Saturday, November 9, 2013

ObamaCare - More Frog in the Pot?

There is one grossly overlooked fact about the Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA), a.k.a. ObamaCare, that gets skipped over by most who are against this atrocious piece of clap-trap disguising itself as coverage for all.

That one important element is another chunk of freedom harvested out of the hands of the individual citizen of the United States of America. It is the old frog in the pot scenario. Put a frog in a boiling pot of water and it will jump out immediately. However, place the frog in a cool, relaxing pot of water and gradually increase the flame under that pot and the frog will acclimate itself to the change until it is pot-boiled to death without so much as a twitter to jump out. That is exactly what the ACA and lots of other types of legislation that has come out of Washington D.C. over the last two decades has been designed to do, slowly acclimate a growing uninformed, uninterested public into accepting whatever comes to them from the hands of the federal government and seeing it as a beneficent provider for their well being, health, happiness and life. You know, the exact thing that the Constitution of the United States, The Bill of Rights was suppose to allow the individual to do for themselves - not the government. Those documents were designed to keep the government at bay so as to allow each person individually to go out and seek their life, liberty and pursuit of happiness without fear of federal intervention preventing them from that great calling.


 There have been lots of different laws that have come out of Washington over the years that have curtailed such endeavors, particularly going back to Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt. However, the greatest threat to personal freedom came at the hands of George W. Bush and the U.S. Congress during his eight year tenure as president. That piece of legislation dealt a huge blow to liberty and took the biggest bite ever recorded out of the founder’s idea - The United States Constitution. That law is known as The Patriot Act. After the devastating attacks on this nation on September 11, 2001 people were devastated and looked to their leaders for direction and guidance only to be handed the biggest pair of handcuffs to personal liberty and freedom this nation had ever experienced in its nearly 300 year history.

The second most disturbing piece of legislation came out of the Barack Obama administration known as The Affordable Healthcare Act. I believe it will prove to be the final big nail in the coffin of the kind of freedom expressed by the founders of this great experiment called America. We are quickly learning that it is neither affordable nor does it provide for adequate, acceptable healthcare. It is in fact just another in a long line pieces of clap-trap from Washington D.C. to synchronize and harness more power around the Fed, particularly the Executive Branch of government to control one of the most basic needs of human existence, access to medical treatment.

If you choose not to participate in ACA and have no other "acceptable" insurance, then you are fined, or as the Supreme Court called it, "taxed" by the government for not taking advantage of the ACA. This sounds a lot like arm twisting from the Fed to me. If I choose not to be covered I get taxed for that decision instead of left alone to my own devices. Big Brother always knows what is best for each and every individual and if you don't comply - Big Fine. Or, god forbid, at some time down the road as we give more and more power to one branch of this government, they don't FINE but APPREHEND for non-compliance.

There are those who would argue that the ACA simply requires the individual to become a responsible citizen by forcing them to acquire at least some form of acceptable coverage so as to lift the burden from society as a whole from picking up the tab left behind by them when they get free healthcare on the dime of those who have insurance. Sounds benign and benevolent enough on the surface. However, the ACA doesn't require a person to become responsible by obtaining healthcare, it fines one to do so. And, if, as it surely will, the current small fine doesn't compel more to sign up then the fines will gradually become steeper and steeper until it becomes apprehension and imprisonment for being an irresponsible enemy of the State by not participating in a Fed run program designed by our benevolent overseers to better humankind and society as a whole.

Still others argue quite effectively that the ACA offers good healthcare and why would anyone forgo such a great plan. Good healthcare before ACA meant people got and paid for the exact kind of coverage they needed and nothing more or less.

There are those now losing their adequate health insurance coverage as a result of what the ACA calls inadequate coverage by those polices. This will force countless thousands, even millions onto the ACA rolls or cause them to have to purchase more expensive private insurance that would be acceptable to the ACA criteria. The ACA one-size-fits-all coverage really equals paying for coverage not needed by many after they lost coverage sufficient to cover all an individual's covered needs. ACA includes unneeded coverage for many, such as maternity care, birth control care, child care, etc. For those who need that and can afford it under the ACA, that’s fine and dandy. For those who don't and can find what they need on the open private enterprise market at a better price, they should be allowed to purchase it without fear of losing it due to ACA law.  It's called freedom of choice, free enterprise capitalism at work - the bases of a free  economy that has driven the financial success of this nation for almost 300 years.

