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Binge-Watching Sports

Well, my favorite time of year for binge-watching sports is at an end.

The Tour

Chris Froome (Richie Cunningham’s doppleganger) is, once again, the winner of the Tour De France. I was disappointed his teammate Landa didn’t try to overcome the 1 second gap that kept him off the podium.

The 21-stage event had the usual NASCAR-worthy crashes. The worst of which was the Martin/Plante wreck that left Plante with a concussion. It could have been so much worse. In fact if Plante has decided to fight the lateral path of his bike, he’d have ended up going over the side of a very steep drop. But eventually the trees would have stopped his fall. Eventually.

It is worth mentioning the Martin returned to the race to finish ahead of the bulk of the peloton. He would be competitive throughout the three weeks.

The ejection of Sagan was an absolute outrage especially considering Nacer Bouhanni’s behavior. In Sagan’s case, he was already close to a wall and Mark Cavendish tried to pass him inside. At one point it looks like Cavendish even leans into him. It is impossible to tell if Sagan was trying to make contact or just keep his bike upright when Cavendish hits the ground.

Bouhanni’s sorry behavior is clearly intentional and brazenly on display. Sagan was a favorite this year. He would have contributed to a great event. Most cycling fans couldn’t care less if Bouhanni falls into a sing hole. He should have gotten his walking papers days ago.

And Marcel Kittel was amazing. He took 5 of the first 11 stages, only to crash out of the race a few days ago. I hope he comes back strong next year. He gained a lot of respect, especially that last day trying to ride injured.

Wimbledon

Wimbledon ended last week. Garbiñe Muguruza (cool name) took the Women’s Trophy over Venus Williams (sister to the woman who broke my heart). Venus didn’t come into the final match looking as wound up and confident as she had earlier in the tournament.

For the men, it was Roger Federer who beat Marin Cillic to walk away with the cup. He was, in a word, remarkable. He scored the title having not dropped a set throughout the event. He is far older than any of the players he defeated. (One commentator noted that all the young players were struggling with the heat and injuries, etc. And there’s Federer, almost 36 and fresh as a daisy.)

It was his eighth win at Wimbledon and a record. He looks as though he may have one more in him. We’ll see.

The big story at center court remains Andy Murray. He played well through most of the rounds. And he’s still ranked #1. I had no idea until the second round that he is just coming off hip surgery.

I always thought he had an odd gait. It turns out that he has a limp. When he walks, his left hip remains straight but his right hip rotates back with his leg. The number one tennis player in the world is beating everyone despite a limp. And the limp is not on display when he charges the net or bounds across the court to recover a blooper and stick it up his opponent’s ass. Expect more greatness from Federer and Murray.

The Open Championship

I thought this was scheduled the previous week, but that was the Scottish Open. I did watch that one too.

If you are a golf fan, you didn’t want to miss the Open. It had a little of everything including about 25 minutes of WHAT-THE-HELL-IS-HE-DOING, as Jordan Spieth ran around the practice range looking for a place to drop his ball. More on that in a bit.

But it was Spieth’s weekend, wire-to-wire! The kid who exploded onto the scene two years ago (he was actually amazing to watch as a junior amateur) came back with a fury at Royal Birkdale.

I have to admit, I was pulling for Matt Kuchar all the way to the 16th green in the final round. Kuch is a class act. And he is one of the leaderboard regulars never to have won a major. It sure would have been nice to see him pick up the Claret Jug. But it was not to be. He held neck and neck with Spieth for three days. Not a power hitter, he just plodded along, making the magic he could. He was steady Eddy.

But on the back nine, Spieth showed why he is one of the greatest 23-yr-olds ever to play the game. His clutch putting was mind-blowing.

From the 13th tee, Jordan landed in the rough on the back of a steep hill. Somehow he got the judge to call it unplayable. Spieth, talking a mile a minute, discussing options for a drop, walked all over the practice range and a crowded lot where communications vans were parked. Look at the hill, walk and talk. Look at the hill, walk and talk.

 

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I know what you are thinking: How could a good-looking man, who isn’t of retirement age, be watching Wimbledon and the Tour De France AND the Open?  That’s right.  I watched every morning.  Well, listen up, buttercup! By next year you could BE at Wimbledon, center court! Or you could watch the peloton zip by from the courtyard of a French Bed and Breakfast. All you need to do is pay attention!
 

