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Global Warming: How is it that we are making public policy decisions when we still have much to learn?

Over the span of hundreds of years, man has dealt with the variability of weather by using several well-defined coping mechanisms.

One, re-location to a more hospitable climate which features abundant natural resources such as food, water and natural shelter.

Two, developing clothing and shelters which help cope with the extremes of climate's natural variability.

Three, adapting to a lifestyle which minimizes the impact of climate on our daily lives.

Four, developing artificial mechanisms, such as air conditioning, which further mitigate climate’s impact.

That’s it. Nothing new under the sun, so to speak. Man responds to the challenges of nature.

Now, in the past number of years, man has greatly extended his knowledge about some of the physical processes involved with climate change. Unfortunately, the great majority of what we learned cannot be influenced, at this point in time, by man. Man cannot affect the output of the sun. Man cannot control the motion of our planet as it traverses the sun's orbital path. Man cannot affect the Earth’s rotational spin and precessionary path. Man cannot affect Earth’s core processes, plate tectonics, or volcanoes. Man cannot affect the oceanic currents. Man cannot affect the the formation of cloud cover over the Earth and the gross eddies of the winds.

So why, I ask you, does man believe that he can affect the global mean temperature by twiddling the keys of a computer?

Enter politics: the triumph of perception over reality …

Like snake oil salesman who first create dire fear before offering their proprietary remedy – at a price – there are those who want to sell you their political agenda. An agenda which benefits the politicians and the special interests. Where the public’s combined labor and wealth can be transferred to others all in the name of self-interest. Their self-interest, not yours.

There are those who have decided that they can increase their personal power and wealth by convincing you that your world, as you currently know it, is about to suffer irreversible adverse consequences. The seas will rise and drown millions. The weather will change and cause great droughts which will, in turn, cause great famine – leading to civil unrest and war. The Earth will be beset with pestilence and plague. The future will be bleak and your survival will be at risk. All because man has mistreated the planet with his industrialization and land-use policies.

But wait – we have an answer! We can slow, halt or reverse these dire consequences if you, the people, give us the power to increase our control over your life; raise your taxes to permit us to do what we believe is necessary to stem this horrible condition; limit your personal freedoms and choices; and most of all, cede to us the power of a permanent ruling class.

Enter the truth …

Even though our historical temperature records, both by direct measurement of in-situ temperatures and using climate proxies such as tree-rings, are lacking, we can see that the Earth has been hotter, colder, with more carbon dioxide, with less carbon dioxide – in periods which pre-date the industrialization which is being blamed for global climate change. In fact some geo-paleontologists believe that the great disruptions of populations were not caused by global climate change, but may have been caused by the mismanagement of natural resources by inept political leaders. We are not even sure that we can measure a global temperature difference because the relatively small changes in global climate change are masked by nature’s inherent variability. One might even ask, since when has any political class or government organization been successful in mitigating a natural phenomenon on a global scale? The answer, of course, is never.

So let’s take a look at some current research …

Newswise is reporting …

“Establishing a key link between the solar cycle and global climate, new research led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) shows that maximum solar activity and its aftermath have impacts on Earth that resemble La Nina and El Nino events in the tropical Pacific Ocean.”

“The research may pave the way toward better predictions of temperature and precipitation patterns at certain times during the Sun's cycle, which lasts approximately 11 years.”

“The total energy reaching Earth from the Sun varies by only 0.1 percent across the solar cycle. Scientists have sought for decades to link these ups and downs to natural weather and climate variations and distinguish their subtle effects from the larger pattern of human-caused global warming.”

Do you get the feeling that the researchers have already decided that human-caused global warming is a fact and that it greatly dwarfs the effects of solar output and variability?

Considering the Sun is the major driver of solar heating and that Earth’s position in relation to the sun is more significant than any other factor, large or small, one wonders why the researchers would attempt to spin the story in this manner. Likewise, our equatorial regions will always be hotter than our polar regions due to the angle of the sun’s direct rays (directly overhead at the equator). There is little likelihood that, absent a major shift in planetary position, that the equator will suddenly ice over and the polar ice caps totally melt. Perhaps we will experience some heating in polar regions, after all Greenland was once a fertile growing area, but this is due to nature’s variability – and man’s influence is so negligible as to be almost inconsequential.

It can be explained by the difference between correlation and causality. Just because some computer model points to a strong mathematical correlation between two events, it does not mean that there is equal causality where one event causes the other.

Let us for a moment consider the hypothesis that carbon dioxide does cause temperatures to increase. If this were a true statement, how does one explain that the rise in carbon dioxide lags the rise in temperature by 600 – 1000 years (depending on which dataset is being used)? Furthermore, if this were true, we could halt all man-made production of carbon dioxide this instant and we would see no measurable result for at least 600 years. Not only does this mean politicians are not responsible for any potential improvements for their actions – it means they can say or do anything without having to prove their case. Like religion, you must take their word as faith – something that has been proven over the past centuries to be foolhardy.

Should you want a better explanation of the rise in carbon dioxide levels, consider Occam’s Razor. Roughly stated, that one should not needlessly complicate matters and the simplest solution to the problem is more likely than not to be correct. So, consider the model of a cold beer – giving up carbon dioxide to the atmosphere as it warms. Now consider that the increasing oceanic temperatures are causing dissolved carbon dioxide to enter the atmosphere where higher levels are being measured. It certainly makes more sense and is relatively demonstrable – and does not require a public policy to alter human behavior of prohibiting beer drinking to mitigate the results of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.   

“Building on previous work, NCAR researchers used computer models of global climate and more than a century of ocean temperature data to answer longstanding questions about the connection between solar activity and global climate. Changes in greenhouse gases were also included in the model, but the main focus of the study is to examine the role of solar variability in climate change.”

Truth be told, most global climate models have quite a few parameters that can be tweaked to produce almost any result you want – and especially those results which appear to coincide with some historical records or climate proxies. And I do love it when they gratuitously mention greenhouse gases

“The research, published this month in the Journal of Climate, was funded by the National Science Foundation, NCAR's sponsor, and by the Department of Energy.”

Much as those who disagree with the dissidents and claim that their research was funded by the big bad oil companies, why are we not pointing out that other contrary research is being funded (on a major scale) by a government with a political agenda.

" ‘We have fleshed out the effects of a new mechanism to understand what happens in the tropical Pacific when there is a maximum of solar activity,’ says NCAR scientist Gerald Meehl, the lead author. ‘When the Sun's output peaks, it has far-ranging and often subtle impacts on tropical precipitation and on weather systems around much of the world.’"

