Libertarian Commentary on the News, #14-03B: Government “health care”

The entire idea of government health care gets sillier and sillier by the day, as more and more people realize what a ride they’ve been taken on – and how they are NOT allowed to stop the train or truck and get off,  like that woman in the LA area who had to jump from a moving police car to get away from her arresting-molesting cop.

Abominable Act (ObummerCare)
HHS: 5.6M of 6M Who Signed Up on Exchanges Will Get Federal Funding

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: More and more troubles for our beloved “messiah” and his signature plan that was to get him anointed in the history books forever, eh?  Not only this, but it is also pointed out that only 25% instead of the 40% of the critical, low-maintenance 18-35 year old age group was in the six million that signed up.  That 40% is essential, so that the older ones signing up can suck the younger’s blood to pay for the thing.  Ain’t gonna happen:  Millennials would rather pay the penalty than get sucked into another Social Security scam.  Meanwhile, Uncle Sugar continues to bleed ALL of us dry, and this piece of garbage just speeds up the process.  Theft, theft, and more theft, and they can’t leave well-enough alone.

Mama’s Note: Since the older folks didn’t set up this scheme, it is hardly fair to characterize them as “blood sucking.” In any case, even if the 6 million figure is accurate, and even if it were composed only of seniors (which it doesn’t seem to be), there is a big disconnect with the rest of the 300+ million strong population. And that is very good news, of course. This is one batch of kool-aid that most people are not prepared to swallow. But, as I’ve said before, this “failure” was intended, to set us up for the next part.

Theft by government – Ex-minions of the “messiah”
Former DOT Secretary LaHood: ‘Let’s Raise the Gas Tax’

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: Always thought this guy’s name was appropriate. Once more, he shows what a thug (hood, hoodlum) he is.  I just wrote an analysis of the demand for more government spending, especially by local and state agencies; this is right along with the demands for more local funding.  The excuse is roads and bridges and the trillions of dollars of backlogged/deferred maintenance and repair, but the WAY this money will be used is to subsidize all the good-feely, unmarketable dreams of the controllers:  more bike paths, more hiking trails, more “alternative transportation” like light rail and fancy trolleys and so forth, more “street art,” and more dubious environmental “improvement” projects.  And of course, government agencies will grow their (nonproductive) budgets, contractors will get rich on unnecessary work, and politicians will line their pockets with more campaign cash, all sucked out of taxpayers’ pockets.  It is GOVERNMENT that makes the most profit from selling a gallon of gasoline at $3/gallon or a gallon of diesel at $4/gallon:  nearly 60 cents on average, while the dealer: the guy or gal who owns and operates the fuel station, might get 5-10 cents.  Who is gouging whom?

World wars: State Department Stupidity – Culture wars: Same-sex “marriage”
Kerry ‘Deeply Concerned’ By Nigeria’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: Sure wish he were as concerned about the way Muslims in Nigeria kill more and more people every Sunday.  But his masters have told him what his agenda is, and he’s sticking to it.  Like Edwards, like Dukakis, like Teddy and others, the man’s brain cells (what he had) have atrophied into something that probably resembled dead, dried-out coral, and we are lucky that he doesn’t just collapse into a drooling blob as he walks out of the plane on one of those foreign airports.  Of course, that COULD be fun.

Congress in action – Culture wars: “Homosexual marriage”
Prompted by Utah Gay Marriage Case, Weber Introduces Bill to Protect State Sovereignty

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: Too little, too late, Mr. Weber.  The cows are out of the barn.  Of course, if you and the others in DC and the Fifty State capitols had been more concerned about your vaunted “state sovereignty,” then this case would not have even shown up.  If you and the others had done ANYTHING serious to restrict government, this would not be an issue today.  But you sold out… and will do so again.

Politics 2014
Feds investigating Christie’s use of Sandy relief funds

(CNN)  Just days after dismissing two top advisers for their roles in the George Washington Bridge scandal, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is facing questions over the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds. CNN has learned that federal officials are investigating whether Christie improperly used those relief funds to produce tourism ads that starred him and his family….

Nathan: Do YOU smell a rat?  I surely do.  Sounds like the Dirty Tricks Department has decided that Christie needs to be taken down several notches, and that the White House is doing the same thing that the NJ governor’s staff did to Fort Lee…

Mama’s Note: I just love it when politicians fight…  As for White House “dirty tricks,” it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy than Christie. He just radiates sleaze.

Local government tyranny – Theft by government
Analysis Of National Data Finds No Benefit To Red Light Cameras

(The Newspaper.com) Peer-reviewed statistical analysis finds insurance industry data actually proves no benefit to red light camera use.

Nathan: Apparently, once again “science” has been used to lie by twisting the way a study was done and coming up with false conclusions.  I know we should be used to this, but too many people have this deep, abiding (and totally misplaced) faith in science.  And too many people in government and contractors who salivate with greed know that.  So they keep on doing things like this.

Mama’s Note: I have a feeling you mean the original “studies” used to “prove” that the red light cameras would save lives. The analysis by the insurance industry, itself suspect in many ways of course, seems to mesh with what has actually been happening wherever these cameras are used.

Economy 2014

NFIB (National Federation of Independent Businesses) [Hardcopy magazine, not found on line] survey participants were asked what is the single-most-important problem facing their business:

  • 29% said “poor sales.”
  • 22% cited taxes
  • 15% cited “government regulations and red tape”
  • 7% cited “cost and availability of insurance” — which IS a government-created problem.
  • Only 4% cited availability of credit.

Nathan: My oh my. isn’t it great that we spent billions in bank bailouts in the last six years to keep the lines of credit open, isn’t it?  Small (Independent) businesses know (or should) that one of their worst enemies is GOVERNMENT.  The government does not like small business, as they are just that: independent.  They do things without making sure that their campaign contributions and other donations to government, government officials, and government employees are up to date.  They are harder to force to do things, unlike national businesses which can go from profitable to bankruptcy in a matter of a few days of negative media coverage.  And since their margins of profit are small, they are not the cash cows of the big, multinationals.  No, government really does NOT like small business, and so regulations are slanted against them (except for a very few, really heavily publicized ones that really don’t help that much).  Of course, government, being collectively stupid, is always skating the edge – or coming close to butchering the goose that lays the golden eggs.

Culture wars: killing babies
Planned Parenthood Did 1 Adoption Referral Per 149 Abortions

(CNSNews.com)

Nathan: Making sure that supply is always less than demand?  Which is why people go to Vietnam, China, and other places to adopt when they find themselves childless?  Keeping population down, of course.  Keeping a demand for border jumpers to do work, also.  And according to some reports, keeping crime levels down.  Ah, the love of the Tranzis for their rituals and sacraments!

Mama’s Note: Abortion is still a very personal decision made primarily by the pregnant woman, regardless of the agency, and many factors influence their decisions. I highly doubt that immigration or population control are included. Those may figure into the agenda of the agency, of course, but I suspect it is far more a matter of money. The good news is that abortion numbers seem to be falling, and that most people believe abortion is wrong or a serious problem.

About TPOL Nathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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