Why Are States Embracing Federal Control of Education While Siding Against ObamaCare?

As evidenced by two recent reports, a chasm exists between the ways state government officials nationwide view federal control of education and health care:

On Feb. 2, the Heritage Foundation published an article in which they highlighted the fact that the majority of states (see graphic at right) have succumbed to pressure to adopt national academic standards; and

Two days earlier, a federal judge sided with attorneys general representing 26 states who had filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., “ObamaCare”).

According to a Wall Street Journal article published today, several polls show the majority of Americans believe ObamaCare should be repealed.  That sentiment, I believe, stems from the widely-held belief that a person’s doctor is better equipped to make health care-related decisions than some federal government bureaucrat.

Without feeling the need to locate poll results to back it up my contention, I think most parents of school-age children in this country would agree that people closest to their children are better equipped to meet their education needs than some distant, unelected Department of Education bureaucrat in Washington, D.C.

In his  Jan. 31 ruling on ObamaCare, which I wrote about here, Judge Roger Vinson wrote, “…this case is not about whether the Act is wise or unwise legislation. It is about the Constitutional role of the federal government.”

Conversely, Heritage outlines the unconstitutional pitfalls associated with federal control of education in the video, “The Dangers of National Standards in Education.” The video includes interviews with Governors Rick Perry (R-Texas) and Nikki Haley (R-S.C.), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), Missouri education activist Gretchen Logue and others who spoke to Heritage about the dangerous consequences of Race to the Top-style programs.

In short, we must restore federalism (i.e., allowing states to set education standards and determine how funds are spent) to our system of public education.

In the video below, Governor Perry offers more reasons why we should shun Race to the Top.

If you want to keep local control over public schools in your area, CONTACT YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS IN THE NATION’S CAPITOL and in your state and local elected bodies and let them know how you feel, and make sure they know you’ll be watching their votes and actions regarding education.

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UPDATE 2/5/11 at 9:44 a.m. Central: Cross-posted at BigGovernment.com.

White House Issues 111 ObamaCare Waivers

The White House granted waivers allowing 111 organizations to escape the unfair, unConstitutional, job-killing aspects of President Barack Obama’s health care reform (a.k.a., “ObamaCare”).  The Fox News Channel video below explains.

To read other BMW posts mentioning ObamaCare, click here.

Postal Service Loses $8.5 Billion

The U.S. Postal Service’s just-released 2009 Annual Report contains some hard-to-swallow numbers about the agency’s efficiency, effectiveness and long-term viability.  Most disturbing among them is the number reflecting net losses during fiscal year 2010:  $8.5 billion.

The USPS only lost $3.8 billion the previous year despite, according to a Nov. 16, 2009, news release, implementing cost-cutting efforts that resulted in $6 billion in cost savings and a $4 billion reduction in required payments for retiree health benefits.

Makes one wonder how well government-run health care (a.k.a., “ObamaCare”) will work — or not work as the case will likely be.

Survey: Primary Care Physicians Fear Extinction

Eighty-seven percent of 1,400 physicians said they are not well represented in the halls of power (a.k.a., government), and that’s not all, according to recently-released results of The Great American Physician Survey 2010.  More troubling, however, is that nearly half think primary care physicians will eventually be extinct, replaced by cheaper non-physician providers.

Something else I found troubling among the survey results was that 48.3 percent of physicians plan to vote for Democrats in the upcoming mid-term elections while 45.3 percent plan to vote for Republicans and 6.4 percent for third-party candidates.

These survey results come 11 months after thousands of doctors, nurses and other health care professionals, many of whom are not “political animals,”  attended “Million Med March” events in cities across the country.  They come as the first troubling aspects of ObamaCare begin to take effect.

Below is a reminder of what doctors and others who attended the St. Louis rally in November 2009 shared as concerns about ObamaCare (a.k.a., the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act):

Vote wisely Nov. 2. Elect people to Congress who will vote to repeal ObamaCare.

Hat tip:  Dr. Chad

‘One Nation’ Proves ObamaCare Bad for America

If you’re still not convinced that ObamaCare is bad for Americans, pay attention to what transpired Saturday in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Communists, Marxists, progressives, socialists and others of the liberal stripe gathered in the nation’s capitol for “One Nation Working Together,” an astroturf-intensive rally described by its organizers as an event promoting job creation, diversity and tolerance.  In reality, however, the event was organized simply as a counter-protest to Glenn Beck’s truly-grassroots rally, “Restoring Honor,” held Aug. 28.

What does the rally have to do with ObamaCare?  Follow the two-step process outlined below, and I think you’ll understand:

Step 1 – Watch the video below, paying special attention to the pro-socialism and pro-communism messages printed on signs and banners being carried by the liberals in attendance.

Step 2 – Watch the two videos below, both of which were shot by me during the 2009 Healthcare-Now.org National Strategy Conference Nov. 14, 2009, in St. Louis.  In case you’re not familiar with that organization, it’s comprised of single-payer health care advocates who think ObamaCare doesn’t go far enough toward putting government in control of the nation’s health care system.

The first video features Tim Carpenter, a man who managed the unsuccessful 2008 presidential campaign of Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) who, at the time this video was shot, was serving as the executive director of Progressive Democrats of America, an ultra-liberal group pushing for the single-payer health care option.

The second video features Michael Lighty, the former national director of the Democratic Socialists of America who now serves as public policy director of the ultra-liberal California Nurses Association.

