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We believed the candidates running for the House and the Senate when they said they would get "Washington to provide more money for education, health care, agriculture and welfare." We reelected our Congressmen when they bragged about how many bills they got put into law, and we never asked how much this all was going to cost us. We forgot that the wealth of our nation was created by hard-working American men and women under our free enterprise system, not by government bureaucrats or socialistic programs. What happens if we continue doing what we have been doing? A financial disaster looms ahead. Our economy will be like a giant shipwreck with all of us passengers facing grave danger. What happens to people who run up their credit cards to the maximum, then take out a second mortgage to pay off more bills.... and then they keep on spending? They go bankrupt and lose almost everything they had. With our 16 TRILLION dollar national debt and our annual budget deficit over one trillion dollars each year we will reach a point when the government can't pay its bills. That is happening now as cities across the country are going bankrupt, throwing thousands out of work and creating economic havoc with a negative ripple effect that is sure to follow. Because so much of the money our government borrowed is in Treasury bonds held by countries like China, Saudi Arabia, Russia and other countries that are not our friends, you can be sure to see a concerted effort to diminish us as a superpower. But more importantly, every one of us will suffer as inflation skyrockets, robbing us of our purchasing power and forcing us to dramatically cut our standard of living. And what can be done about it? The answer is; we must cut spending now! The wrong thing for us to do is to increase taxes; that only encourages government to spend more. (Even though unemployment is over 8%, Federal government agencies still spent millions on lavish meetings at resorts.) AMAC members understand this, and we pledge to make your voices heard in the Capitol as we press forward with positive plans to control spending and get our fiscal house in order. Sincerely, " A financial disaster looms ahead. Our economy will be like a giant shipwreck with all of us passengers facing grave danger. " 4 | www.amac.us Dan Weber, Publisher VOL. 6 ISSUE 3 COVER: "National Debt Crisis" CONTENTS p. 10 # 4 8 10 Publishers Letter Sound Off Jedediah Bila David Limbaugh Talks `The Great Destroyer' p. 26 12 18 Medicare 102 Understanding Medicare Enrollment Periods Daniel C. Weber Publisher Rebecca Weber Keiffert Associate Publisher Editorial Inquiries Gary J. Christiansen Membership Web Developer Gia Ricottone Director of Advertising & Affiliate Sales firstname.lastname@example.org Pamela Smith Editor George Spangler Director, Ambassador Leadership Program p. 42 Freedom and Free Markets are What Make America Great Firmly I Cry No! Saying No to Big Government p. 34 22 26 30 32 34 42 Lightning Safety National Debt Crisis Debt and Deficit Statistics What If the Fiscal Crisis Pushes Us Over the Edge? Travel The Golden Heart of Alaska p. 46 46 48 50 Kathie's Kitchen Turn Over a New Leaf Association of Mature American Citizens 5 Orville Drive Bohemia, New York 11716 1.888.262.2006 � www.amac.us Graphic Design by: Business by Design / Advertising Dynamics 631.751.5454 � www.adartinc.com The contents of Amac Advantage Magazine may not be reproduced without the publishers written consent. 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Obama is no friend to senior citizens but he still wants to be able to count on our voting for him. For those who don't understand why AARP sold out its own members, and all senior Americans, to support ObamaCare, just follow the money trail. AARP stands to make at least $1B from it by selling supplemental insurance that will not provide much in the way of health care benefits. AARP is also contributing to Obama's reelection campaign. Lynn Heath says: How we think is influenced by the words we use. I don't know exactly when our newspapers and government started using the word "healthcare." If we used the words "medical services," as I think we should, we would think differently about both "health" and "medicine." As a general rule you take "care" of your own health by eating right, getting proper rest and exercise, and avoiding a variety of bad habits. If you get injured or sick you go to a doctor for "medical services." A free market sets the price for "service;" a sentimental market sets priorities on who gets "care." Obama Sees Middle Class Tax Increase as a Victory Edna Perkins says: Just as the Good Word teaches us, we cannot be "warm" we must be hot or cold. Stand on the Rock, stand firm, stand strong, stand together. In November, our voices MUST be heard. Let us take back our great Nation, under God, let us be Indivisible, and provide Justice for all. Amen. JC Pickard says: The predominant reason I joined AMAC was they, unlike AARP, were against Obamacare from the get go. AARP out and out lied about the benefits of Obamacare and I will never forgive them for selling out us elderly folks! Phil says: Talk to your friends, relatives, neighbors, fellow workers, everyone about the upcoming election. They need to understand how important it is to vote Obama OUT! Obama wins........as a people and a nation, we LOSE! SCOTUS Ruling on Obamacare PaulE says: Next up "mandates" to buy Chevy Volts, houses, solar panels or pay a tax. This ruling opens up the floodgates for the government to basically mandate virtually anything or be subject to a tax. Don't need a new house? No excuse, you owe the tax. Don't want to buy a Chevy Volt? Too bad, the government says you have to or pay a tax. The progressive liberals in Washington are no doubt salivating at the potential revenue they can suck from the American economy to fund the transformation of America into the socialist utopia they all pine for with this ruling. Is Obama White House Willing to Jeopardize National Security for Political Gain? Steve says: This is a President who cares nothing about our heritage and the struggles we went through for freedom. Obama will do anything and everything to get himself re-elected. This is necessary if he is to continue his quest to reduce the United States from the world's leader to just a voice in the choir of many nations. Big Al says: The day after the Supreme Court decision, I received notice from my health care insurer that they are seeking an 18.6% increase for 2013. That will take my premiums from $1104/ month to $1309/ month. Include my $6,000/ year deductible and that makes it more like $1,800/ month. So much for AFFORDABLE healthcare!!!!!!!!!! "sound off" at www.amac.us 8 | www.amac.us Maintain your independence with hearing help from Beltone! Beltone has been manufacturing hearing instruments in America for over 70 years! 