Sunday, December 27, 2009

msnbc.com: States with expanded health coverage fight bill

States with expanded health coverage fight bill
NYT: States that have already broadly expanded health care coverage say the Senate overhaul bill unfairly penalizes them in favor of states that have done little or nothing.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

A couple of Christmas thoughts....

Once again its late and I should be in bed but I wanted to get a few thoughts out.

First, for a little while now I've been pondering the difference of living a Christ-like life vs. living a life like Christ. Perhaps there isn't really a difference or maybe its just that there is a better way to say this, who knows. My thoughts have been simply that there is no way for me to live a perfect life, such as Christ did. However, I can live my life in a manner that is similar to his. I can try to be a good person to EVERYONE around me and not just those that I feel deserve it or those that I want to do good to. I've been thinking a lot about the service opportunities that I may pass up by trying to do too many things for everyone. This may sound contradicting to prior thoughts but am I really taking care of those who need my assistance or am I taking care of those whom I want to help?

The other thought I wanted to share was one I heart tonight that struck a chord with me. "That Christmas, many years ago, Jesus came to us as a child. This year, may we do the same.". That's been on my mind this evening some. Am I as meek and humble with regards to certain aspects of me life as I need to be? Perhaps I'll never know but for now, I will try.

May the coming Christmas day be filled with the interactions and moments which you desire and which will provide you, and those around you, the opportunity to make treasured memories.

Merry Christmas

Andy Lovell
~2009~
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Friday, November 27, 2009

Black Fridays Lunch

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Andy Lovell has shared: Dems Balk on Details of Final House Health Care Bill - FOXNews.com

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democratic leaders are adding changes to the final health care bill that will not be accessible online but may be aimed to appease rank-and-file.
Dems Balk on Details of Final House Health Care Bill - FOXNews.com
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Cool sunset

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Jackson's first snowfall of the season

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'd love to go here...


This is a place in Wyoming that some friends visited...

Monday, October 19, 2009

White House Escalates War on Fox News - Political News - FOXNews.com

White House Escalates War on Fox News - Political News - FOXNews.com

"The White House escalated its offensive against Fox News on Sunday by urging other news organizations to stop "following Fox" and instead join the administration's attempt to marginalize the channel."

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Bridal Veil Falls

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Friday, October 16, 2009

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nobel Peace Price Follow-up

In the interview found here in defense of the Nobel Peace Prize Award, the following statement was made, "Alfred Nobel wrote that the prize should go to the person who has contributed most to the development of peace in the previous year," Jagland said. "Who has done more for that than Barack Obama?".

Interesting.  I still stand by the notion that Obama has a lot of great potential but I don't think he should have won the award for 2008.

Andy

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Cliff palace

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Cliff Palace

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Raspberry cinnamon rolls

Mom made cinnamon rolls today and put raspberries in them. It was a good day to be stopping by for a visit! :)
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Goodbye warranty :(

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Sad day

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Stolen Bike

 

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Got em!

Picked up a couple of passengers on the way to Idaho Friday. :)
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Friday, August 21, 2009

Fwd: Detailed Analysis: House Democrats' Government-Run Health Care Plan Limits Choices for Patients


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DETAILED ANALYSIS: HOUSE DEMOCRATS' GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE PLAN LIMITS CHOICES FOR PATIENTS

HOUSE DEMOCRATS WILL LET GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRATS MAKE PERSONAL MEDICAL DECISIONS ONLY PATIENTS AND DOCTORS SHOULD MAKE
August 21, 2009 | House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) | Permalink

Patients and doctors should make personal medical decisions.  That's a fundamental principle of the ongoing health care debate with which nearly every American agrees.  But the House Democrats' government takeover of health care paves the way for something quite different: it would allow government bureaucrats to intercede and make decisions for patients and their doctors.  That limits choices for patients and reduces overall quality of care.  Is a new layer of federal bureaucrats what middle-class Americans already fed up with health care bureaucracy really want?  House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) says no:

"A relationship between a patient and his or her doctor is one built on trust and honesty.  Placing a government bureaucrat in the middle of that relationship undermines it and limits choices for patients and their families.  That's not 'reform.'  That's a prescription for declining quality of care.  Republicans have offered a better solution that expands Americans' access to affordable care and keeps patients and doctors in charge of personal medical decisions.  Democrats should shelve their government takeover of health care and work with us on a plan that delivers the reforms Americans expect."

