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Pelosi: Democrats will keep majority in House

By John Amick and T. Rees Shapiro

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From the Sunday talk shows:

CNN: State of the Union - Pelosi predicts continued Democratic majority in House

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted Sunday that the Democratic Party will retain a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2010 midterm elections. She said past swings in power during midterms have been the result of unpreparedness, and the Democrats are aware of challenges and are ready to contest every race.

Pelosi said a health reform bill will pass that will neither increase nor diminish the opportunity for abortion, as defined by current federal law. Though abortion language in the House bill garnered around a significant amount of skeptical Democrats in November, she said that once the priorities are hashed out and the Senate has acted, the House will move forward with a "very positive result."

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) chastized Democrats for the likelihood that budget provisions in the health reform bill in the Senate will go through the reconciliation process. And though Republicans have used the procedure more than Democrats in recent years for George W. Bush's tax cuts among other issues, McConnell said their use was for nothing as comprehensive as health reform -- though reconciliation can only be used for budgetary issues, not other provisions like insurance reforms or delivery system operations.

Fox News Sunday: Menendez: To cure health-care woes, it's time to reconcile

Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) said the current health-care reform bill exploits the "back room dealing" that typifies a partisan legislative process. Sen.
Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said Congress would pass a health-care reform bill in the spring no matter what.

One of the options being discussed among Democrats is budget reconciliation, a parliamentary move that means a bill only needs to be passed by a simple majority, or 51 votes in the Senate.

Kyl said the move was reckless and unnecessary. Menendez said reconciliation has been supported by Republicans before, including for sweeping reform bills such as the Bush administration tax cuts and welfare reform.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said Republicans were not consulted before drafting the current health-care reform bill and have been "frozen out of this process." He said the current bill will raise premiums and the deficit. Nonetheless, Ryan said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is more than capable of garnering support for the bill, despite recent polls showing a lack of approval from the American public.

"The speaker is very good at muscling votes" and making back room deals, Ryan said.


ABC: This Week - Pelosi: Wait for Senate before we count votes

Pelosi wants to see what policy comes in the next few weeks, and how the Senate reacts, before she will predict if the House has enough votes for the final health reform bill. Speaking about the difficulty of the vote for some of her more moderate members, she said: "We're not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress. We're here to do the job for the American people...." Her main concerns about any final reform package is that it's affordable for the middle class, it closes the doughnut hole for seniors and eliminates the Nebraska fix -- a deal given to Nebraska's Ben Nelson in the original Senate version for his vote.

She said she will wait to see what further review comes from the ethics charges levied on Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Pelosi said what he was admonished for was "not good," but it "was not something that jeopardized our country in any way."

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that proof that Democrats should not use reconciliation came from Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), who said in the last year that reform should not come via the parliamentary procedure. He said use of that "would really be the end of the United States Senate as a protector of minority rights."

C-SPAN: Newsmakers - Total restructuring of health care necessary, Miller says

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) said the votes will be there for the health-care reform bill.
"People understand the need to do this," Miller said.

When asked if proposals to start over might generate more Republican support for the legislation, Miller was not convinced it was a realistic option. He said incremental steps toward fixing the current system would not result in the sweeping overhaul his party believes is needed. That's why Democrats are pushing for a complete restructuring that would deal with the problems at one time with one bill, Miller said.

"If you want to quiet the crowd you've got to score some points," he said.

CBS: Face the Nation - Leaders debate the validity of reconciliation for bill

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said that the House will count their votes for health reform legislation in a few weeks when more concrete policy is formed. Republicans Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Marsha Blackburn called for malpractice reform's place in the bill, which they characterized as a government-run proposal. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said the private exchanges the bill would set up are hardly akin to government-controlled care.

Coburn said reconciliation would defeat the purpose of the U.S. Senate. Conrad pointed out that only budgetary issues can be solved through reconciliation. Delivery methods and insurance reforms in the bill are not up for reconciliation.

NBC: Meet The Press - 'McCain: Don't Ask Don't Tell' is working

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the president's health-care summit was a step in the right direction. It appeared to be the "basis for some serious negotiations." For a more bipartisan plan, McCain suggested starting over again.

Speaking about the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, McCain said "I believe it's working." He said he'd support a change only if a year-long study by the Defense Department concluded it would be seamless and necessary.

As for progress in Afghanistan, McCain said it's "two steps forward, one step back," but he sees success there, and in Iraq, as inevitable.

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Pelosi is wrong! She will be kicked off her throne in November, lose her private jet, and will have to make do with silk flowers for her many offices. A 41 seat win will save the tax payers over a million a year in jet fuel alone. Yes we can!!!

Posted by: CayC | March 1, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

"Coburn (R) said reconciliation would defeat the purpose of the U.S. Senate. Conrad (D) pointed out that only budgetary issues can be solved through reconciliation."

They're both wrong. A Center on Budget & Policy Priorities report: "Using Reconciliation Process to Enact Health Reform Would be Fully Consistent with Past Practice", details 3 decades of use of reconciliation to enact major policy change.

As for Coburn saying Reconciliation defeats the purpose of the Senate? That's just another Republican barefaced lie. Reconciliation is a Senate LAW, enacted in Congress Budget Act of 1974, giving the Majority Party the power & flexibility to use the 51 Majority Vote to fast-track around a Minority filibuster.

SHOCK AND AWE! The report reveals that the ONLY UNPRECEDENTED MISUSE OF RECONCILIATION WAS BY REPUBLICANS, WHEN THEY RAMMED THROUGH BUSH 2001 & 2003 TAX CUTS - which were "not paid for" & "substantially increased deficits and debts" & "greatly worsened the nation's fiscal position" by dumping the unfunded $2.3+ trillion cost. MORE SHOCKING - report states that GOP used "budget gimmicks" to cover up the real cost of the tax cuts.

