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Why Do Republicans #Persist in Adding Government to Health Care?

 

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Welcome to Tweetlandia.  The shambling wreck of a carcass our once great nation has become.

One of the very many trends that exists in Tweetlandia – is the diminution of all thought.  Often down to Twitter hashtag length – and depth.

One such Leftist hashtag pseudo-thought – is the anti-everything-to-the-Right-of-Karl-Marx #Persist.  It’s one-word-brevity is of particular assistance to its Leftist wielders.

In Tweetlandia, the Urban Dictionary has replaced Merriam Webster’s – so we go there:

“Persist: Continue firmly or obstinately in an opinion or a course of action in spite of difficulty, opposition, or failure.”

Leftists #Persist in pursuing all sorts of already-proven-to-be failures.

To wit: Government medicine.  Government medicine – is an unmitigated disaster.

Obamacare was a huge disaster:

“Obamacare stripped millions of people of their insurance.  For those who survived that mass slaughter – Obamacare doubled the average insurance premium and tripled the average insurance deductible.”

Following on Medicare – which is a $38-trillion-short titanic disaster:

“The unfunded liability is the amount that has been promised in benefits to people now alive that will not be funded by the tax revenue the system is expected to take in to pay for those benefits.”

And that titanic shortfall – is with private insurance subsidizing the daylight out of Medicare.

Medicare For All – What About Cost Shifting?:

“When Medicare was introduced in 1966, the government reached out to the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association to come up with a way to determine what to pay hospitals for treating patients….

“Medicare quickly figured out a sad truth. There wasn’t enough Medicare money….

“The Inpatient Prospective Payment System was implemented, meaning all direct connection to costs were now gone – but however you sliced it, Medicare was now paying less than the cost of treating patients.

“If Medicare did not pay its fair share, then hospitals would make it up on other payers. This is known as cost shifting.”

Get that?  Medicare payments don’t even cover the base costs of treating patients.

Private patients and their insurance companies – have been subsidizing Medicare since just about its 1966 inception.

Yet the Leftists #Persist.  Because $38 trillion short – ain’t nearly enough of a nation-wrecking debit to stop the Left.

Oh – and the Left wants to ban all private insurance.  You know, the companies that have been propping up Medicare for decades.

So everything medicine can as quickly as possible collapse into one giant smoldering government-induced heap.

#Persist!

Why any Republican anywhere would in any way expand government’s role in medicine – is light years beyond me.

Yet we have just such Republicans.  Joining the #Persist “movement” – whether they realize it or not.

A great many of us have spent the last several weeks pointing out the stupidity of this notion.

Why Are Some Republicans Looking to Add More Government to Health Care?

Yet these Republicans…#Persist!:

Behold – Tennessee Republican Senator Lamar Alexander.  Who very recently penned an editorial defending his government-expanding decision.  His very own title – admits the inherent error.

Lower Health Care Costs Act Aims to End Surprise Billing

Your legislation “aims to end surprise billing” – ?!?

Government is the worst shot in the history of aiming.

Obamacare aimed to “reduce premiums by $2,500 per year.”  They DOUBLED.

I guarantee you no one around at Medicare’s inception said they were aiming to put US taxpayers $38 trillion underwater.  Yet that’s what it’s done

Yet Senator Alexander #Persists:

“Instead of remaining stuck in a perpetual partisan argument over the Affordable Care Act and health insurance, senators are working across party lines to lower the costs of what Americans pay for health care out of their own pockets.”

Of COURSE Democrats want to stop talking about Obamacare (the woefully mis-named “Affordable Care Act.”)

Democrats were either exponentially wrong about it – or lying their faces off about it.

Republicans won more than 1,000 elected offices up and down the ballot since Democrats jammed Obamacare down our throats.  And only started again losing seats – when it became clear their promises to repeal Obamacare were…exceedingly disingenuous.

Republicans should want to continue the Obamacare conversation – right up until they actually repeal the awfulness.

But on this they do not #Persist.

More from Senator Alexander:

“(U)p to half of the $3.5 trillion Americans spent on health care in 2017 may have been unnecessary, according to testimony before the Senate health committee from the National Academies.”

Yes, we have.  And an excruciating percentage of this unnecessary expenditure – is the subsidies we are forced to provide to prop up Medicare.

So how on Earth does Senator Alexander think his “aim” – on this the latest government “solution” to high health care costs – be any better?

Answer: Of course, it absolutely isn’t.

Government is the reason our health care system is as screwed up as it is.

Senator Alexander – we need LESS government.

Your bill – is more.

Which only makes sense in Tweetlandia.

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Localities Shouldn’t Be Dictating (Inter-)National Policy

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California Does Not Have Jurisdiction Over This

 

Federalism is too infrequently mentioned.  And when it does come up – it is woefully misrepresented and abused.

Let’s check with our old friend Merriam Webster:

“The distribution of power in an organization (such as a government) between a central authority and the constituent units.”

Our Constitution is fully imbued with decentralized federalism.

The Founding Fathers – were brilliant.  Not only in limiting for what the “central authority” is responsible – but in rightly assigning the policies for which it is.

The Constitution gives the federal government (the “central authority”) a few expressly enumerated powers.  And then the Ninth and Tenth Amendments give all other power(s) to “the States and the People.”

