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August 27, 2009

Liberal Elitist Bill Maher Calls American’s Stupid

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 7:20 am
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Let me first start by saying that I used to have a little respect for Bill Maher.  He spoke his mind, regardless of popular opinion and he tended to pose intelligent questions.  I even watched, and enjoyed, his movie Religulous.  It didn’t change my views on my own faith, but he did pose intelligent questions in a respectful way.  Much more integrity than hacks like Michael Moore.  After Mr. Maher’s appearance on Conan O’Brien however I have lost all respect for him. You can read the entire transcript here, this site did it very well, and I don’t see the need to copy it.  Essentially Mr. Maher called Americans stupid, and that Obama should ram the health care bill through because we are too stupid to understand it. Let me be clear. I am neither Democrat or Republican, I believe the party system, any party system, ruins this country and stifles honest and civil debate. I am neither liberal or conservative, I am an American and I believe in the Constitution. I am religious, but I am not Christian, Muslim, or Jewish.

I have a few things to say to Mr. Maher, you think that a congress that admittedly doesn’t understand the bill, has any business passing it? If we are stupid, what are they? It’s their freaking job to read bills and vote, that is what they do, but they can’t even do that right. Some of us in this country believe that whatever your job is, from dishwasher to CEO, it’s your job, and you should do the best you can while you are there. Politicians like John Conyers however would rather make a joke of it, which in my opinion is insulting to the people who voted for him.

Also Mr. Maher, there are three branches of government, the Legislative, Executive and Judicial, and the Bill of Rights is the document that details our most basic rights as Human Beings and Americans.  We aren’t taxed all that much, I get most of mine back. I don’t know the exact number that is spent on Foreign Aid, and frankly I don’t care. I care more about the government spending my money to purchase businesses that should have failed. I understand the Earth’s relation to the Sun, and I know that Judaism is much older than Christianity. I have read the Bible front to back twice, and I know that Obama was born in Hawaii, the supreme court ruled that the birth certificate was all good. I know all of the things that you claim that Americans just don’t know, and let me tell you, I still think the health care bill, in it’s current form, is bad for us. I don’t need anyone to tell me that, I read it.

Answer me this Bill Maher. If insanity is “repeating the same act and expecting a different result” then why are we following Great Britain, Canada and France down the road to socialized medicine? These countries haven’t gotten it right, and our government, Democrat and Republican, has a long history of staggering failure. What makes us think this government can get it right. America, and her citizens have a legacy of leadership, innovation, and forward thinking, no matter how stupid you think we are. We need to harness that, and use ideas that are new. At least that way, if they don’t work we can say we tried something different, instead of banging our heads and wondering why we failed following Britain’s example.

Finally, from a non-christian (but religious), ’round-earther’, who has never even been to a civil war reenactment, you owe America an apology. Your statistics don’t show anything more than when asking 100 people you are just as likely to get 50% of people who can’t remember what it is you are asking about as you are to get 50% that do. If you think that our politicians are exempt from that statistic then you are extremely naive. Get over yourself Bill Maher, you state your opinion as if it were fact, and the only fact that I see here is you are a Liberal Elitist like Michael Moore, Al Gore, and President Obama.

August 26, 2009

Ideas From Republicans on Health Care Reform

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 9:08 am
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Ok, the left and their supporters keep saying ‘This is the only plan,’ or ‘If you have a better idea…’  They want us to believe that the other side of the discussion just doesn’t have anything to offer, but that is completely untrue.  The fact is that every idea that comes out of the conservative base is being shot down by the majority in both houses.  I watched John Mccain’s town hall meeting yesterday in Sun City, and he had some pretty good ideas for making health care and health insurance much more affordable.  Of course it doesn’t have that ‘free’ tag that draws so many leeches in this country, but they do smack of commons sense.  Now, unfortunately I forgot to write them down, but I think I have them all.  If I missed one let me know.

