Politics

Give A Helping Hand

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There will always be people in any society that through no fault of their own cannot provide for themselves.  There will always be those that fall on hard times that need some assistance getting back on their feet.  That is a need that a civilized society must address.

What a civilized society must not do is place barriers in the way of those trying to improve their lot in life.  Unfortunately entitlement programs meant to aid those less fortunate people provide no way out of poverty.  Instead they turn public assistance programs into the family business.

It would be far more productive, not to mention compassionate to provide folks in need with the necessary tools to become productive members of society.  Apprenticeships, affordable further education for all and good paying jobs would be a good start.

Instead of burying young adults just starting out in life with student loan debts make state colleges an option for every child in America.  Without hope children become vulnerable to many of the evils in the world.  Self medication becomes a means of escape from their reality.  Gangs and terrorist groups welcome them with open arms.

It is time for the United States of America to stop being a welfare country and make this the land of opportunity our forefathers had in mind.  Free safe, dependable daycare centers where parents can leave their children knowing they are in good hands would allow many parents the ability to be gainfully employed that otherwise could not.

Entitlement programs assume that those in poverty must stay there.  For some that may very well be the case.  But, the great majority living on public assistance receiving food stamps would much rather have the ability to make their own choices in life.  All they need to achieve the American Dream is an opportunity to do so.

Although President Trump’s budget proposal may not be the end all, it is certainly a step in the right direction.  It does have many things in it that will point this country in the right direction.

healthcare · Politics

Think Out Side The Box

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Obamacare isn’t perfect  Many people technically have coverage.  However, their deductibles are so high that short of catastrophic illness nothing is actually covered,  Providers are dropping out like flies.  Mandatory coverage is not an option for many.  Paying the penalty is more cost-effective than paying the escalating premiums.

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In hindsight it is easy to see why Obamacare is in a death spiral.  For starters, the Affordable Health Care for America Act is one thousand, nine hundred and ninety (1,990) pages long.  My mother’s Bible is one thousand, eight hundred and fifty-three (1,853) pages.  Deemed too long to read, Congress members relied on staff to review it.

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The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi summed it up.  “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.”  Translated, Pelosi instructed the house to vote for a bill they hadn’t read, didn’t understand and hope for the best.

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Like the Pied Piper, President Obama spoke and the democrats followed him blindly.  On December 24, 2009 HR 3590 passed in the Senate with sixty (60) votes “for” cast by all democrats, thirty-nine (39) “against” and one (1) did not vote.  On March 21, 2010 HR 3962 passed in the House.  The breakdown there was two hundred and nineteen (219) “yea”s all from democrats and two hundred and twelve (212) “nay”s.  Thirty-four (34) democrats were among the naysayers.

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Fast forward to the present day and the fog has lifted.  What was meant to provide affordable health care to the American people does not.  The complexity of it makes it impossible to understand for most.  Yet democrats continue to regurgitate the Party’s talking points of yesteryear.

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Since March 23, 2010 the day that President Obama signed it into law republicans have shouted “Repeal and Replace”.  But apparently it never occurred to them that in order to replace Obamacare republicans would need something to replace it with.  Instead of learning from democrats’ mistakes, republicans duplicated them.  Fortunately for the American people they failed at their attempt at more of the same.

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In a perfect world we would all get what we want.  Short of that we must compromise.  Of course every American must have access to necessary healthcare.  Unfortunately no healthcare plan alone can accomplish that.  Health care is just one piece of the puzzle.

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There will always be those less fortunate in society that require assistance.  Put in whatever safeguards are necessary to insure that no one falls thru the cracks.  Worry less about the cost and more about reducing the need for public assistance.

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Stop dumping billions of  Federal dollars into Ivey League schools that are swimming in cash.  Give it to the state colleges instead.  Make this the land of opportunity for all children.  Give them the skills necessary to become productive members of society.  Better jobs and tax cuts will make it easier for those struggling towards a goal of self-reliance.

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In order to reduce the cost of any healthcare plan we must reduce the actual costs of healthcare.  The pharmaceutical  industry is fleecing the American public.  Tax exempt hospitals pay their top management millions while their lawyers hound poor people in small claims courts.  Four different patients can be charged four different amounts for the very same procedures.

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Give all those bleeding heart liberals an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is.  On Internal Revenue Service Tax Forms 1040 and 1120 right after “total taxes” add a line “voluntary contribution to the wonderful new healthcare reform”.

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The donation could then be deducted from adjusted gross income on the following year’s return.  For a taxpayer paying at a twenty percent (20%)  tax rate eighty cents ($ .80) of every dollar ($1.00) donated would go to help fund health care.  Don’t underestimate the gernerosity of the American people.

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It is time those we have entrusted with running this country start earning those hard-earned tax dollars we pay them.  They must put partican politics aside.  Otherwise their lack of accomplishment makes Congress usless.

Politics

One Nation Under God

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Whether you love him or hate him it is in everyone’s best interest for President Donald J. Trump to succeed.  Those of you trying to undermine him are doing so at the peril of this nation.

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Every action has a reaction.  The collateral damage being caused by all the nonsense going on in this country is embarrassing at best.  Sooner or later when you play with fire you get burnt.  The worldwide coverage of our shenanigans angers and emboldens those who might wish the United States harm.

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We have reached a fork in the road.  It is time for every American to ask them self what kind of America they would like to live in.

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Mean hateful speech fills the airwaves.  Anarchists threaten our free speech.  Every cause demands top priority.  Tantrums erupt daily.  Name calling, fear mongering, criticizing, lying and complaining have now become the national past times.  Instant gratification is the goal.

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The future of this country depends on our children.  Yet our education system is broken.  Children do not feel safe.  This is no longer the land of opportunity for many of them.  We as a nation are failing them.

Violent criminals, drugs, gangs and poverty have taken over our cities and towns.  Homeless people live on our streets.  Our elderly are neglected.  Far too many people are in desperate need of public assistance.  Self-indulgence has replaced common sense.

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Donald J. Trump is the forty-fifth President of the United States.  It is not necessary to like him.  But, we must accept him.  If we think he is weak than it is our duty as Americans to give him strength.  There has never been a President that everybody liked.  The election is over.  It is time to put partisan politics aside and come together.

The Trump hysteria needs to stop.  Instead of wasting all that energy on negativity use it for good.  Instead of playing the malcontent open your mind to new ideas.  Instead of complaining, think of ways to make the world a better place.  Smile at someone.  Help an old lady cross the street.  Stop the constant bickering.  Treat people how you would like to be treated, even President Trump.

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Does President Trump have all the answers?  Of course not, no one does, not even me.  Does he make mistakes?  Of course he does.  We all do.  He is only human.  If President Trump succeeds with half of his agenda we as a nation will be better off.  Everyone needs to take a deep breath and relax.  Let the man do his job.

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President Trump wants to keep us safe, provide better education for our children, help families rise out of poverty, lower the need for public assistance, fix our crumbling infrastructure, take care of our veterans, bring jobs back to this country, strengthen our military, stop our dependence on others, peace on earth and goodwill towards man.  In short President Trump simply wants to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.