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Obamacare also known as Affordable Care Act — The GIFT that keeps giving! –Yay for 2014!

tumblr_mxvyo66mVM1s4tkgno1_500Here are some of the fun things to look forward to in the new year because of Obamacare

  • Lack of options now due to the “better quality” options now available to all of us.
  • Cost tripling +, more then could be thought previously.
  • Penalties for not purchasing a product the government feels you need.
  • Penalties for any life style choice not acceptable to the government.
  • Difficult to keep track of the rules (hard to read to begin with) but they keep adding to them and then changing them by executive order or any government department order or the whims of the union or ……
  • Remember all those that luckily were given exemptions – did anyone ask how the insurance companies are dealing with this 2 tier system?
  • Doctors, nurses, other health care professionals making new career decisions that just might affect us all…
  • Hospitals making new decisions on just who they will serve based your type of insurance or maybe that will be cash….
  • Have you all looked at your deductibles lately and then wondered what the insurance was for – all those who could not afford insurance previously will definitely not be able to afford those deductibles – who knew.
  • Medical costs will jump because now there is a tax on all medical devices (cleverly defined as most supplies used in medical care) and I could be wrong but pretty sure those are going to be passed on to you….
  • Those medical procedure panels will be up and going soon (also politically incorrectly known as Death Panels) with non medical political appointees to help determine how we can lower those medical costs which unbelievably have suddenly jumped so that will be fun as many decisions will be based on political/society trends/beliefs – I can hardly wait – how about you?  Did you know that the British Panel once suggested turning sheets over so that they did not need to be cleaned so often – fortunately media distribution put a stop to that clever idea – you can only imagine the creativity that will erupt from America.
  • For those who have read Ayn Rand you will understand the Power of Political Pull and only your imagination will stop you from seeing all the possibilities this new system will provide.
  • I wonder how many of you know that charges for government/insurance coverage will be based on new codes developed by the government and currently there appears to be at least a third less available codes then previous procedures – wonder how that will work? Did I mention previously the use of cash?  Did you know that the government has already put a Cardiologist in jail for using the wrong code ( a lower priced code as the code did not exist for the procedure given – no consideration to the fact that the procedure was the appropriate one and the patient survived and excelled afterwards) – what was the charge you say – well he asked for a jury trial which amazingly found him innocent but then the government charged him with obstruction of justice with a 6 month sentence.  Gosh this does sound like it will be getting fun….
  • We will now be pushing all those preventative care items but gee all the studies show it really makes no major difference when dealing with major medical (the real problem) but hey that not how we feel about it so it makes us feel better to pay for things (you probably could have paid for yourself) and cut those other areas you thought you needed care for.
  • Instead of just you, your doctor and insurance company we have added the whole government and all its departments in your personal healthcare – how could that be a bad thing….
  • Have you ever wondered what all that collection of medical records is for – the possibilities or such a collection – I mean insurance companies had really good records for actuarial tables but this now tracks info by individuals/families – oh the possibilities….
  • The good thing is men are no longer discriminated against so they can now get gynecological tests and maternity care they need.  I hope also that women’s prostates and testicles will be given the care that has been so neglected.
  • Since population is exploding and there are so many children born with issues we have provided ease with pregnancy issues that were such a problem previously; because personal responsibility is highly over-rated.
  • ER’s might need to curtail that silly rule about seeing/treating everyone that enters for any type of care or you might see more mass disease distribution as larger amounts of people collect together to try and receive some of that care.
  • Hospitals/Doctors will be more attentive to your cost needs and probably curtail those additional tests – I mean they went to school and can probably figure it out after all they have seen many patients.
  • We currently have an antibiotic problem as 3rd generation drugs have fairly lost their value and with costs being a problem we will probably curtail that research as who really wants to pay those high prices just for a cure.
  • While we are talking about drugs you might want to consider how popular generics will become even though the medical profession is knowledgeable about the fact that many of those do not meet the needs of the patients as do the branded product but hey it costs less.
  • Oh and in compliance with the IRS (marriage penalty on taxes) we added a marriage tax to health care because marriage has only mainly good results on physical/mental health so why would we encourage that.
  • We have had fraud in government programs for years and we thought it wasn’t enough so we have created a system that will not only increase it but make it more varied then previously.
  • Jobs will decrease, full time will be reevaluated, studies show that that working can be stressful anyway….
  • Remember Will Smith’s response to 70% tax rates?? Well now we can all eventually see what that’s like as every country that has government involvement in this area must eventually reach this level or go bankrupt – Oh wait those other countries have learned and are starting to turn the system around but gee it has never been tried by America and after all we are America so economics obviously work differently here.
  • Wonder what will happen when all the exemptions are removed and mandates back in place – Silly – why would that be a problem……





Remember when things are working so well why should we not try to help other industries – I mean really there are so many options for food, especially that are bad for us so possibly the government should provide us with what we need  (better options) help us avoid the bad (won’t be available) – of course when the economy really takes a dive and there are no jobs but those approved and good for you we will all be so happy and healthy – so happy to have a helpful caring government – cradle to grave (which will obviously occur so much sooner now).

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Ramblings of Conservative Cathy: The Farce of Obama’s Inaugural Address can I best kill my base and help Romney's?

Double Speaker in Chief

Have you ever wished that the GOP actually had someone who would respond to everything the Liberals said – I have.  Below are my responses to our President in regards to his Inauguration speech.  I just wanted to share this with everyone who ever wanted to respond to the nonsense liberals expound – maybe it will make you feel better but If you are like me I am walking away more confused as most of it makes no sense and I’m in a quandary if there really is a response that they would actually understand.

Have fun making your own way through the Orwellian Double Speak!  Make up your own responses……

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy.


Except we are a Republic not a Democracy.

We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights

 (hope he actually understands what that means),


that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time.

 The Object of those words are exactly what they say and mean – no need for a bridge.

For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth.


 Is this a threat of somekind? I’m not particularly worried, because we have a 2nd Amendment specifically to help sustain those freedoms.

The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people,


Not exactly what Republic means.  If you read the Declaration you kind find of and by the people…that for the people thing was tacked on later.

entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.


 Does he know that is free market, capitalism, not Royalty?

For more than two hundred years, we have. 

 Early in the 1900’s we began to separate from those goals and he apparently is going to make the bridge longer/wider.

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free.


Why exactly are we bringing up slavery now?  Does he think the Civil War ended just before he took office?  He needs to stop dividing this country and work to see it as a whole and not separate groups.

We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.


Unfortunately he did not study history as problems occurred because we did not work together to heal and move forward.  Also notice that “make anew” he’s using it in the sense of, ‘eh, we don’t have to listen to what came before’ kind of way.

Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.


What is the relevance of this statement?  And really when did we determine that?  Every study of economics I’ve seen shows that a prospering economy requires rule of law (not rule by fiat), property rights (not governments telling people what to buy), due process of law (not whim of a dictator), stability (not a new set of regulations every week), and equal application of the law (not cronyism).  Railroads and highways, schools and colleges come from a thriving economy, they do not create it.

Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

Well actually, the rules are supposed to protect citizens only when they cannot protect themselves – “fair” has nothing to do with it.  Fair play in the sense that everyone plays by the same rules is important, not that everyone ends with an equal share which is what you Barry mean by fair play. That kind of fair play has no place in a free market.

Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.


When did this occur?  And as study after study has shown, Americans are more charitable than any other people on Earth, and we are most charitable when we don’t have our money stolen from us.


Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. 


Notice how he seems to be scoffing at the idea of “skepticism of central authority.” He would rather us just cower to his every dictate.  And “the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone”  is also misphrased—the intelligent among us have never succumbed to the faction that ANY of society’s ills can be cured by government AT ALL.  He suggests that government has place in curing society’s ills, it doesn’t.  Individuals, the people that make up society, and the people alone, without being forced by a government or gun, are the only ones responsible for solving society’s ills—it is part of right to pursue Happiness, because we cannot be happy by living as an island unto ourselves.  Life and Liberty must come first to be able to secure this right to purse Happiness.  “[T]o secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men” notice there is nothing there about curing society’s ills.


Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character.

 What has he ever done or said that shows he believes in personal responsibility or hard work other than as a revenue source for his agenda?  He is paying lip service to ideals his every action shows he is opposed to.

But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.


 This is a ridiculous statement and ambiguous at best as no one except progressives/liberals have ever stated or demonstrated anything like this. In fact the use of the term collective is in direct opposition to everything the Constitution and Bill of Rights stands for.  Fidelity to the individual right to liberty and to the individual right to pursue Happiness, requires individual action.  Charity requires individual action.  All that has ever been good in society requires individual action, it may be a group of individuals working together out of choice and common cause, but it is always individual action.

The Problem

For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.


Again what does this mean?  What are his plans?  And the American people could meet the challenges by acting alone, if you let them.  By creating business, by inventing new thing, by implementing new ideas.  President Obama you sell the individual short, you always have, you always will. And that is why you are wrong.


No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.


Again this has always been a fact but it has nothing to do with government.  And a single teacher can inspire the next Einstein. A single entrepreneur can convince a bank his idea is worthy of a loan and through genius, hard work and effort create a company that can build those roads, below cost and at a profit.

This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending.


 No the threat still exists and is growing, you and your administration and half of America have decided to ignore facts and walk away from reality.   The decade of war is ending?  Afghanistan is worse off than when you took office.  Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt have fallen to al Qaeda backed Islamofascists worse than the dictators they deposed, Syria and much of North Africa are about to join them.  You sound as delusional as Neville Chamberlain promising “Peace in our time” on the eve of World War II.  (Oh wait, keep reading and you actually do promise “peace in our time.”)

An economic recovery has begun.


I or anyone in business has yet to see it.

 America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.


Why will it not exist if we seize it individually?


For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.


  Due to progressive policies.  Actually inequality has nothing to do with how prosperous a society is.  The fact is that capitalism makes the rich richer AND the poor richer.  Your plans make everyone but your cronies poorer.


We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.


Meaning that the middle class will carry the cost burden for all your desires?


We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work;


That is when an individual thrives – America thrives when it follows the Constitution and underlying premise of free market/capitalism. Also people don’t find financial independence, they work and earn it.

when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship.

???  The only dishonest labor I see is your union buddies getting paid insane wages to do nothing.


We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.



When in Obama’s lifetime has this not been true? So again pointless statement…at least until Obama’s policies destroy that hope not only for those in the bleakest poverty but for the middle and upper classes as well.

We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time.


Would those be the entitlement programs – what could he be referring to?  Sadly I think he means we need to spend more on entitlements, not less…but this is the idiot who actually said we don’t have a spending problem.

Also is anyone worried that he’s not using “We” so much as the first person plural of “We the people” but rather as the Royal We.

We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher.


Really confused now – what remake of the government, what new ideas are required to revamp our tax code – just do it, how does he want to reform our schools, why do citizens need to work harder – does not new ideas and technology allow people to not work harder, and how are we going to make people learn more and reach higher – again personal decisions having nothing to do with government.


But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires.

What?  The nation does not reward, it merely provides opportunities and stability.  It is the individual who reaps the just rewards of their efforts.  But Barry clearly thinks that everything you have comes from government and government alone.


That is what will give real meaning to our creed.


What? Thought we already had meaning to our creed?


We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.

When did we, the people always believe that? Dignity is open to all but must be earned and lived not given unless he really means that everyone should be treated with common courtesy but again not sure there is a right to that. No one is ever guaranteed security and no country can provide that for all individuals all of the time – again personal responsibility plays a large part in this concept.


We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit.


Well that was what the Health Care Initiative was supposed to do but all thinking individuals knew that would not be true and any other intervention by government will only continue to make worse (if possible now).  I would love to see Obama and Liberals make the hard choices about the deficit – keeping in mind that the only thing directed in the constitution is defense other than legislature and courts.  All else is open to cuts and elimination.


But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.


The generation that built this country is probably dead unless he believes that the country was not built until after WWII and the federal government is not responsible for investing in future generations that would be up to states (infrastructure).  If you really cared about future generations you would cut drastically all parts of the federal government.


For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn.


 My grandparents were responsible for taking care of themselves or were taken care of by their children – whom is he talking about?  Parents of a child with a disability is a tough issue but still not a federal government issue and should be handled by local communities, charities, individuals not federal government.


We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few.


Freedom is for everyone – what they do with it and the consequences of their choices is their responsibility – happiness is never guaranteed only the freedom to pursue it as long as your pursuit harms no others but the liberal and current administration’s pursuits are harming many including the whole middle class.


We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

No this hurts others who now have to share in their bad fortune (most often caused by bad decisions) by alleviating them from any personal responsibility and all of us shouldering it for them.  And no I do not recognize that I am merely subject to the whims of fate.  If I lose a job I have an education that I can fall back on…or not because I made short sighted choices.  Illness is seldom sudden or completely detached from my choices.  And terrible storms tend to be in direct relation to where I CHOOSE to live.  My life, everyone’s life, is the result of their choices, not the victim of fate.

