Sunday, December 9, 2018

December,2018, Part 4, Political Class Insanity: The Human Gaffe Machine That Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected Congresswoman from NYC is now officially our favorite and most prolific politician when it comes to saying just the dumbest things possible. It is so hard to understand that a person like her will be developing and voting on legislation that will affect every American when even the simplest concepts of economics, budget, history, and government continually elude her depth of understanding. To see a complete listing of her inane comments and beliefs put her name in the search box above.

And just when you thought her ignorance could not get any worse, she puts her foot in her mouth again:
  • We have already talked about one of her favorite topics of ignorance, the so-called “Medicare for All:concept that would effectively add $3.2 TRILLION to the national debt in just the first ten years,would require at least a doubling of taxes for every American every year, and would like crash the whole economy while providing worse medical for every American.
  • Given that context, she recently tripped over a Pentagon number that showed $21 TRILLION of Pentagon budget dollars could not be accounted for over the past 20 years: “$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions “could not be traced, documented, or explained.: "$21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for ALL costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for ALL could have been funded already by the Pentagon. And that’s before our premiums.”
  • It is no surprise that the Pentagon has a massive accounting and audit problem, we have covered that disgrace many times over the years in this blog.
  • But if you go to the following website, you will see that the Pentagon’s annual budget over the past 20 years has probably been about $600 billion a year, sometimes more, sometimes less:
https://www.statista.com/statistics/272473/us-military-spending-from-2000-to-2012/
  • Which means that the Pentagon has spent about $12 TRILLION over the past twenty years or so.
  • Given this $12 TRILLION reality, how could the Pentagon have lost $21 TRILLION over the same period like she asserted so confidently?
  • The reality is that you cannot lose more money than you never had especially when the reality of what you had and what she said was lost is so far apart, roughly $9 TRILLION.
  • The report she totally misunderstood did say that $21 TRILLION was not accounted for but that does not mean it was lost. Let the American Liberty website explain what the study really meant: “Over the course of 20 some odd years, the Pentagon did have a ton of accounting errors. The total of those errors did reach $21 trillion. That in no way means that the Pentagon misplaced any money at all. Instead, when money goes between departments, it is tracked. Sometimes there are rounding errors. Sometimes there are honest mistakes. Sometimes the same dollar can bounce between departments over a thousand times in a year.”
  • And yet, rather than understand the accounting and underlying analysis, she just flew off the handle and falsely assumed that if only the Pentagon ran a tighter ship $21 TRILLION would miraculously show up to fund her idiotic “Medicare for All” concept.
  • And even if there were $21 TRILLION to be had, she still did the math wrong: the $21 TRILLION was over a 20 year period, while the $32 TRILLION cost for the “Medicare for All” concept was over ten years so that 66% percent number is grossly wrong, it would be closer to 33% when corrected for twenty years of errors vs. tens years of cost.
  • Which is a mute point since there is no missing $21 TRILLION but it does again illustrate her math ignorance.I could again try to explain how scary it is that a woman like this is deciding on legislation. But let’s go back to the American Liberty website and see if they can explain how bad ignorance like this is in Washington DC: “If this was a single mistake by Cortez, we might be able to let it slide. Who hasn’t put their foot in their mouth during a late-night tweet? The problem is that this was an average Tuesday for her. She’s honestly this stupid — all the time. What’s worse is that she was elected. In a landslide! This is exactly what the founding fathers had in mind when they created the Electoral College. The people of New York’s 14th district clearly aren’t intelligent enough to be trusted with a vote. She’s here. She’s going to be sworn in as a member of our Congress in just a few weeks time. She will have the authority to pen laws. If that doesn’t disturb you then you are probably numb beyond reach.”
Well said, well said.

