Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC has updated its “Prescription for Repeal” of Obamacare for the fourth time by endorsing three conservative candidates in Pennsylvania. Romney is supporting candidates who are committed to restoring commonsense, conservative principles to the health care issue:
Pat Toomey: Pat Toomey is a former Pennsylvania Congressman who is running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. He is running against Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA), who voted in favor of Obamacare. For more information on Pat Toomey and his campaign, visit www.toomeyforsenate.com.
Tim Burns: Tim Burns is businessman and community volunteer who is running in a special election to represent Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District – the seat formerly held by Representative John Murtha. For more information on Tim Burns and his campaign, visit www.timburnsforcongress.com.
Pat Meehan: Pat Meehan is a former prosecutor who is running for election in Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District. This seat is currently held by Joe Sestak (D-PA), who voted in favor of Obamacare. For more information on Pat Meehan and his campaign, visit www.meehanforcongress.com.
The PAC also announced that it has sent Pat Toomey the maximum $5,000 primary election contribution, Tim Burns a special general election contribution of $2,500, and Pat Meehan a primary election contribution of $2,500.
“President Obama’s new healthcare law imposes higher taxes, cuts Medicare, contains insurance price controls and expands the size of our federal government. It is unhealthy for America. That is why it is critical that we elect fiscally-responsible conservative leaders who will work to repeal the worst aspects of Obamacare, restore commonsense principles to healthcare, and focus on getting our economy back on track,” said Romney.
These Pennsylvania endorsements are the fourth in a series of “Prescription for Repeal” state rollouts over the coming weeks. In previous weeks, Romney’s PAC announced endorsements in the states of Ohio, Missouri, and California.
Former Governor Mitt Romney dazzled residents in Vero Beach, Fl yesterday as he presented two afternoon speeches as part of the Distinguished Lecture Series. Before delivering his remarks, Romney was presented with a key to the city from Vero Beach mayor Kevin Sawnick:
“I know you’re trying to do good things for the country,” Mayor Sawnick told Romney.
VERO BEACH – Former Massachusetts Governor and possible 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke to two sold out audiences at Riverside Theatre Monday, taking on issues of health care reform, education needs, and what’s in store for America.
Shortly before his first lecture to about 800 people, Romney received a Key to the City from Vero Beach Mayor Kevin Sawnick. “I know you’re trying to do good things for the country,” Mayor Sawnick told Romney, and wished the governor luck in his endeavors.
Romney accepted the oversized silver key and marveled at the weather – not too hot, not too cold and lots of palm trees.
During the lecture, Romney told the audience that he knew from experience that many of them were originally from the Midwest.
“It feels like coming home,” he said during his lecture promoting his book, “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”
The 2008 presidential hopeful then spent the next 45 minutes discussing his views on where the country currently stands and where it should go from here, and took issue with President Barack Obama’s policies and decisions.
“We are being made weaker and weaker,” he said, by the choices those in Washington, D.C, are making.
He spoke of various characteristics that make up America – one of which being patriotism.
“We are a patriotic people,” Romney said. “I was a little angry when our president went around the world, apologizing for America.”
Romney faulted Obama for saying that the country had “dictated” to others in the world and explained that it was America that freed many of those under dictatorship.
The former governor took questions from the audience, one of which touched on health care and the system he helped devise while in Massachusetts.
Under Massachusetts’ comprehensive health care plan, he said, 98 percent of the state’s people have insurance and it costs the commonwealth 1.5 percent of its budget.
Instead of forcing insurance companies to provide certain services at certain prices, Massachusetts helps those who can’t afford insurance to buy it. Those who can afford insurance must either buy insurance or are left on their own to pay their medical bills.
He said the issue of health insurance should have been left up to the states to decide for themselves how to tackle the issue, rather than the federal government getting involved.
When asked whether the Tea Party would help or split the Republican Party, Romney said he does not believe the group would split the Republicans. Instead, he expects Republicans to unite – as they did in the election of U.S. Senator Scott Brown, a pro-choice Republican who won the late Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat.
