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American Values: 7-30-09 End of Day

From: Gary L. Bauer

ObamaCare On Life Support?

As I’ve stated before, polls are just a snapshot in time and they can and do change. It’s also not unusual for polls to give you conflicting information or even contradictory results. But here’s something that we can safely say without any fear of contradiction: ObamaCare is on life support; the American people do not want it. In the past 24 hours, there is new polling data to back up that assertion. Not one poll, not even two polls or three – but five new polls show either opposition to or serious reservations about ObamaCare and government-run, socialized medicine. Here’s a brief rundown of the key stats:

  • Wall Street Journal/NBC News — 36% support ObamaCare; 42% oppose it.
  • National Public Radio — 42% support ObamaCare; 47% oppose it.
  • New York Times/CBS News — 31% believe healthcare reform will help them; 59% believe it will not benefit them; and 81% worry that the legislation will lead to job losses.
  • Time Magazine — 62% believe the final healthcare reform bill will raise healthcare costs, not lower them; 65% worry it will be more complicated; and 56% fear it will result in lost freedoms like the ability to choose their own doctor.
  • Gallup – Only 30% believe healthcare reform will lower costs, and only 26% expect it will improve the quality of their medical care, while 34% fear it will make their medical care worse.

This morning, we sent out a list of ten questions to ask your congressmen. Don’t be intimidated – they work for you! But let me add one more question, and this could well be the only one you need to ask: Why is Congress pushing something that every poll shows the American people do not want?

The State Of Oklahoma vs. Eric Holder

The Obama Administration is demonstrating once again just how determined it is to promote a leftwing agenda that is dramatically out-of-step with most Americans. The latest example is the Obama Justice Department interfering in an upcoming vote in Oklahoma.

In a pre-emptive warning issued in April, the Justice Department hinted that it would withhold federal funding if Oklahoma state officials vote on an English-only referendum. In response, the state’s congressional delegation wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder attacking the timing of the letter and demanding to know if Oklahoma was being singled out. They also questioned what federal funds Holder was threatening to withhold.

Multiple states have successfully passed English-only referendum laws in recent years. Those votes went unnoticed because the Bush Administration, along with the overwhelming majority of Americans, favored English-only referenda. But Barack Obama and his team at the Department of Justice disagree. I hope my hard-earned tax dollars would be used to combat domestic and international terrorist threats instead of English-only referenda.

Don’t let the media fool you on this issue. Just because you favor English as the official language does not mean you are anti-immigrant. In fact, it is the exact opposite. The immigrants that achieved the most success throughout our history have been those who have assimilated into American society. The best way to do this is to learn English. By having English as an official language, immigrants are more encouraged to learn it, and thus are more likely to succeed. I hope Oklahomans disregard the Attorney General’s threats later this year.

“Stimulating” Projects

I have good news to report today. I, along with many of you, have been wondering where exactly all that stimulus money has been going. The unemployment rate has continued to grow, along with the deficit, despite the fact that we passed the stimulus bill six months ago. Well, it looks like we found our answer.

Unfortunately, according to Citizens Against Government Waste, the National Endowment for the Arts is spending some of the money it received from the Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund nude simulated-sex dances, Saturday night “pervert” revues and pornographic horror films at art houses located in – where else! – San Francisco. (I wonder if that was an earmark requested by Nancy Pelosi?)

The NEA was given $80 million dollars that was supposed to be used to preserve jobs in orchestras, museums and theatres. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the type of pork that is produced by the government when they pass the largest spending bill in our nation’s history. Maybe if our elected representatives had taken the time to read the stimulus bill before voting on it, wasteful projects like this would not have been funded with your tax dollars.

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