Far-ranging and not so subtle effects in my estimation? Considering the very small impact of carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas when measured against the macro-effects of the most prevalent greenhouse gas, water vapor, any impact on global precipitation and cloud formation is far from subtle.

“The new paper, along with an earlier one by Meehl and colleagues, shows that as the Sun reaches maximum activity, it heats cloud-free parts of the Pacific Ocean enough to increase evaporation, intensify tropical rainfall and the trade winds, and cool the eastern tropical Pacific. The result of this chain of events is similar to a La Nina event, although the cooling of about 1-2 degrees Fahrenheit is focused further east and is only about half as strong as for a typical La Nina.”

OK, I must be missing something. The Sun’s effects on water vapor are a big deal. The warming oceans are likely to emit more dissolved carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  And then what – a cooling effect?

El Nino and La Nina are major and serious weather events whose cause and effect can be directly observed and measured and apparently has nothing significant to do with carbon dioxide levels …

“Over the following year or two, the La Nina-like pattern triggered by the solar maximum tends to evolve into an El Nino-like pattern, as slow-moving currents replace the cool water over the eastern tropical Pacific with warmer-than-usual water. Again, the ocean response is only about half as strong as with El Nino.”

“True La Nina and El Nino events are associated with changes in the temperatures of surface waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean. They can affect weather patterns worldwide.”

Great – we now know how to alter the weather patterns worldwide – just control the ocean's currents. Just about as possible as controlling the weather by controlling carbon dioxide. NOT!

The new paper does not analyze the weather impacts of the solar-driven events. But Meehl and his co-author, Julie Arblaster of both NCAR and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, found that the solar-driven La Nina tends to cause relatively warm and dry conditions across parts of western North America. More research will be needed to determine the additional impacts of these events on weather across the world.”

I must be dense … the paper does not analyze the weather impact of solar-driven events; then what was the purpose of writing and presenting the paper. Of course, “more research will be needed.” More money, please!

" ‘Building on our understanding of the solar cycle, we may be able to connect its influences with weather probabilities in a way that can feed into longer-term predictions, a decade at a time,’ Meehl says.”

I am going bonkers – “we may be able to connect its influences with weather probabilities in a way that can feed into longer-term predictions, a decade at a time” – we can’t much predict the weather ten months, let alone ten years or in a few hundred years. Truth is, other than these computer models which appear to mirror historical results when sufficiently tweaked (I’m sorry, the technical term is parameterized), we cannot do much of anything about the global climate – even if other countries such as India, China, and Russia were willing to follow our suicidal lead.

In the final analysis, it is my opinion that the entire phenomena of global warming is man-made: made by politicians who have manipulated the funding of scientific research to provide the computer models to substantiate their case. They have also convinced the special interests to support their specious findings by a pledge to fund their projects and reward their programs. Likewise, the mainstream media has been corrupted to the point where the output of computer models is reported as unquestioned scientific fact and those who do not adhere to the party line are pejoratively labeled as “deniers.”

My fellow citizens: this is your world and your country. Our representatives have failed to represent our interests, having been bought and paid for by the special interests who want further access to the public treasury and the our increased labors. Yes, there is a phenomena that can be called global climate change – but unfortunately, it is not man-made, cannot be controlled by man at the present time – and most of all – should not be manipulated for political gain.

If our elected officials and their sycophantic bureaucrats cannot do our bidding and help improve our daily lives, perhaps it is time to toss them out on their butts. Without pensions, perks and prestige. By labeling them for what they are: political freebooters who have disgraced their political office and severely abused our trust.

-- steve

Reference Links …

Newswise Science News | Solar Cycle Linked to Global Climate, Drives Events Similar to El Nino, La Nina

The funding … “

“The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research under sponsorship by the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.”

Title … 
"A lagged warm event-like response to peaks in solar forcing in the Pacific region"

Authors … 
Gerald Meehl and Julie Arblaster

Publication …  
Journal of Climate

For those that believe that we understand the natural variability of global climate change enough to make life-changing economic policies … consider the number and character of the following few months of journal entries. One journal, millions of dollars worth of experiments, salaries and the promises of continuing funding.

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“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Is AARP playing racial and social politics at their member's expense?

Why would AARP blindly support a healthcare system which is ill-defined and which appears to feature a “best practices” approach which may be extremely hostile to the needs of senior citizens seeking advanced healthcare in the last stages of life?

Is this man seeking a government job in the Obama Administration?

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According to the AARP website …

“Barry Rand has been selected by the AARP Board of Directors to be the next CEO of AARP, a membership organization of over 40 million people age 50 and older, half of whom remain actively employed.  AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age.”

“Prior to joining AARP, Mr. Rand distinguished himself as a leader of social change in some of our nation’s largest corporate and educational institutions.”

“He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Howard University and has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avis Group Holdings, CEO of Equitant Ltd., and Executive Vice President for Worldwide Operations at Xerox Corporation.”

There is no doubt that Rand is a smart, articulate executive. But is he 100% behind AARP’s mission to “enhance the quality of life for all as we age?”

Conflict of interest?

How does Rand reconcile the fact that AARP may have a built-in conflict of interest …

“AARP operates as a non-profit advocate for its members and as one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the United States, and it also sells insurance, investment funds and other financial products.”

“Approximately seven million people have AARP branded health insurance, including drug coverage and medigap, as of April 2007  and AARP earns more income from selling insurance to members than it does from membership dues.”

“In 2008, AARP plans to begin offering several new health insurance products: An HMO for Medicare recipients, in partnership with UnitedHealth Group; and a PPO and "a high-deductible insurance policy that could be used with a health savings account" to people aged 50–64, in partnership with Aetna. AARP will likely become the largest source of health insurance for Medicare recipients, and AARP estimates the new products will increase its health insurance customers to 14 million by 2014. AARP is not an insurer and does not pay insurance claims. Instead, AARP allows its name to be used by insurance companies in the sale of insurance products, for which it is paid a commission like an insurance agent.” <Source>

… openly advocating positions of interest to senior citizens, but also earning substantial sums from offering government-regulated products.

Associations with far-left organizations which support illegal aliens and the unionization of healthcare workers …

There is no doubt that unionizing healthcare workers will drive healthcare prices ever higher with no corresponding benefit to the patients.

“In early 2007 AARP launched "Divided We Fail," designed to address health care and long-term financial security. The initiative was launched with Business Roundtable and the Service Employees International Union, and encompasses advertising in national outlets and in the primary states, online activities, and traditional grassroots work, in order to engage the public, business and elected officials in the debate, and to encourage public leaders to offer solutions, according to the AARP.”

