George A. Sprecace M.D.,
J.D., F.A.C.P. and Allergy Associates of New
RESPONSE (Archives)...Daily Commentary on News of the Day
This is a new section. It will
quick reactions by myself to news and events of the day, day by day, in
this rapid-fire world of ours. Of course, as in military
a rapid response in one direction may occasionally have to be followed
by a "strategic withdrawal" in another direction. Charge that to
"the fog of war", and to the necessary flexibility any mental or
campaign must maintain to be effective. But the mission will
be the same: common sense, based upon facts and "real politick",
by a visceral sense of Justice and a commitment to be pro-active.
That's all I promise.
to return to the current Rapid Response list
SATURDAY, October 31, 2009
WOW! Do you think that this woman would vote for you and
me. It may be our time. No joke, almost. GS
following letter read on Glenn Beck's show, is rapidly circulating
around the country. Americans everywhere identify with this 53-year-old
woman. She has given us a voice. Once you read this, you will want to
forward it to all of your friends...
BECK: I got a letter from a woman in Arizona . She writes an open
letter to our nation's leadership:
am a home grown American citizen, 53, registered Democrat all my
life. Before the last presidential election I registered as a
Republican because I no longer felt the Democratic Party represents my
views or works to pursue issues important to me. Now I no longer feel
the Republican Party represents my views or works to pursue issues
important to me. The fact is I no longer feel any political
party or representative in Washington represents my views or works to
pursue the issues important to me. Instead, we are burdened
with Congressional Dukes and Duchesses who think they know better than
the citizens they are supposed to represent.
must be someone. Please tell me who you are. Please stand up and tell
me that you are there and that you're willing to fight for our
Constitution as it was written. Please stand up now.
might ask yourself what my views and issues are that I would feel so
horribly disenfranchised by both major political parties. What kind of
nut-job am I? Well, these briefly are the views and issues for which I
illegal immigration. I want you to stop coddling illegal
immigrants and secure our borders. Close the underground
tunnels. Stop the violence and the trafficking in drugs and people. No
amnesty, not again. Been there, done that, no resolution. P.S., I'm not
a racist. This is not to be confused with legal immigration.
the STIMULUS bill. I want it repealed and I want no further
funding supplied to it. We told you No, but you did it anyway. I want
the remaining unfunded 95% repealed. Freeze, repeal.
Czars. I want the circumvention of our constitutional checks
and balances stopped immediately. Fire the czars. No more czars.
Government officials answer to the process, not to the president. Stop
trampling on our Constitution, and honor it.
cap and trade. The debate on global warming is not over. There are
many conflicting opinions and it is too soon for this radical
legislation. Quit throwing our nation into
universal healthcare. I will not be rushed into another expensive
decision that will burden me, my children, and grandchildren. Don't you
dare try to pass this in the middle of the night without even reading
it. Slow down! Fix only what is broken -- we have the
best health care system in the world -- and test any new program in one
or two states first.
growing government control. I want states rights and sovereignty
fully restored. I want less government in my life, not more. More is
not better! Shrink it down. Mind your own business. You have
enough to take care of with your real [Constitutional] obligations. Why
don't you start there.
ACORN. I do not want ACORN and its affiliates in charge of our 2010
census. I want them investigated. I also do not want mandatory
escrow fees contributed to them every time on every real estate deal
that closes -- how did they pull that one off? Stop the
funding to ACORN and its affiliates pending impartial audits and
investigations. I do not trust them with taking the census with our
taxpayer money. I don't trust them with any of our taxpayer money. Face
up to the allegations against them and get it resolved before taxpayers
get any more involved with them. If it walks like a duck and talks like
a duck, hello. Stop protecting your political buddies. You work for
us, the people. Investigate.
redistribution of wealth. No, no, no. I work for my money. It
is mine. I have always worked for people with more money than I
have because they gave me jobs -- and that is the only
redistribution of wealth that I will support. I never got a job from a
poor person! Why do you want me to hate my employers? And what do you
have against shareholders making a profit?
charitable contributions. Although I never got a job from a poor
person, I have helped many in need. Charity belongs in our local
communities, where we know our needs best and can use our local talent
and our local resources. Butt out, please. We want to do it ourselves.
