Entitlement Mentality

What is the deal with the entitlement mentality that is so prevalent in our society today?
This morning on the news I heard a story about how college kids are now EXPECTING to get at the very least a B in a class that they do the reading in. Tests shouldn’t matter. Attendance shouldn’t matter. What kind of thinking is that?
Are teachers going to be banned from using red pens to check papers or make comments to their students? Red pens are offensive….it makes the poor kids feel like their papers aren’t good enough.
The game of tag is outlawed in some schools because it is too rough. Someone could get hurt. Playing tag????!!!!!
Should all team players get a trophy at the end of the season–so as not to hurt anyone’s feelings? It doesn’t matter whether they were the team that lost. We can’t damage fragile egos.
Give me a break.
These things are just with the younger set……what about the adults?
Can’t pay your mortgage? Well, have the tax payers pay it for you. After all, you DESERVE it!
So what that you really can’t AFFORD a house. So what if you should really be renting… You want a house –you should tell the government to make sure that Fannie and Freddie GET YOU a home loan.
Can’t pay your bills? Have the government do it…..for crying out loud you NEED to have the cable TV, cell phone, computer, flat screen TV and all the other STUFF. If you can’t pay for it….make sure someone does. You are entitled after all!!
Have as many children as you want, with no thought as to how you will pay for them, and it actually HELPS if you are NOT married, you’ll get MORE money that way. The government can give you hand outs. After all it takes a village to raise a child, right?

I’m sick and tired of hearing about this entitlement mentality that seems to be everywhere these days. What kind of generation are we raising up? Will they believe that life owes them? The answer is YES. They already do.

*What happened to Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
*What happened to be a good sport? It doesn’t matter if you win or lose but how you play the game?
*What happened to “If at first you don’t succeed, try , try again!”
*What happened to work hard and then enjoy the fruits of your labor?
*What has happened to personal responsibility? respect? citizenship? trustworthiness? fairness? The pillars of character are all but gone in parts of our society.

This makes me sad for our country. Sad for what it is happening more and more each day. Sad that so many people don’t have any idea what we are losing……

We’re Not Gonna Take It!

Anyone who is fed up with the pork in Washington….anyone who is frustrated with the way Congress spends OUR money…..then you need to watch this video clip.
Yes, I know it is CNBC (not normally one of my favorite news stations) but the guy is spot on with what he is saying. Anybody ready for a tea party?

Ramos and Campeon

Ramos and Campeon are the two border control agents that were falsely imprisoned here in the United States. They were imprisoned for what?! For enforcing our borders between Texas and Mexico. They shot a KNOWN drug dealer as he tried to cross the border laden with around 800 lbs of marajuana…and they shot him in the buttocks ONLY after he attempted to shoot them first and then try to make a run for it. For that they got 11 year prison sentences! Where is the justice in that?! What is wrong with this picture?? So, before President Bush left office he pardoned these two men. Thank you President Bush. The men are currently under house arrest–after leaving the solitary confinement of prison for the past 4 years. They will be completely free by the end of next month.
I’m watching an interview with Ramos’ wife on the Glenn Beck show as I type. These men deserve a big thank you from this country. They were doing their jobs as border enforcement agents, and because of political red tape and shady officials (on both sides of the border) they were falsely imprisoned. We need MORE agents like these two men. People who will defend our borders from ILLEGAL immigrants/drug dealers/all kinds of other trafficking going on…..
I’ll tell you what….I’m so glad that they are back home with their families and friends! I’ll be even gladder when they are back on the job protecting this country. Way to go guys!

