Political Quarantine?

Politicians are like hammers looking for nails to pound.  The difference is that politicians will pry up otherwise perfectly good boards only to pound them back down as loud as they can to show that they can do something. – Tom Roland

The current crisis is now Ebola.  Don’t get me wrong – Ebola is a nasty disease with a frightenly high mortality rate especially in underdeveloped countries.  However, the tactics that our government is taking to prevent this disease from affecting the American people is absolutely wrong.

History has shown that the only way to prevent the spread of disease is to quarantine the area in which the epidemic is prevalent.  Aid is then rendered to that area to help the afflicted and end the epidemic.

However, history is being ignored on a grand scale by this Administration and its sycophants.  The reasons are as bizarre as the people uttering their nonsense.

First out of the box is the inane Texas Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee who stated:

“I don’t think we gain anything by spending our time talking about quarantines of entire countries. We don’t have an epidemic, and for that reason I don’t think that calling for a quarantine of countries answers the question. We have to turn internally and look at our own selves and make sure our health infrastructure is where it needs to be.”

The way to prevent a disease from spreading while working to stop it at its source is to stop the migration of infected people.  Our health infrastructure can be strengthened, but let’s work on keeping the the epidemic from ever occurring in this country in the first place.

Next on the list is Wisconsin Democratic Representative Gwen Moore who stated the following in support of her fellow Representative:

“Aside from being impractical, this reactionary strategy will force Ebola patients underground making it nearly impossible to track their movements, hinder the capacity for international healthcare workers to transport and administer critical aid, and erode the continent’s fragile economy,”

The last thing that an Ebola patient wants to do is go “underground” – they want and need hospitalization or they will die.  Moreover, while the concern for the African continents’ economy is touching, Rep. Moore’s concerns should lie more with the American people.  And I hardly call quarantining an area with an epidemic “reactionary” – it’s called self-preservation and protecting the people that you, Rep. Moore, were elected to represent.

Also, one would think that the head of the CDC would support a quarantine, or at least travel restrictions.  And you would be wrong.  CDC Tom Frieden stated his opposition to travel restrictions from countries that are known Ebola “hot zones,” and that “cutting commercial ties would hurt these fledgling democracies.”  The CDC is now concerned over the economic health of an infected country?  I’ll leave you to ponder the rationality of this statement…

I also understand that the President has appointed a person to be in charge of the Ebola crisis (if it can be called that).  That’s the good(?) news – someone who can be responsible (hah!) and be held accountable (double-hah!).  However, the appointee, Ron Klain, does not have a medical background, but is a former White House advisor.  Obviously, the political connection is all that is needed to oversee the response to a health-related crisis.  Almost sounds as credible as having a bunch of politicians determine the health insurance and care for the entire country…oh wait…that did happen…

Last is the insane ranting of the politicos.  First, the NRA is causing the Ebola outbreak in Africa (MSNBC), then the Democrats accusing the Republicans of causing the epidemic.  I’m waiting for someone on the Left to state that it’s the United States fault that Ebola even exists, and that it was created to depopulate Africa so that a US-backed corporation will have access to all the natural resources that Africa has (diamonds, gold, silver, copper, chocolate…) because the tin-hat society certainly has theorized this is the case – why shouldn’t the wacko-wing of the Liberals drink up this pitcher of Kool-Aid?

Obviously, I’m no big fan of this Administration, nor of politicians in general.  Politicians are, for the most part, self-serving and will exploit any crisis to further their personal and political agendas.  In many respects, politicians create more problems than they solve.  Just look at the unintended consequences of ObamaCare, and one doesn’t have to go much further for examples.

From what I have seen of the politicians, and especially of this Administration, is either gross incompetence, or a cold, calculating plan to exert even more control over the citizens of the United States.  Warning – tin-hat zone ahead!

