Tag: healthcare

Why Democrats should vote Libertarian

Dear Democrats,

Let’s talk about who you are voting for.  I’m not going to try to convince you to vote Republican.  Lower taxes, economic freedom, equal opportunity, national security and all that isn’t for everyone, and I get that.  Seriously though, we have many of the same goals.  Lowering healthcare costs without destroying our healthcare system, helping people rise up out of poverty, keeping the country safe, keeping our neighborhoods safe, an end to racism, proper management of government with cuts to wasteful spending, these are all goals of both Democrats and Republicans.  We just have different ways of getting there.

But the Democrat party isn’t run by moderate Democrats anymore.  You have not one, but four Democrat Senate candidates who have been caught on hidden camera telling people they are far more radical than they can publicly admit.  They said on these hidden videos that they are hiding their agenda to try to get moderate votes.  We have Beto O’Rourke in Texas who wants to import cheap labor illegally so that America’s poor don’t have to work.  Instead, he wants to give them universal guaranteed income.  It would basically turn our country into a slave/welfare state.

Andrew Gillum was on staff with a radical activist group YP4 that wanted to defund police and end prisons.  You may agree with portions of their manifesto, but I’d imagine you’d be a little uncomfortable with their stances on ending capitalism, opening borders, and their dedication to liberation theology which is an ideology of racial supremacy.  You might have liked Obama, but you probably wouldn’t sit and listen to a sermon by Jeremiah Wright.

And then there’s Ocasio-Cortez.  The question Democrats have to ask themselves is if they really support unfunded economic programs like universal income and universal healthcare if they are going to cost $3.2 trillion a year and require massive tax hikes on the poor just to be sustainable.

You’re still a liberal, but you’re not quite as radical as your party has become.  You also don’t like the rhetoric.  You hate Trump, you hate what he says, you aren’t particularly fond of his followers.  But you don’t think we should attack his supporters.  You don’t agree with Maxine Waters that you should show up at restaurants and chase people like Mitch McConnell and his wife out.  You aren’t into the radical hatred stuff so much, you really just don’t like Trump.  You don’t even really hate your friend who voted for Trump.  So some of the leftist rhetoric, like Hollywood actors calling for a bloody revolution if Democrats lose the election isn’t your cup of tea.  You really just want to return to that mythical time when the two parties acted with civility.

Here is why the Libertarian party is for you:

  1. They support legalization of recreational marijuana.  Like you, they don’t think the government should decide what you put in your body.
  2. They support prison reform.  Not “cops are white supremacists we need to shut down all prisons and let the inmates go wild” radical Democrat prison reform.  But real prison reform where people aren’t locked up for victimless crimes.
  3. They, like you, are most often pro-choice.  They aren’t going around talking about how they are so happy they had abortions and telling people to get their abortions while they still can.  They aren’t dressing up in vagina suits and throwing menstrual blood at cops because a 13 year old might have to tell the authorities when someone illegally gets her pregnant.  But they do consider abortion to be a private choice between a woman and her doctor.  I disagree, but hey I’m not a Democrat.
  4. They hate government corruption.  You hate government corruption.  And many of the candidates in your party are corrupt.  Senator Bob Menendez went to the Dominican Republic on a lobbyist’s dime to rape underage prostitutes.  Andrew Gillum accepted bribes from undercover FBI agents.  Libertarians haven’t been to DC yet, so they are still pure and innocent.  They can’t even get a lobbyist to buy them a cup of coffee.
  5. They are fiscally responsible.  Now you might not agree with their reductions in social programs, etc.  But take heart, chances are none of them will actually win, much less get enough power to actually do something like reform Social Security with higher performing private accounts.  So you can rest easy that the government will still hold that leash.  But you can personally vote with a clean conscience.

So if you want to vote against Republicans, but you’re no longer comfortable with the crazy that your party has become, consider voting for Libertarians.  Check out their platform.  I think you’ll see a lot of things you agree with, and not too many you don’t.  Their 2nd amendment views will make you antsy.  But more antsy than the idea that the government should ban most hunting and sport rifles, and then confiscate them?  Because that’s where the DNC is today.

Sincerely,

Your friends at Political Brief

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Read my lips: I was against taxes before I was for them

In what will go down in history as one of the fastest reversals of position, Andrew Gillum said on Sunday that he won’t raise taxes to pay for Medicare for all.  After several deflections, he softened his stance to say he won’t raise taxes on “every day working” people.  I’m not sure how that works, since it’s hard to raise taxes on people who don’t work.  But finally, Gillum admitted he actually will raise taxes.  In fact, what Gillum has revealed of his tax plan makes Florida the most expensive state in the south to do business.  But there’s one problem: his plan has already spent the corporate tax rate hike on education.

According to Gillum’s website, the 40% tax hike on Florida businesses will be used to pay for his “fair share” education program.  So how is he going to pay for Medicare for all?  Gillum can honestly say he won’t raise taxes because he supports the Federal Government footing the bill, and taking over healthcare.  Gillum knows this will require a 100% tax hike on “every day working” people, and he knows that Florida can’t possibly afford it on their own.  But since he’s running for governor, he is refusing to answer the question.  Once we realize this and remove federal healthcare overhauls from his campaign website, he’s left with little more than rampant tax increases, sanctuary state status, gun control, and the rest of the Democratic Socialist agenda.  Gillum doesn’t have a healthcare solution.  That’s why he can’t answer the question.

