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Kick them all out!

Why did you vote in the last election?

Who did you vote for?

Are you one of those people that voted for a person because you saw that they were on television more than the other guy, or because you thought “I heard that name before, I will vote for them.”?

Do you know what you are expecting to gain when you place that vote for the person you selected?

I think that too many of you out there… and yes, I am pointing at you and us… vote as “Lazy Voters”.  We rush to the polls, sometimes at the last minute, do not really THINK about who we are going to vote for, or do think, but only in the sense that you are asking yourself, “Who was that guy that was on TV last night.” or “Who was it my Union foreman told me I was voting for?”

Face it… we, all of us, have gotten ourselves into a little bind.  We have politicians that, for the most part, are idiots.

With rare exception anymore, they are acting in their own best interest, not in the interest of those that elected them.  They spend so much time planning on how they are going to win their next election, or how to get that book deal, or who they are going to try to pin their next failure on, that they are not actually doing their jobs.  The ones we elected them and are paying them to do.

THE INCUMBENTS MUST GO.

If these last election years have proven anything, it is that we need to become SMARTER voters.  We cannot vote with passion, pride, ignorance or prejudice any more.  That is the thing that put our current band of idiots in office.  Yes… that includes the biggest of them all… Citizen Obama.  You see… people voted for him NOT because of his successful history as a leader.  Not because of the long list of economic contributions that he has made to this country.  Not because of his ironclad grasp on foreign affairs and policy.  They voted for him because they got caught up in the hype.

People saw him as this prophet for change.  As some knight in shining armor that was going to come riding in and save the day.  But the problem is that one he was in, that “DAY” kept getting pushed further and further back.  People voted for a Black man… not a politician… a poor one at that.  They voted for what they THOUGHT was an ideal and a bunch of pretty promises and not for the facts.

I was almost part of that wave… until I read his books.  In his own words I learned where he was going and what he wanted long before he committed to running for office.  “Audacity of Hope” actually tells the tail pretty well, if you take the time to read and really pay attention to what he is telling you.

So this is my point.  You need to learn about who and what you are voting for, before you actually go into that polling station.  If you are not intimately familiar with the item or person you are voting for, then stay out of the booth.  If you are rushing to get your vote in and you have not had time to read or learn about what you are going to vote for… just forget it and go home.

If you are not an informed voter, then you just need to not vote.  I do not want your vote and neither does the rest of the country.  Voting without understanding is silly.  Do not listen to the commercials or radio spots for politicians… or listen, but under stand that all you are hearing is them telling you what you want to hear.  They are playing into your weakness as a human.  We all want to hear good news, we are all susceptible to being led or encouraged to follow a certain path.  Television commercials and radio spots will use audio and video stimuli to coax you into voting for the person that it paying for it… many times playing on your gullibility.

So my message here is not a hard one to figure out.  Take the time and read about the item or person that you are voting for.  Learn what the heck will happen if you vote one way or another.

If voting for a person, PLEASE take the time to look at the background of that person.  If they held previous offices, look at their voting record.  If more people had done that a little over a year ago, we might not have Citizen Obama in officer right now.  If you are voting for anything other than a person, then look at the text carefully.  Most places will give you a “Pros and Cons” section where they will tell you what will happen if the item is passed or fails.

You see…  it all boils down to one important fact.  Elected officials work for us.  WE are their employers.  WE pay their salaries.  WE have the power to hire and, YES, fire them.  These are things that I think we are forgetting and if we do not wake up and start using these powers as their employers, then one day… maybe not that long from now, we might lose them.

If you want to learn more, you need to visit this site.

www.voidnow.org

Ask always… I thank you for your time.

Samuel Wright
Writer / Father / Listener / Philosopher
I am a starving writer living in the backwater of California, in a place known mostly for Buck Owens and Valley Fever called Bakersfield.

This site is my release. A place for me to talk about things that annoy, please, or excite me.

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9 Comments

  1. Russell Petrone

    THE INCUMBENTS MUST GO ….. Sound familiar? About a month and a half ago, I sent and e-mail to my base e-mail list that stated EXACTLY that. I the next and probably on into the foreseeable future I will exercise my own form of "Term Limits" …… I will NOT vote the incumbent for many years to come. Sam Wright states above that "they work for us", that's a naive and dangerous hypothesis ….. the fact is they are working for the lobbyists and themselves, NOT "We the People ……". "Big Money" or whatever may be your 'catch-phrase' of the moment and our politicians' own agenda is what's ruining this great nation. At the current rate of decline, in a few years this country will not exisit as we know it. We must take control NOW or we are doomed to the dust bin of history. Every great nation has gone through the stages of evolution we are currently in and every nation has eventually failed in the ultimate end ….. I don't profess to be a prophet or seer, one only has to be a student of history!!

