Thursday, February 6, 2014

Let me know if I'm being too logical...

Is this too logical? If so, please let me know.

Republican House Majority Whip Eric Cantor is proposing a “replacement bill” in opposition to ObamaCare before the November elections. For months, years, Obama and the Democrats have claimed the Republicans “don’t have a better way.”

I have.

I'd start with adopting the five most popular, most 'cherry-picked,' items currently in ObamaCare:

1.) Kids under age 26 can be covered under parents’ policy; that’s 3.4 million of them, or about 1% of the population.
2.) Cover pre-existing conditions.
3.) Extend tax credits to small businesses to aid in employer provided coverage.
4.) Employers with 50 or more employees must provide coverage for full-time employees (IMO, those working 40 hours weekly or salaried).
5.) Provide subsides (money) again, IMO, to the proven disadvantaged who can’t afford to buy coverage.

After that, these are my suggestions...

6) I’d throw out all of the rest of the existing bill and its 20,000+ pages of regulations, beginning with the idiotic provision that says a 30 hour work-week is considered full time.

7.) I’d request that the respective states allow outsiders to buy health coverage across state lines. We do it every day with auto insurance. What better way to stimulate competition and lower premiums?

8.) Institute national Tort Reform. For those of you in Rio Linda, that means the banning of frivolous law suits charging innocent physicians and health care providers with malpractice.

The last three suggestions were part of what the Republicans originally proposed back in 2009; proposals to which Obama and the Dems strongly objected and brushed aside as "mere talking points." I referred to them as “Baby steps” in several blogs I wrote at the time.

Lastly, I'd request that all health insurance providers do their best to reinstate everyone's previous policies, forgetting the "one size fits all" fiasco that Obama and his cohorts forced on everyone.

 Obviously, the old system wasn’t perfect, but what is? Why would I intentionally demolish my entire house if I only wished to remodel my kitchen?

As always, thanks for your time, Jaq~

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

How Obamacare Evolved...

In June of 2009, I had a letter published in our local newspaper's opinion column. In it I vigorously complained about the proposed cost of what has now been tabbed “Obamacare.” It was only a proposal then; today it is a joke. The following is a portion of that letter: “President Obama is currently pushing for an omnibus health care reform package that originally was to top out at $1 trillion ($1,000,000,000,000.00) over ten years. The Congressional Budget Office(CBO)took a closer look and came up with $1.6 trillion. Today, the revised figure is upwards of $3 trillion IF they intend to cover every American, or it will cost nothing at all (scoff) if you believe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This astronomical amount of debt added to our grandchildren’s increasing debt(Obama says we’re broke) might provide Americans with a questionable health care system on a par with UK and Canada. Or not. Why is this legislation being considered? To provide access or coverage for the unverified millions of Americans who for a multitude of reasons, some personal, don’t have and don’t want health insurance coverage, or is it another governmental power grab?” In 2009, the plan was advertised as necessary in order to provide insurance coverage for 30 million uninsured Americans. Last month it was reported that 30 million Americans would still not be covered. That begs an answer to the question; What was the point? In 2009 I wrote often and long in opposition to Obamacare; I suggested we were being duped and I caught a ton of flack for that remark from loyal Obama supporters. Well, look at the results now that it is the law of the land. If you can honestly claim we weren’t duped, then you’re not one of those now saying, “I was for Obamacare until I had to pay for it.” jaq~

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Is Fast & Furious: a "Racist Witch Hunt" or a Cover-up?

Much has been written and broadcast of late concerning the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking program reinstated by the Obama administration after a “sting” program to track guns crossing the Mexican border was canceled in 2007 by the George W. Bush administration because of the inability to accurately trace those weapons.

In 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that most of the illegal weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels came from the United States. Later, someone in one of the law enforcement agencies of our government initiated Fast and Furious. To date, we don’t know who initiated it. No one has been publicly forced to resign, or worse, brought to justice; two federal agents are dead, not to mention hundreds of Mexicans. Editor/Journalist Katie Pavlich writes on page 145 of her book titled Fast and Furious, Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameful Cover-up, “The full consequences of Fast and Furious are not yet known. Emails released under congressional subpoena suggest that Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and their senior lieutenants were involved in devising and approving the program in 2009. Both Holder and Napolitano have made statements at odds with the facts. Holder has made statements at odds with his own testimony. As congressional investigators uncover more documents, what was initially a limited inquiry into one government program could become an investigation into perjury, obstruction of justice, and a government cover-up.”

Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi says this investigation is all about racism; an attack on Attorney General Holder. Other Democrats call it a "Witch Hunt." I disagree; if any racism is involved it’s in ignoring the many Mexicans that are dead because of this program gone awry. Since when is uncovering an alleged crime a "Witch Hunt?"

