Saturday, June 30, 2012

Ron Paul inducted into Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame – in Astros garb | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

Ron Paul inducted into Congressional Baseball Hall of Fame – in Astros garb | Texas on the Potomac | a Chron.com blog

Founding Fathers Quote

A republic, by which I mean a government in which the scheme of representation takes place, opens a different prospect and promises the cure for which we are seeking.

James Madison

John Roberts jokes about vacationing on an 'impregnable island fortress' - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

John Roberts jokes about vacationing on an 'impregnable island fortress' - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Sen. Ron Johnson: Weekly Report from Washington

June 29, 2012

Senator Johnson Comments on Supreme Court Decision

Yesterday's Obamacare decision establishes that there is no area of Americans’ private lives that is off limits to federal intrusion and control. Freedom took a real body blow. It is now up to Congress – and hopefully a new President – to repeal this unpopular monstrosity and replace it with free market reforms that will actually improve the quality and restrain the cost of health care in America.

Senator Johnson Discusses Supreme Court Decision on MSNBC's Morning Joe

http://ronjohnson.enews.senate.gov/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=2100091154.2792.706&gen=1&mailing_linkid=8952
 
 
This morning I discussed yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on Morning Joe. Click here to watch the interview.
 
 
Senator Johnson Meets with Students Traveling from Wisconsin


Mobile Office Hours Announced Around Wisconsin

This week, I announced that my staff would be available for mobile office hours at the dates and locations listed below. These office hours allow constituents to meet with my staff to request assistance with a federal agency, or regarding other federal matters.
Monday, July 2nd, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Niagara Town Hall
W6889 US Highway 8, Niagara, WI 54151
Monday, July 2nd, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Peshtigo City Hall, Council Chambers
331 French Street, Peshtigo, WI 54157
Monday, July 2nd, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
North Hudson Village Hall, Board Room
400 7th Street North, Hudson, WI 54016

E-Update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.



It’s Official: Wisconsin Jobs Up in 2011

The fourth quarter jobs numbers published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) this week show Wisconsin is heading in the right direction. According to the federally published BLS data that is formally known as the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), in 2011 Wisconsin added nearly 20,000 jobs. The QCEW data also shows, among states, Wisconsin gained the 6th most manufacturing jobs in 2011 (11,346).

The media reports various jobs numbers reports and some are more accurate than others, so it’s important to point out that the QCEW is considered the single most accurate series available of actual job counts, as it is based on data submitted by more than 96 percent of Wisconsin employers.

The job growth is a good start, considering the state lost more than 100,000 jobs in the three years before I took office, but there is much more work to be done. Getting our fiscal house in order on the state level paved the way. Every day that we get news of a company investing, expanding and growing jobs in the state, is one more step toward a greater future for everyone.

Just Because It’s Legal, Doesn’t Mean It’s Right

Job creators across the state have told me one of the key barriers to their decision to grow their businesses and add jobs, is instability. One of the sources of that instability is ObamaCare. Small business owners say it’s hard to move forward with an expansion when your future health care expenses are likely to skyrocket.

Shortly after I took office, we joined a lawsuit fighting the constitutionality of ObamaCare. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, for the most part, to uphold the so-called Affordable Care Act, which includes a mandate for individuals and businesses. This is a blow to efforts to grow jobs here in Wisconsin, and across the country.

As recently as last year, the State conducted an actuarial analysis of the impact of ObamaCare and found, according to our data, that most people in Wisconsin would pay more money for fewer health care services than they have now.

The ObamaCare ruling results in a massive tax increase on the people of Wisconsin and America at a time when so many are just getting back on their feet.

With the legal challenge behind us, we are now hoping for a full repeal of ObamaCare. We are not going to spend time, effort, and resources on implementation until after the November elections. Just because the court says it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s right.


Get Healthy!

The best way to reduce the cost of health care for individuals, businesses and taxpayers for the long term, is to shift our focus from treatment to prevention. This week I announced the re-creation of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Health. I’ve tasked the appointees on the Council with focusing on ways to help people live healthier lives. Council members bring to the table background on fighting childhood obesity, promoting healthy eating, and encouraging physical activity. I look forward to their policy and program recommendations.


Maintaining a Fiscally Sustainable Public Pension System

Recently the PEW Center on the States released a study, which ranked each state’s public pension system. Wisconsin’s pension system (the Wisconsin Retirement System or WRS) is the only one in the nation to be 100 percent funded and it was labeled a “solid performer.”

The reforms we enacted last year will only make Wisconsin’s pension system stronger by protecting current and future retiree benefits and keeping the state fiscally strong. Because of our prudent decisions, state programs as well as our employers and taxpayers will not be under the imminent stress of increased taxes and/or cuts like other states. Wisconsin is leading the nation forward to a more prosperous future.

