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The “Would You Rather” Game… DJT vs HRC

Given that Trump or Hillary will win, here’s the “Would you rather” game… …Trump or Hillary version:

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Who would you rather give 5 acres of your own commercial real estate to for development?
– Trump

Who would you rather have negotiate w/ Iran for hostages and nuclear weapons?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have deal with Syria, Libya, Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have deal with Russia, Putin, the possibly illegal sales of uranium by Hillary, Crimea, Ukraine, and Georgia?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have deal with China, the trade gap, and the currency manipulation?
– Hillary already failed at that… …so Trump

Who would you rather have control the borders?
– Hillary will bring in another 1,000,000 from the middle east of which at least 2% (20,000) will be terrorists… …so Trump
– Hillary will keep borders open for 1,000s of Americans to be murdered or otherwise killed by illegal aliens… …so Trump

Who would you rather have nominate to the Supreme Court?
– Hillary supported Sotomayor, Kagan, and nominee Garland… …so Trump and his list of good Conservative Candidates

Who would you rather lead on healthcare?
– Hillary has already failed at that (twice)… …so Trump

Who would you rather be the chief enforcer of America’s laws?
– Hillary has been breaking Americas laws and subverting ethics for 30 years… …so Trump

Who would you rather be the Commander In Chief of the Armed Forces
– They hate Hillary and the continuing social experiments… …so Trump

So… …Trump!

#tcot

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2016 in Election, Free Market, Freedom, Health Care

 

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American Healthcare: A Product Of Our Self-Governance

 

By Helen Gelhot:

American Healthcare Must be a Product by, of and for its People and Our Self Governance

People worldwide have long sought US health care. Under the likes of ObamaCare – centralized healthcare (CHC), many US doctors are leaving our profession rather than deal with regulation onslaught.

To maintain CHC expenses, with the rolls adding 10-20M more patients, the Independent Patient Advisory Boards (IPABs), aka “death panels” must restrict to whom and when care is allotted. With government inefficiency and corporate greed, costs and taxes will surely rise.

CHC destroys the sacred doctor patient relationship. Doctors must now follow heavy dictates, even denying care. And why has Congress exempted itself from CHC?

If CHC’s purpose is to build a better system, it would dictate interstate competition for insurance companies and as tort reform to limit recovery in nonphysical damage claims. We Missourians can find alternatives to both the downward spiral in actual healthcare and the disastrous trajectory of costs.

One alternative example can be found at the New Jersey medical clinic, Zaraphath. Started by the Doctors Eck in 2003, it has had great success providing healthcare without big government involvement.

Patient costs per clinic visit are as low as $13 compared to $160 at a FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Center) or $1000 at an ER. Costs are kept low; the all-volunteer facility physicians are protected without high malpractice insurance costs under the Federal Tort Claims Act of 1996. Additionally, ancillary services and most pharmaceutical medications are donated.

The indigent patient does not need full-coverage insurance; they need good, basic healthcare. Missouri could adopt NJ-like policies to reduce ER and FQHC visits and their Medicare and Medicaid costs. Affordable clinic visits could be free or sliding scale, utilizing insurance only for medical catastrophes.

The Drs. Eck plan to grow this model by having physicians volunteer four hours weekly in exchange for malpractice protection at their primary practices. The NJ Volunteer Physicians Protection Act, currently being considered in NJ, VA, and soon PA. Physicians could offer common-sense care without expensive, “CYA” testing; medical practice would be affordable despite shrinking reimbursements.

The NJ figures below from FY2012 demonstrate the success of this free clinic model.     Note: NJ & MO budgets / Medicaid costs are similar in magnitude and proportion.

NJ Medicaid – $10.7B of a $33B state budget

(MO Medicaid – $8B of a $24B state budget during the same period)

$5.4B (of $10.7B) is for acute care in NJ;

  • $2.4B (of the $5.4B) – hospitals and outpatient facilities
  • $2B – managed care
  • $500M -administrators (20%)

$90M – Doctors, labs, all imaging, etc. Only about 1/60 (1.67%) –These costs are what we traditionally think of as healthcare costs; however, they received the smallest monies in the acute care budget of $5.4B.

$500M (20cents of each dollar) for administrators who never touch a patient? The jig is up! Americans know this is unacceptable. For example; OK City’s cash surgery center (The Surgery Center of Oklahoma) sinus surgery is $4.8K-$7K. Integris Hospital, nearby, features the same surgery for $30K+; a $9K pace-maker insertion is $100K at Integris.

