Let me try to understand this. We are debating changes to our “Progressive” tax code, to make it easier for politicians to shake us down with us liking it, with people who can’t balance the checkbook and won’t listen to us anyway. Am I missing something?
So far, I have not yet heard the words “Fair Tax” enter this discussion. Why is that? Well, It’s all about economic control that allows politicians to pick and choose winners and losers. That power alone allows them to keep their jobs, stiff us, and make us play their game. I’m tired of it.
When corrupt politicians control our lives and we don’t recognize what it is doing to us, we allow their actions to pass on without complaint hoping apparently, that somebody else will do something. Americans just want to be left alone to provide for their families and their retirements, and it’s always the damn politicians who stand in our way. Less government means more freedom and I think the crippling effect of government deciding who pays how much, is unconstitutional anyway. A Fair Tax would solve that.
Congressional Republicans are ineffective at governing. Before, a few Congresses had over seventy GOP co-sponsors for the “FairTax”. Today, it’s half that. The reason was that it was once safe for them to say; “Yes, we support the Fair Tax” but, they never had an inkling they would actually have a chance to vote for it. They don’t want that. Now they just ignore it and hope it goes away.
When the Republicans became the majority and changing the tax code became a serious issue, they could still talk around it. With Trump’s election, Republicans went into a panic mode because they can’t or don’t want to explain the FairTax, let alone implement it.
I have talked with congressional campaigners in past elections and realized most are clueless about how the real tax system works or how the Fair Tax could improve economics for all.
This might help explain Obama’s twenty trillion dollar national debt he saddled us with leaving Donald Trump to take the blame when it all collapses, as it will, shortly.
The most important reason for their impotence is that under the Fair Tax politicians lose control over us. ‘Nuf said?” They would lose their power to reward and punish Americans using the current tax code and its enforcement arm, the IRS Gestapo, as a weapon. With the Fair Tax, loopholes would be closed and there would be no reason for the corruption lobbying encourages. Lobbyists bring money, and favors to our public servants ensuring the continuation of government corruption, not because money corrupts but because politicians are corruptible. One only need look at the Clinton Foundation and the Podesta Group to see real crime rings that can run circles around the Mafia. The changes wrought could be incalculable. Patronage would be threatened, tax lawyers and tax preparers would go belly up, and, lacking a “raison d’faire,” corrupt politicians would go home and try to exist off their congressional retirements. Not too shabby. With the Fair Tax we could also demand, because we desperately need it, term limits at all levels of government, not just the President.
But, that ain’t gonna happen. You know it and I know it because we simply do not have the power to lift the yoke of oppression off our shoulders or stop the lash on our backs and, be it a Democrat, a Republican or far left Socialists like uncle Bernie and Aunt Warren, our public servants in Washington won’t allow that. Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (12Nov17)
Deep within the hidden recesses of the Pentagon, lurks a nondescript DoD group called the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, the lead agency apparently, for interviewing recovered, rescued or deserter prisoners of war, and other captives.
Among their latest achievements, is realizing the fall out gathered from interviews (interrogations?) of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A lead representative of that group,Terrance Russell, gave evidence at Bergdahl’s sentencing that the deserter/traitor provided a “gold mine” of useful intelligence about the militants who held him captive for years in Pakistan. Well, so did Mata Hari!
Russell testified that Bergdahl’s decision to abandon his post in 2009 produced an unintended consequence, by revealing the tactics used by the Taliban, their methods of imprisoning captured soldiers and, presumably, their own interview techniques. As a result, military doctrine on how to avoid capture and evade, and escape if captured, was updated.
I wonder at what point, after Bergdahl’s return in Obama’s infamous trade deal, did the “interrogations” of Bergdahl cease and the thrust change to “interviews” by Russell’s JPRA group? Because of the seriousness of Bergdahl’s offense any interrogations would be under Miranda warning as criminal. So, who decided to cease ‘Interrogations’ for criminal offenses in favor of ‘interviews’ simply to update military doctrine on escape and evasion? Has justice really been served? I ask because in my twenty-one years career as a military CE/CI/Criminal investigator, we had to be sensitive to the direction any investigation could take. In Bowe Bergdahl’s case, his desertion directly caused the deaths and injuries of other US soldiers.
