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, July 14, 2019

Freeing Yourself From Fake News

“Don’t believe anything you read on this web page or, for that matter, anything you hear on The Neal Boortz Show unless it is consistent with what you already know to be true, or unless you have taken the time to research the matter to prove its accuracy to your own satisfaction.” – a cautionary piece of advice that Neal Boortz regularly made on his live radio program & posted on his blog as he expressed his opinion on every controversial topic under the sun.  It is this same common sense lesson I learned from Neal that I regularly encourage readers of RTE to use in reading this blog – questioning & commenting are how we all learn & I thank everyone who makes the time to participate & contribute - or as John Adams said “We have been afraid to think . . . Let us dare to read, think, speak, & write.”


In my daily figurative travels through cyberspace over the past several years I have seen the above photo, & ones like it, many times – always with an accompanying warning that the photo was taken moments before disaster struck.  All I had to do was click on the photo to find out what happened.  And of course I never took the bait.  My sixth sense of writing these blog messages for over fifteen years told me that nothing disastrous had happened.
 
So my reaction was suspicious when I learned that an activist actress, whom I had never heard of, tweeted out the pictures below ungrammatically saying that “Trump administration is forcing children 2 sleep on cement floor with an aluminum blanket & lights on all night.”  The idea was to show the inhumane, overcrowded, & unsanitary conditions with which Trump was holding people who had violated our sovereignty by illegally entering America.


My suspicion that the actresses’ claim was false was based on remembering the release of the photos below about a year ago that decried similar alleged abuses of the Trump administration – one showing children in cages & two others showing the horrible conditions under which illegal immigrants were being held.  The problem for Democrats is that the photo of the children in cages was taken in 2014 in Nogales Arizona & the other two photos were taken in 2014 in Texas – all three under BO’s administration.  Accordingly the matter was soon forgotten by the hostile anti American media who then moved on to find another supposed outrageous abuse perpetrated by Trump.


Further, Thomas Homan, the former executive associate director of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) under BO, says that he was present when the cages were built.  The cages are actually chain link dividers that keep children separate & safe from unrelated adults. 
So with the above background in mind it did not take much digging to realize that the timestamp on the photo presented by the activist actress was cropped out & that her photo too was taken under BO’s policies in 2015.  See below. 

Now there are episodes or accounts that are easy to unmask like when Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel intentionally misreported that a December 2017 Trump rally in Florida was sparsely attended by tweeting a photo of a half empty arena – a photo that had been taken hours before the event even started.  Of course the event was actually “packed to the rafters” as Weigel later apologized saying he had been told he had “gotten it wrong.”  Why would anyone who saw the false photo & then the overflow rally with people waiting outside ever want to hear from Weigel again? 
Other episodes or accounts take a little more intuition & questioning to learn the truth.  An example is the account I received from a blog I subscribe to that showed photos of AOC under distress @ the El Paso border about a year ago supposedly seeing suffering migrant children in cages.  Since AOC is standing next to a chain link fence the implication is that the children are caged on the other side of the fence.  See photo below.


But other photos below from another angle show AOC could have actually been staging the entire scene.  AOC was looking most immediately @ an empty parking lot or a tree & a car as seen below.  But this hypocrisy almost seems too easy to expose & understand.

 

A little more digging showed that an air conditioned tent city could be seen in the distance – housing about 2,800 migrant teenagers some of whom ABC showed on video playing soccer.  The seeming empty parking lot included a roadway leading towards the Tornillo Border Patrol station in this remote area.  So I leave it up to you to decide if AOC staged this event looking for publicity showing concern for children she really could not see or whether she was so overwhelmed @ the thought of these children’s sadness that she broke down emotionally as shown above.

One other point to consider – FNC quoted a social media critic of AOC writing “Excuse me while I take the time to put on bright red lipstick, a pristine white outfit, & a Movado watch before I go see little kids locked up in the desert.”  There is something to this criticism when you consider a majority of Movado watches cost over $750 & are targeted for the wealthy businessman or business woman.  At the time of the photos AOC was complaining that she could not afford a Washington DC apartment if she won her House race in the fall.


