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David Ripley: Canyon County GOP Rejects Insurance Exchange

August 21st, 2012 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

At a meeting of the Canyon County Central Committee this week, GOP leaders adopted a resolution calling upon the Legislature and Governor to reject plans for a state insurance exchange, as demanded by some of the most powerful lobby groups in Idaho.

The resolution was accepted by a unanimous voice vote, but we are told that two members of the Executive Committee – Steven Kren and Rep. Darrell Bolz – voted against the resolution in a meeting of the Executive Committee earlier in the evening.

In part, the resolution argued that health care insurance was best dealt with through the private sector and increased competition.

In addition, local Republican leaders called upon the Legislature to reject President Obama’s plan to expand Medicaid.

The resolve of local Republican activists could prove significant, as several Canyon County legislators are in key decision-making roles as we head into a critical period. Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, for instance, is on both the Legislative Health Care Task Force and serves on Governor Otter’s Medicaid Working Group. She has already voted earlier this year to recommend that Idaho create an insurance exchange – but perhaps the resolution of party leaders in her home county could lead to a change of heart on the matter.

Rep. Gary Collins, another important player in the state’s future health care policy, comes from Canyon County and serves as co-chairman of the Legislative Health Care Task Force.

There is a vast array of money and power behind the drive to submit to Obama’s plan for a government take-over of health care. The governor and legislators are being worked hard to go along. What is lacking in this debate so far has been the voice and will of the people. The Canyon County GOP leadership has made an important contribution toward giving voice to ordinary Idahoans.

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Richard Larsen: Medicare, Another Casualty of Obamacare

August 21st, 2012 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

When the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2009, one third of the cost of the program was to be funded by “savings” from Medicare. These “savings” were achieved by reducing payouts to service providers and reducing coverage to seniors. The amount to be “saved” was $713 billion over ten years. The Congressional Budget Office has updated that figure to $741 billion.

Why there was so little objection to paring Medicare so drastically? Senior citizens and “baby boomers” about to go on the program should’ve been in an uproar. Yet the media, so punctilious in their colonoscopies performed on any Republican policy or suggestion, literally lapse into a somniferous daze when their ideological comrades come up with a plan. Where were the media outcries? Why was AARP supporting this? Where were the self-proclaimed “champions” of the senior citizen in the halls of Congress when the President’s plan gutted Medicare to the tune of $741 billion?

Confirming this fact, the following is an exchange that occurred between ABC News’ Jake Tapper and President Obama on November 9, 2009.

TAPPER: One of the concerns about health care and how you pay for it — one third of the funding comes from cuts to Medicare.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: “Right.
TAPPER: A lot of times, as you know, what happens in Congress is somebody will do something bold and then Congress, close to election season, will undo it.
OBAMA: Right.
TAPPER: You saw that with the ‘doc fix.’
OBAMA: Right.
TAPPER: Are you willing to pledge that whatever cuts in Medicare are being made to fund health insurance, one third of it, that you will veto anything that tries to undo that?
OBAMA: Yes.

Did you catch that? The President promised to veto his own health care plan if it didn’t include the $741 billion in cuts to Medicare. Medicare was sacrificed on the funding altar of Obamacare.

The Wall Street Journal states, “Many doctors, surgeons and specialists providing critical care to the elderly—such as surgery for hip and knee replacements, sophisticated diagnostics through MRIs and CT scans, and even treatment for cancer and heart disease—will cease serving Medicare patients. If the government is not going to pay, then seniors are not going to get the health services, treatment and care they expect.”

“Everyone should know by now that Medicare suffers dramatic long-term deficits and unfunded liabilities, and is in need of fundamental, structural reforms. But effectively refusing to pay the doctors and hospitals that provide the medical care the program promises to seniors is no way to solve that problem.”

The National Center for Policy Analysis points out that, based on the Medicare Actuary’s official 2012 report, ObamaCare is cutting future Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals for seniors retiring today by an average of $36,000 per retiree, adding up to trillions in Medicare cuts for health care for seniors over the next ten years.

When Obama and Biden accuse opponents that their proposals will end Medicare as we know it, the charge rings hollow, for they beat everyone else to the punch! They ensured it with the passage and implementation of Obamacare.

