No More Entitlement And Fiscal Irresponsibility, No To RyanCare

Unacceptable.

RYANCARE: 5 Serious Problems With The Republican Replacement For Obamacare

1. It Retains Requirements That Insurance Cover People With Pre-Existing Conditions.
…nonsensical notion that government could force insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions. This turns insurance companies into piggy banks rather than insurance companies…

2. It Creates A Back Door Mandate.
…allow insurance companies to charge an elevated 30% fine for those whose insurance lapses…

3. It Creates Individual Healthcare Subsidies.
[Tax credit is just another name for subsidy]

4. It Subsidizes Medicaid
…allow the feds to cover Obamacare Medicaid expansion…

5. It Subsidizes High-Risk Pools On The State Level.
…sends $100 billion to states over the next ten years…This, of course, won’t be nearly enough…

This bill would just, maybe, delay Obamacare’s implosion but it too will financially implode on our backs.

As an added bonus it also appears to give benefits to illegal immigrants. Further, the “phase” thing is a dead end road. As I understand it, the first bill can pass under reconciliation whereas any others can (and will) be blocked by Democrats. So much for a repeal.

No mention of buying insurance across state lines (and hopeful breaking the employer-insurance link to shift things to something like the auto insurance system we have). No, that’ll be in the ‘next phase’…to nowhere.

Mike Lee and Rand Paul, among others (like Tom Cotton), are on the right track:
Lee Statement on American Health Care Act

As one Gab user stated:

2009: Barry does O’Care.
2010: R’s promise to repeal O’Care if they get House; R’s get House
2011: nothing
2014: R’s promise to repeal O’Care if they get the Senate; they get the Senate
2015: nothing
2016: R’s promise to repeal O’Care if they get the presidency; they get presidency
2017: RINOcare™

 

Utah’s Fake News And Single Sided Compassion: Park City ICE Action

Here’s a case study of local Utah media ginning up emotion by spinning a mundane report and presenting only one side to suit their bias/narrative.

A few days ago, Utah news outlets ran with a report that Park City Latinos were ‘panicking’ and in ‘fear’ after being targeted by ICE. Here are a few examples: ABC4, Fox13, SLTrib, etc.

The news was spun for some emotional pap and glossed over the following:

  1. Only those who committed crimes (besides entering illegally) were arrested: “According to Park City police the arrests were part of a normal operation by ICE agents and only those with criminal records were taken into custody.”
    “He said his son and nephew were taken but he was left behind despite being in the U.S. illegally.” (ABC4)
    Additionally, the SL Trib states that some of them had re-entered (ie been previously deported).
  2. The operation was a normal operation – it was under Obama’s guidance as Trump is just issuing new guidance (just today) and has thus not yet been implemented. Yet the media would prefer you believe all this angst is due to some Trump policy. It’s BS just to try to demonize Trump or any enforcement, for that matter (under Obama, it ok but the same thing under Trump is of the devil…).
  3. Given they have a criminal background (felonies), it seems the media and the virtue signalling organizations, couldn’t give a rip about the possible victims these guys have left in their wake. Nope, it’s all about families being separated.
    Here’s the thing: plenty of citizens and legal immigrants commit crime and are separated from their families understandably, no one cares about them no should they (“If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime”). There we care about victims. BUT if an illegal immigrant flouts our law at the border/visa entry point and commits additional crime…well, that’s different! No, it is not!
  4. Speaking of Trump policy: Here’s a gem from today. Apparently, he’s cool w/ DREAMers committing ID theft and not having to inform the victim thereof. Nope, they get the same free pass Obama gave them. So no, they sure don’t have much to be ‘fearful’ of.
  5. The media continues to intentionally conflate illegal immigrant with “immigrant”. The two are very different things.
  6. Lastly, why is this stuff only focused on Hispanics? They are aware that plenty of illegal immigrants who are (hopefully) deported aren’t Hispanics, right? Sure they know – but that doesn’t fit the ‘racism’ narrative they’ve been pushing all these years (especially now that Trump is in office).

This crap has been going on for years and will only increase if allowed. Certainly, the media and illegal immigration proponents/enablers will continue the one-sided compassion and attempt to ‘wag the dog’ for the foreseeable future. I hope the dog is now alert enough to this crap and will bite the fake news media’s hand.

Trump Wins And The Work Begins

I was not in the #NeverTrump camp, quite the contrary. Am I happy he won? Sure, we have temporarily dodged a bullet. I’m not going to rain on anyone’s parade so despite writing this the day Trump became President-elect, I held off posting this until today.

