Wonderful things are already happening in four of the seven statehouses that I am keeping my eyes on. The four are New Mexico, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Florida. While I see nothing especially wonderful to report about Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Iowa so far, I will remain vigilant. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez impressed Rush enough for him to talk about her today.
Governor Christie discusses how the rest of the country is looking to New Jersey to be the model for restoring a broken state to fiscal health. Footage taken from the Transportation Capital Plan press conference held on January 6, 2010.
GOVERNOR CHRISTIE: …and for them being able to work within the policy parameters that we set forward for what we believe this State needs to do which is first and foremost, get its fiscal house in order. There can’t be – we’ll get our fiscal house in order, but…we’ll do this. We’ll get our fiscal house in order, but… we have to make an exception for that. The exceptions in New Jersey have become the rule which is why we have become the fiscal mess that we are. Not on my watch. We are doing this. And in case you haven’t noticed, we are leading the rest of the nation in doing it. You look around at what Jerry Brown said in California this week, what Andrew Cuomo said in New York this week, what Scott Walker said in Wisconsin this week, and what I expect John Kasich will say in Ohio next week. They are looking at New Jersey as the model for restoring a broken state to fiscal health and I’m not going to let down the people of this state who voted for me on that basis and I’m certainly not going to let down those other folks around the country who are looking to New Jersey to provide hope for the fact that this can be done and that people in public office have the political courage to actually do it. That’s what this plan represents so thank you all very much.
MEMO FOR THE MOVEMENT
“As new leaders your mission is to fulfill this mandate. Work with the President and his allies when they agree to conservative goals. But do not compromise on fundamental principles of freedom and limited constitutional government.”
A CONSERVATIVE COMMUNIQUE
Along with nearly 100 conservative leaders and tea party activists we gather to reaffirm our principles of constitutional limited government and economic freedom and our belief in a strong national security and traditional American values. In the recent election, the American people sent a strong message to the President and both Houses of Congress that they insist upon government grounded in constitutional principles and a restoration of Federalism.
Now we call upon President Obama and leaders in Congress to return America to a true and prosperous Nation by passing legislation and implementing policies supported by the vast majority of our fellow citizens that achieve the following:
Repeal of Obamacare. The President should acknowledge that the voters have spoken. The 112th Congress must now follow through and immediately pass a bill that repeals Obamacare. Until Congress is able to get the President to sign a law repealing Obamacare, it must withhold funding, block key provisions and override regulations implementing Obamacare. Only after Obamacare is rejected, can Congress undertake a careful, thoughtful legislative process to make practical adjustments that allow the free market to provide affordable, effective health care insurance choices.
Sustained Economic Growth and Job Creation. The 2010 election outcome was a rejection of President Obama and the Democratic Congress failure to enact policies that create economic growth and enable free enterprise to create more jobs. The President and Congress must now not raise taxes; it is vital that they encourage sound monetary policy, and eliminate unnecessary and job killing regulations.
Ensure No American Pays Higher Taxes. Congress must reject any Obama tax hikes, end the “death-tax” and make permanent the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003, thereby helping the economy grow and create more jobs.
Cut Government Spending. Congress has approved more spending than even the federal bureaucracy can handle. The new Congress should fulfill its pledge to reduce actual spending to pre-Obama levels and eliminate tax-payer dollars for private organizations that engage in political advocacy. Congress should then further reduce spending to work towards balanced budgets and begin to reduce the national debt.
Color me not shocked.
In a short piece published in The Hill’s Blog briefing room, DCCC chair Steve Israel noted that their goal for 2012 is to win enough seats to return Nancy Pelosi to the Speaker of the House position.
Notably absent in the piece was any reference or desire for Democrat Represenatives to serve their constituents or act on the best interest of this nation.
Perhaps we missed something when Pelosi stayed on as now minority leader and soaked up as much face time as possible during yesterday’s event.
Maybe there is something more important we are missing about how Democrats and their leadership view citizens of this great nation.
In either event, this comment should not go unnoticed and serve as a warning for us all.
Representative Jay Inslee, Democrat from Washington, stood in objection to the reading of the Constitution of the United States of America on the House Floor.
Today, House Republicans, released a new report entitled ObamaCare: A Budget-Busting, Job-Killing Health Care Law documenting the devastating impact on the economy, Small business, and jobs.