Russell, whose group produces training and doctrine materials, testified that “Bergdahl’s debriefing added to lessons taught to US troops and allied militaries,” adding that Bergdahl still has intelligence that has yet to be collected that could still help troops in Afghanistan. Of course, now it’s too late. Bergdahl will be on the run hiding from the retribution that will seek him out.
I’m not faulting Terrance Russell or his information collection group for doing their jobs. His work helps keep military field doctrine up to date. It’s a necessary element of theater survival that all troops need to know. Russell’s enthusiasm for doing his job properly is also revealed when he said: “can you give him to me now? I need him now. I needed him three years ago,” “The fact I can’t get that information is wrong.” Russell testified that he had debriefed more than 120 American captives, more than any other US official….Source: Washington Post. 31Oct17 .
The defense appeared to use testimony from Russell and a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, to suggest that there is a national security interest in showing Bergdahl leniency. US
Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, the presiding judge, apparently thought that Bergdahl’s potential punishment, life imprisonment, was simply too much for this army snowflake as he had already suffered enough under the Taliban.
So, the rehabilitation of Bowe Bergdahl, who pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy begins. However, there is another unintended consequence: the resentment remains and will fester. How does injustice match resentment? By what remaining Obama values are soldiers to be assuaged of Bergdahl’s crimes? When did mistreatment by the enemy mitigate justifiable punishment of an offenders true crimes? Don’t you wonder too?
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (08Nov2017)
A Week of Disasters
Where does one begin to reflect upon this weeks events? How does one devalue any American’s military service? We saw it start in the 1960’s when G.I.’s returning from Vietnam were spat upon, harassed and disrespected by the Communist influenced radicals who refused military service, organized demonstrations against ROTC programs and fought police on the streets. This was the era that spawned the Clinton’s. Gratefully, It’s almost over, we hope.
We see the NFL register their disrespect every weekend at game day, and we saw it again when the US Army deserter and traitor, Bowie Bergdahl walked out of a military court at Fort Bragg, NC, a man free of further punishment because a “snowflake” Obama officer, Col. Jeffery R. Nance, didn’t like the Commander-in-Chief’s comments about exchanging Bergdahl for five Muslim terrorist generals and opening that Bergdahl, who did not serve with honor or distinction, should be executed. It appears the inmates are still in charge of the institution.
But, Bergdahl isn’t free. He will forever be imprisoned by his cowardice, waiting and wondering when the retribution that settles scores will surely come. He will forever be looking over his shoulder, sleeping in different bedrooms every night, moving from place to place seeking the anonymity he so desperately craves and will never get. In the end, he will kill himself. He must!
Bergdahl’s treachery, and the court martial judges decision, is a burden almost too heavy to bear. Bergdahl will realize the approbation he so richly deserves and it will hound his thoughts to the grave, unlike his Commander-in-Chief, Obama, who nearly succeeded in neutering the very essence of a military’s strength with his transgender, homosexual policies of socialization. Bergdahl is a product of that socialization experiment.
That leaves us with 26 year old Devin P. Kelly, a once Air Force member awarded a Bad Conduct Discharged with a sad social media history of malfunctioning brain cells, who committed the awful murders in that Texas church. He was a deranged single white male with a personal history of violence, anger and hate. Immediately, the media screams “gun control, gun control,” yet we saw that a good man with a gun, can stop a bad man with a gun. The second amendment is non-negotiable by the way. Kelly’s in-laws were members of that church.
What the “Left” loves to do is immediately try to connect the murderers to Tea Party or conservative Republicans. If their search is not rewarded, and they’re now careful not to make rash assumptions, they report nothing at all. In this case, their search has not revealed Kelly’s political affiliation and, as we know if he had been a registered Republican, they would have screamed about it at once. Therefore, he had to have been a Progressive Democrat.
