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ORP: The Oregon Republican: October 23, 2009

From: Chairman Bob Tiernan [mailto:[email protected]]

The Oregon Republican
Friday, October 23rd

Voters Have the Right to Know!

Salem, Ore. On Tuesday, the coalition of opponents, including the Oregon Republican Party, attended the hearing in Salem to testify about the serious errors contained in the draft ballot titles and presented strong arguments on the clear bais of the ballot titles produced by the Democrats.  Although the arguments were clear, logical and convincing, they fell on deaf ears.

The Democrats are trying to play politics with Oregon’s referendum system and threatening the integrity of our electoral process.  They have demonstrated a pattern of denial, deceit and delay throughout the referendum process this year and their latest ploy is to change how the ballot titles for the Voters’ Pamphlet are written and the result is pure political propaganda.  The same Democratic legislators and liberal special interest groups that advocated for and passed these job-killing tax increases are the same people that have written the ballot titles!

“We cannot back down,” said ORP Chairman Bob Tiernan. “We must continue the fight to save Oregonians and Oregon small businesses from these dangerous, job-killing taxes.”

To learn more about you can do to help to Stop the Job-Killing Taxes, go to the ORP TAKE ACTION page. This is actionable information, including talking points and resources for you to contact your legislators, write letters, or call in to talk radio!

Why the White House Bullies Fox

Tucker Carlson
October 22, 2009

The Obama team isn’t at war with Fox because it’s conservative. They’re angry because Fox has embarrassed them. Tucker Carlson on the press corps’ shameful silence.

It’s not surprising that the White House doesn’t like Fox. Most politicians hate the press, and few hide it well. What’s new and remarkable about the Obama administration’s approach is the demand that everyone else hate Fox, too.

“They’re not really a news station,” David Axelrod explained to George Stephanopoulos last Sunday. “It’s not just their commentators, but a lot of their news programming if you watch, it’s really not news… The bigger thing is that other news organizations like yours ought not to treat them that way.”

A few hours later on CNN, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel repeated the talking point. It is vital, he said, “to not have the CNNs and the others in the world basically be led in following Fox.”

The official White House position is that the rest of the media should join Team Obama in ostracizing a news outlet that the White House doesn’t like. This raises several obvious questions:

Since when does the federal government get to make programming decisions, much less decide what is and what is not a legitimate news organization?

Where did political consultants—people who spend their lives lying to reporters—get the moral standing to make pronouncements about journalistic ethics?

When did liberals agree it was OK to use government power to muzzle opinions they don’t agree with?

And, most of all, when did the press decide to go along with all of this?

Two weeks after 9/11, then-press secretary Ari Fleischer was questioned about Bill Maher’s remark that American pilots were “cowards” for “lobbing cruise missiles from 2,000 miles away.” Fleischer’s response included this line: “People need to watch what they say, watch what they do.”

The response from the media was immediate and severe. Fleischer was widely denounced as an authoritarian. The words will follow him to his obituary.

Eight years later, the two most senior members of the White House staff attempt to bully a news outlet into silence, and hardly anyone in the press says a word. It was two days before Robert Gibbs got a significant question on the subject at one of the daily briefings (from, needless to say, the fearless Jake Tapper of ABC). Gibbs in effect ignored it.

Some journalists dropped the pretense entirely, openly taking the side of the White House against their colleagues. Longtime Slate editor Jacob Weisberg wrote a piece for Newsweek in which he argued that journalists have an “ethical” obligation to join Obama’s campaign against Fox.

Meanwhile, the same White House that had just finished lecturing working journalists on the superiority of straight news coverage hosted a secret, off-the-record briefing for Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC. The two, along with several other liberal commentators, spent more than two hours with Obama.

Why is the press corps giving the White House a pass for behavior it never would have tolerated from other administrations? Conservatives believe it’s simple bias. They point to the more than a dozen journalists who have quit their jobs to work for Obama, or to the network employees who wept with joy in public the night he was elected.

