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A Tale of Two Mandates

An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month.

At least 24 hours before the performance of an abortion, a qualified medical professional trained in sonography and working under the supervision of a physician licensed in the Commonwealth shall perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging on the patient undergoing the abortion for the purpose of determining gestational age.

Two mandates; one from a piece of legislation championed by Democrats, one from legislation championed from Republicans. The first is the individual healthcare mandate from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the second is the ultrasound mandate from HB 462, recently signed into law by Gov. McDonnell.

Both are examples of an overreach in the government’s authority to compel behavior.

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Written by Coby Dillard

March 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

The War’s Not Over

Nearly three dozen House Democrats are calling on Republicans to withdraw a section of the 2012 defense authorization bill that they say would effectively declare a state of permanent war against unnamed Taliban and al Qaeda operatives.

A Tuesday letter from House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) and 32 other Democrats argues that affirming continued war against terrorist forces goes too far, giving too much authority to the president without debate in Congress.

…and back to September 10, 2011 we go.

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Written by Coby Dillard

May 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Owning Our History (So We Don’t Repeat It)

“Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

That quote’s attributed to so many different people that I can’t nail down the exact source of it. That said, it’s time for many of us in the Republican Party to have a history lesson. Why?

Last month, RNC chair Michael Steele said the following when asked why blacks should vote Republican:

“You really don’t have a reason to, to be honest — we haven’t done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True.”

“We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans,” Steele said. “This party was co-founded by blacks, among them Frederick Douglass. The Republican Party had a hand in forming the NAACP, and yet we have mistreated that relationship. People don’t walk away from parties, Their parties walk away from them.

That didn’t make Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson very happy:

“Michael Steele is a RINO (Republican In Name Only) — he’s dividing the party and hurting recruitment efforts,” said Rev. Peterson. “Since January I have called for the GOP to fire Steele because he cannot be trusted to lead the party to victory. I’m hoping that party leaders will finally get over their fear of being called racists and dump him before it’s too late.”

Peterson then went on to pose several questions for Steele.

Is Steele right? Of course he is…and though I would’ve said that this time last year, there were several things that happened on McDonnell’s campaign that proved it.  And he’s right for reasons that some black conservatives (many in my demographic, but some older as well) know all too well: we don’t carry our message to the black community, and when we try, it doesn’t relate to the issues and realities they face daily.

So what has the modern-day (which we’ll call post-1964, since that’s about when the shift took place) GOP done to alienate black voters? Let’s see.

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A Mess of Their Own Making

Remember all those Republicans who said that Obamacare didn’t do anything to prohibit insurance companies from raising health insurance premiums (which contributed to the actual high cost of healthcare)? If they were wrong, would this be necessary?

Fearing that health insurance premiums may shoot up in the next few years, Senate Democrats laid a foundation on Tuesday for federal regulation of rates, four weeks after President Obama signed a law intended to rein in soaring health costs.

Mr. Harkin praised a bill introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, that would give the secretary of health and human services the power to review premiums and block “any rate increase found to be unreasonable.” Under the bill, the federal government could regulate rates in states where state officials did not have “sufficient authority and capability” to do so.

The White House offered a similar proposal in the weeks leading up to approval of the health care legislation last month. But it was omitted from the final measure, in part for procedural reasons.

“For procedural reasons.” In other words, the Democrats eliminated something from the bill to restrict the free market from doing what it’s supposed to do(!) because they couldn’t pass it the way they wanted to. Now they have to clean up a mess that not only they saw coming, but did nothing to stop, and everything to create.

And who determines what “sufficient authority and capability” is? If a state requests assistance from the government, that’s one thing. But if the government just says they’re going to review and set all the premium rates themselves, wouldn’t that be a(nother) violation of the 10th Amendment?

So, I’ve got a representative who not only voted to cut funding to the state’s best children’s hospital, but also voted to raise insurance rates for the very people he claimed this bill would benefit.

The ads almost write themselves.

HB2DF, Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

April 22, 2010 at 8:00 am

The Left Can Go to Hell…

…with their accusations of astroturfing, after I found this on Craigslist in the “nonprofit sector” jobs section:

Progressive Activists Needed! (Norfolk)


Date: 2009-08-05, 5:22PM EDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]


 

* No previous experience required!

* No door-to-door!

* No fundraising!

* Fun work environment!

* Flexible schedules!

* Great political experience!

Join the historical effort to reform our country’s energy policy. Work to lobby Congress to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act. Delay is not an option!

Earn $90 a day!

Call Eric Smith @ (removed)

Pot, meet kettle. Keep your false outrage to yourselves.
HB2DF,
 
-Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

August 10, 2009 at 11:22 am

Memo to the DNC (and other Democratic officials)

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. Thomas Paine, “The Crisis”

Over the course of this week, the Democratic National Committee, in conjunction with just about every liberal-minded organization imaginable, has made an effort to label people who exercise their rights to question their elected officials as some sort of paid insurgent operation. According to them, we’re a “right wing extremist mob”…

I’m going to take off my campaign hat for a second to set a couple things straight.

First off, we’re not a mob. Yes, we’re loud…because our officials in Washington aren’t listening to our calls and emails. Yes, we’re upset…because there’s a few people there-okay, more than a few-that seem to think that just because they won an election, they have some sort of mandate to take over our industries and tell us that the government can perform certain tasks better than the private sector.

Yes, elections have consequences. But one of them isn’t the right to take an already bad situation and manipulate it to advance an agenda that will only make it worse. I’m sorry, but you don’t have that right. Change only means something if what’s to come is better than what’s been. Short of that, you’re not doing anything productive.

So some of us are gonna take advantage of the August recess to remind you of the things you’re supposed to be doing. Don’t run from us or hide events among your supporters; you represent those who disagree with you as well. In fact, you may well gather a begrudging respect if you take your message outside of your normal circles. Make your case, then hear ours. That’s your job. And at the end of the day, we can’t ask any more of you than that.

And, lest someone accuse me of being a corporate shrill or stooge…The Dillard Doctrine paid for and is responsible for the content of this post.

We’ll see you in the streets.

HB2DF,

-Coby

Written by Coby Dillard

August 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm

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Rhetoric vs. Reality

Let’s talk Gtimo.

In a clear setback for President Barack Obama, Senate Democrats moved Tuesday to both wipe out $80 million in new funding for the closing the Guantanamo detention facility and bar the administration from moving prisoners to U.S. soil until there is a more detailed plan provided to lawmakers. 

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) confirmed the decision, which follows intense pressure from Republicans going into debate over a $91.3 billion wartime spending bill expected to come to the floor late Tuesday. 

“We’ll wipe out all the money,” Inouye said, “And I’ll put in a provision that says none of the funds in this bill or any other bill can be used to pay for the transfer of detainees from Guantanamo to the United States.” 

Well, good for them for figuring out what those of us on the right have known all long: you can’t close Guantanamo correctly without a plan. And President Obama doesn’t have one.

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Written by Coby Dillard

May 19, 2009 at 8:13 pm