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I must admit that I have been waiting for one of Gaius’s thoughtful posts to liven things up but I understand the rigors of the daily grind and children, so I’ll give you a rounding of what is happening in the news.
LoCo wants to close 4 schools they own outright, which will save 2 million a year in operating costs. Meanwhile, 68+million will go to LCPS for fiscal year 2015. The tax rate went down .05 cents and my assessment went up 100k. That means it will only cost me another $1,000 in taxes. What a deal. And they have cut back many services in savings already. Hmm. Where is that Silver Line?
–Immigration reform…Dem….active.
–Equal pay for women….Dem….active.
–Koch brothers…..Dem….active.
–Bloomberg 50 million towards curtailing gun rights….Dem….new.
–Holder and Obama targeted with racism…..Dem….active.
–ObamaCare……GOP….semi-active (becoming obscure with diversions)
We have a guy feeding cows on federal land who won’t pay the Feds grazing rights. It got heated and civilians are toe-to-toe with armed Feds. Was getting ugly and not over yet. Meantime Putin is land grabbing more of the old USSR while everyone else in the world wags fingers. Ever notice that when big wars bring down aggressors, that nations go into downsizing mode with their military. The focus changes and the eye goes off the ball. During that period of non-focus, aggressors re-emerge upon the scene. Isn’t what keeps them in check are strong military nations at the ready?
Gas is up right when I am getting ready to go fishing. Why are we spending $2 for crop and processing to make $1 of ethanol, just so we can continue to ruin the internal combustion engines that use it? And food is going up. We feed ourselves and others with wheat and corn staple, yet there isn’t enough because of what is wasted as “alternate fuel”. If we took the same amount of corn and distilled it, we could save money, have less vehicles on the road and feel good about being anally raped. I guess being drunk has advantages and savings too. But, heh, ALL food is up. Steak is up (because they feed them corn I guess). I see new taxes on all my utility bills. What’s up with that? What is more important:desert turtles (who don’t like solar farms) or smelts that are nothing more than Egret food? Ever notice where many of the supermarket meats come from lately? Do you really like brushing your teeth with toothpaste that comes from the same country of massive pollution and lead paint toys that cause suicide in supervisors?
And we don’t need another 4 years of a woman president. It has been too long since we had balls in the White House. And we need more testicles in Congress too. A poster here thinks we need to build locally politically and move up. I agree, but I also agree that with a good role model at the top working down that you meet in the middle and get there twice as fast.
Out of all this news (or lack there of), that situation in Nevada with the cows has got my focus. The guy is wrong in his understanding of things. Should it have gotten out of hand? Yes, because the government is involved and that has rallied the people. The underlying theme here is freedom from government and in this case it doesn’t matter if the issue is right or wrong. It is a cause for the people and it will escalate. Could be the beginning of the people’s revolution. Someone is going to die and then all bets are off. Citizens have reached their breaking point and need a circumstance. I’ll be fishing and watching. If need be I might need to extend my vacation and visit the southwest although I’m pretty sure the uprising will come to a neighborhood near me in time. Until then I’ll be starving, going broke with taxes and healthcare. If you feel for my plight and to keep me off the government dole, you may send contributions to me here at NVTH. I promise that any excess funds will be used to buy more worthwhile things…….like bullets.

I watched this thing live yesterday and, even after taking some Tums and Dramamine, still felt nauseous. I knew it would be lies but, but holy guacamole, I thought I was looking at the Geico commercial with Pinocchio. This boy king is not only a joke but a great embarrassment to this country. He is qualified to be Mayor of D.C. But other than that, nada. Let’s look at lies then:

And now. Read some of the comments here. Two that jumped up are this:
“”A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” ~ Thomas Jefferson “A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.” -G. Gordon

and this:
“If you don’t like your Democrat senator you don’t have to keep him/her. Vote them out. Liars all.”

The biggest lie of all has always been that if you don’t agree with ObamaCare and the GOP trying to repeal ObamaCare means they don’t want you to have health insurance. If I remember correctly, health insurance existed BEFORE ObamaCare. At last glance, there are still 40 million uninsured Americans that this law (I’m choking here) was aimed to resolve, except that everyone else got sucked in like a bad side affect. My, and most other entities, have open enrollment for two weeks, in which time you decide your plan so that it is ready BY THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. ObamaCare has open enrollment for 6 months (actually, you can sign up all year long) but STILL left out 40 million uninsured. The government just made 4 BILLION dollars off the uninsured and they still have no health insurance. Boy, this is working out great!

