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October 22nd, 2013 - 12:33 am

It may not be news in principle, but its still disheartening to learn the details of political corruption, rather like walking in on someone you knew was having in affair in theory before seeing them in flagrante delicto. Peter Schweizer lays out gory excerpts from his book, Extortion: How Politicians Extract Your Money, Buy Votes and Line Their Own Pockets  in the New York Times.  It makes depressing reading, but it is also very illuminating.

Schweizer describes “John Boehner’s ‘Tollbooth’, by which the Speaker of the House extracts money by soliciting political donations before he holds crucial votes on the House floor. He details the Obama “Protection Money” racket, where the Administration targets industries for criminal investigation but passes over the lintels of those who are key political donors. Doubtless Schweizer regales us with many other forms of this activity, but they boil down to the same thing.

Schweizer’s expose makes it easy to understand why the “showdown” over Obamacare and the debt ceiling was in many respects an act.  It wasn’t about “yes” or “no” but always about ‘how much’.

Money, or rather the lack of it, is the root of all evil. And often the public, fatted on the narrative, is the last to know.  We now learn that Federal Workers are going to get backpay for the days they missed and collect unemployment insurance for those same days to boot. That the Senate budget deal which ended the shutdown actually provided backpay as part of the bipartisan settlement. It turns out that nobody lost a dime in the crisis that was billed as the End of the World, unless of course you count the taxpayers. And they don’t count.

But you didn’t really need to read Schweizer’s book to guess what it says. Of late government officials have taken to hawking influence openly, from the housetops. The Washington Post noted that Kathleen Sebelius had “gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law, two people familiar with the outreach said.” I wonder what she needed the money for. She had six hundred million and now has access to an unlimited debt ceiling, yet all the public has seen so far is what one tech professional described as a Third World website.  Maybe a X billion from contributions gets it to Second World standard.

Note the use of the word: “outreach” in the Sebelius story. That’s the in term for when you have your hand out.

Or you can just read the Washington Examiner to understand why “immigration reform” will never die, no matter the outrage, no matter the consequences. It’s nothing to do with public policy, rights and wrong, mom and apple pie or even compassion for the poor Mexicans struggling  to breathe free.  John Yarmuth explains what it’s really about.

At a recent Congressional Hispanic Conference meeting, Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth, of Kentucky, noted that the forces of comprehensive immigration reform include vastly wealthy businesses willing to spend big to win. And the other side? “There is no money on the other side of the issue,” Yarmuth said. “There is nobody out there ready to spend $100 million against this.” For the pro-reform side, supporters like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg — who wants looser visa standards for foreign high-tech workers — can rustle up that much with the help of a few Silicon Valley friends.

“There is no money on the other side of the issue” means that “immigration reform” passes. It’s that blatant. Politicians don’t even bother to hide the shakedown any more. Al Gore warned investors against investing in oil stocks because, you know what, that oil is never going to reach the market.

“The valuation of those companies and their assets is now based on the assumption that all of those carbon assets will be sold and burned. They are not going to be burned. They cannot be burned and will not be burned. No more than one-third can ever possibly be burned without destroying the future.”

It’s not going to reach the market because it has to go through the tollbooth, turnstile, protection agreement, reform and Al Gore. So take his word for it: don’t buy oil stocks.

There is among some ordinary people the belief that some guy on a white horse will save them from the toll collectors. But unless the Lone Ranger shows up history teaches that ordinary people just get the shaft, crumple up and die. Nobody came to save the victims of the Katyn Massacre in 1940 or now. “The European Court of Human Rights has ruled Russia did not violate the rights of the relatives of the 1940 Katyn massacre victims … The ECHR ruled it has no competence in verifying the adequacy of the Russian investigation into events which had taken place ten years before the European Convention on human rights was adopted.”

Did the Poles actually expect the European Court of Human Rights to get up on a white horse? Unfortunately, there isn’t much justice on the earth and what there is results either from personal effort or from God at the last trumpet. Near as history can tell the bad guys mostly get away. NKVD chief executioner Vasili Blokhin killed 7,000 Poles personally in Katyn, working at the rate of 300 a day. He even used a .25 caliber Walther pistol so his hand wouldn’t hurt.

Blokhin would stand waiting behind the door in his executioner garb: a leather butcher’s apron, leather hat, and shoulder-length leather gloves. Then, without a hearing, the reading of a sentence or any other formalities, each prisoner was brought in and restrained by guards while Blokhin shot them once in the base of the skull with a German Walther Model 2 .25 ACP pistol. He had brought a briefcase full of his own Walther pistols, since he did not trust the reliability of the standard-issue Soviet TT-30 for the frequent, heavy use he intended.

