Dear President Obama, I am a recent college graduate who has lost her job to the recession. I say this only to give you a little background so that you can understand my point of view a little better. As a citizen of these United States, I have a vested interested in the outcome of the negotiations in the House and Senate and I would just like to impart some observations that I have made over the past year. Did you know that there is a small quote running around the internet that really demonstrates how people are feeling right now? You must have seen it by now, but in case you haven't time for such frivolous things, I will impart it to you here.
" Dear Congress, Last year, I mismanaged my funds and
this year, I cannot decide on a budget. Until I have come
to a definite decision that fits all of our needs and interests,
I will have to shut down my checkbook and will no longer
be able to pay my taxes. I'm sure you'll understand.
Thank you very much for setting an example we all can
This is a sentiment many of us share, Republicans and Democrats alike. Can you see how things look from our side of the glass? The government has become so partisan that they will fight about anything and always blame the other side. When it came to the budget, the Democrats said the Republicans were holding up negotiations because of Planned Parenthood, and the Republicans claimed that the Democrats hated the Tea Party and refused to cooperate. They can't even agree on what it is they are fighting about. Politicians today have a platform that they stand on, a list of things that they are for or against. Things they believetheir constituents want them to fight for and they will keep fighting and never back down. The problem is, nobody really asks or listens to the constituents, not even when the constituents call and email, trying to get their voices heard, but end up ignored. The people in congress are supposed to represent what the people want. but they have no idea what the people want. Do you know what the people want? They want the government to be run as a reasonable person would run their own household.. By getting their affairs in order and doing what needs to be done. In the real world, if we don't have enough money for something extra, we don't spend money on it. If we can't come to an agreement or get what we want, we compromise. We cut out all the waste. That is one of the things the recession has taught us; to really take stock of what we need and choosing that instead of what we want. If you had listened to the people, wou would have known that we didn't want T.A.R.P. to be passed. One has to let things fail, it cuts out the weak and leaves the strong, it is the natural order of things. Since T.A.R.P. has passed, the money has been spent so quickly that there is no tracking it and almost no oversight. Do you know where that money went? The people who gave it out certainly do not. Waste, complete and utter waste. That money could have been spent where it was needed such as education or infrastructure. Why is it that when there is a problem with the budget, the budget for essential programs are reduced first? Things we need such as schools, policemen, and firefighters. Did you know that "between 1997 and 2003 (I am quoting from a government audit), the Defense Department spent more than $108 million on 270,000 plane tickets that were never used? In 27,000 instances they even paid twice by first paying for the unused ticket and then reimbursing the employees who were supposed to have used them." Waste and spending is so prolific, it seems that the government believes that there is a money tree growing on the white house lawn.
It is time for you to clean house and get your affairs in order. We don't like it when we have to trim our budgets but it has to be done. We don't keep spending money we don't have. We used to, but we have realized and rectified that mistake. Another thing the recession has taught us; not to live beyond our means, which is exactly what the government is doing. You are the representative of our people and the leader of our country; you have to set the example for the rest of the government. If spending cannot be controlled and debt is allowed to go up and up, Americans will be looking to the People's Republic of China for leadership (considering that they own most of our debt) and you will have no job.
So trim the waste, the pork, figure our what is a need, and what is a want, and please learn to compromise. If a five year old can do it, surely the leaers of the country can do it. Right now, all I see is a bunch of five year olds fighting over who gets the biggest piece of the pie.
I watched the President’s address to congress today. If you didn’t, don’t feel bad, you didn’t miss much, the main points of the speech will be recounted over and over again in the media, not to worry! And when I say you didn’t miss much, I mean it. There was so much fawning over the president that I wanted to throw up, honestly, he is an important person, but he is still a person. The way congress received him tonight, you would have thought that he was a movie star and that they were teenage girls, with the clamoring for a handshake before the address and the constant applause; I almost thought that the speaker of the house wasn’t going to be able to attain order before the president could start speaking. The address lasted an hour, but it probably would have been shorter if there weren’t standing ovations every five minutes. I know that the president may have had some things to say that the democrats agreed with, but was it necessary to give him a standing ovation after every point? It really was like a concert with adoring fans. Don’t worry; I haven’t forgotten the negative attention from the republicans. A senator from the right side (I shall not name him, for he will be recounted as a scoundrel without my help) could not contain his emotion, and burst out with “You lie!” after a statement the president made. This in itself was bad enough, but for the opposing democrats to boo said senator was even more disruptive than the initial outburst! I have a proposal for Americans, especially young Americans, instead of overhauling healthcare, I recommend that we overhaul congress first. What happened to government for the people? I don’t see a government with its people in mind as it makes decisions that will affect us, I see individuals that have their own agenda in mind as they vote. Whether it is to press forward an agenda that will let the government take over our lives (you scoff, but slowly and steadily, that’s what the democrats are doing) or an agenda that just wants things to stay as they are (this also is not good, but that is what Republicans are contributing). I don’t like either of these choices, and I am sure most of the American people will agree with me. It is just hard to trust people to make decisions for us that do not have to abide by the same rules as we do. They have diplomatic immunity, they vote on their own raises, they do not have to pay for their own healthcare, they get full retirement pay even if they have only served (I use that term loosely) one year. I don’t know any other Americans that enjoy these privileges, why should they? They are supposed to vote as their constituents want them to, but if they choose not to listen, (unless someone is paying attention) there is no recourse. With the bickering between these two parties over a healthcare that will never be what Americans want, but what congress wants, I say it is time for us to step up. We are the future of the government, as it is, it will be a shambles by the time it is passed down to us. By then, it may be too late; an overhaul is needed, not just for healthcare, but for the government itself. Changes need to be made, and only we can step back and see the problem, so only we can make those changes. Our generation is the future, we can sit back and let it happen, or we can make it happen. I have to say, I have never paid more attention to politics as I have since our last presidential election, and hopefully, you have too, and I hope that in this spirit, we can cross the Right/Left divide and make a change that will benefit Americans, not just congress.
