Global Warming Blues

I remember thirty years ago the impeding eco disaster of the era was acid rain. The eco freaks — armed with scientific data, claimed this looming catastrophe would render our lakes and waterways dead seas. I’m pleased to report that the sport fishing in the lower forty eight has never been better.

Global warming is the battle cry of eco freaks in the new millennium. Armed with scientific data and a vivid imagination, poster boy Al Gore has delivered his thesis documentary to the world. I have not seen his movie nor do I intend too. I did however catch a glimpse of his condescending, filibuster performance, before a congressional hearing addressing global warming. His testimony lacked credibility and did nothing to enhance his argument.

Then I remembered this is the same Al Gore who claims he invented the internet; the same Al Gore who still claims he won the presidential election in 2000. This hypocrite with his do as I say, not as I do attitude, now proposes that we stifle our economic growth with government imposed regulation on industry and technology causing our economy to stagnate, while China and other industrial nations burgeon their economies with ill regard for global climate change.

In a capitalistic economy this will never happen. Our economic growth supersedes environmental hypothesis. I am confident that if the threat of global warming is real, venture capitalists funding science in the private sector will compete with government funding in the public sector, and together new technologies will emerge to quell the problem, so maybe one day we will hear Al Gore say: “Global warming . . . I invented that.”

Walter Reed Hospital in state of decay

Walter Reed Hospital is just one example of a VA hospital in a state of decay. This is what happens when a government bureaucracy infiltrates health care. This is nothing new; VA hospitals have historically been decrepit institutions that in many cases deliver substandard health care.

Back in 1980 when I was a nursing student in Minnesota we used to fight to do our clinical rotations at the VA, not because they were so good, but because they were so bad. It was the place to go to see horrific wounds and complicated patients in multiple system failure. It was were we learned to improvise treatments and therapies with whatever means available.

The VA doesn’t have the resources or abundance of services that are commonly found in the private sector. Having worked in the health care industry for twenty five years it has been my privilege to provide care for those who serve. In my observation, the fortunate veterans that can afford private health care insurance wouldn’t set foot in a VA hospital. Those less fortunate veterans forced to rely on the VA for health care, do so with trepidation.

The next time you hear a politician call for government controlled health care for Americans, think about the VA. This is an outstanding example of what happens when a government bureaucracy administers health care.

separate church and state

I saw a film clip the other day of Mitt Romney on the campaign trail in Iowa. He was fielding questions about his faith. The reporter asked him about his stand on abortion and gay marriage.

Mitt’s answer was appropriate and well articulated. Then the reporter asked whether a Mormon would make a good president. Mitt answered that in his opinion a president should be a person of faith.

With a ragging war on terror and illegal aliens flooding our southern border, are gay marriage and abortion even contentious issues for selecting a president? Granted they are important issues, but with the colossal problems facing our country today: these are low on a long list of priorities.

I’m certain the next president will be a person of faith; they have to be in order to get elected in this political environment. I can only hope that this person will not be making critical decision’s regarding or safety and the future of this country based on faith, or religious ideology.