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Crisis of confidence in government has now reached epidemic levels, just in time for the government to bungle a possible real epidemic

BREATHTAKING INCOMPETENCE + CONTINUAL WILLINGNESS TO LIE = CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE IN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT

 

Less than two weeks ago, the government told us that the Ebola virus couldn’t spread here.

Also, the Internal Revenue Service isn’t targeting, the Islamic State is JV, Iraq is secure, the National Security Agency isn’t eavesdropping, Benghazi was about a video, the economy is getting better, and you can keep your health plan.

The crisis of confidence in government has now reached epidemic levels, just in time for the government to bungle a possible actual epidemic.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) used to be among the few government agencies that were supposed to be incorruptible by politics. It was supposed to be like the judiciary and the Internal Revenue Service in that way.

Yet since Obama assumed the presidency, just about every federal agency has been compromised by the leftist political agenda, or shown to be not just compromised, but corrupt.

The list of corrupted agencies reads like an alphabet soup of acronyms: IRS, DOJ, DOD, VA, DOE, CIA, NSA, DHS, DEA, ICE, INS, HHS, OMB, EPA, SBA.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Mr. Obama should be proud…we’re now getting the best government money can buy!  Of course, our money’s not much good any more, so that must translate into what we’re seeing in government.

 

The CDC is not immune from the virus of rampant politicization.

According to a recent Pew poll, only 20 percent of the country has a “great deal” of confidence that the federal government will be able to prevent a widespread Ebola outbreak on U.S. soil. That number should surprise no one, given the long track record of incompetence or flat-out corruption across just about every government entity.

Why should we trust a government that couldn’t even set up a health care website to fight Ebola?

On Oct. 5, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said: “The bottom line here is we know how to stop it. It’s not going to spread widely in the U.S. for two basic reasons. We can do infection control in hospitals, and we can do public health interventions that can stop it in its tracks.”

It is true that the disease has not yet “spread widely” here. Earlier this week, though, we had the first reported transmission of Ebola on American soil. Nina Pham, a 26-year-old nurse, who had been treating the now-deceased “Patient Zero,” Thomas Eric Duncan, contracted the virus, leading Dr. Frieden to claim that it was essentially her fault: a “breach of protocol,” as he called it. By midweek, another nurse who was on the Duncan care team tested positive for Ebola a day after she returned to Dallas from Cleveland. The CDC says it’s now monitoring more than 125 people for possible infection.

Dealing with Ebola requires medical professionals who know what they’re doing, from the top down to your local hospital.

There’s the rub: Dr. Frieden has been front and center, although many have questioned his forthrightness. However, the head of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, has been elusive. Ditto for the acting surgeon general, Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak, a physician. The nation has an Ebola czar of sorts, Dr. Nicole Lurie, whose job it is to “lead the nation in preventing, responding to and recovering from the adverse health effects of public health emergencies and disasters, ranging from hurricanes to bioterrorism,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services. She has been very quiet as well.

Meanwhile, all U.S. hospitals must be ready to identify and isolate an Ebola patient, but few actually are prepared. In fact, according to a survey by the largest professional association of registered nurses in the country, three out of four nurses say their hospital hasn’t provided sufficient education for them on the virus. National Nurses United says that out of more than 1,900 nurses in 46 states and Washington, D.C., who responded, a stunning 85 percent said their hospital hadn’t even provided educational training on Ebola, during which nurses could learn and ask questions. Many nurses report that their facilities have simply posted guidelines for spotting Ebola on hospital bulletin boards.

We have a disease the director-general of the World Health Organization has called “the most severe, acute health emergency seen in modern times,” and our nurses are being prepared for it with Post-It Notes.

The government simply has not offered guidance commensurate with the nature of this viral threat. It may be because it knows how bad the situation is and doesn’t want to provoke mass panic. Or it may be because it doesn’t know what it’s doing — which is in many ways much worse. Either way, both medical professionals and the public do not feel they are getting accurate and timely information.

After six long years of breathtaking incompetence, negligence and corruption, most Americans no longer believe what their government tells them. The collapse in credibility of government — and confidence in government — are what make this particular moment so dangerous. Whether it’s the virus of Ebola, the virus of Islamic terrorism or the virus of big government, few Americans think that their government has the will and the ability to contain the things that threaten us the most.

