To The Daily Sun,
Rep. Burchell's figures don't tell the whole story as to public perception of Obamacare. In fact, 11 percnet of the 57 percent of Americans he says oppose Obamacare are those who feel the plan doesn't go far enough. So add those individuals to the 38 percent who support the health care law and you come to nearly half of the American public in favor of Obamacare.
I'm glad that Rep. Burchell doesn't have a pre-existing condition that prevented him from getting health insurance or hasn't had a catastrophic illness that sent him into bankruptcy, but countless Americans have.
I assume Rep. Burchell already benefits from government-sponsored health care in the form of Medicare. Back in 1995, when the Medicare law was enacted, there was exactly the same type of backlash we are now seeing over Obamacare. The opponents of Medicare were wrong, just as the opponents are misguided now.
Just ask my friend with Lyme disease who can purchase affordable health insurance now for the first time since her diagnosis!
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 01:40
To The Daily Sun,
Today, Tuesday, L.J. Siden is on another misinformation campaign. Trying to paint me and other conservative letter writers as extremists, he uses the same tactics as he accuses us of doing. I guess he's not a, "what's good for the goose is good for the gander type guy, if he is a guy? Actually nobody knows who or what he/she is. Actually I have been informed by a reliable source that there is no L.J. Siden listed to vote in Gilmanton, nor any property owner by that name so it seems L.J. Siden doesn't exist. Wonder why anyone would hide behind an alias? Me too.
You know some of the things he finds fault with conservatives, such as those he describes as "birthers" is simply explained. Obama kept so many secrets, particularly about how a self admitted class skipping, pot smoking, poor student got into Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard University's? Easy, he portrayed himself as an Indonesian student complete with foreign passport and school records. All of which to this day are sealed. This gave rise to the idea by some that he was foreign born when in reality he was born in the U.S. but committed fraud to gain entrance to prestigious schools. So the birthers misconception is Obama's own fault.
Now L.J. makes a big issue of the sometime use of "name calling" such as "nutty professor, moon-bat, Kool-Aid drinkers", all of which I have at one time or other used, guilty as charged, but even so doesn't make me a hater unless hating lies and misinformation designed to deceive falls into that category. For instance I frequently referred to Leo Sandy as the nutty professor after his oft presentations of misinformation and demonstrated lies such as when he claimed the U.S. sold poison gas to Iraq. Others who have received the much deserved treatment have been those who are the completely uninformed who make ridiculous assertions about conservatives referring to us as racists, rednecks, bigots, ignorant and the like. Terms L.J. clearly omitted from his list of offensive terms. I will give him credit for acknowledging that both sides do engage in the practice but as noted he takes special care to only emphasis what conservatives say or write. His attempt to appear even handed just doesn't cut true.
What about those six Muslim brotherhood guys in the White House. L.J. debates that is not proven they are Muslim brotherhood members because I got the information from a conservative blog. It's a site I trust and believe in the accuracy of so why shouldn't I? L.J. has his sources and relies on their accuracy. It has been documented that CAIR and the Brotherhood have worked closely to prevent terms such as "Islamic terrorists, Muslim extremists" from being used in FBI training manuals, discouraged from media reports and the famous "war on terror" from being acknowledged anywhere. L.J.'s political correctness omits his simple acknowledgment's that those six Muslims in the government push for exactly these censored terms to be removed and he wants me to believe these six are really benign, harmless, inclusive individuals working for the American good, no way.
So L.J. Siden, whoever he really is, can promote the interests of a proven liar, incompetent, Marxist-socialist president and attack my person, opinions, credibility whatever he likes, but the truth behind Obama can not be denied by anyone with an open mind.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 01:37
To The Daily Sun,
"Free Bag of Apples for Furloughed Workers", that was the Miller Farm sign that received a lot of attention during Dover Apple Harvest Day this past weekend. In a region that has seen over 1,200 people temporarily left jobless by the government shutdown, people responded with gratitude and good-natured exasperation. Several branches of government employees were represented, Portsmouth Ship Yard workers, IRS, ATF, and Dept. of Agriculture. I was humbled by their appreciation of our small gesture of support and lost count of the number of people who asked me things like "what are they thinking in DC"?
