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By Nancy Thorner – 

Heritage’s 11th stop in its nationwide tour to “Reclaim America” took place in Chicago on Tuesday, March 8, at the Inter-Continental Chicago, 505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, and attracted Heritage supporters and friends. Featured was a 4:30 p.m. panel discussion, followed by the 6:00 p.m. main event after a short break. These four strategies were cited as the way to “Reclaim America through restoring America’s Timeless Foundation.”  

The Heritage Foundation and its sister organization, Heritage Action for America, are leading a six year, $750 million campaign to Reclaim America from the destructive dominance of the Left. Located in Washington, D.C., The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America are “in” Washington, but not “of” Washington. Whereas, the Heritage Foundation does the policy work, Heritage Action goes to Congress and further, keeps a scorecard on how each legislator votes on every bill. 

Part 1: Panel Discussion

Participating in the panel discussion were Andrew McIndoe and Paul Winfree of The Heritage Foundation and Jason Yaworske from Heritage Action. As moderator, Andrew McIndoe set the stage for the panel discussion in describing the tax code as an out-of-control 70,000 page monster, this in contrast to Heritage’s pro-growth tax policies. 

Paul Winfree was introduced by McIndoe as an economist and leading voice in Washington for free markets and fiscal responsibility.  Paul is also director of the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, as well as the think tank’s inaugural Richard F. Aster fellow. 

Winfree noted how tax reform is shaping up to be a big issue this fall.  Every Republican presidential candidate is talking about tax reform proposals in one form or another, unlike Democrats who are  recycling policies that received top priority in President Obama’s budgets during the past eight years. In that a page of new regulations is added every day to the tax code, there is an urgency for Republican candidates to be updated with their message presentations.

Two major tax code problems were highlighted by Mr. Winfree:   1)  Fairness, relating to the horizontal inequity issue, so what one invests in and how an individual spends his own money is not the same across  board, and 2) Complexity, which gives rise to $5 – $6 billion in lost investments every year.   Americans spend 6 billion hours complying with the tax code. This leads to tax enforcement, of which tax avoidance is paramount.

Mr. Winfree further suggested that tax reform will have to wait until another administration, hopefully a Republican one.  Furthermore, spending must be taken into consideration when talking about tax reform, as the power to tax is linked to the power to spend.  Spending, as mandated by our Constitution, is threefold:  paying our debt, funding the military, and providing for the general welfare. 

Following Paul Winfree’s comments, moderator Andrew McIndoe introduced Jason Yaworske, a legislative strategist and a registered lobbying for Heritage Action. 

Mr. Yaworske’s initial comments outlined last year’s tax reform measures on the Hill.  A Task Force for Tax Reform was set up by Paul Ryan’s Ways and Means Committee.  In the Senate, the Senate Finance Committee looked into International Tax Reform.   While some progress was made, tax proposals are too often put on hold when both sides conclude that the tax reform favored would better serve as a campaign issue.  Jason predicted that tax reform during this election year would not happen.  Although legislators do recognize a need for tax reform, especially corporate, reducing corporate tax rates hit a brick wall when opposed by Democrats.

Thinking outside of the box, Mr. Yaworske suggested that Congress must be encouraged to make changes in Congressional Budget Action personnel. Presently the Congressional Budget Office hires friends who see eye-to-eye.  New blood is needed in the agency. 

A sobering thought:  $230 billion is spent on annual interest payments. This amount will balloon to $830 billion in the next 10 years if the nation’s debt is not reduced.  Because of the way Washington operates, it means nothing to speak of the debt as half as much as it was a year ago.  Why?  Because things need not be given up.  The attitude is:  If you want something, then I want this in return.  There is only one solution:  Congress must cut spending!

Check Heritage Foundation’s “Blueprint for Balance:  A federal budget for 2017”, published March 6, 2016.  It is the latest from The Heritage Foundation in its effort to present budget-cutting ideas.