The PEW study also pointed out that Wisconsin is one of only seven states to have retiree health benefit obligations 25% (or more) funded.

For more on the PEW study, click here.



Just Ask the Governor

Each e-update, I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.

Question: "What can we do about universities in Wisconsin which have become unaffordable without huge loans?"

Answer: That’s a good question and an ongoing challenge here in Wisconsin and across the country.

Recently, I was proud to announce, along with the support of top University officials, the new UW Flexible Degree Program that could begin offering some courses as early as this fall. This revolutionary online program has the potential to drastically lower tuition costs to students, basically allowing them to earn college credit for skills and knowledge they already have. Under this program, students may also be able to take advantage of free courses available online from a variety of sources, and prove their competency and knowledge through rigorous evaluations and testing under the UW Flexible Degree Program. This will help the hundreds of thousands of busy Wisconsin adults, who have some college credit but no degree, gain access to a high quality UW degree. It will help us bring together employers and skilled workers in fields like health care, IT, and more by bridging the skills gap. I’m proud of the collaboration with and effort from UW-Extension and UW System to make this happen.


It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.



Sincerely,


Governor Scott Walker

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Jindal Says He Won’t Implement Obamacare

Jindal Says He Won’t Implement Obamacare: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal,  one of  Mitt Romney’s possible running mates, said that despite Thursday’s decision by the Supreme Court to uphold the Affordable Care Act, he will not implement it in his state. Jindal called the health care plan a “blow to our freedoms” and said the...

Sen. Rand Paul Speaks Out Against Senators Voting without Reading the Bills

Senate Votes Against Transparency

Waived point of order that would require Senate to follow the rules, allow proper time to read bills before passage

Jun 29, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sen. Rand Paul today took to the Senate floor to raise a point of order regarding the Senate's violation of Rule 28, paragraph 9, which requires the body to allow 48 hours between public introduction of a conference report and a vote.

Sen. Paul has previously introduced legislation that requires the Senate to allow adequate time to read legislation before its passage.

TRANSCRIPT:
Currently Congress has about a 10 percent approval rate. One of the reasons is we don't even obey our own rules. For goodness sakes, 600-page bill, and I got it this morning. Not one member of the Senate will read this bill before we vote on it.

We're going to vote on this in the next 30 minutes. I and Senator [Mike] Lee (R-Utah) and others will object to this. We'll have a point of order that our own rules say it has to be posted online for 48 hours. Six-hundred pages, no one will read it.

No wonder our approval rating is10 percent. Nobody knows what we're voting on. In fact, things have been stuck in this bill last night that have nothing to do with any of these bills and they have been stuck in and we're just now discovering it.

I passed two Senators in the hall going back to their office, still trying to get out something that's been written in this bill that affects their states that they found out minutes ago. Had they not found out about it, nobody would have known about it.

Three bills that are in question here: transportation bill, student loan bill. The student loan bill, originally we had the loans at 6 percent, and somehow bringing in money to the treasury. We were using that money to pay for Obamacare. Now it's at 3 percent. That money is gone. Where's the money to pay for Obamacare?

We have a shell game up here. We say one things going to pay for it. Now this is going to pay for it. Money disappears.

Now what they're saying is, they are going to pay for this by taking money out of pensions. Raise your hand if you think it is a good idea to underfund pensions more. Over half of the pensions in this country are technically insolvent because they don't have enough money to pay for them.

Is it a good idea to have less money going into workers' pensions to pay for a student loan program? I have a bill in Congress that says we should read the bills before we pass them.

It says that we should wait one day for each 20 pages, so we'd be given time to read 600-page bills. But at the very least we ought to adhere to our own rules. Our rules say that it should be posted online at least 48 hours. Forty-eight hours is still a challenge to find out everything in here.

You know how long the "federal register" is? It is 55,000 pages added annually. It is hundreds of thousands of pages. So when you read this, you have to refer to the "federal register" that's hundreds of thousands of pages to find out what they've stuck in this bill in the dead of night.

This isn't the way we should operate. The American people wonder why do I would all of a sudden say, the government is going to shut down if we don't do something in three days? Well what were they doing for the previous three months? What's going on up here?

The other side hasn't produce add budget in three years. That's against the rules. The rules of the Senate say you must produce a budget and they didn't do it, for three years. When we presented them with our own budget that we wrote for them, nobody voted for it.

Zero on the other side of the aisle voted for their own President's budget. How are we going to get to compromise if they're not showing up for work?

How are we going to get anything done if they don't obey their own rules? I'm discouraged by this. I will raise a point of order in the next hour that says we have broken the rules of the Senate, and I will ask them to vote on it.

