About Me

In writing the "About Me" portion of this blog I thought about the purpose of the blog - namely, preventing the growth of Socialism & stopping the Death Of Democracy in the American Republic & returning her to the "liberty to abundance" stage of our history. One word descriptions of people's philosophies or purposes are quite often inadequate. I feel that I am "liberal" meaning that I am broad minded, independent, generous, hospitable, & magnanimous. Under these terms "liberal" is a perfectly good word that has been corrupted over the years to mean the person is a left-winger or as Mark Levin more accurately wrote in his book "Liberty & Tyranny" a "statist" - someone looking for government or state control of society. I am certainly not that & have dedicated the blog to fighting this. I believe that I find what I am when I consider whether or not I am a "conservative" & specifically when I ask what is it that I am trying to conserve? It is the libertarian principles that America was founded upon & originally followed. That is the Return To Excellence that this blog is named for & is all about.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Mike Huckabee's Deep State Board

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Ever since Trump became a national political figure we have constantly heard from the hostile anti-American media how Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.  This claim was incessantly made even though the Mueller investigation "did not find the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple efforts from Russia-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign."  The Mueller special counsel investigation took 22 months & cost $35 million.

The entire Russia-Trump claim was a malicious deception & classical example by the DNC & the Hillary Clinton campaign demonstrating the Alinsky method of creating a structured organization with a clearly defined goal that could take direct action against an enemy - in this case Trump.  The Hillary Clinton campaign accused Trump of what they were already doing. 

Now, like the rest of us, Mike Huckabee figured this out some time ago - but Mike went the extra mile to create the above board that exposed the tangled web that really had been woven by the people & institutions shown on the board.  Click here to watch Mike's concise presentation & display of the interactions of these people showing how things are really connected.

Mike starts with Nancy Pelosi hand picking the members of the January 6 investigative committee regarding the Capitol riot.  This leads to Liz Chaney's husband being identified as a partner in the large Washington law & lobbying firm Latham & Watkins (LW) that represents the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, & Hillary for America.  LW also represented individuals connected to spying on Trump such as Michael Sussman & Marc Elias both of whom worked for Perkins Coie - the law firm that was hired by the Hillary Clinton campaign & the DNC to engage Glenn Simpson's company Fusion GPS who in turn hired ex-British spy Christopher Steele who signed a bogus dossier that was based on information from a man now under indictment.  All of this provided a lot of cover for money laundering.

Special Counsel John Durham made Michael Sussman his first indictment for providing a statement to the FBI General Counsel that was knowingly & intentionally false.  

The web gets more entangled as Mike explains the long time involvement starting in 2015 of Sussman, Alfa Bank - Russia's largest privately owned financial institution, the left leaning Brookings Institution, current National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, the CIA, the FBI, Carter Page, Andrew Weissmann (who ran Robert Mueller's $35 million investigation that tried to trap Trump), Kathryn Ruemmler, Lisa Monaco - current Deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department, the Clinton Foundation, Bill Clinton, BO, Susan Rice, & Merrick Garland.

And oh yes, the board includes defense attorney Christopher Clark & his client Hunter Biden.

I know there are people who also researched most of the above information themselves & found it to be true.  During the video Mike identified several people on the board who need their own boards to show even more interactions & connections - a great invitation to do your own research & fact checking to see where it leads you.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Seven Questions: Trump - Past, Present, & Future Trouble

"It is maddening that a man's egocentrism can blind an electorate to the success of his presidency & give us President Biden." - Fred Fisher of Pensacola, Florida writing a letter to the editor of the WSJ on January 22.

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The protest march that turned violent on January 6, 2021 on & inside the Capitol following Trump's rally @ the Ellipse is another day that will live in infamy for our country - not just for the riotous events that day but for the even wider division of the country that has developed since.

At the current rate all of Trump's many accomplishments during his term in office will long be forgotten by the November midterms let alone the 2024 presidential race thanks in large part to Pelosi's January 6 investigative committee keeping the images of people crawling all over the Capitol in the news to remind voters like suburban women of the disgraceful incident.  Pelosi's committee stands ready to exploit every revelation & leak.

And any midterm election problems for Republicans because of the notoriety of the January 6 event are entirely Trump's fault as he has proven time & again to be his own worst enemy.  What did he expect to happen that day that would turn out well?

Trump's tweet of December 19, 2020, "Big protest in D.C. on January 6th.  Be there, will be wild!" was the invitation for his supporters & also trouble makers to come.  