corporate bailouts. Knock it off. Every company must sink or
swim like the rest of us. If there are hard times ahead, we'll be
better off just getting into it and letting the strong survive. Quick
and painful. (Have you ever ripped off a Band-Aid?) We will pull
together. Great things happen in America under great hardship. Give us
the chance to innovate. We cannot disappoint you more than you have
transparency and accountability. How about it? No, really, how
about it? Let's have it. Let's say we give the buzzwords a rest and
have some straight honest talk. Please stop trying to manipulate
and appease me with clever wording. I am not the idiot you
obviously take me for. Stop sneaking around and meeting in back rooms
making deals with your friends. It will only be a prelude to your
criminal investigation. Stop hiding things from me.
unprecedented quick spending. Stop it now.
a breath. Listen to the people. Slow down and get some input from
nonpoliticians and experts on the subject. Stop making everything an
emergency. Stop speed-reading our bills into law. I am not an activist.
I am not a community organizer. Nor am I a terrorist, a militant or a
violent person. I am a parent and a grandparent. I work. I'm
busy. I am busy, and I am tired. I thought we elected competent
people to take care of the business of government so that we could
work, raise our families, pay our bills, have a little recreation,
complain about taxes, endure our hardships, pursue our personal goals,
cut our lawn, wash our cars on the weekends and be responsible
contributing members of society and teach our children to be the same
all while living in the home of the free and land of the brave.
entrusted you with upholding the Constitution. I believed in the checks
and balances to keep from getting far off course. What happened?
You are very far off course. Do you really think I find humor in the
hiring of a speed reader to unintelligently ramble all through a bill
that you signed into law without knowing what it contained? I do not.
is a mockery of the responsibility I have entrusted to you. It is a
slap in the face. I am not laughing at your arrogance. Why is
it that I feel as if you would not trust me to make a single decision
about my own life and how I would live it but you should expect that I
should trust you with the debt that you have laid on all of us and our
children. We did not want the TARP bill. We said no. We would repeal it
if we could. I am sure that we still cannot. There is needless urgency
and recklessness in all of your recent spending of our tax
my perspective, it seems that all of you have gone insane. I also know
that I am far from alone in these feelings. Do you honestly feel that
your current pursuits have merit to patriotic Americans? We want it
to stop. We want to put the brakes on everything that is being
rushed by us and forced upon us. We want our voice back. You have
forced us to put our lives on hold to straighten out the mess that you
are making. We will have to give up our vacations, our time spent with
our children, any relaxation time we may have had and money we cannot
afford to spend on bringing our concerns to Washington . Our president
often knows all the right buzzwords like unsustainable. Well, no
kidding. How many tens of thousands of dollars did the focus group cost
to come up with that word? We don't want your overpriced words. Stop
treating us like we're morons.
want all of you to stop focusing on your reelection and do the job we
want done, not the job you want done or the job your party wants done. You
work for us and at this rate I guarantee you not for long because
we are coming. We will be heard and we will be represented.. You think
we're so busy with our lives that we will never come for you? We are
the formerly silent majority, all of us who quietly work, pay taxes,
obey the law, vote, save money, keep our noses to the grindstone... and
we are now looking at you.
have awakened us, the patriotic freedom spirit so strong and so
powerful that it had been sleeping too long. You have pushed us too
far. Our numbers are great. They may surprise you. For every one of us
who will be there, there will be hundreds more that could not come.
Unlike you, we have their trust. We will represent them honestly, rest
assured. They will be at the polls on voting day to usher you out of
have cancelled vacations. We will use our last few dollars saved. We
will find the representation among us and a grassroots campaign will
flourish. We didn't ask for this fight. But the gloves are coming off.
We do not come in violence, but we are angry. You will represent us
or you will be replaced with someone who will. There are candidates
among us who will rise like a Phoenix from the ashes that you have made
of our constitution.
Republican, independent, libertarian. Understand this. We don't care.