A detailed analysis of the Democrats' government-run plan makes clear how bureaucrats will limit choices for patients:

  • Page 97; Section 205 – The bill requires the "Health Choices Commissioner" to automatically enroll exchange-eligible individuals into a government sanctioned plan with rationed care.  The bill says the Commissioner may enroll people in to plans through a "random assignment."  In reality, the Commissioner has every incentive to enroll people into the government-run plan.  Since the Commissioner can auto-enroll Exchange eligible individuals who have not elected coverage to any plan in the Exchange, this provision is a de facto method for signing millions of Americans up for the government-run plan.
  • Page 102; Section 205 – The bill requires that the Commissioner enroll Medicaid eligible individuals who have not elected to be part of the program into Medicaid.
  • Page 115; Section 208 – The measure allows states to establish their own exchange or join together with other states in a multi-state exchange.  The bill, however, also gives the Commissioner the authority to tell states what their state or multi-state exchanges can and cannot do.
  • Page 128; Section 241; Page 740; Section 1701 – The bill expands Medicaid eligibility to all individuals up to 133 percent of poverty and "low income" subsidies can go to a family of four making more than $88,000.  This will shift even more Americans onto the government rolls.
  • Page 424-430; Section 1233(a)(1)(B) – One troubling provision of the House bill makes available to seniors a counseling session every five years (and more often if they become sick or go into a nursing home) about alternatives for end-of-life care. The sessions cover highly sensitive matters such as whether to receive antibiotics and "the use of artificially administered nutrition and hydration." 
  • Page 16; Section 102(a)(2) – The bill pays lip-service to allowing individuals to remain in the "grandfathered" private plans, but the requirements to qualify for the grandfathering are so stringent, they will soon force individuals into the government-run health plan.  As soon as anything changes in the plan – such as a change in co-pay or deductibles or even added benefits or coverage of a new life-saving drug or treatment, which many insurers change every year – you will be forced out of that coverage and be forced into a government-approved qualified plan instead. 
  • Page 146; Section 312 – The bill not only requires employers to provide coverage for their employees that the government deems "acceptable" but it also requires that employers pay for a specific amount of the employees' premium costs – 72.5 percent for individual plans and 65 percent of family plans – or pay a new eight percent tax.
  • Page 9; Section 100(c)(6) – The measure defines "employment-based health plan" as including governmental plans, which includes TRICARE.  It then provides a five-year grace period for current employment-based health plans (section 102(b)(1)(A) (page 17) before the plan has to meet the requirements of a qualified health benefits plan under section 101.  Section 101 requires qualified health benefits plans to meet the requirements of subtitle B (relating to affordable coverage), subtitle C (relating to essential benefits), and subtitle D (relating to consumer protection). This means that the bill would subject TRICARE to any future requirements on employer-based health plans. 
  • Pages 26-27; Section 122 – The bill requires government-approved benefits be equivalent to average prevailing employer coverage.  By requiring that the future "essential benefits package" of any "qualified health benefits plan" include benefits equivalent to the current prevailing average employer-sponsored coverage, this section necessarily raises the average scope of health benefits covered by future health plans.  Businesses will not be free to vary the mix of benefits available to determine which ones help attract quality employees; instead, they will be forced to offer a certain minimum level of health benefits regardless of the demonstrated preferences of their employees (for higher salaries in lieu of pricier health benefits for example).

Democrats appear poised to go it alone and pass their government takeover of health care with no bipartisan support.  Don't Americans deserve a strong patient-doctor relationship – one free of a massive government bureaucracy?

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Boehner Op-Ed on NRO: Taxpayer-Funded Abortion is Not Health Care Reform


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Taxpayer-Funded Abortion Is Not Health Care Reform

By: Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)
July 23, 2009  

When most Americans talk about the need for health-care reform, they're usually talking about the need to address rising health-care costs; they aren't talking about the need for taxpayers to subsidize abortion. In fact, a November 2008 Zogby poll revealed 71 percent of Americans oppose government-funded abortion.

