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Last night, the Treasury Department (the soon-to-be enforcers of our healthcare) posted an announcement on their website about Obamacare.

“The Administration is announcing that it will provide an additional year before the ACA mandatory employer and insurer reporting requirements begin.”

Everyone has been scrambling, trying to figure out how to comply with the law and come up with the money to pay for that compliance, with little direction from the government that imposed it on us.  Implementation is just months away and no one seems to know what to do.  The exchanges promised by the government are still not set up and the law is still being written, as so much was left by Congress to be up to the “discretion” of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius.

It’s contributing to unemployment, as companies large and small look for ways to avoid being penalized.  The nation is engaged in a giant game of hot potato.  No one wants to get stuck paying the bill.

The Obama administration, who have loudly been touting Obamacare as “the law of the land,” now seems like it doesn’t want to comply with it either.  Everyone, including some on the left, are calling the entire thing a “trainwreck.”    So, as has become a habit now, the administration is picking another portion of another law that it doesn’t like and announcing that they simply won’t enforce it.

Businesses are to get a free ride for another year.  We won’t have to watch that trainwreck happen, at least not now, not until 2015, at which time the administration says it will enforce the law.  Now, what happens in November of 2014, right before all this?

Think, think, think….

Oh yeah!  Midterm elections!

The left is hoping to take back the House and retain the Senate next year.  But if voters actually see Obamacare in practice, that is simply not going to happen.  Obamacare is such a disaster that the democrats know they will lose even the low information voters who still believe they are going to get super-deluxe healthcare that someone else is going to pay for.  Remember, not a single republican voted for Obamacare.

My own personal opinion is that President Obama and his close, inner circle don’t really care about any of this.  They are content to ride out the minutia and the day-to-day issues in favor of their larger plan.  These are book people.  They are academics and idealists.  Like their foreign policy, all this works out great on a blackboard and in the faculty lounge discussions.  They peer down their noses at those of us who point out the faults of their plans.

It doesn’t much matter to them that Americans are suffering because the country has no direction and the rest of the world is spinning out of control.  It works in their books and so they know in their minds, that it will eventually work in practice if they just get rid of the opposition and give it enough time.  This is naïve at best and insane at worst.

We are living their dream.  We are their guinea pigs.  We are their experiment in progressive ideology.  They are rich and insulated and will pay no price when all this crumbles.  That will be left to us also.

So if they have to put off their grand plan for another year to placate some members of Congress and deceive voters just a little longer, it’s no big deal.  It’s a small price to pay to see their lifes’ work implemented, and their progressive dreams imposed on us all.

-Kathy

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Paula Deen spent most of last week begging for forgiveness for admitting she uttered the N-word sometime in the past.

The trial of George Zimmerman has captured the national news.

And a New Jersey mom is violently beaten in her home while her 3 year-old watches.

So is Paula Deen a racist?  I don’t know.  I’ve never met her.  She seems nice enough.  Is she the only public figure who has ever said the N-word?  Certainly not.

I’m not an aficionado of rap music, but I have heard the word used by black and white rappers.  They use other nasties too, usually directed at women – bitch and ho.  Does that make them misogynists?  Is it racist when they say the N-word?  Should they grovel like Deen is doing, begging for forgiveness for their words?

And what about Zimmerman?  Is he a racist?  I’ve never met him either, so I don’t know.  The sad truth is that the trial is about race and not about Trayvon Martin’s death.  Hundreds of young, black men are killed each year (mostly in Chicago) and no one outside of their families cares very much.  They don’t make the evening news except for being included in the statistics.

The sad, sad truth is that the only reason you know Trayvon Martin’s name is that his killer was not another young, black man.

Is the sociopath in the video, who beat the NJ mom a racist?  Does he hate whites?  Maybe he hates women.  Maybe he hates white women.

Or maybe he’s just a crazy person who needs to be locked up so he can’t hurt anyone else.

