CRS says healthcare bill would cover illegal aliens

CRS says healthcare bill would cover illegal aliensThe Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) has long criticized the proposed House healthcare bill for its provisions to cover illegal immigrants, and its position has now been supported by a report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS).

CRS is the research arm of the U.S. Congress, and its study has found that under the Affordable Health Care Act of 2009, proposed by the House of Representatives, illegal aliens would potentially be able to receive benefits under the so-called public option.

It has also established the bill does not include a mechanism to prevent illegal immigrants from applying for and receiving "affordability credits" that would help low-income individuals purchase private health insurance.

"These loopholes were intended to extend benefits to illegal aliens while allowing Members of Congress to deny those facts to the American people," says Dan Stein, president of FAIR.

"It is time for the politicians to close [them]," he adds.

CRS is calling on Congress to adopt clearer language that would unequivocally make illegal aliens ineligible for publicly funded or subsidized healthcare and require stringent verification criteria. It also wants a five-year waiting period introduced for legal immigrants to prevent abuses of the system through "healthcare tourism."

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Myths and Facts: From Health to Wealth

The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out… without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable…
—H.L. Menchen

The more myths, lies and deception that we believe, the more dependent human beings we are. Therefore, the less myths, lies and deception we believe—the wealthier and healthier we become.

Myths, lies and deception we call propaganda dehumanizes us and twists our beliefs against us and our best interests.

Propaganda is the science of persuasion and mind control which has as its purpose to forge allegiance to a political order or to consumption of the products of big business and big pharma. Propaganda victimizes the public by changing and controlling its belief system against the public itself for the benefit of political power and monetary gain.

I have learned very well the power of propaganda. I have observed that very intelligent people with good minds can be manipulated against their best interest with propaganda. Organized and sophisticated propaganda seems to operate above the threshold of intelligence. This is to say that without some imperative to trigger inquiry, very intelligent people are sold myths the very same as the general population.

The esoteric purpose of propaganda is to extract wealth and labor illegally as concealed involuntary servitude. The people who use propaganda to persuade the people against their best interest create myths and sell them as benefits.

Myth: The Federal Reserve keeps inflation low.
Fact: The Federal Reserve is the world engine of inflation. The Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913 and since has almost destroyed the purchasing power of the dollar. The hundred years prior to the Federal Reserve there was gold backed currency that kept its purchasing power for 100 years.

Myth: Savings and Retirement?
Fact: This is a myth and a hoax. The money creators cause inflation to melt your savings and retirement while you sleep. Certificates of Deposit and bank accounts do not preserve your savings now—nor will they in the future. In fact, the dollar is inflation. It is created to self destruct. This is theft by deception. The true meaning of currency destruction with inflation is war upon the people.

Myth: Democracy—euphemism for fascism.
Fact: Has the trappings of representative government but is fascism in reality. Fascism with a pretty face (call it Democracy) is far more deceptive and sinister.

Myth: U.S. Government debt (deficit).
Fact: It does not exist in a paper money regime. How can the government have debt or owe money when it has the power to create money at will? Also, governments can extinguish make-believe debt with inflation as is happening now.

Myth: Health Care.
Fact: No such thing in the U.S. The system called "health care" exists as a drug cartel to enrich the super-rich pharmaceuticals. It is a tremendous burden on the backs of the people. Medical practitioners are, for the most part, completely brainwashed.

Myth: Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Fact: This is manipulated by the government to cheat pensioners on Social Security. So-called "core inflation" leaves out food and fuel. How do they get away with it? Under fascism and paper money, we like it or lump it. All "representatives" are owned by the government that pays them.

Myth: Physicians say that we get all the vitamins and nutrition we need from our food.
Fact: Impossible with the American diet. Eighty percent of Americans are malnourished.

Myth: There is no difference between synthetic and natural vitamins.
Fact: Synthetic vitamins are chemicals. Natural vitamins are food.

Myth: The government, the medical establishment and the pharmaceuticals promote health.
Fact: Nothing could be further from the truth. People don’t need drugs or doctors. Sick people especially don’t need drugs or doctors. They need nutrition.

Myth: Euthanasia is a quick and painless death.
Fact: Euthanasia can happen over many years as drugs and “immunizations” usually kill slowly. The system can reduce the population without blame if they do it over time so as to separate cause and effect.

Myth: Social Security is going broke.
Fact: Social Security is not an accounting discipline but a Ponzi scheme. "They" can print the money so Social Security will not go broke but the "money" paid out will go broke in purchasing power.

Myth: Organized medicine is modern research and science at its best.
Fact: Organized medicine is now the third largest cause of death. This is a Malthusian dream to reduce the population under the pretense of doctoring for sickness and disease.