I fully expect the Parliamentarian will rule in our favor. We'll see. But then the other side will simply close their eyes to the rules. They won't care what the Parliamentarian says, and they will just overturn this by saying, "We are the majority and we deem it so. We are the majority, and we don't care what's in the bills. We don't care to take the time to read the bills. We are in the majority, and we deem it so."

I think this is why the American people are unhappy with what's going on in this body. I object strenuously to it.

I will vote against it, and I will raise a point of order that says we should read the bills before we pass them. Thank you, Mr. President.

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I Just Voted For Eric Hovde

My wife and I just filled out our absentee ballots and they are on their way to the post office. I was so excited to be able to vote for someone who understands the financial crisis our republic is facing.  I cast my vote for Eric Hovde because we don't need another politician in the Senate. We need someone who is willing to cast the hard votes and discuss the difficult subjects without backing down. Dealing with our entitlements and debt will require an adult conversation and not half truths and slogans. Hovde has already shown that he can take the heat when he was wrongly attacked for mentioning the lack of press coverage of the debt crisis we face.

If the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare has taught us anything, it is that we need 60 conservative and libertarian senators in the Senate. Tommy Thompson seems nice, but do you really see him championing a repeal of Obamacare or daily fighting to repair our deficit and audit the fed? Because I could easily see Hovde doing all of that.

Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record : Roll Call News

Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record : Roll Call News

"Just a Tax"



STRATFOR: Robert D. Kaplan on China's Port Expansion in the Indian Ocean (Agenda)

Governor's Statement on Supreme Court Ruling

June 28, 2012, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today after learning of the U.S. Supreme Court decision issued the following statement:

“On the federal level, it will take congressional action to roll back what now appears to be the single largest tax increase in American history. This tax will not hurt the rich, because they have insurance. It will not hurt the poorest Americans, because it will not apply to them. It is a tax on the working poor and middle class Americans.

“At the state level, we have begun reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 193 page decision to determine how other provisions, like mandated state Medicaid expansion, have been affected by the U.S. Supreme Court decision. Alaska can then determine the best approach to the federal law for our state.

“I remain concerned about the impacts of the federal law on individual and state’s rights, and with the real life effects of these tax increases on our people and our economy. We will do everything we can in Alaska to limit the impact of Congress’ decision to pass this tax increase to Alaskans.”

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Business Insider: Troops Are Piling Up On Both Sides Of The Syria-Turkey Border As Tensions Escalate

RIA Novosti: Russia, France to Jointly Build Armored Vehicle

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Romney raises $4.3M after health ruling - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Romney raises $4.3M after health ruling - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Capital Account: Nigel Farage on the Failings of the EU Summit and an Antidemocratic Europe

USS Cape St. George, HMS Daring Complete Four-Day Training Exercise Naval Today

USS Cape St. George, HMS Daring Complete Four-Day Training Exercise Naval Today

RNC ad: Just Another Broken Promise

Soldier dead following on-post shooting, June 28

One Soldier from the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade is dead and two others are wounded following a shooting incident June 28, 2012.

During a unit safety brief a Soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third Soldier who was in the area was also slightly wounded in the shooting.

“This is a tragedy for our community. We don’t yet know the reasons for the shooting, but are working with the unit and the affected Families to help them through this difficult period,” said Col. Kevin Arata, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Public Affairs Officer.

“Our prayers are with those who have been affected by this terrible incident,” Arata said.
Fort Bragg law enforcement and emergency responders secured the scene within minutes at the corner of Letterman and Armistead Streets.

Special Agents from the Army Criminal Investigation Command are on the scene and have begun an investigation.

Notification of the next of kin is underway.

World Maritime News - Bahri, Vela Plan USD 1.3 Billion Merger for Their Fleets and Operations (UAE)

World Maritime News - Bahri, Vela Plan USD 1.3 Billion Merger for Their Fleets and Operations (UAE)

h/t: Jack Tar Magazine Maritime News

STRATFOR: France's Geographic Challenge

Founding Fathers Quote

Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression. Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.

James Wilson

Sen. Rand Paul On CNBC

The Supreme Court is wrong: ObamaCare is UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Thursday, June 28, 2012

RIA Novosti: Chinese Astronauts Safely Return to Earth

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08:04 29/06/2012 China’s first female astronaut Liu Yang and her two colleagues have safely returned to Earth after fulfilling the country’s first manned space docking, Xinhua reported.>>

Sen. Paul Statement on Obamacare Ruling

Jun 28, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, Sen. Rand Paul offered the following statement:

"Just because a couple people on the Supreme Court declare something to be 'constitutional' does not make it so. The whole thing remains unconstitutional. While the court may have erroneously come to the conclusion that the law is allowable, it certainly does nothing to make this mandate or government takeover of our health care right," Sen. Paul said.