It seems Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill don't share this perspective, however. With the unequivocal support of President Obama, they've written a health-care bill that won't lower health-care costs for American families, but will require them to subsidize abortion with their hard-earned tax dollars.

In his campaign for the presidency, President Obama said health-care legislation should include expanded access to abortion. He hasn't said much on the matter since taking office last January. But now, over the objections of some in his own party, President Obama is demanding that Congress pass health-care legislation before August, and the House is slated to vote next week on a bill that will fulfill the president's vow if signed into law.

The Obama administration contends the urgent deadline is necessitated by the suffering of American families who have waited too long for Congress to act to address the high cost of health care. But according to the independent Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the bill the president supports won't lower health-care costs; it will increase them. And as the veteran political operatives in the Obama White House well know, the frantic timetable conveniently leaves precious little time for the American people to know what's actually in the bill.

The legislation's abortion-related language stands as Exhibit A. How many Americans currently realize the House bill contains provisions that will result in federally mandated coverage of abortion on demand in virtually all of America's health plans?

Fact: The bill as currently written will allow the federal government to classify abortion as an "essential benefit" — a health-care right that would be guaranteed to all Americans. This will make it illegal for health-care providers nationwide — even Catholic and religious-based hospitals with missions that reflect a fundamental moral objection to the killing of the unborn — to provide anything less than abortion on demand for anyone who seeks it. As a result, the bill will repeal laws in many states that currently require commonsense limitations on abortion-on-demand, such as mandatory parental notification and waiting periods.

Fact: The bill would also establish a taxpayer-funded "public" health-care plan to "compete" with private-sector plans. This public plan, like all plans, will be required to classify abortion as an "essential benefit," forcing American citizens to directly subsidize abortion-on-demand with their tax dollars. And in addition to the public plan, individuals with incomes of up to 400% of the poverty level will receive subsidies to buy insurance to pay for abortion-on-demand.

Reps. Eric Cantor (R. Va.), Sam Johnson (R., Texas), and Mark Souder (R., Ind.) offered amendments this month in three different House committees to strike the provisions from the Democratic bill that force American taxpayers to subsidize abortion. All three amendments, sadly, were defeated by the Democratic majority in committee. And it remains to be seen whether Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who champions the House bill and its abortion-related provisions, will allow such an amendment to be considered and debated on the House floor.

Indeed, Congress may vote on this issue and send a bill to the president before most Americans even have a chance to weigh in on it. And once the bill reaches his desk, there's little doubt that the president will sign it.

Peter Orszag, President Obama's budget director, was asked July 19 whether the president would pledge that "no taxpayer money will go to pay for abortions" under the health-care bill he signs.

"I am not prepared to say explicitly that right now," Mr. Orszag said. "It's obviously a controversial issue, and it's one of the questions that is playing out in this debate."

Controversial, indeed. And given its controversial nature, it deserves a full and open public debate — the sort of debate that is impossible when major bills are rammed through Congress based on politically driven timetables.

If a health-care bill doesn't lower costs for middle-class families, but does require them to subsidize abortion-on-demand with their hard-earned tax dollars, one has to ask a fundamental question: For whom was this bill actually written? Was it written for the millions of Americans who were promised a health-care bill that lowers costs? Or is it really for the radical special-interest and lobbying groups that invested millions to elect a cooperative president and Congress?

Health care is too important to get wrong. Too much is at stake. For the sake of American families struggling with health-care costs — most of whom don't want their hard-earned money being used by the federal government to subsidize abortion — President Obama should scrap the current health-care bill, and work in a bipartisan way for true reforms.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Fwd: Reality Check: Three Democratic Claims That No Longer Pass the Straight Face Test


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REALITY CHECK: THREE DEMOCRATIC CLAIMS THAT NO LONGER PASS THE STRAIGHT FACE TEST

THE FACTS ON REDUCING COSTS, KEEPING YOUR HEALTH PLAN, AND HOLDING TAXES AT 1990s LEVELS 
July 17, 2009 | House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) | Permalink

Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf's announcement yesterday that the Democrats' government takeover of health care would increase costs – not lower them – is the third strike against the Democrats' claims about their health care bills.  But as Democratic leaders in the House move full speed ahead, there are three arguments they repeatedly use that NO LONGER ring true:

CLAIM: HEALTH CARE PLAN WILL REDUCE COSTS

  • "Let me repeat - if you like your health care, the only thing reform will mean is your health care will cost less.   If anyone says otherwise, they are either trying to mislead you or don't have their facts straight."  (President Obama, "Remarks at the Annual Conference of the American Medical Association," 6/15/09)
  • "It will bring down cost, improve quality, and make America healthier." (House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Transcript of Press Conference, 6/25/09)
  • "We need to bring costs down.  We need to bring costs down for government.  We need to bring costs down for families.  And we need to bring costs down for individuals." (House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Transcript Fox News Sunday, 7/5/09)

FACT: THE PROPOSALS WILL INCREASE COSTS

  • "Here's a blow to President Obama and Democrats pressing health care reform.  One of the main arguments made by the President and others for investing in health reform now is that it will save the federal government money in the long run by containing costs.  Turns out that may not be the case, according to Doug Elmendorf, director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office… Elmendorf said CBO does not see health care cost savings in either of the partisan Democratic bills currently in Congress."  (ABC News, "CBO Sees No Federal Cost Savings in Dem Health Plans," 7/16/09)
  • "Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf warned lawmakers the legislation that he has seen so far would raise costs, not lower them. Elmendorf was asked by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.S., if the bills Congress is considering would 'bend the cost curve.' The budget director responded: 'The curve is being raised.'" (Associated Press, "House Democrats Set to Vote on Health Care Bill," 7/16/09)

CLAIM: IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTH PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP IT

  • "If you like your health care plan, you can keep that too." (President Obama, Remarks in the Rose Garden, July 15, 2009)
  • "I say all the time, with respect to their health insurance program that they now have: if you've got it, you like it, you keep it." (House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Press Conference, 7/13/09)

FACT: DEMOCRATS' PLAN WOULD FORCE MILLIONS OUT OF THEIR CURRENT PLAN

  • "The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reported that 23 million Americans would lose their current plans if a Senate Democratic health care 'reform' bill was enacted." (Congressional Budget Office, Letter to Sen. Kennedy, 6/15/09)
  • "When I say if you have your plan and you like it,…or you have a doctor and you like your doctor, that you don't have to change plans, what I'm saying is the government is not going to make you change plans under health reform,' the President said." (ABC News, "What Does the President's Promise , 'You'll Be Able to Keep Your Health Care Plan, Period,' Really Mean?," 6/23/09)
  • "White House officials suggest the president's rhetoric shouldn't be taken literally: What Obama really means is that government isn't about to barge in and force people to change insurance." (Associated Press, "Promises, Promises: Obama's health plan guarantee," 6/19/09)

CLAIM: NO FAMILY WILL PAY HIGHER TAXES THAN IN THE 1990s

FACT: HOUSE DEMOCRATS' BILL WOULD RAISE TAXES TO 25-YEAR HIGH

  • "The bill unveiled by House Democratic leaders Tuesday would create three new tax brackets for high earners, with a top rate of 45 percent for families making more than $1 million. That would be the highest income tax rate since 1986, when the top rate was 50 percent."  (Associated Press, "House plan boosts taxes on rich to 20-year high," 7/15/09)
  • "For New York state taxpayers, the top [tax] rate would hit 56.92 percent, third-highest in the nation. And in the five boroughs, the top rate would be 58.68 per cent -- highest in the nation.  Having abandoned any notion of lightening the load with spending cuts, House Democrats have put forward a 1,000-plus-page proposal dripping with new taxes, surcharges and fees.  The biggest losers?  Small businesses -- companies with as few as five employees, who'll have to pay a penalty of up to 8 percent of income unless they provide their workers with health insurance." (New York Post, "Here Comes ObamaCare," 7/16/09)
  • "Another implication of the Rangel plan is that America's successful small businesses would pay higher tax rates than the Fortune 500, and for that matter than most companies around the world.  The corporate federal-state tax rate applied to General Electric and Google is about 39% in the U.S., and the business tax rate is about 25% in the OECD countries.  So the U.S. would have close to the most punitive taxes on small business income anywhere on the globe." (Wall Street Journal, "The Small Business Surtax," 7/15/09)
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Fwd: Boehner Floor Statement on Democrats’ $700 Million Welfare Program for Horses