And to make sure that Obamacare has the funds to operate as intended, the law created the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), an unelected body with the power to implement even more cuts in Medicare as deemed necessary for funding Obamacare.

Forbes said this week, “In 2011, Medicare covered 48.7 million Americans — and cost nearly $550 billion. There’s now a $280-billion gap between the premiums and taxes the program takes in and the benefits it pays out. Since the last presidential election, the amount by which benefit payments exceed dedicated tax collections has nearly quadrupled. This fiscal trend is unsustainable. Medicare is inadequately financed over the next ten years, according to the Trustees.”

Medicare reimbursements to service providers are already low, about 65% of the private market, which is why so many doctors are not adding new Medicare patients, and many are getting out of the program altogether. And due to a decade of “kicking the can” down the road and procrastinating resolution of Medicare’s funding problems, this year faces an additional 30% cut in payments, according to Forbes.

In 1997, Congress enacted the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula to limit the growth of payments to doctors participating in Medicare to the overall economic growth rate. But for the past ten years, Congress has waived those adjustments in reimbursements, effectively postponing the effects. A decade of procrastination has resulted in this year’s pending 30-percent cut in Medicare payments unless Congress procrastinates SGR implementation yet again.
As despicable as it was to raid Medicare to fund Obamacare, it’s worse to ignore the problems in the program hoping they’ll miraculously solve themselves. It’s time for real leadership and some backbone to assure Medicare’s future viability.

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Richard Larsen: Obama’s Assault on the Middle Class

August 21st, 2012 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

At nearly every campaign stop these days, the President convincingly declares, “the middle class is under assault.” Looking at the economic data produced by our own government, there can be no mistake that he’s right. But what he obviously doesn’t realize is that it’s his own policies that are besieging the working, producing, and taxpaying middle class of America.

We all like to think we’re part of that middle class economic stratum, and for the most part, we are. Those who are fortunate enough to have jobs, run businesses, hire people, pay taxes, are not on government assistance, and not rolling in dough, are part of our middle class.

So it’s not surprising that he’d be targeting his reelection message to us. But we mustn’t get caught up in the grandiloquence of his oratory or his populist rhetorical appeals. We must instead look at the fruits of his first three years of labor, which are decimating to the middle class.

The average 16% real rate of unemployment and underemployment, based on the Department of Labor’s U-6 report, during Obama’s first three years in office, has been devastating to the middle class. With over 15 million people not working, (28 million according to the Wall Street Journal based on the U-6 data) there are that many fewer middle class taxpayers and consumers, and that many more on government assistance at the poverty level relying on income redistribution from producers.

The job situation will not improve appreciably until the cost of doing business starts dropping. Last year the Small Business Administration reported that regulation costs American business $1.75 trillion per year, and costs small businesses as much as $10,585 per employee. Just the costs of Obamacare, Financial Regulatory Reform, and new EPA regulations, are projected to increase that cost per employee by more than 30%, according to Investor’s Business Daily.

The federal budget has grown from $2.5 trillion to $3.8 trillion, a 40% increase, and our yearly deficit has quintupled our deficit from $240 billion per year to $1.3 trillion per year. Our debt-to-GDP ratio, a significant barometer of the fiscal health of a nation, has spiked to over 100%, a nearly 30% increase in just three years. The middle class will pay the costs of this government expansion. Even if Obama increases the taxes on “the rich” as he desires, the most it will raise is $65 billion, hardly scratching the surface of the deficit.

High energy prices hit the middle class harder than anyone, and the Recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report on consumer prices shows gasoline costs are up 130% since his election. While not totally controllable domestically, Obama’s assault on domestic oil production and weak dollar policy have contributed to an equivalent 130% tax increase on transportation costs.

And that’s not the only energy cost that’s increased. As a result of the administration’s assault on the coal industry, coal-fired power production has dropped from 44.6 to 36% in just one year. Coal is a cheap source of energy, and moving away from it will dramatically increase the cost of electricity. PJM Interconnection, the company that operates the electric grid for 13 Eastern and Midwestern states indicates the new market-clearing price for projected 2015 capacity just cleared $136 per megawatt. That’s more than eight times higher than the price for 2012, which was just $16. When these skyrocketing energy costs hit the middle class, it will be devastating.

