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An Incriminating Timeline: The Obama Administration and Libya

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Protesters fight against contraceptive mandates | News – Home

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Obama administration deletes religious service for student loan forgiveness – HUMAN EVENTS

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Geithner: US May Close Down Freddie, Fannie

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Obama’s Blocking Of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts

Obama’s Blocking Of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts

via Obama’s Blocking Of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts.

Fury as hospitals hit with outages while post-industrial collapse of America accelerates

Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Thursday, February 3, 2011

The rolling blackouts now being implemented in Texas and across the country as record cold weather grips the United States are a direct consequence of the Obama administration’s agenda to lay siege to the coal industry, launch a takeover of infrastructure under the contrived global warming scam, and help usher in the post-industrial collapse of America.

Planned power outages conducted by utility companies have caused outrage amongst officials at four major hospitals in Texas, at Parkland, Baylor, Methodist and Presbyterian Dallas.

“Because of the sensitive life-saving equipment, hospitals are considered “critical care facilities,” and supposed to be exempt from rolling blackouts,” reports CBS 11. “That’s exactly what Presbyterian Dallas was led to believe. “We were of the understanding that hospitals and other critical-care providers were not supposed to be affected by planned outages,” said hospital spokesman Stephen O’Brien.”

As well as hospitals, nursing homes, fire stations, police stations, other emergency response facilities have also been hit with outages as demand soars due to freezing temperatures. Many places in Texas now rely on Mexico to supply their power.

“Mexico’s state electricity company on Wednesday started supplying electricity to the US state of Texas, where demand shot up amid unusually cold temperatures and caused power outages,” reports AFP.

Hospitals are supposed to be exempt from the blackouts which hit yesterday, with power company Oncor attributing the outages to a “mistake,” but there were no such mistakes when it came to supplying power to Cowboys Stadium. The government has ensured that the blackouts will not affect Super Bowl venues, a decision that has left residents furious.

Street lights and traffic lights have also been hit by the outages, causing traffic build-ups and other hazards more typically associated with a decrepit underdeveloped country, and not with the supposed leading light of the prosperous first world

The inability of power companies to meet demand is almost exclusively a consequence of the Obama administration’s publicly stated goal to bankrupt the coal industry and in turn ram through the de-industrialization of America under the guise of the phony global warming mantra.

Even as China and Mexico are allowed to build dozens of new power plants every year, the United States is barely permitted to construct a handful, as the Environmental Protection Agency takes control of refineries and power plants under the completely fraudulent pretext of preventing global warming even as the country experiences some of the coldest weather seen for decades.

Texas has been the epicenter in a battle over the Obama administration’s drive to have the EPA regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Texas is the only state that has refused to implement a permit process.

“Austin said it would not establish such a scheme for greenhouse gas emissions because the US Environmental Protection Agency had no authority to regulate them as of January 2,” reported the Financial Times.

“Twelve other states are mounting a legal challenge to the federal government’s authority but they, unlike Texas, are implementing the new measures while the dispute makes its way through the courts.”

Local environmental officials in Texas were again involved in a fight with the EPA after the, “Texas Commission on Environmental Quality last week approved an air permit for the $3.2 billion Las Brisas Energy Center despite a formal EPA request that the commission delay issuing the permit until EPA’s concerns about the plant’s emissions impacts are fully addressed.”

The Obama administration is conducting industrial warfare against the United States. Obama’s 2008 promise to “bankrupt” the coal industry by placing suffocating restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions even as China and other countries are given free reign to pollute at will is now coming to fruition. This is all part of the “post-industrial revolution” that the global elite have promised to enforce as a means of turning the United States into a decaying banana republic.

It’s also about the federal government’s drive to seize infrastructure and sell it to the highest foreign bidder by gradually squeezing the ability of local independent utility companies to meet demand in American communities.

 The shortage of power plants to meet the demands of Texans and other Americans in areas across the country is down to the EPA holding local utility companies hostage and blocking them from building desperately needed new power plants.

Obama’s January greenhouse gas rules restricted the amount of emissions allowable for new power plants, while giving an exemption to General Electric, an intimate administration insider.

