Some of the major sea changes in my life.
VE Day was big, but VJ Day was bigger since it truly marked the end of
My graduation from college, a dream my father had but didn't live to
Enactment of the Civil Rights Act.
The passage of Medicare.
The birth of my children.
The end of the Viet Nam conflict
Today marks the latest major sea change in my life. The little guy won
a big one today with the passage of health care.
I'm sure the law of unattended consequences will apply, but the bus
has left the station, so hang on and enjoy the ride.
Now comes the real work, getting the amendments to do what the people
really want, whetheer they kknow it or not. Oh wait, there are lobbyists
too. Now there is a job for those who favor using guns defensively.
Ha! You really think the Senate is going to take up the reconciliation
bill and see it through? That was just smoke and mirrors, they've got the
bill they wanted passed, it's going to get signed and passed into law. The
reconciliation bill may get some lip service, but that's all it's going to
There is never a situation where having more rounds is a disadvantage
I think there is too much contention about several provisions, so the
Senate will want to make peace with the House.
Me, I'm FOR a public option (option, not compulsion), and FOR using
insurance to guarantee a woman's right to use abortion. I'm not in favor
of abortion other than as a last resort. I'm also in favor of teaching
birth control to kids.
So you are saying you are not allowed to teach your kids birth control
in Bergen county New Jersey?
Damn, government control has gotten way out of hand in your area, you
Well, if you don't wish to move to a state that supports the
Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I suggest you point out Article I
to your local dictator. If you can't straighten things out with Article
I, perhaps Article II can give you some help... Good luck.
The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
Inasmuch as Article I deals with the Congress and Article II enumerates the
powers of the president, I suspect you're referring to Amendment I (freedom
of religion except polygamy, etc.) and Article II (keep and bear arms except
in Chicago, etc.).
There are many good arguments on both sides of the abortion issue.
Heart-felt, logical, and compelling.
After studying all the positions, I come down on the side of abortion on
demand for one little-mentioned effect: it reduces the number of liberals
amongst us. The progressives eat their seed-corn (figuratively, of course).
In 1982, it was estimated there were 50,000 abortions in Florida. Had these
abortions not taken place, these kids would have grown and would have been
of voting age in the year 2000.
Some would have died, some moved away, some institutionalized (i.e., jail).
Some would have come to Jesus and some would have rebelled against their
parents. A huge number would not have voted in the 2000 elections. Still,
even after all that, there were probably 10,000 votes that Al Gore did not
Bush won Florida, and the election, by 500-odd votes.
A more scholarly discussion can be found under "Roe Effect."
If this holds up the "little guy" takes it in the ass. He's required to
buy something he can't afford or be fined an amount that he can't afford.
And if the government can make us buy insurance, what's next? Bail out
the auto industry by compelling everyone to buy an American car, whether
they can afford one or not and regardless of whether they actually want
or need a car?
On Mon, 22 Mar 2010 16:37:37 -0700, the infamous "Nonny"
stickers on cars around here. Late the day of the election and the
next day, there were hundreds. Now, I see one every week or so again.
Someone ask Lew what the swirlies are doing in his sea change. I can't
do it with a straight face. <snort>
If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we
shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
-- Samuel Butler
I know a number of people who bought FOREIGN cars during this program
and benefited. If it was specifically for the American automobile
industry, then it was worded incorrectly and there were unintended
consequences. There will be thousands of unintended consequences
because of this health care bill. First and foremost is the debt we
are going to incur in a time of recession when money is tight all
over. Sounds like a great time to start such a program.
Oh, and how does something that will create almost a trillion dollars
in debt SAVE us 100-200 billion? Huh? It isn't going to save squat
but what it WILL do is raise the cost of all the products and services
in this country and will push us further down the global economic
On Mon, 22 Mar 2010 07:34:10 -0700, Doug Winterburn
I know you do. I just made a mistake in calling it Medicare instead of
Medicaid. The point is, that you have to become indigent to receive
it. Lose everything you own just to get medical aid. Not a what I'd
call a fair system. Everybody contributes to your country, not just
the rich and powerful.
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