Lindy’s Blog: Where Mom is Always Right

March 23, 2010

RIP, liberty

Filed under: health care,limited government,politics — by lindyborer @ 4:14 pm
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Obama got his health care reform bill signed today and it only took a year, the opposition of a majority of Americans, bribery, arm-twisting, back-room deals and zero transparency to get it done.  I’ve never claimed to be a genius, but given the shady nature of this whole process I don’t understand why this is a “good thing” for America.  (Plus, guess who’s exempt from ObamaCare mandates?) 

I’ve simply had it.  I am actually scared for our nation.  If this thing goes, it’s game over.  I am beyond the point where I care about alienating anyone–including family–because of this.  This is my childrens’ future. 

What a small shred of people cannot understand is that this is not about health care!  I will say it again:  This is not about health care.  It is about the expansion of government.  It is about creating a welfare state from the cradle to the grave.  It is about Big Brother holding sway over even the minutest aspects of daily living.  Arguably, everything we do affects our health.  If (when) the government is suddenly the one in control of divvying out health care, they will do so solely upon the basis of controlling costs.  As such, they will see each of us as nothing more than a dollar sign.  And certain segments of the population will be more “cost effective” than others.  For example, it’s cheaper to have an abortion than a baby.  It’s easier to pull the plug than to give someone life prolonging treatment.  The unborn, the disabled, the elderly, the chronically ill–all these groups will be the hardest hit.  This legislation will drive doctors away in droves, and rationing will inevitably occur.

Reform is needed, but this leviathon of a bill addresses none of those things that would have truly reformed our system without taking over 1/6th of the economy and sacrificed our individual liberties.  (Tort reform?  Being able to purchase insurance across state lines?  True competition among insurance compancies would lower premiums faster than anything.  It would solve the problem for those who can’t get insurance because of a preexisting condition.)

With the signing of this bill, the Democrats have effectively taken the first step in turning our nation’s healthcare system into the DMV.  Break out the champagne!

One of the most interesting aspects of this entire issue to me is the one of liberty and self-determination.  ObamaCare undoubtedly will put a bureaucrat in the middle of patient and doctor.  It will do more to erode these basic, foundational American ideas than anything else we have seen. 

Give me liberty or give me death!  This is America!  

One comfort?  We will not go down without a fight.  This legislation and its mandate to buy insurance is unconstitutional.  It is a direct violation of state sovereignty and states’ rights.  It will be challenged in the courts.

December 10, 2009

Right analogy, wrong application, Mr. Reid

Filed under: health care,politics — by lindyborer @ 11:26 am
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GOP opposition to ObamaCare is not like supporting slavery in the 19th century, as Mr. Reid contends.  (Those were, after all, Democrats.) 

Rather, it’s about opposition to being enslaved by the federal government, who would have the ability to control every aspect of our lives should nationalized healthcare become a reality. 

Another gem from editorial cartoonish Michael Ramirez, who once again captures the truth of the matter perfectly:

August 14, 2009

Sarah Palin: taking no prisoners, UPDATED

Vindicated.

Ridiculed for her critique on Obamacare and for using the phrase “death panels” in describing section 1233 of House Bill 3200, it appears that her criticism was well-founded.  Yesterday section 1233, which authorized end-of-life counseling for elderly patients, was stripped from the bill by the Senate Finance Committee.  

Dr. Ezekial Emanuel (brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel) loudly criticized Palin for her words and denied section 1233 existed.  Palin said on her Facebook page:

The rationing system proposed by one of President Obama’s key health care advisors is particularly disturbing. I’m speaking of the “Complete Lives System” advocated by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of the president’s chief of staff. President Obama has not yet stated any opposition to the “Complete Lives System,” a system which, if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential. [1] Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the “Complete Lives System”? If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on? I just learned that Dr. Emanuel is now distancing himself from his own work and claiming that his “thinking has evolved” on the question of rationing care to benefit the strong and deny the weak. [2] How convenient that he disavowed his own work only after the nature of his scholarship was revealed to the public at large.

Ouch.  

Kudos to Palin, and the general public for being so informed on what is actually in the health care bills and for not allowing themselves to be silenced by the bullies.  Democracy in action is a beautiful thing.

