Friday, February 26, 2010

Healthcare Summit Video

I didn't watch all of the Healthcare Summit. I have a job that requires me to actually work. However, I did catch a couple of clips from the discussion. One that I particularly like explains my feelings quite well.

I agree with Representative Ryan's points. Healthcare is hugely expensive and is overly burdensome on our State and Federal governments (remember, much of the money for Medicaid comes directly from the states). Lowering the overall cost of healthcare would help both the governments and individuals. However, as Ryan pointed out, giving government more control over the healthcare industry, which is what the current bill would do, is not the answer.

Hat Tip to Power Line for the video.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

When to Cooperate... and When to Debate

Michael Ramirez has a great image that illustrates the Republican side of the Healthcare Debate.

The Democrats keeping saying they want the Conservatives to help pass healthcare reform and stop slowing the process. However, I think the Republicans are doing what their constituents want them to do, block a bad piece of legislation.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Great TARP Infographic

This is a wonderful infographic about TARP funds and where they've gone. I'm not sure we can ever say that this was a successful use of American taxpayer dollars. The infographic provides some sense of scale for the massive bailout for businesses from the Obama administration.

How can we convince them to stop wasting our taxes?

What Democrats Had to Say About the Filibuster

When the Democrats were in the minority, they had a definite opinion about the importance of the filibuster. Now that the Democrats are in power, we can only assume they feel the same way, right?

See the Power Line blog post for the video.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

How to Be Successful!!!

This video is a pretty succinct presentation on what it takes to succeed. With these 8 things, you can be what you want to be.

As a follow up, check out his ideas that success is a journey and a "two way street." This means that, to be successful, you have to continually refine what you're doing and continue to work at your success.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Failure is a God Given Right"

I'm not really a Glenn Beck fan, but during his speech at CPAC, he  made some strong statements about personal freedom and liberty I strongly believe in. In Gleen Beck's CPAC speech, He talked about the right we have to pursue happiness, to pursue success. However, if you find success during the pursuit, you shouldn't be punished for it.

In this country, there is no real thing like "too big to fail." Your success of failure should be of your own making. The men running GM and Chrysler have simply figured out a way to finance their risks with the public dollar.

Our country was built on the idea that the effort of the individual brings its own rewards. No one owes you success. If you want to find success, you have to work for it and earn it yourself.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Can Our Republic Survive?

We must remember that our Representative Democratic Republic was formed with the idea that those voting for representatives to go to Washington actually knew:

A) What the important issues are for the country.
B) Where the different candidates stand on the different issues.

Sadly, more and more research shows the general American populace does not know enough to make informed decisions.

This is important because, without focusing on real issues and having a modicum of understanding concerning the candidates' position, we end up with demagoguery as the deciding factor in almost any political race. And even if appealing to the masses will get you elected, governing based on poll numbers will never be good for the country. Sometimes, to do what's best for the country, you have to buck the polls. Just ask G.W. Bush, who stuck it out in Iraq, knowing that a surge would bring more peace than retreat.