If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome. Anne Bradstreet

And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them. Ether 12:27

Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season therof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart; Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul. And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion. D&C 59:18-20

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hypocrisy, Deceit, and Stupidity

1) Rich actors and actresses condemning the rich insurance company execs in the new pro-Obamacare commercial. I guess they think only people in their profession should be millionaires. Or maybe they can't afford health insurance.

2) Obama continuing to say that the fine on uninsured is not a tax, when every bill calls it a tax.

3) The objection to Cadillac insurance policies. For the life of me, I can't understand why they are a problem to anyone. It's just an excuse to tax someone to pay for a mega government-spending bill. And, unless it has a specific adjustment for inflation, in not too many years, inflation will catapult most insured people into that excise tax category. And to think the insurance companies aren't going to pass on the tax to the consumers?

4) The objection to catastrophic insurance. Again, for the life of me, I can't figure this one out, either. Some of you who are old enough remember that that was the purpose of insurance "in the beginning." To keep us from going bankrupt because of a very costly disease or accident. We expected to have health care expenses, and we budgeted for them, or we made monthly payments. But Obama will not allow them.

5) Afghanistan. The members of Congress who worry that Afghanistan will become another Vietnam are the very ones opposing sending more troops. Aren't they intelligent enough to understand that we quagmired and eventually lost in Vietnam precisely because it was a policy of containment -- when Nixon went in to win, they slapped him down with the War Powers Act. Either fight to win, or bring our troops home.

6) Are we now seeing real justification for the Patriot Act that gave what many thought to be too much power to the Government? Especially now with Iran heating up? It doesn't take a fatalist to predict that anyone with terrorist connections already in the US will unleash their fury on us if we take a strong stand against Iran, i.e., something that will actually work.

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