• Dismal Economy, Lack of Clue is Obama’s Problem


    I arranged to have my family to join me for a Christmas celebration at a West Virginia ski resort. We have so much to be thankful for and we all enjoyed our time together. At this most wonderful resort were employees working in all departments offering not only first class service but they were real down to earth nice people. I was frequently reminded that the employees were ever so grateful for a thank you, a monetary tip, and especially that they were employed.

    The new "community center"

    The employees came from surrounding states: Ohio, Pennsylvania and of course West Virginia. Many shared with me that they “did not think things could get as bad as they are”. Too many in their communities were not only unemployed, they were living in homeless shelters and being fed by churches in their communities. They previously had good jobs in the various manufacturing, retail and service sectors but now lack the resources needed to look for real jobs. One remarked that she had heard her parents talk about the Great Depression in the 1930’s and that they could not believe that this was happening to her friends and family members.

    Focused on more pressing matters

    I stopped to think about this and I was saddened. We hear about the perils of the extraordinarily high unemployment rates across the country and that there are no jobs being created. For many, these are just statistics, but for folks like I met over the holidays, our economic situation is nothing short of a catastrophe.

    We see no attempt by this administration to change this situation and create an environment for economic recovery and job creation. Nearly four years later, the economy is only mustering very weak signs of recovery while our president, who hasn’t held a real job, takes yet another lengthy vacation in Hawaii. Was this his tenth or eleventh vacation of the year?

    Recently-departed GOP candidate Herman Cain said in an interview last night that he will continue to get the message out about the failure of Obama to effectively and sincerely lead us to recovery. While many point to Obama’s low 42% approval rating as a weakness, Cain points out that this means 42% of Americans are clueless as to how bad the president is. Good point.

    The dismal economy is a major threat to Obama in the election. That he still doesn’t have a clue over what to do about it is an even bigger one.

    Unemployment office image: Grand Rapids Press

  • A New Year, Another Shake-up in the GOP Race


    This past year has been an unusual year to say the least! A new Rassmussen Poll shows that Republicans have a 47% to 39% to defeat Obama this year. But which candidate? The latter part of 2011 was inundated by debates and more debates and seemingly every candidate has had their day in the limelight. It reminds me of famous ice cream shoppes with their flavor of the day! Always changing from one non-Mitt to another.


    And change it does. Since  my last post we witnessed Gingrich fall far from the top with Ron Paul and Mitt Romney battling it out on a daily basis over 1 or 2 points. And coming up from the rear in the past few days is Rick Santorum who had entirely been written off two weeks ago.

    Romney took Iowa, but with Santorum right behind him by only eight votes. I expect we’ll have a smaller field of candidates by the primary in New Hampshire (Perry and Bachmann are likely out). Romney is obviously strong in the Granite State, but this race has proven that anything can happen. What ever the outcome, I expect this race to continue evolving with more surprises to come.


    The question today is “does Iowa matter?” Probably less so had Ron Paul or Rick Santorum won, as they would have struggled to translate that victory in to more victories in other states. Romney can take his Iowa win to New Hampshire and fuel some potential momentum.

    I still hear talk of Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and Donald Trump waiting to see how things turn out, although Christie has been campaigning for Romney and may be setting himself up as his running mate.

    On to New Hampshire and South Carolina!

  • How Bad is Newt?


    A typical blog post from me might be titled “How Bad is Obama”? And I have written quite a lot about our current president in the past. Over the past several weeks, while launching a new business, I have stayed abreast of the GOP race for the White House. Republicans must win the White House in 2012 if our country is going to survive. While all of the contenders have been worthy of watching, I do not believe that Gingrich is the person that can make this happen.

    Newt comes up from the back

    This past May Gingrich “stepped in it” shortly after announcing his candidacy. In an interview with NBC’s David Gregory on Meet The Press, he labeled Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan “right wing social engineering”. By the end of that week the GOP’s self-proclaimed “ideas guy” was barely on the charts. I didn’t think Newt could ever bounce back, and neither did the pundit class.

    Surprise surprise! Here we are in December and Gingrich is the clear front-runner just a couple weeks before the Iowa Caucus. This unlikely resurgence is the result of Mitt Romney’s lackluster complacency, Rick Perry’s brain freezes, and Herman Cain’s personal dalliances (which, I should note, pale in comparison to those in the Oval Office in the late 90’s).

    There can be no doubt that Gingrich is on a roll. The American public is now more convinced than ever that America is going in the wrong direction and Newt is using the right lingo, knows how to maneuver through the political maze, and has the luck of being at the right place at the right time.

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  • New Adventures in Entrepreneurship and a Government Run Amok!


    I have been away from this blog for the past month while I launched a new company — Premier RN Geriatric Care. I am very lucky to have three RN’s that are very experienced in the Geriatric, Elder care, Home health care arenas.

    This is the fourth company that I have started within the past decade, and it has been the most difficult. The business has flowed in very well with this company, and we all feel very fortunate to have the respect and credibility in the Medical-Surgical and Long Term care Communities.

