COULDA SEEN THIS COMING: Stryker Corps To Lay Off Employees Over Obamacare Tax

Who couldn’t see this coming? A company that built the wealth inherited by one of the biggest Democrat donors in the country is now laying off 5% of its staff because of the Obamacare Medical Device Excise Tax. 

The fortune of Pat Stryker — Colorado Democrats’ personal sugar momma – comes from the Stryker Corporation, a company started by her grandfather that specializes in medical equipment. Stryker has used that money to spend millions propping up liberal attack groups and make extensive donations to Democrats.

Now that political advocacy is wreaking havoc on the company that created her fortune.

Reports Michigan Live:

KALAMAZOO — Stryker Corp.'s plans to layoff about 5 percent of its worldwide staff to cut costs — a move announced by the medical products company last Thursday — have some worried about the spin-off effect it may have in the community.

…Stryker Chairman, President and CEO Stephen P. MacMillan said the decision was a result of “a challenging economic environment and a market slowdown in elective medical procedures,” as well as the need to prepare for the new tax.

The company said that it will look to cut its 20,036-person worldwide staff before the end of 2012 and restructure some of its operations in order to wring out about $100 million in pre-tax operating costs savings. It said it expects the Medical Device Excise Tax, which requires the makers of various medical devices to pay 2.3 percent of their gross U.S. revenues on such products beginning in 2013, to cost it about $150 million.

If Stryker does an across-the-board cut of its 2,250-person Kalamazoo-area workforce, about 112 local workers would lose their jobs. About 1,002 of its worldwide workforce would be cut. [Peak emphasis]

As the Boulder County Business Report detailed in May, the 2.3% Obamacare Medical Device Tax is weighing heavily on Colorado businesses that deal in medical equipment. Coming amid a stagnant economy — unemployment rose in Colorado in April and May — it couldn't be a less welcome change to struggling companies.  

It's also not the only tax about to take effect. As we recounted last week, Obamacare is riddled with tax increases — there's something in there for everyone to hate, at all income levels. 

It's unfortunate that Pat Stryker's political advocacy is killing jobs for hard working employees who weren't lucky enough to inherit a 10 figure fortune. And those on the left wonder why we denigrate limousine liberals…


 

CONSERVATIVES GATHER FOR POWERHOUSE SUMMIT

Published on July 2, 2012 by

The 3rd annual Western Conservative Summit was held this past weekend at the downtown Denver Hyatt Regency Hotel. Colorado Christian University and Centennial Instutute are sponsors of this gathering of powerhouse Conservative activists and thinkers, and this year, as in former years, they did not disappoint.

Centennial Institute is the “think tank” arm of Colorado Christian University and it has been indispensible in creating opportunities for politically active Conservatives to become educated and involved. Colorado leaders, John Andrews and Bill Armstrong, are the brains and hearts behind the Western Conservative Summit. Nearly 1,400 people from across the country attended the 2012 Western Conservative Summit, along with numerous press outlets including CSPAN and the Washington Times, and uncounted activists from various political campaigns.

About 40 vendors also promoted themselves at the Summit. Many Conservative book sellers, candidates, and organizations shared their goods and messages with the attendees.

Conservative luminaries and leaders filled the slate of presenters. Glenn Beck, a former star of Fox News channel who now runs his radio show and Glenn Beck TV, and Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, were the keynote speakers at Friday's dinner. The prevailing theme for the evening was “Conservative unity” and Glenn Beck urged people of all religions and political inclinations, from Baptists fo Mormons, and Libertarians to traditional Republicans, to unite to defeat Barack Obama in 2012. He said, “Americans are at their best when they are on the verge of losing everything. We are fighting a battle that it appears we cannot win, and that is why we will win.” Wayne LaPierre gave a fiery speech entailing the Obama Administration's scandal “Fast and Furious,” as well as its punishment of Arizona for attempting to enforce border security.

Discussion about the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare dominated portions of Saturday's meetings. Bill Bennett, former Drug Czar and head of the Department of Education under Reagan, gave a scathing criticism of Thursday's decision as penned by Justice Roberts. Hugh Hewitt, a Constitutional scholar and radio talk show host, conversely, provided a rationale for Roberts' decision when he keynoted dinner that evening. The afternoon sessions focused largely on national security and the international and domestic threats posed by infiltration by The Muslim Brotherhood. National Security expert, Frank Gaffney, talked about his research revealing extensive Muslim Brotherhood networks in the United States. Dutch Parliamentarian, Geert Wilders, who must be accompanied continually by bodyguards, gave a compelling speech about the loss of freedom of speech, and of the breakdown of European culture due to the penetration of radical Islam into Western countries.

