Archive for March, 2017

“Trumpi Care” v. “Romney – O’Bama Care”:  Who Cares? (March 27, 2017)

Posted in Congress, Health Care, O'Bama, Romney on March 27, 2017 by e-commentary.org

. . .

K          “O’Bama had a bad plan, few ideas, and fewer clues.”

J          “Trumpi has no plan, no idea, and no clue.”

K          “And the Republicans have no plan, no idea, and no clue.”

. . .

K          “For the past seven years, House Republicans have taken meaningless vote after meaningless vote after meaningless vote after meaningless vote to repeal or roll back provisions of the Unaffordable Care Act.  Now that they control all three branches of government, they are unable to conduct even one simple vote to do what they have done these innumerable times in the past.”

J          “That is what happens when you actually get what you want.”

K          “Seems to me that you can’t always get what you want, but if you try and try and try and try sometimes, you do not get what you do not need.”

. . .  

K          “The ACA versus the AHCA.  Our own national March Madness.  Both are losers.”

J          “The syllogism of health carelessness is so obvious.  ACA = Insurance Company Control; AHCA = Insurance Company Control; ergo ACA = AHCA.”

K          “And we are the losers.  Could you report the score by reporting that it was an upset with both sides each scoring less than zero points.”

. . .

K          “As a country, every industry is more monopolized than at any time in American history.  That includes the health insurance industry.” 

J          “The few providers increase premiums which lowers participation rates which results in a deterioration of the risk pool which leads to an increase in premiums which lowers participation rates which results in a deterioration of the risk pool which is then repeated and repeated.”

K          “The death spiral is increasing.  The only way to force participation will be to provide a mechanism to impose increases in the penalties from not participating tied to increases in the premiums for participating.  The premium soon will be $5000 a month for a $50,000 deductible policy and thus the penalty for non-participation must be $5000 a month.”

. . .

J          “Sixty years olds do not need maternity coverage and sixteen year olds do not need mammograms.”

. . .

K          “What about H.R. 676, the Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act, that provides for a single payer?”

J          “What we have now in most states is a ‘single exploiter’ system.  A ‘single payer’ system does not heap wealth on the health insurance companies.  It is doomed.”

K          “We as a country cannot afford it, but we as a people cannot not afford it.”

. . .

J          “Until someone challenges all the theft forced and enforced by the government from the people to the insurance companies, nothing will improve and everything will get worse.”

K          “But who really cares?”

. . .

[See the e-commentary at the Category titled “Health Care.”]

Bumper sticker of the week:

ACA = Insurance Company Control; AHCA = Insurance Company Control; ergo ACA = AHCA.

Justice Is a Middle Class Creation, Delusion and Aspiration (March 20, 2017)

Posted in Justice, Middle Class, Supreme Court, Truth on March 20, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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J          “And the middle class is definitely dying.”

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K          “Justice is a middle class creation, a middle class delusion and a middle class aspiration.  The rich know they can always buy it.  The poor know they can never get it.  Only the middle class nourish and nurture the delusion that they can ever get a piece of it.  And the middle class sure is disappearing.  The creation is corroding.  The delusion is dissolving.  The aspiration is aspirating.”

J          “Everyone suspects that, you know.”

. . .

Bumper stickers of the week:

Justice is a middle class creation, delusion and aspiration.

Gorsuch – retain him in Denver to anchor the Tenth Mountain Division (Tenth Circuit) and search for someone who understands law and justice and is concerned about Truth and Justice

Summer Equinox:  We are getting there

“Adjunktification” In The S.I.C. (Schooling Industrial Complex) (March 13, 2017)  

Posted in Adjunktification, Education, Federal Reserve, Schooling, Schooling Industrial Complex, Sports, Trumpi on March 13, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “I love ideas.  I think there are others who also like them.  But not many others.”

J          “Finding a critical mass of folks who are interested in ideas is challenging.  Everyone is too busy struggling desperately to make it through the day economically, emotionally and physically.  Unrestrained contemplation is an unaffordable luxury today.”

K          “College is that rare, brief and fleeting period of time when one is free to think.”

J          “Sometimes it seems that only a few folks are actually thinking in college.  And it sure is far from free.”

. . .

K          “Does even one percent (1%) of the money spent on the American Schooling Industrial Complex (S.I.C.) get spent on the creation and transmission of ideas?”

J          “Between foot/basketball and bureaucrats, surely not much more than two percent (2%) of the money is committed to ideas.”

K          “Someone should calculate the historic ratio of dollars spent on bureaucrats versus students and calibrate a percentage ceiling on expenditures for ballers and bureaucrats.  Some Assistant Provost Dean may need to go back to teaching or go.”