The War on Drugs and later the War on Terror, both through legislation, exerted more control over the people of the United States by passing laws which restricted rights and expanded the authority of the government.  No-knock warrants became common-place, confiscation of property became easier if the person was even accused (not convicted) of a drug-related crime, warrantless wiretaps were granted on suspicion of criminal activities, and so on.  In recent times, we have the NSA storing and possibly listening in on private conversations in violation of the 4th Amendment, but that does not seem to matter to our government.  The apparent abuses just do not seem to stop.

A scenario that I can come up with concerning the Ebola virus is this:  People are allowed to travel from known infected zones and bring the virus with them.  More and more people are exposed and become sick, rapidly overwhelming the health system.  Legislation is rapidly passed giving powers of the government (Federal, State, and Local) to restrict domestic travel and commerce.  Civil rights are suspended as well as the Bill of Rights for the term of the crisis, only the crisis ends but the restrictions do not.  We the People have lost more of our freedom.

So much for the ranting & back to reality…

The course of action that the Administration will not serve the American people, but serves a political agenda.  That agenda does not serve the American people’s interests, nor does it defend this country from a disease with frightening implications.

This latest crisis, manufactured or not, should serve as a warning for those who are considering their voting selections for this mid-term election.  You, the voter, need to forget if there is a D, a R, or an I after the candidate’s name, and cast your vote for the most competent person for the position the candidate is running for. 

I’ll tell you right now, the clowns in the White House are not competent – use them as examples of who not to vote for.

Semi-Random Thoughts

There’s been a lot going on this past week that has caught my attention.  Here’s just a few:

A couple of posts ago, I outlined my reasons to distrust the Government.  Townhall’s  John Hawkins has listed 20 reasons why he detests the government.  The link is here, and it’s a good read.

I’ve written about most if not all of his points, but this is the first time they have all been lumped together.

The costs and consequences of ObamaCare are starting to show that this isn’t going to be the affordable vehicle for health insurance.  For instance:

  • Why are members of Congress and their staffs looking to bail out of the mandated coverage?  Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that forces aides and lawmakers onto ObamaCare exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive.  Welcome to the hell that you forced onto the rest of us.
  • ObamaCare requires businesses with 50 or more employees to offer “affordable” insurance to anyone working 30 or more hours per week—which must cost no more than 9.5 percent of the worker’s household income.  Note that the 9.5 percent threshold applies only to the price of the individual worker’s insurance. Insuring children or other dependents could raise the cost far beyond 9.5 percent.  So much for “affordable”.
  • To qualify for coverage by the employer under ObamaCare, a person must work 30 or more hours a week.  Companies are reducing employee hours to under 30, thus depriving the employees of both income and employee-sponsored coverage. Coverage now falls to the employee, whose funds are even more limited.
  • Many groups, including Unions, which supported ObamaCare, are now applying for exceptions to exclude themselves from ObamaCare.  Why?  Because their members will pay more money for less coverage.  Welcome to reality.
  • The bureaucrats becoming involved in medical decisions showed up with the case of 10-year old Sarah Murnaghan needing a lung transplant.  While Sarah received the transplant, the entire episode shows that the politicization of the medical process will increase, and things will get worse.  I can see where “death panels” won’t be far behind.

There’s more, but you get the idea that this legislation is garbage.

The George Zimmerman trial is beginning this week after several weeks of pre-trial hearings and manipulations.  The unethical trial by the media has already happened, finding Zimmerman guilty of protecting his neighborhood and himself.  We’ll see if the criminal trial system does the same and ends this insanity by letting this person get back to what is left of his shattered life.

The next chapter in the NSA eavesdropping scandal has taken a nasty turn.  Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong, and is reportedly  flying to Russia.  Here’s my take on this, and it’s probably not a popular one.

Snowden, should he land in US custody, should be charged with treason for revealing details of his work with the NSA to a foreign government or governments.  This represents a breach of national security, and a violation of the confidentiality contract that he signed.  This goes far beyond the “whistleblowing” of the NSA’s PRISM program, and even that should have been carried out in a different manner.

By the way, I think that while there is legal justification for the NSA’s actions, it’s still un-Constitutional.

