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What most people don't seem to understand, and I hear little of, is that even if you sign up for health insurance you technically don't have any since you have to meet an astronomical deductible before the insurance can pay anything. My son is married with two children. He has a job (he's one of the working poor) and I was concerned he would not have insurance if he just paid the penalty. Then I realized, since he and his family are very healthy, that even if he signed up, visits to the doctor would be out-of-pocket. Their visits to the doctor mostly consist of well-woman exams for his wife and routine exams for his two children (which at the moment are on Medicaid because he was unemployed and then went to school for CNC machining). Since he has a job now, he was planning on signing on to his employer plan, but that's no longer a doable deal. So, as of January 1, his two children will no longer be on Medicaid and he won't even have catastrophic healthcare.
I tried several ways of telling it like it is to Dickathome but gave up and decided I'd just reply to your comment, since you seem to get it. We might also tell the global warming Kool-Aid drinkers that CO2 provides the vegetation they love to eat, since most of them are probably vegetarians, and it also provides them with the oxygen they breathe, which allows them to spew their global warming hot air. Hey, maybe that's the problem. The temperature of the earth has increased because of all the global warming zealots putting forth their inane beliefs. I think they're about to become irrelevant though. The solar flare activity that has taken place over the past ten years or so seems to be coming to an end. Oh, no! Global Cooling!!!!
I remember this well. We needed ZPG (zero population growth) in order to assure we would be able to feed everyone during the cold eons ahead. To have more than two children per couple was just plain selfish. We must only replace ourselves, no more. I thought it was all malarkey back then and, since my major in college was Geology, I realize it's all malarkey today. I didn't understand the progressive movement back then, but when I look back I see now that all the "believers" - the ones who accepted all the hoopla as gospel and rushed out to comply, some even deciding no children was better -were actually progressives. They run on fear. Fear of losing control of everything, as thought they actually ever had it. They bought the mantra back then and they are buying the mantra today. Which is it ? Global cooling, global warming, mega storms, excessive drought.... Yes, all of the above. But those who think man is the be all and end all of this are fools. Man could never do to the Earth what the Earth has and will do to herself. A few volcanoes erupting at the same time would show that - and it has happened. The Earth has dirtied up her atmosphere and cleaned it up again many times. She has shifted her terrain and shifted it back many times. And, as can be proven by earthquakes, tidal waves, etc., if man is in the way, she just brushes him aside. She will do what she will do in her own time and in her own way. I'm a conservative. I believe in conservation - clean air, clean water, and responsible use of the Earth's resources, but global warming/global climate change or whatever the verbiage du jour has nothing to do with conservation and everything to do with those with the most power forcing those with the least to buy into their agenda and do their bidding. They are full of malarkey, but dangerous just the same.
What's your point?
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celticwanderer Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 9:45 AM
I agree that it's time to think of ourselves as Americans first. My ancestors were from Scotland, Ireland and Wales but they never thought of themselves as Scottish Americans, Irish Americans or Welsh Americans. They were Americans and proud to be so. Their heritage was important, but they felt blessed to be living in the land of the free and the home of the brave. The divisiveness of our our modern society was perpetrated by progressives for the purposes of angering us toward each other. Divide and Conquer! It's time "Americans" of all nationalities wise up to the fact that they have been and are being used for a lesser good and rise up against it.
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celticwanderer Wrote: Feb 18, 2013 9:38 AM
I watched the interview with Dr. Carson on Sean Hannity's special program the other night and was blown away. This man was articulating everything my husband and I have been saying for more than four years - since Barack Obama appeared on our political radar. Why is Mr. Obama doing whatever he perceives is in his power to force American citizens to bend to his will. The answer lies in the book "Obama's America". As for the time and place of Mr. Carson's statements, I say what better time and place. The pulpits of the thirteen colonies were largely responsible for the American revolution. It's high time we used them again to take back our government. Oh, I forgot, the IRS would never allow that. Prayer breakfast it is.
Being a Boomer and being onto Obama's evil feats of legerdemain from the first, I'm hoping to live long enough to see this evildoer's agenda exposed and put paid to. Right now I'm in excellent health and do what I can to remain that way, but I fear some unknown heading my way like I never have before. But you're wrong about the Boomers embracing his reform. They finally figured out AARP has been lying to them all along and did not vote en masse for Obama in 2012.
The concept of the modern American farmer is so skewed that it's going to cause what is left of family farms to give up in favor of collective megafarms. The belief that there are really no small family farms left only huge farms that employ hundreds of workers is crazy. I heard someone say this very thing on Fox News one day. That there are no family farms anymore, only large farms with farm managers. What!!! We live in Texas but own farmland in Kansas. We have two families that farm our land. I can tell you that they are not getting paid to not farm. We grow wheat, milo and soybeans. The past couple years we have taken it on the chin as the result of the drought. Even with crop insurance, we are receiving little to sustain us.
Every time I look into the beautiful faces of my grandson (2) and granddaughter (almost 1) I see the faces of the millions of beautiful children who never got to see the light of day and fear for those yet to experience the same fate. That to me is the saddest thing of all. If a society is truly judged by the way it treats the least among them, we are in serious trouble. There will be no forgiveness for this.
Obama didn't really win. That's what's so scary about all this. Indications of voter fraud big time are showing up right and left. 100% to 150% voter participation in some precincts. 99% of the vote in many precincts going to Obama. Even in a third world dictatorship you don't see these numbers. And isn't it interesting that Romney didn't win one of the swing states when he was close or ahead in most? When our elections can be so skewed to favor one party, we are in worse trouble than we even thought. In short, a vote against the favored candidate is actually a non-vote. This has proven true when people's votes for Romney kept defaulting to Obama and then when the Romney vote "stuck", they discovered it had not been counted.
Sounds a lot like the 1950's when I grew up. The Pledge and the Lord's Prayer were said each and every day in school. All the other things mentioned existed too. My grandparents lived in town and only used a drop latch on their screen door in the summer. Government offices were plain vanilla and the people that worked in them made a living if not much more - kind of like the workers in the private sector. Where did we go wrong? We got complacent. We began to stand for nothing - and fell for anything.
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