Monthly Archives: July 2009

A beer with Obama

One of the few things I really like about Barack Obama is his oft repeated suggestion that adversaries drink a few beers together. When Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and police Sgt. James Crowley of Cambridge, Mass slung back cold ones with the President; I could just feel the love in that room. You saw the racial tension slipping away as the alcohol healed decades of racial injustice. OK- sitting right next to the most powerful man in the world helps. But a couple of Bass Ales under my belt always makes me see the good side of people – even people I don’t like.

The meeting amazed me. How about you? I mean, here we have 2 fairly unimportant men who got into a silly little dispute which led to an arrest, which led to a story that made national news. The mainstream mouthpiece puffpiece media loves useless stories like this one. God forbid they would write a useful and insightful news analysis about something – anything! The next thing these 2 knew, they were sitting in the Rose Garden with President Obama. Fantasies do happen in this presidency.

Here’s the big story: it’s about a Harvard Professor who obviously hadn’t taken his anger management medications. And then he broke into his rented house. When confronted by police, who simply asked for ID, he became belligerent and shouted racial epithets. I probably would have beaten the tar out of him before arresting him – that’s why I’d never make the police force. I’d be national news the first day on the job.

This all could have been avoided if they had applied Obama’s beer therapy early in the incident. Imagine this scenario: “Mr. Gates, I’m Jim, over here from the local police department. And I’ve got a 6 pack of ice cold Buds out in the car. What do you say we have a couple of beers together and visit a little?” After a few beers, some loose conversation, and maybe a trip to the restroom, Sgt. Crowley could pop the question: “Hey Prof, by the way, you’re going to think this is a really stupid question, but is this your house?” With all the good feelings going on, Professor Gates replies, “Check this out brother, here’s my driver license – make sure you admire my handsome young face!” The cop and the prof burst out laughing, and Sgt. Crowley says, “You didn’t need to show me that – I knew you lived here all along!” Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

Peace and harmony. It all starts with a few beers and some people you don’t agree with. Maybe we can add this treatment strategy to the trillion dollar government health program the President is pushing. Just think, any time you’re feeling angry, just check into your local government clinic and pick up a 6 pack of beer – generic of course. And sit down with your spouse, son, neighbor, or even (egads) a Socialist – OK – maybe not a Socialist – and drink and talk your differences away. Mr. President, you’ve got something there.


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Pelosi takes on the insurance companies – it’s like watching Championship Wrestling

Health Care Overhaul Deal(AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Congressperson Pelosi “lashed out” today at insurance companies, calling them “immoral” and “villains”. According to a Reuters story released July 30, 2009, Pelosi claimed “they have been part of the problem in a major way.” Now when you call someone “immoral” and “villains”, that sort of suggests that you yourself are “moral” and “upstanding”. And since we’re referring to entities here – insurance companies and government – I think we have a little of the pot-calling-the-kettle-black, don’t you think?

Let’s talk about Pelosi and the federal government for a minute. Isn’t it just a little immoral to attempt to ram through in under a week, a health bill that will radically change America? At over 1000 pages, I seriously question how many of Mrs. Pelosi’s overpaid associates in Congress actually read the bill they’re trying to force down America’s throat. I fail to see the honesty, integrity, and morality of the US government here. Imagine passing a bill of this magnitude and not even reading it!

President Obama wants to ‘compete’ against those immoral insurance company villains you refer to, Mrs. Pelosi. But aside from the fact that competing against the federal government is so outside the realm of the US Founding Fathers it’s incredible it was even suggested, it’s impossible. The government is loaded with resources that make the idea of fair competition oxymoronic – or maybe I should leave it at moronic. The US government regulates, taxes, and changes the rules anytime it feels like it. Where’s the fair competition here?

In addition, history is replete with events where the US government screwed others who thought they were doing business with a trustworthy government. Let’s just go back to Vietnam, Hungary in the 50’s, China in the 40’s, the Phillipines in the late 1800’s and of course Hawaii. That’s a short list of many where America wasn’t quite so moral and trustworthy. When you look back on the actions of the US government – you really want to run in the opposite direction anytime the US government comes calling. Because they simply can’t be trusted to keep their side of the agreement.

Now the insurance companies can’t be trusted either. They’re like government agencies but without the official title. So you have 2 peas in the same pod. Listening to Pelosi rant on about insurance companies reminds me a little of Championship Wrestling. It’s the old ‘good’ guy against the ‘bad’ guy exhibition. Of course the outcome in Championship Wrestling matches are always worked out in a back room somewhere. One week the ‘good’ guy is getting pounded. The next week, the ‘bad’ guy is getting his just reward. The same holds true in Congress and the Senate. It’s like Championship Wrestling. It’s all a big act.

Who is immoral and a villain Mrs. Pelosi? Don’t lecture the people of the US. They already know.