Merriam’s “constituent units” – are the fifty state and very many municipal governments.  Most unfortunately, as government is want to do – the “constituent units” insist on doing (too much) of their stuff…and the central authority’s limited portion as well.

We certainly see this with immigration.

These are the policies this country has with regard to whom and how many from other countries we allow to come here.

Which is clearly a national prerogative – and therefore clearly a federal government prerogative.

But behold the “Sanctuary _____” – States, Cities, Counties, etc.

These non-federal elected officials openly flout our immigration laws – and allow illegal aliens to stay in their jurisdictions.  Worse, they openly obstruct justice – refusing to cooperate with federal authorities on the rare instances they decide to enforce our immigration laws.

These non-federal elected officials – should be in prison.

And as with all things rightly national – pretending it’s local…doesn’t keep it local.

Los Angeles, California has been a Sanctuary City for decades.  Illegal aliens have spent these decades pouring in there – and the result has been a mass disaster area.

But it doesn’t just stay there.  Once they’re in LA – they don’t have to stay in LA.  They can move to anywhere else in America they wish – completely unfettered by the checks rightly and wisely imposed along our borders.

LA’s alleged local preemption of rightly national immigration policy – doesn’t keep it local.  It becomes a national disaster.

As demonstrated by the massive illegal alien problems throughout the country.  Including in far-flung “border areas” like Long Island, New York and Portland, Maine.

This is our non-federal governments – making massive national messes.

So too are they doing with the World Wide Web.

Get that first word – “world.”  We again check with Merriam:

“The earth with its inhabitants and all things upon it.”

Like with immigration, this clearly means the Internet’s rule and regulation – is a federal government prerogative.

Just like with immigration, there are very many reasons the Constitution insists the Internet is federal – whether the fore-thoughtful Forefathers realized all of them or not.

To wit: We are currently in a race with Communist China to be first to the Fifth Generation (5G) wireless Internet.

If Communist China were to beat us to 5G – it would be bad for our economy.

If Communist China were to beat us to 5G – it would be VERY bad for our national security.

Why the Founders made the Internet federal – economy:

We now invite you to (re)visit the Commerce Clause:

“[The Congress shall have Power] To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes….”

The most originalist reading….:

“The narrowest definition of ‘to regulate’ is to ‘make regular,’ that is, to facilitate the free flow of goods, but not, except in cases of danger, to prohibit the flow of any good.”

Why the Founders made the Internet federal – national security:

We don’t want Communist China setting global Web standards.  Which they get to do – if they get to 5G first.

There are all sorts of global implications to our World Wide Web policy.  Which is why non-federal governments should be doing…nothing at all to the Internet.

Leftist non-federal officials want very stupid Internet policies imposed.  Policies We the People won’t elect federal officials to impose.  (How dare We not.)

So these provincial officials are unconstitutionally doing it themselves.

Oregon Enacts Net Neutrality Law as Pacific Northwest Trump Resistance Grows

California Lawmakers Pass Nation’s Toughest Net Neutrality Law

Maine Governor Signs Net Neutrality Bill

Again, a reminder – locals messing with national policy…never stays local.

So even if you like a law’s concept – you may not like how this state or that details it.  If you’re to the Right of Karl Marx – you almost certainly won’t like how nation-warping California details it.

California Passes Strict Internet Privacy Law With Implications For The Country

Maine Passes Nation’s Strictest Internet Privacy Protection Law

New Jersey Passes Consumer Privacy Act:

“State laws governing the collection and use of personal information continue to proliferate.”

Again – this is NOT a good thing.

Our nation’s provincial governments are very often…provincial.  In thought and deed.  When they mess with (inter-)national issues – their provinciality is often highly damaging to our nation.

Which of course means provincial officials are more than happy to eviscerate the Constitution’s federalism and damage our national policy – when it means taking more money from us.

Want Cheaper, Better Internet?  Limit the Local Government Shakedowns of Internet Providers:

“(Internet Service Providers) ISPs show up in your area – looking to spend millions or billions of dollars to build or improve their service to you.

“But before they can do that – they must first play ‘Mother May I’ with the government(s) in your area.

“You know, the governments that are already taxing the living daylight out of ISPs.  That now create ridiculous lists of additional demands of ISPs – for the ISPs’ ‘right’ to spend millions or billions of dollars providing you service.

“It’s like very many governments going shopping – with the ISPs’ credit cards….

“The number of cities and towns making…ridiculous demands is staggering.  The wide variety of these ridiculous demands is mind-numbing.

“All of which are geared by government – to find new and additional ways to extract ever more money from the ISPs.”

So…imagine being an Internet Service Provider (ISP).

You have to deal with 194 different nations’ Internet laws, regulations and taxes.  As each enters the US portion of the World Wide Web – and (if you do) you enter each of theirs.

And now you have to deal with fifty different state governments’ Internet laws, regulations taxes?

Oh – and thousands of municipal governments’ laws, regulations and taxes?

What a giant anti-economy, anti-national security, anti-coherence nightmare mess.

The Feds are currently working to restore Constitutional order.

They are looking to streamline the local shakedowns – and preempt the local laws.

God bless each and every one of them for so doing.

