Archive for October, 2012

“The Red Cross knows what it’s doing.  They will make sure that we get the resources to those families as swiftly as possible. ”  So where are they getting these resources from?  Why from donations of course.  Apparently the donating of food for those in need is no longer acceptable.  Or is it that because it was Gov. Romney and the new media was paying attention to him that Obama, always insecure had to find another way to take a stab at him.   Gov. Romney has been doing this kind of charity work most of his life.  He was a boy scout, has had 5 boy scouts.  They do food donation pick up every year.  Gov Romney has a lifetime of charity work under his belt.  Pres Obama doesn’t even know the meaning of the word charity.  Here’s a tip, it doesn’t mean to take money from the government and give it to the Red Cross.

Unfortunately for Gov. Romney he can’t help like he would probably like to because of the circus that follows him everywhere.  In his position I might tell the press that if they want to continue to follow me around they’d better get some work boots and gloves because everyone was going to be doing some heavy lifting.  The LDS community believes that “Charity is the pure love of Christ”.  They stand always ready to help local officials and organizations with food, clothing, shelter and yes with donations. In this case members throughout the country stand ready not to help just Mormons but all those in need.

Obama is using finally doing his day job.  There are people who think he should be feted for that.  Many others think it’s too little, entirely too late.  Where was he after the last Hurricane when it took him days to find the time to tour the destruction?  Where was he when foreign leaders wanted to meet with him, oh yes on the View.  Where was he when people were dying in Libya, oh yes on his way to Vegas.  So now less than 7 days before the election he looks “presidental”.  Seems to me he should have thought about putting on his President costume in 2008.   We could have used an actual “president” instead of the poser we’ve been living with for the past three plus years.

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Over and over I have heard (before the debates) that Mitt Romney is just a rich suit.  That he’s an elitist.  That he doesn’t understand real problems.  That he can’t possibly know what problems the average American faces.  That he doesn’t  understand single mothers, fathers, broken families, families with drug, alcohol or other problems. I haven’t been able to wrap my mind around this because I’m coming at it from a LDS (Mormon) perspective.  So allow me  in my ineffectual way to offer a look into why I am confused at this portrayal of a man who spent several years as a Bishop and then as a Stake President  in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

The LDS (Mormon) church has no paid local clergy.  Bishops, Stake Presidents and other local leaders receive no pay, stipend or monetary support for their service.  Each Ward (congregation) has upwards of 300 members, usually a third of which are under the age of 18.  The Bishop is the ecclesastical leader, who has two councilors.  They are responsible for the running of the ward and supervise the other organizations within the unit.  The Bishop is also responsible for the Priest Quorum (boys ages 16-18) as he is the president of that quorum assisted by two assistants who are members of that quorum.  The Bishop along with his councilors sees to the needs of the congregation assisted by both Home and Visiting Teachers.  These members are assigned to look out for and visit members of the ward monthly and bring to the bishop any needs, spiritual or temporal, that he needs to address.

Bishops council with members of the ward on all sorts of issues.  Most are spiritually based but many bleed over into other areas, financial, moral, to name just a few.  Budgeting, job hunting, addiction, family problems, behavior issues all are subjects a bishop must address. Most wards do not have just wealthy people in them, but even if they did wealth is no barrier to the problems affecting our society.  Disobedience to commandments brings upon people secular as well as spiritual  consequences.  Bishops of wards deal with differing  socio-economic levels but similar problems.

As a Stake President, who is the leader of groups of Wards (congregations) in an area, one would fulfill the same kinds of roles.  While a Stake President doesn’t deal as often with individuals, he is responsible to help train and lead Bishops with the help of councilors and a 12 member body called the High Council.  He makes decisions for the good of his Stake and calls leaders to positions within the stake by inspiration.  These men and women are not called because they gave a lot of money to the church, or because they are business leaders.  Members do not aspire to callings, one cannot ‘”run” or “campaign” to any calling.  Most members when called to positions of authority are humbled that the Lord would give them the opportunity to serve their brothers and sisters  and most are somewhat concerned about whether or not they can do a good job. Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is at the head of the church and so he is in effect their boss as well as their brother. (if He’s the Son of God and we’re God’s children that makes him our brother) They love him and want to do what he’s asked them to do and do it well.

I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for over around 35 years.  I have lived in Florida, New York, Maryland, Utah, Michigan, Kansas and the Republic of the Philippines.  I know what Mormons believe and how their organizations function and have held leadership positions in every organization in which I was eligible.  I know what I’m talking about because I live it every day and have for 35 years.  So that is why I’m confused at this portrayal of Mitt Romney as someone divorced from the average American.  More than any president in the last 20 years he is uniquely qualified to know about the problems of all  Americans, and uniquely qualified to lead this country from the brink of disaster to solvency.  Because if he can’t we are well and truly finished as a country as a people and as a world.

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I’ve just returned from taking my child to school this morning.  On my way back I tuned into a local radio program here in my little corner of heaven.  The host, a local conservative, was talking  to a nurse who works in geriatric long term care.  She was educating the host about some of the changes in Medicare because of Obamacare, none of them for the better.

She maintained that the changes have caused a drop in the quality of care especially to the elderly.  There is so much paper work that now has to be done that patient care is suffering.   Dr. offices are having to hire extra transcriptionists instead of health care professionals due to all the extra paperwork.  Then there’s the issue of who gets treatment and whether or not Dr.s are going to be able to factor in “spunk” when deciding if someone gets treatment. After all “spunk’ can’t be put on a bureaucrats actuary table.

Oh and here’s something that should shiver your timbers.  This past summer one part of Obama care already went into effect.  If your heart should stop beating for any reason, EMS can perform 20 min of CPR.  If you don’t have a pulse by then they  CAN NOT transport you to the hospital.  If you are in the emergency room it’s the same procedure.  They will not do anything else for you. As I understand it not shock treatment, no IV’s, no needle to the chest.  (I’m not a medical person so I don’t know all the names for what they do but I took  first aid classes-years ago so I know they do more than just CPR) You are dead.

As bad as all this  is the worst thing it seems is the dehumanizing effect of this “landmark” legislation.  People are no longer people, they are relegated to numbers on a spreadsheet.  The lady who spoke on radio today works with Alzsheimers patients.  The government wants a second opinion on their diagnosis’ .  This means these patients have to be transported by the institution or families (out of their “safe environment” which is very bad for peoples suffering from the disease) to another facility.  It may take weeks and months to get them back to where they were.   Then there are the added costs. The people who have to travel with the patient, the added time back in their “homes’ it takes to help them become reacclimated.  These are elderly people who don’t know who they are, don’t know where they are and like the movie Fifty First Dates sometimes start over every day from scratch.  What they need is consistency, not chaos.

But as many of us have said for the last 3 years, Obamacare is not about quality care, it’s not about people and it’s never been about patients.  It’s all about money and power.  The power to decide who deserves to live and who deserves to die.  I don’t want some government employee deciding whether I can have an operation or not.  Like the government workers responsible for making the decisions on security in Benghazi they may decide that they have too much to do to read my file or look at my case or they’re too busy talking about who was kicked off Survivor to pay attention to my medical problem.  After all it’s not like they’ll have to be on Obamacare.  They’re some of the exceptions, along with Congress and the President.  If it’s such a good deal all of them should have to sign up, and be seen first.  I’d vote for that.

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