Obamacare for Dummies: A Simple Explanation for Thinking People.

Our current healthcare system is not a system and it’s not about caring for anyone’s health. It’s about CEO bonuses, stockholder dividends, and return on investment. Our healthcare system is a cluster-fuck. It’s a cluster-fuck system that bankrupts many of the middle class.

Some say Obama is a savior and some say Obama is the devil. He’s really neither. What he is is the guy whose had the balls to actually put a reasonably fair plan together.    Continue reading

Rick Santorum: Candidate? Pope? Ayatollah?

If you really believe in Rick Santorum's Crusade. Wear the T-Shirt

If you really believe in Rick Santorum's Crusade. Wear the T-Shirt

Rick Santorum has gone beyond amusing. He is now approaching dangerous. He’s even scaring the right-wing of the Republican party and that really takes some doing. Comparisons to the Ayatollahs of Iran is inevitable.

If the Christian right is happy to have a crusader on their side I would like to suggest they think this through. I realize that’s asking a lot of people who do a lot of blind following. But please consider how you would feel if the next president was proselytizing for Islam, or Wicca or worst yet Atheism!

Santorumanity: Rick Santorum’s own view of Christianity

The GOP presidential candidate is against non-procreative sex -- even for married couples by IRIN CARMON at Salon.com

The GOP presidential candidate is against non-procreative sex -- even for married couples (Credit: Irin Carmon at Salon.com)

Our country was founded by people who were fleeing England because they chose not to follow a state religion. Santorum’s views and politics will make Christianity our new state religion. Not just any Christianity but Santorumanity, Rick’s view of Christianity. There are too many versions of Christianity to count in this country and each thinks it’s “THE ONE”. Rick Santorum is sure that his is the right one. When he has the ability to sway secular laws to enforce religious views, your flavor of Christianity might not win. Sound familiar? That’s how theocracies work.

Rick Santorum’s policies could easily become this….

Santorumanity is Rick Santorum's own view of Christianity

Santorumanity is Rick Santorum's own view of Christianity

Let’s Put “Care” in America!

It’s been pointed out to me that some readers have taken my post, “Top Ten Obama Socialist Programs and How They Can Be Eliminated”,  seriously.

Sorry folks, but that was satire and my attempt to point out how the term socialism is being misused.

I was trying to make the point that social lifelines and especially guaranteed national healthcare should be as ubiquitous and taken for granted in this country as having a fireman come to your house to put out a fire.

None of our social programs is socialism. However, the far right and the Tea Party folks like to misuse the term to scare people and sway elections. No one in their right mind would consider doing away with fire, police, military, public schools, the FDA, or the EPA …except Rick Perry, and I already said no one in their right mind.

When you hear the far right screaming about socialist programs and “ObamaCare” think about our seniors on social security and medicare. The same type of opposition was screaming the same empty rhetoric when those programs were first introduced. Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Johnson were painted with the same knee-jerk  labels. But today in historical perspective we say how farsighted these presidents were and what great programs they helped start.

 It is shameful on a monumental scale that we are the only prosperous nation on the planet that doesn’t guarantee health care for all of its citizens.  This is not a new debate. It’s been going on for over 70 years.

In January of 1943 , President Roosevelt, in his state of the Union message, called for social insurance “from the cradle to the grave.”  

In 1947 President Truman, in another special health message to Congress, again requested a National Health Program. S. 1320 was introduced by Senators Wagner and Murray; Senator Taft’s bill (S. 545) was also reintroduced.

 It wasn’t until July 30, 1965 that Medicare (as part of the Social Security Amendments of 1965) was signed into law by President Johnson. That’s a 20 year fight just to get something passed that we all take for granted now.

Social Security was signed into law in 1935 and was patterned after similar systems operating successfully in Europe, including Germany’s system which started in the 19th century. Sound familiar? Every European nation offers healthcare to all.  Germany started theirs in 1883 and England in 1911.  At the rate we’re going my guess is we’ll be arguing about this for another 40 years and then our great-grandchildren will accept it as normal, just like police and fire protection.

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Top Ten Obama Socialist Programs and How They Can Be Eliminated

Top Ten Obama Socialist Programs and How They Can Be Eliminated

Let's eliminate all the socialist programs!

I am just sick and tired of the constant promotion of socialism in our great democratic nation.  Just Google “Obama Socialism” and you’ll get over 3 million hits. I think that speaks for itself!

