Saturday, August 29, 2009

Expose The Truth

I've been putting together notes about how we got to where we are, what we're doing while we're stuck here and where do we go from here. Yesterday I read this post that peg's all my notes. So I'm going to re-post this here in it's entirety. America's Right is a blog that I have a tremendous amount of trust and respect for for information and opinion. Jeff Schreiber owns the blog and has a few co-writers to fill in while he's completing law school. (I wish more of America's lawyers were like this young man.)



Friday, August 28, 2009
Fighting Dirty


In the Obama inner circle, the sweeping rhetoric, outlandish promises, and reliance on a romanticized American people is beginning to give way to the political knee-capping of old


By Nathaniel Givens

America's Right

Ever since Gordon Brown / Barack Obama gift-exchange fiasco, the Obama White House has been working hard to earn a reputation for incompetence. There is no shortage of theories to explain how an apparently elite campaign has turned into a bumbling troop of amateurs after securing the White House.


One theory is that Obama just hasn't been able to get his elite team members into place. As the New York Times recently reported, less than one-half of his top appointees are actually in place. The explanation seems plausible until you consider the that Obama--disdainful of Constitutional limits on the executive branch now that he's in the White House--prefers to nominate czars directly rather than deal with legislators in his own party.


Then there's the suggestion that Obama's campaign team specializes in campaigning, and that they have not adapted well to executive responsibilities. This is almost certainly a genuine problem, especially given Obama's total lack of first-hand executive experience at any level, significant or otherwise. I recall Sarah Palin's line from the Republican National Convention: "I guess a small-town mayor is kind of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities." The same would apply, it seems, to campaign officials.
Lastly, there is the hypothesis that Obama never had an elite campaign team to begin with. He had a complicit media that prostituted their credibility for a spot on the Making History Express. He also had an American people desperate for some happy fairy tale to invest in: a chance for racial redemption, change from the moral complexities and controversies of the War on Terror, and a shot at pretending 9/11 never happened. Now that many of Obama's most wide-eyed supporters in the media are actually working for his administration and Americans are realizing he can't deliver on his impossible promises, the protective cocoon around an inherently weak politician is crumbling.





The sense of executive incompetence has been heightened in recent weeks as the cap-and-trade bill barely managed to limp through the House in a watered-down (but still dangerous) form, as the health care debate has spiraled out of control, and as Obama's approval ratings have continued their slide into oblivion.


All of this can lead to a dangerous mistake: underestimating Team Obama.


Up until now Team Obama has been drinking their own Kool-aid. He swept into power on a wave of public enthusiasm and optimism. The crowds were huge and the adulation palpable. His campaign was a long orgy of sycophantic pandering to the anointed one, and it went to his head. Consider his nomination victory speech:


I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth. This was the moment--this was the time--when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves, and our highest ideals.


If that's not Utopian Koolaid, then I don't know what is. Obama has been ruling from the White House as if the oceans really were going to move just because he is president. That's not what got Obama where he is today. His initial rise was due to Chicago-style thug politics, patronage, and corruption. Not to mention cute tricks like campaigning for voter rights and then using legal technicalities to make sure those voters had only one choice to vote for: him. Brute political force is Obama's native political language.


Now, however, Obama has his back against the wall. Rebranding Obamacare as Kennedycare doesn't distance it from his credibility as a national leader. Given the litany of failures thus far, it's not clear that he will be able to salvage anything that looks remotely like success from what will almost certainly be his only term in office if the health care initiative goes down in flames.


Now that's what I call a wake-up call.


The painful reality Obama is waking up to is this: that stuff about commanding the seas to fall only works aesthetically in a speech. It's not real. He and his advisers are on the verge--if they haven't already--of completely abandoning their ridiculous Captain Planet mentality and getting back to the business of political knee-capping.


And that means that the battle for health care is about to get dirty. I know you probably thought it was dirty before, but trust me -- you ain't seen nuthin' yet.


Exhibit A: Meet the Department for Official Propaganda:

The NEA
Why invent a new government agency to spread official propaganda when you've got one lying around you can already co-op? Patrick Courrielche had no sooner finished writing an article for for Reason magazine sounding the alarm over conformity in the artistic community when he was invited to join in on a conference call with the National Endowment for the Arts. Here's how he summarized the content of the call:

Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans.
It sounded, how should I phrase it…unusual, that the NEA would invite the art community to a meeting to discuss issues currently under vehement national debate. I decided to call in, and what I heard concerned me. [...]

