Posts Tagged ‘President Obama’

Changing Tide

January 20, 2010

Yesterday, Republican  Scott Brown was elected to fill the Senate seat long-held by Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. 

That is quite a change.

This election should be recognized by democrats as  a sign that people are not comfortable with the direction that they are leading our country.  A distaste, and distrust, of the proposed health care reform; a sense of weakening security, a fragile economy and spiraling debt: this is not the change that was expected when President Obama took office a year ago today.

Perhaps democrats should rethink their strategy.  It’s not so much of a mandate anymore.

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Merry Christmas Mr. President

December 23, 2009

It looks like the Senate is going to pass a bill on health care reform just in time for Christmas.  It has been referred to as a Christmas present for the president, since he has made it the centerpiece of his domestic agenda.  It will still have to be reconciled with the House bill which will not be easy since there are substantial differences, none-the-less, it looks like Merry Christmas Mr. President, here’s your health care bill.

Actually, the bill will be coming later.  It is like the person who spends too much at Christmas, and then regrets it when the charge card bills come due.  Will we regret this holiday purchase?  Can it be returned if we don’t like it?

This is not change that I believe in.  However, unlike Rush Limbaugh, I hope that I am wrong.  I hope that the president is right, and that this is a great thing for our country.  I hope that it provides coverage, while lowering the deficit, just like they say that it will. 

I am also glad that, ultimately,  I put my trust in Jesus, not in the U.S. government for my future.

2nd Stimulus Package

December 10, 2009

President Obama is pushing for a second stimulus package.  He seems to think that we can spend our way out of economic trouble. 

That would be fine, if we had the money to spend.  When we continuously borrow money to pay for our ever-increasing programs we are headed towards economic disaster instead of economic recovery.  Instead of adding to the deficit, in the hopes of recovery, we should be reducing our spending.  Our economy will recover on its own if we quit adding to the burden placed upon the business world.  When families overspend, they go bankrupt.  When businesses overspend, they go out of business.  What will happen if our government continues to overspend?

It won’t be good.

Health Care Bill Concerns

November 23, 2009

It looks like we are going to get a health care bill, whether we want it or not.

It not that I don’t think that something should be done, it’s just that I don’t think that this bill (either the house or the senate version) is the way to go.

Here are my concerns.

COST

1.  Government:  it is going to cost the government way too much.  We need to be looking for ways to reduce our spending, not increase it.

2.  Companies 

    A.  Companies that are unable, or unwilling to provide health insurance will be forced to either provide insurance, or pay a penalty.  Either way companies will see a significant increase to their operating costs.  How many companies will be unable to continue doing business?

    B.  The extra tax on medical supplies will be passed on to the consumer, raising the cost that is paid for health care, not lowering it. 

    C.  Forcing insurance companies to accept all applicants will cause an increase in expenditures by those companies.  Premiums are established from year to year based on the rate of claims paid out.  If everyone is included, the costs will go up.

3.  Individuals:  individuals who do not have health insurance will be forced to buy insurance or pay a fine.   Many of these individuals are having a difficult time making ends meet now.  The extra cost will only make things worse.  For those people who have health insurance, there will be extra taxes, and higher premiums. 

4.  Economic impact: the health industry is an enormous business that is interwoven into our economy.  By forcing these changes, there will be an economic upheaval that is unpredictable, and possibly catastrophic.

AUTONOMY

I don’t like the government taking away the freedom of companies and individuals to make these decisions for themselves.  If the government wants to provide a public option at a sliding fee cost, that is optional, that would be great, but to force individuals and companies into compliance is a reduction of our basic freedoms.

QUALITY OF CARE

As the government moves more and more towards a socialized health care system, the rate of return will probably go down.  There will not be as much profit in the industry.  The lure of economic gain is a powerful stimulus for innovation.  I would like to say that everyone who has contributed to health care advance has done so for humanitarian concerns, but I am reasonably certain that profitability has played an important role.  How many of the advances in medicine in the past fifty years have come about as a result of government facilities anywhere in the world compared to companies that are pursuing profit?

BUREAUCRACY

The mess involved with filing claims for Medicare and Medicaid is legendary.  Sometimes it works well, but there are frequent problems that are very difficult to resolve. 

Here are a few of my concerns.  I have not heard, or read where these concerns are being addressed to my satisfaction. 

 

School Speech

September 9, 2009

Work hard.

Dream big.

Overcome adversity.

Take personal responsibility.

Contribute to society.

I certainly can’t say that I have any problems with the President’s speech to students.  I especially liked the part about taking personal responsibility.  I regularly pray for myself, my family and friends, that we will make good choices and good decisions. 

I pray for our country as well, that our governmental leaders will choose wisely in the decisions that are made on behalf of the country. 

I sometimes wonder if our country is not going down a different road.

Complain loudly.

Expect big things to be given to you.

Run over opposition.

Blame others for problems.

Take, take , take from those in society, who have anything left.

Perhaps we all need to listen to the President’s speech, and take it to heart.

