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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2009 :: 5:50:45 to 5:59:05
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Jim DeMint

5:50:25 to 5:50:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: the balance of our a senator: madam president? the presiding officer: the senator from south carolina. mr. demint: thank you, madam president. we've heard a lot about the unsustainable mountain of government debt, bureaucracy and spending the democrat majority intends to create in rushing through their health care bill through this chamber. we've also heard a lot about how much of this they inherited.

Jim DeMint

5:50:45 to 5:59:05( Edit History Discussion )
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Jim DeMint

5:50:46 to 5:51:06( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: we need to rember that this congress, both houses of congress have been controlled by the democrat party for three years now. the president doesn't write legislation or spend money. the congress does. the only thing the democrat majority has inherited is its own irresponsible spending. saturday's release of the final

Jim DeMint

5:51:07 to 5:51:27( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: democrat bill only increases americans' concern with this congress, the shadow negotiations and our growing debt. early this morning all 60 democrats voted to force all the taxpayers of this country to pay for bailouts and special favors for several states. rather than

Jim DeMint

5:51:28 to 5:51:48( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: time to put forth real health care reform proposals that would increase americans' ability to buy and own health care plans that they could really afford, this plan forces over 15 million americans on to yet another bankrupt entitlement program: medicaid. while medicaid is a state and federal

Jim DeMint

5:51:49 to 5:52:11( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: democrat majority saw the federal government to pay 100% of the medicaid program in the state of nebraska under this legislation at the expense of taxpayers in the other 49 states who will now be forced not only to deal with the loss of their freedom under this huge government takeover, but to pay

Jim DeMint

5:52:12 to 5:52:34( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: for special favors in other states. this state bailout is not only e of the down sides of the majority's health care proposal, there's a laundry list t could go tough. just a few are the working american taxpayers and their employers will be taxed $500 billion over the and the congressional budget office has confirmed that

Jim DeMint

5:52:35 to 5:52:56( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: nothing in this bill decreases the premiums for main street americans. seniors will see their benefits changed as a result of the $500 billion in medare cuts included in this bill, not to mention that this bill turns a blind eye to the physician payment system that is woefully underfunded and vitally

Jim DeMint

5:52:57 to 5:53:18( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: necessary to maintain the medicare program and physician access for seniors. it doesn't matter how good the insurance is we give our seniors if they can't find a doctor who will see them. another alarming part of in bill is it will for the first time in decades force every american taxpayer to pay for abortion services. frankly, after reading this

Jim DeMint

5:53:19 to 5:53:40( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: bill, it seems the americans who aren't going to be affected by the bill are members of congress, pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies. madam president, for all the mind-boggling numbers and devastating facts we've heard about the majority's government takeover of health care, this debate is about much more than health care.

Jim DeMint

5:53:41 to 5:54:02( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: it in a situation where we are debating the best way to give the government another big part of our lives and our economy. in the children's story of hansel and gretel, the children drop a trail of bread crumbs as they walk through the forest so

Jim DeMint

5:54:03 to 5:54:24( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: they will be able to find their way out of the woods. but when the birds eat the bread crumbs, the children find that they're lost in a dark and frightening woods. well, lost in the woods is exactly where we find ourselves as a country right now. we know we're in trouble, but there's no clearly marked path tpo get us back where we were. and it's plenty frightening. in the past year alone, this

Jim DeMint

5:54:25 to 5:54:45( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: federal government has taken over two of our largest automakers, our largest insurance companies, the largest mortgage company and hundreds of banks. it's bailed out wall street and attempted to stimulate the economy by taking $1 trillion out of the private sector and spending it on wasteful government programs. it has thrown taxpayer money at

Jim DeMint

5:54:46 to 5:55:09( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: people to encourage them to buy new cars and houses. and it's looking at imposing massive new job-killing taxes on businesses in the name of reducing global warming, all in the middle of a snowstorm. when we see a problem, one of the problems we have now in this country is instead of asking if

Jim DeMint

5:55:10 to 5:55:31( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: we should solve it, we're asking how should we solve it? it's now considered a sign of admirable restraint to occasionally ask here in this senate and this congress how much should we spe? and somehow we've started thinking that anything less than $1 trillion is a good deal. there is not a pothole in america that most members of this congress not believe

Jim DeMint

5:55:32 to 5:55:52( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: should be filled with an earmark from the federal government. there's not a bridge to nowhere, a flat tire, a skinned knee, there's nothing off limits for this congress today. this matter's not just because of our unsustainable debt and the huge amounts of money we waste. it matters because every time we give a job to the government, we

Jim DeMint

5:55:53 to 5:56:13( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: take away some control that people have over their own lives. and we take away a little bit more of thaoeur freedom. in return for let -- more of their freedom in return for letting government try its hand in solving a problem, we as citizens cede our ability to try for ourselves to find a better way. it's awkward to admit it, but my

Jim DeMint

5:56:14 to 5:56:36( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: colleagues inongress have led this country into the woods despite our oath of office. we swore to protect and defend the constitution of the united states and to bear true and faithful allegiance to it. the constitution prescribes a very limited role of the federal government. there is not a word in our oath or in the constitution about most of what we do.

Jim DeMint

5:56:37 to 5:56:59( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: as we've wandered off the path of liberty, there are few crumbs left of the constitution in the halls of congress to lead us out of the woods. there's not a word in the constitution about the government deciding what medical test private health insurers should pay, nothing about the government deciding how much executives on wall street should earn or what kind of light bulbs

Jim DeMint

5:57:00 to 5:57:20( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: or cars we should buy. there's nothing about the thousands of parochial earmarks that fund loc bridges to nowhere, golf courses, bike paths, sewer paths and teapot museums. there's nothing about these or many other things in the constitution because they have nothing to do with the proper role of the federal government in a free but these are exactly the kinds

Jim DeMint

5:57:21 to 5:57:42( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: of things our government spends its time and money on, and we don't even question anymore why that is. instead, it's gotten to the point where government doing anything, we are accused of being opposed to getting it done. that's patently absurd. if you really want to get something done and get it done

Jim DeMint

5:57:43 to 5:58:03( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: right, the government is absolutely the last place we should turn. the tea parties, town halls and rallies affirm the american people are rethinking the appropriate role of government in a free society. hopefully their discontent will be demonstrated in the 2010 elections. only the american people can

Jim DeMint

5:58:04 to 5:58:25( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: hold our elected federal representatives accountable for fulfilling their oath of office. in the health care debate, this means deciding exactly what role the government should play to help people in the private sector find solutions. instead of creating a monstrous new bureaucracy that puts the government in charge of every decision. but this debate is about much

Jim DeMint

5:58:26 to 5:58:46( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: more than health care. it's a battle for the heart and soul of america. it is a struggle and socialism, between free markets and a centrally planned economy and between we, the people, and entrenched class of elite politicians. the current debate over health care reform is a symptom of a

Jim DeMint

5:58:47 to 5:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

Jim DeMint: bigger problem in washington. but it can be the wider debate about the proper role of government in the same debate can lead us to a moment when americans finally take a stand to return government to its proper place. and we can all start finding

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