But getting back to the girl hanging from the rock above the water smiling while in apparent danger – thanks to a frequent contributor for letting me know that this one is a hoax too.  See photo below.

Fake news is all around us, but if you listen closely, follow up with a few questions & a little research, you can free yourself from it & even more important - those who present it to you.


  

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Independence Day Quiz

 
 
To have some fun with American history over the Independence Day holiday click here to take the subject quiz.  At the end of the quiz you will receive your score & a note letting you know how you did compared to other quiz takers.
 
Unlike the other quizzes that I present from time to time the answers & an explanation appear after every question so this is not just a quiz but an excellent refresher.
 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

An Analysis - Trump's Chances Against The Large 2020 Democrat Socialist Field

"A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.  A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both." - Professor Friedman
 
"Wherever the free market has been permitted to operate, wherever anything approaching equality of opportunity has existed, the ordinary man has been able to obtain levels of living never dreamed of before.  Nowhere is the gap between rich & poor wider, nowhere are the rich richer or the poor poorer, than in those societies that do not permit the free market to operate." - Professor Friedman writing in Free To Choose
 
The lure of socialism is a burden that "is exceedingly hard to throw off, even when patently obvious that it is the chief culprit producing persistent underdevelopment, poverty, & misery." - Mary O'Grady writing the weekly Americas column in the WSJ – August 25, 2006
 
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America was founded on the principles of limited government, personal responsibility, & free enterprise.  Turning to socialism would expand government, absolve everyone of personal responsibility, & replace free enterprise with any form of collectivism where society as a whole has priority over each individual in it.
 
Over the past half century socialism has taken far more than a toehold in America.  Today 43% of Americans view socialism as a good thing, up dramatically from 25% in 1942.  Socialism is now embraced to one large degree or another by all of the twenty-three 2020 Democrat candidates for president.  The following graphic highlights that 70% of Democrats & 85% of those identifying as liberals believe that socialism would be a good thing for America.
 
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Congressional Democrats, looking for votes from any legal or illegal source possible, have abandoned, deserted, & shamefully failed to fulfill their constitutionally sworn duties regarding their sole responsibility for establishing immigration & asylum laws that meet the nation's needs - even as migrants from Central America, Cuba, Venezuela, Haiti, & Africa exploit the perverse incentives in our current immigration & asylum laws, flowing through our southwest border like water through a sieve thereby gaining access to America's interior for years to come if not for the rest of their lives.  Congress's despicable lack of concern for border safety has gone way beyond being uncooperative & unhelpful to the Trump administration.  Congress is guilty of dereliction of duty.
 
Driven by Democrats' hatred of President Trump & partisan politics instead of constitutional principles that are in the country's interest, federal district judges, mostly appointed by BO, have dangerously overridden Trump on national security issues @ our southwest border, time & again, not just in their own district where they have jurisdiction, if appropriate, but by issuing injunctions & applying them nationwide.  These district judges use no common sense & rule based on the very language in the immigration & asylum laws that are being used as weapons against us by foreign invaders in caravans from the countries indicated above who are blatantly exploiting the perverse incentives in these laws.  The number of such foreign invaders is now @ record levels & is overwhelming our border guards.  Can't district judges see this or don't they want to?
 
The fundamental constitutional premise for all judicial officers – district, appeals, or Supreme Court Justices – is to support the Constitution from which you would think it goes without saying, or having to remind them, of the bedrock principle & basic goal of government concerning the general Welfare of the United States.
 
The Constitution requires Congress to "provide for the general Welfare of the United States."  Accordingly a judge with the country's interest @ heart would find that Congress should go back & address the southwest border invasion by rewriting the laws that are being exploited.  A district judge should find that the general Welfare of the United States is what applies to the entire nation not one of their rulings attempting to override a President.  See Fraudulent Asylum Seekers Violate U.S. National Sovereignty for specific examples of judicial abuses of power that threaten the nation & the very legitimacy of the courts.
 