We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these “focus areas” as we had brought to Obama’s presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to “shape the lives” of those around us. The now famous Obama “Hope” poster, created by artist Shepard Fairey and promoted by many of those on the phone call, and will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” song and music video were presented as shining examples of our group’s clear role in the election.


There's nothing wrong with a bunch of artists deciding to dedicate their own time and talents to their favored candidate or initiatives, but there's something very wrong with trying to convert the NEA into the Department of Propaganda. (Incidentally, this is another good reason why the NEA shouldn't exist at all.) If there's one thing that political life in the Daley Machine teaches you, it's how to use power to stay in power.

Expect to see this kind of co-opting of government agencies wherever Obama can get away with it. He's got the levers of power now, and he's going to pull them all. Which, I might add, is another reason that big government is a Bad Thing. You create a monster to give the people what they want, and then some egomaniac realizes that he's got this giant monster lying around and why not use it as his personal political army?


Exhibit B: Polling "Research"


The politicization of the scientific community has been going on for some time, with issues like embryonic stem cell research and global warming turned into little more than political footballs for progressive politicians. Why take a break now?
I've got no reason to believe that this particular initiative came from Team Obama, but it doesn't really matter one way or the other. It's exactly the kind of thing his allies will continue to try to do with or without central coordination.

The Center for Health Policy and P
rofessionalism Research at Indiana University--taking a page straight out of the White House playbook--recently released the results of a polling survey which found that the Majority Of Americans Believe 'Myths' About Health Care Reform. The problem isn't with the results of the survey. It's with the questions. The researchers decided to take Obama's word for what was and was not a "myth" and then lend the credibility of their institution to his political campaign by dressing up a survey that really serves no point other than to validate White House talking points.

Eugene Volokh has tackled the survey head-on at his blog The Volokh Conspiracy. In his first post he described the extent to which the researchers had turned their backs on the most fundamental axioms of polling research:


If you look at the survey, you see that most of the supposed knowledge questions do not turn completely on known facts, which can have true or false answers. The myth questions are mostly subjective — expectations or predictions about the future — which by nature have no right or wrong answers. This distinction is axiomatic in the field of survey research.


In a follow up post, he listed several of the myth-questions along with his comments on those questions. Here's a sample:


3. Health care services such as treatments, physicians, and care will be rationed.


COMMENT: Given that the White House admits that rationing is already happening by private insurance carriers, I don’t understand why they think that rationing in some form is unlikely under their proposed reforms. I suspect, however, that the government will find it difficult to make many of the tough decisions, so that most "rationing" will occur not by the government denying care but by doctors being unable or unwilling to treat many of the patients covered under government or private insurance plans. Time will tell.


4. Reforms will cover more Americans by making cuts to Medicare.


OMMENT: Given President Obama’s own statements, I don’t see how any honest researcher can call this a “myth.” In his New Hampshire town hall, Obama said that he will accomplish health care reform “without adding to our deficit over the next decade, largely by cutting out the waste and insurance company giveaways in Medicare that aren't making any of our seniors healthier.” So Obama is promising to make large cuts in Medicare funding without compromising the health of seniors. I have my doubts whether Medicare funding will be cut substantially by anything other than longer waits for Medicare patients who want treatment under Obama's health care reform. Time will tell.


5. Tort reform, which would limit the amount of money awarded to injured patients in malpractice cases, will decrease health care costs.


COMMENT: Given the conflicting scholarly literature on this, I don’t see how any honest researcher could call this a “myth.” For example, Ronen Avraham and Max Schanzenbach reviewed 7 tort reforms and concluded that some had no effect while others “are effective in reducing healthcare costs. The magnitude of the effects on price sensitive groups suggests that some tort reforms can reduce health care costs by as much as two percent.”


Volokh has nearly 20 question/comment pairs in that post, and it's obvious that while a couple of the questions are really about myths, most of them are actually attempts to dismiss real dangers of the Obama health care reform initiative. But the issue isn't really "did they guess right about what will happen with health care reform in the future?" it's that despite the fact that there are no solid answers (how can there be, when we don't even have a specific bill to analyze?), they nevertheless came down on the side of the White House. There's a word for this: prostitution. It makes the mainstream media look chaste by comparison.


I am reminded of something that Thomas Paine wrote in Age of Reason:


When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind, as to subscribe his professional beliefs to things he does not believe, he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.


