I live in Virginia (VA) and do vote in the primaries. Thanks to several Gingrich campaign organizational blunders, VA voters will only have two names on the ballot from which to choose the next Republican (R) for the 2012 Presidential race, Romney and Paul. Since Romney is a Big Government Socialist R and Paul is a small Government Libertarian R, the choice is clear (at least for me). Who are you going to vote for, the Big Government Socialist or the small Government Libertarian.
This should be a very easy call to make; but, the R insider establishment elites are funding and promoting the Big Government Socialist Romney in the Primary. Heck, even Bill Bolling (VA Lt. Governor) is the Big Government Socialist Romney’s VA campaign manager. It has been reported by many R leaning rags that after Gingrich took the lead in the R nomination polls, the R insider establishment elites started flooding money contributions into Romney’s campaign coffers giving Romney’s funding fourth quarter his best fund raising quarter for the 2011 year.
If anyone cannot see the writing on the wall as to why America is free falling straight to Hell, it is way past time to open your eyes. We, the American people, are being set up big time to take a gigantic fall and it has nothing to do with Party Politics as both Political Parties are pushing the same destruction onto America in the form of Big Government stealing our wealth and freedoms.
If the Republicans get their pick to run against Obama in the 2012 election Romney, the County’s people will be facing an even worse choice in voting than VA voters will face in the VA Primary. The 2012 election is looking more and more like the American people will be given a choice between the Big Government Socialist Romney or keep the Big Government Marxist Obama. Get it! Either way, the Big Government elites in both Parties win and the American people loose. Like I said; wake up, open your eyes. We, the American people, are getting screwed over by both Political Parties.
In your recent email (copy added below) you put forth what you call necessary elements for a good healthcare bill and your attempt to better this disaster of a bill.
Well, by your own words (I hope I can take you for your word.), you cannot vote for this misnomer healthcare reform monster called the Senate Healthcare Reform Bill (Harry’s re-election is doomed in Nevada).
And the deceptive ploy of voting for cloture and then voting against passage to cover your rear will not work…the people are paying attention and political tricks are one of the worst things you could do and will doom any political career you may have hoped for (did you hear about the VA/NJ 2009 elections–political tricks and Obama doomed the Dem candidates across the board–don’t jump on your sword).
And don’t forget, this healthcare monster takes effect in late 2013 or early 2014, just in time to doom your re-election.
Being a Vietnam Veteran myself and not any Party’s hack, I want to support you, please don’t give me a reason not to.
Copy of Webb’s response to an earlier email I sent him:
“December 15, 2009
Dear Mr. Eyster:
Knowing of your interest in the ongoing debate in Congress over health care reform, I wanted to update you on a number of votes and positions that I have taken during the process.
Together with 60 of my colleagues, I voted in favor of proceeding to debate the proposed health care reform legislation. I have yet to decide whether I will support final passage of the bill.
I have stated on several occasions my concerns that the Obama administration should have begun the health care process with a clear, detailed proposal, from which legislation could then be put into place. Instead, the legislation now before the Congress is the product of five separate congressional committees, three in the House and two in the Senate. I and my staff have carefully worked through thousands of pages of sometimes contradictory information, and have done our best to bring focus to the debate and clarity to any final product.
Our country needs health care reform. While a strong percentage of Americans are satisfied with their health care, the system is not working for millions of others. Spiraling costs for health care also have placed our biggest industries at a severe competitive disadvantage worldwide, and have become unsustainable for many small businesses.
But true reform must be done in an effective and responsible fashion, without creating a cumbersome, overly-bureaucratic system. The bottom line should be to achieve a more cost-effective health care system that increases accessibility, affordability, and quality of care, and which does not burden our economy along the way.
The process also requires openness, so that the American people understand exactly what is being debated. At the start of this debate I was one of eight Senators who called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to post the text and complete budget scores of the health care bill on a public website for review at least 72 hours prior to both the first vote and final passage. This request was agreed to, affording proper transparency in the process.
Over the past few weeks, I have taken a number of difficult votes. As with every other issue since I came to the Senate I have voted my conscience throughout this process. I have broken with my party six times, including four votes to send the current legislation back to committee for a more thorough review. I voted five times against proposed cuts to Medicare due to my concerns about taking half a trillion dollars out of that system at a time when the pool for Medicare is about to expand with the retirement of those in the Baby Boom generation. I am a long-time supporter of Medicare Advantage programs which have, in my view, improved services in rural areas of Virginia, and I did not want to see cuts to benefits or services.
On the issue of abortion, I studied the bill closely to ensure that no taxpayer dollars will be used to fund abortions. I am convinced that this legislation strictly adheres to the requirements of the Hyde Amendment. It also includes clear conscience provisions for providers and consumers who elect to reject a plan that offers such coverage.
