Hi Everyone! It has been quite a while since I published the latest version of the Criddle Chronicles. I found this Oldie but Goodie from 2009 that I thought I would start with to get you all back into the mood. These were my thoughts and comments from the end of 2009. BHO had been in office almost a year and this is where we were headed.
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“News and Views from the Conservative Voice of SW Ohio”
Volume 2, Issue 28
Thursday, December 31, 2009
SPECIAL YEAR IN REVIEW EDITION
“A rigid economy of the public contributions and absolute interdiction of all useless expenses will go far towards keeping the government honest and unoppressive.”
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Lafayette, 1823
Welcome to the 2009 Year in Review Edition
What a year! On a personal note it has been fairly a crappy year, (certain teaching experiences that I wouldn’t wish on anyone), the passing of my 13 1/2 year old dog (who was my first child) and a week later losing my mother-in-law. The situation our country is finding itself and the current socialist administration does nothing to make one feel better.
Politically, we as a country have faced a crappy year as well. The failed Stimu-LESS packages, Cash for Clunkers, Cap & Tax, Government takeover of the auto industry, banking and insurance industries, unemployment of 10.2%, GITMO’s planned closing and Obama-care (a.k.a. socialized medicine) among other things. The overspending by this administration as well as the far left-wing Congress pushing their socialist agenda is unbelievable. When we have the CHINESE lecturing us on too much government spending you KNOW you have a problem. There were also the additional embarrassments to me, as an American, with the “apology tour”, Obama’s insistence on bowing to every foreign leader he comes across—THE PRESIDENT SHOULD NEVER BOW TO ANYONE.
There was the dissing of the British PM. There were the embarrassing “gifts” his administration gave heads of state- including DVDs (which were not compatible with the European DVD players), and I-pod with show tunes—good grief! When the protocol is to send a college intern to Wal-Mart to buy the state gifts, we have a serious disconnect with the office he holds. And who can forget Hillary Clinton’s “reset” button to the Russians- which actually said “overcharged”…I think we ALL feel that way. That incident truly frightened me since the administration must not have access to a reliable Russian translator- what does THAT say for National Security concerns?
On the topic of National Security, Obama was supposed to be the one to change America’s image in the world. Iran and N. Korea were going to magically realize that we were now the good guys and drop any animosity towards us. Well, as we have seen, his Kumbaya Foreign Policy hasn’t worked at all. The Iranians in particular have loved it— mainly because it bought them time to build their nuclear arsenal. I think it has actually been a shock to BHO that they actually call HIM Satan too. They are so naïve when it comes to the terrorists. A hug is NOT going to make them go away. Strategically targeted US missiles on the other hand… I say we help them get to those 72 virgins a little earlier than they expected. I always have this hope that the final joke is on them. Thy die for the cause, and end up in the afterlife asking for their 72 virgins. They are then led to a room full of ugly men in spandex saying “Here we are”!
Then we have his job as Commander in Chief. I really wish he took that as seriously as he does his date nights with his wife. Gen McChrystal, who BHO appointed as his Commander in Afghanistan. When Gen. McChrystal asked for 40,000 more troops in August of course, BHO jumped right on that priority—our War on Terror, right? Well, if you consider the end of NOVEMBER jumping on it. AND he only approved 30,000 troops and he gave an exit date of 18 months. Yeah, let’s let our enemy AND the citizens of Afghanistan know when we will be leaving. I mean, I am no military expert, but common sense AND the experts say not to tell them your plans. I say one of his main Constitutional duties is as Commander in Chief. He needs to listen to his leaders and take care of our men and women who are sacrificing their lives for us. It should be always a TOP priority.
Speaking of the Constitution….I wish our Congress would do the same. I am not a Constitutional lawyer (and I don’t play one on TV) but, I am a citizen who has read the Constitution (which is steps ahead of most of our Congress from what I can tell). There have been quite a few abridgements of our Constitutional rights, in my opinion as of late. I strongly believe the government takeover of private business (buyouts) is unconstitutional. This latest offence, better known as Obamacare, completely disregards individual freedoms guaranteed in the Constitution. The fact that people are being FORCED to have health coverage or be fined/penalized is totally against what our country used to stand for. We must remember health care is NOT A RIGHT it is a privilege. Many are fortunate to work for companies that have offered health insurance to its employees. That offer is often a way to entice or keep workers, it is also considered part of their compensation. It is great that people offer that. But to PENALIZE companies that offer their own insurance to their workers is a way to force people into a single-payer system (socialized medicine). Doctors also are against this plan. It will do nothing but drive physicians out of the medical profession or at least out of private practice. When doctors are compensated less for some specialized tests that can be done in their office, they will be forced to give up that expensive equipment as they can no longer afford to pay for it. This will force testing to be done in a hospital setting- which is, as you know, more expensive than if done in an office.
Also, since many doctors are being forced out of the field, medical resources will be fewer. More people drawing from fewer resources will result in longer waits for patients. We have also seen evidence of the government wanting to limit or restrict access to certain tests- a government study recommending that mammograms no longer being offered to women 40 yrs old but you must now wait until 50.
Since it wont save costs, it causes longer waits for treatment and less covered services, it seems that the only purpose is to create a socialized medical system with greater government control and power over our lives.
Our government has forgotten about “WE THE PEOPLE”.