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Mandatory Insurance Coverage

I’ve only been covered by “health” insurance a few times in my life, most recently when I worked for the school system. If I needed a doctor, I paid for it myself. It wasn’t a problem. Insurance policies were mostly for catastrophic coverage and, being young and healthy, I didn’t really need any. What could happen? I figured that if I got in a car wreck, my car insurance would cover me. If I got hurt at work, I’d be covered by workmen’s comp.

Heck, even things that were covered like cracked/broken ribs from a vehicle accident didn’t stop me. I went home to get a non-totaled vehicle, then drove to work on my construction job and spent the next eight weeks sleeping upright in a chair because I couldn’t breathe laying down.

When I was pregnant with SwampDaughter, we sold my mule to pay the cost of the doctor. The hospital bill was a couple hundred bucks. (SwampDaughter, that was a good mule. You owe me.) The kids and SwampMan got their share of lumps and bumps (uninsured) and we paid for the stitches and xrays. It wasn’t a huge cost.

The point is that health care used to be affordable, not something that costs tens of thousands of dollars for a simple ailment and hundreds of thousands of dollars for something more complicated.

“But Swampie!” you may whine. “Technology is more expensive!”

Really? Unless you live under a rock, surely you have noticed that EVERYTHING having to do with technology has gone down in price. CNC machines are affordable to the average householder. They used to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and only be available to well-capitalized businesses. Computers used to take up entire rooms and cost millions. Now pocket-sized smart phones are more powerful computers than our first (and expensive!) home computer that we had to program ourselves. Most people have copying machines in their homes that are incorporated into their printer, something else that was prohibitively expensive. A Selectric typewriter cost more then than a computer costs now.

But wait, there’s MORE. My grandkids play with tablets that are so affordable, they’re treated as TOYS. They’ve got more computing power at their fingertips than the first moon mission. An even more recent example is that the first flat screen tvs were an order of magnitude more expensive than those today that last longer and give a better picture.

Yes, technology has reduced the price of just about everything. But not health care. And not education. What do these things have in common? Government regulation.

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You Aren’t Being Cancelled, You’re Being TRANSITIONED

Insurance companies aren’t sending out cancellation letters, they’re helping people “transition” into Obamacare, according to a top Democrat.

“If [the companies] changed [the insurance plans] then they have to notify the people who have to have the opportunity to have another policy,” said House Ways and Means Committee ranking member Sander Levin, D-Mich.

In fact, according to Levin, the “so-called cancellation notices” merely “help people transition to a new policy.”

Isn’t it convenient the way he forgets to mention that the insurance companies are being forced by government to put things in policies that many people do not want? I dunno ’bout you and yours, but my husband doesn’t need maternity benefits. Neither do I. I resent being forced into buying things that I neither want nor need. Force is not “transition”. Force is robbery.

The death panels aren’t going to deny us lifesaving treatments. No. They’re merely going to transition us to the afterlife.

H/T to Rayra at GCP

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STRIKE

Karl Denninger at The Market Ticker says it much better than I do, mostly because I keep sputtering in rage at the outrageous conduct of the Democrat administration.

The Market Ticker is offline from October 11th-13th as a deliberate act to reduce to zero my economic activity, and thus taxable income, for those three days.

On 9/11/2013 I went dark to protest the NSA’s unconstitutional and outrageous acts of spying against American Citizens — acts they claimed at the time were “catching terrorists” but which they were later forced to admit had interdicted not dozens of plots but perhaps “one or two.” Despite this forced admission our Congress has refused, thus far, to force the dismantling of these outrageous, unconstitutional, ridiculously expensive and abusive programs.

But the NSA is only the beginning of the mockery of freedoms that we, as Americans, are supposed to enjoy. No man or woman is free if he or she is defrauded and robbed via trickery or treachery. And yet that is what our Federal Government, along with many State governments, are doing to you every single day.