That brings us to sorting out the plethora of suggestions now flooding in about how to stop these awful shootings. What is apparent, and always ignored, is that thus far, all of America’s mass killings with guns and cars, were committed either by Muslims or Liberal Progressives. No NRA members yet. The Texas murders seriously suggests that to prevent these types of assaults in the future, anybody registered as a “Democrat” should be denied gun ownership. It only figures.
The Texas shooter had an Irish name. The Irish have devolved a long history of rebellion, shootings, and killings. Should the Irish among us be denied the right of Constitutional self-protection because one of their number committed an outrage at a small country church? Maybe not because he was Irish but because he was a Liberal/Progressive. Yes, that will do.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (06Nov2017)
The Unraveling of the Clinton Collusion
One can’t help but wonder if the deadly jihadist attack yesterday in NYC, was not a diversion to take our eyes off the Mueller/Comey/Manafort/DNC Collusion with the Russians operetta now unfolding in Washington DC. Maybe the Russian Facebook controversy was supposed to do that. In any event, they still haven’t tied Trump to any criminal offense involving the Russians, but with Hillary Clinton and her RICO machine they have. Where’s the cavalry when needed?
Muller, the Democrats ‘Torquemada’ as it were, is applying the squeeze, a technique long known to government interrogators to apply to low level nobody’s, encouraging them to “rat out” their superiors. The method was perfected long ago by the interrogators of the Spanish Inquisition and, when applied to an offenders genitalia, it works to extract even more damaging admissions, even if they don’t exist. “Confess now, avoid the rush.”
That Mueller is even involved in this investigation against Trump, is painful, especially with his Democrat background as well as adding all Clinton donors to his investigative staff. It could even rebound against him when he least expects it. Comey, who replaced Mueller as FBI Director, did the unthinkable, he involved himself in a task that the Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, should have done, pass judgement on whether Hillary Clintons treasonous email debacle was triable as a high crime or misdemeanor against the security of the United States, or not.
Comey’s arrogant action, relieving Hillary of criminal culpability, opened the door to ambitious underlines in the higher ranks of the FBI (McCabe) and DOJ, (Rosenstein) to bring him down. Comey made a serious ‘faux Pas,’ and it is now comes to light that Rosenstein told Andrew McCabe that he was thinking of recommending to the president that Comey be replaced. Before he made such a decision, he wanted McCabe’s opinion of Comey’s handling of his job. Well, McCabe took that opportunity to stick a knife in Comey’s back by agreeing that Comey should be removed. This is all like a TV soap opera. Keep in mind, these are all unelected bureaucrats, real deep-state swamp dwellers who’s whole ambition is to remain at the apogee of power and work together to destroy Trump’s presidency. They will keep trying, won’t they?
These people are despicable, pious, self-serving hypocrites. Their jobs are sinecures that serves to enrich them at the expense of stupid elected politicians. It’s impossible to not have these bottom-feeders worm their way into all levels of government, and it screams for the corrective action that comes with mandatory transfers, much like the military does within its ranks every three or four years. It keeps the pot stirred.
The aura of conflict of interest here is unmistakable. Our Congress does the usual, nothing, except coalesce against the one man that actually wants to drain the swamp. Mueller, Comey, McCabe & Rosenstein are all way too deeply involved in this political mess to be able to fix it. The Media is protecting democrat corruption while trying to destroy Republicans who flail about in a vain attempt to save themselves. Republicans are either too stupid or too cowardly, or corrupt, to do anything about it. They can only continue to disrespect their base, rail against Trumps aggressive style of political combat and help the Democrats obstruct Trumps agenda.
It cannot be denied that the tone of the Russia debacle is changing rapidly. We hear less about collusion and more about the Russian Facebook ads because, even after one year’s worth of investigations, no evidence has emerged to support Trump’s collusion, indeed he is likely to be vindicated. Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (01Nov2017)
The Clinton Saga Continues
The Clinton’s years of association with big cash donors aside, many now being outed as sexual predators, pedophiles and rapists, the Clinton’s actual collusion with the Russians, as compared to what they claim Trump did, is becoming a point of fact, not a phony $6 million dossier filled with rumors, lies and innuendos.