2) In case anyone thinks we are picking on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unfairly, that we are conservative nut cases that are lying or exaggerating her ignorance, let’s see what the left leaning, Democratic living Washington Post had to say about her above assertion:
  • Recall what are tweeted assertion was: “$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions ‘could not be traced, documented, or explained.’ $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon,” she tweeted on December 2.
  • Washington Post’s official fact checker, Glenn Kessler, checked out her assertion.
  • According to the Unfiltered Patriot website, Kessler "traced Ocasio-Cortez’s claim back to a Nation article in which Michigan State University economist Mark Skidmore shows that there were $21 trillion in accounting adjustments at the Pentagon between 1998 and 2015 that could not be tied to any supporting documentation. In other words, there are no specific transactions in the records that can account for this money.”
  • Or as Philip Klein observed in the Washington Times, “the same [Pentagon] dollar could have been accounted for many times.”
  • Kessler though that her reasoning and assertion was so bad that he gave her the worst rating for a lie/statement/assertion, the dreaded “Four Pinocchios,” basically saying she was “Liar, liar pants on fire: ”Ocasio-Cortez is not the first Twitter user to mangle information from a news report. But it’s unconvincing to try to pass this off as a rhetorical point being misread. She cited the $21 trillion figure and said ‘66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.’ That’s a direct comparison. It’s badly flawed. The same article she referenced on Twitter would have set her straight. The tweet is still up, probably causing confusion. So we will award Four Pinocchios to Ocasio-Cortez.”
Given her short but rich track history of ignorance, how many more “Four Pinocchios” do we think she will earn over the next two years, given she already has one in the books and has not even been sown into Congress?

3) Today is obviously Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez bashing day since the Heritage Foundation recently got in on the action to show how her views and statements are so out of touch with reality, as discussed in a recent article for the Heritage Foundation by Justin Haskins:
  • Apparently, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently got into a Twitter snit with Jim Hanson, the president of the Security Studies Group, when Hanson commented that under government-managed health care, “Democrat Socialist overlords” would decide “who will live and who will die,” adding “#DeathPanels rock” at the end of his message."
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a “Medicare for All” groupie, responded that, “Actually, we have for-profit “death panels” now: they are companies + boards saying you’re on your own bc they won’t cover a critical procedure or medicine. Maybe if the GOP stopped hiding behind this “socialist” rock they love to throw, they’d actually engage on-issue for once.”
  • Big talk for someone who is not even sworn in yet to Congress ….and false talk.
  • First off, Obama Care forces private insurance companies to cover “essential health” treatments which sounds awfully contrary to private insurance company death panels.
  • Plus, state regulators make “essential health mandates” required in their own states.
  • According to the National Conference of State Legislatures: “There are more than 1,900 such statutes among all 50 states; another analysis tallies more than 2,200 individual statute provisions, adopted over a 30+ year period.”
  • Mr. Haskins correctly notes that “It’s simply not true that there are all sorts of serious health problems health insurers don’t cover, which is clearly what Ocasio-Cortez was suggesting in her Twitter post.”
  • Furthermore, “Second, the “death panels” she described aren’t death panels at all. Death panels are composed of government bureaucrats or policymakers who decide which health care treatments will be covered in a single-payer or government-run health care system. The reason they have been labeled “death panels” is because under many single-payer proposals, the government is the only insurer, which means it has complete power to decide which services will be covered. There are no other options in a single-payer system—either the government will choose to pay for your care, or it won’t. And if it chooses not to, then you’re out of luck—unless, of course, you’re a millionaire like Sanders.”
  • As always, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez misses the obvious reality in that Obama Care, halfway to “Medicare For All” in some respects has resulted in individual health insurance premiums doubling since its inception and deductibles are now so high for these Obama Care policies that that out of pocket costs, for the cheapest family based Obama Care policy, is a whopping $14,000. 
Higher and higher premiums and higher and higher deductibles, which would likely result from a “Medicare For All” plan, is the true death panels that could doom the health care in this country, not private insurance companies that operate in a free market economy. If your premiums and deductibles get so high that you cannot afford insurance like Obama Care policies, that certainly is a death panel by a different name but still a death panel. 

Thus, as always, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, is clueless on another issue that she knows nothing about but yet has enough false bravado to talk like she does to challenge experts and reality.