Myth: The germ theory of disease is the prevalent belief that disease or sickness is spread by germs or viruses outside the body.
Fact: Not so, even though there is near total deception on this. What a panacea for the drug manufacturers! The germ theory opens the way to impose millions of drug concoctions upon the people. Don’t we realize that this notion implies that every illness or sickness is drug dependent? They must be laughing at us in their inner sanctums.

Louis Pasteur championed the germ theory that sickness of the human body is external. Medical legend holds that on his deathbed, Pasteur said, "The terrain (the body) is all," but his revelation was passed off as the raving of a terminally ill man. But the genie was out of the bottle and the medical insiders had already grasped the multi-trillion dollar potential of the germ theory of disease. This is the fraudulent basis of modern medicine.

Diseases are not independent objects that have a life outside of the body. Sickness and disease develop because of malnutrition and/or toxemia within the body. References: Modern Medicine is Modern Witchcraft from a Dr. Royal Lee lecture, Ultra Prevention by Mark Hyman, M.D. and Mark Liponis, M.D., and Medical Mischief by J. H. Tilden, M.D.

Germs (bacteria) are not the cause of disease. However in their action on the dead tissues and other wastes, preparing it for elimination from the body, fever is produced. When the waste has all been chemically changed and eliminated, the germs (bacteria) disappear.

It is dead things or dead cells that fall prey to bacterial infection. Germs feast upon DEAD CELLS, never attacking living matter. Germs (bacteria) feast upon a mass only when it ceases to live. Dead flesh or dead cells fall prey to bacterial infection. Therefore, disease is not contagious.

Germs (bacteria) are a result of disease, not a cause. This cancels the notion of "contagious disease."

The positive evidence is that the purpose of germs is to break down and facilitate the elimination of poisonous material that we call infection. Disease comes first and bacteria later. This is the proper relationship of cause and effect. The germs or bacteria are scavengers. Disease or sickness develops because of unnatural living.

The false theory that disease germs are exterior to the body is the erroneous foundation of contagious disease. The whole immunization/vaccination theory is false. But this is the basis and foundation of a multitrillion dollar pharmaceutical cartel which controls all allopathic medical schools and doctors.

The medical mafia has spread their propaganda well. They have indeed deceived almost everyone. Modern medicine is a killing machine for profit.

Myth: Vitamin D is toxic above the recommended daily allowance of 400 IU.
Fact: The truth is that a deficit of vitamin D is very dangerous to your health. The truth about the need for high amounts of vitamin D has been suppressed for 100 years. This is common sense. Who do you know that ever gets any sunshine? There is no further doubt about it. People who live in northern latitudes (north of 30 degrees latitude) are much sicker people—including degenerative illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.

It’s all down the memory hole now, but clinics and sanitariums a hundred years ago all recommended sunshine as a basic health restoration therapy. This was a time in American history when children went barefoot in the winter time and never had colds or flu. Modern "medical wisdom" has dumbed us down.

Myth: Tax Revenues.
Fact: There is no such thing as tax revenue with fiat currency. The government creates its own “revenue” via the printing press.

The only reason that the propaganda ministry ever uses the word "debt" or "deficit" is to keep alive by implication that legitimate accounting goes on in the Federal Government. It is all a scam. The Federal Government gets everything, including war, free and without debt or deficit.

Myth: Nominal vs. Real Dollars.
Fact: There are two kinds of dollars. One is a nominal or inflated dollar. The other is a real dollar as a constant measured by the purchasing power 60 years ago.

People who don’t understand this distinction are doomed to poverty. We don’t have any real or constant currency except gold and silver.

Myth: M3 Index of New Paper Money.
Fact: This was long used by the government as a measure of new money in circulation. But now there has been a huge step-up in creating new money. The Federal Reserve stopped this indicator so that business and the public won’t know how much new (paper) money is being created.

Myth: Income Taxes.
The American people believe that there is a law which requires them to file and pay income taxes. There is no such law, but millions pay income taxes. Why? It is very simple. The answer is deception and police power.

Fact: In truth, income taxes are not a source of income to the government. A simple question: Why does the government need your taxes when they can and do print (create) all the "money" they want?

Because income taxes (so-called) is a cover operation for the regulation of the regime of paper money. Paper money must be regulated (reduced) or it sooner than later becomes worthless. Another means of reducing the volume of money is government bonds.

Should the American people discover that income taxes is only a system of regulation, not taxation, they would understand the fraud.

The paper money scam must be concealed. The people must never find out that the government gets everything that it gets for nothing and without payment, including wars.

Study: PCOS symptoms may be relieved with acupuncture

PCOS symptoms may be relieved with acupuncture, study saysNew research suggests electro-acupuncture can benefit women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and lower the risk of metabolic disorders that often accompany the condition.

PCOS affects up to 10 percent of women of reproductive age and results from higher levels of androgens leading to ovarian cysts, irregular menstrual cycles and, in some cases, infertility.

