“What is a mere individual to do? Live as sane and decent a life as you can, love your family and friends and understand that everybody is in this together." 

 · Ron Smith

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Wednesday
Mar122014

A message from the esteemed Ellen Sauerbray:

"Did you see Congressman Harris on Fox News this morning (March 11, 2014) on the Maryland Health Exchange fiasco?  If you missed it, be sure to listen to the link below.  Your blood will boil at the horrendous waste of your money. Andy states that the cost is $10,000 per paid enrollee for the 20,000 who have actually signed up and paid.  (157,00 people who have signed up signed up for Medicaid and more government dependency. ) The Congressman gets a gold medal for all his press work yesterday—he did 17 radio, TV, and print interviews! We are all very proud of him!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Drsy__3ZhqQ

Thanks, Ellen, for the link. 

And thanks, Andy, for representing we, the people. 

Tuesday
Mar112014

Yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder called the increase in heroin-related deaths in the U.S. an “urgent and growing public health crisis” and said first responders should carry a drug that can reverse the effects of an overdose.

Holder wants to mandate the use of the antidote naloxone by first responders to save the lives of overdosing drug users.

Our government wants to rescue drug users overdosing on illicit drugs classified as a crime that cost anywhere from $40 to $350 a gram. Obviously, inflation has increased the cost of a “dime bag”.

The average addict spends about $150 to $200 a day to maintain the habit and since most addicts are solely focused on maintaining their addiction, they can’t work so they don’t pay taxes, child support and have no health care plans. Yet they come up with the money or a way to get heroin.

Yearly emergency room visits for heroin use equals nearly 15 percent of all ER visits and the relapse rates for addicts who have been in rehab programs average 40 to 60 percent.

Here are the leading causes of the 2,468,435 deaths in 2010 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent report:

Heart disease: 597,689

Cancer: 574,743

Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 138,080

Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 129,476

Accidents (unintentional injuries): 120,859

Alzheimer's disease: 83,494

Diabetes: 69,071

Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 50,476

Influenza and Pneumonia: 50,097

Intentional self-harm (suicide): 38,364.

Poisoning deaths that involved opioid analgesic deaths involving cocaine, heroin or benzodiazepine didn’t make the list.

The last data from the National Vital Statistics System Mortality file cited 13,800 such deaths for the year ending 2006.

That’s a far cry from an “urgent and growing public health crisis.” It’s more likely an Obama Administration agenda item.

And we, the 200-plus million American federal income tax payers verses the forty three million-and growing Americans who pay no federal income tax, will bear the cost of rescuing drug users overdosing on illicit drugs and dealing with the unintended consequences that come with it.

 

Tuesday
Mar042014

Game, set, match...

I’ve been wondering if, by comparison to President Obama, Jimmy Carter might be feeling pretty smug these days.  Given President Obama’s record, it’s possible that Mr. Carter might not end up at the top of the “Worst President” list; however, lest we forget, let’s review some of his acts of so-called leadership.

During his reign, Mr. Carter initiated the great anti-Soviet military buildup; called for the building of 200 MX missiles; imposed the grain embargo on the Soviet Union; kept Americans out of the 1980 Summer Olympics; and sent weapons to the Afghanis.

The Iran Hostages Crisis was an embarrassment to America. Although female and African-American hostages were released within the first month and another hostage was ultimately released due to illness, the remaining 52 held hostage for 444 days were not released until the day after Carter left office. 

According to Angelo M. Codevilla, author of Jimmy Carter’s Legacy, “The American people elected Jimmy Carter because he seemed to be more an American and less a creature of modern liberalism than his opponent, Gerald Ford. Candidate Carter called the American tax system ‘a disgrace to the human race.’ He touted that as Georgia's governor, he had slashed the number of state agencies. He called for ‘a government as good as its people.’ In the debate that won him the presidency, he lashed out against the Republicans' acceptance of Soviet tyranny over Eastern Europe. Here was a man wholeheartedly in love with everything America stood for.

“Once in office, though, Mr. Carter inflated every noxious government program ever invented. He told the country that we had deserved to lose the Vietnam War. He helped destroy the Shah of Iran while kowtowing to the Ayatollah Khomeini, and ended up indecorously smooching America's worst enemy, Leonid Brezhnev, physically and otherwise.”

Mr. Codevilla’s piece provides additional insight about Mr. Carter and Douglas Brinkley’s book about Carter, The Unfinished Presidency. Spoiler alert: Codevilla concludes that “Mr. Brinkley’s his long account of Mr. Carter's post-presidential years, the former chief executive's flaws are of a solid piece with his sincere Americanism and with his decidedly un-Clintonian character. Mr. Brinkley's admiration for his subject leads to an overgenerous treatment of Mr. Carter's forays into foreign and domestic affairs. Nevertheless, the author recognizes that in these forays Mr. Carter neglects common sense. The book is valuable because Mr. Brinkley shows how the lack of common sense proceeds directly from Mr. Carter's most admirable, and most American, qualities.”

 Read the article at http://www.claremont.org/publications/pubid.499/pub_detail.asp.

Mr. Carter may not end up at the “top of the list” but he’ll surely be on it. But unlike Mr. Obama, smugness isn’t one of Carter’s qualities.

For his contented confidence in his abilities and superiority, his annoying smug self-satisfaction, and his record to date, by comparison to Mr. Carter, I’d say its game, set, and match to Mr. Obama.

Sunday
Mar022014

Somebody's Gotta Say It...