“Boxing” in the Dark

Yes, people. I have yet another Walmart story. What can I say? I practically live at the store. Here is the deal….I went to Walmart yesterday morning looking for boxes, since my family is moving to Ohio in the next few weeks. My job is to pack everything in the house, and for that I need lots and lots of boxes! Well…yesterday I was told that I needed to call between 11pm-12am to make sure that the night stockers saved me some boxes. So I did that…BUT the night manager I spoke with told me I had to pick them up by 7am or they went to the trash. OKAY. I set my clock for 5:45 am. Ugh. After a minute of disorientation, I jumped out of bed, got dressed, brushed my teeth and was out the door. It is cold that early in the morning. My car windshield was frosted over and so I turned on the radio and listened to the local morning show while my car warmed up. Then it was off to Walmart!
I got in the building around 6:20 am. I was told my boxes were in buggies back near housewares. So off I went. I got my first cart, wheeled it outside to the car and unloaded the boxes into my trunk. Back in I go. I see another cart full of really good boxes–big ones–so I tell the lady with the Walmart name tag on that I am taking this cart. She said to me, “Oh hunny, I’m glad you came when you did. I was fixing to take it to the trash!” What!! It was just around 6:30. Shew! Grabbed it just in the nick of time. I told her I would be back to get the last cart in a minute. She gave me a look like “you better take it now or else someone might trash it.” So, I grabbed the other buggy too. I’m pushing one and pulling the other and it is no easy feat because the boxes are stacked high and I can’t really see to steer. I finally make it to the front of the store where there was a little old man greeting people. I say to him, “Sir, may I leave this buggy here and take this one out, unload it and come right back to get the other one?” He said, “sure I’ll set the cart near the door for you.” When I came back in….there was no cart! I said, “sir, what happened to the cart with the boxes in it?” He looks around mumbling that he just put it at the door and where did it go? About that time another elderly gentleman pops out from a side door. The first man says to gentleman number two, “Hey buddy, you seen the cart with the boxes?” Number two then replies, ” The buggy with the trash in it? I moved it to the back.” GOOD GRIEF!!! He takes me to the back where I end up getting my boxes and schlepping them out to the car. Who knew getting boxes would be so difficult? This is some serious exercise…. I was exhausted by the time this whole ordeal was over with! To think that I get to do this all over again on Thursday morning at the Food City grocery store. I think I need a nap.

Is a stick figure beautiful?

I saw this story on MSN today. It is about the “Top 10” models of the year. Well, you have to look past the UGLY clothes to see the models, but even still I don’t really find these women all that appealing. Is this truly what society sees as beautiful? I’m not saying these girls are unattractive (I realize they have harsh makeup on, and scary designer clothes) I just don’t see them as the look to strive for. Some of those women have cheekbones that might cut a person if they got too close. Good grief!

Help To Make A Difference

Many of you know that I am a former special education teacher. I have a special favor to ask of my readers today. Would you please visit this site and leave a comment? For every comment left money will be given towards autism research. So many times I think that people want to help, they want to make a positive difference…but they just don’t know how to do that. Today is your chance! Let’s make a difference!
Go to this site and leave your comment. Ready, set, go!

A Total Mole Kind Of A Night

Sometimes the weather can be a real pain. The local news told me yesterday afternoon to hunker down there was a storm coming. “Okay”, I said to myself. I started getting dinner ready at 3:30 in the afternoon. I tried to be prepared. I guess the storm didn’t get the memo. It came early and our electricity went off. The potatoes I had baking in the oven weren’t even close to being done, unless you think chiseling away at a potato “rock” sounds done. Couldn’t really open the refrigerator because I didn’t want to let the cold air out…and had no idea how long the power would be off. So now the family couldn’t eat dinner…we were hungry and walking around the house like moles. Well, we had a little light at first (though the storm made it dark outside) but soon after the light we did have, left us. Out came the candles and flashlights. At first it was alright. Played some games…listened to our battery operated radio….but then it was kind of boring. No TV, no computer, my cell phone battery was starting to die on me, and we were hungry! We settled on peanut butter sandwiches and some ham spread on bread. Not together…eww…that would be gross. Kids ate peanut butter I had the ham. We ate by the light of the Yankee candle burning on the kitchen table. The radio told us of the 50,000 residents of our county that had no power. At least we weren’t alone in this blackout. We learned tree and power lines were down all over the place. Great. This was going to be a long night. No wonder people went to bed early back in the day. Without electricity there is not as much to do….especially when one doesn’t have much lighting except candles. So, I called for an early bedtime and told the boys to force themselves to go to sleep. Easier said then done. You know black is very black. I didn’t even have the light from the digital clock to keep me from tripping over the junk in my bedroom floor. I almost took a nosedive and if not for my almost superhuman agility (giggle,giggle) I would have cracked my face on the headboard of the bed. Yes…it was that dark. We are talking serious mole time here.
I was laying in the dark…wishing that the utility board would work a miracle when I hear my son from the next room.
“Mom?” Yes? ” I can’t sleep.” Yes you can. Close your eyes and breathe slowly. “I can’t make myself do that. It makes me not sleepy.” You are sleepy, you just don’t know it. “I don’t think so.” Listen, I’m the mom and I know things. Trust me…you’ll eventually go to sleep.
Eventually, we all fell asleep…well except when I got woke up in the middle of the night because my dying cell phone started whining…I turned it off after looking at the time on the phone. Still no lights. Ugh.

I Want Some REAL Answers!