To test the efficacy of an alternative medicine resource, Swedish scientists divided 20 women into three groups – one receiving low-frequency electro-acupuncture, one engaging in exercise and a control group.

They found that acupuncture led to more regular menstrual cycles, reduced testosterone levels and reduced waist circumference, while exercise helped reduce weight and body mass index.

In addition, the study showed the usefulness of exercise and acupuncture in reducing sympathetic nerve activity, which is common in women with PCOS, and may lead to hyperinsulinemia, insulin resistance, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Acupuncture is based on the ancient Chinese medicine practice of inserting and manipulating very thin needles at precise points on the body to relieve pain and restore health.
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California gay marriage decision comes under fire from both sides

California gay marriage decision comes under fire from both sides The San Francisco organization that led the unsuccessful campaign last year to defeat the state’s ban on same-sex marriage recently said it will put the measure to vote again in the 2012 election, angering both supporters and opponents of gay marriage.

Gay rights groups and those who believe marriage should not be subject to regulation by the government have criticized the decision by Equality California saying it failed to listen to the overwhelming sentiment in the gay community which wants to move immediately to challenge the so-called Proposition 8, according to David Comfort, founder of the Equality Network in Los Angeles, cited by the San Francisco Chronicle.

In fact, some groups, such as Yes Equality have said they will push to get the matter on the ballot in 2010, when Californians are due to elect a new governor, the source further says.

However, Ron Prentice, executive director of ProtectMarriage.com has vowed to fight any attempts to repeal the ban, and stressed that his organization is ready to continue to educate the public about the vital role of heterosexual marriage in society.

"[Gay rights groups] will lose [in 2012] just as surely as they would in 2010 or any other year," says Prentice, adding, "The people have spoken twice on this issue, both times reaffirming traditional marriage."
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Are Exchange Controls Coming to the USA?

Exchange controls—laws restricting private ownership of, or transactions in, foreign currencies and gold—are blossoming throughout the world. Residents of Cuba, Malaysia, Myanmar, Venezuela and Zimbabwe have long dealt with these restrictions. So have residents of India and China, although the restrictions there aren’t as severe.

But as the ongoing global financial crisis deepens, many other countries have imposed foreign exchange controls in recent months, including Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria. Is it possible that the United States would ever impose these types of controls? The answer may surprise you… but first, let’s explore the history and mechanisms of exchange controls.

Exchange controls date all the way back to ancient Greece. The philosopher Plato proposed an inconvertible currency to prevent anyone outside Athens from interfering with its economic autonomy. And only a few decades ago, exchange controls were common in western countries: France and Great Britain had them in effect until the late 1970s. Indeed, one form of exchange control remains in effect worldwide—no government, anywhere in the world, will redeem its national currency in gold.

Exchange controls take many forms:

  • Prohibiting residents from owning a bank account denominated in another currency or an account in a foreign bank.
  • Banning the use of foreign currency within the country.
  • Banning residents from possessing foreign currency.
  • Prohibiting exporters from drawing against a bank account except for internal transfers.
  • Limiting bank trading in a domestic currency to discourage currency speculation.
  • Restricting the amount of currency that may be imported or exported.
  • Prohibiting residents from owning gold or exporting gold abroad.

Foreign Exchange Controls Step-by-Step

The main reason a government initiates foreign exchange controls is to discourage speculation in its national currency. This helps preserve foreign currency reserves and props up the international value of the national currency. In most cases, the national treasury or central bank of a country that imposes exchange controls has created an excessive amount of money out of thin air. Exchange controls appear to offer the government an opportunity to achieve what would otherwise be economically impossible.

In most cases, governments don’t impose foreign exchange controls overnight, but rather, in a step-by-step process:

Step 1. The first step is already complete, in the form of laws in effect in every country. These laws prohibit citizens (or anyone else) from exchanging their national currency for a fixed quantity of gold through the national treasury or central bank.

Step 2. The second step is to impose rigorous reporting requirements for moving cash into and out of the country, and for foreign accounts. These laws are also in effect in most countries, including the United States, purportedly to fight "money laundering."

Step 3. The third step is to expand the reporting requirements to any transfer of assets in or out of the country, not just in cash or cash equivalents. Many countries have these laws in effect as well. Legislation before the U.S. Congress would impose these requirements in the United States as well.

Step 4. The fourth step is for the national treasury or central bank to assert control over all movements of money into or out of country. Transfers deemed vital to the economy are exempted from this requirement. However, any person or company making "non-vital" transfers must receive permission from the government to make them. After going through whatever approval process exists, the treasury converts the local currency to the international currency, or vice versa, and sends the payment along to its ultimate destination. Generally, the conversion isn’t made at the market rate, but at an artificially high rate set by the government.

Step 5. If these steps don’t succeed in curbing speculation or inflation, the fifth step is to require residents to exchange their holdings in international currencies or gold for holdings in the national currency. This makes it impossible for them to legally protect themselves from any future decline in the international value of their national currency, or from inflation at home.