The SEIU, under investigation for corruption within the leadership of some of its locals, openly advocates for “in-home” family health workers in California (a program riddled with fraud)  and is trying to unionize these workers with an eventuality of becoming California State employees. It is my opinion that the SEIU is to unions as ACORN is to community organizing.   

Which AARP are we to believe?

“At present, there are two affiliated organizations:

the AARP Foundation which operates on a non-profit basis and AARP Services Inc. which is managed wholly for profit.”

  • “The AARP Foundation runs programs on: free tax preparation and counseling, work training for older people of low income, training of volunteers on matters concerning the elderly, crime prevention and safe driving.” 
  •  AARP Services Inc. offers: Medicare supplemental health insurance, discounts on prescription drugs and consumer goods, entertainment and travel packages, long-term care insurance and automobile, home and life insurance.”

Not without controversy …

I am not the first one to question AARP’s political motives, note the organization’s inherent conflict of interest or question the loyalty of AARP’s leadership to its members.

“In an editorial column in the Los Angeles Times, critic Dale Van Atta wrote that AARP does unauthorized lobbying for its membership, and lobbies against the best interests of its membership. Van Atta says that by lobbying for the above-mentioned Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act, AARP leaders betrayed the membership.”

“BusinessWeek magazine says that in the past questions have arisen about whether AARP's commercial interests may conflict with those of its membership, and characterizes many of the funds and insurance policies that AARP markets as providing considerably less benefit than seniors could get on their own.”

Bottom Line …

There is no doubt in my mind that senior citizens will be hurt in the Obama healthcare initiative and that the “best practices” approach will lead to the rationing of healthcare and the denial of advanced healthcare services to an aging population in their last years of life.

Therefore, I must question AARP’s motives in supporting President Obama’s healthcare plan and wonder whether or not AARP is acting on the social agenda of its President or in its best commercial interests?

Bottom line – It’s your money and your life that is on the line.
Do you want to sacrifice either for political expediency and the Obama “power grab” agenda.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

Reference Links:

A. Barry Rand Selected by AARP Board of Directors to be the Next Chief Executive Officer—AARP

OBAMA HEALTHCARE: BE PREPARED TO DIE

Chilling words on healthcare: "so we don't continue to pay for things that don't work ..."

OBAMA'S HEALTHCARE: ARE YOU ONE OF THE SUPERFLUOUS?

AARP|Wikipedia


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Racists view everything through the prism of race and find insult in everything that could be used to promote their position in the media

Like Reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, it is all about race and self-promotion. Taking ordinary events and conflating them into racial media events. Often proving that the real racists are the ones that “doth protest too much.”

This can be clearly demonstrated with an Israeli advertisement produced by a well-known company. The advertisement for an Israeli cell-phone has that “Pepsi and Coke” fun look and feel. 

Haaretz.com is reporting … 

“A Facebook group is trying to get Israel's leading cell phone operator, Cellcom, to pull a new TV commercial showing Israeli soldiers near the West Bank separation fence, arguing that the advert is ‘racist.’"

See for yourself …


“The commercial, produced by the Israeli branch of international advertising powerhouse McCann Erickson, shows IDF soldiers on patrol along the separation fence who stop their jeep when it is hit by a soccer ball from the Palestinian side of the fence.
The ball soon bounces back to the Israeli side, at which point the soldiers decide to hold an impromptu game with the Palestinians, cheered on by female soldiers.”

“The voiceover accompanying the advert says: ‘After all, what are we all after? Just a little fun.’"

The Facebook group, called "I too got nauseous watching the new Cellcom ad," severely criticized McCann Eriksson's use of the separation fence in its advert.” 

" ‘We could go into the media messages spouting racism any which way, but if you have come here than you too think they're uncalled for,’ reads the introduction to the Facebook group. ‘The McCann Erickson copywriter displayed an unbelievable propensity for bad taste.’"

If anything, the copywriter should be faulted for the lack of originality – having produced what looks like a derivative soda fun ad – certainly nothing as egregious as deliberately or even inadvertently producing a racist advertisement.

Reading something into the ad which does not exist …

“The group also centered on what they feel is offensive in the new commercial, pointing out the fact that the supposedly ‘good’ soldiers fear the possibility that the ‘monster living on the other side of the wall could steal the ball - but when the ball returns to Israeli hands, we discover that that monster isn't fierce at all, and actually feels like playing with the soldiers - oh joy!’"

“Good enough reason to set up a beach party under the wall, complete with sexy female soldiers and musical instruments." 

Now this is racism … reading into a simple commercial an evil, racist context which is not supported by the storyline or the visuals. Viewed from the opposing viewpoint, one could argue that the people on both sides of the separation fence were just people having fun. Making the best of a situation brought about by circumstances of living in that particular moment of time.

Demands …

The group ends by demanding the immediate removal of the commercial. ‘What our group can agree on is the shame we feel seeing a major Israeli commercial company approving such a beastly advert to be aired in its name, and which brings us to demand - take this racist commercial off the air immediately!’"

Shame? Racism?

Perhaps the asshats that are trying to remove this advertisement should be aware that this separation barrier has saved countless Israeli and Palestinian lives. By keeping those who would readily kill for their twisted religious cause apart – and by preventing the terrorist aggression which comes from the Palestinian side from spilling onto innocent Israeli citizens. Perhaps someone should remind these people that the racism is promoted by a religion which sees everything as black and white: you are either of our religion or you are an infidel targeted for servitude or death. And a corrupt political regime which does not recognize Israel’s right to exist and uses terrorism against innocent civilians as a means to advance their twisted political ideology and agenda.

Don’t give in to the racists …

Should Facebook knuckle-under to these racists, they would be giving into those who do not want freedom of expression and want to impose their toxic ideology which represses human rights on the rest of the world. 

In the final analysis, this is not a political ad, but a product advertisement with no hidden meanings.

To illustrate the difference, consider another advertisement. Same set-up but on the third toss of the ball, a grenade comes flying over the fence killing the soldiers and their companions. With the other side shouting "Allahu Akbar." Now that is an objectionable racist ad. 

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

Reference Links:

WATCH: Facebook group blasts ad showing IDF troops playing soccer by separation fence - Haaretz - Israel News


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Proof that Obama's healthcare initiative is about political power and control ...

If one ever doubted that the Obama Administration was all about power and control, they need to consider the following Washington Post story.

The Washington Post is reporting … 

“Obama Eyes The Purse Strings for Medicare:
Lawmakers Now Win Friends at Home by Setting Payout Rates”

How many citizens knew that Congressmen were allowed to assist in Medicare reimbursement rates – possibly on a legal “quid pro quo” basis that saw them altering rates upward in exchange for campaign funding and other support – all under the guise of providing “constituent” services?

