Monday, April 21, 2008

Well, I'm back from over the Pond where National Health Care is a huge issue. In the news are photos of people who are queued up to see a dentist; 144,000 complaints in 2007 about pensioner care; and the 11.5 percent payroll tax to pay for the care.So, depending on the scheme chosen by Hillary or Senator Obama, we can look forward to paying a flat percentage of over 11.5 percent to pay for government health care.Is this something the economy can afford right now? Just think, 11 percent of your salary going away when national health care is signed into law. That's the percentage in Britain and they have really bad care. Here's an example of how govt. interference works in the UK. A woman needed a kidney. Her husband dies and wished for his wife to have one of his kidneys. The govt. over-ruled the wishes of the husband and gave his kidneys to other people who were on the waiting list for an organ before his wife. A former cabinet minister opened his mouth during an interview and his teeth were discolored and rotting. Is this what national health care will get you?On $20,000 dollars a year salary, you will lose $2,300 in increased taxes to pay for national healthcare. Now, if Senator Obama decides to take more from the few rich, who are more than willing to pay for other people’s lifestyle, the percentage could go up to twenty percent. Imagine working for 2.4 months to pay just for health care. That’s on top of the five months the 35% tax bracket must work before they get to keep some of their pay.
If Hillary or Senator Obama are elected, those few rich will be working 7.5 months before they get to keep any of their own salary. That is socialistic government at it’s best.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Senator Obama's speech in Philly

Before we get to what should be Senator Obama's speech in Philly, I'd like to say a couple of things.
First, why is Senator Obama trying to create a divide between the people who have worked and sacrificed to get where they are today, and those who have made poor decisions? It seems to me that Senator Obama's 'divide and conquer' strategy by dividing the U.S. into the 'working family' vs. the 'few rich' is polarizing America instead of bringing her together. Why should those who make more than $75,000 have to work six months to pay their taxes and those who make less only have to work three months to pay their taxes? Is that fair?
Why should those who have worked hard to get where they are today be required to sacrifice even more to take care of those who want to only rely on the government for subsistence? Senator Obama's tax ideas are just plain wrong. I resent his inference that just because someone has some wealth, they are dregs on society? When did becoming rewarded for hard work become an evil thing? I'm talking about people who work hard to provide for their children and retirement. Why does Senator Obama believe those who have wealth are evil? Why should people who work hard to earn money, be required to turn that money over to someone who won't work?

Friends, I’m here in Philly today to ask for your vote. I am not asking for you to vote for me because I am black. I am not asking for your vote because I am a man. I am asking for your vote because I want to be President.

I don’t want to be the first black American President...I want to be the 44th President of the United States of America. The President of the greatest country the world has ever seen. And I am asking for your help. I need you, the great people of this state to help me reach that dream of mine.

Let’s take a minute to talk about your dreams. What do you want from your next president? What do you want from me?

Jobs. Do you want jobs? Philly has an unemployment rate of 6 %, higher than the average of the rest of the country.

What about education? Benjamin Franklin founded of the University of Pennsylvania, America's first university here. There are over 300,000 college students in metro Philadelphia, with the sixth largest public school system in the country, but only a 49 percent high school graduation rate.

To keep children in school we have to give them hope. Hope that there will be an opportunity for them when they finish school. Hope of a better tomorrow. Hope, when what they see everyday flies in the face of that hope.

So what can I do?

I can give you a hand up. I will ask Congress to provide money for job training for parents, so they can keep their homes and families together.

I will ask Congress for financial training for families, so they can make their dollars work for them, rather them working for the dollars.

I will ask Congress for aid in reaching out to high school children, to help them to see the light at the end of the tunnel, to help them stay in school and get the education they need to succeed in this great country of ours.

It is education that made this country great. It is through the education of our children that lays our greatest hope. Our children are our greatest asset. We need to protect that asset.

We have to help our teachers do what they trained for and teach. It’s not their job to raise your children. As a parent you are an integral part of the process. Something as easy as eating dinner together can raise your child’s grades. Be there at dinner and ask them about their day at school. Be there to help them through the homework questions. When was the last time you visited your child’s school? Be there for your children. Your children want you there.
As President, I will focus my energy to help provide for you and your families. But I need you to help me take that first step toward the White House. We need to win the nomination first.
As I said before, I don’t want to be the first black president. I want to be the 44th president of the United States of America. I want to be your president. I need your vote.
God Bless America and Thank you Philadelphia!!!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Libraries not safe for children anymore

I remember the days when I could browse the library for books and leave my children to browse for themselves. I can't do that anymore. I have to ask my children to stay away from certain parts of the library. If you haven't heard about the case of the Librarian who was fired for reporting illegal activity, you should read:

I asked the librarian at our local branch, about the sinister nature of an incredibly graphic rape scene in one book. After one page, I was finished with the book. Are people so lost that they must turn to junk?
Our librarian was kind, read the book. Actually said it was inappropriate and not good. But she also offered that some people read that type of book, and it would stay on the shelves. I agree with her that pulling the book would be censorship. I will certainly censor it from my child. I read most of the books my 12yo reads, 1 to make sure it's not off the wall. 2: to have something to share with him.

I find it uplifting to read classics, autobiographies and non-fiction, which promotes the good in the world instead of focusing on the sadness. I know the sadness will never go away, but reading about good people makes me want to help, through volunteering or gifts of charity and mercy, so that the burdens are lifted on the poor, somewhat.