And no those entitlement you mention do weaken us, they along with welfare offer incentives to think only short term, to make bad choices and to live in a way where you do not work for yourself.


We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.


If an individual makes good choices for themselves they will benefit and thus so does posterity.


We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.


 By destroying our children’s financial potential/security, destroying the future of America by not being able to financially continue all to try and control what is an act of nature and cannot be affected or impacted greatly by people. Wow, sure demonstrates the ability to understand cost/benefit ratio/value.

Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.


That has occurred from the beginning of time called weather cycles – that’s life – get used to it.  The overwhelming judgment of science is that it is a natural cycle not the cause of man.  Just because you claim you have science on your side doesn’t make it so. But as one of your ideals once pointed out, the bigger the lie the more people will believe it.


The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.


 What? Really? How? This is for business to decide, not government, constitution does not allow for this type of intervention or financing.  All this does is make Obama’s friends rich and Americans poorer.


We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.


And from all of your actions it seems your answer to ending war is to side with the most abhorrent nations on Earth.


We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.


Is he saying we are responsible for the people of the world? By supporting Islam does this not conflict with supporting democracy and freedom?  “Peace in our Time” Wow does he know the implications of that statement – did he study history – does he know who Chamberlain is?? Scary this could be a foretelling……

Also, does anyone find it odd that he says we need to support democracy in the Middle East?  There are two democracies in the Middle East, Iraq, which he abandoned and may collapse any day, and Israel which he back stabs on a daily basis.


We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

I like that we are inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth just two paragraphs after saying we’re going to stop wars to liberate people.



It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.


 That is interesting phrasing – do all men earn a living equal to their efforts – does our President and elected officials earn a living equal to their efforts? Very subjective phrasing – not sure how you enforce that one.  Also does he know anything about economics…that women earn more than their males counterparts for equal work with equal experience and equal education?

Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.


That would be Civil Unions under the law – contract law – marriage is a religious issue and government should not get involved.  Also this is again, a state’s rights issue…I know Barry doesn’t believe states have rights but they do.

Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.


What??  How about until no citizen’s vote is cancelled out by the Democratic parties massive history of voter fraud?

Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity;


Okay, but you the Democratic party has continually voted against real immigration reform, opening up visas for those with education and looking for work.  But all you want is to let in more people who don’t have a job or the education to get one, make them dependant on your handouts and vote for more.  Hopeful immigrants come looking for a nation of law, you can’t believe in a nation of law if your first act here is to break it.

 until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.


That would be because he does not want laws that allow for them to pay their own way and then apply to stay and benefit themselves and America.


Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.


How exactly do you accomplish this one?  Because by mentioning Newton it suggests he means the very gun control which would put them in even greater danger.


That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American.


They already are except for your interference – what would be nicer is if you would stop trying to change America and let us be the best we can on our own!


Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.


Exactly how do you define liberty in several ways?  It really worries me when politicians begin redefining words that are key concepts in your most basic right.  Does the right to freedom of the press now mean they have the liberty to print what the government approves?  Perhaps my liberty to own a gun mean only that as a member of society if the government owns guns, then I own them, and thus my right has been fulfilled…personal ownership why would you need that?


For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay.


 Great, what decisions??  Also, if you were to read the Constitution and the other Founding Documents you might see how that the system was designed on the principle of delay, of thoughtful action, of compromise and debate.  Swift action by anyone one man is exactly what they didn’t want.

We cannot mistake absolutism for principle,


Again WHAT?


 or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.


A specialty of Obama and Liberals


We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.

Good start already – it won’t probably work…..actually Barry your work will be perfect it will be the very definition of perfect failure.


We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

He means fix what destruction he caused in 8 years


My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream.


“during the duration of our service” Our?  There’s that royal We again.  Also the oath isn’t recited it is spoken, to recite is to say words without thinking of their meaning…you know what this ass did.


My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.

I personally have never noticed any of the pride with the flag from him or Michelle


They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.

You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.


No we have a course set by Constitution – we have the power to change it but I really don’t think that will happen anytime soon.


You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.


 Would that also require stopping illegal voting and fraud and instituting voter ID.

Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.


Soaring words for a petty dictator.


Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.

 Adults Reagan and Thatcher


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Ramblings from Conservative Cathy – Queen for a Day

Are any of you old enough to remember the show Queen for a Day?  Basically in my opinion it was a contest for the best sob story to be picked “Queen for a Day” receiving gifts and such along with walking down a ramp with a fur cloak and Tiara and then sitting on a Throne.  Wow, it was so … actually disgusting….  If you read Atlas Shrugged the scene where all the workers at the Motor Company had to stand in front of everyone and beg for money or things is a good example of my take of this show and exactly what I am comparing this speech to!

I only heard a small portion of Michelle O. speech but the part I heard reminded me of this TV show.  So I looked up the transcript and thought I would add my comments as I see fit……

Over the past few years as First Lady, I have had the extraordinary privilege of traveling all across this country.


Of course it is about her – how about ‘Thank you America for allowing me this privilege and also let’s not forget about traveling around the world also.’

I’ve seen it in teachers in a near-bankrupt school district who vowed to keep teaching without pay.

She still doesn’t get what the big deal is about the flag…


Well this one took a lot of research but a district in PA was going bankrupt in January 2012 (although with research you find it has had serious financial problems since before 2005 – as that is when the state stepped in for the first time) and the teachers/staff said they would work as long as they could for free (or until they were hired on somewhere else).  Now there are a ton of stories in Jan and Feb 2012 of this story but up until then the teachers apparently had been paid and there are no other stories I could find that stated that they were not paid.  I did find this update story in June and I would assume from reading it that they all received their pay – Oh by the way they all sued the State in 2 different suits.

I’ve seen it in people who become heroes at a moment’s notice, diving into harm’s way to save others…flying across the country to put out a fire…driving for hours to bail out a flooded town.

And I’ve seen it in our men and women in uniform and our proud military families…in wounded warriors who tell me they’re not just going to walk again, they’re going to run, and they’re going to run marathons…in the young man blinded by a bomb in Afghanistan who said, simply, “…I’d give my eyes 100 times again to have the chance to do what I have done and what I can still do.”  Every day, the people I meet inspire me…every day, they make me proud…every day they remind me how blessed we are to live in the greatest nation on earth.

Well I am glad that from Miss “I have never been proud of my country before” she has come to realize how wonderful the American people are.

Our life before moving to Washington was filled with simple joys…Saturdays at soccer games, Sundays at grandma’s house…and a date night for Barack and me was either dinner or a movie, because as an exhausted mom, I couldn’t stay awake for both.

There is a whole world of mothers who work outside and inside the home and I can assure you that 1 day a week they are not so tired that they can not do dinner and a movie because they were going to eat anyway – Is there anyone that can relate to this statement, because I seriously can’t. 

And the truth is, I loved the life we had built for our girls…I deeply loved the man I had built that life with…and I didn’t want that to change if he became President.

I loved Barack just the way he was.

Was there no discussion previously about life as President and how the family would be affected? 

And then this one…

…to me, he was still the guy who’d picked me up for our dates in a car that was so rusted out, I could actually see the pavement going by through a hole in the passenger side door…he was the guy whose proudest possession was a coffee table he’d found in a dumpster, and whose only pair of decent shoes was half a size too small.

They met in 1989 (a period of good financial economics for America) and he was employed as a Summer Associate at the corporate law firm she was working at.  I am not an attorney but it seems to me that it would not make a good impression if you showed up for work in a car with rust holes in it – although as an associate you would not be expected to own a Mercedes, I think you must make a decent impression so the shoes ½ a size too small??  And by the way when you start dating someone do you discuss his or her shoe sizes?

But when Barack started telling me about his family – that’s when I knew I had found a kindred spirit, someone whose values and upbringing were so much like mine.

Now are those the stories that he made up for books and publicity or his real life?  Why not tell us exactly what those values are specifically because examples given are in opposition to actual actions.

You see, Barack and I were both raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions but who had given us something far more valuable

Barack’s background as far as I can tell:

Mother: Was an Anthropologist with a Doctorate and worked for the government, Ford Foundation and Women’s World Banking – none of which sounds poor to me.

Grandparents had a home with a little bungalow on the back of the property.  Again does not sound poor to me.  His first home with his mother was another 4-bedroom home with a bungalow in the back.  Obama went to a prestigious private school not the public schools in Hawaii. 

Michelle’s Background as far as I can tell:

She was raised on the top floor of a 2 story home (Parents rented small apartment from Great Aunt who lived downstairs) in South Shore Chicago known as an upper middle class area.  Vacationed in a cabin in White Cloud Michigan annually.  Went to High School with Jesse Jackson’s daughter.   

 Basically they might not have been the 1% but they both were raised in solid middle class families, not any major struggles, basically what many of us encountered  (maybe better).  So why would you want to make people think you were “poor” when you were fairly normal with fairly normal issues/problems?

My father was a pump operator at the city water plant, and he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when my brother and I were young.

And even as a kid, I knew there were plenty of days when he was in pain…I knew there were plenty of mornings when it was a struggle for him to simply get out of bed.

You would think then that she would have a little empathy for Ann Romney.

And when he returned home after a long day’s work, my brother and I would stand at the top of the stairs to our little apartment, patiently waiting to greet him…watching as he reached down to lift one leg, and then the other, to slowly climb his way into our arms.

 Really – would you not go and assist your poor father?  How on earth did he maintain a job?  I’m still stuck on the fact that they both just stood at the top of the stairs and watched him and waited for him to come to them – WOW.  Those are values I wish I had passed on to my children – NOT!


But my dad still had to pay a tiny portion of that tuition himself.

And every semester, he was determined to pay that bill right on time, even taking out loans when he fell short.

Again, could they not work to help pay this small tuition amount – great values again.

And as I got to know Barack, I realized that even though he’d grown up all the way across the country, he’d been brought up just like me.

Did he also learn how to use people and expect that someone else should sacrifice for your benefit?

Remember this was a woman who was never proud of her country until they appointed her husband dictator.

Barack was raised by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, and by grandparents who stepped in when she needed help.

I do not see how this is possible with her jobs and assistance from Grandparents, her second husband had a good job with an oil company (one of the reasons she chose to leave him) so when they separated he would have paid child support for their child and probably alimony so I do not see where the issues would have been. Of course we never know when we are not personally involved but why would you make an issue of it?  I do not see that it would have exceeded anyone else’s normal daily struggles.  Maybe I am cold…. But he seemed to have a better childhood than  most of us. 

Like so many American families, our families weren’t asking for much.

They didn’t begrudge anyone else’s success or care that others had much more than they did…in fact, they admired it.

I have not noticed that value in either Michelle’s or Obama’s attitude on our policies.  They are very envious of the so-called 1% although they seem to like to live that lifestyle – are willing to destroy our culture to hurt those 1 percenters.  Nothing in anything they have said or done previously demonstrates the above statement.

They simply believed in that fundamental American promise that, even if you don’t start out with much, if you work hard and do what you’re supposed to do, then you should be able to build a decent life for yourself and an even better life for your kids and grandkids.


Until Obama became President as his policies are definitely hurting that theme.


We learned about dignity and decency – that how hard you work matters more than how much you make…that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.


Now we see it coming through – “hard work matters more then what you make “– what does what you make have to do with anything?  I was taught that hard work was rewarded (and I believe it is) but no one mentioned what people make.  Although I was taught that those that earned more than I probably risked more and worked even harder.  “helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.”

Again what does one have to do with the other.  You should always try to get ahead (meaning reaching your potential – be good at whatever you try, etc.) but you should also help others when it is meaningful to you.  There is a misconception out there that Christianity means you MUST help others – you need to reread your bible – you should help when it pleases you and when someone is deserving of help but if you do it as a requirement then you are missing the point altogether (another discussion altogether).

Well this speech is tedious so I am skipping so much now unless I really feel strongly about it.

–         that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean…and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect.


It is the odd combination of values that I find strange/amusing/distressing – What does the fact that most of us have parents, go to clean schools have to do with our own personal success?  By the way I was taught/learned that there is no such thing as a bad job just bad workers.


That’s who we are.


Again leaves me concerned in many many ways….

And I’ve seen how the issues that come across a President’s desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer…the judgment calls where the stakes are so high, and there is no margin for error.

And as President, you can get all kinds of advice from all kinds of people.

But at the end of the day, when it comes time to make that decision, as President, all you have to guide you are your values, and your vision, and the life experiences that make you who you are.


Please remember this photo was taken at a remembrence of D-Day…she looks awfully pissed that the facists lost.

This paragraph also reveals to me that neither one of them ever held a real job and are very naïve – how could you not know the above information – maybe not the experience of it to the degree a President does but my gosh doesn’t every President age 10 years or more in 4 years – how much of a shock could it have been.  Had they never been responsible for a decision previously in life?  It is these types of statements that worry me and have from the beginning.


