What Republicans MUST Do!

Democrats claim they are being thoughtful, trying to decipher all that is in the Bill in order to make the Right decision.  We know what’s in the Bill and how the Truth is being twisted and distorted. 

Republicans need to offer Democrats some help in the form of a Resolution that puts the President and Democrats on the Spot.

As Candidate Obama said himself,

“Shame is a useful Emotion to get People to do the Right thing.”

 The Resolution should List the Misstatements of Fact that have been made by the President and others.

 Paul Ryan and Others have already spoken about many of these things.  What is most important is to spell the points out in PLAIN language that even a Geico Cave Man could understand it.

Spell out plainly what the Truth is:  Regarding the Four C’s:

 Cost – Control – Constitution – Consequences.

 I. Cost.

 The numbers in terms of smoke and mirror accounting by manipulating the CBO process to hide the real cost.[i]

The fact of where our economy is, we cannot afford to borrow any more nor burden already struggling companies with more costs.

 The biggest cost is the Loss of Our Freedom.

II. Control.

 Not necessarily from a Government Control over the People standpoint, although that is an important aspect.[ii]

 Control from the standpoint of Centralized vs. Decentralized control.[iii]  From a practical standpoint, just think for a moment of the scale of our whole Health Care System.[iv]

 III. Constitution.

 Mark R. Levin and Landmark Legal Foundation leads the way on this one. As a layperson, I will summarize here by saying:

 Congress cannot violate Article 1 Section 7 with regard to the Process of how a Bill becomes Law.[v]

The Tenth Amendment[vi] is nonspecific and general by Design and the Words are clear:

“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

IV. Consequences.

 Many say they don’t know the consequences until it’s implemented as expressed by the Speaker’s comment, “We won’t know what’s in the Bill until we pass the Bill.”[vii] 

 If you are not aware of the consequences, intended or unintended, of your YES vote – YOU NEED TO VOTE NO!

 As the lawyers have included more precise language in manuals to assign Proper Responsibility – a key word is “understand” –

Please read and understand before operating. 

 Democrats likewise should read and understand the Resolution before voting because their vote cast is done with their Full Knowledge and Responsibility.  The final choice is up to you.

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[i] If this was really about the true cost of healthcare, ask yourself if you know the answer to this most basic question:

From conception to death, what is the average cost per person for heathcare?

Don’t be embarrassed if you don’t know the answer – I don’t know the answer but I think it’s a fundamental question that we need to spend a little time with, to find real solutions to our healthcare problems.

You could make a few calls, do some calculations, grab a number and rush to vote – the number is NOT the point, it’s about stopping the Pushing of an Agenda.  

 [ii] Michele Bachman has sited the number additional IRS agents that will be hired and the cost to enforce the monthly Government requirements on ALL Americans – even those with Private insurance.

[iii] In terms trying to implement and impose a Progressive based system and how decisions would be made using the scarce resources of Government. Simply site the Hillsdale College February 2010 Article of Imprimis by Paul Ryan.

 My two cents about Common Sense and why Centralized HC makes no sense:

 Just because some people have burned their toast, doesn’t mean the Best Solution is to connect all toasters to Washington.  The question is not: Can we do it? – the most important question is: Should we do it?

 Even if we connect all the toasters to Washington, it’s still about making toast and like the delivery of Health Care, when it comes right down to it, it’s a local issue. It is about: How I like my toast. When I want to have toast. What kind of and how much toast I want to have. I don’t think I should have to buy toasters for everyone who may not even have a place to plug a toaster in or may not even like toast. Nor do I want to be told I can’t put bagels in my toaster – you get the idea. Continuing with the analogy, it is surprising how the details apply to centralized healthcare – it’s just the costs and consequences are a whole lot greater.

 [iv] How crazy is it to centralize control of every single healthcare step, line item, decision and cost – from brain surgery to tongue depressors – and put that control in Washington?

 What will be the added cost of implementing a system like this and what is the value that will be returned to the American People?

 This does not make sense nor is it even feasible that it can be done, let alone done well.

 Remember the three words: Cash for Clunkers. Look at how the Government managed this transaction simple program and now we want to entrust Government with our whole healthcare system – without so much as a Pilot Program.

 We should just Trust the President and  Democrats when they say:

 “Don’t worry about the details, lets just get this thing passed and we’ll figure out the details on the Fly.” 

 Are you kidding me?

 As the great Jim Rohn might say if he were alive,

 “If you were to make decisions like that a home – we should call someone to come and pick up your family and take them to safety.”

 [v] With regard to Deem and Pass, in spite of how some like to characterize it, the fact is – there is “No Implied Waiver” when it comes to the Constitution; just because there was a wink, wink and a nod in the past, doesn’t mean we can now throw the whole Constitution in the trash.

 That would not make for a real stable foundation to build any Constitution based, civilized Society on. Come on!

