Tuesday, May 31, 2011
So it would appear that the word "Death Panels" have been replaced with "Efficiency".
According to an article in the New York Times, hospitals are going to be held to "Efficiency" standards for each individual Medicare Patient:
"WASHINGTON — For the first time in its history, Medicare will soon track spending on millions of individual beneficiaries, reward hospitals that hold down costs and penalize those whose patients prove most expensive.
The administration plans to establish “Medicare spending per beneficiary” as a new measure of hospital performance, just like the mortality rate for heart attack patients and the infection rate for surgery patients.
Hospitals could be held accountable not only for the cost of the care they provide, but also for the cost of services performed by doctors and other health care providers in the 90 days after a Medicare patient leaves the hospital.
This plan has drawn fire from hospitals, which say they have little control over services provided after a patient’s discharge — and, in many cases, do not even know about them. More generally, they are apprehensive about Medicare’s plans to reward and penalize hospitals based on untested measures of efficiency that include spending per beneficiary.
A major goal of the new health care law, often overlooked, is to improve “the quality and efficiency of health care” by linking payments to the performance of health care providers. The new Medicare initiative, known as value-based purchasing, will redistribute money among more than 3,100 hospitals.
Medicare will begin computing performance scores in July, for monetary rewards and penalties that start in October 2012.
The desire to reward hospitals for high-quality care is not new or controversial. The idea can be traced back to a bipartisan bill introduced in Congress in 2005, when Democrats and Republicans were still working together on health care. However, adding in “efficiency” is entirely new and controversial, as no consensus exists on how to define or measure the efficiency of health care providers.
The new health care law directs the secretary of health and human services to develop “efficiency measures, including measures of Medicare spending per beneficiary.” Obama administration officials will decide how to calculate spending per beneficiary and how to use it in paying hospitals."
So what will happen when your "spending per beneficiary" is used up?
Hmmmmm? (Cough Death Panels Cough)
Believe it or not I found this on a Progressive Organization's website that is made up of residents that are against Smart Meters.
Funny how the Government and the Utility Companies are the only ones who think this is a good idea.
It would seem that Illinois's has passed new legislation that will act like a magnet for illegals looking for College assistance.
"Illinois lawmakers passed a bipartisan bill May 30 that would assist immigrant youth throughout the state in paying for college. The measure, SB 2185, known as the Illinois DREAM Act, passed the Illinois House with a 61-53 vote. It passed the State Senate earlier this month and now heads to Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's desk, where he is expected to sign the bill into law later this week.
"I believe everyone has the right to a first-class education, and the Illinois DREAM Act strengthens Illinois' commitment to ensuring education for all," Quinn said in a statement released by his office. "The legislation allows private funding to be used to help students pay for higher education and to train high school counselors to assist undocumented children [to] forward their educational careers. This legislation will support our next generation of scholars, business leaders and innovators, and I look forward to signing it."
The measure would establish a privately funded Illinois DREAM fund, administered by a volunteer staff commission, to make scholarships available to children of immigrants who graduate from state high schools. It will also train high school counselors and college admissions officers to be fully informed about educational resources and opportunities for immigrant students. The bill would also allow families to participate in the state's two college tuition savings programs.
The measure will not impose any cost on Illinois taxpayers and could benefit as many as 95,000 immigrant youth.
Lawrence Benito, deputy director with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said the bipartisan vote was "truly historic." In a statement on the group's website, Benito added, "This vote is a victory for our state and an important step forward in recognizing the contributions of immigrants." Illinois is poised to become the first state to create a private scholarship fund for children of undocumented Latinos, he said.
The bill, the coalition said, shows Illinois "is not only an immigrant-friendly state but also a national leader on moving fair, humane and practical solutions forward."
This makes you wonder if the Politicians, and those involved in the Illinois DREAM Act, could be arrested under federal law for aiding and abetting criminals?
Monday, May 30, 2011
According to The Blaze:
"...a new Homeland Security program would subject Americans to pre-crime interrogations and physiological scans to detect people who are intending to commit a terrorist act...