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What follows is a portion of that interview. Bila: You write about Obama's proclivity toward the blame game, be it blaming American businesses, the American people, or President By Jedediah Bila Bush, a trend that is not only condescending and oftentimes out of touch with reality, but also reflects his complete inability to accept blame for his own policy failures. Do you think the blame-game jig is almost up now that his first term is near complete, or will the 2012 Obama campaign continue to reek of the same deflection? Limbaugh: When he ran in 2008, Obama had the luxury of running on abstract utopian themes of hope and change. The mainstream media, feckless Republicans, and many timid conservatives insisted on giving him a pass for his radical leftist record and his statements that telegraphed he would be the most radical president in our history. (He was, you will recall, named the most liberal senator in 2007 by the non-partisan National Journal). Now he has a record, and it is an abysmal record in every respect, and I mean every � unless a President can be favorably judged for being peerlessly egregious. I could meticulously substantiate this claim, but it would be much easier to refer your readers to my book, The Great Destroyer, and its predecessor, Crimes Against Liberty, both of which are heavy on footnote documentation. Because his record is so bad, Obama has limited options, all of which he will utilize. He will continue, preposterously, to blame George W. Bush. He will continue to downplay the state of the economy. He will continue to distort his record � telling us how many jobs he's created or saved, and he will be lying, as I demonstrate in the book. He will continue to scapegoat the Republicans for obstructing his agenda, which despite the abject failure of every policy he's tried, he somehow would have us believe would lead to miraculous economic results. Most despicably, he will continue to try to divide us by crass appeals to identity politics in a desperate effort to pull this election out of his hat. I do believe that his scapegoating strategies have worn thin with the American people and that he will not succeed in November with these arguments � or any others, for that matter. Bila: In Chapter Two, you state that "Obama's empowerment depends on maintaining a certain level of support among specific demographic and ethnic groups, to whom he presents himself as a protector against racist, malevolent Republicans." It has become clear to me that our President intends to try to condescendingly divide the country into special interest groups, using fear tactics to turn each group -- Hispanics, African-Americans, women, etc. -- against the GOP. Will he be successful? And how should Romney respond in order to best combat that agenda? Limbaugh : It appears that Obama is becoming painfully aware that the economy will not substantially recover in time to benefit him in November, and so he has made a calculated decision to put all of his re-election eggs in the identity politics basket. Obama has been deliberately dividing and polarizing Americans since early in his term. As I chronicle in the book, he was the most polarizing president in history at the end of his second year with 81% of Democrats supporting him and 13% of Republicans � a 68% gap. I might point out here in response to the anticipated liberal protest that George W. Bush was the most polarizing president -- let liberals make that claim, but remember this: George W. Bush was only polarizing because liberals went ape demonizing him, based on his policies. In no way did Bush himself appeal to Americans based on groups and categories (he made a strong, sustained effort to reach across the aisle, including with hyper-partisan Ted Kennedy, who rebuffed him). 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Money Understanding Medicare Enrollment Periods by Diana Wisniewski Medicare 102: MEDICARE SIGN UP HERE: M edicare Enrollments Periods continue to be a mystery to most Medicare Beneficiaries. As the Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is approaching rapidly, AMAC is committed to helping our members handle this enrollment period with ease, as it can be a trying time. Our recommendation: please call us mid to late September, as we should have most 2013 plans available to review with you. Enrollments will begin on October 15th. The sooner you have determined the 2013 plan that suits your needs, the sooner you can enroll, thus avoiding the congestion of calls in the last two weeks of this enrollment period. AMAC has worked diligently all year to build up our in-house Medicare department to handle the volume of calls expected this coming AEP . ***PLEASE NOTE that Supplements (aka Medigap Policies) ARE NOT subject to these enrollment periods, and have all year round enrollment periods. Please see below for further details. For Medicare Advantage Plans and Prescription Drug Plans: Annual Enrollment Period (AEP): October 15th - December 7th ***The AEP "Annual Enrollment Period" (aka Open Enrollment) is approaching fast.*** This is the near 8 week span in which Medicare beneficiaries can enroll into new or different Advantage Plans (MA/MAPD) and their Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) for the upcoming year. You can enroll into an Advantage plan for the first time, or decide not to elect and Advantage Plan for 2013 and revert back to Original Medicare (A & B). In this year's case you will be making changes that become effective 1/1/2013. This is the period in which beneficiaries who are enrolled into an Advantage Plan can disenroll from the plan and revert back to Original Medicare (A & B). You may apply for a standalone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) by February14th. You may also apply for a Supplement Policy (Medigap). 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Perhaps he did not get the memo that we do not need or want government control of every little aspect of our lives. Since my youth, I've firmly believed that government should flow from the people. When the government starts to take control of decisions without regard to the wishes of the public, there is something oddly disturbing happening. Should the government be allowed to regulate your lifestyle? I firmly cry "No!" Where do we draw the line? First, they will limit your soda intake. What's next? How about a regulation restricting the size of your popcorn at the movies? How would you feel if government required you to stand on a scale before ordering? God forbid your body mass index is awry. Will you be given a choice between carrot or celery sticks or be turned away? We all know that sleep is good for our bodies, but do you want the government to set a curfew for you just because sleep is "healthy"? 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While the government was trying to make itself look good by coming to the rescue of certain failed industries, no one cared what you thought. Should the government take your hard-earned money and go on unprofitable wasteful spending sprees? I firmly cry "No!" Is your faith in the current government in question? It is extremely difficult to have faith in a government, especially in Barack Obama, due to his constant change on stances. He wants to be re-elected so badly that he is willing to compromise on issues and chooses to do what he thinks will bring about the most votes. Not only is he undermining immigration laws, he is trying to break the ways laws are made. Normally, laws are made constitutionally whereby Congress drafts and votes and the President signs or vetoes. In this case, Obama unconstitutionally took advantage of his executive power by prescribing the law to favor illegal immigrants and his motive for doing so is solely to gain the Hispanic vote. Can you trust a President who waivers on issues and is willing to compromise beliefs in order to maximize voter support? I firmly cry "No!" Does Obama have a limit? Obamacare is a prime example Obama's poor policies and reflects his wish to take away your