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An Old Geezer Speaks Out

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

The typical U.S. household headed by a person age 65 or older has a net worth 47 times greater than a household headed by someone under 35, according to an analysis of census data released Monday. If all of us old farts have all of the money, then let us try to elect someone who might be near honest and not be after feathering their own nests.

They like to refer to us as senior citizens, old fogies, geezers, and in some cases dinosaurs. Some of us are “Baby Boomers” getting ready to retire. Others have been retired for some time. We walk a little slower these days and our eyes and hearing are not what they once were. We have worked hard, raised our children, worshiped our God and grown old together. Yes, we are the ones some refer to as being over the hill, and that is probably true. But before writing us off completely, there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration.

In school we studied English, history, math, and science which enabled us to lead America into the technological age. Most of us remember what outhouses were, many of us with firsthand experience.

We remember the days of telephone party-lines, 25 cent gasoline, and milk and ice being delivered to our homes. For those of you who don’t know what an icebox is, today they are electric and referred to as refrigerators. A few even remember when cars were started with a crank. Yes, we lived those days.

Yes, we are old and slow these days but rest assured, we have at least one good fight left in us. We have loved this country, fought for it, and died for it, and now we are going to save it. It is our country and nobody is going to take it away from us. We took oaths to defend America against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that is an oath we plan to keep. There are those who want to destroy this land
we love but, like our founders, there is no way we are going to remain silent.

It was mostly the young people of this nation who elected Obama and the Democratic Congress. You fell for the “Hope and Change” which in reality was nothing but “Hype and Lies.”

You have tasted socialism and seen evil face to face, and have found you don’t like it after all. You make a lot of noise, but most are all too interested in their careers or “Climbing the Social Ladder” to be involved in such mundane things as patriotism and voting. Many of those who fell for the “Great Lie” in 2008 are now having buyer’s remorse. With all the education we gave you, you didn’t have sense enough to see through the lies and instead drank the ‘Kool-Aid.’ Now you’re paying the price and complaining about it. No jobs, lost mortgages, higher taxes, and less freedom.

This is what you voted for and this is what you got. We entrusted you with the Torch of Liberty and you traded it for a paycheck and a fancy house.

Well, don’t worry youngsters, the Grey-Haired Brigade is here, and in 2014 we are going to take back our nation. We may drive a little slower than you would like but we get where we’re going, and in 2014 we’re going to the polls by the millions.

This land does not belong to the man in the White House nor to the likes of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. It belongs to “We the People” and “We the People” plan to reclaim our land and our freedom. We hope this time you will do a better job of preserving it and passing it along to our grandchildren. So the next time you have the chance to say the Pledge of Allegiance, Stand up, put your hand over your heart, honor our country, and thank God for the old geezers of the “Grey-Haired Brigade.”

Footnote:
This is spot on. We need other Gray-Haired Geezers signing on. As we  circulate this to these Gray-Haired Geezers all over this once great county will the ground start shaking??? Will we cry, “It’s not an earthquake, it’s a STAMPEDE.”

LIES, LIES, AND MORE LIES!

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Lies, lies, and more lies. Yes, let’s call it what it is, not falsehoods, no, no, plain old lies. Will it ever stop? This is the most duplicitous administration in our history.
“If you like your doctor, you can keep him.”
“If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.”
ObamaCare is still falling apart. Now come the excuses, the lies to explain the failure of this   flawed enterprise.
–––– “The website will be up and running in excellent shape by the end of November” ––– oh, sure.
–––– “Only a few people (hundreds of thousands) are losing their medical insurance plans.” That’s because there plans MUST comply with the new minimum requirements of   Obama Care. And what are the minimum requirements? Oh, yes ––– if you’re a 56-year-old woman, you must have maternity care as part of your insurance plan! And pay for it of course. Oh, yes, if you’re a 45-year-old man, you must have pediatric care as part of your insurance plan! And pay for it of course. Oh, yes ––– one-size-fits-all rather than what is actually needed by each of us as individuals. And of course, it increases the cost of medical care, how wonderful. But, hey, we unwashed are too stupid to be able to decide what coverage we need in our health insurance. Only the government is wise enough to know.
–––– “The rise in premiums, the increase in deductibles, the increase in co-pays, oh, that’s the fault of the insurance companies” (those terrible people in the private sector, of course). No, it’s because of the one-size-fits-all in the minimum requirements in all policies under ObamaCare, and the mandate to cover pre-existing conditions. Together, these push the private sector insurance companies out of the market place and into a federal single-payer system –––– Medicaid, the broken system which provides suboptimal care for “free” for all (see my last post).
And, oh, yes. Obama care is here and all those nasty Republicans are against it, refused to vote for it in that terrible night in 2010 when it was thrust down America’s throat . . . and America is now gagging, is having trouble breathing. Better call 9-1-1!

