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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Good points

She's right: we never would be in this Obamacare mess with rising premiums and higher copays and with millions getting kicked off their insurance plans had we not been dumb enough to give Obama a super majority when he was first elected. Take it away, Ann Coulter:
We have Obamacare for one reason and one reason only: For a brief, ghoulish period in recent history, Democrats controlled the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives. 

We don't have Obamacare because the public was clamoring for it. We have it because Republicans lost elections. 

First, Republicans lost their majorities in the House and the Senate in 2006, thanks to George W. Bush's highly effective "Keep the Base at Home on Election Day" campaign, which consisted of pushing amnesty for illegal aliens. 

Then in 2008, Republicans had the bright idea to run crazy-eyed crypt-keeper John McCain for president. 
It goes deeper than this. After revisiting some history of what Democrats do with super majorities against popular support, Coulter goes on to explain that conservatives choosing to battle RINO Republicans over vulnerable Democrats is stupid. She's right. She's also said elsewhere that Republican consultants pick rich candidates who will lose because they will get more money that way than if they back a winning candidate with less personal wealth. Dumb way to choose candidates to back, if you ask me.

If Obamacare had never passed, we wouldn't be subject to the pain of another incompetent takeover from a private sector industry. Unlike government, the private sector has to make things efficient and effective to stay afloat. They don't have the taxpayer money to flush down the drain that the government seems to feel entitled to. Case in point: CBS: ObamaCare Launched After Failing Hundreds of Tests.

Update: another telling headline.
WH Knew in 2010 That 93 Million Would Lose Their Health Plans Under ObamaCare...

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

A good start



Now, this doesn't say 70% of American citizens, mind you. Nor likely voters. Registered voters tend to poll differently than "Americans" or "adults" or even "likely voters." 

What this means is we have a beginning. Keep spreading the word, "like" news about Obamacare on FB, etc. The more underinformed or uninformed voters learn about Obamacare's failures both in roll out and in providing them with cheap, accessible health care, the better off we'll be because the more likely it will be that we can collectively force our career politicians to listen to us, their constituents. Which they're supposed to do all the time.

Here is the whole section of Obamacare headlines on Drudge. Below that are a few links from other sources. Ready, set, share!



Tuesday, October 29, 2013

They knew all along?

It seems he was right. Rush Limbaugh has long said that Obama knows exactly what he is doing. He wanted Obamacare to drive the United States to a single payer system by making it so hard for insurance companies to get business (by forcing coverage of expensive elective procedures and thus driving up rates) that the government becomes the only one left in the business.

Simultaneously, Obama knows how to lead so subtly that it appears to outsiders that these decisions have nothing to do with him. Thus Fast and Furious wasn't something he was aware of. Nor the NSA stuff. Nor the IRS stuff. Nor Benghazi.  Nor the price of gasoline (no permits on federal land issued in years). Do we really think a president of the United States is so inept and uninvolved that he has no idea what is going on in his administration?

That possibility certainly looks better to the conscientious citizen than the alternative: that he wants it this way. He wants the economy to suffer, for the middle class to disappear, and for the welfare class to grow so much that a permanent welfare state is inevitable because they constitute a majority of voters. Never mind that this course is financially and economically unstable...  He's playing right out of Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.




Monday, October 28, 2013

Obamacare continued



(all from Drudge headlines)

Note that last link. The GOP is actually doing something smart! I have no confidence that they will assertively lead the charge against Obamacare defunding (maybe a delay) unless we the people stick 'em to it. Keep at 'em, folks. Keep sending link to friends in the unaffiliated or uninformed categories. This is too important to the future of America and our economy to leave it up to politicians. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

And more

I had been planning to change topics today. To give myself a break, and you. But I can't - it really does keep getting worse. How much worse can it get? Oh, there is plenty of ways it can degrade further UNLESS we stop Obamacare and get it repealed. To do that we need to put a lot of pressure on the government. There is no time like the present! While even Democrat lawmakers are dismayed with the complete and utter failure Obamacare is thus far.

