My $0_02 on HC

3/22/10 at 7:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Don’t know where to begin, except to say that I can’t seem to get rid of this sick feeling in my stomach.  I went to NRO’s Corner last night to get info, and I think it was there that I saw somebody state that (unlike Michelle Obama) it was the first time they have been ashamed of their country.  There has been talk about natural and “artificial” rights, where the former are those stated in the Declaration of Independence, and the latter are those the government thinks we need to give everyone.  This recession/depression we’re struggling through was brought about some morons in Congress deciding that everyone should be able to by a house, and since houses always appreciate in value it would be a slam dunk.  Well, we got slam dunked, and now we the taxpayers are left to cover the check.  These same morons don’t want to face the music and take care of the debt, so we keep whistling past the graveyard hoping things get better.

Oh yeah, health care … IT’S NOT A RIGHT!  By taking over the health care industry, the government has taken away the role of the community to take care of its own.  It does not take a village to raise a child, but the village should be responsible for helping those down on their luck.  Jesus told us we’ll always have the poor, but now the poor get to have a free pass to everything the medical profession offers.  Should the taxpayers have to pay for the health care of somebody who does not take care of themselves, don’t bother to pay for medical insurance yet insist on the best care when their bodies break down? 

I’m afraid I’m not expressing myself very well, as I do have compassion for those who have had unfortunate circumstances.  Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin said it much better, and if you have not seen his speech, spend the 4 minutes and listen:

[Here’s a transcript of part of his speech from Rush’s site]  RYAN:  This is history.  Today marks a major turning point.  Our Founders got it right when they wrote in the Declaration of Independence that our rights come from nature and nature’s God, not from government.  Should we now subscribe to an ideology where government creates rights, is solely responsible for delivering these artificial rights, and then rations these rights?  Do we believe that the goal of government is to promote equal opportunity for all Americans to make the most of their lives, or do we now believe that government’s role is to equalize the results of people’s lives?  The philosophy advanced on this floor by this majority today is so paternalistic and so arrogant, it’s condescending, and it tramples upon the principles that have made America so exceptional.  My friends, we are fast approaching a tipping point where more Americans depend upon the federal government than upon themselves for their livelihoods — a point where we, the American people, trade in our commitment and our concern for our individual liberties in exchange for government benefits and dependencies.

Repeal will be an uphill battle, since Obama is not going anywhere for another 2+ years.  We get the leaders we deserve.  It will take some hard work from many in this country to get to the point of getting better leaders we can say we deserve.  It will also take repentance and knee-service to implore God for another chance at making the USA the type of country that God can take pride in, where His people seek His face and His will. May God have mercy on us, for surely the federal bureaucrat who decides what care somebody gets will not have mercy on us.

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The Consuming Beast

2/27/10 at 10:16 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

I was going to put up a rant on how the US needs to get back to the Constitution by following the Tenth Amendment, where federal powers/programs are eliminated and the states have to pick up the slack, but I was disheartened by a little research.  My hope was that with a President elected by the will of the people to reduce the federal government, the Supreme Court could support the President by using the Tenth Amendment.

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

According to past rulings, the Tenth Amendment is regarded as a “truism”, more of a rhetorical device or opinion than a bedrock principle.  If the 10th was followed closely, then the federal government has no business in health care, social security or education, to name a few.  The fear of the Founding Fathers was a federal government running roughshod over the states, and eventually tumbling into despotism/totalitarianism where people would be controlled by one (or a few).  The concept of the three branches of government and regular public elections was their best attempt at checks and balances.

Would they reel in horror if brought back now, seeing a federal government growing out of control and clamping down on an individual’s freedom and liberty?  It’s this outrage that the supposed “tea party” has tapped into, yet it is a difficult battle.  Cal Thomas wrote recently about a Republican second coming:

A Republican majority must teach us again that “you can do it,” like so many of our fathers did when the training wheels came off and we learned we could fly down the sidewalk without assistance.   America doesn’t need restructuring. It needs revival; revival of the principles that made us strong and great; revival of the moral foundation that proved to be our real strength and allowed us to conquer our demons and become independent, not dependent on government.

