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In the coming days we will be seeing some incredible increases in the costs of the things we buy, especially food for the house, and yet our paychecks will remain substantially stagnant. We’ll be spending more money, but not making any more money. Economists call this inflation, and it has reared its ugly head in a big way this time around. If you’ve been able to do the smart thing and get started on your survival homestead you’ll be thinking of ways to reduce your food costs.

One of the aspects of food requirements is caloric intake, and we get that from many different foods. Fat is just one source of high caloric value, in spite of the bad press fat gets from the media. Fats that are leftover from our meals can be reused and utilized for other purposes. Let’s take a look at some of the sources of these fats, and how we can render and clarify them on the survival homestead and farmstead, courtesy of the USDA.

The further advantage of learning how to do this also allows you to begin preparations towards beginning your own distillery to produce biofuels from waste fats and oils from your small farm operations, allowing you to become more self reliant, and less dependent upon outside sources for your fuel needs. We’ll get into that in a later post, though.

SOURCES AND KINDS OF EDIBLE FATS.

Fig 1.—Composition of some common fatty foods.

The fats eaten in the ordinary mixed diet are furnished chiefly by such foods as fat meats, butter, milk, and cream, but are also present in smaller amounts in pastry, breads, eggs, cheese, cereals, etc. Fat meats like pork (including lard) and beef furnish about 59 per cent of the total fat in the average American diet, according to the results of about 400 studies as reported in an earlier publication of this office. The same investigations showed that dairy products, including butter, milk, cream, and cheese, furnish about 26 per cent of the total fat; cereal products, including cakes and breads, about 9 per cent; eggs about 3 per cent; and fish about 1 per cent. Some kinds of fish contain considerable fat and offer a means of adding it to the diet. One-tenth of the edible portion of such fish as the catfish, salmon, butterfish, trout, shad, and a smaller proportion of other common fish consists of fat.

The composition of some of the foods which are important sources of fat in the diet is shown in figure 1. The amount of energy supplied by these foods depends on the quantity of fat which they contain, the pure fats like lard or vegetable fats furnishing 4,080 calories per pound, and those containing other ingredients like water or protein naturally having a lower energy value.

Not many years ago the fats used in this country were obtained almost entirely from the two groups of farm animals, cattle and hogs. Butter and cream were the ordinary table fats, and it was the general custom for each family to obtain its own supply of lard, which was the chief cooking fat, from the pigs slaughtered on the farm. Beef and mutton fats, or tallows, as they were generally known, were used in cooking to some extent in the form of “dripping” obtained from cooking meats, but found a much wider use for candle and soap making.

Chicken fat was also used in a limited way. As the population began to concentrate in cities and towns, the introduction of central slaughterhouses and rendering plants made it possible to obtain both meat and fat separately in such ways as met individual requirements, and home rendering of fats quite generally disappeared except in rural regions. The increasing population created a demand which soon exceeded the available supply obtained from slaughtered animals, and this made it necessary to seek additional sources of edible fats.

Naturally, olive oil, used for food purposes in some parts of Europe and the Orient and less generally in the United States, suggested the possibility of the utilization of other vegetable fats, and as the methods of refining were improved cottonseed oil came to be very commonly used, and, to a less extent, coconut, peanut, and corn oils. At the present time there are also a number of vegetable fats on the market, some of which are simply refined and used alone or in admixture, while others have been treated by special processes designed to render them harder or otherwise changed in character.

RENDERING AND CLARIFYING FATS.

Beef or mutton suet and scraps of fat contain more or less muscle or connective tissue, which must be removed by rendering before the fat is available for most culinary uses. The household method of rendering generally consists in cutting the material into small pieces and heating it in an open kettle until the fat has separated out quite completely from the particles of tissue, which usually have become shriveled and browned. This tissue (called “scraps” or “cracklings”) is then removed by straining, being pressed to remove the fat more completely. The scraps or cracklings are utilized in various ways in different parts of the country, being sometimes eaten as such and sometimes used as shortening. Some housekeepers prefer to render their fat with the addition of water, since they believe there is less danger of burning. However, this necessitates heating the strained fat until the water is driven off to secure a fat of good keeping quality.

