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Reflections on the Health Care Debate

by Michael Connelly

Mr. Connelly teaches law, including constitutional law, through Education to Go, an online company that provides courses to numerous universities, including the University of Hawaii system. The author of three books and publisher of a website, he resides in Carrollton, Texas, and can be reached by email.

Almost one year ago I started my blog on Constitutional law by posting an article I had written on HR 3200 that was the original version of the health care bill pending in Congress. I pointed out that the bill was unconstitutional on its face because it involved the granting of powers to the Executive branch of government that Congress didn’t have to begin with. Specifically, Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution does not give Congress the right to regulate health care and certainly does not give it the power to allow the President of the United States to regulate health care. I also pointed out that since the states have always regulated health care on their own, such action by Congress violated the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution.

Along with other opponents of the legislation I pointed out that the pending legislation would force the rationing of health care, particularly for senior citizens, would provide for taxpayer funding of abortions, provide health care to illegal immigrants, and would allow Federal bureaucrats to chose the doctors who would treat American citizens and determine what type of care people could receive.

I came under immediate attack by those on the left, including such groups as Media Matters; a George Soros funded group, as well as liberal newspapers for being a liar and a fear monger. They said that none of this would happen under the legislation. I continued to read and monitor the new versions of the bill that were proposed in the House and Senate including the one that was finally adopted. I talked in my blog about the massive tax increases that would take place under the legislation and how people could be subject to finds for refusing to buy federally mandated health care insurance.

In the meantime, the President of the United States and the leaders of Congress continued to repeatedly assure the citizens of the United States that there would be not health care rationing, no taxpayer funded abortions, and they could certainly keep being treated by the doctors of their choice.

Now it is time for a reality check. As the health care bill is being implemented the states of Pennsylvania and Maryland have been provided with assurances of Federal funds, i.e. taxpayer dollars for the funding of abortions. Insurance companies acting under government mandates are offering plans that allow the government to decide who will be treated by particular doctors. In other words, Americans will not be allowed to choose their own physicians. There is also nothing in the legislation that provides for documentation of who participates in the mandated health insurance programs. Therefore, it is wide open for illegal aliens to get Federally subsidized coverage.

As for the tax increases, they are numerous in the health care bill including provisions that allow the IRS to track and impose taxes on Americans who buy gold to protect themselves against an economic collapse. However, the most onerous tax is that on the use of artificial limbs that will directly impact the thousands of American military personnel who have lost arms or legs in combat while defending our freedom. They will now be forced to pay a tax in order to use the artificial limbs that should be provided to them by a grateful America.

And finally, we have the recess appointment by Obama of Dr. Donald Berwick to oversee the Medicare and Medicaid systems in the country. He is an admirer of the failing British system of universal health care and has stated that rationing of health care in the United States will occur. He and his group of Federal bureaucrats will decide who will get care and what kind of care. They will be making the life or death decisions for millions of American citizens. Death panels will be real.

The bottom line is that the American people were lied to by the President and the leaders of Congress. We are being stripped of our Constitutional rights by the Obama administration and this is just the beginning. Other legislation pending in Congress goes even further in attempts to abolish the Constitution. Americans need to wake up now and fight back or our Republic will soon be just a memory.

Hawaii Citizens Step Up to the Plate for Republicans

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Election filing deadline for the regular elections was yesterday. The Republicans were successful in getting patriots to step up to the plate and run for office, giving Hawaii citizens a more attractive lineup from which to choose in this year's elections.

GOP state chairman Jonah Kaauwai gives a quick update.

BP Not Telling the Truth, Says Industry Insider

Matt Simmons, interviewed on King World News, has a lot to say on BP and the Gulf oil spill. Simmons is the founder and chairman of the board of the Ocean Energy Institute and former chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International. He was past chairman of the National Ocean Industries Association, and served as energy adviser to President George W. Bush. Simmons is the author of the book Twilight in the Desert: The Coming Saudi Oil Shock and the World Economy.

Simmons says that the cap that supposedly has completely sealed the freeflowing oil is simply PR. It's not the gusher itself, he says, which in any case can't be fixed other than with a small nuclear bomb because the casing is completely gone. He says the danger with the nuclear bomb is zero, but some are wondering what happens to the massive amount of methane in the area when the bomb goes off.