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Part 2:  Main Event – 6:00 p.m:  Jim DeMInt, CEO, The Heritage Foundation, and Michael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action

With confidence, vigor, and enthusiasm Jim DeMint mounted the stage to the podium.  The crowd of well-wishers at the InterContinuental Chicago greeted DeMint with a round of applause that reflected their affirmation, admiration, and support of Jim DeMint as CEO of The Heritage Foundation. 

DeMint recounted his own remarkable entry into politics at age 47. Prior to his plunge into politics, DeMint had led a busy life.  A father of four, DeMint was involved in his community and with his business of 15 years. Having never thought about party labels, DeMint was a member of neither party.  At some point DeMint began reading policy papers published by The Heritage Foundation. Noting how many of the policies being put into practice were encouraging the wrong behavior, and in agreeing with Heritage on issues such as welfare and the tax code, DeMint came to the conclusion (a Don Quixote moment) that he too must be a Republican in keeping with those defined in Heritage’s policy positions.  

As a marketing guy, DeMint knew he had to run on an issue people cared about. Determining that Republicans wanted change, DeMint’s slogan became: “Bring Freedom Home.” Jim DeMint went to Washington, D.C. in 1999 to save the country, elected by South Carolina’s 4th Congressional district.   

Speaking from his knowledge and own experience, Jim DeMint revealed what happens when elected officials go to Washington. Seated in a room with other elected Congressional representatives, DeMint was asked to vote in favor of a bill because it would get worse when sent over to the Senate.  DeMint stood up and expressed displeasure, only to be told, “Don’t worry you’ll get used to it.”  The process as explained by DeMint: “You go to Washington to drain the swamp, but like a hot tub, it feels so good to join in.

Cited by DeMint was the twin threat of Progressiveness and the Establishment. Elaborating further, progressiveness involves centralized power where experts make decisions for folk who aren’t qualified to make decisions for themselves. Detroit, Baltimore and possibly Chicago were given as examples where governments under central management and control have failed. The Establishment includes those in our won party, who vilify others if they don’t fall in step with the establishment movers and shakers.

As DeMint cautioned, this nation has a $19 trillion debt.  She didn’t accumulate so much debt without partisanship to arrive at such an astronomical figure.  Government must be created with opportunities for all, but with favoritism toward none, to create a level playing field.  As to the job of The Heritage Foundation, it is not a political organization.  Rather, its responsibility is to be a light — such as the North Star — to guide the thinking of the public through research presented through written and on-line publications.  As DeMint stated, “We can’t win the battle from the inside.  The battle must be won by winning the hearts and minds of the people.

Following DeMint comments, Mark Needham, CEO of Heritage Action, addressed the Heritage assemblage. Needham’s Heritage Action organization involves citizens at the grassroots level interacting with members of Congress.  A telephone call takes place every Monday night to alert those in Heritage Action’s Sentinel Program to what will be happening in the Congress and the Senate during the week to follow. Sentinels then follow up accordingly by contacting their elected legislators. Needham believes that money must be taken away from the government and given back to individuals, and that Washington must be changed from the inside out.

Needham presented this brief history of Heritage Action:  From 1980 – 1990 Heritage made a big difference with its ideas and research papers.  But that was not enough.  As a 501(c)3 organization, The Heritage Foundation could not engage in direct lobbying, so it created Heritage Action to serve as its lobbying and advocacy arm in 2010. 

Heritage Action first went to battle with Mark Needham as CEO, over what became Obamacare, following the March, 2010, passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Republicans were warned not to campaign on healthcare.  However, In July, 2010, Heritage Action launched its first advocacy campaign  targeting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  By August 2010 the organization had helped to secure 170 Republican co-sponsors for a petition by Rep. Steve King to force a vote on repealing the healthcare reform.

In August of 2013, Heritage Action went into action again with its campaign to link the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as the ACA or “Obamacare,” with laws to keep the federal government open or to increase the federal debt limit.  Despite the shut-down which resulted, contradicting Republican fears, the Party gained seat in 2014.