Trump's speech on the Ellipse that started shortly after noon on January 6 was a continuous list of complaints of how Trump thought the election was stolen from him & it came across to me, who saw it live, to be delivered in a mean spirited, selfish, bitter tone.  (Click here to see a link that includes a video of the speech & a transcript as well.)  Trump wanted VP Mike Pence to not accept the certified ballot lists from electors from some states during Pence's constitutional function of counting votes for president & vice president that same afternoon & announcing the result.  Trump wanted Pence to return the ballot lists of these states so they could recertify their ballot lists to indicate Trump won.  No state Secretary of State had made such a claim, but it did rile the crowd up as Pence tried to count the certified votes on the ballot lists he had received, whose total for president showed Biden the winner.

Pelosi's January 6 investigative committee will not only continue to provide powerful reminders through the hostile anti-American media of just how bad that day was, they will do everything possible to destroy everyone who is considered a traditional American patriot that can possibly be linked to it.  Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a good example when the committee leaked that Thomas's wife had texted Trump's Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that the election had been stolen.  No sooner were the text messages leaked by Pelosi's committee that right on script AOC called for Mrs. Thomas's husband to resign, Ilhan Omar called for him to be impeached, & Amy Klobuchar called for him to recuse himself from election cases or resign.

If a spouse's activism was disqualifying it is a good thing Jim Carville was never a Supreme Court Justice or he would have been cancelled the moment Mary Matalin opened her mouth.

Also, Trump loyalists have been effectively charged with criminal contempt of Congress (e.g., Bannon, Meadows, Navarro, & Scavino).  Bannon's trial is set for July & the others may not be prosecuted @ all by the Justice Department for political reasons - i.e., the November election.

And Rudy Giuliani faces possible disbarment while his law license is suspended in NY & Washington.  Sidney Powell has been sued by Dominion Voting Systems & even more importantly the Texas Bar has filed a disciplinary lawsuit against her for bringing frivolous lawsuits in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, & Wisconsin regarding the 2020 election, making false statements to a court, using evidence known to be false, & engaging in conduct "involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation."

Now I don't support any of the  above actions by these seven people that got them in trouble  but it is clear that the only people safe from cancellation are those who support a massive new government that has fingers in every aspect of your life - specifically, people who support AOC's green new deal & open borders, & are soft on crime.  In short, people who have no moral outrage as teachers in government schools introduce 5 year old children to the concepts of gender identity & homosexuality - such people know right from wrong but don't care about it.  

Teaching homosexual & transgender sex in schools to very young children is a perfect way to destroy a child's innocence, but who should care if it indoctrinates them to see the importance of climate change? 

What parent would want a stranger talking to their young children about sex, & yet Wisconsin special education kindergarten teacher Sarah Whaley had the support of the teachers union after she hung a homosexual & transgender pride flag in her classroom.  Doesn't this sound like it could be full of trouble?

But getting back to Pence:  The Constitution calls for the electors in each state to sign & certify ballot lists that show the results of their state's election for president & vice president.  The ballot lists are to be transmitted sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate - which by definition is the sitting vice president - Mike Pence.  (Note the actual election of the president & vice president is by mail-in ballot.)

All of Pence's work in this regard is the ceremonial counting of votes in the presence of the Senate & House of Representatives & announcing the result.  If the VP was authorized to reject or return votes to any state there would be a tremendous conflict of interest if the VP had just run as an incumbent & lost - like what happened.  After the 2000, 2008, & 2016 elections Gore, Cheney, & Biden respectively could easily have done what Trump wanted Pence to do & the chaos that would have resulted is unimaginable.  

From a constitutional standpoint what Trump asked Pence to do is outrageous & unforgiveable to students of the Constitution.  Those who believe in the rule of law & the peaceful transfer of power should remember, & take it into account, understanding that Trump's actions following the 2020 election are what gave Pelosi the chance to form the committee & politically milk the January 6 assault on the Capitol for all its worth including releasing an upcoming report right before the 2022 midterms.

But even more trouble of a different nature is what we got on the two days right before January 6 starting when Trump went to Dalton, Georgia on January 4, 2021 to supposedly campaign for the two Georgia Senate candidates who had each received more votes than their opponents in the November election, but not a majority, which therefore called for a runoff election on January 5.  

