Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Putting Obamacare’s Launch in Perspective


Putting Obamacare's Launch in Perspective
By Avik Roy
October 1, 2013 11:27 AM

The common view of Obamacare among conservatives goes something like this. Prior to 2010, America's free-market health-care system was the envy of the world. Obamacare changed all that; it is a government takeover of our health-care system, of one-sixth of our economy, one that will turn America into a European-style welfare state. That is to say, Obamacare is an existential threat to the American way of life.

If this is your view of Obamacare, then of course it makes sense to shut down the government in order to attempt to defund the law. What's the point of maintaining a Republican majority in the House in 2014, let alone seeking a majority in the Senate, if the end result is the destruction of the American way of life?

It's helpful, on today of all days, to look at the numbers, and understand the impact that Obamacare will have on the size and scale of government.

Let's start with this: Over the next ten years, Obamacare will spend $1.9 trillion dollars in an attempt to subsidize health insurance coverage for 30 million people. By the end of the decade, this spending will exceed $200 billion a year, as illustrated by the chart below. That's real money.

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So how does this government takeover compare to what the federal government already spends on health care? In the chart below, Obamacare's spending remains in blue, and pre-existing federal health spending, on things like Medicare and Medicaid, is in red:

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The government takeover of our health-care system took place in 1965, when LBJ signed into law the amendments to the Social Security Act that created Medicare and Medicaid. Obamacare is simply the cherry on top.

So what about those European welfare staters? Are we catching up to them in terms of government spending on health care?

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It turns out that in 2010, prior to the enactment of Obamacare, U.S. government entities spent more per capita on health care than all but three countries in the world. Our government spent more on health care --3,967 for every man, woman, and child in the country --han did Germany ($3,331), Canada ($3,158), France ($3,061), Sweden ($3,046), Belgium ($3,000), or Britain ($2,857).

Obamacare will, of course, pad our lead in this regard. But if our government spending on health care approximated that of, say, Sweden, we would be running a budget surplus instead of a deficit.

The conservative slogan on Obamacare has been "repeal and replace." But that slogan has been an empty one on two fronts. Conservatives are not even close to being united on what ought to replace Obamacare, if anything. Ted Cruz spent 21 hours lambasting Obamacare on the Senate floor without spending any time on this important topic.

Even more importantly, Obamacare is only one part -- and not even the largest part -- of our health-care leviathan. Just because Obamacare is our youngest entitlement doesn't mean that we should ignore the older and much larger ones, such as Medicare and Medicaid. And yet, in terms of our priorities and our rhetoric, we have.

http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/360050/putting-obamacares-launch-perspective-avik-roy

Government Shutdown Theater: Making Cuts That Will Cause the Maximum Pain for Dramatic Effect


Government Shutdown Theater: Making Cuts That Will Cause the Maximum Pain for Dramatic Effect
Lily Dane
October 1st, 2013

In 1969, the Nixon Administration cut the National Park Service budget.  In response, George Hartzog, the NPS director at the time, closed all of the national parks for two days a week.  The closures included prominent landmarks like the Washington Monument.  Democrats and Republicans criticized Hartzog's decision – but it was the flood of citizen complaints that led Congress to reverse its decision and restore funding (and fire Hartzog).

And thus, the term "Washington Monument Syndrome" was coined.  This is an old political game that is also known as the "Mount Rushmore Syndrome" and the "firemen first principle."   The tactic involves making cuts to high-profile programs that will get the public's attention – and tick them off enough to push them to support tax increases they would otherwise oppose.

Here's how it works:  When the government is threatened with reductions in spending, they'll make cuts (or threaten to) in programs and services that are important to the people.   It is a manipulation tactic that is designed to inflict pain, discomfort, and fear.

Thomas Sowell provides excellent examples of how the government uses these tactics:

Imagine a government agency with only two tasks: (1) building statues of Benedict Arnold and (2) providing life-saving medications to children. If this agency's budget were cut, what would it do?
The answer, of course, is that it would cut back on the medications for children. Why? Because that would be what was most likely to get the budget cuts restored. If they cut back on building statues of Benedict Arnold, people might ask why they were building statues of Benedict Arnold in the first place.
The example was deliberately extreme as an illustration. But, in the real world, the same general pattern can be seen in local, state and national government responses to budget cuts.
At the local level, the first response to budget cuts is often to cut the police department and the fire department. There may be all sorts of wasteful boondoggles that could have been cut instead, but that would not produce the public alarm that reducing police protection and fire protection can produce. And public alarm is what can get budget cuts restored.

