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Governor Justice’s War on Seniors

The Justice budget proposal looks like an all out assault on the one group the democrats in this state and many others, would like to have just go away. In one way this makes sense. (Stay with me now. No jumping to conclusions.) Of course the title lets you in on part of where I am headed with this. The senior citizen. Just for kicks (and because it fits the parameters) lets include all of the poorest among us. The reason I said it makes sense for the progressive to want us gone, or at the very least, silent, is because they point out the ultimate failure of the progressive tax and spend philosophy. It obviously doesn’t work because these two groups are growing at an exponential rate all over our nation.
The old among us is growing because our life spans are growing. Or were until the government took over the health care industry. What used to be the best health care in the world is now rated barely above a third world country. But that is another blog.
The poor group is, arguably, growing as a direct result of progressive policies. The loss of jobs can be traced to government regulation in many, many instances.
OK, I am not here to discuss the federal government but the state government so lets get to it.
How is Jim Justice declaring war on these people?
You just have to look at his budget bill. He demands that we raise taxes in the very areas that the seniors and the poor cannot afford to have any increase. To wit: Double the gasoline tax; increase (double again) DMV fees; Tax food; increase the sales tax. There are others but I don’t need to make this too long a read so I will just discuss the impact of these four. What I call the Egregious Four.
The West Virginia tax on Gasoline puts us in the top 20 in the nation. Jim Justice would put us in the top five. Our DMV rates are reasonable at this point. Jim Justice would have them join states like California and make them just plain unafordable for many of the poor among us. These are the people that don’t use their autos for vacation travel. They can’t afford vacations. They use their cars to get to the hospital – to buy food for their families and themselves – to get to Dr. appointments then to the pharmacy to pick up prescriptions.
Tax food. TAX FOOD? Many among us fought a long hard battle to get rid of that discriminatory tax for years. Now justice wants it back. This one is really bad for everybody, not just the poor and aged among us.
Ah yes. The sales tax. Justice states in his budget proposal that this wil eventually eliminate the state income tax. Put on your thinking caps and use your internet research skills and find me an example where the government said they were going tro repeal a tax at a later date or that a tax was going to be temporary and kept their word. I could not find one. I have to agree that a one percent increase here wouldn’t bother those that have incomes above the poverty level all that much. They won’t like it, but they can pay it with ease. Let’s look at those on fixed incomes. The first glaring point here is that there are actually many of the older among us that pay no income tax. Their income is insufficient to break into that category. Another indication of just how poor they are. This tax would affect their budgets most severely. Many cannot afford to live on their incomes as it is. They have to depend on the local food bank, where it is available, and other charities just to eat. Others cannot afford proper shoes and clothing or other necessities because of the cost and now Justice wants to increase that cost. Yes, I know many of these personally.
There is a plan that has been worked out by Delegate McGeehan and others that would keep our taxes static and even allow for some savings. Why the legislature and the governor is ignoring this is beyond my power to reason.

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An Open Letter to Donald Trump

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A Question of Justice

Mr. President Elect;
I thank you for being so open with the inner workings of your transition efforts. This is something we have not seen since Ronald Reagan was in your position and it is very refreshing. I sincerely hope your entire administration; will show this kind of openness and transparency.

I do have one rather serious bone to pick with your recent actions. Your statement so soon after the election that you “… do not want to hurt the Clintons” was very magnanimous and even, in some respects, ‘presidential’; however it sent me a startling message. You have said, loud and clear, that there are some people that are simply above any law in this and probably other countries. Regardless of the egregious nature of the crimes committed against the security of this nation and the extreme violation of trust evinced by the FBI investigation already conducted and implied by those ongoing nor the reasonable assumption that she put our national security at risk to say nothing of the violation of her oath, even the serious implication that she, Hillary R. Clinton, might be complicit in several murders, you will not “hurt” the Clintons.

My question to you is: just how high in the government hierarchy do you have to be to be safe from any and all prosecution? Since we have seen the public trials of Senators, Congressmen and even 4 star generals prosecuted, it must be cabinet level and above.

