This Is An Earth Shattering Weekend

March 18, 2010

This entry is really twofold:

a)     an exchange on FaceBook with a wise friend, and

b)    what a vote on ObamaCare really means

To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not. ~ Thomas Paine

That’s the quote a friend put up on FaceBook. I responded…

 Geesh…where do you get all these goodies?

 He replied…

I read a lot about and by the patriarchs of our country. It is amazing how many of their fears concerning what government could become have come true. So many of their stances were in reaction to the English government, but are oh so applicable to the US government we have today.

My favorites are Thomas Paine, Jefferson, Adams and Franklin.

In their day, the concern was over the uneducated masses not being fit to choose the direction of the country. I would say we have the same problem today except it is not just ignorance, but apathy.  The problem with this mindset is it relies on the education and integrity of the leaders to “direct” the country in the best interest of the masses. 200 years ago this was probably a safe idea, but even they were scared of the corruption that would be upon those given such power. Today we give the power freely to those known to be corrupt and self serving and let them decided issues like healthcare, taxes, and social security. We have become exactly what the forefathers feared.

 A friend of his chimed in…

All of what you are saying, I agree with. But I think the framework of our republic has already been ravaged.

Every decade that has passed since the founding of our country, people come into power, run into the troublesome safeguards the founding fathers put in place… and go on to somehow convince us to allow them to modify, alter, weaken, or dismantle those safeguards.

In the big picture, things are no different now than Roman times. We’re still burdened by that thing we call human nature. So far, nobody in the history of the world has come up with a solution for the gradual systemic decay that occurs in any given system when humans are allowed to run it.

Any conjecture by any person that there is a solution for today’s ills would need to include the steps for this human nature issue and so far, none do. That’s because we all have our human nature and own interest tucked away under the covers, and nobody but Mother Teresa wants to give those up.

Then my friend replied…

[“K” from the movie Men In Black, to “J”]  “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the earth was flat, and 15 minutes ago you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

Imagine what the world would be like without the personal agendas that screw everything up. I wish I could say, “The person is generous and self sacrificing and the people were greedy and without morals,” but unfortunately, it is the individual AND the people.

The death of “America” if it passes.

I cannot believe the unmitigated gall of democrats – with a healthcare bill rooted in socialism (destroying private entities in favor of replacing them with government ones that cost an extra trillion dollars) – to cram this down American’s throat despite ALL the objections:

  • Idaho’s governor signed a (symbolic) law into effect that will mandate Idaho’s attorney general to sue congress over the illegality of the healthcare mandate if it’s signed into law. 37 other states are drafting similar measures. There is nothing in the constitution that allows government to mandate healthcare insurance for citizens.
  • The public is overwhelmingly against this un-American power grab. In fact, every study has shown that the more people know about it, the more they do not support it! If the democrats had the support, this would’ve been a done deal last summer. They don’t have the support (the votes), so…
  • Democrats have to come up with a “back door” plan (BUDGET reconciliation) to pass ObamaCare without the standard 60% votes. THAT may not work, so they have to go to the …
  • Slaughter Solution” (so named after congresswoman Louise Slaughter). Aptly named for the way ObamaCare will slaughter freedom and private enterprise, the “Slaughter Solution” is a rules change that allows the bill to “pass” the house without a vote at all.

I am not for the “status quo” in healthcare, and I DO favor reform, but ObamaCare is a turn to something our Founding Fathers never dreamed of.

“How can we come to a place where we suspend all common sense, and expect to survive?” – Glenn Beck.

Thomas Paine wrote “Common Sense” in 1776, and he derided the model of a tyrannical king that is the sole distributor of laws and “benefits” (originally confiscated from taxpayers). King Obama is telling you that only he (and his democratic minions) know what is good for you, and you’d better just say “yes” to their healthcare mandate and accept whatever pittance he throws your way. Common sense HAS been suspended, and democrats wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s in their best interest to keep people dumb, and promise them the world, rather than tell them the truth: ObamaCare takes away your freedom, your money, and cannot deliver what it promises.

