Do you suffer from a really bad heart, cancer, or need dialysis, and still want to buy health insurance?
If you can find a company in the U.S.A. that will cover you, the price will be many thousands of dollars a month with a cap on total payments, plus co-pays through the roof. If you don’t die rather quickly, our health system will devour your savings, house, car and force close relatives into poverty.
One alternative is to move to Japan, stay with a visa good for more than three months, and you will become part of their health system, which means: Continue reading →
A half million will sleep on the streets tonight, but nothing seems to wake up Congress to this tragedy
The smoking guns in mass killings may not be just the weapons, but also the danger posed by the untreated mentally ill, who are responsible for ten percent of homicides in the U.S.A., according to the Treatment Advocacy Center.
And many of these mentally impaired are nearly dead, forgotten, sleeping in cardboard boxes, homeless because of a federal program launched in 1963 by JFK, that has become deadly, useless and exorbitant.
Our do-nothing Congress knows the danger, but the homeless don’t vote or give politicians payoffs.
The National Institute of Mental Health focuses on the problem this way: Continue reading →
Rebuilding America – the usual creeps just want to privatize public highways, add tolls and rip us off
Remember the promise by President Donald Trump to invest $1 trillion and create new jobs by rebuilding our infrastructure – roads, bridges and power grid?
To the inexperienced this sounded like good news. Fewer potholes, less traffic jams, who could ask for anything more?
But the devils wrote the details for the 2018 Budget Fact Sheet_Infrastructure Initiative.
Experts suggest about 3/4s of proposed funds will go to subsidizing corporations, including many firms, which will reap billions from new and increased road tolls, admission fees, bigger bills for water, gas and electricity. This is the gift that keeps giving to crony capitalists. First $750 billion, then guaranteed annual windfalls.
Named “public – private partnerships”, there is nothing public about them, except outcry wherever they have been instituted.
Drivers in the Washington D.C. area already have seen what increased road tolls mean, now that the so-called “fast lanes” for the wealthy vary in price from minute to minute. It must be nice to be rich enough to pay $38 on both your morning and evening commute – about $23,000. That toll total equals what the median American worker gets in annual take-home wages. Continue reading →
The American Revolutionary War was really all about trade and the exploitation of colonies across the world by the British Empire. Nobody wanted to live under foreign subjugation, and you can’t blame them.
Today, we face a trade war with China that could set us back 214 years to colony status.
The British were the worst in trade with colonies. They even allowed a government-chartered corporation to build an army of 28,000 to rule India, so that nation’s conquered poor would supply cheap raw goods to Britain.
The London mills then turned cotton, for example, into expensive cloth, sold for top dollar. The people in India never shared in the wealth their country generated until freedom in 1947.
Another example of Britain’s avarice was the slave trade. While some 300,000 Africans were shipped to the American South, some 2.6 million were sent by the British to the Caribbean to harvest sugar. By the Civil War the 300,000 in America had grown in population to 3 million, but 2.3 million Caribbean slaves had died off, leaving just 300,000 survivors. Hell Britannia! Continue reading →
During his Saturday campaign rally in Washington, Michigan, the “Hire America” President Donald Trump said that the U.S.A. unemployment numbers were so good that it was now possible to allow many more guest workers into the country to work the fields and take millions of other jobs. The audience gasped and then was silent.
It reminded voters, some who vigorously supported Barack Obama, of how that progressive candidate promised to reform the finance cartel, but then appointed nearly everyone from Wall Street to the Cabinet and highest councils.
And many may have recalled the first George Bush’s lip-reading campaign promise of “no new taxes.”
Or FDR’s pledge in the 1940 election to not send “our boys” into a European War.
I always thought it was a choice of two scenarios: some Presidents change their mind and some lie. But now there is the third possibility – that the President doesn’t have a clue about what he is saying. Mr. Trump, are you listening carefully? Continue reading →
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 pair of prescription $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 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 administration of GOP president (Herbert Hoover). Continue reading →
Illegal drug dealers, who are designated as major suppliers, will face the electric chair or gas chamber if President Donald Trump has his way. Our sometimes alert members of Congress voice agreement, now suddenly aware that criminals who sell opioids, like heroin and oxycodone, deserve more than slap-on-wrist fines or jail time.
Don’t bet on the death penalty just yet for these creatures. With decades of litigation possible, it’s easier to prescribe life in prison.
And speaking of prescribing, when are we going to deal with the legal drug dealers, whose companies have priced life-saving medicine in the stratosphere, so that only the very rich, or those with golden health plans, are able to afford?
An illegal drug dealer who hooks 200 victims deserves their fate.
A legal drug dealer who ruins the lives of millions deserves no less a prison term.
Which brings me to the example of Hepatitis C and the story of Marsha Lecour, who contracted the condition when she was four, after open heart surgery that exposed her to contaminated blood. Lecour is a native of Canada, the only nation, other than the U.S., which doesn’t have government-provided prescription drugs, where there is national healthcare for everything else. Continue reading →
Rich or poor, religious or not, every leader of every Southern state in 1860 opposed tariffs and embraced slavery. In the North, where there was no slavery, everyone favored tariffs to protect both American industry and wage earners from unfair foreign competition.
Today, Paul Ryan, Cato Institute or Heritage Foundation invariably promote cutting Social Security, Medicare, Minimum Wage, in fact they despise anything that helps the middle class. On the other side, CNN, Paul Krugman, WAPO and the New York Times say they oppose cuts to these necessary programs.
So, what’s happening here. Why are the leaders of the far left and far right joined together to fight against America seeking fair trade through fair tariffs? Continue reading →