"Obamacare is wrong for Americans. It will destroy our health care system. This now means we fight every hour, every day until November to elect a new President and a new Senate to repeal Obamacare," he continued.

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Day One, Job One: #FullRepeal

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20:26 28/06/2012 A new long-range missile for Russia’s formidable S-400 air defense system will soon enter service, chief-of-staff of Russia’s Air and Missile Defense Command Maj. Gen. Andrei Demin said on Thursday.>>

DeMint Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare - United States Senator Jim DeMint

June 28, 2012

DeMint Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare



Today, U.S. Senator DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement:

“The Supreme Court may have failed to stop this government takeover of health care, but the American people will not. Since the day this law was rammed through Congress, the American people have demanded repeal, and today’s ruling doesn’t make Obamacare any less dangerous to our nation’s health. Freedom-loving Americans are disappointed, but we cannot be discouraged.

“The President’s health care law must be fully repealed as all of its promises have proven false. We were told it was not a tax hike, but this ruling confirms it is an unprecedented and enormous tax on the poor and middle class Americans. President Obama needs to explain why he is enacting this middle class tax hike over the objections of the American people during the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.

“We were told it would lower health costs, but health care premiums are exploding. We were told that Americans could keep their personal health plans, but millions will now lose it. We were told it would improve our economy, but it is now the largest obstacle to employers hiring new workers.

“This government takeover of health care remains as destructive, unsustainable, and unconstitutional as it was the day it was passed, unread, by a since-fired congressional majority. Now as then, our first step toward real health care reform and economic renewal remains Obamacare’s full repeal, down to the last letter and punctuation mark.

“I urge every governor to stop implementing the health care exchanges that would help implement the harmful effects of this misguided law. Americans have loudly rejected this federal takeover of health care, and governors should join with the people and reject its implementation.”

“The President’s health care law will not reform anything, but is already undermining what does still work in America’s health care system. We cannot build a free market health care system on this flawed structure of centralized government control, we must repeal all of it and start over with commonsense solutions that make health care more affordable and accessible for every American. We can allow Americans to purchase lower cost plans from other states, support state high-risk pools to cover those with pre-existing conditions, medical-malpractice reform to end frivolous lawsuits, and tax equity so Americans who don’t get their health insurance from an employer are not penalized.”

“Today’s decision, however unfortunate, nonetheless represents an opportunity to all Americans, to claim their right to create a health care system of, for, and by the people, not government or special interests. The American people now have the chance and Congress has the responsibility to fully repeal this Washington takeover and reform health care ourselves, together, around the principles of individual liberty, not government mandates.

“The same freedom that made America strong and prosperous will make us healthier, too, so long as politicians remember that the health care system is supposed to serve our people, and not the other way around.”

States Rights Is The Only Answer

The states are sovereign and that inconvenient fact is the only way to deal with the unconstitutional government we find ourselves under. In Jefferson or Madison's day they simply would have nullified Obamacare, however it seems we do not even have a single governor with the spine to do that.

If the federal government violates the Constitution and then the Supreme Court rules in their favor it does not change the fact that the law is still unconstitutional.

We are going to continue to suffer under a soft tyranny until the states stand up for real to the federal government; even if it means losing federal funding. We currently have a president and a Supreme Court who are deciding what laws they will and will not follow and they have completely shredded the law and its meaning. Obama should have already been impeached for his refusal to support and defend the Constitution.

I would like to remind everyone that supreme court justices can also be impeached and removed and Congress can limit the jurisdiction of the court, if they so chose. Particularly important since the court seems to no longer respect their limited role and hasn't for a long time. I hear Republicans running around claiming that this is good politically. I don't see how anytime the Constitution is trampled upon that any good can come from it. There won't even be a political benefit if our side is not willing to impeach activist judges and restructure the federal government into a more limited, Constitutional form.

Nothing is ever going to change for the positive unless our states quit being the battered servant of an abusive, out-of-control federal government. We are starring at outright socialism; Obamacare, open borders, drones filling the sky, and our religious freedoms under constant attack. Is that the kind of republic you want to live in? If so, move to France.

Sen. Ron Johnson On Supreme Court Decision

Johnson Comments on Supreme Court Decision

Washington, D.C. – Senator Ron Johnson (WI) released the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court decision on Obamacare:

“Today’s Obamacare decision establishes that there is no area of Americans’ private lives that is off limits to federal intrusion and control. Freedom took a real body blow. It is now up to Congress – and hopefully a new President – to repeal this unpopular monstrosity and replace it with free market reforms that will actually improve the quality and restrain the cost of health care in America.”
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Rep. Paul Ryan: The Case for Repeal and Replace Grows Stronger

June 28, 2012
WASHINGTON – Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States delivered a disappointing ruling in Florida v. the United States Department of Health and Human Services, affirming that the federal mandate to purchase government-approved health insurance imposes a tax on the American people. In the response to today’s decision, First District Representative Paul Ryan issued the following statement:

In the response to today’s decision, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin issued the following statement:

“The federal government is tasked with protecting our cherished liberties – not infringing upon them with mandates and intrusions into our lives. Today’s ruling affirms another broken promise by President Obama, who misled the American people in selling the law by insisting that the federal mandate was not a tax.

