Obamacare – The Definition of Insanity!

by Richard H. Frank

Barack Obama’s television address from the Rose Garden extolling the massive benefits of the “Affordable Care Act” was reminiscent of a carnival Barker selling the latest version of the Vegamatic. The Salesman-in-Chief was careful to avoid calling his signature legislative accomplishment “Obamacare” even though in previous speeches he wore the name as a badge of honor.

The focus of his remarks centered around the more popular aspects of the law and were orchestrated to avoid the reality of how and by whom these benefits would be paid for. There was a definite tone of panic in his voice as he attempted to “perfume this pig” of a law.

If the American people were ever skeptical about the Government’s ability to implement and administer 18% of our economy, the rollout over the past three weeks should convince them of the disaster yet to come.

Forty-eight years working in the free enterprise corporate world taught me to recognize that there is no such thing as a free lunch. When the President states, without reservation, that young people may stay on their parent’s plan until 26, that pre-existing conditions will be covered, that contraceptive services will be provided free and that millions will become edible to receive state-sponsored Medicaid, he fails to state at what cost and who picks up the tab for these freebies.

The biggest lie he told was that prices have come down and that 6 in 10 people will be able to purchase insurance for under $100/month. This statement conveniently omits any mention of increased deductibles and co-pays associated with those plans.

His “tech surge” is an even bigger joke considering he has spent hundreds of millions over the past three years to meet this October 1 rollout of the website exceeding the original cost by over 300%. The CEO and IT Managers of any corporation would be fired if their performance mirrored that in managing a new product introduction.

But not to worry; Obama promised today that the 19.5 million visitors to the website unable to complete a registration will be contacted individually with information on how they may proceed, nor does he acknowledge that millions of “visitors” to a site are just that – visitors.

President Obama made no mention of a delay in the individual mandate or fines for failing to register – only a laundry list of how and where you may go out of your way to apply.

I was stunned when he said that “prices will not change” when it has been documented that the program used to generate premiums was flawed and posting inaccurate prices.

The next six months will tell the truth concerning the “Affordable Care Act” as Americans working for large corporations see their company-sponsored plans cancelled, work schedules altered to under 30 hours to avoid having to provide insurance and premiums continuing to skyrocket due to the law.

Obamacare, much like a company in a death spiral failing to recognize and change what they are doing, is destined for collapse. Continuing to do the wrong thing and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity. Only the Federal Government and the ideologues like Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi seem unable or unwilling to recognize the futile reality of the “Affordable Care Act” which if left to their devices will collapse under its own weight.

Republication Party Will Implode from Within

by Jayne D. Frank

A telephone conversation I received yesterday bothered me so much overnight that I had to bring this to light. Last year before the election, I worked for our State Victory Center going door to door for the Party. I was told not to go “off-script,” so week to week I would go up to doors of Republicans and Independents asking irrelevant, juvenile questions to prospective voters, only to “lose” them about one question in. My past experience giving speeches to hundreds of people at a time for my corporation prepared me for this canvassing as I knew how to get people’s attention and keep them interested in the subject matter presented. This was not going to be the case, and was not, during all the weeks that I met with these voters in my area. Frankly, the “script” was empty, had nothing to say and failed to convey the message of conservatism.

I also worked the polls with the new “secret, high-tech” computer program that the Republican Party had created to try to focus in on likely voters during the day. What a disastrous flop! Within one hour of getting to the polls I was completely unable to let headquarters know who had voted because the system went down. By 2 pm that afternoon, I was frustrated and angry and went home. Furthermore, it was blatantly obvious from what I saw at the polls, that the Democrat campaign had done it right and would seize the election at the end of the day.

So almost a year later now, I get a call saying that I was so useful last year that our Victory Center once again wants to use me to volunteer but for a different purpose. After agreeing with me on the disasters of 2012, I was told I was being asked to go door to door again in my community, introducing myself and the Republican platform. Such a simple question I asked: “What is the Republican Platform – Do You Know.” After squirming and hesitating for a while, I was told I would have a list of “things to talk about” and that if I didn’t agree with any of them, I could leave them out. So if I don’t agree with what the Republican platform, why should I waste my time trying to sell people on it? Such fundamental basic conservative principles to follow but yet their latest strategy will predict a 2014 Republican mid-term election failure.