For his efforts he received the Order of the Red Banner from Stalin and even made the modern record books. “His count of 7,000 shot in 28 days remains the most organized and protracted mass murder by a single individual on record, and earned him the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Prolific Executioner’ in 2010.” If you don’t believe in God — and it’s not fashionable these days to — then you’ve got to admit, Blokhin got away.

But it’s people like Blokhin that compel us to define our lives. People like him, and to a lesser extent events like tollbooths and extortion make it hard to lamely sink back into indifference. They’re too obvious, too much like the devil walking in the broad day unfettered by either the European Court of Human Rights nor any other human agency to ignore. Once you realize that nobody will save you it is clear that you can’t go back to the six pack and featured game even if you could still afford the beer and cable.

The sophisticated elite laughingly say that only the foolish to believe in eternal justice. And by that they mean it’s best to be satisfied with whatever we get from them. But you might well argue that its even more foolish to believe in justice from human institutions. Because we ain’t going to get squat from them. So what’a a man to do? Camus once argued that the only meaningful question facing the thinking man was why he should not commit suicide. But Camus is wrong. The only real dilemma is why we should not choose to be like Blokhin.

If the bad guys win then we should hasten to join them. Board the gravy train. Don’t ask about justice. Ask Boehner instead for a job in the tollbooth. Don’t get outraged at the Obama shakedown. Focus on getting your share of the pie. Don’t expect an Obamacare website that works. Do you think the bosses care? Take a cue from Sebelius and use it as a tin cup to shake down some pennies. The despair of some old retired couple eating dog food to afford crappy Obamacare coverage should be the least of your worries. Forget that Global Warming is a fraud. The only fraud we should dislike is when we’re not part of the division of spoils.

To choose not to be like Blokhin is so unreasonable that being decent is really an act of faith that would put many a religious zealot to shame, though we seldom think of it as such. We should jump at the chance to be scoundrels. Why don’t we? The greatest mystery in the world is whatever possesses so many people to choose decency. We might think a miracle is a mountain levitating but that’s nothing beside the spectacle of humanity in age after age going on despite everything.

It can’t be because they hope for justice from the European Court of Human Rights. Fat chance of that. The only explanation is that some residual stubbornness or unquenchable hope condemns humanity to refuse to buckle under, so that there are always enough fools in each generation of the world to say, ‘hey carbon man, the hell with you’. And that keeps the world from going under. Not that it takes it to perfection, but it forces the match to another round, in a bout whose scorecard no one can predict. As Tolkien wrote of his mythical everyman: ‘We will bear the Ring, though we do not know the way.’


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Well, I think the past is a reason to be decent, too, as it is a storehouse of examples to point the present to work toward a future-- even if one does not or cannot have biological children. As just one example, Macaulay's Horatius draws his courage from the traditions of his Roman ancestors:

"And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
And the temples of his gods?"

With regard to present-day faiths, both Judaism and Christianity are religions based on historical memory. Our Jewish friends recall the mighty acts of God in rescuing them from slavery in Egypt every year at Passover. And Christians remember and reenact every Sunday what Jesus did with and for His friends on the night He was betrayed, while we wait for His return.

And then there is the American past: "Remember the Alamo"; "remember Pearl Harbor"; "remember 9/11"-- and I would add, "remember Benghazi."
These links to the past can be individual as well as collective-- since Wretchard asks why some of us still "bear the Ring," I will say that one reason for me (among others) is the memory of a father who jumped out of a glider over Normandy in 1944 so that the child he did not yet have would never have to live in fear of a dictator.

Of course the Progressives that Blast mentions have done their best (or worst) to cut us off from the past in favor of dwelling in an everlasting present. I think that one reason that the Progs don't believe in children is that they have not outgrown childhood themselves. To really "think of the children," they would first have to grow up, and that's too much to ask.
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Wretchard, you are certainly correct. The bad guys will largely "get away with it" until Judgment Day in the hereafter.

On the other hand, there are good men (and women) out there. Not all demand graft. Those that do are simply compromised individuals; i.e. if they ever had a conscience, they long ago forgot what it was for. They've embraced situational ethics to self-justify nearly anything they do. Evil must be consistently opposed; there is no alternative.