Again Drudge captures a pretty good snapshot of the current state of affairs. Pick a news site and you'll find this as a topic somewhere.



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hope?

This afternoon and evening from Drudge:





REPORT: OBAMACARE MANDATE MAY BE DELAYED
Barack Obama's Stone Cold Lies(Rush)


Don't give up on the other things I told you to do in the previous posts. Keep at it! Pray too, if you're a praying person. We truly cannot afford Obamacare as a country in any sense of the word. 

It keeps getting worse...

I'm quite serious when I tell you to contact your elected representatives. And to send links from some of these articles I put up for you to friends and family. We can't stop what enough people aren't fighting no matter how unpopular Obamacare is. Politicians have to be forced to listen to their constituents - because they make bank once elected, through legal and illegal means (see Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes and Line Their Own Pockets).
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This is absurd. We can't afford Obamacare on either end: the public sector paying for it (funded by us, the private sector) or the recipient end with higher premiums, less coverage, etc. The economy shouldn't take another beating, but it's going to. Obamacare sets the United States on a course so far from sustainable it would be laughable - if it wasn't the law. What is laughable is the utter failure it is thus far. I told you so! So did others.




Monday, October 21, 2013

Government incompetence on display

Is any of this Obamacare site hoopla a surprise to you? It isn't to me. Whatever the government gets involved in it costs more than it would in the private sector - because they have no bottom line to keep. Whatever the government gets involved in it doesn't have to do well - because it is protected by law, and has little to no competition depending on the situation. Whatever and whenever the government gets involved in something it displays incompetence. Over and over again.

Big Government is wasteful on so many levels - yet our politicians are determined to keep growing government to the tune of trillion dollar deficits each year. This is the level before Obamacare is fully implemented, any way. I expect that to rise. And of course, the private sector coughs up the money to support this bloated government at the expense of itself. Meaning the economy tanks.

Anyway, here's the latest Drudge headlines on the Obamacare flop.


Friday, October 18, 2013

Keeping eyes on the target

So the government is funded and Obamacare isn't touched - yet. That doesn't mean we have to give up on getting rid of this wildly unpopular and harmful law. Keep at it! Contact elected officials, talk to your friends, even share headlines like these ones using social media. Remind politicians that "The Liberty Amendments" provide a viable solution to elected politicians who ignore the will of their constituents. 

(Note: These links are from a variety of sources, right and left.)

Report: Media Cover Shutdown Victims over Obamacare Victims 100 to 1







Thursday, October 17, 2013

Words and Deeds in Washington

I admit, despite the relief I felt that Boehner didn't have the votes in the House to end the shutdown, I didn't feel respect. I do feel some (grudgingly) now, if only because he's smart enough to recognize that the Tea Party is right on this - their position is very popular. I'm a bit suspicious that this response (below) is a political ploy on behalf of the Establishment GOP to restore some credibility with their conservative constituents while continuing to pull the rug out from under the Tea Party - which is nothing more than fiscally responsible and freedom minded everyday Amercians - but you can see what you make of it. From National Review:
The message from Boehner and majority leader Eric Cantor was unity, with warnings not to point fingers of blame. 
“Everyone in this room ran on the Republican ticket,” Cantor told colleagues. 
“We all agree Obamacare is an abomination. We all agree taxes are too high. We all agree spending is too high. We all agree Washington is getting in the way of job growth. We all agree we have a real debt crisis that will cripple future generations. We all agree on these fundamental conservative principles. . . . We must not confuse tactics with principles. The differences between us are dwarfed by the differences we have with the Democratic party, and we can do more for the American people united,” he told them.
All true. Yet the Establishment generally undercuts conservatives over Democrats and liberals in politics, so we'll see if their deeds follow these words. Speaking of action, also keep in mind as you read the news that Cruz couldn't do more - with effect - than he has been for the conservative cause. He can't stop the Senate from doing what they're doing (which benefits themselves). He's not damaged his conservative cred - he's increasing in popularity because of things he says like this.
"Fifteen thousand UPS employees got a notification in the mail that they were losing spousal coverage, that their husbands and wives were all losing the health insurance that they wanted and they like.  That is happening all over the country.  It's wrong.  And the focus in my view should not be on the politics of Washington.  The politics of Washington at the end of the day doesn't matter.  What the focus should be is on making Washington, DC, listen to the American people and respond to the very real harms that Obamacare is causing to millions of people."
If you can, try to find whole transcripts of interviews with conservatives or at least check around for reports from many sites, because reports tend to be rather one-sided these days if you haven't noticed!