The system uses a computer program that studies physiological indicators of a person, such as heart rate and the steadiness of a person’s gaze, and then uses the data to make a judgment on whether that individual has “malintent”."
Just in case you haven't seen the movie Minority Report, it was based on a future where people were arrested before they committed a crime. Here is the movie trailer of Minority Report to give you a better idea:
Is it just me or has President Obama done more to remove our personal Freedoms and Privacy just by using 'safety' as an excuse?
Geezz.. What in the statement "Leave Me Alone" do those in Government not understand?
Hat Tip Breitbart TV
Sunday, May 29, 2011
So THIS is who the Democrats chose to lead them to Victory? Really?
Hat Tip The Blaze
AFL-CIO and CPUSA Relationship Grows: AFL-CIO Youth Group Representative Participated in Communist "Red School" Bus Stop
Saturday, May 28, 2011
More warnings, this time from a Doctor, about the Dangers of Smart Meters.
Friday, May 27, 2011
s1029 "E Know" Bill to use "Electronic Permission Forms" in Order to Collect Your Data Via the Smart Grid
A few days ago I brought your attention to a bill now in Congress called S1029 or "E Know". I explained that I felt the bill was intended as a way to make it easier for you to sign away your privacy rights considering that the Smart Grid will be collecting information about everything from your Internet to Ice Cube Use. But in order for that to happen the utility company must first get your permission.
Third Parties? (Cough Government Cough)
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Judy Ancel, Professor of Labor Studies at the University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC), that is not only funded by taxpayer's but by unions as well, allowed an organizer from the Communist Party USA to recruit in her class. Judy was also caught on tape showing her students how to shut down non-union businesses while at the same time standing by and watching as her Co-Professor preached violent unions tactics and industrial sabotage.
"Outspoken Judy Ancel prefers to be called a professional troublemaker. She relishes confronting the status quo in all of her public roles. "There aren't very many role models for young people anymore, of people who visibly fought the system and won," Ancel says. The Chicago native is the director of labor studies for both the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Longview Community College, and the co-founder and coordinator for KKFI 90.1's Heartland Labor Forum radio program. She's been raising hell since high school, when she joined a civil rights demonstration led by her rabbi. "At first, I felt embarrassed holding a picket sign and walking down the street," she says. "But I guess I got used to it." Ancel has held plenty of picket signs since then, boldly taking on retail giants from Hallmark to Wal-Mart."
So it would seem that the University of Missouri would rather defend a Communist supporting, Anti-American, Self-Described Troublemaker... instead of replacing her with someone who may actually Teach Labor Studies and Support the Country of the State that helps pay her salary.
Communist Civil War: Houston CPUSA Calls for a "People's Trial" of the Chairman of the CPUSA, Sam Webb
It would seem not everything is all smiles and harmony in the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and that there may be something of a civil war going on in their ranks.
"Response to Sam Webb’s paper on “A party of socialism for the 21st century…”
This document has also been posted as a comment to Sam Webb’s article “A party of socialism in the 21st century: What it looks like, what it says, and what it does which appeared in Political Affairs www.politicalaffairs.net
By the CPUSA Houston club
The CPUSA Houston club met on 2/6/11 for its monthly meeting. Naturally one of the most important points of discussion was Sam Webb’s new vision of the party as presented in his recent article “A party of socialism in the 21st century: What it looks like, what it says, and what it does.” Most found the document confusing and contradictory. Confusion and contradiction are the classic tools used by the right wing to discredit Communists and the working class.
Many important points were made by club members. One of the first questions that came up was “Do xenophobia, nihilism, anti-communism and blatant self-destruction have any place in the program of the CPUSA?” These are fairly serious charges and should be examined one by one.