Wow! Mitch McConnell(R)said Obama reform would "bury the country in debt", but dishonest Republicans actually did "bury the country in debt" by abusing reconciliation, and are now trying to poison public opinion against Democrats lawful use of reconciliation to overcome Republican blockage of FUNDED reform of a health care system that is bankrupting America and killing Americans!!

Just get on with it and DO IT, Obama. And America, read this report, when you realize what a bunch of hypocrits Republicans are and how fiscally irresponsible, you'll realize too that they don't give a damn for you, America or the economy, they just want to kill health reform so Obama fails and they get elected again.
http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3059

Prepare for it - they're going to oppose every critical policy that's needed to straighten out our country, just to spite Obama & blunt his governing...jobs, banking reform, consumer credit card protection, energy...just like they held up his appointments. Obama will need to use reconciliation often, to get around their filibusters. We need to keep a majority in the Senate come November, or the country will be paralyzed and progress will be held hostage.

Posted by: TruthFairy | March 1, 2010 3:46 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi should be jailed for treason, and here is the proof! It's the electoral colleges job to qualify candidates, NOT Pelosi's....TREASON!

http://romanticpoet.files.wordpress.com/2009/...
reads as follows;

“THIS IS TO CERTIFY that at the National Convention of the Democrat Party of the United States of America, held in Denver, Colorado on August 25 though 28, 2008, the following were duly nominated as candidates of said Party for President and Vice President of the United States respectively and that the following candidates for President and Vice President of the United States are legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution.”

The document is signed by Chair of the DNC Convention and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, DNC Secretary Alice Travis Germond and Colorado Notary of Public Shalifa A. Williamson. It is dated August 28, 2008.

Posted by: EmeritusRomulus | March 1, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

It is surprising in this enlightened society that so many people are so sexist in their remarks about Nancy Pelosi. She has a job to do, which is to bring together the majority party to support legislation that is on the Democratic agenda. She is doing an excellent job.

Her job is not to make Republican's happy.

Her expertise is in cajoling political votes in a highly partisan group so that they move in some sort of coherent direction.

Complaining because she is good at her job, or isn't beautiful and doesn't bow down to her male 'masters' is pretty 19th century, and besides the point anyway.

In terms of health care, there hasn't ever been anything the Democrats could do to bring Republican's into the process. Any Republican that tried to work with them was vilified and attacked by their fellow Republican's.

If anyone wants to cast stones because the process hasn't been bipartisan, the correct target is the Republican leadership, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh. They are the ones who adopted a political strategy of making Obama fail no matter what that effect would be on the country. They could care less what is good for America, only what is good for themselves, and their party. I have never been as disgusted by the Republican party as I am today. I have voted Republican in the past from time to time, but I will never cast another Republican vote as long as I live.

Posted by: reussere | February 28, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

.......

Poor teabaggers not smart
enough to know the system
is broken.

.......

Posted by: printthis | February 28, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse


Poor Nancy is just losing all concept of reality. No way she and Barack are going to find enough Democrats willing to commit political suicide by Rahming the Obamacare bill through.

No way any Senator or Congressman is going to align with a one-term president. Barack has set a new land speed record in becoming a defacto lame duck.

Posted by: JCM-51 | February 28, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

I'll start taking the Republicans seriously when they

1.) Give up THEIR socialized medical insurance.
2.) Give up their entitlement retirement programs that pay them 80% with cost of living increases.
3.) Admit the problems we have are due to their bad governing and shortsighted and selfish policies under Bush.
4.) Come up with ANYTHING constructive.
5.) Agree they will not say NO to EVERYTHING!
Send Bush and Cheney to jail for getting 4500 Americans and over a million Iraqi's killed for no reason!


I might vote Republican again after all that....maybe.

Posted by: msmith97 | February 28, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

sorry nancy- this is not a nba game and all you are doing is trash talk.sounds like you aught to checkin in with charlie sheen for drug and achohol abuse,delusions of grandure and perception of reality problems. .after watching you behind obama in his speeches you look and act stoned.you, obama, reid,dean and kerry are destroying the demccratic party.your big wins were not we support the uber lef it was we hate bush.now it is your turn

Posted by: dagner49 | February 28, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Barack, obviously to prevent the repeal of healthcare you need to do the following:

1. Trash the proposed 2,700 page bill
2. Open forum with CSPAN

then every class of American people will know what they are getting themselves into

come on, Barack, you can do this, right?


Posted by: RadPost | February 28, 2010 5:32 PM

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All of it is on C-Span. The only things that didn't make it was final touch garbage when they were running back and forth trying to get the votes. Like abortion wording. The deals those two clowns got for their state. This is petty stuff being used to stop healthcare reform. Plus, the bill is on the net. A major summary is on the White House web-site. The bill has a bunch of Republican things in it - regardless of what they say. But you wouldn't know all of this because all they feed you is LIES!

Posted by: HemiHead66 | February 28, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

I can't even take listening to the Republicans anymore. They just lie right to your face every time. They disregard the facts and put in whatever they want leaving people twisting in the wind. If they got their way, what are the millions of people without insurance supposed to do, go to the ER? I wonder what the cost of that will be over the next decade? I don't think they care. As long as it don't interfere with their pals profits. I've looked at stats from several different places and they all say we're paying more than double every other industrialized country for healthcare, and they have better results. The system of greed is not working.

Posted by: HemiHead66 | February 28, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Barack, obviously to prevent the repeal of healthcare you need to do the following:

1. Trash the proposed 2,700 page bill
2. Open forum with CSPAN

then every class of American people will know what they are getting themselves into

come on, Barack, you can do this, right?

Posted by: RadPost | February 28, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

There are two core groups of people who oppose healthcare reform, with the same basic agenda – KILL HEALTHCARE REFORM IN THE CRADLE. The first group is composed of primarily white birthers/deathers/teabaggers types (45 years of age and greater). These people are poorly and marginally educated, live a middleclass and poor socio-economic existence and receive Medicare and Medicaid healthcare from the US government. Their median household income is far less than $250,000.00 per year, and would stand to gain far more from healthcare reform, than they would under the current system. Many consider themselves to be hard workers who believe they are entitled to receive “socialized” forms of “government run” healthcare, as result of the sweat of their brow. They believe Medicare and Medicaid are for those who have paid into the system and believe they are being asked to support those who did no pay into the system. They are also opposed to healthcare reform for the simple and basic reason, that it will allow a larger number of non-white people, who they deem unworthy, to receive the same level of healthcare as whites.

