Month: December 2013

10 Broken Obamacare Promises

Written by: Alyene Sengerince  December 19, 2013

Since the passage of Obamacare in 2010, many of the President’s famous promises have been routinely broken. As he so ironically threatened in 2009, “If you misrepresent what’s in this plan, we will call you out.” To that end, here are 10 promises of Obamacare that have already been broken.

1. “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period.”

Reality:

  • Millions of Americans have lost and will lose their current coverage due to Obamacare.
  • 4.7 million reported health insurance cancellations or changes of existing policies in 32 states.

2. “[T]hat means that no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise to the American people: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period.”

Reality:

  • Many Americans might not be able to keep their current doctor without paying extra.
  • Many plans offered on Obamacare’s exchanges have very limited provider networks.

3. “In an Obama administration, we’ll lower premiums by up to $2,500 for a typical family per year.”

Reality:

  • Premiums for people purchasing coverage in the individual market have significantly increased in a majority of states.
  • Family premiums for those with employer-based coverage have increased by an average of $2,976 from 2009 to 2013.

4. “[F]or the 85 and 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, this thing’s already happened. And their only impact is that their insurance is stronger, better and more secure than it was be

Reality: Obamacare imposes certain new benefit mandates on those with employer-sponsored coverage—a majority of Americans.

These mandates increase the cost of coverage. In fact, federal regulations written in 2010 assumed “that the increases in insurance benefits will be directly passed on to the consumer in the form of higher premiums. These assumptions bias the estimates of premium changes upward.”

But higher premiums not only cost people more money; they have other impacts on coverage as well. For instance, as a response to the direct cost increases associated with Obamacare, UPS dropped coverage for spouses of employees if they are offered coverage through their own employers.

Promise #5: “Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase.”

Reality: Obamacare contains 18 separate tax hikes, fees, and penalties, many of which heavily impact the middle class.

Altogether, Obamacare’s taxes and penalties will accumulate over $770 billion in new revenue over a 10-year period. Among the taxes that will hit the middle class are the individual mandate tax, the medical device tax, and new penalties and limits on health savings accounts and flexible spending accounts.

Promise #6: “I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits—either now or in the future.”

Reality: Obamacare’s new spending is unsustainable.

Obamacare was passed into law relying on a wide variety of unrealistic budget projections. A more realistic assessment reveals that it will be a multi-trillion-dollar budget buster. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) estimated the cost of Obamacare over the long-term if certain cost-containment measures were overridden. Under that alternative scenario, which assumes that “historical trends and policy preferences continue,” the GAO found that Obamacare would increase the primary deficit by 0.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).

Senator Jeff Sessions (R–AL) and the Senate Budget Committee staff, who commissioned the GAO report, translated the 75-year percentage estimate into today’s dollar amount, which would be $6.2 trillion over the next 75 years.

Promise #7: “[W]hatever ideas exist in terms of bending the cost curve and starting to reduce costs for families, businesses, and government, those elements are in this bill.”

Reality: Health spending is still rising and is projected to grow at an average rate of 5.8 percent from 2012 to 2022.

While growth in health spending has been slower recently compared to the past, that is largely due to the sluggish economic recovery. Indeed, Obamacare’s new entitlements will help drive greater health spending in 2014 and beyond.

Promise #8: “I will protect Medicare.”

Reality: Obamacare cuts Medicare spending.

Obamacare makes unprecedented and unrealistic payment reductions to Medicare providers and Medicare Advantage plans in order to finance the new spending in the law. The cuts amount to over $700 billion from 2013 to 2022. If Congress allows these draconian reductions to take place, it will significantly impact seniors’ ability to access care.

Promise #9: “I will sign a universal health care bill into law by the end of my first term as president that will cover every American.”

Reality: Millions of Americans will remain uninsured.

Despite spending nearly $1.8 trillion in new spending from 2014 to 2023, the law falls far short of universal coverage. Indeed, Obamacare is projected by the CBO to leave 31 million uninsured after a decade of full implementation.

Promise #10: “So this law means more choice, more competition, lower costs for millions of Americans.”

Reality: Obamacare has not increased insurer competition or consumer choice.

In the vast majority of states, the number of insurers competing in the state’s exchange is actually less than the number of carriers that previously sold individual market policies in the state. And at the local level, for 35 percent of the nation’s counties, exchange enrollees will have a choice of plans from only two insurers—a duopoly. In 17 percent of counties, consumers will have no choice—a monopoly—as only one carrier is offering coverage in the exchange.