Observe the melodramatic rhetoric Obama uses to scare people in his speech prior to the "shutdown" (also note the dramatic "Shutdown Countdown" ticker in the corner of the screen – gotta love the mainstream media's scare tactics):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQbbNrK7DN4&feature=player_embedded

Here's what Obama had to say:

"In the event of a government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of these dedicated public servants who stay on the job will do so without pay. And several hundred thousands more will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay – what of course will not be furloughed are the bills they have to pay."
"Office buildings would close, paychecks would be delayed, vital services that seniors and veterans, women and children, business and our economy depend on would be hamstrung. Business owners would see delays in raising capital, seeking infrastructure permits or rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy."

"Tourists will find every one of America's national parks and monuments, from the Yosemite, to the Smithsonian to the statue of liberty, immediately closed. And of course the communities and small business that rely on these national treasures for their livelihoods will be out of customers and out of luck. "

Government Shutdown Theater, in photos:

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And this is perhaps the best example of government histrionics so far:

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Cato Institute Cato scholar Tad DeHaven sums up the "shutdown":  "Mandatory spending on entitlement programs is relatively unaffected. Moreover, exceptions are made for activities and personnel that are considered "essential" to protecting life and property. …In short, a government shutdown isn't really a shutdown and it isn't the big deal that politicians, pundits, and the media tend to make of it."


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Re: ObamaCare

Funny in my state we have actual insurance companies to choose from such as Blue Cross, maybe you should move to NJ!!!


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On this, the first day of ObamaCare enrollment, our office was visited by an ObamaCare doctor to introduce us to the benefits of ObamaCare. He accidentally left his medical bag here. I will return it to him later tonight. A picture of his medical bag is attached.

 



 



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On this, the first day of ObamaCare enrollment, our office was visited by an ObamaCare doctor to introduce us to the benefits of ObamaCare. He accidentally left his medical bag here. I will return it to him later tonight. A picture of his medical bag is attached.

 



 



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Fwd: [New post] Damn the government shutdown, full speed ahead. WWII Vets storm the Washington DC War Memorial!!





BareNakedIslam posted: " WWII Vets break though the barrier to WWII Memorial closed due to the government shutdown. Police refuse to enforce closure. Republican Rep. Steve King distracted Park Police while vets knocked down the fences. The youngest WWII vet today is at least 84 "

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Damn the government shutdown, full speed ahead. WWII Vets storm the Washington DC War Memorial!!

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WWII Vets break though the barrier to WWII Memorial closed due to the government shutdown. Police refuse to enforce closure. Republican Rep. Steve King distracted Park Police while vets knocked down the fences. The youngest WWII vet today is at least 84 years old. God Bless 'The Greatest Generation.' WaPo The group had arrived at 10 […]

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Fwd: Virginia Developing a Master Identity Database using DMV & Drivers' Licenses








 

 

Va. starting to develop a master identity database

BY PETER BACQUÉ
Richmond Times-Dispatch | Posted: Sunday, September 29, 2013 12:00 am

Using Department of Motor Vehicles records as its core, the state government is quietly developing a master identity database of Virginia residents for use by state agencies.

The state enterprise record - the master electronic ID database - would help agencies ferret out fraud and help residents do business electronically with the state more easily, officials said.

While officials say the e-ID initiative will be limited in scope and access, it comes at a time of growing public concern about electronic privacy, identity theft and government intrusion.

"It makes it easier to compromise your privacy," said Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia. "They're using DMV for some other purpose than driving."

DMV points out that, in today's world, state driver's licenses are the fundamental identification documents used by most Americans.

State officials say participation in the e-ID system will be voluntary, but the reason that the state has been moving to offer "privacy-enhancing credentials" to Virginia residents is the increasing number of government services offered online.

However, "anything you make more accessible and efficient for the user, you potentially open up for opportunities for risk, for attack," said Robby Demeria, executive director of RichTech, Richmond's technology council.

