Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center, has released a report on health insurance coverage and access to health care among Hispanics by immigration status. Six-in-ten Hispanic adults in the U.S. who are neither citizens nor legal permanent residents* lack health insurance. In contrast, 28% of Hispanic adults who are citizens or legal permanent residents and 17% of the overall U.S. adult population lack health insurance.
* The Center estimates that 98% of Hispanic immigrants who are neither citizens nor legal permanent residents are undocumented.
In Mexico, health care is guaranteed via Article 4 of the their Constitution. Go home and get it. A poll on illegal aliens and their health care is like a survey of care thieves and auto insurance.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
School Based Health Centers: Funding and Operations
Oregon’s School-Based Health Center (SBHC) program has benefited from over 20 years of support by the Oregon Department of Human Services and the Oregon Legislature. What began with an initial commitment of $212,000 to partially fund five SBHCs grew to a commitment of $5,839,000 to support 55 certified SBHCs and up to 12 planning sites in the 2009-2011 biennium.
It went from $212K to almost $6 million.
Services are available to students regardless of their ability to pay, insurance status, race, color, national origin, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, handicap, or gender. Reasonable accommodations are made to provide confidential services to non-English speaking students.
It serves illegal aliens.
The SBHCs are located on school grounds and are open and operating when the kids are in school. As a result, students are back in class faster than had they sought health care in a non-SBHC setting. Additionally, parents do not need to take time off work in order to transport the sick student to a doctor.
The school health care program takes the place of parents. Your children are kept in a government setting, see government doctors and you are not involved. You don't even get to take your child to see the doctor.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Pruett was offered a job as a state caseworker helping other people get food stamps.
His new job comes, in part, thanks to the money Oregon is getting from the federal stimulus to preserve social service programs at a time of record demand. More than $1 billion will flow through the Department of Human Services over the next 15 months
To handle the workload, the agency is drawing upon other state and federal accounts to hire hundreds of employees even as Oregon's state budget troubles require public workers to take unpaid furlough days.
These are permanent positions, Kelley-Siel says. Once the recession ends and demand eases, she says the staff will be reduced through attrition or workers may be redeployed to other programs.
Due to "budget cuts" there are employees taking unpaid days off. To do their work while they are off we will hire new employees.
These employees are going to stimulate the economy by giving money to people who aren't working.
When the work for these employees dries up they will not be laid off.
... here I am wishing that we could skip all this mumbo jumbo and go right to the government paying half the population to dig holes and the other half to fill them back up. Full employment!
Monday, September 21, 2009
To: All DHS employees
From: Bruce Goldberg, M.D., director
Diversity is key to our success
I was honored this week to be a part of the state's Diversity Conference, which brought together seven state agencies in a day-long session dedicated to increasing our ability to understand and respect cultures that differ from our own.
I was not honored to pay for that.
I am proud that, at DHS, we are a leader in hiring people who reflect the cultural richness in our state. In a state where 90 percent of the population is white, more than 18 percent of our workforce is made up of people of color.
And all the whites are gay, women or Muslim!
Meanwhile, the newly expanded DHS Office of Multicultural Health and Services has begun the work of tackling disparities in Oregon that mean people of color are more likely to have avoidable serious health problems.
We know some of the causes. Lack of access to health care, lack of educational opportunities and the marginalization of communities of color, immigrants and refugees is a huge problem. For example, Asian Pacific Islanders and Caucasians are getting college and graduate degrees in far greater numbers than African Americans, American Indians and Hispanics. That leaves those communities with fewer opportunities for family-wage jobs that have health insurance. Parents who have to take a second job to pay the rent don't have the luxury of time to shop for healthy foods, get enough exercise, or enroll in a smoking cessation program.
I fail to understand why if Asians and Caucasians can get college degrees, why can't black and Hispanic people? The answer is: they can and do. There is nothing to stop anyone from succeeding who is willing to work hard for it.
I can't get a job because I don't have any skills and I don't have any skills because I can't get a job is an excuse to do nothing. Bruce Goldberg thinks it's a valid reason to invite the state into your life.
How many of us started out rich when we turned 18? Are you born with a house and two cars? These are things that you have to work for.
