Monday, March 22, 2010

Rep Paul Ryan, (WY) Must see & must listen!

US Congressman from Wisconsin, Paul Ryan's speech on the House.
We know the problems of its cost and we know it doesn't reduce the deficit and premiums will go up. The C.B.O. has given us this information and the bill is chock full of gimmicks and mandates. I'm not going to get into all that again, but I ask, why has this decision become so personal to our constituents? Why are so many people swarming the Capitol today? Why have we received 100,000 calls an hour from around the country?
It's because health care affects every one of us, and yet here we're debating whether the government should have a bigger role in making those personal decisions. So, make no mistake about it. We are not just here to pass a health care bill. We are being asked to make a choice about the future path of this country.
Mr. Speaker, the speakers to my left are correct, this is history. This is a major turning point. This is not a debate about prices, coverage or choosing doctors. This is ultimately about what kind of country we are going to be in the 21st century. America is not just a nationality. It's not just a massive land from Hawaii to Maine from Wisconsin to Florida. America is an idea. It's the most pro-human idea ever designed by mankind. Our founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nation and nature's God, not from government. Should we now subscribe to an ideology where government creates rights and solely responsible for delivering these artificial rights and then rations these rights? Do we believe that the goal of government is to promote equal opportunity for all Americans to make the most of their lives or do we now believe that government's role is to equalize the results of people's lives?
The philosophy advanced on this floor by this majority today is some arrogant, it's condescending and it tramples upon the principles that have made America so exceptional.
My friends, we are fast approaching a tipping point where more Americans depend upon the Federal government than upon themselves for their livelihood, a point where we, the American people, trade in our commitment and our concern for our individual liberties in exchange for government benefits and dependencies. More to the point, Madam Speaker, we have seen this movie before and we know how it ends. The European social welfare state promoted by this legislation is not sustainable. This is not who we are and it is not who we should become. As we march towards this tipping point of dependency, we are also accelerating towards a debt crisis, as a result of politicians of the past making proposal myths we simply cannot afford to keep. Deja vu all over again. It is unconscionable what we are leaving the next generation. This moment may mark a temporary conclusion of the health care debate, but its place in history has not yet been decided. If this passes, the quest to reclaim the American idea is not over. The fight to reapply our founding principles is not finished. It is just a steeper hill to climb, and it is a climb that we will make. On this issue, more than any other issue we have ever seen here, the American people are engaged, from our town hall meetings to Scott Brown's victory in Massachusett, you have made your voices heard and some of us are listening to you. My colleagues, let's bring down this bill and bring back the idea that made this country great.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Twitpic from Astronaut Soichi

View from outer space...
Manila, Philippines. Per request... on Twitpic
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