Uranium ore now becomes center to our Clinton story with implications that have revealed Obama’s government to be despotic and its citizens targets. The implications extend far beyond the money grubbing underway by greedy politicians from special interests, it is the unbridled and unconstitutional power of government to seize private property and kill to do it.
I am referring to the standoff last year between the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Oregon State Police and local law enforcement, pitted against the Hammond family ranch at Burns, Oregon that involved other concerned citizens as protesters occupying the Malheur Game Refuge. The government’s siege of the park gave the story legitimacy while the back story was ignored. It’s a dark story indeed.
Recall that the BLM lost public’s approval when they were forced to stand down in their attempt to seize the property of the Bundy Ranch in Nevada on piddling allegations that Bundy’s cattle were illegally grazing on open range, government (BLM) land. Oh, woe! It was reported then that Senate majority leader, Harry Reid (D-Nv) wanted the land to resell to a solar power company, supposedly to advance Obama’s green energy scheme and to help defray the cost of his retirement. Maybe!
Apart from the fact that some armed Bundy Ranch supporters went to Burns, Ore. to assist the Hammond’s in what appears to be another trumped-up case to allow the BLM to seize the their ranch, what is the connection? It’s uranium, and is a scandal that could take down the Clintons once and for all.
The Hill broke the story as far back as 2009. Clinton, as Secretary of State, approved the sale of 20% of American uranium to Russia through a Canadian businessman, a big donor to the Clinton Foundation. He was representing a Russian front Canadian mining business called Uranium one. The FBI was investigating the proposed deal and successfully inserted an undercover agent who has subsequently been gagged from even talking to Congress about it.
The Obama administration and the Clintons (Bill Clinton received a half million dollars for delivering a speech in Moscow) defended their actions insisting there was no evidence that any Russians or donors engaged in wrongdoing and there was no national security reason for any member of congress to oppose the Uranium One deal. The deal was clear and above board said Clinton’s State Department. But was it?
The Hill reported that documents from the FBI, the Department of Energy and a Federal Court shows the FBI in fact had gathered substantial evidence that Russian businessman Vadim Mikerin was engaged in wrongdoing starting in 2009, well before the committee’s decision and, was, in fact, overseeing Putin’s nuclear expansion inside the United States.
Where is this uranium? It’s in Burns, Oregon. To quote the source: “The central part of the Malheur Refuge Protest was the Hammond family, and their ranch outside of Burns, Oregon. Dwight and Steven Hammond were ordered to return to prison by the Federal government over a small range backfire. They had previously served out the sentence reluctantly imposed on them by Judge Hogan.” “During the court preceding the Hammond’s were forced to grant the BLM first right of refusal. If the Hammond’s ever sold their ranch they would have to sell it to the BLM.” “It was during this turbulent time that the political implications of Uranium One were shouted out over the internet.“ (not the main stream media, note.)
Source: INTELLIHUB: “Clinton Foundation took massive payoffs, promised Hammond Ranch and other publicly owned lands to Russians along with one-fifth of our uranium ore.” ”The Hammond’s ranch and other ranch lands surrounding the refuge sit atop a vast swath of precious metals, minerals, and uranium that’s heavily desired by not only the federal government but foreign entities as well.”
“Oregon Energy, L.L.C. (formally Uranium One) is interested in developing a 17-Claim parcel of land known as the Aurora Project through an open pit mining method. Besides the mine, there would be a processing mill. The claim area occupies about 450 acres and is also referred to as the “New U” uranium claims.”
Source: News-Target also reported: “Massive Cover-up. BLM leases Hammond ranch land to Russia through donors to the Clinton Foundation for its uranium. Evidence has surfaced that the BLM has been taking land with plans to lease it to Clinton Foundation donors.”
“Russia gradually gained control of Uranium One, a major Russian mining company, in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State. Canadian records reveal that the company’s chairman used his own family foundation to make four donations to the Clinton Foundation during that time, resulting in a sum contribution of $2.35 million. Secretary Clinton approved the deal for Russia soon after her family’s slush fund received the donations. Now, Vladimir Putin controls 20 percent of all uranium production capacity in the U.S.”