    The difficulties we’ve experienced are in the areas of banking, working with vendors and my conclusion that the government looms over every regulation with insurances, liability, banking and taxes.

    I shudder every time I hear of scenarios close to the encounters I have experienced. Banking is, in one word, impossible. I opened up a business account with one of the largest and well-known banks. I opened my account about two weeks before the official launch date of my company and had urgent calls from the bank manager three times during the first week.

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  • Why hire a Geriatric care manager?


    The medical/healthcare system has been getting more complex for everyone. Adding to this complexity are all of the new mandates included in Obamacare, which serve to only make our healthcare system more confusing, convoluted, and legally questionable.

    One thing’s for certain: Obamacare does not benefit any one over the age of sixty.

    Every day more MD’s are refusing to accept Medicare, thus nearly eliminating access to MDs, let alone the regular visits needed by many.

    Long term insurance policies, Medicare supplemental insurance options and Medicare Part D are all getting more confusing for those trying to ascertain which benefits they really have.

    Finally, critical medication shortages are plaguing community pharmacies and hospitals, leading to unacceptable delays for many who need them.

    What does this mean for someone who is elderly, disabled or suffers from dementia? How do they begin to make sense of this mess and get the care and treatments they need?

    c/o Rep. Brady (R-TX) and Sen. Brownback (R-KS)

    Enter the Geriatric Care Manager (GCM). Typically an experienced Registered Nurse with home health experience, the GCM is the person to hire to alleviate the stress of navigating the healthcare system.

    A GCM is not an entirely new concept, but rather one that has developed over the past 12 years. As the healthcare system becomes more complex, the demand for GCM’s has increased accordingly.

    Imagine an 80+ year old client that faces the prospect of having no regular MD and cannot get themselves to the pharmacy or complete errands. Now imagine that this individual has hearing, vision, mobility and memory issues. These are the people our increasingly complex healthcare system is leaving behind.

    A GCM offers quality, individualized assessments, customized care plans, and care coordination to ensure appropriate care is administered that is unique to each individual.

    A GCM can offer the following services:

    • Assistance in getting to medical appointments
    • Support for shopping and socialization
    • Healthcare advocacy to ensure the right care and benefits are received
    • Relocation and alternate living assistance
    • Home modification and medical equipment assistance to ensure a safer living environment.

    When family members live a long distance from their loved one, the services of a GCM can bridge this gap by managing and observing the care received on a regular basis. The GCM can also review their benefits and conduct an Insurance Policy Review.

    The transient nature of our society means the days when family members are directly responsible for the care of their extended families are in the past. The Geriatric Care Manager’s role has expanded and covers more services, and serves individuals and families for acute and chronic conditions, produces referrals for elder law attorneys, physicians, Adult Protection Services Guardians, powers of attorney, discharge planners at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, assisted living communities and hospice care.

    One thing’s for certain, our healthcare system is not getting any simpler to navigate. The Geriatric Care Manager is stepping in to serve as a healthcare advocate when people need it the most.

  • Steve Jobs and the Occupiers: Two very different visions for America


    I am reading Walter Isaacson’s new book on the life of Steve Jobs. Like many adoring Americans, I will always be influenced by Jobs. I have enjoyed the experience of his many brilliant innovations.

    Steve Jobs: An optimistic vision for America's opportunity and growth

    A passage in the book continues to resonate with me. He told President Obama last year that he will be a one-term president if he continues his anti-business policies, stating that regulations and costs of operation are stifling economic activity. Jobs added that America’s education system needs a transformation if our country is going to be competitive.

    What a critical yet positive statement about what America needs to thrive. Contrast this with the “Occupy Wall Street” invasions of our public spaces across the country. The unruly, unsanitary and illegal behaviors of OWS protesters are not going unnoticed, yet they don’t appear to be coalescing into a cohesive movement.

    I have followed the OWS protests and have read differing points of view on their meaning. Many in the media are ignoring the real reasons behind these “never-ending” occupations of urban public parks.

    One theory is that the Obama campaign machine is recruiting and compensating these lost youth in an effort to promote Obama’s agenda of change. Couple this with the threats and actions of the unions that are advocating city riots and upheaval during the next year. Their intentions to orchestrate or co-opt OWS are obviously designed in an attempt to derail the GOP efforts for 2012.

    How will this play out? The agitating and increasingly violent behavior of OWS protesters may backfire on Obama and the unions who are openly supporting them as they begin to make their case for another four years.

    Given the choice between a positive, pro-growth vision provided by Steve Jobs or the anti-business class warfare vision provided by OWS, Obama and his left-wing allies have chosen the latter as the foundation for their 2012 campaign.

    OWS: A pessimistic vision of class warfare and revolution

    Conventional wisdom has said that, if next year’s election is a referendum on Obama, he’ll lose, but if it’s a choice, he’s got a chance. By closely aligning with OWS, Obama has just made a “choice” election much clearer for Americans and considerably weakened his prospects for a second term.

