Medicaid for All Would ‘Bankrupt the Nation,’ Warns Bernie Sanders—In 1987 – Hit & Run : Reason.com

“Notably absent from Sanders’ proposed single-payer system was a detailed plan to pay for it. The senator said he would lay out the tax hikes necessary to fund his new system in separate legislation.

That may be because enthusiasm for single payer tends to die down pretty quickly once people get a sense of what sort of tax increases would be necessary to fund it. An Urban Institute analysis of a previous version of Sanders’ plan estimated that it would cost $32 trillion over a decade.

It promises huge overall savings along with coverage that would be far more expansive, and far more expensive, than Medicaid for all, with no clear way to pay for it, and no specific strategy for driving costs or spending down.

In 30 years of political advocacy, Sanders has not solved any of the fundamental problems with single payer. He has merely opted to pretend they do not exist.”

[Note: On annualized basis, that would more than double the amount we currently spend annually on healthcare.  And past projections related to the costs of gov’t programs always vastly underestimate the actual costs, as evidenced below. – The Sovereign Patient]

“The House Ways and Means Committee estimated that Medicare would cost only about $12 billion by 1990 (a figure that included an allowance for inflation). This was a supposedly “conservative” estimate. But in 1990 Medicare actually cost $107 billion.” http://reason.com/archives/1993/01/01/the-medicare-monster

Source: Medicaid for All Would ‘Bankrupt the Nation,’ Warns Bernie Sanders—In 1987 – Hit & Run : Reason.com

Why Libertarians Should Want *More* Trust in Government – Reason.com

Lessons from the data: Those peoples that trust their government, tend to have more economic liberty, which generally keeps gov’t size and power in check.

Source: Why Libertarians Should Want *More* Trust in Government – Reason.com

Choose Sides? You Bet. But Antifa and Fascism Are the Same Side. – Reason.com

“That side is in opposition to the violent, authoritarian thugs of the right and of the left. If we regain our faith in what we already have, there’s no reason to choose between rival siblings competing to rule over the ruins of everything that’s worthwhile on behalf of their illiberal family.”

“Sooner or later… one has to take sides—if one is to remain human,” Haider writes, quoting a character from Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. “The liberal center has to heed the same warning,” Haider adds. But the character Haider quotes is a member of Vietnam’s Communist party—which killed “probably about 1,040,000″ people in the post-Vietnam War period, after it came to power over the united country, as estimated by the late Prof. R. J. Rummel of the University of Hawaii…That’s an unpalatable side to pick in any situation.”

Source: Choose Sides? You Bet. But Antifa and Fascism Are the Same Side. – Reason.com

Newsgate 2016 | Sharyl Attkisson

Here is just the tip of the iceberg from Attkisson’s story…

It appears the watchdog of the government has a seat at the dinner table!

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“Media Matters staff had the direct line of MSNBC president Phil Griffin, and used it,” a Media Matters source told Daily Caller. “If we published something [negative] about Fox in the morning, [MSNBC would] have it on the air that night verbatim. We were pretty much writing their prime time. But then, virtually all the mainstream media was using our stuff.”

Source: Newsgate 2016 | Sharyl Attkisson

An Attempted Hillary Email Coverup? | The Weekly Standard

A senior State Department official repeatedly pressed the FBI to change the classification of emails stored on Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to FBI interview summaries set to be released in the coming days. Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary of state for management, discussed providing additional overseas slots for the FBI in exchange for revisions to classifications of the sensitive emails. The 34 summaries, known as FBI 302s, will be released in connection with a Freedom of Information Act request and after pressure from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Two additional 302s are being withheld because they contain information classified at the Top Secret/SAP level. The summaries, described to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by five intelligence and congressional officials familiar with their contents, are sure to bolster Donald Trump’s criticism of corruption at Clinton’s State Department, the FBI and Washington, D.C., with just more than three weeks until the 2016 presidential election.

