Friday, July 31, 2009
Andrew C. McCarthy in National Review Online also investigates this. Who Is He?
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Health Costs: Lawyers are responsible for more unneeded procedures than "greedy" doctors. But instead of capping malpractice awards, bureaucrats will soon decide which treatments are OK and whether you're worth it.
The accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers says about 10% of the cost of medical service is attributable to medical malpractice lawsuits. Roughly 2% is caused by direct costs of the lawsuits; an additional 5% to 9% is due to expenses run up by defensive medicine.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Phyllis Schlafly's Read On the Senate Version Of The Health Care Bill
Another example of the Democrats trying to deny freedoms and obfuscate their intentions. Fox News Interview With John Carter, Republican From Texas
Monday, July 27, 2009
John's piece is to the point. Bigger Truck
Saturday, July 25, 2009
We, the taxpayers, are paying for years of UAW excesses and mismanagement in the auto bailouts and the PBGC, a governmental agency that was supposed to be self funding, is now over $33.5 billion in debt.
How can the government be trusted to control spending when the President and Congress are using taxpayers money to buy votes?
The UAW's Defined Benefactor
Friday, July 24, 2009
"But the greatest waste is the hidden cost of defensive medicine: tests and procedures that doctors order for no good reason other than to protect themselves from lawsuit. Every doctor knows, as I did when I practiced years ago, how much unnecessary medical cost is incurred with an eye not on medicine but on the law.
Tort reform would yield tens of billions in savings. Yet you cannot find it in the Democratic bills. And Obama breathed not a word about it in the full hour of his health care news conference. Why? No mystery. The Democrats are parasitically dependent on huge donations from trial lawyers."
Anyone who goes to a doctor regularly, or has had a visit to the hospital or emergency room can see the prolific waste in resources caused by the"cover your a--" tests the doctors must do to protect themselves from lawsuits. This cost, plus the resultant higher than necessary insurance premiums directly inflate the doctor and hospital bills. The only people that benefit are the trial lawyers and Charles answered the question as to why tort reform is not in the proposed bill.
Medicare is sinking under the weight of these costs and any medical care legislation is doomed without comprehensive tort reform.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
The Democrat controlled Senate Finance Committee plans to exempt illegals from the requirement to buy insurance. Law abiding citizens will be fined.
Many clinics in California and elsewhere are closing because they are required to give emergency and non-emergency health care to illegals free of charge.
Texas spent $1.3 billion in 2006 on illegal's hospital care.
The Dems are threatening to ration the care for the elderly.
Why not ration the care for the 12 - 20 million illegals.
Best yet, as the following article says, why not turn off "ALL" the magnets that draw the illegals to this country? Illegals Freed From Dictates of ObamaCare
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
I guess Hugo has read our President's playbook, or maybe he is just a Dick Morris fan.
Dr. Sam Vaknin, Ph.D., author of 9 books on narcissistic personalities and recognized expert in his field (of course snopes.com tries to minimize this) has, through observation, stated that Barack Obama appears to be a narcissist. In his article he states:
Obama displays the following behaviors, which are among the hallmarks of pathological narcissism:
Subtly misrepresents facts and expediently and opportunistically shifts positions, views, opinions, and "ideals" (e.g., about campaign finance, re-districting). These flip-flops do not cause him overt distress and are ego-syntonic (he feels justified in acting this way). Alternatively, refuses to commit to a standpoint and, in the process, evidences a lack of empathy.
Ignores data that conflict with his fantasy world, or with his inflated and grandiose self-image. This has to do with magical thinking. Obama already sees himself as president because he is firmly convinced that his dreams, thoughts, and wishes affect reality. Additionally, he denies the gap between his fantasies and his modest or limited real-life achievements (for instance, in 12 years of academic career, he hasn't published a single scholarly paper or book).
Feels that he is above the law, incl. and especially his own laws.
Talks about himself in the 3rd person singular or uses the regal "we" and craves to be the exclusive center of attention, even adulation
Has a messianic-cosmic vision of himself and his life and his "mission".
