While discussing the failure of government at helping the poor, my interlocutor implied that I was focused on the welfare queen and perhaps did not realize (or did not care) that “conservative” reforms would wreck the lives of those in need. Quite the opposite. The welfare queens are not the recipients of transfer payments in the form of food stamps and section 8 housing allowances, but the government itself.
If a pharmaceutical company makes a 7 million dollars in profits on 100 million in revenue, the political leftward leaning lose their mind and denounce these companies for profiteering on people in need, even though on average most large companies have to live on 7% profit margins. Continue reading
I am a fundamentalist Christian.
Not a very good one, mind you. While I believe the Bible is the inspired word of God, far too often I take the precepts within its pages as suggestions rather than commands. I think if I were more obedient I would be more patient, more kind, more generous. I would have more courage to speak the truth and more wisdom to speak it gently.
A fundamentalist Christian should, over time, be more like Jesus of Nazareth. Think what you may about His claims to deity and salvation, Jesus is universally understood to be a good man.
This is supposedly the unedited version of the comments made by Cliven Bundy:
…” and so what I’ve testified to ya’, I was in the WATTS riot, I seen the beginning fire and I seen the last fire. What I seen is civil disturbance. People are not happy, people is thinking they did not have their freedom; they didn’t have these things, and they didn’t have them.
We’ve progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and sure don’t want to go back; we sure don’t want the colored people to go back to that point; we sure don’t want the Mexican people to go back to that point; and we can make a difference right now by taking care of some of these bureaucracies, and do it in a peaceful way.
Let me tell.. talk to you about the Mexicans, and these are just things I know about the negroes. I want to tell you one more thing I know about the negro. Continue reading
Health insurance is expensive enough when you are healthy. When you are sick – especially when you have a chronic illness like Chron’s disease or juvenile diabetes – insurance can be very expensive. If you are lucky, your employer has enough employees so that insurance is available and affordable. If you lose your job, you could be out of luck, paying thousands per month.
Obamacare is trying to address this problem by forcing young and healthy people to buy insurance on the Federal marketplace. The plan is to spread the risk of sick people and older people over large groups seeded with younger, healthier people. So far? Fail. Continue reading
If a significant percentage of shoppers at a supermarket paid a flat $300 month for all the groceries they wanted, plus a $20 “co-pay” for each supermarket visit, how long before the supermarket stopped carrying top-shelf ingredients and everything became plain-label products? How careful would they be about not wasting food at home? How long could the supermarket keep monthly “premiums” at $300? Continue reading
For decades, State and Federal governments have been conspiring with insurance companies and businesses to keep individual insurance plans at a disadvantage versus health insurance your boss buys you as part of your wages. Let me explain. Continue reading
Among the Facebook crowd, you occasionally get “that guy” who posts some fresh hell to their timeline and announces in all caps “WAKE UP SHEEPLE!”
Generally, I try to avoid screaming at my Facebook friends. I post plenty of fresh hell links demonstrating the mendacity of Big Government with pithy comments thrown in at no extra charge, but I have wondered why there are so many who are blind to the menace of a Government that is increasing in power exponentially. Are Americans “asleep” – are they “sheeple”. Continue reading
A meme that has been galloping around the internet is that somehow the attempts by the House of Representatives to defund Obamacare is prompting an unconstitutional crisis.
Admittedly, the House is manipulating parliamentary procedure to make it impossible for other proposals to make it to the floor of the House for a vote, but the constitution does not speak to the procedures for bringing up laws for a vote. I may not like it, but that’s what elections are for, to toss out people who do things we do not like. Continue reading
The real shame of the NSA isn’t that they have been gathering massive amounts of data. The real shame is that somehow an idiot like Edward Snowden was in a position to dump our dirty laundry hamper into the street for everyone to see.
The government necessarily has police powers. You and I can use force in emergent circumstances. The government can sit around, think about it, then decide to use force. Usually it is legitimate, like when they decide to raid a meth lab, or pick up a guy caught on camera sticking up a liquor store.
That power can be abused, too. I do not think every idiot who wants to dodge taxes should be able to declare their work a not-for-profit. It is legitimate for the IRS to use its police power to investigate organizations and make sure they comply with the law. The problem is that the IRS clearly used its authority to hamstring the opponents of those currently in power. We may very well be saddled with the most arrogant, narcissistic, incompetent administration in modern history in part because the IRS crippled the political opposition. Continue reading
Today I tuned into National Public Radio (yes, dammit, I listen to NPR. For the articles) and was blessed with a story about the Framingham Heart Study. Conceived in the late 1940s, the NPR story credited this study with creating the body of medical knowledge that has lead to a 70% reduction in deaths by heart disease.
For over 60 years, the study, funded by the Federal government has chugged along, giving residents of Framingham Massachusetts yearly physicals. Successive generations of Framingham residents have dutifully shown up to be poked, prodded and interviewed about their lifestyle. Collected by doctors, these firsthand accounts from modern physicians are indeed a magnificent treasure trove of data. Continue reading