That’s why he cut taxes for working families and small businesses and fought to get the auto industry back on its feet.


Seriously?  All he did was continue the previous tax cuts/same current rates (but did not support making it permanent), which he now wants to remove for at least some of us.  He added to our debt at a higher percentage, which will affect us all as the years roll by.  He has destroyed the energy industry (coal), a basic of all business and everything we do (electricity) and if you don’t think that will affect us all very personally you don’t contemplate much.  The auto industry would have survived on it’s own it just would have been different companies but how many stockholders lost money (that’s now is in the courts), how many non union employees lost out, how many dealerships were closed and the tax payer cost for the lost value that we covered – yes I think the only winners were the unions.   And only Democrats believe that the auto industry is back on top and achieving – read some business reports and future revenue reviews.


That’s how he brought our economy from the brink of collapse to creating jobs again – jobs you can raise a family on, good jobs right here in the United States of America.


This one really irritates me.  Recession inherited by Ronald Regan

I am using a left leaning site to show that although the Democrats don’t want to admit it the policies of the Obama Administration have caused the extent of this recession.  Actually the beginning numbers were pretty close and I submit it is how they were handled that make the difference – there never is a non debatable way to prove something that did not occur but if you look at other recessions then you should be able to with common sense realize that government intervention and the FED that causes these issues to increase and last longer.

Recession in early 1900’s. (this was the last time that the government was not involved in the economy and remember that we were lead into the Roaring 20’s)

Bush (W) inherited Recession

And of course there have been recessions in Democratic Administrations – amazingly the economy (like everything else in life) goes up and goes down. 

The debate is and always will be in how it is handled – I think the recession of the early 1900’s with no government intervention shows that it is normal cycles and everyone should stay out of them.  Lowering of taxes has always brought everyone out of recessions and increase in government spending has always increased the depth and length of each.


“…our grandparents should be able to afford their medicine…our kids should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick…and no one in this country should ever go broke because of an accident or illness.

And he believes that women are more than capable of making our own choices about our bodies and our health care…that’s what my husband stands for.”

Another debate that only the future will reveal but look fairly at what occurred when HMO’s came in to being and if you don’t believe this will be worse then you live in a fantasy land with the Obama’s. 

I will tell you that many doctors will retire/change occupations, many people will end up not being treated in time, and most people will not be able to have access to the “Best Medical Care” anymore.  The only reason you will no longer go broke is you will not be allowed to have that care unless you have cash up front!  If I were actually able to make my own medical choices I would not involve government at all!


I love that for Barack, there is no such thing as “us” and “them” – he doesn’t care whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, or none of the above…he knows that we all love our country…and he’s always ready to listen to good ideas…he’s always looking for the very best in everyone he meets.


I am at a loss – he is the one that has set Americans against each other whether it is gender, sexual orientation, income levels, race or political party.  Democrats lead (I use the word loosely) by Obama saying the most vicious of things and no apology from Obama or direction as to proper speech except again to Republicans.  He has never listened to anyone else’s ideas – I know he is the decision maker but he is making decision in areas where constitutionally he is not allowed or Presidents have never ventured previously.  He was not elected dictator so he should listen to the people to some degree and if he disagrees then his job is to explain why and why he is doing what he is doing but most of it is not discovered untill Friday dumps.


And he reminds me that we are playing a long game here…and that change is hard, and change is slow, and it never happens all at once.


I always thought of it as LIFE not a game and although we all have told jokes to that degree I don’t appreciate our President looking at his job, our country and our future as a “game”.  If he has a long range vision, why doesn’t he tell us what the end results look like exactly and then we can debate the road in-between if everyone is in agreement of the end goal and if not we can debate that end goal and then debate the road there.


And if our parents and grandparents could toil and struggle for us…if they could raise beams of steel to the sky, send a man to the moon, and connect the world with the touch of a button…then surely we can keep on sacrificing and building for our own kids and grandkids.


I think again they are missing the point – sacrifice for someone else is a choice not a mandate.


“You must reelect my husband…there are still countries I haven’t visted on the tax payer dime.”

And if so many brave men and women could wear our country’s uniform and sacrifice their lives for our most fundamental rights…then surely we can do our part as citizens of this great democracy to exercise those rights…surely, we can get to the polls and make our voices heard on Election Day.

What about ensuring that those same soldiers are given every chance to have their vote count!


If farmers and blacksmiths could win independence from an empire…if immigrants could leave behind everything they knew for a better life on our shores.


Did she forget about those 1% who were actually the founding fathers?  They just dragged everyone else along with them but it was those educated thinkers who really started it.


…then surely, surely we can give everyone in this country a fair chance at that great American Dream.

I thought that’s what we did here in America until Democrats wanted to bring benefits and special rights to chosen groups and no longer allow people to stand or fall on their own merits.


I will end this with the fact that I trust Obama to further destroy our country, do his best to make us a third world nation, do anything that makes unions happy, destroy medical care in America and continue with his wife to be the most self centered people I have ever seen in politics and in my life.  I am so tired of seeing pictures, statues, dedications, etc. to a man who has accomplished nothing in his life except maybe 2 great girls (time will tell) and blaming others for all problems and taking credit for everything that he did not do.

If these people really believe the rhetoric they would use the term “I” less often and use “we”, “us” “Americans” more often but it always seems to be all about them!

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Ramblings of Conservative Cathy: Nothing wrong with America

There is a concept/idea out there that there is something wrong with being proud of America. I am often confused by this. I would like any one to name just one country, culture or civilization, which has not made mistakes. I think the involvement of humans makes that inevitable.

My question to those who find it so contemptible to honor America is to also name one country, culture or civilization who has brought so much improvement to every other country in the world as America has done through its free market/ capitalistic approach to economics and God-granted inherent freedom approach to civilization.

American culture/beliefs are the reason there is a middle class for politicians to discuss. Although I can agree with distaste to many of the results of our interventions, I think most often the intent was correct/moral just not the follow through.

You can always critique anything and everything but for true progress and improvement you must build on the good and promote the good, correct and learn from the mistakes but never dwell on them.

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Ramblings of Conservative Cathy – Does Obama understand the word “Irony”?

Obama has some interesting comments:

…“Now, my understanding is that Mr. Romney attested to the SEC, multiple times, that he was the chairman, CEO and president of Bain Capital and I think most Americans figure if you are the chairman, CEO and president of a company that you are responsible for what that company does.
Ultimately Mr. Romney, I think, is going to have to answer those questions, because if he aspires to being president one of the things you learn is, you are ultimately responsible for the conduct of your operations, but again that’s probably a question that he’s going to have to answer and I think that’s a legitimate part of the campaign.”…

So just to sum up, Romney was not only responsible for everything Bain did while he was CEO (but according to Obama, responsible for what happened after he left)…but everything else is Bush’s fault, all Bush’s fault.

The fact that I’m pointing out Obama’s hypocrisy and idiocy…Bush’s fault.


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Ramblings of Conservative Cathy – What to do about these Liberals??


I recently got involved with twitter and it has been interesting/educational and fun to some extent.

When you are in the mood you can jump into a conversation and make a comment and then sometimes it will be cordial but often you are attacked. That part does not bother me so much but it is the caliber of the discussion/argument that I have issues with.

Now first before I discuss my problems with Libs let me first list my own shortcomings. I read things or hear things and only take away what I consider important and can never remember where I read it or heard it or which it actually was. Now I know that is a serious problem if debating someone but still I at least know some things (even if I don’t know how I know it), and I can always go and research for documentation if necessary. But generally when quoting a Republican or book written by a Conservative it is so well documented/referenced that you know that it is fairly accurate. I check out some and others that make sense to me or I already know about I don’t. So that delineates my shortcomings. Let me first reiterate that I do check things out – I only resend about 10% (maybe less) of the political emails/tweets I receive as they are not accurate or they are offensive in my opinion. Even conservatives have their morons.

And let me also add this, I talk with libs not to convert but to try and understand – I know, naïve of me, but it is the way I am

Now what I have learned about Liberals –
*They function on feeling (I know shocked right?).
*When they give you documentation it is a biased article or site that has no documentable facts or they only take the statements from an article they like and dismiss the rest of the article. Strange, when I at least like to look at the other side to know what I am fighting against.
* The arguments are circular and pointless
* They cannot see that they contradict themselves with their own ideas
* They cannot follow an idea to an end conclusion
* They do not seem to live in the real world
* They all seem to be victims and looking for the negative
* They need to be cared for
This one is offensive to me especially for women as I went through the women’s lib era and hate to see women now settle for not a man to take care of them but a government instead

*But most of all they do not seem to understand right/wrong and delve into good/bad based on a feeling. They seem unwilling or unable to determine right from wrong and good vs. evil. They want me to tell them how to determine right and wrong. They have no understanding of ethics or morals. They are unwilling to make a judgment and seem willing to relinquish themselves to majority rule/whims. This is the most shocking to me and I am ill equipped to respond to this. I stand on principles that I have arrived at through my whole life (although I must say I have always felt this way to one extent or another) To me right and wrong are generally inherent in oneself although you can discuss some gray areas.
It is always wrong for me to insist that people conduct themselves as I want and I am only concerned when it affects me personally in a harmful manner. This concept is beyond them. They want to control people based on majority beliefs at a particular time. Can they not see that right and wrong in the basic sense never changes.
For example you can discuss abortion and gay issues all day long but until it actually affects your life it should really not concern you. Now asking for me to pay with my tax dollars for an abortion is affecting me or teaching my children things in school that I find offensive is affecting me but otherwise it is a silly discussion for policy/government involvement. But I will always support someone’s right to choose for themselves as long as it does not involve me personally. You can have anything on TV or in movies as long as I can get my money back or am not forced to participate in watching it if it offends me but using my tax dollars to support it is wrong regardless of majority opinion (if it really exists).

This is how I determine these things as long as I am not forced to participate (and taxes are by force) then I do not care and you should not either – just don’t do it (whatever that is) that offends you.

But how is making me do something that I find offensive just because the majority have decided it is so right?
Obviously it is not. Government should not be in the business of making people conduct themselves in a certain way – only protecting them from people trying to harm them. Again I am ill equipped to explain it in a better term to make you understand if you don’t already. But that is what the original intent of the constitution was to protect the people from the majority and from the evil of government not to protect people in general or to control them to meet the majority viewpoint.

If given specific instances I can answer with my opinion as to what the right course is based on ethics/morals/constitution but I am unable to explain it beyond that.

So the point to my rant is how to I convey my logic/thought process to libs when obviously they do not use thought/logic/ethics or morals in determining their thought processes. Not sure they use thought at all as it seems they just group think.

So basically my rant is asking for help in conveying an idea that should be obvious to anyone who can think and see end results. How do you deal in specifics or general thought when it is all over the place?

Or do I concede that they do not think but feel and are not concerned with end results of their feelings?

How do I respond to a different type of thinking?

For example when someone tells me that Germany and all of the Norwegian countries are doing well with socialism – ignoring the fact that they have been reducing their social programs to deal with financial problems – how do I respond when they are oblivious and do not want to see actual facts?

I guess I must accept that ½ the country is incapable of logical thought process – that there is a end result to all actions and they must accept responsibility for that even when it was not what they intended.

Oh well I guess unless I want to have fun there is no point and I still will learn nothing about how they think/ or lack thereof.

Such is the current division of our country. Twitter is not meant for meaningful discussion – this I have learned.

Oh, and as a side note how did we go in women’s rights from not needing a man to take care of us to requiring the government to protect us???


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Ramblings of Conservative Cathy – Flip flopper/Pandering???

The Democrats and some “so called” Republicans like to say that the Republican nominee – Mitt Romney is a flip flopper and panders to those he speaks with. Well he just had a wonderful opportunity to prove this to his detractors but wait – it did not occur. I was shocked – really shocked that once again my nominee stood on principal and demonstrated true character. And if you actually wanted to do some real research instead of just listening and repeating what the talking heads say you would find out that this is how he has always been and I expect will always be!

Below is the transcript of Romney’s speech to the large Latino group of elected officials, NALEO.

Did he change anything he has said previously? NO! Did he pander to the crowd? NO!

If you have been paying attention then you know he said nothing new and he stayed on track and promoted a better economy. Stated as he always has that illegal immigration affects the economy and following the laws and correcting a broken immigration system will improve the economy and he wants to do that as the economy is his main premise for just about everything.

Now his detractors want to say he did not come down on either side of Obama’s election gift to illegal immigrants but I think this phrase says it all and does not side step the issue: “Some people have asked if I will let stand the president’s executive order. The answer is that I will put in place my own long- term solution that will replace and supersede the president’s temporary measure. As president, I won’t settle for stopgap measures. I will work with Republicans and Democrats to build a long-term solution. And I’ll prioritize measures –”
I think that says that he will actually fix the situation and follow what he promotes – legal immigration and securing our border – which he has been saying forever.