Source: An Attempted Hillary Email Coverup? | The Weekly Standard

Old Lies – Thomas Sowell

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Thomas Sowell

We expect to hear a lot of lies during an election year, and this year is certainly no exception. What is surprising is how old some of these lies are, and how often they have been shown to be lies, years ago or even decades ago.

Too many people in the media and in academia abandon their roles as conduits for facts and take on the role of filterers of facts to promote social and political agendas.

In all too many educational institutions, from kindergartens to postgraduate university programs, students may never hear any facts that contradict the prevailing groupthink.

People who are looking for grievances are not going to be stopped by facts, especially if they are in politics. But where are our media pundits and our academic scholars? Mostly silent, either out of fear of being denounced as anti-women or because they have chosen to take sides rather than convey facts.

One of the oldest of these lies is that women are paid less than men for doing the same work. Like many other politically successful lies, it contains just enough of the truth to fool the gullible.

We do not need to guess about such things. Many studies have been done over many years — and they repeatedly show that women and men who work the very same hours in the very same jobs at the very same levels of skill and experience do not have the pay gaps that people like Hillary Clinton loudly denounce.

As far back as 1971, single women in their thirties who had worked continuously since high school earned slightly more than men of the same description. As far back as 1969, academic women who had never married earned more than academic men who had never married.

People who are looking for grievances are not going to be stopped by facts, especially if they are in politics. But where are our media pundits and our academic scholars? Mostly silent, either out of fear of being denounced as anti-women or because they have chosen to take sides rather than convey facts.

Source: Old Lies – Thomas Sowell

Academic Research Shows Minorities Get Hurt When Government Tries to Help | International Liberty

Two economists, one from the University of Virginia and the other from the University of Oregon, conducted a study of “ban the box” laws that restrict employers from figuring out whether job applicants have criminal records.

So it sounds very compassionate to impose these laws, right? Who could object to helping ex-cons get in the door for interviews, at which point they can hopefully show potential employers that they have value.

Well, the study shows that these laws hurt more than they help. Here are some passages from the abstract.

We find that BTB policies decrease the probability of being employed by 3.4 percentage points (5.1%) for young, low-skilled black men, and by 2.3 percentage points (2.9%) for young, low-skilled Hispanic men. These findings support the hypothesis that when an applicant’s criminal history is unavailable, employers statistically discriminate against demographic groups that are likely to have a criminal record.

Source: Academic Research Shows Minorities Get Hurt When Government Tries to Help | International Liberty

We Need to Stop Lying to Ourselves About Ideological & Theological based Terrorism

The narrative goes like this.  Violent extremists are everywhere and throughout history all religions are equally represented among the perpetrators.  The next point is to remind the listener about all the ethnic cleansing and politically-motivated attempts to exterminate those that don’t agree with a certain political agenda or that stand in the way of power; all of this is held up as proof that there is nothing new going on here and no need to point fingers.

The point that the elite-minded want us commoners to grasp is that the problem of terrorism is not unique to anyone religion or a certain part of the world.  Therefore, we should not focus on just one religion or just certain parts of the world for, oh I don’t know, maybe for clues as to motive or targets.

I guess connecting the dots is just too sophomoric for them; somehow akin to “profiling” and that is just not the way sophisticated intellectuals are supposed to think.  And let’s not forget the Crusades.  Those Knights were “Christians” you know. Never mind that Christians stopped that practice almost 1000 years ago and the closest I’ve come to seeing a Knight was when I attended a Mason’s meeting 20 years ago. And there were no chants or slogans calling for the death of any groups or religions.  Just saying.

I’m fed up with being told how I should think about the Orlando shooting and all the other violent acts against people of certain beliefs or lifestyles.  With the recent murder by ISIS of a French Catholic priest during mass services, I couldn’t stay silent any longer.

