After only 12 days in office, President Obama was nominated, and ultimately won, the Nobel Peace Prize.
Now we have learned that he is a candidate for the Heisman trophy after watching a college football game last Saturday.
Pawlenty suggestions challenged
I wonder if Gov. Pawlenty and others who recommend changes that would permit buying health insurance across state lines have given thought to the following question:
To whom would the insured appeal a decision made by an out of state insurer? Currently one can contact the elected state insurance commissioner (as I had to when I lived in Florida when my employer subsidized insurance company was denying a valid claim for my daughter). The company kept refusing to pay until I contacted the Florida State Insurance Commissioner's office.
I have concerns that a state insurance commissioner will not be as motivated to go to work for an out-of-state claimant who cannot even vote in the commissioner's state.
I don't think going out of state is in an insured's best interest, as it will only make it even more difficult to deal with an insurance company that is trying to avoid paying a valid claim. A purpose of the state insurance department is to oversee insurance of the residents of the state. How can they do that if they do not have jurisdiction over out of state insurance companies selling to the residents?
Selling health insurance across state lines would benefit the insurance companies, not the insured citizens.
What we need now
It is my view that we need real health care now and that we do need the public option, plus a real stimulus plan. In my view the stimulus plan we need, is one that will really tax and spend.
We need an energy package that can return the United States to the world's manufacturing leader along with innovative leadership. We need to spend on nuclear power-plants which we need to build where we want and expect people to move to in the near future.
We need to spend on development of light rail. We need to spend on potable water, taken from the oceans for drinking and irrigation.
The above are some important basics of where our need for spending has already evolved to, and to arrive at such a forward and hope-filled place, we need some real understanding. We need to realize that both taxes and profits - not spent, take money from the economy. And that excess profits seldom return to the economy, and during an economic down-turn none or nearly none do.
When we understand the data that our many recessions and depressions have shown, we should understand that to tax those excess profits has no economic effect, thus it is in times like these that tax and spend becomes a real stimulus if it is geared to the employment of workers, which if also geared to the future can become phenomenal.
If we can make such a start, other needed thought and development will fall in line.
Dennis G. Gordon
Stay off the moors!
If you are leaving the Slaughtered Lamb Pub, best stay off the moors. Oops! An American Werewolf in London is the inspiration for this year's seasonal Halloween display at Parkwood Drive and Wedgewood Drive in Baxter. From the Baxter school go seven-tenths of a mile on 48 (Highland Scenic Road) to Parkwood Drive. The display will be on the right. Happy Halloween.
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