More insanity to follow….insanity that is likely to include the latest idiocy from our new favorite gaffe machine.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

December, 2018, Part 3, Political CLass Insanity: Politicians' Fist Fight In Jersey, More Nonsense From Ocasio-Cortez and The Pomposity Of Obama

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) We have never been fans of politicians. They are ineffective, vindictive, petty, greedy, and useless. And now they are violent and their violence has been caught on tape:
  • The Democratic mayor of Atlantic City was recently caught on camera fighting an Atlanta City councilman.
  • And to make things worse, he was not even fighting a Republican councilman, he was fighting a fellow Democrat.
  • And the fight was in the parking lot of a casino.
So much for adult debate of the issues, let’s just duke it out with fists in the basement of a casino. Class act, an embarrassing act.

2) For many years we thought that Nancy Pelosi was the best source for absolutely inane, ignorant and out of touch statements. But in a matter of months, newly elected Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has shot up the charts as a politician with the most inane statements possible:
  • Despite having an economics degree, she does not know how to calculate the unemployment rate, an extremely simple economic concept. 
  • She thinks that the Federal government has three branches of government: the Presidency, the House of Representatives and the Senate.
  • She somehow thinks that the Electoral College is somehow linked to and represents slavery.
We could go on with her insanity but will stop here. If you put her name in the search box above you can get a full array of her ignorance. 

But she is the gift of gaffe that keeps on giving, considering her recent observation: she recently compared her election, and the election of a few other socialists, to Congress as being on a par with the moon landing and the 1964 Civil Rights act.

Specifically, “We've done what we thought was impossible.We went to the moon. We electrified the nation. We established civil rights. We enfranchised the country. We dig deep, and we did it. We did it when no one else thought that we could. That's what we did when so many of us won an election this year.” 

Let’s review this assertion to see if it was truly as epic as she claimed:
  • She is not the first woman elected to Congress.
  • She is not the first Hispanic elected to Congress. 
  • She is not the first Democrat elected from her Congressional district.
  • She won an election in an overwhelmingly Democratic Congressional district.
  • None of the others she referred to upset a Republican, they all came from truly Democratic districts.
  • At no point was she riding atop a complex rocket that could explode at any point in time, leading to an instant and fiery death.
  • At no point in time was she a quarter million miles from home.
  • At no point were the hopes and dreams of the human race riding on her success.
  • She did not electrify the nation, she did not establish civil rights, and she did not enfranchise the country.
Sorry Congresswoman, to think your election had anything close to the historical and human impact that the moon landing and the Civil Rights Act had on humanity is absolutely ridiculous. In fact, you insult the thousands and thousands of people who fought for civil rights back in the 50s and 60s, risking life, limb, and their safety. You risked nothing so please stop insulting those that were much more important and much braver than you, whether it was going to the moon or riding in the front seat of a bus in the Deep South. There is NO comparison.

3) Speaking of pathetic politicians, Obama has refused to go away and act dignified like all previous Presidents. He is so narcissistic that he constantly is showing up in the news making claims and strutting around that is so below how former President should act.

First, he tried to claim that the incredibly great economic times the country is currently enjoying is because of his economic policies, not anything Trump has done. Although none of the current trends, record low unemployment across all societal breakdowns, record government tax revenue collection because of so many people now have jobs, rising wages, low inflation, great overall national economic growth, etc., occurred during the eight years he was President, he still thinks, in his own narcissistic mind, that he somehow made it all happen, two years AFTER he left office. 

In reality, Obama presided over the worst economic recovery in the history of the country despite his best, and fruitless expensive, efforts to not have this distinction. Sounds like a massive jealousy streak on his behalf.