If someone needs all that the ACA offers but can find it on the open market at less cost to them then they too should be allowed to purchase that policy without fear of interference from the ACA law.  That too is called free enterprise capitalism.

If someone doesn't want any coverage then the only law that should be changed is the Tort laws that state emergency rooms cannot turn away those coming into it for non-emergent care without adequate medical coverage.  If not being covered was the free will choice of the citizen then they should be issued a government card that states such which frees the medical facility and its staff, the government and the courts from any claim brought forth by said citizen because they were refused care that would have been provided for them by the government ACA law.  Sometime a person simply needs to be held accountable for the choices they make freely and without regress. That too is an individual's right and freedom. It's called freedom to choose.

The greatest reason the ACA is wrong and a great attack on individual freedom is that it forces people to become a part of it or pay a fine and then without Tort reform those who pay the fine still can get free healthcare from any ER across the country, which defeats the proposed purpose of the ACA legislation, which was to help bring down healthcare costs.  It should simply be one of many options open to the American public. It's like someone said - If the ACA was such a good thing then there would be no need to have to force it on the public.  Just offer it as another free choice which is what a free society expects from its elected government.

Perhaps there are those who get some kind of false sense of security by nestling in the arms of the Federal system, however, I am not one of those.  Why? Because the downside is always greater than the up and nothing is free but always has a price tag in the end that almost always becomes chains.  It's the ole frog in the pot scenario all over again.

How many times must we ignorant human beings keep trudging down this soggy road until we finally wake up to these same old tactics of control of the masses?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Did He...Didn't He..? Either Way the Republic Is In Danger

President Obama had to know his lie would catch up with him sooner than later. If not then that leads to several disturbing conclusions:

1. He really is a pathological liar unable to distinguish when he is lying from when he is being truthful.

2. He really didn't read his signature plan and had absolutely no idea what he has fostered onto the American people until now.

3. Isn't really in charge of anything or anybody but is simply the mouthpiece, the liaison, the puppet, the facade, the cardboard mannequin, the front-man for more sinister elements behind the throne who only knows what he is told to speak, sign and address.

4. He really knows he is lying, doesn't care that he is lying and will continue lying because it has served him so well throughout his entire life.

Anyone of these FOUR are dangerous to the health and future of this Republic.

Israel Upset With Kerry's "Very Bad Deal"

"I met Secretary Kerry right before he leaves to Geneva. I reminded him that he said that no deal is better than a bad deal. That the deal that is being discussed in Geneva right now is a bad deal. It’s a very bad deal. Iran is not required to take apart even one centrifuge. But the international community is relieving sanctions on Iran for the first time after many years. Iran gets everything that it wanted at this stage and it pays nothing. And this is when Iran is under severe pressure. I urge Secretary Kerry not to rush to sign, to wait, to reconsider, to get a good deal. But this is a bad deal--a very, very bad deal. It’s the deal of a century for Iran; it’s a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community." -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

I am sure Secretary Kerry and President Obama will simply shirk-off the Prime Minister's legitimate concerns over this current strategy coming out of the Oval Office of cutting back on Iranian sanctions without any capitulation on the part of Iran's nuclear ambitions. The Obama Administration has never been open to constructive criticism from anyone outside their very closed, tightly-knit ranks. If this deal moves forward unaltered, it will eventually cost the United States, Israel and everyone living in that region of the world a very high cost and leave Iran laughing in derision at the toothless power of the West.

Retired Army Captain Sounds Alarm Over Dept. of Homeland Security Appropriations

On March 23, 2013 a retired U.S. Army captain by the name of Terry Hestilow became another in a growing rank of former military leaders issuing warnings about a possible future threat coming from President Obama and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) against the common, law abiding citizens of the United States of America.

Before reading a letter that Captain Hestilow wrote to Texas Senator John Cornyn it is important we get to know a little bit about the man behind these frightening insights he reveals in the letter.

Captain Hestilow is now retired after spending 30 years of his life dedicated in military service to the protection of the United States Constitution. He has served on a war footing in Vietnam right up to Afghanistan. Was honorably retired from military service after three decades of service and continues defending the nation through enlightening the public of serious domestic arms build-up by the DHS. In a self-describing summary on his LinkedIn business page Captain Hestilow writes of himself:

Mission oriented Christ centered patriot committed to the United States Constitution as written and the preservation of the foundations, institutions and moral values upon which the United States was established. Recognizing that these as the means by which the United States has become the greatest and most benevolent nation the earth has known and through which it has prospered, my objectives continue to reflect that of a political Constitutional Conservative committed to republican government, an honest understanding of history and the preservation of free market principles.

