Saturday, October 29, 2011

It is only a matter of time, manana!.

Thanks to an astute contributor, LA.,  Gary Renal, of the Boston Herald Staff contributed an article in regards to what it has cost Massachusetts for illegal immigrants to have medical care.  In his article he states there are fifty-five thousand on our dime, to the tune of ninety-three million dollars annually.    Last year there were some Federal estimates based on fifty thousand immigrants and their estimates for food stamps and essentials was over  three million a week.  When they added in the health care, incarceration of prisoners and public education it came to 1.2 billion dollars a year.  So, there is close to a billion discrepancy of course that is half of our usual deficit.  Either way, it a lot of money.  Maybe in time we will get a better estimate?
Is there any way we can blame this on Bush?  This would not have been brought to light if freshman Republican representative Lyons had not pressed the issue.  He started last May and it only took five months to get an answer.  In some parts of the state the 2010 elections did make a difference.

enjoy the read... Thank you LA.....(law angel)

FINALLY: Rep. James J. Lyons Jr. staged a sit-in in the House chambers two weeks ago to get the Patrick administration to release details on what the state’s free health care to illegal aliens cost taxpayers last year.

Pol gets action!

Gets Patrick to admit high cost of illegals’ health care

By Gary J. Remal
A dogged freshman lawmaker who refused to budge from the House chambers earlier this month until the Patrick administration came clean on how much taxpayers coughed up last year for free health care to illegal aliens finally got his answer yesterday: a whopping $93 million.
“I didn’t think it would take as much work as it did to answer such a simple question about how our tax dollars are spent,” state Rep. James J. Lyons Jr. told the Herald yesterday.
“My whole goal was to get the information and open the process up. (MassHealth spending) is a third of the state budget. That was what we highlighted to (Health and Human Services) Secretary (JudyAnn) Bigby.”
The 58-year-old Andover Republican — who bucked Beacon Hill by holding a sit-in in the House chambers two weeks ago — pried the shocking report from state officials. It showed that nearly 55,000 illegal immigrants received more than $93 million in MassHealth benefits for emergency medical services last year.
Watchdogs predicted that the report is likely to inspire deeper questions about the state’s lavish spending on health care for illegals. The staggering medical bill for poor and jobless residents was supposed to level off under the Bay State’s landmark universal health insurance plan enacted five years ago under the aegis of then-Gov. Mitt Romney.

“It is sad that Rep. Lyons was forced to hold up business on Beacon Hill to get basic information that should be part of the yearly budget process,” said Joshua Archambault, director of health-care policy at the conservative Pioneer Institute in Boston.
“This issue deserves further investigation. Simply put, the administration has failed to set up robust program integrity features, many of which were part of the health-care reform law passed five years ago,” Archambault said.
However, another state budget watchdog said the report — which showed the state doled out more than $9.5 billion to more than a million low-income families — doesn’t reveal how much the bill for illegals has increased since the system was overhauled in 2006.
“It would be interesting to know what it was in 2005 or ’06,” said David G. Tuerck of Suffolk University’s Beacon Hill Institute. “It’s too bad it took forever to get this information from these people.”
Lyons began pushing the Patrick administration for a full accounting of all state spending on illegal immigrants last May.
In her letter, Bigby apologized to Lyons for his long wait. Her spokeswoman explained that it took time to get “a thorough and accurate” accounting of the spending.
Lyons took a gracious stance. “I think this opens the lines of communication with the administration, and this administration recognizes that openness and transparency are something we are very serous about. This is a good first step,” he said.
“But we started this process in May, and here we are in October, so hopefully it will be a little quicker than this next time.”

Man is not free unless government is limited.
Ronald Reagan

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Opening Rounds, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

Here we are!!!!!!
I do not believe there is anything similar in place for what I intend to do here.  I am Vice-Chairman of the Berkshire County Republican Association.   There are various Facebook discussions going on all the time that I have difficulty following as I have such a poor internet connection.  My intention is to create another sounding board for message posting for people with similar internet problems either with technology or for the world to acknowledge. Sometimes that is not desirable.

We are forming a new web page at the BCRA and this will be incorporated into it over time.  With your help we can make this work.  It should assist everyone with content of information  that comes by way of of the Association, officially or otherwise.  We are a political action committee that embraces conservative and moderate Republican Candidates.  Our strength is derived from virtue and love of America.

Bear with me until we are up and running.   Mistakes are inevitable.  Our address will be 

So, Lets begin...........

Discussions can be about, not limited to:
Opening dialog  -  Tell me how you feel about this blog.. 
Any information concerning the Berkshire County Republican Association
Any political involvement in the U.S.A., Massachusetts, especially Berkshire County
Berkshire County Republican Assoc.- Where we have been, where we are and our future
National Deficit -  the economy, taxes in general, status of employment-Jobs?
Illegal Immigration -  catalyst to most if not all the problems, can we fix it?
The right to own and carry firearms - 2nd amendment support - Mon Labe?
National Border Security - What do we need?
Enablement-earned-Social Security, Medicare, Pensions
Enablement-unearned- Welfare, child care, Food Stamps, Medicaid
The Tea Party - Where Do You Stand?
Military-maintaining defense, war, serving and service to, status of America's military might, The Marines - be careful there are reasons why we win

Future Political Candidates
Religion - Your Call
Obamacare - Love it or leave it?
Voting in Berkshire County
Voter Identification - Legitimacy?  Probably the only thing government does not know.
Republican Events - Who - What - Where - When - Why ?  Tell us
Law Enforcement - Good - Bad - Indifferent - Our Criminal Justice System

I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress.
Ronald Reagan