Yet there is an uprising: millions and millions of voices saying “no” to this abomination disguised as “healthcare.” God help us be successful in crushing this evil, dehumanizing monster.

“This is an earth shattering weekend,” I heard on the radio this morning as I’m told the house will likely vote on ObamaCare on Sunday. Considering the size of “heathcare,” (1/6th of the economy I’m told), then nearly EVERYTHING hinges on this vote. Future taxes. Education funding. School curriculums. Workplace benefits. Illegal Immigration. Everything. 

If you’ve never made a call to your congressperson, now is the time. It’s very easy, takes only a minute, and the staffers who answer treat you well. Please make a call now.

  • 1-877-762-8762 or
  • 202-224-3121
  • Contact them DIRECTLY by phone or email here.
  • Contact the media (radio, TV, blogs, FaceBook) and don’t let up until the vote.

The problem with ObamaCare is it tries to guarantee something that cannot be guaranteed: life. Life is inherently instable, and ultimately will end. Socialized healthcare says, “No matter what happens, we’ll take care of you, and it will cost you nothing.” And that is where the democrats and the left are wrong: ultimately they can’t guarantee your health or life, and it will cost us EVERYTHING!

The future of freedom  and our republic depends on rejecting ObamaCare style of health reform.


An Open Letter to My Senator on Healthcare

October 8, 2009

I admit that I’m a little harsh in this one, and in some spots I seem irreverent. But this could be the pivotal point in my life where I tell my kids “this is where it all went downhill.” And we have an opportunity to bring us back from the brink here, so I have to let it all out before the vote comes. May God help us all.

Dear Senators,

I am against this bill that’s being rushed to the Senate floor.

  • Government shouldn’t be in the business of directing healthcare for the nation. THAT IS NOT GOVERNMENT’S BUSINESS. There are MANY ways that “reform” can be handled by the private sector. See Bobby Jindal’s Washington Post article here.
  • 2/3 of doctors don’t support this bill. That should tell us something! The president’s photo op was a farce. This is NOT what is best for patients!! Yet democrats insist on pushing this bad legislation anyway? WHY IS THAT? Is it because you think you know better, and all of us plebeians are stupid? How arrogant. That is the only reason I can see for continuing to push this bill that it seems that most free thinking Americans don’t want: arrogance.
  • The “public option” is particularly nefarious. Good thing for you that big government also likes to keep our kids stupid in public schools. Anyone with 1/2 a brain knows that if a “public option” is in the mix, it will NOT have to truly compete with private options, but government subsidies will consistently undercut the private options until they are out of business. Not to mention all these “uninsured” will HAVE to chose the public plan (for economic reasons). There is NO WAY that Obama would let a “public system” fail. He has banked too much on that, and he WILL use my money to subsidize it, and cause the downfall of the entire free market American health care system. Which brings me to my next point:
  • Government systems suck. Not just the failed socialist examples of western Europe, but right here in America we have Medicare / Medicaid / VA … ALL of these are HUGE WASTERS of money, and every other day I see a new report on TV about the waste that goes on here. If Obama and democrats want us to believe in their system, they should start with these government systems that are in place now, and make them really attractive. As it is, they are an embarrassment, and it just PROVES THAT GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS DON’T WORK. At least they don’t work well. But – given your record – I’m fairly confident you’ll still try to push this “un-wellness” down our throats.
  • I love the idea of “universal care for all.” That is so utopian. We DO care here in America that much. But it will drag the quality of care down and push taxes way up. Obama wants quality care that is affordable for all. But when you add 30 million new “customers” and make co-payments really low, you will have a rush on the system that will crush us. It will crush us. There are free market solutions (such as tax incentives for clinics to cater to a certain percentage of uninsured) that will NOT crush us. And conservative ideas – that have so far been almost completely rejected by democrats – can be implemented gradually.
  • And we can’t just give healthcare to the world. Again, I am ashamed that democrats won’t put a line in the bill about “no healthcare for illegal immigrants.” We just cant give away healthcare to 12 million people. And Joe Wilson was right: Obama lied. Otherwise democrats would have put a line in the bill about it so Obama could be a man of his word.
  • Tort reform. You and your fellow democrats are just money whores on this one. 90% of trial lawyer candidate support goes to democrats, so you just wont cut off the hand that feeds you. Shame on you for sacrificing what is good for America for the good of your political career. Tort reform alone could be the one thing that drastically reduces prices for every single American, and makes all the other health care goals attainable, but democrats wont even put this one on the table. And I am ashamed of them for it. Here is my promise to you: if YOU introduce radical “Tort Reform” into the democrat’s idiotic plan, you will have my vote next election. Lawsuit caps will drastically lower insurance payouts, which lowers malpractice insurance for doctors everywhere, and lowers the cost for every single American. Oh, and this only will happen in a truly competitive market, so I’m sure if Obama has his way, he’ll make it impossible.
  • We cant pay for this. We don’t have the money. “Healthcare reform” as democrats have planned is a recovery killer. I will hold you personally responsible if you continue pushing it. It is IRRESPONSIBLE to blast all Americans with mammoth new taxes (which the CBO has said WILL happen under the democrat plan).

