Please join us in this FLY THE FLAG campaign.
On Saturday, September 11th, 2010, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the United States . Every individual should make it their duty to display an American flag on this ninth anniversary of one our country’s worst tragedies. We do this honor of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, those flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn’t take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.
So, here’s what we need you to do … Fly an American flag of any size on 9/11. Honestly, Americans should fly the flag year-round, but if you don’t, then at least make it a priority on this day.
Thank you for your participation. God Bless You and God Bless America !!!
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I was recently asked to comment on the following article which outlines the top 20 countries and their relative debt rankings. They compare the country’s GDP to Debt ratio. Here’s a link to the article
Here were my comments:
Seems like that list is filled with Socialist style governments, which makes sense as they have to pay for their generous benefits. In considering a typical politicians view of the world, it makes complete sense. I knew about Ireland, but was surprised by the UK and some of the others. There are various opinions as to the reason for the problem and whether it’s a problem, but in my view the problem is that we have politicians that live for the now and the “now vote”, so they are willing to rack up enormous debts in order to get each vote so they can stay in power. They don’t necessarily care about who has to pay for it. The bigger problem is that they aren’t investing the debt into the future growth of the economy. It’s mostly wasted on programs that have short term impacts.
I think, and have considered starting a movement, that my generation should resolve to create a generational tax in order to pay down the debt we have inherited. We inform the current generations that are in power that their estates will be taxed at 90-95% in order to pay back the debt which has provided their wealth as a result of leveraging our generations future earnings. Instead of living within their means in the USA’s time of dominance (past 60 years), they have squandered the wealth selfishly and burdened future generations. If we could get 80% of the younger voters to sign on, it could have an impact on the actions of the current generation that’s in power. Probably over simplified and unrealistic, but it would at least send a message that we’re fed-up with the behavior.
More problematic is that ow that corporations have “taken over” our government (actually more like handed the reins), we will probably have a harder time getting anything done that will fix the problem as it will result in more taxes/regulations for them, which they will fight tooth and nail. This means we’re going to see the slow decay of the American lifestyle and prosperity as a result of the influence of the vary structures that were created to protect and enhance our lifestyles. It comes down to short sightedness and greed. It’s not a bright outlook, but the most realistic.
What do you think?
Today I sent my proposal to President Obama on how to fix a small aspect of the health care system. I think too little attention has been spent on the systems aspect of the problem. The US has an extremely low adoption rate for medical record keeping and modern back office health care systems, so my proposal is to try to change this by federally supporting an open source health care system freely available to medical practices. Once released a governing body would be created to support the standards, much like exists for other public standards. Below is the full letter for your review. What do you think?
Dear Mr. President,
Last night you said that you would listen to any serious proposals for solutions for fixing the health care system in this country and I would like to propose one. I have worked as a systems designer and implementer for 13 years and have had clients such as the US State Dept, US Mint, IRS, Marriott, and Freddie Mac. At each client, the business was complex and yet there were huge efficiencies and monetary savings that were being created as a result of modernizing the back office systems. I believe that innovation in the systems used by health care providers is critical to any real solution. There are many existing back office health care systems, the problem is that the ROI does not exist for small doctors offices and practices to implement them. This is part of the reason for a lack of adoption. I am proposing that the federal government sponsor the initial development of an Open Source Health Care System. Open Source Applications technology is used in every aspect of today’s modern systems architecture and could provide the initial impedes for these doctors offices to convert their medical records and back office systems.
Here are the major points of my plan
1) Federally back an initial system design and development using open source technology and methodologies. There are many established and proven applications built on this framework. Once developed, it will be freely distributed with guides for setup, maintenance, suggested process flows, and data entry. Key aspects of the system design will include:
- Defined integration standards for insurance companies and federal reimbursement programs,
- Easy configurability,
- Secure processing and storage of information,
- Ease of upgradeability,
- Open integration standards for third party applications and devices,
- End user GUI delivered through the browser.
2) Provide a Tax Credit for practices and doctors offices to implement this solution. This will include purchases of hardware to run the system, data entry of existing records, and training of front office personnel. The key here is to create an ROI for these providers by drastically reducing the cost of software purchase and implementation.
3) Use the existing task force as a starting point to organize a governing body for the standards and procedures for interacting with this system. This will be critical to ensure interoperability. This type of body already exists for other interoperable systems and would add a framework for health care system standards. It should include physicians, insurers, patient representatives, and systems experts.
I know there will be enormous benefits as a result of this effort. A few of the most significant include: job creation during the data entry and implementation aspects of this effort, monetary savings from the development of interoperable standards and integration of systems, fewer medical errors as a result of lack of access to medical records, and innovation in medical records technology and interoperability.
Thank you for taking the time to read this proposal and I look forward to your response.