Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June, 2017, Part 1, The Unfolding Disaster That Is Obama Care: The UN Tells Us What To Do, The Press Gets wise, and California Democrats Get Stupid

Every month for years now we have had to discuss how bad Obama Care is turning out to be under the continuing theme, “the unfolding disaster that is Obama Care.” This month is no different. As the legislation continues to march through America, driving up health care and health insurance prices as it serves as dead weight on economic growth, it cements its rightful place as the worst piece of legislation Washington has ever produced.

It never had a chance to be successful since it really never addressed the underlying root causes of our ever increasing health costs in the country:
  • Americans eat too much of the wrong kind of food, resulting in obscenely high obesity rates for the country.
  • Our food chain is infested with overdoses of high fructose corn syrup, salt, sugar, and other unhealthy additives.
  • Americans smoke too much.
  • Americans do not exercise enough.
  • The country is in serious need of health care tort reform.
  • Barriers to insurance company competition across state lines need to come down.
  • Obama Care never “followed the money” to find out who is actually profiting from the ever escalating healthcare costs in this country and how to get those factors under control.
  • Obama Care never got the immense amount of fraud and abuse in current government healthcare programs, Medicare and Medicaid, under control in order to save money to efficiently fund other government health care initiatives.
  • Obama Care never put serious research money towards curing the major diseases that drive high healthcare costs such as high frequency cancers and dementia type diseases.
You cannot resolve any problem unless you understand and address the underlying root causes. No difference here: Obama Care legislation never addressed these listed root causes and thus, has no chance of ever being successful.

But it is not just missing the root causes of our healthcare costs that makes Obama Care so horrible. It resulted in millions of Americans losing access to their favored doctors, hospitals, and insurance policies. It has caused insurance premiums, deductibles and copays to escalate substantially. It will likely add trillions of dollars to the national debt. It has exposed millions of Americans to higher than necessary identity theft chances. It has created government bureaucracies that are wastefully spending taxpayer wealth and being exploited by criminal elements. It has stifled economic growth and job creation.

These are just a sample of the types of idiocy that we have been reviewing for the past several years in this blog relative to Obama Care., To read those past posts, just enter the phrase, “the unfolding disaster,” in the search box above.

1) Keep in mind as we go through this opening discussion that the United Nations is pretty useless. It failed to stop any number of wars since its founding after World War II. It has not stopped the refugee problem in modern times from the Sudan and Syria. It has not eliminated world hunger. It has not stopped the spread of nuclear weapons. It has been an utter failure in just about everything it does. 

Which makes the news that was reported by John Locke on April 27, 2017 on the American Journal Review that much more comical regarding Obama Care:
  • According to the article, the United Nations has contacted the Trump administration and told it that repealing Obama Care is illegal and the UN will not allow it.
  • It claims that if Obama Care is repealed and Americans lose health insurance coverage then the U.S. would be in violation of international agreements, according to the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights in Geneva.
  • Really? Since when does the United States have to listen to the rantings of a failed international body on any issue at all, never mind an issue that applies only to U.S. citizens and has no bearing on a citizen from another country?
  • And speaking of hypocrisy, this Human Rights Commission is supposed to “uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights,“ and yet its members include some of the worst, most repressive government regimes in the world including China, Cuba, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela, governments that are openly hostile to the health and well being of their own citizens.
Pretty funny stuff if it was not so pathetic. Obama Care has been a failure along every dimension imaginable and yet these foreign, hypocritical snobs think they have the right to determine what is right and proper for our citizens. Insanity.

2) Tea Party Patriots website recently listed a few current articles that show that even the mainstream press, the same press that loved anything Obama did no matter how bad or ineffective it was, may be actually starting to report the truth on Obama Care if the following sampling of headlines is any indication:
  • “Obamacare's crushing cost to some families: 49 percent price hike since 2014, premiums of $14,300” - CNBC – 05/11/2017
  • Why So Many Insurers Are Leaving Obamacare” - The Atlantic – 5/11/2017
  • “States scramble to prevent Obamacare exodus” - The Hill – 06/04/2017
Sometimes things get so bad that even the mainstream press has to eventually tell the truth even if it means showing Obama Care in its true negative light.

