Romney has condemned V. P. Joe Biden's statement on China's one-child policy. 8/23/11
While we’ve been focusing on our atrocious economy, jobs, GOP candidates, events in the Middle East, and Obama’s golf/sno-cone proclivities in Martha’s Vineyard, Vice President Joe Biden has undertaken a 10-day trip to Japan, Mongolia, and China.
Yesterday, Biden made a disturbing comment while speaking at Sichuan University in China. He’s taking heat here at home for his words. Mitt Romney swiftly and forcefully spoke out:
VP Joe Biden meets Chinese VP Xi Jinping. Aug 18, 2021 (Photo/ Getty)
Yesterday, Vice President Biden had this to say at Sichuan University in China: “Your policy has been one which I fully understand — I’m not second-guessing — of one child per family. The result being that you’re in a position where one wage earner will be taking care of four retired people. Not sustainable.” The comment was outrageous both in its sniveling tone and in its seeming praise for a human rights atrocity that includes forced abortions and sterilizations.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) condemned the remarks. (“I’m deeply troubled by the comments reportedly made by the Vice President yesterday regarding China’s reprehensible one-child policy, which has resulted in forced sterilizations and coerced abortions and should not be condoned by any American official. No government on Earth has the authority to place quotas on the value of innocent human life, or to treat life as an economic commodity that can be regulated and taken away on a whim by the state.”) He called for clarification or retraction.
Mitt Romney had this swift retort in a statement to Right Turn: “China’s one-child policy is gruesome and barbaric. Vice President Biden’s acquiescence to such a policy should shock the conscience of every American. Instead of condoning the policy, Vice President Biden should have condemned it in the strongest possible terms. There can be no defense of a government that engages in compulsory sterilization and forced abortions in the name of population control.”
Romney is right on the policy and right on the politics. Coupled with his strong words on the Libyan rebels (calling for extradition of the Lockerbie bomber), it suggests increasing boldness on his part. And where are the other Republican contenders? Silence so far.
China also practices another travesty against girls associated with their one-child policy - gendercide. It’s the heinous practice of killing and aborting a specific gender. The repercussions of gendercide is mind-boggling; China currently has 32 million more boys than girls under the age of 20.
• 500 women in China commit suicide each day – the highest female suicide rate in the world.
• 8 million women undergo abortions every year in China.
• 35.97 percent of women who have had an abortion have another shortly after.
• For $500-$1,500, a kidnapped boy can be purchased to preserve a family line.
• At least 70,000 stolen children are on China’s black market each year.
• Every day, 190 children are abducted in China.
• Young, abandoned females are accommodated in ‘dying rooms’
Additional information is available at AllGirlsAllowed.org – an organization founded to ‘restore dignity to China’s women and children in light of the one-child policy’. It’s founded by Chai Ling, a student leader in the Tienanmen Square protest.
Joe Biden in China, affirms brutal one-child policy:
UPDATE - Charles Krauthammer, FOX News contributor, was on The O’Reilly Factor today. He rips Biden for his ‘one child’ comment:
I’m a staunch pro-life believer. I believe that Mitt is a good and decent man who will make the best decisions for our society. I take him at his word when he says “I am pro-life”.
Today, he wrote this pledge to reaffirm his stance on the issue and — like the other candidates on stage at the last debate agreed — it’s time to put this issue to rest:
I am pro-life and believe that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
I support the reversal of Roe v. Wade, because it is bad law and bad medicine. Roe was a misguided ruling that was a result of a small group of activist federal judges legislating from the bench.
I support the Hyde Amendment, which broadly bars the use of federal funds for abortions. And as president, I will support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which primarily performs abortions or offers abortion-related services.
I will reinstate the Mexico City Policy to ensure that non-governmental organizations that receive funding from America refrain from performing or promoting abortion services, as a method of family planning, in other countries. This includes ending American funding for any United Nations or other foreign assistance program that promotes or performs abortions on women around the world.
