This is serious, folks…

Remember when Sarah Palin was lambasted for saying Obamacare would lead to “death panels” – that is, unelected bureaucrats who decide who gets treatment and who doesn’t, and what kind of treatment will be rationed to whom?  It is what happens in every socialized medicinal system.  Eventually, the government realizes that, despite their promises, they cannot pay for everything with other people’s money.  And they begin to ration care.  Now, a former Obama administration official is calling for exactly that.

Former “Car Czar” Steven Rattner said this week in a New York Times Op-Ed:

We need death panels.

Well, maybe not death panels, exactly, but unless we start allocating health care resources more prudently — rationing, by its proper name — the exploding cost of Medicare will swamp the federal budget.

But in the pantheon of toxic issues — the famous “third rails” of American politics — none stands taller than overtly acknowledging that elderly Americans are not entitled to every conceivable medical procedure or pharmaceutical.

I’m really surprised this is being openly discussed before the election.  I would expect the healthcare bill architects to continue to hide what it really is until after (they hope) Obama is re-elected.  You may not know this, but recently the Obama administration admitted that many, many people will lose their health plans, whether they like them or not, because of Obamacare. (See here for the story.)  As many as 20 million could lose their employer-based coverage altogether, says the Congressional Budget Office.  This leaves them needing to buy health insurance or face a hefty fine or even be thrown in jail.

“Oh come on, you’re making this up!” Nope. It was in the bill. Said Nancy Pelosi“I think the legislation is very fair in this respect.”

Obama even gave us a preview of this in 2009. He was asked by a citizen at a town hall meeting about what criteria the government would use in deciding the kind of care they would pay for.  She cited her mother – 105 years old – who had surgery at age 100, something she feared the government wouldn’t allow under an Obama plan.  In Obama’s answer, he said this: “At least we can let doctors know, and your mom know, that you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help, maybe you’re better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller.”

“We can let doctors know”?  That is rationing.  It is death panels.  And it is coming to America if we sit by and do not stop it.

Every life is precious…

I had heard two of the stories in this post from LifeNews.com, but not the other.  I hope it gives you pause to think about the miracle of life.

A professor in a college ethics class presented his students with a problem. He said, ‘A man has syphilis and his wife has tuberculosis. They have had four children: one has died, the other three have what is considered to be a terminal illness.

The mother is pregnant. What do you recommend?’ After a spirited discussion, the majority of the class voted that she should abort the child.

‘Fine,’ said the professor. ‘You’ve just killed Beethoven.’

Pattie Mallette was sexually abused as a child and, by age 14, was already using drugs and alcohol. When her hardships became too much to bear, she attempted suicide by throwing herself in front of an oncoming truck.

Then, while staying in a psychiatric hospital during one of the darkest points of her life, she discovered God through a friend and became a Christian. This conversion, she said, gave her peace of mind.

But, after just six months, she relapsed back into bad behaviour and, at age 17, discovered she was pregnant. Because of her young age and difficult situation, many people encouraged her to end her pregnancy.

Mallette, however, insisted abortion was never an option.

Today her son Justin Bieber can sing to millions of fans and inspire them as a living example of the sanctity of human life.

She has recently told her courageous story in her new book Nowhere But Up: The Story of Justin Bieber’s Mom.

Doctors told Tim Tebow’s mother Pam to abort her son after she became ill because the pregnancy, they said, could endanger her life. Pam refused, instead asking God that she have a healthy baby. He answered her prayers with a future star football player.

Decisions to keep babies in circumstances in which many might opt for an abortion resulted in Beethoven, Justin Bieber and Tim Tebow.

Every abortion stops a beating heart. Every abortion ends a life. Every abortion robs the world of someone who could have made a real difference to the lives of others.

And every abortion robs a person of the opportunity to live life.

Pressing Issues

In May of 2009, Barack Obama told a room of journalists and media correspondents, “Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me.” After some laughter, he added, “Apologies to the Fox table.” [More laughter] They say all humor has an element of truth to it. And in this case, the joke contained a lot of it.

If you could sum up my blog in one sentence, it would be this: “Do not trust what you see on TV or read online or in print; go check it out for yourself.” And though many would be quick to say they do just that, I believe more people are swayed by what we would call the ‘traditional’ or ‘mainstream’ media than realize it. Casual attention to their headlines and lead stories can lead you to form impressions and opinions that you likely wouldn’t, had you known all the facts.

No too long ago, it was reported that 88% of campaign contributions from journalists at the three major TV networks went to democrats in 2008. No surprise, then, that we got headlines like these.

On one particular day at NBC, the headlines included:

Palin flipped on ‘Bridge to Nowhere’
Palin faces ethics investigations in Alaska
McCain uses POW ordeal to fight housing gaffe

And what about coverage of Obama and Biden?

40 million viewers tune in for Obama’s speech
Obama’s night for the history books
NYT: New hope 45 years after King’s dream
Biden stresses change and challenge

And no surprise that the President would joke about the majority of the press in the room voting for him. After all, why would the joke be funny, unless it were obvious the press supported Obama through what they report? If you begin to regularly do your own research, you will likely become very upset at the lack of information and the misinformation the press gives you.

