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What Happened to California? by The Elephant's Child

Here is Victor Davis Hanson on Tucker Carlson’s program talking about their native state of California. Both were born and grew up in California. Victor Davis Hanson is the 6th generation living in the same house, with obviously a deep sense of family history.I have lived in California, on both sides of the Bay area, and in Southern California. As I often say, I can remember when anyone who did not live in San Francisco dressed up to go to the city. Now, Travel agents and event planners suggest avoiding San Francisco because of the prevalent feces on the sidewalks and the  needles and addicts also on the sidewalks. So how did a once beautiful city and a once ‘golden’ state go so haywire?

California is now a state with probably more billionaires than any other and definitely with the largest number of people in poverty. Jerry Brown is not rated as abjectly low as the governors of Oregon and Washington in fiscal discipline—but what is it with this coastal corridor? There are lessons to be learned here.

Democrats In Denial! They Think It’s Just The Website. by The Elephant's Child

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Every day the news about ObamaCare gets worse, and we’re still in the Please sign up phase. People have not yet focused on what comes next. There is progress however. During a trip to the Miami area, Secretary of Health and Human services Kathleen Sebelius admitted that some people will pay higher premiums under Obama Care. (Don’t laugh.) She said:

There are some individuals who may be looking at increases. I think you cannot make a statement based on cost unless you compare what they had to what they’re going into.

I’m beginning to think that Democrats are in a state of pure denial. They think the problem is the rollout of the website, which is of course a complete fiasco. Instead of the promised average savings of $2,500 per family, the opposite has been true in most cases as deductibles have increased and premiums have risen sharply. But they believe the coverage will be much better. For most people it means unnecessarily more expensive, depriving them of their doctors and reassigning them to a narrower network, and other facilities, while forcing them to pay for benefits Democrats assume are wonderful, but which most people don’t want. Here’s Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent:

“the GOP outrage about Americans supposedly ‘losing’ coverage is largely just more of the same old misdirection. It’s a subset of a larger Republican refusal to have an actual debate about the law’s tradeoffs—one in which the law’s benefits for millions of Americans are also reckoned with in a serious way.”

Once a law is passed by Congress, even one without a single Republican vote, and signed by the President, it becomes law. But apparently it all works differently now and the administration is busily rewriting deadlines, insurers are being told to cover people anyway, even if they haven’t paid, to cover prescriptions and the government will pay them back for any losses. Secretary Sebelius has reportedly engaged a PR firm to help HHS to keep from looking stupid in the face of the debacle. The part where you lose your doctor was apparently written in sometime after the bill became law. This isn’t the way things are supposed to be done. It’s illegal as all hell. 

It seems that every day we learn something new about the insurance plans. And this is a big one. The ObamaCare exchanges that so many Americans are being forced into provide only local medical coverage. Spend part of the winter in the South to escape the cold? Sorry, you may not be covered, Most of the policies offered on the ObamaCare exchanges are not national networks, so “if you need routine medical services, they will not be covered when you leave your local area,” as they were before.

Unrestricted movement as a natural right of our American liberties? Nobody expected that. The Democrats writing ObamaCare into law obviously didn’t understand insurance. To make their grasp for more power over the people, they threw in all sorts of unnecessary benefits — free contraceptives, free diagnostic tests, keep  your kids on your policy until they are 26, and I don’t know what else. Each of these things has a cost, in many cases a big cost. To cover those expenses, insurance companies had to rein in costs elsewhere, which meant restricting the networks of physicians and facilities, and apparently not covering anything out-of-network.

The people who were writing up the legislation in the back rooms of Congress were politicians. There’s a lot of expertise in insurance companies. They pay very big salaries to actuaries who can do studies to tell how frequently a particular disease or medical incident occurs in the country, and they pay the big salaries because those people are very good at math and worth every cent. Did the Democrats writing the Affordable Care Act have some Actuaries in to help them figure out how to set the thing up? Does anybody think that members of Congress are really good at math? We have rather an extensive list of proof that they are reasonably clueless in that department. They’re not much good at economics either. They are politicians. They make promises. Mostly by the time you find out they’re not going to keep the promises, the world has moved on, and it’s all forgotten.

I don’t think they have any understanding of what a dreadful mess they have created, and think that as soon as they get the website fixed, all will be well. Who doesn’t want free contraceptives?

Childish Temper Tantrums by Democrats. by The Elephant's Child

This is what Democrats do. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) arrived before a camera and microphone backed by 10-12 women holding pre-printed signs — “stand up for WOMEN”S HEALTH”— to say that:

This is probably one of the worst times we’ve seen because the numbers of people elected to Congress.  I went through this as co-chair of the arts caucus.   In 94 people were elected simply to come here to kill the National Endowment for the Arts.  Now they’re here to kill women.

You are allowed to have an abortion if you have been raped or it’s a matter of incest.  However, you have to keep a receipt.  Did you know that? It’s sort of like an old German Nazi movie. Show your papers!

Can we have a little deranged excess here? Republicans want to eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which is a minor amount.  Planned Parenthood is a private organization,  not a governmental responsibility.  It is the largest abortion supplier in the country, quite capable of being self supporting. Clients would still get their abortions and birth control advice. They might have to have do a little more fundraising.  Kill women?  Nazis?

Media dupes, always ready to carry water for the Democrats, have been out in full-throated cry, trying to see who can rouse up the most rabble to be outraged that the Republicans are trying to cut a little spending and save the country from bankruptcy.

Federal Tax revenue: $2,179, 900,000,000 (roughly).   Federal Spending $3,534,127.000.000.  According to the U.S. Debt Clock.

In the previous times that the government has shut down, it has always been for a matter of a day or two, at most a week.  For most government employees it’s a day or two of vacation with pay.  If you are planning a trip to a National Park this weekend, you might be inconvenienced, if they can’t come to an agreement. Democrats want a shutdown.  The demagoguery is pre-planned, just as the signs are pre-printed.

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