BIG Day in DC Tomorrow (Saturday). Be There If You Can

From PRNewswire:

MORE CITIZEN ACTIONS PLANNED THROUGH WEEKEND: Unprecedented TEA Party & Grassroots Coalition Aligns to ‘Kill The Bill’; Rally Saturday at Capitol, Other Events Across Country

WASHINGTON, March 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An unprecedented coalition of grassroots and “tea party” groups is launching the final push before a possible vote by the House. Coming together under the auspices of the American Grassroots Coalition, various events held by different groups will be coordinated, including a noon rally at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, a candlelight vigil and “virtual vigil” leading up to the vote.

“All of the groups have a mutual goal — to band together to communicate the frustration of the people and demand the termination of this health bill legislation,” said Jennifer Hulsey, Co-Founder of American Grassroots Coalition.

The past two weeks has seen the “Take The Town Halls To Washington” initiative get nearly 1,000 people to DC to meet with approximately 30 Congressman. The event culminated in the rally at Taft Park near the Capitol, which was sponsored by Tea Party Express. Over 1,500 people assembled to rally against the health care bill and then meet with their representatives.

While the Capitol Police diverted the stage and sound for the park rally, grass roots activists innovated and used a park bench and bull horn to get their message to the attendees!

The following actions are planned for the next 72 hours:

  • Calling campaigns to the House by constituents to vote no on the bill
  • “Talk to Washington” health care town halls in Mississippi, Pennsylvania and other states
  • Code Red rally in Washington, DC at 12 noon on Saturday at Upper Senate Park
  • Nationwide “Virtual Vigil” on BlogTalk radio sponsored by DoctorsandPatients.org
  • Candlelight vigil around the Capitol on Saturday night

Featured speakers at the Washington, D.C. Rally on Saturday will include:

  • Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann (MN)
  • Congressman Tom Price (GA)
  • Congressman Joe Wilson (SC)
  • Congressman Phil Gingrey (GA)
  • State Senator Judson Hill (GA)
  • Actor & Activist Jon Voight
  • Dr. Milton Wolf, Barack Obama‘s second cousin who opposes Obamacare
  • Colin Hanna, Let Freedom Ring
  • Jim Martin, 60 Plus
  • Phil Kerpen, Americans for Prosperity
  • Tim Phillips, Americans for Prosperity
  • Andrew Langer, Institute for Liberty
  • Kathryn Serkes, Doctor Patient Medical Association
  • Mark Skoda, Memphis Tea Party
  • Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express
  • Jennifer Hulsey, American Grassroots Coalition
  • FreedomWorks Representative
  • Ben Cunningham, Founder of the Tennessee Tax Revolt
  • Darla Dawald, Grassfire / Resistnet

BACKGROUND

Grassroots activists everywhere have worked to inform themselves, notify their representatives of their objections and take action in the form of rallies, meetings and calls into those representatives. Individual groups have worked to stop the health care legislation while coordinating with each other to amplify their message and their efforts.

Amy Kremer, of Tea Party Express, commented, “We had a great rally this week in DC and people have overwhelmed us with their desire to do it again on Saturday. With so many people concerned about this legislation and the ability to come to Washington on a weekend, we are working within this coalition to expand the Code Red rally participation.”

The coalition of Tea Party and grassroots organizations and leadership is committed to changing the dynamics of this legislative process. “The Democratic led Congress is using procedural and legislative rules to ignore the overwhelming opposition to this,” said Mark Skoda of Memphis Tea Party. “The will of the American people is being subverted by these actions and the grass roots activists who make up this coalition are focusing their energy to kill the bill.”

The coalition includes:

  • 60 Plus
  • Alexandria Tea Party
  • American Grassroots Coalition
  • Americans for Prosperity
  • Americans for Tax Reform
  • Cincinnati Tea Party
  • Cincinnati 9/12 Project
  • Concerned Women for America
  • Constitutional Sovereignty Alliance
  • Constitutional Tea Party
  • Doctor Patient Medical Association
  • Family Research Council
  • FreedomWorks
  • Grassfire/Resistnet
  • Heartland Institute
  • Institute for Liberty
  • Let Freedom Ring
  • Memphis Tea Party
  • Mom for America
  • National Center for Public Policy Research
  • National Taxpayer’s Union
  • Nationwide Tea Party Coalition
  • New Jersey Tea Party Coalition
  • Northern Virginia 912
  • Richmond Patriots
  • Take the Town Halls to Washington
  • Tea Party Express
  • Tea Party Patriots Live Radio Show
  • Washington DC Tea Party
  • We the People of Pennsylvania

For further information or to register and participate or assist others to come to Washington, DC, please check the above websites where details will be posted and updated regularly throughout the next 48 hours and http://www.americangrassrootscoalition.org/.