Certainly Webb is correct that there is more opposition to anything “foreign” from the nutty nuts on the right. Does this mean that the party should capitulate to this way of thinking and formally jettison anything that might be taken as “foreign” from our ideology? He maintains that “Leninism” might be seen as “foreign” and should be removed from our ideological positions. From this logic, also Marxism, socialism, a revolutionary party and class struggle might be seen as “foreign” concepts and should be expunged as well. What does this line of thinking mean for internationalism, support for immigrant’s rights struggles as well as world peace? Back in the 60’s, the John Birch Society used to put up billboards along the highways demanding “Get U.S. out of the U.N.” Should the party embrace this thinking since the right wing view it as “pure” and not “foreign”?
One has to wonder what would have become of the great U.S. civil rights struggle led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. if he had decided to abandon Mahatma Gandi, since he was “foreign”? What if the leaders of the Haymarket uprising had been run off since they were German socialists and anarchists and were therefore “foreign”? What if Fidel Castro had sidelined Che Guevara since he was “foreign”? What if organized labor in this country silenced Joe Hill since he was “foreign”? By the way, Marx and Engels are just as “foreign” as Lenin and are equally detested by the wealthy elite.
If Leninism is seen as “foreign”, then that is a major failure of the party to educate people about what Leninism means.
Dropping Leninism from the party in any kind of formal way is not only dishonest, and self destructive but is “foreign” to the thinking of most party members.
The nasty stench of nihilism can also be detected in Webb’s long discourse which he, himself, describes by stating “Readers will surely note inconsistencies, contradictions, silences and unfinished ideas.” The scary part is that top CPUSA leadership seems to have finished their ideas on the party and intends to finish the party. Webb damns our party ideology (the same ideology on which a great history of working class struggle has been built) as “too rigid and formulaic, our analysis too loaded with questionable assumptions, our methodology too undialectical, our structure too centralized, and our policies drifting from political realities.” These are serious charges and Webb fails to back up his thinking with any facts. It appears that Webb is advocating nihilistic idealism and rejecting materialism. Adolf Hitler, Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly could not have slammed the party more effectively.
Webb’s nihilism does not stop here. He predicts war, climate disaster and all manner of apocalyptic catastrophes which could prevent any forward movement of the working class. He certainly does not provide any answers as to how working people can fight back against these overwhelming forces. He opines “After all, there is no direct or inevitable path to socialism. Nor is the working class going to simply ‘rise up’ at some appointed time and fight for a society of justice.” With a CPUSA cowering in the corner, where can the working class seek leadership and guidance?
From this line of thinking should our new slogans be “Workers of the world, come to your senses! Your chains are better than starvation!”? and/or “What do we want? Nothing! When do we want it? Whenever!”
Again, it is appalling that the ugly face of anti-communism appears at our top leadership. One Houston member pointed out “If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck.” Webb is using the ideological weapons of right wing opportunism and liquidationism to mount an anti-communist assault on the party of the working class.
We have theory as a guide to action based on scientific socialist principles discovered by Marx, Engels and Lenin as well as others. The uniqueness of our party is that our theory (Marxism Leninism) is interconnected, interdependent and coherent as well as flexible and fluid to meet the challenges of an ever-changing world. We have a method of analysis (dialectical materialism), practice (historical materialism) and organizational principles (democratic centralism – democracy and unity of action). Without theory, we have no vision that is based on sound foundations, leaving us to flop around aimlessly. Without a path forward based on material conditions, we grow frustrated and ineffective. Without organizational cohesiveness, our force is greatly diminished, easily split and made to work at counter purposes. What Webb proposes is to discard those elements which make us a revolutionary party.
While most of the article was an attack against an imaginary left sectarianism, the most effective disruption of the CPUSA program has been from the right. This is easily demonstrated in our history – Jay Lovestone, Earl Browder, Committees of Correspondence, etc. Have we forgotten Mikhail Gorbachev and Alexander Yakovlev? How did their “new ideas” work out for them? Gorbachev and Yakovlev are some of the most despised people in the former Soviet Union. It is often said that those that do not learn from history are bound to repeat it. Have we learned nothing from the experience in the former Soviet Union where opportunists in the party gutted the CPSU until there was nothing much left to defend?