These professional researchers didn't just accidentally forget undergraduate-level principles of polling research, and so I must conclude that they have subscribed their professional beliefs to things they do not believe, and that thus they are preparing themselves for the commission of every other crime.
This is what we have to look forward to in the coming debate. Every dirty trick you can think of is going to be pulled and quite a few you can't think of. Every dishonest and corrupt advantage will be taken. This is politics, Chicago-style. Thankfully the truly radical nature of the agenda and the hubris of the leftist elite mean they've got a very steep hill to climb. We don't need to ponder the morality of stooping to their methods or whether or not ends justify means. Victory over dishonesty isn't reached through more deceit, it's accomplished by exposing lies and liars to the truth.

As long as Americans stay angry enough to be responsibly involved in our politics we're going to win this one.

But that's not going to make it any less ugly.
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Nathaniel Givens is classical liberal and a devout Mormon. He is currently studying economics in graduate school. He and his wife work as business analysis consultants, and they live as undercover conservatives with their two small children in a liberal bastion of a college town. Nathaniel maintains a public Facebook Page, and he has been writing for America's Right since December 2008.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Now Is The Time To Get ACTIVE

Town Hall Meeting



A Marine Continues to Defend
and Protect His Country







ac·tive [ak-tiv]
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2. involving physical effort and action
3. characterized by action, motion, volume, use, participation
4. causing activity or change; capable of exerting influence
5. effective
6. requiring or giving rise to action; practical
7. requiring personal effort or attention


This month there has been a couple of opportunities for our voices to be heard, opportunities to listen, learn and be informed, opportunity to stand together with other Americans and actively be a part of American democracy.


Thursday (8/20) was the Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair. Nearly every single elected official attended this event. We stood with reminders that that they work for us and 2010 would determine if they still had a job. It was quite incredible, actually. When we first got there we really didn't know where to stand or where others were gathered. We took our position right at the main gate where every single person had to pass right by us to enter. Talk about a front row seat! We got to shake a lot of hands, meet some interesting people and our voice was undeniably heard. There weren't many of us but we came with a voice that spoke for the majority. One of the incredible people that joined us was Kevin Jackson. If you've never heard of Kevin consider this an introduction to a outstanding young man who is great patriot with a gift to face politicians with truth and he is a motivating conservative leader. I became familiar with Kevin at the St. Louis Tea Parties and started following him on his blog, The Black Sphere. Kevin and his beautiful wife, Melissa were on the front lines at the Breakfast with us. And I have to tell ya, when you're going into battle Kevin & Melissa are the David's you want to join to face this Goliath that We The People are battling.
Kevin also has a book out, "The Big Black Lie," and the reviews are enthusiastically praising it.
One review:

The BIG Black Lie is a must in the collection of all conservatives, particularly Republicans. It teaches conservatives to be unapologetic and proud by explaining conservatism from a unique perspective. The book also showcases the lunacy of liberalism in a humorous and satirical way, that provides the reader plenty of belly laughs.

In The BIG Black Lie: How I learned the truth about the Democrat Party, the author explores from a first-hand perspective the devastating damage wrought by Democrats and Liberals on the black community. He believes that conservatism is the soul of America, and he provides ways for conservatives, and specifically Republicans to take back the mantle of being the party of the down-trodden. Readers will become empowered by The BIG Black Lie.

Read more here: Amazon Reviews

Oh, and Kevin and Melissa are a lot of fun too! At the Republican tent we found both the Health Care Bill, H.R. 3200, all 1017 pages, and the Cap and Trade Bill, H.R. 2454, all 1400 pages.

The Bills That Nobody Has Read


The Giants That We Will Conquer

Find something you could understand, Kevin? Didn't think so...

The next informative adventure was the Claire McCaskill Town Hall Meeting held at Moberly Area Community College on Monday, 8/24. I normally have my daughter or husband to attend events with, but this was one that I had to do alone. This was my first (and definitely not last) town hall meeting. I studied issues the night before and I had my notes all written out so if by some odd chance I got in, and by some even more odd chance I got called on I would be as prepared as possible. I confess that I went in with a dozen preconceived ideas. I figured it would be filled with McCaskill people with only a few rows left for the crowds to fill 1st-come-1st-serve. I was ready for it to be campaigning as usual with set up questions without challenge. And I was ready to hear endless lies about this administration... just to name a few. I arrived about 45 minutes early. I had to go thru security to get into the auditorium and I was only behind 3 people when I got there. Zero crowd. Entering the auditorium to my left was where the cameras were lining up and only the first few rows were filling up, people were kinda spread out. It may have been 1/4 full. I found a seat about the 6th or 7th row back on the right hand side of the room. Nix my first preconceived idea. I saw people from the Free Tax group on the front row and I saw Obama stickered people also on the front row. As the room filled up, it was hard to determine the pro-obamacare and anti-obamacare people so I just started taking pictures of the crowd and watched, observed and listened to the chatter around me. About 15 minutes before the meeting started it was filled to capacity (500). In our chairs were slips of paper and if we had questions we were to write them on these forms. A gal came around with a basket and picked up all the forms and took them to the front.

