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Daily Devotions


If you support our national security issues, you may love and appreciate the United States of America, our Constitution with its’ freedoms, and our American flag.

If you support and practice our fiscal issues, you may value worldly possessions.

If you support and value our social issues, you may love Judeo-Christian values.

If you support and practice all these values, that is all good; an insignia of “Wisdom” . - Oscar Y. Harward

Monday, March 22, 2010

ConservativeChristianRepublican-Report - 20100322


Promoting "God's Holy Values and American Freedoms"!

"Daily Motivations"

"What will your children remember? Moments spent listening, talking, playing and sharing together may be the most important times of all." -- Gloria Gaither

"I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies, for the hardest victory is over self." -- Aristotle

"You must give some time to your fellow men. Even if it's a little thing, do something for others - something for which you get no pay but the privilege of doing it." -- Albert Schweitzer

"Daily Devotions" (KJV and/or NLT)

"Here on earth," Jesus said, "you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

God's love for us is deep and personal. Through His Spirit, He enters into the places of our pain. Only He is capable of bringing joy, strength, and endurance in the face of the worst of calamities.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German scholar and theologian, denounced the Nazis as evil and became a potent voice in the German resistance. In 1943, the Nazis arrested Bonhoeffer and incarcerated him in a Nazi concentration camp. On a Sunday morning, after leading a worship service, he was hanged. The camp's liberation by the Allied forces was only days away, but not in time to save Bonhoeffer's life. As he was being taken to the gallows, the scholar remarked to an English prisoner of war, "This is the end, but for me the beginning of life."

Such incredible peace in the face of affliction is not possible through any human agency or reserve, but only through the supernatural power of God's Spirit. He loves us with an everlasting love, and He fills us with an everlasting comfort.

Any believer who walks in the Spirit should enjoy that kind of peace. And no believer should ever be controlled by anxiety, for an overmastering anxiety is a symptom of being out of step with the Spirit.

They can take away all our possessions. They can even take away our physical life. But they can never take away the most precious attainment we have, which is our living relationship with God. To know that is to be empowered.

Your View of God Really Matters …

In the midst of any troubles, large or small, by faith embrace the power of the Holy Spirit and receive God's peace.

"The Patriot Post"

"[T]he Constitution ought to be the standard of construction for the laws, and that wherever there is an evident opposition, the laws ought to give place to the Constitution." --Alexander Hamilton

This Week's 'Braying Jackass' Award

"[Republicans] should stop crying about reconciliation as if it's never been done before." --Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)

Video of the Week

In 2005, when Republicans were considering the "nuclear option" to stop Democrats' filibuster of dozens of President George W. Bush's judicial nominees, Democrats lined up at every microphone in sight to denounce the idea, claiming it was a "naked power grab," a "constitutional crisis" and "how democracy ends." Times sure have changed. Watch the video .

The BIG Lie

"It's about jobs. In its life, [the health bill] will create four million jobs -- 400,000 jobs almost immediately." --House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

We're still waiting for all those jobs promised by the stimulus bill.

Hope 'n' Change: That Demo Culture of Corruption

The White House is being accused of offering juicy government jobs to two Democrats in exchange for their withdrawal from potential primary battles in this year's election cycle. The charges, which come from the Democrats themselves, are quite serious and carry punishments including jail time, assuming anyone would prosecute.

Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) stated in a televised interview that someone from the Obama administration offered him a high-ranking federal position if he dropped his primary challenge against now-Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter. Sestak would not comment on who approached him or the position offered, and, predictably, the White House denied the allegation.

Meanwhile, former Colorado state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff was reportedly offered a position with the U.S. Agency for International Development in exchange for dropping his challenge against Sen. Michael Bennet.

Both Specter and Bennet are considered vulnerable in 2010, and the White House has thrown its full support behind each. Specter switched parties last year to officially become the Democrat he's always been because he believed that as a Republican he couldn't survive another primary challenge from conservative former Representative and president of Club for Growth Pat Toomey. Bennet was appointed to his current seat last year after then Senator Ken Salazar left to become Secretary of the Interior.

Pointed questions are already being asked in Washington. For example, whose idea was it to approach these men with these illegal quid pro quos? Was White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel involved? Did Vice President Joe Biden play a role? After all, he takes credit for getting Specter to cross the aisle. What kind of stonewalling can be expected from the White House when the request is made for documentation of these conversations? All calls are required by law to be logged.