Why? Perhaps it is because Integris Hospital employs approximately 18 “suits” with annual salaries of $400K+; surprise!

If our goal is truly to help those without care, legislators need to get out of bed with the insurance companies and free them to compete across state lines.

Practices’ overhead would be manageable without huge malpractice premiums; doctors could see patients longer without charge.

Medicaid could be augmented by a more personalized, charitable network of non-government free clinics (NGFCs). As churches and civic groups start more NGFCs, supply would meet demand.

Multiple MO legislators contend this true change would not work – it would upset both the trial lawyers (the most powerful lobby in Jefferson City) with fewer cases, and the insurance industry with less premium revenues.

Stop immoral Managed Care and profiteering from our bloated Medicaid budget while riding physician’s backs. Physicians cannot serve two masters. Is incentivizing physicians, clinics or hospitals to give less care to Missouri patients reasonable? Missouri’s own venerable Dr. Arthur Gale addresses this in his books: “The Hijacking of American Medicine by the FTC” and “The Hijacking of American Medicine by Managed Care.”

Will legislators and some puppet masters allow meaningful change outlined herein? This includes ending perks and promises, promoting Missouri’s “blanketing of Managed Care.” Will Medicaid expansion attempts stop?

These healthcare budget issues and their feasible answers deserve consideration. Anything less is poor stewardship.

Citizen lobbyists are awakened. Let Self Governance prevail!

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Health Care, Self-Governance

 

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Cape County Tea Party – 8th CD Candidate Forum

In lieu of Cape County Tea Party’s regularly scheduled Third Tuesday Tea Time, the group organized and executed a 8th Congressional District Special Election Candidate Forum.  The six candidates for the office vacated by Jo Ann Emerson took part in the forum held on Wednesday May 22, 2013 at 6:30pm at the Cape Public Library in Cape Girardeau, MO.

The candidates are:

  • Bill Slantz (L)
  • Doug Enyart (C)
  • Jason Smith (R)
  • Dr. Robert George (I)
  • Steve Hodges (D)
  • Tom Brown (I)

The normal monthly Cape County Tea Party meeting held on Tuesday 5/21/13 was canceled.

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Video:

Below are the videos from the event:

 

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You Know You Live In A Country Run By Idiots If….

Received via e-mail…

You Know You Live In A Country Run By Idiots If….

…A Muslim Army officer crying “Allah Akbar” while shooting up an army base and killing 13 soldiers is considered to have committed “Workplace Violence” while an American citizen boasting a Ron Paul bumper sticker is classified as a “Domestic Terrorist”.

….You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally.

….Your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more of our money.

….A seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for calling his teacher “cute” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable.

….The Supreme Court of the United States can rule that lower courts cannot display the 10 Commandments in their courtroom, while sitting in front of a display of the 10 Commandments.

….Children are forcibly removed from parents who appropriately discipline them while children of “underprivileged” drug addicts are left to rot in filth infested cesspools.

….Working class Americans pay for their own health care (and the health care of everyone else) while unmarried women are free to have child after child on the “State’s” dime ($six figures) while never being held responsible for their own choices (incentive to breed built into system).

….Hard work and success are rewarded with higher taxes and government intrusion, while slothful, lazy behavior is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid and subsidized housing, and free cell phones.

….The government’s plan for getting people back to work is to provide 99 weeks of unemployment checks (to not work).

….Being self-sufficient is considered a threat to the government.

….Politicians think that stripping away the amendments to the constitution is really protecting the rights of the people.

….The rights of the Government come before the rights of the individual.

….Parents believe the State is responsible for providing for their children.

….You pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor defaults on his mortgage (while buying iPhones, TV’s and new cars) and the government forgives his debt and reduces his mortgage (with your tax dollars).

….Your government can add anything they want to your kid’s water (fluoride, chlorine, etc.) but you are not allowed to give them raw milk.

….Being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you “safe”.

….You have to have your parents signature to go on a school field trip but not to get an abortion.

