Monday, August 31, 2009

Death Panels . . . Really?

I've been thinking and griping about this health care reform bill. In some ways, I don't really see it so differently from Medicare and Medicaid. After all, both of those systems are socialized medicine and that seems to be reaching a number of people that wouldn't, otherwise; have health care. What seems to be upsetting everyone is the "counseling for end of life care" clause. I've thought about the phrase that has been coined: Death Panels and frankly I think, this is America, of course our government is going to eventually decide who lives and when we die. But meanwhile, I've thought of the perfect way to approach this situation. First, let's get the people that may be facing the end of life counseling session, right with G~D so they don't have to be afraid to die. Then when we as a nation are right with G~D, we can trust HIM in life and death, rather than other humans. Maybe the fact that somewhere deep in our souls we know our faith is in humanity, rather than G~D, which is good reason to be afraid to die. We could even opt out of the socialized medicine, if we choose to stand on faith and pay the 2.5% penalty, which is a very small price to pay to take a stand for our faith. As for the Death Panel. I think one simple question would help me, if down the road; I chose to trust TPTB rather than G~D. If someone looked at me and informed me that I had exceeded what I paid in, after 13 SS checks, and I had obviously already been on the dole for 5 years, and asked this, I think it would be simple. So, Mrs. Beisinger, your grandchildren have been financing your lifestyle for the last 5 years minus your 13 months you paid in. How much more of your grandchildren's wages would you like devoted to your lifestyle and fear?
A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children . . . a Proverb

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

H1N1 Vaccines

Maybe I'm becoming too cynical, but this headline just really caught my attention, and then when I got to read some of the comments and questions regarding the apparent decisions of Health and Human Services, I just really wanted to go on a tangent. But I thought better of that. No sense taking one comment out of hundreds and bantering about that endlessly. The world already has one Glenn Beck, and he's more than enough! Back to the H1N1, or swine flu vaccine. With all the animal rights groups, we no longer test pharmaceuticals on animals, no, this is being tested on children!!! And parents are signing the kids up for it. They trust the "scientific authorities." Well, I've noticed every generation since the advent of vaccines has developed some pretty serious auto immune and chronic illnesses. Of course the "scientific authorities" say there is no correlation to increased percentage, but I don't bow down in faith to the medical community and authority of scientific research. Then in the comments portion beneath the article, some person wrote in concerned that children and pregnant women would receive vaccinations before their 92 year old mother. I have the perfect idea. Since the American tradition has now become to take care of the old ones ahead of the children, since America's older generations have never had a chance in life . . . let's give all the adults who think they should be first, the chance to test these vaccines to see if they are safe for the children! Besides being greedy and materialistic, perhaps the problem with America, is our lack of concern for the children.
If I would make clear what it is like, I would say, You are false to the generation of your children. a Psalm of Holy Scripture

Monday, August 24, 2009

What No COLA?

In the midst of soaring unemployment statistics, home foreclosures, vehicle repossessions, middle income children having to brown bag it to school, and plummeting deflation, just why should there be an increased Cost of Living Allowance for Social Security recipients? I mean really? Our country has maxed out with the concept of being paid to not produce, as it is. Now there is a big brouhaha brewing over no raise for those that have "earned it" by staying alive another year. Why don't we simply admit that for the most part, a large percentage of Americans do define the Constitutional right in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; as being paid to do nothing and produce nothing! Aren't raises usually performance based? It would appear we now have that a large percentage of Americans that believe they are doing such a great job at collecting for non-productivity, they deserve a raise! I read an article the other day that gave the figure that 50 million people in America are collecting Social Security or Disability. Clearly the recession cannot be nearing an end, if the percentage of the population with the most expendable financial resources do not get a raise.
. . . the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. the Gospel

Friday, August 21, 2009

Real Insight . . .

The Cash for Clunkers program is coming to an end, Monday. It's been so wildly popular that it is to be discontinued early for fear of lack of funding. Now the claim on this Cash for Clunkers deal is this. All dealers will be reimbursed once they "get the proper paperwork," one plant in Alabama called back 1,000 laid off workers, and GM and Chrysler, who couldn't keep their own business running have already offered advances to the dealerships that have not received the promised funding so far. To my best calculations, only about 15% of the first billion has been sent to the dealerships, the rest of the applications were either rejected or not yet processed, but according to White House sources, they will be. This Cash for Clunkers deal was supposed to be offered from July to November, but after the first week had to be subsidized by 200%. I've shared my thoughts about possible repercussions of this "offer" but last night I thought of something else. What if the proposed health care reform has the same results, once it's passed and signed? What if the funds run out before the sick people are well? From everything I've read about Massachusetts coverage, the wait for doctors is much longer than it was before Governor Mitt Romney signed it into law. And since the wait for doctors is longer, more people go to the ER, which where the costs are the most astronomical. According to what I've read, President Obama is merely trying to expand nationally what Governor Romney instituted in Massachusetts, and it's not working there. The doctor's schedules are too full and the funds are exhausted. If this health care reform is as well planned as the Cash for Clunkers program, we are looking at a very small window of opportunity for first come first serve!
Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art YHVH our G~d. a Prophet of Holy Scripture

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

So Now What Gives?

