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Saturday, November 7, 2009

People, Let Your Voices Be Heard!

We are standing at a precipice. It's Saturday morning in Alaska, and as I sit here drinking my coffee, I'm watching history unfold on Fox News. If you don't watch Fox News, you may not see this. Here is the chart they are showing Americans and the question being asked is, "If this is not bureaucracy, what is?"

Please, somebody, wake me up! This is a nightmare from which we will never, ever return. Talk to teachers. I bet any teacher can give you more negatives about "No Child Left Behind" than positives. But will we ever rescend this horrible program? I seriously doubt it. How many unfunded mandates has the federal government saddled our states with in history? Plenty. Look at the fraud in Medicare and Medicaid, or the running of the US Post Office as examples. Remember those $1000 hammers in the military? How about the VA Medical System - better than nothing but could it be run more efficiently and could care be better? You betcha, by a long shot.

No republican is willing to say that healthcare reform is not needed. But a loaded down, minefield-laden nightmare is not the answer. A majority of people DO NOT WANT THIS BILL. Now, the libs will call us spoilers. Tell me this - what gets an elderly woman, a young man, or a middle-aged mom to get on a bus, in a car, on a train, to visit capitol hill in the middle of the week, at last minute notice, so that their voice can be heard? What gets a doctor to completely rearrange her patient schedule so that she can participate? What gets citizens who can't be there to get on the phones and call every representative they can? This bill, and their passion for democracy. That's what.

Conservative leaders tell us many members on both sides are listening to voters. I sure as heck hope so. This is a democracy, which means we have a voice. But even more than that, it is the will of the people that guides our process. All we can do is vote someone into office that we hope will listen to the majority of the people he or she represents.

I'd like you to read Sarah Palin's latest Facebook post. If you don't have a Facebook account, and you are concerned about conservative values, I encourage you to create a page. At the very least, it will keep you informed. Sarah Palin has used this as a platform to speak to us, and I believe although unconventional, it allows her an unfiltered opportunity to speak to everyone. Please read her comments and follow the link provided.

By SARAH PALIN - Speaker Pelosi: Your Blue Dogs are Howling
Today at 3:47am AST

Like many Americans, I’m very concerned about the efforts underway to rush through the 2,000 page Pelosi health care bill this weekend. Why the rush? That’s a lot of pages to read. Why not give everyone the chance to read it and debate it?

How much will this bill cost us? It’s unclear because the figures coming out of Washington keep changing – and always in the direction of costing more, not less. The latest numbers show it will cost more than a trillion dollars over the decade, but when has a government program ever come in on or under budget?

How will we pay for it? Taxes, of course – and not just on the “rich” (you know, the people who spur the economy by buying goods and running companies that employ people), but also on just about everyone, especially small businesses – the job-creating engine of our economy. One of the points of health care reform was to help small businesses with the cost, but this bill hurts them – and right at a time when so many Americans are out of work and need the jobs that small businesses produce.

What’s in this bill? The “death panel” provision is in it. Medicare cuts are in it. Coverage of illegal immigrants is in it. And federal funding for abortion is in it. I commend the many Republicans and Blue Dog Democrats who are taking a principled stance to fight this.

I had a message for Speaker Pelosi in a speech I gave last night for the Wisconsin Right to Life – “please, please don’t break the ‘transparency promise’ by prohibiting at least a vote of your colleagues on funding abortion-on-demand.”

Speaker Pelosi has already broken many promises thus far in this “reform” exercise. She promised that this would be a bi-partisan effort, but the bill she’s pushing isn’t bi-partisan. She promised that the final version of the bill would be posted online 72 hours before it comes to a vote so that the American people could clearly see what’s in it and how we will pay for it. But she broke that promise too when she decided to rush the bill to a vote this weekend.

The speaker must be held accountable for her broken promises. Now is the time for Americans who believe in the free market and who believe that we need policies that promote job growth instead of job loss to say once and for all, “Enough!” Stand up and make your voices heard before it’s too late. Call and email your representatives and tell them to vote “no” on Pelosi’s train wreck of a health care bill, or else we will vote “no” to sending them back to Washington when we go to the polls in less than 12 months.

- Sarah Palin

PS: For an idea of the bureaucratic maze that the Pelosi bill would create, take a look at this new chart put out by the Joint Economic Committee.

Today is a very important day - be informed!

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