To be honest, Mr. President Elect, I hoped for better from you.

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Campaign to Kill Good

The Campaign to Kill Good

We have become a nation ruled by an oligarchy. Oligarchy is defined as “a political system governed by a few people”. Usually the rich. Now an oligarchy does not care very much for the common people. They do pay lip service to them. They continue to promise that group that they are the ones that will improve their lot. Any one opposing them is demeaned and slandered into oblivion, while they just keep promising the masses that they will improve their life if only they will wait just a little while longer while they, the elite rulers, solve just a couple more problems. The oligarchy makes use of the “big lie”.
The big lie was brought forcefully to the forefront of national politics by Hitler. He knew that any lie repeated often enough is taken for absolute truth and he gained total control of the government with this tactic.
Today we have a movement that is called liberal, but the proper term is progressive. These are two different views of how a government, our government, should work. The liberal works in small steps to advance their agenda. First they take over the education system starting with the colleges and universities. If they can control what the future teachers are taught they will control what the children are taught by those future teachers. Then they co-opt the mass media using these liberal educated student journalists so they are able to spread the word in any way they want. They can use the “big lie” much more effectively.
Enter Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Barack Obama and today’s pretender to the throne, Hillary Clinton. Each were or are convinced they can rule because they have convinced the greater mass of people that individual liberty is a fallacy. They shout that this should never have been a republic, but rather a democracy. In a democracy the voice of the people are heard and that voice is personified in the person that collects the votes required to sit in the Oval office. That one person has a ‘mandate’, evidenced by the mere fact that he or she won the election, to speak for all the people. They have their pen and phone. Any separation of powers is nothing more than a hindrance to their governing.
Enter on to our stage one Hillary Clinton. A proven liar, who actually said that it was her “turn” to rule America. She of the “big lie”.
We cannot forget the other facet of today’s American political scene, the republican party. Supposedly the ‘loyal opposition’. They would much rather have a Clinton presidency that will continue to grant politicians surcease for their greed and power hungry appetites than support the person that won their party’s nomination. They have not so much as run one TV ad for ‘their’ nominee. Their fear of losing their gravy train and the power they wield in government is tantamount to treason. No, it does not meet the legal definition of that heinous crime, but it does meet the social definition. They apparently are so concerned about protecting their position that they would rather see this country go completely social democrat than defend the constitution and the republic.
This country led the world in military might, economic stability and social justice for over one hundred fifty years. Today we are a third world power militarily, the world banks are leaving the dollar behind as the benchmark and moving to the Chinese Yuan or Renminbi and social justice has been replaced with the devaluation of the Judeo-Christian ethic to the point that a person can now be sued into financial ruin for adhering to their Christian beliefs. Freedom OF religion has been replaced by the credo of freedom FROM religion.
This is the destruction of good in the name of greed and power.
It seems that we no longer have a two party system in this country. We have on party called Democrat that is focused on the destruction of the Constitution because it is “outdated” and no longer applies to modern society, though they have never satisfactorily explained how that is so, and another party called Republican that are anything but. They are perhaps even more greedy than their cohorts in the other side of the aisle.
There has to be a political party that honestly desires to return this country to the land of the free. Libertarians? Nope. They do indeed want a smaller government, but the government they want is isolationist in this world of global economy and ISIS. The government they want is so small as to be next door neighbors to anarchy. Greens? Nah. Too narrow in focus and they want many of the same things the liberals want just for different reasons. There are many neophytes out there struggling to find the alternative to the present major parties. I have looked at many and spoken to most of the leaders. None seem to measure up to the founders ideals. I still believe in those ideals.
The only one that comes close, in my humble opinion, is the Constitution Party. I will have more to say on them another time
That leaves the main question. How do we stop the destruction of good?

One Reason Liberty is Dying in America

There was a time in this country when personal liberty was the key to the entire philosophy of the United States of America. That philosophy no longer pertains. I think I have found the major reason for that and I would like you to begin consider the ramifications as well as the cause.

