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More Uncivil War

Watching the WAH! Party* (formerly the Democratic Party) over the past few weeks has led me to the conclusion that these people are under the delusion that they believe that they should be the only political party in the United States.  The amount of arrogance of these people in their quest for political power is almost unbelievable in its scope as it is in the levels of duplicity and deceit.  For example:

WAH! Party member Senator Schumer believes that precedence should only be to his Party’s advantage and no others.  He is demanding that his fellow Party members filibuster, obstruct, and vote against one of the most qualified Supreme Court nominees I have seen in some time.  He is also demanding that 60 votes are required to approve the appointment of Judge Neil Gorsuch.  My response would be this:

Senator Schumer, I dare you and your fellow WAH! Party members mount a real filibuster and get up in front of the American people & speak as to why this most qualified person should not be elevated to the highest court of the land.  I want you to explain plainly the reasons for your obstructionism to the due process and precedence that you yourself championed when your power held both Houses of Congress and the White House.  Last, acknowledge that 60 votes are not needed for consent as two current Justices (Justice Alito with 58 votes, Justice Thomas with 52) were approved with less than the 60 votes you state are necessary.  After exposing yourself and your party as being crying, whining children, please remove yourselves to your designated safe space and let the adults vote.

And to Senator McConnell – enough with the tap-dancing.  Change or amend the rules to approve the nomination and move on with the other business of the Senate.  The WAH! Party has not proven that they will play fair or keep their word in the past, and there is no reason to believe that they will now.  To accentuate this last point, the rant of the newly elected WAH! Party Chair Tom Perez against your party and the President is telling.

The flap about Russian hacking into the election and supposed collusion with then Candidate Trump’s campaign is another issue.  To those accusers – produce and release hard evidence with source references now to the American People via all news agencies.  In you cannot, then STHU because you are no longer relevant.  This crap with unsubstantiated accusations is not productive, especially since the former Democratic Presidential nominee has been shown to have violated multiple Federal laws and has not been prosecuted (yet?), and has made multiple deals with the Russians for personal gain.

Last, the ruckus over illegal aliens and sanctuary cities is absolutely insane.  WAH! Party controlled cities are declaring that the rights of illegal aliens (lawbreakers) supersede those of legal citizens.  The Mayors who declare such nonsense are breaking their oaths (and multiple Federal laws) to the people that elected them in the first place, and putting their citizens in danger (see New DHS Report Reveals Sanctuary Cities Are Releasing Violent Criminal Aliens by Leah Barkouskis).

To the Republicans – the WAH! Party has declared war upon you and the American People that elected you to represent them.  What is your response?


* WAH! Party stands for Whiners And Hypocrites, of which the Democratic Party has become.

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What’s Next?

This past week, the Republicans found that talk was cheap compared to the actions that they needed to take to repeal and replace the monstrosity known as ObamaCare.  The solution that they came up with fell far short of what was expected of them.

One would think that it would be easy to simply repeal the existing law and set everything back to the way it was before the Democrats inflicted this POS legislation upon the American people.  But it’s not that easy.

The problem is that ObamaCare has become an entitlement that some people depend upon at the expense of hurting far more people.  The result is a program that is failing (it was designed to, by the way) – insurance companies fleeing the exchanges with those that remain charging higher and higher premiums with deductibles that people ultimately cannot afford.

The bad news is that the Republican’s replacement to ObamaCare failed to get the necessary votes in the House to pass the Bill to the Senate where, in my opinion, it would have been shot down in flames with all its flaws exposed.  The worse news is that ObamaCare is still law, and it is going downhill fast.

Ramirez_OCare_Blimp

The bigger question is who’s going to be hurt most by this failure.  I will guarantee that it won’t be the insurance companies or the politicians – the insurance companies have been playing both sides where they would come out winners (remember the section in ObamaCare that guarantees for the Government to cover any losses by the insurance companies?), and the politicians have their own health plan (they quietly repealed the section of the ObamaCare law that mandated that they would be on the same plan as the rest of us).  So once again, the American taxpayer will bear the costs of this insanity.

