Let me provide a simple translation of the title of this post. It means President Obama is going back to full campaign mode. It is a mode he rarely leaves, but was forced out of when it became apparent that the ObamaCare website was a complete disaster. Let’s see, I believe that was on October 1, during the celebrated roll out of ObamaCare and its heralded website. It didn’t take long for most Americans to realize just how large the failure was going to loom over the President’s signature legislation. But as I pointed out in a previous post, ObamaCare is more than just a website.
We are now seeing conflicting claims about the website. President Obama and company are quick to point out it → Read More
Whoever said this was going to be a boring and lackluster GOP campaign really blew it. Those who said Republican voters were so disenchanted with the current field of candidates evidently didn’t have a clue what they were talking about. To put it as delicately as I can, this field has surged, dropped, and changed so many times, it’s a little hard to keep up with who is where in the polls. First, we had Michelle Bachmann winning the Iowa straw poll, with Ron Paul coming in a close second. Much ado, etc., etc., etc. A couple of days after that, Texas Governor Rick Perry joined the race by making an announcement in South Carolina. This followed much speculation about his intentions and resulted in → Read More
With Medicare and Medicaid wrecking federal and state budgets, it’s time to get serious about lowering health care costs.
Last week I had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Dr. Bo Jordin at Kenyon College, a former health care administrator from Sweden (such talks are a fringe benefit of living near a college village). I was convinced by his data that Sweden attains equivalent health care outcomes at about half the cost. I get frustrated when people say we have the “best health care in the world,” when the data don’t support that conclusion; we have excellent practitioners and services, but the system as a whole is vastly more expensive than is necessary. Before you accuse me of being a “closet socialist” → Read More
I was talking with a friend about recent developments in the ongoing saga of Obama’s socialized healthcare plan the other night. I made a joke that I thought was pretty clever. I reasoned that if the solution to health care troubles was the individual mandate – requiring everyone to purchase health insurance or face a fine – then why not solve society’s other ills this way.
We could solve the problem of hunger by requiring people to buy food. We could solve unemployment by requiring people to get jobs. We could solve homelessness by requiring people to buy houses. Little did I know someone had beaten me to the punch line. And the identity of the man who stole my thunder illustrates the cynical attempt → Read More
There is so much that could be said or written about one of the biggest news stories of the day. There is no way I could not write about Judge Roger Vinson’s decision yesterday that the much-touted health care law passed by the Democrats last year is unconstitutional. The signature legislation of the Obama administration was dealt a harsh blow by yesterday’s decision. There is no doubt that the legislation is headed to the Supreme Court, where hopefully, it will be dealt a complete death blow and be put out of it’s misery. Let’s examine the Judge’s decision and see how he came to make what may be one of the most important court decisions we have seen in quite some time.
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As is it’s yearly custom, the Congress of the United States is waiting until the last minute to pass some of it’s mandatory legislation, namely the spending bills that will continue to fund the government while they are away on the holiday break. None of us should be surprised at this. However, what you may or may not know is some of the spending items that have been included in this mandatory spending bill. There has been much talk of defunding the health care law, but our Congress is taking matters into their own hands and providing the funding via the back door. If it doesn’t shock you, it should at least make you fighting mad.
Senator Tom Coburn has detailed some of these additions, → Read More
How long have we been debating the pros and cons of the health care reform legislation that was signed into law by President Obama earlier this year? It didn’t take long before the legislation was being challenged in the courts, with cases being started nearly before the legislation had even taken affect. At the heart of most of those cases is the single portion of the law that is it’s heart and soul. I am speaking of the mandate saying we all have to purchase health care insurance or face a penalty. This mandate was included because those who were in charge of ramming this legislation down our throats said the only way health care costs could be lowered was to make sure everyone purchased → Read More
Tomorrow we go to the polls (actually we have early voting here so I’ve done my citizens duty) and see how strong the political winds have been that are driving the GOP. As our political parties become more partisan and retreat deeper into their respective corners preparing for the next great battle any hope of compromise and effective governance becomes less likely. But for those of us who retain some glimmer of hope of our politicians acting in the best interest of our country,the centrist position, where independents and moderates reside, offers some idea of where progress on bipartisan legislation can be made…if men and women of good will go to Washington to govern.
On the economic front there are lots of good ideas → Read More
I learned about something last week that I felt needed to be shared with our readers, something that is a prime example of government mandates ran amok. If you own a business, you are probably familiar with the 1099 form issued by the IRS. If you have a sub-contractor working for you and you have paid them at least $600 in a calendar year, you are required to issue a 1099 form, with the sub-contractor and the IRS both getting a copy. That way, the IRS knows exactly where your money is going and if the sub-contractor doesn’t report the income, they can go to them and collect the taxes that are due on said income. This requirement has been limited to certain kinds of → Read More
For almost a year now, we have been engaged in a lively and vigorous debate over health care reform and what form it should take. Now that H.R. 3590 and the reconciliation bill have both been signed into law, the talk has shifted to what the two pieces of legislation actually contain and what the consequences will be for all of America. I have to be honest, I have not read all of either of the bills, but I have browsed through them. I find them overly complicated and hard to read and understand, but I suppose that is to be expected, since they came from Congress.
This post is prompted by an email I received last night entitled “Dhimmitude” and it has given me → Read More
Dr. Tom Coburn is certainly a conservative voice in politics. Not only has he crossed swords with the Democrats, but he has also been at odds with his own party. If you don’t believe that, just ask Newt Gingrich to tell you a story or two of Coburn’s tenure in the House of Representatives. One thing for certain, he has been an outspoken opponent of the health care reform legislation that President Obama just signed into law. However, it appears the Senator from Oklahoma, who is known as Dr. No, has a side to him that some of us have never seen.
In a recent townhall meeting in our home state of Oklahoma, Dr. Coburn encountered a spirited and rowdy crowd who voiced their opposition → Read More
For your reading pleasure and relaxation, here is this week’s edition of Friday Funnies. I have included more cartoons this time, trying to get a feel for what is a good number. The stars of this week’s cartoon event include President Obama and the Democrats, Michael Steele and the Republicans, Mitt Romney and Joe Biden, the Consitution and the Catholic Church. I even managed to squeeze in Apple and the iPad. As always, comments are welcome and let’s all keep our sense of humor.
Race Attack – Chip Bok
Civility – Bob Gorrell
Biden's Teleprompter – Bruce Plante
Romneycare – Chip Bok
RNC Expense Report – Mike Luckovich
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I have caught very little news in the last few days, due to the personal reasons heretofore mentioned. As I was browsing the news yesterday and listening to NPR this morning, one thing was very clear. The criticisms being put forth by those who disagree with the health care reform legislation just signed into law and with other liberal policies are being sidelined and minimized by the media. Some of the corporations, AT&T, Caterpillar, Deere & CO, and others, who have came out with their own accounting numbers, showing how the legislation is going cost them billions of dollars, are being called on the carpet for being irresponsible. Henry Waxman has called for a hearing in the House on April 21 and has requested that → Read More