GRASSROOTS CONTACTS:

American Grassroots Coalition

Jennifer Hulsey

hulsey1873@gmail.com

770.546.0286

Tea Party Express

Amy Kremer

amykremer@gmail.com

678.495.8271

This is it. The whole ball game this weekend. As of right now, multiple sources are reporting that the dems have their 216 votes. but the numbers change from moment to moment as fence-sitters wait for a fat enough bribe from the president and house leadership before flipping to a ‘yes’, while others give in to the will of their constituents – and even possibly whatever remaining shreds of decency and integrity they may still possess – and flip to ‘no’.

Tomorrow (Saturday 3/20), our lying, conniving, leftist scumbag man-child of a president will meet with the entire house democrat caucus to further pressure them into voting this massive, economy-crushing, freedom destroying, smoke-and-mirrors-filled legislative sham into law. We absolutely must keep the pressure on from our side. If we do, we CAN still stop this.

Tomorrow, big ‘Kill The Bill’ rally in DC with Michele Bachmann:

Time: 12 Noon

Place: Senate Park, across from the Capitol, Washington, DC

Bachmann to Speak at
“Kill the Bill” Rally in Washington, DC

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann will join conservative activists from across the country in a rally at the U.S. Capitol Saturday, March 20 at 12 pm. With a vote scheduled over the weekend on the Democrat health care proposal, voters from around the country are joining together to voice their opposition to the nearly trillion dollar health care bill.

“This is the final push, and the Democrat’s last ditch effort to push through the most unpopular legislation in years!”, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann said.

Speakers will include actor Jon Voight, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Congressman Steve King and various Tea Party groups and activists.

BTW, Bart Stupak? Tired of hearing about him. He’s on Greta right now…cant trust this motherfucker as far as I can throw him. He’s a yes, mark my words.

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-Cnation

A Good Day For Republicans

I wasn’t expecting much. Everyone knew how Obama and his people were going to treat today’s healthcare summit, but I was certain the the Republicans were in a no-win situation and would find some way to blow it.

Boy was I wrong. The Republicans were on. They were well prepared, articulate, on-message, but most importantly showed that despite the Obama administration’s relentless assault on the Republicans as the ‘party of no’, the Republicans did in fact have a very firm grip on the healthcare situation. Oh yeah, and they had a plan. And now everyone knows it.

I think the Democrats were hurt today…by just how much remains to be seen, but they would have been better off sitting this one out. The Republicans, on the other hand, have for the first time in what seems like forever made a gain based on their own solid performance rather the failings of those on the other side of the aisle.

Here’s six minutes of sheer awesomeness from Rep. Paul Ryan. He summarizes all that is wrong with the current bills in very simple terms, and basically calls out the president on the unworkability and sheer deceitfulness of the numbers game the Dems have been playing. Do yourself a favor and watch it. Then forward it around.

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-Cnation

Obamacare Still Alive, and Now $300 Billion More Expensive

It is time to take to the streets again.

From a story at Hot Air; according to Senator John Kyl, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi may have come to an agreement and found a way to get Obamacare through both chambers of Congress.

First, here’s the basic mechanics of how they will do it. From Dick Morris @ Newsmax:

Highly informed sources on Capitol Hill have revealed to me details of the Democratic plan to sneak Obamacare through Congress, despite collapsing public approval for healthcare “reform” and disintegrating congressional support in the wake of Republican Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts.

President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all have agreed to the basic framework of the plan.

Their plan is clever but can be stopped if opponents of radical healthcare reform act quickly and focus on a core group of 23 Democratic Congressman. If just a few of these 23 Democrats are “flipped” and decide to oppose the bill, the whole Obama-Pelosi-Reid stratagem falls apart.

Here’s what I learned top Democrats are planning to implement.

Senate Democrats will go to the House with a two-part deal.

First, the House will pass the Senate’s Obamacare bill that passed the Senate in December. The House leadership will vote on the Senate bill, and Pelosi will allow no amendments or modifications to the Senate bill.

How will Pelosi’s deal fly with rambunctious liberal members of her majority who don’t like the Senate bill, especially its failure to include a public option, put heavy fines on those who don’t get insurance, and offering no income tax surcharge on the “rich”?

That’s where the second part of the Pelosi-deal comes in.

Behind closed doors, Reid and Pelosi have agreed in principle that changes to the Senate bill will be made to satisfy liberal House members — but only after the Senate bill is passed and signed into law by Obama.

