Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Selfish Old Women Getting Pregnant

When I hear about this trend my blood starts to boil.  CNN Births to Older Moms  Selfish women who put themselves first during normal child bearing years. And then feel the need to spend a lot of money and take a lot of risks later in life.  And we wonder why US Healthcare Costs are high.

G2A US Healthcare Cost Factors

And before I get called out for picking on women, I think men should also honor that 25 to ~38 year old time frame that is optimal for many reasons.

MN State Police Community Task Force

It looks like the folks with the communities with the problems are looking for a fall guy... Again...

Instead of focusing on fixing their communities...  They want to make things more difficult for those who are trying to help...

You know my view, if Nekima etal spent more time helping the police kick the gangs out of their neighborhoods...  The other problems would go away...

But it is always easier to see obstacles elsewhere than to look in the mirror.
MP State Police Community Task Force 

MN Legal Battle Pending

Well it is good to see that our Governor and Legislature are getting along so well...  (Not...)


MP MN GOP Cuts Women Studies Office
VN Dayton Vetoes Leg Funding
Inforum Leg to Take Legal Action

Monday, May 29, 2017

Some of Us are Complicit in Racism

So the writer of this piece espouses the tired old liberal elite belief. CNN Some of Us are Complicit in Racism
"Let us make it clear that robbing people of their right to vote is sinful, shameful and unacceptable. Let us work to heal the breach between police departments and black communities. And let us correct those congregants, parishioners, elected officials and opinion makers who deny, against all evidence, that racism remains a powerful force in American life. "
Where as I agree with Ben Carson's assessment better. And this interview with another driven Black man seconds Ben's views.
"ROLLE: No. I honestly - I never had a doubt. And I cannot take the credit. I give that to my parents. You know, we came from the islands of the Bahamas, and I left there when I was very young, ended up moving to New Jersey. And in New Jersey, my parents were prophesied to my brothers and I and speak and hardwire into our minds that just because we come from a small country, just because we have dark skin, just because we don't have a lot of money does not mean that we cannot accomplish our goals in this country that has an abundancy (ph) of resources.

We have to develop our firm foundation of education. We have to believe in ourselves. We have to be good citizens, good leaders, stay true to our Christian principles, and these things could happen for us. So they poured the confidence in me, and I walked out of my house in New Jersey every morning thinking, yeah, why not? Why can't I do both? Why can't I do all things? Once I had that firm belief, it gave me, you know, the initiative to kind of go and pursue those things with all veracity."
Here is a Liberal video response to Carson's comment.  It like the original piece is very complicit in the racism of low expectations and excuses..  When are Liberals going to respect people of color enough to hold them to the same standards of behavior, effort, academics, etc as every one else?

Now I agree that there are some terrible people out there like this deranged supremacist who killed people for telling him to stop badgering innocent girls.  The good news is that we can find and deal with people like him.  I am more worried about all of the Liberal elites who keep supporting policies that trap people in poverty and dependency.

Biden Has Advice for DEMs

It seems Joe Biden agrees with me in one area.  The DEMs have focused so much on the poor folks, LGBT folks, public employee union members, supporting racial conflict, environmentalism, government handouts, etc that they have forgotten all the hard working middle class people from all races. I wonder if they will refocus their message to be more inclusive or if they will keep pandering to their core constituents?

NBC News Biden
Breitbart Biden
The Hill Biden

Saturday, May 27, 2017

If Kushner Goes to Jail, That Would be Funny

Now that would be amusing if Kushner gets in trouble and ends up in jail...  Since he had no government standing at that time I am not sure what they would get him for?

This drama seems to be never ending...  And Trump's actions seem to indicate that there is fire to go with the smoke.  And then to make things worse Trump would probably pardon any of the people who get convicted...  The chaos that is American politics...

CNN Kushner and Back Channel Communications
CNN General Says Off the Map
CNN FBI Looking into Kushner Role
CNN Russia War Room 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Almost Anyone Can Teach?

This is compliments of one of my FB Friends.
WP AZ Allows Teachers with No Teaching Background

"New legislation signed into law in Arizona by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey (R) will allow teachers to be hired with no formal teaching training, as long as they have five years of experience in fields “relevant” to the subject they are teaching. What’s “relevant” isn’t clear. 
The Arizona law is part of a disturbing trend nationwide to allow teachers without certification or even any teacher preparation to be hired and put immediately to work in the classroom in large part to help close persistent teacher shortages. It plays into a misconception that anyone can teach if they know a particular subject and that it is not really necessary to first learn about curriculum, classroom management and instruction."
US News AZ Teacher Certification
"Senate Bill 1042 would allow individuals with expertise in certain areas to obtain a "Subject Matter Expert Standard Teaching Certificate" to become eligible to teach in schools and bypass the state's regular requirements to obtain basic or standard teaching certificates.