Matt has never shorted a stock in his life, he says, but he's shorted BP. Shorting a stock means the transaction shows a profit if the price goes down. The more it goes down, the more profitable it is, with a transaction finalized at zero being the maximum profit.

Matt says, " . . .I started reading all the reports about how many corners they had cut [before the Deepwater Horizon accident], and how many times they'd been warned by the Transocean people, that 'You're going to kill people.' So obviously when the blowup happened, they couldn't 'fess up because they'd all go to jail."

"They've [BP] killed the Gulf of Mexico. And they lied about it."

"They conned everybody, including the government, into thinking this was no big deal."

"The perjury that's going on has just been astonishing."

"Research vessels of NOAA, particularly the Thomas Jefferson, have found that the basement of the Gulf of Mexico, about 4,000-4,500 feet under the surface, is a giant lake of toxic oil that's expanding by 120,000 barrels a day coming out of the open well bore where there is no more casing, there's no more blowout and basically that lake might be now 4 - 4500 feet deep and all of it's toxic."

"Now [because of BP's negligence in meeting the challenge right away] we have a poisonous lake that there's no way to clean up and there's no way to prevent it from coming on shore if we have a hurricane."

"They [strong hurricanes] bring up the cold water from the ocean. This stuff won't be cold water. It'll be poison."

"It's [methane from the oil spill] basically one the most lethal gases we know about."

"It [a Gulf area hurricane] could be one of the greatest losses of life we've certainly ever had from a natural non-war disaster."

"If it were my family I would evacuate now, while you still have time."

Listen to the interview . . .

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Honolulu Mayoral Candidate Prevedouros on Hannemann Resignation

Panos Prevedouros

by Panos Preveouros, Ph.D.

Panos Prevedouros, a professor of traffic engineering at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, is running for mayor of Honolulu, an officially non-partisan office

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mufi leaves office.
You can decide what you want in your next Mayor:

Status Quo and Rail

Stop the billion dollar rail, stop special interests and Fix Our City.

I'm thankful that Mufi's resignation gives you what is essentially a referendum on the way this City has been run.

The four politicians running for this office all have clearly represented their support of the status quo with even prosecutor/politician Peter Carlisle pledging to have rail all over the island and through the Koolaus. Is Peter's 30 Billion Dollar Rail Plan prudent fiscal policy for our Oahu?

I am the only candidate who is an engineer, not a politician, and I will stop the rail project, repeal its tax, and work with everyone who wants to make Honolulu the great city we all know it deserves to be.

Oahu is being framed to fail with a $5.5 Billion rail project, a $4.7 Billion sewer project, more Billions of necessary work for roads and water mains, thousands of homeless and ever increasing fees and taxes. Oahu's infrastructure mismanagement must stop. Caldwell, Dela Cruz and Tom were part of this.

It has been great meeting folks in the talk story meetings and events I've attended, and reading the many emails of support too. Please continue to share my website and emails. Every vote will count in the Mayor special election.

Email Professor Prevedouros. He can also be reached with questions or comments at 63-PANOS (637-2667).

City Council to Set Mayoral Special Election Date

Honolulu Hale (City Hall)

Honolulu mayor Mufi Hannemann resigned Tuesday to run for governor. The City Council will meet tomorrow to set the date for a special election for a new Honolulu mayor.
Honolulu Star Advertiser

Wednesday, July 21, 2010, 1:30 a.m.

by B. J. Reyes

With a vacancy in the mayor's office created by Mufi Hannemann's resignation to run for governor, the City Council has scheduled a meeting tomorrow to set the date of a special election to fill the final two years of his term.

Hannemann, as required by law, submitted his resignation to the City Clerk's Office yesterday, about two hours before he arrived at the state Office of Elections to file his paperwork to run for governor.

Read more . . .

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Clinton: We Created the Enemies We're Fighting in Afghanistan

Mentioned at 3 minutes. Hillary then says that "elements" of the Pakistan government know where bin Laden is.

Our Present Coinage System Is Unconstitutional

And the present proposal for the U.S. Mint to gain greater authority to determine the composition of coins is more of the same.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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