But Trump's appearance, instead of focusing on getting the two Senate candidates elected, was little more than a rehearsal for his speech on the Ellipse two days later.  Trump sparingly praised the two candidates but predominantly concentrated on his views of a fraudulent Georgia presidential election which gave supporters of the two Republican candidates little incentive to vote the next day - & of course they both lost handing Democrats control of both chambers of Congress & the Presidency.

Trump talks powerfully but since 2016, under his leadership, Republicans lost the House in 2018 & the Senate & Presidency in 2020 & more pathetically the two Georgia Senate seats on January 5, 2021 when the stakes were precisely known - namely, the progressive Biden agenda would proceed unchecked without a Republican majority in the Senate.  Much of the Biden assault on America the past 15 months would not have happened if Trump would have campaigned for Loeffler & Perdue instead of whining about his presidential loss during campaign stops in Georgia supposedly on their behalf.  

And right in line with the Republican loss of the Senate is Biden's successful lifetime appointment of 51 year old Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court following 83 year old Associate Justice Stephen Breyer's forced retirement (AOC & other progressives were afraid Democrats would lose the Senate in November & didn't want to lose the chance to have a younger big government progressive confirmed by a friendly Senate so they unceremoniously forced Breyer out after 28 liberal decision making years on the Court).  Had Republican McConnell been Senate majority leader I doubt Breyer would have retired to begin with.  So much for any consideration or appreciation of Breyer by the Democrats.

But the damage is done with the Senate's confirmation of Ketanji including three Republican (Romney, Collins, & Murkowski) votes to confirm. 

Ketanji's hearings exposed her as having a liberal judicial philosophy & record that is sympathetic to terrorists (possibly resulting from her previous work as a public defender representing Guantanamo Bay detainees) & soft on crime with special leniency towards child pornography offenders, often giving out sentences that were much lighter than even defense attorneys suggested.  In this regard Ketanji wrote a brief in the Harvard Law Review entitled "Prevention Versus Punishment: Toward A Principled Distinction In The Restraint Of Released Sex Offenders", that stated that the judicial system was unfair to people who sexually prey on children.  Such theories go hand in hand with defund the police movements & Soros supported DA's who have let crime run rampant in far too many of America's cities by simply not  prosecuting crimes in accordance with the restorative justice theory that the victim is secondary & the criminal needs to be understood & reasoned with rather than put on programs of monitoring & treatment after prison.  

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Ketanji's "record is full of cases where (she) ruled like a policy maker implementing personal bias, instead of a judge following the text wherever it led." 

While @ Harvard Ketanji wrote in her senior thesis entitled "The Hand Of Oppression: Plea Bargaining Processes & the Coercion of Criminal Defendants" that judges have personal hidden agendas that influence how they decide cases - which she disowned during the hearing saying that line was written (in her thesis) by someone not in law school.  

Ketanji would not answer whether or not schools (like Georgetown Day School where she was a Board Member) should teach 5 year old children that they can choose their gender or whether it is proper for schools to indoctrinate young children in Critical Race Theory.  

Ketanji would not say if there are physical differences between men & women that are enduring, whether references to men & women means male & female, & most famously would not provide a definition of the word "woman" because she is not a biologist.

Click here to hear a section of Marsha Blackburn's questions & Ketanji's non responses from which many of the above points were taken.  It is a cat & mouse game with Ketanji reluctant to answer anything.

In summary, the country is being torn apart because of all the factors highlighted above & more - open borders allowing 18,000 illegal aliens per day to enter the country & of course decades-high inflation, both of which have been the subject of many previous posts. 

We cannot withstand another minute of Biden-Harris than we have to & Trump's actions since the election not only brought us much of the trouble we have & will continue to have as indicated above but have also disqualified him from being president again.

We need a clean slate - Biden & Harris almost certainly will be primaried on the Democrat side & Republicans have many excellent undeclared candidates like Mark Robinson & Ron DeSantis.

BTW - For those who have called me longing for a Trump-DeSantis ticket I always ask which one will move out of Florida.  What people, including commentators on TV, don't know about the Constitution would fill a book.

To help put this in perspective I provide the following questions for you to answer.

1.  If you were @ the Capitol on the afternoon of January 6, 2021 would you have gone into the building?

2.  Do you think Trump was wrong to ask Pence to return ballot lists to some states & not announce the results of the 2020 presidential election on January 6, 2021?

3.  Do you think young children should be taught Critical Race Theory & The 1619 Project or do you think, like Ayn Rand, that the United States was the first moral society in history?  If not, who was?

