Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Interior secretary approves Cape Wind plan, nation's first offshore wind farm

Interior secretary approves Cape Wind plan, nation's first offshore wind farm


Cape Wind

A Cape Wind rendering of how the turbines would look from the shore of Cape Cod.
In a groundbreaking decision that some say will usher in a new era of clean energy, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said today he was approving the nation's first offshore wind farm, the controversial Cape Wind project off of Cape Cod. 


Secretary of the Interior - Ken Salazar (D)

"This will be the first of many projects up and down the Atlantic coast," Salazar said at a joint State House news conference with Governor Deval Patrick. The decision comes after nine years of battles over the proposal. "America needs offshore wind power and with this project, Massachusetts will lead the nation," Patrick said.

The decision had been delayed for almost a year because of two Wampanoag Indian tribes' complaints that the 130 turbines, which would stand more than 400 feet above the ocean surface, would disturb spiritual sun greetings and possibly ancestral artifacts and burial grounds on the seabed, which was once exposed land before the sea level rose thousands of years ago.

Salazar said he had ordered modifications to "minimize and mitigate" the impact of the project that would "help protect the historical, cultural, and environmental resources of Nantucket Sound." He said his approval would require Cape Wind to conduct additional marine archaeological surveys and take other steps to reduce the project's visual impact.

"I am convinced there is a path we can take forward that both honors our responsibility to protect historical and cultural resources and at the same time meets the need to repower our economy with clean energy produced from wind power," he said.

He said the United States was leading "a clean energy revolution that is reshaping our future. ... Cape Wind is the opening of a new chapter in that future and we are all a part of that history."

Supporters have long said an approval would be a giant step forward for renewable energy efforts in the country, while opponents have said they would seek to kill the project through legal action. The project, if it is not held up by lawsuits, could begin construction within the year.
The project has undergone years of environmental review and political maneuvering, including opposition from the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, whose home overlooks Nantucket Sound. While opponents' main concern is esthetics -- the turbines would be visible low on the horizon from the Cape and Islands -- the battle was fought by raising other issues, including possible effects on property values and harm to birds, fishing, aviation, and historic and cultural sites.

Horseshoe Shoals, the part of Nantucket Sound where the wind farm is proposed, is widely considered the best place along the East Coast to build a wind farm. That's in part because the site is in shallow, sheltered waters close to shore -- the nearest beach is five miles away. But it is also because it is in federal waters: Political will to build such a massive wind farm in state waters three miles from shore does not exist.
Salazar said the project would create 1,000 construction jobs and produce energy equivalent to that of a medium-sized coal-fired power plant. He said it would reduce carbon emissions by the equivalent of 175,000 cars.

Cape Wind Associates said the wind farm could produce enough wind power to handle three-quarters of the electric needs of the Cape and Islands. The price of its electricity is expected to be higher than conventional power. The company is still in negotiations with National Grid, the utility, that has agreed to purchase some of the power the farm produces.

US Senator Scott Brown criticized Salazar's decision, saying it was "misguided."
"With unemployment hovering near ten percent in Massachusetts, the Cape Wind project will jeopardize industries that are vital to the Cape's economy, such as tourism and fishing, and will also impact aviation safety and the rights of the Native American tribes in the area. I am also skeptical about the cost-savings and job number predictions we have heard from proponents of the project," Brown said in a statement.

But George Bachrach, president of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, hailed the decision, saying it was "a critical step toward ending our reliance on foreign oil and achieving energy independence. "
"Those who continue to resist and litigate are simply on the wrong side of history," he said.


Oregon Public Schools Go Google

Oregon Public Schools Go Google

By moving to Google's cloud infrastructure, Oregon expects to save $1.5 million annually for e-mail alone.

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) on Wednesday plans to announce that it has signed a contract with Google that will give the state's schools the option to use Google's online applications for their K-12 students. The deal marks the first time that Google Apps for Education will be implemented on a statewide basis.

