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AMERICANS ARE HURTING – “CONGRESS COULD CARE LESS”!

After you read this send me a message and tell me how Congress and three vindictive Senators can take a month off when people are suffering. Our Congress is inhumane to keep the Obamacare debacle alive. I hope the voters remember every Democrat and the maverick RINO’s when they come up for re-election.

At the same time I can’t fathom why some news service does not compile a special report of actual facts of how health care costs are destroying working and retired Americans. If you hear younger Americans tell us seniors they are tired of paying for our Medicare they are not informed.

I will share some personal facts of how healthcare is effecting my retirement. I will also share two examples of the plight of two middle aged Americans, one is from my family regarding the insurance debacle. The sad part of this insurance disaster is that Congress and all government employees are exempt from the Obamacare disaster. They could care less as they have more than adequate insurance that we pay for most of their premiums with our taxes.

I retired nearly 24 years ago with one pension for 27 years service with what is now Lockheed-Martin. This provides us with a staggering $221.47 each month and no benefits. Now take a look at what Medicare provides and costs. We each pay $107.00 each month in premiums deducted from our Social Security, now named a Federal Entitlement. This is means tested and many retirees pay much more as they have higher incomes. We also pay for the first $185 of costs as a deductible or $370 total each year.

For the uninformed, Medicare only pays for 80% of medical costs and unless you are rich or a fool you have to buy a supplemental insurance policy to cover the 20%. This requires a policy just like those on Obamacare that is so-called competitive as the rates in each State are not the same. These premiums increase each year as you grow older regardless of your health. Being blessed with my 87th birthday this month and you reach this advanced age there is no competitive advantage to shop around for better rates as you are just too old. Currently the costs for Norma and I to be covered is $399.29 each month and these costs have increased twice in the past six months but who cares?

Bush #2 gave us old people another entitlement called Medicare part “D” for our drugs. This program is also competitive as you buy an insurance policy that has many options, choices and different premiums to chose from. These policies are so confusing my insurance agent for our Medicare refuses to even sell or recommend which insurance provider to buy from. As Norma takes much less prescription medication she has a policy with lower premiums and has a co-pay for her medication. In my case I have higher premiums and only have co-pay if their is no generic yet. Currently our monthly costs for prescribed drugs and premiums is about $210. In addition we take doctor recommended vitamins, aspirin, fish oil, bacteria for my colon and other assorted over the counter medical items. The Instaflex for my knees alone is $39 a month. This will easily average over $75 each month.

Speaking of my knees that are both bone on bone. My family doctor can inject steroids in my left knee every three months. I have to drive 128 miles to my referred Orthopedic Surgeon who administers three shots in my right knee every six months. Both doctors do not recommend surgery because I am just too old. Medicare pays for the steroid shots in my left knee and the shots injected by the Surgeon every six months. My main reason to include this information is to document why are there three and six month intervals. If I have to have the shots sooner Medicare will not pay for them. They cost $550 and $1800 each cycle. The doctors both told me there is no medical reason for the time periods but some bureaucrat in Washington decided that was what it would be. I do get a steroid shot in my right knee after four months as the series of shots never last six months.  

We have no coverage for dentistry work. Just yesterday I paid $210 to have my teeth cleaned and a getting a crown re-cemented in that came off when the hygienist was flossing my old teeth. Our average dental costs are $1500 each year.

Because I do not understand or trust the confusing Federal ograms I still maintain a catastrophic policy I have had for 50 years. It has a $25,000 deductible and cost $636 annually

To save you time our annual costs for healthcare is at least $13,279.00 at this time or $1,106.58 each month. Norma has not been admitted to a hospital since 1965 or 52 years ago. I have not been admitted to a hospital since 2004 or 13 years ago which means nothing for our insurance rates.

I hope those who think Medicare is free and are not government bureaucrats become aware of that planning for those “Golden Years” in advance is difficult.