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AOC’s chief of staff: We don’t think of the Green New Deal as a climate thing but as a “change the entire economy” thing

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This is the same person whose tweet comparing centrist Dems to segregationists because they supported the Senate border funding bill has caused a rift in the House Democratic caucus and forced Pelosi to warn her legislators this week to knock it off with the Twitter potshots. He also co-founded Justice Democrats, the hard-left PAC that’s spoiling to primary Democratic incumbents and alienating AOC’s colleagues in the House in the process. Last month he encouraged his followers to donate to Rep. Henry Cuellar’s primary challenger even though Ocasio-Cortez hadn’t taken a position on that race. “If my chief of staff endorsed a primary challenge without my direction,” said Dem Rep. John Yarmuth, “they wouldn’t be my chief of staff anymore.”

Real livewire, this guy. But his far-left cred is at least as solid as AOC’s is, and he and she seem firmly on the same page in believing that they’re leading a revolution in Washington. It’s unimaginable that she’d fire him. And if she did, it certainly wouldn’t be for a breach of decorum against Cuellar or for too much aggression on behalf of progressivism.

Which probably explains why he felt so comfortable being so candid in front of WaPo’s reporter when discussing his boss’s signature proposal, the Green New Deal. What price is he going to pay for pulling back the curtain on the left’s agenda?

“Thank you again for the kudos you guys offered,” said Ricketts. “We wanted to be pace-setting for the field, and I think we’re there now. … I want to ask you for input … in addition to hearing what you guys are working on.”

[Saikat] Chakrabarti had an unexpected disclosure. “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal,” he said, “is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all.” Ricketts greeted this startling notion with an attentive poker face. “Do you guys think of it as a climate thing?” Chakrabarti continued. “Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”

This would be like if one of Pelosi’s deputies admitted they’re keen to amnestize illegals not because they want to “bring people out of the shadows” or whatever but because they expect that the population of new Latino voters will mostly vote Democratic. Or that they’re interested in gun control not because they’re concerned about violence but because disarming the population is a necessary precondition to expanding state control. If the right’s most febrile theories about your ulterior motives are actually correct, you don’t admit that.

But Chakrabarti does. That’s a key difference between progressives and centrist Dems, maybe. The former will tell you up front what they’re really after. They’re proud of it! The latter will dance around it forever. Chakrabarti would admit flat out, I’m sure, that he’d socialize the entire U.S. health-care system tomorrow if he could. Centrist Democrats would harrumph a bit and tell you that a public option is fine — for now.

He tried to downplay the buzz about his admission last night on Twitter, noting that the Green New Deal is itself quite plain about its intentions. Which is sort of true and sort of not:

Unquestionably, the GND left no doubt that a wholesale reorganization of the U.S. economy would be needed to achieve its goals. $93 trillion, remember? But Becket Adams is right that Chakrabarti’s being far too cute about cause and effect here. To borrow the left’s favorite analogy for climate change, there’s a world of difference between saying that fighting a world war requires total mobilization of the economy in ways previously unheard of and that we should we fight a world war because we want to mobilize the economy in ways unheard of. The left usually has no difficulty seeing why war under false and mercenary pretenses is morally abhorrent. Yet here’s Chakrabarti seeming to admit that socializing much of the U.S. economy isn’t a necessary side effect of cooling the global climate. It’s the point. It’s the goal. Through that lens, the bleating about a climate crisis looks like a dictator declaring a bogus “state of emergency” because he knows that the decree will grant him extraordinary powers to punish his enemies and reshape society according to his vision.

If you were inclined to see a shred of good faith in the Green New Deal before reading Chakrabarti’s quote, that’s gone now. Philip Klein thinks that, to the extent the GND ever had a prayer of winning over skeptics, that’s gone now too:

The Green New Deal has always rested on deception. Ocasio-Cortez and her backers have argued that we are facing catastrophic emergency and that if we don’t act immediately the looming devastation will be unavoidable. But at the same time, the plan is a wish list of ideas that American socialists would be pushing regardless of the climate issue, and they are in no way necessary to address the global emergency: free college, more union jobs, free healthcare for all, economic security, and “guaranteeing a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States.”…

What’s fueled climate change skepticism — or denialism, as liberals would put it — is the belief that liberals are just using it as an excuse to implement their economic agenda. Chakrabarti has provided critics with more ammunition to say, “See, we told you so.”

We did tell ’em so. I wonder what Chakrabarti’s next big revelation about the progressive M.O. will be. Might it be that … many accusations of racism by politicians are made in bad faith, to wound political enemies for unrelated reasons?

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Qatar Using Italy to Abuse US: Government Money Warps Everything Everywhere

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One hundred-plus countries engage each year in tens of trillions of dollars worth of global trade.

Far too many nations engage in all sorts of anti-free trade actions – so as to warp the markets to their advantage.

And when caught, far too many nations don’t stop their anti-free trade actions – they look for new and innovative ways to continue rigging the system.

To demonstrate an ongoing, rolling, evolutionary scam, we humbly give you – The Open Skies Agreement:

“‘The United States has 120 Open Skies agreements with countries from around the world. The agreements are meant to expand international passenger and cargo flights to and from the United States.’

“Outstanding – until someone starts cheating and lying:

“‘The Partnership for Open and Fair Skies released a report in January 2015 that alleges that the governments of Qatar and the U.A.E. have granted close to $40 billion in subsidies and “other unfair benefits” to its state-owned carriers.

“‘Since then, they say, another $10 billion has been identified as government subsidies.

“‘The Partnership asserts that the subsidies violates the Open Skies agreements and undermines the basic principles of fair and open competition behind the Open Skies policy.’

