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The affair with Bob Thomas.

In #TCOT, Mark Souder, The Mob on May 2, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Come now the Voter. end affair

In Indiana’s 3rd congressional district there is still unemployment, a sagging economy, and angst against government.

They are having a tough time at work. Maybe their lawnmower broke again. Maybe they can’t fill up their tank again until payday. They just got yelled at, again, for leaving their socks on the floor.

A little ‘boost’ to their ego seems to be the ticket out of their duldrum. Maybe this is everything they have ever wanted?

And the affair begins.

A friendly glance comes their way. A shiny smile…. A glance from the (awkwardly true) used car salesman, Bob Thomas. He drives a nice car, after all, his collector cars alone total almost 50. He has a big $3.4 million house (albeit in Indianapolis). He promises the world. He looks like just the man for the ticket. He agrees with you that you deserve everything you want.

Afterall, he looks like everything you have ever wanted. He says all the right things. He will spend his money and make you feel like you are the center of the world.

Then you take him home to Mother on election day. He dances about Israel awkwardly, has nothing to talk about because he doesn’t know who is the local rotary, and has to dash off to a mysterious meeting in Indianapolis.

You wait with baited breath for signs he will come back and have those picnics he promised and kiss babies at the local fair.

You can’t get ahold of him for days, weeks, months–he has a life somewhere else, but you always knew that.

You realize you are traveling to some other town just to get a glimpse at him during a town hall meeting. You know he won’t be at your church Sunday morning.

When the reality sets in, what you wanted, isn’t what you thought it was worth.

What usually comes of an affair? The shine wears off. You discover what happens when they take the make up off. You realize everyone leaves socks on the floor.

Go back home to what you know. Maybe he isn’t perfect. But he will be there when you ask to be. He will be at church on Sunday morning, and you can always find him at the picnic. He is from your town.

The grass will always be greener over Bob Thomas’ septic tank.

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Our Gangrene Government

In #TCOT, Education, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Public Schools, The Mob on March 12, 2010 at 12:11 pm

How did it get this bad?

Festering disease catches up with you. Whether it be  in a relationship, your own health, or budget deficits–if you don’t pay attention to the problem you end up with gangrene.

Governmental waste and the habit of ignoring problems have become too typical of  governmental leadership by unqualified, hyped-politicians who were elected because of momentum and not because of substance. We are now seeing the effects of allowing overspending to maturate.

In today’s New York Times article , discussing the Kansas City School system’s decision to close over 2 dozen schools, they cite the growing problem of ignoring the money issue in government:

The sudden move suggests a depth of dysfunction here that is rarely associated with Kansas City, a lively heartland town with a reputation for order. But a closer look at the school board’s recent history reveals a chaotic, almost nonfunctioning body that put off making tough choices and even routine improvements for generations. Experts said that in the board’s years of inaction is a cautionary tale for school districts everywhere.

Where is government oversight? With the people. It should have been. It should be.

“This is extraordinary,” said Jack Jennings, president of the Center on Education Policy, a research group in Washington. “The school board was dysfunctional for years. There was very poor governance for a long period of time, and it was like a revolving door with superintendents.”

In Fort Wayne, Indiana, just a couple of schools face this dilemma. Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne facing closure due to budgetary constraints on the district.  With all of it’s failings, at least the Fort Wayne Community Schools is addressing a problem before more than a couple have to be dismantled.

Detroit’s blight can be blamed on the same disease…Gangrene Government.

How do you fix gangrene?

Urgent evaluation and treatment. In general, dead tissue should be removed to allow healing of the surrounding living tissue and prevent further infection. Depending on the area that has the gangrene, the person’s overall condition, and the cause of the gangrene, treatment may include:

  • Amputating the body part that has gangrene (get rid of the board responsible for overspending)
  • An emergency operation to find and remove dead tissue (budget cuts)
  • An operation to improve blood supply to the area (new plan of action)
  • Repeated operations to remove dead tissue (debridement) (don’t let go of the problem)
  • Treatment in the intensive care unit (for severely ill patients) (prosecute)

This is one disease Indiana State Government is not in danger of having, so long as they stay fiscally conservative and continue with attention to details of the budget constraints. The Democrats in Washington should pay attention to our scenario instead of coming up with more massive gangrene spending.

Mitch Daniels champions the individual

In #TCOT, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Patients First on March 1, 2010 at 11:14 am

The free market. Self determination. Control over your own money……Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels hit the nail on the head when it comes to the future of healthcare dollars. Individual determination of healthcare dollars spent is successful.

In an Op-Ed piece for the Wall Street Journal today, Daniels illustrates how the free market is supposed to work–yes, even in healthcare. Seems like a simple idea; one which should be easy to implement, but probably won’t because it takes control of the almighty dollar away from the government.

