Subsidiarity And Solidarity In Health Care





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Obamacare is finally exposed for what it always was – dangerous and deadly, promulgated by unfriendly forces outside the halls of government.

The software also doesn’t work, whether by incompetence or by design.

The “Cloward and Piven” technique of overwhelming the system remains in play, coupled with Alinsky tactics of ridiculing any who question it. About 80% of those who signed up for healthcare chose Medicaid – not Obamacare. Hanging the lure of “free” Medicaid plays right into the single-payer takeover game Obama longed for in a 2008 speech to the equally complicit SEIU.

$1.25 to $4 – Few seem to understand that when needs are handled locally outside the immediate family, it costs the community about $1.25 for every dollar that reaches the one in need. If the state handles the problem, it takes $2 in taxes for every dollar that reaches the point of need. If a program like EBT is handled by the Federal government, it costs $4 in taxes and new debt for every $1 to serve the EBT card holder or ANY Federal health, education, or welfare activity.

Common sense would tell us to avoid any centralization of health, education, or welfare. The Federal Government has roles in national infrastructure; an honest monetary system which we’ve been lacking since 1913; a strong, well equipped and trained military; and the capability to meet dire emergencies as a last resort and only until the crisis passes.

  • Subsidiarity starts at the bottom and works up as needed.
  • Entitlement comes from the top to placate the restless natives and enriches its agents.

If I were a totalitarian “progressive,” I’d be sure this was done:

  • Attain single payer from here; kill the insurance companies or merge them into a giant one service – one coverage – one payer Federal Medicaid system.
  • Eliminate the necessity to deal with troublesome states and their Constitutional prerogatives.
  • Doctors must no longer run private practices or select their specialties as per their personal God-given gifts and talents (e.g., Dr. Ben Carson’s “Gifted Hands.”)
  • Muslims coverage must be free for all their wives – otherwise, it’s gambling! (pg 107 ACA on Dhimmitude)
  • Meet the Administration’s goal of drastic world population reduction by eliminating any who don’t fit the template. Saves a lot of trouble dealing with a drooling, stumbling grandma or that retarded kid down the street.
  • To finally succeed in a one world government – a fascist corporate state or a supreme caliphate, this population reduction technique is necessary to control a two class society, with the middle class eliminated.

The Federal Government has no competence or valuable purpose to be involved in Health, Education, and Welfare! Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee stood strong to defund Obamacare because it is intrinsically evil. Charles Krauthammer apparently only saw the structure, not what it was made of as he angrily demeaned Senator Cruz for his “unpopular” stand against “the law of the land.”

The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee calls for my feeble donation – “Yeah, when you publicly apologize to Senator Cruz!” Better to donate to Cruz and Lee’s mentor Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservative Fund.

Do our Congressmen and Administration encourage outside groups like Soros’ Tides Foundation to write bills in their image? 1,000+ pagers from Dodd-Frank to ACA to Immigration came from totalitarian sources. Bills limited to 100 pages can be exposed to the light of day.

Bureaucracies must never assume license to activate enforcement with an emphasis on their job security by imposing harassment, fines, and lawsuits instead of enjoying exhortation to competition and stewardship.

The Church has been in the development of health care a long time, leading to what Obama inherited as the finest system the world has ever seen. 90% Catholic Austria held that position until the socialist Nazis and Communists fought over her in the 1930’s. Today it’s “progressives” and jihadists.

[1]Fruitful dialogue between faith and reason cannot but render the work of charity more effective within society. It constitutes the most appropriate framework for promoting fraternal collaboration between believers and non-believers in their shared commitment to working for the health of the human family. Instead, the Administration, using the ACA, has been demanding that all faith-based institutions and their members’ businesses comply with the ACA’s lowest form of ethics and morality.

The principle of subsidiarity is particularly well-suited to managing health care and directing it towards authentic human development and prosperity. In order not to produce a dangerous universal power of a tyrannical nature, the governance of health care must be marked by bottom up subsidiarity, articulated into different levels that can work together.

The principle of subsidiarity must remain closely linked to the principle of solidarity and vice versa, since the former without the latter gives way to social privatism while the latter without the former gives way to paternalist social assistance that is demeaning to those in need. The current path will surely lock people into a state of dependence and has already fostered situations of oppression and exploitation.

Health care certainly requires authority. This authority must be organized in a subsidiary and stratified way if it is not to infringe upon freedom and if it is to yield effective results in practice. This has to include religious institutions that have pioneered quality health care for centuries while respecting their moral codes; for community organizations dedicated to specific needs; and to the charity of people who are “poor in spirit”, who recognize needs, and are willing to sacrifice assets and talents to help bring about solutions.

University hospitals and research facilities house the best minds and have proximity to serve the populace. Government can and should support basic research, as this also provides the ideal setting for catastrophic care when needed.

Sadly, the federal government has violated subsidiarity and destroyed solidarity in reversing the natural order. If it is to have an ongoing role, it must be in coordinating broader citizen efforts and picking up the tab for major (catastrophic) medical situations.