Have you been affected by the press over the years? Take this simple test. Do you have the impression that Barack Obama values bipartisanship, or that Republicans don’t care about the poor? Do you think the economic mess we are in is all George W. Bush’s fault, or do you think Obamacare gives healthcare to everyone? If you answered yes to any of these, you have likely been affected by the media.

Do you think that if negative information about Mitt Romney surfaces in the campaign’s final weeks, that the press will not report it? If you are a casual observer, you might think that if negative information about Obama were out there, the press would report that, too. But you’d likely be wrong.

If a Republican candidate for President had once joined a socialist political party while seeking public office, think the media would mention it? If they once held a political event in the home of a domestic terrorist, think the media would find the time to tell us? If they had a mentor in their youth who was a card carrying member of the Communist Party and a pornographer, think we would have heard about it? Yet each of these is true about Barack Obama, and I bet you’ve never heard about any of this. It’s amazing what a little bit of research can produce. And if I can find this out, do you really think the media can’t? These bits of information are part of what’s called “vetting” a candidate, and the media Barack Obama jokes about voting for him in ‘08 did not do that with him. They did not hesitate to look into Sarah Palin’s past, however. We heard all about her supposed incompetence and lack of qualifications.

Before you vote this November, do yourself a favor, and do your own homework. Find out who the candidates are and where they stand on important issues. Don’t rely on a media who has an obvious interest in one particular candidate.

Shaking My Head

Remember the name Bart Stupak? He was considered a pro-life Democrat from Michigan, and he and a coalition of other so-called pro-life Democrats almost stopped Obamacare. Those who knew the bill and what could and most certainly would happen urged him to keep his stand against it, but he caved to a “compromise” from President Obama, who issued an executive order that would supposedly keep public funding out of elective abortions. Despite the urging, and even the words of the abortion lobby, who said the executive order was meaningless, Stupak gave in, and believed that the most pro-abortion President in U.S. history would put limits on abortion coverage in his signature healthcare bill.

Now that it is obvious what the legislation has done, Stupak says he is disappointed in the President.

Now, Stupak…admits the new Obama HHS mandate, that forces religious groups to pay for and refer women for abortion-causing drugs, violates Obamacare and the executive order.

“I am perplexed and disappointed that, having negotiated the Executive Order with the President, not only does the HHS mandate violate the Executive Order but it also violates statutory law,” he said.

You can see the video here of his comments here.

But Mr. Stupak, if we, the general public, could see what was coming in this legislation, why couldn’t you? The pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, who would strip Stupak of its “Defender of Life” award, warned each member of Congress how bad the bill was for the unborn. It went so far as to say: “Let me be clear: any representative, including Rep. Stupak, who votes for this healthcare bill can no longer call themselves ‘pro-life.’”

We knew what was coming. Why couldn’t you see it, sir? Not only is taxpayer money being used to fund abortion, but even religious organizations are being forced to offer health insurance plans that pay for contraception and other abortifacients, even if doing so violates their religious principles. To be fair, I don’t know how many in the pro-life movement saw the HHS mandate, but we knew the kind of power the bill gave to the HHS.  And we knew the kind of politician Barack Obama is.  Obamacare can rightly be called the biggest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.

Did you really not know the kind of politician our President is? Or did you simply not read the bill? Whatever it was, you cannot say we did not try to warn you. Nor can you claim you did not help this debacle happen. This is a sad story, to which we can only shake our heads.

An honest assessment

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

-Benjamin Franklin

If you are a supporter of the President, I ask you honestly, how many times have you heard him blame the economy he inherited, or the deficit he inherited, or the wars or tax cuts that were not paid for?  I know you, like me, want him to take action to fix the problems we face, regardless of whose fault they are.  Now I ask you: Is he fixing the problems?  Are we moving in the right direction?  Are we better off than we were when he took office?  Or is he simply still blaming our trouble on someone else?

He has had four years to help get the economy going in the right direction, and it has gotten worse.  This is one of the many things I feared would happen after he was elected.  When President Obama took office, the unemployment rate was at 7.6%, and he signed the stimulus bill with the claim that it would keep the rate from reaching 8%.  Since it passed, we have had more than 40 consecutive months of unemployment above 8%, the most since the Great Depression.  And if the same criteria were used to calculate the unemployment rate today as it was in January, 2009, the rate would be around 10%.

In light of this, I would expect a leader to say, “This is unacceptable.  I will not sit by and let this happen, so here is what we are going to do…”  But I don’t hear that from Mr. Obama.  Outside of the occasional “We’re moving in the right direction” and seemingly made up numbers about jobs created or saved, I hear blaming and name calling.  And that’s not leadership.

If you voted for Obama last election and are disappointed, as I am, consider the alternative this time.  Because what Obama is really saying when he blames someone else is that he doesn’t know how to fix the problem.  And if that is the case, we need to elect someone who does.