“Despite today’s disappointing decision on the law’s constitutionality, there is no question that the law remains terrible policy. It is bad news for individuals, whose personal health care decisions are threatened by greater government control. It is bad news for workers, whose paychecks and jobs are threatened by the hundreds of billions of dollars of new tax hikes and crippling uncertainty from the massive law. It is bad news for seniors, whose health security is threatened by the bureaucratic restrictions to access from the law’s changes to Medicare. It is bad news for future generations, whose prospects for greater opportunity are stifled by the trillions of dollars of new debt that will result from this law.

“It is incumbent upon citizens and their elected leaders to clear this partisan roadblock with full repeal, and advance common-sense, patient-centered solutions. We can still ensure universal access to quality, affordable health coverage without a budget-busting federal government power grab. I remain committed to advancing reforms that realign incentives so that individuals and their doctors – not government bureaucrats or insurance company bureaucrats – are the nucleus of our health care system. This requires reforms to equalize the tax treatment of health insurance, invite true choice and competition, and ensure critical programs like Medicare and Medicaid can deliver on their promise in the 21st century.

“Today’s decision strengthens the case for repeal and replace. With the right leadership in place, I am confident we can advance real health care solutions for the American people. It is now in the hands of the American people to determine whether this disastrous law will stand.”

Press Release: The death of the U.S. Constitution

June 28, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today issued the following statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Obamacare:

“The U.S. Constitution died today. The underlying hope and belief that our nation’s founding document protected individual freedoms from an ever encroaching government is a thing of the past based upon this ruling. It is inconceivable how these nine lifetime appointed jurists could have decided to keep a law that is such a blatant intrusion into each of our lives, but the result of their decision is that individuals can no longer rely on the federal government power being limited by anything other than the political pressure their individual elected representatives feel. Ultimately, the Supreme Court has opted out of the battle to retain our freedoms, and has thrown in entirely with those who advocated for unlimited government authority. It is truly a sad day for our nation.”

Interview Availability: Americans for Limited Government (ALG) will be providing in-depth analysis of the legal, regulatory, and political fallout of the Supreme Court’s sweeping ruling. Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at rrast@getliberty.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson and other experts on Obamacare and the Court’s ruling, including ObamacareWatcher.org editor-in-chief, John Vinci, Esq. and ALG counsel Nathan Mehrens.
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Business Insider - BREAKING: House Finds Attorney General Eric Holder In Contempt Of Congress

Father West: Obamacare Needs to be Repealed

Father West: Obamacare Needs to be Repealed

Appropriators send bill slashing EPA to floor - The Hill's On The Money

Appropriators send bill slashing EPA to floor - The Hill's On The Money

Mississippi Republican Party Responds To Supreme Court Decision On Obamacare

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2012

Contact: Brett Kittredge, 601-948-5191, brett@msgop.org


Mississippi Republican Party Responds To Supreme Court Decision On Obamacare

JACKSON- Mississippi Republican Party Chairman Joe Nosef issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare today:

“At a time when existing entitlement programs have created a financial crisis for our country it is shameful that Barack Obama and his liberal Democrat allies in Congress worked to create yet another government program that taxpayers cannot afford. A government takeover of healthcare was bad policy before the Supreme Court ruling and it is still bad policy.

“I applaud our Mississippi Republican elected officials who have fought this effort in Washington and through the court system. I know they will continue to fight. Obamacare needs to be fully repealed and the only way to do that is with the election of more Republicans to the House and Senate and Gov. Mitt Romney as president in November.”

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Mississippi Republican Party
415 Yazoo Street
Jackson, MS 39201
601-948-5191

Study: 25% of war deaths medically preventable - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Study: 25% of war deaths medically preventable - Navy News | News from Afghanistan & Iraq - Navy Times

Help Team Hovde on July 4th!

Health Care Ruling: What Does It Mean For Senate Battle?

Health Care Ruling: What Does It Mean For Senate Battle?: The Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the individual mandate, the key part of President Obama’s health care reform, may be a victory for the Obama administration, but it could have negative implications for some down ticket races– particularly with regards to several Democrats in tight...

Catholic League News Release


FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

OBAMACARE RULING AND CATHOLIC RIGHTS


June 28, 2012
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare:

The only way Catholic non-profits could have survived the encroachment of the federal government on their right not to buy insurance for services they deem immoral was if the entire ObamaCare legislation had been struck down. That did not happen.