“I think we’ll come together,” Romney said, noting that the people decided a pro-choice Republican would better represent them than a pro-choice Democrat.
As for the 2012 presidential race, Romney told the audience he has not made his decision, and wouldn’t until after the November elections.
Instead, he wants to dedicate his time to helping strong Republican candidates win seats in Congress in November to “stop the mayhem” going on in Washington, Romney said.
While he might not yet have decided whether to give the presidential race another try, he threw names out there of people who might run.
Those names included Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mitch Daniels and Newt Gingrich, to name a few.
He predicts 10 candidates on stage vying for the presidential nomination.
VERO BEACH — While the first primary contest of the 2012 presidential race is still two years away, former Massachusetts governor and Republican Mitt Romney is already sounding like a candidate.
Romney, 63, was in Vero Beach on Monday as the final speaker for this season’s Distinguished Lecturer series at the Riverside Theatre, giving his opinion on topics ranging from the economy to health care to patriotism.
“We are a patriotic people,” said Romney, as he discussed his new book called “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”
[…]Romney said that now is the time for Americans to stand up to big government and demand solutions to the problems that face the country today.
“I am convinced this is the time to tell Americans the truth,” said Romney. “We have to be honest and people will do the right thing. The silent majority is less and less silent.”
[…]Also meeting Romney prior to his speech were four local high school students, who were invited to the lecture by steering committee member Patricia Rennick.
Jarred Spear and Eric Willett from St. Edward’s Upper School and Ashley Villar and Hannah Keiler from Vero Beach High School talked with Romney about their fall college plans, with several expressing interest in Romney’s alma mater, Harvard University.
Romney then spoke for about 45 minutes on the Stark Mainstage, and answered questions from the audience on topics including whether he will be a candidate for president in 2012.
“I have not made my decision,” said Romney. “But it’s a decision that I will make with my wife and family after the November elections.”
[…]As a Republican, Romney said he’s proud that the party did not break ranks when it came to the vote against health-care reform.
[…]“Congratulations to our team who said this thing was a stinker and we’re not going to support it,” he said.
In closing, Romney urged Americans to come together and support the American spirit.
“I recognize in the American heart that there’s a love for this country,” he said. “I’m
convinced that the future of this country is bright.”
UPDATE: Here’s a link to another photo of Mitt in Vero Beach, Florida yesterday. Among all of Mitt’s great abilities, it looks like he knows how to play one-handed Cat’s Cradle, too!
Nancy Pelosi’s parting advice to Democrats as they scurried off for spring break is as wild and off the mark as Obama’s opening pitch at the Nationals-Phillies game today:
CANTON, Ohio — Before Congress left town for the spring recess, Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged rank-and-file Democrats to return home and tout the benefits of the landmark health care bill.
But instead of barnstorming their districts celebrating their historic accomplishment, some have been content to remain beneath the radar, reluctant to advertise their role in passing the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s domestic policy agenda.
Rep. John Boccieri, who represents this conservative area in northeast Ohio, is one of them.
After announcing his intention to vote for the bill in a news conference televised live on CNN two days before the vote, Obama lauded his political courage. The president noted that the freshman Democrat sat “in as tough a district as there is,” a shout-out that prompted a standing ovation from the House Democratic Caucus.
For the past week, however, Boccieri has gone dark, surfacing only last Wednesday night — in New York City — at a cocktail party fundraiser to benefit his reelection campaign. Otherwise, the congressman had no public schedule. A spokeswoman said he was focused on “constituent services.”
Boccieri is not alone. He’s one of a number of House Democrats who’ve kept a low profile over the recess, a group largely defined by the level of political jeopardy they face this fall.
Like Boccieri, they tend to represent highly competitive seats. One of them, Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.), has not held any events in Republican-oriented North Dakota to talk about health care, his staff acknowledged. This week, he’ll talk about Social Security.
The offices of other endangered members, ranging from veterans such as Reps. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) and Allen Boyd (D-Fla.) to junior members such as Reps. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) and John Salazar (D-Colo.), did not return messages asking about how they had promoted health care last week.
