Obamacare’s unhealthy reliance on our youth

21NewTaxesIt is no real surprise that the roll out of Barack Obama’s healthcare proposal – dubbed the “Affordable Care Act” – has failed to garner the results that the government was hoping for.  Fraught with technical problems that rendered the Healthcare.gov web site virtually unusable in its infancy, the government-run health initiative has turned into an abysmal failure.

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has failed because there is very little incentive for our nation’s young and healthy population to signup for the program that provides them with very little benefit.  To survive, Obamacare needs healthy people to signup for coverage that they will probably never use.

A Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report cited only 24% of those who signed up for Obamacare through December were young and health Americans.  Worse, of those people who did signup for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, the report could not account for how many enrollees actually paid their premiums.

The problem: “Early data from a handful of state exchanges shows the administration needs more young adults to sign up in the next three months to help offset costs from older enrollees and prevent insurers from raising their rates,” Reuters wrote in a report earlier in the month.

This seemingly innocuous statement bears further analysis – in order for government-run healthcare to “work”, Washington needs young and healthy people to essentially throw their money away and overpay for health coverage in order to fund the health benefits of other people.

If this healthcare train wreck isn’t the very definition of redistribution of wealth, what is?

Obamacare helps to prove once again that a “free lunch” simply does not exist.  Everything needs to be funded, and that funding cannot simply appear out of thin air.  When a particular segment of society is screwed into paying for another segment of society, one cannot honestly expect the former to willingly fund the latter.

When the very laws of economics are ignored by our government, big and expensive initiatives like Obamacare fall to the ground.  When our government depends on people to fund the very livelihood of others, society quickly rebels in a natural attempt to keep their possessions secure.

Would you pay the cost of a Ferrari to drive around in a minivan?  Me either.  Why, then, would our government expect young people to pay for coverage they don’t need to fund coverage for someone else?

When one spends their life in government, the laws of economics never apply.

 

Group responsible for FBI theft comes forward

FBI_Badge_&_gunThe New York Times published an article detailing the account of a group of antiwar dissidents more than 40 years ago and their plan to break into an FBI building in Pennsylvania.  Their plan was to uncover and publicize documents that directly prove FBI corruption.

Their plan worked.

The documents revealed the true motivations of FBI director J. Edgar Hoover at the time, who now has a building named in his honor.  Hoover’s intent was to scare those critical of the war effort, and “get the point across there is an F.B.I. agent behind every mailbox.”  How lovely.

The article details how meticulously the group planned the attack.  They spent months observing the office.  They memorized the schedules of residents in the area.  One of the group’s female members posed as a job hunter in search of opportunities at the FBI for women.  In truth, she was looking around inside the FBI building for apparent signs of a security system.

Read the entire article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/07/us/burglars-who-took-on-fbi-abandon-shadows.html

DHS: Requiring suspicion before conducting searches “harmful”

Operating under rules put in place by George W. Bush in 2008, the Department of Homeland Security has assumed the authority to search people’s electronic devices close to our nation’s borders.  This means cell phones, cameras and computers can be confiscated and searched by the DHS, without cause, without suspicion and without any warrant – completely removing 4th amendment rights from everyone in the area. Continue reading

Fear: The most powerful weapon at our government’s disposal

When it comes to government and their expanding powers to rule, regulate and fight, a very clever tactic is employed to win the approval of large populations.  Never mind our vast quantities of weapons like missiles and ammunition.   The government has something far more powerful at its disposal, more potent than biological warfare and more devastating than the billions of rounds of ammunition that our government has recently stockpiled.  What our government uses to usurp liberties and freedoms from the American people, under the guise of security, is far more sinister.

It’s fear.

After the attacks on 9/11, we were told that unless we fight our enemies on their territory, we will be forced to fight them on ours.  And so we fought, sparing no expense.  We went to war and destroyed other nations on the taxpayer’s dime.  We also helped them to re-build, again, on the taxpayer’s dime.  We did this to supposedly eliminate a threat to the American people.

Well-publicized mass tragedies like Sandy Hook, Columbine or the Aurora, CO theater shootings have the same effect.  Emotions run hot and the environment becomes ripe for the government to strip Americans of their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.  Because once again, if the government does not get involved, more Americans will die at the barrel of a gun.

