Thursday, October 3, 2013

THYME Magazine

Citizen Journalism with a Better Flavor

Volume VI, Issue XVI

"A human law has the character of law to the extent that it accords with right reason, and thus derives from the eternal law. Insofar as it falls short of right reason it is said to be an unjust law, and thus has not so much the nature of law." -- St. Thomas Aquinas

The 'other' weekly news magazine this week presents a crossed-out Majority Rule [click to read]. Indeed, polls show that a majority of Americans do not want the intrusion of the "Affordable Care Act" [1.] into their healthcare decisions. Many citizens were there protesting the legislation from the beginning. These photos are from a rally at the Senate on April 15, 2009!

The administration pushed this 2000+ page legislation through in spite of the strong opposition [2.] "Elections have consequences," and the President made sure his signature piece of legislation, placing one third of the U.S. economy under government oversight was one of them.

"Cornhusker Kickbacks," Bart Stupak [3.] and a host of other shenanigans were employed in the passage of this bill. Virginia's two Senators turned a deaf ear to overwhelming opposition. We paid our own way to Washington to protest this bill, only to be lectured by Mark Warner staffers.

We were not surprised by the actual projections of the financial impact of the bill "we had to pass so that we can see what is in it," according to Nancy Pelosi. Mandates for contraception and abortion coverage [4.] overrode real concerns for religious liberty. Major corporations shifted scores of employees to "part time" status [5.] in order to remain fiscally viable. Congress exempted itself from the program [6.] and the President has quietly created exemptions [7.][8.] for big corporations. If the program is so good, why do they not want in?

The Constitution clearly places revenue decisions in the hand of the House [9.] and it is not unreasonable for the representatives to exercise this authority. Congress has sent legislation to the Senate that would fund government functions that all would agree on. Obama and Harry Reid resist negotiation. To hear them talk, the "Tea Party" is a greater threat to this nation than 17 Trillion dollars in debt [10.] and a nuclear-armed Iran!

If an unpopular piece of legislation was steamrollered into passage, and is now beset by delays because it "wasn't ready for prime time," [11.][12.][13.] can you really cry "foul" if the "People's House" votes to delay it?

This little girl only owes $39,339...

...Please Senators, don't make it worse!

The 'Freedom Czar...'

...and the 'Freedom Czar.'

This D.C. Resident had already had his fill of Marion Berry way before the Obama administration.

Capturing the moment.

Yes, I am!

I question Obama's 'self grading' myself. I give him an 'incomplete' at best.

Update: Could Republicans be Winning? [click to read], thoughts from the WSJ

"Obama and [Senate Majority Leader Harry] Reid have taken tough stands against the two most villainous groups: WWII veterans and kids with cancer." -- James Taranto

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