In Ohio, Boccieri faced trouble no matter what course he took. Republicans were already planning to seize on his flip from a “no” vote last November to a much-ballyhooed “yes” vote in March. Now they frame him as unwilling to answer tough questions.
“His back flip on health care simply dumps fuel on a fire that no amount of special-interest money or pats on the back from Speaker Pelosi will be able to put out,” said Jim Renacci, the front-runner in the 16th District’s contested Republican primary. “I think he knows that people are mad as hell, … and I think that concerns him.”
Local Democratic leaders think it’s politically smart for the former Air Force Reserve pilot to fly under the radar — at least until the situation cools down.
“Let it simmer,” said Johnnie Maier, former chairman of the Stark County Democratic Party and a power broker in Canton politics. “Initially, you get a visceral response from people. Let that die down a little bit, and then go out when people are getting settled into the thing and then begin to talk with them.”
Democrats will do everything possible to get us to take our eyes off the health care ball. When the votes are counted next fall, let’s make sure we’ve cleared the field and stacked the dug-out with grand-slam conservative Republicans.
Healthcare reform has “changed America forever,” Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) confidently proclaimed Monday night.
“People compare it to Medicare. Bigger than Medicare,” Reid told Fox News’s Greta Van Sustren. “Medicare just affected old people. Bigger than social Security, because at the time Social Security passed it delat only with old people. This affects everybody.”
Reid acknowledged that there were flaws in the bill, but suggested lawmakers could fix those later.
“If we have to go back and patch things up and fix a few things we can do that. This is not a perfect piece of legislation,” Reid said.
The Nevada Democrat also expressed surprise that Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) didn’t brag more about the so-called “Cornhusker kickback” that secured extra Medicaid funding for Nebraska. (That provision has since been extended to all the states.)
“If I’d gotten that for Nevada, I’d have yelled it from the rooftops,” Reid said. “He didn’t, and that’s a decision he made.”
Reid said he was confident in his own position for re-election. Polls have showed him trailing to any of three Republican challengers. Reid said the polls were misleading, and took a shot at the Las Vegas Sun, whom he has quibbled with repeatedly this year.
“[The polls are] not as bleak as a newspaper here tries to make them,” he said. “Even the latest polls put out by the newspaper that runs an editorial every other day against me, shows that with multiple candidates in the race I win the election.”
Polls do in fact show Reid possibly winning re-election if a Tea Party candidate enters the race and takes a substantial portion of the conservative vote from a Republican candidate.
I consider Evangelicals for Mitt (EFM) one of the best pro-Mitt blogs out there. They think deeply, write persuasively, and convey as strong a sense of personality and fun as I’ve seen on the blog-o-sphere.
David French, lawyer, veteran, and public servant extraordinaire, has penned what I think is one of the most punchy and persuasive explanations of the differences between what Mitt did in Massachusetts and the PelObaReiDemocratic monstrosity recently inflicted upon our nation.
This is an issue that I have certainly been struggling with, and I know many of you have been too. So I’d recommend that you click over to EFM and read the whole thing. I don’t think this will be the final word by any means, but it is an excellent start, and I would like to thank David for getting the ball rolling on disentangling fact from fiction, attacks from actuality, and reason from ridiculousness.
CHARLOTTE — Even by President Obama‘s loquacious standards, an answer he gave here on health care Friday was a doozy.
Toward the end of a question-and-answer session with workers at an advanced battery technology manufacturer, a woman named Doris stood to ask the president whether it was a “wise decision to add more taxes to us with the health care” package.
“We are overtaxed as it is,” Doris said bluntly.
Obama started out feisty. “Well, let’s talk about that, because this is an area where there’s been just a whole lot of misinformation, and I’m going to have to work hard over the next several months to clean up a lot of the misapprehensions that people have,” the president said.
