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The Senate Vote on Cloture

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on September 27, 2013 by authorcarloscardoso

The Senate Vote on Cloture
The Senate has unanimously passed the House of Representatives’ Continuing Resolution which funds all federal government spending with the exception of funds earmarked for implementation of The Affordable Care Act. The next step is the vote to end debate or cloture which requires 60 votes to pass. If the vote for cloture passses the Senate Majority Leader can then control the amendment process and strip the language defunding the spending earmarked for the The Affordable Care Act by a simple majority of 51 votes and then send it back to the House in a take it or leave it manner placing the blame of a possible government shutdown squarely on the House Republican leadership. This game of brinkmanship is the way that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has run the Senate in his tenure in a my way or the highway manner. This time however the shoe is on the other foot if the 46 Republican Senators remain united and defy the majority leader the ability to end debate. Then Senator Reid will have no choice but to accept the bill as written and send it on to President Obama. The President will then have to decide whether to sign the bill or own the federal government shutdown by vetoing the bill. Ultimately the power of the purse under our Constitution lies with the Congress. The President’s responsibility is to faithfully execute those laws. In the case of the Affordable Care Act the President has overstepped his authority and has not fully implemented the law as written.

It is time the Republicans stand firm on their convictions, principles and promises to the American people. The House has funded the government with all its largesse except the funding for implementation of Obamacare which incidently includes the hiring of an additional 16,000 IRS agents. An agency mired in scandal which has still not been addressed and no one has been held accountable or been prosecuted for. Is this the agency we Americans want to grow, be given even more of our private information and control of our personal lives? This is an agency that has already been shown to be abusive to individuals and used to muzzle our free speech and by extension suppress voter participation by enemies of this administration. President Obama did use the term, “punish his enemies”, during his campaign for reelection. How ironic that after the stunning 2010 midterm election results giving control of the House of Representatives, the President’s enemies namely the Tea Party were targeted for excessive scrutiny, delay and investigations denying them to organize from 2010 all the way past the 2012 elections when the allegations became public. This is a fight that must and can be won. There is still a looming debt ceiling limit which victory here can only strengthen the Republican position on raising the debt limit but only by tying it to cutting unnecessary government spending.

The Truth About Medicare

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2012 by authorcarloscardoso

There have been many political ads trying to scare America’s seniors into believing that Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan wish to end Medicare and break our commitment to our seniors, nothing could be further from the truth. Quite to the contrary, they are the only candidates who have promised to keep Medicare benefits for all Americans 55 or older. Beginning with keeping the $716 billion dollars being taken out by Obamacare to help fund it, believing our seniors deserve what they paid into and worked for their whole lives, and were promised. Obama made no effort to strengthen the program in his first term, ignoring Medicare completely, knowingly allowing it to head towards bankruptcy making it unavailable to future generations.

Obama’s plan allows Medicare to go bankrupt in 2024 without offering a solution. It takes over $716 billion from the program for Obamacare and then empowers 15 bureaucrats to make further cuts who are unelected and unaccountable to congressional overview. The Romney approach differs greatly from Obama’s; together with Paul Ryan they have bipartisan support for keeping benefits intact for anyone 55 or older. They also want to ensure that the promises made to all other Americans are sustainable and will be there when they need it. Obama‘s trying to scare you because as he said himself as a candidate in 2008, when you have no new ideas to offer, no record to run on, you resort to trying to use scare tactics against your opponent.

The truth is there’s been a lack of leadership, four years and nothing to brag about but the passage of Obamacare, a hugely unpopular law adding one trillion dollars in taxes on top of the theft of over $700 billion from Medicare to pay for it. We were told it was not a tax yet it is actually the largest tax increase in American history The Romney, Ryan plan is to keep that money in Medicare where it belongs and work from day one towards enacting the full repeal of Obamacare. This alone eliminates a trillion dollar tax increase, while undoing another entitlement program that we ultimately can’t afford. The president promised he would cut the deficit in half in his first term, another broken campaign promise, instead he added $5 trillion in additional debt, all in just four years. Spending without budgeting restraint, helped by the fact that ally Senator Harry Reid has not allowed a vote on a budget on the Senate floor since 2009.

The choice on Medicare is simple, you have Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan vowing to keep our promises to all Americans 55 or older while working on a bipartisan plan to ensure we can offer future generations a Medicare program they can rely on. The other choice is Obamacare and its decimation of Medicare by stealing over $716 billion, straddling us with debt, building an entitlement program with a trillion dollar tax increase on top of the $5 trillion dollars he has added to the deficit. Unfortunately Obama’s distorting the Romney plan, because after four years he has no plan, no vision and no record. No path towards saving Medicare while speeding up its destruction so he must resort to scare tactics.

The Payroll Tax Cut Battle

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , on December 21, 2011 by authorcarloscardoso

The payroll tax cut battle in the press needs to be examined from many perspectives. The president by his endorsement of a Senate bill that extended the cut for only two months while saying it needed to be extended for the entire year laid the groundwork for his familiar theme of blaming the Republican led house of representatives when actually the bill they sent to the senate would have extended the cut for the entire year. The senate passed their version knowing it was not the answer and then went home. Senator Reid refuses to work with the house to resolve the impasse even though it did not match the bill sent to them and would require a conference to resolve the differences which would then be voted on in both chambers. The house leadership under Speaker Boehner stood ready to finish the work but Senator Reid played politics with the issue saying you must pass our version or else we won’t have this “necessary middle class tax cut”. This posturing by the Democratic leadership of both the senate and then the administration is nothing more than putting party above the good of the country and then blaming the Republicans for the failure.

Extending the payroll tax cut would save the average American family approximately one thousand dollars a year according to the mainstream media. This averages out to less than twenty dollars a week when one considers what that money was funding, social Security one can’t help but wonder if there isn’t a better way to stimulate the economy. Twenty dollars a week is quite frankly not going to make a difference in stimulating the economy but will continue to hurt the solvency of this important program. Weighing the benefits of this tax cut against the cost to a social security program that was already headed towards insolvency one can’t help but question the wisdom of extending the tax cut. Unfortunately this is nothing more than political theatre. Neither party wants to be perceived as being against a middle class tax cut so each party passed a bill to extend it. This tax cut should be allowed to expire and a better way found to help our economy grow.