 


In the end, he dropped his ball about 230 yards out, took his caddie’s advice and pulled out the three iron.  He put a blind shot next to the green. Up and down for a bogie. This episode held up play for 25 minutes.

He fell behind Kuchar by a stroke, but that didn’t last. His short work for the rest of the game, especially his putting was flawless, while Kuchar “yipped” a few. Spieth went on to win at 12 under to Kuch’s 9 under.

It was a great weekend of golf.  And keep your eye on a Canadian beansprout named Austin Connelly. He’s got real potential.

I’ll put up the best content and images I can find on all this. Keep an eye out for it.

This is a great time of year for binge-watching sports.  Alas, it is over.  I guess I’ll have time to move my office back to the beach on the Gulf:

It’s a tough life, but somebody’s got to live it.

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Poor Venezuela? WE ARE Venezuela (without the riots)

What happened to Venezuela?

I watched a Fox News report about the corruption of Sean Penn’s favorite government and how violently they are putting down riots by people who can’t buy toilet paper.  A senator joined the broadcast and talked about what we need to do for Venezuela.

At face-value, she has a point, of course.  Why should we do business with a rogue regime and support such low-lifes and Sean Penn’s buddy, Nicolas Maduro?  I would take great pleasure in seeing these people dragged into the street and shot.  It is what they richly deserve.

But…

When you get right down to it, who are we to scold other governments for running their countries into the ground?  We Are Venezuela!  The only difference between what our government (both parties) are doing to us and what was done to the real Venezuelans is they didn’t have so far to fall and Maduro and the fat-headed Hugo Chavez tried to do it all at once.  Also, Americans are far more docile and naive than most other people.  Thank you, educators!

But the basic results are the same as the results we see here every time the government pretends to be helping us. Whatever they pretend to be helping with becomes more expensive and more scarce.  And quality plummets.

Look at Obamacare.  We used to bitch when we saw places where healthcare would “skyrocket” by 11% (usually after a stupid mandate was tacked onto insurance policies by the government).  Now we have states paying 120% more this year than last.  The entire country is paying well into the double digits more every year. 

Of course, I speak only of the productive class.  The taking class is saving a bundle while we foot their bills as well.

According to U.S. News, not a wide-eyed, conservative publication,

The report, published online Friday in the journal Health Affairs, also showed another distinction for 2015: The federal government now pays for the largest share of health care. [emphasis mine].

That means after you pay all you medical expanses, made inhumanly higher by Obamacare, you then pay more, as a productive tax-paying citizen than those who pay no taxes.

Our path is unsustainable.

And it isn’t ONLY medical insurance scams we have to worry about.  How much of the economy does Obamacare, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security (Ponzi scheme), college loans (a con of epic proportion), the FHA continued buying of shit mortgages, and Food stamps represent?  Add on the 47 job training programs we have from DC, not a one of which reports a single result.  And NONE OF THESE, in their present form are sustainable.  If we don’t back away form them quickly and create a growing economy again we will one day SOON be rioting in the streets because we can’t find basic goods.

The pace at which both parties are now bringing us to ruin increases just a little every year.  

Smirk all you like, then demonstrate historically how “Venezuela” is not the result of Socialism?  Here’s a fact, it is ALWAYS the result!  Just because it is happening slower here, and we have more wealth to destroy, doesn’t mean we are safe from it.  

I say frequently that the laws of economics are as hard and fast as the laws of gravity.  If we keep whistling past the graveyard while tsk-tsking places like Venezuela, we will one day find ourselves without a paddle, on the headwaters of the mighty Feces River.

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It's The Free Market or 100% Government Medical Care

If you track medial costs, not insurance costs, but the actual price of medical care, you will find that every time the government created a new mandate for INSURANCE coverage, the actual cost of MEDICAL CARE went up, not just the insurance premiums. Every time the government increased spending on Medicare and Medicaid, the actual price of the MEDICAL CARE went up again.