4.  Are you for defunding the police, DAs who do not prosecute crimes, & judges who are soft on crime with special leniency towards child pornography offenders?

5.  Do you think transgender women should be able to participate in women's sports?

6.  Do you think a person who could not define a "woman" should sit on the Supreme Court ruling on cases involving abortion rights, religious exemptions regarding First Amendment rights concerning discrimination of same-sex couples, & transgender women competing in womens' sports?

7.  Do you think Fred Fisher's quote @ the very top of this post is what happened to America?

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Medicare Problems Call For Premium Support Solution

Full disclosure - I have participated in a premium support Medicare supplemental healthcare plan for over twelve years & back such an arrangement on a national level to replace Medicare in its entirety.  I have seen firsthand the benefits I mention below that are far superior to any provided by our government run healthcare system for seniors & the disabled.  This post also forms my answer to what I had hoped would have been the fourth question, out of fourteen I presented, asked to Biden & Trump during the 2020 presidential debates - namely: Do you support a premium support system unindexed to inflation to replace traditional Medicare?  As you read on, just try to imagine either of these men really addressing this matter in a serious coherent manner.


This matter is important to people.  The September 2020 post that asked the original fourteen questions was the most read post on RTE last week - a year & a half later.  Accordingly, I moved this Premium Support-Medicare post up to provide my answer to one of the fourteen questions.

In brief - the problem is that if healthcare expenses keep growing @ their current rate our standard of living will be significantly reduced.  Specifically, Medicare spending is currently growing 2 percentage points faster than the GDP rate (i.e., the GDP rate + an additional 2%) so that Medicare constantly absorbs more & more of the economy's resources thereby leaving private enterprise or individuals less money for other consumption, production, savings, & investment, meaning a reduced standard of living.  See graph below that shows the change in consumer price index for medical care versus all items starting in 1960 - Medicare started in the mid 1960s.

















The problem starts because people erroneously feel that they are entitled to Social Security & Medicare benefits just because they had money withheld from their paychecks when they were working ( e.g., - "I've been paying for it all my working life") or because they are now paying premiums, deductibles, & coinsurance in the case of Medicare.  Exacerbating the situation are internet pieces taking offense @ the word "entitlement" to describe Social Security or Medicare & the belief that employers pay an equal share with their employees of the payroll taxes for both of these programs.

The reality is that 43% of the proceeds for Medicare Parts A, B, & D come from general revenue from the Treasury Department.  Over 70% of the proceeds for Parts B & D come from general revenue. Ninety-five percent of the proceeds for Part A come from payroll taxes & taxes on Social Security benefits - & Part A is failing.  See graphic below.










The reality is that the majority of the costs of Medicare are camouflaged so that seniors do not know the real cost of the entire program or their level of direct financial participation.  Seniors only see that they pay $170 per month for Medicare Part B, & knowing this is a bargain too good to be true love the entire Medicare program.  But this is the mindset a presidential candidate worth voting for needs to change.

Just like Social Security, Medicare has financial problems too.  For instance the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is scheduled to be depleted by 2024, two years earlier - because of the pandemic - than had been expected on the graph below, resulting in a benefit reduction of 12% to 16%.  See graph below from the 2020 Annual Report Of The Boards Of Trustees Of The Federal Hospital Insurance & Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds.













Medicare Part A, that covers hospital care services, is primarily paid for by the payroll tax equally imposed (1.45% each) on working Americans & their employers, meaning that employees pay half the payroll tax directly through withholding & the other half through their productivity that allows the employer to send their share to the federal government.  Employers actually pay nothing.

Medicare Part B covers physician & non physician medical services & is financially supported by a monthly premium, paid by beneficiaries of the program, that covers about 27% of the program's costs.  But nearly three quarters of the Part B program is subsidized by general tax revenues from the Treasury - this is why Medicare seems so reasonable even when counting the annual deductible & the 20% copays meaning Medicare Part B only covers 80% of doctors' charges.  Supplemental insurance from private insurers is needed to cover the other 20% - only the government could provide a healthcare insurance program that needs a private insurer to cover what it does not.

