sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Do U (Heart) ObamaCare?

America needs a healthcare reboot that includes a serious examination of what we can do to insure that there is a safety net for the weakest among us after Obamacare is repealed.

Jonathan Gruber (who is standing next to "stupid" above) told the tale in the best way that anyone could. Obamacare was sold to gullible Americans who hoped to get something for nothing. The insurance companies made out, the government took control of 20% of the US Economy and the taxpayer was stuck with a trillion dollar tar baby -- a tax.
The Tar-Baby is a fictional character in the second of the Uncle Remus stories published in 1881; it is a doll made of tar and turpentine used to entrap Br'er Rabbit. The more that Br'er Rabbit fights the Tar-Baby, the more entangled he becomes.
Before ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber got famous for calling Americans stupid, he wrote an "ObamaCare for Dummies"-style comic book. The only dummies are those who believe its many fictions, as he explained in the many interviews that I think all of you have seen by now.

In the book, Gruber claims that for individuals and small firms qualifying for a tax credit, "this bill will lower your health care costs." But Gruber would later go on to tell several states the opposite. One of them was Wisconsin, where he said fewer than 6% would see lower premiums, and 41% would get hit with hikes of 50% or more. 

Are Gruber's lies more egregious than Obama's "If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor - PERIOD!"? No. They're on the same level because they were made by the same brand of utopian socialist bent on income redistribution.

Finding Justice

The world forgives little. It's usually the big guy against the little guy. The Constitution was written to give the little guy a fairer playing field. You'll note that I did not say, "fair".

When I was young, I moved from Los Angeles, California with my grandparents to a rural area in another state. We lived in Arizona before we moved to California. I am white. So the locals didn't burn down our house because of our skin color. They burned it because of a license plate.

I learned at a young age to walk softly and carry a big damned stick. The "Scary Larry" tag stuck more because it rhymed than anything else and people need to give you a nickname. All bull#@$% aside, an abundant life means that you have to stand for something and you must live without fear and die with a smile on your lips. Nothing terrifies a bully more than somebody who is willing to do that. Scratch a bully and you find a coward inside.

Which leads me to this:

The feature film, Leviathan, tells the story of a Russian fisherman who recruits a lawyer to help him stop the corrupt local mayor from demolishing his house. 

The BBC calls Leviathan 'a bleak vision of provincial corruption in the land of President Vladimir Putin'. It premiered at Cannes in May where it won for Best Screenplay. Intriguingly, the film was produced in part with Russian state funds and has been selected as the official Russian entry for the foreign film category at the Oscars.