Sunday, August 9, 2009

Breaking knee-caps to fixing them...

My original post was going to be a slam against our Mobster in Chief, the puppet master of SEIU thugs and a slew of special interests groups. I liken our current nation to a mob state, living in fear, not of those who are the face of government, but of the hit men behind the scenes sent to kneecap dissidents. The SS, the gestapo... you get it...
Then, I thought about discussing eugenics, its history and what I believe is coming. I have a son who is disabled with an incurable illness which will steer his life. This topic along with the health care discussion make me paranoid and anxious. It's not that I believe that anyone will emerge and start preaching a case for a master race- even Hitler wasn't that bold. He started talking about regaining the greatness of the country, patriotism and saving the Germans spirit and will. Sound familiar? It spiraled into a sea of debt which inevitably meant cuts in supplies which led to the rationing of care to the euthanization [see "murder" in Webster's Dictionary] of the mentally infirm, handicapped, criminally deviant and THEN it moved on to sponging out races which the government had deemed as having traits undesirable. Yes, it all started as a budgetary issue.

Now, if Cash For Clunkers has taught us anything, it's that the federal government is completely incapable of formulating a responsible, accurate or even reasonable estimate as to the costs of running even the simplest of programs. Even a slight miscalculation, given the magnitude of the undertaking of reforming healthcare, would lead instantly to rationed resources. Now those Obama is surrounding himself with, the so-called academics [i.e. lacking in practical knowledge], not only agree with but also condone forced sterilizations [Holdren], preferential treatment of those in age classes of the most utility in society [Emmanuel], and forcing abortions on unwed or unfit parents [Holdren].

Now, proponents for the version of health care reform currently being pondered in the House argue that there is nothing about abortion in this. This is both true and misleading. There is no language in the current Bill regarding abortion. Absolutely none. That in itself is telling. Any procedures not specifically excluded from coverage are automatically covered, so by not mentioning abortions, they are shielding the discussion. When your Congressman tells you that there is nothing in the Bill about abortion, they are not lying, but they are deceiving.

In addition, the topic of so-called "death panels" so highly contested [and rightly so] create another fog of vagary. The section of the Bill dealing with end of life care seems to have drawn the most criticism for its provision to "make available" end of life counseling for all persons once they reach 65 and also once they are diagnosed with a major illness. My father is 54 years of age. He has already had quintuple bypass surgery. The last thing I want is some government lackey discussing with my father how he can slowly malnourish himself to death instead of suffering through more years of procedures and medications. Yes, I know, it's not mandatory [yet], but when doctors all become government employees and are paid based only on how happy the government is with their work [read the bill, it's in there] what's the likelihood that they are going to skip over it when it makes their patients uncomfortable? Had this simply been a matter of covering it, that's all that would need to be said. Instead, the nearly one dozen pages that deal with this spell out in painful clarity the method, tone and topics that are to be covered in the conversation.

When my [step]mother was diagnosed with cancer, she and my father were both distraught. The argument that this would be the appropriate time to start setting affairs in order shows how simply out of touch the administration is with reality. She could barely function for her fear, let alone make good, rational choices. Instead, her doctors focus was on treating her- he left the end of life details to my parents to deal with in privacy. Somehow, everything worked out just fine without Big Brother.

Are Liberals so damned and determined to see universal health care passed that they will sign onto anything just to be the party to get it done regardless of how recklessly irresponsible it is done? The answer, I fear, is yes.

Stop for a second and use some insight. Look beyond the next step and consider the off chance that everything may not go seamlessly. Doesn't the health of 300+ million people and 1/6th of our economy warrant more than a dopey, cursory look?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Death by Association?

"The son of Rep. Congressman Ron Paul, is planning a run for Senate in Kentucky." -Susan Crile Huffington Post 7/28/2009

"Rand Paul: Ron Paul's Son or Clone?"- 5/2009

Dr. Rand Paul, the son of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, announced Thursday night..."- Lauren Cornreich CNN Politics 5/15/2009

I could go on, but you get the idea- Rand Paul is Ron Paul's son. Amazingly, anyone who has been watching Kentucky politics is well aware of this.

I was sitting at home today, listening to the radio when the 12 0'clock news bulletin came on. WKYT talking head Bill Bryant gave passing mention to Rand Paul formally announcing his run for Jim Bunning's Senate seat and then flippantly added that Rand was hoping to cash in on his father's name recognition. The statement made me bristle so that I sat down to my PC immediately and emailed Mr. Bryant to ask his source. I asked him to verify that Rand Paul or his campaign had made that statement or to reveal where the "information" had come from. As of the time of this entry, no response from WKYT or anyone for that matter. I will be sure to keep you all posted when [if] I receive one.

The news is everywhere. We can't escape it. And most people agree that we are being spoon-fed by a propaganda machine no matter the channel. Whether or not we like the taste is irrelevant. But this statement, made by a WKYT reporter, concerns me as indicative of a much grander scheme.

