Tag Archives: Politics

You The Taxpayer Pays

The taxes you pay are what the government collects and gives away.


“Government Funded Free Stuff. Next time you hear something described as “government funded” remember that the government is 100% taxpayer-funded.”
Image courtesy of http://www.dailyhaha.com/_pics/government_funded.htm.

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Baboon Congress Meets

Quite an accomplished bunch for a change.


“A Congress.  Did you know that a large group of babboons is called a Congress?  That explains a low, doesn’t it!
Image courtesy of http://www.dailyhaha.com/_pics/a_congress.htm.

Debate Technique For The Weak Political Argument

A seemingly prevalent way to talk politics.

“Political debates these days.  Are you losing the debate?  Shout racist.  And you silence the opposition.  Which ends the argument.  Allowing you to claim victory.”
Image courtesy of http://www.dailyhaha.com/_pics/political_debates_these_days.htm.

Politicians Who Offer Free Stuff

Beware the rampant promises during election campaigns.

Nothing is for free.


“Free Stuff Politics.  My reaction when politicians offer free stuff during an election campaign.  There’s free cheese in a mouse trap.”
Image courtesy of http://www.dailyhaha.com/_pics/free_stuff.htm.

Political Postures

 

The big whiff is just a breath away.


“Never before in a picture have I seen it summed up so perfectly..”
Image courtesy of http://imgur.com/lWt6xFf.

Congressmen And Senators Who Voted For Obamacare In 2010

Congressmen And Senators Who Voted For Obamacare.  Originally posted here on October 28, 2010, the links to the official roll call on the votes.  Just in case anyone forgot.  Seems like a refresher is needed.

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CONGRESSMEN WHO VOTED FOR OBAMACAREFrom the United States Congress web site.  Congresswomen, included.

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 887

(Democrats in roman; Republicans in italic; Independents underlined)

H R 3962 RECORDED VOTE 7-Nov-2009 11:16 PM

QUESTION: On Passage

BILL TITLE: Affordable Health Care for America Act

PARTY Ayes Noes PRES NV
Democratic 219 39
Republican 1 176
Independent
TOTALS 220 215  

AYES 220

Abercrombie
Ackerman
Andrews
Arcuri
Baca
Baldwin
Bean
Becerra
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Boswell
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Brown, Corrine
Butterfield
Cao
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carson (IN)
Castor (FL)
Chu
Clarke
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Cohen
Connolly (VA)
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Dahlkemper
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Donnelly (IN)
Doyle
Driehaus
Edwards (MD)
Ellison
Ellsworth
Engel
Eshoo
Etheridge
Farr
Fattah
Filner
Foster
Frank (MA)
Fudge
Garamendi
Giffords
Gonzalez
Grayson
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hall (NY)
Halvorson
Hare
Harman
Hastings (FL)
Heinrich
Higgins
Hill
Himes
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hirono
Hodes
Holt
Honda
Hoyer
Inslee
Israel
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Johnson (GA)
Johnson, E. B.
Kagen
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilpatrick (MI)
Kilroy
Kind
Kirkpatrick (AZ)
Klein (FL)
Langevin
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Lee (CA)
Levin
Lewis (GA)
Lipinski
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Luján
Lynch
Maffei
Maloney
Markey (MA)
Matsui
McCarthy (NY)
McCollum
McDermott
McGovern
McNerney
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Michaud
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Mitchell
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (VA)
Murphy (CT)
Murphy, Patrick
Murtha
Nadler (NY)
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Owens
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor (AZ)
Payne
Pelosi
Perlmutter
Perriello
Peters
Pingree (ME)
Polis (CO)
Pomeroy
Price (NC)
Quigley
Rahall
Rangel
Reyes
Richardson
Rodriguez
Rothman (NJ)
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Salazar
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Schakowsky
Schauer
Schiff
Schrader
Schwartz
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sestak
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Sires
Slaughter
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Space
Speier
Spratt
Stark
Stupak
Sutton
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Tierney
Titus
Tonko
Towns
Tsongas
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walz
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Welch
Wexler
Wilson (OH)
Woolsey
Wu
Yarmuth

