Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Stance on Healthcare

Longtime lurker Cheddar (and you're welcome to lurk, I encourage it!), an always good questioner of my rants, asked on this post:
Would health care be so bad if it were provided to only citizens and immigrants (please don't confuse immigrants with aliens).

The short answer is "yes", because we *still* can't afford it.

This isn't about "pre-existing conditions". There are two issues with that:
  1. If you as a person were able to get a tax deduction for paying your own healthcare, we wouldn't have the problem where you lose your coverage every time you changed jobs. The Government and its regulations CREATED pre-existing condition issues by only allowing businesses to receive credits for insuring employees' health.

  2. You can't wreck your car, and call Allstate the next day and demand insurance can you? Why not? Because the premiums you DID NOT pay over the last 5 years CAN NOT ensure that Allstate can afford your coverage. You understand that what this idiotic law has done is ring the death knell for private health insurance? No one can be profitable in that situation - not without tripling, quadrupling, or MORE the premiums of anyone stupid enough to continue paying for healthcare.

This isn't about who gets it. Ultimately (and Mark Levin has proved a number of times), we're talking about less than 20mil people that "need" healthcare - the rest are foreigners, wealthy folks (making more than $75k a year) that choose not to carry coverage, and also younger folks who are generally healthy and don't feel they need insurance.

This IS about NOT reforming medical tort laws, where Doctors must still pay exorbitant amounts of money to cover frivolous malpractice lawsuits, and order all manner of extra and unnecessary tests to try and prevent same, increasing the costs to insurance companies.

This IS about a Nation that somehow believes that they deserve the latest, most expensive treatment that has a low success rate, even if they can't afford it. I'm sorry, but if you can't pay for a plan that can cover it, you don't deserve the latest in whizbang tests and surgeries.

This IS about not having to wait four or more months for cancer tests, MRIs, etc. This IS about not having to ration care because people overuse the system since...after all, it's free!
This IS about not losing many of your Doctors because, shock, they don't feel like putting up many thousands of dollars only to be told they make too much and should work for peanuts.

Here is basic human behavior as I channel Joe and Jane Everyman:
If my choice (after my company drops my insurance plan because the premiums just doubled - and THEY ALREADY ARE DOUBLING), is to pay $1k a month (or more!) for health insurance (and I have always kept myself covered up until now), or to save $12k up (12 months, $1k saved per month by not enrolling in Obamacare), pay the fine for not having coverage at the end of the year ($2k), and if anything happens in the mean time, fuck it, I'll go DEMAND coverage since they can't turn me down for pre-existing conditions, what do you think I (and 99.5% of the rest of the country) is going to go do?

And when we all drop our plans (after our employers drop them as well), and start showing up demanding coverage all of a sudden when we get cancer, break something, have a heart attack, etc, what's going to happen to Insurance Companies - right, out of business. That'll just leave Uncle Sam to take care of it. Just like they took care of Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Post Office, etc. etc. etc.

Please read the articles I've linked. They're not about politics, they're about simple economics, human behavior, and basic math.

Healthcare as it stood before this bill was DEFINITELY broken - no one disputes that. What this new law has done, though, is put Government in charge of the broken system because somehow (and they NEVER EVER EVER EVER HAVE IN THE PAST), they're going to lower costs, increase coverage, and improve services.

That'll be the day.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Obamacare - A Synopsis of Fail by Karl Denninger

All of this is required reading. It passes the smell test (hell, it even passes the common sense test).

To put it succinctly, we're fucked.

Karl Denninger:
If Health Care Is A Human Right...

... then why is it that the Chinese who make all our cheap plastic trash that we allow to be imported here without tariffs don't get it?

And... shouldn't we impose tariffs that add up to the cost of said health care - a "Congressionally acceptable package" costing $15,000 a year per worker - to everything that is imported from China until they do?

After all, if it's a human right, it doesn't begin and end at our borders, right?

Just an inconvenient little question for Madame Pelosi....

