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I feel I must explain that I feel as strongly as anyone about truely being wise with our environment and resources.

I’m as big a fan as anyone of solar, wind, and water generated power, etc. Not only for the benefits to the planet, but the independence and self sufficiency that creates! That’s just fun. ūüôā

I also believe that being wise with our resources includes accurate research and gov policies that reflect that.  And the whole global warming thing has not been that.  The exposed letters prove it as well as the documentary below.

This¬†is a Finish documentary about Global Warming. It includes research by Finish scientists who’s research was literally flipped upside down to fit the model desired (a fundamentally flawed theory; see below) instead of reflect the accurate and far more thorough results they got. There was actually a “formal” apology about it. I bet you never heard about it though!

Watch the video to see more.

This whole topic reminds me of those researching Venus, only that is much worse. Proponents of different theories use the exact same data to say it supports what they believe is true; even though they are completely opposite. There are few researchers in that arena that are objective about it.

This topic is only so huge because there are people worried about the government policies that will be created, and I think that is a very valid concern.

People are going to be making government policy on something that is unclear?

In time peer review might work things out, but who’s going to reverse the gov policy if it is wrong?

I think that is where people start getting freaked out about this whole thing. They don’t want something put upon them if it isn’t appropriate.

And also John Daly (a climate scientist) said this in 2001:

“Take this from first principles.

A tree only grows on land. That excludes 70% of the earth covered by
water. A tree does no grow on ice. A tree does not grow in a desert. A
tree does not grow on grassland-savannahs. A tree does not grow in
alpine areas. A tree does not grow in the tundra

We are left with perhaps 15% of the planet upon which forests
grow/grew. That does not make any studies from tree rings global, or
even hemispheric.

The width and density of tree rings is dependent upon the following
variables which cannot be reliably separated from each other.

sunlight – if the sun varies, the ring will vary. But not at night of
course.
cloudiness – more clouds, less sun, less ring.
pests/disease – a caterpillar or locust plague will reduce
photosynthesis
access to sunlight – competition within a forest can disadvantage or
advantage some trees.
moisture/rainfall – a key variable. Trees do not prosper in a drought
even if there’s a heat wave.
snow packing in spring around the base of the trees retards growth
temperature – finally!

The tree ring is a composite of all these variables, not merely of
temperature. Therefore on the 15% of the planet covered by trees, their
rings do not and cannot accurately record temperature in isolation from
the other environmental variables.

In my article on Greening Earth Society on the Hockey Stick, I point to
other evidence which contradicts Mann’s theory. The Idso’s have produced
more of that evidence, and a new article on Greening Earth has
`unearthed’ even more.

Mann’s theory simply does not stack up. But that was not the key issue.

Anyone can put up a dud theory from time to time. What is at issue is
the uncritical zeal with which the industry siezed on the theory before
its scientific value had been properly tested. In one go, they tossed
aside dozens of studies which confirmed the existence of the MWE and LIA
as global events, and all on the basis of tree rings – a proxy which has
all the deficiencies I have stated above.

The worst thing I can say about any paper such as his is that it is `bad
science’. Legal restraint prevents me going further. But in his case,
only those restraints prevent me going *much* further.

Cheers

John Daly”

 

Here is a link to over 450 papers that disprove that Co2 emmissions will be “catastrophic” or that man made global warming even exists.

And a link that shows that the summit was/is a failure anyway! Complete with picture. Obama doesn’t look to happy. hehehe

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(Elena) The Person who sent me this is a nurse and BSN. I don’t know what that is….

You can contact your representatives and congress people and let them know your position on this through these links. You can write or call.

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.shtml

Once you are done reading this, I bet you will have read more of the bill than they have!

M. Baum RN BSN Live Every Moment to the Fullest as there is no Gaurentee for the Next

It doesn’t matter which side of the political arena you are on. This bill will affect ALL Americans.

The bill is not about healthcare as much as it is about governmental control over people’s lives and money (#59) and then healthcare, or the limitations the government will set on it.

