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Speak Out 9/4/09

Friday, September 4, 2009

Equal care

THE comment that said people shouldn't expect to have good health care is incorrect. Tax money is spent everywhere. Prisoners are guaranteed good health care, better than our own citizens. We spend money in foreign countries. Politicians in Washington have the best care. Why not let the average person have good health care too instead of struggling from month to month to pay the insurance premiums?

Head in the sand

MOST people barely pay attention to politics. They work at one or more jobs. They take care of their children the best they can. And most have been worn down by the news and choose to ignore the political intrigue going on in Washington. Your apathy is required for Democrats to advance their agenda. Your future and the future of your children and grandchildren are being stolen while you hide your head in the sand. It does no good for you or your country when you close your eyes and hope everything will turn out OK.

Flat tax

IT'S time for the flat tax. Most people in America don't realize that the wealthiest Americans pay the vast majority of federal taxes, while the lowest 50 percent of earners pay almost nothing. Yet many of the bottom half of earners still demand more and more from "the rich." Under a flat tax, we'd all be paying taxes, and I think it would be a lot less likely that Americans would tolerate a government squandering trillions if they knew they would have to pay off some of that intolerable debt.

Back to work

THANKFULLY, it is becoming less likely each day that socialized medical care will be forced on America. The more America finds out about it, the less we like it. Now maybe our legislators will shrug off the distractions of cap-and-trade and socialized medical care and focus their attention on one major goal: getting America back to work. How? Lower taxes. Get rid of ridiculous environmental lawsuits designed to force businesses to only deal with union labor. Get our politicians to stop attacking businesses and start supporting them. Less taxes and regulations would lead to a revitalized American economy. That's just what the doctor ordered.

A better nation

SEN. Ted Kennedy played a pivotal role in helping pass a big pile of legislation that has done so much to make us a better nation. Two examples will have to suffice. The Americans With Disabilities Act ended countless numbers of unfair discriminatory actions against those who suffer from disabilities. The other is known as Title IX. Had it not been for Title IX, many girls in schools across the country would not have the opportunity to play high school, college and university sports. Much of the thanks for the passage of Title IX goes to Senator Kennedy. Needless to say, our national stature has risen accordingly. The ongoing tributes to him from people across the political spectrum are proof of his legislative acumen.

School dialogue

THANKS to the Southeast Missourian for offering a new online education forum to encourage an open academic dialogue between parents and teachers.

Scriptural advice

WHEN an opinion seeks to use Scripture to prove that health care is a timely moral issue, it would be wise to use it correctly. Whether the Bible says to help the widows and children at a rate of 3,000 to 1, as stated, I did not count, but one thing I do know: Scripture never requests that the government do anything. Scripture speaks of individuals personally helping the poor. I do not consider liberal politicians using other people's money to implement some kind of program as an example of compassion but an example of a government going astray. If you want to help the poor, go ahead. The Lord said you would have them with you always, so you will have plenty of opportunity. As to the fact that if one does not work neither should they eat, that is valid. A person should not get taxpayer money in the form of any welfare program without picking up trash, painting bridges or working in some way for it.

Esquire dreaming

REGARDING the suggestion that Southeast Missouri State University should purchase the old Esquire Theater and turn it into a parking lot: You're half right. The building is an eyesore, but turning it into a parking lot would be almost as worthless as that popcorn machine in the lobby. SEMO should purchase it, clean it up and use it for a new downtown venue for the their performing arts department. In as little as a year, we could have a fantastic new place to watch live music, independent films and plays. The possibilities are endless. But unless someone steps up to the plate, it will continue to be one more building in Cape Girardeau that we all point at and say, "That place used to be really neat."

Patient interference

MY memory is getting a bit faulty, but it seems as though I remember when all of those Republicans who are screaming that no one should come between a patient and his family are the same ones who actively sought and gained GOP congressional support for direct federal government control over decisions made about a woman named Terri Schiavo.

Saving discipline

I agree that nobody should have to live on Social Security. So does the government. Which is why it was designed as supplemental income. If anyone does have to live on Social Security, it is their own fault. They didn't plan well, spent all their money on every whim and never told themselves or their children no. That's not the government's fault, and I am getting tired of hearing how it is. Don't tell me you can't save. People with minimum-wage jobs do it all the time. Read the human-interest stories in newspapers and you'll see stories of janitors, cooks and others saving tons of money that they leave to a worthy cause upon their death. They did it, and so can anyone else disciplined enough to do the same. The key is self-discipline, something a majority of Americans have little knowledge of.

