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Is the presidential race the most important?

Posted Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 1:43 PM

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Do you know who this man is? What his platform is? His party affiliation?
There is a very important fact in our government structure that I fear too many are forgetting.

Sure, when I was younger, the president was an all-powerful man who made all the decisions.

But that was just my perception. It stopped looking that way around the time I watched School House Rock's "I'm Just a Bill".

The fact is, the president doesn't make all the decisions. He is only a tiny portion of the people important in legislation. The American people are forgetting this.

No president can truly accomplish what he promises without strong support from Congress. The president is just one man in the 537 elected officials at the highest levels of government (435 in the house, 100 in the senate and then the president and vice president).

While choosing the next president is an important vote, it is not the most important one, in my opinion. Truthfully, it is the election of representatives and senators. No president is effective without a truly bipartisan legislature; a legislature that reflects the needs and wants of each state, who can advocate for those wishes in our national government.

We cannot afford to keep losing sight of that. Straight-ticket voting isn't as dangerous in the presidential election as it is in congressional elections. As citizens of the United States, our votes count only marginally for president. To get what we really want and need from government, our focus needs to be on these congressional elections.

We must educate ourselves on their records and campaigns, perhaps even more than the presidential candidates. We must know if their political values reflect ours.

Sure, Mitt Romney may be everything you want in a president. But if you vote straight republican, do you know who you're putting into Congress? It could be someone who opposes him. Same with Barack Obama supporters.

If you truly support your presidential candidate, you must help him (or hopefully one day her) be as effective as possible.

This does not stop at election season, either. Maintain a dialogue with your congressmen. Write letters, make phone calls. Be involved.

Don't just switch off your preferred biased media organization, run to the polling place and choose whatever party your president affiliates with.


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You are very wise Melodie. Great blog. I hope you are doing well in school and that you got the school finance issues resolved. Happy "Fall" to you. Hope you will get to spend the holidays with family. Take care of yourself.

-- Posted by OpinionMissy on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 4:08 PM

Tracy,

Good to hear from you. Thank you :)

Everything financially is working out; still not the most ideal situation, but it could be a lot worse.

Fall in Oklahoma is fantastic. We've had temps in the mid seventies the last week, with just a chilly enough breeze to really enjoy hot drinks. My dog is loving it. :)

The plan is to go to Okinawa for a week over the break. Of course I will post photos of the visit, hopefully more this time as I will have my international drivers permit.

I hope all is well with you and the rest of the town!

-- Posted by lilmissmelmo on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 4:36 PM

Well Done Melodie You are a very smart cookie and I just know you will succeed at anything you do.

I couldn't figure out who is the guy in your picture, hmmmmmmmmm maybe your BF. :>)

Keep writing blogs!

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 8:08 PM

Oh, don't get me wrong, the presidential election IS important. I never said it wasn't.

I'm just saying it may not be the MOST important.

-- Posted by lilmissmelmo on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 8:09 PM

MsM.:

Yes. That's the boyfriend. :)

-- Posted by lilmissmelmo on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 8:40 PM

Oh wait, no. I thought you meant my avatar. The man in the photo is a candidate in ID.

-- Posted by lilmissmelmo on Tue, Oct 2, 2012, at 8:55 PM

You are so right. We need to vote responsibly and not by straight ticket. If someone is not getting the job done, out they go.

Congress spent money like drunken sailors from 2006-2010. We see the result of that move.

I appreciate your perspective.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 7:32 AM

I agree that we must use our vote to ensure any election results in individuals who will work across the aisles in Congress and across the three branches of our government.

Congress worked with the President to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Now I hope Congress can take their cue from the Supreme Court and, for example work together to clarify their previous works such as the Clean Water Act.

In Justice Alito's concurring opinion in Sackett v. EPA, a case involving property owners in Idaho, he states "But Congress did not define what it meant by "the waters of the United States"; the phrase was not a term of art with a known meaning; and the words themselves are hopelessly indeterminate. Unsurprisingly, the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers interpreted the phrase as an essentially limitless grant of authority." He further states, "For 40 years, Congress has done nothing to resolve this critical ambiguity, and the EPA has not seen fit to promulgate arule providing a clear and sufficiently limited definition of the phrase."

Congressmen should not gripe about the extent of authority that they have permitted a federal agency to exercise through the laws that Congress has crafted.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 11:11 AM

Congress will most likely not do anything. Issues like this have great value when it comes to courting the electorate.

