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Spiney hasn’t written in a few months. Mainly because I got tired of blogging about politics. The more I watch the news and read blogs like my friend Wes at The Humble Libertarian the more I feel hopeless and that all politics is dirty. But this week  the non-stop Health Care Reform coverage has really got my goat.

We are in the worst economic conditions since the great depression. No one disagrees with this. Because of the Trillions spent on the Stimulus bill, money spent to buy into GM, Chrysler, The Tarp money spent to shore up Wall Street, etc our country’s deficit is at the highest it has ever been.  This administration has spent more in their first year, than was spent by all administrations up until now, including WWII. Our country is on the verge of bankruptcy and Moody’s Financial has said that our credit rating will be lowered for the first time ever!

For years we have been warned that Social Security and Medicare will be bankrupt in a few years. So now we will add on top of the an estimated $980 billion dollar program. A program that adds 153 new governmental  agencies.  Governmental agencies add no productivity to the economy, they just make work and drain money from the taxpayers, that’s you. This new Healthcare plan also cuts $580 Billion dollars from Medicare. This will effect our senior citizens who are already strapped paying for medical cost. So how does this help them?

We are being told that this new Health Care Plan will reduce our deficit by $120 billion dollars after 10 years, and even more after 20 years. These numbers are estimates by the CBO the Congressional Budget Office. But they are estimates. How can they really predict what is going to happen in 10 and 20 years. No one in the government saw our recent financial collapse coming, even those agencies whose job it was to keep an eye on all of our financial institutions. With that collapse we lost Trillions of dollars, and with the loss in tax income from people without jobs and homes without owners several of our largest states and cities are in financial ruin. California hands out IOU’s to it’s suppliers and constituents.  And it has now come out that 11 states will  not be able to send out State Income Tax Returns. It’s your money but they don’t have it to give back to you. Most say it will take until August until you get your tax return.

The U.S. Government is telling you that they know better how to run Health Care than the business sector. They also said they could run the Postal Service which is in Bankruptcy. They are going to cut out Saturday delivery very soon. They also said they could run Amtrak the federal passenger rail service. Amtrak loses money hand over fist every year. Every year it needs a financial bailout from the government to keep it running.  And compared to the rest of the Western World we have the slowest trains in the world. Plus despite all of your money the Government gives to Amtrak have you ever bought a ticket for one of their trains, very expensive. No wonder people still drive their cars instead of riding the rails.

In this bill they propose to cut payment to Doctors for Medicare patients by 20%.  Doctors are already less than thrilled to treat Medicare patients.  Many now say they will drop out of the program with these cuts. This program will put 30 million more people on the Medicare system with less doctors to treat them. Have you waited in your Doctors waiting room lately, or called for an appointment and told they will see you next week. Or worse yet, have you ever had to sit in the ER. An average wait when I go is at least 2 and as much as 4 hours to be seen, and as much as 9 hours to get out. Think about how much more this will go up when 30 million more people have access.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m the first to agree that the current system doesn’t work. If you happen to have good health insurance it’s the best.  But I’ve been on the other side. I’ve gone broke paying for health care.  Both my Wife and myself have health issues. I have Chronic pain from 4 back surgeries and many doctors visits a year. My wife suffers from chronic and almost constant migraines. Because of her migraines we visit the ER and doctors often. My Wife and I also owned our own business for 15 years. One of our largest monthly expenses was health insurance. In the end in 2005 we were paying over $1200 a month for health insurance. That was just for 2 adults. There needs to be affordable coverage for the neediest among us, and health insurance cost need to be made more affordable and their constant increases kept in check.  This can be done through competition. Right now I am limited to buying health insurance to a few companies within my state of PA. And the big player who sets their prices wherever they want in this state is Capital Blue Cross. It is the same way in almost every state, if not every state. If insurance companies from all over the country could compete in every state the competition would drive the price down, just like it does in every other field.