Needham reflected whether Republicans were really serious about repealing Obamacare in 2013 when they offered up for negotiation, as a requisite for consideration, Obamacare’s Medical-Device Tax which had bi-partisan support. Weren’t there far more important Obamacare issues that needed to be entertained?

There was a invitation made for those in attendance to join the Heritage Action Sentinel Program.  Noted was that citizens who are engaged and informed frighten politicians, when elected officials become aware their votes are being scrutinized by those who elect them.

A reception followed a Question and Answer session.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Conservatives Fight For Choice, Not An Echo

ThornerBy Nancy Thorner –

Conservative Republicans are often looked upon as irresponsible and right wing nuts until election time rolls around. We are then courted for our votes. In the aftermath we are expected to remain quite and obedient in the background, even though the principles we espouse and hold sacred within us (smaller government, less spending, adherence to social and moral values, liberty, and freedom of choice) are being disregarded and dismantled as our Constitution is likewise being torn and tattered.

Recently Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio brought home how he views conservatives and conservative groups. Boehner roundly conservative criticized groups who had mobilized in opposition to the emerging bipartisan budget bill once news reports surfaced that it would undo sequestration spending levels in the near term. It was Boehner, however, who had broken his pledge made in 2010 by rushing the bill to the floor instead of making a bill available online 72 hours before a vote is held.

Groups roundly criticized by Speaker Boehner for mobilizing against the bi-partisan bill were Heritage Action and Americans for Prosperity. He went on to call these groups “ridiculous.” Both organizations should be heralded rather than vilified for their action.

The groundwork for Heritage Action was laid by Edwin J Feulner, president of the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation, for 35 years until former senator Jim DeMint was named successor in late 2012, taking over as president on April 3, 2013.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Feulner

As the sister organization to The Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action’s troops (http://heritageaction.com) engage in politics in the narrow sense by holding legislators accountable for their  votes, while the Heritage Foundation remains dedicated to politics in the larger sense, laying out the big idea and broad themes that must underlie our nation’s policies.

For too long, Washington has advanced a liberal agenda and served the needs of special interests. The nation desperately needs conservative voices, but in Washington even many self-described conservatives advance the ideas of the left.  A new conservative direction is needed. Heritage Action is working toward that goal.

What Boehner finds objectionable about the work of Heritage Action, as do many establishment Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate, which extends also to their fellow conservative Republican House and Senate members, relates not only to the experienced Heritage Action legislative team that works the halls of Capitol Hill to tell lawmakers and their staffs how to vote to promote conservative principles, but also the activist army of grassroots organizers — now more than 300,000 strong — who get the conservative message to their local representatives and then hold them accountable for how they vote.  There is even a Conservative Scorecard that rates each lawmaker.

Heritage Action’s grassroots army is open to all who wish to join in the fight to take back this nation from those who advocate and are continuing to advance a Socialist agenda.  The task at hand involves engaging legislators in the politics issues of the day, but also trying to convince legislators that there are more compassionate ways of helping the poor; more enlightened ways of protecting the environment; more effective ways of educating our children; healing our sick; and tending to our elderly than to rely on the invisible foot of a distant bureaucracy.  Thorner has been a member of the Heritage Action grassroots army for two years.

Chip Borman is the Upper Midwest Regional Coordinator of Heritage Action which includes the state of Illinois.  If interested in becoming a member of Heritage Action’s grassroots army, contact Mr. Borman at Chip.Borman@heritageaction.com.

Worthy of sharing is the following essay by Chip Borman published on December 19:  Activist Versus Establishment:  Constant Accountability. It explains in no uncertain terms the real “inside/outside” fight that is now underway as conservatives fight those on the “inside.”   http://heritageaction.com/2013/12/activist-versus-establishment-constant-accountability/

This is a fight for the heart and soul of the “right”.  We saw something like this in the 1960’s with the Rockefeller vs Goldwater wings that broke down by Liberal Republican versus Conservative Republican.   Pro-Choice, Anti-war, High Taxes, Big Government.  This is why Reagan said that we needed a “Choice, not an Echo.”

