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Another day in the jar

Posted on: May 6, 2009 10:52 am
 

Arlen Specter pronounced that his former party's priorities killed Jack Kemp this past weekend. Arlen was quoted on CBS Sunday that (with regards to medical research), "...if we had pursued Nixon's call to war on cancer in the 1970's, Jack Kemp would be alive today." The presumption was he was talking about the funding for the National Institutes for Health. What is interesting is under the Republicans (Congress, White House or both) from 1994 to 2006 is the NIH budget more than doubled to around 25 billion annually. Wow! I suppose he is suggesting it should have been higher?

What is really interesting is the advances in medical techology , treatment and research are the result of even more private money through venture capitalists. In fact, in the same period of time, the US venture capitalist machine invested four times more heavily than the whole of the European Union. The reason given is the EU is more centralized and intolerant of risk whereas the Americans can offset the risk of the investment by making huge profits on the back end. To a large extent patients in the EU, Canada and Japan - where strict caps on spending for medical research exist - are free loading off the more open US Heathcare system.

Now that Democrats are looking to bring the same models of healthcare to the US shores the result will likely be more bureaucracies that try to contain costs by restricting access to new therapies by limiting or denying payment or even restricting what doctors are allowed to prescribe. The tragedy of the Universal Healthcare system is the lifesaving medicines that are never developed.

See Wall Street Journal for more.

Another interesting article in yesterday's WSJ was in regards to ethanol production in the US and the subsidies that are given to bait farmers into production. The pollution abatement from ethanol is real when you compare just the fuel to gasoline in a side by side test. However, when you include the environmental impact of farming to meet the needs (think volume) the pollution is double that of gasoline. Ooops!

And yet we proceed with more ethanol production. The chosen one has been deceived by his envirobuddies and he is pandering to the farmers. At least he is as transparent as he said he would be.

Obama's approval rating is still up around 70% or so we are told by the big media outlets. Typically these polls are 1000 people and have an error of +/- 4%. Last week MSNBC had a poll that asked respondents to grade Obama's first 100 days A-F. Incomplete was not an option even though it is the only correct answer. When last I checked the results, 350,000 folks had weighed in and the results were not 70% approval. Only 32% of voters graded him as an A with another 6% giving him a B. 39% gave him an F with 10% giving him a D. What is interesting is the bathtub shape to the distribution. If Obama seeks to make good on his promise to unite America he has sorely failed in his first 100 days. Clearly he needs to do more to reach across the aisle instead of proclaiming, "We won. Get over it!" or using reconciliation to avoid debate on tough issues like spending trillions on healthcare.

Another day in the jar.

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Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 1:11 pm
 

Another day in the jar

The Republican Army, has been run more like a Gestapo.  "If you're not with us, you're against us."  That stance has hurt the Republican fringe members who have voted by the millions for change.  The base has been hardened believing that they still know what is best.

People who post stuff like this are completely ignorant of what the Gestapo was, how they functioned, and the fear the instilled.  In the sheltered little lives Americans have, they carelessly throw terms like this, and analogies to men like Hitler and Stalin without having the slightest clue what they are talking about.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2009 12:33 pm
 

Another day in the jar

but I believe Bush's approval rating was down near 25% when he left office
And Truman's approval rating was the worst of all when he left office.  But not now. He is regarded by many as the best president of the 20th century. History has a way with changing one's viewpoint when we begin to learn what really happened versus what we believe happened.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 8, 2009 4:31 pm
 

Another day in the jar

And the fires of change are burning.Yes, the fires of change are burning, change from four years of Bush in office.  I am not a political science expert, so I don't remember poll figures extactly, but I believe Bush's approval rating was down near 25% when he left office.  The Republican Army, has been run more like a Gestapo.  "If you're not with us, you're against us."  That stance has hurt the Republican fringe members who have voted by the millions for change.  The base has been hardened believing that they still know what is best.

Look.  Our political system is flawed.  Our medical system is flawed.  Our legal system is flawed.  And our voting system is flawed.  I don't know what is best for this country.  I do know that the immense spending is leveraging our future.  But the contrary was letting AIG, GM, Chrysler, Morgan Stanley, and all of the other companies fail last fall and early winter.  Talk about mass economic devastation.  That would have put millions more on the street all at once.  But I know that spending alone won't get us out of this mess, and I don't think we've hit bottom either. 

Like I usually say, both parties play with their ear markers, both sides know their future lies more in their lobbyists hands that that of their constituents.  Both parties have helped in failing their country.  The only way for the people to help with the change they want is to get involved, write to their Senators and Reps, and use their voice.  And not just on these boards.

When was the last time you sent a letter, an email or called?



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:09 pm
 

Another day in the jar

Got cut off. 