Not satisfied sounding like a jealous little kid when it comes to the economy, he also now is trying to claim credit for the low energy prices and boom in energy production in this country, again, two years AFTER he left office:
  • His specific claim: “You know, I know we’re in oil country and we need American energy, and by the way, American energy production. You wouldn’t always know it but it went up every year I was president. That whole, suddenly America’s like the biggest oil producer and the biggest gas — that was me, people.”
  • OMG, is he kidding me, he wanted everyone to pay $5.00 for a gallon of gas to REDUCE energy consumption and production.
  • OMG, is he kidding me, he blocked the Keystone Pipeline project even though every Federal agency that looked at it said it was okay.
  • OMG, is he kidding me, he shut down oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico for half a year while disobeying a Federal judge’s order to not do so.
  • OMG, is he kidding me, he tried in so many ways to cut back oil production on Federal lands.
  • OMG, is he kidding me, he signed off on the ridiculously stupid Paris Climate Agreement that would have strangled America’s energy industry and raised energy prices significantly for Americans.
  • OMG, is he kidding me, he imposed costly regulations on fracking companies to restrict that industry, an industry that has led the United States to lead the world in reducing its carbon footprint, has helped keep gas prices low, and has broken the back of the OPEC monopoly on energy.
  • OMG, is he kidding me, Trump rolled back 70 Obama era regulations that inhibited energy production.
  • And finally, consider what former Shell CEO John Hofmeister said Obama for taking credit for America’s oil boom.“If anything, he was trying to frustrate the efforts by taking federal lands off of the availability list — putting them just, no more drilling [sic]. He shut down the Gulf of Mexico for a period of six months. [He] changed the regulations from an average of 60 to 80 pages per permit to 600 to 800 pages per permit. He also never approved the Keystone XL pipeline after dangling all the potential customers for eight years. And it was in the eighth year when he said no Keystone Pipeline.”
Another example where it is tough to say whether a politician is saying something so stupid because he actually believes it or he is saying it because he thinks we are too stupid to see through the lie. In either case, it always stinks that a politician so can be so petty or self centered….or both, which I think is the case with everything Obama says and does. More insanity still to come.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

December, 2018, Part 2, Political Class Insanity: More Ocasio-Cortez Ignorance, More Government Waste, and More Political Arrogance

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) Nancy Pelosi has always been our go to politician for stupid, inane, and simply out of touch with reality quotes. However, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, elected Congresswoman from NYC may now be our new favorite for those types of quotes. Put her name in the search box above for the many idiotic quotes we have already discussed that have come from her mouth.

And she is not slowing down. She recently put forth this gem of ignorance: "If we work our butts off to make sure that we take back all three chambers of Congress — Uh, rather, all three chambers of government: the presidency, the Senate, and the House." Very, very sad, and scary, that an elected member of Congress has no clue how our republic and government is structured, something that a grammar school student probably knows: executive branch, Congress branch, and judicial branch.

If she is so ignorant about this basic fact, how comfortable are you with her deciding on legislation that affects all of us? Stupid is as stupid does and this type of ignorance is really stupid...but keeping with her track record.

To hear actually mouth this insanity, go to:


2) The Federal government’s national debt is currently pushing rapidly towards a whopping $22 TRILLION. The Washington political class and the inept government functions it is responsible for waste untold billions of dollars every day with not positive impact on the American taxpayers who actually pay for that waste. The Convention of States website recently discussed a single instance of abuse in only one state that shows this concept of waste at its worst:
  • California prison inmates have been siphoning off Social Security financial benefits while in prison.
  • According to a quote from the Washington Free Beacon:”The inspector general for the agency reported 123 inmates received the disability and retirement payments despite the Social Security Act prohibiting payments to individuals "confined to a jail, prison, or certain other public institutions for committing a crime."
  • The IG report found that 123 inmates received the $3.5 million in improper payments.
This waste was from only one state? Makes you wonder how much more taxpayer wealth is being improperly paid to prison inmates in the 49 other states and other instances in California that have not been uncovered yet? No wonder we are $22 TRILLION in debt, those politicians and bureaucrats in Washington have no clue on how to NOT waste our tax dollars.

3) The Convention of States website recently had the following gems of ignorance from the political class:
  • A recent Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee ran an ad that accused the Republicans of raising taxes and energy costs even though the Trump tax cuts will reduce taxes for well over 100 million taxpayers, energy costs have been dropping steadily over the past two years, Nancy Pelosi and other leading Democrats have been calling for tax increases. Talk about being out of touch.
  • Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was recently ranting that since Trump did not win the popular vote that it was unhealthy for our democracy. She failed to mention that a lot of that deficit of the popular vote was in California, a state that is rife with voter fraud, that we do not live in democracy, we live in a Constitutional republic, and the election went exactly the way our Constitutional is set up. May she come from the same school of government ignorance that Ocasio-Cortez attended.
  • And finally, Democratic Senator Cory Booker claims that, “he tries to understand "other folks" by reading books like Hillbilly Elegy and travelling to midwestern, southern, and western states. Sorry, Sen. Booker. If you want to connect with everyday Americans, you probably shouldn't talk about them like they're animals in a zoo.”
To see these actual statements of ignorance go to:

https://conventionofstates.com/news/these-three-federal-politicians-are-so-out-of-touch-it-hurts-watch

Let me conclude today’s discussion of political ignorance and incompetence with some words from the Convention Of States website. It does get depressing always discussing how inept the American political class is: they are ignorant, self serving, greedy, and never resolve any of the major issues facing Americans. They always leave office much wealthier than when the enter office even though their performance while in office is usually never worthy of even their paycheck, never mind the the unexplained incremental wealth. 

