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Who knows what lurks inside the great pumpkin?

Big Al is not the ordinary pumpkin. He is the protagonist in my story titled, “Big Al Pumpkin.” His mission is to do the most good for the most people. What do you think the mission is? If you want to find out, get  a copy of  my book. I wrote it for my grandkids.

“Shining City Upon the Hill”

Ronald Reagan inspired me with his speeches. None excited me more than the image he painted of the “Shining City Upon the Hill.” My heart swelled with pride as I envisioned our great country pictured as a beacon of hope and opportunity.

Barack Obama inspires me also; to move to Australia. He is chipping away at the concept of the shining city as rapidly as he can. He has employed several czars (32 to be accurate) to change policy in every conceptual institution that the shining city is built upon.

I sat in church this weekend and listened to a great priest who was “begging.”  His job was to travel from parish to parish around the country and tell the story of homeless babies in the Caribbean countries like Haiti, and in South America where a million children a year starve to death. The organization is called “Food For the Poor.” They are a volunteer organization. With their efficiencies in place, 96% of the money collected is converted to food and necessities. I thought to myself, what a great bunch of people to create and run such an effort. As I sat and thought about what they do, and what my pledge will be, I began to wonder what future the kids who are being saved from starvation will grow into.  Currently, I don’t see the government of  Haiti providing for their own. Yet, I bet the leaders of the country all live in some opulent housing and are not starving as their people are.  They do depend on “Food For The Poor” and similar organizations to do it for them. What is that government doing to create the “Shining City Upon the Hill,” for their children?

Here in America, I see the new government spewing rhetoric about the need to re-distribute the wealth. Who will they re-distribute it to? Like in Haiti, I see our own leaders living in opulent housing, being driven by chauffeurs in very nice bullet proof sedans,  to even more opulent dinners. While we the tax payers sit in squalor waiting to be thrown a bone. I see the leaders tearing down the fabric of the Shining City to make life for the masses so much harder. I see tax dollars going into government departments that do not have a ninety-six percent efficiency, but less than fifty percent efficiency. In the meantime the number of  fat-cat government positions  increase and they  become the recipients of the re-distribution. 

Come to think of it, I’ve never heard  Barack Obama’s vision for his country, have you?

POTUS and His Army of Czars

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History repeats itself, but we tend to deny that the same thing will happen to us because we are so much smarter. The generation that allowed a stupid event to occur did not have the history to look back upon. Because we have the history to learn from we will never let that stupid thing happen to us. Even if we didn’t have the history, we are much smarter than the last generation was. The arguments against making the same mistake continue to go on, and we continue living with our heads securely lodged in our asses. We are too stubborn to believe a stupid thing like the loss of a first amendment right, or a second amendment right can happen, even after repeated attempts to destroy these rights.

This week something happened that woke me up and caused me to start writing again. If I choose to ignore the Administration’s attempt to block news from an organization that opposes it’s view, then I am remiss and deserve to lose my rights . I, however, choose to speak out. During the campaign preceding the election of BHO to the presidency, I often spoke of my fears regarding the man and his intentions. I “felt” that he was heading us into a socialist direction. As the campaign progressed, his language and demeanor made me more certain I was correct. Now, I am convinced without a doubt, that Obama wants to be  the next Fidel Castro of our hemisphere. He will not rest until he has destroyed the Constitution, Capitalism, and the Country of the USA. He continues to lower our country to the level of every other country in the world.  He wants us to be the same as everyone else. The idea of the USA being the greatest country in the world is foreign to him. I digress.

Our Constitutional right to a free press is bothering the man. His Communications Director , Anita Dunn openly admitted that during the campaign they controlled the press. They did not allow interviews with the press for fear that some smart ass might ask a question that they were not prepared to answer with ambiguities. That is why Joe the Plumber became such a threat to Obama. He asked one question that Obama did not have a scripted answer for. BO’s answer gave us a peek into the real direction he was headed. 

His attack on Fox News was a blatantly open attempt to get his administration to control the media just as they had done during the campaign. Life is so much easier when the answers dictate the questions being asked. Instead we see reporters like the little boy who asked the President, “Why do people hate you so much?”

