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If nationalizing health care is so good, why do Democrats and their union bosses need to go out and “sell” it?

Unions have long preached “brotherhood” and “an injury to one is an injury to all.”  Now, in true collectivist fashion, after decades of pushing for socialized medicine, they have finally gotten Democrats to decree that you are your brother’s keeperand, now, he is yours.

Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives pulled a Hugo Chavez on the American people by voting (once again) to nationalize America’s health care system.

Welcome, brothers and sisters, to the Unionized States of America.  Welcome to “change you can believe in.”

Last night, union bought-and-paid for politicians did their buyers’ bidding in true one-party ruling fashion. In fact, the only bipartisan aspect of the union government’s takeover was the opposition to it.

Thirty-four Democrats bucked the union-led, left-wing blitzkrieg that has bombarded them for the last several years and especially in the last two weeks.  And, for those 34 Democrats, they will pay dearly for betraying their union comrades as surely as Sen. Blanche Lincoln is paying for it in Arkansas.

Last night, union thuggery and threats of retaliation paid off but, as AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka positively gleefully stated yesterday, the health care bill is a “historic first step.”  [Not the final step, but the first step.]

Now that the dirty deed is all but done, President Obama, his fellow Democrats, and their union bosses are fanning out across this once-great land to “sell” the package to the American populace.

This leads to a very important question:  Why?

After all, if the plan is so good, Republicans or no Republicans, mid-term elections or no mid-term elections, the plan should sell itself.  Right?

Despite the “seedy campaign of intimidation, bribery, and back-room deal making,” 32 million Americans now have health insurance.

They keep telling us that, you know…

Be happy because 32 million Americans now have health insurance!

All Americans should be happy.

You are now, officially, your brother’s keeper…and he is yours.  Why?  Because the union-led federal government says so.

Socialists Progressives are ecstatic.

“It is a new day,”  Andy Stern declared.  Like Trumka, he is positively giddy too.

The Queen of Labor, SEIU’s Anna Burger proclaimed victory on a YouTube video to hers and Stern’s members last night and according the Huffington Post’s Robert Creamer, Sunday night’s uni-partisan vote is the beginning of a new age:

It brought us into the company of every other industrial nation by establishing that from this day forward in America – health care is no longer a privilege or a commodity but a right.

Never mind that “every other industrial nation” is going broke, this is more important…

In the two-century-long battle between progressive and conservative values in our country, last night’s victory was momentous. Progressive values now define the fundamental frame of reference for a massive new sector of our economy: health care.

And even more importantly:

Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 was like the Normandy invasion – the beginning of a forceful progressive counter-offensive. Today we have secured a whole new massive chunk of real estate.

So, with this new, massive chunk of real estate, why does the AFL-CIO now need to bolster the Democrats who voted for health care nationalization?

Is it because, perhaps, like all cockroaches and con artists, they know that what they did on Sunday night cannot withstand the light of day?

Perhaps they do not want more Americans to find out about these numbers:

19 million Number of people predicted to lose their employer plan (Lewin Group)
8 to 9 million Number of people predicted to lose their employer plan (CBO)
$11,543 Employer incentive to drop coverage for a $30,000 a year worker with family [Tax subsidy in the exchange minus tax subsidy at work minus $2,000 fine] (IRET)
8.5 million Number of seniors and disabled people at risk of losing their Medicare Advantage plan (Medicare Chief Actuary)

3 million Additional people who will likely lose Medicare Advantage plan benefits (Medicare Chief Actuary)
$816 Average annual benefit loss for 11 million seniors and disabled in Medicare Advantage plans (CBO)
33 million Number of people in traditional Medicare at risk of losing access to care because of $523 billion in cuts in Medicare spending (Medicare Chief Actuary)

20% Fraction of hospitals that would become unprofitable after Medicare spending cuts (Medicare Chief Actuary)

If that’s the case, then they certainly wouldn’t want to see the rest of John Goodman’s numbers either.

Or, perhaps, is it because that before Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Bart Stupak’s baby of socialized medicine can reach full maturity, it will be aborted by the American voters?

Whatever the case, when Barack Obama signs the nationalization of America’s health care into law sometime in the next week, America will be crossing a line from which it will likely never return.

As one British newspaper called Sunday’s vote “a dark day for freedom in America,” it also noted:

It is also a great leap forward by the United States towards a European-style vision of universal health care, which will only lead to soaring costs, higher taxes, and a surge in red tape for small businesses. This reckless legislation dramatically expands the power of the state over the lives of individuals, and could not be further from the vision of America’s founding fathers.

This is what today’s union bosses have been after for decades and this is what they have achieved.

Now, as the costs begin to mount, all they need to do is to keep selling it…and selling it…and selling it, until one day there will be nothing left to sell, except an empty lot where America once stood.

Welcome to the brotherhood.

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“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776

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AFL-CIO Boss Says You’re Not a ‘Real American’ Unless You Support Pelosicare

The AFL-CIO’s ‘narcissistic, lazy, self-indulgent new boss’ Richard Trumka held a rally yesterday afternoon at the AFL-CIO’s multi-million dollar headquarters to give a speech about health care.

During the video (see below), Trumka aligned himself with today’s neo-socialists (aka “progressives”), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and calling for a “robust” public option (that slippery slope to socialized medicine in three to five years).