This deal will be secured by a pledge from Reid and the Senate’s Democratic caucus that they will make “fixes” to the Senate bill after it becomes law with Obama’s John Hancock.

But you may ask what about the fact that, without Republican Scott Brown and independent Democrats such as Joe Lieberman, Reid simply doesn’t have the 60 votes in the Senate to overcome a Republican filibuster that typically can stop major legislation?

According to my source, Reid will provide to Pelosi a letter signed by 52 Democratic senators indicating they will pass the major changes, or “fixes,” the House Democrats are demanding. Again, these fixes will be approved by the Senate only after Obama signs the Senate bill into law.

Reid also has agreed to bypass Senate cloture and filibuster rules and claim that these modifications fall under “reconciliation” and don’t require 60 Senate votes.

To pass the fixes, he won’t need one Republican; he won’t even need Joe Lieberman or wavering Democrats such as Jim Webb of Virginia.

His 52 pledged senators give him a simple majority to pass any changes they want, which will later be rubberstamped by Pelosi’s House and signed by Obama.

This plan, of course, is a total subversion of the legislative process.

Typically, the Senate and House pass their own unique legislation and then both bills go to a conference committee. In conference, the leadership of both Democrat-dominated houses wheels and deals and irons out differences.

The final compromise bill is then sent back to the full Senate and full House for a vote and has to pass both to go to the president.

In the House, a simple majority passes the legislation. But under Senate rules, major legislation requires 60 votes to end a filibuster.

As it stands, the House bill and Senate bill have major discrepancies. Reid does not have 60 votes to pass a compromise bill that would no doubt include some of the radical provisions House members have been demanding.

But if the House passes the exact Senate bill that passed by a 60-39 Senate vote last month, there is no need for a conference on the bill. It will go directly to the president’s desk.

That was this past Sunday. Yesterday (Wednesday 1/27/2010), the LA Times reported:

Reporting from Washington – Laying out a possible path to approving healthcare legislation, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) said Wednesday that the House should pass the Senate’s version and then use a process known as “budget reconciliation” to make the changes some lawmakers are demanding.

The politically fraught strategy might allow Democrats to salvage a version of the overhaul that senior lawmakers pushed through the House and Senate late last year. Because budget reconciliation requires only a simple majority in the Senate, it could enable Democrats to circumvent a threatened GOP filibuster.

But in order to get this cluster you-know-what in motion, Reid and Pelosi first have to rewrite the bill in a fashion that would not only satisfy the requirements of the reconciliation process, they’d have to write it in a way that’s agreeable to the relevent majority of both chambers. That brings us to the present.

From Fox News:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing a $300 billion “fix” to the Senate health care bill, saying that her chamber could approve the Senate’s package if those changes are made first.

Senior Democratic aides told Fox News that Pelosi has offered up the new package of changes to Senate Democratic leaders, with the hope that they will be able to pass it using a controversial procedural maneuver known as “reconciliation.” The maneuver would allow Democrats to pass the measure with just 51 votes, without having to first overcome the normal 60-vote threshold.

Some Democrats are keen on using that process, since the election last week of Republican Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts broke the Democrats’ 60-vote supermajority. However, some Democratic moderates — notably Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln and Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh — have balked at using the controversial tactic to ram through health care reform measures.

Pelosi announced last week that she did not have the votes in the House to pass the Senate health care reform bill as is. But Pelosi is now floating the possibility that if the Senate, and House, approve the package of adjustments first, the House can then take up the original Senate bill.

So there it is. Morris was right, and the Dems, it seems, are going to be moving ahead, the voice of the American people be damned.

All is still not lost though. The reconciliation process has its own unique set of rules, one of which the Republicans have said they’d use to kill this thing. Unlike normal senate procedure wherein debate on a bill can be ended at any time, reconciliation has an open-ended amendment process, which means there is literally no limit to the number of amendments that can be offered, and each and every one would have to be voted on. The Republicans could therefore theoretically stall this all the way through the end of the current session, while simultaneously forcing Dems to vote on things that could hurt them badly politically.

If this thing does make it to reconciliation, and IF Harry Reid can scrounge up the 52 votes he would need, then it would remain to be seen if the Republicans have the stones to follow through on their threat.

They’d better. For all of our sakes.

Further reading:

TNR: How Reconciliation Would Work

Project Vote Smart: GOVERNMENT 101: How a Bill Becomes Law

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-Cnation

What Part of ‘NO’ Don’t They Understand?