The first state agency using the largely federally funded Commonwealth Authentication Service system will be the Department of Social Services, aiming to satisfy federal Medicaid requirements under the Affordable Care Act and to reduce eligibility fraud and errors. The system goes live Tuesday.

About 70 percent of Social Services' clients are in DMV's database, said David W. Burhop, the Department of Motor Vehicles' deputy commissioner and chief information officer.

Four state agencies are now involved in Virginia's e-ID initiative: DMV, the state's "ID professionals"; the Virginia Information Technologies Agency, which runs the state's IT systems; the Department of Social Services; and the Department of Medical Assistance Services.

DMV has the records of about 5.9 million licensed drivers and ID card holders. Some of that information - names, addresses, dates of birth, driver's license numbers - will form the core of the state's identity authentication system.

"To us, it is a tool that allows individuals to create online accounts," said Craig C. Markva, communications director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services, speaking for Secretary of Health and Human Resources William A. Hazel Jr.

"When someone wants to do this, we need to be able to verify that the person trying to access the account is who he or she claims to be," Markva said. "This requires that they provide basic demographic information ... that we can compare to what is known by DMV or by DSS (Department of Social Services) already."

So far there's been no public discussion in Virginia of the state's electronic personal identity initiative or the use of the Internet for increasingly more transactions with the state government.

"When we allow governments to do that," said Virginia ACLU's Gastañaga, "it facilitates and empowers things that we might not want to have happen if the wrong people get into power."

Decisions based on the convenience of using information technology are often done with a short-term perspective, said Rob S. Hegedus, chief executive officer of Sera-Brynn, a cybersecurity company in Suffolk.

"The privacy aspect catches up afterwards," he said.

The state does not plan to hold public hearings on the Commonwealth Authentication Service system, officials said, but Demeria with RichTech contends "there's plenty of reason for us to have a public discussion, debate, (and) consideration."

"We want to make sure all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed before we execute," he said.

For members of the public, Burhop said, e-ID would allow use of the Internet with security and privacy while needing only a single sign-on, providing faster service and lowering service costs.

"This is geared toward citizens who say, 'Why do I have to fill out this again?' " DMV's Burhop said.

Virginia is a leader in using online transactions, DMV said. But in order to move higher-risk transactions to the Internet, a more robust authentication method is needed, officials said.

For example, if a Virginian sells a car to another state resident, the deal requires a physical exchange of the registration card and the handwritten information on the card that is often hard for DMV representatives to read when the buyer registers the vehicle at the agency, noted Pam Goheen, DMV's assistant commissioner for communications.

"If both parties had a high-assurance credential such as an e-ID," Goheen said, "this transaction could be done entirely online which would include the registration and title updates eliminating the need to visit the DMV and speeding up the process."

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency and contractor Northrop Grumman are responsible for state IT infrastructure, but state agencies are responsible for their business applications and the data they hold, said Sam Nixon Jr., the state's chief information officer.

IT security is a shared responsibility between VITA and the state agencies it serves, Nixon said.

DMV says the $4.3 million Commonwealth Authentication Service system will be safe from abuse because agencies will control individuals' files. Those files will not all be put into a single database open to other agencies.

Agencies using the service to verify a client's identity will get only a yes-or-no reply from the Commonwealth Authentication Service system, DMV said.

And the DMV has not suffered a data breach, Burhop said.

Nonetheless, cyberhackers are always trying to break into the state's IT system.

In 2012, VITA and Northrop Grumman blocked more than 110 million cyberattacks on the state's data networks, Nixon said. "You can do the math, but that represents hundreds of thousands of blocked attacks each day."

More than 47,000 viruses were blocked before they affected Virginia's government IT assets, Nixon said, and the number of security incidents VITA detects and fixes has tripled since 2011.

But in 2009, before the Northrop Grumman took over the state's IT system, hackers got into the Virginia Department of Health Professions' prescription-monitoring database. Though it was unclear what records were actually taken, the database contained records of more than half a million people and more than 35 million prescriptions.

Also in 2009, the Department of Education sent a thumb drive to another agency that contained more than 103,000 sensitive records. It was later determined that the thumb drive was lost.

"When you ask a government entity to keep something like this safe, they really can't," Sera-Brynn's Hegedus said. "Nobody can guarantee it."