“A fifty-yard dash is not a ‘fair and open competition’ – if the other runners are putting $50 billion worth of rocks in your pockets.

“You can call this all sorts of things – but you can not call it ‘free trade.’”

Thankfully, Qatar got popped for rigging the system.

Here’s How President Donald Trump’s Open Skies Deal with Qatar Will Help Make America Great Again

Unthankfully, Qatar didn’t start complying – they started an anti-free trade, anti-Open Skies workaround.

In the cinematic classic The Godfather – Part II, we are provided a precursor to Qatar’s latest move.  Mob enforcer Willie Cicci is testifying before Congress – and he has this exchange with Senator Pat Geary:

Senator Pat Geary: I’m interested to know, was there always a buffer involved?

Willie Cicci: A what?

Senator Pat Geary: A buffer. Someone in between you and your possible superiors who passed on to you the actual order to kill someone.

Willie Cicci: Oh yeah, a buffer. (Laughter)  The family had a lot of buffers.

Behold Qatar’s buffer – Air Italy:

Air Italy Is Just Qatar Airways Draped In An Italian Flag:

“Exploring new frontiers in commercial aviation, let’s take a chronically money-losing European airline and put it together with a heavily subsidized Middle East airline and then dramatically boost flying to the United States, even though the Middle East airline had indicated it wouldn’t do that.

“What do you get?

“‘The Italian version of Qatar,’ is what United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz called it earlier this month, during a conference call with reporters.

“In 2017, Qatar purchased 49% of Air Italy, which very quickly thereafter adopted a Qatar strategy:

“Build a hub with rapid expansion of U.S. service, enabled by lots of new airplanes purchased with government money.”

So Qatar hasn’t stopped their anti-Open Skies mass subsidies of flights into the United States.  They have purchased a foreign front – through which they run their mass subsidies of flights into the United States.

Whether the mass subsidies are in Qatari Riyal or Italian Euro – they are illegal.

I very much appreciate and admire President Trump’s taking on the mind-bogglingly monstrous task of trying to right the very many global trade wrongs the United States has for decades suffered.

One price of the mission – is eternal vigilance.

Having popped Qatar once – Trump must pop Qatar again.  And not just for the sake of the Open Skies Agreement:

“Qatar must be called to account, and not just for its own mischief but for the message that would send to the Chinese and other major U.S. trading partners.

“If Qatar Airways continues to use Air Italy as its proxy, and gets by with it, that would tell China, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Europe they can agree to trade deals and if they’re caught cheating the United States will look the other way. Someone could write a book, and call it ‘The Art of the Steal.’”

Which, by the way, countries like China have already been doing.

NAFTA’s ‘Uninvited Guest’: Why China’s Path to U.S. Manufacturing Runs Through Mexico

Uber-subsidizing China spent decades running trillions of dollars worth of their uber-subsidized goods through Mexico (and Canada) into the US.  To circumvent trade limits imposed upon them because of their uber-subsidies – by abusing the daylight out of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) advantages Mexico and Canada enjoyed.

Which Trump for decades understood.  Which is why he – when he became President – rightly killed NAFTA.

And Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Mexico and Canada – because China has been running through Mexico and Canada their ridiculously subsidized steel and aluminum.  Which he will remove when NAFTA successor USMCA – which addresses the China buffer – is ratified.

Qatar’s Air Italy – is China’s Mexico and Canada.

A Godfather buffer – to yet again get around the law.

President Trump popped Qatar once.

It’s time for him to do it again.

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Amazon to Create 1,000 Jobs In Atlanta As Boycott Threats Over Georgia Heartbeat Bill Continue to be Laughable

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They thought they were going to bring the hammer of reproductive justice — whatever that is — down on Georgia after Gov. Brian Kemp passed the Heartbeat bill into law, essentially making abortions illegal in the state with certain exceptions. Hollywood celebrities thought they could convince their fellow elites to shun the southern state.

However, the state that made Chick-fil-A is only getting more business as, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Amazon has decided to open up a warehouse facility in the heart of Atlanta. It’s like an unintentional trophy laid right at Kemp’s doorstep:

Georgia lost out on the hunt for Amazon’s second headquarters last year, but it won a consolation prize Wednesday when the e-commerce giant announced it would open a warehouse facility in metro Atlanta that will create 1,000 jobs.

The company said the 700,000-square-foot facility — a bit smaller than an average mall — will bridge Gwinnett and DeKalb counties and house workers who will pack and ship customer orders. Employees will also be hired to handle finances, information technology and other roles.

Given, Georgia made Amazon a very sweet offer in order for them to decide to plant the second campus. Since New York fell through thanks to the actions of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, where New York’s most famous politician was willing to leave it, Georgia may still be in the running to pull up quick to retrieve it. According to the AJC, it’s a pretty solid state-funded incentive:

Documents released to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution offered a glimpse of what the state offered to entice the corporate campus that involved more than $2 billion worth of publicly funded incentives, including an academy to train its employees and an exclusive lounge at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. 

The 1,000 jobs that Amazon would bring into Georgia’s Gwinnett county has, from the sounds of it, been on the books for months, even getting a fancy code-name:

The project, code-named “Project Rocket,” has long been the source of intrigue. Gwinnett’s County Commission earlier approved plans for an 80-foot-tall warehouse in September off West Park Place Boulevard, just south of U.S. 78. And officials in DeKalb, home to a roughly 12-acre chunk of the site, recently rejected a proposal to build a third entrance.

