Universal HealthCare

>I had to refrain from throwing my cup of coffee at the television this morning, as I watched one Republican, one Independent and two democrats debate on Meet the Press with David Gregory. As a side note, I must give credit where credit is due…I was very disappointed to hear that Gregory was the permanent replacement to the late Tim Russert. The Gregory that I was familiar with, was the very liberal NBC/MSNBC reporter that often showed his bias while covering the previous Bush administration. I must say however, that he has done a very decent job as moderator of Meet The Press. He has shown me the ability to ask tough questions to both sides of the aisle. Today was no exception, as his panel debated the recent passing of the Senate HealthCarebill.

Back to my coffee throwing…..
While Gregory was doing his part to ask some tough questions, and the two democrats on the panel stood by their liberal values, it was very frustrating to hear Senator Diane Fienstein (D) from California (a train wreck state that she has presided over for many years while it has eroded) to say that “we are the only industrialized nation to not have universal healthcare” and “we have one of the worst healthcare systems in the world.” Even more frustrating than that, was Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchenson (R) from Texas (whose base is very much against government run healthcare) not challenging Sen. Feinstein on these comments. She and the entire panel and host stood by, as Feinstein bashed our country’s healthcare.
For all you Republicans out there, here are some key talking points for the party. For all of you Democrats out there, here is a reality check for you and your party. I would first like to point out to you all, especially Michael Moore, that people risk their lives (some actually die) trying to escape socialist Cuba and Fidel Castro’s supposed “great universal heathcare and education systems.” People come from all over the world to try and get into this country, legally and illegally. Why is that? How often do you hear of cancer patients, fleeing the United States to get treated in Canada, England, Germany or Russia? As a matter of fact, I believe the Saudi Royal Prince, one of the richest men in the world, came to America to be treated for his cancer. Looking for the best treatment money can buy. That is not what the democrats, Feinstein, Soros, Moore and the like, will have you believe.
Our so-called “worst healthcare system in the world” has the most preventive medicine machines (such as MRI, CT scans, etc) per capita, than any other country, by far. We do the most prescreening and preventive treatments than any other country, have the highest survival rate of cancer, lead the world in medical discoveries, Nobel Prizes for medicine, have the best medical schools, hospitals and doctors. Yet, most fail to mention these crucial facts when debating healthcare and pointing fingers. To me, it is unpatriotic to bash our healthcare system or stand by when others say that our healthcare system should be like other Universal Healthcare systems. On the contrary, this country has the greatest healthcare system in the world. Is it perfect, absolutely NOT! There are flaws (denial of coverage, fraud, cost, tort reform), and those flaws should be debated and corrected. NOT a complete scrapping of the best system in the world, in exchange for something we cannot afford, run by the government who cannot successfully run anything.
So, the next time I hear someone bashing our HealthCare system, I urge them and those around them to remember the Statue of Liberty and what is symbolizes. “Give us your tired, YOUR SICK, your poor….” Otherwise, I would be happy to refer you to my travel agent who can help you book your next flight to Cuba or Venezuela for you to receive treatment for what ails you.

Veteran’s Day?

>Two days before our country celebrates our Veterans, the Iranians continue to taunt President Obama, making him look like a weak leader of a once mighty nation. Perhaps the Iranians are taking notes from the North Korean leaders. After campaigning on a strong foreign policy, particularly in Afghanistan, ten months into his presidency, Obama has displayed anything but a strong foreign policy. After completing his World Apology anti-Bush tour, apologizing to Europe and other nations for the United States being a superpower, veep Biden was right, “Obama will be tested.” In just the past few months, while Obama and the democratic congress have been distracted by the economic issues at home. The focus has almost entirely been on passing their Universal HealthCare with Cap and Trade as the proverbial global icing on the cake. All the while, North Korea is testing missiles, Iran is building nuclear weapons, Russia is supplying Nuclear weapons, China could care less (as long as their economy keeps growing and the natives do not get restless), and Afghanistan has become complete and utter chaos.

Months after the United States led the U.N. confrontation against Iran’s nuclear program and still no resolution in sight (following North Korean stall tactics by the book), Tehran announced that Iran has charged three U.S. citizens with espionage, punishable by death (also following the North Korean’s playbook from the U.S. journalists that were sentenced and ultimately freed by former U.S. President Clinton). The Americans were detained by Iranian forces late July after the three strayed into Iran from northern Iraq, while hiking. This latest move by Iran is yet another “slap in the face” of America and our President.
Many weeks have passed since General Mchrystal requested additional troops for Afghanistan and Obama has still yet to make a decision. While I can completely agree that in retrospect, it would have been better to take as much time as necessary to debate if we should have gone to war with Iraq. The difference is that we are already at war with Afghanistan. Debate time is over. You now have American troops in harms way, dying for our country. This is not the time to spend months thinking about what to do. The General that President Obama appointed to lead the war in Afghanistan has asked for backup. You either send the additional troops, as quickly as is possible, or you pullout of Afghanistan completely and as quickly as possible, but you do not leave American troops in the line of fire, with a lack of proper resources. Either of those two options should have been completed upon request. Either that or you reassign (fire) your General in charge if you disagree with his recommendation.
While the rest of the world looks on, wondering what grade Obama will get on Professor Biden’s midterm, our enemies continue to taunt and play games with our President. I can only hope and pray that the recent secret meetings between Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russia, along with yesterday’s secret meeting between Netanyahu and Obama, means that the United States and Israel, with or without the help of Russia, are ready to finally get tough and stop the stalling tactics of Iran. Perhaps for whatever reason, Obama wanted to wait until Veteran’s Day to unveil his plans for Iran and Afghanistan. Either that, or Israel let Obama and Medvedev know that since the United States, Russia and China are going to continue to let Iran jerk the rest of the world around, that they will be taking military action against a regime that continues to fund and arm Hezbollah, cause chaos in Iraq, and continues its nuclear weapons program, in violation of UN resolutions.
The time has come for President Obama to show his support for our troops and make the difficult decisions that the leader of the free world must make.

George Washington

>”There is no practice more dangerous than that of borrowing money; for when money can be had in this way, repayment is seldom thought of in time, the interest becomes a loss, exertions to raise it by dent of industry cease, it comes easy and is spent freely, and many things (are) indulged in that would never be thought of if [they were] to be purchased by the sweat of the brow.”

George Washington