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Trust, But Verify – CPAC 2009

February 23, 2009

TBV Readers,

We will be at CPAC 2009 on March 26-28.  If you will be attending we would like to meet you … please send us a note below or post a message on TBV’s facebook page.  For those interested, here is the agenda:

http://www.cpac.org/agenda_20708.html

 

Here is a bit of inspiration from our friends at Rebuild The Party ….

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Opportunism on Display: Dems Pulling a Fast One

February 13, 2009

While President Obama has consistently articulated that the current economic crisis presents the unique opportunity to make needed “changes” … the Dems in Congress, without objection from Obama,  have not yielded to Obama’s campaign promise of “going line by line” and instead choose to take a 1,000+ page bill, one nearing $800 billion, out of conference committee after both chambers voted on their own versions, and  effectively ram it down the throats of the American taxpayer without giving their elected officials time to read the bill. 

 

Minority Leader Boehner tells it like it is:

 

– AP

Trust, But Verify

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Provisions for Government Health Care Hidden In Stimulus Bill

February 10, 2009

     Tom Daschle may not have become Health and Human Services Secretary, but he sure got his fingers into the stimulus bill and helped pen some provisions affecting the freedom you enjoy when going to the doctor, or more importantly, your doctor’s freedom in treating you.  These provisions are the foundation for what will be a huge government bureaucracy controlling health care in the United States.  Not surprisingly, the Democrats were not very forthcoming with the fact this was hidden in THIS bill, and clearly don’t feel it would help get it passed since not a word has been said about it. 

The health-care industry is the largest employer in the U.S. It produces almost 17 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Yet the bill treats health care the way European governments do: as a cost problem instead of a growth industry. Imagine limiting growth and innovation in the electronics or auto industry during this downturn. This stimulus is dangerous to your health and the economy.

Bloomberg reports on what has been found, and not reported on until today:

Why are the following hidden in the stimulus bill?

Because Democrats understand that sneaking it in is easier than making the case to the Americna people, here is why …..

1.   A provision in the stimulus creates a new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, that will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). 

2.   Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.  “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)

3.  A provision in the stimulus creates the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). Daschle’s 2008 book (“Critical: What We Can Do About The Health Care Crisis) explained, the goal is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.

4.   The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

Dr. Obama

Dr. Obama

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.

1.  Elderly Hardest Hit

Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.  Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).

2.  Age Discrimination in Treatment ? 

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

 

Full Story:

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&refer=columnist_mccaughey&sid=aLzfDxfbwhzs

– AP

Trust, But Verify

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STOP THE STIMULUS … IT IS YOUR MONEY THEY ARE WASTING – CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY. (phone #’s below)

February 5, 2009

Senate offices field calls ALL DAY from constituents.  They have been indundated with calls to vote NO on the stimuls bill by a huge margin over calls calling for the YES vote.  It is just a phone call …. call as many senators as you like and let them know they are redefining hypocrisy by spending OUR MONEY while everyone else and most companies are downsizing and trying to live within their means. 

Roll Call announced at 1pm eastern that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid believes he has the 60 votes he needs to overcome a fillibuster attempt and bring the bill to a vote to pass it.  This “crap sandwich factory” of a bill is an insult to any tax-paying American.  While taxpayers are spending less, companies are forced to downsize, the Democratic Party controlled federal government believes they should GROW by spending more money on ridiculous pet projects (see 2 posts below).  The backlash is going to be huge, and we should let our elected officials know that they should not be on the receiving end ….  (HERE ARE THE “SQUISHY FOUR” THAY MAY FLIP WITH THE DEMS)

Collins (202) 224-2523
Snowe (202) 224-5344
Voinovich (202) 224-3353
Specter (202) 224-4254

DEMOCRATS IN CONGRESS ARE ACTING LIKE AN IRRESPONSIBLE COLLEGE STUDENT WITH A CREDIT CARD THAT GETS PAID BY THEIR PARENTS!  IT IS ABOUT TIME WE GET THE SCISSORS OUT.  CALL YOUR SENATOR, PLEASE.

– Trust, But Verify

 

Akaka, Daniel K. – (D – HI) Class I
141 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6361
Web Form: akaka.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
 
Alexander, Lamar – (R – TN) Class II
455 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4944
Web Form: alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact….
 