Institutions by themselves are not enough because integral human development is primarily a vocation; and therefore, it involves a free assumption of responsibility in solidarity on the part of everyone. Moreover, such health care requires a transcendent vision of the person; it needs God. Without Him, health care is either denied or entrusted exclusively to man, who ends up promoting a dehumanized form of health care.

I believe the American people are finally wising up.



[1] Paraphrased from “Caritas in veritate” encyclical letter by Pope Benedict XVI.

 

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Frying Islam’s “100th Egg”





Islam SC Frying Islams 100th Egg

I am posting a 1950 quote attributed to the late Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, one of America’s greatest teachers/preachers. Sheen was not a bigot. He was,  rather,  truly a  saintly man of God who was also a scholar relating to Islam. He did, however, see that the depraved death cult in Islam enjoys support from another death cult – the deniers of the sanctity of human life at all stages – the “progressive.”

“At the present time, the hatred of the Islamic countries toward the West has become hatred against Christianity itself. Statesmen are now taking it into account that there is a grave danger that the temporal power of Islam may return on a broad scale, and with it, the menace that it may shake off a West which has ceased to be Christian, and affirm itself as a great anti-Christian world power.”

Muslim writers say, “When the locust swarms darken vast countries, they bear on their wings these Arabic words: ‘We are God’s host, each of us has 99 eggs, and if we had 100, we should lay waste to the world and all that is in it.’”

Sadly, the evidence is now overwhelming – the United States of America is Islam’s “100th egg!” Are we not exporting jihadists with impunity, weapons, and money? Have we not thrown the whole Middle East into chaos? Are we not enriching our enemies with insane energy and fiscal policies? Hasn’t our education system been taken over at a level of governance and propaganda that cannot succeed? Haven’t we worked tirelessly to destroy our free enterprise system? Haven’t we ignored the principles of personal responsibility and e pluribus unum that made our nation and its health care system the greatest the world has ever seen? Haven’t we disarmed our military – even on its own bases where a single insane terrorist can wreak havoc on its personnel? Are we not ignoring the slaughter of Christians by Muslim terrorists (like the 40 agriculture college students gunned down in their dorms in Nigeria)?

Are we, the once freest nation in the world, now the 100th Egg to “lay waste to the world and all that is in it?”  Praise God, we will overcome –

Oh thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!

Blest with victory and peace; may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a Nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: In God is our trust.

And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

 

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Let’s Throw A Tea Party For The Longshoremen

Longshoremen SC Let’s throw a Tea Party for the Longshoremen

After 240 years, it’s time we threw a Tea Party for the Longshoremen (and all other trade and industrial unions)

I’ve been intrigued with the sudden awakening of the trade and industrial unions to the fact they’ve been had by Obama and his Sorosian handlers.

The union movement got its spiritual base about 122 years ago with Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical Rerum Novarum – on Capital and Labor. It also explains why Catholics continue to cling to the Democrat Party, even though it left its principles in the sump of an outhouse decades ago.

Ronald Reagan–the nation’s only labor leader President and one who successfully took on the communists in Hollywood–joined with Pope John Paul II to work with Poland’s Solidarity Union leader Lech Walesa to bring down the Soviet hegemony – maybe even the empire.

What few people remember is that Reagan wisely called on the late Frank Fitzsimmons, then President of the Teamsters International Union, to advise and work with Walesa.

Today, I see an opportunity to bring the Tea Party philosophy into the union movement. They are certainly ripe for solutions. The key is not just solidarity, but subsidiarity – not one or the other, but both applied in unison. Personal responsibility and e pluribus unum are what made this country great. Pope Benedict XVI covered it quite well in his encyclical Caritas in veritate – Charity in truth – specifically points 57. and 58.

I was intrigued when 40,000 Longshoremen walked out of the communist-run AFL-CIO over Obamacare. Seems the Tea Party and the Longshoremen haven’t had a serious encounter since that 1773 incident in Boston Harbor. Hmmm! December 16th is the 240th anniversary. Isn’t it about time?

By the way, here’s some food for thought:

Participating in a gun buy-back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbor has too many kids. Problem is – this makes sense to a “progressive!”

 

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100 Page Bills Are Long Enough!

Roberts Obamacare Constitution SC 100 Page Bills Are Long Enough!

“It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be to-morrow.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 62, 1788

When Chief Justice Roberts asked if the defenders of Obamacare expected the Supreme Court to review all 2,700 pages of this overreaching law, he posed a question that should have been asked 100 years ago when the “progressive” movement started. It made no more sense to the Court than it did to Charlie Rangel or Nancy Pelosi–who insists a bill must be passed so we can find out what’s in it! Tea Partiers formed committees to take on 20 pages each among them. It wasn’t pretty! Mz Nancy still claims her Congress took the Constitution into consideration. Now the 1,200+ page Immigration bill is so long that not even Reps. Jim Costa, Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy, or Dolores Huerta can honestly tell you what is in it or what its causes and effects are on all of us.