Political parties are meaningless to us Patriotic Americans are willing
to do right by us and our Constitution, and that is all that
matters to us now. We are going to fire all of you who abuse power and
seek more. It is not your power. It is ours and we want it
back. We entrusted you with it and you abused it. You are dishonorable.
You are dishonest. As Americans we are ashamed of you. You have
brought shame to us. If you are not representing the wants and
needs of your constituency loudly and consistently, in spite of the
objections of your party, you will be fired. Did you hear? We no longer
care about your political parties. You need to be loyal to us, not to
them.. Because we will get you fired and they will not save you.
you do or can represent me, my issues, my views, please stand up. Make
your identity known. You need to make some noise about it. Speak up. I
need to know who you are. If you do not speak up, you will be herded
out with the rest of the sheep and we will replace the whole damn
congress if need be one by one. We are coming. Are we coming for you?
Who do you represent? What do you represent? Listen. Because we are
coming. We the people are coming."
FRIDAY, October 30, 2009
Precisely. All we need now is someone in the White House named
House to Fox News: How Dare You Check Our 'Facts'!
Posted By Bobby Eberle On October 19, 2009 at 9:41 am
I must admit... I thought for sure that the Obama administration's
"war" against Fox News would surely just be a skirmish. Think
about it. Fox News is more popular than all other cable news channels,
and yet Obama's minions still thought it was a good strategy to go
after the network. Their actions paint a clear picture of an
administration that is elitist and arrogant.
Rather than realize they are employing a game plan that will fail, the
Obama team has escalated the war. Now they are not only refusing
to supply any guests for Fox News programs, but they are also telling
other news networks to "join the administration in declaring that Fox
is 'not a news organization.'" Remember the picture that Obama
and the media painted of him? He was supposed to be the
person that brought the country together, right? What we are
seeing through his use of race-baiting, prior administration bashing,
and now the attacks against Fox News is that the arrogance and elitism
of him and his advisors knows no bounds.
Obama advisor David Axelrod recently appeared on ABC's "This Week"
program. Just think about it... Axelrod has the nerve to
say that Fox isn't real news because it is "pushing a point of view."
Hello! What is CNN doing? What is MSNBC
doing? In addition, Fox News is being black-balled by the
White House, and guess why? Because they have the
nerve...the audacity....the gall to listen to something Obama or an
advisor says and then... verify the facts. Fact-checking is part
of what a news organization should do, right? As noted in a story
The White House stopped providing guests to 'Fox News Sunday' after
Wallace fact-checked controversial assertions made by Tammy Duckworth,
assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in
August. [White House Communications Director Anita] Dunn
said fact-checking an administration official was "something I've never
seen a Sunday show do." "She criticized 'FOX News Sunday'
last week for fact-checking -- fact-checking -- an administration
official," Wallace said Sunday. "They didn't say that our fact-checking
was wrong. They just said that we had dared to fact-check."
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/10/18/obama-team-continues-effort-isolate-fox-news/ Earlier in the
month, Dunn made the media rounds and said, "But let's not pretend
they're a news network the way CNN is." Appearing on CNN's John
King program, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had this to say
(or not say) about the White House strategy to
attack Fox News: "If you haven't done so in a while, I invite
everyone to watch a couple hours
of CNN news programming. Observe the actual stories, note the guests
and "experts," and realize what angle they are pursuing." Obama
and his administration can't even defend their own policies. They
run for cover if a news organization actually checks the facts.
The longer they keep up this strategy, the sooner the American people
will figure out that Obama is a radical, that he has a team of
radicals, and they are bent on "transforming" America in their own
socialist image. We should all "check the facts." We
should all tell our friends and colleagues to pay attention to what is
happening. A president taking on a news organization?
How scary is it to know that the one news outlet that dares to
"fact-check" and ask tough questions is being attacked by the president
of the United States and his team?
MONDAY through THURSDAY, October 26 through 29, 2009
AFGHANISTAN. The "worst case scenario" is at
This may be a fool's errand on my part...to offer specific advice
to the Hamlet in the White House now trying to decide on America's
"new" strategy in that boiling part of the world.