NOES 215

Aderholt
Adler (NJ)
Akin
Alexander
Altmire
Austria
Bachmann
Bachus
Baird
Barrett (SC)
Barrow
Bartlett
Barton (TX)
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boccieri
Boehner
Bonner
Bono Mack
Boozman
Boren
Boucher
Boustany
Boyd
Brady (TX)
Bright
Broun (GA)
Brown (SC)
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Buchanan
Burgess
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Calvert
Camp
Campbell
Cantor
Capito
Carter
Cassidy
Castle
Chaffetz
Chandler
Childers
Coble
Coffman (CO)
Cole
Conaway
Crenshaw
Culberson
Davis (AL)
Davis (KY)
Davis (TN)
Deal (GA)
Dent
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Dreier
Duncan
Edwards (TX)
Ehlers
Emerson
Fallin
Flake
Fleming
Forbes
Fortenberry
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Gingrey (GA)
Gohmert
Goodlatte
Gordon (TN)
Granger
Graves
Griffith
Guthrie
Hall (TX)
Harper
Hastings (WA)
Heller
Hensarling
Herger
Herseth Sandlin
Hoekstra
Holden
Hunter
Inglis
Issa
Jenkins
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, Sam
Jones
Jordan (OH)
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Kissell
Kline (MN)
Kosmas
Kratovil
Kucinich
Lamborn
Lance
Latham
LaTourette
Latta
Lee (NY)
Lewis (CA)
Linder
LoBiondo
Lucas
Luetkemeyer
Lummis
Lungren, Daniel E.
Mack
Manzullo
Marchant
Markey (CO)
Marshall
Massa
Matheson
McCarthy (CA)
McCaul
McClintock
McCotter
McHenry
McIntyre
McKeon
McMahon
McMorris Rodgers
Melancon
Mica
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller, Gary
Minnick
Moran (KS)
Murphy (NY)
Murphy, Tim
Myrick
Neugebauer
Nunes
Nye
Olson
Paul
Paulsen
Pence
Peterson
Petri
Pitts
Platts
Poe (TX)
Posey
Price (GA)
Putnam
Radanovich
Rehberg
Reichert
Roe (TN)
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Rooney
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Royce
Ryan (WI)
Scalise
Schmidt
Schock
Sensenbrenner
Sessions
Shadegg
Shimkus
Shuler
Shuster
Simpson
Skelton
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Souder
Stearns
Sullivan
Tanner
Taylor
Teague
Terry
Thompson (PA)
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Turner
Upton
Walden
Wamp
Westmoreland
Whitfield
Wilson (SC)
Wittman
Wolf
Young (AK)
Young (FL)

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SENATORS WHO VOTED FOR OBAMACAREFrom the United States Senate web site.

U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 111th Congress – 1st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate

Vote Summary

Question:   On   Passage of the Bill (H.R. 3590 as Amended )
Vote   Number: 396 Vote   Date: December   24, 2009, 07:05 AM
Required   For Majority: 1/2 Vote   Result: Bill   Passed
Measure   Number: H.R. 3590 (Patient   Protection and Affordable Care Act )
Measure   Title: An   act entitled The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Vote   Counts: YEAs

60

NAYs

39

Not   Voting

1

Alphabetical by Senator Name

Akaka   (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Not Voting
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Burris (D-IL), Yea
Byrd (D-WV), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Enzi   (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Kirk (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
LeMieux (R-FL), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez   (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Nay
Specter (D-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea

Grouped By Vote Position

YEAs —60

Akaka   (D-HI)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Begich (D-AK)
Bennet (D-CO)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burris (D-IL)
Byrd (D-WV)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Conrad (D-ND)
Dodd (D-CT)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Franken   (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Inouye (D-HI)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaufman (D-DE)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kirk (D-MA)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Kohl (D-WI)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Lieberman (ID-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
McCaskill (D-MO)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Merkley (D-OR)
Mikulski   (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schumer (D-NY)
Shaheen (D-NH)
Specter (D-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Tester (D-MT)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Webb (D-VA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wyden (D-OR)

NAYs —39

Alexander   (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Burr (R-NC)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint   (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
LeMieux (R-FL)
Lugar   (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Risch (R-ID)
Roberts (R-KS)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Snowe (R-ME)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Wicker (R-MS)