The second group in composed of the wealthy elites who believe healthcare reform will put an undue burden on them in the form of higher taxes. They believe Medicare and Medicaid are for those who have paid into the system with the sweat of their brow, and believe they are being asked to support those who did no pay into the system. Although they can afford healthcare outside of Medicaid and Medicare, they still want to participate in these programs because they save money by doing so. They believe that those who are not eligible for Medicare and Medicaid should pay for the healthcare out of their own pockets or if employed, use employer-provide healthcare plans. This group also consists of the major insurance, pharmaceutical, and medical community along with their lobbyists who see healthcare reform as the death knell to their ever-increasing profits and their very existence. Both groups believe in “socialized” healthcare, but only for those they believe have earned the right to receive it. Both groups are locked in a deadly embrace to kill healthcare reform at any and all cost, to themselves and America. Above all, hangs the dark cloud of white supremacy, like an ominous thunderhead. In the words of that Billie Holliday song “God Bless the Child That’s Got His Own”, Them that's got shall get, Them that's not shall lose.


Posted by: demtse | February 28, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse


There are two core groups of people who oppose healthcare reform, with the same basic agenda – KILL HEALTHCARE REFORM IN THE CRADLE. The first group is composed of primarily white birthers/deathers/teabaggers types (45 years of age and greater). These people are poorly and marginally educated, live a middleclass and poor socio-economic existence and receive Medicare and Medicaid healthcare from the US government. Their median household income is far less than $250,000.00 per year, and would stand to gain far more from healthcare reform, than they would under the current system. Many consider themselves to be hard workers who believe they are entitled to receive “socialized” forms of “government run” healthcare, as result of the sweat of their brow. They believe Medicare and Medicaid are for those who have paid into the system and believe they are being asked to support those who did no pay into the system. They are also opposed to healthcare reform for the simple and basic reason, that it will allow a larger number of non-white people, who they deem unworthy, to receive the same level of healthcare as whites.

The second group in composed of the wealthy elites who believe healthcare reform will put an undue burden on them in the form of higher taxes. They believe Medicare and Medicaid are for those who have paid into the system with the sweat of their brow, and believe they are being asked to support those who did no pay into the system. Although they can afford healthcare outside of Medicaid and Medicare, they still want to participate in these programs because they save money by doing so. They believe that those who are not eligible for Medicare and Medicaid should pay for the healthcare out of their own pockets or if employed, use employer-provide healthcare plans. This group also consists of the major insurance, pharmaceutical, and medical community along with their lobbyists who see healthcare reform as the death knell to their ever-increasing profits and their very existence. Both groups believe in “socialized” healthcare, but only for those they believe have earned the right to receive it. Both groups are locked in a deadly embrace to kill healthcare reform at any and all cost, to themselves and America. Above all, hangs the dark cloud of white supremacy, like an ominous thunderhead. In the words of that Billie Holliday song “God Bless the Child That’s Got His Own”, Them that's got shall get, Them that's not shall lose.


Posted by: demtse | February 28, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

It is time to pass health care reform using reconciliation if necessary.

Reconciliation has been used 22 times in the past, 14 of them by the Republicans including on GW Bush's bill to decrease taxes on the rich while fighting two wars. That (in part) caused the Bush administration to add more to the deficit than all the previous presidents combined.

If reconciliation can be used to cut taxes for the rich, why can't it be used to help provide health insurance for the middle class?

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 28, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"Pelosi predicts continued Democratic majority in House"

This is some other predictions, from the same bimbo:

Gitmo is closed.
Healthcare reform will be passed within six months (After Obonehead's cornoation).
There will be a "Public Option."
There is no such thing as higher taxes, we are just going to let the Bush tax breaks expire.

I hope she is still eligible for that 99 weeks of extended unemployment, if the people are smart enough to do a Tom Foley!!!

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 28, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

TO THE IDIOT WHO GAVE MISLEAD ON REAGAN:
President Reagan Took Over A Screwed Up Economy,

Posted by: djmcfly |
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

bnw173 wrote:

You're delusional. You are saying that during Reagan's tenure it was a mess but his actions were only visible under Clinton.

I assume Clinton left office with Reagan's surplus and then Bush got Clinton's mess.

I must assume you imply if Obama just did nothing he would receive the benefits of Bush.

Damn. Why are you bashing Obama then. By your logic he should be in tall cotton from Bush's endeavors.
--------------------------------
Let's look at this from the "money in my pocket" approach?

Bush ahd two years of the Pelosi-Reid nonsense, before Obonehead came into power (or so he thought).

Under the Carter Administration, my annualk salary was $8,500-9,000. During this time, I paid for my own college and had no student loans. (One of the drawbacks of being White and having supposedly affluent parents, even though you are living on your own.)

One year after Reagan taking office, an opportunity arose where my salary jumped from $9,200 to $19,000 a year, plu s full benefits, including 100% medical, no co-pays or deductibles, etc. Durig the regan years and into Bush 41, my salary jumped from that point to $45k/ yr., with the same bene's and more opportunities.

When Clinton came into office, wages not only became stagnated, but it also came with higher income taxes and benefit reductions.

When Bush 43 came into office, new opportunities opened-up and my salary jumped to $70k/yr. and at the end of his term, I was making well over six-figures, bought and sold my first and bought my second home, on a golf course.

Since King Obonehead has risen to power, my salary was cut $30k /yr and higher taxes are on the horizon.

The Republican way is, "The more you make the more you keep." The Dummycrat way is that, "The more you make the more we take."

As a person with a strong work ethic, I like the Republican way.

