JUST LOOK AT HOW CORRUPT OUR GOVERNMENT IS BECOMING

Like it or not — believe it or not — the people running the Federal Government currently pose the greatest threat to our freedom. To buy time, all we can do is insist that our state government protect us from the Federal Government. Unfortunately, we put Terry McAuliffe in our state house.      😦

We can only hope and pray that most of the foolish people who voted McAuliffe will soon realize the full extent of their stupidity.

Delegate Bob Marshall sent this email out yesterday.

Obama’s “Navigators” & Community Organizing (HB 136)
  “You never let a serious crisis go to waste ... it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.” [Rahm Emanuel, (D) Mayor of Chicago, past Chief of Staff for Barack Obama]  

“We the people” paid $67 million to register democrat voters by Obamacare’s nationwide traveling Obamacare salesmen called “Navigators.” HHS awarded that much tax money to pay over 100 pro-Obama leftist groups in 34 states to sign up enrollees for Obamacare and show how enrollees can register to vote at the same time.

Among the Navigators are Planned Parenthood affiliates, homosexual activist organizations, United Way groups, Area Aging agencies, consumer health groups, Community Action Agencies, Migrant Health and the Virginia Poverty Law Center. http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Programs-and-Initiatives/Health-Insurance-Marketplaces/Downloads/navigator-list-10-18-2013.pdf Navigators can be felons, do not have to be bonded, or receive the education and training required of regular insurance agents.

On page 59 (of the 61 page HHS Obamacare application) the applicant is asked, "Would you like to register to vote?" The close proximity of such a voter registration question to the certification of a government subsidy surely must suggest the two are somehow linked.

Navigator Abuses
The US House Oversight Committee conducted a hearing on Navigators (12/6/13). Among other issues, Chairman Darrel Issa noted, “In Dallas, Navigators have been caught on camera advising individuals to commit tax fraud by under reporting income in order to gain higher subsidies.”

Delegate Marshall’s Legislative Response
Because of these and other problems I introduced HB 136 which provides that any Obamacare Navigator or affiliated group must be licensed by the State Corporation Commission and would require completing a training program, passing an exam, and submitting a criminal history. The SCC will not issue or renew a license to a “Navigator” for felony conviction involving fraud, misuse of funds, misuse of information, being required to register with the Sex Offender Registry, or knowingly providing inaccurate information to uninsured persons regarding premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions.

HB 136 also makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor for a Navigator to provide applicant information to any political party or private group or person for voter registration, to disclose a social security number or any other personal information of any applicant or to encourage or direct an individual to knowingly make any false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements or representations to an exchange or government agency in connection with enrollment for Obamacare. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB136

Obama’s Health Care Vote Buying
Obama and his “progressives” are using tax money to increase their own political power, not just for one election, but for decades. Navigators nationwide will create a class of voters heavily dependent on tax-paid healthcare giveaways. Obama meant it when he said he would change America, and he is doing it with our tax money.

Our tax dollars are subsidizing millions of Obamacare recipients and will create a new constituency motivated to turn out at the polls to vote for liberal democrats. Talking the virtues of a Free Market economy to such voters won’t cut it. Democrat political party bosses in 1890’s New York City Tammany Hall would have loved to have such leverage!

Cautions from Social Security Commissioner
Michael Astrue [HHS general counsel (1989-92) and Social Security Commissioner (2007-13)] recently wrote: “HHS opened the door to large-scale fraud by providing funding for tens of thousands of ‘navigators’ ... to persuade the uninsured to apply for coverage ... Instead of hiring well-screened, well-trained, and well-supervised workers, HHS decided to build political support for the Affordable Care Act by pouring money into supportive organizations ... these navigators are unaccountable, and yet they will be asking people for Social Security numbers and other sensitive information.” [Weekly Standard, 10/21/13]

Citizens need to remember that, “At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials singled out for scrutiny not only groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names but also nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to... the agency’s inspector general. ... IRS field office ... decided to focus on groups making statements that ‘criticize how the country is being run’ and those that were involved in educating Americans ‘on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.’” [Washington Post, 5/12/13]

It is naive beyond description to think that Barack Obama, the most power-grasping president in American history, would not want to use this opportunity to solidify power for himself and fellow progressives.

State Attorneys General Weigh In
Thirteen Attorneys General wrote HHS Secretary Sebelius in August, 2013 to express their concerns with the lack of security of data integrity furnished by Obamacare applicants:

“... the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ... guidelines appear to provide significantly less protection to consumers with respect to navigators than the states have provided with respect to insurance agents and brokers. ... state-level ... licensed agents and brokers are personally liable if they fail to comply with these laws and requirements, and are obligated to maintain professional liability insurance to protect consumers.