“At the same time President Obama is asking members of Congress to take one of the most politically difficult votes of their careers, he is also pressing lawmakers to give up one of their most valued perks of office: boosting Medicare payments to benefit hometown providers.

Setting reimbursement rates for local hospitals, doctors, home health-care centers and other providers is a legislative ritual that amounts to one of the most effective and lucrative forms of constituent service. Delivering federal money through Medicare, the country's largest insurance program, can be a powerful tool on the campaign trail, allowing lawmakers to argue that they are creating jobs and improving the quality of health care for voters.”

If you are like most people, you may have mistakenly assumed that all providers, nationwide, were subject to the same reimbursement schedule. And that there was little or no political influence involved in setting reimbursement rates which were always characterized by the medical industry and the media as having been “low-balled” and inadequate for sustaining quality medical care.

It’s not their money …

Longtime members of Congress have become masters at dominating the tug of war between keeping providers flush and trying to rein in the entitlement program's dramatic growth. House Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) champions New York City's teaching hospitals. Charles E. Grassley (Iowa), the Senate Finance Committee's ranking Republican, makes sure rural health-care services are amply funded. Months before Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) left office, he secured a permanent 35 percent increase in Medicare payments for Alaska physicians.”

Is Obama admitting  that one of the root causes of the rising costs  associated with the health-care crisis may be political interference?

“Obama administration officials say they are determined to stem soaring Medicare spending, arguing that it is a root cause of the broader health-care crisis that they are trying to address with Congress. Behind the scenes, Obama is pushing for a mechanism that would take Medicare payment authority out of the hands of politicians and invest it in a separate entity, possibly under the executive branch.”

Of course, Obama wants to control healthcare funding in the executive branch; first to consolidate control over one-sixth of the nation’s economy and second, to insure that the healthcare industry is beholden to the Administration.

"Structures that fundamentally alter the long-term costs are a must for real health-care reform," said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel. He called the Medicare payment debate ‘the least talked-about, most important issue on the table.’"

House Democrats' health-care proposal, released Tuesday, includes no measures aimed at reversing the long-term cost trajectory of Medicare, a fact that spurred a rebellion among conservative Blue Dog Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which will begin debate on the House bill today. Rep. Mike Ross (Ark.), a Blue Dog leader and panel member, told reporters yesterday that he has the votes to defeat the package unless it is ‘substantially amended’ to address long-term cost concerns.

Something is radically wrong here …

You cannot reduce the total programmatic costs of a healthcare system by dramatically increasing the number of covered individuals without a substantial increase in the number of treatment facilities offering care. Otherwise, the demand on over-strained facilities would mandate prioritization of treatments and individuals which is a polite way of saying “bureaucratic healthcare rationing.” Additionally, the universal laws of supply and demand will drive up prices as supply shrinks and the demands continues to grow. The only resolution for such problems is an increase in tax revenues and/or the curtailment of service levels.

Unfortunately, the Obama plan is more about exerting control over our nation for political purposes than it is true healthcare reform. He wants to raise taxes, enlarge the government bureaucracy and reduce our freedom of choice. In short, he wants European-style socialism that features a governing elite supported by wealthy and powerful oligarchs.

“The Senate health committee approved its own bill yesterday on a party-line vote; that package also was silent on the issue of Medicare's growth.”

If the government was truly serious about universal healthcare …

If the government was truly serious about providing healthcare to all citizens, why wouldn’t they simply declare all legal citizens in the United States immediately eligible for Medicare and allow them to simply purchase private Medi-gap insurance policies for those things that are not normally covered under the current Medicare policies? Why would they not subsidize the production of large-scale and costly medical equipment so as to reduce the overall cost of such equipment (achieved by manufacturing economies of scale) and improve availability? Why would they not override the AMA and allow qualified and certified Nurse Practitioners to handle the majority of low-grade health issues and freeing up doctors for the more complex issues? Why would they not severely prosecute systemic Medicare fraud and curtail the costly rules which allow the vendors of durable medical equipment (walkers, wheelchairs, aspirators, etc.) to charge outrageous fees and avoid competing on providing the lowest costs to the patient as well as the government? Why would they not negotiate a master price schedule with the suppliers of costly patented drugs?

The answer to most of these questions is “politics.” They, the politicians on both sides of the aisle, want to continue their vice-grip on issues which generate substantial political influence and campaign funding – as well as feathering their own nests after they are out of office.

Doing the right thing or doing the politically expedient thing?

"We need to make it happen," Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), whose panel has jurisdiction over Medicare, said of payment reform. Baucus is crafting a separate proposal to pay for expanded health-care coverage, but that task is complicated by the fact that he is also attempting to win the backing of lawmakers such as Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), a crucial swing voter who opposes White House efforts to shift control of the Medicare payment equation.”

You would think that the Congressional Budget Office could produce an analysis which would determine the most beneficial course of action that balances the needs of the citizens needing healthcare and the taxpayer’s who are footing the bill? Without the overlay of political influence, graft, corruption, mismanagement and malfeasance? But that’s not politically expedient – especially if the public becomes aware of past political peccadilloes.

“Snowe said Finance Committee members have debated payment reform at length in recent closed-door meetings, but did not reach a consensus. She said her chief worry is that providers would continue to look to lawmakers to protect their interests but that under a new system, she and others would be unable to respond to their concerns. Congress must retain the ability to ‘shape and influence’ Medicare rates, Snowe said. ‘We're still going to be held accountable.’"

Accountable to whom? Certainly not to the citizens of the United States? And certainly not to the constituents in your individual states and districts? They are worried about not being able to bring home the pork that their political supporters demand as a “quid pro quo” payment in return for campaign support.

Change?

Obama’s mantra of change is both inane and meaningless without knowing the definition of change and the ramifications of implementing the Administration’s wishes. With people like Rahm Emanuel it is all about power, control and money: the perpetuation of a political party dynasty. With the bureaucrats it’s all about building a protected class of workers with ever-expanding benefits, reduced work loads and a cushy retirement. And with the other politicians, it is about staying in office long enough to achieve the power and profits of a CEO, without having to actually work hard enough to become a CEO.

Usurping legislative power …

Many of the Obama Administration’s initiatives involve usurping the legislative power granted to a co-equal branch of the government by our Constitution. By overriding  Cabinet officials, which are subject to Senate confirmation, with so-called czars who require no confirmation and who can serve with known criminal backgrounds and ongoing conflicts of interest. 

