Bits and Pieces…

There are some days so many things tug at me to be written about that I have to resort to covering more than one item and by being relatively brief on each.  Today is such a day…

Illinois: Sanctuary State –

Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has made, by his signature, 500,000 illegal aliens in Illinois shielded from federal law by declaring Illinois a sanctuary state.  That, of course, means that the half-million already there will swell significantly since, if the illegals make it to Illinois, they’re a lot safer than being in other states where law enforcement officials work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  As this is written, I sit some 113 miles from Chicago and 73 miles from Waukegan.  There are no border controls between Wisconsin and Illinois, so I expect we’ll have more illegals in and out of Wisconsin.  There needs be a federal crack down on states and cities that declare themselves sanctuaries.  A lot of federal money, our money pulled away from us as taxes, flows everywhere.  That flow being stopped or significantly interrupted would give political leaders more to think about before making these decisions.  Especially since the governor and the state legislature have made Illinois virtually bankrupt.  Playing for votes I wonder?

Remember Jonathon Gruber?

As you continue to observe the happenings, very few good, surrounding Obamacare, you probably recall an economist who has been fondly (?) referred to as the ‘chief architect’ of this law who said at one point that the “stupidity” of voters enabled this law to be adopted.  His name is Jonathan Gruber.  He also was quoted as saying “The lack of transparency is a huge political advantage”.

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) is reported as saying:  “As Mr. Gruber’s architectural debacle continues to collapse on the American people, you would think that an epic fail like his would make it challenging for him to attain gainful employment, yet officials in Vermont had hired Gruber as an economic consultant to assess, examine and provide economic models for a now-abandoned plan to roll out a single-payer health care system across the tiny state.”

“For years, we’ve not only exposed his lies, but have detailed his on-going self-dealing relationships with Obamacare and state government programs to implement it.  He created the program’s problems and then has been richly rewarded for trying to ‘fix’ it.”

He has recently been terminated by the State of Vermont for “submitting false claims” to the state according to Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan who concluded that Gruber’s conduct violated the Vermont Civil False Claims Act.

Former President Obama certainly was a great judge of character and capability it seems in his selection of this person to build his namesake health program.  Poor judgment or poor vetting or both were very apparent in the Gruber hiring…and we’re stuck with the mess.

Planned Parenthood Takes a Hit…

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday, August 28th that a state has the right to defund Planned Parenthood.  This case was brought by Medicaid recipients who claimed an absolute right to determine from which provider their abortions could be obtained.  They essentially claimed they had the right to decide to go to Planned Parenthood if they wished.

Apparently, several states have voted to defund Planned Parenthood after undercover videos surfaced showing top executives of Planned Parenthood discussing the ‘sale’ of aborted babies’ body parts.

In April, Congress voted and the President signed into law legislation guaranteeing that states had the right to defund Planned Parenthood thus overriding the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services regulation placed into effect two days before President Trump took office.

Just a little gift from then-President Obama.

“This is not over”, said Planned Parenthood’s chief medical officer Raegan McDonald-Mosley.  “Extreme politicians are trying to defund and shut down Planned Parenthood – and this is not what Americans want.”

This will likely end up in the lap of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices to decide.  I know what I want, and that is to never again hear a discussion of the market’s demand for and price of human body parts “harvested” as if we are talking about a field of corn or a garden full of tomato plants.

God will be the final judge, and it is He that determines life and death and it’s time for each human whether delivered or not yet delivered from the womb.  Planned Parenthood has become a business, not a health care provider.

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