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Inspired by the recent nationwide Tax Day “Tea Party” protest rallies, local Tampa Bay chapters of national grassroots organizations have joined forces to protest proposals for expanded government control of American health care. The Tea Party Patriots, the 9/12 Project, ResistNet, FreedomWorks.org, and others will assemble outside congressional offices on July 2nd to tell their U.S. Representatives and Senators that the proposed hostile government takeover of America’s health care system is unacceptable. Americans will not stand by and watch their taxes go up to fund a socialized medicine scheme that will crowd out private insurance and effectively lead to health care rationing.The protesters seek to preserve the doctor-patient relationship, expand consumer choice and financial empowerment of patients, and promote market-based solutions in order to make high-quality, affordable healthcare accessible to all Americans. Florida FreedomWorks Field Coordinator Tom Gaitens commented:“July 2nd is the actual anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and in Florida we plan to celebrate that day at every Representative and Senator’s district offices rallying for freedom and against the latest big-government scheme to come out of Washington: government-run health care. A government takeover of America’s health care system will lead to rationing, reduced care and less individual control over one’s own health. You do not fix health care for the 15% by rationing it for the 85%.”Healthcare Freedom Rallies are planned for July 2, 2009 at four locations in Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties: Senator Bill Nelson's Office801 N. Florida Ave.Sam Gibbons Federal Courthouse, 4th floorTampa, FL 33602Hours: 4:00-7:00pmCongressman Gus Bilirakis’ OfficePalm Harbor Professional Center35111 US HWY 19 North, Suite30Palm Harbor, FL 34684Hours: 3:00 - 6:00pm Congresswoman Kathy Castor’s Office4144 N. Armenia Ave., Suite300Tampa, FL 33609Hours: 3:00 – 6:00pmCongressman C.W. “Bill” Young’s Office9199 113th St. N.Seminole, FL 33772 (At Seminole City Hall, across from St. Pete College Seminole Campus)Hours: 4:00 - 6:00 pmRallies are free and open to the public. Families are welcome. Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their own homemade signs. For more information, updates, and locations of additional rallies in Florida, visit: www.nogovernmenthealthcare.com.
FreedomWorks Congressional Action Team member Alice Click was published over the weekend as a guest commentator in the Hinton News. The article, "How do Higher Energy Costs Help Open Idle Steel Mills or Struggling Auto Makers" nailed the crux of the debate: the legislation kills jobs. Click went on to urge readers to contact Sen. Rockefeller.
It looks as if President Obama and Congress could take a few economics lessons from Chancellor Angela Merkel. While the US is going to try to spend her way out of the financial crisis by putting more taxes on the American people to finance the stimulus package, Chancellor Merkel has opted for the path less-traveled—the more laissez-faire path that is. Although hardly a perfect model (Germany did spend billions of euros to bail out her banks), Chancellor Merkel is not going to implement higher taxes in an attempt to fix the economy. With elections on the horizon and a projection of a 6% drop in GDP, the Chancellor is getting serious about making economic growth her priority.
If the taxes the Waxman-Markey bill would effectively levy on Americans were not enough to delight you, then a provision this bill contains that would further alienate China - just as several pieces of recent news suggest a trade war with China might be brewing - ought to do the trick.
Beneath the surface of a Cap and Tax debate that has only just begun to rage in this country, a basic premise is largely being taken for granted. Prominent fixtures of the political class, from Al Gore to Newt Gingrich to John McCain, have accepted and declared as fact that the Earth is getting warmer, the icecaps are getting smaller, carbon is to blame, and only government can save the day.
This past Saturday, June 27, a group of Temecula, CA free-market activists led by Bridget Blanton staged a spur of the moment protest against the cap and trade legislation that passed the House the previous evening. The demonstrators urged passerby to get involved and call their Senators as the legislation progresses.
My long-lost friend Scott Jones wrote a comment to my note yesterday (on my own blog at http://rossputin.com about “What we’re up against” which I think is representative of potentially the majority of Democrats in society (not the majority of Democrats in Congress.) So for today’s note, I’m going to offer my response to Scott. For the record, Scott is NOT lazy or blinded by Obama’s cult of personality, but I certainly intend to make the most of a part of his comment which describes many people who are both of those things.
Waxman-Markey passed the House today and liberals took their first step towards a huge new energy tax. The fight continues and we will have our work cut out for us in the Senate after the July 4 Recess. See below for detail on the vote break-down:Waxman-Markey Cap and Trade passes… 219 YES, 212 NO8 Republican YES (Bono Mack, Castle, Kirk, Lance, LoBiondo, Reichert, Smith, McHugh)168 Republican NO211 Democrat YES
Washington, DC – The Obama administration scored a major legislative victory in making gasoline, electric, and other forms of energy more expensive today when the House of Representatives passed Cap and Trade legislation. As America’s manufacturing sector struggles with competition and a poor economy, higher energy prices could be the knock out blow for hundreds of thousands of jobs. Just how do higher energy costs help open idle steel mills or the struggling auto makers? How do higher prices at the pump and skyrocketing electric bills help families struggling through a recession? Congress voted 219 to 212 today to kill real jobs and replace them with hypothetical ‘green’ jobs by two vote. Only 8 Republicans voted for the final passage. Congress could have embraced ‘all of the above’ energy policies that would have encouraged the development of nuclear, renewable, and traditional forms of energy that would lower energy prices for Americans. Due to its astronomical costs and questions regarding its so-called greenhouse-gas emissions benefits, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) had many lawmakers undecided as it was brought to the floor. Thanks to some last-minute backroom deals, Pelosi managed to gain the support of just enough moderate and “blue dog” Democrats to pass the bill. The bill now moves to the Senate, where it faces a tough fight. Under the new act, as many as 7 million jobs could be lost in addition to increased energy costs by as much as $3,100 per family. The bill includes a price tag of $646 billion, adding further stress to a mounting deficit and debilitated economy. According to various studies, the resulting reductions of CO2 from such legislation are negligible at best. Most recently, billionaire investor Warren Buffett, a supporter and on-again, off-again advisor of President Obama, slammed the Waxman-Markey bill as nothing more than a “regressive” national energy tax on all Americans. This is an understatement. H.R. 2454 could turn out to be the largest tax hike in American history. FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe observed: “The Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade legislation is just another piece of legislation in a long line that will continue to strangle our economy during tough times. This bill does nothing to stimulate the economy, nor will it result in any meaningful environmental change for the better. It is all cost and no benefit. Unfortunately, that cost will be incurred by the average American family for many years to come.”