And that crisis could well be the gravest threat of all.

[by Monica Crowley, writing for The Washington Times]

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How to fix Washington gridlock and the US economy at the same time…

Here’s what billionaire Warren Buffett suggested to cure the economy and end government gridlock, during an interview on CNBC:

Buffet told CNBC, “I could end the deficit in 5 minutes.  You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit of more than 3% of GDP, all sitting members of Congress are ineligible for re-election.”

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months and 8 days to be ratified! Why? Simple! The people demanded it. That was in 1971…before computers, e-mail, cell phones, etc.

Of the 27 amendments to the Constitution, seven (7) took 1 year or less to become the law of the land…all because of public pressure.

Forward this as an email or as a link to this blog post.  Send it to a minimum of twenty people on your address list and in turn ask each of those to do likewise.

In three days, most people in the entire USA will have the message. This is one idea that really should be passed around. The results would be increased opportunity and the possibility of a higher standard of living for people today and in the generations that follow.

Remember the opening words of the US Constitution? “WE THE PEOPLE.”  Our elected government officials somehow got the impression it says “You the people and We the elected fat cats.”

 

Salary of retired US Presidents . . . . . . . . . .. . $180,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of House/Senate members . . . . . . . . $174,000 FOR LIFE

Salary of Speaker of the House . . . . . . . . . . $223,500 FOR LIFE

Salary of Majority/Minority Leaders . . . . . . . . $193,400 FOR LIFE

Average salary of a teacher . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. $40,065

Average salary of a deployed soldier . . . . . .. . $38,000

(Now you know where some immediate cuts should be made!)

 

Let’s get this passed…The Congressional Reform Act of 2014

1. No Tenure / No Pension.  A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no overly-generous retirement pay when they’re out of office. No government pension simply for being elected. This should apply to the president and all elected government officials. (Bill Clinton is out hustling speaking dates for himself; he charges more for EACH speaking date than his entire annual pension! You think he needs his paltry pension? He was impeached, for crying out loud, because he repeatedly lied while in office! And “we the people” continue to pay him!)

2. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security.   All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. Any future such funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates in Social Security along with the American people. Social Security funds may not be used for any other purpose.

3. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.

4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

5. Congress loses their current gold-plated health care system and participates in the same health care program as the American people.

6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

7. All contracts with past and present Congressional members are void effective 1/1/15. The American people did not make these contracts with members of Congress.  Congress made all these beneficial contracts for themselves. Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career, and it certainly should not be a means to a guaranteed fat government retirement check. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators, so ours should serve their term(s) then go home and go back to work.

Send this to somebody already, will ya?
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Orchestrated southwest border crisis: DHS solicited escorts for 65,000 illegal immigrant children back in JANUARY

If you have any doubt that the current immigration disaster was orchestrated then you really need to read this.
Some call me a conspiracy theorist. You can call me what you will, but I simply refuse to make excuses and believe in “coincidences” when the evidence is as plain as day.

Back in January, a solicitation was made to specifically escort and resettle 65,000 illegal immigrant children. They knew this was coming. The government either planned it or turned a blind eye. Either way, they did nothing to try to stop it or fix the problem. The government simply ordered more “band aids.”

Notice that the solicitation deals specifically with kids and also notice that it isn’t a solicitation to help prevent any such occurrence like fixing fences or hiring more agents.

It’s more of an admission that the children are coming and an effort to make their entry more comfortable.

