Monday, November 9, 2009

The House passes Health Care...... by a thread

So by now all of us have heard the news.. the House narrowly approved a watered down version of the Health Care. Who knows how many versions there really are. While not looking to create debate over what is good or bad for us.. as consuming Americans, I'd like to share some facts about the money being spent.

The current number of lobbyists in Washington stands around 13,000. From CNN we learn about a report from http://www.opensecrets.org/that on average, over the past 20 years, members of the house were given 473,000 by those who are for Health Care reform and 502,000 from those against it. Now the Senate where all the different ideas are supposed to boil down to one, before Jan 1, are getting on average even more, no matter the party. Yesterday on public news, it was announced that the lobbying costs are at a million dollars a day.

And consider that Obama, over the next ten years, wants to help pay for Health Care by squeezing out 500 BILLION in Medicare fraud, I wonder how many people is this country are left. Everybody in their brother, including criminals, gangs, cheats, medical suppliers, Health Care companies, drug companies, insurance companies, medical equipment manufactures, etc etc etc are against health care reform. There is so much at stake... and it's all about greed.

It's all to obscene and under our noses. Look for few to be really happy with whatever plan they come up with. And if Health Care is passed, look for other important projects, like jobs and the environment to take center stage.

Deval raised who's salary?, a tax on goods and services

Under open records law, it was revealed in the Globe, that Deval has more than doubled the amount on six-figure jobs, in two of the major transportation agencies, since 2006. Transportation secretaries have been paid 25% more than the prior administration. New appointees have been layered over old ones with the displaced employees given new titles. The new head, Jeffery Mullen has pledged to look at every position in the new DOT. Look for this employee, a retiree, who served on Devals inaugural committee, Albert Shaw was given a job of "Director of intergovernmental affairs" a cool 115,000 a year to be axed very soon, if Mullen is seriuos about stopping the abuse.

Something I didn't know about how the state handles it's payroll for Mass Highway. 80% of the Mass Highway employees are paid out of this states capital budget and funded through bonds. Even Aloisi called this practice wasteful and duplicitous practice designed to hide the real cost the labor force while shortchanging the road and bridge programs.

So the Beacon Hill crowd who are looking for any way to raise revenue have talked about applying the same 6.25% sales tax to goods and services. This has been tried before from 1990 to 91.