Although local coal companies are the ones suffering, the transnational power giants are in on the scam. Knowing that they can move production offshore and produce energy with far fewer costs and restrictions in places like Mexico and China, huge oil companies are constantly contriving artificial scarcity as a means of driving up prices and eliminating competition from smaller utility companies.

As internal memos from the mid-1990′s that were leaked in 2005 show, oil giants like Mobil, Chevron and Texaco are deliberately reducing refining capacity to drive, “independent refiners out of business in an effort to increase prices.”

“Large oil companies have for a decade artificially shorted the gasoline market to drive up prices,” said FTCR president Jamie Court. “Oil companies know they can make more money by making less gasoline.”

American Republic replaced by “Council of Governors”?

American Republic replaced by “Council of Governors”?.

By Judi McLeod  Tuesday, January 12, 2010

imageQuietly—even stealthily—in the opening days of the New Year, President Barack Obama has set up a “Council of Governors”.

Like the 30-plus czars running America with neither the people’s nor the congress’s blessings, the Council of Governors is already a done deal.

“Is this a first step towards Martial Law, or a tie to the InterPol, RAND National Police Force stuff we’ve been hearing about,” asked a Texas patriot who tipped off Canada Free Press (CFP) after finding news of the new Council of Governors on Twitter.  “Is this a sort of Homeland Security Politburo?

  “I do know it’s another sleuth order executed without any announcement, OR EXPLANATION to the People.”

  Patriots know by now that the promised Obama “transparency” is a fog.

  Checking the Net on the Council of Governors, CFP found other than a few blogs only UPI.com had the story as of this morning:

“President Barack Obama Monday established a panel of state governors to collaborate with Washington on a variety of potential emergencies, the White House said.” (UPI.com, Jan. 11, 2010 at 11:54 p.m.).  “Obama signed an executive order establishing a panel to be known as the Council of Governors, which will be made up of 10 state governors, to be selected by the president to serve two-year terms.  Members will review matters involving the National Guard; homeland defense; civil support; and synchronization and integration of state and federal military activities in the United States, the White House said in a statement.

“The statement said the White House would seek input from governors and governors’ association (sic) in deciding which governors to appoint to the council, which will have no more than five governors from the same party.

“The secretaries of defense and homeland security will also sit on the council, as will presidential assistants for homeland security and counter-terrorism, intergovernmental affairs, the U.S. Northern Command commander, the commander of the East Coast Guard, and the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

  “The panel was set up under a provision of the Fiscal Year 2008 National Defense Authorization Act, the White House said.”

  There was no timestamp on the latest Emergency Order from Whitehouse.gov, which readers can see below.

  The Obama administration seems to be conducting the business of America under cover of the dark.

EXECUTIVE ORDER
ESTABLISHMENT OF THE COUNCIL OF GOVERNORS

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America,including section 1822 of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-181), and in order to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State governments to protect our Nation and its people and property, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Council of Governors.
(a) There is established a Council of Governors (Council).The Council shall consist of 10 State Governors appointed by the President (Members), of whom no more than five shall be of the same political party. The term of service for each Member appointed to serve on the Council shall be 2 years, but a Member may be reappointed for additional terms.
(b) The President shall designate two Members, who shall not be members of the same political party, to serve as Co-Chairs of the Council.

Sec. 2. Functions.
The Council shall meet at the call of the Secretary of Defense or the Co-Chairs of the Council to exchange views, information, or advice with the Secretary of Defense; the Secretary of Homeland Security; the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism; the Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement; the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs; the Commander,United States Northern Command; the Chief, National Guard Bureau; the Commandant of the Coast Guard; and other appropriate officials of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense, and appropriate officials of other executive departments or agencies as may be designated by the Secretary of Defense or the Secretary of Homeland Security.Such views, information, or advice shall concern:
(a) matters involving the National Guard of the various States;
(b) homeland defense;
(c) civil support;
(d) synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and
(e) other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.

