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Dig Deep and Patriotic

Posted on: July 7, 2009 8:25 am
 
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Open it up. Click on the flow chart.  Try to follow the government cheese around the maze that is the proposed health care reform from Mr. Kennedy.  How does it make you feel?  Perhaps like you need to see a doctor.  Well I hope not.

Now that Franken-stein has made his appearance at the castle, the evil plotters think they have enough votes to avoid by-partisanship on healthcare reform.  Schumer plans to ram it through the senate as fast as possible.  Who cares what is in it, right?  Recent polls suggest the Democrats should resist this temptation to become heavy handed.  Obamacare is not popular among unions and seniors, two groups that are more than blue leaning.  And the Democrat senators and representatives that will have to vote for this turd face re-election.  Many live in states that McCain carried last fall. 

The house and senate Democrat majority is about to get smashed in 2010. (Just like in 1993 - Hillarycare anyone).  In that election 56 house seats went to the Republicans as a result.

Read in yesterday's WSJ that some folks in the Obama administration think we should have MORE stimulus even though only 10% of the original Porkulus Plan ($787B) has been spent so far!  Seriously, they want to print even more money!!!

Biden, speaking on behalf of Obama (That is just plain scary), stated that Obama "had misjudged" the depth of the economic problems referring to increasing unemployment (and underemployment) as it approaches double digits.  Say it ain't so, Joe!

Of course, the last part of the Federally mandated minimum wage standard increase is about to happen at the worst possible time - NOW!  How is that going to impact hiring?

So let's see, Germany is about to lower taxes and curtail spending while the USSA (United Socialist States of America) is about to plunge even deeper into the red ink.  When you are in debt do you borrow more money and go on a shopping spree to get out of debt? Ahhh - no.

Forgive me my monthly rant.

An interesting side personal note....

I received a marriage proposal from one of my long time roommates this weekend.  The question is....which one?  The female or the male.  And the obvious next question is - how did I answer?

I will answer another day....

Peace to you all, except you Kim Jong Il and Hugo Chavez.
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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:27 pm
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

3 points here:

1. Everyone gets emergency health care whether they are entitled to it or not; whether they have health insurance or not. Hospitals do not turn away patients because they are not insured or can not pay their bill, which is already being paid for by taxpayer dollars.
2. 35% of medical costs go in the pockets as profit for phamaceutical companies, and insurance companies who provide no medical service -they simply do paperwork and tell you which doctor they will permit you to see.
 



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:01 pm
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

I don't disagree that spending more than you take in is a bad plan.  What I take issue with is that health care should not be provided to low level workers.  There are people that is all they can manage.  Not to mention the fact that they are needed as well.  Someone has to do that work.  I am glad it is not me.  No easy answer on either side.  I have just for myself decided to just accept that this is needed and this plan is not necessarily doomed to fail.  I do not see private insurance making it though and I am certain I will like the plan less for myself and the wife.



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:23 pm
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

I was wondering if any of you men still had any verility whatsoever!  Enjoy your Lake-ation Gastro.  You've earned a break. Will you be skinny dipping on your vacation?  Highly recommend the freedom of expression that nudity allows! Great for the soul!

LOL, I don't think my kids would appriaciate that.  Although the possibility of a moonlight swim with the wife is always in mind.  We will just have to wait and see.  I know my fingers are corssed!



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:12 pm
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

Anyway, I am late for dinner with my fiancee.
Well I guess you you ave it away....Congrats!...



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 12:08 pm
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

Nice throw in with the nude scenarios.  I have always said in the Whitehouse press secretary was female and in a bikini, the approval rating would be about 95%.I was wondering if any of you men still had any verility whatsoever!  Enjoy your Lake-ation Gastro.  You've earned a break. Will you be skinny dipping on your vacation?  Highly recommend the freedom of expression that nudity allows! Great for the soul!



Since: Feb 18, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 10:15 am
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

As far as I am concerned I make these decisions every day.  If I want a new house, I make that decision.  If the bank says NO, I dont buy the house. See how simple that was.  I want to fly to Rio and sunbathe nude on Ipanema. What no money?  Well, I guess I will just be nude around the house.  See how easy this is.  I am staying within my means.

Nice throw in with the nude scenarios.  I have always said in the Whitehouse press secretary was female and in a bikini, the approval rating would be about 95%.  But back to substance:

Is healthcare a right?  That is the real issue at hand.  I say no, it is a financial choice.   For better or worse, we have a state health plan in Mass.  In order to claim your individual tax exemption ($3500 per household member), you need to be insured and prove it.  This is done either by private plan or the state plan.  It's an imperfect system, but better than government controlled healthcare.  An attempt to meet in the middle if you will.  Rather than Obambi push this issue on the federal level, why can't the states make their own decisions on this, and adopt their own policies?  10th Amendment anyone?  Radical I know.