“Obama urged House and Senate leaders to action during a White House meeting this week, and at the request of committee chairmen, administration officials yesterday sent two proposals to Capitol Hill aimed at addressing the problem. One would empower the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), a nonpartisan body of health-care experts that serves Congress in an advisory role, to determine cuts and changes to Medicare, akin to the Federal Reserve Board. ‘It's not perfect, but it does a lot better job than what Congress is doing,’ Rep. Jim Cooper (Tenn.) said of the commission. Cooper, a Blue Dog, co-sponsored the proposal with Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.), a senior Finance Committee member.”

There is no such thing as a nonpartisan body of health-care experts. Especially when they are all members of the medical industries chief lobbyists, the American Medical Association. The appointments to the board are certainly of political interest and make the claim of “non-partisanship” an utter sham.

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t: the choice between two equally inappropriate choices is not a choice at all …

“The second proposal would create a similar entity, called the Independent Medicare Advisory Council, to make Medicare recommendations to the president. Lawmakers could vote to overturn decisions with which they disagreed but could no longer tailor Medicare spending to address local concerns.”

George Orwell would be so proud. The use of the word “Independent” which is the farthest thing from the truth. The reality is that such an advisory council would be independent of the transparency of their decision-making and independent of being accountable to the public which it purports to serve. They would be totally dependent on the Administration, the last place one might find non-partisan and independent responsibility.

Are you ready to cede 1/5 of our national economy directly to the politicians who have already taken over the financial industry, energy production and much of heavy industry?

“Medicare and Medicaid spending now accounts for 5 percent of gross domestic product, and if both programs grow at the same rate over the next 40 years as they have for the past four decades, they will eventually hit 20 percent of GDP, according to estimates.”

Non-existent and nonsensical “cost savings” …

“Congress is attempting to extract as much as $500 billion in Medicare cost savings to pay for health-care reform, but Obama administration officials are concerned that those savings would not result in the transformative fixes the system needs to be stabilized for the long term. White House officials say their own proposals for payment reform would make the system more flexible, allowing it to respond to developments such as breakthroughs in treatment.”

Historically, the government has never realized the projected cost savings on any project – the cost savings being translated into increased vendor profits, cost-overruns, unanticipated events, costly delays and open-ended “change orders.” Million dollar projects wind up costing the taxpayers tens of millions. Multi-million dollar projects wind up costing the taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. And how can one achieve cost savings when the most expensive part of any government or private run operation is labor and the labor unions keep demanding more money for less work. No real competitive bidding is possible under a union system where labor costs are comparable. And make no mistake about it – the majority of healthcare costs involve labor rather than medical equipment!

Peter Orszag is a simple-minded political hack …

"’We're trying to create a structure where that would be easier to reorient the system towards higher value and lower cost in the future,’ said White House budget director Peter Orszag.

This is nothing more than an Obama-style political sound bite. It sounds good, appears to be rational – and means absolutely NOTHING! Notice they said “create a structure” instead of saying “fixthe current structure in place." A duplicative bureaucracy which is surely going to be vigorously resisted by the older, entrenched bureacracy – with the resultant political compromise being a larger, costlier and more inefficient organization.

Acknowledging the possibility of catastrophic disaster … 

The long-term cost challenge has emerged as a major point of contention as new health-care legislation creeps closer to becoming a reality. White House officials and Democratic fiscal hawks worry that Congress could provide coverage to millions of uninsured people, expand the government's role in health care, and yet fail to ‘bend the cost curve,’ creating a fiscal disaster for the nation and a political disaster for their party. Republicans are warning that Democrats are charting a ruinous path, and those criticisms are beginning to resonate.”

Perhaps they want to create a fiscal disaster to push their ideological agenda further down the path of socialism – where the government is the “be all – end all” answer?

Where are MedPAC’s successful achievements?

“MedPAC was created in 1997 to address Medicare's grim prospects as health-care costs outpaced inflation and retiring baby boomers caused the program's ranks to swell. As the country's largest health-insurance program, covering nearly 40 million of the most expensive patients, the entitlement program also holds extraordinary influence over the health-care marketplace.”

You would think that they would have produced more than reports … 

A flood of carefully researched MedPAC reports set forth specific ideas for addressing Medicare's many deficiencies. In testimony before the House in late June, MedPAC Chairman Glenn M. Hackbarth summed up his view of the problems. ‘The health-care delivery system we see today is not a true system: Care coordination is rare, specialist care is favored over primary care, quality of care is often poor, and costs are high and increasing at an unsustainable rate,’ Hackbarth told Energy and Commerce Committee members.”

And whose fault is this? If not for government intervention into healthcare and some of the ridiculous requirements to achieve reimbursements, the system would be tighter, more well-controlled, more cost-effective and more beneficial to the patient.  

Subverting the program by fielding special interest lobbyists …

The ordinary citizen and consumer of healthcare does not stand a change of influencing politicians as they cannot deliver campaign funding that will fuel the 2010 and 2012 election cycle. Each segment of the medical industry will attempt to warp and subvert the system to enlarge their own niche monopolies and preferential practices.

We need to take back our government – to make the politicians more afraid of the citizens they purport to represent than the lobbyists with their pockets full of cash …

But for most lawmakers, resisting the armies of health-care lobbyists who are deployed to protect industry interests has proved difficult. ‘Basically, the cards are stacked against the member who has to confront these groups,’ said George F. Grob, who conducted numerous Medicare reviews through the Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general's office. "Look at who they're confronting -- the cancer doctors. Drug companies saying, 'We're the ones saving lives out there.' Hospitals saying, 'We're going to have to shut down.' "

The revolving door …

No matter how many Congressional initiatives have attempted to close the revolving door between lobbying by former legislators and the current legislative staffs, it simply is too self-serving to actually close the door.

Such concerns are often conveyed to politicians by former colleagues or aides who have joined industry ranks. ‘They're talking to their friends,’ Grob said. But also, he said, the lobbyists ‘make really good arguments. They really know their stuff, and they understand the process. They know what the life cycle of a bill is, they know who to talk to, they know what they're talking about -- and they reach everybody.’"

Lazy, incompetent bastards with their hands out …

Truth be told, most legislators lack the type of technical expertise to craft a legislative initiative and are quite willing to allow lobbyists and their “staff” to write the bill. All overlaid with lawyerly loopholes, exceptions and ambiguous language which benefits the special interests over the citizens.

Bottom line …

The Obama Administration is hell-bent on making everything an emergency which requires legislation to be ramroded through the legislative process. Their current mantra could be simply summarized as:

Ready, fire, aim!