From Dick Morris via Newsmax:

Highly informed sources on Capitol Hill have revealed to me details of the Democratic plan to sneak Obamacare through Congress, despite collapsing public approval for healthcare “reform” and disintegrating congressional support in the wake of Republican Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts.

President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid all have agreed to the basic framework of the plan.

Their plan is clever but can be stopped if opponents of radical healthcare reform act quickly and focus on a core group of 23 Democratic Congressman. If just a few of these 23 Democrats are “flipped” and decide to oppose the bill, the whole Obama-Pelosi-Reid stratagem falls apart.

Here’s what I learned top Democrats are planning to implement.

Senate Democrats will go to the House with a two-part deal.

First, the House will pass the Senate’s Obamacare bill that passed the Senate in December. The House leadership will vote on the Senate bill, and Pelosi will allow no amendments or modifications to the Senate bill.

How will Pelosi’s deal fly with rambunctious liberal members of her majority who don’t like the Senate bill, especially its failure to include a public option, put heavy fines on those who don’t get insurance, and offering no income tax surcharge on the “rich”?

That’s where the second part of the Pelosi-deal comes in.

Behind closed doors, Reid and Pelosi have agreed in principle that changes to the Senate bill will be made to satisfy liberal House members — but only after the Senate bill is passed and signed into law by Obama.

This deal will be secured by a pledge from Reid and the Senate’s Democratic caucus that they will make “fixes” to the Senate bill after it becomes law with Obama’s John Hancock.

The plan is then to get it through the senate via reconciliation, which would only require 51 Democrat votes. According to Morris, Reid feels he can secure at least 52 votes.

Read the whole thing here

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-Cnation

And now, the aftermath…

Politico: The fallout: Democrats rethinking health care bill

Democratic leaders and the White House insisted ahead of the vote they aren’t preparing to desert health care. They admit they’ll have to come up with a new strategy to win passage, but said they didn’t want to allow one Senate race to take them off-course on the president’s top legislative item for the year.

But several House members said Tuesday night that they had no interest in pursuing the most likely scenario for moving ahead with a bill — approving the already-passed Senate version of health reform in the House – and some said President Barack Obama should step back and start over. more…..

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Washington Post: With Brown victory, Webb calls for suspending health care votes

As Democrats reel from the loss of a U.S. Senate seat in deep blue Massachusetts, Virginia Sen. Jim Webb becomes the first senator we’ve seen tonight to call for suspending all votes on health care until newly elected Republican Scott Brown can take office.

Some Democrats had been mulling trying to complete health care legislation before Brown can be seated, to maintain their 60 seat super majority in the senate. But if Webb–or others–oppose the move, the 60-vote margin would be gone and the maneuverimpossible. more…..

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Wall Street Journal: Brown Wins Massachusetts Senate Seat, Potentially Upending Obama Agenda

BOSTON — A little-known Republican upended the balance of power in Washington by winning a U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, a result that imperils President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities and augurs trouble for his party in this year’s elections…The Brown victory forces the White House and Congressional leaders into a mad scramble to decide how—or whether—to salvage their long-sought health-care overhaul. Rushing the bill after losing Massachusetts carries political risks. So does allowing it to collapse. more…..

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Red State: A Shot Across the Bow from the Bay State

Let’s cut right to the chase: Scott Brown’s resounding defeat of Martha Coakley demonstrates many things. Chief among these is the vulnerability of everyany vital race (Corzine, Deeds, Coakley….), and the true unpopularity of the health care monstrosity the Democratic supermajority has been fighting amongst itself to produce over the course of this last year. more….. Democrat in the current election year, the impotence of the Democrats’ current leader and sitting President to sway public opinion in

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Boston Globe: Election dramatically alters trajectory of Obama’s agenda

Congressional strategists had warned in the closing days of the Massachusetts Senate race that a Coakley defeat had the potential to trigger a series of retirements within the Democratic ranks as members flee a political wave that could wash out dozens in the House and high single digits on the Senate side.

“My message to my clients? Jump ship now,” said one Democratic operative who advises a number of targeted Members of Congress. “Obama can’t help you.” more…..

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-Cnation

With 98% of the votes in:

Brown – 52

Coakley – 47

Live feed from the Scott Brown election party.

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-Cnation

Dems Lie, Cheat and Steal: Election Day Edition

This afternoon, Martha Coakley’s campaign accused the Scott Brown campaign of cheating in today’s special election. The specific accusation involved ballot tampering.

