Economy

Weekend Reflections: THE MOUNT VERNON STATEMENT ~ Moving Our Nation Back To Our Founding Principles!


It’s time to fight back!

The increased assaults on our freedoms and our culture have reached a tipping point, and it’s time to respond.

Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell just left our studios after recording an exclusive video message he is eager for you to see.

Please click here to view his video now.

 

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Brent recently joined with more than 80 conservative leaders whose concern over our country’s future led them to sign The Mount Vernon Statement – to reaffirm their commitment to our founding principles and the Constitutional rule of law.

But predictably, the liberal media largely ignored this important event, because it didn’t fit their narrative. They consistently support ideas that move us further and further away from founding principles like limited government and individual liberty.CBS and NBC sent camera crews to the signing, but didn’t air anything on it. ABC did not even send a crew! All three networks were more pre-occupied with Tiger Woods (before he even made his public statement!) than they were with the historic Mt. Vernon signing.

Since that ceremony on the grounds of Mount Vernon, tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life and political affiliations have added their names to this document – understanding that to survive as a nation we need to come together to reaffirm and defend our Constitution.

The Mount Vernon Statement is spreading like a wildfire across the country because of friends like you who are energetically leading others to sign this important document at a critical time in our nation’s history.

Charles, perhaps you missed our earlier messages, but with the movement picking up momentum, now is the perfect time to add your name to this historic document simply by clicking here.

Over the next 10 days we’re counting on you to help us rally and mobilize an additional 25,000 citizen signers.

After listening to Brent’s video alert and adding your name to The Mount Vernon Statement, help us educate the public by forwarding this message to 30-40 friends, encouraging them to follow your lead by clicking here.

As Brent says, “this is a national call to action to return to Constitutional principles.” We need your help to spread this message to all freedom-loving Americans

Thank you for standing with the MRC and supporting this effort.

David Martin

“The American Public Is Not Behind This Bill”

After more than a year of $862 billion dollar deficit stimulus bills, national-debt-doubling federal budgets, and government takeovers of the auto industry, it is difficult to remember that President Barack Obama actually ran as a moderate in many ways. On his way to a 53% – 46% win over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), then-Sen. Obama promised to “cut taxes for 95% of workers and their families,” expand the Army by 65,000 and the Marines by 27,000, and enact “a net spending cut” for the federal government. Obama promised lower taxes, a strong defense and shrinking the size of government. No wonder independents in nine states that went for President George Bush in 2000 and 2004 switched their vote to Obama in 2008 (CO, FL, IN, IA, NV, NM, NC, OH and VA). But now those independents are beginning to reassess. Public Policy Polling (a liberal polling firm) notes that Obama now has a negative approval rating in every state that he flipped from the Bush column to his in 2008.

And now President Obama has lost one of his biggest and earliest supporters on his signature issue: health care. Yesterday, when pressed on CNBC if he would be in favor of scrapping the Senate health care bill, Warren Buffett responded: “I would be.” Specifically, Buffett believes that the Senate bill will not contain health care costs: “We have a health system that, in terms of cost, is really out of control, and if you take this line and you project what has been happening into the future, we will get less and less competitive. So, we need something else. Unfortunately, we came up with a bill that really doesn’t attack the cost situation that much and we have to have a fundamental change.” Buffett is correct on both fronts: 1) the President’s own Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reported that the Senate health care bill would raise national health expenditures $234 billion by 2019; and 2) our current system is completely unable to control exploding health care costs.

So why is our current system completely unable to control costs? For the same reason most Americans over-eat at buffets: when you don’t have to pay for each plate of food, you usually eat more. In recent decades, the percentage of health care spending paid “out of pocket” by patients has fallen substantially, from 52% in 1965 to only 15% in 2005. Instead of patients paying for the care they receive, our system is built around a third-party payment system where the government and insurance companies are the ones who actually pay for individual medical expenses. When prices are determined through administrative procedures rather than market processes, both patients and producers are anesthetized from normal market incentives to reduce prices and spending. That is why our health care costs are rising so rapidly.

And every major pillar of Obamacare makes the third-party-payer problem worse: mandates that limit out-of-pocket spending by patients, mandates that extend the minimum benefits insurance must cover, a massive expansion of Medicaid, and lower limits on the tax deductibility of out-of-pocket spending. And the one measure that the left once pointed to as its key cost-reducing measure – the taxing of expensive health insurance plans – has been gutted and pushed back until 2018, when any honest observer knows it will never be implemented. Commenting on the state of health care reform, Buffet told CNBC yesterday:

If it was a choice today between plan A, which is what we’ve got, or plan B, what is in front of — the Senate bill, I would vote for the Senate bill. But I would much rather see a plan C that really attacks costs. And I think that’s what the American public wants to see. I mean, the American public is not behind this bill. And we need the American public behind the bill, because it’s going to have to do some tough things.

The current system is unsustainable. We do need heath care reform. But not reform that is opposed by the vast majority of the American people and makes the core problem of the current system worse. The President should follow Buffett’s advice, scrap the current bill and start over.

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