The reason is the same in every industry any government ever got involved in. When there is other people’s money to be had, ALL recipients will always find more reasons they need more of that money. Why? Because the government gives them the incentive to do so! They simply have to check a series of boxes, created by people who know little about the industry in question, and jigger a few numbers to justify an increase in what they are awarded. There are also the added costs of the bureaucratic nightmare that accompanies getting that money. Don’t I get money for doing that as well? Of course I do.

Hospitals and medial firms are no different than any other. They pay people full time to find more and more ways to wring every dollar possible out of the government piggy bank.

Remember the sick child from the previous essay? We’ll say she is still sick.   The family is on it’s heels because the parents didn’t plan for the future. I mean why should they have? Mommy government says they shouldn’t have to. No matter how stupid they were in the past, somebody ought to step up and pay their bills. Right?

Again, that is what Medicaid is for. We’ll say this family has shot their financial wad and they still have a sick kid. Medicaid should step in. In a world without Obamacare and the constant money machine of mandated insurance coverage it would be easy to administer a program just for folks like this AND for folks who may have never been above the poverty line.

This child will not die because she didn’t have healthcare. Now on Medicaid, getting care will come with a lot of hassle as all government programs do. (They are all created by bureaucrats and are loaded with needless nonsense). But hey, if everyone else is paying your bills for you, you can’t bitch too much.

So mom might have to quit work to take care of the kid and get her to the doctor. Once the family has taken every step to they can, including the sale of golf clubs and moving to a smaller place without a pool, there is no reason why we can’t step in and help out. By this time, the government would be avoiding greater dependence.

Either way, no one is going to die because they are refused treatment. Only the VA does that. And that is a function of government corruption and incompetence.

So let’s wrap this up.

A smart Mitch McConnell (figure the odds) should announce that in two-years time, Obamacare will cease to exist.

All restrictions on competition and state-line restrictions will be eliminated from the federal registry.

If people want to offer insurance plans to employees and employees wish to take the deal, fine. But now that we know the dangers in doing that, there should be NO INCENTIVES offered by the government to sustain such an arrangement. People would be better off buying into the huge cooperatives that will immerge in the new market.

Anyone with two brain cells to rub together knows that in less than a year a multitude of competent companies will announce their new medical plans. And they will cost far less than what Americans pay right now.

A smart McConnell will say that if you are now being covered by a pre-existing condition under Obamacare or Medicaid, you will be kept on that coverage. But the coverage will be means-tested and if you are over the poverty line a graduated scale will be created under which you will share in the burden of your healthcare. Substantially!

If you don’t buy your own insurance on or before the end date of Obamacare and THEN get sick and THEN try to get on Medicaid an additional penalty will be assessed to the deal in the previous paragraph.

Since the advocates of Obamacare think that paying $6000/yr premiums and $6000/yr deductibles is perfectly okay, then that may be a good starting point for the two previous paragraphs.

Woohoo! If the government does anything like this, you will be gob smacked at the numbers of people who will flea Medicaid AND SAVE MONEY! LOTS OF IT!

The cost of doing business will fall into the basement! Everybody will make out…hospitals, insurance companies, and patients…everybody!

If you need proof, look at the cost of auto insurance or homeowners’ insurance. Those are still REAL bets. [for the monumentally slow, that is what insurance is. It cannot work any other way.] These industries have been very stable for decades. Costs often lag behind inflation. That is because there is honest competition and less interference by the government. You cannot turn on the TV and NOT hear XYZ company offering a better deal than the others. They also have an endless variety of specialty coverage options, like “whole car replacement” (a gutsy bet at any price) you if you are willing to pay a tiny bit more in premiums.

This should be the model for medical insurance.

This is a great example of how ridiculously inexpensive basic medical care actually is before you add all the corruption and bureaucracy to the equation.  Click here!

Another author’s case for free market health insurance. Click here! 

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Mitch McConnell: At least half his brain is working.

McConnell actually said it!  That’s a start.

Mitch McConnell made half of a brilliant statement today. It was the smartest thing he’s said in years. Sadly, he wrecked it all with the other half of his statement. But we’ll just stay with the smart half for now.

He said that it is time to vote to just repeal Obamacare. That’s brilliant. The free market always did a better job at creating a medical insurance product, selling that product and administering it, than the government EVER did.

