Category: Politics

November 30, 2016

Having health care is not a milestone

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I signed up for Apple Care, our state’s health care exchange. Until  now I’ve paid for my health care out of pocket and that has worked wonderfully well for me. I’d like to continue to do that and have a high deductible policy that covered me in case of disaster but that’s not available to us here.

So, let me tell you what shopping for health care was like.

I have five plans available to me.   Five.  That’s it, just five.  Only two of those plans cover the clinic where my primary care giver practices. None of the plans cover my local hospital.

Community Health Plan of Washington rates two stars on Yelp.  Ugh.  They also don’t have my provider’s clinic in their network.  Oh joy.

Molina Health Care of Washington has complaints filed with BBB that reflect the same lack of customer service and support I’m seeing in reviews on Yelp.  They say they cover my provider but give the number of comments I see that say they said this or that but it wasn’t true am I expected to believe them?  Yeah, not happening.

Amerigroup Washington Inc has BBB complaints and they aren’t pretty . . . and they don’t cover my provider clinic, and this site (health care review) has ugly reviews as well.

Coordinated Care of Washington has mixed (mostly bad) reviews, seven BBB complaints and doesn’t cover my provider.

United Health Care has horrible reviews though they say they have my provider clinic in their network.

By the time I’ve done all my research I am exhausted and depressed and my coverage hasn’t started yet.

So my question to you is . . . mandating everyone have health care isn’t a milestone of progress. It has resulted in a quagmire of incompetence and inefficiency. Next time you have to do anything with your health care coverage and run into a coverage or payment problem exacerbated by the Affordable Care Act and you reach the point where you realize it’s neither affordable nor does it provide care, please remember the government can do NOTHING better than the free market.

 

September 1, 2015

Why government will fail

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Obama’s press secretary is on record saying Congress is afraid of the NRA.  Silliness.  It’s we’re the government and we’re here to help trying to sway public opinion and walk on our freedoms.

It’s time we began recognizing and decrying this for what it is. It isn’t “control the masses”, though it could be. It isn’t “we have to take care of you, we’re the government”, though it could be. It’s an innate and basic failure to understand human nature.

We, as humans, are going to kill each other. If we don’t have guns we’ll use knives (don’t believe me, look at England). If knives are taken away, we’ll use sticks. If we don’t have sticks, rocks will do just fine. It isn’t the instrument used, it’s human nature.

The “we’re the government and we’re here to take care of you” crowd is trying to swim against the stream of human nature. It doesn’t matter how many times in whatever way they try it, it will fail and in the process it will reduce our freedoms and make our country weaker. Until we get to the root of that, we cannot change government.

One of the very best examples of human nature at work is welfare. Welfare was supposed to help. President Roosevelt (we’re the government and we’re here to help), with the aid of human nature, created a whole society of people dependent on the government. We as a nation are weaker as a result. Instead of poor houses and orphanages run by communities we have people living high on the public dime or stuck in a ditch from which they cannot climb. Welfare, the great disabler is at play thanks to the government and we as a nation are in debt as a result.

So, let’s not look to the government to make good decisions for us. They are blind to human nature and fail to take into account how human nature will play out when they enact something sweeping. If they should succeed in removing guns, they will make us as a society much weaker and less free, unable to defend ourselves from those who fail to respect the law. England and Australia may have a reduction in gun crime but they have an even greater rise in every other kind of crime. Human nature is, after all, human nature.

August 26, 2015

Everything Old is New Again

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There was a time in human history when communities were rounded up, imprisoned, dissected, murdered, starved and harvested, and the surrounding population turned a blind eye.  This complicity was national and the debasement of a whole sect of people was rationalized because they were considered sub-human.  A nation bought into this abuse because it was in their own best interest with gains in market share, land, property, esteem, power and wealth.

While 1940’s Germany’s treatment of the Jews may come to mind, this has happened in America, China, North Korea, Japan, the Middle East and Russia.  This depraved treatment of our fellow man has been justified on racial, religious and ethnic grounds.

Today we have the very same mental processes at work with abortion and the unborn.  Those advocating for abortion and support of Planned Parenthood have chosen to believe that human babies aren’t worth consideration.  They are considered sub-human and word-play is used to title them as such. We are being sold a bill of goods, that abortion is for the good of mankind.

As a population we are slowly starting to wake up.  Abortion is an act of personal selfishness which demeans human life.  To devalue one diminishes all.  To profit from this debasement is the new depravity.  Everything old is new again.

February 26, 2013

It’s all about what is disgusting

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I just watch the most fascinating talk about how our tolerance for disgust determines our politics.  It’s one of those illuminating discussion, one that I will watch a number of times.

This is the second really illuminating thing I’ve run into in the last two weeks.  I’m on a roll!

October 24, 2012

Totally off the point

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One of the things that really bothers me in political discourse is this type of thing.  This excerpt is from a TAC article by Florence King.