But I always thought that any American strategy that includes
American blood involves by definition critical American self-interest
and involves WINNING. After 7 highest level meetings with his
military advisors...and one more scheduled..., and after the carnage of
the last week, how much more time does Obama need? Now, it can be
said that he knows more about what he is doing than I know about what
he is doing. Except for the crass political calculations that
should have no part in the decision, I doubt that. Coverage of
events and issues in Afghanistan and in Pakistan has been broad and
deep. I know what I need to know; and so does he.
So here is my decision.
- The Taliban must never be allowed to take over Afghanistan...and
eventually also nuclear Pakistan.
- The indispensable fuel for all of the "insurgency", terrorism and
flow of sophisticated arms to our enemies is THE DRUG TRADE, hardly
ever mentioned in this calculus.
- The drug trade in that prime source of opium and its by-products
- and thus the entire opium crop and means of growing opium in
Afghanistan MUST BE IMMEDIATELY AND PERMANENTLY DESTROYED and replaced
with safe and sustainable crops. This is regardless of the
opinions of the Afghan people, the tribal chiefs, the elected
officials, highly placed persons like Karzai's brother who has been
noted to be the leader of the opium trade there...and anyone else,
including our "allies" and the U.N. That means a scorched earth
policy for all opium fields by means that maintain the ability of the
land to sustain other crops.
- Among the people and among our "allies", they must be clearly and
palpably with us...or they will be targeted as our
enemies. No more ambiguous "civilians".
- That action will force the Taliban to come out of their mointain
and other hideouts into the open to protect the fields...which will
become target-rich killing fields for our forces - who until now have
been the targets.
- Preliminary action will require the deployment of the generals'
40,000 more troops to protect the major population ceoters from
terrorist actions - which the terrorists now can employ at
will. We must be able to protect the people who need protection -
and who deserve it.
- As a little more incentive to the cave-dwellers, we should
carpet-bomb some of the major suspected mountain hideouts...in
Afghanistan and on the Pakistani border,,,with bunker-buster
bombs...just to get their attention.
- We must simultaneously announce a multibillion dollar transparent
plan to protect and support both Afghanistan and Pakistan in a massive
and prolonged (10-20year) effort at "nation re-building".
- We must warn all of the neighboring nations...friends, enemies
and trouble-makers...that any interference with this plan will incur
the wrath of the U.S. in appropriate ways. "KEEPA YU HANDS OFFA!"
- We must be willing to negotiate reasonably with the
Taliban, properly motivated, regarding any constructive role that they
might play in the region; provided that Fundamentalist Sharia and
despotism are ruled out.
- We must be willing to do this unilaterally: "Pre-emptive
And why should America do all of this? Not because we are
"nation-building". Not because we want to export our brand of
democracy. Not out of pure altruism. Not because we want to
pay anyone off for past assistance...or atone for our stupid and
immoral abandonment of that region after the Russian defeat
there. But simply because it is in our vital
strategic self-interest right now.
There. That wasn't too hard, was
it? President Obama, ARE YOU
THURSDAY through SUNDAY, October 22 through 25, 2009
The topics for today are old...and very current.
HEALTH CARE REFORM. We are now heading into
"The Perfect Strom".
- Already hanging by knots tied to the end of their
ropes, ala Abraham Lincoln's advice, physicians
are about to react in one of three ways: revolt, retrench or retreat
(into retirement). None of these approaches would
be healthy for their patients.
- Managed Care Organizations (insurers)
are continuing to ply the only game they know, pressured by their
shareholders for profits, and protected by their exemption from
anti-trust laws. To this comment must be added the findings
reported today in the AP that "Health Insurer Profits Not So Fat" (by
Calvin Woodward). This "Fact Check" requires more checking.
- Government Legislator / Lawyers
operate by "inductive reasoning" rather than "deductive
reasoning". Physicians practice the latter by first taking a
history and doing a physical exam and lab work before coming to a
diagnosis or differential diagnosis. Lawyers practice the former:
they decide on the outcome they wish to achieve - in this case paying
off on all of the unwise promises they made to their constituents - and
then they find the facts and factoids to support their efforts while
denigrating any contrary positions. This is the heart
of the adversarial system in Law, despite efforts to bring truth
and justice back in the process with Discovery, "Blue Sky Laws",
etc. That produces the "sausage machine" method of making
laws, which we all know so well.
