Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dirty Secret No. 2 in Obamacare
by (more by this author)
Posted 08/18/2009 ETUpdated 08/18/2009 ET

I've read on several blogs that if my tears can cure cancer, I should take care of universal health care. Cute. The real fact is that neither I nor Obamacare (in its present form, the 1,000-plus-page H.R. 3200) can provide the remedy. In my column last week, I explained that dirty secret No. 1 in Obamacare is that the House bill would grant government the authority to come into homes and usurp parental rights over child care and development.

I have a few more secrets to share over these hot August political nights.Dirty secret No. 2 is that Obama is not the leader of Obamacare. And neither is Congress. The one who has been spearheading the initiative behind the scenes is one who goes under the misnomer "adviser" to the Obama administration, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, a bioethicist and breast oncologist and brother of White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. And his bible for health care reform is his book Health care, Guaranteed. Dr. Emanuel has served as special adviser to the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget for health policy as far back as February, when he confessed to the Washington bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times that he was "working on (the) health care reform effort."

The first draft of Obamacare? If you want to know the future of America's universal health care, then you must understand the health care principles and plans of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel. I find it far more than a coincidence how much Emanuel's book parallels Obamacare's philosophy, strategy and proposed legislation. First, Emanuel rejects any attempts at incremental change or reform to our health care system (Page 185). What's needed, he concludes in his book (Page 171), is an immediate and totally comprehensive reconstruction of health care as we know it. That, of course, describes the vision of Obamacare to a T.

Second, in the chapter "Opening the Door to Comprehensive Change," starting on Page 171 (which reads more like a political and mass-manipulating strategy than a health care manual), Emanuel drives home "a key political lesson: the need to rush the legislation through." (Seen this methodology being used lately?!)

Third, as Obama crusades around the country pitching Obamacare, he continues to avoid giving virtually any specific details of the program. That, too, is a strategy of Emanuel's: "Americans need to avoid the policy weeds. Focusing on details will only distract and create tangles and traps (Page 183)." So "details" of health care reform are "weeds"? That is why we continue to hear only warm and fuzzy generalities from Obama, such as,"If you've already got health care, the only thing we're going to do for you is we're going to reform the insurance companies so that they can't cheat you."

Fourth, Emanuel describes a comprehensive government health care program that is run completely by a national health board and 12 regional health boards ("modeled on the Federal Reserve System" -- Page 83). Critics would say, "But that is not the national board as described in Obamacare or H.R. 3200." Not yet, anyway. Does anyone doubt that the duties and power of the national "Health Benefits Advisory Committee" will morph and grow over time? And what power will it wield when it is like the Federal Reserve?

Fifth, Emanuel believes in the "phasing out of Medicare (and) Medicaid (pages 88-89 and 94-95)." Could their eventual termination be the reason Obama's administration won't merely reform those programs to accommodate its universal health care desires?

Sixth, Emanuel believes in ending employer-based health care (pages 109-112). As any businessman knows, why would a company pay the exorbitant costs for employees' private health insurance when it can benefit big-time from a free ticket for government health care coverage? Some have even proposed that provisions in the House's health care legislation, under the titles "Limitation on new enrollment" and "Limitation on changes in terms or conditions" (Page 16 of H.R. 3200), could essentially make individual private medical insurance illegal.

Seventh, Emanuel believes a universal health care program could be paid for by phasing out Medicare and Medicaid, adopting a value-added tax of at least 10 percent, etc., and then allowing Americans themselves to "pay extra with after-tax dollars" (Page 100) for additional medical benefits (beyond the government program).
The truth is that whether the money comes from higher corporate taxes, taxing employer-provided health insurance, eliminating health savings accounts or flexible spending accounts, limiting the detectability of medical expenses, increasing taxes on selective consumptives or the middle class, etc., or all the above, trust me; sooner or later, we all will pay.

Eighth, enough has been written lately about Emanuel's end-of-life counsel and consultation, including withholding his advice from The Hastings Center Report (in 1996) that medical care should be withheld from those "who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens. ... An obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia." I find it striking that Obama's ethics similarly have allowed him already to pass more laws increasing the terminations of life in the womb than any administration since Roe v. Wade. To add insult to injury, Congress repeatedly has rejected amendments to this universal health care bill that would prevent federal funds from being used for abortions. In short, whether in title or not, Emanuel is Obama's health care czar. Obamacare is a junior version of Emanuelcare. Or should I say the beginning stage of Emanuelcare? What's almost eerie is how they both could be juxtaposed to intersect in full bloom sometime in America's future.