The impact that fear has over large populations cannot be ignored.  It is a powerful and brutally effective weapon to remove freedoms and liberties from the people, and cleverly enables government to consolidate more and more power into the hands of largely unaccountable politicians.  When the people are afraid, liberties are voluntarily given up.  A population scared for their lives will give up almost anything for protection.

If it saves just one child’s life, right?  Because if the government does not get involved, more people will certainly die.  If our government had not blown communities in Afghanistan and Iraq to smithereens, our nation would be at war with our enemies here at home…in our own backyard.  Scary, isn’t it?

Never mind the fact that our government is arming Syrian rebels that have vowed to destroy the United States and our interests.  Let’s forget about Benghazi, gun-running or the IRS scandal for a minute.  Americans are willing to forgive and forget, so long as they don’t have to worry about their livelihoods every night.

After all, who wants to live in fear?

Libertarian Party: Don’t investigate the IRS, abolish it!

no_irsAs politicians in Washington D.C. scramble to take best advantage of the IRS debacle over targeting conservative and Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny, the Libertarian Party has upped the ante and is calling for the elimination of the Internal Revenue Service altogether.  Forget the investigation…just get rid of it.

“We must abolish the IRS and end any need for a regulatory agency that snoops into people’s private lives,” said Libertarian party Executive Director Carla Howell.  She added that our federal government needs far fewer resources to address their constitutionally-authorized obligations.  “We don’t need an income tax, and we certainly don’t need the IRS,” Howell added.

If elimination were to be discussed, now would be the time.  Officials within the IRS refuse to admit what they know and when they knew it.  It is more clear than ever that corruption exists in all levels of government, and the IRS is quickly turning into a prime example of how rampant uncontrolled power and unaccountable government employees really are within our federal bureaucracy.  How much more evidence do Americans need before they stand up for their own rights and call for an end to one of the more historically corrupt entities of the federal government?

Once again, the Libertarian Party is the only party calling for an end to political corruption.  Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats have called for the elimination of the IRS, opting instead to maintain the abuse of so many American’s tax dollars and an insanely complex and punitive system of taxation.

“Individuals, businesses, and political organizations will all be safe from government interrogation and free to express their political views. It will dramatically increase the wealth of the private sector and inspire hundreds of billions of dollars in investment in small businesses and American jobs,” Howell said.

I was a Libertarian before it was cool

This is the Libertarian Party’s moment to shine.  Corruption has reached an all-time high in Washington D.C. and the American people are rightly becoming more and more suspect of their elected government officials.  From the Benghazi cover-up to the IRS scandal, from gun running (Fast and Furious) to the Associated Press privacy fiasco, the government is clearly out of control and the evidence is in plain sight.

This is nothing new.  This is what governments do when the people grant them virtually unchecked power.  Why does it take public scandal before Americans finally wake up to what’s been going on under their noses for decades?

And the people of our nation, once again, are left footing the bill.  The American people have a reason to start looking elsewhere for their political leadership – as they always have.  Will this mean the majority of Republicans and Democrats will jump ship to the Libertarians?  Of course not.  And honestly, they don’t need to.  The Libertarian movement has always been around and always will be.  We are willing to accept anyone to the side of freedom and liberty.

But if Americans truly want change in their country, it is imperative that they finally stop believing that it is their job to vote for the lesser of two evils because, as all Americans plainly see, evil is still evil however you slice it.  Your party affiliation does not matter as much as your votes do.  Vote for freedom and start experiencing everything that this great nation has to offer.  Or, continuing vote for evil, and our government will forever remain…evil.

I am a damn proud Libertarian.  I am a Libertarian because I have two eyes, both in working order.  I cringe when I look at my paycheck every two weeks and see the money being confiscated from me.  I see our government’s never-ending drive to disarm the American people and throw away parts of the Constitution.  I see the federal government running up deficits and asking Americans to cut back and spend responsibly even when our own politicians would never dream of using the same philosophy with our money at the national level.

Benghazi made it cool again to be a Libertarian, but it should not take major public scandals to wake the population up to the systematic failures of their own government.  It should not take the loss of freedom before Americans begin to love freedom.  But it does.