American Elephants

Simon’s Cat by The Elephant's Child
February 22, 2010, 9:46 pm
Filed under: Art, Entertainment, Heartwarming, Humor, Politics | Tags: , ,

Simon Tofield is a British animator who obviously has a cat.  Or perhaps cats, plural.  In any case, he appreciates idiosyncrasies of the species.

We, at American Elephants, have two cats, who sleep next to the keyboard.  We do not believe in the dog/cat argument which is nonsense.  Sensible dogs and cats get along just fine.  We love dogs too, and horses, and bunnies and  birds. We even enjoy watching the raccoons through the window, but not close up.  They hiss when they don’t like you.

(h/t: Kim Komando)

Tax, Spend, Regulate,Mandate, Repeat. by The Elephant's Child
February 22, 2010, 9:30 pm
Filed under: Democrat Corruption, Economy, Health Care, Law | Tags: , ,

The White House has posted a description of President Obama’s  new improved, bipartisan, same-old health care plan that is more expensive than the Senate bill, does not address concerns about the Senate’s abortion language, maintains the tax-exemption for Democrats’ union friends and retains the idea of paying for half the cost of health reform with $500 billion in benefit cuts for the elderly.

He does not give up the attempt to force employers of low-wage workers to spend more than $14,000 on health insurance — sure to lead to massive layoffs.  He does not reject the billions of dollars of hidden taxes on everything from wheelchairs to medicine cabinets.

What is new — is a plan to impose the Medicare payroll tax (2.9%) on interest, dividends, annuities, royalties and rent.  And the White House wants a national health insurance price-fixing body to approve rate hikes (despite evidence that state price-fixing leads to more uninsured not less).  And the White House wants to criminalize almost every aspect of Medicare!

Keith Hennessey says:

I struggle to understand how the President”s new proposal is relevant to any serious attempts at legislating if he cannot deliver either House of Senate Democrats in support of it.  Maybe this is the first part of a well-coordinated strategy in which Pelosi and Reid press their own members to line up behind the President’s proposal.  Or they could just be winging it again.

A Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll shows 23% want to pass the current bill, 47% want Congress to start over, and 23% want to do nothing!  (That would be 49%+ 23% +73% opposed).  Zogby has 57% who reject the Senate and House bills, and want Congress to start over.  CNN/Opinion Research Corp. has 48% who want to start over, and 21% who say just stop.  Rasmussen says 61% say Congress should scrap it and start over, and 59% ov voters think that states should have the right to opt out of federal government programs they don’t agree with.

75% of voters, according to Rasmussen, are angry at the government’s current policies.  63% believe it would be better for the country if most incumbents in Congress were defeated this November.

The Declaration of Independence, our founding document, states that “governments derive “their just powers from the consent on the governed.” Today just 21% of voters nationwide believe that the federal government enjoys the consent of the governed.

Is anybody listening?

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