2012 – You’re Now Dead To Me – Part One – Forewarned is Not Forearmed

2012 – You’re Now Dead To Me… is about my early 2012 blogs – a time when I imagined sanity still ruled the earth.  I blogged a lot about stuff hoping reason would or could prevail.  Nope!

middle seat fullJanuary 2012

The Real Middle Class?  Invisible. The mainstream media and the politicians can’t see us from where they’re sitting.

Getting Religion – People only know you’re a Christian by your Facebook.”

What does “shovel ready” really mean to a small business owner?  It means building a business from the ground up!

What were you thinking?!

What were you thinking?!

Lick of Sense! I wish we could all afford to be like Newt Gingrich.  Gingrich is obviously someone who is used to getting what he wants.  If he doesn’t get it, he throws a childlike tirade.

February 2012

Paul Ryan for President – “America Deserves a Choice”

0_21_101508_Wallenda01Who isn’t afraid of failing?!  The Wallenda factor is just a normal fear of falling!  Who isn’t afraid of falling?!

March 2012

Added Regulatory Burden is a Tax on Community Banks, Credit Unions and Small Business

Lead with Words. Live Free, Not Die! John McCain said we should arm the freedom fighters in Syria.  John needs to spend more time on his iPad.

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Alien Nation a.k.a., The Obamacare Nation, Alien, the movie was all about spreading spores and breeding aliens to prey on mankind, should the spores reach our planet.  Obamacare and its spores are already here.

Don’t hold your breath, but call me maybe, I have more rants in 2012.  I plan on summarizing them just for you, but I’m busy right now, sleeping.

Mud Slinging Media (MSM) Challenge on Gun Control

registered gun owner locations

Source: CNN video and story

Here’s a challenge for the Mud Slinging Media (MSM) on Gun Control.

The MSM should publish the location of every felon!  Instead, they publish a story on the location of every gun and every gun owner!

Outrageous!

What have we accomplished here besides making every would be gun owner think twice before registering their firearm?

Why doesn’t the MSM do some public good and let us know where the likely high crime areas would be i.e., where registered felons live, as opposed to low crime areas, where registered gun owners live.

Let’s connect the dots and see where the registered felons live as opposed to the registered gun owners.  The only concern I would have is registered felons would likely post one address (living with Mom) but live at another.

Is there one decent reporter out there that is curious to learn whether it’s possible owning a gun may, in fact, deter crime?

On the other hand, maybe the paper’s publisher, Janet Hasson, president of the Journal News Media Group, should do a follow-up story on registered felons to redeem herself in the eyes of these gun owners.

Think about it?

Santa Claus Is Still Coming To Town

Santa NewtonSanta Claus Is Still Coming To Town

We’ll not forget the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.

While we grieve the slaughter of innocents, this tragic act serves as a reminder of how precious, how fragile, the gift of life is.

Whatever your religious beliefs, let’s not forget to appreciate the Christmas spirit.

Set aside your politics and prejudice, the spirit of Christmas is about giving.  In the spirit of Christmas, we need to turn to those we love, family and friends and give of ourselves.

Not to pontificate, it’s easy for people this time of year to find a reason to be unhappy.  Let’s not forget those less fortunate and find joy in all we have been given.

These lyrics from Santa Claus is Coming to Town come to mind…

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

Merry Christmas!  Happy Hanukkah! Happy Holidays!  And be good for goodness sake!

If a Pilot Can Carry, Why Not a Teacher?

No, it won't fit in the cockpit.

No, it won’t fit in the cockpit.

If a Pilot Can Carry, Why Not a Teacher?  Crazy, I know, but isn’t it crazy someone shot 20 defenseless 1st Graders and their teachers?  Isn’t it crazy to take the same guns criminals use out of the hands of private citizens?

After the Sandy Hook shooting, I heard a newscaster say, “Let’s try to make sense out of this senseless violence.”  You cannot make sense out of senseless violence.  So what does make sense?

Does it make sense for teachers to “carry” in schools across the country?  First reaction seems to be “hell no” not around my children!  After 9-11-2001, consider, your children may have been or will be on a flight to Grandma’s house and the pilot on your flight may be carrying.  That’s OK?  After 9-11, no one seems to have a problem with a pilot having a gun.  Maybe parents, who don’t want teachers to carry, think teachers can’t handle a gun as well as an airplane pilot?  If a kid wanting an easy target, knew teachers were carrying, wouldn’t they think twice?  Maybe teachers should carry?  Otherwise the carnage will continue.

Israeli teacher - rifle

Israeli teacher – rifle

There’s a lack of involvement and a lack of caring with regard to parent and teachers in schools today, these same parents that are for gun control.  They expect to drop the kids off at school and they become someone else’s problem.  My spouse worked in the classroom.  I know a number of teachers who work in the classroom and most of them are disenchanted with the parents and the system.  Some of them complain about the behavioral problems with the students.  So come to think of it, maybe teachers shouldn’t be allowed to carry guns?   If my spouse was still in the classroom and it was legal to carry, I would want her to carry.  The only other way I see around this senseless slaughter in schools, would be to ensure armed guards carrying equal to or superior weaponry to that which can be obtained on the streets, were guarding the school.  Otherwise the carnage will continue.

I’m all for gun control.  Gun control should consist of taking guns out of the hands of criminals, including mentally deranged would be, or soon to be criminals.  Concentrate on the would be criminals and the criminals who seek to do harm.  Otherwise the carnage will continue.