Democrats wonder why there is all this resistance out in America to their plan. It’s because we see through it, to the radical power grab that it actually is. This is not “healthcare reform;” it’s “life control.” The democrat healthcare plan is sick! I’ve read the bullet points, and I don’t think there is ANY redeeming value in it. If you think there IS, let’s introduce some individual points and not go all out to tuck all Americans under big governments regulatory wing. It’s un-American and wrong. This big plan as it is should quietly die.

Healthcare reform as a free market system costs almost nothing by comparison. All a conservative approach does is unshackle the system as it stands from the constraints that make it inefficient. Let’s see insurance become “individual,” “portable,” and able to be sold across state lines. Let’s see radical “tort reform.” Lets see a move to electronic records (and computerized searches for fraud, waste and duplication). Let’s use what works well in one state, and transplant that to another. Let’s stop healthcare for illegal immigrants except in the case of imminent life threatening situations. Let’s free up Americans to actually apply “choice and competition” and show the world a system that really works!

Please stop this nonsense!

Paul Revere


Two Out of Three Doctor’s Surveyed …

October 6, 2009

Do NOT Support Obamacare.

A picture’s worth a thousand words. I love this shot (from the NY Post). Obama’s staffers are handing out white lab coats to make the hand picked doctors who support Obamacare look more “doctor-ish” for the cameras. Does that make you want to get behind the monstrous takeover called Obamacare?

Doctor photo op

This should tell you almost everything you need to know:

  • Most docs are not supporting Obamacare (statistics below)
  • This whole “doctors on the white house lawn” thing was for show…
  • Because this huge government takeover of the most intimate part of your life (your health) is on it’s deathbed.

At this photo-op the president lied (again): “When you cut through all the noise and all the distractions that are out there, I think what’s most telling is that some of the people who are most supportive of reform are the very medical professionals who know the health-care system best.”

That is utter nonsense. The facts don’t support that lie. (According to an Investor’s Business Daily poll):

  • 2/3 of doctors are against Obamacare. That’s sixty-six percent, or rephrased, “two out of three doctors prefer freedom, choice, and competition” to the big government regulation socialist takeover of one sixth of the nation’s expenditures.
  • 45% would consider quitting if Obamacare passes. After all, since the free-market model will be replaced with a communist style democratic plan, doctors would probably be able to make the same money fixing up Harley’s.

The American Medical Association supports Obamacare. BUT 86% of doctors say that the AMA is now too political and out of touch with the doctors it represents. It figures AMA supports big-government takeover, they’d probably get a kickback.

