HR 3962 – The Insanity is Here

Just heard on news this morning that the House is combining three health-care bills into one.  Highlights of HR 3962 as reported by Fox News are:

  • 1990 pages, 400,000 words
  • Cost is $894 Billion over the next ten years
  • Public option
  • Insurance enrollment is mandatory
  • End of Life planning is still in bill
  • To be paid for by new taxes and Medicare cuts  (tax list is here)

Speaker Pelosi wants to have this bill voted on by November 11.  At least she isn’t wanting to vote on it today or tomorrow, so at least we do have a chance to read the damn thing…

I haven’t read the text of the Bill, and probably won’t – I still have an exam on November 16 to study for.  For those of you who do want to read the bill and have your eyes bleed & raise your blood pressure, the full text (in .pdf format) is here.

As Gaius at Blue Crab Boulevard points out, “The taxes will have a severe negative effect on jobs. Bet on it. And they kick in immediately while “benefits” from the “reform” don’t start for years.”

A friend of Z found this jewel on Page 25:

(2) INSUFFICIENT FUNDS.—If the Secretary estimates for any fiscal year that the aggregate amounts available for payment of expenses of the high-risk pool will be less than the amount of the expenses, the Secretary shall make such adjustments as are necessary to eliminate such deficit, including reducing benefits, increasing premiums, or establishing waiting lists.

Hmmm….sounds suspiciously like what is currently in place in Great Britain, which is exactly what our Congress and President have stated that this health care reform would not resemble!!

Just what we all need…More taxes & fees, more government bloating, mismanagement & interference in our lives, and less services.  Peachy…just peachy…

Post #501

Well, almost, but not quite…

If you have noticed, this is Post #501, and comes several days after the “official” date of the original blog post on Tom’s Common Sense back on October 16, 2005.  I also celebrated my 49th birthday on October 23rd.  No, the fire department was not called in response to the multiple celebrations…..the extinguisher worked just fine.

It’s been almost four weeks since the last post (notification of the death of Z’s husband doesn’t count), and I must state that I have missed blogging as it provides a welcome safety valve.  But then again, things haven’t changed all that much either.

The Democrats in the House and Senate are still trying to hammer out some form of health care reform, all the while alternately pleading and flaming their opponents to this legislation.  I hope that they continue to debate and argue for a long time – the longer they go on, the more information becomes available to the public about their deals, and that is despite the multiple closed-door sessions in contrast to the incessant promises of transparency.  Of course, a speedy passing of this abominable is what Congress and the President were hoping for, and thankfully, it hasn’t happened (yet?).  But do we really need government to be all things?  Here’s a blast from the very first post:

So how about the government taking care of your retirement? Are you nuts? How many of you bought into the fairy tale that the government would take care of us? The government can’t take care of itself, so how is it going to take care of you? Medicaid and Medicare are going broke, and every fix usually involves a tax increase that would kill the economy. The government would like you to pay taxes for all of your working life then die immediately on retirement so they can tax your estate too.

If government were run like a traditional company, they would have been out of business a long, long time ago. It’s almost enough to invest in a couple gross (that’s 144 times 2 for the math impaired) of the old Mason jars & bury your savings in the back yard with the biggest, meanest dog you can find taking up residence in the doghouse on top of the Mason jars. That & barter for everything you need…

And now we are being lectured by our Representatives that they will take care of our health care problems in addition to all the other stuff too.  Of course, mentioning how much it is going to cost us and our future generations is not allowed…

But lurking in the background is the “American Clean Energy and Security Act,” aka the Waxman/Markey Bill, aka Cap & Trade.  It’s currently in the Senate, having passed the House by 7 votes, and could have a bigger negative impact on the American economy than the health care legislation.  But what is scary is the premise behind this legislation – the false science of Global Warming Climate Change.