The problem with the Republican Party in 2012 was that it did not adhere to its core conservative principles of family values, protection of marriage, pro-life stances, support of the free enterprise system and fiscal management of our Government. The problem with the Republican Party pre-2014 is that it has no backbone. It is being stared in the face by pending unconstitutional legislation which will give amnesty to millions of job-sucking illegal immigrants in this country; they are not defending marriage between a man and a woman; and they are standing by while millions of late-term abortions are being performed in our Country every year. They also refuse to heed the pleas of 70% of Americans to stop Obamacare by de-funding it. Why? They want to win in 2014. What it will cost our Country by this lack of backbone will be irreversible.

As a life-long Republican, I have never been so sorely disappointed in my Party’s intelligence or ability to stand up for what we conservatives believe in as I am now. God Help us in 2014 and in 2016 unless they get their act together.

The Seeds of Obama’s Police State!

by Richard H. Frank

Four and one-half years following Barack Obama’s election to the Office of President of the United States, America can bear witness to what he meant by his quest to “fundamentally transform America.”  The actions by the Obama Administration during his first term and continuing into his second provide the evidence of his effort to transform this nation from a Representative Republic to a government resembling a police state.

His first initiative “The Affordable Care Act” was the test case to determine how and if the Representatives in Congress could be coerced into passing this massive Government takeover of one-sixth of the nation’s economy and impose mandatory health insurance on every American.  The law, now referred to as “Obamacare” was opposed by the majority of Americans and remains the case today.

Every promise made by Obama regarding the massive 3000-page document has been shown to be untrue.  Yet, following the proclamation by Nancy Pelosi that “we have to pass the Bill in order to find out what’s in it” the law was passed against the will of the people.

Having achieved this fraud upon America, Obama and his administration were emboldened to continue to perpetrate more shady activities to forward their agenda.  Next came the disclosure that “Fast and Furious” or the sale of illegal weapons to the Mexican drug cartels had blown up and resulted in the murder of one of our Border Patrol Agents at the hands of the cartel using one of the weapons provided under the program.

It soon became apparent that the Obama administrations mechanism to impose strict gun control legislation upon the nation was to use “Fast and Furious” as their justification.  Congress, however, demanded that the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder provide all the documentation they had regarding “Fast and Furious”during their oversight hearings.  Holder refused and as a result was held in Contempt of Congress. To date he has not supplied the documents to Congress under the claim of Executive Privilege.

When the various states attempted to assert their Constitutional rights under the 10th Amendment, enacting laws on immigration, Holder and his Justice Department brought suit against these states for their opposition to the heavy-handed tactics employed by the Justice Department.

Eric Holder violated his  Oath of Office by refusing to defend existing legislation in the Defense of Marriage Act.  Politically such a defense would be viewed as toxic to Obama’s re-election in 2012.

The same is true of the Department of Homeland Security that under executive fiat refuses to enforce existing immigration law.  Most troubling is that HLS continues to buy up massive stock piles of ammunition with no explanation as to the purpose of these purchases.  America demands to know why.

Then on September 11, 2011 the terrorist attack upon the Consulate in Benghazi, Libya resulted in the death of 4 Americans.  The administration entered into a massive coverup rewriting the events leading up to the attack to bolster Obama’s campaign assertion that terrorism was defeated and no longer a threat with Al-Qaeda on the run. This administration has lied to America for over 8 months.  Obama and Hillary Clinton were MIA as the attack and the resulting crises unfolded.  Obama’s re-election  and fund raising was more important than protecting our State Department and other personnel in harm’s way.

When Hillary Clinton stated while testifying to Congress “What difference does it make at this point?” The difference is the priority placed on the life of Ambassador Stevens and his personnel as compared to Obama’s political narrative and agenda for re-election.

There now appears to be a concerted effort on the part of the administration to silence those that were on the ground during the attack and keep the survivors’ identities from Congress and the press.  It is time for more whistleblowers to come forward and tell the true story of what happened leading up to the attack on Benghazi.

Today we are faced with a President that claims he knew nothing about the IRS targeting conservative groups that opposed him, or his policies, between 2010 and the election in 2012.  Likewise he stated he knew nothing about the FBI and Justice Department investigation of Associated Press and Fox News reporters on the basis of disclosing classified information that endangered the national security.

The government was in direct violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution for conducting investigations of individuals’ phone records and emails under subpoena without notification of the individuals being investigated.

If the Nation’s security was in fact at risk how could it be that the President of the United States and the Attorney General would not be aware of the situation?

