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Even Socialists Follow the Money

Even Socialists Follow the Money

By Erik Rush •

When an individual litigates against another individual or an organization for damages, one of the first things attorneys for the defendant(s) will do is determine the plaintiff’s need for capital. If the plaintiff is flush, it tends to negate the perception and the likelihood that they’re in it for the money, whereas many a frivolous civil complaint has been lodged by plaintiffs who were sorely in need of money.

In a brief filed two weeks ago in federal court by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, it was revealed that Northern California utility Pacific Gas & Electric Co. (PG&E) could face murder or manslaughter charges if the company is found negligent in the case of recent wildfires that have ravaged that state.

With the caveat that PG&E most certainly should face charges if they were somehow negligent in the case of the wildfires, bear in mind that there could be a vast difference between the company having been negligent, and being found negligent in the estimation of quirky California law.

California is broke. Several municipalities in the state have sought bankruptcy protection over the last decade or so, and California’s fiscal woes have been apparent to even the most casual observer for at least that long. As in other large, liberal-run states across the U.S., lavish salaries and pensions for municipal workers have contributed significantly to financial shortfalls. In California’s case, an almost slavish devotion to accommodating millions of illegal aliens from south of the border have added billions to that state’s expenditures and economic deficits.

For decades, we’ve seen California voters exhibit a profound naiveté in their assent to politicians’ pie-in-the-sky governance, particularly in the area of superficial, “feel good” legislation, entitlements, and deference to the environmental agenda. California’s resources are vast (particularly in the agricultural realm), but as I recently stated here, no resources of any type or measure can offset a sufficient degree of taxing financial obligations. It’s a simple matter of mathematics.

Unfortunately, given the knee-jerk, “stick it to the corporation” mentality so many under-informed citizens hold, the climate is often ripe for government agencies to fleece companies like PG&E. Should they escape the ignominy of murder charges, PG&E will probably be more than happy to face a civil suit and cough up a pile of cash to the state.

We all know how this plays out in the end, much in the same way it does when any business is hit with hefty, unexpected expenses: They pass it on to their customers, who already feel that they’re being gouged—and the cycle continues.

While “follow the money” may sound like a cynical refrain, money is obviously a central motivator in many areas of human endeavor where a viable economy exists. Ironically, it is doubly significant when dealing with socialist power players as they seek to usurp control of key economic sectors.

This was the sole motivation behind the passage of Obamacare and is behind the ongoing push for a “one-payer” government-controlled health care system in America. For those who doubt the validity of this assessment vis-à-vis California and PG&E, bear in mind that it was a prominent California Democrat who floated the idea of the state taking over oil companies in 2008.

As I said last week in this space,the usurpation of power and resources (money) from the private sector is also the motivation behind some extremely radical environmentally-focused legislation being advanced by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). While it isn’t likely to get passed given the character of the current administration, in the eyes of Beltway socialists, it’s still quite important to get people used to the idea of living with less for the sake of the planet—normalizing these radical concepts, if you will. For more on how this plays out, a web search on the “green riots” in France should be most enlightening.

In the end, socialism doesn’t so much represent a struggle between workers and capitalists, or the haves versus the have-nots, or even between two competing economic systems. It’s simply the device presently being employed by a group of like-minded megalomaniacs seeking to abolish modern concepts of self-governance and democracy.

We already know how rapacious our federal government and many state governments can be through something as simple as a breakdown of financial disbursements for each gallon of gasoline Americans purchase. Factor in socialist objectives, and we have a level of greed surpassing anything of which leftists accuse corporations.

What’s truly frightening is that we have come to a place where a U.S. lawmaker can proffer the notion of a marginal tax rate as high as 70% with a straight face, and without fear of being dragged into the street and strung up by an angry mob.

Originally published in WorldNetDaily

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Chugging Along to Single Payer

Chugging Along to Single Payer

By David Risselada •

Democrats sure have a big lesson in humility coming to them. Don’t they understand that the more they lie and discredit our country the more likely they are to lose everything in 2018? That’s fine incidentally, I hope they lose every remaining seat they have. The only problem is Republicans are becoming more like Democrats everyday, especially in their efforts to pass a universal health care bill. Unless we learn how to control the narrative and articulate our principles, this selling out of our rights will continue to chug along on the fundamental transformation choo-choo train. Which incidentally, Trump was supposed to stop.

After realizing their attempts to convince the public of a mythical Trump/Russia collusion have failed the Democrats are now focusing their efforts on the GOP health care bill in an effort to destroy the opposition. It is a real spectacle to watch too. Democrats are claiming that the bill will leave millions dead and millions more without care while conservatives are upset because it is nothing more than Obamacare lite.