His supporters hail him as a modern day Paul Revere sounding the early alarm while detractors have called him everything from that crazy Tea Party guy to even questioning some of his service as outlined on his Army Officer's 2-1, or a 30 year military man with an unremarkable career. I had spent over a decade in military service starting with the Vietnam era and only those who had never served a day in their lives in the service would call any person's combat years as "unremarkable" is already suspect in my mind when it comes to evaluating the success or failure of one's military life.

Captain Hestilow served this country with distinction and honor for nearly all his adult life. He saw things going on behind the scenes and with this current administration and the DHS that have given him great pause, so much so, that he was willing to question the leadership of the very country he dedicated his life of service to. That should automatically give him your undivided attention as he laid out this concern to his duly-elected Senator from his home State of Texas.

The Honorable Senator John Cornyn, State of Texas

United States Senate

517 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510 Re: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and that agencies preparation for war against citizens of the United States of America.

Dear Senator Cornyn,

It is with gravest concern that I write to you today concerning the recent appropriation of weapons by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can only be understood as a bold threat of war by that agency, and the Obama administration, against the citizens of the United States of America. To date, DHS has been unwilling to provide to you, the elected representatives of the People, justification for recent purchases of almost 3,000 mine-resistant ambush-protected (MRAP) armored personnel carriers, 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition (with associated weapons), and other weapons systems, when, in fact, the DHS has no war mission or war making authority within the limits of the United States of America.

Significant is the fact that at the same time the Obama administration is arming his DHS for war within the limits of the United States against the People of the United States in accordance with his 2008 campaign speech claiming,

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set. We’ve gotta (sic) have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the United States military]”--Candidate Barack Obama, 2008.

the Obama administration is deliberately defunding, overextending, and hollowing the Department of Defense; the only legitimate agency of the U.S. government with a war mission.

This act of the Obama administration stands as a glaring threat of war against our nation’s citizens! This act of the Obama administration can only be understood as a tyrannical threat against the Constitution of the United States of America! If left unresolved, the peace loving citizens who have sworn to defend the United States Constitution “against all enemies, both foreign and domestic” are left no option except to prepare to defend themselves, and the U.S. Constitution, against this Administration’s “coup” against the People and the foundations of liberty fought for and defended for the past 238 years. We have no choice if we honor our oaths.

The only proper response to this threat against the American people is for the representatives of the People, the members of the U.S. House and Senate, to demand in clear terms that the Administration cannot ignore, that the Department of Homeland Security immediately surrender their newly appropriated weapons of war to the Department of Defense (DoD). Further, since the DHS has assumed a position in the Administration to enforce the tyrannical acts of this president against the People of the United States against the limits of the United States Constitution, it remains for the United States Congress to exercise its limiting power in the balancing of powers established by our founding fathers, to disestablish and dissolve the DHS as soon as possible. One needs only to look to the rise of Adolf Hitler, and his associated DHS organizations, the SA and the SS, of 1932-1934, to see the outcome of allowing an agency of government this kind of control over the free citizens of a nation. The people of Germany could not have imagined, until it was too late, the danger of allowing a tyrant this kind of power. We must not be so naïve as to think it will not happen to us as well if we remain passive toward this power grab by the Marxist Obama administration!

Finally, for more than two centuries the nation has lived in peace at home because of the protections of our legitimate military and the many appropriate state and federal law enforcement agencies, supported by Constitutional courts. We stand today at a cross-road. Will we allow this present Administration to overthrow our United States Constitution and its legal processes to amend injustices, or, will we honor our obligations to defend the Constitution against a “domestic” enemy? Our Constitution lays out the proper methods of resolving our differences; and it does not include its overthrow by a rogue agency of a Marxist leadership at home. You, sir, are our constitutionally elected agent to defend our Constitution at home. We are counting upon you. We remain aware, however, of this present threat and will not expose ourselves as an easy prey to the authors of the destruction of our nation.

I know that this letter demands much of you. We elected you because we, the citizens of the State of Texas, believe that you are up to the task at hand and will, against all threats, honor your oath and office. We are also writing to your fellow members of the House and Senate to stand in integrity with the Constitution and against this present threat by the Obama administration and his DHS.

We refuse to surrender our Constitution or our nation!