The solicitation came from FedBizOpps.gov and can be found here. The description is below:

Procurement Type: Request for Information (RFI)/Sources Sought

Title: Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children

Classification Code: V- Transportation/Travel/Relocation

NAICS code: 561612

Primary POC: Rachel Ali, Contract Specialist/ Rachel.Ali@ice.dhs.gov

Secondary POC: Tony Ross, Contracting Officer/ Tony.Ross@ice.dhs.gov

A. Introduction

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has a continuing and mission critical responsibility for accepting custody of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) from U.S. Border Patrol and other Federal agencies and transporting these juveniles to Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) shelters located throughout the continental United States. ICE is seeking the services of a responsible vendor that shares the philosophy of treating all UAC with dignity and respect, while adhering to standard operating procedures and policies that allow for an effective, efficient, and incident free transport. The Contractor shall provide unarmed escort staff, including management, supervision, manpower, training, certifications, licenses, drug testing, equipment, and supplies necessary to provide on-demand escort services for non-criminal/non-delinquent unaccompanied alien children ages infant to 17 years of age, seven (7) days a week, 365 days a year. Transport will be required for either category of UAC or individual juveniles, to include both male and female juveniles. There will be approximately 65,000 UAC in total: 25% local ground transport, 25% via ICE charter and 50% via commercial air. Escort services include, but are not limited to, assisting with: transferring physical custody of UAC from DHS to Health and Human Services (HHS) care via ground or air methods of transportation (charter or commercial carrier), property inventory, providing juveniles with meals, drafting reports, generating transport documents, maintaining/stocking daily supplies, providing and issuing clothing as needed, coordinating with DHS and HHS staff, travel coordination, limited stationary guard services to accommodate for trip disruptions due to inclement weather, faulty equipment, or other exigent circumstances. In emergency situations, the Contractor shall be called on to provide temporary shelter locations (such as trailers) with shower facilities for juveniles who are pending placement with HHS when bed space is unavailable nationwide for extended periods of time. The Contractor shall provide temporary guard services and other support as necessary during these emergencies.

I realize that the immigration problem is not new but the current situation is clearly a contrived event. If anyone out there believes that this solicitation, and the current flood of immigrants, are simply cases of “business as usual” and an “unforeseen problem” then you also likely believe that the DHS needs billions of bullets for target practice.

Actually the latter is true, but you might want to do some research on the nature of those targets because they aren’t made of paper.

Our government knows that Americans cannot, in good conscience, turn a blind eye toward these immigrant kids. We are still a nation of good people and no one wants to see children suffer. That is exactly what they were counting on. They knew how the nation would react.

But it is obvious that our federal government is, at the very least, not trying to stop this and, as I believe, manufacturing the problem to advance their agenda. We simply want to see the borders secured and the laws enforced before we talk about immigration policy reform.

Is that too much to ask?

[by Dean Garrison, writing for FREEDOM OUTPOST]
NORM ‘n’ AL Note: If this story turns out to be verifiable and thus true, folks, then we have an administration in the White House which will stop at absolutely nothing to create political situations which it can try to spin in a positive light. If this story is true, the Obama administration will knowingly and willingly put thousands and thousands of people, and especially tens of thousands of children, at grave risk only for political purposes. The border crisis serves to divert attention from the IRS crisis, the Benghazi crisis, the new Iraqi crisis, the US budget crisis, the Obamacare crisis, the VA crisis, the Ukrainian crisis, and lots of crises we may have missed. Obama’s standard operating procedure is simply to replace one crisis with another so the previous crisis will fade into the background and out of the news. The Obama administration, according to national news reports, is intercepting the hordes of illegals coming across our southwestern border, putting them on airliners, and sending them to other states (like Arizona and Massachusetts, according to these reports). The federal government did not ask the receiving states if they wanted to help, but simply sent the illegal immigrants to other locations with instructions to “check in” with authorities within fifteen days. We suggest in the strongest possible terms that you contact your representatives and senators and ask them to verify for you whether this story is true. Tell them you are going to wait a respectful period of time, like one week AT MOST, but tell your elected officials that you want and EXPECT an answer.

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“Taking from the federal government the power of borrowing” was Thomas Jefferson’s single solution to bring the government in line with the Constitution…

Why have we turned our backs on the principles that this nation was founded upon? We are literally killing the nation that our founders bled and died for. We are choking the life out of it with big government, corrupt government, and huge levels of debt.

Many of those who founded this nation bled and died so that we could experience “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”.  And yet we have tossed their ideals aside as if they were so much rubbish.