freedom. The Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of the law doesn't make it a good idea. Essentially, Obamacare is a tax which will deeply hurt many American families and businesses who are struggling to make ends meet or create jobs in his poor economy. The only freedom Obama will give you is a choice between getting health care and being fined. The greater fear is he will take away your freedom to choose your own doctor and we will all lose our ability to access quality healthcare. We will move toward the creation of waiting lists for services which will cost lives and a grim future of denial of services for ourselves, our children and grandchildren. We want affordable healthcare for everyone, but to do so by force is unconscionable. Should we allow Obama to stomp on our personal freedom by issuing a healthcare mandate by force while increasing taxes? I firmly cry "No!" Show big government who's really boss! The time for us to protect our freedom is now and the stakes have never been higher. The Government needs a shake-up and your vote is the way to do it come November. Send Obama a strong message. Let's remind him of the basic principles upon which this country was built. Let's honor life, liberty and justice. While we still have a voice, let's rise up and let our opinions echo throughout our local, state and federal government. It's time to stand up for freedom and be heard. They will tell you "yes" but it is far from the truth. Take a look at the poor state of our economy and our deficit accompanied by a definitive lack of leadership. The government sadly lacks a real plan. The "let's try this or let's try that" approach is not working. Trial and error, time and time again, has turned to error and error. Let's tell big government the following: You will NOT regulate or dictate my lifestyle. You will NOT ignore my ideas nor stifle my feelings. You will NOT impede on my personal freedom. You will NOT make decisions against the will of the people. You will NOT waste or squander my hard-earned money. You will NOT make a mockery of our government by abusing executive power for political gain. You will NOT stomp on our liberty. 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According to the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the lightning protection system needs to be securely anchored to the roof; otherwise it may whip around in a storm and damage the building. So make sure to have a licensed electrician install your lightning rod and protection system. 2. Use surge protectors. Today's sensitive electronic equipment is particularly vulnerable to lightning. To assure the highest level of protection, UL-listed surge arrestors should be installed on electrical service panels. Installations typically include surge arrestors for the main electric panel, as well as incoming phone, cable, satellite and data lines. Surge arrestors protect against damaging electrical surges that can enter a structure via power transmission lines. By filtering and dissipating the harmful surges, arrestors prevent electrical fires and protect against electrical discharges that can dam- 2. Avoid areas where you will be the highest object. 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Adamo N early every day, Americans are bombarded with news of the mushrooming national debt. Yet we continue to hear proposals from Washington for one new federal program after another, with price tags regularly ranging in the hundreds of billions of dollars. All such expenditures are, according to their advocates, absolutely critical to America's health and future, though the nation fared extremely well without any of them in the past. Such numbers are mesmerizing in their enormity, but after the initial shock wears off, their continual repetition tends to have a numbing effect on the general populace. In a very real sense, this plays perfectly into the strategy of the big-government liberals who have dragged America towards a financial abyss in recent years. If the notion of a trillion dollars of increased debt every year causes little or no distress among voters, then the political elite can proceed to write checks of such astronomical amounts to their favorite special interest groups despite having no funds to back them up. Perhaps a day of reckoning will come, or maybe it won't. But in either case, it will all be left to some future office holder to pick up the pieces. This is how things have worked in the past, and far too few people in high places believe that anything needs to change now. However, the financial landscape has changed, and very significantly. Both domestically and on the world scene, the former pattern of simply borrowing from some international bank, and passing the cost of bloated and expensive social programs on to future generations, is meeting with greater and greater resistance. Debtor nations are simply running out of monetary sources from which to finance their unrestrained spending. A major segment of the American population was alive in 1982, the year in which the total debt of this nation passed the $1 trillion mark. And at that time, the event was considered extremely alarming. Yet by the end of 2008, the debt had increased tenfold. Worse yet, since 2009, each yearly deficit has far exceeded the one trillion dollar mark. Currently, the total has grown to sixteen trillion dollars. The timeline of this financial disaster needs to be considered in greater depth, in order for its real impact to be comprehended. 30 | www.amac.us plus annual deficits. Instead of approFrom 1789, the year the Constitution priately managing the nation's finances, was ratified, through 1981, the total And if America neglects to the plan is to maintain the "loyalty" of debt of the United States of America key constituencies by keeping them dedid not exceed one trillion dollars. address these problems in pendent, which hopefully will translate That time period encompassed such time, and allows its fi nancial to party-line votes on Election Day. This epic milestones as the Louisiana Puris the grim game that big government chase, the War of 1812, the Civil War, house to collapse, just what liberals inside the Beltway are willing to two World Wars, Franklin Roosevelt's play with America's future, and the in"New Deal," Lyndon Johnson's "Great will day to day life in this dication of how much real concern they Society," landing on the moon, and the country eventually look like? have for the plight of the "little people." development of the first Space Shuttle, In a similar manner, the question just to name a few highlights. We can get a glimpse of that of the nation's legal debt ceiling has Throughout that entire span of time, future by considering the been wholly mischaracterized, and is though federal programs often extendregularly wielded as a political weapon ed beyond the constitutional boundmayhem occurring on the instead of being addressed in its stark aries placed on government by the other side of the Atlantic, reality. The debate last summer over founders, the cost of servicing the debt whether or not to raise the debt ceiling remained manageable, which is to say amid the news reports of was shamelessly demagogued by the that it could be sustained. The ongoing Obama Administration and congres"tug of war" between those who sought impending calamity within sional Democrats, along with the liberal to relentlessly expand government, the European Union. media, who presented it as evidence and their opponents who endeavored that Republicans would mercilessly cut