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Boehner Floor Statement on Democrats' $700 Million Welfare Program for Horses

        WASHINGTON, DC - House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) gave the following remarks on the floor of the House today during debate on the Restore Our American Mustangs Act (H.R.1018), a $700 million welfare program for horses scheduled by Democrats despite the fact that the federal deficit and unemployment continue to soar:

 
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        "Mr. Speaker, I think I must be confused.  The unemployment rate in our country is at over 9.5 percent as I speak.  Unemployment in my home state of Ohio is now over 11 percent.  Two million Americans have been put out of work since the 'stimulus' bill was signed into law.  Our budget deficit is already, this year, over $1 trillion and expected to reach nearly $2 trillion. 

        "Faced with this news, what's the House doing today?  Talking about a $700 million welfare program for wild horses and burros.  Is it any wonder, Mr. Speaker, that our constituents may be confused about their Congress? 

        "Let's get this straight.  We're debating a bill to spend millions of dollars to save wild horses, but yesterday, Democrats in the House blocked Republicans from offering an amendment to prevent federal dollars from being spent on saving unborn children.  Oh yeah, $700 million today to save wild horses and burros – and yesterday we weren't allowed to offer an amendment to save the lives of unborn kids.  That doesn't make sense to me, but I think most of my constituents would look up and go, well, that's just Washington being Washington. 

        "And it doesn't make any sense that we're debating a welfare program about wild horses when the American people really want to know, where are the jobs?  Debating this bill, I frankly think, is an insult to the American people who are out there looking for work and small businesses who are looking for customers and trying to keep their doors open.  If Democrats want to do something serious here in this House they should join with Republicans and focus our efforts on those things that will help create jobs in America, which, after all, is the number one priority of the American people. 

        "We probably ought to do a few other things if we're going to talk about creating jobs and keeping jobs in America.  Maybe we ought to scrap Speaker Pelosi's national energy tax which will cost about two and a half million jobs every year over the next 10 years.  Or, maybe we should shelve the health care bill which is being debated in committee as we speak - which is going to take private health care away from millions of Americans and shove them into some government-run system - and on top of all that, has a giant tax on small businesses, taxes employment and will lead to greater job losses in our country.

        "If we're serious about wanting to create jobs, maybe, maybe, we could work together to bring the American Energy Act to the floor of this House - our all of the above energy strategy which will create well over a million new jobs here in America, bring us more energy to the marketplace with lower prices, reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil, and guess what?  If we do all of the above, we'll actually have much cleaner air than the bill that passed here last month.

        "Mr. Speaker, I think American families and small businesses deserve better than what they're getting out of this Congress.  They expect us to work together on their behalf.  They expect us to deal with issues to get this economy moving again and help create jobs, not to be debating a $700 million program - welfare program - to save wild horses and burros.  I think the gentleman's amendment is a good amendment.  His amendment will cost $500,000.  That's $699,500,000 less than the underlying bill.  It would be a step in the right direction so maybe our constituents, Mr. Speaker, would think we've got some sense for once in our lives.  I yield back."

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Fwd: Americans Ask "Where Are the Jobs?" As Dems Push $700 Million Welfare Program for Horses

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AMERICANS ASK "WHERE ARE THE JOBS?" AS DEMS PUSH $700 MILLION WELFARE PROGRAM FOR HORSES

GOP REP. HASTINGS: "INSTEAD OF RESTORING AMERICAN MUSTANGS, LET'S RESTORE AMERICAN JOBS AND PUT THE HORSEPOWER BACK INTO OUR ECONOMY." 
July 17, 2009 | House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) | Permalink

With unemployment at 9.5 percent, more than two million Americans out of work since the trillion-dollar "stimulus" spending bill became law, and a federal budget deficit topping $1 trillion, House Democratic leaders today plan to bring to the House floor a $700 million welfare program for … wild horses and burros