3) Obama Care gave the Federal government a much bigger say in how Americans get and pay for health care but came up short of what many socialists wanted in Congress, a full fledged so-called “single payer insurance market” where the government and the inane bureaucrats that operate it control EVERY aspect of Americans’ health care needs. They want this despite the reality that just about everywhere that the single payer health industry model has been deployed it has been a medical, health, and financial failure.

But according to reporting by Jack Crowe, writing for the Heritage Foundation on May 30, 2017, that is not stopping California state politicians from pushing for their own single payer insurance market in their state despite the failure of such a model everywhere else: 
  • The California State government appropriations committee recently passed proposed legislation that create a single payer/universal health care market in the state of California.
  • The ANNUAL cost of such a move would be $400 billion according to the those who supported the legislation.
  • Unfortunately, although these folks came up for an estimate of such a move they were unable to find a way to get $400 billion EVERY year to pay for it without gutting current health insurance programs and substantial raises in state taxes.
  • Despite the impossible cost level, it is a great idea since every state citizen would get free access to acupuncture and chiropractic care, everyone could see any specialist without a referral, and there would be no copays or deductibles, just free unlimited healthcare...that costs $400 BILLION a year.
  • The $400 billion annual cost would steal $200 billion from Medicare and Medicaid and raise taxes the equivalent of doubling the payroll tax, taking it from the current $15.3 % to over 30%. 
  • However, their analysis left this dire warning: “The state-wide economic impacts of such an overall tax increase on employment is beyond the scope of this analysis.” In other words, we have not idea what unintended and dire consequences could occur because of this plan but we voted for it anyway.
Keep in mind a few realities here:
  • These are the same politicians that have run up over $100 billion in unfunded liabilities for the state that will eventually crush its credit rating and ability to function.
  • As we have previously reported, these are the same politicians whose policies are causing millions of people and thousands of businesses to flee the state for areas with lower taxes, lower regulations, and more sanity.
  • And never in the history of U.S, government has the initial cost estimate from a government entity ever been too high, e.g. the Big Dig in Boston was supposed to cost about $2 billion but cost over $20 billion, Obama Care was supposed to cost less than $900 billion the first ten years but will likely cost almost $2 TRILLION, etc. Thus, you can almost be assured that the $400 billion will be a fraction of the final cost.
  • Even if the annual $400 BILLION cost is legit (which it will not be), with 39 million citizens in California, that means that every citizen’s cost burden for this legislation would average over $10,000 per person. Thus, a family of four would theoretically be paying $40,000 a year for health insurance.
  • If you are a liberal and reading this and you spout your typical response that only the rich would pay more in taxes to cover the cost, let me assure you that the rich would not pay more in taxes because they would be able to easily move out of California to avoid the crushing cost of at least $400 billion a year, leaving the poor and middle class behind to pick up the slack.
  • And not only would the rich be leaving the state, doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals would also be leaving because as the revenue shortfall grew because of this inane program, the payments to doctors and others would continue to get squeezed causing them to also flee to better and more profitable work locations in other states.
Stupid, stupid, stupid. And yet, it still passed committee even though they have admitted they no idea what this would mean to employment. Idiocy.