The Convention Of States, however, gives us some hope that we can fix all that is broken Washington. I will let them explain their purpose and goals to fix what is certainly broken: “It's time to take power away from these D.C. swamp monsters and return it to the states and the people. The states and the people best understand how to solve the problems facing their local communities. Far-away politicians and bureaucrats clearly have no idea what everyday Americans are thinking and feeling, which is why they so often make such terrible decisions.

That's why we need to call the first-ever Article V Convention of States. A Convention of States can propose constitutional amendments that restore the balance of power between the states and the feds and ensure that our clueless D.C. "representatives" can't wreck our country any more than they already have.”

You can access their website and join the effort from the link below. More insanity to follow, with the gross reality that a former Washington politician is about to become a billionaire, yes a billionaire with a “B” even though his track record while in office was abysmal.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

December, 2018, Part 1, Political Class Insanity: Genital Mutilation Okay, The Clintons Bomb, and Obama's Never Resolved Scandals

It is another month which means it is again time to review the latest political class insanity from Washington and around the world. Political class insanity takes many forms including the wasting of taxpayer wealth, criminal fraud within government programs, inane and stupid political quotes and actions, the inability to create and implement effective and efficient government programs, stupid and ill performing economic policies and strategies, and other forms of insanity that continue to evolve and surprise and shock us.

Let’s get started:

1) The Minnesota state legislature is currently working on legislation that would ban the genital mutilation of young girls, a barbaric practice of the Muslim religion. One would think that everyone would want to ban this crude and painful process and that how could anyone support such terror practiced on young girls.

One would think that but one would be wrong, according to a recent Liberty Planet website article:
  • Ilhan Omar, the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, says not so fast when it comes to banning female genital mutilation in the state.
  • She is opposed to the bill “that is designed to impose harsh penalties to parents who force their girls to have this procedure.”
  • She has stated that the bill is too harsh for offenders, i.e. those that commit genital mutilation against young girls, a stand that I personally find repulsive.
  • The current proposed legislation would make the act a felony, would allow parents to lose custody of their kids for allowing such a process on their own daughters, and possibly prison terms.
  • Only four members of the Minnesota House voted against the bill.
So now Ms. Omar will bring this position to Congress and the national stage. I cannot imagine what the reaction of liberals and Democrats would have been if a Republican or conservative came out and said that the mutilation of young girls is a good thing. And yet, in this country and age of female equality, a member of Congress dares to have this barbaric position. Insanity.

2) While we find most politicians to be useless, self serving, and never knowing when to just go away, the Clintons seem to have taken these traits to a new level. They are currently on a joint, Trump bashing speaking tour around the world, never missing an opportunity to make some big bucks off of their notoriety. But maybe, just maybe their run at doing anything to make a buck is finally coming to an end, according to an article on the Zero Hedge website by Tyler Durden:
  • Only 3,300 tickets were sold to hear the Clintons up at the Scotiabank arena in Toronto, an arena that holds almost 20,000 people.
  • As you can see, a lot of people showed up to hear them disguised as empty seats:




  • This comes out to roughly an 83% vacancy rate.




  • Hopefully the rest of the tour goes as badly and these folks will finally just go away, we do not need them going around the country and the world and bad mouthing the current, legally elected and so far, very successful President.
But another aspect that was interesting was the return of Hillary’s coughing fits. As you may recall, there were many times when she coughed so much in public that she could not speak. That trait returned again in Toronto, again causing speculation that she is not a healthy woman. Another reason for her to just go away, a two time, hateful lying politician that is possibly not healthy enough to stand up to the rigors of being President. To see her coughing fit, go to:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ai5aukEcFyUqcdKw65hyYtHVF_0iUS-JHEIZdtAxtnw/edit#

3) While it looks like Hillary Clinton is bombing in the present, much like she did in 2016, The Horn News website recently reminded us of five Obama scandal fails that were never resolved. Remember when Obama once claimed that his administration was scandal free? In fact, Matt Margolis, author of the book, “The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama” says that, “Many of Obama’s scandals covered in my book make Watergate look like a high school prank gone wrong by comparison.” His writing documents 29 major Obama scandals!