The Supreme Court did not rule today on the constitutionality of the right of the Obama administration to force Catholic non-profits to pay for abortion-inducing drugs, contraception, and sterilization in their insurance plans; this Health and Human Services (HHS) edict was issued after the high court accepted the ObamaCare bill. Eventually, this particular issue will reach the Supreme Court.

If the Supreme Court decision lacks clarity, the Catholic response will be anything but ambiguous: the battle lines between the bishops and the Obama administration are now brighter than ever. Fortunately, not only do practicing Catholics overwhelmingly support the bishops, tens of millions of non-Catholics also do.

ObamaCare may have survived, but it is by no means a lock that the HHS mandate will. It is one thing to levy a tax, quite another to level the First Amendment.



Contact our director of communications about Donohue’s remarks:
Jeff Field
Phone: 212-371-3191
E-mail: cl@catholicleague.org

Governor Paul LePage Statement on ACA Ruling

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 28, 2012

Contact: Evan Beal (207) 287-5086



Governor Paul LePage Releases Statement Regarding US Supreme Court’s Ruling on the PPACA

AUGUSTA – Governor Paul LePage released the following statement in light of the recent disastrous ruling by the United States Supreme Court declaring the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act constitutional:

“Washington DC now has the power to dictate how we, as Americans, live our lives. This is a massive overreach by the federal government, and is infringing upon the individual choices that we, as Americans, have in pursuing our own American Dream.

This decision has verified what President Obama has refused to admit all along, which is to say this law is an enormous tax on the American people. The federal government can force you to do or buy anything, as long as they call it a ‘tax.’ This massive tax hike will only destroy the American economy as it forces us over the financial cliff.

This decision erodes the freedoms which made the United States the greatest country on Earth. It is a sad day, and it is now up to the American people to demand full repeal of Obamacare. The Washington DC elites cannot and should not run our lives.”

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RGA Statement on Supreme Court Decision

Republican Governors Association Chairman Bob McDonnell issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:

“Today’s ruling crystallizes all that’s at stake in November’s election. The only way to stop Barack Obama’s budget-busting health care takeover is by electing a new president.

Barack Obama’s health care takeover encapsulates his Presidency: Obamacare increases taxes, grows the size of government and puts bureaucrats over patients while doing nothing to improve the economy.

It’s never been more important that we elect a President who understands the marketplace and will make job creation his top priority. By replacing Barack Obama with Mitt Romney, we will not only stop the federal government’s healthcare takeover, but will also take a giant step towards a full economic recovery.”
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Romney Calls for Obamacare Repeal as ‘Bad Law’

Romney Calls for Obamacare Repeal as ‘Bad Law’: WASHINGTON–Mitt Romney today renewed his vow to repeal the health care law that the United States Supreme Court today upheld, referring to the plan as “bad law” and “bad policy.” “As you might imagine I disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision and I agree with...

Governor Nikki Haley, HHS Director Tony Keck react to health care ruling

Jim DeMint - Freedom Alert: My Response to the Obamacare Ruling

Dear Friend,

The Supreme Court may have failed to stop this government takeover of health care, but the American people will not. Since the day this law was rammed through Congress, the American people have demanded repeal, and today’s ruling doesn’t make Obamacare any less dangerous to our nation’s health. Freedom-loving Americans are disappointed, but we cannot be discouraged.
The President's health care law must be fully repealed as all of its promises have proven false. We were told it was not a tax hike, but this ruling confirms it is an unprecedented and enormous tax on the poor and middle class Americans. President Obama needs to explain why he is enacting this middle class tax hike over the objections of the American people during the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.

We were told it would lower health costs, but health care premiums are exploding. We were told that Americans could keep their personal health plans, but millions will now lose it. We were told it would improve our economy, but it is now the largest obstacle to employers hiring new workers.
This government takeover of health care remains as destructive, unsustainable, and unconstitutional as it was the day it was passed, unread, by a since-fired congressional majority. Now as then, our first step toward real health care reform and economic renewal remains Obamacare's full repeal, down to the last letter and punctuation mark.

I urge every governor to stop implementing the health care exchanges that would help implement the harmful effects of this misguided law. Americans have loudly rejected this federal takeover of health care, and governors should join with the people and reject its implementation.

The Presidents health care law will not reform anything, but is already undermining what does still work in America’s health care system. We cannot build a free market health care system on this flawed structure of centralized government control, we must repeal all of it and start over with commonsense solutions that make health care more affordable and accessible for every American. We can allow Americans to purchase lower cost plans from other states, support state high-risk pools to cover those with pre-existing conditions, medical-malpractice reform to end frivolous lawsuits, and tax equity so Americans who don’t get their health insurance from an employer are not penalized.
Today's decision, however unfortunate, nonetheless represents an opportunity to all Americans, to claim their right to create a health care system of, for, and by the people, not government or special interests. The American people now have the chance and Congress has the responsibility to fully repeal this Washington takeover and reform health care ourselves, together, around the principles of individual liberty, not government mandates.