    The embrace of OWS by Obama and the unions may be more effective at solidifying opposition to a second Obama term while failing to energize his base. Consider Obamacare. The unions practically wrote the law, yet they secured waivers for themselves so they don’t have to comply with its damaging provisions. Is this the kind of change OWS protesters can believe in?

    Considering what’s at stake, including the repeal of Obamacare and reversing Obama’s socialist agenda, his open courting of OWS should be welcomed as a blessing.

  • Obama kills “financially unsustainable” Obamacare program


    We’ve known since the beginning of Obamacare that it would do the opposite of the stated promise of reigning in skyrocketing health care costs.

    The Obama Administration has pulled the plug on the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports, known as Class, was intended for people with chronic illnesses or severe disabilities.

    Why? The Administration determined that Class was financially unsustainable. Premiums were expected to cover the costs of the program for 75 years. That was about 74 years too much for Obama’s number crunchers.

    Does Obama expect us to believe that this is an outlier and that there are no other components of Obamacare that are financially unsustainable? As Obamacare continues to push costs even higher, we know better.

    The US Supreme Court has yet to determine the constitutionality of Obamacare, but as I’ve said before, we cannot rely on SCOTUS to undo this monstrosity. It must be repealed, and it should be noted that every GOP candidate for 2012 has pledged to do just that.

    Read about the Obama Administration’s decision to end Class here.

  • We need hopeful signs


    Each day brings news that things are not getting better. As American patriots that love our country, we must change the direction of our thinking.

    Not only are we suffering through the most dismal economic situation in more than 50 years, our nation is in the grips of unprecedented corruption and lies. The tactics of US Attorney General Eric Holder, Treasury Secretary Tim Geitner, President Obama and Congressional leaders are unacceptable and must end. Their record of corruption makes Watergate look trivial.

    This is not the hopeful sign we need

    The left-wing youth causing problems across the country appear to be motivated by various liberal groups, unions and ideologues. They will not be arrested or forced to leave even though they are hitting these cities hard in additional expenditures to clean up after them, protect private property, and contain the reprehensible activities happening at these protests. Reports of public defecation, urination and fornication in the streets are widely reported. I do not believe they are an accurate representation of the bright youth that makes up America’s future.

    There are rumors that many of these protesters are from BHO’s very own databases, which explains why he has signaled his support for the protests rather than put an end to them as every former president would have done by now.

    It is time for Americans to visualize a repeal of Obamacare. We must pursue independent investigations of outright documented corruption and prosecute those public officials involved. We must retake the public spaces in our cities from a confused youth running amok with misplaced attacks on our free market system and the liberty it brings.

    And we must support the Republican candidate that is going to get it done. The Obama Administration needs to leave town in 2012.

  • Christie’s Out. It’s Time for the GOP to Rally


    It’s official: Governor Chris Christie has finally made his decision and will not run for the Presidency, choosing to continue as Governor of New Jersey. While we may have been strung along a bit longer than we’d like, at least we can get on with the important job of choosing a GOP candidate for 2012.

    The GOP needs to move towards deciding on a viable candidate that we can get behind and defeat Obama in 2012. We must totally envision defeating the failed policies and lack of leadership of BHO. His failed policies have catapulted America towards a double-dip recession, a tanking stock market, and a pervasive socialist agenda that’s permeating every segment of our economy and psyche.

    Beyond working toward victory in 2012, I call on the leaders of the Republican party to do something to reverse the course Obama has set for our nation. First, we must repeal Obamacare. I have written extensively about how Obamacare is destroying the world’s greatest healthcare system. One of my early posts on the subject, Obamacare: Swindle of a Lifetime still holds true.

    Obamacare was shoved town the throats of the American people by a Congress that didn’t bother to read the bill before passing it. The new law started to reveal itself over the months following its enactment and the American people began to realize how devastating its costs and impact will be. Yet it is just one example of the nanny state that’s growing like a malignant cancer on our liberties and freedoms.

    The GOP now has four serious contenders for the presidential nomination – Romney, Perry, Cain and Gingrich – and it must work to stop the infighting. Any one of the aforementioned candidates would, in my opinion, go a long way towards victory. The GOP cannot simply sit on the sidelines and criticize. It must go on offense in Congress to undo the damage Obama has done while grooming its candidates to take on Obama in 2012.

  • Obamacare Contributing to Skyrocketing Healthcare Costs


    Health care premiums are rising faster than they have since 2005, and Obamacare is a major driver. Touted as a way to get control over the rising costs of healthcare, Obamacare is having the opposite affect.

    Newsmax points to an employer survey conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation that showed that the cost of an average family health policy rose 9% in 2011 to more than $15,000, and a single policy rose 8%.

    Even more striking, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the average American accounts for $7,538 in health care costs, compared to an average of $2,995 for industrial countries.

    Obamacare continues to squeeze what little economic energy America still has. It must be repealed before permanent damage is done.

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