Monday, September 22, 2008

For What It's Worth

Okay, I thought I would go outside my blog "box" and express some thoughts on the upcoming election and an issue or two.

I will be voting for the McCain/Palin ticket, not because I am a big McCain fan, but other reasons. He showed some really good sense in choosing Sarah Palin, and that is the biggest reason. She isn't perfect, no one is, but I agree with her stands on issues almost down the line. I sincerely hope she becomes our next president after McCain. And not because she is a woman, but because I think she's terrific.

As to why I would have voted for McCain even without Palin on the ticket? I believe that it would be a nightmare for our country's future to have Barrack Obama as the president. He is the most liberal Democrat in the Senate, and represents with a very nice face some very bad stands.

Abortion - an issue he supports whole-heartedly, even to voting four times against providing medical care to babies that survive an abortion procedure, and even to killing babies as they are being born, simply at the request of the - I have a hard time even calling a person who would ask for that the "mother". That alone would disqualify Mr. Obama from my vote. John McCain told Rick Warren that a person is a person at the moment of conception, and has the rights of every other person. I support that.

Health care - I will not suggest that health care provision is at a good place in our country. My husband and I are self-employed and pay for our own catastrophic health insurance. It has a very high deductible in order for it to be feasibly affordable, but we know if any high bills came, they would be covered. Along the way, I have learned some things:

You don't have to go to the doctor if you don't feel good. You can look symptoms up on the internet and use over the counter helps in order to feel better. We love Zicam! I know enough to know when symptoms warrent a real doctor visit, and they are very few in our household. We eat healthy foods, sleep plenty and take echinacea/goldenseal a lot.

When I do go to the doctor for myself or one of the boys, and the doctor says he/she wants us to have, say, an abdominal CAT scan for undiagnosed pain...I have learned to say, "Is that really necessary? Because my insurance won't pay for that." So far, almost every time, the doctor has backed down and agreed that it wasn't really necessary at all. So we get better without the expensive procedures. Except when they are absolutely necessary. Then we go ahead.

Countries that have government backed health care aren't necessarily winding up with a well-cared for populace. For example, many women who have high risk pregnancies in British Columbia wind up spending months at Seattle or Spokane hospitals in order to receive proper medical care. That tells me that Canada's state run medical system isn't working very well. In 2006 the state of Massachusettes instituted a state run health insurance program, mandatory for its citizens. I just found an article from the Boston Globe describing that the wait to see a primary care doctor has grown to as long as 100 days, the number of practices accepting new patients has dipped dramatically, leaving these newly insured patients waiting weeks to even find a doctor that will accept them, then months longer to get an appointment. Many doctors are working 60+ hour weeks, and for many of their patients, say that they might just as soon hand each patient a $20 dollar bill as bill the insurance company. It actually costs them money to see these patients. How long do you think this can go on?

So my conclusion about health care is that, as broken as our system is, it's better than a government run system. And make no mistake, Mr. Obama is advocating that the government will handle our nation's health care, not a private company. I don't want my government telling me whether or not I can see a doctor or how often. Maybe we should all ask our doctors if those extra, wildly expensive tests, are really necessary.

Taxes - I know that Mr. Obama claims that he will only raise taxes on 5% of the population, but that is pretty misleading. President Bush rolled back some taxes that Mr. Obama promises to reinstate, such as taxes on investment income and taxes on inheritances. If he is elected and does in fact do this, the Stock Market should take a serious tumble, since investors will be looking at ways to increase their money without being penalized so harshly for it. And as for an inheritance tax, if a person is wise with their income and pays taxes on it, and is able to leave that money to their children, why should taxes be exacted a second time on the same money?

Understand this - higher taxes on corporations simply equate to less profit, less money to hire employees, and ultimately less incentive to make money. Todd and I have had serious discussions whether we want to work less hard so we make less money and pay less taxes. Self-employment taxes are just enormous! Sometimes we want to stop making money so the state and federal government can't take it away from us. We are de-incentivised, if that is a word. That's a bad place for businesses to be in. And the small businesses of America make up a huge percentage of the nation's employers. Tax increases would be catastophic in today's economy. The economy needs to be fixed, but certainly not with higher taxes.

Redistribution of Wealth - This really is the cornerstone of socialism. It involves taking from the rich to give to the poor. We cheered for Robin Hood when he did this, right?! (One of Disney's all-time best movies...) But in reality, higher taxes on the high producers simply penalizes them for their success. Did you get that? High taxes on high-producers penalizes them for their hard work. Then why would we want to continue to work hard and long and struggle to get ahead, if that profit is taken away from us in the form of taxes so someone who doesn't work at all or work as hard as we do can have the same advantages we have to work for?

We have no problem with paying our fair share of taxes. We report every dime that we make to the IRS because we believe that is the right thing to do, not just because the law says so, but because the Bible says so. We like thinking that our taxes are helping people who are really in need - a single mom struggling to work and feed and house her family. An injured person who can't work needs help until they can begin to produce again. But I think that every person on welfare should have to work in some capacity for that income, unless they are incapacitated. That's a Biblical principle too. We just don't want to support people who make excuses for not working when they really could. And we really don't want our taxes to be spent on government excesses any more than people's excuses.

Energy Independence - Anyone who has seen the existing pipeline in Alaska has seen caribou etc grazing under and around the thing. It isn't causing any harm to any portion of the local ecology. The Gulf of Mexico has multi-oil platforms, which produce oil for our country without harming it. If we had continued to cultivate and develop our nation's wealth of oil and natural gas, if we had built more nuclear power plants, if we had begun seriously researching alternate energy sources years ago, we would never have known this mind-boggling, vulnerable, energy dependence on countries who have declared their intention to destroy us (Venezuela, Iran), or countries that can tell us how much we will have to pay in order to keep our economy running. There is no excuse for this situation in which we find ourselves. We must make it a priority to change this.

So there you go - my two cents worth.


Katie said...

hey, thanks for your two cents! You had some good points on health care, and I agree that things can get sticky when the government does things poorly. I think we should definitely look at Canada's health care system seriously if we were to provide health care and learn from their mistakes. Also, some good thoughts on doing home remedies and going to the doctor less/being picky about procedures. I think we're told that we have to go to the doctor all the time, and trust whatever they tell us to do, but sometimes they don't know what is wrong either! I do think seriously that it can be done well, because my state health insurance was incredible for me.

I also commented on Rachel's blog about the abortion part ...

Oliver said...

AMEN, sista!!