Our founders had experienced the tyranny of big government (the monarchy) and the tyranny of the big banks and feudal lords, and they wanted something very different for the citizens of the new republic that they were forming.  They wanted a country where private property was respected and hard work was rewarded.  They wanted a country where the individual was empowered, and where everyone could own land and start businesses.  They wanted a country where there were severe restrictions on all large collections of power (government, banks and corporations all included).  They wanted a country where freedom and liberty were maximized and where ordinary people had the power to pursue their dreams and build better lives for their families.  And you know what?  While no system is ever perfect, the experiment that our founders originally set up worked beyond their wildest dreams.  But now we are killing it.

Why in the world would we want to do that?

Most people are under the illusion that the United States has a “capitalist economy” today, but that simply is not accurate.  At best, we have a “mixed economy” that is becoming a little bit more socialist with each passing day.  We pay dozens of different types of taxes each year, and some Americans actually end up giving more of their earnings to the government than they keep themselves.  But that is still not enough, and so our state governments have accumulated astounding amounts of debt, and our federal government has amassed the largest single debt that the world has ever seen.  If future generations of Americans get the chance, they will curse us for the chains of debt that we have placed upon their shoulders.

So what do our government officials do with all of this money?

Well, today approximately 70 percent of all federal government activity involves taking money from some Americans and giving it to other Americans.

Despite this unprecedented wealth-redistribution program, poverty is absolutely exploding in this country and 49 million Americans are dealing with food insecurity.

Meanwhile, the bankers have been getting fabulously wealthy from all of this debt.  The Federal Reserve system was designed to trap the U.S. government in an endless spiral of debt from which it could never possibly escape, and that mission has been accomplished.  In fact, the U.S. national debt is now more than 5000 times larger than it was when the Federal Reserve was first created a little more than 100 years ago.

Most people like to think of big banks as “capitalist” institutions, but that is not really accurate either.  In the end, giant corporate banks like we have in the United States are actually collectivist institutions.  They tend to greatly concentrate wealth and power, and socialists find those kinds of banks very useful.

In fact, Lenin once said that “without big banks, socialism would be impossible.”

While there may be a bit of animosity between big government and big banks once in a while, the truth is that they are usually very closely tied to one another.  We saw this close relationship very clearly during the financial crisis of 2008, and it is no secret that there is a revolving door between the boardrooms of Wall Street and the halls of power in Washington.  The elite dominate both spheres, and it is not for the benefit of the rest of us.

In America today, government just keeps getting bigger and the banksjust keep getting bigger.  Meanwhile, the percentage of self-employed Americans is at an all-time low and the middle class is steadily dying.

What we are doing right now is clearly not working.

So why don’t we go back and do the things that we were doing when we were extremely successful as a nation?

In case you don’t know what those things were, we offer these clues…

#1 “A wise and frugal government… shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government.” — Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801

#2 “A people… who are possessed of the spirit of commerce, who see and who will pursue their advantages may achieve almost anything.” – George Washington

#3 “Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own.” – James Madison, Essay on Property, 1792

#4 “Banks have done more injury to the religion, morality, tranquility, prosperity, and even wealth of the nation than they can have done or ever will do good.” – John Adams

#5 “To take from one, because it is thought his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers, have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, the guarantee to everyone the free exercise of his industry and the fruits acquired by it.” — Thomas Jefferson, letter to Joseph Milligan, April 6, 1816

#6 “The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If ‘Thou shalt not covet’ and ‘Thou shalt not steal’ were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free.” — John Adams, A Defense of the Constitutions of Government of the United States of America, 1787

#7 “I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. If we run into such debts, we must be taxed in our meat and drink, in our necessities and in our comforts, in our labor and in our amusements.” – Thomas Jefferson

#8 “Beware the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry.” – Thomas Paine

#9 “If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.” – Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, November 29, 1802

#10 “All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in the Constitution or Confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.” – John Adams, at the Constitutional Convention (1787)

#11 “The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.” – Thomas Jefferson

#12 “Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” – John Adams, 1765

#13 “If ever again our nation stumbles upon unfunded paper, it shall surely be like death to our body politic. This country will crash.” – George Washington

#14 “I wish it were possible to obtain a single amendment to our Constitution. I would be willing to depend on that alone for the reduction of the administration of our government to the genuine principles of its Constitution; I mean an additional article, taking from the federal government the power of borrowing.” – Thomas Jefferson

#15 “When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.” — Benjamin Franklin

[from an article by Michael Snyder in THE ECONOMIC COLLAPSE Blog]

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The economy will continue getting mauled in a self-reinforcing cycle of more government leading to market failures leading to even more government…

All government-directed economic activity grows at the expense of the private sector.