Andrew Gillum against tax cuts before he was for them…in the same interview

Beto O’Rourke in Texas is starting to look less and less like a golden boy.  New details are out about his 20 year old drunk driving crash.  O’Rourke apparently tried to flee the scene and then lied about how much he had consumed.  Of course, fleeing a drunk driving accident is sort of a staple of the great Democrat senators of history.  At least he didn’t leave someone in the car to die.

O’Rourke also supports a single payer healthcare system and has made that central to his campaign.  But like his fellow Democratic Socialists, O’Rourke hasn’t quite articulated how he would pay the $3.2 trillion annual bill.  In fact, his website is more platitude than plan.  If people wanted unicorns, I’m sure free unicorns would be in his platform.  At some point someone will need to ask him how he’s going to pay for it all.  That one question seems to be the Achilles heel of the Democratic Socialist movement.

Beto O’Rourke bets on healthcare

The family of Aretha Franklin made a statement that the eulogy given at her funeral by Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr was offensive.  Williams didn’t really talk about Aretha, but instead spent the entire eulogy talking politics.  At one point he made a statement that black lives don’t matter as long as blacks are killing each other.  The statement was met with shock and calls of “black lives do matter” from the crowd.  The funeral was attended by controversial figures as well, including Fascist minister Louis Farrakhan.  At points in the funeral it turned into a Trump roast.

Franklin family bemoans political speech at funeral

What if Mueller doesn’t have another shoe

All summer Mueller has remained relatively quiet when it comes to Trump and his inner circle.  While the media speculates about the worst case scenarios, what has actually materialized is a couple small time process crimes, a couple corrupt businessmen who made bad deals a decade ago, about a dozen Russian hackers, and a guy who was bled dry and threatened until he plead guilty to a crime he didn’t commit.

It seems like every other week there is a story about how someone else is definitely flipping on Trump.  In fact, there has been so much fake news about this investigation, it’s easy to ignore the headlines.  Meanwhile, there has been very little reporting about the ongoing inspector general investigation into the handling of the Clinton email case.  You might have even forgotten that was still going on.

Now the media is suggesting Mueller may not even subpoena Trump if he refuses an interview.  They are basically admitting that Mueller doesn’t may not actually have any compelling reason to interview Trump.  There was speculation the investigation would end this week with a big move by Mueller.  I have to hand it to him.  Either he’s done a great job of not giving anything away, or the media has gone so insane over this story and it’s just now becoming apparent to them how much was simply made up.

Mueller may not get his Trump interview

2018 is becoming less of a referendum on Trump and more on Socialism.  With the successes of Beto O’Rourke in Texas, Andrew Gillum in Florida, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, the Democrat party has taken that dreaded turn towards the extreme radical left of their party.  Many within the DNC had complained about Ocasio-Cortez’s rise and subsequent flubs, and some openly cheered when Democratic Socialists lost a string of primaries.  But now Beto and Gillum are giving the movement a little more credibility, despite the fact that one has a spotted past and the other is under an FBI investigation.

Meanwhile, in Sweden the Socialist Democrats are experiencing extremely low popularity.  Part of that has to do with the government’s failure to keep up with their welfare promises.  Patients are waiting years for vital medical care.  The welfare state is being especially harmed by the large influx of immigrants who have not been able to incorporate into Swedish society.  Socialism is failing them.

Swedes enjoy world-class healthcare, when they can get it

Trump hasn’t done a great job of qualifying his statements every time and consistently.  For example, when Trump said that the Press was the enemy of the people, he also tweeted that he mean fake news was the enemy of the people and that he would take fake news over censorship.  But the media, as though they are happy to prove his point, has continued to zero in on his “enemy of the people” comment.

But while Trump is openly critical of the press, he hasn’t been the enemy of the press that Obama was.  If anything, Trump has been a far more open target of the media and hasn’t really backed down from the challenge.  Rather than closing off lines of communication, Trump has held a one sided press conference with the entire country every night from about midnight to 4am.  In fact, Trump may go down as the President who communicated the most directly with the American people.  His digital fireside chat happens just about every night and has made millionaires over at CNN and MSNBC.

Reporters started war with White House

Leftists admit Socialism is unaffordable

“The democratic socialists may do well in November.  Yet upon arriving in Washington, they will discover that even their revolution cannot repeal the laws of math.”  That is how an article with Vox by Brian Riedl ends.  Riedl uses leftist and Democrat sources to compile the costs of the Democratic Socialist agenda and finds that even the most generous sources leave them with $3.4 trillion per year to make up in tax revenues.

Democrats have gained traction in the coming election by claiming that deficits are bad and we need to tax the rich to fix it.  But don’t mistake their feigned concern for actual fiscal sanity.  Even the extensive list of new taxes laid out by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wouldn’t cover 10% of the cost of their agenda.

According to Reidl, Democratic Socialists could pay for all the free stuff they are promising with a 100% tax on all corporations and 100% tax on all family income over $150,000 for married taxpayers and $90,000 for singles.  This would be on top of the current tax structure and assumes the willingness of business owners and capital providers to devote their hard work to charity rather than profit.  Another idea to add on to our current taxes would an 87% value added tax.  Basically, in every step of the manufacturing process, the government gets 87 cents of every dollar made.  The inflation would kill the middle class.  Lastly, we could do it if we added a 37% flat payroll tax on top of the current tax structure.  For the middle class this would mean an all in tax rate of 77%.

So let’s talk about this blue wave?  Are voters really ready to kill the economic growth by ending the Trump tax cuts?  Are they really ready to hand over their healthcare decisions in exchange for giving 77 cents of every dollar they make to the government?  Is this what people really want?  It’s not like the Left is running on anything else, except for extreme Trump hate.  Well, now you have an idea of how much that hatred will cost you just in taxes.