He then spent the next 17 minutes and 12 seconds lulling the crowd into a daze. His discursive answer — more than 2,500 words long — wandered from topic to topic, including commentary on the deficit, pay-as-you-go rules passed by Congress, Congressional Budget Office reports on Medicare waste, COBRA coverage, the Recovery Act and Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (he referred to this last item by its inside-the-Beltway name, “F-Map”). He talked about the notion of eliminating foreign aid (not worth it, he said). He invoked Warren Buffett, earmarks, and the payroll tax that funds Medicare (referring to it, in fluent Washington lingo, as “FICA”).
Always fond of lists, Obama ticked off his approach to health care — twice. “Number one is that we are the only — we have been, up until last week, the only advanced country that allows 50 million of its citizens to not have any health insurance,” he said.
A few minutes later he got to the next point, which seemed awfully similar to the first. “Number two, you don’t know who might end up being in that situation,” he said, then carried on explaining further still.
“Point number three is that the way insurance companies have been operating, even if you’ve got health insurance, you don’t always know what you got, because what has been increasingly the practice is that if you’re not lucky enough to work for a big company that is a big pool, that essentially is almost a self-insurer, then what’s happening is, is you’re going out on the marketplace, you may be buying insurance, you think you’re covered, but then when you get sick they decide to drop the insurance right when you need it,” Obama continued, winding on with the answer.
Halfway through, an audience member on the riser yawned.
But Obama wasn’t finished. He had a “final point,” before starting again with another list — of three points.
“What we said is, number one, we’ll have the basic principle that everybody gets coverage,” he said, before launching into the next two points, for a grand total of seven.
His wandering approach might not matter if Obama weren’t being billed as the chief salesman of the health-care overhaul. Public opinion on the bill remains divided, and Democratic officials are planning to send Obama into the country to convince wary citizens that it will work for them in the long run.
It was not evident that he changed any minds at Friday’s event. The audience sat politely, but people in the back of the room began to wander off.
Even Obama seemed to recognize that he had gone on too long. He apologized — in keeping with the spirit of the moment, not once, but twice. “Boy, that was a long answer. I’m sorry,” he said, drawing nervous laughter that sounded somewhat like relief as he wrapped up.
Marc Ambinder from The Atlantic brings us this scoop. In another attempt by Obama to equate his plan to MassCare he states the following:
Yeah, the– the sort of plan proposed by current– Republican nominee Mitt Romney, yeah.
Whoops. Could Obama be foreseeing what many of us are expecting as well: an OBAMA vs ROMNEY 2012 match-up? As Ambinder states this is clearly a Freudian slip, but is this incidence a tiny peak into the mind of Obama and the current administration?
Real briefly, I’d like to address the fact that Obama and others have tried to tie the two different health care plans. Though the intent and some elements of the plans are similar, when all is listed the the differences are substantial. To claim that it is inconsistent to approve of one plan while rejecting the other is utterly preposterous. To say they are the “exact same” is intellectually dishonest when one is 72 pages while the other tops 2300+ pages. What else is dishonest is the claim that this current health bill is based on the Massachusetts plan. If it were “based” on the MA plan they would’ve certainly discussed it with one of its major contributors, but no one that has written the Obama bill has ever contacted Romney on how to develop to plan. It makes political sense for Obama and the DNC to throw out these claims, and unfortunately many are buying it, and it’s not just the democrats.
Like I said this is a brief statement in regards to ObamaCare and MassCare. We will be doing a thorough review and comparison of the two plans. There are vasts amounts of info out there, and we are learning more each day about surprises in Obama’s plan – things I’m sure Obama was not even aware of. Stay tuned.
For now I’m going to delight a little in the fact that Obama subconsciously knows his 2012 challenger: the ultimate Nobama candidate – Mitt Romney!
Update: BOSMAN has a good write-up on this which includes video of a second similar incident. Read it here.
Time for tomfoolery, monkeyshines, and high jinx! This is the day jokesters fill the sugar bowl with salt, super-glue coins to the sidewalk, and stretch balloons over vehicle exhaust pipes. It’s also the day the Census Bureau would like to have you return your 2010 U.S. Census form. No fooling.