I shocked to read this article from Townhall.com where Madonna (yes, THAT Madonna!) made statements that seem to support gun rights and gun ownership:

It’s rare to hear someone in the Hollywood scene speak the truth about guns, but that’s exactly what Madonna did in a recent interview with ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas.

When asked about the choice of choreography in her current tour, which drew criticism because of the first act’s heavy use of guns, the pop icon said she would have never left that part out.

“That would be like asking people to not have guns in action movies,” she said. “I mean the thing is, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. That whole first section of the show is like an action movie, and I was playing a super vixen who wanted revenge.”

Madonna even gave a statement that she does not condone violence, and that her work is art and nothing more.

“But I know there was several movies that delayed release because of the shootings, for example, at Sandy Hook Elementary school,” Vargas said.

“Well that’s not going to change the situation,” Madonna replied. “This all comes from fear and ignorance, and people not really raising their children, or not paying attention to what’s going on.”

And this is an Obama supporter!!

And speaking of President Obama, here is a list of some of the unconstitutional action that he has taken (from artist Jon McNaughton, whose pictures are absolutely fantastic!):

You signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But now we can see that the administration’s trillion-dollar stimulus plan clearly is not working. Both the Constitution and history are witnesses that testify that the Stimulus Plan is both a federal usurpation of power and economically misguided. It may very well cause another “catastrophe.” You promised that this plan would create jobs immediately and keep the unemployment rate below eight percent. We are now at about 9.5% without including those who are no longer counted due to the length of their unemployment. Americans are asking, “Where are the jobs?” With 14.6 million people officially jobless, 5.9 million who have stopped looking but say they want a job, and 8.5 million who are working part time but would like to work full time, you end up with nearly 30 million Americans who cannot find the work they want and desperately need. The ARRA is primarily designed not to stimulate the economy, but to build the size and scope of government. Government spending plans do not stimulate the economy. They are based on the idea that feeding “new” money into the economy will create economic growth. But the money isn’t new—it’s either taxed or borrowed. It’s essentially redistributed from one group of people to another, and no new money is created. And also, State governors, looking down the gun barrel of long-term spending forced on them by your “stimulus” plan, are saying they will refuse to take the money. This is a Constitutional confrontation between the federal government and the states unlike any in our time.

You signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The federal government is now forcing Americans to buy health insurance. Even with the disapproval of the American majority you pushed through what we call “ObamaCare.” Over 20 states are now suing the federal government over your health care reform law. This law began the process to socialize America’s health care system. It forces Americans to buy health insurance from a private company against our will.

You appointed over thirty Czars without any Congressional oversight to control every aspect of the country.

You intervened in the troubled automotive industry, renewing loans for General Motors and Chrysler Corporation to continue operations while reorganizing. Over the following months the White House set terms for both firms’ bankruptcies, including reorganization of GM giving the U.S. government a temporary 60% equity stake in the company. Where in the Constitution does it say the government can do that?

You signed into law the popular Car Allowance Rebate System, known popularly as “Cash for Clunkers.” In the middle of our country’s worst financial crisis you give out freebees with taxpayer dollars?

You used your executive powers to shakedown British Petroleum after the oil leak catastrophe in the Gulf to create the $20-billion escrow (slush!) fund without any law, legal controls, or binding rules to guide it on how and how much those injured materially by the oil spill (and whom among them) will be paid.

You believe that the Constitution is a living, breathing document. I thought that the only way to change the Constitution was to amend it? It’s not all your fault, Mr. President. If Congress and the Supreme Court did their job properly you would have been checked and balanced.

Last, I found this video from YouViewed.com on that explains the insanity of our governmental system, and what we, the Citizens of this country, have let it become.

Will the Real Racist Please Stand Up?

Before I start in on this particular post, please go over and visit Seane-Anna at Sinatra’s Bane.  She is going through post-operative chemo & radiation treatments for cancer, and could use some words of encouragement.