And as always you can not beat phrases like this: “Today, I’m asking you to join me, because while we may not agree on everything, we share the same goal, and the same vision. And the same belief in American greatness that draws so many people to our shores. Liberty’s torch can burn just as brightly for future generations of immigrant as it has burned for immigrants in the past.”

This is one of the reasons why Mitt Romney is my choice for President of the United States!

Except from CNN transcript (if there are any errors blame CNN):

MITT ROMNEY (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Appreciate the chance to be with you today and I’m delighted to be here to be invited here at your annual conference. It’s an honor to be among so many elected officials.
I come to you as a candidate of the United States of America. And I will govern from the principle that while this is a land of extraordinary diversity, there are so much more that unites us than there is that divides us.
ROMNEY: Each of us walks a different path in life, but we are united by one great overwhelming passion, we love the United States of America. We believe in America. We are one nation under God.
Today, we are united not only by our faith in America, we are also united by our concern for America. The country we love is in peril, and that’s why I’m running for president.
Almost four years ago, the American people did something that was very much the sort of thing that Americans like to do — we gave someone new a chance to lead, someone who we had not known very long who didn’t have much of a record, but promised to lead us to a better place.
At the time, we didn’t know what kind of president he’d be. It was a moment of crisis for our economy. And when Barack Obama became to office, America wished him well and hoped for the best.
Three-and-a-half years later, over 23 million Americans are out of work. Unemployed. Underemployed. Or simply quit looking for a job.
At a time when we should be gaining momentum in the economy, we are actually seeing us lose a little bit of it right now. Job growth slowed and this week we learned that the number of job openings has fallen yet again. And as you know, Hispanics have been hit disproportionately hard. While the national unemployment is still above 8 percent and has been for 40 straight months, Hispanic unemployment is at 11 percent.
The middle class under President Obama has been crushed. More Americans are living in poverty today than at any point in American history. Over 2 million more Hispanics are living in poverty today than the day when President Obama took office.
Home values have plunged, our national debt is at record levels and families are buried under higher prices for things like food and gasoline, and yet the president said that the private sector is doing fine.
This is more than a policy failure. It’s a moral failure. I know that the president will say that he inherited the economic crisis, and that’s true.
But we shouldn’t allow the challenges that he faced four years ago to divert our attention from another important fact. The president pursued policies that have made this the slowest recovery since the Great Depression, and he broke promises many people were counting on the build a brighter future. It did not have to be this way.
Just compare this president’s record with the first term of Ronald Reagan. President Reagan also faced an economic crisis. In fact, in 1982, the unemployment rate peaked at nearly 11 percent. But in the two years that followed, just two years, he delivered a true recovery, economic growth and job creation worth three times higher than in the Obama economy.
If President Obama had delivered a real recovery, a Reagan recovery, we would have 5 million more jobs today — 5 million more. And the unemployment rate would be 6 percent, and the economy would be at least 1 trillion larger.
Now, tomorrow President Obama will speak here, and of course, that is the first time he has spoken here since the last campaign. He may admit that he has not kept every promise, and he’ll probably say that even though you aren’t better off than you were four years ago, things could be worse.
He will imply that you don’t really have an alternative. I believe he’s taking your vote for granted.
I’d come here today with a very simple message, you do have an alternative. Your vote should be respected. And your voice is more important now than ever before.
This November, we are going to make a choice. We can continue along the path we are on. Or we can choose a better way. Instead of continuing on with the policies of the last three and a half years, we can revitalize our free enterprise economy, we can lead the world as we have in what we invent and build and create.
Let me make this very clear: this is the only way we can strengthen the middle-class. And this is the only way we can create sustained prosperity. Raising taxes to grow government does not grow the middle-class.
Today, I’m asking you the join me, because while we may not agree on everything, we share the same goal, and the same vision. And the same belief in American greatness that draws so many people to our shores. Liberty’s torch can burn just as brightly for future generations of immigrant as it has burned for immigrants in the past.
We know that the businesses can’t succeed and grow and hire more workers without a more competitive tax system. That’s why I am going to lower the corporate tax rate and reduce individual marginal tax rates by 20 percent across the board.
We also know that our businesses and families need affordable and reliable energy. Producing more of our own energy resources will create jobs in America, and generate greater revenues for the country.
It will also help bring manufacturing back to our shores. You are going to see a manufacturing resurgence if we get that policy right. We know that the economy cannot grow if we are mortgaging the future to pay for the big government programs of today.
Think about that. We can’t keep on borrowing massively more than we take in without putting the country in peril, and so as president, I will rein in spending, and I will get the budget balanced. And I will repeal Obamacare, because we cannot afford another $2 trillion entitlement.
ROMNEY: Everybody likes free stuff, but there is no free stuff when government has to the pay and it has to tax the American people or when it borrows from future generations. Obamacare is depressing job growth. If priority number one is jobs, you have to get Obamacare out of there.
In one study, 73 percent of a business owners said that Obamacare has made it harder for them to hire people. Think of that. Almost three quarters of small businesses saying Obamacare is making it less likely to hire people. If jobs are your priority, you got to get rid of Obamacare and put in place real reform that works.
Repealing Obamacare and replacing it will give businesses the kind of certainty they need to expand and to hire and to grow. Now, by the way, we can also jump start our economy by expanding trade in our hemisphere.
As you know, however, the president has not completed a single new trade agreement with a Latin American nation and he has failed to crack down on countries like China, who don’t live by the rules.
We know that our kids can’t succeed if they are trapped in failing schools, and that is why as president I will give the parents of every low income and special needs student the chance to choose where their child goes to school.
ROMNEY: When it comes to education, a choice for every parent means a chance for every child. An effective immigration system can also strengthen the economy as it has since the nation’s founding.
Unfortunately, despite his promises, President Obama has failed to address immigration reform. For two years this president had huge majorities in the House and Senate, he was free to pursue any policy he pleased, but he did nothing to advance a permanent fix for our broken immigration system. Nothing. Instead, he failed to act until facing a tough re-election, and trying to secure your vote.
Last week the president finally offered a temporary measure — he called it a stopgap measure — that he seems to think will be just enough to get him through the election.
After 3 1/2 years of putting every issue from loan guarantees to his donors to Cash for Clunkers, putting all of those things before immigration, now the president has been seized by an overwhelming need to do what he could have done on day one, but didn’t. I think you deserve better.
Some people have asked if I will let stand the president’s executive order. The answer is that I will put in place my own long- term solution that will replace and supersede the president’s temporary measure. As president, I won’t settle for stopgap measures. I will work with Republicans and Democrats to build a long-term solution. And I’ll prioritize measures —
ROMNEY: — and I want you to also know this, I will prioritize efforts that strengthen legal immigration and make it more transparent and easier. And I’m going to address the issue of illegal immigration in a civil and resolute manner. We may not always agree, but when I make a promise to you, I will keep it. Let me speak about some of the guidelines that I will use in putting together the policy. And as you have heard me say many times it is critical to redouble the efforts to secure the borders. That means both preventing illegal border crossings and making it harder to illegally overstay a visa.
We should field enough border patrol agents, complete a high-tech fence and implement an improved exit verification system. Our immigration system should help promote strong families as well, not keep them apart. Our nation benefits when moms and dads and their kids are all living together under the same roof.

ROMNEY: But today, too many families are caught in a broken system that costs them time and money and entangles them in excessive red tape. For those seeking to come to America the right way, that kind of bureaucratic nightmare has to end. And we can do this with just a few common sense reforms.
As president, I’d reallocate green cards to those seeking to keep their families under one roof.
ROMNEY: And we will exempt from caps the spouses and minor children of legal permanent residents.
ROMNEY: And we will eliminate other forms of bureaucratic red tape that keep families from coming together. Immigration reform is not just a moral imperative, it is also an economic necessity. Immigrants with advanced degrees start companies, create jobs and they drive innovation at a very high rate.
Immigrants founded or co-founded nearly half of our top 50 venture-backed companies in this country — nearly half. They are nearly 30 percent more likely to start a business. And that kind of risk-taking is something we need more than ever, because new business startups in America are at a 30-year low.
I’ll work with states and employers to update our temporary worker visa program so that it meets our economic needs. And if you get an advanced degree here, we want you to stay here. So I’d staple a green card to the diploma of someone who gets an advanced degree in America.
ROMNEY: We want the best and brightest to enrich the nation through the jobs and technologies they are going to create. Now, we also have a strong tradition in this country of honoring immigrants who join our military and put their lives on the line to keep the country safe. Since September 11th of 2001, the United States has naturalized nearly 75,000 members of the Armed Forces. Too many of those patriots died on distant battlefields for our freedom before receiving full citizenship here in the country they called home. As president I will stand for a path to legal status for anyone who is willing to stand up and defend this great nation through military service.
ROMNEY: Those who have risked their lives in defense of America have earned the right to make their life in America. But improving access to legal immigration is only one part of the equation. We must also make legal immigration more attractive than illegal immigration, so that people are rewarded for waiting patiently in line.
That is why my administration will establish a strong employment verification system so that every business can know with confidence that the people it hires are legally eligible for employment. We can find common ground here, and we have got to.
We owe it to ourselves as Americans to ensure that our country remains the land of opportunity both for those who were born here and for those who share our values, respect our laws and want to come to our shores.

Now, throughout my campaign, I have often had the chance to speak about my dad and how proud I am of him. He was born, as Scotty said, to parents, American parents living in Mexico. When he was 5, they left everything behind and started over in the United States.
His dad, my grandfather, was a builder, and he went bust more than once. My grandfather didn’t make much money. There were times in my dad’s life when he lived in poverty. But my grandfather had big hopes for my dad and tried to help him as best he could.
My dad didn’t finish college. But he believed in the country where the circumstances of one’s birth were not a barrier to achievement. And he was not afraid of hard work. He held odd jobs, putting up plasterboard, selling paint. He was lucky enough to live in America where hard work can turn aspirations into realities.
After he became a man of the business world, he got the opportunity to lead a great car company, and ultimately, he became the governor of a great state, the state of Michigan.
This is my father’s story. But it could be the story of any American. Most of you here today are leaders in your community. Your are here because you have benefited from the land of opportunity, and you want to give back to this country, to fight for its people so they have the same chance to succeed.
We are truly one America. Everyone here has made this exceptional nation what it is today. This is an election about two people. This is not an election about being a Republican or a Democrat or and independent. This is an election about the future of America. I’d ask each of you to honestly look at the last 3 1/2 years and ask whether we can do better. Is the America of 11 percent Hispanic unemployment the America of our dreams? We can do better. We can prosper again with the powerful recovery we have all been waiting for, the good jobs that so many people need and, above all, the opportunities we owe to our children and our grandchildren.
I will do that. I will make that happen with your help and your support. Thank you so much. And God bless this great land. Thank you.

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Ramblings from Conservative Cathy – Help! help I may be dying or maybe not! Or worse, I live in California!….

I just ran into a “California Advance Health Care Directive”and although with research I have found out

In a choice between California red tape and Obamacare Death Panels…I’m afraid I’m safer with the Death Panels.

that this has been around since 2000 I just found out that hospitals must hand this out to any patient coming into the hospital or ER regardless of why they are there or whether they are actually able to fill it out.  (There’s nothing as annoying as filling out paperwork after you been intubated…well, maybe dealing with California bureaucracy).

Basically this is a serious subject but I want to deal with the particular form in my sarcastic humorous way.   This form apparently must be accompanied with a signed statement about whether you already have a DNR (do not resuscitate), do you have it on you and do not want one.  Sounds exactly like what California or government would produce – now keep in mind that many people enter a hospital in a non-communicative or responsive manner so then a doctor has to sign a form that states he tried to offer to the patient but they could not understand (again huh?).

Now I want you to keep in mind that if you enter the hospital and have a DNR but do not have it with you then you will be given all the appropriate medical services.  Actually I believe that without specific instructions by the patient and tons of documentation that you will be given all that anyway as they do not want to be sued.

Now let’s just think about this last part – do you really have this information on file will all hospitals near everywhere you go?  Do you have this info on file with every doctor you see and every person you know and do they all carry it on their person just in case?  Now that you have answered those questions with an affirmative YES – if you were brought into the ER under a true trauma do you think everyone is going to stop everything until we have confirmed all this information and made sure it is accurate and legal?  Probably not, unless the doctors are in agreement with a DNR order.  Because litigation probably trumps all that when it comes to medical care or maybe it is because doctors are in the business of saving lives – I wonder.

Now for fun lets deal with some of the individual pages and wording in this form because it really does get funnier.  And to think these people are responsible for anything in the world is really scary.

