The The Daily Sun,
Have you noticed lately that insurance companies have become the darling of the masses? Seems like just yesterday that we all used to complain about them as being evil personified — and for good reason. Most health policies were, to be generous, crappy and downright criminal not to mention the reason for many bankruptcies in this country. Along comes Obama who accomplished what five presidents before him couldn't do and gave us health care that "almost" puts us in line with the rest of the civilized world. Okay, so it took some fancy slight of hand to accomplish it. I don't think either political party seriously believes this is going to be repealed. And in a few years when Obamacare has undergone many revisions and improvements, no politician will ever dare to bring up the subject again.
This country is a mere 229 years old (if you count from the Declaration of Independence) and even younger than that if you start with the Constitution. In other words, compared with many other countries, we are still in the adolescent stage. As such we exhibit all the virtues and vices attributed to this volatile time in life. Yes, we are generous than most but we are also impetuous and violent to the point that it has become a part of our DNA. We're not happy to make war on other countries (mostly smaller) but we make "war on poverty" and "war on cancer". Perhaps it's time to make up some new metaphors?
Remember George Zimmerman, the murderer who gunned down the teenager and got away with it? He became the darling of the "fringe" set. If you've kept up with this whacko you'll know that since that time he has pulled a gun on three other people (mostly women) and has had several brushes with the law. I don't think the fringe will be bringing him up anytime soon. I just hope Santa doesn't try to go down his chimney. Merry Christmas Santa — bang bang.
But I digress. Back to Obamacare. In the final analysis, "the end justifies the means". I really try to attribute good motives to our presidents . Trying to ease the burden of 40 million people and give them a decent chance in life in spite of all the Republican opposition to me is honorable. One contributor wrote recently: "Every day we are being informed that the current administration knowingly deceived the citizens". Another example of adolescence. Welcome to the real world. Imagine that. Politicians deceiving the public. Gee, one would think that our president was deceiving us to go to war in Iraq. Oh, that was another president. For some I guess the first 50 years of childhood are the hardest.
Happy Holidays to all my Libertarian, Tea Party and Republican friends out there — all two of them.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:56
To The Daily Sun,
How did we get from being a nation whose people by consensus held the Bible to be the true Word of God, as I related in my letter of Nov. 13, that we were from our founding until sometime well into the 20th century, to one that treats the Bible as a banned book from our public schools? And what bearing does this have on the N.H. Supreme Court case Duncan v the State of N.H., which has been the focus of this series of letters.
That Christianity exerted a central influence in shaping American society, culture, government, laws, thoughts, morals, and institutions cannot be honestly contended against. It can be clearly seen in our history. Look at original state constitutions, and state and local laws right up until the the mid 1900s. Read the inscriptions on monuments you might find locally. Find an online copy of an addition of the blue back speller, the book commonly used to teach reading, in the 19th century. Check out which colleges began as seminaries. Read American literature from the 17th to the 19th century. I might note that the Jeremiad, a style of preaching was the first original American literary type. So, again, how did we go from being a society who's culture, laws and customs were based on the Bible and Biblical teaching to one where a teacher can get fired for having religious materials in his classroom? This story I believe has direct bearing on Duncan v State of N.H.
The beginning of education in America was largely Christian; you needed to learn to read in order to read the word of God. Our first schools where religious schools and tax money was used to support them. When the common school movement started in the 1830s our public schools still retained a protestant orientation, for that was the orientation of the people. Whether it was wisely or naively, after some protest, this new government involvement in education was for most part accepted as long as these schools were allowed to have what was agreed to be a nonsectarian protestant orientation. The King James Bible was widely used in public schools then. I might also note that the amount of time that a student spent in school each year was but a fraction of the time each child attends today. At the time of the passing of N.H.'s Blaine Amendment in 1878 this was the state of public education.
There was an element that sought to secularize our culture. It had been around since our founding. George Washington and his right hand man Alexander Hamilton warned of the folly of these in George Washington's Farewell Address. This element found a platform in public education and with the aid of the tensions between the Catholic and protestant populations they succeeded in moving public education — thus our population — toward the secular-humanist view. The longer you spent in this school system the more likely you were to be, and the more deeply you would be affected by it. The influence of Christianity had been deeply ingrained in our culture and, even into the middle of the 20th Century, though weakened by this inroads of secular-humanism into our schools; the custom of honoring God's Word in school still survived in many of our states and communities. This was a snag for these humanist though there was now more of them by this time. What then?
