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Take care of yourself and your own: leave the Constitution intact

I swear by my life and my love for it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for  mine. Ayn Rand/Atlas Shrugged

rant/I am so tired of hearing sad health care stories, that include human props. Everyone has a story or knows someone who has one. Does that mean that my sad tale should effect the entire nation? Should I make everyone else responsible for whatever happens to me? Why should anyone else pay for me?

I have BlueCross/BlueShield. I like my policy. I pay for it privately because I want a better policy than my employer offers. I’ve written about this before. There was a 6 month stretch when I didn’t have insurance, because I was too lazy to fill out the forms and send them in. It was 2006 and I had seen a doctor once in 2003 and once in 1994. I was simply never sick and thought I had plenty of time to get my coverage taken care of.

This was my fault and I am responsible for it.

When I was approved, it turned out to be the very day I went in to surgery for a tumor biopsy. BC/BS didn’t know that. They had no idea that I had been diagnosed with a brain tumor 3 days before. But because of my laziness, it was considered a pre-existing condition and they covered nothing that first year.

My neurosurgeon knew that I had no insurance. He knew how to get around that so that I could have the surgery. He trusted that I would pay him every dime I owed him too, although it might take me years to do so. He cost me $8000 but he got paid.

In fact, that first year cost us over $70,000. I lost track but I know that in the first year, I had one CT scan and at least 7 MRIs. I had to pay cash up front for every MRI. I  had a $17,000 helicopter ride and a $700 ambulance bill. It took over 2 years to pay all these bills.

Who but me should be responsible for all this? Why should anyone else have to foot this bill? Learn a lesson from me and see what laziness costs.

Yes, health care is expensive in America. Yes, there are many who are not as fortunate as I am. But I made choices in my life that helped prepare me for, at the time, this kind of life altering event. I went to college and I have a profession. I married a man who was ambitious and had the foresight to prepare us financially for this kind of situation.

Yes, I feel badly for those who are less fortunate than I am. But should I expect the entire nation to sacrifice their inalienable rights for me? How did we survive before FDR? We took care of ourselves and our own families. What a concept. In addition, we had and still have charitable organizations who assist those in dire need.

I am sick and tired of these politicians trotting out children and women who have hard luck stories that are supposed to tug at our heartstrings and make us want to give up all our liberties to save them. This kind of spectacle does nothing but cause resentment. I expect NO ONE to do that for me and I am not going to do it for anyone else.

No one should be expected to give up their constitutional rights under any circumstances, for any one. And no one should be coerced to do so by slimball politicians carting out human props in front of the camera. /end of rant


The making of GE’s “healthymagination” ads. Using Hollywood – again – to dupe America.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Everyone’s heard of the genius of Menlo Park. Well, okay. Everyone who graduated from high school before 1975. Thomas Edison is a crown jewel in American history. He founded General Electric 120 years ago, this year.

Edison was primarily a self-made man. His mother took him out of school at an early age because a teacher called him “addled. ” She taught him at home and being a curious person, he read a lot.

From about age 12, he was mostly deaf. Edison says that being lifted onto a train by his ears, caused his deafness. But being born before the victim mentality was discovered, Edison believed that it was a benefit to be deaf: he could work harder and concentrate better on his inventions.

The list of inventions that came out of his Menlo Park lab, and how they impact our daily lives is  amazing: lightbulbs, phonographs, moving film. The list goes on and on. He held nearly 1100 patents.

“Anything that won’t sell, I don’t want to invent. Its sale is proof of utility, and utility is success.”

Pay close attention to this little documentary and keep in mind that we are paying for all this. This is what GE is today –  Hollywood and government elite, academy award winners:

Without question, these innovations and inventions are amazing and spectacular – a pocket doppler? This is Star Trek technology, Dr. McCoy would feel almost at home in the 21st century.

But the sinister side of all this medical technology and advanced health care can’t be left hidden by all this glamour. The loss of our privacy to the government can’t be diminished by the wonder of these inventions. The role that GE plans to play in the future health care reforms, will not be altruistic. They’re banking on that. You should too.


Reagan on socialized medicine and socialism

H/t Dena. 😉

If you listen to Mark Levin or have read his book, Liberty and Tyranny, you’ll recognize the final part of this video…. very prophetic:


Steyn: In Obama’s America you’ll all work for the government

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | The world turns. In Indonesia, the principal of a Muslim boarding school in Tangerang who is accused of impregnating a 15-year-old student says the DNA test will prove that a malevolent genie is the real father.

In New Zealand, a German tourist, Herr Hans Kurt Kubus, has been jailed for attempting to board a plane at Christchurch with 44 live lizards in his underpants.

In Britain, a research team at King’s College, London, has declared that the female “G-spot” does not, in fact, exist.

In France a group of top gynecologists led by Monsieur Sylvain Mimoun has dismissed the findings, and said what do you expect if you ask a group of Englishmen to try to find a woman’s erogenous zone.

But, in America, Barack Obama is talking.