It doesn’t strike me as a particularly “good idea” to allow a government panel of bureaucrats–whose main stated purpose in this instance is to cut costs–to counsel Grandma on her end-of-life decisions.  It strikes me as a conflict of interest; and, as Obama himself stated, wouldn’t she just be better off taking the pain medicine?  Pain meds are considerably cheaper than life-saving surgery, to be sure. 

I call it a bad idea. 

UPDATE:

Guiliani agrees.

The mainstream, state-run media is continuing their quest to portray the Americans showing up at townhalls with their questions and concerns about the healthcare bills as fringe, swastika-wearing, racist mobs.  In light of this, I–for once in my life–agree with something Hillary Clinton has said:

The hysteria by the leftist media is hilarious, especially considering the fact that they made a movie that advocated the assassination of Bush, among many actually documented instances of leftists carrying Bush=Hitler signs decorated with swastikas.  The hypocrisy is palpable.  Oh, how they forget…

The media is also busily blaming Rush Limbaugh for, well, everything, but amazingly fail to recall that it was Ms. Nancy Pelosi who first compared the townhall protestors to Nazis.  This was last week.

A must-read article:  Nazis for Me, but Not for Thee

An excerpt:

[In responding to Pelosi’s statement, Rush] repeatedly and explicitly qualified that no one was saying Obama was Hitler, that Pelosi was Goebbels, or that the Democrats were engaged in the genocidal barbarity of the Third Reich. The comparison he drew was a substantive one: between the Democrats’ proposal for socialized medicine and the German installation of socialized medicine beginning with Bismarck and reaching its shocking apotheosis with Hitler’s National Socialism. (A transcript of what he actually contended is here, and his website has other relevant transcripts, since the argument was reiterated other times during the week.) The point was to show that if Pelosi wanted to engage in Nazi comparisons, the health-care policies of Nazi Germany had far more in common with the health-care policies of the Democrats than with those of the conservative opposition, which wants health care kept private and reforms to be market-based.

   

August 5, 2009

A round-up

Filed under: health care,politics — by lindyborer @ 9:04 am
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There’s been so much in the news to blog about of late, and owing to my blogcation, I really don’t know quite where to start.  How about Obama’s “non-quest” for socialist healthcare.  I cannot sugarcoat this; Obama is plainly lying about  his end goal for healthcare.  Of course, the White House issued a statement yesterday, claiming that his comments are being isolated and taken out of context, but I really can’t see how this is taken out of context:

Or, especially, this:

Cherry-picking, indeed.

As Hot Air’s Allahpundit said:

Turns out the same guy who became a tax-cuttin’, traditional-marriage-supportin’ centrist just in time for last year’s election was also a fan of socialized medicine back in the day, before he needed independents to win the office he was after. Who knew?

And blue-dogs are in the hot seat as they return to their districts for various townhalls on healthcare for the August recess.  They are being asked excellent and informed questions by an angry and fed-up public, which they either cannot or do not answer forthrightly.  Keep it coming, I say. 

Here are some questions you can ask, if you so desire.

Of course, liberals are claiming “mob rule,” of which Michelle Malkin responds:  THIS is what mob rule looks like.  A timely reminder for them, I say. 

And I’m sure you may have seen this Obama/Joker poster floating around the internet lately:

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There are the usual hysterical cries of racism (?), but as Drudge gently pointed out, Vanity Fair did the exact same thing to Bush a year ago.  Oh, the hypocrisy!  (I must say, though, that the artist’s rendering of Obama to the joker is of a much higher order artistically than the Bush one.  IMO.) 

And, perhaps most astonishingly, the White House is actually asking for snitches:  Anyone who might be making “fishy statements” about Obamacare, either via email or in “casual conversation”, should be reported to flag@whitehouse.gov at once.  This falls into the category of “You just can’t make this stuff up.”  I actually heard of this first through an incoming link to my own dear old blog (you can see it at the top of the comments section on the right).  Perhaps I’m now officially on a watch list.  Seeing as I haven’t done anything wrong, I believe I’ll simply raise my middle finger in a brazen virtual salute to proponents of such thuggery.  