Don’t know why everyone is so ecstatic of what ObamaCare is doing for the general public. No matter how many articles are shown to the detriment of this law, it is lauded by the progs as a success. Well, here is but another article that says “no, no, no”. I like the cost per person being spent compared to the number still uninsured. With the money already down the toilet thru all costs, including and especially ADVERTISING this asinine program, we could have saved money by just targeting those who were uninsured.

Seems that the Merryland administration is giving up the ghost on their health exchange. I guess they siphoned off as much money as they could hide without raising too much suspicion. 125 million in tax payer dollars gone into someone’s pocket with nothing to show for the cost. Incredible? Incredibly stupid!

Let me explain. From the time I was a young child I always had an interest in science, gizmos and sci-fi–the “what if” science. All the books and magazines I read led to a future of robotic service to free mankind from work. Gene Roddenberry promoted this concept theory in his Star Trek series. People living life as they felt. No money because everything was “free”. Everyone had their niche and only worked their “shift”; always finding time for family, FO time or just hanging out in 10 Forward, getting stewed. Sounds so lovely, doesn’t it? Well, it seems we’re trying to get there without robots but still with the need of money.

The CBO came out with a report that shows Obamacare “frees you from job lock”. Read this article. Now normal people who feel they have job lock (and are currently working) would apply for a different position or even another job to get what they need BEFORE they changed or reduced hours. Here (If you can even decipher this inane diatribe) we learn that it creates entrepreneurs. You can now do art or yoga or be with the kids or just meditate all day in your bathroom and not have to worry any longer about your healthcare because it is subsidized. You can work less because there is always a dept. of the government that will give you a handout so that you are equal with the common person and how they live. In other words “who cares about work. Someone is going to take care of your dead ass.” And that care takes money……someone else’s money.

The recession ended in 2009. People still can’t find jobs and we enhanced 26 weeks of unemployment payouts to 99 weeks. Then extended it. Then extended it again. Who pays for that? Employers and taxpayers. We give and enhance the rolls of all types of subsidies. Who pays for that? The taxpayers. Now you have people with job lock becoming emancipated with healthcare subsidies. Who pays for that? The taxpayers. If you are on subsidies, that means you don’t make enough in payment to afford the goods…..which also means you can’t afford to pay much in taxes. So who are the ones that can afford paying taxes? The ones with job lock and responsibility. Only problem is is that there is a balance point where if more is paid out then comes in, you can no longer support the people on subsidies.

What does this mean? Let’s look at France as an example. Their work week is like 35 or 37 hours and when they retire, they get some irrational amount for the rest of their lives. They’re crying the blues because retirements cannot be fully paid out. Why not? They have socialized medicine. They don’t have job lock. Of course their tax rate is something ridiculous like 80% and their millionaires are leaving the country. Why would we want to emulate a culture and economy like that when we have seen that it doesn’t work time and again? Their economy sucks and is getting worse. Our economy sucks and, regardless of what the government tells you, we ARE getting worse.

I got two pieces of mail the other day. One was from my banking institution which relayed to me some new fees being introduced. This institution never had these fees before but now seem to feel they must supplement losses they are incurring. The other was from my benefits center. My employment agreement contained bargained 1x my salary in group term life insurance free and any multiples to 5 paid for by the employee. I have 1x in retirement. Now I am getting a statement asking for a significant tax (as reported to the IRS with Medicare and SS withholdings needed) for that insurance. I can pay for the same policy personally for LESS than the tax they want me to pay. And why are they asking for Medicare and SS from that tax? Seems companies are hurting from this economy more than is being let on and the government is finding more sneaky and devious ways to pick people’s pockets.

Don’t talk to me about job lock bullshit. Obama plus Obamacare equals the ruination of the middle class and America as we have known it. If I wasn’t raised correctly with moral ethics maybe I would even think about getting some of that free candy and become a squirrel whisperer!

This is what Obama said and feels the experiment should continue in Colorado and Washington.

“Laws recently passed in Colorado and Washington legalizing marijuana recently went into effect. The president said it was important for the legalization of marijuana to go forward in those states to avoid a situation in which only a few are punished while a large portion of people have broken the law at one time or another.”

Broken the law. I thought that the Feds had a law on the books that made marijuana an illegal drug?