We'll continue to waste judicial and regulatory resources on big picture issues that we rely on Congress to work out.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 11:49 AM

CJW, it might appear as if I was responding to your question, but I got called away while I was in the middle of writing my 1149 post. I wasn't responding to your question. I know the answer. Do your own homework.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 12:31 PM

What's that? A John Boehner quote?

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 1:55 PM

I'm simply expanding on the statement, "No president is effective without a truly bipartisan legislature; a legislature that reflects the needs and wants of each state, who can advocate for those wishes in our national government."

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 4:16 PM

Right.

Does anyone else believe that Congress should clarify the Clean Water Act?

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 5:11 PM

THEY NEED TO DO THERE JOB.......BUT THEY WONT.......CANT HAVE COMPROMISE THAT MIGHT GET SOMETHING REASONABLE DONE......GOD FORBID

-- Posted by lamont on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 6:38 PM

I completely agree Melodie. According to the website elections.gmu.edu (The United States Election Project) Idaho's general election voter turnout was 667,506 in 2008. That number plunged to 452,535 for the 2010 midterm election cycle. In each election both U.S. Congress seats were on the ballot as well as one U.S. Senate election in 2008 and one in 2010. Presidential elections are a great opportunity for individual voters to express in which direction they prefer to take nation in the next four years. Many voters (at least 214,971 of them here in Idaho)need to keep in mind the importance of non-Presidential elections.

Thanks for this blog post as a great reminder!

-- Posted by yoB on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 7:53 PM

I am not sure that either is winning the debate outright. Romney is allergic to answering direct questions with direct, to-the-point answers. Obama, on the other hand, puts way too much background (and unnecessary) information in his answers.

Back to the topic,

The decisions of the President are not the know-all, end-all of daily life. Most of what we do in our daily life is unrelated to the decisions of the President. The more local elections are of far greater importance. They do not carry the clout of President but ultimately the decisions of city councils, state legislatures, and county officials impact our daily lives in ways that are immediately apparent and quantifiable.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 8:40 PM

BS61,

It is all perception. When asked about what exactly he would cut, he breezed over it. I realize that to answer that question in full detail would take until tomorrow. However, he could have at least acknowledged it. Oh well, there will be two more. This is a bit of a waste of time anyways. Most people have made up their mind already and this is more entertainment than anything.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 8:58 PM

My opinion Romney was on his A Game tonight. Obama wasn't there, he could of gave it more. The moderator was horrible, he let both of them walk all over him.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 9:21 PM

I am a Jim Lehrer fan and thought that he did a fine job but to each their own.

Romney could have been more succinct on what exactly he means by regulation and what exactly he would do. On a positive note, it was refreshing to hear his take on Medicare. He could have rambled on for quite a while longer and did not. Others may not think that to be significant but I find that if you have to ramble on excessively you really do not have a firm grasp on the idea.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 9:30 PM

BS61,

I was not sure about why Obama was looking down so much so I can see why Chris Matthews says that.

Again, I have always tore Obama down about his flowery, rousing rhetoric and how it usually does not say anything. That was on example again tonight.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 9:45 PM

However, we still have two more of these and the VP debate as well. It will be interesting to see how they go. I am of the opinion that few if any will change their opinion based on these debates.

What about you?

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 9:51 PM

I think something was bothering both the Obama's tonight. Before the debate they interviewed Ann Romney she was very energetic and happy and excited. They then showed a clip of Michelle's interview which she seemed really down and she had her brother with her. I had never seen an interview with her before where she had someone else with her other then maybe her girls....

Obama was way off his game tonight.

I do believe Romney didn't do to well on some of his answers.........

I don't think Obama was reading anything when he was looking down, I thought maybe he was thinking about his answer........ It still comes down to him not doing a good job debating tonight, for whatever the reason may be.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 9:58 PM

No it wasn't that! It could of been something personal, after all it is their Anniversary.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Wed, Oct 3, 2012, at 10:01 PM

Leher seemed to let Obama run on past the alloted time for each of his answers and even changed the subject as his request.

Romney used his alloted time to provide as many clear-cut answers as he was able. If you want more substance, then they should have both just spoke for 30 minutes each and answered questions for 30 minutes.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 7:41 AM

I though Governor Romney did very well last night. I was disappointed in the lack of specifics. Maybe I can find some on his website.

