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Missouri Facing Reality

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Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri announces that the State Government must be “right sized” in light of budget shortfalls: 

http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/politics/story/9235CCE18E48CA53862576E4000DFC25?OpenDocument 

Including, but not limited to, are: 

— The elimination of in-home care services, such as bathing and cleaning, effective April 1, for 2,600 lower-income elderly or disabled people.

— Reduced state aid for public school buses and community health care clinics. 

The reaction has been swift and furious: 

Cindi Keele, executive director of the Missouri chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI of Missouri), said, “In times of economic downturn, it is critically important for Missouri to protect both the mental health system and those who need Medicaid mental health services. I shudder to think how these cuts will affect thousands of Missouri’s families, already suffering from disabilities, many of whom are terrified and calling our office for help.” 

http://www.joplinindependent.com/display_article.php/mocmhc1108593837 

But for some social welfare advocates like Robin Acree, that’s not a good reason to cut Medicaid.She led the rally in the capitol rotunda.Acree had some harsh words for the governor.She said the governor is shirking his responsibility and breaking promises. 

http://www.ksmu.org/content/view/380/67/ 

Even Kansas City’s own Alternative Newspaper gets in on bashing the Governor: 

Compared with the citizens of Missouri, I’m thinking, prisoners in Alcatraz had it good. At least they were entitled to medical attention. 

And goes on to say the Governor  

 and his pallies in the Legislature have seen to it that 100,000 innocent Missourians don’t get that privilege. 

http://www.pitch.com/2005-05-12/news/blunt-trauma 

Oh.  Wait.  My mistake.  All of those articles were from a few years ago, when Republican Governor Matt Blunt proposed, pushed for, and got many of the same sort of cuts to Missouri’s budget.  And the above quotes were all found within a few moments from an internet search.  A little bit longer, and I could find all sorts of heart-wrenching stories from the Kansas City Star that I recall reading at the time. 

I guess it’s early, as the news of Nixon’s proposed cuts has just come out.  I’m sure the very liberal newspaper editorial boards in Kansas City and St Louis will take the popular Democratic Governor (who I know the Star at least endorsed) to task for these heartless cuts to the poorest of our citizens.  I’m certain all sorts of websites, letters to the editor, and protests will spring up to demand restoration of basic dignity. 

Right?

Written by James Lee

March 12, 2010 at 08:59

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A Good Start

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A little bit of good news from House GOP:

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/86203-house-gop-approves-conference-wide-earmark-ban

Definitely taking the first steps of a hard, long journey.  In reality, ‘earmark’ pork spending on bridges to nowhere and traffic lights in Terre Haute are a very small fraction of the massive spending done by the federal government.  But it is often the most visible, and therefore the most outrageous examples of quid-pro-quo and political backscratching on our dime.

If the Republicans can hold this resolution together, permanently, it will definitely give them a campaign issue advantage with those of us on the Right side of the spectrum, and may even pull in some fiscally conservative Democrats (or is that DemocratICS? I can never remember).

I just hope that the Republicans remember this, and it’s up to us to remind them and hold their feet to the fire afterwards.  Then we can get started on serious budget-cutting and dismantling of out-of-control programs and spending.

Written by James Lee

March 11, 2010 at 12:57

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Partisanship

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OK, here we go.  One always hears in the news about partisanship and how it’s so horrible.  Party line vote, Obstructionist, Party of “no”, etc.

Here’s the thing:  I WANT partisanship in Washingon.

When I help elect a person to a seat, be it through only my vote, or if I donate money, times, canvassing, whatever, I feel that person reflects my values as close as they can.  Most of the time, I actually vote FOR someone, rather than against the Other Guy.

The last thing I want is for that person that I invested time, money, or anything else in, is to compromise the principles that I elected them for.  There ARE stark differences in the parties, regardless of what Libertarians might want you to believe.

I come from a position of wanting smaller Government, less Washington interference in our daily lives.  All of those things mean less taxes, smaller programs.   If I help elect a Congressman to live to those ideals, the LAST thing I want them to do is compromise them away.

I understand that no candidate will ever be 100% what I want.  But when one campaigns, for example, on wanting to lower taxes 10% across the board, and then ‘compromises’ on letting the taxes rise by 5%, that is NOT what I think compromise is. 

Everyone, no matter who they are, has core principles on which they will not compromise.  Some things are negoitiable.  Core values are not.

What I want to see is the Republicans in Washington get a firm grasp on what we voters believe are the core principles, and act as partisan, obstructionist, or generally onery as all get-out in order to  defeat things I do not believe in.

In this light, the upcoming “Health Care Summit,” to be televised LIVE:  On CSPAN!, is nothing more than more Kabuki Theater.  The President, and his allies in Government such as Pelosi, Reid, and others, want more than their own souls Single Payer Health Care in this country.

Now, if you think Single Payer would be the greatest thing ever, and how THIS time it will be different than every other time it has been adapted in this world, then please let me know, and CONVINCE me I am wrong.  I want nothing to do with it right now.  And no matter what passes the House, or the Senate, or what wording they use, or how they name it, IT ALL LEADS TO SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE.  Public Option, Insurance Exchange, whatever you call it, it means the END of what we have now, at least eventually.

For this reason, I want my Senators, Congress-people, and other representatives to be as partisan as possible in slowing, stopping, and killing this sort of Freedom killing legislation from ever seeing the light of day.

Written by James Lee

February 21, 2010 at 21:20

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