A friend of mine, from high school posted this on her Face Book page. I think it is excellent and just had to share.
Mr. Obama’s last press conference was nothing more than a joke to the THINKING public. Why doesn’t Mr. Obama answer some REAL questions? Questions that we as intelligent individuals would like him to answer!

Obama in Prime Time: 7 Questions Left on Cutting Room Floor

President Barack Obama this week conducted his first prime-time press conference. After blaming the “failed theories of the last eight years” for today’s economic crisis, he pushed for massive, unprecedented government spending.

Lefty radio talk show host Ed Schultz — who once called Republican presidential candidate John McCain a “warmonger” — sat in the front row, appropriately next to “reporter” Helen Thomas. Thomas used to attack then-President Bush with her statements masquerading as questions. In her question to Obama, she referred to our Islamofascist enemies as “so-called terrorists” — which failed to elicit even a raised eyebrow from the President.

What, no Rush Limbaugh?

Obama even took a question from a “reporter” for the hyper-liberal Web site The Huffington Post. And, unlike Bush, the Obama administration preselected the reporters to be called upon and notified them in advance. Why did the others even bother showing up? If Bush pulled something like this, they’d call it “the discredited doctrine of pre-emption.”

Seven questions left on the cutting room floor:

1) Mr. President, tonight you criticized those who argue that FDR’s policies failed. I’d like to read a passage from the diary of Henry Morgenthau, FDR’s Treasury secretary: “We have tried spending money. We are spending more than we have ever spent before and it does not work. I want to see this country prosperous. I want to see people get a job. I want to see people get enough to eat. We have never made good on our promises. I say after eight years of this Administration we have just as much unemployment as when we started and an enormous debt to boot!” Please comment.

2) Mr. President, this is a two-part question. In your opening statement, you called today’s economic situation “the most profound economic emergency since the Great Depression” and later “the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.” But in the 1981-82 recession, unemployment reached 10.8 percent in 1982 versus 7.6 today. Reagan inherited an annual inflation rate of 13.5 percent, while you, sir, came in with a 0.1 percent inflation rate. Prime interest rates reached 21.5 percent at the end of 1980, compared with 3.25 percent at the end of 2008. Reagan did not ask for a “rescue” or “bailout” package. He cut taxes and slowed the rate of domestic spending. Unemployment, inflation and interest rates went down. The Treasury collected more revenue than ever. First, how then — at least so far — is this the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression? And second, given Reagan’s success, why not cut taxes, reduce domestic spending, and leave taxpayers and consumers with more money to save, spend and invest?

3) Mr. President, you say your administration will not torture. You’ve directed our military to apply the Army Field Manual, which relies on 19 psychological methods of interrogation and excludes waterboarding. Yet you are setting up an interagency panel to decide whether to use interrogation methods not included in the Army Field Manual. Aren’t you having it both ways — saying you won’t torture or use enhanced interrogation techniques, while retaining the option to do so?

4) As a candidate, you called raising taxes a matter of “neighborliness.” Your Vice President called paying taxes a matter of “patriotism.” Yet your secretary of Treasury, Timothy Geithner, who oversees the IRS, failed to pay some taxes. The International Monetary Fund, where he worked, informed him in writing of his obligation to pay payroll taxes and increased his compensation to offset the payment. He accepted the compensation but failed to pay taxes. Can the head of the department that runs the IRS credibly expect others to pay their taxes, when he failed to pay his own?

5) In one of your first acts as President, you signed an executive order that many call the toughest-ever ethical guidelines. It bans former lobbyists joining your administration from being involved with any matters or agencies that might be related to their former lobbying efforts. It also prohibits anyone from working in an agency he or she lobbied during the past two years. Given that, please comment on why you have granted a dozen personnel waivers to your own ethical guidelines.

6) The respected nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office studies the effects of the various proposed stimulus plans. The Washington Times said, “CBO, the official scorekeepers for legislation, said the House and Senate bills will help in the short term but result in so much government debt that within a few years they would crowd out private investment, actually leading to a lower Gross Domestic Product over the next 10 years than if the government had done nothing.” Your comment?

7) Tonight you blamed the economic crisis on the “failed theories of the last eight years,” yet tonight you also criticized homeowners who put little or nothing down and purchase homes without the ability to pay their mortgages if “something goes wrong.” Sir, which is it?

Multiple choice question. Select one answer.

President Obama’s press conference was

[A] orchestrated

[B] a propaganda event

[C] a farce

[D] a joke

[E] an insult to the thinking public

Happy Birthday Sarah!

