Archive for August 29, 2012

Socialist Philosophy Thicker than Blood
By Tom Green

As many of you know from reading my blog regularly, your intrepid blogger suffers from cancer-terminal in fact. The cancer is very rare, only 15 reported cases. Being so rare (lucky me) the ONLY person to have it three times and survive.

Now, due to the collapse of WaMu and Kerry Killinger’s investing in high risk bad mortgage backed securities, yours truly found himself unemployed with a Socialist in the White House using failed Keynesian, state-run economic “solutions” to high unemployment. A plan by the way, the President recently said is working…really?

While unemployed the side effects of 18 years of cancer treatment, surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, have rendered this blogger disabled; that is to say a consumer of Government Cheese-Velveeta, airlifted in like a third world nation. Yes, the Editor-in-Chief is a burden to society, talk about irony, eh?! Trust me, nothing galls me more.

Now, under Obamacare Insurance companies HAVE to cover me. Socialists say, “Oh, that’s great, if it weren’t for Obama you would be dead.” They seem to take pleasure in that, oddly enough? Anyhow, the truth is there is more to all of this than meets the eye.

The chemo drug I need to keep the rare cancer in check is very costly, $36,000 PER MONTH. What many of you may not realize is that in addition to the 2000+ page bill that was Obamacare, there are now an additional 13,000 pages of FDA regulations that accompany Obamacare that dictates the administering (rationing) of care and drugs.

A part of those regulations are that the distribution of NEXAVAR is rationed. Bottom line is since someone like me, one of a kind, needs a particular drug, there is no way to justify the Cost-Benefit of administering the 1 American with this particular type of cancer, a drug that costs $36,000 a month. So, as a result, the life saving chemotherapy drug I need is no longer allowed, (I can get it, but I would just have to pay full retail) based upon the reality of cost, to me.

In addition the blood thinning drug, Lovenox, that I need to keep me from clotting and croaking is no longer covered; de facto. Specifically, the drug has been “re-classified” under FDA regs, as a result of Obamacare. As a result the drug costs $22,000 for a 3 month supply; my share-$6,600. Once again, Obamacare effectively cuts me off from a drug necessary to my survival.

Now, when I had all these health issues but was employed, ALL of this was covered under my company insurance. Also, it ends up that the “evil” Pharmaceutical Giant, Bayer, provides me with the chemo drug at a co-pay of $20 a month. So much for Capitalism having no heart!

Now, I know you will say, well what about your spouse? She was unemployed for more than a year and a half and COBRA ran out. Finally she has gainful employment, but guess what? Due to the rising cost of health care (thanks to Obamacare mandates increasing costs astronomically) they are making insurance available to EMPLOYEE ONLY, no coverage for spouse. Who can blame them?
As we ran in a link last week, 10% of all employers are now saying they will be dropping health care for their employees and families since Obamacare is now the Law of the Land.

Now, to the title of this article, when I shared all of the above with my sibling, a health care professional, and Socialist, her response was, “Don’t make this political, don’t blame Obama!”

Don’t blame Obama I am told. How could I not?! If Obamacare and it’s budget busting costs weren’t passed, employers would still issue coverage to employees, AND their family, AND I WOULD BE COVERED as I always had been. But NO, under Obamacare and it’s regulations, we are effectively moving toward a Single Payer System, which, as we have said COUNTLESS times before was ALWAYS THE INTENTION.

The point in all of this, in case you don’t get it, is not “woe is me.” I accept the hand that life has dealt me and am ready to meet my maker. What galls me is that this Socialist Philosophy, so deeply ingrained in the Secular Humanists LITERALLY divides brother against brother (or more accurately in this case, brother against sister).

This is Civil War folks, not on a literal battlefield, (not yet at least) but on a philosophical battle field. When your own sibling would rather see you meet your fate sooner rather than later as a result of their adherence to Socialist Philosophy, when they would rather there be “free” health care for all rather than a free market solution that would allow better health care for all, when their actions speak louder than words, when the implied message is you, and those like you, need to die to advance the cause, we are talking a Culture War on a massive scale.

Mine is not the only story like this around the country, folks.

There is a religion, it is called Socialism. It has no God, except for “your inner god”, it hides behind words like economic and social justice, fairness, collective good, equality of outcome, tolerance, spirituality, moral relativism, etc. What it really DOES is make everyone equally miserable, it weeds out the sick and elderly through regulations or de facto Death Panels, a.k.a. Eugenics, it robs us of our dignity, of our God given rights, our freedom and our Liberty, all in the name of the “common good.” Since the “great unwashed” don’t know what’s best for them, Big Government will decide.

I mourn the loss of my sibling to Socialism. I mourn the loss of freedom and liberty, accountability and free market solutions to economic challenges.

