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If you Google the word DISSEMBLING, you will find the
definition as follows:
Conceal one’s true motives, feelings or beliefs.
Disguise or conceal (a feeling or intention).
DISSEMBLERS come in all shapes and sizes and no doubt we
have all been guilty of this less than flattering behavior now and
then. However, our President has
attempted to turn this undesirable behavior into the new norm. It seems that any situation can be
rationalized and explained if you are a gifted DISSEMBLER and, of course,
are willing to exploit this skill freely.
Witness the confusing picture presented by Mr. Obama and
his subordinates regarding the tragic events in Libya where four Americans lost
their lives. The events that led to
this tragedy can be argued, disputed and discussed but the President’s
responses to the events look and sound like DISSEMBLING.
This of course is not the first time we have seen and
heard Mr. Obama act this way. Four
years ago he sold himself as the post-partisan President - - the great
unifier. His actions have revealed
the opposite. No tactic is beyond
him. He seems to revel in trying to
drive one group of Americans against another. And, very frankly, it has worked for him
- - to a point. The problem with
DISSEMBLING is that it is difficult to keep your stories straight and
sooner or later, the sun shines on the true heart and motives of the
An example: Mr.
Obama’s presents himself as the friend of working men and women and the
unions which represent them. Until,
of course, light is shown on his true priorities. He presented himself as the champion of
coal and gas workers until they did not fit into his green-energy
agenda. It was time to move on; he
had bigger fish to fry.
Obviously situations change and we must all adapt. This is difficult enough. What we do not need is a leader whose
chief attribute is DISSEMBLING. A
leader whose prime motivation, even greater than his socialistic agenda, is
to propagate himself as leader. The
effect has been corrosive and destructive.
It is said that Ohio
may be the pivotal state in the election.
Mr. Obama’s strongholds are the metropolitan areas. However, one vote in Cleveland
or Toledo is the same as one vote in Zanesville, St. Clairsville
You must exercise your privilege and vote. Do no sit on
the sidelines. Do not be
disheartened. Urge like-minded
friends to vote.
You, and only you can make a
difference. Preserve our precious
country for your children and their descendants.
In one of Mr. Obama’s early international trips (his
apology tour) he lamented that the United States had been guilty
of treating European governments in a DERISIVE manner. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines
DERISION as the use of ridicule or scorn to show contempt. Whether Mr. Obama was correct or
incorrect is not the point of this article.
For those of us who learn best by example, the Vice
Presidential debate highlighted DERISIVENESS at its best. Vice-President Biden took every
opportunity to demean and insult Mr. Ryan.
But it was not just Mr. Ryan who was being treated DERISIVELY. It was us.
Have you ever been out to dinner with your family and
had the misfortune of sitting next to some know-it-all, blowhard who
believes that a rude, overbearing, and usually loud manner is the way to
direct the thoughts of his dinner companions? If so, you may have been sitting next to
Devoid of manners, absent rational thought, Mr. Biden
blustered and smirked instead of sharing meaningful ideas with us, his
constituents (and employers).
In regard to the topic of health care, his comments were
particularly not helpful. Perhaps he
did not feel we were sophisticated enough to be able to handle an adult
discussion of a difficult topic and thus resorted to behavior and mannerisms
more appropriate to a bar on Saturday night.
To illustrate the point, I refer to an article in the
October 5, 2012 Wall Street Journal entitled “Informed Independents Cool to
Obama Care” by Heather Higgins and Hadley Heath. The goal was to see if providing factual
information regarding the more widely recognizable parts of Obama Care to independent
voters would sway their opinions and ultimately their vote for Mr. Obama or
Mr. Romney. To quote the authors
“the change was startling “ __ __ __ 14% of
participants changed their vote from Mr. Obama to Mr. Romney.
What were some of the game changers?
Americans are aware of the new law’s provisions to
allow them to keep their children on their insurance policy up to age
26. Most of us do not know that
these provisions raised yearly premiums from $150 - $450 in 2011, for all
families, not just the ones who exercised their option. Believe it or not Blue Cross, Aetna, etc. did not eat that cost. We did and we will.