[vi] A note regarding Roman Numerals – an X means the Tenth Amendment NOT that it was crossed out and you can ignore it. 

[vii] We have touched on the consequences of implementing an untested hypothetical system on the fly, at a cost that is massive in terms of numbers and lost Freedom.

 Many say we won’t know the consequences until it’s implemented, as expressed by the Speaker’s comment,

“We won’t know what’s in the Bill until we pass the Bill.” 

 Let me ask you:

Would you get on a plane flown by a 14 year old, who could talk a good game and people said he knew how to fly?  Who would say:

 “Oh sure, I’d hop aboard and just trust. Of course I would first talk with him and listen to what he had to say. Then if he sounds like he knows what he’s doing, I’d have no problem. How will I know for sure if he’s telling the Truth until I tried it? I’ll just go ahead and find my seat, put in my ear-buds and hope for the best. I know it will be fine.”

 Crazy!  Change just for Change sake is crazy.  Flying with a 14 year old as your pilot, based on the Hope things will be fine, that’s crazy.  Politics are crazy but it is the responsibility of Politicians to navigate the craziness, think and make the Best Change!

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Health Care – Countdown to Detonation

We are at a critical juncture in Our Nation’s history.  The timer continues to count down.  The Health Care System of the United States of America – is about to be Blown Up. It seems there is not a thing we can do about it. Only a small window of time is left.  If the wrong move is made – it could mean disaster for all of us and we may never recover.

 Tough Decisions Before.

 As a Country, we have faced tough decisions before and we have done the right thing; I trust that the Issue before Members of Congress will be no different. 

It is amazing how the words of Alexander Hamilton, written more than 200 years ago in Federalist No. 1 still apply today:  

 “The subject speaks its own importance; comprehending in its consequences nothing less than the existence of the UNION, the safety and welfare of the parts of which it is composed, the fate of an empire in many respects the most interesting in the world.”

 Regarding the Intentions of those on either side of the Health Care Debate – paraphrasing the words of Alexander Hamilton:

 I have known many good and wise on the wrong side of an issue and likewise – I have known those who are right yet hold the wrong intentions – let us put all that aside and discuss the matter that is before us.

 How We got Here.

 How we got here is most likely because we placed Our Trust in things untrustworthyProper placement of Trust is a discussion for another day.

 Suffice it to say that ice, thick or thin, looks much the same on the Surface. Though, once we hear a crack and find ourselves on thin ice – it matters not how we got there, but let us get back on solid ground.

 A simple way to explain how we are often lead astray, is to consider the famous optical illusion of the young woman and old lady. There are many other examples. Sometimes our mind locks onto one image and can’t see the other. This is called a scotoma or perceptual blind spot.

 A question to ponder is:  How do we know that the things we feel so passionately about are the way that they seem at all – how do we know we aren’t missing something or being misled?

We have to be aware of the tricks our mind can play on ourselves and also the tricks others play on us to get us to buy something, to cast our vote a certain way or whatever.

 Many involved in the Health Care Debate are suffering from an Evidentiary Scotoma – all  the evidence is there but they do not see it.

 These are Critical Times.

 Even in our modern world, some will give up their very lives for the promise of a young woman or many – on the other side. Most haven’t considered: Why is it that those sending others on suicide missions, decline for themselves to go on the journey, if it is so great?  What if a suicide bomber, moments before blowing themselves up, had the chance to see the Truth of what Really is on the other side?  Seeing an old lady instead – what would they decide? To blow themselves up based on a lie?  Of course not.

 The FOX Hit Show 24 – just had an episode where a suicide bomber learned the Truth and was trying to do the right thing, yet the race was on because, those with ill intent could remotely detonate the explosive vest.

 We too face a Critical Situation, where more of us are learning the Truth of what is actually in the thousands of pages of Health Care Legislation and yet the Control is not with us and time is running out.

 I believe it was Wayne Dyer who told this story –

 There once was a wise man who knew all things, who came across another man who tried to trip him up by asking, “Hidden in my hands I hold a little bird.  Tell me wise man, is the bird dead or alive?” The wise man recognized the question as a trick, he knew if he said the bird was dead, the man would open his hands and the bird would fly away;  if he said the bird was alive, the man would crush the bird and it would be dead. With that, the wise man replied, “You hold the Truth in your hands.”

 We don’t know how Democrats will proceed regarding the fate of Our Health Care System, Our Freedom and More. Specifically, do they vote Yes or do they vote No? Reconciliation, Deem and Pass, how will they vote, what will they do? The Truth is in their hands.

 Catch 22 for Wise Men (and Women).

