Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Health 101: How We Lowered Our Costs

Health 101: How We Lowered Our Costs

Great read on how to actually lower the cost of medical care for a family of five. I would take it one step further and say that is should be paired with a Health IRA, which people put pre-tax money into each year and it grows as they grow older to take care of the greater expenses later in life. Just having major medical would drop costs for everyone because doctors would not have to hire whole staffs just to deal with insurance paperwork. Insurance companies could benefit because they wouldn't need to keep refusing billings for routine tests because of coding errors because those would be paid in cash. The only downside I can see to this is increased unemployment as doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and insurance companies downsize because of lack of paperwork. Then again just like government the health care industry is solely paid for by the consumer/tax payer, so maybe it is a good thing to shrink it down.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Who we really are and what we need to do? …..

We are overwhelmed with news that infuriates and upsets us almost on a daily basis. From a civilian trial for terrorists, to the takeover of our healthcare, to the apologies made by the administration all over the world, we look around and say, "What on Earth is going on?" We see children setting their friends on fire, parents staging fights between their children, and celebrities forgetting what it means to be personally responsible.

There is a general feeling that we are losing our most fundamental values, morals, way of life, and something deeper - a sense of who we are, of our place in a greater community.

I believe there is a reason for all of this. Something rather simple, actually, as I ponder it. We have diminished the value of the individual. We have relinquished our personal power and uniqueness. We question our own abilities and our intellect. We have abrogated power to others, believing they will make decisions for our benefit even without our consent. We are not proud of ourselves as individuals, and that transfers to our country. We are not showing any pride in her either.

Without pride and sense of purpose, our grounding becomes unsettled, unstable. Subliminally we feel lost and isolated. This is quite contrary to the promises of universal anything-[fill in the blank]. We are further apart than we ever have been, certainly in my lifetime.

What might be a remedy for this? That appears obvious as well. Stop believing in the government and start believing in ourselves. Think enough of ourselves to take chances, to work hard, to learn, and yes, to fail! Failure is not horrendous; at least, if we fail, it belongs to US. It is SURRENDER that is so devastating -- the voluntary relinquishing of our own individual power.

The focus returns to the INDIVIDUAL rather than the STATE. State power would naturally be reduced, and people's strengths would be given the opportunity to again grow and blossom.

The politicians in DC have a total disconnect and therefore have lost touch with the people that they are elected to represent. The most current example is health care and how it is being handled by the political elites in DC. No matter what has been done or said by the people of the United States they continue to push ahead with national health care. How can we force our elected officials to regain contact with us? The focus returns to the INDIVIDUAL rather than the STATE. The solution must not be limited to the people in DC; it must also involve state and local officials. The citizens of our country can no longer afford to permit these political elites to go unsupervised; we need to remind them who they are actually working for. We need to reclaim our individual responsibility.

We need to do a better job of selecting candidates to vote for. We need people who reflect our values and principles to be candidates. We cannot allow the progressives or republicans to be the only ones to determine who is being put up for election, we can see the results of the good old boy network in action and it's affects on our country. Next thing we need to do is not allow these elected people to have their closed door meetings in secret any longer. All meetings need to be held in the open for the public to see. The only exception should be in the case of National Security. Once we have the light shining on these people the next step is to get them back in touch with the citizens they represent. To do this I believe they need to spend a very limited amount of time in DC and the majority of their time in their home district where citizens can actually meet with them.

The most important part of fixing our country is that the citizens never again allow the government to work unsupervised. This is our country and it is up to all of us take our share of responsibility in how our country is to be.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

American Thinker: Obama and Clinton's Betrayal of an Ally

American Thinker: Obama and Clinton's Betrayal of an Ally

This is a wonderful article written by a British conservative that shows actions do indeed have consequences and not just here at home. Our high school like election of an anti-American empty suit has destroyed our credibility on the world stage and worse yet thrown our long term allies under the bus of liberalism. It saddens me to no end to think that we won't lift a finger for our friends, but so willingly bow to our enemies.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Pajamas Media » Just How Ridiculous Are Government Salaries and Benefits?

Pajamas Media » Just How Ridiculous Are Government Salaries and Benefits?

Some very serious food for thought because putting an end to the madness has to start somewhere and that might as well be with the bloated government payroll. Freeze all spending at 2008 level and start with a 10% across the board pay cut for everyone on the government role, except for the military right now. With that completed then do a department by department evaluation of the scope and structure to see if we really need all those departments, people, and also all those flag officers and staffs.

I have been very frustrated with this elections final push because it is all vote for me because I am not the other guy vice vote for me because I have some really new and fresh ideas on how to fix this country. The only one person that has breached the media strangle hold has been Boener and his plan was pretty weak because there was zero after the sound bite of freezing spending at 2008 levels. If we are going to dig our way out of this mess then there has to be concrete plans and follow through or we are wasting out time and even more of our tax dollars.

I want to see something that means something! I am tired of vote for me because I am not the other guy. That just stinks of more of the same and that doesn't sit well with me. I want a man with a plan and is willing to call the baby ugly.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pajamas Media » Can We Privatize the National Debt?

Pajamas Media » Can We Privatize the National Debt?

Now this is truly a new idea and why should the Federal Government be the biggest land holder in America the land of the free. I also would like to add that if we dumped a bunch of unnecessary federal departments, there would be even more land and buildings up for sale and less government to cover with the money earned. The government could actually make money, scary thought huh. There are lands and buildings that shouldn't be mortgaged, but there is plenty of fat that could easily be sold off and we could then lower corporate taxes to make doing business in America a good idea again. If we pay off the National Debt the dollar would be incredibly strong again and we could do just about anything we wanted monetarily. I have said it time and time again we have to make it worthwhile to do business in America and also pay off the National Debt, this appears to be a way forward to those goals. Of course it will never see the light of day in Congress and I am sure Congress would find a way to screw it up on an epic scale, since they have demonstrated their massive propensity for ineptitude time and time again.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

When Tea Party-Backed Republicans Lose Primaries

When Tea Party-Backed Republicans Lose Primaries

A class act and true American patriot. If only there were more like him around this great country. He will get his chance again to run for the Senate and he just might win.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

It is a matter of choice and we get to make that choice on Nov. 2nd.

I was reading a post about a federal spending amendment, which is a start, but there are several other measures that must be enacted along with this cap.  I also don't agree with that person's assertion of 2% over inflation.  We need a balanced budget and national debt retirement because without either of these this is just a continued ticket to wasteful spending.  It would be nice to set the level of acceptable federal spending, but we all know that if you give Congress a pot of money they will squander it and ask for more for things they should have spent if on in the first place, plus without retiring the national debt we will have to pay a large portion of all future spending to service that debt.  This is a very complex issue that needs to be address in a comprehensive federal spending amendment. 

If we want to make America strong again it means putting Americans back to work and that means making this country a great place to do business for big and small.  We must lower taxes on businesses big and small because they create the jobs, not the government.  We have long lived with the idea that we must punitively tax the producers to pay for the poor, but there would be far less poor if there were jobs.  Today, we have 5% higher unemployment, which means that there are more poor that the government is having to support.  So, make it worthwhile to do business and put those people back to work.  The current reason is that the government doesn't want to because it likes being big and powerful.  I likes messing with people's lives and a livelihoods.  It is no mystery that when you lower taxes and minimize government interference that you have job growth (check the history, both Democrat and Republican), so why hasn't if been done in this recession?

It is a matter of choice and we get to make that choice on Nov. 2nd.