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Let's cut the crap and get right down to it:
Voting for a lesser evil is like being asked whether you'd like to be robbed -- or raped -- a little or a lot, both at gunpoint. I will not and you should not support this; such nonsense, placed before us every 2 years, is a false choice.
There are answers but they only occur when we, the people, condition our support and, perhaps, even acceptance of our government on having an actual choice in this regard.
Its one thing if the people, presented a choice, choose insanity. But -- what if, as was the case for the last several election cycles, there is no choice?
We all know the situation with the pandemic. Not one Governor actually said "No!" and meant it. People claim DeSantis did but they're lying. I lived in Florida when this started; I was in the process of moving to Tennessee but was a Florida resident and had to put up with all of it during the process of moving. My daughter lived in Florida, as an independent adult, and lost her job because the place she worked was forced closed by the Governor.
Others I know ran establishments that were forced closed, in one case by cops showing up and forcibly ejecting the patrons; the cops were all, of course, armed. Do not tell me that this didn't happen: It did happen, it occurred to varying degrees everywhere and not one of said 50 governors has apologized, said they were wrong and most-importantly passed iron-clad law to prevent it from ever being done again.
How about illegal immigration? Florida has some of the highest premiums for car insurance in the United States. One reason is that Florida has done little or nothing about illegal aliens driving without insurance thus there is a very good chance that if you get hit and it is their fault they'll have no insurance -- and suing someone without anything is a waste of time. Thus you are forced to pay for the risk of said person hitting you and that price falls on every driver licensed in Florida in their uninsured motorist coverage. Over my 20 years of living there this cost me thousands of dollars, directly, for which I got not a nickel of actual benefit.
Now DeSantis has asked for and gotten an "E-Verify" bill passed. But did he also get an Amendment proposed and passed that bars illegal aliens from access to state-funded taxpayer services? No. And is there a mandate that the State actually guarantee compliance -- by, for example, requiring that employers document said compliance via a state-operated system at the time of hiring? No. That wasn't part of it. Further, the law exempts employers with fewer than 25 employees so the crew of illegals roofing houses will not be impacted. It is trivial to get around these rules in the contracting industry by setting up parallel LLCs and keeping each subcontractor under 25 employees.
So let's talk about what would be a reasonable ask.
Is it not reasonable to expect that manufacturers are legally responsible for the integrity of their products? If, after discovering that a flaw or risk exists they continue trials, sweep said evidence under the rug or otherwise obfuscate what's going on a courtroom is accessible to those allegedly harmed in which such evidence can be heard and a determination made?
How about the rank price-fixing? What has DeSantis done in Florida about it? I can tell you what he did during the time I lived there: Nothing. In fact there are medical centers in NW FL in particular that feast on such disparities and have been known to be doing it for a very long time. Florida has long been the capital of this sort of abuse and you have paid for it if you live in the state, directly and indirectly, particularly when inmates in a jail require care and thus you get the bill in your property taxes.
Can this be fixed at the state level with legislation or even just executive action? You bet; States are the exclusive issuers of both business and medical licenses. Any state can condition said licensing on non-discriminatory pricing irrespective of the method of payment. You expect this at WalMart, the grocery store and gas station. Nobody would tolerate the price of gasoline varying by 10:1 based on which company you bought auto insurance from. Yet this sort of nonsense is bog-standard through the medical industry. Where is the candidate who will put a stop to it and, if they're a governor, can demonstrate they're serious because they did put a stop to it?
In addition the executive, which is the Governor's department controls the prosecuting apparatus. DeSantis could have directed his prosecutors to go after medical providers for violations of the State anti-trust laws, which absolutely do exist in each state and which are available under existing law -- no new legislation required. He, like the rest, actively refused.
DeSantis is NOT a governor who did any of these things.
Folks if we are going to fix what's wrong with this nation it starts with the medical system. If we don't force one of the political parties to do it neither will because there are billions of reasons for them not to spread around the politicians in both parties. This has to stop because CMS, Medicare and Medicaid services, consumed one third of all dollars spent federally last year -- $2 trillion of the $6 trillion total -- and is in fact responsible for the entire trillion dollar deficit.
That's right -- if it was stopped (that is, it spent only what it took in via taxes by stopping the screwing medical system-wide) the federal government would in fact run a modest surplus and the inflation you are having happen right now would not be happening.
It is our responsibility because we have allowed the last several election cycles to pass without holding anyone accountable for this. Trump infamously promised to put a stop to it with three platform planks during his campaign. I said at the time I didn't believe him. Literally on the night of the election all three disappeared from his campaign web site and were never seen again.
As if that wasn't enough he agreed with and signed the largest deficit spending spree in history. Yes, there was a nasty virus. That doesn't justify what was done including paying medical providers bonuses for procedures irrespective of success or failure, including in some cases an 89% death rate across six months in the back half of 2021.
Nobody with a single hint of intelligence would pay someone a bonus when they fail nine out of ten times -- but we did, and it is this sort of perverse incentive through the system that must stop now or the federal government and our economy risk collapse due to the inflationary spiral that comes from continually expanding said spending even when it is objectively worse than flushing the money down the toilet as the patient dies 9 times out of 10.
So will we demand this from a candidate who we can then support, vote for and hold to their promises?
Or will we simp for whatever someone says, but with no record of addressing any of this if they are currently in an office and have been for several years without doing any of it?
If we do the latter, I remind you, my prediction for CMS "eating the budget" in terms of time was 2024. That's next year, and while there might be some slop in that time there's not much as all of the mathematical predictions and their impacts that I've made in this regard, which go back to the 1990s, have proved up.
That's the choice folks. You may not like it, you may think you can simp on this due to this or that issue, but the pandemic "response" was a symptom of the problem, not the problem itself.