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Healthcare: It’s really quite simple Republicans

To be the party of limited government, pass one sheet of legislation that proposes repealing every jot and tittle of the affordable care act, Medicaid, Medicare etc.

You are basically done there.

If one has to make concessions to the democrats, pass a HSA mandate where from birth, you open a HSA account that employers and government can contribute to that is yours to keep, that is yours to use as you see fit, and that is yours to will to progeny or charity as you see fit.  Employers would also fund HSAs of  employee’s children.  The government would fund a small safety net portion, to cover basic necessities like the costs of annual checkups.   The government would mandate that the minimum employer contribution be 2% of your pay.  So if you earn $10 an hour, or $20000/year, your account be funded by the employer $400 for each employee and $400 for each family member.  This will also cover most checkups.  When you are young, you typically don’t need to see a physician on an annual basis.  My kids haven’t seen a doctor in years.

The government would cover their contribution cost with a small fixed FICA-like tax to cover this safety net.   Providers who wish to provide healthcare and want to be paid out of an HSA, need to apply for verification of legitimacy.  (I admit even this is dangerous, but we need a check and balance for crony abuse)

Then health care decisions  are between the patient and the provider with no say from the government, at all (other than provider application verification).  In this, you get 100% coverage as the progressives desire, and personal freedom the republican party supposedly stands for, and health will now be the responsibility of the patient.

No one would fall through the cracks for basic services, and as health savings accounts grew (because most of your costs occur later in life), they could cover late-life medical costs.   Those HSAs willed to charity, they could be used to cover those hardship cases that have the potential to fall into cracks.

How to deal with current retirees? Open accounts and fun immediately with a 10-year government bail-out funded by current medicare and medicaid funding.  After a generation, this kind of one-time senior bailout will not be needed.  Costs would drop dramatically as the cost of medical care would drop by a factor of at least 2.

The only one to lose their lunch on this deal are insurance companies.

Finally end government monopolistic protections for pharmaceuticals so they cannot foist their high costs of drugs on the American public, and eliminate the FDA.

Journal “Cogent Social Sciences” gets punked.

College education has become a joke. The older I get, the more I realize what a sad state universities have become. The fact that 44 billion people go into debt for a college degree to the tune of 1.4 trillion is just one symptom of the idiocracy we are plunging inexorably toward.

I will shed not one tear as this implodes, and universities are closed down…in fact, I’ll buy the popcorn and rejoice in the spectacle.  But the fact that most of this debt is being anchored around the necks of young people who do not understand what they are buying, how they are paying for it, what debt is, or what a return on investment is, and is being facilitated by our government is criminal.

First there was this video

And now, the journal “Cogent Social Sciences” gets punked:

Oh, how the irony.

One line in this paper says it all….this funny stuff:

“Nowhere are the consequences of hypermasculine machismo braggadocio isomorphic identification with the conceptual penis more problematic than concerning the issue of climate change.”

Link to actual pdf of the article of what passes muster in a peer reviewed journal on “cogent social sciences”.   LOL.

So next time some academic tries to flaunt his/her credentials, and has PhD after his name…..you can laugh mockingly and ask if they have published in “Cogent Social Sciences”.

 

Hey Trump! George Bush Called….he wants his foreign policy back

 Ann Coulter has more on this.

Sooner or later regardless of what any president-elect promises….., its inevitable they’ll morph into a neocon.  In Trump’s case, it didn’t take him long at all.

So Trump tweets about what a waste Syria is, and how its not in our nation’s interest to engage Syria, and then goes forth committing an act of war with 59 tomahawk cruise missiles against said country, drops the mother of all bombs on Afghanistan, and is about engage in nuclear Chess with a madman in North Korea.

I still suspect we are better off with Trump winning, but he is quickly morphing into the thing his constituency despises……a neocon warmonger.  Just who does he think he is trying to impress?  …..  Bill Kristol?  Robert Kagan? ….George Will?