 Democrats are truly in a Catch 22 situation with the decision that is before them:

 If they Vote YES:  They face the wrath of many angry People, a protracted Court battle for Violation of the Constitution Article 1 Section 7 and/or usurping States and Individual Rights under the Tenth Amendment; they can expect many more angry calls and protests directed at them and their staff;  likely no hope of future cooperation from Republicans;  the passing of Legislation that violates their own Principles and that may never be remedied;  the implementing of what is arguably an unworkable, unsustainable centralized solution that neglects to include, even the very basics of Real REFORM.

 If they Vote NO:  Their career and possibly their whole public service life will be dead.  They will not receive any Democratic support and they will be ostracized from the Party. Crossing over to the Republican side probably won’t work for them because of the real and fundamental differences between the Parties, even apart from the Progressive Movement.

 Voting NO also means, like the President has stated: Healthcare Reform will be dead for at least ten more years. I believe he is correct, in light of all the craziness that has surrounded this issue. In the end the People will lose the Real Reforms that we all want.  On the Bright side, I believe as most Citizens believe, Killing the Bill means Our Country and Our Freedom get to Survive – though I realize this Truth is not shared by All.

 There obviously are different Passionate views on both sides.  So, how could we have a Happy Ending to the Story?  You know, an ending where the wise man is still wise; both the bird and the bomber have new life and we all live happily ever after? Well here’s an idea…

 Sticking with our metaphors, Democrats do hold the power in their hands and yet how do we disable the explosive vest without the guys holding the remote detonator, finding out what we are up to? First of all, who are “the guys” on the trigger? They aren’t guys at all – it is the PROCESS itself that is Out of Control.  And CONTROL is precisely what can used – to get Control Back.

 Diffusing the Bomb.

 An Important note to Democrats:

Don’t make any sudden movements, don’t press any buttons and please – don’t Vote just yet.

 First, we have to buy some time, there are many Right reasons for buying time: reviewing CBO numbers, needing time to Read and Review the many pages, wrestling with the Violation of Principles (abortion, special deals, other unacceptable language), Using a Questionable Method to Advance the Bill, thinking about the overwhelming number of negative (even threatening) calls logged from Constituents and Other people, having a Change of Heart or Anything else that fits and is real for you. 

 It’s been said by the President that, if this legislation does not get passed – Health Care Reform won’t get done for 10 or more years. He probably is correct, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

 We should not Force the Wrong Solution, just to have a Solution – with all the Negatives that are attached.

 Why not put the Best Solution in Place?  Where we are NOW is the Perfect place to make this happen. We ALL feel the stress of what is before us.  Let’s use that stress to Force us to the Best Solution. How do we get there?

 I suggest that the House draft a Resolution and submit it for a Vote – along the lines of a Conditional Agreement to Kill the Bill. Contained within it should be a clause similar to the following:

 WARNING: The count-down sequence will continue – if certain conditions are not met!

 Acceptable replacement Legislation must be drafted by a specified time – no Special Deals, no Federal Funding for abortion as a minimum, but then also including: those other things that most Agree are necessary for REAL Reform.

 When it is agreed that the Acceptable Replacement Legislation is drafted and voted upon – the critical detonator wire will be Deemed as being Cut and the Bomb will be diffused

We will then have the Real Health Care Reform that we want and We the People inside and outside the Beltway will be a whole lot happier.

 We are up against the Clock here – let’s get this done!

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Pushing Health Care – Six MisSteps

The President and Democrats claim they are attempting to Solve the Problems of Our Nation – yet the Solutions they Propose are: at a minimum misdirected or More likely the most Abuse of Power Our Nation has Ever Seen.

 Where and why they are Wrong involves Six MisSteps they have made.

 These MisSteps are being taken with Health Care Reform but also Cap and Trade and their Other Agenda Items as well

This Article describes their Push of Gov Run HC upon us.  Why they are fixated on Health Care I don’t know, but Ronald Reagan gave us a clue.

 Stinky Swamp Attitude.

 Before we get to MisStep #1 A Faulty Foundationwe must first address The Swamp.  You know the Swamp:  the one Democrats were to drain and replace it with Pristine Waters of Honor, Integrity and Transparency.  Well as others have noticed, the Swamp is overflowing and it is as Stinky as ever. How can you build a strong foundation on that?

 The Stinky Swamp Attitude is expressed this way:

We know what’s Best for you People who are uneducated and unaware – the ones we ignore; You are incapable of managing your own life and you need Control, Guidance and Sustenance from us. 

 In other words, THEY are the Power Brokers – the Resource Gatherers, Keepers and Allocators.  In their Arrogance, they Even put Themselves Above their Own Rules, Regulations, Laws and Despotic Controls – that they Seek to Impose on Others.

 Building on that, it’s no wonder their approval is so low and they have so little to show. 

 Hold your nose and let’s take a few missteps through the Stinky Swamp.

 MisStep #1  A Faulty Foundation.