Barrasso, John – (R – WY) Class I
307 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6441
Web Form: barrasso.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUs…
 
Baucus, Max – (D – MT) Class II
511 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2651
Web Form: baucus.senate.gov/contact/emailForm.cfm?subj=issue
 
Bayh, Evan – (D – IN) Class III
131 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5623
Web Form: bayh.senate.gov/contact/email/
 
Begich, Mark – (D – AK) Class II
825C HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3004
E-mail: senator@begich.senate.gov
 
Bennet, Michael F. – (D – CO) Class III
702 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5852
E-mail: senator_bennet@bennet.senate.gov
 
Bennett, Robert F. – (R – UT) Class III
431 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5444
Web Form: bennett.senate.gov/contact/emailmain.html
 
Bingaman, Jeff – (D – NM) Class I
703 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5521
E-mail: senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov
 
Bond, Christopher S. – (R – MO) Class III
274 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5721
Web Form: bond.senate.gov/contact/contactme.cfm
 
Boxer, Barbara – (D – CA) Class III
112 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3553
Web Form: boxer.senate.gov/contact
 
Brown, Sherrod – (D – OH) Class I
455 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2315
Web Form: brown.senate.gov/contact/
 
Brownback, Sam – (R – KS) Class III
303 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6521
Web Form: brownback.senate.gov/CMEmailMe.cfm
 
Bunning, Jim – (R – KY) Class III
316 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4343
Web Form: bunning.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Co…
 
Burr, Richard – (R – NC) Class III
217 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3154
Web Form: burr.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
 
Burris, Roland W. – (D – IL) Class III
523 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2854
 
Byrd, Robert C. – (D – WV) Class I
311 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3954
Web Form: byrd.senate.gov/byrd_email.html
 
Cantwell, Maria – (D – WA) Class I
511 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3441
Web Form: cantwell.senate.gov/contact/
 
Cardin, Benjamin L. – (D – MD) Class I
509 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4524
Web Form: cardin.senate.gov/contact/
 
Carper, Thomas R. – (D – DE) Class I
513 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2441
Web Form: carper.senate.gov/contact/
 
Casey, Robert P., Jr. – (D – PA) Class I
383 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6324
Web Form: casey.senate.gov/contact/
 
Chambliss, Saxby – (R – GA) Class II
416 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3521
Web Form: chambliss.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactU…
 
Coburn, Tom – (R – OK) Class III
172 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5754
Web Form: coburn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSena…
 
Cochran, Thad – (R – MS) Class II
113 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5054
Web Form: cochran.senate.gov/contact.htm
 
Collins, Susan M. – (R – ME) Class II
413 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2523
Web Form: collins.senate.gov/public/continue.cfm?FuseAction=Contact…
 
Conrad, Kent – (D – ND) Class I
530 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2043
Web Form: conrad.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm
 
Corker, Bob – (R – TN) Class I
185 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3344
Web Form: corker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInfo…
 
Cornyn, John – (R – TX) Class II
517 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2934
Web Form: cornyn.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Con…
 
Crapo, Mike – (R – ID) Class III
239 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6142
Web Form: crapo.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
 
DeMint, Jim – (R – SC) Class III
340 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6121
Web Form: demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Home
 
Dodd, Christopher J. – (D – CT) Class III
448 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2823
Web Form: dodd.senate.gov/index.php?q=node/3130
 
Dorgan, Byron L. – (D – ND) Class III
322 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2551
E-mail: senator@dorgan.senate.gov
 
Durbin, Richard – (D – IL) Class II
309 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2152
Web Form: durbin.senate.gov/contact.cfm
 
Ensign, John – (R – NV) Class I
119 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6244
Web Form: ensign.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Con…
 
Enzi, Michael B. – (R – WY) Class II
379A RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3424
Web Form: enzi.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInform…
 
Feingold, Russell D. – (D – WI) Class III
506 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5323
Web Form: feingold.senate.gov/contact_opinion.html
 
Feinstein, Dianne – (D – CA) Class I
331 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3841
Web Form: feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactU…
 
Gillibrand, Kirsten E. – (D – NY) Class I
531 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4451
 
Graham, Lindsey – (R – SC) Class II
290 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5972
Web Form: lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Em…
 
Grassley, Chuck – (R – IA) Class III
135 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3744
Web Form: grassley.senate.gov/contact.cfm#emailform
 
Gregg, Judd – (R – NH) Class III
393 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3324
Web Form: gregg.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Cont…
 
Hagan, Kay R. – (D – NC) Class II
B40A DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6342
E-mail: Senator_Hagan@hagan.senate.gov
 
Harkin, Tom – (D – IA) Class II
731 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3254
Web Form: harkin.senate.gov/c/
 
Hatch, Orrin G. – (R – UT) Class I
104 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5251
Web Form: hatch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Offices.Cont…
 
Hutchison, Kay Bailey – (R – TX) Class I
284 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5922
Web Form: hutchison.senate.gov/contact.cfm
 
