Saturday, 16 Mar 2013 06:42 PM
By Todd Beamon
World-renown pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson has no problems with losing Obamacare in the quest to find a more affordable, efficient, and patient-friendly healthcare system for the nation.
“There are many more economic models out there that can be used to give us much better healthcare than what we have now,” Carson said on Saturday in a speech to the Conservative Political Action Caucus outside Washington. “If we have to work within the framework of the Affordable Care Act, fine. If we can find a way to defund it, fine.”
His Obamacare suggestion brought rousing cheers from the audience at the Gaylord National Resort in Oxon Hill, Md. “We have to find more efficient ways.”
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Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, added: “Healthcare is one-sixth of our economy. If the government can control that, they can control anything.
“We were asleep at the wheel to let it happen,” he said, referring to Obamacare, “but we still have to find a way to make it work.”
Carson discussed the importance of health savings accounts in controlling spiraling medical costs.
“Eighty percent of the encounters between a patient and a healthcare provider could easily be handled by a health savings account, without the need to insinuate a third party or a bureaucracy that sucks out at least a third of the money,” he said. “There are ways we can do this: We can use bridge insurance and catastrophic insurance.”
The famed neurosurgeon, who also announced that he was retiring from medicine this summer, hinted at a possible White House bid. “What if you magically put me in the White House?” he hypothetically posed, also to cheers, in an earlier part of his speech.
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Faculty of Arts and Sciences deans Michael Smith and Evelynn Hammonds said in a statement posted on the university’s website that after consulting with university lawyers, Harvard conducted a “very narrow, careful, and precise subject-line search.”
The email accounts belonged to deans on the Administrative Board, a disciplinary committee addressing the cheating, The Boston Globe and The New York Times reported, citing school officials. The deans were not warned about the email access.
“While the specific document made public may be deemed by some as not particularly consequential, the disclosure of the document and nearly word-for-word disclosure of a confidential board conversation led to concerns that other information – especially student information we have a duty to protect as private- was at risk,” they said in the statement.
The secret searches drew criticism from some faculty and staff at Harvard.
The statement said the search was limited to the administrative accounts of the resident deans.
“To be clear: No one’s emails were opened and the contents of no one’s emails were searched by human or machine,” the statement said.
That search found that an email from a disciplinary board had been forwarded from a resident dean to two students. That dean was not identified.
The dean whose account had been identified was asked about the incident and voluntarily reviewed sent items and confirmed having forwarded the message.
The statement said the university determined that the leak was “an inadvertent error and not an intentional breach,” and no further action was taken.
Smith and Hammonds said in their statement that questions about the secret search were fair, but defended their actions.
“Operating without any clear precedent for the conflicting privacy concerns and knowing that no human had looked at any emails during or after the investigation, we made a decision that protected the privacy of the resident dean who had made an inadvertent error and allowed the student cases being handled by this resident dean to move forward expeditiously,” they said in the statement.
Harvard said last month that it issued academic sanctions against about 60 students who were forced to withdraw from school for a period of time in a cheating scandal that involved the final exam in a class on Congress. The school implicated as many as 125 students in the scandal when officials first addressed the issue last year.
The inquiry started after a teaching assistant in a spring semester undergraduate-level government class detected problems in the take-home test, including that students may have shared answers.
reblog from YouViewed.com
Coast Guard Suspends Tuition Assistance
” The Coast Guard has joined the Army and the Marine Corps in suspending new enrollments for the popular tuition assistance programs to meet the cost-cutting demands of the sequestration process, Coast Guard officials said Monday.
The order to suspend new enrollments was circulated internally over the weekend in the Coast Guard and has yet to be announced formally, but the Coast Guard has now ceased accepting applications for tuition assistance, said Lt. Paul Rhynard, a Coast Guard spokesman.
The Coast Guard, part of the Homeland Security Department, has 42,000 active duty personnel and 8,200 reservists, but Coast Guard officials could not immediately provide information on how many personnel currently take advantage of the continuing education assistance or the annual costs.
Read more about the services’ cancellation of tuition assistance programs.“
This administration has declared war on the military . Between cutting tuition assistance , fighting to prevent service people overseas from casting their ballots and firing top brass left and right can there be any doubt that these thugs from Chicago don’t give a rat’s ass about America , Americans or anything else besides their own well-being ?