The Federal Government asserts that due to the debt ceiling it would be unable to “pay its bills” if Congress does not allow it to borrow yet more money it does not have and cannot acquire through taxation. This is an outrageous lie; the fact is that the Government has been unable to pay out what it has promised from tax revenues for decades, and by promoting this lie they are stealing from you the very monies they claim you’re being paid in “benefits.”

In point of fact the US Federal Government, on an actuarial basis, has promised to pay not $17 trillion dollars (or $53,000 per person) but north of $120 trillion when Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are analyzed on a forward basis — an impossible sum that amounts to roughly $360,000 per man, woman and child in the country and exceeds the assets of all businesses, households and governments summed together.

In other words, we are now, as a nation, factually bankrupt yet both political parties are demanding to borrow and spend even more.

At the same time we are telling our Senior Citizens and those approaching that time in their lives that these programs are “secure” and will “be there” when it is trivially provable that this is a blatant and outrageous lie, since there is no possibility of ever covering that $120 trillion in political promises.

To add insult to injury you have the editors of Bloomberg, centered in the den of thieves known as Wall Street, arguing that John Boehner’s puny (not to mention both staged and false) resistance to such deficits is “dangerous.” It’s outrageous to read a “news organization” calling for the victims of financial rape to bend over and give approval to yet another round of what they have renamed “consensual sex”, despite the documented and easily-proved damage that has been done to the victims — middle class Americans. How much outrage would they garner if the same demand was made of a woman that had just been assaulted while wearing a pretty dress?

The simple truth of the matter is that deficit spending, willful blindness to fraudulent credit creation and intentional tampering with interest rates, now being topped off with “Quantitative Easing”, dilutes the value of your earnings and destroys the middle class and working American. The results have been seen over the last three decades and are not able to be disputed. You should be enjoying the gains of technology and productivity in your daily life. There should be plenty to feed and shelter the poor in this country and anyone willing to work should be living like Kings yet laboring only 20 or 30 hours a week. Instead the gains created by your hand in improved productivity have been stolen from you along with even more through these intentional acts of abuse, the poor are being decimated and the middle class are earning less in inflation-adjusted dollars than they were in the 1980s.

This is why the job market has not recovered and neither has your earnings power, despite the claim that the recession supposedly ended more than four years ago. Neither political party has the willingness to face basic, fundamental arithmetic that we all learn in middle school, and yet in less than 15 minutes I can prove to anyone in this country, using only the government’s and Federal Reserve’s own tables of figures, that these assertions as to the alleged “growth” in our economy and what has truly happened are not my opinion, they are mathematical facts.

The entrepreneurs and other producers in our economy, myself included, have been enabling this theft and myriad abuses served upon the public. The economic harm has been compounded by actors in several specific sectors within our so-called economy, most-specifically the educational, banking and health-care “industries.”

Proof of the former is found in the fact that Calculus as a skill has not changed in hundreds of years and yet the ability to deliver pizzas to pay for a college education, very possible in the 1970s and early 1980s, is now impossible and the pursuit of said “education” routinely saddles our young adults with $100,000 or more in non-dischargable debt. Across our young adults this debt now exceeds one trillion dollars. We have not only allowed this but we actually cheer on the financial rape of our children and assist in their screwing by filing FAFSA forms so they can be bent over the table by glib-toungued admissions and finance counselors. In my opinion our youth would be fully-justified in eating us — slathered in BBQ sauce — for this willful and intentional act of abuse.

Proof of the latter is found in more examples than can be counted, such as the woman who was billed over $60,000 in Arizona for two doses of scorpion antivenom that can be bought over-the-counter for $100 in its country of origin — Mexico — just a few miles from where she was stung. Rather than respond to this sort of blatant financial rape with indictments and prison sentences our government passed “Obamacare” and demands that we all submit to being abused by medical monopolists under penalty of fine and forfeiture.

Since 2007 I have written thousands of articles detailing all of the above in the various schemes inflicted on the American people to strip them of their wealth and prosperity. Instead of a rising tide lifting all boats, these three sectors along with our government have been actively drilling holes in the boats carrying 99% of the population, leaving them with the choice of either furiously attempting to bail out the water or drowning while the 1% chortles with glee in The Hamptons.