to keep costs under control, served to off Social Security checks to seniors and prevent a financial meltdown, even withhold pay from military personnel. when the nation strained under the In the aftermath of the debate, Standard disproportionate loads imposed by the and Poors downgraded America's credit initial forays into socialism under Roorating for the first time in this nation's sevelt, along with Johnson. history. As recently as the 1990s, the RepubliWhile accusations abounded that can controlled House of Representatives the credit rating downgrade occurred in managed to balance the federal budget for response to the strident political debate preceding the action of the first time in decades, giving rise to optimism among many Congress to raise the debt limit (Apparently, we are expected to that perhaps the federal leviathan might have been brought unbelieve that multi-billion dollar financiers are traumatized by parder control. And while deficits reappeared later in the decade tisan bickering.), in truth it was the growing specter of insolvency and increased significantly in the aftermath of 9-11, the financial that caused so much anxiety on the world financial scene. And course of the nation still seemed fairly secure. while America's current situation has not yet descended into comSince the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009 a fundamental plete chaos, the possibility of a major financial meltdown at some change in attitude regarding spending swept the highest levels of point in the future still makes investors understandably nervous. government, vastly eclipsing any former spending excesses. DurUltimately, despite all of the political posturing and grandstanding the three years since, it spawned a financial tsunami that is ing, the task of bringing federal spending under control in order to not only crippling the economy and wreaking havoc on the priavoid a complete bankruptcy of the national treasury is critical to vate business owner on Main Street, but portends an inevitable our wellbeing as a nation. The profligate spending must be reined catastrophe at the federal level as well. Unfortunately, rather than in, and maintained at realistic levels that can be supported withrationally confronting the situation with an eye towards rectifying out overwhelming the private sector economy. Otherwise, the day it, Obama aided and abetted by his minions on Capitol Hill and will dawn when the federal government will simply be unable to in the nightly news, is intent on continuing down this disastrous provide those services on which so many citizens have come to course, motivated by a mindless devotion to the failed and disdepend. At that point, no amount of rioting in the streets or other credited philosophy of collectivism. displays of public disapproval will fix anything. Over on Capitol Hill, Senate Democrats have likewise engaged And if America neglects to address these problems in time, and in disgraceful political maneuvers designed to continue the allows its financial house to collapse, just what will day to day life spending spree while dodging culpability for it. In a total breach in this country eventually look like? We can get a glimpse of that of their constitutional responsibility, they have refused to pass a future by considering the mayhem occurring on the other side of federal budget for over three years. However, in Washington "no the Atlantic, amid the news reports of impending calamity within budget" does not mean no spending. It means no attempt to limit the European Union. Over the last several months, predictions spending to a reasonable and sustainable rate. The disbursement of pending financial disaster within the European Union have of federal dollars continues to balloon with new trillion dollar ? continued on pg. 36 www.amac.us | 31 U.S. Debt and Deficit Statistics The numbers are staggering and the implications are ominous by Pam Smith E xcessive spending has created record levels of debt and deficits, and the worst is yet to come, threatening opportunity and prosperity for younger generations. As the "fiscal cliff" gets closer and closer, the debate about fiscal responsibility and the need to balance the budget must take center stage as we approach the Presidential Election. The decisions that will be made over the next four years are critical to the country's economic future, and the American public must know the facts as they head to the polls. The National Debt has increased more during President Obama's time in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency. The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up over $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office. If current policies are continued, federal debt will grow rapidly from its already high level, exceeding 90 percent of Gross Domestic Product in 2022, and the U.S. could face another devastating fiscal crisis according to a new report issued by the non partisan Congressional 32 | www.amac.us Budget Office. The long-term CBO outlook warns that, absent some grand bargain by the White House and Congress to begin controlling spiraling entitlement and other government spending, the "growing debt . . . would increase the probability of a sudden fiscal crisis, during which investors would lose confidence in the government's ability to manage its budget and the government would thereby lose its ability to borrow at affordable rates." This is a critical time for America and we cannot endure four more years of unsustainable federal fiscal policies. It's time to send leaders to Washington who care more about the next generation than they do about the next election. www.amac.us | 33 What if the Fiscal Crisis Pushes Us Over the Edge? by Dan Weber Germany during the Second World War. Fifteen years ago, most Americans would have denied the possibility of our Twin Towers falling at the hands of terrorists. Today, most Americans do not want to imagine what our country could look like should our Government continue with out of control spending while systematically stripping our citizens of their individual rights. A t the turn of the 20th Century, few people could have imagined the horror bestowed upon National Debt Crisis Leaves Nation in Collapse N AT I O N A L N EWS Unfortunately, the following scenario could very well be the reality for future generations of Americans unless we stand together for change this November. he riots in all of ou r major cities have now spread to sm aller cities and town s across the nation. Police departmen ts stand idly by as ho ards of people sto rm stores and warehouses stripping them of anything of value. The loo ters, many of wh om are armed, have had sporadic shootout s as different neighborhoods and gangs attempt to gain control of their ter ritories. So far, th e na tional death toll is estim ated at 12,000. A loaf of bread, mostly sold locall y since the transportation network has basic ally been shut down, now costs between tw enty and thirty dollars. Homeowners have banded together to form defense perimeters around their comm unities. American citizens who had previously volunteered to serve in local fire departm ents and who used to run th e soccer and Little Leagues now serve in their local militias. The bartering system has largely replaced the cash and credit system as the pred ominate method of trade. A wristwatch is given for ten gallons of ga soline while I recently wi tnessed a case of to ile t paper being exchange Police in Riot gear d for a case of soup guuard