Before you get your little panties in a wad and saying , “Well, what about pre-existing conditions and high deductibles…blah-blah…” I will remind you that the problem with government interfering with health insurance goes back way beyond Obamacare.   We have been on the road to total government healthcare for decades.

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The government, often with the help of corrupt union leaders, has been bullying or enticing insurance companies to rip off their customers since the 1960’s. Back then, the unions had only just succeeded in using class envy to get medical benefits added to their contracts. It seemed like a good idea at the time to a lot of people. Back then you worked for IBM or GM from the day you graduated college until the day you retired. So, if you took medical benefits in lieu of money because taxes were insane, that was a convenient benefit for working at IBM. If you got medical benefits working the line at a GM plant “because all those rich executives got it so you should too,” well that was pretty easy too.

Sadly, within a decade, spending a lifetime at the same job went the way of the buggy whip. Also, the government had found a popular toilet through which to flush their shitty ideas.

For example, someone wants nosebleeds covered by their “catastrophic” medial protection (health insurance policy), Senator Douche goes on a tear and declares that all policies should cover nosebleeds, and stitches and birth control, etc. “Yay,” says an ignorant population. “reelect Senator Douche! He loves us.” Of course, the insurance companies have to do two things. Raise rates and create or increase deductibles to pay for all of the Douche requirements.

AND since raising rates threatens their competitiveness, they need Sen. Douche to add n amendment that only one or two insurance companies should be allowed to sell insurance in certain states or regions. Can’t have all the competition offering the same service for a lower price now, can you?

The story goes on, but you get the picture. Obamacare was just an acceleration of what was going on for years. The insurance companies would love to be rid of all the regulation and Senator Douche altogether. But until they are, we have what we have.

For years congress has been passing legislation to repeal Obamacare. They would go home and tell their constituents they did their duty.

But then near the election and after, as I pointed out then, they started to say repeal and replace. AND, as I pointed out, there was no conceivable “replace” they would create that wasn’t just as ridiculous as Obamacare.

If we simply repeal Obamacare right now real insurance companies would need about two hours to create the outline of a plan to create REAL insurance. In a month they would be able to unveil a plan that would cover what insurance is supposed to cover for pennies on the dollar.

But they can’t be hamstrung with mandates. And they would need open border competition.

THEN you would see the price of REAL insurance drop like a rock.

But you would have to do your part! Take care of yourself and your family!

 Sadly, too many people would want to cling to multiple thousand-dollar premiums and multiple thousand-dollar co-pays and deductibles, because you are told, they cover everything. But the policies insurance companies could write without the government on running their businesses would leave more than you would need to cover common allergies, common childhood illness, minor injuries and certainly birth control along with all the other little things that are not bets, but sure things. [See insurance as a bet here] or in my book, below.

People have to be smarter about what is good for them. They also need to be more responsible. If you are poor (I mean REAL poor, not $98,000–per-year-family-of-four “poor”) and you got sick, you were covered. Medicaid, looong before Obama came along, paid for your treatment.

But again, Medicaid is not insurance. It is a government give-away originally intended for truly poor people. When the DC swamp creatures point out how many people were shoehorned onto Medicaid and say, “look how many more people are insured,” they are touting a lie. By running up the qualification for Medicaid to 400% of the poverty line, you simply voted away more money from the makers and gave it to the takers. At the same time you create yet another incentive for people to become takers.

This is how you fix insurance and make it truly fair and ethical:

