UNITED STATES AND ITS LOSS OF FREEDOM

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Today our freedom is dissolving away as quickly as a block of ice does on a hot day.  When President Obama took office in 2009 our nation’s index was listed as 6th. Our country is the only nation to have recorded a loss for seven years straight. Would you fight to regain the freedom lost like those in the Ukraine or shed your blood like them or as our forefathers did?

WHAT IS MEANT BY ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX?

We suffered a loss in property rights, freedom from corruption, and control of government spending. The areas of finance and healthy care have eroded our freedom. We didn’t vote on Obama Care, but the Democrats pushed through this national health care system without even reading the blasted thing. Would it become the law of the land if we had the opportunity to read it and vote on it? I don’t know, but I think anything affecting us to the extent this law does should have been voted on. Also, the growth of the government and increased cronyisms has undermined the rule of the law and the perception of fairness.

Between 2001 and 2013 federal outlays jumped from $1.86 trillion to $3.80 trillion an increase of 104% or about 8% per year.

Federal Government spends now 23% of GDP.

As the government increases in size so does dependency on the government increase. Today, there are 21.8% dependent on the government according to the Heritage Foundation.

http://blog.heritage.org/2013/01/10/morning-bell-see-americas-ranking-in-the-2013-index-of-economic-freedom/

Ronald Regan stated, “There is a threat posed to human freedom by the enormous power of the modern state,” he said in 1982. “History teaches the dangers of government that overreaches: political control taking precedence over free economic growth, secret police, mindless bureaucracy, all combining to stifle individual excellence and personal.”

Because of the Affordable Care Act, the government is going to reduce Medicare Advantage in 2015 in which millions of the aged belong to. According to Avalere Health, a Washington-based health policy firm estimates that at least 13% of the plans will be eliminated as a result of the cuts.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/scottgottlieb/2014/01/06/more-cuts-in-store-for-medicare-plans-heres-the-options-that-will-shrink-most-for-seniors/

Prior to this, Obama stole $716 billion from Medicare. This is the reason for the so called Death Panel. Since the end of 2013, no one over the age of 75 and who is dependent on Medicare will be able to receive stint surgeries or bypass surgeries. Besides, if an emergency arises after hospital hours and on the weekend and the board can’t be notified; those people in this age bracket will either suffer or die before consent is obtained. 

http://www.atr.org/obama-loots-billion-medicare-a7135 

BIG UNIONS

Here are some other contributing factors to the erosion of our freedom.  Believe it or not, China’s unions are strong and so is Russia’s union siding with the government whenever its workers face a conflict. One example of unions in our country at work is the workers of the Volkswagen company denied UAW access into their company. Yet, the UAW because it was refused into a foreign, owned automobile manufacturing company is taking Volkswagon to court. I believe unions undermine pride in one’s work-the backbone of this country. The few times I worked with union laborers, I noticed a pathetic lack of care. To me their attitude consisted of “I can’t be fired.” Consequently, everyone who worked with them and received their slovenly work suffered. They undermine freedom in our country of the american worker.

Today, the workers in Detroit who made large sums of money suffer from not having a paycheck. Whereas, the workers in Mexico reap the benefit and so does the company, A win-win for both the employee and the employer.  Long ago, my dad spoke against unions and stated they had seen their day and served their purpose. I agree with him.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS

Have also played a role in the decrease of our freedom. Today, farmers no longer can grow food because of their land becoming zoned as an environmental free zone. The rise of beef and food products are the results of environmentalists.  Our taxes on gas are supposed to help with green energy. Baa humbug! Osama’s attempt to fund green energy is a wash. Besides this China which is the world’s greatest contributor to ozone pollution displays no desire to slow down.

On top of this semi truckers are facing and the small companies are facing great expenses to meet the demands of the federal government.

To me, this does not sound like a democratic country. A government with all its regulations and laws squeaks and stinks like it is a Socialistic company.  

Here is the list of countries that have a freer Freedom index than we do.

The Most Free

1. Hong Kong
2. Singapore
3. Australia
4. Switzerland
5. New Zealand
6. Canada
7. Chile
8. Mauritius
9. Ireland

10. Denmark

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/01/14/u-s-fails-to-crack-annual-top-10-list-of-economically-free-countries/ 

Estonia is No. 11, just ahead of the United States, and Bahrain is No. 13, just behind us. (Bahrain’s relatively high rank among the 178 nations in the Index reinforces that it measures economic freedom.)

The problem I see with all of this is none one of us have ever stood up and said, “Enough!” We’ve allowed for public officials to yap away and about their indignation of what Obama or the democrats have done, but no action has occurred. There’s an old clique, “Birds of a feather fly together.

Can we take America back out of the hands of people with either evil intent or desire to pad their pockets as our nations falters? Is it too late? I don’t know? What do you think?

Please remember God is in control. We can pray for this country to return to the land our forefathers envisioned and not the Socialistic country so many politicians strive to mold our country into becoming. Who is greater? God is.

Remember Jesus saves and because He died on the cross, we have salvation. This is all of us. No sin is greater than the other one. He died and rose again. He lives and wishes to take an active role in our lives. Remember John 3:16.

God Bless you all. sle

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A RACIST I’M NOT A CHRISTIAN I AM

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A RACIST I’M NOT  A CHRISTIAN I AM

A day ago I was accused of being a racist by a writer of a blog which took me by surprise.

The definition of a racist is a person with a prejudiced belief that one race is superior to othrs.

 I spoke up in a blog against Obamacare or “Affordable Care Act.” I really didn’t know how to handle this slam. Why is it the left always resort to name calling? One of the things I described was about the lack of care we seniors (62 and over) will receive.