What does this tell us.

Apparently states can sign whatever abortion bill they want, and if they’re business friendly enough, corporations will still happily settle in and get to work. Despite their best efforts, leftist elitists still can’t beat the awe inspiring power of capitalism.

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BET founder: Democrats “too far to the left”, praises Trump’s economy

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America’s first African-American billionaire thinks the Democrats have gone “too far to the left”. He offered up a little advice to the 2020 Democrat presidential candidates – move to the middle before it is too late.

Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson is a longtime Democrat and supported Hillary Clinton in 2016. He calls himself a moderate Democrat and that’s the rub. Johnson is speaking out now to advise the candidates to stop the lurch to the far left if there is any hope of defeating President Trump in the presidential election. Political partisanship, he says, has gotten “very wicked and very mean”. It’s hard to argue with that assessment.

America’s political establishment is riven with partisanship that has become “very wicked and very mean,” said entrepreneur and media mogul Robert Johnson, who added that the Democratic Party has become too liberal for his liking.

“The party in my opinion, for me personally, has moved too far to the left,” Johnson, the founder of cable network BET and RLJ Companies business network, told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble Tuesday.

Boldly going where few black Americans go, Johnson praises President Trump for the booming American economy, the best in years by all measurements. He did what other prominent black public figures refuse to do. He acknowledged that African-American unemployment is at it’s all-time lowest level and that the tax cuts allowed the economy to take off. Johnson gives President Trump an A+ on the economy.

“I think the economy is doing great, and it’s reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employment and the opportunities that come with employment … so African-American unemployment is at its lowest level, ” Johnson said.

“I give the president a lot of credit for moving the economy in a positive direction that’s benefiting a large amount of Americans,” he said. “I think the tax cuts clearly helped stimulate the economy. I think business people have more confidence in the way the economy is going.”

Johnson acknowledged that Trump’s style of leadership may turn off some people but it’s Trump’s style. He said Trump could be a little less of a “showman”. I don’t know about that. I think it is Trump’s showman style that attracted a lot of his supporters in the first place. Trump garnered the most attention in the 2016 Republican primary due to his way of communicating and his ability to market himself as a candidate. His success in making himself the non-politician type of candidate who relates to the average voter, the ones who felt left out for so many years, was his greatest asset. Johnson admits that business people are worried about partisan politics that don’t allow Democrats to work with President Trump.

The truth is that the Democrats are trying desperately to run on a narrative that the economy is not doing well and that everyone is struggling with two or three jobs to simply put food on the table. The numbers show a different story. Does anyone think that if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election that the level of success seen by the Trump administration would be in place now from her economic policies? Say what you will about his personal style, Trump delivers. He does what he says he is going to do.

“At the end of the day, the American people are looking for someone who can deliver economically and deliver on opportunities,” he said.

Some didn’t appreciate Johnson’s remarks in the CNBC interview. A piece at The Root online takes umbrage at Johnson’s nod to the American economy. While the quotes stop just short of calling Mr. Johnson an Uncle Tom, the desire to play the race card and deny giving any credit to Trump is obvious.

Johnson’s line about black unemployment being at its “lowest level” echoes a frequent Trump talking point when the current occupant of the Oval Office attempts to make some connection with “the blacks.”

But the commentary never seems to take into account the fact that black unemployment remains the highest in the nation among racial groups, and almost twice that of the national rate overall and the rate for white people alone, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Root piece goes on to proclaim the kind of change that would be brought from Elizabeth Warren, Andrew Yang and Julián Castro are preferable for African-Americans. LaTosha Brown, co-founder of Black Voters Matter, clapped back with the charge that Johnson isn’t working class now so his remarks sound as though he’s living under a rock.

“Bob Johnson is not working class. He does not reflect the issue, nor does he even seem like he has the ability to speak to the issues of the working class,” Brown told The Fix. “For him, to make a statement that this tax break has been helpful for black people — where has he been? Under a rock? There’s all kind of reports that have come out that this tax benefit disproportionately benefited the wealthy and not the working class. In and of itself, to make that statement says to me that he’s simply out of touch.”

Another critic agreed that Johnson is out of step.

Adrianne Shropshire, executive director of the Black Pac, echoed Brown’s sentiments, telling the Post:

“[W]hile Mr. Johnson may share the interests of millionaires and billionaires, he’s out of step with black voters.”

Johnson isn’t supporting any of the candidates currently running. The party has moved too far to the left and he knows American voters are turning off to the messages being put forward. Joe Biden is the one who is supposed to be the centrist able to garner enough support to beat President Trump in the general election. Yet he continues to remind people old enough to remember what a lousy candidate he is and is being pushed to sound like all the rest of the candidates. Mr. Johnson is right. Trump deserves credit for low unemployment and an economy humming along thanks to his economic policies. It’s driving Democrat candidates nuts.

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Daniel Hannan: For Brexit to work, power must be stripped from the quangorats – and returned to people we elect

Daniel Hannan is an MEP for South-East England, and a journalist, author and broadcaster. His most recent book is What Next: How to Get the Best from Brexit.

When Donald Trump entered the White House, his then senior adviser, Steve Bannon, set out the administration’s three priorities. First, “national security and sovereignty” (hurrah!) Second, “economic nationalism” (boo!) Third, “the deconstruction of the administrative state” (huh?)