This fight is somewhat different…. I believe that this split in the “movement” is not totally left versus right. This is also between “Inside” and “outside”.   Those Republicans on the “inside” want to get re-elected at all costs and don’t mind spending China’s borrowed money, raising taxes and increasing government’s reach to do it.  The worst part is them telling activists to get out of the way until we are needed at the next election time.   Insiders want to be held accountable only at elections, when the choice is an either/or choice of Republican or Worse.  Inside Republicans know that they will win that choice.  Outside conservatives want to have a voice in their government – and not just at election time.

While the Constitution gives us (at several places) the right to vote, the First Amendment re-affirms our God-given right to “petition for redress of grievances”.  This doesn’t merely mean that we can circulate a petition; it means that we have an innate right to speak our opinions and directly tell our Representatives what we believe.  The right to Express an Opinion.  I can recall a time after the Tea Party victories in 2010 and the mood seemed to darken for the newly minted GOP leadership in the House.  Boehner’s people asked the Tea Party why they had “turned” on them.   The Tea Party response was “What, you thought we’d just go away after November?”

What we see here is Inside Republicans frustrated with the success of those that are demanding a smaller, limited government.  The success of the grass roots in stopping the Farm (food stamp) Bill and our success in bringing the truth of ObamaCare to light has made the insiders nervous.   I believe that if we didn’t express our opinions about the unfair, unworkable and un-American Health Insurance Scheme, most inside Republicans would have been happy to foist that on the American People so long as it didn’t interfere with their next election.   At election time, they counted on an easy re-election because they had taken 39 meaningless votes against an unpopular policy while the Democrat was 100% for it.  No matter the actual damage of the policy – they wanted the political win.

The accuse us of helping the Democrats, as if that’s our only choice: take what they give us or throw them out.  We can speak up, we can score the conservative position, we can tell them (politely) that this is not leading down a path of limited government, we can publish our opinions for all to see, we can be angry, we can be supportive, we can organize and we can write.  In short we can hold them accountable, and not just at election time.  Insiders hate that.   Sure, we always have the choice at election time to vote Dem or to stay home, but this means that they are essentially taking two rights away – the right to speak up and be heard; and the right to vote for a clear choice, not an echo.

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ThornerBy Nancy Thorner –

Conservative Republicans are often looked upon as irresponsible and right wing nuts until election time rolls around. We are then courted for our votes. In the aftermath we are expected to remain quite and obedient in the background, even though the principles we espouse and hold sacred within us (smaller government, less spending, adherence to social and moral values, liberty, and freedom of choice) are being disregarded and dismantled as our Constitution is likewise being torn and tattered.

Recently Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio brought home how he views conservatives and conservative groups. Boehner roundly conservative criticized groups who had mobilized in opposition to the emerging bipartisan budget bill once news reports surfaced that it would undo sequestration spending levels in the near term. It was Boehner, however, who had broken his pledge made in 2010 by rushing the bill to the floor instead of making a bill available online 72 hours before a vote is held.

Groups roundly criticized by Speaker Boehner for mobilizing against the bi-partisan bill were Heritage Action and Americans for Prosperity. He went on to call these groups “ridiculous.” Both organizations should be heralded rather than vilified for their action.

The groundwork for Heritage Action was laid by Edwin J Feulner, president of the conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation, for 35 years until former senator Jim DeMint was named successor in late 2012, taking over as president on April 3, 2013.  en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_Feulner

As the sister organization to The Heritage Foundation, Heritage Action’s troops (http://heritageaction.com) engage in politics in the narrow sense by holding legislators accountable for their  votes, while the Heritage Foundation remains dedicated to politics in the larger sense, laying out the big idea and broad themes that must underlie our nation’s policies.

For too long, Washington has advanced a liberal agenda and served the needs of special interests. The nation desperately needs conservative voices, but in Washington even many self-described conservatives advance the ideas of the left.  A new conservative direction is needed. Heritage Action is working toward that goal.