Resolved,

Captain Terry M. Hestilow

United States Army, Retired

Fort Worth, Texas

March 23, 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: "The President Now is Toxic"

Charles Krauthammer, one of the world's most respected commentators and journalists believes President Obama has pushed himself into a corner over his signature legislation commonly known as ObamaCare. On the nightly Fox News Bret Baier All Star Panel, Krauthammer, a familiar face on that panel gave this brief synopsis on where the President and his healthcare plan sit in the public and political eye even after Mr.Obama's less than believable apology to those losing their current policies because of his Affordable Healthcare Act; coverage he promised in over 36 different speeches they would never loose if they liked what they had.

"The president now is toxic. The thing is called Obamacare. There's no running away from it. It's got his name on it."

"You see the president, you think about the policy and you know it's a disaster. And the problem for the Democrats is, they are hostage to a bunch of geeks working right now late into the night trying to fix a system which is not just the glitches we talked about. The architecture, the underlying structure of it is wrong." "I think the likelihood of it being fixed, working like you would expect from any normal commercial private website normally by December 1 is pretty small. And the pressure on the White House will become irresistible. If it isn't up and running smoothly and perfectly, they're going to start with postponements and then the whole thing starts to unravel."

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Not Talking Points - Just Numbers by the Books

With these new revelations about that Disaster From The Master called The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) many of my friends on the left side of the political spectrum have been laying it on thick trying to cover it over with rhetoric, White House talking points and just plain foolish, over-the-top excuses. On the social media pages, such as Twitter and Google+, which I must admit, I frequent like a coke-whore on a hot Saturday night; this woe-be-moaning has also crept over into those time honored Obama fiascoes' like Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, TSA and the NSA and all the old and new lies harvested from them coming out of professional and amateur pundits, as well as the Administration itself.

Just recently I was brought to task by one of those amateur pundits on all the above with such non-sustainable rhetoric as, the president is insulated against the moves of such agencies as the NSA and IRS...Fast and Furious has been laid to rest and was originally a Bush program...it's a lie that many people are losing their current insurance plans or that their rates will increase as a result of The Affordable Healthcare Act, a.k.a. ObamaCare; and who cares about Benghazi anymore, not even the Republicans on the Hill are any longer concerned over it..etc., etc. and blah, blah blah.

To these and other such rhetorical quips coming from my left-sided friends I have only a short, albeit, I hope more rational and substantiatable response.

Believe it or not I awarded a few years in my younger days to be a vital part of the intelligence gathering community spending several years in remote, out of the way locations across the globe and right in the States as well doing what our fine men and women of that honorable service have always done, protecting this nation's most vital assets, information and personages from undue foreign and domestic harm and intrigue. While it has been a few years since those days much of what I did is still classified and I will go to my grave carrying it closely to by breast until I can at last spill my beans to my great Creator - provided of course He, She or It has the proper security clearance.

That all being said unless things have drastically changed since my intel days, something as illegal as phone-tapping or reading the emails of private citizens always had to come from the top dog or we wouldn't adhere. If it didn't come from the Oval we simply referred to plausible denial. In other words we never saw or heard about it. I hope like hell we haven't gotten that lax here lately and if I know the NSA's dubious rep for CYA (Cover Your Own Ass), it hasn't.

As to those other issues mentioned above they are not Fox News Talking Points, as much as the MSNBC Talking Points and other left-leaning pundits wish it were. It is very much still in the mainstream thoughts and topic of conversation in middle-voting America. You know those types - the hard working, blue collar, foundation element of the American citizenry which still bear the title of the silent majority.

For anyone to say that Fast and Furious was just an extension of a GW Bush program is the worst of all cop-outs. Obama was supposed to be the president of Change. He certainly didn't change that. Why not? Oh, and nobody died under the Bush program. Just got lucky I guess, or perhaps it was better management since it was Vice President Dick Cheney's baby and not Attorney General Eric Holder's. Either way I didn't support it under either administration. The one Bush program I did support was removing terror combatants to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. That is another of those Bush programs that Mr. Obama didn't change and continues to foster, however, the left isn't too keen on reminding everyone about that one.