The result in the confluence of these three
elements of the "Perfect Storm" is a shipwreck for all of
us...unless the citizens take action now to demand a more prudent and
effective approach to necessary health care reform.
And an integral part of this must be medical mal-practice reform, at
the heart of reducing very expensive "defensive medicine". One
effective change would be to establish Health Care Courts, comparable
to Patent Courts and Bankruptcy Courts, manned by unbiased medical
experts. This is not a new idea; it simply has not been
tried...thanks to the trial lawyers - who would lose their chances at
the national medical lottery.
NUCLEAR ENERGY AS A FOUNDATION OF OUR EFFORTS AT ENERGY
INDEPENDENCE. This has been supported in this
section many times in the past. It is really a no-brainer.
TEACHERS: THE UN-PROFESSION (excluding those
teachers who are just trying not to be black-balled by their unionist
colleagues). The Teachers' Unions continue to resist successfully
all efforts that might reduce their tenure protections, all efforts to
introduce merit pay and the teacher evaluations that come with that,
and all efforts to introduce some competition in the assignment of
students through charter schools, magnet schools and especially through
public school vouchers. This has produced a public school system
in this country that is not worthy of the name.
But is there a light at the end of this black tunnel? Please
read an important article that appears in the Oct. 24 edition of The
) entitled "Value-Added"
Teacher Ratings Prove Divisive, Yet Effective",
by Jason Felch
and Jason Song, in Perspective, pE1. This idea has been around -
and batted down - for 20 years, a very long gestation awaiting healthy
birth. I'll say it again: if physicians practiced Medicine over
the last four decades the way teachers have practiced Teaching...we
physicians would rightly be in jail.
WEDNESDAY, October 21, 2009
Fix Fails in the Senate
P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today
Published: October 21, 2009
-- A procedural vote on the bill that would provide a "doctors' payment
fix" has failed in the Senate, sending the message that the bill does
not have the necessary votes to become law.
A cloture vote to end debate on the bill
that would eliminate the
sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula used to determine Medicare
reimbursements to physicians was defeated in the Senate 53 to 47.
Had it passed, the cloture vote would
have moved the bill itself, sponsored by Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), to
Doctors have long lobbied for a new
payment mechanism -- one that
does not call for huge cuts in reimbursements year after year. Congress
has voted at the eleventh hour to stall planned payment cuts seven
Stabenow's bill would erase the SGR, and
reset the debt accumulated
from the 1997 law to zero at a cost of about $245 billion. The bill
doesn't lay out a new mechanism to pay doctors under Medicare, however.
The healthcare reform bills that the
House leaders are working to
meld into one bill would eliminate the SGR, but neither of the two
Senate bills dealt with the SGR.
In a supposed deal made last week with
Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid (D-Nev.), doctor groups agreed to support wider healthcare reform
legislation if the SGR issue was dealt with in a separate bill. The
president of the American Medical Association (AMA) wouldn't confirm that deal, however, when asked
about it on Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Republicans and
Democrats alike criticized the
SGR bill for adding to the federal deficit because it did not propose a
way to pay for the $245 billion bill. Republicans were critical of the
SGR measure being moved out of healthcare reform and placed in a
"It's perfectly obvious why Democrats
want to resolve this issue
outside the larger debate over healthcare," Sen. Mitch McConnell
(R-Ky.) said on the Senate floor on Monday. "They're doing it so they
can say their healthcare plan doesn't add to the deficit. It's a
gimmick, and a transparent one at that."
Fiscally conservative Sen. Kent Conrad
(D-N.D.), said he wouldn't vote for the SGR bill unless its cost is
"We need to pay for this," he said. "We
can't just tack it onto the debt."
So even before the roll call was read for
the cloture vote, Stabenow and Reid knew they lacked the votes.
Reid took the podium on the floor on
Wednesday and lamented the
politics of Washington and accused Republicans of trying to railroad
healthcare reform by not supporting the SGR bill.
He singled out Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) who
had said he'd vote against the payment fix, despite being a co-sponsor
of the bill.