Medicare Part C, also known as Medicare Advantage (MA), is available to virtually any one who pays the monthly Part B premium.  MA is administered by private insurance companies that have been approved by Medicare.  Such plans may include dental, vision, & hearing & also cover prescription drugs.  Many plans are Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO) or Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) which can limit the selection of doctors so be careful if you go for this option.  MA also gets funding from the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund & the Supplemental Medical Insurance Trust Fund so as these funds wind down Medicare Part C comes into more jeopardy - just like the entire Medicare program.

Medicare Part D is financed through monthly premiums - 16% of which are paid by the recipient & nearly three quarters of which is paid by revenue from the Treasury to a sub account of the Supplemental Medical Insurance Trust Fund meaning that nearly three quarters of the Medicare prescription drug costs are a public subsidy of the program.

Medical costs have increased faster than the general cost of living for decades & the following graphic from the aforementioned trustee annual report shows the increasing cost of the Medicare program.  The subsidies from the increased taxes euphemistically shown as general revenue transfers on the graphic below are bad enough.  But add in the increased payroll taxes, the increased taxes on Social Security (shown as OASDI on the graphic), the increased premiums, the increased state transfers & drug fees, & interest on the deficit of the program & you can see how this projection of expenditures shown on the below graphic will weaken the economy by causing slower growth as money that could be used for productivity increases that raise living standards is used for the Medicare government healthcare program.













The above is background describing the problems with Medicare that I had hoped would have been presented during the 2020 presidential campaign debates for the American people to think about, specifically when the question was asked to Biden & Trump - "It has been shown that a premium support system, unindexed to inflation designed for people younger than 55 years old, will bend the Medicare cost curve down, softening the 12% reductions in hospital benefits projected for 2024 (two years earlier than projections done before the pandemic).  In addition the cost of Parts B & D are over 70% funded by general revenue & growing too fast to be sustained.  Do you support a premium support system unindexed to inflation to replace traditional Medicare?"

It is hard to imagine either Biden or Trump answering this question seriously, but like all of the 14 questions on the list I presented Americans cannot return to  individual liberty & prosperity until they are all answered & addressed - because the slide away from living the free market libertarian answers to these 14 questions is what has undermined the American way of life that has deepened our submersion into socialism under the spell of Karl Marx.

The premium support solution to the Medicare problem: the Medicare program would be kept as is for people 55 & over or those on disability.  But starting with people younger than 55 they would be weaned off Medicare by the government offering a premium support that would pay the cost of a private healthcare policy to cover their medical needs.  This premium support would not be indexed to inflation so that people like my eight year old nephew or his younger sister would not be counting on Medicare @ all long before they turn 65 - as each year goes by the nominal dollar demogrant will buy less & less insurance or medical treatment so younger people will start to rely on it less & less. In this way Medicare, & its costs & taxes, would eventually fade away & people would once again provide for their own needs - healthcare in this case. 










The above graph shows four scenarios with only one curve bending down (i.e., reducing the burden on the American people) - the bottom curve labeled "Ryan Plan - Price Indexing."  The plan I am advocating not only bends down sooner than this bottom curve but actually solves the problem in our lifetimes.  For years many forward thinking private companies (e.g., IBM, ConocoPhillips, Delta Airlines, & Coca Cola) have provided their retirees with annual lump sums, unadjusted for inflation, to be used to cover healthcare needs - including purchasing adequate medical insurance (Medicare currently + supplementary insurance).  This incentivizes retirees to make decisions, using a fixed amount of money each year, about their own healthcare that will be in their own best interest while not burdening their fellow man.  I have personally seen this work.

In summary, the annual fixed amount of premium support decreases in purchasing power each year as inflation increases the cost of healthcare so that recipients can see what is happening & wean themselves off of government provided healthcare before such a system fails leaving many elderly & disabled people in desperate straits - both physically & financially. 

An added bonus:  As the mindset changes away from government provided healthcare for the elderly & disabled, younger Americans will start to realize that what they think of as healthcare insurance is really not insurance but rather prepaid healthcare arrangements where policyholders seek approval for medical services they have already paid for in advance with their premiums & then encounter deductibles, copays & the like.  They will come to realize they have been brainwashed for decades to accept a far off & impersonal insurance company calling the shots for their healthcare & that a better idea is for them to pay for much of their routine care, like teeth cleaning, themselves.  Buying a real insurance policy with a deductible & premiums they agree with & can afford, in conjunction with paying for routine care themselves, provides better control of younger Americans' own healthcare to boot.

Premium support, replacing the federal government's Medicare healthcare system, is a real plus for individual liberty & the return to excellence that America so desperately needs.