Phannie

Phannie
Photo taken at Winchester Bay, Oregon

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Obamascare

In Nacogdoches, Texas


I don't know anyone who thinks Obamacare is a good thing, but there are apparently a goodly number of people out there who do.  I try not to get into political issues because they are so polarizing, so I will offer just a few observations.  Again, this constitutes an OPINION, so don't shoot me.


Since the turn of the 20th century, democrats have done a superb job in moving our country inexorably toward a secular socialist society, for reasons unclear to me, given socialism's utter failure as a political model.  They've done so by marginalizing our Judeo-Christian underpinnings and dumbing down our kids so they have no knowledge of history and no appreciation for the miraculous country the founders gave us.  They've promoted dependency among the underclass until the takers now outnumber the makers.  Obamacare is their crowning achievement.  I am saddened beyond belief that my generation allowed them to do it.  I think we owe an apology for handing off this mess to our children and grandchildren.  God help them.

29 comments:

  1. Have you read the GOP platform for TX? I would be ashamed to live there. And have you found you lost followers because of your misinformed Health Care post. Well, you lost this one.

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  2. You have said so eloquently what my opinion of the Democratic Party is....This will be the end of our Republic....

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  3. I may regret this, but....
    No Child Left Behind was a reform proposed by the Bush administration (not democrat) to fix our education system and it has only made things worse. My personal experience was that they spend weeks teaching to the tests instead of giving the children quality information that is actually retained and pertinent, and that the teacher in charge of grading the tests will change the answers in order for them to meet the minimum guidelines. I got that information directly from one of the teachers who had quit the school where my children had been going after we both were no longer there. Teaching children to pass inane standardized tests does not guarantee anyone a quality education. My daughter recently took a sociology of education class at UWEC and the professor has a husband who taught in the Texas school system and their conclusion is also that things were worsened by this attempt to fix the problem as it just encourages trying to teach to or cheat around the testing. One of the easiest solutions to our poor education system is smaller class sizes which means doubling the teachers so that the children can get more attention, but no one wants to pay more taxes so that is not going to happen unfortunately. And heaven forbid anyone open an actual book to read instead of just a dry snippet out of a textbook! We pulled our children out of the school system to teach them ourselves and only had to spend 2-4 hours a day on "schoolwork". They both graduated a year early and with a much better educational foundation because they had a teacher who had time to help them with any areas they struggled in and who had time to make learning something to look forward to. And we did it all without standardized testing.

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    1. Hmm. You have a point. I probably should have offered some blame to the republicans, too, for the education mess. Thanks for the insight.

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    2. not to get political here, just weighing in on the teaching test thing. A school here in Green Bay got CAUGHT by letting the kids take "practice tests" using the actual test questions they would be given later! The only thing they did was change words, like.... how many "bears" vs how many "balls" etc. the concepts and goals of each question and the correct answers were all rehearsed. ACK! Just wonder how many times that happens, and just that ONE school got caught?

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    3. Oh.. I forgot to clarify: these were the official state tests I am talking about, not just some random testing.

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    4. Pam and Wayne, granted, the Republicans have succumbed to the ills of progressive ideology touted by the Democrat Party; however, Republicans are still the lesser of two evils. Conservatives need to bring about reform by holding establishment Republicans accountable and vote them out of office.

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  4. The post here was entitled "Obamacare," not "No Child Left Behind." Both parties have their fair share of stupid ideas touted as accomplishments, but remember that Obamacare was opposed by the majority of American citizens and it was passed anyway. Not so with No Child Left Behind -- it was supported by the majority of the citizens...

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    2. Well, I'm not so sure they envisioned the monstrosity that we now have, Rick. It's easy to see why it's so unpopular.

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    3. Actually, Sandy, the Affordable Care Act being wildly unpopular is simply a myth. Gallup conducted a poll after the Supreme Court Ruling and found that 46% agree with the ruling while 46% opposed it.

      Gallup Poll June 28, 2012

      This reaction, from the USA Today/Gallup poll conducted June 28, is consistent with Gallup polling on the 2012 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act earlier this year, which showed roughly equal percentages of Americans calling congressional passage of the act a good thing vs. a bad thing.

      Other polls all show the same thing with the ACA actually gaining support as folks learn more about it.

      I don't want to monopolize your comments here so I'll make this my last word!

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  5. The Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act is a federal law of the United States, enacted in 2003. It produced the largest overhaul of Medicare in the public health program's 38-year history. The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives early on June 25, 2003 as H.R. 1, sponsored by Speaker Dennis Hastert (Republican). The MMA was signed by President George W. Bush (Republican) on December 8, 2003. Republicans controlled both houses of Congress and the Presidency - so were they acting as what you call Socialists?



    When you say Democrats have "promoted dependency among the underclass" I was a bit taken aback. Who is the "underclass" you refer to?

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    1. The underclass would be those folks who, instead of working and contributing to society, have been enabled to do otherwise through government largesse, thereby eking out nothing more than a subsistence with their dignity, resourcefulness and ambition stolen by the nanny state, whose thievery was paid for by you and me. That, Rick, is the underclass.

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    2. O.K. I got that. Now what about the Republicans who passed the largest overhaul of Medicare in 38 years with the biggest unfunded liability? Are they socialists too, like the Democrats?

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    3. Yep. These Repubs are perhaps worse because they should know better. The Dems can't help being socialists; it's in their DNA.