That's why politics as the art of compromise is a lie. How do you compromise core principles, literally the difference between "right" and "wrong"? You can't, without being corrupted yourself. I learned this in the Navy as a young officer. Whatever your predecessor did, the men you took command of assumed you would do also. Some senior enlisted would certainly try to goad a young Ensign into just "signing off like the Lieutenant always did". It took quite a bit of intestinal fortitude at times to stand on the regulations, i.e. to stand on ethical principles.

Another relevant story: I once visited a relative's vacation house on the Colorado river. Most other homes in that area were in the multimillion dollar range; his was not. I've never really been an envious man. I've always reasoned that I'm blessed with health and some intelligence, and if there's something in this world that I want badly enough, I have no excuse for envying something that someone else has, and not working for it myself.

However, there was a house near his which was in the $millions range, a true symbol of wealth and living well. I found out that it was owned by an influential politician in my County. I knew his story, i.e. humble origins, was a "public servant" prior to entering politics, and literally made every visible nickle he owned working in California government. I didn't envy his wealth, but thought "how odd, he salary is about what I make, yet look how well he's done; I guess that I must be lazy or stupid ...".

It didn't take much intuition or inside knowledge to realize that his toll booth was working overtime.

But, as we've all observed here, the money is running out. There's not enough government money in the world to build the private enterprise necessary to sustain it. The more they spend, the more they print, the more they skim, the sooner the end.

One more observation: No matter what kind of checks and balances exist in government, nor how effectively they are enforced, there WILL always be a certain amount of waste and graft. It's the nature of the beast. If the average amount were, for example, 1%, the sheer amount of money spent since Obama took office has multiplied the opportunities for graft. Based on Obama's penchant for luxury, the minimal controls placed on him and his Tzars, and the already known "disappearance" of government funds, it's reasonable to assume that the Obama administration will turn out to be the most corrupt in American history. $Billions are being directed by Executive Order alone, with little or no Congressional Appropriation control. I have no doubt, none at all, that (a) everyone working at senior levels in the Obama administration will leave their government service fabulously wealthy, and (b) if there is any kind of retroactive GSA audit by a future Administration, the amount of graft will shock the American public.

Obama will make Boss Tweed's Tammany Hall government look like a convent by comparison.
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"there isn’t much justice on the earth"
Yes, there is just us.

There is only one reason to be decent, with two cases. The reason is the future. The cases are either sacred, a belief in divine retribution, or secular, a belief in children. It is awkward to refer to a belief in a generational legacy as profane.

One consequence of the Progressive projects of mainstreaming homosexuality and normalizing abortion was shifting people's focus from the future to the present. If the reason for work is to create a decent safe world for future generations then people save make sacrifices and risk bodily harm to challenge evil. If there is no future then you might as well grab yours and run like hell. The Iron Law of Sniggering Misdirection reveals their intentions. When Progressives say "It is for the children" that is your clue that they don't believe in children.
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"Nobody but us" --news coming that about 20 minutes ago, Angela Merkel phoned Obama and lit into him about her personal phone being monitored by the NSA. She just found out about it, says Fox Biz News, and went straight to the phone and called the president.
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Wretchard's post reminded me of last Sunday's reading from Luke, the parable of the persistent widow:

Then Jesus[a] told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. 3 In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ 4 For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, 5 yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’”[b] 6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. 7 And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? 8 I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

You'll be glad to hear I only post infrequently here. You can stop reading here if your own thoughts jump out at you. I'm about to use some preacher terms I'm not accustomed to using myself, may your modern ears stay with me. In my ruminations I note that Jesus himself was teaching those who lacked faith in God. It's almost as if he was speaking to someone like me, in my own time. Our pastor urged us to pray, especially if we have given up on prayer before, with petitions, adoration, thanksgiving, charity. Then we can clothe ourselves in righteousness, or spiritual armor.

Jesus reveals that God wants us to show mercy to one another, as Christ Himself. That is essential as we are all sinners, not just in specific failings but as part of the human condition, it is inevitable that we will sin. It may in fact be the way that we come to know ourselves, so that we can give up ourselves. Then we grasp what it means to speak of original sin, and the unperfectability of this world. Doesn't this understanding inform our political outlook?