More Obama Care, and other government health industry disasters, to follow.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

June, 2017, Part 9, Political Class Insanity: Congressional Crimes and Insanity and More

As we do every month, we review the latest idiocy, lunacy, ineptness, and general insanity from the American political class. We are getting started as little late this month since we needed to review the latest global warming.climate change insanity from the likes of Al Gore, culminating in our review of the 26 reasons why it was appropriate and necessary for Trump to pull us out of the Paris Climate Agreement:

http://loathemygovernment.blogspot.com/2017/06/june-2017-part-4-i-am-global-warming.html

But let’s quickly get into this month’s political class insanity because over the past month or so there has been a lot of it was Washington implodes into a useless pile of incompetence:


1) If Nancy Pelosi is the best source of political class insanity for this blog, Sheila Jackson Lee, a Congresswoman from Texas, might be a close runner up. This is a member of Congress who erroneously thinks that the Constitution is about 400 years old, who thinks that South Vietnam and North Vietnam STILL exist as separate countries, and who wondered out loud if a Mars on surface vehicle would be driving anywhere near where Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

Joe Schoffstall, writing for the Washington Free Beacon on May 30, 2017, brings up to date with the latest political class insanity from Congresswoman Lee:
  • According to research by the Washington Free Beacon, Lee allegedly and illegally used campaign funds to purchase tickets to the Super Bowl.
  • She then posted pictures of herself partying at the Super Bowl on her website.
  • The pictures were subsequently taken down once the Beacon report came out.
  • The report found that almost $10,000 of campaign funds were allegedly used to purchase Super Bowl tickets: “Three days before the event, Jackson Lee's campaign disbursed $4,900 to 21st Century Fox for Super Bowl tickets. A second transaction was made days after the game when Jackson Lee's campaign reimbursed Gerald Womack, her campaign manager, $4,900 for tickets.”
  • On the day of the Super Bowl, Lee posted a picture of herself at the stadium on her Instagram account:

  • The photo was taken down soon after the Beacon went public with the campaign fund allegations.
  • Since members of Congress are strictly prohibited from using campaign funds for personal use, the Congresswoman has some explaining to do.
Just another politician likely using and abusing the system and taxpayer wealth for their own greedy, unethical, and possibly illegal purposes.

2) Uncountable times we have pointed out how massive Federal government programs like Medicare and Social Security are so inept and infested with criminal fraud that untold trillions of dollars have likely been paid out incorrectly or criminally over the years. As a result, the programs are currently in fiscal distress and face massive problems in the coming years.

Unfortunately, it does not look like the politicians in Washington are getting the problem under control according to as recent report coming out of the Social Security Administration:
  • A recent audit found that the Social Security Administration (SSA) erroneously paid out over $1 billion in benefits to people that did not have Social Security numbers.
  • These are people that should not be able to get any kind of SSA benefits at all but instead the Federal bureaucracy gave them over $1 billion.
  • According to the SSA inspector general: “[U]nless it [SSA] takes corrective action, we estimate SSA will pay about $182.5 million in benefits, annually, to representative payees who do not have an SSN or paper application supporting their selection.”
  • Since 2004, the SSA has paid out $853.1 million to these so-called representative payees that had been terminated by the SSA.
Just another day and another couple of hundred billion taxpayer dollars down the drain due to political and bureaucratic bungling in D.C.

3) One last piece of political class insanity for today and for this month, I cannot take any more. This piece of insanity comes to us from the I Have The Truth website in an article written by Kay Francis on June 1, 2017:
  • Although Alcee Hastings is only one of six Federal judges to ever be removed from his post by Congress, he is somehow currently a U.S. Congressman from Florida.
  • His removal was the result of being busted for asking for a bribe of $150,000 in exchange for favorable treatment in a racketeering case that was before him in court.
  • The House of Representatives voted 413 to 3 to have him removed from his judge position, kind of an overwhelming indictment of his guilt.
  • Did I mention that even after this crime and removal from the bench he got elected to Congress?!
  • He is again in trouble for shady dealings in that he has been giving his girlfriend the maximum allowed taxpayer funded salary for five years to “work” in his field office.
  • Oh yeah, to work in is field office she received over $168,000 a year, three times the median household income.
  • Oh yeah, he was also sued by Judicial Watch in their support of a former employee who accused him of repeated sexual harassment.
  • Despite his despicable behavior over time, he had the nerve to accuse fellow Congressmen of being “nasty to the poor.”
  • Hastings also employs the wife of a former staff person who has been convicted for money laundering.
Did I mention that he is currently serving in Congress despite the above infractions and crimes? Only in America.