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K          “‘Adjunktification’ is the new paradigm.  The adjunkts now carry the burden of transmitting ideas, although they may not have enough free time to create ideas.  They are not junk, but they are treated like junk.”

J          “Academia is replicating life.  A bloated mass of overpaid bureaucrats at the top exploit a small underpaid cadre at the bottom doing the work.”

K          “When you reflect on it, perhaps academia does prepare one for life.”

. . .

K          “In the election, so many voters for Trump realized that those who pass themselves off as the intellectual elite in America are a fraud.”

J          “The apparatchiks and the nomenklatura are the errand boys and the errand girls with gilded certificates serving the interests of the gilded class.”

K          “And making a little gold.  The S.I.C. is parcel and part of the carefully calibrated system of checks and balances that advances the obedient and the compliant through the system.”

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K          “So many departments of academia today are not even about ideas.  They are about credentials from top to bottom.  The only realistic and economically viable solution is to bestow a Ph.D. on every citizen at the age of eighteen.  Particularly in economics which is a religion calculated to obscure the truth and protect the wealthy.”

J          “Would they have to show up to get it?”

. . .  

[See “The 2016 Nobel Prizes in Economics Go to those Who Pushed Criminogenic Policies” in “New Economic Perspectives” by William K. Black dated February 27, 2017 and the e-commentary at “First Annual Noble Prize In Eco-nomics (October 10, 2016).”]

[See the e-commentary at “Unionizing Athletes And Adjuncts (And Sherpas) (April 21, 2104)” and review the previous e-commentary on “Education” and “Schooling.”]

Bumper stickers of the week / Foam Fingers of the week:       

The Federal Reserve is “checkmated” by moves it alone commandeered and engineered.  The “king” now is in check with no way to remove the threat.  The Fed cannot maintain rates and cannot raise rates and cannot lower rates.  . . .  If you are the only one who can make the moves on a board you control, how can you maneuver yourself into checkmate?

We’re Number 1 (at something)

March Madness seems like a delightfully ironic phrase.

Do you fill in your brackets?

“There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been.  The strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”  Isaac Asimov, “A Cult of Ignorance”, Newsweek, January 21, 1980.  

Second Annual “Cameo In Courage” Award For 2017 (March 6, 2017)

Posted in Awards / Incentives, Bush, Cameo In Courage Award, Courage, Fukushima Daiichi, Health Care, Kennedy, O'Bama, Profile In Courage Award, Romney, Trumpi on March 6, 2017 by e-commentary.org

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K          “This year, the Awards Committee for the ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award is bestowing a special lifetime achievement award to . . . Mr. William E. Binney, Mr. Thomas A. Drake and Mr. John Kiriakou, all of the United States, for dedicating their professional lives to the good of their country at considerable cost to themselves.”

J          “Great choices.  Long overdue.”

. . .

K          “Mr. Drake is also the 2011 recipient of the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling and co-recipient of the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award.”

. . .

J          “Kennedy, Inc. gave their award to O’Bama, Inc.  I wouldn’t call it a courageous decision, but I would call it a predictable and strategic move.”

K          “Cross-breeding within the ruling class.  JFK instead of the AKC.  The award is an effort by the Kennedys to keep the Kennedy brand visible and relevant.”

J          “If O’Bama had proposed, pursued and passed a single payer health care system as propounded by the enlightened members of the medical profession rather than selling out and selling the nation a bill of goods described as the ‘Romney – O’Bama Unaffordable Health Careless Act’, he would be both a man of his word and a courageous man of his word.  But he is not.”

K          “He also spent considerable public resources prosecuting truly courageous individuals and public servants acting courageously such as the Binneys, Drakes and Kiriakous.”

J          “The grand and perverse irony is that O’Bama went to great lengths to punish the courageous.”

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[See the e-commentary at “First Annual ‘Cameo In Courage’ Award For 2016 (May 9, 2016)”, “Award Deadlines (Livelines?) (July 25, 2016)”, “On Courage and Truth (March 17, 2008)” and “Clinton, Inc., Trump, Inc., Bush, Inc., Kennedy, Inc., O’Bama, Inc. (October 24, 2016)”.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Fukushima Daiichi – 3/11/11

From the Kennedy Clan:

Thank you for taking the time to submit a nomination for the 2017 Profile in Courage Award. 

This year we received a record number of nominations – nearly 30,000 – from people wishing to recognize courageous leaders for standing up for the greater good. 

We are heartened by the unprecedented interest in heralding acts of political courage by our elected officials, and thrilled to have so many qualified nominees.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to be the first to hear about this year’s winner.

[But we do not care what you say because we do whatever advances our interests.]