Updated Jan 7, 2015 to support our friends at “ObamaScare” the newest blog for stopping the dictator-El Duce Obama!
After more than five years in a Cuban prison, Alan Gross returned home yesterday to the United States and to his friends and family. I had the honor of traveling with Alan and his wife, Judy, as they made the trip home, and I couldn’t be happier for them.
When I visited Alan in prison last month, he expressed the hope that his terrible ordeal would lead to more constructive relations between the U.S. and Cuba. With the President’s announcement of several policy changes yesterday, Alan saw that hope fulfilled.
I don’t often agree with President Obama, but he was right to begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba.
For over 50 years, the policy of isolating Cuba has failed to achieve any democratic reforms. It has, however, succeeded in giving the Castros a convenient excuse for the failures of socialism.
Engagement isn’t going to turn Cuba into a model democracy overnight, but as we’ve seen around the world, it will certainly be an improvement over the status quo. Government control over the island will be lessened by increased American contact and commerce, and these changes will provide a boost to those who will actually make change in Cuba – the Cubans themselves.
Fundamentally, this is an issue of freedom. U.S. trade and travel restrictions with Cuba aren’t restrictions on Cubans – they are restrictions on Americans. I’ve long said if a government is going to tell its citizens where they can and can’t travel, it ought to be a communist country, not the greatest country in the world.
As always, I look forward to your feedback. Thanks.
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OK, Jeff! I agree in principle, but wonder how long it will take to start sending TAX PAYERS Money to Cuba?
Once again, our Appeaser-in Chief rolls over for a communist, and gets nothing in return! I am very happy we did get Mr Gross home, but wonder why we had to pay such a high price?
My only advice is NO FOREIGN AID TO CUBA!
I don’t usually write you, because often we are on the same page. However, I suggest you stop listening to Senator McCain. His mindset is based on how terribly he was tortured in Vietnam. As a Vietnam veteran myself, I must advise you that most of us suffer from a bit of unreality–and often I think McCain is among the worst in that manner. Please, become your own man quickly, or you will not get re-elected.
A comment from an earlier blog! I don’t know how much of this statement is accurate, but I know the subject of destroying the formerly wonderful American Health Care system is accurate. Read the letter below.
“All I can say is that the people behind Obama have to be some of the richest and most powerful people in the world in order to pull off the greatest con and hoax in world history …a foreign born person illegally elected to the presidency of the United States. … legally and illegally in putting all of the pieces into play to declare a state of emergency, institute martial law and seize dictatorial control of the United States before his current term ends. Everything about him points to this conclusion.”
Some of you seem skeptical when I mentioned Obama’s (UN)affordable care act did not cover us on Medicare unless it was treating an illness. I promised to research a letter received some time ago that showed another person with the same problem I ran into at Mayo Clinic, once my wife’s condition had been completely free and clear for 5 years. Here is that letter:On Thursday, September 11, 2014 5:06 PM, Frank Giroux <email@example.com> wrote:
Where they belong!Apologies in advance for the language. I do not know how to remove text from work done by someone else. However, the message was made clear in the last election.
Letter from a senior gentleman in Mesa, Arizona:Dear Family, Friends, Neighbors and former Classmates,I just found myself in the middle of a medical situation that made it very clear that “the affordable care act” is neither affordable, nor do they care.I’ll go back about seven years ago to a fairly radical prostate surgery that I underwent. The Urologist (a personal friend) who performed the surgery was very concerned that it was cancer, though I wasn’t told this until the lab report revealed it was benign. Since that procedure, I have experienced numerous urinary tract infections, UTI’s. Since I had never had a “UTI” prior to the prostate surgery, I assume that it is one of the side effects from surgery, an assumption since confirmed by my Family Doctor.The weekend of March 8-9, I was experiencing all the symptoms of another bout of UTI. By Monday afternoon the infection had hit with full force. Knowing that all I needed was an antibiotic, I went to an Urgent Care Center in Mesa, AZ., to provide a specimen, a requirement for getting the prescription. After waiting 45 min. to see the Doctor, I started getting very nauseous and light headed.I went to the Receptionist to ask where the bathroom was as I felt that I was going to throw up. I was told that I would have to wait for the Doctor because I would need to leave a specimen and they didn’t want me in the bathroom without first seeing him.That was when the lights went out, my next awareness was that of finding myself on the floor (in the waiting room) having violent dry heaves, and very confused. At this point, I tried to stand up but couldn’t make it, and they made it very clear they weren’t going to let me get up until the ambulance got there. By the way, when you’re waiting to see the Doctor and you pass out, you get very prompt attention.Now, “the rest of the story”, and the reason for sending this to so many of you.I was taken to the nearest hospital, to emergency. Once there, I was transported to an emergency examination room. Once I had removed my clothes and donned one of those lovely hospital gowns, I finally got to see a Doctor. I asked “what is going on” I’m just having a UTI, just get me the proper medication and let me go home. He told me that my symptoms presented the possibility of sepsis, a potentially deadly migration of