….An 80 year old woman can be strip searched by the TSA but a Muslim woman in a burka is only subject to having her neck and head searched.

h/t runt-of-the-web.com

 

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The Final Word On The ObamaTax Automobile Insurance Comparison

Under ObamaCare, the Individual Mandate forcing everyone to buy insurances or pay a penalty was upheld as a ‘tax’ by the Supreme Court.   We’ll call it the ObamaTax.  So, naturally, the progs are once again trotting out the comparison of the ObamaTax Individual Mandate to the State requirements that automobile owners / drivers purchase and keep Automobile Insurance.

How could it be any different?

Simple, Mr. Progressive.  I’ll ask one simple question.

Do you believe that every person in Washington DC, Chicago and New York that does not own a car should be required to purchase and keep Automobile Insurance?

No?!?

Well, that’s the difference.  The difference for the ObamaTax Individual Mandate is that it requires those people to buy health insurance… …sadly not to insure themselves, but to pay for the Healthcare Spending of other Americans.

So, stop your lame apples to oranges comparison to try to explain your Unconstitutional Law.  It ain’t workin’.

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2012 in Constitution, Health Care, Obama

 

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Blunt Supports…

…everything the Healthcare Mandate was going to pay for, but not the Healthcare Mandate?!?

Michelle Malkin called out Senator Blunt:

(h/t TPM) GOP Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri, vice chair of the Senate GOP Conference, told a St. Louis radio station two weeks ago that he supports keeping at least three ObamaCare regulatory pillars:

  • Federally imposed coverage of “children” up to age 26 on their parents’ health insurance policies (the infamous, unfunded “slacker mandate”)
  • Federally mandated coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions (“guaranteed issue,” which turns the very concept of insurance on its head and leads to an adverse-selection death spiral)
  • Closure of the coverage gap in the massive Bush-backed Medicare drug entitlement (the “donut hole fix” that will obliterate the program’s cost-controls)

So, how are we going to pay for this Senator Blunt?  Sunshine and fairy farts?

Read more on Talking Points Memo.

If enacting the 3 main pillars of ObamaCare is the Republican’s main solution should the Supreme Court strike down the mandate, why are they even joining the fight?

Clearly, nothing has been learned from the 2006 / 2008 shellacking and the 2010 salvaging of the Republican Party compliments of the Tea Party Movement.  It’s still a party of milquetoast moderate solutions that will continue to bankrupt our country, create bigger government (albeit at a slower pace than Liberals), and destroy the fabric of what made America great… …the expectation that you go out and work for what you need and want.

NOBODY is talking about the real solution… …getting the Employer out of the Health Care business.  Yes, cross-state-line purchases, HSAs, and removal of 1st-dollar payments will help.  But, a huge portion of the problem is that the Employer is so involved in the Health Care business.

Under the current system, really only one person has to be satisfied with the Health Care Plan being offered to the company’s employees: the VP of Human Resources.  If he or she is happy (after getting laid, tickets to the finest suites of every professional sports venue, golf outings, boat outings, and gala dinners — trust me, I’ve seen it), then the Employer chooses their plan.  Maybe it’s the best of the three plans that the VP of HR had time to take a look at, but is it the best for 100% of the employees?  Of course not.

The government got the Employer into the Health Care business with wage and price controls during World War II and on occasion beyond.  They’ve got to get them out of the picture, so Health Care Companies work to keep their actual customer (the employee) happy — not Senior Management.

Then a market-based health-care exchange would make sense.  Ever heard of Kayak?  Priceline?  Oribtz?  Hotels.com?  Apparently, the free market can build a system where you can compare rates for travel cheaply and efficiently.  There’s no reason a free-market Health Insurance Exchange couldn’t do the same.

Then, the Employer can offer funding of a Health Care Plan… …and stay out of the CHOICE of a Health Care Plan.  The Employee is then responsible for choosing the best plan from a menu of options.  He or she can decide if they want to have the Appendectomy insured, or know that it costs $1500.00 (or whatever) and be prepared to pay for it.

If they choose not to have insurance, the Employer keeps the money… …and probably looks to hire someone more responsible.  But, the Employee now has the best option to find the most suitable Health Care solution for his or her personal situation.

That, my liberal Republican friend, Mr. Blunt, is a good starting point for Health Care reform.

 

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The 2012 Party Of ‘NO!’

It’s a pretty simple question, Justices.

Would the American People change the Constitution to explicitly allow the (limited) government of the people, by the people, and for the people to force them to buy a product under penalty of taxation OR law?