The Shackling of American Business

July 16, 2009

A few years ago the newly Democratic congress made it a priority to substantially raise the minimum wage.  I wonder what happened to those businesses that were barely surviving?  When the government forced them to raise their employee compensation I imagine some of them had to shut down.  Those employees who were making minimum wage were then added to the lists of the unemployed, and the businesses were no longer paying taxes, since they could not afford to stay in business.  They were too small to survive the increase in overhead cost.

Now our Democratic president and congress are pushing through a bill that will require “those who can afford it” to provide health insurance for their employees.  Who is going to decide “who can afford it”?  Will it be the same people who have approved spending enormous sums of  money that we do not have ourselves?  I do not trust them to make the right decision.

I am confident that there will be some companies that will not survive this latest burden being placed upon them by the government. 

More people on the unemployment roles.

Less companies paying taxes.

I suspect that politicians forget what life is like in the “real” world.  Most families are two income families.   At least one, needs to find a job that offers benefits.  That means that the other partner could work a job that does not offer benefits, but that still adds to the family income.  There is a place for the job that does not offer benefits, but that still provides income. 

In the world that I live in, you accept whatever job you can get, and then you look for a better one, until you are satisfied with your situation.   

Employers pay as well as they can afford to pay, so that they retain their good employees. 

It’s called free enterprise and it has worked pretty well.

Our government is going to squeeze more companies out of business by placing upon them the shackles of mandatory higher wages and now, health care provision.

Freedom and Responsibility

May 12, 2009

I am a firm believer in the freedom of the human will.  That does not mean that we are free from influence, nor from the impact of our inherited human nature.  Yet at our core, I believe that we are able to make choices.  With that freedom comes responsibility.  The choices that we make can turn out for better or for worse.  Those consequences are something that we have to live with for the rest of our lives.  I appreciate the advice that President Bush gave to the incoming President Obama when he told him to ‘Do what he thought was right, because at the end of the day you have to live with yourself. ”  It is good advice for all of us.  Get as much information as we can, and make the best decision that we are able to make, and then be willing to accept the responsibility for our decisions.

Obama Reverses Stem-Cell Policy

March 10, 2009

President Obama has reversed the Bush administration’s policy on stem-cell research, opening the way for new embryo’s to be processed for use in research, funded by government dollars.  He said “Our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values.”

Actually, he is the one making a false choice.  It is not all sound science that is the problem.  It is science that intentionally destroys innocent human life.

As for morality, I hope that we can agree that it is wrong to intentionally destroy innocent human life.

So, this brings up the question of when does human life begin?  This is a religious, or philosophical question, not a scientific one.    There are many people in this country who believe that human life begins at conception.  Therefore, for all of those people, embryonic stem cell research may be  scientific, but it is, and always will be immoral. 

President Obama has clearly sided with a certain philosophical view regarding the beginning of human life.  That is clear from his views, and his action, on abortion and embryonic stem cell research.  That is the choice that has been made, not a choice between morals and science.

It is the wrong choice.

Pro Choice or Pro Abortion?

February 28, 2009

Q. When is pro choice not pro choice? 

A.When it comes to the right of individuals not to perform medical procedures that go against their morals.

President Obama is considering overturning a regulation that was introduced during the Bush administration regarding the right of medical personnel to refuse to perform certain medical procedures (including abortion)  for personal ethical reasons.  This is good news to the people who support abortion, and bad news to their opponents.

I thought that a big part of the argument in favor of abortion was over a person’s right to choose?  What has happened to the right of medical personnel to refuse to participate in acts that violate their moral conscience?  Since when does the right for an individual to choose to have an abortion mean that someone else has to violate their personal choice to not perform abortions?  

That is inconsistant and it is wrong.  I sincerely hope that President Obama will be as considerate of the choice of people who want nothing to do with abortions as he is with the choice of those who want an abortion.

Is he pro choice?  Or is he just pro abortion?

I guess we will see.

What’s the Plan?

February 11, 2009

President Bush was severely criticized for not having an exit strategy for Iraq. 

What is the plan to pay back the debt that we are accumulating?  As our congress, pushed by our president, is about to pass legislation that will saddle us with yet another huge bill to pay, I want to know, what is the exit strategy?  How will we get our country out of debt?  Can we even pay the interest?  Before we sign for a loan, can we know the terms?  Where is this money coming from and how will we pay it back?  I don’t hear anything about those little details.

The current crisis in the banking industry has come about because banks made loans to people who couldn’t afford to pay them back.  The loans were bad for both parties. 

At what point are we as a country going to learn that we cannot borrow and spend our way out of our troubles?

At some point, families, businesses, and yes, even countries, must realize that they need to make changes.  They must make hard choices.  They must work on a budget.  They need to make more money than they spend. 

What is the cost?  We are going further into debt by astronomical numbers, lead by our president who proclaims that this is the way.  One thing about debts, they do not just go away.  Sooner or later you have to pay the bill.

Can a country declare bankruptcy?  What happens when the creditors demand payment and we don’t have the money?  Who are the creditors?  Isn’t one of them China?  Does anyone else think it is a bad idea to be deeply in debt to another country?  Especially a communist country? 

What is the exit strategy?