Tuesday, January 23, 2007


"I messed up pretty bad... but NOW I know what I am doing. Please give my new policies a chance to succeed."

It is time for the adults to take Iraq away from Mr. Bush, to curtail his gifts to big business and rescind the powers he usurped from the other branches of government. Past time. WAY past time.

I must admit however that I find his health insurance proposal interesting. As a self-employed person I pay my own way. My coverage isn't great but I hope that it is enough to keep me from becoming a burden on my family or anyone else should catastrophic illness be my fate. Seems like the responsible thing to do and a bit of a tax break would encourage me to continue making those payments even in months like this - when it is cold and rainy and no one is thinking about sand castles.

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Blogger just wandering said...

I think there are going to be several proposals coming up about health care coverage (we pay our own, also) and we will have a chance to check them out to see which ones are economically feasible, which ones cover who and what they provide -- amazing that this subject has come up just NOW, isn't it!!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I hope something breaks loose and is good for us ... but I think the root of the problem extends much deeper that just than insurance companies. It is includes the hospitals, clinics, and pharmaceutical industries. To hear it they are losing money faster than ever. But then, why does the US pay more than any other country which does not have socialized medecine? Something is deeply and fundamentally wrong here.

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are a lot of things fundamentally wrong here - why do football players get paid millions a year for playing with a ball and teachers (who are shaping the next generation) have to have two jobs to support their families? Our values in many areas are out of whack. In my opinion a hospital or clinic should not be a profit center. The pharmacutical companies are a whole "nother" story but if they can sell drugs in Canada for X they should be able to do the same in this country.

8:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Bush's health plan will never happen. It's dead on arrival because the only position of the Democrat party is opposition. If the Prez is for it they're against it; that's the plan.

Dems don't just play politics with health plans. Dems play politics with national security.

I've never seen anything like the Washington Democrats of today. They literally make me feel ill.


12:29 PM  
Blogger just wandering said...

dear anonymous: if you "feel ill" I hope you have a good health plan.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

Well there is a deep level of frustration and I doubt anyone could solve the crisis in the next year or two. Many corporations indicate that health insurance is the highest cost of business, more than labor, goods, fuel, and other kinds of insurance combined. Last year Safeway said it paid more in health costs than it made in profits (about a billion smackers).

One of the problems with privatized accounts is that there is a clear difference in service if you make $15,000 per year as opposed to $100,000 a year - which is why the Presidents plan was deemed in need of some work. The Democrats want to initially focus on government health entitlement services (Medicaid, Medicare) because they account for a WHOPPING +40% OF THE INCOME TAXES WE PAY EACH YEAR.

Most experts say the time is ripe to address the issue but few expect instant results. /sam

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just Wandering, Don't let your heart be troubled. It's just a little nausea from listening to Jim Webb lie through his teeth last Tuesday evening.

However, the sun is shining in Fort Worth today, so my focus has been on much more pleasant thoughts.

For some reason, gloomy weather always brings doom and gloom liberal politicians into the forefront of thought.

I just stopped by to check updates on the turtles. Good job, Islanders!

5:17 PM  
Blogger MLeahy said...

Hi everyone, hope all is going well. I agree that health care reform is needed. Socialized medicine is not the answer, believe me I know first hand. One of the big burdens on health care cost is the liberal acceptance of frivolous law suits which drive up the cost of mal practice insurance. I have a friend who is a GYN and pays almost $300,000 a year for insurance. It would seem that this is a good place to start, not requiring tax increases.

Now about all this talk about CEO's getting paid too much. Let us not forget the purpose of business, any business, it is to make money. Period. It is not to fund health care, child care or anything else except a living wage with advancement for those who work hard and leave the lazy ones behind.

Ceo's, at least are responsible for creating and preserving jobs. Professional athletes (which nobody complains abot) contribute only to themselves not to mention overpaid celebrities. Let's start with these people before attacking those who create jobs and feed families.

It is interesting that the democratic party who was, in large part elected to (as they said) bring the troops home decided to go with the minimum wage first? And what about the first one hundred hours or bi-partisanship cooperation? BTW what was wrong with nancy Pelosi during the Presidents speach? Does she have Bell's Palsy, I mean did you see her mouth through out the speach, and Hillary looked like she had to go to the bathroom. Ted "hic up" Kennedy looked Hungover. What a motley crew.

Take my word for it, the Democtats will not defund the war, they will not pull out, bucause despite what they told all of you believers, they know it is not the right thing to do.

Thanks for reading- MLeahy

11:44 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

Hey Mike,

I think you just crossed the line into health care for the troops, which is another really sorry aspect because the Fed is cutting back on everything from Veteran's aid to helping those kids coming back from Iraq.

Let's not debate the war itself, but how sorry we treat the people who fight it for us, so we can stay home and make all these nice bucks. The good news, I suppose, it that about 60% of them come back home just fine, although are not please to be rotated back so quickly, or be sent off to some stupid assignment like smoking cigarettes on the Mexico Border.

For the remaining 40%, the way they are treated and released is almost a travesty. Not only does the Fed abandon them, but insurance companies scam them for money before they even leave - one company in Waco specialized in providing zero coverage for Army troops but glady fleecing their pockets (they were quietly asked to stop, since the company was owned by a Texas Legislator).

Heck of a way to run a railroad.

12:29 PM  
Blogger MLeahy said...

Hey Sam,

I agree that any insurance company taking advantage of the troops should be brought to justice regardless if they have any political connection or not. I don't care which side of the isle it falls on. Let's focus on right and wrong, not left and right or nothing will get done.

Remember my wife works with insurance for a medical office and has seen decreases in coverage and increases in copays for both tricare (military) and private insurance companies. I do know that many of the military that are released or leave before tenure has been established do not get medical coverage beyond the Cobra Act which is all I get if I leave my job.

I make many of my statements because the Democratic party made many promises that they are already falling short on. Everyonr on the left complains about what GW should or shouild not have done but will not intelligently discuss with facts what the Dems Have done or not done. That's IT>

Regards- MLeahy

12:46 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

No problem, dude, and I am sure you were talking about those Washington politicians and not the common rabbble. Most of us regular folks find the Washington scene to be quite a bore, corrupt, and nasty to boot. There is a little 'Alice in Wonderland' about the whole Washington thang. I mean come on, President Bush's approval rating may be low but approval ratings for the US Congress are in the toilet.

And, let's not forget that Bush's proposal is getting fleshed out and trotted about the country and ya know, it is starting to get some traction and notice - regardless of what the Washington folks say. Sandy Feet started off that way in this thread, right? /sammie

1:36 PM  
Blogger MLeahy said...

Sam, sure he made mistakes, I respect the fact that he, unlike other Presidents CAN admit when he has made a mistake. That shows character and honesty regardless of what ever else one might want to believe. I am sure if we are honest with ourselves, we can admit that hind sight IS 20/20.

No, I don't trust either side completly. Both sides have scumbags. Read this, only if you are not blindly one sided:http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_012607/content/rush_on_a_roll.guest.html. It is a story about a South Dakota House member (D) who has been accused of molesting a page. This shows how biased the "Drive By Media" is by not giving it the same attention as they would for (The Guilty) Mark Foley. How do you logicaly explain this lack of attention? Hmm..... Anyway, don't let logic influnce your thinking...

Regards- Mike Leahy

BTW: I am still off cigarettes, it does get easier Sam, use the patch.

8:04 PM  

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