Now I can put on my foil hat with the best of them, and speculate people’s motives until the sun burns out (or goes super-nova), but let’s have some common sense about Global Warming Climate Change.  I’m not advocating running around polluting the Earth, I also do not advocate screwing up an already unsteady economy.  I do distrust many of the people who are running around stating that we have to do something tomorrow in order to prevent the Earth from melting and/or drowning.  The science is far from clear, and it doesn’t help when the high-priest of Global Warming Climate Change, Al Gore, refuses to debate his detractors and critics of his movie (also, when he makes millions from the Global Warming Climate Change movement also makes me skeptical of his motives).  Then I find this little United Nations jewel called the Copenhagen Treaty.

The Copenhagen Treaty is a proposal for an amended Kyoto Protocol and a new Copenhagen Protocol by members of the NGO (Non-Governmental Organizations) community.  Part of this treaty would be establishing Boards which would reallocate resources from one country to another.  The following excerpt is from Page 40 of the Draft Agreement found at Greenpeace:

5. Other means may also be used to raise financial resources to support developing country Parties in their efforts, including, but not limited to, a levy on aviation and maritime transport, pursuant to Article X ( Aviation and maritime transport ).

A levy on aviation and maritime transport is envisioned as part of the Copenhagen Protocol ( see Article X later in the text ).

6. Each Party included in Annex B shall be responsible for a portion, its assessed amount, of the financial resources required for the 2013-2017 commitment period, as outlined in paragraph 2. Responsibility shall be determined on the basis of the scale of assessments as outline in Annex C to this Protocol, taking into account a Party’s
historical responsibility and capacity to pay
. (emphasis mine)

Each industrialized country should be responsible for part of the 160 billion USD per year required to support action in developing countries as part of its binding obligations for the 2013-2017 commitment period. Fulfillment of each industrialized country’s financial commitment would be measured, reported and verified in accordance with
the provisions of Article 10.

To further illustrate the impact of the above, here is an excerpt from Lord Christopher Monckton’s presentation in St. Paul, MN on the subject of Global Warming Climate Change on October 14, 2009:

His full 95-minute speech (with Powerpoint slides) can be found <here>.

As I’ve stated above, nothing much has changed in the past month concerning the subjects of Health Care and Global Warming Climate Change except that more information about these pieces of insanity have become available.  What our elected officials are proposing to save us (and the world) will most likely drive this country down to the level of a 3rd-world banana republic.

But I do have to leave you with something that should leave a smile on your face amongst the doom and gloom…

An Engineer in Hell

An engineer dies and reports to the pearly gates. St. Peter checks his dossier and says, "Ah, you’re an engineer – you’re in the wrong place."

So the engineer reports to the gates of hell and is let in. Pretty soon, the engineer gets dissatisfied with the level of comfort in hell, and starts designing and building improvements. After a while, they’ve got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and the engineer is a pretty popular guy.

One day God calls Satan up on the telephone and says with a sneer, "So, how’s it going down there in hell?"

Satan replies, "Hey, things are going great. We’ve got air conditioning and flush toilets and escalators, and there’s no telling what this engineer is going to come up with next."

God replies, "What??? You’ve got an engineer? That’s a mistake – he should never have gotten down there; send him up here."

Satan says, "No way. I like having an engineer on the staff, and I’m keeping him."

God says, "Send him back up here or I’ll sue.”

Satan laughs uproariously and answers, "Yeah, right. And just where are YOU going to get a lawyer?"

Going Dark…

closed-sign3…but only for a little while.

Life is getting very busy, especially in the areas of school and searching for a job.  Today is a job fair, next week are more classes.  And I’m still studying for an exam which has now been pushed back two weeks into November.

We all know how much time we use to find and write about subjects that interest us.  And the number of subjects are many!  Health care reform, political corruption and Liberal hypocrisy are all subjects that we read and write about every day.  Quite frankly, I’m getting tired and overwhelmed with it all.  I need to take a break away from reading and listening to the news about who is doing what to whom, and concentrate on the studies & the items at home that need to be taken care of.

All of this means that I need to curtail my blogging activities.  Posting is going to be suspended, and there will be limited visits to other people’s blogs.  I hope to start posting again in 3 to 4 weeks.  Of course, I will be checking the email periodically.

And don’t worry…..

I’ll be back.