Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
Yes, it is true. The Conference Committee worked at lightening speed to
rush cram their $789 billion "stimulus" bill down our throats. Isn't it amazing how quickly they can do things when it is for something they want? The next step is to send it back to the House and Senate for a vote.
From the New York Times: Deal Struck on $789 Billion Stimulus
...Negotiations had been going on all day, following extensive talks on Tuesday night, to close the gap between the Senate and House versions. In the end, the agreed-upon package will pare back Democrats’ proposed spending on education and health programs in favor of tax cuts that were needed to win Republican votes in the Senate.
Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a centrist Republican whose support was crucial to the outcome, said the final package includes $150 billion in spending on infrastructure, including transportation facilities, and considerable tax relief. Moreover, she said, it includes significant money to aid state governments.
One good sign (a very relative term) came from Senator Tom Harkin, (My emphasis throughout the post)
“I am not happy with it,” said Senator Tom Harkin, Democrat of Iowa. “You are not looking at a happy camper. I mean, they took a lot of stuff out of education. They took it out of health, school construction and they put it more into tax issues.”
I am wondering if that H.R. 1 EH is still in there? The portion of the stimulus that would create a new government watch dog on doctors and health care that Betsy McCaughey warned about in Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan:
Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle...
Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).
The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.
But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”
So at this point, I don't know if Dr. Big Brother is part of the final stimulus bill. (Do read McCaughey's complete article.) Even if it is not, it gives us a taste of things to come in the very near future.
We are making unprecedented changes in the fabric of American life with little or no scrutiny. We are spending unprecedented amounts of money we don't have to do it. If you have not contacted our representatives, I urge you to do so. They are feeling the heat.
United States Senate: Contact Republican members Susan Collins - Maine (202) 224-2523, Olympia Snowe - Maine (202) 224-5344, Arlen Specter - Pennsylvania (202) 224-4254, and Independent Joe Lieberman - Connecticut (202) 224-4041.