"It's very interesting here, one of the
sponsors of the legislation
is not supporting it," Reid said. "This is another effort by the
Republicans to slow down what we're trying to do on healthcare and
Reid said the the issue would resurface
after a healthcare reform bill passes.
"If the Republicans don't want to do it
this way, we'll come back
after reform and deal with a multiyear fix," Reid said in a Senate
floor speech before the cloture vote.
President Obama reset the formula to zero
in his budget for this year, but the current formula calls for a 21%
cut in 2010.
The AMA immediately issued a statement
saying it is "deeply disappointed" in the vote.
"As we work to improve the health system,
permanent repeal of the
payment formula is essential to ensuring the security and stability of
Medicare," said AMA president James Rohack, MD, in the statement.
SUNDAY through TUESDAY, October 11 through 20, 2009
CONGRESSMAN PRICE IS ABSOLUTELY CORRECT
REGARDING THIS IMMINENT DISASTER. Meanwhile, the American
Medical Association...which purports to represent a minority of this
country's physicians and probably represents a minority of its own
membership, continues to stumble. Until the last few days, its
only objection and concern seemed to be physicians' incomes - a stance
guaranteed to add physicians to the insurance goats in the eyes of the
public. Seemingly as an afterthought, their leadership has
recently begun to stress Medical Malpractice Reform as the main means
of greatly reducing health care costs by greatly reducing very
expensive "defensive medicine". "You're doing a heck of a
Dear Dr. Sprecace,
Despite popular belief that the Baucus bill is a more reasonable
approach, I would argue that it is just as harmful to patients and
physicians as the House bill, H.R. 3200, which among other things,
contains a “robust” government-run plan.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) came out last week with a revised
score of the Baucus bill indicating that it would cost $829 billion
($100 billion more than the previous version), contains $404 billion in
overall cuts to Medicare/Medicaid - including $22 billion in cuts to
reimbursements to be determined by unaccountable, unelected Medicare
Commission or “MedPAC on steroids”- and $349.2 billion in new taxes on
employers, individuals, medical devices and drug manufacturers and
insurers. All the while it fails to fix SGR. Instead the bill uses a
budget gimmick so that CBO assumes Congress will let a 25% cut in
physician reimbursements occur after 2010. This is politically
unrealistic. The real cost of addressing SGR would tack on another $200
billion in costs.
Even more disturbing is the little talked about provision that would
punish doctors, particularly specialists. The bill provides that
doctors whose “resource use” is too high (top 10 percentile) compared
to their peers would see their reimbursements cut starting in 2014.
This not only completely offsets the meager SGR increase for 2010
(0.5%) before slashing it once again in 2011, but it will arbitrarily
make cuts to the doctors who may be the best performers, see the
toughest or the sickest patients. The provision, even if changed to be
risk or geographically adjusted, would only increase the government’s
meddling in the daily practice of medicine.
Despite all the recent frenzy over better than expected CBO numbers and
a weaker public option (or “Co-Op”) the bill that Senators will vote on
in the next few weeks may look nothing like the Baucus bill as it still
has to be merged with the more onerous and liberal Senate HELP
committee bill - which includes a government-run plan.
Meanwhile in the House of Representatives, secret closed-door
negotiations continue to persist with Speaker Pelosi promising a
“robust” government-run plan that dictates provider reimbursement rates
and an expansion of Medicaid.
We have a long way to go before this debate is over – I urge you to
weigh in with your Representatives before it is too late.
Congressman Tom Price, M.D.
SATURDAY, October 10, 2009
Just two subjects today.
- President Obama awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
He's "humbled". He should be embarrassed.
- The Health Care Reform Juggernaut. The
following is an incomplete list of legitimate areas of Health Care
reform which our "leaders" are about to get seriously - even fatally -
1) Subsidies to assist in affordability. They
should not be available to anyone earning above 200% of the poverty
line...but will probably go to people at or below 400% of that
level. Wrong in fairness and wrong in economics.
2) Actuarial inclusion of pre-existing and life-style issues.