Sec. 3. Administration.
(a) The Secretary of Defense shall designate an Executive Director to coordinate the work of the Council.
(b) Members shall serve without compensation for their work on the Council. However, Members shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, as authorized by law.
(c) Upon the joint request of the Co-Chairs of the Council, the Secretary of Defense shall, to the extent permitted by law and subject to the availability of appropriations, provide the Council with administrative support,assignment or detail of personnel, and information as may be necessary for the performance of the Council’s functions.
(d) The Council may establish subcommittees of the Council. These subcommittees shall consist exclusively of Members of the Council and any designated employees of a Member with authority to act on the Member’s behalf, as appropriate to aid the Council in carrying out its functions under this order.
(e) The Council may establish a charter that is consistent with the terms of this order to refine further its purpose,scope, and objectives and to allocate duties, as appropriate,among members.

Sec. 4. Definitions. As used in this order:
(a) the term “State” has the meaning provided in paragraph (15) of section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002(6 U.S.C. 101(15)); and
(b) the term “Governor” has the meaning provided in paragraph (5) of section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122(5)).

Sec. 5. General Provisions.
(a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
– (1) the authority granted by law to a department, agency, or the head thereof; or
– (2) functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary,administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

BARACK OBAMA
THE WHITE HOUSE,January 11, 2010.

Protesters chide ‘mainstream media’; Obama

Protesters chide ‘mainstream media,’ Obama.


AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Sunday, October 18, 2009

Don Putnam said he gets frustrated when he speaks to his neighbors in South Austin and they have not heard about issues that he considers important, those that he learned about through conservative media sources such as the Fox News Channel.

An example, he said, is a story accusing workers at ACORN, a national group dedicated to community organizing, of engaging in various forms of illegal activity. The story broke last month on Fox News, which aired the work of filmmakers who went undercover at several offices of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now.

Putnam said he was frustrated with the lag between the time that the story was on Fox and when it made onto what he calls the “mainstream media,” including the American-Statesman.

To vent his frustration, Putnam joined more than 40 people with various gripes — including the Obama administration — in a protest at the foot of the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge, near an entrance to the Statesman.

They call themselves “tea party” protesters and said theirs was among other protests of media outlets happening across the nation. One of the reasons for the protests was what organizers said was a lack of reporting on previous “tea party” protests.

However, Lily Wright, 54, of Elgin told the Statesman, “You all have been reporting our events,” and in light of that “we really shouldn’t be here.”

Her husband, Dennis Wright, 55, sought to dispel what he said were accusations that the “tea party” protesters were from the political fringe.

“We are not all nuts. We really think that government is going in the wrong direction,” he said.

June Reynolds, 47, of Pflugerville called for more investigations of President Barack Obama’s Cabinet.

“The media,” she said, “is not even investigating.”

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Some states get share of stimulus faster – USATODAY.com

Some states get share of stimulus faster – USATODAY.com.

WASHINGTON — Stimulus money is flowing far more slowly to some states than others, a USA TODAY analysis shows, despite the Obama administration’s push to speed up spending to help jump start the nation’s economy.

Nearly six months after President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus bill, some states, such as California, have collected more than half of the money that’s been promised to them so far. Ten others, such as Alaska, New Hampshire and Wyoming, have been paid less than a quarter, the review of federal spending reports shows.

 

TRACKING THE STIMULUS: Where funds have gone so far

 

How quickly states draw on their stimulus funds depends largely on state actions and needs, said Ed DeSeve, Obama’s senior adviser on the stimulus. The administration has pushed states to spend some of that aid more quickly.

“Just as we push ourselves to get the money to the states quickly, we are urging the states to push the funds out quickly,” says Education Department spokeswoman Sandra Abrevaya.

Obama said two months ago he was “not satisfied” with the pace of spending and vowed to accelerate it. Since then, the Education Department has made $2.7 billion available months sooner than planned.

The money has flowed fastest to distressed states like California and Michigan, which have moved swiftly to claim their share of the federal aid. But those states have to plan carefully to avoid even more severe problems when the stimulus money runs out, says Nicholas Johnson of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a liberal think-tank.