a food proces . sing plant during recent unrest From the richest to in Washington the poorest - all of us are now suffering fro press conference, m the effects of W condemned their WD, the World's Worst Depr actions as a conspiracy aimed ession. at toppling Ameri Analysts are in ca as a superpower. At th agreement that th e same conferenc e root cause of our financ e he affirmed the contin ial problems began ued use of our m with the huge National Debt ilitary to guard and help ru and annual budget n the food processin de fi cit. When the interes g plants to assure the natio t on our loans we n its food supply wo nt from 40% of the natio uld not be shut down. n's budget in 2012 to over T JULY 12, 2025 70% last year, th e economy becam e unsustainable. There wa s not enough mon ey for the government to pa y its bills and it wa s impossible to raise taxes any further after em ployers and employees joi ned together in tax str ikes. When the US Gove rnment announce d that they had to defau lt on Treasury bo nds and bills held by vario us countries, they should have anticipated the disastrous res ults that followed. This wa s after the govern ment had cut over 200,000 federal jobs and reduced Federal pensions and Social Securit y by 25%. 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Yet, we are told, the situation can somehow be salvaged if rich and productive nations will merely fork over more of their hard earned money to regions that are less affluent. Rarely mentioned however is that given the prevailing mindset among so many Europeans, the will may no longer exist to take the necessary action to avoid total monetary ruin. Despite the profound differences that distinguish the United States and the European Union, certain disturbing similarities need to be considered. For instance, the ongoing effort to wrest greater sums of money from productive European nations and redistribute it among their poorer neighbors bears a grim similarity to the "class warfare" that has been fomented by liberal politicians in this country. Any Americans who have been sensible enough to accumulate a "nest egg" for retirement now qualify as the hated "rich," and are increasingly considered as targets of collectivist redistribution. Worse, if liberals get their way, such people will not only be robbed of their earnings, they will thereafter be consigned to dependence on a system that is doomed to failure. And if anyone doubts that their national leaders could so thoroughly betray the people, consider the manner in which the Social Security Trust fund was systematically pillaged, beginning with the Administration of Lyndon Johnson, as a means of financing the monstrous growth of government, despite the risk to future recipients posed by such action. For some time, liberals have longingly eyed Roth IRA and 401(k) retirement plans which they also regard as enormous stockpiles of revenue to be plundered and absorbed into public coffers. In like manner, the war on banks (as embodied in the venom of the "Occupy" movement) is not directed at bankers, but at every citizen who responsibly seeks to save in such institutions. Also, in the last few years, we have been confronted with outrageous state level spending excesses and burgeoning deficits in places such as California and New York, where liberals overwhelmingly dominate the legislatures. Yet the political leaders in those states increasingly expect the Federal Government to bail them out, which ultimately means that the rest of America has to pay their bills so they can continue their spending binges unabated. And any mention of cutting budgets, or even restraining their exponential growth, is immediately met with threats of severe retribution against office holders advocating such measures. The voting constituencies in this country who have been conditioned to expect a handout from the government and regard public "assistance" as their inherent right are no more likely to turn back from the precipice of financial disaster than are the rioting hordes in the streets of Athens or Madrid. At so precarious of a juncture, the worst possible course of action would be to drop a ticking, multi-trillion dollar time bomb on the national economy. Yet that is exactly the inescapable effect that Obamacare will have on America, if it is not completely repealed by the next Congress. Now that Chief Justice John Roberts and the other activist judges on the Supreme Court have invented a new judicial gauntlet by which any new extra constitutional government action can be validated on the basis of being a "tax," Obama has been given the green light to inflict his destruction on the nation. So in the wake of such treachery, total repeal is now the only saving recourse available to America. It has become inarguable that this nation's financial system is in decline and approaching a breaking point. Nevertheless, the Obama Administration summarily rejects the only course to recuperation, which is to severely curtail the scope and cost of government, while aggressively removing the innumerable bureaucratic roadblocks that prevent the private sector businesses across the nation from reinvigorating production, and thus reviving the economy. Instead, these ideologically blinded liberals continue to stump for more government "stimulus" programs, though this approach has always yielded abysmal results, since it invariably robs the private sector economy of needed financial impetus, and thus can only guarantee a continuation of economic malaise. Fortunately, Americans are becoming more aware of the realities they face. And, as indicated by several very encouraging recent events such as the stunning victory of Republican Governor Scott Walker in the June 5 Wisconsin recall election, if the message of responsibly managing government finances is vigorously and plainly presented to the voters, they will overwhelmingly opt for a proper course correction. This fall, America will decide between two markedly different directions for its future. Democrat incumbent Barack Obama has unmistakably telegraphed his intentions to maintain the devastating program of increased bloat and expansion in every facet of government, which will only be aggravated by the additional crushing burden of socialized medicine, leading inexorably to the eventual collapse of the economy under the debt that will accumulate. 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Obama has deliberately tried to do so � and is continuing to do so, on steroids. Just a few weeks ago, Obama lamented that he would like to implement changes to the immigration law through executive order and administratively because he couldn't get Congress to pass his beloved Dream Act, or "comprehensive immigration reform." Then he must have had an epiphany that Americans were no longer buying into his propaganda and excuses and that he was going to have to switch gears and change his course if he had any chance to be re-elected. So he issued an executive order to stop deportation for socalled "Dreamers" � as many as 800,000 illegal immigrants, and immediately demonized Republicans as bigots for forcing him to go around Congress. It has apparently become clear to him that his best chance of winning is to rev up his core constituencies, and this was just one way he went about doing it. Not too many months before, he had done the same thing by finally coming out for same-sex marriage, which he had pretended to be against since his campaign, despite having been on record at least as early as 1996 