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Fwd: Obama Wants a Shutdown, So He'll Get a Shutdown









Obama Wants a Shutdown, So He'll Get a Shutdown

Posted By Bryan Preston On September 30, 2013

President Obama delivered more remarks on the shutdown/spending/crisis governance war today. His remarks were, as usual, full of hyperbole and spin. Just to cherry pick a couple of passages:

All of this is entirely preventable if the House chooses to do what the Senate has already done, and that's the simple act of funding our government without making extraneous and controversial demands in the process, the same way other Congresses have for more than 200 years.

The Senate could also pass the House version and Obama could find a pen and sign it. He could agree to delay the parts of his law that haven't already been delayed. But that's not gonna happen.

Other congresses have also fought over spending and attached conditions to debt ceiling hikes, going all the way back to the time of Eisenhower. Democrat congresses shut the government down under Reagan, about a dozen times. You're not supposed to know any of that, though. Obama caters exclusively to low-information voters (and dishonest hacks in the media) with such remarks.

Unfortunately, right now House Republicans continue to tie funding of the government to ideological demands like limiting a woman's access to contraception or delaying the Affordable Care Act, all to save face after making some impossible promises to the extreme right wing of their party.

No one anywhere is talking about "limiting a woman's access to contraception" via the spending fight or even tearing down Obamacare. No one. Anywhere. Whether Obamacare stays or gets scrapped, contraception will be available at Walgreens and wherever else it was available before 2010. Obama's law forces millions of Americans to fund things that violate their religious consciences, for the sake of making already cheap contraception "free" so that young female voters will think they're getting goodies from Daddy O and young male voters will be able to care even less about the possible consequences of casual sex. Some people have a problem with the government's new role in all this. Some people also have a problem with Obamacare funding about 115,000 abortions per year.

Some of the people who have a problem with all this include these nuns in Little Sisters of the Poor. Because the Obamacare mandate forces them to pay for contraception and abortion, they're now enemies of the state. They're having to waste time and money to go to court just to preserve the rights they enjoyed unfettered before the community organizer decided to make the federal government an instrument of shakedown and oppression.

Obama is perfectly aware of the nuances of all this. He knows all the angles. He is perfectly aware of the offenses he is fostering and the challenge he is presenting to the freedom of religion. He chooses to lie about it and make people on the other side angry. That's his schtick.

What can you do with such a dishonest man occupying the Oval Office?

Not much. He will not negotiate at all, much less in good faith. He wants a shutdown. He'll probably get a shutdown, unless the Republicans cave. If he gets the shutdown he'll dance around blaming Republicans while the media trot out Shutdown Sob Stories as long as the shutdown lasts. If the Republicans cave, it's game, set and match on Obamacare.

Republicans never threatened a shutdown during this entire debate. They made a point to fund the rest of the government while defunding or now delaying Obamacare. It has been Obama and the Democrats who have threatened a shutdown. The media, like Obama, will not only depend on the ignorance of the average American, they will actively foster that ignorance with deception and misdirection. That's their schtick.


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Fwd: [New post] Video: Muslim Brotherhood Comes to Nashville, Meets Mayor





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Fwd: Why Muslims Kill






Why Terrorists Kill

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On October 1, 2013

The Westgate attack in Kenya with its accompanying butchery of every man, woman and child in a shopping mall who couldn't name Mohammed's mother is being met with baffled mutterings about "senseless violence."

But there's nothing senseless about the violence that took place.

Terrorists kill because it's what they do. Plumbers unclog toilets. Computer companies sell you software. Terrorist organizations kill people.

Al-Shabaab's real audience wasn't the Americans watching CNN and trying to make sense of the violence. It was the millionaires and billionaires in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar who can turn any terrorist group from wannabes into RPG toting superstars racing through the desert on last year's model Toyota pickup trucks with crates full of night vision equipment.

You may think of the news as a collection of tragedies. To the dozens of Al-Qaeda franchises and assorted Islamist terrorist groups; it's American Idol. The CNN coverage of their attack is their audition on a worldwide reality show that shows off their skills and makes them famous.

Not every terrorist group is lucky enough to have its own Bin Laden; its Saudi sugar daddy with the cash and the cachet to get them the money they need in exchange for being the one to appear on camera and proclaim "Death to America". And the Jihadists in Afghanistan fighting over Osama at times nearly killed each other over access to their effete money man.