Good companies provide great benefits. Instead of "creating or saving" "make-work jobs" or stealing money to pay for another's shiftless and lazy approach to life, by cutting taxes, more money will be available for the expansion of industry and job creation.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 28, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

TO THE IDIOT WHO GAVE MISLEAD ON REAGAN:
President Reagan Took Over A Screwed Up Economy,

Posted by: djmcfly |
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

You're delusional. You are saying that during Reagan's tenure it was a mess but his actions were only visible under Clinton.

I assume Clinton left office with Reagan's surplus and then Bush got Clinton's mess.

I must assume you imply if Obama just did nothing he would receive the benefits of Bush.

Damn. Why are you bashing Obama then. By your logic he should be in tall cotton from Bush's endeavors.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 28, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Nancy, you better bring the troops home if you pass government controlled health care, you are going to need em!

Posted by: astro2009 | February 28, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I SEE IT HAS TAKEN EFFECT. A Organized Cabal, Directed From The White House, To Flood Opinion Outlets of Media, Such As Here, With The Geobbels Style "Tell A Lie Long Enough". How Dangerous The Democrap Party Of Woe Have Become.

Posted by: djmcfly | February 28, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

The nerve of Senator John Kyl (R) AZ. This shrill for the wealthy was one of two individuals (Bunning (R) KY) who stood in the way and stopped extensions for unemployment and Cobra for 1.1 million struggling and suffering Americans, in the month of February, in a depression!

Kyl is demanding a "Backroom Deal"! He's demanding another tax cut for the wealthy. This monster, this shrill held his cards to play them against the most vulnerable and suffering American’s just so he can get more for MORE for the top 2%. These sick, twisted ghouls have no ethics, no soul, no conscious. They would kill a woman holding a baby, they’d pull the life support plug on a man with a 75% survival rate, they’d get behind Blackwater and support raping an American soldier and protect them if they could get another buck out of it, and they do, all the time. They aren't con artists, we see how low they’ll go. These are un-American, anti human, self-centered, satanic maggots.

Google Kyl and Bunning, its all over the internet. Bunning is retriting, word is his mind is going. Kyl, it's time to put a target on the one, he's out of here!

Kyl and Bunning needs to be met at the level he'll stoop to. It's time for them to meet face to face with 1.1 million angry American's which will turn into over 3M, by April. They've taken enough, and we've had enough. the citizens of Arizona need to stand up and speak. Tell us where you stand! Take responsiblity for what you're done and go after Kyl!

Posted by: nancykulka | February 28, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Prescription Drug Benefit.
The final version (conference report) of H.R. 1 would create a prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. Beginning in 2006, prescription coverage would be available to seniors through private insurers for a monthly premium estimated at $35. There would be a $250 annual deductible, then 75 percent of drug costs up to $2,250 would be reimbursed. Drug costs greater than $2,250 would not be covered until out-ofpocket expenses exceeded $3,600, after which 95 percent of drug costs would be reimbursed. Low-income recipients would receive more subsidies than other seniors by paying lower premiums, having smaller deductibles, and making lower co-payments for each prescription. The total cost of the new prescription drug benefit would be limited to the $400 billion that Congress had budgeted earlier this year for the first 10 years of this new entitlement program. The House adopted the conference report on H.R. 1 on November 22, 2003 by a vote of 220 to 215 (Roll Call 669).
Marsha Blackburn Voted FOR this bill.
Marsha Blackburn is my Congressman.
See her unconstitutional votes at :
http://tinyurl.com/qhayna
Mickey

Posted by: mickey1956 | February 28, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

TO THE IDIOT WHO GAVE MISLEAD ON REAGAN:
President Reagan Took Over A Screwed Up Economy, From DEMOCRAPS, And Turned It Into A Lasting Boom In America Thru Clinton Era, Right Up To 9/11.
GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT, OBAMA BOOTLICKERS!

Posted by: djmcfly | February 28, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Reagan came into office with initial job approval ratings as high as 60% by mid-March 1981. On March 30, Reagan was shot by John Hinckley and the resulting concern and sympathy lifted his ratings to 68% by May.

YEAH AND LEAVE IT UP TOO THE REPUBLICANS NOTHING LIKE THIS EVER HAPPEN ON THEIR WATCH....

CAN ANYONE SAY? RONALD REAGAN
==============================
Blah... Blah... Blah...

People who were unemployed we the beneficiaries of Jimmy Carter. These were the folks that had the prime rate at 21% and the CD rates at 22%.

Reagan came in and gavbe people a chance who wanted to work. He did more for dense and IT than any other prior POTUS. People who wanted to work had jobs. People who became unemployed, was the result of the lack of capital to modernize facilities to meet the needs of business due to the oppresive taxes brought on by the Carter Administration.

We didn't have 99+ weeks of unemployment, only 26.

People either got off their duffs and improved themselves or it was tough cookies.

Were you one of those Dummycratic congressional sob stories at the summit?

NoBama in 2012. No RINOs in 2010 or 2012.

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 28, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

dasheight's diary :: ::
Reagan came into office with initial job approval ratings as high as 60% by mid-March 1981. On March 30, Reagan was shot by John Hinckley and the resulting concern and sympathy lifted his ratings to 68% by May.

But even as Reagan recovered from his wounds, the public's concerns about the bad economy didn't, and his ratings began to fall as each month went by.

By the end of 1981, Reagan's job approval rating had drifted down to 49%.

In 1982, the public's view of the economy remained sour, and his ratings during 1982 fell even further, hitting the 40% range, ending his second year at 41%. In the '82 midterm elections, the Republicans lost 28 seats in the House. The cause? The economy and the voter's anger over it.

The unemployment rate in Reagan's second year - a full year after his tax cuts for the top 1% - rose to a post WW2 high of 10.8%. According to Gallup, only one third approved of the way he was handling the economy, with the deficit exploding due to his tax cuts benefiting the wealthy.

At the beginning of '83, his approval rating fell to a low of 35%.