Talking, talking, talking. He talked for 90 minutes at the State of the Union. No matter how many geckos you shoveled down your briefs, you still lost all feeling in your legs. And still he talked. If you had an erogenous zone before he started, by the end it was undetectable even to Frenchmen. But on he talked. As respected poverty advocate Sen. John Edwards commented, “After the first hour, even my malevolent genie was back in the bottle.”

Like any gifted orator, the president knows how to vary the talk with a little light and shade. Sometimes he hectors, sometimes he whines, sometimes he demands. He hectored the Supreme Court. He whined about all the problems he inherited. He demanded Congress put a jobs bill on his desk. Or was it a desk job on his bill? No matter. He does Nixon impressions, too: “We do not quit,” he said.

Boy, you can say that again!

So he did: “We don’t quit. I don’t quit,” he said. Throughout the chamber, Democrats were quitting. “I quit,” says Rep. Marion Berry of Arkansas, declining to run this November. “I quit,” says Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota, doing likewise. “I quit,” says Bo Biden of Delaware, son of Vice President Joe Biden, choosing not to succeed to his father’s seat in America’s House of Lords.

But not Barack Obama: “I don’t quit.” So on he went. As my colleague Rich Lowry put it after the Massachusetts vote, the public thinks Obama doesn’t get it, and Obama thinks the public doesn’t get it. And as he’s got the microphone he’s gonna keep talking at you until you do get it.

The ever tinnier, more perfunctory sophomoric uplift at the start and finish can’t conceal the hope-killing, jobs-slaying, soul-sapping message in between, which is perfectly consistent, and has been for two years. As President Obama sees it, whatever the problem — from health care to education, banking to the environment — the solution is more Washington.

Simply as a matter of internal logic, this is somewhat perplexing. After all, when he isn’t blaming George W. Bush, Obama blames “Washington” — a Washington mired in “partisanship” and “pettiness” and “the same tired battles” and “Washington gimmicks” that do nothing but ensure that our “problems have grown worse.” Washington, Obama tells us, is “unable or unwilling to solve any of our problems.”

So let’s have more Washington! In our schools, in our hospitals, in our cars, in everything!

Which raises the question: Does even Obama listen to Obama’s speeches?

The public does — at least to this extent: They understand that, when he’s attacking the tired old Washington games, he’s just playing the tired old Washington games. But, when he’s proposing the tired old Washington solutions, he means it; that’s the real Obama, the only Obama on offer. And everything the president proposes means more debt, which at the level this guy’s spending means, at some point down the road, either higher taxes or total societal collapse.

Functioning societies depend on agreed rules. If you want to open a business, you do it in Singapore or Ireland, because the rules are known to all parties. You don’t go to Sudan or Zimbabwe, where the rules are whatever the state’s whims happen to be that morning.

That’s why Obama is such a job-killer. Why would a small business take on a new employee? The president’s proposing a soak-the-banks tax that could impact your access to credit. The House has passed a cap-and-trade bill that could impose potentially unlimited regulatory costs. The Senate is in favor of “health” “care” “reform” that will allow the IRS to seize your assets if you and your employees’ health arrangements do not meet the approval of the federal government. Some of these things will pass into law, some of them won’t. But all of them send a consistent, cumulative message: that there are no rules, that they’re being made up as they go along — and that some of them might even be retroactive, as happened this week with Oregon’s new corporate tax.

In such an environment, would you hire anyone? Or would you hunker down and sit things out? Obama can bury it in half a ton of leaden telepromptered sludge but the world has got the message: More Washington, more microregulation of every aspect of your life, more multi-trillion-dollar spending, and no agreed rules in a game ever more rigged against you.

Obama and the Democrats have decided, in the current clinch, to “double down.” That hardly does justice to what the president’s doing. In effect, he’s told embattled congressmen and senators to strap on the old suicide-bomber belt and self-detonate for the team this November.

That’s a lot of virgins to pass out, but, with this administration, budget restraints aren’t exactly a problem: Untold pleasures will await every sacrificial incumbent in paradise, or at any rate the coming liberal utopia.

What’s the end game here? President Obama gave it away in his student-loan “reform” proposals: If you choose to go into “public service,” any college-loan debts will be forgiven after 10 years.

Because “public service” is more noble than the selfish, money-grubbing private sector. C’mon, everybody knows that. So we need to encourage more people to go into “public service.”

Why?

In the past 60 years, the size of America’s state and local workforce has increased five times faster than the general population. But the president says it’s still not enough: We have to incentivize even further the diversion of our human capital into the government machine.

Like most lifelong politicians, Barack Obama has never created, manufactured or marketed any product other than himself. So, quite reasonably, he sees government dependency as the natural order of things.

And in his college-loan plan he’s explicitly telling you: If you start a business, invent something, provide a service, you’re a schmuck and a loser. In the America he’s building, you’ll be working 24/7 till you drop dead to fund an ever-swollen bureaucracy that takes six weeks off a year and retires at 53 on a pension you could never dream of. Obama’s proposals are bold only insofar as few men would offer such a transparent guarantee of disaster: It’s the audacity of hopelessness.

In Massachusetts, enough voters got the message. And the more speeches this one-note politician inflicts on the nation the louder they’ll hear it.