This is a shame, because freely adjusting prices, competition, and innovation elevate living standards. Mandates, price controls, and subsidies — coercive actions — depress living standards. Quality falls. Shortages develop and persist.

Future economic destruction...

Americans are in the midst of a destructive, self-reinforcing political cycle — a cycle that might conclude in a nightmare scenario. A sloppy diagnosis of the financial crisis lies at the root of the destructive cycle.

The free market did not cause the financial crisis; political meddling with interest rates and credit allocation caused it. Without a proper diagnosis, the medicine can be worse than the disease. In this destructive cycle, the popular response to a financial crisis caused by too much government and central bank influence is “Give us more government and crazier central banks!”

President Obama’s health care law provides an example of how government dipping its toe into a market can start a destructive cycle that ends in even more government control: Years after its passage, many of Obamacare’s details remain unknown. But we know it will demand insurance companies not charge premiums that vary too much for people with different health risks. The insurance companies will receive millions of new (but unprofitable) customers.

It’s easy to imagine price controls and mandates bankrupting many health insurance companies. All the while, politicians will blame insurers for poor customer service and putting “profits over people.” Before you know it, the political door for a single-payer health care system would be pushed wide open — all because politicians are not interested in honestly discussing the impact of price controls and mandates on markets.

This is not meant to be a political screed. After years and years of political theater and propaganda, you must be exhausted. But whether we like it or not, politics are an important part of the investing equation. And it’s clearer than ever that the economy will continue getting mauled in a self-reinforcing cycle of more government leading to market failures leading to even more government.

Call me a grumpy cynic, but it helps to be a realist when examining this situation. Here’s why: You can’t argue, after thinking about the following four points, that America’s challenges (ignoring individual families or companies) do not outweigh America’s opportunities:

First, the “nondiscretionary” federal budget is set on autopilot, driven by demographics. Political inertia will not allow meaningful reforms. We don’t “have the votes,” as they say in Congress, to reform insolvent entitlement programs.

Second, a critical mass of voters demand government services, including health care — health care that remains waiting for bureaucrats to define. Here’s a guess, based on government intrusion into markets: This health care system will become as popular as your local Department of Motor Vehicles within five years. Polls have shown the American characteristic of self-reliance is not so popular anymore. Many people see a European-style welfare state not as a bankrupting failure, but as a model for the U.S. They’re trading their freedom for the illusion of economic security.

Why is government-provided economic security an illusion? Simple: There is no way to pay for these benefits without raising tax rates to a degree that would destroy both the economy and the financial markets or annihilate the value of the dollar. Confiscating the income and assets of the “rich” (ignoring the fact that this would put countless people out of work) would make an unnoticeable dent in the budget deficit.

This is a fact, not an opinion. Unfortunately, rather than start a factual conversation about the deficit, politicians choose to employ the toxic emotion of envy.

Third, the next recession — and we are due for one in the not-too-distant future — would push the federal deficit well beyond expectations. Tax receipts would fall, along with incomes, capital gains, and economic activity. Spending on unemployment programs would rise again.

The Obama administration’s predictable response to a recession would be another stimulus plan in which Democrats get more spending and Republicans get more tax cuts.

So in the end, a recession leads to wider deficits, which in turn lead to policies that widen deficits yet again. Paul Krugman and most other pro-government economics professors would love it. Krugman would consider this a worthwhile effort to fill some mythical, immeasurable “output gap,” while people with common sense would consider this going down the road to hyperinflation.

Fourth and finally, the Federal Reserve has boxed itself into a corner. Newly printed money has boosted the price level above where it otherwise would have been. The Fed’s goals early on in the crisis focused on supporting the banking system at the expense of savers. Now the Fed will be pressured, threatened, and eventually forced to monetize ever more U.S. government debt — all to finance a government budget that the private sector cannot afford.