This is the message most Americans want to hear and need to hear. Will the Republicans deliver it? Is there a leader who can articulate our hopes and in the process withstand the Left’s onslaught that such people are “uncaring”? In fact, liberty is the highest form of caring. It is why we marvel at a bald eagle in flight. It is why we once yearned to breathe free and might yet again.

The answers to society’s problems are not to be solved by the federal government.  They start with the community.  Let each state decide how communities will rule themselves, help people and spend their money on the things they agree on.  Let each state administer health care, education and provisions for elderly care.  We have let the size of federal government fool us into thinking there is a limitless reservoir of funds to right wrongs and show we really “care”.  Instead we have let the federal government take care of things, but it has turned out to be a black hole.  Congressmen and Senators promise the world when people think they have a right to own a house, “free” medical care and a luxurious retirement.

The bill has come due, and we’re getting to the point where we can’t even afford the interest on the debt created by the Free-Ice-Cream feds, let alone get back to a balanced budget.  The only way we have a hope to balance the budget is to cut spending.  Increasing taxes may scare up a few dollars but in the end it crushes freedom, where people either find a way to avoid taxes or don’t even bother doing whatever was being taxed.  Do we really want to give more money to people who have mismanaged it to the point of yearly trillion dollar deficits?  Let people loose to innovate and create – the liberty foundation that got the US to be the most prosperous country in the world, and our best hope of a promising future.  Get the federal leeches back to a focus on their Constitutional duties:  national defense, interstate commerce regulation and arbiter of complaints between states.

Loving and Serving God

2/27/10 at 7:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

For the last serveral weeks, as my 3rd grade SS class has started Discipleland, I have started the class reviewing what we went over the first session:  what is most important in life?  After about 4 weeks I think they’re getting to the point of being able to say “loving and serving God” without me giving most of the answer.  After that point we review what the two “new” commandments Jesus gave us (loving God with heart-mind-soul and loving our neighbor) and who is our neighbor (one who needs help/mercy).  What I have not given them is the answer to “Why do it?”

With these young minds of mush, you need to repeat stuff and shape them until they start getting the hang of it, particularly if you only get them for an hour a week.  Lately I have been getting a feeling that I’m doing more brainwashing than teaching.  Asking “why”, though, opens up its own can of worms.  We can talk about serving God, worship, going to church and following all sorts of “religious” customs, but if we do not do it with a heart of love then we end up not serving willingly.  God does not want us to serve him out of a sense of guilt or duty, but a desire born of love.  I suppose there are some that serve out of a sense of penance or sacrifice for atonement.

It has taken me a long time to come to the realization that I beat myself up over my sins and misbehavior, that God is not whacking me upside the head with his holy 2×4.  He has patience (and I suppose He is disappointed) as He continues to hold out His hand if we reach out to Him.  I cannot expect to have victory over sin until I yield to the Lord – I cannot do it on my own.  When I reach out in love He is ready with a firm/gentle grasp, and I pray that he Lord allows me to serve Him in spite of my disobedience.

Well, I write this to help get my own thoughts in order before standing in front of a jury of my students.  I hope to undo any inclination that what we’re doing in Sunday school is brainwashing (they probably don’t have that idea but anyways…) so I can get them to think of the reasons we do the things we do, the choices we make in life and establishing a foundation for responsible/good decision making.  Tough to do in an hour/week.

Post-Holiday Ramblins

1/17/10 at 7:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Yes, the holidays are officially over … well, for kids around here in public schools, there will be three days off for some kind of winter break/MLK holiday.  These youngsters just got a few weeks off, and now they get three more days.  Any wonder how they can keep their focus on school work? 

