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Parents should demand public school refunds

Gregory Kane: Parents should demand public school refunds
August 27, 2009 by Gregory Kane (hat tip to Education Watch International)

Last week, about 100 supporters of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship program held a rally outside the U.S. Department of Education headquarters.

According to news reports, about 200 students were awarded vouchers this past spring. Then our federal government double crossed the kiddies and yanked the vouchers.

The voucher program gives parents who are unable to afford to send their children to private schools the same choice the ones who can do, and that’s why Robert Vinson Brannum, the activist in question, opposes vouchers.

“Not every choice can come on a public dollar,” Brannum said in one news report. “I should have to pay for my child to go to private school. If it’s acceptable for those who oppose abortion not to have their dollars used to pay for abortions, I should have that same choice.”

Having sex is strictly a private matter, one that should be the most private. In fact, when the so-called “pro-choice” crowd supported Norma McCorvey – the Jane Roe in Roe v. Wade – in her case that went to the Supreme Court, they used the “right to privacy” argument.

They went rooting around in the “penumbra” of the Constitution and just yanked the right out. The “right to privacy” is the ball field the “pro-choicers” chose to play on.

Later, they decided that they didn’t really mean a “right to privacy” at all, but the right to an abortion at any stage of a woman’s pregnancy.

And they insisted that poor women should have the same right as rich women, and advocated for public funds be made available for abortions for poor women.

Realizing that they were asking the public to foot the bill for the consequences of a very private act, the pro-choicers completely abandoned their “right to privacy” language. These days they say “a woman’s right to choose.”

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Priceless. Violent Tea Party Crasher Threatened With Tazer & Arrested in Georgia (Video)
August 30, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

A pro-Obamacare thug was arrested after threatening tea party patriots in Georgia this past week.

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Pro-Obamacare Tea Party Crasher SMASHES ATTENDEE In the Face With His Elbow & Disrupts Meeting (Video)
August 30, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

Barack Obama gave his marching orders:

Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
Obama To His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”

His supporters followed through…
But, don’t expect the state-run media to report on this.

The Tucson area Tea Party Coalition held a meeting at Rincon High School in Tucson this weekend. Over 1,000 people showed up at the event… including one violent counter-protester.

The pro-Obama thug disrupted the meeting screaming– marched to the front of the room holding a sign——
And, then SLAMMED AN ATTENDEE IN THE FACE with his elbow!

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Harry Reid: Teddy’s Death Will Help Us Pass Obamacare
August 31, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

No complaints from the news media or from Democrats when Sen. Reid politicizes someone’s death.

Do it for Teddy– Pass socialized health care.

Harry Reid is expecting Teddy Kennedy’s death will help the democratic majority pass Obamacare.

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Stunner. Dem Leader & Chair of House Ways & Means Committee Forgot to Disclose Millions In Income
August 28, 2009 by Gateway Pundit

The Democratic Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (Rep. Charles Rangel) forgot to disclose millions of dollars of business transactions on his taxes.

When normal people happen to “find” their own money, it might mean a twenty left in a winter coat, or discovering change beneath the sofa cushions. But if you’re Charlie Rangel, it means doubling your net worth.

Democrats, scandal, greed, corruption, taxes, liberalism, left wing, elitism,

Filed under: corruption, Democrats, elitism, greed, left wing, liberalism, scandal, taxes

‘Cruel and neglectful’ care of one million NHS patients exposed
August 27, 2009 by Rebecca Smith

One million NHS patients have been the victims of appalling care in hospitals across Britain, according to a major report released today.

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The Death Book for Veterans
August 18, 2009 by JIM TOWEY

If President Obama wants to better understand why America’s discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.

Last year, bureaucrats at the VA’s National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, “Your Life, Your Choices.” It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA’s preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated “Your Life, Your Choices.”

Who is the primary author of this workbook? Dr. Robert Pearlman, chief of ethics evaluation for the center, a man who in 1996 advocated for physician-assisted suicide in Vacco v. Quill before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for his support of health-care rationing.

“Your Life, Your Choices” presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political “push poll.” For example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be “not worth living.”

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More Obama: My plan might stop doctors from cutting off your foot
August 11, 2009 by Allahpundit

More government response: don’t trust anyone in the health care profession, but trust us

Townhall’s trying to turn this into a sequel to the now-legendary tonsils soundbite from his presser a few weeks ago. I don’t think it’s that bad — he’s not accusing doctors of trying to cash in on unnecessary amputations, merely emphasizing that we need to create better incentives to address medical problems early — but it is weird that this guy keeps coming back to amputated body parts when talking about this. The two goals of ObamaCare as I understand it are making sure everyone has access to treatment generally and (giggle) reducing overall federal health-care spending. I didn’t realize there was an epidemic of people losing appendages that’s driving the urgency, but there you have it.

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AP IMPACT: Secret process benefits pet projects
August 27, 2009 by EILEEN SULLIVAN and MATT APUZZO

WASHINGTON – A sleepy Montana checkpoint along the Canadian border that sees about three travelers a day will get $15 million under President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus plan. A government priority list ranked the project as marginal, but two powerful Democratic senators persuaded the administration to make it happen.

Despite Obama’s promises that the stimulus plan would be transparent and free of politics, the government is handing out $720 million for border upgrades under a process that is both secretive and susceptible to political influence. This allowed low-priority projects such as the checkpoint in Whitetail, Mont., to skip ahead of more pressing concerns, according to documents revealed to The Associated Press.

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Left wing journalists suggest Obama politicize Kennedy’s death

Liberals politicizing Ted Kennedy’s death.

Schultz, Huffington: Obama Should Use Kennedy Death to Promote Left-Wing Politics
August 27, 2009 by Jeff Poor

The announcement of Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death came at 2 a.m. Eastern on Aug. 26 and a little over 15 hours later, two prominent liberal voices were scheming as to how the president and other Democratic leaders could use his passing to advance a political agenda.

Huffington Post editor Arianna Huffington appeared on MSNBC host Ed Schultz’s Aug. 26 program and was asked by Schultz if it somehow could be used to push “real reform” for health care.

Brian Williams: In Lieu of Flowers for Ted, Pass Health Care Reform
August 18, 2009 by Geoffrey Dickens

NBC’s Brian Williams, during NBC News’ live coverage of the President’s remarks about the passing of Ted Kennedy on Wednesday, cited what sounded like a spam e-mail rallying support for health care reform, as a way to remember the Democratic Senator. Quoting from his in-box Williams suggested: “In lieu of flowers, pass health care reform.” Responding to a question from “Today” co-host Ann Curry on the effect Kennedy’s death will have on the chances of a health care bill passing through Congress, Williams offered the following “theories”:

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