The economy, and Reagan's approval, only started to improve in his third year.

01/1981 - Unemployment rate 7.5% .... Reagan sworn in.
02/1981 - 7.4%
03/1981 - 7.4%
04/1981 - 7.2%
05/1981 - 7.5%
06/1981 - 7.5%
07/1981 - 7.2%
08/1981 - 7.4% *Reagan cuts taxes for top 1% & says unemployment will DROP to 6.9%.
09/1981 - 7.6%
10/1981 - 7.9%
11/1981 - 8.3%
12/1981 - 8.5%
01/1982 - 8.6%
02/1982 - 8.9%
03/1982 - 9.0%
04/1982 - 9.3%
05/1982 - 9.4%
06/1982 - 9.6%
07/1982 - 9.8%
08/1982 - 9.8%
09/1982 - 10.1%
10/1982 - 10.4%
11/1982 - 10.8%

For some contrast:

At the start of President Obama's second year, the unemployment rate has so far fallen from 10% to 9.7%, and in the BEA/U.S. Department of Commerce's now revised estimate for GDP growth in the 4th quarter of 2009, released on Friday, the number went up from the initial estimate of 5.7% to 5.9% - the best growth in over six years.

In addition, as some may have already seen, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office last week released its study on the impact of the Recovery Act so far:

The stimulus created up to 2.1 million jobs in the last three months of 2009.

It boosted the economy by up to 3.5 percent.

It lowered the unemployment rate by up to 2.1 percent during that period.

In 2010, the package is expected to boost GDP by between 1.4 percent and 4 percent.

In 2010 the package is expected to bring down the unemployment rate by between 0.7 percent and 1.8 percent.

And in contrast to Reagan's approval numbers, as Gallup released today, President Obama has hovered at just below or above 50% in a "high degree of stability" since November, while Reagan's had plummeted to 40% or below during the same period.

In addition, despite the talk of independents and his base leaving him in droves:

Posted by: dove369 | February 28, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi and the democraps need to stop campaigning and back up their up til now worthless words with ACTIONS, ACTUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS.

In my book there's about dog-butt's worth of difference between the 2 parties.

True, the repugneocons are worse, but just barely.

Each party (and its leaders) is thoroughly disgusting in their own unique ways, to paraphrase Dostoyevsky.

A pox on both their houses.

Let the tea partiers take control of the rethuglikkkans: it's what they deserve.

The dems better stop pointing fingers, reading teleprompTers and GET SOMETHING DONE!!!!!!

Sick to death of all of them.

.

Posted by: demsRwimps | February 28, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Yonkers, New York
28 February 2010

Republicans must now be twisting wildly in the wind as far as health-care reform is concerned.

There is no way they can stop the health-care reform bill from passing via the parliamentry procedure called "reconciliation" which Democrats know they have a perfect right to use, and which requires only a majority of one for a bill to pass.

The Democratic version of the health-care reform bill has budgetary provisions within it, and that makes the use of the reconciliation procedure quite legal and proper.

Republicans have no valid reason to complain because they have used the same parliamentary procedure to get their pet bills passed by the Congress.

Mariano Patalinjug

Posted by: MPatalinjug | February 28, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. health care business model needs to fixed before we throw 30 million more people into the mix. Obama and Pelosi are not pursuing that because it means going up against the powerful lobbyist/unions for insurance, drug, and lawyers.

For her own political gain she pretends that this sorrowful bill will fix the business model problems.

And she insults the tea party members by calling them astroturf. Yeah, honey, that's the way to influence angry voters.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | February 28, 2010 1:02 PM
___________________________________________The Speaker looses nothing by insulting teabaggers. They will never support a Democrat or Democratic policies. It's like shooting fish (really really dumb fish) in a barrel going after teabaggers so go for in Nancy!

Posted by: Observer001 | February 28, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse


Get people back to work and fix the economy and most health care problems are fixed. Use the money saved on un-employment and aide to the un-employed and the new revenue from taxes the re-employed supply to help the uninsured.

Fix the real problem first. The economy and jobs. I don't think they know how. I think they are using health care as the distraction from their ineptness.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 28, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

30 Million + 20 Million Illegals Thrown Into A Broken Health Care System (Broken Thanks To Illegals)...And No Additional Doctors & Nurses!.....SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER DEMOCRAP PLAN.....Call Out SEIU & The PANTHERS.

Posted by: djmcfly | February 28, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi would fit right in in Russia.
She is a thug, cares nothing for the people's wishes, a dishonest leech, and a liar. She protects criminals like Rangel, Jefferson and any other democrat slug.
On top of that she is an ugly witch.

Posted by: LarryG62 | February 28, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

REMEMBER JIM JONES "JONESTOWN"........Now, It's "PELOSITOWN"......Hurry Up Democrats, Drink This....Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

Posted by: djmcfly | February 28, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse


What happened to jobs? Why all this distraction of health care. They have already screwed that bill up. Why don't the Dems want to discuss jobs. Must be the answers they would have to give.

I'm not a Repub so don't start that name calling crap as an answer.

Posted by: bnw173 | February 28, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse


Barry the incompetent boob Obama that insufferable windbag, accomplished nothing with his sham "health care summit". Nobody has forgotten that Obamacare was written behind closed doors in Harry Reid's Senate chambers, with all Republicans excluded from the process.

A fanciful dog and pony show hosted by Barry the incompetent boob of a boob accomplished nothing. It was a charade from start to finish.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 28, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Reagan came into office with initial job approval ratings as high as 60% by mid-March 1981. On March 30, Reagan was shot by John Hinckley and the resulting concern and sympathy lifted his ratings to 68% by May.

But even as Reagan recovered from his wounds, the public's concerns about the bad economy didn't, and his ratings began to fall as each month went by.

By the end of 1981, Reagan's job approval rating had drifted down to 49%.