The President's performance was disappointing. I agree with twilcox that he ate up too much time giving background info on issues. I had the impression that he had alot of information to give us, but didn't know where to begin.

I like KHGal's idea about debate format.

-- Posted by Dave Thompson on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 8:56 AM

It's always easier when you have the truth on your side, like Romney did. With Obama's record, and what he really plans for the next four years, he had to be evasive, rambling and looking down. Maybe Michelle was depressed last night (she looked worried to me) because she sees an end to all the taxpayer-funded vacations coming real soon. Let's be real - Obama bombed last night. He was so bad that I hope Romney doesn't let down his guard thinking the next two debates will be a slam-dunk like last night. I'm guessing the Dems will do something to prop up Obama for the next two rounds. They have too much money and time invested in this to have Obama screw it up for them.

-- Posted by Second Wind on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 9:56 AM

Obama has a locker full of weapons he could of brought to the debate........why he didn't is a hard one to figure out!

They both were caught in lies. Obama's was the 5 trillion in taxes and Romneys was on jobs....

Just a guess but maybe Obama wasn't up to date on Romneys changes recently. One recent change was his stand on obamacare where he recently said he is keeping some of it in place....

Romney was the winner in the debate Without a doubt!!

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 10:23 AM

Romney's "lack" of specifics should be no surprise to any one. With current "leadership" in Congress, there is no way anyone can predict what might come out of any action proposed by a new President. If Pelosi and her buddies had their way, the bills they pass would all consist of thousands of pages of blank paper until final passage.

I do think that Romney's record dealing with a Democrat controlled Legislature, including the breakfast meetings with both party's leaders on a regular basis, shows a great deal more skill in leading than the college professor lectures Obama has given at his frequent press interivews over the past three and a half years.

-- Posted by wh67 on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 10:48 AM

Don't respond to me Bucky......

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 11:34 AM

"Romney's "lack" of specifics should be no surprise to any one. With current "leadership" in Congress, there is no way anyone can predict what might come out of any action proposed by a new President."

Good point. Nothing more needs to be said on that.

On to other things. Regardless of who wins there will be complaints about the economy. No matter who is elected, it is going to take a while to bring it back to life. No magical tool is going to bring us back to full employment overnight. Human behavior is something that does not change quickly. The next election will have mostly the same themes and the vultures will be there as always.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 1:13 PM

BS61,

I get what you say but the time frame is what I am talking about not the result. Americans are well known for their lack of patience. Anything less than immediate results is grounds for complaint. It just depends on whose side one is on in these cases. I am not knitpicking just so that I can take shots at someone. It is more preparing for the inevitable. Given the opportunity to cry and complain, Americans will take you up on that 100% of the time. If we can be realistic in our expectations then we can avoid knee-jerk reactions and useless whining that does no one any good.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 3:10 PM

BS61,

As you may or may not know, I contribute to other blogs. One of the few certainties is that Liberals will always bring up how he inherited this huge mess. It is true but that was then and this is now. Excuses are fine in the short term but in the long term they just hold you back.

I was raised poor and could probably get away with using that excuse to justify my mistakes. However, all that time that I would have been crying, whining, and complaining I could have been doing something productive. So, instead of telling us all a sob story why dont they get out and do something. If it works then take credit. If not then own up to it and move on. Pretty simple but apparently it is a bit too much for most Liberals.

Zook,

Here is an example. I hope it clarifies things.

Imagine that we were driving together. We are going down Interstate 84 towards Twin Falls. Let's imagine that I tell you that we are driving to some new town called Whateverville. I tell you that it is somewhere past King Hill. I do not know how far and so we will just have to feel it out.

Next, lets suppose that we are about a mile past King Hill and yet we see no sign of this new town. This new town could be just around the bend or 80 miles further.

Now, if we act like most Americans, we will immediately stop or turn around. We did not get immediate resolution. Why waste our time with this any more because every mile further that we drive is just another chance to waste money on gas and time.

Finally, we turn around and drive home. We eventually find out we were only 2 miles away. If we would have only been a bit more patient.

Overall, what I am saying is that if we elect Romney we should give him a chance. Wide, sweeping changes take time to make their way to everybody. Premature, knee jerk reactions will only leave us with unanswered questions. There are many layers to the economic problem. The best solutions are always going to be the ones that are sustainable. The best things in life are those that were given the proper time and effort.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Thu, Oct 4, 2012, at 11:49 PM

I'm tired of Obama's blaming and ready for a change and some fixing.