Officials in states such as Illinois and Massachusetts that have gotten aid more quickly say they’re preparing for the end of their stimulus aid by raising taxes and cutting expenses. “You always have to balance being quick with being responsible,” says Kristi Lafleur, a deputy chief of staff to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois.

In other states where the money has flowed more slowly, such as Texas and West Virginia, officials say they do not need the money as urgently because their economic outlook is not as dire.

Some complain federal rules have caused delays. “It often seems more like red tape than recovery,” says Todd Stacy, a spokesman for Alabama Gov. Bob Riley, a Republican. DeSeve said “there are no special regulations” slowing the spending.

Other examples of how states are handling stimulus aid:

• West Virginia, which got about 24% of its stimulus share, didn’t need the money as quickly because “the recession hit West Virginia later,” says Matt Turner, a spokesman for Gov. Joe Manchin, a Democrat.

• In Alaska, battles that erupted after then-governor Sarah Palin proposed rejecting a third of the money have slowed the pace of aid, says Jack Kreinheder, a state budget official. He says the lag “is not causing us any kind of severe problems.”

The stimulus includes $499 billion in new federal spending. Much of that goes to state governments; how much each state ultimately gets varies depending on a slew of federal funding formulas covering everything from roads to schools.

In the nearly six months since Obama signed the plan, the government has allocated about $200 billion in aid, but it has paid out only about $76 billion.

Where stimulus funds have gone so far

The $787 billion economic stimulus bill signed into law by President Obama nearly six months ago contained $288 billion in tax cuts and $499 billion in new spending. So far, the administration has spent $76.3 billion — 15% of the total available. USA TODAY reporters Brad Heath and Matt Kelley look at where the money has gone so far and the impact it is having. Financial data reflect allocations and spending through July 31 or Aug. 5.

  Defense Education Environment Energy Jobs
Total funding $7.1 billion $98.2 billion $13.2 billion $33 billion Not applicable
Amount available $1.7 billion $55.1 billion $10 billion $5 billion Not applicable
Amount paid out $50.5 million $12.4 billion $214.8 million $120.7 million Not applicable
Status Most of the money paid out so far is for construction projects such as building or renovating military base facilities or housing for servicemembers. The Air Force has spent $31.2 million on such projects so far. The Defense Department says that of the more than 1,500 contracts awarded, 78% went to small businesses. Those small-business contracts accounted for 59% of the dollars awarded. About $9.4 billion of the total spent so far is from the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, a $48.6 billion program to avoid or mitigate cuts to education and improve their school systems. States also may use some of the money for services such as law enforcement. The department has made about $34.3 billion of this money available to states, but most of it hasn’t been spent yet. Programs to speed cleanup of Energy Department nuclear weapons and research facilities accounts for $168.7 million of the spending so far. Funding has begun to trickle down to states for drinking water and wastewater projects, with $36.8 million of the $6 billion program sent to the states. EPA has spent $4.5 million of the $600 million for Superfund toxic waste site cleanup. About $63.4 million — or more than half of the money spent on energy projects so far — has gone to energy efficiency programs such as weatherization, which provides funds to make low-income households more energy efficient. The Energy Department has spent $22.3 million at its national laboratories. The Pentagon has spent about $7.4 million of its $300 million for energy research. President Obama said June 8 the stimulus had created or saved 150,000 jobs and would create or save another 600,000 jobs by Sept. 16. His Council of Economic Advisers projects 1.5 million jobs will be saved or created by year’s end. The U.S. lost nearly 2.2 million jobs from February through July, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says. It’s nearly impossible to tell if any specific jobs would or would not exist.
What’s next The Pentagon plans to have $1.9 billion in construction projects underway by Aug. 31 and 225 finished by Labor Day. It is the department’s first major deadline. States may apply this fall for $4.35 billion in competitive education grants designed to spark innovative programs under a program called “Race to the Top.” EPA plans to allocate all of the money for water projects by Oct. 31. The projects must be under contract by Feb. 17 or EPA will rescind funding. Applications from businesses for $8.5 billion worth of loan guarantees for energy efficiency projects such as wind power technologies are due this month. The CEA reports on the employment effects of the stimulus Friday. The Labor Department plans to have 125,000 youths in summer jobs programs by Aug. 31.
  Housing Public lands Transportation Research Safety net
Total amount $13.6 billion $4.1 billion $48.1 billion $13.4 billion $139.1 billion{+-}{+1}
Amount available $7.7 billion $494.7 million $24.1 billion $2.5 billion $72.5 billion
Amount paid out $1.2 billion $45.8 million $1.5 billion $38.8 million $57.3 billion
Status Most of the money allocated so far has been grants to state and local governments. That includes $3 billion to public housing authorities to repair low-income housing, and $2.25 billion to state housing agencies to help pay for construction of new units. The U.S. Forest Service has announced about $936 million for work ranging from clearing brush to repairing roads and building facilities. The National Park Service has put teens to work repairing trails, and is reviewing major construction projects. Most of the money allocated so far has been for road and bridge projects, totaling more than $17 billion for about 6,000 projects. An additional $1.1 billion for Amtrak and nearly $1 billion for 359 airport improvement projects has been approved or allocated. The National Science Foundation has allocated more than $1 billion for 2,000 research projects, including almost $200 million to build a ship to help scientists study Alaska. The National Institutes of Health has approved nearly 5,000 other projects. Safety net money — for food stamps, unemployment benefits and Medicaid — accounts for the majority of spending, mostly paid to states. The stimulus increased food aid monthly by about $80 for a family of four, and increased unemployment benefits.
What’s next HUD plans to award $1 billion in additional grants to housing authorities, and $2 billion to help communities hit hardest by the foreclosure crisis. The National Park Service plans to have projects started soon at 107 national parks; many will focus on repairing worn-out roads. States are applying for more than $8 billion for high-speed rail projects. More than 1,500 highway projects also will be underway by the end of the month. By Sept. 30, the National Science Foundation hopes to give out 4,000 research grants, and NIH plans to issue $200 million for studies to overcome “scientific challenges.” Safety net spending could continue for years; food stamp money will be spent over the next five years. Medicaid assistance continues through 2010.

