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November 26, 2012

Obama Begins Euthanasia on Sick and Disabled

In October of 1939 amid the turmoil of the outbreak of war Hitler ordered widespread “mercy killing” of the sick and disabled.

Code named “Aktion T 4,” the Nazi euthanasia program to eliminate “life unworthy of life” at first focused on newborns and very young children. Midwives and doctors were required to register children up to age three who showed symptoms of mental retardation, physical deformity, or other symptoms included on a questionnaire from the Reich Health Ministry.

A decision on whether to allow the child to live was then made by three medical experts solely on the basis of the questionnaire, without any examination and without reading any medical records.

Each expert placed a + mark in red pencil or – mark in blue pencil under the term “treatment” on a special form. A red plus mark meant a decision to kill the child. A blue minus sign meant meant a decision against killing. Three plus symbols resulted in a euthanasia warrant being issued and the transfer of the child to a ‘Children’s Specialty Department’ for death by injection or gradual starvation.

The decision had to be unanimous. In cases where the decision was not unanimous the child was kept under observation and another attempt would be made to get a unanimous decision.

The Nazi euthanasia program quickly expanded to include older disabled children and adults. Hitler’s decree of October, 1939, typed on his personal stationery and back dated to Sept. 1, enlarged “the authority of certain physicians to be designated by name in such manner that persons who, according to human judgment, are incurable can, upon a most careful diagnosis of their condition of sickness, be accorded a mercy death.”

Questionnaires were then distributed to mental institutions, hospitals and other institutions caring for the chronically ill.

Patients had to be reported if they suffered from schizophrenia, epilepsy, senile disorders, therapy resistant paralysis and syphilitic diseases, retardation, encephalitis, Huntington’s chorea and other neurological conditions, also those who had been continuously in institutions for at least 5 years, or were criminally insane, or did not posses German citizenship or were not of German or related blood, including Jews, Negroes, and Gypsies.

A total of six killing centers were established including the well known psychiatric clinic at Hadamar. The euthanasia program was eventually headed by an SS man named Christian Wirth, a notorious brute with the nickname ‘the savage Christian.’

At Brandenburg, a former prison was converted into a killing center where the first Nazi experimental gassings took place. The gas chambers were disguised as shower rooms, but were actually hermetically sealed chambers connected by pipes to cylinders of carbon monoxide. Patients were generally drugged before being led naked into the gas chamber. Each killing center included a crematorium where the bodies were taken for disposal. Families were then falsely told the cause of death was medical such as heart failure or pneumonia.

But the huge increase in the death rate for the disabled combined with the very obvious plumes of odorous smoke over the killing centers aroused suspicion and fear. At Hadamar, for example, local children even taunted arriving busloads of patients by saying “here comes some more to be gassed.”

On August 3, 1941, a Catholic Bishop, Clemens von Galen, delivered a sermon in Münster Cathedral attacking the Nazi euthanasia program calling it “plain murder.” The sermon sent a shockwave through the Nazi leadership by publicly condemning the program and urged German Catholics to “withdraw ourselves and our faithful from their (Nazi) influence so that we may not be contaminated by their thinking and their ungodly behavior.”

As a result, on August 23, Hitler suspended Aktion T4, which had accounted for nearly a hundred thousand deaths by this time.

The Nazis retaliated against the Bishop by beheading three parish priests who had distributed his sermon, but left the Bishop unharmed to avoid making him into a martyr.

However, the Nazi euthanasia program quietly continued, but without the widespread gassings. Drugs and starvation were used instead and doctors were encouraged to decide in favor of death whenever euthanasia was being considered.

The use of gas chambers at the euthanasia killing centers ultimately served as training centers for the SS. They used the technical knowledge and experience gained during the euthanasia program to construct huge killing centers at Auschwitz, Treblinka and other concentration camps in an attempt to exterminate the entire Jewish population of Europe. SS personnel from the euthanasia killing centers, notably Wirth, Franz Reichleitner and Franz Stangl later commanded extermination camps.

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via The History Place – World War II in Europe Timeline: October 1939 – Nazis Begin Euthanasia on Sick and Disabled.

March 22, 2012

Obamacare Death Panels – Put Them to Sleep Like a Dog

Dick McDonald

President Obama and the Democrat Party successfully passed the Affordable Health Care Act in 2010. Dubbed Obamacare it mirrors England’s system of health care where the National Health Service decides who lives and who dies. Sarah Palin called Obamacare’s version the 15-man “Death Panel.”

Armed with the power to decide whether or not a person will be allowed to get life-saving procedures and medication they have the right to put you to sleep like a dog.  As we understand it they will be deciding if you are worth “their” cost to keep you alive.  In other words – it is government-run euthanasia.

If you are asking yourself how both England and America got there the answer is quite simple – socialism.  Socialism forces the government to end up running things. That is why England’s system is the third largest employer IN THE WORLD.  As Margaret Thatcher so perceptibly warned socialism eventually runs out of other people’s money which led to cost-cutting which led to death panels (NHS).

Americans on the whole have their head in the sand. The medical establishment takes 17% of our national gross profit (GDP). The percentage has been rising geometrically for several decades. With a $15 trillion GDP that means $2.25 trillion is spent every year or $15,000 for each and every household in America.  Yet 70% of Republicans polled recently want Medicare left alone.