The ODE anticipates savings of about $1.5 million annually on IT costs associated with e-mail. It foresees additional savings by foregoing upgrades to hardware and software made redundant by Google's online applications. Google Apps for Education includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
"Educators and students now have access to the same cutting-edge technology used in the business world with added federal student privacy and confidentiality protections," said State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo in a statement. "In a time of dwindling resources, I am grateful for Google's partnership."
To secure the deal, Google, the ODE, and the Oregon Department of Justice crafted a unique user agreement to meet state and federal legal requirements related to student records, privacy, and security.
A promotion lasting until July 2010 that Google launched last year -- which makes the Message Security component of the company's Postini enterprise e-mail service freely available to Google Apps for Education users -- resolved some of these legal requirements.
In a conference call for the media, Steve Nelson, technology director of Oregon Virtual Schools, said that the ODE plans to make its agreement, the product of 16 months of negotiation, available to help other states that may be mulling a move to the cloud.
Nelson said that he expected about 50% of Oregon's almost 200 school districts to adopt Google Apps for Education in the next twelve months.
He also said that the primary users of Google's services are likely to be in grades 7-12, due to the laws governing minors' use of online services and the need for parental involvement when younger children are involved.
He expects that deploying Google Apps for Education will free school administrators from having to worry about maintenance and upgrades, which Google will handle, thereby allowing them to focus on improved functionality.
Jaime Casap, manager of Google Apps for Education, said that the collaborative capabilities of Google's online apps make them particularly appealing for educators.
As an example, he pointed to Google Sites, a wiki or group-editable Web site, that allows teachers to post projects for students and to easily interact with students.
"It creates that open collaborative environment, not only between teachers and students but between classrooms that are working on similar projects," he said.

Gov 2.0 Expo is the technology conference and expo for 21st century government. It happens in Washington, D.C., May 25-27. Find out more here.

 Discuss This
2 message(s). Last at: Apr 28, 2010 1:00:52 PM
  • m.j. banks
    commented on Apr 28, 2010 1:00:52 PM
    just wait until they get into google wave, then they can get into teaching online in real time - no voice - but with voice recognition software it would be awesome!!!!
  • VS Dude
    commented on Apr 28, 2010 12:05:21 PM
    Now if I can just persuade a company of 20 people to do the same...

The Complete Guide to ACORN Voter Fraud

The Complete Guide to ACORN Voter Fraud

They register dead people. But that's not all.
October 14, 2008
- by Jim Hoft
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And you thought 2000 was bad.
This year’s election is shaping up to be one of the most controversial in history. Just this week, a federal judge ordered Ohio’s top elections official to verify the identity of newly registered voters by matching them with other government documents. The very next day a 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals set aside the federal judge’s order on verifying registrations.
Further igniting the voter fraud/voter registration debate was the news that a national community organizing group is being investigated in at least 14 states and several swing states for massive irregularities. This news would make headlines anyway, but what made it worse was that Barack Obama was a key player in this organization, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, in the past. Obama trained its local leaders, represented the organization in court, and worked to funnel funds to the organization. The Obama campaign also donated $800,000 this year to an ACORN affiliate.
What is ACORN?
The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is a community-based organization that advocates for low and moderate income families founded in 1970 by Wade Rathke and Gary Delgado. Rathke, one of the most powerful hard-Left activists in America, is a former member of a radical 1960s group, the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). The Weathermen terrorist group split off from the SDS in 1969. ACORN says its priorities include better housing and wages for the poor, more community development investment from banks and governments, and better public schools.
ACORN is also known for its voter registration efforts.