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:53
To The Daily Sun,
United Nations Agenda 21 calls for developed nations to decrease energy usage. It aims to control the West, especially the United States, economically and politically.
Another interpretation of Agenda 21 would be, "from each according to their ability, to each according to their need," as stated by Karl Marx.
For UN Agenda 21 to work you must first break down the traditional methods of learning. Education is the flash point for embedding UN Agenda 21 acceptance in all sectors of the population.
Standardized propaganda is developed for pre-kindergarten to postgraduate school; this is what is meant by "Life Long Learning".
Re-socialize the populace to be obedient, dependent people who are constantly being propagandized and hence they will provide the "human capital" to fully implement UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development.
Regardless of the content of this nationalized and internationalized system of behavioral modification, the goal and outcome will be to fundamentally destroy the individual's rights.
Parents, educators, students and citizens who object to students being indoctrinated at school in the leftist environmentalism and sustainability will surely be reminded that this document "Executive Order 13423 of January 24, 2007" was signed by President George Bush, which makes me question if this definitive federal takeover of education that Common Core represents is the right direction for America?
As Ronald Reagan said in 1964, "outside of its legitimate functions, government does nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy."
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:49
To The Daily Sun,
Something momentous happened over this past weekend. It could be a moment that evolves into a major turning point in history. After many months of negotiations with Iran an agreement has been reached. To quote the Israeli ambassador: "this is not an emotional issue", it's reality. In essence Iran has agreed to halt further enrichment of uranium, agreed to submit to strong — daily if necessary — inspections, and other crucial steps which would stop it from developing nuclear weapons.
The major players — Iran, U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — are unlikely bedfellows to say the very least. A sign of acceptance is that Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has publicly thanked President Hassan Rouhani for being part of this brokered deal. Certainly the major problems with Iran are not solved, but a first, very important step has been taken.
Lao-tzu (Chinese philosopher 604 BC-531 BC) is quoted as saying: "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step". In addition as Margaret Wheatley (who has been Associate Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Cambridge College, Massachusetts) so famously said: "When we seek for connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other."
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:44
To The Daily Sun,
So many false claims have been made for Obamacare that I did some research about medically caused bankruptcies. What I found indicates that Obamacare will probably INCREASE, not decrease, medically caused bankruptcies.
"Bankruptcy facts": "63 percent of filers blamed credit card bills. 50 percent blamed mismanagement. 37 percent blamed pay cuts or job loss, and 28 percent blamed medical bills." And, "89 percent of filers still get credit card offers on a regular basis." (see: http://goo.gl/vH12Fw).
In her book "The Fragile Middle Class...", (now Senator) Elizabeth Warren claims that two out of three bankruptcy filers have lost a job and 40 percent of bankruptcies result from medical crises, unemployment or divorces. (http://goo.gl/vH12Fw)
"The primary cause of personal bankruptcy is a high level of consumer debt often coupled with an unexpected insolvency event such as the loss of a job, a major medical expense not covered by insurance, divorce, or death of a spouse (Groupp, Scholz, and White, 1997, Buckley and Brinig, 1998 and Nelson, 1999.)
In summary, bankruptcy is usually the result of an unexpected event which happens to people who already have considerable debt. Going for the sensational or showing political bias, headline writers and some authors blame bankruptcies on medical bills even when medical bills are a small part of a person's total debt.
Perhaps the biggest surprise is the size of the medical debt causing bankruptcy. "On average, medically bankrupt families had $17,943 in out-of-pocket expenses, including $26,971 for those who lacked insurance and $17,749 who had insurance at some point." (http://goo.gl/ZD4CCJ )
Having bankruptcies caused by this level of debt says more about our nation's failing economic policies that don't create decent jobs and our failing education system that doesn't teach the skills needed to earn a good living and responsibly manage finances than it says about health insurance or America's medical care.
Unfortunately the new Obamacare insurance deductibles are in the range of $6,250 per person and $12,500 per family, much greater than with most of today's policies. An accident or illness with these high Obamacare deductibles could easily result in bankruptcy, especially if medical expenses require paying multiple years' deductibles.
So many Obamacare claims are false that I should not have been surprised to find another lie. But, I was shocked to find that Obamacare will probably significantly increase bankruptcies. This is just another example of how Obamacare, like so many of President Obama's policies, hurts middle income Americans.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 November 2013 08:39