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Congresswoman Frederica Wilson – Oath Breaker?

April 1, 2012

Written by: Gary Hardee
Date: 4/1/2012

The citizens of the 17th Congressional District of Florida have a real challenge; externally and internally.  Externally,  she is your “Congressman”  –  internally, because a majority of you voted for her.

It has been often said that we get the kind of government we deserve. I disagree! But we do get the kind of government we allow as defined by the principles we hold. Indeed we allow many violations of those principles partly because are simply too busy trying to make a living and enjoy our lives and often the misplaced trust in government. But one thing is for sure! We have failed to learn the lessons of history!

You are about to read a recent email sent, in its entirety, from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, a Florida Congressman from the 17th District. Notice as you read her communication, the absence of any reference to the Constitution or free-enterprise or limited government or defined powers or powers reserved to the states or ANY limitations AT ALL on what the government can do while specifically speaking about the “Affordable Care Act”!

To any citizen, having character and principles, who understands it is good to restrain government power from doing certain things, her email smacks of pure betrayal! Betrayal of her oath of office to adhere to any limits! Betrayal of her promise to the people of her district! Betrayal of the State of Florida and her retained powers to act independently of Washington, DC.  Betrayal of every dead and wounded soldier who has fought to defend our Constitution and republic dating all the way back to Valley Forge and to the founders of this great nation! Betrayal is the mildest term usable!

The ACA, “Obamacareless”, as I like to call it, is the single largest advance of collectivism this nation has ever seen. A line by line examination of the ACA reveals a thoroughly UNconstitutional document that eviscerates clearly written powers and limitations.  By its simple passage in 2010, it reveals that the people of her district know little to nothing or care even less, about restraining government at all!

So to the people of the 17th District I say, you have a real problem! If you elect a person that lies to you about obeying her oath, a person who has no excuse for not knowing the Constitution, inside and out, yet who totally ignores this pact with the people – it reflects far worse on your character and your knowledge than on Ms. Wilson. That you would first elect such a person is bad enough and for you to re-elect for a second term places total blame at your feet! While she will truly object to the charge of being a communist, there is no dispute that she is a collectivist without limits! Her reelection will transfer those labels onto you and the people of your District!

Here is her disgusting letter:

Dear Friend,

March 23, 2012 marked the two-year anniversary of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama. The ACA provides better health security by putting in place comprehensive health insurance reforms that hold insurance companies accountable, lower health care costs, guarantee more choice, and enhance the quality of care for all Americans.

Because the ACA encompasses significant regulatory reforms, all of its provisions could not be implemented all at once. Portions of the law have already taken effect like provisions that implement a new Patient’s Bill of Rights that put an end to some of the worst insurance company practices, such as canceling your policy, denying you coverage, or charging women differently than men.

I agree with President Obama that you should not have to fear going bankrupt because you get sick or somebody in your family gets sick. In Congress, I will continue to fight any efforts to turn back the clock and repeal the ACA. Health care reform has been long overdue in this country, and now is the time we must see it through to completion so that healthcare in Florida and the rest of the nation is accessible and more affordable to all.

If you have any questions about provisions in the Affordable Care Act, please visit www.healthcare.gov or feel free to contact my office.

Sincerely,

Frederica S. Wilson
Congresswoman, 17th District of Florida

WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HAS DONE FOR YOU SINCE 2010:

Protection from discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions:
Under the ACA, insurance plans that cover children can no longer exclude, limit or deny coverage to your child under age 19 solely based on a health problem or disability that your child developed before you applied for coverage.

In District 17, up to 41,000 children with preexisting health conditions can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers.

New Coverage Options for Individuals with a Pre-Existing Condition:
A Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) provides new coverage options to individuals who have been uninsured for at least six months because of a pre-existing condition.

Protection for women:
Under ACA, you can no longer be dropped by your insurance company if you become pregnant or become sick. New plans now offer free coverage for important, life-saving preventive services, such as mammograms and colonoscopies. Additionally, older women with chronic conditions receive improved care due to incentives provided for more coordinated care efforts under Medicare.

Protection for seniors:
Seniors who reach the “donut hole” will receive a 50 percent discount when buying Medicare Part D covered brand-name prescription drugs.

4,200 seniors in the district received prescription drug discounts worth $2.5 million, an average discount of $590 per senior. By 2020, the law will close the donut hole.

Protection for young people and minority youth:
Under the ACA, young adults can stay on their parents’ health insurance plan until the age of 26.

6,600 young adults in District 17 now have health insurance through their parents’ plans.

Free Preventive Care Services:
Under the ACA, health plans must cover certain preventive services such as mammograms and colonoscopies without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance. Seniors also receive a free Annual Wellness Visit under Medicare.

