Archive for March, 2010

Politics . . . No More!

March 22nd, 2010

When I made my post on Friday night concerning the Health Care bill, I didn’t realize I had made my last political post. However, I can’t do it anymore.  My wife says I am not being honest and that I won’t be able to help myself.  No….I have learned that it is at best….a futile effort.

It appears that by the end of tonight, this bill will be passed. This proves to me, beyond any shadow of a doubt, few representatives care what you or I think.  If it doesn’t serve their particular party agenda….they don’t care.  Almost 60% of America and 70% of seniors, were begging this pathetic lot of….whoever they are….to please not do this.  Just slow down.  Take a deep breath and think this through.  It’s not that all of us were not asking for some kind of reform, we all are.  But not a bill that could possibly negatively change the face of America forever, with one stoke of the pen.

I don’t care if this bill turns out to be the best bill ever written….or the worst.  The point is….they blew off the voice of the overwhelming majority of the people.  We painfully discovered they really didn’t care what we thought.  If you were like me, you really thought they were listening.  Not so much!

I had decided that I wasn’t going to watch any of this today.  I went and played golf in the afternoon because I have to admit….I could not stand to watch the process.  When I got home….I’m ashamed to say that I turned it on.  Maybe Kim is right and I can’t help myself.  No…I’m determined!!  However, what I saw was nothing less than a conformation that my leaving this world of politics, is the right one.

What really caught my attention was when Bart Stupak said, “We all know that some people are going to agree with what we do and some are not going to like it.  But WE have to do what’s best.”  This as he was changing his vote to a “yes.”  What a telling statement.  So it’s whatever THEY think is best….no matter what the majority of America feels!  Exactly my point….what’s the point?

After that, I turned it to March Madness and the Golf Channel.  Okay….I forgot.  I did see Greta interview Barney Frank.  When she asked him about the doctor fix, his answer was….”We’re attaching that to another bill and it has nothing to do with this bill.”  Excuse me Barney….I need to ask a question.  If that 300 billion DOCTOR fix is attached to another bill so the health care bill looks better from the CBO…who is paying for that?   Maybe China…or Russia…or just some good Samaritan?  Would that still be us?  Don’t know…just asking Barney!  Then….I actually did turn to March Madness and left it there.

Okay I am going to stop because I am writing another political post.  Just a few thoughts to finish.

I have never been discouraged to be an American….until now.  I’ve always felt excited and blessed to be a part of the greatest country in the world.  I’ve always felt that my thoughts….as well as yours….counted.  Well, we have now learned that they don’t.  This administration and for that matter, the majority of the belt way, is living on another planet.  Their agenda….as Obama himself said….is to fundamentally change America forever.  I think by now, many have discovered it’s not the change they had in mind.  So, I suppose I am taking on the reverse role of Michelle Obama.  She said during the campaign in February 2008, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country.”  Did it take her husband being in the lead to sit in the Oval Office for her to be proud?  No matter, it took her a long time to be proud of America.  Not me.  I was always proud to be an American and felt extremely blessed that God allowed me to be born in America.  Now that she can see the changes that according to her “she has always dreamed of,” I suppose she is a happy camper at last!

I hope we all pray for each other and our country because I believe we are headed for what could be, a devastating collision course with our own destiny.  I’m not sure how God will answer our prayers at this point.  Obama himself said “we are no longer a Christian nation.”  I never thought I would ever hear the President Of The United States Of America make such a statement.  But….maybe he is right!  I don’t know what God is thinking about all this because He doesn’t always confide in me on these things.  I have ideas of how He will respond to us as a country….based on how we respond to Him.  However, I do believe that anyone that doesn’t throw God out with the bath water, will certainly come under the protection of his throne.  I especially believe that for each of us as individuals.

I have come to conclude that the direction we are taking is part of the continuation of decisions, that will chart the course of who we end up being as a nation, when all is said and done.  Call me a nutcase if you will but, I believe it’s all part of the bigger plan.

So….no more direct political writing.  I might write something with political overtones because whatever the subject matter is, may require it.  However, that will be the extent of it.  I will in the future, simply write on things that in my opinion, might really matter.  I will also continue to do a This And That along the way.  BUT I PROMISE…..No more Politics!

Note:  Now that they are getting this bill through……Watch out for a reemergence of Cap And Trade and Card Check. Sorry…just couldn’t help it!

Until next time….keep watch and America Bless God.

Congress, Doctors and Guns

March 19th, 2010

Politics:
I know this is old news but, I’m just wandering if anyone else is gasping that Congress just voted themselves a $4,700 raise for 2010?  That’s a cost of living raise you know.  Everybody gets one of these…right?  However, that is small in comparison to what we the American people are going to experience as a RAISE!

Another thing that is disdaining to me about this body of….whoever or whatever they are….is it now appears they are going to shove this health care bill down our throats.  Yet, they won’t partake of the same insurance policies themselves!!  Have you noticed that lineup of Dems that were going to stand against this bill are daily falling by the way side?  Do you think by now they don’t realize the American people pay little attention to their…”I’m going to stand against Washington for the sake of the people’s desires.”  Really?  That is until they get behind the door and get whatever deal it is they were holding out for.  Or they happen to get on Air Force One and take a ride like Mr. Kucinich just did.  He was a NO for six months and all of a sudden he is a YES!  The problem with him was that he was wanting a more liberal bill than was in place.  Can’t you just here the conversation on Air One? Amazingly day after day, they disappear from their stand for America.

