Archive for August 11th, 2009

Maybe people just don’t want to see America’s health care system taken over by the inept Federal Government, which screws up absolutely everything they touch. That aside, before any meaningful dialog is to occur in this area, there has to be serious reform regarding America’s immigration policy. Specifically, removing the illegals and concentrating efforts on legal Americans. Currently, there are approximately 11.5 million illegals in America. If there were any kind of government sponsored, backed, or subsidized health care, look at the costs to Americans for their current care.

According to Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the cost of treating illegal aliens amounts to nearly $11 billion a year and that cost is not expected to go away if a health insurance reform bill becomes law.

What do you think will happen if such a boondoggled health care plan were to become law? More illegals would pour into the country looking for a piece of the handout. I think we know how our Federal Government feels about illegals from the words of Obama during his time this week with the leaders of Canada and Mexico,  calling for “aggressive action” on a number of fronts involving the three countries:

“But ultimately I think the American people want fairness,” he said. “And we can create a system in which you have strong border security, we have an orderly process for people to come in, but we’re also giving an opportunity for those who are already in the United States to be able to achieve a pathway to citizenship so that they don’t have to live in the shadows and their children and their grandchildren can have a full participation in — in the United States.

Mr. Obama,  like all the progressives, most of the moderates, and some of the “so-called conservative” politicians, must be viewing illegal immigration in terms of a potential voting base. They seem to dismiss the legal precedents and ramifications of ignoring laws in which most legal Americans want applied.

How about creating a jobs bill with the stimulus money to crack down on the illegals and maximize on-site raids and crushing penalties for employers. That’s one job bill I would agree with. So, how do the numbers shake out? According to Newsmax.com in their article, Obama Health Plan to Cover 12 Million Illegals

The estimates of illegal aliens in the United States without health insurance vary. The most commonly cited statistic, attributed to the Center for Immigration Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau, holds that 15 percent to 22 percent of the nation’s 46 million uninsured are illegal aliens. That would be between 6.9 million and 10.1 million people.

One of the ironies of the proposed legislation is that it would fine American citizens who opt not to purchase insurance coverage, but would exempt illegals from such fines. This is presumably due to the fact that they are not supposed to participate in the program anyway.

I keep reading where the cost to average legal tax-paying family would only be about $11.00/month. How about $0.00? I care not to spend a dime on those people who explicitly disrespect the laws of our land, except to prosecute them in give them the boot. In the same aforementioned Newsmax article, it stated:

Political analyst Dick Morris, in his recently released best-selling book “Catastrophe”, warns that giving illegal free health care will lead to a flood of new illegals who can take advantage of such a benefit not offered in their home countries.

Why wouldn’t they jump all over this? It’s just another menu item for the current smörgåsbord of benefits we provide illegals, but not actual legal Americas. James R. Edwards Jr., co-author of The Congressional Politics of Immigration Reform, notes:

“The American people may soon realize how much health reform will benefit immigrants and cost the native-born. “When that happens, the volatile politics of immigration could derail universal health care.”

I personally believe that our health care in America is great, but needs reforming in terms of costs. Illegals are putting a strain on the current system and driving costs through the roof. We can start health care reform by taking away the awards given to illegals for breaking our laws. Not until then can we expect affordable health care.

I personally cannot afford health care for myself at $400.00-500.00/mo., so only my children have coverage. You won’t hear me whining that I deserve free health care though. I only desire affordable care.

So, as long as illegals are continue to receive preferential treatment, people like myself will continue to do without. A good start would be for our elected officials to uphold the Constitution of our great country and stop pandering to those who do not even have a right to be here. Before they can take serious action with reforming health care cost, they need to determine who actually should have access to it. Unfortunately, most of Congress is unwilling to do what most American desire.

Until we get rid of these traitors in our Federal Government, we will receive only lip service from them. Elect only those who care to abide by the laws of our land.

I live in S.C. District 4, making Bob Inglis my “representative”, and I use that term loosely. Inglis and I have been exchanging emails since I urged him to vote against the TARP bill, which of course he didn’t. Having never been a supporter of Inglis and knowing his progressive tendencies, I wasn’t surprised.

Inglis sent me one of his canned form letter (emails), bragging how a few of the banks have started to repay some of the TARP loans, in a effort to justify his misguided vote. I replied to the email, pointing out the article from the WSJ suggesting the taxpayer will never see the 180 billion given to AIG retuned to the treasury. I went on to suggest that we need to hold our representatives responsible for their actions. Inglis responded to my concerns with this little note:

Dear Scott,

I understand your disappointment. While I voted against the stimulus and all other bailouts, I did vote for the TARP because we were told our financial system was in danger of collapsing. And you are right, we politicians have to be accountable. I hope you will consider my whole record.

Best regards,
Bob Inglis

Well, I have considered your “whole record” and I hope your other constituents have as well. Let’s take a look at it, shall we?

Aside from a few wisely cast votes on immigration and gun rights, Inglis has a decidedly anti-liberty voting record. Looking back, many of his votes turned out to be badly misguided mistakes. Can we afford to send this man back to congress, yet again? Can Bob Inglis be trusted to make the right decisions? I say no.

Hopefully, the good people of S.C. are beginning to realize what many of us already knew, which is that Bob Inglis is part of the problem, not part of the solution.