Thursday, December 24, 2009

This HealthCare issue and “debate” debacle

The Bill is over 3,000 pages with amendments, and may not be done growing yet:
The Bill itself from Harry Reid’s website, pdf 2,000+ pages
The Manager’s amendment from Harry Reid’s site, pdf 380+ pages
The Far Left is screaming that it doesn’t do anything and is “Purely Political”.
The dollars it will cost are going to astronomical. The cost is immediate; the benefits don’t even start until 2014.
The transparency that was promised became Harry Reid’s Closed Office Doors. No one has read it before voting on it.
Hundreds in millions of dollars & perks have been promised as “Bribes” for key votes.
They tallied the votes at 1:00 in the morning to hide what was going on.
Blago’s Man (Roland Burris the guy that got to the Senate by buying his Seat from the Crooked Governor, alleged) is taking credit for making sure ACORN is involved! Seriously, in Chicago that must be a good thing! Burris made sure ACORN was going to be in line for more millions (maybe they need the money to hold more,”How to be a Pimp” seminars?).
Polls show almost 80% of Americans were happy with what they had.
As late as yesterday, 54% doing nothing would be much better!
There are alternatives as simple as a one page bill that changes the main problems into no problems; here is the one page bill: One Page Bill!
The Admin. & its spokespersons have again resorted to name calling (not of the other elected officials, but anyone that disagrees); “You support Slavery if you support waiting to read the bill…” Harry Reid. Others have said if you don’t support this you’re a murderer. Last I saw any that disagree were being called “Lunatics”, this on the floor of Congress!
Many scholars I know are touting the 10th Amendment, and saying it’s a “Nullification situation”… Meaning the States should simply say, “Pass what you want, you have no right to do so, and in our State it doesn’t count!”…
All this from the man that promised bipartisanship & transparency. In my opinion he lied, over and over again.
There are two wars being waged. Troops all over the globe in harm’s way. The Country is in the worst economic crisis ever. All the President keeps saying is “This Can’t wait!” I believe he is saying it because of the election timing and the fact that the longer he is in office the lower he slides in the polls & popularity.
The latest is even more frightening! Language has been added to the bill that supposedly says (although nobody has ever seen a statement like it before in legislation so it’s hard to tell if it has any legal authority at all) that once this is passed it cannot be overturned!
This is wrong in so many ways… That’s my opinion, what’s yours?
What I see, is the BHO administration pushing, threatening and bribing to get through Health Care Reform (which doesn’t reform) and Cap & Trade (which only Caps and destroys plus taxes)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Singapore Alternative

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This is another example of how things should be done and can be done on health care, but this is not what we in America are going to get. Instead of Health Savings Accounts, we will get pork barrel spending on steriods and higher taxes and higher costs because the bill does zero to address higher costs for the average individual, while raising lots of taxes to payoff all the Christmas treats.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

KOMO Page

I am always amazed at the liberal mentality about our soldiers and the sacrifices that these kids make in the name of their country. These people think that our soldiers are in Iraq and Afghanistan because they want to be there and it is their fault we are over there. Soldiers don't decide one day to set up shop in a foreign land just because they think it would be a nice vacation spot to spend a year away from their families. We the people ask them to go and fight for us. They may not even understand why we are still there or if we should have gone in the first place, but they still go because we ask them to. They don't go to get rich because most of them are eligible for food stamps and public assistance because they are the definition of the working poor. They put their lives on the line daily, while the yahoos that sent them sit warm and comfortable in their homes enjoying all the comforts of being an American.

I am so pissed that people truly belief it is the military's fault that we are in Iraq and Afghanistan, when it is their elected representatives that sent them their at our request. Whether one war is better than the other is debatable or if we should still be in either country is debatable, but what is not debatable is whether it is the soldier's fault. If we screwed up our exit strategy that is the generals and politicians fault, not the grunt on the ground. If we should raise troop levels is up to the generals and politicians and ultimately the President. What we don't need is @$$#oles running around blaming the soldiers like they did in Vietnam. Those guys had less of a choice since they were drafted, but that is a whole different issue. I think this country should take a long hard look at who we are and what we stand for this rough Christmas season.