The only solution is …

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-- steve

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Reference Links …

Obama Wants Medicare Reimbursement Rates Out of Congressional Hands|Washington Post

the democrat health plan: your doctor is nowhere to be found ...|OneCitizenSpeaking

OBAMA HEALTHCARE: BE PREPARED TO DIE | OneCitizenSpeaking

Chilling words on healthcare: "so we don't continue to pay for things that don't work ..."|OneCitizenSpeaking

IS OBAMA PLANNING TO DESTROY A FUNCTIONING HEALTHCARE SYSTEM WHICH SERVES 85% AND REPLACE IT WITH AN UNKNOWN SYSTEM TO COVER AN ADDITIONAL 15%? (Updated)|OneCitizenSpeaking

Obamanomics & Healthcare: Manufactured Misery?|OneCitizenSpeaking

OBAMA STIMULUS: COMPROMISING YOUR HEALTH RECORDS FOR POLITICS AND PROFITS |OneCitizenSpeaking

Another conspiracy theory: How Obama can use healthcare to grow the unions ...|OneCitizenSpeaking

Taxing YOUR healthcare plan, but exempting the unions … democrats void Constitution – again? |OneCitizenSpeaking

OBAMA BREAKS FAITH WITH TROOPS -- WANTS TO CHARGE THEIR PRIVATE INSURANCE CARRIERS FOR VA TREATMENT (Updated)|OneCitizenSpeaking


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


IS AARP SELLING OUT ITS SENIOR CITIZEN MEMBERS? ANOTHER BIDEN GAFFE!

Do you want politicians like Joe Biden involved with your healthcare? A political hack opens his mouth, again …

“We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt”

According to CNSNews.com …

“Vice President Joe Biden told people attending an AARP town hall meeting that unless the Democrat-supported health care plan becomes law the nation will go bankrupt and that the only way to avoid that fate is for the government to spend more money.”

Common sense will tell you that a person who is about to go bankrupt does not remedy the problem by spending more money!

Even worse is AARP supporting the Obama Administration and selling out their members who would be adversely impacts if healthcare was to be rationed or denied to senior citizens …

Once again, AARP is not appear to be supporting its constituent senior citizens, but knuckling under to the Administration – perhaps to avoid an investigation into their funding activities which involve profiting from peddling insurance, travel and drugs to its members.

“The event, sponsored by the AARP – which supports the Obama administration’s plan – was attended by mostly AARP members who were bussed in for the meeting.”

How can you trust this man …

“Biden told the group that the Obama health plan will not eliminate people’s ability to choose their health care insurance and that people who cannot afford insurance will be covered by the plan.”

Are you ready to lose a portion of your social security and healthcare benefits to finance a new plan which is ill-defined and unproven?

He can’t even make sense …

“’They’ll be a deal in there so there’s competition, so what you’ll have in there is you’ll have the ability to go in there and say, ‘Now look, this is the policy I want. This is the one,” Biden said.”

“And those people who can’t afford to get in there, up to a certain income, we’re going to subsidize them, you get in there and we’ll help you pay for it,” Biden said.”

Do we want rationed health care – restricted by “best practices” which dictate older people have poorer outcomes?

 OBAMA HEALTHCARE: BE PREPARED TO DIE

Chilling words on healthcare: "so we don't continue to pay for things that don't work ..."

OBAMA'S HEALTHCARE: ARE YOU ONE OF THE SUPERFLUOUS?

Bottom line – It’s your money and your life that is on the line.

Do you want to sacrifice either for political expediency and the Obama “power grab” agenda.

-- steve

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Reference Links …

CNSNews.com - Joe Biden: ‘We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt’


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


OBAMA DOES THE RIGHT THING …

I am more than pleased with the Obama Administration’s appointment of Major General Charles Bolden, an astronaut with a distinguished military career to head NASA.

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This is a man with a distinguished record of achievement, superior performance and unquestioned leadership skills. The right man at the right time to lead a hyper-politicized NASA back from the government bureacracy it had become to the cutting-edge space agency it was designed to be.

Good luck Charlie!

Now if Obama could find a similar candidate in the field of finance to lead the nation’s regulatory agencies and a similar candidate to lead the nation’s healthcare initiatives – we might be able to return to an era of solid accomplishments rather than politically-motivated fiascos.

-- steve

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Reference Links:

Charles F. Bolden, Jr,|Wikipedia

Senate confirms ex-astronaut Bolden to head NASA - washingtonpost.com


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


the democrat health plan: your doctor is nowhere to be found ...

Presenting the simplified version of the democrat health plan ...

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One need only ask the following questions about government-run healthcare…

  • Has our government created and adequately managed the healthcare delivery for our veterans?
  • Has our government created and adequately managed the healthcare delivery system for the Native Americans?
  • Has our government created and adequately managed the healthcare delivery system for our senior citizens?
  • Has our government even attempted to reduce the waste, fraud and corruption found in government health programs?
  • Has our government provided a bi-partisan healthcare plan and allowed for normal committee hearings?
  • Has our government ever produced a massive entitlement program that met its objectives, cost constraints or delivered on its promises?

WHY ARE THE DEMOCRATS TRYING TO PASS LEGISLATION IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT, BEFORE ANYONE HAS READ THE 1000+ PAGE BILL AND WITH LITTLE OR NO DISCUSSION?

Because this is not about healthcare, but the usurpation of power, the control over more of the taxpayer’s funds and the complete re-characterization of America.

Special Note to Senior Citizens:

If you think AARP will stand up and represent YOU, you may be sadly mistaken. The largest senior lobbying group apparently has sold out to the government as they now, for the most part, “rubber-stamp” its proposals. They are more about selling insurance, travel, drugs and other goods and services to senior citizens than they are protecting them. Lest we forget, AARP was born as good  idea to promote a productive and enjoyable seniorhood; and one that was later perverted into a vehicle to sell teacher and senior citizens insurance policies – ostensible controlled by an insurance company for their sole benefit. <Source>

Act now or you could lose your savings and your life …

Now is the time to stand up and vote –- removing all of the legislators who will further decimate social security and the Medicare safety nets in favor of an unknown, unproven and undefined scheme. It is high time that we take back our government from the democrats who, once again, have proven to be less than honest, transparent and capable of doing anything that does not involve the special interests, corruption and the looting of the treasury.

It is crunch time and I only have one recommendation …

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Lest someone call me a naysayer ...

Here are four ideas which can radically change the face of healthcare:

One advertised price for all hospital services insteading the tiered pricing which soaks uninsured individuals while giving deep discounts to insurance companies. The price is the price. This would facilitate competition and shopping for the best medical services at an affordable price. I do not see why I should pay $1,500 for a colonoscopy that is available to others at $450.

Instead of subsidizing wind turbines, how about subsidizing large-scale diagnostic equipment which would lower its price, make it more readily available and more cost-effective.

Develop a three-tier insurance plan: tier one would cover catestrophic events such as heart problems, cancer, etc.; tier two would cover diagnostic testing; tier three would be routine family health services. Require auto insurance to cover accident-related medical problems.