The Government could have an option for the neediest, and those of us who can afford insurance can buy their insurance through private firms at competitive prices.  The other thing that needs to be done to keep health care cost down is everyone who can afford health care must carry at least catastrophic coverage. That way hospitals won’t have to pickup the cost for those who can not pay. And when they do it gets passed on to all of the rest of us. There are many who say they can’t afford health insurance and want the government to provide it for them. But on the other hand they really choose to buy other things instead of paying for health insurance. They have cool tricked out cars, the latest electronics, and go on expensive vacations. All the time the roll the dice saying that they are healthy and not worried. But then they could have an accident, that’s why they are called accidents, or worse an unexpected disease or major health care. Even simple appendicitis will set you back several thousand.  And how many couples find their selves in an unintended pregnancy.  Again you are talking a few thousand dollars, and that’s if everything goes well.

When we are in an extended depression, with high unemployment that is predicted to last, this is not a good time to add an almost trillion dollar program to the government. One that will admittedly create new tax burdens for business. Businesses that are already hurting and just hanging on.

If this Health Care Bill is so wonderful and such a no brainer why has the deadline been moved almost a year. Why must there be so many special backroom deals cut to exempt a few states from the Medicare cuts in order to get the votes from that senator or congress person. Also why now are they not even willing to take an up and down vote, on the record to pass or fail this bill. Instead they are now looking to use the Deemed function, which I admit I don’t totally understand, but they will basically pass or fail it with one vote Yes or No with no individual record. They don’t want this record because they are all up for election in November.

Why to a feel a need to blog this and why am I concerned. It’s this, we are going to create another huge government bureaucracy. These never work out good. They always end up costing much more than they were ever estimated at. In the beginning all are supposed to be big money savers. I challenge you to find one government program that actually saves us money. And you are talking 1/6 of our economy. We don’t make anything in America anymore we just service things. and Healthcare is one of the biggest. Again I agree we need reform, but this isn’t it. It’s 3000 pages of new laws that those who are pushing it don’t even know what’s in it.  Nancy Pelosi speaker of the house stated this week that we will have to pass the bill to see what’s in it. Now isn’t that something, pushing a bill that you don’t even know what is in it. That’s what scares Spiney. What do you think?

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I woke up to shocking news this morning. My cousin’s 16 year old son, Ian died of the swine flu. He was a strong, healthy 16 year old. I had just talked to him last night via email about playing the drums. He was bummed because he couldn’t play this week because he was sick.

I tried to get a regular seasonal flu shot this week. In fact I’ve tried for the past two weeks. No one has them available. The local Sam’s club had what was a very limited supply this morning. They ran out in 10-15 minutes and throngs were turned away.

Every day we are warned on the TV, radio, net, newspapers of the coming pandemic and we better get our flu shot. Yet there are none to be had. Because of some screw up at the lab they had to destroy a large batch of seasonal flu vaccine. And the manufacturing of the H1N1 is going much slower than they think.

This is coming from the same government that wants to take over the health care industry. They feel they can do it better than the free market. Yet the swine flu and seasonal flu shots are coordinated by the CDC, the Center for Disease Control. If they can’t get this right, and they have seen it coming for at least 2 years, how can they take over the whole health care industry?

This blog entry is dedicated to Ian Hinkle, age 16 of Weatherly, PA.

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a Friend and fellow blogger Wes E. Messamore writer of the Humble Libertarian has written an excellent comment on Michael Moore’s latest film “Capitalism a Love Story”. I can’t improve on his work so I ask you to click on , this link , to read it.

All I can add is that the next time Mr. Moore is in Cannes France to accept yet another award for a film that shows how much he dislikes his country, he may want to apply for asylum. I’m sure France would be thrilled to have him and he would much more enjoy the political climate there. What do you think? Spiney

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The following are not my original words. I tried through Google to find the author, but alas I could not find him or her. But I do love what it has to say, and I wanted to share it. Please take the time to read it and leave your take on it.

Thank you, Spiney

Read This..This is where the blame really falls

Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them..
Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?
Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?
You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.
You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.
You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.
You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.
You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.
One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices equates to 535 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.
I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.
I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash. The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.
Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.
What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits.. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 535 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 535 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 535 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.
If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red ..
If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ
If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.
There are no insoluble government problems.
Do not let these 535 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.
Those 535 people, and they alone, are responsible.
They, and they alone, have the power.
They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.
Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees…
We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess

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Dear President Carter, I was at the DC Rally on 9/12 and I am not a racist. I had an African American who was my best friend in my wedding. I listen to inner city African American Preachers on my Christian Radio Station WDAC.  I have nothing against anyone just because of their color.

