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October 8, 2013

The Ugly Side of a Government Shutdown

The Federal Government shutdown has turned ugly and vindictive by design with the Administration going through each and every service, historic sites, museums, web portals and other various forms of public-government interaction with an eye to shutting down anything and everything which would cause the public harm and inconvenience. They then claim that the Republicans own the shutdown and that the President feels the pains and hardships the public are experiencing and President Obama claims that the Republicans will not negotiate with him over the budget. This is the biggest fabrication I have ever heard from any politician even including President Nixon’s claim that he is “not a crook.” Some examples pretty much make obvious where the closings originate. At Andrews Air Force Base the PX is closed but the golf course which the President loves is open. The right lane of highways and byways from which one can snap pictures of Mount Rushmore have been coned off so people are unable to stop. The last straw and most unbelievable act committed by the Administration was forcing people, mostly elderly, to leave their homes which border Lake Meade claiming that since the government has found it impossible to guarantee services preventing possible harm such as flooding from endangering their lives, they must leave immediately. Many of those people had no clue that the government did anything other than monitor the Hoover Dam as far as protecting them and even understanding the extent and scope that the Administration has gone to in order to maximize harm to the people and citizens of the United States; I seriously doubt they have suspended monitoring the Hoover Dam. The almost ridiculous lengths employed to maximize harm has been unprecedented and should be the main critical consequence of the budget battle covered by the mainstream media but instead they simply follow the President’s lead claiming that the Republicans are the sole source of all evils emanating from the shutdown.

 

The future has taken on an ominous tinge due to a small fact that once any politician opens the door to a new venue of consequences or behaviors it becomes just another tool which virtually any politician from either party will add to their tool kit for future use. Future budget battles will now target services designed for the people which will be the first services where personnel will be furloughed in order to deny these services to the public. The fact that there have been some midlevel and operational workers reporting that they have been instructed to make the shutdown as inconveniencing and causing maximum hardships as they are able is the most frightening aspect of this shutdown. These specifically targeted closings of open air monuments where it is costing the government funds in order to barricade these places which under normal operation might entail their being cleaned periodically but otherwise operate at no cost to government is opening a level of vindictiveness that cannot be stressed too strongly. The same goes for the numerous sites such as Mount Vernon where private groups who take absolutely no government funds are being ordered to be shutdown presumably because the Federal Government services and provides upkeep for access roads or parking lots or even because they claim they will no longer be able to provide security support in case of an incident. These actions are simply an abomination revealing a level of contempt for the public by those in government who are behind these closures who, just like those responsible for the stand-down order during the assault in Benghazi, remain unidentified though it can be assumed they are high up in the Administration and their orders very probably come from the highest levels if not the President himself.

 

There is going to be a phase two to the budget battle approaching rapidly and that is raising the debt ceiling. The claims that raising the debt ceiling will not increase the actual level of United States government debt because it is only being increased to cover spending which has already been approved is false. If that argument sounds highly suspicious and disingenuous, then you very likely have a good grasp on budgeting and money handling. The fallacy in that argument is that once the government has made a commitment to provide services or other governmental functions which require funding that there is no way to fund these expenditures in the future other than by raising the debt limit in order to cover the expenditures. This would be the same idea as if you decided to take a vacation this summer and as the time for the vacation approached you did not make any adjustments to your daily expenditures nor decide to postpone some purchases and instead simply applied for a new charge card on which you would pay for everything while on vacation claiming that the new charge card was not going to increase the family’s level of indebtedness as you had decided on the vacation already so the new charge card to cover the expenditures was unavoidable. We can expect that should any members of the Congress suggest that there be spending cuts made to defray some of the future spending rather than simply take on all of the coming spending by taking the easiest route and just increasing the level of indebtedness of the United States Federal Government will be ridiculed by the President and his minions in the press. Some of the driving reasons that the debt limit is once again being crashed has a lot to do with the fact that there has yet to be a single budget passed during the entire Presidency of Barack Obama. This even includes the first two years of his first term when the Democrat Party held a filibuster proof majority of over sixty in the Senate and a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives which in theory should have allowed President Obama to pass any legislation and establish any program his heart desired. Despite this unopposable majority in Congress, President Obama never passed a single budget as even the Democrats attempted to prevent some of his spending and he never passed his Cap and Trade energy legislation though he did manage to force Obama Care through the Congress using brute force along a party line vote which had not a single Republican supporting the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act.

