9/11 Remembered

We will never forgive, and we will will never forget. Our enemies thought they could instill in us fear. We showed them strength and unity. Our enemies thought we would withdraw and retreat. We amplified our presence and came for them. Our enemies looked at America and thought they saw weakness. We brought to their doorstep retribution and defeat. Our enemies merely succeeded in awaking a sleeping giant, and they filled him with a terrible resolve.

Who are our enemies?

Our enemies are those who oppose freedom and liberty. Those who would bring destruction rather than progress. Those would would bring cruelty rather than kindness. Those who would pervert the ideals of peace to deliver the realities of war. It is those people who become the enemies of all who love freedom, not just in America but around the world. America may take a leading role in the struggle, but it does not struggle alone. And in the struggle for freedom, America will not falter, and it will not fail.

An Approach to Entitlement Spending and Unemployment

The United States currently owes $14.7 trillion. The estimated population of the United States is 311,264,255, so each citizen’s share of this debt is $47,235.03. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $3.96 billion per day since September 2007. I ask you to support corporate and income tax reform, cuts to wasteful spending and entitlement programs and a balanced approach to our runaway spending.

However, how do we get there? How do we handle runaway entitlement spending and record unemployment?

We must advocate a different allocation of our funding. We should cancel entitlement programs and replace them with works programs.

I know this may sound shocking. I consider myself a moderate Democrat, but a Democrat nonetheless. The idea of dramatic changes to entitlements sounds scary, but hear me out.

I would propose that entitlements should continue only for the means-tested retired and the disabled. As proposed, the changes would work as follows:

  • If you are retired, a criteria will be setup so that if you’re making under $250,000 per year or have a net worth of less than $2 million dollars, you will quality for entitlement funding, including Social Security and Medicare.
  • If you are disabled and also meet the previous criteria, you will receive entitlement funding.
  • If you are healthy and of working age, you will not qualify for welfare and other entitlement spending. Rather, you will be guaranteed a job through a government works program that provides a salary and health benefits.

It’s a simple and commonsense approach. If you don’t want money or insurance, you don’t have to work. If you do and can’t otherwise find a job, the government will provide one via public works. We have miles of roads, bridges and other structures that need repair and/or replacement. Our infrastructure has long been neglected. Our unemployment rate is above 9%. Now is the chance to fix both problems at the same time.

Under my plan, the person benefits and America benefits.

And to me, this makes a lot more sense than simply sending out welfare checks.

50 Cups of Coffee for the 2012 Campaign

In the next two weeks, I’m trying to raise at least $150 toward the 2012 campaign – roughly the equivalent of 50 cups of coffee. This campaign will be funded by you and me giving what we can afford. But if we’re going to win, we need to build a grassroots campaign that’s bigger and stronger than anything we’ve built before. I’ve set a goal for how much I want to raise. Will you help out with a cup and get us all one caffeine jolt closer to victory?

Buy a cup of coffee now!

Error in America: Of Antidepressants and Statistics

“It is true that you may fool all of the people some of the time; you may even fool some of the people all of the time; But you can’t fool all the people all the time.” – President Abraham Lincoln

“There are more false claims made in the medical literature than anybody appreciates. There’s no question about that.” – biostatistician Steven Goodman of the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

Through two stories and examples, this article portrays three morals: (1) Honesty in research and efficient allocation of resources makes for good public policy and respects citizen’s autonomy in their decisions regarding the acceptance or denial of care. (2) We should never underestimate the profit motive’s ability to interfere with what is in the best interests of the American people. (3) Keep an open mind and don’t be so quick to believe what you read, even if it is in JAMA or The New England Journal.