I will advocate for and support a Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act to protect unborn children who are capable of feeling pain from abortion.
And perhaps most importantly, I will only appoint judges who adhere to the Constitution and the laws as they are written, not as they want them to be written.
As much as I share the goals of the Susan B. Anthony List, its well-meaning pledge is overly broad and would have unintended consequences. That is why I could not sign it. It is one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood; it is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America. That is precisely what the pledge would demand and require of a president who signed it.
The pledge also unduly burdens a president’s ability to appoint the most qualified individuals to a broad array of key positions in the federal government. I would expect every one of my appointees to carry out my policies on abortion and every other issue, irrespective of their personal views.
If I have the opportunity to serve as our nation’s next president, I commit to doing everything in my power to cultivate, promote, and support a culture of life in America.
Running for President of the United States is a very unique undertaking that virtually all of us will never even come close to attempting. Gov. Huckabee has spent a lot of time and energy determining if it was God’s will for him to run for President again in 2012, and that is very admirable. Anyone who puts God’s will ahead of their own ambitions or desires is a wise man indeed.
Much, and likely too much, has been made of a supposed everlasting feud between Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gov. Mitt Romney. The perhaps most publicized story involving animosity between the two men occurred back in 2007. The fact that Mike Huckabee apologized to Mitt in person and Mitt quickly accepted the apology was hardly covered at all. I guess the main stream media likes to create/feed into controversy between republicans. The lazy media must’ve been shocked to find out Mitt Romney was one of the first people to call Gov. Huckabee after the announcement:
When Wallace noted he didn’t mention Romney, Huckabee said, ‘No but let me tell you something — I got a wonderful voicemail from Mitt Romney last night, which I thought was very gracious on his part.’… Huckabee insisted if Romney is the nominee he’ll support him, because he’d be better than President Barack Obama. ‘…I will support him if he is our nominee and he very well may be,’ Huckabee said.
The truth of the matter is both men have served their country as governors and have spent a lot of time out of office working to improve our great country.
Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney were close when they both served concurrently as governors of their respective states. Mike Huckabee respected and admired Mitt Romney enough that he asked Mitt to write one of the recommendations for his book “Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And Fork”
Here’s what Mitt said:
“Governor Huckabee’s inspiring story is a call to action for anyone who has ever struggled with managing their weight. His good-natured humor and understanding shine through, and his advice is sound, straight-forward, and easy to follow.” — Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts
Mike Huckabee is an inspiration to so many Americans who want to lose weight but sometimes feel helpless to do so for a variety of reasons. One idea that doesn’t get nearly enough talk when it comes to health care is improving preventative care. Health care in this country would cost much much less if the overall health of our citizens improved. It’s an obvious and simple concept, but so much of the health care debate focuses on what to do with the catastrophically ill. As the saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Mike Huckabee rightly brought these ideas to the health care debate, and we are profoundly grateful as Americans that he did. No health care plan should be considered complete without also improving preventative medicine.
Even more important is Mike’s tireless effort promoting the pro-life cause. Speaking for myself, the prospect of getting Roe vs. Wade overturned is why I became active in politics in the first place. I would never even consider supporting a candidate for President who would nominate a Supreme Court Justice who would uphold Roe vs. Wade. Thanks to the announcement of a couple pro-choice Supreme Court Justices that they won’t retire until after the 2012 election, we have a great chance to finally get Roe vs. Wade repealed. We believe Mitt Romney to be our best chance to elect a pro-life President.
In the 2008 and 2010 elections, both Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee worked tirelessly to elect conservatives and fortunately their work paid larger dividends in 2010. Hopefully 2012 will be an even greater election for conservatives. Mitt Romney and Mike Huckabee have taken turns leading the national polls for over a year and both match up well against President Obama. We’ve all said that Mike Huckabee would’ve been a far superior president than President Obama and we would’ve supported him with great ease should he have been the GOP nominee in 2008 or 2012. Goal #1 has always been and must remain that President Obama is a 1-term President! Any supporters of Mike Huckabee are welcomed with open arms to join us here at Mitt Romney Central or even to just stop by and chat/see what’s going on from time to time. Together we can Bring America Back and help people who’ve lost faith to Believe in America again!