as having supported it. You will also recall the bogus war on women he attempted to fabricate not long before that. And we're all painfully familiar with his constant invocation of the race card, and his pernicious use of class warfare � always appealing to our baser human instincts. He needs to drive voter turnout of his base, and so we should expect to see other such tactics between now and November. I don't believe his efforts will be successful and I think Mitt Romney, to counter them, should stay focused on Obama's record � emphasizing not just the economy, but our imminent national financial crisis and Obama's refusal to participate in its solution. But Romney also needs to articulate a positive, optimistic vision. He shouldn't just tout his business credentials. He should also articulate an uplifting "rising tides lifts all boats" vision, and he should sharply contrast that vision with Obama's record. He will win if he avoids the fecklessness that characterized John McCain's 2008 campaign and if he will take the gloves off and be unafraid to tell the American people just how grave our current financial and economic situation is and how indescribably horrible Obama's policies have been and will continue to be. He needs to be very clear that if Obama is re-elected, our kids and grandkids can kiss America goodbye � at least the America we have known. Accuse me of hyperbole if you choose, but then the burden shifts to you to explain how Paul Ryan's forecast is fallacious and how there is any reasonable likelihood that Obama, if re-elected, will do anything to avert that nightmare forecast. Quit being afraid to state the truth for fear that you'll look like a wild-eyed extremist. The truth warrants such alarm � and passion in communicating it. Bila: You end The Great Destroyer on a note of mixed optimism: "It is still not too late to save America and restore her to a path of greatness, of robust liberty, and of economic prosperity. But I fear it is not hyperbole to suggest that it very well may be too late if we don't end this madness in November 2012 by voting Barack Obama out of office." Despite Obama's consistently failing policies, polling suggests that he and Romney remain in a tight race. Does that concern you? And do you think the Supreme Court ruling to uphold Obamacare via taxing power will be a big problem for our President this election season? Or will he successfully spin that too? Limbaugh: I believe Obama can be beaten and beaten very handily � perhaps even by a landslide. I am optimistic that will happen and that when it does, with the help of grassroots conservatives as watchdogs, the Republican Party will implement reforms critical to saving the Republic, from entitlement reform to repealing Obamacare to tax reforms to major, major spending cuts in the short term and long term. They will also need to rebuild our military at the same time, which is another subject we haven't touched on, but it makes national financial reform that much more imperative. I do believe Obamacare 2, i.e., Justice Roberts' deplorable majority-led decision affirming Obamacare through specious reasoning and sophistry, will redound to the Republicans' benefit. Governor Romney happens to be poorly situated, as candidates go, to capitalize on this issue because of his own record with Romneycare. But as he has firmly pledged to repeal Obamacare, there is no reason he can't successfully capitalize on the Court's decision. It was an abominable decision in expanding Congress's power under the Constitution's taxing authority. The bill was not presented as a tax bill, but involved a penalty � not a tax � for failure to comply with the mandate. But Obama's lawyers pushed the alternative "tax" argument, and if you live by the sword, you must die by it. Therefore, Obama must be saddled now with Obamacare as a tax. The Court has spoken and it is a tax and it constitutes an enormous tax increase, including on the middle class. Obama owns this bill now as a tax. Romney must make him own it. If you'll recall, Obamacare was the single greatest catalyst leading to the Tea Party. This decision has resurrected the issue in a major way and will help galvanize the conservative grassroots to defeat Obama. This election is Romney's to lose. He must not blow it. I respectfully urge Governor Romney to take a page out of Governor Walker's playbook. As long as he does not allow himself to be intimidated by the propaganda and demonization, as long as he stands up to Obama's bullying and takes the gloves off and lands hard blows � persistently, by showing just how dangerous Obama's agenda is for America � and does it all with a spirit of restoring America's greatness, he will win resoundingly in America, and we can begin the path to national restoration. To read the full interview, please visit amac.us/david-limbaugh-talks-the-great-destroyer 40 | www.amac.us �2012 Media Services S-9128 OF25452R-1 Advertisement Media Services Get Rid of Hard Water Problems Without Expensive Water Softeners By: B. 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They convinced Barnette of the potential of the area and he set up a trading post at the site. In 1902, an Italian immigrant by the name of Felix Pedro made the discovery of gold and the town became incorporated one year later by a 75% majority vote. As early as 1905 the city had a power plant, electricity and sewer services. There was also a school, police and fire headquarters, one hospital and one three-story building. The settlement was named after a Republican Senator from Indiana, Charles W. Fairbanks, who later served as Vice President of the United States under Theodore Roosevelt during his second term. This was at the urging of E.T. Barnette, who became the first Mayor of the City of Fairbanks. Fairbanks had its share of floods from ice jams and heavy rainfall. The original bridge across the Chena River stood on wooden pilings and was often washed out before a permanent bridge was built at Cushman Street in 1917. Fairbanks is described as "The Golden Heart of Alaska" due to the discovery of gold and the great nature of its people. Fairbanks, located 188 miles south of the Arctic Circle, began as a major producer of agricultural goods. Paul J. Rickert owned and operated a large farm until his death in 1938. Early roads were established and many were named after prominent local farmers. Despite food production efforts, agriculture in the area was not able to sustain the population, though it came close at times. The building of Ladd Army Airfield began in 1939, under the direction of the federal government during the New Deal and World War II, which helped to boost economic and population growth. The presence of the U.S. Military has remained steady in Fairbanks. In the 1960s, Ladd Air Force Base became Fort Wainwright. In 1967, a record rainfall caused the Chena to surge over its banks 42 | www.amac.us and flooded almost the entire town of Fairbanks overnight. This led to the construction of the Moose Creek Dam and an 8 mile long spillway, which diverts water away from the city. 1969 was the year in which the trans-Alaska oil pipeline began construction. Today, Fairbanks is the largest interior city in the state of Alaska. With a diversified economy due to oil, gas, gold, coal mining and tourism, coupled with a military industry and educational opportunities from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks has developed into a vibrant place to live and explore. With a population of 31,000, and 97,000 when