  • Repeal Obamacare
  • Don’t tell insurance companies what coverage they can or cannot sell. They will be in the business of making money. They will provide coverage that goes from just catastrophic for a very low price (1/4 or what we you pay now) to complete coverage of everything, which will cost you a pretty penny; almost as much as a shitty Obamacare mandated policy. And of course, there will be gradients of coverage in between.
  • Remove all impediments to competition. There are two reasons insurance rates ran up prior to Obamacare. Compliance to regulations, most of which were a complete waste of time and have NOTHING to do with healthcare or paying for it. The second biggest reason was that large established companies, in exchange for bribe money paid through K Street, were protected from competition. So they could charge as mush as they needed or wanted to. By letting all companies with the means to meet their coverage obligations to compete everywhere, you bring down costs precipitously. By eliminating the stifling, useless regulations you bring it down even further.
  • Tort reform. No jackpot justice. Legal recourse for malpractice was never intended to ruin good doctors. But there is an incentive to get into court for a hangnail. So doctors practice defensive medicine and have to pay HUGE premiums to protect themselves from real mistakes, litigious vultures, and the scum bag lawyers that represent them.
  • Smart insurance companies, not the government should require hospitals to PUBLISH their prices for treatment. (Don’t say it can’t be done. The hospital knows exactly what it will charge for every single procedure. It’s just a case of hitting the print button.)
  • Smart insurance companies, not the government, should require that hospitals offer the patient the option of paying cash for a procedure to keep their premiums low. That is almost always a huge discount and makes the policyholder a great bet for the insurance company.
  • Make it clear citizens should protect themselves. Get insurance while you are healthy. If you wait until you are sick and then demand someone pay for you, there should real and natural consequences.
    • We’ll take the family of four.
      • Firstly, any man who would create a family and, even under this stupid Obamacare burden, not protect that family from medical catastrophe, is not a man. But be that as it may…
    • Our family of four is living at 400% of the poverty level. At $98,000 per year, they can afford a really nice house and two cars.
    • We’ll say the parents don’t choose to insure themselves or their kids. A parent, or child gets chronically ill. That’s a tragedy. BUT…
    • Now they are scrambling to get insurance to pay for the illness. Maybe the local news picks up the story. We see mommy crying, holding the sickling. The reporter gravely says what a terrible thing it is that they cannot get insurance for their little one.
    • Why, there ought to be a law! Right?

Wrong! This is the lie of Obamacare and all the defenses of it. Before we should be required to spend a dime of other people’s money on this situation, this family, because they were not responsible earlier, should have to divest itself of material goods in favor of taking care of there own. It would have been REAL insurance that would have prevented this reality. But I don’t pay taxes so that a comfortable, middle class family can keep their house and cars AND get their medical expanses paid all at the same time; this AFTER they avoided their own responsibilities. No one should pay taxes for that!

Having done what they could, should they approach actual poverty, well then by all means, Medicaid would be there for them. Medicaid does not exist so people can live a consequence-free life and when the chips are down, then cash in on our tax money.

With this as the model, people would a) see the sense in buying a policy while they are young and healthy, or b) pay for their decisions and be picked up later.

But…sniff, sniff…what if the child dies in the meantime? Sniff, sniff.

We’ll address this obvious canard in our next piece.

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Oh Serena! You Broke My Heart!

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or never heard of the game of Tennis, you know that Venus  Williams played in the Women’s finals today at Wimbledon. It is a bit of a shame it will always be whispered that the reason she was in the finals was because her sister, Serena (who I used to refer to as my next wife) was not there.

Setting aside the armchair sports commentary for a moment, it is the reason why Serena wasn’t there that has my nose out of joint. She’s pregnant! And engaged!

I was not consulted on any of this!  It turns out she is like every other woman I’ve ever stalked!

You write letters, cover you walls with pictures and stolen underwear. You ignore one court order after another. And for what?!

Serena is no better than Jennifer Aniston.  I gave Jennifer – the hussy – the best years of my life. And after stringing me along with all those legal threats (we know what she really meant) she leaves me for this poof!

source: Huffington Post

Then, when Angelina kicked Billy Bob to the curb, I thought AH-HAH! This is the woman I’ve been looking for!   Of course, Pitt couldn’t leave well enough alone. He saw what was happening and used whatever evil means were available (probably blackmail – I mean she was dating Thornton) to steal her from me.

I had all but given up on women until last night. I was sitting in my living room, eating Cheetos, drinking a Yoo-hoo, wearing Serena’s underwear on my head (yeah, I still carry a torch for her in my heart) and watching FOX News. I got the impression Kimberly Guilfoyle was giving me the hairy eyeball. Maybe this will FINALLY be my chance at true happiness.

I’ll keep you posted.


I know what you are thinking:  How could a good-looking man, who isn’t of retirement age, be watching Wimbledon and the Tour De France AND the Open, and writing sophomoric posts about hot celebrity chicks?  Well, listen up, buttercup!  By next year you could BE at Wimbledon, center court!  Or you could watch the peloton zip by from the courtyard of a French Bed and Breakfast.  All you need to do is pay attention!