Health Care: Arbitrage Obama And The Dems

It's Gonna Be Like Christmas! (Health Care)

That Didn't Take Long

Please read 'em all and understand just what the National Socialists have accomplished.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

What Could Go Wrong? Hacker Disables 100 Vehicles

Hacker Disables More Than 100 Cars Remotely

More than 100 drivers in Austin, Texas found their cars disabled or the horns honking out of control, after an intruder ran amok in a web-based vehicle-immobilization system normally used to get the attention of consumers delinquent in their auto payments.

Police with Austin’s High Tech Crime Unit on Wednesday arrested 20-year-old Omar Ramos-Lopez, a former Texas Auto Center employee who was laid off last month, and allegedly sought revenge by bricking the cars sold from the dealership’s four Austin-area lots.

Ahh, so often we hear the old "well, they'll only use [insert stupid people controlling device here] if you're doing something wrong!!"

Look, any system, whether it's a web cam in your kid's school issued laptop computer, the cell phone in their pocket, or a system such as OnStar being used to wiretap your car, systems such as this can be, and are, abused.

We seem to allow the Government and others to do things to us because technology allows them to. Little thought is given by the sheep as to how those systems might be abused, rather, they bleat about how it will make them safer and then go about their daily business.

The next time you hear about the latest and greatest convenience system, give a thought to how that system might be abused or exploited.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Denninger - A Very Serious Warning to Nancy Pelosi

Every time I think I've managed to adequately convey my feelings on the latest travesty or tyranny to come out of our "betters" in Washington, Denninger goes and states the case in far more elegant, informed and dire terms.

I'll remind you, Karl Denninger is not a Threeper, a Truther, a Birther, or even a Tea Partier so far as I can tell, rather, he is someone who lives, breathes, and makes a living on the Economy (though I stop short of calling him an Economist). He doesn't spend his days stocking up on ammunition and weapons, or survival supplies, and his weekends aren't spent raiding surplus stores and gun shows for gear that we all hope we may not need. He simply sees the fraud in our system and wants to shine a light on it and stop it.

He's laid it out today, and he has done so with a certainty and completeness that should chill anyone reading it.

There is a bright white line for every person in this country who has taken an oath to uphold our Constitution. It is in different places for each of those individuals, but you had better believe it exists.

For some it will be crossed if you try to disarm Americans, as was attempted after Katrina.

For some it will be crossed if you try to occupy their homes.

And for some, it may be crossed if you attempt to "deem" this bill passed, when The House has not actually passed it.

I pray this evening I am wrong, and that for no material number of people - indeed, for no one person - that is where their personal line is.

But I am reasonably certain that this prayer will be offered in vain.

Please go and read the whole thing. When people who understand stock markets (and make a living from them) are noticing the powder keg that many of us in the Threeper world see as well, we can't be all that far from the precipice.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Social Security Ponzi Collapses

Social Security to Start Cashing Uncle Sam's IOUs

For more than two decades, Social Security collected more money in payroll taxes than it paid out in benefits — billions more each year.

Not anymore. This year, for the first time since the 1980s, when Congress last overhauled Social Security, the retirement program is projected to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes — nearly $29 billion more.

Sounds like a good time to start tapping the nest egg. Too bad the federal government already spent that money over the years on other programs, preferring to borrow from Social Security rather than foreign creditors. In return, the Treasury Department issued a stack of IOUs — in the form of Treasury bonds — which are kept in a nondescript office building just down the street from Parkersburg's municipal offices. (emphasis mine)

The money that the Government put away for you (remember - you pay into a fund that is supposed to pay your money back to you when you retire) is gone. It doesn't exist. All of those funds they were collecting for all those years - YOUR FUNDS - has been pissed away on unneeded inferior widgets produced by inferior companies that just happen to have connections in Congress. It's official, it's ALL GONE.

The national debt — the amount of money the government owes its creditors — is about $12.5 trillion, or nearly $42,000 for every man, woman and child in the country. About $8 trillion has been borrowed in public debt markets, much of it from foreign creditors. The rest came from various government trust funds, including retirement funds for civil servants and the military. About $2.5 trillion is owed to Social Security.