—Alyene Senger is a Research Associate in the Center for Health Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

Original article: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/12/19/top-10-broken-obamacare-promises/

 

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The Fleecing of American Servicemembers and Veterans | Veterans Today

THE FLEECING OF AMERICAN SERVICE MEMBERS & VETERANS by Roland Wilson

flagOver the past several decades, American Servicemembers, and especially Veterans have seen a growing trend in our government. That is, the government sends our men and women off to war, gives temporary enticing incentives and makes other empty promises to attract and keep them in the military; and then once they retire or discharge, these veterans are disposed of like useless pieces of antiquated military gear.

It wasn’t too long ago, that our government understood and truly tried to take care of our Servicemembers and Veterans.  This makes perfect sense since up until the 1970-80’s, approximately 75% of the members of congress had served in the military, compared to around 20% today.  Thus, they fully understood what military service, sacrifice, honor, commitment and integrity meant.   Because of this, both Servicemembers and Veterans enjoyed many hard-earned and desperately needed benefits.

For example, they used to be able to buy fuel at base gas stations around the country for less than the cost outside of base. The government did not add taxes to the sale of fuel, which helped offset the cost of living for our Servicemembers and Veterans.  Than one day, our government decided to pass the little known Hayden-Cartwright Act (4 USC, Section 104) to get rid of this benefit.  This obscure federal law, which passed more than 60 years ago, requires on-base military gas stations to collect taxes on the gasoline they sell. Why? Was it due to pressure from lobbyist of gas station owners and petroleum companies around the country that wanted their share of the military and veterans market?

In the past, every man and women who was recruited into the military was promised free health and dental care for life, if they served and retired from military service.  Than this promise was broken by stating, it was never really a promise.  Soon after, retirees were kicked out of base dental and health clinics around the world as these same clinics and hospitals claimed due to closing bases, and government downsizing and cutbacks on medical and dental facilities including doctors, they did not have the money or personnel to care for veterans.

In response Congress, in their infinite wisdom and continued policy of give and take (more take than give), started the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the United States (CHAMPUS), which was a health care program for military retirees and their dependents, similar to MEDICARE.  Then, due to costs, this was again changed to the Tricare Program, which is a three tier medical insurance program that, depending on the tier, requires increasing copayments and deductibles by its members.

Now, many in congress and unfortunately, even some military leaders are beginning to state that there are too many using this Tricare program and that the government can’t afford it, so we must adjust these benefits, raise premiums, and “cure the health care problem.”  This is ironic since it was our government who recruited, promised and then sent these men and women off to war, while spending billions of dollars on these same wars and supporting foreign militaries and governments.  Therefore, due to congress’s misappropriation of funds and poor leadership choices, these government officials are progressively abandoning our Servicemembers and Veterans, not all at once, just at a slow, steady and quiet pace.

Meanwhile these same government officials that are pushing “fiscal austerity” for some, enjoy very generous private health insurance and retirement programs and can go to military medical facilities for treatment.  They can also retire with only five years of government service, and even become eligible for a retirement annuity at a younger age and with fewer years of service than even other federal government workers.  These same members of congress also continue with their own pork barrel spending and other projects while having extremely generous office budgets ranging from $1.27 million to $1.546 million for house members, to $2.96 million to $4.65 million for senate members.

There is a recent call to close domestic base commissaries.   Even though these commissaries not only provide needed food and other shopping benefits and support while making a profit, but also donate about 70% of the funds used for base moral, welfare and recreational programs (MWR).  In addition, these same commissaries provide the vast majority of jobs to military dependents while their profits are used to build new stores or renovate existing facilities without expense to the federal government.  Yet, some want to close these commissaries.  Why? Is there possibly a correlation between government officials and outside big supermarkets and retail stores?  Now, lawmakers are looking at potential savings through adjustments in the military pension system as a way to avoid deeper spending cuts.

It is recognized though that there have been some congressional supporters of our nation’s military Servicemembers and Veterans as was evident by the passing of the new GI Bill.  However, like the original GI Bill of the past known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, and the Vietnam Era GI Bill known as Chapter 34, no one knows when these new education benefits will start to be slowly taken away and then rescinded.  What will happen next?  Will there be additional cuts in pay, retirement and other benefits forcing Veterans to one day finally march on D.C. to demand what was promised them, similar to the Bonus Expeditionary Force in July 9132, only to be met with violent force, injury and eviction?  Or will congress simply start to draft “some” into military service in order to save money and do as thy please without worrying about the consequences?