Government Controlled News

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I really feel sorry for the winners of the Nobel prizes. Many of the recipients have spent a lifetime seeking solutions. Yet, this year, because of the ridiculous way in which the Nobel committee awarded a totally unaccomplished individual the Nobel Prize for Peace, they have demeaned all Nobel award winners.  Let’s hurry and make our beloved USA more like Norway. It is the model for the rest of the world as the perfect place to live.

By the way, where is Norway?

Why Is Health Care So Expensive?

High Cost DocumentationDuring the last couple of weeks, I got a first hand reminder of what  it is like in a health care system.  My late Auntie Marie was hospitalized for a few days before she died. Of course, Peggy and I visited often during those days. There was one thing that stuck out as I walked the halls of a well known suburban hospital. No matter which floor we were on,  or which nurse’s station we were near, people were diligently entering data or writing on charts.
I began to wonder what that was all about. Very few of these people were tending to patients, yet all of them were very busy. These people are all very expensive. Health care workers don’t come cheap. What is so important to require so much documentation? I quizzed my daughter, who is a nurse, to explain. We had a very nice father daughter discussion on the matter. She cleared up some of my mis-conceptions.
In summary here is why they document:
1. If it ain’t documented the insurance company, Medicare, etc. doesn’t pay. Of course the hospital is a business, and requires money to run. Patients never like to pay for their own health care,  therefore they pay for insurance to pay the bill for them. The insurance companies are also in business to make a profit. They sell us policies with fine print defining just what they will cover. Medicare does the same thing. Their rules are just as stringent as any insurance company’s. Therefore, hospitals document in order to charge.
Insurance companies take a bad rap when they cite the fine print in a policy, and refuse to pay. We should all be more careful when we buy policies. We tend to go for the lowest cost. Of course we do, why pay more? Except we don’t read the details, or the details don’t matter when we sign the contract. There is a famous insurance company commercial, running now, that touts the ability to tailor make a policy to fit your budget. Guess what? They do it by limiting your benefits. We go for price, they go for the sell, and we are happy until we get into a health crisis and the bill comes to us. 
2. Doctors need information from the nurses in order to make your health care decisions. They work by reading test reports, and the charts documenting vital signs such as temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and  repsonses to medications.  Doctors also write instructions to the nurses for your treatment. Then, as a CYA they document their treatment plan and diagnosis. Again, if it ain’t documented they don’t get paid. A doctor  might spend ten minutes per patient reading a chart, and two minutes talking to him. If you have a serious problem, the doc may take three minutes to explain the prognosis.  Nurses document your vital signs, and dispense drugs. Certified Nursing Assistants do all the other dirty work of keeping patients comfortable. In the good old days, the nurse did it all. My wife Barbara tended to a surgical ward at West Side VA hospital back in 1959. She took care of, and documented up to thirty patients at a time. Life was simpler back then.
3. Hospitals have quality control programs. They are crappy compared to the ones  industry has  put into place to make all the products, and drugs they use, but they have systems.  These systems require documentation. In my business, we said that if we could measure something, we could improve it. Therefore, any quality system requires data documenting metrics that can show management if they are doing well. Most hospitals require you to complete a satisfaction questionnaire when you leave. This is an example of their input.
4. Lastly, health professionals document to CYA (cover your ass). All doctors and hospitals are so afraid a patient will sue them that they over document in order to cover themselves in the event that one of them makes an error. Or, if the patient and his family perceive a screw up.
The bottom line is that I saw dollars with wings and heard a cash register ringing as I walked the corridors of that hospital.
Obama’s solution to this problem is to invent a totally new health care system to compete with the one in place. If the actual health care industry doesn’t know how to fix their problem, what makes us think a group of Congressman and Senators can  invent  a new system to fix it all?
Bend over America, the government wants to give you an enema.
In a future post, I will present a plan for realistic reform. Stay tuned.

Mad As Hell

My Flag Flies Everyday

My Flag Flies Everyday

About four months ago, I made up my mind that I should cancel my subscription to AARP.  My reason was that they sounded like they were in the pocket of our beloved president Obama.  I never did cancel.  AARP is supposed to be the voice of the senior citizen. I thought they were my lobbiest in Washington. Wrong. They are another voice for socialism, and the public option health care plan. Over the years they have become an insurance company. Now, they fear for their life. The public option threatens to destroy them and every other insurance company in the country.