Few Americans had much idea of what “the administrative state” was; but conservative think-tankers and writers were ecstatic. Indeed, Trump’s readiness to act against the administrative state (or the regulatory state) is, along with his judicial appointments, the main reason that they overlook his character flaws and back him.

In Britain, we call it “the quango state”. We mean the alphabet soup of regulatory agencies that can set rules without legislation, raise money without taxation, and impose decisions without accountability. We mean bodies like the Charity Commission, the National Lottery Community Fund, the Education and Skills Funding Agency, the Carbon Trust, the Export Guarantees Advisory Council, the Care Quality Commission, the Food Standards Agency, the Low Pay Commission, the Information Commissioner’s Office, UK Sport, the Highways Agency and a hundred others.

There may be occasions when MPs need narrowly and contingently to delegate authority. But what has happened in Britain, as in other large democracies, goes well beyond specific outsourced functions. We have seen the growth of an imperium in imperio, a network of bodies staffed by people who think in similar ways, and who pursue their agendas more or less independently of the wishes of Parliament or people.

Naturally, those who share the quangocrat outlook – fondness for higher public spending, obsession with diversity and inclusiveness, enthusiasm for the EU – are untroubled by this state of affairs. But Conservatives have never much cared for it, and fitfully go through phases of scrapping the more obviously obsolete quangos while encouraging people from beyond the Left to apply for the others. This website, for example, runs a regular “Calling Conservatives” feature, aimed at encouraging more Tory applications to some of these bodies. None the less, perhaps inevitably, the system remains dominated by Blairite smoothies.

So pervasive is the soft Left culture in our administrative state that attempts to even the balance are often seen as an invasion, and the few Conservatives who take on positions on even purely advisory bodies can be hounded out of them. Just ask Roger Scruton.

The first task of the new prime minister in a couple of weeks’ time will be to reassert the supremacy of our elected representatives over our functionaries. That might strike you as an eccentric statement. Surely the new Prime Minister’s first task will be Brexit?

Yes, but the two things can no longer be separated. Over the past three years, we have seen large chunks of our standing bureaucracy – civil servants, quangocrats and other officials –working to frustrate the referendum result. The Electoral Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office have harassed Vote Leave campaigners. Eurosceptic donors even appear to have been targeted by the tax authorities. At the same time, senior civil servants have taken full advantage of Theresa May’s disastrous readiness to be ruled by official advice.

What I am saying should be uncontroversial. The purpose of having elected ministers at the top of departments is to ensure that those departments – including the quangos they fund – work for the general population rather than for themselves. A minister who simply does what his officials tell him is guaranteed a quiet life. He will be well regarded. He will get a reputation as a safe pair of hands. Approving remarks about him will find their way into the papers. But he is utterly failing to do his job.

Not every Secretary of State is like this, of course. Indeed, the starting line-up in the current Conservative leadership election included some of the ministers who had shown themselves most prepared to impose themselves on their departments. But, in general, May preferred – and offered preferment to – ministers in her own image: that is, ministers who deferred to the experts, said little in public and declined to rock the boat.

Well, that won’t do any more. Not at a time like this. We need the entire government machine to be working to make a success of Brexit. We need to be cutting taxes, especially business taxes, so as to attract investment. We need to be exploiting the regulatory freedoms we acquire as we diverge from Brussels. We need to let our financial services, in particular, compete against their global rivals. We need to remove tariffs and trade barriers, unilaterally if necessary. These things will require an act of collective national endeavour. We simply can’t afford to let Sir Humphrey frustrate things because of his sincere but, in the circumstances, inadmissible belief that we must cling on to every aspect of EU membership.

I’d be tempted to give Michael Gove the task of streamlining our standing functionariat, with Dominic Cummings as his SpAd. That should sort things out.

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We Are Surrounded by Intellectual Property – Until We Aren’t

Tom Cruise has made more than a little bit of money as an actor.

For which Cruise has to thank genetics, astronomical-odds-beating luck – and rigidly protective copyright laws.

These Intellectual Property (IP) statutes protect the movies in which Cruise appears.  Thereby ensuring said flicks are (mostly) commercially available in formats on which he and his cohorts make money.

And most rightly and righteously, when thieves (like Communist China) steal movies – joints like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) act.

The Cost of Movie Piracy

MPAA Names Top Online Sites Pirating Movies

MPAA Wins Movie Piracy Case in China After Failed Anti-Piracy Deal

The reason we mention Cruise specifically – is a scene from his 1988 flick Cocktail.  In which he and actress Elizabeth Shue – sit in glorious admiration of the IP all around them.  And, of course, the millions of dollars each IP item represents.

(Just millions?  Hey – it was the 1980s.  Don’t let inflation and economic growth throw you.  It’s now billions – and then some.)

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Behold:

Cruise: “You know – there’s a guy who makes these.  (He’s holding a drink umbrella.)

Shue: “One guy.  He must be exhausted.”

Cruise: “Yes, he is.  But still – he gets up in the morning, he kisses his wife and he goes to his drink umbrella factory.  And he whips out ten billion of these a year.  This guy’s a millionaire.”

Shue: “How about the guy who makes these?  (She picks up an ashtray.)”

Cruise: “What about that guy.  Not to mention the guy who makes these.  (He picks up a wrapped toothpick.)”

Shue: “And those little wrappers are made by another guy.”

