Thursday, May 04, 2017

Republicans Celebrate Saving Obamacare

I was interviewed today by a CNBC reporter about repealing Obamacare and replacing it with the American Healthcare Act, a.k.a. Trumpcare. Since few people had time to actually read the bill before the vote and there was no real debate in the House, and the only debates on the news occurred after the fact, I thought it worth sharing these points from our conversation:

Members of Congress are still exempt so that says a lot about how great this plan is going to be for the American people.

There seem to be a number of items in the bill funneling federal tax money to the states so the states can decide how to use the money. If ever there was an inefficient system that can only promote waste and abuse, this is it. Instead of the federal government taking our money and giving some to the states to make our healthcare decisions for us, how about we just keep our money and use it to to pay our doctors?

The new bill does not repeal Obamacare. It does not remove the individual mandate that forces us to pay for healthcare whether we want it or not. The president and the republican party have proven they are entirely without principles. The republicans like to talk about free markets during the election but they never follow through once in office. The republicans have caved in and accepted the basic premise of Obamacare that the government can force us to buy anything they want us to buy.

We don't have a two-party system, we have a one party system and everyone's invited - except the American people who pay for the party.





Monday, January 23, 2017

Top 5 Twilight Zone Episodes for a Trump Administration

President Donald Trump sounds to many Americans as if they've entered the Twilight Zone. From fake news to racism and the plight of displaced factory workers, here are the five best Twilight Zone episodes to watch during a Trump presidency:
"Spock, do sensors read Donald Trump on the wing?"
Photo: Democratic Underground


“Devil's Printer” – A failing newspaper owner can't make any money objectively covering the news so the owner makes a deal with Burgess Meredith - except he's the Devil in this episode. Together, they create the news, break the news and control the news.

“To Serve Man” – Do you read the whole article before sharing online or just the headline? Can you trust the author? Aliens come to Earth offering to end hunger and disease out of the goodness of their hearts but it turns out they're really interested in the goodness of Earthlings in their bellies. If only people had taken the time to check the source and read the whole text beyond the headline.

“He's Alive” – Dennis Hopper preaches a particular brand of hate as a budding politician with support from a mentor who turns out to be none other than Hitler. Sometimes a politician's personal charm becomes more important to voters than their policies and the people suffer.

“Brain Center at Whipple's” – A manufacturer replaces his workers with a "totally automated machine" in the name of productivity. In one of Rod Serling's preachiest scripts, he makes a better case for humans versus robots than the AFL-CIO ever did. But that still won't bring back jobs from China and few in the media are pointing out the role of automation in job loss while the focus is on trade deals and unpatriotic business execs.

“The Whole Truth – A used car salesman tries to sell a car that forces him to tell the truth. He can't control what alternative facts come out of his mouth or hide what's wrong with the car. If only he'd had Twitter.

Watch them on Hulu here.

Friday, January 20, 2017

15 Reasons to Protest That Have Nothing to do with Trump

It's great to see so many Americans angry enough to take time from their lives to protest in the streets. Since smashing windows, setting fires and yelling, "F-Trump" doesn't seem like a very effective form of protest, I scribbled this list of a few pressing issues that not only are worth
We have many reasons to protest that are unrelated to Trump. Photo: Variety
protesting but if the protests were successful in sparking government action then the world would be a better place. Here are some issues worth protesting, in no particular order, feel free to add others in the comments:

1. We've been at war non-stop since we needlessly invaded Iraq and thousands of innocent people have been killed in our name with insane amounts of our tax money

2. The Internet was developed with our taxes yet its control was quietly given away to the United Nations

3. 3,500 infants die each year from SIDS, according to the CDC. Really? Healthy babies just suddenly die for no reason?