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Government “Health” Insurance – No Such Thing As A Free Lunch

Ever hear the old expression; there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Well somebody is certainly paying for the free lunches handed out daily to over 60% of the students in the public schools*. It’s no wonder that a growing number of people believe that government health care should somehow be ‘free’ for all. That in the Utopian world the US federal government is creating, all of the people should have access to health care services without worrying how to pay for it. But that’s how we got into this mess in the first place.

Private health insurers initiated the crisis by creating a disconnect between the patient and the providers of health services. Today, the actual customer and the entity paying the bill is the insurance company. Or in the case of government health insurance, the federal government. So the relationship removes the patient from much of the decision making process and replaces it with a panel of bureaucrats who really don’t care all that much about your health.

Government health insurance will not change the dynamics of cost for medical services anymore than private insurers. And that’s because it doesn’t address the fundamental flaw in our current health system and the way it’s provided. And that flaw is: the patient is not paying for it. Consider that most insured people do not know how much medical insurance costs, are largely unaware of what the charges are for many procedures, don’t know what the total bill is after treatment, and don’t have any incentive to moderate their use of medical services

With government health care; government Czars will force doctors, hospitals, and other health providers to do more for less money. Hey, if you’re a doctor, I’ll bet you’re looking forward to seeing more patients for less money. And if you’re a patient, you’re not worried about the level of care you’ll get when the government tells doctors to work for less – right? Politicians apply this economic theory because they themselves work in a fantasy land of ever increasing salaries and perks, while minimizing the struggles we less fortunate serfs have to overcome.

Oh I beg your pardon – I guess it does take a lot of work to come up with new ways to separate people from their hard earned money. Clever ideas such as the soda tax to help obese people lose weight and cost the future government health care system less. So if you’re obese, look out. A perfect storm of special taxes, regulations, and in-your-face government is coming your way.

Government bureaucrats will dictate your health treatments and you’ll accept it whether you like it or not. Ultimately, when the only choice is government health care and private insurance for the wealthy and well connected, most people will discover to their horror that there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Human nature doesn’t change over time. If you’re writing a check out of your personal account for medical services, you’re going to be a lot more careful about how and where you spend that money then if someone else is paying for your medical treatments. The best solutions for lowering health care costs without substantially lowering the level of care, is medical savings accounts coupled with high deductible catastrophic medical insurance.

Medical savings accounts should be tax-free, portable, and available to be transferred to heirs upon your death. You should be permitted to accumulate a set amount every year so that within a few years, you have a nice nest-egg to cover your routine medical costs. Catastrophic medical insurance costs would drop dramatically with the advent of medical savings accounts coupled with high deductible medical insurance.

In the US though, this won’t happen because the government is filled with bureaucrats who firmly believe that they are much more capable of making your decisions than you are. Reducing choice is their trademark. Hamstringing private business is a regular tactic.

So, as you hand over your ability to make your health care decisions to the government, remember you are handing over your very life to a group of people who will have their own special health care program just for them. You won’t see Congresspersons, Senators, and the President waiting on line for health care. And of course they will have the very best medical care money can buy – with little or no deductible. No rationing for the 2,000,000+ employees of the federal government.

Government ‘health’ care is dumbed down medical care for the masses. It will further erode society in our once great nation and hasten our transition to a 3rd world country.

*In select Counties in the state of GA

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Federal Health Care to Compete With Private Business –PT2

Obama has publicly stated when promoting his government run health system, “if the private insurance companies have to compete with a public option, it will keep them honest and help keep prices down.” Aside from the fact that a basic study in economics clearly precludes that statement (students: read Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt), the idea that the government would ‘compete’ against private business is ludicrous.

How will private industry compete against the Government? Let’s see, private business must raise cash by convincing people to give it to them. The Government on the other hand, simply takes whatever money it wants from its citizens – at gunpoint if necessary. The Government has an unfair advantage when it comes to generating ‘income’ wouldn’t you say? Price fixing. The Government frequently engages in a practice of fixing prices at an artificial level. This can be done by the Government because they simply subsidize those prices by taking money from its citizens in the form of taxes. But what happens with price fixing schemes? Rationing. Oh but of course that won’t happen because we have geniuses in government who somehow are capable of confounding the laws of economics.

One fast trick the government plans to pull, is taxing employer provided health benefits to fund ‘free’ health insurance for all those who currently don’t have it. So working people receiving company paid health insurance will receive a nasty surprise on their W-2 forms. But the real tragedy here is that ultimately, businesses will cave in and let their employees opt out and go into the government health care system. There’s no level playing field when you compete with the US federal government. They make the rules, collect the taxes by coercion, and break contracts whenever they feel like it.

