Thursday, September 17, 2009

Is This the 3:00 A.M. Phone Call?

I can't believe I am going to admit this, but as far as the defense of our country is concerned, I'm thinking Hillary would be doing a better job. Oh, yes, she has followed the Obama line in a couple of instances and apologized for our actions abroad, but I'm thinking that was forced upon her. I can't imagine that a feisty woman like Hillary would be dismantling our defenses like this.

And on top of that, how about the timing? This is not only Constitution Day for Pete's sake! But coincidentally(?) it is also the date of the Soviet invasion of Poland 70 years ago. This time not a shot was fired. Our withdrawal makes a sitting duck of the Poland and Czechoslovakian area of Europe. Can't help wondering what they're thinking about supporting us with their troops in the Mideast.

And what is going on with people who should know better? I don't even know if it is a matter of intentionally trying to fool the American public or if they just don't know any better themselves. Know better about what? MEDICARE AND MEDICAID. They are not the same thing. Medicaid is a program administered jointly between the federal and state governments to assist the poor to get health care. It is funded entirely with PUBLIC funds.

What is Medicare? It is a mandatory government controlled health care system for seniors and for which seniors pay a premium. It is in no way a complete program--there is one way to get complete coverage which is administered by the government and it is entitled Medicare Advantage, but is PAID for by higher premiums by the individuals. (And Obama is going to stop that program. How's that for "if you like your plan you can keep it?) Those of us who did not opt for that program go into the public marketplace and purchase coverage to pick up where Medicare stops. Just gently correct anyone who uses Medicare and Medicaid jointly as though they are the same.

So give us a break when the liberals say "well, if you're on Medicare and you like it, you are already a participant in a single payer public option so what's your problem or objection?" I don't know about you, but anything that I am forced to do by government fiat is a loss of freedom to me.

And as long as I'm on a rant, there's another guy who thinks he's smarter than we are. Mark Schauer. He thinks he can call a phone call with an "audience" of 11,000 listening, many of whom were invited in at the half way point, while 15 people ask pre-approved questions, a Town Hall meeting. Who does he think he is kidding? Some wag in Washington probably coined the term and all the little congressmen lined up and promised to walk the line. The one which says if you repeat it and repeat it people will accept it whether it's true or not. A Town Hall is a relatively small building for the purposes of conducting the business of a village or town and where sometimes public meetings are held. Are you listening, Mr. Schauer? You did NOT hold any Town Hall meetings.

Why do I have a burr under my saddle? Because I'm truly depressed about the direction this country is heading and fearful for my grandchildren and great grands. And, of course, partly because I'm probably guilty about not working hard enough to have stopped some of this. My fault, I did not see this socialistic train wreck coming. I just didn't believe that many Democrats were really that far left. At this point all I can say is--

God bless us all..........

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