When given the choice, a staggering 70% of Indiana State employees chose to determine their own destiny. Imagine that.

The HSA option has proven highly popular. This year, over 70% of our 30,000 Indiana state workers chose it, by far the highest in public-sector America. Due to the rejection of these plans by government unions, the average use of HSAs in the public sector across the country is just 2%.

Not only are employees determining where their dollar goes, but it is good for the state:

The state is saving, too. In a time of severe budgetary stress, Indiana will save at least $20 million in 2010 because of our high HSA enrollment. Mercer calculates the state’s total costs are being reduced by 11% solely due to the HSA option.

Daniels goes on to say how people who use their own money, cut costs and do not cause a detriment to their own health. What a concept. Free market, control of your own money, and what do you get?…. A positive outcome.

As the healthcare debate continues to drag on, with intentions of ‘bettering America’, one thing becomes clear: Self determination of individual dollars is the only thing that shows promising signs of success.

Kudos to Daniels who champions the individual.

(For more reading on HSA’s and positive healthcare reform, check this interesting article from Dr. Robert E. Moffit, Director of the Center for Healthcare Studies at the Heritage Foundation)

Three Poles walk into a bar

In #TCOT, Bayh, Dan Coats, Evan Bayh, John Hostetler, Marlin Stutzman, Phil Troyer on February 11, 2010 at 7:37 pm

Evan Bayh,  Marlin Stutzman and John Hostetler walk into a bar.

They belly-up and the first one says, “I’m Marlin Stutzman and I’m running for Senate, give me a drink.”

The second one says “”I’m John Hostettler and I’m running for Senate, give me a drink”

The third one says “Hmm.. I’m Dan coats and people tell me that sounds like a good idea. Me, too.”

In the next seat was the RNSC representative. “Great, so it’s official!”

Too old to work?

In #TCOT, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Social Security on January 16, 2010 at 12:55 pm

I sat very still in the stiff-back chairs at the Social Security Office yesterday. Near silence entombed the room. I held my machine-issued piece of paper with some number on it and waited.

Occasionally a door squeak would startle those around me and we would turn, in unison, towards the rush of cold air that came at us, as though it were a welcome sign of life.

I don’t think most of us wanted to drift into the low mumble of conversation of private-lives and complaints that were just a few feet away from us. I played some mind-numb game on my cell phone. I watched the security guard occasionally thinking he may throw a fit because many signs were posted warning to turn all cell-phones off. Fortunately, he was too busy on the phone with a bank, trying to find the best deal for debit cards. (The one conversation I couldn’t help but overhear.)

After 10 minutes, my eyes wandered to the people around me. A young couple with a toddler and baby in-tow…Two older couples…. One elderly lady with knee socks and shorts on in the dead of winter… And then a very older gentleman with a stack of paper.

A number was called, then another a few minutes later. There we sat like cows, penned and no where to go except back out to pasture.

The elderly man, sitting just a few chairs away began to fumble his papers. He started to speak a couple times to people around him, but it appeared he wasn’t sure what to say.

The man with the toddler finally asked him “Do you need help?” A collective sigh of relief fell over our herd. Finally something to do. We turned and watched.

The man still didn’t have his thoughts as to what it was he was going to say, just held his piece of paper out towards the man.

“Oh, what’s your number?” he asked. The man stared at the paper and closed his mouth.

“It looks like the machine didn’t print anything on it. Let me see if I can help.”

The younger man approached the security guard, still entranced with his banker, who simply pointed him towards the ladies behind the plexi-glass counters.

Trying to explain the situation, he was interrupted by the lady began to repeat her all-to-often-used phrase

“What’s your number?”

Within seconds, she had a startled look on her face and said

“That just doesn’t happen.” Workers began to rush to the window and the machine.

By deduction, we ‘cows’ deduced he must have come in about 6 people before me. We assured him we would get him to the line.

15 long minutes later, the younger man turned to him and said

“It’s your turn.”

We watched him make his way to the worker.

“What’s your number?” she asked.

The man put his paper thru the window.

She stared at him, beginning to speak and he cocked his head ever-s0-slightly.

“What can I help you with?”

And his story began.

“I had surgery, ya see, and my doctor said I can’t work anymore, ” he stated.

“What’s your social security number, sir?” she asked.

“Why would I tell you that?” was his simple reply.

“Sir, how old are you?”

“Ma’am, I am 84 years old.”

“Are you retired?”

“I don’t want to be, but, you see, I had surgery on my neck. The doctor said I should come tell you this so I could be on disability.”

“Do you get Social Security?”

“I get a little something. Yes.”

“Well, sir, you can’t get both. You need to make up your mind if you are going to get one or the other.”

And he stood in silence for about a minute, looking at his papers.