Liquidationism is the elimination of the party of the working class as an independent force, gutting its theory and purpose and blurring the lines of fundamental class conflict.
Webb has propelled the CPUSA onto the slippery slope of right wing opportunism, reformism, economism and finally liquidation of the party
Continuing along the road chosen by Webb will only lead to the self destruction of the party. We are reminded of the boiling frog analogy. If a frog is placed in boiling water, it will jump out and save itself. This is what happened when Earl Browder proposed dismantling the party. Webb is being much more subtle and potentially much more effective in destroying the party. If you place a frog in cold water that is slowly heated, it will not perceive the danger and will be cooked to death.”
The future of the party and the working class
Obviously, anti-communism, xenophobia, and nihilism are poison to a working class party of action. It is up to the members, friends and allies as well as local clubs and district organizers to recognize the self-destructive path we are on and take concrete steps to get us back on course. Obviously, the tactics and strategies we use to fight the class struggle cannot be identical to those strategies and tactics used by Lenin, and Stalin. But to renounce them because the right wing might find them distasteful is unforgiveable. We must not throw out the baby and keep the bathwater. It is up to us to educate working people about our history and what our theory has to offer them in their everyday struggles against the real enemy, capitalism. If we renounce Stalin completely, then we are saying that his contributions to the defeat of German fascism and Japanese imperialism were wrong and we are renouncing the fact that he was a powerful ally of the U.S. in those global struggles.
Since the left and organized labor are in disarray, our party needs to seize the moment and reclaim our role as the vanguard party of the working class. No one is going to award it to us just because we’re good looking. We are going to have to earn it through struggle and victories for the working class.
We, the Houston club of the CPUSA, call on all members to demand an extraordinary National Convention to decide the future of the party. We are calling for a people’s trial of the Webb faction for its blatant and open betrayal of our Party Program and Constitution, mismanagement of party resources, disassembling of the party organizational structure as well as the right wing opportunism and efforts to liquidate the party. Such a trial should be easy to carry out since Webb and his small group of cronies have been very public about their treachery against the CPUSA. If found guilty of crimes against the working class and the CPUSA, they should be unceremoniously removed from office and the control of party resources should be wrenched out of their grasp. It is time to close this humiliating chapter of CPUSA history and move forward with a fully rejuvenated party."
I must apologise to my regular readers for my sudden lack of consistency on my blog. I have taken up additional responsibilities that are cutting into my blogging time. I hope to be able to return to my usual routine in the future.
Choudhary has led MoveOn's campaigns on the Iraq War and U.S. Constitution as well as running the group's fundraising program for MoveOn's 2008 electoral effort. She is MoveOn's campaign director for political action.
MoveOn is funded by philanthropist George Soros.
At MoveOn, Choudhary advocated against what she called "right wing extremists."
Continued Choudhary: "But MoveOn members won't let them succeed-we're pushing back with Real Voices for Change, an ambitious campaign to show that the overwhelming majority of Americans continue to support President Obama's plans for change."
"We need to make sure Democrats who side with 'Big Insurance' face consequences with the voters back home," she wrote.
In a dispatch last June, Choudary warned against a "secret cabal" of "conservatives" trying to slash Social Security and Medicare.
Wrote Choudhary: "It sounds like something Glenn Beck would cook up: a powerful cabal of right-wing ideologues hatches a secret plan to force cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and they're on the verge of succeeding. But it's true.
"Right now, the stars are aligned for conservatives who've spent decades trying to cut Social Security — the heart of the New Deal.
"And instead of articulating a progressive response, Democrats seem frozen, like deer in the headlights," she wrote.
In 2007, she was a trainer at the MoveOn-created progressive New Organizing Institute boot camp.
The NOI board of directors includes Color of Change, an environmental group founded and run by Van Jones, Obama's former "green". Jones resigned in September 2009 after it was exposed he founded a communist revolutionary organization and called for "resistance" against the U.S. government.".
According toBreitbart TV:
"Simon Rosenberg, President of liberal think-tank NDN gets frustrated during a debate over Medicare reform. What does he do? He takes his ball and goes home."
