As I have gotten older, I have more and more respect for our military. They take an oath and put their lives on the line every day. For me. And for you.
Their patriotism gives me the freedom to write, to speak, to be. Just to be. How can a simple thank you be enough? How can my mere words express my gratitude to our blessed U.S. military and their families?
Fast forward to now. Our government recently had a partial shut-down. The mainstream media networks never let us forget how many days that the government has been closed. About 83% of the government is still working and has not been furloughed. Yes, it is bad when anyone, federal employees included, is laid off --permanently or temporarily. But the federal employees will get back pay for their time off, so they will win in the end. Unlike private sector workers who have been out of work for years thanks to this President’s detrimental policies. But I digress.
For Lewis and Bobbie, the election of 2008 was a disappointment because they were both conservatives who voted Republican. Then, when President Obama began his pitch for healthcare, both thought maybe this was an answer to a prayer. You see, Lewis has type 2 diabetes and the cost of insurance for a man over 45 with this disease is extremely expensive. Lewis and Bobbie both left their former jobs, and the insurance that came with it, and started their dream. They decided to embark on that most American of all goals, and become small business owners.
Like any starting company, there have been major struggles and at times it seemed their dream was going to collapse into ruin. For the past few years, they have struggled to keep their business from going under and taking their home with it. In the midst of that struggle there were also concerns about health and how Lewis would stay alive without the treatment he needs to fight the diabetes.
Searching for private insurance was one disappointment after another and then the Affordable Care Act came into existence with promises that those with pre-existing conditions, like Lewis’s, could not be turned down nor charged outrageous premiums. It was billed as "affordable care" and that was exactly what Lewis and Bobbie had prayed to find. So, when October 1, 2013 came around, Lewis was one of the first people who tried to sign up at Healthcare.gov.
A couple of weeks ago the Today show ran a week-long segment called “Born Today” and live-cast several moms around the country who were just about to give birth or had just given birth. The series continued throughout the week highlighting pregnant moms, babies, new families and the joy surrounding new life.
Although I am not a fan of NBC, I must admit that I am still a sucker for the fluffy Today show. I was thoroughly impressed by the fact that the Today show was highlighting moms and babies from all walks of life instead of just the royal baby Prince George or the “royal” American baby North West.
As a mom to an incredible 8 week old daughter, I am reminded daily of the amazing miracle of life. I look at her in wonder and am truly in awe that my body was able to create and support another human being.
I have a dilemma. I am a charitable person, and I care about the poor and needy. My issue is not with them but with Americans who abuse our entitlement programs. We are well on our way to bankruptcy, and some people just don’t care.
Enter Jason Greenslate. He was featured in a Fox News documentary titled “The Great Food Stamp Binge.” If you haven’t seen, it I encourage you to watch it. Patrick Cadell wrote a great opinion piece about it. A portion of the documentary follows young Jason. Jason lives in California, enjoys surfing, playing in a band, and dating hot girls. He supports his fun-filled lifestyle with taxpayer money, and does so without a shred of guilt. To Jason, this way of life is completely acceptable.
I believe we have an innate desire to be independent. From childhood to adulthood, we were always striving for independence. In high school, I became increasingly uncomfortable with having to rely on my parent’s for everything. As long as I was living in their house and spending their money, I had to play by their rules. I remember when I left home for college. The day had finally come to leave the nest. I was free to pursue my own dreams, make my own decisions, and live life on my terms.
While we may be enduring a small government shutdown, we certainly aren't witnessing a big-government slowdown. In the midst of recent gridlock, certain members of Congress are gearing up for the next epic battle.
Nancy Pelosi, and other top Democrats introduced sweeping legislation last week to overhaul the nation’s broken immigration system and create a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal residents.
To gain support for their legislation, the Center for Community Change (CCC) drummed up an astro-turf mass arrest scenario at a rally that took place on the supposed 'closed' National Mall in Washington D.C. October 8th. Breitbart News reported emails from CCC that were obtained containing the following…
**"This rally and concert will culminate in a Civil Disobedience action in front of the capitol!!"