The answer is slightly more complicated. Most journalists don’t think the attacks on Fox have anything to do with them. They agree with Obama’s program. They voted for him. What could go wrong?

Except the Obama people aren’t at war with Fox because it’s conservative. They’re angry because Fox has embarrassed them. Its correspondents ask hard questions. Its primetime hosts got Van Jones fired from the White House by exposing him as a 9/11 denier. If Keith Olbermann had done the same thing—and don’t hold your breath—David Axelrod might be denouncing MSNBC this week. Politics is seldom as ideological as it seems.

Which is something the White House press corps ought to keep in mind as it stands by in silence while Fox is bullied: Your politics won’t save you. You’ll be next.

Tucker Carlson is a contributor to the Fox News Channel.  He previously hosted The Situation with Tucker Carlson and Tucker on MSNBC after working for CNN.

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What Are We For?
By Tim Lyman
October 22, 2009

2010 presents republicans with an opportunity not seen since 1994. Independents who voted for “change” in 2006 and 2008 are figuring out they got suckered and moderate Democrats are starting to realize just how extreme and corrupt the Obama administration and Pelosi’s congress are.

It’s not going to be enough to simply rely on voter disaffection to get congress back. What most people don’t remember about 1994 is that in spite of very high voter dissatisfaction with congress and the Clinton administration, Republicans were nowhere close to winning congress until they came out with the Contract for America and told the voters what they were for and what they would do. The current strategy of running against Nancy Pelosi is a loser; half the country doesn’t even know who she is.

I once asked a man who had escaped the communist invasion of Hungary in 1956 with nothing but the clothes on his back and who, after making a fortune on patents on everything from furniture polish to metals refining, went on to make a second fortune in business services, what his secret was. “I do what works, I do not do what does not work.” We know what works. Let’s do it. Tell the people what we’re for and what we’ll do.

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US health care tab would grow under overhaul
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
October 21, 2009

Washington, D.C.The nation’s medical costs will keep spiraling upward even faster than they are now under Democratic legislation pending in the House, a report from government economic experts concluded Wednesday.

Republicans said the report is a warning sign that health care legislation is likely to fall short of President Barack Obama’s goal of “bending the cost curve” by slowing torrid rates of medical inflation.

The Obama administration immediately challenged the analysis, saying it is out of date because the House bill is being rewritten to bring costs under tighter control and will be merged eventually with other House legislation and a Senate bill.
“This is old news,” said Nick Papas, a spokesman for the Health and Human Services Department.

The report from the Office of the Actuary, which does long-range cost estimates for Medicare, carried an unusual disclaimer, saying that it “does not represent an official position” of Health and Human Services or the rest of the administration.
Unlike previous estimates that have focused mainly on the legislation’s impact on the federal deficit, the actuaries’ report looked at total costs, public and private, over the next 10 years. It found that the nation’s health care tab would increase somewhat more rapidly with the legislation than if nothing is done. The main reason: Newly insured people will seek medical care.

The nation’s health care tab, now at about $2.5 trillion annually, is projected to approach $4.7 trillion in 2019 without the legislation.

With the legislation, national health care spending would be nearly $4.8 trillion in 2019.

Health care would account for 21.3 percent of the U.S. economy in 2019, slightly more than an estimated share of 20.8 percent of the economy if no bill passes. Economists have warned such increases are unsustainable.

“With the exception of the proposed reductions in Medicare … (the legislation) would not have a significant impact on future health care cost growth rates,” the report said. Moreover, it’s “doubtful” that proposed Medicare cuts will stay in place, the analysts concluded.Measures in the legislation to reduce cost may take 15 years to 20 years to deliver a savings dividend, the report said.

It also cautioned that tens of millions of newly insured people could put a strain on the health care system.