In the end, however, it's likely that nothing will become of these allegations. After all, to paraphrase Al Gore, is there really any controlling legal authority?

In related corruption news, a House ethics panel found that Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) accepted corporate money for Caribbean trips in violation of House rules. According to the ethics panel, Rangel's staff knew the origins of the money, but they could not determine exactly what Rangel himself knew. Rangel is, for now, the chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, though that could change in light of this finding.

National Security - Warfront With Jihadistan: Justice and Jihad

"Last November, Sen. Charles Grassley [R-IA], a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked the Justice Department how many of its lawyers had defended terrorist detainees over whom the department holds sway," reports Investor's Business Daily. "Grassley knew from earlier press reports of two such lawyers who worked on behalf of detainees at the liberal organization Human Rights Watch. He wanted to know how many more there were."

According to Attorney General Eric Holder, there are nine. "To the best of our knowledge, during their employment prior to joining the government, only five of the lawyers who serve as political appointees in those components represented detainees," Holder said. "Four others contributed to amicus briefs in detainee-related cases involved in advocacy on behalf of detainees." Holder himself was a partner at Covington & Burling, a firm that gave 3,000 hours to detainee litigation -- in 2007 alone.

Now we know why Justice chose to Mirandize the undi-bomber and hasn't announced an official plan should Osama bin Laden one day be captured. How many amicus briefs will be submitted by Justice on his behalf? Debra Burlingame, whose brother was the pilot of the plane terrorists flew into the Pentagon on 9/11, said, "It's like they're bringing al-Qa'ida lawyers inside the Department of Justice." Precisely.

Business & Economy - Confidence Crunch

"Americans' confidence in the economy has suffered a sudden relapse, dimming hopes that they will start spending -- and spurring job growth -- any time soon," the Associated Press reports. Indeed, Tuesday's release of the latest Consumer Confidence Index figures revealed attitudes that are still rather negative about job growth and the economy in general. The index fell almost 11 points to 46 in February, the lowest level since April 2009. Since consumer spending accounts for roughly 70 percent of the economy, analysts watch this number closely.

The AP further notes, "The overall economy expanded at an annual rate of 5.7 percent in the fourth quarter, but only about one-fourth of that growth came from consumers. Most of the growth came from companies replenishing low inventories."

As we explained at the outset, this economic recession is largely the result of a crisis of confidence. A year after the so-called stimulus, headline unemployment remains at nearly 10 percent and total unemployment remains over 17 percent. Despite Congress' recent crowing about helping "create" jobs, businesses aren't hiring because of uncertainty about the future. A few billion dollars in temporary tax breaks won't change that. Neither consumers nor businesses have confidence that government will leave the economy alone to grow on its own. Until that changes, real recovery will take a mighty long time.

This Week's 'Alpha Jackass' Award

"[The climate change debate] reminds me in some ways of the debate taking place in this country and around the world in the late 1930s. And during that period with Nazism and fascism growing -- a real danger to the United States and democratic countries all over the world -- there were people in this Congress, in the British parliament saying, 'Don't worry! Hitler is not real! It'll disappear! We don't have to be prepared to take it on.'" --Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders

Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto responded, "Wow, that's a great analogy! The only difference between the two situations is that the Nazis were real."

Around the Nation: ACORN Cracks Up

The friendly neighborhood nuts at ACORN are back in the news, but reports recounting the demise of the community organization may be a little premature. Offices across the land are turning out the lights and turning off the phones. One ACORN official wrote in an e-mail, "Last one to leave turn out the lights and wipe the server."

However, many of ACORN's administrators, employees and structure have been simply re-branded: The New York Communities for Change, New England United for Justice in Boston, and so on. Each group will continue to be intertwined and work in concert, just under new identities.

Former ACORN officials are still bitter about the apparent demise of the organization, blaming "a pro-corporate agenda" and "a 24-hour propaganda channel" for exposing ACORN's zeal to assist bootstrapping criminals. Nor are leftists spared ACORN's wrath, as one observer noted that the movement "stood by while ACORN got gutted."

In either case, the agenda will be the same once the successor organizations get on their feet, just in time for the 2010 elections. The fundraising is already under way and former ACORN leaders hope a new set of names will allow them to escape public scrutiny.