The bill has been authored by the Apollo Group which consists of the ACORN, SEIU, and UAW.

Your Congressmen and Senators do not write these bills. They let special interest groups do this for them.

What can you do about this? Contact your congressional representatives.

Contact the Democratic Representatives of the Energy and Commerce Committee. This is the last committee that needs to approve this bill before it gets sent up the ladder.

Two other committees have already approved the bill to be forwarded. Make phone calls to their offices in Washington.

Pass the information on to everybody. Remember: Evil happens when good people do nothing.

Please read this!!! If this bill passes, Medicine and medical care will be gone as we know it. There will be fewer doctors out there willing to care for you.

This is an outrage, especially since the President has insinuated that his family will not take part. It does not take a rocket scientist to know that thats not a good indication that he believes in what he is doing.

I IMPLORE you to read these Healthcare changes that are listed below.

 

> Subject: A few highlights from the first 500 pages of > the Healthcare bill in congress > > > >

* Page 22: Mandates audits of all employers that self-insure!

* Page 29: Admission: your health care will be rationed! 

* Page 30: A government committee will decide what treatments and benefits you get (and, unlike an insurer, there will be no appeals process)

* Page 42: The “Health Choices Commissioner” will decide health benefits for you. You will have no choice. None.

* Page 50: All non-US citizens, illegal or not, will be provided with free healthcare services.

* Page 58: Every person will be issued a National ID Healthcard. 

* Page 59: The federal government will have direct, real-time access to all individual bank accounts for electronic funds transfer. (This goes against your Constitutional right for privacy.)

* Page 65: Taxpayers will subsidize a ll union retiree and community organizer health plans (read: SEIU, UAW and ACORN) 

 * Page 72: All private healthcare plans must conform to government rules to participate in a Healthcare Exchange.

* Page 84: All private healthcare plans must participate in the Healthcare Exchange (I.e., total government control of private plans) 

* Page 91: Government mandates linguistic infrastructure for services; (this is already in place in most health care and is uneccesary) 

* Page 95: The Government will pay ACORN and Americorps to sign up individuals for Government-run Health Care plan. 

* Page 102: Those eligible for Medicaid will be automatically enrolled: you have no choice in the matter.

* Page 124: No company can sue the government for price-fixing. No “judicial review” is permitted against the government monopoly. Put simply, private insurers will be crushed. (And Monopolies are Illegal for this very problem. The government is breaking it’s own laws. Nothing new there, he.)¬†

* Page 127: The AMA sold doctors out: the government will set wages. 

* Page 145: An employer MUST auto-enroll employees into the government-run public plan. No alternatives. 

* Page 126: Employers MUST pay healthcare bills for part-time employees AND their families.

* Page 149: Any employer with a payroll of $400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays an 8% tax on payroll 

* Page 150: Any employer with a payroll of $250K-400K or more, who does not offer the public option, pays a 2 to 6% tax on payroll 

* Page 167: Any individual who doesn t’ have acceptable healthcare (according to the government) will be taxed 2.5% of income.¬†

* Page 170: Any NON-RESIDENT alien is ex empt from individual taxes (Everyone, including illegal aliens will recieve benefits and only Legal citizens will pay the cost.). 

* Page 195: Officers and employees of Government Healthcare Bureaucracy will have access to ALL American financial and personal records. (This goes against your Constitutional right for privacy.)

* Page 203: “The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax.” Yes, it really says that.¬†

* Page 239: Bill will reduce physician services for Medicaid. Seniors and the poor most affected.”¬†

* Page 241: Doctors: no matter what specialty you have, you’ll all be paid the same (this will reduce incentive to pay for additional schooling to specialize, the result is poorer service and health care available)¬†

* Page 253: Government sets value of doctors’ time, their professional judgment, etc.¬†

* Page 265: Government mandates and controls productivity for private healthcare industries. 

* Page 268: Government regulates rental and purchase of power-driven wheelchairs. 

