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5 foolish reasons to support Graham-Cassidy and 2 solid reasons to oppose it



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My partner is this endeavor, Managing Editor Steve Berman, wrote a thought-provoking piece earlier about why we need to support Graham-Cassidy. I’m of the opposite view across the board. His piece was over 3,000 words. Mine will be tiny. He referenced others. I will not. He supports it. I do not.

Thankfully, I have very few problems with his reasons for supporting it. They aren’t foolish. Misguided, in my humble opinion, but definitely not foolish. Republicans in the Senate have their own reasons. Those are the foolish ones. There are five reasons why GOP lawmakers are supporting this bill. I’m not referring to their talking points. I’m talking about real motivations::

  1. They need a win. There have been so few despite control of every facet of government
  2. Removing the individual and employer mandate
  3. Attempt to stop single-payer from picking up steam
  4. Do what they promised (or a strange variation of it) before the midterm elections
  5. Use (false) federalism to pretend like they’re a small-government party

There are really only two reasons why they shouldn’t support Graham-Cassidy. Unfortunately for the GOP, these happen to be the two most important reasons, period.

  1. Premiums will rise faster than they already are. When you take away the mandates (good) without taking away other requirements such as preexisting conditions (bad), you forcing premiums and deductibles to go up while making quality of coverage worse. It’s like taking the pseudo-balance that Obamacare tried to create between high- and low-risk cases and pulling only from one side. No mandates mean low-risk consumers will bolt while high risk cases such as preexisting conditions are still required. This is why the GOP has suddenly stopped screaming about high premiums after incessantly chanting about them for seven years. They realize that with Graham-Cassidy, Americans will, with 100% certainty, pay much more for their health insurance.
  2. Single-payer. It’s not a coincidence that Bernie is pushing it now knowing perfectly well it has no chance of succeeding yet. He needs it on the books that the Democrats were trying to fix the system at the same time the Republicans were destroying it. The fastest path to single-payer is to give the Democrats massive credibility by delivering a program such as Graham-Cassidy that will raise costs for Americans. As their premiums explode, the Democrats will say, “Hey, with our plan, the $2200 bill you’re paying every month for health insurance will go away. The GOP had their shot. Now we need out shot.”

Ask a conservative Republican voting for this if they think it’s going to work. Their answer will invariably be that it will “be better than what we’ve got.” They believe that if they pass nothing that President Trump will turn on them. He will. If this bill had been introduced five months ago it wouldn’t get 35 GOP votes. At this point, they’ll take anything they can get their hands on. That alone spells doom for America if it passes. I, for one, am not excited about the Graham-Cassidy-Stepping-Stone-To-Single-Payer Bill.

Christian, husband, father. EIC, NOQ Report. Co-Founder, the Federalist Party. Just a normal guy who will no longer sit around while the country heads in the wrong direction.

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People with Down Syndrome are indeed expensive in a socialist society



People with Down Syndrome are indeed expensive in a socialist society

If there is any warning to the people to stop listening to socialism siren’s song of “I will take care of you,” the needed deaths of the “unfit” should be that very reason to stop the socialist train and move back towards liberty and freedom.  However, a media hell bent on socialism would never point that out to you, unless they do a story on Iceland and show how great they are reducing the population of those who have any disabilities at all, especially Down Syndrome.

You have heard the stories, that when a pre-born child is diagnosed with Down Syndrome, usually the doctors recommend the mother to terminate the pregnancy, and most of the time down syndrome children are denied the God-given right to life.  Let us not forget how the UK government deemed one baby unfit to live, and left to die without even trying to make one possible attempt to maybe save it from a painful death for the child and the family as well.  Never forget that our media supported Hitler before they had to turn on him.  Truth of the matter is that progressives have been big supporters of eugenics until World War II humbled them, at least for awhile.

In a world of situational ethics in which flawed people try to make up the rules God already made, there will always be those who try to challenge God in their attempt to create heaven on earth.  In a socialist world, people with disabilities like Down Syndrome are costly to society, and eventually to keep the socialist scam going and its powerlords fat and rich, they will have to get rid of people that can’t produce the goods for them.  In God’s economy every human life is precious and wonderfully made.  Also, people that have disabilities like autism and Down Syndrome are part of God’s plan to always expose the so-called wise as the fools they enjoy being (1 Corinthians 1:27).


Grotesque: Watch as Down Syndrome Man told how “Expensive” he is to Society of the thing I am almost constantly having to deal with as one who maintains a steady watch on the news is heartbreak.

Whether the story is about abortion, mass murder, war, poverty, scandal, corruption, crime, or political disagreement, one thing is sure – there is much heartbreak in our world today.

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Dear Planned Parenthood: My miscarriage was nothing like an abortion



My miscarriage was nothing like an abortion

I was sitting on the floor of my bedroom with friends playing Monopoly when I felt it. Something wasn’t right. Afraid, but wanting to appear like everything was normal, I maintained my composure. I would wear my best poker face, even if I was only playing a board game.

Politely, I excused myself from the top hat and thimble game pieces and crossed the short distance from my floor to the bathroom across the hall. It was behind the privacy of the closed door that I was first able to confirm what I had already feared — at 17-years-old and six weeks pregnant, I was suffering a miscarriage.