62,000 seniors in the district received Medicare preventive services without paying any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

80,000 residents in District 17 have benefited from this change, including 19,000 children, 31,000 women, and 69,000 residents who are African American, Latino, or a part of other minority groups for whom preventative care can reduce health disparities.

Protection from unreasonable cost increases and lifetime limits:
If you have private insurance, you will not have unreasonable premium increases, lifetime limits or lose your insurance when you or a family member gets sick.

Before the ACA, 105 million Americans were in health insurance plans that had lifetime limits. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 70 million people in large employer plans, 25 million people in small employer plans and 10 million people with individually-purchased health insurance had lifetime limits on their health benefits prior to the enactment of the ACA.

In District 17 alone, 270,000 residents with private health insurance coverage are now protected from rescission of their health coverage if they get sick; and 150,000 people in health care plans no longer have lifetime limits imposed on them.

Additionally, your insurance company must now spend at least 80 percent of your premium covering medical services – rather than CEO pay, profits, and administrative costs. As of this summer, if your insurer fails the test, you get a rebate.

The ACA protects individuals from soaring health insurance costs by requiring insurers to post and justify proposed rate increases of 10 percent or more. It also limits the amount that insurance companies can spend on administrative expenses and profits. 110,000 residents who have individual coverage or employer coverage are benefiting from these provisions.

Protection for small businesses:
Your small business can take advantage of tax breaks to provide quality, affordable health insurance for your employees.

The first phase of this provision provides a credit worth up to 35 percent of the employer’s contribution to their employees’ health insurance. Small non-profit organizations may receive up to a 25 percent credit.

720 small businesses in District 17 received tax credits to help maintain or expand health care coverage for their employees.

Improving community health:
Financial support is provided to improve the health of communities.

$1 million in public health grants have been given to community health centers, hospitals, doctors, and other healthcare providers in the district to improve the community’s health.


WHAT THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT WILL DO FOR YOU IN THE FUTURE:
Easy-to-understand summary of benefits:
Policies must provide an easy-to-understand summary of benefits of coverage to consumers, including a standardized “coverage examples” section that uses a format modeled on the nutrition facts label for food.

Insurance exchanges:
Starting in 2014, you will be able to shop for insurance through an exchange that allows you to compare private health plans, determine if you are eligible for health programs or tax credits, and enroll in a program that meets your needs. For small employers, the exchange would also be a place where you have a better choice of plans and insurers at a lower cost, like larger employers do.

Protection for women:
In 2014, being a woman can no longer be treated as a “pre-existing condition” by insurance companies, meaning women cannot be charged substantially higher premiums than men for the same coverage.

Encouraging Integrated Health Systems:
The ACA will provide incentives for physicians to join together to form “Accountable Care Organizations.” In these groups, doctors can better coordinate patient care and improve quality, help prevent disease and illness, and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions. If Accountable Care Organizations provide high quality care and reduce costs to the health care system, they can keep some of the money that they have helped save.

Additional funding for important social services:
Important programs like Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will receive additional funding.

Protection from discrimination against all patients with pre-existing conditions:
Health insurers will be prohibited from discriminating against all adults and children with pre-existing conditions, which will protect the 100,000 to 280,000 individuals in the district with a pre-existing health condition.

*The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided the Florida statewide data for the Affordable Care Act. The fact-sheet can be found here:
 http://www.healthcare.gov/law/resources/fl.html

*The data sources on the Affordable Care Act’s impact on District 17 can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/bqhzs9t

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Occupy Demands… Reflection!

February 10, 2012

By: Gary Hardee
Date: 2/10/2012

While there is much to awaken to  within the entangling web of the GSO enterprises, the best cure is complete transparency into the records. The information will reveal the likely corruption which on the surface seems to be motivating at lease a certain segment of the protests known as the “Occupy – whatever” movement.

History has given us ample evidence to be suspicious of such “spontaneous” protests. Many have proven to have been an orchestrated ploy known as “pressure from above and pressure from below”. Other astute meisters of revolutionary parliamentarianism know it as the Pincer Strategy. The goal of this strategy is to give its backers power that they could not otherwise get.  The desired result is usually some form of new or revised law that ostensibly solves the “crisis”. A crisis usually brought on by the very backers of the protesters or movement. Few have the time or inclination to expose the players in the scheme. Ninety percent of such “spontaneous” activities are not that at all! This pattern can be easily confirmed by looking at the results of earlier orchestrations. Collectivism and the growth of power into the hands of government are the usual results, as I said, ninety percent of the time.

The Occupy demands are all over the board! It is the proverbial glass of fresh milk that has been unsuspectingly poisoned with arsenic. Much of it tastes good but the bad part will kill you.