Faith and Family: DC Diocese Ceases Adoption Services

The Archdiocese of Washington, DC, has been forced to suspend indefinitely its foster care program after the City Council passed a law that not only legalizes same-sex marriage, but demands that contractors dealing with the city recognize the unions. In other words, Catholics would be forced to put foster and adopted children in same-sex homes. Archdiocese staff members and cases have been transferred to the National Center for Children and Families in nearby Bethesda, Maryland. Adoption services also have been discontinued. The Archdioceses of San Francisco and Boston likewise ended these services when similar laws were passed.

This law, as it pertains to faith-based organizations, is a blatant and grievous violation of the First Amendment's guarantee of "the free exercise" of religion. The Religious Clause was not enacted to provide rhetoric for secularists; it guarantees, among other things, a religious freedom from the state. Yet in this case, groups such as the ACLU and Americans United for the Separation of Church and State -- those who typically bang on their highchairs the loudest about alleged violations of the First Amendment -- are either remaining silent or applauding the move.

For example, Americans United Executive Director Barry Lynn is only too happy to see the Archdiocese relinquish the $2 million it receives from the government each year for its foster program, saying that the church should not be given public funds if it cannot or will not abide by civil rights laws.

The president of the Catholic League, Bill Donohue, after stating that the government had given the church no choice but to withdraw or violate its long-held view against same-sex unions, put it this way: "If Planned Parenthood were told that as a condition of public funding it had to refer Catholic women having second thoughts about abortion to a crisis pregnancy center, it would scream violation of church and state, refuse the money and end this program." We would add that therein lies the problem of government "charity."

To Keep and Bear Arms

A woman and her mother were tied up in their Indiana home after a man broke into the house. The intruder then sexually assaulted the daughter. According to Police Sgt. William Snead, the mother was able to send her neighbor a text message alerting her of the situation. Sonny Osborn, the neighbor's boyfriend, heard the disturbance, grabbed his gun and headed for the victim's home.

Osborn warned the suspect and told him to leave, but to no avail, so he shot him three times in the leg. After being treated at a local hospital, the perpetrator is now locked up in the Sullivan County Jail.

In other Second Amendment news, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly showed his opposition to select portions of the Bill of Rights when he interviewed Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes and the subject of gun confiscation during Hurricane Katrina came up. When Rhodes explained to O'Reilly that, even during a state of emergency, it's unconstitutional to confiscate lawfully owned guns, the Fox News Pinhead responded, "That's a pretty extreme position." Tell that to the Founders, Bill.

Meanwhile, law-abiding citizens began carrying concealed firearms in national parks this week. To the shock and awe of anti-Second Amendment nuts across this great nation, there were no shootouts.

And Last...

Some congressional leaders were so bent on making their case at Thursday's "Healthcare Summit" that they resorted to what Barack Obama called "props" that "prevent us from having a conversation." While Republican Congressman Eric Cantor used the 2,400-page bill itself as a "prop," one of his Democrat colleagues wielded a deceased woman's dentures. No kidding. New York Rep. Louise Slaughter lamented, "I even have one constituent -- you will not believe this, and I know you won't, but it's true -- her sister died. This poor woman had no dentures. She wore her dead sister's teeth, which of course were uncomfortable and did not fit. Did you ever believe that in America that that's where we would be?"

Clearly, Slaughter and her ilk believe that the only solution to this rampant denture problem is to redistribute $1 trillion of other people's money. We are, after all, guaranteed life, liberty and the pursuit of properly fitting false teeth. But this episode of daytime drama also prompts a serious question: Aren't liberals supposed to be in favor of recycling?

"The Web"

Obama & Dems in ‘05: 51 Vote ‘Nuclear Option’ Is ‘Arrogant’ Power Grab Against the Founders’ Intent


Don't Cry For Me, America (Primer on socialism - Required Reading Alert)


In the early 20th century, Argentina was one of the richest countries in the world. While Great Britain's maritime power and its far-flung empire had propelled it to a dominant position among the world's industrialized nations, only the United States challenged Argentina for the position of the world's second-most powerful economy.

It was blessed with abundant agriculture, vast swaths of rich farmland laced with navigable rivers and an accessible port system. Its level of industrialization was higher than many European countries: railroads, automobiles and telephones were commonplace.

In 1916, a new president was elected. Hipólito Irigoyen had formed a party called The Radicals under the banner of "fundamental change" with an appeal to the middle class.

Among Irigoyen's changes: mandatory pension insurance, mandatory health insurance, and support for low-income housing construction to stimulate the economy. Put simply, the state assumed economic control of a vast swath of the country's operations and began assessing new payroll taxes to fund its efforts.