30% approved of Carter.



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:08 pm
 

Another day in the jar

Well his approval rating is sitting above 70% after his first 100, so a portion of the country feels differently than you do.



I tend not to look to deeply into approval ratings.  Nixon still had 20%+ that approved of his doings after he resigned.

30%




Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 3:00 pm
 

Another day in the jar

Obama's approval rating is still up around 70% or so we are told by the big media outlets. Typically these polls are 1000 people and have an error of +/- 4%.

Last week MSNBC had a poll that asked respondents to grade Obama's first 100 days A-F. Incomplete was not an option even though it is the only correct answer. When last I checked the results, 350,000 folks had weighed in and the results were not 70% approval. Only 32% of voters graded him as an A with another 6% giving him a B. 39% gave him an F with 10% giving him a D. What is interesting is the bathtub shape to the distribution. If Obama seeks to make good on his promise to unite America he has sorely failed in his first 100 days. Clearly he needs to do more to reach across the aisle instead of proclaiming, "We won. Get over it!" or using reconciliation to avoid debate on tough issues like spending trillions on healthcare.

I was questioning the quoted 70% approval rating Sunny.  Please re-read the above paragraph.



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2009 2:18 pm
 

Another day in the jar

Well his approval rating is sitting above 70% after his first 100, so a portion of the country feels differently than you do.

I certainly didn't mean to sound like I was laughing at you as that is not the case.  The thought of you venting while making your rants is what makes me chuckle.

And as always considering I'm the non conservative consistently commenting on your blog I always get your full wrath for disagreeing with you for better or worse.


The majority of america wants their problems solved, how it gets done is up to our elected leaders. 

I always think on the bright side in areas like this.  I like thinking that it will get better because it has to.  People voted for change in the last election indeed so we just need to let it take its course and if after 4 years people don't approve of it well then it will be decided again at that election.



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 10:01 am
 

Another day in the jar

At the forefront of this Ethanol movement is the governor of Mass.  He is a big talker  about smaller, more fuel efficient cars, ethanol and other fuel sources, Carbon footprints.  He currently drives a pimped out $200,000 tax payer funded Cadillac Deville.  So much for walking the walk.  You may remember  former Governor and Presidential Candidate from Mass Mike Dukakis. Now, all faults aside, Mike actual practiced what he preached.  He was big on energy conservation, even using public transportation to travel to the Governor's office each day.  His tax payer funded car was an old K car.  Mitt Romney differed his entire salary while Governor, canceled the leases on all government employee SUV's and replaced them with sedans.  Maybe Gov.  Devil Patrick could learn from some of his predecessors.  But not to worry, word has it Obama has Patrick on the short list for the Supreme Court.  Who better to be one of the nine but a man who made is legal mark as an affirmative action lawyer for the Clinton Administration.

Change. 



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2009 8:35 am
 

Another day in the jar

You think it is funny that I sit in "unbridled hatred?"  Is that so.  Hatred? Nope. I have no hatred for the folks that are running the country.  I have a fundamental disagreement with their politics and ideals.  Spending huge amounts of money borrowed from our future without heeding any warnings or killing an entire industry like private healthcare which employs millions in America - those are reasons to question them.  These people are lawyers, Sunny.  They are not economists, they are not industrialists, they are not venture capitalists, they are not healthcare experts.  They are power hungry Socialists.  And you are lapping up the Koolaid they are sending you.

Is your idea of a Utopia one where all your problems are solved by someone else? Where you are told what to do, how to do it, and when.  That is control my friend.  Simply put, it is you giving away your freedom so that you don't have to worry anymore.  Well guess what, this country was not born of men and women who were given to these cowardly ways of hoping someone provides all one should ever need.  They all worked hard for it and they took chances.  Invention or innovation, discovery, research, are all things that can not be provided.  They have to be desired.  And funded.  And then sold for profit or else the system falls apart.

In my workforce, I mentor new hires and I tell them the fastest way for them to get ahead is to challenge the norm, to innovate, to find a better way, to invent the next cool thing.  But this means taking a chance and putting yourself out there.  Most are like you, I suspect.  Happy to ride the coattails of the norm and just get by.  When I give them performance appraisals I am candid as to why they are only what they are.  It kills me when they demand a raise or promotion for average work. Get out of my office!

I imagine you laughing in your chair at me.  Happy in your belief that everything will be ok because they told you so.  I don't share your optimism.

It is indeed warm out.  And the fires of change are burning.



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2009 5:31 pm
 

Another day in the jar

Cyndi you make me laugh.

I say that because I can just imagine you squeeming in your chair with unbridled hatred for how things are going.

I mean that in a good hearted way mind you.


Cheer up its at least warm outside.


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