Your guidance does not include comparably rigorous training or educational requirements for navigators. ... impose specific liability for disclosing ... private information that will be given to counselors. Existing laws criminally prohibit sharing certain forms of consumer information ... but those laws do not cover all the information consumers will provide to these HHS-sponsored programs.

.... HHS will be giving its stamp of approval to every counselor who interacts with a consumer. This position of trust will allow counselors to gain access to a wide variety of personal information from unsuspecting consumers.”

As proof of this, a Minnesota Obamacare exchange employee “accidentally sent an e-mail file to an Apple Valley insurance broker’s office ... that contained Social Security numbers, names, business addresses and other identifying information on more than 2,400 insurance agents.”

“An official at MNsure, the state’s new online health insurance exchange, acknowledged it had mishandled private data. A MNsure security manager called the broker, Jim Koester, and walked him and his assistant through a process of deleting the file from their computer hard drives. Koester said he willingly complied, but was unnerved.”

“‘The more I thought about it, the more troubled I was,’ he said. ‘What if this had fallen into the wrong hands? It’s scary. If this is happening now, how can clients of MNsure be confident their data is safe?’” [Minneapolis Star-Tribune, 9/13/13 http://www.startribune.com/business/223564521.html]

The answer is you can’t. And Obama doesn’t care because his law is primarily geared to securing votes for the next several elections with a tenuous promise to Americans they will have health care. In mob pressure tactic fashion, Americans were ordered to sign up for Obamacare or pay a fine. Even King George III never made American colonists buy tea! Your personal security is secondary to Obama’s political goals.

Garner Support
Please ask your delegate and senator to support HB 136. And ask you friends to do the same. Go to http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/VGAMain?openform to learn who your delegate and senator are. Ask that they co-patron HB 136 or at least vote for it.

“You can Keep Your Insurance.” (HB 236)
A December, 2013 USA Today/Pew research poll found that Americans who viewed Obama as trustworthy fell 14% “from 66% to 52%. This is Obama’s lowest rating for trustworthiness ... This decline in Obama’s credibility may well reflect public reactions to his promise that if people like their current health care plans they would be able to keep them under the Affordable Care Act.”

When Republicans in Congress wanted to delay Obamacare’s implementation for a year, Obama said he would not negotiate with Republican obstructionists. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement saying the President would veto the bill rather than delay Obamacare, adding, “Republicans decided they would rather make an ideological point by demanding the sabotage of the health care law.”

During the late September 2013 shutdown fight looming in Congress, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md, accused Republicans in the House of Representatives of "rampant irresponsibility" for seeking a year’s delay in implementing Obamacare. Then all of of a sudden, millions of Americans started receiving notices that their individual coverage policies would be cancelled, which the Administration knew would happen.

Obama Does About Face
Obama has now completely reversed himself and embraced policies he previously denounced without even a whimper of protest from his defenders in the media or his slavish congressional supporters for taking actions his press secretary characterized only weeks before as “the sabotage of the health care law” by Republicans.

U. S. Senator Mark Warner also made similar false claims about being able to keep your insurance and your doctor. And so with literally millions of Americans losing their individual coverage health plans, which the Administration knew would happen, Obama, without passing a new law or citing any Congressional authority from his abominable Affordable Care Act, just issued a directive to HHS that Americans could renew their old non Obamacare compliant policies. (Where he gets such wizard-like authority is a subject for a different alert.)

Obama tells HHS to Amend his own Law
On December 19, 2013, HHS, not the White House, issued a memorandum, minus any citation of legal authority from the ACA to do so, allowing Americans in the individual insurance market to purchase their prior catastrophic plans for another year. http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Regulations-and-Guidance/Downloads/cancellation-consumer-options-12-19-2013.pdf As for those millions of Americans who already purchase the much more expensive Obamacare replacements with higher deductibles and who will not now be able to see their previous doctor, well, compassion has run out for them at the White House.

I called Virginia’s Insurance Commissioner regarding Obama’s flipflop statement. She told me that in Virginia, we have to follow the law--a concept apparently foreign to Washington. She said that because the General Assembly passed a law conforming our health insurance statutes to Obamacare (which I opposed), she was powerless to initiate an administrative switch to allow Virginians to simply renew their previous health insurance policy.