 I too was unaware until last summer when I got a fishy email.  I did my own homework and here’s what I discovered Democrats and the President are attempting to Push on us:

 A Forced Hostile Take Over of Our Entire Health Care System, Restructuring it under a Massive Layer of Government Bureaucracy, Autocratically Administrating it from Washington, Mandating what States and Individuals Must Do, Controlling the Most Personal aspects Our Lives, Subjecting the Delivery of Our Health Care to the Limitations of the Federal Budget and All Based on a Set of Regulations that they themselves are Exempt.

Can’t we end the Article Here?

 Their goal is NOT to REFORM Healthcare – as to improve or optimize;  Their goal is to REFORM it – as to REMAKE it Entirely.  And they’re DOING IT on the FLY.

 Like Cap and Trade they started with a False Premise, a Faulty Foundation and they figured they’d fill in the Data and details as they went along – trying to make their behind closed doors, concocted Dream a Reality.

The Basis for their Whole System does not make Sense. It is not feasible. It is not workable. It is not possible.

 In an upcoming Article: Health Care: All About Control we look at HC Reform not from a Political, but from a PROCESS Viewpoint.  If we were to design the BEST System from Scratch – it would look far different that what is Being Proposed.  A few points:  

 What Structure is Required to Connect All Residents (legal and illegal) and their Bank Accounts (for those who have them) to Washington, DC? One-sixth of Our Nation’s Economy will flow to DC where they apply their Controls and then they Decide where and when to send $ out.

 What are the Number of Line Item Transactions Involved in Our Health Care System? Each line item has multiple and many steps involved and to process, in order to proceed to the next item. Three words to Consider: Cash for Clunkers. 

 What will this Massive Centralized Control System cost and what does it add?  Here’s why a $7 Hammer costs $436 through a Government System. If we ourselves were paying, we would find the best deal, if Government writes the check we still pay, our kids pay and our kids kids pay…

 Imagine even one-tenth of one percent of us having a problem. Who do we call? Imagine 308,000 people waiting on Hold – even the Gov Run HC may be Outsourced to India: “Howw May I hellp you?”

 With HC the False Premise is that Government can run Health Care Better not even considering the most Basic Question:

Is Government even Capable of running HC at all?

 There’s no time to ask that – they are too busy trying to SELL IT.

Continue Reading – Pushing HC – MisSteps 2, 3 and 4

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Prosperity NOT Progressivism 4USA!

#PNP4USA because…

 #PNP4USA b/c – Who else will be there to Rescue and Rebuild after Natural Disaster strikes?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Who else will Lead in Defending other Countries from the World’s Tyrants?

 #PNP4USA b/c – What would Our Founders say about what We did with what They Entrusted to us?  

 #PNP4USA b/c – Where else could Canadians and Others go to receive the very Best Health Care?  

 #PNP4USA b/c – Where else could we, after complete Failure and Financial Ruin, go to Start Over again and Succeed?

 #PNP4USA b/c – What Country would Haitians and Cubans, risking their lives, be able to set Sail to?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Where else could Illegals go to Earn Money to send back to Support their Families?

 Actually Progressivism is solving our immigration problem – all illegals are going home on their own because the economy is so bad.  But wait – when they learn they get free healthcare, they’ll be back!

 #PNP4USA b/c – Why should States send ALL their Money to DC just to get a few Crumbs and a bunch of Mandates back?

#PNP4USA b/c – Why don’t Future generations deserve at least the Same Opportunity We have (or used 2have B4Dem Insanity)?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Why should we take away the American Dream for ALL just because Some (or even Many) are not living the Dream 4Themselves?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Wasn’t the Statue of Liberty sent to us 4 a Reason?  Should we send it back and turn Ellis Island into the new Gitmo?

 #PNP4USA b/c – Didn’t Ronald Reagan say, “America is too Great for small Dreams” ?

 #PNP4USA b/c – If you don’t like the System here, aren’t you FREE 2 LEAVE?

Prosperity NOT Progressivism 4USA! 

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Voters States should have Nuclear Option Tweet Congress #VSNO

Since Democrats feel it’s ok for Congress to use the Nuclear Option against the Will of the American People then: Voters and States should have a Nuclear Option too

What happens when an Elected…

–       doesn’t do what they said they would do when they get to Washington?

–       tries to manipulate the Process to Force something upon us – we do not want?

–       abuses their Power so much there isn’t enough time to wait to vote them out?

–       no longer listens to or represents the People who elected them?

Maybe it’s time Voters and States Have a Nuclear Option Too.

Although it might be far better to get rid of the Nuclear Option altogether – after of course we undo all the damage done by Democrats – in the meantime it’s worth investigating how Constitutionally we as Voters can send a louder message to those Elected who choose not to listen to the Ones who Elected them.

Maybe Voters with an Up Down Simple Majority Vote, can have a Redo of an Election or Vote on a Issue Directly – maybe then, those in Washington will get the Message. Democrats could have used this during the last Administration.

