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Health Care: Another Nail in New York’s Fiscal Coffin by Gregory Hilton

New York is a very difficult state for any Republican to win, and there are only two Republicans left in the entire Congressional delegation. The good news is that recent polls are favorable and last November Republicans took back the County Executive offices in suburban Westchester and Nassau. Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani was running well in the polls for Hillary Clinton’s old Senate seat, but today he removed himself from the race.
It will be difficult to find another candidate approaching the former Mayor’s stature. Former Gov. George Pataki and Rep. Peter King would be fine candidates, but their poll numbers are well behind Giuliani’s. Nevertheless, a Republican could have a chance this year even in a state as liberal as New York. So many issues have emerged that are favorable for a GOP challenger.
For example, the Senate health reform bill which will be approved on Thursday is a real blow to New York. All of the Democrats realize this, and it will be hard for them to defend. The new legislation will have the following results.

– Force the city to close 100 health clinics.

– Blow a $1 billion hole in the state’s budget.

– Threaten struggling hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities.

“It is really a disgrace and we’ve got to make sure that we fight before the bill is finally passed,” NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg fumed. New York is in such bad shape because they have been generous with health care in the past. “We are in a sense being punished for our own charity,” Gov. David Paterson (D) said today.
Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) has the reputation of being a legislative wizard, but this time there was no magic for his state. Massachusetts and Vermont also have generous health care programs, but unlike New York, they received special deals which completely erased their extra costs. Nebraska, Hawaii, Connecticut and Louisiana were also recipients of last-minute deals.
The 24 members of the New York delegation are now circulating a letter stating: “New Yorkers will more than pay their share for increasing health coverage around the country. Yet New York will receive far less than the national average in federal relief.”
The GOP has never been more united in New York and throughout the nation. Our 2010 agenda is clear, and now we will take our message to the American people. Michael Barone says the last time a bill this controversial was passed on a party line vote was the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854. It led to the Civil War.

Left Wing Rhetoric Has Been Far Worse Than Limbaugh by Gregory Hilton

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Addresses the 2009 CPAC Conference

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich Addresses the 2009 CPAC Conference

Rush Limbaugh’s anti-Obama rhetoric at yesterday CPAC conference was over the top, but the other side makes the same mistake. Far too many people avoid facts or a calm explanation of their viewpoint. They instead try to destroy another person’s character. There are people like this in both political parties and they little interest in compromising for the good of our nation.
Examples of this are easy to compile. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) gleefully said every 100 deaths in Iraq equaled another seat for the Democrats in Congress. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) called Bush a “loser” and said our troops “have lost in Iraq.” He also called the surge a failure BEFORE it even get started.
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) called Osama Bin Laden a ‘freedom fighter’ and claimed he was more popular in Afghanistan because he “built schools, roads and hospitals.” She said we were the ones killing Afghani people and not Al Qaeda.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) compared American behavior at Guantanamo Bay to that of “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings.”
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) said Abu Gharaid, where no one died, was “just as bad as the 6 million Jews being killed.”
Sen. Bob Byrd (D-WV) said the American guards at Guantanamo were “no better than and no different than the Nazi concentration camp guards.” Not even one death had been reported at Guantanamo at the time of remark.
NAACP Chairman Julian Bond said there was no difference between “The American flag and the Confederate swastika”. Former Sen. John Glenn (D-OH) said “It’s the old Hitler business.” Garrison Keillor called our guards “Brownshirts in pinstripes.” Linda Ronstadt described them as “A new bunch of Hitlers,” and Al Gore used the phrase “Digital Brownshirts”.
This rhetoric is not constructive, and Adolf Hitler and the Nazi’s have no relation with a democratic United States and our humane military.
When Mohammed al-Qahtani, the suspected 20th hijacker of September 11, 2001, was experiencing chest and head pains he was given a CAT scan and put on a heart monitor. A radiologist was flown to Cuba for consultation, and an operation was scheduled right away. The Nazi’s did not do that.
The most unfortunate thing about the quotes I selected is that they were all from Al Jazeera broadcasts on both their English and Arabic news site. They were used to inflame our opponents in the Middle East. As far as political rhetoric is concerned, so much of the debate today involves personal destruction.
I know little about Michelle Malkin but she is in the political arena and it is fine to disagree with her viewpoint. I would not call her, or any other person, a pig. A liberal pundit did that today. I do not believe politicians are windbags, and practically all of them have good motives. I will disagree with lawmakers, but I will not question their intelligence if they are on the other side.
I sincerely admire many liberal lawmakers who disagree with me, and I would never say their election was an “insult to the human race.” That quote is from the same pundit. I address these lawmakers in a civil tone and with respect for the position they hold.