Without another sound, he turned and looked at the chairs–staring at each of us–we were glued to the conversation.

Then he slowly made his way back out to pasture. And we watched the cool wind escort him back out.

The room went back to it’s own silence. My number was called and I went to the plex-glass.

I suppose he may come back another day. Perhaps not. Perhaps he may go back to work. Perhaps not.

Perhaps he may just go back home and make a sandwich and wait for his next doctors appointment.

I can’t wait for Government-run healthcare.

Jail me, I’m uninsured

In #TCOT, Government Waste, Healthcare, National Health Care, Obamacare, Patients First, The Mob, Uncategorized on November 12, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Ready for the cuffs?!

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Hitler put the unemployed ‘asocial’ in camps..the first one being Dachau. He was hailed for his economic ‘recovery’. Suddenly the unemployed couldn’t be found. His party began gaining seats in government.

Flash Forward to 2009.

The number of unemployed goes up and down, now looking at 10.2%… The House of Representatives and the President agree it’s a good idea to jail those people who don’t comply with buying into a government program.

Already the unemployed and under-employed are forced to undergo testing and mandatory classes.

‘Re-education’, they call it.

Socialism, I call it.

Challengers to Souder are on the wrong side

In #TCOT, Mark Souder, Phil Troyer, Rachel Grubb on November 11, 2009 at 12:43 pm

DistractionIndiana’s Mark Souder’s next 6 months just got muddier at the expense of the Republican name. At a time when the party should be trying to unseat Democrats, rogue wing-nuts are targeting the wrong side.

Two candidates for the Third District have filed to challenge Souder in the Spring primary: Phil Troyer and Rachel Grubb. They bring nothing to the party, except controversy and distraction.

I would think challengers to an incumbent Republican would have major issues with the sitting Representative, but instead they seek glory for themselves with little footing.

Troyer,  a leftover from a failed run from the 4th district in 1992, works as an attorney in an investment firm. He has aligned himself with candidates from other failed runs and ultra-religious fringe groups with the likes of Hawks, Kelty-ites, and Ron Paulies–purely non-cohesive splinter groups with the goal of controversy, not progress.

Troyer has come out complaining about Mr. Souder’s voting record of spending…If you look closer at most of Troyer’s complaints (Troyer said Souder has voted to increase spending 50 times in the past three years?) , they surround votes encouraging funding for business incubators and supporting small businesses.  So, Mr. Troyer, you wouldn’t support those goals? Ya, that’s the kind of Republican we want in Congress.

Grubb, who admits she spent most of her life in Hicksville, Ohio, lacks any experience by her own admission and only is running to upset an incumbent.

Troyer and Grubb are misguided in their efforts. If they seriously wanted to help change the course of the country they would be aiming for the Democratic Congress and Senate who have shoved everyone off the cliff in the name of Socialism.

Taking down the Republican incumbent in any district where a solid Conservative record has legitimate footing is the wrong direction.

Congressional Quarterly reports Souder is among four House Republicans likely to face primary opponents drawing strength from the “tea party” movement and its fervent opposition to anything that might trigger higher taxes or bigger government. Just whose side are the challengers on?

Honor Life, Not Kennedy

In #TCOT, Kennedy, National Health Care, Planned Parenthood, Pray, Religion, The Mob on August 28, 2009 at 12:12 pm

The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein challenges the American public to honor the late Sen.images (1) Kennedy’s life by passing the outrageous healthcare plan.

That’s rather ironic, seeing as how the bill and Ted Kennedy didn’t honor the very basis of life by promoting tax-payer funded abortions and legalizing slaughter.

Klein writes:

“.. he belonged to the party of Medicare and Medicaid, the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Civil Rights Act and immigration reform. He belonged to the party that sought to advance the conditions and opportunities of the least among us. He was, as columnist Harold Meyerson says, “the senior senator from Massachusetts and for all the excluded in American life.”

What about the life of the unborn child? He and the Democrats have worked tirelessly to dishonor life and have abortion not only legalized but praised.

Klein further writes we should pass the Obamacare bill because it would honor Kennedy:

“Those who would use Kennedy’s absence to explain their failure do terrible injury to his legacy. The cause of Kennedy’s life was not, after all, praise or compliments. It was, as he said, to “guarantee that every American … will have decent, quality health care as a fundamental right and not just a privilege.” That dream will never die. But by being realized, it can finally rest in peace.

Why does the world need to worry about him resting in peace? That was his job, to live his life and face his maker. We can not possibly do anything to help him.

The Vatican, yesterday, reminded the world of his stance:

“The liberal senator “was constantly in the front line battles such as the protection of immigrants, gun control, (and) minimum wage for the poorest.”