I’m off on vacation this week, and keeping busy with stuff around the house.  The main project that I have is tiling a bathroom in the basement.  Water from the toilet tank leaked all over the carpet & mold set in, so rather than go through that mess again, it’s taking out the carpet & padding, and tiling the bathroom.

While setting tile earlier today, I had the radio on & a segment came on about the constant problem with racism in Detroit, hiring practices, and social injustice.  After five minutes of listing to the blather, I had enough.  I turned it off.

Folks, I am not a racist.  I do not believe that any one race is superior to another.  I also do not believe that any race should enjoy special “privileges” in getting a leg up on any other race to equalize a perceived “social injustice.” 

Are people in Detroit disadvantaged?  I would say “Yes”, but would qualify it by stating that some of these disadvantages are self-inflicted.  I look at the string of corrupt politicians elected by the people of Detroit over the years, who looted and lined their pockets while the city imploded, and the people of Detroit still defend these con-artists stating that it is because of their race that they were prosecuted.  The latest prosecution and conviction of Kwame Kilpatrick is a case in point. 

I also look at these same people that constantly have their hands out for the government to take care of them instead of taking care of themselves.  Here’s the classic “for instance” sound bites:

It’s no longer providing for yourself, it’s having others providing you with your needs.  How sad, but we are now there, and I’m digressing from the point of the post…

The election of President Obozo seemed to promise an end of racism.  After all, a non-white person was elected to the highest office of the land, so we, as a country, have finally shed our racism.  Not by a long shot…  If anything, there has been more and more polarization between all of the races.  I look at the current (illegal) immigration controversy, the past Professor Gates / Obozo “acting stupidly” episode, and the apparent perverse double-standard that permeates all levels of government.

Robin of Berkely has some great insights from her post “Liberal Racism”:

Obama has been the Teflon President because of the color of his skin. Liberals are giving him a free ride.

We see it every day when criticism of Obama evokes cries of racism. But who are the real racists here?

Are the racists those conservatives who hold everyone accountable to the same standards? Who believe that people should be judged by their character and their behavior, not their race, creed, or color?

Or are the racists those white liberals who treat Obama like some delicate flower? While liberals still eviscerate George W. Bush, any judgment of Obama is off limits.

It’s not just whites who are enabling Obama by acting like his protectors. Blacks voted en masse for Obama. Sadly, what has he offered them?

From the start, it was obvious that Obama, though half-black, had never done anything for the black community. In Chicago, his actions hurt blacks.

Obama was a huge supporter of Tony Rezko, a notorious slumlord, now a felon. When Obama served in the state senate, black residents picketed Rezko’s offices to protest their rat-infested, unheated apartments.   

And what has Obama done to help blacks since he’s been president? One of Obama’s first actions as president was eliminating the DC school voucher program that offered poor black kids the chance for a better life.

Obama and the Democrats have created record debt and crushed the economy. A depressed economy hits minority groups especially hard.

And then there is Obama’s push for amnesty for illegals. How is giving jobs to millions of illegals going to help blacks, who have unconscionably high unemployment rates?

But there is one perk Obama has afforded the black underclass — the right to behave brutally. Obama’s Justice Department dropped charges for those New Black Panthers who allegedly threatened and harassed people at election sites. 

This encouragement to act out is deeply cynical and manipulative. It’s designed to control racial minorities and promote social unrest.

Although Obama has only agitated, not uplifted, Americans, most liberals regard him as their icon. To them, Obama is the Great Black Hope. 

Liberals handle Obama with kid gloves. In the meantime, they turn a blind eye to his dangerous policies, like flirting with radical Islam. Liberals make excuses for the plummeting economy, blaming their usual bogeyman: conservatives.

They refuse to see Obama without the rose-colored glasses. Why? Because when it comes to Obama, liberals see a black man deserving of special treatment.

Will the real racist please stand up?