Far reaching programs as massive as this do not begin at the bottom and “trickle” up.


Sources: Katie Pavlich’s 2012 book titled “Fast and Furious,” published by Regenery Publishing, Inc.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Are the Democrats Becoming Unstrung?

by j. wright~

Not long ago we heard Democrat vice-president Joe Biden liken Tea Partiers to "terrorists."

Then later, Representative Maxine Waters, D-CA, suggested that "...the Tea Party can go to Hell!"

Following that, Democrat Representative Frederica Wison,D-Fl,at a Town Hall meeting in Miami sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said, "The real enemy is the Tea Party!"

Last week, Representative Andre Carson, D-IN at another CBC meeting in Miami said, "...that some in Congress would love to see us as second-class citizens and “some of them in Congress right now of this tea party movement would love to see you and me... hanging on a tree.”

Now today, Labor Day 2011 in Detroit, Michigan, Teamster Union boss Jimmy Hofa had this to say when introducng the president of the united States, Barack H. Obama, as posted verbatim from

Teamsters President Jimmy Hoffa had some profane, combative words for Republicans while warming up the crowd for President Obama in Detroit, Michigan on Monday.

"We got to keep an eye on the battle that we face: The war on workers. And you see it everywhere, it is the Tea Party. And you know, there is only one way to beat and win that war. The one thing about working people is we like a good fight. And you know what? They've got a war, they got a war with us and there's only going to be one winner. It's going to be the workers of Michigan, and America. We're going to win that war," Jimmy Hoffa Jr. said to a heavily union crowd.

"President Obama, this is your army. We are ready to march. Let's take these son of bitches out and give America back to an America where we belong," Hoffa added.

So now Mr. Hoffa, in introducing Detroit's guest, Barack H. Obama, the president of the United States of America, forgets that he wasn't in a union hall full of loyal, or somewhat loyal supporters, and he resorts to gutter language profanity; cuss words that have declared war on American citizens whose purpose in life is for lower taxes, smaller government, cutting government spending and essentially giving the country back to it's citizens.

How frightening can that be for Jimmy Hoffa, Joe Biden, Maxine Waters, Frederica Wilson and Andre Carson? Apparently if their words make their case, this Tea Party movement is something to really fear, and it appears to me that a lot of high level Democrats are becoming unstrung because of it.

I don't normally make suggestions to Democrats, Liberals, Socialists, Marxists, etc. First, how do you separate them? Anyway, to mix a metaphor or two, I'd strongly suggest they not kick sand in the face of a sleeping giant. The Tea Partiers I'm acquainted with probably will not take lightly being called "sons-of-bitches" among other things and the end result might be more frightening then what their liberal adversaries perceive today.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Putting Principles and Country Before Political Party?

by J. Wright~

Conservative journalist Jennifer Rubin posted in the Washington on Sunday, July 31, 2011, “We are on the verge, it seems, of a deal on the debt-ceiling that would embody two essential goals of the Tea Party and the GOP more generally: no new tax revenues and significant spending cuts equal to or greater than the size of the debt-ceiling increase.” describes The Tea Party as “…an American populist political movement that is generally recognized as conservative and libertarian, and has sponsored protests and supported political candidates since 2009. It endorses reduced government spending, opposition to taxing in varying degrees, reduction of the National Debt and federal budget deficit, and adherence to an originalist interpretation of the United States Constitution.”

That’s novel and personally, I find it refreshing. But not Martin Frost, former Democrat representative from Texas. In a recent article Frost likens the Tea Party to the “Taliban.” So… if you don’t agree with something, label it with a bad name?

It goes on: Liberal columnist Tom Friedman is quoted by saying: “Alas, that is the Tea Party… If sane Republicans do not stand up to this Hezbollah faction in their midst, the Tea Party will take the G.O.P. on a suicide mission.”

Nicholas Kristof, who wrote in last Sunday’s New York Times, is a liberal columnists posted in Media Research .org, “…an edgy argument to denigrate the risk of terrorism in favor of their beef of the week: ‘Republican, Zealots, and Our Security.’ Kristoff actually likened the danger posed by Tea Party sympathizers in Congress (domestic zealots) to Al Qaeda.”

Would the alleged “Danger posed” be the fact that the Tea Partiers in this Congress aren’t particularly concerned if they are reelected or not? I find that refreshing too: they put principles and country before party, and that seems to terrify the liberal socialists in our elected bodies and media.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

"Cleaning up George W. Bush's Mess..."

by j. wright~

“Cleaning up Bush’s mess…” I’m amazed how President G. W. Bush continues to be cast as the spendthrift by the loyal opposition: it's always "Bush's fault." Yes, the National Debt increased substantially during Bush's terms in office especially during his last two years with Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid in charge of the purse strings.

