I was doing some work on the computer the other day and Zeb was in the house. He came into my studio and made himself comfortable (unfortunately for the teddy bears who normally reside in this basket. You can see one in the back raising a paw for help!) Zeb just plopped right down on top of all of them and had a little cat nap. The bears were all made about 8 to 10 years ago by my daughter, Rachel.
I know that I promised to limit my political comments, but I just have to say a few things about "Obamacare". Did you all see the news pictures of the size of that proposal!!!??? There is absolutely NO WAY that anyone in Congress will be able to read, much less scrutinize everything in that bill. It had to have been a foot thick at least! What-are-they-thinking? This is the one massive change that President Obama is proposing that sends a chill through my veins! All the things that have been railroaded through in the last several months (can it ONLY have been 5 months?!) will pale in comparison to the disaster that this health care plan will be. If you have a great privately run plan now (or even a mediocre one), enjoy it while you can because once Obamacare is enacted, one by one all other health plans will disappear. What employer will continue to provide his share of your expensive health care benefits, when there is a governmental alternative? Don't believe for a minute that there will be healthy competition between your private health care provider and the bloated federal government plan! In the end, there will be only one provider and it will be controlled by the likes of Ted Kennedy, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and Harry Reid. Just contemplating that crew in charge gives me a migraine. This plan must be stopped before we are forever trapped in the quicksand of expense, ineptitude, corruption, and waste that is the hallmark of Federal government oversight. The Congress will attempt to pass this bill (possibly even over the mass protests of American citizens) without deliberate, thoughtful, thorough, honest debate and consideration. These are the same people who passed the Stimulus bill without ever having read it! The Republicans tried to stop the rush to vote long enough to allow members time to study it, but Mr. Obama wouldn't hear of it. The Stimulus was "far too important" to delay passage. You will note, however, that after the rush to pass it, less than 10% has actually been put into the system to start "stimulating!" The urgency was fabricated to encourage passage before scrutiny could shed light on its questionable content! Even worse, there has been so little oversight over money spent, that even Joe Biden was announcing that "of course we knew that there would be waste!" What would be the worst that would happen if the health care overhaul were to be put off to allow exhaustive examination? Why can't the government just provide a low cost alternative for those who do not already have health care insurance, or even better, just subsidize (like food stamps only fraud-proof) those who can't afford it so that they have the option to shop for health care that fits their needs? It could be such a simple and less expensive solution. I honestly don't know where Mr. Obama plans to get the funds to pay for this massive over-reach of government, but you can just bet that your tax bill and mine will soon be going waaaaay up!