We have discussed the reality of how out of touch that claim is but let’s look back at five of his biggest scandals that were never fully resolved and its culprits brought to justice:

1-Obama was so desperate to sign a nuclear arms treaty with Iran that he actually short circuited a major anti-drug effort by the Federal government. According to reporting to left leaning Politico, Iran’s terrorist proxies, Hezbollah, were working with South American drug cartels to sell cocaine in the U.S. to fund their terror activities. They also used used car dealerships in the U.S. to launder their drug money.

The Feds were close to shutting down the terror/drug connection via their Project Cassandra. But Iran threatened to not sign Obama’s nuclear agreement if this drug operation was shut down. Obama, desperate for some type, any type of legacy folded immediately. As a result he signed a ridiculously lousy agreement and allowed terrorists to continue to addict American kids and fund their terror efforts.

2- He promised to close the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay but a) failed at that effort and b) he ended up freeing hundreds of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay but many (224) ended up returning to terrorism, endangering American soldiers and citizens around the world. When asked, “Is there a possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us?” he replied “Absolutely.” He just didn’t care.

3- Obama actually had the gall to spy on Congress, a clear violation of the Constitution and the separations of power as envisioned by the Founders. He did so to try and identify and punish whistleblowers who were telling the world and Congress how corrupt the Obama administration was. According to Senator Chuck Grassley: “The CIA under the Obama administration was reading congressional staff’s e-mails.” 

4- We have often discussed how Obama attacked companies that dared to not support him (see Gibson guitars) or used taxpayer money to favor his political supporters (see Solyndra). But consider this extensive abuse of government power to support his friends: “Obama hated businesses — but he only tried to ruin companies if it would make his friends big bucks.

Two of his buddies, Marty Nesbitt and Harreld Kirkpatrick III, formed an investment firm called Vistria right about the time Obama got re-elected. Obama spent his second term attacking companies — payday lenders, coal mines, for-profit colleges — that they wanted to buy…and driving down their stock prices. “A curious pattern began to emerge,” wrote researcher Peter Schweizer in his book Secret Empires: How Our Politicians Hide Corruption and Enrich Their Families and Friends. “Obama and his administration would attack industries with government power, which led to substantially lower valuations for these companies. Nesbitt and Vistria, or others close to Obama, could then acquire those assets for pennies on the dollar.” It pays to have friends in high places!”

5- Obama not only spied on just about every American’s electronic communications and on Congress, but he also apparently spied on Trump’s election campaign. Mr. Margolis thinks this is Obama’s worst scandal: “There are many serious scandals, and therefore it’s hard to say which is the biggest scandal but I believe Obama’s spying on the Trump campaign, which is starting to be fully unraveled now, will likely prove to be one of the biggest.”

Obama’s extensive scandals, Hillary’s flop in Canada, and Obama exacerbating Americans’ drug addictions for a personal, shallow political legacy. More insanity to follow.

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November, 2018, Part 2, The Unfolding Disaster That Is Obama Care:Why Medicare For All Stinks and Why Trump Has Made Healthcare Better

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) We have often reviewed how horribly the Federal government’s track record has been when providing healthcare to the American public:
  • Medicare is going bankrupt with tens of trillions of dollars in predicted unfunded liabilities.
  • Medicare and Medicaid lose tens of billions of dollars every year to incompetence and criminal fraud.
  • The Veterans Administration has been so inept that thousands of veterans have had to wait months just to get an appointment to see a doctor with untold numbers dying before they could actually get a doctor’s appointment.
  • Obama Care never came close to attaining its stated goals along every financial, medical and health insurance perspective.
And yet, despite this horrid track record in the healthcare industry, many Washington politicians think it would be a good idea for the Federal government to control EVERY aspect of Americans’ health care needs. They even have a name for this travesty, “Medicare For All.” 