Sets ever more complex rules in a convoluted world of grandiose fantasies with its own language (jargon)
Displays false modesty and unctuous "folksiness" but unable to sustain these behaviors (the persona, or mask) for long. It slips and the true Obama is revealed: haughty, aloof, distant, and disdainful of simple folk and their lives.
Sublimates aggression and holds grudges.
Behaves as an eternal adolescent (e.g., his choice of language, youthful image he projects, demands indulgence and feels entitled to special treatment, even though his objective accomplishments do not justify it).
The entire article can be read here. Dr. Sam Vaknin's Article
Obama, Not Palin
Obama's Revealing Body Language
Monday, July 20, 2009
I, for one, found the following interesting:
Greenhouse gases make up 1% - 2% of the atmosphere.
95% of that is water vapor, 5% is CO2 (.1% of the atmosphere).
96.6% of the CO2 is produced by nature, volcanoes, decaying plants, animal activity, etc. 3.4% is caused by humans where breathing is a major factor.
550 million years ago, the Cambrian Period, CO2 was 18 times greater than today. In the Jurassic Period, when Dinosaurs roamed the Earth, CO2 levels were 9 times higher than today.
Charts show, that over millions of years, there is no close relationship between CO2 levels and temperature.
When taking the last 400,000 years there appears to be some relationship between CO2 levels and temperature. But through the ups and downs of CO2 levels during that period, the Earth went through a number of Ice Ages.
During Roman and Medieval times, the Earth was warmer than it is today.
Today we are in a recovery period from, what they call, a Little Ice Age, that began in 1300 and ended in 1800.
The Earth's average temperature has risen less than 1 degree Celsius in the past 100 years, 1/2 of which happened before 1940, before greenhouse gases began to rise.
After seeing this, it is hard to see where all the panic is coming from. There must be a lot of money to be earned by Al Gore and friends. The attached pdf file gives you the facts to make up your own minds. Page 11 is particularly interesting. Global Warming Primer
You, the voter, can make a difference.
P.S. - It is no wonder they don't bother to read the bills before the vote. The redundancy is unbelievable.
HRES 615 IH
H. RES. 615
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the Establishment of a public, Federal Government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 8, 2009
Mr. FLEMING (for himself, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, Mr. BARTLETT, Mr. LINDER, Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. SCALISE, Mr. ALEXANDER, Mr. BONNER, Mr. LAMBORN, Mr. LUETKEMEYER, Mr. AKIN, Mr. BISHOP of Utah, Ms. FALLIN, Mr. COLE, Mr. GOHMERT, Mr. PENCE, Mr. HENSARLING, Mr. PITTS, Mr. POSEY, Mr. MARCHANT, Mrs. LUMMIS, Mr. BRADY of Texas, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. ROGERS of Alabama, Mr. POE of Texas, and Mr. BOUSTANY) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, Federal Government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.
Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that Members who vote in favor of the establishment of a public, Federal Government run health insurance option are urged to forgo their right to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP) and agree to enroll under that public option.
Ron Paul On Issue
Saturday, July 18, 2009
John Kerry got into the act yesterday.Palin vs Kerry (and MoveOn.org)
Read Sarah's Op-Ed piece in the Washington Post. The "Cap And Tax" Dead End
Friday, July 17, 2009
Ann Coulter has a few facts on this subject. Ann Coulter Re: Dems Treatment Of GOP Nominees
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
We must make sure our congressmen know we are against a government run and dictated health plan or we will end up with what the rest of the world has, rather than what the rest of the world wants, the existing USA health system, the best, most advanced system in the world. Public Option Will Kill off Competition
Monday, July 13, 2009
They, the liberals, are well entrenched in the power positions, and are able, through advising, leaking, controlling conservative appointees, to influence legislation and enforcement with little consequence.
The following article, by a conservative employee of the Justice Department, delves into the power and lack of consequences these liberal employees share.Conservative? Ethical? There's No Room For You In Government
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Spain has suffered over 100,000 job losses, more than double the green jobs created and politicians are starting to run from the Kyoto Treaty agreements.
