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The National Health Service in the UK has something called the Liverpool Care Pathway, which is essentially a pathway to the grave. The LCP is what you might call the Death Panel Protocol. Its intent was to deal with terminally ill patients, but according to an article from the London Daily Mail, it has, like most government programs, expanded a bit, without, apparently, the knowledge of much of the public.

Jon Bon Jovi is a rock-n-roller from my era. Wasn’t much of a fan myself. However, in 2006, he started the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. According to Wikipedia, the group works with non-profit organizations and community leaders to help establish programs and partnerships that provide the basic needs of food and shelter. A couple years ago, he and his wife opened “The Soul Kitchen”, a restaurant where there were no prices on the menus, and customers who could pay were given an envelope to leave whatever amount they wanted. What if you couldn’t pay? Well, you could still eat there, but there was a condition. This is no freebie.

Mentioned links:

Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor’s haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end-of-life plan

Jon Bon Jovi’s charity restaurant opens in NJ

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Filed under: CharityEconomics & TaxesGovernmentHealth Care

Do You Really Own Your Property?

We were told, point blank, that we don’t, by a local government employee.

Here’s the story. In the tiny town we live in, apparently there have been an increasing number of code violations regarding, among other things, people parking cars on their lawns, off the driveway. My wife, returning from our town’ s annual Christmas parade, was pulling up to our house with plans to park on the street in front of our house for the moment. She saw a Code Enforcement car coming down our dead-end street, and parked a little bit further off to the side, thinking that maybe this officer might be concerned that she was blocking too much of the street. In doing this, about 1/3 of the tire width was actually on the grass; a few inches.

When the Code Enforcement office turned around and came back down our street, he rolled his window down and said to my wife that, FYI, he was patrolling for, among other thing, cars on lawns and that, technically, he could cite her for her current parking situation, but wouldn’t this time. In the ensuing conversation, he told her a number of very odd things.

Now, I understand if a community doesn’t want to live in an area where people regularly park on their lawns. I can see erosion issues, and I can understand that this could lead to people who turn their property into auto mechanic yards. He mentioned that cars can leak fluid and it would get into the water supply. (Of course, those leaks from a car on the road would wind up in the storm drain where it would go directly into the lake behind our house, unfiltered by the ground. But he didn’t seem to realize that.) The community decides that it will make certain rules about how you keep your property, and you might get fined for breaking these rules, but it’s still your property. Not according to this guy. In his mind, since the government can create restrictions on what you can do, then it’s not your property. You only have the license to use it. He didn’t go into who actually owns it or who you’re licensing it from, but he was quite clear that  our ownership of the property was an illusion.

And, since I can’t, for instance, use my house as a factory, then I don’t really own that, either.

Really?

Now, my guess is this is just one, incredibly misinformed, random government worker we ran into. But still, is this indicative of a bigger issue regarding what government thinks? Perhaps folks at higher levels still do, in fact, understand the concept of private property, and that having regulations on the use of something doesn’t mean the regulatory body owns it. But really, this is unbelievable.

I can be put in jail for child abuse. Wonder what this guy thinks about my kids.

Filed under: GovernmentNanny State

Back with more topics than I’ve ever squeezed into 10 minutes or less, “Consider This!” is back with a new episode.

A friend of mine posted a graphic of Sen. Bernie Sanders with a  quote from him extolling the results of Social Security, with the tag, “Social Security has done exactly what it was designed to do.” Well sure, in the short term, big government social programs always look good. Think of how Social Security looked in the first 5 or 10 years. People who had paid little or nothing into it got monthly checks from the government. Wonderful.

John Hawkins at the blog Right Wing News polled conservative bloggers on who the GOP should choose at their 2016 nominee. The short answer? Marco Rubio was the clear winner. He was followed by Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal and Paul Ryan. The two who topped the list of those they least wanted to see on the ticket were Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. Then John asked, want to see something scary?

The government recently modified its determination of which states have the worst poverty rates. The new measure incorporates a controversial calculation of relative equality that demotes states that have wide gaps between wealthy people and people with less than one-third of state residents’ average income. This income gap is something that liberals have spoken out against, and believe they have an answer to. But with this new measure included, it’s interesting to see what state dropped to the rock bottom of the survey; California.