Josh is upset that his homeschooling schedule has him working through it, as it’s obviously not fair that other kids get off but he has school.  His school schedule is so easy yet he does not really appreciate how good he has it.  Joey does very well in school work but would just as soon not go to school (play on the computer or video games instead).  Sandy seems to like it unless she’s frustrated or bored, and then it will sometimes devolve into clash of wills where she ends up in her room crying.  I think she’s getting better but when you’re in the middle of it daily it can be difficult to have a good perspective on it.

She turns 6 in a few days, and we’re scheduled for a party at one of those “bounce around” places on Saturday.  She does not have any friends outside of church since she started homeschooling.  We have not pushed her on sports for now, as the one time she was in soccer she did not take too well to coaching.  Kristal is still (and probably always will be) hurting from the dance class recital/disaster last summer.  She takes Sandy’s misbehavior when out in public too personally, as if it’s a reflection of her “bad parenting”, so she tends to look at the other “good” kids and beats herself up over things out of her control.  We’ll give her a little more time before trying sports again (maybe cheerleading?).

We will kid each other and say that God gave us Josh to prepare us for Sandy, though Josh is still his own handful as he enters the surly preteen phase.  He wants to be treated like an older teenager yet can act like a kid, complete with mouthy replies and selfish perspective.  I worry about Sandy’s development, as she does not seem to be maturing where I’d hope she’d be.  Part of it could be “baby of the family”, but there’s this nagging doubt about her birth mother using drugs and if that has influenced Sandy’s development. 

Just yesterday she brought up her “other” mother and father and talked about wanting to see them.  It has to be difficult for her to come to grips with this situation.  I’m tempted to tell her the real reason why her birth parents are out, but all she has are memories and the Christmas gifts they still send.  It has been at least a year and a half since her last visit with birth mother, but it’s still on her mind.  I will praise God that she has finally told me that she loves me after I tell her that I love her before she goes to bed.  Joey is still a work in progress.

Anywhozitz, they all got fairly spoiled for Christmas.  My in-laws drove in for Christmas day so I made pizza for them.  With them driving we did not have to travel at all for the holidays.  They were nice enough to give us some holiday green.  I got some headphones from an FYE at the mall going out of business.   They were 50% off, but it turned out to be the same price as on Amazon (without the shipping, though).  I used the rest of the money to upgrade a cordless drill Kristal snuck in under the tree.  I thought we had said we weren’t getting each other anything, though she claims she did not “hear” that.

I tried to spoil her for her 50th b-day on the 5th with a gold-diamond necklace/pendant, though on our budget the diamonds were fairly tiny.  She said she did not want a big party, so we kept it low-key with just family and two cakes:  one on the 5th and one on the following Saturday.  A birthday girl has got to have her priorities …

With the headphones I’ve been enjoying Lala and reminiscing over music I have not heard in years.  Most of my old stuff is on vinyl in the closet, and I have not had the space/money/strong desire to set up a turntable.  With Lala, you can hear songs or whole albums for free the first time.  After that you only get a thirty second preview of a song, unless you pay.  You can pay for an MP_3 download, or you can pay about a tenth as much for a “streaming” right to a song or album.  I’ll be putting some money in the Lala bank soon (I hope!).  There’s some Steely Dan that keeps running through my head.  The only groups that do not have music on the site (that I’ve found for now) are Led Zepplin and the Who.

If you read this and think you would want to register, please let me know and I can help you – as well as get a few free songs myself for registering you (HA!).  Most albums are under a dollar for streaming.  They do have a vast library, from contemporary Christian to comedy to jazz (175 Duke Ellington albums) to Hank Williams to Raffi to Bach (though classical on MP_3 stream is questionable for some audiophiles).  If you have your computer hooked up with decent speakers, this is as good a way as any to hear music you want for cheap AND legal.

Prayers go out to those in Haiti picking up their lives.  I may just have a post and/or letter to the editor about that situation.

