Thursday, October 1, 2009

A Thursday hodge podge of stuff

We’re in for a day of more unstable air today. Some places will get some showers and others may not. Gator Wife and I are hoping that forecast for dry weather tomorrow holds. We’re expecting a delivery of wood for our fireplace. It is of the kiln-dried variety and the woodman suggests we get it put away before it gets wet. That’s what we want to do tomorrow after the delivery.

Kudos go out this morning, at least for the short term until the final vote is taken, to Senator Olympia Snowe for her vote against the so-called public option in the federal health care reform attempts. Government control of health care has been considerably expensive wherever it has been tried, including the Dirigo plan here in the State of Maine. It has cost us taxpayers more than a $150-million to insure fewer than five thousand people.

That is the kind of cost we can expect from a federal public plan, except exponentially higher.

Furthermore, a little honest checking and not just listening to the sound bites on the TV would tell you about the very long waits for health care in those countries with it run by the government. And those waits don’t always result with any care.

So I hope Sen. Snowe sticks to her guns and continues to oppose the public option. At the same time, the projected cost of this federal plan would lead me to hope it gets completed defeated. Very little, if anything, the government sticks its hands in works or saves money or makes things easier for the taxpayers. When this government health care finally materializes, it will cost us dearly and our children will be paying for it their entire lives.

One of the ballot measures coming up in November is a citizens’ initiative to repeal the same sex marriage law passed last session. It’s all part of a gay rights agenda which will lead to other areas, as that agenda has in other states, that go against what I think are Maine and national values. That agenda is easily researched using Google.

As for claim of teaching gay marriage in schools, you might want to research the background of Kevin Jennings, the so-called “safe schools Czar” in the Obama administration. And for those of you who want to tell me there is no gay agenda for schools, once again a little work will show you the lesson plans and suggested activities.

Another question: If the same sex marriage law has nothing to do with an agenda for schools, why does every ad by the “No” side mention kids and schools? Of course the “Yes” side does, too.

I’m not offering any specific websites here as your own work would be more beneficial to you. It’s sort of like the difference between how you took care of things you saved your own money to buy and things that were handed to you. One caution, to get the full picture be sure to check out both sides of the argument.

Have you ever noticed in local car commercials the people used for spokespersons? The producers of those commercials all seem to need to have woman walking while men just stand there and make their spiel. I’ve never understood that. Why do we need to see the women walking past a line of cars while extolling the greatness of the dealership while the men stand there, usually with some kind of gimmick. The national ads usually just use a voice over while telling us the virtues of their cars and company.

I don’t think I’ve ever been enticed into a dealership because a pretty young woman walked past a line of cars or a couple guys stood there gesticulating. I have seen national ads showing me some spiffy features and beautiful designs that have caused me to want one of their cars. Fortunately for me, though, I also don’t want to go into debt so none of them really get me into a dealership any more.

And while I’m on the topic of commercials, am I the only one who finds those awful telephone company ads with that unbelievable wimp of a housewife and that obnoxious pushy neighbor totally objectionable? Those commercials are so grating I wouldn’t even think of using that company’s service.

My last thoughts today in this little “this and that” post concern another happy claim by Maine’s government. According to the Press Herald/Maine Today website the other day and repeated on the TV news shows, Maine is ranked second in the nation in the number of households receiving food stamps. We should certainly be proud of that. It is just one of the pieces of evidence that we live in a socialized state and, possibly because of the lack of private sector jobs in the state, we are using the tax money that those who still have jobs to pay for food and services of those who don’t.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t help people in need out; I’m only suggesting that a good business environment and a favorable tax practice in our state would lead to the creation of jobs rather than the closing of businesses. I honestly believe that the majority of people receiving those food stamps would much prefer to have a good job where they could earn their own way in life. Simply adding more and more government jobs and increasing taxes doesn’t accomplish that.


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