 

 


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THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE – Criminal Mob

And this is just one of countless cases!

The Internal Revenue Service of the United States, through onerous and thuggish actions, has marked itself as an unapologetic criminal enterprise.

Ever since the Obama Administration, without a blush of irony or shame, turned this organization loose on the American people for political protection, an atmosphere of criminality has come to dominate the actions of the IRS. They’ve been brutes for decades. But now they feel they have official sanction to be brutes.

For details on what happened to Mii’s Bridal and Tuxedo, CLICK HERE.

You’ve probably seen the headlines about the tuxedo and dress shop the IRS drove out of business without due process in an orgy of Left-Wing, National Socialist theatrics.

This isn’t the first time the IRS has not only ignored the constitution. There are rules governing the IRS itself, which clearly have no basis in civilized law. It doesn’t matter what a bunch of National Socialist liberals wrote into law. At some point (and in this case a long time ago) it becomes clear that many government pursuits run afoul of the basic protections that this very government is charged with maintaining.

If there was a single person at the IRS with an ounce of fortitude, they’d refuse to follow these mandates and blow the whistle on them.

The IRS has destroyed small businesses many times, and with the slimmest of evidence. In this case, it was the “pattern” of deposits the business was making that triggered the raid. They were making deposits that fell under a magic number.

The number is $10,000. What kind of lunacy is that?   We are told – and far too many of us accept – that criminals deposit $10,000+ at a time in banks. If you make such deposits, you are marked as a criminal and should be investigated. If you deposit less than this on a regular basis, you are clearly a criminal because you are trying to hide your criminal activity by not making deposits like a criminal would!   Am I alone in seeing the blatant, police state sickness here?

I can’t speak for the reader, but I am not stupid enough to swallow the clear intent of such nonsense. “Show me the man,” declared Stalin, hero of the American Left, “and I’ll show you the crime.”

To intentionally add insult to injury, it has been reported that the IRS punks who destroyed the lives of these business people brought children in to watch the IRS committing their felonies. This was entertainment. It was a twisted version of bring-your-child-to-work day.

What perverse conclusions were those children to draw from this experience? This is what happens, boys and girls, if you don’t blindly obey Mommy Government. Mommy Government will send a pack of losers, who could never make it in the real economy, to come and ruin you and humiliate you in front of your community.

 For all we know, these two might have been avoiding taxes. But we have not the benefit of a process of REAL justice in this case. There is no process under which the citizens have been properly informed of wrongdoing. The targets of the ruination were never given a chance to defend themselves through that same, missing process.

We have only the claim by the thugs that they are owed money, based on an arbitrary magic number. With only that to go on, the punks used the threat of force to ruin this business and the people who ran it for 35 years. They are elderly. They were surely very close to retiring. Now, they are forced to confront the government as the accuser to get compensated for their losses. The government, of course, will then take the role of the accused. Those people will never see their money again.

Here’s the most egregious twist. In order to carry out the raid, the very IRS officials responsible for it made false official statements to justify it. That’s right. Even under its own already abusive and totalitarian rules, was a rule stating that there must be a waiting period between the seizure of goods and the sale of such goods. (10 days as it turns out – by no means enough to protect the rights of the accused – but it was something) The exception is that where such seized goods would be devalued by spoilage within that 10-day period then the goods could be sold immediately.

Leave aside that spoilage is still no excuse for damaging private businesses without due process. This rule governs things like the inventory of a suspect fish market or tomato stand. But the jack-booted morons who pulled off this government-sanctioned theft used that rule to sell designer gowns. They sold them at pennies on the dollar. So along with spoilage, they weren’t concerned with devaluation. The thugs devalued the goods. They were only concerned with destroying the lives of two people who dared to defend themselves against charges leveled by a government-sanctioned mafia.

It is more disgusting than a protection racket.

The flavor of this incident is even more distasteful. It addresses the corruption and gutlessness of the IRS. I once heard an IRS agent talk about who they go after. “Small money, small problems. Big money, big problems,” he said.  In other words, going after people who push billions all over the globe in avoidance AND evasion is too much like work. And those folks can afford lawyers. It’s easier to bulldoze as many citizens as possible, damn the actual evidence, than to go after the REAL offenders.