The Government takes in about $2 trillion a year in taxes, payments, or what have you. That's the "salary" of the Federal Government, ALL of it each year. That's your money out of your paycheck, when you buy gas, food, alcohol, make a profit on stocks, etc. etc. etc. We owe SIX TIMES that much to various entities, much of it to foreign nations hostile to the United States. And yet Obanana and his useful idiots in Washington are spending $1.5 trillion MORE this year than they could even hope to take in. That's like a family making $50,000 a year spending $75,000 in a particular year when they ALREADY owe creditors over $300,000 (and we're not talking mortgage debt on a house here)! How can anyone POSSIBLY think that the Feds can EVER pay that back?

Look in your bank account and ask yourself the following:
Do you have $42,000 for EACH of your family members (yes, that includes 6-month old Trevor) to just give to the Government? Because that is what it's going to take to clear the books out RIGHT NOW. Give those bastards in Washington a few more years and it will be far more than that.

It's time for the States United to say "NO MORE" and cut the Federal Government loose. Repossess their properties among the States, including all of that land they just like to up and grab when they feel like it (National Parks anyone?), and see how long they last with the District of Columbia as their only source of material income.

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of our currency being treated as funny money, our children, childrens' children, and childrens' childrens' children reduce to nothing more than cows to be milked at will by corrupt and evil people, as well as slaughtered when those people get the urge to exert their "authority".

Screw 'em. Let their empire burn. It's time for the States to save themselves before things get really bad.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Unconstitutional - Pelosi's Plan to Ram Healthcare Through WITHOUT a Vote.

I heard this on Mark Levin's show today, and couldn't quite believe my ears, so of course I went to his cited source and did some reading. I was entirely floored by what I read.

Can't quite make reconciliation fly? Public telling you they don't want it? I know, just pass a "rule" that states that the House of Representatives has approved a Bill that they HAVE NOT VOTED ON.

From the Washington Examiner:
Each bill that comes before the House for a vote on final passage must be given a rule that determines things like whether the minority would be able to offer amendments to it from the floor.

In the Slaughter Solution, the rule would declare that the House "deems" the Senate version of Obamacare to have been passed by the House. House members would still have to vote on whether to accept the rule, but they would then be able to say they only voted for a rule, not for the bill itself.

Hrm, let's take a look at the good old Constitution - you know, that little thing that's supposed to fracking limit the power of these jackasses. Article 1, Section 7:

Section 7 - Revenue Bills, Legislative Process, Presidential Veto

All bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

Every Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States; If he approve he shall sign it, but if not he shall return it, with his Objections to that House in which it shall have originated, who shall enter the Objections at large on their Journal, and proceed to reconsider it. If after such Reconsideration two thirds of that House shall agree to pass the Bill, it shall be sent, together with the Objections, to the other House, by which it shall likewise be reconsidered, and if approved by two thirds of that House, it shall become a Law. But in all such Cases the Votes of both Houses shall be determined by Yeas and Nays, and the Names of the Persons voting for and against the Bill shall be entered on the Journal of each House respectively. If any Bill shall not be returned by the President within ten Days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, the Same shall be a Law, in like Manner as if he had signed it, unless the Congress by their Adjournment prevent its Return, in which Case it shall not be a Law.

Every Order, Resolution, or Vote to which the Concurrence of the Senate and House of Representatives may be necessary (except on a question of Adjournment) shall be presented to the President of the United States; and before the Same shall take Effect, shall be approved by him, or being disapproved by him, shall be repassed by two thirds of the Senate and House of Representatives, according to the Rules and Limitations prescribed in the Case of a Bill. (emphasis mine - Bold was a little harder when this sucker was written)

So let's see, we're just going to make a rule that says "if we pass Bill A, then we've also automatically passed Bill B". It's ok that no vote was taken on the secondary Bill, it's ok that people are against it and we may not even have the votes to pass it, we're just going to play make-believe and pretend that there was a vote and it went the way we wanted to.

Does anyone else see a problem with this?

If this is the way we're going to conduct business, why have the Constitution and Rule of Law at all? Why not just let the people in power do whatever the fuck they want, when they want, and for whatever reason their pea-brains can come up with.

Do you feel powerless yet? Are you fingering the keys to your airplane?