The same freedom that made America strong and prosperous will make us healthier, too, so long as politicians remember that the health care system is supposed to serve our people, and not the other way around.

Sincerely,
Jim Signature

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Ken Cuccinelli: Today is a dark day for Liberty


June 28, 2012 Dear Friends,

This is a dark day for the American people, the Constitution, and the rule of law. This is a dark day for American liberty.

This decision goes against the very principle that America has a federal government of limited powers; a principle that the Founding Fathers clearly wrote into the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. The Constitution was meant to restrict the power of government precisely for the purpose of protecting your liberty and mine from the overreaching hand of the federal government.

This unprecedented decision says that Congress has the authority to force citizens to buy private goods or face fines - a power it has never had in American history, and a power King George III and Parliament didn't have over us when we were mere subjects of Great Britain. Since the federal government itself could never articulate to the court a constitutional limit to this power, Congress has gained an unlimited power to force citizens to buy anything.

I am disappointed with the court's ruling and with the unprecedented attack on American liberty the president and the previous Congress have created with this law.

Stay tuned - I will be providing more analysis on this in the coming hours, as well as next steps.

Sincerely,
Ken Cuccinelli, II
Attorney General of Virginia

MALONEY STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION

MALONEY FOR WEST VIRGINIA
For immediate release: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Contact: Kent Sholars
kent@maloneyforwv.com
(304) 709-6560



MALONEY STATEMENT ON SUPREME COURT DECISION

MORGANTOWN -- Today, the United States Supreme Court upheld the individual mandate as a part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Maloney released the following statement:

I am disappointed by the decision of the Supreme Court today because I know that ObamaCare is bad for West Virginia and for the country. It costs too much, taxes too much, expands government too much, kills jobs, and puts the federal government between you and your doctor.

Unfortunately, Earl Ray Tomblin refused to join dozens of other states to stop it. Last week, it became clear that Earl Ray supports Barack Obama, so now it’s no wonder that he rushed to implement ObamaCare. In fact, Earl Ray put ObamaCare on the fast-track and spent millions of West Virginia taxpayer funds to be the second state in the nation to implement it. That’s not leadership; that’s politics as usual. Unlike Earl Ray, I won’t be afraid to stand up to Barack Obama on any issue, from ObamaCare to the War on Coal.

Health care is a critical issue for West Virginians. We are at the bottom of the list in far too many health care statistics. As Governor, I’ll work to promote our most important asset, our natural beauty, to promote healthy lifestyles and lower health care costs.
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ABOUT BILL MALONEY
Bill Maloney was the 2011 Republican nominee for governor of West Virginia. A proven job creator, Maloney has built his own businesses and provided jobs to hundreds of West Virginia families. Maloney isn’t a career politician, and he will bring real-world experience and a fresh approach to Charleston. He believes in lower taxes, smaller government and more opportunity. Maloney’s 'can-do' attitude helped to save the lives of 33 trapped Chilean miners recently. Maloney and his wife Sharon live in Morgantown and attend Chestnut Ridge Church. They have two grown daughters and recently welcomed their first grandchild.

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McConnell: Court’s Ruling Underscores the Need to Repeal Obamacare

For Immediate Release, June 28, 2012


Court’s Ruling Underscores the Need to Repeal Obamacare

‘Today’s decision does nothing to diminish the fact that Obamacare’s mandates, tax hikes, and Medicare cuts should be repealed and replaced with common sense reforms that lower costs and that the American people actually want.’

Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the President’s healthcare law:

“Today’s decision makes one thing clear: Congress must act to repeal this misguided law. Obamacare has not only limited choices and increased health care costs for American families, it has made it harder for American businesses to hire. Today’s decision does nothing to diminish the fact that Obamacare’s mandates, tax hikes, and Medicare cuts should be repealed and replaced with common sense reforms that lower costs and that the American people actually want. It is my hope that with new leadership in the White House and Senate, we can enact these step-by-step solutions and prevent further damage from this terrible law.”

Background: Sen. McConnell spearheaded the effort by Senate Republicans to repeal Obamacare. He delivered more than 110 floor speeches prior to and after passage of the President’s health care law, and he and his colleagues filed four amicus briefs in court arguing against the constitutionality of the law. Every Republican senator opposed final passage of the law, and Sen. McConnell followed through with his promise to make repeal of Obamacare one of the first votes taken by the Senate at the start of the 112th Congress. He has pledged to make repeal of the health care law the first vote next year if Republicans are elected to the Senate majority in 2013.