Yes, you read that correctly.  As middle-class families and small businesses across the country continue to ask, "Where are the Jobs?" House Democrats are proving just how out of touch Washington has become.  House committees continue work on a massive government takeover of health care that the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says drives taxpayers into deeper debt and increases Americans' health care costs, while the Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisor's own methodology predicts the plan will destroy 4.7 million jobs.  And yes, the business of the day in the "People's House" is of a decidedly equine persuasion.  Environment and Energy Daily reports:

"The House is expected to take up legislation today that seeks to protect wild horses and burros under federal care, but Republicans are bashing the bill as a waste of federal resources in the midst of tough economic times for many Americans…"

"Resources Committee ranking member Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) plans to attack the bill's pricetag, criticizing it as a '$700 million welfare program for wild horses' that comes at a time when he thinks the federal government should focus more of its resources on deficit reduction or job creation."

"'There are serious issues facing our country right now and it's absurd that Democratic leaders believe that spending $700 million to pamper wild horses is the best use of our time and Americans' tax dollars,' Hastings said in a statement yesterday.  'Instead of restoring American mustangs, let's restore American jobs and put the horsepower back into our economy.'"

If House Democratic leaders want to spend House floor time focusing on job creation – which, after all, is the American people's top priority – here are a few suggestions:

  • Scrap their plans for Speaker Pelosi's national energy tax, which the National Black Chamber of Commerce predicts will cost Americans 2.3 to 2.7 million jobs every year – jobs that would be shipped to countries like China and India.
  • Shelve their expensive government takeover of health care – which raises health care costs, destroys millions more American jobs, cuts Medicare and takes away health care choices for millions of seniors, and is financed by a small business tax – and work with Republicans on a better solution to give more Americans access to affordable health care.
  • Schedule a real jobs debate on the House floor – and a vote on the American Energy Act, which will create new jobs, bring down energy costs, and pave the way for a cleaner environment.

Don't families and small businesses deserve better than what they're getting from their leaders right now?  Shouldn't they expect more from Congress than a government takeover of health care that kills jobs and raise health care costs – and a $700 million welfare program for horses?  Is it any wonder why the American people are fed up with Washington?

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Boehner Statement on CBO Confirmation that Dems’ Government Takeover Will Increase Cost of Americans’ Health Care


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Boehner Statement on CBO Confirmation that Dems' Government Takeover Will Increase Cost of Americans' Health Care

        WASHINGTON, DC - House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Douglas Elmendorf confirmed to the Senate Budget Committee today that congressional Democrats' government takeover of health care will drive health care costs even higher for American families:

        "Americans are concerned about the rising costs of health care, but instead of alleviating those fears, the Democrats government takeover will drive health care costs even higher.  The Director of the Congressional Budget Office today confirmed that the Democrats' government-run plan will make health care more costly than ever, making clear that one of the Democrats' chief talking points is pure fiction.  Are Democrats in Congress listening?  Is the President listening?  Americans pay too much for health care already.  Why should Washington consider a plan that will force them to pay even more? 

        "Health care reform is too important to get wrong, and Americans deserve better solutions from Washington – ones that help lower health care costs instead of driving them even higher, as the Democrats' government takeover does.  Republicans have proposed an alternative plan that reins-in junk lawsuits, roots out waste, fraud, and abuse, and gives states, small businesses, and families new tools to make affordable health care more accessible.  Democrats should scrap their plan that will drive costs even higher and work with Republicans on real solutions to make health care more affordable."

        NOTE: The Associated Press reports, "Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf warned lawmakers the legislation that he has seen so far would raise costs, not lower them.  Elmendorf was asked by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad, D-N.D., if the bills Congress is considering would 'bend the cost curve.'  The budget director responded: 'The curve is being raised.'"

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

FW: Thought of the day

“I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.”
-Lily Tomlin

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Juice - 2009-07-12

3 carrots, 3 celery stalks, 1/2 cucumber, 5 strawberries, 1 lemon, 1/4 honeydew melon.
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Fat joke gone wrong

So, this weekend I told a good friend of mine that I was buying her dinner to keep her fatter than me....then this morning I looked in the mirror....jokes on me I guess....
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Friday, July 3, 2009

Lake Mary

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

First the rain....

