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Obama Wins Nobel Peace Prize – For What?!?!?

October 9, 2009

Obama wins the Nobel Peace Prize?!?!? For what??? What kind of Bizarro world am I living in???

From what I understand the Taliban came in a close second and Jesus a distant third, slightly ahead of Pol Pot.

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When Someone is Drowning, Do Not Throw Them an Anchor

October 8, 2009

Here are some headlines from today’s Drudge Report:

  • Obama under fire over falling dollar…
  • Alarm over debt draws together diverse coalition…
  • Budget deficit hits $1.4 trillion for ’09…
  • Illinois Unpaid Bills Hits Record High; Tax Revenue Plummets…

Get the picture? The economy is dying folks. Tax revenues are falling because there are no jobs. Deficits are soaring because the government promises to pay for more than it collects in taxes.

Did you know that for fiscal year 2009, the US Government will collect in taxes only 1/4 of the money needed to fund all the programs it promises? That means it will fund the other 3/4 with DEBT, payday loans from the Chinese that come at a very dear price to our national security.

So what’s the point? The point is that now is NOT the time to saddle our society with more promises the government can’t pay. And that means no government health care control. The Lewin Group, a health care policy research and management consulting firm, estimates program’s cost could easily be $4.5 trillion over 10 years (source). But of course, as Senator Mitch McConnell has said, “The real bill will be written by Democrat leaders in a closed-to-the-public conference room somewhere in the Capitol. The real bill will be another 1,000-page, trillion-dollar experiment” (source).

Today, America is a dying economy, and that means a dying nation. The prescription for the cure is lower taxes and fewer regulations, so people with bright ideas and a strong work ethic can create things we can sell and can hire others. The prescription is to make our own native sources of energy cheap and accessible. The answer is to stop exporting American wealth and security to countries that enslave their people and hate the ideals our nation stands for (or used to stand for).

So healthcare and its concomitant high taxes are not the right prescription for a nation in the death throes of the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression. You do not cure problems caused by government tyranny, fiscal profligacy and mismanagement with more of the same. You do not throw a drowning man an anchor.

Oklahoma graduation and retention rates among lowest in the nation

October 5, 2009

http://www.newsok.com/oklahoma-graduation-and-retention-rates-among-lowest-in-the-nation/article/3405727?custom_click=headlines_widget

Snippet:

Six years after beginning college, only 44.1 percent of Oklahoma college students attain bachelor’s degrees at the institutions where they started.

Nother choice snippet:

Oklahoma’s boldest initiative in that area is Oklahoma’s Promise program, formerly known as the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP). It’s a program that calls for the state to pick up the tuition costs of students in families that earn $50,000 or less, as long as students fulfill a promise to take college preparatory classes, stay out of trouble and maintain high school grade point averages of at least 2.5.

Gee – a 2.5, and they get free tuition on our dime? How stupid is Glen Johnson? Rewarding mediocre performance in mediocre Oklahoma high schools is not a recipe for success. It sends the message that “just skate by on ‘okay’ and someone else will pay.” How the hell hard is it to make a 2.5 in already dumbed-down schools if you crack the books once in a while? And how much is it costing Oklahomans to fund this “excellence in mediocrity” tripe? No wonder the grad rate is in the pits – we have a “scholarship” program that floods our colleges with kids who are not invested (see the word I chose) in their own futures.

How about we toughen up our high school achievement standards and then give scholarships to kids who make the best grades, who have worked hard and hence shown the highest propensity to continue to do so? Hard workers create wealth, thrive under adversity, and return to society tenfold the few dollars invested in them. So raise the bar and give out fewer, more selective merit scholarships. Oh and subsidize the first few out of Glen Johnson’s salary. He could stand to lose a few chins.

Happy Constitution Day!

September 17, 2009
First Page of the US Constitution

First Page of the US Constitution

9/12 DC

September 12, 2009

March Time!

September 12, 2009

This is unbelievable!!

A fitting cartoon from 1934

September 9, 2009

1934 Cartoon

Latest News On The March On D.C.

September 5, 2009

Here is the latest info on what is going on next week prior to the March on D.C.

There are about 81 Oklahoma City area patriots flying or driving to D.C., and that is just one list. The charter bus is getting close to full, about five or six seats left. The cost is $240 per seat, plus one motel (split a room for $25 or get a private room for $50).

So at this point, we know of about 130 people going to D.C. and no doubt there will be many more.

Here are the other events going on before the March on Saturday.