This is the perfect example of our false right/left paradigm that controls our dialogue. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is reportedly looking for a way to put penalties for being uninsured back into the bill which is one of the biggest reasons Americans demanded an end to Obamacare in the first place. No,there is nothing different about this bill and Mark Levin is correct in his assessment that it will lead us yet one more inch closer to single payer health care. Sadly, many Americans refuse to acknowledge the truth that President Trump wrote a book where he said America must have single payer care. In fact, he specifically stated that he is conservative on most issues but liberal when it comes to health care. He has fallen for the lie that socialized medicine is a better solution than the free market system.

“We must have universal healthcare. I’m a conservative on most issues but a liberal on this one. We should not hear so many stories of families ruined by healthcare expenses.” (Donald Trump, The America We Deserve)

Sadly, after years of indoctrination in our public schools young Americans know very little about the free market. Instead they have been brought up in a world where they are “oppressed” by the U.S. capitalist system. They have been trained to be liberal activists fighting for socialist issues like universal health care. According to the left, health care is a human right. Health care can not legitimately be a human right because it requires someone else give up their labor to provide a service. In fact, when government controls health care that service is seldom reimbursed at the rate it is really worth because government can’t afford to pay it.

In all cases where universal health care plans are instituted the quality of care goes down while the cost goes up. The main reason for this is money. Liberals fail to understand that government’s are not in the business of creating wealth, only redistributing what the private sector creates. As the old saying goes, socialism works great until you run out of other people’s money. Eventually that is exactly what happens.

Many Americans look at Europe’s National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence, also known as NICE, as a model for how they think socialized medicine would work. What they have heard their whole lives is that everybody in Europe has free health care. To some extent that is true; however, what they are lacking is actual access to life saving treatments and the ability to choose it on their own. The government bureaucrats control everything from what types of drugs NICE will prescribe to which type of treatments will be offered. If it is something they do not consider to be cost effective it simply is not an option unless one can afford it themselves. In fact, when governments run health care they have the power, because they control the money, to choose what the value of human life is. In Europe they have a formula called the Quality-Adjusted Life Care. This is the formula used to determine how much it will cost per year, to keep a patient alive and whether it is worth the cost.

According to pri.org the maximum the European health care system will pay out is 47,000 per quality adjusted year gained. This is because health care in Europe, like in other socialist countries, is rationed. It has to be rationed for one simple reason, it is being paid for by money being taken from the public in the form of taxes and redistributed throughout the health system. In a socialized health care system there is no wealth being created; therefore, money is tight.

“We have a limited budget for health care, voted by Parliament every year, and we have to live within our means,” said Michael Rawlins, chairman of a government agency called the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

This is basically what the whole idea of “death panels” was all about when Obamacare was originally being passed. Bureaucrats controlling your health decisions and having the power to decide what your life is worth. What conservatives are arguing for is a system where the patients not only control these decisions but can afford on their own to determine what their lives are worth and pay the bill without the burdening hand of government. Until government gets out of the way this will never be the case.

We gave the Republicans everything they said they needed to repeal Obamacare yet they are poised to continue this push towards single payer. At this point it is likely that this trend is irreversible.

David Risselada is a former U.S. Serviceman, commentator, and author of the book “Not on My Watch: Exposing the Marxist Agenda in Education.” David currently writes for Western Free Press.

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Americans May Be Ready to Digest the Truth About Obama

Americans May Be Ready to Digest the Truth About Obama

Despite having the weakest of grasps pertaining to just what it took to build this great nation and what it takes to maintain on so many levels, we know that progressives harbor the summary belief that they ought to run everything. I wouldn’t be first person to make the observation that progressives are also narcissistic in the extreme, as well as often being cases of arrested emotional development.

Case in point: Back in August, atheist scientist Lawrence M. Krauss asserted that religion could be essentially done away with in a generation if we simply changed how children were taught about faith and religious systems is schools. For those familiar with the history of communism in America, this is probably old news – but here we are in 2014, with a prominent liberal scientist espousing the same manifesto component grubby East Coast Marxists were committing to coffee shop napkins back in the 1940s – before going on to become school system superintendents.

“[I]f we can plant the seeds of doubt in our children,” Krauss said, “religion will go away in a generation, or at least largely go away – and that’s what I think we have an obligation to do.”

And if that doesn’t work, I suppose there’s always gunpoint – the route communist ascendency has always taken in the end.

So what is Lawrence Krauss’ field of expertise? Religion? Education? Sociology? Psychology?

Nope. Theoretical physics. So where does he get off pontificating on religion, education and sociology? Well, he’s a progressive, of course – and with a Ph.D. in Physics from MIT, he’s practically a deity.

It was, of course, an imperative for liberals to convince Americans that they hold the intellectual high ground – meaning that they’re smarter than everyone else – for their designs to be successful. Obviously, we would trust them more if we believed that they knew what they were doing.

Having relativized morality, they’ve also factored in the curious notion that they occupy the moral high ground. This, as contradictory as it sounds, creates for them the moral imperative to behave amorally in order to achieve said ends.

They’ve been called “deranged,” too – and now you understand why.

The testimony of Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber (another MIT professor, by the way) in a recent panel discussion has been getting some press lately. In addition to having articulated that the “stupidity of the American voter” was instrumental in the effort to get Obamacare passed, his oratory was essentially the smoking gun for the administration having lied to the American people to get that blatantly socialist piece of legislation passed.

“This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the [individual] mandate as taxes,” Gruber said. “If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. OK, so it’s written to do that. … Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass.”

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When the government fears the people

29 Jan. 08,       2014 05.54“When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Given the stunning advances Western society made over the last hundred years both socially and technologically, most Americans grew up with the belief that things would always “turn out for the best” in the long run, and this was a chief underpinning of our worldview. Despite having fought such foes as Adolf Hitler and weathered the prolonged tensions and fears of the Cold War, even these had come to inspiring conclusions. I think that until very recently, few Americans ever considered a fundamental paradigm shift for the worse.

Our positive worldview has been a two-edged sword of sorts. On the one hand, it tempered our resolve and conviction; when you believe you’re going to win, it can go a long way toward manifesting that victory. On the other hand, given such an outlook, one – or a nation – might get lulled into a false sense of security. I believe that this is, in part, precisely what occurred with regard to the American people and the enemies from within against whom we are now engaged.

We believed that given the promise the future and our aggregate potential held, and our ability to contribute to the betterment of those around the globe, who would even want to stand against us?

Those who have a desire to foment or prolong human suffering – that’s who.

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Prominent Wall Street advisor recommends “Bug-out Bag” with increasing collapse risk

bug-out-bag1A top financial advisor, worried that Obamacare, the NSA spying scandal and spiraling national debt is increasing the chances for a fiscal and social disaster, is recommending that Americans prepare a “bug-out bag” that includes food, a gun and ammo to help them stay alive.

David John Marotta, a Wall Street expert and financial advisor and Forbes contributor, said in a note to investors, “Firearms are the last item on the list, but they are on the list. There are some terrible people in this world. And you are safer when your trusted neighbors have firearms.”

His memo is part of a series addressing the potential for a “financial apocalypse.” His view, however, is that the problems plaguing the country won’t result in armageddon. “There is the possibility of a precipitous decline, although a long and drawn out malaise is much more likely,” said the Charlottesville, Va.-based president of Marotta Wealth Management.

Marotta said that many clients fear an end-of-the-world scenario. He doesn’t agree with that outcome, but does with much of what has people worried.

“I, along with many other economists, agree with many of the concerns expressed in these dire warnings. The growing debt and deficit spending is a tax on those holding dollars. The devaluation in the U.S. dollar risks the dollar’s status as the reserve currency of the world. Obamacare was the worst legislation in the past 75 years. Socialism is on the rise and the NSA really is abrogating vast portions of the Constitution. I don’t disagree with their concerns,” he wrote.

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Via Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner.

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The Domestic Abuse of Lady Liberty

libertyabusedOn Nov. 27, National Public Radio ran a story entitled “Conservative Groups Would Take Hit From New IRS Rules, ” citing that new Internal Revenue Service rules “aimed at clarifying what constitutes political activity for tax-exempt” organizations were likely to affect conservative groups more than their liberal counterparts. This move comes on the heels of the now-infamous scandal in which the IRS illegally targeted conservative nonprofits during the 2012 election cycle.

While the actions of the IRS in 2012 are still being spun by President Obama as a “screw up” (his words), even the establishment press acknowledges that it was an organized, deliberate effort that came from the top down. It is also widely accepted among conservatives that these policies were intended to stultify the political activity of conservatives in their efforts, which it did succeed in doing.

As the reader may also recall, Lois Lerner, the former senior IRS official at the center of the decision to target tea-party groups for onerous tax scrutiny, personally and retroactively green-lighted a 501(c)3 application for Malik Obama, the president’s half-brother (if one buys the narrative of his origins), a bundler for the Muslim Brotherhood. This despite the fact that Obama’s organization had been operating in violation of the law over the previous two years.

So how is it that the administration has the gall to promulgate yet more burdensome IRS regulation of nonprofits that is likely to affect principally conservative groups with the body of the last IRS scandal not yet cold?

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Ex-Covert Operative Says Obama’s Days Numbered

In a December 15 social media post entitled “Critical Mass,” humanitarian and former covert operative Dr. Jim Garrow predicted the downfall of the Obama regime, but admonished Americans not to panic despite the very real perils that exist due to Obama’s criminal “machinations,” but to exercise patient prudence.

Patience my friends, patience. As with all the realizations that we have, the immediacy of our perceived need and our need for immediate gratification can blind us to the larger picture and that magic essence called “timing”. We are seeing ever larger groups of people calling down the Marxist in the White House and his oligarchic machinations. We are reading more and more publications who are calling for Obama’s impeachment and removal. We are sensing the almost panicked utterances of a bevy of hapless “spokesmen” for the ruling elite marched in front of the cameras and interpreting for us the “reality” that they want us to see. We call those lies and spin and obfuscation. What is wonderful is that the majority of the public have caught on and are ticked.

Soon the calls to action will start to be louder, more vocal, and as the elites make more and darker moves to ensure that they have guns and might and power that will put us in our place. Then the moment, the event, the trigger mechanism, the final straw, will shine the light of reality on the nations slide into despotism.

The revolution will start and if the people are prepared the guerrilla war that Obama fears will begin. It is a war that he knows he cannot win. His attempt to wipe out the population has already been thwarted, he now must go to Plan B. The new wrinkle is the missing nukes, the military that are running interference, and the obvious “litmus test” of loyalty that he is demanding that is producing a backlash of realization for the military and “We the People”.

Your days are numbered Bathhouse Barry, “Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin”, the writing on the wall has returned and you Sir “have been weighed in the balance and been found wanting”. May God grant us His favor as we join forces to take down this tyrant and restore Liberty and Freedom to His people.

~ Dr. Jim Garrow 

As I’ve said before – prayers are probably in order…

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The Desperate, Lying Left

The Desperate, Lying Left

insanityFormer Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell calls Obamacare “manna from heaven” during a segment on Al Sharpton’s MSNBC crap-tacular. Sharpton himself invokes the recently-departed Nelson Mandela to legitimize the idea that President Obama is fighting “tougher opposition” than Mandela did. Race-baiter Michael Eric Dyson likewise invokes Mandela to legitimize raising the minimum wage as administration-coordinated communist agitators demand. Obama declares to his cabin boy-in-waiting Chris Matthews during an interview that Republicans are to blame for the problem with the Obamacare rollout – right after claiming that casting blame is not part of his “management style.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman follows suit, absolving Obama of any responsibility for anything untoward that has occurred during his abysmal tenure as President.

You can’t make this stuff up. In the Obama-Matthews interview (if you could call it that), Matthews openly indicts Republicans for trying to “make it difficult for minority people to vote,” and Obama agrees, thereby adding fuel to the fires of racialism that he has so effectively stoked over the past five years.

I suppose we should be grateful, because this wanton, sloppy, shameless, outrageous, foray into Unicornland on the part of the left (whether Obama, the press, or their pants-pissing idiot followers) is indicative of their terror and desperation. They know that over the past few short weeks, millions of Americans suddenly got Obama’s number, and are now more critically examining all of the President’s words.

And they aren’t believing them.

They now know that Barack Obama is a serial liar, and many are beginning to see the bigger picture – that the entire political framework within which he operates is a lie. Worse yet, they are beginning to see that the common denominator is the American people taking it in the shorts.

This has led to the almost laughable excursion into the most blatant lies and fabrications to which Americans have ever been exposed. Like the maniac who peels off his clothes and dashes off into the night shrieking, his last shred of sanity having deserted him, the wild abandon of the calumnies, allegations, and outright fantasies being put forth are the signs of those who have nothing left to say, let alone anything that makes sense.

Only those possessing the dimmest, flickering intellect will fall for this stuff; they’ll be the ones deriding me for writing this, and you for agreeing.

Quite sad, really.

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Is that the sound of a constitutional resurgence?

resurgencePeople who know me but who are in other lines of work often comment about how the current political landscape must provide such a wealth of material with regard to political, social, and cultural analysis. At times I find it a bit strange; it’s almost as though there’s a tinge of envy to it, like I’m an athlete who gets called in to every game, while they get to sit on the bench.

Sometimes I wish that this was not the case, because the fact that there is so much to address is indicative of the dire straits through which America is currently passing. What truly frustrates is the fact that a lot of the passengers on this proverbial ocean liner are wholly oblivious to the icebergs littering our path, and to the slavering, smelly mutineers attempting to intentionally run the ship into them.

Lest I digress entirely: The plethora of grave material, this fodder for my commentary efforts, is also providing the public at large with at least some of the data they need to determine that we are indeed in grave danger. Having made this determination, we shall be able to welcome them – or some of them, at least – to the table with the solution-oriented people.

In the recent past, too few perceived the symptoms of the disease. Now that they are experiencing pain and discomfort, they’re palpitating the affected area to see what might be the matter. Such things as the bevy of political scandals involving the Obama administration, the implosion of the “democratic” Arab Spring, and the sluggish economic recovery provided more latent symptoms. The acute symptoms came about through the NSA domestic spying scandal, Obama’s dictatorial measures during the partial government shutdown and finally, the revelation of his grand deception with regard to Obamacare.

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