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Unfortunately for the governments that impose them, exchange controls simply don’t work. The longer they’re in place, the more ways clever people find to get around them. To begin with, exchange controls create a huge black market and an accompanying criminal class. This phenomenon is well known in countries with stiff criminal penalties against mind-altering drugs.

Exchange controls also inevitably disrupt legitimate businesses. For instance, Venezuelan exchange controls, re-imposed in 2003, bankrupted thousands of small and middle-sized businesses because they could no longer obtain foreign currency.

Moreover, while Venezuela’s foreign currency reserve position stabilized after it imposed exchange controls, remittances of foreign currency fell dramatically. This led to a steep decline in the standard of living for most residents. Many of Venezuela’s most successful citizens emigrated to other countries, particularly those lucky enough to qualify for another passport, or wealthy enough to purchase one.

Despite the many shortcomings of exchange controls, the historical record is clear. In times of economic crisis, protectionist sentiments grow. Those advocating protectionist measures label anyone with offshore investments or other financial interests as traitors. Foreign exchange controls are a way of dealing with these purportedly disloyal citizens.

In the United States, the dollar has actually appreciated in value in the current economic crisis, so there’s no immediate pressure for Congress—or President Barack Obama—to impose exchange controls. However, Obama has advocated that offshore "tax havens" be shut down. And if investors begin fleeing the dollar, and its value collapses, exchange controls may quickly follow. Indeed, if Congress fails to act, President Obama can impose exchange controls with the stroke of a pen, via an executive order. The enabling legislation is already in place, via the International Economic Emergency Powers Act (IEEPA).

How to Prepare for the Prospect of Exchange Controls

U.S. residents concerned about the prospect for exchange controls in this country need to prepare for them now. The most basic strategy is to open a foreign bank account or to store precious metals at an offshore safekeeping facility.

However, any U.S. exchange controls (in common with those in most other countries) may prohibit U.S. residents from maintaining a foreign account or other foreign investments without a "permit" to do so. Without a permit, the government may force you to repatriate your foreign account in exchange for dollars at the official exchange rate. This rate may be much less than the market exchange rate.

A better strategy may be to create an international structure in which you are not the owner of the underlying investments, but only a beneficiary. An offshore trust and some types of offshore insurance investments provide this sort of protection. Historically, payments from overseas life insurance and annuity policies have been exempt from foreign exchange controls—although there’s no guarantee they would be in the future. An additional benefit is that these structures provide significant protection against claims in civil litigation. (My book The Lifeboat Strategy, contains complete details on how to set up these types of international structures.)

Are foreign exchange controls coming to the United States? I certainly hope not. But if they do, I hope you’ve made arrangements to prepare for their arrival.

By Mark Nestmann
Copyright © 2009 by Mark Nestmann

Herbal medicine may help treat endometriosis, researchers say

Herbal medicine may help treat endometriosis, researchers say A review of available scientific evidence has found that Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) may be able to treat the symptoms of endometriosis in patients undergoing treatment for the disorder.

According to Endometriosis.org, the condition is caused by tissue similar to the lining of the uterus growing elsewhere in the body. It often causes pelvic pain, irregular periods and may be a contributing factor to infertility in 30 to 40 percent of affected women.

Cochrane researchers reviewed two studies involving 158 women. They both showed that CHM was associated with a relief of symptoms comparable to that provided by the hormonal drugs gestrinone and danazol, respectively.

However, it was found to have fewer side effects.

Andrew Flower of the Complementary Medicine Research Unit at the University of Southampton in the UK, and lead researcher in the study, says the findings suggest "Chinese herbs may be just as effective as certain conventional drug treatments for women suffering from endometriosis."

Many recent studies have pointed to a variety of health benefits of Chinese medicine. For example, acupuncture has been shown to help relieve side effects of chemotherapy, including dry mouth and nausea.

Meanwhile, Texas scientists have said they found Chinese herbal formulas benefit cardiovascular health by inducing the production of large amounts of artery-widening nitric oxide.
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Dems seek to name healthcare bill after Kennedy

Dems seek to name healthcare bill after KennedyIn an effort to rally the flagging support for healthcare reform, and make it harder for Republicans to oppose it, Democratic lawmakers are planning to name the legislation that will be debated in Congress this fall after the late Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.

Kennedy was one of the earliest proponents of a universal healthcare system, with his efforts dating back to the beginning of the 1970s, and he reportedly endorsed Barack Obama for president in 2008 after the latter pledged to push for a sweeping healthcare reform.

Kennedy was still involved in drafting a healthcare bill in the months leading to his death of brain cancer on August 25th, and frequently said it was the "cause of his life."

