How Conservatives can clean-up the GOP ?

It is very important that Conservatives begin removing the insanity in the Republican Party. Yes, the Conservatives who actually understand fiscal responsibility ..... not the so-called Conservatives who are puppets for lobbyists.

Bruce Bartlett, a prominent Reagan-era domestic policy adviser and Treasury Department economist under President George H.W. Bush, penned a sharp piece in Forbes about the hypocrisy so openly displayed by the Republicans ..... without even a shade of shame. Such behavior cannot be tolerated, and it is up to the Conservatives to clean-up the GOP, before these RINOs cause any further damage to an already ailing political cornerstone.

Link to Bruce Bartlett's Forbes article

Bartlett highlighted the Medicare drug benefit as an example of major embarrassment for fiscal responsibility. He made a great point in comparing that to the current Health Care Reform Bills.

It is really time to put a complete stop to the insanity, perpetrated by talking-heads such as Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and so on. It is time for Conservatives to distance themselves from the "bad apples", so that the entire "basket" is not ruined.

Here is a good place to start ..... through an iPhone commercial parody:

Another Ridiculous Law in Michigan

How often do we need to report about these stupid laws, before someone with some common sense stands up in the Michigan legislature and do something about them ? had already written about the Child Protective Services (CPS) doing more harm to children and their healthy family environment through senseless enforcements. Today, we hear about another such stories happening in our state.

Seriously, folks, what is wrong with these lawmakers in Lansing ? If we can't even rely on them to fix such silly events from occurring ..... what chance do we have for them to achieve anything in regards to more complicated issues ?

How Ridiculous Can Partisan Politics Get ?

We here at try our best to stay neutral and non-partisan when it comes to political issues. Sometimes, we come off as being a little on the conservative side; while other times, we come off as being a little on the liberal side. At the end of the day, we believe that everything is a wash, and we are squarely neutral and non-partisan overall.

As hard as we try to avoid acknowledging stupidity and misinformation, it is often impossible to turn a blind eye to something so bizarre, you've gotta check again to be sure you're not missing something or another.

The recent GOP outcry about President Obama is certainly one such case .....

Seriously, come on now, Republicans ..... Make Up Your Mind, for goodness sake, he can't be a Muslim, Communist, Nazi, Fascist, Socialist and etc. all at the same damn time simultaneously !!

Listen, there are many core conservative values that Republicans stand for. These core conservative values are still important to the American public; such as smaller government, controlling government spending, religion, and etc. We have met a number of Republican clubs on the grass-root level, and it is clear that the party has gone off-track with all these tea-party protests, "birther" movement and so on. Let's put a stop to all these nonsense, and focus on the true GOP principles.

Medical Tourism: Is it considered Outsourcing Healthcare ?

Let's begin this discussion on an article that appeared in Forbes, back in December 7, 2007.

Even back then, America was already burdened by the high and rapidly rising cost of healthcare. Common-sense would dictate to us that something needs to have been done, in order to curb this problem from escalating any further.

Unfortunately, our elected leadership sat on their laurels from month-to-month, and year-to-year, just as they did for decades upon decades ..... with absolutely no regards for the sufferings of everyday average Americans across this great nation.

Now, as we approach the last quarter of 2009, the same old bickering and fear-mongering continues about how bad Universal Healthcare is, and about how bad a Single-Payer Healthcare System is, and about how good the profit-driven private insurance model is. Well, it is absolutely unfathomable that so many hardcore Republican followers are unaware that they have already supported a government-run healthcare system and a single-payer system. See this video ...

Guess what, ladies and gentlemen .....

While our country carries on with all these mud-slinging, an increasing number of Americans are already moving on with their lives embracing "Medical Tourism" that will someday in the future slap each and every single one of us in the face to reality - Because the Outsourcing of Healthcare has begun !

The GOP have really gone way off-track.

The war of words, and the war of propaganda on TV and radio, have become very heated and very unruly at times. The reason being that the GOP going really way off-track this time, in order to scare the American people.

One of the best and most intelligent approach that we have come across, belongs to Ehkzu from Palo Alto, California. Please allow me to share this piece of gem with all of you;

My fellow Democrats: We're in for the fight of our lives. I know more about what we're up against than most Democrats, because I'm married to a staunch Republican, attend a church that's 90+% Republican, and have many friends among them. I'm also a sociologist by training and a debater by practice.

