Posts Tagged ‘Taxes’

Read ‘Em and Weep – By The Numbers

April 28, 2016

The following is worth pondering:

Obamacare became law in 2010 primarily to provide health insurance for 30 to 40 million uninsured (approximately 10 to 12% of the population). Today, 20 million are still uninsured, health insurance costs continue to rise, and a growing number of illegal immigrants are obtaining free health care.

It is estimated that 3.5% of the population is homosexual. Only .3% of the population identifies as transgender but there is a push to pass new restroom laws in order to make them feel comfortable. Little concern is evident for the comfort of the other 99.7%.

Concern also seems to be missing for the 8.4% who have a substance use disorder, the 47,000 who died (in 2014) from a drug overdose, or the hundreds of thousands of veterans who died waiting for applications for care to be processed.

There were 12,942 gun homicides in 2015. There are over a million abortions, 41,000 suicides, 47,000 opioid drug deaths, and 88,000 alcohol-related deaths each year.

1.2 million high school students drop out each year. Only 37% of high school seniors are academically prepared for college but 65% will enroll in college after graduating and over 20% of them will take remedial classes.

Everyone from President Obama and John Kerry to Rachel Maddow uses the 97% scientist consensus to validate global warming, a percentage proven to be totally bogus.

The government claims a 5% unemployment rate but that ignores 94 million able-bodied people who can work but choose not to work or have stopped looking for employment. 34% of all Americans financially support the rest of the country.

According to Homeland Security, 99% of illegal immigrants who overstay visas aren’t investigated.

The top 1% earners pay 23.6% of taxes, amounting to 33.7% of their income. An estimated 45.3 % of households pay no federal income taxes.

An estimated $6 “billion” was spent in the 2012 political campaigns when 126 million people voted. That works out to $47.60 spent per voter. Approximately 93 million eligible citizens did not vote.

David J. Hentosh

‘Free’ Bernie Sanders

February 2, 2016

It is not surprising that aging Hillary Clinton is having trouble getting the youth vote but young Democrat voters overwhelmingly supporting the even more aging Bernie Sanders has surprised many. However, when you consider what Bernie stands for, the reasons become obvious.

Bernie Sanders is strongly pushing for a “free” college education. That is, of course, attractive to anyone facing the rising cost of a college education and the ensuing burden of a student loan. It certainly speaks to today’s youth who have been thoroughly indoctrinated by a liberal education system advocating the socialistic ideal of cradle-to-grave government care. How we are to pay for that “free” education is not clear but it is also not relevant to those wanting and expecting freebies.

Sanders calls himself a “democratic socialist” but that distinction is not understood by most and it is certainly lost on today’s youth. The failure of our education system is responsible for the lack of knowledge concerning socialism’s failure throughout history and, consequently, today’s youth are gravitating towards socialism’s vacuous promise of a utopian society. The “Occupy” movement and unrealistic demands heard on college campuses are a product of this ignorance of socialism.

Sanders takes advantage of this ignorance with his socialistic promises of a “free” college education, guaranteed health care, and $15 an hour minimum wage – in other words, freebies. He demonizes corporations and the rich and rails against income inequality, an easy sell to young workers starting at low salaries. His 90% tax rate for the rich sounds fine to those far from the top but it is not enough and the middle class will have to reach further into their pockets to help pay for all the “free” stuff.

At the age of 74, Bernie Sanders is not considered too old for Democrats who expressed concern about John McCain’s age (71) in 2008 and Ronald Reagan’s age (69) in 1980. JFK was 43–yrs-old when he took office and Obama, 47-years-old in 2008, was touted as a youthful and energetic change much needed for the country. Meanwhile, Democrats accuse Marco Rubio (44) and Ted Cruz (45) of being much too young to be president.

What is most certainly getting old is the hypocrisy – along with Sanders (74) and Hillary (68).

David J. Hentosh

Obamanet to Replace Internet

February 24, 2015

Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in Congress (no Republicans) who did not read what was in it, brought chaos to health insurance, reduced actual health care, raised premiums (and taxes) for those with insurance, and initiated the loss of millions of full-time jobs.

Now we are facing Obamanet, approved by the votes of three Democrat commissioners on a five-member Federal Communications Commission who followed Obama’s wishes. Backed by over 300 pages of new regulations, the internet will become government regulated and subjected to key provisions of Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 under which the FCC oversaw Ma Bell – or we should say “broke up” Ma Bell.

Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, everything on the internet will have to pass a “just and reasonable” test administered by government bureaucrats who are certainly not known for being just or reasonable. One can expect the internet will run with the same efficiency as the VA and the same simplicity as Obamacare. It will also run slower, similar to the internet in Europe where regulations have curtailed broadband’s reach and staunched new investments in broadband.

Once again this president is forcing his personal agenda onto the nation, bypassing Congress, and using executive orders, presidential memoranda, and departmental regulations to make new laws that affect the entire nation. His “transformation of America” is highly influenced by a Marxist-Leninist class-struggle point of view he embraced in college while associating with radicals. This view is also protected by an elitist ego denying the validity of criticism.

If our representatives in Congress do not stop this runaway administration, there will be more irreversible damage. If you do not see the danger, you are part of the problem.

David J. Hentosh

Berkeley Sets Liberal Benchmark

December 16, 2014

Recently, Filmmaker Ami Horowitz went to the University of California’s Berkeley campus to conduct an experiment. Waving an ISIS flag, making remarks favorable to ISIS, and blaming America for world terrorism, Ami was ignored or encouraged, but never challenged by passing students.

When he later switched to waving an Israeli flag and denouncing Hamas, he was continually challenged, cursed at, and vilified. Students’ hatred and demeaning of Israel was vehemently pronounced while sympathy for Hamas seemed unanimous. Terrorist organizations such as ISIS and Hamas are unabashedly supported by Berkeley and academia in general.

Berkeley, California, of course, is a leader in “progressiveness” proudly forcing marijuana dispensaries to provide free medicinal marijuana to low-income customers, enacting a tax on soda, and putting warning labels on gas pumps. While the Berkeley campus prides itself on free speech, it hypocritically has no problem banning a speech by liberal Bill Maher solely due to his view on Muslims.

Ironically, Berkeley encourages students to embrace everything liberal while refusing to follow a local ordinance raising the minimum wage. Students speak out loudly and protest often concerning political issues, but very few students (14%) bothered to vote in the mid-term elections even though there were measures on the ballot affecting student life.

Berkeley’s liberalism has “progressed” to the point where victimizing criminals, as long as they are minorities, and bashing the USA are automatic reactions. Criminals or murderers who hate the USA, such as ISIS and Hamas, are ‘twofers’ and held in even higher esteem. Berkeley isn’t the only school actively indoctrinating students to sympathize with criminals and bash the USA, but it does set the benchmark for the liberal agenda at colleges and universities across the nation.

Schools in many Arab countries are encouraging students to hate Israel and the USA and adopt terrorism as a way of life. Schools in this country are encouraging students to hate the USA and rally with criminals against the evil American “system”. What kind of future does that predict for this country? With Berkeley leading the way, can there even be a future for this country?

David J. Hentosh

Democrats Politicize Ebola

October 16, 2014

It didn’t take long for Democrats to politicize the dangerous Ebola outbreak and begin blaming Republicans. A TV ad from the liberal Agenda Project tries to lay blame on Republican cuts in CDC funding for the current Ebola fiasco. The Huffington Post, some Democrat members of Congress, and even Hillary Clinton are also pointing to budget cuts to the CDC and NIH (National Institutes of Health) as reasons for poor preparation for the outbreak. These claims are easily debunked and the truth, as usual, is that government agencies are becoming more incompetent, inefficient, politically correct, and out of control.

From Michelle Malkin:

At $7 billion, the Centers for Disease Control 2014 budget is nearly 200 percent bigger now than it was in 2000. Those evil, stingy Republicans actually approved CDC funding increases in January larger than what President Obama requested…while Ebola and enterovirus D68 wreak havoc on our health system, the CDC has been busying itself with an ever-widening array of non-disease control campaigns…mandatory motorcycle helmet laws…$10 million last year to study violent video games… funded countless studies to prevent boo-boos and accidents on the nations’ playgrounds…funded studies and campaigns “promoting positive community norms” and “safe, stable, nurturing relationships” in homes and schools…Why is this the CDC’s business?

In 2000, the agency essentially lied to Congress about how it spent up to $7.5 million earmarked each year since 1993 for research on the deadly hantavirus…The CDC also misspent $22.7 million appropriated for chronic fatigue syndrome and was investigated in 2001 for squandering $13 million on hepatitis C research…the CDC has its own private funding pipeline…To date, the entity has raised some $400 million to support the CDC’s work.