That will do it for today and this month. More insanity sure to come the same time next month.



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June, 2017, Part 8, Political Class Insanity: CNN Rigs The News and Illinois Enters Into Financial Hell

As we do every month, we review the latest idiocy, lunacy, ineptness, and general insanity from the American political class. We are getting started as little late this month since we needed to review the latest global warming.climate change insanity from the likes of Al Gore, culminating in our review of the 26 reasons why it was appropriate and necessary for Trump to pull us out of the Paris Climate Agreement:


But let’s quickly get into this month’s political class insanity because over the past month or so there has been a lot of it was Washington implodes into a useless pile of incompetence:

1) While the political class has done very little to protect and enhance our freedoms over recent years, the so-called free press in this country have not done much to enhance freedom and truth either. We have previously reported on how the free press has become just as corrupt, just as partisan and just as useless as the political class when it comes to truth in reporting and high integrity journalism:



It seems nothing has changed since these posts from last September, at least when it comes to CNN, which was once known as Cable New Network and then became the Clinton news network while the unabashedly campaigned for a Hillary Clinton victory and they have no further degenerated down into simply the Comedic News Network:
  • According to Kristie McDonald, writing for the eHeadlines website on June 11, 2017, CNN in England was caught setting up a fake news story shortly after the latest terror attack in that country.
  • CNN personnel were on the streets of London for what they wanted to make look like an anti-terror protest, led by Muslims apparently to show that not all Muslims are sympathetic to Islamic terror attacks.
  • But thanks to the reality that everyone with a smartphone also has a video camera, video footage taken by regular people, and posted on YouTube, showed how CNN personnel were staging the rally, not reporting on the rally.
  • The person shooting the video reports that there are “more press than anyone else.
  • The Muslim women supposedly protesting the terror attacks were getting their posters and flowers from the CNN personnel, i.e. this was a staged protest for the CNN cameras not a real protest.
  • Once the women get their CNN provided props, they cross the street for the filming of this “news” story.
When corrupt politicians lie and cheat and have no integrity, it has always been the important responsibility of the news media and press to call them out on their lies and shenanigans. When the pores are the ones creating false truths and trying to influence views rather than report on facts and realities, our democracy is in very sad place, thanks in this instance of heinous reporting to the Comedic News Network.

The video of the setup to the fake news story can be viewed at:


2) Earlier in this month’s insanity series we reported on how state politicians around the country have so badly screwed up the fiscal integrity of their state’s financial situation, allowing state governments’ unfunded liabilities to soar well over $1 TRILLION. The obvious conclusion is that politicians around the country, be they at the state, local, or Federal level have no ability, no will, or no knowledge on how to operate an effective budget process, incurring $20 TRILLION in debt at the Federal level and trillions of dollars in debt at the state, county and local level.

And at some point these financial insanities will come home to roost. It will then require state government to raise taxes, cut benefits, or eventually declare bankruptcy, all options that are ugly but highly likely to be unavoidable.