* Page 272: Cancer patients: welcome to the wonderful world of rationing! If your chemo doesn’t work you are SOL.¬†

* Page 280: Hospitals will be penalized for what the government deems preventable re-admissions. 

* Page 298: Doctors: if you treat a patient during an initial admission that results in a readmission, you will be penalized by the government.

* Page 317: Doctors: you are now prohibited for owning and investing in healthcare companies! You cannot start your own practice. 

* Page 318: Prohibition on hospital expansion. Hospitals cannot expand without government approval. 

* Page 321: Hospital expansion hinges on “community” input: in other words, yet another payoff for ACORN.¬†

* Page 335: Government mandates establishment of outcome-based measures: i .e., rationing.

* Page 341: Government has authority to disqualify Medicare Advantage Plans, HMOs, etc. 

* Page 354: Government will restrict enrollment of SPECIAL NEEDS individuals. (This is just insane. The people who need free coverage the most are being limited!) 

* Page 379: More bureaucracy: Telehealth Advisory Committee (healthcare by phone). 

* Page 425: More bureaucracy: Advance Care Planning > Consult: Senior Citizens, assisted suicide, euthanasia? 

* Page 425:Government will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. Mandatory. Appears to lock in estate taxes ahead of time. (This is BAAAAD news for anyone wanting to pass on any type of inheritance to their kids.) 

* Page 425: Government provides approved list of end-of-life resources, guiding you in death. 

* Page 427: Government mandates program that orders end-of-life treatment; government dictates how your life ends. 

* Page 429: Advance Care Planning Consult will be used to dictate treatment as patient’s health deteriorates. This can include an ORDER for end-of-life plans. An ORDER from the GOVERNMENT to put you to death.

* Page 430: Government will decide what level of treatments you may have at end-of-life. 

* Page 469: Community-based Home Medical Services: more payoffs for ACORN. 

* Page 472: Payments to Community-based organizations: more payoffs for ACORN.

* Page 489: Government will cover marriage and family therapy. Government intervenes in your marriage.

* Page 494: Government will cover mental health services: defining, creating and rationing those services.

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========= ==== From the HSLDA E-lert Service… ============ ========= ========= ========= ========= ========= ========= ====

HSLDA: Call to Stop Confirmation of Justice Candidate Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

We previously informed you that David Ogden has been nominated by President Obama for the position of deputy attorney general of the United States, the second highest position in the Justice Department.

The Senate Judiciary Committee held their confirmation hearing for Ogden on Feb. 5. The committee could vote on his confirmation as early as tomorrow.

Home School Legal Defense Association urges you to immediately contact your U.S. senator who is on the committee, as listed below, and voice your opposition to Ogden’s confirmation.

The most important reason to oppose Ogden’s nomination is his belief that the rules found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (http://www. hslda.org/ elink.asp? id=6077) are already binding on the United States under the doctrines of international law.

This means that Ogden believes that the legal rules contained in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are already binding on the United States, even though this treaty has never been sent to the U.S. Senate for ratification.

For background information on this doctrine, see Michael Farris’ article, “A Deeper Understanding of the Threat of International Law” (http://www. hslda.org/ elink.asp? id=6078) in the November/December 2007 Home School Court Report.

Homeschoolers have long understood the dangers of this international treaty, which contains the core principle that the government may decide what it believes is best for each child without any proof of wrongdoing by the child’s parents.

Ogden promoted the use of this UN treaty in the Supreme Court to reach the conclusion that America’s courts have the power to overrule state law, using international law as their guidepost for constitutional interpretation.

Unfortunately, he was successful in doing so in the Roper case.

It also means that Ogden is a proven advocate for the position that international law should be used to interpret the Constitution of the United States and bind the decisions of our elected officials. I

f this weren’t enough, Ogden has a history of representing Playboy and other purveyors of pornography in high-profile legal cases. He also challenged the legality of using filters on library computers to protect children from seeing pornography.

It would be hard to imagine how Ogden would faithfully enforce the nation’s pornography laws if he is placed in this position at the Justice Department.

