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ICE Agent’s Union Suprise!

Posted by liloladenvers on August 10, 2010

This from the Washington Times

Agents’ union disavows leaders of ICE

The union that represents rank-and-file field agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has unanimously passed a “vote of no confidence” for the agency’s leadership, saying ICE has “abandoned” its core mission of protecting the public to support a political agenda favoring amnesty.
The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 7,000 ICE agents and employees, voted 259-0 for a resolution saying there was “growing dissatisfaction and concern” over the leadership of Assistant Secretary John Morton, who heads ICE, and Phyllis Coven, assistant director for the agency’s office of detention policy and planning.
The resolution said ICE leadership had “abandoned the agency’s core mission of enforcing U.S. immigration laws and providing for public safety,” instead directing its attention “to campaigning for programs and policies related to amnesty and the creation of a special detention system for foreign nationals that exceeds the care and services provided to most U.S. citizens similarly incarcerated.
“It is the desire of our union … to publicly separate ourselves from the actions of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven and publicly state that ICE officers and employees do not support Morton or Coven or their misguided and reckless initiatives, which could ultimately put many in America at risk,” the union said.
In a strongly worded statement, the union and its affiliated local councils said the integrity of the agency “as well as the public safety” would be “better provided for in the absence of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven.”

There’s more, be sure to read the whole article.

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It’s a Free Country….

Posted by liloladenvers on March 19, 2010

It’s a free country – at least, it used to be.

From another blog:

“Remember that little expression? “It’s a free country!” Remember when that was a common response to these petty tyrannies? Remember when any time anybody tried to tell you what you could and could not do we didn’t just whimper and apologize we used to turn to them and say, “Who died and made you king? This is a free country! I’ll do what I damn well please!”

Does this matter? Yes it does. Because freedom of action and personal responsibility are welded together, two sides of the same coin. When we are free to do as we please we become the kind of independent, self-reliant people who will step up in emergencies. And when we surrender our will to other people who live to tell us what to do, we then become dependent on being told what to do all the time.”

When conservatives (or pseudo-conservatives) had the White House, the House and the Senate, liberals freaked every day about how we were taking away all of their freedoms.  Between the Patriot Act and the definition of marriage we were evil wicked bad people who were trying to stop the free exercise of personal freedom.

It is fascinating that they don’t see the hypocrisy in the strictures they are and have been putting on us all.  Between environmentalists who think it’s more important to save a little fish than to water the food that will feed millions, and fat police who want to ban trans-fats and salt, politicians who think that the role of the federal government includes owning two automobile companies, a finance company ans several banks, and now a congress at the behest of the president that tells us that we MUST purchase health insurance and pay for the insurance of anyone who can’t afford it we have fewer and fewer freedoms every day!

Stand up!  It’s a free country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reform? Right.

Posted by liloladenvers on December 21, 2009

This is how I feel today, almost.  I”m not alone, 60% of the people in this country are with me, but the tanks of Congress keep rolling over us with the healthcare bill.  The Dems in the Senate who disagreed with some portion of the bill have been bought and paid for.  They let their voicemail boxes stay full so they wouldn’t have to listen to any more protests.  They ignored the emails flooding in, the turned a blind eye to the protesters outside and the constituents inside their office building pleading with them to stop.  There is no crisis that can be stayed by passage before Christmas, there is nothing, NOTHING, in the bill that will give more affordable, easier to obtain health care to anyone in the next three years.

So, I am dressed all in black today, head to toe.  In mourning ( I hope prematurely) for our country, our flag and our way of life.  Too many bills denying our freedoms, the greatest of which is this garbage filled health care bill.

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Numbers

Posted by liloladenvers on November 23, 2009

Orrin Hatch (R. – Utah) presented some figures to the Senate during the debate over cloture on Saturday.  The numbers were falling on deaf ears, so I’m reproducing them.  You can read  his complete remarks here.

• 0 – the number of provisions prohibiting the rationing of health care.
• 0 – the number of government-run entitlement programs that are financially sound over the long-term.
• 10.2 percent – our national unemployment rate, the highest in 26 years.
• 70 – total number of government programs authorized by the bill.
• 1,697 – times the Secretary of Health and Human Services is given authority to determine or define provisions in this bill.
• 2,074 – total pages in this bill.
• 2010 – the year Americans start paying higher taxes to pay for this bill
• 2014 – the year when this bill actually starts most of the major provisions of this bill
• $6.8 million – cost to taxpayers per word
• $8 billion – the total amount of new taxes on Americans who do not buy Washington-defined health care.
• $465 billion – Cuts in Medicare at a time when it faces a $38 trillion unfunded liability to finance more government spending.
• $494 billion – total amount of new taxes in this bill
• $2.5 trillion – the real cost of the bill
• $12 trillion – our total national debt

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My current, favorite president – Sarkozy!

Posted by liloladenvers on September 28, 2009

President Sarkozy of France was not impressed with President Obama’s performance at the United Nations last week.  In his comments to the General Assembly (which were not reported in most US media forums) were biting and to the point.  This story in the London Telegraph tells all about it. 

“President Obama dreams of a world without weapons … but right in front of us two countries are doing the exact opposite.

“Iran since 2005 has flouted five security council resolutions. North Korea has been defying council resolutions since 1993.

“I support the extended hand of the Americans, but what good has proposals for dialogue brought the international community? More uranium enrichment and declarations by the leaders of Iran to wipe a UN member state off the map,” he continued, referring to Israel.

The sharp-tongued French leader even implied that Mr Obama’s resolution 1887 had used up valuable diplomatic energy.

“If we have courage to impose sanctions together it will lend viability to our commitment to reduce our own weapons and to making a world without nuke weapons,” he said.

