News for 06/26/2009

Posted on June 26, 2009. Filed under: Soapbox | Tags: , , , , , , |

Your Duty As An American Citizen by Desiree Paquette
Stopping Futile Procedures for the Terminally Ill Can Lower Costs says Obama from LA Times,0,1978875.story
In a nationally televised event at the White House, Obama also said families need better information so they don’t unthinkingly approve “additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care.” and he added: “Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.” … this in addition to suggesting to decrease coverage for elderly and infirm. Here is another take by
Michigan Among Worst for Financial Disclosure Rules For Legislators By: Mark Tapscott at the Washington Examiner The rankings are based on a 43 question measurement used by CPI to determine what requirements apply to state legislators. The measures range from employment and corporate positions held to whether the disclosures are made publicly available and whether such availability is via the Internet.  
…By the way, Louisianna is first. Michigan near bottom of list.
Dems see agenda slipping … by The
(this means we are doing some good… please continue the fight everyone!)
Cap and Trade? Card Check? Health Reform? Illegal immigration? mmm… how’s that working for you?
Want to know what the federal government is doing each day… check out the white board on
Waxman Has Threatened Any Dem Congressmember Who Votes NO on Cap & Trade to have Van Hollen Withhold Campaign Funding
Here is my letter to Van Hollen, A Maryland Democrat, if you to wish to write him:
I just heard Waxman wants you to withold campaign funds for any democrat not on board with cap and trade. Who are you people representing… if it’s the American people than WHY are these threats being made? Are votes not supposed to represent the will of the people? I will make sure this threat gets out via twitter and my blog. People ARE watching.
The White White House Project 
The White House Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that aims to advance women’s leadership in all communities and sectors—up to the U.S. presidency—by filling the leadership pipeline with a richly diverse, critical mass of women. The dealine for Michigan event is July 6th. So if you’re interested
or know someone who is, tell them to hurry.
Part 5: Who holds REAL control – Trial Lawyers
Lawyers Long Term Contribution Trends (over 1 trillion dollars over 20 years)
Lawyers PAC Contributions to Federal Candidates

Trial Lawyers’ Influence
As trial lawyers’ wealth and political influence are used to manipulate our legal system, American citizens pay the price – through lost job opportunities, diminished access to healthcare, higher consumer prices and reduced access to courtrooms filled with frivolous cases. The overall high cost of our tort system means that every American pays an average of $835 annually, according to Tillinghast/TowersPerrin’s annual report on the costs of the U.S. legal system Americans will continue to pay the price until trial lawyers’ abuses of the legal system are reined in once and for all.

Our civil justice system is under attack by personal injury lawyers who game the legal system for personal profit in the name of “consumer protection.”  The reality is that consumers are the ones getting fleeced.  These abusive lawsuits harm the economy and job creation, threaten our access to affordable, quality health care, and  delay justice for the truly injured by clogging our courts. Ultimately, lawsuit abuse hurts all of us.


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