“But unfortunately there were positions in his part in favour of abortion,”

(report in the Vatican’s offical newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano)

Good for you, supporters of Ted Kennedy because you have some emotion to propel you for a few weeks. BUT….If you are going to honor life, honor all of life.

Are you too Conservative?

In #TCOT, Planned Parenthood, Pray, Religion, Sex Education in Schools on August 28, 2009 at 11:50 am

Well pardon me, but I must be. I am too Conservative for Planned Parenthood.

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And I am glad.

They suggest we raise the bar on sexuality teaching in schools. I argue the bar that should be raised is to exclude their nonsense.

Our children will face indoctrination by Planned Parenthood, if we let it. Their comprehensive sex ed program, getrealindiana.org,  is poised to be taught in schools. In fact, the so-called ‘Educator’, Judy Harris, from Planned Parenthood, attempts to tie our beliefs in Math and English to get us onboard and support teaching more about sexual options in an August 14 editorial for the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

“Imagine what would happen if there were no criteria for teaching math and English, if it were left up to teachers and parents to offer only what they felt comfortable or qualified to discuss. What if the discussion of math and English consisted of a one-time “talk ” – how prepared would our youth be to navigate their lives? Even though they would experience constant exposure to numbers and words in their daily living, how adequately equipped would they be for functioning as adults?

That’s funny. Last time I checked, we have standards for Math, English, and everything else that is taught in our schools. There is a reason Religion is not taught in our schools, and there is a reason sexuality is limitedly taught in our schools.

We would not argue with comma placement. We would not argue with Mathematical functions. We do not even argue (much) about Biology. But we DO argue with the idea that sexuality before marriage is what we should be teaching.

She continues:

It is time our schools adopt a standardized comprehensive sexuality education curriculum that is age-appropriate and medically factual; one that confronts all aspects of human sexuality and helps young people gain a true understanding of what it means to be a sexual being vs. a sexualized consumer of ideas and behaviors.

Comprehensive sexuality education is available. Is Fort Wayne too conservative to make it a reality?

I believe it is time to say we are Conservative and be proud. This is not the job of the government, to teach morality. And it just won’t work.

Lisa Everett, co-director of the Office of Family Life for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, write a counter piece 2 weeks later to emphasize the misdirection of Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood and others who advocate for “comprehensive” sexuality education claim that providing information about contraception to teens will reduce the rate of unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. But Planned Parenthood has known for decades that teens who learn about contraception in school are significantly more likely to become sexually active.

Back in 1987, a survey conducted for Planned Parenthood by Louis Harris found that the rate of sexual activity among teens who took a “comprehensive” sexuality education course was more than one-third higher than among teens who either had no sex education in school or who had taken a course that taught about reproduction but left out the promotion of contraception.

We can find study after study to back up this claim. Furthermore Ms. Everett writes:

But the most significant problem with promoting contraception among teens is that it ignores the emotional and spiritual dimensions of sex. Recent research in the field of biochemistry has shown clearly that chemicals released during sexual activity, such as oxytocin and vasopressin, permanently alter body chemistry and promote strong emotional bonding between the partners.

We, as Conservatives, have been criticized for ‘not living in the real world’.. but she makes another crucial point regarding how we treat our children:

But in the real world, teens tend to live up to our expectations if we raise the bar high, and they tend to live down to our expectations if we lower that bar.

Surely in this most important area of education in sexuality, our teens deserve parents and teachers who raise the bar high and help them to reach it.

We are expected to raise the bar in Math, Science, and Technology. Why not this?

Listen to the Earnest

In #TCOT, Bayh, Healthcare, Mark Souder, Marlin Stutzman, National Health Care, Obamacare, Patients First, Pray, The Mob on August 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I watched the people rise against government today.  Pray

In the crowd were people too fragile to walk. People who could not stand for more than a few minutes. People who were spending the little bit of energy they had for the day to come and stand, (and risk rain), to rise against the government take-over of Health Care in America.

It wasn’t the protest of the 60’s with hippies and riots.. This was a group of people who have long watched our American government evolve.

These people knew there was something wrong with the proposed Obamacare.

They have something to say against the latest project to Socialize Healthcare. And it isn’t good. They are tired of interference by Government and they, of all people, know what it takes to make reform. Government isn’t the answer.

This was a group of 300+ people listened and cheered the “Hands Off My Healthcare” speakers on the kickoff of the Indiana bus tour from Patient’s First.

In Fort Wayne, IN, today one simple picture represents them all. out. Of the hundred or so pictures and video I took, one single one steeped in my memory the entire 2 hours; the one pictured here entitled “Pray”.

(More pictures from other coverage can be found here)

If you hear nothing else of the message to the government, hear the message the most earnest citizens of the U.S. have to say “Get out of our healthcare”.

Pray.