This year alone ACORN has registered 1,315,037 voters.
Although the organization prides itself for its registration efforts, it also has a long history of scandal. In the state of Missouri in 1986, 12 ACORN members were convicted of voter fraud. But that case was not an isolated incident in the state. In December 2004, in St. Louis, six volunteers pleaded guilty of dozens of election law violations for filling out registration cards with names of dead people and other bogus information. Authorities launched an earlier investigation after noticing that among the new voters was longtime St. Louis alderman Albert “Red” Villa, who died in 1990. The volunteers worked for “Operation Big Vote” — a branch of ACORN — in St. Louis.
On February 10, 2005, Nonaresa Montgomery, a paid worker who ran Operation Big Vote during the run-up to the 2001 mayoral primary, was found guilty of vote fraud. Montgomery hired about 30 workers to do fraudulent voter-registration canvassing. Instead of knocking on doors, the volunteers sat at a St. Louis fast food restaurant and wrote out names and information from an outdated voter list. About 1,500 fraudulent voter registration cards were turned in.
In October 2006, St. Louis election officials discovered at least 1,492 “potentially fraudulent” voter registration cards. They were all turned in by ACORN volunteers.
In November 2006, 20,000 to 35,000 questionable voter registration forms were turned in by ACORN officials in Missouri. Most all of these were from St. Louis and Kansas City areas, where ACORN purportedly sought to help empower the “disenfranchised” minorities living there. But the ACORN workers weren’t just told to register new voters. The workers admitted on camera that they were coached to tell registrants to vote for Democrat Claire McCaskill.
In 2007, in Kansas City, Missouri, four ACORN employees were indicted for fraud. In April of this year eight ACORN employees in St. Louis city and county pleaded guilty to federal election fraud for submitting bogus voter registrations.
And, that was just Missouri.
This year there have been several accusations of fraud against ACORN. Over a dozen states are investigating the organization already. Here is a complete list of the ongoing investigations:
North Carolina — State Board of Elections officials have found at least 100 voter registration forms with the same names over and over again. The forms were turned in by ACORN. Officials sent about 30 applications to the state Board of Elections for possible fraud investigation.
Ohio — The New York Post reported that a Cleveland man said he was given cash and cigarettes by aggressive ACORN activists in exchange for registering an astonishing 72 times. The complaints have sparked an investigation by election officials into the organization, whose political wing has supported Barack Obama. Witnesses have already been subpoenaed to testify against the organization.
Nevada — Authorities raided the headquarters of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now on Tuesday October 7, 2008, after a month-long investigation. The fraudulent voter registrations included the Dallas Cowboys starting line-up.
Indiana — More than 2,000 voter registration forms filed in northern Indiana’s Lake County filled out by ACORN employees turned out to be bogus. Officials also stopped processing a stack of about 5,000 applications delivered just before the October 6 registration deadline after the first 2,100 turned out to be phony.
Connecticut — Officials are looking into a complaint alleging ACORN submitted fraudulent voter registration cards in Bridgeport. In one instance, an official said a card was filled out for a 7-year-old girl, whose age was listed as 27. 8,000 cards were submitted in Bridgeport.
Missouri — The Kansas City election board is reporting 100 duplicate applications and 280 with fake information. Acorn officials agreed that at least 4% of their registrations were bogus. Governor Matt Blunt condemned the attempts by ACORN to commit voter fraud.
Pennsylvania — Officials are investigating suspicious or incomplete registration forms submitted by ACORN. 252,595 voter registrations were submitted in Philadelphia. Remarkably, 57,435 were rejected — most of them submitted by ACORN.
Wisconsin — In Milwaukee ACORN improperly used felons as registration workers. Additionally, its workers are among 49 cases of bad registrations sent to authorities for possible charges, as first reported by the Journal Sentinel.
Florida — The Pinellas County Elections supervisor says his office has received around 35 voter registrations that appear to be bogus. There is also a question of 30,000 felons who are registered illegally to vote. Their connections with ACORN are not yet clear.
Texas — Of the 30,000 registration cards ACORN turned in, Harris County tax assessor Paul Bettencourt says just more than 20,000 are valid. And just look at some of the places ACORN was finding those voters. A church just next door is the address for around 150 people. More than 250 people claim a homeless outreach center as their home address. Some listed a county mental health facility as their home and one person even wrote down the Harris County jail at the sheriff’s office.
Michigan — ACORN in Detroit is being investigated after several municipal clerks reported fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications coming through. The clerk interviewed said the fraud appears to be widespread.
New Mexico – The Bernalillo County clerk has notified prosecutors that some 1,100 fraudulent voter registration cards were turned in by ACORN.
That’s not all. So far this year at least 14 states have started investigations against ACORN. Talk about a culture of corruption. It is so bad that Representatives of Congress have asked for the Justice Department to investigate, and GOP presidential candidate John McCain is bringing it up in his stump speeches. The Obama camp is stealthily altering its “Fight the Smears” website to distance themselves from the organization — quite a challenge considering how close their candidate’s association has been with the group.
The liberal vs. conservative, voter fraud vs. voter intimidation debate will no doubt continue after this election.  But this year, with the assistance of scandal-plagued ACORN, it appears that — so far — the voter fraud side is winning.
Jim Hoft runs the blog Gateway Pundit, following freedom movements from inside Zimbabwe to the streets of Tehran.