ObamaCare was promised to lower the cost of health care for nearly everyone. Instead, private medical insurance costs have soared by as much as 59%, and hospital costs are up nearly three times the rate of core inflation. These costs adversely affect the middle class disproportionately, as the rich have no problem paying, and the middle class is paying the cost of the lower income levels.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported just last month that the U.S. average weekly wage declined nearly 2% percent between the fourth quarter of 2010 and the fourth quarter of 2011. This is only the fifth time wages have declined in the past 33 years.

Succinctly stated, we have shrinking income, inflation in energy and food “skyrocketing,” just like Obama predicted four years ago, a weaker dollar, a ballooning debt, and a national security-risking deficit. The costs of all this “hope and change” are landing squarely on the back of the middle class.

A strong middle class equals a strong America. We can’t have one without the other. And our current policies are killing both. So don’t listen to Obama’s rhetoric, for it rings hollow. Look at his actions, and his policies, and what has been done to cripple the middle class. It truly leaves one wondering how he can pander as he does to the middle class, and keep a straight face while doing it.

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David Ripley: Ryan a Strong Pick

August 12th, 2012 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate provides real comfort and assurance to America’s vast pro-Life community. There are lingering shadows of doubt about Romney’s commitment to pro-Life principles, but not so with Ryan. And, in fact, Romney’s selection of Ryan – his first major decision as the next leader of the free world – helps dispel those doubts.

Ryan has a perfect pro-Life record as a member of Congress.

More importantly, Ryan’s public statements and writings make clear that he is not simply voting pro-Life because of political pressure from constituents. As with his leadership on economic and fiscal policies, Ryan demonstrates a clear intellectual and spiritual grasp of the pro-Life position. He has spent the time and energy necessary to think through a pro-Life position and the time-honored ethics which underlie it:

“I cannot believe any official or citizen can still defend the notion that an unborn human being has no rights that an older person is bound to respect. I do know that we cannot go on forever feigning agnosticism about who is human. As Thomas Jefferson wrote, ‘The God who gave us life gave us liberty at the same time’. The freedom to choose is pointless for someone who does not have the freedom to live.”

This is a person who will not only support pro-Life policies as a critical member of the next Administration – he is a person capable of helping lead America back to its core values.

And it says a good deal about Mitt Romney that he would choose such a man.

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David Ripley: ANOTHER Idaho Panel Meets to Expand Medicaid

August 11th, 2012 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The coverage has been appalling – particularly given the magnitude of the issues on the table. About the only place to get news coverage is on the website of the Idaho Reporter – run by the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

They are carrying a report on the meeting of a group whose mission is to advise Governor Otter on the question of expanding Medicaid, as part of the Obama agenda to remake America.

Unfortunately for Idaho, the conclusion is already foregone.

There are 14 members of the panel, including 3 legislators who have a proven history of support for expanding the program. (Here is a list of the membership).

Many Idahoans may be surprised to learn that Medicaid has already been expanded under the leadership of Sen. Patti Anne Lodge, chair of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee. Medicaid spending has increased by 289% since 1996. But the steep increases have occurred since Lodge took over leadership of the committee: Medicaid spending has increased 48% in just the past 5 years.

The panel is chaired by the Department of Health & Welfare Director, Dick Armstrong.

One of his deputies, Leslie Clement, is quoted in the Reporter story as testifying this week that, “I think it’s a smart thing to do, to expand the Medicaid program.” No real surprise there.

Seven of the 14 panel members are involved in the health care industry – meaning they or their clients stand to directly benefit from a massive expansion of government subsidies for their services.

According to the news account, panel members learned that something like 105,000 Idahoans will become eligible for Medicaid benefits under Obama’s expansion. The lure for many in the bureaucracy, the media and Idaho Legislature is that the initial costs of this expansion will largely be borne by the federal government.

Unfortunately, the federal government is broke. But don’t be lulled into thinking that fact will impede this task force in the least.

More importantly, putting the lives of even more Idaho families in the hands of a government bureaucracy represents a dangerous development. Even as Obama seeks to expand government control of health care – a number of states are working to restrict Medicaid benefits already in place because of the overwhelming costs associated with the current program.