On page 2 they let you know as I stated above that you need to share this form with all your doctors, nurses, social workers (does everyone have one of these?), family and friends along with your health care agent (someone who you pick to make decisions for you – probably better give them a legal medical power of attorney but if it is signed prior to 2000 in CA it is no longer legal and you need a new one).  So hopefully you have a lot of copies of this 3 part (12page)  document to pass out and hopefully everyone carries it on them at all times (including you).  And apparently all of these people on this list can help you fill out the form (really?), so that is whom you should take questions to.

Now this is important as you will see – if your health care choices are not listed then write them on a “piece of paper” and keep it with the forms – sounds legal to me.

If you want a healthcare agent it cannot be your doctor (as they would never look out for your best interests) unless they are a family member.  I am sure your doctor does not want to be your agent anyway as there is some legal responsibility here but otherwise Huh??

On page 3 – “ If you are too sick to make your own decisions, your doctors will ask your closet family members to make decisions for you” really – without a legal form – I don’t think so – they will provide the responsible necessary care – I think.  Also “If you want your agent to be someone other than family, you must write his or her name on this form” – I think you have to write anyone’s name on the form as you cannot just choose “family” as your option – how would a doctor decide between disputing members (better write that out on that piece of paper)?

On page 6 is where that piece of paper is really going to come in handy.

“My life is only worth living if I can” now there are choices to put an X by:

·      talk to family or friends (piece of paper right now because if you have no family or friends and are able to communicate you might want to clarify this line)

·      This one is my favorite –  wake up from a coma (of course but that piece of paper might come in handy in determining a time line for this hopeful event)

·      Feed, bathe, or take care of myself (I guess those death panels are already starting because I always thought that paralysis was not a reason to let someone die)

·      Be free from pain (now that is a very subjective statement – a piece of paper might be helpful in stating that if you can still function with pain killers versus vegetable state with pain killers might be a better way to determine but another one might be is the pain forever or only for a period (seems a little early to make a decision just based on being free from pain – I think I need more information – please)…also what level of pain are we talking about…if I come in a with stubbed toe but check this box are they going to kill me?

·      Live without being hooked up to machines – well an IV drip is a machine so I think we might need that piece of paper again to be a little more specific.  And I don’t think anyone but your Doctor is going to be helpful with most of these specifics unless all your family and friends are medical doctors also.

·      My second favorite – and this is the last one on all questions – “I am not sure” – based on the phraseology offered, I wouldn’t be sure either but I don’t think that is what they are referring to – so back into the doctors lap – who would have guessed.

Page 7 is about life support and what treatments can be used.  There is this phrase “little hope of getting better” – again a very subjective statement – does it mean that I will die (thought we all were going to do that anyway – is there like a time line involved – better get that piece of paper)

When it goes into the allowed treatments you had better have someone with some medical experience help you as I do not think all of these are considered “life support”.

CPR = well yeah – they would not be doing it if life was not in the balance or slipping away – I think that piece of paper and quality/length of life might be pertinent here

Dialysis – gee you could get a transplant or something so is the death panel again suggesting that dying is a viable alternative – or is your current life expectancy a factor in this decision?

Breathing Machine – a good call but that piece of paper again as is this long term or short term?

Feeding Tube – gosh I hope so if I am unable to consume food – keep in mind that if you are unable to consume food that you will starve to death so I think some other things might be pertinent to this one also – gosh I guess we now have several pieces of paper.

Blood transfusion – really is that all you need to live – unless this is a religious decision I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want that – but oh well.

Medicine – really I love this very vague term – why wouldn’t you want medicine – I guess we had better talk to a pharmacist also and fill out a whole bunch of pieces of paper on this one – so does he need copies of this form also???

Other treatments – ?? Guess you better spend some time with your Doctor/medical school and lots of pieces of paper

Page 8 – I’m very curious about something on this page – there is a question about whether you want an autopsy and one of them is “I want an autopsy if there are questions about my death”.  I want to know if you check no autopsy and you were murdered are they no longer allowed to autopsy your body???  The other question I have is if you request an autopsy when normally one is not done – who pays for it?

Also on this page is this statement – “What should your doctors know about how you want your body to be treated after you die?”  Let’s see, doctors work on you and then call your death – do you think they really are doing anything else to your body – they leave the area you are in and go work on someone else or go home – I am not really an expert in all the religions but exactly what is this referring to?  Because really do you think that most doctors (unless maybe if they are family/friends) really care about your body after you die?  My God you are dead and have left your body – why would they care??  What am I missing here???

Page 10 is where you and witnesses sign.  You need two witnesses and one of them cannot be related to you in any manner but they need to know you and they can not inherit anything from you and they can not work for the hospital.  So let’s see if you are entering the hospital ER and this form is given to you, what are the odds that you are also accompanied by this friend (but not too close as they can not receive anything from you when you die) to witness your signing – I guess you all should be better prepared.  Your only other option is having it witnessed by a Notary – gosh do they now need to be employed 24/7 by hospitals??

I really do not see where this form has alleviated any potential legal problems for the medical field.  I just think it is silly when government does things like this – The DNR forms and power of attorney that they have had for decades did this much so how have they helped but they have now made it cost money that this form now must be given to everyone (even when it is not currently applicable).  Silly Silly

Everyone better check out their own state and see what’s happening there regarding these issues…or this could just be another symptom of why if you’re placing a bet between Greece and California going down first, safe money says Greece will outlive the Golden State.

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Ramblings from ConservativeCathy – What’s in a name??

The other day I was listening to O’Reily and heard a discussion between him and a young lady chosen to speak for the immigrants to our country (those not here legally) and she wanted to let all of us know how damaging to the soul and humanity of a person it was to refer to them as “illegal aliens”. She related this phrase to calling people names and dehumanizing them.

This is not the first time I have encountered this concept. Actually the liberal term of “undocumented workers” come from this concept. I always wondered what they were undocumented from? If I do not have copies of my transcripts from school – am I undocumented – If I lose my social security card – am I undocumented – if I do not have my drivers license on me – am I undocumented? I think that is a silly term.

Then looking around I also found other comments on the Internet:

Jesus Nebot, filmmaker, entrepreneur, and speaker, wrote in an Aug. 14, 2011 email to

“‘Illegal alien’ is NOT a neutral term. ‘Illegal,’ used as an adjective or simply as a noun in ‘illegals’ stereotypes these immigrants as criminals, as if they were inherently bad people who must be punished.

Yet, crossing the border outside of legal channels is a violation of the civil code, not a criminal act. Their intent is not to cause harm or to steal. The illegal frame inflates the severity of their offense…..”

Cindy Rodríguez, Vice-President of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, wrote in her Apr. 4, 2006 Denver Post article “‘Illegal’ As a Noun Breaks Law of Reason”:

“If you can control the words people use, you can frame the issue. In effect, you control the way people view it. That is exactly what is happening with the immigration debate …some politicians are taking the easy way out by focusing on undocumented immigrants. Those politicians are being goaded by nativists, racists and brainwashed people who are confused in our culture of fear. Their term of choice: ‘illegals.’…..”

“The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) calls on our nation’s news media to use accurate terminology in its coverage of immigration and to stop dehumanizing undocumented immigrants…”

Douglas Gould and Company

Communications for Change
Today’s Bad Word: Illegal Alien
Definition: ‘illegal alien’ refers to individuals who cross a boarder into the United States unlawfully and without proper documentation.
What is says: An intensely negative term, ‘illegal’ defines people as criminal, forbidden and illegitimate. While ‘alien’ is synonymous to foreign, unwanted and dangerous. Are we really likening people from other countries to creatures in sci-fi movies? Come on…
My beef? The term itself erodes basic human rights (such as the right to a fair court hearing) by presuming illegal status. Besides being presumptuous, it condones arbitrary detention and unfair deportation. Moreover, it ignores that fact that many cross the boarder to escape oppression and a life of poverty in search of greater economic opportunities, mobility and quality of life. Do we want to live in a country that would round up and deport millions of people? Or racially profile Arizona residents – stopping suspicious cars and passersby – who may remotely “look like” someone not of European decent?
We should treat all those among us with dignity and respect, welcome newcomers without assumption, and work toward a more comprehensive and just immigration policy. Because, in so many ways, immigration is a net positive for America (economically, demographically, etc.)
Suggested replacements: undocumented people, undocumented worker, migrants

“To me an alien is somebody who is from another planet,” Democrat Sen. Frederica Wilson told the Miami Herald

It has taken me a few days to think about this ….

Meanwhile the dictionary sheds some light on the real meaning of terms:

The American Heritage Dictionary:

1. Prohibited by law.
An illegal immigrant.
1. Owing political allegiance to another country or government; foreign: alien residents.
2. Belonging to, characteristic of, or constituting another and very different place, society, or person; strange. See Synonyms at foreign.
1. An unnaturalized foreign resident of a country. Also called noncitizen.
2. A person from another and very different family, people, or place.
3. A person who is not included in a group; an outsider.

I looked at several sites and they were all pretty much the same along with using the detrimental phrase as the example. Actually I thought that was pretty funny.

Let’s see the word illegal is bad as it aligns the person with being a criminal – hmmm
Illegally entering the United States – Federal Misdemeanor
Illegally getting a social security card (if they are working) – Identity Theft –
Using any entitlements is a fraud and misuse of taxpayer funds
Using taxpayer funds for school and healthcare is immoral at best
Any one using or working with a coyote is involved in a criminal conspiracy
to illegally transport a human being

The word alien is self-explanatory. I think it is funny to hear them say they are not from space. Maybe the problem is not the phrase but that the immigrants understanding of the English language is lacking??

The problem with all of this other than for the humorous responses I might compose in my head is this is just another liberal way of changing the conversation. The issue here is everyone understands why people come here and what the opportunities are for them but does that mean that they are allowed to break out laws instead or fixing their own countries? The issue is that and I know this is difficult for liberals but what other country in the world allows people to just walk into their country and receive free stuff??? And why should we!

Liberals and “illegal immigrants” need to realize and accept that they are here illegally and are criminals regardless of the fact that many of us might do the same thing under the same conditions. Understanding does not change the facts of an issue it just allows for empathy.

Although this has been treated with an attitude of sympathy and not the criminal behavior it is, all need to understand that these acts are violations of our laws and country and if any of us citizens did the same thing we would end up in jail so why do we excuse them? These are not civil crimes but real felonies.

Although we all know that most of the immigrants coming to this country are doing it for their own betterment, there are exceptions and all entrance illegally in this country is a type of invasion and not in our countries or citizen’s best interest.

The other derogatory term being supposedly implied by the term is that it is racist. Wow, I think that shows where their head is at. The majority of illegal immigrants into our country are of Latino heritage but we have them from Canada, the Middle East, Africa and East Asian countries (actually from everywhere I would bet) so I think they are stealing thunder to make the issue personal instead of dealing with the actual issue regardless of where the people come from.

People by evading the truth do not allow the real discussion to take place. Do we want to have a guest worker program for a mutual benefit? Yes. Do we want to limit the number of people entering our country? Only mildly. Do we want to allow people to come here and not assimilate? No. Do we want to continue multiculturalism? Not the way liberals define that term. Do we want to limit a work program to high tech, low tech or whatever is needed or beneficial to all involved? Depends. Do we allow those who owe us no allegiance or chose to not honor our laws to stay in our country? No. Should illegal immigrants be counted in the census? No. Do we want non-citizens voting? HELL NO! There are many questions that must be answered and dealt with but what we call them is not one of them!

Basically other than bringing humor to me – let’s try and deal with actual issues and not make issues out of words as is so common these days.


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Ramblings of Conservative Cathy: Questions and no answers….

I realize that I am often naïve and idealistic but what is wrong with our country?  America has always stood for FREEDOM and OPPORTUNITY but now we are just like every other country just stuck in politics with no real redeeming value.

I have been very interested/involved in removing Obama and having Romney as our new President and agreed that this election was a changing point but I think it is even more than I thought. 

We have a President and government that choose not to follow our constitution/law of the land.  We have about half the country on his bandwagon.  So for that reason and economics I want a change.

But when we turn our backs on a freedom fighter like Chen in China due to politics then I realize that we have lost and will completely loose the underlying reason for our country and our status in the world.  It’s sadly been this way ever since we sent that little boy Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba –because we wanted to honor the rights of a Father, who was merely a puppet for a tyranny, instead of the dreams of a Mother, dreams that were so important to her that she gave her life trying to fulfill them for her and her son.  And rather than allow the boy to live in freedom, which according to our constitution is an inalienable right, we went in with guns to send him back to be propagandized and the poster boy for Castro.  And now when we turn away someone asking for Asylum and help I realize that we are losing so much more than just the sight of the law and our economic best interests.  We are losing that which makes America great: being the beacon of freedom the world over.  We are at a turning point, we can return to be the shining city on the hill or, if we choose more of Obama, relegate us to being a third rate nation with no purpose and no core, like all of Europe.  It is more then this as we should always stand on principal as that is the right thing to do.