Mike Vanderboegh put it quite well in August on his Sipsey Street Irregulars Blog:
Now, with people exercising their rights, going armed to public gatherings and town hall meetings, we see something we have not seen in a long time. I understand how liberals are astonished about it. I'm a little astonished myself. I didn't know if we still had it in us to ACT like free people. Now it seems we do. So our hope is that they will back off. But will they?

You are looking at, I tell them, the tip of the iceberg. The people that the administration will find most troublesome as they go farther down this lawless, tyrannical road are not those who blog, or go to town meetings or write letters to the editor. If these folks get angered by events, they reassure themselves of their skills to handle what will come by going to the range and making sure their rifle is still sighted in or by putting back some more ammo or by teaching their teenage sons (and daughters) how to shoot, move and communicate.

In the unlikely event that the government is successful enough to imprison, silence or kill the last demonstrator, blogger and radio talk show host, it will be these people who emerge from the crowd, put a bullet in some henchman's eye, and fade back again.

These people understand that having been "out-voted," they can still vote. They are the rest of the iceberg upon which the great ship Leviathan, like Titanic, will of its own forward movement, rip out her hull below the waterline and sink to the bottom of history.

So, I tell them, the anger you see is not one tenth of the anger that's out there. And that other none-tenths you will not see until it's too late. So back off, I say, leave us the hell alone, and we won't have to go down this bloody road. (emphasis mine)

We are watching the Rule of Law, the Constitution, and our Unalienable Rights be torn from us, one after the other, day after day. We're tired of it. We're tired of the games, we're tired of the condescending tone of those that style themselves our "betters", and we're tired of watching the last bits of our Savings be thrown down the maw of Entitlement Programs and Fraudulent Bailouts. The straws are piling upon the proverbial Camel's Back, and the old girl is showing the strain.

And so I say to those that style themselves Tyrant, to those in Congress that believe that they can do anything they want, BEWARE! The rattling has begun, and it grows louder every day. When the Rule of Law is finally gone, shredded, it's tatters falling free of the eyes of every Patriot, every Free Man who has exercised their rights within the ever failing system of our Republic, Politics ceases to be a function of going down to your local Library once in a while and punching holes in a paper with a stylus, instead, this becomes the extension of your will upon those that would oppress you:

When a wise man encounters a rattlesnake, her eyes fixed upon him, her tail vibrating with that distinct sound, he freezes, looks carefully around for a safe path out, and, ever so slowly, backs away. Only the truly stupid man who cares nothing for his life and well-being continues blithely upon the dangerous path, ignoring the warning, ignoring the danger to themselves.

The time has come, Congress, to choose which path you will take. There are only two true options. One, to listen to the people, to the Founding Fathers and the laws which are supposed to bind you. Or two, to continue upon this path to what is almost guaranteed to become bloodshed and ruination.

Which will it be?

Friday, March 5, 2010

McDonald 2A Trial - Privileges and Immunities, YOU CAN HAS!

An excellent "layman's" interpretation of Wednesday's Supreme Court Hearing on the McDonald case, which, essentially challenged Chicago's Gun Ban under the 2nd Amendment of the United States.

In essence, does the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States actually bar States and localities from banning guns? The 14th might say it does, but apparently the Statists think it does not.

FELDMAN: Here’s my first argument.
SCALIA: That argument sucks.
FELDMAN: Ordered liberty?
SCALIA: We haven’t used that since 1937.
FELDMAN: Have too.
FELDMAN: Uh, here’s my second argument.
SCALIA: You just argued against your first argument.
FELDMAN: Did not.
SCALIA: Did so.
FELDMAN: *cries*
ROBERTS: You just argued the losing Heller argument.

Go here for the complete text, now including pictures! Very adult language, but very funny as well.

Share and enjoy!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hah! Forget "You Lie"

Everyone was quite aghast when Joe Wilson yelled "You lie" to President Obama (way to go Joe).

That pales in comparison to this lovely diatribe delivered by Nigel Farage, representing Great Britain in the EU Parliament.

Keep at those bloody Statists Mr. Farage. You're right on the money. "Quiet assassin of Democracy" indeed!

Current Quote

"I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it." – Thomas Jefferson