Everybody knows who Joan Walsh is. To liberals she’s a saint, and they just might have a point: her TV guest spots have established her as Joan of Fallen Archness. Editor-at-Large of Salon, she regularly turns up on the People’s Republic of MSNBC, wearing her trademark simper and oozing coyness, and obsequiously recites, “Yes, Reverend Al” to the honkyphobic views of Al Sharpton.

Why are attacks on the person so universally accepted?  Isn’t this type of thing usually reserved for the paparazzi?  The person’s ideology should be at issue, not their personality.  When an article starts out like this, I stop reading.  This type of political “reporting” is catty, bitchy, low-brow and pointless.  It’s sole purpose seems to be to attract other low-brow and petty people’s acknowledgement.  Picture me wincing.

July 31, 2012

Milton Friedman’s 100th

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Today is Milton Friedman’s 100th birthday.  There are few people for whom I have as much respect, nor any I laud more frequently.  In celebration of his birthday, I’d like to extend this idea.

What if, in the process of writing new legislation, a short treatise was required that referenced all the prior related legislation, what it was intended to do, where it failed or wasn’t being enforced and how the new legislation was going to fix the problem the previous legislation was unable to.

If we forced our legislators to look at the big picture, maybe we could get some to grasp reality and stop pushing out new legislation like so many deformed babies.  Over-regulation is killing our business, our country and our freedom.

Milton Friedman said “The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.”  Wise words from a very wise man.

July 22, 2012

Why gun laws cannot work

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One of the biggest problems we have as a society is the failure of the citizenry to attach reality to theory.  In theory, if you take away all the guns, there would be no gun violence, but that’s wrong on so many levels.  Gun laws just cripple the law abiding.  This is such an obvious point I don’t understand why everyone doesn’t get it.

You can outlaw guns, but you can’t prevent guns from getting into the hands of those who wish to do evil.  Even if you could, you still couldn’t prevent those wishing to do evil from fulfilling their intended actions so what, exactly, is the point?  Evil will find a way.

I watched a video this morning by Bill Whittle on how operating only on theory has lead to some fairly large catastrophes.  He quoted William M. Briggs.  He said “The love of theory is the root of all evil.”  In relating it to politics and belief in anthropogenic global warming.  “Big elaborate theories are catnip to certain kinds of people . . . who are not so successful out in the practical world.”   Unfortunately, that perfectly describes many of our legislators, more specifically Krugman, Obama, Reid and Pelosi.

Take a couple minutes to watch the video.  I think Whittle nails it.

So back to gun control.  The ONE thing that would solve the gun control problem as demonstrated in Aurora Colorado this week would be to make it mandatory that EVERY adult citizen pass a gun safety course and carry a side arm when in public.  How would Holmes have behaved if he knew he would have been facing an audience of armed adults?  I bet he would have stayed home and a hundred people would not have faced life altering trauma.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is the difference between theory (taking away guns will fix the problem) and reality (arming everyone will prevent the problem).  Don’t believe me?  Check out this.

Here’s my favorite Libertarian Presidential candidate saying the same thing.   And here’s J. Neil Schuman and Joe Klein saying the same thing.

Gun laws don’t work because they take guns away from people who should have them and are completely unable to prevent guns from getting into the hands of those who shouldn’t have them.  The best solution is for everyone to have the ability to protect themselves.

 

July 13, 2012

The Supreme Court and Obamatax

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Since the Obamatax decision came down from the Supreme Court, it’s been fascinating to listen to/read different people’s take on what the decision means, both short term and long. Of all the bits I’ve heard and read, I have found the perceptions of Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center to be particularly interesting.

Barnett is a libertarian, the author of nine books and over 100 articles. He regularly publishes opinion pieces in periodicals like the Wall Street Journal. His Reason interview is going to be on my favorites list for a while. I’ve listened to it three times so far and will probably listen to it a couple more times before I move on. At almost 33 minutes, it’s a bit long, but it truly is fascinating listening. Barnett covers the Obamatax decision, how the Supreme Court effects our freedoms, interpretation of the Constitution and the move toward originalism.

At the end of the interview Damon Root mentions Barnett’s website and writings on the Volokh Conspiracy website. Barnett’s annotated Declaration of Independence on Volokh is both illuminating and educational.

This is part of our advanced citizenship, to understand what is happening, the impact it will have on us and how we can work toward restoring our Constitution and Bill or Rights.

June 28, 2012

Dashed expectations

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ken n 1: range of what one can know or understand; “beyond my ken” [syn: cognizance] 2: the range of vision; “out of sight of land” [syn: sight]

For some reason beyond my current ken, I expected more from SCOTUS today on their ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Healthcare act.  To say I’m disappointed is vastly understating my current state of mind.