It is reasonable to state that it really began to take hold in this country with Teddy Roosevelt, who told the nation during a July Fourth speech that we should ignore the preamble to the Declaration of Independence the very thing the Fourth of July, Independence Day as it used to be called, was celebrating. He was followed in the presidency by one Woodrow Wilson. Now he went a little further by declaring that the president had a “mandate” by virtue of the fact that he won the election, to be the “Leader and sole representative of the people.” In other words, he believed the President should be acknowledged as the Sovereign of the government. This has reached its ultimate goal in Barack H. Obama, our Sovereign.

OK, that is how it all started. How did we let it happen? Ahh, to paraphrase Shakespeare, there’s the rub.

This country was founded upon the principle of freedom that comes from the acceptance of responsibility. This thought is found in many forms in the founders explanation of the constitution, the Patriot Papers. Just what is this “acceptance of responsibility” that I find so important and why is it important?

The founders truly believed that freedom, while granted by God, would never be easy to maintain. There would be a cost and that cost would be the responsibility to work to keep it. How, you might well ask? It is very simple to put into words and, for some, so difficult to do. You must accept the responsibility for yourself. And and all of your actions. You must never allow others to absolve you of that responsibility. If you want material wealth, go out and earn it. If you want political freedom, fight to protect it even when your neighbor tells you that the government will do all of that for you. They won’t and never can.

The premier promulgator of “progressive philosophy” was a man named John Dewey, 1859-1952. Dr. Dewey published many things from books to scholarly papers espousing his philosophy. He believed that no person was ‘born free’. He had to be made that way and protected in that condition by government. The government must begin this process in a person’s very earliest stages of life with an education system that taught him how to think of government and his/her own position in the scheme of things. The must be taught that it is the government’s responsibility to assure that your “freedoms and equality” are protected. Does your neighbor have more land than you? The government is required to take some of that land and give it to you, his less fortunate (Read lazier) neighbor. The government must create equality since it does not exist in any natural state as the Declaration of Independence so beautifully states. It was his teachings that led to Teddy Roosevelt to tell the American people in an Independence Day, now simply the fourth of July, speech that we should just ignore the preamble to that seminal document of our nation.

Please don’t get the idea that progressive philosophy began with Dr. Dewey. That has been around for a long, long time. It has failed every time it has been tried, from late Rome to England prior to the Magna Carta in 1215. His educational philosophy was formulated while studying for his PhD at Johns Hopkins University, the original progressive University in this country.
So now we have intelligent, but under educated children and University Chancellors both decrying the first amendment and denying its practice on their campuses. We have a federal government attempting to criminalize dissent as in the scientific thought on the bogus climate change agenda of the current administration.

The reason Liberty is dying in America? Because the liberals and the progressives say that it must. For our own protection. I say to them … Please don’t protect me from myself! Please don’t protect me from my natural equality and require me to have your version of equality.

The Serious Ongoing Issues From This Campaign

That this has been a tempestuous campaign season is the one thing all agree upon. On the democratic side we have an avowed socialist with some pretty outlandish ideas about how this country should move forward. Just give everybody what they want and worry about paying for it at some later time. And then there is the now presumptive democrat nominee. The recently released report from Gowdy’s committee investigating the Benghazi Terrorist attack virtually accuses both Hillary Clinton and B. Obama of being complicit in the murder of four men in that town in Libya including the United States Ambassador. She has been shown to be a consistent, no make that constant, liar. Not even her lies are consistent. The democratic presumptive nominee has stated many things that show her contempt for the constitution. She s a self proclaimed “progressive” and denies being a liberal. The progressives believe that only professional politicians should have a voice in how we run our government. The people should vote and then shut up and let them handle everything. The vote is viewed as being a mandate to do so.

On the other side of the fence we have a rich business man that says what ever comes to mind at the moment then, likely as not reverses himself the next day that has become the Republican presumptive nominee. This man has never puled more than roughly 35% of the vote in his primaries. If all of the primaries had been awarding delegates on a proportional basis instead of the all or nothing rule of so many, he would not even be that. And now we have many that have decided to attempt to nullify even the primaries decision.