What Boehner finds objectionable about the work of Heritage Action, as do many establishment Republicans in both the U.S. House and Senate, which extends also to their fellow conservative Republican House and Senate members, relates not only to the experienced Heritage Action legislative team that works the halls of Capitol Hill to tell lawmakers and their staffs how to vote to promote conservative principles, but also the activist army of grassroots organizers — now more than 300,000 strong — who get the conservative message to their local representatives and then hold them accountable for how they vote.  There is even a Conservative Scorecard that rates each lawmaker.

Heritage Action’s grassroots army is open to all who wish to join in the fight to take back this nation from those who advocate and are continuing to advance a Socialist agenda.  The task at hand involves engaging legislators in the politics issues of the day, but also trying to convince legislators that there are more compassionate ways of helping the poor; more enlightened ways of protecting the environment; more effective ways of educating our children; healing our sick; and tending to our elderly than to rely on the invisible foot of a distant bureaucracy.  Thorner has been a member of the Heritage Action grassroots army for two years.

Chip Borman is the Upper Midwest Regional Coordinator of Heritage Action which includes the state of Illinois.  If interested in becoming a member of Heritage Action’s grassroots army, contact Mr. Borman at Chip.Borman@heritageaction.com.

Worthy of sharing is the following essay by Chip Borman published on December 19:  Activist Versus Establishment:  Constant Accountability. It explains in no uncertain terms the real “inside/outside” fight that is now underway as conservatives fight those on the “inside.”   http://heritageaction.com/2013/12/activist-versus-establishment-constant-accountability/

This is a fight for the heart and soul of the “right”.  We saw something like this in the 1960’s with the Rockefeller vs Goldwater wings that broke down by Liberal Republican versus Conservative Republican.   Pro-Choice, Anti-war, High Taxes, Big Government.  This is why Reagan said that we needed a “Choice, not an Echo.”

This fight is somewhat different…. I believe that this split in the “movement” is not totally left versus right. This is also between “Inside” and “outside”.   Those Republicans on the “inside” want to get re-elected at all costs and don’t mind spending China’s borrowed money, raising taxes and increasing government’s reach to do it.  The worst part is them telling activists to get out of the way until we are needed at the next election time.   Insiders want to be held accountable only at elections, when the choice is an either/or choice of Republican or Worse.  Inside Republicans know that they will win that choice.  Outside conservatives want to have a voice in their government – and not just at election time.

While the Constitution gives us (at several places) the right to vote, the First Amendment re-affirms our God-given right to “petition for redress of grievances”.  This doesn’t merely mean that we can circulate a petition; it means that we have an innate right to speak our opinions and directly tell our Representatives what we believe.  The right to Express an Opinion.  I can recall a time after the Tea Party victories in 2010 and the mood seemed to darken for the newly minted GOP leadership in the House.  Boehner’s people asked the Tea Party why they had “turned” on them.   The Tea Party response was “What, you thought we’d just go away after November?”

What we see here is Inside Republicans frustrated with the success of those that are demanding a smaller, limited government.  The success of the grass roots in stopping the Farm (food stamp) Bill and our success in bringing the truth of ObamaCare to light has made the insiders nervous.   I believe that if we didn’t express our opinions about the unfair, unworkable and un-American Health Insurance Scheme, most inside Republicans would have been happy to foist that on the American People so long as it didn’t interfere with their next election.   At election time, they counted on an easy re-election because they had taken 39 meaningless votes against an unpopular policy while the Democrat was 100% for it.  No matter the actual damage of the policy – they wanted the political win.

The accuse us of helping the Democrats, as if that’s our only choice: take what they give us or throw them out.  We can speak up, we can score the conservative position, we can tell them (politely) that this is not leading down a path of limited government, we can publish our opinions for all to see, we can be angry, we can be supportive, we can organize and we can write.  In short we can hold them accountable, and not just at election time.  Insiders hate that.   Sure, we always have the choice at election time to vote Dem or to stay home, but this means that they are essentially taking two rights away – the right to speak up and be heard; and the right to vote for a clear choice, not an echo.