If you want to take assault weapons away from law abiding citizens, you need to ensure and assure them, would be criminals and criminals can’t win the arms race.  If you want to limit the ownership, the manufacture or the method by which assault weapons are built, you need to make sure these weapons can’t be altered, modified or made by other  societies that allow would be criminals or criminals access to these guns.  Otherwise the carnage will continue.one-guy-the-crowd-gun-politics-1342843642

I hope calm heads prevail, that both sides of the gun control argument will roll back the rhetoric, examine the laws and proposed legislation already on the table and make some apolitical, bipartisan decisions that can prevent more senseless violence.  After all one of the most sage advice given to a person grieving a recent loss, is not to make any major decisions for at least one year after a major loss.  Maybe as a nation, we should heed that good advice.

Tell lawmakers to concentrate on taking guns out of the hands of the bad guys, but take the time necessary and make a decision on gun control everyone can live with.

The “Physical” Cliff, Writing Checks My Ass Can’t Cash

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The “Physical Cliff”

I kid around about reaching the “physical cliff”, where my body reaches the point whereby I can no longer sustain my anatomy.   If I don’t start getting back on the bike it could be I’m heading for a period of hyper-inflation (around my middle) and resulting in my declaring my own “ass warfare.”

Getting serious about the next time I get a “physical” what is it going to cost me and other taxpayers?  While everyone is paying close attention to the “Fiscal Cliff” what is happening to taxpayers right now and has been happening to us since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed?

What we had shoved down our throats, we’re now going to being paying for with taxpayer money.  Money our proverbial asses can’t cash.

Talk about subsidizing “Big Oil”, what about “Big Medicine?”  Now my Doctor’s fingers spend more time on the keyboard than they do with an exam.  My prostrate is getting jealous!

CMS – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in case you haven’t heard, has bragging rights to all of 8 Billion and more, so far, and rising rapidly, they are giving to hospitals and professional service providers for EHR – Electronic Health Records expenditures.

Supposedly the Obama Administration’s theory is that Hospitals and Professional Service Providers are too stupid to invest in technology, so they decided to give them a push.  Right over the Fiscal Cliff with the rest of us.  Well apparently Big Medicine isn’t as stupid as they think, because CMS is writing big checks and proud of it!

You can’t make this stuff up (Source :CMS).

  • More than $4.4 billion in Medicare EHR Incentive Program payments have been made between May 2011 and October 31, 2012.
  • More than $3.7 billion in Medicaid EHR Incentive Program payments have been made between January 2011 (when the first set of states launched their programs) and October 31, 2012.
  • More than 326,000 eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals are actively registered in the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs

Here’s your road map: (Source: HealthIT.gov)

Map of payments to providers by state.

Let’s not for get the EHR Vendors.  The government again’s picking winners and losers.

Unfortunately, the legislation was funded in a way that benefits large companies instead of promoting competition to improve software quality and lower overall cost.

Once the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) were signed into law, the “gold rush” was on (as described by one of our competitors²), or as The Onion News reported it: Recession Plagued Nation Demands New Bubble to Invest In.

Whether or not you are in favor of giving taxpayer money to executives to fly around the country in private jets, the stimulus money is starting to flow – and many providers are eligible (and a lot more deserving).

Source: AmazingCharts

²“I literally rent [an] airplane every Tuesday morning, and I hit five cities by Thursday night, every week. I’m cold calling . . . that’s my life now. It’s like any government fiscal stimulus thing — it’s a gold rush.’’

Jonathan Bush, CEO, Athenahealth Inc. (from Boston Globe 8/5/2010)

Maybe we need the Mainstream Media (MSM) to pick up on this story.  They could report on on all the hospitals and doctors that needed to upgrade their IT infrastructure or close their doors.  Heaven forbid, we would have to outsource our patient care to foreign soil.

Save Small Business from the Fiscal Cliff – Letter to US Legislators from the NFIB

capitolAs a small-business owner, I urge you to act now to prevent the tax increases that will impact small businesses if action isn’t taken to avoid going over the Fiscal Cliff.

Several tax rates that affect small business are set to expire at the end of this year. Some of the changes that will impact small business include:

● Individual income tax rates would rise; the 15 percent bracket would become the lowest tax rate. The 25, 28, 33 and 35 percent brackets would rise to 28, 31, 36 and 39.6 percent

● The estate tax rate would increase from 35 percent to 55 percent, and the exemption would decrease to $1 million from $5 million

● The capital gains rate would increase to 20 percent from 15 percent for top earners and rise to 10 percent from zero for those with lower incomes

● Dividends would be taxed as ordinary income rather than capital gains

● The Section 179 expensing limit will fall back to $25,000 and real property will no longer be included

● The start-up deduction for businesses will be reduced from $10,000 to $5,000

● An estimated 31 million additional taxpayers would be required to pay the AMT

This adds up to an almost $500 billion tax increase for 2013 alone. This is a major concern for small business owners like me, since I do not know what my tax liability will be next year. The uncertainty this creates is already having an impact on my ability to make plans to grow my business or add jobs.

Most small businesses are organized as pass-through entities, where the business owner reports their business’s income on their individual tax returns. Allowing the current tax rates to expire will increase the taxes that small businesses pay, directly impacting the ability of small-business owners to invest money back into their businesses.

Raising taxes on small businesses, especially in the current economic environment, hurts our ability to grow and create jobs. I encourage you to give small-business owners the certainty we desperately need by extending all the current tax rates across the board and fighting to avoid the Fiscal Cliff.

Message delivered to:
Senator Bill Nelson
U.S. Senate
716 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 205100001
Fax: (202) 228-2183 via fax

Message delivered to:
Senator Marco Rubio
U.S. Senate
317 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC 205100001
Fax: (202) 228-0285 via fax

Message delivered to:
Representative Gus Michael Bilirakis
U.S. House of Representatives
407 Cannon House Office Building
Washington DC 205150001
Fax: (202) 225-4085 via fax

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