Even though I didn’t vote for President Obama I was proud of our country on January 20, 2009. I was actually a little ashamed that it took until 2008 for a African American to make it into the Presidential Election. I thought to myself here could be a new beginning, maybe my generations chance at a President Kennedy like experience. It didn’t take long until I realized that was not to be. I don’t dislike President Obama the person. I dislike his policies, the radicals that surround him, All the money he is spending, and the direction he is taking our country. I have often said I wish he was white, for only one reason, so it would be politically correct to disagree with him!

President Carter I could not vote for you because I was only 16. But I did support you in your campaign and I was at your inauguration. I felt the same chance for a fresh start after the heavy hand of the Nixon administration, and Gerald Ford, someone we never elected. Here was a non insider, plus an extremely intelligent man a nuclear scientist, and yes important for me, a Christian man. But then the oil crises hit and you told us to wear a sweater. You showed a weakness on foreign policy, especially during the Iran Hostage Crises. In the end I was glad to see you go. and while I like President Ronald Reagan, I voted for John Anderson in my first Presidential Election, 1980. I remember you as a weak president. Though I will give you your proper dues on arranging the most important Egypt – Israeli Peace accords. That you can be proud of.

I see a lot of you in President Baraq Obama as he makes one of his first moves as President a worldwide apology trip.

President Carter, you are a smart man, so please don’t make the mistake of wrongly accusing me and many others of being racist, just because we disagree with President Obama’s policies, advisers, and actions.

Sincerely, Spiney

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You may not agree with my view on things. I am libertarian with some conservative leanings. And I have respect for moderates and some liberal views. But would you really want to see the United States turn towards Socialism or worse Communism? I would have never thought that possible but events of the last year concern me.  It started with the Bush administration. The used the threat of terrorism to overstep boundaries and begin spying, probably more than we will ever know. Then the used the threat of a financial meltdown to intervene in the Banking and Financial sector, bailing out whomever they felt were “Too big to fail”  Along came the Change that a majority , not me, voted for. Barack Obama promised to Change the system. His Chief of Staff Rham Emanuel on watching even more meltdown in the economy stated “Never let a good crises go to waste” They didn’t they propped up more financial institutions, pumped billions into GM and Chrysler in an effort to save them from bankruptcy. Then oh well, they went bankrupt anyway, taking about $20 Billion US taxpayer dollars with them.  Money we don’t have so we borrowed it from Communist China. Ford Motor Company was smart. They say problems earlier than the other two and made their own changes. They took NO money from the government and are currently even after the giant Cash For Clunkers debacle blowing the doors off of GM and Chrysler. Side note, Spiney should have bought Ford Stock when it was down around $2.00 a share. Then because we were heading off a Depression we had to sign a Huge Stimulus Bill to the tune of around $782 Billion Dollars. It had to be signed in like 5 days or the country was going to hell in a hand basket. So they scared everyone and pushed that through. To this date, about 6 months later they have spent less than 10-12% of that money. So what was the rush? It was supposed to be for “Shovel Ready Jobs” where people would be put to work right away. In the mean time the unemployment figure keeps going up.  The next time it is announced it will probably hit 10%. Passing the Stimulus Bill was supposed to stop it at 8.5%.  Being Socialist is when the Government has a large stake in the production of goods and the economy in general. Where as Capitalism which we were founded on, and ran well for over 200 years, the Production of goods, the Farms, The Banks, etc are all Privately owned.  Now the Government wants to Nationalize the Health Care Industry. This represents about 16% of our total economy. So far everything that the Government does run has a terrible record of being a financial success. Social Security, Medicare, Medic-aide, The Post Office, and Amtrak all are either Bankrupt or near Bankrupt. They run on huge deficits and don’t exactly provide a bargain service. The cost of postage goes up about every 6 months. and now they are proposing dropping Saturday delivery in order to stay afloat. The upside is that’s one less day you will get bills and junk mail. Have you ever priced a ticket on Amtrak? I love trains, but every time my wife and I look at taking Amtrak vs the car, the car wins, even at $4 a gallon gas.  Unless you are traveling alone it doesn’t pay. It’s much cheaper to travel by bus, a private company.

