Apr
13
2017
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#TrumpAdmin: Minor Grumbling Post

Once upon a time, I was a Moderate Atheist Republican. When Obama was elected, I shifted to a Pelaoconservative Christian Republican philosophy.

Now, I did not and do not align with each group perfectly. Take my current political philosophy. According to Michael Foley:

“[P]aleoconservatives press for restrictions on immigration, a rollback of multicultural programmes, the decentralization of the federal policy, the restoration of controls upon free trade, a greater emphasis upon economic nationalism and isolationism in the conduct of American foreign policy, and a generally revanchist outlook upon a social order in need of recovering old lines of distinction and in particular the assignment of roles in accordance with traditional categories of gender, ethnicity, and race.” -(Unfortunately No Link) Michael Foley (2007). American Credo: The Place of Ideas in US Politics. New York, USA: Oxford University Press Inc. p. 318

The only thing I disagree with hardline pelaoconservatism is the isolationism nonsense. I direct your attention to three great articles (all at the American Greatness) that deal with this issue. We can be non-interventionist and anti-war, but we cannot hide from the world:

Please read these at your leisure. Highly recommended.

I do have some quibbles, but they are all very minor.

First up is entitlement reform. I think we need it, President Trump does not:

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says President Trump removed elements of entitlement reform from a proposed budget. …Mulvaney said he presented the president with a list of budget options which included some changes to Social Security. “And he looked at one and said, ‘What is that?'” Mulvaney said. He continued, “And I said, ‘Well, that’s a change to part of Social Security.’ He said, ‘No. No.’ He said, ‘I told people I wouldn’t change that when I ran. And I’m not going to change that. Take that off the list.'”

But, like the guy said, he campaign on those issues and I voted for him knowing full well what that meant. At least President Trump went over his own budget before signing off on it.

But as the good Lord gives, he takes. President Trump came out in support of Ex-Im Bank:

Mr. Trump also made a full reversal from the campaign by stating his support for the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The president said he planned to fill two vacancies on the bank’s board, which has been effectively paralyzed with three open seats on its five-member board…

“Instinctively, you would say, ‘Isn’t that a ridiculous thing,'” Mr. Trump said of the Ex-Im Bank. “But actually, it’s a very good thing. And it actually makes money, it could make a lot of money.”

I’m not going to go fully into why the Ex-Im Bank is a bad, crony-capitalism boondoggle. Many on both the left and right want to see this monster brought down.

As much as I want to be mad at President Trump over these things*, I cannot. I knew I disagreed with Trump on some things that he was going to keep his promise on. I also knew that Trump would do an about face on some things that he promised to do.

You have to roll with reality. I’m not saying sell-out your values or compromise for the shake of compromise. I will still fight for entitlement reform and the end of the Ex-Im Bank in the now and future. If President Trump can accomplish 75%-80% of what he wants to do and I agree with, then I’m happy.

Justice Neil Gorsuch bought a lot of brownie points for me. President Trump is still strong on the illegal immigration front and reforming the government (like the EPA!). I do roll my eyes at him and grumble at Trump sometimes, but I see no reason to be MAD at this moment.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Jan
21
2016
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The Swamp #47

Not So Affordable, Is It?!

The Swamp #47: Last Five! #ACA/#ObamaCare! @RedOctober82 Guest!

This is a unique day as we have a listener to the podcast, Jon G, on as a guest! He’s in the insurance industry and I thought it would be fascinating to get his take on ObamaCare. Please keep a close eye on him, because he might just be starting a blog soon! Jon G is ready to break-out and I foresee that he will be YUGE!

Reads:

Five Easy Ways To Game ObamaCare by Patrick Paule

Gaming Obamacare by Paul Demko

Gaming of Obamacare Poses a Fatal Threat by Megan McArdle

Gaming the Obamacare system leading to sky-high premiums by Rick Moran

Well, see ya’ later!
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Sep
28
2015
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#Election2016: #EatTheRich And Defining #TrumpCare Before They Do

If there is ever a chance for conservatives to defeat ‘The Don’ and send him away forever, here it is. ‘The Don’ just outted himself as a “big government” progressive Republican. On his newest populist nonsense pitch, ‘The Don’ wants to eat the rich:

Scott Pelley: Who are you going to raise taxes on?

Donald Trump: If you look at actually raise, some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised. But overall it’s going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we’re going to take in the same or more money. And I think we’re going to have something that’s going to be spectacular.

Scott Pelley: But Republicans don’t raise taxes.

Donald Trump: Well, we’re not raising taxes.

To paraphrase Megan McArdle: An AADHD day trader with a cocaine habit has considerably more consistency than ‘The Don’ here. The man likely doesn’t have “consistency” in his personal vocabulary.

This is nonsense on sticks. ‘The Don’ wants to lower taxes on the middle class and then instead of offering a spending cut to go along with that, he wants to raise taxes on the rich. Basically he wants to “Eat The Rich” to push a tax cut on the middle class. That is populism and you know how much I hate populism.

Bill Whittle made a video on how bad of it of an idea “Eat The Rich” was and still is:

Amity Shlaes wrote in Bloomberg in 2013 about effective rates:

Official rates matter, but so do effective rates, the percent of income that people actually pay in tax. The Internal Revenue Service reckoned that the effective rate of tax in 1954 for top earners was actually 70 percent.

Or lower. Marc Linder, a law professor at the University of Iowa, has shown that a more comprehensive interpretation of income that includes capital gains suggests the real effective tax rate for millionaires was 49 percent in 1953. The effective rate dropped throughout the decade, reaching 31 percent by 1960. That 31 percent is just slightly higher than the 29 percent level a Congressional Budget Office report figures the average effective tax for the top quintile will be in 2014. And that number for 2014 doesn’t include taxes in Obama’s health-care law.

A second fantasy about the 1950s is that government soaked the rich. Joseph Thorndike and Martin Sullivan in Tax Notes magazine took a look at the tax distribution of the decade. They found that those earning more than $100,000 paid less than 5 percent of the taxes collected in the U.S., a far smaller share than the wealthiest shoulder today.

We really don’t have to tax the rich more or less. What we need to do is get out of big and small business’s way to create jobs. Deregulation is the key, not higher or even lower government!

Oh yeah, almost forgot. Speaking of ObamaCare, ‘The Don’ wants to relabel ObamaCare and wants to start his own TrumpCare. I am not joking. Here is Gabriel Malor ripping TrumpCare apart:

According to Trump, uninsured people are going to get coverage because he’s going to “make a deal with existing hospitals” and “the government’s gonna pay for it.” There’s a word for this exact proposal: Medicaid. Trump probably doesn’t know this, but Medicaid expansion was a huge part of ObamaCare. The “deal with existing hospitals” is so unfavorable for doctors and hospitals that many of them do not accept Medicaid patients because it would put them out of business. Does Trump know this? Meh, he doesn’t care.

But that’s just the uninsured. Trump goes on to say that “for the most part,” his plan will be “a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition.” If this idea also sounds strangely familiar, it is because this too is already part of our healthcare framework. Trump described the ObamaCare exchanges just like Obama did, as increasing competition in the private insurance markets by providing lots of options.

So TrumpCare is just ObamaCare rebranded. We must now define TrumpCare before he or his batshit crazy supporters (ie: Ann Coulter and Breitbart.com) define it. It is everything we have been fighting against. It is big government and it is a further intrusion.

Well, see ya’ later!
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