The Census bureau says about half of American households have already put their forms in the mail. Hoping to lead by example, the White House released a picture of the President filling out his form.
The process is likely to take less than ten minutes for most households. The Census Bureau will actually accept forms in the mail through the end of the month.
Starting in May they’ll be sending out enumerators to go door to door to fill in the count, an expensive process.
Census officials say Americans can save their government money by returning the forms by mail.
The Census Bureau has advertised heavily in Hispanic communities, hoping to raise participation rate among Latinos, and it appears the strategy is working. The Pew Hispanic Center says 9 in 10 Hispanics say they intend to take part in the count.
I have been deluged lately with requests asking me whether one has to answer all of the questions on the 2010 Census, particularly those about race and ethnic background. Like Mark Krikorian, I don’t like those questions and don’t think the U.S. government should be collecting that information — its only use is to continue to separate us on racial grounds, for reapportionment purposes and for certain government programs.
Mark has said that he is going to answer “American” on the race question. I have always been tempted to answer “Native American,” since I was born and raised here. However, people need to understand that they may incur a legal liability if they use such answers or don’t answer questions at all.
In Article I, Section 2, the Constitution says that an “Enumeration” must be conducted every ten years “in such Manner as [Congress] shall by Law direct.” Congress has directed through a federal law that anyone who “refuses or willfully neglects…to answer, to the best of his knowledge, any of the questions” on the Census form can be fined $100 (13 U.S.C. § 221). If you deliberately give a false answer, you can be fined up to $500.
Although there are not a lot of reported prosecutions, this statutory requirement has been upheld by the courts as constitutional. There is even a 1970 court decision from Delaware holding that there is a separate violation for each question you don’t answer. So, on this year’s ten-question Census form, you could be fined as much $1,000 — $5,000 if you refuse to answer or deliberately give false answers. If there was a mass refusal by millions of Americans to answer parts of the form — like the race question — the U.S. Justice Department would not have the resources to prosecute everyone who violated the law. But you could be prosecuted and fined, and there is a court decision from New York (which the Supreme Court refused to review) holding that a conviction for violating this law is valid even if there were other persons who also refused to fill out the form but were not prosecuted. (One curious exception to that: The liberal Ninth Circuit reversed a conviction when it was shown that the defendant might have been targeted due to his publicly held “dissident” view that the Census is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy.)
Everyone should realize that if you don’t complete a Census form, you are violating federal law. The chances of actual prosecution may be remote, but it could happen. The only real answer to this problem is for Congress to prohibit the Census Bureau from collecting such information and to make all government programs (and the reapportionment process) explicitly race-neutral.
I am an American:
Another opinion on the Census Bureau’s ethnicity question from Hans Bader (Examiner.com)
Republicans will lose many seats in Congress due to right-wing paranoia about the Census and refusal to fill out census forms, gloats the liberal web site Daily Kos.
The number of Congressional districts a state gets is based on how many of its citizens return completed census forms. Because voters in conservative states are completing and returning census forms at lower rates than voters in liberal states, conservative states will lose many seats in the House of Representatives that they would otherwise gain due to increases in their population.
Republican-leaning “Red States” will also lose out on billions of dollars in federal funds, which are apportioned based largely on population.
Unlike many things the federal government does, the Census is expressly authorized by the explicit language of the Constitution. (As a believer in free markets, limited government, and the Constitution, I have criticized some of the legislation backed by the Obama Administration as being unconstitutional and beyond Congress’s enumerated powers. But the Census and the questions it asks are perfectly constitutional, even though some of those questions may seem unnecessary).
A few white Census respondents are stupidly listing their race as “human” or “some other race” rather than white. Many commenters at the conservative website Free Republic say they will just refuse to report their race on their Census forms, viewing it as irrelevant.