Pretty Good Decade

12/21/09 at 11:03 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Time magazine had this crazy story about this decade being the worst decade “ever”, and I heard about it over at Andrea Harris’ place.  Just so I don’t lose it, I gave my ten reasons for the oughts being a good decade, reprinted below:

Ten Best Things from the Oughts

1. Two of my children were born (yeah, kinda selfish of me)

2. Cheap big screen TV’s in HD

3. Lord of the Rings trilogy – come on, by the time RotK was given an opening date you were already planning on seeing it that weekend, and by the end of it you already went through any napkins you had as you watched the tearful reunion of the Fellowship.

4. Rise of socialization via internet – from blogs to Facebook to Twitter, your circle of friends could grow far beyond family and people you bump into. Of course, flat screen relationships are not very deep 😉 .

5. Peak Oil (2005) – people will have to learn to do with less, as cheap energy is a thing of the past. The ramp-up of commodities (fueled by the price of oil) caused the mortgage bubble to burst, and the yoho’s in Washington still can’t face the music and put our economic ship a’right as they let delinquent mortgages slide.

6. Credit Crisis – learning hard lessons in how we cannot continue to push off paying tomorrow for fleeting pleasure today

7. Post-9/11 – yeah, the attack was severe and many innocent lives were lost. The spirit of cooperation and patriotism had not been seen/felt since WWII, and it snapped many Americans out of their complacency.

8. Chicago Bears in the Super Bowl (yeah, kinda selfish of me, and look how they’ve sunk – well, I’m hoping for a better 2010)

9. Election of Obama – gee, we’re no longer racist since we elected a (semi)black President. Hopefully his single term will show most reasonable voters the folly of voting for a slick speechifier with a thin background/qualifications and maybe, just maybe, liberalism will suffer a deadly blow.

10. Election of Bush – history will show he was the right President for the time. I disliked his playing footsies with the libs and his propensity to let the deficit grow. He asked Americans for sacrifice following 9/11, yet after suffering through the dotcom collapse Americans spent and lived it up like drunken sailors. Some sacrifice …

Setting up Iraq as a Muslim democracy was the best gamble, in spite of the economic and political cost. He took the burden and is still suffering the effects of BDS after about a year out of office.

Thurs3 – Possum Thanks

11/19/09 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Well, posting again this week almost makes me not a “non-blogger”.  Almost.  Possum Papa asked for our thankful thoughts before we give thanks (before a big spread of food hopefully) in a week.  I could make it easy and just give thanks for all the Lord has blessed me with, how he cares for me in spite of my disobedience.  I’m not thankful for the disobedience I’ve had to deal with lately from my own young’uns.  We seem to be in one of those valleys of stubbornness, where requests have to be repeated and threats made before simple tasks are completed.  Ooops, enough crabbin’ – I’m supposed to be thankful!  Here goes:

1. What one person are you most thankful for this year?  I’ll go with Sarah Palin, as she makes liberals go crazy.  She seems to be the only “big” politician espousing true conservative ideals of reducing government, cutting taxes and bringing accountability back to government.  It makes me chuckle when people get goggle-eyed over cutting her down and saying how she’s not qualified yet try to defend the current White House occupant.  I hope there’s enough country to save in three years.
2. What one thing are you most thankful for this year?  I’m tempted to say the trade for bringing Cutler to the Bears, but that’s a work in progress.  We got good chunks of money back from taxes and when we refinanced the house, so we were able to take care of bills, put in a new roof and installed a real ceee-ment driveway.  Even better, somebody else did the work!  And the grass seed I sowed a few weeks ago around the edges of the driveway sprouted and is doing purty good!!
3. What one event are you most thankful for this year?  Lady Kristal went overboard for my birthday this year, and it seems like a long time since some one made a fuss over me.  Prideful and selfish?  Maybe.  I didn’t ask for it, was semi-surprised and am grateful for those who contributed. 

4.  What about me?  Obli-dee, obla-da, life goes on (WHOA) laa la la la la la la laaaa.  The company I work for is doing OK now, but I’m bored to tears.  Unfortunately my plan for employment emancipation and economic pot-o’-gold is lagging.  I have nobody to blame but myself.  Can’t even tag the Obaminator with this one.

