Griping Grandpa on Professionalism

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     Griping Grandpa 

What You See is Not Always What You Get

My dictionary defines the word professionalism as: “The skill, competence, or character expected of a member of a highly trained profession.” To me, the word brings to mind people such as doctors, dentists and lawyers. Bankers also used to be included in that category, but I dropped them from the list. I won’t even talk about the politicians!

While it is true that many individuals in the medical and legal fields are skilled, competent and of unquestionable integrity, my concept of professionalism further includes the idea of providing a clearly defined desirable product for a clearly defined price and completed within a clearly defined time frame.

Medical practitioners often fall short in that area. Of course, one cannot always guarantee the outcome of a procedure, but it is possible to predict a typical result. Case in point: Not long ago, I underwent a routine medical operation. My doctor performed many of these over the years and he and his staff should have an excellent grasp of the total cost to the patient. This would include the doctor’s fee, cost of using operating facilities, anesthetic fee, and cost of medication.

Money motivated doctors

Seniors have a right to Reliable Cost-Estimates on
Medical Procedures

We inquired about the total cost before the operation, so we could budget, but even though there were no complications in the procedure and everything went smoothly, we ended up paying more than double what we had been quoted. Not a good idea, as that not only caused us stress in paying the bill, but it also lowered our trust and respect for a doctor we had happily been seeing for many years.

Not telling the patient ahead of time what to expect is sloppy. My doctor could learn from my mechanic of many years. When I take my car in for repairs or a service, he gives an estimate of how much it will cost and how long it will take. He almost invariably completes the job ahead of schedule and charges me less than his original estimate. And, once fixed, it stays fixed.

Now that is professionalism.

 Quote for the Week

The public do not know enough to be experts, but know enough to decide between them. – Samuel Butler

Grandma Thunder on Hypocrisy

old lady and cat in rain  Are we being robbed blind?

There is an election around the corner.  But all around me I still see business going on as usual. There is  noise, a lot of money thrown around, some kindness and some nastiness, but what concerns me most is that I still see that the system is skewered in favor of the rich, the powerful, and the corrupt.

eye with dollar sign Free Book : Magic Money

“Cinderella’s Ugly Sister” partied with “Big Ears” in Hawaii at Christmastime in a room that cost $10,000 a night.  At the same time in Fresno there were fields of homeless going cold and hungry.

A record number of Americans (43.6 million) are using food stamps. Not good, not good at all!  It is we who pays for that. Yet the leading bank that administers the program made $5.47 billion in net revenue, a portion of it off that food stamp program.

The super rich of the world are hiding their wealth in offshore tax havens, to the tune of $21 trillion and get your wits around that amount. This is as much as the American and Japanese GDPs combined.

In the year 2010 the top ten banks in the world managed more than $6 trillion, up from $2.3 trillion five years before.  Goldman Sachs was included in this number, previously bailed out by the American taxpayer.

The rich and good looking wannabe President is being blamed for his past ability to survive and prosper in a system of capitalism running amuck.  We should hold him culpable only to the degree that he considers “all is still okay” and that he intends to go forward without correcting the system.

Even during the two-year recession with people losing their homes and jobs, Big Pharma is still the nation’s third most profitable sector. Evidence is coming to light that an $80 billion financial commitment from the drug companies gave ObamaCare its first momentum. (sic)

unhappy child

Federal spending on children has declined for the first time in 30 years.  Projections estimate that federal spending on children will continue to decline. Currently 20% is allocated to defense, 6% is allocated to paying off the debt, and 10% goes to the children. In the year 2020 it is projected to have gone down to 8%

Note: Children born today are each being given a debt that needs to be paid off in their lifetime. Get you wits around this number, each and every child now owes $36 million.

So are you surprised that you are struggling?

Quote of the Week

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.

John Adams


Personal Freedom

What does Independence mean to you personally?

Every year, on July 4th we celebrate Independence Day, just ten days from when the French commemorate the storming of the Bastille. Both holidays celebrate events that happened a long time ago and are far removed from our present day lives.

Fireworks, Personal Freedom Celebrating Freedom

I would like to propose that, yes, let’s celebrate Independence Day, but let’s turn it into an event that reminds us of how precious our personal freedom is.

With elections coming up, we should concentrate on how we can stop government taking away our personal freedoms. I urge you to vote for the candidate who is most in favor of preserving and restoring our personal liberties and least in favor of measures that reduce them.

When you get a chance to vote on ballots, my recommendations are:

  1. Vote against any increase in government spending
  2. Vote against any measure that favors one group of people over another
  3. Vote against any measure that gives the government rights that individuals don’t have
Complaining GrandpaGrandpa on Personal Freedom

By government, I mean of course any kind of government, be it local, county, state or federal.

The things I vote for are measures that restore individual rights, save money, repeal unneeded laws, or hold our representatives accountable for their actions.

We wish you a Happy Independence Day!

 Quote of the Week

 Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty.
Thomas Jefferson.