As one of the producers in this economy and an entrepreneur I know, from my own experience, that I can personally outrun this blatant and outrageous theft. But by doing so I create much taxable income, which is then siphoned off in the form of taxes to power the drills that are used to intentionally harm everyone else.

I can no longer square my personal drive to succeed with what my success, and the taxes levied upon it, empowers in the form of harm to 99% of the people.

I have thus decided to “slim down” those activities, reducing my taxable income to essentially nothing. To cease my contributions to the so-called “common good”, because irrespective of whether I keep the money or not that productivity improvement will wind up in the hands of government and these favored “industries-cum-scams” that will be used to drill more holes in the boats of ordinary Americans.

So on these three days, October 11th – 13th, I choose to produce a literal nothing. To sit on the beach and contemplate, to spend my days and evenings with people who I care about, and to deny government at all levels my labor — the very essence of which they are using to screw everyone else.

This act, the voluntary reduction of economic activity, particularly among those who produce, is the only effective means available to we, the people, to protest in a manner that is both directly related to what is being done to the common American but in addition is both expressly lawful and directly attacks the source of the problem.

I ask that you consider joining me; the sunset remains beautiful, even if the sun is indeed setting on what was America as her founders roll in their graves.

If everything is getting “better”, why are our incomes falling? If everything is getting better, why are we a part-time employment nation? If everything is getting better, why are so many people on food stamps? Folks, things are getting worse and the government policies are causing it. Remove your consent.

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Obama Shovels More Bullshit About Defaulting

Bitch, PLEASE. We take in some $200 billion per month. The payment on the debt is @ $18 billion. The worst that can happen is that the budget will be balanced. Ooooooooooh. Scary.

SOMEBODY is throwing a temper tantrum because he isn’t out playing golf.

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To Harry Reid: Why U So Mad, Bro?

Harry Reid is MAD. Very, very mad. Why is Harry Reid mad? Because of Tea Partiers. They are anarchists and terrorists. They are holding the government hostage. That is what Harry Reid says. Yep, Harry Reid.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Harry Reid must think we get our news from MSNBC or CNN.

Bless your heart, Harry, I’m a Tea Party member. I attend meetings. I wave signs. I support and vote for the people that best represent ME. I vote for fiscal sanity. (Uh, that would not EVER be a vote for you, Harry.) The person I voted for is in Washington, D.C. representing his voters’ overwhelming dislike of a law that was passed without our consent and against our will, a forcible rape of a law, in fact. Can you understand that, Harry? He’s doing the will of the people, something that you forgot that you were supposed to be doing. Perhaps you never actually realized that you were supposed to be representing the interests of the American people. I believe that the only reason you took the job was to enrich yourself and your family at the expense of the taxpayers.

Oh, and Harry? Was it your bright idea to barricade the World War II vets off from THEIR MEMORIAL that is open 24/7 and not subject to the government shutdown out of spite? Or was it your dumbass boss? Smooth move. And the Democrat vote AGAINST funding veteran’s benefits? What kind of petty piece of shit would deny benefits to those wounded in service to their country?

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Democrats are Scum

Their party killed her son. They lied to her about why it happened. They refused to tell her what happened. And they walked out of the room when she testified about it.

And the MSM didn’t cover it. As per usual. I want to know what happened to her son. I want to know why he was killed. I want to know who made the stand down order. I want to know why Obama is arming the people that killed our people in Benghazi. I want to know why their security was deliberately decreased before they were killed. I have a lot of questions, and I’m not going ANYWHERE. Neither is she.

If nothing illegal was happening, why the big cover up?

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Make Your Stand on 09/11/2013

SwampDaughter and I were talking on the phone about collaborating on writing a Kindle murder mystery book just for the fun of it. My killing technique was more low tech and left no trace once the soft tissue was gone; hers was more high tech and we argued about whether that would leave chemical tracers and might appear in bone pieces. We agreed that that needed further research. We shared imaginative ways in which to dispose of the bodies. Again, her ways were higher tech than mine, but my ways left nothing that could be tracked back which could be a bummer in a murder mystery where there have to be SOME breadcrumbs left to follow.

