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Healthcare and What Should Have Been Done and Still Can Be Done to Fix It

I have written several times on Healthcare, or more specifically Medicare and Medicaid, so my views are pretty well known by any who read my blog. I am opposed to Universal Healthcare. I am also vehemently opposed to the universal healthcare we now have for anyone 65 years old or older which we know as Medicare.

A need for government involvement in insuring medical care for the poor was seen to be necessary in the early 1960’s and so in 1965 Congress *“enacted as Title XVIII and Title XIX of the Social Security Act, extending health coverage to almost all Americans age 65 or over (e.g., those receiving retirement benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board), and providing health care services to low-income children deprived of parental support, their caretaker relatives, the elderly, the blind, and individuals with disabilities."

A Beautiful Tribute to Those Who Serve.

Whether you are for or against the United States' involvement in Iraq is beside the point. Those who have chosen to serve their country and sworn to protect their countrymen are heroes, one and all. Tho not a one would consider that appellation appropriately applied to them. They are simply doing the job they have chosen to do. And they do it for love because there certainly is no glory or glamour or money in being a soldier. This is a tribute to them:

Put on your headphones and go to :

http://www.iwo.com/heroes.htm

Sincerely, Brenda Bowers, a proud military wife, mother, mother-in-law and soon to be a military grandmother

On My Way Thru the News of the Day

Heating your home with Corn sound corny? Well a couple in New Jersey are using a Corn burning stove to heat part of their 8000 sq.ft. home. It takes approximately 50 pounds of corn a day and heats so well they sometimes have to open their windows to cool the place down, and the lady of the house has been known to wear a bikini around the house in winter.

The corn burning stove costs around $4000. But the inventor claims the costs is recovered in 3 to 4 years depending on where you live, how many months out of the year you need to heat your home and of course the cost of corn. At any rate, corn is far less costly than oil or natural gas, and very much cleaner. So as “corny” as it sounds perhaps there will be a corn burning stove in your future.
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Where There is a Rule, The Congressmen Will Find a Way Around It

The New York Times February 11, 2007

Congress Finds Ways to Avoid Lobbyist Limits DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

The 110th Congress controlled by the Democrats came in like a horse with it’s tail on fire and made a bunch of new laws and regulation. Their famous “100 Hours”. Right up top was lobbying reform. No more could lobbyist treat a Congressman to a steak dinner or a ride in a company jet or any other form of gift giving. Boy the law was being laid down and Congressman who sold their vote were going to be slapped back in line. From here on out the only thing a Congressman could take from a lobbyist was a campaign contribution. There! That’ll get ‘em!

So what do our ever inventive Congress people do? They have all lobbyist make payments to their political fund raising committee for anything and everything they can think of and then their ticket or the event is paid for out of the campaign war chest, and of course lobbyist are invited guests. No problem. They still get the money, and maybe even more than before and they don’t break any rules, regulations or laws.

Even Progressive's Need Humor Sometimes.

The Value of a Drink
Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink
I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think
about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes
and dreams. If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out
of work and their dreams would be shattered.
Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their
dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver."
~ Jack Handy

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell
happened to your bra and panties
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"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they
wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're
going to feel all day. "
~Frank Sinatra

WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people.

Test You Unconscious Biases.

Test yourself to discover your unconscious biases

https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/

Are you a racist? Are you prejudiced against fat people? What do you feel about religions other than your own? Do you prefer the company of men or women best? And a few more categories. Try these tests to find your inner self. Interesting and in some cases an eye opener.

Where Exactly Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

http://www.kowaldesign.com/budget/money.html

Check out this site if you want to know just where your tax dollars are going. From so many comments I have read it seems clear many do not have any idea what percentage of the budget is spent in any given area. The site starts with a self test to see where you think the percentages are then goes on giving pertinent information in easy to understand graphs.

This site also answers some questions about the federal budget that are an eye opener.

Mentally Ill Being Abandoned Again! Where is Our Compassion?

This post is a follow up on one I did for hometown of Greensboro and Guilford County, but since this is a state wide problem I have decided to post here also.
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My post of January 17, 2007 talked about out drug problems in the United States and here in Greensboro. I went on to explain how our War on Drugs started in 1970 by President Nixon simply isn’t working because we are trying to eliminate the producers rather than the consumers. When there is no longer a market for drugs the producers will stop on their own accord. To eliminate the consumers we need much more in the way of drug treatment and rehabilitation. And yet of the budget for the War on Drugs only 6% is spent on treatment whereas 94% is spent on interdiction trying to keep the drugs out of the country. Stupid and not working!

Nuclear as an Energy Source the Worst Choice.

Nuclear is the most dangerous and deadly source of energy. I truly hope the public remembers Chernobyl before endorsing this alternative fuel.

There are many reason I have read for an against nuclear energy and in my opinion the cons far outnumber the pros. However aside from the fact that there are no failsafe Nuclear Systems these are my three main concerns:

1. My first concern is the danger of terrorists attack which is with us today, and I am afraid will be an issue which will be with us at least thru out this century. If terrorist would happen to get into the facilities at Yucca Mountain today the entire west coast would be made uninhabitable. There is NO DEFENSE THAT IS FULL PROOF. In fact a well placed missile would do the trick. And as of this moment we have no effective missile defense system. May I remind you that the world now has a few more unstable and dangerous countries with missiles and nuclear weapons. We also know the break up of the Communist Soviet Union allowed much radioactive and nuclear material and weapons to go unaccounted for. We don’t know who has these “lost” weapons.

A Proverb for the 21st. Century. “ When Entrepreneurial money meets Needs we get Progressive Change.

The old saying was a simple, “Need is the Mother of all Invention” In today’s world need is not enough because we have so few needs that haven’t been met in some way. The greatest need in today’s world is energy and we have solved this need by burning fossil fuels. Needless to say this was a bad choice, but the one available and the only one we had the technology to use for much of the past century. Now we are seeing the damage done to our planet by the use of these dirty carbon dioxide expelling fuels and our need is to find another source of fuels. This is especially true in a world hell bent on so-called advancement at any cost. The United States has been the biggest polluter up to this point, but today China and India are quickly catching up. Just at the time when the majority scientists have finally agreed that too much greenhouse gases are entering our atmosphere and destroying the shield protecting the earth from destructive ultraviolet rays from our Sun.

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