Sun Tzu says that when an opponents forces are united, attempt to divide them. To paint Rand as being under-wing of his father, a well-known politician, implies that Rand is benefiting from his father's connections and getting a boost from Daddy to get his foot in the door. They are hoping to lash him to the stigma of the Republican party with regard to inherited wealth and social status in the midst of an already raging culture war. To those following his campaign, Rand Paul is grassroots, tea parties and genuine outrage. This early attack strikes at the heart of his campaign in a back-handed, insinuative manner. The whore of the liberal agenda, yes MSM I am referring to you, is already laying down her machinations.

I am not here to endorse any candidate, but I have seen that the character assassinations are already beginning and the mainstream media are operating without fear of condemnation. It's obvious why 2010 election prospects are already drawing the attack dogs. There is MUCH at stake, more than ever before in our lifetimes.

  • Be aware of the tactics.
  • Look for what is not being shown and listen to what is not being said.
  • Review your incumbents voting record if they have one. If not, do your own research about their political views, their associations and their influences. Don't rely on the "honesty" of their opponents ads. [Should I even have to say this?]
  • Most importantly, do not allow your mind to be made up for you. Do not allow your voice to be silenced.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Clunker Blunder

I hesitate to post on this because, to be honest, I am tired of hearing about it. The media has been going on ad naseum about the situation for two days either commentating on the dreadfully inept way the program has been handled [Fox News] or twitterpated with the Obama administration because they have finally managed to do something that was a success with the American public [All other MSM].

Imagine that! Giving the American taxpayers back their money to spend on an item they needed was both wildly popular and successful!

Don't look for the current administration to take to that mode of thinking, though. There was a much less altruistic goal from the infamous sponsors, Senators Schumer D-NY, Feinstein D-CA and Collins R-ME [You'll recall this gem as one of the three Senators who backed Dems on the stimulus bill]. The purpose was another eco-freak shove toward "going green". Had there been strict interest in helping American families in a time of great recession, the guidelines would have included two key components which were blatantly missing from the current version.

The first restriction would have been to give the allowance only on cars made in the United States. Instead, no such restriction was made thus paving the way for Honda's Insight and other hybrid makers to send more American money overseas.

The second is not a restriction at all, but moreover a provision for the parting out of vehicles that were being traded in. Instead, they are going to be destroyed so that no portion of the vehicle can be reused. This point was made by Mica Sims on . The destruction of these vehicles will not only deprive the market of sellable stock, but it will cause a drop in supply making it more difficult [i.e. more expensive] for people who own older or less fuel efficient vehicles to locate replacement parts. When these vehicles cannot be repaired for lack of parts, those who own them will have no choice but to purchase smaller, more fuel-efficient models that are also less useful or versatile .

Trying desperately to overlook the reason for the success of the program [returning wealth to the people instead of taking it] Susan Collins, in a television interview, stated that she was not surprised that the program was such a success that they ran out of funds within a week. She had originally petitioned for 4 billion to find the program, but they had whittled it down to 1 billion- the fools! And then in the next breath she says that the move was intended to give the economy a jolt, [and I am paraphrasing here] not to foot the bill for everyone wanting to trade-in.


So the true goal was to create enough of a rush to trade-in to give the pretense of helping the American taxpayer and the economy, but when their thirst was assured and the dealerships were over-eager, you pull the rug? For once, I agree with Obama. It did work, beautifully.

But even in a relative success, its become a total clusterf*ck.

  • The destruction of the trade-in engines involves using an acid and crushing the cars. Many handlers don't want to deal with these clunkers because of the hazardous chemicals, so disposal has become a problem.
  • In all of their infinitely green-mindedness, did it not occur to anyone involved in the construction of this bill that introducing a corrosive acid into the environment hundreds of thousands of times over and just as many hunks of compacted metal might not be so good for the environment? Perhaps we should sell all of those metal cubes to Disney for backdrop on the set of Wall-E 2!
  • The website being used has bogged already and dealers are reporting absurd lag times. The auditors being petitioned for rebates are rejecting them for nonsensical reasons. One dealer reported that the first application he put through was rejected by the auditor because they claimed that it exceeded the $45,000 maximum price. It was for a Hyundai Sonata*.
  • Let's not forget the big one- extreme lack of foresight in funding. They failed to project the scope of interest. I have no doubt, personally, that they had every intention for the money to run out before the deadline of November, but it's obvious that they did not expect the money to dry up quite so quickly. Now they are scrambling to get mountains of additional funding for a flawed program or risk outright revolt from car buyers who may have to return their new cars when their old ones are already junked and angry dealers who are stuck in the middle.

It's not hard to see why Americans are asking themselves why on this Earth the government should have control over anything, let alone something as vital as the health and welfare of our people.

*MSRP on a Hyundai Sonata starts at $18,700