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Another single mother just got the courage to break up with her abusive boyfriend. He swears she will never live without him. Again in the middle of the night comes the sound of an intruder.
Monday, April 28, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Craig Blair
Monday, April 28, 2008 304-671-9363
Blair urges WVU faculty, grads to call
for Garrison’s resignation, full probe
MARTINSBURG — Delegate Craig Blair today called on West Virginia University graduates and faculty to demand the resignation of WVU President Mike Garrison, as well as a full investigation into the events surrounding the improper awarding of an eMBA degree to the daughter of Gov. Joe Manchin.
“The report from the independent panel did a good job of finding the internal factors at WVU that led to this decision,” said Blair. “But what we also need is an investigation into the external pressures from outside the campus that may have played a major role in this scandal.”
Blair said that whether or not Garrison directly ordered the degree to be awarded is not the point.
“As president of WVU, Mike Garrison has a responsibility to uphold the integrity of our state’s biggest institution of higher learning,” said Blair. “What is clear is that when he learned this degree was being awarded, he either failed to ask the proper questions, or he simply condoned the decision because he wanted the issue to go away. Either way, he is ultimately responsible for this travesty, no matter how many people under him resign.”
Blair said every West Virginian has a personal stake in the integrity and future of WVU, but donors, faculty and graduates must especially make their voices heard, and demand accountability from the top.
“Once President Garrision steps aside, we can begin to heal as a state,” said Blair. “But the questions won’t end there, and we cannot be satisfied until every last suspicion is laid to rest.”
According to his website, the Obama Health Care plan saves the average American $2500 per year. I would be more impressed with a total cost figure, not a theoretical savings of Up To $2500. After all, if you know that you are saving the average American $2500 per year, shouldn't you be able to tell us what it will cost? Surely there must be a statistic on the average cost of health care for Americans. Just take that number and subtract the savings. How else could you figure that you are going to save $2500? According to the website we spend 2 trillion on health care. With the number of "insured" Americans approximately 250 million, we would average $8000 per person. That means his plan should cost $5500 per person. A family of 4 would be $22,000.
The Health plans are extremely interesting to me as an insurance agent and small business owner. Since Obama's is to be the least expensive, after all he said it so it must be true, I am only looking at the summary of his plan, not Hillary's. The summary brings a lot of promise of better coverage with lower premiums without much guidance as to where the money to fund the vast increases will come from. I did come across one excerpt that indicates a source of revenue
Employer Contribution: Employers that do not offer or make a meaningful contribution to the cost of quality health coverage for their employees will be required to contribute a percentage of payroll toward the costs of the national plan. Small employers that meet certain revenue thresholds will be exempt. -http://www.barackobama.com/issues/healthcare/
What is considered a meaningful contribution? I also find it interesting that you can be exempt if you meet revenue thresholds not payroll thresholds. What if you have a large gross revenue but small payroll like a retail shop owner with a part time employee to fill in on weekends?
I also found it interesting that within the Obama health plan is a provision to fund a world wide campaign against HIV/AIDS. Shouldn't this be in the foreign policy section? Why is this being added to the US Health Care plan?