1 — Estimate; spending can change based on needs

Paper Planes? Military Budget Cuts Again Proposed by the White House » The Foundry

Paper Planes? Military Budget Cuts Again Proposed by the White House » The Foundry.

Paper Planes? Military Budget Cuts Again Proposed by the White House

Last week, Defense Secretary Robert Gates ordered another $50 to 60 billion more be cut from the Pentagon’s five-year defense budget plan, with new replacements for worn-out war equipment on the chopping block. The move is no surprise and preparation for a zero-growth defense budget by the Obama Administration through 2014.

One more procurement holiday, coming right up?

With the nation currently fighting two wars, it’s difficult to see which is more troubling: that the Obama Administration, in the absence of a national security strategy or new Pentagon review, is recommending a flat defense budget for the next five years, or that the Defense Secretary is going along with these plans.

Heritage research shows that President Obama’s purportedly “flat” defense budget is in actuality a declining budget, beginning with 3.81 percent of GDP in 2010 but dropping to 3.01 percent by 2019. Considering that research and development for new weapons programs is taking the brunt of the blow, the United States is staring at a repeat of the 1990’s Clinton procurement holiday from which the military still hasn’t recovered.

Now in 2009, after seven years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq, personnel and essential equipment have suffered tremendous strain. The Obama Administration celebrates its victory over cutting seven F-22s from the defense budget, but in 2008 the Air Force had to ground over 300 F-15s in response to an incident where one of the aged fighters “broke in half” during a training exercise. Never mind that the F-22 was supposed to replace those legacy fighters, we’ve still got the F-35. Right?

Already over a trillion dollars, the F-35 program is $38 billion over budget and 27 months behind schedule according to the GAO. And now, Pentagon leaders may decide to make cuts to that program, as well. So after killing the F-22 on the grounds that the F-35 is the silver bullet solution, now we’re eyeing the F-35 for future cuts? What exactly are America’s airmen and women supposed to use, paper planes?

