Notes from all over

by GDA


The biggest "flim-flam" to be cast to the public has to be Pres. Barack Hussein Obama's "Obamacare." We were told that all Americans would have affordable healthcare through this fiasco, but the opposite is true. It used to be that those with insurance had deductibles, the amount they had to pay before the insurance kicked in, of a hundred to five hundred dollars. From what I have been told by many, the deductibles are $5,000 to $10,000. In other words, this great insurance plan is really only an insurance for huge claims. If you go to the doctor you will not use insurance for most problems. In other words, many more Americans are really without true health care.
The cost for insurance has also skyrocketed. School districts in Minnesota are being told that the cost for insurance for their employees will go up around 20 percent this year. It seems that the cost goes up every year and not by 1 or 2 percent.
You have to remember that Obama ran for president saying he would have a transparent presidency. That means that everything would be in the open. What a farce. Obamacare was put together behind closed doors by Democrats only. Then it was passed with few voting for it who knew what it contained. This bill controls a large part of our economy and few still know what it contains.
Hopefully, we will see it fixed or wiped out after the November election. Now, Hillary is all for it. She tried to get her version of "Obamacare" in when her husband, Bill, was president. That was another Hillary fiasco. It doesn't look like she will do anything to get rid of this fiasco, so we will continue to see our healthcare costs go up if she happens to beat Donald Trump. Trump said he will eliminate it or fix it. Hopefully, he will win and do that, but politicians have been known to not follow through with their campaign promises.
We as voters have to hold them to their promises and vote them out if they don't follow through.
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Bernie Sanders is apparently history, but his socialist platform should never have been considered. The trouble is, too many Americans have gotten away from being independent and taking care of themselves, and wanting the government to do it. The trouble with socialism is the government runs out of other people's money to spend.
Look at Venezuela, a country with one of the largest oil reserves in the world. They are socialists and the people are starving. Around 70 percent or more of their income goes for food. The country can't even afford to buy the paper to print more money.
Someone has to tell Bernie that socialism doesn't work.
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Well, Minnesota still has one of the lowest reported unemployment rates in the country, if you can believe our government. The trouble is, this same report shows that 71 percent of our workforce is working. A lot of people have given up trying to find work. Heck, the government pays better for not working. When a person withdraws from the workforce, in other words, goes on welfare, they aren't counted as unemployed.
I know there are a lot of jobs out there, but why work when you can get paid for staying home? The days when being on the government's dole was something to be ashamed of have gone. We need some pride instilled in us.
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Have a good week. Our country's birthday is coming up.

This would be funny if it wasn't so close to the truth

By today's standards, none of us were supposed to ever make it.
HIGH SCHOOL - 1957 vs 2016

Scenario 1: Jack goes duck hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.
1957 - Vice principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2016 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2016 - Police called and SWAT team arrives - they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled - even though Johnny started it.

Scenario 3: Jeffrey will not be in class, he disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to the principal's office and given a good paddling by the principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2016 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his dad gives him a whipping.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.
2016 - Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being spanked herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark shares his aspirin with the principal out on the smoking dock.
2016 - The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6: Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2016 - Pedro's cause is taken up by a radical group. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files a class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English is then banned from the basic curriculum. Pedro is given his diploma anyway, but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2016 - ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents - and all siblings are removed from their home. All computers are confiscated. Johnny's dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2016 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.