Having One's Cake and Being Eaten Too: Irish Neo-Liberal Corporatism.;jsessionid=LYgGzvGPTGJq1JRCJL91gGfG2L9ZWMCdy1ylPQHkTMBVzCr1RLG7!-1142546872!850029243?docId=5002080738

Having One's Cake and Being Eaten Too: Irish Neo-Liberal Corporatism.

by Gerry Boucher , Grainne Collins Abstract This paper argues that neo-liberal globalization has neither homogenized Ireland's institutional social economy nor forced a retreat into an Irish cultural fortress. Instead, the elite community of Irish social partners responded to its own national crisis, American led globalization and European integration by taking the country in two apparently contradictory directions at once: towards European neo-corporatism and Anglo-American neo-liberalism. In so doing, they refashioned Ireland's liberal corporatist welfare state into a new form of Irish neo-liberal corporatism symbolically situated between Boston, Berlin and London. However, it is unclear if the internal tensions generated within Irish society by this attempt to reconcile apparent contradictions, and the changing external environment, will allow the Irish to continue having their cake and eating it too. Keywords: globalization, neo-liberalism, neo-corporatism, Irish institutional social economy INTRODUCTION Will American neo-liberal globalization create a "one best way" capitalism that looks similar across the globe? Can the member states of the European Union hang on against this wave of globalization and preserve distinctive forms of European socioeconomic institutions such as neo-corporatism? (1) On one side there is the European model of neo-corporatism with its social partnership between the government, firms and workers who negotiate for the social good. From a neo-liberal perspective, this model suffers from being rigid and unresponsive to the market. On the other side there is the neo-liberal model with flexible unfettered organizations better able to adapt to market conditions. From a European point of view, this model is viewed as short-termist and prioritizing individual over societal benefit. This implies a dichotomy between the United States of America with its free markets and Europe with its restricted markets. Yet this dichotomy is a simplistic misreading. For example, the U.S.A. has less regulated labor and more regulated product markets with a long history of intervening in mergers; whereas continental European countries have more regulated labor and less regulated product markets. There are also significant variations between groups of European countries with liberal, conservative, social democratic and Southern European welfare state traditions (Esping-Andersen 1990, Andreotti et al. 2001); and between individual countries within these traditions based on national path dependencies (Streeck 1999). These different trajectories and philosophies have resulted in wide differences across Europe, for instance in the rates of poverty and inequality of particular subgroups. For example, half of single mothers in Ireland are in poverty but only 9 percent of Finland's are. Sixteen percent of couples with children are in poverty in Ireland compared to 24 percent in Italy (European Commission 2002: 101). Further, the European Union provides an added dimension of regulation to its fifteen member states. Yet, national differences in the regulation of the institutional social economy persist and are intertwined with the complex framework of "European" regulatory integration and national regulatory traditions. The term institutional social economy intends to connote a view of the economy as embedded in a social context including institutions, history and human social interactions. This complex picture suggests that the effects of globalization on the institutional social economies of European member states are more likely to be nationally specific and mediated by the European Union than convergent to a "one best way" neo-liberal capitalist form. One way to proceed is to consider the effects of globalization and European integration on the path dependency of individual EU member states with respect to changes in their institutional social economy. In particular, it is useful to consider effects on the institutions that make up the social economy and the elites who shape those institutions. The Republic of Ireland is an interesting case in this regard because of its phenomenal economic growth from the mid 1990s and its social partnership model. Ireland has refashioned its institutional social economy since the late 1980s by moving towards greater neo-liberal flexibility while it has at the same time become more neo-corporatist and social partnership oriented. As a pre-condition for changing the institutions of the social economy, the Irish political and business classes incorporated social interests, initially the trade union movement and later the community and voluntary sector, into an elite community of social partners who were directly involved in policymaking. (2) This elite community of social partners has fashioned new forms of institutional regulation that selectively draw on liberal British, neo-liberal American and neo-corporatist European models. This refashioning is contained in five national agreements that were established between 1987 and 2002.Ireland's new social partners have pragmatically built upon ...


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Calif city tries to shut down pot-on-wheels