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Equal care: I've not read anywhere that people shouldn't expect to have good health care. The average person in America not only has good health care, they have great health care. World class health care on our planet is defined by the health care available and provided in the United States. The question we always fall a little short drilling down to is whether the government, funded entirely by taxpayer dollars, our hard-earned working dollars, should pay for every aspect of human health for everyone who happens to be standing on American soil. Now think about this for a minute -- should anything and everything involving my health and your health be provided and paid for by the federal government. I'm sure there are those few who would say "heck yes", and just about every other need in their lives. Most would confess, however, that probably not -- we should be responsible for much of our own well being. I'm even more confident of that answer when the discussion gets around to freedom to choose, quality of treatment, timeliness of that treatment, and the chains that bind when citizens are completely beholding to the bureaucrats in Washington. So then, therefore however -- should doctors, and hospitals, pharmaceutical and insurance companies be given free reign in a free market environment allowing competition, profit and goodwill toward men responding to wants and needs of demanding consumers fulfill the needs of our health care. Although it could be argued that is how we achieved the level we are now -- the envy of other nations. But alas, human endeavors left unaccountable fall off the track, so most of us understand some government oversight and agency review. Ta Da! So all most of us want is to involved in our own health care, choosing the doctors we want, and the procedures we need. We are willing to contribute to the cost, which in itself helps control the cost, as we exercise the freedom of choice among providers. We want our elected officials to pass reasonable, understandable, defensible laws that maintain an even playing field and establish consequences for those who might be tempted to take advantage of others. We want the government to be part of the solution, not a major player in the problem. And most of all, we want a voice. We want to be heard. We want life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So reform -- but recognize that reduced government interference must be part of that reform, not the increased control, greed and corruption of our current gang of lawbreakers. Congresspeople, you better do this right. We're all watching.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 6:11 AM

People say they do not want government run health care well I got news for them nearly fifty percent of the people already have it and have had it for some time. State and Federal employees have it, Seniors have Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans have it and over six million children are on the SCHIP program. These programs have been ran pretty well, I want affordable health care I'm sick and tired of the wealthy insurance companies taking all of my money each month for health care coverage. Health care reform is needed now in this country, when we can spend over a trillion dollars on two wars for the past seven years we can surely we can cover every one of our citizens with health care, they shouldn't even be an agruement over this issue period.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 6:47 AM

Swampy, You may want to check Fact check.

Fact: More than 30 state governments offer a self-insured health plan that is owned and

financed by the state.[viii] However, these state plans are very different than the proposed federalgovernment

plan. In most of these states, the government self-insures as an employer. The plans

are then run by private providers without using the government's power to set prices or control

costs. A state government acting as an employer is far different from the federal government

acting as a competitor.

-- Posted by Solelicious on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 7:46 AM

Come on swampea, lets argue a little. State and Federal programs have gone broke and are borrowing to fulfill their obligations. Medicare and Medicaid are going broke and are not only borrowing, but rationing care - deciding who should recieve what care, if at all. And they pay so poorly that many health care professionals are refusing to participate. I guess its easy to demonize insurance companies, but in reality over 80% of premiums go to claim payouts, and most insurance companies only profit 3 to 4 percent. Costs would be lower if trial lawyers and lawmakers didn't create so much expense. Yeah, lets argue.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 7:49 AM

The Missouri Supreme Court will not hear Cape County Commissioner Smokey Jay Purcell appeal. Strike 3

-- Posted by WhiningVoice on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 8:05 AM

blogbudsman: We got to do something, and what would you suggest? Small Businesses have dropped their health care insurance for there employees because they can not afford it any more, because of the "sky rocketing" cost the health insurance companies are charging. The poor is covered, the elderly is covered and the wealthy can afford it so what about the people in the middle that work hard each and every day and don't have any coverage but are willing to pay if it is affordable. What do you suggest we do to correct that problem?

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 8:34 AM

cape4life is right, a variety of plans are available for state employees depending on where you live and federal employees choose from a lot of different companies with different premiums and levels of coverage. Many have Blue Cross as do a lot of non government employees.