This is NOT a Republican Democrat issue – although Democrats now are more out of control than any other Party in our Nation’s history and it is now an Emergency Situation.

Agreeing with this – what can be done NOW

Continue to:  Call and Write Congress.  Attend Town Hall Meetings.  Talk to and inform friends, relatives, neighbors and complete strangers about what you know.  Connect people with sources of reliable information. 

Get information from the Main Stream Media and Others but don’t stop there.  Go to the Source of their Information on the Internet directly for yourself to see how they may have “twisted the facts” for whatever reason – remember what you find out and make up your own mind.

Join Twitter and follow others learning about the issues, politely message those who may be mistaken or may have been misled.

Watch out for Skinny Bob (someone who just wants to mess with you and isn’t interested in reasonable discussion).

Turn up the volume on your Twitter messages by using the Twitter Hashtag #vsno which means:

Voter State Nuclear Option

Voters Say NO!

Tweet Democrats in Congress: We don’t want the Government taking over Our Health Care System! #hc #vsno

Tweet Democrats in Congress: We want REAL Health Care Reform – Scrap the Bills and Start Over! #hc #vsno

Tweet Democrats in Congress: Fix what’s Broken with Healthcare and Leave the Rest Alone! #hc #vsno

Make #vsno a Trending Topic on Twitter – I don’t know if anything will change but what I do know is that the White House Press Secretary is new on Twitter and he just might see it and slip a hint to the President who might then tell the Leaders in Congress. It’s worth a try.

One last thing, remember recently when we had Snow in all 50 States and there was a shortage of snow for the Olympics in Vancouver?  Washington was shut down for days yet we still survived. 

Some say it was a message about Global Warming however it wouldn’t matter because most in Washington aren’t getting any messages from us or from Above. 

The Loudest Message sent yet was from the great Voters of Massachusetts and like the DC Blizzard, it was a Historic event. Democrats can continue to ignore or distort what it really meant.

In November however when the #vsno Victory SNO reaches all 50 States – maybe then they will Know!

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The Simple Majority is Simply Wrong

For many Democrats in Congress, the majority of People in their District are but a remote annoyance that interrupts THEM from doing THEIR work; they forget – they are supposed to be doing the People’s work.

Most Democrats in Congress have long departed from the Will of the People. They are now manipulating the Rules in order to Force THEIR agenda on us. The Founders by design made it uneasy to pass Legislation and yet the Congress has overruled Them.

It is supposed to take a 3/5ths (60 vote) Majority in the Senate to pass Legislation.  Senators took it upon themselves to lower this number to 51 but only for the purpose of “reconciling” Budget Itemsthis is why they called it Reconciliation.

When Democrats were in the Minority and Republicans wrongly wanted to use Reconciliation for a broader purpose we heard a different tune – then it was Renamed the Nuclear Option. 

Watch this video and realize what Democrats were so upset about – was the use of the Nuclear Option for the Appointment of a Judge:  

Now Democrats want to use that same Nuclear Option for the Hostile takeover of Our Entire Healthcare System.

Democrats say Americans don’t understand Reconciliation and People are not interested in the “complex inner workings of Congress”.  Democrats again misread the American People who DO UNDERSTAND what Democrats are doing. 

What Democrats are trying to Sell us violates the Ten Amendment of the Constitution, tramples on Individual and State Rights and People just don’t want it.

Democrats are still not listening and because even they know what they’re threatening to do is misuse of the Rules, they had to come up with a new strategy.

What has emerged from their smoky back room?  Surprise – the renaming of Reconciliation again.

Now they want to Call it a… 

“Simple Majority – up or down vote”.

Rename it, repackage it, put some whipped cream and sprinkles on it. We are not going to eat it. Stop wasting time.  Throw out the dog food and lets get serious with REAL REFORM.

Trying to Force Feed us by SIMPLE MAJORITY is SIMPLY WRONG!

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What Our Founders Might Say

Why would We let those in Washington do what We the People should Do for Ourselves?

 Sovereignty is something that was highly valued by our Founders – which simply means the Freedom from External Control.

 With this in mind, why would we outsource solving our most important problems to those We don’t want to be controlled by? We need to solve our problems Outside of Washington. We the People, for Ourselves – independent of Politics, need to: 

  1. Select and Properly Frame the Issues/Problems We face
  2. Identify and Allow the Stakeholders to Have Seat at Our Table
  3. Establish an Open Process and set the Agenda for Moving Forward
  4. Post Independent Expert Analysis for Public Review and Comment
  5. Let Congress, Special Interests and Others Argue for What They Want
  6. Have a Fair, Balanced and Open Discourse on What Matters Most
  7. Reach Meaningful Solutions that We the People want for Ourselves
  8. Ask Congress to then write the Bills to Implement Our Solutions
  9. Review, Comment, Edit and Approve the Legislative Drafts
  10. Finally have Congress vote on and the President sign the Bill into Law 

 This is not rocket science and it can be done quickly. There are many good and great people in Washington – most are serving with the right intentions. However, Our System has been hijacked by a few and its time that System is returned to the benefit of the People and Future Generations.