They are either total incompetents or liars attempting to minimize their involvement in using Police State tactics against individual citizens of the United States that oppose the administration’s actions and ideology. The message is clear. Oppose Obama and face the full retribution of the government and its various agencies. Support the opposition party and you will be punished as an enemy of the administration. This is not the America I have known where freedom of speech and association becomes the imputes for criminal investigation.

Congress must meet their oath to protect and defend the Constitution regardless of political affiliation and bring those responsible for these abuses of power to account for their involvement and be punished appropriately.

Each citizen needs to “stay the course” and re-establish our Representative Republic under the rule of law and not the tyranny stemming from Executive Fiat!

Why Romney Lost the 2012 Election

by Richard H. Frank

Five months following the 2012 Presidential election and the defeat of Mitt Romney by Barack Obama the pundits  from both parties have attempted to spin their message and place the blame on everything from one candidate having no message to the other having a superior ground game for getting out the vote.  There is an element of truth in every theory presented but I believe the real reason resides in the changing demographics in America experienced over the past 50 years.  The demographics not so much in terms of ethnic origin, race or economic status but the demographic of an individual’s collective life experience.

As our nation prepared to celebrate the Bicentennial in 1976, I had the occasion to view a video entitled “What You Are is Where You Were When” created by  and featuring Dr. Morris Massey, then an Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

My first impression as I viewed the video was that I was watching a fast-talking used car salesman that resembled a flim-flam man or carnival Barker.  As I listened however, it become apparent that he had a lot of valuable information to convey in a relatively short span of time limited by the video itself.

His message was all about values  The values every human being possesses, where they were first introduced, what life forces imprinted them upon us and how they became part of our belief system.

According to Dr. Massey there are three major periods in each person’s life during which values are developed:

  1. The Imprint Period, up to age seven, when we are like sponges absorbing everything around us, accepting much as true, especially when it comes from our parents.
  2. The Modeling Period, between the ages of eight and thirteen where we tend to copy others, often our parents.  We may be impressed by religion or teachers.  Often times outside influences may take precedent over the values of our parents.
  3. The Socialization Period, between 13 and 21 when peer pressures largely influence our behavior and often are in conflict with values previously introduced by parents and teachers.  Other influences include media, and in today’s rapidly changing technology the largely uninformed social media.

If Dr. Massey’s theories are correct the country has been bombarded with secular-based values over the past 50 years, many of which are in direct opposition to those of people born in the first half of the 20th Century.  For example:

  • The distortion of our Constitution with regard to the separation of church and state (words which cannot be found in the document as written by the Founding Fathers.)
  • The role of the Federal Government taking precedent and usurping the power of the state – disregard of the Enumerated Powers within the Constitution.
  • Expansion of the welfare state to include redistribution of wealth, not through voluntary, charitable institutions or individuals, but by the fiat of Government.
  • A disregard for human life by advocates of abortion and a practice in this Country that makes the Holocaust pale due to the wanton disregard for the life of the unborn through millions of abortions performed in this Country.

Take a look at what has occurred in our public institutions of learning beginning in the 1960s.  Religion has been removed from the classroom and the very mention of God is no longer tolerated.  Music celebrating any form of religion is no longer included in the secular curriculum taught in our schools and holidays acknowledged for centuries under the law are now renamed for political correctness.

So how have we as a nation allowed all this change in our values to occur since the Declaration of Independence was written in 1776?  According to Dr. Massey any change in values must be preceded by a “Significant Emotional Event.”

Looking back over the past 100 years it is easy to mark the most “significant emotion events” and see how they impacted the value system of Americans living at that moment in time.

  • 1914 World War I and a call to America to protect and defend the principles upon which this Country was founded.  The significant event came with the sinking of the Lusitania Passenger Liner by the German “U” boats and the loss of American life.
  • 1929’s Black Friday crash of the stock market leading to the Great Depression.  Millions of Americans were out of work and lost their homes.  This significant event imprinted the value for  hard work and property on millions of Americans living through the Depression.
  • December 7, 1941 and the Japanese attack upon Pearl Harbor once again awakened the patriotic values of America to return to its core values and defend the world against Imperial Japan and facism in Europe.
  • November 22, 1963 President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas and shook the nation to its very foundation.  Politically, our Government leaders embarked upon social justice programs such as the  Great Society,  the War on Poverty and others that nurtured a growing segment of society addicted to entitlements which cannot be sustained.
  • September 11, 2001, the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon shook America awake and focused the threat of Muslim extremists directly on our security here in the homeland.
  • November, 2008 the election of Barack Obama, the first Black President in this nation’s history that campaigned against many of the values that made our Country the most free, most prosperous nation in the history of the world.  His promise was to “fundamentally change America” through his actions for social justice to correct in his words “a fundamentally flawed U. S. Constitution.”  The significant emotion to elect a black man regardless of his lack of credentials and experience to hold the office, and the fear of being judged as being racist, overrode logic and common sense of the electorate.
  • November, 2012 Barack Obama is reelected with a campaign based solely upon the premise that he could not fix all the economic problems created by  George Bush in a mere 4 years and that General Motors was alive and Bin Laden was dead.