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Finding a Proper Role for Religion

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

From the beginning of the United States, it’s clear that the Founding Fathers did not intend to establish a state-supported religion, be it Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Paganism, or any of the other hundreds of religions in the world. However, there seems to be a push in certain parts of today’s political environment for America to return to its status as a “Christian Nation” and to heed “God’s Law” in our policies. Nothing could be further from the wishes of the Founders. Continue reading

Down at the Coney Island…

Well, 2.5 weeks have gone by in the internal medicine training program at Coney Island hospital. I’ve seen a lot of interesting patients which I can’t discuss due to HIPAA and I’ve got to do some procedures. I’m hoping over the next few weeks, I’ll get to do more but it is what it is. I’m learning a lot at times but it really seems like self-directed study. My residents are good about teaching the treatment protocols for the patients but you really have to push to get involved. A lot of times, all I can do is take a history (assuming the patient speaks English – there’s a huge Russian population here) which, at first, was fun but now it’s pretty routine. I could sit in a chair with my eyes closed and probably do it just as well. Continue reading

Perspective on the Tea Party – 4/15/10 in Washington, D.C.

"Granny is not shovel ready"

"A village in Kenya is missing it's idiot"

Well, I’m back from Washington, D.C. and the Tea Party rally on April 15th was… tame. I never heard racial slurs, and I didn’t see homophobic, racist or bigoted signs. What I did see was a number of people out to protest “high taxes”, “socialist government” and Obama in general. Overall, it was a peaceful protest of people exercising their first amendment right of assembly. However, I would like to point out that while they have the right to protest, they are often protesting factually inaccurate information. For example, income taxes for the middle class are at one of the the lowest levels in the last 50 years. Protesters suggesting that 95% of Americans didn’t get a tax cut under Obama are dead wrong. Continue reading

A Donkey at the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

April 15th. Tax Day and Tea Party Rallies.

Since the Head Teabaggers will be migrating toward Washington, D.C. (see above for the video of this event), I guess I should do the same. I’ll be going not as a member of the Tea Party but as an observer. Political movements by their very nature are dynamic and filled with views and voices. I intend to hear some of these voices and gain a personal perspective on the movement. As they say, the best stories are often personalized stories and these experiences can be used towards another one of my projects. Continue reading

April Fool’s!

HAHAHAH! What a great day! Great laughs and great fun!

A short chronicle of the day’s hard-core conservative Republican attitude:

Obama bad. Rush good. Palin = Amazing! Drill baby drill! ♥ ♥ $$$. Stop mooching. No insurance? Don’t get sick. Rich only rich because we’re smart and work hard. Poor people just lazy. We’ll find the WMD’s. China evil except when they loan us money. “No” until 2012. Repeal the bill. That is all. http://www.facebook.com/brian.wells?v=feed&story_fbid=10100370050128391&ref=mf
Brian Wells is tired of all these unpatriotic liberals whining about freedom of speech, invasion of privacy, limits on health coverage, etc. Sick? Then get a job, buy insurance and stay healthy while you wait for things to be covered! Maybe you should have thought about those genes before you were conceived and you wouldn’t now have a genetic disorder. So stop being lazy and mooching off me. http://www.facebook.com/brian.wells?v=feed&story_fbid=10100369856276871&ref=mf
After 4 years of research and development, I’m pleased to announcement that my long-awaited army of ill-tempered super dolphins is ready. We couldn’t get the head-mounted lasers to work but the flipper-mounted plasma cannons do just fine. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=66260291&id=2004912&comments&ref=mf
I’ve agreed to take a consulting job with the conservative think tank AEI. Consultations will be done over the phone and email so I don’t even have to move. I’ll be working on the economic benefits of regulation-free banking, studying ways to run solar plants with coal and oil and lobbying to repeal health care reform and replace it with a reality show where contestants compete for insurance coverage. http://www.facebook.com/brian.wells?v=feed&story_fbid=107089942659163&ref=mf

While being a Republican was fun, it’s time to return to my liberal Democrat ways. 364 more days until I get to join the GOP ranks once again!

I Can Finally Say It

It feels good to finally come to terms with what I believe. I’ve tried to hide it for so long, acting like I believe in liberal ideas, pretending to care about the environment and global warming, believing in the unity of humanity. Now, I can finally admit it.

I’m a hard-core conservative Republican!

I have an autographed 5×7 of Ronald Reagan on my desk.

I dream of one day getting my book signed by Karl Rove and shaking the hand of Dick Cheney.

I think people should realize companies only have our best interests at heart. When we try to regulate them, we keep them from being best able to help us.

It feels good to finally come clean and stop pretending. Hopefully, the next time I have a revelation in my life, it won’t take me decades to realize it.

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