The average family’s health insurance premiums are
already up $1,300.
Young workers who buy their own insurance will see
a 19% - 30% increase in premiums.
There are many more examples and the interested reader
is referred to HEALTHREFORMQUESTIONS.COM.
However, my point is not that Obama Care is a flawed concept that we
will live to regret (it is and we will); my point is that Mr. Biden did not
even treat us as adults capable of assimilating data and making
decisions. He treated us with
DERISION. He did so because like the
blowhard bully described before, he believes that will work with us. That is what will succeed.
I believe he and his boss are wrong. Take charge of your future remove Mr.
Obama and Mr. Biden from office.
Only you can do this.
Go to the polls and vote or obtain an absentee ballot from your
election board. Please do not sit on
the sidelines. Our dear country is
almost four years of Mr. Obama’s Presidency each of us who is interested have formed our opinion, favorable or
unfavorable, of this man. We have
done so largely through the reflections of the press. With exceptions, most of these
reflections cast the President in a pleasing light. Despite our country’s woes, a substantial
number of our countrymen have given Mr. Obama a pass regarding his personal
responsibilities for our country’s troubles.
least part (in my view, the majority) of this perspective has been a
product of the less than critical attitude the majority of reporters choose
to adopt in covering Mr. Obama.
contradistinction to Mr. Obama, we have had only limited opportunities to
view Mr. Romney directly. When we
have, our filter, our medium is the same group of journalists who treat Mr.
Obama so gingerly. Seemingly working
from Mr. Obama’s attack ads as a base, we have been inundated with reports
of his wealth, his ruthlessness and his biases regarding seniors, women,
immigrants and every other group that the press can lump together to form a
then something odd happened. Mr.
Romney was given an opportunity to present himself to us unfiltered.
what - - NO HORNS. Not only that,
but he carried himself as our President should. As a bonus you could understand most of
what he said and some of it actually made sense.
Obama’s supporters have given a dozen reasons why he did not perform
well. The air was too thin in
mile-high Denver. He had
Presidential matters of import on his mind and could not concentrate. He was overconfident. Poppycock!
of you will recall early on in Mr. Obama’s term, before Obamacare
was passed, Mr. Obama graciously held a “round-table” discussion with
members of both parties to discuss the pros and cons of his plan versus
other proposals. Chief among the
“other” category was a plan put forth by Mr. Ryan (Mr. Romney’s current
vice-presidential running mate). The
substance of the meeting is not pertinent.
The President’s demeanor is.
Ryan presented a fact laden argument largely poking holes in Mr. Obama’s
plan. Mr. Obama’s reaction was
revealing. He was thin-skinned and became agitated with Mr. Ryan - -
seemingly insulted that he would be second-guessed by a mere
Congressman. He had no answers to
Mr. Ryan’s questions or proposals and largely ignored him. Later in a different setting where Mr.
Ryan was present but could not speak, Mr. Obama excoriated him and his
proposals. His utterances range from
saying the New Haven, Connecticut police acted stupidly by arresting one of
his friends (before he knew the facts) to personally castigating the
Supreme Court Justices as they sat at his State of the Union address.
point is this. Yes Mr. Romney’s
performance in the first debate was good.
But maybe Clint Eastwood was right.
Maybe the President’s chair is empty. Maybe he is a lightweight who cannot hold
his own (or ours). Maybe this
explains why our country is on the skids domestically and overseas.
it be he just is not up to the job?
I believe so.
that Mr. Romney has shown he has no horns, we should give him a hard look.
only you can make the difference.
Our country is counting on you.
should not matter at this point in time if you are Republican, Democrat or
Independent; if you are liberal or conservative; if you are male or female;
if you are white, black, or Hispanic; if you are straight or gay; if you
are a member of the 1% or 99%; if you are spiritual or you are not; if you
are Protestant, Catholic, Mormon or Jewish.