Congress shamefully neglecting its duty "To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization" & district judges issuing rulings affecting the entire nation on matters that don't even apply to their own specific district are the two most egregious & obvious injustices that have gone on right before our eyes for months on end that turns what is obviously wrong into what is politically correct.  It helps the enemies of America that the American people are disengaged while so thoroughly enjoying the freedoms that have come to be taken for granted – never considering that the growing threat of socialism has the power to fundamentally change America & everyone's way of life.
 
The Republican National Committee (RNC) recently asked Americans to answer the following questions (I added #24) which involve a more subtle encroachment on our liberty than the above two blatant onslaughts by Congress & the Judiciary:
 
1.  Are you in favor of Medicare for All, a proposal by Democrats that would wipe-out private insurance & have all healthcare run & paid for by a federal government bureaucracy?
 
2.  Should public colleges & universities be "free," with all tuition & costs paid by the federal government (taxpayers)?
 
3.  Do you believe that the government should provide a guaranteed income to all Americans, regardless of whether or not they work?
 
4.  Are you in favor of "universal child care" that provides government-run daycare for infants & toddlers run by the same Leftists who are already indoctrinating our kids with Liberal propaganda in K-12 public schools & universities?
 
5.  Are you in favor of the Democrats' Green New Deal, a program of harsh environmental regulations that would bankrupt our government, crush our economy, & destroy our constitutional rights?
 
6.  Should the federal government inspect every building in America, as mandated by the Green New Deal, to force compliance with the program's environmental regulations?
 
7.  Do you support the Democrats' calls to "Abolish ICE" & declare sanctuary cities, counties, & states to protect illegal immigrants, leave our borders open, & give amnesty to illegal immigrants?
 
8.  Do you believe the Second Amendment right to keep & bear arms is outdated & needs to be repealed?
 
9.  Do you want public schools to focus only on America's past problems & ignore the tremendous contributions our nation made to the world, the sacrifices of past generations, & the greatness of our constitutional system?
 
10.  Have you had just about all you can handle of the political correctness that is twisting our culture & trampling on our constitutional rights? 
 
11.  Do you support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 or even $20 per hour for unskilled labor?
 
12.  Should our nation's national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner, be replaced with some more modern song as some Liberal extremists have demanded?
 
13.  Would you trust a federal government censorship bureau like those in Europe to decide what political speech is allowed on television, radio, & the internet?
 
14.  Should transgender individuals be allowed to use the public restrooms & school locker rooms of their choice, rather than the ones corresponding to their biological sex? 
 
15.  Should public schools be forced to expand female athletic teams to include biological males who identify as transgender girls?
 
16.  Do you support allowing abortion up to the moment of birth as Democrats have proposed & even enacted in some states, extending even to infanticide?
 
17.  Would you support new income tax rates of up to 90% on wealthy individuals & small businesses?
 
18.  Should inheritance tax rates (the death tax) be 100%?
 
19.  Should illegal immigrants in our country be given free college tuition, free healthcare, & full welfare benefits?
 
20.  Would you support giving amnesty/citizenship to illegal immigrants along with full social security benefits?
 
21.  Are you in favor of eliminating the Electoral College so that states with large populations can choose our president?
 
22.  Should public school teaching of American history focus solely on the bad parts of American history & ignore all the good our nation has done, such as winning two World Wars against fascism & the Nazis, spreading democracy, & containing communism?
 
23.  Do you believe America has caused oppression & pain for millions of people around the world because of our embrace of capitalism & the strength of our military to stand up for our interests?
 
24.  Do you support HR 40 entitled Commission to Study & Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, introduced earlier this year by Sheila Jackson Lee (D,TX) to address slavery in the United States & the 13 American colonies between 1619 & 1865?
 
By asking people to answer the above questions the RNC wants to expose the Democrats socialist agenda of massive centralized bureaucracy, limited freedoms, & sky high taxes to pay for it all – things that have no place in a free capitalistic society like America.
 