One of the most amazing statements that has been made throughout this ordeal is last week when speaker Pelosi said “we must first pass the bill so we can find out what is in the bill.”  What does that mean to you?  Let me also point out that this speaker has an approval rating compared to a falling rock!  What is more scary is that in Obama’s interview with Bret Baier on Fox News when he said “when we pass this bill, I will know what’s in it and you will know what’s in it!  That is just totally beyond me.  If he didn’t know what was in it on Wednesday, why would he accept a vote on Sunday when we are talking about 1/6 of the American economy?What’s even more scary than these  statements is that Harry Reid has created a clause in Section 3403 of the Senate bill, which states, “It shall not be in order in the Senate or the House to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection”.  In other words folks, once this horse is put in the barn, the barn door is closed!!

What’s troubling about this section is that it seals the regulatory power of the Independent Medicare Advisory Board.  Their job is to reduce the per capita rate of growth in the Medicare system.  Another familiar terminology that you may have heard for this commission is the DEATH PANEL!  When you’re my age and probably yours, not being able to repeal these people deciding if I will live or die by any future congress, is not all that attractive to me!!

Depending on which poll you want to look at, the American people are overwhelmingly rejecting this bill.  Their saying they want Washington to stop…back up…and think it through with a fresh start.  I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t want or need health care reform but, the vast majority do not want this monster.  However the Democrats are saying, no we won’t wait, start over, or look at other options.   Whether you’re for the bill or not, the amount of “politics” here….is ridiculous…if not in fact alarming.    But even more than that, I am saddened to see America being stolen by politicians….claiming to represent the people.

If you think that blood is not already starting to run, read the Seattle Times story on the fact that Walgreens, one of America’s largest drug chains, will no longer take Medicaid prescriptions on new patients after April 16th.  They’re losing money every time they fill a prescription based on Medicaid payments.  By the way…this is the same problem doctors are having with Medicaid payments.   Other chains are following their lead in Washington state.  Now how long do you think it will take for this process to become contagious?  Medicaid is broken and Obama and Pelosi want to run the entire health care system??  This is one of the most scary thoughts this country could ever have imagined!

Here is what we are learning about our government system.  At the polls, we can change faces attached to bodies, but at the end of the day….what do we really change?  We don’t change anything because the best of the best that we can send to that place, that I consider to be the introduction to Hell, find themselves being engulfed by politics shortly after their arrival.  Though they may unpack their bags with the best of intentions, they haven’t washed their first run of clothes until their stinkin’….and it ain’t the shirts!!

I can only speak for myself in which I pray and believe every day that God is in control of my life.  If I live for 5 more years….10 more years….or 30 more years, I trust that’s God’s plan for me.  I have little else, if anything, to depend on.

It seems that it is becoming a pointed fact that it is very important for this government to eliminate aged people.  One would have to admit that it is a good business model.  That is…if your not paying in….why does the government want to pay out?  What a waste of money that could go to their precious entitlement programs.  Besides…if your old…you have lived your life!  They don’t care that we have been paying all our lives to these programs to protect and sustain us when we reach that splendid age of retirement.  That may sound like an over the top point of view but, from where this all seems to be headed, I’m not so sure it is.  I could be wrong and this bill will turn out to be good for everyone including seniors.  I hope that’s the case at the end of the day.

The majority of retired people of this land voted for Obama because they believed in his “change” and that it would be good for them.  Can you imagine taking 500 billion from a seniors program that’s already under funded?  These folks have since learned better and this will never happen again….as long as their still breathing.

I sort of like the Stephen Moore…from Fox Business News… theory on all this.  If we’re going to save 138 billion by covering an additional 32 million people (just think about that for a moment)….why don’t we just cover all of China and wipe out our entire debt??  Brilliant!

I’m not even going to get into the Doctor fix of 300 billion, which is not being counted in the CBO numbers for this bill.  If it were counted, it would throw this bill into the tank because it then becomes a deficit building bill.  That’s why it was not included….don’t ya know!   This money is attached an obscure bill so it will not be counted on the health care numbers.  Who would have thought of that?

Don’t laugh when I say we are only a few steps away from being just like the people in the streets of Iran.  It’s a helpless feeling….to feel helpless.

I have one other question and I will leave this subject.  If 32 million people are not covered because they cannot afford it, how…all of a sudden… are they going to magically afford to buy it once the bill passes?  Think about that!

Doctors/Guns
Hardly a week goes by…and many times just a couple of days…that I don’t receive something from one of you that is interesting information.  That’s good because it shows a lot of you are engaged.  Here is one that I wanted to pass on because I found it humorous but at the same time…a little scary.

The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.  Accidental deaths caused by physicians per year are 120,000.  Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171.

The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000 (80 million).  The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500 per year.  The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is .000188, stats courtesy of the FBI.  So statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.

Almost everyone has at least one doctor, though not everyone owns a gun.  These stats reveal that we are 900 times more likely to be killed by a doctor than a gun owner!!!

These numbers might get a little better since 30%-46% of doctors say they will more than likely leave the profession if the health bill passes.  Wow that was close!

This And That
I was going to write on Michelle Obama’s staff exploding over past first ladies’ but, it’s too long and really doesn’t matter when you look at the big picture.  So what if she needs almost twice as many servants and employees as her predecessors!!

Until next time….Keep Watch And America Bless God!