A government report released Monday warned that a sudden increase in taxes would result in lower consumer spending next year, and some analysts wondered if the concerns about what could happen might crimp spending throughout the rest of the holiday season. Um, yeah. The Obama administration is just now figuring out what conservatives have been saying, well, pretty much for a generation. In other news, the sky is indeed blue, and math still works.

What’s your take? Call me at 267-CALL-CT-0 (267-225-5280) or write me at considerthis@ctpodcasting.com. Or, since you’re already here, just comment on these show notes.

Mentioned links:

BERNIE SANDERS ON SOCIAL SECURITY

Right Wing News

Conservative Blogger Poll Results: Who Should The GOP Choose As Its Nominee in 2016?

Right-Of-Center Bloggers Select The Most & Least Desired 2008 Republican Nominee (Third Quarter Of 2007 Edition)

Polling Conservative Bloggers On The 2012 GOP Primaries

Golden State turns to lead, now leads poverty rankings

Stocks open lower on new fiscal cliff warnings

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesElectionsEntitlementsGovernment

I had a listener comment on one of the previous episodes, and I wanted to respond to his comment, especially the part where his criticism was absolutely on target. I said “I wasn’t guessing” when I contended that Ban Ki Moon hadn’t denounced anti-Christian or anti-Jewish speech like he did with recent anti-Islamic speech, but then I didn’t provide any examples. Listen as your humbled host is properly corrected.

But a more accurate statement isn’t really that much different. I tried to find similar examples, but Google News couldn’t find them. If you can, let me know, but for now it seems to me that, yes, threatening life and property is the way to get the UN’s attention.

Post a comment here or call me at (267) CALL-CT-0, (267) 225-5280,  and let me know what you think.

Mentioned links:

Episode 15 with comments

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Filed under: Free SpeechGovernmentUnited Nations

Episode 21: The Post-2012-Election Analysis

Yes, the campaigning, the TV ads, the debates and speeches, and all the vote counting (well, except in Florida, where it’s tradition to drag that out) are now all behind us, and what do we have now? A Democratic President, a Senate controlled by Democrats and a House of Representatives controlled by Republicans. So basically, the same government we had before the election. The economy has been bouncing along anemically, millions have left the workforce, and of those remaining, a higher percentage of them are still out of work.

And votes for Obama were, explicitly or implicitly, a vote for ObamaCare, and with it the reduction of religious freedom as taking a stand for your beliefs against killing the unborn was considered less of an issue than making sure contraception would be dirt cheap for college students.

So what happened, or more to the point, didn’t happen?

It looks like the Obama campaign had the better “ground game”, as they call it. He got his base energized. Democrats were 38 percent of the electorate while Republicans were only 32 percent. I thought that the Chick-fil-A appreciation day was a harbinger of Election Day, but it was, apparently, only a measure of the evangelical support for Romney.

I won’t be a sore loser. The American people spoke, and congrats to President Obama and his supporters. It’s time to move forward. But forward to where? Listen in.

Mentioned links:

Exit Polls: Obama Gains With Latinos, Romney Gains With Evangelicals

On Second Thought…

30 Reasons Republicans Lost The Election

20 things that went right on Election Day

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Filed under: AbortionBudget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesElectionsEntitlementsGovernmentHealth CareMarriage

This is the last episode before the election, so I’m making one final pitch.

From an economic standpoint, the choice is clear in this election; push on towards Greece, or hold on to economic freedom. Honestly, when you look at Greece, they’ve run out of money to pay for all the perks the Greek people have come to expect. There are people rioting in the streets, I suppose under the mistaken assumption that rioting puts money in the treasury.

While we’re teaching our kids to be thrifty and budget their money, we’re going to hand off to them debt in the double-digit trillions once they become taxpayers. A vote for Obama is a vote for just that bit of, frankly, immorality. And while we baby boomers are trying to collect our Social Security, they’ll be paying for that as well. Again, either we’re pushing towards Greece (the direction the Obama campaign describes as “forward”) or preserving economic freedom for our generation and future ones.

We have to cut spending. If you believe that, when it comes to revenue, the rich should pay more because they have more, then you should also understand that, when it comes to spending, those on whom we’re spending the most will have to bear their “fair share” of the cuts.