The answers to the RNC questions reveal the policies that any or all of the 23 Democrat candidates for president will implement one by one in rapid fire order if elected along with a Democrat Congress – policies that amount to a gigantic give away of your life's savings to the poorest least educated unskilled people in exchange for their expected votes that will keep the socialist Democrat elites in office for the rest of their lives @ our expense – an exchange that is best explained in Death Of Democracy.
 
In the end we are counting on the electorate recognizing how deceitful, insincere, & unprincipled the 23 Democrat candidates for president are as each tries to outdo the others by concocting the biggest socialist give away schemes conceivable as they all move further & further to the left as primary voters wait to vote.
 
The democrat-socialist agenda is a betrayal of the American middle class.
 
But the deck is stacked against us & Trump – i.e., where is Trump going to get 270 electoral votes?
 
Any of the twenty three Democrat candidates running for president, including the three that did not make the debate stage later this month, will reliably start with 232 electoral votes they can count on (CA – 55, CO –9, CT – 7, DE – 3, DC – 3, HI – 4, IL – 20, ME – 3, MD – 10, MA – 11, MN – 10, NV – 6, NH – 4, NJ – 14, NM – 5, NY – 29, OR – 7, RI – 4, VA – 13, VT – 3, & WA – 12).
 
AZ (11), GA (16) & even TX (38) had a purple tinge to them in 2016 & of course Trump won WI (10), PA (20), & MI (16) by a combined total of less than 80,000 votes – these were the three key states that threw Trump over the top in 2016.
 
Trump was terribly underestimated in 2016 & Hillary was the worst candidate imaginable & yet she managed to receive 232 electoral votes just 38 electoral votes short of victory even though her poor health precluded her from campaigning even once in Wisconsin or being able to keep the suburban & rural shoulder counties around Orlando & Tampa competitive on her way to losing a close Florida contest. 
 
Robin Biro recently said that the Democrats are going to bring out everyone they know to vote Democrat in 2020. 
 
And Democrats outnumber Republicans – so we have to match the expected high Democrat turnout by convincing every Republican, Independent, Tea Partier, libertarian & some Democrats to vote for Trump.  Then the numbers turn in our favor.
 
But the election hinges on whether or not the electorate realizes that all of these 23 Democrat candidates are even worse candidates for president in 2020 than Hillary Clinton was in 2016 – & their socialist policies are worse than hers too.
 
Do you want a president who supports single payer healthcare that requires doctors & hospitals to take a 40% cut in compensation thereby guaranteeing rationing of services & long wait times to see a doctor?  Do you want a president who thinks illegal immigrants should be given free college tuition, free healthcare, full welfare benefits, citizenship, & full Social Security benefits while those applying for legal citizenship work for years earning it?  Do you want a president who thinks there is nothing wrong with our immigration & asylum laws that are increasingly being exploited by countries as far away as Africa?   Do you want a president who supports sanctuary cities, counties, & states?  Do you want a president who believes that the government should provide a guaranteed income to all Americans, regardless of whether or not they work after providing everyone free college?  Do you want a president who supports infanticide if an abortion is botched & the child is born?    Do you want a president who supports reparations for slavery that ended over 150 years ago?
 
In short, do you want one of these 23 people running your life?
 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Conservative Review Liberty Score Website

Thanks to Graham Ledger for introducing his One America News audience to the Conservative Review Liberty Score website.
 
The website provides a Scorecard showing the voting record of every Member of the House & Senate on up to 50 votes of significance over a rolling six-year period – votes on renaming Post Offices, & the like, are not considered.  The title & date the vote took place are listed next to each Member's position compared to CR's position on the vote – which concentrates on fidelity to the Constitution that all Members take an oath to support & defend.  From this the letter grade is assigned along with the percentage Liberty Score.
 
Since all votes are individually listed each reader can decide for themselves what a proper vote should be - not just CR's grading & scoring re the Constitution.  Accordingly you have enough information to calculate your own Liberty Score for any Member of Congress or if preferred by the statist socialists in this blog readership - your own socialist score. 
 