Calif city tries to shut down pot-on-wheels

The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 27, 2010; 2:39 PM
NORCO, Calif. -- A rolling marijuana dispensary has hit a bump in the road after seven months of selling chocolate-covered cookies, brownies, pretzels and other marijuana-laced items outside a clinic.
The Riverside County city of Norco has asked a court to permanently shut down the Lakeview Collective-on-Wheels, a 1985 Pace Arrow motor home outfitted with display cases.
Stewart Hauptman and his wife, Helen Cherry, say their collective complies with state law and attracts people with walkers and wheelchairs who use marijuana for medical reasons.
Authorities disagree and have shut down the motor home pending a June 1 Superior Court hearing on its fate.
"We don't perceive what they do as a collective," said John Harper, an attorney representing the city. "They sell marijuana out of a van. We've seen people, generally speaking, between the ages of 18 and 25 who appear to be in good health lined up outside there to buy marijuana."
Despite a state law allowing for medical marijuana, Norco bans pot dispensaries and has cited the couple several times. Last week, the city of 27,000 asked a court for an injunction to permanently shut down the business.
Meanwhile, Cherry and Hauptman are still making home deliveries in a truck until the matter is resolved.
Cherry, 60, said she decided to open the nonprofit marijuana collective after she went to a Los Angeles clinic in 2008 to obtain the drug for chronic back pain.
"The paint was coming off the walls and (there were) bars on the windows and no medical equipment to be found. I was like, what the heck is this? This doesn't look legitimate," she said.
With the motor home parked at a medical marijuana evaluation clinic, patients could get their drug recommendation, walk outside, join the Lakeview collective and purchase the pot.
The Lakeview collective has about 700 members, some from as far away as Las Vegas, Cherry said.
"We really want to take care of patients. We're not looking for the 18-year-old stoners," Cherry said. "We have people coming in wheelchairs, in walkers."
California's 1996 voter-approved law legalized marijuana use for medical purposes, and local governments have been looking for ways to deal with a surge in medical marijuana dispensaries. Some communities have chosen to try to regulate, while others - including Norco - are trying to ban the drug altogether.
In Los Angeles, nearly two dozen medical marijuana collectives have sued Los Angeles to block enforcement of a new law that limits the number of dispensaries and could shut down dozens of them.
Four Orange County medical marijuana users have sued in federal court to prevent the cities of Lake Forest and Costa Mesa from closing dispensaries.
A state appeals court is looking at a similar lawsuit against the city of Anaheim.

House lawmakers call for National Guard at border

House lawmakers call for National Guard at border

By the CNN Wire Staff
April 28, 2010 11:19 a.m. EDT
Demonstrators in Tuscon listen as U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, denounces his state's new immigration law.
Demonstrators in Tuscon listen as U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, denounces his state's new immigration law.
  • NEW: Lawmakers call on the Obama administration to secure the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Arizona governor signed immigration legislation into law last week
  • House, Senate leaders in doubt about acting on immigration before midterm elections
  • Divisions on new law come up in Arizona and across the nation
Washington (CNN) -- A largely Republican group of House lawmakers said Wednesday they have sent a letter to President Obama asking for the National Guard to be deployed along the border between the United States and Mexico.

The request comes amid a heated debate on Capitol Hill over a comprehensive immigration reform bill -- one of the president's top domestic priorities.

"We want the National Guard on the border," said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas. "This country protects the borders of other nations better than it protects our own border." 

Poe said the president needs to "enforce the rule of law."

The Texan and a handful of other lawmakers asserted the Mexican border has become a virtual war zone, plagued by violence from Mexican drug cartels expanding their reach into the United States. They also noted that border state governors have made similar requests for a National Guard deployment.
Local sheriffs and border agents are "outmanned, outgunned and outfinanced" by the cartels, Poe said.
Video: Sheriff, Sharpton debate new law
Video: New day dawning for civil rights?
Video: Phoenix mayor slams immigration law
"Right now the cartels dominate [the border region] through violence and intimidation," said Rep. Dan Burton, R-Indiana. "It is long since time to protect our populations on the southern border."
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, said her constituents were "sick and tired" of the federal government failing to protect the border. The current situation is "completely unacceptable," she said.
Giffords defended a controversial new Arizona law requiring police officers to determine whether people are in the United States legally if there is a reason to suspect they aren't.
Slated to go into effect 90 days after the close of Arizona's legislative session, the law would require immigrants to carry alien registration documents at all times. Before the law's enactment, officers could check someone's immigration status only if that person was suspected in another crime.

Read more on the law

Some Democratic House members are scheduled to hold a news conference Wednesday, denouncing the Arizona measure.

Giffords acknowledged the concerns about the bill's constitutionality but said it is a "clear calling that the federal government needs to do a better job" securing the border.

"The guard needs to be deployed immediately," she said.

As for the broader politics of immigration reform, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, was cautious Tuesday about whether the House can muster the votes to pass a comprehensive bill before the November midterm elections.

"We'll have to see what the Senate can do," Hoyer told reporters.