It should not matter. For
every one thing that separates us, there are a thousand that bind us. Our issues are overlapping; our humanity
should matter is our desire to see the wounds of our dear country bound and
healed; our desire to find common ground with our neighbors and countrymen;
our desire to provide for ourselves and our children opportunities - -
opportunities to prosper emotionally, physically, financially, and
all know the ground under us is trembling.
Whether you are now prospering or not, your confidence in the future
has been severely shaken. You feel
as if you have lost your mojo.
our creed, most of us agree on the above.
What we disagree on is who
caused the problem. In reality it does not matter. What matters is finding our way out of
Mr. Obama’s actions, the hole we are in is deeper than it was. Could we stop digging? Really?
Obama has no idea how to retrench.
He is devoid of ideas other than his same ideologic
then explains his behavior. No
opportunity is squandered to drive a wedge between us whether it be based on gender, finances, sexual orientation, race
or creed. This is his stock and
trade. He appeals to the worst in
each of us, stirring resentments and hatreds that we have spent generations
must not allow it. We must look for
our brighter lights as a people and culture.
cannot attest to Mr. Romney’s abilities or what is in his heart of
hearts. But I know this. Mr. Obama has not the least intention of
getting us off the road we are currently on. If anything his designs are best served
by the ground trembling and your confidence in the future dissipating. He wants to be your mojo.
is not enough to simply vote against this man. Pledge to help a countryman to vote. Help financially if you can. Do not lose heart - - - despite what you
hear or read in the press.
TOP DOWN VS BOTTOM UP
are many ways to distinguish activist liberals, as represented by Mr.
Obama, from conservatives. Among the
most salient is the apparent liberal belief that the role of the Federal
government is to pick winners and losers on each playing field and then to
provide incentives and disincentives to bring about the appropriate
conclusion. This is obviously not to
say that conservatives do not employ the same methods at times but the
Messianic zeal that Mr. Obama and his colleagues
exhibit is unparalleled. The
preconceived end seems to justify any means.
am not writing however, to debate Mr. Obama’s tactics although they are
certainly open to question. I am
writing to demonstrate the fallacies of central planning as exhibited by
our leaders in Washington.
certainly have no more than a passing knowledge of the intricacies of for
instance, energy policy and how central planning affects it. I do however,
have somewhat of a more in depth understanding regarding medical care. Let us focus on one small aspect of
health care, the electronic medical record (EMR). This is the new age substitute for what
many of us in medicine (especially those who are older) and most patients
refer to as “the patient chart”. It
has traditionally been for the most part a paper document existing in your
doctor’s office and shared with your permission only with other doctors or
those you have designated.
few years ago the Federal government decided that it would be wise to
digitize these records. (For those
of you as ignorant as I am about such things, this means putting your
medical record in a computer). Their
purported reason was that this would markedly facilitate your care at
different doctor’s offices thereby increasing the quality of your care and
(as always when discussing computers) lower costs.
recent article in the September 18, 2012 Wall Street Journal by Stephen Soumerai and Ross Koppel shed light on how this has
part of Mr. Obama’s 2009 stimulus package, rewards and penalties were
created to entice and coerce physicians and hospitals to purchase and
install expensive EMR systems. The
rewards were actual financial payments to participants (tens of billions of
dollars from Medicare and Medicaid); the penalties, reductions in Medicare
and Medicaid payments for those who do not comply.
years into it, how has it worked out?
These systems are expensive. “For a major hospital, a full suite of
technology products can cost $150 million to $200 million. Implementation - - linking and
integrating systems, training, data entry and the like-can raise the total
bill to $1 billion.”
To quote the authors, “the software is
generally clunky, frustrating, user unfriendly and inefficient”.