-- Posted by skeeter on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 5:50 AM

Zook,

I hate to be a broken record but I have stated numerous times that Obama has had his chance and failed. If he is re-elected, my main fear is that the deficit will continue to grow. This is just speculation on my part but given his past history, it is a safe bet.

In my perfect world, people would own up to their mistakes. I would have more respect for Obama if he would just step up and take responsibility. No excuses, no flowery speeches, etc. He failed and that's that.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 9:30 AM

I feel the same way Twilcox1978. Mistakes are much easier to forgive when someone admits that they have made one.

It galls me when he speaks at rallys and pretends that everyone else has caused his policies to fail.

And it really makes me mad when anyone who is running for office is not held accountable when they do wrong regardless of party. Conservative or Liberal.

And I am getting rather tired of hearing how some people "plotted" to make him fail. If he was a man of character, it would have made no difference that someone was against you. Instead of viewing it as an opportunity to lead, he chose the lower road of blame.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 11:23 AM

So, congressional elections...

-- Posted by lilmissmelmo on Fri, Oct 5, 2012, at 1:33 PM

I suppose I'm just a little miffed that the conversation is almost exclusively about the presidential election. Instead of about the blog.

-- Posted by lilmissmelmo on Sun, Oct 7, 2012, at 6:35 PM

More about congress. You were debating who would make a better president.

-- Posted by lilmissmelmo on Mon, Oct 8, 2012, at 6:19 PM

It all depends on what you want. If you want results that are quantifiable, realizable, and applicable to daily life the more local elections can be more important. If you want wide spread, longer term impacts that do not always apply to everyone then the Presidential election is the more important one. Not every local decision is tied to the agenda of the President.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Mon, Oct 8, 2012, at 9:39 PM

MHR,

those cities have other things in common such as failed industries. Industries that would have failed regardless of who they had as mayor. When the tidal wave comes in, it matters not who built the pier. The pier is going to get obliterated and that is that.

As for California, criticism is legit. They still have industries that are thriving and relevant and the government keeps upping the ante. Reno, Klamath Falls, OR, and Arizona are benefitting. The public sector unions in California are simply amazing. They know that the state can't afford what they want but they keep campaigning.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Wed, Oct 10, 2012, at 11:36 PM

Zook,

I worked for California State Parks and Recreation at Lake Tahoe for a summer. Most people (including myself) were seasonal. The full time workers were indoctrinated. I usually tear someone up for using that word. It is a bit of a cop out most of the time. This time, I think it was applicable.

The reasoning is simple. These maintenance men and office personnel were getting paid $50K per year. That is not great money at Tahoe. However, they had perks such as being able to use the state owned vehicles, cheap housing, insurance, and a pension. Their jobs were dime-a-dozen. The state proposed cutting their pay to $48,000 per year. The uproar was on. How dare the government endanger the livelihood of hard working public servants. One, they were not hard working. Two, they could have hired someone for half the pay to do the same job. Three, they do not provide a service that is indispensable. I got this sense of entitlement from them. Maybe if their cushy existence was at stake, they would actually do some quality work.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Thu, Oct 11, 2012, at 12:02 AM

MH RSIDENT......You are grasping at straws inmy opinion......I WEAR a buddha I have since namm does that make me budhist??? RAISED CATHOLIC AND MOVED OVER TO EPISCAPALIAN,WAS ALTAR BOY ETC.SOME THINGS HAVE A VALUE NOT OF A PARTICULAR PERSUASION, THAT DOESNT CHANGE YOU BUT IT DOES SIGNIFY A TRUST FOR WHATEVER REASON,THAT DOESNT MEAN IT CHANGES YOUR CORE BELIEFS.Why are some so busy searching for things to make this man other than what he is???? The shame is according to our basic tenents as a nation and as a people it should not make a difference what his religion is should it.????GIVEN THAT MANY CONSIDER THE LDS CHURCH A CULT...would you subscribe to the same feelings about GOV ROMNEY??? This should be a none issue for Americans and we just cant stand him being president can we??? The personal attacks of his very being is beyond belief,I hope it make you feel good.it MAKES ME ASHAMED BUT THATS ME......and you can call me what you want as long as you prefious it with AMERICAN.