We are told over and over again by progressives that Violent Extremism isn’t about Religion.  Well if some manner of religious belief is not juxtaposed to the radical part, then where does the EXTREMIST part come in???  How then does one become “extreme” if there are no reasonable core beliefs to begin with.  I guess someone could just simply start out crazy and skip the whole religious part.  That would explain some of it, no doubt.

I’ve had it up to my eye balls with all the comparisons ostensibly trying to prove the moral equivalence between ANY gun violence, shooting or mass murder ANYWHERE, by ANYONE with that of the ideological/theocratic-based hatred exhibited by radicalized jihadists; the same who target specific people or groups just because of beliefs or lifestyle which doesn’t coincide with their own.

And the repartee wouldn’t be complete if apologists didn’t mention Timothy McVeigh as an example of “home-grown” terrorism.  “So how is what he did any different”, they opine?  Well, it isn’t when it comes to death and destruction. It is vastly different when it comes to the target and the motive.  As sick and disturbed as this act was, he was not advocating death to Jews, Christians, Muslims, Gays or any certain groups.  Of course he was wrong to do what he did and deserved to be convicted. His motivation, reckless and violent as it was, was to strike out against what he thought was a police state in the making.

Someone in a recent post on LinkedIn actually tried to compare the 30,000 people killed by “gun violence” in the U.S. every year with that of religious-based sharia hatred that we see carried out against Jews and Christians even still in the 21st century.  Their point was that almost all of the gun violence in the U.S. is carried out by Christians!  No kidding?!  WOW!!!  Now think about that statement for a millisecond, which is all the time you should need for your jaw to drop off of your face.  At last count, about 83% of the population of the U.S. identified themselves as Christian.  So by the same logic, all the rapes in Saudi Arabia are committed by Muslims, right?  

Do you see how silly that sounds when we turn it around?  But this is supposed to silence the opposition. Well, I’m not buying it and I’m not going to be quiet.

The vast majority of gun violence in America is a combination of domestic squabbles, money and drug-related violence; and not related to an attempt to extinguish an entire lineage of people or annihilate western way of life and its governance.

I actually had someone warn me about all those violent Hindus that might stone me if they catch me eating beef, which in her mind is evidently NO different from the killings in Orlando.  Now maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I’ve not heard of nor seen any Hindu groups attacking Golden Corral or Wendy’s lately.  Did I miss that on CNN?

Here is the ideological imperative that we must come to grips with: Not all violence is created equal, neither is what we label as terrorism.

Yes, the end result is equally horrible for the victims and the justification of each act are the ruminations of uncaring-unfeeling humans.

FirstAmendmentThis is why it is of paramount importance to distinguish and call out ideological/theological based terror for what it is: An attempt to destroy cultures and civilizations and eliminate lifestyles that are considered infidels just for their belief system and replace them with a Theocratic – Sharia system.  These Theocratic systems of government do exist in multiple countries in which women’s rights are trampled, being treated as second class citizens and where gays are tortured or worse.

Sharia is against everything that we as Americans hold dear.  It violates are basic principles and flies in the face of our constitution and Bill of Rights.  It should not be tolerated; those who love liberty and understand the role of government know this.

It matters not that the Orlando shooter was “domestically radicalized” with “no direct ties or support from ISIS”, as the FBI was so quick to point out. It was still the same ideology that spawned that hateful act (radical Islamic jihad-ism) whose hate knows no borders.

And just recently, the murder of an 86 year old French Catholic Priest by ISIS cut-throats. They over-ran the church and slit his throat during Mass, killing him almost instantly and mortally wounded another.

The last time I checked, there were no radicalized Quakers, Mormons, Baptists, Buddhists, Hindus or Zionists that were committed to, let alone accused of, destroying entire cultures or groups of people just because of lifestyle and belief systems.

Had we lived through it, I hope we wouldn’t apologize for the tactics of the Crusades and would have called it by what it was: Radical Christian Religious Cleansing.

We need to have the same clear stance against Radical Islamic Jihad-ism, which is the “Crusade” of the 21st century. It would be nice if we had a president that could utter those words.