In 1982, the public's view of the economy remained sour, and his ratings during 1982 fell even further, hitting the 40% range, ending his second year at 41%. In the '82 midterm elections, the Republicans lost 28 seats in the House. The cause? The economy and the voter's anger over it.

The unemployment rate in Reagan's second year - a full year after his tax cuts for the top 1% - rose to a post WW2 high of 10.8%. According to Gallup, only one third approved of the way he was handling the economy, with the deficit exploding due to his tax cuts benefiting the wealthy.

At the beginning of '83, his approval rating fell to a low of 35%.

The economy, and Reagan's approval, only started to improve in his third year.

01/1981 - Unemployment rate 7.5% .... Reagan sworn in.
02/1981 - 7.4%
03/1981 - 7.4%
04/1981 - 7.2%
05/1981 - 7.5%
06/1981 - 7.5%
07/1981 - 7.2%
08/1981 - 7.4% *Reagan cuts taxes for top 1% & says unemployment will DROP to 6.9%.
09/1981 - 7.6%
10/1981 - 7.9%
11/1981 - 8.3%
12/1981 - 8.5%
01/1982 - 8.6%
02/1982 - 8.9%
03/1982 - 9.0%
04/1982 - 9.3%
05/1982 - 9.4%
06/1982 - 9.6%
07/1982 - 9.8%
08/1982 - 9.8%
09/1982 - 10.1%
10/1982 - 10.4%
11/1982 - 10.8%

YEAH AND LEAVE IT UP TOO THE REPUBLICANS NOTHING LIKE THIS EVER HAPPEN ON THEIR WATCH....

CAN ANYONE SAY? RONALD REAGAN

Posted by: dove369 | February 28, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Health care and insurance reform is essential. With insurance rates going up 17% to 39% this year alone, with millions uninsured and millions more bound to lose their insurance, and with high deductibles and low caps on coverage, the present health care/insurance system will bankrupt the country and further reduce the number in the middle class.

People are hurting out here. Health care reform is one step in helping them.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | February 28, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

How many ways can you report the SAME FREAKING NEWS ?

Seems to me like the focus should be on WHAT is going TO BE DONE AND HOW IT IMPACTS THE PEOPLE !!!!!!!

Republicans and their TORT REFORM is not HEALTH CARE . It is STEALING from the people and and giving to the INS companies !

THERE COULDN'T BE LESS ACCOUNTABILITY UNLESS YOU GIVE DR'S THE RIGHT TO KILL AND INSURANCE THE RIGHT TO GIVE THE ORDER !!!!

Posted by: noHUCKABEEnoVOTE | February 28, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

For those who have a cancer diagnosis and are wrangling with their insurance companies, my condolences. This is just not right.

But if you are hoping that the "health reform" bill will be a panacea, hopefully you will survive until 2014 - when any coverage would go into effect.

Until then, if your doctor gives you a terminal diagnosis and you are not expected to live more than a year...then you should apply for Disability - you would receive Medicare under the Disability Act. But wait - even if you get this diagnosis and are found to have a disability, you will have to wait ONE YEAR before Medicare kicks in.

Sound like a death sentence? It is - and Congress has bet the house that few will live past that year, thereby saving money in the process. Changing this law to make Medicare available IMMEDIATELY is one of the incremental changes that fiscally-responsible politicians back.

In the meantime, if you are hoping for something "free" from the government, passage of this bill means that your taxes will increase from 20-33% and you will see an immediate decrease in your NET INCOME of 10-15%...while receiving no benefits whatsoever. Remember, coverage does not begin until 2014. For a family of 4, you must not make over 33K..individual income limit 16K.

Until 2014; however, you are mandated (you must legally) purchase health insurance from a health insurance company - with fines and jail time resulting if you fail to do so.

When I look at the income limits for the 30 million, I am reminded that most illegals who are in this country would qualify. They number from 12-20 million. So YOUR PRESIDENT is planning to provide amnesty and to then cover illegals...who NOW receive FREE medical care.

Democrats want to disincentivize Americans from productive, working lives. If you sit around and receive EVERYTHING from them, then they can jerk your vote with amendments and legislation...with you hoping that you will get something more.

Who truly believes that we can cover 30 million Americans - and SAVE money?

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | February 28, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Consider where America would be today if Pelosi, Reid and Obama had first put their efforts and political capital in to bringing the country together and working on our economy. If they had done so, we would have trusted them to take care of health care reform, and would have been well on the way to seeing some of that "Change You Can Believe In". As it stands now, their sneaky tactics have drained the country of its want for that change. I don't have the confidence that they could lead and manage office trash collection without polarizing the employees and destroying team morale. Although I just a little "guy", I will do everything in my power to ensure their defeat.

Posted by: logicprevails | February 28, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

If the republicans hate Pelosi, she must be doing something right.
Don't be so sure about the 'pubs in Nov. With the new SC ruling, Hollywood will be ramping up ads for the democrats.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 28, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Nancy "Divine Wind" Pelosi is now asking all Democrats to vote for their bill in a final Kamikaze act of loyalty for Emperor Obama.


Nancy has truly slipped off the tracks into some Shogun world that she alone occupies.


Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | February 28, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I thought that Obama's #1 focus was going to be jobs? What a bunch of idiots.

Posted by: akwa01 | February 28, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

What a massive blow it will be to Pelosi's whacky ego when she will have to give up her all expense paid travel benefit. After she is ousted she try to force herself on what she sees as her private jet. She will have to be forecfully removed. What a glorious sight it will be.

Posted by: jas7751 | February 28, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

February 23, 2010

For the second straight week, Republican candidates lead Democrats by nine points in the latest edition of the Generic Congressional Ballot.

The new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 44% would vote for their district’s Republican congressional candidate while 35% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent. Voter support for both parties is down slightly from last week.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 28, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi must be smoking some of that stuff they sell in California! We all know her infamous Baltimore roots and the shove it down their throats attitude.

Posted by: Jimbo77 | February 28, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The Dems let that dullard Pelosi speak in public, albeit, a taped interview in her office that was certainly edited to cut out her more stupid comments. She again looked overwhelmed with that wide-eyes frightened stare and botox forehead that cannot and will not move.

