Monday, May 25, 2015
On this Memorial Day, we shall take the time to remember the fallen who have sacrificed so much at the hands of our nation’s most implacable foe: Man-Made Global Warming.
No burqa can hide the sinister machinations of this amorphous enemy. No Northeastern snowstorm on this venerable holiday can placate this Carbon Dioxide monster from heating up the world’s surface.
We must conquer the enablers who dare finger the world’s thermostat. We must lop off the hand that rocks the world! Modernity, along with a technology ravenous populace, has shaken the very foundation of statism, and this will not stand!
The real enemy of the United States – Nay! – of all mankind are Climate Deniers who poke holes in our flawed data; make fun of our preposterous doomsday proselytizing; point out that not one of our models have come to fruition; or reveal our manipulation of surveys and research.
These ingrates don’t realize our subterfuge is a tactical maneuver to save them and the planet at large. We are the ones they’ve been waiting for, even if they don’t realize it!
So today, let’s remember the casualties of man-made global warming: unscrupulous politicians who were voted out of office; opportunistic scientist who’ve lost their grant money and reputations; fools who paid carbon reduction fees; and the media who’re on the frontlines of this massive fraud.
No wreath will be laid for the disgraced. No, Tomb of the Unknown Fleeced to be guarded. Only pride in the conviction that this war will go on, until the freedoms and bank accounts of every American shall be rendered – of the federal government, by the federal government, and for the federal government, so help Mother Earth.
The best way a handful of businesses in any given industry can guarantee profits, marginalize competitors, and bailout their mismanaged company is to become a government sponsored cartel. We’ve seen this “most favored” status conferred upon select banks, auto makers, and various businesses that know how to milk the government teat. Their names need not be listed. We all know who they are.
The health insurance industry has become the next “too big to fail” government sponsored cartel and Obamacare is the vehicle for which a handful of businesses will shelter themselves from a massive failure with the expectation that taxpayers will bail them out.
The handwriting is on the wall. Performance is not meeting expectations. This means massive increases in premiums. Big insurance knew this was coming, as well as their enablers in Washington D.C.
The Washington Examiner reported the following:
This is an ominous sign for the future of Obamacare, because two federal programs that were supposed to act as training wheels for insurers in the early years of Obamacare by absorbing excess risk are set to expire after 2016. If insurers don't do a better job of attracting a healthier risk pool, 2017 promises to be a rocky year for insurance markets, regardless of which party is in control of the White House.
In the first two years of the implementation of Obamacare's insurance exchanges (2014 and 2015), insurers set rates with the expectation that the government would absorb a certain degree of risk and they made assumptions about the medical costs of their enrollees.
And here comes the rub:
In a scenario in which there are massive industry-wide losses (and thus there isn't enough money being raised by the program to make it self-sustaining), Republicans argued that the program would take on the characteristics of an open-ended taxpayer bailout.
At first, the administration said the program would be budget neutral – meaning it would only make payments to insurers up to the amount that was collected from other insurers. But that led to a furious backlash from insurers last spring, as lobbyists and company executives warned of serious rate hikes for policies starting in 2015 unless they were given added reassurance that the federal money would continue to flow
Now that insurers have had more time to look at the claims coming in from those enrolling from Obamacare, they're finding that the pool of customers is older and sicker than originally projected, driving up medical costs. Meanwhile, federal help isn't what they anticipated.
Or, do they? Does anyone truly believe Washington D.C. is going to let this government program fail?
Posted by TLCoston at 6:22 AM
On Memorial Day, Americans honor those who fought and died for a cause greater than themselves. Few have experienced the horrors of war. Many know the pain of losing a loved one on a distant battlefield.
Here is an excerpt from an article published in the Cecil Daily on how Decoration Day became Memorial Day:
Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.
Maj. Gen. John A. Logan declared that Decoration Day should be observed on May 30. It is believed that date was chosen because flowers would be in bloom all over the country.
The first large observance was held that year at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The ceremonies centered around the mourning-draped veranda of the Arlington mansion, once the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee. Various Washington officials, including Gen. and Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant, presided over the ceremonies. After speeches, children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the GAR made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns.
Russia has come up with a novel idea on how to deal with NGO’s that meddle in their internal affairs: outlaw them. Here is an excerpt from CNN:
The law was passed earlier in the week by both houses of the Russian parliament. It says that a foreign non-governmental organization can be recognized as undesirable if it poses a threat to the constitutional order of the Russian Federation or to the country's defense and security.
Maybe, we should do the same thing, but instead, we would target NGO’s like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; it was these two organizations that brought about the 2008 financial collapse along with their enablers in Washington D.C.
How about States’ outlaw agencies that undermine their constitutional prerogatives? Our prisons would be filled with federal agents who arbitrarily abuse citizens and bully state governments into submission.
Russia might be onto something.