Snowy Day 1-20-09

Snowy Day 1-20-09
Yate's Mill

And, I'm still STANDING!!!

If a person ONLY gets their information from the mainstream media and never looks beyond what is presented, their thoughts of what is going on are very jaded.

I've been voting since 1980 and I've never agreed 100% with any elected official. Even my favorite president, Ronald Reagan, had his moments. I've been married for almost 25 years and I don't 100% agree with my husband, either. So I am not focusing on finding a politician that I 100% agree with because I know better.

I did support Bush, both times! I'm not ashamed or apologetic about that. My goodness, the man stood up before a nation and prayed to the Creator of the Universe on behalf of the people he represented. He wasn't ashamed, or didn't feel his countrymen too diverse to put forth his true, heartfelt beliefs.

And yes, I supported John McCain because as the choices were presented I knew I couldn't support Obama. Obama stands for a vast majority of things I stand against. I am not ashamed or apologetic of that either. I am an American, that is my right but more importantly, my resonsibility!

I can't vote for a man who in 2007 gave a speech to Planned Parenthood telling how he would support abortion for all females; then in 2008 told the nation at the Saddleback forum that identifying the beginning of life was above his pay grade; and then a few days after the inauguration with a stroke of his pen he suddenly feels conception is NOT above his pay grade anymore. He either can't remember what he stands for or is flat out lying. Either way, I'm not a supporter of an alzheimer's victim or a liar for president.

We really knew where he stood no matter what he said because his record in the Illinios senate bore that out. The man voted at least 4 times to promote abortion at all costs. He voted to strip the rights of American citizens who survived an abortion gone wrong (right?). He told you and me the wording wasn't right. Yet, if you look at what really happened you see he insisted certain wording be added so it would align with what was past at the federal level. Once that wording was included he still voted against it. Now I say, "Liar, liar pants on fire!" I'm okay with being a little juvenile too! I'm an old lady and every chance I get I try to take it!

I'm not inclined to support a man who in less than 3 months has racked up a larger deficit that any previous administration in all of their years combined. But yet, every time he goes to talk about why he's doing what he's doing he blames the previous administration for the mess they left him. And acts like that's all he should have to say.

If we can pull our thoughts back to the memory station and remember what the previous administration had been doing those past 8 years we will recall that the last 2 years no one got anything productive done because congress refused to promote anything that was good for this country for no other reason than partisianship. Then the 2 years before that there was enough of a majority in the house and senate that many things Bush tried to get done for the betterment of the American citizens was filibustered--through yet more partisianship. So Obama's excuse is nothing more than passing the buck and it's very unbecoming a man or woman in his position.

Not to mention--I've been paying bills for our household for a long time. We've been in financial trouble before--you can't spend your way out of financial issues! It doesn't work--It has never worked and will never work, not on the personal level and certainly not on the national level. For the man to get up and say ONLY the federal government can get us out of this mess simply shows his ignorance. He can't remember, or has never understood, who the federal government is, or who they are employed by.

We the people have to pay every bill they commit themselves to. Essentially they are commiting us to those bills. We are trying to grab the checkbook and say, "Oh no you don't! We don't have the money for that and it is NOT in our best interest to obligate ourselves to that." The man can say oh yeah we will spend, spend, spend and then we will have money to pay, pay, pay but does he understand the spending and the paying are coming out of the same wallet?

I can't support a man who voluntarily sat and listened to a man get up and preach the damning of America; and his wife, who said she was never proud of her country before her husband ran for the greatest office in the land. (I guess she wasn't proud of anything going on in Illinois either). And now, in that same vein we have your representative and mine globe trotting with the message that he doesn't like the American people either. He apparently hasn't been proud of his country either. He thinks we have been arrogant, derisive and divisive all of these years. And right near the shores of Normandy. You young people need to pull out those old dusty history books, you might not get the true info from the internet--it's being changed to fit what they want to suit the next generation of tickled ears. You might want to sit down and talk to that grandfather or great uncle. Let them tell you what America was all about. Let them tell you how hurt and betrayed they are to hear someone from their own country say they are arrogant.

And, now his own administration has turned us against ourselves. He issued a proclamation that people who don't like BIG government; those who believe abortion is wrong; those who are returning from foreign lands they went to, to protect; those who think illegal immigration ought to be "illegal"; just might be right-wing extremists and involved in terror activities. They won't call internatiional terrorists, terrorist but they don't have a problem calling their own people terrorists. I'm quite upset and mighty angry at such a screwed up administration.

And some want to still claim to not understand why American's would be upset now and not before. I'll tell you--before we were being attacked from without and our within was being protected. Now our without and our within is being attacked by the very people someone(?) voted in to protect our without and our within.

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North Carolina Fall 2008

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God's Amazing Beauty

Quiet Country

Quiet Country

Monday, August 11, 2008

What the Dems Want, Really?

