On the Redistribution of Health

November 25th, 2013

stethescopeWhat if the government had the ability to ‘redistribute’ your health to those who are less healthy than your self?  If such a preposterous scenario were even possible there is little doubt that politicians would capitalize on such a phenomenal new vote procurement strategy claiming that everyone has a right to health.

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The Individual Mandate is a Stepping Stone to Tyranny

November 12th, 2013

health-care-gavelThe entirety of the individual mandate is atrocious. The mere concept flies in the face of what our founding fathers stood for, and such policy violates of our Constitutional and natural rights.

In a civilized society, sane adults must have the opportunity to make their own decisions. Anyone believing otherwise does not have faith in human beings and will eventually be doomed to tyranny.

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NSA Spying Costing US Businesses Millions

November 11th, 2013

nsaGoogle, Yahoo, Facebook and Apple among others are spending millions of dollars to protect themselves from who? China?  This is still true but the newest threat is the US Government. The National Security Agency (NSA) is hacking “their systems without their knowledge or cooperation.” In response, companies are encrypting everything on their servers and in communications between their servers.

This is not a one-time cost but an ongoing cost. The NSA will continue attempts to crack systems of US companies and US companies will counter these attempts with new protections.  Operational costs for US companies also go up.  When it comes to software maintenance and development, it is more expensive to work on encrypted computer databases and communications.

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(Gasp!) Defending the Individual Mandate

November 8th, 2013

armor-helmetLoathe though I am to find any positive glimmer in that morass of negativity that is the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. ObamaCare), I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the so-called individual mandate, which requires all U.S. citizens to purchase health insurance.

Let me preface my comments at the outset by saying that ObamaCare’s implementation of the individual mandate is atrocious.  I also believe that any implementation of an individual mandate has serious Constitutional issues, which are still there whether the Supreme Court blesses ObamaCare or not.  (Just because the Supreme Court says something is right doesn’t make it right.)  Still, I can’t help but think that the basic idea of an individual mandate has some merit, and while Democrats have just about everything about ObamaCare horribly wrong, Republicans are also missing the boat and need to plug this leak. [Read more...]

Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013

October 29th, 2013

obamacare-girl“If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan.  Period.”  President Obama made that promise in front of the American Medical Association on June 15, 2009.  You can watch the words come out of his mouth here.

In Florida alone, 300,000 people have learned otherwise, after having received cancellation notices from their insurances companies because their existing policies do not meet the requirements of ObamaCare.

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HealthCare.gov: The Black Swan

October 28th, 2013

obamaTeam Obama reassures us that we needn’t get too worked up about the disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov.  The problems were only caused by a few “glitches”, which will be easily fixed now that the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is bringing in industry experts to guide the repairs.  Not to worry, we’re told.  We’ll just get this old car up on the lift, fix the leak in the oil pan, and she’ll be back on the road before the day is up.

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A patriot’s life

October 13th, 2013

doug-gilesAmongst all the political analysis on Townhall.com, Doug Giles had a sobering article on what activism has cost those of us who are doing what we can to save the country.  In “Hey, Conservative Activists: While You’re Saving Our Country, Don’t Lose Your Family, Health Or Sanity”, Giles asks conservative actisits, “So, how can we strike a happy balance? How can we be effective in our efforts, rich in our relationships and not have raccoon eyes and be one tick away from a stroke?”

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Oviedo Junto Society interviews Dr. Nicholas Ruiz

October 10th, 2013

nicholas-ruizAt our October 9 meeting the Oviedo Junto Society spoke for nearly an hour and half with Dr. Nicholas Ruiz, Democratic candidate for the Florida District 7 congressional seat, currently occupied by Republican John Mica.

Although the Oviedo Junto Society members tend to lean conservative, several members of the OJS wanted to see how much common ground could be established between the Republican and Libertarian OJS members and the much more liberal Ruiz.

The conversation was very cordial, entertaining, and informative. We’ll post a recording of the interview shortly, as well as our take on the interview. Check back next week.

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The Space Shuttle and American Decline

April 22nd, 2012

discoveryGrowing up in Central Florida has its perks. I grew up during the golden age of space flight — the entire decade of the 1960′s, when the U.S. was in a desperate race to the moon. Although I was only five years old, I remember watching John Glenn’s Mercury-Atlas rocket streak toward orbit on February 20, 1962. I saw it with my own eyes, in the skies just east of Central Florida. Long after Glenn was safely in orbit, the contrail hung in the sky like an exclamation mark punctuating what we’d accomplished.

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