Be forewarned folks, it is not paranoia anymore, slowly, insidiously, Socialism is permeating every aspect of our society, and it will be the Death of this once great nation. That is what I mourn.

That’s my opinion.

Tom Greene
Thomas Greene is a full time blogger for the Greene Opinion. He has a degree in Political Science from St. John’s University. He believes in America, freedom and liberty, as described by the Founding Fathers, the free market and entrepreneurial spirit as it provides the best path to prosperity.

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What If … ?
A Commentary by J. D. Longstreet


For weeks now there have been all sorts of stories of various government agencies buying up millions of rounds of ammunition. Try as they might, those agencies/the US government have/has not been able to present a plausible story to convince American citizens that they are NOT up to something nefarious.

Sad to say, we just don’t trust our government anymore … not that we’ve  trusted them a great deal for a very long time, you understand. But the level of trust that we had — previous to the Obama Administration — has plummeted right through the floor.

We have been pummeled with lie after lie from Washington until we have become saturated with their prevarications and like a soaked sponge, we simply cannot hold any more.

DC’s perversions of the truth just leave us laughing these days — and not a little worried.

I mean — using hollow point rounds for target practice is, well, laughable. Did you know that even the military is banned from using hollow point ammo by international agreement? Yep. It’s a fact. It is horrible what those rounds can do to the human body. Upon impact the leading edge of the round “mushrooms.” Think of a dime suddenly becoming a fifty-cent piece. It will often fragment with small metal pieces ripping and tearing away at the body’s vital organs — all the while that fifty-cent piece size slug is blowing a ragged hole along its trajectory.

As I said: It’s horrible what a hollow point round can do to the human body.

Now, allow me to be clear. I have no idea what the government has planned for those millions of rounds of ammo they have ordered. It’s for darn sure the US military cannot use them — on the battlefield. But, I know of no law precluding them from using that ammo within the borders of the US. They just can’t shoot America’s enemies with it — on a foreign battlefield!

Just thinking out loud here: What if a second term Obama has plans to regulate the sale of ammunition by way of a Presidential Executive Order. Seems to me that it would be much simpler to regulate ammunition sales by EO than regulating the sale of guns by EO. I mean, there IS the Second Amendment to get around for that. But the Second Amendment does not mention ammo.

Suppose the various departments of the government are ordered to purchase millions of rounds of ammunition to reduce the supply available to the market. In other words, an attempt to create an artificial shortage of ammunition available to the American marketplace today. We know that ammo sales are going through the roof as gun owners, fearing the worse in a second term Obama Administration, are stocking up. Gun sales, too, are at record levels.

OK. I want to be sure I am understood here. I have no inside information reference those ammo purchases by the government. NONE! The same is true reference Obama’s plans for an Executive Order (somehow) controlling ammunition sales. Like practically every other American gun owner, I am concerned for my 2nd Amendment rights and, frankly, the security of my family — and my fellow countrymen — should our government go rogue on us.

About a week ago, I sat in my office with a fellow conservative talking about this very thing. His business carries him all over the state and he tells me this is a topic of conversation at the various “coffee klatches” in which he often takes part.

And why not? People are worried and concerned about the direction the Obama Administration has taken America in the past almost 4 years. Added to the worry and concern is an underlying layer of rage.

I must tell you that I suspect the government is well aware of this pent-up rage and they are concerned that the tinniest crack will result in the collapse of the dam holding back that anger instantly unleashing a flood of anarchy across the country — especially in America’s large metropolitan areas.

Allow me to point out something else, too. When the mainstream media cannot be counted upon to do its job, believe me, “alternate media” WILL step up and fill that void. I think that is what has happened with the “government ammo purchases” story.

What we know for sure is — basically — NOTHING. A number of gun owner organizations are pressing for a congressional investigation of these massive purchases of ammunition by (an reportedly for) government agencies that, at first glance, seem to have no use for this type of man stopping/killing ammo.

That we are even having this conversation only adds to the feeling of unease permeating America today. We wait with bated breath to see how vicious the anarchist’s shenanigans will be in Tampa and in Charlotte as the two political parties endeavor to celebrate the official coronation of their respective candidates for President.

It just doesn’t FEEL like America anymore. In fact, America has begun to favor a banana republic, especially at our air terminals. Law enforcement officers dressed in black — and some in military fatigue-type uniforms — toting semi-automatic long guns, lends to the feeling that America’s citizens are more hostage than free.

Eventually, Americans are going to reject the “it’s for your own safety,” propaganda and the backlash will begin. One must wonder if that’s what the government’s humongous purchase of hollow point ammo is about. Could it be the government EXPECTS a backlash? If so, does their expectations of a backlash mean they are set on a course, which will diminish the freedom and liberty of American citizens even more?

What if … ?

J. D. Longstreet


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