Based on all this, here's some heartfelt advice:

1. Don't call them racists.

It's a Rovian trap to do so--one set by the Republican leadership and their healthcare denial industry paymasters. They never, ever say "We hate Obama because he's black," even if everything they do would make it reasonable to think so.

But when you call them racists, you've just changed the topic from healthcare reform to a territory they can defend. And while you're trying to prove they're racists, the RNC will be rubbing its hands, as the topic of healthcare is forgotten.

2. Don't let them call Obama and the Democratic Party and you socialists.

And they will. Count on it. I usually say: "Socialism means ownership of business by government. Democrats don't want to own it. We just want to regulate it. We tried business without regulation twice in the last century. It got us the Great Depression and now the worst recession since that. But help me out. Republicans seem to want ownership of government by business. What do you call that?"

And as Krugman points out, they don't want "socialized healthcare" but they're often on Medicare.

The other advanced countries--all democracies--have everything ranging from heavily regulated private systems to mostly socialized ones. All of them are far cheaper than our system; all of them have better health outcomes than our system. And not one of those countries' electorates have ever shown the slightest interest in adopting our system.

Guess why? They don't want to die while some for-profit insurance company denies your request for a new kidney, hoping that if they slow-foot your claim you will in fact die before they're forced to honor it.

And by the way...cops and firemen are "socialized safety."

3. They'll say most Americans are happy with their current healthcare.

I say wait 'till you or a loved one gets really sick. After all, if you ran a health insurance company, and your only goal was profit, what would you do when a customer got really, really sick?

You'd get rid of him, using your army of bureaucrats whose main job is to find excuses for recission--that's cutting off someone's insurance by saying you didn't dot an "i" somewhere on your application.

That's why I call these companies the "Healthcare denial industry." Very few people who've actually had catastrophic illness are happy with their healthcare insurance. And even those who say they're happy may not have noticed how their healthcare premiums have doubled in the last few years, because it's why you didn't get a raise--it's often hidden in your overall compensation.

4. They'll say they don't want the government telling them when to die, and as Krugman points out, even Republican congressmen are saying this.

People this far gone can rarely be reached, but I just say "The people you think are on your side are actually vampires sucking your blood; the people you think are out to destroy you and America are actually trying to save you--and you're throwing away the life vest they've thrown you because the predators pretending to be your friends told you it's a bomb."

Bottom line: the Republican healthcare plan is the alternative to the Democrats' attempt at healthcare reform. What's that plan, you say? Easy. It's the healthcare reform plan Congress passed during the 12 years the Republican Party controlled Congress and the six years it controlled all three branches of government:


That's right, folks. That's their healthcare reform package. Nothing. Excuse me if I don't include their pharmaceutical industry giveaway that masqueraded as Medicare drug assistance. Other than that phony plan that ordered government agencies to pay whatever price the drug companies chose to charge...nothing.

The healthcare denial industry has grown to swallow up 1/6 of the entire American economy, gutting our competitiveness on the world market, through keeping things exactly as they are. Without healthcare reform the current system will take up 1/3 of the entire economy in a few years.

It's unsustainable. You think Medicare and Social Security are headed for trouble? That's nothing compared to this.

Most of all, the Republicans want their rank and file to think we Democrats are their enemy; that we want to turn America into some alien place they won't recognize.

And they want Democrats to treat Republican rank and file as their enemy, so we'll never realize we both have the same enemy: the bloodsucking billionaires who pull the strings in the shadows. They're practising divide and conquer. And they're very, very good at it.

So remember who the real enemy is.

Bad Cops at Gwinnett County Police Department - Gary Miles, Chris Parry, Joey Parkerson

We have been very direct and vocal about the state of bad law enforcement personnel within our community here in Metro Detroit. Obviously, such behaviors and ugly trends crosses state lines into other communities as well. As we have learned through this news report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, an innocent Waffle House employee was tasered with a Taser gun for absolutely no legitimate reason whatsoever.

This should clearly be very troubling for every one of us, as our own city's police officers are being equipped with Taser guns. As a matter of fact, 'Do Take It Personal' had only just recently discussed about the incident involving the Warren Police Department and Robert Mitchell.