ObamaCare and the Future of American Medicine

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

ObamaCare has descended on us and is a source of chaos. The demented picture of a website unable to function and the dreadful, unworkable health program it represents is Kafkaesque in the damage it is doing.

By the many thousands, people are having their medical insurance canceled.

By the many thousands those still with policies are seeing their premiums skyrocketing, doubling and tripling.

By the many thousands, those still with policies are seeing their deductibles triple and their co-pays escalate.

But, more problems have and will surface out of this schizophrenic bill’s 2700 pages and the insane 15,000 page set of regulations stemming from the bill. The bill is already doing immense damage to the economy of the United States and to the  degeneration of the healthcare of millions of its people.

However, be certain of this. This entire mess could have been  predicted. And, I believe was actually deliberately written into the entire program so as to drive insurance companies out of the medical field and drive our people into what Obama and his Socialist party, a.k.a. the Democrat party, have wanted and prayed for for decades. The chaos produced by the Affordable Care Act will result in a government-sponsored, single-payer national health system run by those “geniuses” who could not write a sane and workable healthcare bill that could function in the private sector ( where it belongs), and who can’t even develop a functioning website. Goodbye to the very best health care system in the world and say hello to the Socialist States of America, which will be the natural passage of events as the government takes over all our privacy and what medical treatment we are to receive.

How Cruz, Lee and Paul Shut Down Obama’s Agenda

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Hopefully this is correct. I’m not so sure. I guess we’ll know in the months to come and the effect of the partial government shutdown on the GOP

How Cruz, Lee and Paul Shut Down Obama’s Agenda
Christopher Bedford
The Daily Caller
10/14/13

After Republicans drifted for years without a pilot, Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee have taken the helm of the GOP, steering their party and its grassroots into a much-needed, head-on battle with the Democrats.

On the campaign trail on the way to his win in November 2012, President Barack Obama promised to finish the work he’d gone to Washington to do: “fundamentally transforming the United States.” Things look tough for the right in Washington today, but the reality is these three conservative Republicans, aided by friends in the Senate and the House, have dragged the president’s ambitious agenda to a complete halt, throwing both him and Democrat Sen. Harry Reid on their heels and adding policy paralysis to the president’s long list of post-election woes.

While Republican leadership in the House was loud when scandals from Benghazi to the IRS unfolded, over the last year conventional wisdom in Washington has held that sequester would never happen; amnesty for illegal immigrants was a done deal; no sane Republican would stand against an assault-weapons ban after Sandy Hook; the GOP would bless a charge into Syria; and, well, fill in the blank: student loans? Climate change? The tea party was over and Washington, D.C. was Obama’s oyster.

But then a strange thing happened. As one by one, impossible victories were won, observers saw the policy agenda of the president — a man who won a resounding victory just months ago — stagnate and stall: He hasn’t won a single victory since his re-election.

It’s almost surreal. Sequester is tentatively in place; amnesty is derailed; gun control is on the run; American forces are not involved in Syria’s civil war.

Senior Republicans are taking their cues from a couple of freshman conservatives.

After years of void, Republicans have leadership in D.C.

And after decades of void, conservatives do, too.

The new breed of conservatives won victories by shifting public opinion and navigating parliamentary procedure. Today, Cruz and Lee’s fight to defund Obamacare is deeply mired in parliamentary mumbo-jumbo, and public opinion is divided and negative across the board. In short, it is not ideal. And so long as the Democrats control the White House and the Senate, it never could be ideal. But one thing is undeniable: Their stand has lit a much-needed fire in D.C.

Will they defund Obamacare? No, they won’t. But they could — and they have — changed the narrative in Washington. And barring a disaster, that could change the narrative across the country on Nov. 4, 2014.

The folks who live in the world of Politico see electoral defeat hiding in the closet and Newt Gingrich’s ghost under the bed, but here’s an important question: What are Republicans so afraid of? Who is coming to get them?

The House of Representatives has turned Obama and Reid’s strategy on its head. When the president used the bully pulpit to call for Republicans to fund children with cancer, they did; when the president used the bully pulpit to call for Republicans to fund national parks, they did; when the president used the bully pulpit to call for Republicans to fund veterans, they did. All of the House’s stop-gap measures died in the Democrat’s Senate, along with scores of others.