Our Servicemembers and Veterans certainly know what sacrifice hardship are, and continue to endure these things long after they serve.  Servicemembers and Veterans also know that although they protect freedom and democracy, they can seldom take part in it.  However, isn’t it time for congress to stop fleecing and abandoning the protectors of our nation, especially those that have already given so much?  What happened to honor, trust and integrity in our government?  One thing is obvious; Servicemembers and Veterans need to become an active and unified voting block.

About the Author:  Roland B. Wilson is a retired Marine who has coauthored several books and articles on Veterans’ issues.  He is currently a Doctoral Candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University focusing on East Asian conflicts, peace and humanitarian issues while continuing to help his fellow Veterans.


The Fleecing of American Servicemembers and Veterans | Veterans Today.

SEND THEM ALL TO DETROIT!

374395_512170602179929_896698128_nWouldn’t you like to make it all go away? I’m not talking about family, friends or your pets; I’m talking about things like the bills, mortgage payments, economic worries, political-correctness, lying politicians and all the insane Islamic, Muslim terrorists! I am so tired of all the elitists and progressives that are ruining our country! There are times that I’d just like to dig a big hole and bury them all in it! For the record, I would never actually do anything so dastardly to these people or anything harsher than perhaps yell at them or call them a few ‘choice’ names. Although… I do have zero tolerance for the radical Islamists, therefore; I really would like to see them all buried six feet under! As for the rest of the people who I don’t know; maybe we can put them all on a bus to let’s say… Camden New Jersey. Camden New Jersey is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States as far as crime goes but because I’m a Jersey girl, I really don’t think I’d want any of those extremists here either so… let’s say we just change the location of that imaginary bus and send them to Detroit instead. 

It’s very sad that Detroit has been ruined by liberal politicians, poor management, corrupt unions, high unemployment, drugs & gang violence. They’re a pretty tough lot up there and I doubt the locals would put up with any shenanigans from the non-desirables we’ll send up there! (Indeed, many may feel right at home.) And while we’re at it, let’s make sure that this imaginary bus only has one bathroom… and it’s unisex! Politicians seem to have a “one size fits all” mentality when it comes to the American people… so let them all share a bathroom on that bus! 

Come on folks, let’s have some fun here. This is a make-believe scenario to get rid of all the dead weight in this country and those causing a huge financial burden starting with the politicians! I mean after all, doesn’t all the monkey business in Washington cost you and your family time and money every single day? And because of all the political spending sprees, fraud, waste and pork barrel disbursements, you take home less money in your paycheck! That means that you have less money to spend on gas, groceries & bills… and your employer can’t pay what you’re actually worth, because he or she is in the same money crunch as you are… paying extremely high taxes and energy bills all the while allowing the DC elitist politicians to continue leading their cushy life-styles! Without consequence!

Okay, so let’s start with getting rid of most politicians in Washington and let’s put them on that make-believe bus to Detroit. And that consists of any politician including our narcissistic president who stands on his podium and says with a straight face to you & I, the taxpayers, that there’s no way to cut our country’s budget or deficit, all the while he’s raising taxes and spending money on lavish vacations, campaigning for his liberal followers & pissing our tax dollars away on advertisements for failed programs that he’s passed & foisted on hard-working Americans when he should be looking after the bottom line… the American People! Indeed, let’s load him up along with all those Democrats that voted for the Obamacare bill without even reading it and thus – causing all the current insurance turmoil in our country. Let’s get them on that bus too!!!

What about the entitlement freeloaders? Don’t you really wish you could make all those bottom feeders go away? I am not talking about hard-working folks who are just getting some temporary help from the government just to survive, or disabled veterans, fireman & policeman or the truly disabled in our country. I’m talking about the parasites in our society, the deadbeats, the ones that won’t work & think they are ‘entitled’ to live off the taxpayer’s dime.   If we shipped out the people causing this country to be in a downward tailspin… its declining instead of growing, you’d be making a better living, you would be prospering and wouldn’t need any government handouts. So let’s aggressively weed out those deadbeats & freeloaders who do nothing but work the system. I’m talking about the slackers in this country. They don’t work at anything except hustling the system all the while pretending to have an illness or injury so they can’t work or the pretend that they can’t find a job just they can go through life doing nothing but live on the backs of Americans who bust their butts every day working hard. And then on top of all that, they somehow believe they are entitled this free ride.  