We both fell silent suddenly, and I remarked “You know, somebody from the government is recording this conversation.”

“That’s exactly what I was thinking! It’s pretty creepy, isn’t it?” answered daughter. “There is no such thing as a private conversation anymore!”

“When we both start Googling chemical tracers and how long various chemicals stay in dead bodies, we’re REALLY going to be raising some flags at government agencies, I suppose, considering that the government seems to be more fixated on citizens than terrorists.” Especially Republicans or Tea Party members.

We stopped talking about our potential book and started talking about loss of freedom that begins slowly, incrementally, then suddenly the older folk notice that there isn’t any, and the younger folk don’t understand the fuss because they’ve always been under surveillance.

When I read this at Market Ticker, it resonated with everything that I had been feeling and speaking about lately. I decided to sign on:

I keep getting emails that are of the general form “you ought to run for office.”

And I keep saying No.

Why?

Because when it comes to fundamental liberty interests there are two facts that nobody wants to talk about — but are inescapably true.
•Free people need no “leader”; the very premise of unalienable rights precludes one, for the most part.

•If you need someone to lead you to do the right thing you don’t deserve the fruits of doing the right thing.

This much is clear — the NSA isn’t going to stop their crap until and unless the people demand it and start holding government — and the private businesses that make what they do possible — accountable.

It has been proved that the people will not vote out of office even those who are known to have committed outrageous acts even when it happens days in front of an election. I point to 2008 as the prime example of exactly this fact.

We all should be able to walk into a doctor’s or dentist’s office and plunk down $100, see said dentist or doctor, and have no record of anything transmitted to or kept by anyone other than us. Today, this is impossible.

We should all have the 4th Amendment right to be secure in our papers, effects and lives, including electronic transmissions, until and unless there is a warrant issued detailing a specific alleged offense and identifying the specific items to be searched for or seized. This includes our emails, it includes our phone calls, text messages and the location data generated as a necessity to provide us with mobile services, which we did not consent to be used for any purpose other than providing those services. It includes no “automatic license plate readers” on cop cars, light poles and similar. This is what The Constitution says; it is not a suggestion.

And we should all have every single law enforcement officer, who work for us and are paid for by us, have at all times a video and audio recording device on and working while they are on the job and the lack of any said record, any delay in turning over such a record, or any evidence of editing or tapering thereof with said record shall be cause for dismissal with prejudice of any charge brought by or through any act of said person irrespective of any other evidence, with one exception — if the suspect is the one who caused the record to be tampered with or destroyed. We have two shining examples right here in NW Florida, one of a county Sheriff’s office that thinks shooting innocent people and breaking into homes without probable cause is just fine and a second city police department that appears to think that outrageous acts up to and including sexual assault, extortion and intentionally ramming a citizens car by sworn members of the force are ok as well.

All of these reforms we can have right now.

But none of it we will have until and unless we demand it and further, the only peaceful means we have of demanding it is to withdraw our consent and support of each and every business enterprise that makes possible the violation of our rights until and unless they stop it and stand against it.

In short, we either threaten to and do destroy through peaceful and lawful means — the simple act of refusing to spend money — every single firm that does not stand with us or we deserve what we get as a society, and all who claim to me that someone should come and “save them” are going to see me erect the middle finger in response.

So here’s the challenge.

On 9/11/2013 if you run an Internet site you go dark.

If you use the Internet you go dark.

And whatever you were going to buy, whatever you were going to do on 9/11/2013, you do not do on 9/10, 9/12, or at any other time.

You get your friends to do it, or you decide they’re not your friends any more.

You get your business associates to it, or they’re not your business associates any more.

If just 10% of the people in this nation will demand and enforce these changes, they will happen. They will happen because if they don’t and we demand and enforce that demand via peaceful, non-violent economic means we will destroy the businesses that have over-levered themselves under the premise that we are sheep and will not act in such a fashion.