Entertainment was provided by performance poet, Shawn Welcome, Christian comic, Brad Stine, and CCU's vocal quartet, Legacy. Sunday's sessions were highlighted by presentations by Fred Barnes, Star Parker, and Dick Morris. Several Conservative-oriented movies were screened each evening after the formal sessions, including Kirk Cameron's, “Monumental,” and the soon to be released documentary,“Obama's America: 2016.”

The Western Conservative Summit is a conference which is designed to unify Conservatives and to focus the conservative message. WCS 2011 focused largely on the Presidential primaries and the candidates who were emerging as potential GOP nominees. WCS 2012 was clearly designed to garner unified support for Mitt Romney and to win back the White House and the United States Senate in November. The Summit closed with a straw poll in which its attendees selected their favorite running mate for Mitt Romney. It surprised no one when Marco Rubio, the Republican Senator from Florida, won the Vice Presidential straw poll.  

 

 


 

In The Sure and Certain Hope of a Ressurection of the People

A Commentary by American Patriot (with permission)

Are you for or against socialized medicine in America?  By now I think everyone realizes that we already have socialized medicine.  Then the question becomes; to what extent will the government control our health care system?  Some want more government control, some less.  That is your choice.  It is your job to decide where you stand on the issue.  It is our job to make sure you understand exactly what is going on and what consequences will follow from the health care issue before you make your choice.  

Have you noticed the Romney TV ads? Just a week ago, one of them started with Romney’s commitment to repeal Obamacare on his first day in office.  Now that same ad has evolved.  The repeal of Obamacare has morphed in the ad out of first place into third place.  Now Romney is promising to modify Obamacare into a common care sense health care program.  And you can read that promise as a promise to install Romneycare.  At the same time, you are being bombarded with the idea that you will need to vote for Romney in order to get rid of Obamacare.

What you are watching is the construction of a “lesser of two evils” imperative designed to capture your vote.  Either choice you make will lead you to the same destination; government controlled health care to a greater or lesser extent.  Big brother is coming through the inevitability of gradualism and he enjoys bipartisan support.  

You have watched as both parties have advocated for comprehensive immigration reform (amnesty).  Now you’re not going to hear either party call it amnesty but it’s pretty obvious that they’re both fighting over who will get the credit and the Hispanic votes that come with sponsorship.  Now none of this has anything to do with what the people want or don’t want.  It has much more to do with what will benefit the political parties.

People on both sides of these issues contribute

to the coffers of both political parties and both sides vote for what they see as the lesser of two evils choice.  What is being subjugated is the will of the people.  In essence and effect you’re being asked to choose between two kings, both of which are previously owned by special interest groups and at the same time you’re being denied any other choice.  

If neither party represents the will of the people and if you the voter buy into their imperative, (we have to beat the Democrats/we have to beat the Republicans), and with your vote you validate their choices (not yours), the result will be the election of a king who has no accountability to the people.  In reality you’re voting to end a government of the people, by the people and for the people because you have no other choice.  

There is no one for you to vote for, you can only vote against, and it’s been that way for a very long time because the parties control the caucuses and the primaries and that’s where they eliminate all other choices except their own.

When you go to the poll and pull the curtain, the question that should be foremost in your mind is one that was voiced over two hundred years ago by Thomas Jefferson ” The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”  

“Everyone thinks that they have a hand in electing the candidates from their party. The reality is that about 140 people out of the Thousands of registered party affiliates will have a true voice in the process of selecting the candidate, and they do not have to take into account anything the Thousands of People want!” The above statement (in quotes) is the words of current a Mesa County Republican Vice Chairman Kevin McCarney and they were written in what could have only been a moment of candor.  

The statement that follows is a quote from George Washington in his farewell speech to Congress over two hundred years ago and that statement could have been made in what can only be described as a moment of clarity guided by divine providence.  His words were and are a warning to the American people that the lesser of two evils choice (however decided), remains a choice for evil.  