Gov. Huckabee might be Gov. Romney’s VP? Watch what Gov. Huckabee said here.
I found this video today of Mitt Romney speaking at the NRA convention in Louisville, Kentucky back in May of 2008. He spoke in behalf of John McCain, a few months after bowing out of the 2008 GOP Presidential primary race in support of McCain.
I can remember at the time how disappointed I was and that how I was not a fan of McCain who I felt ran a dirty campaign. I can still remember how hard it was for me to vote for him in the general election.
This post isn’t about that, this is about the character of Mitt Romney who could have just as easily walked away after the primaries and left McCain to fend for himself. I know I would have. Romney didn’t.
He knew what was in store for America as he points out in the following video of that speech he made at the NRA. He was doing everything in his power to keep Obama from winning the Presidency. I still share the vision of America he spoke of here:
This is the way I look at it: I want the best possible candidate to lead this nation. I want someone who believes in the principles of our Forefathers; someone who has the ability, experience, and knowledge to bring our nation back to greatness. This person’s particular theology is really an afterthought for me. I put more weight in a person’s family values and how he or she conducts their life.
As a Roman Catholic and Pro-Lifer myself, I believe most Evangelicals and Fundamentalist Christians feel the same way I do. Sure there are fringe elements of every group — those that will spread lies and put all sorts of misinformation out there about good people such as Governor Romney, merely because he is a Mormon. They’ll dress up the hatred for his religion by attacking him on an old forsaken pro-choice stance and how they believe Romneycare supplies cheap abortions. They’ll never tell you the whole truth, just what they want you to believe. Anything to keep the Mormon out of the White House. But again, they are in the minority.
Nobody explains better, especially from a non-Mormon perspective, why this country needs a Romney presidency than our friends at Evangelicals for Mitt. From their site, the reasons that they (and their large Evangelical network) support Mitt Romney:
A point that I’ve long wanted to touch upon, just haven’t had the chance to write it up: Mitt Romney is the embodiment of the conservative principles that the Tea Party so passionately advocates.
A few months ago I expressed the estrangement I felt as a ground-level activist in the Tea Party. Supposed leaders of the Tea Party were coming out against a former Governor I had long admired: Mitt Romney. I was befuddled by this because, knowing his record, I had always considered Mitt Romney a perfect example of what I would want in my leaders — a problem solver who has respect for taxpayer dinero and looks out for the interests of businesses, large and small; an advocate for free-market enterprise and capitalism.
At the rallies I attend, Mitt Romney’s name is often floated as the man with competence enough to take down the Obama machine. Why, then, are ‘leaders’ of this group disparaging a good man’s efforts to make this country great again? I say to them as a fellow Tea-partier: “you do not represent me, nor are you my leaders.” I joined the movement with the understanding that there was no single voice for the Tea Party — that as individuals, we had our own voices, which were to be heard loud and clear through the corridors of Capitol Hill.
The best write-up I’ve seen on this matter comes hot-off-the-press today from Braden at BlogCritics.org: Dear Tea Party, Mitt Romney is Your Friend
Braden dissects Mitt Romney’s record and explains why, in fact, Mitt Romney was a Tea-partier before the Tea Party was cool.
Based on issues alone, it would be logical to conclude that Mitt Romney is in agreement with the vast majority of Tea Party principles. He balanced the budget for four consecutive years in a blue state without raising taxes. Isn’t that what the TEA in Tea Party stands for, Taxed Enough Already? The very premise of the Tea Party movement is in accordance with Romney’s record.