Delegate Bob Marshall’s Legislative Response
I introduced HB 236 which provides that a health insurance carrier may offer or renew a previous catastrophic coverage health benefit plan that would otherwise not be allowed because it does not meet the many requirements of Obama’s Affordable Care Act. If enacted, my law would allow Americans to purchase the prior catastrophic coverage plans as long as the Obama Administration suspends the Affordable Care Act. HB 236 has an emergency clause to allow former health insurance plans which Obama criticized as inadequate, substandard, or lacking in so-called essential protections, to be purchased or renewed immediately. http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?141+ful+HB236

Please ask your delegate and senator to co-sponsor or vote for HB 136 so Virginians who lost their individual catastrophic coverage may still be able to purchase such coverage at least for the next year. And please ask you friends to do the same. Go to http://conview.state.va.us/whosmy.nsf/VGAMain?openform to learn who your delegate and senator are.
P.S. Donations may be accepted up until midnight, January 7. Donate before midnight January 7 so I can continue this fight in Richmond!

Thank you for your support.

If you are nervous about the link above and still want to donate, just go to Delegate Bob Marshall’s regular website => http://delegatebob.com/. There is a link there you can use.

We are on the verge of becoming a lawless nation. If we become a lawless nation, what does that mean?

  • It means the guy in charge can order you and me to do whatever he wants.
  • It means the guy in charge can punish you without any due process of law.
  • It means anything you own can be taken from you.
  • It means you don’t even own yourself.
  • It means you cannot protect either yourself or you loved ones.
  • It means we have no rights to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness.

If not enough people care we will lose the freedoms that once made being an American something special. Do enough people care? Unfortunately, because we elected McAuliffe, Marshall will probably require a veto proof majority to get his bill passed and signed into law. Thus, Virginia, once the cradle of American liberty, could very well be AWOL as this generation battles to protect the liberty of our people.

FREEDOM FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO PROTECT OUR FREEDOM?

freedomconscienceH/T to   boudicabpi. See Military Punishes Soldier for Serving Chick-fil-A.

Please think about the absurdity. Here is a guy celebrating a promotion. So what happens when the Obama administration’s political officers hear he has said and done something politically incorrect?

A U.S. Army serviceman has been reprimanded for serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at a party celebrating his promotion to master sergeant.

The unidentified soldier was investigated, reprimanded, threatened with judicial action, and given a bad efficiency report after sending invitations that read, “In honor of my promotion and in honor of the Defense of Marriage Act, I’m serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at my promotion party,” according to the Chaplain Alliance for Religious Liberty.

“They say he is no longer a team player and was not performing up to standards,” Chaplain Alliance Executive Director Ron Crews told Fox News. “This is just one little example of a case of a soldier just wanting to express his views and now he’s been jumped on by the military.”(continued here)

If we allow the Obama administration to get away with this sort of hypocrisy, we are finished as nation. Think about it. This guy had just been promoted to master sergeant. That’s a senior enlisted rank. Would the Obama administration put its boot on his neck if he had:

  • Served hotdogs wrapped in edible condoms to honor”safe sex,” Planned Parenthood, and “gay rights.”
  • Chastised the drivers of large SUVs and provided table decorations and brochures that explained the virtues of windmills and solar power panels
  • Provided a multi-cultural meal that demonstrated his tolerance for Islam, Wicca, and Atheists.
  • And so forth.

Yet honoring a restaurant chain for its defense of traditional marriage is insubordinate?

Here are some other articles on this story.

As ridiculous as it sounds, this is for real.

A SAD STATE OF NEGLECT: DON’T THEY THINK OUR CONSTITUTION IS IMPORTANT?

constitution1.pngOn Wednesday, Senator Rand Paul filibustered. Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, both dependable RINOs, slammed Paul’s filibuster. Why Rand Paul’s Filibuster Matters provides a list of reasons for the filibuster.

Why the excitement over an especially long-winded speech? Paul insisted that the people in charge pay due respect to the document the have sworn to uphold.

A Clear Misuse of the Filibuster, a post at Red NoVA, details the reasons to oppose Paul’s filibuster, basically calling the filibuster a stunt. But such a description misses the point. Unless we hold our leaders accountable to the Constitution, what good is it? And some people have begun to notice what is happening. They have noted a contradiction. Our leaders now tell us that unless the Constitution says they cannot do something, they can do it. However, the Constitution itself says that is not true.

Amendment X

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

The Constitution delegates powers to the Federal Government by saying what it can do, not what it can’t do. Nonetheless, Congress consumes most of the Federal Budget on programs that only the ignorant or devious would say the Constitution authorizes.

Anyway, Senator Rand Paul has explained his reason for the filibuster in an editorial. Please read it.

PAUL: Rising in defense of the Constitution: ‘Giving up the Bill of Rights and the Fifth Amendment is  a travesty’

On Wednesday, I rose to begin a filibuster on the nomination of John  O. Brennan to be director of the CIA.  I stood up with the intent of speaking until I was no longer able to speak. I  vowed to speak as long as it took, until an alarm was sounded from coast to  coast that our Constitution is important, that our rights to trial by jury are  precious, and that no American should be killed by a drone on U.S. soil without  having been found guilty in a court of law.

