Tuesday Stuff

Patching it Up

Patching It Up

(I know this is late – yesterday was crazy nuts. More on that later).

I’m going to consciously work on highlighting the little moments I’m thankful for every Tuesday because it’s the little moments we forget but make such a huge impact on our lives, overall.

Here is one such moment:

Kevin took our old light fixture out (the wire hanging down behind him) and in the process is patching up other areas of our ceiling and making them blend in by painting over the repairs.

I’m soooooo thankful that my husband knows how to fix things around the house. Truly. He has saved us so much money by doing it himself. I pray that he passes this knowledge on to our sons so they can be handy men to their wives, too.

Thank you for all your hard work, honey. I adore you.

Emily at Chatting at the Sky hosts a weekly “noticing” party – giving us a chance to unwrap and share the little gifts that God gives to us on a daily basis.

Politics

Health Care Law Makes Me Sick

I sit here at a loss for words. I’ve been operating on auto pilot ever since Sunday when this nightmare health care bill was shoved up our asses and passed with little to no regard for how the majority of people felt about it. I think I’m still in shock that it could even happen to begin with. Our country was built on WE THE PEOPLE and yet, WE THE PEOPLE opposed the health care bill and it still passed. This administration resorted to every dirty trick in the book, even going so far as to trap the Democrats in Washington until the bill was voted on.

It’s truly despicable behavior.

I have written draft after draft about the shocking ramifications of this health care law. I have ranted and raved and gotten downright nasty about my feelings about not only this bill, but about the sheer level of complacency this country has reached.

It both sickens and frightens me.

But in the end, I have deleted those rants – they do not serve any other purpose than to allow me to vent my frustrations. What’s done is done. However, I, along with over half of this country, will not take this grossly intrusive law sitting down. We will fight this process, tooth and nail, every step of the way.

And though our hands may be tied at this juncture, we will flood the polls in November and vote these rat bastards out of office. Since Congress’ approval rate is at AN ALL-TIME low, that shouldn’t be too hard to do.

As long as we stick together and remain focused on our objective – fix this fiasco, or at least try to.

I won’t go into all of the reasons this health care law is so wrong for our country – you all know most of the arguments. But I would like to continue pointing out various “goodies” that I’m convinced will surface in the next several months that the media will be sure to ignore.

Let’s begin with the unacceptable intrusion that we will be forced to endure: the expansion of the IRS.

***Highlights of New IRS Authority***
IRS agents verify if you have “acceptable” health care
coverage

IRS has the authority to fine you up to $2,250 or 2 percent
of your income (whichever is greater) for failure to prove
that you have purchased “minimum essential coverage”

IRS can confiscate your tax refund

IRS audits are likely to increase

IRS will need up to $10 billion to administer the new health
care program this decade

IRS may need to hire as many as 16,500 additional
auditors, agents and other employees to investigate and
collect billions in new taxes from Americans

Nearly half of all these new individual mandate taxes will
be paid by Americans earning less than 300 percent of
poverty ($66,150 for a family of four)

***SPECIAL EXEMPTION***
Democrats prohibit the IRS from imposing these taxes and
penalties on illegal immigrants

The IRS will be given the authority to “check your papers.” They have been appointed to act as Gestapo. Think about that for a moment. Think of the ramifications of having an organization being given that much power over our lives.

I have to ask you: you’re seriously okay with this??

Because if you are, then I’m truly scared for this country. America went to WAR with England precisely so they wouldn’t have the authority to tell us what to do or how to live our lives. And yet here we are freely handing our freedoms over to our own government.

Which somehow makes it worse, I think.

What is wrong with you, America? Are you so blinded by the prospect of getting something for free that you’re willing to sacrifice our most precious asset – our freedom? Because if you think this isn’t the beginning of that sacrifice, that there won’t be more legislation down the road that continues to chip away at our freedoms, then you’re truly delusional.

Complacency is strangling this country.

There are other, more efficient, less costly and FAIR ways of dealing with our health care issues. They are out there, but I’m betting most Obama supporters never knew that because our so-called media never reported on it.

*takes a deep breath* I’m ranting.

Here’s another unbelievable “perk” to this health care debacle:

Complete federalization of student loans. NO more private funding of college loans.

This is part of an interview transcript between Greta Van Susteren and Senator Lindsay Graham:

GRAHAM: So how do they pay for it? They cut Medicare by over $500 billion — not to save Medicare but to take money out of Medicare, senior citizens, to pay for the uninsured. They raised taxes by $600 billion. But that’s not enough. That doesn’t get you there.

So they’re taking the student loan program that 19 million students have access to, they’re giving the student loan program completely to the federal government. You want government takeover? Well, then, your ship has come in. Every student in the country can get their — has to go to the federal government to get their student loan. So what the federal government has done is dealt out the private sector, and they’re lending money at 6.4 percent, we’re borrowing it at about 2.6 percent. The difference the federal…

VAN SUSTEREN: The spread, the 4 percent spread or…

GRAHAM: Goes to the federal government. And guess what? Nine-point- one billion dollars of money created by the student loan takeover by the federal government is going to pay for health care. So it’s not enough to increase the taxes on these students when they get a job because that’s what will happen to them under this health care bill. It’s not enough to pass on $2 trillion of debt. That’s what happens when you look at this bill in perpetuity. You got to hit them while they’re in school. This stinks.

VAN SUSTEREN: Now, this 4 percent spread, was this something that before was being paid into the private sector, or I mean, is the cost to the students still the same, it’s just a question of where the 4 percent goes?

GRAHAM: The average student will be spending $1,700 to $1,800 more during the life of their loan because of this surcharge. From the students’ point of view, it’s going to cost you $1,700 to $1,800 more to pay your student loan off, and all the money goes to the federal government. At the end of the day, they took the student loan business over to generate income for the federal government and they’ve applied it to paying for this health care bill.

VAN SUSTEREN: Are you going to have an amendment on this?

GRAHAM: You better believe it! And the one thing I want students to do is speak up. Your student loan rates are going to change. You’re going to have one place to get your student loan from.

VAN SUSTEREN: Are the Democrats saying they’re doing this to help finance the health care reform bill, or do they say that there is another reason? Is there more…

GRAHAM: They’re…

VAN SUSTEREN: What’s their explanation for it?

GRAHAM: They’re saying that the banking system doesn’t work, that the private lenders ought to be taken out of the equation, no private sector entity should make money sending kids to school. So we’re going to have a federally government run student loan program. You know, it’s not enough to own a car company, we got to take over all the student loans in the country. So they’re saying this is better for the students.

The truth is that the spread between what we borrow the money and we charge the student is about 4.2 percent, maybe a little bit higher. It generates money for the federal government to be used not to retire the deficit, not to help students go to school, but to pay for this health care bill. So this is another example of a government takeover of the private sector that will cost the average person more money. And why they’re doing it? To pay for a health care bill that they can’t afford unless they start robbing students.

Again, yet another government take over that squeezes out the private sector – all in the name of funding a health care law we can’t afford and don’t want.

They are slowly, bit-by-bit, chipping away at the foundations of what make this country so great. And I guess we’re just going to stand by and watch them stick it to us, and to our children.

This is unacceptable.

Stay tuned – I’m sure this will only get “better” as we learn more and more. Now that the bill is law, we can learn what’s in it.

If you truly care about this country, then look past the guise of FREE health care for a minute and look at the bigger picture. You owe your country that much.

I have written an apology to my children. I think it’s warranted, don’t you? After all, they will be forced to pay for most of it.

(And by the way, comments are closed. I’m not debating this. I mean, why? What’s done is done. All we can do at this point is damage control).