Above all, don't forget that Obamacare remains wildly unpopular with the populace. Ann Coulter reminds us of its "enactment," even beyond Congress exempting itself from living under it (which is unconstitutional). Here's the intro:
No major legislation has ever been passed like Obamacare -- and I'm using the word "passed" pretty loosely. 

It became law without both houses ever voting on the same bill. (Say, is the Constitution considered "settled law"?) Not one Republican voted for it -- and a lot of Democrats immediately wished they hadn't. 

Historically, big laws have been enacted with large, bipartisan majorities. In 1935, President Roosevelt enacted Social Security with a 372-33 vote in the House and 77-6 in the Senate. 

In 1965, Medicare passed in the Senate 70-24 and the House 307-116, with the vast majority of Democrats supporting this Ponzi scheme and Republicans roughly split. 

Reagan's magnificent tax cuts in 1981 -- which Democrats now denounce as if they'd been appalled at the time -- passed with a vote of 89-11 in the Senate and even 323-107 in the hostile Democratic House. 
Then the conclusion. Good stuff in the middle, and you can read it all here.
This is why the duly elected Republican majority in the House keeps funding the entire federal government -- except Obamacare. Or except Congress' exemption from Obamacare. Or except the individual mandate that Obama has already waived for his big-business friends. 

"Settled law" has nothing to do with it. When Republicans won't give up on an issue, it is because they are defending the will of the people, not pushing some harebrained scheme cooked up by a small group of zealots and imposed on the nation by an activist judge or freak Congress. 

When Democrats refuse to give up on an issue, it's against the will of the people with one party laughing, "Ha ha! We have 60 votes!" 

UPDATE: The "deal" has now passed and signed, but it's temporary. They have to hammer out details by January. Yeah right, they always kick the can down the road.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Sidelined in the fray

As relieved as I am that Boehner didn't have enough votes to end the shut down on basically no terms at all, there are some ideas out there (follow links below) that have been nearly forgotten that we should examine and then, again, contact our representatives in both houses of Congress! Enter your zip code here to find contact information for yours.

Govt default has already happened -- twice...

Paul Ryan Budget Plans Ignored...

Did president read Obamacare before he signed it?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Keep a weather eye open

On the healthcare storm. It is central to the shutdown debate, and I expect that individuals in Congress who don't act with the majority of their constituents on delaying and/or defunding Obamacare will regret it come reelection day. I realize that the media doesn't say this, but that doesn't make it not true. In addition to Drudge, keep your eye on Breitbart, RedState, and other conservative sites.

11,588,500 Words: Obamacare Regs 30X Longer Than Law...

AETNA: 'So much wrong'... 

Website security called 'outrageous'...

Patients Pay Before Seeing Doctor as Deductibles Spread...

12 million will claim hardship or other exceptions...

Vandals Spray Paint 'Healthcare For Everyone' On NH GOP Headquarters...


DRAMA: Senators Near Fiscal Deal...

House to pass own... 

White House Rejects 'Ransom'...

Unions poised to win delay of Obamacare tax...