For more details, GO HERE.

Here is what reality is supposed look like in the United States of America:

I have a right to carry and deposit as much money as I damned well please. There is no figure that automatically marks me as a criminal. Before Uncle Sticky-fingers touches a single penny of that money, they must prove that I am involved in a specific criminal act.

I’ll go one further. If there is overwhelming evidence that my money is ill-gotten (i.e., indictment is imminent) then any property seized must be held sacrosanct until all proceedings are concluded. At that time, if I am declared not guilty, ALL of the seized assets must be immediately returned to me without contest or complaint.

In the event the conscientious government employees sell good that would truly spoil in storage, 100% of the proceeds of that sale should also be held until proceeding end. And again, if found not guilty, all that money is returned to ME!

A quick review:

  • If you take something that doesn’t belong to you, you’ve committed a crime.
  • If you make false official statements to get around the law to steal something you’ve committed a crime.
  • If you sell that which you took wrongfully, you’ve committed a crime.
  • If you include children in the conduct of a crime, in any way, you’ve committed a crime.
  • If more than one person planned and arranged for any of the above acts to be carried out, everyone involved can add a count of conspiracy to each count above.

The agents in this case and many similar cases should be arrested and charged as the common criminals that they are.

Reform? Yeah, Right!

There has been a lot of noise emanating from the “Swamp” about tax reform. So far, absolutely no reform had been proposed.   There has been talk of modest cuts, to be nullified by tax increases elsewhere (border tax, gas tax). And even these don’t look likely to materialize soon.

But this will not be reform.  The cuts will be reversed as soon as the Pelosi and Schumer are take over Congress in 2018.

But real reform can be had. It can be substantial and can happen a lot sooner than you may think. But you must make certain demands.

First, congress must be made subject to the reforms. They will NEVER agree to be the authors.

Next, we ALL, Left and Right (Not the Loony Deblasio “Left” or the Directionless Trump “Right”) must get behind the Convention of States. We presently have the numbers in the state houses to make a convention occur.

But this convention must not be driven by the Bob Corkers or Jim DeMints that are currently worming their way in. Their involvement will hurt the movement more than help it. (Look at the way Dick Armey and others hijacked the Tea Party movement and turned it into an insiders’ money machine.)

This must be a movement driven by the grass roots and pushed through 34 state legislatures. And it must include REAL provisions to remove the teeth of organizations like the EPA and the IRS.

And to truly deflate the IRS, all you need is a flat tax or a point of sale tax. The strength of the IRS, and the protection offered government crony businesses, is the Byzantine tax code. Part of the Convention of States must be a slashing of the tax code. A simple code is easier to follow and easier to enforce. It will raise far more revenue and waste far fewer dollars in compliance. It is also, by its nature, more transparent.

I talk more about this in chapter 5 of Street Politics: It Ain’t Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore. Read it. Know it. Live it.

I comment frequently that average Americans, out of sheer laziness and irresponsible apathy, allow all manner of abuse to be heaped on them and fellow citizens. Well, if this incident isn’t a banner to rally under, regardless of your political persuasion, I have little faith in our future. The police state is here. The Age of Reason is under assault. It is being replaced by polarized cults blindly following “opposing” parties which are BOTH leading them in the same Orwellian direction.

Matt Jordan is a travel writer, political commentator and author of Street Politics: It Ain’t Your Daddy’s GOP Anymore! Available on Amazon and from other quality book sellers.

 

 

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North Korea: What Does Twitter Say About It?

Do we attack or shake our finger at them REALLY HARD?

There is a disturbing meme concerning North Korea crawling into the American consciousness. Depending on what occurs over the ensuing months this meme could be either disappointing to those who believe it or shattering for the entire country.

One of the more influential people I’ve heard saying it is Herman Cain. On Fox News, 5 July, Cain said [paraphrasing] if Korea did anything stupid, it would be a very short war.

 I see nonsense like this on Social Media a lot these days. We’ll kick their little asses!

