The Sham Wow Summit From Redstate

I found this article on Redstate.com.  I just had to repost it.

There are many reasons the Republican Party is often referred to as the Stupid Party. Many Republicans thought that after the President overshadowed the GOP at their Baltimore retreat last month, going to Blair House yesterday would just be another PR disaster.

It was anything but.

The GOP won the day so convincingly that even the traditional media had to praise the party for talking issues.

Contrast that with Barack Obama who scowled, berated, lied, and harassed the attendees — not to mention filibustered them.

In the most ironic moment of the day, Barack Obama lectured Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor on having the Democrats’ 2,700+ page health care bill on his desk at the meeting. Obama called it a “prop.” At the same time, Democrats were in the newspapers admitting that, in effect, Barack Obama was using the GOP as a prop in a vain effort to show bipartisanship on health care.

There is bipartisanship on health care. There is bipartisan opposition to it. The Democrats must realize today that they would get nothing out of the meeting. They will now try to force health care deform through Congress on a majority vote in each house.

Only a couple of years ago, Barack Obama praised the filibuster claiming it was what the founding fathers wanted to prevent the tyranny of the majority. Now he is intent on ignoring the filibuster and ramming through health care deform.

If nothing else, today shows the American public that the Republicans have a better agenda, better ideas, and are willing to stand up and oppose a reckless scheme that will increase health care costs.

Well said.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Don’t Like The President’s Plan for America? Maybe You’re Part of a Hate Group!

Well, I don’t fit into any of those groups but maybe I’m a fanatic.  Not sure on that one.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a democrat from Rhode Island, made some interesting comments on the floor of the Senate as well as a more interesting denial.

I’m betting heavily that there are groups like the Aryan groups, birthers, etc. who do not stand behind the President and his proposals.  What I heard in the entire speech was anyone who has a problem with any of the President’s proposals is somehow compared to hate groups.   Maybe I’m reading too much into his comments.  So just so I’m clear here, when democrats opposed proposals from President Bush, they should have been compared to hate groups?  OK, I get it now.

Either way, it’s an interesting speech.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Lieberman: Denied By Stuart Smalley

Does it seem strange that this Health Care monstrosity is being pushed to some artificial deadline (Christmas) for no good reason?  I’m not one for doing things because “that’s the way it has always been done,” but it does seem curious that Al Franken denied an extra minute of time to former Democrat (and current Independent) Joe Lieberman on the floor of the Senate. 

I really don’t care about the procedural crap that goes on in Congress and every other political body in the United States.  I think we are way too formal with our government and need to speak in common language that more than just the lawyers in DC can understand.  So…the question is…why is the procedure being changed in this instance if it has not been that way, in recent history?  Why the rush? 

Earlier in the week, while debating defense spending, Senator Tom Coburn demanded a reading of a spending resolution from Senator Bernie Sanders.  My illustrious Senator, Dick Durbin, stated “How in the world can we in good conscience do this at this time of year?”  How can we in good conscience not bring relevent issues to the floor?  If these yahoos read the bills, amendments and resolutions aloud in the chamber for all to hear, they might make better decisions rather than rush to judgement and vote for items they have not properly read and vetted.  Why is this so hard to fathom?

Senator Menendez added:

“It’s become very clear to me, as it should be clear to just about everyone, that everything they’re doing has nothing to do, nothing to do, with helping Americans get affordable healthcare or get jobs, but everything to do, everything to do, with winning the next election,” Menendez said. “The Republicans have decided their road to electoral victory in 2010 and to poise themselves 2012 is for this president and this Congress to fail.”

Health Care?  I thought they were voting on defense spending?  Just trying to get things straight.  As far as having Congress fail, I for one am of the opinion that the less that Congress does, the better.  The only seem to screw up things that are put into their hands.

Maybe the rub is just with Republican and Independent politicians.  Maybe Al Franken is so inexperienced that he needs a lesson on procedure.  Maybe the party in power wants to stifle debate on this vastly important issue (Health Care).  Who really knows.  It is interesting, though. 

Back to the Health Care monstrosity, I hope the bill is read aloud for all to hear like was threatened before Thanksgiving.  We’ll see if they (Congress) have the chutzpah to actually do that.  I won’t hold my breath.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Reid: If You Oppose Health Care Legislation You’re A Racist

I always knew I was a racist.  First it was the Tea Parties with all of the white faces in the crowd (thank you Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews.)  Yesterday, Harry Reid expounded on the floor of the Senate, that if you are opposed to the Health Care legislation then you are just like all of those people who opposed abolishing slavery.  I seem to remember it was a Republican president who pushed the issue that plunged us into a bloody Civil War.  Whoops!

If my memory serves me right, the Civil Rights act was passed because of massive support from Republicans, not Democrats.  So Mr. Reid, am I to believe you are advocating that those opposing your huge grab for power should not speak out on their concerns?  Sounds like the desperate act of a desperate man who has run out of support for his bill.

I hope all of you in Nevada are listening to this guy and remember his idiocy at the next election.  He is an embarrassment to Nevada and the United States Senate. 

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

Conservatarian Values: Common Sense for America

As we are a country of many views and thoughts, not many people fall simply within Republican or Democrat camps.  A small portion of the electorate adhere to a hybrid version that I and others dub as conservatarian.  This is a combination of conservative and libertarian viewpoints.