Cruise: “What about these plastic things at the end of these (shoe) laces?”

Shue: “Hmmm.  It’s probably got one of those weird names too – like ‘Flugelbinders.’”

Cruise: “We sit here – and we are surrounded by millionaires.”

Indeed we are.  Only now it’s millionaires and billionaires.

And the foundation of all that wealth creation – is IP protection.

Each and every item Cruise and Shue highlight – are protected by patents.

In real life, someone had the very helpful idea – to wrap the ends of shoe laces in plastic.  Born was the flugelbinder.  (Actually, it’s called an aglet).

And that someone – then patented his idea.  Because that’s what you do when you have a good idea.  You look to lock it down with the IP protections expressly described in our Constitution:

“The Congress shall have Power To…promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries….”

You can not have a successful economy or country – without private property protections.  And by private property – we mean both physical and intellectual.

Looking for another bolsterer of IP – besides Cruise and Shue (and screenwriter Heywood Gould)?

Will Abraham Lincoln do?:

“(Lincoln) called the introduction of patent laws one of the three most important developments ‘in the world’s history,’ along with the discovery of America and the perfection of printing.”

Well that’s fairly important.

In this the Digital Age and the Information Economy – Intellectual Property and its protections have only become even more important than that.

So why did we spend the entirety of the Barack Obama Administration undermining it all?

The Administration spent its eight years issuing all sorts of regulations and rulings – and filing all sorts of lawsuits – all designed to undermine IP.

Republicans were hardly better.  In sickening pursuit of Silicon Valley political coin, they gleefully drafted and passed the very awful, very-awfully-misnamed America Invents Act.

Which – like the Affordable Care Act – did the exact opposite of what the name suggests.  It strip mined IP protections from anyone inventing anything.

And of course, the-most-anti-IP-President-ever Obama – gleefully signed it.

The result?  When Obama entered the White House, the US was on the global innovation ranking list – consistently #1 or very close to it.

By the time we were rid of Obama?

Intellectual Property Crisis: U.S. Drops Out Of The Top Ten In Innovation Ranking

President Donald Trump is on several fronts addressing the Obama anti-IP mess he inherited.

Congress should – amongst other things – as rapidly as possible pass Kentucky Republican Congressman Tom Massies actually-accurately-named Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act.

As Cruise and Shue noted, we are surrounded by IP.

Until one day we wake up to find the IP creators have left the US – and taken their IP with them.

Because we decided to do everything we could to be vociferously inhospitable to them.

Of course, their eventual departure is only understandable.  Because – human nature.

If I repeatedly beat you about the head and shoulders with a bat – I should at least have the decency to not act surprised when you get up and leave.

We absolutely must get back into the IP protection business.  Our economic and national security depends on it.

And each of us must work to ensure those in a position to clean up this mess – clean up this mess.

This means you.

Abe Lincoln will thank you.

And Tom Cruise will buy you a drink.

 

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Census Bureau Data: Non Citizens Earn $9K More Per Year Than Black Americans

Importing cheap labor, documented or undocumented, has a real economic cost and it is black Americans who are the most harmed.

Anyone who has a basic understanding of economics knows about the Law of Supply and Demand, which essentially states

The law of supply and demand is a theory that explains the interaction between the sellers of a resource and the buyers for that resource. The theory defines how the relationship between the availability of a particular product and the desire (or demand) for that product has on its price. Generally, low supply and high demand increase price and vice versa.

Applying the Law of Supply and Demand to the labor market, the law of supply and demand means that the fewer workers (the sellers of their labor services) available, the higher wage employers (the buyers of workers’ services) must pay.

Conversely, when there are more workers than jobs, the price of labor falls.

This is how too many immigrants in the labor market (legally and illegally) can harm American workers.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data (in full below), it appears that black Americans are the most harmed by immigration.

In fact, the median income of “Non Citizens” is more than $9,000 than black Americans. Overall, Hispanics earn nearly $10,000 more than than black Americans.

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“Claims that immigration enforcement equals racism ignore the reality that the group most likely to benefit from a tougher approach to immigration enforcement is young black men, who often compete with recent immigrants for low-skilled jobs,” noted the Los Angeles Times last year.

This dynamic played out recently at a large bakery in Chicago that supplies buns to McDonald’s. Some 800 immigrant laborers, most of them from Mexico, lost their jobs last year after an audit by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Cloverhill Bakery, owned by Aryzta, a big Swiss food conglomerate, had to hire new workers, 80% to 90% of whom are African American. According to the Chicago Sun Times, the new workers are paid $14 per hour, or $4 per hour more than the (illegal) immigrant workers.

While the fact that blacks earn less than non-citizens or Hispanics should not be construed as “anti-Hispanic,” in terms of economics, it does explain how immigration affects the Law of Supply and Demand.

Further, if politicians are truly concerned about erasing income inequality, the easiest thing to do would be to stem the tide of illegal immigration.

Related:

 

Income and Poverty in the United States- 2017 on Scribd

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Medicare is $38 Trillion Short – And Other Reasons Government Shouldn’t Run Anything

America’s Left has certainly evolved.

Fifty years ago, it was the Left who didn’t trust Big Brother – and wanted to stick it to The Man.

Now – they LOVE Big Brother.  Because they now are The Man.

The Left now runs nearly everything.  And has for quite a long while.