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
She also says (In the First 4 minutes)She would like to see the United States become an Energy Conscience Society and wants to protect the environment by reducing our "footprint". (More like a Society Controlled through Energy..maybe Carbon Credits?)
Monday, May 23, 2011
And now those Prophets of Doom have been proven correct.
According to an article on WBIR.com, there is a bi-partisan push in the Senate to pass a bill that favors electric vehicles:
Scott Brown Betrayal?: Bill to Make It "Easier" For You to Allow Utilities to Collect Your Private Info Through The Smart Grid
I broke the story several weeks ago about all of the detailed information that will be collected on you through the Smart Grid which is described in Priority Action Plan 10 (PAP-10) created by the North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) and the EPA. From recording your Internet usage to how many ice cubes you make, the Smart Grid is to become one of the most intrusive technological "advancements" in the history of the United States.
In order for you to give permission, normally it would require your signature on a contract that will allow the utility company to collect the very detailed information about your energy use.
"The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) welcomes the introduction of new legislation in the US Senate that would empower electricity consumers to better manage their energy use and reduce their energy bills. Sponsored by Senator (D-CO) and co-sponsored by Scott Brown (R-MA), the Electric Consumer Right to Know Act (S 1029)—or "e-KNOW"—would establish the right for electric consumers to more easily access their electric usage information—including in real time—and to benefit directly from the new information generated by the smart grid.
"The e-Know bill also would give consumers the right to authorize access to their usage data by companies that facilitate home energy efficiency. Furthermore, it would allow consumers to access information directly from home energy management systems and other energy-management products that are independent of the utility's electric meter. Finally, the legislation would ensure that the right to consumer-data access is technology neutral, allowing consumers to choose how they get and use their consumption information."
According to Fox News Insider:
"In an address last week, President Obama said that the "borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on 1967 lines, with mutually agreed swaps, so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states." Sunday, he clarified his position, saying "Since my position has been misrepresented several times, let me reaffirm what 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps means. By definition, it means that the parties themselves, Israelis and Palestinians, will negotiate a border that is different than the one that existed on June 4, 1967."
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Smart Meters have been installed in several states with many more progressing forward with plans to install them in the next several years. But no state has fully installed all of the technology that will be involved with Full Smart Grid deployment. Full deployment would involve connecting the Smart Grid to electric cars, renewable forms of energy (Solar,Wind) Etc.
The project is aimed at making better use of renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind power, and preparing the island's power system for the widespread use of electric vehicles."
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Is it just me or is there a recurring trend in St. Louis between Unions and the Communist Party USA(CPUSA)?
Missouri / Kansas Friends of the People's World announce Sally Kohn will be the keynote speaker.
Ironically the anti-capitalist CPUSA wants you to pay $500 for a full page ad. What happened to spreading the wealth and sharing the ad for free?
Video from 1950's
Friday, May 20, 2011
This Video was meant to be an example of why we need public workers.
Ironically this is a better example of the dangers of Public Unions and the type of power they would have over a city if they threatened to go on strike.
I don't think the creators of this video thought it all the way through.
Hat Tip Breitbart TV
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Last week I exposed the detailed information that will be collected about you through the Smart Grid. While resistance to the Smart Grid has been seen in California and Maine, according to Cleanenergyauthority.com, Vermont doesn't want 'resistance" to happen there:
"Elizabeth Miller, commissioner of Vermont’s Department of Public Service, said the big challenge now will be gaining consumer acceptance for the new smart meters that the state’s utilities will be rolling out shortly.
“There are some lessons learned elsewhere” she said. “In California and Maine there has been some resistance. We want to avoid that resistance here.
She said the key will be in offering utility customers options and choices and educating them on the virtues of the smart meter."
You have to love the same old political playbook, the people will want it once we "educate" them.
Didn't someone say that about the Health Care Bill?