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What could only be described as an Armagedon-sized economic tornado waiting to happen was depicted accordingly by President Obama in his weekly address on Saturday, August 18:

So I’m going to keep doing everything in my power to make sure this law works as it’s supposed, because in the United States of America heath insurance isn’t a privilege — it is your right.  And we’re going to keep it that way.

So along with Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, health insurance is now a right as administered through ObamaCare in accordance to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly called ObamaCare, passed in the dead of night in the House on March 21, 2010, with not one Republican vote, and signed into law by President Obama on March 23rd, 2010.   obamacarefactscom/obamacarebill.php

ObamaCare not only aims to confiscate 1/6 of this nation’s economy, but it has as its goal the creation of a federal healthcare one-size-fits-all entitlement program, irregardless that so many parts of America’s health care system were working fine.  In that 85% of the American people had health care prior to The Affordable Care Act, the Democrats were willing to overhaul the entire system, punishing those 85% in order to accommodate the 15% who did not, as the first step in achieving what had been a long-held Democratic dream — a federally-run health care system.

Imagine this, if ObamaCare is fully implemented on January 1, 2014, with regulations still being written, ObamaCare with its current 33,000 pages of regulations would reach seven feet high if placed in a stack.  It is a given that implementation of ObamaCare will become a bureaucratic nightmare with some 159 new government agencies and programs attempting to enforce the thousands of pages of regulations.

Is it any wonder why many of us are concerned that ObamaCare is a disaster-in-waiting for America?  If you are among those who don’t trust our government and the IRS to handle or to enforce the monstrosity of ObamaCare, the following talking points can be used when contacting the 5 renegade Illinois Republican U.S. congressmen (Rep. Randy Hultgrin has signed on to the Meadows letter.  Thank him.) and Senator Mark Kirk.  Local offices telephone numbers:  Senator Mark Kirk, 312-886-2117; Representatives Rodney Davis, 217-403-4691; Randy Hultgren, 630-232-7174; Adam Kinzinger, 815-431-9383; Peter Roskam, 630-232-7393; Aaron Schock, 217-670-1806,  John Simkus, 217-446-0670.  And don’t forget Majority Speaker John Boehner at 202-225-0600.

Economic destruction.  We are facing the end of the 40 hour work week.  This means the end of the middle class.  ObamaCare punishes business by imposing ridiculous rules resulting in a business retracting or at least, not growing over 50 people.

Taxpayer dollars.  Employers are cutting back hours and creating more part-time positions in order to get around the Obamacare mandate and punishment on growth.  America cannot survive and thrive with a nation full of part-time workers.  Even worse, a new study argues that ObamaCare could grow the welfare state as between 500,000 and 900,000 workers leave the workforce and go on welfare instead of keeping their jobs just for healthcare.

Elitists’ benefits, with no consequences. Congress exempted themselves from the crushing premiums of Obamacare, voting instead for YOU, THE TAXPAYER to pick up about 75% of their tab. That’s about all you need to know!

Affected lawmakers and their staff still have to enter the exchanges beginning in Oct. 1, as set forth in the 2010 Affordable Care Act, but, unlike private sector employees, they will not lose their employee contributions for their health plan’s premium costs.

Rising premiums.  ObamaCare is anything but “Affordable,” which is how they labeled it. And if so many of us are taking advantage of subsidies or losing our jobs due to ObamaCare, who will ultimately be stuck with the bill for all of us?

The IRS is enforcing it.  I don’t know about you but I do not want one of the most corrupt agencies in this administration in charge of fines and enforcing ObamaCare. If that doesn’t send a chill up your spine, nothing will.

Being hired by the IRS to go after American citizens who refuse to pay the ObamaCare tax (or is it a penalty) are up to 6,500 tax enforcers.

Privacy concerns. ObamaCare is Ground Zero for a hack attack…not just by outsiders, but also government agencies who will concoct whatever reason necessary to “hack” your data and use it against you. Everything you talk to a doctor about will be kept in an untested database that is accessible to anyone in government who asks for it—and all your personal information will be readily available for hackers with sinister motives.