The previous data was as indicated, copied from open sources. The Burns, Oregon refuge siege incident, that included the murder of one protester at a police checkpoint, was another blatant example of a corrupt (Marxist leaning) government running rough-shod over its citizens, for the financial benefit of one of its “elites” (the Clintons).
Americans are wising up and are getting sick and tired of it. The Federal government, with a One World Government attitude in the hands of corrupt politicians lining their pockets with taxpayer dollars, must come to an end. Throw in the Clinton’s cozy connections with Hollywood’s “A- List” of pedophilia admirers and the corruption and criminality of our political leaders in the Obama administration becomes clearer.
It’s time for term limits to be seriously considered as a corrective to career politicians whose entire reason to exist is to gain personal wealth off the unsuspecting American taxpayer, American security and sovereignty be damned. Trump is their main danger.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (27Oct2017)
How to Dupe a Whole Nation
Remember when Obama promised over and over in his campaign for President, that he wanted to “fundamentally change America.” He was mouthing the Marxist goal for a Socialist society. In the frenzy of having a (nearly) black candidate running for president, the organs of Marxist propaganda, the Main Street Media, shouted out the narrative that Obama’s election would bring an end to America’s divisiveness at last, and usher in an era of multiculturalism and diversity that would ease our tensions and, we would all rejoice and be happy.
In doing so, Obama shoved the long suffering Hillary Clinton right off the pages of history as America’s first female president in favor of America’s first black president. Hillary has been scheming for decades to achieve the pinnacle of power, President of the United States, and Obama snatch it away from her. Eight years later, so did Donald Trump.
Obama, in many ways, nearly succeeded because politically, he was a Marxists but, you can’t sell Marxism, it has to be imposed, slowly. He had to change this country to Socialist first. In retrospect, as casual observers, we have witnessed some of the techniques used, and are still being used, to accomplish that goal. Here are a few of them:
- Infiltrate and subvert one of the political parties in the United States. Attack the other one until it is rendered powerless by mocking indecision.
- Infiltrate the courts with judges who will rule on law, not as the Constitution demands, but as “the people” feel about the law. These decisions weaken American institutions by ruling moral and religious activities violate citizens civil rights and claiming that it’s not “fair.” This includes promoting sexual deviancy and inclusiveness as the new normals.
- Gain control of the schools. Use them to propagandize the little children to view socialism and communism as the goal for a happy future for all.
- Ease educational requirements so even the most illiterate can achieve success. Participation trophies for all.
- Gain control of teachers’ unions and put the party line in textbooks.
- Gain control of student newspapers, claim free speech is unlawful and demand censorship of competing ideas, speakers and publications.
- Use student riots (useful idiots) to foment public protests against programs or organizations that do not support the Socialist/Communist multicultural platform for change.
- Infiltrate the Media from the top down including control of book-reviews, editorial writing and policy-making positions.
- Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and Hollywood, and….
- Continue discrediting American culture by degrading its history, claiming its Constitution is out of date, approve all forms of artistic expression that glorifies multiculturalism and socialism, and censure those that do not.
We still hear the term “One World Government.” It’s the dream of a coalition of multinational companies, banks, and International financial firms. People from these organizations have long infiltrated and influenced Western governments around the world and yet, they are not victims of violent change. Why? Because they are the source of that violent change and the street rioters, student activists and even kneeling football players are all their useful idiots in their game of top down control, a “Dictatorship of the elite disguised as a dictatorship of the proletariat.”
Hillary missed the boat. She will not lead our country. She will go no further and her dark place in US history has been affirmed. Stick a fork in her, she’s done!
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em! (29 Oct 2017)
Liberals shun science, defy Obama in poultry production
WASHINGTON—This op ed by Congressman Doug Collins (R-Ga.) first appeared in The Hill on September 27, 2017.
Not much has changed since 1906, when Upton Sinclair dropped his magnum opus on a world in the throes of industrialization.
At least, that’s the picture that liberals like Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) are propagating: Big business is forcing poultry workers to brave conditions straight out of “The Jungle,” and “any attempt to increase lines speeds” at poultry plants would erode food and worker safety.