Last week, USA Today published a front-page story declaring that 13 states – Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, South Dakota and Wisconsin – are cutting benefits. Some fear those cuts will mean fewer doctors able to deal with Medicaid patients.

There are now 4 different “working groups” tackling the project of writing recommendations for Governor Otter and the Idaho Legislature. One is a legislative interim committee, co-chaired by Rep. Gary Collins and Sen. Dean Cameron. Two are working groups appointed by Otter – one headed by Armstrong, the other by Insurance Director Bill Deal.

The fourth advisory group is the Leavitt Group – hired by Otter to provide him with some “independent” financial data. Unfortunately, this outfit is headed by former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt – who spent time this past winter lobbying legislators on behalf of Obama’s insurance exchange.

So it is clear that Otter has surrounded himself with stakeholders in building ObamaCare in Idaho. The people of Idaho will have to defend themselves. That means contacting Governor Otter, and that means paying close attention to legislative candidates this November.

You can leave a message for Governor Otter by calling his office at 334-2100.

We also recommend calling Rep. Gary Collins, the House co-chair of the Legislative Task Force. Collins is a solid pro-Life guy from Canyon County. His number at the Capitol is 332-1063.

Most importantly – we must pray for the Lord’s mercy.

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Press Release: Jefferson County Taxpayers Irate – Demand Answers

August 9th, 2012 by Halli

Hundreds of concerned Jefferson County taxpayers have signed a petition demanding a full scale, independent, forensic audit of their Sheriff’s office. These signatures and this demand will be presented at the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners meeting, Monday, August 13th at 4:00PM as a scheduled agenda item.

Disturbing rumors have been circulating for months now regarding suspected financial improprieties. Exacerbating mounting community concern has been what may be characterized as the run, hide and dodge treatment from local government.

And why shouldn’t taxpayers be concerned? It took the Board of County Commissioners about four months to even acknowledge that Sheriff Blair Olsen’s wife has had a county issued cell phone. Incredulously, their Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners July 27, 2012 Statement feebly justified it as a “back-up cell phone for the Sheriff.” Their spurious claim that “Commissioners, both past and present, have authorized…” this expenditure was quickly refuted by former Commissioner Darwin Casper who stated publicly that he was never aware of such policy. It is difficult for those paying attention to imagine a more incriminating, outrageous official statement. The recent revelation that receipts were not required for expense report reimbursement prior to 2010, only adds fuel to the fire of public mistrust. A license to steal? Anyone willing to try that one in the private sector or with the IRS?

It is anticipated that there will be a major surprise at or immediately after the meeting. A common refrain comes to mind, “when memories fade, follow the documents.”

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Richard Larsen: Open Doors to Stolen Elections

August 7th, 2012 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

Why would the administration and the Department of Justice not cooperate in cleaning up the voter registration problems across the country? Why would they intentionally make it more difficult to tabulate votes from our military personnel? Why would they block efforts to ensure fair, legitimate, and accurate elections and instead, facilitate voter fraud? There can only be one logical answer, because they lose flexibility in election results, and theirs is “The Chicago Way.”

According to Politico, “The United States’ voter registration system is in chaos — about 24 million registrations are no longer valid and nearly 2 million dead people are still on voter rolls. Along with the one of every eight voter registrations that is not valid or has significant inaccuracies, there are 2.75 million people currently registered to vote in more than one state, the Pew Center on the States study found. And the millions of problematic registrations aren’t the only issue — researchers estimate at least 51 million eligible U.S. citizens aren’t registered to vote. That’s nearly one in four. Additionally, about 12 million records have incorrect addresses, meaning it’s unlikely any mailings can reach these voters, the research in the report shows. There also are more than 1.8 million deceased people who still have active registration on voter rolls.”

Yet the administration is blocking efforts by Florida, New Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania and several other states, to clean up their voter registration lists. Apparently removing the deceased from the voter roles proscribes the type of flexibility the Chicago boys require to assure election results. Five counties in Illinois have more registered voters than eligible voters. These facts demythologize the truisms about the “dead” voting in Illinois, especially Chicago, elections.