But it’s not a free ride because we are all paying for it with taxes! Do you think the government is paying for it? This is all us! ALL us!!! And every one of us knows someone who is getting a free ride. These are the people who, when you’re checking out at the grocery store, are using food stamp credit cards to buy food that you cannot afford. And you know they could work or get a job, but what we hear from them is, “Oh, my back hurts”; “I feel depressed”; “I have six kids, each one from a different father”; and “I have no husband”.  

What we should say to these people is,  “Well maybe if you get off your lazy ass…  you lost a little weight… (who am I  my kidding)… you lose a lot of weight… you quit smoking cigarettes and you keep your damn legs crossed, maybe you could be a productive member of society instead of a friggin leech! The hard-working people of this country owe you squat! ”  No, I’m not sorry; let’s put them on that bus too and send them up to Detroit! 

And, while we’re on the subject, think about it. Honestly, do you know how much better our lives would be and our country would be; if we didn’t have people out there having more children just so they could get more money from the state and the federal government? Which means that you wouldn’t have to pay as much in taxes. This is one of the reasons our taxes are a size they are. I am 100% for giving a helping hand for a short minimal period of time to those in need, but none of us, except for those who are receiving our tax dollars, are in favor of creating baby factory mommies. And believe me that includes all races, all colors, all nationalities… legal ones and illegal ones. 

Heaven forbid you say anything against all the societal parasites and progressive liberals because you’ll be labeled a “racist”. Labeled by media pundits and liberal politicians as inciting hate speech! So let’s put all those politicians & pundits on the bus as well.  You know if we keep going like this, there’ll be no politicians left in this country. Wait for it… Do you feel like things are getting better already? There is, however; one particular a group of people who are so vile, so evil… that I could never send them on that bus.  We should put these sickening people on a boat with a hole in it with no water and no food and set it adrift at sea These are those perverted corporate leaders, those people who profit, lowlifes, child predators, perverted sex slave traffickers… and anyone else who makes a buck on the sexual corruption and molestation of our children. Round them up and put them on a boat with a hole in the bottom and send it out to sea! Let’s take a second and be honest. Can you feel America becoming a better place, now? 

Now, let’s deal with  all the guys who go around creating multiple fatherless children? I wouldn’t send them to Detroit, (many of them are there already) but there has to be some balance to make them take care of the children they created. Again, we are not talking about the “whoops” children, and the responsible couple that works together to make a great living life for a child or children together. Look, we all know that accidents happen. But the tragedy is when there’s no… NO responsibility taken for the creation of life by the man and the now pregnant woman accepts no responsibility for her actions either and so, guess what… they turn to you, the taxpayer, and say, “Pay for our bad choices.”

I don’t know what we should do with them, but I don’t think it should be the responsibility of the government to take money from us, the hard-working taxpayers, to pay for them. I think that should be done by the areas and towns in which they live because then it would be more motivational prodding from their own community and maybe those people would get a job and  actually work for a living  out of embarrassment and maybe behave more responsibly because of it… rather than the people in their community flipping the bill. We know in our hearts, that all these fatherless children and single parent households are only hurting us as a nation and it’s hurting our children and yet people condone this method of creating baby factory mommies. The parents of those taxpayer raised children are no better than those who exploit the innocence of our children because in both cases, you end up hurting and stealing from the children… the innocence of their childhood. 

Okay, where were we? Oh yeah, loading that bus to Detroit. So we pretty much agree that any government employee who believes that they have the right to dictate to us how we should be raising and teaching our children and at what age they must be exposed to different parts of life even if it’s against your strongly held religious beliefs and convictions, should also be placed on that bus. How about pompous extremist college professors? I like that one. You know, those college professors who are so overpaid that people have to mortgage their homes & retirement accounts and their child’s future just the send your child to the same college where they’re taught by these pompous overpaid extremist college professors, that conservatism and patriotism and love of country is foolishness and the people who have worked hard all their lives to make some extra money have somehow stolen from the poor. Yeah, they should be on that bus to Detroit as well! And their children too. You know… Not their actual children… just the 99% or so that they created in their classrooms & study halls. Yeah, that’s where they came from… our colleges. They were spawned by these pompous extremist professors! Load ’em up on the bus!!!