The following method of rendering fats, found to be very satisfactory in the laboratory of the Office of Home Economics, may be applied in the home. The fat is cut finely with an ordinary household meat chopper or sausage grinder and is then heated in a double boiler until completely melted. The melted fat is then strained through a rather thick cloth (medium fine huckaback, for instance) to remove the finely divided bits of tissue. The advantage of this method is that since the material to be rendered is finely divided the fat separates readily from the inclosing tissue at a temperature very little above its melting point, and there is no danger of scorching it as in the older open-kettle method.

This is of importance, since recent information shows that fats overheated in rendering do not keep as well as those which have not been heated too high. Also, there is no odor of scorched fat in the room during rendering. After the fat is rendered it should be carefully heated to make sure that it is free from moisture, and sterilized. This method of rendering fat is entirely satisfactory when the quantity of fat to be rendered is fairly small. The difficulty of using it on a large scale would depend chiefly upon the labor and cost of grinding the fat, for if a double boiler of sufficient size were not available one could be improvised by setting the kettle containing the fat in a larger kettle containing water. Pieces of wood or other material should be placedon the bottom 6f the outer kettle to insure a layer of water between the two kettles and prevent the fat from becoming too hot.

Fats which have been saved when meats are cooked, or which have been salvaged in some other way, must usually be clarified—that is, freed from objectionable odors, tastes, or colors—before being entirely satisfactory for culinary purposes. A common custom is to cook a slice of potato in the fat, and this may help if the fat is fairly satisfactory to start with. A fairly successful household method for clarifying fats is as follows: Melt the fat with at least an equal volume of water and heat for a short time at a moderate temperature, with occasional stirring. Let the mixture cool, remove the layer of fat, and scrape off any bits of meat and other material which may adhere to the underside. Rendering or clarifying fat with milk gives quite satisfactory results in modifying odors and flavors.

The procedure is as follows: To 2 pounds of fat (finely chopped if unrendered) add one-half pint of milk (preferably sour). Heat the mixture in a double boiler until rendered or thoroughly melted, stir well, and strain through fairly thick cloth. When cold the fat forms a hard, clean layer, and any dark material adhering to the underside of the fat may be scraped off. Sour milk, being coagulated, is preferable to sweet milk, since the curd remains on the cloth through which the rendered mixture is strained and is thus more easily separated from the rendered fat, which has acquired some of the milk flavor and butter fat.

Undesirable odors and flavors can be decreased in intensity or removed, if not too pronounced, by heating the fats with a good grade of charcoal, and the method is applicable to fats which could not be satisfactorily treated by the method first spoken of. To each pound of chopped, un-rendered fat add 12 pieces of clean, hardwood charcoal about the size of a walnut and render the fat in a double boiler, as described above. Allow the charcoal to remain in the melted fat for about two hours and stir the mixture occasionally. It is necessary to strain the fat through flannel or other closely woven cloth to remove all the fine particles of charcoal. Rancid odors, if not too pronounced, may be satisfactorily removed by this method. If the odor is very pronounced more charcoal is needed, and the mixture requires longer heating. It is interesting to note that the characteristic yellow color of the beef fat may be removed and a white, odorless fat secured.

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I came across this volume at a local bookstore and liked it so much I just had to add it to my preparedness library. According to the publishers site, it is a basic how to add on for anyone wanting to live a simpler life. Here’s what Skyhorse publishing says about the book;

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. Countless readers have turned to Back to Basics for inspiration and instruction, escaping to an era before power saws and fast food restaurants and rediscovering the pleasures and challenges of a healthier, greener, and more self-sufficient lifestyle. Now newly updated, the hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations in Back to Basics will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers—even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this may be the most thorough book on voluntary simplicity available.

While the intent of the book is to fuel an interest in simpler living, or a suggestion we return to some of the slower ways, it is much more for the prepper and survivalist crowd.

Part 1 deals with the issues around finding, buying, building and setting up your homestead. There are many points dealing with the preparedness aspects of homesteading here but it still covers enough about the mystery of land buying and what to look for that it makes it worth the purchase.

Part 2 addresses the questions of power for your homestead and looks at wind power, small scale hydro power, wood burning and solar power. One of the problems we will encounter in the coming times will be a questionable source of electricity from a decaying public grid. One of the discussions deals with the somewhat taboo usage of hydropower. There are in fact in use a great many homestead sized hydropower installations around the country that produce just enough energy for personal use. We usually think of hydropower as coming from the larger commercial dams that span and entire rivers width and generate power in the mega watt range, but there are several models of smaller output turbines that can be installed with minimal impact on a streams environment while still providing you with the electricity you need to power your house.