Now with Kennedy gone, the reform effort has been dealt a blow, and congressional Democrats have proposed affixing his name to the bill, an effort spearheaded by Senator Robert Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat, the longest-serving member of the Senate.

Byrd has asked his fellow lawmakers to honor and pay tribute to Kennedy, have a "civilized" debate on the reform and pass a bill that would bear his name.

"Ted Kennedy’s dream of quality healthcare for all Americans will be made real this year because of his leadership and his inspiration," says House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
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Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook by Peggy Layton

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Natural disasters, the possibility of food shortages and the threat of some type of terrorist attack on American soil have brought the idea of crisis preparation out of the fringe shadows and into the mainstream. And no other topic in this vein is more popular than emergency food storage.

So Peggy Layton’s, Emergency Food Storage and Survival Handbook is a must-have for anyone prepping for an emergency.

Layton, a home economist, author and lecturer, has written five books on home food storage and cooking. In her latest she leaves nothing out. And the methods she encourages won’t break the bank.

Layton begins by stressing what will be needed for short-term emergencies. But she goes beyond food needs; covering evacuation planning, emergency kits, shelter and first aid. She provides a suggested list of practical items that must be included.

For the short-term emergency, Layton describes what is needed for 72-hour emergency survival and then gets into long-term survival methods.

Photos and lists accompany each of her subjects as she describes how to keep, collect and purify water and how to organize food storage. She covers sleeping arrangements and sanitation. She also covers how to purchase in bulk and store and rotate what you have.

After discussing what to purchase, how and why, Layton begins to help you tailor your purchases to the needs and tastes of your family.

One great feature of the book is her charts which will help you plan your storage by planning meals ahead of time. Doing this her way ensures you don’t forget any of the ingredients you’ll need for your meals.

Other charts she includes are for inventory planning and they cover everything from condiments to cooking and communication to gardening.

The final third of the book is dedicated to preparing and cooking the foods you have stored. There are also a large number of recipes using the foods she recommends.

If you are serious about emergency preparation and emergency food storage this book is one you should definitely have in your library.

New evidence supports link between stress and infertility

New evidence supports link between stress and infertility A new study has described a complex mechanism through which stress and anxiety may negatively affect the human reproductive system and lead to infertility.

The team of researchers from the University of California at Berkeley based its work on previous studies that suggested stress hormones such as cortisol inhibit the main sex hormone GnRH which may lower sperm count, block ovulation and suppress sexual activity.

In the new study, the scientists discovered that stress also increases levels of a reproductive hormone called gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (GnIH). It acts to inhibit reproduction by directly counteracting GnRH.

Glucocorticoid stress hormones like cortisol were also found to affect GnIH levels.

Elizabeth Kirby, a graduate student at UC Berkeley’s Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and lead author of the study, says it will help doctors think about infertility and sexual dysfunction in a new way.

"The more we know, the more we can look for ways to treat it," she adds.

Those who suspect their infertility problem may be stress-related have a range of natural therapies to choose from, including exercise, massage, meditation and aromatherapy. Supplements containing extracts of chamomile, valerian and passionflower may also help reduce stress and anxiety.
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Gun-rights groups unite to challenge federal law

Gun-rights groups unite to challenge federal law The Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) have formed an alliance in order to advance the principles of the Montana Firearms Freedom Act (MFFA), recently passed by the state’s legislature and signed into law by Governor Brian Schweitzer, in a federal court.

The MFFA declares that any firearms made and retained in Montana are not subject to federal authority, and its supporters want to use the bill to mount a legal challenge to federal power under the interstate commerce clause.

The two organizations are planning to file the lawsuit for a declaratory judgment in federal court on October 1st.

"We’re excited to get the MFFA into court to articulate and argue the principles of freedom and states’ rights," says Gary Marbut, president of MSSA, an organization which works to advance pro-gun and pro-hunting bills in the Montana legislature.

"It’s especially encouraging that people in so many other states are getting tickets to ride this particular freedom train," he adds, referring to the fact that 19 other states have passed, or are planning to pass, similar legislation.

Founded in 1974, SAF is the nation’s oldest and largest education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the constitutional right to privately own and possess firearms.

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New estimates show deficit running into trillions of dollars

New estimates show deficit running into trillions of dollarsTwo separate reports have put the federal budget deficit at $9 trillion and $7 trillion, respectively, for the 2010-2019 time period.

The figures released yesterday by the White House budget office predict a cumulative deficit of $9 trillion during the specified timeframe, which is $2 trillion more than the administration expected in May. In addition, the report cites estimates suggesting public debt will double over the next decade and reach nearly 75 percent of the GDP.

Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), in a report also released on Monday, projected the cumulative deficit will reach $7 trillion, which is closer to the government’s May estimate.

The findings may have far-reaching consequences for President Obama’s ambitious reform plans, analysts say.

In particular, they may put a break on the healthcare reform which the CBO predicts will cost nearly $1 trillion, although White House officials have argued the massive deficit is another reason to push the reform through because it will stem the growth of healthcare costs in the long term.

