By: Chuck Muth
Which team is going to win Saturday’s college football super-game between #1 Florida vs. #2 Alabama?
FLORIDA FIGHT FOR GOP’S SOUL
“A 2010 (U.S. Senate) primary expected to be a cakewalk for (Florida Gov. Charlie Crist) is now being cast as a struggle for the soul of the state’s Republican Party. Like the District 23 congressional race in New York, it has erupted onto the national scene, as über-conservatives try to nudge the party to the right.
“Crist, they argue, is a Democratic enabler – a Republican who endorsed the hated federal-stimulus plan and literally embraced President Barack Obama when he showed up to deliver the money. The better choice, they say, is Marco Rubio, the boyish former Florida House speaker who presents himself as a Jeb Bush Republican ready to fight the administration hammer and tong.
“Though few analysts think the West Miami Republican will ultimately knock off a sitting governor to head the state party, most are stunned they’re even having to consider the question. Recent polls show Crist leading by about 13 points, down from more than 30 points in May.”
– Orlando Sentinel, 11/29/09
ROMNEY IN THE MIDDLE?
“The question about Mitt Romney isn’t whether he’ll run for president again, but when hasn’t he been running for president? He’s been campaigning virtually from the day he dropped out of the 2008 race. . . . Taking a page out of John McCain’s book, Mr. Romney is trumpeting the ‘Big Tent and trying to position himself as the moderate alternative. . . . When compared to other potential GOP candidates like Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, Mr. Romney may indeed be the moderate candidate.”
– Allysia Finley of Political Diary, 11/30/09
THE HARRY REID CITIZEN TAX
“Under (Senate Majority Leader Harry) Reid’s amendment, in the year 2019 about 16 million U.S. citizens would be uninsured and be forced to pay a penalty tax of almost $800 per year. About eight million illegal aliens would be uninsured and would owe no penalty tax.”
– Keith Hennessey.com, 11/21/09
REID: REWARD ILLEGALS, PENALIZE CITIZENS
“Senate Democrats fast-track of H.R. 3590, the Senate version of the health care bill, includes an amendment authored by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) that clears the way for illegal aliens to opt out of a proposed tax on individuals who refuse to buy health insurance by 2014. . . . Under the Reid amendment, an uninsured U.S. citizen living in the United States pays the penalty tax. On the other hand, if you are illegally in the country and you are uninsured, you do not pay the penalty tax, according to an analysis by Keith Hennessey.”
– Examiner.com, 11/30/09
Catholic Bishops and Illegal Aliens
As far as illegal immigrants being able to access the proposed health insurance “exchanges,” the House version of the bill gives ‘em a green light. But Dan Carter of Air America claims the Catholic Church “has declined take up the cause for undocumented workers in the Senate.”
Not true. (I’m shocked! Air America is usually so reliable. Not.)
In a November 20, 2009, letter to U.S. Senators, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops declares:
“We support the inclusion of all immigrants, regardless of status, in the insurance exchange. The Senate legislation forbids undocumented immigrants from purchasing health-care coverage in the exchange. Undocumented immigrants should not be barred from purchasing a health insurance plan with their own money.”
First, if you’re not here legally, you’re not an “immigrant.” You’re a trespasser. Like that couple who snuck into the White House dinner last week.
Secondly, if you’re undocumented you’re illegal. Let’s call a spade a spade, shall we?
Thirdly, the proposed legislation, contrary to what the bishops are claiming, doesn’t bar illegal aliens from purchasing a health insurance plan with their own money. It bars them from buying discounted, taxpayer-subsidized health exchange insurance with their own money.
Glad we could clear that up.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says that if he had to do it all over again, he’d still commute the sentence of Seattle cop-killer Maurice Clemmons. “If the same file was presented to me today,” Huckabee writes in a column for NewsMax, “I would have likely made the same decision.” Read his reasons why HERE
Herschel Smith of the Captains Journal blog continues his one-man campaign to bring to the public’s attention the asinine rules of engagement troops in the War Against Terror are required to fight under. Catch “Rules of Engagement: Letting the Enemy Go Free” HERE
And remember this while listening to President Barack Obama outline his new-and-improved Afghanistan policy tonight.
FAMOUS LAST WORDS
“I am a small government, rational regulation, low tax, free market capitalist. And I’m going to be one even if I’m the last one!”
– Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour