The Takeaway from the 2018 Mid-Terms

It’s a little early for an in-depth analysis of the 2018 mid-terms.  However, there are a few take-aways that are hard to miss.  President Trump is a net-gain for Republicans and a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

Traditionally, the party with an incumbent president tends to lose 30 seats in the House and an average of four seats in the Senate.  Although results are still trickling in, the Democrats’ gain in the House likely will be about average.   Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate beat the odds and will score an impressive pick-up courtesy of Mr. Trump.

While Democrats managed to retake the House of Representatives, their net-gain was far less than Republicans achieved in 2010 during Obama’s first mid-term.  His party lost 63 House seats with voters angry over the passage of Obamacare.

Voters have short memories.  Continue reading “The Takeaway from the 2018 Mid-Terms”

All You Need to Know before Voting in the Mid-Term Election

Recently, I was sitting in the waiting area of a famous medical facility in Phoenix, Arizona, and overheard two women discussing a recent debate between their candidates for the U.S. Senate, Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrstin Senima.  These women were discussing things like which candidate was more persuasive, more forceful, seemed nicer and most sincere.  In the end, their votes likely will center on personality.

I wanted to jump up and scream:  “Don’t you realize that none of these things are important and the future of this country hangs in the balance!”

Sadly, most people still select their candidates the way a seven-year-old selects her Barbie Doll.  The most attractive usually wins.  When the candidates are equally attractive, or not at all attractive, it is about which one makes them feel more comfortable or would make the better friend.    Continue reading “All You Need to Know before Voting in the Mid-Term Election”

Trump and the Fire Swamp

Donald Trump went to Washington promising to drain the swamp.  The swamp is winning.  That’s because it is a lot more complicated than simply pulling the plug and watching the whole mess go down the drain.

No, the swamp in Washington is more like the fictional fire swamp in the movie “The Princess Bride.”   Washington, like the swamp in this movie classic, has three elements:  the fire (obvious), lighting sand (dryer and quicker than quicksand) and the dreaded R.O.U.S. (rodents of unusual size).  Continue reading “Trump and the Fire Swamp”

Mitch McConnell Resigns! (For the good of the Country)

In 1974, Richard Nixon resigned as president of the United States after he was mired in the Watergate scandal.

In 1990, Margaret Thatcher resigned as British prime minister after narrowly failing to win outright in the first Round of a leadership contest.

In 2002, Trent Lott resigned as Senate Republican leader after making some controversial remarks at the100th birthday party of fellow senator, Strom Thurmond.

In 2004, George Tenet resigned as Director of the CIA in the wake of criticism of the agency’s approach to the intelligence used to support the 2003 Iraq War.

In 2010, Yukio Hatoyama resigned as prime minister of Japan after breaking a campaign promise to close an American military base on the island of Okinawa.

In 2016, David Cameron resigned as prime minister of the United Kingdom after its citizens voted to leave the European Union

In 2017, Mitch McConnell resigned as Senate Majority Leader after failing to deliver a vote to repeal Obamacare.   Continue reading “Mitch McConnell Resigns! (For the good of the Country)”

Just Repeal Obamacare (Trust the Free Market)

Can we be honest.  The fight over the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is about one thing and one thing only:  The number of people who were given a freebee, added to the roles of Medicaid.

Liberals want single-payer, government-run, one size-fits-all health care for everyone.  It doesn’t work well anywhere in the world but that’s beside the point.  They want something for nothing.  If they can’t achieve it in one fell swoop, they will try to do it bit by bit until the door to socialized medicine slams shut and everyone is locked into a system where there is no individual control.

So, let’s just repeal Obamacare and have a debate on the real issue:  Do we really want to expand Medicaid beyond its original stated purposed, a heath plan to care for the poor and those who truly cannot care for themselves. Continue reading “Just Repeal Obamacare (Trust the Free Market)”

Jimmy Kimmel’s Baby (The Lies, the Facts, the Hyperbole)

The word on the street is that Jimmy Kimmel’s tearful story about his newborn’s heart surgery may have saved Obamacare.

“No parent should ever have to decide if they can afford to save their child’s life …It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”  

It’s time for overpaid comedians like Kimmel and the sycophants who are joining his effort to save the ACA take a look at the cold hard reality of what will happen to the average family with a sick infant if we continue down this road.

Obamacare is going broke.  If we allow it to continue there won’t be an insurer who will be left in the program.   We have two choices:  socialized medicine or a return to the free market. Continue reading “Jimmy Kimmel’s Baby (The Lies, the Facts, the Hyperbole)”

Obamacare Replacement: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

After seven years of promising to repeal and replace Obamacare, Republicans finally have a plan.  If only we had held our breaths during all that time, they could have skipped it.  We’d all be dead.

Will it lower individual cost and provide better coverage?  Hopefully.  However, it falls well short of providing free-market coverage.  The only way to do that is to repeal Obamacare and get out of the way.  Something that Democrats are adamantly against and timid Republicans are reluctant to do.

Americans are generous people and would never abandon the poor to charity or, horrors, leave that responsibility to their families.  In our “me-first” society, it’s just too much to expect people to take care of their own.  Nevertheless, what we desperately need is a two-tier system:  One for the poor where there are special government-run, low cost, bare-bones centers that provide basic emergency care, and one for all the rest who must pay their own way.

Yes, health care cost something.  If our government would simply take care of those who truly cannot take care of themselves and get out of the way, we would have a free-market that would offer more choices than we could imagine and all levels of coverage.  The average person could easily find one that fits his or her need and pocketbook.   Continue reading “Obamacare Replacement: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”