The bill would require candidates to have taught relevant courses for the last two consecutive years and for at least three years at an accredited college-level institution. They would also need to have an academic degree in their subject area or demonstrate expertise through at least five years of work experience in a relevant field."
Of course I support this as long as the Principal has the authority to interview, hire, observe and quickly fire poor performers.  Just as I wish they could do with every teacher in America. (ie private business model)  The kids deserve only the best most capable teachers in their classrooms, no matter their education, experience, seniority, etc.

And if the Principal is incapable of staffing their school well and keeping their teachers satisfied / engaged, then maybe we need to start firing poor performing Principals.


And as a readers bonus...
WP 5 Startling Things DeVos Told Congress

AHCA Scoring and ACA Options

From a previous comment, Sean's ACA Improvement plan.

"No. I think you can make some changes to the ACA to make it work much better. Here are four such changes that could make an impact right away:

  • I would extend the subsidies beyond their current cutoff point to limit some of the impact on those who are being impacted by the rising individual market premiums. The current cutoff point is around $90,000 income for a family of 4, I would extend that up to $250,000 with the subsidies having less value the further you move up the scale.
  • I would increase penalties on those who choose to go uninsured, or alternatively, institute automatic enrollment in Medicaid or a public option (see below).
  • I would institute a public option (allow people to buy into Medicaid or Medicare) at first in areas where there is only one private insurance option and to cover those who don't purchase insurance on their own if automatic enrollment were selected.
  • I would reinstate risk corridor payments in areas where there are low amounts of competition. "
And here is Moose's thought.

"Liberals aren't the ones working to take away health insurance from 51 million people in the next 10 years."
CNN CBO Gift to DEMs

Now Sean and I are actually somewhat aligned on this though I do not like the "tax the rich" technique of paying for it. And I am not sure it would be a good idea if the subsidy from the tax payers exceeded what companies pay there employees.

I mean just think of the strange warped twist...  The companies and all employees pay extra for their health insurance and the money is given to the self insured.  Thoughts?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trump's Budget Field of Dreams

I do not have much time to look into the details but overall you know my view...  The Feds should get out of the Welfare and Medicaid business and return it to the States and Charities...  No sense having the Feds collect the money just so they can give it to the States.

CNN Money Trump Budget
VOX Trump Relies on Magic Growth
VOX Trump Cut Medicaid Funding in Half
VOX Cuts Explained
FOX News Puts Tax Payers First
FOX News GOP Wary of Cuts
Market Watch Cuts Bloat that is Strangling Us
CNBC Red States would be Hit Hard
NPR Deep Cuts

Monday, May 22, 2017

Trump Approval Numbers and Amateur Judges

First gift from Laurie...
"57% of people think the government should do more:"
Disapproval of President Donald Trump Grows in Latest WSJ/NBC News Poll
Second gift from Laurie, in response to my saying that we should wait for the Special Prosecutors report before saying that Trump is guilty of more than just being a big mouthed person who talks too much and thinks too little.
"Your comments excusing all of Trumps actions make you look idiotic, John. While we still don't know to what extent Trump or his campaign colluded with the Russians, it becomes more clear everyday that Trump is a moron. I am not a lawyer, but it also appears to be obstruction of justice to me."
 It seems the Liberals are as anxious to get some rope for Trump as the Conservatives were to do the same with Clinton... And yet both sides see themselves as rational...  I will never understand...

Why do we have perfectly good investigative services and judicial systems if every one thinks they can pronounce guilt or innocence with certainty based on news reports from unnamed sources.

I wonder how many of these keyboard judges and jurors got his one correct?
Tulsa officer Acquitted in Shooting of Unarmed Black Man

Sunday, May 21, 2017

The G2A Nolan Diagram Rev 00

So Moose told me I am not a centrist and Jerry said he does not need labels, so I stayed up much too late combining some of my past diagrams from...  G2A Political Self Awareness and G2A How to Boil a Frog  I will need to look at it when I am not so bleary eyed.  Thoughts?

Remember that if you click the image it will get bigger.

For your info I did a self check here and they say I am more of a Libertarian than I thought...  I keep wondering why Liberals mistake me for a Conservative... :-)
And here we go again...  And no I am not trying to fool the quizzes.
Over the years I have landed in this area every time.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Trump Gets a Medal

Well it looks like the Saudi's like Trump better than they liked Obama...

I bet he is eating that up, and the Liberals will be gnashing their teeth.

