Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
The problems with socialized health care are many, but I'll touch on a few of the big points in here.
1. COST. The only way for the federal government to pay for insurance for uninsured Americans is to raise taxes to unprecedented levels. Canadians often brag about their having "free health care." FREE my butt! They pay for their socialized health care system by having 50-60% of their income taxed to pay for said system.
2. Efficiency. Remember the social health care system promoted by then First Lady Hillary Clinton during her husband's first term? Her proposed health care system wound up becoming a bureaucratic monster that included over 1,000 pages of text. It was so complex, that even Congress couldn't make sense of it all. This complexity, among other things, thankfully led to the plan's demise.
3. Choice. I sure as hell don't want the government telling me WHEN I can see my doctor, WHO my doctor can be and for WHAT reasons I can pay him an office visit. A socialized health care system like what we see in Canada and Europe dictates all these things to the average citizen rather than letting him or her make reasonable choices.
4. Incentive. Socialized medicine destroys physician incentives to provide top-quality, competitive care to patients. Drug companies are hindered by restrictive government regulations and price controls and soon cannot develop new medicines.
5. Privacy and liberty are destroyed by submitting your personal freedom of choice to the government. Enough said on that!
Liberals love to beat the dead horse by telling us nightmare stories from those who are sick/uninsured. And this author sympathizes with those individuals. I'd love for all Americans to have proper health care. But socialized medicine is NOT the answer. What liberals DO NOT mention is that while far from perfect, health care in the United States is the best in the world because it is based on a free-market, competitive, profit-based system. This system promotes continuous improvements in physician care and pharmaceutical research to be competitive, which translate to the best patient care in the world!
Consider this interesting fact brought to my attention by a co-worker and MyVoice reader... In 2006, the former Prime Minister of Italy and richest man in that country, Silvio Berlusconi, was diagnosed with a dangerously irregular heart rhythm. Berlusconi, being a very wealthy man in a position of power, could have gone anywhere in the world for heart surgery. He didn't choose to get on a 3-month waiting list for surgery in Europe or Canada. Instead, he personally phoned President Bush and asked him to recommend a good American hospital. In the end, Berlusconi had his heart surgery performed at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. He chose to have his surgery in the U.S. for good reason!
We all want every American to have proper health care coverage, but if we want that health care to remain the best in the world, we must say HELL NO to socialized, government controlled medicine!
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Now to me, this is yet another example of political correctness gone completely overboard and clearly the woman who wrote this article fell off the deep end long ago! In the article, the author actually suggests that society as a whole should change its ways to accomodate her children. She says, "Every peanut butter sandwich brought into a school is like a gun pointed at a child with this disability." She goes on to compare peanut butter sandwiches to BULLYING! So, now we're comparing peanut butter to guns and schoolyard bullies?? Someone please tell me that I've wandered aimlessly into some nutjob, parallel universe.
Most folks I know wouldn't fare well with being run over by an automobile. If we apply this nutjob soccer mom's logic to that fact, then we should ban people from driving! To say this stupid article enraged me is an understatement. Our society has been forsaking the common good for the individual for far too long. So much so that individuals like this wacko now expect the MAJORITY to bend over backwards to accomodate her and her needs/wishes.
In closing, while I do sympathize with her children and their disabilities/allergies, they need to learn to adapt and live in the real world, much like I've had to adapt to my cat allergies. It's a sad shame that their mother lives in fantasy-land!
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Recent Gallup polling shows that American confidence in the Democrat-controlled Congress is at an all-time historic low of only 14%. Honestly, this is not all that shocking to this author, though it is rather pathetic. This development only fulfills my personal prophecy of what would happen when the Dems swept both houses of the Congress. I suspected that once Americans had to face the daily agony of seeing the likes of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy and Hillary Clinton speaking as "America's voice", they would cringe with disgust.
Once elected House Majority Leader, Nancy Pelosi promised big, sweeping changes in Congress within the first 100 hours. She promised that Congress was going to work harder for the American people. But in fact, within those first 100 hours, she announced a day off for Congress to stay at home and watch the NCAA National Championship football game. Gee, us commoners didn't get such luxury from our employer. Soon, those 100 hours turned into 100 days and all we've seen from Pelosi and her Congress is blatant obstructionism. NOTHING significant has been accomplished since the Dems took control earlier this year. Hell, we even witnessed the Democratic Party attempt to destroy one of its own (Sen. Joe Lieberman of CT.) for straying from party lines and actually supporting the War on Terror. He subsequently won re-election as an Independent candidate. I guess the Libs didn't count on the fact that his constituents LIKE Lieberman.
Hence, we see now that the vast majority of Americans are truly ashamed and disgusted of their Congressional leadership. President Bush's approval rating, while low, is nothing compared to the obstructionist, do-nothing policies of those running the legislature. Armed with these poll numbers, I'll go out on a limb once again and forecast that the Democrats will LOSE Congressional seats in '08 and will LOSE their quest for the White House. For the Democratic Party, only some serious soul searching could prevent my prediction from coming true. Problem is, liberal Democrats don't have a damn soul to search!!
Saturday, June 2, 2007
-- Soviet Dictator Nikita Kruschev
"The American people will never knowingly adopt Socialism. But under the name of 'liberalism' they will adopt every fragment of the Socialist Program, until one day America will be a Socialist nation, without knowing how it happened."
--Socialist Party Presidential Candidate Norman Thomas
These are just a few of the reasons why liberalism and left-wing politicians like Clinton, Obama, Edwards, Pelosi and Ted Kennedy frighten me so much. They are slowly, but surely, eroding our beloved freedoms and replacing them with Socialism!
Friday, June 1, 2007
By now, all of us know about Clinton's re-warmed plans for socializing medicine, regulating healthcare services and providers and centralizing government control of about ten percent of the U.S. economy.
This week, however, Clinton went national with her classist "it takes a village" model, claiming that free-enterprise Capitalism is the root of all evil.
In a speech on "shared prosperity," she proclaimed that it's time to replace the conservative notion of an "ownership society" and economy with one based on communal responsibility and prosperity, alleging that the current system is really an "on your own" society that increases the income gap between "poor" and "rich" Americans.
Now, if Clinton is implying that individual initiative, self-reliance, responsibility and ingenuity-the very foundation of free enterprise-are the keys to creating wealth, then she is right. If she is implying that dependence upon the state and redistribution of income creates poverty, then she is right here, too-but that was not her message.
"I prefer a 'we're all in it together' society," she went on. "I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none."
In a quintessential example of Clintonista doublespeak, Hillary outlined her economic fairness doctrine: "There is no greater force for economic growth than free markets, but markets work best with rules that promote our values, protect our workers and give all people a chance to succeed. Fairness doesn't just happen. It requires the right government policies."
So, according to Ms. Clinton, free markets work best when they're constrained by the right government policies. In other words, free markets work best when they're not free.