Under Medicare Part B, America’s seniors are entitled to drugs administered in the hospital, but they are responsible for 20% of the cost. That sounds reasonable, and Medicare officials say they carefully scrutinize drugs before approval. But I have yet to discover a list of unapproved drugs. It appears that if the FDA says it can be sold, Medicare pays for it at list price. For a $50 drug, this […]
Congress forces USPS to subsidize mailers in China and gouge Americans nearly six times as much to send the same package
Billions of dollars of goods are imported from China into the United States every week, and very little is exported to that communist monolith from small businesses in our country. Most of our exports are from giants like: Boeing selling planes, Wall Street hawking financial services, or Hollywood offering pablum movies censored by the Chinese dictator-for-life and his all-seeing minions. Is our huge trade deficit because entrepreneurs in China are […]
Elitist Koch conservative groups pushing for more immigration – what easier way to lower Americans’ wages and benefits?
When nearly everyone, left and right, the rich, politicians, pundits and scholars, all agree on a public policy – we are in trouble! Nowhere is this more true than in the struggle to control immigration, legal or not. The almost universal message is that more population is always better, less is quite unfair, and even the status quo is unacceptable. Who is promoting this? The answer is an example of […]
“Socialist” China speeds ever faster, while America ignores modern technology for economical high-speed travel
Americans are proud of Amtrak, and the only “high-speed” train operating in America – Acela, which zooms down the East Coast for 454 miles from Boston to Washington D.C. Well, not exactly “zooms.” The only “high-speed” section is 34 miles long. Acela’s average pace between New York City (NYC) and Boston is 65 miles per hour (mph). The Amtrak fare is $256 round trip and it takes 2 hours and […]
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) could employ 75 recruiters full time to work on hiring 7,500 agents in a year. At $80,000 each staff employee, that’s $6 million total. Each of the 75 would work with 100 applicants a year – not a day or week, but a year!. That’s about one every three days. Plenty of time for holidays, afternoon golf, surfing where available, Facebook at work, […]
STEM grad still living at home? Amazon and the other tech giants save billions by hiring foreigners, thanks to an ICE ripoff.
Last year, Amazon revenues were $232,000,000,000 – the same total amount as all the combined 2018 budgets of the following U.S. federal departments: Small Business Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Commerce, Department of Labor, Treasury Department, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, State Department, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, and Department of Education Amazon’s corporate filing reveals that, far from paying the newly-lowered 21 […]
China’s companies win the race for producing employment giants, dwarfing American firms like GM, Apple or Exxon
When you don’t count Walmart, the largest employers in the world, are in China, not the United States. And the biggest firms in China are industrial and manufacturing companies, not a low-wage retailer China National Petroleum (1,636,532), China State Grid (913,546), Foxconn (803,126) and Sninopec (667,799) together employ 4,021,003 workers. Foxconn is well known in the U.S. for producing Apple phones in Longhua Town, Shenzhen, in the south of China. […]
What do a U.S. Navy Destroyer and a proposed fence across the nation’s southern border have in common? Both are ripoffs in their own fashion, designed to enrich private corporations and pay off politicians with campaign contributions or even old-fashioned bags of cash. The Zumwalt destroyer began as a great idea: build a modern, stealth destroyer with a super gun – the Vertical Gun for Advanced Ships (VGAS). Some 32 […]