Archive for August, 2010




At a recent welcome home to our Nation’s Heroes, Lucretia Regina-Potter, Republican District Leader and Assembly Candidate in the 49th AD, joined friends and neighbors, and volunteers to cheer our Soldiers as they crossed the finish line on their Soldier Ride from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Volunteers coordinated and organized the event, and several talented chefs cooked an amazing meal for our soldiers. Many supporters took part in the festivities and a great time was had by all!  Thank you to all involved in this great day!

To view more photos of the Wounded Warriors Come To Brooklyn go to:!/pages/Lucretia-Regina-Potter/12129211431?ref=sgm

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Committee News

Updated Chart Shows Obamacare’s Bewildering Complexity

Aug 02 2010

Associated Image Washington, DC – Four months after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously declared “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it,” a congressional panel has released the first chart illustrating the 2,801 page health care law President Obama signed into law in March.

Developed by the Joint Economic Committee minority, led by U.S Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas and Rep. Kevin Brady of Texas, the detailed organization chart displays a bewildering array of new government agencies, regulations and mandates.

“For Americans, as well as Congressional Democrats who didn’t bother to read the bill, this first look at the final health care law confirms what many fear, that reform morphed into a monstrosity of new bureaucracies, mandates, taxes and rationing that will drive up health care costs, hurt seniors and force our most intimate health care choices into the hands of Washington bureaucrats,” said Brady, the committee’s senior House Republican. “If this is what passes for health care reform in America, then God help us all.”

Brownback, the committee’s ranking member, added, “This updated chart illustrates the overwhelming expansion of government control over health choices and the bewildering complexity facing everyone affected by this law. It doesn’t take long to see how the recently signed health care bill causes a hugely expensive and explosive expansion of federal control over health care. Personal choices that should be between a doctor and a patient will quickly be strangled in a never ending web of bureaucracy.”

Senate Steering Committee Chairman Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) called Obamacare “a bureaucratic nightmare. The Democrats’ takeover of health care creates a byzantine network of 159 new federal programs and bureaucracies to make decisions that should be between just the patient and their doctor. It should concern everyone that at the center of this regulatory web is the new CMS chief, Donald Berwick, who has championed rationing and European socialized medicine. Americans were rightly outraged that this big government bill was rushed through Congress before anyone read or fully understood the bill’s consequences. Republicans will fight to repeal this reckless takeover and to ensure health care freedom to American families.”

In addition to capturing the massive expansion of government and the overwhelming complexity of new regulations and taxes, the chart portrays:

  • $569 billion in higher taxes;
  • $529 billion in cuts to Medicare;
  • swelling of the ranks of Medicaid by 16 million;
  • 17 major insurance mandates; and
  • the creation of two new bureaucracies with powers to impose future rationing: the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the Independent Payments Advisory Board.

Brady admits committee analysts could not fit the entire health care bill on one chart. “This portrays only about one-third of the complexity of the final bill. It’s actually worse than this.”

From the Joint Economic Committee of the Republican staff

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Albany Is A City Without Heroes



Opinion: Albany is a City Without Heroes
By Bill Hammond
Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

State Senate Democrats crying foul over former Mayor Ed Koch’s New York Uprising campaign should stop their whining.

They think it’s unfair that Koch’s group branded their Senate leadership as “enemies of reform” while all 29 members of the Senate GOP were hailed as “heroes.”

But Koch’s labels, though a bit harsh and simplistic, were issued fairly and honestly.

And if Dems don’t like his judgments, they have no one but themselves to blame.

Like every other candidate for state office, the Senate’s top leaders – including Democratic conference chief John Sampson, Temporary President Malcolm Smith and Finance Committee Chairman Carl Kruger – were challenged to pledge support for Koch’s three-point reform plan.

They chose not to sign.

Koch’s plan calls for basic good-government fixes that virtually every nonpolitician in the state recognizes as good ideas. It would abolish the rank, partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts that quashes competitive elections; beef up ethics enforcement to root out rampant corruption at the Capitol, and impose budget rules to assure responsible, open handling of tax dollars.

These are exactly the kinds of proposals that Senate Democrats promised only two years ago, when they were still in the downtrodden minority – but didn’t deliver when they finally got the chance.

Now, they’re not even signing a pledge that would commit them to do better in the future.

Sampson’s team has made some improvements since taking over, such as giving rank-and-file members and committees marginally more influence over what bills come to the floor for a vote. They’ve also posted their payrolls and other internal details online.

But on the all-important issue of redistricting, Smith had this to say in May: “We are going to draw the lines so that Republicans will be in oblivion in the State of New York for the next 20 years.”

And Sampson promised that nonpartisan redistricting would be put to a vote this year. Never happened.

Which is why Sampson, Smith and Kruger richly deserve Koch’s “enemies” tag.

Ditto for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other Democrats in his house. They passed an ethics reform bill that exempted lawyers (including Silver) from full disclosure of their outside income, which was rightly vetoed by Gov. Paterson. And Silver is on record opposing independent, nonpartisan redistricting.

That said, the “heroes” label – given to the GOP leadership – is not a good fit for Sen. Dean Skelos & Co. No one should forget what the Senate was like when Republicans ran things.

They gerrymandered ruthlessly – with Skelos himself running the panel that twisted the district lines.

They co-authored decades worth of reckless budgets that spawned the massive deficits of today.

And they allowed corruption to flourish – to the point that Senate GOP leader Joe Bruno was indicted by the feds shortly after leaving office.

Bruno’s conviction may well be overturned, but the evidence that he ran his private business out of his Senate office – and took huge fees from businesses seeking his favors as Senate boss – remains unrefuted.

Skelos & Co.’s signatures on a reform pledge cannot wipe away that sorry record.

Another bad fit for the H-word is Pedro Espada of the Bronx, a Democrat infamous for flouting campaign finance rules and, according to charges from Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, looting $14 million from his chain of health clinics.

Word choice aside, though, the fact remains: Skelos and his members have at least promised, in writing, to support critical reforms. Sampson and Silver did not. The voters should draw their own conclusions.

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