Once Senator McCaskill arrived the meeting began with prayer by a Presbyterian pastor. The Senator was introduced and she asked everyone to join her in the Pledge of Allegiance and this was the loudest part of the entire event. (It was awesome!) Senator McCaskill said that she didn't want anyone to think that the questions were set up so she asked if there was anyone in the audience who disagreed with everything she stood for and didn't believe she serving the people of Missouri. About 10 hands went up and she chose a man from that group. It happened to be the guy from the Fair Tax group. She was going to call out the name and the person had the option of asking their question or having her read their question. I won't go through all of them, but the very first question was prefaced with, "I wasn't paid to be here and I wasn't bussed in by any organization, I am just a citizen with questions." I don't remember her question but Senator McCaskill prefaced her answer with, "I want everyone in this room to know that I do not believe that this meeting is filled with people who are plants, or paid to be here, nor do I believe that you are plants from insurance companies or any other organization. I believe that every single person in this room is a Patriot. You are citizens of this country with sincere concerns for your country -- this is what democracy is all about and YOU are a part of this democracy happening." She had my attention with that response. I didn't get called on, but every single one of my questions and comments were addressed in this meeting. And I believe she answered them honestly. If I had to guess I'd say that the percentage in the room was about 75% anti-government run health care, health insurance, government controlled anything and the rest were Obama supporters. There were a few times when she'd say something wasn't in the bill and the crowd would roar with correction. She would explain how it's worded and give her stand on the issue. Abortion was a big one. She explained about the Hyde Amendment and that no bill would over ride that law. She was called on the loopholes and she said that she would not vote for any federal provision what-so-ever for abortion in the final bill. And that's pretty much how the whole meeting went. I didn't agree with her on certain issues (cap & trade for example) and she gave her reasons for support, which sounded like BS so I want to watch the video and research what she explained. I recorded the whole meeting and I'm glad I did. I've watched a couple of the questions and answers and naturally I'm hearing more than what I heard in the meeting. I learned alot and I have to say that Senator McCaskill conducted an excellent meeting. She wasn't campaigning, she appeared to sincerely want to discuss and have dialog with the people. She was informative, she was sure footed with what she would support and with what she wouldn't. When she was asked if she would go on a program they wanted the American people on she said absolutely, yes. And she would vote against a government controlled health care system. But that she was absolutely for health CARE reform. She wouldn't vote for anything she wouldn't want for herself or her 80+ year old mother.

The Senator closed the meeting saying that if she lets us down we can vote her out of office. That got a standing ovation and the meeting was over. I left feeling like I'd been a part of something good. I left feeling challenged by a curiosity to identify facts I'd come with and a desire to check out the new information I had. And I left with a different respect for Senator McCaskill, I will watch how she votes to determine if she is sincere or if she's just great at working the crowd.

Now, I have to say that it was disappointing to not see one familiar face from my local area at either event. (With the exception of Aaron.) I know people work and thank God people still have jobs. I know life is busy in the fields at this time of year, but there were several farmers, small business owners concerned about the future of their livelihood, retired men and women concerned about their future health care. People, now is the time to get out there and let our politicians see our faces, hear our voices, add to the body count that holds them accountable. And now we've had a new challenge added. Do you remember how Pelosi stood in front of a camera and accused us of being a part of an astroturf movement, hired by conservative groups? Remember when we were called terrorists and accused of being a part of an organized group to infiltrate and upset these meetings? Well, guess what Pelosi and her fellow thugs are organizing? There is a bus tour that is starting tomorrow in Phoenix and traveling across the country planning 1,000 events to counter protest through September 8th when recess is over. This is being orchestrated by SEIU, ACORN, HCAN, Planned Parenthood, LaRaza, MoveOn and more. Their signs are coming from the Whitehouse and if they want to print their own they can get the art off of the whitehouse.gov site.


Fox News reports it.


Politico explains it.


Gateway Pundit exposes it.





Please get involved.


