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Navigators face dubious job

A news release from the U.S. Small Business Administration in The Times (8-28), heralded a “great opportunity” for small business owners who do not plan to provide insurance to their employees.

The Department of Health & Human Services will help herd employees into pens to receive their ear tags and brands on the behind, identifying them as uninsured. This is very timely after Obamacare set a full-time workweek at 30 hours. Employers are cutting hours to below 30 to avoid having to provide insurance, forcing employees to seek part-time jobs, still without insurance.

The Obamacare employer mandate requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance. Resulting layoffs mean more people without insurance.

Taxpayers will be shelling out $67 million for 105 “navigator grant applicants” who will explain the requirements of Obamacare to the huddled masses. Anyone remember the 1960’s television show “Twelve O’clock High?” Navigators played an important role in guiding our B17 bombers over Germany during WWII.

I can’t think of a better name for people who will be helping bomb the health care industry. We are led to believe that after 20-30 hours of training, they will be able to digest a 2,700 page law that has spawned over 20,000 pages of regulations. Due to time restraints, there will be no vetting of these people whose job will be to find out everything there is to know about you. Identity theft anyone?

Are some of these grant applicants the same community organizing groups (pronounced ACORN) who heard candidate Barack Obama, back in 2007, telling them they would be called in to help set the agenda for his presidency? Planned Parenthood groups involved can surely keep this funding separate from their abortion mill (sarcasm).

The real motive is gaining access to your medical records so “death panels” can assess whether or not your puny existence is worthy of consideration.

Funding for IRS agents making sure you comply, will be unlimited. Support for doctors and hospitals is just the opposite. Obamacare mandates $716 billion in Medicare payment reductions to providers, including hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies and hospice agencies. This will particularly harm seniors.

Young people who will be relied on to pick up the slack, won’t be able to afford insurance because they can’t find jobs in this fabulous Obamaconomy. So the answer is, let’s subsidize insurance premiums.

We currently spend $668 billion/year on 126 different welfare programs. The poverty rate hasn’t changed a bit despite spending $15 trillion since Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty in 1964. Does adding on trillion$ more for Obamacare seem like a good plan?

Normally I would ask you to call your representatives and tell them to de-fund Obamacare. But, they are too busy to worry about the economy and that the worst piece of legislation in the history of man is about to go into effect. Obama’s latest production of Kabuki theater, instilling outrage over his failure to back up his red line statement on Syria, is burning up their phone lines.

 

It’s time to cheer Team USA

When I hear the phrase “raising the bar,” I fondly associate it with high school track and field and the high jump event. In this event, participants compete by jumping over a bar placed upon two vertical poles called standards. To determine the winner, the standards are raised until no one can jump over the bar. In this respect the words “bar” and “standards” can be interchanged. Please indulge me in creating an analogy between this sporting event and politics.

Think of the citizenry as team owners, coaches and fans. The Executive Branch and Congress would be the athletes. The Supreme Court could be in charge of officiating. As fans, we watch the event with all eyes on the bar, to see whether or not it stays in place when the athlete makes a jump. The standards are secondary, if noticed at all. In politics, I believe too much emphasis is placed on “raising the bar” and not enough attention given to the standards. We tend to forget where the bar is being raised from. Societies over centuries, have suffered much tribulation in developing standards of behavior (including values and morals if you will) that can be agreed upon by the majority as acceptable. The Founders took this into account when they made the Constitution our political standards “rule book.”

When we send representatives to Washington, we like to think that they are a good representation of our standards, as a model to be followed. Not only in this country, but worldwide as well. Sadly, this is not always the case. Too often we see that politicians will simply attempt to duck under the bar. At this time cheating is running rampant among our athletes and our officials. This is a result of the fan base being too busy to attend the track meets. As team owners it is way past time for our intervention. When the rule book isn’t followed, everyone loses.

Certainly, we need team leaders who can inspire the other athletes to better their skills, but we don’t want superstars on steroids either. We need to train them so that they can consistently jump over the bar where we have it set. That is to say, as team owners we want them to perform in the manner we are paying them to do and as coaches, tell them what that manner is. We do not want to lower the bar. If they can’t compete, we need to recruit new athletes who can.

When was the last time you talked to your team? When was the last time you reprimanded a non-performing member of your team? How much time do you spend training your team? We all need to be cheering for Team USA.

   

Free Christian concert planned

Last summer, I along with several others helped the Todd Becker Foundation with an event where we blocked of part of the downtown in Gothenburg. The event had an attendance of about 600 people. We agreed we needed to do something like this again.

We just were able to have three bands—Vota, Eternity Focus and Orphans Cry—and a speaker from Rachel’s Challenge come to Gothenburg on June 22. The program was to have several worship bands, a speaker and an altar call, with counselors available to talk with people at this time also. We had 500 to 600 people come out even with a rain and hail storm in the middle of it. We did end up getting rained out and Vota and the speaker where unable to go on.

We will be having Tenth Avenue North, Jefferson Bethke and The Digital Age come and put on a free event for the area on Sunday, Aug. 18, starting at 5:30 p.m. by the four plex in Gothenburg.

This event is being put together by men and women from several churches working together. The primary purpose is to bring people into the Body of Christ. Secondly, it is designed to bring people together who are Christians for praise and worship in an open setting outside of our separate church buildings standing together before our Lord lifting up praise to the One Who Saves.

We are excited that every church in Gothenburg has at least one person that is assisting with this event.

 

 

   

Caring people help save dog

While spending time at our farm just east of Gothenburg, on Saturday evening, July 20, our miniature dachshund “Lil’Smokie” ran into a cornfield and never returned. We searched all night, and visited with neighbors in the area. Many helped to spread the word, along with graciously taking posters from us over the next two days, so that we could continue to spread the word.

We know there were several individuals that put many hours in looking for her. She was spotted several occasions but too skittish and scared to be caught, and ultimately ended up about one mile from our home in Larry and Marlene Fiese’s yard four days later. She was then taken to Eastside Animal Clinic where is still receiving lots of TLC. She will soon be back home with us in Kearney.

We can’t express our appreciation enough to our neighbors and the community of Gothenburg for their caring and gracious spirit, as they made it possible for our beloved pet to survive after four days and nights in the wilderness. We know that it is truly a miracle that couldn’t have been possible without your help, and the support of many friends and family.

   

Relay participants get ’er done

Have you heard the theme song from the old Rawhide television show lately? It played several times at the 19th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Dawson County on July 12. It’s a foot stompin’, get ’er done song—truly fitting for the relay cowpokes who worked so hard to “Round Up A Cure” at Lake Helen Park in Gothenburg!

Fifteen teams and 189 team members came together with businesses, corporate sponsors and communities to raise in excess of $70,600. Money raised during Relay For Life helps fund the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer by helping people stay well, get well, find cures, and fight back.

The society is the largest nonprofit supporter of new cancer research and the largest voluntary health organization fighting cancer in our country and around the world. Your family, your friends, your neighbors benefit from ACS programs and research. For more information, go to cancer.org or call 1-800-227-2345.

We appreciate all of the support we received from each of the teams, as well as from our sponsors. We are especially grateful to the many volunteers and their families for all of their hard work to make this event happen. A big thanks goes to the City of Gothenburg for providing a perfect setting for this year’s Relay For Life at Lake Helen park.

We encourage you to make a commitment today to fight back against cancer by eating more fruits and vegetables, going for an annual physical exam, contacting your elected officials to support cancer research funding or joining next year’s Relay For Life. We won’t stop until cancer is defeated.

Thanks to all of you for a successful Relay For Life.

The Relay For Life “Trail Boss” and Committee

   

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