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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Put Your Faith in Government and You Will Be Disappointed (All the Bad News about Obamacare)

Put Your Faith in Government and You Will Be Disappointed (All the Bad News about Obamacare) 

Put Your Faith in Government and You Will Be Disappointed (All the Bad News about Obamacare)

Posted on  by OCTS1

The Supreme Court may have upheld Obamacare for a third time, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right direction or good for the country.  There is a steady stream of bad news about Obamacare that generally gets ignored, but I’m going to keep documenting it all because I want to be able to remind everyone Obamacare remains a disaster every time the Democrats propose another big government program.  In fact, they’re at it again already with their $3.5 trillion social spending bill – more free healthcare, free community college, universal child care, and on and on and on.  Spending like drunken sailors is a problem in itself but, if enacted, each one of these programs will end up poorly run and hurting somebody, just like Obamacare.  If the Democrats get what they want on their so-called ‘infrastructure’ bill, there will be more train wrecks in our future.

How do I know?  Because past is prologue.  Here are the latest train wrecks in Obamacare:

The subsidies have gotten bigger, so we know the cost to the nation will be going up.  The biggest carrier in Maryland is seeking a 7.9 percent increase in Obamacare premiums, much higher than inflation.  Obamacare regulations are hurting small insurers and driving consolidation in the insurance market.  Small insurers have more variability in their claims experience, so it’s easier for them to run afoul of Obamacare’s rules limiting administrative expenses as a percent of revenue.  Parents are supposed to be able to keep their children on Obamacare until age 26, but they’re finding out they can’t if the children are not dependents in the eyes of the IRS.  It’s not supposed to be this way, but the program is poorly run, and it is.

Meanwhile, more people are waking up and recognizing long-standing problems with Obamacare.  Obamacare restricts consumer choice, limits access to the best doctors and hospitals, and makes people more dependent on government.  The number of insurers is down and premiums have doubled.  Obamacare did not reduce medical bankruptcies the way they promised.  You would have expected a sharp decrease in 2014 when Obamacare took effect, but it didn’t happen.  Likewise, they claimed thousands of people were dying every year from lack of insurance but Obamacare didn’t lower the death rate, data shows.  They claimed Obamacare would lower overall healthcare costs, but that didn’t happen, either.  They also claim Obamacare is a great success in getting people to sign up.  Actually, enrollment is only about half of what they expected and they have to throw in Medicaid expansion to inflate the numbers to make Obamacare look good.  Obamacare remains such a bad deal – high premiums, high deductibles, narrow networks – that millions have bailed out in favor of alternatives like short-term plans that don’t have Obamacare’s complications or defects.  The latest poll shows barely a majority of Americans support Obamacare. 54 percent? – that’s the best you can do after ten years?  Time to try something else.

And it’s time to take a closer look at the new programs Democrats are proposing.  Free community college will hurt historically black colleges and universities.  Universal child care will mean the government will start indoctrinating your kids at an earlier age.  More free healthcare when we can’t even pay for the government healthcare programs we have now is a bad idea.  All this stuff might sound great, but think about it long enough and you will realize the government can’t put a soft pillow under absolutely everybody for absolutely everything, nor should we want it to if we have any self-respect left.

REPEAL OBAMACARE NOW!
– legalize true catastrophic insurance
– return Medicaid to a poverty program

END THE OBAMACARE CONGRESSIONAL EXEMPTION! 


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Still True


 

OPINION - EPOCH TIMES' Michael Walsh

 

What Is to Be Done? A New Economic Model


Michael Walsh

What is to be done? Lenin’s 1902 question, posed as he was effecting his takeover of the Bolsheviks with an eye to absolute power in Russia, continues to echo down the decades. Lenin understood that first, the struggle for supremacy had to be won at the intellectual and theoretical level and then, when the moment was right, by direct action—i.e., violence.

In other words, the revolution had to be conceived and believed by the intelligentsia before it could be achieved. And, of course, it needed a leader.


In the United States, our own Marxist revolution arrived on our shores in the 1930s from Frankfurt in National Socialist Germany, when a handful of Marxist scholars—if one can dignify Marxism, a philosophy of resentful losers, with the term “scholarship”—were given refuge and immediately began their task of subverting the nation via their preferred brand of socialism: communism.

Their weapon was something called critical theory, and it went like this: everything about a culture (in this case, Western civilization) needs to be questioned, attacked, mocked, invalidated, and destroyed. That’s it. What comes after was and remains not their problem. Some men, after all, really do just want to watch the world burn. [Read more...]

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Deception in America Episode One: The Tale of Peter Daszak

Deception in America Episode One: The Tale of Peter Daszak 

Have you considered how the recent pandemic might be related to the decades-old advance against our sovereignty called, Sustainable Development (Agenda2030)? Look for old friends George Soros and Jeffrey Sachs in the video below.