With an increasing flow of funds into these entitlement programs, the government's payouts soon became overly generous. Before long its outlays surpassed the value of the taxpayers' contributions. Put simply, it quickly became under-funded, much like the United States' Social Security and Medicare programs.

The death knell for the Argentine economy, however, came with the election of Juan Perón. Perón had a fascist and corporatist upbringing; he and his charismatic wife aimed their populist rhetoric at the nation's rich.

This targeted group "swiftly expanded to cover most of the propertied middle classes, who became an enemy to be defeated and humiliated."

Under Perón, the size of government bureaucracies exploded through massive programs of social spending and by encouraging the growth of labor unions.

High taxes and economic mismanagement took their inevitable toll even after Perón had been driven from office. But his populist rhetoric and "contempt for economic realities" lived on. Argentina's federal government continued to spend far beyond its means.

Hyperinflation exploded in 1989, the final stage of a process characterized by "industrial protectionism, redistribution of income based on increased wages, and growing state intervention in the economy..."

The Argentinian government's practice of printing money to pay off its public debts had crushed the economy. Inflation hit 3000%, reminiscent of the Weimar Republic. Food riots were rampant; stores were looted; the country descended into chaos.

And by 1994, Argentina's public pensions -- the equivalent of Social Security -- had imploded. The payroll tax had increased from 5% to 26%, but it wasn't enough. In addition, Argentina had implemented a value-added tax (VAT), new income taxes, a personal tax on wealth, and additional revenues based upon the sale of public enterprises. These crushed the private sector, further damaging the economy.

A government-controlled "privatization" effort to rescue seniors' pensions was attempted. But, by 2001, those funds had also been raided by the government, the monies replaced by Argentina's defaulted government bonds.

By 2002, "...government fiscal irresponsibility... induced a national economic crisis as severe as America's Great Depression."

In 1902 Argentina was one of the world's richest countries. Little more than a hundred years later, it is poverty-stricken, struggling to meet its debt obligations amidst a drought.

We've seen this movie before. The Democrats' populist plans can't possibly work, because government bankrupts everything it touches. History teaches us that ObamaCare and unfunded entitlement programs will be utter, complete disasters.

Today's Democrats are guilty of more than stupidity; they are enslaving future generations to poverty and misery. And they will be long gone when it all implodes. They will be as cold and dead as Juan Perón when the piper must ultimately be paid.

The Deem-o-crats' towering deception

Michelle Malkin - Syndicated Columnist

If you cannot trust government's numbers, you cannot trust government's words. This is the lesson of the House Democrats' desperate promotion of a phony-baloney Congressional Budget Office analysis of their latest healthcare takeover package.

Democratic leaders leaked a solid-seeming price tag -- $940 billion over 10 years -- before the CBO released any official comment or report. Liberal blogs and mainstream newswires started parroting Democrats' claims that their plan "would cut the deficit by $130 billion over the next decade, and $1.2 trillion in the second decade of the plan's implementation" -- again, before the CBO had released an iota of information, and hours before the House Rules Committee posted the long-awaited reconciliation bill.

House Majority Whip James Clyburn pronounced himself "giddy" over the supposed CBO scoring. Math lover and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi proclaimed: "I love numbers. They're so precise."

But "precise" does not mean "accurate." And the most "precise" numbers can be utterly worthless. That is basically what CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf pointed out in his summary of the unofficial preliminary analysis of Demcare:

"Although CBO completed a preliminary review of legislative language prior to its release, the agency has not thoroughly examined the reconciliation proposal to verify its consistency with the previous draft. This estimate is therefore preliminary, pending a review of the language of the reconciliation proposal, as well as further review and refinement of the budgetary projections."

Translation: Garbage in, garbage out. Elmendorf's weary number crunchers know they are just more stage props in the Oba-Kabuki healthcare theater. Like the president's partisan donor-doctors dressed up in their White House-supplied lab coats, the CBO's statistical authorities are being exploited to lend credibility and solidity to the Democrats' legislative vaporware.

The CBO didn't release its non-report because it was finished. The agency released it because Democrats needed cover for their bogus transparency pledge to post the bill 72 hours before voting on it (which they still didn't fulfill).

The good news is that the number crunchers say they may have a real, final, useful analysis done by Sunday. The bad news is that House Democrats -- moving forward with their "deem-and-pass" trickery -- are scheduled to ram this monstrosity through by Sunday.