4. Bankers and other financial criminals continue to engage in illegal, fraudulent activities yet rarely go to jail and when caught, any fines are paid by our own taxes

5. Police brutality and outright murder, racially motivated and otherwise, continue, along with secret locations for "questioning"

6. Ordinary Americans are subjected to abuse, theft and destruction of property at the hands of the USDA, EPA, BLM and other gov't agencies

7. The DNC Wikileaks “leak” revealed Citigroup chose the cabinet for the previous president

8. Federal housing policy keeps poor people poor and is largely racist in nature

9. The surveillance state monitors much of our activity 24/7 in violation of the Constitution and the information was very recently allowed to be shared throughout the federal gov't

10. "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press," yet we're restricted by many laws that abridge our right to free speech and the free press is under siege. There's no such thing as a free speech zone – the entire country is already a free speech zone

11. The death tax continues to take our money that had already been taxed as income – this tax continues to destroy family farms and other family businesses

12. The gov't takes billions of our dollars via taxes and gives it to corrupt dictators around the world while being entirely indifferent to the thousands upon thousands of homeless people on our own streets

13. The federal reserve banking cartel has no legal right to decide the interest rate on loans or to create our currency - 1913 Act entirely unconstitutional 

14. The federal gov't has no legal or natural right to take our money via income tax

15. We're still subject to unconstitutional stop and frisk

And the last reason to protest that's more legitimate than shouting "F Trump":

16. NFL coaches still can't challenge penalties

Saturday, March 12, 2016

When the president gets a death button part II

There is no joy in typing "I told ya' so" but the Pentagon admitted this week that its drones are being used to monitor Americans over U.S. soil, and that this has been going on for more than a year. It's been almost four years since the FAA approved drone flights over U.S. soil and almost five years since I
Somalia Pentagon drone strikes to hit American soil?
wrote about it here. The Pentagon also claims it used its drones to murder 150 people in Somalia this week. It's bad enough we're killing people overseas without any declaration of war but every American has to be alarmed at the thought that the government will soon use drones to murder us on our own soil. Sure, there will be a fine excuse to do so: "He's a terrorist!", "He stole a car!", "He had a gun!", "He bounced a check!"

If this seemed outlandish four or five years ago then you had too much faith in the benevolence of our federal government. If it still seems outlandish today then you're just not paying attention.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Presidential Election Getting Too Much Attention?

We call the president the leader of the free world. We're outraged the next president will either be even worse than Obama or will nullify his eight years of change. There's panic over the presidential election of 2016, as if the winner will wield such power over our lives that we must live or die with every change in the polls and prepare to flee the country if the wrong candidate wins. What if the
Republican or democrat, the policies are largely the same.
president doesn't wield so much power? What if he's merely the face of the powerful interests that truly wield the power over our lives? Would it still matter so much who lives in the White House?

Our government has become so pervasive and bloated that one person, a president, with barely two or three years to rule before facing re-election, can hardly take any real control over the many organizations that truly run the country and influence global politics from behind the scenes. The Pentagon, the CIA, the NSA, the Federal Reserve private bank cartel and other organizations enact their own, self-serving policies at taxpayer expense, often in conflict with the stated policies of a presidential administration - and nearly always against the interests of the American people. If a president refuses to go along, these organizations can simply bide their time until the next election. John F. Kennedy, for example, when he tried to fire CIA Director William Donovan after the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, was famously told, "You can't fire me, you don't even know who I work for!" Presidents come and go but the bureaucracy lives on. In the decades since the JFK assassination, these interests have only become more entrenched.

If we consider the policies the two democratic candidates would like to implement from the Oval Office, the policies are largely the same. If we consider the policies the remaining republican candidates would like to implement, they, too, are largely the same. The differences are often just semantics. All support some type of amnesty for illegal immigrants, the difference is only in the implementation. All essentially support the same economic policies of the Obama administration. They mention Obamacare but none truly want to let the free market into the conversation. What's different? Just the Great Wall of Trump and Ted Cruz in the role as the faux Constitutionalist? So, not much - certainly not enough to alarm the leadership running the drug trade at the CIA.

Everyone left on the stage for both major parties supports a continuation of perpetual war, inflating the money supply and the ongoing takeover of America by the federal government. Maybe the person we elect to occupy the Oval Office in 2016 isn't as important as we're led to believe.



Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Don't wait for government to solve problems

Ask people what words best describe our Congressmen and other political officials and many would say, "corrupt", "crook", "thief", for just a few examples. Yet many of these people when faced with a challenge of any kind turn first to the same corrupt, thieving crooks for solutions to problems large and small. Meanwhile, history demonstrates that we don't need government to come up with solutions to our problems.