Not Voting – 1

Grouped by Home State

Alabama: Sessions   (R-AL), Nay Shelby   (R-AL), Nay
Alaska: Begich   (D-AK), Yea Murkowski   (R-AK), Nay
Arizona: Kyl   (R-AZ), Nay McCain   (R-AZ), Nay
Arkansas: Lincoln   (D-AR), Yea Pryor   (D-AR), Yea
California: Boxer   (D-CA), Yea Feinstein   (D-CA), Yea
Colorado: Bennet   (D-CO), Yea Udall   (D-CO), Yea
Connecticut: Dodd   (D-CT), Yea Lieberman   (ID-CT), Yea
Delaware: Carper   (D-DE), Yea Kaufman   (D-DE), Yea
Florida: LeMieux   (R-FL), Nay Nelson   (D-FL), Yea
Georgia: Chambliss   (R-GA), Nay Isakson   (R-GA), Nay
Hawaii: Akaka   (D-HI), Yea Inouye   (D-HI), Yea
Idaho: Crapo   (R-ID), Nay Risch   (R-ID), Nay
Illinois: Burris   (D-IL), Yea Durbin   (D-IL), Yea
Indiana: Bayh   (D-IN), Yea Lugar   (R-IN), Nay
Iowa: Grassley   (R-IA), Nay Harkin   (D-IA), Yea
Kansas: Brownback   (R-KS), Nay Roberts   (R-KS), Nay
Kentucky: Bunning   (R-KY), Not Voting McConnell   (R-KY), Nay
Louisiana: Landrieu   (D-LA), Yea Vitter   (R-LA), Nay
Maine: Collins   (R-ME), Nay Snowe   (R-ME), Nay
Maryland: Cardin   (D-MD), Yea Mikulski   (D-MD), Yea
Massachusetts: Kerry   (D-MA), Yea Kirk   (D-MA), Yea
Michigan: Levin   (D-MI), Yea Stabenow   (D-MI), Yea
Minnesota: Franken   (D-MN), Yea Klobuchar   (D-MN), Yea
Mississippi: Cochran   (R-MS), Nay Wicker   (R-MS), Nay
Missouri: Bond   (R-MO), Nay McCaskill   (D-MO), Yea
Montana: Baucus   (D-MT), Yea Tester   (D-MT), Yea
Nebraska: Johanns   (R-NE), Nay Nelson   (D-NE), Yea
Nevada: Ensign   (R-NV), Nay Reid   (D-NV), Yea
New   Hampshire: Gregg   (R-NH), Nay Shaheen   (D-NH), Yea
New   Jersey: Lautenberg   (D-NJ), Yea Menendez   (D-NJ), Yea
New   Mexico: Bingaman   (D-NM), Yea Udall   (D-NM), Yea
New   York: Gillibrand   (D-NY), Yea Schumer   (D-NY), Yea
North   Carolina: Burr   (R-NC), Nay Hagan   (D-NC), Yea
North   Dakota: Conrad   (D-ND), Yea Dorgan   (D-ND), Yea
Ohio: Brown   (D-OH), Yea Voinovich   (R-OH), Nay
Oklahoma: Coburn   (R-OK), Nay Inhofe   (R-OK), Nay
Oregon: Merkley   (D-OR), Yea Wyden   (D-OR), Yea
Pennsylvania: Casey   (D-PA), Yea Specter   (D-PA), Yea
Rhode   Island: Reed   (D-RI), Yea Whitehouse   (D-RI), Yea
South   Carolina: DeMint   (R-SC), Nay Graham   (R-SC), Nay
South   Dakota: Johnson   (D-SD), Yea Thune   (R-SD), Nay
Tennessee: Alexander   (R-TN), Nay Corker   (R-TN), Nay
Texas: Cornyn   (R-TX), Nay Hutchison   (R-TX), Nay
Utah: Bennett   (R-UT), Nay Hatch   (R-UT), Nay
Vermont: Leahy   (D-VT), Yea Sanders   (I-VT), Yea
Virginia: Warner   (D-VA), Yea Webb   (D-VA), Yea
Washington: Cantwell   (D-WA), Yea Murray   (D-WA), Yea
West   Virginia: Byrd   (D-WV), Yea Rockefeller   (D-WV), Yea
Wisconsin: Feingold   (D-WI), Yea Kohl   (D-WI), Yea
Wyoming: Barrasso   (R-WY), Nay Enzi   (R-WY), Nay

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Health Care Reality Snagged

Politicians sell wishes like candy.  To anyone interested in buying.  The reality of reforming health care spending by forcing insurance companies to restructure their business, forcing medical personnel to succumb to decreasing reimbursements in times of severely escalating costs, and forcing everyone to buy insurance or pay a penalty, was a doomsday project in the making.

Like the old adage goes, is “If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”

Obama: ‘If You Like Your Doctor, You Can Keep Your Doctor’  WSJ  June 15, 2009.

President Barack Obama‘s address to the annual meeting of the American Medical Association … attempted to assure doctors and their patients that his prescription for overhauling the health care system would be good for them.

For patients, he made a sweeping pledge that “no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise:  If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor.  Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan.  Period. No one will take it away.  No matter what.  My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle: fix what’s broken and build on what works.”

…he promised doctors “we can build a health care system that allows you to be physicians instead of administrators and accountants.”

Fast forward four years.

DOJ Brief Warned Majority of Americans With Employer Health Plans Could Lose Coverage.  Fox News Insider.  November 18, 2013.  The warning was made October 2013.

In a startling new report, it turns out that Justice Department admitted in October that most Americans were at risk of losing their employer health care plans.

The DOJ federal brief states: “Even under the grandfathering provision, it is projected that … a majority of group health plans will have lost their grandfather status by the end of 2013.”

Just last week, President Obama said it was never his intention to break his promise that people could keep their existing health care plans. The president has repeatedly maintained that the law would only affect the five percent of the population who are in the individual market.

Facts have a funny way of interfering with sweeping statements.


“I’m not sure what this has to do with WA state health plans…  New low-cost health plans.  Real expert help.  Don’t leave it to chance.”
Image courtesy of http://imgur.com/19816xO.

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