This inaccurate reporting of racial information may unintentionally prolong racial set-aside programs that are obsolete and no longer necessary. By making the white percentage of the population appear smaller than it in fact is, such responses can make it easier for the federal government to get away with racial quotas, which are based on so-called disparity studies, which measure the supposed gap between racial percentages in the population and racial percentages in awards of government contracts. Under Supreme Court rulings like the 1987 Paradise decision, quotas are supposed to be used only as a “last resort” and for no longer than absolutely necessary. But faulty census data can give them a new lease on life, even when they serve no valid purpose, and enforce, rather than remedy, discrimination.
The United States Constitution allows for the federal government to count heads – nothing more. This information is used to assign the number of congressional representatives needed in each state. However, lower U.S. courts have ruled that asking additional questions such as race, age, phone numbers, income, marital history, etc. are allowed. Commerce Dept. claims to keep personal information confidential aren’t reassuring.
The Supreme Court has not ruled on the constitutionality of the expanded census.
Today, while we’re mixing food coloring in milk and spraying shaving cream on strawberry pie, we should ask ourselves if WE are April fools for letting lower courts, special interests, and designing politicians meddle with the census process…
Below is an excellent review of Mitt’s speech and book signing event that took place at Vanderbilt University yesterday. Also, I’ve added some short video segments at the bottom of this post that give you Romney’s take on the opportunities and challenges that face students in today’s America.
“Peace has never had a better ally than a strong America,” said former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as he addressed a packed Langford Auditorium. Romney gave a speech titled “American Capitalism in the World” to promote his new book, titled “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”
In his speech, Romney stressed the importance of American greatness and how it relates to the “preservation of liberty and prosperity for us and for the entire planet.”
“Only if America and the west remain strong,” Romney said, “only if we have the vitality to protect ourselves and to encourage democracy and liberty around the world can we be assured that you, your kids, and their kids will enjoy the freedom we’ve enjoyed as we’ve lived this life. That’s why it is essential America remains strong.”
Romney emphasized the importance of a country’s culture to its power, and explained four areas where the United States should focus: education, family, self-reliance, and opportunity.
For many in the audience, education seemed important, especially since Romney explained that American children in grades K-12 are in the bottom 25% when it comes to education.
“We are in the bottom quarter of the entire world, but we are supposed to lead the nation in exemplifying our ethics and liberty? We can’t accept that,” said sophomore Brad Nelson.
Peabody graduate student Bryan VanGronigen agreed, “l identify center-left on the political spectrum, but I appreciate that he stressed the importance of education…I thought his talk was statesman-like and well performed.”
Even with Romney’s constructive criticism of the United States, he remains optimistic. “Americans will respond well to [the question] “What’s in it for me?”…but they also respond to the question ‘What can I do to help my country?’” This attitude, Romney explained, is what will save America.
Sophomore Chris Collins seemed particularly approving of Romney’s speech, and agreed with Speakers Committee Chairperson Theo Samets, who, while introducing Romney, pointed out that “one line” is missing from his resume. “I whole heartedly agree with all the points Romney made” Collins explains, “ and I think he’s the best candidate, by far, to be the Republican nominee in 2012.”
What job sectors will grow for students in college now?
Can the GOP appeal to college students like Democrats did in 2008?
What is the job market outlook for current college students over the next five years?
How can the US relieve student debt?
Watch the entire speech and question & answer session by clicking here.
Romney to Campaign for Nikki Haley in South Carolina
For all you Mitt Romney Fans in South Carolina, we bring you good news …and no, it isn’t an April Fool’s joke: Romney in SC, today only!
Having released his new book just over a month ago, Mitt Romney continues to wind his way around the country on his ‘No Apology Tour‘, making his case for American greatness. On his last two stops, Romney packed huge venues in Atlanta and Nashville – I wouldn’t put it beyond him to also draw big numbers today as he delivers a noontime speech before The Citadel Republican Society at the Military College in Charleston.
Later today, Governor Romney is set to make an appearance at a campaign event for Nikki Haley, South Carolina gubernatorial candidate. The event will kick off at 4:00 at the Historic Rice Mill in Charleston. There, Romney will give his remarks on why a Haley victory would be crucial for the people of South Carolina. Please go and support!