    I'd like to change pews in this church-of-life for just a moment and ask that you read the following e-mail that I received a few days ago. Here's a doctor that has taken the time to actually read the pending Healthcare legislation before the Senate and written by the Grand Poopon and weasel, Harry Reid:

    (Due to the size constraints of this Blog, the comments that I intended to be part of this post, will appear as a sperate Post under this section ….. Look for it and READ!!

    • I think that the only "Naive and Dangerous Hypothesis" is not understanding that at it's roots, this country's government is still "Of the people, by the people and for the people…" We elect the people that sit in office. Our tax dollars pay, among other things, the portions of their annual income that is not from special interest groups or lobbyists (Yes… I know that TECHNICALLY they do not get money from lobbyists, but get real.)

      I do remember your sending me the artcle, and I am not trying to steal your thunder. This has been something on my mind for some time and your email only added to the fire.

      I do not think it should stop with the vote, though. You cannot simple go into a booth, pull a lever and think "There… I did my part… that'll show 'em." People need to get envolved in politics. No necessarily running for office, but write letters. Not emails, those get deleted easier than they are written. Real, physical letters… pieces of paper. Send them to every one who is in your district. Governors, Senators, Congressmen, Representative, etc… Even the mayor or city counsel. It is much harder to ignore a letter that comes though the postal service.

      If you live near one of the public offices of any of your local politicians, visit them. Even if they will not see you, stop by and voice your discontent PEACEFULLY and Succinctly. The recent call for people to go to Washington D.C. to visit their elected officials was pure genius. It was something that I think sent a message. But like the Tea Parties, we need to keep it moving. People ARE listening and I think that next November is going to be incredible… but only if we… all of us, Dems, Reps, Indi's, etc…, keep pushing.

  2. Russell Petrone

    " Indianapolis Doctor Dissects Proposed Government Health Care Plan"

    (In my post above I mentioned I wished to change the subject to Healthcare …… it's the above title and what follows that has prompted this …… If you REALLY are interested in the Harry "The Sleeze" Reid's bill, you'll read this entirely. It's so long that it must be posted in at least three(3) blog comments below.)

    Everyone should read this and pay close attention.

    An Indianapolis doctor's letter to Sen. Bayh about the Bill (Note: Dr. Stephen E. Frazer, MD practices as an anesthesiologist in Indianapolis , IN )

    Senator Bayh,

    As a practicing physician I have major concerns with the health care bill before Congress. I actually have read the bill and am shocked by the brazenness of the government's proposed involvement in the patient-physician relationship. The very idea that the government will dictate and ration patient care is dangerous and certainly not helpful in designing a health care system that works for all. Every physician I work with agrees that we need to fix our health care system, but the proposed bills currently making their way through congress will be a disaster if passed.

    I ask you respectfully and as a patriotic American to look at the following troubling lines that I have read in the bill. You cannot possibly believe that these proposals are in the best interests of the country and our fellow citizens.

    Page 22 of the HC Bill: Mandates that the Govt will audit books of all employers that self-insure!!

    Page 30 Sec 123 of HC Bill: THERE WILL BE A GOVT COMMITTEE that decides what treatments/benefits you get.

    Page 29 lines 4-16 in the HC Bill: YOUR HEALTH CARE IS RATIONED!!!

    Page 42 of HC Bill: The Health Choices Commissioner will choose your HC benefits for you. You have no choice!

    Page 50 Section 152 in HC Bill: HC will be provided to ALL non-US citizens, illegal or otherwise.

    Page 58 HC Bill: Govt will have real-time access to individuals' finances & a 'National ID Health card' will be issued!

    Page 59 HC Bill lines 21-24: Govt will have direct access to your bank accounts for elective funds transfer.

    Continued Below:

  3. Russell Petrone

    Continued From Above:

    Page 65 Sec 164: Is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in unions & community organizations: (ACORN).

    Page 84 Sec 203 HC Bill: Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the 'Exchange.'

    Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans — The Govt will ration your health care!

    Page 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill: Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services. (Translation: illegal aliens.)

    Page 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18: The Govt will use groups (i.e. ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan.

    Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans. (AARP members – your health care WILL be rationed!)
    Page 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill: Medicaid eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. (No choice.)

    Page 12 4 lines 24-25 HC Bill: No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt monopoly.

    Page 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill: Doctors/ American Medical Association – The Govt will tell YOU what salary you can make.

    Page 145 Line 15-17 HC Bill: An Employer MUST auto-enroll employees into public option plan. (NO choice!)

    Page 126 Lines 22-25 HC Bill: Employers MUST pay for HC for part-time employees AND their families. (Employees shouldn't get excited about this as employers will be forced to reduce its work force, benefits, and wages/salaries to cover such a huge expense..)