Scared … really

11/15/09 at 11:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

My son took the plunge a few months ago and got a Facebook page.  He was then able to con my wife into one as well.  They get to compare how many “friends” they have, as well as the progress they make in Farmville.  It’s all so silly.

I have not had the urge to be another lump on wall for Facebook.  I can understand the appeal, as my wife is able to keep up with family as well as some friends here in town.  She claims she doesn’t have time for stuff, but between Facebook and her Outlook inbox she has been spending more time on-line.  Josh gets to communicate with his friends as well as cousins, which he seems to enjoy.

But that’s not the scary part.  Yesterday he went with his “best buddy” and family to the movies as it was his friend’s birthday.  After the movie he and buddy were hanging out at Books-a-Million as buddy’s dad had to do something at Sears.  Apparently a group of girls about their same age or slightly older then them took notice of the handsome young men and actually “accosted” them.

Buddy panicked and hid in the bathroom.  Josh laughed at them, but when one of the girls tried to hug him he left the area and tried to ditch them.  Eventually, buddy’s older sister caught up with them and seemed to intimidate the girls away.  For some strange reason Josh found the whole experience scary and has made an oath to stay single.  Josh put a memo on his Facebook wall last night where he posted “I was scared, really”.  He expected all of his “friends” to respond and lend their support.

He got up early on a Sunday morning (before 7 am!), showered and checked his wall.  Nobody had written back.  He was very disappointed according to his mom, but did not let on.  All of this reminds me of my early blogging days, back 6-7 years ago.  I was blessed to find a few friends, we had a community (cloud?) of sorts and got to know each other.  It lasted a few years, where more than a handful of fellow bloggers would visit Spudlets as I posted nearly every weekday, sometimes more than once a day.

Seasons change, fads fade, and it got to the point where the community seemed to die off.  There are times I wish we could bring the “old gang” back together.  I suppose with enough effort I could find another community, though I’d have to do the Facebook thing.  No thanks.  I’ll stick to an occasional post every month unless the mood hits me to do more.  Or less.

I hope this can be a lesson for Josh, that friends, particularly online ones, can let you down.  Otherwise I expect that the oath of remaining single will be tested once his hormones start coursing through his veins, and girls his age start to fill out and learn how to torment teenage boys.

Good gosh

11/15/09 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lady Kristal found a radio station playing Christmas music already.  And to add to our “joy” it’s Delilah.  To those who have never heard her during the holidays, she’s like Ann Landers with a microphone.  She’ll play a few well-worn versions of overplayed songs, and then take a call where someone gives her a sob story.  After Delilah’s encouraging words, we all feel better about thinking good thoughts for the poor soul as we go on to more Frosty and Rudolph.

I’m convinced her doorbell, and probably her cellphone, has her little musical intro with her name programmed:  Duh lie laaaaa … oh well, it’s only six weeks.  Only six weeks.  Only six weeks …

Consequences, eh

10/25/09 at 6:31 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m finding one of the more difficult parts of parenting is having my children understand the concept of consequences.  Unfortunately (or not?) I let mercy and perhaps laziness sometimes put aside intended discipline for a child who misbehaves.  All they end up seeing is that they got away with something, and the worse they had to put up with may have been some yelling.

I suppose parents have been wrestling with this problem for millenia, and end up getting frustrated over the lack of respect from them, the backtalk and unwillingness to stop the misbehavior.  I can also see how parents over the millenia have lost their temper and beat the snot out of the kids.  I try not to discipline while angry, but there are times when the line is crossed.  This is my cry (to myself?) for consistency, as it is an effective tool for helping children understand consequences.

This morning I’ll be teaching my third graders about the concept/origins of sin and Satan’s role in temptation.  We went through the story of Adam and Eve last week, and today we’ll review how Jesus faced temptation.  I plan on showing the beginning of The Passion of the Christ.  Even though Satan is not mentioned in the Bible as tempting Jesus in the garden, it’s a great scene showing how the devil operates, and my spirit is lifted every time I see Jesus crushing the snake.   Amen!

