There's so much happening on the political front that I couldn't settle on which issue to write about today. So instead, I'll write about all of them.
Birther News: Hawaiian governor Neil Abercrombie said he wanted to put to rest all the craziness surrounding President Obama's birth certificate, so he set out to prove once and for all that Obama was indeed born in Hawaii. However, I fear his findings will only increase the volume of the Birthers (link):
Abercrombie said on Tuesday that an investigation had unearthed papers proving Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961. He told Honolulu's Star-Advertiser: 'It actually exists in the archives, written down,' he said. But it became apparent that what had been discovered was an unspecified listing or notation of Obama's birth that someone had made in the state archives and not a birth certificate. And in the same interview Abercrombie suggested that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health. He said efforts were still being made to track down definitive vital records that would prove Obama was born in Hawaii.
Now we know why we didn't see Obama's original birth certificate...there may not be one. Countdown to renewed Birthermania.....3...2...1...
ObamaCare repeal: The House Of Representatives voted to repeal ObamaCare by a vote of 245-189. Three Democrats voted with the GOP for repeal. (link). One Representative did not vote - Democratic congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from a gunshot wound after being attacked by either A) the mentally deranged 22-year old Jared Loughner, or B) Sarah Palin's crosshairs map. It depends who you ask (sane people select option A). And yes, the GOP actually did calls it's repeal effort 'Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act'. Give us a break already. That political rhetoric is a bit precious. I would have called it the 'Repealing The End Of The World As We Know It Act'. Just kidding. I'm for health care reform, just not ObamaCare. I can't even make sense of the government's Bureau Of Motor Vehicles rules, much less think of them dictating the health care rules for all Americans. I've seen Congress in action. It ain't pretty.
Spending Cuts: GOP Representatives are announcing plans for $2.5 trillion in discretionary spending cuts over the next 10 years (link):
Jordan’s “Spending Reduction Act” would eliminate such things as the U.S. Agency for International Development and its $1.39 billion annual budget, the $445 million annual subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the $1.5 billion annual subsidy for Amtrak, $2.5 billion in high speed rail grants, the $150 million subsidy for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and it would cut in half to $7.5 billion the federal travel budget.
But the program eliminations and reductions would account for only $330 billion of the $2.5 trillion in cuts. The bulk of the cuts would come from returning non-defense discretionary spending – which is currently $670 billion out of a $3.8 trillion budget for the 2011 fiscal year – to the 2006 level of $496.7 billion, through 2021.
Rep. Jordan of Ohio said “Unless we begin to cut spending immediately, massive tax hikes or national bankruptcy will rob people of the chance to reach for the American Dream". I couldn't possibly agree more with that statement, but these discretionary cuts only get us part of the way there. Non-discretionary spending (mostly entitlements) is the lion's share of the federal budget, and also must be addressed. President Obama has proposed $78 billion in defense spending cuts that some GOP'ers appears to endorse. Good. We're going to need both parties to come together to get this done. This is a start.
Obama Poll Bounce: Has anyone else noticed that since Obama has started to sound more centrist following the fall elections, his poll numbers are going UP ??? His approval rating is now 53%, according to a recent NBC/WSF poll (link). Not too long ago, he was at 40%. I call this the anti-left effect. It strikes me that the more the left complains about Obama, the better his chances for a second term will be.
Gitmo Commissions Back On: Speaking of centrism, not to mention common sense, President Obama has reversed his 2008 campaign promise about military commissions trials at Gitmo. This is also a de-facto reversal of his campaign promise to close Gitmo. Military commission trials will proceed. Obama lifted the ban on military commissions after Congress stopped the transfer of prisoners to the United States. (link) Finally, change I can believe in.
Abortionist Charged With Eight Murders: This story is sickening: (link)
A West Philadelphia abortion doctor, his wife and eight other suspects are now under arrest following a grand jury investigation. Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, faces eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman following a botched abortion at his office, along with the deaths of seven other babies who, prosecutors allege, were born alive following illegal late-term abortions and then were killed by severing their spinal cords with a pair of scissors.
Gosnell is facing charges of murder in the third degree for the death of 41-year-old Karnamaya Mongar. Mrs. Mongar died on November 20, 2009, when she was overdosed with anesthetics prescribed by Gosnell. He is also facing seven murder charges for the deaths of infants who were killed after being born viable and alive during the sixth, seventh, or eighth month of pregnancy. Gosnell is also facing numerous other charges.
Because left-wingers have been making such a fuss over political rhetoric lately, and trying to connect that rhetoric to violence, I ask them - whose political rhetoric would lead a doctor to believe it was okay to murder babies like this ?????? Whose political rhetoric shows no regard for the unborn ??????? I'd like to know. And this isn't some crazy person carrying out these murders. It's a professional physician, who allegedly lives by the Hippocratic Oath to treat patients ethically.
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