However, the estimates also raise the specter of a fiscal burden that will have to be shouldered by future generations of Americans.

According to Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell, "If anyone had any doubts that this burden on future generations is unsustainable, they’re gone."
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Living & Damn near Dying with Socialized Medicine

“The reality is that from Canada to Cuba socialized health care’s record is appalling. It’s impossible to tally how many patients die…” Smart Money, July 16, 2007

You can ask me about universal health care. I’ve lived it. I’ve almost died it.

I’m a dual citizen and spent almost equal portions of my adult life in Canada and the United States. Canada has many things going for it and I moved back to Calgary to be where the action is in energy. But it’s a move that almost cost me my life.

I started getting flu-like symptoms on a Sunday last October. I was sluggish and pensive. I had reason to be. I have acute asthma.

As afternoon turned to evening I was having trouble catching my breath. By 7 p.m. I was struggling for air. My wife Angie ordered me to the car and raced me to one of Calgary’s emergency health clinics just down the road. We both knew I might be getting pneumonia, a potential killer for an asthmatic.

It had happened to me once before in Spokane, Wash., and Angie sped me to The Sacred Heart Medical Center. No sooner had I hit the door when two doctors threw me onto a crash cart and a team of five worked to restore my airways. I was then admitted to the hospital for five days. That was in 1992.

Seventeen years later and 500 miles to the north I knew that my chances of surviving weren’t so good.

The clinic I stumbled into last fall was brimming with three dozen patients; many waiting hours to see one doctor who had been at work since 8 that morning. Angie helped me walk to the reception desk and declared to a young woman that I was having trouble breathing.

“Take a number and I will call you when it is your turn,” she said in a cold voice.

Angie protested and said something about my condition being critical.

“Everybody here thinks their condition is critical,” said the girl.

Angie knew that I couldn’t sit and still breathe, so she propped me against a wall and strode into the examining area. Inside there were an assortment of people, some simply needing to get a refill on their prescription, others included junkies just wanting a fix. She had to physically force herself in front of someone entering one of the tiny examining rooms. The Russian doctor listened and helped her walk me to the examining table.

He laid me down and began to administer oxygen before he undertook a frantic search for Ventolin, an emergency drug for asthmatics that was apparently in short supply.

By now I was gasping for air. My bronchi were almost completely swollen shut. I felt myself losing consciousness.

Some time later my eyes opened and I managed a satisfactory breath after the over-wrought doctor slammed adrenaline into my vein. Two hours later, when he finally checked me out to go home (there were no hospital beds available in Calgary that night) he told me in broken English how he thought I was lucky to be alive.

Next month I will go back to that clinic. I will line up and wait two to four hours to get a flu shot; a vaccination that could save my life in a nation with Third World health care.

Canada offers many great things. But someday I will return to my home, the United States. I just hope it is the United States I left and not just another country that has sold out to the siren call of socialism and the mediocrity it brings.

The True Cost of Obamacare
I have no doubt from my own experiences that health care in the United States is better than in Canada. But of course the Obama administration’s single-minded approach to instituting universal health care is about money.

Last June in an ABC special Obama proclaimed, “The status quo is untenable… It is bankrupting families, bankrupting businesses and bankrupting our government at the state and federal level. So we know things are going to have to change.”

What Obama is really saying is that if the government runs things the quality of health care will be just as good as before and the cost of it will be a lot lower. But when was the last time you saw the federal government do a good job of managing anything? Consider that Washington has grown the national debt from $5 trillion in 1995 to almost $12 trillion this year while damn near reprising the Great Depression.

Health policy experts say guaranteeing coverage for all Americans may cost $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years. That is more than double the $634 billion “down payment” the Democrats are trying to sell.

Meanwhile, America will be adding another huge bureaucracy, about the last thing the world’s largest indebted nation needs. If you don’t believe me consider what has happened in Britian.

According to the Aug. 13, 2009 Examiner.Com, “England’s health care program is the third largest employer in the world and their citizens are getting anything but health care.”

To read the entire story click here.

Debt, the Dollar and Your Financial Health
The United States is increasing its national debt at a dizzying pace. Socialized medicine will only accelerate this trend. That is exactly what happened to Canada when universal health care was introduced in 1968. Over the next decade Canada’s national debt soared. In time it had Canadian dollar investors rushing for the exits.

In 1968 the Canadian dollar stood at par with its U.S. counterpart. Fifteen years later the Canadian dollar had lost nearly a third of its value. This period coincided precisely with Pierre Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister (1968-1984), whose Liberal government shamelessly socialized Canada.

Yet many Canadians survived and even prospered during the Trudeau years by diversifying out of the Canadian dollar and buying physical gold. From 1971 to 1980 the price of gold in Canadian dollars rose C$35 per ounce to over C$1,000 per ounce!

