An Ol' Broad's Ramblings
Archive for 27 May 2011
Myth #1: The House budget recklessly cuts taxes by $4 trillion.
Fact: It cancels a future tax increase.
Myth #2: The House budget increases the deficit by giving tax cuts to the rich.
Fact: The proposed change is a revenue-neutral tax reform plan that simplifies the tax code.
Myth #3: The House budget represents only minor deficit reduction.
Fact: It substantially reduces both short- and long-term budget deficits.
Myth #4: The House budget exaggerates the long-term spending challenge.
Fact: The challenge is real and potentially calamitous.
Myth #5: The House budget balances the budget on the backs of seniors.
Fact: Current and near-retirees are exempt from reforms.
Myth #6: The House budget would privatize Medicare and hand seniors vouchers.
Fact: Seniors would receive government support to purchase health insurance coverage on a tightly regulated government exchange system.
Myth #7: Medicare is more efficient than private health insurance.
Fact: Medicare’s administrative burdens are hidden and they outweigh private-sector costs.
Myth #8: The House budget plan would end Medicare as we know it.
Fact: Obamacare ended Medicare as we know it.
Myth #9: The House budget plan would shift Medicaid costs to the states and hurt the poor.
Fact: Medicaid block grants would help states lower Medicaid costs and provide them with the flexibility to better serve the poor.
Myth #10: Most Medicare costs would continue to rise, and retirees would bear those costs with insufficient assistance.
Fact: Intense market competition would reduce costs and enable Medicare patients to secure value for their dollars.
School Choice Is the New Normal
Finding effective solutions to our nation’s education problems is one of the most pressing issues facing America today. Many children lack quality educational options and are too often relegated to attending low-performing schools. A lack of educational choice is a reality for thousands of low- and middle-income children across the country and is a major factor in our nation’s mediocre academic achievement levels. But thankfully, 2011 has marked a turning-point for school choice, with a growing number of states implementing options such as vouchers, tuition tax credit programs, online learning and other innovative school choice options – that offer a better alternative for America’s children.
School choice, which saves taxpayers money and simultaneously offers children a higher quality education, is sweeping the nation. And it’s an idea whose time has come. Instead of funding school buildings, the philosophy behind school choice says we should fund students instead and allow education dollars to follow a child to the school of his or her choice.
Personal opinion, one week suspension just doesn’t do it. If a conservative had said such a thing, NOW and the Dems would be calling for him/her to be fired! We can forgive, but forgetting is a whole other story.
In an emotional assault on the Republicans, new Democratic Party Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz today called the GOP agenda “anti-women” and “a war on women” that will backfire on Republicans in the 2012 election and provide a cushion for President Obama’s re-election bid.
“It’s just so hard for me to grasp how they could be so anti-women as they are,” she said at a breakfast roundtable with reporters.
It’s really sad that Democrats are so ignorant of their own party’s history. It was the Democrats who fought tooth and nail against civil rights. It was the Democrats who started the KKK. And it was the Democrats who opposed women voting.
As a woman, I find Wasserman Shultz insulting to women as a whole! The idea that Republicans are ‘anti-women’ is beyond ludicrous. Because the majority of Americans don’t want to pay for the mass slaughter of innocent children makes Republicans against women? Perhaps a prominent Republican should hold a press conference and state, categorically, that “Democrats are anti-children”. They hate children, you know. They must. Why else would they be so intent on murdering so many?
Just in time for the long holiday weekend: Senate Democrats have introduced legislation that would force the imposition of federal standards for sunscreen lotion labels.
“As families prepare for Memorial Day festivities, and plan outings this summer, most will be outdoors without adequate sun protection, even if they use sunscreen,” Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), the sponsor, said this week. “This is because there are currently no rules that sunscreen makers must follow when making claims about the level of protection their products provide.”
I can’t even think of words to express my incredulity. Is there NOTHING they won’t stick their fingers in? This is patently absurd. People have been using sunscreen for quite a while now, and it’s done what it’s suppose to do, when used correctly. Then, there is the common sense factor. If you are blood red after being out in the sun for too long….go the hell inside! If you burn easily, stay in shaded areas.
According to Reed, forcing the application of the FDA proposal would require labels to “disclose the level of UVA protection in a standard format that appears near the sun protection factor rating, and ensure that the SPF rating actually corresponds to a product’s protection against UVB rays.”
They’ve spent this country into debt the likes of which it has never seen before, and yet this is how they spend their time? Worrying about “a standard format” on a freakin’ bottle of sunscreen?
“I look forward to a summer when Americans can finally feel protected from the sun’s harmful rays,” Reed said.
I look forward to a life when Americans can finally feel protected from the feckless weasels in the U.S. Government!