One last thing:
Someone once said to me, "If two people think so much alike, you can bet that one person is not thinking."

Think about it.

Monday, August 17, 2009

What can YOU do?

I am really quick to point out what is wrong with our government today. But what do we do? How do we fix anything?

Well, I believe the first step is opening our mouths. Stop being afraid of offending someone. When was the last time a liberal worried about offending a conservative. Be respectful and polite but stand by your principles.

True liberals who know what they are doing cannot be reasoned with. These are not people who can be reasoned with and so do not waste time arguing. These are the weather underground types who want to see America brought down and converted to a socialist state and so are pleased to see the destruction of the constitution and are also proponents of a larger welfare state.

But America is not populated by a majority of such thinkers. We are only led to believe this. Our far left media would promote it as such and present scenarios that many Americans feel passionate about. But when presented with facts and nothing but the facts most of these same passionate Americans are appalled at the lies they have been fed and the disinformation they hear.

We need to shed light on these issues as we see them. Share them with our friends and with our family. Politics are not fun but we are talking about our children's future.

We also need to not be party centered. I for one, as evidenced by my last post, cannot stand behind the republican party as a whole. But what we can do is voice our principles, our conservative principles, and support candidates who will represent those principles, regardless of party. If this means supporting a third party then so be it. But I will no longer consider a vote for the best qualified candidate as throwing my vote away.

Conservatives still are the majority in this country. It is time to stand together and take back this country. One seat at a time. One issue at a time.

Do not compromise.

Do not give in.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

IT IS TIME.....or there will be blood.

I don't know about anyone else, but I have just about had it with those who are at the political head of this country!

When I was first able to vote, I voted for George Bush. Not "W", but his father. After watching Reagan for 8 years I was excited to carry on where he was leaving off. I have never before wavered in my support given to the republican party. I knew that deep conservative principles was where my loyalties should lie.

Where have those principle gone? Believe it or not, I have become wiser the older I have become. As Reagan said, Trust but Verify! I have been trusting "republicans" with MY government without really verifying what they stood for or where they stood on the issues.

Obviously McCain was not a conservative. And yet I voted for him. What was I thinking? I was selling my country down the river for a lesser of two evils. I know I am not alone.

Flashback: I have a very wise cousin. He advised me during "W's" re-election campaign that Bush did not represent conservatives and that good and conservative voters needed to support candidates that did, despite the outcome. I could not see past the immediate election. I was scared to death of seeing Kerry as President. I could not let my country bear that burden.

And yet, here we are, 100 times worse off than anything Kerry would have been able to accomplish with a still large republican showing in congress. Instead, after a Bush and republican "slower moving toward socialism" now the liberals have managed to move the democrat party even farther left because the country demanded change.

We wanted change? Well, we got it! But not change for the better. And now as more and more Americans are realizing just what the liberal elite have in store for them, they are being silenced.
There is the media blackout that still manufactures feel-good stories about this administration and blames and shortfalling on the exiting administration and the republicans. And now they are locking out dissenting views from these so called town hall meetings.

This is no longer about party. The party system is broken America.

It is time to vote them ALL out. I propose, as many others have, that we institute a one and done philosophy. Our wise founding fathers never intended "the people" to be represented by "career" politicians. Unless they know that they are going to be back in the workforce after one term, they will not do what is necessary to free us from the chains that years and years of unconstitutional legislation have shackled us with.

If a politician does not support term limits, VOTE THEM OUT, and DO IT NOW! Once we have a majority we can start to change things. And this applies to all the staffers and aides who are running everything under the radar.

Strip this federal monster of the unrighteous power it has created for itself.

I for one cannot support ANY party even though I am a member of the republican party (for now) I will meet each candidate based on thier principles and maybe just maybe we can fix what has happened to this country.....................

Before it will require blood to do so!

Dirty Secrets

Dirty Secret No. 1 in Obamacare
by (more by this author)

Health care reforms are turning into health care revolts. Americans are turning up the heat on congressmen in town hall meetings across the U.S. While watching these political hot August nights, I decided to research the reasons so many are opposed to Obamacare to separate the facts from the fantasy. What I discovered is that there are indeed dirty little secrets buried deep within the 1,000-plus page health care bill.