 

President Obama’s Presidency could be defined as an Administration which never found an increase or new expenditure it didn’t love. Since President Obama, possibly to his credit, did close down two fronts in what was originally labeled the War on Terror by ending much of our deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, there should have been a savings which would have been reflected in budgetary savings, lower debt, and an economic peace dividend. The fact that we not only did not receive such a bonus and instead have found ourselves raising the debt ceiling repeatedly and facing budgetary shortfalls and an anemic economic recovery if any is just another result of an Administration whose spending is completely out of control. President Obama has craftily and cunningly used Continuing Resolutions in order to compound the spending increases thus causing vast additional spending across the boards on social programs. Even draconian spending cuts to the Military budget and cuts to the NASA budget (which never garner much savings as the NASA budget is less than 1% of the total budget) have failed to balance the excessive added spending on existing social programs and on the new social programs initiated by the Obama Administration. Yet, when the debate over raising the debt ceiling begins we can expect the usual blame game claiming the Republicans are trying to refuse to pay for spending which has already been approved and that these despicable Republicans would default on the United States payments on her debt. There is not an ounce of truth in either of those accusations. The Treasury Department receives inflow of cash every day from the Internal Revenue Service and from other taxes, tariffs, fines, and other revenue sources which are vastly greater on a daily basis than is the scheduled debt payment. Simply put, the debt payment can be made out of what we could call ready cash which the government takes in each and every day. Any claim that by not raising the debt ceiling we would default on our debt payment is simple demagoguery and absolutely false, but I guess we have all gotten used to lies from Washington no matter which party has the majority.

 

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September 6, 2013

Prepare for Single Payer Government Healthcare

The fight to defund or otherwise repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), better known as Obamacare, is a mute cause as it is a false flag put in place to take the United States as swiftly as can be legislated to the instituting of a single payer federal healthcare system similar to those in Britain, Canada, and the rest of Europe. As many who have studied these systems have already realized, and the rest will find out soon enough, such a method for addressing the delivery of healthcare to a nation’s population results in a lower level of care; longer waits to see specialists or even your regular physician; inability for the system to address any healthcare emergency situations such as a flu epidemic; the slowing of medical breakthroughs, new drugs and innovative treatments eventually bringing such necessary advances to a complete dead stop; and the eventual destruction of the entire healthcare industry due to creeping increase in percentage of federal budget channeled into healthcare causing higher taxation and less funds available for any other government expenditure. Much of the financial breakdown which has strangled much of Europe economically can be traced at least partially to the costs of government provided healthcare. Another problem directly tied to government healthcare is the lowering of physician and healthcare worker salaries compared to other occupations leading to lower numbers of individuals choosing to go into the medical fields eventually leading to shortages which only make the strain on the system increasing and the waiting lists growing longer until total failure becomes the obvious end result. But first we have to enact and then destroy Obamacare so that the people clamor for the government to come to the rescue and completely take control of the nation’s healthcare system when it becomes obvious the system is nearing collapse. So, how does this happen?

 

The first item necessary is to understand the entire scheme behind Obamacare. Obamacare was never intended to function and was sculpted for failure. One of the reasons that President Obama is granting waivers is not solely to reward and protect his friends and those who supported his campaigns, though that is how it often appears, but President Obama is granting waivers because it does not matter whether or not a sizeable percentage of the population is covered by Obamacare or not, what matters is for Obamacare to become unworkable and destroy the healthcare industry so completely and all the other related industries, especially the health insurance companies, such that there is no system left of healthcare as we have known it for all of our lives thus making government run single payer healthcare as the only option available in the end. Probably the greatest single exception granted by President Obama was delaying the employer mandate to provide insurance from taking place as scheduled and allowing it to be pushed off for one year, and I would not doubt if next year it is pushed another year into the future, was not done just to give large corporations a pass but to force even more people to have to use either the government provided exchanges, whether they be provided by your state or  left to the Federal Government to provide, or to option to pay the relatively minimal fee as an uninsured person. The aim is for the exchanges as well as other insurance plans to become exorbitantly expensive until nobody bothers to get insurance and instead pay the penalty which will costs thousands of dollars less than insurance. And why not since if you suddenly develop a serious medical problem you can always get insurance to cover that emergency and then return to paying the minimal fee and forgo expensive insurance. Yes, this will cause a collapse of the insurance industry in record time and also push anybody needing care into the government healthcare exchanges which is the forerunner of single payer government healthcare. So, why won’t our political representatives listen and deal a deathblow to Obamacare as so many have petitioned them to do?

 

This is the easiest but also most disgusting truth which drives straight to the heart of the majority of the problems with so many subjects concerning government and its place in the American public and each individual life within. The problem comes from the basic desire of lifelong politicians to gain control, or at the least influence, over every single item in the lives of the individual. These new lords of the ruling class desire control, and not just a little control but complete and unchallengeable control over every instance of your life. The conservatives desire to control over morality while the liberals want control over your wealth and societal norms. Both see granting the government control over many parts of our lives as simply a necessary influence in order to leverage their powers and influences on the rest of our behavior. If every choice you might face in your life instead of being made by the individual is granted to some government bureaucrat, then the government has that much more control, and the name of the game is control. Think about why the enforcement for Obamacare is not tasked to the Health and Human Services Department but is instead invested with the Internal Revenue Service. Why are they giving complete knowledge of your health and your every medical need to the same people who also hold a complete record of your financial information? Could it be that the IRS is very practiced at enforcement and have the most ruthless enforcement agents and protocols of any department within the government? Of course that is why. And the one item we must understand is that the vast majority of these lifetime powerbroker politicians seek to have as much ultimate control over the lives of the American public, serfs as they see it, and having an agency which has access to all of your financial and healthcare information and can exercise virtually unlimited control over your healthcare gives them the power of literally life and death over each and every individual. That is why Obamacare will be allowed to become the law of the land and is planned to utterly fail and fail horrifically. Once their feint into a new approach to healthcare has exploded and the public is in panic, then they will enact what they really wanted from the beginning, single payer, government healthcare, and after that freedom and liberty will have all but died in America.