On Massachusetts Health Care:
RomneyCare, signed into law by Romney in 2006, is a state-based healthcare plan with striking similarities to ObamaCare. However, unlike ObamaCare, RomneyCare did not raise taxes. But the bigger and more important difference is that RomneyCare was a state program and not a federal one. If states’ rights and federalism are truly important to the Tea Party, they would readily recognize this distinction. And on top of all this, Romney has consistently voiced his support for the repeal of ObamaCare.
On Abortion “Flip-Flop”:
Well, considering that he flipped (not flopped) his position to pro-life, wouldn’t that mean that the majority of the Tea Party should agree with him now? Changing positions on the issue of life isn’t uncommon in either party. Both Jesse Jackson and Al Gore became pro-choice after previously being pro-life. Republicans like George H.W. Bush, Henry Hyde, and some would even say Ronald Reagan each had somewhat pro-choice pasts before becoming pro-life. And besides, it would be difficult for the Tea Party to claim success with a pro-choice candidate like Scott Brown while pointing the finger at Romney.
On Mitt Romney’s Mormon Religion:
True, Romney’s Mormon faith may be outside of the mainstream and considered unusual at best by some evangelicals. But by and large, basic Mormon values and morality are essentially identical to those of evangelical voters. Aside from doctrinal differences, what legitimate political problem would they have with a Mormon president?
Summary: Mitt Romney’s Recent Efforts for the Conservative Movement
He has also written op-eds expressing dissatisfaction with Obama’s policies. These articles should naturally curry favor among conservatives of all stripes who would like to unseat Obama in 2012.
Furthermore, Romney consistently polls ahead of or in a dead heat with Obama. He also garners more support among independents than other Republicans; and in some cases, he fares better than Obama does among that demographic.
If the Tea Party is interested in winning against Obama in 2012, perhaps they should give Romney another look. A united coalition of conservatives behind a candidate like him would be devastating to Obama.
Frankly, there’s little reason for the Tea Party to find dissatisfaction with Romney. I suppose a fondness for candidates outside of the so-called “establishment” would cause the Tea Party to lean against Romney. But until a candidate of his stature rises outside of the establishment with comparable credentials, Romney deserves a chance among those in the Tea Party movement. So to those who are afraid of the big bad Romney, remember that he is an ally and not an enemy.
I recommend heading over and reading the article in it’s entirety and spreading this out to your networks… Rapido!
Sometimes political pretense is so ridiculous, pandering so blatant, it defies words – but I’ll try. On May 6, 2010, Nancy Pelosi spoke at a Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill. In her fluttery, flouncy way, she claimed that she is obligated to support public policies “in keeping with the values” of Jesus Christ. Pelosi said her favorite word is - THE WORD - Jesus’ word.
Pelosi: “They ask me all the time, what is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?’ And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?’ And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word.”
“And, uh, that… Word,” Pelosi said, “is, uh, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word. (laughter)
“Fill, ya know, fill it in with anything you want. […]
“…I don’t think anybody can tell you when life begins, human life begins.”
“I will lead the most honest, the most open and the most ethical Congress in history.”
On September 24, 2021 Speaker Nancy Pelosi told THE WEEKLY STANDARD that she was “absolutely” committed to putting the text of the final House bill [health care] online for 72 hours before the House votes:
TWS: Madam Speaker, do you support the measure to put the final House bill online for 72 hours before it’s voted on at the very end?
PELOSI: Absolutely. Without question.
“We have to pass the bill to know what’s in it.”
“There has never been a more open process for any legislation.”
“I knew nothing about the CIA and water boarding.”
“The CIA is misleading the United States. They mislead us all the time.”
“Every month that we do not have a recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.”
“There will be no earmarks in the economic recovery package that passes the house.”
Wolf Blitzer (CNN) interviews Pelosi (posted on YouTube March 10, 2022):
(Editorial Insert: The debate is live, watch it now on C-Span now and chat with us here.)
Nancy Pelosi says we are on the verge of making history for the American people. Obama says he’s not transforming one-sixth of the economy all in one fell swoop. John Boehner says Obama’s health care bill will ruin our country.