Action to take: Watching the Obama administration is frighteningly reminiscent of the Trudeau years. And while I can only pray that America doesn’t revert to socialized medicine I can offer sound advice when it comes to your money. Given the current political and economic conditions I urge you to put at least 10 percent of your investible assets in physical gold. I recommend 1-ounce South African Krugerrands, Canadian Maple Leafs or American Eagles. Call your local coin dealer or if you need one, we recommend Asset Strategies International in Rockville, Md., 800-831-0007 or 301-881-8600 or go to www.assetstrategies.com.

Yours for real wealth and good health,

John Myers

Myers’ Energy and Gold Report

High cholesterol raises Alzheimer’s risk, study says

High cholesterol raises Alzheimer's risk, study says According to new research, those who neglect elevated cholesterol levels during midlife significantly increase their risk of developing neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s or vascular dementia.

Scientists from Kaiser Permanente’s Division of Research and the University of Kuopio in Finland analyzed data on 10,000 individuals spanning a period of 40 years. They found those with cholesterol levels higher than 240 milligrams per deciliter of blood had a 66 percent greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Even those with only slightly elevated cholesterol (200 – 239 mg/dL) increased their risk by 52 percent.

The study’s senior author Dr. Rachel Whitmer calls it an early risk factor for dementia and says it can be modified through lifestyle changes.

She adds that almost 100 million Americans have either high or borderline cholesterol levels.

In addition to regular exercise, proper diet can lead to lower cholesterol. Specifically, health practitioners have recommended eliminating processed and red meats from the diet and replacing them with fish high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon or mackerel.

Fish oil is also available in the form of nutritional supplements.
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More details of offshore accounts investigations revealed

More details of offshore accounts investigations revealed Federal prosecutors have announced some 150 wealthy Americans, all customers of Swiss bank UBS, are under investigation for suspected tax fraud.

They are among the more than 250 U.S. clients of UBS whose data were turned over to the IRS earlier this year as part of the initial settlement with the bank which also included a $780 million fine, according to USA Today.

According to the source, which cites records from a Florida federal court, some of those under investigation allegedly hid their ownership of the secret accounts by controlling them through entities in Hong Kong, Panama or the British Virgin Islands, a strategy revealed by former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld who cooperated with the U.S. authorities.

Last week, Bireknfeld was sentenced to 40 months in prison for conspiring to defraud the U.S. by helping a wealthy American real estate mogul conceal $200 million from the IRS in offshore accounts, according to the Telegraph.

Earlier this month, the IRS and UBS struck a deal whereby the government would drop a civil lawsuit against the financial institution in exchange for the bank releasing the names of more than 4,450 U.S. taxpayers with undeclared bank accounts.

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Obama administration orders interrogations probe

Obama administration orders interrogations probeShifting its approach from earlier this year, when it said there will be no investigations of the controversial interrogation techniques practiced during the Bush administration, the government has tasked a federal prosecutor with determining whether the CIA interrogations of terrorist suspects were illegal.

John Durham, an assistant U.S. attorney in Connecticut, was asked by Attorney General Eric Holder to conduct a preliminary review of available material to determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a full investigation of whether anti-torture laws were broken during the questioning of detainees in places like Guantanamo Bay.

The administration also reaffirmed that intelligence personnel acting in good faith and under the guidance from previous administration’s lawyers will not be prosecuted.

The decision was praised by human and civil rights organizations, which have been pressing President Obama since he took office last January to order a thorough investigation into what they believe was torture practiced by U.S. government employees.

However, according to Larry Cox, Amnesty International USA’s executive director, "[Holder’s decision] is a welcome, yet incomplete, step."

He adds, "Any meaningful investigation would encompass both those who claimed they were following orders and those who designed and demanded that the illegal policies be implemented."

On Monday, it was also announced that Obama approved the creation of an interrogation unit that will become part of the FBI, meaning the White House will be able to exert a more direct control over its work.

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Omega-3 benefits health heart, too

Omega-3 benefits health heart, too After a slew of studies which have documented how omega-3 fatty acids may slow or prevent age-related macular degeneration, new research set out to find evidence of the compounds’ impact on cardiovascular health.

Scientists from the Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention at the Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans have found that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil or supplements called DHA and EPA improve electrical activity and platelet stabilization of the cardiovascular system.

They may also reduce hypertension, thus further lowering the odds of suffering a stroke, the study has found.

Lead researcher Carl Lavie says the scientific community now has "tremendous and compelling" evidence that omega-3 have a range of benefits and potential applications in preventive cardiology.

The study furthermore established that heart attack survivors may be able to reduce their risk of a fatal episode by as much as 30 percent by consuming oily fish or taking supplements containing the fatty acids, something which Lavie sees as a "safe and relatively inexpensive therapy."

