of cleaner, more open government, fiscal discipline, and a greater role of the People in the whole process.  You all should honor his wishes and start standing up for doing things right.