For instance someone with a 0% Liberty Score may have a 100% socialist favorability score in a statist's opinion – & there are plenty of Members with zero scores.  The point is you have enough information to decide how effective a Member of Congress is in agreeing with your own views. 
 
After bringing up the Scorecard on the CR Liberty Score website just click on any state & then scroll down to see each Members grade & score.  Click on the individual Member's photo & their complete voting record will be displayed.  From there it is up to you to decide how effective the Member has been in following their oaths of office & agreeing with your views for the country.
 
You can also view the Top 25 highest Liberty Score holders – twelve are graded "A" @ 90% or higher.  Or, you can view the Top 25 RINOs.
 
Midterm 2018 election results are shown for congressmen, senators, & governors.
 
But the biggest value the CR Liberty Score website provides is showing why Republican politicians always lose in the realm of conservative opinion – & that is because there are just not enough conservatives in Congress & certainly not enough libertarians.  It is not like we have every Democrat graded "F" @ 24% or below & the great majority of Republicans graded "A" @ 90% or higher.  Oh no, far from it.  Please be assured that we do have every Democrat graded "F" @ 24% or below but also in actuality the vast majority of Republicans are graded "F" with scores of way below 60%.  The Top 25 Members of Congress – all Republicans - even includes three "Cs" & one "D".
 
Just look @ the grades & Liberty Scores for the current congressional leadership – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (F @ 36%), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (F @ 4%), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (F @ 14%), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (F @ 14%), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (F @ 32%), House Majority Whip James Clyburn (F @ 15%), & House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (F @ 33%).  Former House Speaker & Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan left Congress graded "F" with a Liberty Score of 36%.
 
Now none of the above congressional leaders may be in your district or state so you cannot vote them out of office directly; but you can check on the Liberty Scores of any incumbent who is seeking your vote & then do your homework accordingly.
 
In the meantime we can get a leg up on the 2020 presidential election by realizing that the following Democrats running for president are all graded "F" with the indicated pitiful Liberty Scores – Sanders (21%), Booker (18%), Warren (20%), Harris (24%), Klobuchar (2%), Gillibrand (14%), Gabbard (18%), Moulton (18%), Tim Ryan of OH (18%), & Swalwell (23%).
 
The biggest shame of the 2018 mid-term election was the defeat of Congressman Dave Brat in Virginia's seventh district.  Dave Brat was graded "A" with a Liberty Score of 97% in his four years in Congress – he lost to Abigail Spanberger who so far in her young congressional career is graded "F" with a Liberty Score of zero.
 
The subject website provides comprehensive in-depth detailed information that should preclude the reelection of the statists listed above – let alone electing them to higher office.  Shame on us if we don't vote every one of them & the others whose voting records now appear in plain sight out of office the first chance we get.
 

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Maxine - In Deep Waters

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The above graphic shows the rise in student lending starting in 2010 – the year that BO nationalized the student loan industry meaning that the federal government took over student lending from private lenders like Sallie Mae & commercial banks.  Since 2010 all government student financing has originated in the Department of Education through the Federal Direct Loan Program.
 
Today over 44 million people collectively hold $1.56 trillion in student debt - roughly one in four American adults are paying off student loans.
 
Now the magnitude of the problem was not missed by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D–CA), Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, when she questioned bank CEOs @ a committee hearing on April 10. 
 
What Maxine did miss, as she embarrassingly went through her incriminating line of questioning @ the hearing, is that the federal government is responsible for the student loan rise shown on the above graphic - not the bank CEOs.  Finally, after two CEOs told her the respective year prior to 2010 that each of their banks stopped making student loans Jamie Dimon told her that JP Morgan Chase stopped all student lending in 2010 when the the federal government took over the program.  Maxine then moved on to the topic of small businesses with similar humiliation for her before she pathetically said "my time is up." 
 