-- Posted by D'oh on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 8:43 AM

Let's drill a little deeper swampeast, why is insurance so high? Why aren't there more choices? My motorcycle insurance doubled this year. I changed insurance companies. One insurance company priced itself out of my business. Another insurance company got new business. So what is it - is it that insurance companies are being forced to cover everyone's health expense that those who have to pay premium's are having to pay more? Is it that medical costs are becoming so high because of malpractice lawsuits and lawmaker mandates? And you list all those who are covered - at what cost? Most of those programs are failing under the strain - and that's with taxpayer money and high premiums; not to mention mortgaging off our children's futures. Do you really believe the government will improve what they are already doing poorly - something has to give. Actually, there are some pretty good ideas floating around out there if the media will report them. Unfortunately the worse solution is more Pelosi, Reid and Barney. Keep on arguing - its good stuff.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 9:13 AM

Equal care...You mean FREE health care, don't you? Why don't you just say it.

Head...Exactly. Get involved.

Flat Tax...Disagree. The FAIR TAX is what we need, not flat tax.

A Better Nation...the biggest pile that Teddy ever passed was all the lies he told the morning after he killed Mary Jo.

Patient Interference...until we get tort reform and cross-state competition on the table the cost of health care will never go down. The whole idea is to lower costs. And the two items that have the most affect on costs aren't even being discussed, and aren't anywhere in the bills. Do you think perhaps the attorneys in D.C. would have ANYthing to do with that?

-- Posted by Hawker on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 9:47 AM

i'm surprised that some insurance companies aren't going belly up these days ...what happen to the spirit of compitition ?..involving the government is like letting a three year old play with a shotgun....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 9:51 AM

Good morning! ☻

Esquire dreaming...."SEMO should purchase it, clean it up and use it for a new downtown venue for the their performing arts department." ...that is a wonderful idea. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:31 AM

A Better Nation

Someone is trying to build a silk purse out of a sow's ear.


Scriptural Advice

A resounding Amen

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:36 AM

blogsman: It is a matter of public record that insurance companies are making huge profits, it is a out of control industry the insurance giants feel they can do as they please because they have had no polcing at all. People say they do not want government involvment in nothing, could you see where we would be without some type of support from government, we are the government the government belongs to the people of this country, we elect all of our leaders democrat or republican. If we don't get this health care cost under control very soon in this country we are going to be in worse trouble then we currently are. I have not agreed with the way the republican party has conducted themselves for the past eight years and the way they conduct themselves today, this is not the party I voted for back in the eighties or mid nineties they are completely out of line today, and the good republicans are letting these radicals take over the party. If the health care providers are doing so poorly why do you continue to see major expansions at both of our hospitals in Cape and why do the profits of the majority of health insurance carriers have just blowed out the ceiling with outstanding bottomline profits, they know that they can get away with it because no one up until now have challenge them and now they don't like that challenge. A lot of these hospitals and doctors have "milked" the medicare care system for so many years with the over charges that it has completely broke the system to the point it is bankrupt. So yes, health care reform is needed in this country in a bad way. If I was laid off today and lost my health care coverage it would cost me over $1,100.00 per month for me and my wife to be covered, we can't draw medicare yet because we are not old enough so we are part of that group that is caught in the middle and trust me there are millions like us in that same boat and yes we both work hard each and every day and neither has never drawed a penny of unemployment, never period we always worked and found something to do to earn a pay check and we both raised our kids and they received a good education.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:39 AM

I have thought of a great way to increase revenue for Cape Girardeau County without increasing our taxes. Let's put a toll on traffic coming over the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge. Thousands of vehicles a day could generate a significant amount of dollars.

-- Posted by tbriner on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:40 AM

swampeast - you and I are not that far apart, we probably agree more than disagree, and we get our facts from different places - and although thats some issue, its not a deal killer. Reform - yes. Government control - no. Do nothing - of course not. Do the wrong thing too fast - not on your life. We need to tell our government to start making changes, not indecipherable 1,000 page laws - but peel the onion, one challenge at a time, in full view. Changes we can truly understand, believe in and trust. If you don't do it now, we will begin electing folks who can.

