Daily Archives: December 9, 2009

90% in New Poll DON’T WANT Government Health Care. Get it?

Check out the poll results below on the “Blame Bush” weariness that’s taken over the electorate since Obama decided to blame everything on him. But check this out. Once again h/t to Congressional Quarterly.

Support for Obama on health care has hit another new low with just 39% of voters now expressing approval of his health care plans and 52% opposed. 90% of respondents who said they were opposed to Obama’s plan said it was because it involved the government too much in health care with just 6% saying their opposition was because it didn’t create enough government involvement. This would seem to refute other recent polling that suggested a large amount of opposition to Obama on health care was coming from the left.

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Poll: "It’s All G-4-3’s Fault" Doesn’t Wash Anymore

H/T Congressional Quarterly. Here’s the poll.
Don’t forget to look at the health care numbers: 90% don’t want more government in health care!
But look at the numbers for the subject of this blog post:

Perhaps the greatest measure of Obama’s declining support is that just 50% of voters now say they prefer having him as President to George W. Bush, with 44% saying they’d rather have his predecessor. Given the horrendous approval ratings Bush showed during his final term that’s somewhat of a surprise and an indication that voters are increasingly placing the blame on Obama for the country’s difficulties instead of giving him space because of the tough situation he inherited. The closeness in the Obama/Bush numbers also has implications for the 2010 elections. Using the Bush card may not be particularly effective for Democrats anymore, which is good news generally for Republicans and especially ones like Rob Portman who are running for office and have close ties to the former President.

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Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial Back in Court Wednesday

If the ACLU succeeds in this case against the Mt. Soledad Veteran’s Memorial Cross you can expect a flurry of lawsuits against other memorials featuring crosses.
What does the cross stand for? Sacrifice? Yes. Valor. Yes. The cross is featured in medals of valor for the branches of the service.
The case goes back to the 9th Circus Court of Appeals meeting in Pasadena tomorrow. 
Our Rees Lloyd will be there and he’ll be on the show tomorrow to talk about what happened, that is, if he’s not in jail (really).

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Four in five swine flu ‘patients’ did not have disease

From the UK Telegraph

Around one million doses of Tamiflu have so far been given out, but according to the figures, hundreds of thousands of packets could have been wasted as most people with symptoms of flu did not have the H1N1 pandemic virus.

Random swabs taken by the Health Protection Agency show that four out of five people calling the National Pandemic Flu Service with symptoms of the disease, did not test positive for it.

At the end of the first wave of the pandemic in Britain, just one in twenty people calling the flu line with symptoms tested positive.

The problem? Possibly millions of dollars wasted on unneeded and unnecessary medication.

I wonder if anyone will take a similar look at the US Crisis?

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Liberty Counsel to Ashland Principal: It’s OK to Put Up a Christmas Tree at School

 The principal at Bellview Elementary in Ashland, Oregon has received this letter from the folks at Liberty Counsel instructing her that it’s perfectly appropriate to allow a Christmas tree at school. The principal took down the school’s Giving Tree, listeners to the Victoria Taft Show Friday will know, because a parent complained that the tree was a religious symbol. In its place she put two snowmen. This is what the Liberty Counsel said of the old switcheroo:

…the Establishment Clause also prohibits government from being hostile to religion. Selecting one legal holiday for negative treatment and special restrictions solely because it has some relgious aspect clearly demonstrates hostility to religion, generally, and Christianity, particularly, thereby violating the Establishment Clause. You have stated that the Christmas tree was taken down because it was a religious symbol and you did not want to make any students feel unwelcome. Such viewpoint discrimination can not withstand Constitutional scrutiny.

We write to request that you immediately replace the snowmen with the original display, the Chrstimas tree.

 The Liberty Counsel also sent the Ashland school principal a legal memorandum on what’s acceptable in the public square and schools at Christmas (here). The following is part of a summary of what’s acceptable,

Public schools are not religion-free zones. Classroom discussion of the religious aspects of
the holidays is permissible. A holiday display in a classroom may include a nativity scene or other
religious imagery so long as the context also includes secular symbols. A choral performance may include religious songs. Indeed, the majority of the songs may be religious so long as the
performance also includes secular holiday songs. If the students select their own songs independent  of the direction of school officials, then there is no requirement that the songs include secular numbers.
Students may distribute religious Christmas cards to their classmates during noninstructional
time, before or after school or between classes. If the students are not required to dress in uniform, then they may wear clothing with religious words or symbols or don religious jewelry.

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Hold Your Nose, Here it Comes: Harry’s Health Care Bill

POLITICO Breaking News:
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Senate Democrats have reached a “broad agreement” on a health reform bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday night — a plan that negotiators have said would create a new national health-care plan with private insurers, and a chance for older Americans to “buy in” to Medicare.

For more information…http://www.politico.com

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