A REAL HEALTHCARE REFORM PROPOSAL

Here is a woman who is a small business owner at a California town hall meeting with the best plan for true healthcare reform without the Marxism.  She is addressing U. S. REPRESENTATIVE LYNN WOOLSEY, D-California.
I said this in a previous post here.  It is absolutely ludicrous that we can buy a car, a house, a TV, or whatever in another state, but are not allowed, BY FEDERAL LAW, to purchase health insurance from a company outside of the state where we live.  In California, this small business owner can only choose from six insurance companies for healthcare plans, with over 1,300 health insurance companies nationally.  This was not even considered much less taken action on during the Obamacare debates in Congress.  Want to see your health insurance rates come way down?  Do away with this idiotic Federal law.  It would be like Wal-mart moving to your town.  Everyone else would have to lower their prices to compete or go out of business. I wonder what the payoff is to the Washington politicians by leaving this law in place?  You know there has to be one.  They don’t do anything that doesn’t benefit them.
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INTOLERANCE OF CHRISTIANITY (AND THE DOUBLE STANDARD) CONTINUES

Here is a story from FOX NEWS RADIO that my sister-in-law posted on her Facebook page. I of course was interested as it was concerning an attempt at suppression of the religious freedom guaranteed by the First Amendment. Interestingly enough, it happened in North Carolina, where U.S. House Representative Bob Etheridge is from. As you may recall from an earlier post of mine, he is the one who physically assaulted a college student doing a class project that dared question Etheridge’s position on the Obama agenda. North Carolina voters, you have got some real pieces of work there, just Remember in November.

PASTOR YANKED FROM CAPITOL OVER “JESUS” PRAYER

by Todd Starnes

A North Carolina pastor was relieved of his duties as an honorary chaplain of the state house of representatives after he closed a prayer by invoking the name of Jesus.

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“I got fired,” said Ron Baity, pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. He had been invited to lead prayer for an entire week but his tenure was cut short when he refused to remove the name Jesus from his invocation.

Baity’s troubles began during the week of May 31. He said a House clerk asked to see his prayer. The invocation including prayers for our military, state lawmakers and a petition to God asking him to bless North Carolina.”

“When I handed it to the lady, I watched her eyes and they immediately went right to the bottom of the page and the word Jesus,” he told FOX News Radio. “She said ‘We would prefer that you not use the name Jesus. We have some people here that can be offended.’”

When Baity protested, she brought the matter to the attention of HOUSE SPEAKER JOE HACKNEY.

“I told her I was highly offended when she asked me not to pray in the name of Jesus because that does constitute my faith,” Baity said. “My faith requires that I pray in His name. The Bible is very clear.”

When the clerk returned, Baity said he was told that he would be allowed to deliver the day’s prayer – but after that – his services would no longer be needed.

Hackney, a Democrat, and House Republican Leader Paul Stam released a joint statement to FOX News Radio:

“It has been our practice in the North Carolina House of Representatives for many years to request, but not require, that our guest chaplains deliver a nonsectarian prayer. This is intended as a show of respect for all the religions practiced by the members of the House and the people we represent.”

“In this instance, we allowed Pastor Baity to deliver his prayer, without interference, even though it was sectarian in nature. Nonetheless, we will review our procedures and guidelines concerning guest chaplains, and we will make sure we abide by applicable constitutional procedures. The House will adjourn within the next few days, but the results of this review will be publicly available whenever it is complete.”

Baity said he’s not happy with the way he was treated.

“When the state tells you how to pray, that you cannot use the name of Jesus – that’s mandating a state religion,” he said. “They talk about not offending other people but at the same time, if they are telling me how to pray – that’s the very thing our forefathers left England for.”

The Christian Law Association helped Baity draft a letter asking for an apology and an opportunity to return to the state capitol and finish his tenure.

“The First Amendment promises all Americans the free exercise of their religion, which includes the right to pray as their faith requires, even when they are invited to open state legislative sessions with prayer,” attorney David Gibbs told WXII-TV. “We trust that the North Carolina House of Representatives will realize its mistake and will offer Pastor Baity another opportunity to pray without requiring him to use a prayer that is mandated by government.”

Baity said he is still stunned by what happened.

“You would expect this somewhere else – Cuba, Saudi Arabia,” he told FOX News Radio. “You would never anticipate this happening in the United States of America.”

In a word – the pastor said – the decision is “anti-Christian.”

Todd Starnes is a FOX News Radio reporter and author.

First off, “we allowed Paster Baity to deliver his prayer without interference . . .” Speaker Hackney, you had no choice. Refer to the FIRST AMENDMENT, you know that pesky one up top there that guarantees EVERYONE freedom of speech, expression, and religion?

“We will review our procedures and guidelines concerning guest chaplains, and we will make sure we abide by applicable constitutional procedures.” With all due respect, Mr. Hackney, I doubt that. If you did, then there would have been no problem to start with and the clerk that started it would have been sent U.S. Constitution class 101. Of course, we all know how this “review” of “procedures” will go. Especially considering that Mr. Hackney is big buddies with none other than . . . Barack Obama.

You can bet your bottom dollar that if this were an Islamic Imam rather than a Christian minister, there would have been absolutely nothing said about his closing the prayer in the name of Allah with no regard for who it offended. This is just another outstanding example of the “tolerance” the left constantly preaches. The liberals’ definition of tolerance for all religions in reality is tolerate all religions except those which believe the Bible.

JUST A LITTLE BIT O’ SOCIALISM

The other day, my wife and I enrolled our granddaughter, Katie, in kindergarten. Now what I’m about to tell you is old news as this has been going on for at least a couple of decades. But, what I’m about to tell you is so subtle that most people don’t even realize what is going on.
When we enrolled her, we were given a list of things she would need. I won’t go into the specifics of the list here, but suffice it to say that some of the items were for Katie’s use. There were other things, though, that were not for her use exclusively. Such as about two dozen pencils. When I was in school, that would have lasted me about two years. Not so now. We have to supply this many pencils to be placed in “the pot” and . . . here we go . . . REDISTRIBUTED to all of the students. Redistribution is basic socialism. There are other items that are set to be “redistributed” to all the students too.
Oh, and, let’s not forget our “payment” to the government. We have to supply dry erase markers . . . not for Katie, not for students, but for THE TEACHER! That’s right – we have to buy some of the teacher’s supplies too.
This is another place I really draw the line. I’ve paid Special Local Option Sales Taxes for years supporting the school system. I’ve listened to the extortion by the local school system threatening voters with increased property taxes even more if the SPLOST is voted down. I have paid property taxes to support the school system for years. The school system receives State and Federal funds. The students are told their school is “poor” to get them to sell door-to-door to raise funds for their school. My question: just where is all this money going?
See how very subtle this is? It gets people used to the idea almost from the crib. Is it any wonder that only 53% of Americans favor capitalism over socialism? Is it really surprising this has surfaced in our public school system? Not really. The tenth “plank” of THE COMMUNIST MANIFESTO is and I quote: “Free education for all children in public schools.”