Let My Country Free

9/26/09 at 10:44 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Back in the old days, early part of the decade, I would occasionally dip my toes in the political waters.  I rarely do that now, as the flamers/libs are too much for me to stomach.  Their BDS (Bush derangement syndrome)-fueled idiocy still rages to this day.  I think it’s one of the reasons we get things like the school kids in Jersey singing praises to Obadma.  Bush had his faults, but he was a good president who loved and served his country, unlike the current occupant who I don’t think loves the US.  While Obadma made noises about bipartisanship prior to his election, he has yet to act on it.  Bush sought more bipartisanship than any modern president, and it came with a price (100’s of billions of debt).

Back to the point I wanted to make … this current health scare proposal has me very uneasy, and not just because of the price tag of having to pay for somebody else’s poor health management as well as screwing around with my health services.  I finally found someone who said it better than me in a Dan Henninger article last week.  He quotes from a paper by Victor Fuchs on national health insurance.  Democrats have been trying to enact a national health plan for over seventy years as part of the original Social Security act(scam).  Why do other countries enact national health care but the US has held off for so long?

He notes, for instance, that the national health insurance movement rose alongside a larger transfer of responsibility from the family to the state: “Every time the state assumes an additional function such as health insurance, child care or benefits for the aged, the need for close family ties becomes weaker.”

Replace “family” with community or church, and you have what has bothered me about the slide of this great country into a nanny-state.  Starting with Great Society and the alphabet soup FDR pushed through in the last Great Depression, the federal government has been on a continuous/inexorable power grab, intruding on what folks should be taking care of on their own.  Compassion belongs in the hands of the church/community/family and not some idiot bureaucrat in Washington.

There is no provision for the federal government to be involved in health care, child care or old-age benefits, let alone be in the mortgage business.  We have allowed this to slowly strangle us over the decades.  We now have something that looks and smells like the beginning of another economic depression, but God forbid we should name it and do something about it.  Instead we watch the federal government try to fix it by issuing trillions in debt, when the problem all along is excess credit/debt that cannot be serviced.  The feds looks the other way as banks play the extend-and-pretend game on debt they cannot service.  Hey, there is something in the Constitution for this – the 10th amendment, that simply declares that powers not enumerated for the fed. gov. will be given/assumed by the individual states.  Here’s more illumination from Fuchs:

But even the state must bond: “It may be that one of the most effective ways of increasing allegiance to the state is through national health insurance.” This would have been Bismarck’s purpose. “We live at a time when many of the traditional symbols and institutions that held a nation together have been weakened and fallen into disrepute. A more sophisticated public requires more sophisticated symbols, and national health insurance may fit that role particularly well.” Updating the public symbols, Mr. Obama says health care is one of the two “pillars” of U.S. prosperity in the 21st century.

No, health care is not a “pillar” of US prosperity.  Letting citizens of this great country live free of federal oppression, allowing free markets to function properly and expecting communities/states to take care of their own – those are the pillars for prosperity.  The elections of 2010 will be interesting to watch, but I’m not confident we will have much of a country left for whoever gets elected president in 2012 if we continue the present course.

Hosanna.

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Hangin’ In

9/26/09 at 9:51 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Otherwise, things are poking along here at the Taterbed.  I was tempted to have a big 50th b-day post, but old age prevented me from saying much.  Kristal was so nice and put on a big party, nicer than any I have had in my honor in a long time.  My mom and dad came in (Michigan and Illinois, respectively) and we had some friends stop by too (but none from out of town, not that I have many).  I had asked for just a family portrait b-day gift, but as the day kept getting closer she had not scheduled a time for a picture (at Sears?). 

She ended up collecting a bunch of old photos and paying someone to create a DVD slide show with a few songs.  It was nice, and I found myself getting a little choked up when the first pictures of Josh were displayed.  It feels like my life “restarted” then, and the past before that is dimly remembered.  She also imposed on family and friends to contribute to a 50th year “testimony” book.  Very touching.  I had my mom take a picture of us just before church, so I’m using that as my “official” family portrait, now displayed 8×10 in my office/closet.

I had given some thought so saying something profound at the party day, particularly as some people expect some words of wisdom to justify all those years.  When the time came I did not offer much besides thanks.  In hindsight I wanted to say:  

The older I get the more I appreciate the importance of love, my misunderstanding of it and how much I have to learn.  Love is the greatest challenge and greatest reward anyone could expect from life.

Sandy gave me a big ol’ kiss on the cheek before work the other day, and it was all I could do to stop my knees from wobbling.  I do feel my age when I watch Josh play football.  Part of me wants to strap it on again and show him how it’s done, as well as just for the sheer joy of full contact and the competition.  I know it wouldn’t last long, maybe a play or two, as the mind is willing but the body is fragile.  It’s so much fun to wake up now and start the day with minor pains.  It’ll just keep getting better and better too!

There’s my other reason for not having a big 50 post – who wants to hear somebody crabbing about getting old?  Fortunately the kids keep me busy enough to not give me time and think too much about senioritis.  I’m teaching 3rd grade Sunday school, and it’s been a blessing.  I have no curriculum (for now)  so it gets to be whatever springs from my fertile mind.  I typically get a little under 10 yutes in attendance, and they’re good kids.  They occasionally misbehave but it has not been anything major.  As much as I got to dislike the 3rd-5th grade boys Wed. night class over the last year (dropped it a few months ago) I enjoy and look forward to this Sunday school class.

God is good!

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