Now just like man on the street interviews that have comparable momentary funny moments the above account from the hearing soon passes the amusement stage when you realize that Maxine Waters is the top finance regulator in the House of Representatives – & she knows nothing about the topic.
 
Maxine is much more comfortable mindlessly yelling "impeach 45" or ginning up people to push back on cabinet members to make their lives miserable @ restaurants, department stores, & gasoline stations by telling them that "they are not welcome."
 
Maxine Waters has been @ the forefront of the incivility shown against President Trump since November 8, 2016.  It is one thing for Maxine to be a leader in this incivility but quite another, we should all hope, for Americans to tolerate the total lack of understanding, preparation, & integrity she showed @ the above hearing.   
 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Medicare For All - A Major Step Toward Socialist Twin Tower Goals Of Government Dependence

This post shows how the Medicare for All legislative bills introduced in both the House & Senate by Democrats is a major step toward the socialist twin tower goals of making people totally dependent on government from cradle to grave: Tower #1 - financially through taxes & Tower #2 - physically through universal single payer healthcare.
 
On April 30 the House Rules Committee held a hearing on HR 1384, the Medicare for All Act of 2019, introduced on 2/27/19 by Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA-7).  The bill currently has 108 co-sponsors including the Chairman of the Rules Committee James McGovern (D-MA-2) & Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO-7) – both of whom participated in the hearing.
 
The aforementioned House bill is essentially a companion bill to the Senate Medicare for All Act of 2017, Senate bill 1804, originally introduced on September 13, 2017 & then updated on April 10, 2019, by Democrat Socialist candidate for president Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.  The 2019 version has 14 Senate cosponsors including four other Democrat presidential candidates – Booker, Gillibrand, Harris, & Warren.
 
In addition, the 2019 Senate bill has been endorsed by 63 national organizations and unions including:  American Federation of Teachers, Democratic Socialists of America, National Education Association, National Nurses United, National Organization for Women, New York Nurses Association, Service Employees International Union, United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers, United Mine Workers of America, & Utility Workers Union of America.
 
Twenty-eight percent of Republicans support Medicare for All.  See graphic below.
 
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The problem with Medicare for All is that none of the various bills have anything to do with Medicare other than using the name & reimbursing medical providers @ Medicare rates – in fact the bills eliminate Medicare including Medicare Advantage.  They also eliminate employer coverage, most private insurance, & Medicaid.  The bills more closely resemble Medicaid for All but with no state component or function like current Medicaid. 
 
Medicare for All is a universal single payer healthcare system totally controlled by the federal government. 
 
The initial cost estimate of Medicare for All indicated a $2 trillion savings over current healthcare expenditures the first ten years of the program's full implementation even while adding almost $6 trillion in added demand & expansion coverage to include dental, vision, hearing, & long term care.  The problem is that this calculation pointlessly assumed that hospitals & doctors would be willing to accept 40% reductions in their compensations under Medicare for All.  Redo the calculation using actual prevailing rates & the initial $2 trillion program savings turns into a $3.253 trillion increase over the first ten years of the program.  Source:  "The Costs Of A National Single Payer Healthcare System."  Mercatus Working Paper by Charles Blahous July 2018.
 
Dr. Blahous, public trustee for Social Security & Medicare from 2010 to 2015, calculated that Medicare for All would increase federal government spending by $37.950 trillion in the first decade of the program's full implementation (2022 – 2031 assuming the program started in 2018) using prevailing compensation rates for hospitals & doctors. 
 
The added federal costs of the program would require more than doubling the currently projected individual & corporate income tax revenues – to include a combination of such things as mandatory taxes on employers' gross receipts & payrolls, a national sales tax on nonnecessities, a wealth tax, & taxing long term capital gains @ ordinary income tax rates.  During the first ten years of the program the total amount of tax revenue collected & spent by the federal government on Medicare for All is calculated, using the questionable assumptions of savings in the bill, to approximate the currently projected personal healthcare spending for the same period meaning that the calculated cost of a government program is one thing, even if such costs historically have always exceeded their initial estimate by billions of dollars.  Another thing is - do people like & want the federal government's increased involvement in their healthcare? 
 