On 9/11/2013, I will display this — and only this — on both The Market Ticker and Tickerforum.

fuck the nsa

And then I will look at the results to see who also does this, and who not only unplugs themselves during that day but in addition does not simply shift their activity to the surrounding days.

I will know whether the claims that people “did” do it are crap or not from Internet traffic data that is collected in real-time by a number of firms and I will confirm it via 3rd Quarter earnings reports where I will look critically at the revenue numbers from all of the major retailers with Internet components in the United States, including but not limited to Amazon.

There will either be at least a 1% q/o/q decline on US revenues, or there will not.

And if the lawmakers do not respond, then in October it will be two days instead of one. In November it will be three days, spanning Thanksgiving — yes, intended to screw “Black Friday”, and we will add to it no Internet purchases of any sort for holiday shopping.

And again, I will measure and see whether any material percentage of the people will get behind this.

From this data, preliminary and ongoing, I will decide exactly how far I will personally go in unplugging and walking off. I will decide whether it is worth continuing to put forward effort in this regard — or not.

It’s time for me to throw down the gauntlet.

You either believe in what America was founded on, or you do not.

To paraphrase the band “Rush”:

If you choose not to decide you still have made a choice, and “no action”, in my opinion, answers the above question as NOT.

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The IRS Targeted ALL Tea Party Groups

Surprise, surprise, surprise! Per the IG, the IRS targeted ALL groups with the name of Tea Party, Patriots, etc.

Salient points:

•70% of applications for tax-exempt status by all organizations of any kind were approved in fiscal year 2010
•Over an 18-month period, all applicants with the words “Tea Party” in their names were reviewed; later, “Patriots” and “9/12″ were added; other names included “We The People”
•58% of the groups chosen for review received requests for information from the IRS that were “unnecessary,” including the names of donors and “the type of conversations and discussions members and participants” had at meetings

•Because of the additional scrutiny applied to these groups, many experienced significant delays that entitled them to sue the IRS
•Because of the selection criteria based on names and conservative policy positions, some other politicized groups were missed by the IRS
•Senior IRS officials claim the wrongdoing was not instigated “by any individual or organization outside the IRS”
•There was “ineffective oversight by management” over the review process
•Officials in the Exempt Organizations division disagreed with some of the findings of the Treasury IG.

Rogue employees going off on their own? Still believe in fairy tales, too?

Gateway Pundit brings us this from Senator CHUCK SHUMER’s website:

A group of seven Senate Democrats urged the Internal Revenue Service on Monday to impose a strict cap on the amount of political spending by tax-exempt, nonprofit groups.

The senators said the lack of clarity in the IRS rules has allowed political groups to improperly claim 501(c)4 status and may even be allowing donors to these groups to wrongly claim tax deductions for their contributions. The senators promised legislation if the IRS failed to act to fix these problems.

“We urge the IRS to take these steps immediately to prevent abuse of the tax code by political groups focused on federal election activities. But if the IRS is unable to issue administrative guidance in this area then we plan to introduce legislation to accomplish these important changes,” the senators wrote.

The letter was signed by Senators Charles E. Schumer, Michael Bennet, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Tom Udall, Jeanne Shaheen and Al Franken. It follows an earlier letter, sent to the IRS by the same of group of senators last month, that also urged the IRS to better enforce rules pertaining to 501(c)4 organizations.

These are the people that are now in charge of your health care. They decide, not you, not your doctors, whether you, your spouse, your child, or your mother gets a lifesaving operation. Think about it.

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Local Tea Party Group Took Over TWO YEARS (and until after the election) To Get Tax Exempt Status

So much for the conservative groups targeting being done by a few “low-level subordinates” out of a particular IRS office. The local (Jacksonville) Tea Party chapter reports that it took them over TWO YEARS to have their tax exempt status being approved, they had to send in additional paperwork after sending in requested paperwork that weighed over 4 pounds, AND they weren’t approved until after the 2012 election.

