What is Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA Health System? Do young, healthy, people that don't need healthcare or want to pay for it, pay involuntarily? What about dental and eyecare?
If the govt. gets involved anymore in the healthcare business it'll be a bottomless pit for money thrown away.
The panacea of a nationalized electronic medical record (EMR) is a hoax to create further depedence on govt. and have the govt. making healthcare decisions for people.
The EMR technological hurdle, to achieve, is infinite, another huge agency will have to be created. What if you lose your EMR and someone uses it for nefarious purposes. Compliance by healthcare providers will drain resources and increase costs, legal battles will ensue. What will happen to the insurers and HMO's?
HIPAA kills, that is the last big idea to come out of congress.
To give you an idea, you ever hear of Social Security? Do you know that the SS system databases are on archaic systems that cannot be migrated via. electronic means? In other words the data of all USAmericans would have to be keyed manually to update the systems used by SS! They can't do it, it would take 25 years of 10,000 people typing continuosly to achieve a manual update! Never going to happen. SS maintains COBOL programmers, ever hear of COBOL?
Now imagine trying to have the govt. manage the nations medical records! The govt. should remain involved as a payer only for Medicare, Medicaid, and the VA health system and let the doctors and hospitals take care of those who need healthcare and those who want it.
It looks like 45 states are not in a mortgage mess. Five states are in a (higher than normal foreclosure rate) mortgage mess and we are paying the price. No biggie, just that, as usual, the big lie is that this is a national "CRISIS", it isn't, it is a 5 state problem, we are being lied to continuosly. The mortgage $75 Billion bailout doesn't help all Americans in trouble, it only "HELPS" a segment in a certain class of mortgage holders, in certain areas, with prejudice. And the "HELP" is down the road several months
The perpetuation of this exaggerated economic recession is starting to be exposed, spread the word. Things will be getting better soon, let's see who takes credit.
Wow some of the states Governers are saying no to the spending!
Yes I would be stressed, this is from Huffington.
I can't believe what I just heard a talking head say. She said that the $13.00 or so dollars extra we will be getting in our pay chex (for those of us that make less than $95K/year) starting April 1st (April Fools Day!) is not necessarily for any other purpose, than to give us a "PSYCHOLOGICAL" stimulus, you know to make us believe things are getting better. What a bunch of hooey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If that is the case then, why in the France does this administration keep telling us we are in the crisis of "all time" repeatedly. That kind of talk is totally a downer and or, lie, to manipulate us into "COMMUNISM" I mean really why fool around with socialism, pass go, straight to dissolving the Constitution.
Now, we have the POTUS telling us that he wants to reduce the deficit by half by the end of his first term!
In May 2008 when the current POTUS was the defacto Dem. nominee, the DOW was over 13,000, now it is well under 8,000. I don't care if you blame Washington, Lincoln, or Bush for the current situation, but I tell you what, this POTUS and his administration are inspiring no confidence, even Bill Clinton said so.
I told you so. Seat of the pants, no experience, Clintonites, broken promises, secrecy, tax cheats, are you happy now?
Imagine for just a moment, Mitt Romney as POTUS, a proven business and political leader that knows how to make hard choices, I guarantee things would be quite different. I bet even world economics would have been better, woulda coulda shoulda.....................
From Wikipedia, it looks correct.
Romney was sworn in as the 70th governor of Massachusetts on January 2, 2003. Upon entering office, Romney faced a projected $3 billion deficit, but a previously enacted $1.3 billion capital gains tax increase and $500 million in unanticipated federal grants decreased the deficit to $1.2 billion. Through a combination of spending cuts, increased fees, and removal of corporate tax loopholes, by 2006 the state had a $700 million surplus and was able to cut taxes.
Romney supported raising various fees by more than $300 million, including raising fees for driver's licenses, marriage licenses, and gun licenses. Romney increased the state gasoline tax by 2 cents per gallon, generating about $60 million per year in additional tax revenue. Romney also closed tax loopholes that brought in another $181 million from businesses over the next two years. The state legislature, with Romney's support, also cut spending by $1.6 billion, including $700 million in reductions in state aid to cities and towns. The cuts also included a $140 million reduction in state funding for higher education, which led state-run colleges and universities to increase tuition by 63%. Romney sought additional cuts in his last year as Massachusetts governor by vetoing nearly 250 items in the state budget. All of those vetoes were overturned by the legislature.