I didn’t rise to oppose Mr. Brennan’s  nomination simply based on him as a person. I rose to defend the principles of  our Constitution, principles for which we have fought long and hard. To give up  on that principle — the Bill of Rights, the Fifth Amendment — is a travesty. I  will not sit back and allow the president to shred our Constitution. (continued here)

STORM WINDS

Delegate Scott Lingamfelter is running for Lt. Governor.  Here he talks about leadership.lingamfelter

Leadership in the Storm

As I travel Virginia, I find people like me who are deeply disappointed in the Republican Party. They frequently express their unhappiness with Washington and the failure of our party to stand firm against the Obama-style politics that are threatening our nation.

They also express their dissatisfaction with local and state government’s failure to hold the line against higher taxes. Just look at my own county of Prince William where even while our home assessments have plunged $18 billion, our real-estate taxes have risen by $87 million. Amazingly, from 2007 to 2011 family household taxes in my own county have grown by 11%. Taxes have been increasing, spending has been increasing, debt has been increasing. And at the state level, sadly, tax-hike fever has caught on, which is why I voted NO to the transportation plan and against the Budget which incorporated those tax increases. It’s not hard to see why people are dejected. It’s not hard to see why Republicans are in the dumps.

These are troubling times for our   party. But one thing I learned as a combat veteran and as a conservative member of the House of Delegates is this: When things are going badly, it is no time for leaders to fall back on accusatory, insulting, and hysterical rhetoric. That’s what Obama does. What we need is calm, firm leadership that stands confident in the center of the storm.

Some say that, like the Queen of Hearts   in Alice in Wonderland, that the answer is “off with their heads”.  This attitude is designed to whip up tempers and passions, but offers little in the form of constructive solutions. Yet, I recognize that in today’s political climate, it’s easier to spout off rather than offer true leadership.

I have commanded a number of units in   the Army in war and peace. And in the case when there were real challenges with that unit, the first thing I did was to understand the problem, craft a vision, shape solutions, and execute a plan of action to put things back on track. That’s what Ronald Reagan did when he lead the conservative movement in the 1960’s and 70’s; leadership that helped him be the most successful President in my lifetime.

But even in the best of military units and for that matter political organizations too, when things go bad, real leaders are the ones who maintain calm in the center of the storm.   The people that depend on your leadership want to be confident that you are in   control, that you can lead them forward and accomplish your mission. If your first response to a bad situation-like what we face today as a Party-is to fly off the handle and engage in finger pointing and blame-game rhetoric, you are doing nothing to solve the problem, indeed you have become part of the problem

Look folks, the reason some in our  Republican Party feels it must raise taxes at the Federal, State, and local   level is simple; we have lost our way, we have forgotten our   principles, and we no longer have a clear vision. We must get back on the right path. Ronald Reagan stood for lower taxes, more freedom, and greater opportunity. He understood that more government means less freedom. He understood that a tax dollar spent by a small business is a hundred times more effective in creating jobs than any government program. Reagan knew that   when you unleash the American entrepreneurial spirit and energy that America can’t be touched by anybody. I want us to follow his example.

This is the time for inspiration, not intimidation. It’s time for the steady hand of leadership. This is no time for empty suit politicians who lack true vision for American or Virginia. Rather our nation, our Commonwealth, and our Party needs the firm, calm, and focused leadership of a true authentic conservative.

I am confident we can return to the high-water mark of the Reagan era. If we do, we will be back on the right path of less government, lower taxes and a robust economy. Please join me in this great undertaking by becoming a delegate for me at the Republican Convention in Richmond on May 18th. Just click on the delegate button on this page and while you’re at it, please consider a donation to our campaign to be your next Lieutenant Governor.

We can do this. We can return to the promising times we enjoyed during the Reagan Revolution. But it will take hard work and firm, decisive, and yes, calm leadership to stand amid the political storm of our time to secure a better State and Nation.

On to Victory!

Consider again all the things Lingamfelter called the source of our troubles. These are all things we have brought upon ourselves. We are the storm. To quell the storm, we must return to the founding principles of our nation, and we cannot even agree what those principles might be. Many of us know so little about the history of our nation and philosophy of its founders we have not got a clue.

Even as he promises leadership, Lingamfelter speaks of taxes and spending. Even though he knows we are suffering a spiritual crisis, he cannot speak of it. That, after all, would be perceived as too radical. Nevertheless, the people who founded this nation spoke boldly of God-given rights. Until we are willing to do the same, storm winds will continue to sweep across our land.