Heritage hates Obamacare – plans “Impoverishcare”

Healthcare.gov has my email address, because I once searched for plan information on the site, and now the artificial intelligence – or just perhaps an algorithm – has decided to pester me to sign up or pay a penalty. Having fooled the system (because I can’t get Obamacare since I passed my 65th birthday), I checked some prices to see the cost of  plans for my neighbors, assuming a family of two parents and two teenage children.

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Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz

It’s not a pretty picture. Without premium subsidies, all of the so-called Obamacare Bronze plans cost about $900 a month, or $10,800 a year. All of them have a deductible of about $12,000, which adds up to a total cost of $22,800 – before you receive one penny of health insurance. It’s all on you – just put pennies in the jar each January and set aside 2,280,000 as your personal Copper plan. Actually, someone should call the coppers for allowing such a ripoff junk health plan.

The missing ingredient in this analysis is that the government (middle class taxpayers) provides a subsidy to our average $50k-a-year household of four, amounting to $800 or so per month. That money goes directly to the insurance company. You pay the difference in premiums and you also pay all that $12,000 deductible. It seems insanely expensive – between contributions from taxpayers and subscribers – and some might say a windfall for insurance companies, a deal that was negotiated by Chicago’s current mayor under assault, who is also a former investment banker.

The Democrats may have bowed to the healthcare industry, prostrated their principles, humiliated party members, destroyed the President’s legacy and may even made Valerie Jarrett unhappy, but things might get even far worse.

Enter the GOP and its brainiacs at the Heritage Foundation. They have a plan that makes Obamacare look like heaven with 72 virgins (persons, of course) and unlimited six packs of Continue reading “Heritage hates Obamacare – plans “Impoverishcare””

Iranians, Syrians okay, but American dentist can’t serve country, because his mother lives in Israel

UPDATE: 2/22/2018: The leaders of Russia, Iran and Syria are colluding to eliminate U.S. influence in the Middle East and continue their three dictatorships with all the economic and political inequality absolute authority guarantees. Bush, Obama and Trump have judged other world leaders by American fear of conflict against enemies with stated absolute conviction. These foes will never change their mind without force or fear of it. Forget peace in our time, or you will find our time in pieces.

  – my WAPO comment on Syrian atrocities


December 19, 2015

His Excellency Mohammad Javad Zarif
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran

Dear Mr. Minister:

Thanks for a constructive meeting yesterday. I wanted to get back to you in response to your inquiry about amendments to our Visa Waiver Program. First, I want to confirm to you that we remain fully committed to the sanctions lifting provided for under the JCPOA. We will adhere to the full measure of our commitments, per the agreement. Our team is working hard to be prepared and as soon as we reach implementation day we will lift appropriate sanctions.

I am also confident that the recent changes in visa requirements passed in Congress, which the Administration has the authority to waive, will not in any way prevent us from meeting our JCPOA commitments, and that we will implement them so as not to interfere with legitimate business interests of Iran. To this end, we have a number of potential tools available to us, including multiple entry ten-year business visas, programs for expediting business visas, and the waiver authority provided under the new legislation. I am happy to discuss this further and provide any additional clarification.

Secretary of State John Kerry

Most Americans don’t realize that “Kerry” Continue reading “Iranians, Syrians okay, but American dentist can’t serve country, because his mother lives in Israel”

Rich look poorer, poor much richer – report distorted to make average Joe happy – despite Depression

350px-Personal_Household_Income_UIt’s so very wonderful to learn this week that “median household income” in 2014 was $53,657, even if it was down from $57,843 in 1999. You can still buy a nice basket of goodies on $50 grand a year. If only it were true.

Most jobs pay about $31k. Many families have just one parent or one spouse working. Something doesn’t add up. Welcome to the world of making statistics lie to fool the peons into believing serfdom is almost as good as living in a castle.