If these claims were rooted in reality, allowing producers to increase the speeds of certain processing lines might be inappropriate, especially since my northeast Georgia home is the poultry capital of the world. My neighbors have made their careers in this industry. We see each other at church and at the grocery store, and I want only their safety and success.
If we’re being honest, though, we admit that a lot has changed since 1906, and scientific advances have transformed the industrial landscape and equipped us to evaluate accusations leveled by my friends across the aisle.
Unfortunately, opponents of increasing line speeds have scuttled a broad range of scientific disciplines in order to advance their anti-poultry position. They walk a road so extreme and so hostile to empirical evidence that it requires them to break with President Obama himself, whose administration introduced a rule that would have allowed processors to increase their line speeds safely (and, in so doing, to benefit American workers and consumers).
The first casualty of their argument is geography. These critics say that faster line speeds would force workers on those lines to dismember chickens at dangerous rates. The geography of the production process, however, makes their claim disingenuous.
Poultry plants exist in two distinct sections—one for first processing and one for second processing. Every petition to raise line speeds that I’m familiar with applies strictly to the first-processing zone, where birds enter the plant and undergo cleaning to make the food safer before ending this journey in chillers. The primary duty of workers on these lines is inspection. They wield cotton swabs, not paring knives.
Workers who debone the birds operate only in second-processing areas, physically separate from the largely-automated first-processing lines. The chillers represent a full stop in the process and physical division between these sections of a plant, so raising line speeds in the first area doesn’t require work speeds in the second area to increase. The geography lesson here is simple: The layout of these plants means that increases in line speeds in the first-processing zones would, by design, not jeopardize worker safety.
Line-speed skeptics also ignore biology. Since 2007, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has overseen a pilot program for plants operating at speeds of up to 175 birds per minute (bpm). These plants had implemented new safety models that shifted focus from low-value activities—like checking birds for bruises or remaining feathers—to high-value food safety tasks like microbial testing.
A landmark study demonstrated that plants with higher line speeds met or exceeded FSIS food safety standards. Among other successes, FSIS (that is, the government inspectors) saw the percentages of unacceptable samples for E. coli fall from 3.9 percent to 0.7 percent while the plants were able to operate at increased speeds. The rates of Salmonella and Campylobacte
Why would anyone shun innovation that improves both efficiencies and product quality while guarding employee welfare?
I can’t answer that, but we do know this: Such objectors dismiss ergonomic data—even when it comes from federal regulators. They fly the banner of worker safety and efficiency in theory but seem to disregard insight from the Department of Labor, which reports that the poultry industry’s 2015 illness and injury rate was 4.3 cases per 100 full-time workers compared to a rate of 4.7 cases for the food manufacturing sector at large. According to these records, the men and women engaged in poultry processing have found a safer career than those working in the average tortilla manufacturer or bottled water operation.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that injury and illness rates among poultry employees have fallen 81 percent since 1994. So, as poultry plants have become more efficient, they have also become safer for the individuals operating them. Innovation is not a zero-sum game.
Yet, in the face of scientific data, industry detractors demonize even economics and its positive externalities. They bemoan the news that poultry “profits are soaring” and decry a company that reported its earnings for “bragging.”
Yet successful companies often find themselves in the best position to supply the market with more affordable goods, and that dynamic serves American consumers—especially the middle class, who spend a greater portion of their income on staples like food than higher-earners do.
The economic cost of locking our producers into slower line speeds became clear in 2010, when Brazil outpaced the U.S. as the world’s leading poultry broiler meat exporter. Like operations in Canada, Europe and Asia, Brazilian plants can run at line speeds of over 200 bpm. Handcuffing American consumers and producers to arbitrarily low line-speeds hurts our economy and may even undermine food and worker safety, both of which have improved as line speeds have increased and oversight techniques have advanced.
Liberals appropriate the stories of individual poultry employees without disclosing that they don’t actually work on the lines in question here. They jettison a host of scientific data because it is inconvenient to their narrative of doom, gloom and righteous indignation.
We serve our neighbors best when we allow evidence to mobilize our empathy. Scientific analysis demonstrates that innovation has simultaneously improved worker safety, product quality and operational efficiencies across the poultry industry, which means that they’re protecting and stewarding America’s most valuable resource—our workers.