 The answer is NOT to change the way Washington works. This has been the campaign promise of many – but each time, Our hopes are dashed, promises broken and it’s more of the same. 

 The reasons for failure would fill many pages. Yet suffice it to say there are many people, interests and dynamics inside “the Beltway”.  Interview any member of Congress about how they expected DC to be vs. the way it really is – you’ll find there’s a big difference.  Newcomers soon after arrival have their head spun around and dizzily ask, “What just happened?”

 No doubt, those in Washington do feel the burden of responsibility entrusted to them and the frustration and pain of not being able to solve (for whatever reason) the Nation’s biggest problems.  Most in Washington don’t wake up with the Intention to wreck this Country – although a few do have that intention – after a cup of coffee.

 Intentions aside, relying upon those <in Washington> to <change Washington> is like yelling at the guy who’s drowning, telling him to save himself – when We are holding the life ring.

 Creative ideas and solutions can come from out of nowhere and from anywhere. Why would we put boundaries around a Process that might exclude, what could be, the very Best ideas?  The Best ideas could come from a housewife, a laborer, an executive, a child – solutions that could already be part of an existing system within an organization, a company, a state or local Government or somewhere else – or the Best might simply be on a person’s pad of paper – in a drawer.  Without changing the System, how will We know?

 Changing the System starts with the realization that it’s Ours to begin with. Our System was entrusted to us by our Founders and We have a Duty to take it back and make it Work for Us.

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Why I Quit Blogging about Healthcare Reform

Our Hearts and Prayers are With the Haitian People Please Give to the Red Cross 

 Why I Quit Blogging about Healthcare Reform

 I quit blogging about healthcare reform when I realized it’s not about healthcare reform but instead is a massive government takeover of our personal lives AND those in power are going to do what they’re going to do regardless of reasonable thought or discussion, regardless of what’s Constitutional or right for America and regardless of what “We the People” want, say or do.

 We were promised “Things will be Different”

 Back room deals and buying of votes, demonizing of individuals and industries, thousands of pages written by who knows whom and with what conflicted interest, Congress not reading or knowing what they’re voting for, the public being told there’s transparency while being locked out of the primary discourse on issues affecting them and the lives of ALL Americans, numbers and dollars being thrown around like play money, the hijacking of Individual and State rights, and on and on…

 And it’s not just about DemObamaCare

 Global warming taxes, government takeover of companies, stimulus plans that don’t stimulate and more spending and debt owed to China that our grandkids may never be able to repay, enemy combatants given Constitutional rights, letting down our guard with terrorism,  and the general attitude of WE in Washington know what’s best for every American.

 How Could This Happen?

 How could this happen in such a short period of time?  Don’t we have a system of Checks and Balances?

 Why is it the louder We the People speak, the more we’re ignored and those in Washington continue to take us in the wrong direction?  

Consider this …

 The reason why those elected continue to ignore the Will of the People is not because they have ill-intent for the Country but it’s because they themselves are trapped.  They are trapped on the Obama Bus of Hope and Change that so many boarded when much of the country was caught up in Obama-mania.  Democrats promised to suspend their own voices and even their own critical thinking process and allow those at the front of the Bus to speak for them. They agreed to act and vote as one.

 We elected Mr. Obama and the Bus began to roll.  The speed ramped up quickly:  pass this bill, pass that bill – no time to read them, no time to question – just vote yes! It’s urgent!  We must take action to save this company, that industry, our economy and the world… gotta go – gotta go – go, go, go!

 Many Have Left the Hope and Change Bus

 Although the Bus seems to be speeding out of control, there are still opportunities to safely disembark – except for members of Congress.  As most have learned, just because a bus says HOPE AND CHANGE doesn’t mean it is the hope and change that most people want or that’s best for Our Country. As people have learned this – many have chosen to exit the Bus.

 So Why Not the Democrats in Congress?

 Elected Democrats are occasionally reminded by the Speaker at the front of the Bus that they too are free to leave; but to do so now is at tremendous risk to themselves and their family.  They might be run over by a DNC chase vehicle that follows close behind, not to mention the number of union vans in pursuit and a special interest convoy that stretches back for miles. Surely their careers would be done.  Some on the Bus have persisted to be unruly and asked for and received special deals for their own states but most have decided it’s best to put the noise cancelling headphones back on and ride it out.

 Chuck Norris Alone Can’t Save Us

 How can this runaway vehicle be stopped? Reason won’t work.  Protests and marches haven’t worked.  Calls to Congress seem pointless.  Pleas from Republicans are powerless. Talk radio and TV has had limited effect. It seems that all communication into the Bus is cut off – except the rude acknowledgement of a few protester signs along the way.