Therefore, if one is to believe that Dr. Massey is correct, and I do, what will the next “significant emotional event” be that awakes America and returns us to our senses?

Possibly without real fiscal reform the collapse of the dollar which would throw this Country into the worst depression ever witnessed in modern history.  Continued deficient spending and growth of the Federal Government to support social justice at the expense of the free market and eventually individual freedom. Or perhaps another event might be millions of people protesting in the street in America because their handouts no longer can be sustained.   Simply put “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”  When the Government runs out of other people’s money to spend we will become Greece and that’s when the real revolution will begin.  God Help the United States of America should we ever reach that time.

Candy Crowley’s Performance at Presidential Debate was Outrageous!

by Jayne D. Frank

-Martha Radditz during the Vice-Presidential Debate did such a non-biased professional job controlling the Debate.  In contrast, Candy Crowley’s performance last night was totally biased, disrespectful, outrageously intrusive and obnoxious.  Talk about a has-been trying to gain the spotlight for her own advantage.  It would be one thing if she had chosen substantive questions from the audience or if she had her facts correct.  Her actions would also have been excusable in part if she really was trying to facilitate the answers from the candidates.  But she was so much in the tank for President Obama that she couldn’t help herself.  And that was not her role as a moderator and she should never be chosen again for another prominent assignment such as this..

The time she gave Obama was 9 minutes longer than was given to Mr. Romney.  She cut off Mr. Romney on several occasions and in fact told him to sit down.  She was emotional instead of professional.  She chose questions from the audience that are totally progressive in nature and would lead to discussions about contraception, abortion, women’s rights, equal rights.  That was her goal and she had no intention of giving the millions of Americans suffering under President Obama’s economy answers to their most pressing questions.  The most egregious of her errors was that she herself “answered” a question posed to President Obama, and her “answer” was wrong.  President Obama lied to the American people for 14 days about the attack on Benghazi being conducted by terrorists.  There is a concerted effort on the part of this President to paint himself as an appeaser and as having gotten rid of the terrorists by constantly taking credit for the death of Bin Laden; so much so that he no longer can tell the truth.  Candy Crowley participated in this falsehood again by “answering” Mr. Romney’s question.

The American people were robbed last night of a sound, professional debate on the most prominent and important issues of our time; the debt and deficit, broken promises from Obama, lack of jobs, and the future for our country, and I put the blame squarely on the shoulders of the person who lost control of the debate – Candy Crowley.

 

 

First Amendment to the Constitution or Corinthians 6:19-20 – Take Your Pick and Defend Freedom!

by Jayne D. Frank

The secular agenda of some Americans, supported and encouraged by President Obama’s vision of his America, has brought about the latest affront to the Constitution of the United States and to God’s own word’s in the Bible.  I am speaking of the attack on institutions and churches whose religious and moral beliefs do not support either providing contraceptives or abortive medications.  The Catholic Church is dead center in the middle of this controversy but it is not alone in its attack from the Obama Administration.  Every Christian and God-loving individual in America should be incensed and outraged by this assault on their religious beliefs and should be motivated to defend either the Constitution and/or the Bible, especially as is set forth in Corinthians 6:19-20 “…Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”

The Constitution, written by our Founders, to be adhered to by all Governments and individuals, specifically states in the First Amendment that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

Obviously, this First Amendment has been distorted and confused by the ongoing judicial activism of the courts over the years which has ruled illegitimately that this matter belongs to the states and should be governed and administered by each individual state.  The courts have routinely ruled since 1925 on religious issues, in direct violation of the original meaning of the First Amendment, thus becoming the “law of the land” as encouraged by this President.  