Was it right for the Food Channel to cancel Paula Deen’s show?  They are free to choose what they want to do as a private company, aren’t they?  But should someone lose their source of income and have their reputation ruined because they admit they used a racial slur sometime in the past?  Bob Bryd was a member of the Klu Klux Klan and held the office of “Exalted Cyclops.”  He apologized and went on to be a United States Senator and member of the Democrat party for over 50 years.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion on this one.  But I sure would like to meet the person who claims to be perfect.

Our elected leaders are about to pass a new immigration bill that is a disaster.  It is going to cause havoc to our economy and will have a profound effect on our culture.  They know all this.  They are lying about the bill and making believe it’s going to be great.  We all know better.

But members of Congress know that anyone who opposes the bill will be called a racist.  And they so fear that label that they are willing to jeopardize the welfare of the nation to avoid it.

It’s my personal experience that relations between the races have never been better out here in the real world where most of us live.  But the issues of racial divides and discrimination have been very profitable for some people – those in government and their cronies.  If we are all getting along nicely, their source of wealth dries up and they don’t want that.  So they go to great lengths to perpetuate the division.

There is still too much fear to stand up to the Al Sharptons and the La Razas of the world.  Until we do, celebrities will be punished for their words, we’ll focus on the neighborhood watch guy instead of figuring out why young, black men keep killing each other and government will pass bad laws so that dishonest politicians can “prove” they care.

Several years ago, Attorney General Eric Holder said that we are “a nation of cowards” regarding the discussion of race in America.

It’s pretty much the one and only time I have agreed with Mr. Holder.

-Kathy

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As we continue to learn more about how the NSA and FBI have been spying on us, many members of Congress have been complaining that they were left out, that they knew nothing about all the surveillance.  No one ever told them any of this was going on, so how could they have protected us?

So last Thursday afternoon, the NSA conducted a classified briefing to share information with the United States Senate.  According to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) all the players were there to answer questions.

“…we’ve got Alexander (head of the NSA,) we’ve got the FBI, we’ve got the Justice Department, we have the FISA Court there, we have Clapper (Director of National Intelligence) there…”

Of 100 Senators, only 47 bothered to show up.  The rest hurried to their home states for a long weekend.  They had better things to do than to find out how the federal government is spying on their constituents.

I have found no list of the senators who attended or of those who blew off the meeting.  I don’t think such a list has been released.

I guess that’s a secret.

-Kathy

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When I was a teenager, I spent too many summer days at the beach, trying to get that perfect tan.  With my pale Irish skin that usually meant more painful sunburn than tan, but that never deterred me from trying.

Now I pay the price.  For at least the last fifteen years, I faithfully visit my dermatologist twice a year, always on the lookout for skin cancer.  This morning I went for my semi-annual checkup.

The lady who runs the front desk asked for my insurance card and my driver’s license.  She explained that they were making the move from paper to electronic records and wanted to scan both of these into their new computerized system.  Since they are participants in my HMO, I had no reason to deny them my insurance ID.  But the license was a different issue for me.

I told her I would prefer not to have my license become part of that record.  She insisted.  I told her I would like to speak to the doctor about it.  And I did.  I told him that there is already so much information about me in his records and I am uncomfortable adding the picture ID.  Hackers are very sophisticated these days and I try to protect myself as best I can.

I also took the opportunity to talk to him about the upcoming portion of Obamacare that will require all those records be added to a national database.  I told him that when the time came that they asked him to hand over his records that I did not want mine included.  He shook his head and shared that he too is concerned about it.  He said some patients had expressed the same concerns.  But apparently not too many.  He told me it was not necessary to provide my license.

We are still peeling back the layers of the onion on just how much of our private information has been compromised by the NSA and the FBI.  The idea that all of our private medical information will soon be available to government officials, government flunkies and any hacker is just too much.