This comes from Heritage Foundation.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) makes dramatic changes in the country’s health care system, especially in Medicare, that will seriously affect American seniors. Indeed, much of the health law’s new spending is financed by spending reductions in the Medicare program.

Less Access to Care

Obamacare mandates $716 billion in Medicare payment reductions from 2013 to 2022. However, contrary to the way they are often portrayed, these cuts are not aimed at specific instances of waste, fraud, and abuse. Instead, they are across-the-board changes in Medicare payment formulas for a variety of Medicare providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospice agencies.

Despite the constant political rhetoric that Medicare payment reductions affect only providers and not beneficiaries, funding cuts for Medicare services will directly affect those who depend on those services. If Obamacare’s major reductions are implemented by Congress over the coming decade, seniors’ ability to access Medicare services will surely diminish. In fact, the Medicare Trustees project that the lower Medicare payment rates would cause 15 percent of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and home health agencies to become unprofitable by 2019, and this percentage would reach roughly 25 percent in 2030 and 40 percent by 2050.

This means that seniors would have an increasingly difficult time accessing care. As the Trustees explain:

Medicare’s payments for health services would fall increasingly below providers’ costs. Providers could not sustain continuing negative margins and would have to withdraw from serving Medicare beneficiaries or (if total facility margins remained positive) shift substantial portions of Medicare costs to their non-Medicare, non-Medicaid payers.

Fewer plan choices

In addition to the provider payment reductions, Obamacare significantly reduces payments to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans by an estimated $156 billion from 2013 to 2022. About 27 percent of all Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in MA plans, a system of regulated and private plans competing against each other as an alternative to traditional Medicare. MA plans are attractive to beneficiaries because they offer more generous and comprehensive coverage than traditional Medicare by capping out-of-pocket costs and offering drug coverage

The woman whom I left message on her blog stated she has older parents. Well, for those of you who have older parents, I’d be worried. I was told when Obamacare was first enacted by my daughter, who is a nurse-practioner and an Obama supporter to get my knee surgery done before I turned 70 due to having to go before a board. Their decision would depend on whether I could have a replacement or not. 

I’m concerned for my 87-year-old mother. Will a hospital refuse her service? Maybe I should start a petition on behalf of all seniors. Obama states medical insurance is a right to have medical care. If they are taking my rights away and the rights away from we older people, than I think we should sue the federal government.

I digress.  Never once did I mention Obama. I defended myself, and stated I had many African American friends. In fact, many years ago, my husband never knew who he, AFRICAN  was going to come home to because our home was a refuge for homeless women with children. One time in Colorado Springs, CO., the capital of the KKK, my husband, a Mexican, myself, a Caucasian, and an African American all lived under the same roof. I chidingly said, “We’re going to wake up one morning and find a cross burning in our front yard.” Sharyl and her son stayed with us twice at different times until she could get situated.

At one time, my best friend was an African American. In fact, she told me I was pregnant with my third child before I knew it.

I, also question the reason why this Christian woman allowed the person who wrote vulgarities to voice his opinions about me but deleted my attempt repair our friendship and accept each others differences in our political view point.

I did not resort to name calling. Although the human nature in me wanted to call her and the people who attacked me names. In my Sunday School lesson, this week, I once again reread what my responsibilities are as a Christian.

My responsibility is to not judge. I as a Christian am called to be a peacemaker in the lives we live and the examples we set. (Matt 5:9)  For me this is a hard commandment to follow. The judge in me wants to judge. The human in me wants to shout back. I guess I liken it to being a seven-year-old child and when someone calls them a name, they call the people or people a name back. But my responsibility is to humble myself and let the Lord do the judging.

No matter one’s age there are always lessons taught. Some are painful. The older I get, the more I hate strife.

I dislike the injustices occurring in this nation.

I dislike murders who murder because of differences in race or murder because they do not have what another person owns.

Plus, I dislike murderes who kill for the fun of it.

I dislike people who call people names because they don’t believe as they do.

I dislike the graft occurring in DC.

I dislike women and girls being sold into slavery.

I dislike liars and thiefs

I dislike murders by one group toward another sector of people because they do not believe as they do.

I dislike murders who kill because of race or because they want what they don’t have. On the other hand, there are those who kill for the fun of it. 

I dislike those Republicans, who say they are going defend the constitution, turn around and betray us.

I dislike those, who let an Ambassador and the men who protected him, give up their lives because they don’t matter in the long scheme of things.

I dislike babies being aborted by the millions in a once Christian nation. Remember our money says, “In God we trust.”

I dislike a President closing all the embassies because it is his birthday, and this was the Muslim’s holy day.

I dislike in our nation, there are more and more homeless many because there are no jobs-where families are reduced to living in cars

I dislike the homelessness of the mentally ill because they do not have a place to go nor can they afford rent. 

I dislike a women with three children struggling to put food on the table now facing a reduction in work hours to 32 hours or even 28 hours of work a week. The reason because businesses can no longer afford full time employees due to the “Affordable Care Act.” How is she going to survive?

I dislike that our President and the Senate not being willing to accept the same insurance as the rest of we Americans. If it is good for us, than why is it not good for them?  How fair is this?

Injustices are everywhere I turn. Whether they be in name calling or in the actions of others. How sad this is. I am troubled by everything I’ve written about. Yet, everyday something else rises up that is an injustice. I’m reminded we live in a fallen world. Satan runs rapid like a charging bull ready to hurt or maim physically or mentally the next victim.

Thank you for giving me the platform in which I could express my feelings. May God bless you all, and may He have mercy on the people in this country. The next blog is going to be next Sunday, October 3.