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Archive for July, 2012

Healthcare Reform Will Worsen U.S. Physician Shortage

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The New York Times (7/29/12) reported that expanded health insurance and Medicaid will not produce all the healthcare needed in the country because the country dramatically lacks the number of doctors for the delivery of that care. The Times used Riverside, California, as a base for explaining the dilemma: “the Association of American Medical Colleges estimates that in 2015 the country will have 62,900 fewer doctors than needed. And that number will more than double by 2025. … Even without the health care law, the shortfall of doctors in 2025 would still exceed 100,000.” The Times examined some underlying causes and suggested changes in healthcare delivery, such as “building more walk-in clinics, allowing nurses to provide more care and encouraging doctors to work in teams.”This is almost total nonsense. All these things will do little to change the demographics.

Changes in insurance policy and the management of Medicare and Medicaid, a shift toward medical savings accounts, and, of course, the training of more doctors in medical schools with more innovative teaching methods––– all these are needed to effect significant change.

But of course this is a serious even catastrophic, problem that will only be exacerbated significantly unless ObamaCare is repealed.

Only in America

Monday, July 30th, 2012

1) Only in America could politicians talk about the greed of the rich at a $35,000 a plate campaign fund raising event for the current President in New York City attended by almost 40% black Americans.
2) Only in America could people claim that the government still discriminates against black Americans when we have a black President, a black Attorney General, and roughly 18% of the federal workforce is black (only 12% of the population is black).
3) Only in America could we have had the two people most responsible for our tax code, Timothy Geithner, the head of the Treasury Department and Charles Rangel who once ran the Ways and Means Committee, BOTH turn out to be tax cheats who are in favor of higher taxes.
4) Only in America can we have terrorists kill people in the name of Allah and have the media primarily react by fretting that Muslims might be harmed by the backlash.
5) Only in America would we make people who want to legally become American citizens wait for years in their home countries and pay tens of thousands of dollars for the privilege while we discuss letting anyone who sneaks into the country illegally just become American citizens.
6) Only in America could the people who believe in balancing the budget and sticking by the country’s Constitution be thought of as “extremists.”
7) Only in America could you need to present a driver’s license to cash a check or buy alcohol, but not to vote.
8) Only in America could people demand the government investigate whether oil companies are gouging the public because the price of gas went up when the return on equity invested in a major U.S. oil company (Marathon Oil) is less than half of a company making tennis shoes (Nike).
9) Only in America could the government collect more tax dollars from the people than any nation in recorded history, still spend a trillion dollars more than it has per year for total spending of $7 million PER MINUTE, and complain that it doesn’t have nearly enough money.
10) Only in America could the rich people who pay 86% of all income taxes be accused of not paying their “fair share” by people who don’t pay any income taxes at all.

what a life this would be . .

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Maxine wants this to be on
the ballot in November and
let everyone vote,
especially the seniors!

Here’s the way it should be:

Let’s put the seniors in jail; and
all the criminals in nursing homes.

This would correct two things in one motion:
Seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.
They would receive unlimited free prescriptions,
dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs, etc.

They would receive money instead of having to pay it out.
They would have constant video monitoring, so they would be
helped instantly, if they fell or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing
would be ironed and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes.
All meals and snacks would be brought to them.

They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight/fitness room,
spiritual counseling, a pool and education – and free admission to
in-house concerts by nationally recognized entertainment artists.

Simple clothing (shoes, slippers, pj’s) and legal aid
would be free, upon request.
There would be private, secure rooms provided for all with an
outdoor exercise yard, complete with gardens.

Each senior would have a P.C., T.V., phone and radio in
their room at no cost. They would receive daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear any complaints and
the ACLU would fight for their rights and protection.

The guards would have a code of conduct to be strictly adhered to, with attorneys available, at no charge to protect the seniors and their
families from abuse or neglect.
As for the criminals:

They would receive cold food.
They would be left alone and unsupervised.
They would receive showers once a week.

They would live in tiny rooms, for which they would
have to pay $5,000 per month, and
they would have no hope of ever getting out.

“Sounds like justice to me!”
(If You agree, pass this on!)

In addition, it is a great gated community

Musings at the End of a Hot July, 2012.

Monday, July 30th, 2012

The past several weeks have been filled with lots of things to write about, but I’ve been too lazy. Nevertheless, I’m certain all of the following have been discussed at length in many blog posts:

The slaughter in Syria while the world watches, completely impotent to do anything to stop it. The Russians and Chinese say, “Don’t interfere,” and our dynamic, aggressive president might as well be saying, “Okay, you are the leaders of the world. Why should I do anything to countermand your orders.”

And some bozo, another one of those Obama lapdogs, has written an article in Newsweek warning against voting in Romney as president. Why? “He’s a wimp! He’s too soft! Unable to make the hard decisions!” Talk about irony. He should take another look at his president.

Romney and Obama continue to hurl lots of negative ads at each other. It’s really a lovely, grown-up, serious election involving two very mature guys –––– just kidding.

Obama thinks that there are no self-made creative, successful entrepreneurs. Apparently he thinks it takes a village to create a successful business. Man, where you been?

And there’s so much more. But, I think a couple of funny asides and one serious one will be as much as I can muster today. So, proceed to the next post.

Maybe August will be more creative.

We Cannot Afford to Fail

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

It is critical that Mitt Romney replaces Obama in the White House. The electorate must not make the same mistake as occurred in 2008. Here  is a excerpt from an article in the June 26th Washington post written by Matt Patterson, (Columnist – Washington Post, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner) in which he makes a most compelling case for a President Romney:

“How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professionalaccomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job? Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life; ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a ‘community organizer’; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid
of his attention, so often did he vote ‘present’). And finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions.

“He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as a legislator. And then there is the matter of his troubling associations; the white-hating, America-loathing preacher who for decades served as Obama’s ‘spiritual mentor’; a real-life, actual terrorist who served as Obama’s colleague and political sponsor. It’s easy to imagine a future historian looking at it all and asking; how on Earth was such a man elected president?”

Romney has all the experience that makes him a fine candidate for president. He is a man with a recognizable past, a man with a record, a man in the mainstream of American life. We cannot fail. America, our home, our blessed country will not survive another 4 years of Obama.

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