Her comments were silly, broad and without detail, and probably the last time the Dems will DARE to let her speak in public.

She asked the Democrats in the House and the Senate to throw away their political careers and vote for the Health plan. Her arrogance is only surpassed by her ignorance and inability to even consider the wishes of the American electorate.....because the views of Obama and herself are the only ones worth considering.

Posted by: Realist20 | February 28, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The Dems let that dullard Pelosi speak in public, albeit, a taped interview in her office that was certainly edited to cut out her more stupid comments. She again looked overwhelmed with that wide-eyes frightened stare and botox forehead that cannot and will not move.

Her comments were silly, broad and without detail, and probably the last time the Dems will DARE to let her speak in public.

She asked the Democrats in the House and the Senate to throw away their political careers and vote for the Health plan. Her arrogance is only surpassed by her ignorance and inability to even consider the wishes of the American electorate.....because the views of Obama and herself are the only ones worth considering.

Posted by: Realist20 | February 28, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi gave herself an A for effort when asked on "This Week" - a while back Obama gave himself an A. This is arrogance personified. Bet every real working person out there would be thrilled to grade themselves in job reviews but utlitmately it's the bosses who give the final score!!! November is not too far off for many of the bosses it can't come soon enough.

Posted by: Linda7
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Can you name one bill sponsored by Democrats that did not get passed in the House? Did not think so, stop watching Fox, listening to Limbaugh and Savage and watch C-Span to get reporting, not propaganda. There are only 7 tight Senate races, not the 10 needed to sweep into power. Think you will gain over 40 seats in the House? Think again.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 28, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

As for the wingnuts out here- give it up. It's so transparent what you are.

Your comments are just the outcry of people who haven't yet made peace with the fact that their president is black.

Everything else is a euphemism. Taxes? Socialism? Budget deficit?

When you strip away the pretenses and rationalizations, it's still racism, and you hate the president only because he is black. A constant theme from you idiots is that he is "arrogant" or "narcissistic." Which are the cowards' code words for "uppity negro."

You lost. You're going to "lose" on health care reform. The irony is that in fact, we ALL win.

This bill isn’t about honoring political campaign promises, sticking it to the other guy, establishing grand theories of justice, or what have you. It is simply about making the lives of millions of Americans less painful, less wrenching when they, their family members, or their fellow citizens get sick. It's as simple as that.


Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 28, 2010 12:58 PM |
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Again, the lie is printed that President Obama is Black. He is NOT Black. President Obama is mixed race.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | February 28, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi has made "Democratic" a synonym for "ditzy."


Posted by: Jerzy | February 28, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.) said the current health-care reform bill exploits the "back room dealing" that typifies a partisan legislative process. Kyl said the move was reckless and unnecessary.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) said Republicans were not consulted before drafting the current health-care reform bill and have been "frozen out of this process."

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Really? Gosh, Senators...It must really suck to be you. I mean, nothing like this ever happened during the Tom DeLay majority Senate.....and certainly, no Democrats were ever "frozen out" of the process during the Repubican controlled COngress.....Right? Right???

Oh....wait.....It's coming back to me now.

What goes around comes around, boys.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 28, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

How does a Nancy Pelosi get into such a powerful position?
The woman is an absolute ass.

Posted by: nychap44 | February 28, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Surely you're joking, Speaker Pelosi? Making a clever remark about doublethink?

Because I heard you were saying something about advising Democrats to vote for this treasonous bill in spite of the political consequences earlier today.

Last time I checked, Americans don't vote for traitors.

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http://www.WasillaTeleprompter.com

Posted by: michaelniland | February 28, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi can kiss Harry Reid goodbye in the Senate, because Harry will be ousted in the upcoming election.
247 days until Election Day. See you at the polls, Dims.
Posted by: screwjob2
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As usual, your post is devoid of any thought. Pelosi wants Reid gone, who could like a Senate leader that has sat on 300 bills passed by the House afraid to change the rules.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 28, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I guess the American people should thank Senator Lamar Alexander for giving us a glimpse of the Republican game plan should health care reform pass. They plan to spend the rest of President Obama's term fighting to repeal it and refusing to move on with America's business. In other words, they will continue to obstruct and do everything they can to keep our country from moving forward. Why would anyone want to put Republicans back in charge of Congress?

Posted by: catmomtx | February 28, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

The U.S. health care business model needs to fixed before we throw 30 million more people into the mix. Obama and Pelosi are not pursuing that because it means going up against the powerful lobbyist/unions for insurance, drug, and lawyers.

For her own political gain she pretends that this sorrowful bill will fix the business model problems.

And she insults the tea party members by calling them astroturf. Yeah, honey, that's the way to influence angry voters.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | February 28, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I was worried about the abortion issue, and now wish a big thank you to Representative Pelosi, for assuring me that a woman still has the right to kill her baby.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | February 28, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

As for all the federation crap....I say to you....Go take a cymbalta or something for our deppression!

Totally off topic:
Our prayers and thoughts are with you Keith Olberman...I lost my mother last year and she was just like your Father. She wanted me to stop having the nurses and doctors touching her...She was tired and ready to go home....Only problem, I wasn't there when she left....And to this day...I feel like I let her down because I wasn't there on her last day

AMERICANS IF YOU CAN.....

DO NOT PUT YOUR PARENTS IN A NURSING HOME...YOU MIGHT AS WELL KILL THEM YOURSELF

NURSING HOMES ACROSS AMERICA ARE THE WORST THING THAT WE DID TO OUR COUNTRY!

Posted by: dove369 | February 28, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

The American people will celebrate the day we kick contemptuous ,sneering, narcisstic Pelosi out of OUR Af jet, see her climb on her broom and view her backside as she departs in the night, never to be seen or heard from again.

Posted by: inmanorj | February 28, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

As for the wingnuts out here- give it up. It's so transparent what you are.