Part 3 deals with raising your own food such as fruit, vegetables and livestock. I particularly like the points on intensive gardening and container gardening, both of which should be in your toolbox of knowledge. As land becomes more and more expensive many preppers will need to settle for smaller properties than would be ideal for long term planning needs. It is essential that we have knowledge of planting and raising our own food crops should the ultimate meltdown occur and we no longer have any traditional outlets to obtain our nourishment.

Part 4 naturally follows raising crops with discussion regarding food storage and preservation, and preparing that food for consumption. An important part of this section covers cooking with wood, an art woefully gone from today’s world of microwave cooking and takeout foods. Read this section before you make any decisions as to what kind(s) of woodstove you need to buy for your preparedness homestead.

Part 5 deals with a range of old time crafts and skills that will help you make it through the coming times. Tin-smithing and rug-making can seem pretty archaic, but if you learn to do some of the things in this section, you just may find yourself the proud owner of a marketable skill should we wake up one morning and find the world as we know it gone.

Part 6 deals with the recreational aspects of simpler living, and you may find some of these activities handy if there is no television to sit your kids in front of. I’ve seen a lot of pictures of FEMA’s disaster camps, and I haven’t seen one single person smiling in any of those pictures. Granted, it’s hard to smile when your life crashes down around you. But it seems to me that if there were some kind of entertainment to keep people occupied and busy, the time would pass with a little less pain. Perhaps some of the games and activities in this section will come in handy during an evacuation period. Additionally there are some good tips on getting out into the world of nature with some tips on living in the wilds, fishing and so forth.

The book concludes with an appendix containing some good contact information on many agencies that may be of help to you in your quest to build your survival homestead.

Edited by Abigail R. Gehring, Back to Basics, 3rd edition, is well worth the money I paid for it as an addition to my own library of survival and preparedness planning. This book covers everything from building a log cabin to tanning hides and making clothes, while at the same time guiding you through your food raising needs and preserving that food which you grew in your own container garden. How can you lose?

$24.95 ($33.95 Canada)
464 pages
Hardcover: 10 ¾ x 8 ½
Rights: World English
B&W Illustrations : 200
Color Illustrations : 2,000
Published: March 2008
ISBN: 9781602392335

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Surviving The Times
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Surviving the Times takes you through the steps to make your own preparedness planning binder. You’ll learn how to gauge the level of various threats as they relate to your preparedness planning by using the three P’s of preparedness, the SaWaFo pyramid and more.

A Handy Disaster Preparedness Guide
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A compilation of tips and how to’s on developing an emergency preparedness plan, and how to get ready for natural and man-made disasters. Also includes a comprehensive listing of state and federal agencies to contact for more help and assistance in dealing with emergency planning and dealing with the aftermath of a disaster.

 

Maine After Midnight
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Collection of original ghost stories as well as some research notes on Sasquatch and sea serpents in Maine.

Is Plum Creek Right For ME?
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In this book the author discusses the issue of large scale development in the state of Maine. The issue of the Plum Creek Timber Companies plans to develop Maines Moosehead Lake region into a mega resort area has been a divisive issue in this state. Follow along as the pros and cons are addressed, even as the deal to steal the Maine Northwoods from future generations of Maine’s children is signed and sealed. What lies in store for the future of Maine as we become a state mired in a service level economy.

 

Salt & Pines
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Salt & Pines: tales from bygone Maine is an anthology of stories and poetry about living in Maine’s bygone days. From the Islands of Casco Bay to the backwoods of Maine you’ll find tales to bring memories of your own to mind. Join us as we share Maine’s bygone days with; Allen Sockabasin, Ann Allen Brahms, D.L. Soucy, Dave Sargent, Doris Doggett, Jeanne Mason, Linda Aaskov, Luthera Dawson, Patricia Smith Ranzoni, Philip Candelmo, Philip Turner, Rene Cloukey, Roberta Gomez Ricker, Roy Fairfield, Ruth Richardson Maloney, Terrell Crouch, Thomas Carper, Tim Sample, Tom Fallon, Trudy Chambers Price, Salt & Pines, a taste of the ocean, the sound of the wind in the Maine forests….a combination you cannot find in any other state.