As you think about how much you are going to spend on gifts and that big feast of a meal with family and friends, just remember those that serve in your name in countries far from their families and hoping that the mail bag has something for them. You can say what you want about the politics of the matter, but always remember and honor those that serve in your name. They are wondering if they will have enough money to buy gifts for their kids and whether that will make up for the fact they haven't seen Daddy in almost six months. Some families only Christmas wish is Daddy or Junior doesn't get blown up for Christmas or that they won't be attending a funeral in the New Year. Those are the realities that these families face this Christmas, so if you get the chance do something nice for a military family or soldier this Christmas.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wheeling and Dealing Time

As the health care bill continues to be pushed forward by the president and the democratic leadership, it is wheeling and dealing time in the Senate for Democrats. If you have a pet project that you want all of America to pay for now is the time to say you are going to vote against health care because if you do they will bribe you will millions of tax payer dollars to do what you intended to do from the beginning anyway. This is kind of bribery is what sunk the Republicans in my eyes during the TARP debacle of last year.

We have to put an end to pet projects that we fund out of an overdrawn checking account. We need to pay real bills and not build bridges to nowhere. We have to put and end to the wheeling and dealing with money they don't have. I am okay with pet projects once you have a budget surplus, no national debt and even then only if they are in line with the Constitution, but doing it with borrowed money is insane. When are the people going to stand up and say enough. Wasn't it bad enough when the "vote whore" from LA bragged about stealing an additional $200 million when it was being reported that she sold her vote for only $100 million. We know you are a vote whore, but good to see that you didn't sell yourself for only $100 million, you got the American Tax Payer for $300 million. The sad thing is that a couple of 100 millions really doesn't make a huge difference when you are trillions in debt already.

We need to put an end to this uncontrolled spending and start regaining control of Washington. I know there are a lot of very mad voters out there and Independents now out number both parties. We need to use this new power to force the parties to give us what we want and that is a balanced budget that includes a real plan for deficit reduction. We need to get America out of debt and put our people back to work. That isn't going to happen by spending our way out, but through retiring the national debt and sound fiscal policy going forward. You want to restore good paying jobs then get rid of the national debt and the deficit spending because if you do those two things then you can lower all taxes and businesses will return to America. Americans buy stuff and like to do stuff, so if you have businesses that can locate here to sell their stuff then they will hire people to build stuff. Sure American workers cost more, but if you can sell your stuff without having to ship it around the world then you might pay more in labor if you aren't putting it into shipping and high taxes.

I have been saying this for some time now that we need to declare our independence from the two parties and vote for people that represent what we want from our government. I don't care what party they came from or what initial is behind their name because we need fiscal conservatives that understand reigning in the out of control spending. I will vote for the person that understands that everything else in America depends on that one thing. I am willing to limit my personal held beliefs to save this country now and get people working again because if we don't then it won't matter about the other things. I am all for a big tent of fiscal conservatism (hereto know as frugal) that forces social issues to the back burner until we get the country back on a solid foundation. I know I will take a blast of crap because I am not forcing every frugal American to be a far right social conservative, but you know what, I don't care. If we continue to push people away that can help save this country then there will be no country or we will get Euro style of government where you far right social conservatives are enemies of the state.

I want to hear what you have to say on the matter. Come together my growing Independents and show your frugal muscles.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Afghanistan End Game?

Why even bring this up? What good is it to even talk about this now that we've set a deadline? I think we are missing the point when it comes to Afghanistan because we want to believe Afghanistan and Iraq can be solved in the same manner. Iraq had an economy before we arrived and that was the key to our ability to forming an exit strategy. We got the locals on our side and stabilized the country, so that everyone could share in the oil wealth that Iraq could generate if they would stop blowing each other up. This was a good and reasoned strategy the made real sense. We provide enough troops to stop the violence and let the economy take hold and things would get better. In fact that is exactly what has happened with a few pockets of resistance, but overall a huge success.

