Tuesday, March 30, 2010

If It Walks Like a Duck and Swims Like a Duck...

Socialism - various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods

Obama and his minions have been doing their best to paint TEA Party protesters as racists or violent extremists - calling their ideas "dangerous." As if defending the Constitution and personal freedom is somehow a bad thing.

This morning in an interview with Matt Lauer, Obama continued this refrain with this little gem:

“There's a part of the Tea Party that actually did exist before I was elected … where there’s some folks who just weren’t sure whether I was born in the United States, whether I was a socialist."

Seeing how he has spent millions preventing one shred of evidence from being released to end the speculation on his natural born status (a Constitutional requirement for POTUS BTW), the questions do have merit. But I will leave that for another blog. The real issue is his political beliefs. Is he in fact a Socialist? And that is clearly the case.

Since he started his reign, we now have government ownership of auto manufacturers, student loans and now health care. Obama's administration has attempted to control payroll decisions of private financial companies and grown government at a pace heretofore never seen in this country. Of course he is a socialist.

He was the one that campaigned on a platform to "radically transform the country." We certainly aren't seeing the expansion of personal freedom during his time in office.

The reason the TEA party movement keeps growing is a reaction to the things he is doing. We do not want to see our country "radically transformed." We have the best health care system in the world and cherish our freedom. We believe the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and really don't like seeing that precious document treated like it is toilet paper by the left. If I wanted to live in Cuba, Venezuela or some other 3rd world nation run by a tyrannical despot, I would freakin' move there!

President Obama, you are a socialist. Stop the crying, and blaming George Bush for your failures. Be a man and admit that you truly believe government should run everything. It would be much easier to respect someone who stands up for something, instead of continually lying about their core beliefs.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Life After Utopia...

Well, that sucks. A secret vote on the weekend, a stroke of a pen, and freedom takes a kick to the groin. As true patriots scramble to find a way to correct this travesty, I thought a better approach would be to examine what life might be like if we applied progressive logic to all of society's ills. If the goal is "social justice" what about all these inequalities?

Thousands of pets die needlessly every day without pet insurance or guaranteed free access to a veterinarian. This is unacceptable in America. We need government-run pet care. We'll put a tax on pet food and supplies to pay for it. Yea, that's the ticket.

I once had to stay in a Red Roof Inn. In a country like America, how can anyone be forced to stay in anything less than a 3-star hotel? We need guaranteed free access to 3-star hotels for all and a hotel surtax for any 4-star or greater property to pay for it. Nobody deserves a bad night at a cheap hotel.

Airlines, where do I start? If I want to travel to a Dear Leader praise rally, why should I have to pay for an airline ticket? Air travel is a right! Its in the Constitution, I swear!

Cars? Don't get me started. Its unfair that my neighbor drives a Mercedes while a putter around in my Obama-made lawnmower. I have a right to a brand new car every year and nobody should have a newer or better model/make than me. Are you going to restrict my ability to travel? Oh, by the way, I'm not paying for it, or for any maintenance or repairs. That's the government's job. Obama even promised to put gas in my tank!

When I die, don't even think about charging me or my family for a funeral. I have a right to a decent casket, funeral service and honor guard. After a lifetime of leaching off the few remaining American taxpayers and not contributing one single penny to the economy, a 21-gun salute to honor my departure seems appropriate.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Only A Handful of Patriots Needed...

The fate of freedom rests in the hands of less than 20 members of Congress. Will they vote for liberty or tyranny?

Never in my wildest dreams did I think freedom could be lost by a vote in Congress. How can there not be at least 218 people in the House of Representatives that will honor their oath and defend the Constitution?

This is the most important week in the future of the United States as the fate of Obamacare is debated. God help us all.

Thomas Jefferson once said:

"When the government fears the people there is liberty; when the people fear the government there is tyranny."

Unfortunately, we are falling deeper into the tyranny stage.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Damn the Constitution! Here Comes Obamacare!!

Its frightening that there are so many people in Washington willing to completely ignore the Constitution in the process of pushing this nightmare legislation. Progressives will stop at nothing, even their career in politics, to force the nationalization of the health care industry. Government has already thrown a monkey wrench in the system through Medicare and Medicaid, which causes us all to pay more for everything health related. Now they want it all. If you control the $$$ in health care, you can control every decision a citizen makes in the name of "controlling costs."

But the only way it cuts cost is by restricting access and denying care. This is about control, creating more Government/Democrat/union jobs and making more people even more dependent on government, guaranteeing Democrats power for the next several decades.

We don't have to look far to see the failure of government run systems since virtually every country suffers under some form of socialized medicine. There is a reason the well-to-do in those parts travel to the states for timely, and safe surgeries. But we don't even have to go that far for evidence, we can simply look at Massachusetts for a preview of what is to come. They passed the affectionately called Romneycare, named after the former "Republican" governor Mitt Romney.
They had hoped to lower costs, insure everyone, while maintaining high standards of care. The results as found in the
Wall Street Journal:

- 140,000 remained uninsured in 2008.
- A family of 4 spends on average more than $13,000 in insurance premiums, 27% higher than the national average.
- Insurance companies are required to sell "just-in-time" policies, meaning you can wait until you need surgery and buy a policy. Needless to say, many people are taking advantage of the system and driving up premiums in the process.
- As one would expect in a socialized system, physicians are quitting the business, moving or restricting access. 56% of internal medicine doctors are not taking new patients. 44 days is the average wait for an appointment.
- Emergency room visits have jumped by 7%. If you can't see a doctor, where do you go? You guessed it, the emergency room, and this only increases the cost for everyone else.

Obamacare proponents claim that it will only increase the deficit by $900 Billion over 10 years. I call shenanigans. First off, whatever program comes out of Washington, multiply it by a factor of at least 10 and you might be close. This will be a budget buster of epic proportions. Taxes start immediately, while benefits don't kick in until 2014. But I thought Obama claimed that thousands were dying every day because of lack of health insurance? Why wait for 4 years to implement? What part does election year politics play in delaying Obamacare implementation until after Obama's run in 2012? Inquiring minds want to know.

And in the irony of ironies, it will still leave several million uninsured. Wasn't that the reason for the stampede to nationalization in the first place!? You could take a fraction of the above amount and buy private health insurance for all the so-called uninsured in America. Why was that not even considered?

What are the alternatives? I'm glad you asked.

Indiana offers Health Savings Accounts (which would be illegal under Obamacare) to state employees. 70% Have chosen this option, bringing health related costs down by 11%. Click on the link to see what a free market solution might look like.

Tort Reform in Texas and other states reduce the use of defensive medicine, spur economic growth and reduce cost. There are no provisions in Obamacare for Tort reform.

These are just two of many proposals that should be tested in all 50 states to determine the best direction to go. Testing various proposals in 50 states seems far more sensible than a government takeover of the best health care system in the world.