From the report:
Economic Consequences. Consistent with respected economists‟ forecasts, the health care law contains a number of provisions that will eliminate jobs, reduce hours and wages, and limit future job creation. Specifically, the law:
- Penalizes employers for failing to offer coverage deemed acceptable by the government;
- Imposes burdensome mandates on small businesses, including new paperwork requirements; and
- Compounds the uncertainty employers and entrepreneurs are facing amid a challenging economic climate.
Independent analyses have determined that the health care law will cause significant job losses for the U.S. economy: the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has determined that the law will reduce the “amount of labor used in the economy by roughly half a percent…,” an estimate that adds up to roughly 650,000 jobs lost. A study by the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), the nation‟s largest small business association, found that the law‟s employer mandate alone could lead to the elimination of 1.6 million jobs, with 66 percent of those coming from small businesses. By comparison, then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stated that “in its life,” the health care law would “create 4 million jobs – 400,000 jobs almost immediately.”
Fiscal Consequences. Studies of the health care law reveal that it will cost taxpayers more than originally estimated, and may exacerbate the nation‟s dire fiscal condition. Specifically, the law:
- Relies on accounting gimmicks that mask its true cost to taxpayers;
- Double-counts savings from Medicare that are widely viewed as unsustainable; and
- Requires additional government spending to direct its implementation.
According to an analysis by House Budget Committee Republicans, the health care law will cost the nation $2.6 trillion when fully implemented, and add $701 billion to the deficit in its first ten years.iv By comparison, President Obama stated during a joint session of Congress on September 9, 2009 that he would not sign health care reform that “adds one dime to our deficits – either now or in the future.”v Recommendations. The evidence is overwhelming: Immediate steps should be taken to repeal the health care law and replace it with common-sense reforms to lower costs and protect jobs. Such measures would ease uncertainty for employers and entrepreneurs, and give Congress an opportunity to take the necessary measures to address the nation‟s fiscal challenges.
Recommendations. The evidence is overwhelming: Immediate steps should be taken to repeal the health care law and replace it with common-sense reforms to lower costs and protect jobs. Such measures would ease uncertainty for employers and entrepreneurs, and give Congress an opportunity to take the necessary measures to address the nation‟s fiscal challenges.
This chart also demonstrates how the law‟s authors used CBO‟s methodology to their advantage. CBO evaluates legislation over a ten-year budget window. The health care law‟s most significant benefits don‟t take effect for four years, however, meaning that the
law requires ten years of tax increases and ten years of Medicare cuts to pay for six years of spending. This trend is reflected in the chart below.
Budget Committee Republicans‟ analysis also uncovered that the health care law will actually increase the deficit by $701 billion over the next ten years. This figure is reached after balancing the CBO savings figure against a number of accounting gimmicks that were ineligible for inclusion in CBO‟s original analysis:
- $53 billion of savings is claimed by counting increased Social Security payroll revenues. These dollars, however, are already spoken for by Social Security beneficiaries, meaning either that benefits will not be paid out, or the law‟s authors are double-counting the savings.
- $70 billion of savings is claimed from the newly created Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) program. These savings are achieved by collecting premiums immediately and beginning to pay out benefits after five years, hence why savings appears in the ten-year budget window. Over time, however, as CBO has found, this new entitlement “would eventually lead to net outlays when benefits exceed premiums.”xlix The Washington Post has said of the CLASS program: “These are not „savings‟ that can be honestly counted on the balance sheet of reform.”l Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) has called CLASS “a Ponzi scheme of the first order.”li
- $115 billion in new government spending required to implement the health care law is not factored into CBO’s initial estimate. On May 11, CBO notified Congress that additional discretionary spending would be required to implement the government takeover of health care. This includes roughly $9 billion for both the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).lii
Speaker Boehner released the following statement:
“The evidence is clear: by raising taxes, imposing new mandates, and increasing uncertainty for employers and entrepreneurs, ObamaCare is already destroying jobs in this country. And it will continue to destroy jobs unless we do something about it. The report released today shows how the health care law is making it harder to end the job-killing spending binge that threatens our children’s future. When you look at it dollar by dollar, the numbers just don’t add up. This report presents a very sobering picture, and every lawmaker and taxpayer – no matter where you stand on this critical issue – should take a look at it.
“With nearly 10 percent unemployment and massive debt, the American people want us to focus on cutting spending and growing our economy. That’s why tomorrow the House will take the first steps towards repealing this job-killing health care law and replacing it with reforms that will bring down costs and protect jobs.”
Here’s the report in it’s entirety.