So turn away now if you’re too spiritual to be interested in politics, but I’ll be brief. The fact that we have morphed from a representative constitutional republic into some kind of soft-socialist, big government banana republic bordering on oligarchy isn’t news to anyone who is a student of real history and pays a modicum of attention.
The 2,500 page monstrosity of a healthcare bill passed last night. You all probably know that by now. What you probably know, but can’t prove without reading the monstrosity, is that there is no way it took 2,500 pages to enact the few changes they claim to have enacted last night. Who knows what else is in that bill? Well, I know that a government takeover of the entire student loan program was tucked in it. ALL student loans from the date of Obama’s signature will be government held loans. Remember that, folks, no matter how the paper work you sign obscures it. The House passed this legislation last year but they couldn’t get through the Senate. So they tucked in this bill. As for the “substance” of the bill, I’ll just say this:
Aside from the tax increases, tricky accounting that deceitfully makes it seem like this bill cuts the deficit, and the further erosion of liberty, the sun still rose this morning despite passage of this bill. And if the Lord wills, it will rise again tomorrow. In fact, for the next several years, things for those of us who fall below the income threshold required for immediate tax increases, life will look pretty much the same on the whole.
But in 5 years, when the full weight of this law comes to bear, remember this day. It’s the day I predict that life as we know it will be “fundamentally transformed.” (I guess he did keep his campaign promise!) The fallout of the insanity we witnessed last night most certainly puts us on the path to a single payer system. British and Canadian friends will chime in to say, “Well, what’s so wrong with that?”
I’ll tell you what’s so wrong with it. This ain’t Canada or The U.K. Canada has a population of 34 million. United Kingdom? 64 million. The horror stories of Britain’s NHS are becoming legendary as their economic woes are affecting the quality of patient care and patient waiting periods even for the most serious medical problems. (You can find population stats here).
The population of the United States? 300 million. Almost ten times that of Canada and five times that of the U.K. Our deficit already, at this moment, rivals that of the U.K. as a percentage of GDP, without universal healthcare. For those who have no stomach for talk of deficits and GDP comparisons, let me put this in even more simple terms:
We cannot afford this. Period. No matter what the pundits say, this was not good. Do I want to see anyone denied the medical care they need? Of course not, and please don’t insult me by implying otherwise. I just don’t see how putting us on a path where the whole country is denied quality healthcare makes life better for those without insurance now. I guess it does if your interpretation of fairness means that everyone is equally sick and impoverished. Remember we are a nation in debt with a population of 300 million and 20 million illegals. This is no small, insignificant statistic. An ignored fact: it’s against the law for hospitals to deny emergency care to anyone who walks through their doors as things stood anyway. So what we’re really doing is trying to make sure no one gets a bill for their medical care. Entitlements once given, are extremely hard to withdraw.
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest (*sigh*), I should return to regularly scheduled programming. I haven’t even started my post on Biblical Womanhood and healthy eating, but I have put together a menu for this week, so I’ll share that with anyone who might be interested and prefers it much more than my political rantings:
- Sunday: Smothered Chicken w/yellow rice, Collard greens, Corn bread, and Andrea’s Blueberry Banana Cake
- Monday: Mushroom Bolognese, Caesar salad (the linked recipe is close to my own Bolognese, but I use fresh tomatoes)
- Tuesday: Fish Pasties, Tomato Cucumber Salad
- Wednesday: Brown Rice Skillet Meal, Steamed Green Beans, Parker House Rolls
- Thursday: Vegetarian Bowtie Pasta w/spinach, Caesar Salad
- Friday: Tacos, Corn, Black Bean Salad w/nachos
- Saturday: Homemade Pizza
Most of the recipes above, I don’t have a link for, because they are my own or are from a cook book. If a recipe interests you, just ask, and I’ll post it as a comment as time permits.
Happy Monday, all!