First, the bad news for the poor. The government is reporting your household income much higher than your wages. You may be earning $20k at a lousy job, but Uncle Sam’s statisticians massage that number upward by adding:

  • The value of the free lunches your children eat in school.
  • The estimated net price of the Medicaid and Medicare received for healthcare.
  • Pensions, unemployment insurance, welfare, workman’s comp.
  • Social Security retirement and disability payments.
  • Tax refunds, alimony and childcare payments to you.
  • Supplemental Social Security and Earned Income Tax Credit.
  • Heating and utility subsidies for the poor.
  • Women’s and children’s subsidized clinic care.
  • The estimated value of government-provided childcare.
  • Employer cost of healthcare premiums, pension payments and insurance.

Continue reading “Rich look poorer, poor much richer – report distorted to make average Joe happy – despite Depression”

When I hear $19 a month – I change the tv channel, whether it’s Humane Society or Wounded Warriors Project

SQUAT_NYC_BBIt’s dinner time and the tv is offering an overview of how Susan cooks rice in the White House, why Russia is our ally in Syria and enemy in Ukraine, how to wear climate change fatigues, way to waddle by a fat actress named Kim, ugly duck hunters who need a shave, and commercials for groups that want $18 or $19 a month from me.

The ads are the worst, especially the  mournful music that replaces the perky, blank stare news anchors:

Sometimes it’s $19 for a hospital for children with prosthetic legs, limping to the camera, crying. You wonder if the hospital CEO make a half million or a million dollars a year?  www.charitynavigator.com

Another $19 grisly grovel is spewed by something called Wounded Warriors, an ad that emphasizes cripples, burned faces, stumbling speech. How many of this group’s staff/execs make more than $200k a year, and how many tens of millions were raised last year, not spent on programs, just saved? Try charity navigator for their rating and tax returns of this project, and you might decide your money could be better spent elsewhere.

Perhaps, the “less than $20” first place award should go the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has its own $19 begathon, showing tortured animals, including cats and dogs, so even our children can be horrified by yet another paid commercial that strives to make mom and dad feel guilty. Teach them before they are seven or eight that somewhere there is evil in this world, and you can cure it by catering to hucksters. What better time to remind us than at 6 p.m. when the children are chewing their vegetables.

Criticism of the expensive fund-raising of some groups reaches a high against HSUS with efforts by humanewatch.org An entire website rips into HSUS, and a visit there and to the charity navigator link are recommended.

Partisan_RollCallAnother disturbing aspect of these $19 groups is not just how much they spend on charity, versus paying for all those tv ads, it is their influence on the public.

Do our veterans need grandma’s last buck to help veterans, or should it be the taxpayers’ responsibility to improve the VA? Are private organizations really providing prosthetic arms and legs, or is this just another Madison Avenue lie?

With hospital rooms costing us $3,000 or more a day, should we appropriate our children’s lunch money to send a high-paid, top-heavy organization almost an Andrew Jackson every month?

The initial offense of these commercials is the time they air – visible to small children, keyed to family time, and yet providing another reason to drink heavily at dinner because of what we see on tv.

For some, the answer may be turning off the box, but for the other 300 million or so Americans, the charity gravy train ride will continue. With no government regulation and influential folks slavering at the chance to cloak themselves in supposed good deeds, no big contributors will ask that these abuses are stopped. Did anyone say: “campaign finance reform”?

Gosar and Sanders share same wrong attendance conclusion

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Pope Francis addressing tens of thousands

Paul Anthony Gosar plans to skip the upcoming address to Congress by Pope Francis, the religious leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

Gosar, representing Arizona’s 4th District in the House of Representatives, said the Pope has “adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into ‘climate justice’ and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies.” The Pope is expected to attend, despite Gosar’s opinion of him.

Gosar joins U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in adopting a strange aversion to his heritage. In Gosar’s case, he attended Creighton Jesuit University (the pope is also Jesuit) and the congressman has never renounced his Catholic Faith.

Sanders also refused to attend a speech to Congress this past Spring by the Prime Minister of the Jewish homeland of Israel, Bibi Netanyahu. Sanders said he disagreed with the Continue reading “Gosar and Sanders share same wrong attendance conclusion”

Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, born with a silver spoon in her mouth, was given $590,000 from non-profit group in 2013

IRSFormer Texas Governor Ann Richards once said of former President George Bush:

“Poor George, he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth”

If former Texas governors can roll over in their graves, it happened this past week as her daughter Cecile – President of Planned Parenthood – boasted both a silver spoon and a silver foot, while trying to explain away a video discussing body parts and their transportation reimbursements to her organization.