The last major effort to overhaul immigration in 2007 fell apart in the Senate, and there are many other bills passed by the House that await Senate action. Because of that, Hoyer said there's an agreement among congressional leaders to see what kind of legislation could pass in the Senate before the House tackles the issue. Hoyer said it's up to the Senate to take the lead on crafting a new proposal.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, recently said he will make passing a comprehensive immigration bill a priority once the Senate completes its work on a Wall Street reform bill.
Republican lawmakers have indicated they will put a halt to immigration reform legislation, saying it's not the right time to take it on.

Democrats admit Latinos who voted in big numbers for Obama are angry that party leaders have not kept a promise to deal with immigration reform.

Obama said last week the federal government must act on the immigration issue, though he gave no timeline on proceeding.

Read more on the legislative efforts

Critics said the law might promote racial profiling and argue the new Arizona law is in conflict with federal law.

"This is about the Constitution of the United States. And this is about making sure that people have equal protection under the law," said the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist. "And if you are a Latino in Phoenix, you should not be subjected to having to ride around with citizenship papers any more than anyone else."
On Monday, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said an executive order accompanying the law will require additional training for officers to implement the law without engaging in racial profiling.

"I want you all to know that racial profiling is illegal. It's the law," Brewer said. "We are going to be very diligent, and we're going to make absolutely sure that that law ... will be implemented."

Supporters argue the measure is needed because the federal government has failed to enforce its own immigration laws. 

Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said the new law is another tool that law enforcement has in cracking down on illegal immigration.

"And we have a big problem in this state and across our nation. Something has to be done," Arpaio told CNN's Larry King. "The federal government needs help. And we're here to help."

Arpaio has been under fire for his tough stance on immigration enforcement. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating his department's practices.

Arpaio argued his officers will enforce the law "in an honest, professional manner, like we all have been doing it."

The bill, meanwhile, has led to rallies by supporters and opponents alike, including Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, a Democrat, who has said he'll file a lawsuit to block the law.

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, defended his state's controversial law, arguing Monday on the Senate floor that Arizona needed to approve the measure to ensure citizens' safety.

"This situation is the worst I've ever seen," said McCain, who is locked in a tough primary battle in which immigration has become a central issue. "If you don't like the bill ... that the Legislature passed and the governor signed in Arizona, then carry out the federal responsibilities, which are to secure the border."

The Obama administration, meanwhile, has criticized the new law. Obama on Tuesday called the legislation "poorly conceived."

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who was Arizona's governor before joining the Obama administration, told a Senate panel Tuesday that she has "deep concerns" with the law.

Napolitano said she fears it would siphon away resources that would otherwise be used to pursue individuals who commit major crimes while in the country illegally.

Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that a federal court challenge to the law isn't out of the question.
Holder said the Justice Department was working with the Department of Homeland Security to "decide exactly how we are going to react to it."

CNN's Evan Glass, Ed Hornick, Alan Silverleib and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Obama Caught with His Pants Down (Again)

Obama Caught with His Pants Down (Again)

Remember when Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid promised us that a government takeover of health-care would actually lower cost and reduce the deficit? Remember when we were guaranteed that a bureaucratic overhaul would leave our own current health-care coverage untouched? Oh, and remember when critics were scolded for addressing the forms of government “rationing” that are likely to occur as a result? Well, well. As usual, reality has come back to pimp slap the democrats in the end.

Here are three quick pointers you need to know.

1. The government’s chief Medicare actuary found that, under ObamaCare, costs are expected to see a one percent increase over the next ten years. Not only did his report acknowledge that ObamaCare's price increases are "plausible and even probable," but it even found that many of the Administration’s much-ballyhooed savings projections are  “unrealistic” and “difficult to attain.”

2. If you’re a senior citizen, get ready to kiss your Medicare Advantage plan goodbye! The Obama Administration began to gut this very popular program to the tune of $200 billion, which means that there are millions of seniors who will now be booted off of their current insurance coverage—yep, the same insurance coverage that Barack promised us would go unscathed.

3. The President recently nominated Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  Who is Donald Berwick? He’s just another leftist dude in high places who is a big believer in health-care rationing. But don’t take my word for it. Quoth Mr. Berwick: Since “we have a limited resource pool…the decision is not whether or not we will ration care—the decision is whether we will ration with our eyes open.”

Mr. Mattera is the editor of HUMAN EVENTS and the author of Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation (Simon & Schuster).


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