The circus is back

March 11, 2019

Sometimes you have just have to shake your head and wonder what’s happening in our country. I actually listened to some of the drive-by medias’ take on things this morning and had to laugh. I listened long enough to hear about the woman who jumped into a panther enclosure at a zoo to get a selfie, a guy who was in a whales mouth, and the meeting of the Democrat candidates for president in Texas.

The woman was an idiot, the guy was lucky, and the candidates are all crazier than an outhouse rat. It seemed they were all in agreement that we need to change our healthcare system and that said healthcare is a right. Excuse me, but aren’t you people the very ones who pushed the Affordable Care Act down our throats?

It was your bill, passed by Democrats and endorsed by Obama. Now you say we need Medicare for all? Those campaigning are saying that it wouldn’t cost us a dime, except a small deductible. You should just tell the truth and admit you’re going to tax us until we bleed. But hey, at least we’ll have insurance.

If creepy Biden joins the fray it will be a great circus to watch during the upcoming debates. The sad thing is people are backing these candidates knowing all their pipe dreams can only mean much higher taxes. At the rate they’re going it won’t take long to run out of other peoples money.

That being said, if you don’t agree with my opinion your feelings don’t trump my right to say it. We have no safe rooms or coloring books at Casa Cruiser. Enjoy our Monday as it’s looking to be another good one here on the east coast of Iowa.
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Going off course

March 7, 2019

I find it ironic that members of Congress take an oath then many just forget or ignore what they swore to do while in office. This goes as follows:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

After taking this oath some quickly attack others along party lines, try to change said Constitution, and spend money with no regards of how to budget for it. For those who don’t know or care to forget, the right to own guns is in the second amendment of our Constitution. Many laws they pass are not.

Although it’s hard to tell in our current society, they work for us. For some odd reason many of them seem to think they are royalty or something. It’s a crying shame. The current bunch in office have spent more time and money trying to find something to use to get our president impeached.

One could go on but I have gone off course and will try again at a later date. Enjoy our Thursday as we will on the east coast of Iowa.
Now I’m going to fry up some bacon and have more coffee.
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Here we go again

February 25, 2019

The more I hear about Medicare for All the more I hope it never sees the light of day. The first thing that pops out is the huge cost of
this plan which would put everyone in America on this plan while ending Medicare, Medicade, Obamacare, and employer provided insurance.

This bill, introduced in 2017, would cover all medical costs from
doctor visits to surgery including mental health, dental and vision.
All this with no cost to the individual except a co-pay on prescriptions capped at $200 per year and possibly long-term care. The
cost for all this?

Estimates sit at around $2.5 to 3.2 trillion per year. It would essentially be a single payer system. I don’t know about everyone else, but I liked the insurance we had before Obamacare. This sounds like Obamacare on steroids and I dread to think of all the hidden taxes that would be buried in the bill.

Senator Bernie Sanders, who came up with the idea, claims costs would drop due to the bargaining power of the power of the government. Of course Sanders does have some ideas for new taxes to help with the cost. He would raise taxes on income over $250,000 and reach its peak at 52% for those whose incomes are above $10 million while redirecting around $2 trillion in government spending to the program.

And all this at no cost to us. No premiums, one small co-pay, what a
deal. No thanks. We’re not happy where our tax rate is now and if this goes through it would probably double. There are no free lunches and
this plan would be as far from free as one could get.

Enjoy our Monday. Now for some coffee before going back outside to get some sanity back in my life.
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Random ramblings

February 19, 2019

This cardinal was out and about early and decided to pose for a picture that turned out pretty good. Another snow storm is supposed to hit us tonight into tomorrow bringing us up to another 5 inches of the white fluffy love above.

I tried to listen to the news on TV but turned it off once the Today show started. Local news is bearable but the National programs usuallyget me worked up and yelling at the TV over comments made. It would be easier to take if said TV news wasn’t so biased.

Why the weather forecasters feel it important to add how many people will be affected by a snow storm is beyond me. If memory serves me correctly, back in the day they might mention how many states were in the path of the storm and not how many people will be involved.

To me that makes no sense. But I guess at some point in the future the global climate change people will claim more people are affected by winter than ever before. And the birds and other critters just go about their business like nothing different is going on.

Something else that makes no sense to me is how crazy politicians have become. Some of the accusations and actions of this group have us shaking our heads. Just another reason we avoid the media and spend so much time outdoors. If you’re outside enough, the wildlife seem to make a lot more sense then someone being offended by something that we used to have the right to say.