Okay, I'm going to try and cover some ground today in regards to the recent announcement by the Democrat National Committee (DNC) on it's party platform in the upcoming election.

For those of you who are Democrat and want your party running the White House and the Congress this article's for you!

First, you need to be asking yourself, is this REALLY what I want? Really?

Secondly, will this REALLY be what is best for America?

Thirdly, where in the world have we gone wrong?

The DNC announced this week its platform for the upcoming Democratic National Convention and what it hopes to lead America to get accomplished through this election.

This platform deals with:

Guaranteed Health Care,
Pension Subsidies,
Energy rebates,
Tax breaks for some (vague group),
Higher taxes for those making over $250,000,
Stricter rules on "predatory" lenders,
Closure of the Guantanamo Bay facility,
"Tough, practical and humane immigration reform in the first year of the next administration,"
Doubling of the Peace Corp,
Restoration of the ban on assault-type weapons and additional "reasonable regulation" on arms
Safe, legal abortions for everyone,
Prenatal care for the needy,
Favors helping religious groups provide social services as long as "public funds are not used to proselytize or discriminate".

I'm sure this is not an exhaustive list, but enough to make you consider what are we thinking? (I've got a call in to the DNC Committee to get a full copy of the report but have to call back in a few days.) In the meantime, muse about the following:

First, Guaranteed Health Care
I believe we ALL want a healthy society. But where is the debate about BIG government, verses government by-the-people? Guaranteed Health Care is a great big phrase for more money out of your pockets and more money in the coffers of Washington politicians. We know what will happen if they get their hands on that money. Look at Medicaid today. If you are on Medicaid you have to search high and low to find a doctor that will accept it. Why? Medicaid takes 3 times longer to actually pay the bill than any other insurance company. How would you like to render services and not get paid for 3-9 months, sometimes a year? Will the grocery store accept your story about you'll pay when you get paid? Of course not. Our society can't run like that, yet here is the Democrat party stating they want ALL doctors, nurses, clinics, etc. to operate that way for ALL of the populous under their "guaranteed" plan. Not only do doctors that accept Medicaid have to wait extra long for their money, when they get it, it is at a GREATLY reduced rate than the insurance companies or self-insured pay. You have a $100 office visit. Insurance pays $80 (insured pays $20), Self-insured might be able to work out a pay-today plan where they can pay-in-full the day of service for $75 instead of the $100. Medicaid wants the services paid at $35 and the doctor is to eat the rest. This is what Washington has already dished up for us. We cannot expect anything different and it would be foolish for us to hope beyond what is before us.

Now let's cover the next several agenda items together:

Pension Subsidies,
Energy rebates,
Tax breaks for some (vague group),
Higher taxes for those making over $250,000

Pension subsidies, energy rebates, vague group getting tax breaks (that's political speak, isn't it?), higher taxes for those making over $250,000. The Dem plan is to pay for all of its new "funding" by placing higher taxes on those making over $250,000 a year. Health care, pension subsidies, energy rebates, vague tax break group. All of those are supposed to be supported by this one little "raise taxes" on those making over $250,000. How many people do they think make over $250,000? How do they think they make over $250,000? I have always seen raising taxes on the wealthy as a ghost-rider plan. Those who make over $250,000 are expert on how to charge ALL increases right back to the lesser paid workers. It's happened over and over again. That's what Reaganomics was about. It's called the trickle-down effect. You raise their taxes, the affect trickles-down. Now please understand, I believe everyone should pay their fair share. But to penalize a person for success is stupid! If you penalize a person for success, it stands to reason that you have also just rewarded a person for failure. Where is the motivation in that? The person who is rewarded for failure is not motivated to do better, and the person who is penalized for success is not motivated to be more successful.

Then there's the strict rules on "predatory" lenders
Can someone tell me who exactly is a "predatory" lender? This is about the most political thing this document covers. This is nothing more than words filling paper to tickle the ears of voters. Aren't there already rules about lending to people who can't pay back? This is just rhetoric.

Closure of Guantanamo Bay facility
Doesn't this come with the end of the war in Iraq? I feel so sorry for the military. They can't protect the country they have vowed to protect because said country has tied their hands behind their backs and refused to support them in the most basic forms. Do the Dems really want those who belong in the Guantanamo Bay facility to be out wondering around the world seeking whom they may devour? You and me.