I know in my heart that a generation ago there never would have been a question as to what would happen to Elian Gonzalez – of course he would have stayed here with family here in the United States where he would have had the best opportunities in the world ahead of them.  NO ONE would have thought otherwise!  I remember for years Russian and other communist block country citizens would escape and ask for asylum and it was never questioned.  What have we become?  Why would principal, the right thing now be sacrificed for a loan, a trade agreement or whatever stupid thing is under consideration.  I have to believe that we would have always done the right thing and not sold someone out for a better position in a trade agreement. 

It is beginning to appear that this election might be our last chance to redeem the soul of this nation.  If we lose this election we will dim the light in the world – not forever, but for now and for a long time, because four more years of Obama will gut our military and foreign reputation, four more years of this man will leave us in debt to some of the worst governments in the world with no place to go but to constantly yield to them…and I do not know how long it will be before a perfect group of people emerge together like our Founding Fathers to bring us back into the light. 

All of this touches something intangible/unexplainable for me at least that represents America and I want everyone to see/feel it.  We must fight for our underlying ideals even if we have not always met them we should always represent them at all cost.

To me Obama represents all that I consider ignorant and evil and wrong in the world and with people – I am sorry to say I can find no redeeming qualities (although he appears to be a good father I wonder about that as he is so narcissistic that I believe he may conduct himself in a certain way to get approval).  To me Romney represents all that I believe is honorable and admirable with the world and people.  It is the first time in a long time that I have had tremendous faith and hope in a potential President and even if he does not meet all my expectations I know if the people begin to understand what is at stake we have a far better chance of helping to direct him then we will ever have with Obama.

I pray for people to wake up and help restore this nation to a nation of purpose and not just one of convenience as I am realizing this is more dire than I may have once thought! 

Please think about what is really at stake here and let that guide you in your choices and decisions.

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Ramblings of ConservativeCathy – The Buffett Rule or is that the Buffet Rule?

Taxes should not be a “buffet” where you get to pick and choose what you like and don’t like.  It is supposed to be a just and equal system.  Which is preposterous as it is based on penalizing those who are more successful –not quite sure how that is just or equal but we will deal with that later.

Let’s talk about all those millionaires that do not pay taxes or pay less then their secretaries.

The tax codes are difficult to follow and it is fair to say that many people pay taxes multiple times on the same money.

Basically taxes are based on actual income earned from working in a progressive manner with those making more paying a higher percentage rate.  But the main problem is with all the loopholes written into that code.  Most of us are familiar with mortgage deductions and charitable contribution deductions, but there are many many pages of many more deductions.  These are the loopholes everyone is referring to.

So when a millionaire receives income from working they pay at the highest percentage rate of taxes (not counting deductions) then they take that money and invest it (means making it work by putting it into other business) then when they receive additional income from that investment they only pay approximately 15% on that investment.  Now that money that they were paid for their investment has already been taxed for the company paying the interest on the investment in several different ways and now that it has been paid back to the investor he must now pay that additional 15% on it.  Keep in mind that if he lost his investment he can only deduct that which he lost minus whatever he had received on it (this is very simplistic but close enough I think – if you invested $10,000 and had received $1,000 on it you now lost $9,000).  I am not sure if you can declare the complete $9,000 as deduction but even if you can you have lost much more than that in reality as if you had just put it into a bank or some bonds or such you probably would have earned more (unless this is a short term loss) but you can not take that into account – you also can not take into account that you previously paid taxes on the $1,000.

The reason we offer a lower tax rate for investment is that it is good for the economy and society as a whole.  Already the tax rate for companies is the highest in the world and the tax rate for investment is the highest in the world so actually we are hurting ourselves when we claim it is not fair for millionaires to pay a lower tax rate.  They already paid the higher rate when they actually worked and earned that money now they are only investing it instead of hoarding it like Scrooge McDuck.

Now back to Mr. Buffett – my understanding is that he does still work for his company but chooses to take his pay in the form of stocks.  That means that he has enough money to live on so instead of taking actual pay then he pays only 15% on the profit on his investment annually (the stock).  Now in reality if he sells that stock he will pay the higher tax rate again but right now he is only being taxed on the capital gains he receives.  So you are not comparing apples to apples in this scenario.  Of course the ultimate irony about the Buffett rule is that is comes from a man who one minute states he wants to pay more but doesn’t go to the IRS web site that allows him to pay more of his own free will, and who says he should pay more one moment and next the company that he is chief executive of, Berkshire Hathaway, is behind in taxes by millions of dollars dating back to 2002 and is fighting in court what they should pay.  Hypocrisy thy name if Buffet.

What we are doing is cutting our own throats to do something that sounds fair on the face of it but if you look at it in the real context you can see that they are not really paying less in taxes but just postponing the inevitable and as the pot grows the inevitable will be a substantial amount.  Also keep in mind that with a death tax penalty that for most people the inevitable moment comes when they die and their estate is over taxed at around 45-50%.  Gee I think that more than makes up for the lower taxes while they were alive.  Especially when you think of all the benefit the economy received by their keeping the money working in the economy instead of hoarding it or accumulating materialistic things.

The Republicans have often but to no avail offered up plans where the tax becomes flat meaning it is a lower rate for all but then there will be no loopholes or deductions.  Actually this will bring in more money to the treasury in the long run.  But the Democrats want something quick and flashy like an all you can eat buffet sign.  Pick whichever group it is popular to beat up on and tax them.  Tax them as much as you want, it’s all you can eat.  No concern for the long term health of the economy, no concern whether it will have immediate effect, just tax what you want because you want it.  Just like a buffet.  And when you’re done at the all you can tax buffet, gorge yourself and clogging the arteries the of the economy (yes I know this metaphor is running too long I’m almost done) you can go and put a couple hundred million on Solyndra at Roulette wheel.

It would be great if society started to think long term versus short term and what sounds nicer instead of what will work in the long run and be more just and equal in the long run.  I personally will support a VAT tax (and only a VAT, not a combination of VAT and income) as I have serious problems with income taxes due to penalization of success.

And let me add that all persons in the US can of their own volition give money to the treasury or even dedicate additional money to our national debt.  So if someone really believes they are not paying enough taxes then they could very easily write that check and the government will gladly accept it from you.  So I find it very hypocritical that so-called wealthy/millionaires want the government to pass a law to be able to by force take additional money from them but not want to willingly just give it away to the government.  Would it be that they know with their money they can afford the best tax accountants and attorneys in the world that will allow them to still pay less money then the amount the law states????

Please also do some research and you will find that everytime congress has added a tax for the “wealthy” they end up adding it downward as it really does not bring in the funds they want so by wanting someone else to pay up you actually end up making the middle class pay up.

So, logically you must come to the conclusion that all of this is political hype and nothing more!  And still no one wants to solve the actual underlying problem – SPENDING!!

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Ramblings of ConservativeCathy–It’s not Fair!

It's not fair! It's not, it's not, it's not...

What do you hear little children say all the time – “it’s not fair”.  But we thought that you were not supposed to grow up and learn that life is not fair – nor is it meant to be!

I hear Democrats, President Obama and others using versions of this phrase on almost a daily basis now.

Not wanting to go into all the individual points this phrase is used for I want to just deal with the concept of “what is fair”.

Is it fair that some people are better looking then others?  Is it fair that some people are downright unattractive?

Is it fair that some people have great bodies and most of us don’t?  Is it fair that some people can eat all kinds of things and not put on weight while others of us just look at food and seem to put on weight?

Is it fair that some people can go all night and day and seem to have everlasting energy while others of drag along on a daily basis?

Is it fair that some people get sick when other do not?

Is it fair that some people are smarter then other people?

Is it fair that some people have great athletic ability and others of us are uncoordinated morons?

Is it fair that some people know things that others do not?

Is it fair that some people inherit money while the majority of us need to work for it?  Is it fair that some people are able to invent or think of an invention and make lots of money?  Is it fair that some people become great actors and make all kinds of money and most don’t?  Is it fair that some people successfully build a business empire and make loads of money while most of us don’t?

Is it fair that a lot of us must pay taxes while others do not have to?  Is it fair that taxes are based on our incomes rather then our productivity or looks or weight or what the government actually needs to run just the areas designated in the constitution?

Is it fair that I am never hungry and many others are daily?

Is it fair that I have access to great medicine while many others don’t ?

Is it fair that I have religious freedom and many others don’t?

Is it fair that I am a woman and men seem to rule the world?

Is it fair that children must follow rules?  Is it fair that I cannot have as much as others?  Is it fair that life is not minute-by-minute what I want it to be?

Is it fair that there are poor people in the world?  Is it fair that all people do not have a sense of humor similar to my own?  Is it fair that everyone does not want to live the way I choose?

Is it fair that someone else’s needs are more important then mine?

This list could go on and on…..

Get over it – life is not fair in any aspect – it is just life and you can do whatever you want or are capable of doing with it – so enjoy and make the most out of it without requiring me to participate in you life!   


Any politician using these types of phrases should be immediately removed as they are not mature enough to lead anyone particularly themselves….. is that FAIR??????


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Ramblings of ConservativeCathy—War on Women Part II

Continuing from yesterday let’s take a further look at how it’s not the Republicans who are waging a war on women…


The Wage Gap:

So let’s go to this one.  I am older and feel that I have worked within business during the period where it was changing for acceptance of women.  This allows me to have a personal perspective regarding this issue.  I have seen the charts demonstrating that women make anywhere from 75-88% of the wages a man makes for the same job ( I believe the current talking point is 77cents of the dollar compared to men).  I am not going to list sites here.  These are always something like cleaning industry or food preparation, contracting jobs, etc.  Since I work in the area of food service and cleaning as I am a consultant for hospitals in these areas and started out working in Restaurants as a waitress and then went into management and on with my career I think I can respond to these issues based on my own knowledge.

Most companies/corporations labor practices are run by human resource departments today and they all follow the labor laws.  They also provide equality in setting wages with all rates stated by job class and not by sex and pay raises set by inflation not by the whim of a manager.  This is factual, now some small businesses may do other things but I believe even they follow the laws and do not apply personal opinions.  Any actual good business never cares about sex or race as they are only concerned with the best person for the job.

Now as to the stats always distributed.  Let’s see, I saw one that said servers so I guess that means waiter/waitress.  Now the study did not state whether it considered tips but I am assuming that it did as I know that most restaurant companies follow the above procedures so no one makes money based on sex.  As far as tips go it has always been correct that men make more percentage wise on tips than women and as I have been a waitress in some top notch dinner houses I can tell you why that is.  Women offend women – don’t deny it – it is true.  Now the difference is that some women always play to men thinking that they will give them the tip without realizing exactly what control the women may have on that issue, also if the waitress is attractive then many women are jealous or insecure around them so they are not as comfortable or enjoying their meal so that will affect the tip, or some men are just stupid and flirt/tease with the waitress in front of wives and girlfriends thinking this is funny or good in some way.  Suffice it to say men do not seem to care about male servers one way or the other and only care about service.  Being as I am not a dummy this took me no time at all to figure out when I started waitressing.  So I always played to the women and if the man wanted to flirt then I would stand by the women and not insult the man but empathize with the women for having to put up with this type of nonsense.  My tips were fairly close to those of the male servers of equal quality where other women servers were much lower.

When I became a manager there were only 3 other female managers that I knew of in the whole company (nation wide and international also).  But I was paid the same as any other new manager but was given a harder time.  I am a strong believer in the concept that women often work harder/longer/better to be considered equal but I have never been paid any differently than a man.

When you group things like food preparation together that is improper as there are different categories within these positions.  I will tell you that line cooks get paid more then prep cooks.  I have encountered some great women line cooks but honestly it is mostly a job that men are in.  It is backbreaking (on your feet for 8 straight hours (except breaks) and moving around in a smaller space, stressful and you are working in a hot environment – often uncomfortable (meaning not very good air circulation or air conditioning).  Most women prefer the lower stress of prep work and the more comfortable work environment with others around to converse with.  So taking an average in combining all of the various categories involved in food prep is improper.  This also applies to cleaning work – there are several categories and one that receives a higher pay is working with heavy floor/carpet cleaning machinery.  Most of this work is done at night to even very late at night and along with the need to be physically capable of handling the equipment – I think you can see why more men are in these positions than women.  But I can assure you that if a woman wanted the job and was capable at the job then she would be paid exactly the same.  I think that construction jobs would follow along the same lines so combining these types of things are silly and unproductive.

The professional areas such as doctor or lawyer for example demonstrate the other stat that is never discussed.  I know some doctors and lawyers and the women I know are paid the same as men at the same level or quality.  The issue that is never really discussed is that these studies are based on averages.  Women more than men enter and leave their chosen field or job if they are having children or raising them.  This obviously will affect wages based on averages.  How often do you see a study based on beginning wages or after 10 years of experience for a particular field  – no I have not seen them myself (and I looked).  I believe that is because they would show that there is no real difference in wages.  Averages can like percentages throw facts off – always question these kinds of things.