Friday, June 18, 2021

IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Texas Religious Group Because Prayer, Bible Reading Boost the Republican Party

 

IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Texas Religious Group Because Prayer, Bible Reading Boost the Republican Party

 
June 16, 2021 

An IRS official denied tax-exempt status to a Texas group that encourages church members to pray for state and national leaders, regardless of their party affiliation, because it benefits “the private interests of the [Republican] Party.”

“You do not qualify as an organization described in IRS Section 501(c)(3). You engage in prohibited political campaign intervention,” wrote Stephen A. Martin, director of the IRS Office of Exempt Organizations Rulings and Agreements, in a May 18 letter (pdf) to Christians Engaged, the Garland, Texas-based prayer group recognized by Texas officials as tax-exempt.

“You are also not operated exclusively for one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3), because you operate for a substantial non-exempt private purpose and for the private interests of the [Republican] party.”

Read the story at TheEpochTimes.com ... 

Monday, June 14, 2021

Greenwald: The Enduring False Narrative About the PULSE Massacre Shows the Power of Media Propaganda

 

The Enduring False Narrative About the PULSE Massacre Shows the Power of Media Propaganda

Politicians and activists should stop ratifying the fiction that Omar Mateen was motivated by anti-LGBT hatred. It dishonors the victims and obscures the real motive.

 

Glenn Greenwald | 14June2021

Excerpt:

In the hours he spent surrounded by the gay people he was murdering, he never once uttered a homophobic syllable, instead always emphasizing his geo-political motive. Not a single survivor reported him saying anything derogatory about LGBTs or even anything that suggested he knew he was in a gay club. All said he spoke extensively about his vengeance on behalf of ISIS against U.S. bombing of innocent Muslims.


Read the post at Glenn Greenwald's blog... 

Friday, June 11, 2021

Gatestone: The Effect of Communist China on America's Clean Energy Plan

 

The Effect of Communist China on America's Clean Energy Plan

by  | 
Rare Earth Materials
Pictured: Mined ore containing rare earth materials on display in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China. (Image source: Brücke-Osteuropa/Wikimedia Commons)



  • "[I]t is as if the Middle East not only sat on most of the world's oil but also, almost exclusively, refined it and then made products out of it," wrote The Economist in 2019.

  • It is not that rare earth materials do not exist outside of China, although it sits on the largest quantity: approximately 30-40% of all known rare earth deposits. Rather, extracting the materials is a difficult and highly polluting process that China was willing to take on.... "making it practically impossible for competing companies outside China to get a foothold," according to the Danish Institute for International Studies.

  • China's de facto monopoly forms an acute problem: international reliance on them could hamper vital industries and national security at a time of maximum competition between China and the US.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

THE TRUTH STANDS: The Great Reset, The Latest Great Lie

 

THE TRUTH STANDS: The Great Reset, The Latest Great Lie

Written by   | Wednesday, June 2, 2021




Excerpt: 

The Great Reset is the last step before the New World Order

It is our duty to reveal the deception of this Great Reset, because it may be traced back to all the other assaults that in the course of history have tried to nullify the work of Redemption and establish the tyranny of the Antichrist. Because this is in reality what the architects of the Great Reset intend. The New World Order – a name which significantly echoes the conciliar Novus Ordo – overturns the divine cosmos in order to spread infernal chaos, in which everything that civilization has painstakingly constructed over the course of millennia under the inspiration of Grace is overturned and perverted, corrupted and cancelled.

Read the entire post at The Remnant Newspaper...

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Rosa Koire: 1956 - 2021

Rosa Koire: 1956 - 2021 

https://www.genuinechristianitynow.com/2019/10/17/rosa-koire-un-agenda-2030-exposed/

https://www.postsustainabilityinstitute.org/board-of-directors.html

https://youtu.be/7O1i_Pv6bJY

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

DOES BIDEN EXECUTIVE ORDER ANNOUNCE ALL-OUT LOCKDOWN OF POLITICAL OPPOSITION?

 

DOES BIDEN EXECUTIVE ORDER ANNOUNCE ALL-OUT LOCKDOWN OF POLITICAL OPPOSITION?

TOM DEWEESE

It has been barely noticed, but on April 15th Joe Biden signed a very questionable and possibly unconstitutional executive order, titled “Executive Order on Blocking Property with Respect to Specified Harmful Foreign Activities of the government of the Russian Federation.” The official position for the EO is to be emergency sanctions against Russia and its “harmful foreign activities.” In particular, those specified harmful foreign activities by Russian include intervention in our election process.      


The main body of the EO directly details punishment for anyone deemed to be acting as agents for the Russian Federation operating in this country. And how are these “agents” to be found guilty of such nefarious behavior? That will be “Determined by the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, and … in consultation with the Attorney General.”