Inhofe, James M. – (R – OK) Class II
453 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4721
Web Form: inhofe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Con…
 
Inouye, Daniel K. – (D – HI) Class III
722 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3934
Web Form: inouye.senate.gov/abtform.html
 
Isakson, Johnny – (R – GA) Class III
120 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3643
Web Form: isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm
 
Johanns, Mike – (R – NE) Class II
1 RUSSELL COURTYARD WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4224
Web Form: johanns.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailSenatorJohanns
 
Johnson, Tim – (D – SD) Class II
136 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5842
Web Form: johnson.senate.gov/contact/
 
Kaufman, Edward E. – (D – DE) Class II
G11 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5042
Web Form: kaufman.senate.gov/services/contact/
 
Kennedy, Edward M. – (D – MA) Class I
317 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4543
Web Form: kennedy.senate.gov/senator/contact.cfm
 
Kerry, John F. – (D – MA) Class II
218 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2742
Web Form: kerry.senate.gov/v3/contact/email.html
 
Klobuchar, Amy – (D – MN) Class I
302 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3244
Web Form: klobuchar.senate.gov/emailamy.cfm
 
Kohl, Herb – (D – WI) Class I
330 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5653
Web Form: kohl.senate.gov/gen_contact.html
 
Kyl, Jon – (R – AZ) Class I
730 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4521
Web Form: kyl.senate.gov/contact.cfm
 
Landrieu, Mary L. – (D – LA) Class II
328 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5824
Web Form: landrieu.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
 
Lautenberg, Frank R. – (D – NJ) Class II
324 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3224
Web Form: lautenberg.senate.gov/contact/
 
Leahy, Patrick J. – (D – VT) Class III
433 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4242
E-mail: senator_leahy@leahy.senate.gov
 
Levin, Carl – (D – MI) Class II
269 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6221
Web Form: levin.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
 
Lieberman, Joseph I. – (ID – CT) Class I
706 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4041
Web Form: lieberman.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm?regarding=issue
 
Lincoln, Blanche L. – (D – AR) Class III
355 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4843
Web Form: lincoln.senate.gov/webform.html
 
Lugar, Richard G. – (R – IN) Class I
306 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4814
E-mail: senator_lugar@lugar.senate.gov
 
Martinez, Mel – (R – FL) Class III
356 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3041
Web Form: martinez.senate.gov/public/?p=EmailSenatorMartinez
 
McCain, John – (R – AZ) Class III
241 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2235
Web Form: mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Con…
 
McCaskill, Claire – (D – MO) Class I
717 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6154
Web Form: mccaskill.senate.gov/contact/
 
McConnell, Mitch – (R – KY) Class II
361-A RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2541
Web Form: mcconnell.senate.gov/contact_form.cfm
 
Menendez, Robert – (D – NJ) Class I
317 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4744
Web Form: menendez.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm
 
Merkley, Jeff – (D – OR) Class II
B40B DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3753
Web Form: merkley.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm
 
Mikulski, Barbara A. – (D – MD) Class III
503 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4654
Web Form: mikulski.senate.gov/Contact/contact.cfm
 
Murkowski, Lisa – (R – AK) Class III
709 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6665
Web Form: murkowski.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactM…
 
Murray, Patty – (D – WA) Class III
173 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2621
Web Form: murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm
 
Nelson, Ben – (D – NE) Class I
720 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6551
Web Form: bennelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
 
Nelson, Bill – (D – FL) Class I
716 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5274
Web Form: billnelson.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
 
Pryor, Mark L. – (D – AR) Class II
255 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2353
Web Form: pryor.senate.gov/contact/
 
Reed, Jack – (D – RI) Class II
728 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4642
Web Form: reed.senate.gov/contact/contact-share.cfm
 
Reid, Harry – (D – NV) Class III
522 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3542
Web Form: reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
 
Risch, James E. – (R – ID) Class II
2 RUSSELL COURTYARD WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2752
 
Roberts, Pat – (R – KS) Class II
109 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4774
Web Form: roberts.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactInf…
 
Rockefeller, John D., IV – (D – WV) Class II
531 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6472
Web Form: rockefeller.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm
 
Sanders, Bernard – (I – VT) Class I
332 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5141
Web Form: sanders.senate.gov/comments/
 
Schumer, Charles E. – (D – NY) Class III
313 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6542
Web Form: schumer.senate.gov/new_website/contact.cfm
 
Sessions, Jeff – (R – AL) Class II
335 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4124
Web Form: sessions.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Constitue…
 
Shaheen, Jeanne – (D – NH) Class II
G55 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2841
 