The United States Senate needs to understand right now that the American public will not countenance the idea of the nation being led by people who believe that international law trumps American law.

Please call your senator today to register your opposition to David Ogden.

You can also use our Legislative Toolbox to contact your senator: http://www.hslda. org/elink. asp?id=6079

SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Patrick J. Leahy Chairman, D-Vermont (202) 224-4242

Herb Kohl D-Wisconsin (202) 224-5653

Arlen Specter Ranking Member, R-Pennsylvania (202) 224-4254

Dianne Feinstein D-California (202) 224-3841

Orrin G. Hatch R-Utah (202) 224-5251

Russell D. Feingold D-Wisconsin (202) 224-5323

Charles E. Grassley R-Iowa (202) 224-3744

Charles E. Schumer D-New York (202) 224-6542

Jon Kyl R-Arizona (202) 224-4521

Richard J. Durbin D-Illinois (202) 224-2152

Jeff Sessions R-Alabama (202) 224-4124

Benjamin L. Cardin D-Maryland (202) 224-4524

Lindsey Graham R-South Carolina (202) 224-5972

Sheldon Whitehouse D-Rhode Island (202) 224-2921

John Cornyn R-Texas (202) 224-2934

Ron Wyden D-Oregon (202) 224-5244

Tom Coburn R-Oklahoma (202) 224-5754

Amy Klobuchar D-Minnesota 202-224-3244

Edward E. Kaufman D-Delaware (202) 224-5042

Sincerely, J. Michael Smith

HSLDA President Elissa Wahl

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The Obama Presidency: The World’s Biggest Mania?

The siren call of manias, financial and otherwise, is difficult to resist. I recall that at one point during the height of the dotcom boom in 1999, out of a total of nine former roommates during my years at Stanford and Harvard Law School, six had founded or were working for dotcoms.

By all standards, these were all hardworking, highly-educated, and risk-taking people who saw their new ventures as a way to change the world. Had anyone of them ended up being a founder of Google, instead of ending up at one of the thousands of dotcoms that flopped, he surely would have been widely hailed by the media as a visionary genius.

Sadly, in the end, no amount of hard work and brainpower could resist the tsunami of the dotcom collapse. It was fun while it lasted. But today the whole episode seems more embarrassing than alluring.

I find the parallels between the dotcoms and the incoming Obama administration disconcerting.

From almost Day One, the whole Obama campaign reminded me of an over-hyped dotcom business plan — a cocktail of money, media and the madness of crowds. Obama put together a slick, if deliberately vague business plan, and packed his “Advisory Board” with big hitters, ostensibly making the success of his venture inevitable.

And much like any mania, the Obama campaign also offered those associated with it the vicarious thrill of participating in something new and exciting that would change the world.

The Obama Presidency: Buckley’s Warning

William F. Buckley once famously observed, “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard.”

I confess the idea of having smart people with big ideas and little experience in a position of power is rather unsettling. I know their ilk well, because as a classmate of Obama’s at Harvard Law School, I was one of them.

When you’re too book smart, there is a tendency to come up with intellectually satisfying, but ultimately ineffectual solutions to complex problems. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. But unless you’ve had the real world experience of, say, leading a platoon into battle, you never really internalize the wisdom that the most carefully conceived battle plans never survive the first shot fired.

The real world is a gritty, imperfect place populated by people driven by emotions and contradictory agendas. Success is more about adapting to and dealing with unexpected challenges — and a good dose of dumb luck.

Sure, intelligence and calm temperament can help. But you can’t learn to surf by reading a book.

Lack of experience, combined with idealism, can lead to a curious admixture of callowness and arrogance. For example, anyone who has ever run a business knows that it’s crucial to manage expectations. In contrast, the Obama campaign made no bones about raising expectations to Olympian levels.

In dotcom terms, Obama has promised to out-google Google a thousand-fold — using the most powerful nation on earth as his platform. Once Obama steps into the Oval office, he and his team will have to work frantically to meet those expectations. And even the most zealous “Obamaniac” would find it hard to argue that our new president subscribes to the maxim of “Over-promise, under-deliver.”

