Romney's answer to health care law is questionable
After the Supreme Court upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's response was telling.
For someone who claims he'll sign into law a bill which would decimate Medicare, Romney's criticism of how the law cuts $500 billion in Medicare costs was disingenuous, to say the least.
He made the statement without saying how that is achieved. The cuts aren't in services but in how they process claims and deliver services — elimination of waste.
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The reform actually improves services in ways most doctors like. They're finally able to provide preventive health care which will help keep their patients healthier.
This leads to cost savings in the long run because it helps prevent chronic and serious illnesses, meaning you don't end up paying to treat them.
Then Romney went on to say how he'd reform health care. Anyone who has read the act had to have been thinking, "That's what's in the law already; what is he talking about?"
If you want to know and understand what is in the reform act, read the book by the author of the legislation (and Romney's legislation in Massachusetts). Jonathan Gruber's Health Care Reform: What it is, Why it's Necessary, How it Works is super easy to read.
Or you could be more ambitious. After figuring out how much politicians and their surrogates lie when they want to defeat bills, I don't listen to them anymore. I go to the official government Web site and read the bills for myself.
If goal not met?
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., famously said that his primary goal for this Senate term was to see that President Barack Obama is not re-elected.
If Obama is re-elected will McConnell resign from the Senate?
It would seem to me he will have lost all credibility with both his party and the people of Kentucky.
No shoes, no paws
I would like to add to the excellent letter from Faith Harders about the treatment of animals during extreme weather conditions, such as the heat we experienced July 4.
There were many patrons downtown that day with their dogs, and I am sure they were under the assumption their dogs were enjoying the festivities as much as they were.
However, I have to question their judgment and wonder if they took the temperature of the asphalt and other paved areas under consideration.
After consecutive days of 100-degree weather, the roads and sidewalks were too hot for humans to walk on without shoes, so why would this not be uncomfortable for the dogs as well?
Foot-pad injuries are very hard to treat, and the extreme heat from the pavement is a common cause.
I noticed many dogs walking gingerly or without their normal gait, and this was obviously due to their pads and feet burning.
I love to walk my dogs as well, but caution must be exercised during adverse heat and cold so owners take heed and use common sense.
If it is too hot for your own feet, then keep your dogs at home.
Marriage is God's law
The July 3 letter "Stop judging others" states that since Jesus did not mention homosexuality, then it wasn't important to him. This is simply inaccurate.
Sex outside of marriage is adultery, and Jesus addressed adultery multiple times. It is also one of the Ten Commandments.
The best example of Jesus addressing this is in John 8:1-11 with the adulterous woman about to be stoned. Jesus didn't throw any stones at her, and I won't throw any at homosexuals.
However, I cannot vote to sanction a change in the definition of what marriage is. Jesus clearly addressed that, too, in Matthew 19:4-6: "... that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate."
I have committed many, many sins in my life, so you will not catch me out pronouncing judgment on anyone. But choosing not to go against God in approving legislation contrary to his word is not discriminating against anyone in any way.
Not about the Bible
I don't know who started this "being gay is a choice" thing.
I didn't choose to only like women, so I seriously doubt any member of the gay/les/bi community did either.
So taking that into consideration, how can there be a ban on same-sex marriage? Oh, right, the Bible.
I get that the Bible makes the claim against it (before Jesus came along, might I add), but please show me where it says so in the U.S. Constitution.
Don't worry, I'll wait.