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Koster Statement on Passage of the Government Healthcare Takeover
ARLINGTON, WASHINGTON - MARCH, 22,  2010: When the dust settles over this massive government expansion, it will undoubtedly prove to be unhealthy for America in many ways. Our federal government has, sadly, fallen into the hands of a "progressive" administration and Congress who are taking us into uncharted economic waters with incomprehensible spending and unconscionable deficits.


John Koster

The federal takeover of 1/6th of the U.S. economy won't fix health care, it will harm it. A majority of the American people have made it clear that they strongly oppose a government healthcare takeover. Rife with partisan backroom deals, the process leading up to the passage of this socialized medicine bill has violated every rule of good statesmanship and sound economics.


The indifference and arrogant dismissal of the legitimate concerns of millions of Americans by President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and my opponent, the incumbent Rick Larsen, is unacceptable at best. If my campaign for the United States Congress is successful, I will do everything within my power to repeal this legislation and work to advance free market solutions that increase choice and accessibility to Health Care.

John Koster, Candidate

2nd Congressional District
Rick Larsen Rubber-Stamps Trillion-Dollar Government Takeover of Healthcare
Washington - March 21, 2010 - Despite a myriad of polls showing that a vote in favor of a government takeover of healthcare would be directly at odds with the interests and values of his constituents, Rick Larsen, instead chose to stand with President Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Larsen's decision to back a bill that fails to lower the cost of healthcare, will likely come at a steep political cost in November. Not only did Larsen rubber-stamp hundreds of billions of dollars in new taxes, Medicare cuts, runaway spending and unprecedented government control, his support for this toxic bill will negatively impact small businesses that are struggling to hire in the midst of a tough economic climate.
Larsen Supports 'Slaughter Solution' in Scam to Ram Through Healthcare Takeover
Casts Vote to Allow Shady Backroom Scheme to Sneak Healthcare Bill Through Congress

Washington, D.C. - With President Obama's self-imposed deadline quickly approaching, Democrats like Rick Larsen are uneasy about casting what could be a career ending vote on their party's trillion-dollar healthcare takeover. Larsen was apparently so nervous that today he cowardly supported moving forward with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's controversial "Slaughter Solution." This shady backroom loophole would 'deem' the healthcare bill passed by Congress without a clean up-or-down vote.


House Republicans presented Larsen with the opportunity to stand against Pelosi's underhanded tricks, but he refused to take it. Instead, Larsen turned his back on the millions of Americans who have already repeatedly rejected the Democrats' healthcare bill. (See vote here)


"If the Senate health care bill is such a good plan, why are President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid resorting to arcane, secretive - and seemingly desperate - tactics to ram it through Congress?  Perhaps it's because 68 percent of Americans don't think it is the right plan." ("Don't Bend the Rules Just To Pass Any Bill," Albuquerque Journal, 3/17/2010)


"The all-out effort to ram through the legislation before Easter recess is telling. If members of Congress merely risked being confronted by Potemkin crowds that don't represent the majority of voters, there would be nothing to fear. However, Democratic strategists know these crowds are very real and very mad, and the mobs will rattle wavering congressional votes, especially in vulnerable districts. The latest Rasmussen poll shows that independents oppose the mass of new regulations and taxes by a wide margin of 64 percent to 32 percent." ("Health care bill can be beat," Washington Times, 3/16/2010)


"...60 percent say that they are more likely to vote for a candidate who opposes this bill and wants to start over, while just 32 percent are more likely to vote against a candidate who takes this position. This suggests clearly that a "yes" vote is problematic.  A detailed look at the research shows that representatives who change their vote from opposing it last November to supporting it now will probably be committing political hara-kiri." (Douglas E. Schoen, "The handwriting on the wall," Politico, 3/16/2010)


And now that the bill has a price tag of nearly a trillion dollars, Larsen is clearly looking for cover as he prepares to walk the plank to force his party's healthcare takeover onto the American people:


"The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the Democrats' revised health care bill will cost $940 billion over the next 10 years, a House Democratic source told CNN Thursday." ("Source: CBO Estimates Health Care bill at $940 Billion, CNN, 3/18/10)


"Only in Washington can Democrats like Rick Larsen use shady backroom tactics to pass a trillion-dollar government healthcare takeover and call it fiscally responsible," said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. "Larsen knows full well that Washington families are strongly opposed to the Democrats' job-killing healthcare takeover, but he sided with his partisan party bosses anyway. Larsen may think he is sidestepping controversy by running from the Democrats' politically toxic healthcare bill, but his support of these underhanded tactics could be the end of his political career."


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Team America Slams Larsen, Endorses Koster

March 17, 2010 -Team America, a political action committee dedicated to securing our nation's border, enthusiastically endorse John Koster for Washington's Second Congressional District. According to Team America Chairman Bay Buchanan, "John Koster will provide a much needed vote against amnesty and for enforcing our immigration laws."