Let’s also put on the bus, every politician and every member of any organization who claims that it’s somehow racist and un-American to ask Americans to show proper identification when voting in this country considering you have to show proper identification to perform so many simple tasks already? Including, enrolling in Obamacare! Wouldn’t that be nice? To know that in your hearts one legal man or woman, one vote per legal American citizen because if you don’t think there’s voter fraud going on this country you’re very, very naïve!!!!!! 

And one other thing, if we could drill in this country we would pay less for gas… anywhere from a dollar to a dollar-fifty a gallon. If we cleaned up all this government waste and the stupid spending of our hard-earned tax dollars, you could live a better life. The government just spends and spends, it never stops. Indeed, the more they spend the more they take from you & me.  Just look around and think about it. We can keep going on like this and it will be just like the Internet bubble back in the 90s and the housing bubble back in the 2000’s. The tax system in America is nothing more than a Ponzi scheme. It can only work for so long before it just collapses and implodes upon itself. (Watch out for the Obamacare bubble to burst. It’s coming!) Of course, there will be politicians who will lie to you and say “Now it’s okay it’s all okay. Let’s just spend a little more money. That should fix the problem”. But, don’t you dare believe it! Put them on that bus and send them up to Detroit too! ~dfh

 May God Bless Us All… & help us fill that bus to Detroit!kn122612dAPR20121224054514

*MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL*

Celebrity Hypocrites – John Stossel

CELEBRITY HYPOCRATES by John Stossel  12/11/2013 for TownHall.com

I’m annoyed that so many Hollywood celebrities hate the system that made them rich.

Actor/comedian Russell Brand told the BBC he wants “a socialist, egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth.”

Director George Lucas got rich not just from movies but also by selling Star Wars merchandise. Yet he says he believes in democracy but “not capitalist democracy.”

Actor Martin Sheen says, “That’s where the problem lies … It’s corporate America.”

And so on.

On my TV show, actor/author Kevin Sorbo pointed out that such sentiments make little sense coming from entertainers. “It’s a very entrepreneurial business. You have to work very hard to get lucky, mixed with any kind of talent to get a break in this business. I told Clooney, George, you’re worth $100 million — of course you can afford to be a socialist!”

It’s bad enough that celebrities trash the only economic system that makes poor people’s lives better.

What’s worse is that many are hypocrites.

Celebrities who support big-government politicians routinely take advantage of tax breaks, which reduce the amount they contribute to that government.

It’s nice that Obama supporter Bon Jovi has a foundation that builds houses for poor people, but at tax time, the musician labels himself a “farmer.” He pays only $100 in state property tax. And his tax dodge gimmick: raising honeybees.

Bruce Springsteen sings about factories closing down but pays little tax on the hundreds of acres of land he owns. His dodge: An organic farmer works his land.

Hollywood’s campaign to “save the earth” brings out the most hypocrisy. Actor Leonardo DiCaprio recently announced, “I will fly around the world doing good for the environment.” Really? Flying around the world? I’m amazed they’re not embarrassed by what they say.

Maybe they don’t know how clueless they are because reporters rarely confront them about their hypocrisy. Hollywood reporters want access to celebrities, and posing uncomfortable questions reduces that access.

To fill the gap, Jason Mattera, author of “Hollywood Hypocrites,” confronts hypocritical celebrities.

He and his cameraman located Harrison Ford after the actor had himself filmed getting his chest hair waxed. Ford said the pain of ripping out his chest hair should make us think about the pain the earth feels when trees in a rainforest are cut down. Chest hair, rain forest — get it? But that environmental message came from a celebrity who owns (SET ITAL) seven (END ITAL) airplanes. Ford once even flew his private jet to get a cheeseburger.

“I don’t care that he owns seven airplanes,” said Mattera, “but do not lecture the rest of us that we’re on the precipice of global warming Armageddon while you have a sasquatch-sized carbon footprint.” Even though Ford ignored Mattera when confronted by him, at least he was forced to listen to someone questioning his positions.

Some actors wake up to the burden of big government when they try doing something outside acting. Actors usually collect a paycheck. They rarely deal with government regulation; their agent handles the details.

When actor and lifelong Democrat Rob Schneider tried launching a business, he was so offended by California’s burdensome regulation that he left the state and changed political parties.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was enthusiastic about free markets when he owned a bricklaying business. But, unfortunately, during his time as California governor, he started to act more like a supporter of big government. Being a politician has that effect on people, especially in California.