Perhaps I’m just being cynical, but I’m really starting to think that Robin is on to something.  Like Rahm Immanuel has been quoted as saying “You never let a serious crisis go to waste,” I’m beginning to wonder if racism is a crisis whose flames are constantly fanned to provide reasons for personal wealth and political power.  And that, my friends, is sinister indeed, because it makes the next quote even more chilling:

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." —William Pitt

And thus, our Federal Government has seen fit to level the social justice playing field by diverting taxpayer dollars to the inner cities with the stated intent of raising the standard of living of those people trapped in that urban jungle.  Instead, what has happened is that they have created a class of dependant people with failing schools and crime such that the police will not patrol certain areas either during the day or night.  Given the video above and that the Detroit school system is broke and broken are just a couple of examples of what is happening in my backyard and in the backyards of cities across this nation.

It is time to take off the rose-colored glasses and don the blindfold so that we are truly color- and religion-blind.  The time for special classes, races, and religions is over if we expect this country to survive and prosper for the next several generations.

What A Week!

This past week has been more than interesting, both on personal and professional levels.  Then we have the national political stage, but first things first.

First off, I’ve got a sick kitty.  We thought we had everything taken care of, but he’s now back under the weather, and for the next couple of weeks, will be spending time in the laundry room while he is being treated.  I always hate to see a pet sick.  (Thanks, Always On Watch, for your support.)

Next, I’ve had three phone interviews for jobs this past week.  But I didn’t pass any of them.  This is telling me a couple of things.  The first is that there are jobs out there.  The second is that if you are not the perfect candidate, i.e., fit the job qualifications & requirements perfectly, you will not be hired.  Companies are being very picky with who they hire – there is a large population of job seekers out there, and companies can afford to find the “perfect” candidate. 

But there is also another trend – contract work.  One of the last interviews was for contract work out of state for a 6 to 12 month assignment.  I have been seeing more an more contract positions being listed on job search sites.  Companies do not want to be burdened with providing benefits to full-time employees, so the alternative is to hire contract workers and skip the benefit route altogether.

So much for my life at the moment…

On the national stage, I simply cannot believe that our President would get involved in any way, shape, or form, with what I would term a misdemeanor offense.  I am referring, of course, the incident involving a Harvard professor and a police sergeant.  On national TV, admitting that he didn’t know all the facts in the case, and he still stated that the police “acted stupidly.”  Excuse me?  Just because that the professor was Black and the officer was White does not mean that the police were automatically wrong, racist, or “acted stupidly.”

I’m not going to comment further on the case other than the above.  I do understand that the police sergeant had his microphone keyed and that there is a recording of the incident.  It will be interesting to see if that tape ever surfaces.

But I think that the person acting stupidly was the President because he commented on an incident that he didn’t know the facts of, and quite frankly, should not have touched the subject at all.

Sorry, Mr. President, I’ll call them like I see them – you goofed, and “acted stupidly.”

The True Cost of Health Care

While slurping the coffee this morning, I watched a portion of Fox News that featured a visualization of what the proposed health care plan would actually cost.  The creator is Matt, and runs a blog titled Political Math.

First, the video that ran on Fox News:

Health Care Reform Cost Visualization

Pretty scary, isn’t it?  But what are we getting for our tax dollars?  An improved system?  Think again!

Here’s a comparison with a system that Obama is proposing to model (Massachusetts) and Georgia:

Wait Time Comparison

OK, billions of dollars, increased costs, less service, and eventually more taxes for everyone (except the slackers) to pay for the system.  And this has been proven by other similar healthcare systems throughout the world!

We, the populace, are under a billion-dollar sticker shock.  We are so used to our politicians throwing huge sums of money left, right, up, down, sideways, backwards, and forward to solve problems – real, perceived, and manufactured.  And all the while, they justify this outrageous spending stating that it is for the public’s good and use multitudes of chart & figures to back their actions.  To which I say:

Figures don’t lie, but Liars figure…

To quote Joe Friday of Dragnet fame:

Just the facts, Ma’am…

Which is what we need instead of flowery rhetoric.