Necessary; but probably will be omitted. Wrong for the same
3) Mandating health care coverage for all at some
minimum level. Ditto.
4) Tort Reform, especially in the area of Medical Malpractice.
Vital for any chance to reduce health care costs, by markedly reducing
the current level of "defensive medicine", currently estimated to add
up to 30% to those costs. Here, the experience in Mississippi is
very telling. Likelihood of inclusion in the final Bill...nil.
5) Absolutely No Federal Funding for Abortion, except to
save the life of the mother. Include this, and
it's political war. So, they will likely include it.
6) Empower people to establish Health Savings Accounts,
restoring the patient at long last to personal responsibility and to
any interest in the costs of the health care they need...and
want. Instead, their attraction will very likely be destroyed as
a pay-back for all those political contributions from the managed care
organizations and insurance companies.
7) Admit that the strong majority of physicians are opposed to
the reforms as currently planned, notwithstanding the
feckless actions and posturing of the AMA, which represents less
than 30% of practising physicians in this country. And physicians
are also citizens, not indentured servants as is rapidly becoming the
8) Be honest about how this is going to be paid for: more taxes
and fewer covered services (aka "rationing", not by the patient in
consultation with the physician...but by uninformed and
distant bureaucrats. Don't hold your breath.
The end result: higher costs, lower quality, less access.
It doesn't have to be like that...but that's where it's going.
And I TOLD YOU SO...since the late 1970's. Look it up, on this
web site and elsewhere.
FRIDAY, October 9, 2009
Here are a few itmes that really got my goat this week.
- Chicago moaning and groaning over the loss of
the 2016 Olympic Games. I knew that was going to happen when news
of that brutal beating - death of the teenager hit the headlines...on
the day before the vote! Who in their right mind would want to go
to a city that has one of the highest murder rates in the country,
where over 60 of those victims in the last 10 months have been
students, and where decades of failed social engineering in and out of
school are on full display. And do they, like the cretins in
Connecticut - also legally designate 18 year old evil bastards as "
- David Letterman, Cynic in Chief of the decade,
could not even resist milking his "revalation and apology" for every
last bit of Yuk right from the git-go. Well, at least he
certainly knows his audience.
- The Sausage Factory in Washington is really squeezing it out now
on "Health Care Reform".
You'll be sorry.
back in 1990, the Government seized the Mustang Ranch brothel in Nevada
for tax evasion and, as required by law, tried to run it.. They failed
and it closed. Now, we are trusting the economy of our country, our
banking system, our auto industry and possibly our health plans to the
same nit-wits who couldn't make money running a whore house and selling
are we thinking?
SUNDAY through THURSDAY, October 4 through 8, 2009
only hope we find God again before it is too late!
The following was written by Ben Stein and presented by him on
"CBS Sunday Morning Commentary."
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And
it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those
beautiful lit-up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees. I don't feel
threatened. I don't feel discriminated against. That's what they
are, Christmas trees.
It doesn't bother me a bit when people say, 'Merry Christmas' to me.
I don't think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in
a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It
shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time
of year. It doesn't bother me at all that there is a manger scene on
display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If
people want a creche, it's just as fine with me as is the menorah a few
hundred yards away.
I don't like getting pushed around for being a Jew and I don't think
Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I
think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed
around period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that
America is an explicitly atheist country. I can't find it in the
Constitution and I don't like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we
should worship celebrities and we aren't allowed to worship God as we
understand Him? I guess that's a sign that I'm getting old, too.
But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these
celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is
a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it's not
funny, it's intended to get you thinking.
Billy Graham's daughter was interviewed on the Early Show and Jane
Clayson asked her 'How could God let something like this happen?'
(regarding Hurricane Katrina). Anne Graham gave an extremely
profound and insightful response. She said, 'I believe God is
deeply saddened by this, just as we are, but for years we've been
telling God to get out of our schools, to get out of our government and
to get out of our lives. And being the gentleman He is, I
believe He has calmly backed out. How can we expect God to give
us His blessing and His protection if we demand He leave us
In light of recent events: terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.
I think it started when Madeleine Murray O'Hare (She was
murdered. Her body found a few years ago.) complained she didn't want
prayer in our schools, and we said, "OK." Then someone said you
better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt
not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself.
