“This (Socialized Medicine) Program I Promise You Will Pass (Away) -

as surely as the sun will come up tomorrow”.   Sound familiar?  Obamacare?  Guess again.  It is what Saint Ronald said in 1961, when the future ex-President was mostly known for acting in movies like “Bedtime for Bonzo”.  It was in a rant against – and now of course you know – Medicare.

And if you think that the Repulsicans have ever before been in favor of a program that provides some kind of security for the elderly, be reminded that FDR waged the legislative fight of his life to pass Social Security…

Comes now Obamacare, and they are willing to destroy our government to kill it.  The basic idea is to cause as much damage to the program as possible before people like it too much.

Their reasoning escapes me.  It is designed to be self-funded after a start-up period, 70+% of the people like he concept, and most of the medical establishment is fine with it..  I guess it’s their death wish that drives them.

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More Power to Our Spy Agencies!

Are you bothered by the NSA reading your emails?  I personally could not care less.  If they in fact checked my stuff, they ‘d be bored to death.

One reason for that is that whatever secrets i have (and in my case they would only be minor family secrets), i would not entrust to email or telephone.  Snail Mail, also known as the U.S. Postal Service, is perfectly safe, as are face-to-face conversations.  Hasn’t anyone learned from Wikileaks, Snowden, and Anthony Weiner’s experience?

What a joke that the Brazilian President complains about having her email snooped on by our spy agencies!  Has she never heard of using secure channels for important communications, or realized that given the opportunity, everyone spies on everyone?

What do you think the Russians or Chinese are doing?  I want the NSA, our first line of defense against terrorism, to be the most effective it can be.  Give them a break!

Oh, and before I forget: Hey Patterson, what “Syrian Fiasco”?  What “Crisis”?  Did we lose a war?  An Airplane?  A single soldier?  A C-Ration?  Don’t you realize that our President does NOT want to intervene in Syria, and knowing that the Repulsicans will oppose whatever he says he wants, asked Congress for approval?  You are once again the victim of a master politician…

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The Sequester – Death to Science by a Thousand Cuts

As expected (and as i blogged), Sequestration did not result in immediate doom and gloom.  But six months later, the problems begin to become apparent.

EPA, for instance, has now delayed cleaning up sites contaminated with hazardous wastes.  If the Sequester continues, cleanup will be postponed indefinitely, with the attendant risk to human health and the environment.

The U.S. Geological Survey has had to shut down several stream gauges, which measure how much water is moving down a river at a given point.  That has compromised the forecasting of floods in Colorado, with the results so evident in our recent newscasts. Billions of damage could have been prevented by leaving a few millions of research dollars in place.

The Department of Defense cannot start applied research projects to move new capabilities developed by military researchers into the field.  The number of these projects has been cut in half.  Altogether, 1800 fewer research grants have been made by federal agencies in 2013.

Thank the Tea Party Repulsicans for having our Science Establishment, once the first in the world, going down the tubes.

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Syria’s Sham Offer

Too bad SecState Kerry made that off-the cuff remark about Syria being able to avoid a military strike if they relinquish their chemical weapons.  Now don’t get me wrong:  I am not in favor of us getting involved again in the Middle East, since I believe any inter-Arab bloodshed is a good thing.  It postpones the inevitable day when that most intolerant of religions turns against us again.

What I resent is the gullibility of our leaders in trusting the words of an Arab.  This is a culture that prides itself on deceit as proof of superior intellect, and considers “friends” turning on friends and children turning on parents to be perfectly normal.  Just read “The Haj” by Leon Uris…

Btw., did you listen to POTUS blow smoke up our butts on Tuesday?  If he really wanted to strike at Syria, he’d not have asked Congress to approve that.

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Hoorah for the Postal Service!

Everybody seems to be unhappy with the Post Office, citing poor service and budget deficits.  Let me say right off that in 50+ years of using the mail, I have never experienced a lost letter or package.  Sure, the times are gone when an air mail letter I sent from New York arrived at my mother’s in Germany the next day. But the cost of mailing an item is still the lowest in the world.  I know; — I have sent mail from other countries (and in the sixties, paid 3 cents for a first class letter).

But last month, I had an experience you won’t get with FedEx or UPS:  I had mail-ordered two items and given the wrong street address, a “6″ instead of a “5″ in the first digit.  The items would have been delivered to a valid address ten blocks north, and I wasn’t in town to talk to these people or even find out who they were.  Believe it or not, a call to the post office resolved the matter.  They agreed to check with my letter carrier who knew what true address went with the name, and then intercepted both packages and re-addressed them.

