Biggest Spending Package in the History of the World

Three halves of pork being delivered
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Congress took the Stimulus package behind closed doors to prepare the final version. They’ve set it for a vote today.

What happened to the promise of “transparency?” Why aren’t we allowed to see what is in this revised package? Congress is expected to do a blind vote today. “Don’t read it, just vote for it! Otherwise the world will end!”

I am furious at this spending package. We’re told economists agree it’s necessary; that’s not true. We’re told a catastophe looms if we don’t approve it, but this solution *is* the problem. The amount of pork, we’re told, is not important to Americans. The other provisions such as the universal health care provision are just slipped in without debate.

And the final pillaging of the American taxpayer begins today and we march onwards toward Marxism. And we’re not even allowed to read the bill.

Call your congressperson today. Demand the bill be posted for 72 hours before a vote.

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Stimulus Plan Kills Older People

Ok, so that’s a scare title. But not by much.

Buried deep in the so-called Stimulus Plan are new government-mandated health-care restrictions. Here are some snippets –


The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system.




One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446).




Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)




Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties. “Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)




Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.




The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).



I think most Americans will object to this being buried in a panic-induced overreaching deficit bill without debate. Why is our Obamanation ramming stuff like this down our throats without debate? If these are so important, why can’t they be voted on individually so each portion can be judged on its own merit?

Please, government, stop helping us. We can’t afford it. Just put the checkbook down, back away, and nobody will get hurt. We don’t need a “stimulus” plan. It’s that’s sort of government “help” that got us into this mess in the first place.

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Categorizing People

I was idly going through the contacts on my handheld PDA the other day while returning from a business trip, and I decided I needed a better system to file people. I have roughly 400 people in my PDA under the following categories:

  • 65 “Business – Home”
  • 130 “Business – Work”
  • 30 “Faith”
  • 150 “Personal”

I decided to rename “Business – Home” to “Residential” for contacts like Comcast, and AT&T, North China Retaurant. I have enough to make another category, “Health Care,” and that’ll give me roughly 30 contacts per category.

Then I can rename “Business – Work” back to just “Business” again. There are so many in that category, though, I can separate them into “Travel,” “Clients,” and “Vendors.”

“Personal” needs work. I can separate them into “Friends,” “Family,” and I dunno what else. “Faith” was originally for contacts at the church like pastors and bible study friends, but they all sort of blur together at this point. What to do with somebody you originally worked with but became good friends with and you rely on his Christian counsel? What to do with people in bible study that you became good friends with? What to do with a friend with great faith who you hired to do work around the house?

And what about somebody you don’t particularly care for but you need to keep their contact information for some reason? Do you still file them under “friends?” I don’t really want to make a category for, say, “Irritating people” that only has a couple of names in it.

Surely somebody reading this blog organizes their information like me. Ok, maybe not like me, but how do you organize your contacts?