I, as a common and lowly citizen (the non-military equivalent of the impecunious subaltern), expected a greater level of intelligence and economic/free market savvy from SCOTUS.  I think, for those of us displeased with the ruling, while slow in accepting that the supreme court is imminently fallible, find this as additional impetus to do more to get our government pared back to within the confines of the constitution.

It seems the Tea Party and supporters of Ron Paul increasingly feel the same way, tired of status quo politics, fed up with broken campaign promises and dedicated to a mission to replace those politicians who are unable to see and hold the line on big government.  November’s coming and it’s going to be interesting.

June 16, 2012

Favorite news sources

by Nori — Categories: Economics, Energy, Feeding the Soul, Government, Politics, Social networking, Taxing the American Public, Wising upComments Off on Favorite news sources

In my RSS feed (I use Bloglines as I’m still boycotting Google) I have over 30 hard and soft news sources.  I can get away with having this many because most don’t produce a lot of data daily.  For example, one of my favorite singers, Diana Krall, adds concert dates every couple months.  I subscribe so I know when she’ll be coming to our area.  The rest of the time the feed is empty.  Others, like Breitbart News, Daily Caller and Reason TV and Magazine, put out dozens of news items a day but I don’t read them all.  Many news feeds are all reporting on the same thing.  Much of it I can mark as read and move on.  Many of the sites are aggregate news sources (pulling news from other sites) which makes them a feed inside a feed.  I keep them on the list so I can get the newest news and follow the progress as the story develops or changes.  I get more of the big picture and I prune away any feed that can’t consistently report accurately.  I don’t have time for someone’s speculation.  That’s not news, that’s bias.

Here are some of my longest read feeds:

  • Cato Daily Podcast (my most favored feed)
  • Wall Street Journal (podcast, twice daily tech news briefing)
  • Cato (not prolific but interesting and educational informed commentary)
  • Libertarian News (rss for their US news aggregate only – see websites for other available feeds)
  • Breitbart News (a real hit and miss as much of this is a repeat if other news sources.  They chop one short video interview into multiple sound bite “stories” which is pretty irritating and some of their reporters can’t spell or use a dictionary (anyways not a word, and sherriff has only one r).  Despite that, Breitbart still rates highly with me as a news source.  They are also a member of the New Media.)
  • Reason TV/Magazine (libertarian commentary, some of it very good, some of it imminently skip-worthy)
  • Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (not prolific but thought provoking)
  • Downsizing the Federal Government (reporting on unconstitutional action/legislation, waste, fraud.  The feed is not prolific but usually interesting)
  • Daily Caller (fairly comprehensive, includes in-house reporting)
  • The Washington Independent (Fed Gov’t news, mostly in-house reporting)
  • Spokesman (reporting on Washington State legislators and legislation)
  • Supreme Court of Washington (WA State SC)
  • Public Sector (highlighting Public Sector Union waste/fraud/mismanagement and general self-serving duplicity/stupidity)
  • Freedom Foundation (small government commentary/news)
  • Liberty Live
  • Ron Paul 2012 (the philosophy, the rallies, the videos, the supporters)
  • CNS News (about a dozen items a day, mostly a repeat of other sources.  I’ll eventually prune this feed as it’s mostly a skip/mark as read.)

I also have a couple websites I visit daily.  After the top two, the rest on the list are for a slow news day or if I need a different slant on something breaking.

  • Townhall Cartoons (good political cartoons from a conservative viewpoint – weekdays only)
  • Drudge Report (news aggregate. Drudge was the seed for the New Media with the breaking of the Lewinsky story.  Epic.)
  • Libertarian News (a dot org with comprehensive news – includes categories for Sci/Tech (good comprehensive coverage), national news (CNN, Fox, BBC, Reuters, AP and Al Jazeera) world news (same list of sources) and tabloid headlines (the total superficial including Yahoo and The Daily Mail from Britain)
  • Newsmax Breaking News (conservative news, usually fairly stodgy)
  • Olympia Watch (Washington State political)
  • National Journal

Add to that a couple inspirational sites like Daily Good and Gimundo, a couple DIY sites (Make and One Project Closer) and one health specific (Celiac.com) and I’ve got a pretty well rounded source for news every day.  I just have to stay aware that much of what I read is someone’s personal, and occasionally not very learned, opinion.  And I have the Daily Mail tabloid news when I need to check on fashion and the slow motion train wreck of celeb’s lives on slow news days.  How could I possibly get through life without knowing which celebs have saggy knees!  <rolls eyes>  For the real girly, I check out shoepr0n on Tumbler where the only topic is fashion footwear.  With all that, who needs TV news?

Once you start an RSS feed you’ll find you do a lot of feed pruning until you’ve developed a comfortable volume with an array of content.  As you use the feed, you’ll get a feel for what is slanted by the author or site’s inclination to disaster-monger and you will find yourself weeding out the worst until you have a fairly reliable source for ALL the news.  Your perception will change when you are no longer restricted to just what the main stream media feels you should know.

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