Then....
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Flatley - Lord of the Dance

:)

Todays thought....

Brought to you by dove...
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Monday, June 22, 2009

andylovell@tmo.blackberry.net has shared: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Final day

Yesterday we had a nice dinner with Veda & Kit last night and then enjoyed some time visiting and catching up with them and playing with Xavies.

This morning we got up and stopped by veda's office at the forest service for a bit to say good bye and now its on the road heading home! It'll be a long day of driving but good to be home.
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Jp fishing

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Enjoying Weed....

Not to much has really transpired since the last post. We went and had dinner with jp's grandpa for his 85th birthday in Diamond Springs and then headed to Lincoln to see his sister December and her family. We had planned to only be there for about 30 minutes but between arriving late and talking a lot we were there until just after midnight. We left there and headed to Redding to see his other sister where we would also stay for the night.

This morning we woke up and visited with his sister some and then showered and got ready for the day. Once ready we headed to see his grandma at the care center where she lives. Visiting her was awesome. She's 87 years old and sharp as a tack. At one point she said to us, "you know what, my life has been perfect." What a woman! She can think back to when she was 3 or 4 and her memories of her life are that it's been perfect. After visiting with her and showing her our pictures for a while we took off and headed up to Weed to see JP's dad where we'll stay the night.

Tomorrow its odd to McDoel to see his mom and stay the night with her and then hit the road home for Utah on Monday morning. Over the next few days I'll work on sorting through the couple of hundred pics that we've taken to do some better blogging with but I hope you've enjoyed things so far.

From Weed, CA....
Andy
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Lower Yosemite Falls

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Yosemite Falls

There are plenty of more pics to come of this but here is a little taste of what we saw this morning. It was incredible.
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Bridal Veil Fall

Another of the great falls in Yosemite National Park.
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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Morro bay

Sunset
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New orchard

We were stopped waiting for some construction and thought I'd share this.
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New orchard

We were stopped waiting for some construction and thought I'd share this.
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Travelling

We made it to the San Joaquin Valley. Its amazing to see all of the fruit and nut orchards. I'd love to be able to get out and walk around them even for a little bit. There isn't much fruit that you can really see right now but you certainly done are this every day in Utah.
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Breakfast of champions

:)....yes, they really are serving that here.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Trip to California

We're well on our way. I am not sure exactly where we are but we should be to mesquite earlier than we planned.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Thought from Buddha

Contemplate the way in which life depends on variety~ and resolve not to let others' differences disturb your tranquility - Buddha

A good friend of mine sent me this and I really enjoyed it.
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fool's Day Joke

I have fun Co-workers
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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dinner with Seth

I made Seth try potstickers tonight with his "real" Mac and cheese from Noodles & Co.
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Friday, March 27, 2009

Gift from client

I have an amazing client that I'm fortunate enough to work with and today they sent me 24 of these apples. There are rocky road, cheesecake, apple pie, and pecan flavored apples. Mmmm! (Click on the picture!)
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Its been to long!

I'm snowboarding and loving it! The weather is perfect. The snow looks amazing! Sigh....
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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

We got ur money...

:)

Andy

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

5 IDIOTS

Monday, March 2, 2009

So sad!

My baby is getting so old!
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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday, January 9, 2009

Fwd: Lehi Accidents



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Andy Lovell <andylovell07@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 4:28 PM
Subject: Lehi Accidents
To: spenrod@ksl.com


Sam,

Thanks for reporting on this story and making sure the pictures were available.  I am from Idaho and for a long time have wondered about the driving abilities of the majority of the Utah residents.  That is, until my Idaho license expired and I was forced to get a Utah license.  I pushed off getting my new license until the day before my license expired because I wasn't sure I could pass the test to obtain a new license.  You can imagine my surprise when I went to the DMV and was handed the manual for the test!  All of my questions were suddenly answered!  The driving is the way it is in Utah because it's an open book test!  Can you imagine how many drivers wouldn't have licenses if they actually had to learn how to drive and then pass the test without using the manual?  Can you imagine how fewer accidents we would have if Utah residents actually had to learn the contents of the manual and then pass the test!

Just some food for thought.

Andy