In a recent powerful speech, former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino, boldly proclaimed, “In a society of wolves, you DO NOT fight back by creating more sheep!”
You and I only need to watch five minutes of the news these days to see that our world is becoming a much scarier and crazier place to live. The wolves are out devouring their prey at rampant speed: theft, robberies, riots, rapes, murders, mass shootings, and drug-related crimes are now so common, that a vulnerable human mind can easily become desensitized to them. The LAST thing our nation needs is for law-abiding citizens to be left defenseless against these dangerous predators— including the ones who hold high offices.
In fact, as Bongino even explained in his speech, “There’s no such thing as gun control, only people control.”
We can already see that the latest assault on our Second Amendment has little to do with keeping Americans “safe,” and everything to do with certain political gangs exploiting a crisis in order to rob the liberties of law-abiding citizens.
Yet, I firmly believe that if we become enslaved to their “whims,” it’s because we ourselves have allowed it to happen.
Ronald Reagan once so eloquently stated:
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
So, will our generation “rise to the occasion” and assume the responsibility required to preserve the precious freedoms that have been endowed to us? As Bongino mentioned, are we willing to:
Pay attention to what is happening around us?
Get educated (on our history, the Constitution, our Founders, policies, etc.)?
Get out and vote?
Stand firmly in our convictions?
Get engaged in the political process?
Otherwise, we are a huge part of the problem.
While complacency (of my neighbor) has been a source of great frustration to me lately, I have to remember that it wasn’t that long ago that I had my own head buried in the sand. I chose complacency simply because it was easier to come home, “kick back,” and watch “The Bachelor” and “Honey Boo Boo” than to pay attention to the world around me. I didn’t want to know about the national debt (and how it impacted my own family), the assaults on our freedoms, and the boring policy-making processes in Washington D.C. I always assumed that our lawmakers were much smarter than me, anyway.
It was much easier to escape to my sitcoms and my chick flicks than to educate myself on things that really mattered. It was much easier for me to just accept whatever junk the boob-tube media fed to me, rather than challenging it. Quite frankly, I didn’t want to know the truth, because it wasn’t convenient for me. If I knew the truth, that meant that I would have to actually do something about it, and I didn’t want to be bothered.
I chose to be a sheep. Therefore, I know that I, too, was once guilty of empowering the “people control” police.
Now that I am finally awake, I’m at least trying to make up for my intellectual laziness. I have been reading up on my history, our Founding Fathers, and the Constitution. I’ve also been paying close attention to current events, and to all the shenanigans that are going on in Washington, D.C. The good news is that… if there is hope for me, there is hope anyone!
In fact, with all the gun control measures ambitious lawmakers have proposed in recent weeks, there’s actually been a ray of hope–more Americans are starting to wake up and see the cold reality that their liberty is seriously hanging by a thread. According to a recent USA TODAY article:
“Americans are out of sorts, and increasingly they’re unhappy with the government. According to a Pew poll released last week, more than half of Americans view government as a threat to their freedom.”
“And it’s not just Republicans unhappy with Obama, or gun owners afraid that the government will take their guns: 38% of Democrats, and 45% of non-gun owners, see the government as a threat.”
However, the article explains, “[I]f there’s an upside to the increasing unhappiness that most Americans feel toward the political class, it’s that maybe it means people are paying closer attention.” Yay!
Unfortunately, the Second Amendment is only the beginning of the madness. The “people control” police have found plenty of other creative ways to rob personal choices from our daily lives. Obamacare is certainly one of them. Can you just imagine what our Founding Fathers would think about a healthcare law that was shoved down our throats by way of backroom deals and “Cornhusker kickbacks”? Can you imagine what they would think about a health care law that:
- Forces citizens to purchase a product, simply for existing?
- Includes “Death Panels” to determine whether our senior citizens are cost-effective enough to live or die?
- Mandates Christian business owners (i.e. Hobby Lobby) to provide for the killing of unborn children (through chemical abortions) against their own conscience?
- Forces doctors to data-mine patient information for the federal government?
- Threatens grocery stores with jail time over food labels?
- A 2,300-page law written so ambiguously that it unleashes another 10,000 plus pages of additional regulations on Americans?