The answer, is a resounding, NO!

I’m definitely a member of that Party of ‘NO!’

 

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Five Obamacare Broken Promises

From the Missouri Political News Service:

The sad truth is that even with this irrefutable evidence that Obamacare is and will be a disaster, the Kool Aid drinkers will still believe this plan is good for them.

PROMISE #1: ‘If You Like Your Plan, You’ll Be Able To Keep It’

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “If you like your current plan, you will be able to keep it. Let me repeat that: if you like your plan, you’ll be able to keep it.” (President Obama, Remarks At The White House, Washington, D.C., 7/21/09)

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The law could leave more than half of employers without a grandfathered plan in 2013, the draft estimated. Its worst-case assumption is that 80% of small-employers will lose grandfathered rights by 2013. New plans would have to comply with all the bill’s requirements; grandfathered plans could avoid elements such as limits on cost sharing.” (“Draft Health Rules Set Hurdles,” The Wall Street Journal, 6/12/10)

PROMISE #2: ‘I Will Protect Medicare’

More Than $200 Billion In Cuts To Medicare Advantage

“Medicare Advantage Payments… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].” “TITLE III—Improving The Quality And Efficiency Of Health Care; Subtitle C—Provisions Relating to Part C; Medicare Advantage Payments… 2010-2019… -131.9 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.13, 3/18/10)

“Medicare Advantage Interactions… -70.4 [Billion Dollars].” “Interactions; Medicare Advantage Interactions… 2010-2019… -70.4 [Billion Dollars].” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Rep. Pelosi, P.18, 3/18/10)

CBO: Medicare cuts could “reduce access to care or diminish the quality of care.” (CBO Director Doug Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Harry Reid, P. 1, 17, 11/18/09)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “So don’t pay attention to those scary stories about how your benefits will be cut … that will not happen on my watch. I will protect Medicare.” (President Obama, Remarks To Joint Session Of Congress, 9/9/09)

PROMISE # 3 ‘This Law Will Lower Premiums’

PRESIDENT OBAMA: “Families will save on their premiums.” (President Obama, Remarks After Meeting With Senate Democrats, 12/15/09)

CBO: The Law Will Increase Premiums On Families By $2,100 Per Year

CBO: “Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law. The weighted average of the differences in those amounts equals the change of 10 percent to 13 percent in the average premium per person…” (Emphasis In Original; CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf, Letter To Sen. Bayh, P. 6, 11/30/09)

WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The health-insurance premiums paid by employers rose sharply this year, with the average annual cost of family coverage passing the $15,000 mark for the first time, according to a major survey.” (“Employer Health Premiums Rise Sharply,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/27/11)

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Posted by on March 22, 2012 in Health Care, Obama

 

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Kinder Must Go?

On 8/26/11, The Missouri Record (MR) blog published a post entitled “Kinder Must Go”.

The assertion is intially based on the claim by a Penthouse Pet, stripper, and pantless bar waitress that Peter Kinder behaved inappropriately.  Like millions of American males, Kinder frequented a strip club, and now, he finds himself involved in a he-said/she-said situation.

So, based on that, Kinder Must Go.

Then, a GOP supporter and major donor tells Politico that he (the donor) is so principled and supportive of the Republican Party, that if Kinder runs for governor, he will support Jay Nixon who belongs to and supports the party that defends the murder of a million unborn humans per year.

So, based on that, Kinder Must Go.

Then, according to the MR post, Politico reports that the Missouri State GOP may pull support for Kinder.  The Missouri State GOP denies the claim by Politico.

So, based on that, Kinder Must Go.

The Missouri Record reports that Kinder’s campaign sees a Left Wing Rag Magazine pumping an unsubstantiated story from a Penthouse Pet, stripper, and pantless bar waitress as a Democrat ploy to distract from the failed record of the current Democrat Governor.

So, based on that, Kinder Must Go.

Without citing any poll, we read that Kinder “was never in danger of actually defeating Governor Nixon”

So, based on that, Kinder Must Go.

Then, we must be concerned that, a few days before the election, the opposition might run ads that lie about Kinder as a Republican Gubernatorial Candidate.

So, based on that, Kinder Must Go.

Of course he must go.  He must martyr himself as a politician and take the “opportunity to write his own political epilogue.”  He should take all the accomplishments of his political career, put them on a tombstone, and retire into anonymity.

h/t tombstonebuilder.com

Uh. No.