 
  
  

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Why did I write Surviving the Times? There are a lot of reasons, but probably the most relevant reasons are because; #1. I am a bit of a preparedness freak; and #2. As I look around the marketplace at the offerings available to people like me I see far too much of a certain type of product being foisted upon a public that is becoming increasingly frustrated and frightened of the coming times, but very few offerings to help people learn to make their own decisions when it comes to survival needs.

Needs for survival change from person to person, climate to climate and environment to environment, and yet all we seem to see offered for products are the same one size fit all 72 hour packs that often contain items not everyone needs, but always leaves out one thing or another that we do need. This book attempts to plug that hole between the need and don’t need state we all come to at some point in our preparedness planning efforts.

Simply put, too often we see people being told you need this product, this tool and that gadget, and you need to do this action to survive. And this isn’t always the case. But by taking the time to think things through you can develop a tailor made plan that will fit your specific needs. And you can do it without buying tons of food and equipment you probably will never need.

Nor do you need an extensive library of books describing the act of becoming prepared or survivalism. In my research I have picked up an extensive library of survival guides and preparedness manuals, and I can safely tell you that for the most part, many of the offerings today merely mimic somebody else’s ideas and plan.

You do need to learn, and by learning you will obviously purchase books on various topics, but you do need to examine the books you are considering carefully. Do you already own a book that tells you what you already know? Then you are better off buying a different book that addresses skills you need to learn about and develop.

What I intend to do here is to help you develop a sense of what you need to look for and what types of foods, equipment, tools and skills you may need for a long term survival plan for the coming times. You won’t find any cookie cutter formulae in this book. But you will find frank discussion about many of the things we need to prepare for.

You will not find the fear mongering and hysteria that many books base their content upon. You will, of course, find warnings and tips on what to watch far as the world continues upon its natural course of development and decay.

If you are truly and fully prepared for the coming times, then you have absolutely no need to fear whatever may befall us in the future.

I have laid this book out into four different sections, with the first section dealing with some ideas behind your planning efforts. In your planning stage you should develop a binder system for note taking and record keeping, and divide that binder into different sections. Each section should deal with a different topic or area that needs to be addressed in your long and short term planning.

To start out the first section I address the question of why preparedness planning is so important to us in today’s world of new disasters and threats. Following that I go into a discussion surrounding your preparedness binder and some of the topics you should include in your own planning discussions.

I have taken the liberty of dividing preparedness into nine different sections as follows;

 

Tab 1;     Documentation

Tab 2;     Water                    
Tab 3;     Nutrition                    
Tab 4;     Sanitation                
Tab 5;     Safety and Security            
Tab 6;     Transportation                
Tab 7;      Long Term Needs        
Tab 8;     Go Bags and Bug Out Kits    
Tab 9;      First Aid    

Feel free to add to or delete sections, or even change them around to suit your needs. It’s your binder, and your survival depends upon your skills and knowledge. I would like to suggest that you use a three ring binder as this allows you to also insert photocopied articles and other items into the various sections. A simple wire bound notebook will suffice as well, but you’ll have nowhere near the organizational capabilities that a three ring binder provides. But the choice is entirely yours.

In section two I deal with some of the most controversial and widely discussed topics that I have come across in my own research. These topics include; Respirators and Gas Masks; Emergency Building repairs; Emergency Heating and Cooking; A Survival Armory; and Gold and Silver for Your Survival. These are all topics that seem to be hotly contested on various forums, and you’ll need to come to your own conclusions as to how to deal with each of these issues. Each of us is in a different state of need and ability, and just because the survival guru du jour says something is fact, doesn’t make it so. Do your own research and planning, and your knowledge will increase by it.

Section three deals with specific incident topics such as extreme heat, hurricanes, terrorism and other emergency situations. Most of this section comes from several of the various government issued books and pamphlets dealing with these same topics. It’s all interesting and good advice, no matter the source. I think at this time I would strongly recommend that you visit the website http://www.ready.gov to learn more about dealing with emergencies. They have several free publications available for download as a pdf that can add greatly to your knowledge base.