Now, if you’re still not convinced that putting radical like Carpenter and Lighty in charge of the nation’s health care system, you should read the nine posts below which wrote after gaining admission to and sitting through the opening session of the single-payer conference:

Now, you should understand why ObamaCare is bad for Americans.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It strikes me as sad and hilarious that the photo (below left) that appeared on the front page of the “One Nation” web site the night of the rally was not from the rally, but of the crowd that gathered to hear the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his famous “I have a dream” speech at the National Mall Aug. 28, 1963 (below right).  Surely, they weren’t trying to give the impression that they had attracted a crowd larger than MLK, were they?

Senate Must Defeat Law of the Sea Treaty

EDITOR’S NOTE: Since launching this blog almost four years ago, I’ve written and published several posts about a dangerous piece of legislation known as the Law of the Sea Treaty.  Today, I share the update below about the recent passage of the Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act of 2009 by the U.S. House and the status of L.O.S.T.  Written by three patriots at the Boogai.net, this piece deserves your attention and needs to be shared:

By  Carmen Reynolds, Paul McKain and Karen Schoen

“It’s too late; it’ll just have to be stopped in the Senate,” Tom, the young male answering the phone in U.S. Rep. John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) Washington D.C., office, said about HR 3534 (CLEAR Act). This is the globalist bill designed to give away our land, oceans, adjacent land masses and Great Lakes to an international body and makes us pay $900 million per year until 2040.

HR 3534 is a thinly-disguised permanent roadblock to American energy which drives American companies out of the Gulf, delays future drilling, increases dependency on foreign oil, implements climate change legislation and youth education programs; but most important, it mandates membership in the Law of the Sea Treaty without the required two-thirds vote to ratify it in the U.S. Senate. Read more at LOST below

The House passed the CLEAR Act (HR 3534)  209-193, July 30, 2010. This bill was originally introduced July 8, 2009, but was resurrected by the recent Deep Water Horizon oil spill crisis.  According to www.govtrack.us, a debate may be taking place on a companion bill in the Senate, rather than on this particular bill. This bill was read for the second time Aug. 4, 2010, and placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders, Calendar No. 510.  No official Senate Bill number exists as of yet. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-3534

Some have said this bill would be a long shot to be approved in the Senate or it will take a while to surface. Similar assessments were made about the health-care bill. Past precedent reflects how a 2,200+-page bill can be created, printed, members held hostage, and that same bill voted on within hours to facilitate holiday recess.

This bill assesses a Conservation Fee of $2 per barrel of oil and 20 cents per million BTUs of natural gas for all leases on Federal onshore and offshore lands (Section 802).  This will jettison America’s energy prices for oil and gas through the roof!  Click here to read the rest of this important story.

Patient Decides to Turn Table on Doctor

A relative of mine had an experience in the world of medicine during the past week that seemed worthy of sharing.

After having a “nuclear stress test” done on a Tuesday, he had to go back to the stress-test doctor’s office to get a note from the doctor to explain why he was radiating.  Because my relative was due to travel overseas soon, getting the note seemed quite important to him.

I would like to be able to say I’m sharing the story below as an example of what government-run health care (a.k.a., “ObamaCare”) might be like.  Instead, it’s simply an example of poor customer service in a medical setting.

The story begins below with my relative (“The Patient”) at the doctor’s office where he had the nerve to ask his doctor’s assistant (“SHE ONE”) if his results were available yet:

“When did you take the test, Tuesday?” SHE ONE replied.

“Yes, on Tuesday,” the patient said.

“Then they’re not back yet,” said SHE ONE, causing patient to wonder, “How would she know if she didn’t look?  And if she knew from experience, why did the other ding-a-ling behind the counter with her (“SHE TWO”) tell me when I left on Tuesday to check back on Friday.  One of them is a know-it-all, huh?”

SHE ONE went to get patient his note and, when she returned, told patient, “You really don’t need the card because it’s been long enough” before handing him the card anyway.

“Why do some people feel like slapping you just before they help you?” the patient asked himself.  “I didn’t even know the card existed until they told me they’d give me one.  Heck, after THEY forgot to give the card to me when I left the office three days earlier, I figured I’d be a good soldier and go get what we both forgot  Live and learn.”

The story continues.

“Since the results aren’t in, could you mail them to me – email or snail mail,” the patient asked SHE ONE.

SHE ONE shrugged her shoulders and turned to confer with her fellow customer-unfriendly twit, SHE TWO.

“No – we are not allowed,” said SHE TWO.

“I’ll be out of the country for the next few months,” the patient explained, “so how will you notify me of the results?”

“We will only notify you if there is bad news,” said SHE TWO.

“OK, well I would prefer you let me know,” the patient explained, “because I won’t know if I’ve just missed a call or not as I won’t be at my home.”

“That’s OUR SYSTEM – that’s just the way we do it,” SHE TWO replied.

“Well, it’s not a very comforting system, since I won’t know whether you tried to call or whether something fell through the cracks,” the patient responded.

“We have a SYSTEM,” said SHE TWO.

“And some systems fail,” the patient said.  “I’m just asking that you contact me regardless.”

“That’s not what the doctor DOES; it’s the way HE does it,” said SHE TWO.  “But if YOU want to call US, feel free.”

“So that’s it.  Wonderful,” said the patient.

Snide looks abound.

It occurs to the patient that he and his insurance company are asked to pay $1,500 to complete a test and, if the results turn out to be normal, will hear nothing back from the doctor unless the patient calls the doctor’s office.

After some deliberation, the patient decided what he will do when he receives the bill from the doctor and is asked to pay his portion of the $1,500, — most likely, 10 percent.  He will send the doctor a reply that says the following:

“It’s my policy not to pay for things until I get the results.  So I authorize YOU to send me an email with the results and once they’re received, I’ll send you a check for those results. Quid pro quo.  In the mean time, I have no other means of knowing that any work was accomplished on my behalf.”  AND THAT is HOW I DO IT.”

That’s all, Doc!