From the Washington Post: "Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) extended his attack on President Obama’s health-care law early Wednesday morning by continuing a marathon speech modeled on old-fashion filibusters that likely will complicate House GOP efforts to pass a funding bill that would avert a government shutdown next week.
"Speaking with little assistance from his Republican colleagues, Cruz assured that debate on the spending measure will stretch well into the weekend. With Senate passage all but certain on a bill that will include funding for the health-care law, Cruz’s strategy will give House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his colleagues only a few hours to respond with a different version of the legislation."
As the senator said, "Washington depends on the American people not paying attention."
The people hate Obamacare, which passed in the middle of the night and failed to deliver on its promises.
1. You cannot keep your health insurance. Obamacare gives companies an incentive to dump it.It's the global warming of legislation, a terrible solution to a nonexistent problem..
2. You cannot keep your doctor. He retired rather than deal with Obamacare.
3. Your premiums did not decrease. In some cases, Obamacare tripled the price.
Not since the Pink Carnation Act of 1952, which ordered people to paint their cars pink, have people despised a law so.
And the Scorekeeper made that last one up.
Maybe Prohibition was less popular but it required 36 states to approve it.
While liberals publicly are gleeful as they try to pin the blame for a government shutdown on Republicans, Americans are very leery of having Barack Obama and Lois Lerner take over their health care in the name of saving money.
The Scorekeeper has 112 words for the critics of Ted Cruz:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, -- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."Every Republican should stand behind Ted Cruz. Henry David Thoreau opposed the Mexican War because he feared the new land acquired would extend slavery westward. He went to jail rather than pay his taxes.
Visiting his friend in jail, Ralph Waldo Emerson asked, "Henry, why are you here?"
Mr. Emerson visited Thoreau at the jail, and the meeting between the two philosophers must have been interesting and somewhat dramatic. The account of the meeting was told me by Miss Maria Thoreau [Henry Thoreaus aunt]Henry, why are you here? Waldo, why are you not here?- See more at: http://quotationsbook.com/quote/44724/#sthash.vqkmleRR.dpuf
2. From the Redding Record: "The Modoc County Board of Supervisors today voted to join neighboring Siskiyou County in its bid to secede from the State of California. Board Chairman Geri Byrne said a measure to join the push to form a State of Jefferson was approved by a vote of 4-0, with one supervisor absent."
Jefferson is an appropriate name.
"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."Individually, people have been seceding from California for a long while.
Soviets have to put up walls to keep people in; capitalists put them up to keep people out.
3. From the Charleston Daily Mail: Emma Rhodes of St. Albans won Miss Kanawha County Majorette at the 67th annual Daily Mail majorette festival.
However, it's not so much that she won, but that we still have a majorette festival despite all the lefty propaganda and protest.
4. From Don Surber: "EIGHTY years ago, in frustration with the economy, West Virginians handed over to the Democratic Party their state government.
"That was like giving a 10-year-old the keys to the truck.
"Democrats have controlled the Legislature uninterrupted since 1933. Ditto the state Supreme Court.
"With the exception of Arch Moore and Cecil Underwood, every governor in that time has been a Democrat.
"If there is a problem in West Virginia, the Democratic Party owns it.
"Which is why many Democrats want to divert attention to crystal meth rather than deal with a state economy that is stuck a generation behind the rest of the nation."
Writing a newspaper column is easy.
Tell the truth and let the chips fall where they may.
Oh, and this: "Next year is an election year and Democrats do not want Republicans bringing up the Top 10 problems in West Virginia: jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs and jobs."
5. From Bloomberg: "Health insurance under Obamacare will cost individuals at least $2,988 a year on average, a price that Republican opponents may target as out-of-reach for many Americans who don’t qualify for U.S. subsidies."
The next paragraph should read: The Tea Party was right.
In fact objectivity compels real journalists to do so.
6. From the Wall Street Journal: "U.S. officials for the first time disclosed insurance prices that will be offered through new federally run health-care exchanges starting Oct. 1, showing that young, healthy buyers likely will pay more than they do currently while older, sicker consumers should get a break."
The Tea Party was right.
Insurance is based on risk.
This is its opposite.
Democrats want to destroy insurance.
But taxpayers will subsidize insurance, so insurance does not care.
If automakers built cars the government wanted and the consumers did not, we would call it GM.
7. From Wonder Wall: "Amanda Bynes is mentally unfit to stand trial in her DUI case, according to her attorney.
"TMZ reports that the former actress, who is currently hospitalized and reportedly receiving treatment for a mental illness, was due to appear in court Tuesday for the April 2012 case."
It's the Anissa Jones Syndrome.
Cute little girl in a sitcom grows up and wastes her residuals on dope and partying.
8. From the Sun Defender: "The Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye has said that God is a Nigerian."
That explains so much.
Better start answering those emails.
9. From the Statesman Journal: "Salem shoppers report finding $100 bills in groceries."
Some loony is giving away money randomly in Oregon.
Who does he think he is?
10. From the Associated Press: "New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is offering European cities millions of dollars to be government groundbreakers, tapping his personal fortune to extend his cities-as-civic-laboratories campaign overseas as the end of his own tenure nears."
Great, he's taking his European socialism to Europe where it belongs.
11. From ABC: "Incoming U.S. Army recruits are facing new, strict guidelines for any ink they want on their body, under new regulations limiting soldiers' tattoos."
Marines and sailors laugh and laugh and laugh.
12. From Reuters: "The Obama administration on Tuesday defended its effort to regulate the tax return preparation business for the first time in U.S. history, basing its case largely on a 19th century law dealing with horses lost or killed in the Civil War.
"At an appellate court hearing on a challenge brought by libertarian lawyers challenging the administration, Justice Department Tax Division lawyer Gilbert Rothenberg said: 'I hate to beat a dead horse, especially one from the Civil War era'."
Disbar Rothenberg for this evil act of malfeasance and abuse of power.
The terrible and obvious pun did not help matters.
We need Congress to review and purge the massive penal code for such obscure and unnecessary legislation.
Repeal all old laws that do not benefit the people.
Beginning with Obamacare.
13. From the Los Angeles Times: "Biologists have released remarkable photographs of a golden eagle attacking a deer in far eastern Russia after a remote digital camera designed to shoot wandering tigers accidentally captured the beasts' mortal struggle."
Sure, they did.
Russians put high-resolution video cameras randomly in the woods?
The Scorekeeper's BS meter is ringing.
14. From the Telegraph: "Lech Walesa has called for Poland to unite with Germany to form one European state, despite the bloody history between the two countries."
Someone else had the same idea in 1939.
It's a bad idea but the Scorekeeper cannot bring himself to second-guess the last of the Big Four who helped sweep communism into the dustbin of history: Pope John Paul II, Margaret Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Lech Walesa.
They did it by giving an oppressed people the one weapon a tyrant fears most.
Hard to type with tears burning in one's eyes.
15. From the Associated Press: "Police have enlisted the help of a trapper to round up a group of feral hogs scaring residents of a subdivision in suburban Atlanta.
"Some parents fear sending their children to a school bus stop in the Lithonia area, where up to four of the hogs are roaming the streets and eating trash in front yards."
Free range bacon.
Bring in the Campbells.
16. From Entertainment Week: "Sara Gilbert: Dating Johnny Galecki made me realize I was gay."
Watching her on Roseanne made the Scorekeeper realize she is gay.
Two ways of looking at this, Leonard.
One way is to say, after me, no other man was good enough for her so she turned to women.
Final score: GOOD 11, EVIL 5.