Wednesday, April 28, 2010

This Should Be Good...

Watch the archeological news for the next few months/years, the latest find in Turkey could have huge ramifications if it is what some think it is.

Noah's Ark?

Perhaps God caused the ark to rest in an unusual place so that when we found it, there would be no explanation other than, "there was a huge flood that covered the earch and this boat landed on top of a mountain." My world view continues to be solidified every day.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

News Flash

As seen Monday, 4/26/2010, Contessa Brewer, Anchor:

"MSNBC News Flash: Arizona Law Makes it a Crime to be Illegal Immigrant"

I guess this is why no one watches MSNBC anymore.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Working As Planned

I am curious. For those of you who supported the health care legislation that was passed several weeks ago; what sold you on the bill?

Several articles have stuck out to me over the last couple weeks that highlight what even my tiny brain saw coming from a mile away. Items Americans were told were in the health care bill, but were not...

1) Rate Increases. President Obama used an example of a 39% premium increase that some California, Blue Cross customers saw; and said that this legislation would prevent doesn't.,0,6096091.story

2) Coverage for all Americans. The new bill claims to cover 32 million of uninsured Americans, that leaves out about 23 million people, some of which are illegal aliens and don't need coverage anyway, but there is still a segment of people uncovered. This isn't universal coverage.

3) Lower Health Care Costs. Speaker Pelosi and President Obama repeatedly said that the health care legislation would save money and reduce costs. The program hasn't even started full swing and we are getting evidence that the opposite is true.

I have a strong feeling that for those who supported this bill, one of the items above was the selling point. I guarantee we'll find more examples of failure as we move forward.

I looked through the archives and noticed that here, here, here, here, here and here, I gave healthcare specific examples of:
- how government never works as intended
- how government involvement increases costs
- how the proposed changes to health care will not work

It's kind of fun to see what I "predicted" in the past. Now I can see how wrong (or right) I was. Where has all the common sense gone? When has a big government program worked as intended? The answer is NEVER, and that is what the progressive left in this country refuses to accept. They have put their blinders on and are trying to drive us down the highway. We need to change drivers, get out of the car, or try to restore some sight to the blind.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Beyond Intent

After sitting in traffic for an hour and a half the other day, I am trying to figure out what the the upside is to sitting in a car for that long. I recall a conversation with my Grandpa Myers several years before he died about how people today have short attentions spans and require instant gratification. His idea was that when the country was founded, and even well into the 20th century, working men and women (more of which were farmers, cowboys, hunters, and labourers) had time to think and to develop personal philosophies about the issues that faced them and their country. Today we receive so much information that we are overloaded, and, in many cases forced to take quick action without truly thinking about the consequences.

I remind myself that sitting in the car is my time to think, to contemplate, and in many cases the radio. Ever 3 or 4 days I'll turn on Sean Hannity on my drive home. Last week a caller said something to the affect that 'Christians cannot be conservative because Jesus would have promoted the idea that we should give what we have to the poor.' I have heard remarks about this same subject before, and know people that ask themselves "what would Jesus do?" in regards to political and societal issues. In my opinion these people have been blinded by their good intentions to see that what they are supporting doesn't work that well.

Intent does not equal results.

The liberal portion of this country seems to be blindly guided by their intentions. This might sounds good to some, but is this "intent blindness" really moving us forward, progressing our communities and society? It sounds great to say "everyone should have access to affordable health care"; how can leaders who intend to care for every ones needs be wrong?

If we look at the results of the bureaucratic systems that these intentions create, we will see waste, fraud and abuse in EVERY case. If we truly examine the products that these "good intentions" have created, we would see that the systems don't work.

Among the throngs of frustrated Americans who are becoming frustrated at the increasing slavery being brought upon them through higher taxes, more rules and regulations and more debt that the public is responsible for; we often hear the question "what can I do?"

I have been thinking about what we can do for a while now, and I keep coming back to one answer. Educate yourselves and vote. This won't satisfy those of you who want instant gratification, but with a little patience and thought, this country can come together and find real solutions to the problems that we face.

To educate yourself, pick a topic; pick any government run system and see if it really is working effectively. I learned a couple weeks ago that in Washington D.C., it costs taxpayers over $3500 per month to house the homeless. Think about your mortgage payment and tell me how this number compares. If someone gave you $3500 every month, how many homeless people could you house?

When the government starts doling out money, the good intentions start getting clouded. When government money is on the table, there is no incentive to be thrifty or to NOT spend what someone has given you. When people are spending money that is not their own; if it's available, the cost of the service doesn't matter, thrift doesn't exist....costs inevitably go higher.

If you want to change the country, go beyond intent and start looking at results. Educate yourselves and be prepared to discuss the finer points of small government with everyone you meet. When you are ready to defend your views, the situation will find you. Our task is to be ready when the time comes, embrace the moments when life might be trying to remind you to sit and think for a while.