Pelosi touted fantasy savings from cutting Medicare waste, fraud, and abuse totaling some $500 billion over the first 10 years of the Demcare plan. But House Democrats are relying on reaping massive dividends from Medicare reimbursement cuts that no one in Congress has had the courage to make. They also set aside the projected $200 billion so-called "doctor fix" to Medicare to make their math fit.

The first four years of Demcare clock in at $17 billion, which means the last six would cost a whopping $923 billion. As the CBO noted, it "does not generally provide cost estimates beyond the 10-year budget projection period" -- with second-decade projections subject to "an even greater degree of uncertainty" than its projections for the first 10 years.

Yet, over the past week, Democratic leaders blithely jiggered and re-jiggered their plan to get below a trillion-dollar spending threshold. Like the children's building-block game of Jenga, they stacked tax hikes and subsidies onto Medicare cuts and illusory savings until a rickety tower of budget deception was formed. Then they gingerly slid out the priciest pieces, rearranged them all, and pushed back the spending kick-ins until the resulting edifice stood steady long enough to stay beneath 12 zeroes for a passing moment.

There's an old saying that "figures don't lie, but liars sure do figure." Every major Demcare statistic -- from the inflated number of uninsured to the politicized junk-science statistic on the number of Americans who purportedly die from lack of health insurance to the mythical savings that will come from squandering "$940 billion" -- is a single-payer-promoting figment of liberal imagination.

Mathematical corruption is ideological corruption. The healthcare battle -- and the battle over truth in government accounting -- is not just about healthcare. It's about the lies that will be used to ram through cap-and-trade, illegal alien amnesty, and endless bailouts.

As Pelosi vowed last week, "Kick open that door, and there will be other legislation to follow. We'll take the country in a new direction." Yep -- straight to a red-ink-stained hell in a handbasket.

VADUM: New indictments hit crumbling ACORN

Leaders seeking new name to dupe public, funders

By Matthew Vadum


New election-fraud charges against employees of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) in Wisconsin are a helpful reminder that the scandal-prone, far-left liberal group remains as determined as ever to cause trouble come election time.

In Milwaukee, Maria L. Miles and Kevin L. Clancy stand accused of felony election fraud for reportedly repeatedly registering the same individuals on voter-registration forms. Both face up to three years' imprisonment and a $10,000 fine. Milwaukee ACORN canvasser Latoya Lewis already was convicted of election fraud in October. All three cases arise out of the 2008 presidential election cycle.

But ACORN isn't worried. To the nationwide network of hundreds of tax-dollar-devouring nonprofit affiliates, it's business as usual: another day, another vote-fraud scheme. Doing voter registration right is unimportant to ACORN because accuracy takes a back seat to volume.

ACORN routinely tempts fate by recruiting the dregs of humanity for its voter drives, often placing felons - including identity thieves - in positions of authority. It views the inevitable attacks from Republicans that follow its voter-drive free-for-alls as positive events to be used in direct-mail solicitations. ACORN views such attacks, in the vocabulary of social science, as encouraging cohesion within the group. In other words, volleys from rancorous Republicans boost morale within the group and help it get leftist charities such as Baltimore's Annie E. Casey Foundation to keep writing big, fat checks.

And ACORN doesn't mind offering up the poor, ignorant and gullible as cannon fodder in the class struggle. To ACORN, there are always more would-be voter-registration canvassers where they came from.

The new charges in Wisconsin are merely the tip of the iceberg for ACORN and its voter-registration arm, Project Vote, which used to employ President Obama.

In Miami, 11 ACORN workers are charged with falsifying voter registrations, and in Pittsburgh, five ACORN workers are charged with the same.

In Nevada, former Las Vegas field director Christopher Edwards pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide unlawful financial bonuses to ACORN canvassers who gave incentives to ACORN workers to provide false registrations. Mr. Edwards has turned state's evidence and will testify against his superior, Amy Busefink, who was Project Vote's national voter registration director. Ms. Busefink and ACORN itself are also charged in the conspiracy. Jury selection begins in July.

Investigations into ACORN's voter-drive shenanigans are also pending in Colorado, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina and Orlando and Brevard County, Fla., according to an internal ACORN legal memo I obtained last year.

Meanwhile, ACORN is hoping its latest public-relations ruse may give it an opportunity to take in untold millions of taxpayer dollars under cover of darkness just in time to influence upcoming elections.

