Veterans at Army Hospital and Government Legislation

Chuck Norris wrote in his column on November 17th, Visiting Maj. Nidal Hasan’s Hospital published by Human Events about his visit to Brooke Army Medical Center to visit the wounded warriors of our nation after spending a day at the West Point Academy the day before Veteran’s Day.
Mr. Norris and his wife are not arm-chair patriots or have been corrupted by the Hollywood anti-American socialite crowd, they get involved and his article is a heart felt account of his visit to the hospital with casualties and badly burned veterans and providing them encouragement and hope. During his visit, much to his dismay, he found that the perpetuator of the Fort Hood massacre was also in the same hospital and he wrote:

How can one put into words the pride one feels around these brave men and women? Despite the loss of limbs or suffering from some other sacrifice in battle, their resolve and class were off the charts. They were enthusiastic and grateful about our visit, but it was my wife and I who were truly blessed and inspired by them. Then came a moment that would have been completely surreal if it had not been a staggering reality. As we were visiting the burn unit, we discovered that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the shooter at Fort Hood who murdered 13 and wounded another 30, was being treated in the same facility. To be honest, it made me sick to my stomach and sent shivers of disgust down my spine.

If ever I have experienced a polar opposite, it was in the moment when I was thinking about how Hasan is the sheer antithesis to the character, commitment and service of all the other men and women we met at West Point and Fort Sam Houston. I was equally moved by the civic servants and military medical staff, many of whom knew victims of this assassin yet turned immediately around and became his caregivers. They are exemplary models of the patriot and Founding Father Thomas Paine, who said, “He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that (eventually) will reach himself.”

Please take the time to follow the link to read his full article. It is interesting and inspiring.

Meanwhile, Cato Institute released a report concerning the health care bill that passed the House and went to the Senate:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released a Senate version of the government health care overhaul, weighing in at a massive 2,074 pages. McClatchy news reports, “The Senate Thursday began what promises to be a bitter, lengthy battle over the future of health care in America, and taxes, abortion, affordability and federal deficits emerged as key flashpoints. Senate Democratic leaders expect the first test vote on their new $848 billion, 2,074-page health care overhaul bill will come on Saturday evening. Although Democrats are likely to get the 60 votes they need to move forward with the debate, the outcome is uncertain.”

Despite a majority of Americans who say they don’t want it, the Democrats and some Republicans are still insisting to pass something and each time they have collaborated on changes to the monster legislation it grows in number of pages.
According to the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) this bill, if passed will cost the American taxpayers $848 billion over a period of ten years, which will mean that new taxes will be imposed and prescription drug prices will increase because of it. Michael F. Cannon, Cato director of health policy studies, stated that the –

$848 billion only accounts for part of the federal government’s share of the tab:

Private-sector mandates–the legal requirements that individuals and employers purchase health insurance — accounted for 60 percent of total costs.  That suggests that if the Reid bill’s cost to federal and state governments is $1 trillion, then the total cost is probably $2.5 trillion, and Harry Reid — like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — is hiding $1.5 trillion of the cost of his bill. Without a cost estimate of the private-sector mandates, Reid has not yet satisfied the request made by eight Democratic senators for a “complete CBO score” of the bill 72 hours prior to floor consideration. Fortunately, by law, the CBO must eventually score the private-sector mandates.  When that happens, the CBO will reveal costs that the bills’ authors are trying to hide. The House passed its bill without a complete CBO score.  The Senate should not follow suit.

Pressure from the White House and the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi caused members of the House of Representatives to pass a bill that didn’t have a CBO study attached. Which means they don’t care what it costs as long as it gets passed, and if the American people are against it – why are they so zealous to pass it when the continue with the rhetoric that it is for the good of America and its people? How can any legislation be good if it punishes people for not participating through fines? How is that going to help the economic duress that Americans have been facing – with little hope for economic recovery between state and federal government continuing to increase taxes or pass legislation that increases the cost of living?
The estimated cost what the CBO produces is probably not what it will really cost – history of our government proves this. And, contrary to what some members of Congress believe – the legislation, once approved, will be difficult to get rid of later, when it is found to be an albatross hanging from the American people’s neck. The income tax system and the 16th Amendment prove this. Despite being inefficient, intrusive and unconstitutional, Congress and several presidents in the past have not pushed to rid America of such a draconian tax system.
Today is the day of reckoning for the US Senate.
In Wisconsin, my representative in the state legislature has informed me that the auto insurance amendment passed in the state budget bill on April 10th 2009 will increase Wisconsin auto insurance premiums between 33% to 43%. Wisconsin residents are upset, but could they really expect? Each time Governor Doyle has been elected or reelected he has immediately pushed to raise taxes to cover overspending of the state’s government. It boggles my logic and understanding as to how Wisconsin voters would vote for someone like Jim Doyle. As Rep. Bies stated in his email update, From the West Wing:

First of all, as I mentioned in that April update, these auto insurance provisions should never have been in the budget.  They bore no fiscal impact upon the state, they neither increase nor decreased revenues or expenditures.  Yet they were included, and passed.  Why?  Because the Democrats did not want to have to deal with the public outcry against these provisions had they been required to go through the normal legislative process.

Don’t ever let a Democrat snowball you by stating he/she believes in a transparent government. The DNC has been a nest of culprits that belong in the Culture of Corruption hall of fame – along with too many Republicans. In state and federal legislatures the American voter needs to clean house – and then insist that all legislation be reviewed for amendment or throw in the garbage where it belongs. In addition, state and federal governments need to create a bill that will no longer allow inserts of legislation that should stand on its own and has nothing to do with a bill’s intent or subject material. No more sneaking in bills. And that brings up the topic that legislatures will complain about sneaking in bills, but this only reveals that before it is voted upon and passed – they don’t read it! In addition, the governor or the President of the United States apparently don’t read what they sign. This must stop – forever. It is about time that public servants begin to earn their money and have the mindset that they are servants of the People, and not the other way around.
So you can see that Americans, We the People, must clean out state legislatures and governor offices, just as Congress needs to be cleaned out and the American voter begins to perform their rights and duties as a voter responsibly. It is the only way that true reform is going to happen and our nation returns to the republican form of government that Thomas Jefferson wrote about and what the Patriots and Founders worked so hard to achieve.
America wants common sense legislation, not another brick to add to the growing wall of Big Government.
Further Reading …

Anti-Constitution Libertarians … Tenth Amendment Center; not all libertarians are cut from the same cloth.
The Real National Debate: Hamilton vs. Jefferson … Tenth Amendment Center; people are growing more and more dissatisfied with their options, whether democrat or republicanthe time for instituting election policy that provides a better chance for independent and third-party candidates is NOW, before the next election. Investigate Constitution Party and rogues like Alan Keyes, Sarah Palin and Ron Paul. Examine their take on the issues, match their voting record and research their character and integrity to determine if they walk the walk. Once you have made your decision, then support that candidate or third party and participate as much as you can. If you cannot monetarily support your chosen candidate or party – get involved by volunteering your time as well and continue to correspond to your representatives and senators to make them aware that their position in government is soon to change. Americans must unite within every village, city, county and state to endeavor to participate in the important quest to protect the rights we still have and return those that have been lost. Vote for true reformers, and as added advice, don’t expect to agree with everything about your choice, just as long as they advocate limited government and reformation.
Big Labor Is Bankrupting Our Country … Heritage Foundation
A Historically Bad Decision … Heritage Foundation
A Health Bill Nobody Believes In … Heritage Foundation
Unlawful Health Reform?Washington Post
Bush Deficit vs. Obama Deficit … Heritage Foundation