Look, your health is your business. Discuss it with your doctor. Your health has to do with everything you do. Everything. It is not just that government will control and regulate 1/6th of the economy if the democrats have their way. They will be able to tell you how to live. Really. Right now your kids can’t go to school without proof that their vaccinations are up to date. Multiply that times 100 if Obamacare is in place. If the government controls your healthcare, they can tell you what jobs you can take, and under what circumstances. Sound far-fetched? What if the democrats apply health care tactics to another huge government takeover project: the environment. They could dictate that it is too hazardous for humans to be working on oilrigs, coalmines or nuclear reactors, and then they can regulate strict (unnecessary, or unreasonable) protections for workers that make producing energy too expensive for companies to produce those things on a cost effective basis to consumers. And if employees don’t comply with the government health-based mandates for those conditions: well, then they don’t get health insurance. Oh and if they don’t have health insurance, Obama’s going to charge them 2.5% of their income as a fine …unless you’re an illegal alien of course, in which case you get a pass and “free” healthcare.

Universal healthcare sounds great because we care that much. But if we do it with a big government takeover, you will regret it with your life.

Can we do it with American values under a free market system?

Yes we can!

The conservative alternative doesn’t require a 1,000 page pile of new regulation that has to be passed in the middle of the night when no one is looking. It’s so clean, honest, and good it can be proclaimed in the daylight. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has written an excellent piece in the Washington Post. It is the best, most concise version of free market, conservative ideas that will really work I’ve ever seen. This plan LIBERATES people from the shackles of government, giving them the individual benefits that come with that, and DOESN’T add the RESTRICTIVE shackles that democrats are saying is necessary to accomplish their power grab give you what you need what they know has never worked well in any country where its already been tried.

Read Bobby Jindal’s piece here.

Again, it’s excellent. He says that the democratic plan for healthcare is over (and you know it is, nearly no one wants it), and it’s time for conservatives of all colors to turn the corner, and go on the offensive with a clear presentation of plans that free people to enjoy better healthcare at lower costs and less government intrusion.

Contact your congress people, and tell them the giant socialist healthcare takeover is over. Send them a copy of Jindal’s piece. And – get this – we can institute these principles gradually, one at a time. I suggest we start with tort reform, and I suggest what Jindal didn’t in his piece: that we use healthcare principles that have worked well in some states, and transplant them to others that are floundering.

But you get the picture. It can be done, and it doesn’t have to be done all at once. Let them know you support a free market solution that liberates us, not shackles us, and one that actually works.

Once again, here’s your contact information:

  • Contact your representatives to put pressure on him to reject Obamacare and protect your individual liberties. Complete list of congress’ email and fax numbers here. Another “contact congress” option is here.  Make a call! The capitol switchboard is: 1-202-224-3121.
  • Let Obama know that you’re done with his plan, and it’s time to work with republicans (for real) and conservatives of all colors to make a change to “free market” solutions.
  • Contact the media (radio, TV, blogs) and help them know more.
  • Talk with your friends about the free market principles outlined in Jindal’s piece. Link it on your FaceBook.

I welcome your comments below as well.


Healthcare Reform Swirlies II

September 30, 2009

Here’s just some of the changes no one is hoping for:

Don’t let your rep’s pick you up, flip you over, and dunk your head in the bowl while telling you it’s “good for the country.”

Swirly guys

Tell them “NO!” to all these big-government schemes to dictate to you what you can’t have and how much more you’re going to pay for it anyway.

Johnny Isakson: “Americans Anxious About Healthcare Reform”

Complete list of congress’ email and fax numbers here.

Another “contact congress” option is here.

MORE DEBT +

HIGHER TAXES +

LESS “CARE” =

OBAMACARE


Healthcare Reform Swirlies

September 28, 2009

Here’s just some of the changes no one is hoping for:

Don’t let your rep’s pick you up, flip you over, and dunk your head in the bowl while telling you it’s “good for the country.”

Swirly guys

Tell them “NO!” to all these big-government schemes to dictate to you what you cant have and how much more you’re going to pay for it anyway.

Complete list of congress’ email and fax numbers here.