-- Posted by blogbudsman on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 11:20 AM

blogbudsman: I agree, I believe we both are on the same sheet of music, good honest debate enoyed it have a good and safe holiday.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 12:42 PM

Here is some interesting facts: 1970 U.S. Population was 203,302,031; 1990 U.S. Population 248,709,873. September 04, 2009 as of 1:30 P.M. CST our population stands at 307,358,684 people in this country. No wonder our system is broken and needs overhauled and set for the 21st century it is completely overwhelmed we are trying to operate the way we did back in the seventies and it ain't going to work, we have a heck of a lot of people in this country right now and growing every single day. Source regarding the population in the U.S. is the U.S. Census Bureau web site.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 1:48 PM

Letter to the Editor re Voting on Health Care: It would be interesting. The most interesting thing would be how the issue was presented on the ballots. Most of us are (or should be) aware that ballot language generally is indeed designed to sway voters.

Equal Care: So, we should all strive to be either criminals or politicians in order to have good health care.

Head in the Sand: Yep, that's why governments have had such free reign ... People are busy making a living, and have come to the conclusion that trying to fight 'government' is a useless endeavor.

Flat Tax: The wealth-envious really don't like to hear that about who pays the majority of taxes. Don't like the Flat Tax at all, but would love to see a Fair Tax instituted ... simple, no 100's of pages of 'rules and regulations' prone to 'interpretation,' no loopholes, far less employees to run it ... Unlike the Fair Tax proposals. Don't see either plan making a difference in Americans tolerating the squandering of taxpayers' money, though. Reading further ... WOW, thanks, Hawker! Thought I was alone in supporting the Fair Tax proposal ... even though in our situation we would pay somewhat more in federal income taxes.

Back to Work: It makes sense for a new administration to come into office and start with solving the government's financial situation before doing anything else, and especially not adding to that debt in any way ... but politicians realize quite well that unfortunately, the average American has something he/she wants from government ... and that's where the votes are.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 2:21 PM

You may sort of be right, swampeast ... A growing populace but we still refuse to put into place anything that might encourage more of our people, as well as our government, to be financially responsible ... With such a growing population, one might think that our government would be bringing in more income-tax dollars, right? Instead, programs designed to spend more of our money are expanded or invented far beyond what the government takes in.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 2:27 PM

Flat Tax...Disagree. The FAIR TAX is what we need, not flat tax.

-- Posted by Hawker on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 9:47 AM

Amen Hawker...Fair Tax is the key to a righting our capsized ship of state. ....

blogbudsman: I agree, I believe we both are on the same sheet of music, good honest debate enoyed it have a good and safe holiday.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 12:42 PM

I would join the argument with ya Swampy, but the budsman and Cape4 have given you the straight skinny already...go to your corner, quit shadow boxing the phantom (evil capitalists)like a knee jerk reactionary and reread and ruminate on what their wise posts have offered for consideration. Those of us who oppose another government take over of a problem that 'intrusive government intervention' created to start with doesn't mean we are 'domestic terrorists, or stupid, or inhumane, or hate our fellow man. We are as compassionate as you, and way more so than those gazillion $ wasting pied piper politicians that keep playing their same sickening tune. You want these big insurance companies policed? Then get the Federal government out of it totally, roll back the restrictions on competition against the insurance industry giants whom these supposed 'Big Insurance Company Hating' deceitful politicians pushing health-care reform are really in bed with; get the trial lawyers with their mega million dollar suits out of the equation and let the free market settle things out. It's the only thing ever tried in any system of commerce that actually works. Whether it's widgets or health care, or Insurance or automobiles. I know the truth is painful, but these Fabian Socialists are are just reaching the goal line in a slow incremental game started a 100 years ago. Obama and the current ruling class in Washington are the final special teams brought in to get into it into the end zone. We're on the 10 yard line and the 2 minute warning has sounded. These 'smartest kids in class' have no intentions of fixing any of these problems. Their goal is to keep loading the wagon until it falls apart, all the while their merry band of accomplices genuflect to every pronouncement of the grand wizard, and demand the beheading of any who dare disagree with those infallible ones. Here's some more info that puts it all in perspective. http://www.nolanchart.com/article4425.ht...

Happy labor day to all!...workers of the United States UNITE! ... against these deceivers. Demand your full paycheck which you would get under the FairTax. No Federal withholding of any kind, no income tax to pay, work all the overtime you want, no penalty, spend you money anyway you want, no penalty, save, invest, sell, no capitol gains tax, no inheritance tax, make a profit, no penalty, and it would generate more tax revenue than the golden goose killing tax, tax, tax ideology ever will. Learn more at Fairtax.org

-- Posted by ResistBHO on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 3:20 PM


Want the people to stand up and take notice of our government's bloated spending? (the flushing down the toilet of our tax dollars on useless, needless, and duplicitious programs).

