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Speak Out 4/8/10

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Diaper dumping

IF you travel Route M every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you won't miss it. It's the diaper dumper, two bags of used adult diapers dumped on the road.

Health costs

I'M sick and tired of everybody running down the Obama health care package. Critics keep saying costs will go up. They go up anyway. What caused that?

Religious views

SAYING that the Democratic Party is the party of atheism is offensive. The overwhelming majority of Americans are spiritual no matter which party they affiliate with. In this two-party political system, centrist thinkers who differ just a little from each other might find themselves on opposite sides of the aisle. Just because we differ on some political points doesn't make us mortal enemies.

False alarm

THERE are people around Cape Girardeau and Jackson who believe there are going to be 17,000 IRS agents knocking at your door if you don't buy health insurance. Read what was passed. There will not be 17,000 IRS enforcers added to the payroll. That was never even in the bill. Actually, 16,500 was the claim, and someone is inflating that fallacy to boot.

Common sense

I laugh whenever political movements try to label their thinking as "common sense." If you travel this country end to end, you'll never meet an individual who doesn't think he uses common sense almost all of the time. The phrase is no more righteous than "good thinking according to the person who says it."

Makes no sense

CHARLES Krauthammer bemoans the fact that President Obama is going to Indonesia and attributes it to nostalgia. Never mind the fact that Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim nation with a rapidly developing economy and a strategic ally in the war on terrorism. Krauthammer, apparently a hopeless Anglophile, somehow interprets this as a snub of Great Britain. I know. It makes no sense. It's just that irrationality is something you don't expect from Krauthammer.

Health entitlement

MORE than a few Speak Out comments refer to "the government" instead of the appropriate "our government." In a democratic republic, the government belongs to the people. If we don't like the performance of some of our elected officials, we can change it at the ballot box. Having said that, it is a wonderful thing that health care is now an entitlement and that our government (society writ large) finally has a responsibility to see to it that the private sector attends to the health care needs of nearly all of its citizens. Private giving is a good thing and will continue, but there's no way it could make a dent in covering the 30 million or so Americans who are now, finally, entitled to health care coverage.

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Health entitlement.

Health care is not an entitlement under the U.S. Constitution. It was under the Constitution of the former Soviet Union.

Again, read the following from their Constitution:

Article 42. Citizens of the USSR have the right to health protection.

This right is ensured by free, qualified medical care provided by state health institutions; by extension of the network of therapeutic and health-building institutions; by the development and improvement of safety and hygiene in industry; by carrying out broad prophylactic measures; by measures to improve the environment; by special care for the health of the rising generation, including prohibition of child labour, excluding the work done by children as part of the school curriculum; and by developing research to prevent and reduce the incidence of disease and ensure citizens a long and active life.

Article 43. Citizens of the USSR have the right to maintenance in old age, in sickness, and in the event of complete or partial disability or loss of the breadwinner.

The right is guaranteed by social insurance of workers and other employees and collective farmers; by allowances for temporary disability; by the provision by the state or by collective farms of retirement pensions, disability pensions, and pensions for loss of the breadwinner; by providing employment for the partially disabled; by care for the elderly and the disabled; and by other forms of social security.

Housing and education was also a right among many other "rights" authorized by the government. We know that turned out well for economy of the Soviet Union. How many entitlements do you think would be enough?

-- Posted by Balmy on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 12:34 AM

"The government" for those of us who reject the European conservatism of Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, and F. D. Roosevelt.

-- Posted by BCStoned on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 8:17 AM

Peter, ain't no tellin' with HellandDamnation. I believe they give you a warning by deleting the offensive post first, if you continue, your login info will be banned.

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 8:58 AM


It did not take long for Paul Volcker who came out yesterday and float the trial balloon that a VAT Value Added Tax (consumption tax) may be needed to pay for the growing deficit due in part to entitlements. Wow, what a surprise!!!!

Denmark, Norway, and Sweden have a 25% VAT. Japan has a 5% VAT. Washington is talking about a tax in the vicinity of 7% in addition to the income tax. Welcome to the real world....There is no free lunch, and one way or another, we all will pay for it. Yes, all income levels. We will pay the government to ineffectively and inefficiently manage another entitlement program. We are definitely sheep being led to financial slaughter.

-- Posted by Balmy on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:04 AM

But surely the VAT won't apply to things poor people spend all their money on like food, medicine, rent and utilities...right?

-- Posted by Observer1 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:22 AM

But seriously, politicians love the VAT because it is a hidden tax, like the minimum wage, that most people won't notice or if they do, they will blame some thing else for the rising prices. Watch for the VAT to be passed after the congressional elections this year, or more like after the 2012 presidential election so voters won't remember it when they go back to the polls.

-- Posted by Observer1 on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:26 AM

Diaper dumping---better there then at home , right ?...if ya know the days it happens , it shouldn't be a big deal to catch whoever is doing this...

..and of course , after they're caught , some community service picking up trash may not be a bad thing...

Health entitlement --- it stopped being "our government" years ago , where have you been ? the more "our government" hands out , the less people are going to do--why should they if they're getting something handed to them?

if someone is down and out , whatever happened to family helping them until they get back on their feet ? "our government" is not our family....

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:52 AM

will the VAT be in addition to the Class Act ?

-- Posted by ..Rick on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 9:53 AM

Wheels, you 'bout ready to pack it up and head this way?

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 1:55 PM


From another post, Wheels said he was leaving last Saturday. I may be wrong. It wouldn't be the first time.

-- Posted by SpankTheTank on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 2:02 PM

Thanks, Spank. I guess I missed that. ;o)

-- Posted by Turnip on Thu, Apr 8, 2010, at 2:13 PM

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