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I really hope

31 Jul

the link works. It is behind a stupid paywall. I hate that.

But the bottom line is that Trump is threatening to put a stop to the subsidization of congressional staffers so they actually bear the cost of Obamacare. They get to avoid the costs of Obamacare right now, while us plebs are forced into it. If that were to change, Obamacare would be gone within a month. That should tell you all there is to know. Of course, as it is now the rest of us have to bear the burden of this pig…

I mean, how hypocritical is it to say that your staff/employees get off scot-free while the rest of us suffer without that option? Truly, it is sickening hypocrisy.

The truth is that I very badly want this to happen. This is just not fair. What, are some animals more equal than others? This just reeks. I smell a sort of Monarchism, and it emanates from DC.

Activists including Heritage Action, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, have proposed that Mr. Trump’s administration change a rule promulgated by the Office of Personnel Management during the Obama administration that allows members of Congress and their staff to obtain subsidized insurance…

Obamacare totally sucks, and yet many of us are forced into it. The phrase, “Sic Semper Tyrannis” comes to mind. And I’m not even a Virginian.

 
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Senators need to

25 Jul

take a stand on Obamacare. The replacement may well not be all you hoped for (I’m looking at YOU, Mike Lee) but THIS is why you have the majority. DO NOT FAIL!

I did most of my undergrad and all grad work under Mike Lee’s father as University President. But right before I graduated, he was gone. The saddest thing for me was to see my Ph.D. diploma signed by someone else–someone who meant almost nothing to me. I have been sad about that ever since. It’s been decades now, and it is still a sore spot for me. I just wish I had known him personally. His untimely death made us all the poorer.

But back to the ranch. Senators, if you fail, we will replace you until we get people who won’t fail us. Your integrity is on the line, here. And so is your job. Say that it doesn’t go far enough. Say that there are some parts of it that do not accurately represent what you think. Say that YOU would do a better job (and with Mike Lee that is almost for sure true). Fine. Buuuut… Do. Not. Fail.

 
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It is true.

24 Jul

Virtually ALL the CBO score now is based on repeal of the forced theft that is the core of Obamacare. So,  the choice is either to have the individual mandate or to jettison Obamacare altogether.

The forced payment is NOT a”bug.” It the keystone of the whole endeavor. So one has to make a call. Is it more moral to forcibly extract money from people or to fund things in another way?

Incidentally, you do understand that ALL Leftism is based on forced behavior–on a lack of moral agency, don’t you? Understand well what side YOU are choosing.

Deception (IMHO) should be punished. But that is NOT what we are talking about, here.

 
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I think the GOP

24 Jul

is misjudging the level of anger about all this. And I think THAT is a key issue. Probably the overriding one. While it is absolutely true that Obama deliberately made this a “barbed hook” so it would be painful to remove, it’s also true that the GOP was elected precisely because people wanted it removed.

Yes, Obamacare sucks. Yes, Democrats are 100% responsible for it. Yes, we were totally lied to by Obama and his minions. Yes, yes, yes. So while I like and trust Senator Mike Lee a great deal (and his father, Rex–RIP, was truly a giant), I think he needs to realize that the enemy of the good is the great. I think Mike Lee let (very real) idealogical quibbles lead him to “take a stand” and vote against repeal and replace. It was almost for sure the wrong decision. And that is quite unfortunate. For us all.

Obamacare will collapse. It can’t work, and we are seeing major problems even now. People are going to get hurt. Regular people. But the GOP will get part of the blame and they really don’t deserve it. This was a turd created and foisted upon us by the Democrats, without a single Republican vote. The Democrats totally own it. But the GOP was put in position to kill this pig and they didn’t. THAT is what the anger is about.

If congressmen were FORCED to use Obamacare with them and their staffs, there would be no Obamacare. THAT is the reason for this mess–congress exempted itself. Please, don’t lose track of this fact.

The analogy (not mine) is this: If I have rotting food in my fridge, I don’t wait to clean it out until I go to the store and get replacement food. I clean it NOW and replace the food as I can. In the status quo ante there were some problems, but it worked. So I would want to repeal it and THEN add things in, as needed. And yes, that is a painful process. Obama designed it that way.

I think that the best solution is to split it into parts. One part deals with Planned Parenthood and abortion. Vote. Another part deals with “tax” for not having Obamacare. Vote. Another part deals with welfare. Vote. THEN we get you on record, one that may well be used in the next election.

I think we need to understand that all the Trump invective you are seeing now is actually about Obamacare. The Democrat plan is the politically weaken Trump so that they can save Obamacare. They care about Obama, but that is not the only factor.

 
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The whole thing

17 Jul

is pretty convoluted, and one has to make a real effort to understand it. But the executive summary is in the title. In a nutshell, Schumer admitted that the Obamacare payments were indeed illegal and totally extra-constitutional. That is really the bottom line–the Obamacare payments (without which it would be gone) are not legal.

That is what Conservatives have been saying for years, and now even Chuck Schumer has confirmed it.