Shelby, Richard C. – (R – AL) Class III
304 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5744
E-mail: senator@shelby.senate.gov
 
Snowe, Olympia J. – (R – ME) Class I
154 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5344
Web Form: snowe.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenat…
 
Specter, Arlen – (R – PA) Class III
711 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4254
Web Form: specter.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Co…
 
Stabenow, Debbie – (D – MI) Class I
133 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4822
Web Form: stabenow.senate.gov/email.cfm
 
Tester, Jon – (D – MT) Class I
204 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2644
Web Form: tester.senate.gov/Contact/
 
Thune, John – (R – SD) Class III
493 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2321
Web Form: thune.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.Email
 
Udall, Mark – (D – CO) Class II
B40E DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5941
E-mail: Senator_Mark_Udall@markudall.senate.gov
 
Udall, Tom – (D – NM) Class II
B40D DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6621
Web Form: tomudall.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm
 
Vitter, David – (R – LA) Class III
516 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4623
Web Form: vitter.senate.gov/?module=webformIQV1
 
Voinovich, George V. – (R – OH) Class III
524 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-3353
Web Form: voinovich.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact….
 
Warner, Mark R. – (D – VA) Class II
B40C DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2023
Web Form: warner.senate.gov/contact/contact.cfm
 
Webb, Jim – (D – VA) Class I
144 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-4024
Web Form: webb.senate.gov/contact/
 
Whitehouse, Sheldon – (D – RI) Class I
502 HART SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-2921
Web Form: whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/
 
Wicker, Roger F. – (R – MS) Class I
487 RUSSELL SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-6253
Web Form: wicker.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Contact.EMa…
 
Wyden, Ron – (D – OR) Class III
223 DIRKSEN SENATE OFFICE BUILDING WASHINGTON DC 20510
(202) 224-5244
Web Form: wyden.senate.gov/contact/
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Breaking Down the “Re-Sodding” of the National Mall

February 3, 2009

“Stimulating Sod”

by AP at Trust, But Verify

sod

The National Mall = 146 acres of green grass   (http://usparks.about.com/library/miniplanner/blnationalmall.htm)

1 acre= 43,560 square feet (so 146 acres = 6,359,760 square feet)   http://www.onlineconversion.com/forum/forum_1109218421.htm

Sod = 60 cents a square foot (at least if you buy it from   http://www.countrygardensod.com/faqs.htm#cost)

Volume Discounts = available

– So, re-sodding the entire National Mall (6,359,760 square feet), at 60 cents/square foot, costs $3,815,856.00  Again, I bet there is a volume discount to be had on that much sod, but I digress.

– The stimulus bill that passed the House allocates $200,000,000 for sod and seed for the National Mall. 

So, subtracting the cost of sod, that leaves $196,184,144 to pay the labor for installing the sod.  So, say you offer $100,000/year for sod-layers using the remaining $196MM after paying for sod, you will create 1,961 jobs for laying this sod. 

Pretty ridiculous, but it gets better:

– At 146 acres, this re-sodding means 13 people assigned to each acre that needs sod.  Remember, if we pay less than $100K/year to the sod-layers, we can have more than 13 people per acre per year … but I’m thinking 13 is enough, they can rotate “one month on, eleven months off”, with an extra to help out if someone gets injured. 

– For each of the 146 acres, $200MM breaks down to $1,369,863 budgeted for each acre …. FOR SOD.

Who wrote this into the bill?  I want a name. 

 

– Trust, But Verify

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Stimulus Bill: What is In This Crap Sandwich Factory of a Bill?

February 2, 2009

Words of Wisdom from the Left:

Honest?

Honest?

– “We won the election. We wrote the bill.”   – Nancy Pelosi

– “Never let a serious crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” – R. Emanuel

 

 Let the Democrats and President Obama take full credit for this “Stimulus” Bill.   – Trust, But Verify

Why call it a “stimulus” bill when “spending” also begins with an “S” and both contain eight letters, not to mention “spending” seems more consistent with what is going on here.  Enjoy the money flying out of the taxpayer’s pockets … and going to ………

$30 billion, or less than 5% of the spending in the bill, is for fixing bridges or other highway projects

(As Peter Orszag, the President’s new budget director, told Congress a year ago, “even those [public works] that are ‘on the shelf’ generally cannot be undertaken quickly enough to provide timely stimulus to the economy.”)

$600 million more for the federal government to buy new cars. Uncle Sam already spends $3 billion a year on its fleet of 600,000 vehicles.  Most of this will be to replace the cars with vehicles using “alternative fuels”. 

$200 million to re-sod the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

$276 million to fix/replace computers at the State Department (really?, most computers are made overseas these days, even Dell).