Consider how the Civil Rights Act of 1964 came to pass. High school history textbooks present the federal government as the hero that righted the wrongs of Civil War reconstruction. But did the federal government really lead the charge? How did the Supreme Court act in defense of American minorities? Famously, the Supreme Court formally legalized prejudice and discrimination with its "separate but equal" ruling. The only reason there's a Civil Rights Act of 1964 is because the American people decided to take action and right the wrongs that government officials had allowed to go on for a century.

Ordinary Americans devoted their time and energy to solve the problem on their own. Once the groundswell of energy was in motion, government finally reacted to the will of the people - though not before violently fighting against this rightful change. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 only put into law what the American people had already demanded.

How about drunk driving laws? How did they come to pass? Government officials paid very little attention to drunk driving. In fact, there was an unwritten, unspoken acceptance among government, the beverage industry and the automotive industry - until a mom named Candace Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) when her 13-year old daughter was killed by a drunk driver. Ms. Lightner first presented the idea that drunk driving was a problem, then created a groundswell of public support to put an end to drunk driving. Once government officials recognized it as a popular issue, they scrambled to get on board and pass a variety of laws against drunk driving. This one, ordinary American began to solve the problem. Government only reacted to what the American people had already demanded.
President Woodrow Wilson was among the many government officials who fought against allowing women to vote.

And how did women get the right to vote? Women's suffrage wasn't in the Constitution and government officials did nothing to help women get the right to vote. In New Jersey, in fact, women actually had the right to vote and in 1807, government officials took it away. It wasn't until the 1830's when women began entering the workforce in greater numbers and recognized they deserved the right to vote and started agitating and becoming vocal about voting that any real progress occurred. In 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized a conference on womens' rights. It was Stanton who persuaded Susan B. Anthony to get on board. They created the groundswell of support. Then state government officials reacted by passing laws. Yet the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote didn't pass until 1920 and only overcame the resistance of government because World War I necessitated the support of the many women who joined the workforce during the war.

Clearly, it makes little sense to look to or wait for government to solve our problems. Unfortunately, many people in government prefer to exploit our problems for their own benefit and their involvement often worsens a situation. As people like Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Candace Lightner and Elizabeth Cady Stanton have proven, the most effective solutions come from us, from we, the people.

Today, many doctors across the country, for example, have decided to offer their services on a retainer basis to survive post-Obamacare. In Missouri and Michigan, the government responded to the will of the people by passing laws stating these medical retainer agreements, which have proven to cut costs and promote patient health, may continue unfettered by insurance regulations. Disgusted by the public school system? Scores of ordinary Americans have started charter schools and thousands upon thousands of others now homeschool their children. While the public education system works hard to discredit and control this traditional method of education, many government bodies and boards of education have reacted to this movement by passing laws offering educational flexibility that aim to keep these students - and the funding they bring - in the system. Ready to push back against the rise of the police state? Former U.S. Army paratrooper Stewart Rhodes founded Oathkeepers to defend the Constitution and prevent government officials from destroying the freedoms that allowed America to grow and prosper.

Now, if the thieving, corrupt crooks in government would please just get out of our way, then we, the people are ready to prosper.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Open Enrollment Period for Food Shopping?

During the 90-day period starting November 1st, 2015, we get to select one supermarket where we'll be permitted to buy food for our families for the year ending 2016. It must be located in the state where we live. Be sure to select carefully because no other supermarket will be legally allowed to sell us any food until the following year when the next open enrollment period starts. I sure hope the supermarket I select doesn't jack up the prices and pay less attention to product quality and service knowing that we're only allowed to buy food in one supermarket.

Sure, this seems incredibly ridiculous and who would tolerate such a decree from the federal government or from a supermarket cartel, if one were to exist. Yet we not only tolerate it when it comes to healthcare but some people even rejoice at having their choices restricted by just such a decree pushed with the support of the healthcare cartel.

Just because the media has stopped hyping the pros and cons of Obamacare doesn't mean anything has been resolved or that we have to stop trying to fix the healthcare crisis. November 1st, 2015 doesn't mark the start of the 90-day open enrollment period for food shopping, though someday, it might. It does mark the start of the 90-day period when we're granted the privilege of switching from a horrible healthcare plan to a truly horrific healthcare plan.