Contrary to what we were promised in all the healthcare debates, we can already see that Obamacare creates more “people control,” not “more affordable healthcare”. Now that the federal government has the power to “tax” an individual for not carrying health insurance, who is to say they won’t “tax” them for not purchasing a gym membership, or for not eating all their broccoli, or for drinking too much soda? Where will this intrusion of privacy end? Obamacare isn’t “affordable healthcare”– it is tyranny in the making.
Unfortunately, the “people control” police haven’t stopped at the Second Amendment or Obamacare. We can see how The Pursuit of Happiness is also being strangled beneath the thousands and thousands of pages of oppressive regulations and ridiculous mandates.
In fact, the Spectator recently wrote about the frustrations farmers and ranchers were having with all smothering EPA mandates:
“Farmers, ranchers, and foresters “are increasingly frustrated and bewildered by vague, overreaching, and unnecessarily burdensome EPA regulations…..They “are facing at least a dozen new regulatory requirements, each of which will add to their costs, making it harder for them to compete.… [M]ost if not all of these regulations rely on dubious rationales.”
Needless to say, all the burdensome regulations are making it more difficult for farmers to produce their crops, much less bring them to market.
Many other businesses are also suffering under all the new government regulations. According to a report by the American Action Forum, headed by former Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin:
“The direct costs of the regulations force American businesses to waste 87 million man-hours to fill out regulatory paperwork. Adding Obama’s 2012 regulatory costs to that of the rest of his first term adds up to a total of $518 billion in new costs forced onto an already anemic economic recovery.”
Even medical professionals are getting slammed with additional hours of paperwork by way of oppressive government mandates. According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute,“Last week, medical professionals got $193,037,104 worth of new paperwork dropped on their heads by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicaid Services.”
In fact, they note that ”2013’s pace of new regulation means a fresh rule to follow is minted every 2 hours and 46 minutes. (So pay attention or you’ll get behind!)”
In a recent Townhall column, John Ransom wrote, “I wish Obama and the Democrats could be as passionate about jobs as they are about, say, the contents of Happy Meals. Or the dust from cement factories. Or the habitat of the red-cockaded woodpecker.”
If all the regulations aren’t already not enough, the federal government is now reportedly using drones to spy on Americans. According to American Vision News, “Midwest farmers were outraged to hear that Lisa Jackson and the EPA were spying on ranches in surveillance planes. Rep. Tom Latham sent a letter to the EPA demanding answers on this controversial practice. In his letter Lathan argued, “No federal agency has the right to treat the American farmer like the Taliban.’”
And, when the “people control” police aren’t trying to spy on us, or control us through burdensome regulations and unjust legislation, they are “muzzling” us through “political correctness”. (Click here to read about Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson describing how dangerous “political correctness” is to our freedom.)
Lastly and most importantly, many Americans don’t realize how the Political Class is controlling them by way of their pocketbooks. In 2012, Maryland resident Alice Scanlon decided she was going to keep track of just how much money she and her husband were paying in hidden taxes every year. Scanlon said, “I just started looking through all of our receipts and tax filings from the past year and made columns for each.” This middle class Maryland resident notes that she had to expand her list a number of times due to the hidden taxes she kept discovering.
Scanlon also explained:
“The average entry features a relatively small amount, sometimes only pennies, but it is all there. Gas taxes, state and federal taxes, special Maryland alcohol tax, cell phone taxes and ‘Bay Restoration Fees,’ road tolls, mandatory union dues, and on and on…There is a much bigger picture than most taxpayers know…Once you add them up it is sickening how much you are really paying and the levels of bureaucracy is borderline dysfunctional.”
While a penny tax here and a dime tax there doesn’t seem like that much, pennies and dimes quickly add up to dollar amounts.
Some taxes are necessary, I agree. But, when our tax dollars are mostly going to pay for bureaucrats who tell us what to do, what to eat, how much we should weigh, and so on, our taxpayer money is funding the total loss of our own freedom. At what point are our tax dollars going toward a bloated bureaucracy that simply treats us like sheep?