We are reminded to show mercy every time we pray the Lord's prayer. Forgive us our sins as (in proportion to?) we forgive others. But God is also the God of absolute justice. I'm not sure how we work through that tension, maybe in real time. But at a minimum it requires that we pass through an extended adolescence to adulthood. Those two terms are defined within this context, as the actions of the young demanding to live on their own terms, after parental instruction, stepping out over the line. And facing the void, and egoistic oblivion. When the devil can turn his gaze on you in your nakedness, defenseless. Then the prodigal son can return. Then an ethic is possible for an individual to own.

There are those who are happy to perpetuate the adolescense of others the better to gain control over them. The sexual revolution, for example, is staggering in its impact. This is tied to a misunderstanding about understanding, that to understand all one needs to do is take a really good look, which ultimately reduces man to something less than he is, a self transcending being. It is claimed one has only to look to understand man, he needs sustenance, sex, shelter. Everything else is ephemeral. One has only to put kids through the school system to get educated citizens. One has only to reorganize the system of providing health care to make things fair.

It seems to me that when you recognize that you are being lied to, you find your own soul, because you need something more than just eye stimulus and government education to understand. You need you. Recognizing the lie shatters it. Or, the lie shatters when we recognize it. Then we can understand what it means to have a soul. One you can lose.

What might prove useful for America is to find a way to communicate that sense of betrayal when eyes are opened to Obamacare's consequences, to help others to see as well. To see the campaign. Because scapegoating the opposition is sure to follow. God may not exist, but the devil is real enough.
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I have found that prayers are best said for others, not oneself. Do unto others....

I had an interesting exchange with Cathleen Falsani when she took to the pages of the Chicago Sun Times to proclaim her anger at God for her mother's cancer. (She has written a book which deals with God's grace http://www.amazon.com/Sin-Boldly-Field-Guide-Grace/dp/product-description/031027947X

I reminded her that she was speaking God's name with a potty mouth, and she agreed to do better. Some way or another, she soon announced that her mother was suddenly cancer free. I think it was all the prayers her readers said for her mother. They did not have a personal interest in her mother's health, but she got better none the less. They prayed for others, not themselves. And, with luck, if you live a righteous life, someone will pray for you too.
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Thanks for the link. I laughed when I read the title, a reference to a letter by Luther, and ordered a Kindle version.
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RW3, re Katyn:

The Germans also brought in representatives of the International Red Cross, from neutral countries, along with film crews and photographers. The Red Cross was allowed to film and photograph the proceedings, meticulously and at length, as the Germans excavated the mass graves of the murdered Polish officers. Films and photos of the dead were made and released to the media worldwide, including the United States, where they were shown as newsreels in movie theaters. Many of the film/photos were of partially decomposed bodies, grisly skeletal remains still clad in their uniforms with patches of skin and hair on the skulls and faces. The Germans publicized the massacres not because they were shocked by the atrocities but rather because they wanted to show how horrible the Soviet regime was and by extension to garner support for what they had advertised as their righteous crusade against Bolshevism. Of course even while this was going on the Germans were keeping themselves quite busy in Poland systematically rounding up and murdering Polish gentiles and Jews alike.

Full disclosure: I have interviewed many Polish Jews who survived the Holocaust in Poland and many Polish Catholic veterans of the Armia Krajowa, the Home Army, who fought as partisans in the forests of western Poland and/or who took part in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944; and I have written extensively on the subject of Poland in World War 2. Ask a Pole who was worse, Germans or Russians, and they will ask in return: "What day are we talking about?" One Polish veteran of the Warsaw Uprising put it to me this way: "The Germans will come at you straight on and tell you that they are going to kill you, and then they will try to kill you. The Russians will put their arm around your shoulder and smile and tell you that they are your friend; and then they will stab you in the back. Either way, you can wind up dead."
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I should like to add that the Germans no less than the Soviets were determined to destroy Poland and Polish society and murdered several million Poles to achieve this goal. Millions more were enslaved and worked to death in Auschwitz and other concentration camps. In World War II the 3 million Polish gentiles and 3 million Polish Jews were killed: a total of 6 million.

But the Poles never stopped fighting. They are among the most extraordinary people Western civilization has produced.
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"Unfortunately, there isn't much justice on the earth and what there is results either from personal effort or from God at the last trumpet."