The Obama Presidency: The Lesson of Macquarie Island

I recently came across a news story that illustrates the dangers of the kind of well-intentioned but na√Įve intervention in American economic life that you can expect to be the hallmark of the Obama Administration.

In an effort to save native seabirds, a few years ago the Australian authorities removed all the feral cats from Macquarie Island. Unexpectedly, this allowed the rabbit population to explode and, in turn, destroy much of the fragile vegetation that birds depend on for cover.

The well-intentioned act of removing the cats from Macquarie Island caused completely unanticipated environmental devastation that cost authorities 24 million Australian dollars ($16.2 million). As one observer commented: “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”

With the benefits of 20/20 hindsight, the shortcomings of the plan were clear as day. “What was wrong was that the rabbits were not eradicated at the same time as the cats,” asserted University of Auckland Professor Mick Clout. “It would have been ideal if the cats and rabbits were eradicated at the same time, or the rabbits first and the cats subsequently.”

A committee was formed to mete out blame. Its conclusion? “The unintended consequences of the cat-removal project show the dangers of meddling with an ecosystem — even with the best of intentions — without thinking long and hard.” From now on, “interventions should be comprehensive, and include risk assessments to explicitly consider and plan for indirect effects, or face substantial subsequent costs.”

The experts who put together the original plan probably weren’t stupid and did think “long and hard” about it. Yet examples of misfires like Macquarie Island in the world of environmental protection are far from unique.

In fact, substitute any government intervention — whether the Iraq war under Bush, or forcing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to dole out sub-prime loans to ‘democratize’ the U.S. housing markets under Clinton — and you will get unintended, unforseeably negative consequences. That’s just the way things tend to work on Planet Earth.

The Obama Presidency: Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

The Obama White House will be bursting at the seams with well-intentioned policies developed by intelligent people. It will also be wracked by big egos pursuing competing agendas. I am skeptical that this cocktail of good intentions and coterie of brainpower can deliver the “change” Obama has promised.

Nevertheless, for the sake of the United States, I hope that I am wrong. I hope that Obama can live up to the soaring promises of his dotcom-style campaign and is able to replicate the success of Google in U.S. politics — and that his venture isn’t destined to implode like one of the thousands of other dotcoms launched in 1999 by thousands of talented, and well-meaning people, but which are now consigned to the anonymous dustbin of history. So I wish our new president luck. He’s going to need it.

Sincerely,

Nicholas A. Vardy
Editor, The Global Guru

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I was talking to my mom and sister the other day. My mom is a staunch Republican. And I mentioned the fact that the country had a right to be pissed at the Republican party.

They held the majority, and didn’t keep their promises of small government. They intruded everywhere, raised the national debt, passed the damned Patriot Act which takes away Constitutional Rights, etc.

My mom wasn’t happy to hear me say this, but if you look at the facts it’s true.

The Republican party screwed us over.

The Democrat party does too.

And the thing is that these two parties are so busy fighting each other that it’s tearing our nation apart.

I’m wondering if there are other powers in play promoting this. It’s a common war tactic, and one used VERY well by the English against the Native American’s.

The war chief Pontiac almost wiped the British from off the face of the American Continent and he had a good reason for doing so. Certain promises weren’t being kept. But that’s beside the point I’m making here.

The point is, that the reason he failed was because the American¬†Brit’s played the tribes against each other, and Pontiac’s war effort failed. That is the ONLY reason it failed.

So I challenge all these “staunch” Republican’s and Democrat’s: Get your shit together and start working together… or you’ll find China, or Britain, or Russia at our door, or all three together¬†when we can least fight back because of all the internal bickering.

That’s my warning. Everyone can blow me off, but really… It’s a common tactic in war and we aren’t the strong nation we once were.

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Well, we are certaintly in for an interesting ride. We now have a socialist majority in the Senate and Obama, who is communist, in the White House.

My mother in law called me last night rejoicing.