The Wall Street Journal, October 5, 2007, reported that “The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the U.S. federal budget deficit for fiscal year 2007, which ended Sunday, was about $161 billion. That’s down from the $248 billion shortfall recorded in fiscal 2006.” Bush's 2008 deficit was $239 Billion. This years projected deficit is $1.65 Trillion, close to six times higher than 2008.

From the same article, “While annual federal spending grew 2.8% in fiscal 2007 over fiscal 2006, year to year, revenue grew 6.7%. Individual income-tax receipts are estimated to be 11.3% higher than last year, and corporate income tax receipts are estimated to be 5% higher.”

That’s some difference in total annual deficits and growth rates in comparison to what we have experienced in the past two and one-half years under President Obama and his economic advisors (most of whom have recently left for greener pastures). Discontent and uncertainty are the only things that have grown lately.

Compare the Obama Administration’s deficit for the single month of February 2011 when it reached a record setting $223 billion to the fiscal year deficit recorded in 2008.

United States Treasury Department web site figures show that Bush and Congress increased the National Debt about $4.97 trillion with it topping off at $10.7 trillion when Obama assumed office. Today the National Debt is hovering at $14.5 trillion. Do the math. That’s an unsustainable increase of $3.8 trillion in two and one-half years of spending compared to Bush’s $4.97 trillion in eight.

To make the math even more simple: during Bill Clinton's presidency the nation's indebtedness increased at $547 Million daily. Under President George W. Bush the debt skyrocketed to $1.6 billion daily. During President Obama's term it has gone totally ballistic at a rate of $4.6 billion per day increase.

If President Obama is “…cleaning up Bush’s mess,” I would suggest he is well on his way to making a bigger mess of his own on the backs of future struggling taxpayers and foreign lenders.


Monday, June 20, 2011


by j. wright

Readers, please bear with me whilst I indulge in some make believe.

Imagine that when your next credit card bill arrives, you open it and discover that you, your wife and two kids suddenly owe $180,000 more than you thought.

“This is not right!” you say and immediately get on the telephone and call your credit card company.

You get a responsible individual on the line and ask, “What’s the meaning of this $180,000 balance in new charges that I didn’t make?”

“Oh…” the individual responds, “those aren’t new charges, this has been going on for a number of years but we never showed it on your billings. Your Uncle made those charges. He has control of your account too.

“What? Which Uncle?”

“Sam. He said he had control of your family's credit card account and he needed to use your money to help some folks who are disadvantaged and to promote some of his favorite projects.”

“You must be kidding! I never gave him that kind of control!”

“Yes, you did. A long time ago.”

“That’s unbelievable. So what is he doing with our money?”

“Well… unfortunately he mishandles and wastes a lot of it. A lot goes to people who are out of work, or simply lazy, or ill, or dying. A lot of it he spends on himself too, but he hides that from our prying eyes. He says those folks he is helping don’t have a credit card so he uses your money. He says, ‘It’s only fair and you can afford it.’”

“I can’t believe this. How am I ever going to pay this off, or is he going to pay it off?”

“Unfortunately your Uncle doesn’t have any money of his own; he has to use yours. You can’t pay it off either because your Uncle will continue to keep charging to your account. He suggested to us that you could take a second job in order to make more money available to him. Even now he is asking for an increase in your credit limit and we have to give it to him. ”


“Because we always have and it appears now that we don’t have a choice.”

“Well, if I can’t ever pay this balance off, who will?”

“Your children will become responsible for the balance, along with their children, and their children and their children too… unfortunately it’s a never ending cycle.”

“Isn’t there some way to end it?”

“Sure, if you can find enough people willing to replace your respective Uncles. Everyone is in the same predicament; all of you have a spendthrift Uncle Sam.”

“And if we can’t?”

“Then you live with the fact that you and your children’s children will be in debt to us forever, and not just the $45,000 each that everyone in your household owes today. Your Uncle has made promises to a lot of people, financial promises that are as yet unpaid amounting to tens of thousands of dollars; about a half million dollars more that you and every other family are responsible for, okay?”

“Okay? You must be kidding.”

~ ~ ~

So what if you woke up one day and discovered yourself in that financial mess? You don’t need to wake up; you are already there. The reality is our National Debt has surpassed $14,440,900,000,000.00 and is growing (that’s about $46,000+ for every man, woman and child). Our annual government expense will exceed our revenues this year by more than $1.381 trillion and growing and eventually added to the National Debt.

Add to that the Unfunded Mandates as reported recently; promises made by our government to seniors, veterans, the disadvantaged, etc. that stand at a whopping $61.6 trillion.

Do you agree that it may be past time to replace Uncle and get the borrowing and spending under control?