The combined state and local tax burden in Massachusetts increased during Romney's governorship. According to the Tax Foundation, that per capita burden was 9.8% in 2002 (below the national average of 10.3%), and 10.5% in 2006 (below the national average of 10.8%).
Doctors vs. Gun Owners
(A) The number of physicians in the U.S. is 700,000.
(B) Accidental deaths caused by Physicians per year are 120,000.
(C) Accidental deaths per physician is 0.171 (.17%).
Statistics courtesy of U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services.
Now think about this:
(A) The number of gun owners in the U.S. is 80,000,000. (Yes, that's 80 million)
(B) The number of accidental gun deaths per year, all age groups, is 1,500.
(C) The number of accidental deaths per gun owner is
Statistics courtesy of FBI
So, statistically, doctors are approximately 9,000 times more dangerous than gun owners.
Remember, 'Guns don't kill people, doctors do.'
FACT: NOT EVERYONE HAS A GUN, BUT ALMOST EVERYONE HAS AT LEAST ONE DOCTOR.
Please alert your friends to this alarming threat. We must ban doctors before this gets completely out of hand!!!!!
Out of concern for the public at large, I have withheld the statistics on lawyers for fear the shock would cause people to panic and seek medical attention!
This is very funny, the more I watch it, the more I wish she was Prez. Bill tries to get some but he just gets a breeze from her head whipping away.
WOW, Judd Gregg sec. of commerce nominee, withdraws from accepting appointment to be the Secretary of Commerce. The white house will be doing the census (a commerce dept. job), ridiculous partisanship beyond reason, Rahm Emanuel will be doing the census, that sure is great change, new politics, what?
The difference is: Gregg (a republican) I believe, withdrew because of policy differences not tax evasion or some other legal issue like Richardson, Daschle, etc..
Gregg did the right thing. Now if Specter, Collins, and Snow would do the right thing...............................
Here you have the teacher and the students. Milton Friedman is speaking self evident historical truths and there you have Phil Donohue deer in the headlights stare thinking so hard trying to retort but fails miserably. Phil Donohue's reaction is very relevant to the situation we are in today. Phil is like so many today, who no matter what empirical evidence is presented to them, they refuse to believe they could be wrong even if their argument has no basis. A perfect example is the Tim Geitner appointment, only this guy could be Treasury Secretary, everybody knew this guy was a tax cheat, idiot, whatever, they all went along. Every time this has happened I am reminded of the fable of the King's new clothes.
Enjoy. It is only 2:24 minutes.
'Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.'
~ Thomas Jefferson
FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE
1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject
2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
3. Colt: The original point and click interface.
4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
8. If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.
9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
10. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.
11. What part of 'shall not be infringed' do you not understand?
12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.
15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.
20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more.
24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
Volcanoes win hands down, whether we are in the match or not. The first link is what caused the Permian extinction and the second is what is occuring RIGHT NOW under Yellowstone. "Volcanic rock spread over an area the size of Alaska." Humbling stuff.
HIGH SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2007
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking
lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.
1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car
and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2007 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and
never sees his truck or gunagain. Counselors called in for traumatized
students and teachers.
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up
2007 - Police called and SWAT team arrives -- they arrest both Johnny and
Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though
Johnny started it and Mark was just defending himself.
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by
the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt
2007 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is
then tested for ADD. The school gets extra money from the state because
Jeffrey has a disability.
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping
with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and
becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster
care and joins agang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister
that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.
Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug
violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.
Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summe rschool, passes English and goes to college.
2007 - Pedro's cause istaken up by state. Newspaper articles appear
nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation
is racist. ACLU filesclass action lawsuit against the state school system
and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from core curriculum.
Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living
because he cannot speak English.
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them
in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2007 - ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged
with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents -- and all
siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated.
Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found
crying by his teacher,Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She
faces 3 years inState Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
How dumb have we become?
Lets see how Alaska responds to a volcanic eruption. The self reliant people of Alaska are getting ready, no help from the FEDS. This volcano will effect (as I have said often) the weather patterns more than mankind or Al Gore's hot air could ever imagine. Not a thing mankind can do to stop this, more CO2, SO2, ash etc. will be released into the atmosphere than mankind produces in hundreds of years. And guess what? It WILL cause global cooling by blanketing the Sun's rays. Don't even think we can mess with Mother Nature, I wonder if anyone will blame Obama for causing the eruption like they blamed Bush for Katrina.
IF you are happy how the Congress spends our taxes, well........ IF you are NOT at all happy, then I assume you know whatto do.
P.S. Daschle is going to pay his taxes.
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