In Florida specifically, voting laws were passed last year to restrict early voting. Demographic data showed anomalous voting trends occurring and Florida officials felt the system was susceptible to fraud. The new laws also required third party groups like ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now), to turn in their registration lists within 48 hours for verification. Remember, ACORN is a group that Barack Obama worked for as a “leadership training supervisor” and as a community organizer for “Project Vote!” a national program of ACORN for voter registration expansion, with a long and storied history of voter registration fraud. For some reason, Florida’s immediate verification system caused third-party registrations to stop altogether.

The administration, through its Department of Justice (it would be impossible to make this up and have it be more ironic than it is!) is also opposing voter ID laws. They’ve filed in several states to block implementation of laws that require some sort of personal identification at the time of voting, even though thirty states currently require it. Some sort of identification is required for most government services, and by all private sector firms that accept checks for payment. The assertion that some sort of identification at the polls can be deemed “voter suppression” can only be valid if the “voters” being suppressed are somehow illegal to vote, registered in multiple venues, or deceased. Far from “voter suppression,” as Attorney General Eric Holder asserts, voter ID laws are being implemented in order to protect election integrity. Most states with new voter ID laws even offer free photo IDs to citizens who need them.

The President’s Executive Order two months ago implementing key elements of the “Dream Act” by virtually gutting deportation of select illegal immigrants, was not just a political move in an election year, but plays directly to the goal of ensuring electoral outcomes. Amnesty advocate’s euphemism of choice, “comprehensive immigration reform,” will create millions of new Democrat voters. As Obama adviser and SEIU executive vice president Eliseo Medina said recently regarding amnesty: “Can you imagine 8 million new voters who care about our issues and will be voting? We will be creating a governing coalition for the long term, not just for an election cycle.”

Part of Ohio’s voter registration law that received an overhaul recently allows for members of the military from that state three extra days to vote early. The rationale is that too many of the military votes are not counted because they are not received in time to be tabulated. Yet the Obama for America Campaign and the Democratic National Committee have filed suit to block implementation of that law, which may again result in non-tabulation of military votes in that key swing state. With indications that 70% of the active military supports Obama’s opponent in the November election, it’s clear what the DOJ motive is in blocking Ohio’s new law.

Every illegal and fraudulent vote diminishes the integrity of an election. Every American, regardless of party affiliation should have the assurance that our elections are clean, fair, and legal. The President, his administration, and his party should be working to eradicate election fraud, not perpetuating it.

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Richard Larsen: Hypocrisy of Proclaiming Tolerance, But Not Showing It

August 7th, 2012 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

Why is it that those who profess such great tolerance, are often the least likely to display it? Why is it that “tolerance,” from such people and groups who are highly driven by ideology, is only extended to those who believe the same way they do? Is that not actually the definition of intolerance? Because a businessman expressed his opinion (isn’t that called “free speech,” and protected by the Constitution?) the nation was this week subjected to a textbook display of intolerance, by those who seem to who claim it as their exclusive and private domain.

This past week Dan Cathy, President of Chick-Fil-A, a restaurant chain, said in an interview on a syndicated radio talk show, “We are very much supportive of the family – the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.” To any rational listener, that was an innocuous statement affirming a fundamental value based in historical, biological, and anthropological fact, and just happens to be reaffirmed in the Bible, since the building block of our society is the family unit that perpetuates the species. After all, how long would human civilization last if the basic family unit was anything different than that averred by Cathy?

But to some radicals, so intent on redefining (irrespective of biological fact) our interpretation of our basic social building block, this was perceived as a vicious attack on their ideology and their agenda. And since they are such a tolerant group, they proceeded to show us just how “tolerant” they are, by calling for boycotts, “kiss-ins,” and other types of protests against the family-friendly national chain of restaurants.

But that was just the beginning of the intolerant denunciations against Cathy. The Jim Henson group that created the Muppets showed how tolerant they are by announcing they were severing their commercial ties to the restaurant chain. “The Jim Henson Company has celebrated and embraced diversity and inclusiveness for over fifty years and we have notified Chick-fil-A that we do not wish to partner with them on any future endeavors,” they declared. Apparently their standard for “tolerance” is not very “diverse” or “inclusive,” as it obviously excludes people of faith who think differently. Makes you wonder what bizarre dictionary they use to define “diversity” and “inclusiveness” to exclude 70% of the population!