Terrorists kill people "senselessly" because a spectacular terrorist attack gets them noticed. It sets them apart from every other Islamist terrorist group that throws together a name and waves a flag with a bunch of swords on it while vowing to drive out all the infidels. The 12 PM CNN audience may not applaud, but the Al Jazeera audience does. And it's the one that matters.

Muslim terrorist organizations fight to impose Islamic law. But what does that really mean, aside from the little girls wearing Burkas and the demolished churches?

Think of the letters of marque that allowed privateers to prey on enemy shipping during wartime. The difference between a privateer and a pirate was the letters of marque. The difference between a warlord, a bandit, a rapist and a Muslim terrorist is the Koran and the Fatwa based on it that acts as his letter of marque.

Muslim terrorism is in no small part legalized banditry with each terrorist group leader hoping to set up shop as the Emir of his own little territory while fighting for the Caliphate.

Get some thugs together, form a terrorist group waving a black flag and stake a claim on some territory. Kill enough people and you'll get weapons and training from terrorist networks and money from Gulf billionaires eager to impress their friends by sponsoring their very own terrorist attack. "Abdul, You know the Westgate attack? That was my money."

Kill even more people and foreign governments will come to you hat in hand, offering you foreign aid and pressuring your government to give you autonomy. So why not be a terrorist?

Israel has been hailed as the Start-Up Nation for its dot com companies, but more Middle Eastern youth are joining a different kind of start-up.

Put a website. Set up a Twitter account. Upload YouTube videos of your men shooting at things. Recruit idiot British converts to Islam who traded in Billy and John for Rasheed and Mahmoud. Use your brother-in-law's mosque contacts to recruit Muslims born in America, Canada or Australia who have no clue what life is really like back in Somalia or Pakistan, but are enthusiastic about overcoming their cultural inferiority complex by being part of the Jihad.

Atrocities get you noticed. If Mohammed in the Islamic Army for a Free Syria ate a lung, get one of your men in the Jihad Against Chess and Kites for Justice and Freedom brigade to eat a heart. If they kill a three-year-old, you kill a two-year-old. If they fire a chemical weapon, get your hands on a nuke.

It's all about who gets the most attention with the worst atrocities and nothing is over the top.

The most successful Al-Qaeda franchise is its Iraqi branch which was considered psychotic by the original Al-Qaeda leadership. Its tactics were described as completely deranged, senseless and bound to accomplish nothing. Now its splinter groups are in line to take over Syria. It may have taken a decade of horrifying murders of innocent people, but they are finally within sight of someone else's promised land.

What of the men, the plodding goons getting pumped on Jihadi music videos full of black flags, reciting Koran verses, taking hits of cocaine and dreaming of virgins in paradise before rushing into a sniper's line of fire; what's in it for them?

Some join terrorist groups for the same reason that young men in Chicago or Oakland join gangs. It's a brotherhood of crime. And the Muslim version comes with a pardon from Allah and the promise of a paradise full of virgins to rape when that Syrian sniper spills all the Koranic quotes in that quivering mass of Hashish-addled grey matter onto a pockmarked street at 200 yards.

Islam provides the structure for these murderous recreations of Mohammed's conquests with Japanese pickup trucks instead of mules and camels, and machine guns instead of spears and swords.

It tells the Muslim idealist that killing for Allah is the only thing that will bring about a just world. It tells the Muslim criminal that his crimes can be virtues. It tells the ambitious Muslim that he can have his own Emirate. It tells the embittered Muslim that nothing will be right until he kills the non-Muslims who are causing all the trouble.

It tells each man what he needs to hear to kill.

Guns don't kill people. Ideas do. Islam, like Nazism or Communism, is a set of weaponized ideas.

Islam is the world within the heads of Muslim terrorists and it's sensible if you're a fat old Saudi billionaire impressing your friends with piles of African corpses, the third son of some backwater farmer with a worthless clan trying to move up from drug smuggling or a Chechen kid in Boston trying to find the glory of your own people while comparing the promises of the Koran to the dingy reality of your family grubbing off welfare while talking up the good old days back home.

Islam doesn't just promote killing, it incentivizes it. It's not just a motive; it's also a rewards program. Its history demands war. Its nature compels killing. Even the most well-meaning Muslim cannot escape the vortex of Jihad at its center. Even if he does not support it in any way; it is always there tugging at him in a hundred different ways.