I, of course, don’t think Obama will keep any of his promises. He couldn’t even manage that all the way through his campaign! Many of his strongest early supporters voted for McCain because of that.

I will never be socialist. The government cannot help people nearly as effectivly as private charity.

Churches like the Mormon’s charity system and the Salvation Army help more people in more real ways than the government does and with less abuse of the system.

Here are a few examples I personally know about.

One lady, who lived across from my mother, kept getting pregnant on purpose just so that she could stay on welfare (this is a common one). She ended up with 7 or 8 kids. There were so many I stopped counting. And she lived in a house that cost $1,000 a month, which at that time was above the average rent in the area.

She was playing the system.

There are many of what I call “proffessional” beggers in Salt Lake and in Las Vegas. There have been specials on them on TV. These beggars make themselves look down and out, beg all day, and then go home to their mansions! Literally. No lie. They let the TV crews follow them home and put this all on the news.

And these beggers DO NOT pay taxes. (So who’s going to spread their wealth?)¬†

They are down right pushy here. I hear them talking in the parking lots of the gas stations comparing notes on which areas they got the most from. They trade zones so they don’t get recognized too often, etc. They have it all planned out just like a regular business.

One was begging for money for food at the IN and Out, and when I gave him the Chicken Nuggets from my daughters happy meal that she was done with, HE WAS MAD!¬† I mean really, if it’s really for food, he would have been happy.

My thought is, if they are going to put that much time and effort into it, why don’t they build a legitimate business?

There have only been a few people asking for money here that really needed it, and I helped them out right away.

There was a time when my husband and I were the ones in dire straights, and we needed help. We used the WIC program, which pissed me off. 

They will outright pay for your formula and if you are feeding a baby on that alone, it takes one and a half can’s, aproxomatly, of formula a week. Each can costs $11.¬† So it’s $66 to 70 a month for formula, which they pay for you.

If you are nursing a baby it is cheaper for them of course, so they give you a reward. Guess what it was. 

A little one ounce bottle of body lotion, and one more of cream.¬† The lady who handed it to me was actually EMBARASED that she didn’t have a better “reward.”¬† Ya, a more food would have been better.

And I don’t remember if they help with diapers. We used cloth because it was less money.

So since we weren’t making it on that, our income was $400 a month and our rent alone was $475, we thought we would go and try to get food stamps.

So we went in.  What we found out was VERY disturbing.

My husbands ex wife WAS ON FOOD STAMPS! Now you’re probably going, big deal, but let me lay it out for you…

She was making about $15 and hour, which is decent wages by regular people’s standards.

She lived in a house her parents rented out, and had emotionally blackmailed her parents into letting her NOT PAY RENT by threatening to not let them see their grandson if they did make her pay.

And she was getting $300 a month in Child support, usually, from us which of course we couldn’t pay at that time (is now caught up and raised to about $500 now).

She bought Play Stations for her son and he had his own TV in his room, etc.

And she was on FOOD STAMPS!

And get this, she was still claiming there that my husband was her husband. I’m not sure if she said that he was out of work and that’s how she got the food stamps or what, but it was disturbing.

Oh, and you can still keep your cable TV and get food stamps/be on welfare. 

We sure didn’t have cable, because eating was a bit more important to us than watching some dumb show. We still don’t have cable, and probably never will.

We finally got sick of the crap we were seeing in the government programs, and we went to a private charity and got all the help we needed! Plus they asked us to put back service hours into their system to help repay some of what they were helping us with.

We gladly agreed! What an HONEST, Straighforward system. And it was set up so that it was HARD for anyone to abuse it! YAY!!@!!!!! This is how is should be.

Then there is my neighbor, this woman is capable and has had jobs before, but is now on welfare and social securty.  Her husband and child are handicapped, and I agree that she ought to be on a lot of the programs she is on. Schip, Medicade, Social Security, Housing programs, etc.

But the killer is, SHE GAMBLES! She goes to the casino every day. She told me herself that she gambles at least $100 a week away!