And, best of all, require insurance companies to form larger insurance pools to service ordinary citizens -- regardless of pre-existing conditions -- instead of charging employer groups various prices for small pools. This would allow someone to purchase medical insurance at a decent price without having to be part of a formal employer-controlled plan.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

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Reference Links:

OBAMA HEALTHCARE: BE PREPARED TO DIE | OneCitizenSpeaking

Chilling words on healthcare: "so we don't continue to pay for things that don't work ..."|OneCitizenSpeaking

IS OBAMA PLANNING TO DESTROY A FUNCTIONING HEALTHCARE SYSTEM WHICH SERVES 85% AND REPLACE IT WITH AN UNKNOWN SYSTEM TO COVER AN ADDITIONAL 15%? (Updated)|OneCitizenSpeaking

Obamanomics & Healthcare: Manufactured Misery?|OneCitizenSpeaking

OBAMA STIMULUS: COMPROMISING YOUR HEALTH RECORDS FOR POLITICS AND PROFITS |OneCitizenSpeaking

Another conspiracy theory: How Obama can use healthcare to grow the unions ...|OneCitizenSpeaking

Taxing YOUR healthcare plan, but exempting the unions … democrats void Constitution – again? |OneCitizenSpeaking

OBAMA BREAKS FAITH WITH TROOPS -- WANTS TO CHARGE THEIR PRIVATE INSURANCE CARRIERS FOR VA TREATMENT (Updated)|OneCitizenSpeaking




“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


OBAMA HEALTHCARE: BE PREPARED TO DIE

Medical Best Practices: For Who?

One of the political mandates of the proposed Obama Healthcare initiative features a reliance on statistical “best practices” to lower costs and provide adequate medical care. Unfortunately, as you age, the outcomes of medical procedures grow progressively worse – suggesting that it may be more cost effective to ameliorate your pain and just let you die rather than funding extraordinary medical interventions or using expensive drugs. Truly restricting medical care to those who by wealth, power or position can exert influence on the system – or, in the Obama era, being a member of a union.

Advancing a political ideology and agenda based on a non-existent healthcare crisis …

Here is a President and an Administration that would destroy our present healthcare system to achieve political control over our nation. Ostensibly to extend medical care to an additional 16 million people (estimated by the CBO) of which 10-14 million might be illegal aliens.

“The CBO concluded that under the Kennedy plan, ‘the net decrease in the number of uninsured people would be about 16 million’ - far short of Obama's goal to provide healthcare coverage to all Americans.”  <Source:CBO>

An example of best practices which suggests it is more cost effective (under certain circumstances) to let you die after suffering cardiac arrest in a hospital setting …

“CPR for hospitalized patients is associated with poor outcomes, as the cause of arrest is usually associated with advanced chronic illness rather than an easily reversible acute cardio-pulmonary event (e.g. isolated arrhythmia). When talking with patients about CPR, physicians can say roughly 15%, or 1 in 6 patients, who undergo CPR in the hospital may survive to discharge. However, specific co-morbidities will reduce the chance of survival, and surviving patients are at risk for a range of CPR-related complications including permanent neurological and functional impairment.”

Do you want a bureaucrat or a computer system to issue a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) order based on the statistical likelihood of a  poor outcome?  Or not to use that expensive procedure or drug which could save your life? 

“Survival to discharge following cardiac arrest occurring in the hospital is infrequent.”  (Source: Fast Fact and Concept #179:  CPR Survival in the Hospital Setting; David H. Ramenofsky and David E. Weissman MD)

  • “Survival 20 minutes after CPR was 44%, but only 17% of all CPR patients survived to discharge. The survival to discharge for ventricular fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia was 34% and 35%, respectively, but only 10% for asystole and pulseless electrical activity.”
  • “Factors predicting survival to discharge included myocardial infarction, coronary heart disease, and hypertension.”
  • “Factors which predicted a failure to survive to discharge included:
    • Sepsis the day prior to the CPR event [infection]
    • Serum creatinine >1.5 mg/dl [impaired kidney function]
    • Metastatic cancer
    • Being African-American (this risk factor has subsequently been challenged) 
    • Dementia
    • Dependent status.”

The Medical Power of Attorney …

In many cases cardiac resuscitation may be classified as chemical (using drugs), electrical (using defibrillators), physical (chest compressions) or all three.  All with various medical consequences.

Normally the wishes of the patient, usually derived with the assistance and advice of a doctor, is honored without regard to cost or potential outcome. At some point, it becomes a decision for the attending physician who often evaluates the probability of survival and the quality of life after surviving the event. And it is my opinion that NOTHING should stand between the patient and the doctor in matters of healthcare – and certainly not an artificial bureaucracy that is incentivized by denying care to an aging population or by using statistical outcomes.

What can you do?

Be sure to demand that your elected officials read and understand the legislation they are promoting and signing.

Be sure that you have a durable medical power of attorney that expresses your wishes should you be incapacitated.

Be sure that medical decisions are made by physicians rather than bureaucrats or politicians.

-- steve

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Fast Fact and Concept #179


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Does it never end? ... random thoughts on July 14, 2009

Obama is demanding to rush healthcare through the system before Congressional holiday adjournment in August – with no time to study the bill that is being crafted behind closed doors by corrupted democrats.

We saw what happened with the “emergency-rush, rush, rush treatment of the TARP funds, the stimulus bill, the pork-barreled spending bill and the carbon cap and trade bill … all significantly flawed without adequate controls over waste, fraud and corruption by insiders. Now Obama is demanding the same treatment for the proposed healthcare bill – rush, rush, rush – it’s an emergency.

It seems that the real emergency is to keep the public from reading the bill before the vote. In fact, if the previous democrat bill handling pattern remains the same, even the legislators will not have time to read this bill before being asked to vote on it – along party lines. This is a dangerous practice and only serves to highlight the democrats as ill-willed scoundrels and thieves pushing a toxic political ideology and rewarding their friends with power, position and profits – lots of profits that come directly out of taxpayer funds. Check out the Associated Press story for more information.

Ceding more control to the toxic unions …

It appears that the “Car Czar” is being replaced by a former official of the United Steelworkers union – a definite conflict of interest considering that the greatest danger to the automotive industry is the government and the unions. It seems that Steven Rattner, Obama’s car czar has potential ethical issues involving his firm which allegedly paid “functionaries” to obtain state pension business. The new czar was involved in negotiating the Chrysler and General Motors deals and is widely believed to represent the Administration’s union friends. More information can be found in the Wall Street Journal.