Friday, October 11, 2013

Touching

For all the SAHMs out there, some people appreciate what we do on a daily basis. From Matt Walsh:
Yes, my wife is just a mother. Just. She just brings forth life into the universe, and she just shapes and molds and raises those lives. She just manages, directs and maintains the workings of the household, while caring for children who just rely on her for everything. She justteaches our twins how to be human beings, and, as they grow, she will just train them in all things, from morals, to manners, to the ABC’s, to hygiene, etc. She is just my spiritual foundation and the rock on which our family is built. She is just everything to everyone. And society would just fall apart at the seams if she, and her fellow moms, failed in any of the tasks I outlined.
Yes, she is just a mother. Which is sort of like looking at the sky and saying, "Hey, it’s just the sun."

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Obamacare and the shutdown

Ann Coulter knocks it out of the park with her weekly column. Intro:
Americans didn't ask for Obamacare, they don't want it, but now their insurance premiums are going through the roof, their doctors aren't accepting it, and their employers are moving them into part-time work -- or firing them -- to avoid the law's mandates. 

Contrary to Obama's promises, it turns out: You can't keep your doctor, you can't keep your insurance -- you can't even keep your job. In other words, it's a typical government program, but this one wrecks your health care. 

Also, the president did raise taxes on the middle class in defiance of his well-worn campaign promise not to. Indeed, Obamacare is the largest tax hike in U.S. history. 
So many good points follow her introduction. Inarguable, researched points. Here is the conclusion, though you really must read the whole thing.
Which means the Democrats will not negotiate at all -- not now, not ever. House Republicans have already passed three-dozen bills defunding, or otherwise modifying, Obamacare. Senate Democrats and liberal commentators had a good laugh at Republicans for passing them. 

Now they're paying attention! 

If you are in the minority of Americans not already unalterably opposed to Obamacare, keep in mind that the only reason the government is shut down right now is that Democrats refuse to fund the government if they are required to live under Obamacare. 

Great News!

A new poll gives me hope that even if Obama and the Democrats still refuse to compromise, the American people are beginning to understand our fiscal situation as a country as unsustainable. That plus Obama's increasing disapproval numbers have surely got to budge something in Washington sooner than later. If they don't, it's all on the Democrat's heads.

A new Fox News poll shows that a majority of American voters--58 percent--would vote "no" on raising the debt ceiling. Only 37 percent of American voters would vote to raise the debt ceiling. 

An even bigger majority--62 percent--would only vote to raise the debt ceiling after "major cuts in government spending." 
Only one in four Americans--27 percent--says that it would be "reckless" even to debate not raising the debt ceiling.
The poll, conducted by a bipartisan team of polling firms surveying 952 registered voters on land lines and cell phones, was conducted on Oct. 1 and Oct. 2. The margin of error is 3 percent. 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Psych

Instead of regaling you with crazy, sickening headlines like Park Service approves amnesty rally on 'closed' National Mall... (after denying WWII veterans a similar privilege),I'll talk about one of my favorite messages from General Conference last weekend. The address is from LDS apostle Jeffrey R. Holland, and since the transcript is not yet uploaded to lds.org, you'll have to trust me or watch it yourself (using the link).

He talked about a topic near and dear to my heart despite the fact that I don't suffer from a mental disorder myself, the topic of there being no shame in having a mental disorder and seeking professional help, and for those without emotional or mental illnesses to be compassionate, supportive, and loving towards those who have them - to not be judgmental.

None of this is new in terms of Church doctrine by any means, but this message goes a long way in erasing the heavy stigma against talking about these sorts of illnesses, at least within the membership of the LDS Church. To be clear: the LDS Church is opposed to the stigma. It is cultures in various countries in the world (the United States being one of them) that have the stigma.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Now they say it

Are you getting tired of my headline features? I'm not. Sorry if you are.


NYT Reporter: Administration 'most closed, control-freak I've ever covered'...


MUSCLE: BOEHNER DIGS IN!

'Shutdown' halts federal regs...


They're interesting!