In section four I provide a database of state, federal a private national websites and contact information available here in the United States. I would suggest you also find your own state emergency office contact and visit their site(s) to see what they have to offer the public in the way of information. It would also be a good idea to learn of the various local and state emergency plans ahead of time so that you can know what to expect when the proverbial crap hits the fan. Evacuation is probably one of the worst orchestrated responses to any disaster anywhere, and that fact can be traced to the lack of knowledge by the public on what to do and where to go when the order to evacuate is issued.

In summary, let me say that this book should not be looked upon as an end all manual for preparedness planning and survivalism. Instead, look upon it as a jumping off point for your own journey towards self reliance and survival. I point you in some directions, but whether you take them or not is entirely up to you. You and you alone are responsible for your own life and well being, and the life and well being of your family.

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Gaining a Health Care Bill, but losing our nation;

The health care bill has passed through the bowels of our political system relatively unscathed. It was bound to happen, in spite of the opposition. Why is that? because the passage of this bill is just another step towards the surrender of this nations sovereignty to the New World Order. It seems a far stretch, I know, but that is exactly what is happening to our country. And I am afraid to say that this is indeed what must happen for the will of God to come into fruition. The world must be of one voice, one vision, one thought, one world, for the prophecies spoken of in Daniel and the Revelation of John to come true.

I’ve written before of my thoughts concerning the UN and other agencies or organizations that seem bent towards one single goal. That goal is best laid open in the United Nations Agenda 21 curriculum. What is Agenda 21? In short, Agenda 21 is simply one of the tools the UN uses to achieve their Millennium Development Goals(MDGs), with a date for achievement of those goals set for completion and full compliance by the year of 2015.

In general, the MDGs are a set of goals that the UN, through the behest of numerous Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs) that, in the mind of these NGOs will make the world a better place for all. It is a commendable desire, but in practice the levying of these goals upon the world structure simply manages to lay in place a surreptitious veil of socialism under the guise of democracy. The supporters of this new world order have replaced equality with equity, and commanded that we all have equivalent equity as a way to define equality.

Why, in particular, is this Health Care Bill such an important piece of legislation? Do we really need to have had it passed so quickly, with little opportunity for real study or debate? The rush to pass this bill is the reason the opposition is so dramatic, at least in some part. But what are the other reasons to oppose this piece of legislation? Why are so many lobbyists opposed to its passage. And looking at the same coin from the other side, why are there so many lobbyists pushing and prodding to have it enacted into law so quickly?

More importantly, what does this law really do in relation to its claim to reduce the costs of healthcare and make health insurance available to everyone? Let’s look at the costs first, or at least a summary of them. Donny Shaw posted an informative summary from the CBO on the bills proposed accomplishments at the Open Congress Blog. Personally, I’d say there are a lot better ways of getting people on insurance. But then, this bill isn’t really about getting people insured, nor is it about controlling health care costs, either.

 

House Bill
Passed House 11/07/09 by a vote of 220-215

Senate Bill
Passed Senate 12/24/09 by a vote of 60 to 39

Reconciliation Bill
Amends the Senate bill, vote expected in House 3/21

Gross cost of coverage provisions

$1.2 trillion

$875 billion

$940 billion

Net savings

$138 billion

$118 billion

$138 billion

Insurance coverage expansion

36 million more people would have coverage than under current law. In total, 94% of the population would be insured

31 million more people would have coverage than under current law. In total, 92% of the population would be insured

32 million more people would have coverage than under current law. In total, 95% of the population would be insured

Expansion of Medicaid

15 million Americans would be added to Medicaid

15 million Americans would be added to Medicaid

16 million Americans would be added to Medicaid

Number of American who would remain uninsured

18 million

24 million

23 million

Change in employer-provided insurance

6 million more people will get employer coverage

4 million fewer people would have employer coverage than under current law

4 million fewer people would have employer coverage than under current law

Average subsidy for people buying insurance with government aid

$6,800 per year

$5,800 per year

$6,000 per year

No matter how you look at the numbers, in the real world this action stinks to high heaven. The House people wanted to spend 1.2 trillion of our money, the Senate 875 billion. A compromise was reached and we are initially going to get gouged for 940 billion. At least for now. How much more this will cost is anybody’s guess. The supposed net savings is going to be 138 billion dollars. Savings from what, exactly? What are we saving money on? The bucks for this program is coming from all of our pockets, and it is spending money we don’t have, for something we may not actually get.