I couldn't answer that question, but I know the impact that the government shutdown is having on a day-to-day basis because both my son and daughter are currently furloughed. While it's bad enough to hear that anyone would consider your kids "non-essential," seeing the impact on their lives has been difficult.
From a father's unbiased perspective, I have four really good adult kids. All have worked hard, found good jobs, and have played by the rules. My oldest son spent nearly 20 years in the U.S. Air Force before an attractive opportunity arose to work for the Air Force as a civilian. He and his wife, who stays at home to care for their three young children, my grandkids, are struggling. They have a mortgage and bills like everyone else. Money was already tight because of sequester cutbacks, but they've been doing everything right — working hard, raising a great family, and tightening their belts when necessary.
They're not alone, of course. Hanscom Air Force Base, where my son works, has seen deep cuts to its staff. Other military bases and federal agencies across the country have been forced to do the same. Many of the people that I talked to on Saturday are facing what my kids are facing or spoke about a family member in the same economic nightmare.
The news just gets worse. We learned last week that Headstart programs are being cut and that children with cancer have been denied access to an experimental drug that could save their lives. This week we found out that families of 17 fallen soldiers won't get the financial support they're entitled to in order arrange funerals, travel, and to settle the accounts of their loved ones. Some pretend that the shutdown cuts are minor. The impact of cuts like these are not minor and impact all of us on many levels.
Miller Farm is a small family business. My late wife and I created it to share with our kids and we've had a great time. The Dover Apple Harvest Day gave me an opportunity to send my kids, and other furloughed employees, a message of support. I hope my kids know that, if they need it, the Bank of Dad will be there to help. But seeing my children and our neighbors thrown into situations like this because House Republicans can't meet Pres. Obama half-way is more than frustrating, it's appalling. My daughter isn't helping her neighbors and my son can't do the work he does to keep us secure. Everyone is losing and it needs to end soon. I heard the message at our farm booth, I hope House Republicans are hearing it, too.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 01:32
To The Daily Sun,
Here at the National Center for the Study of Absurdity, we have been overwhelmed by the rise in bizarre behaviors and quotes recently. Our servers almost crashed!
Welcome to another edition of Tea Party Potty Pestilence. We start off with a real "House Party"! Reporters and lawmakers alike at the House of Representatives say the House floor reeked of alcohol on the night the Tin-Foil Brigade shut down the government. Maybe Boehner was handing out checks from the liquor lobby, too. Next door on the Senate floor, DC's most ridiculous person, Ted Cruz, had not the slightest idea what the moral of the story in "Green Eggs and Ham" was. Being SO SO smart he must have skipped too many grades because as Slate put it, "In broad strokes, it's a book advocating openness to experience". That is hardly a strong trait found in the Tea Party. Junior may not be as crazy as is father though. The festering Rafael Cruz claimed Mr. Obama pledged to "side with the Muslims" and warned that Obamacare meant periodic "suicide counseling" for the elderly. You can't make this stuff up! But its a close race for crazy because the youngster Cruz has recently stated that members of the U.S. military will be helping al Qaeda in Syria. Have you heard about the latest in Obama Derangement Syndrome memes? Obamacare means forced home inspections and implanted chips in babies born in 2014 onward! And this week's Tin-Foil hat goes to.......
Speaking of Green Eggs and Ham. In Little Rock, Arkansas, 61 year-old life-long Republican Butch Matthews bought the Silver Plan on the exchange earlier this week and expects he'll save close to $13,000 in 2014. Says Matthews as he and his wife stood gleaming for the camera, "I'm so happy that this came along". Me too, Butch, I'm 63 and when my wife changed jobs in July we lost our insurance.
Winning the Rip Van Winkle Award this week is Rand Paul. Junior Paul seemed to have just regained consciousness after a few years of sleep-walking around DC and said shutting down the government over President Barack Obama's health care reform law was a productive exercise "because we haven't had a big debate about Obamacare, really, since it passed." Well, Sleepy, the time for major debates isn't after a law is debated, passed and then affirmed by the United States Supreme Court. Tweaks will certainly come and Rand can make suggestions if he hasn't re-entered his customary glassy-eyed somnambulist state.