And the leading indicator in that race to fiscal ugliness, according to Nancy Hayes, writing for the Joe For America website on June 19 2017, is the state government of Illinois:
  • According to a recent comment by an Illinois state government official, “We are in massive crisis mode, this is not a false alarm.”
  • The state government has over $15 billion in unpaid bills on this books.
  • The state government has not had a budget in three years.
  • It is likely to be the first state government to have its bonds downgraded to junk quality in the very near future.
  • A judge recently ruled that the state government is in violation of its own consent decrees and previous judicial orders, putting further pressure on its shaky financial situation.
  • In desperation, the governor recently ordered the state legislature back into session to address the financial mess, telling everyone “to get serious and get to work.
  • As with the financial and heaving taxation and regulatory mess in California, people are leaving the state of Illinois with 22,000 leaving in 2015 alone.
  • In Chicago, the epicenter of bad fiscal planning by local politicians, over 6,000 people left that city in 2015.
  • The Tax Foundation claims that the state of Illinois has some of the highest property tax and other taxes in the nation, probably a leading factor in why both residents and businesses are leaving Illinois for better tax treatment elsewhere, causing Illinois to have 90,000 fewer manufacturing jobs today than in 2008.
  • Chief Executive magazine ranked Illinois 48th out of 50 states relative to the ease of doing business in Illinois with taxation ranking the state as 50th out of 50.
  • And as if the $15 billion in unpaid bills today is not enough of a headache, the unfunded pension liabilities of the state retirement systems is over $111 billion.
Given the sad state of financial affairs, the already high taxes, the out migration of residents and businesses because of the high taxes, what do Democrats in the legislature want to do? You guessed it, raise taxes. Let’s just throw another few gallons of gas on that fiscal fire, idiots. I what you have been doing for decades got you to where you are today a disaster, why would you want to continue to the same thing over and over again, raise taxes?

It is usually at this point where we cite our favorite Einstein quote: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” And the fiscal ineptness of Illinoi politicians have gotten them the following insanity distinction relative to the rest of the country:



What does it look like when a government and the politicians that operate it have no idea how to operate a fiscally sound budget? It looks like today in Illinois:
  • The state Transportation Department will stop any and all road work by July 1 unless budget conditions change.
  • The Powerball lottery system may dump the state out of its system since the state cannot and has not paid lottery winners for a while now.
  • If the state is judicially forced to pay out what was settled in previous court cases and consent decrees, within a few weeks, the state will be paying out more in payments than it receives in revenue, leaving no money for schools, domestic violence shelters, ambulance services, etc.
  • State Comptroller Susan Mendoza, the government official responsible for managing the state government’s cash flow and financials said it best:“I don’t know what part of ‘We are in massive crisis mode’ the General Assembly and the governor don’t understand. This is not a false alarm.” 
What a flipping, political insanity mess. And keep in mind that a lot of this problem developed while the economy was in a growth mode over the past eight years. Imagine what happens when the next recession sets in and Illinois has fewer taxpayer and fewer businesses to offset the recession’s impacts. 

Truly insane but quite possibly coming to a state or Federal government to you very soon. Illinois is the proverbial canary in the coal mine, a coal mine that Federal and other politicians have dug for us all.

That will do it for today’s insanity. Very sad, very depressing, very pathetic and very dangerous: politicians screwing our financial state and CNN screwing up our freedom of the press state. More insanity to follow.

Monday, June 19, 2017

June, 2017, Part 7, Political Class Insanity: Voter Fraud In Indiana and The Scandal That Is Fast and Furious

As we do every month, we review the latest idiocy, lunacy, ineptness, and general insanity from the American political class. We are getting started as little late this month since we needed to review the latest global warming.climate change insanity from the likes of Al Gore, culminating in our review of the 26 reasons why it was appropriate and necessary for Trump to pull us out of the Paris Climate Agreement:


But let’s quickly get into this month’s political class insanity because over the past month or so there has been a lot of it was Washington implodes into a useless pile of incompetence:

1) One of the most basic tenets of democracy is that every citizen's voice and view have the same weight when it comes to politics and government. Once that tenet is endangered, either in reality or in perception, then the very basis of democracy is severely endangered since the trust and faith that Americans are truly in charge of their fate is in doubt.