Another “contact congress” option is here.   Make your voice heard today.

MORE DEBT +

HIGHER TAXES +

LESS “CARE” =

OBAMACARE


Obama: Shut Up and Take Your (Bad) Medicine!

September 9, 2009

Aids to the president say that he plans to be more assertive in his address to a joint session of congress Wednesday night. The gloves are coming off, no more unicorns and rainbows (except for radical Islamic whackos who want to kill us infidels).

He’s pretty predictable, so here’s what you’re going to hear:

  • “We must act now.” Translation: Every time I talk about healthcare, more Americans wise up and get angry about it, so we’ve got to pass this thing before the wheels come off of this monster.
  • “Every American should have healthcare coverage.” Translation: rich Americans (who can pay for healthcare), people who are temporarily between jobs, those who don’t choose to sign up for government assistance, and every single illegal alien who’s already bilking the system, must be forced into my new government plan.
  • “This ‘public option’ has a trigger.” Translation: Heh heh, I’m just kidding about this, ‘cuz the ‘trigger’ is wherever the government sets it, so it’s really, “Take the public option or I’ll pull the trigger.”
  • “You will still be able to choose your doctor.” Translation: … as long as your doctor is the one I have officially sanctioned. It’s for your own good you know. No, you don’t know, only I know what’s good for you.
  • “There will be no waiting lines. That’s just scare tactics from those who don’t like change.” Translation: the waiting lines shouldn’t be too bad, because Canadians wont be coming down here for excellent timely service anymore.
  • “My plan will bring costs down.” (Insert your own laughter track here, because the Congressional Budget Office, Democrats everywhere, and even Obama himself has said this is not true). And besides, it is physically impossible to force every uninsured person into a plan and not have the cost go up. AND whatever government touches it always makes inefficient.
  • “We mustn’t be afraid of change!” (I don’t think anyone’s afraid of change here, we’re just reasonably afraid of the biggest mammoth GOVERNMENT healthcare takeover).
  • “We are at a pivotal point in American history.” NOW THIS IS THE TRUTH.

This IS the point in American history where we either decide that we want a nanny-state that takes lots more in taxes and gives us back a little of what it thinks is best for us, OR we can say “no” to this socialist healthcare takeover plan  – a bureaucratic tax and waste system – and “yes” to free market American style changes that will keep our healthcare system the best in the world while retaining our precious liberties. Check this:

I have heard some of the talking heads saying that some portion of this healthcare bill will get passed. But which sections do we keep?

  • Pg 30 THERE WILL BE A GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get
  • Pg 29 lines 4-16 in the HC bill – YOUR HEALTHCARE IS RATIONED!!! You can only get so much “care” per year
  • PG 50 Section 152 in HC bill – HC will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.
  • Pg 58HC Bill – Government will have real-time access to individuals finances & a National ID Healthcard will be issued!
  • Pg 72 Lines 8-14 Government is creating an HC Exchange to bring private HC plans under Government control.
  • Pg 167 Lines 18-23 ANY individual who doesnt have acceptable HC accrdng to Government will be taxed 2.5%.  Yes, tax the uninsured.
  • Pg 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (You and I will pay for them).
  • PG 203 Line 14-15 HC – “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax” Yes, it says that.
  • Pg 317 L 13-20  PROHIBITION on ownership / investment. Government tells Drs. What / how much they can own!
  • Pg335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 – Government mandates establishment of outcome based measures. HC the way they want. More rationing.
  • Pg 341 Lines 3-9 Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Adv Plans, HMOs, etc. Forcing all into Government HC plan.
  • PG 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 Government provides approved list of end of life resources, guiding you in death.
  • PG 430 Lines 11-15 The Government will decide what level of treatment you will have at end of life.