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  6. Good to know that someone else hold much the same view as I do! If Florida actually does like the governor says, to not implement the Obama health care plan, I may just move back there! Almost half the US states are also refusing Obama care! YEAH! This country was founded on a revolution against higher taxation... looks like we might revolt again! Thanks for speaking out! Geri

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  7. Recently found your blog. I agree with all you have written. I do think however, in the last decade at least, if not longer, that the 2 parties are much closer than it might appear. I wish it was not so. (Our flaming liberal daughter thought I was wrong but when she tried and was also elected to the county convention, she learned that all decisions are made behind closed doors too!!....oh how we hate when our parents are right eh??) Hubby and I about 20 years ago were HEAVILY involved in the Republican party in our state. One year we were both duly elected to both the county convention and the state convention. At the county level, we had great hopes. To make a difference. When we got to the weekend state convention, it was pure and simple a COMPLETE waste of our time to even be there. ALL THE DECISIONS were made PREVIOUS to that convention, behind closed doors. It was business as usual. We were there to simply be attending a pep rally. I personally had more than plenty of those boring ocassions in high school!! I would not have wasted my time (and money) participating had I known. We however, did have a good friend whom we helped get into office, even walking and going door to door and chatting with voters, giving out pamplets, etc....walked off a pair of shoes doing that one season. So on a local level maybe there is some use in working in politics. I no longer intend to vote at all...in this state, every single time I have, within a few weeks I am called to do jury duty. Because of some health issues I cannot. Every time I go to the doctor, he writes a letter for me, I send it off to the court system hoping they will agree I am not well enough to do that, waiting with baited breath until the ok comes in the mail. It is not worth the worry, and bother, for so little effect. (Do our votes REALLY count??) I have wondered that a long time. A very sad legacy for our country. And not what our forefathers bled and died for. But when you read THE BOOK, you know that certain things have to come to pass...maybe this is what we are seeing and living through. I am so grateful this life is very short compared to the one to come!!
    Elizabeth

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  8. Who passed Affordable Health Care first? From CBS today.

    (CBS News) Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is "in a pickle" arguing against the president's health care bill because he passed a similar version in Massachusetts.

    "He prescribed this. This was his bill," Schumer said on "Face the Nation." He noted Republicans "have ads saying it's a tax increase. Are they going to say, 'Mitt Romney had the biggest tax increase in Massachusetts?'"

    "Mitt Romney is in a total pickle here," Schumer said, arguing that the Republican Party is in a tough position: As polls suggest the economy is the top priority of voters, he said Republicans are making health care a top issue in the election, while Democrats in Congress will be focused on job creation.

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  9. Some of you Americans really are a dumb bunch...you should be celebrating. You all go on about how you wish your health care system was like Canada's, which it now is with "Obamacare" and you're all bitching about it. Don't get it. Bush drove your country in the ground and you all seem to blame Obama who has done more for your country then a lot of other presidents ever have.

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    1. I'm sorry to see this comment as I really don't see how it advances what has been a pretty good, and civil, debate. I mean, some of us Canadians can be a pretty dumb bunch too so what does that prove?

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  10. If Canada would have me, I would live there now. Actually the decline of the US started with Reagan and except for a brief Clinton interlude when the budget was balanced and things ran pretty well, the Repugs have driven the country into a worse place than it's ever been. We manufacture nothing, produce nothing, we have outsourced much, lost jobs and no longer are a leader in the free world.

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  11. The "No Child Left Behind" act was brought forth by Ted Kennedy. Although he shouldn't have, Bush went along with it.

    Yes Rick, although Bush and Hastert are republicans, they really are socialist. Unfortunately many in the republican congress are more socialist than they should be.

    Jan, you can try and blame the problems all you want but Obama has caused the national debt to be raised more than all the other presidents in history combined.

    We need to check back with all the lovers of Obamacare in a few years and find out if they are happy with 50% income tax. Oh, wait. Those people probably don't pay tax anyway. Never mind.

    JC

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  12. butterbean carpenterJuly 2, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Howdy Cowtown Mike,
    I agree with what you say and wonder how the people who support a man who LIES EVERY TIME HIS MOUTH IS OPEN and doesn't understand that he is lying!!! Mr. George Soros agrees with everything Obama's doing, because he and his coterie thought it all up.. As far The No Child Left Behind; it was another liberal means to take over the educational system, only put into sugarcoated terms to get it through Congress, which was OVERWHELMINGLY SOCIALIST!!! Mr. Bush should have stayed and run his ball team and left politics to the crooks; he couldn't play ball with them.. Of course, Mr.Cheney COULD and STARTED a war to make more money for his corporation... I once picked up a hitch-hiker, who was from Hungary, and as it was during an election year he
    asked me what was the difference in the Democratic and Republican parties??
    I told him 'Not Much', they're all crooks at that level!!! Each will say what they think you want to hear and then do just what they wanted to do in the first place.. I have voted for the last 55 years and can't EVER remember
    voting FOR ANYONE, because I've had to vote AGAINST SOMEONE!!! THE LIES TOLD ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY WANT TO RUN FOR THE GOOD OF THE NATION ARE ABOMINABLE!!! THAT'S WHY WE ARE IN THIS QUANDARY!!!!

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  13. Thanks for this post..I now know which of you idiot's blogs to never waste my time reading again...Please stay in Texas..
    Fred C. Dobbs

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    1. Well, aren't you special, hiding there behind "anonymous." I am happy to leave up your comment because it says more about you and your gutless ilk than I ever could.

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  14. When all these folks who think Obamacare (National Health Care) is great get a taste of it they will regret it. I experienced it when I lived in England for two years. Example, for simple cataract surgery the wait was 18 months. A couple of years ago during a routine eye exam the DR. discovered that I had one. Less than a week later he had removed it. I was lucky not to be on national health care. Just like communism/socialism national health care works well on paper but not in reality. I have no problem with individual states deciding that they want some form of socialized medicine, just don't for it on the entire nation. Have you noticed how quickly some people give up personal freedom when they think they are getting something free. I would think that readers of this blog would have already learned - Nothing is Free!

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