Just like we’ve been expected to take Barack Obama at his word that he is a Christian (despite all the evidence to the contrary), we better damn well be ready to take Peter Kinder at his word.  Kinder is not accused of nor has had to admit anything illegal like smoking pot or using cocaine — unlike our President.

And, Kinder is not the subject of a Missouri Auditor law suit.  The Missouri (yes Republican) Auditor has filed suit against Governor Nixon for illegally reducing expenditures where he glaringly REDUCED BUDGETS FOR REPUBLICANS BUT NOT DEMOCRATS!

Kinder was twice audited by Democrat Missouri Auditors with no findings of fault, and when later accused of travel improprieties, he made immediate restitution at the mere air of such a concern.

Nixon, as soon as he was inaugurated, put the keibosh on the Matt Blunt E-Mail Scandal after using it as campaign fodder to get elected.  Blunt and co-accused Ed Martin were more than ready to have the details aired out, but Nixon closed the investigation.

Although he said, “I think I have a record over 25 years that’s supported workers, that’s supported individual rights, that clearly believes strongly in the rights … of minorities,” Jay Nixon has been mute as Peter Kinder fought to stop the undermining of Missourian’s individual rights under Obamacare and hasn’t said word one about the travesty that is the TSA attack on our 4th amendment rights.

Jay Nixon has now called a special legislative session (costing taxpayers thousands) to push the Aerotropolis boondoggle that will reward donors with taxpayer money in a outrageous example of crony capitalism.

Nixon ignored the opportunity to capitalize on the exodus of businesses from Illinois after their massive Income Tax increases while Governors from Indiana and Wisconsin courted businesses and individuals to consider their states for planting new roots.

Nixon rejected legislation that would have required many voters to display government-issued photo identification when they cast ballots.

And, Nixon ‘led from behind’ by allowing the abortion restrictions to go into effect without his signature.  Certainly more restrictions on abortions are necessary, but such an issue should be led by the Governor — not an “it’s in my pocket” approval.

Certainly Kinder, with the record below (highlighted by the Missouri Record), would never be able to mount a successful challenge in light of the above…

Kinder, in the partial birth abortion bill of 1997, he worked to override the governor’s veto.
Kinder was also instrumental in passing Missouri’s concealed-carry law.
Kinder’s lawsuit in opposition to the President’s health care reform has been joined by officials in dozens of states.
And most importantly, Kinder has worked successfully to bridge the urban/rural divide in Missouri politics

Pack it in Peter Kinder; you must “Go”

The Missouri Record may be right; I may be wrong. But, to call for Kinder to take a dive is, likely, putting the knock-out before the punch.

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2011 in Abortion, Election, Health Care

 

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Democrats And Obama Want To Kill Old People

The latest meme of the Obama perpetual presidential campaign is that Republicans want to get rid of Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid… …and kill old people.

That campaign slogan is scary and it works.  Polls are abounding that 70% of Americans don’t want Congress to reduce benefits of the Big 3.

Yet, there is not one Republican proposal that affects anyone currently on those programs.  As a matter of fact, the Ryan Budget Proposal gives Americans the SAME health care options enjoyed by Federal Government Workers and only people under 57 (or 50 depending on the plan) will be affected by the changes Ryan proposes.

The only plan that does kill old people is the Democrats lack of change to the 3rd rail of politics. More-of-the-same will ensure that seniors will die when the country can no longer pay for their entitlements.  You cannot pay for the $100 Trillion in unfunded entitlements with an Eat The Rich campaign!  Period.

h/t www.flagsclipart.net

But, as usual, the Republicans don’t get it and are losing the messaging campaign.  So, here are three tag lines that Tea Partiers, Republicans and Conservatives can/must use:

  • Democrats and Obama Want To Kill Old People
  • GOP Pushes To Give Seniors Same Retirement As Federal Workers
  • Conservative Plan Will Save Your Retirement (from Democrats)

Of course, you need to have the facts to discuss the issue when questioned, but it’s in the 1st 10 words that the message gets out.  A paragraph of explanation is lost in the haze of Car Pools, Lunch Plans, and Gas Price Worry.

And, the important part?  Tea Partiers, Republicans and Conservatives can/must drive home these consistent themes every time they get in front of a crowd, camera, microphone, or computer.

 

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