I read that Congress has indeed allotted $2Billion more for the "Cash for Clunkers" deal, but I also read there has been a major glitch, and I'm thinking that so-called glitch is actually rather strategic. It seems only 2% of the "Cash for Clunkers" vouchers have been redeemed by the government, meaning 98% of the "Cash for Clunkers" deals have left the car dealerships in two binds. One, they aren't getting their money that has already been credited to the deal, and two, now they are stuck with vehicles that cannot be resold, but must be destroyed. Kind of makes me wonder if this is how several more dealerships will be closed. Not only has our government managed once again, to not keep up with it's word, it's given the go ahead to continue the "deals" and it's rejecting many of the dealership applications for small errors in completing the forms. Now, isn't that a surprise? I'm really beginning to wonder why any small or privately owned business even keeps trying. Perhaps these smaller or privately owned businesses stay simply because they can't afford to go overseas or outsource. It can't possibly still be, "in pursuit of the American dream." This situation kind of reminds me of when Pharaoh just kept demanding more product, but provided less to work with.
Go ye, get you straw where ye can find it: yet not ought of your work shall be diminished. Torah of Holy Scripture

Saturday, August 15, 2009

To Eunice Kennedy Shriver

I couldn't help but realize a correlation in the passing of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, an obviously staunch life-long democrat and the very vocal and athletic female republican, Sarah Palin. The entire Kennedy family was noted for many things, but their athletic ability and interest was in the forefront almost as much as their politics. It was Eunice Kennedy Shriver that founded the Special Olympics. As I read the information surrounding her death, it was stated many times that the Special Olympics began in her backyard. Well, I'm sure being a Kennedy in the early 60's helped that noteworthy cause and endeavor, but she did it, none the less and she gave many children an opportunity to compete and shine that wouldn't have otherwise even been included in anything. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was an outspoken woman on many topics, just as Sarah Palin is, and I couldn't help but realize, Sarah Palin's special needs son, born into an outdoorsy athletic family will someday be able to compete in athletic events, thanks to the democrat, Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
I don't agree with either woman's extreme and for the most part opposing politics, but I can't help but notice, they certainly could have come to terms on this topic.
Her ways are ways of pleasantness . . . a Proverb of Holy Scripture

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Assessing Priorities

In the past several days, I've had to address and assess priorities, and I simply couldn't be online, but I'm back . . .
I've decided both sides of the political aisle actually meet behind the scenes in darkness. We the people won't actually see it, but there is a "tossing" back and forth for effect which amounts to little more than hateful, hypnotic mantra for their faithful followers. It's clear that this health care reform is ultimately going to pass in some way, it's really only a matter of bringing the already socialized health systems of medicare and medicaid together and including a few more folks. It's sort of raising the limit of income and lowering the age requirement to participate. The illegals will still have their ER medical care and the taxpayers will simply pay more taxes. The fact that there are 1000 pages to this bill tells me two things. It was not all put together just since the end of January, and the arguing over the details is just theatre. TPTB, which include well beyond Washington, as in big money and high stakes, like the pharmaceutical companies, insurance, health care providers, etc. are also playing and have a claim in the process, as well. And we the people will ultimately have to go along with what is decided to keep our jobs. It's presented right now, that the employers will bear the burden and government will "assist." Right, any time the government is "going to help" there is going to be a problem! Ultimately, the small businesses will do the math and decide one of two things. Either it's just not worth the hassle to keep the doors open or it's worth the 6% penalty to just let the government offer the coverage. If they decide to shutter, we'll be faced with more unemployment, so more government dependency and finally, required government managed health care to collect unemployment or be gainfully employed. Health care is too big of an industry in this country, through need of services, stock investments, and employment. Health care affects most of America. Once the government manages to manage it, the government, which includes politicians from both sides of the aisle, will be able to affect most Americans.
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of YHVH thy G~d, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am YHVH that healeth thee.

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