And we said, "OK."
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn't spank our children when they
misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we
might damage their self-esteem. Dr. Spock's son committed suicide. We
said an expert should know what he's talking about. And we said,
Now we're asking ourselves why our children have no conscience; why
they don't know right from wrong; and, why it doesn't bother them to
kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it
out. I think it has a great deal to do with 'We reap what we
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the
world's going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers
say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send
'jokes' through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you
start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about
sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely
through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the
school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many
on your address list because you're not sure what they believe or what
they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us
than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit.
not, then just discard it. No one will know you did' but, if you
discard this thought process, don't sit back and complain about what
bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards,
THURSDAY through SATURDAY, October 1 through 3, 2009
Time now for another flight of consciousness, around the
- The Pacific Rim. We in America have our
fires, drought, hurricanes and tornadoes...but nothing like the
recurring devastation there. We in this country are blessed in so
many ways. But have we shared those blessings enough in recent
decades with the world? Or have we simply reflected nationally
the Me Generations, writ large?
- India and Pakistan. One of the two nuclear
powder kegs facing the world. India rightly won't talk with
Pakistan about Nepal until Pakistan destroys the militant Muslim group
responsible for the Mumbai attack and suspected of planning similar
attacks. The Pakistani Military, which is the true ruler of that
nation, refuses to do so...since that is its favored arm for exporting
Muslin terrorism. Meanwhile, over 70% of Pakistanis in a recent
poll there do not want their country to cooperate with the U.S.
This, while they shelter Osama bin Laden and Al Quaida within their
borders. So, what do we do? Approve a doubling of our
donation to that country, to 5 billion dollars, inevitably channeled
through the Military. I hope the Administration knows more about
what it is doing than I know about what it is doing.
- Afghanistan. We will never succeed there
against the Taliban and against the splintered tribes until we
forceably destroy their treasury - all of the Opium fields
permanently - and supplant them with sustainable agriculture for the
coming decades. Any other "counter-insurgency" designed to
protect and placate the common folk is doomed to failure - a true new
- Iran. The most accomplished liars in the
most accomplished region of liars in the world. Add to that our
newly-embraced desire for international approbation from a world of
self - serving cynics...aka "Allies"...and we will shortly have a
nuclear- armed Iran or worse: World War lll.
- Russia and China. Not now and never
reliable allies of the United States. Always fishers in troubled
waters entirely for their own self-interest.
- Israel. Always difficult. Sometimes
infuriating. But always correct in its single-minded commitment
to self-preservation. I wish that this administration would focus
on that idea, instead of going around the world apologizing for that
- The Palestinians: the lost "13th Tribe of
Israel", still wandering in the desert...just as the Arab nations seem
to prefer it.
- France and Germany under current
leadership. Could it be that those people are beginning to come
out of their "40 years in the desert" of debilitating Socialism?
- England. And what about our "special
relationship" with that country? That is certainly a light worth
the candle. Are we keeping that light lit?
- The United Nations meeting. NBC anchor
said it all when, in an apparent slip of the tongue on national news,
he likened it to "the bar scene in Star Trek".
- Back home, we are about to disrupt one of the
few national enterprises that actually achieve its national goals: Health
Care. The Bill that seems ready to come out of the
Washington sausage machine is a disaster: breaking what is not broken
and leaving to fester those areas of infection that need prompt
attention. "Heck of a job, Brownie"...the color referring to our
"leaders'" noses in relation to their narrow constituencies.
This, while the Great Recession continues, our Middle
Class faces debilitation, the pressing legal and moral
question of comprehensive Immigration Reform is
ignored, runaway greed and fraud on Wall Street
gets its new wind...and President Obama considers it crucial to put his
waning personal reputation on the line on behalf of a city that is the
capital of murders...including the most recent gruesome one in front of
a high school...in a State that has always been the capitol of
election fraud and abuse: Chicago. Of all the
dilemmas mentioned above, the action of the IOC is the only one that
makes any sense...and that action did not take place in this
"Is anybody there? Does anybody care?"
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