Thousands of “navigators” are being hired through a $54 million slush fund controlled by the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary.  These “in-service assistants” and counselors will propagandize and enroll ObamaCare recipients in the government-run health insurance exchanges and will have access to highly personal data from potential “customers” to asses their “needs,” such income levels, birth dates, addresses, eligibility for government assistance, Social Security numbers and sensitive medical information.  Small businesses will be targeted along with individuals.

Because of time constraints, HHS has cutting back on the requirements to become a navigator, meaning they’re not going to be doing background checks nor fingerprinting those they hire, which will make it easier for a person’s private information to fall into the wrong hands.  What if a navigator has been convicted of committing identity theft or grand theft prior to being hired by HHS?

It is predicted that with the coming of ObamaCare will come the con artists.  According to Monica Lindeen, Montana’s Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, “There are fake exchanges already up and running on the Internet.”  Getting an early jump on national health care reform, scam artists since last year have been calling, faxing and emailing people across the country claiming to be with Medicare, ObamaCare or some agency of the federal government.

Lower standards of care.  This presents a problem for current patients, as well as all the new ones on the insurance rolls.  Are you on Medicare or Medicaid?  If so, it’s getting really hard to find a doctor and once you get in, you may not see an actual doctor, but rather an assistant who has limited medical training. You may wait months for a test. The government may refuse to treat some illnesses, resulting in even more medical bills or even death.

On Saturday, August 11, an article by Thorner was posted at Illinois Review which noted straw-man arguments being used by congressmen as reasons why they couldn’t sign the Meadows letter in the House to defund ObamaCare.

Here are two more excuses with countering information should congressmen try to tell you that the following undesirable consequences would happen should the government be shut down.

1.  During a government shutdown the activities of our Armed Forces would halt.

NOT TRUE:  Federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, are permitted to continue certain exempt, “emergency” activities deemed “essential” including, “providing for the national security, including the conduct of foreign relations essential to the national security or the safety of life and property.”  In past shutdowns, the Pentagon has instructed all active duty military personnel to report for duty, exempting them from furlough.  Some non-essential activities will cease, but exempt activities have been interpreted broadly with substantial discretion given to local commanders to decide what is necessary.

2.  During a government shutdown military personnel would not be paid.

NOT TRUE:  All exempt personnel reporting for duty would eventually be paid in full, and Congress has historically paid furloughed (non-exempt) employees retroactively after the conclusion of past shutdowns.  However, the pay would be deferred until the standoff ended and appropriations enacted.  Since many personnel are paid at the end of the month, they would be insulated from the initial onset of a government shutdown.  The President—in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief—could of course end any standoff, at any time, simply by signing into law a CR that funds the entire government (minus ObamaCare) or a separate CR pertaining only to defense (if such a bill was sent to his desk by the Congress).

On October 1st Americans will be putting their identity, their lives and the future of America in jeopardy when ObamaCare begins enrollment in the exchanges unless Congress does something about it now, while they still can.

Are we going to allow Congressmen to tell us that they want ObamaCare gone but then act like there is nothing they can do about it?   Baloney!  All they have to do is grow a spine and refuse to fund it.

Most importantly, we are not asking the President to shut down the government.  That is President Obama’s threat if  ObamaCare funding is denied, further becoming Obama’s cross to bear.  We are simply asking Members of Congress to fund everything but ObamaCare.