And what are to be the actions that will get such an agent to be found guilty by this tribunal? Well, Parts B and C of the Executive Order make it very specific. Part B says “Interference in a United States or other foreign government election.” Part C says explicitly, “actions or policies that undermine democratic process or institutions in the United States or abroad.” The purpose of these statements cannot be ignored. Interference can mean you are guilty of election interference if your political speech promotes anything positive regarding the Russian Federation. And to do so could deem you a Russian agent. Part C indicates that it could be a crime to criticize election fraud.

Read the entire article at AmericanPolicy.org...

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

‘Our Nation Is In Deep Peril’: More Than 120 Retired Flag Officers Sign Open Letter Warning Of Biden’s ‘Tyrannical’ Policies

 

‘Our Nation Is In Deep Peril’: More Than 120 Retired Flag Officers Sign Open Letter Warning Of Biden’s ‘Tyrannical’ Policies



Over 120 retired flag officers — military officers entitled to carry a flag indicating their rank — have signed a letter warning Americans of the “tyrannical” and “dictatorial” threats posed by the Biden administration.

“Our Nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776,” the letter, penned by a group of former generals and admirals known as Flag Officers 4 America, stated.

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Open Letter from Retired Generals and Admirals

Our Nation is in deep peril. We are in a fight for our survival as a Constitutional Republic like no other time since our founding in 1776. The conflict is between supporters of Socialism and Marxism vs. supporters of Constitutional freedom and liberty.

During the 2020 election an “Open Letter from Senior Military Leaders” was signed by 317 retired Generals and Admirals and, it said the 2020 election could be the most important election since our country was founded. “With the Democrat Party welcoming Socialists and Marxists, our historic way of life is at stake.” Unfortunately, that statement’s truth was quickly revealed, beginning with the election process itself.

Without fair and honest elections that accurately reflect the “will of the people” our Constitutional Republic is lost. Election integrity demands insuring there is one legal vote cast and counted per citizen. Legal votes are identified by State Legislature’s approved controls using government IDs, verified signatures, etc. Today, many are calling such commonsense controls “racist” in an attempt to avoid having fair and honest elections. Using racial terms to suppress proof of eligibility is itself a tyrannical intimidation tactic. Additionally, the “Rule of Law” must be enforced in our election processes to ensure integrity. The FBI and Supreme Court must act swiftly when election irregularities are surfaced and not ignore them as was done in 2020. Finally, H.R.1 & S.1, (if passed), would destroy election fairness and allow Democrats to forever remain in power violating our Constitution and ending our Representative Republic.

Aside from the election, the Current Administration has launched a full-blown assault on our Constitutional rights in a dictatorial manner, bypassing the Congress, with more than 50 Executive Orders quickly signed, many reversing the previous Administration’s effective policies and regulations. Moreover, population control actions such as excessive lockdowns, school and business closures, and most alarming, censorship of written and verbal expression are all direct assaults on our fundamental Rights. We must support and hold accountable politicians who will act to counter Socialism, Marxism and Progressivism, support our Constitutional Republic, and insist on fiscally responsible governing while focusing on all Americans, especially the middle class, not special interest or extremist groups which are used to divide us into warring factions.

Additional National Security Issues and Actions:

• Open borders jeopardize national security by increasing human trafficking, drug cartels, terrorists entry, health/CV19 dangers, and humanitarian crises. Illegals are flooding our Country bringing high economic costs, crime, lowering wages, and illegal voting in some states. We must reestablish border controls and continue building the wall while supporting our dedicated border control personnel. Sovereign nations must have controlled borders.

• China is the greatest external threat to America. Establishing cooperative relations with the Chinese Communist Party emboldens them to continue progress toward world domination, militarily, economically, politically and technologically. We must impose more sanctions and restrictions to impede their world domination goal and protect America’s interests.

• The free flow of information is critical to the security of our Republic, as illustrated by freedom of speech and the press being in the 1st Amendment of our Constitution. Censoring speech and expression, distorting speech, spreading disinformation by government officials, private entities, and the media is a method to suppress the free flow of information, a tyrannical technique used in closed societies. We must counter this on all fronts beginning with removing Section 230 protection from big tech.

• Re-engaging in the flawed Iran Nuclear Deal would result in Iran acquiring nuclear weapons along with the means to deliver them, thereby upsetting Mideast peace initiatives and aiding a terrorist nation whose slogans and goals include “death to America” and “death to Israel” . We must resist the new China/Iran agreement and not support the Iran Nuclear Deal. In addition, continue with the Mideast peace initiatives, the “Abraham Accords,” and support for Israel.

• Stopping the Keystone Pipeline eliminates our recently established energy independence and causes us to be energy dependent on nations not friendly to us, while eliminating valuable US jobs. We must open the Keystone Pipeline and regain our energy independence for national security and economic reasons.