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/14/bedford-how-cruz-lee-and-paul-shut-down-obamas-agenda/#ixzz2hidBkMPq

Tea Party/Buchanan: Is Red State America Seceding?

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Altho’ I don’t always agree with Pat Buchanan, he is always provocative and interesting. I thought this article could be a glimpse into a dark future.

Tea Party
October 11, 2013
Buchanan: Is Red State America Seceding?

In the last decade of the 20th century, as the Soviet Empire disintegrated so, too, did that prison house of nations, the USSR.

Out of the decomposing carcass came Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Moldova, all in Europe; Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Caucasus; and Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan in Central Asia.

Transnistria then broke free of Moldova, and Abkhazia and South Ossetia fought free of Georgia.

Yugoslavia dissolved far more violently into the nations of Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro, Macedonia and Kosovo.

The Slovaks seceded from Czechoslovakia. Yet a Europe that plunged straight to war after the last breakup of Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939 this time only yawned. Let them go, all agreed.

The spirit of secession, the desire of peoples to sever ties to nations to which they have belonged for generations, sometimes for centuries, and to seek out their own kind, is a spreading phenomenon.

Scotland is moving toward a referendum on independence from England, three centuries after the Acts of Union. Catalonia pushes to be free of Madrid. Milanese and Venetians see themselves as a European people apart from Sicilians, Neapolitans and Romans.

Dutch-speaking Flanders wants to cut loose of French-speaking Wallonia in Belgium. Francophone Quebec, with immigrants from Asia and the Third World tilting the balance in favor of union, appears to have lost its historic moment to secede from Canada.

What are the forces pulling nations apart? Ethnicity, culture, history and language — but now also economics. And separatist and secessionist movements are cropping up here in the United States.

While many Red State Americans are moving away from Blue State America, seeking kindred souls among whom to live, those who love where they live but not those who rule them are seeking to secede.

The five counties of Western Maryland — Garrett, Allegheny, Washington, Frederick and Carroll, which have more in common with West Virginia and wish to be rid of Baltimore and free of Annapolis, are talking secession.

The issues driving secession in Maryland are gun control, high taxes, energy policy, homosexual marriage and immigration.

Scott Strzelczyk, who lives in the town of Windsor in Carroll County and leads the Western Maryland Initiative, argues: “If you have a long list of grievances, and it’s been going on for decades, and you can’t get it resolved, ultimately [secession] is what you have to do.”

And there is precedent. Four of our 50 states — Maine, Vermont, Kentucky, West Virginia — were born out of other states.

Ten northern counties of Colorado are this November holding non-binding referenda to prepare a future secession from Denver and the creation of America’s 51st state.

Nine of the 10 Colorado counties talking secession and a new state, writes Reid Wilson of the Washington Post — Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Weld and Yuma — all gave more than 62 percent of their votes to Mitt Romney. Five of these 10 counties gave Romney more than 75 percent of their vote.

Their issues with the Denver legislature: A new gun control law that triggered a voter recall of two Democratic state senators, state restrictions on oil exploration, and the Colorado legislature’s party-line vote in support of gay marriage.

In California, which many have long believed should be split in two, the northern counties of Modoc and Siskyou on the Oregon border are talking succession — and then union in a new state called Jefferson.

“California is essentially ungovernable in its present size,” says Mark Baird of the Jefferson Declaration Committee. Baird hopes to attract a dozen counties to join together before petitioning the state to secede.

Like the western Maryland and northern Colorado counties, the northern California counties are conservative, small town, rural, and have little in common with San Francisco or Los Angeles, or Sacramento, where Republicans hold not one statewide office and are outnumbered better than 2-1 in both houses of the state legislature.

Folks on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, bordered by Wisconsin and the Great Lakes, which is connected to lower Michigan by a bridge, have long dreamed of a separate state called Superior. The UP has little in common with Lansing and nothing with Detroit.

While the folks in western Maryland, northern Colorado, northern California and on the Upper Peninsula might be described as Red State secessionists, in Vermont the secessionists seem of the populist left. The Montpelier Manifesto of the Second Vermont Republic concludes:

“Citizens, lend your names to this manifesto and join in the honorable task of rejecting the immoral, corrupt, decaying, dying, failing American Empire and seeking its rapid and peaceful dissolution before it takes us all down with it.”

This sort of intemperate language may be found in Thomas Jefferson’s indictment of George III. If America does not get its fiscal house in order, and another Great Recession hits or our elites dragoon us into another imperial war, we will likely hear more of such talk.

http://townhall.com/columnists/patbuchanan/2013/10/11/is-red-state-america-seceding-n1720999/page/full


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