including the Fairbanks North Star Borough, the city has seen tremendous growth since its humble beginning. Serving as a hub to Alaska's Arctic and Interior, the city welcomes tourists from all over the world. People of the globe enjoy traveling to this destination to observe Alaska's beauty and unique topography, and to experience the magnificent Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis. This spectacular event occurs in colder months, with spring and fall the optimal viewing times. Summer is a lovely time to visit as the sun doesn't set during the summer solstice, leaving long summer days. While Alaska carries the reputation for cold and harsh winters, with some days dipping to 65 degrees below, it can get as hot as 90 degrees in the summer. The warm weather and sun provide opportunities for locals to garden and enjoy the temperate season. The shortest days of winter leave less than three hours of sunlight, fitting the description "Land of the Midnight Sun." The Golden Heart of Alaska is also affectionately called "The Last Frontier" due to its charm and country characteristics. It is centrally located and is described as "tiny villages scattered throughout wilderness." Fairbanks retains the "frontier" feel of days gone by and lies within the North Star Borough which is about the size of the State of New Jersey. It is also known as "The Land of a Thousand Smokes" due to past and active volcanic activity of 140 volcanos and from earthquakes. The diversity of the land is quite striking, from magnificent mountains, quaint waterfalls, flat and treeless tundra, winding rivers, stunning glaciers and even hot springs. The city of Fairbanks is situated 358 miles north of Anchorage via the Parks Highway. Its proximity to Mount McKinley and Denali Park, located roughly 120 miles south of Fairbanks, make the town a natural part of the unique Alaskan experience and a must-see location for travelers. It is a worthwhile place to visit, filled with great history from its gold rush past to its magnificent present. Please enjoy the story below as experienced by a young lady who once called Alaska "home" shortly after her marriage in the 1950's. Dorothy's Story - Memories of Alaska In the fall of 1951, a young bride named Dorothy Wilson joined her new husband Bob who was on duty in the armed forces. Departing Milwaukee, WI, she spent her 21st birthday on the train to Seattle where she then boarded a propeller Pan-Am airplane headed for adventure in the rugged yet beautiful state of Alaska. Dorothy sat beside an elderly lady who warned her not to speak to the friendly and social young soldiers who were seated across from them, probably headed toward Korea. This was the first time Dorothy traveled alone. Married in May of the same year, she feared her husband would be going overseas. At this time, the Korean War was happening and the only information Dorothy received was that Bob would soon be heading west. In August, Bob departed and Dorothy kept busy working at the West Allis State Bank. They wrote letters to each other practically every day and she was thrilled when a letter arrived from him which asked "Wouldn't you like to come to Alaska?" Dorothy learned that Bob had traveled to the West Coast and arrived in Alaska via a rocky boat journey and was anxiously waiting for her to join him. The young and strikingly beautiful Dorothy was eager to see her husband. Bob was stationed at Ladd Air Force Base as an office clerk for the 4th regiment, a well-respected unit in the Army. He came in as a National Guard and due to his talents was assigned to the infantry and shortly after became a Corporal. Before Dorothy arrived, continued on pg. 44 www.amac.us | 43 "The Golden Heart of Alaska" continued from pg. 43 Bob had some time off and he began to explore the town of Fairbanks. He observed a man constructing a brand new motel and wasted no time asking to reserve the first unit. This was to be their home in Alaska, but temporary housing was required until construction was completed. For their first six weeks in Alaska, Bob and Dorothy lived at Honest John's Trailer Camp with shared showers and toilets in the middle of a courtyard, quite an experience for a newly married couple. The military presence in Fairbanks made an impression on Dorothy. At that time, the town was quite small, rather like a rugged frontier town. Dorothy recalls there was one main street named Cushman with numbered cross streets. Few roads were paved and those which were not remained muddy. She remembers a log cabin on the main road that looked like it was falling down. Everyone knew it was the prospector's place. There was one caf� open 24 hours named the Model Caf�. It was one block long with entrances on either side. Of course, they lived off base and received a living allowance which wasn't much. It was not in their budget to eat out often, so Dorothy learned to cook. Dorothy remembers writing her mother to ask questions about how to roast a chicken and was anxious to receive her Mother's cooking advice, which usually took a couple of weeks. Her first attempt at making a pie crust practically left her in tears, while her husband did all he could to hold back laughter. Fortunately, her baking skills greatly improved over time. Bob and Dorothy occasionally "splurged" by going to the Nevada Kid Market where one could buy rather expensive imported fresh fruit. Dorothy adapted to life in Alaska quickly, despite experiencing an occasional bout of homesickness. Within a short time of arriving in Fairbanks, she put her skills to work by accepting a job as a bookkeeper at the 1st National Bank of Fairbanks. Later she became a teller which she greatly enjoyed as she got to meet much of the town's folks, from dance girls to members of the squadron club. Dorothy walked to and from work as they did not own a car. The women wore pants instead of dresses most of the time due to the weather and muddy road conditions. When a second bank opened in town, The Bank of Fairbanks, an occurrence happened as a result of a permafrost disturbance. The building shifted slightly and on their grand opening day, the new bank couldn't get the vault open. Dorothy remembers officers from the new bank coming into her bank to borrow money. The banks were about three blocks apart. Once a month, when the banks vaults were being filled for payroll, armored half-tracks parked outside the bank as a show of military security. Bob and Dorothy also walked to and from church on Sundays. The ski jacket and pants her parents gave her as a gift came in handy and she remembers walking across the bouncy wooden footbridge in order to get to church. You could always tell who walked to church versus who had driven, for the ones who walked had frost around their face and eyebrows from breath- ing. Dorothy describes the church as wooden and picturesque with a single steeple. The unparalleled beauty of the scenery remains forever embedded in her memories as she recalls the charm of the church and splendor of the Alaskan countryside. The couple enjoyed the camaraderie of the soldiers and their wives, and many became friends. Prior to pay-day, couples would get together to share what was left of their "bottles" and to celebrate. In their free time, they played cards with friends and read. Though they lost power often, they listened to one of two radio stations in town. Dorothy also enjoyed sewing and baking and she and Bob entertained soldiers from the base almost every Sunday for dinner. Their living room had only one couch, one