Afghanistan is no going to be so easy because the only true money making venture in that country is the poppy production in the western farmland. This is something that America can not allow, so there will be no awakening like in Iraq. Sure the average person doesn't want to grow poppies, but there is little other choice. The warlords ensure that with their guns and money. America is very unlikely to strike a deal with the drug dealers to allow them to continue to produce bumper crop after bumper crop in exchange for fighting the Taliban. This leads us to the problem of an exit strategy. How long do we hang around and support a corrupt government in Kabul, while the rest of the country is following the drug lords and their money. This seems to be a no win situation for the US.

My solution to this problem is what is going to happen regardless of when we leave or if we leave. We need to work with Afghanistan's neighbor Pakistan to secure their country and have it be a base for anti-Taliban fighters. America is going to be seen as an occupying force in most of Afghanistan because we oppose the growing of poppies and we are propping up a very corrupt government in Kabul. This is not going to do anything more than get our young men and women killed. We need to keep some reaction forces on the ground to take out high value targets as they arise, but we cannot and should not keep forcing our will on the people. Everyone in the world should have the right to their own form of government and if it doesn't result in killing innocent people in other countries then good on them. It they decided that it is time to spread their hate and death around the globe then we get to bomb the living crap out of them.

We must stop playing policeman to the world. We defeated the Taliban and helped Afghanistan have free elections once, but now we are just supporting a very corrupt government. We build roads and schools that everyone says we must, but it makes very little difference when there is no economy in that country and we firmly oppose the only one that has worked for thousands of years. Until we figure out a way for the drug lords to make the same money some other way, we are not going to succeed in Afghanistan. So whenever the day comes when we finally say enough is enough and pull back to Pakistan, the government in Kabul will either fall or turn into a dictatorship. There is very little option and the people will decide which they prefer. They didn't like the Taliban, but it reduced the poppy production and the country ran. Their mistake was thinking that they could strike America and we would roll over and die.

There is no easy solution to this mess and I am not saying cut and run, but we must start working with their neighbors to ensure that they are contained and that the Taliban can not export terrorist any longer. We need the people to government themselves and abide by the rules of a civilized world and failure to do so results in lots of bombs falling on your head. We must stop thinking that the American way is going to work everywhere.We can lead nations to free elections and the democratic process, but that isn't any guarantee that it will take hold. It didn't always take hold here in America either. We were just lucky that we had room to expand, so people could find new areas to live in if things weren't going the way they wanted them too.

Changing the world is a very difficult task and it would be nice if everyone could live in freedom and have justice, but that takes work and blood. We have to stop shedding ours to give them theirs because they have to work it out for themselves. We should support freedom fighters, but not occupy countries. We need to let the people decided what is best for them just like we did. We fought a civil war will thousands upon thousands of our citizens slaughtering each other, so that maybe the result in some of these countries. We think that because it is the 21st century that everything can be accomplished with words and money, but that isn't always the case sometimes there are wars and people die for their freedom.

I love America and I think there is hope for the rest of the world if they can follow our lead, but we can not force it at the end of a gun barrel. We must contain stupidity and terror, but if a country wants to have a religious based government then that is their choice and they can live and die with their choice. If they decided to export their stupidity then we have every right to kill them and their supporters. We were right to whack Afghanistan slick and hit the government reset button, but we should have left years ago. We have did the same in Iraq and now we are leaving. The question there is how long before they drop into civil war because hard as we try that is one of the possible outcomes like it or not. They can choose not to, but they can also choose to kill each other by the truckload. It will be their choice and they will have to live or die with the results. We cannot prevent every bad thing from happening, but what we can do is clean our own house and set a good example of leadership and governance.

It is unlikely that we will every stop radical Islam because its stated goal is to have everyone in the world be Muslim or dead. Since we are unlikely to become Muslim then it will be a war of attrition in which we either contain them or the killing on both sides continues. This will be the next War and much like the last this one will be two opposing global ideologies, but that is another post all together. We need to let the Afghanistan people decide what they want and let them live with the consequences.