The additional $37.950 trillion federal government spending over ten years amounts to 12.3% of GDP in the first year of the program growing to 14.8% in the tenth year (& further thereafter) thereby bringing the total federal government spending on healthcare to 22.9% of GDP in the tenth year (sum of current projected federal government spending on healthcare plus the increased calculated spending).  See Table 4 of above referenced Blahous working paper.
 
Similar calculations regarding the enormity of the Medicare for All costs have been made by the Urban Institute, the Center for Health & Economy, & Emory scholar Kenneth Thorpe. 
It is telling that Bernie has not done a cost analysis of either the 2017 or 2019 Senate Medicare for All bills that he introduced.  See graphic below.
 
 
 
But Bernie & AOC are not the least bit concerned about the enormity of these costs or the impractical & destructive basis for implementing the program, i.e., 40% cuts in compensation for hospitals & doctors.
 
A study by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Actuary determined that 80% of hospitals will lose money treating Medicare patients in 2019.  This is the future for hospitals treating all patients @ Medicare rates under Medicare for All.  Bernie & AOC will not relent from their position that hospitals & doctors will be willing to remain in the medical system with 40% cuts in compensation from the current private-public blended rates to Medicare reimbursement rates. 
 
These cuts in compensation would undoubtedly reduce the supply of healthcare services (see graphic below) while Bernie & AOC acknowledge that Medicare for All will increase healthcare demand.  Less doctors & hospitals with greater demand for services will inevitably result in rationing, waiting lines, & lower quality of care with the most vulnerable hurt the most – this is the real cost of Medicare for All.
 
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When Bernie introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2019 he said it was to guarantee healthcare to every American as a right, not a privilege.  Well healthcare is not a right or a privilege – it is a good to be purchased like food, shelter, or clothing.  A right is a gift from God that extends from our humanity – natural rights are anterior to government & therefore preexisted any government claim on them.  If healthcare is a right why do we need someone to provide it to us?  It is obvious from this post that it won't be hospitals or doctors under Medicare for All.  Click here to hear the great libertarian Judge Andrew Napolitano explain the difference between a right & a good.
 
Thomas Sowell asks "why would you expect someone else to provide for you what you do not provide for yourself?"  The significance of the answer to Dr. Sowell's question applies to much more than healthcare.  I use it every day.  It is a pillar to live by.
 
But a large mindset change is needed to return healthcare in America to its place in our foundation of limited government, free enterprise, & personal responsibility.
 
A frequent healthcare insurance complaint is "my premiums are high & I have a $5,000 deductible" implying that the owner of the policy is looking to be reimbursed for items like having their teeth cleaned or their eyes examined when they know they need glasses.  Such a complainer is confusing real insurance with a prepaid healthcare plan – which is what most of us have today.
 
The vast majority of what we call healthcare insurance today is really not insurance but rather prepaid healthcare plans where policy holders do not proceed with treatment until their insurance company agrees to pay for the treatment that the policy holder really has already paid for in advance plus a profit for the insurance company.  People have been brainwashed to accept the dominance of their healthcare quality by a far off insurance company, & now with Medicare for All an even more distant & impersonal federal government calling the shots, never thinking that they could pay for much of the routine care like teeth cleaning themselves, have lower premiums & a deductible that they agree with & can afford thereby gaining better control of their own healthcare to boot.  
 
If insurance companies can make money reimbursing policy holders after paying for all the routine items they approve why don't people think they could make a better deal for themselves by getting inexpensive catastrophic insurance & paying directly for the items on the list of prepaid healthcare expenses that they already really have paid for in advance through higher premiums?
 
Putting people in direct contact with their doctors without interference or involvement by insurance companies or the federal government starts to clear up the picture that we need to focus on.
 
And, after all of the above comes into clear focus we will see that the federal government providing a universal single payer healthcare system, in point of fact, has nothing @ all to do with the enumerated powers specified in our glorious & magnificent Constitution.