chair, and their kitchen table was only big enough for two. This made them improvise by making extra chairs by piling up the couch cushions to accommodate guests. From time to time, they stopped to visit a friend who was moonlighting as a bartender. One time, while Dorothy was still working, Bob stopped in to see their friend. A couple got into an argument and the man pulled out a gun and began firing it around the bar. People dove under tables and Bob ducked behind the bar. Later when things had calmed, he brought Dorothy to the bar to show her the bullet holes. On another occasion, Bob's friend discovered his heavy army overcoat "went missing". They were very expensive to replace and greatly needed for warmth. Luckily, his friend discovered it for sale in Honest John's Thrift Shop, his numbers inside, and got it back "without incident". Generally, things were not that wild in town. Dorothy recalls an adventure she and Bob took with neighbors who owned a car. They drove pretty far and met an old miner who was prospecting for gold. Despite his knowledge and respect of nature, they later learned he was killed by a moose. Perhaps one of the most memorable trips they took was to breathtaking Mount McKinley. They enjoyed snowshoeing amongst the beautiful white snow-covered pines and recalls hearing people make bets on when the ice would go off the rivers. In fact, she recalls seeing a timer on a stick placed on the river to accurately tell. Another fond memory was watching dog sled races on the beautiful ice-covered Chena River. After Bob completed his two years of service, he did not wish to re-enlist. Instead, he sent Dorothy back to Wisconsin slightly ahead of himself, as she was expecting their first child. Despite a change of planes due to engine trouble, Dorothy eventually arrived en route to their next home aboard a luxurious Northwest Stratocruiser. Bob drove and when they met up, they began a new life in Milwaukee and later settled in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to raise their family. Though time has passed, memories of special days spent in rural Fairbanks are carried in Dorothy's heart. This article is dedicated in memory of Bob Wilson. 44 | www.amac.us Puzzle Solutions Puzzles on pg. 54 Understanding Medicare Enrollment Periods continued from pg. 12 Medicare 102: Supplements (Medigap Policies) Open Enrollment: This is the 6 month period after your part B effective date when you can enroll into a Supplement without being underwritten. Keep in mind you have a pre-enrollment period of 6 months before your part B effective date in which you can apply for a supplement without being underwritten. This is similar to an SEP in which special circumstances will allow you to enroll into a Supplement without being subject to underwriting. Keep in mind that your premiums can be higher due to your age at the time of enrollment. Guarantee Issue Period: www.amac.us | 45 Kathie's Kitchen Turn Over a New Leaf F resh herbs have long enjoyed a place of importance in the hearts of cooks. They are, without a doubt, the most versatile culinary ingredient on the planet. Fresh herbs add Use a sharp knife when cutting fresh herbs. A dull one will crush and bruise the herbs. Scissors also work well when chopping chives or snipping off tender leaves. rich and savory flavors to foods, perking up and adding depth to meats, vegetables, seafood, poultry and soups. They are a quick, healthy and fat-free way to add spice to everyday meals without adding additional sodium and calories. Do you have leftover fresh herbs? Fill an ice cube tray with finely chopped herbs and pour water over just to cover. Freeze until solid. Pop frozen cubes into a freezer bag. Place into the freezer until needed. In most recipes, you can very easily substitute fresh herbs for dry herbs by using about 3 times the amount � 1 tsp. dry equals 1 Tbs. fresh. Buy herbs with vibrant color and aroma. Avoid those that are limp, yellowing, have black spots or don't smell totally fresh. Fresh herbs can also be dried for later use - Remove leaves from the bottom inch of each stem. Bundle several stems together with string or a rubber band. Hang upside down in a warm, airy room. When completely dry, crumble the leaves into jars. To store - Trim unwashed herb bunches. Wrap in a damp paper towel and slip into a plastic bag filled with a little air to prevent crushing. Place in the refrigerator crisper drawer. Wash when ready to use. Herb butters are one of the most wonderful treats you can make with herbs. Combine 1 stick of softened butter with 1 tsp. lemon juice and 2 Tbsp. fresh chopped herbs of your choice. Transfer the mixture to a piece of waxed or parchment paper and roll into a log. Refrigerate until firm. Slice and serve with corn on the cob, Italian bread, steamed vegetables, baked potato, fish fillets or cooked pasta. 46 | www.amac.us Roast Pork with Mustard, Sage & Maple Glaze 1 Tbs. olive oil 1 medium onion - diced 4 cloves of garlic � chopped 1/3 cup of coarsely chopped fresh sage 1/2 cup Dijon mustard 1/2 cup pure maple syrup (not imitation) 1 Tbs. soy sauce 1/4 tsp. salt Pinch of pepper 3 lb. boneless pork loin roast salt & pepper Prepare glaze: Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat. Add onion & garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until softened � about 5 minutes. Cool slightly. Combine onion / garlic mixture, sage, mustard, maple syrup, soy sauce, salt and pepper in a blender and puree until smooth. Set aside. Preheat oven to 450�. Season pork with salt and pepper and allow to sit at room temperature while oven preheats. Roast pork in the center of the oven for 30 minutes. Cover the pork with prepared glaze. Reduce oven temperature to 350� and continue cooking for an additional 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 150�. Transfer to a cutting board and allow pork to rest for 15 minutes before carving. Serves 6. New Potatoes with Garlic & Thyme 2 � 2 1/2 lbs. red new potatoes � halved 1/4 cup olive oil 4 � 5 cloves of garlic � halved 1 Tbs. chopped fresh thyme 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper Chopped parsley - optional Preheat oven to 375�. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add potatoes. Bring back to a boil, reduce heat slightly, cover partially and cook for 5 minutes. Drain. Combine cooked potatoes with olive oil, garlic, thyme, salt and pepper. Toss well. Arrange in a single layer on a baking pan. Bake 25 � 30 minutes, turning several times, until tender and golden. Sprinkle with parsley, if desired. Serves 6. Create herb-infused oils to use in vinaigrettes, as a bread dip or drizzled over cooked vegetables - In a small saucepan over medium heat, heat 1 cup of olive oil along with 5 sprigs of thyme or 2 sprigs of rosemary until bubbles appear around the edge of the pan. Cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Butternut Squash with Rosemary & Shallots 3 cups butternut squash � peeled & cut into 3/4 inch dice 4 medium shallots � peeled and quartered 2 Tbs. olive oil 1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1/2 tsp. sugar Preheat oven to 450�. Place squash and shallots on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt, pepper and sugar. Roast for 20 minutes. Stir, and continue roasting for an additional 10 - 15 minutes or until tender. Serves 4. Make rosemary skewers by stripping the leaves from stout, woody rosemary branches. Cut one end at an angle to form a sharp point. 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