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One Moment, Please...The Economy - Part 3


Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

During the past few weeks in this trilogy of my unsolicited rhetoric, I am concluding with a reference to healthcare reform. Yes, I've saved the best for last. Well, I'm not sure if it's the best, but it is certainly the most contentious.

The Proposals

There appears to be quite a number of healthcare reform proposals on the table, with some support for four specific plans - the last I heard. For me, it's pretty hard to offer an opinion on something that's still somewhat undefined. Show me a plan and I'll give you an opinion. My analogy of the situation: ask three people to describe their idea of the perfect vacation, and I can almost guarantee you'll get three different destinations. Once we all understand the details of the vision, it will help us formulate a better educated opinion.

While some might suggest the Town Hall meetings have created a platform for sculpting a healthcare reform program with the blessing of a true democracy, I hope it doesn't create further polarization of our nation. I'm just not sure the facilitation of the Town Hall meetings has been orchestrated with complete objectivity - drawing in only those who would validate political objectives. They are essentially stacking the deck.

And, I must confess, maybe my view of the situation is not objective either. I can't help but be skeptical, since our newspaper receives political propaganda via e-mail on a daily basis from the Democratic National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee and the Americans for Limited Government, to name a few, and I always post them on our website at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com under the "Junk Mail" section. I intentionally created this section for the piles of biased content I receive on a daily basis. Should you choose to navigate the "Junk Mail" section, you'll find a plethora of viral marketing initiatives in the form of videos posted on Youtube.com - made popular in the most recent presidential election. In addition, you'll encounter the standard politically-motivated press releases - almost always boasting of their greatness or belittling the opposition. Do we need an adult to step in and make everyone play nice?

With the divisive sparring matches taking place between the Democrats and the Republicans, sometimes I feel like I'm watching a feud between the Hatfield's and the McCoy's trading unfriendly fire - neighbor against neighbor. Surely, you remember those two warring West Virginia-Ken .....
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Fear is their only weapon

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I concluded sometime ago we do not send our best and brightest to either Washington or St. Paul. Health care reform debate confirms there are many villages in America that are not missing their village idiot because the voters in the villages keep s ..... 
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Hard to believe sometimes

Fri, Aug 14th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

"For we know that all things work together for good for those who love God." (Romans 8: 28)

As I drank my first cup of coffee this morning, I watched the birds at my feeders just outside the window. They were eating the smaller seeds whole, ..... 
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One Moment, Please... The Economy - Part 2

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Cars. Cars. Cars.

They've been a part of my life ever since I can't remember. As a young boy, my dad let me pick out a Matchbox car quite often when we paid a visit to a store that offered them. Little did he know I'd be leaving them ..... 
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The swine flu saga continues

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Much has been made of the new "swine flu" because it is very similar to the virus that caused the pandemic flu of 1917-1920. That flu is estimated to have killed between 50 and 100 million people around the world. Only remote islands were sp ..... 
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The Sotomayor hearings were hardly 'oversight'

Fri, Aug 7th, 2009
Posted in Commentary



Over four days of hearings into the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked her 583 questions. Yet when they were done, we knew little more of importance than we did at th ..... 
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One moment, please... The Economy - Part 1

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

It goes without saying that the state of our economy has impacted the lives of many, my immediate family included.

Within my own family, people have lost their jobs, taken on second jobs due to underemployment as a result of company cutbacks ..... 
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Health Care Fatigue Syndrome

Fri, Jul 31st, 2009
Posted in Commentary

I fear we may all die from an overdose of health care discussions. It would be good to die from it because if we just get sick from it, there remain 48,000,000 of us without health insurance.

This endless conversation with no agreement about ..... 
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Our responsibility: sacrifice now for a better future

Fri, Jul 24th, 2009
Posted in Commentary

A few weeks ago on June 26 the US House of Representatives narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey bill (H.R. 2454). It is formally dubbed "The American Clean Energy and Security Act," which concentrates on energy efficiency, conservation and the replacem ..... 
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