Since drug prices in the U.S. have risen dramatically in recent years�a 9% jump in 2009 alone�I have cosponsored an amendment to lower prescription drug costs. The measure would allow Americans to safely import lower-priced, Food and Drug Administration-approved drugs from other approved countries, and save the federal government nearly $20 billion over the next ten years.
In summary, I have been working actively to improve the health care reform bill for the good of our country and without bowing to party politics. As we continue to debate the bill and amend it, I remain hopeful that the Senate can reach consensus on fair and effective health care legislation. Whether this is so will determine my vote on final passage.
As the Senate continues to debate health care reform, please be assured that your views will be very helpful to me and my staff. I hope that you will continue to share your thoughts with us in the years ahead.
Thank you again for your interest in this important matter.
United States Senator
My Representative, Virginia’s 9 District, Rick Boucher wrote a column for the Coalfield Progress’, our local newspaper, Opinion page headlined “Taking part in climate bill was necessary.”
Representative Boucher is obviously feeling the heat from his active and forceful promotion of the Waxman-Markey bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (“Cap and Trade”).
The column is long so I’ll just summarize the content—Boucher’s forceful promotion of the Waxman-Markey bill was necessary due to the Supreme Court’s decision, in Massachusetts v. EPA that Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas/pollutant and does fall under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) mandate to protect the environment. Boucher writes:
“The choice is not between doing something and doing nothing. In 2007, the Supreme Court effectively required EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, the choice is between EPA regulation and Congress intervening with its own regulatory program.”
Boucher is correct on one thing, the choice is not between doing something and doing nothing—the choice is between doing the right thing and doing the wrong thing! Boucher’s analysis, placing the blame for his forceful promotion of “Cap and Trade” bill upon the EPA, is lame at best and dishonest nonsense at worst.
The EPA is a Government Agency; specifically, an Agency of the Executive and Congressional Branches being administrated by Lisa P. Jackson, appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. Therefore, the President and Congress already has control over the EPA through the appointment and confirmation process.
Boucher goes on, in the column, about how his forceful promotion of “Cap and Trade” gave him “a seat at the table” which allowed him to influence the legislation; specifically, protections for coal production and use. Boucher writes:
“Over two months of intensive negotiations, I was able to modify the original bill to assure that emission allowances are provided for free to electric utilities. By receiving free allowances and avoiding the cost of acquiring allowances at an auction, electric utilities can keep electricity rates affordable and can continue to use coal instead if having to shift to a fuel that has a lower CO2 content. Another of my changes provided the offsets which will enable electric utilities to achieve their required reductions in CO2 emissions by planting trees or investing in agriculture while continuing to use coal at the generating plant. The offsets enable CO2 emitters to meet their greenhouse gas reduction obligations while continuing to burn increasing amounts of coal. My amendments lowered the CO2 reduction targets and also facilitated the early introduction of carbon dioxide capture and sequestration technologies, which will assure the long-term life of the coal industry across our nation.”
Boucher is now forcefully promoting “Cap and Trade” by pushing hard on Senators. Boucher writes:
“I am already having discussions with a group of members of the United States Senate who will be deeply involved in the debate in that body about additional changes which could be made to the legislation to make it more economically acceptable…I am assured of a seat at the table when the final bill is written in negotiations between House and Senate members.”
Here is the question I have for my Representative Rick Boucher. What does “Cap and Trade”, putting a hefty price on energy which effects everything from the cost of peanut butter to jobs, have to do with the environment? In Boucher’s own words, he actively promoted reducing the cap on CO2 emissions in the legislation. The only thing “Cap and Trade” legislation definitely will do is cap the economic growth of America and the prosperity of its citizens.
When finger pointing time comes, as it certainly will, my Representative Boucher will be in the top group on the list.
PS: Oh! Just one more question. Why, since the “Cap and Trade” bill is not set to go into effect until 2012, did it have to be voted on with no time for anyone to actually read it?
Today is July 19, 2009, (the dead of summer in Virginia) and for the third time this month my heat has kicked on (it is set at 68 degrees F).
This “global warming SCAM” is sure freezing me in the middle of summer.
I just received the following email from Virginia Senator Mark Warner’s office:
Responding to your message
Office of Senator Mark Warner (email@example.com)
Tue 7/07/09 10:54 AM
Dear Mr. Eyster,
Recently, you and others contacted my office through a third party website to express your views on a matter of concern to you. My staff and I appreciate your input.
If you have a matter that requires individual assistance, please contact my office at (202) 224-2023. In the future, if you would like to contact me about a legislative matter, I encourage you to go to my website at http://www.warner.senate.gov. (my emphasis)
Again, thank you for taking the time to share your views and experiences with me. As the 111th Congress moves forward, please continue to be in touch with your opinions and concerns.
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator
I hope, but seriously doubt, Senator Warner remembers that he works for the people of Virginia and that they pay his salary and the people of Virginia tell him what to do and not the other way around.
Senator Warner, are you listening!