I believe Democrats use these averages/studies to make people feel bad and also feel that they need a protector.  It’s very easy to be given a scapegoat to blame rather then looking to your own choices and responsibility in the whatever the problem is.  This has been used time and again in history to control the masses.  Republicans are also willing participants as I have stated they lack a backbone.

Romney wants to help people as he does so personally.  As President he wants to open up as many opportunities as he can and that will help the vast majority of people in the long run.  What people need to understand and accept as they are supposed to be adults not children and nothing happens right now with the economy but it takes time for both negative and positive results.  And with all things in life negative builds faster and larger then positive so be patient. So when the legislature and President Romney start making changes it will not show up immediately but given a couple of years I believe we will be able to see a beginning turn around in the economy, debt and opportunity in America and in the positive vision growing again in our country and the world as a whole.


Again I am confused at this being a women’s issue – seems to affect all Americans.  So here are the facts I found.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics women (all races) are the majority of the higher education degrees from Bachelor to Doctorates.  So I do not think that women are being discriminated here (maybe men are not receiving the attention they need??).  So let’s see what would the issues really be – children’s education, cost of education, availability for jobs after education …. I think that should be the main issues so let’s deal with them one at a time.

Education for children.  First item that I have seen listed is pre school education.  Statistics have proven that this is not financially feasible and provides little or no value (other then free baby-sitting).  But I think back to that parenting issue there is proof that working with your child before (and after entering school) is effective.  I am not going to quote stats for you here as there are too many conflicting issues for a definitive stat.  But I had children and was also involved with them in school and elected to the local school board so I believe I have some basis for my opinions.  First anyone who knows anything about children knows that they are all different and public schools are not real good at focusing on individual needs.  I know in working in my children’s classes and in speaking with parents while on the school board that most problem students do not have a close relationship with their parents – meaning no real involvement in their lives.  When parents expect schools to raise their children then you get exactly what is occurring.  I know from having two children (both brilliant) with one having “so-called” special education needs that if you are not involved and assertive that schools/teachers will try and intimidate and guide you as they see fit with no real regard to the actual child or their needs.  There will always be superior children that need no guidance and will achieve the top without pushing (I have one of those also) but the majority require parental guidance, caring and love.

Teachers – no matter how wonderful/caring they might be they are no replacement for parental involvement and encouragement in life.  If a person is not willing to look at raising children as a full time job (regardless of whether you also have one of those) then I would suggest that you forgo that pleasure in life.

I have met so many parents that thought they were only there to love and give children things but not be responsible for their conduct or education – they left that up to the government.  We get a large percentage of the population that expects everyone to value their feelings and make way for them due to that sort of parenting.  I could write pages on my opinion of public schools but let’s just leave it with I think standards should be high, no tolerance (but let’s not leave common sense out of this statement), enforced rules of conduct and high expectation.  Not all children will be superstars but they will or will have the best opportunity to reach their highest level with this attitude. And since I ventured into public schools from pre-school we will just skip that topic.

The cost of higher education is due to inflation (mostly caused by government).  When government gives money then costs go up, when government takes over ability to get loans and makes it more prevalent then costs go up, when unions get involved costs go up, when employees are not held to productive standards then costs go up and when class requirements for degrees include politically correct topics and unnecessary social issues then costs go up as the time involved goes up.  Suffice to say that I did not finish getting my degree but I have achieved as much or more then others with degrees.  I know as much or more then those with degrees.  I have in positions I have held had the privilege (yes that was sarcastic)/responsibility of teaching/training those that had just graduated from college.  Although I admire those who have achieved a degree and insisted that my children receive degrees I must state that I do not think that for most business areas students are taught much of value that is applicable in real life business salutations (with the exception of accounting classes).  I have often thought about going back and getting my degree but when I look at the classes I would be required to take and find out the syllabus I am sorry to say I cannot see what I would learn or be improved in other then achieving an additional certification/piece of paper.  I think that is sad in so many ways.  So with my bad attitude I avoid schools now and find it disgusting when I encounter people who feel that only those with degrees are of any value.

Democrats want to throw money at the situation and support unions.  I can assure you that no matter how many times you hear “it is for the children” – teachers unions do not care about your children!  Personal responsibility for students, families and schools are the only thing that will work.  Let me say (since one of my wonderful sons is a teacher) that teachers should and could be paid more if held to accountability standards and tenure is removed.  I have always been at a loss as to why teachers (when no other profession has this) achieve tenure.

Republicans seem to be wishy washy on this area also and always give in.  The best schools are not the ones with the most money!  Home schooling and Charter schools are achieving the best results – maybe because it involves parents who are actually concerned about their children more then the quality of schools but either way it should say something to all those out there.  There are good teachers in public schools and I am sure bad teachers in charter schools but without actual parent involvement and concern in the education process it will never change.  Keep in mind that although everyone in the country knows there is something wrong with the education system when asked parents usually exempt their personal school.  I think that demonstrates a total unawarness of what is really occurring.

Romney has stated that he believes in No Child Left Behind.  In reading his plans I think he means the standards is what he wants to follow through with.  He is working with a lot of educators and I think he is on the right track so I am willing to believe that he can affect this area.  Think about it  – what if public schools had the same requirements as private schools – do you think more of our kids would be getting better educations???  In the real world we are aware of the fact that not all people can or will achieve a high level but everyone can reach their own personal highest level with the right attitude.

Violence against Women:

Now finally a subject that I really think is a women’s issue.  I knew someone who was rapped, I knew someone who was beat up.  I am aware of many other cases.  I find it appalling that the law has not found some way to actually protect women from stalkers/ex’s when the woman has a restraining order but until something bad happens no one can help you.

You should not be surprised but I also found stats on men being beaten by women or men being beaten by male partners or women by women partners.  But again surprising these stats are small compared to that of women from men.

I find this type of violence just like pedophilia so vicious and cruel that I believe these people should not be given second chances in life and should be put away for life for the protection of the world.  I do not give them any leeway – no just “lost control of myself” or “could not control myself and if I take a anger management course life will be swell again”.  I believe that once someone crosses these lines there is no going back – some things in life should not be three strikes and you’re out but immediate punishment.  I really think if this type of attitude was adopted by society and the legal community you would see a real reduction in these types of crimes.  As everybody uses the issue of rehabilitation needs into account and defense of both of these – I personally am not willing to offer to these types of people and I believe that the stats demonstrate that these two types of crimes are majority of repeat offenders.  So stop trying to cover for them, protect them and stop trying to rehabilitate them – just protect society and put them away somewhere for the rest of their lives!

According to National Violence against Women 25% of women said they have raped or physically assaulted by a partner.  That is an outrageous percentage.  This does not include incidences outside of relationships – WOW!

Now that leads me to these so called religions that are currently politically correct and supposedly women’s groups want to protect.  When a woman is told what to wear, how to act and can be punished then there is something wrong with any society that does not call that out and on a regular basis.  There is no good to any group that sets any gender or race or any other discriminating issue apart and to be treated differently.

Female genital mutilation that is allowed around the world should be abolished and criminally punished (life sentences) for anyone involved in such a malicious act without any regard to the person the act is being performed on.

Ok I think that is enough of my anger for now.

I do not see these issues as party oriented but as legal and societal matters and if we can get around to getting over feeling sorry for perpetrators and no feelings for the victim.  Do what is right!

I found out from looking at NOW’s website that women need a specific statement in the constitution for equal rights.  I kind of thought that was in there but what do I know.  I think I have pointed out that equality is what you earn in work and it appears to exist in all the other general areas.

Now like with all things in life – people are not perfect (including women).  You will occasionally run into men that look down on women – don’t feel bad about it – I think they are very insecure and so are trying to make themselves bigger (in their own minds) by thinking that women are inferior.  Just show them up – actually generally easy to do and that is so much better then trying to correct them.

Having said the above I also think that women need to be realistic – standards for jobs should not be lowered just because you are a woman.  If a job has certain requirement then those are the requirements.  I am kind of a hard ass about these kind of things.  I think it is awful that people get old and cannot perform as well as when they were young but a business cannot function by continually making exceptions for people or groups.  Since it is obvious I deal with people in business all the time and I often work on labor projects.  I have to continually state that businesses must not consider a particular employee when determining the standards for a position/task but use the standard of the best they have ever seen for that position/task to be performed – that is the standard.  Does not mean that everyone will meet that standard everyday/every minute but if you are not achieving close to it 75/80% of the time then you cannot fulfill the job requirements.  Jobs are not made around employees/women but around the needs of the business.  Life is not fair – get over it.  Women generally (although I have encountered enough exceptions to not assume it is the rule) are not as able to perform physical requirements that men can perform (and yes there are exceptions to that so I also no that it is not a rule) so again standards must be realistic but if a few people have been able to perform them without issues then that should always be the goal.

If you assume you are a victim then you will be a victim but if you never look at yourself that way then the odds of your becoming one is less likely!

While I am on a rant let me also discuss something I have an issue with.  Harassment in the workplace.  The majority of people in the world are harmless and do not mean anything by anything they do or say.  But if you are offended by something then you need to speak up immediately.  But lets be real about this if you are the only person out of 100 people to be offended by something then I think you need to change employment or learn to suck it up.

If a man touches a woman inappropriately or makes an inappropriate statement to you then speak up to that man at the time.  I can assure that 99.9% of them will back off and change their demeanor immediately.  Let me give you an actual example – I have stated that when I was young I worked as a waitress.  I had a manager that felt the need to touch his women employees inappropriately and make proposals to them.  Most of the women felt intimidated but when he tried it with me I looked him in the eye and told him if he ever touched me again I would have his job and he would lose his wife and family when I was finished with him.  Although he did not like me after that he did not bother me either.  Now if he had been the one responsible for my being employed (as there were other managers and one higher then him) I still would have conducted myself in the same manner – I was looking for a job when I went there and knew I could get another somewhere else.  Again never choose victim status!  If all women conducted themselves in this manner then these businesses could not function with this type of individual and it would become apparent.

Anyway (and this might be a stretch) I think if presented rationally most of these issues should be agreeable to the majority of the people.  Let’s all get back to personal responsibility and not looking for a constant protector or everlasting parents to turn to .  For the record I am a woman but when it comes to issues I am an American!

And I am tired of hearing that Romney needs to present a plan for something – anything.  Go to his web site – being a businessman he has very detailed plans on a large variety of subjects along with all the names of people who are his advisors in these areas.  I don’t thing there has ever been a politician that has put out such detailed information on his ideas and beliefs.  So do your research and I know that you will find as much to support in Romney then any recent candidate that we have had!

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Ramblings of ConservativeCathy—War on Women Part I:New Dem. Slogan: I am woman! Hear me whine!

I am wondering ….. why is it that women are the current focus for the Democratic Party and why are they so unhappy that they must be appeased??? Well, I am a woman and I am confused.

Let me state that I support Romney – I support Romney not just because he is going to get the nomination and I really really hate our current President but because I really like Romney and think he has potential to be a great President. So what is with all these other women – who are an extremely large voting block.

Well in doing my research I find that although women outnumber men they are pretty close in the percentages of the voting public. Women are currently about 51% of the voters out there. But the largest block by percentages of those women voting is the older – 75+ years old woman (voting in larger percentages than her same age male counterparts – along with highly outnumbering them in this category). The lowest voting block of women (also the largest) is the 18-25 group. The rate at which they vote improves greatly when they age and there does not seem to be any studies as to why that is. The single women’s groups vote Democratic mostly and the Married groups vote Republican more often. Does this suggest that that once they get older and have responsibilities, reality sets in they see the advantageous of being in control of their own lives?? Their children’s lives??

So I went looking for these huge issues that only Democrats could solve and Republicans were trying to make worse. Since this is a big issue (or you would think so from the media hype) it should be easy to find these lists of problems/injuries. Guess again.

Of course we all know about the two big issues that are apparently both big issues for women – abortion (or is that reproductive rights now?) and gays. Other than that I was only able to find a couple of lists with some issues on it. I will deal with them and the above issues as I see them and how I believe the political parties and Romney deals or will deal with them.

Let’s get this out of the way first – Reproductive Rights:

I think this new hip title is silly. I am not aware of any political party or religion trying to stop anyone (men or women) from reproducing. I do believe that religious people or responsible parents for that matter encourage or discourage (depending on your perspective) young people from engaging in sex before marriage only due to that reproductive part and the potential mental traumas that can occur when you are young and irresponsible.

But back to the subject at hand – I do not think Republicans are trying to stop anyone from reproducing or even having sex. I believe because of the moral influences they promote self-responsibility. Now I will admit that there are some Republicans that seem to want to control your sex lives but really do you believe that they can make that happen??? No, neither do I, so why waste time discussing it or worrying about it. Democrats obviously promote anything that would increase the number of Democratic voters. The debate comes with the abortion issue and now currently contraception. The Democrats want to pay for all of this with taxpayer money and the Republicans think it should be your own responsibility. As anyone who knows me or has read anything I have written knows I go back to our Constitution and no government should interfere in your personal decisions that hurt no one else but that also means that they do not use taxpayer money to fund it. Religious leaders can do whatever they do and it should have nothing to do with government! By the way – in making this a woman’s issue only – does that relieve all men from any responsibility in these issues?? Don’t see how that benefits any woman.