When it comes to The Affordable Healthcare Act (ACA) the left claims every time anyone brings up the Obama lies or reminds us of the websites continuing disaster they simply are using these to bring down the program because it is a law they on the right never liked, wanted or supported anyway. While that is certainly true it doesn't change the facts of what those doing so are bringing to light. If anyone is spouting rhetorical BS as it relates to the ACA it is those in rabid support of it and its creator, President Barack Obama. What you will never hear from those types are these facts - not talking points - but literal, by-the-numbers facts is as of November 4, 2013 alone the actual number of health insurance policy cancellation notices due to the ACA has been 3,697,300. Let me spell that out for those who have a hard time reading numbers - three million, six hundred and ninety seven thousand and three hundred cancellation notices have gone out to current policyholders because their preferred coverage doesn't meet with ACA's standard of coverage..you know things like maternity care, birth control coverage; those things everyone over 50 years of age will need. The ACA is a one size fits all coverage which is standard fare for government inclusionary systems. If you wish to forgo then your premiums will increase by again here comes some actual numbers, depending on your age and location - from 24 to 65%. Is this what an elderly couple barely in the middle class on a fixed retirement income or a young couple just starting out and paying off those horrendous student loans need from their government in this struggling economy? If they don't currently have healthcare after these facts become known to them then they certainly will after, especially those over 50 with a weak heart. All the above numbers can be verified and are available in print via multiple news sources such as CBS News, Kaiser Health News, The Washington Examiner, Philadelphia Business Journal, Fox Business and CNBC - just to name a few of the more "reputable" sources.

Perhaps those on the left and those who will love Obama to the grave can let Benghazi slide so easily from their memory banks. I know the president and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appreciate that kind gesture on their part. But most, again, the hard working middle class, middle America voters haven't and aren't likely to do so anytime soon. It is a sticking point especially to the military class, many of them high ranking officers in the corps with some holding ranks of General or Admiral who have even lost their jobs by voicing their displeasure over their Commander in Chief's decision to have left those men hung out to murder. Of course, the Pentagon, for instance, is denying that General Ham was removed for his outspoken remarks over Benghazi but as one of many who served with the Armed Forces for well over a decade I know that except for extreme circumstances a commander is not relieved in the midst of a highly important exercise except under dire circumstances - which is exactly what happened with General Ham and Admiral Gaouette - almost immediately after their disapproving comments. There were no dire reasons at that time and it is highly unlikely that it was a circumstantial occurrence of events for both men. Those of us familiar with the military know exactly what happened here. They pissed off the president, their boss, by outing him publicly. While I understand, as I am sure they did too, the repercussions for such action, I say, thank G-d for men of honor like these great military giants.

That should about cover it for now. I'm sure there will likely be more coming my way since Barry's avid supporters don't like it when their man is left looking bad...So, I'll be standing my post.

Secret Service Agent - Obama Sees the Government "As a Shiny New Toy."

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, a man of integrity who was assigned to protect several former presidents, including Barack Obama, comes forward with deep and troubling revelations about this current man in the Oval Office.

Bongino left the Service to try and counter the negative effects of the amateur hour taking place on the Hill and the White House by running for Congress to try and battle the problems from the inside. He appears in this video on Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.

Check out this eye-opening look inside the Oval Office from someone who was there nearly every day.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Here's A Shoulder

To all those who drank the Kool-Aid and believed the lies:

Don't feel bad. You're not the first to have fallen for the cardboard figure with a soothing, genteel voice, a gaining smile and statuesque pose. Many, many have been there before you and it's likely there will be many to come somewhere down the road. I understand. You wanted the dream, regardless of the reality.

You wanted the false hope, afterall, any hope is better than none at all. Right? It too is better than actually having to put in the hard work and time needed to make real change. You liked the tingly feelings he gave you as you gazed upon his magnificence standing before those ivory pillars of greatness. Don't fret. Every school-girl and boy crush starts that way. If all goes according to plan that crush becomes a courtship. Then there is the actual wedding, again, a glorious affair where hopes are high and the future, at least in your own mind, looks bright and promising.

But, then there is the everyday life of marriage, responsibitlity and you soon learn that your dream lover is really a two-timing liar who sold you a bill of goods and you fell for it tooth and nail. It's not because the signs weren't always there for you to see. It wasn't, or was it...because had you really listened to your gut, your wiser friends or just took the time to focus a little closer scrutiny for yourself at who and what you were getting.... There was no time for that in the courtship or on that wedding day, the ride was too thrilling to concern yourself over such trivial matters.

However, now it's crunch time, the rubber has met the road, your unfaithful lover has been weighed in the scales and found seriously wanting.

Worse still - He Lied TO YOU!

Wisdom From Gary Varvel

So, who exactly benefits from ObamaCare? Obviously that one is difficult to answer.

Wisdom from Gary Varvel