Independence Day Tea Party in Raleigh

My fellow conservatives in Raleigh are continuing the good fight! If you live in the area and would like to attend, find out the who/what/when/where of the next Tea Party in Raleigh by clicking here.

For more information on Tea Parties taking place around the country this Saturday, go here.

Can’t think of a better day in the year to declare your “Independence” from big government and higher taxes :D **==

Because universal healthcare is “so wonderful”

Fox News reports on how the private healthcare business is seeing a boom in Canada:

Private for-profit clinics are a booming business in Canada — a country often touted as a successful example of a universal health system.

Facing long waits and substandard care, private clinics are proving that Canadians are willing to pay for treatment.

Click here latest details on LIVESHOTS: Canada: Private Clinic Controversy

“Any wait time was an enormous frustration for me and also pain. I just couldn’t live my life the way I wanted to,” says Canadian patient Christine Crossman, who was told she could wait up to a year for an MRI after injuring her hip during an exercise class. Warned she would have to wait for the scan, and then wait even longer for surgery, Crossman opted for a private clinic.

As the Obama administration prepares to launch its legislative effort to create a national health care system, many experts on both sides of the debate site Canada as a successful model.

But the Canadian system is not without its problems. Critics lament the shortage of doctors as patients flood the system, resulting in long waits for some treatment.

“No question, it was worth the money,” said Crossman, who paid several hundred dollars and waited just a few days.

Health care delivery in Canada falls largely under provincial jurisdiction, complicating matters.

Private for-profit clinics are permitted in some provinces and not allowed in others. Under the Canada Health Act, privately run facilities cannot charge citizens for services covered by government insurance.

But a 2005 Supreme Court ruling in Quebec opened the door for patients facing unreasonable wait times to pay-out-of-pocket for private treatment.

“I think there is a fundamental shift in different parts of the country that’s beginning to happen. I think people are beginning to realize that they should have a choice,” says Luc Boulay, a partner at St. Joseph MRI, a private clinic in Quebec that charges around $700 for most scans.

A choice? Shame on Dr. Boulay for suggesting such a thing. He should know that “choice” is only important when it comes to a woman’s “right” to decide whether or not to termininate her unborn baby.

But I digress.

Much has been written about the serious problems with socialized healthcare in Canada, as well as the major care issues in the UK – both places touted by leftist liar Michael Moore and other deceptive liberals in an effort to fool the American public on the so-called “benefits” of a public healthcare system. A click on that Liberty Page link will show you links galore about the long waits and substandard care received in some of the same countries singled out as “shining examples” of what the US healthcare system would look like “if only we would give it a chance.”

Yes, let’s have a debate on the US healthcare system, but dammit, can we for once get some honesty out of the Congressional left on this issue instead of scare tactics?

I’ll be the first to admit that there are issues with our healthcare system, but that doesn’t socialized, government-run healthcare is the answer. What is? Physician and Senator Tom Coburn just might have the answer with the Patients’ Choice Act, which you can read about here. The short version of the plan can be read here.

Oh, and BTW – a reminder: The Democrats big issue is wanting “everyone” covered under a healthcare plan, whether it’s private or public. But under their own trillion dollar plan millions of Americans would not be covered, according to a preliminary report from the CBO released earlier this month:

According to our preliminary assessment, enacting the proposal would result in a net increase in federal budget deficits of about $1.0 trillion over the 2010-2019 period. When fully implemented, about 39 million individuals would obtain coverage through the new insurance exchanges. At the same time, the number of people who had coverage through an employer would decline by about 15 million (or roughly 10 percent), and coverage from other sources would fall by about 8 million, so the net decrease in the number of people uninsured would be about 16 million or 17 million.

And that doesn’t even take into account whether or not those “newbies” who obtain healthcare coverage once (if) these changes take effect would actually have quality coverage and healthcare as a result. The big issue for the left is “let’s get everyone covered” while not paying near as much attention to the bigger issue, which is the quality and cost of healthcare. They seem to think that adding the public option will magically take care of quality and cost issues – they’re either being willfully ignorant or really don’t know they’re wrong. I’m not sure which is worse.

Hmmm. Can we call the pro-socialized healthcare crowd “treasonous deniers” of reality yet? :-?

A hopeful wish for Iraq, and a thank you to our troops who have served there

The AP reports that there is dancing in the streets in Iraq today in celebration of National Sovereignty Day:

BAGHDAD – Iraqi forces assumed formal control of Baghdad and other cities Tuesday after American troops handed over security in urban areas in a defining step toward ending the U.S. combat role in the country. A countdown clock broadcast on Iraqi TV ticked to zero as the midnight deadline passed for U.S. combat troops to finish their pullback to bases outside cities.

“The withdrawal of American troops is completed now from all cities after everything they sacrificed for the sake of security,” said Sadiq al-Rikabi, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. “We are now celebrating the restoration of sovereignty.”

The Pentagon did not offer any comment to mark the passing of the deadline.

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In a ceremony rich with symbolism, the top U.S. military commander in Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Daniel Bolger, gave his Iraqi counterpart the keys to the former defense ministry building, which had served as a joint base.

“On the eve of the 30th of June 2009 in accord with a security agreement between Iraq and America, Iraqis take the lead in Baghdad,” Bolger said.

The withdrawal, required under a U.S.-Iraqi security pact, marks the first major step toward withdrawing all American forces from the country by Dec. 31, 2011. Obama has said all combat troops will be gone by the end of August 2010.

Despite Tuesday’s formal pullback, some U.S. troops will remain in the cities to train and advise Iraqi forces. U.S. troops will return to the cities only if asked. The U.S. military will continue combat operations in rural areas and near the border, but only with the Iraqi government’s permission.

The U.S. has not said how many troops will be in the cities in advisory roles, but the vast majority of the more than 130,000 U.S. forces remaining in the country will be in large bases scattered outside cities.

Ed Morrissey strikes the right note with his congrats to the Iraqi people:

Our prayers and best wishes are with you as you take this big step towards self-determination and prove that Arab nations can thrive with democracy.

Just to the east, of course, another nation’s populace is also out in the street — looking for what Iraqis already have. Our prayers and best wishes are with them, too.

Seconded.

And thanks to President Bush, who took a heap of grief from all sides over the war in Iraq, but who never wavered from his commitment to seeing the mission through.

And a major shout out to the US military and coalition forces, who stood strong and greatly aided in making this formal handover possible, in spite of the naysayers worldwide, and specifically from (mostly) liberals in the US – like our current Commander in Chief who has never supported the mission there, in spite of the fact that the surge he has consistently opposed helped pave the way for this moment to take place. If it were up to him, all combat brigades would have been out of Iraq by March of 2008, and what would have ensued there would have been a genocide on a massive scale, pushed helpfully by the Iranian government we’re so eager to speak directy to without preconditions. I should also point out that when the likelihood of genocide breaking out in Iraq if we withdrew too soon was mentioned to then-candidate Obama, he acted as though in the scheme of things, it wasn’t important to the debate on whether or not we should be in Iraq. Our current Sec. of State, who was Obama’s chief opponent last year for the Democrat nomination for president, essentially said the same thing during the course of the campaign.

Lingering questions remain, like whether or not Iraq is ready to independently handle the security needs of its people, and whether or not political reconciliation will continue to take place. But one thing that is most definitely not in question: Our military’s strength, courage, and heroism is greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten. And the fact that when they start to come home, it will be with honor and distinction.

Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you do, and for all that you continue to do for this country.

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Read more, via Memeorandum.