January 16, 2011
Marie Lozito is a Registered Nurse, Licensed Massage Therapist, wife, mother, grandmother and life-long conservative. She wrote a text on medical massage and taught at New York College of Health Professions.
Interested in, and observing politics since 1960, she
ran for elected office in 2010.
An accumulation of thoughts about a few different topics.
This past week I was lucky enough to see a presentation about virtual classrooms. WOW! Was I impressed! I thought it would be similar to online learning. Man-o-man was I wrong. This is really cool technology and I can see so many great applications for it in a school system! Mind you, I am easily intimidated by technology but this didn't phase me. I think students would have few, if any, problems but plenty of benefits from
its use. Teachers would have an amazing new tool to help teach the students. Einstein once said that the mind, once expanded by a new idea, never returns to it's original dimensions. My mind was expanded at this presentation. I'd love to see this type of technology used to interest our students and expand their minds!
House Republicans presented their Legislative Agenda and the focus is on fiscal issues. With the state facing a deficit that is nearing the $1 billion mark, their legislative agenda is aimed at reducing state spending, fixing a retirement system that is broken, passing a constitutional amendment for education funding, and creating a business friendly environment in the state. “It is time that we put an end to the erosion of the New Hampshire Advantage... Our intentions are to balance the budget without using accounting gimmicks, by cutting taxes, and delivering on our campaign promise of fiscal responsibility this past election,” concluded Majority Leader Bettencourt.
Congratulations NH Republicans! You are listening to what the voters said in November!
I like New Jersey's governor, Chris Christie. He sees problems clearly, states them well, and proposes fixes – then doesn't get intimidated by opposition. He's got spunk! A recent TV broadcast was about the financial problems and how a financial 'day of reckoning' is coming to the states and nation. Gov. Christie said, “It’s not like you can avoid it forever, ’cause it’s here now. And we all know it’s here. And the federal government doesn’t have the money to paper over it anymore, either, for the states. The day of reckoning has arrived. That’s it.” He's right. The Federal government has no money. It can't afford to bail out the states. The financial problems are here now, and we can't 'kick the can' down the road any longer!
This recession, and the resulting drop in tax revenues, has exposed decades of: lack of financial responsibility, careless spending, fabulous benefit packages for public employees, as well as many of the political gimmicks and creative
bookkeeping techniques used to hide the deficits. Both the public and the governments are confronting harsh financial realities. Many people think that union contracts and pensions are the problem. Well, they are part of the problem, but the real driver of financial insolvency is Federal mandates to the states, like Medicaid.
For most states Medicaid is the second largest budget item. On average, Medicaid takes 21% of a state budget. According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), state and local spending on Medicaid will increase 41.4% between 2010 and 2011! This huge increase is caused by Obamacare. More than half of the health care expansion the law requires is accomplished by placing more Americans on Medicaid.
This will make Medicaid the largest budget-busting obligation for the states. As Heritage Foundation reports, “Unfortunately, states have lost considerable flexibility to reduce Medicaid’s burden on their budgets. As a condition for receiving the additional federal dollars, both the stimulus bill and PPACA contain maintenance-of-effort (MOE) provisions that prohibit states from changing eligibility levels.”
Lets be realistic about this – the states are already in trouble financially. Some states more than others. New Hampshire has a huge deficit looming in
its two-year budget (which ends this June), as well as a severely underfunded retirement plan. What we don't need is more debt shoved down our throats by the new Federal health care law!
Lets hope the new Federal Congress is successful in stopping this law. I doubt they can repeal it, but, at least they refuse to fund it.
I mean no offense to Michelle Obama, BUT I think she is totally out of line saying that: obesity is a “national security threat”, that the “government must be involved in what children receive to eat”, and that we “can't leave it to the parents.” The government is far too involved in our daily lives already!
Both Federal and State agencies only have the power and authority granted to them by the respective government that created them. All too seldom does the government, which created the agencies, actually oversee the workings of the agencies. Yet these agencies make rules and regulations that are treated as laws. This lack of oversight forces the agendas, opinions and judgments of the unelected, appointed bureaucrats on the public.
How much of a problem is this? Go ask any business owner or health care provider. Ask about OSHA, EPA, HIPA as well as all the other government rules and regulations they must comply with. Ask about the hours of paperwork, the threat of fines (and sometimes imprisonment), the effects on ability to work efficiently and make a profit so they can grow the company. It's beyond ridiculous.
I really like venison that is cooked well. So I'm looking forward to the Sullivan County Sportsmen's Wild Game Supper on Saturday, January 29th. My husband and I have tickets for the second seating. I understand they still have a number of tickets available for the 5:30 seating. For ticket info call 542-2886.