The world turns and things happen, so we have thoughts to share about all those things that go bump in the night…..
There is justifiable concern about the new Obamacare exchanges being establish to enroll and monitor participation in that new socialized medicine program. First, the complexity will create problems in and of itself. The new system will be an interaction between HHS, the IRS, Homeland Security, Immigration, Social Security and Medicare and Medicaid programs. Lots of luck with that working out right. How comfortable will you be giving your social security number, address, and other personal data on the computer to all the agencies? Sure as the world someone right away will be denied their application with the Feds saying they aren’t even a citizen when they were born and raised here and have been paying taxes for decades. You want the NSA having access to everything on that application? Also there has been recently concern about the IRS getting information about your health insurance or other health data. The IRS official testifying said they would not get that info and only financial data to determine if you are eligible for a subsidy. Not true. Read the Obamacare act itself. Under that the HHS secretary has the authority to troll all federal agencies for any information the Secretary deems appropriate to determine health policy and procedures under Obamacare. Read it for yourself. The IRS can get your health info to determine your eligibility and search for tax fraud. Once you give your personal data to the Feds it is available to all the Feds. Have fun. All under the pains and penalties of the federal criminal statutes that cover any lying to a Federal authority of any kind.
Spain is definitely a left-leaning and socialist, big government haven. They have many strict labor laws favoring the unions and workers like most of Europe. But just within the last week that government has announced plans to consider lowering or eliminating the minimum wage to boost employment. Given their history that is a real mind bender.
It is sad that we have lost 4000 plus killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each is a tragedy for family and friends and has its own meaning. After the phoney war during the winter of ’39 and ’40 when Hitler attacked France and the
West, the British lost about 50,000 dead within only about 6 weeks of combat before they withdrew from Dunkirk. Then that late summer, fall and early winter of ’40 during the Blitz against Great Britain some 43,000 civilians were killed.
All Federal employees should be required to report any political contribution they make. They should be allowed to make them all they want. But they do work on our money and even Franklin Roosevelt said they should not be allowed to have a union. The IRS scandal only highlights this need. If 90% of them give to the Democrat party that is their right but the money they gave came from us in the first place and we should have a right to know their political donations. When you are fighting with the folks at the Labor department or EPA you should at least know how prejudiced they may be against you because of your political leanings. They should be neutral in all their work but the NLRB, EPA and the IRS actions of the last few years clearly reveal that those bureaucrats bring their politics to their job and allow it to influence their official actions. That is contrary to everything American. They are their to serve us, not dictate to us.
If your are not, you should be very concerned about our current Administration’s plan under Hagel to conduct joint military exercises with China within a day’s steaming of Hawaii. It’s one thing to have lines of communication with their military to avoid accidental confrontations but quite another to let them look under our skirt at how our Navy operates during wartime. China is on a massive military buildup with a strategic emphasis on their navy. This is as stupid as continuing to supply Japan with iron ore and steel after their bloody wars and attacks against China and Manchurian during the ’30’s. The young neocons in China are very aggressive in their approach to world affairs and seek a return to even more authoritarian control of their population. If anything we should be telling them to stay the hell away from Hawaii and don’t even get close and not give them any data about our capabilities; they steal enough as it is.
The Feds for a long time have applied the carrot and the stick approach to “flip” targets of investigation or mere witnesses in some cases to reveal information about others. They can be and often are ruthless in doing this. They can promise to drop all charges, threaten to investigate your family members even if they had no connection to the events being investigated, put you in the worst prison in the country or recommend probation. Those are only examples the threats and favors offered are manifold. Now with the revelations about the very wide-spread surveillance the NSA and who knows what other government entity is doing with phone records and now your computer it is even more concerning. They are allegedly grabbing email, chats, websites visit data, credit card data, cell phone locations and no doubt even more. Soon when the SEC is investigating someone they will start off by saying we want to talk to you about those porn sites you visit, those cigars you ordered online and didn’t pay sales taxes for, that viagra you bought online, why were you seeing the doctor last May, tell us about that website with instructions for cleaning a .45 pistol? Before they even get to the heart of the matter they will be intimidating you hard. If any branch of the government has data on you do you really believe that eventually it wouldn’t be shared with any other branch of government? Where do you want that wall of privacy to be built? You best make up your mind soon and let it be known or the Feds will define it for you and mayhap you want cotton to their definition.
“A bad workman always blames his tools” Anon. http://www.olcranky.wordpress.com