Our daughter is in business for herself and is required to buy an Obamacare policy or pay a hefty tax penalty. She has not been hospitalized in the past seven years. Her policy premiums are some $800 a month and she has to pay $60 per visit any time she see’s her primary care doctor. She has no dental coverage and her policy has some other restrictions. It has a $6000 deductible clause. If her doctor refers her to a specialists the policy pays nothing until she reaches the $6,000. If the doctor send her to get any testing, X-Rays or lab work the policy pays nothing until the $6,000 deductible is met each year. If a generic drug exists they cost $5.00. If no generic drug exists the co-pay is extremely expensive. Some drugs are not even covered and she pays 100%. In the area she lives there are few choices and they keep disappearing as the insurance companies keep dropping out of the market. To keep her doctor she has been with for 25 years was a nightmare of bureaucratic paperwork.  

Can you imagine a government employee and especially a Congressperson screaming if they had a policy like hers or ours. They don’t have to worry as they are the new “Elite” class of Americans. When my grandchildren ask me what field of work to pursue I tell them either “healthcare” or “Government service”. These are the only fields with benefits as Obama killed benefits from most companies and the 40 hours work week. My son works for one of the largest companies in the world that offers no healthcare or retirement benefits to newly hired employees. Anyone who plans to live on Social Security is mindless. Why has this escaped exposure even from Fox News is scary?

I know a friend who works as hard as anyone I know. He is a maintenance worker and has no benefits. His wife also works and they have three small children. If she covers her husband and their children with her insurance she would have zero take home pay. The consequence is he and the three children must use Medicaid care where illegals have priority.

As the media or any well known journalist or commentator or even a well known Blog writer has never attempted to tell the real stories I will publish your story if desired? Maybe just one person in power in Washington might really understand.

I give up on Congress to help as they just play power games. Other matters are understandably important but to just sweep healthcare under the rug is hurting far too many deserving Americans. When two female Senators and John Mc Cain sank the repeal of Obamacare they betrayed their trust. Women I can understand are concerned about abortions and free birth control pill for even those on welfare. McCain who reversed his last vote, just voted no to punish Trump politically. Every pregnant woman who cares for everyone is still being punished because of these three Senators who hate President Trump. A really sad day for America folks when a “has been” Senator killed all hope to fix our healthcare to just stab Trump in the back. They used to call this Treason but Congress persons do not fear or support our laws they can just ignore them. Washington is broken but who cares? I do, do you? Please share this with every American possible.

C Brewer

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AMERICA IS LEADERLESS! WHEN WILL ENOUGH BE ENOUGH?

Why do the people sit on their hands and watch the most inept array of supposedly the best people in America run amok? With Memorial Day approaching I wish every American alive could read and comment on this article. While some of us will remember our veterans as hero’s our President will probably play golf on this paid holiday for all government employees. Remember real hero’s don’t wear capes, they wear dog tags.

Why are the majority of Democrats and a few Republicans pleased with an Attorney General who refuses to obey our own laws? He approves the release of thousands of convicted aliens who were rapists, murderers, and thieves from detainment. He sues the states for trying to enact and maintain common sense laws we need to eliminate fraud. Who cares, I do, do you? The sad part is if Obama could shut down Fox News we would not even know most of this lawlessness.

Why are all Democrats happy with the lawless operations of the IRS that Obama, Harry Reid and Queen Nancy Pelosi sweep under the cloud of deception?

Why are most Democrats pleased that the government records and listens to your phone calls, reads your E mails and records it all?

Why do most Democrats and far too many Republicans waste trillions of tax dollars on the Departments of Education and Energy they have continually failed to improve education standings or reduce our dependence on foreign oil?

Democrats who properly forced Richard Nixon to resign for secret probing of other Americans are now fat dumb and happy that our President and Secretary of State sacrificed the lives of four true American hero’s in Benghazi, Libya to get Obama re-elected. The action itself was inhuman and unprecedented in our history. Lying and hiding the facts is inexcusable to everyone but Democrats. At least Nixon did not kill or sacrifice other Americans but was at least replaced. I wonder if all of the people who voted for Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the other mindless Democratic leaders are happy with the Benghazi political cover-up.

I have not been writing much lately as I have just stopped watching the news or reading the Beaumont Texas Enterprise, the only newspaper available here in deep East Texas. This newspaper is so liberal biased even the crossword puzzles seem slanted left. What motivated me to write this article is watching the tragedy happening this past week about how our veterans are being sacrificed so that the Veterans Administration (VA) operations appear positive.

