Monday, August 2, 2010

“ObamaCare Switcheroo”, “Lame Duck Watch”, “Obama VA”, “Evangelism” and “2nd Amendment”

My Personal ObamaCare and Medicare Woes by John Sykes

Rasmussen says today that “Voter pessimism towards the new national health care bill has reached an all-time high, while the number of insured voters who feel it will force them to switch their coverage is up 11 points from early last month.” And it just hit me. I was forced to switch from the private sector to Medicare and a different Medicare Advantage provider. You can read more about my ObamaCare journey here!

Another Rationing Shill for ObamaCare by Capitol Confidential:  Drugs will be covered not based on safety but on cost! 

LAME DUCK Watch by John Sykes

Tax Hike Planned For Lame-Duck Session by Brian Darling makes it clear that Obama has timed his National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility report for Dec 1 so the “lame ducks” can try to ram through a tax hike. Of course this could be beyond the expiry of the Bush tax cuts which will be a tax hike in itself. Expect to see a whole lot of spin about how bipartisan this NCFR is when it is not. Here’s my prior post on this subject: Will a bunch of bitter lame ducks lame us too!

HALL of SHAME > Incredible! > VA to charge vets for care on service-related injuries?

Obama VA: Let’s charge veterans for care on service-related injuries said “If the Obama administration wanted to come up with the most politically offensive policy it could imagine, within the bounds of reason and reality, what elements would it have to include?  Insulting veterans and looking like cheapskates in a time when massive government outlays to private industry would certainly help it along.  Comes now Hero of the Anti-War Left, retired General Eric Shinseki, who wants to save a few bucks at the Veterans Administration by making men and women injured in the service of our country pay for their care”.

Why I Hate Evangelism by Greg Stier

Yes, I hate evangelism. I don’t like at all what it does to me. It puts me smack dab into a camp of Christians that are sure of what they believe and confident in what they proclaim. It puts me in the crosshairs of Satan, the world and the too-cool-for-the-old-school Christians.

But, on the other hand, maybe this was what Jesus was talking about in Matthew 5:11-12 in the Sermon on the Mount when he said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Okay, maybe I don’t hate evangelism. Or maybe it’s the old me (the one before I met Jesus) who hates it. But, as I think about it, getting mocked or marginalized for the sake of Jesus isn’t nearly as bad as getting crucified for crimes you didn’t commit. Read it all…

25 Reasons To Become An Online Missionary by Gordon Marcy

Internet evangelism doesn’t replace other methods of sharing the gospel and isn’t for everyone. But, let me assure you of four things as you pray and consider online missions. (1) If you have a heart for the Lord and use the Internet, you can be an online missionary. (2) You will touch real lives. (3) The Spirit will help you respond. (4) God will bless you. Read it all…

Coyotes in the State of Nature by Kevin Williamson

Just as state schooling is not about education, but about the state, gun control is not about guns: It’s about control. A citizen who can fend for himself when the predators come or the schools fail is less inclined to look to the state for sustenance and oversight in other areas of life. To progressives, that’s an invitation to anarchy. To the men who wrote the Second Amendment, it was a condition of citizenship in a free republic. It’s what free men did, and do.

[ This piece may go down as a Second Amendment masterpiece! – JS ]

 Read it all…