Friday, March 27, 2009

Spending $1 billion an hour

Through the first 50 days of the Obama administration (last numbers I had) Congress had voted to spend about 1.2 trillion. Using 24 hour days (not actual working hours) that figures out at approximately $1 billion an hour. Is anyone out there paying attention?

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obama, "We have lost the world's respect"

Obama continuously stressed how Bush had made us outsiders to the world. How we were laughed at and ridiculed. Fast forward 2 months into his Presidency and lets look at how the world views us.

Iran- He reportedly sent a memo articulating his eagerness to talk. Iran snubbed him and told him to get lost.

China- Clinton took a trip to mend fences and told them our "relationship" is more important than freedom and human dignity. China's response, a military confrontation with an unarmed US Navy vessel; a renewed crackdown on dissidents and a call for a new global currency to replace the dollar.

N Korea- Again lets talk. N Korea's response is heightened military response and testing of weapons with the US being told stay out.

Poland, Ukraine and Georgia- Allies in an important part of the world. Obama has said he may back down to a Russian demand that a missile defence system not be built in that part of the world. Poland is counting on it to help protect them from rogue nations. So much for looking out for your friends.

Russia- Once again lets start again. Russia's response: Like China calls for a new global currency, continues helping Iran with it's Nuke program and more saber rattling like the good old days.

Europe- Our allies who always seemed to critize Bush and who fainted at the sight of The One. The EU President said "The US is repeating mistakes from the 1930s, such as wide-ranging stimuluses, protectionist tendencies and appeals to buy American." We are being lectured by France of all countries on how to run our country.

I could go on and on. Has this President done anything worthwhile? How many people who voted for him would like a do over?

Did Canada Healthcare kill Richardson?

Natasha Richarsons death should have been prevented. Richardson died of an epidural hematoma -- a bleeding artery between the skull and brain that compresses and ultimately causes fatal brain damage via pressure buildup. With prompt diagnosis by CT scan, and surgery to drain the blood, most patients survive.

Canadian health care de-emphasizes widespread dissemination of technology like CT scanners. A CT scan would have easily revealed the problem and she could have been saved. Another problem is the lack of medical helicopters. Both of these issues have to do with budgetary problems.

Over 3 hours after the fall she was still conscious but having some difficuties. Because the hospital in the resort town did not have a CT scan or access to a helicopter she took an ambulance to the nearest center and by then it was too late.

This is not an isolated case. These stories happen all the time in a government run health care system.

Senate tackling important issues!

Terrorists trying to kill us. The economy a mess. Government taking over our lives and the Senate still has time to come to our rescue on even more important matters.

How to decide the college football champ!!!

"The current system "leaves nearly half of all the teams in college football at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to qualifying for the millions of dollars paid out every year," the Senate Judiciary's subcommittee on antitrust, competition policy and consumer rights said in a statement Wednesday announcing the hearings." Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah said in a statement that the BCS system "has proven itself to be inadequate, not only for those of us who are fans of college football, but for anyone who believes that competition and fair play should have a role in collegiate sports."

Now if they would get to that other critical matter. Square or V grooves on a golf club we could all sleep at night.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

No wonder McCain lost

Sorry guys it's one of those days where everywhere I turn there is something that strikes a nerve.

Steve Schmidt, chief strategist for U.S. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign, came out in favor of marriage rights for same-sex couples in an interview with the Blade last week while urging the Republican Party to be more inclusive of gays and lesbians.

At a US-Mexico Congressional symposium Nancy Pelosi slammed ICE agents once again for doing their job. Pelosi stated that work raids by investigators probing fraudulent document rings are “just not the American way. It must stop:” Seated next to her was McCain open-borders Hispanic outreach advisor Juan Hernandez.

If the Republican party is to get back to it's roots it needs to have advisers that follow the Conservative party line. No gay marriage and pro immigration crack downs and No John McCain.

Obama's bipartisanship

When campaigning Pres Obama told us continuously he would include the Republicans in all discussions and not practice the policy's of division like his predecessor. Now after ramming spending bill after spending bill down the Republicans throats comes another possible bill designed to further increase Washington's hold on it's citizens.

Harry Reid has said he is open to fast tracking health care legislation. Why do they continue to do this? Number one is because they don't have the votes to go the conventional route and two because they can. The media is so far up Obama's backside that they can't or won't call him on the carpet. This administration demonstrates day after day a total disregard for all the things that have made this country great. Let your voices be heard. Elections matter!

Who is ACORN and why should we care?