Dirty secret No. 1 in Obamacare is about the government's coming into homes and usurping parental rights over child care and development.It's outlined in sections 440 and 1904 of the House bill (Page 838), under the heading "home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children." The programs (provided via grants to states) would educate parents on child behavior and parenting skills. The bill says that the government agents, "well-trained and competent staff," would "provide parents with knowledge of age-appropriate child development in cognitive, language, social, emotional, and motor domains ... modeling, consulting, and coaching on parenting practices," and "skills to interact with their child to enhance age-appropriate development. "Are you kidding me?!
With whose parental principles and values?

Their own? Certain experts'? From what field and theory of childhood development? As if there are one-size-fits-all parenting techniques! Do we really believe they would contextualize and personalize every form of parenting in their education, or would they merely universally indoctrinate with their own? Are we to assume the state's mediators would understand every parent's social or religious core values on parenting? Or would they teach some secular-progressive and religiously neutered version of parental values and wisdom? And if they were to consult and coach those who expect babies, would they ever decide circumstances to be not beneficial for the children and encourage abortions? One government rebuttal is that this program would be "voluntary."

Is that right? Does that imply that this agency would just sit back passively until some parent needing parenting skills said, "I don't think I'll call my parents, priest or friends or read a plethora of books, but I'll go down to the local government offices"? To the contrary, the bill points to specific targeted groups and problems,

on Page 840: The state "shall identify and prioritize serving communities that are in high need of such services, especially communities with a high proportion of low-income families." Are we further to conclude by those words that low-income families know less about parenting? Are middle- and upper-class parents really better parents? Less neglectful of their children? Less needful of parental help and training?

Is this "prioritized" training not a biased, discriminatory and even prejudicial stereotype and generalization that has no place in federal government, law or practice?

Bottom line: Is all this what you want or expect in a universal health care bill being rushed through Congress?

Do you want government agents coming into your home and telling you how to parent your children?

When did government health care turn into government child care?

Government needs less of a role in running our children's lives and more of a role in supporting parents' decisions for their children. Children belong to their parents, not the government. And the parents ought to have the right -- and government support -- to parent them without the fed's mandates, education or intervention in our homes.Kids are very important to my wife, Gena, and me. That's why we've spent the past 17 years developing our nonprofit KICK START program in public schools in Texas. It builds up their self-esteem and teaches them respect and discipline. Of course, whether or not they participate in the program is their and their parents' choice.

How contrary is Obamacare's home intrusion and indoctrination family services, in which state agents prioritize houses to enter and enforce their universal values and principles upon the hearts and minds of families across America?

Government's real motives and rationale are quite simple, though rarely, if ever, stated. If one wants to control the future ebbs and flows of a country, one must have command over future generations. That is done by seizing parental and educational power, legislating preferred educational methods and materials, and limiting private educational options. It is so simple that any socialist can understand it.

As Josef Stalin once stated, "Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed."Before so-called universal health care turns into universal hell care, write or call your representative today and protest his voting Obamacare into law. Remind him that what is needed in Washington is a truly bipartisan group that is allowed an ample amount of time to work on a compromise health care law that wouldn't raise taxes (for anyone), regulate personal medical choices, ration health care or restrict American citizens.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Some Words of Wisdom

If you have never read the book Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, you must read it now. Or if you have, re-read it. It is more telling now than ever. It is as if those who are to blame just set out to show us exactly how much like those in Rands book they are.

Just a few quotes from a worthy author:

Civilization is the progress toward a society of privacy. The savage's whole existence is public, ruled by the laws of his tribe. Civilization is the process of setting man free from men.

Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.

Do not ever say that the desire to "do good" by force is a good motive. Neither power-lust nor stupidity are good motives.

Evil requires the sanction of the victim.

Government "help" to business is just as disastrous as government persecution... the only way a government can be of service to national prosperity is by keeping its hands off.

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities (and the smallest minority on earth is the individual).

It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.

Just as man can't exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one's rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property.

The hardest thing to explain is the glaringly evident which everybody had decided not to see.

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.


If this does not sound like what those in power have in store for us think again.


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