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Congressman Flake Releases Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold Obamacare

Washington, D.C., Jun 28 - Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today issued the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling to uphold Obamacare:

“This ruling has made the path forward on healthcare very clear: Congress must repeal Obamacare,” said Flake. “The implementation of this government-run healthcare system will not only decrease the quality of healthcare in this country, but it will place an enormous burden on the economy at a time when we can least afford it. I will continue to work to fully repeal Obamacare and replace it with market-based healthcare reforms that improve the quality of care and lower costs through competition.”


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McConnell Calls For Full Repeal of Obamacare

PRESS RELEASE--Hovde Campaign: Statement on Supreme Court's ObamaCare decision



6/28/2012

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sean Lansing, 608-512-1846


Hovde Campaign: Statement on Supreme Court’s ObamaCare decision

Madison—Conservative businessman and U.S. Senate candidate Eric Hovde released the following statement Thursday after the Supreme Court ruled to uphold much of ObamaCare:

“Regrettably, the Supreme Court failed to uphold the Constitution today. Out-of-control spending, crushing debt and record high deficits already made this the most critical election of our life time, andthis just reaffirms the importance of electing a President, a Senate and a House that will make the tough decisions and adhere to our Constitution.

“One of my top priorities as a U.S. Senator will be to repeal and replace this trillion-dollar disaster with consumer-driven, free-market solutions, and I am confident that the American people will send a message to Washington this November that they feel the same way.”

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Founding Fathers Quote

At the establishment of our constitutions, the judiciary bodies were supposed to be the most helpless and harmless members of the government. Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution, and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance. In truth, man is not made to be trusted for life, if secured against all liability to account.

Thomas Jefferson

The Mandate Can Stay, Supreme Court Says in Health Care Ruling - ABC News

The Mandate Can Stay, Supreme Court Says in Health Care Ruling - ABC News

Obama: It's not a tax.

Founding Fathers Quote

But as the plan of the convention aims only at a partial union or consolidation, the State governments would clearly retain all the rights of sovereignty which they before had, and which were not, by that act, EXCLUSIVELY delegated to the United States.

Alexander Hamilton

Business Insider - BREAKING: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS INDIVIDUAL MANDATE

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Future USS Anchorage Completes Acceptance Trials

From Naval Sea systems Command Office of Corporate Communications

Future USS Anchorage Completes Acceptance Trials

AVONDALE, La. - The future USS Anchorage (LPD 23) successfully completed acceptance trials sailing from and returning to Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) shipyard in Avondale, La.

Anchorage is the seventh ship of the San Antonio class of amphibious transport dock ships to be presented to the Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) for acceptance.

"These trials are the final major milestone prior to delivering LPD 23 to the Navy," said Jay Stefany, LPD 17 class program manager for the Navy's Program Executive Office, Ships. "Ingalls continues to make strides since the success of USS San Diego's (LPD 22) trials last fall in providing ships with vital amphibious capabilities to the fleet. LPD 23's performance in these trials reflects the increasing maturity of the class."
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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie predicts his state will be ‘Romney country’ - BostonHerald.com

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Dem aide: Keystone pipeline left out of final transportation bill - The Hill's E2-Wire

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Court: “Irreparable Harm” if Non-Citizens are Allowed to Vote

Today a federal judge rejected a Department of Justice request to issue a temporary restraining order blocking Florida from removing non-citizens from the voter rolls and rejected DOJ’s argument that the National Voter Registration Act prohibits removal of non-citizens from the voter rolls. The court also said that permitting known non-citizens to vote would result in “irreparable harm” to eligible voters.

More at:
http://www.flgov.com/2012/06/27/court-irreparable-harm-if-non-citizens-are-allowed-to-vote/

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Brand USA throws Berlin block party, hosts box at Nationals Stadium - United States Senator Jim DeMint

Brand USA throws Berlin block party, hosts box at Nationals Stadium - United States Senator Jim DeMint

High-powered executives are enjoying luxury accommodations all over the world, all in the name of promoting tourism for the U.S. government.

CEOs from some of the nation’s most successful hotels and resorts are taking advantage of public funds to book top-of-the-line venues to entertain other members of the travel industry.

Brand USA's lavish London launch party has been previously criticized, but the organization's first-ever annual report revealed that it also hosted a block party in Berlin and entertained clients in box seats at the Washington Nationals Stadium as part of its government-sanctioned activities.

The report bragged, "Brand USA takes center stage at ITB Berlin in the USA Pavilion with an impressive welcome area and lounge for attendees to network and learn more about travel and tourism opportunities. The organization caps off its participation at the industry tradeshow by hosting a block party for trade show participants highlighting U.S. culture with food, music, and dance."

More at:
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