“However [political parties] may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

- GEORGE WASHINGTON, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

Today we have the benefit of knowing what our Founding Father’s choice was and make no mistake your grandchildren will hold you to account for the choices you make today, if by those choices they are condemned to live their lives in fear of an all powerful, all seeing federal government and they will know that fear as the definition of slavery.  It’s your choice; or is it?


 

A Reality Check

A Reality Check

A Commentary by Tea Party Patriot

Hocus pocus Kazam.  Keep your eye on the Obama care rabbit. Do they think we are seriously dumb enough to believe that “it” will disappear with a wave of Romney’s magic Presidential wand; even presuming that he has the wherewithal to beat Obama in November?  And after watching his performance in the Republican primaries dog and pony show where he was outspending his opponents six or seven to one and was still getting whacked on a regular basis, I would say at best Romney pulling it off is a 40/60 long shot.

But let’s just say for the sake of argument that he gets lucky and his sugar daddy comes up with more money than Obama’s sugar daddy (a lot more money) the smart money is down on Obama care modification rather than repeal.  A dash of salt here and a little sauce there and wall-la Obama care will become Romney care; and of course much more palatable. The desert will be that the GOP gets credit for advancing socialized medicine in the good old U S of A.  

And of course the hardcore conservatives will eat it with their usual lesser of two evils dash of salt and nobody but nobody will even notice that through misdirection and with the help of smoke and mirrors, a junior Bush appointed and a great deal less than conservative RINO chief justice just quantum leaped the tax and spend nanny state agenda and expanded the tax powers of the federal government into the next millennium like an unloaded Calaveras county jumping frog.  The stick just joined the carrot in big brother’s arsenal of behavior modification and social engineering also known as (aka) subjects (not citizens) re-education.  

And the Constitution just joined liberty in the counterclockwise (northern hemisphere) downward spiral into the septic tank of history that will promptly forget the theft by conversion and interpretation of that people’s document by just one man; who single handedly converted it to a national suicide pact written on toilet paper.

How much the “lesser of two evils choice” were you given this time or do you even realize that even that luxury was not afforded you in your patriotic journey into the dung heap of dictatorship that is ruled by executive privilege, executive order, edict and decree (shipped in cattle cars) to be baked in ovens and its ashes spread like fertilizer on the growing fields of history.  

So let your heart not be troubled patriot as you in turn rejoice or decry your present position which to some is warm and comfortable and to others what the military describes as Delta Sierra.  This too shall pass and become just a footnote in your journey’s journal and someday very soon now you will look back upon this time as the good ole days when your world was just the carefree days of a magic show.  

 

SERIOUS SAILOR SOLUTIONS: Brandon Shaffer Begs For A Dozen Donors In Latest Fundraising Plea

UPDATE: A reader writes in to note the similarity to another case of a failed federal candidate in military garb looking ridiculous.

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Brandon Shaffer's campaign for Congress was over before it started, as the district is now the most Republican in the state, and it's had a chilling effect on his fundraising. 

An email today makes clear how far state Senate President Shaffer has fallen. The message, titled "A real problem solver," is penned by a former fellow Navy sailor of Shaffer's, and includes this hilarious picture:

Want nobody to take your campaign seriously? Mission Accomplished!


 

“SHAME ON YOU, BARACK OBAMA”: Romney Uses Hillary Clinton In Colorado TV Ad

Mitt Romney's campaign quietly released a new TV ad that's running here in Colorado. It uses Hillary Clinton to bash Obama for lying about Romney's record.

It’s a timely ad since Obama was called out as a liar by the Supreme Court yesterday for denying Obamacare was a tax.

The ad is also running in Iowa, Virginia, North Carolina, New Hampshire and Nevada.  

 

CALL TO ACTION: Colorado GOP, Romney Campaign to Comfort CO’s Fire Victims

 

Like many in Colorado, we received an email this morning from Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call requesting “Comfort Kits” for those who’ve lost everything or been displaced due to the fire. He noted:

“Thousands of Coloradans have been evacuated from their homes and businesses, and hundreds of homes have been burned to the ground.  Families all over the state have lost everything they own. It is times like these when we must come together as a state and as a community to be there for our friends, families and neighbors.”