This is the last straw for any American to have to endure. I am a veteran as I enlisted in the US Navy Reserve at 17. I spent nearly five years, 3.5 on active duty, and fortunately for me I never faced anything more dangerous than traffic getting to and from the base. I was Honorable Discharged at 22 and I have never needed or asked for any healthcare from the VA.

Watching Obama and his Democratic leaders lie, sweep things under the rug, ignore our laws, waste our money, sacrifice other Americans for political gain is horrible and history will someday record these events.

If Congress and the American people allow the facts to be hidden about the way our veterans have been allowed to die to make reports be favorable, we have failed as humane people.

Do you wonder why the Veterans Administration is not managed by veterans instead of bureaucrats? I do. We pay to expertly educate our military officers to be doctors, nurses, lawyers, administrators and accountable leaders. It seems to be common sense that we utilize these professionals to not only lead but to manage all VA operations instead of bureaucrats.

Please tell me how you feel, agree or disagree with my facts and I will post your comments on this article. It will take you less than five minutes to get involved. Hopefully you are as concerned about our veterans as I am?

C Brewer

OBAMA’S PROMISE TO CREATE JOBS!

 

Even though our President has failed to keep his promise to create jobs, the news about another delay in starting the Keystone project was expected. By me for sure. There is no doubt in my mind that he will never allow this jobs program to happen. The damage he has done to destroy our economy is beyond belief. If lying was a Nobel Prize event he would be given a lifetime award as he could not be beaten by anyone now that Castro and Chavez are both inert.

He has used every excuse imaginable to satisfy the lunatic tree huggers who keep Democrats in office and are hell-bent to regulate America back at least two centuries. American environmentalist, Eco-Terrorists, are no different than the male Muslim terrorists in Afghanistan who also want no change in their lifestyles. The major difference is the Muslims are willing to give their lives to stop progress. In America, our Eco-Terrorists, like Al Gore, Jimmy Carter might give someone else’s life to stop all progress from their lofty perch and extravagant life styles.

Eco-Terrorism since Obama was elected has allowed our government unionized bureaucrats to produce more unnecessary government regulations than all of the necessary regulations enacted since George Washington was President.

It is clear to me that destruction of our economy and creating hatred within people by making success look criminal was Obama’s only objective. Using the Eco-Terrorists to hide behind was a brilliant ploy to achieve his goal.

Back to the Keystone decision. Why is he delaying his decision to kill the Keystone project until after next November’s election? He is wise enough to know that if he kills the project now he will destroy any chance of regaining control of the House of Representatives and likely lose control of the Senate. Only an imbecile, the Democrats have a lip lock on this segment of society, are dense enough to see that the eventual cancellation of Keystone will assure their loss of the House, Senate and the Presidency in 2016.

Obama does not care who replaces him as it will take 50 years to repair the damage he has inflicted on America. He will be living in Hawaii, golfing every day and enjoying a regal lifestyle we will pay for. If he is challenged or has his pension cancelled, he has amassed a fortune that will allow him a regal lifestyle anywhere in the world. He hates America anyway.

Those who elected him twice, women, the poor, and the illegals, those on welfare, all democratic politicians and bureaucrats will suffer the most in a bankrupt America. The only alternative will be civil war which is what Obama and Eric Holder have laid the ground work for already. Hatred is the fuel for any civil war and a divided America already exists and is fueled daily from Washington and publicized by a  by the media idiocy.

Folks, those who still love freedom, there is only one way to stop Obama and further destruction, vote. Even if the conservatives regain control of the Senate and retain control of the House, the next 50 years will be a struggle to just repair the damage. We have no money now to maintain a leadership role in the world and we can’t just print more much longer.

One thing is certain, the Keystone project will never be approved by Obama. If he holds control of the Senate in November he will still have  good old Harry Reid, “Expert on Identification of  American Domestic Terrorist”, happily continuing to stall everything in the Senate. Obama can just keep postponing the decision until 2017 when he moves to Hawaii and maybe Hillary can continue the destruction.

The Democrats do not appear concerned about losing anything as they can depend on the Republicans to self destruct over the abortion and birth control war they fight with each other.

