How Many Executive Orders are Too Many?

by Jayne D. Frank

My husband and I have become aware of a new proposed “fishing ban” by the Obama Administration which could become effective, not by Congressional debate and legislation, but by Executive Order.  My husband sits glued to his chair in utter amazement and apparent depression with regard to how far President Obama is willing to use Executive Orders to further his total Marxist agenda .  His goals are to level the playing field and appease the far left groups that voted for  him.

Between the two of us, my husband and I worked over 78 years for corporate America, sometimes giving up valuable time that we wanted to spend with our families, in order to raise our families and get to where we are now; trying to enjoy our retirement.   Being from Michigan and with a winter “escape” in Florida, one of the things we so find precious is our time together fishing in the Gulf, in Lake Michigan, and on the inland lakes.  We pack a lunch, take our boat out to any one of these waterways, and for a few hours each week, we can be at peace with nature and ourselves.  With all that is happening to our Country and our economy, we find these respite all too few and much more appreciated.

Starting in October, 2009, the Obama Administration started discussion with all public groups related to the $125 billion sportfishing industry concerning the Administration’s desire (and that of the environmental groups that supported him) to put restrictions and possibly ban sportfishing on America’s oceans, Great Lakes and  inland lakes.  This followed a “wacko court case” discussed by http://frugal-cafe.com which occurred in Switzerland where a man was being  sued for violating a fish’s rights when he landed a big pike that put up a fight for 10 minutes. The suit contended that the fish “was tortured.”

In another time, this might provide some levity in our otherwise dreary work day, but this is so serious as to make one wonder whether the Obama Administration has taken this just too far; anything that the President does has far-reaching consequences and any possible restriction on a commercial fishing industry will ultimately filter down to the individual fisherman.  There are millions of poor people in all states in the country, but especially in Florida, the Gulf, and states like Michigan, who depend on fishing for their family’s livelihood and the very meal that they put on the table at night.  These are supposedly “Obama” people – the less fortunate than those that can go out to dine often.

But there are also millions of us that worked 8-16 hour days for many years to get to a point where we could enjoy some solitude, nature, company of our spouses and the pure enjoyment of catching fish.

The Obama administration has reportedly closed off any further public opinion on the matter, and in the chaos surrounding the health care bill, cap and trade, jobs creation and the unfavorable American reaction to those pieces of legislation, Obama is reported to want another deadline of the end of March for the Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.  This report will undoubtedly tackle the issue of how fishing has devastated the seas, and we have polluted our waters; not counting the “torture” that we are inflicting on the poor fish.

So as my husband and I try to prop each other up that “we can make a difference” and continue our campaign for restoring the Constitution and our values in America, we ask all Americans not to continue to put their heads in the sand any more and become involved.  Read up and educate yourself on this particular issue, on health care, on  Obama’s proposed energy policies and on the immigration policies secretly being negotiated behind closed doors in the White House.   Mr. Obama knows he is going to be a one-term President and needs to get his agenda shoved through and passed by 2012.  What he cannot do by legislation he has every intent to do by Executive Order, and We the People will not find out about some of this crippling policy until after it is done.

Obamacare – Killing us Softly, or More Accurately – Slowly!

by Richard H. Frank

Americans need to step back and take a long, broad look at the “Affordable Health Reform” campaign being waged by President Obama and our democratically-controlled Congress in order to understand their real objective for health care in America.  Their promise of reducing costs, insuring 30 million additional Americans, bending the cost curve and reducing the national debt are only intended to gain support from uninformed voters  The truth is that passage of the legislation currently in Congress is just the first step in their liberal progressive agenda to arrive at a Government-controlled, single payer, socialized system similar to that of Canada and the U.K.

If one thing can be said about progressives, it is that they are patient and persistent in pursuit of their goals.  The tactic of proposing a massive overhaul of our current health care system and then reverting to a less drastic proposal in the guise of political bi-partisan compromise, when challenged by the voters, is all part of their plan.  They believe that, like a frog placed in a pot of cool water on a stove, we will not notice their real intention to softly or slowly kill us.

For those of you that may favor a single payer system, please consider the following:

  • Cancer 5 year survival rate:

USA- 65%            UK-46%                Canada-42%

  • Treatment for diabetes within 6 months of diagnosis:

USA-93%             UK-15%                Canada-43%

  • Hip replacement within 6 months:

USA-90%             UK-15%                Canada-43%

  • Seen by a specialist within one month of referral

USA-71%             UK-14%                Canada-18%

  • Low income 65+ years and in excellent health:

USA-12%             UK-2%                  Canada-6%

If our present health care system is in such a critical crisis as President Obama would have us believe, how can he explain results in the USA as opposed to Canada and the UK?  Obviously the President, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi have no good answer to that question.  If they had done their homework, they would know the answers to my question.

Survival rates, access to treatment and the overall status of our health is a product of our free market system.  The reason Canada and the U.K. lag so far behind America can be summed up as follows:

  • Universal coverage has overwhelmed their hospitals and physician accessibility through treatment of every minor malady as opposed to those needing priority.
  • Shortages of doctors and facilities have resulted in rationing and long waits for treatment.
  • The overwhelming cost pressure on their systems has stifled research and development for new modern technologies.
  • Priorities for coverage and treatment have been removed from the doctor/patient and placed in the hands of some Government entity, agency or bureaucrat.

There is no doubt that the health insurance system needs some measure of reform in America.  Constitutionally that reform should rest within the province of the States and not the Federal Government.  Common sense reform taken at the state level to allow purchases nationwide, tort reform that caps malpractice damages and state-sponsored co-ops for small businesses to buy coverage at preferential rates should be the measures endorsed by President Obama and Congress.

Should Congress pass the pending legislation, the initial step to socialized medicine will have been taken in America.  Within a generation, the health care statistics will mirror Canada and God forbid within two generations we will look just like the U.K.  The statistics are real and the consequences to America and our Republic will be devastating.