First off, read the full text of the bill here:
Below I have provided the text of a few issues which raised my eyebrows (to be conservative). They are questionable to say the least. Let me know what
your thoughts are on these points, and make sure to read the bill when you have time.
For an additional amount for ‘Detention Trustee’, $100,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2010.
This one is especially frightening. Detention Trustee? We are giving $ 100 million dollars to a 'Detention Trustee.' Don't tell me this trustee is
Blackwater (now called 'Xe'), or some other private security firm contracted to stand guard at 'Detention Centers.'
Again, I'm not entirely sure what this is, does anyone have any idea about this concept or has anyone seen the language before?
Military Construction, Army National Guard
For an additional amount for ‘Military Construction, Army National Guard’, $150,000,000 for readiness centers (including construction,
acquisition, expansion, rehabilitation, and conversion), to remain available until September 30, 2013: Provided, That notwithstanding any other
provision of law, such funds may be obligated and expended to carry out planning and design and military construction projects in the United States
not otherwise authorized by law: Provided further, That within 30 days of enactment of this Act the Director of the Army National Guard shall submit
to the Committees on Appropriations of both Houses of Congress an expenditure plan for funds provided under this heading prior to obligation.
I am not sure if National Guard HQs and bases are called 'Readiness Centers.' Can anyone shed some light on this? Are these just bases or are they
SEC. 3000. DEFINITIONS. (Health Care Subsection)
In this title:
‘(1) CERTIFIED EHR TECHNOLOGY- The term ‘certified EHR technology’ means a qualified electronic health record and that is certified pursuant to
section 3001(c)(5) as meeting standards adopted under section 3004 that are applicable to the type of record involved (as determined by the Secretary,
such as an ambulatory electronic health record for office-based physicians or an inpatient hospital electronic health record for hospitals).
‘(2) ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION- The term ‘enterprise integration’ means the electronic linkage of health care providers, health plans, the
government, and other interested parties, to enable the electronic exchange and use of health information among all the components.
This one is especially frightening. The most haunting part of this language is the 'and other interested parties' section. So they will make our
private medical records available to anyone who's interested?
This is shameful, and has Big Brother written all over it. Are companies going to start bidding for your health records so they can send you free
samples of heart medication, Viagra, or acne medication? I can imagine Dominos Pizza offering you a low-calories pizza because they saw you have high
cholesterol, and are overweight.
SEC. 1902. INCREASE IN PUBLIC DEBT LIMIT.
Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking out the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and
Not a surprise, big spending is running this country straight into the ground, and will soon destroy our currency.
Tactical law enforcement wireless communications
For an additional amount for ‘Tactical Law Enforcement Wireless Communications’, $100,000,000 for the costs of developing and implementing a
nationwide Integrated Wireless network supporting Federal law enforcement, to remain available until September 30, 2010.
Not entirely foreboding or tyrannical, but nonetheless something to look into.
This is a massive spending bill at a time when our country desperately needs to cut back. Not only is it a bad idea to spend while doing little to
create jobs, but some of the language in the bill is somewhat foreboding.
If we are truly intend to make a difference and step back from the ledge, we need to tighten our belts and hold on for the ride. If this
administration continues to press spending bills to fix a problem that has been brewing for decades (if not for a little less than a century), it will
destroy our economy and country.
Also, it was the manner in which the supposed transparent Obama Administration rammed the bill through the Congress that caused me concern. Much like
his predecessor, Good-Ole Georgie-Pie, he shoved the bill through congress without letting the members read it.
For an administration that pledged to be forthright and open, this is an especially troubling sign.
[edit on 14-2-2009 by JipStix]