Tomorrow, all of America will be watching as the largest change in U.S. social policy since the Great Depression comes to a head.
The year-long battle of President Obama to confiscate the American health care industry comes down to 216 votes on Capitol Hill tomorrow. Three big Obamacare votes are possible:
1. The first vote brings the “fix-it” bill to the floor of the House.
2. The second vote is on the bill.
3. The final vote would then be on the Senate bill itself.
If the final bill passes, the Senate will take it up next week.
The latest news on possible health-care-corruption votes are 217 leaning FOR and 214 leaning AGAINST.
The Rules Committee ruled this morning that the Slaughter strategy of ‘deem and pass’ will not be used. Republicans have called for an actual roll call vote of ‘ayes and nays’ which most likely won’t happen.
Surprise! Surprise! The final health bill OMITS some of Obama’s promises:
It was a bold response to skyrocketing health insurance premiums. President Barack Obama would give federal authorities the power to block unreasonable rate hikes.
Yet when Democrats unveiled the final, incarnation of their health care bill this week, the proposal was nowhere to be found.
Ditto with several Republican ideas that Obama had said he wanted to include after a televised bipartisan summit last month, including a plan by Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma to send investigators disguised as patients to hospitals in search of waste, fraud and abuse.
And those “special deals” that Obama railed against and said he wanted to eliminate? With the exception of two of the most notorious — extra Medicaid money for Nebraska and a carve-out for Florida seniors faced with losing certain extra Medicare benefits — they are all still there.
For the White House, these were the latest unfulfilled commitments related to Obama’s health care proposal, starting with his campaign promise to let C-SPAN cameras film negotiations over the bill. Obama also backed down with little apparent regret on his support for a new government-run insurance plan as part of the legislation, a liberal priority.
Washington D.C. swarmed today with thousands of Tea Protestor groups and affiliates critical of the health care overhaul. Among the speakers was Dr. Milton R. Wolf – Barack Obama’s second cousin:
“Do not tear down the greatest health care delivery system in the world just to re-build it as a subsidiary of the Internal Revenue Service.” ~ Dr. Wolf
The 20 House Democrats who will decide the fate of the healthcare reform bill:
Over the last couple of days, Pelosi has leaned on many skeptical Democrats to vote with her. There are many publicly undecided Democrats, but the Democrats below are the legislators who are key to the success, or failure, of the measure heading to the floor on Sunday.
* Marion Berry (Ark.) Berry is retiring, but he has been critical of the president since announcing his that he would not be seeking reelection. In recent days, Berry has appeared more on the fence than leaning no. Berry is a backer of Stupak’s language. He voted yes on the House health bill last year.
* Rick Boucher (Va.) Boucher is in a tough reelection and his vote is anyone’s guess at this point. Boucher was a no last fall.
* Chris Carney (Pa.) Carney voted for the Stupak language and seemed like a certain no earlier this month. But now he sounds like he will vote yes. On March 19, Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) talked at length with Carney on the House floor. Carney, who is a GOP target this November, voted yes last year.
* Mike McMahon (N.Y.) Many of McMahon’s on-the-fence colleagues in the Empire State have announced their support over the last week. McMahon told The Hill last week he was leaning no. He rejected bill last year.
* Nick Rahall (W. Va.) He is a committee chairman so there is more pressure on him to vote yes. Rahall is pushing hard for Stupak language but won’t get it. He faces a difficult decision. He voted yes in 2009.
* Brian Baird (Wash.) Baird is undecided but because he is retiring, many believe he will vote yes. However, Baird bucked his party by saying the surge in the Iraq war worked. Baird voted no last year and Clyburn is leaning on him to change his vote this time.
* Peter DeFazio (Ore.) DeFazio’s threats to vote no because of Medicare reimbursement issues have to be taken seriously. DeFazio voted for the health bill last year, but he rejected the stimulus and the climate change bill in 2009.
* Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) Kaptur is torn. She wants the Stupak language, but still may vote yes. Others in Ohio delegation have gone yes in recent days, but Kaptur has shown in the past she is not reluctant to go against the grain. One of the few on this list who will sail to reelection, making her vote that much more important. Kaptur voted yes in 2009.
* Henry Cuellar (Texas) Cuellar is undecided. He voted for health bill last year under pressure from the Speaker and the president. Cuellar also voted for climate change but he is a conservative Democrat who has bucked his party in the past. Cuellar said on Fox News that he has not returned calls from the White House, saying he will vote what is best for his district.
* Kathy Dahlkemper (Pa.) GOP target who is thought to be in Stupak’s group. She is being leaned on heavily by the Speaker to vote yes. Dahlkemper backed the health measure last year.
* Lincoln Davis (Tenn.) Davis has been very silent, triggering speculation that his expected no vote will go in the yes column. He voted no in 2009.
* Bill Foster (Ill.) Another undecided lawmaker from Illinois. Leadership needed his vote on a controversial ethics package soon after he was sworn into office. A probable yes vote. Foster voted yes on the House measure in 2009.
* John Tanner (Tenn.) Tanner is retiring and has strongly disputed rumors he will be offered a job in the Obama administration if he votes yes. Tanner, a well-respected member of the House, is still publicly undecided. He voted no in 2009.
* Jim Matheson (Utah) Matheson voted no in 2009 and, complicating matters, the White House appointed his brother to a post in the administration. He voted no in committee as well last year. Matheson is expected to win reelection.
* Earl Pomeroy (N.D.) He supported package last year but he wasn’t an easy yes vote. The Ways and Means Committee member, hailing from a red state, is undecided.
* Alan Mollohan (W.Va.) Voted yes in November but now in a much tighter reelection race. Mollohan has been mum on his vote. A complete wild card.
* Glenn Nye (Va.) Nye is in a toss-up race. He voted no last time and his vote will go a long way in determining whether Democratic leaders get the votes.
* Zack Space (Ohio) Space is undecided. Other Ohio Democrats, such as Reps. Betty Sutton and Mary Jo Kilroy, have gone from undecided to yes. He supported the House bill in 2009.
* Ciro Rodriguez (Texas) Rodriguez is considered more likely than not to vote yes but he did vote for the Stupak language. Rodriguez voted yes last year.
* Paul Kanjorski (Pa.) Kanjorski, a GOP target this cycle, was one of four House Democrats to reject education bill that will move with healthcare reform as part of reconciliation. Kanjorski voted yes last year after voting for Stupak language.
Among the speakers protesting Obamacare in D.C. today, actor/patriot Jon Voight predicted that Obama will be a one-term president:
“I can only pray to God that each and every one of you - and I’m talking to all the people inside now (motioning to the Capitol building) that each and every one of you finds the will, the strength, the courage to turn your back on this destruction of America.” ~ Jon Voight
Tea Party protestors will hold a candlight vigil in D.C. later this evening.
If Obamacare passes, 150 bureaucracies and agencies will be overseeing YOUR health care.
Let’s give it one last effort! Click here to ‘Say No To Obamacare’ by clicking on the big, blue button in the top right hand corner of this site. A quick form will come up. You fill it out and it e-mails your Member of Congress and automatically is sent on to 58 Blue Dog Democrats as well. Phone numbers to call are also listed.
WASHINGTON, DC – The Obama administration’s chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified Republican leaders Saturday that the “very tight time frame” and “complexity” of the Democrats’ health spending bill would prevent them from fully analyzing the costs and efficacy of the bill before the House voted on the legislation. The letter was in response to a request from House and Senate Republicans.
The Chief Actuary, Richard S. Foster, wrote: “In your letter, you requested that we provide the updated actuarial estimates in time for your review prior to the expected House debate and vote on this legislation on March 21,2010. I regret that my staff and I will not be able to prepare our analysis within this very tight time frame, due to the complexity of the legislation.”
