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You have to give Andrew Yang credit for being willing to put forward "UBI" -- a $1,000 a month "stipend" that he foolishly calls a "Freedom Dividend" -- with of course a boat-load of fraudulent claims of how he's going to pay for it.
Chief among these is a 10% VAT -- which sounds good, but it's problematic for a whole host of reasons, not the least of which is that it won't raise enough money.
Remember that a VAT exempts government spending, since that's just taxing yourself. Yang recognizes this and pegs the revenue from a VAT at $800 billion as he also removes groceries, clothing and apparently some other things from it.
He also says he's going to "consolidate" (get rid of) many other welfare programs. The problem is that the only ones that matter from a budget perspective are health care related.
At the same time Yang wants to expand Medicare to everyone. The problem is that these two programs are in direct opposition to each other. He says he'll be able to bring costs under control but Medicare and Medicaid have utterly failed to do so.
In other words Yang is a pie-in-the-sky Democrat protecting and in fact expanding the medical monopolists.
Look folks -- CMS -- Medicare and Medicaid Services, have spent $1.465 trillion through August which is 35% of the federal spending all-in. The federal budget deficit during that time was $1.067 trillion.
In other words that spending was 137% of the deficit.
If you killed all the medical monopolists and took the "low hanging fruit" as I described in that post you would erase the entire federal deficit, plus some and not one person would be denied medical care.
Further, you'd take roughly another trillion and a half off private forced spending on this alleged "service" since the "service" is 500% overpriced.
This would instantly resolve both the federal debt and all the state and local pension problems -- at once. It would also eliminate the destruction of personal purchasing power and that of saved funds.
20% of the people in the country -- those who are involved in and require this scheme to make a living -- would hate you.
EVERYONE ELSE WOULD VOTE FOR YOU.
In short this is one of those nearly-impossible to find 80% issues among the electorate. That's exactly what Trump exploited (a claimed 80% issue that he never actually addressed) to get elected himself -- illegal immigration and displacement of American workers.
He was lying, as we now all know in that instead of resolving any of these problems he has dripped out half-measures where, as the head of the Executive he could have resolved several of them immediately but that sales job is why he's President today.
Yang seems to think that socialism will somehow "work" in health care. It never has -- in health care or anywhere else. NHS in Britain is falling apart. So are the other socialist health care systems. They're falling apart even though they exist almost-entirely on the back of the 500% overcharge Americans pay in that we effectively fund the R&D and in many cases the reproduction cost of everything they use. Even with that sort of outrageous transfer and theft they're still fiscally underwater.
Yang could have -- and perhaps, for a very short period of time forward still can -- become a credible candidate. He needs an 80% issue -- indeed, anyone who intends to try to take on Warren, Bernie or Biden does, just as I've argued for decades that if you want to try to run as a third-party candidate you need to as well.
Remember Ross Perot? He took up an 80% issue -- the giant sucking sound of "tariff free" trade with Mexico. Had he not folded his tent he would have likely won too.
There are so many other crackpot ideas on Yang's plate that frankly, I can't take him seriously. The "vote at 16" idea is one of them. Representation comes with responsibility, or at least it's supposed to. Yang is nothing more than pandering with this bull**** -- if my kid can vote at 16 I can eject him or her at 16 and they can go fend for themselves.
There are acts that should define you as an adult in all respects. Reproduction and Felonious conduct are two of them. Voting is a third. Today we refuse to recognize that exercising the most-profound power a human can have -- to reproduce or not -- does not come with the responsibility commensurate with that power. This must change and since slavery is immoral (never mind illegal) there's only one direction it can that is consistent: Pregnancy, for both sexes, is an automatic and irrevocably emancipating event. So is a felony conviction.
Further, Andrew is a pie-in-the-sky economic bull****ter. "Saving for retirement", which is one of his planks, is impossible in a nation where the federal government runs a 25%+ fiscal deficit and thus destroys the value of all saved capital. This has to be stopped -- or those who both promote policies that allow and expand that practice must be removed from the public square by any means necessary.
Fortunately for Andrew there is a way to stop the deficit spending and get the 80% issue and greatly improve health care delivery while slashing cost by 80% or more.
But he hasn't taken it -- just like the rest haven't either.
That's because he doesn't really believe in any of it, just as neither do the others -- including our current President.
Sadly they're all bull****ters and con artists.
Here's what you get if you basically draft me, since I don't fit either the RINO or Communist party profile:
To the extent any of this requires Congressional approval I will veto at my discretion every single bill that comes across my desk until the necessary statutes are enacted or repealed. This specifically includes but is not limited to all spending bills. In addition to the extent spending is constrained by said vetos I will direct that the first cuts are to all security, maintenance, utility and other facilities and programs that benefit any member of Congress or their staff. They will either do their damn job or they'll take the brunt of their refusal, unlike Barry Soetero who punished ordinary Americans when Congress didn't do what he wanted.
There's plenty more but this will be a good start for my platform.
I'm available for public debate on any or all of this platform against anyone else who believes they have better ideas and wishes to take the left seat. As noted, since I'm aware of no party interested in these positions one of them will have to draft me....
As for electors and the state filings for same we'll cross that bridge if there's enough to be worth doing what has to be done to make that happen.
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Since nobody at CPAC wants to talk about it.... I will.
The bill is really quite simple:
That stops the influx.