And whenever they come over here her daughter is always asking for food. She is a HUNGRY, growing kid. And she doesn’t get enough food at home. (Of course I feed her.)

The reason is that her mother is throwing $100 a week out the door. That is my tax money. I could just drive by the casino and drop off the check to them and save the time and hassle of the circitous route it takes now!

$100 a week can buy a HELL OF A LOT of groceries. Especially if you buy bulk items like rice, beans, potatoes, etc. But all they buy are tv dinners.

Plus they have personal assets in value of over $500,000. The dad has some guitars that his father gave him that are now VERY valuable. One alone is worth the $500,000 plus he has two more worth $10,000 and $25,000 approximatly. Those assets are probably the only thing that their daughter will be able to live off of when social security fails.

So when Obama starts saying spread the wealth, I start to feel a bit bitter about it. Why should my tax dollars go to such an INEFFECTIVE system?  One that is so easy to abuse?

I actually donate 10% of my income to private charities. I donate to very important ones, like the Anasazi program to help kids who are involved in drugs etc, find themselves again and gain a new purpose in life.

I donate to a woman in Africa who helps children who are abandoned by parents dying of AIDS.

And I donate to those private charities that helped us so well when we were struggling.

I “spread the wealth” all on my own and do it to places that make a bigger diffference than any government program does.

I lot of wealthy people do, and a lot of middle income people do, and I DO.

This country is soon to spiral out of control. We are going to have more social programs than ever before in the history of our country, and it’s not going to help the economy at all. It’s not even going to help the people it’s supposed to help as much as Obama is going to say it does.

He’s not a Savior. It’s not his or the governments job to save us.

WE are here to take care of ourselves and take care of those in our communities.

And just like Davy Crockett said when he was in the Senate, Let’s take that money out of the politicians own pockets and see how much they REALLY want to give. (His fellow senators wanted to give taxpayer money to a widow. Davey told them to give their own, and they didn’t.)

When it’s someone else’s money they aren’t so careful with it, but when it’s their own I bet they would look at things a bit differently.

I actually donate a ¬†higher percent than my rich mother in law who is so excited about “spreading the wealth.”¬† Why is she excited about getting taxed now instead of just donating more before when she wasn’t going to be forced to by a government entity?¬† I’m not sure…¬†

Again, it’s our job to take care of each other. And private charities, and non-profit charities do a far better job than the government does.

I know from personal experience.

(C)E.D.

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I just realized that the reason that people get all weird when it’s political season is that at some underlying level people believe that politics equals life or death.

They actually end up in a survival mode; get their adrenaline all pumped up and have all those weird bodily changes come up that happen when you are in a life or death situation.

Thinking becomes more “global” and gets fuzzy and can only grasp generalities. Maybe this is why they can’t calmly listen to another person’s opinion or read straight and actually see when I’ve quoted someone else (hopefully the big quotation marks I put in there will help with that.) .

Your body goes through some fascinating changes when you are running or fighting for your life. It’s an amazing process to study.

I have to admit there are certain times it’s happened to me.

It is an amazing person who can see through all the propoganda, the lies, the half-truths (also lies), and the general well-meaning mis-information that abounds and stay calm as well.  If only the majority were like that.

Perhaps all these people who desperatly want someone to make it all better for them and everyone else,¬†just can’t function at¬†that kind of higher level.

They are stuck in this basic level, feel like everyone else is too, and¬†want “daddy” (big government) to come in and “make them stop fighting, make it all better”, etc.

And then there are all those who are the opposite. They feel like the whole world is out to get them and just want to be “left alone.”

Perhaps the best route is somewhere in between. Letting people take care of themselves, and also being willing to be there for others.¬† ūüôā Wow. Novel idea, that.

So maybe, just maybe, people can grow past that whole life or death fear factor thing, and let politics be further from them than that. Maybe people then can start to communicate clearly and find facts, solutions, and answers.

And if it doesn’t happen, hey! We could always move somewhere that does work for us! ūüôā

(C) E.D.

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