The President now has 35 plus Czars, or special experts that report directly to him. They work in the white house. Most but not all receive a sizable salary. Non were voted on by Congress. President Obama said I trust these people to by my experts in their field, even though some are duplicating efforts for which there are already Departments and Committees that have been approved by congress or are made up of congressional representatives.  Many are old friends of the Presidents. Some have very scary backgrounds and believes.  Number one is the Green Jobs Czar Van Jones.  He is a self avowed Radical and Communist. He goes on the record stating this. He was arrested during the Rodney King Riots of the early 90’s and when in prison he became a radical and then a communist. He started an organization called STORM which stands for Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement. Storm studies and believes in the theories of Lenin & Marx. Their dream is a multiracial Socialist Utopia. This man is a good friend of the President, will be in charge of Billions of dollars of Green Jobs Stimulus money and helped with other Czars and friends of the President write the $782 Billion Dollar Stimulus Bill. The one that was so large, no Congressmen or Senators had the time to read it. Wonder what’s hidden in there.  Then there is the Pay Czar Kenneth R. Fienberg. His job is to look into the compensation of executives of companies who received Government assistance through Tarp Funds. He will Cap their salaries and decide whats fair or not.  There is the Regulatory Czar Cass Sunstein. He is said by the President to be a Dear and trusted friend. He wrote a book in 2002 Republic.com that discussed the drawbacks of limitless access of information on the Internet. Especially where it allowed like minded people to find others with same interest or beliefs. He wanted search engines to also mandatory lead to sites with opposing points of view. So much for free speech and thought.  Science Czar John Holdren.  He co-wrote a book in 1977 called Eco-Science that talked about over population threatening the existance of sustainable life on the planet. He proposed such ideas as mandatory sterilization of women after their 3rd child. And that this could be done within the constraints of the constitution. Also Putting contreceptive fluids in our water supply.  Then there is Mark Loyd. He is in charge of diversity for the FCC. He is on video praising the way that Hugo Chavez took over the media in Venezuela in order to put down dissadent speach that was harming him. Chavez is just short of a dictator. He is friends with just about everyone in the world who hate US and we have someone within the FCC who is praising his tactics. Someone who if he had his way would change the face of Talk Radio as you know it.  and you know what, Talk Radio is totally capitalistic and market based. If no one liked or listened to conservative talk radio, it wouldn’t be on the air, and the big names such as Rush Limbaugh, Shawn Hannity, and Glenn Beck wouldn’t be millionaires. They tried to combat them with a network based on Liberal and Left speaking air personalities. It was called Air America. It had big names like Janean Garafalo, Al Franken and others. It bombed. It burned through money, got no sponsers, because no one listened. And I’ll admit I like Janean. I think she is a funny actress and thoughtful person. But they couldn’t buy an audience.  No one forces people to listen to Rush, Shawn, or Glenn. They strike a chord with their listeners. I’ll admit I was an early listener to Rush and Shawn. I can’t take them anymore. While they do make some good points, they are over the top and totally one sided. If Barak Obama brokered a lasting peace with Isreal and the Arabs, they would find fault with it. They give him no slack. And when you do that you are like the boy who cried wolf. If everything is negative then when you really do come out with something we should listen to or be concerned about, it just sounds like sour grapes.