Carroll Boston “Beau” Correll, a district-level delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention, filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of all the 49 Republican district delegates as well as the 110 Democrat delegates of Virginia. Correll firmly believes that Donald Trump is “unfit to serve” as President of the United States, and cannot bring himself to vote for Trump on the first ballot, or any subsequent ballots.  Correll filed the lawsuit in order to gain protection from any criminal charges since by not voting for Trump he will be in violation of Virginia state law, Section 545(D). Should this suit prevale, it would effectively nullify the Virginia primary results and give us 49 unbound delegates. That would also allow any other state’s delegates to file the same suit and prevail due to precedent law. Now there is a can of worms I am not sure we want to open.

Next we look at the divisiveness of the campaigns themselves. We had many factions at work this time. There were the populists supporting Trump- the constitutional conservatives supporting Cruz- the republican establishment supporting first Bush then Rubio- libertarians supporting Paul- a fraction of the conservatives behind Kasich- Social democrats following Sanders- the mainstream democrats pushing the Clinton campaign.

It has been a divisive and dirty campaign from day one. It has gotten even more so now that we have these “presumptive” winners. There was only one person that did not engage in the mud slinging- Senator Cruz. Even he got a little harsh when they attacked his wife. I, personally, can’t blame him for that.

Hillary has said so much that is simply and provably erroneous that she has lost much support due to that duplicity. Trump keeps changing his position on almost everything he has said The latest seems to be his backtracking on the exclusion of Muslim immigration. It now appears that he really didn’t mean ALL Muslims, just those that cannot be properly “vetted”. Who makes the call on what that word means he has not indicated. He has insulted Women, native Americans, blacks, Chinese, English and of course Muslims. OH. And anybody that disagrees with him. Going so far as to ask followers to “punch” one protester, offering to pay all legal fees for anyone that did.

OK you get the point. This campaign season has actually created a very large chasm in the body politic of our nation. It has gone a long way toward dividing our house against itself. Is there a solution that would work and is feasible? Many have been offered, but if you take a close look at them they each push a personal agenda also except for the “Can’t we all just get along?” crowd. Remember that word feasible? We have the “lets just follow the constitution” people. Probably the best one, yet it will never resonate with the “progressives”. They simply will not do that.

I do not have the answer. The only one that will work, I guess, is the Convention of States idea that terrifies the left so badly. The left calls it a “con-con. A Constitutional Convention to rewrite the constitution. It is not and never could be. Who actually believes that any state legislature would send commissioners to such a convention that would violate many laws passed by those same legislatures stating plainly that proposing amendments contrary to the topic of the convention would be a criminal or civil act and could land them in jail at worst, simply recalled and fired with prejudice at best. The main reason so many on the left fear this one is it proposes term limits which would fire all of the professionals in Government. Of Course there is also those amendments that would limit federal spending and limit the power of the federal government.

If you have a better solution to closing this chasm, please comment.

What Is a Conservative?