The American Heart Association recommends 500 miligrams of DHA and EPA per day.

Results of the study were published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

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NIA criticizes Washington’s approach to inflation threat

NIA criticizes Washington's approach to inflation threat A new statement from the National Inflation Association (NIA) suggests the government may be running the risk of hyperinflation on purpose and warns the asset bubble burst may mask the growing problem.

In its latest effort to make Americans aware of the dangers of out-of-control inflation, NIA has said the origin of the current financial crisis in the bursting of the housing market bubble, and the resulting temporary fall in real estate prices, is making it difficult to see the underlying inflationary pressures.

"Nobody will see inflation in the form of rising prices until excess inventories are done being worked off," it predicts, adding the situation is aggravated by the fact that the stimulus money is not being spent on creating productive manufacturing jobs. Rather, the only area where employment is rising are non-productive government jobs.

NIA also suggests the enormous deficit and the government’s indebtedness that resulted from it has created a situation where inflation – which benefits debtors but hurts creditors – is beneficial for the government.

Finally, it calls on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates from the current effective rate of 0 percent to counteract the threat.

At its latest meeting earlier this month, the Federal Reserve Board decided to keep the interest rates unchanged, citing the apparent near-term sluggishness of the U.S. economy. It also dismissed the threat of inflationary pressures.
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Obama administration tougher on immigration than previously thought

Obama administration tougher on immigration than previously thought A new report from Syracuse University appears to contradict the claims that the Obama administration is lax on immigration enforcement. In fact, it has noted an upward trend in the number of criminal prosecutions filed during the last few months.

The study conducted by the university’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse found that there were 2,147 new prosecutions referred by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in May – a 19 percent increase from April – and the May total was 30 percent higher than that recorded in May 2008.

However, although 55 percent of the prosecutions were filed for immigration offenses, and 33 percent resulted from drug offences, the report found no cases were brought against employers under the statute that makes it illegal to hire an undocumented alien.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, Southern districts led the way with the highest number of prosecutions, with Arizona recording 314 new cases, the Western District of Texas 303 and the Southern District of California 293.

New Mexico, Central California and Miami, Florida, were also in the top 10 districts in May.

ICE is an agency of the Department of Homeland Security.
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The Mouse Was Swallowed Whole

The mouse was no match for the three dragons. Facing the ever-full money sacks of three branches of the Federal Government (the dragons) and a team of government attorneys, businessman Robert Kahre (the mouse) was convicted August 15 of 57 felony counts of tax evasion, real estate fraud and failing to withhold taxes from worker’s wages, according to press reports.

We recently detailed Kahre’s battle with the government behemoths in two stories, U.S. Attorney Wants Newspaper to Name Names and Three Dragons Battle a Mouse Over Value of Money.

Now Kahre faces 296 years in prison and fines of up $14 million. “Your honor, this last 17 years of my life has been to get my issues,” aired about taxation and the importance of the gold standard to back U.S. currency, Kahre told the judge, as reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. And that’s why the big government boys and girls came down so hard on him.

They don’t want the fraud of their fiat money system exposed and they don’t like it when the peons get uppity and try to call their hands. So the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Federal Reserve and Justice Department pooled their resources to put him in his place.

To sum up: Kahre ran a contracting business and he paid those who worked for him as independent contractors. In doing this, Kahre was required to file a form 1099 when payments exceeded $600, but he wasn’t required to withhold payroll taxes. He paid his subcontractors in silver and gold coins and reported the face value of the coins for tax purposes.

He then allowed those he paid—but didn’t require it—to exchange their gold and silver coins for fiat cash.

The gold and silver coins he used were issued by the U.S. Mint and are considered legal tender. But government boys and girls didn’t like it that he was shining light on their sham monetary system and wasn’t paying payroll taxes like a good little subject.

Kahre’s error, it seems from the limited press accounts of the trial’s details, came from the fact that he tried to have it both ways when it came to his dealings in gold and silver. At times he used the face value of the coins for reporting purposes. Other times he used the actual value. He chose whichever method benefitted him financially.

That this further exposes the fraud in the system was apparently lost on the jury, which took only a day and a half to reach a verdict after three months of trial. Other defendants in the case were convicted of most of the charges against them. They included Kahre’s sister Lori and his long-time girlfriend Danille Cline, with whom he has four children.

He and his co-defendants will remain out of jail until their sentencing hearing Nov. 17.

His defense lawyers plan to appeal, for what it’s worth. But don’t expect much relief there as the judges and justices that’ll hear his case are a part of the fraud system themselves.

One thing in Kahre’s favor, the Ponzi scheme that is the United States monetary system—and probably the whole system of government—is going to collapse long before his 296 years are up.

Let’s just hope he hid some of those gold and silver coins in a jar so they can’t be found by government snoops. That way, when it all collapses, maybe he’ll get one last laugh.