One consequence I’m struggling with now is my relationship with Joey (middle son).  We did not get off to a good start nearly three years ago.  He is introverted so it’s more of a challenge to get him to open up.  He adores his older brother yet is (at best) ambivalent about his biological younger sister.  You would expect them to be close, but that’s not the case.  He’ll play with her sometimes but more often than not he gets aggravated by her.  Part of it is just the annoyance of a younger girl, and part of it is she can be desperate to find somebody to play with (and she can be very bossy/domineering).

To help my bond with Joey I decided to take just him to the movies.  This somewhat upset his older brother (as expected), but if I had taken both then Joey would have clung to Josh and I would be left out.  I had wanted to take him to see Astro Boy but it was not playing at the local theater here.  The only “good” option here was Where the Wild Things Are.

MOVIE REVIEW – Where the Wild Things Are

Like most parents I’m familar with the very short story, and wondered how somebody could make a whole movie out of some kids’ dream.  Well, they did manage to make a movie, and there were some things from the short story in the movie.  Otherwise it turned out to be a waste of two hours and twenty bucks.  If you’re seven years old you may not care about the reasons things happen  in the flow of a story, or how a ten year old boy can get away with lieing, destroying things and biting people.

You could speculate as to the movie’s intention of being made for kids, but the symbolism of the “wild things” Max encounters and the relationships they all struggle with go way above the heads of the kids.  This is by no means escapist fare or an enjoyable kids movie.  Therapists and psychologists will probably have this on their Christmas list.  While I did not ask him directly, I doubt Joey understood that the time Max spent with the wild things was all a dream, as he probably thought Max actually got in a boat and sailed across the ocean.

To make things worse there are no “dad” roles in the film.  It’s either kids, monsters or mom.  In WTWTA, Max has an older sister where they are being raised by a struggling single mom.  There’s no explanation about dad or lack of one.  After some destructive behavior by Max in the beginning (he’s mad at his sister) being glossed over by mom, Max is in his room playing.  He goes downstairs to get his mom, only to find out she’s entertaining a male “friend” and they are about to have dinner.  Max acts up, disobeys mom and ends up biting her hard on the shoulder.  As she falls on the floor, male friend pops his head in the kitchen and says “Hey, he shouldn’t be doing that”.  Duh.  Max runs away, finds a ship and sails to wild things island.

The wild things, about a half dozen of them, turn out to be different components of Max’s personality.  He gets to deal with them individually as well as trying to unite them and make them happy after he is crowned king.  There was some things that happened that did not make sense, such as how big monster hands with claws could make intricate dioramas, as well as nobody seemed to need to eat or drink, but the mad dash around the woods and island took up most of the time.

SPOILER ALERT – After Max leaves the island, sails back and then runs home, he opens up the front door to a dark quiet house.  No police on “Amber alert”, nobody out looking, nobody waiting at the door, it was just another night.  He goes around to check a few rooms and finally finds his mom.  No words are spoken.  She just hugs him, serves up a big ol’ piece of chocolate cake, watches him from across the counter and falls asleep while he eats.  The end.

AAaargh!  Where’s the consequences!  Yeah, we’re all happy at the tearful reunion, but there’s no discipline handed out from the parent, no remorse from the child.  I suppose you could liken this to the forgiveness the Lord offers us.  As disobedient children we run away from Him, yet He patiently waits for us with a reward when we return.  We still need to show repentance, though, and we should not be surprised to be disciplined.

I would warn parents to not waste your time watching this with your children or buying the movie for them.  Wait until it comes out on TV and watch it for free if you must, though you’ll regret wasting the time.  I wish Astro Boy had been playing in town.  Ah well, I hope Joey appreciated the time we spent together, even if part of it involved a bad film.  That would be a good consequence.

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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