The first task we face when discussing Conservatism is the definition of terms. What defines a conservative? It seems this definition is rapidly changing with time. Way back when Reagan was a democrat, conservatism was defined as the strict adherence to the words and ideals of the constitution. The liberal was one who believed in the constitution, but felt that it should be interpreted to fit the modern cultural values.
The democrats (liberals from here on) have taken the stance that the constitution is just an old document with a lot of meaningless words. The tenth amendment, for one instance, should never be a blockade to giving the people all the free stuff they want. The second amendment does really say that citizens have a right to their guns. Well, maybe a musket or two. They hold these truths to be self evident, that bigger government is better government. That the government’s purpose is to perpetuate their power and to serve the interests of big business.
So what does being “conservative” mean? That word has a lot of definitions these days. If you are a Libertarian, it means very small government as it does to most traditional conservatives, but it also means isolationism. They believe we should not be involved anywhere in the world except here at home.
To the mainstream Republican it appears to mean if you are a registered Republican you are, by definition, conservative regardless of what government you have or vote for. Government sponsored health care is OK even though it is in violation of both the commerce clause in the constitution and the tenth Amendment. It has come to mean that government sponsored abortion is OK in some few special cases. As I write this, the Republican presumptive nominee for president believes that a person’s self determination of gender is paramount, regardless of what God has given them and the rest of us must conform to that minuscule minority’s beliefs. The liberals seem to feel that the founders oft stated belief in God and the freedom of religion actually means the freedom From religion and the rest of us should just keep our religious beliefs to ourselves. God help the idiot that actually speaks in public about freedom >b>of religion.
Our founding fathers wrote some immortal words in the Declaration of Independence:“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” They went on to codify that in the constitution they wrote in 1779.On one particular Fourth of July, the day we celebrate the signing of this Declaration of Independence, Theodore Roosevelt made a speech from the White house saying that in order to understand that declaration, we should eliminate those words. Just ignore them. This is the liberal stance.
I will discuss only one of those “self evident truths,” Liberty. Liberty is defined by Merriam-Webster as “1 : the quality or state of being free: a : the power to do as one pleases b : freedom from physical restraint c : freedom from arbitrary or despotic control d : the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges e : the power of choice.”I offer a quote from Hillsdale College professor, Ronald J. Pestritto “In the early 20th century, a new political theory—known as Progressivism—rose to prominence in America. This theory held that the principles of the American Founding, expressed most eloquently and concisely in the Declaration of Independence, were irrelevant to modern life. Progressives taught that stringent restrictions on government power were no longer necessary to protect liberty, since human nature and science had advanced greatly during the 19th century. Progressives did not believe that individuals are endowed with inalienable rights by the Creator; rather, they believed that rights are determined by social expediency and bestowed by the government. In conjunction with this new theory of rights, Progressivism holds that government must be able to adapt to ever-changing historical circumstances.”
To tea party members, for the most part, the term conservative means adherence to the Constitution as well the Declaration and keeping the federal government out of our lives and businesses. That means, among many other things, the tenth amendment, the second amendment both mean exactly what they say.
The above paragraph uses the comma phrase ‘for the most part’ when discussing the tea party philosophy. There was a time when that caveat would not have been necessary. Today, however, the Tea Party is an idea that has spawned many tea party offshoots with little or no bond to that original intent. Notice I use Caps to discuss the original Tea Party. That will be my method of delineating those groups actually affiliated and adherents to the original Tea Party national organization. That concept has become multiply fractured
Conservative is defined in so many ways today it is impossible to define except in terms of a person’s own ideology. My definition holds for me. That definition is simple. The constitution is the supreme law of the land and any who seek to destroy it are, by definition, criminals.
Next Week I will discuss the foundation of and evolution of Liberalism.

How Media Bias Works

How Does Media Bias Work?

Do you think the media bias has any real effect on the voting public? Remember we are talking about a nation of citizens fifty percent of whom are politically ignorant and apathetic. They may see news blurbs on rare occasions, but they certainly don’t actually have any curiosity nor use any intelligence in what they read. They are headline readers. Now consider the headlines in the news on line, in the newspapers, and at the head of the hour on broadcasts. Consider these two headlines: “House harasses Hillary on the time she knew about the attacks. She asks ‘What difference does it make?’” And this one: Hillary screams ‘What difference does is make?’ when asked about Bengazi deaths. Which one is liberal and which is conservative news? Yeah. How about simple coverage? The point here is what makes them biased? The adjectives attached to a news story. They express an opinion and are not facts. Nor are they news. I watched the hearing that day. What I saw and heard was a Legislator questioning a probable hostile witness. He did not harass that witness; however he did ask pointed questions that were germane to the topic. Her answer was not screamed, it was stated in what may well have been dripping with sarcasm, in my opinion, 🙂 but her voice was only slightly increased in volume. Definitely not ‘screamed’. So both sides practiced their own form of ‘biased reporting’. Oh, for the good old days when reporters reported the news.

