Archive for March, 2010

My Letter to Congress

March 12, 2010

Here is the text of the letter that I sent to the members of the Blue Dog Coalition in Congress.

“The reform of our nation’s health care system is too important to handle in a rushed manner, especially if it is done with smoke and mirrors.  The House is being asked to take action on a bill that no one has read, much less had a chance to conscientiously analyze.

I urge you to vote down the current proposal and ask that this reform be handled in a much simpler fashion, in a way that all can understand.

This will perhaps be the most significant vote that you make as a Representative.  To pass a bill of this importance without really understanding the consequences is not what you were elected to do.

Please vote no on the reform bill and start fresh on a cleaner, clearer approach to health care reform.”

You can easily make your objections to the health care reform bill known by clicking here on Free Our Health Care Now.  The website will allow you to quickly and easier write your member of Congress and the 58 members of the Bluedog Coalition.

Our Democracy at Work

March 10, 2010

The final stretch of the attempt to cam Obamacare through the Congress is up to full speed.  The democrats are in a big rush to get something done before their chance to fundamentally change America passes.

There is no bill to read or to analyze.  Again, it’s going to be  “Trust me.  Pass the bill into law and then we will figure out what it will really do later.”  This isn’t how to act as responsible lawmakers.  But I guess I’m assuming too much.  Since when have the current Congressional leaders acted responsibly?

Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech

March 5, 2010

On March 5, 1945, Winston Churchill addressed Westminster College in Missouri and warned the United States and the other western nation that “an iron curtain has descended across the Continent.”

Part of his speech has special significance for us today:

“Our difficulties and dangers will not be removed by closing our eyes to them.”  “They will not be removed by mere waiting to see what happens; nor will they be removed by a policy of appeasement. What is needed is a settlement, and the longer this is delayed, the more difficult it will be and the greater our dangers will become.”

Welcome to March

March 1, 2010

Daffodils--the March Flower

The month of March is here.  February seemed even shorter than the shortest month.  That might have had something to do with being in Washington, D. C. for the first week of February (and getting the trip lengthened a couple of days because of the snow storm.)

March was the first month of the year in ancient times.  It was named for Mars, the Roman god of war.  It was the first month of the year because Spring began in March.  Under the Gregorian calendar, March is the third month of the year.

March is the home of Dr. Suess’ Birthday (the 2nd), Pi Day (the 14th or 3.14), Save a Spider Day (also the 14th), Saint Patrick’s Day (the 17th), the vernal equinox (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), and, if you like a sale, March 30 is the day of perhaps with best deal in history–the day the United States purchased Alaska.

So, here’s to a good March.