-- Posted by lamont on Fri, Oct 12, 2012, at 1:51 PM

ZOOK YOU ARE ENTITLED ......HOWEVER YOU NEED TO GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT....I will not get into this .......contest again and showing were quite a bit of this post is not the truth is a waste of time.Hate makes people closed to the truth and give them the idea to twist the truth into lies to suit that hate.I guess if I wore a turbin I would soon be the target of this hate.......anyhow why my comment would elict this long tirade beats the heck out of me I asked a very simple question on one subject....how did we get this?????????

-- Posted by lamont on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 1:29 AM

Zook, have you been to the VA in Boise for medical appointments? Remember the questions they ask you to answer for any appointment? "Do you feel stressed out?", "Do you ever want to hurt someone", etc. I was sent an e-mail that said that if you ever answer "yes" to any of those questions, the VA tags your records and sends them to Homeland Security, If you have a concealed weapons permit, they will make it invalid. Have you heard about this? I don't know if it's true or not, but it's a scary premise. If Obama is re-elected and Obamacare kicks in, these and other questions will probably be routine practice in an effort to take people's right to own guns away.

-- Posted by Second Wind on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 8:27 AM

ZOOK......THAT is fine but I only asked a question I have heard what you just posted over and over again.Some of it is not true but you keep saying it.some of it is pure rumor but it's truth for you,that's fine if that is what you want to do however if you read the words and you get untruths and half truths you have to asked what motivates that kind of thing.Hate is a strong word to me I DONT USE IT LIGHTLY.I do see your posts like the one just posted as hatefull.That is what comes out between the words to me.DID you posts the same kind of tirades about BUSH???? IF not why not????? you HAD ENOUGH??? ENOUGH OF WHAT???? yOU WOULD THINK THAT ALL THESE PROBLEMS WERE CREATED BY THIS ONE MAN, ADD IN YOUR FRIENDS ON THE RIGHT THAT ENSURED WE GOT TO THIS POINT ,I dont consider all there actions to be in our best intrest so spread the wealth.ROMNEY lies daily and not a word from you,he cant remember what he has said one hour to the next.talk ABOUT FEELING ENTITLED HE WANTS TO BE PRESIDENT BECAUSE HE FEELS ENTITLED TO IT NOT BECAUSE HE WANTS TO HELP THE NATION.That's my opinion and I am not sure if that isnt worst than O BAMA'S LACK OF ESPERIENCE.i WILL SAY IT AGAIN YOU DONT TRUST america with your money but you want to lead it's people......that is so wrong it's not even worth talking about be carefull what you wish for..........question still stands if i wear a budhist amulet does it make me budhist?? nOBODY ANSWERED BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER.......LATER

-- Posted by lamont on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 9:23 AM

Zook you seem to have so much time and energy to write lengthy books on the blogs. Have you ever thought about doing something positive for our Veterans? Get involved! There's plenty of programs out there that you could volunteer at, and they sure could use more help.

Pat has been very involved with the American Legion for a very long time. He is on the Honor Guard and I can say he has not missed a veterans funeral in over 10 years. He goes to all of them, sometimes they only need him to hand the flag to the widow or family member, and he will still go to take part in the funeral. He doesn't just do it here in Mountain Home he does surrounding area's and Boise.

Do something Positive!

He not only goes to the funerals he hasn't missed going to Memorial Day Ceremony at the Cemetery and when that one is over he goes to the one in Pine.

It's something for you to think about and here's something else.

I don't think it's a bad thing what VA is doing. They are suppose to help our vets. If someone starts to have a mental problem, they sure don't need a gun in their hand.........

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 11:01 AM

I agree with you, Zook. Having the VA asking you personal questions about your mental state so they can red-flag your records in order to deny your 2nd amendment rights of gun-ownership is a dangerous intrusion into your civil liberties. That will be just the beginning as the "thought police" will be treating people like felons who haven't committed any crimes. This reminds me of that futuristic movie 1984 that's not so futuristic anymore.

-- Posted by Second Wind on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 4:08 PM

You missed my point, my point was volunteerism the guys that volunteer their time for the American Legion have all served their country and some are disabled and still have the time. Pat also belongs to the DAV and the VFW those are some more options if the Legion doesn't work for you...

Yes be very careful when the nurse asks you those question, I see where she's plotting to take your guns. You have a choice if your worried about the VA asking you questions don't go there. Stay safe and use a private clinic.

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 6:40 PM

MsM, I don't think Zook needs any unsolicited advice from you about volunteerism. I'm quite sure he's done more for vets and other people than you have ever done in your lifetime.