I am not calling for a ban on abortion, and, by the way, neither is Mitt Romney. However, if you think a million abortions a year is a bit on the high side, why would you vote for a party who is dedicated (according to their platform, both philosophically and financially) to making sure that abortion becomes equivalent of a civil right?

Mentioned links:

The Salvation Army disaster relief

Europe’s ageing population revolts at longer work and lower pensions

My blog post on the French pension protests of 2003

CBO: National Deficit to Hit Nearly $10 Trillion Over Upcoming Decade

The Sheep and the Goats, Matthew 25:31-46 (New International Version)

Democratic Platform “Opposes Any Effort” to Limit Abortions

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Filed under: AbortionBudget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesElectionsEntitlementsEuropeGovernmentReligion

Looks like the first debate did have quite an effect on the views of the public. At one point, Romney was leading in New Hampshire. (Yes, that New Hampshire.)

For the past 16 years, global warming has stopped. Climate alarmists are still finding way to be alarmed, pushing out the goalposts to 20 years to see if they should be worried. (Yes, they’re worried about warming, and when it stops warming, they’re still worried.)

Drone strikes by the Obama administration have quintupled over the eeevil Bush administration. The anti-war Left could not be reached for comment, due to the fact that a Democrat is currently in the White House.

Mentioned links:

PollTracker (from Talking Points Memo)

Global warming stopped 16 years ago, reveals Met Office report quietly released… and here is the chart to prove it

Obama’s 262 Drone Strikes in Pakistan

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Filed under: Climate ChangeElectionsWar

A single-topic show this time around, one that is designed for you to share on your social networks. The economy is a huge issue in this presidential election, and I give my reasons why I’m voting for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. There is so much riding on this, and the two parties really differ quite a bit on how they’ve shown they’ll handle it.

And if you’re one of those folks who was nudged this way, thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll subscribe to the podcast, because a) it’s done in 10 minutes or less, and b) no yelling. Really, none.

Mentioned links:

United States Budget Dilemma (video)

More than 400 €1million homes put on the market in Paris since socialist Francois Hollande elected to power

The Truth About Taxes and Redistribution

Senate rejects budget measure containing Medicare overhaul

GOP Rep. introduces Obama budget, measure gets 0-414 drubbing

Instapundit, October 7, 2012

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Filed under: Budget & SpendingEconomics & TaxesElectionsEntitlementsGovernment

Episode 17: An “Interv” with Bruce McQuain

In this episode is the first of (hopefully) many “intervs”. What’s an “interv”?

I’ve been mulling over the idea of doing interviews on the podcast. The main problem, of course, is that I have a self-imposed 10-minute-or-less format, and most interviews just get going in 10 minutes. So I had to set some rules for an interview that you normally wouldn’t have. And thus was born what I’m calling the “interv”; a short, to-the-point, question and answer format. You won’t hear any clever banter or what either of us ate for lunch. It’ll just be 2 or 3 substantive questions and we’re outta’ there.

The first interv is with Bruce McQuain of the “Questions and Observations” blog, and the podcast “Observations”. I ask him about Romney’s debate performance on Democratic voters, and about why it’s Univision, and not the American press, breaking new stories on the Fast & Furious operation.

You can still cast nominations for “Consider This!” for the Stitcher Awards. Just click here to go to the nomination page.

Mentioned links:

The “Observations” podcast

The “Questions and Observations” blog

The “Blackfive” blog

The HotAir Green Room

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Filed under: Bruce McQuainElectionsIntervsMedia

Can you make an informed decision when the people charged with presenting that information share it in a biased manner, or choose not to share some of it based on their preferences? Trust in the press is at an all-time low, and 47% of us think the press is biased one way or the other. That’s a 47% that should be news.

Did warrantless wiretaps and surveillance  quadruple under President Bush? No, but I’ll give you 1 guess under who’s administration they did multiply like that.

The 2012 Stitcher Award nominations are going on now! Click here to vote for “Consider This!” in the “News & Politics” category. I’d really appreciate it. You can vote once a day through October 19th.

Mentioned links:

The Stitcher Awards

U.S. Distrust in Media Hits New High

Majority in U.S. Continues to Distrust the Media, Perceive Bias

Fast and Furious – It takes Univision to “break” it?

ACLU: Bush administration quadrupled warrantless wiretaps. Just kidding. It was Obama and Holder.

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Filed under: GovernmentMediaSurveillance

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