There are 6,000 hospitals and over 600,000
doctors in the U.S. Since 2009
almost a third have installed some form of digitized
Once installed, these systems are part of
the equation. Buyer’s remorse is a
The authors claim $1 trillion of our money
will be spent implementing these EMR systems.
here is the bottom line:
The vast preponderance of evidence does NOT support the Federal
that this huge investment either improves health care or reduces cost.
purpose in writing this is really not to discuss the merits or demerits of
the EMR. My purpose is to illustrate
that top-down planning is the father of unintended consequences. In this case, it is your health record,
but Mr. Obama has his finger in a 1,000 other projects where he knows
better than you what is in your best interest.
down planning by its nature is BIG; it is EXPENSIVE; and its consequences
can be HUGE.
do not need Mr. Obama influencing our every day affairs with his
one-size-fits all approaches.
you can stop him. To do so, you must
vote and urge and encourage others to do the same.
EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
following is an article taken from Wikipedia regarding the folktale written
by Hans Christian Andersen and published in 1837 in Denmark.
plot is as follows: “A vain Emperor
who cares for nothing hires two swindlers that promise him the finest, best
suit of clothes from a fabric invisible to anyone who is unfit for his
position or “hopelessly stupid”. The
Emperor cannot see the cloth himself, but pretends that he can for fear of
appearing unfit for his position; his ministers do the same. When the swindlers report that the suit
is finished, they mime dressing him and the Emperor marches in procession
before his subjects, who play along with the pretense, until a child in the
crowd, too young to understand the desirability of keeping up the pretense,
blurts out that the Emperor is wearing nothing at all and the cry is taken
up by others. The Emperor cringes,
suspecting the assertion is true, but continues the procession.”
listen to President Obama his “clothes” and ours are resplendent and better
than they were four years ago.
In an editorial in the September 13, 2012
issue of the Columbus Dispatch, the paper reviewed a recent report of the
World Economic Forum based in Geneva, Switzerland. The report ranked the United States
seventh overall in the characteristics that define competitiveness. Switzerland, Singapore, Finland, Sweden,
The Netherlands and Germany rank higher than we do. The report noted that our business
leader’s “trust in politicians is not strong”. Really?
In the same Dispatch publication in another
editorial, the following:
President Obama increased the national debt
by $5 trillion dollars in three years and two months, more than twice what
George W. Bush did in eight years.
Do we have any “clothes” to show for it?
The Dispatch quotes economists Antony Davies
and James R. Harrigan in an article they
published for MARKET WATCH. “The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) 80
percent of the time produces a ridiculously optimistic picture of the
future”. The authors estimate the
CBO has low-balled this number by 40 percent over the last fifteen
years. The CBO says their estimate
of the federal debt in 2021 (9 years from now) will be $25 trillion
dollars. The author’s apply the
forty (40) percent low-ball figure to this number and arrive at a figure of
$35 trillion dollars.
you understand this? I cannot. But I can understand that if they are
correct, in 2021 the national debt will be over 200 percent of the entire
production of the country in a given year.
That is where the Greeks are now, running hat in hand to everyone
and anyone for a handout.
cannot want this for your country, for your children and their children.
child must cry out: the Emperor is
Obama and his ministers know their “clothing” is non-existent.
is not a Republican issue, a Democrat issue, a liberal or conservative
issue. It is not an issue for the
rich or the poor. It is an American
issue and only Americans can fix it.
Obama had his time at bat. He has
struck out. Let the next batter in
our country is seemingly beset by a multitude of problems; problems that
seem so daunting that their solutions seem out of reach. They range from
financial issues such as Medicare, Social Security, and the national debt
to social issues such as immigration policy and worker's rights. These
problems seem so complex, their antagonists and protagonists so shrill and
unbending in their comdemnation or support that
solutions seem unreachable.
obviously is not inconsequential as to what our individual views are on
each and every issue. It is however, more consequential that we are not
capable of reaching answers to these problems.