General Conference (see last post) was great. I wish I could watch it all again. Maybe I will! If you missed it or just want to see what it is, visit lds.org. There are links from there.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Time to be Inspired

If you are tired of headlines like OBAMA ILLEGALLY FURLOUGHING CIVILIAN DEFENSE EMPLOYEES (and I could go on) then maybe you will join me in taking a break from the political arena this weekend and turn your attention to the General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints convening in Salt Lake City and around the world through satellite, radio, and internet broadcasts.

General sessions are Saturday from 12-2 ET and 4-6 ET, with a Priesthood session from 8-10 ET.  General sessions resume Sunday again from 12-2 ET and 4-6 ET.

Anyone is welcome to watch or listen to any session. Listen what Mormons leaders say. Learn more about what we believe. Find the video broadcast through lds.org (direct link here) or the BYUtv channel. 

General Conference happens twice a year: first weekend in April and again in October. During these conferences we hear from the prophet, his counselors, the apostles, and other General leaders of the LDS Church. Their counsel invariably inspires me to better follow my Savior, Jesus Christ.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Headlines still say it all

So I'll continue to use them to prove the point! From Drudge unless I specify otherwise.



Also, the shooter yesterday is (again) crazy. I'm telling you again, mental health care in this country is inadequate. There is no where to put people dangerous to themselves or others since the liberals have forced people to not be forced into medical care against their will in the name of civil rights! That is good with sane people, but certainly not adequate for those suffering from violent mental illnesses (the minority, in mental disorders). 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Immature

Does Obama know how much it looks like he's throwing a tantrum (to try to get his way) right now? This is so transparent I fail to see how even the liberal media outlets can make Obama look good, given his actions. I say that knowing that the media succeeds more than they should.

Take these Drudge headlines today as a case in point concerning the antics:

Feds shut down D-Day beaches, cemetery in Normandy...
Barrycades: Try to Close Privately Owned Mount Vernon...
Philly tavern frequented by Founding Fathers shuttered...
Monuments, memorials stayed open during last shutdown...
Grocery stores on Army bases closed, Obama's golf course open...



And yesterday:


And for what? So we're stuck with Obamacare? So he gets his unlimited spending back at our expense? Back to today's Drudge headlines:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Hijack

Now who's "hijacked" the government? Actually, I don't care if the government shut down drags on for a while because it shows how little all those bureaucrats in Washington are needed. I also speak this as a daughter of a former federal employee. A shut down further highlights (at least if anyone in the media does some honest reporting) how the political process is not always what is said about it. A closer inspection will inevitably show that the GOP is, in fact, willing to compromise on many more things than the Democrats in office right now, who refuses to do any negotiating at all.

From Drudge again:


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mormons have questions

Yes, it's true. While we have testimonies of basic gospel truths like Jesus Christ is our Savior and families can be together forever and a prophet leads the Church, we don't know it all. In that vein, I appreciated Middle-aged Mormon Man: I am a Mormon and I have questions. He said it well:
But ... I understand enough. Enough to build my life around what I do know. The search continues to learn more. Elder Jeffrey Holland talked about this idea last conference when he said, "Hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes." (link)
That knowledge does come — through experience and revelation. The list (or box) of questions changes. Sure, there are some questions that have been gathering dust for a long time and might never be resolved in mortality, but I am OK with that. Neither will I focus on those questions so much that they become self-installed stumbling blocks. Obsessing about questions that do not have immediate answers is a toxic endeavor. It can canker a soul and diminish faith.
I am content to let my questions languish on the list. Eventually, they will all be answered. I don't feel compelled to share them with others or dwell on them.
If this topic interests you, I recommend reading the original in full. Reminder: spiritual knowledge doesn't come through physical means. While the scientific method and logic and reason work great for adding physical knowledge, the way to gain spiritual knowledge is the same one taught in scriptures the world over: to take the proverbial leap of faith, knock and it shall be opened, faith is like a little seed - if planted it will grow.