Or from the barrel of a gun. What is described is the actions of a bully or better known as a thug. Historically there is only one sure fire to deal with that type.
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The opponents of capitalism have taken over the main stream media and lie about the source of wealth. Nobody realizes that it doesn't come from the government but from productive work.
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Al Gore may think oil is dead money but no less a source than Warren Buffett's partner Charlie Munger thinks oil prices are going much higher over the long term. http://seekingalpha.com/article/1631292-charlie-munger-thinks-oil-is-absolutely-certain-to-become-incredibly-short-in-supply

It would seem that there is money on BOTH sides of some issues.
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We live in an ironic age. The atheist fascists who do all they can to mock, deride , ridicule and attempt to bury Christianity prove in spades one of its basic doctrines, the Calvinist view of the utter depravity of man.
I stood a couple years ago under the tree at the Genocide memorial aka the killing fields in Phnom Penh where Pol Pot's merry little monsters dashed babies brains out by swinging them into the tree. They say when it rains, the bone fragments leech up from the cursed soil. God's book says "the blood of the innocents cries out from the ground, saying 'how long, Lord?"
I saw graffiti once that said, "God is dead" signed Nietzsche and under it, it read, "Nietzsche is dead" signed God. And one day there will be a road to perdition with Burma Shave signs: Al Gore is dead...Nancy Pelosi is dead...John Boenher is dead...Richard Dawkins is dead...Obama is dead...
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The Calvinist view of the utter depravity of man is not a basic doctrine of Christianity. Sacred Scripture says we "fall short" of the glory of God. Sin is "missing the mark". So we're basically good folks, but we're just a couple of tacos short of the combination plate we need at the Banquet of God. Fortunately God's Son makes up for what we lack.
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And you are pushing an erroneous definition of utter depravity, as well as what appears to be a heretical view of the nature of man.

It is not a mathematical formula, wherein "utter" equals 100% but "fall short" equals a quantity less than 100 but greater than 0.

"Utter" in "utter depravity" means "radical." "Radical" as in "root." Meaning man, at his root, has a sin nature. We are all sinners. Not "basically good folks" who "miss the mark" on some mathematical scale of purity and who need Jesus to fill in the remaining percentage. There is NOTHING inherently holy in our nature. Christ is as utterly holy as we are utterly depraved, which is why our sin nature must die and we "born again" with a Christ nature. This is why the New Testament (Jesus, Paul, etc.) constantly speaks in terms of "new" and not merely "fixed" when it describes salvation.

We aren't sinners because we sin. We sin because we're sinners.

Calvinism's "utter depravity" is derived from Augustine's "original sin" doctrine, which itself was in opposition to the heresy of Pelagianism (not going to explain here; anyone curious can go look it up).

You are much closer to Pelagianism (rejected by both Catholics and Protestants) than you are to orthodox Christianity.





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What makes things even more mysterious is that when you inspect evil at close hand you discover it is only a little dust, cobwebs and moths. You can press close to them expecting to experience some earth-shaking kaboom.

Moll, for example, was interested in gold trinkets. And it would not surprise me to discover that Blokhin was actually a boring and trivial man. But the men he killed in Katyn were the pick of the Polish nation. His stupid trigger finger ended genius, generosity, kindness and achievement. He ended beauty and love and sublime aspiration. But if you stepped right up to Blokhin hoping to catch a whiff of sulphur and brimstone you'd probably only smell cheap cologne.

There is among real intellectuals the conceit that simply because they are better -- more intelligent, kinder, more attractive -- then they will triumph over the Morlocks. But nothing could be further from the truth.
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Minor point: Blokhin wins the mass murder sweepstakes. Moll was part of an industrial process of mass murder; an integral part, to be sure, but still not the machine itself. Murder by gas chamber was collaborative act. Not so with Blokhin. With him, it was up close and very personal. The detachment that comes with collaboration wasn't possible. His evil is more personal; and scarier, to me, because of it.

The Polish-made movie Katyn provides a horrifically graphic re-creation of the massacres in the Smokensk region. Available for free streaming video for Amazon Prime members.
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Otto Moll was profoundly evil. He would do stuff that was so wicked that it's painful to write about it. Blokhin was merely a technician "liquidating fascists". I should emphasize that this is a sterile distinction, i.e. one man murdering thousands because he liked hurting people while the other doing so because it was "good for socialism". Both concepts are incredibly scary.

Concerning Nazis, Communists and the Poles: I was told when I toured Auschwitz that it was the Nazi's objective to kill off the entire Polish intelligentsia. The Nazis largely succeeded in doing this. Prior to Barbarossa, the Soviets made a point of killing off Poland's military elite. Then after the Soviets defeated the Nazis, the objective in Poland was to kill off the remaining capitalists, bourgeoisie and Volksdeutsche (this forced a mass migration to West Germany). It's a miracle anyone was left in Poland. Oddly enough, the Poles seem to have bounced back after the fall of the Soviet Empire (the Baltic states have also done well). The Polish people seem well adapted to surviving from bad neighbors.
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My friend who was a Polish POW said that when the Germans overran Katyn they found the graves and brought in Polish POW doctors to confirm that the murders occurred prior to the German occupation of that part of Poland.

