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MATT AND BEN TOMPKINS
Matt and Ben are brothers who grew up in Hastings, NE, St Joe, Missouri and Valley, NE. They moved around as their father is a minister, Pastor Russ as he's called. Matt and Ben released a comedy album called Songs For Giants last year which you can find at www.songsforgiants.com.
Ben is an accomplished Horse Rider who loves the wild wild west (speaking of which, Matt and Ben are distant relatives to Buffaloe Bill Cody!). Ben is an amazing drummer and spends his spare time finishing his degrees at UNO, singing angelic melodies and bringing sick animals back to health. Ben loves the outdoors and likes riding his motorcycle (along with Matt, but they don't ride on the same bike they each have their own, okay!), fishing and camping outside. Ben won many awards on Speech Teams and is an award-winning accomplished Actor in Omaha.
Ben's brother Matt is also a musician (guitar man) who has performed with Ben in front of thousands of people. An interesting fact people may not know about Matt is that he won a National Championship Medal for Bench Press Powerlifting when he was 23. Matt has degrees from UNO as well and spends his spare time recording Jingle Production for radio people across the country, producing Videos with his own Video Production business and playing far too much NCAA Football on his Xbox.
MATT AND BEN ARE JOINED BY OMAHA AUTHOR AND SPECIAL GUEST WENDY TOWNLEY!
Omaha author, blogger, and social media connoisseur Wendy Townley (www.wendywriter.com) joins brothers Matt and Ben every Saturday afternoon on 1110 KFAB. Wendy's first book, Nerdy Thirty, was published in 2010 by WriteLife. When she's not on the AM airwaves or spending hours on Facebook and Twitter, Wendy is becoming a better cook with each and every meal. She also teaches part-time for the UNO School of Communication.
MATT AND BEN ALSO HOST AN AFTERNOON SHOW WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS ON TWISTER 93.3, OMAHA'S 'NEW' COUNTRY STATION.
YOU CAN LISTEN TO THEM EACH DAY FROM 3-8PM DOING SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT YOU HEAR ON KFAB, BUT THE SAME QUIRKY SENSE OF HUMOR THEY HAVE CROSSES OVER ALL RADIO AIRWAVES.
We need Healthcare Reform.
The hundreds of Billions, the Trillions of dollars we (the taxpayers) have to pay for the uninsured is ridiculous and needs to be fixed. The Government has done nothing to truly fight our country’s health problems. Obamacare was a bold step in the right direction, but it is not the healthcare reform we need to get where we must be as a country.
Many parts of the Affordable Healthcare Act I commend. Forcing insurance companies to cover pre-existing conditions and not allowing them to charge women unfairly more than men thus equalizing healthcare costs for men and women and items like the extension of healthcare for young adults to stay on their parents insurance up to age 26.
There are also parts of the bill that I do not agree with.
The big debate seems to be over the mandate, allowing the government to tax individuals who do not have insurance as a penalty.
I don't like it and think we should get rid of these mandates, including Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. You can only take out what you pay in.
But I also see how some people won't ever do it for themselves unless we force them. For those who don’t have insurance and want to pass their healthcare bills on to the rest of us citizens, I have no problem with a tax penalty for them.
I am more concerned at what kind of precedent this sets and what else the Federal Government will force us to do.
On a Side Note: If you’re hopeful that Mitt Romney will follow through with his promise to “Repeal Obamacare if elected,” a promise that he has stated repeatedly, you’ll have to keep dreaming. The reality is that he has no power as President to repeal Obamacare (unless he starts using Executive Privilege like Obama…how ironic). Laws get repealed the same way they are created. It must be presented, go through committee and have majority vote approval from both the House and the Senate before the President can sign it into law. So when Romney says he is going to repeal Obamacare it is about as ridiculous as when Newt Gingrich promised $2.50 a gallon gasoline if elected President.
But the true crime of the Feds is not this Obamacare bill or upholding it in the Supreme Court…no, the real issue is what they aren’t doing behind closed doors.
The Government could turn our country’s obesity epidemic around, cut the high costs of healthcare to near nothing and get rid of this giant tax burden that has become the worst kind of welfare falling on other citizens to pay for.
Get rid of the farm subsidies.
If an apple costs more than a bag of cheetoes, which do you think a family will choose? The reason Happy meals cost a buck and unhealthy food is so cheap is because of the farm subsidies the government hands out.
If they got rid of farm subsidies (or at least the vast majority that are wasteful) the playing field would be leveled and farmers would once again be encouraged to grow more than just corn and soy. Imagine if it was like it was ‘back in the day’ with farmers growing beans, broccoli, fruits and vegetables, along with the corn and soy!
Right now we don’t even produce enough fruits and veggies to meet the daily recommended amount set by the Government. We import most of the food from other countries too, which makes it less healthy and less tasty.
That’s just one simple thing they could do to really have an impact on healthcare. Start pushing doctors to advise vitamins and healthy eating. Hell, in
Lets support Nutritionists instead of just feeding Pharmaceutical profits, make it profitable for farmers to grow varities of food and Americans will get healthier so we don’t need to depend on Government healthcare in the first place!
I’m all for Universal Healthcare, but I am sick (pun intended) of the Government not fixing the problems they themselves are creating.