"Tough, practical and humane immigration reform in the first year of the next administration"
Can we all say, "amnesty?" Do you, who are Democrats, really want those from other countries (specifically Mexico, but not exclusively) to be able to freely come here, work, play and make hay, then send the wealth into foreign coffers? Can you see the expense it is having on the American workforce? Right now we are having record unemployment rates, companies are laying off workforces right and left. True blue American's can't find work, even lesser paying work, because we have allowed 10-20 million (no one really knows an accurate figure, they're hiding out, remember) illegal aliens to work in our stead. Now they have the money and we are left with nothing. A couple of years ago we took a vacation to visit our nation's capitol. Here we were enjoying the sights and sounds of Washington, D.C., remembering all of the sacrifices that were made for us to be such an amazing nation and we walk to the steps of the Capitol building only to find demonstrators. Not American demonstrators, no. People who snuck across our borders, hid out in the desert, lied about who they were and forged papers to steal jobs out from under our feet and then there they were protesting on the steps of our nation's capitol for their right to be here. Right in front of everyone! What an atrocity! They have no legal right to press their big toe on the soil of this country and the dems (and probably unfortunately the RNC, too) want to allow them to freely continue since they are here anyway. It's awful. They have no right. We have legal, legitimate ways to immigrate. If we expect them to be law abiding citizens, we should expect them to start with obeying the laws, not hope they will obey once they've broken the laws to get here.

I'm not sure what to think about NAFTA. The vast majority of what I've heard I don't like. It seems here again we have simply sold out our national sovereignty for money. The quote is, "We will work with Canada and Mexico to amend the North American Free Trade Agreement so that it works better for all three North American countries." Why are we working to make anything better for Canada or Mexico? Why aren't we focused on making things better for America, we have enough to do here. The document is vague and promises nothing in regards to NAFTA. As I recall, President Clinton is the author of NAFTA and as a fellow Democrat, you would just have to assume Obama would continue the rhetoric. He has said nothing to indicate otherwise.

Doubling of the Peace Corp
At who's expense? Here again, we have quite a large pile of garbage to be handled here. We certainly don't need to add additional pie-in-the-sky programs to be funded on the backs of hardworking Americans.

Restoration of the ban on assault-type weapons and additional "reasonable regulation" on arms
Okay, the recent ruling by the Supreme Court is worthless? Why do we have a Supreme Court? Why are we not listening to the people? How are we justifying ignoring the 2nd Amendment? The Dems seem to have this mindset that they can pick and choose which parts of the Constitution to agree with and which one's to bypass. Do we really want to move further away from what the founding father's set in place? Is this really the Dem agenda? As American's we have the right to keep and bear arms. Not just certain arms, all arms. We have that right because the founding father's knew we would need it. And we do need it. The right to bear arms empowers the people to fight for this country in every way. We have to ask ourselves, Why? Why wouldn't the government want the people to be able to fight for themselves? They don't because if we can fight for ourselves then we can fight against them. They are dead set against having to be accountable to anyone. I'm not saying we need to go on a shooting rampage in Washington. I'm saying empowering people is what democracy is about. Not tying their hands and denying them the ability to govern themselves.

Safe, legal abortions for everyone

You know, this is the biggest blight on the society in which we live today. We have decided murder is a viable choice. Now the DNC has made it part of their platform to insure every American woman has the right to murder, unequivocal. The DNC wants to legalize lawbreakers and murderers! First, no abortion is 100% safe, now is it? How in the world do the Dems intend to meet this point on their own platform? And second, legal, doesn't make something right. They are demanding the American people pay for women to commit murder. As an American citizen, I am not interested in paying for women to murder their babies. How dare the government of this country demand such a thing from me? Or you?

Prenatal care for the needy
Isn't this a bit redundant? If we have government run health care for ALL wouldn't this include prenatal care? Or is this targeted specifically to those who have snuck across the borders and forged paperwork to allow themselves to reap the benefits that aren't theirs? Now the Dems want to not only make it legal for them to be there but also want to force those of us here legally to pay for them to have healthy babies. I'm all for every baby being a healthy baby (including those who are so rudely murdered). However, I'm not for funding prenatal care for the world or, everyone who can step foot on American soil. We just DO NOT have those kind of resources. We need to understand that. Are you ready to foot the bill?

Favors helping religious groups provide social services as long as "public funds are not used to proselytize or discriminate"
This is a real kicker. The DNC is in favor of using religious groups, and all of their resources, as long as they abandon the cause for which they were established. Where is the "Freedom of Religion" in this agenda? Religious groups are usually all about helping others, showing love and compassion. Why do you think that is? Religious groups want to show the love of the god they serve. They want those receiving the assistance to know it is done out of a love that is to be shared. So the DNC wants to use church fellowship halls, sanctuaries, parking lots, funds, etc. to help the needy but they want to take away Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Religion to do this. Where's the motivation for the religious organizations? Does the DNC really think the religious groups want the government's conditional money? Faith based initiatives work because they are "Faith based"!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

See What I Mean?

I ran across this youtube video while reading and thought it went so well with my recent blog I would include it. Get some tissues, you will laugh so hard you will need them. Too bad it is at our children's expense.