Actors Drew Carey and Vince Vaughn are among the few others who’ve seen the light. On ReasonTV, Carey said, “We don’t need a centralized government to tell us what to do all the time.”

On a radio show, Vaughn recently said, “I’m very supportive of Ron Paul … As you get older … you just get less trust in the government running anything. If you look at the Constitution and the principles of liberty, the real purpose of government is to protect the individual’s right.”

Hooray for Carey and Vaughn. Maybe they’ll convince their colleagues.

(This article was written by John Stossel) http://townhall.com/columnists/johnstossel/2013/12/11/celebrity-hypocrites-n1760647 

U.S. in ‘Worst Rental Affordability Crisis’ Ever

Tuesday, December 10, 2013  

As rental demand grows, soaring rents are taking a bigger bite out of households’ pocketbooks.  About half of renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, up from 18 percent a decade ago, according to newly released research by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Twenty-seven percent of renters are paying more than half of their income on rent.  “We are in the midst of the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has known,” says Shaun Donovan, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Rising rents mixed with a stunted wage growth has created an affordability problem, the study notes. Between 2000 and 2012, real median rents rose nationwide by 6 percent. However, over that same time period, the real median income of renters fell by 13 percent. 

A shortfall in affordable units is particularly troublesome as low-income renters struggle to find a place, the study notes. 

“Over four years, [there’s been] a 43 percent increase in the number of Americans with worst-case housing needs,” says Donovan. “Let’s be clear what that means: They’re paying more than half of every dollar they earn for housing.”

Young professionals are also turning to renting and finding higher rents to be a hurdle to getting ahead. Many have plans for home ownership one day: Nineteen out of 20 people under the age of 30 say they intend to buy a home in the future.

“There is no question that the will toward home ownership remains there — [the problem is] the way,” says Eric Belsky, director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. However, rising home prices and mortgage rates, high student loan debt, and tightened credit is holding many back and forcing them to continue to rent. 

Source: The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and “Skyrocketing rents hit ‘crisis’ levels,” CNBC (Dec. 9, 2013)

OBAMACARE & THE MEDIA

I used to enjoy the news but not so much anymore. After ignoring the story for months, if 20gce3onot years, the mainstream media is finally focused on the diabolic law that is Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. However; now because of the multitude failures with the website and implementation problems with  Obamacare in general, the fallout from millions of policy cancellations, doubled and tripled costs of new insurance plans, rising co-pays and deductibles; some liberal pundits are calling anyone uses the name “Obamacare”, racists! Are they kidding? This seems to be the way of the liberal Democrats. When they don’t have a good answer for problems that they caused, they immediately use the race card. And why not? It’s worked before in their favor. That’s how Obama got elected… and reelected!

However; enough about Obamacare. I’m getting sick to death of it and it’s too bad because at the rate the insurance industry in this country is going, most of us might actually die from the lack of care from the Unaffordable Care Act! Regardless, I’m getting a little sick and tired of the media in general! Our U.S. Congress people, the drunken mayor in Canada, knocking the Tea Party, the media all but ignored honoring December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day while lauding the death of Nelson Mandela, the ex-communist who once happened to have done away with apartheid in South Africa. Who cares? The guy began as a communist with communist support & brought together a country worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize. It occurs to me that they don’t know squat about history and are too cowardly to tackle the real issues like the growing Muslim victories of indoctrination in our public schools, Common Core including fuzzy math without explanation, graphic sex education and Kindergarten children getting punished for pointing a finger at another kid. Watch out that finger might be loaded!

The media has also ignored, Obama’s firing of hundreds of military generals because they make sound suggestions or dare to question his exalted position as president! And what about the persecution of Christians in the military while the Muslims and Gays get their way on everything! Our military is currently being weakened and demoralized by this president and so-called commander-in-chief whose weakness and failure to lead properly has increased the chaos in the Middle East and allowed thousands of Christians to be tortured and murdered there.

His failure to uphold our own laws regarding our borders has led to even more murders from the illegals crossing our borders and Mexico into Texas New Mexico Arizona leading to the murders of farmers Americans and border agents. This president is a disgrace! And all the while he’s doing this they are systematically confiscating our guns and trampling on our Second Amendment rights!