I found a commentator by the name of Dan Carlin who takes a neutral political view of the situations in the world.  His take on health care finances, the healthcare industry, and the politics behind it are eye-opening and interesting.  While I do not agree with everything he says, he does make a compelling case for an alternative healthcare system in his latest audio “Common Sense 314 – Unhealthy Numbers.”  His show notes point to a resource that has graphs that show that our healthcare system is sick, and probably headed for financial collapse.  For example:

Squires OECD Exhibit 01

To sum up the audio and the show notes, Americans spend the highest amount for healthcare insurance and health care, but receive lower benefits from that health care.  Where does that help anyone in the long term?

Regardless, the passage of ObamaCare was to force the health care insurance industry into a single payer system – the government – with the health insurers as their surrogates.  The end result is that the American taxpayer would pay not only for the program in taxes, but fees to the insurance companies in amounts greater than if the politicians had stayed out of it.

The solution, in my opinion, is to 1) repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) in it’s entirety, 2) provide a financial safety net for those who have paid voluntarily into an optional program that would not be used for any other purpose except health care (something that Social Security was originally set up to be), 3) enact laws that will allow insurance companies to compete across state lines with the usual protections against price fixing/gouging and monopolies, 4) establish tax-free health savings accounts similar to Roth IRAs, and 5) remove any governmental management of health care from the private sector (we all can see how well government management works in the healthcare industry with the Veteran’s Administration).

I’m sure there are other ideas on this subject, but I already know that the politicians are ill equipped to handle any financial decisions.  Otherwise, how in the Hell could our country be trillions of dollars in debt, and needing loans from other countries to keep afloat?

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Driving Off The Cliff

Do the Republicans have a fricking political death wish?

This past week, the Republicans have put forth their initial proposed replacement (not repeal) of the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) titled the American Health Care Act, or AHCA.  The critics have called the AHCA a number of names including ObamaCare Lite and ObamaCare 2.0.  Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY) stated:

“It’s a stinking pile of garbage. …It’s not a Republican, conservative bill. …One thing that I’ve maintained is that this bill was written with the help of the insurance companies, just like Obamacare. That’s why it looks so similar.“

From the articles that I’ve read so far, the AHCA is a tweak to the existing law, keeping the popular parts, dumping the unpopular parts (mostly), but keeping the government firmly in charge.  And by the way, it appears that you would be required to buy insurance by law.  Fix it

A far cry from the “repeal and replace” campaign promises of the Republican Party.  One begins to wonder why, and that brings back something that I wrote over a decade ago:

In case any of you didn’t know, a typical politician’s primary job is not to serve the people who elected him. His primary job is to get himself (or herself) elected or re-elected. Second is to reward all those contributors that gave $$ to help him get elected. Third is to get as many perks & benefits as he can while he is in office. Last on the list is the common person like you & I.

And here we go again – that vicious circle where We The People vote professional politicians into office based on their promises only to get screwed again.  To continue with the same post:

What happens is that anything that the politician has promised, said they would do, or otherwise look into during the campaign is promptly forgotten, and we, as the stupid idiots that we are, forget right along with them. That is, until the next time re-election comes up… Then it’s the “other party’s” fault for putting up roadblocks, vetoes, filibusters, yadda, yadda, yadda as to why they couldn’t fulfill their promises.

Does this dance routine sound familiar?  But the voters have woken up, and if the Republicans continue the politics as usual routine, they could find themselves in the same condition as the Democratic Party, and We The People might just find ourselves with a vengeful Democratic Congress back in power.

Here’s the problem – government entitlements like ObamaCare are rarely (never) repealed in their entirety.  There are certain groups that depend on the entitlements, and they are usually 1) very vocal about their support, 2) the Media makes it their “human interest story” about the government abusing their power (!) by taking away their civil rights (!!) to such a program, and 3) the Media putting the politicians trying to curb the entitlement through the 9th circle of Hell for even thinking to reduce government entitlements.

I’ve read somewhere that politicians, as a whole, are some of the most risk adverse people on the planet.  And it’s true – they will go to almost any length to avoid controversy that they cannot control or benefit from.  This is exactly what is happening here.  They want to keep the entitlements for the minority while trying to appease the majority with legal smoke and mirrors – a difficult balancing act that isn’t going to go too far with an awake electorate.