European Hot Air
There are indications that the American public is starting to gravitate away from the "worst of the worst" media organizations and they will suffer the inevitable economic consequences. Hopefully sanity will return and they will again fulfill the role society is clamoring for, an unbiased and vigilant media.
An article by Tim Graham "Reporter: "We Took Sides, Straight and Simple" Against Palin" summarizes White House reporter Carl Cannon's take on the press coverage of the Biden/Palin VP debate.
The list of errors, exagerations, misstatements, and downright fantasy put out by Biden and not reported by the media is alarming and reason to wonder how he could ever have been considered for the number two spot in our nation.
Please read the following article. Press Bias
Friday, July 10, 2009
Where is the incentive to take risks if all earned wealth is redistributed to the unproductive and Government dependents?
Larry Kudlow's Article
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Star has written an op-ed piece commenting on Obama's socialist proposals. Back on Uncle Sam's Plantation
At the request of the Black Caucus, about a month ago, the Senate passed a resolution apologizing for slavery and racial segregation. the resolution fell short of authorizing monetary reparations for these offenses. In my opinion, these have already been paid through welfare, food stamps, etc.
What the Senate should do is apologize for the effect of the government programs on the poor (read Slaves) and take immediate steps to place stringent job training requirements and timetables on any give away programs and reduce the funding substantially to ensure these requirements are met.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Ronald Reagan took some time off to extend his knowledge base and build a cadre of workers for his run for President. I think Sarah is taking a page from Reagan's book and getting herself ready to "go for it in 2012".
Right now, I don't think she is qualified to be President, but is probably more qualified than Obama. What I like about Palin is the way she goes after all who she feels are doing the citizenry harm, Democrat, Independent and Republican alike. After all, eight Republican Congressmen voted for that strange Cap & Trade (ACES) bill last week. Shouldn't they be without a job next election?
Another idea I have is that Palin is not satisfied with the status quo in the Republican party. I've been a Republican all my life, but my views are more Libertarian and the Republican party has drifted too far left. I believe Palin wants to put more common sense into the party and give Conservatives a comfortable home.
That be said, the following article by Charlie Cook sets forth what needs to be done for Palin to be a viable candidate in 2012.
Palin's Move: Totally Reasonable
Anyone who reads these selected items and doesn't think that a change is now needed, away from the current liberal fanatics and toward a more rational Congress, must be smoking something stronger than Havanas. The power this hands to the Federal Government to control our corporate and personal lives is staggering.
A Garden of Piggish Delights
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.
I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.
I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.
I believe that thrift is essential to well ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.
I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.
I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that character — not wealth or power or position — is of supreme worth.
I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.
I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual’s highest fulfillment, greatest happiness, and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.
I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Of course jobs will be created, not in the private sector, but in the Government.
The bill is expected to raise $7-$8 billion. Guess who gets to pay it and who gets to spend it.
The problem is not "Treason Against the Planet", it is "Treason Against the Economy. The Heritage Foundation has an article on this.
Treason Against the Economy
Friday, July 3, 2009
Those of you who live and work in NYC and NJ should be especially interested in the list.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured
before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving
in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were
farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but
they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the
penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton ofVirginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from theseas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his
debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move
his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and
his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and
poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer,
Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British
General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters.
He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was
destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed
his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13
children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to
waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning
home to find his wife dead and his children vanished. Some of us take
these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they
Remember: freedom is never free!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
It is easy enough to see why progressive doctrine should be attractive to our masters. Tyrannical ambition is nothing new, and throughout human history it has nearly always presented itself to men in the guise of idealism. We are all inclined to meddle in other people's business; we are all inclined to think that we know better; and higher education tends to inflate our vanity and to make us more inclined to lord it over those who are less well-instructed. Never for a moment does a Barack Obama stop to ask whether depriving us of responsibility for our own well-being is demeaning. He and his supporters know that they know better, and their putative wisdom in this regard constitutes for them an absolute claim to rule. The logic unfolding within the progressive impulse requires that there be a class of Guardians empowered to supervise our lives in every particular, and to an ever-increasing degree this is the reality with which we live.
Complete Article - Well Worth Reading