Enjoy our Tuesday as we will. Now for some coffee.
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Stick around

February 6, 2019

As the saying goes here in Iowa, if you don’t like the weather
just stick around and it’ll change. Yesterday we had thunder and
lightning with our freezing rain and today we’ll get rain. Then
for Thursday the high is supposed to be 40 degrees and come
Friday 14.

Can’t wait to see what they predict for the rest of the week.
And while the thunder roared and the ice fell I thought it good
time to turn on the TV and see what our president had to say. It
almost worked out that way.

Oh the TV came on alright, but no sound came out of it. Not a
problem, I switched on the closed caption feature and was good
to go. Or so I thought. It drove me nuts trying to follow the
speech that way so I rebooted the cable box and waited. When
the box finished the reboot I turned things back on and had
sound again.

With the closed caption feature still on. So I reset the TV
to turn the closed caption off and grabbed a cup of coffee to
hear the speech. An hour after it started. The small portion of
said speech that I did hear sounded good to me. I even watched
a lady give the Democrat response and blame Trump for the shut
down.

I didn’t yell at the TV or unplug it and throw it out the
window, just listened. Yet I was always told it takes two to
tango. The Democrats in the House didn’t even try to reach an
agreement on the wall, but then neither did the Republicans when
they had the majority.

Enjoy our Wednesday before it slips away. Now I need more
coffee before I go out and see how slick it got overnight.
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Inmates running the asylum

February 4, 2019

Turn out the lights, the party is over. Perhaps you’ve heard
there is a bill before the 101st General Assembly in the state
of Illinois creating the offense of parental bullying? Here is
a little about that bill:

101ST GENERAL ASSEMBLY
State of Illinois
2019 and 2020
HB0181

Introduced , by Rep. La Shawn K. Ford

SYNOPSIS AS INTRODUCED:

720 ILCS 5/12C-75 new
Amends the Criminal Code of 2012. Creates the offense of parental bullying. Provides that a parent or legal guardian of a minor commits parental bullying when he or she knowingly and with the intent to discipline, embarrass, or alter the behavior of the minor, transmits any verbal or visual message that the parent or legal guardian reasonably believes would coerce, intimidate, harass, or cause substantial emotional distress to the minor. Provides that parental bullying is a petty offense. Provides that if a person is convicted of parental bullying, the court shall order that person to pay for the costs of prosecution and that a portion of any fine imposed, as determined by the court, be placed in escrow for the purchase of a certificate of deposit for use by the victim when he or she attains 18 years of age.

LRB101 04802 SLF 49811 b
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So if this passes, parents in Illinois will be fined if they
disipline their children? And what could possibly go wrong with
the government running he show? I didn’t read all of proposal
but what I read seemed to indicate that offenders would not have
the children removed from their home but be fined by the court
with a portion of said fine going into an escrow account for the
‘victim’ when they turn 18 years old.

IL HB 1769 doesn’t sound like anything I could get behind.

We don’t have a car in this race as we don’t live in Illinois
but have to say STOP! We don’t need government micro-managing
our lives and we certainly don’t need them running our families.

Enjoy our Monday as we get ready for a cold front bringing
freezing rain here on the east coast of Iowa.
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Confusing times

January 10, 2019

As the sun was setting yesterday I got to thinking about things
going on in our country. News programs don’t get the truth out,
politicians don’t legislate, and it feels like most are easily
offended if you don’t agree with them.

It seems odd to this oldfart, who can remember when opposing
political parties could be civil to each other and reach an
agreement that was a compromise of what they really wanted yet
still good for our country.

Now politics appears more like a war than the meeting of great
minds. And while is getting done all are getting paid while
not doing their job and tell us hard they’re working for us.
We don’t know where this is heading but it has to stop.

One has to wonder how different things would be if our silly
politicians didn’t get paid during these shutdowns and were not
paid after it’s over for time spent doing nothing but slinging
insults at those who disagree with their version of the truth.

If one looks at some polls on building the wall a majority of
us say they are actually for the wall, but not at the cost of a
government shutdown. Yet polls of border enforcement agency
employees overwhelmingly believe it is necessary, and now. We
may do a post on just these polls later.

It may be time to change the laws so we can elect monkeys to
run our country as some of us feel the monkeys couldn’t make
things any worse.

Enjoy our Wednesday as we’re 10 days into our new year. Now I
need some coffee.
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