 
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Wow, I sure hope so.

17 Jul

I mean, I really, really hope so. I want our long national nightmare to be over soon.

If a decent result comes from this, if Trump manages to make cookies from the pile of crap Obama left him, he is on a glide path to be re-elected in 2020, and the Republicans will crush in 2018. And then to rub salt in the wound, Pence will win handily in 2024.

And THAT is why Democrats are squealing so bad–this is their death-bell tolling. It is not merely that they have always dreamed of gov’t health care and don’t want it to go–they won’t have a chance again in 100 years.

No, it is that this is an existential issue for them. Their base then hates them and they have no gov’t power. The Democrats go the way of the Whigs and a different Lefty party takes their place. It already started with Bernie Sanders. They will, at the very least, continue to lose gov’t power for a generation. People won’t talk about FDR, they will talk about DJT.

Think about 2018. You are a Democrat (or a goofed-up Republican in a primary) who has stymied Trump’s program and who has whined incessantly about the Russians and Trump’s bad character. During a crucial moment 2018, Trump comes to your district and says that he could have done things to help people and relieve their pain and indeed he tried, but YOU did all you could to put roadblocks in his path. It’s time for you to get fired. Then he leaves on Air Force One. How do you like THAT idea?

You may well be seeing the tectonic plates starting to shift, here. Things may not be universally better after the shift, but they will certainly be different!

Oh, and Democrats delenda est.

 
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OK, and if that

11 Jul

happens, then what?

Look, Obamacare just doesn’t work. The goal of the legislation was always to usher in a single-payer system like England.

So the idea was that the “white knight” of the gummint would ride in and save the day. Yeah, like THAT’S gonna happen…

 
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Let’s do some

05 Jul

simple math. No matter what your political bent is, no matter want you want, Obamacare just doesn’t work in terms of providing care. Let me again voice the simple truth: Obamacare doesn’t work. It has made life bad for every productive citizen in the country. I fully understand that Obama and his co-conspiritors knew from the beginning that it was a pile of crap and would fail–that is on purpose. I know that they wanted to make it as painful as possible to get rid of–that was also on purpose. Did they want this to force a single-payer system? Yes, almost for sure. It is virtually certain.

But the barbed hook must come out. Yes, it will be painful (as designed and intended), but it must come out just the same. Obamacare is imploding, anyway. No matter what, it will go. This is NOT because Republicans are doing things against it but it is because Obamacare itself just doesn’t and can’t work! The structural flaws are far too severe. And, it was never intended to work–there was no “mistake.” It was just a Trojan Horse for the lefty dream of socialized medicine.

The healing cannot begin until the hook has been removed, and Obama and his minions set it good and hard. And THAT will be painful to get rid of–as designed. It will cause short-term damage and pain, and that is very unfortunate. But there truly IS no other way to do this. It was designed from the ground up to inflict pain if one tried to get rid of it.

The shot in the mouth at the dentist’s is not fun, but it’s a whole lot better than getting a root canal with no shot at all. Understand well that Obama did this to you! Obamacare is getting a root canal with no anesthesia at all. It is gonna hurt. And our elected officials are rightly afraid that they will be left holding the bag and get blamed for the pain. Hillary would certainly have done no better, but then again, Obama would not have gotten the blame. He banked on that in order to attain his ends.

Trump is just cleaning up this mess. The moral thing for Republicans to do is to rip this sucker out. Painful, but moral. And people, never, EVER vote for a Democrat again!

PLEASE understand. OBAMACARE WAS A BARBED HOOK!

 
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So what should

05 Jul

people do when there are no insurance options available?

Obamacare “genius” to to levy fnes on people who don’t buy Obamacare even when it is impossible.

 
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Welcome to the pleasure dome!

26 Jun

The problem is that Obamacare is a barbed hook. Obama knew well that politicians above all don’t want to cause pain and get blamed for it, so he designed Obamacare from the start to cause a great deal of pain to remove and also set up Republicans to take the fall if they tried.

And in the short term it is nothing but pain to remove. In the long term it is far better to have it out, but it will be painful NOW.

So the Rs are trying to both repeal and to not cause pain. Not possible.  If they don’t jerk the hook out and cause real damage, they are responsible as it continues to fester and cause still more pain. If they do jerk it out, they are heartless meanies who caused pain. Understand well that Obamacare was designed that way!

I think the only partial solution is to make this very clear—you acknowledge that it is painful to remove and you give a good rationale for doing it anyway. Repeatedly. You incessantly blame Obama and Pelosi for the pain and mess. You note unceasingly that this is what happened and it is their fault. Obamacare is collapsing so you really have to do the painful work of taking out the barbed hook in order to decrease future pain.. At the end of every speech you say, Obamacare delenda est (just call me Cato the elder).

Unfortunately, explanation is the best you can do. When it comes to replacing Obamacare, it’s gonna leave a mark… Obama has a long history of benefitting in the short term and then leaving. Yeah, this is by no means his first rodeo! And people get hurt. Look at his history—this is his M.O.

 
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