Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Thoughts on the Health Care Bill

Well, it passed. By only 7 votes, but in the 11th hour negotiations with the anti-abortion representatives who were hold-outs on a "yes" vote, Pelosi and Obama managed to come up with an Executive Order, which really has no legislative meaning, to get them to add their "yes" votes and pass this huge mistake.

Why do I feel it is a mistake of "history making proportions"??? For starters, I fear we may look back in a few years and see this as the nail in our financial coffin. We simply cannot afford this major entitlement program on top of paying for two wars, and bailing out the financial sector and the auto industry.

Two of our major entitlement programs are already in the red: Medicare and Soc. Security. Why are we adding on a THIRD, that we cannot fund??? Raising our taxes will not be enough to cover all that this country owes. We will have to BORROW to pay back what we have BORROWED!!!!
What household would responsibly do this: go out and buy a new car when the members of the household just lost their jobs? This is paramount to what Congress just did with this health care bill.

Whoever was advising/pushing Obama to proceed with this legislation was wrong. He should have listened to Rahm, instead of his far left wing progressives. This President made the wrong choice of who to dance with, in this case. Result: Be VERY wary of the very powerful Nancy Pelosi. I lay all the credit to this blow to our countries' future on her doorstep.

What's next? Watch for super inflation in the next few years, a continued loss of jobs, and perhaps even shortages of goods on our shelves, including food supplies. The ONLY sector that will be thriving will be the health care one. It will dominate the GDP. And look who is overseeing it all...yup, the Federal Govt. (who has done such a fine job with the VA, Medicare and Medicaid).

We can only hope that the court challenges will have some effect on this bill, reversing it and forcing Congress to back down. I'm not holding my breath on this, but we can hope.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Garden City was the Twilight Zone of Poodle Judging

I just spent an entire weekend in the Poodle Twilight Zone of judging!!! I've rarely seen such weird judging in my entire career as an exhibitor. Dogs went up as Winner's that should not have, and then given group wins. Just plain weird. The Specials got dumped everyday, but one. Class dogs/bitches went up over them...and then onto a Group I and II.

This does not speak well of the AKC judges training program, in my opinion. What on earth were these judges thinking??? Toddie Clark and Stephen Hubbell both fumbled the ball. I know she hates judging poodles, but what about him? Is he just too old???? I don't have the answers, but I won't show to either of them again. What a waste of money, time and lot's of effort.

Is it too much to ask for a little consistency from these judges??? Lee Reason was the only judge that was consistent. The other two were a joke. Not only did they judge poorly, but they selected their winner's that were completely against what they have done in the past.

NO to this Health Care Bill

I cannot BELIEVE what the Democratic leadership is trying to do to get this bill passed this week!!! Do they take the American people for being stupid, blind, and deaf???? This is a BAD bill. I'm all for health care reform, just not this one. I don't have any health insurance, so you'd think I would be first in line to sign up for this "mandatory" health care??? Nope. I don't want govt. to be telling me MORE about what I do or how my money is spent, then it already does. I don't mind reforming the insurance companies, cutting wasteful spending out of the health care business, or reforming how lawsuits are awarded in malpractice suits. I DO NOT like being told I HAVE to purchase insurance, no matter if they do subsidize me. It goes against my grain.

In addition, it is my understanding that we cannot afford this bill. It costs too much money, and does not even do what it needs to do for people NOW, but 3-10 yrs. down the line.

It is BIG GOVT. the Obama, Pelosi, Reid, way. Let this thing split the Dems. It's about time something shook that party up.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Uncle Gordon Passed Away Last Week

He will be missed, and was the last of his generation in our family. He and my Father were both great men, each in his own way. One an introvert and artist (Gordon), the other an extreme extrovert and attorney (my Dad).

I dearly loved both men.

Uncle Gordon's funeral was one of the most beautiful I've ever been to...a fitting tribute and memorial to a wonderful man.