Which makes a recent article by Andrew West, writing for the Constitution website, so chilling:
  • Twelve people associated with the Democratic party in Indiana have been arrested and charged in a voter fraud scandal.
  • Their law breaking could have been as high as affecting 45,000 voters.
  • The charges allege that 11 temporary workers used by the Indiana Voter Registration Project created, falsified and then submitted an unknown number of voter applications.
  • The supervisor of the 11 temporary workers, Holly Burke, was also charged.
  • The Indiana State Police got involved in an investigation when a clerk in Hendricks County, Indiana identified about a dozen suspicious registration forms.
  • The State Police investigation quickly expanded to 56 Indiana counties and involved upwards of 45,000 possibly bogus voter registration forms.
Even one bogus vote is a taint against our democracy, thousands of bogus votes seriously undermine the democracy that has worked so well for over two hundred years. The bottom line is that there is now suspicions that my vote is being diluted by underhanded efforts by others associated with the political class. Insanity.

2) We have not talked about the disaster that is Fast and Furious, Obama’s ill fated, illegal, un-Constitutional, and stupid gun running operation for a while. Remember, that was a gun running operation that placed military grade weapons in the hands of the cartels which were then used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent, countless innocent Mexican civilians and which resulted in no arrests or prosecutions of any criminals at all. This government effort has to go down as one of the most botched, costly, and fatal efforts of all times.

Well, a Congressional report on that operation was recently completed and made public and it is not a pretty sight:
  • According to William La Jeunesse and Andrew O’Reilly, writing for Fox News on June 7, 2017, the House of Representatives Oversight Committee recently released a scathing, nearly 300-page report on the whole Fast and Furious operation.
  • The report accuses Eric Holder’s Justice Department of withholding information to cover the the facts of the botched operation, specifically not telling the family of slain border agent, Brian Terry, what actually led up to his death.
  • The report also slammed Obama’s use of executive privilege to cover up the operation’s failures and to protect the law breakers in the Justice Department relative to the operation.
  • In addition, the report cited the Obama administration for not releasing pertinent documents to Congress.
  • According to Congressman Jason Chaffetz, committee chairman: “[Terry’s death] happened on Dec. 14, 2010, and we still don’t have all the answers. Brian Terry’s family should not have to wait six years for answers.”
  • Agent Terry was killed in a firefight on the Mexican and U.S. border with drug cartel members who were using Fast and Furious provided weaponry.
  • Of the 2,000 guns that Fast and Furious provided to drug cartels and other Mexican crime elements, the Obama administration and Holder’s Justice Department lost track of over 1,400 of them, two of which ended up at the slaying sight of agent Terry.
  • According to the report: “More than five years after Brian’s murder, the Terry family still wonders about key details of Operation Fast and Furious. The Justice Department’s obstruction of Congress’s investigation contributed to the Terry family’s inability to find answers.”
  • John Dodson, an ATF agent within the Justice Department who helped blow the whistle on the botched operation testified recently in front of the committee: “That decision, the single act of standing up and saying, ‘What we are doing is wrong’… instantly took my standing from being that of an agent of the government – to an enemy of the state. ATF and DOJ officials implemented an all-out campaign to silence and discredit me… Suffice to say, the last six to seven years at ATF have not been the best for me or my career.”
  • While the Justice Department knew immediately that Fast and Furious guns had played a role in the death of agent Terry, Holder’s Justice Department insisted that they did not know and that his internal investigation was more concerned about covering up than finding the truth.
  • The House report also uncovered the reality that Holder’s Justice Department also stonewalled a Senate investigation into Fast and Furious by withholding information.
So in summary, we have an illegal gun running operation that broke international treaties and domestic law, we have incompetence since well over over a thousand guns ended up in the hands of drug cartels and other criminal elements, we have the silencing of whistleblowers, we have unnecessary deaths of a U.S. border agent and many, many innocent Mexican civilians, we have the Senate stonewalling, we have total insensitivity to the family of the slain border agent, and we have un-Constitutional actions of Obama and Holder relative to Congressional inquiries, and nothing to show for any of it. 

If ever there was a case for impeachment and removal from office, this was the it. Insanity.

Only two pieces of insanity for today but important ones: blatant illegal and un-Constitutional behavior by the Obama administration and potentially massive voter fraud in Indiana, both cases being an assault on the rule of law and the Constitution. More insanity to follow.

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