Monday, August 28, 2017

Water, water, water everywhere...

Those of us old enough to remember back when, in 1973, Hurricane Agnes, actually the remnants of Agnes, raced up over us in the York and Central Pa. area and hung here for three days, dropping 13 inches of rain. We remember the flooding that occurred in York City and County.
    The Codorus Creek, despite the Indian Rock Dam gates being closed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, overflowed and flooded out sections of downtown York City.  Only one bridge was above flood stage, the College Avenue bridge, because it sat up on a hill.
     A lot of York County was damaged from the flooding throughout the county.
    Now close your eyes and imagine Agnes had dropped 50 inches of rain, like Hurricane Harvey and its remnants have done in southeastern Texas. It would be devastation.
    That's what people in the Houston area and along the coast are facing.
    The bit of good news is how people, no matter their ethnicity, their politics, are working together helping each other out any way they can.
    We wish all the people affected by this historic storm in Louisiana and Texas God's speed and God's protection.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Single-payer system for health care?

I am beginning to wonder why everyone calls it "socialism" when single-payer health care is discussed as a possible solution to our health care insurance crisis.

I happen to agree with opinions made recently by Mark Cuban on a cable network news show.

Cuban basically says that the insurance companies should not be involved in the health care business. IF, the efficiencies of the federal government could be improved, it would be cheaper to administer health insurance than having the insurance companies provide it, because the insurance companies work on maintaining a 20 percent profit margin on their businesses.

Think about it. Approximately 20 percent of what we pay for health care insurance goes to the insurance companies as profit and paid out to investors, not toward our health care. 

If the government eliminated the insurance companies from the health care business, we'd be 20 percent ahead to begin with, even if the efficiency of the government was a poor as the insurance companies.

Now, being a conservative, I begin to wonder which way really will save money for us, the citizens.

If you want to call it "socialized medicine," so be it, but strip away the concept of "socialism" waste that is so often connected to it. 

Great Britain was far ahead of us when it provided health care to everyone when World War II ended. Yes, the Brits have had some problems, but pressures put to bear by the citizens seems to correct the imperfections that appear from time to time.

For far too long we have allowed private insurance companies to handle our health care expenses, and it has gotten out of control for many of us. Example... I just had a prescription drug that is pretty common and was basically inexpensive raised in cost to me by 1,152 percent. This is what comes from the freedom and collusion of insurance companies and drug manufacturers.

As a conservative, I think health care should be available through a single-payer system which excludes insurance companies and should be a right for all citizens.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Is Congress in first grade?

I find it funnier every day when I tune in or read news for the day on how politicians are acting.

Right up to the United States Congress.

Neither "side" of the debate is entirely right.  But I must admit that the Democratic machine has taken things to a whole new level --- lower.  If I didn't hear what was happening myself, I would have thought we were talking about first-graders who lost a game who began lashing out at the winning team and calling them names as well.

With this kind of childish play, I bet I know where Sen. Bob Casey is going to end up when his re-election comes up.  It will be out on the street. At this point I think that's where he should be.

When will the Democrats ... especially their big-money "bosses" --- understand that we, the voters, have had it up to our ears in dealing with this kind of effort. That's why the Democrats were voted out of the majority not only in the presidency but the House of Representatives and the Senate as well.

I certainly am not a Republican. I am a responsible conservative. There are things I do not like about the Republican party as well.

But, face the facts, Democrats.  We the people elected Donald J. Trump not because he was perfect, but because he was down to earth and understood us, not because he is undisciplined (which he is), but because your candidate was a far worse choice. We had two poor choices: Bad or badder.

You all know we were on a path of economic implosion ... and may well still be because we are too far along ... and the Dems' candidate was willing to keep us on that path.

Understand this: Neither candidate was preferred, but for a hundred reasons the majority chose to change course rather than face certain destruction.

You might want to ask yourselves this: Were your political "bosses" in their right minds in choosing Hilary Clinton to represent them?

Maybe the Democratic "machine" thought they had everyone under so much control that they could sit back and give Hilary the ability to "crack the glass ceiling" for women. Sure, it would have been an historic honor.

Toughen up, buttercups. There's a whole lot of wrongs that have to be made right.  The more you whine and whimper and try to derail those trying to set it right, the more you show your own problems that the voters despised in the first place.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Coming back to life

It's been nearly a year since we last posted.  Been on a hiatus because time was not available to devote to this blog.

But that is changing. Look for new posts very soon.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Is the GOP falling apart?

It appears that the Republican Party, which first laughed when Donald J. Trump announced he would run to be its candidate for President of the United States, is now in a "panic," as the media calls it, because it looks like he will win.

The efforts to turn people against Trump as his campaign strengthens even farther is so loud and so brazen that it is almost guaranteed to split the party not just into two factions but possibly even more splinters.

Here's the problem that the GOP is facing.  The average person who professes to be conservative and, therefore, align with the GOP, is watching this public uprising from within the core of the party and not sure how to really interpret it.

Underlying all of this is the basic feeling by a majority of the electorate that corruption, greed and need for power is running amuck in BOTH parties.

In the GOP especially, people have watched the constant fighting and bickering over control and not getting anything done these past few years.

It's like a bunch of rats on a sinking ship.

Is the backlash to Trump's efforts because Trump doesn't need the money from special interest groups and PACs which means no strings attached for control of the candidate if he should win? Look at the PACs starting to spend money to sponsor ads in all media against Trump.

Don't you think that, with all the money and corruption that is rampant in Washington that the corrupt people involved would make a desperate effort to retain control of their realm?

If you think that, and I do, then watch who the people are that are going all out to interfere with the usual elective process.  There's a good chance they are part of the corruption or are being controlled by those who are corrupt.

While I do not agree with Trump on some things, if he holds true to his word if he does get nominated and elected, a house cleaning of government may begin, and it would certainly be something to see ... and to feel clean fresh air running through the government offices, with fewer and fewer money-grabbing thieves hanging on to government's apron strings.

So those who come out swinging and lamenting the results of the process just may be viewed as the rats.  It is logical.

Helping to make it logical is the rest of the pack of presidential hopefuls the GOP is "embracing:" Ted Cruz looks and talks like a born-again minister at a revival (and I don't believe he is truthful AND utilizes dirty tricks when he can), Marco Rubio, who sounds like a robot pre-programmed and running around babbling when his switch is turned on (and I get the impression he is inexperienced for the job and babbling like a little kid who can't get his way---and he misses a lot of votes on his current job as a U.S. senator).

Then there's Gov. John Kasich, who probably has the best experience to becoming president, trounced into the mud by the other babblers trying to get their share of the limelight preying on the distrust and disgust voters like me have for government these days.  The only other candidate that had experience to be a good president, Gov. Chris Christie, already forced out of the run altogether.

While some may think the latest "anti-Trump" movement is a legitimate cleansing of the party, I am afraid I must take the stand that it's the rats coming out to protect their turf of greed and corruption.  And I believe I am with the majority of people who are at the point that the current members of our government need to be replaced.