Any group that includes such seemingly diverse guests as Lindsay Graham, Wilbur Ross, Madeline Albright, Herb McMaster, John Kerry, Rick Perry and Ben Bernanke can’t be called political, so what’s left to describe it?
These folks and their ilk will be celebrating once again as the Bilderberg Group meets for the 66th time on June 7-10 in Turin, Italy. There won’t be anything to report on what will be discussed by the establishment’s rich and powerful, and you surely will never be invited to this or any other get together. Ah, the fate of the little people.
You could call it a secret society that meets annually at the world’s fanciest hotels and resorts, surrounded by an army of rifle-wielding private security and public police, for a closed-door session of some 140 royals, corporate kings, technology brainiacs, international bankers, politicians and military experts. You could also describe it as an event with no other apparent reason – except conspiracy. Continue reading →
How does a 100% tariff only increase the real price of a $10,500 stent or a $600 eyeglass by only $15?
What does President Donald Trump’s tariffs on $50 billion worth of imports from China actually mean, and how will this affect you?
The blather ministers of mainstream media have received their talking points from the same lobbyists who control Congress, and they are using scare tactics on the public.
“A 25% tariff on a product will raise the cost of needed goods by a third, hurting the American consumer,” one son of a billionairess announced.
“We will have shortages of needed goods,” a genius two years out of college lamented.
“There will be a trade war, like the one that caused the Great Depression,’ a fellow with a bad wig grumbled.
The last point first. The Great Depression and crash of the stock market was in 1929. The Hawley–Smoot Tariff act was passed in 1930. The Depression was the result of the greatest economic inequality in our history – until today. The Crash was not caused by tariffs enacted after the fact by the unfettered capitalist administration of GOP president (Herbert Hoover). Continue reading →
The two thick envelopes arrive monthly for the wife and me, each 12 pages of lists of what drugs we bought that month, how much we paid, plus the amount Humana insurance contributed. If you just file this document, and don’t check the numbers, it may cost you a load of money.
I learned this when I reviewed my January 1 to 31 Humana recap for 2018, and found that the total for prescriptions in the year was about twice the total for the month. One month in the year expense should always equal the year-to-date total.
This same error appeared three times in my statement, and the higher annual total would take me into the Medicare prescription donut hole faster by nearly $400. The hole is where you pay 35% of the list price of drugs, rather than lower co-pays.
I decided to call Humana the Saturday I discovered this anomaly, and that’s when everything started going downhill.
A robot answers. It asks me for my date of birth, and the machine keeps telling me to repeat, because it doesn’t understand. I try using a Bombay accent, but still no luck. Finally, I get to a stage where I can enter birth date on phone number pad, and then I learn the bad news.
There is no phone customer service on Saturday or Sunday, only weekdays.
Can’t Humana afford someone to answer the phone on weekends? The company managed $4,100,000,000 in operating cash flow last year, including an expense of $148,000,000 for “charges associated with voluntary and involuntary workforce reduction programs.” Continue reading →