I just wanted to take today to say Happy Birthday to Sarah Palin.
The media would have had us believe that Mrs. Palin was nothing but a dumb bunny conservative. The radical feminists came down on her with a very personal vendetta. What was that all about? Did they feel threatened by her? (“Me thinks thou doth protest too much.”) The truth is Sarah is very much like a lot of American women….and there are a lot of people out there that like her spirit and grit. I happen to be one of those women.
She isn’t a part of the Washington D.C. culture and that is what makes her so very different.
Happy Birthday to a great lady! Hope to see her again real soon.

Health Care Or Die?

What is this country coming to? How can this health care be attached to a stimulus plan?
God help someone who is disabled, or elderly. They are called to sacrifice their very lives…to save a buck. This scares the wits out of me. It should scare everyone.
The majority of the population doesn’t bother themselves to really investigate what is going on—surely if they did they could see the writing on the wall. The truth is most people don’t care enough to figure out the truth about issues, and it’s in the not caring that all kinds of evil can enter through the back door.
Please read this blog entry about the health care. The lady that wrote this explains it very well. The bold type is something I did because those are points I find very ominous and need to be addressed.

Ruin Your Health With the Obama Stimulus Plan: Betsy McCaughey

Commentary by Betsy McCaughey

Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) — Republican Senators are questioning whether President Barack Obama’s stimulus bill contains the right mix of tax breaks and cash infusions to jump-start the economy.

Tragically, no one from either party is objecting to the health provisions slipped in without discussion. These provisions reflect the handiwork of Tom Daschle, until recently the nominee to head the Health and Human Services Department.

Senators should read these provisions and vote against them because they are dangerous to your health. (Page numbers refer to H.R. 1 EH, pdf version).

The bill’s health rules will affect “every individual in the United States” (445, 454, 479). Your medical treatments will be tracked electronically by a federal system. Having electronic medical records at your fingertips, easily transferred to a hospital, is beneficial. It will help avoid duplicate tests and errors.

But the bill goes further. One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”

Keeping doctors informed of the newest medical findings is important, but enforcing uniformity goes too far.

New Penalties

Hospitals and doctors that are not “meaningful users” of the new system will face penalties.
“Meaningful user” isn’t defined in the bill. That will be left to the HHS secretary, who will be empowered to impose “more stringent measures of meaningful use over time” (511, 518, 540-541)

What penalties will deter your doctor from going beyond the electronically delivered protocols when your condition is atypical or you need an experimental treatment? The vagueness is intentional. In his book, Daschle proposed an appointed body with vast powers to make the “tough” decisions elected politicians won’t make.

The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.

Elderly Hardest Hit

Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Medicare now pays for treatments deemed safe and effective. The stimulus bill would change that and apply a cost- effectiveness standard set by the Federal Council (464).

The Federal Council is modeled after a U.K. board discussed in Daschle’s book. This board approves or rejects treatments using a formula that divides the cost of the treatment by the number of years the patient is likely to benefit. Treatments for younger patients are more often approved than treatments for diseases that affect the elderly, such as osteoporosis.

In 2006, a U.K. health board decreed that elderly patients with macular degeneration had to wait until they went blind in one eye before they could get a costly new drug to save the other eye. It took almost three years of public protests before the board reversed its decision.

Hidden Provisions

If the Obama administration’s economic stimulus bill passes the Senate in its current form, seniors in the U.S. will face similar rationing. Defenders of the system say that individuals benefit in younger years and sacrifice later.

The stimulus bill will affect every part of health care, from medical and nursing education, to how patients are treated and how much hospitals get paid. The bill allocates more funding for this bureaucracy than for the Army, Navy, Marines, and Air Force combined (90-92, 174-177, 181).

Hiding health legislation in a stimulus bill is intentional. Daschle supported the Clinton administration’s health-care overhaul in 1994, and attributed its failure to debate and delay. A year ago, Daschle wrote that the next president should act quickly before critics mount an opposition. “If that means attaching a health-care plan to the federal budget, so be it,” he said. “The issue is too important to be stalled by Senate protocol.”

More Scrutiny Needed

On Friday, President Obama called it “inexcusable and irresponsible” for senators to delay passing the stimulus bill. In truth, this bill needs more scrutiny.

The health-care industry is the largest employer in the U.S. It produces almost 17 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Yet the bill treats health care the way European governments do: as a cost problem instead of a growth industry. Imagine limiting growth and innovation in the electronics or auto industry during this downturn. This stimulus is dangerous to your health and the economy.

(Betsy McCaughey is former lieutenant governor of New York and is an adjunct senior fellow at the Hudson Institute. The opinions expressed are her own.)

To contact the writer of this column: Betsy McCaughey at Betsymross@aol.com