The Left with ever-increasing influence controls schools grades K-12.  The disasters continue to mount.  We spend ever more money – to have them deliver ever diminished results.

Governments schools do not educate – they indoctrinate.  Seven-year-olds aren’t furthering their reading and math – but they are receiving climate change and LGBTQ propaganda.

Government schools have extruded hundreds of millions of students who can not read the diplomas they’re handed – but they can all roll a condom on a banana.

The Left controls the colleges and universities.  Which is why 99+% of them can now more rightly be called insane asylums.  They have spent decades producing not clear-thinking, self-sustaining, educated individuals – but tens of millions of mindless radical Leftists.

The Left controls the vast majority of the media.  Which is the only way they can continue to propagate their Big Lie.  Because Reality so often, so directly opposes them.

We have dozens of television networks and movie studios, hundreds of newspapers and magazines and millions of websites dedicated to the maxim:

“If you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it, and you will even come to believe it yourself.”

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It’s a necessary part of the Program.  Which is why they freak out in such a hyper-over-reactory way whenever there is a tiny talk radio-Fox News chink in their otherwise un-penetrated armor.  ANY little glint of sunlight entering their dark world – is egregiously damaging to their cause.

And of course the Left has nigh total control of governments everywhere.

You see it at the local level all the time – especially in schools.  Students and their parents protest the insanity the schools are imposing – and the government tells them to take a flying leap.

High School Student Suspended for Refusing to Join Political Protest:

“High school students across the U.S. walked out of class on Wednesday to protest in favor of gun reform….Jacob Shoemaker, a Hilliard Davidson High School senior in Ohio, refused to join his classmates in taking part of the ‘National Walkout.’…Jacob didn’t feel that politics should play a role in the classroom, and he refused to take sides. He argued that divisive politics should be kept out of schools.”

Hundreds of Parents Pull Kids From School to Protest LGBTQ Curriculum:

“(T)he curriculum would be rolled out in the second grade, where students are about 7 or 8.”

And of course you see the Left’s control of the entirety of Washington, D.C.

We have over the decades periodically elected this attempt or that at reducing government – President Ronald Reagan, the Newt Gingrich Congress, the Tea Party,….  Only to see the Leftist bureaucracy time and again overwhelm our efforts.  And the government only continues to grow.

Since the presidential election of Swamp Drainer Donald Trump – we have time and again see some random institutionalized Leftist bureaucrat or phony judge unilaterally block something Trump has tried to do in the name of drainage.  And the government only continues to grow.

The Left is certainly very good at ensuring they run things.  Are they any good at actually running things?

Heavens no.

Medicare Faces Unfunded Liability of $38.6 Trillion

And that was in 2012.  It’s inexorably worse now.

The Left’s “solution?”  EXPAND the seniors-only program – to include everyone.  Genius.

Social Security’s Looming $32 Trillion Shortfall:

And that was in 2016.  It’s inexorably worse now.

Two Leftist programs – $70 trillion short.  But wait – there’s more:

The Federal Government Will Spend Half Its Budget On Older Adults In Ten Years:

“(M)ostly for health care and retirement benefits.”

Ummm…that’s Medicare and Social Security.  Oops.

This year’s federal budget – is $4.5 trillion.  And will be inexorably larger a decade hence.  Oops.

We could list examples of government failure from now until the crack of Doom.

And things never, EVER get better.  Only inexorably worse.

Bad:

IG Report: 300,000 Veterans Died While Waiting for Health Care at the Veterans Administration (VA)

And then worse:

VA Still in Disarray Four Years after Veterans Wait-List Death Scandal

Bad:

Barack Obama’s Immigration Action Means Tax Refunds For Illegals, Says IRS

IRS to Pay Back-Refunds to Illegal Immigrants Who Didn’t Pay Taxes

And then worse:

IRS Refunds $4.2 Billion to Illegal Aliens for Taxes Not Paid

So when We the Normal have a precious gem – a portion of life that has managed to remain nigh-completely government free – we should cherish and protect it with all the might we can muster.

One such very rare cabochon – is the Internet.

True, the Web was born of government.  But in government’s hands it languished in inert obscurity – for decades.

In the 1990s, government in bipartisan fashion decided to hand the thing to the private sector.

Boom.

Twenty-five years later, the Internet has gone from “What’s that?” – to a free speech-free market Xanadu that is now one-sixth of our entire $19 trillion economy.

Boom.

Very shortly after the very wise bipartisan decision to deregulate – the Left began looking to re-regulate.  Born was the inanity known as Network Neutrality.

And in drooling anticipation of that government grab – the Left got even greedier (shocker, I know).  And now insists we impose upon the Internet – 1934 landline phone law.

Is that a good idea?  Heavens no:

“‘Title II undermines broadband competition. In the five years after the FCC first proposed Title II (2010–15), investment dropped somewhere between $160-$200 billion relative to what it would have been projecting forward from 2005–10, when net neutrality alone was the baseline for investor expectations.’”

So whenever you hear any Leftist demand we have government do this to the Internet – please ask them:

“Are you looking to emulate government’s failure with Medicare?”

Or:

“Are you looking to emulate government’s failure with Social Security?”

Or:

“Are you looking to emulate government’s failure with the VA?”

Or:

“Are you looking to emulate government’s failure with schools?”

Or….

You are free to pick any you wish.

Because the government is awful at all of them.

Because the government is awful at everything.

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