Say “Good Bye” to John McCain By the Bear

Before you ask me …Yes, I did vote for John McCain in the 2008 Presidential Election because I saw him as the lesser of two evils at that time and I will add this additional disclaimer … I pulled the lever on the voting machine with tears in my eyes. Voting for the lesser of two evils has become a common tradition in America.

I will dispense with all the accolades about McCain’s military service record and simply say the country thanks him for his service. That was long ago and the McCain that I am writing about is his tenure as a United States Senator. The GOP’s Rino in standing from Arizona who seems to have something to say about every national issue of the day.

Immediately after the conclusion of Ted Cruz’s 20 some hour’s marathon speech, the Democratic response to Cruz’s was given by none other than John McCain who is in my opinion has always been a Democrat at heart. And like a true Democrat he compared Cruz’s to Britain’s Nazi appeasers claiming it insulted his father and grandfather, who fought against Germany. Nice going John, you just insulted every conservative in America with that but of course insulting conservatives is all part of the Democratic playbook.

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., aptly called it “the Democratic response” to Cruz. It can be summed up in two of McCain’s own defeatist words: “We lost.”

He proceeded to call Obama’s re-election a popular endorsement of ObamaCare totally dismissing the 2010 election results that swept control of the House of Representatives into Republican control.

I could add many things to McCain’s Rino track record in this column but the one that still grates on me the most is McCain’s aligning himself with Ted Kennedy closed door backroom deal on immigration reform. All the country got out of this was a 700 mile fence that was never completed.

John McCain has always been known as a man that likes to reach across the aisle and that’s because he has always been sitting on the wrong side of the aisle. Whether McCain realizes or not the new young bulls are now the new face of the Republican Party …Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio and Jeff Sessions.

At the age of 77 whether he likes it or not he no longer represents the views of the modern day GOP young bulls, it time to go and find a nice retirement home in Arizona before you do any more damage to the GOP brand.

Just one more thing John, have you ever heard of Reagan’s 11th Commandment, “Thou shalt not speak ill of thy fellow Republican,”

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What We Just Saw By Michael Walsh

In the aftermath of Senator Ted Cruz’s epic performance on the Senate floor, a few observations:

    After his disgraceful attacks on Cruz, including his reach-across-the-aisle, dog-in-the-manger response today, this should be the end of Senator John McCain as a voice of influence in the Republican party. Ditto his mini-me, Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, the entire Old Guard of business-as-usual “comity” fans passeth. When you care more about what the other side thinks, it’s probably time either to switch teams or step down.

Read more at NRO Online

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Cruz Control Should be Standard on All GOP Models By Ann Coulter

If I could briefly interrupt the Republican firing squad aiming at Ted Cruz, let’s talk about something we all agree on. And by “we all,” I mean a majority of the American people, the Teamsters, many Democrats and every single last Republican.

Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster.

It was passed illegally without the House ever voting on the Senate bill and became law absent a single Republican vote — even “the girls from Maine” and “the girl from Arizona” — the only major legislation ever enacted on a strict party-line vote. The Supreme Court had to violate the Constitution’s separation of powers to uphold Obamacare as a “tax” — despite the fact that no elected body could ever have enacted such a massive tax hike even with the sleazy parliamentary tricks used to pass this bill.

Proving that everyone hates it, Congress has now exempted itself from Obamacare’s provisions, having asked for, and received, a waiver from President Obama.

Yes, these are the exact same politicians who lecture us that Obamacare is “the law of the land!” (So are our immigration laws.) The same ones who huffily announce that the Supreme Court upheld it! (The court also upheld the First Amendment in Citizens United, but that doesn’t stop Obama from demanding Congress overturn the First Amendment.) They are the same sanctimonious frauds who tell us that Obamacare is “the right thing to do!”

Those guys waived Obamacare for themselves. If national health care is so great, why don’t they want it?

Read more at Front Page Magazine

Time to go

ObamaCare Making Doctor Shortage Crisis Even Worse By SALLY C. PIPES

America’s doctor shortage is quickly becoming a crisis. No less than 14 states have introduced legislation or created new programs to deal with the problem.