Let’s start with the good. Trump’s election shows that the electorate (particularly the blue-collar middle class) has soundly rejected:

  • Crony capital schemes (on a national level, at least) – Enough with the sweetheart deals for the politically connected. Nobody has ever liked them and everyone is sick of getting them shoved down their throats by the political class.
  • Obamacare – Trump was clear on this and people have been clear on it for years after everyone was forced to eat that crap sandwich via unconstitutional and unethical congressional maneuvers. Much of this goes hand-in-hand with the point on crony capital schemes.
  • Political correctness and the politically correct despots (“Social Justice Warriors”) – I never bought into the SJW tyrants and their ‘good for thee not for me’ rules. That includes their media enforcers.
    Certainly, SJWs and their main stream media enforcers will continue to try to personally destroy anyone who opposes their absurd rules. They’ll also continue to try and extort businesses into capitulation. But maybe this indicates a turning point of people finally telling them to pound sand and returning to the capability to vehemently disagree and understanding that being offended isn’t a crime. I also hope this will indicate a willingness to take people on their intents (everyone misspeaks and says stuff they regret in the heat of a moment) rather than solely seeking to set traps and savage them with innuendo and effectively strangle free-speech* (critical to a nation’s health).
  • The elite and their double standards – People are tired of the ivory tower dwellers telling us they know how to run our lives better than we do. Basically, see the above for starters. Glaring examples include exemptions from laws that affect others (eg insider trading) and all the crony back-room deals and preferential treatment in economics and media. The incestuous Washington DC cabal needs to end. Succinctly, Drain The Swamp!
  • Open borders – People are not at all interested in open borders. While Americans are compassionate, we aren’t foolish and willing to trash the nation. If you kill the goose, you have no golden eggs to be compassionate with. Both illegal and legal immigration need to be addressed (including “anchor baby” rules – no more birth tourism and auto citizenship for those illegally here). Build the wall (and pass E-verify) and improve the entry process!
  • Oligarchy – People want a real rule of law. They want Lady Justice blind. Hillary represented oligarchy with the obvious capricious application (exemption) of laws that would have any other person in prison.

Ok. Now for the rain on the parade. I don’t trust Trump. I have hopes but I don’t trust him and that’s a good thing. As Hamilton said in Federalist 25:

For it is a truth, which the experience of ages has attested, that the people are always most in danger when the means of injuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.

Trump’s died-in-the-wool supporters and those who voted for him can’t be naive and think the above rejections are on autopilot. Not even close and I don’t trust Trump to fully follow through. SJWs, the media, entrenched politicians and corny capitalists are going to fight like hell so you better plan on doing so as well. Furthermore, I also implore people to not give into the expediency of getting something they want but gauge such through the filter of Constitutional propriety. I plan on fighting Trump if he blows off constitutional bounds ala Obama. Mike Lee and Ted Cruz I hope will also help beat the drum on this as well. Again, this is only the beginning.

The first and most crucial step to national restoration is to repent and turn to God. We need to pray for a return to divine values and righteousness as a nation. Certainly this includes praying for Trump to do so as well but the course of a nation and it’s acceptance of God’s grace and blessings is the duty of the people, not just their leaders. This starts with you.

Along with a return to God, we need a return to constitutional values and respect. The two really goes hand-in-hand. Please read the Constitution, read the Federalist Papers, discuss them with your children, friends and co-workers and press for them to be taught in schools.

Now, let’s go Make America Great Again.

*If unfiltered free speech floats your boat, look at Gab.ai as an alternative to Twitter. Twitter and Facebook have shown themselves to be SJW-dominated (including site ownership/admin) tyrants. Gab gives you the power to set your own filters (rather than being imposed on you by big brother Jack) and engage as wide or limited points-of-view you desire. And, no, I’m not affiliated with Gab other than just being a user.

2016 Presidential Quiz: Name That Candidate

See how few questions it takes for you you to correctly guess the answer (the last few are spoilers and no clicking links until you finish the quiz!):

Over the history of Presidential elections, there is just one Presidential candidate that all of the following apply to. Who is it?

  1. Which Presidential candidate was put forward as a dark horse candidate that Latter Day Saints could vote for in good conscience?
  2. Which Presidential candidate felt he could name the next President by winning just one state?
  3. Which Presidential candidate relied on funds from others to pay off debts?
  4. Which Presidential candidate declared personal bankruptcy?
  5. Which Presidential candidate had multiple marriages?
  6. Which Presidential candidate was sued for failing to deliver on promises made in his business deals?
  7. Which Presidential candidate said ““When I look into the Eastern papers and see how popular I am, I am afraid I shall be president.”
  8. Which Presidential candidate’s platform called for reducing the size and pay of Congress?
  9. Which Presidential candidate’s platform called for reforming the jail system so imprisoned persons could learn a trade while serving their time?
  10. Which Presidential candidate had a warrant issued against him for banking fraud.
  11. Which Presidential candidate was charged with inciting a riot?
  12. What Presidential candidate eloped because his bride’s father would not give approval for the marriage?
  13. Which Presidential candidate and his wife lived with his parents when they were first married?
  14. Which Presidential candidate married a 14 year old girl?
  15. Which Presidential candidate was arrested at least 42 times?
  16. Which Presidential candidate was indicted by a grand jury for perjury, fornication and polygamy?

Get it? Yeah, it was a trick quiz designed in the hope to give people pause about judging without context. Interestingly, the first few questions could apply to a couple of the candidates running. In the end, the answer involves someone very different from the current candidates who has had a lot of spin and falsehoods spread about them (then and now). Bear in mind too that: “…every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

The moral is don’t judge a book by its perceived cover and pray to see the truth and reality of a person and situation. We all have to make judgments prior to a decision and often we aren’t left with ideal options (far from it). Good luck.