Others in the Hollywood community added their voices to the echo chamber of intolerance. Paragons of social and moral consciousness, Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan, Kim Kardashian, and other Hollywood celebrities displayed their immense tolerance by employing social media to denounce, attack, and castigate Cathy and calling for a boycott of his firm.

Those who are against “hate” in the public square and our cultural fabric should take special note of Roseanne Barr’s comments. She sent out death wishes on Twitter, saying, “anyone who eats S–t Fil-A deserves to get the cancer that is sure to come from eating antibiotic filled tortured chickens 4Christ.” And in typical social Hollywood class, she Tweeted that those at Cathy’s company are “chick filet- nazi chicken f—ing pricks.” If I’m not mistaken, that sounds a great deal like “hate speech.”

Actually we can thank Ms. Barr. Not only did she aptly portray the ignorance and bigotry of those who think like she does, but also for illustrating in exemplary fashion that Nazi-like totalitarian tactics of intimidation, coercion, and forced conformity are on the left of the political spectrum, rather than on the right. Forced conformity through political correctness based on progressive ideals is an attempt to limit freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion. Such coercion is antithetical to not only the principles of freedom our nation was founded on, but is an affront to tolerance itself.

The irony is rich when we realize that the progressive application of tolerance is limited to only their ideological conformity. To them, tolerance is demanded for their behavioral and ideological aberrance, but is disallowed for people of traditional values, especially Christians. Their freedom of speech and expression are absolutes to be respected and tolerated, while those who believe differently are disallowed those same privileges.

Tolerance, in practice, is not a universal quality to be collectively aspired to. Rather it has become a selectively applied form of intolerance, and hate speech, from people who talk so much about tolerating all views and religions, and condemn the very kind of speech they themselves employ.

The ultimate hypocrisy is to claim a standard of behavior yet fail to hold oneself accountable to that standard. If tolerance is a noble virtue to which our society must aspire, it must be applied universally, not just demanded of those who believe differently.

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ALERT: Jefferson County Residents Invited to Attend Commissioner Meeting

August 7th, 2012 by Halli

Andi Elliott is announcing that the agenda for the August 13 Jefferson County Commissioners’ meeting includes a request that the commissioners perform a complete audit of the Sheriff’s Department. The meeting is scheduled for 4pm. There will be petitions to sign, as well. Andi is asking for all Jefferson County residents to attend the meeting so commissioners will see that there is wide-spread concern over this issue.

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David Ripley: USA Today Prints Extraordinary Story on China Abortions

August 1st, 2012 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

It took several reads to confirm that I was reading USA Today. The headline alone made me purchase the newspaper last week: “Forced Abortions, Broken Hearts”. This Gannett-publication went further in the article, describing the brutal treatment of a 31-year old Chinese woman, Pan Chunyan.

Eight government thugs kidnapped the pregnant woman at her place of employment, a grocery store. They took her first to a government building, while her husband and family tried to raise the ransom money necessary to spare his son and wife from a forced abortion. Tragically, time had run out. The government forced Pan into a van and drove her to a hospital. They then injected her with drugs to kill her preborn child.

It is truly an extraordinary view of the brutality practiced in China – with the blessing of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

But what is even more impressive is the language used in the front-page story:

“There [at the hospital], Pan – who was eight months pregnant – was injected with chemicals to kill the child. She delivered a fully formed, but dead, son.”

Notice that the language reflects a clear understanding of the baby’s humanity. No “fetus” or “product of contraceptive failure” – but they actually printed the word ‘child’ and ‘son’ to describe the reality of the preborn human being brutally attacked in the womb.

The article even quotes a Chinese pro-Life activist, who declares, “It’s so cruel. It’s an independent human, with its own character, too.”

Of course, the language of the piece isn’t perfect. But given that USA Today is part of the “Main Stream Media” – the content and placement of the story is truly noteworthy and even encouraging.

On the other hand, one learns of the staggering proportion of the organized murder being committed in this powerful nation, with U.S. taxpayer support. The official news agency reports that 13 million abortions are committed each year in China. 1.3 million of them are done at the point of a bayonet.

(USA Today story appeared on July 25, 2012).

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