Most of these demands simply build more laws, more rules, more controls, more costs to the taxpayers, more burdens to pay for their enforcement and thus more collectivism. Any person who – in an almost knee-jerk fashion – calls for another law, agency, commission, study, program, entitlement, subsidy or even a tax break are witting or unwitting participants in the growth of collectivism. Pass another law and government grows. Repeal a law and government shrinks. It’s that simple. But I digress…

“Occupy” seems justly concerned over greed and the over-the-top intimacy between lawmakers and influential non-governmental entities – usually big corporations, decrying the intimate game of back-scratching referred to as “corporatism”.  However, no one should confuse “corporatism” with “capitalism”. They are opposites!

The endgame of corporatism on this scale has no objection to achieving Monopoly Capitalism, the cornering of markets by limiting competition. It is a division of collectivism and is used by certain businesses for the benefit of certain businesses and to the detriment of those that are not part of the game.

Real capitalism on the other hand does not have politicians using force to take money from one person and give it to another. Nor does it seek protection from competition in the market place. It is a free exchange, free choice system governed only by the unfettered choices between one who has something that another that might like to buy.

Is it a perfect system, devoid of inherent shortcomings? Of course not, but it beats tyranny hands down every time! With collectivism comes inevitably corporatism just as the so-called War on Poverty of the ’60s has seen its ranks swell way beyond its purported purpose and goal. These are the inevitable outgrowths of collectivism not capitalism!

But it is the private sector that pays the final bill while competing with those on the other end who spend it.

The Supreme Court made a rightly reasoned ruling some time ago that said essentially, “What the government subsidizes, it has a right to control.” In other words, once our money gets in their hands and they decide to “give it out”, strings will understandably come along with it. So, when we subsidize our government with our money, shouldn’t our strings also be attached? Perhaps we should expect, no demand, transparency and openness? Should we the people ever allow our government to go into closed-door “Executive Session”?

It is we, who pay the price of government through our taxes. It is we that fund government operations and it is  we who control their livelihood, not the other way around. Without our money there can be no corruption in government!

George Washington warned us long ago with these invaluable words: “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force. And like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master!”

The U.S. Constitution Explained!

December 14, 2011

Part 1

Intro & The Preamble

By Gary Hardee

Why attempt to explain something that changes from day-to-day or year over year? Seems rather difficult and is temporarily correct at best!  When, for instance, does the word “car” mean one thing one year and something else in another. Advancements and improvements are made as knowledge, technology, manufacturing processes and consumer preferences change. But a car is still a car, isn’t it? Let’s try “apple”.  Not the computer but the fruit. It really never changes and cannot be confused with a banana.

The wonderful thing about the US Constitution is that it is fixed and determined. Absolute, firm and precise! At the same time, its authors provided for ways to change it but under a very strict and precise process. This if used wisely, is a good thing too! But it is not arbitrary or random nor subject to interpretations different from its words and intent.

Limits and predictability are things of virtue and reliance; things upon which we need worry little about. We understand and appreciate anything that serves us well. But when someone twists a washing machine into a lawnmower it would be the height of idiocy to expect it to wash our clothes any longer and cannot be viewed as a washing machine.

The Constitution of the United States has a design and a purpose. What is that purpose? It is to promote the general welfare! Do you doubt that? Have you ever asked yourself: What is a Preamble? Here is the definition followed by the Preamble of the US Constitution itself.

Preamble: “1. a preliminary or introductory statement, esp. attached to a statute or constitution setting forth its purpose(s)”.

The Preamble of the U S Constitution

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

There are six goals of the Constitution. Each of the goals are noble and support the best interests of the general welfare of the people of these United States. It is very important to note the word “general” as opposed to “specific” or ‘targeted”.  It would be totally illogical to say you are for the general welfare of a people and at the same time allow for the specific welfare of one over another.

One thing is for sure; government is force. There are two types of force; justified and unjustified. Any use of force, by a government or individual, needs justification to be considered ethical and moral. The only justification in the use of force by government must be in agreement with the Preamble.

  1. To improve upon the Articles of Confederation. (n/a)
  2. Establish Justice
  3. Insure domestic Tranquility
  4. Provide for the Common Defense
  5. Promote the General Welfare
  6. Secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity

As they clearly said; it is for these reasons and purposes that it is ordained and established. Is there any remaining doubt about the founders’ intent? Is it proper to take any clause, statement or paragraph, contained within its text, to mean something that is damaging to these stated goals? Is it not also equally logical to conclude that if we abide and adhere to the specific terms within the Constitution itself, that the goals in the preamble will be best attained?

To allow for necessary changes to expand and enhance these goals the founders included the process and provisions to amend the text.  Is it then proper to adopt amendments that hurt or diminish the goals laid out in the Preamble?

Amendments have come and gone. Old amendments revoked or modified while entire new ones have been added. If the voting citizens understand why it is important to stay true to the Constitution, our elected officials would as well and we would once again reap the Blessings of Liberty.


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