 

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July 12, 2013

NSA Snooping Bothersome, How About the IRS?

Ever since Edward Snowden blew the lid off of the NSA Prism Program and the cataloguing virtually every single electronic signal worldwide, people have been in panic mode worrying over an overly intrusive government. The fact that the information readily available is that of trends and unless some trigger causes there to be suspicions about a particular person, the government would never actually listen to or read any of one’s personal catalogued information. This does not appear to have allayed many people’s fears and likely with a fair amount of good cause. The simple fact that this treasure trove of personal data and possibly inconvenient facts are in some gigantic storage site just waiting for somebody to decide to misuse these presumably secure files for whatever nefarious purpose their evil little heart’s desire is simply too much of a threat to allow people to maintain absolute sense of calm.

 

To those amongst us that knew about the predecessor to Prism which was called Echelon, we faced this fact back in the late 1980s or 1990s when that system was sufficiently powerful to record almost every electronic signal of the day. Running concurrent to Echelon was an agreement between the Anglo-nations of Australia, Canada, Britain and the United States that each nation would monitor the civilian information gathered through Echelon and should anything of interest be found then alert the nation where the suspected person resided. This allowed for domestic monitoring of each nations citizenry without running afoul of the laws against domestic spying by the intelligence agencies such as the CIA and NSA. No longer does the government feel it is necessary to go to such extents to avoid the regulations and laws which make spying within the borders by our intelligence agencies forbidden. Now they simply promise that the information they are collecting will simply be left unsifted beyond searching for suspicious patterns or other such traits trip set indicators. Of course we need not fear as we all can be assured that there are no people in government who might, without cause, actually sift through the personal information even if they have a friend who suspects his or her spouse may be having something undesired and would really appreciate knowing who he or she has been trading emails with? I mean, what could possibly go wrong when every phone conversation, email, instant message, web site visited, television show or movie watched, and purchase made is recorded and available to anybody within the Federal Government with the proper security clearance to peruse at their leisure?

 

Believe it or not, the invasion of privacy that Prism permits the Federal Government through the NSA is about to be dwarfed by the invasion of our medical privacy by an arm of the Federal Government which has already been proven to use their powers for nefarious and vindictive reasons when the IRS held up and demanded unnecessary details and information from conservative and pro-Israel organizations seeking tax exempt status. Starting with the advent of Obama Care the IRS will be charged with keeping the files of our entire medical histories. They will be able to profile every American for health problems and have influence over treatments that will be allowed to be made available. They will assess fees and make numerous health care decisions. Does having the IRS, who already holds every iota of your personal financial information, now be charged with your entire health care and medical history make you feel at all comfortable? Between the IRS and the NSA there will no longer be a single secret about your life that the government will not be privy to. I would be hard pressed to pick which I find more troublesome, the NSA with every byte and possibly bit of my electronic history or the IRS having every piece of my financial and health histories at their fingertips. And even if one could choose which is worse, you can depend on the fact that there will be sharing of this information between the two agencies whenever anybody’s name becomes one of those “names of interest”, whatever that may come to mean.

 

How much longer before we will all find ourselves being careful not to allow too much emotion to show as such discretions might raise the suspicions of some government minder who would then file your name as a person of interest which would start a full review of your files to decide if your show of emotion was out of sorts requiring further investigation and monitoring or simply some understandable reaction to a recent event. We must also remember the networking by numerous municipalities of all the city’s public and private security cameras tied to facial recognition software, and more are joining this list every month. And just to make an obvious prediction, the government at all levels will very soon be able to track your vehicle on every trip it makes. This will come into play once sufficient numbers of people drive vehicles which use little or no petroleum fuels. This will cause the government to tax your vehicular mileage which will require every vehicle to be fitted with an electronic identifier with GPS route and distance tracking for the purpose of collecting revenue. Such would never be utilized by the government to discover who belongs to the gun club or regularly drive to TEA Party events or other places of particular interest. Some people will tell you the government already has this ability to track movements of anybody by following their cellphone. The answer to that is sometimes let your cellphone stay home while you clandestinely go to your destination assured of arriving under complete secrecy. Privacy? We don’t need no individual privacy.

 

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