For a doctor's perspective, click here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Neil Young, Stephen Stills No Longer Care About Four Dead in Ohio...And South Carolina...And Everywhere?

I always liked Neil Young and it doesn't matter that I've agreed with many of the causes he's supported. I have nothing against his album blasting Monsanto or his $100,000.00 donation in support of Vermont's GMO labeling law per this article. I've never enjoyed the sound of digital music compared to analog per his decision to remove his music from streaming services due to the sound quality - see this. I don't even mind that he complained about Donald Trump using "Keep On Rockin' in the Free World" in his presidential campaign launch. If the media coverage gets some young people to Google Neil Young and watch a few videos of the music that led to Pearl Jam then it's all well and good. But for the guy who co-wrote "Ohio" in outrage over the murder of four Kent State students by the National Guard, I'm left wondering, "Where is his outrage over the daily murder and brutalization of ordinary Americans by the police?"

Yes, daily. You can track the deaths here.

I didn't see any Neil Young headlines condemning the South Carolina police officer who gunned down the unarmed Ernest Slatterwhite or that the National Guard had orders to shoot to kill looters after Hurricane Katrina. In fact, in a recent Dan Rather interview with Stephen Stills, Young's former bandmate waxed proudly about his role in the protest song that shined the spotlight on the military, the police and the First Amendment - and just as proudly about writing "For What It's Worth", about police conduct during riot control.Yet Stills has been as absent as Young in speaking out against the rise of the police state, the militarization and federalization of neighborhood police forces, and their obvious disregard for our Constitutional rights. The fact that both Stills and Young continue to tour and are offered ample opportunity to talk to the media makes their silence even more deafening.

Sure, it's tough to stay angry about every issue that matters. But the situation is far more oppressive and dangerous today than in 1970 when four students were murdered and Young and Stills have a highly visible, credible platform to bring important attention to the issue. With police officers killing several people every day, surely they can divert some of their outrage from Starbucks, the Keystone XL Pipeline and streaming music?

I hope Mr. Young will remember not to wait 'til the mourning comes.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

US Navy No Longer Following Obama's Orders?

Watch and listen carefully to this recruiting commercial for the U.S. Navy:



The voiceover says he is sworn to defend the U.S. Constitution and "obey the orders of those appointed over me." It's no secret the Pentagon has been at odds with President Obama since his first inauguration day, but if you're a member of the armed forces then the Constitution requires you to follow the orders of the commander-in-chief, which, in our country, is a civilian called the president.

From this ad, one might infer that the Navy does not recognize the authority of the president, who is elected, and will only follow the orders of the Secretary of Defense, who is appointed.

We have had a president for six years who ran on an anti-war platform yet he has started and escalated war after war and caused the suffering and death of thousands upon thousands all over the world. Is it possible that the president really isn't in control of these affairs?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

On Investing: Long Live the Petrodollar

The rampant inflation of the money supply used to be a grave concern. Stealing our purchasing power by stimulus, quantitative easing and monetizing the debt drove me crazy by whatever name it was called. That most people didn't even notice the plundering was all the more infuriating. The seeming inevitability of the American dollar's collapse affected how I lived and invested for college and retirement. But the mysterious death of Christophe de Margerie, CEO of oil giant Total SA in a Moscow plane crash, has cleared up everything.
Another plane crash takes out dollar foe.


He stated oil sales don't have to be transacted in the American dollar, per this coverage. Now he's dead. Remember Libya and Benghazi? Gadhafi tried to introduce a gold-backed dinar per this account. Dead. The Libyan "rebels" even established a new central bank within hours of the takeover. Sure, that's what always happens after oppressed people rise up and take control. And Iraq? Saddam Hussein tried to sell oil without the American dollar, per this news and comment.

As long as the Federal Reserve private central banking cartel can murder anyone who dares slight the American dollar (along with everyone else unlucky enough to be on the same plane), as long as the USA will put its military might behind changing the regime in any country that dares slight the American dollar, then we Americans can feel safe in accumulating dollars. The cost in propping up the dollar, of course, is endless war.  But isn't that just...so worth it?

So, go to work, put your dollars in the bank. Invest in stocks. The ever-inflating money supply will cause stocks to go nowhere but up - in nominal value only. But who cares about such details? Now move along, there's nothing to see here.  

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