the role of a leader. A leader would try to bridge the gap between parties
with disparate views. He would see the greater good for our dear country
being served by some middle path. The disparate parties would see their own
interests at least partially served and, on a given issue, would give a
little so they could take a little on the next issue. A leader whose
motives were driven by a desire for the greater good (of course consistent with
his own principles) would lead others to
accomplish that greater good. He of course would benefit from the increased
prestige and power that would come from brokering such transactions.
then seems that there would be something in it for everyone involved
including oddly enough, the rest of us. Not that mistakes
and misjudgments would not be made. But every once in awhile,
something might even turn out right.
then has this not happened on our current leader's watch? Is it because he
is a lightweight with no prior experience at managing anything? Perhaps. Is
it because his vaunted intellect has been vastly overplayed and overrated?
Perhaps. Is it because his teleprompter eloquence and winning smile have
worn thin even with his admirers? Perhaps.
doubt these traits, characteristics and behaviors have all played a role.
But without question, the current mayhem that is our Federal government is
serving Mr. Obama's greater goal.
he first took office he said that he, like Ronald Reagen,
wanted to be a transformational president. His main thesis of course was
to, one way or another, make all of use dependent
upon and beholden to a strong central government. Never mind the Founder’s
original intent based on individual rights and responsibilities. Mr.
Obama's way was the wave of the transformational future. Rugged
individualism and American exceptionalism were to
be replaced by statism and dependency.
serve this ultimate goal, Mr. Obama by folly or design (probably both), has
taken advantage of Washington's chaos to rule by fiat and regulation.
must be stopped now. Mr. Obama and his cronies not only do not deserve to
be reelected on the basis of competency; they must be sent home because of
their greater designs for America.
make sure you vote in this election.
Payment Advisory Board
Affordable Care Act (a gross misnomer) or Obama Care is now the law of the
land. Its central tenet is that top-down direction is needed to control the
cost and quality of medical care in our country.
new law contains a multiplicity of mechanisms to accomplish these ends.
These include centralization of all medical records to better facilitate
and enforce the one-size-fits-all approach to diagnosing and treating
individual patients; patients who are as unique as you and I. Patients
whose problems, and their solutions, are particular to them and them alone.
the new law encourages the amalgamation of independent, individual
physicians to become part of larger hospital and in some cases, insurance
systems. Currently fifty percent of physicians work for some large
corporate hospital or insurance entity. These employment arrangements are
actively encouraged by Medicare and others by offering higher reimbursement
for the same services performed in a “hospital facility” (for instance, a
hospital employed physician's office) versus an independent practitioner's
office. What is the rationale? What is the aim? It is quite simple. Larger
entities are easier to control. Create the correct incentives and
disincentives and in one swoop the federal government can control
hospital(s) and physicians.
the past these arrangements were felt to be contrary to the care of the
patient. An antagonism between hospital administrators, insurers and
physicians was felt to be healthy and in the best interest of the patient.
Alas, no longer. Willingly compliant corporate entities have deluded
themselves. It is only a matter of time until the incentives will be gone.
Uncle Sugar will be replaced - - - replaced by the Independent Payment
Affordable Care Act provides for the appointment of 15 board members who
will virtually control your, the patient’s, health care. They will be
appointed by President Obama and the Obama appointed Surgeon General. Their
task (as noted in the Review and Outlook section published in the Monday,
August 27, 2012 Wall Street Journal) will be to find out what
"works" and to apply this "to all U.S. medicine through
regulation, without Congressional consent or legal appeal." To quote
further, "more amazingly still, only a minority of the board can be
directly involved in the provision of health care."
for example, if the "board" says women with breast cancer can
only receive certain “cost-effective chemotherapeutic agents, then that is
the way it will be. If the “board” stipulates that coronary artery stenting has not been "cost effective” over the
age of 74, then that is the way it will be.
does not take a rocket scientist or brain surgeon to realize what you need
to do if you are sitting on a railroad track and you feel it rumbling. This
Obama Care business is just as simple.
not entrust your family's precious health to Mr. Obama and his vision for
must vote Mr. Obama out. Do not allow him to dictate your care in the
the most valuable functions of government is the ability of that government
to deliver to its citizens a sense of constancy and predictability. Whether
it be in foreign or domestic matters, we should be
able to count on our citizen representatives to articulate and enact
policies that make common sense. Policies that by the manner in which they
are crafted are sustainable. Sustainable because a majority of Americans
can identify with such policies and are willing, if necessary, to sacrifice
to support them.
me to share with you a quote from James Madison writing in Federalist 62 in
1788 as reprinted on the editorial page of the October 12, 2010 Wall Street
another point of view, great injury results from an unstable government.