No, we shouldn’t keep ANY of this! Not to mention the astronomical cost will be a recovery killer. This is an anti-choice, extremely expensive, heavy handed, big-government boondoggle that is just plain bad through and through. There is NO REDEEMING PORTION of the democrat’s plan. But there ARE free market solutions that WORK, starting with tort reform. That’s “limiting lawsuits.” The democrats will never put that in their bill because 95% of trial lawyer donations go to democrats; They will never bite the hand that feeds them, even if it is the best thing for the country!

Obamacare Van

THERE IS ANOTHER PLAN

You’re just not hearing it,

because the mainstream media

wants the democrats’ socialist plan –

and their hero, Obama – to succeed.

And lets face it; the democrats do want their top down total control system to be put in place over you as well. More power for them, less freedom for you. More taxes for them, and a lot less money in your pocket; you won’t be able to afford a different plan even if it was available. But it wont be, because if the government sponsors a public option, they will always be able to undercut the private companies (using your money, I might add), and private companies will go out of business. The only option in the long run IS the “public option.”

SO, here are the bullet points of free market reform that works.

  • Reform our health justice system (yes, “tort reform”).
  • Fraud & waste reduction, which will be helped by
  • Moving from a paper based system to an electronic system
  • Create a HEALTH based system (prevention) instead of just caring for people after they get sick
  • Tax reform (liberating the health system and rewarding healthy choices)
  • Investing in scientific and technological breakthroughs.

Get more details here.

So no matter how the president lays down his “tough talk” before congress, keep your brain firmly engaged, and demand your representatives not support this stinking un-American pile of crappy legislation.

YOU CAN STOP IT!

Contact information is here.

You can always contact your representatives:

  • U.S. Capitol switchboard” 1-202-224-3121. Just ask for your senator or representative.
  • Write your representatives: You can get contact information here. By entering your zip code on the left side, various contact information pops up. A hand written letter means much more than an email, and generally gets a paper letter response (even if it is a form letter).

Read up on the latest happenings that directly affect your life: http://www.congress.org/congressorg/home/

I always recommend contacting your local media (TV, radio, and even print or web media) about these issues. Be sure to tell your friends: face to face, FaceBook, Twitter, MySpace, or link this in your own blog.

And of course, Barack takes your comments (and promptly ignores them) here: President@WhiteHouse.Gov

Get to it.

Don’t even get me started on “Cap and Tax Trade.”


Healthcare Clunkers

August 21, 2009

The National Automobile Dealers Association is urging the federal gov’t to shut down the “cash for clunkers” program immediately. Why? IT DOESN’T WORK. That is what happens when the socialists in charge have their way, they develop plans that waste your money, and then claim it was good. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and suggest that when they quietly close the “cash for clunkers” program, the democrats are going to brag that they “saved SO much money with this program,” and “it cost a lot less than they originally anticipated, saving the taxpayers millions of dollars” (because they shut it down early). Look for it.

Now here’s the quotes form the auto dealers:

Imagine these quotes as coming from DOCTORS about “ObamaCare.”

  • 97% of dealers who responded, say the government is not reimbursing fast enough
  • 13% of dealers have dropped out the program because the government is not reimbursing fast enough
  • 87% percent of dealers are concerned the money will be exhausted
  • 3% of CARS program deals have been reimbursed
  • 66% of dealers have not received one payment from the government
  • 25% of dealers are experiencing severe cash flow problems that require short-term loans to alleviate
  • 11% of submitted applications have been approved (though dealers still are waiting for the money)
  • 16% of submitted applications have been rejected
  • 55% of dealers are not confident they will get reimbursed for every deal
  • 40% do not want the program to continue, even if changes are made to the CARS program

These car dealers are just a microcosm of what is to come if Obama and the democrats cram this socialized healthcare plan down our throats.

There IS a better (free market) solution. See www.HealthCareTransformation.net for more.

TORT REFORM ALONE would save billions:

  • reduced insurance payouts for lawsuits (and LAWYERS) leads to
  • reduced insurance costs leads to
  • reduced malpractice insurance costs for doctors which leads to
  • reduced charges to the customer (you!) which leads to
  • more money in your pocket and more choices!!

See! There IS a better way! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.