As a physician who has authored books on preventative health care, I was given the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at a Congressional Dinner at The Capitol Building in Washington last Friday (7/17).
The presentation was entitled Health Care Reform, The Power & Profit of Prevention, and I was gratified that it was well received.
In preparation for the presentation, I read the latest version of "reform" as authored by The Obama Administration and supported by Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid. Here is the link to the 1,018 page document: http://edlabor.house.gov/documents/111/pdf/publications/AAHCA-BillText-071409.pdf
Let me summarize just a few salient points of the above plan. First, however, it should be clear that the same warning notice must be placed on The ObamaCare Plan as on a pack of cigarettes: Consuming this product will be hazardous to your health.
The underlying method of cutting costs throughout the plan is based on rationing and denying care. There is no focus on preventing health care need whatever. The plan's method is the most inhumane and unethical approach to cutting costs I can imagine as a physician.
The rationing of care is implemented through The National Health Care Board, according to the plan. This illustrious Board "will approve or reject treatment for patients based on the cost per treatment divided by the number of years the patient will benefit from the treatment."
Translation.....if you are over 65 or have been recently diagnosed as having an advanced form of cardiac disease or aggressive cancer.....dream on if you think you will get treated.....pick out your coffin.
Oh, you say this could never happen? Sorry.... this is the same model they use in Britain.
The plan mandates that there will be little or no advanced treatments to be available in the future. It creates The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research, the purpose of which is "to slow the development of new medications and technologies in order to reduce costs." Yes, this is to be the law.
The plan also outlines that doctors and hospitals will be overseen and reviewed by The National Coordinator For Health Information and Technology.
This " coordinator" will "monitor treatments being delivered to make sure doctors and hospitals are strictly following government guidelines that are deemed appropriate." It goes on to say....."Doctors and hospitals not adhering to guidelines will face penalties."
According to those in Congress, penalties could include large six figure financial fines and possible imprisonment.
So according to The ObamaCare Plan....if your doctor saves your life you might have to go to the prison to see your doctor for follow -up appointments. I believe this is the same model Stalin used in the former Soviet Union.
Section 102 has the Orwellian title, "Protecting the Choice to Keep Current Coverage." What this section really mandates is that it is illegal to keep your private insurance if your status changes - e.g., if you lose or change your job, retire from your job and become a senior, graduate from college and get your first job. Yes, illegal.
When Mr. Obama hosted a conference call with bloggers urging them to pressure Congress to pass his health plan as soon as possible, a blogger from Maine referenced an Investors Business Daily article that claimed Section 102 of the House health legislation would outlaw private insurance.
He asked: "Is this true? Will people be able to keep their insurance and will insurers be able to write new policies even though H.R. 3200 is passed?" Mr. Obama replied: "You know, I have to say that I am not familiar with the provision you are talking about."
Then there is Section 1233 of The ObamaCare Plan, devoted to "Advanced Care Planning." After each American turns 65 years of age they have to go to a mandated counseling program that is designed to end life sooner.
This session is to occur every 5 years unless the person has developed a chronic illness then it must be done every year. The topics in this session will include, "how to decline hydration, nutrition and how to initiate hospice care." It is no wonder The Obama Administration does not like my emphasis on Prevention. For Mr. Obama, prevention is the "enemy" as people would live longer.
I rest my case. The ObamaCare Plan is hazardous to the health of every American.
After I finished my Capitol Hill presentation, I was asked by a Congressman in the question-answer session: "I'll be doing a number of network interviews on the Obama Health Care Plan. If I am asked what is the one word to describe the plan what should I answer."
The answer is simple, honest, direct, analytical, sad but truthful. I told him that one word is FASCIST.
Then I added, "I hope you'll have the courage to use that word, Congressman. No other word is more appropriate."
Dr. Dave Janda, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon, and a world-recognized expert on the prevention of sports injuries, particularly in children. His website is noinjury.com.