Do we want to leave that up to faceless bureaucrats as they establish their power bases? Lawmakers have their overpaid fun for a while; but bureaucrats make careers out of draconian rules, harassment, and fines to justify their existence.

If things are ever to turn around, lawmaking and bureaucracy must incorporate “Subsidiarity” – personal responsibility (the opposite of entitlement) — and “Solidarity” (together in the unity of “e pluribus unum.”) It will always be played out in the wonderful Chaos of human interaction with proper and minimal government oversight. Then there is a chance to preserve the American Way of Life in our Constitutional Republic where all have a chance to prosper -  to try, to fail, and to try again to rise above our personal poverty to dreams fulfilled.

Five important questions should be consistently asked, truthfully answered, and applied with integrity when writing legislation and running any resulting bureaucracy:

o      Will this new law help or hurt initiative or personal responsibility?

o      Does the legislation or the bureaucracy it authorizes equally benefit the wider community?

o      Will this legislation put people or regions in a creative or entrepreneurial strait jacket or against one another?

o      Will the legislation encourage and maximize private enterprise and employment without requiring major government oversight?

o      Is the legislation less than 100 pages in length, devoid of selective privileges and unrelated attachments and riders?

Entitlements discourage individuals from challenging and motivating themselves. Are the people allowed to do their best when challenged? There will always be hard to define needs of the helpless that should largely be handled locally, especially in the long term. We’re all needy – we’re not all helpless!

Individual and community initiative and uniqueness must never be subordinated to a rigid plan for central control through taxes, financial manipulations, or bureaucratic overreach. Challenges and competitions between communities would be far more productive by exhorting beauty and quality rather than harassment and fines. Unexpected opportunities in the chaos of daily pursuits lead to the development of individual gifts and talents (and from these, new technologies, industries, and services.)

Bills of great length are by definition what the Founders called “pretended legislation,” filled with taxpayer poison pills and bureaucratic license. We must no longer pass bills so we can see what’s in them. If a bill is too long, it becomes impossible to analyze and critique its truthfulness and constitutionality before the damage is done. Look what a disaster Obamacare has become. I would think a fair, equitable, and functional immigration bill can be written in less than 100 pages so even dummies like me can figure it out. We launched the Interstate Highway System on 27 pages.

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ObamaCare II: Catholic Bishops Pushing The Poison Pill Of Immigration Reform

Catholic Church interior ObamaCare II: Catholic Bishops pushing the poison pill of Immigration reform

Dear Excellencies, Reverends, Deacons, and fellow Catholics -

This morning, I read in my Bakersfield paper that a group of Catholic Bishops and priests are planning to push the current immigration bill on 60 targeted Republican lawmakers, including my Congressman Kevin McCarthy. McCarthy has been trying to hold the fort against the complete collapse of the nation’s borders and taking flak for it from people who ought to know better.

If “Obamacare II” – the draconian, poison-pilled immigration bill–is passed, all 1200 pages of it, kiss what’s left of the Republic good bye. Is Nancy Pelosi going to be here leading the “real Catholics” who seem to have no idea how a representative Constitutional Republic was designed to work? Do they understand we are in all out spiritual warfare? Ask your local jihadist!

This is a repeat of the way the Church was sucked into the Delano Grape Boycott when clergy were happily marching under the banners of Our Lady of Guadalupe and mass murderer communist Che Guevara. Only one woman saw the contrast and stood against the surge of communist chicanery. She paid the price by being kept out of discussion meetings even at Catholic churches. Her major sponsor’s Learjet crashed not long after. Has it ever been investigated?

Don’t these bishops and priests know they are playing into the hands of George Soros, who through MoveOn.org has been sponsoring UFW and anti-fracking protests and attacks against the Church from all sides? Very strange bedfellows indeed.

Don’t they read papal encyclicals like Caritas in veritate? (#58 for starters)?

The bishops have been urging the faithful to participate in the body politic. All they can come up with is more Marxist social justice and don’t yet understand the Republicans are not the enemy. The Democrat Party left the Catholic Church in the dust way before Ronald Reagan realized the party left him. Under a totalitarian President and corrupt Democrat Congressmen, the pace has hit warp speed.

Please, for the love of God and Country, pay attention to who you’re getting in cahoots with. Why not challenge Congress to come up with a comprehensive and fair bill under 100 pages long?

Not one of us knows the full context of the current legislation – or who actually wrote it!

FYI, Muslim Brotherhood supporter Neera Tanden recently bragged that she helped write the “Affordable Care Act” while on George Soros’ payroll. Ever notice Muslims are exempt per Dhimmitude on page 107 (or that in Denmark ,they constitute 4% of the population, yet draw down 40% of the welfare budget)? Thank God they hold the Blessed Virgin as “the most important woman in Islam!” Maybe she’ll come to our rescue as she did for the human-sacrificed Aztecs! Is there another Juan Diego out there?

I was almost convinced that things would change with the elevation of really great and brave new Archbishops and Cardinals. I trust they’re not behind this upcoming September 2nd protest!