CNN Trump Gets a Medal
CNN Head Scarves Trump Inconsistency
CNN Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Friday, May 19, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

When World is Run by a Child

David Brooks is one of my favorite people to listen to and read. Here Eric covers one of David's columns. MP Chaos President It is definitely worth a read.

Here are some related links...

PT The Marks of Maturity

12 Signs of Emotional Maturity

NYT When the World is Run by a Child

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Did Trump Commit Treason

Per Moose's request...
"No word on Trump's treason today? I'm just fascinated by all the down-playing and spin, spin, spin that's happening from the corrupt administration today.  I mean...this is far worse than Hillary's emails...yet..." Moose
VOX Leaking is Outrageous, not Treason
BBC Can Trump Share Top Secret Info?
WAPO On Campaign vs Now
MM Fox Rushes to Defend Trump
Fox News Sharing was Wholly Appropriate

I know pretty much nothing about this and it seems it is pretty vague.  Maybe more concrete information will come out some time.

Dayton Digs in on Budget

Now this is even getting more exciting....  Thoughts?
MP Dayton Digs In - Briana
MPR Dayton and GOP to Resume Talks
Dayton Veto Detail Page

To add a little substance here, Jerry claims the GOP budget is balanced and that he wishes the GOP had been even more aggressive..
"Personally, I would have preferred a REAL budget battle, in which spending got pretty much held the same and then increased very modestly once the Governor found he couldn't bully Republicans into getting everything he dreamed of. I don't count a, what, 12% increase, as a win for fiscal sanity." Jerry

"As I said... It won't be the high level issues that will cause heart burn... It will be those devils in the details. Those annoying controversial things that the dominant party thinks they have a mandate to put in a bill where they don't belong. " G2A

"That's a very interesting take. Mine is that most people don't make it past the high-level "spin" put out by both parties. Everything depends on the "message" getting out, and whoever has to talk nitty-gritty details usually loses the debate. Let's see how this plays out.

The question would be: suppose the Republicans "compromise" with the Governor. What do you suppose he would take, and how would he get it? The GOP budget is balanced. " Jerry

A balanced budget seems dependent on the forward looking expectations from the sides reviewing it... Or has the State Management group deemed it so? G2A
Personally I find it hard to believe that anyone knows if the budget is balanced in reality.  I mean how would they know how the changes they are implementing will impact revenues / expenditures without a serious review by an impartial party?

Go MN GOP Claims Balanced
Daudt's Letter

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hillary's Resistance Group

Well it was unlikely that we had seen the last of her... 

CNN Hillary Launches Resistance Group
Onward Together Mission Statement

Senate Struggles with ACA Replacement

CNN Senate GOP Run Into Same Problems
Reuters DEMs Criticize All Male GOP Working Group
VOX Top Senator Comments
VOX How Nevada Fixed ACA
The Hill Senate Defends Writing It's Bill in Private

I find it humorous that the GOP wants to lower healthcare premium costs by decreasing coverage for many.  Isn't anyone truly interested in reducing the cost of Healthcare in America?  It seems everyone is more concerned about who is going to pay how much for what...  Which of course does pretty much nothing to improve the health of people in our country or the amount of our GDP that goes to pay for it.
"Conservatives are making their case to leadership that to lower premiums, Republicans have to gut as many Obamacare regulations as the House bill did. On the chopping block are regulations that include things like the "essential health benefits," a regulation under Obamacare that requires insurers cover key medical costs like maternity care and prescription drugs. Some conservatives have suggested going even further than the House bill did, proposing that instead of allowing states to opt out of the regulations, the Senate would move to remove them altogether and then allow states to opt back in if they choose.

"I think we're going to leave it up to consumer to decide what they want to buy and what they need, so we're going to eliminate mandates, not add them," Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, the majority whip, told reporters when asked about the "opt in" option.

He added, "We haven't made any decisions. We're just batting around ideas.""

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Which is More Caring / Moral?