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Call To Action




Missouri Patriots have a rare and excellent opportunity to have their voices heard among all of their elected officials, one day, one morning only. And we're ready!! I know it's short notice, but we won't get another opportunity like this one. Thursday morning, 8/20/09, at 7:30 a.m. the Missouri Tea Party Patriots are gathering to greet all of Missouri's elected representatives at the Missouri State Fair. "The Missouri State Fair Foundation is proud to host the 57th annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast." http://www.mostatefair.com/2009premium/hambreakfast.pdf We are gathering in the parking lot off of Highway 65. It's free parking.
Here’s a map of the fairgrounds:
http://www.mostatefair.com/documents/map.pdf
There is free parking for the event right off of 65 highway, which is also right next to the “Director’s Tent,” where the ham breakfast is held. That’s right next to 65 and right next to the free parking. This is easy access!

The map makes it appear you need to enter at the “centennial gate.” That’s actual the gate directly into the fairgrounds. There’s no tickets required for the free parking. You go into the main, obvious entrance into the fairgrounds on Highway 65, park, and then pay to get into the fair through the centennial gate. However, the tent is inside the parking lot right next to the highway and away from the actual fenced-in fair. You can see the white tent on Highway 65, north of where we will turn into the main entrance.





And an added bonus, admission to the fair is only $2 that day. So you can spend the rest of the day at the Missouri State Fair!

Please make a plan to join us, one voice of We The People!

This is a peaceful demonstration of "ideas," i.e. non-partisan. It is important that we jointly focus on issues. Just your presence speaks volumes to our elected officials.

See you there!!




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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Town Hall Meetings





I'm just getting back from a week with family in St. Louis and the hot news down there is all about Missouri's town hall meetings. I got down there the day of the 2nd Russ Carnahan meeting. My daughter and I had hoped to make this one, but as things worked out we weren't able to. On one hand I was relieved that we missed it, on the other I wish we would have been there to witness the insane brutality brought in by the Obama administration. In case you haven't seen it yet here is the video of Kenneth Gladney being beaten by a SEIU member.





Kenneth Gladney was selling Gadsden flags outside of the meeting when a few SEIU (Service Employee International Union) members got a hold of him and roughed him up. Another SEIU member smashed a woman in the face while she was filming Mr. Gladney being beaten. In all 2 SEIU members, 1 journalist from the StL Post-Dispatch and two members of the Carnahan crew, volunteers trained by the Carnahan campaign, were arrested. As of today, violent hate crime charges have been filed on the 2 SEIU members. Elston K. McCowen , Director of SEIU Local 2000, is the man who beat up Mr. Gladney. And I've lost the name of the member who smashed in the woman's face with her camera, but she has charges against her as well.

http://tinyurl.com/mu76ws

During Russ Carnahan's first town hall meeting he got laffed at as he read thru his talking points.




Apparently he decided he was going to handle his future town hall meetings a little differently. An account of how it was set up inside: "The chairs placed on the floor were divided into 2 sections, right and left. All of the chairs on the left side facing the stage area were tagged reserved for pre-registrants. I found it interesting to see that everyone on that side of the room was pro-Obamacare. There were SEIU members in their union shirts, and ACORN people who I saw standing outside carrying their look-alike pre-printed signs, and local politicians and staff members of Russ Carhahan, as well as dedicated supporters." The Carnahan staff was sneaking in SEIU members in the side door marked "handicapped." There were about 1,000 people locked outside of the building.
Up until this meeting, the town hall meetings have been non-violent and most have been given the opportunity to ask questions or speak out. What's changed?


~Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer publically declaring that those speaking out against the healthcare reform bill are un-American.
A fellow democrat seems to disagree:




~Pelosi in her sneaky coy voice saying there are swasticas at these health care meetings.


~SEIU sending out memos saying "
come out in strong numbers to drown out their voices."

~Kathleen Sebelius calling her "brothers and sisters" at SEIU urging more to get involved. “Keep doing what you’re doing.”




Or possibly this piece of gas on the fire from the Democrat National Committee (DNC) ad attacking citizens who are opposing a Government-takeover of Health Care as an "angry mob" comprised of "right-wing extremists of the Republican base.