Get involved go to www.blowoutcongress.com and send letters to your Senators and Representatives now. This effects all of us but seniors are their targets - 65 and over.
Dear Obama, Please don't veto that defense spending bill. My father works for Lockeed, if you don't sign that contract for those F-22's, my father will be out of a job. So will the other fathers and husbands that will get laid off, and all the vendors that supply the materials will be out of jobs. This would just add to that economic crisis, not help it. Isn't that a little bit opposite of what you claim to be doing? You're looking at this from a defense spending point of view, which would be good if these were normal times. But, they are not. If you buy those planes, people will be able to keep their jobs, and their finances will be stable. Right now, they are worried about losing their jobs, nobody is spending any money. So none of that money is going into circulation. Isn't that a little counterproductive? I know economics isn't your best subject, but surely you have somebody that you pay lot of money to see these things. Aren't you trying to make it so that everyone can be financially stable? Thats what I thought, but so far, I haven't seen you keep any of the promises that you made during your campaign. And that so-called "bailout" of yours didnt do diddly. You gave those lazy fatcats on Wall Street all that money for nothing, no strings. Now you don't know where it went and all we hear about is how AIG is getting more bonuses, 2.4 million of them. Thats more money than I will ever see in my life, but AIG seems to be handing it out like candy, while my fellow students and I are wondering if we will even be able to get a job come graduation. Right now, it's not looking likely. You see, what you should have done, is give that money to the American people, (it's our money anyways) who would have in turn spent it, (which would have boosted the economy) and saved it, (which would have pulled the banks out of the hole). It doesn't take a genius economist to come up with something like that, I myself made a "C" in economics. The point is, while you're out gallavanting around the world, apologizing for the U.S. and demeaning us to other countries, we are drowning here. I know you want to improve the U.S. global reputation and our dealings with other countries, but that is not important right now, if we were doing well, that probably would be important, but you can't start spending money until you make it. Oh, I forgot, you don't know that rule, you've already spent more money than my great-grandchildren will be able to pay back. You need to get a better handle on this or your people will be refugeeing to other countries instead of the other way around.
I would just like to share this letter written by a teacher, it mirrors my sentiments exactly.
April 27, 2009 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington , DC 20500
I have had it with you and your administration, sir... Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally.You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America . You are responsible to the citizens of the United States . You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth. I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world. Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe ? Are you brain dead? What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about?Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century? Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States ? This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage. Do you not understand this? Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans. Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia . You don't show Great Britain , our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia . How dare you, sir! How dare you! You can't find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation because you don't want to offend the Germans but make time to visit a mosque in Turkey . You offended our dead and every veteran when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German people from themselves. What's the matter with you? I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you. You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses. What do you intend to do about them? Anything? I seriously doubt it.What about the U.S... House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses to their staff members -- on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves? I understand the average House aide got a 17% bonus. I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my employer. You haven't said anything about that... Who authorized that? I surely didn't! Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving $210 million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, that's $45 million more than the AIG bonuses. In fact, Fannie and Freddie executives have already been=2 0awarded $51 million -- not a bad take. Who authorized that and why haven't you expressed your outrage at this group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now. I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not caring about what you idiots do. We are watching what you are doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you. I also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities. I promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a chance to spend two terms destroying my beautiful country.
Every Real American P.S... I rarely ask that emails be 'passed around'............. PLEASE SEND THIS TO YOUR EMAIL LIST......it's past time for all Americans to wake up!
Ms Kathleen Lyday Fourth Grade Teacher Grandview Elementary School 11470 Hwy. CHillsboro , MO 63050 (636) 944-3291 Phone (636) 944-3870 Fax
I think out government is turning into a socialist government. Look at it! Its creeping up slowly but surely. Little by little, they are taking over more and more thinking for us. I don't know which is worse, the government telling us that we can't eat fatty food if we so choose to, where we can't smoke, or the newest one coming up; that we no longer have the liberty of being free from pain. The FDA has recommended that Vicodin and Percocet be banned because Acetominophen is the leading cause of liver damage. Are you kidding me? What are people with chronic pain supposed to do? What about people who just got out of surgery? They will have two choices, tylenol (not even the extra strength kind) or oxycontin, which is just about the same as heroin. My boyfriend had back surgery a while back, for a month afterwards, if he even breathed wrong, he was in excruciating pain. If he hadn't had the percocet, he probably would not have gotten better as fast as he did. I don't understand it. People have minds, they can think for themselves. They know that alcohol is bad for you, but they drink anyways and destroy their livers. Are we going to go back to Prohibition? (Because we know how well that worked out.) If the government continues on like this, we are going to be just like China, with a government that tells us what to do, and checks up on us all the time. What happened to home of the free and the brave? Now it is more like the home of the kind-of-free and the wimps who no longer think for themselves. This is what happens when Liberals get the majority of the say in how this country is run. I would like to know which freedom is going next. The right to free speech? The right to police not conducting illegal searches and seizures? What's next???