Ann passed September 13, 2006, the same year her daughter, Cecile, took over leadership of Planned Parenthood from Gloria Feldt, who had begun the shift of Planned Parenthood in 1996 from a public asset to also focus on political action. The organization, founded by Margaret Sanger, Ethel Byrne and Fania Mindell in 1916, had grown to four million clients by the Bill Clinton years, thanks to the leadership of former president Faye Wattleton.

Cecile continued the Feldt course with an advocacy we will examine later in this blog.

In this modern era, when millions or folks volunteer their time to churches and civic organizations, the big charities often pay big bucks to staffs and leaders. Very big bucks.

Cecile received some $591,000 working for her non-profit in 2013, according to IRS Continue reading “Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, born with a silver spoon in her mouth, was given $590,000 from non-profit group in 2013”

White House wants to disarm some seniors; afraid of a revolt? Or, are there even more cuts to Social Security in the works?

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What criminal would bother this gal?

Seeking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.

The push is intended to bring the Social Security Administration in line with laws regulating who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, which is used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts, immigrants in the country illegally and others.

A potentially large group within Social Security are people who, in the language of federal gun laws, are unable to manage their own affairs due to “marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency, condition, or disease.” – Chicago Tribune, July 21, 2015

President Obama’s hometown newspaper hasn’t noticed that their city is a murder destination, despite bans on guns for the law-abiding, but oodles of firearms on the black market, primarily imported from Indiana. As one wealthy windy wit explained “if people want protection, do what I do, hire security guards.”

Were it so easy to have your own Secret Service in some of Chicago’s rough neighborhoods! The average Social Security check is about $1,400 a month, and then you have to deduct three or four thousand a year for Part B, deductibles, catastrophic insurance.  A good security guard should run you twice your gross earnings, and you need three a shift. Of course, you can dip into your average senior savings of $38,000 to pay for Continue reading “White House wants to disarm some seniors; afraid of a revolt? Or, are there even more cuts to Social Security in the works?”

You’re never lonely when your liberal heroes send you endearing, friendly emails about grass and roots

Sherrod Brown [info@sherrodbrown.com] today warned me:

“Ohioans didn’t send me to the Senate to compromise away their future. And you didn’t get involved in this grassroots movement to sit on the sidelines and watch this radical agenda get across the finish line.” I agree, even if I’m not from Ohio (but the wife is, so how does Brown know?).

Then he tells me:

And our grassroots network won’t grow stronger unless we invest in it. Contribute $5 — or whatever you can — to help right now.

Surely, the fate of a grassroots movement shouldn’t rise or fall on a retiree’s $5 donation, and I wonder why some liberal hedge fund manager won’t just contribute $500 million and let 100 million of us have enough for coffee and a donut tomorrow morning.

Jennifer Petty also dropped me an email this morning, and it’s nice to get correspondence from young ladies when you are now past 70. Jennifer starts out with “Hey Friends” and goes on to explain the reason for this missive (which has partial yellow background, wow!):

I am sitting at work today, reworking our budget for the 2nd quarter. While we have been doing well, it looks like we need to raise $5,000 by April 30th to meet our goal.

She seems to want more than just $5, but she probably knows I have some money left after the donation to Brown. Jennifer explains why she wants my dough:

 Please consider sending a generous gift today.
Your contribution will go to helping recruit progressive Democrats to run for office in 2014 and give them the support they need to build successful campaigns.

I also seem to have a friend  in Adam Green from Bold Progressives.Org, who suggested yesterday afternoon:

Can you help us draft a populist fighter for senator? Join Draft Schweitzer today!
(You can also donate $3 that Brian will receive on Day One of his campaign, so he can hit the ground running. Over $25,000 raised so far!)

Bruce Finzen also emailed yesterday. He’s with the Center for Public Integrity, and thinks I’m not one of those $3 givers:

Help me make sure that the Center can continue its work in the public interest and has the resources to leave no stone unturned. Your gift of $30, $50, $120 or more will help ensure they can. Please give as generously as possible.

So many email friends. So little money to donate. Oh well!