Call me crazy, but isn’t it a little disturbing for the White House to be calling for informants?  What is this?  Statist East Germany? 

Here is a PDF/screenshot of the White House page.  As to the “facts?”  Read the damn bill, morons!  The questions people are asking come complete with citations from the very bill these representatives have apparently not read.  Unbelievable.

July 21, 2009

Obama: lies, lies, and damn lies, UDATED!!

Filed under: health care,politics — by lindyborer @ 8:24 am
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Barack Obama and the Democrats:  “If you like your health plan, you can keep it, the only thing that will change is that you’ll pay less.”

Um, no.  You will lose your insurance under Obamacare.  Unless you pay through the nose for private coverage, which will eventually be forced into oblivion.  Then it will be health care rationing for all.  Not to mention over a trillion dollar price tag.

And need I say that this won’t be a good thing for the economy?

Take it from someone who’s actually read the bill.  Betsy McCaughey has gone through it and reveals for you and I–with page numbers–just what we can expect. 

Please call your Senators and ask them if they, too, will go on the Obamacare plan should it pass.  And don’t let them hem and haw their way out of an answer.  Persist until you get a yes or a no, and then proceed to ask them a follow-up on why they won’t be on it.  (Oh, come on.  You actually think they’ll say yes?)

And Jim DeMint (R-SC) continued to put Obama’s rear-end over the fire with his statement:

The last time the President made grand promises and demanded passage of a bill before it could be reviewed, we ended up with the colossal stimulus failure and unemployment near 10 percent,” said Senator DeMint.

“Now the President wants Americans to trust him again, but he can’t back up the utopian promises he’s making about a government takeover of health care. He insists his health care plan won’t add to our nation’s deficit despite the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office saying exactly the opposite. And today we learn that the President is refusing to release a critical report on the state of our economy, which contains facts essential to this debate. What is he hiding?

“If the actual legislation came close to matching the President’s rhetoric, he would have no problem passing this bill with huge Democrat majorities in both chambers. But Americans aren’t being fooled and are discovering the truth about his plan which includes rationed care, trillions in new costs, high taxes and penalties that will destroy jobs, and even government-funded abortions.

“Let’s be clear, there is no one in this debate advocating that we do nothing despite the President’s constant straw man arguments. Republicans have offered comprehensive health care reform solutions that cover millions of the uninsured without exploding costs, raising taxes, or rationing care. We can give every American access to a health plan they can own, afford and keep without a government takeover.”

Thanks, Mr. DeMint.

And, finally, a clip from O’Reilly, who warns, “If we continue to go in this direction, the country will be bankrupt perhaps by the end of this year”:

UPDATE:

Unbe-FREAKING-lievable:  “You know, I have to say I’m not familiar with the provision you are talking about.”

One may only conclude two things, then, Mr. Obama.  1) You’re LYING about people being able to keep their private insurance or 2)  You’re such a moron that you are pushing to pass a bill that YOU HAVE NOT EVEN READ.

July 15, 2009

Who you gonna believe–the Obama Adm. or your lying eyes?

Dear God, help us. 

A follow-up post to yesterday’s, in which I talked about Obama’s newly appointed Science Czar, John Holdren.

Michelle Malkin has gone in-depth on this guy and his population-control centered views, countering claims by the White House that he does not still ascribe to those views (which are his life’s work):  Study in Contrast:  Christian scientist vs. eco-mad scientist 

Please, someone, prove to me without a doubt that it’s not true.  Please.  The link is positively frightening. 

Beware this man, beware the man who appointed him, and beware the looming specter of Obamacare with people like this in charge.   

And keep in mind the close relationship between eco-zealotism and population control policies.  The two go hand-in-hand.  As do eco-zealotism, population control policies, and authoritarianism.  Obama has consistently sided with authoritarian regimes since his inauguration.  Don’t dismiss that.

A screenshot (courtesy of Zombie) of some of Mr. Holdren’s book, Ecoscience, which he still lists on his curriculum vitae:

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Note the last sentence.  I give you the man in charge of “Science” in the United States.

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