Some things, even the Germans did not want to be associated with.
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dhjerion: "when the dollar crashes taking the Government with it we can start over...it's inevitable anyway"

One minor adjustment -- it is the government which will inevitably collapse, taking the dollar with it. The dollar would be just fine, if the Best & Brightest in the Political Class would simply stop borrowing dollars they cannot repay, and printing dollars when they run out of greater fools who will "lend" them money.

The young generation have been indoctrinated in what used to be called 'universities' that morality depends on a group's point of view. That may be the undoing of the Establishment Left. Because the Political Class's viewpoint on morality differs from the college student's.

There are scattered reports of campus inhabitants becoming aware of the intergenerational theft aspect of the Political Class's legalized corruption; after all, it is those young people who are going to be left with the mess when the whole thing collapses.

College-age folks led the charge against the Vietnam War, mainly because they did not want to risk their lily-white asses getting shot. And that movement spread from a campus fringe to total domination of the Democrat Party. The threat of getting tax-bombed back to the Stone Age may not yet have the immediacy of the threat of conscription, but it is just as real -- and the chances of survival may be less. And the campus fringe is starting to stir again!
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http://www.nbcnews.com/health/thousands-get-health-insurance-cancellation-notices-8C11417913

"Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies. ...

“My impression was …there would be a lot more choice, driving some of the rates down,” said Malean, who does not believe she is eligible for a subsidy.

Regence spokeswoman Rachelle Cunningham said the new plans offer consumers broader benefits, which “in many cases translate into higher costs.”

“The arithmetic is inescapable,” said Patrick Johnston, chief executive officer of the California Association of Health Plans. Costs must be spread, so while some consumers will see their premiums drop, others will pay more -- “no matter what people in Washington say.”

The "arithmetic is inescapable". I knew that. You knew that. Nobody beats arithmetic. But some people did not believe that. “My impression was …there would be a lot more choice, driving some of the rates down,” said Malean, who does not believe she is eligible for a subsidy.

And where would the subsidy have come from? Oh that's right. From the government. I guess not every consumer knows arithmetic. But surely our elites do. And the sheer dishonesty with which they promised something for nothing to the trusting masses shows them for what they are.
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Rates are going down for some in in some deep blue states. That is because through Obamacare they have managed to tax everyone else to pay for for their already bloated and unsustainable social programs.
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Not in California, I can guarantee you that:

From $900 full HRO, Dental, Eyes for family of four in 2009.
To $1200 - same benefits, family of 3 in 2010 (daughter rolled off)
To $990 - same benefits, couple (kids gone) in late 2010.
to $1500 - couple, in 2011-2012.
To $1400 - couple (HIPAA plan for man, equivalent of Silver plan, low end "Bronze" type HMO wife - 2013
To $1600 - couple, Bronze+ plan (no dental, vision), with 4x the total out of pocket/deductible, higher co-pays - Obama care - 2014 pending.

Anyway you cut it, our costs in California have about tripled since the introduction of Obamacare, subsequent forced plan changes in 2009-2012, resulting in sharply higher premiums.

We're still deciding about 2014, but going bare or to a Christian ministry plan looks suddenly attractive - anything to stay off the exchanges and control costs. I have no doubt that the 2014 quotes are the BASELINE of what will be a very steep curve in 2014-2016, before the whole thing collapses.
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Reading this article is very depressing. Big money is willing to sink hundreds of millions to force America to pass Amnesty, and apparently nobody can stop them.

Today's power elites and politicians can not NOT see the disaster that's coming, yet they behaved as if they had special arrangement of seat reservation on the lifeboat after Titanic sinks. What information they won't tell us?
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Why should the new masters self-identify? At least that is what they hope.

But World War is most likely coming and they think they will be allowed to survive.

The first thing the Commies always did is shoot the politicians, lawyers and traitors.
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
But none of these illegals can sign up for Obamacare right now. The Spanish language portal is completely dead. If the President were a Pub he'd be facing outcries of racism right now.
49 weeks ago
49 weeks ago Link To Comment
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