MP AHCA Sam Even though we dropped of the first page at MP, this treasure trove of comments keeps growing.
"The word you are looking for is "Humanity" no offense. As a non religious, raised catholic, we all need to show "Humanity" if we are to survive in this world, no humanity is 101 the strong survive/ animal kingdom, the way we exterminated the indigenous people (no-humanity) the question comes, how much is enough, when does my part end and the other persons part begin? When do I have more than my fair share because I have been blessed? (Only using the term as a frame of reference)" Dennis 
"Please remember that I see government provided gifts as a 2 edged sword.
  1. On one hand it helps people who are truly in need to live and improve their lives.
  2. On the other hand it is an enabler that allows people to stay trapped in poverty, low education, dependency and lacking hope.
The first is a wonderful thing, the second is about as de-humanizing / immoral as it gets. (ie like feeding livestock) The challenge is how to use charity and social benefits to guide these people to see the value of learning, good choices, work, saving and investing." G2A 
"John:  Your tactic of shifting the argument transparent. Your basic contention was that taxation was immoral ". I must have missed the lessons regarding how the moral thing for individuals to do is to promote society forcefully taking $1 Trillion from certain citizens so that it can be given arbitrarily to other citizens."
I gave you the answer to that: a clear and direct writing by a Catholic publication on the morality and necessity of taxation for the support of the less fortunate members of society.
Your reaction is nothing more than the defense of the cult of self-interest and money, not morality." Neal 
"I believe wholeheartedly that tax payer's funds should be used to take care of the truly disabled. And that tax payer funds should be used to support people in their short term times of need, and to train them to escape dependency. This is what the piece supported.
Please remember from your quote:
"Another moral principle is that everyone is responsible for his or her sustenance"
This seems to be the part that many people on the Left have forgotten. All citizens have the moral and societal responsibility to strive to learn, improve, live within their means, work, save and provide for their own sustenance.
I believe in safety trampolines and you seem to believe in safety hammocks." G2A

Friday, May 12, 2017

Trump Comey Soap Opera

First Trump loves Comey for being unbiased, candid and getting attention.

Then Trump fires Comey for being unbiased, candid and getting attention.

It seems Trump wants to Grand Stander in Chief...

CNN Trump Threatens Trump
CNN Story Variations
CNN Trump Throws Staff Under Bus
Fact Trump Nothing to See Here

This is won of the funniest tweets from the King of Conspiracy...  I wonder if he feels any remorse for what he did to Obama / Clinton or if that is beyond his self centered capacity...
"When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?" Trump tweeted.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Life Expectancy Varies

On the way home I heard these 2 stories back to back and just had to shake my head.  Are we surprised that different areas have different life expectancies when some neighborhood businesses have to have bathroom security due to drug addicts over dosing and/or dying in the stall?
NPR Bathrooms and Opioid Crises
CNN Life Expectancy Varies

And Neal at MP pointed me to this piece. And then we disagreed... Surprise !!!
"How to decide??? That is the question. 
"Therefore, everybody should just take it easy, and the government must provide for them? No. Another moral principle is that everyone is responsible for his or her sustenance, but if something beyond his or her control gets in the way, either by personal misfortune or more general problems, such as emanating from in society, public authority cannot simply ignore anyone in need. "
Is our epidemic of single Parent homes that continues to propagate poor academic achievement and generational poverty a personal choice issue or a societal blight? I lean towards personal choice since birth control is readily available and one does not have to have poorly protected sex.
And if it is a social blight, did the war on poverty promote it by transferring the negative consequences of the actors involved to the shoulders of the tax payer?
By the way, please remember that the Good Samaritan is a story of personal charity. Not broad social welfare. I am a huge proponent of charitable giving." G2A

"Your tactic of shifting the argument transparent.  Your basic contention was that taxation was immoral . "I must have missed the lessons regarding how the moral thing for individuals to do is to promote society forcefully taking $1 Trillion from certain citizens so that it can be given arbitrarily to other citizens." 
I gave you the answer to that = a clear and direct writing by a Catholic publication on the morality and necessity of taxation for the support of the less fortunate members of society.  Your reaction is nothing more than the defense of the cult of self-interest and money, not morality." Neal
"I disagree... I believe wholeheartedly that tax payers funds should be used to take care of the truly disabled. And that tax payer funds should be used to support people in their short term times of need, and to train them to escape dependency. This is what the piece supported.  Please remember from your quote:
"Another moral principle is that everyone is responsible for his or her sustenance" 
This seems to be the part that many people on the Left have forgotten. All citizens have the moral and societal responsibility to strive to learn, improve, live within their means, work, save and provide for their own sustenance.  I believe in safety trampolines and you seem to believe in safety hammocks." G2A

Of course the irony is that I am Lutheran...  Not Catholic... 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

AHCA is Inadequate

Jerry and I have been going at it regarding ACA, AHCA, pre-ACA and Medicare. Then I saw this piece's Title and just had to start laughing... I mean the irony that the Left thinks AHCA is inadequate for one set of reasons and the Conservatives think it is inadequate for a totally different set of reasons is humorous... Well at least for me it is. :-)

CNN Kasich Says AHCA is Inadequate
TP AHCA is Inadequate
Kaiser Health News

I especially like this title...
How A Bill That Nearly All Opposed Managed To Pass The House

MP AHCA Links for my convenience. Even though my latest comments have not been showing up...
MP AHCA - Eric

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Sanction of the Victim

So we recently had Moose calling us more Conservative folks "Morally Bankrupt" and Laurie said we are "proponents of the prosperity gospel in life and healthcare"...