If you want to get excercise, quit smoking or eat healthy and these things won't happen without the help of government then you are destined to fail regardless. You don't have the drive to succeed.
DHS is not helping the poor, they are enabling people to feel like victims and keeping them in a form of indentured servitude to the state.
If you are someone who is poor just realize that things won't change overnight. Look at the habits of successful people (115,000,000 google results) and find what works for you. If you are walking to work in 2009 you can afford to bike to work in 2010 and then ride the bus in 2011. In 2012 you will have saved up for your car.
I'm waiting to be suprised when I get to the DMV and find out if they accept credit/debit cards...
Friday, September 18, 2009
President Obama said this week that his health care plan won't cover illegal immigrants, but argued that's all the more reason to legalize them and ensure they eventually do get coverage.
"Even though I do not believe we can extend coverage to those who are here illegally, I also don't simply believe we can simply ignore the fact that our immigration system is broken," Mr. Obama said Wednesday evening in a speech to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. "That's why I strongly support making sure folks who are here legally have access to affordable, quality health insurance under this plan, just like everybody else.
Mr. Obama added, "If anything, this debate underscores the necessity of passing comprehensive immigration reform and resolving the issue of 12 million undocumented people living and working in this country once and for all."
When making a national speach Obama says "no health care for illegals" but when speaking with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus institute he winks and says he'll just make them legal. He just assumes that most people aren't paying attention.
It's also worth noting that he seems to support giving the children of illegal aliens "affordable, quality health insurance."
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
After President Barack Obama gave a speech to a joint session of Congress last week passionately defending his national health care plan, the Democrats were agog at the brilliance of the speech. Nancy Pelosi was so thrilled, her expression almost changed.
But as Obama ticked off one demonstrably false claim after another -- eliciting 37 standing ovations from the Democrats in the audience -- America's greatest living statesman, Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., yelled out, "You lie!" in response to Obama's claim that the bill will not cover illegal aliens.
There are a number of theories about why America's greatest living statesman shouted "You lie!" at that juncture, but mine is that Wilson said it because Obama told a big, fat stinking lie.
Go read the whole thing. Do it now.
President Barack Obama probably didn't ignite a full-blown trade war this week when he ordered steeper U.S. tariffs on Chinese tires, but his decision set off justifiable alarm bells on both sides of the Pacific.
On the campaign trail last year, Obama occasionally sounded a little too protectionist for our liking. He showed no such inclination in his appearances in Oregon, where international trade is hugely important, but rather in states like Ohio and Pennsylvania, where manufacturing is king.
For every U.S. job saved in a tire plant, jobs will be lost at chicken processing plants and auto parts factories if China retaliates. A trade war has no winners, and the entire worldwide economy could suffer if it happens as nations begin to pull out of the global recession.
Here in Oregon and other Western states, Obama's decision is not good news. Bend-based Les Schwab Tire Centers, a major importer of tire from China, says the higher tariffs will mean higher prices for U.S. consumers and job losses for tire sales and maintenance workers.
We all outsource. Most of us have decided that it's more cost and time effective to outsource our food production to the grocery store rather than grow and raise our own.
If your skills lie in computer programming it makes much more sense for you to trade your time and labor for dollars which you can then exchange for food at the local market. (with some left over)
Your 40 hours a week writing code gets you more than if you spent 40 hours on the farm. The free market allows individuals (and countries) to find their skills to get the most bang for their buck.
I can hear Theordore's whiny voice now... but Lars...
Monday, September 14, 2009
"In the process of reporting on remarks by President Obama that were made during a CNBC interview, ABC News employees prematurely tweeted a portion of those remarks that turned out to be from an off-the-record portion of the interview. This was done before our editorial process had been completed. That was wrong. We apologize to the White House and CNBC and are taking steps to ensure that it will not happen again."
First Kanye was a lyrical genius, then a gay fish, now he's a jackass. I would note that no one has to stand up and yell "you lie" over this comment.
Just thought I would post this since I finally find myself in agreement with Obama.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
"Under the reforms I'm proposing..."
Civics 101: Obama is part of the Executive branch. He does not introduce legislation. That is left up to... the legislative branch. He can "propose" anything he wants but it's not up to him. He gets to sign the final bill, that's it.
