TO YOUR FAMILY,FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS
I can’t conceive of the America
that Republicans are trying to create.
God forbid! Heaven Help Us!
WASHINGTON — With the debate over the Affordable Care Act law morphing from a constitutional matter before the Supreme Court to an implementation matter before state houses, President Barack Obama and allied Democrats are refiguring their sales pitch.
In response to criticisms that the law hamstrings governors, defenders of the president’s health care law will be championing a states-rights amendment that already enjoys Republican support.
Under current law, states are allowed to opt out of various requirements of the Affordable Care Act by 2017, provided that they meet minimal standards for coverage. The Empowering States to Innovate Act would move that date to 2014.
For the Obama White House, the amendment has a number of politically appealing aspects. The most obvious is that it provides an avenue to the type of federalist approach that the Republican Party, and its standard-bearer Mitt Romney, has argued should have been adopted in the first place. More bluntly, the co-sponsor of the amendment, along with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), is Sen. Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican who happens to share a senior adviser with Romney. FULL ARTICLE
“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.” Benjamin Franklin
When my kids were little, we celebrated July 4th or Independence Day with all the pomp and pageantry it deserved; cook outs, barbeques, desserts galore, and the trip down to the waterfront to enjoy the fireworks and other entertainment organized by the village. We invited friends and neighbors over, and it was one of the few times we had several members of a family in one room. The kids loved the chance to run wild with their friends and all was well with the world… But what did it all really mean? Those gatherings reminded us of the importance of our personal freedom; our right to congregate and enjoy a meal with others without feeling as if we were under siege. We didn’t have to worry…
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA! We are 235 years old! We look back on a history fighting for “government of the people and by the people.” Thirteen colonies of England defied King George 3 and formed a new nation, a confederacy of 13 states. [Thank you France for your role.] Soon the confederacy was abandoned and we became a republic with a federal government which continues to evolve in power and reach. Although the black splotch of slavery is a part of our history, black Americans have reached all levels of society and the military. We now have a US President who is half black and half white. More and more civil rights are being recognized for oppressed minorities. Although we experience a looming economic crisis, we enjoy the largest economy in the world. We remain the only super power in the world. Our President is revered as “The Leader of the Free World.”
So, enjoy your BBQs and cookouts. Sing along to patriotic songs at the town square. Be amazed by the splendiferous fireworks in person and on PBS TV. In all ways enjoy being an A M E R I C A N !
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