Foster and his staff analyzed the Senate-passed bill and determined that it bent the cost curve up, estimating in a January 8 report that national health expenditures would increase by an estimated total of $222 billion, and that the additional demand for health services “could be difficult to meet” and “could lead to price increases, cost-shifting, and/or changes in providers’ willingness to treat patients with low-reimbursement health coverage.” Foster, in his letter today, expects the new health spending bill to be “generally similar.”
House Republican Leader John Boehner said: “The House of Representatives should not vote blindly on an issue that is so important to every American. We deserve to have all the facts about how much this bill raise health care costs before we vote. The decision to press ahead and jam this bill down the throats of the American people is just one more example of arrogance and irresponsibility from Washington Democrats.”
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said: “Americans deserve to have a full analysis of this bill, but won’t because of the mad dash forced by the Democrat leaders in the House. We now know that even the Obama administration’s chief actuary predicts more government spending, more price increases for consumers and less care for low-income patients. This debate was supposed about lowering costs for Americans not making things worse.”
What is it with Obama and campaign promises? Is he senile? Blackberry broken? Or, a Pinocchio-in-Chief?
While seeking votes and charming the masses, Obama declared over and over that should he be elected, his administration would be TRANSPARENT. He also made a specific, pointed pledge to the American people (eight times to be exact) that he would BROADCAST the crafting of health care legislation on C-Span.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked on Tuesday, Jan 5th about Obama’s standard for transparency and refusal to employ C-Span’s services on health care. Hear Gibbs’ non-answer at 31:12 - 33:00. Gibbs was also asked about the Nebraska Clause in the final H.C. bill at 45:33 – 46:16.
Legislation that will fundamentally change one-fifth of the American economy and the way you and I receive health care is going to be done informally (behind-closed-doors-no-Republicans-allowed). Much has been said the last couple of days on Obama’s tactics, but Obama-cheerleader Jack Cafferty’s denunciation of the President on CNN is of particular note:
President Obama promised to make the Health care debate open and transparent. Stop your secret health care shenanigans and let C-SPAN cover the meetings. No more secret sessions. No more sweetheart deals. The American people have a right to know. If you don’t have anything to hide, you would welcome the light. Let the cameras in.
Let the C-Span cameras in! Take action. Sign the petitionhere.
Seems like the perfect time to pull out the lock box and stow away the cares of the world.
Put your problems on probation
Run your troubles off the track,
Throw your worries out the window
Get the monkeys off your back.
Silence all your inner critics
With your conscience make amends,
And allow yourself some happiness
It’s Christmas time again!
Call a truce with those who bother you
Let all the fighting cease,
Give your differences a breather
And declare a time of peace,
Don’t let angry feelings taint
The precious time you have to spend,
And allow yourself some happiness
It’s Christmas time again!
Like some cool refreshing water
Or a gentle summer breeze,
Like a fresh bouquet of flowers
Or the smell of autumn leaves,
It’s a banquet for the spirit
Filled with family, food and friends,
So allow yourself some happiness
It’s Christmas time again!
~ Bob Lazzar-Atwood.
Day 11 of Twelve Days of Christmas offers three Christmas Eve videos. The first reminds us of a ‘little old elf- so lively and quick’ by the Swingle Singers.
Here is the classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas:
The charm of the childhood Nativity Play is recalled as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra presents One December Bright and Clear.
Sarah McLachlan sings and strums a simple, sweet version of Oh, Little Town of Bethlehem.
Christmas Eve was a night of song that wrapped itself about you like a shawl. But it warmed more than your body. It warmed your heart… filled it, too, with a melody that would last forever. ~ Bess Streeter Aldrich
For centuries men have kept an appointment with Christmas. Christmas means fellowship, feasting, giving and receiving, a time of good cheer, home. ~ W. J. Tucker