Topping our charts as the dead-cold-stiff with no pulse winner this week is Arizona millionaire Rep David Schweikert, who claims shutting down the government Is "My Idea Of Fun!". The most hilarious hullabaloos came from our three well known runner-ups to the most ridiculous person in DC. Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, and Steve King, fresh from Egypt where they praised the military coup, put together winning performances with their trade-mark logorrhea at the WWII Memorial. After voting to shut down the government, they seemed outraged that the memorial was closed! You read that right. Unfortunately this demented hypocrisy is one of the far right's "values".
Evidently envying the Three Louseketeers' place in the Hall of Shame, Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer strongly objected to the Park Service's closing of the War Memorial. How dare they! Neugabauer, who voted for the government shutdown angrily berated a park ranger as if he was still wet behind the ears. In a petition that circulated afterward, one person wrote, "It's absolutely absurd that the very individuals who have caused this shutdown act as if they are the victims." Absurdity is what we like at the Center! As if that hypocrisy didn't make you reach for your high-end Alaskan Winter barf bag that is guaranteed to handle a Howitzer of a Hurl, American Family Association's spokes-lunatic Bryan Fischer claimed that the president would like nothing more than to "arrest these vets, haul them off to jail, handcuff them to a cot." He also said Hillary would be the first lesbian president if elected. Yup, my Rainbow Flag is ready! This is the same homophobic bigot who revised history by saying the Hitler's Nazi Party started in a gay bar.
Not alone on the outer fringes of absurdity, Morning Star's TV Preacher Rick Joyner called for a military takeover of the Obama presidency because democracy was "doomed" unless the Lord imposed martial law. "We're headed for serious tyranny, a terrible tyranny right now" he said. Did I miss something? Okay, maybe its because I ditched my cable because I could no longer afford barf bags when I watched Fox.
Traveling with the Tea Party Psychiatric Ward on their field trip to the Big City, Arkansas Rep. Tim Griffin followed up his initial tweet reporting gunfire by blaming the shooting on President Barack Obama and some Democratic congressional leaders. That, readers of The Sun, is what Obama Derangement Syndrome Memes do to weak and vulnerable minds. Winning the "Is He on Crack?" competition in this edition, conservative talk show host Stan Solomon went on a wild frothing and foaming rant claiming that Trayvon Martin deserves to be dead. Huh? Oh, and left wingers are godless servants of Satan,....er, like gays, right? Joining the Mad Cow herd on the Psych Ward's field trip is Washington Times columnist Jeffrey Kuhner, who warned that President Obama is pushing an agenda of "Christophobia" that seeks the destruction of the family, Christian culture and Christian civilization. I'll bet this guy buys Tin Foil in bulk! Mr. Kuhner also spittle splattered, "Liberalism is responsible for more deaths than Nazism or Soviet communism." Don't forget the Muslims, Mr Kuhner! The Muslims! Where is your glassy-eyed patriotic Islamaphobia today?
As I noted in the last edition, after cutting food stamps for millions of poor children, veterans and disabled people, the Devil and his Angels were in conference trying to figure out how to kill the WIC (Women with Infant Children) and TANF Programs. Well, celebration abounds in the "This Is My Idea of FUN!" camp because Forbes.com reported fabulous news for the sociopaths on the Hill. The Forbes headline is "9 Million Moms And Babies At Risk As WIC Program Halts". Nice work! Because some food-safety operations will also cease operations some corporate leaders will spontaneously break into dances of delirious delight.
Gimme My Paycheck! After voting to damage millions of lives financially, North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers told a Raleigh TV station she would continue to accept and keep her paycheck during the shutdown because "I need my paycheck. That's the bottom line." Really! Two million federal workers thrown out the airlock into the cold vacuum of no-paycheck space and she thinks SHE is SO special! Millions of veterans may not receive benefits if the shutdown lasts more than two weeks and SHE needs her paycheck! Nutritional programs for women, infants and children could be disrupted after a week, Financing for small businesses could be hampered and SHE needs her paycheck! 400 national parks, museums and sites across the country will close shop and the National Parks Conservation Association estimates that local communities alone could lose some $30 million in business for every day of the shutdown and SHE needs here paycheck!. As the Tea Party Pestilence once again sickens our economy with more calculated slow downs, SHE needs her damn paycheck!
