Thursday, September 11, 2014

My Reflections on 9/11 - Never Forget!

I remember arriving at work shortly before 9am, watching the North Tower of the World Trade Center burn and then watching a second plane fly directly into the South Tower.

I remember everyone standing around as the Twin Towers disintegrated into dust.

I remember my friend who came to visit from his downtown office. When he emerged from the subway earlier that morning, he saw people jumping through windows in their office buildings. Jumping to their deaths 100 stories below seemed more bearable than enduring the heat generated by burning planes.

I remember walking past several hospitals in mid-afternoon seeking to donate blood only to learn that the blood banks were already full due to the generosity of others.

I remember seeing doctors with gurneys lined up on the street outside emergency rooms waiting to receive patients that never came.

I remember the thick ash-filled smoke that consumed the island of Manhattan for a week afterward.

I remember the bulletin boards where people posted pictures of missing loved ones. While it is heartbreaking to walk past a tree or a light post with a picture of a missing child smiling back, imagine walking through Grand Central Station and seeing large bulletin boards where people posted wedding pictures and vacation photos searching for missing loved ones, pictures of smiling policemen and firefighters in starched pressed uniforms who would never come home.

I remember the daily funerals and memorial services that were held for months on end where families were afforded the dignity of burying the bone fragment of a loved one. Say what you will about Mayor Giuliani, he attended the funerals and memorial services of every lost policeman and firefighter, sometimes several per day in all boroughs of New York City.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Senator Ted Cruz is Defending the American Dream!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hamas is a Terrorist Organization with Blood on its Hands

Hamas is a Terrorist Organization with Blood on its Hands

The World Should Condemn Hamas For The Murder of Three Jewish Teenagers

June 30, 2014 | (202) 228-7561

http://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=1478

WASHINGTON, DC -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today released the following statement regarding news that the three Jewish teenagers who had been kidnapped by Hamas have been found dead.

 “The brutal murder Hamas carried out of three innocent Jewish teenagers is a terrorist-led atrocity that demands justice,” said Sen. Cruz. “While we lift Gilad Shaer, Naftali Frankel, and Eyal Yifrach and their loving families up in prayer, we must also act. Hamas is, unequivocally, a terrorist organization with blood on its hands that must be condemned on the world stage. There should be no path forward for Hamas to have any role in any future government formed by the Palestinian Authority, and no nation should accommodate, legitimize, or negotiate with this group that engages in the killing of innocent civilians. The Palestinian Authority should immediately renounce Hamas and actively work to expel Hamas from civil society. The United States should stand unequivocally with the Nation of Israel as it responds to this brutal terrorism and acts forcefully to protect its people.”

 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

My Obamacare story. Why we need #FullRepeal!




I have asthma. Asthma is a chronic yet easily managed disease. I have been taking the same medications for years to control my symptoms. I have not needed to see a pulmonologist (asthma doctor) for the past several years. I saw one recently primarily because my health insurance company is not covering my medications any longer. These are medications they saw fit to cover last year and the year before and the year before that.

I have private health insurance, not Obamacare exchange insurance. It is individual and small group coverage. I pay 100% of the cost of the insurance. It is essentially the same plan with the same health insurance company that I had last year, except it is more restrictive and more expensive than last year's plan.

My pulmonologist is a scientist at a university hospital conducting groundbreaking research into the genetic component of chronic airway disease. Yet, since President Obama decided that the blue pill works as well as the red pill, my doctor is forced to spend part of his day writing letters to insurance companies explaining why some patients need the red pill.

I live in a state that created an Obamacare exchange. My insurance company participates in the state exchange though my plan is not an exchange plan. Nonetheless, the drug formularies are identical, not similar but identical. Consequently, even though Washington, D.C. regards me as a millionaire and billionaire since I can afford to purchase my own health insurance, I am forced to live under the same rules as those whose health insurance I am subsidizing. Equality really does mean poorer care for all. Just ask veterans who are dying while waiting for treatment at the VA.

The irony of being treated by a research physician is that even if my doctor creates a breakthrough treatment to cure chronic airway disease, a condition that afflicts millions of Americans, I will never be allowed enjoy its benefits. In fact, I suspect no one will.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Senator Ted Cruz at the Americans for Prosperity Freedom Summit

The NRSC and Push Polling

http://www.redstate.com/diary/eyeonfreedom/2014/04/12/nrsc-push-polling/

The NRSC and Push Polling

Why is the NRSC trying to fix the Republican primary in Mississippi?

A short click over to the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) website confirms their claim to be "the only national organization solely devoted to electing Republicans to the United States Senate." This makes one wonder why the NRSC would involve itself in primary fights seeking to defeat Republican challengers who presumably they would want to help should these challengers win their primary battles.

 The question occurred to me after receiving an email from the NRSC touting a poll claiming that 36 year United States Senate incumbent Thad Cochran enjoys a 17-point lead over challenger Chris McDaniel. Meant to despirit supporters of the Tea Party backed insurgent who has received endorsements from conservative organizations like The Senate Conservatives Fund, FreedomWorks, The Madison Project and Tea Party Express and conservative leaders including Sarah Palin and Mark Levin, the poll tells a much different story on closer examination.

Commissioned by a polling firm whose president is a former strategist for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), the companion arm to the NRSC in the House of Representatives, the poll finds that 57% claim to support the "goals and ideals of the Tea Party". In addition, the poll reports that 59% identify as very conservative and 32% identify as somewhat conservative. Think about this for a moment. Nearly 3/5 of those polled self-identify as very conservative and support the Tea Party movement yet an insurgent candidate supported by leading national Tea Party groups and the nation's leading conservative voices is trailing a 36 year incumbent who claims not to know much about the Tea Party movement. Does this make sense?  It does when you consider that nearly 3/5 of those polled are 66 years of age or older and only 1/10 of those polled are under the age of 50. That might help when polling support for a 76 year-old incumbent.

While this poll lies in stark contrast with other recent polling data showing the race to be much tighter, it begs a larger question. Why did the NRSC commission this push poll and why is it going out on a limb to support an incumbent when either candidate would crush his Democrat opponent in a general election? Perhaps, the answer lies in the NRSC's true mission. Though the website claims that their mission is to elect Republican candidates, NRSC staff admits freely that its mission is really to re-elect incumbents.

Therein lies the problem. What happens when conservatives believe incumbent Republicans are not representing their interests and national Republican organizations are aligned against them? They do not vote. One need look only at the 2012 Presidential election where the Republican candidate failed to improve on the 2008 Republican vote total despite running against an incumbent with a record of real unemployment north of 10%.

If six-term United States Senator Thad Cochran needs the support of the NRSC in order to win a seventh term, perhaps it is time for him to consider taking a well-earned retirement. Considering that Thad Cochran was first elected to the United States Senate when Chris McDaniel was in first grade, perhaps it is time for Mississippi to have new representation in Washington, D.C.