Monetizing Michael Jackson’s Children: money for everyone … (updated 07/14/09)

"Rowe's lawyer Eric George sent out a raft of letters today denouncing The Post's story and claiming there had been no secret deal reached. 'Particularly insidious is your misrepresentation that Ms. Rowe has accepted money to give up custody rights,' George said in the letter. 'That statement is unequivocally false.'" <Source>

It is no surprise that the surrogate mother (if that’s even the appropriate term) of Jackson’s two children has once again sold her services to the Jackson family; this time for a reported additional $4 million to go away quietly. That on top of a previously reported payment of $8 million and $900,000 annually (for five years) the first time – to insure that there is nothing standing between the Jackson fortune and those that will inherit control; the lawyers and advisors. More information can be found in the New York Post.

To be noted, we are starting to find that the Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam might be heavily involved in the last days of Michael Jackson; including potentially inflating the rental cost of the rental house in Holmby Hills to $100,000/month to earn additional money. This is a developing story and should be watched carefully. Also look for Jackson family members to cash in “big time” by re-inserting themselves into the Jackson family business of exploiting their brother’s talent.

Do the Republicans have what it takes?

Regardless of how the Sotomayor hearings go, what is on display is the Republicans’ handling of an apparent far-left racist being appointed to the Supreme Court. If Sotomayor’s remarks on a wise Latina woman making better decisions that a white male were made by a white man, the charges of racism from the far-left would have been an omnipresent drumbeat. Now is the time to see if the Republicans have the political will or strength to fight the democrats – even if Sotomayor’s victory is insured by a super-majority. Without the will to fight and a willingness to cave-in to a Hispanic voting block, one can make the case that these political weaklings should be replaced as soon as possible by those who will stand up and fight for conservative political principles.

Can Congress be trusted with classified information?

I am wondering if the toxic democrat legislators on the intelligence committee can be trusted to safeguard our nation’s secrets and uphold our national honor? It seems this latest disclosure (leak?) of the existence of a “classified” program to the media, to ostensibly protect Nancy Pelosi from her comments that the CIA deliberately mislead or lied to Congress, represents a reprehensible pattern of leaking U.S. secrets for political advantage. A process which both damages and embarrasses the United States while giving aid and comfort to our enemies. I can understand why the CIA or any other clandestine service might be reluctant to provide classified information to legislators who might be working against United States interests and who might be leaking information to the far-left media for re-transmission to our enemies. This is an area which must be addressed by electing honorable people to positions on both sides of the aisle instead of stupid, corrupt or well-meaning ideologues to office.

-- steve

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OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS


Inbred dilettante tells the world they have 96 months to save the planet and life as we know it ...

The U.K. Independent is reporting …

“Just 96 months to save world, says Prince Charles: The price of capitalism and consumerism is just too high, he tells industrialists”

A bold assertion without a shred of truth …

Capitalism and consumerism have brought the world to the brink of economic and environmental collapse, the Prince of Wales has warned in a grandstand speech which set out his concerns for the future of the planet.”

“The heir to the throne told an audience of industrialists and environmentalists at St James's Palace last night that he had calculated that we have just 96 months left to save the world.”

“And in a searing indictment on capitalist society, Charles said we can no longer afford consumerism and that the ‘age of convenience’ was over.”

Perhaps we should start by eliminating a non-contributing, self-serving monarch …

Not only does this asshat prince sound like a socialist, he fails to note that one of the most worthless trappings of society is a monarchy without a constitutional purpose other than to maintain the costly “pomp and circumstance” of society’s elites. Perhaps a better case can be made for abolishing the monarchy and all of their so-called “upper class” folderol.

Misdirection: trying to demonstrate the leadership of a dysfunctional and mostly ceremonial monarchy …

“The Prince, who has spoken passionately about the environment before, said that if the world failed to heed his warnings then we all faced the ‘nightmare that for so many of us now looms on the horizon.'”

Charles's speech was described as his first attempt to present a coherent philosophy in which he placed the threat to the environment in the context of a failing economic system.

“The Prince, who is advised by the leading environmentalists Jonathon Porritt and Tony Juniper, said that even the economist Adam Smith, father of modern capitalism, had been aware of the short-comings of unfettered materialism.”

It must take an enormous amount of chutzpah (gall) to accuse others of “unfettered materialism” when his own family is one of the most egregious offenders of sound environmental practices. 

Taxes and incentives to increase political control and wealth redistribution …

“Delivering the annual Richard Dimbleby lecture, Charles said that without ‘coherent financial incentives and disincentives’ we have just 96 months to avert ‘irretrievable climate and ecosystem collapse, and all that goes with it.’"

How many people understand that the code word “disincentives” means taxes and “financial incentives” is the code word for grants

“Charles has recently courted controversy by intervening in planning disputes, most notably the battle over the Chelsea Barracks design in London. It is also known that he writes privately to ministers when he wishes to put his concerns on record.”

“Now, he seems more willing to embrace much wider political issues in a much more public forum.”

Don’t do as I do, do as I say …

“Despite his attack on the materialism of the modern age, the Prince has been criticised for his own indulgences, including dozens of staff to run his homes and hundreds of thousands of pounds spent travelling around the world. While his private estates on the Duchy of Cornwall generate record profits his tax bill was lower than the year before.”

“Last night the Prince said: ‘But for all its achievements, our consumerist society comes at an enormous cost to the Earth and we must face up to the fact that the Earth cannot afford to support it. Just as our banking sector is struggling with its debts – and paradoxically also facing calls for a return to so-called 'old-fashioned', traditional banking – so Nature's life-support systems are failing to cope with the debts we have built up there too.’”

"If we don't face up to this, then Nature, the biggest bank of all, could go bust. And no amount of quantitative easing will revive it."

Perhaps the prince should listen to Christopher Lord Monckton or read the suppressed EPA report before he decides that, on the basis of nothing other than computer models – models which do not even match our current observations – that we need to enlarge government,  raise taxes and curtail individual freedoms to save a self-sustaining and self-regulating planet which clearly does not need saving?

Listening to the “elites” …

What weight should be assigned to celebrities who make ridiculous announcements – people who do not even realize that they are sounding like morons as their retainers and supplicants all tell them they can do no wrong?

In my book, the same weight you may assign to the guy holding an “end of the world” sign as he walks up and down Hollywood Boulevard.

-- steve _______________________________________________

OneCitizenSpeaking: Saying out loud what you may be thinking …

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius

Reference sources …

Just 96 months to save world, says Prince Charles - Green Living, Environment - The Independent

Great Is Truth, and Mighty Above All Things|Christopher Lord Monckton

Suppressed EPA Document on Greenhouse Gas Emissions


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

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"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

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