*Source info: I am not the quiz author, it was written by Ron Mortensen and passed on to me by my request.

Does Evan McMullin Reflect Utah Values?

The answer to the question all depends on what values you think Utah holds.

1. If you think Utah values are Hillary Clinton’s values of corrupt favoritism, Constitutional degradation, cronyism, partial birth abortion, “opposition” complicity, then you have your man. By his own admission, he’s ultimately in the race to ensure a Hillary win:

2. If Utah values include having your top advisor use expletives, threats, and sexually degrading comments to women, you have your man:

If that is the case, then why are McMullin and Finn associating with Republican, establishment political strategist, Rick Wilson who has a history of demeaning others and going on obscene Twitter rants, the very thing that McMullin and his supporters profess to find so abhorrent in Trump?

The specific quotes Rick Wilson used are at the link. Most are censored (you can figure out the word used) but the sexually degrading comment is not something that can be censored and I’m not going to post it here. To read McMullin’s super Utah-values advisor quotes, click the link.

Anyone who’s been around politics, knows the type of tactics and language Wilson uses so I’m not going to accept this is some kind of shocking revelation to the McMullin-Finn campaign. Nor do I want to hear McMullin’s campaign chide Trump for his language etc. since they embrace it themselves. Of course, it’s all good since certainly these are conservative values totally in line with LDS/Mormon teachings…right?

Brutal Utah Reality: It’s Trump Or Hillary (McMullin Admits To Helping Hillary)

Sometimes reality bites. This is one of those times. If you’re voting for Evan McMullin, you’re only going to help corrupt Hillary Clinton win the presidency along with her media-establishment praetorian guard. She’ll be as corrupt as she pleases with no substantive opposition.

If this election had a ‘Perot’ who was on the ballot on all 50 states and polling in striking distance, reality could be different*. But McMullin is simply in the race to act as a spoiler. He’s been placed in that position by establishment republican backers who are too embarrassed to simply admit they prefer a Hillary presidency (and retain their power and DC social status). He’s a transparent fig leaf.

(Edit: Fig leaf no more – McMullin admits he’s ultimately in the race to prevent Trump and hand power to Hillary).

So reality bites. We face a candidate who’s corrupt and will be incredibly destructive to the rule of law, national foundations, and national character VS a horse’s backside who will be opposed and power checked at every turn. As Ace put it: Hillary is an alligator in a pack of jackals while Trump is a jackal in an alligator infested swamp.

Ideal? Nope. I would prefer a Constitutionally-driven, righteous candidate. We don’t have that but for LDS folks, they need only flip open their scriptures to see this is nothing new but bright hope remains. On the cynical-positive side: look at Omni and Ether 10 – jerk leaders who did the right thing for the people (the bible offers other examples). On the bright side, the plethora of redemptive stories: Jonah, Alma (the younger – who ended up as chief judge and prophet!), Corianton etc. etc. etc….

Certainly, both Hillary and Trump can change and be truly redeemed through Christ but the risks involved with the former not changing vastly outweigh the latter. So I’ll vote for Trump, oppose his policies as needed, and pray for him to change (or at least do the right thing) just as we should do with all our leaders and ourselves! Realistically, all of us need to repent and turn to the Lord to right our drifting ship.

*Caveat: Even if McMullin were on all 50 state ballots, I highly doubt he would be polling anywhere close to striking distance. Besides the now exposed fig leaf, he represents the decades of shady political games/policy people have revolted against. Again, Trump is the creation of the establishment GOP’s (in)actions.

Sidenote: Many of us called a spade a spade long ago: “[McMullin is] the latest GOPe* gambit to ensure a Hillary victory and somehow pretend they had nothing to do with it“.

Read Of The Day: After The Republic

I ran into this on the Ace of Spades HQ blog. It’s a longer article but well worth it.

After the Republic By: Angelo M. Codevilla

Here are a few teaser quotes:

Over the past half century, the Reagan years notwithstanding, our ruling class’s changing preferences and habits have transformed public and private life in America. As John Marini shows in his essay, “Donald Trump and the American Crisis,” this has resulted in citizens morphing into either this class’s “stakeholders” or its subjects. And, as Publius Decius Mus argues, “America and the West” now are so firmly “on a trajectory toward something very bad” that it is no longer reasonable to hope that “all human outcomes are still possible,” by which he means restoration of the public and private practices that made the American republic…

…What goes by the name “constitutional law” has been eclipsing the U.S. Constitution for a long time…

…This arbitrary power, whose rabid guard-dog growls and barks: “Racist! Sexist! Homophobic!” has transformed our lives by removing restraints on government.

…Americans will no longer live politically according to their prejudices; they will be ruled administratively according to scientific knowledge…

For what it’s worth, this article meshes will with a couple of things I posted over the summer. Feel free to peruse those posts after reading the above article:

Our Divine Constitution
Will We Accept God’s Help?