Romney agrees with me that it is your choice and the government should not be involved so there should be no taxpayer money to support or deny these issues. Now I will also state here that he has said that he does not agree with abortion but really that only means he will not have one – so what? (If you are really concerned about life before birth then put time into convincing the world but again this is a social issue not a government issue – if you want it to be a government issue then get an amendment to the constitution – and lot’s of luck with that).

Gay Rights Issues:
Again not sure how this is a woman’s issue but the answer is it does not involve government – other than the marriage issue and I think the Civil Union solves this issue. Marriages are religious and Civil Unions are legal. Problem solved and I bet all people and parties can get behind this one! I can assure you that it is not that difficult to find a church that will marry homosexuals – amazingly before this became a political talking point I knew gay people who had weddings. By the way why would you want to force someone to perform this type of ceremony ? – are you now saying that it does not have the commitment and feelings that marriage is supposed to represent or is it a political football to throw at someone??

Romney has stated that he believes in marriage for men and women only – so there is currently a law backing that up. But the law is not Constitutional as it has nothing to do with the government. So although he said he would support the current law he also stated that he would not overturn the military issue unless the military thought it was causing problems. So I do not think he will take us backwards. I really think if everyone were just a little patient society will come around on it’s own. I think he has made it clear that his main focus is not social issues but in the economic and constitutional ones – gee what a concept.

Retirement Security:
How is this a woman’s issue? Everyone wants security deep down – not being a psychologist I can only guess maybe women want it more. Currently this is a government issue, but if you are looking for Social Security to provide this needed retirement security – boy are you not expecting much from retirement and you will be disappointed. Social Security was and is unconstitutional in my opinion – go ahead and find where it is mentioned or covered in the Constitution. Having said that – it is here and probably will not go away but maybe we can revise it a little and stop throwing money down the drain.

* Lift unnecessary regulation and taxes on savings and investment that is for retirement (means you can not touch it until then)– encourage
people to plan/prepare for themselves.
* Stop printing money/bring our debt down so inflation does not keep spiraling out of sight.
* Make social security for only those that have worked and actually paid into it starting with those currently 40 years old and younger (everyone else stays the same as it is now). Stop the giveaway it has become. No new people will be added to this program that have not worked – no children or spouse benefits for those 40 years and younger – only for retirement purposes based on work schedule for those 40 years old and younger (we will have other programs – unfortunately – to cover these other issues).
* Here’s one for the women – equality – social security payments for those 40 years
and younger will now be based on their work record not their husbands – but your husband should also be able to put away money for your retirement years tax free if you choose to work at home (children, home, elder relatives care, etc.).
* Raise the retirement age to 70 for those 40 years old and younger.
* Allow for anyone to choose to have ½ of their social security payment placed in a savings or investment account – this can go to 100% once all previous debts for this program have been paid off – probably at least another 50 years or so.
* All payments collected from taxes for social security beginning now will need to be placed in a savings account for at least minimum interest and payments will be made from this account. The Federal general fund will need to budget/allot appropriate amounts of money annually into this investment fund to make payments until the system becomes self-supporting.
* Once all debts have been paid off the government should abolish and just give tax credit for all monies set aside for retirement funds based on some inflation index for a standard middle class family to live on annually (meaning that the amount of money allowed tax free is what is established to provide you with a retirement in that middle class status – no guarantee that you will save that amount but you have that option). Although I believe all tax loop holes should be eliminated and go to a flat tax based on annual budget numbers not income – the government should want to encourage this type of self responsibility and so I have no issues with this as it will eliminate this type of drain on the economy/government – as this would actually be for the “common good”.

Based on the previous actions I would say that Democrats do not want women to stand on their own and will want to continue the current policies to keep women (or anyone else for that matter) in a needier position – it provides job security for them (votes). Although I would place the Republicans somewhere in-between my thoughts and the Democrat’s although it would be nice if they developed a backbone and stepped up to the plate and dealt with it responsibly. I think Ryan is willing to do that with support.

For those souls that are currently 40 years of age or younger and not capable of providing for themselves in the future and do not have families capable of providing for them I am willing to offer government housing and services. This would provide that while they are capable they volunteer at least 4 hours a day/5 days a week/11 months out of the year as needed in the community. I can see no down side for either political party with this one. Democrats might see it as a burden for the person while I think that most Republicans would see it as a great way to spend time and bring pleasure to the person providing the volunteer service and the people receiving the volunteered service. But this meets the democratic talking points except that we are expecting some return on our (the taxpayer) investment in their livelihood.
Anyway I see Romney as more than willing to get to this position with legislative support. Let’s get back to personal responsibility and families/charities being our safety net!

To Be Continued Tomorrow….

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RAMBLINGS from ConservativeCathy: Real Conservative Values

I was compiling a list of numerous topics (SOPA, Economy, Defense, etc.) and listing what I could find as the most representative statements from both Romney and Santorum.  I was doing this as my research indicates that Romney is more conservative (fiscally, constitutionally) than Santorum.  But as I became more aware that it would be impossible for anyone to logically/rationally say that Santorum (or Gingrich for that matter) was more conservative than Romney (or conservative at all) a light bulb went off in my head.  This is not an issue of just putting facts in front of people it is a problem with word definition.  My son and I often have long debates over what is meant or interpreted by a phrase or word.

The actual definition will not help explain my beliefs so I am presenting my political party platform (would prefer if the Republicans adopted something like this) so when I say conservative you know exactly where I stand.

Below is what I would like to see as a conservative platform that I believe that most groups can get behind.  I would encourage an open rational discussion from others.

This country has direction and a guide in our country that must be followed – The Constitution and Declaration of Independence.  This should be taught in detail in public schools so that all grow up with an understanding of the original intent.  For me the ideal party platform is based on the belief that the Founders meant what they said and it was to be interpreted for areas that they had no knowledge of at the time but not that it is to be interpreted for all new laws people want to see.  That is what amendments are for.

That my party stops using the term “democratic” improperly as we are a democratically elected representative Republic and all should actually understand that concept and why that was chosen.

Once we accept the above premise then we go back to the 1st amendment and follow it where religion is concerned.  All religions are allowed and proper as long as they do no harm to others.  You cannot preach hate inciting violence just like you cannot yell FIRE in a crowded theater.  You can preach any other belief you want.  Let’s deal with the 2 particular issues the Republican Party has taken to heart (unfortunately).

ABORTION.  I do not want to discuss whether or why you support or do not support this.  I again refer you to the Constitution – The government has no right to be involved in this type of decision.  Row v. Wade and how it is being interpreted is not going to be overturned (even by the right wing appointed justices).  The federal government should not and has no authority to fund this type of service – period.  Regardless how I feel about 3rd trimester abortions the federal government does not have the authority to make laws regarding this.  Now I could make a suggestion that an amendment to the Constitution be made regarding how life is determined by scientifically stating when a fetus becomes viable – but I am sure that would cause others to start the debate again.  Back to the Constitution this is your only option as the federal government does not have the right to interfere in the doctor patient relationship and what occurs within that relationship – that would be a state issue.  Socially speaking if parents were actually doing their jobs this might actually affect this discussion.

Now the other big issue GAY PEOPLE.  This is a religious issue and can be discussed within the religion.   I do not consider believing that God is against gays as hate (stupid but not hate – I think Jesus promoted love and I think judgment is God’s purview) as long as your beliefs do not cause action against someone else.  Again this comes back to what I said previously you could believe anything you want as long as you do not harm to anyone else.  Now you can hold things like “Gay Parades” to the same decency standards that exist for other parades.  I think that sex should not be discussed in public schools until (I was going to say High School – my age showing here) Middle School.  This discussion should be biologically based only.  School is not the place to be making judgments one way or the other – except I think that scientifically and biologically schools can state that abstinence is the only 100% workable format.  Again I ask why are parents not doing their job?  I rather like Cris’ format for government only being involved in civil unions and marriage being a religious ceremony. But again this is a states right’s issue unless you all agree on an amendment to the Constitution.  Which I think needs to be done as it is becoming federal when crossing state lines which of course it will.  Maybe we can all agree on the civil union and work from there.

This is a rather long discussion but I also want reiterated here that all government buildings belong to the people so all religious displays should be legal as long as government is not paying for them.  This country is a majority of Christians and so we celebrate Christmas (it is a Federal Holiday), we do celebrate Easter, we also celebrate Halloween, Cinco de Mayo and St. Patrick’s Day.  So it is what it is.  These celebrations do not hurt someone who does not believe in them so get over it as long as your tax dollars are not being used to support any celebration (Chicago is exempt for St. Patrick’s day – such a long tradition).

We really need an amendment for a balanced budget along with an amendment for the budget to be capped.  I think that you can debate how to cap it but once we start following the Constitution the budget will not be as high except that we also need an amendment ensuring that federal deficit takes priority in budgeting plans (meaning it needs to be paid off ).  The only reason that we should ever allow debt again would be for war or maybe you can suggest something I can not think of but it should be pretty great.

We will not be in the business of assisting people as that is a state or local government’s place – except of course all of our military need to receive all of the care that is needed for them and I do mean the BEST of care possible. I really do not think this is the area where cuts are made except for inefficiencies/beauracracies.

Since I am a realist and do not see Social Security being overturned as unconstitutional (as it is) we need to come up with a plan that supports savings accounts/stocks etc.  Pick an age and make it 50 years and older or 45 – I do not care and everyone below will need to continue paying taxes to fulfill the current agreement for that age up to death. For everyone else it from now on it will be a choice – a savings account with your state government, a savings account that you can not access until you retire (whatever age but you can not work anymore – you can invest but not work) or invest in stock market/mutual funds that again are not accessible or any combination of the 3.  This will be totally tax free.  So now citizens are personally responsible for their own lives.

I think we need to actually clarify our economic system so that it cannot change with the wind and have an amendment to the Constitution stating that we are a capitalistic country and believe in unrestricted free trade.  That cronyism eliminated as far as is legally possible and that the rules of capitalism (contract law, property rights, laws against fraud and theft, be considered sacrosanct and inviolable).

We need an amendment to the Constitution stating that every citizen has the right to work and not be forced to join and pay a union.  Also added into that all government positions cannot be unionized.

We need to support minimum standards for all grade levels and have a national test for those standards.  All states can do their own thing with public schools as I propose the Department of Education is eliminated but all students must meet the standards we desire for our citizens.  Keep in mind that I believe that you do not lower standards but always raise them and eventually more people will achieve them.  We need an electorate that understands our government and Constitution, can read to a 12th grade level, do basic math (multiplication tables in their head to 12’s), know how to count money without a machine, understand basic English grammar and how to write at a 12th grade level, need to understand the actual history of our country and a general understanding of world history – particularly how it affects current events as with a little study you become aware of how things repeat themselves (might that be because no one ever learns or hears about the lesson?) and science.  Again religious beliefs have no place in the school except that you can believe what ever you want but need to understand what others in the scientific community are doing and why whether you accept that or not.  Our platform should be clear in stating that school is not for preaching anyone’s belief system – again that is what parents are for!   Also that our platform clarifies that government is not there to promote whatever the latest scientific trend is.  Oh and by the way I do not think that government should be concerned with nutrition pyramids or picking foods for us but I would support offering physical activity requirements in public schools – whatever happened to Kennedy’s physical program?

All insurance can go across state lines and federal standards will be set for insurance companies (based on protecting the consumer not giving them something)

A federal fund will be set up for states to borrow from for emergencies at the going interest rate.  The loan will be based on percentage of costs and will not fulfill all that is necessary as again citizens must accept personal responsibility for choice in life such as where to live.

The federal government stops funding anything not allotted to it in the Constitution (just about everything we are currently involved in).

We do not financially assist another country unless there is a real time return for that – can’t think of that occurring other than rebuilding after wining a war.

There is so much more but I think I make my point – social issues belong in the social market not the government.  Freedom is paramount as long as you hurt no one – or your rights extend to where they touch mine but not beyond.  Personal responsibility is the guide for all laws and regulations.

I think that any reasonable person would see that Romney would have no issues with agreeing on most of these points (if not all) and Santorum would have issues with most of them.  To me that clarifies the issue as to whom is conservative and whom is not.  Gingrich would also have issues as it would not allow him as President to have those BIG IDEAS as they have nothing to do with the Federal Government.

And while I am rambling I have a point to make regarding the Moon site that Gingrich and his followers want – am I the only person to remember that there is an international treaty that states that no country can do anything proprietary on the Moon?

So any of you who want to join and support my platform, add to it or clarify it let me know and those who have issues with it – let’s discuss it rationally.


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