I guess you don't understand that today it's the VA asking personal questions so they can red-flag records, tomorrow it will be the whole health-care system if Obamacare is implemented. Your naivity is apalling, but no surprize.

-- Posted by Second Wind on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 7:20 PM

SW How about minding your own business, you don't know a think about me so shut it!!

Zook Next time you see Pat up at Wal Mart tell him how dumb he is......

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 9:52 PM

SO now were being told what we have done and what we havnt.......so who is keeping track of who??? hOW INSULTING.Between the constant conspiracy rants and the insults I guess you can justify anything.AGAIN .....reasons not to trust.....you talk of a new world order,I think you folks are the ones who want a new world order,one that you dictate or else.........just read what you write it is so obvious.WE heard the same and still do in the jim crow south we fought you then and will again.I cant believe you dont know what you are saying and implying.Do you honestly believe those of us who do not support your agenda are cowards,if you do you are making a big mistake.

-- Posted by lamont on Sat, Oct 13, 2012, at 10:49 PM

Mr Lamont: What are you talking about? I can't figure it out.

-- Posted by skeeter on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 6:21 AM

This remark

If you're dumb enough to give 'em the info their looking for, you only have YOURSELF to blame.

He goes to the VA and answers their questions.

Heard on the news last night more hospitals are asking questions. They want to know if you own a gun....... However if you don't want to answer their questions you can tell them NO...

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 10:37 AM

Changing from the VA to a private clinic or hospital would be of little use.

I saw the "do you own a gun" question on a pre-exam check off form several years ago with a major health care provider here in Boise. I left it blank. When the receptionist told me I needed to fill it out, I told them it was none of their business. They indicated it was a federally sponsored survey type of thing and that I really needed to answer the question. I told them that when they could explain how gun ownership would make my lung function get better or worse, I would think about it.

I was prepared for a heated discussion with the doc, but she just laughed and said something to the effect "So, I see you own guns."

The next visit, the questionaire was different.

-- Posted by wh67 on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 10:55 AM

Probably if you don't answer their questions, they will make a note of it and look at you more closely.

It's a NO win situation! If you need medical attention, one way or the other they got you......

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 11:06 AM

MsM, I suggest that if you don't want people to respond to your posts, you not post your thoughts on a public website - got it?

You're right - I don't know anything about you personally nor do I want to. Your inane liberal rants are enough info about you. It has always irked me that the people who tell other people they should do volunteer work are usually the ones who have never done much volunteer work or helped others themselves. You could be the exception, if so, good for you. If Zook wasn't offended by your remarks, then that's all that matters and I'll but out.

Back to the topic: the government invasion of people's personal lives is scary and that was my point. It won't be long before the government takes over the internet and then people will have to be extra vigilant not to post their thoughts on that as well. The Obama regime is already trying to take over the internet but are treading lightly on that to see what they can get away with. They tried to make talk radio illegal but couldn't push it through.

-- Posted by Second Wind on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 12:09 PM

I wonder how many folks believe they have to answer the "non-medical" inquiries in order to get the attention they need from their providers?

Or just how much data our government is attempting to "collect" about us through these seemingly insignificant little "surveys"?

I'm with you, Zook. "I'm doing well, how is your day going?"

Keep 'em guessing about the rest!

-- Posted by wh67 on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 12:20 PM

SW It was a suggestion, not an order or telling him to volunteer. GOT IT ! AND the comment I left wasn't for you..... Don't assume that I have never volunteered. I've lived in this town for 34 years and I have done plenty of volunteering...... The last time I did some volunteer work was this summer, and plan on continuing with more. Do me a favor don't respond to my comments!!

Zook What I was saying is if you say NO they will make a note of that in your file anyways regardless if you answered the questions or didn't answer them.

I am doing good this morning considering how sad its been around here lately. I not only lost a dog which was ok until the middle of the night and by morning she was gone. We also had to put down 2 cats within a couple days of having to let her go... I still have 2 more old dogs that will leave us soon.... We are very much pet lovers....

-- Posted by MsMarylin on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 12:43 PM

MOST read most understand and dont answer question that have nothing to do with the subject at hand.I too tell them none of ther darn business.The government is mining the population for information,now wethere that is in our best intrest or not is the question.

