Conservative push is working!

March 7, 2009

Last night, the Obama/Pelosi/Reid $410 billion Omnibus to fund non-defense government spending through September was pulled off the Senate floor. This wasteful monstrosity did not have the 60 votes required for passage. It appears at least 41 Senators object to the massive increase in spending — 8% over last year’s budget – and the larding in of 8,500 earmarks totaling $7.7 billion.

A senior Senate aide told me this morning that many Senators do not want a repeat of the Stimulus battle where their offices were literally shut down with telephone calls and their email was swamped with messages going after the wasteful spending.

You see, they’re talking about Americans like you. When you fight, the politicians get awfully nervous – even on a bill the President, Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid assumed was an easy victory.

While Americans are losing jobs and seeing life savings evaporate this Obama/Pelosi/Reid $410 billion Omnibus funds earmarks like: $2.1 million for a Center for Grape Research in NY $1.7 million for pig odor research in Iowa $951,500 for Sustainable Las Vegas (I’m not making this up) $2 million for “the promotion of astronomy” in Hawaii $200,000 for a tattoo removal program President Obama, after campaigning on a pledge to veto earmarks, now says $7.7 billion for 8,500 earmarks is ok with him.

Sadly, the President cares more about letting his friends in Congress stuff pet projects into an already massive spending bill than keeping his promise to protect the American people from earmarks abuse and waste. Call your two Senators today and tell them to vote NO on the Obama/Pelosi/Reid $410 billion Omnibus that increases spending by another 8% and funds 8,500 pork barrel earmarks at a time when hundreds-of-thousands of Americans are losing their jobs.

The number at the Senate switchboard is 202-224-3121.

The vote will probably happen Monday so please act fast.

But as bad as this Omnibus is with all its earmarks, there is a far more important battle coming that you and I must gear up for now. It’s going to be over the Obama budget for 2009/2010.

In a nutshell the Obama budget Spends more than any budget in American history and admits to a $1.75 trillion deficit. Creates a “Cap and Trade” system that is an ENERGY TAX on Americans. The Obama budget admits this tax will be at least $645 billion in the first 8 years alone. Prices will go up on gasoline for cars, energy to heat and cool your home. Prices will increase on just about every good you buy — from food to consumer goods because of the higher energy costs to grow the food and make the goods. Combined with the Stimulus, the Obama budget brings back the old social welfare system that trapped so many Americans in despair while wasting billions.

There’s so much more but to see the worst aspects of the Obama budget go to our Americans for Prosperity website.

I’m asking you to educate yourself and friends on this Obama budget. It’s going to take an all out effort by us to protect our nation’s future and our economic freedoms by defeating or changing this Obama budget.

In coming days I’ll have more details about the battle ahead and specific ways that you can make a difference. But for now, call your Senator on this $410 billion Omnibus boondoggle And, recruit friends and family to join the NoStimulus.com website by signing the petition there. It’s the best way to make sure they join the fight for freedom! Much lies ahead, you and I need to make sure we keep turning up the heat.


P.S. At Americans for Prosperity we were honored to help lead a number of the “ Taxpayer Tea Parties ” across the nation last week. Click here for photos and coverage. It was exciting! I’m in Milwaukee for one of our rallies Saturday at 9am and then Tulsa on Monday morning. To attend either event call us at 202-349-5880. Many more events are being planned so stay tuned.

One comment

  1. I own a small business that has been around since 1976. In the non to far distant past I had 16 employees, now there are five (not counting myself). Those much missed employees who are gone can thank our leadership and Congress for their inept and/or corrupt servitude.

    I have a good friend in PA that owns a company that has a couple hundred employees; he had to lay off a quarter of his workers in December (he does not own a seasonal business). He called me a couple weeks ago, after E-mailing me some documents he had received pertaining to COBRA coverage for the laid off (or released) workers. He was sick to his stomach. He was telling me that now, due to one part of this stimulus package, the company is in jeopardy of closing due to mandatory COBRA payouts for the 1/4 of the employees he “had” to let go in order to save 3/4 their jobs. This is insanity. In a nutshell the document started off like this:

    “Critical COBRA Changes 03/01/09!”
    The American Recovery And Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Bill)

    The following is a brief, but not exclusive, overview of
    required COBRA changes:

    ♦ Changes are retroactive to September 1, 2008. Special enrollment notices
    need to be sent to all employees who terminated employment since
    9/1/2008. [Ain’t it spiffy how they can go retro to whatever date they like? H.G. Wells would have been envious of the powers of Congress.]

    ♦ For employers whose Health plans terminate coverage at the end of the
    month of a qualifying event, the law is effective March 1, 2009. If coverage
    terminates on the date of a qualifying event, the law is effective February
    18, 2009.

    ♦ Employer pays 65% of the premium. Qualified beneficiary pays 35%.
    Employer claims subsidy as a credit against payroll taxes. [Ahhhh… the old “credit” ruse. Freakin’ thieves.]

    ♦ Allow 60 day election period for those eligible for the subsidy but never
    originally elected COBRA. [Oh… now they can change their minds now that someone else is going to pay the bulk of it. Unreal!!!]

    ♦ Allows current COBRA participants to switch to any other medical option
    under the employer’s plan. [Employee can “up” their coverage at the employer’s expense.]

    ♦ Must notify eligible beneficiaries who were terminated 9/1/2008 or later
    (through 12/31/2009) and inform them of the subsidy and offer them
    COBRA coverage, even if they did not elect COBRA initially. Determining
    who and how to find them may be difficult. [More administration costs and now telling employers that they must become detectives.]

    ♦ Must prepare special notice to existing COBRA participants informing
    them of the new subsidy and allowing them the opportunity to change
    medical options. [More administration costs]

    ♦ New administrative procedures (new premium structure, notices calculating
    subsidy for credit against employer taxes, additional mailed notifications,
    notification of COBRA participants of new premium, etc.) [More administration costs]

    ♦ Must notify current COBRA continuants of subsidy provision and provide
    new coupons for coverage going forward. [More administration costs]

    ♦ Must update payroll systems to accommodate subsidy. [Our payroll will charge us more]

    ♦ Must create notice to inform COBRA participants when they reach the
    subsidy limit. [Now employers are being imposed upon to become health care administrators]

    I would like to point out that this COBRA change is “retroactive” to September 2008. That the employee has the opportunity to choose even “better” insurance coverage than they originally had (at the past employer’s expense).

    I bring all this up because many people who do not own businesses do not realize all that we as business owners are subjected to; not that I am discounting all the other people who do have a working knowledge or understanding even if they don’t own a business.

    Business has been hard enough to keep going with all the laws, restraints, taxes and such that have been piled upon us for years… but now it is as if they are planning on how to make the majority of us fail.

    What on God’s green earth do we need to do to wake up people to what is going on?

    Thanks for listening to me vent.

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