You will learn this from talk radio WOKV. I checked the local network news. Zip. Nada. Not interested.

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And We’re Supposed to Send Them Our Medical Information

It seems that IRS employees have been busy busy busy under Obama. Why, those sneaky pro-Obama minions have been (independently) gathering tax (and other) information on groups that are subversively promulgating small government and teaching the constitution. They are (indepedently) singling out GOP business leaders, doing abusive audits, and (independently) releasing information (often false) to the press which have been running to make it front page information like the lapdogs they are (go fetch the tax return information, boy. Now print it! Good boy!)

The IRS is also improperly (and illegally) accessing allegedly confidential medical records. Electronic medical records make this sooooo much easier.

“This is an action involving the corruption and abuse of power by several Internal Revenue Service agents,” the complaint reads. “No search warrant authorized the seizure of these records; no subpoena authorized the seizure of these records; none of the 10,000,000 Americans were under any kind of known criminal or civil investigation and their medical records had no relevance whatsoever to the IRS search. IT personnel at the scene, a HIPPA facility warning on the building and the IT portion of the searched premises, and the company executives each warned the IRS agents of these privileged records,” it continued.

According to the case, the IRS agents had a search warrant for financial data pertaining to a former employee of the John Doe company, however, “it did not authorize any seizure of any healthcare or medical record of any persons, least of all third parties completely unrelated to the matter,” the complaint read.

So. The IRS was (allegedly) looking for the financial data of a former employee of a health care records company. In order to look for that financial data, they illegally seized what are supposed to be the completely confidential health records of 10,000,000 people. They did not have a search warrant for the medical records. The medical records had nothing to do with what they were searching for. And the people with the medical records were not being investigated and, even if they were, the medical records were supposed to be off limits. Can you see the potential for blackmail here? I know I can.

Starting next year, we’re supposed to be providing the IRS with information with which they can access our health records. I’m VERY uncomfortable about complying with this. “Oh, no, you’re just WRONG!” you might say. “The government would NEVER abuse their power that way!” Really?

Operation Fast and Furious: Providing guns to narcoterrorists in order to overturn the 2nd amendment of the Constitution of the United States. U.S. citizens were killed. This was done BY THE GOVERNMENT. Prosecutions: Zero. Accountability: Zero. How about targeted tax audits and information gathering by the IRS? Government employees did this. Government agencies know who worked on these. If anybody foolishly thinks this was just a few low-level employees striking out on their own, you’ve never worked for the Federal government. This was ordered and approved. Names and accountability? Zero. Let’s go to the very tippy top of the government where a U.S. ambassador’s security was deliberately removed in a *very* dangerous location. Calls for help were ignored except by two ex-Navy SEALs who saved the lives of 30 to 40 people at the expense of their own. The ambassador and a diplomat were killed. Names of the people that were responsible? Accountability? Swept under the rug. It happened SUCH a long time ago, you see. Where was Obama? Who ordered the rescue teams to stand down? *crickets* Who approved the information gathering of every single phone call made by and to AP employees on their personal and private lines? *crickets*

It is waaaaaay past time that our tax code was replaced with a flat tax where there are no special favors or dispensations for the politically well connected (and punitive taxes for those who aren’t), everybody pays taxes, and the IRS isn’t a bully agency gathering information for the government. And, no, I don’t like the idea at all of the IRS being in the healthcare business.

I’m also way past being patient with government agency heads and the people that work for them not being held accountable and/or prosecuted by the (in)Justice Department for said abuses. Most of Obama’s appointees have committed egregious abuses of power and/or actually broke the law and Obama, of course, knows absolutely nothing about any of it. Oddly enough, he’s also not asked for any resignations over it. The press is acting like none of these things ever happened. The only reason I can think of is it is because they didn’t want to jeopardize his ability to abuse his power for a second term.

Is Obama really that disengaged, that intellectually incurious, that much of a dumbass that he doesn’t know what his underlings are doing (completely independently with no direction whatsoever from him), or did the orders for these multiple abuses of power originate from his office? Either way, the man should not be the President.

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