September 8th

National March on Washington D.C. pre trip meeting

Tuesday night at 6:30 pm till 8:00 pm

At The Carpenter Shop. 358 North Rockwell Ave, Oklahoma City, Ok

(the shop is in an industrial park, drive in behind the small green buildings to the big concrete building at the back)

The Sooner Tea Party charter bus riders and other Oklahomans that are traveling to D.C. will meet to share information, establish a rally point prior to the protest march, and to share phone numbers in case anyone needs assistance.

The meeting is open to anyone that wants to attend.

Meeting is sponsored by the Sooner Tea Party, for more info contact info@soonerteaparty.org.

September 10th

Departure of the Sooner Tea Party charter bus going to Washington D.C.

Thursday night at 6:00 pm leaving from Fast Break airport parking, Oklahoma City 3901 S. Meridian Ave, Oklahoma City, OK (off the airport, on Meridian).

Come and show your support for those traveling to Washington D.C. to march in protest of the massive spending and socialist programs that are being forced upon the country. The bus leaves promptly at 6:00 pm. Decorate your cars with signs and flags and follow the bus to the county line!

Sponsored by the Sooner Tea Party, for more info contact Chad Williams ouengr@hotmail.com or Nancy Blalock nblalock@airosurf.com

September 12th

National March On Washington D.C. Watch Party

Saturday, September 12th between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm

Metro Tech Conference Auditorium, 1900 Springlake Drive, close to the Oklahoma Zoo.

Watch the live televised coverage of the National March on D.C. on a LCD projection screen TV with about 300 other Oklahoma patriots.

Admission is free! Donations are accepted to help put on the next event.

Put on by the Sooner Tea Party soonerteaparty.org

Contact Casey McDaniels at r.casey.mcdaniel@gmail.com for more information

For information from Washington D.C. prior to the march, call Al Gerhart 405-412-6233 or email al@thecarpentershop.net

August 31, 2009

This has not been mentioned or discussed anywhere that I have seen on the national media or in Congress.!

 

LET US LOOK AT THE COSTS OF MEDICAL CARE FROM A HISTORICAL AND PROJECTED BASIS

 

Most of the current cost of medical care has been driven by government i.e., Medicare mandated bureaucratic regulations that Medicaid and private insurers also adopt.

It has been estimated that these burdensome requirements account for at least 75% of every health care dollar today.

 

If we could get the government the hell out of our business, we could reduce the cost of medical care by at least 75% to 85% overnight!

 

Forty years ago in Oklahoma, an office call was $3.00, and a busy physician could have a large practice with just one full time nurse, and perhaps a part-time receptionist and bookkeeper.  Now a physician is hard pressed to run his office with at least 4-6 full time employees and several more part-time employees/consultants!  These employees have little to do with direct patient care and all of these people have salaries and benefits that must be paid.

 

As just one example of current mandated costs imposed on physicians and other health care providers, ask any practicing physician about the costs of “Prior Authorization” requirements in their offices today.  Then multiply this cost by the hundreds of thousands of physicians practicing in the United States today!

Let’s look more closely at an example of prior authorizations which are required whenever Medicare or other insurance does not want to pay for a particular medication or procedure that the doctor feels in the best interest of the patient.  We are required to call Medicare or the insurance company to beg for permission to prescribe the medication or get the test done. 

 

These phone calls can take an hour or more.  Let’s make it simple to follow by using multiples of ten:

One office employee spends one hour of phone time (mostly on hold!) at $10/hour = $10 of cost.

$10 x 10 prior authorizations/ day = $100 costs/day, for an employee to sit on their tush on hold.

Costs / 100,000 physicians in Oklahoma is:

$100 costs/day x 100,000 physicians = $10,000,000/day.

 

Yes, that is right: $10 million a day per 100,000 doctors that is being wasted to pay a medical office worker to waste time waiting on the phone doing nothing but eventually to, hopefully beg permission to use a medication that is in the best interest of the patient!

 

And this is just one example of the myriad of red tape, wasteful and aggravating bureaucratic headaches that doctors are forced to contend with daily.

 

Now let’s look at the effects of prior authorizations further: Suppose that the prior authorization is not granted for the high blood pressure pill that has controlled your Blood Pressure for years and you now have to change medications, because the insurance company doesn’t want to pay a few dollars more for the medication that has worked for you in the past!

 

Now you have to have several more visits (that cost money!) to the doctor to adjust the dose of the new medication, to control your blood pressure.  What if the new medication doesn’t work?  Not only are you at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, etc. and possible side effects from the change in medication, but each of these risks obviously means more cost to the system.  Not to speak of the dreadful complications that may occur to you as the patient! 

And this is only one small aspect as to why your medical costs are so high today!

 

 

 

Off Topic

August 25, 2009

This post is for Tom’s jealousy :). Hello from Jamaica! I have heard great things from friends who attended the Recess Rally. They said the speeches were excellent. Good job!