  • Cutting malpractice liability…Doctors have to practice ‘defensive medicine’.  In other words, they have to perform more tests than are necessary, and at times perform procedures that aren’t necessarily needed in order to avoid being sued.  There are times when doctors question themselves, and in a matter of life and death self doubt can be disastrous.  All because they are afraid that if they are wrong they will get sued in this lawsuit happy society.
  • Tax Credit…this would be a tax credit from what I understand, not an actual cash check.  In other words, if you pay anywhere from 0-5,000 dollars a year for insurance, you claim it on your taxes and you get a credit of that much.
  • Allow cross state competition…right now there are regulations in place that do not allow people to cross state lines to purchase health insurance.  This should be lifted to allow for more competition.
  • Eliminate pre-existing condition restrictions…pretty self explanatory.  Many people are uninsured because they have a pre-existing condition.
  • Promote outcome-based reimbursement…doctors should only get paid if the procedure they perform helps.  This would eliminate people paying for redundant treatment, or treatment that did not fix the problem.
  • Incentivising health and wellness…Instead of taxing people to get them healthy you should reward them for doing it.  Frankly, if someone wants to eat bad, and smoke, and sit on the couch all day they should be able to.  That is liberty.  Forcing change by punishing them is the same as taking their freedom away.  A multitude of studies show that humans react better to reward than they do to punishment.

There are many other ideas out there, and many that should be explored.  I am just tired of the Right concentrating on ‘defeating the democrats’ and the Left concentrating on shooting down the ‘myths’ that most of us know are such.  Death Panels?  Rubbish, and most of us sensible people know it.  Why don’t they answer the question of rationing?  They want to tell us that they aren’t pushing for single payer (even though Obama is quoted as wanting this), but they won’t tell us how their system will protect private insurance.  We can keep our private insurance?  Really, the government is giving us permission to do what we want?  How about we start telling them what they can do?  Bottom line, if your employer is faced with continuing to pay for private insurance, or dropping it and paying a cheaper fine to the government, what do you think they will do?

You want an example of the ‘evil’ insurance companies that are being villainized by the left?  My father was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.  Contrary to what the left wants you to believe, he was not dropped from his insurance.  They did right by my parents, and they are still insured through this company.  The left would have you believe that everyone is just one catastrophic illness away from being uninsured, but that is not always true.  There are ways to fix it when it is true, and those ways are not to march down the road to socialism.

Both sides of government need to get their heads out of their backsides and start doing their jobs.  These ‘defeat the other guy’ memos, and that kind of mentality needs to stop.  Comments like ‘President Obama’s Waterloo’ and ‘if they lose this it is the end for their party’ are not helping, they are only hurting your cause.  Also comments like ‘they need to do less talking and get out of the way’ need to stop as well.  The President has no business telling people that they basically need to sit down and shut up, and the Republicans in Congress need to start thinking in terms of serving their constituents, not defeating the democrats.

August 20, 2009

Two Things, Among Many, That Make My Head Hurt

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 5:44 pm
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Ok, I was watching TV today, well, really listening to it while I was cleaning the kitchen, when I heard a couple of commercials that made me question a few things.  The first one was a commercial for Insurance Companies that support the health care reform plans currently in congress, and the other was for AARP’s ad for supplemental health insurance.

Well, for the first one, does anyone else find it strange that the liberal media, and democrats in government are saying that protesters at town hall meetings are stooges for the insurance industry, yet the insurance industry is putting out commercials in support of obamacare?  Even the President said that insurance companies were on board with his plan.  Isn’t it about time we start demanding the media have a little decency and our politicians stop lying to us?  It seems that the only way they can support their view is to lie and deceive.

On the second one, I seem to remember the President saying AARP was with him in his plan for government controlled health care.  I also remember supporters saying that Medicare is a prime example of universal health care that works.  If that is the case why is AARP selling supplemental insurance ‘to fill in the gaps that medicare misses’?  Seems a lot like in France where many of their citizens have to purchase private insurance to cover what their socialist government health care doesn’t.

August 18, 2009

Health Care Moving to a More Palatable Compromise

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 8:35 am
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Well, it looks like congress is getting it’s head on straight and looking to drop the public option from the health care bill.  They are finally taking a look at some republican backed ideas like non-profit coops.  This has been the major lynch pin for many people, including me, who did not want to see government take over health care.  What we want, and need is for government to lift restrictions they put in place to stifle competition, and to open up the playing field for more options.  It does not look like they are going to do all of that yet, but we are getting on the right track now.

The non-profit coops would offer health care for people who can’t get it through an employer by grouping customers together to purchase cheaper coverage.  This will force private companies to offer similar options, and it will breed competition, something this country and our economy is founded on.  Now we need to push for lifting the restriction on cross-state competition, allowing doctors to volunteer outside their state (more on this later), and allow people to keep coverage they had while employed at the same price they paid until they find a new employer.