I am a follower of Glenn Beck. I like him because he provides information with humor and also gives people benefit of the doubt. He also backs up what he says with the peoples own words, either in their writings, video taped conversations or speaches etc. and he brings on experts both for and against. When he shows me that there are people who hate the capitalist system within the White House, who are Friends of the President and backs it up it scares me. I grew up in the 60’s. I grew up threw the cold war. My Father fought in the end of WWII. He didn’t fight, and we didn’t win the cold war only to hand our country over to people who want to see us as a socialist country. I for one won’t stand for it. In order to put my feet and my mouth where my heart and head is I am heading to the 9-12 march on Washington DC on 9-12-2009. I along with thousands of others are going to let our voices be heard that this is not the America we want. I hope a million people show up. It’s much more important than Health Care, Stimulus, Nationalizing the Auto Industry. It is steering our Country from 200 years Plus of a Capitalist Republic to a Socialist Country where the Government knows best. When not hard work and better ideas, but some bureaucrat in Washington will decide what you can do, and how much you can make. and oh yes, how much you can keep. Where there will no longer be the dream of being the next Bill Gates, Donald Trump, or a Doctor or Lawyer who makes good money because he studied hard, worked hard, took risks. That will all be gone, because if you make what the government considers is too much money, they will take it from you and give it to someone else who is worse off, maybe by no fault of their own, or maybe because they squandered their opportunity at an education. I’ve started and ran several businesses during my life. There is no greater satisfaction than doing that. And I started them all from the ground up with a dream and hard work and yes maybe a credit card. But I did and they all made money. I also worked for several small businesses who did the same thing. They all had passion and drive to make their dream work.  Under Socialism you all sit back and wait for Big Government to take care of you. We will all be equally poor and highly taxed. That is not the America for me. If you beleive the same it ‘s time to wake up America. I’d suggest you give Glenn Beck a try. He’s on Fox News every week night at 5pm. He also has a website GlennBeck.com and a 3 hour Radio show everyday. If not him, then do your own research and come up with your own conclusions. That’s all the better. Google, Bling, or Yahoo President Obama +Czars.  Then look into who George Soros is.  He is a Multi-Billionaire who’s aim is to bring the US down.  I don’t understand it, we made him rich, and he hates us. Also research Socialism, Marxism, Communism. Then check out YouTube where you will find many of these people praise communist leaders or hate america in their own words. Such as this gem: Here you will find a YouTube clip of Congresswoman Diane Watson Democrat  CA while at a town meeting on August 27th of this year told the crowd how much she loves and admires Communist Dictator Fidel Castro of Cuba.

I’ll leave you with this, if Capitalism is so horrible then why is the United States and it’s people the greatest contributors to charity bar non.  Bill & Melinda Gates with their Foundation and now they have teamed up with Warren Buffet. These are the two riches people in the United States have pledged to give ALL of their money to charity. Much of it going to Africa to fight Aids, Malaria, and help them with sustainable crops.  Do you know of any great Socialist or Communist Leaders who are doing the same? If you do I’d love to know their name.  There is still time to get on a 912 caravan bus or car pool to go to DC and let the m know how you, the great American Citizen feels. Like I said I’m going and with my back it will be one painfull day and the next 2 or 3 after it. But it is too important to sit and the recliner of rage and not participate. And I was not coerced, I’m not part of some big organized group being told what to do. I took the time and found a group going because I wanted to participate and I can’t drive that far. PLEASE tell me how you feel about this. Thanks for reading. Spiney

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The Obama administration is going out of their way to tell us that we’ve turned the corner on the recession. That by all indicators it’s over and the economy is on the rebound. And there are signs of that, the Stock Market has been steadily climbing for several months. Last week a housing report came out showing the home sales were up 9% from last year. Well 9% from an abysmal low is nothing to rave about, but they are up. So if all of this is true and we have only spent about 10-12% of the $780 billion dollar stimulus fund, then why not do the fiscally responsible thing and not spend the other 88%.

Just last week the administration said they agreed with the CBO or Congressional Budget Office that our national debt was heading towards a record $9 Trillion instead of the $7 Trillion the administration had held to. And while announcing one spending plan after another, the latest being “Cash for Refrigerators”, President Obama says he Will reduce the deficit. So why not show us he is serious about that and put the brakes on the Stimulus spending. The majority of the spending in there was pork to win over new voters or thank those who put him and the congress in power. But the President has said time after time he wants to work with both sides of the aisle, Democrats and Republicans. so here is a chance to win over the 50% who no longer support him. He could really make some points with those of us who are fiscally responsible and not spend money he / we don’t have for projects not really needed. After all isn’t that what all rational people do in tough times, tighten their financial belts, not open their wallets and break out those credit cards? In the Spiney household we have a budget and we stick to it, no matter how much we are tempted by Cash for my Clunker, a 91 Ford Ranger Pick-up, or Cash for my 25 year old refrigerator. In tough times I’d much rather have Cash in my Savings Account.  That’s Spiney’s view, what’s yours?

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