As for Cap and Tax, it is sad people are buying into this idea.  Not really much to say about it, it is a racket to generate more government revenue, nothing more.

On a more cheerful note, 3 days till vacation.  Off to the Lakes Region (NH).  Truly a beautiful place.  Until the next Nude analogy.



Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 1:01 am
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

Smorgie,   Congratulations! 

Started to get concerned as you have not posted in a while.  As usual, it was top shelf.



Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: July 7, 2009 5:52 pm
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

Healthcare is twisted.  On the one hand, we have those with insurance, who work, who earn money, whose well being is provide for by their employer ostensibly to make them more productive workers.  That is the reason we have employer provided health care.  Don't think it is for any other reason.  A healthy worker with a healthy family is more dependable on every level and benefits are great retention features. 

On the other hand we have folks that do not have health insurance for any number of reasons.  Probably because they are on the margin as being difficult to replace as workers or not hard to replace at all (low skilled labor).  Those are the hard facts folks.

Now there is the moral reason for providing healthcare to all.  It is moral to do so.  We all agree on that (I hope).  But is it moral to take massive sums of hard earned money to provide healthcare to those less skilled?  That is the question.  Why is my hard earned money fair game to someone who may choose not to work at their level best?  Socialism failures show that people in a socialist society drive down to the least common denominator whereas capitalist societies tend to trend toward the highest common denominator.  By entitling people to "free" healthcare what is the incentive to work hard to better your life?  If you are going to take what I earn then what is my incentive to work hard?

In Utopia and Star Trek, people always work toward their highest potential.  Not so here on Earth.  We are stuck in a prisoner's dilema (See game theory.)

So what should we do?  How about we balance the budget.  Meaning Revenue In must equal Money Out.  If the government wants to provide for the well being of society then so be it.  It has to be within the fixed budget.  This means money for Social Security, Medicare, GovmintCare, Military, and Administration of the Nation must equal the taxes taken in.  No special projects allowed that does not fall into one of those categories (and we can argue over the categories but I just chose these).  Anyway, this makes our leaders have to toe the line and it makes the President act like a CEO instead of a Promiser in Chief.  CEO's don't promise anything other than to the share holders (us).  Putting our economics in these terms requires difficult decisions like cutting pork and special projects that 49 states dont want at the expense of the one state that does.  I would say that qualifies as a Union (of States).  Wouldn't you? 

As far as I am concerned I make these decisions every day.  If I want a new house, I make that decision.  If the bank says NO, I dont buy the house. See how simple that was.  I want to fly to Rio and sunbathe nude on Ipanema. What no money?  Well, I guess I will just be nude around the house.  See how easy this is.  I am staying within my means.

Now Health care reform must also address Tort Reform so that Docs can stop carrying huge malpractice insurance which is just not value add.  Our sue happy society must stop.  In Utopia...well.

Cap and Tax- don't get me started.  Per capita pollution is the basis for the credits.   West Virginia has low population (1.7 million) but they pollute a whole bunch because they make power for Washington DC and Baltimore and Pennsylvania and Virginia.  So West Virginia takes the hit.  Nice!  Meanwhile California is 16 times less of a polluter (per capita) and pays the least.  Let's not destroy our economy worse by making it harder to make things on our side of the globe.

Anyway, I am late for dinner with my fiancee.

Cyn




Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2009 3:09 pm
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

Well I am not sure if  I agree or disagree...at the momentSorry Smorige...I left something out.......


The reason I do not agree or disagree....is that I don't fully understand the cause and effect.....that goes for the cap and tax as well....

You read through the meat of these proposals and it gets pretty conveluted ...seems to me to be a lot of loop holes...what is your take?



Since: Oct 14, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2009 9:19 am
 

Dig Deep and Patriotic

Well I am not sure if  I agree or disagree...at the moment...

The one thing I do beleive is the President is tackling waaaay too many initiatives right now....leading to a waaaay oversized government in the long run when the smoke clears...


If I were the "MAN"  I would do everything in my power to end the conflict in Afghanistan....in a hurry...I would have an offensive luanched every day until victory is claimed....not this start and hold strategy ...end it...save the tax payer's the expense...but we continue to wage battle in a very clean an sanitized way...War is ugly...get on with it...

As Smorgie elluded to. Re-visit the Stimulous budget...is all of the money really needed at this point?..it doesn't appear to be....as I have said before if companies go out of buisness...there will be upstarts looking for an opportunity to fill the gaps who have been waiting for the right opening to get on the playing field...its their time...instead of saving buisnesses...how about making it easier with incentives for comapnies who have a sustainable business model a shot...its a less expensive route to take....









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