Read it all here: The Centers for Everything but Disease Control

DJH

When “Rights” are Wrong

September 4, 2014

In a Labor Day speech, Obama brought up the idea of “rights” for illegal immigrants. This goes far beyond amnesty. It is an attempt to sanction and even legalize the illegality of sneaking across our border, insinuating that everyone has a “right” to come here, even illegally.

The country is currently experiencing chaos and economic stress due to Obama’s refusal to enforce immigration laws. More than 70,000 children have illegally crossed the border this year and are being sent to states for shelter, benefits, and schooling without even notifying those states. In 2013 there were 36,000 illegals awaiting deportation proceedings released from detention, many who were convicted of serious and violent crimes, and ICE declined to bring immigration charges against 68,000 other illegal alien criminals who were detained and released.

School systems across the country are being flooded with illegal immigrant children causing economic stress to the point of possible bankruptcy. It has been estimated that it will cost $760 million dollars this year to pay for their education. When you add the estimated $252/day it costs to care for each child, the total cost to taxpayers this year is estimated to be $2 billion dollars.

In spite of this impact, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, head of the Democratic National Committee, said illegals are “part of the backbone of our economy”; AFL-CIO union president Richard Trumka said he would like to see “affirmative action” for illegal immigrants; and Democratic candidate for governor of NY, Zephyr Teachout, said she wants state citizenship for illegals. What they really want is votes (and unions want their dues), but that’s hidden between the lines.

Bowing to Obama’s de facto amnesty policy, immigration court judges are setting hearing dates four years into the future while deported illegal aliens are even being invited back for reconsideration. A recently signed Memorandum of Understanding with Mexico ensures Mexican Nationals will have workplace rights regardless of their immigration status.

Considering that the net job growth in North Carolina since 2000 went to immigrants, both legal and illegal, the idea of “rights” for illegal immigrants is an insult to native-born citizens, especially those who lost their jobs in Obama’s failing economy. Sadly, it has become common practice for Obama to insult traditional Americans and international allies. It’s all part of his “transformation of America”.

David J. Hentosh

Common Sense Takes a Hike in Seattle

June 4, 2014

Washington State has the highest state minimum wage at $9.32 an hour, but the Seattle city council decided that $15 an hour is better. So, the road to hell received a new paving block with the good intention of a more than 50% increase in Seattle’s minimum wage. This feel-good, idealistic ordinance will have unintended consequences and the dominoes will begin falling.

The first domino to fall will wipe out some minimum wage jobs, hurting many who were supposed to be helped by this ordinance. Employers will have to cover the cost of this wage hike by eliminating jobs and increasing the work load for others. They will also think twice before bringing on new hires at any wage level.

Some adult minimum wage workers will be replaced with teens who are allowed by this ordinance to be paid less than $15 an hour. Families desperately dependent on an adult minimum wage earner will suffer and the cost of welfare and unemployment benefits will rise (tax increase on the horizon?). The replacement of adults with teens will also bring a lower level of competence to those jobs, resulting in reduced quality, productivity, and customer satisfaction.

Skilled workers now making $15 an hour will demand a raise – and rightly so. It would be an insult for an experienced, skilled worker to make the same hourly wage as a burger-flipper. Unions will certainly back up this demand and wages across the board will increase accordingly. As wages increase, so will prices – on everything.

Some workers will benefit from this increase, but a rising cost of living and the economic effect of other falling dominoes will make that short-lived. The idea that this will help the overall economy is similar to that of Obamacare lowering insurance premiums: Wishful thinking.

Believing something will happen does not make it so, and short-term “feel good” actions have long-term consequences. Socialist Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant gleefully tells us: “$15 in Seattle is just the beginning.” Some, however, believe it may be the beginning of the end.

David J. Hentosh

Believe Nothing

April 2, 2014

So, for months and months, the administration could not give any accurate numbers about Obamacare enrollments and did not know how many who may have enrolled actually paid. Now, with the deadline for enrollment reached, they know exactly how many have enrolled and that number is 7.1 million, just slightly more than the required number the administration said it had to get to be successful. How convenient.

This victory being claimed by the administration and the mainstream media is a deliberate ruse attempting to stop the damage Obamacare is having on Democrats. They are giving no numbers for how many actually paid premiums, how many were initially uninsured, how many are now paying more, or how many had their previous policies cancelled. However, numbers are available.

