First death panel canceled: Henry Waxman cancels HCR show trial

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David Freddoso reports (via Kim Priestap):

House Energy and Commerce Committee spokeswoman tells me that Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has indeed cancelled the April 21 subcommittee hearing in which CEOs were to testify about Obamacare. So far, the only indication of this change appears on the committee’s website is on the Republican minority ranking member’s site. In fact, the hearing still appears on Waxman’s committee calendar for that day.

Waxman had called the hearing in reaction to public statements by several companies — including Verizon, AT&T, and John Deere, among others — that Obamacare would cost them hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars because it laid a new tax on their retiree health benefit payments.

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The CEOs, required by law to be honest about earnings projections, re-stated their bottom lines in reaction to Obamacare’s passage, earning the ire of Waxman and other Democrats.

Hearings on this matter would likely have proved an embarrassment to the Democrats and helped drag out discussion of Obamacare’s unexpected ill effects.

Twitter commenter pcan asked a good question earlier about this:

Will Waxman reimburse the companies that collectively probably spent Million$ preparing to comply w/his Show Trial?

Sure he will, right about the time he gets around to apologizing for calling Obama opponents unAmerican last year for not supporting The One’s agenda.

Although this is welcomed news, I’m not so sure the battle between Democrats and these corporations is over.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see the first death panel rescheduled for a later date. We’ll see.

Running scared: NH Dem source says state liberals trying to recruit Tea Party crashers

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It’s not just creeptastic liberal “activists” who are getting in on the act of trying to sabotage the Tea Party movement. Apparently state Democrats in NH are as well. NOW! Hampshire reports (via Memeorandum):

New Hampshire Democrats are engaged in a statewide search for liberal activists willing to attend so-called tea parties on Thursday and carry signs expressing racist or fringe sentiments, a Democratic source with knowledge of the effort tells NowHampshire.com.

According to the source, who sought anonymity for fear of reprisals, the Dems’ last minute scramble reflects a growing obsession among party leaders that they need to discredit the tea party movement soon or it will overwhelm them come the November election.

Former Democratic State Party Chairman Kathy Sullivan is heading up the search, the source said. Sullivan has been calling and e-mailing liberal activists trying to get them to attend tea parties in different parts of the state and hold signs denying the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and make racially disparaging comments to reporters.

“This is Kathy’s [Sullivan] project,” the source told NowHampshire.com. “She is absolutely obsessed with painting the tea party people as racists.”

Similar “crash the tea party” efforts are taking place throughout the country on Tax Day.

If she pulls it off, this won’t be the first time Sullivan has endeavored to manufacture a racist controversy regarding the tea party movement. Last month Sullivan and other Democratic leaders attempted to portray a “white pride” rally in Concord held by a Massachusetts-based white supremacist organization as a tea party. Sullivan was forced to retract her bogus accusation.

JammieWearingFool responds:

Is this the best you Democrats can do? If you think about it for a second, if Tea Partiers were the racist they’re being portrayed as, then why would these sneaky Democrats have to bus people in to pretend to be racist Tea Partiers? Taken further, why would Democrats know how to be “racist”? Does it just come natural to them?

Do they think this pathetic behavior is going to win them votes in November?

I sure hope they think that. Because the more they do this, the more they are going to be exposed – maybe not so much by the MSM, but by conservative citizen journalists who are fed up with the bogus portrayals by both the media and prominent liberal pundits and bloggers of Obama opponents as “racist Rethuglicans” who believe “Obama is Hitler.”

The Good Lt. has some strong words and advice:

So here’s what you do – charge your batteries, set your video recorders to TRUTH and shoot away. Make sure your batteries are charged, because the really dedicated trolls will be trying to make trouble all day. I suggest that if you catch one of these pr*cks doing what they’re claiming they’re going to do, follow them around for the rest of the day with a video camera and don’t let them out of your sight.

If you see these clods talking to reporters, bust up their interviews, give handouts to the reporters and make sure the journalists are never alone with these people. Chances are that the journalists will be sympathetic to the O-bots, so it’s incumbent upon you to make sure these little leftist Obama bootlicker creeps do NOT go unchallenged at any time in front of the media.

And on that note, if you’re interested in going to the Charlotte Tea Party rally tomorrow, click here to find out the where and when. I’ll be working tomorrow but will be with Charlotte Tea Partiers in spirit and will be on stand by later in the evening for photos, videos, and recaps. For more info on where tax day Tea Parties will be held across the country, click here.

Stay safe, have fun, and make your voice heard!

Related: Jon Ham blogs about a regulation put in place by the Capitol Police in Raleigh that states protesters can’t carry flags with flagpoles more than a foot in length due to ‘concerns’ they could be used as weapons (hat tip):

The ban on flagpoles and signs with posts that could be turned into weapons was added in September to the permit from the N.C. Department of Administration that groups need to hold demonstrations or events on state-operated grounds.

The rule states that demonstration participants can’t carry “signs, banners, posters and other similar displays” attached to metal, wood or plastic posts. That includes flagpoles more than a foot in length, according to Jill Lucas, a department spokeswoman.

Doing so would invalidate the permit and mean police could shut down an event, said [Chief of Police Scott] Hunter, who drafted the restriction. Hunter said that the measure was adopted to protect people, not to infringe upon their rights.

That’s strange, because the only times I ever see flags used as weapons is when radical leftists set fire to them.

Whatevs.

Update/Related – 9:52 AM: Michelle Malkin – Alinsky’s Avenging Angels: Tea Party Saboteurs