Rep. Doug Collins has represented Georgia’s 9th District since 2013. He is the Vice Chair of the House Republican Conference and a member of the Judiciary and Rules Committees.
Obamacare, The Gift That Keeps On Giving!
The current state of our medical care after the passage of Obamacare, is a total disaster. We all know why. It was a socialist wealth transfer scheme that demanded everybody buy insurance, including options not needed or wanted. It was designed so those without any form of insurance could get their healthcare provided by the government, practically free. It was an expansion of medicaid, with medicare thrown in. It was a start, they thought.
The idea was that Medicaid, the existing plans for the poor, and the “Part B” Medicare supplement for those who had insurance, while sounding good, was a Br’er Rabbit tar baby trap. Both plans had limited eligibility but the socialists, the Democrats, cunningly raised the eligibility levels bringing more and more folks under the governments health care umbrella creating yet another layer of dependency so voters would, hopefully, resist any attempts to change it. That’s exactly where we are at right now. Republicans are stuck. Oh, what to do?
Today, the political fortunes of the Democrat party are tanking and the Republicans, stuck in the socialized medicine tar baby left for them, are trying to figure out how to reduce costs while maintain Obamacare’s unaffordable eligibilities. Nothing is free! To reduce costs, the first order of business is to dramatically reduce the eligibility requirements back to pre-Obamacare levels.
In other words, repeal Obamacare, then get on with necessary changes. Just do it! The two major problems of government tax subsidized employer-owned medical insurance are portability and the pre-existing conditions issues. The insurance companies will do anything so long as they can make a profit, even if it’s from government, and politicians who, through health industry lobbyists gladly take insurance companies donations, will help them to maintain the status quo. It’s called maintaining the swamp! The Obamacare scheme served only to provide a small number of really poor people, homeless, addicts and immigrants, some form of insurance, through Medicaid, at costs few Doctors are willing to take while making insurance totally unaffordable to the majority who once did have it. Politicians cannot run anything.
The Republican are now in charge yet their solution seems to be trying only to “tweak” Obamacare simply to maintain that status quo, not reforming it, or eliminating it like they promised and the conservative base wants.
Republicans have legislated HSAs, but have not made HSA’s the centerpiece of their reform efforts. Why is that? Probably because they didn’t expect Trump to win the presidency and push them to repeal Obamacare as they promised, leaving the corrupted GOP politicians to continue their obfuscation (lie to us) in order to keep their power. They are in danger of losing it all.
The Democrats, on the other hand, seem to be fixated only on obstructing the Republicans. They continue to advocate for a single payer system, as Bernie Sanders demands, and Chuckie Schumer soon will, when no solution comes out of the Republican Senate. That means the Federal Government as Single-Payer of course, exactly what the socialists want.
Ryan and McConnell are losing ground here because they continue to push for employer-based plans, now out of date, rather than individually owned HSAs. Individuality is anathema to their power and control. It’s a sickness. That’s one reason five GOP Senators are hedging their bets on this bill. Five GOP Senators want the GOP to keep its promise to repeal Obamacare. Any vote that does not do that will doom the GOP bill and dangerously, the GOP’s majority in Congress. The GOP will lose their conservative base; the GOP will be gone forever.
Should individually owned HSAs actually become the dominant form of private health care, (fat chance of that) there is a probability tax subsidies could be phased out leading to true, affordable free-market health care while dropping costs as well. These efforts would even facilitate affordable care for the poor and the elderly and, of course, the little children. Mustn’t forget them.
The current state of our health care is disastrous and it appears that all the posturing and promises made by Republicans to repeal Obamacare, was nothing more than an exercise in blowing soap bubbles. At the moment, the Democrat Party lies prostrate before us, but don’t count on the Republican party to kill ‘em off. It ain’t happening.
What is sorely needed is to continue the restructuring of the what’s left of the GOP, by working at the grass roots level to kick out the RiNO’s who can’t make a decision to shove in the knife into the Socialist ribs starting with Obamacare.
Remember, freedom is the goal, the Constitution is the way. Now, go get ‘em!