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Days of future past… echo’s of Pennsylvania Avenue

October 16, 2015

I never noticed it before but looking back our family dinners were choreographed like a precision drill. My mother placing the, mouth watering aroma filled, dinner on the table at almost precisely the moment my father came in the kitchen and sat down. Then just as the roast was removed from the oven and hit the table my dad reached over for the mashed potatoes and gravy, and today I wonder why I never noticed this before? Normally our dinners were only punctuated with bits of important information my father deemed necessary, but today he wanted to talk about changes in my future.

To him after a hard day at work dinner was, I now understand, an important decompression period separating the work day from his evening. And that is why when he started to talk about changes in how I would do my homework I was taken back a little. True I had just started high school and homework was sometimes a bit more complicated, but this was dinner and just how much could I change my way of studying?

I found out I had nothing to fear from these new ‘changes’ because by the time dinner was over I realized he just wanted to emphasize that the grades I would get over the next four years would be the foundation for the rest of my life. Though he painted the longer study time and trips to the library as something new and important I saw that he just wanted me to know that now more was expected of me than in those first eight years of school….

….So the other night when I listened to Hillery and Bernie Sanders ‘discussing’ not debating their views of how they would improve our nation I realized that the ‘changes’ they were talking about were not changes so much as more of the same policies that our nation has endured for the past eight years. One glaring example was the call echoed by both of them for a more affordable health care for the needy. Of course this had already been forced down our throats by executive orders, so that now a employee health care plan that once was an affordable part of our weekly paycheck looks more like another car payment.

They spoke of working on improving employment and immigration policies, and I had to agree the two do go hand in hand. Because when we allow our borders to remain open without restriction those immigrants weather legal or illegal will be replacing citizens who want to work for a decent wage, to those willing to work for almost nothing. Then lastly when they both stated they were indeed ‘socialists’, (picture our founding fathers rising up out of their graves), and that they would make sure there would be more benefits for those in need, I had to wonder how much more than the 17 trillion dollars the deficit would go under their leadership.

As the debate/political commercial continued
I shut it off and shuddered
at the thought of what this nation would look like
with eight more years of the same.

Thanks to Winlink, the amateur radio email system
for making this posting possible

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 16, 2015 3:16 pm

    Department of Defense 475 Billion.
    Atomic Energy Defense 17.8 Billion
    Homeland Security 44.6 billion
    Department of Veteran Affairs 69.2 billion
    OSGI Defense 26.4 Billion

    Total for “defense” = 633 Billion.

    Obamacare is in the budget of the Health and Human services.
    Which also includes:
    Administration for Children and Families (ACF) 17 Billion
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 5 billion
    Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 2.5 billion
    Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) 5.3 billion
    Indian Health Service (IHS)
 4.6 billion
    National Institutes of Health (NIH)
 30 billion
    and a few other distinct (non Obamacare) services

    HHS budget 73.7 billion – named services not Obamacare = 9.3 Billion.


    So I don’t think keeping Americans healthy is as “taxing” as paying for a “strong military” is.
    Or, said another way, WAR costs us 68x what health does.
    So I say more health spending!
    Leas death spending.


    • October 16, 2015 3:23 pm

      And be wary of headlines that say: “Obamacare’s big overhead costs to top $270B” and then in the article this becomes: “Obamacare is set to add more than a quarter-of-a-trillion—that’s trillion—dollars in extra insurance administrative costs to the U.S. health-care system, according to a new report out Wednesday.” according to the “health affairs” blog, whomever they are.

      So administrative costs to the “US health care system.” Read it carefully.
      It does not say government costs.
      In other words, insurance companies are levying 270 billion more “administrative costs” on us.
      But the article is worded to lead you to believe it’s government costs. It’s not.

      If you thought the Government was bad…
      for-profit companies in charge of health care are worse.
      Their ADMINISTRATIVE costs are 270 billion.

      That’s why a band-aid at the hospital costs $30.



  2. October 16, 2015 7:17 pm

    I enjoyed reading your post Pete.. as far as the IEBA posts, I get a kick out of the fact that the “Dept of Veterans Affairs” is lumped in with “War” and not Healthcare as when I go to my local Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, I don’t receive weapons training but am lucky to receive minimal healthcare…
    de KD7LTN


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