As a proponent of small, affordable, sustainable — there’s a nice buzzword — government, I lament that Americans have chosen a government stuck in a destructive, self-reinforcing cycle. Time will tell if this cycle (more government, market failure, more government, market failure…) can be stopped.

[by Dan Amoss. This piece originally appeared in DAILY RECKONING, and then in LAISSEZ FAIRE, which is where we found it.]

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Obamacare still increasing premiums and limiting access to doctors, even with higher enrollment numbers…

Well, what is arguably the most painful day of the year, Tax Day, is finally over. Here’s our recap of the latest spending-related news, in case you need a reminder about where your money will be going.

The Cost of Obamacare. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently released a report that revised the estimated cost of Obamacare. The new projections estimate thatthe federal government will spend nearly $2 trillion on the ACA over the next decade.

If you like your metrics, you can keep your metrics. With as much money as taxpayers will be shelling out to pay for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you would think the government might want to have a clear way to measure the law’s success. You would be wrong. The Census Bureau has decided to change the way it measures who is uninsured in America, making it difficult to measure the effects of the ACA in its next report.

Waste: The Final Frontier. Star Trek has made another appearance in the annals of government waste. In 2013, federal workers were paid to watch the new Star Trek movie. In what was described as a team-building exercise, a group of federal employees and contractors spent one day last summer at a local restaurant followed by an afternoon watching the movie—at taxpayers’ expense.

Enrollment is up, but doctors are nowhere to be found. President Obama announced that 8 million individuals had signed up for health insurance through ACA exchanges. Despite the new numbers, many of those who enrolled have been left with rising premiums and smaller networks. Among the states seeing the sharpest increases were Delaware, with an average 100 percent premium increase, New Hampshire, with a 90 percent average increase, and Indiana with a 54 percent average premium increase.

Mr. Obama announced 8 million individuals had gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While the administration touted that they surpassed all previous projections, there was still missing information from those numbers. Most importantly, the administration failed to note the distinction between people that gained coverage after previously being uninsured and individuals that were replacing an existing policy.  

Although the administration exceeded expectations with enrolling individuals, many are still left with unaffordable plans or limited coverage. The New York Post recently reported that some patients with neurological diseases are losing their doctors under new ACA certified plans. Margaret Figuero, an Arden Heights resident of Staten Island, has now lost access to her doctors, which leaves her unable to get prescriptions for her medication. Figuero, who has had four brain operations, enrolled in a new EmblemHealth insurance program as required by the ACA. According to The Post, “After paying her premium, she received a temporary ID card. But when she went to order medication, the pharmacists said her name wasn’t in the system. And she said her doctors were not included in her new medical plan.”  

In addition, Forbes magazine recently reported that health insurance premiums are showing the sharpest increases perhaps ever. A Morgan Stanley healthcare analysis of 148 brokers showed that average premium increases are in excess of 11 percent in small group market and 12 percent in the individual market. Some states are showing increases 10 to 50 times that amount and the “increases are largely due to changes under the ACA.”

According to Forbes, “The prior survey conducted in January also showed rates rising during the fall of 2013, but the new increases will come on top of those hikes and are even sharper. That prior survey of 131 brokers found that December 2013 rates were rising in excess of 6% in the small group market, and 9% in the individual market.” Among the states seeing the sharpest increases were Delaware at an average of 100 percent premium increase, New Hampshire at 90 percent average increase and Indiana a 54 percent average premium increase. 

[from an article by Natalie Webb in BANKRUPTING AMERICA]

 

ON ANOTHER SUBJECT, and we know this is going to be terribly shocking to many of our readers, according to a recent poll done by Fox News, the majority of Americans believe that President Obama is usually lying.

Sixty-one percent of the people who took the poll believe that President Obama is lying at least some of the time on important issues. An additional twenty percent say that the President lies “here and there.” That means that eighty-one percent of Americans believe that Barack Obama lies to us.

Sadly, the poll also finds the President’s approval rating at forty-two percent. That means about forty percent of the people who took this poll know that the President is a liar and they just don’t care.

obamaliesI know. I know.

A lot of you believe that all politicians are liars and that’s just how life is.

