About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Clarifications - School Boards & AMA

Comments to the last five messages continue coming in almost too fast & too many to keep up with.  I post the best ones that are representative & add something to the discussion - many of which are heated like the two clarifications below. 


The first is from the writer of last night's Response #1 who said "society forgets that we get the government and the school boards that we elect" & the second is from one of our many doctors who addresses the AMA issue & particularly the previous comment - "Now here's a union worth taking a look at - the AMA!!!  The largest union in the country, yet no one touches the good old docs!"


--School Board Clarification---




As a caveat to my response that we get the government we elect.  I noticed in Tuesday's Courier News, with the exception of Plainfield, there were no opponents running in the local school board elections.  How DARE anyone complain about the quality of education in their towns while doing nothing to advance their own agenda!   Once again, the age old maxim that "talk is cheap" is validated.  We/U.S. get the government and school boards we elect.


---AMA Clarification---


I just spent 1/2 hour writing a response to the AMA point above and decided to delete it.  I will just say 2 things.  The AMA is not a union.  It is a professional association.  It is illegal for doctors to unionize because we are separate entities and that would constitute an attempt to form a monopoly.  Also, the "good old docs" have been touched plenty by Medicare and insurance companies since the 80s with reduced reimbursements.  My favorite example is cataract surgery.  I finished my residency in 1987.  The Medicare fee for a cataract extraction and lens implant was $1,800.00.  Today, I get approximately $740.00.  What is that adjusted for inflation?
I think someone that brags about home schooling their children should get their facts straight before making remarks of this nature. 

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