Today, I received an e-mail from a friend which contained a copy of a very eloquently voiced letter from a lady who expressed my own concerns.  I don’t want this BLOG to be a medium of passing e-mails, but every once in awhile something really good comes along that needs to be spread. This letter is one of them.

Finally, I’m getting off my ass and will cancel my subscription to AARP right now.  I hope that after you read this letter you feel the same, and act on it the same way.

Here is the letter.

I couldn’t agree more and verified on Snopes, this lady really did write the letter.
 
 
 
Great AARP Letter
This letter to the AARP says it all.  It is a must read regardless of your age.  Some people just make sense in what they say.  This lady certainly does.  
This was sent to Mr. Rand who is the Executive Director of AARP
Dear Mr. Rand,
Recently you sent us a letter encouraging us to renew our lapsed membership in AARP by the requested date. I know it is not what you were looking for, but this is the most honest response I can give you. Our gap in coverage is merely a microscopic symptom of the real problem, a deepening lack of faith.
While we have proudly maintained our membership for several years and have long admired the AARP goals and principles, regrettably, we can no longer endorse it’s abdication of our values. Your letter specifically stated that we can count on AARP to speak up for our rights, yet the voice we hear is not ours. Your offer of being kept up to date on important issues through DIVIDED WE FAIL presents neither an impartial view nor the one we have come to embrace. We do believe that when two parties agree all the time on everything presented to them, one is probably not necessary.  But, when the opinions and long term goals are diametrically opposed, the divorce is imminent. This is the philosophy which spawned our 200 years of government. 
Once upon a time, we looked forward to being part of the senior demographic. We also looked to AARP to provide certain benefits and give our voice a power we could not possibly hope to achieve on our own. AARP gave us a sense of belonging which we no longer enjoy.. The Socialist politics practiced by the Obama administration and empowered by AARP serves only to raise the blood pressure my medical insurance strives to contain. Clearly a conflict of interest there!
We do not understand the AARP posture, feel greatly betrayed by the guiding forces whom we expected to map out our senior years and leave your ranks with a great sense of regret. We mitigate that disappointment with the relief of knowing that we are not contributing to the problem anymore by renewing our membership. There are numerous other organizations which offer discounts without threatening our way of life or offending our sensibilities.
This Presidential Administration scares the living day lights out of us. Not just for ourselves, but for our proud and bloodstained heritage, but even more importantly for our children and grandchildren. Washington has rendered Soylent Green a prophetic cautionary tale rather than a nonfiction scare tactic. I have never in my life endorsed any militant or radical groups, yet now I find myself listening to them. I don’t have to agree with them to appreciate the fear which birthed their existence. Their borderline insanity presents little more than a balance to the voice of the Socialist mindset in power. Perhaps I became American by a great stroke of luck in some cosmic uterine lottery, but in my adulthood I CHOOSE to embrace it and nurture the freedoms it represents as well as the responsibilities it requires.
Your website generously offers us the opportunity to receive all communication in Spanish. ARE YOU KIDDING??? Someone has broken into our ‘house’, invaded our home without our invitation or consent. The President has insisted we keep the perpetrator in comfort and learn the perp language so we can communicate our reluctant welcome to them..
·         I DON’ T choose to welcome them.
·         I DON’T choose to support them.
·         I DON’T choose to educate them.
·         I DON’T choose to medicate them, pay for their food or clothing.
American home invaders get arrested.
Please explain to me why foreign lawbreakers can enjoy privileges on American soil that Americans do not get? Why do some immigrants have to play the game to be welcomed and others only have to break & enter to be welcomed? We travel for a living. Walt hauls horses all over this great country, averaging over 10,000 miles a month when he is out there. He meets more people than a politician on caffeine overdose. Of all the many good folks he enjoyed on this last 10,000 miles, this trip yielded only ONE supporter of the current administration.  One of us is out of touch with mainstream America. Since our poll is conducted without funding, I have more faith in it than one which is power driven. We have decided to forward this to everyone on our mailing list, and will encourage them to do the same. With several hundred in my address book, I have every faith that the eventual exponential factor will make a credible statement to you.. I am disappointed as hell. I am scared as hell. I am MAD as hell, and I’m NOT gonna take it anymore!
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