As I left the doctor’s office I passed through the waiting room.  A patient was signing in, and handing over his identification without question.  All the way home I thought about this.  For every person like me who is saying, “Hey, wait a minute.  I don’t want my private information handed over to the government,” how many more are just giving away their privacy?

A giant, out of control government that sees no bounds to its power is no longer the stuff of crazies and conspiracy theorists.  It is front page news.  They are rifling through our communications at will.  And when they can get their hands on our medical records, they will go through those too.

They won’t find anything terribly interesting in mine, but that’s not the point.  What transpires between me and my doctor is my business and no one else’s –ConfidentialMedRecords certainly not the government’s.  And I am choosing to opt out.  As this all gets closer, I intend to let all of the doctors I see know that I do not give permission for them to share my records with anyone unless they have my approval.  That includes the federal government.

I’m not sure where that might end.  But I wonder what might happen if millions of Americans joined me and simply said, “No thanks.  I choose not to participate.”

Perhaps those in charge might get the message they seem to have forgotten – that they work for us.

-Kathy

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Politico is reporting that lawmakers and those who work for them are getting pretty worried about Obamacare.  Some are so worried that they are quitting their government jobs in an effort to lock in their current health plans.  They think they’ll be better off than taking their chances with Obamacare.

From the Politico article:

“Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance  premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking  about retiring early or just quitting.

The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the  year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers  onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits  exorbitantly expensive.”

But, but, but, I thought Obamacare was a great thing.  That’s what they told us.  It would be like magic – everyone getting high quality healthcare and we were going to save all that money to boot.  So why are all those people in Washington so afraid of it now that it’s about to kick in?

We’ve been sold the proverbial bill of goods.  All those nightmare scenarios so many of us warned of are about to become reality – skyrocketing costs, death panels, long waits for sub-standard care, doctors leaving their practices…

And now those in Washington, many of whom thrust this monster on the rest of us, are running for the exits.

And if we don’t keep a very close eye on them, they will be bailing themselves out, exempting themselves from what they expect the rest of us to accept.

-Kathy

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cri-sis – noun:  a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; turning point.

We certainly have our share of crises going on in America.  Real unemployment remains in double digits as Americans continue to lose their homes and their savings.  We have an alphabet soup of scandals coming from Washington as members of the Obama administration dodge and weave questions, offer the “least untruthful” answers, plead the Fifth or simply hide behind executive privilege.

The wheels are coming off the Middle East and we are up to our eyeballs there – seemingly with all the wrong players.  China continues to steal our technology and our military secrets.

We are just months away from implementing the major portion of Obamacare, the largest government program in our history, and the process for that implementation is still not in place.  Polls show that the majority of Americans don’t trust their government.

But have no fear!  The United States Senate is on the job!  They know that all these things are not what keep you up at night.  The big crisis, the one you are most concerned about, is that of our undocumented workers.  Your senator feels your pain.  He or she knows that you worry.  These people who have broken our laws, who sneaked into America uninvited are “living in the shadows.”

How do they do it?  How do they get through the day?  How can we make life better for them?

What a farce!

This “crisis” began 27 years ago, when our last amnesty kicked off the current wave of illegals crossing our border.  Suddenly it’s number one on our hit parade?

It’s a crisis because our elected leaders want it to be one.  And that’s just their first lie.  They are promising that this bill with finally give us border security.

Really?

If they are so interested in securing our border, why haven’t they done it already?  They have the power.  The primary function of the federal government is the security of the nation.  It’s their job.  They simply have to demand we enforce current law and fulfill their obligation to safeguard our sovereignty.  There is no need for a new law to do this.

They promise none of these illegals will receive government benefits.  Well, many of them are already receiving benefits.  Are we going to cut them off?  Imagine the media coverage of a poor mother with five young children who have been thrown out of their Section 8 housing and had their EBT card taken away.  Her children have been denied enrollment in public school and cannot seek medical treatment because they cannot pay.  With tears in her eyes, she pleads in her native language to the TV camera for help.