Arthur Schaper at Townhall.com has an interesting take on what should be done:

…repeal the whole damn Obamacare monstrosity, and let the free market make us healthy…

Don’t just repeal Obamacare, but repeal all the stupid rules pushed by government and corporate interests to enrich themselves while impoverishing everyone else. And about more policy-oriented discussions …

Let’s repeal the nasty notion that health care is a “right” which the government must provide. It’s not working in Canada, the United Kingdom, or Sweden. Bernie Sanders is a spoiled regressive from Vermont. He should try getting health care in Canada, where he can pull a number of hope that he wins a locale’s once-a-month lottery to see a family doctor. The animals get better care than human beings.

Don’t just repeal the Obamacare monster. Remove all the decades-old layers of government regulation. During World War II, FDR imposed age controls, so employers offered health insurance to compete for jobs. Now Americans expect third parties (including the government) to bear the burden)

Arbitrary caps on medical students, guild-system quotas on medical professionals, and arbitrary licensure laws are not helping. The government that wants to keep us healthy is making us sicker.

When Medicare arrived, more people ended up spending other people’s money for less healthcare.

Get rid of it.

The tort-lawyer lobby is kicking taxpayers’ butts. Time to discourage punitive damage awards? Restore the Common Law provisions which forced lawsuit losers to pay back the winning party’s attorney’s fees?

Sounds like a winner to me.  Hope the Republicans are listening…

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Uncivil War

The WAH! Partytm’s (formerly known as the Democratic Party) mandate (Whining And Hypocrisy) was on full display this past week, especially at Tuesday’s address to Congress by President Trump.  For instance –

  • Not standing for the widow of a slain Navy SEAL.
  • Booing during calls to put aside trivial politics
  • Sitting stone-faced during statements that America needs to become great again
  • Grumbling about the need to secure the borders for the security of the nation

Tuesday’s address was seen even by the Liberal MSM as the moment that Trump “…became President of the United States…” – [van Jones, CNN]  But the attacks against President Trump and his administration have continued.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself (under pressure) from any investigations and cases concerning the 2016 election in reaction to the news release that he met with the Russian ambassador twice last year, but did not state this fact during his confirmation hearing.  Considering that several Democratic Senators and Representatives met with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 election year, and that the Russian ambassador sat with the Democrats during Tuesday’s speech, seems to have no bearing upon calls for the AG’s resignation.  In the spirit of disclosure, here is a partial list of Democrats that met with the Russian ambassador last year:

  • Senior Obama advisor John Holdren
  • Senator Claire McCaskill
  • Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
  • Former Senator Mary Landrieu
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein
  • Senator Jack Reed
  • Senator Bob Casey
  • Senator Maria Cantwell
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
  • Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer

The smell of hypocrisy runs strong with these Congresscritters…

Then there was the contingent of white-clad Congress women that stated that “they were honoring the suffragettes of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries while indicating their ongoing commitment to women’s rights issues.”  The issues that these women of the WAH! Partytm include equal pay for women (something that the WAH! Partytm has been talking about for years) and “reproductive freedom” (aka abortion on demand).  Considering that the Trump Administration is seriously considering withdrawing funding from the abortion provider Planned Parenthood, such a reaction is almost predictable.  Also consider that many of these same people profess being of the Christian faith, and support abortion in all it’s horrific forms is not only the greatest hypocrisy, but blasphemous as well.

Of course, the opposition to the failing Obamacare repeal and replacement continues by the WAH! Partytm .

The WAH! Partytm is still upset that their “chosen one” lost the election, depriving them of the power to grow the government, and further take this country down the path of their ideal country of where equal outcomes equates to equal misery managed by an all-powerful, all omnipotent government with them in charge.  Their reaction is best summed up by the following graphic:

sore losers

The WAH! Partytm and the Republicans are in a war with each other, and it’s a vicious one.  An excellent article by Patricia McCarthy does a nice job of summing up the uncivil war between the two parties.

Folks, fasten your seat belts – it’s going to be a bumpy 8 years (yes, I’m predicting at this point in time that Trump will be reelected if he doesn’t self-destruct in the meantime).

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