Your comments are just the outcry of people who haven't yet made peace with the fact that their president is black.

Everything else is a euphemism. Taxes? Socialism? Budget deficit?

When you strip away the pretenses and rationalizations, it's still racism, and you hate the president only because he is black. A constant theme from you idiots is that he is "arrogant" or "narcissistic." Which are the cowards' code words for "uppity negro."

You lost. You're going to "lose" on health care reform. The irony is that in fact, we ALL win.

This bill isn’t about honoring political campaign promises, sticking it to the other guy, establishing grand theories of justice, or what have you. It is simply about making the lives of millions of Americans less painful, less wrenching when they, their family members, or their fellow citizens get sick. It's as simple as that.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 28, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah, we're really terrified because of the teabaggers' threats and the right wing loons spouting off about "recriminations" in future elections.

We're going to drag your ignorant behinds along as we do away with the death-for-profit insurance industry's monopoly. Why you morons have decided to join the GOP politicians as they strive desperately to protect their corporate masters' profit margins is a mystery.

As of 2007, "about one in 26 Americans have had cancer.

By 2020, roughly one in 19 will have been diagnosed with the disease".

The typical price of family coverage now runs about $13,000 a year (employer-sponsored health benefits), but premiums are expected to nearly double, to $24,000, by 2020. Commonwealth Fund. This represents an average median increase to 24% of family income by 2020.

The number of uninsured individuals are expected to increase from about 49 million today to between 57 million and 66 million by 2019. Currently, “almost 21 million uninsured individuals—45% of the total—have a full-time job".

Those who think the status quo is sufficient, or the best, or that they are entitled to what they’ve earned through a lifetime of work and that they shouldn’t have to pay for anyone else (public option or single payer or expanded Medicare, or any one of the other options), seem to think they have what they don’t have. Security in things staying as they are.

Just few examples: your company could drop its health plan. According to the US Census Bureau, the percentage of the population covered by employer-based health insurance has fallen every year since 2000, from 64.2% to 59.3%. 


You could lose your job.

You could voluntarily leave your job, for example because you have to move to take care of an elderly relative. 


You could get divorced from the spouse you depend on for health coverage.

No one in this country has health security. It doesn’t exist.
Social Security statistics indicate that a “ 20-year-old worker... faces a 3-in-10 chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age".

No one can be assured of adequate health care unless they happen to be one of those in the top 1 to 2% of income bracket in the Unites States and can afford any procedure at any price

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2007-03-13-cancer-boom_N.htm


http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/411965_failure_to_enact.pdf

Posted by: losthorizon10 | February 28, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi, again, as before, clueless. It's always about her, not you. Her Air Force airline bar bill is larger than most people's mortgage.

Posted by: MRGB | February 28, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

President Obama and Pelosi both gave themselves the proper grades of "A's"...And any normal rational person would either agree of give them no less than a "B"
However on the right they are gettting scare they know that Nancy Pelosi is correct with her statement "Democrats will hold majority" After all the damage that was done to them in the last two years...Obama the dummy, Pelosi the botox hag, Reid the bumbbling idiot....Mainstream Cable constantly putting them under microscopes...Yes after all this....The Democratic party will hold the majority in November

Why is that you say?

Because when we do a comparison with the GOP...it becomes as cystal clear as a newborn baby black, brown or blue eyes that these guys DO NOT REPRESENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE....They have no been held under the microscope as has the Democratic Party by the mainstream cable news media for what they voted against along with their approval of the SCOUS decision to let corporations become voices in our political system....AND BECAUSE OF THAT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN WAIT UNTIL NOVEMBER....BECAUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A LONG TIME....RATIONALITY WILL BEAT OUT POPULIST THINKERS

YES PELOSI WAS RIGHT!

Posted by: dove369 | February 28, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Whether you like it or not, a revolution is taking place in America. It is a revolution standing firm on the principles that our founding generation fought and died for: self-government, consent of the governed, constitutional government, limited government, separation of powers, lines of sovereignty, natural laws of God, freedom and all that implies. A constitution itself may be virtually ignored by the government it created, but the principles and power of freedom never leave a body of people who are willing to take action and yes, sacrifice for these principles’ preeminence.

Face the facts: the train of abuses is not slowing down. Just the opposite, it is gaining speed and adding more carts to its momentum every day. The time for choosing sides has just about expired. When the hammer falls, knowing where to stand and why will be crucial to you and your posterity’s freedom. Make the right decision: choose freedom.

In 2010, freedom-loving people in America are taking these principles seriously and have decided to lead their community and state in this regard. Many are running for state political office and are literally campaigning on the principles of state sovereignty, independence and/or secession. You can visit the following site to see which candidates have signed what is called the “Ten-Four Pledge,” sponsored by Michael Boldin, creator of www.tenthamendmentcenter.com. These candidates are doing what no generation of candidates has done in a long time: they are standing on the principles of true federalism, wherein the states have the power and even the duty to resist federal tyranny. Consider their “Ten-Four Pledge” in part.

http://www.newswithviews.com/Timothy/baldwin112.htm

http://pledge.tenthamendmentcenter.com/the-signers/


Posted by: AJAX2 | February 28, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse


Pelosi can kiss Harry Reid goodbye in the Senate, because Harry will be ousted in the upcoming election.

247 days until Election Day. See you at the polls, Dims.

Posted by: screwjob2 | February 28, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi: Pass Health Bill, Even If It Means Your Job,.. is an insult to the majority of Americans that have told Pelosi over and over again, NO! We did not vote you into office to pass a democratic only healthcare bill just so you democrats can lose your job.

Posted by: RadPost | February 28, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi gave herself an A for effort when asked on "This Week" - a while back Obama gave himself an A. This is arrogance personified. Bet every real working person out there would be thrilled to grade themselves in job reviews but utlitmately it's the bosses who give the final score!!! November is not too far off for many of the bosses it can't come soon enough.

Posted by: Linda7 | February 28, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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