And that’s the first memory that came rushing back to me last week when I read a pro-abortion activist’s opinion piece equating miscarriage with abortion. In the article, she describes her personal experiences with both miscarriage and abortion – calling them “sisters” – asserting that there is no difference between a woman who miscarries and one who deliberately terminates a pregnancy.

As a woman who has endured the heartbreak of a miscarriage, I can’t express how shocked and insulted I was by the absurdity of the comparison. How dare she imply that the loss of a child through an act of nature is similar to a mindful choice to kill a baby in the womb? Most women who have miscarried loved their babies and were prepared to make sacrifices for them. Whether they were planning to raise the child themselves or to utilize adoptive services, both choices would have been an act of selfless love – something an abortion can never be.

I will never forget lying on that table in the dimly lit ultrasound room, a scared 17-year-old girl trying to figure out what was happening inside of her and why. With the glow from the ultrasound monitor illuminating the expression of sorrow on the nurse’s face, she assured me she was looking for my baby. The room was heavy with silence as she searched. I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to be seeing on the screen but everything I needed to know I understood through the avoidance of eye contact, which told me it was over before I’d even heard the sympathetic tones respond that, no, there wasn’t a heartbeat, and sorry, the baby is gone.

Where was my choice?

Women who suffer a miscarriage are without choice, while women who have an abortion have intentionally chosen to end the life of their child.

Intent is everything. When a man dies from a heart attack we treat the situation differently than when a man dies from being stabbed in the heart. And we should treat them differently: one is a natural death, the other a murder. Similarly, a miscarriage is a result of natural causes, beyond the choice or control of the mother, whereas abortion is an act of violence against an innocent human being, resulting in that baby’s death, with the mother’s consent.

I grieved the loss of my child for days, weeks, months – the kind of grief that leaves one bedridden, unshowered, and emotionally shattered. It felt as if all the light in my world had been sucked out. I mourned the loss of a future with my child – a future I would never have surrendered to abortion, but had taken from me by miscarriage.

I had already imagined what he or she would look like, their newborn smell, the baby giggles, first steps and bicycle rides, working on homework together. I wondered whether they would love pineapple on pizza, or think it was yucky.

In my mind, I had already lived a life with this child.

While the future I envisioned may have been mere potential, the child in my womb was not. He or she was real, alive, and already developing all the necessary organs and special little traits that would make that future possible.

My baby’s death was a kind of death for me as well. The anticipation of butterfly kisses and bruised knees was gone, replaced by a gnawing pain and a lingering fear that continued to haunt me in later pregnancies. At each prenatal ultrasound appointment I would always subconsciously hold my breath and brace myself for what the screen might – or might not –  display, before the ultrasound wand was even placed upon my swollen belly.

Abortion propaganda would tell me that I was fortunate to have a miscarriage. A 17-year-old girl has no business becoming a mother, right? She has her whole life ahead of her, college and a career — and let’s not even get into her unhealthy relationship with the child’s father and the financial instability that comes along with working part-time, waiting tables.

Thankfully, I never bought into the disempowering fearmongering found in a Planned Parenthood brochure.

I knew the road to motherhood would not be easy, and I was afraid of becoming a teenage mother. But I also knew that women are strong and resilient, and that women throughout all of history had become mothers in far more dire circumstances than I faced.

There were a lot of scary unknowns ahead of me, but the things I did know, I knew with utter certainty: I knew I could find a way to do it, I knew that I loved my baby, and I knew that there was nothing I wouldn’t sacrifice to spare the life of another human being, especially when that human being was my own child. I was prepared to lay down everything in an act of selfless love that encompasses the beauty and gift of motherhood.

If I’m honest, the pain of losing a child is the lingering kind. I don’t know that it ever fully goes away.

But I don’t think that it’s supposed to.

The loss of human life is tragic, regardless of the surrounding circumstances. This is something we just innately know. We feel it. There’s something ugly, tragic, and wrong about death, and nobody needs that wrongness explained.

Yet abortion advocates like to pretend that the death of an aborted child is a different kind of death. A less important death. Not because the aborted baby is somehow less human than his or her miscarried counterpart, but simply because the mother chose for her child to die.

If nothing else, I am glad to see an abortion advocate admit that, in both cases of miscarriage and abortion, the life of a human being is lost, and the future they might have lived is gone right along with them.

In situations of miscarriage and abortion, we mourn the loss of life. We mourn the absence of a child we never got to know. We mourn those lost “pieces of a future you only experienced in your mind”, as the author so rightly acknowledges — and this is where the similarities between miscarriage and abortion end.

An abortion is a choice, as any pro-abortion advocate will tell you. To choose to have an abortion is to consciously consent to an act of violence against the child in the womb, resulting in that child’s murder. There is no escaping this reality by pretending that it is the same as an accidental death. Just as one who’s been stabbed to death can never truly be labeled a heart attack victim, an aborted baby can never be classified as dead by natural causes.

Miscarriage and abortion are not sisters, they are not even in the same family.

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Proponents of gender identity choice should definitely not watch this video



Proponents of gender identity choice should definitely not watch this video

The notion that boys become men and girls become women has become the most complicated and challenged idea in American society. There is absolutely no reason for this to be the case if we look at facts and have a willingness to not bow down to the transgender agenda.

“If a child can’t trust the reality of their physical bodies, who or what can they trust?” asked Michelle Cretella.

Watch the video for more of her questions and insights.

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