C Brewer

EDUCATION CHECK LIST

 

Let me encourage everyone who reads this blog to visit http://kyleolson.org to follow the best author on education I have ever read. You will always find a link on my blog to his site. The following checklist was created by Mr. Olson with the capability to use nationwide. The list includes specific questions for the “parents”, “taxpayers” and all “elected officials. Apparently he omitted “non-taxpayers”, people who refuse to work, as they really do not care so long as they get their freebies. Exceptions exist for the unfortunate that cannot work because of physical limitations, those in mental institutions, and those who belong in a mental institution and inmates.

Checklist

Parents

  • Look at all of your schooling options.
  • Get to know your teacher.
  • Find out: Does your child attend a student-focused school?
    • Is the staff more worried about pay and benefits than putting your kids first?
  • If your neighborhood school is ineffective, demand options from community and elected leaders.

Taxpayers

  • Know your school board.
    • Who did the union endorse in the last election?
    • Are they calling for tax increases or spending reform?
    • If you’re a taxpayer, parent or Tea Party group, interview candidates and hold them accountable.
    • If you don’t like what’s happening, run for the school board. Contact American Majority for training. (link to americanmajority.org)
  • Look into how your public school is spending YOUR money. It’s not their money – it’s your money.
  • Demand to know what is going on in contract negotiations.

Elected Officials

  • Give parents options.
    • Empower parents so they can escape failing schools.
    • Consider a Parent Trigger law, as California’s Parent Revolution [3] did.
    • Stand with U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in believing that students trapped in failing schools should be rescued immediately, by any means necessary, and not wait for bureaucrats to tinker with the system.
    • Increase transparency.
    • Post financial data on your website.
    • Be forthcoming about teacher effectiveness.
  • Reform/Eliminate tenure and “last hired/first fired” policies
  • End the conflict of interest and money-making schemes by organized labor that distractions and create unnecessary fights in our communities.

We must each do what we can to fix the education system.  Clearly those involved can’t be trusted to do it or they would have by now.

Thank you Kyle Olson.

SEE IF YOU FEEL STIMULATED WITH THESE FACTS?

Who Got Stimulated? (A review of this weeks activities by our Chief Executive)

Barack Hussein Obama, is intent on increasing the federal  taxes, of everyone who actually pay them, (about 47 percent of the population) in January, by way of letting the Bush-era tax reductions expire. 

His administration has announced several “band-aid’s” to help reduce our growing debt.

First, President Obama ordered a freeze on bonuses for some 3,000 of his high-paid political appointees. Then he announced a freeze on the wages of all federal workers for the next two years.

One Social Security administrator summed up the reaction of her fellow federal union workers: “That’s why Obama’s ratings are below Bush’s, and that’s hard to be unless you’re Osama bin Laden. I can’t wait until I retire.”

Well, given the fact that federal bureaucrats are now endowed with grossly disproportionate wages and benefits, one can understand why retirement remains attractive for them. On the other hand, millions of private sector citizens will be working well beyond retirement age in order to make ends meet, especially given the increased tax burdens they’ll likely incur in the future to pay off Obama’s deficit.

Let’s review the most recent comparison’s of statistical data: 

Compared to more productive private sector employees, whose income is confiscated to pay government wages and benefits, hourly government workers are paid 57 percent more than those in the private sector for comparable jobs ($28.64/hour vs. $18.27/hour).

Salaried bureaucrats enjoy average annual wages of $78,901, while those in the private sector average $50,111, and the number of bureaucrats collecting more than $150,000 a year has doubled since Obama took office.  (That’s you my son.)

When benefits such as taxpayer-funded contributions to pensions are included, government bureaucrats end up with 85 percent more compensation than their private sector comparables.

On top of that disparity, bureaucrat jobs are virtually tenured, both recession proof and unaffected by a dearth of productivity. Benjamin Franklin once famously said, “Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Today, however, you can add government jobs to the short list of guarantees.

Notably, Obama did not order a freeze on government hiring, and I can assure you that the number of exemptions for government agency wage freezes will eventually equal the number of government agencies. Additionally, Obama didn’t freeze promotions, meaning that any federal worker can receive a de facto pay raise by “promotion” into the next incremental GSA scale.