The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) had it's start in the 60's as the National Welfare Rights Organization (NWRO). NWRO believed they could use poor unwed mothers to start a revolution. The NWRO campaigned for unlimited welfare benefits for those mothers and persuaded many urban politicians to loosen welfare eligibility requirements. This led to a more-than doubling of the welfare roles and strained local budgets. In the 70's NWRO expanded as a community organization. It was during this time that billions of dollars in federal and state aid was streaming to these local groups. In 1977 the Community Reinvestment Act passed pushing for banks to lend to low income communities. To avoid the possibility of a denied or delayed application, lending institutions had an incentive to make formal agreements with community organizations. ACORN has a budget of 35+ million and touts such agendas as a "living wage", increases in welfare roles and deregulating voter requirements. By any standard these are left wing agenda's. Pres. Obama was a part of this group in Chicago.

Now enter the 2010 Census which is supposed to be a non-partisan process. ACORN is participating in a big way. Doubts are already being raised about the accuracy of the count with ACORN involved. Remember this is the group which has repeatedly been brought up on charges for voter fraud all across the nation. In what world does this make sense? To top it off they are part of the stimulus package receiving 20 times the money that the AIG exec's got. So why no uproar about this? And how does 3-4 billion to a partisan group stimulate anything but the Democratic party? This is a corrupt left wing activist group that is now going to help decide where and to who our tax dollars go.

For all the talk about morals and ethics this administration has already surpassed in 2 months what it took Clinton 8 years to do. Elections matter!

Abortion Pride?

Another sign of the Apocalypse.

Jacob Appel, bioethicist and author holding degress from Brown, Columbia. Harvard and NY University says "that the moment is ripe—more than ripe—for an Abortion Pride Movement". He goes on to say "In contrast to women who have foregone abortion, women who have chosen to terminate their pregnancies are rarely encouraged to take pride in their decisions. That is unfortunate. In the current political climate, deciding not to bring a fetus to term, if a woman is unready to parent, or if that fetus is likely to lead a life of great physical suffering, is a courageous and noble moral choice. Recognizing that thirteen or fourteen years old is rarely a wise age to embark on the process of parenting takes personal insight—but it also requires wisdom, at that young age, to terminate a pregnancy and so spare a child from growing up with another child for a parent. In short, women should not merely have the right to end unwanted pregnancies, they should have the right to be proud of having done so. Surely, there is enough suffering in this world already without adding infants with Tay-Sachs disease and Lesch-Nyhan syndrome to the mix. Women who step up to the ethical plate and have the strength to say, “This is the wrong time,” or “This is the wrong fetus,” should hold their heads high in the streets".

Is this what this country is coming to?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Obama Admin. asks for more power

From the Washington Post

"The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy, according to an administration document. The government also would assume the authority to seize such firms if they totter toward failure."

If they continue their power grab how long will it be before any company is fair game? If they can limit bonus's already committed to and put a max. on CEO salary's how long before they can tell everyone what they can make? Elections do matter!!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

More about national health care

Have you ever wondered why Liberals, known for their concern for the Environment, Over Population and Social Security also support a national health care system similar to Canada or England’s?

The time spent waiting for tests and procedures under governmental one payer health care can run from weeks, into months into longer than the rest of your life. Cancer that could have been cured with timely treatment kills up to 10,000 people in England every year.

Is it any wonder the Liberals support it. That’s 10,000 less people with a carbon footprint on the Environment. That’s 10,000 less in the world’s population or creating new people adding to the Over Population. That’s 10,000 less people collecting Social Security.

You may be lucky and only have to wait the average 3.8 weeks to obtain your ultrasound, 4.3 weeks for a CT or 10.3 weeks for a MRI. Now 10,000 may not sound like a large number unless you are among one of the numbered.

Data provided by Walter E. Williams article Do We Want Socialized Medicine?

I wrote about the failings of Nationalize Health Care for several reasons. I have always empathized with anyone who had a problem and I would try to find a solution to it. Then, as I get older, I see the possibility of these failures effecting me or someone I loved.

When you are young, you may not think that you will live forever but old age is so very far off. If you have had healthy parents then you may not have seen the ravages that age and age related illness can bring on.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is not the result of abusing your body. It is the luck of the draw. This disease can take normal hands and feet and distort them in size and shape where walking and working is impossible. There are other age-related illnesses that cause similar problems.
I heard too many stories about people from Canada coming to the US and paying for tests that were weeks or months away in Canada. There are too many stories of where the person had a tumor and would have died if he or she had waited.

There are stories of people being denied treatment because they have passed a maximum age and then they are no longer able to get the life saving treatment. In England, there is a disease of the eye that caused blindness. It is expensive. It was being denied until the person went blind in one eye. Then they would treat the other.

These stories are just urban legend until you can find documented proof that they occurred. This link will take you to a sight with actual newspaper articles telling some of the horror stories confronted by people living in countries with National Health care.

These problems may not effect you today but they will effect your loved one sometime in the near future if we are forced into Nationalize Health Care.

A Grouchy Old Man