$7 billion for modernizing federal buildings and facilities (why is this in a “stimulus” bill when it is clearly a spending project that could create savings over the long term .. it doesn’t stimulate anything in the short-term)

$1 billion for Amtrak, the federal railroad that hasn’t turned a profit in 40 years

$2 billion for child-care subsidies

$50 million for that great engine of job creation, the National Endowment for the Arts

$650 million to repair dilapidated Forest Service facilities (noble, but not a short-term economic stimulus plus few can even afford a vaca).

$400 million for global-warming research

$2.4 billion for carbon-capture demonstration projects

$252 billion is for income-transfer payments — these are not investments that arguably help everyone, but cash or benefits to individuals for doing nothing at all. There’s $81 billion for Medicaid, $36 billion for expanded unemployment benefits, $20 billion for food stamps, and $83 billion for the earned income credit for people who don’t pay income tax. While some of that may be justified to help poorer Americans ride out the recession, they aren’t job creators and belong in a separate bill, not one being sold as a “job creating” package.

$650 million on top of the billions already doled out to pay for digital TV conversion coupons

$8 billion for renewable energy funding

$54 billion will go to federal programs that the Office of Management and Budget or the Government Accountability Office have already criticized as “ineffective” or unable to pass basic financial audits. (including the Economic Development Administration, the Small Business Administration, the 10 federal job training programs, and many more).

$66 billion to the Department of Education .. that is more than the entire Education Dept. spent just ten years ago. Again, what jobs will this stimulate?  (Some $6 billion of this will subsidize university building projects. If you think the intention here is to help kids learn, the House declares on page 257 that “No recipient . . . shall use such funds to provide financial assistance to students to attend private elementary or secondary schools.” Horrors: Some money might go to nonunion teachers).

Consistent with what the WSJ recently opined, the larger fiscal issue here is whether this spending free-for-all will become part of the annual “budget baseline” that Congress uses as the new floor when calculating how much to increase spending the following year, and in future years. Democrats insist that it will not. But it is hard to believe that Congress will cut spending next year on any of these programs from their new, higher levels. What is likely is that this “emergency” and “job creating” spending will become a permanent addition to federal outlays — increasing pressure for tax increases in the bargain.

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Obama Hypocrisy on Lobbyists … Averaging More Than One Waiver/Day to No Lobbyist Rule

February 2, 2009

From Hotair: 

“When anyone has to issue more than a waiver a day on any standard, it ceases being a standard and becomes a joke.  The no-lobbyist rule has become just that — an ironic joke on all of the saps who fell for Obama’s populist pap over the last two years.”

Too bad the American media hasn’t kept as close an eye on Barack Obama and his promises to clean up government as the Times of India has.  Noting that Obama has already issues 17 exceptions to his no-lobbyist rules in the first two weeks of his inauguration, they wonder how it could worse:

It is easy to project yourself as a clean politician after making your debut in South Side Chicago with buddies like Rahm Emanuel. US president Obama has appointed more than 17 lobbyists after talking big on anti-lobbyist Governance and rooting corruption out of the American Government.

Dreams are dreams. Facts are facts. President Obama is surrounded by corrupt lobbyists ready to sell America cheap. …

Take the example of the newest exposure of doubletalk from Obama! After calling for clean Governance, he appoints a Treasury Secretary who “forgot” to pay for his ‘business tax’ for years! Tom Daschle, a top lobbyist in Washington, who has amended his U.S. tax forms to pay back taxes with interest, is now Obama’s best choice for America’s chief health official. …

Would you believe, Obama had to issue 17 waivers on his own rule in less than two weeks for allowing lobbyist enter his Administration and control Governance of America!

Well, that’s Hope and ChangeTM, isn’t it?  When anyone has to issue more than a waiver a day on any standard, it ceases being a standard and becomes a joke.  The no-lobbyist rule has become just that — an ironic joke on all of the saps who fell for Obama’s populist pap over the last two years.

Why do we have to go to the Times of India to hear how many exceptions to this rule Obama has invoked?  If the Bush administration had publicly imposed such a restriction on itself and then quietly ignored it, we’d hear endless editorials about Bush’s hypocrisy and the influence of the rich and powerful on his administration.  We heard exactly that when Dick Cheney assembled a group of advisors, without government positions or enforcement authority, to help him build an energy policy during the first term.  Some watchdog groups went to court to force Cheney to reveal their names so that they could make that exact point.

But Obama appointing lobbyist after lobbyist to government positions, with enforcement power, despite his promise not to do that at all?  Crickets chirp among the American media.  I guess they’ve outsourced their Truth-to-Power divisions to India.