But it’s not how things should be. We don’t have to settle for men and women who lie to us with impunity. We don’t have to settle for leaders to whom lying has become second nature. We don’t have to settle for politicians with no moral compass and a character reminiscent of something slimy that you might find on the bottom of your shoe.

We can demand that our representatives be above reproach. We can demand that they speak honestly with us. We can expect them to be morally upright and to build a wall between themselves and corruption.

The only reason our politicians get away with being liars is because we let them. Our politicians are bad because we allow them to be. It’s our fault.

But we can fix it. Let’s start with the current crop of liars, thieves and swindlers. Let’s vote them out and vote in honest, decent men and women with upright moral fiber.

NORM ‘n’ AL say, “Amen!”

 

[by Onan Coca, writing for EAGLE RISING]

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There are 108.5 million Americans receiving some form of welfare, but only 101.7 million full-time workers paying for these benefits…

NORM ‘n’ AL Note: This post continues on the subject of our last post.

It’s time for the government to admit facts: The war on poverty is a malicious, unsustainable conspiracy designed to destroy America’s middle-class.

Today there are 108.5 million Americans receiving some form of welfare, but only 101.7 million full-time workers paying for these benefits, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

While President Obama campaigned against the rich and for a stronger middle class, the truth is his actions are part of a government conspiracy keeping poor Americans out of work and on welfare.

The end goal for Obama and the political elite orchestrating this scheme–career politicians with unlimited power and wealth–is a nation entirely dependent on Uncle Sam.

And both Democrats and Republicans alike are involved.

“What you are seeing in Washington is not a capitol that is hopelessly divided–it’s hopelessly interconnected,” New York Times Magazine Chief National Correspondent Mark Leibovich recently wrote.

This conspiracy started 50 years ago when Lyndon B. Johnson initiated the “War on Poverty.”

“What I’m doing is taking from the haves and giving to have-nots,” Johnson said back in 1964.

The “giving” has been expanding ever since, today reaching its most critical level ever.

As Thomas Jefferson warned, “Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

When you add up all the possible benefits from food, housing, medical care, social services, and cash, a family of four could receive up to $40,000 a year in taxpayer-funded subsidies.

Why would someone work making $50,000 to $60,000 when, after paying taxes, they will receive less than they could have by just sitting at home and relying on welfare checks?

The numbers don’t lie. The entitlement disaster is plaguing the country.

To keep the federal welfare program solvent, each American taxpayer is forced to pay an average of $8,776 every year.

At the same time, the average welfare recipient is handed $9,500 per year today in what is often called “free” government benefits.

The additional money comes from the country’s ever-increasing deficit, which now stands above $17 trillion.

And while the U.S. population has risen 56% since 1969, the number of Americans on food stamps has surged 1,625%.

Plus, it’s now projected that approximately 50% of all U.S. children will be on food stamps at some point in their lives before they reach 18.

Even more appalling, in 2011, the government spent $41.3 million just for advertising food stamps.

According to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), “Washington is making the poverty trap worse.”

With the welfare crisis looming, now is the time to take steps to protect yourself, your family, and make appropriate moves to insure your retirement assets continue to grow.

A great place to start is George Gilder’s book, Wealth and Poverty.

In Wealth and Poverty, Gilder helps Americans see what’s gone wrong, why it’s gone wrong, and what can be done to restore the wealth that’s been stripped from you thanks to the costly welfare society created by government programs.

Gilder explains how, “The welfare culture is destroying the very fabric of American families.”

He notes, “The political elite’s war on private industry will only result in catastrophe.”

Most importantly, in Wealth and Poverty Gilder breaks down the massive scale of the economic crisis you now face and how you actually can – and, in fact, must – overcome it.

Steve Forbes calls this amazing book, “One of the great books of Western civilization, on par with Adam Smith’s The Wealth of Nations.

Rush Limbaugh says, “My friends, it would behoove you to study everything you can get your hands on by George Gilder, a true American genius.”

[from MONEY MORNING]

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As always, posted for your edification and enlightenment by

NORM ‘n’ AL, Minneapolis
normal@usa1usa.com
612.239.0970

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