Mr Sarkozy has previously called the US president’s disarmament crusade “naïve”.”

I think I’ll have some French fries for lunch and maybe some French toast for dinner.  Vive la France!!

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No Bias in News Reporting

Posted by liloladenvers on August 24, 2009

“On Friday, as new unemployment figures painted a newly troubling portrait of the American economy, (the president)  was vacationing in aNew England paradise.

Simply amazing.”

This is a paraphrased version of what was printed in The New York Times about the president’s visit to Martha’s Vineyard.  Here is the original version.

“On Friday, as new unemployment figures painted a newly troubling portrait of the American economy, Mr. Bush placed himself in the same scenes–golfing and fishing in a New England paradise–that once caused his father electoral grief.

Simply amazing.”  New York Times, July 9, 2001

At the time, the unemployment rate was up; it was 4.5%, up from the 2000 average of 4.0%

The current unemployment rate is 9.4%, more than double what it was in July, 2001.  This is what The New York Times had to say about President Obama’s vacation trip to Martha’s Vineyard:

Mr. Obama, whom aides described as being amused by all of the gloom-and-doom prognosticating over his health care agenda, did not even consider skipping his vacation. Last year, he talked about the importance of taking a break to avoid “making mistakes.”

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One Single Payer System

Posted by liloladenvers on August 21, 2009

Funny…   a little bit disrespectful…   but funny!

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Seven Ways to Make Health Care in America Better

Posted by liloladenvers on August 17, 2009

A wonderful column from Herman Cain.  He’s a great businessman, a logical thinker and fun to hear.  Enjoy!

My most recent column highlighted the massive ignorance about the U.S. health care system. Too many people want to fix the leaks in our health care roof by blowing up the building. Here’s a novel idea, let’s just fix the leaks in the roof, and here are seven solutions by Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute.

Pipes explains each solution in more detail in her book, The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care, but these brief explanations will make you more knowledgeable about solutions to our health care system than 90 percent of the voting public. Taken together, there would be no involuntary leaks in the roof.

Change the tax code. Level the playing field by allowing employees to have the same tax deductibility rules as employers, which would make it possible for the employees to buy employee-owned health insurance accounts. People would then make more prudent choices, because it would be their money and not their employer’s money.

Reduce costly government mandates and regulations. Just look at Medicare and Medicaid. The more the government tries to control costs with mandates and regulations, the more costs go up and the quality of care goes down.

Allow the purchase of insurance across state lines. This one is more controversial, because the states are vastly different concerning mandated coverage and insurance regulations. But it is worth exploring for the sake of enhanced competition.

Expand Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). These accounts are available at most banks and allow you to save money tax-free for current and future health care expenses. But as usual, the government has set stupid limitations and regulations that discourage their use. One of the best features of the HSA is that money not spent from the account in a given year can be carried over to accumulate an emergency health care fund that you control. Imagine that. You control the money and not the government!

Support Retail Health Clinics. Wal-Mart and Target are opening health clinics in many of their stores. They are doing it despite some opposition from state bureaucrats and objections from some health professionals. These clinics are not hospitals, but they provide convenient and affordable basic services to millions of people. The clinics are staffed with medical professionals, and of course these retailers know that most people will fill their prescriptions in their stores and pick up some other items before they leave. So what?

Implement Tort Reform. When it costs doctors an average of $250,000 for malpractice insurance, something is wrong. This is driving a lot of doctors away from medicine and out of small towns that cannot generate this kind of medical ante. People’s legal rights need to be protected, but not to the extent that it eliminates health care in some areas altogether.

Provide Vouchers for the Working Poor and Chronically Ill. Brilliant! It is the same principle as providing food stamps for the people who need help buying food. Just like we would not ration food to make sure we feed the poor, we should not ration health care to take care of those who do not have it. Fix the “leaks” in the roof.

Every nation that has gone the route of socialized medicine has made access, cost and quality of care worse. We have an opportunity to get it right. Then why are the Democrats in Congress and the Obama Administration determined to take the U.S. in the same direction?

It’s not about health care, it’s about control.

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Franking Commission

Posted by liloladenvers on July 26, 2009

Some Republican members of Congress want to send a chart to their constituents.  The Congressional Franking Commission is blocking the mailing. 

This information came from themoderatevoice.com:

Rep. John Carter (R-Texas), the secretary of the House Republican Conference and a former District Court Judge, is having his messages to constituents censored by Democrats on the Franking Commission. Republicans are no longer allowed to use the words “government run health care” in the communications to their constituents.

Carter received an email from the Franking Commission informing him of the censorship.

“What we proposed as language was as follows, ‘House Democrats unveiled a government-run health care plan,’” Carter said. “Our response from Franking was, ‘You cannot use that language. You must use, ‘The House majority unveiled a public option health care plan,’ which is Pelosi-speak or ‘just last week the House majority unveiled a health care plan which I believe will cost taxpayers…’”

Check out the chart showing the bureaucratic nightmare that would evolve!

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One More Unnecessary Decision

Posted by liloladenvers on July 21, 2009

Environmental/political correctness run amuck!!  Salazar could study without calling a two year arbitrary halt.  I almost titled this post “One More Stupid Decision” – maybe next time!

This article is in the Washington Times:

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Monday that he will place a two-year hold on the filing of new uranium and other hard-rock mining permits on 1 million acres near the Grand Canyon, prompting charges from mining groups of compromising U.S. energy security and of encouraging more dangerous mining abroad.

Mr. Salazar said the department would spend those two years studying whether the lands should be withdrawn on a more extensive basis from new mining claims in order to protect the watershed, species and plants from possible contamination. Mining exploration or extraction that has already been approved for permitting would not be affected by either the two-year moratorium or a permanent ban, he said.

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