I can barely stand it. This administration has declared an all out war on it's own people! These are just Americans like you and I. These are people who are listening and reading and trying to understand what this administration & congress are trying to push thru at warp speed, without reading. These are tax paying citizens of this country who are scared to death of the spending rate of this administration and just trying to have a say. And they're not all Tea Party participants. They're our seniors with legimate fears about their futures, they're family members taking care of mentally &/or physically challenged parents, siblings, children. They're Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, Independents or no party what-so-ever. Nobody's paying them to be there. Nobody's calling them and including them in an organized mob. And I have to say here that the Tea Party people are some of the most peaceful, non-confrontational groups I've ever seen. They are not "backed by insurance companies and corporate front groups." They're not listening lies from talk radio or conservative television, they're learning on their own and making a stand against it and refusing to accept lies from politicians. The only fears they have, the only thing scaring them is the strong arming tactics, closed door meetings throwing together pork laden bills, insane spending of taxpayer money, abuse of power from this administration. It doesn't get any more grassroot than this. And the more they disrespect the rights of these people with the lies and attempted deciet, the further they're pushing them away and more are gathering who are seeing the truth.

Pelosi calls it astroturf. You want to see what the real definition of astroturf is? Are you ready for this?


http://www.redstate.com/absentee/2009/08/09/lets-talk-astroturf/

And who's paying for it?

http://www.redstate.com/absentee/2009/08/10/whats-faker-than-astroturf/


The game plan from HCAN (Health Care for America Now):
http://joinpatientsfirst.com/hcan.pdf

The Democrat National Committee has another tactic used in their propaganda called "
turnspeak." A couple of examples:
http://gatewaypundit.blogspot.com/2009/08/shocker-keith-olbermann-lies-about-tea.html

Believe it or not the SEIU blog site has taken the video of Mr. Gladney being beaten up and said it was Mr. McCowen aka The Reverend, who was attacked. Here is their rendition of the evening:

http://www.seiu.org/2009/08/violent-tactics-at-last-nights-st-louis-town-hall-meeting.php


This is a fight that's personally important to my husband and I for several reasons, but right off the top are 3 that are worth our time and effort to make a stand for. We have parents who are dependent on quality health care and they hang on the professionalism of their doctors. I can't imagine them having the "end of life" discussion with their doctors about their quality of life, based on the measure of quality of Obama's science czar
(zero accountability) John Holdren, or top health advisers, Ezekiel Emanuel and Dr. David Blumenthal. What about my brother-in-law who is mentally retarded from childhood meningitis and in his late 50's. What measure of quality of life will he be judged by?

Don't get me wrong, there is no doubt about it that we need some kind of health care reform. My husband and I haven't had health insurance for 10 years. It has worked out in our favor to be on a cash basis with our medical care. When we've had hospital &/or doctor needs they have all given us real fair rates for paying cash. What we've paid out in cash for medical care is still less than what insurance would have cost us. We've been extremely blessed that neither one of us has had any critical or life threatening illness. Just to throw a couple of ideas out there, the way I figure it is if they'd get the out-of-control law suits reigned in it would be a huge reform that'd help our doctors afford their practices and pass those millions of dollars in malpractice insurance savings on to us. And have you noticed the tv commercials? Every other commercial is for some sort of law suit you "might" be eligible for. And in between all the law suits are prescription drug commercials. Drugs for depression, weight loss, allergies, sleeping, and of course erectile dysfunction.
In an excellent article about a UCLA study, it said, "They show people that have "lost control over their social, emotional or physical lives without the medication; and they minimize the value of health promotion through lifestyle changes. The ads have limited educational value and may oversell the benefits of drugs in ways that might conflict with promoting population health." Sounds like a couple of good places to start with reform to me.

Now is not the time to be silent. They are listening and the polls are telling the truth that they can't deny. Your voice is so important and we're not getting a do-over if they pass any part of this atrocity against America. If there's a town hall meeting, please go. Get involved. Write or call your representatives. Let them hear your voice.

And I'll close this post with this priceless moment of truth from our president:



IMAO

Basil
August 11, 2009

My fears are now allayed: I’m thrilled to hear that government-run health care will be as efficient as the post office. And that’s according to the president.

Your hard-earned money will be collected from your paycheck via taxes, and sent to finance a program that will be run like the post office.

Anyway, the president has convinced me. We need to have government-run health care. And the post office example sold me.

But, there are some of you, I’m sure, that aren’t yet convinced. So, as a loyal American (who doesn’t what to be flagged), I present other reasons to let the government run health care. Here are things that will present excellent examples of how government-run organizations (regardless of the level of government) operate:

  • Amtrak
  • The quality of public schools
  • The NEA funding of porn
  • The DMV
  • Oil for Food
  • Paying farmers to not grow crops
  • Student visas
  • The TSA
  • FEMA
  • The IRS

If these examples don’t show you just how wonderful a government-run health care system will be, I don’t know what will convince you.



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