Naturally Senator Bernie Sanders says that the Smart Grid is important to those that "want to move forward aggressively on sustainable energy"
Isn't "Aggressively" another way to say "Shove it Down the Tax Payers Throats"?:
The future of clean energy solutions like solar power generation depends on the infrastructure we build today, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said at the Vermont Smart grid conference this week.
"As is widely known,” Sanders said in a speech at the conference, “one of the great energy challenges facing our nation today is modernizing an aging, inefficient and inadequate electric transmission system. This is a major issue not only because we want to make certain that we prevent future regional or national blackouts but, for those of us who want to move forward aggressively on sustainable energy, we need to be able to move and manage whole new sources of electric supply.”
The first step toward doing that is implementing a smart grid, he said. Vermont won $69 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy for its smart grid plan, which the state’s private and public utilities combined forces to match for a total of $138 million in funding."
Those unfortunate enough to live in Vermont will be subject to a plan laid out that will have the entire state equipped and your home Assimilated with Smart Meters by 2013.
Is Resistance Futile?
The Politicians in Vermont Hope So...
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Recently it came to light that the University of Missouri Labor Studies course, at the St. Louis and Kansas City Campuses, allowed an Organizer from the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) to talk to their college students in their class for two hours. This Organizer then was allowed to recruit for the CPUSA with the encouragement of the Professors, Judy Ancel and Don Giljum.
"The institute’s supporters have also argued that the university will save little money by cutting it: Ancel said the entire program has about a $100,000 budget (including her salary), about $57,000 of which is provided by the university and system-wide extension funds. Tuition and fees comprise another main source of revenue. "It doesn't [seem to] matter," Ancel said, "that the program generates more money than [the university is] going to save."
- The Steward's Role
- What is a Grievance
- Grievance Investigation
- Grievance Writing
- Grievance Presentation
- The Rights of Stewards and Members
- Alternative strategies for problem solving
Ironically in 2007, the University of Missouri was also going to cut the economics department possibly because of Radical, Socialist ties:
Sometimes I encounter a Comment or an Email that is so totally wrong or hateful that it deserves special attention. This Comment is both.
"You say you are an American who is legitimately alarmed about the power and presence of the federal government in people's lives. If you bothered to actually be informed, and do things like "research" and "reading" (you know, those difficult 'r' words) you would find that most of the super-dee-duper scary Obama initiatives are just scare tactics radical conservatives wildly embellish upon to substantiate their hatred of a black President. You know what's driving this country into the ground? Ignorant people who have nothing better to do with their time than villify the greatest President we've had in decades. This President is a centrist. Any political analyst, journalist, or generally EDUCATED person who is capable of OBJECTIVE observation of reality (that aforementioned 'reading stuff you haven't read before to inform yourself' stuff) knows this and has known it for several years. The real people fueling the political turmoil, the division, and distrust in this countryare people like you. They attack a President who has given comprehensive health care to the poor, driving down costs and standardizing the system, pulled out most of our troops from the most disastrous conflict we've ever been involved in, and now, has eliminated the acting commander of the radical movement we've been obsessed with fighting these many years (which doesn't even really exist anymore, save for a few hundred disgruntled mountain fighters in Pakistan). This President is saving America from the turmoil we endured under the real despot - that sorry excuse for American (or human being, for that matter)who used one of our greatest national tragedies as a means to further our material interests in probably the most volatile region on Earth (killing 4,000 of our fellow countrymen and hundreds of thousands of the indigenous population in the process). I'm clearly ranting, but it's only because there's so much to rant about - the economic crisis, Katrina, the Patriot Act???? You want a murdering, dictatorial, freedom-stealing, deficit creating leader to hate? Hate our last President. This one's trying to save all of us (including YOU, ignorant conservative) from what HE did. So keep spreading unsubstantiated hatred about our commander-in-chief. Because he's working to keep you safe and your nation strong every day. Let the haters keep hating. We'll call you out on it until the sky falls down. The truth never fails."
All I can say is too bad it was anonymous, I sure would love to know who is dumb enough to believe the crap they are shoveling.