As more and more businesses opt out and the government system gets larger, the idea of private health insurance will go the same way education has gone. Everyone is forced to pay for the education system. The rich and well connected can afford to pay for their own privileged schools while the ‘masses’ suffer along in poor to mediocre government institutions. You’ll get the same treatment with government health care.

How can private business compete with the government? It can’t. Because the government plays by its own rules. Prints its own money. Collect taxes from citizens who have no choice but to pay them. Breaks contracts whenever it feels like it. And tells its subjects how to live, what to drive, and what to believe in.

In short, Obama is perpetrating a huge fraud on the citizens of the US with his government health care program. Don’t fall for it. .

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Federal Health Care to Compete With Private Business –PT1

It seems a day doesn’t go by without another announcement by the Obama Administration and their lackeys in Congress on a new tax or way to place new restrictions on liberties. The latest statement by Obama though is so radical, so big a departure from the foundation of the American way, it should be an immediate concern to every citizen of the US. In discussing his utopian government health care program, Obama said, “if the private insurance companies have to compete with a public option, it will keep them honest and help keep prices down.” In other words, Obama plans to use the power of the federal government to tax, regulate and legislate – against private business – this is his idea of ‘competition’.

Since when does the federal government have any Constitutional mandate to compete against private business? Joseph Story in his Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833 says, “that the powers of the general government will be, and indeed must be, principally employed upon external objects, such as war, peace, negotiations with foreign powers, and foreign commerce. In its internal operations it can touch but few objects, except to introduce regulations beneficial to the commerce, intercourse, and other relations, between the states, and to lay taxes for the common good. The powers of the states, on the other hand, extend to all objects, which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, and liberties, and property of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the state.”

No where in the US Constitution does it grant the President of the United States the authority to hand taxpayer money over to banks, insurance companies, and auto makers – or to compete with private businesses with a government run health system. It will be a financial disaster for the United States and the average citizen will suffer.

The real impact will be felt after the last vestiges of a free health system are neutralized by the federal government. Much like the government education system which has exploded in cost while student competency has plummeted, health care will follow. Speaking of education, you don’t see many politicians’ children in the government school system and the same will apply with the government health care program. For the masses, expect long waiting lines, poor service, no choice. Of course; Obama, the privileged politicians, and the rich will always have their own special health care program. If you’re rich and well connected, you won’t be standing on any waiting lines for medical care.

Obama’s statement ranks as one of the most dangerous statements ever made by a sitting President of the United States. Justice John Marshall noted in 1819 that, “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” Might I add that an entity that rewrites the rules anytime it wants, is no competition. It’s a despot. And the last thing we need is a despot controlling our health care.

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US judiciary tramples citizens of Georgia

Georgia citizens were handed another crushing defeat this week under the hob nailed boots of an out of control US federal judiciary. The Georgia Voter Verification System was just rejected by the US Department of Justice on the dubious basis that it unfairly singles out blacks, Hispanics, and Asians by making it harder for them to vote. How does this law allegedly discriminate against ‘minorities’? It simply asks them, as it does everybody else to provide proof of US citizenship. All you need to do is supply your social security number and a valid driver’s license. As long as it’s legitimate, you’re permitted to vote.

Sounds reasonable doesn’t it?

But when you have a sitting President who was elected without the prerequisite background check to determine if he himself is a natural born US citizen – a requirement to be a US president – we can all understand why anything goes in today’s America. And anything will go on future elections in Georgia if the Federal government is permitted to swing their totalitarian club at the State of Georgia. Without sound verification of voter citizenship, virtually anybody can walk into a polling place and vote. This is perfect if you want to promote voter fraud. As a former poll clerk, I remember the process well. It was more than fair and legitimate voters got their opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice without any threats of intimidation.

Compare this to an incident in PA, where uniformed Black Panthers armed with nightsticks stood ‘guard’ at a Philadelphia polling place during the last presidential election. Voters were intimidated and even threatened while receiving racial slurs. The incident was so provocative, a prominent civil rights activist from the 1960’s was prompted to call it ‘the most blatant form of voter intimidation’ he had ever seen. Worse than events reported in Mississippi during the 60’s. The Justice Department initiated a suit against the 3 Black Panthers involved but like magic, all the charges were dropped.

The federal government exists to serve the state governments not the other way around. That’s the way it was intended by our Founding Fathers and is evident in the US Constitution. Georgia needs strong leadership at all levels in its state government to stand up for the people of Georgia and tell Washington to go home and not come back.

Consider this wording from HR470, a bill currently sitting in the Georgia State Legislature: WHEREAS, any act of Congress, executive order of the President of the United States, or judicial opinion of any federal court which assumes a power not delegated to the government of the United States and which serves to diminish the liberty of any of the several states or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution by the government of the United States. And be thrown out! This bill should thrill all Georgia freedom lovers and serve as a reminder to the federal government – don’t tread on us. Call your state representatives today and ask them to support HR470.

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