After loud protests from Cardinals and Bishops in the church, President Obama indicates that he has made a “compromise” with the Catholic Church which says that the Church and the institutions affiliated with it, do not have to provide contraception and abortion medications or procedures to its followers and university students.  However, this compromise is empty and ineffectual as the Catholic Church and other religious organizations that do not condone contraceptive and abortion medications and procedures still have to pay their insurance carriers to provide such services.  

Once again, President Obama has pitted another group of Americans against another.  This time, it is those with a profound religious belief, often described as Conservatives, against the secular Progressive Left in this Country.

We cannot stand by as Americans and permit this atrocity to happen to our Churches and religious educational institutions.  Whether you believe as the Bible says that our bodies are the Temple of the Holy Spirit, provided by God, or you understand that this Country was founded on the principle that Government should not prohibit the free exercise of religion by all Americans, we must stand united as a Country and fight along with the Catholic Church to defend our rights not to have the Federal Government force us to violate our beliefs and have these insurance provisions once again stuffed down our throats.   

What is Happening at Fox News?

by  Richard H. Frank

For many Americans, myself included, Fox News represented a breath of fresh air with their “fair and balanced” representation of the news of the day.  Compared to the national syndicated network programs seen on ABC, NBC and CBS we were able to view and hear about events on Fox News that were sanitized and excluded from other broadcasts for political correctness or ideological reasons.

With the advent of the Glenn Beck show, Fox News reached a new high for service to the public by educating generations of individuals that possessed no conception of this nation’s founding.  Moreover, that program provided the impetus to the “Tea Party Movement” largely as a spinoff from Beck’s 912 initiative.

Arguably the results of the 2010 midterm election and the “shellacking” according to President Obama, received by the Congressional Democrats  can be largely attributed to Mr. Beck and his followers.  However, somewhere along the way Fox News management decided Mr. Beck was becoming too extreme in his religious leanings and opposition to the secular influences in Government.

We may never know what prompted Glenn Beck to leave Fox News but one cannot help but surmise that management at the cable network viewed his political beliefs as falling outside the bounds of “fair and balanced.”

If you were to look back and observe the not so subtle changes in the Fox philosophy I believe a pattern exists and is marked by the departure of specific individuals at the network.  One of the best examples of “fair and balanced” coverage of the news was presided over by Brit Hume as the Bureau Chief of Fox News.  His skill at analysis and moderating panel discussions gained him the enduring admiration and respect of the viewing audience.

Today, under Brett Baier, the same format at 6pm has lost much of its intrinsic value and degenerated into a high-class “coffee clutch” with the possible exception of Charles Krauthammer.

The “fair and balanced” debates, now present on virtually every Fox Segment, except for O’Reilly,  are reminiscent of the arguing seen on the Jerry Springer show of past decades where the participants talk over each other and spew the same old political talking points day after day, hour after hour.

February 14, 2012 marked the low point in my estimation, with the news of the cancellation of “Freedom Watch” on the Fox Business channel.  Judge Andrew Napolitano hosted this hour-long excursion into the bowels of our Constitution and exposed the politics of manipulation and distortion of that document by present-day politicians.  The Judge was branded as a Libertarian and overtly in support of Ron Paul thus violating the “fair and balanced” premise of Fox News.

The truth is that Judge Napolitano is an avid “Constitutionalist” who believes in the strict interpretation of the language contained in the Document.  He stands firm against judicial activism and manipulation of the powers enumerated for the separate branches of Government.  He believes that Government should serve the people and not people serving the Government.  He believes the “Declaration of Independence” and “Bill of Rights” set the premise for what our Government must be and the Constitution restraints that keep that Government from becoming tyrannical usurping the Power of “We the People.”  That message is not just Libertarian – it is American!

His message is delivered passionately and boldly taking issue with both political parties whenever they infringe upon the unalienable rights endowed by the Creator.  His message of “Freedom” and his presentation is among the most fair and balanced to be found in American broadcast news.

Yet, because of political correctness, fear of Government reprisal or some unknown force applied to Fox Management, his First Amendment right of free speech has been eliminated from Fox News.

On one of his final broadcasts, Judge Napolitano lays out a scenario of “what ifs” wherein he paints a picture of our  Federal Government, out of control, infringing upon every aspect of American life.  His message for freedom ends with a quote from Thomas Jefferson:  ”When the People fear the Government, we have Tyranny – when the Government fears the People we have Freedom.”

My question to Fox News is, what are you afraid of?