“He said in the interview that users shouldn’t be locked up for long stretches of time when people writing drug laws “have probably done the same thing.”

Oh, okay. He just doesn’t want them locked up for long periods of time. But federal law trumps state law so aren’t those states legalizing marijuana doing something illegal just by the act? After all, he did have an interview back in 2012 where he said this:

“”This is a tough problem, because Congress has not yet changed the law,” Obama said. “I head up the executive branch; we’re supposed to be carrying out laws. And so what we’re going to need to have is a conversation about, How do you reconcile a federal law that still says marijuana is a federal offense and state laws that say that it’s legal?”

The president said he has asked Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to examine the legal questions surrounding conflicting state and federal laws on drugs.”

“I head up the executive branch; we’re suppose to be carrying out laws” Ya think? What a profound statement! You can read the rest of the interview here

One of the ironies of politics is that big government by its nature actually favors those who are more wealthy – thus big business  loves big gov’t. A few months ago, I alluded in the comments that I suspect that one of the unintended consequences of the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka “Obamacare”) would be that the more affluent would simply opt out and start going to concierge medical services in which the doctor makes him/herself available to fewer customers at a higher price at any time they are called. It is all cash and they don’t deal with insurance at all. Read more about the concept here.

I’m usually not so much interested in the “problem” (in this case “Obamacare”) as I am in the solution. And here, the solution is to make more money and pay for concierge medicine! :-) But seriously, I suspect that many businesses will likely see a money making opportunity and establish concierge medicine options for middle income brackets as well. I understand that this is already happening. As technology gets better, the solution is increasingly going to be to simply opt out of whatever it is the gov’t tries to provide (with a few obvious exceptions). Especially as more physicians completely avoid insurance companies and government based medical payment systems altogether.

As it all pans out over the years, it seems that health insurance as we now know it will be pretty much only for emergency care and catastrophes like major surgery and cancer treatment.

Also, watch the video below for an explanation of the concept:

I mean, really, let’s take a quick look at where we are. The Senate hasn’t done its job for 5 years now coming up with a budget. That should be an ouster offense. The cloture vote went just like expected with 24 dissenting Senators. So the House bill went forward and it was denied along party votes meaning the Dems voted against it. Reid then stripped the “defund Obamacare” amendment from it and sent it back over to the House. And the games begin. The House sent back an amended bill but it appears the Senate has less than banker hours and are playing games after their summer vacation. Why wasn’t this all addressed and worked on months ago? Well, now you have Obama making a speech about what parts of government will be active during a shutdown and then he goes on into a campaign speech about what is right and wrong, the kids, women, children, Pandas and those evil, hostage taking, small radical group of repubs in the house. Watch it here and you decide if just about everything he says is a lie, because it is (after what he says will shut down). The part that really shows how much he wants to negotiate is when he keeps repeating the term “the people’s government”. How many communist and socialist dictatorships have you heard use that term? And this dictator administration is no different.

Again, those talking heads have said just fund everything with a CR and let the weight of Obamacare crash around the heads of the Dems. I’m not a Dem, which means I care about other people. As I have said before, crashing the system will put us that much closer to single payer for this country. TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE! But here is what will happen first. Doctors already see what they get from Medicare and Medicaid in the form of payments. They don’t have practices that only have those patients because they couldn’t remain in business. That is why there are other forms of insurance to help offset those unrecoverable costs. But Obamacare comes in. Medicare payments go down to the level of Medicaid payments. Subsides also bring payments down to Medi levels. The doctors can’t make a living and repay the costs of their medical schooling , so they quit. New doctors find another profession that pays better without the red tape. Obamacare is such a mess, crashes, gets repealed and we then go back to how it was before and start all over……except there ain’t enough doctors to handle the patients. And all because it wasn’t stopped in the first place. So what is left to do? Me, I’m going fishing in 10 days and while I’m gone, if some country nukes D.C. before I get back, well, one: I’ll have an article to write about and two: we can start another government from scratch. Yes, that is sarcastic and yes, I am upset. How can a president (small “p” for a small dick-tater) make numerous amendments to a law from Congress? He should have been ousted for that as well as so many other things but still he whines from a podium for all to hear and cringe. And the media carries his water ever farther up the hill. And the ignorant keep their heads in the sand stating “I didn’t understand”. Redacted (I didn’t want to be called an anarchist). FUBAR. I’m going fishing and The Lord is coming with me.