The Association of American Medical Colleges reports that the country is currently short 20,000 doctors. Over the next decade, that number could quintuple.

And ObamaCare is only making things worse. Physicians are responding to the health reform law’s intrusive regulations and insufficient payments by treating fewer patients — or even abandoning the medical profession altogether.

One cornerstone of ObamaCare is its expansion of Medicaid, the jointly run federal-state health insurance program for the poor.

Starting in 2014, the program will cover all Americans with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level. The federal government will absorb 100% of the cost of this expansion through 2016, and then a declining share in subsequent years, until the feds’ responsibility rests at 90% in 2020. By then, some 12 million people will have gained coverage anew through Medicaid.

But the program is already dysfunctional. Reimbursement rates are so low — about 60% of the rate paid by private insurers — that doctors routinely refuse to see Medicaid patients. A recent study published in Health Affairs found that 33% of doctors did not accept new Medicaid patients in 2010 and 2011.

By throwing millions more people into the program without raising Medicaid payment rates, ObamaCare will make it even harder for patients covered by the program to secure care.

The story is much the same for the government’s other big health program — Medicare. More than 9,500 doctors opted out of treating Medicare patients in 2012. That’s almost triple the number that abandoned Medicare in 2009.

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The Hypocrisy Of Congress’s Gold-Plated Health Care By WILLIAM BENNETT And CHRISTOPHER BEACH

Special subsidies for Hill workers trample on the Founders’ code of equal application of the law.

As close observers of history and human nature, James Madison and the other Founders of the U.S. Constitution knew that the equal and unbiased application of the law to all people, especially elected officials, is essential to freedom and justice and one of the primary safeguards from authoritarianism and oppression by a ruling class.

And so, referring to the members of Congress, James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 57:

    “[T]hey can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society.”

Today, elected officials need to be reminded of these truths. Under pressure from Congress, the White House has carved out a special exemption for Congress and its staffers from ObamaCare—the law it recently deemed necessary for the entire country. No Republicans voted for ObamaCare. Yet it appears that some of them support the exemption President Obama approved on his own—so they would not have to go on record with a vote for or against it.

This is the height of hypocrisy, and worse, a trampling of the Founders’ code of equal application of the law.

Read more from Wall Street Journal

Killers on the Loose By William Murchison

The war on terror is back — and we remain leaderless.

Those very, very, very loose cannons, known as Muslim jihadists, have been shooting off around the world — massacring Christians in Pakistan, Africans in Nairobi, and all kinds of Syrians, and in the process, reminding serious Westerners (we still have a few) of the need for clear leadership amid clear and present dangers.

So far, we can be sure only of one thing: We have no line on what’s happening. Accordingly, we don’t know what to do.

One might suppose we had figured out some of the essential matters 10 years ago, starting with the attack on the twin towers, followed by the U.S. counter-attacks in Afghanistan and Iraq. We were on the right track. We knew that a crazed — I used the adjective deliberately, in its dictionary sense, without theological overtones — faction in the Muslim world wants us dead or submissive on account of our disgusting commitment to human freedom, made worse by our outrageous instinct to defend and pursue that freedom abroad.

It has come to this: If you believe in freedom or in Jesus Christ or in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, you’re a target for elimination at the hand of the crazies. (Aren’t people who blow themselves up, and others with them, just a little, you know, tetched in the head?) The world is at war in a way unfamiliar to most of its 7 billion people, but we are at war, nonetheless, and are in need of strong leadership, as I was saying.

Read more at American Spectator

From a Marine Corps Colonel in Afghanistan.

“So with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of advice to
the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem at a sporting
event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical gyrations for your
concerts. Just sing this song the way you were taught to sing it in
kindergarten – straight up, no styling.

“Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors,
airmen and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.
Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets wearing
their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their cardigans and you
want them to be proud of you for honoring them and the country they love -
not because you want them to think you are a superstar musician.

They could see that from your costume, makeup and your entourage.

Sing ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ with the courtesy and humility that tells
the audience that it is about America, not you.

And please remember, not everything has to be sung as a Negro spiritual.

We’re getting a little weary of that.

Francis Scott Key does not need any help.”