ZOOK......I for one get tired of the government is the almighty enemy at all cost attitude it is not. IT is the people who run the government and percieve themselfes as all powerfull.What I GET FROM THE RIGHT IS WE CAN DO AS WE PLEASE AND YOU DONT LIKE IT TOUGH.....THAT ATTITUDE HAS COST SOME OF US DEARLY THROUGH THE YEARS.I watch and listen to lets say the attitude on affirmative actions,IT'S bad mouth it to the point of it's a crime.The crime was perpertrated on us for years and the right did nothing except to ensure EXSCLUSION stayed in place.When I get people right here who dont understand the testing program in the military and try's to imply that although it is there promotion has set aside programs for minority's and the test doesnt count.That is saying ......to me.......you tested but you didnt deserve to be promoted.That attitude from the right still there today.When you can go out of your way to attempt to disenfranchise whole groups of people in order to change the possibilty of and election what do you call that??wHEN YOU ARE WILLING TO INCARCERATE MILLIONS RATHER THAN WORK ON REASONABLE SOLUTION.Because I believe in a womans right to chose I now become a criminal and a target for violence.At what level is taxation reasonable,VRS NONE AT ALL.mAYBE THE PROBLEM IS WHAT WE SPEND THE MONEY ON???WE might need to take a look at the fact that WE foster more war than any country on the face of the earth,we are also the largest arms dealer in the world,How about spending that money on enchancing our education system,fixing our roads,fixing our medical care,greatest in the world .....IF YOU HAVE MONEY.....stop CALLING MY RETIREMENT CK AND ENTITLEMENT.......tHEY DIDNT HAVE A PROBLEM ALERTING ME TO POSSBLE RECALL WHEN THEY THOUGHT THEY MIGHT NEED ME BASED ON THAT REITREMENT CK.

I KNOW WHO MY ENEMY is and you are part of it in my opinion I dont think you give total thought to the words you use they are very excitatious,you strike out at people and things in a very demeaning way.....example..you refernce people as raghead,pedro etc so what do you call me ????? DO YOU THINK BECAUSE YOU HAVNT THAT THAT THOUGHT HASNT GONE THROUGH MY MIND???And then we excuse it with I am not politically correct......I SAID IT AND NOBODY LISTENED ......THAT STATMENT IS AND EXSCUSE TO DISPARAGE PEOPLE.i COULD GO ON BUT WHY BOTHER?? for some reason all of this has fallen on deaf ears and i dont believe people really understand what sets others off.....You have heard me say it before it is easy to critercise if you have never walked in my shoes,you dont live the same nightmare I live everyday you have your own demons BESIDES we all have our way of seeing things.i TRY TO SEE THINGS AND UNDERSTAND THEM AS THE RIGHT DOES BUT ALL THINGS RIGHT IS NOT RIGHT ........LATER

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 12:54 PM

HI SKEETER......WHAT I was talking about was how does somone tell somone else how much they donate of time.money,etc I was taught IT wasnt the amount it WAS THE INTENT AND YOUR HEART...NOW THAT COULD BE WRONG BUT I DONT THINK SO.

The other part was the constant conversation of conspiracy,Everything is not a conspiracy and when it comes to this administration that is all I hear.You then go and ck out what is happening and then you wonder how did we get a conspiracy.CONSPIRACIES ARE THE SEEDS THAT CREATE CIVIL UNREST AND VIOLENCE AND IT BOTHERS ME THAT WE SEEM TO BE PROMOTING THAT VERY THING.

And SKEETER i appreciate the mister but lamont will do for this blog.BUT thankyou.......YOU have a good day.

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 6:54 PM

ZOOK......YOU NEED TO PLAY SO LET THEM DO WHAT IT WILL TAKE SO YOU CAN PLAY AWHILE LONGER.I know music has become a big thing to me again and it's rubbing off on me grandchildren which is great another thing we do together.Hey I am going to do a trio thing here in town.IT will be in a smaller place but and upscale enviroment that I dont think you would have a problem bringing Donna to.I was surprised on the booking but it should be cozy and I am sure IT will be older people there. IT will be in november I will let you know.ANYHOW I AM OK JUST LETTING OFF STEAM.......LATER

-- Posted by lamont on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 9:04 PM

My dad had arthritis in his hands. I can still see him rubbing them to get them limber to play his mandolin.

It gave him such pleasure to play music and it opened up a whole new world for him and Mom those final years together.

Those fellow musicians have been a great support to Mom and we are so grateful for their friendship.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Sun, Oct 14, 2012, at 10:30 PM


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