The frequency of such incidents occurring, indicates to us, the public citizens, that police officers have become way too comfortable with the notion that Taser guns are non-lethal weapons. However, as reality has proven time and again, Taser guns are in fact highly dangerous and can be lethal depending on the physiological conditions of the victim. It is important to note that police officers generally have absolutely no idea and no prior knowledge of the health and medical history of an individual. Therefore, by using a Taser gun nonchalantly, it can only be a reckless and fatal move as far as the odds are concerned. All police officers should be educated and trained to handle a Taser gun, as carefully as a conventional pistol or revolver. They should mentally, emotionally and physically understand that a Taser gun can in fact kill.

Being a CEO with a purpose-driven objective.

DoTakeItPersonal believes that many of us have come across our fair share of greedy corporate executives fleecing Americans for their own selfish and self-centered gains.

The problem is in selecting a management team that doesn't cherish ethical values or a positive legacy-centered lifestyle. In other words, they have no regards for common decency and morals.

Despite all that, we are encouraged to see that not all CEOs fall into that shameful category. As a matter of fact, there are enough good examples of responsible CEOs who care about their companies and their staff members.

This Forbes article by Haley Rushing, says it best, because "Great CEOs Are Always Great CMOs".

CEOs like Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Jim Sinegal of Costco, Tony Hsieh of Zappos and dozens of others work very hard to establish the culture of purpose-driven business motivation. They want to build a brand that transcends time.

Teen Died after being shot with a Taser gun by Warren Police

Unfortunate and perhaps undeserved - because incidents like this have been happening more than its fair share. Police officers are certainly feeling more at ease and convenient to pull the trigger on a Taser gun, because they believe it to be a 'non-lethal' weapon.

Link to WXYZ Channel 7 report and video clip

16-year-old Robert Mitchell, was in a car with his cousin, when they were pulled over by Warren police for having an expired license plate tag. Robert Mitchell panicked and ran, while police officers chased him down into an abandoned house. Robert Mitchell, who is 5'2" and less than 110 lbs, is also learning-disabled. He has no criminal record.

Link to CNN report

We here at 'Do Take It Personal' have highlighted numerous occasions of the incompetency and the blatant misconducts at the Warren Police Department. Among the most outrageous story involves Officer Kanapsky and his traffic ticket writing spree putting overtime pay into his own pocket. Mayor Fouts and Chief Dwyer are clearly turning a 'blind eye' towards all this short-comings. The people of Warren, Michigan; the residents, voters and tax payers in the city of Warren must stand up to stop these ongoing fleecing of their community. The people of Warren do not deserve incompetent police officers, and Robert Mitchell does not deserve the Taser shot that took his life.

Banks Returning Taxpayers' Bailout Money? FANTASTIC!!

We at thought we'd never hear that from the greedy, self-centered, and irresponsible, bank executives. It is most certainly music to our ears to learn that the banks are considering giving the taxpayers' bailout money back.

Well, let's do it, let's get it done. The taxpayers actually NEED the money for survival, unlike bank executives who are so out of touch with Main Street that they would consider buying a new luxury jet, redecorating their office suite, purchasing oceanfront homes and other despicable acts. feels that 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' expresses exactly what the American public thinks:

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and John Thain of Merrill Lynch

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A Good Enough Reason for us to Buy a Ford

This country's economic health has been looking ugly for quite a while. The state of Michigan's economic health has been suffering for even longer than that. Around here in Metro Detroit, there is no denying the fact that our neighbors, our friends, our relatives, our co-workers' spouses and many of the people surrounding us work in the automotive industry in some capacity or another, either directly with GM, Chrysler and Ford, or with any of the suppliers and dealerships.

Our family has owned both domestic and foreign cars over the years. And frankly, we aren't basing our car-buying decisions that much on the logo in front of the vehicle, as compared to the price tag and the reliability.

With the recent federal government bailout drama playing out vividly in front of all our eyes, it is a pleasant surprise to hear that Ford will be able to avoid taking our taxpayers' money in order to stay afloat. Because of this simple reason alone, we believe that Ford has earned the respect of many hard-working taxpayers. And would very likely buy a Ford product the next time we are shopping for a vehicle.