Part 1 of this expose “Heritage Action defund Obamacare tour rolls out Monday

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The first of nine town hall public meetings to be held this month by Heritage Action (Heritageaction.org), a conservative non-profit social welfare organization affiliated with The Heritage Foundation, and focusing on efforts to defund ObamaCare in the upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR), will begin tomorrow (Monday, Aug. 19) in Fayetteville, AR.
Conducting  all nine meetings are Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham; Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint; and Rafael Cruz, the Father of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).  After Fayetteville on August 20 the distinguished trio will travel to Dallas, TX, then to Tampa, Florida, on August 21.  On August 22 the trio will be in Nashville, TN, followed by Bimingham, Alabama, on August 23.  http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/08/05/Nine-town-halls-from-Heritage-Action-on-defunding-Obamacare
Not unexpected is that “Americans United for Change and Protect Your Care” is planning to travel across the country to counteract Heritage Action’s nine-city August tour.  As supporters of the President’s ObamaCare, the ObamaCare allies will be holding their own events and speeches hours before Heritage arrive.  The group also plans to be visible at the Heritage events.  http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=0DAE350B-9723-4B74-...
The defunding ObamaCare push is meeting resistance in both the House and the Senate by Republican leaders John Boehner and Mike McConnell, respectively, and members of the Republican establishment punditry.

 
A recently released poll commissioned by Heritage Action and conducted by pollster Jon Lerner of Basswood Research on August 7th and 8th of ten diverse districts should give wayward Republican representatives and senators reason to pause and rethink their opposition to signing the Meadows letter to defund ObamaCare.
 

1. Only 20% of the voters in these diverse districts support going forward with ObamaCare unchanged.  Notice that Representative Aaron Schock represents one of these diverse districts here in Illinois.

Steve Southerland, R (FL-2) – Aaron Schock, R (IL-18) – Leonard Lance, R (NJ-7) – Renee Ellmers, R (NC-2) – Patrick Tiberi, R (OH-12) – Greg Walden, R (OR-2) – John Barrow, D (GA-12) – Mike McIntyre, D (NC-7) – Jim Matheson, D (UT-4) – Nick Rahall, D (WV-3)

2.  A large majority, 77% favor either a slow down in implementation or an outright repeal.

3.  There is no present evidence that a move to defund ObamaCare and the potential of a partial government shutdown would harm Republican prospects of holding the House majority.

4.  Forcing a partial government shutdown over defunding ObamaCare will not be blamed solely on Republicans. Thirty-three percent would blame “Republicans in Congress” or “The TEA Party,” 41% would blame “Democrats in Congress” or “President Obama,” and 17% would blame “all of them.” Independents would spread the blame among groups on the Right, 36%, groups on the Left 30% and 26% would blame both.

5.  House Republicans should be much more concerned with the fallout of failing to defund ObamaCare than with the imaginary fallout of doing so   The poll found that a majority would be less likely to support the reelection efforts of House members who voted to continue ObamaCare funding while 48 percent said they’d be more likely to support a member who did “everything” they could to slow down implementation of the law.

It is telling that more than half a dozen possible GOP White House candidates are supporting the defunding effort, five are calling for a more nuanced approach to defunding or repealing the healthcare law, two are dodging questions, and three others are not signaling one way or another.

KILL OBAMACARE FUNDING AT ANY COST (7):
 
Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas)
Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.)
Rep. Steve King (Iowa)
Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.)
Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.)
Former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.
Sen. John Thune (S.D.)

PURSUE ANOTHER APPROACH (DELAY, TRADITIONAL REPEAL) (5):

Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.)
Gov. Susana Martinez (N.M.)
Rep. Pete King (N.Y.)
Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.)
Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.)

UNCLEAR (2):

Gov. Rick Perry (Texas)
Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio)

DID NOT RESPOND TO CALLS, EMAILS (3):

Former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.)
Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.)
Gov. Nikki Haley (S.C.

With Congress on summer recess, citizen action must accompany the Heritage Action town hall meetings focusing on defunding ObamaCare.

With a call to all conservative to stay on the job and to keep up the fight against what is an unconstitutional law, even though attending a town hall meeting might not be possible, we can make telephone calls and send emails and faxes letting the Republican leadership and House members know that they must stand up and fight for what is in our best interests — to defund the monster of ObamaCare.

How long will we the people be mandated to eat what Congress won’t eat!

Part 2:  Talking points to deal with recalcitrant congressmen.

http://illinoisreview.typepad.com/illinoisreview/2013/08/part-1-push-to-defund-obamacare-rolls-