Under the reconciliation bill an additional 32 million people would be covered by insurance, making a total of 95% of the population insured. However, that leaves 23 million Americans uninsured, and ADDS 16 million people to Medicaid, which leaves 39 million people sucking off the public dole, over and above what this insurance is going to cost us. 4 million people would be losing their workplace coverage, which makes absolutely no sense to me. And yet the plan is to cut Medicaid spending to provide for some of the plans cost reduction/savings.

But here’s the big kicker to these numbers, people buying insurance with government aid will be able to get $6,000 every year as a subsidy, covered by hardworking Americans that work and do the right thing by paying taxes, and buying insurance to cover their own health needs.

Bartering Health Care for UN control?

The House Bill(HR 3200) states its purpose as; To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes. In a nutshell, the goal of the PRO army (Pelosi Reid Obama) is to enable more people to obtain health insurance and lower the cost of premiums, making insurance more affordable for all. Of course, you realize that this means a total restructuring of the insurance industry as we know it today, right. To do that would take one hell of a lot of public support, and these legislators have accomplished that by demonizing the insurance industry, and making them the reason costs are so high, not the health insurance industry.

Another item in the basket of goals is to make health insurance a universal instrument so that all persons may obtain insurance, and take that policy with them wherever they go. Just like in socialist countries such as Great Britain, France, Belgium and others. The only way this could be done, of course, is through financing the poorer segments of our population through subsidization by way of tax credits and direct subsidies.

Another goal of the PRO crowd is to make insurance policies available to people who do work for a living through their workplace, and this is done through mandatory insurance requirements and other tools the government uses to force employer paid insurance, whether that employer can afford it or not. So how do I relate all of this to the UN and the loss of our sovereignty? It’s pretty simple, and quite clear if you do some thorough research.

Here’s an interesting clip from a UN page under the UN ECOSOC Ministerial Review ‘Extending coverage of health care’

In order to raise the health status of populations, the top policy priority for government is expanding the coverage of affordable health services. This requires some degree of public support. The main options comprehensive health care are : 1) extending progressively an existing social insurance scheme, making it universal by targeting poor/excluded groups; 2) introducing universal benefits/services, financed from general taxes/state revenues; 3) encouraging contributory micro-insurance schemes for the informal sector. Enabling each individual to enjoy a long and healthy life is both a fundamental development goal and a means of enhancing a country’s potential for development more generally.

Gee, sounds just like what the PRO wants to do here in the US, doesn’t it? And by forcing it through, we beat the deadline for 2015 that the UN has set for accomplishing their Millennium Development Goals.

Let’s visit Sect.100 of the Bill:

SEC. 100. PURPOSE; TABLE OF CONTENTS OF DIVISION; GENERAL DEFINITIONS.

(a) Purpose

(1) IN GENERAL- The purpose of this division is to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending.

(2) BUILDING ON CURRENT SYSTEM- This division achieves this purpose by building on what works in today’s health care system, while repairing the aspects that are broken.

(3) INSURANCE REFORMS- This division–

(A) enacts strong insurance market reforms;

(B) creates a new Health Insurance Exchange, with a public health insurance option alongside private plans and cooperatives under subtitle D of title II;

(C) includes sliding scale affordability credits; and

(D) initiates shared responsibility among workers, employers, and the government;
so that all Americans have coverage of essential health benefits.

(4) HEALTH DELIVERY REFORM- This division institutes health delivery system reforms both to increase quality and to reduce growth in health spending so that health care becomes more affordable for businesses, families, and government

This health bill has very little to do with addressing the actual cost of health care, but rather institutes massive government control over the insurance industry that has never existed before. We will in fact see a decline in the quality and availability of the health care we receive in the future.

We’ve been had by the leaders of this country, and betrayed by those same leaders for the sake of adhering to their own socialistic ideologies and the price will be our freedom. There are now three lanterns hanging in the Bell Tower. The time to discuss is over. Remember that when you step into the ballot box.

Welcome to the Revolution. Welcome to the United Socialist States of America.

(More on this subject can be heard on upcoming episodes of Surviving The Times Radio.)