The ruse consists of ACORN's effort to pass off various state chapters as supposedly new groups independent of ACORN. In this rebranding charade, state chapters are pretending to break away from the national ACORN group and reincorporate themselves as independent organizations.
At least four dummy nonprofit corporations have emerged from the rebranding process in recent months.

They are the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, New York Communities for Change, New England United for Justice (Massachusetts) and Arkansas Community Organizations. All four groups operate out of ACORN offices and are run by ACORN staffers. The president of New England United for Justice, Maude Hurd, just happens to be the 20-year national president of ACORN.

A senior ACORN staffer acknowledged the scam in an e-mail leaked to me:

"The truth is that it is hard for us to forsee [sic] any scenario where ACORN continues beyond the end of 2010 and some of us think it might not last that long," writes Nathan Henderson-James, director of ACORN's online campaigns, in an apparently authentic Feb. 22 e-mail.

"Last one to leave turn out the lights and wipe the server," he writes at the end of the message.

The message from Mr. Henderson-James was forwarded to me by various sources who obtained it from the Google listserv Townhouse, an invitation-only discussion forum run by Matt Stoller, senior policy adviser to progressive hero Rep. Alan Grayson, Florida Democrat.

My sources advise me that the hundreds of high-level Democratic operatives, liberal activists and journalists who subscribe to the listserv are furious that Mr. Henderson-James' e-mail was leaked. Listserv members are said to be angrily accusing each other of being the leakers. This breach of security could be the end for Townhouse, one of the members reportedly said.

ACORN Housing Corp., the best-funded of ACORN's affiliates, is also participating in the rebranding effort aimed at duping high-dollar charities and the public and allowing ACORN to continue eating your tax money. ACORN Housing has opted simply to change its name to Affordable Housing Centers of America Inc.

There is no indication so far that ACORN intends to rebrand its voter-registration arm, Project Vote, which continues to operate.

Matthew Vadum is a senior editor at Capital Research Center, a Washington think tank that studies the politics of philanthropy.

Stimulus Springs Eternal: Building Roads In Upscale Illinois Neighborhoods

by Andrew Marcus


We recently stumbled across a Stimulus construction sign in an upscale neighborhood on the North Shore of Chicago. Recovery.gov describes the project as follows:


Highway Infrastructure Investment Grant: Urbanized Areas over 200K Population
Award Amount: $1,320,000

Reported Jobs: 4.66

We produced a short video asking the question: Does the upscale suburb of Evanston really need the hard-earned tax dollars of people from other states across the union in order to (re)build her local roads?

The city of Evanston should write thank you notes to the legislatures of each of the other 57 states, thanking them for the new road.

Generational Theft

letter to the editor


The generational theft that is ObamaCare affects those of all ages.

After not working for most of 2009 I find myself working twice as hard for half as much, but you won't find me complaining. Like many who hold traditional American values, I choose freewill and the opportunity for upside over the mediocrity of guaranteed outcomes.

What I do find unsettling is the fact that under Obamacare I will be forced to discontinue contributions to my retirement account due to the increased taxes (on my current healthcare plan as well as income) I will be forced to pay now for a product that doesn't even come to market for four years!

In essence, President Obama is robbing my future and handing the money over to what supporters he has left.

Mr. President, when you're done with my wallet please leave it somewhere it can be found, I'd like to retrieve my driver's license and other personal affects.

Dirk Salvo
San Francisco

"The e-mail Bag"


A California Congressman was seated next to a little girl on the airplane leaving from Mobile, AL when the he turned to her and said, 'let's talk. I've heard that flights go quicker if you strike up a conversation with your fellow passenger.'

The little girl, who had just opened her book, closed it slowly and said to the total stranger, 'What would you like to talk about?'

'Oh, I don' know,' said the congressman. 'How about global warming or universal health care', and he smiles smugly.

OK, ' she said. 'Those could be interesting topics. But let me ask you a question first. A horse, a cow, and a deer all eat the same stuff - grass. Yet a deer excretes little pellets, while a cow turns out a flat patty, and a horse produces clumps of dried grass. Why do you suppose that is?'

The California legislator, visibly surprised by the little girl's intelligence, thinks about it and says, 'Hmmm, I really have absolutely no idea.'

To which the little girl replies, "Well then......Do you really feel qualified to discuss issues such as global warming or universal health care when you don't know anything?"

She quietly went about reading her book and was not bothered again!

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