How long do you think it would take for politicians to revoke that promise?

Supporters also promise all these people will pay fines and become taxpayers.  Again, really?  These are low-skill workers, earning low wages.  Our system already has 47% who pay no income  taxes.  This will simply add more who not only don’t contribute, but take money out of the system in the form of child credits.

And once they are added to the gravy train, they will vote for more of the same (yes, they will be fast-tracked to voter registration) putting more strain on our lopsided system and drive us closer to bankruptcy.

All the while, no one will ask that they assimilate and more of our cities will become like Miami, where American citizens don’t speak the language and feel like they’ve stepped into a foreign country.

There is no crisis here.  It’s a fabrication of self-indulgent politicians who are either cultivating new voters or who are out to prove they’re not bigots.  The price for their self-indulgence will be paid by American citizens in the form of tax dollars, national sovereignty and our very culture.

-Kathy

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Like you, I have a life beyond the BS that goes on in Washington.  I was living that life over the weekend, while keeping an eye on the news that was drippingEdwardSnowden out about the NSA spy program, PRISM.  By the time the whistleblower, Edward Snowden, came forward I was thinking to myself that this is a historic moment in time.

I tried to think of events in my lifetime that matched or exceeded this one.  The attacks on 9/11/01 came to mind of course.  I can’t come up with anything else.  It certainly dwarfs the Watergate scandal, which is considered a mile-marker in our history.

And I wondered of course, what the media and the politicians were going to do about all this.

This morning we started with the local news as always.  Gotta check the weather first!  The local station’s report on Snowden was about 30 seconds long.   OK, I thought, the networks are going to ignore this as best they can.  Low information voters won’t pay attention if we don’t make a big deal out of it.

Switching to the cable news and the blogosphere, there was much more and there seems to be a great divide on what people think about Snowden exposing what the NSA is doing.  One side, including a lot of the big government types, is calling Snowden a traitor.  Some in this group fell just short of offering him a blindfold and a last cigarette.

On the other side Snowden is being called a hero.  They say what the government is doing is wrong and they’re praising Snowden for exposing it all.  Power to the people, man.

So who’s right?  As regulars here might expect, I’m on the Bravo Mr. Snowden team this morning.  The idea that my government thinks it is entitled to snoop into my private life under the guise of providing my safety is repugnant to me.

But the other side says it’s a necessary evil and that what they do actually does keep us safe.  Do the facts support this?  I would point to two recent events to argue that point.  As I mentioned last week, the Russians called on an old fashioned telephone to warn us about Tamerlan Tsarnaev.  Our intelligence agencies say they investigated him, found nothing serious and had no more reason to follow him.  Months later he killed three and maimed dozens at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

And there is Nadal Malik Hasan.  Those charged with evaluating his training in the US military repeatedly voiced concern about his Islamic views, yet repeatedly promoted him all the way to the rank of Major, until finally he killed 13 and wounded 29 at Fort Hood.

And even as witnesses confirm he yelled, “Allah Akbar” as he fired, our government has classified the attack as “workplace violence” – you know, he just went a little postal.

In both these cases, there was no need for super-secret surveillance.  The terrorists were in full view.  And yet, those charged with keeping us safe failed.

I think those claiming that PRISM and any similar efforts actually keep us safe have to provide some evidence to back up their claims.  And even then, will any of it rise to the level that we’re all going to be willing to forfeit our privacy as a tradeoff?

I’m willing to keep an open mind.  Guarded, but open.  Perhaps more information will become public that might sway opinions.

But we are still learning the extent of what the IRS is doing to American citizens, based on political beliefs.  With this fresh in my mind, and wondering what is next in the drip, drip, drip out of Washington, I am not willing to hand over another inch of my Constitutional rights in exchange for the promise of security from a government that struggles to simply say the word terrorist.

-Kathy

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