In too gross to mention but I will mention it anyway because its a matter of public health, especially now that we are in the flu season, a study of holy water in churches revealed it was contaminated with some very unfriendly microscopic thingies. This finding shouldn't surprise anyone who knows where humans put their hands and fingers. The Washington Times headline was, "Most holy water contaminated with fecal matter". And you were worried about hot tubs. Most people are not trusty hand washers. Just ask the victims of Typhoid Mary who didn't wash her hands enough after, well, you know.
In the next edition, we at the National Center for the Study of Absurdity will bring you the most absurd in science, sex, and religion that there just wasn't enough space for this week. This will include a bombshell dropped by Billy Graham's grandson Boz Tchividjian, who is a law professor at Liberty University.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 01:28
To The Daily Sun,
I have been reading many letters to you lately bashing the Tea Party. While I value the right of everyone to have an opinion and to express it, I feel that most people are placing blame where it doesn't belong. I will explain what I mean by telling you why I am proud to be a member of the Tea Party.
I'm originally from Connecticut and when I was in 6th grade, I remember reading in a school book the difference between Democrats and Republicans. It said that Democrats were the party of the people, focusing on helping the poor with welfare programs. Republicans focused on tax breaks for businesses. Liberal indoctrination at its finest but I bought into it. I said I was going to be a Democrat when I grew up because I wanted to help poor people.
This lasted for a few years until I found out that a friend's mother decided she was going to quit her job cleaning houses because she could make more on welfare. Even though I was young, I knew what fraud was when I saw it. She was a woman who was able to work, but she was going to stop working and get money for nothing. For the next four years before they moved, I got to see this woman sit around her house all day smoking pot while both of my parents had to go to their jobs everyday so they could afford the things we needed. It was at that moment I became a Republican.
The years went on and I went from job to job looking to better myself or at least to earn money so I could live. While working at a store that was hiring people for a remodel, a family member that was on unemployment came in. I told him that the store was hiring and that he should apply. He didn't want to because Obama was going to extend unemployment benefits and he was going to be in line to get more money. I was outraged by this and I made sure he knew it. I looked him right in the eye and said, "You're part of the problem." He ended up applying and is better for it to this day.
A short time later the Tea Party came on the scene. I liked what TEA stood for, Taxed Enough Already. I was sick and tired of paying taxes that were being redistributed to people who were able to work and wouldn't. Now don't get me wrong, I know there are people who need help and I have no problem with them getting the help they need. But at this point in time I'd bet good cash money from the small amount I get to keep from my paycheck (because most of my money goes to paying rent and gas for my car so my wife and I can get to our jobs) that there are more people defrauding the system than actually need help.
So let's get onto the debate of today. Obamacare is a program that is based on fraud. You may think it isn't but here is why it is. First, it is supposed to help the poor by getting them subsidies to buy health insurance. So in other words it is going to give more money not only the people who can't afford health insurance but also more money to the people who are able to work but are unwilling to work for health insurance. But that isn't only where the fraud is. The fraud is also in the waivers given to the friends, donors, and supporters of Obama. The fraud is also in the subsidies guaranteed to the members of Congress who make anywhere from twi to 10 times as much as the people who the law is supposed to help. We already fund the Cadillac health insurance that they already have, but now we have to give them more money for it? Looks like fraud to me. And let's not forget Obama himself delaying parts of the law for some (the employer mandate) and not for others (the individual mandate). This was political posturing and criminal behavior as he does not have the legal right to do that and therefore has broken the law.
Do I want Obamacare to be repealed? You bet I do. It's not because I don't care about poor people and it's not because I hate Obama. It's because I am sick and tired of the fraud that government programs allow to happen and I'm certainly sick of paying for it. That is why I am proud to be a member of the Tea Party.
Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 01:18