Thanks to my reading Atlas Shrugged I understand the trap that these comments set for the hard working productive person.  People who are capable, independent, driven and motivated to succeed are susceptible to the trap, and Liberals rely on this.

It would be pointless to taunt slothful incapable people of low moral standing because they would not care, and could not provide what was needed if they did.  So the goal of the trap is to appeal to the work ethic and moral standards of the producer to motivate them to keep working harder so others can take more and more.  Ironically the producer / enabler can only be free once they decide to ignore those voices.

Since I am blessed to have many skills, am a workaholic and my nature is to assist people.  I bought into the guilt, taunting, name calling, etc for a long time before I learned about "Sanction of the Victim" the hard way.  If you don't remember the story, in 2004 I suffered a major panic attack in Paris France that set my nervous system bouncing between anxiety and depression. (it sucked big time...)

On the upside, it probably saved my life.  I had been letting too many people pull my strings for way to long and was burning the candle at both ends and in the middle.  And the worst part was that I had NO IDEA that I was walking on the edge of a big cliff...  So this terrible experience made me aware of many things and gave me motivation to learn / change.

In the past I gave people permission to mistreat and demand things from me. (ie Sanction of the Victim)  And usually my reward for doing so was more requests, guilt trips and little true appreciation expressed for my efforts.  

Today... After counseling, reading, learning and some lively confrontations, I have set much firmer boundaries and learned to not let the comments of others control my sense of self, happiness, etc.  By the way, my relationships are fine and I still help everyone.  The difference is that I don't let myself get manipulated or guilted into doing so. If I am doing something for you or giving you something it is because I truly want to.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Guilty Liberals Prayer

Now here is a link theat Laurie will probably like.  Ben Corey Prayer Wish  It showed up on a Liberal friends Facebook and needless to say we disagree.
"I read the whole thing... But it was painful,,, It does amaze me how some people choose to carry guilt for things that were done centuries before they were born. I think someone should buy him a book called The Present by Spencer Johnson...The Present" G2A 
"I agree that the oppression continues, that is why the USA who the writer thinks is normal sends troops and aid all around the world to help people of all faiths... This "not special" country drove the Taliban back so Muslim girls can go to school, and eliminated a violent dictator so the people of Iraq had free choice. This "not special" country provides nearly a trillion dollars per year plus even more in free education to help it's unfortunate citizens strive to escape their current reality. And yet some folks want to focus on the things that did not go right. Someday I hope they can start looking at how full the cup is and start to find peace." G2A

ACHA Passes: Now What

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Who Should Pay More for Sick People?

This is a fascinating topic.
VOX I'm Sick, Not My Fault and Should Not Pay More
NY Mag Rep Says Sick People Should Pay More
VOX Rep Says Sick Should Pay More
G2A Pre-Existing Condition Fraud

The reality is that some people cost insurance pools more money...  This can occur for many reasons, but there are three broad categories:

Bad Personal Choices:
  • Smoking
  • Over weight
  • Addicted
  • Hish Risk Lifestyle
  • Other
Bad Luck:
  • Genetic condition
  • Bad accident generates chronic issue
  • Complications from medical procedures
  • Other
Normal Life Issues:
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Other
With this in mind I support:
  • Mandating that everyone carry a defined minimum level of insurance
  • That premiums be increased based on the "Bad Personal Choices" criteria
  • That premiums not vary more than 2 times based on the Bad Luck and Normal Life Issues. Yes that means that old people, women and people with pre-existing conditions do need to carry some of their extra burden.  However the pools can also help.
  • Lastly if someone has chosen to not pay their insurance premiums and help fund the pool on an on going basis. They should receive no governmental assistance.  They should go beg for assistance from charities.

Monday, May 1, 2017

GOP Trying So Hard: Healthcare

Well on the upside, as the GOP continues to try to author something better than ACA...  More people are starting to appreciate the benefits of ACA.  I love the irony.

CNN GOP Healthcare Effort
RCP Most Americans Support ACA Now.

Trump Ramblings

I keep hoping that Trump will learn and grow into the POTUS position...  It just seems like it may beyond his capability.

CNN Trump on Civil War
CNN Trump I Thought It would be Easier
CNN Money Trump on Wire Tapping
USA Trump 100 Day Fact Check
Fox News No Major Legislation
Fox News Civil War

And talking about fear mongering...
Fox News Trump on NK: No One is Safe