In a short 236 years our country has gone from a freedom loving (except for the slaves) country to a communist, socialist, Marxist state where my hard-earned dollars are ripped from my hand to pander to the lazy and shiftless and the wealth is spread from the “haves” to the “lazy.”

What are we? France? Canada? England??

I am taking up the cause to not just stop our illustrious leader from adding more socialist programs but to start eliminating the ones we already have! Please forward this list to your legislators and put them to work getting back to basics right now! Continue reading

Herman Cain is the Anti-Christ: Truth Revealed

Herman Cain is the Anti-Christ

I think it's clear whose side Herman Cain is on.

It’s time to set partisan politics aside and acknowledge that Herman Cain is the Anti-Christ. The signs are obvious to anyone who is not afraid to look. There is both Biblical prophecy and more importantly a Nostradamus Quatrain to support this stance. Continue reading

Secret Underground Rick Perry Interview from the BBC

As Rick Perry campaigns for President across the country he touts himself as the second coming. But it’s the second coming of George W. Bush. In this top-secret underground video interview with the BBC’s Nigel Duck-Bottom, Governor Perry reveals ALL of the facts behind the facts from his tenure as the longest-serving governor of Texas.

If you would prefer to do some reading of the source material for this entertaining little video, here are some resources.

But be forewarned: THINKING IS HARD!

The total debt of Texas has doubled while Rick Perry has been in office.

Rick Perry says he has never raised taxes. 

Texas education statistics from article by Barbara Bush, (yes, that Barbara Bush)

Perry wins Olberman’s Worst Person in the World.

Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage.

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The Debate in Washington Has All Sides Sounding the Same. Take This Fun Quiz and Match the Quote to the Author.

I am so confused by rhetorical debate in Washington. After weeks of point counterpoint I can't tell who said what anymore.

I can't tell the players without a scorecard anymore!

I am so confused by the endless rhetorical debate in Washington. After weeks of point counterpoint I can’t tell who said what anymore.

Accusations and vitriol abound: Who’s too liberal? Who’s more Christian? Who has the best interest of the country in mind? Who loves their country more? Does this impasse spell doom for our country’s economy?

Here are a few quotes and a short poll at the end where you can choose the person who said them. It’s quick and fun and informative!

  1. “And I can fight only for something that I love, love only what I respect, and respect only what I at least know.”

  2. “Words build bridges into unexplored regions.”

  3.  “I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator”

  4. “As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice”

  5. “The doom of a nation can be averted only by a storm of flowing passion, but only those who are passionate themselves can arouse passion in others.”

Don’t Cheat… but CLICK HERE to find out who said all these things.

Men are Better Than Women at Everything

We've simply evolved over time into two distinct species that happen to have the ability to inter-breed.

We've simply evolved over time into two distinct species that happen to have the ability to inter-breed.

I’m watching my wife mow our lawn. She really sucks at it.  It’s a scorcher today. I lay back watching her from my shaded lawn chair with a cold bottle of beer pressed against my neck. I am pondering the so-called glass ceiling. I don’t think any rational person can dispute that the glass ceiling exists. Women get paid less for the same job. They are promoted less and it’s harder for a woman to get elected to public office. Even in Hollywood female stars command less money overall than men and their careers start to wane as the age.

My wife’s inability to mow the lawn well is analogous to the glass ceiling.

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Slavery: What’s So Bad About It?

I’ve been thinking about slavery a lot lately and wonder what the big deal is.   I’m certainly not suggesting slavery again for African-Americans. They’ve taken their turn. I think we can find other candidates. How about Mexican workers (and by “Mexican” I mean anybody originating south of Brownsville, TX). They are only about $5.00 an hour away from being slaves already. If you exchange the $5.00 an hour wage for room and board, you’re pretty much there!

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FDA says “You’re Fat and Your Mama Dresses You Funny”

There are times when I wonder how I should label myself regarding my politics. One day I feel like a liberal democrat and the next I find myself agreeing with Cecil. (That’s a reference to being a moderately sensible republican.)

Today I’m feeling like a libertarian/anarchist. Holy crap Batman, the feds are mandating graphic anti-smoking pictures on cigarette packages.

From the FDA website: “Beginning September 2012, FDA will require larger, more prominent cigarette health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.  These warnings mark the first change in cigarette warnings in more than 25 years and are a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking.”

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