Koster is running against Rep. Rick Larsen.  Rep Larsen has amassed a terrible pro-amnesty record in Congress.  According to Buchanan, "Rick Larsen is a leader in the pro-amnesty movement.  He has co-sponsored 6 amnesties during his career, and never voted against a single amnesty."


Buchanan notes that the immigration control watchdog Numbers USA gives Larsen an F grade for his votes on amnesty.


"By sending John Koster to Congress we will replace one of the worst pro-Amnesty Congressmen in the House with a leader that we can depend on to fight amnesty!"


Team America is a Political Action Committee founded by former chair of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus Tom Tancredo that is dedicated to opposing amnesty and controlling our borders.


In addition to serving as Chairman of Team America, long time conservative activist Bay Buchanan is a commentator for CNN and president of the conservative educational foundation The American Cause.  She previously served as Chairman to her brother Pat Buchanan and Tom Tancredo's presidential campaigns and a senior advisor to Mitt Romney.  Buchanan was treasurer to Ronald Reagan's 1976 and 1980 presidential campaigns and served as US Treasurer during his first term.

April 10 Skagit County Republican Party Convention

720 Main St., #230

Mt. Vernon, WA 98273


Candidates need to be there between 9:30am and Noon to be assured of a time to speak for 5 minutes.Current plan is to endorse candidates at this convention.

April 1 North Whidbey Republican Women's Lunch
April 1 North Whidbey Republican Women's Luncheon

Date:  1 April 2010

Time:  Lunch 11:30 a.m. / Speaker 12:00 p.m. (Approx 20 min w/10 min Q & A)

Location:  El Cazador (Next to K-Mart in Oak Harbor)  32195 SR 20, Oak Harbor, WA 98277

March 20 Fundraiser at home of Doug & Bonnie Roulstone

Doug & Bonnie Roulstone will host a fundraiser at their home on Saturday, March 20th,  from 3-5PM.  The Roulstone's address is:  2114  157th Ave SE, Snohomish, WA. To RSVP please call (360) 202-2585.

Will Rick Larsen Vote for the Cornhusker Kickback, Louisiana Purchase?

The Dems' Dirty Secret: Passing Healthcare Bill Means Voting for Shady Backroom Deals

Washington- With Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Barack Obama making their last-ditch push for their unpopular healthcare agenda, it's time for Rick Larsen to take a stand. As Democrat leaders attempt to usher a healthcare bill through the House with Larsen's seal of approval, they have a dirty secret: In order to run their end-around on the American people, Larsen's party will first have to approve the current healthcare bill - and all of the shady backroom deals that come along with it.

The last front in the healthcare fight is in the House of Representatives and Pelosi is scraping by to achieve a razor-thin majority. If Rick Larsen votes for the bill currently being pushed by Democrat leaders, he is voting in support of the Cornhusker Kickback, the Louisiana Purchase and every other backroom deal cut to sneak the legislation through Congress.

"In his weekly address, released Saturday, President Obama said he's asked ‘leaders in both of Houses of Congress to finish their work and schedule a vote in the next few weeks.'"

"It's not clear the president has the votes. He needs 216 votes in the House, where some Democrats are saying no. In the Senate, Democrats are expected to try to pass the latest version with a bare majority of 51, instead of the 60 votes it usually takes to move legislation, through a controversial tactic called reconciliation. Republicans called that a recipe for partisan warfare." (John Hendren, "New Deadline Set to Pass Health Care Bill," ABC News, 3/7/2010)


"Then there's the perception of payoffs to states represented by senators who hesitated on supporting the Senate's health care bill, part of the overhaul that Obama had named his top legislative priority.

"Dubbed the ‘Cornhusker kickback' and the ‘Louisiana purchase,' the deals with Democratic Sens. Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana drew derision for the perception of sneakiness they created." (Laurie Kellman and Larry Margasak, Associated Press, "Democrats mired in swamp they vowed to drain," 3/4/2010)

"The only thing transparent about the Democrats' shady backroom deals is their utter disregard for the intelligence of American taxpayers and voters," said NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain. "President Obama and Nancy Pelosi vowed repeatedly to keep their Congress ‘honest' and keep congressional dealings open to the American public. But now they are asking Rick Larsen to go on the record with his support for these unpopular closed-door deals so they can sneak their runaway healthcare agenda through Congress while no one is looking. Will Rick Larsen stand up for the hard-working middle-class American families that have already rejected this bill or will he sit quietly while Democrat leaders attempt to pull the wool over the American public's eyes?"

Will Larsen endorse not only a government-run healthcare bill that the majority of the American public has already rejected - but also the secretive backroom dealings included in the bill before Congress?

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"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

--Adrian Rogers: See it @ Google Books: Ten Secrets for a Successful Family, p. 138.