A new study from the RAND Corporation puts this into perspective and invalidates the administration’s victory dance. RAND estimates that the vast majority of enrollees were previously insured, backing up the same result found by the McKinsey management consulting firm. Furthermore, the vast majority of those who actually paid premiums were also previously insured.

The whole reason for Obamacare was to insure those with no insurance and that number certainly hasn’t come close to 7.1 million. Obamacare is still a disaster causing higher premiums and deductibles along with policy cancellations for many who already had insurance. The young people needed to finance this fiasco are still not signing up and the only ones coming out ahead are those getting taxpayer subsidies. Jobs are still being lost.

The administration and the media are engaged in manipulation turning every issue into a political football in order to advance an agenda. Science is being distorted, truth is being twisted, and “facts” are being manufactured as needed. Believe nothing. Especially, believe nothing from this administration concerning Obamacare. It NEEDS to claim success in order to continue a pretense of having credibility. That, however, was lost long ago.

David J. Hentosh

The Fallacy of Fairness

February 18, 2014

Like children, progressive liberals often scream “unfair” when something doesn’t go their way. In fact, their entire agenda is built around the unrealistic assumption that life must be “fair” in all things and the government must make it so. This has produced a ‘tail wagging the dog’ situation in society, shredding the idea of a “common good” and producing a culture obsessed with victimhood.

Obamacare shattered our health care system and burdened everyone for the sake of 10% of the population that was uninsured. Our borders continue to be unsafely protected for the sake of amnesty for an estimated 18 million illegal immigrants. The institution of marriage is being re-defined to the detriment of the traditional family unit in order to appease less than 5% of the population. Abortion, utilized by less than 3% of the population, is being subsidized by all through taxes, ignoring all moral or religious objections.

While it is admirable to consider fairness for all, it is unreasonable to always expect it and the pursuit of fairness for “victims” often produces unfairness elsewhere. The current push for a redistribution of wealth only considers those without, ignoring any fairness for those who worked hard to achieve their wealth.

To be truly “fair”, those with wealth who pay most of the nation’s taxes should have their vote count more than those who pay no taxes. They have more skin in the game and should receive more representation because of it, especially since those without will always vote to get “assistance” from tax revenues. There are reasonable arguments for this type of higher representation, but those with wealth are never deemed “victims” and, therefore, do not deserve fairness.

Parents teach children that life is not always fair, but it seems that is too often forgotten by adults. The tail wagging the dog will one day find the dog torn away by so much wagging. What will be considered “fair” when that happens?

David J. Hentosh

Survival of Obamacare Will Require More Mandates

November 14, 2013

In order for Obamacare to exist, the oppressive “mandate” for all to purchase insurance needed to be re-defined as a “tax” by the Supreme Court, but it remains a mandate nonetheless. Now that the rollout of Obamacare is proving to be a disaster, more flaws are coming to light and the only way to fix them will be with more government mandates.

Obama is being forced (particularly by Democrats running for election) to fulfill his promise that we can keep the insurance plans and doctors that we have. For that to occur, insurance companies that already cancelled millions of plans will have to re-instate them. That will require a law mandating those insurance companies to do so.

When insurance companies re-instate those plans they may have to increase coverage to meet Obamacare requirements which would raise the cost. Since many want to keep those policies because of low cost, another mandate will be needed to control the cost of those plans in order for people to actually be able keep those plans – or perhaps a mandate to eliminate those existing requirements.

Enrollment in Medicare since the Obamacare rollout is increasing and they will join with new Obamacare enrollees to tax (no pun intended) the existing medical system. There has already been a trend among doctors to refuse Medicare patients because of low reimbursements, so only a mandate to force doctors to accept Medicare patients can stop that trend.

This will eventually result in a shortage of doctors which can only be fixed by mandating that patients must first see a doctor’s assistant or nurse before getting an appointment with a doctor. The Obamacare excise tax on the medical device industry will surely have other unintended consequences requiring fixing by mandate.

The only way to make people do what they don’t want to do is by government mandate – ask the USSR, China, North Korea, Syria, or any other despotic regime. People are finally waking up to find they do not want Obamacare. The choice is between more mandates or repeal (followed by sensible comprehensive health care reform) and the next elections will let you decide.

David J. Hentosh