Ok, now about the volunteering thing.  There is a group, founded by Stan Brock, called Remote Area Medical, which takes medical care all over the world for free.  Some of their stops have been here in the U.S. but they are facing a problem here that they don’t face when they go outside the country.  Many states do not let their doctors volunteer their time in other states.  Many times they hold these free clinics here in the States, but half of their chairs will be empty because they cannot get volunteers to staff them.  I can understand the state licensing thing, but when it comes to volunteering for a non-profit event this restriction should be lifted.

August 14, 2009

Hypocrisy in the Media, Conservative Protestors vs. Liberal Activists

Filed under: Sick and Tired — Trever Bierschbach @ 9:59 am
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It just makes me sick, the double standard that exists in this country, whether it be political party related, gender related, or racial.  What I want to talk about today though is the double standard that the media is perpetrating.  The news media is supposed to be fair, un-biased, and an honorable profession, yet they show their true colors when they denigrate the latest group of political protesters, just because they happen to be conservatives.  For years the media has covered Liberal activists, talking about how it is a demonstration of democracy, concerned citizens speaking their minds.  Yet, when people come out and speak negatively of a plan foisted on us by their chosen saviour, suddenly the activists are ‘crazy’, Nazis, racist, fake, plants, ‘older white malcontents’, and a whole list of other derogatory terms.  The Nazi one gets me the most, one would think it weird that Nazis would protest against a plan that smacks of fascism, put on the table by a president that reeks of socialism.  They are using these terms to undermine the fundamental right these protesters are expressing.  If Barack Obama was white, this would still happen, and the media wouldn’t have the racist card, or the Nazi card to play.  But, since he is black, suddenly anyone who disagrees with him must be racist.

Let’s break some of these down, from the perspective of a citizen that does not want this health care plan that is currently in congress.  First off, our system needs some fixes.  Just because I don’t want this particular reform doesn’t mean I want things to stay the same.  That is Myth #1, you know, since the White House wants to debunk myths and all.  We need something, but what we need is not socialist, Euro-style, health care.

Myth #2, the protesters are fake, or plants.  Just because people of like mind organize to protest, does not mean they were coerced to do it, or forced to do it.  The media points to groups organising these rallies, isn’t that what liberal activists have been doing for decades?  Were they all plants as well?  No one told me to dislike the health care plan, but I do.  No one told my wife to dislike it, or my parents, or most of my friends to dislike it.  We just do, and no one had to tell me to talk about it, I decided that all on my own.  Another part of this myth is the left claiming that the protesters are plants, that work for the insurance industry.  Well, I have never been contacted by an insurance company, have you?  Fortunately I live in a district with a congressman that has his head on the right way, and is clear on his vote.  He held some town hall meetings that were pretty tame, because everyone knew that he was doing the right thing.  If he had not, I would have been there to speak my mind, without incentive from some insurance company.

Myth #3, the protesters are racist, or Nazis.  First of all race has nothing to do with it, this plan would suck no matter the color of the president.  No one on the side of the protesters even mentions race, that is the liberal media, and the left that keeps mentioning race.  They are doing it to make the voices of the protesters seem less legitimate.  The mention of swastikas, and Nazis at the rallies, well, sure there may be white supremacists at these things, but is that a representation of all of the protesters?  No, it isn’t.  Could there be another explanation, perhaps that this plan smacks of Nazi Germany?  These ultra-socialist programs were the same kinds of things promised by Hitler to gain the love of the German people in the late 30’s and early 40’s.  As a matter of fact the only reference to a swastika I could find is one painted on a sign outside a Georgia representative’s office, as if marking him in league with fascists.  You would think that if people were carrying them at the meetings there would be pictures all over the internet.

Myth #4, the protesters are older, white malcontents.  Well, I guess they have only been watching one video.  I have seen young women, young black men, older white women and men, middle-aged black men, white men, and women, and young white men, well, pretty much members of every demographic speaking out against this health care plan.  The left is doing their best to discredit the protesters, and the fact of the matter is all they can do is lie about it.  As yesterday’s post said, I urge everyone to post to flag@whitehouse.gov and report them for their ‘fishy’ disinformation.

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