“The additional demand for health services could be difficult to meet initially with existing health provider resources and could lead to price increases, cost-shifting and/or changes in providers’ willingness to treat patients with low-reimbursement health coverage,” the analysts concluded.

Republicans said the report validates their concerns that the sweeping changes proposed by Obama and other Democrats fail to address the nation’s medical costs problem.

“The Democrats’ bill will not reduce the amount America spends on health care,” said Rep. David Camp, R-Mich., the ranking GOP member of the House Ways and Means Committee. “It will only make the situation worse.”

The insurance industry also took note of the report, saying it backs up its own research showing that the health care legislation would raise costs.

“This is the latest report showing that the current proposals will have the unintended consequence of causing health care costs to increase more than they would under the current system,” said Robert Zirkelbach, a spokesman for America’s Health Insurance Plans, the main industry trade group. “These issues can be resolved if Congress puts the nation on a path to universal coverage and takes strong steps to bend the health care cost curve.”

Unlike the House bill, the Senate Finance Committee legislation contains provisions that economists believe would have a more immediate impact on costs, such as a tax on high-premium health insurance plans. The insurance industry also opposes that approach.

To find out more about the GOP position on the health care debate, go to the
Oregon Republican Party
website under Our Health Care Plan.

Rep. Walden: Diagnosed with H1N1 this week
But should be back in action on the Hill soon

As most Oregonians have heard by now, our good Representative Greg Walden, from Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, came down with H1N1 this week and as the first Member of Congress to be diagnosed with it, the media covered it extensively. His office is glad to report to The Oregon Republican that “Greg is doing fine all things considered and while still battling the bug, expects to be better soon. He has stayed home as per the doctor’s firm orders so as not to expose anyone to it, and plans to be back in voting action next week.”

Capitol Hill has taken many precautions to prevent the spread of the H1N1 strain, as well as the regular flu, including incouraging the extensive use of hand sanitizer during what they are calling the “H1N1 Season.”  Rep. Steve Kagen, D-Wis., who is also a doctor specializing in allergies and immunology says, “Capitol Hill is a collecting point for contagious viruses. You’ve got a dense population of well-traveled individuals who are thereby at a greater risk of transmitting the illness to one another.” Rep. Kagen has even given up shaking hands for now as an additional preventative measure.

According to The Daily Record, “Lawmakers can get the vaccine through their physicians or the attending physician’s office for the Capitol, but they won’t get higher priority… they must wait in line behind the people who are at the top of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s list for getting the vaccine: health care workers, pregnant women, children from 6 months to 24 years old, and adults under age 64 with underlying medical conditions.”

Fortunately, Rep. Walden is young, strong and healthy, so we are counting on his speedy recovery so he can get back to the peoples’ business!

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Trick or Treat at ORP!

Bring your best little hobgoblins and ghosts for treats at the

ORP Headquarters
Friday, October 30th
noon to 5p.m.

Come and see all the costumes – it’ll be quite a sight!

Call Polly for details (503) 595-8881

Click here for map directions to ORP

The Oregon Republican
Leadership Excellence Series
Fall/Winter 2009-2010

Salem, Ore. The ORLES In-Depth Training Series is underway, and there’s still time to join in. It is designed to build a pool of educated and motivated Republican leaders for Oregon at every level. Participants are learning the skills needed to enter into public service as board members, committee members, political party leaders, campaign workers, and as future candidates.

Mark your calendars for now for December 11th, 12th and 13th, featuring Rick Thomas of Quinn Thomas Public Affairs, ORP Communications Director Greg Leo, Promote Oregon’s Leyla Estes, and Massachusetts Political Consultant Holly Robichaud. Holly is accustomed to winning races in districts that have very small Republican registration, she’ll teach you how! Rep. Bruce Hanna and other elected Republicans will tell us what to really expect on the campaign trail

To apply, contact Kerry Ferguson at 541-344-5954 or [email protected]

Haven’t you seen it yet?

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