When was the last time you heard a report on ABC CBS or NBC news regarding anything having to do with Benghazi and the four brave Americans (including our US Ambassador) that were murdered there while the Obama and Hillary Clinton pretended nothing was wrong (it was only a video) and did nothing for seven hours!  All the while our people were crying and begging for help that never came! Shameful!!! What about the other scandals that are NOT being reported? The IRS, NSA, and Fast and Furious scandals… what about that? Are we supposed to forget all the scandals; all these Obama scandals? Or is the media just hoping these things will go away on their own? Let me clue you in. Americans are not stupid! We will remember come Election Day!

Why it is now after 3 years, the media is so refocused on the failing Obamacare? Is it because they don’t want report on the real news happening here and abroad? Or is it because Obamacare is a good distraction from so many of the other important issues that are plaguing this nation presently? I don’t know what’s going on with the media but I do know that there ARE patriotic Americans in this country and they like me would fight to our last breath to protect & defend our God, Our Family, our US Constitution & our Republic.

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Aircraft Squadron Lost in the Bermuda Triangle (Flight 19)

thOn December 5, 1945~

At 2:10 p.m., five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers comprising Flight 19 take off from the Ft. Lauderdale Naval Air Station in Florida on a routine three-hour training mission. Flight 19 was scheduled to take them due east for 120 miles, north for 73 miles, and then back over a final 120-mile leg that would return them to the naval base. They never returned.

Two hours after the flight began, the leader of the squadron, who had been flying in the area for more than six months, reported that his compass and back-up compass had failed and that his position was unknown. The other planes experienced similar instrument malfunctions. Radio facilities on land were contacted to find the location of the lost squadron, but none were successful. After two more hours of confused messages from the fliers, a distorted radio transmission from the squadron leader was heard at 6:20 p.m., apparently calling for his men to prepare to ditch their aircraft simultaneously because of lack of fuel.

By this time, several land radar stations finally determined that Flight 19 was somewhere north of the Bahamas and east of the Florida coast, and at 7:27 p.m. a search and rescue Mariner aircraft took off with a 13-man crew. Three minutes later, the Mariner aircraft radioed to its home base that its mission was underway. The Mariner was never heard from again. Later, there was a report from a tanker cruising off the coast of Florida of a visible explosion seen at 7:50 p.m.

The disappearance of the 14 men of Flight 19 and the 13 men of the Mariner led to one of the largest air and seas searches to that date, and hundreds of ships and aircraft combed thousands of square miles of the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, and remote locations within the interior of Florida. No trace of the bodies or aircraft was ever found.

Although naval officials maintained that the remains of the six aircraft and 27 men were not found because stormy weather destroyed the evidence, the story of the “Lost Squadron” helped cement the legend of the Bermuda Triangle, an area of the Atlantic Ocean where ships and aircraft are said to disappear without a trace. The Bermuda Triangle is said to stretch from the southern U.S. coast across to Bermuda and down to the Atlantic coast of Cuba and Santo Domingo. (re-post from History.com)

This Navy Veteran would like to wish all Navy Sailors & Airmen, “Fair Winds & Following Seas”. 

ELWOOD (Crowned World’s Ugliest Dog) HAS DIED

ElwoodSEWELL, N.J. (AP) – A New Jersey canine that was crowned the world’s ugliest dog in 2007 and later became the topic of a children’s book preaching acceptance has died. Elwood was 8.

His owner, Karen Quigley, says the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died unexpectedly Thanksgiving morning. The Sewell resident said Elwood had been dealing with some heath issues in recent months but appeared to be doing well.

Elwood was dark-colored and hairless – save for a puff of white fur resembling a Mohawk on his head. He was often referred to by fans as Yoda, or E.T., for his resemblance to those famous science-fiction characters.

Elwood won his crown at the annual ugly dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in California a year after he had finished second.

Quigley had rescued Elwood in 2005, when he was about nine months old.

“The breeder was going to euthanize him because she thought he was too ugly to sell,” Quigley has said.

After garnering the ugly dog title, Elwood became an online darling and developed a worldwide fan base. During his life, he appeared at more than 200 events that helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for animal rescue groups and nonprofit animal organizations.

Inspired by her pet, Quigley wrote “Everyone Loves Elwood,” a popular children’s book that promoted a message that it’s OK to be different. Quigley said the book shares lessons of love, compassion and perseverance and encourages readers to be kind to animals.

“He made people smile, he made them laugh and feel good. It was wonderful,” Quigley said Saturday. “He will truly be missed.”