As one-half of all Medicare expenses are incurred in the last year of life it is no wonder the socialists want to create a “death panel.” By denying treatment they cut costs.  As conservative papers in England report daily in order to cut costs the NHS puts their people to sleep just like a dog.

In America the liberal press, nighttime talk, TV and Hollywood vilify the rich. Yet in the last twenty years that group has lost $8 trillion in net worth. The rich are getting poorer fulfilling Thatcher’s promise. That is immaterial to the liberals and they continue to push the liberal unfunded spending agenda. To date that agenda has racked up $104 trillion in unfunded debt for Medicare alone or $90,500 for each and every household in America.(see www.usdebtclock.org )

Politically no one can address this issue or that of Social Security.  Taking away “free stuff” is political suicide.  Obama and the Democrats are fooling the folks into believing nothing is wrong and casting Republicans as heartless.  The Republicans are pushing the “freedom” agenda masking their austerity measures and agenda in patriotic rhetoric.

The folks won’t be fooled. No one is looking out for them. No one ever has. Are they resigned to die like a dog? Time will tell.

PS – Iam one of those believing there is a simple answer to these complex problems.  See www.riseupamerica.us for a plan to make the poor and middle-class wealthy enough to pay for their own retirement. And they finance it themselves without having to invest one dime.

March 19, 2012

The Pill is a Taxing Matter

The Pill is a Taxing Matter

Dick McDonald

I must admit I have paid little attention over the years to the condom-pill and birth control issues. So it was a great awaking when the current flap came to light.  I saw a 30-year old Georgetown law student advocating for the university to supply her with birth control pills free of charge.  Later I heard Debbie Wasserman Schultz claim that the birth control pill is an expensive $3,000 a year issue.

It came as quite a shock that government and insurance companies were involved. In my day it was an private matter handled by the individual. I knew there were debates on it I just didn’t pay much attention.

Hearing more about it I learned that Obamacare mandates that insurance companies must supply women with free birth control pills.  As a mandate transfers the insurance company obligation from – a risk they can refuse to cover to one they have no choice but must cover – it changes the nature of the cost to that of an indirect tax imposed by Congress.

Rather than get exercised over a new tax or my lack of knowledge on the subject I first called my Rite Aid pharmacy to check on a few things. First of all they asked if I had insurance.  My antenna immediately went up only to find out that most health insurance policies already cover birth control pills.

Needless to say I realized that if insurance already covered it why didn’t a $3,000 a year bill or $250 a month “tax” raise some public concerns before. The pharmacist had the answer.  She had generic birth control pills that ran about $30 a month or $360 a year not $3,000.  Further almost all women bought the generic passing up the brands which cost up to $113 month.

So on Sunday Talk this morning we get treated to 2 ½ hours reviewing Rush Limbaughs’ obvious delight that a 30-year law student had such an active sex life.  Of course he couldn’t leave it at that and called her a slut. Apparently six sponsors dropped him immediately.

Unfortunately he also assisted the Democrats in deflecting this week’s national dialog from Obama’s failing economy and tragic reduction in job-creating startups to what turns out to be a non-issue.

We can look to more episodes of deflections like that from the Democrats.  Wait until their Hollywood screen writers wade into the 185 welfare programs.  This birth control pill flap will look like sand box stuff.

November 14, 2011

Obama’s Fate Now In Supreme Court’s Hands – A decision on Obamacare by July 20112

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, with an election-year ruling due by July on the U.S. healthcare system’s biggest overhaul in nearly 50 years.

The decision had been widely expected since late September, when the Obama administration asked the nation’s highest court to uphold the centerpiece insurance provision and 26 states and a business group separately asked that the entire law be struck down.

The justices in a brief order agreed to hear the appeals.

At the heart of the legal battle is whether Congress overstepped its powers by requiring that all Americans buy health insurance by 2014 or pay a penalty, a provision known as the individual mandate.

The law, aiming to provide more than 30 million uninsured Americans with medical coverage, has wide ramifications for company costs and for the health sector, affecting health insurers, drugmakers, device companies and hospitals.

The law, Obama’s signature domestic achievement, will be a major issue in the U.S. elections in November 2012 as he seeks another four-year term. Republican presidential candidates oppose the law and Republicans in Congress want to repeal it.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman said oral arguments would take place in March. There will be a total of 5-1/2 hours of arguments.

The high court could leave in place the entire law, it could strike down the individual insurance mandate or other provisions, it could invalidate the entire law or it could put off a ruling on the mandate until after it has taken effect.

Legal experts and policy analysts said the healthcare vote may be close on the nine-member court, with five conservatives and four liberals.

It could come down to moderate conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who often casts the decisive vote.

Paul Heldman, senior analyst at Potomac Research Group, which provides Washington policy research for the investment community, said he still leaned toward the view that the law’s requirement that individuals buy insurance will be upheld.

“We continue to have a high level of conviction that the Supreme Court will leave much of the health reform law standing, even if finds unconstitutional the requirement that individuals buy coverage,” he wrote in a recent note.

via Healthcare Law’s Fate Now In Supreme Court’s Hands – CNBC.

October 14, 2011

Obama pulls plug on part of health overhaul law

“This is a victory for the American taxpayer and future generations,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., spearheading opposition in the Senate. “The administration is finally admitting (the long-term care plan) is unsustainable and cannot be implemented.”

via News from The Associated Press.

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