Abortion – Abortion is the taking of a life.  Human rights should apply to everyone, even the unborn. 

Crime and Justice – Protect citizens through effective law enforcement.  Penalize those individuals who do not follow the rule of law with common sense sentencing and limited parole.

Self-Defense – The ability to defend yourself, your property, and your family.

Environmental Issues – The environment should be protected and preserved but not at the expense of basic human liberties. 

Taxes – Replace the federal income and payroll taxes with a fair tax.  Stop the over taxation of the producers and under taxation of non-producers.

Energy and Resources – The United States should explore its own natural resources free from over reaching environmental agencies and left-wing environmental groups.

Financial Markets – The government should get out of the way of the financial markets and allow them to function properly.  Oversight should be utilized but without a full-on intrusion from the Fed.

Compulsory Retirement System – The forced bankrupt governmental retirement system (Social Security) should be abolished in favor of a voluntary method of individual contributions.

Health Care – Health care should not be run by the government in any realm.   

National Defense – The military should be available to first protect citizens against domestic threats and then against international threats.

Domestic Security – The United States should first protect her citizens and then the rest of the world.  Threats to domestic security should be handled swiftly and with minimal bureaucracy.

Illegal Immigration – Illegal immigrants should be deported out of the United States.  Businesses that employ illegal immigrants should suffer steep and progressive fines.

Legal Immigration – Individuals should have the opportunity to continue to become citizens of the United States without exorbitant red tape and expense.

Discrimination Issues – Discrimination in any form is anti-American.  Everyone should be equally protected regardless of sex, wealth, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or sexual orientation, but no individual group should have more protection than another.

Many of these ideals have come through years of thoughtful study with assistance from various groups and organizations.

Download a pdf file of this post here.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant

John Stewart Skewers CNN Fact Checking SNL Skit

I just thought this was funny.

The Whole Foods Health Care Plan: A Good Idea

Whole Foods-MergerOne of my favorite journalists, John Stossel, did a post about health care that had a very interesting story about Whole Foods and their employer plan.  Below is an excerpt from his story:

Insurance: The Whole Foods Experiment

I asked Whole Foods founder John Mackey what would happen if his customers bought groceries the same way most of them buy health care. “We’d make a lot more money. Instead of buying a bottle of wine for $7.99, they might buy a $300 bottle of wine.”

Yet this is how we pay for health care? “I know, it’s ridiculous.”

Mackey knows that when people shop around, costs go down. So seven years ago, faced with skyrocketing health insurance costs, Whole Foods decided to offer its employees high-deductible insurance — the kind Mark Horn has. If workers get cancer or heart disease, insurance pays, but for things like physicals and flu shots, employees pay. Whole Foods even helps employees meet those costs by contributing to a special “health savings account.” Because the savings accounts belong to the employees, they shop around before spending the money.

And what happened to the company’s bottom line after implementing the new insurance plan? “Our costs went way down,” Mackey says, because “people started asking what things cost.”

Whole Foods employees liked the system so much, they voted overwhelmingly to keep it.

When Whole Foods marketing director Mary Ann Buttros went to the doctor, she never used to ask, “‘How much will this cost?’ Because it didn’t matter,” she says. “And now it matters to me because it’s my money.”

The Whole Foods experiment works because it makes people care about costs. But because most Americans with health insurance expect someone else to pay, shopping around is harder than it should be.

Wow.  If a left leaning company like Whole Foods can create a good option like this, why not expand the idea?

To me, this seems like a major part of our problem when dealing with health insurance.  We have been conditioned to simply go in to the doctor, pay the co-payment amount, and never think about the actual cost.  I’m as guilty as anyone else when visiting the doctor and displaying this type of behavior.  I don’t ask the cost of the visit, procedure, etc. as I am not forced to as a part of my insurance plan.  But what if things changed with my plan?  I would be glad to take a more active approach when it might come out of my pocket.

It was not that long ago that we went to the doctor, paid the bill (yes, paid the bill) and then billed the insurance company for the service.  By simply doing this we would cut down on unnecessary visits to the doctor and thus cut the overall cost of health care.  If we would further ask questions about the cost of our healthcare, I’ll bet my meager paycheck that costs would go down. 

I was in Canada this week on business.  I travel to the great white north (not white yet, but I like the movie) a couple of times a year.  I had dinner with a friend who happens to be a chiropractor and asked her about the health care system in Canada.  I’ve known for some time that the Canadian socialized health care system has had to eliminate most services outside of hospital and medical doctors visits to reduce costs.   Things we take for granted like dental care, optometry and chiropractic care, just to name a few.  This has actually been a great thing for those professionals as they have started to really educate their patients on the value of their services.  The friend I mentioned operates a cash only practice and sees a whole host of patients – young, old and everyone in between.  She has taken the time to actually educate her patients on the benefits of her care.  She is able to cut out the BS and red tape required to deal with the government like Medicare and insurance companies.  Instead of hiring someone to just bill insurance (like what happens in the US), she is able to keep that money in her pocket.  (Yes, I know she is in Canada but go with the example.)

I don’t have answers on the health care menagerie, but I don’t think that our elected officials do either.  Maybe we can start with the huddled masses and actually educate them on their health care and expenses.  Just a thought.

Of course, this is just my opinion.

Rob’s Rant