Another form of ‘bias’ is demonstrated by the simple act of censorship. If you don’t report a story, no one can form an opinion. By the same token, if you don’t report the full story, you lead people to form an erroneous picture of events. Example? OK. Let’s look at the alleged terrorist Ahmed Abu Khattala, self proclaimed ‘Mastermind’ of the Benghazi Attack. The bias on the left reported that the federal government “…finally found …” the man. Great work, right? Hmmm there is one point that should be made here. Both Fox news and CNN interviewed him weeks before the government ‘found’ him. OK. Right wing Fox and the slowly moderating CNN did report that fact. (How many of you caught the bias in that last statement?) It still, to my knowledge, has not been mentioned by any other media outlet. If you don’t report it, your demographic won’t know about it. Remember those first impressions I mentioned?

These examples could go on forever. I hope you are starting to get a feel for how you are manipulated on a daily basis. The only cure I know of is a liberal dose of each side and the ability to think. Of course that presupposes that you do want to know the facts. I keep remembering the standby line from that old TV show, Dragnet, “Just the facts, Mam.” I do not deny the right and even the value of editorializing. When and where appropriate, I just disagree that a NEWS outlet should be doing it. It belongs on a show like the “View” or “Hannity” or even “Rush”. Not in the NEWS!

Comments or questions?

 

The Case For Voter ID

The Case For Voter ID

Here are some facts from the 2012 election that have a direct bearing on voter ID.

To date, 46 states have prosecuted or convicted cases of voter fraud. More than 24 million voter registrations are invalid, yet remain on the rolls nation-wide. Here is some of the break down on that fact: There are over 1.8 million dead voters still eligible on the rolls across the country. According to one source it is estimated that Harry Reid has won his last three election solely because of the dead and non-resident voters. If you look at the poll number going into the elections, each time he was behind by several point according to those voters who were actually living at the time; however, he always celebrated the win election night. I was surprised to learn that I was still a registered voter in Clark County, Nevada and I haven’t been back there for over twenty years. Was being the operative word.

More than 2.75 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state. Many of these are being voted by others, because of the lack of proof of identity at the polls. Just tell the poll worker the name you are using and enter into the booth to cast a vote.

True The Vote recently found 99 cases of potential felony interstate voter fraud.

12 Indiana counties have more registered voters than residents.

The Ohio Secretary of State admitted that multiple Ohio counties have more registered voters than residents.

Federal records showed 160 counties in 19 states have over 100 percent voter registration.

Just one example of voter fraud comes from Pennsylvania where four counties had ZERO republican voters even though they did have a substantial republican voter registration. Mitt Romney received ZERO votes in those counties. One might suspect that to be highly improbable.

The arguments against voter I.D. are specious to say the least. The single most valid reason against requiring voter id is to continue to allow corrupt politicians to win elections without the necessary popular support. My mind automatically hears any politician rant against a voter ID law he is admitting that he probably couldn’t win if it was enacted.

On the other hand just how popular is Voter ID?
• 74 percent of Americans support, according to The Washington Post.
• 71 percent of Latinos support it, according to the PEW Research Center.

Enough said.

 

The Purpose of Government

The Purpose of Government

I had promised you that my next blog would be about the democrat ‘White Paper’ defending that abomination called the Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare.

That isn’t going to happen. I will post that blog, but at a later date.

Today I want to briefly discuss the purpose of Government as our founding fathers and many of our current citizens intend it should be. The first point is the purpose of the constitution.

When you read the constitution, really read it, it is easy to see that our government was intended to serve its citizens. It was never intended that the citizens should serve the government. So, the Constitution was not written to reign in the behavior of the people, but rather to restrain the behavior of their government. The proof of this is rampant in every article of the constitution and in the Bill of Rights. There are so many examples I don’t really know where to start much less where to stop. The Tenth Amendment: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.” Our politicians have either forgotten that or are so enamoured with their own power they just don’t care.

One of the beauties of the constitution and the bill of rights is their simplicity. Short and to the point.  Many of the amendments are one simple sentence just like the Tenth. Try the Second Amendment: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”. Take a look at that second comma phrase – “… being necessary to the security of a free state, …”. Not much ambiguity there.