While that, in itself is not all that surprising given the AFL-CIO’s rush to the left since the 1995 ascendency of DSA-member John Sweeney to labor’s top spot, what is rather surprising is Trumka’s comment toward the end when he said [at 2:15]:

“Let’s go let (inaudible) hear the voices of the real American people…people who stand for real reform.”

So, let’s get this straight, Mr. Trumka, Americans aren’t what you consider “real Americans” unless they support a government take over of health care? Are these the same unreal Americans who “cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them”? [Ooops…wrong ‘progressive.’]

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ANOTHER REASON WHY DEMOCRATS’ SOCIALIZED MEDICINE PLAN SUCKS: PRYING EYES UP YOUR FISCAL RECTUM…

As though “end-of-life-choices” (aka Death Panels), “cost-containment” (aka rationing), and the “public option” (aka socialized medicine) were not bad enough, CBS News has uncovered yet another pitfall with the 1,000 page+ Obama-Pelosi-Reid health care plan (HR 3200) and that is the provision that states that the Internal Revenue Service must divulge your tax records to the “Health Choice Commissioner” (aka Health Czar). According to CBS News:

Section 431(a) of the bill says that the IRS must divulge taxpayer identity information, including the filing status, the modified adjusted gross income, the number of dependents, and “other information as is prescribed by” regulation. That information will be provided to the new Health Choices Commissioner and state health programs and used to determine who qualifies for “affordability credits.”

Section 245(b)(2)(A) says the IRS must divulge tax return details — there’s no specified limit on what’s available or unavailable — to the Health Choices Commissioner. The purpose, again, is to verify “affordability credits.”

Section 1801(a) says that the Social Security Administration can obtain tax return data on anyone who may be eligible for a “low-income prescription drug subsidy” but has not applied for it.

Over at the Institute for Policy Innovation (a free-market think tank and resumably no fan of Obamacare), Tom Giovanetti argues that: “How many thousands of federal employees will have access to your records? The privacy of your health records will be only as good as the most nosy, most dishonest and most malcontented federal employee…. So say good-bye to privacy from the federal government. It was fun while it lasted for 233 years.”

Yes. America was fun for most of 233 years. Too bad “change” is trying to control it.

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SOCIALIST HEALTH CARE GOON SQUAD VISITS ‘UN-AMERICAN’ FATHER IN MIDDLE OF NIGHT…

A father and his son with cerebral palsy who are, according to Nancy Pelosi, “un-American” had a visit in the night from the socialist health care goon squad.

So much for Free Speech…

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AS WHITE HOUSE ENCOURAGES SUPPORTERS TO ‘PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD,’ UNION THUGS ARE DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST: BEING THUGS…

The videos are starting to come in showing union thug tactics at health care town halls…

We have a feeling that this is only the beginning as these videos are involving only SEIU thugs. When other unions get involved, it is likely there will be more videos of violence coming across the internet….

And with the White House telling its supporters to “PUNCH BACK TWICE AS HARD…” it would seem as though the Administration would relish riots in the streets of America. [Martial law, anyone?]

…Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi becomes a lightening rod in Denver.

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ORGANIZED HYPOCRISY: GLASS-HOUSED UNIONS CRASH MAYOR’S PARTY

This week, the media has been filled with stories how radical “astro-turf,” “right-wing mobs” are disrupting town hall meetings being held on the government’s plan to socialize America’s health care.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi has even gone so far as to infer the protestors are “nazis”.

The AFL-CIO’s blog is stating about those protesting the government takeover:

The extremist fringe of the anti-health care reform movement—with a wink and a nod from more mainstream health care opponents—is using mob rule to disrupt town hall meetings and community forums set for the congressional recess.

This is laughingly hypocritical of Ms. Pelosi and her union bedfellows to decry the town hall protestors when these are the very tactics unions have used for decades.

As an example, while the AFL-CIO, Pelosi and others are berating the town hall protestors, the Washington Post reports this:

Protesters Crash Party for Fenty’s Fraternity

About 50 protesters picketed Mayor Adrian M. Fenty Wednesday night outside the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, where Fenty’s fraternity is holding an international meeting.

A coalition of labor unions, tenants advocates and community organizers wanted to bring attention to the recent layoffs of government workers, the sale of public property to private developers and other issues, said Ruth Castel-Branco, an organizer for Jobs for Justice.

“We were really showing our displeasure with the lack of transparency,” Castel-Branco said….

“For us, we see this as another opportunity for the mayor to raise his national profile,” she said. “We want to make sure they (fraternity members) understand
the impact of the policies he’s been pushing in the District.” [Emphasis added.]

And, of course, let us not forget the inter-union fight last year between the Service Employees Internationals Union and the California Nurses Association when the SEIU bused in “mobs” of protestors to disrupt a Labor Notes conference.

This particular “astro-turf” protest resulted in one woman going to the hospital and a SEIU protestor dying of a heart attack.

So, the next time you hear someone pushing socialized medicine decrying the tactics of the town hall protestors, you can just tell them that the town hall protestors learned it from the masters of astro-turf protests: The unions and the radical left.

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ARE AMERICANS PROTESTING PELOSI-CARE NAZIS?…

APPARENTLY, THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE THINKS SO!

So, let’s get this straight: If you oppose socialized medicine and dare to show up to a “town hall”…You’re a Nazi???

And, then there’s Botox Boxer claiming that protestors are only out to “hurt our president…”

Perhaps Ms. Boxer really thinks this…Or, more likely, she is doing spin control over the outrage many Americans have with fact that America is headed toward a socialized state.

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