The press release:

For Immediate Release: January 19, 2010

Contact: Alex Zaroulis (617) 549-0358

Campaign Manager Kevin Conroy:

We’ve received several independent and disturbing reports of voters across the state being handed ballots that are already marked in favor of Scott Brown.  This is obviously a serious violation, and our legal team is taking immediate steps to protect the integrity of this election.

We do not yet know why this is happening, but you and everyone you know needs to be aware of the situation so that you can carefully inspect your ballot.  If a vote has already been marked, you must return the ballot to the elections official, demand a clean ballot, and call our Voter Protection Hotline at 617-351-6866.
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Problem is, the original version of this press release was dated yesterday, January 18th 2010. A full day before the polls even opened. Here is a screenshot from before they corrected the date (courtesy Big Government):

Response from the Brown campaign. Not sure if this is in its entirety; it was all I’ve been able to find:

“Reports that the Coakley campaign is making reckless accusations regarding the integrity of today’s election is a reminder that they are a desperate campaign. In fact, news reports point out that today’s accusation was a pre-dated, in the bag political attack. Furthermore, Senator John Kerry accused Brown supporters of intimidation and bullying — a tactic taken directly from his own 2004 playbook. The reality is that Massachusetts voters will determine the outcome of this election despite political attacks leveled by Martha Coakley and national Democrats.” — Daniel B. Winslow, Counsel for the Scott Brown for U.S. Senate Campaign

CLICK HERE to view a screen shot of the pre-dated attack.

In 2004, Kerry’s Campaign Team Sent A Guidebook To Their Colorado Staff Telling Them To Launch A “Pre-Emptive Strike” If “No Signs Of Intimidation Techniques” Are Reported. “If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a ‘pre-emptive strike’ (particularly well-suited to states in which there techniques have been tried in the past).

* Issue a press release

i. Reviewing Republican tactic used in the past in your area or state

ii. Quoting party/minority/civil rights leadership as denouncing tactics that discourage people from voting

* Prime minority leadership to discuss the issue in the media; provide talking points
* Place stories in which minority leadership expresses concern about the threat of intimidation tactics
* Warn local newspapers not to accept advertising that is not properly disclaimed or that contains false warnings about voting requirements and/or about what will happen at the polls” (Kerry-Edwards 2004, “Colorado Election Day Manual: A Detailed Guide To Voting In Colorado,” 11/04)

As you might expect, none of the claims of ballot fraud could be verified. No big surprise there. The Massachusetts Secretary of State has dismissed the allegations outright.

As one commenter put it, “These people (Coakley campaign) are so stupid they couldn’t fall out of a boat”

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More from Hot Air: Here we go: Scott Brown’s cheating, declares Coakley camp

Big Government: Coakley’s Press Release Charging Ballot Fraud Was Written Yesterday

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-Cnation

Dems lie, cheat and steal, episode# 283,224,218

Probably the best single line from the senate race up in Massachusetts was Scott Brown’s response to David Gergen during the debate with Marsha Coakley and Joseph Kennedy. Gergen asked Brown a question having to do with sitting in “Teddy Kennedy’s seat”, to which Brown famously responded “…with all due respect, it’s not the Kennedys’ seat, and it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat.“.

On Friday, the Coakley campaign released a video by Ted Kennedy’s widow, Vicki Kennedy, in which she says the following:

“Tuesday’s election is to fill the term my husband didn’t have a chance to complete,” Vicki Kennedy says. “But it’s not the Kennedy seat. It’s the peoples’ seat.”

I don’t know what’s worse for the Coakley camp – the fact that they somehow felt they could get away with….uh, “co-opting” their opponent’s defining line without anyone noticing, or that they release an ad that reminds everyone how thoroughly Scott Brown dispatched their candidate in the debate.

…and yes, I know it’s not ‘Marsha’. Somebody tell Patrick Kennedy though. (My favorite tweet of the day comes from this guy, who wrote “if Martha Coakley was a brand of gin Patrick Kennedy would remember the name…“)

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-Cnation

Dems Considering Mass Suicide if Brown Wins Massachussetts

Maryland congressman Chris Van Hollen on the future of Obamacare should Scott Brown win the Massachussetts senate seat:

“Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation,” Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said.

“Getting health-care reform passed is important,” Van Hollen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “Reconciliation is an option.”

Read the whole thing here.

The sheer balls….with support for Obamacare nationwide averaging just 38% – due, I might add, in no small part to the brazen arrogance they’ve displayed in trying to get it through congress – it is almost beyond belief that they’d keep trying to push this thing forward.

If not for the destruction they’ve brought and continue to bring to our economy, national security and national spirit overall, the lengths this Democratic party is going to destroy itself it might actually be funny.

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-Cnation