• Using the U.S. military as political pawns with thousands of troops deployed around the U.S. Capitol Building, patrolling fences guarding against a non-existent threat, along with forcing Politically Correct policies like the divisive critical race theory into the military at the expense of the War Fighting Mission, seriously degrades readiness to fight and win our Nation’s wars, creating a major national security issue. We must support our Military and Vets; focus on war fighting, eliminate the corrosive infusion of Political Correctness into our military which damages morale and war fighting cohesion.

• The “Rule of Law” is fundamental to our Republic and security. Anarchy as seen in certain cities cannot be tolerated. We must support our law enforcement personnel and insist that DAs, our courts, and the DOJ enforce the law equally, fairly, and consistently toward all.

• The mental and physical condition of the Commander in Chief cannot be ignored. He must be able to quickly make accurate national security decisions involving life and limb anywhere, day or night. Recent Democrat leadership’s inquiries about nuclear code procedures sends a dangerous national security signal to nuclear armed adversaries, raising the question about who is in charge. We must always have an unquestionable chain of command.

Under a Democrat Congress and the Current Administration, our Country has taken a hard left turn toward Socialism and a Marxist form of tyrannical government which must be countered now by electing congressional and presidential candidates who will always act to defend our Constitutional Republic. The survival of our Nation and its cherished freedoms, liberty, and historic values are at stake.

We urge all citizens to get involved now at the local, state and/or national level to elect political representatives who will act to Save America, our Constitutional Republic, and hold those currently in office accountable. The “will of the people” must be heard and followed.

Signed by:

RADM Ernest B. Acklin, USCG, ret.

MG Joseph T. Anderson, USMC, ret.

RADM Philip Anselmo, USN, ret.

MG Joseph Arbuckle, USA, ret.

BG John Arick, USMC, ret.

RADM Jon W. Bayless, Jr. USN, ret.  [more]

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Opinion: America Courts Disaster by Rewarding Failure

America Courts Disaster by Rewarding Failure

 https://reader.epoch.cloud?selDate=20210505&goTo=A13&artid=0

BENJAMIN WEINGARTEN


May 05, 2021

Is a country that rewards failure, corruption, and deceit destined to fail? This disquieting question comes to mind when one considers how members of the commanding heights of society have increasingly failed—at least on merit—upward.

Some recent news items illustrate this point.

The Biden administration has seen a number of its nominees confirmed, with varying Republican support, in spite of their checkered records.

Samantha Power, the U.N. ambassador during the Obama administration, was found to have made several hundred seemingly unjustifiable unmasking requests— exposing the name of someone incidentally recorded by government surveillance—and apparently lied about one such series of requests, regarding retired Gen. Mike Flynn, in testimony to Congress. Her inglorious record spans from our shores to Israel, Syria, and well beyond the Levant.

Power was rewarded by being confirmed to head the U.S. Agency for International Development and is likely to be seated on the National Security Council.

Lisa Monaco, the former Obama administration homeland security adviser, played a critical role in word and deed in propagating Russiagate/Spygate. She was rewarded by being confirmed as deputy attorney general, where she is expected to take a major role in combating domestic violent extremism. There are indications that this effort could lead to the targeting of like-minded political dissenters to the ones wrongfully ensnared in Russiagate/Spygate.

Setting aside Biden administration nominees, word broke last week that Mary McCord, a former senior Obama Department of Justice official responsible for rubberstamping the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications to spy on Carter Page, helping oversee the Crossfire Hurricane operation, and like Power, targeting Flynn, was named to the eight-member amici curiae of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC). Amicus curiae are responsible for advising the FISC on critical matters, including, ironically, legal arguments advancing the protection of civil liberties.

Read the entire article at The Epoch Times... 

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Ben Weingarten is a fellow of the Claremont Institute and co-host of the Edmund Burke Foundation’s “The NatCon Squad.” He is the author of “American Ingrate: Ilhan Omar and the Progressive-Islamist Takeover of the Democratic Party” and is currently working on a book on U.S.– China policy and its transformation under the Trump administration.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

China Is Extending Its Totalitarian Controls to the Rest of the World

 

China Is Extending Its Totalitarian Controls to the Rest of the World

by 
China is surreptitiously collecting, for use in its domestic social credit system, video from a popular eatery in Canada.

In the Haidilao Hot Pot restaurant in the Kitsilano district of Vancouver, more than 60 surveillance cameras watch 30 tables and send feeds to China. The cameras, manager Ryan Pan explained to Scott McGregor and Ina Mitchell, are there to "people track" and are "part of the social credit system in China."

This restaurant is corporate-owned, one of two Haidilao locations in that port city in British Columbia. There are more than 935 of the chain's restaurants worldwide with over 36 million VIP members. The business started in China's Sichuan province.

Why do we care? Beijing is evidently extending its totalitarian controls to the rest of the world.


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