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In a last-minute effort to confuse appeals voters in Oregon, the Ways and Means Committee of the House Legislature adopted House Bill 2414, which fundamentally changes the way referrals of legislative measures are treated.
Washington, DC - Each day in hospitals across the country, lives are saved by innovate treatments and skilled doctors. Which course of treatment to take often requires the thoughtful opinion of an experienced doctor based on both years of experience and training and an understanding of the unique situation of the individual receiving the treatment. But if America moves to a multi-trillion dollar centralized medical system as proposed by President Obama, government health care administrators will base treatment on costs rather than on an individual patients needs. Expensive cutting edge treatments will be severely discouraged and limited, decreasing the life saving tools at our doctor's disposal.
“[I]n the absence of universal health care, which is present in every industrial country in the world but the United States, guaranteed issue and community rating are the only humane policy.”
On behalf of hundreds of thousands of FreedomWorks members nationwide, I urge you to vote “No” on H.R. 2454, the Waxman-Markey “American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.” H.R. 2454 calls for a “cap and trade” system for the regulation of greenhouse gases, and is in essence, a tax that will drive up energy costs across the board. The best projections estimate that the climate bill would result in a barely measurable 0.05 degree Celsius temperature “savings” over the next fifty years. In the meantime, over those fifty years, the economic effect would be far more tangible and disastrous.Independent experts estimate that in the next eight years the legislation will take $2 trillion dollars from our economy, redistributing it to powerful, favored institutions through a complex regulatory scheme with standards that are impossible to meet, as has been found in other countries with similar systems in place. Actually doing so would set our economy back over 130 years to 1875, the last recorded time our carbon-emissions met the legislation’s goals. At a cost of any where from $750 to over $3,000 a year per family, the price is far too high for so little in return. High energy prices affect everything from heating, electricity, and fuel prices to agriculture, manufacturers, and shipping costs. These are the unavoidable costs of living and the burden of this legislation will fall most heavily on the poor who spend a higher percentage of their income on these essentials making cap and trade a regressive tax that forces impossible decisions between food and the drive to work.The astronomical costs of this bill and the unachievable caps that cripple many industries such as farmers and miners will mean the loss of many jobs as manufacturers, shippers, and others are forced to scale back, close, or send jobs overseas. While the prospect of numerous new “green” jobs has been widely touted, a recent study by economist Gabriel Calzada has found that for every one green job, 2.2 other jobs are lost or not created. Each of those jobs comes at an enormous subsidy that pours money from the private sector into an overpriced, inefficient industry. An economy suffering from massive losses of jobs and wealth, and strapped with a staggering deficit cannot afford a plan that would exacerbate these problems. Promised cleaner alternatives to our current fossil-fuel based technology are still years out of reach. Rolling back regulations that stifle alternatives like nuclear would be a less costly option.On behalf of our FreedomWorks activists, I again urge you to vote “No” on H.R. 2454 and will count your vote as a KEY VOTE when calculating the FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard for 2009. The FreedomWorks Economic Freedom Scorecard is used to determine eligibility for the Jefferson Award, which recognizes members of Congress with voting records that support economic freedom.
As lawmakers continue to question all involved in the 2008 deal that brought securities firm Merrill Lynch under the command of Bank of America Corp., questions arise as to the legality of the Federal Reserve's role in the negotiations.
Although this note may seem similar in content and intent to my note yesterday about Barack Obama’s outrageous news conference, Robert Reich’s Wednesday WSJ plea for government-run health care deserves an equal smack-down. Reich’s entire article is filled with misleading statements – not quite lies, but with the same effect. Let’s go through his opinion in some detail:
Buffet explains how Cap and Tax hurts the poor and our economy. H/t: Club for Growth
This is an urgent message from FreedomWorks. By now you’ve probably heard that leaders in the House have cobbled together enough compromises late Monday night to get the dreaded “Cap and Trade” bill to the floor this Friday. More accurately referred to as “Cap and Tax,” the Waxman-Markey climate legislation is an enormous energy tax that would deal a severe blow to our already shaky economy. It is vital that you Take Action now. We are asking that you take some time to do three things.
In a familiar storyline, Pennsylvania lawmakers are seeking to close a budget gap of some $3.2 billion by—you guessed it—raising taxes. To that end, Governor Ed Rendell has called for a “modest” hike of 16 percent in the state income tax rate from 3.07 to 3.57 percent for the next three years. Similar “temporary” tax hikes, implemented in 1983 and 1991, have yet to be fully repealed.
Stock up on the Earl Grey and the English Breakfast: the GOP-led tea party activists are set to begin another series of anti-tax demonstrations around the country in July.