The want of confidence in the public councils damps every useful
undertaking, the success and profit of which may depend on a continuance of
existing arrangements. What prudent merchant will hazard his fortunes in
any new branch of commerce when he knows not but that his plans may be
rendered unlawful before they can be executed? What farmer or manufacturer
will lay himself out for the encouragement given to any particular
cultivation or establishment, when he can have no assurance that his
preparatory labors and advances will not render him a victim to an
inconstant government? In a word, no great improvement or laudable
enterprise can go forward which requires the auspices of a steady system of
matter what your political views are, no matter what your position is on
any given issue, it has become painfully clear that our government at the
federal level provides anything but constancy. In the six plus decades I
have lived, I have experienced the assassination of a popular president,
the execution of a horribly unpopular and divisive war, the fall of the
Soviet Union and the attacks of 9-11. Throughout these troubling times,
however, there was a sense of abiding steadiness, a sense that Old Glory
would continue to fly and would stand in large part for the Founder’s
Obama and his colleagues early on recognized that if they were to
"transform" America, they must first tear down its foundations.
Individualism must be replaced with collectivism. We must view ourselves as
citizens of the world first and America second. Big government must direct
its people, not the opposite.
their efforts to "transform" us, they are destroying our sense of
is for this reason, that their agenda must be disrupted on November 2nd.
Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Reid, Mr. Space and ultimately, Mr. Obama must be
your voice. VOTE.
we approach November and the mid-term elections, it is crucially important
that we keep our minds focused on what our votes mean.
after Mr. Obama was elected, one of his chief advisors, Mr. Rahm Emmanuel, was heard to say that they (Mr. Obama
and his cohorts) should not let a good crisis go to waste. I believe he was
referring to the tumultuous financial condition of our country. More
pointedly by however, I believe he was referring to the rare opportunities
available during such uncertain times. Opportunities for the federal
government to impose itself in areas where it had never been before - - the
GM takeover for example.
Obama, Mrs. Pelosi and Mr. Reid believed (and apparently still believe)
that if enough of the public’s money was placed in the right hands, the
moment would be saved. More importantly, Mr. Obama, Mrs. Pelosi, Mr. Reid
and their democratic allies would appear as all-knowing heroes and heroins. And most importantly they would have taken a
huge step in transforming America from an institution centered around the individual to an institution centered around
the federal government - - the font of all things good and plentiful.
be mindful of this. Our dear country’s fiscal woes are undeniable.
Unemployment is debilitating and demeaning. Indebtedness at the personal
and federal level is like a slow growing malignancy. It is only human
nature to look to an omnipotent government to end these woes. But at what
price? The spending is objectionable but the loss of cultural identity is
Mr. Obama and his protégée’s ham-handed methods have failed. The word
“thankfully” here is cruel. It is certain that if the massive influx of
federal money (our money) had lowered the unemployment rate to say 5%, many
would have been spared the financial hardship they are experiencing. But
the downside of course would have been the promulgation of the idea that we
as individuals should look to government to address our ills. Eventually we
would not view individuality as a laudable goal but would replace it with
is for this reason that Mr. Space and his democratic colleagues should not
be reelected. I am not sure if the republicans in Congress have the
wherewithal to do what needs to be done, but I am sure that Mrs. Pelosi and
company have no intention of changing their ways. She must be denied the
votes to support Mr. Obama’s agenda.
COUNTRY IS A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE.
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