I often quote Thomas Jefferson as he said so much that reflected the purpose and vision of his contemporaries regarding that amazing document – our constitution. Here are two things he said; “When Government fears the people there is liberty.  When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”

Thomas Jefferson

And “What Country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance.”

Thomas Jefferson

Those quotes might be better served if they were carved in stone and irrevocably attached to each legislators desk. Then there was Noah Webster saying “If the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted … If a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it must be because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”  Kind of sounds like todays government, doesn’t?

I refer you to the Federalist Papers number one page one written by Alexander Hamilton (No, T Jefferson didn’t write any of them) when he begins by defining the purpose of the then proposed constitution.

At the risk of repeating myself – the Constitution was not written to reign in the behavior of the people, but rather to restrain the behavior of their government.

 

Obamacare: Fact vs Fiction

This blog was suggested by a form letter from a United States Senator that contained so many lies, misconceptions and misleading statements that I felt someone had to respond. I guess I am that someone. The form letter came from that paragon of Alzheimer’s, Senator Rockefeller (D)WV. I guess I should show you the letter in its entirety:

Dear ******,

Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts about the repeal of the health care reform law. I know there are a lot of questions about this new law, and I appreciate this opportunity to be in touch.

In March 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, comprehensive health reform legislation that will reduce health care costs, improve access to care, and stop health insurance companies from denying coverage to people with per-existing health conditions. The Affordable Care Act provides tax credits to small businesses that provide coverage to their employees, makes prescription drugs more affordable for seniors, and beginning in 2014, provides millions of dollars in premium tax credits to help individuals and working families in West Virginia buy coverage through a competitive new Health Insurance Marketplace. Additionally, the health reform law adds eight years to the life of the Medicare trust fund. According to the most recent estimate by the independent Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act will reduce the federal deficit by $210 billion over the next 10 years.

My vote for comprehensive health reform came after years and years of listening to West Virginians who could not afford the health care they needed – with devastating health and financial consequences.  I truly believe that no state has more to gain from health reform than West Virginia, and I will continue to closely monitor its implementation and make it work for our state and our people.

Since the Affordable Care Act became law, the House of Representatives has voted to repeal it completely, or in part, more than 30 times – while offering no alternative plan. These efforts were continued in the Senate by Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. On February 2, 2011, Minority Leader McConnell brought the repeal vote to the Senate floor through an amendment to the Federal Aviation Administration Air Transportation Modernization and Safety Improvement Act (S. 223). The health reform repeal vote in the Senate failed by a vote 47 to 51. I voted against the McConnell amendment.

The health reform law is not perfect – no law is – and it does not address every concern. We can and must monitor health care reform carefully, listen to American families and businesses, and fix whatever doesn’t work. But wholesale repeal of health care reform would take away important benefits for West Virginians.

According to the most recent estimate by the independent Congressional Budget Office, repealing the health reform law would add $109 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years, while keeping it in place would reduce the deficit by $210 billion over 10 years. Repeal would reduce the life of the Medicare trust fund by 8 years, making it insolvent by 2016. Repeal would also raise seniors’ prescription drug costs, deny health care to sick people, take away tax breaks for small businesses, and put health insurance companies back in charge of decisions that should be made by doctors and patients. The stakes are too high – for every patient, for every family, for every business struggling with health care costs – not to move forward.

I have attached a fact sheet for your reference on what repeal of the health care law would mean for West Virginians. To learn more about the new health reform law, please visit http://www.healthcare.gov.  If you do not have a computer in your home, you may access the Internet at your local public library, free of charge.

As we continue implementation of this new law, your views and experiences will be critically important to me. Thank you again for contacting me. I wish you the very best.

With Warm Regards,
Jay Rockefeller

I will attempt to address each of the highlighted areas with both my own thoughts and those of officials both in and outside the beltway.