Democrats strategy: Divide and conquer

Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party, there is a critical — yet time-sensitive — opportunity for Democratic candidates,” the DSCC writes. “We have a finite window when Republicans candidates will feel susceptible to the extremists in their party. Given the urgent nature of this dynamic, we suggest an aggressive effort to get your opponents on the record.”

The memo urges Democratic candidates to force their opponents to answer a series of questions on health care, taxes and some of the favorite causes of the far right:

“Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen? Do you think the 10th Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum health care coverage standards? Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism and should never have been created in the first place? Do you think President Obama is a socialist? Do you think America should return to a gold standard?

If a Republican candidate says no to any of the questions, the memo says Democrats should “make their primary opponent or conservative activists know it. This will cause them to take heat from their primary opponents and could likely provoke a flip-flop, as it already has several times with Mark Kirk in Illinois.”

The first mistake that the Left is making is calling the tea party a far right fringe or extremist group of the Republican party. Tea partiers will argue that point with passion. Tea partiers do not affiliate with any one party.  They are not a fringe of anything and calling them extremists will guarantee the political death of anyone who says it.
The next mistake is taking a page out of the Alinsky play book and using our book against us. Asking us to “live up to” a set of questions that they are framing is all about Alinsky’s tactics. That game can be played both ways and the same questions can be turned on the democrats to tag them as the marxists they are.
Now the news is that the dems are closing ranks to pass this health care bill regardless of the messages they have been getting from the American people. Their arrogance is astounding.

The last man standing is on the Right

We need to be vigilant. And prepare for what they plan to do. They aren’t going to go down without a bloody fight. But we have to make them bloodier than we get.

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Obama Opening New Change Center

Andrew Breitbart on FOX News: Did White House Mastermind the Ellie Light Astroturf Letters to Help Push ObamaCare? (video)

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Obama-Pelosi-Reid Secret ObamaCare Hail Mary Pass; hinges on 23 House Cons. DEM votes; GO ACTIVE ON THIS


Hitler: Obama probably failed lunch

This has been everywhere at least twice, but still, it cracks me up!


Mass. Senate Race: NBC News Cries Racism | The FOX Nation

New racist stereo type: You own a pickup, you’re a racist.

These people will never admit that there is actually an ideology break between this president and congress and the American people that has nothing, whatsoever, to do with race. But now even New Englanders are redneck, pickup driving, gun toting race haters.

My God. Will it ever end with these jerks? Will they ever get it?

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What did your state get out of this health care deal, Harry?

SHERMAN FREDERICK: Hey Harry: Where is Nevada’s gift?


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I’m very disappointed.

It’s Christmas morning and I can’t find one single gift to Nevada from Sen. Harry Reid under the health-care “reform” tree.

Louisiana got a nice package. Florida and Connecticut, too. And Nebraska scored a really big present.

Just three days ago Uncle Harry said that if a senator didn’t get his state “something” in the health-care “reform” package, then that senator wasn’t doing his or her job.

And yesterday Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., upped the ante. He said that every state did “get something” in the measure.

OK. I’m excited. What’s Nevada’s gift? Uncle Harry, as everyone knows, is the Big Kahuna of the Senate. He “brings home the bacon,” his TV commercials claim. So if Nebraska got dispensation from Medicaid increases forever, one can only imagine the magnitude of Nevada’s present.

Flat screen TVs for every man, woman and child? No, no — that’s way too small.

A new military base … for every county?

A lump of coal and a power plant to fire it?

Maybe double our water allotment from the Colorado River?

Oh, I know: Lifetime exemptions for Nevada residents and all of their descendents from federal income tax? That would be nice.

Whatever it is, I can’t wait for the UPS truck tomorrow. The suspense is unbearable.

http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/hey-harry-where-is-nevadas-gift-80104262.html


Mark Steyn on Health Care

Mark Steyn/JewishWorldReview:

In Canada, once the wait times for MRIs and hip surgery start creeping up over two years, the government distracts the citizenry with a Royal Commission appointed to study possible “reforms” which reports back a couple of years later usually with recommendations to “strengthen” the government’s “commitment” to every Canadian’s “right” to health care by renaming the Department of Health the Department of Health Services and abolishing the Agency of Health Administration and replacing it with a new Agency of Administrative Health Operations which would report to a reformed Council of Health Policy Administrative Coordination to be supervised by a streamlined Public Health Operations & Administration Assessment Bureau. This package of “reforms” would cost a mere 12.3 gazillion dollars and usually keeps the lid on the pot until the wait times for MRIs start creeping up over three years.

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The so-called “public option” is not Page 3,079, Section (f), Clause VII. The entire bill is a public option — because that’s where it leads, remorselessly. The so-called “death panel” is not Page 2,721, Paragraph 19, Sub-section (d), but again the entire bill — because it inserts the power of the state between you and your doctor, and in effect assumes jurisdiction over your body. As the savvier Dems have always known, once you’ve crossed the Rubicon, you can endlessly re-reform your health reform until the end of time, and all the stuff you didn’t get this go-round will fall into place, and very quickly.


Caddell: The American people are coming – and they are coming for you