 All we hear coming from the crackly Bus speaker is “this has been the most transparent and open process we have ever been a part of”, “we are working hard – fighting for what the people want”, “the language in these bills is so complex we can’t share it with you”, “this Bus has been rolling down the road for many months, so you can’t say we’re trying to rush things through“, “you will continue to receive updates on our wonderful progress in news reports and press announcements to follow”, “Thank-you for your support” – the only thing missing from the speaker is “Would you like fries with that?”

 Power is Vested in Us by Our Founders

 From the Declaration of Independence: “But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

One does not have to be a student of history to get a sense of what the Founders meant by those words. Webster’s Dictionary can help to shed some light on the meaning – and although the specifics have changed – the principles still apply.

 Usurpations?  Seizing and holding in possession by force or without right. Done by a usurper (you-sir-per).

 Evinces a Design?   To reveal clear evidence of what the true intentions are.

 To Reduce Them?  To lower in condition or status; to diminish in value.

 Under Absolute Despotism?  Power with no restriction and exercised abusively, oppressively, or tyrannically.

 Tyrannically?  Absolute rule that is unrestrained by Law or Constitution.

Tyrant?  A usurper of Sovereignty.

 Sovereignty?  Freedom from external control.

Just a Simple Question to Ask

 Does this (what is being proposed or in place) take us in the direction of more or less Freedom from External Control?

 Ask this question regarding healthcare, global warming, business or industry support, or any other governmental involvement.

A Word on Healthcare Reform here…  

How does it reform the healthcare system to put it (1/6 of our entire economy) under government control with another huge layer of bureaucracy (people and paperwork)?

To put every citizen in a mandatory government program (unless you are part of a privileged group – government employee or union exempt), with fees and fines collected and enforced by the IRS, and having rates not based on risk alone but based on an individual’s assets and ability to pay – as determined by a new agency of the Federal Government. 

Then to make the nation’s healthcare decisions subject to Government budget constraints, controlled by a few distant Government officials – how will these decisions be made and who will be on the short end of the Care?

The Aha Question

 If our Founders felt it was so important to be free from external control – why is it that we look to and wait for solutions from that which we don’t want to be under the external control of – namely the Government? 

 It would be like the early Colonists messaging back to Britain for better farming methods and sitting around waiting for a mandated reply.  Today in this country there are many expert non-partisan groups in almost every area of life that could be called upon to solve our most important problems. Yet what do we do? We leave it up to those in Washington and we wait and watch and wait until nothing gets done again – or – something does get done, to make the situation worse or it’s against our values or whatever. 

 More time and energy is spent obstructing in Washington than trying to get things done. With each new campaign many hope things will change and yet the cycle begins again. More broken promises. Each time though, more and more people have given up on Government they don’t vote and many don’t even care. 

 We need to throw off such Government and to provide new Guards for our future security which includes the security of our children and grand-children.

 Throwing Off Such Government – Today

 In previous times throwing off a Government required a Revolution – today this is done with Our Vote.

The first and foremost priority in 2010 should be to restore the Balance of Power to our Government. 

 Today that means voting out Democrats and voting in Republicans.  Tomorrow the Parties may be reversed.  If you are a Democrat, ask yourself:  Is what’s going on in Washington what the Democrat Party stands for or what’s best for Our Country? If not, help to Restore the Balance of Power to Our System that has been hijacked by a few.

 Second, we need to embrace, apart from politics, what is Best for Our Country that most Americans can agree on. The Foundation is Our Constitution and also being Guided and Sustained from Above. The Parties then can better define what they stand for and nominate those who are qualified.

 Third, we need to demand less from our leaders and more.  Demand less in that we don’t look to them to solve our most important problems.  Problems are best solved away from Washington and closer to home. Demand more in that they put Our Country first. Above the interests of personal or political gains or to benefit a privileged few. That they have a Certain Character and stand on Certain Principles, not just any character or principles but those of our Founders and of other great people.

Martin Luther King’s Dream is Getting Closer

On this Martin Luther King Day, I do believe we’re moving closer to the dream Dr. King expressed with his March on Washington where people will be judged on the content of their character and not by the color of their skin. While many people have never held prejudice in their heart, others have and some have let it go.

 Some would say that in the last Presidential election,  many cast their vote based on skin color alone and ignored answers to some very important questions – if what they say is true – the question here is: Would Dr. King be pleased?  To place someone in a position just because of their race (or gender) so we can prove to ourselves we have “evolved”, demeans the person who is the “tool”.  Where we are though may be necessary to move us another step closer to the Dream.

 Regardless of how or why President Obama was elected, the fact is, he is our President for at least the next three years. After Balance is Restored the President and all in Congress will have more support and get more of the right things done.  The President’s expression and intentions while campaigning, and now ignored, still resonate today.  We must do things differently.