The first of these: ”legislation that will reduce health care costs, improve access to care “ Let me tell you of some friends of mine that live a good life on the shores of Lake Erie in Ohio. Once Obamacare was passed their insurance tripled! Tripled! Two people, no children and their insurance premiums tripled! Obama and the Democrats promised that insurance rates for the average American family would decrease by $2500.00 when in fact, according to the GAO those same families are facing an average increase of $2585.00 per year. More of an increase than the promised decrease was supposed to be. Then there are the over three million Americans whose insurance has been canceled, including an estimated 10,500 right in the Senator’s home state of West Virginia. I personally have had three physicians refuse to accept medicare and medicaid because of the new regulations. Yet this man has the audacity to claim it “will reduce health care costs,improve access to care.” He doesn’t seem to live in the same world I do.

Next: provides millions of dollars in premium tax credits to help individuals and working families in West Virginia buy coverage through a competitive new Health Insurance Marketplace. Yes, there is a provision to grant tax credit to certain FEW that qualify. One thing though – the tax credit does not cover the increased costs they are facing. And then there are all of the people that simply don’t qualify for the tax credits, but do qualify for the fee of “the greater of $750.00 or 2% of their income” starting in 2014 if you do not sign up for Obamacare. And as we know, many people simply can’t sign up. A decent living wage in these times might be $50,000. 2% of that is $1,000.00 so there aren’t many that would be charged only $750.00 and those that are, certainly can’t afford to pay it, yet the cost of insurance under this law is even more with the so called tax credits.

Now about that “competitive new Health Insurance Marketplace” – we have all seen the news about the vast number of insurance companies that are refusing to enter it. Note the 3 plus million canceled policies. Competitive marketplace indeed.

Next: “the health reform law adds eight years to the life of the Medicare trust fund. “ This one is, at least in part, true. It is done in a very simple manner. They gutted medicare. It has nothing to do with Obamacare other than as a way to slow the deficit created by it. Know anybody on SSI? They are having their benefits cut over the next few years to help pay for Obamacare. Remember the fact that medicare benefits have decreased already. Well, unless you are an illegal.

Next: “According to the most recent estimate by the independent Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act will reduce the federal deficit by $210 billion over the next 10 years.”

The first point here is the reference to the so called “independent Congressional Budget Office is the budget office congresspeople like to site when the Government Accounting Office (GAO) doesn’t give the information the way they want it. Remember the old adage that figures don’t lie but liars figure? The GAO takes into account more of the actual costs of implementing and maintaining the AFA and they are estimating that the budget will increase by somewhere in the neighborhood of one trillion dollars over the next ten years because of Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act. Reduce the deficit indeed.

Next: Repeal would also raise seniors’ prescription drug costs, deny health care to sick people, take away tax breaks for small businesses, and put health insurance companies back in charge of decisions that should be made by doctors and patients.

There four parts to this one. The first regards seniors drug costs. Yep they would go up! About double! And that is an example of liars figuring. The cost for a generic prescription would, possibly, go from $2.00 to $4.00. True statement. I am on medicare and have the requisite prescription coverage and my costs are accurately reflected in the above statement.

The second is the denying of health care to sick people. Under Obamacare more people are denied health care than ever before. Just take a glance at your local news show every day. (If it isn’t one of the mainstream liberal stations. They tend to ignore all negative Obamacare news.) Third is tax breaks for small businesses. This one sounds like the used car dealer that raises his prices then puts the cars on sale. Let’s see now… how many new taxes did Obamacare create? I lost count around a dozen so I don’t really have an answer for you, but I have a hunch that if Obamacare were repealed we would all save on taxes, not just small businesses.

The last is putting health care decisions in the hands of insurance companies. OK. Some HMOs were guilty of this one for a while, but soon learned that was not a profitable way to do business. The attorneys and all those law suits might have had something to do with it.

All of the ills with the old health care could be fixed with two new laws. Insurance companies have no power to make health decisions for its clients by denying coverage for medically necessary procedures and they must grant coverage for pre-existing conditions. This last would cause a slight rise in rates, but spread over all of the insured that rise should be relatively painless, unlike the rate increases caused by Obamacare.

The last two I will take only a short paragraph for my response. The so-called Fact sheet from the senate Democrats I will deal with in a separate blog. Believe me that one deserves a blog all by its self.