Jack Crowe, writing for the National Review website, described how idiotic this concept is,besides the track record of failure in this area in the past:
  • A viable estimate of the cost of “Medicare for All” concludes that the concept would cost the Federal government, and American taxpayer, $32.6 TRILLION over just the first ten years.
  • This is the estimate that as developed by a forecasting model developed by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
  • This estimate is in line with another study that was done independently by the liberal Urban Institute.
  • This average cost of $3.26 TRILLION a year is almost equal to the total amount of record setting Federal tax revenue collected in 2017, i.e. the country would have to double the amount of wealth going to the Federal government every year to pay for this program.
  • This $3.26 TRILLION a year, if paid in taxes, is wealth that could not be used to support and grow the economy, depressing economic growth and the financial well being of the country with no guarantee the Federal government could even execute such a big effort in light of its failures listed above.
  • In fact, the study found that “the government could double all corporate and individual income taxes and it would still lack requisite revenue to fund the program.”
  • Specifically, “Enacting something like Medicare for all’ would be a transformative change in the size of the federal government,” said Charles Blahous, the study’s author.
  • Bernie Sanders, rather than read and criticize the study based on its merits, decided to attack the study’s credibility solely based on the reality that his political enemies, the Koch brothers, fund some of the activities of the Mercatus Center:“If every major country on earth can guarantee health care to all, and achieve better health outcomes, while spending substantially less per capita than we do, it is absurd for anyone to suggest that the United States cannot do the same.” 
  • This is a totally self serving and incorrect statement since in our previous post we showed that single payer systems like “Medicare for All” has not delivered what Sanders claim they have.
As we have said before, any single payer health care system is a stupid idea that refuses to die, similar to just about every other idea or program that Washington politicians all too often come up with.

2) Trump has made some pretty substantial changes to Obama Care’s tenets and rules and, of course, liberals and Democrats have cried disaster all along the process, claiming that Trump is heartless and causing health care suffering among Americans. But according to reality as described by Warren Todd Huston in a November 6, 2018 article for the Godfather Politics website, Trump’s changes have actually made health care better for millions of Americans:
  • Mr. Huston cites an article in the New York Post by Mary Vought that showed that Trump has made life easier for Americans who are chronically ill and others with pre-existing conditions.
  • Trump has encouraged the Food and Drug Administration to speed up the approval of generic drugs which generally cost less than equivalent brand name drugs.
  • In Trump’s first two years the FDA has approved over 1,900 generic drugs while only 1,143 were approved in the last two years of the Obama administration.
  • An analysis by the Council of Economic Advisors found that drug price growth over the past two years probably saved consumers about $26 billion.
  • Trump also signed the “Right To Try” legislation that allows terminally ill patients to try experimental drugs as a last ditch effort to save their lives.
  • Also, according to the article: “The Trump administration has expanded access to more coverage options — not fewer as Obamacare did...To individuals who can’t afford pricey ObamaCare plans, changes to short-term, limited-duration insurance will give alternatives with more reasonable rates — and a guarantee that they can maintain their coverage should they develop a costly illness that requires treatment after their plans’ expiration date.”
  • Trump also eased Medicaid rules to allow states to better their Medicaid rules to more efficiently handle the needy in their states since according to Ms. Vought, “Disability groups aligned with Democrats didn’t mention it at the time, but ObamaCare effectively created a two-tier Medicaid system — with individuals with disabilities and other vulnerable populations at the back of the line. Under the Affordable Care Act, states get 90 cents from Washington for every dollar they spend covering able-bodied adults, but only 50 to 75 cents for covering individuals with disabilities. That has led states that expanded Medicaid under ObamaCare to treat people with disabilities as lower priorities.”
So, Trump’s Obama Care’s changes made drugs less expensive, gave no hope to the really sick Americans in this country, made it easier to get insurance policies that fit a person’s needs, and made it easier for the truly needy to get Medicaid help for their health needs. Yeah, he really screwed things up [sarcasm.]

More unfolding disasters of Obama Care next month are highly likely since Obama Care is the law that keeps on giving...bad news.


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