Islam is the chronicle and blueprint of an unfinished conquest. Its existence inevitably tempts its followers to try and complete Mohammed's unfinished business.

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Re: [New post] Neighbors block new home for injured double-Bronze Star Afghanistan veteran because ‘it won’t look right’ next to their properties

he has a job and is accepting a free home from a non-profit charity organization?

On Monday, September 30, 2013 10:04:27 PM UTC-5, Mustang wrote:
their hoa ... their decision.
 
"One caller backing the petition said that there was a 'covenant' in the neighborhood, requiring all homes to be built of  brick. However, an investigation by Phil Luciano of  the Peoria Journal Star found no such legal agreement in any local or county records."
 
I didn't see anything in the article about an HOA, only that the area was called a "neighborhood." 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Neighbors block new home for injured double-Bronze Star Afghanistan veteran because 'it won't look right' next to their properties

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he has a job and is accepting a free home from a non-profit charity organization?
On Sunday, September 29, 2013 6:11:25 AM UTC-5, Travis wrote:
DCG posted: " DailyMail: He may have served two tours in Afghanistan protecting the freedom of his nation, but double-Bronze Star veteran David Wood has returned home only to battle ungrateful NIMBYS. Gifted a charitable home through the efforts of his local con"
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Neighbors block new home for injured double-Bronze Star Afghanistan veteran because 'it won't look right' next to their properties

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DailyMail: He may have served two tours in Afghanistan protecting the freedom of his nation, but double-Bronze Star veteran David Wood has returned home only to battle ungrateful NIMBYS.
Gifted a charitable home through the efforts of his local congressman, Aaron Schock, for his wartime efforts, Wood, who has lost the hearing in one ear was told that the property plans for his family's house were opposed by his potential  neighbors.
Indeed, an unidentified cabal of neighbors in the Peoria suburb of Morton, Illinois, has clubbed together to oppose his wooden home saying quite clearly, not in my backyard.
The father of three, all aged between eight-years and two-months is shocked, especially because the signatories of the petition have not come forward publicly. 'We were taken aback,' said 28-year-old Wood.  'At first, my wife and I were really hurt. We just felt they really don't know us as a family.'
Wood, who still serves in the National Guard, currently works as full time as a warehouse manager and struggled to find a home for his wife, Julie and young family when he returned from his last tour.
In stepped their congressman, Aaron Schock, who set out to raise funds for the Wood's to get their own home through the Habitat For Humanity charity.
'Our motto has always been we will never  forget,' said Schock. 'This is a couple who made a sacrifice multiple times with  multiple tours of duty. They served very honorably for our country and they are in need of a home.'
Habitat for Humanity build homes across the world for those who cannot afford them and the charity found a vacant lot in  Morton and produced plans to construct a $130,000 home for the brave veteran.
The plan was broken down so that Habitat for Humanity would provide $50,000 for the labor in building and the Wood's will pay the other $80,000 spread over the next 20 years.
However, the anonymous petitioners don't want the house to go up for the simple reason it is built of wood and not brick, like  all the other homes there.
Example brick house in the neighborhood.
Example brick house in the neighborhood.
Indeed, 'someone' from Peoria has allegedly been knocking on doors, drumming up support for the petition and phone calls  have been made to the local Habitat for Humanity office protesting the Wood's new home.
This has held up construction beginning on the Wood's home and in the meantime they are having to stay with relatives.
Matt Sommer was one resident willing to speak  to the Peoria Journal  Star. He has lived in the upmarket neighborhood for four years and said that an older lady, who he estimated to be in her 70s, knocked on his door with the petition.
He claims not to have seen the wording, but saw around 10 signatures. 'Do you realize,' she asked, 'that it's going to made of wood, not brick?'
Sommer claims that he quizzed the lady on whether she knew that the home was intended for a veteran, to which she replied, yes, but that was not the point.
One caller backing the petition said that there was a 'covenant' in the neighborhood, requiring all homes to be built of  brick. However, an investigation by Phil Luciano of  the Peoria Journal Star found no such legal agreement in any local or county records.
If there is no such covenant, then why the delay? Heaven forbid a wood house be built in their neighborhood! Shame on these neighbors.
DCG
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