toxins, and that they needed to run several tests to determine how far the infection had migrated.For the next 3 hours I was subjected to several tests, blood draws, EKG’s, and demands for specimens. At about 7:30 the nurse came back to my room to inform me that one of the tests takes 1- 2 days to complete, I asked if they (the results)could be emailed, at which point she informed me that I wouldn’t need them emailed because I wasn’t going anywhere. I started arguing with her but was told, “if you don’t start behaving, I’ll start taking your temperature rectally, at which point I became a perfect gentleman. I did tell her I wanted to see the doctor because I had no intention of staying overnight.Now, this is what I want each of you to understand, please read these next sentences carefully. The doctor finally came in to inform me that he was going to admit me. I said, “are you admitting me for treatment or for observation?” He told me that I would be admitted for observation. I said Doctor, correct me if I’m wrong, but if you admit me for observation my Medicare will not pay anything, this due to the affordable care act , he said that’s right, it won’t. I then grabbed for my bag of clothing and said, then I’m going home. He said you’re really too sick to be going home, but I understand your position, this health program is going to hit seniors especially hard.The doctor then left the room and I started getting dressed, I was just getting ready to put my shoes on when another doctor (the closer) came into the room, he saw me dressed and said, “where do you think you are going?” I simply said “I’m going home, to which he replied, quite vociferously, no you aren’t. I said, “Doc, you and I both know that under the “affordable care act” anyone on Medicare who is admitted to a hospital for observation will be responsible for the bill, Medicare won’t pay a cent”. At which point he nodded in affirmation. I said, “You will either admit me for a specific treatment or you won’t admit me.” Realizing he wasn’t going to win this one, he said he would prepare my release papers.A few minutes later the discharge nurse came to my room to have me sign the necessary papers, relieving them from any responsibility. I told her I wasn’t trying to be obstinate, but I wasn’t going to be burdened with the full (financial) responsibility for my hospital stay.After making sure the door was closed, she said, “I don’t blame you at all, I would do the same thing.” She went on to say, “You wouldn’t believe the people who elect to leave for the same reasons, people who are deathly sick, people who have to be wheeled out on a gurney.” She further said, “The ‘Affordable Care Act’ is going to be a disaster for seniors. Yet, if you are in this country illegally, and have no coverage, you will be covered in full.“This is not internet hype folks, this is real, I just experienced it personally. Moving right along, this gets worse.Today I went to a (required) follow up appointment with my Arizona Family Practitioner. Since my white count was pretty high, the follow up was important. During the visit I shared the experience at emergency, and that I had refused to be admitted. His response was “I don’t blame you at all, I would have done the same thing”. He went on to say that the colonoscopy and other procedures are probably going to be dropped from coverage for those over 70.
I told him that I had heard that the affordable care act would no longer pay for cancer treatment for those 76 and older, is that true? His understanding is that it is true.The more I hear, and experience the Affordable Care Act, the more I’m beginning to see that we seniors are nothing more than an inconvenience, and the sooner they can get rid of us the better off they’ll be.November is coming folks, we can have an impact on this debacle by letting everyone in Congress know that their responsibility is to the constituents, not the president and not the lobbyists. We need to let them ALL know that they are in office to serve and to look after the BEST INTERESTS of “we the people”, their employers, and not to become self serving bureaucrats who serve only out of greed. And if they don’t seem to understand this simple logic, we’ll fire them.On the mend, (signed)REMEMBER: Demand your hospital admission is for TREATMENT and NOT for OBSERVATION!PSYou have seen nothing yet! Just wait until many of the company supplied health careis cancelled, and the “Death Panels” get their power in January 2015! If you are over 70 and get ill, bend over and kiss your butt goodbye!PPSMayo now has us fill out a form at every visit, and we are back to paying only the Medicare 20%–however, nothing can remove the big bill we ignorantly got stuck with! We are hoping ChampVA will suck up that 20%, but it still is an open question!?
I will not make my statement for a small percentage of cops, in recognition that some cops can be real jerks! However, I must add that most cops are good men and women and just want to do their job for 8 hours, then go home to their families. YES! They deserve that opportunity. “They do not deserve the criticism they are getting from many democrats and most of the media! Neither are all black people looters! Idiots will paint an entire profession or race with the same brush. Intelligent people know the bad apples rarely exceed 10%!
Once again, most of my criticism has to lean towards the democrat propaganda machine called the “Mass Media.” If they would point out the simple truth outlined in the paragraph above, instead of their sensationalism, “Hands Up! Don’t Shoot!” rhetoric, the riots and illegal actions by the mobs would carry no weight and quickly come to an end. Of course. a bunch of really dumb politicians are playing a hand in this, and creating more of the environment and excuse for the radical mobs!
By the way, if “Hands up, don’t shoot,” is a message to young black men when confronted by police, I’m all for it! However, most use it as a pejorative against the police.
Of course, the best message for the rioters and scum of all races that use every opportunity to show how stupid they can be is, HANDS UP, DON’T LOOT!