It's lying by omission to suggest that "his" proposal (which carries all the legal weight of my proposal) doesn't cover illegal aliens when an actual amendment was voted down in the House that would have allowed for usage of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements for eligibility.
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Data released by the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) reported 1,074,757 checks in August 2009, a 12.3 percent increase from the 956,872 reported in August 2008.
There is no NICS check for private party purchase.
Conservative estimates of legally owned guns in the USA put the number at 355,029,250 million guns in the USA. That is 1.17 guns for everyone in the USA and if you listen to the liberal press they are all assault weapons. God bless anyone who tries to invade the USA…
And yet no noticeable rise in gun violence or crime...
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
Please stop referring to The Oregonian as a "Fishwrapper" as it is also very useful to stuff hunting waders with.
Anyways, so after seeing that we "only" spend $9,746 per student according to the wader stuffer and how what a travesty that is I had to go find me a school cut.
HILLSBORO SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 J
Director of Hispanic Outreach
The Hispanic Outreach (TOSA) will assist in planning and implementing activities designed to include the Hispanic parent community in school and District governance, increase involvement, reduce isolation, and develop trust...
And what is a director without people to direct...
HILLSBORO SCHOOL DISTRICT 1 J
T.O.S.A. – HISPANIC OUTREACH
Demonstrate successful experience in working successfully with students of diverse cultural groups, especially Hispanic.
Create and administer needs assessment for parents/staff/students to determine specific Hispanic community needs.
Needless to say that no one has ever "reached out" to my Hispanic kids unless you count the one time that Sherwood had "Hispanic Parents night" (which Superintendent Jameson said was an error in word choice and I choose to believe him). I guess this is because my children don't need any special racial recognition but this could be because they speak English and mom and I are here legally...
Sunday, September 06, 2009
President Barack Obama's adviser Van Jones has resigned amid controversy over past inflammatory statements, the White House said early Sunday.
Jones, an administration official specializing in environmentally friendly "green jobs" with the White House Council on Environmental Quality was linked to efforts suggesting a government role in the 2001 terror attacks and to derogatory comments about Republicans.
One less communist in the White House. Good riddance.
Thursday, September 03, 2009
Clark County's government is getting strict: hand over real IDs, workers, or your bosses won't get our cash.
The county's biggest contractors will soon be required to verify online that all their employees are legal U.S. workers, under a rule passed by county commissioners Tuesday.
Hundreds of Washington companies have already signed up to use the E-Verify Web site.The publicly funded service allows employers to enter the name and number of any would-be employee, then see whether the two match. The site also displays a photo of the worker.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office says 97 percent of E-Verify tests so far have turned up valid. The other 3 percent of workers get an automatic appeal period to prove their status.
We don't need "immigration reform." Once we take the simple step of removing the incentives to come here illegaly like available work and taxpayer funded services the criminals will stop coming.
When a convenience store says "there is only $20 in the safe" the instance of robberies go down. E-Verify is an unobtrusive way to make sure we have a legal workforce in this country.
Our rallying cry should be JUST E-VERIFY!
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
A 26-year-old man who has been imprisoned twice for drunken driving offenses in Deschutes County will serve the next 2 1/2 years in prison for his seventh DUII conviction.
Tiktin said Diaz-Quintana has repeatedly been ordered into alcohol treatment but has continued to drive drunk. He added that Diaz-Quintana also has been subject to deportation in the past.
Diaz-Quintana has a criminal history in Oregon dating back eight years, according to court records. He has been convicted for offenses ranging from possession of marijuana to resisting arrest. He has repeatedly lied to police about his identity, most often using the alias Anatolio Hernandez, and feigned an inability to speak English.
On Monday, Tiktin said Diaz-Quintana is subject to a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hold and will likely be deported when he is released from prison.
Deschutes county should be thankful that this scumbag didn't kill anyone after the first conviction or they might be facing a lawsuit like Clackamas county is over the death of Dani Countryman.
I've said it before and I'll say it again: people who are willing to break some laws are willing to break other laws. If we tolerate coming here illegaly, working illegaly and identifying yourself illegaly it makes no sense to act all suprised when these same people drive drunk and rape girls.