So, what is the answer to all this? It’s to keep doing exactly what Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino said to do in his speech: keep paying attention to what is happening, keep educating ourselves (and others), keep getting out to vote, keep standing firmly in our convictions, and keep staying engaged in the political process. The wolves will do everything in their power wear us down and to discourage us into giving up our own power.
So, let’s stay alert and keep being the watchdogs. We will be surprised at how many sheep will soon wake up and start joining us. After all, if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone!
FIRST I WANT TO HONOR TO THE KING OF KINGS ~ JESUS CHRIST ON THIS DAY OF THANKFUL REMEMBRANCE!!
Psalm 67 (kjv) God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
I love JFK, when I was little my best friends were for Nixon & I was for Kennedy. We would all put our candidates bumper sticker over the opposing candidates bumper sticker. Tee Hee =) I was so proud of Kennedy’s speech against secrets and I think it got him killed. But the Lord didn’t let him be harmed until he accomplished specific things. John and Jackie Kennedy created Camelot in our minds which is the closest thing to what Heaven will be like. Each president has done some things right and some wrong. But as in the Old Testament, “They did right in the eyes or the Lord” or They did it their way in the eyes of the Lord.
I will share my political camp on this Presidents Day. I am Conserving God’s Standards to the best of my abilities and Liberating from evil man centric tyranny.
I loved Washington, Adams & Lincoln too!
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Eric Fleming via FlickrForeclosures across the U.S. were down 16 percent year-over-year in September, according to RealtyTrac’s latest foreclosure report. This was the lowest level in five-years.
But Florida bucked the national trend with foreclosures rising 17 percent from a year ago in September.
1 in every 318 homesreceived a foreclosure filing in September, making this the first time since April 2005 that Florida posted the nation’s highest foreclosure rate.
This follows on a CoreLogic report earlier this month that showed an 11 percent increase in the state’s foreclosure inventory in August.
In judicial states like Florida, there are concerns that shadow inventory could continue to grow as it takes a long time for foreclosures to be approved.
And Daren Blomquist, vice president of RealtyTrac warned that “several states where the foreclosure flow was not so dammed up last year could see a roller-coaster pattern in foreclosure activity going forward because of recent legislation or court rulings that substantively change the rules to properly foreclose.”
Here are some of the ugly details via RealtyTrac:
Florida’s foreclosure starts – the pace at which mortgages enter the foreclosure process – were up 24 percent in September from a year ago. This was the 11th consecutive month of year-on-year increases.
Florida’s bank repossessions were up 23 percent on the year, rising for the ninth straight month.
1 in every 117 homes received a foreclosure filing in the third quarter, this is more than twice the national average of 1 in every 248 homes.
Third quarter foreclosure activity was up 14 percent year-on-year, and the third straight quarter of annual increases.
Florida wasn’t the only state that saw foreclosures pile up.
by: Daniel Vasquez April 5th, 2011 | 9:12 AM
Beat out only by Colorado, Florida ranks second in the nation for fraud and identity theft complaints, according to a report by the Federal Trade Commission.
The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach metropolitan statistical area, also known as South Florida, unfortunately earned the highest rate of ID theft complaints in both the state and nation with 184 complaints per 100,000 residents, according to the FTC records.
Each year the FTC publishes a report on fraud and ID theft called the Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book. An analysis of of that report by 24/7 Wall St. (247wallstreet.com) reveals that that Florida is the second worst state when it comes to such complaints, followed by (in order) Maryland, Nevada, Arizona, California, Washington, Delaware, Alaska and Georgia.
More than 1.3 million consumer fraud complaints were filed in 2010, resulting in losses of about $1.7 billion dollars. The top categories of complaints include ID theft, debt collection, Internet services and lotteries. The average loss by each victim was nearly $600 each.
With a population of about 18.8 million people, Florida took in more than 92,000 complaints last year, with about 492 complaints per 100,000 residents. Here is what 24/7 Wall St. said about our Sunshine State: Florida has the highest per capita rate of identity theft complaints in the country. In 2010, the state had 114.8 complaints per 100,000 population. The greatest percentage of these complaints, 24%, involved government documents or benefits fraud.
What to do: If you believe you are a victim of fraud, contact the Florida Attorney General’s Office at 866-966-7226 or go to http://www.myfloridalegal.com. You may also contact the FTC at 1-877-ID-THEFT or visit FTC.com.