I salute the USPS!

p.s. I have just discovered how to remove the requirement to log in if you wish to post a comment.  I think that you can now comment anonymously, though I would appreciate a name or handle.  Actually, I am no longer very motivated to blog.  I miss the olden days when posts were commented on and a dialogue ensued…

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The Republican Party, a “Coalition of Gangs”?

That’s what David Stockman, the former congressman and budget director, told Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview.

“The Republican Party is not really a party. It doesn’t stand for anything except re-electing itself,” said Stockman, who directed the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan.

“The neocons are only oriented to an aggressive, imperialistic foreign policy of big defense establishment and suppression of our civil liberties. The tax cons want to just cut taxes — any time, any day — regardless of the fiscal situation. The Republican Party is basically irrelevant to the economic crisis that faces the country.”

Stockman is the author of “The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America.” The New York Times best-seller details how the Federal Reserve, Congress, and the White House, have fallen prey to “crony capitalism,” leaving the nation teetering on the brink of fiscal collapse and dysfunction.

I invite my fellow bloggers to a dialog, right here, about Stockman’s statements.  Surely they have some kind of defense against the opinions of a certified Republican?

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Reinstate Morsi – Pro Forma

I disagree with my conservative fellow bloggers.  Having declared Egyptian President Morsi’s ouster a “Triumph for Democracy”, I can see clearly now that their military is overstepping the bounds in their response to civil protest.  I believe that we are responsible for their conduct.  Both our policy in Syria and in Egypt clearly projects our support for totalitarianism.

I have argued that we should “Support Arab Dictators and Kings”, but in Egypt the genie has been let out of the bottle.  Never mind that when I visited the country a few years ago, Egypt under the Mubarak regime appeared to be a happy and quiet country where Americans were warmly received.  Now we are going to be blamed regardless of the actual outcome.

To stop the bloodshed, we need to see to it that Morsi is restored to some semblance of power.  And by “semblance”, I mean the title of “President”, with most real power carefully but cautiously removed.  The British Queen and the German President come to mind as examples.  It’s worth a try and cannot do harm.

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Morsi’s Ouster: Triumph for Democracy

Who’d have thought that a military coup could actually be a step toward democracy?  The removal of Egypt’s president Morsi is just that.  This guy has made every effort to turn Egypt into an Islamic Republic, going so far as to have their Constitution rewritten by an obedient legislature.

Now some are rightly saying that he was democratically elected, but then, should a head of state who ignores the peoples wishes, as they have Buyers Remorse, be allowed to continue building a religious dictatorship as has happened in Iran?

Yet, I cannot but remember the Tom Lehrer song “Send the Marines”, with the immortal lines

“They’ve got to be protected,
All their rights respected,
‘Till somebody we like can be elected”…

On this note, I am certain that our administration, for all its pious mumblings about “Democracy”, is as happy as I about the events in Egypt.  No need to “Send the Marines”; — I’m sure there was much behind he scenes encouragement to the Egyptian military.

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Paula Deen, a Victim of PC

Well, that’s what I thought until today, that Political Correctness brought her down.  I agreed with Jimmy Carter, who said

“She was maybe excessively honest in saying that she had in the past, 30 years ago, used this terrible word,” Carter said. “I think she has been punished, perhaps overly severely, for her honesty in admitting it and for the use of the word in the distant past. She’s apologized profusely.”

But then, unlike JC, I did some research and found out that in 2007, when asked how the serving staff of a wedding she was organizing should be dressed, she said “Well, what I would really like is a bunch of little n*ggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around”.

That did it for me.  What might have been excusable in the eighties wasn’t six years ago.  She deserves what she got.

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Is Snowden a Hero?

So this guy has revealed secret U.S. programs to monitor telephone traffic and check emails from foreign countries, all with the purported aim to increase the transparency of government operations.  But just look at the protectors he has chosen:  China, Russia and Ecuador (Ecuador?  The country that dollarized its currency and now uses our greenback as its legal tender?).

Speaking of money, who is financing all his travel and the stay in luxury hotels?

Actually, Ed Snowden has with him four laptops with classified U.S. data, no doubt by now copied by Beijing and Moscow (neither of whom he is criticizing for their clandestine data-gathering activities).  Hong Kong allowed him to leave, and Russia let him in on Aeroflot, even though he had no valid passport.  Try that with an American airline!  We’re going to Russia next year, to ride the Trans-Siberian Railroad, and trust me, you cannot get a Russian visa quickly or easily.

Yet in the face of all this, I read a poll yesterday that claims the majority of respondents consider him a hero.  I think he is a traitor, and deserves the same fate as Bradley Manning.  Where do you stand?

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