The solution is simple. Heritage has advocated that President Obama commit to spending four percent of the nation’s GDP on core defense programs—excluding funding for Iraq and Afghanistan. Mr. Obama has already promised three percent of GDP to ‘science,’ so defense would hardly be a stretch. Protecting Americans is the first job of the federal government. A commitment to a larger defense budget will ensure that the military can buy enough next-generation equipment to fight and win for the next 40 years.

Breaking Down Government Motors – HUMAN EVENTS

Breaking Down Government Motors – HUMAN EVENTS.

Breaking Down Government Motors

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During a recent speech denouncing capitalism, Venezuelan strong man Hugo Chavez said, “Obama has just nationalized nothing more and nothing less than General Motors. Comrade Obama! Fidel, careful or we are going to end up to his right.” The conversion of General Motors to Government Motors should be of grave concern to all Americans. It appears that President Bush’s bailout of Wall Street merely set the table for an all-out assault by the Obama administration on capitalism.

Thankfully, freedom still has a voice in Congress. Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) introduced legislation that would require Congressional approval before the government takes ownership of a private enterprise. This bill would allow Congress to stop the current shift away from free-market principles.

Johanns is not the only free-marketer. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has introduced legislation to require the federal government to distribute its ownership shares in General Motors and Chrysler to taxpayers when those companies emerge from bankruptcy proceedings. Alexander argues, “instead of the Treasury owning 60 percent of shares in the new GM and 8 percent of Chrysler, you would own them, if you were one of about 120 million individuals who paid taxes on April 15. This is the fastest way to get the stock out of the hands of Washington and back into the hands of the American people in the marketplace where it belongs.”

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) also joined the fray last weekend, introducing legislation that would restore private ownership to companies that have been effectively nationalized. The Thune proposal would make July 1, 2010 a new day of independence. By that date, the government would have to sell any ownership stake acquired over the past year-and-a-half. There’s no better way to fight the ever-expanding power of the federal government’s ownership in private enterprises than to legislate it out of existence.
 
Speaking of debt, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told the House Budget Committee earlier this month “we cannot allow ourselves to be in a situation where the debt continues to rise.” Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.) responded, “Bernanke helped open up the floodgates of government spending for the last year. Did he finally have an epiphany this morning before the House Budget Committee or is he just trying to cover-up his mistakes? America is looking at mounting debt because of Chairman Bernanke’s support of policies that will put the American taxpayer an estimated $2.8 trillion more in the red.” The recent explosion of government spending and expansion of the money supply by the Fed are poor decisions by the Obama administration that will further lead America down the pothole-filled road to socialism.
 
The Supreme Court of Health Care

The recently released health reform legislation drafted by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) contains numerous provisions that propose fundamental changes to our health care system. Many are deeply troubling. One is the call for a Medical Advisory Council that would be comprised of Washington bureaucrats with the power to make significant decisions on health policy for all Americans. This Council would become the Supreme Court of health care, and these unelected bureaucrats would make final decisions about your treatment options.

The Kennedy bill includes an individual mandate requiring all Americans to purchase a health insurance plan approved by the federal government. The Medical Advisory Council would decide what constitutes a “qualified health insurance plan.” It would also determine the “essential health care benefits” that would be included in the much-discussed and debated public-run government plan that would compete against private health insurance plans if it’s created.

To recap: a faceless group of Washington bureaucrats could be making life-and-death decisions about private health care for individuals.

Rather than propose reforms that truly offer Americans better and more affordable health care, Senate Democrats and the Obama administration seem eager to expand the role of government in the lives of individual Americans and their families. By pushing legislation that contains things like the Medical Advisory Board these politicians are endangering our freedoms and seek to come between individuals and their health care choices.

“Save” the Climate — Hurt Farmers

The national energy tax snaking its way through the House of Representatives has a new potential victim — farmers. The cap-and-trade scheme would increase energy prices, building costs and a slow the economy. My colleagues at The Heritage Foundation calculate that farm income, which is the pre-tax amount that farmers live on after all their expenses, would drop 28% in the bill’s first year. In 2035, the last year analyzed, farm income drops a whopping 98%. These numbers should raise a red flag for Midwesteners, and cause concern among all Americans who eat.


Brian Darling is director of U.S. Senate Relations at The Heritage Foundation.


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