Colorado Victory offices around the state will be collecting the supplies below through Friday, July 6th, when the supplies will be delivered to the Colorado Salvation Army. That’s your deadline, fellow procrastinators – be generous!

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash
  • Floss
  • Sunscreen
  • Chap Stick
  • Band Aids
  • First Aid Kits
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Gift cards
  • Gas cards
  • And more

Below is a list of Victory Offices accepting donations.  If there is no Victory Office close to you, Call encourages people to visit www.helpcoloradonow.org to learn about additional ways to help victims of the fires.

Jefferson Victory HQ
13949 West Colfax Ave., Suite 250
Lakewood, CO 80401

Arapahoe Victory HQ
5950 S. Willow Dr., Suite 305
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
 
El Paso Victory HQ
205 Sutton Lane
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
 
Larimer Victory HQ
700 S. College Ave, Suite B
Ft. Collins, CO 80524


 

TEAM OF MASCOTS: Vanity Fair Paddles “Former DNR Chief” Ken Salazar

The July edition of Vanity Fair has a not-so-flattering portrayal of President Obama's Cabinet under an even less flattering headline (Team of Mascots, a belittling play on Doris Kearns Goodwin's Lincoln bio "Team of Rivals"). In it, VF mocks BO's lame a_s cabinet, describing them as the weak suck posers that they are generally known to be.  

Vanity gives some slack to Hillary and Geithner and Panetta too – they are the exception, the fake news magazine reports. But Vanity's profile treated our own Ken Salazar much less generously.

As executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources in the cabinet of Governor Roy Romer, 20 years ago, Ken Salazar played a key political advisory role; he plays no comparable role as interior secretary today.

 
Note they don't even acknowledge his time in the U.S. Senate. Ouch Senator Ten Gallon. Ouch.  

Boy, how the mighty have fallen. Ken Salazar, once the big gun of Colorado pols (get it?) has been relegated to an Inside the Beltway Uga, Ralphie, or Cam the Ram.  

Don't worry Rocky. Ken may soon be out of a job, but yours is safe. The only acrobatics that former Colorado DNR Chief Ken Salazar is capable of, after all, is that of the verbal variety (See BP press conferences for details).  

 

TAX HIKES YIKES: Isn’t This a Health Care Law?

Below is a chart on the sneaky tax hikes woven into Obamacare that will crush American middle class families and small businesses. The information was compiled by Americans for Tax Reform, which promises to provide a full analysis of the tax implications today. With Obamacare promising half a trillion dollars in tax hikes over the next ten years, you'd better hold on to your wallets! Click on the chart below for a larger version. 

 


 

OBAMACARE LIVES, ABOUND DIES: Obama Social Engineering Goes 1 For 2 On The Day

On the day that Obamacare was upheld by the Supreme Court, Colorado's Abound Solar announced it is closing and filing for bankruptcy after receiving a $400 million taxpayer-backed loan from Obama's Energy Department. While the High Court may have allowed one form of social engineering to continue, the free market decisively declared the green energy scam dead-in-the-water.

News of Abound's permanent demise comes after the solar panel company laid off 70% of its staff, or 280 workers, back in February. The company insisted at the time that it had no plans to shut down.   

Sure is a sweet and sour day for Pat Stryker.

Stryker, the Ft. Collins billionaire who earned her money the old-fashioned way — she inherited it — invested heavily in Abound and may have had a role in helping Abound get the Obama administration loan as well.

The Sunlight Foundation reported that Stryker's name appeared in White House visitor logs in October 2009, though Stryker has refused to speak publically about what she discussed with the White House. In July 2010, Obama personally announced the $400 million loan to Abound Solar. 

Stryker has been a big backer of Obama — raising $87,500 for his inauguration alone — and served as the personal sugar momma for Colorado Democrats for years, donating millions for attack ads and liberal front groups. 

While Obama's social engineering went 1 for 2 today, Stryker's investment strategy may ultimately go 0 for 2. Her solar company investment just went belly up, and with Obama now having to defend Obamacare as the single largest tax increase on the middle class in history, her investment in Obama is looking equally as shaky. 

Give it to the Obama administration, though. They suck at governing, but they are as good as it gets at spinning, hiding and covering the massive failures that define their administration. Dumping this bit of really bad news today is one more example.

 
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