 The words on the Bus – HOPE and CHANGE can remain the same – the direction and speed of the Bus however is Now up to Us.

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ObamaCare Bill Should Take The Same Route As Hurricane Bill

The President tried, like a stealth submarine travelling in the calmness of the deep, to push through what he called a health care reform bill without (as he promised) Americans being on board and involved in the process. Although being fueled by various chosen special interest groups and a crew of his own choosing, Obama’s efforts fortunately got tangled in the weeds and stalled.

Americans learned for themselves the true intent of the Bill – the government takeover of health care with a serious assault on Our Freedom. The President’s sub was forced to the surface, where he made his own pleas – and although sincere and touching stories were also heard – the words ObamaCare were clearly now readable on the side.

No longer traveling undetected and with poll numbers falling like a steel lug nut in the ocean, the President decided to take the advice of his advisors and pulled into a refuge near Martha’s Vineyard.  Conditions continued to be rough – as a “Bill” of a different kind followed him.

Although Hurricane Bill will eventually die out as the President wraps up his retreat, he will find that, just as a hurricane lulls only to re-energize stronger – when it crosses over the panhandle into the warm waters of the gulf – so too will the intensity of the public storm re-energize even stronger with regard to ObamaCare.

The intensity of this storm will not diminish until ObamaCare is permanently dry-docked – then and only then – can the damage possibly be repaired, that the President has done, to the public trust and the conversation regarding real health care reform truly can begin.

If however, the President chooses to continue to ignore the Will of the People, regroup with his special interest allies and launch a renewed campaign to have the House and Senate push through ObamaCare – the damage to America’s heartland and Our Freedom will be greater than Katrina and we will ALL experience first-hand, just how bad the Government’s delivery system of care really is.

In any event, the American People will have the final say as to whether the political fate of those in support of ObamaCare in any form, independent of political party, will meet the same fate as all hurricanes – in 2010, 2012 and beyond – and they just go away.

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Watch for Skinny Bob in the Debate on Health Care Reform

I was participating in an online forum the other day explaining why government run health care is a bad idea and what’s in HR3200 being rushed through the Congress. 

 People were participating back and forth. Some had read the bill, others had not. Talking about the specifics and how crazy it was, all of a sudden from out of nowhere a guy chimes in, “Oh sure, if Bush would have done this you wouldn’t have cared”.  I thought where the heck is this guy coming from? Then it occurred to me – it might be Bob.

 About twenty years ago my brother had a messy haired, skinny roommate named Bob who would like to mess with people – just to mess with them.  An area he would like to do this was driving.

 If someone was trying to merge onto the highway – Bob would speed up so they couldn’t merge or he’d pull into the fast lane and slow down to block a guy from passing – if the guy would ride his bumper – he would slow down more, if they’d flash their lights – he’d tap his brakes.  If Bob saw someone with a fish symbol on their bumper he would especially love that – he would do what ever he could to try and get them to be mad because he believed Christians believed they could not get angry (wrong assumption).

 He would come home from work and report to my brother his “successes” – “got two fish and a merger today” or “got flipped off by a fish guy today” and he would laugh…

 He’d mess with other people as well – he’d call into the local talk radio show and tell the call screener his on topic message and then when he got on the air, he’d talk about something completely different or try to embarrass the host. He did this one time while my brother was in the other room listening to the radio and my brother too got a big kick out of it.

 My brother told me about embarrassing the radio host and I didn’t think it was funny and couldn’t believe my brother would be a part of it. For the next couple years my brother started messing with people too and he became a different person. He just didn’t seem to care as much about people anymore. Then one day I was riding in his car and he actually slowed down to let someone merge. I was shocked and asked him, “Why didn’t you speed up and mess with them?” and he said, “I don’t do that anymore” and when I asked why he said, “It just doesn’t feel good.” 

 My brother went back to school and got an engineering degree and a good job.  Years later he ran into skinny Bob who’d lost some hair but not much else had changed – it was like he was stuck in time – he complained about the same dead end job, hung out at the same places and still had the same attitude that – people owed him something.

When my brother asked if he was still messing with people he said, “Yeah but I haven’t done it while driving in a while (seems he ticked off the wrong guy in a pickup truck) – now I do it online – there I can be anyone but the goal is the same…

I remember hearing the phrase, “there are only three jerks in the whole world but the problem is – they move around a lot”. Bob is one of those jerks. So whether you’re driving or having a serious discussion about the government take over of health care, remember not to take it too personally – it just might be Bob. 

If you meet Bob while driving why not wave but this time in a polite way – with all your fingers up, together and with you thumb in your palm – that’s the deaf sign for a “B” and he’ll get the message.  If you’re online and find yourself trying to talk with a loon – it just might be Bob. Why not ask, “Bob is that you?” or just “bob?” or just say hi in the most appropriate way – he may not reply and he may continue – but for him, his game will be a little less fun.

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