    Page 149 Lines 16-24 HC Bill: ANY Employer with payroll 401k & above who does not provide public option will pay 8% tax on all payroll! (See the last comment in parenthesis.)
    Page 150 Lines 9-13 HC Bill: A business with payroll between $251K & $401K who doesn't provide public option will pay 2-6% tax on all payroll.

    Page 167 Lines 18-23 HC Bill: ANY individual who doesn't have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.

    Page 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill: Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay.)

    Page 195 HC Bill: Officers & employees of the GOVT HC Admin.. will have access to ALL Americans' finances and personal records.

    Page 203 Line 14-15 HC Bill: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax." (Yes, it really says that!)
    Page 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill: Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid Seniors.. (Low-income and the poor are affected.)

    Page 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill: Doctors: It doesn't matter what specialty you have trained yourself in — you will all be paid the same! (Just TRY to tell me that's not Socialism!)

    Page 253 Line 10-18 HC Bill: The Govt sets the value of a doctor's time, profession, judgment, etc. (Literally– the value of humans.)

    Page 265 Sec 1131 HC Bill: The Govt mandates and controls productivity for "private" HC industries.

    Page 268 Sec 1141 HC Bill: The federal Govt regulates the rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs.

    Page 272 SEC. 1145 HC Bill: TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!

    Page 280 Sec 1151 HC Bill: The Govt will penalize hospitals for whatever the Govt deems preventable (i.e….re-admissions).

    Page 298 Lines 9-11 HC Bill: Doctors: If you treat a patient during initial admission that results in a re-admission — the Govt will penalize you.

  4. Russell Petrone

    Continued From Above:

    Page 317 L 13-20 HC Bill: PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. (The Govt tells doctors what and how much they can own!)

    Page 317-318 lines 21-25, 1-3 HC Bill: PROHIBITION on expansion. (The Govt is mandating that hospitals cannot expand.)
    Page 321 2-13 HC Bill: Hospitals have the opportunity to apply for exception BUT community input is required. (Can you say ACORN?)

    Page 335 L 16-25 Pg 336-339 HC Bill: The Govt mandates establishment of=2 outcome-based measures. (HC the way they want — rationing.)
    Page 341 Lines 3-9 HC Bill: The Govt has authority to disqualify Medicare Advance Plans, HMOs, etc. (Forcing people into the Govt plan)

    Page 354 Sec 1177 HC Bill: The Govt will RESTRICT enrollment of 'special needs people!' Unbelievable!

    Page 379 Sec 1191 HC Bill: The Govt creates more bureaucracy via a "Tele-Health Advisory Committee." (Can you say HC by phone?)

    Page 425 Lines 4-12: HC Bill: The Govt mandates "Advance-Care Planning Consult." (Think senior citizens end-of-life patients.)

    Page 425 Lines 17-19 HC Bill: The Govt will instruct and consult regarding living wills, durable powers of attorney, etc. (And it's mandatory!)
    Page 425 Lines 22-25, 426 Lines 1-3 HC Bill: The Govt provides an "approved" list of end-of-life resources; & nbsp; guiding you in death. (Also called 'assisted suicide.')

    Page 427 Lines 15-24 HC Bill: The Govt mandates a program for orders on "end-of-life." (The Govt has a say in how your life ends!)

    Page 429 Lines 1-9 HC Bill: An "advanced-care planning consultant" will be used frequently as a patient's health deteriorates.

    Page 429 Lines 10-12 HC Bill: An "advanced care consultation" may include an ORDER for end-of-life plans. (AN ORDER TO DIE FROM THE GOVERNMENT?!?)

    Page 429 Lines 13-25 HC Bill: The GOVT will specify which doctors can write an end-of-life order. (I wouldn't want to stand before God after getting paid for THAT job!)

    Page 430 Lines 11-15 HC Bill: The Govt will decide what level of treatment you will have at end-of-life! (Again — no choice!)

    Page 469 HC Bill: Community-Based Home Medical Services = Non-Profit Organizations. (Hello? ACORN Medical Services here!?!)

    Page 489 Sec 1308 HC Bill: The Govt will cover marriage and family therapy.. (Which means Govt will insert itself into your marriage even.)

    Page 494-498 HC Bill: Govt will cover Mental Health Services including defining, creating, and rationing those services.

    Senator, I guarantee that I personally will do everything possible to inform patients and my fellow physicians about the dangers of the proposed bills you and your colleagues are debating.

    Furthermore, if you vote for a bill that enforces socialized medicine on the country and destroys the doctor-patient relationship, I will do everything in my power to make sure you lose your job in the next election.