Since the beginning of the current recession, private sector employment is down 6.8 percent. On the other hand, Obama has used taxpayer funds and debt on future generations, his so-called “recovery program,” to grow the ranks of central government bureaucrats by more than 10 percent in the same time period.

Of course, Obama’s wage-freeze fails to put any noticeable dent into his accumulating $1,000,000,000,000-plus deficits. Taxes, he says, must be increased to do that.

Once again, let’s review.

Like any devoted Socialist, Obama’s objective is to break the back of free enterprise, in this case, with unbearable deficits. When challenged about his motives, Obama invariably claims that he “inherited this mess” from the Bush administration.

However, the Executive Branch does not set the budget. Congress does. And from the ’09 budget forward, budget deficits have increased greatly. 

I realize this is not new information but it bears repeating.  

 Democrats have controlled Congress since January 2007, about the time the housing market collapse began. Thus, Democrats controlled the budgets for FY2008 and FY2009 as they did with FY2010 and FY2011.

Obama Deficits Chart

For FY2008 Democrats compromised with President Bush on spending. However, for FY2009, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid bypassed the Bush administration by way of continuing resolutions until Barack Obama took office.

Again, for the record, Obama was a member of the Senate majority in 2007 and 2008, and he voted for those spending bills.

The last budget deficit that Democrats “inherited” was FY 2007, the last of the Republican congressional budgets. That deficit was the lowest in five years, and it was the fourth straight decline in deficit spending. Thus, the only deficit Obama has inherited is that which he and his Democrat majorities generated.

Those pesky facts notwithstanding, a Republican majority is about to take over the House, and Republicans in the Senate seem to have found a spine,as indicated by Sen McConnel’s letter to Harry Reid regarding action on any legislation that doesn’t deal with the budget and the expiring taxation rates. 

If Republicans are serious about budget and deficit control, they should start by cutting their own bloated salaries and budgets. There is no greater sweetheart deal than being elected to our national legislature, where members of Congress are paid exorbitantly, and are eligible for lifetime benefits after “serving” for just five years — one term for Senators. If they are perpetually elected, as is the case with many members, they are eligible for almost 80 percent of their salary as a guaranteed annual pension.

Membership certainly has its privileges and term limit’s are sorely needed to remove those Un-professional politicians. 

If members of Congress don’t like the pay cuts, perhaps we can cut their time accordingly. Send them home more often, and see if a little of the reality outside the Beltway sinks in.

As Cal Thomas opined this week, “The Founders were keenly aware of the danger of a Congress divorced from the realities of the rest of the country. During the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Roger Sherman of Connecticut wrote, ‘Representatives ought to return home and mix with the people. By remaining at the seat of government, they would acquire the habits of the place, which might differ from those of their constituents.'”

If Republicans are really serious about the constitutional role of government, they should identify any and all taxes and expenditures not expressly authorized by our Constitution, and schedule them for termination. While they are at it, they should revoke congressional exemptions, and make themselves subject to the same laws and regulations they impose upon the rest of us. (Oh, and Mr. Speaker-to-be, sell Pelosi’s opulent Boeing 757, and refund the treasury.)

For his part, President  Obama lamented this week that he might have to delay his “holiday vacation” to Hawaii in order to get his tax-and-spend agenda through Congress. (How many golf outings and exotic vacations must this man take?)

Perhaps the President should take a tax lesson from John Kennedy, the father of the modern Democrat party: “A tax cut means higher family income and higher business profits and a balanced federal budget…. As the national income grows, the federal government will ultimately end up with more revenues. Prosperity is the real way to balance our budget. By lowering tax rates, by increasing jobs and income, we can expand tax revenues and finally bring our budget into balance.”

Indeed, tax reductions in each of the last five administrations have resulted in tax revenue increases to the fed’s coffers.

It’s past time to put Keynesain economic’s out to pasture and clean thr Donkey do off our boots.

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This was forwarded by a friend, Ron, this morning and I felt obligated to put it on the blog ASAP. I do not know who wrote this but hopefully it wakes up more people to demand that Washington be cleaned out before we have to borrow from Chavez.  CWB

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