No "free" education, health care, housing, food stamps or anything else -- either directly or indirectly. You cannot poop out a child on US soil and have their presence create an obligation to you -- not for your birth expenses, not for your housing expenses, nor for your food, utility or other expenses. While a State could fund whatever it wants it cannot use any federal funds for such a program, including Medicaid, public schools (which obtain federal funding), food stamps or similar.
If you come here under a resettlement arrangement you have five years to show that (1) you intend to assimilate and (2) you are willing and able to both work and meet all other criteria for lawful permanent residence. If not you're cut off -- period. No more Little Mogadishu nonsense that has produced a crazy number of jihadi wannabes.
If you employ an illegal invader and get caught everyone with actual or constructive knowledge of it goes to prison. It does not matter who you are -- whether you're a CEO, Controller, Payroll Clerk, farm owner or someone hiring a nanny. Period.
Do the above as a simple bill and the entire illegal invader problem disappears overnight.
This sort of article is flat-out nauseating.
It starts by claiming to explain, but what it really tries to do is parent. Yes, parent you. An adult. It attempts to claim the mantle of telling you what you should be and in fact are voting for and wanting in a politician.
Indeed, Trump caught the right wave at the right time – and it has yet to crest.
And feeds the wave with every brazen statement, like this week’s Muslim travel ban.
The fact is, the more his language is over the top, the stronger his position appears to be at the top.
But is this what Republican primary voters really want in their nominee – a brash outsider who takes on anyone and everyone? Or do they want, as they told us before, a moderate with real results?
The simple truth is, they want to have their cake… eat it, and then shove it in Washington’s face. Their frustration is borders on rage – and Trump is their megaphone.
But they’re equally desperate for someone who doesn’t just rail against the problems; they want someone who can also solve them. Our national polls and voter focus groups demonstrate this again and again.
That’s why the true frontrunner is not Donald Trump.
The real frontrunners are – or will ultimately be – Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz.
Neither Rubio or Cruz has the first clue about ISIS and radical Islam. Neither will call it by its name. Both have sat idly by while the party machinery went so far as to call Trump unAmerican for proposing an act that Jimmy Carter took a number of years ago without any such calls being made for his head.
Both are convicted internationalists, interventionists and believers in thuggery. Both are ineligible for the office and of the two Cruz has no excuse of infancy or dependence (not that it legally matters) as he held adult Canadian citizenship, an act that brings to the fore the very reason for our constitutional prohibition on divided loyalties.
Listen to Rubio explain his plan for the innovation economy. For improving education. For making career-oriented job training mean something again. Listen to him explain not just the intricacies of his tax plan – but the benefits of it as well.
Listen to Cruz talk about his plan to defeat radical Islamic terror. For reining in wasteful Washington spending. His solutions for American-made energy to create jobs and protect our national security.
Oh really? What plans are those? Neither has a plan to do anything about the Health Care debacle, which is a huge problem -- in fact, it's the problem. "Repeal and replace" sounds great, but replace with what? Where are the promises of prosecution for the existing acts that by any reasonable definition rise to felony violations of long-standing federal law -- the Sherman, Clayton and Robinson-Patman Acts?
Nowhere, that's where. Neither of these clownfaces has any sort of cogent plan to deal with any of that, including the most-outrageous and egregious parts of it, the rank violations of the "first sale doctrine" that, were it to be enforced, would instantly force prices to level for drugs to flatten between nations and resolve a large part of the problem. I remind everyone that college textbook publishers tried to run this same crap recently and were shot down in the courts, so there's plenty of precedent.
Of course the medical scam doesn't end there. If you fixed it all of the budget problems at the Federal, State and local levels would disappear immediately and permanently without raising a dime in taxes. The Federal deficit would become a surplus and as a result consumer purchasing power would rise every year instead of falling. That outcome would be the result of math, by the way, not politics.
Do you think Trump doesn't know, as a businessman who has been writing big checks to this monopoly for decades, that this is a problem? He most-certainly does. Now explain to me how Cruz or Rubio has any experience with any of it. They don't. I do, because I wrote those checks on behalf of my employees. Trump does because he has as well. Rubio and Cruz have evidenced zero understanding of any of it.
Rubio has no idea how to improve education. No amount of federal involvement will ever do any of it. Remember that we were told that the Department of Education would be abolished under the "Contract With America." Was it? No, that was a lie. Rubio is also lying and the electorate knows it.
The Republican party is imploding because it is incapable of telling the truth. It is imploding because of patronizing little ****heads like you, David, who think you can tell us what to think and who to vote for.
You claim that most people don't believe Trump could deport 11+ million illegals. True, but he doesn't have to. All he has to do is lock up all of your damned "friends" that employ them and 10.9 million will leave on their own. We can certainly deport the remaining 100,000 that decide that gang membership is a better idea.
And by the way, maybe we should consider you to be part of that gang -- a gang going out of style, and one that's being slowly, but certainly, ejected from the political sphere.
Here's The Bill that either Obama or Romney could propose and demand be passed.
(For that matter so could Gary Johnson, and if he had a lick of sense, he would as this would be a "break the glass" moment for the Libertarians, but I digress...)
THE BIPARTISAN LEGALIZATION OF WORLDWIDE MEDICAL ENHANCEMENT And PATIENT HEALTH AUGMENTATION REMEDIAL MARKET ACT
An Act to redress the imbalances in the economy related to health care products and services, enforce the law, improve patient outcomes, enhance access to treatment modalities, decrease costs and open competition in the Medical Industry.
Article I - Competition
Article II -- Access To Medical Care And Records
Article III - Enforcement
That would pretty much do it, I suspect (that is, cut the cost of medical care by about 80% -- if not more.)