Let's have all employers stop witholding federal and state taxes from our checks. (Which is why most never realize how much they pay in taxes.) Then, every April 15th, everyone writes a check to the federal and state governments for the total amount due.

Betcha the folks will take notice of their taxes and government then!!

-- Posted by FreedomFadingFast on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 3:24 PM

Must be a full moon a coming. I never heard all of this protest against our government when the republicans had control and spent billions each month like druken sailors for eight years so many of them could get rich off of the oil proceeds and government contracts they awarded to their friends regarding Iraq in exchange for huge campaign contributions. I know this is all President Obama fault this complete financial mess we are in the man has only been in office for six months and George Bush and Dick Cheney ride off in the sun set like nothing ever happen.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 3:48 PM


The Bush rhetoric is really getting frayed around the edges. Has anybody told you yet, he is not President any longer. Obama holds the office now and he owns the related problems. He bought the problem along with the glory with the most expensive campaign in history.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 4:07 PM

President Obama during his campaign said over and over again "change" and that is what he is doing. Based on his campaign of change he won by nearly ten million votes. We can not operate like we did 30-40 years ago those days are gone this is the 21st century. And, have_wheels_will_travel the mess were in right now the past administration had a lot to do with it whether you like it or not.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 5:02 PM

And, have_wheels_will_travel the mess were in right now the past administration had a lot to do with it whether you like it or not.

-- Posted by swampeastmissouri on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 5:02 PM

Yes and I am not defending Bush, but am getting tired of using him as an excuse and spewing the same old rhetoric. Obamma has been in office almost 8 months not 6 and he didn't buy half a Presidency. He bought what goes with it. He and his supporters need to quit whining and using Bush for an excuse. Makes no more sense after nearly 8 months than it does to blame Clinton after 8 years and almost 8 months.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 5:19 PM

Like the Pied Piper Politicians, John Adams.

Hmmm ... DTower, those of us who do their own taxes surely are aware of what we're paying in taxation, and are probably somewhat aware of what that money could be earning in interest throughout the year ... your idea wouldn't work anyway though ... too many people absolutely could not hang onto enough money to pay their tax bills on April 15th ...

swamp ... Trying to justify one politician's errors by citing another politician's errors really doesn't work too well. Not sure where you were during Bush's last year or so in office, but his approval numbers were probably an indication of people's unhappiness with him (some tend to conveniently forget the congress 'turnover' that last year though), wouldn't you say?

Don't feel bad, though ... I was taken in by the idea of 'change,' but I kind of thought it meant 'change for the better.' You know, smaller, more efficient government, line-by-line striking out excess progams/departments, etc. Still hoping for that, though, because otherwise, the downward slide in America's well-being is going to continue, regardless of who is (or was) president.

-- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 7:38 PM

Rick, saw your Pepsi problem on the Early Show this morning. That is nasty. YUCK, as I am drinking a Pibb from the can...yuck. I tell you what....my lips are tight as I drink....just in case. ☻

-- Posted by Turnip on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 7:50 PM

The same number of troops in Iraq, and adhering to the same "withdrawl" schedule as his predecessor.

Holding secret meetings with insurance and drug company executives in order to ensure that any new healthcare legislation that is passed will benefit them just like his predecessor.

Expanding presidential powers, war, lawless detention, military strikes, warrentless spying, obstruction of justice, abusing the rule of law just like his predecessor.

Hell, from what I've seen so far, we've elected Bush jr to a third term.

-- Posted by Lumpy on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 8:13 PM

Libertarians are individualists, leftists are collectivists. We are as different as hot and cold.

-- Posted by James Nall on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:10 PM

James have to correct you just a bit. Having been in the HVAC business I learned there is no such thing as cold. It is simply an absense of heat. Now if we could have an absense of the leftists we would have our problems solved. Smiles!

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:33 PM

Not very encouraging, is it, lumpy?

-- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:40 PM

Aw, Wheels ... I'd read that somewhere a long time ago ...

But darn it, when there is an absence of heat, I just about freeze my tooter off (as Grandma used to say)!

-- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:42 PM

PS: She never did tell us what a Tooter was ... leaving it to us to speculate, I guess?

-- Posted by gurusmom on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:42 PM


Took less letters to make the word that native Bollinger Countians used to describe the absense of heat.

-- Posted by Have_Wheels_Will_Travel on Fri, Sep 4, 2009, at 10:59 PM

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