    Respectfully,

    Stephen E. Fraser, MD

    Dear Reader,
    I urge you to use the power that you were born with (and the power that may soon be taken away) and circulate this email to as many people as you can reach. The Power of the People can stop this from happening to us, our parents, our grandparents, our children, and to following generations.

  5. Russell Petrone

    Sorry this out of sequence …… if you want to complain, talk to the Blog-Master!!
    So, without further ado, here is Page(s) 65-317 ……

    Page 65 Sec 164: Is a payoff subsidized plan for retirees and their families in unions & community organizations: (ACORN).

    Page 84 Sec 203 HC Bill: Govt mandates ALL benefit packages for private HC plans in the 'Exchange.'

    Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans — The Govt will ration your health care!

    Page 91 Lines 4-7 HC Bill: Govt mandates linguistic appropriate services. (Translation: illegal aliens.)

    Page 95 HC Bill Lines 8-18: The Govt will use groups (i.e. ACORN & Americorps to sign up individuals for Govt HC plan.

    Page 85 Line 7 HC Bill: Specifications of Benefit Levels for Plans. (AARP members – your health care WILL be rationed!)
    Page 102 Lines 12-18 HC Bill: Medicaid eligible individuals will be automatically enrolled in Medicaid. (No choice.)

    Page 12 4 lines 24-25 HC Bill: No company can sue GOVT on price fixing. No "judicial review" against Govt monopoly.

    Page 127 Lines 1-16 HC Bill: Doctors/ American Medical Association – The Govt will tell YOU what salary you can make.

    Page 145 Line 15-17 HC Bill: An Employer MUST auto-enroll employees into public option plan. (NO choice!)

    Page 126 Lines 22-25 HC Bill: Employers MUST pay for HC for part-time employees AND their families. (Employees shouldn't get excited about this as employers will be forced to reduce its work force, benefits, and wages/salaries to cover such a huge expense..)

    Page 149 Lines 16-24 HC Bill: ANY Employer with payroll 401k & above who does not provide public option will pay 8% tax on all payroll! (See the last comment in parenthesis.)
    Page 150 Lines 9-13 HC Bill: A business with payroll between $251K & $401K who doesn't provide public option will pay 2-6% tax on all payroll.

    Page 167 Lines 18-23 HC Bill: ANY individual who doesn't have acceptable HC according to Govt will be taxed 2.5% of income.

    Page 170 Lines 1-3 HC Bill: Any NONRESIDENT Alien is exempt from individual taxes. (Americans will pay.)

    Page 195 HC Bill: Officers & employees of the GOVT HC Admin.. will have access to ALL Americans' finances and personal records.

    Page 203 Line 14-15 HC Bill: "The tax imposed under this section shall not be treated as tax." (Yes, it really says that!)
    Page 239 Line 14-24 HC Bill: Govt will reduce physician services for Medicaid Seniors.. (Low-income and the poor are affected.)

    Page 241 Line 6-8 HC Bill: Doctors: It doesn't matter what specialty you have trained yourself in — you will all be paid the same! (Just TRY to tell me that's not Socialism!)

    Page 253 Line 10-18 HC Bill: The Govt sets the value of a doctor's time, profession, judgment, etc. (Literally– the value of humans.)

    Page 265 Sec 1131 HC Bill: The Govt mandates and controls productivity for "private" HC industries.

    Page 268 Sec 1141 HC Bill: The federal Govt regulates the rental and purchase of power driven wheelchairs.

    Page 272 SEC. 1145 HC Bill: TREATMENT OF CERTAIN CANCER HOSPITALS – Cancer patients – welcome to rationing!

    Page 280 Sec 1151 HC Bill: The Govt will penalize hospitals for whatever the Govt deems preventable (i.e….re-admissions).

    Page 298 Lines 9-11 HC Bill: Doctors: If you treat a patient during initial admission that results in a re-admission — the Govt will penalize you.

    Page 317 L 13-20 HC Bill: PROHIBITION on ownership/investment. (The Govt tells doctors what and how much they can own!)

  6. Sam THE Waitress

    Just for the record, I voted Obama. I kept up on all debates and also conducted further research on his beliefs, and where he stands. I am however diappointed in my voting. I believe this country is in need of change but not social reform. I voted because I believe the women and men of the past century work too hard for me to be lazy and not take advantage of my right to vote.

  7. SamuraiMarine

    To be honest with you, I do not fault or blame you. As I said before… BEFORE I read his book, I was tempted by him as well. He is a very charismatic speaker and person in general. But you should still read his books, especially "Audacity of Hope." By the time I was done reading it, I realized what he would do to the country, given half the chance. My only comment on what you said here, though, is that you should have seen the leaning towards social entitlement programs a long time ago.

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