The late 80’s alt-right

Before there was Milo, or Mike Cernovich, there was Pete Schaub.  It appears Pete Schaub was too early, however.  I was attending the University of Washington at the time the Pete Shaub controversy occurred.  In it, we find the precursor to today’s modern snowflakes.

As an eyewitness to many of the events which transpired at that time, I can say Pete Shaub was the perfect alt-right threat to the special snowflakes in that era.  He was blond, muscular, good-looking, articulate, and funny as hell.

Basically Shaub was kicked out of a women’s studies course for questioning the BS statistics that inverted truth on its head, and glorified lesbianism.  He may have been more antagonistic than that; I cannot say, but anytime I was around him, Pete got the better of the feminists.

I was not taking this  women’s studies class at that time, so I cannot vouch for his behavior in the class.  But, I can say, that appearances on Town Meeting (with Ken Schram, and Gloria Allred), Pete had the many women in the audience turning against Gloria Allred.  And on campus, during the many protests, Pete got the better of the feminists shouting through blow horns.

So Shaub went to the dean of the arts and sciences department about being kicked out of the women studies class, and the associate dean, James Nason, trying to appease both sides, told Pete he would give him credit so long as he dropped the course, which Pete agreed.

So here is the thing.  I would suggest that was a reasonable tactic by the associate dean of arts and sciences, but the only problem is we are dealing with special snowflakes.  But I am entertained by the take of the NY Times:

“Some class members asserted that Mr. Schaub’s repeated questions, and what became his antagonistic view of the class, made them afraid to express their own views.”

Poor special snowflakes.

The NY Times confesses:

“But other class members, including some women who identified themselves feminists, said Mr. Schaub was never disruptive and that his only offense was to challenge the views of the two instructors, Donna Langston and DanaMichele. ‘It’s Too Conservative'”

So, I guess Dana-Michele Brown resigned from the University of Washington, and we haven’t heard from her since….I guess Pete Schaub got the best of her, too.   From my perspective at the time, the only one trying to intimidate others were the feminist.  It certainly wasn’t Pete Shaub.

God Bless him.  I wonder where he is now.

 

Legislation I can get behind

From a democrat, no-less.

We just need to extend it to foreign aid, and other “acts” of charity done by our government.

Laurence Vance, world class kook

I call Laurence Vance a world class kook, for many reasons but this one is up there…..he unquestionably implicitly endorses the idea that DST is deadly.  Now, I have many philosophical-theological agreements with Mr. Vance, but I do consider him the deranged lunatic of the libertarian kook fringe who makes libertarians look kooky by association. Even though I consider myself mostly libertarian, anti-war, pro-free market, and undoubtedly share many of the same philosophical beliefs as he does….I do not consider that lunatic a Christian brother.  Lew Rockwell sadly echos Vance.

It is just his knee-jerk endorsement of anything anti-republican that makes me label this clown a kook.  So I guess there is some snowflake study, published in a magazine by Duke Energy reports that the hour change interrupts sleep cycles and produces a lack of productivity and sadness.  “Studies “have found that the time change interrupts sleep cycles, causing fatigue, lack of productivity and sadness,”…Washington Examiner reports.

Yeah, whatever.  So does jet lag, and in today’s business world, it only takes flying to one time zone over to experience the same effect as produced by Daylight savings time.  I’m all in favor of abolishing the biannual time change, and staying permanently on DST, but this is really much ado about almost nothing, and is a far more complex issue than Laurence Vance would lead you to believe.  Did someone actually commission a study on this and come to such conclusions?  Who paid for it?  Was it worth the money?….What do they get out of this?…….those are my biggest questions.

The reality, many special interest favor keeping the time changes….ski areas in Colorado, for instance, and yes, they exert anti-libertarian political influence.  But government isn’t out to shorten or ruin your life, in this case, any more than any company who sends its sales force out for business trips nationally or internationally.

We libertarians have far more important fish to fry.

The Global Warming Swindle

Watch the video.