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Who Wants to Live Forever?
By Mr. David Zanotti

Lots of people are asking this question, including a whole host of Hollywood celebrities, Silicon Valley billionaires, and giants in high tech. They are thinking about living forever - here. They are spending hundreds of millions to develop hardware and software to preserve the content of their brains. Some are dedicated to freezing their bodies so they can be thawed and reactivated when the regenerative technologies are finally functional. No, this is not a TV script or the zombie apocalypse. This is a 25-page article from the April 3rd edition of The New Yorker and the discussion on this week's edition of The Public Square.

The great commentator Matthew Henry commented on life everlasting in this way: "The wicked are chased out of this world and their souls are required; but the saints take a walk to another world as cheerfully as they take their leave of this." This Easter season we celebrate the reality that the door to that next world has been opened for all through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Take a walk with us this week to The Public Square and listen in on the conversation. 

Saturday, April 15, 2017, 09:50 AM

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It is NOT in the Constitution
By Mr. David Zanotti

Cloture is the term. The rule began in 1917 in the US Senate in the era of Woodrow Wilson. The idea of ending a filibuster in the Senate with a supermajority of 60 votes has turned into a blockade, regardless of who is in power or which Party is running the show. Requiring a super-majority on ANY vote that is not specifically called for in the U.S. Constitution is a dangerous precedent because it strips the voters of the power of representation. Our system is based upon majority rule. Our laws carry authority because they are built upon the consent of the majority with this in mind; we have a Bill of Rights that prevents Congress from passing laws that would abrogate the civil rights of the minority. 

Cloture, or requiring 60 votes to bring a measure to a vote in the Senate enables any minority of ANY party the power to stop the majority consensus of the duly elected members of the Senate. Thus the people are defrauded of their representation. The people can elect a majority of Senators representing ANY majority opinion on ANY issue and the minority in the Senate can block, delay or stop the rule of law based upon majority consent. 

If cloture was such a good idea, why did the Framers not include it in Article One of the U.S. Constitution in the first place? The intense labor, fierce debate and deft compromises that all were part of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787 did NOT include the concept of cloture or any artificial super-majority votes in the Senate. Get rid of it. The sooner the better. 

 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017, 08:58 PM

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Jordan Versus Trump
By Mr. David Zanotti

No contest. I know Jim Jordan. I have known him since before he was in politics, when he was a wrestling coach and a home school dad. Wrestlers around the nation know the Jordan boys. They are more than survivors. They are champions and they are no strangers to overcoming pain and doing what others refuse to do. Jim Jordan should be Donald Trump's best friend. Jim knows more about the legislative process and how to do the right thing the right way than Donald Trump can hope to learn in the next eight years. Attacking Jim and the Freedom Caucus for holding the White House and Paul Ryan accountable is beyond absurd. 

Donald Trump and his senior staff are messing with the wrong guy. People in Ohio's 4th district will do whatever it takes to keep Jim Jordan in Congress. They will not be bullied by anyone including the new President, his team and all the U.S. media. Jim has taken on all these people before. Check the scoreboard. Jordan will not tap out. 

He is the kind of man that should be Speaker of the House in this turbulent time. He is just too humble to think he should ever be given that opportunity. If he was Speaker, the President would never have gotten into this mess. Fighting Jordan and his colleagues, who are honest public servants could become Donald Trump's demise. It is certainly among his greatest mistakes to date. 

As we pray for Congress over these 40 days, let's remember Jim and his colleagues who are being unjustly attacked. Pray that eyes will be opened to the truth that will set us all free. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017, 03:24 PM

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Quit calling it a repeal
By Mr. David Zanotti

A law is not repealed when it is left on the books and you reserve the right to utilize over 1100 provisions contained within that law. So can we please quit pretending. The current bill on Obamacare in the House is a "repair" bill. It does not repeal the law nor does it replace it with a new law. It cuts out some pieces and puts in new ones. The new ones are better than the old -- perhaps -- but the law is still on the books. Even worse, Step Number Two in the Ryan plan is to USE Obamacare's illegitimate transfer of authority to the Department of Health and Human Services and send Dr. Tom Price into the law with "poison pills" that will negate certain undesireable regulations. This is truly clever but perhaps too clever by at least half. First it accepts the unconstitutional and illogical transfer of healthcare decisions to the federal bureaucracy. Second, if you live by Obamacare, you will die by it. When the Democrats get back into power, and they surely will, they can come right back and undo everything Dr. Price accomplished. 

Finally, Speaker Ryan wants us to believe that the Senate which will not give him 60 votes to repeal Obamacare will give him 60 votes somewhere down road to pass major new changes to Obamacare. These are the changes Speaker Ryan claims will not fit in budget reconcilliation. Why not? The entire Obamacare law reached final approval on a simple majority vote via reconcilliation. So why not take the same law off the books the same way. Ryan claims it will not pass reconcilliation because of raising the deficit. Well, then add the "replacement" measures you have claimed for eight years will cost less. 

The Republicans have passed several laws repealing and replacing Obamacare as recently as last year with unanimous Republican support. Why not do the same today? We have heard all the non-answers, Mr. Speaker. Now how about the truth?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 09:33 PM

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Asking Questions
By Mr. David Zanotti

I watched Dr. Tom Price on a CNN "Town Hall" the other night. Who is Tom Price? He is a Physician, former member of Congress and now the Secretary of Health and Human Services in charge of Obamacare. 

No, Congress is NOT nearly in charge of Obamacare. Congress gave the Secretary of HHS a list of over 1100 places in law where he/she could decide the fate of the national health care program - without Congressional or Presidential review. Of course that sounds scary and crazy at the same time. The few people that actually read Obamacare have been railing about this crazy set up for eight years.

Now that Republicans have a person of their own choosing running HHS - we should quit complaining and just use those 1100 power portals to blow up Obamacare from the inside, right? That sounds like a pretty effective plan. That is what Paul Ryan wants to do. But is that the right way to run a healthcare plan? To permit political appointees to blow up a system or repair it or remake it everytime a new President comes along?

Of course nobody stopped to ask those kinds of questions on CNN. The typical set-up questions were all lined up to play "gotcha" with Dr. Price. Several questions from the audience began with "How dare you try to take away my Obamacare!" A bit predictable, right?

What was sad about the evening and this entire debate is that few people ever question the questioners. One time Dr. Price did so. An angry woman was lecturing Dr. Price about how her health plan premiums will skyrocket in the reform legislation because of her age. Dr. Price asked her how she purchased her health insurance. She responded that she got her plan from her retirement package as a school teacher. The good doctor then reminded her that her coverage was not a part of the current Obamacare program nor would it be touched in the proposed reform legislation. 

"Oh..."

Next question, please. 

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017, 10:54 PM

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