 We have a choice as to what to do about North Korea. One, we let them have everything they want, while making blustery noise about it (the most likely outcome) or things continue apace until we have no choice but to attack NoKo.

There is little point in dwelling on the first option. It would look a lot like the Iranian nuke deal. We come away looking stupid and weak and feckless.

So, we’ll look at the second option. Attack.

What would such an attack look like? Who would we be fighting? What would be the short and long-term consequences?

Well, if the DC swamp hasn’t learned the lessons of history, and I see no evidence it has, we would attack the North with a force of about 300,000 troops. 85% of those doing the actual shooting will be American. 15% will be a smattering of Brits and Australians. There might be a tiny contingent of warfighters from Central Europe. A large chunk of “our allies” would be bench warmers and truck drivers from dozens of nations, claiming to be critical to the fight but doing none of the shooting and bleeding.

Globe image of KoreaThis adventure will end horribly for everyone, especially the Koreans. Millions will die very quickly. The “war” would then settle into the sickening, familiar pattern of not fighting too hard, hoping to keep the enemy at bay, while loosing a several hundred (thousand?) soldiers per week for years – for absolutely no reason. When we finally would leave the exact same people would be running a divided Korea as when we started.

But wait! There’s more.

We would have to keep China out of the conflict – or at least try. And how would we do that? We’d have to cripple their economy. There is no other way and no guarantee that such a move would work anyway.

To do so would require us to renege on our debt to them. That’s our only ace in the hole with the ChiComs.

We Lose Our Goodies!

But what would that do to us? The answer is simple. NO ONE would lend the United States an empty cereal box for the foreseeable future. Washington DC would run out of operating funds within days. The big, oafish give-away machine that is our present federal system would have to be slashed by more than half overnight.

I ask you, boys and girls, is there anyone in the “swamp” with the sack to even suggest that? Of course there isn’t.

So, you can count out defaulting on debt as a weapon or even as a means of getting the Chinese to go to Pyong Yang and assassinating the fat kid and his generals. If China doesn’t see a free-market North Korea as a good thing FOR CHINA there is no hope of gaining their cooperation. But if we go to war, we have to try to sideline China anyway.

This is why we will likely watch fecklessly, as the fat kid and his asylum become a nuclear power.

Past as Prologue

But what could push us to the brink if no one has the guts to go all out to defeat our enemy?

The answer to that is a scary one. To provide the answer, I must go back two weeks – ancient history for the average voter.

On a Friday in late June, Trump started talking about putting solar cells on the Mexican border wall as a means of making it palatable and practical. He prefaced his first mention of it saying that he just came up with the idea and probably no one else had ever thought of it.

Here’s the rub. A lot of people had heard of it. I heard people talking about it years ago. The morning radio show on the Gulf Coast was talking about it the previous Monday. It wasn’t a serious discussion, of course, but there are people out there thinking that if we added solar cells to the Wall,…why, it would pay for itself!

The reason the President of the United States was talking about such a stupid idea was because HE READ IT ON TWITTER! It was trending! I will save just how stupid this idea is for another article.

But because uneducated adults and precocious teenagers were tweeting about a photovoltaic border wall, Donald Trump latched right onto it and blabbed, probably off-prompter, and insinuated a major policy idea.

For the record, there will never be a border wall to hang solar cells on. But that’s not the point.

So Who Will Give “The Donald” Good Counsel?

What is frightening is that the same fat guys sitting at their computers in their underwear, and the same silly kids tweeting about a solar cell wall, could prompt a major announcement from a president who doesn’t even understand the technology. These are the same types of people tweeting how we could kick Korea’s ass in a day. They love the idea of us killin’ them damn commies.

How can we trust a man who is so easily baited when every adult around him for two years has failed to convince him that mature men don’t use twitter as a policy platform. This is the Trump who only last week got into the same junior high school cat fight with Scarborough and Brzezinski that he’d had with Rosie O’Donnell almost a decade before. And the remarks transmitted were every bit as childish as both O’Donnell and Trump have always been.

THIS is the same president sitting with his phone right now, reading how we need to kick some North Korean ass. If every adult in his circle can’t convince him that what he reads on Twitter is NOT grist for making major decisions, who will counsel him about war and the ruin of our economy?

The one thing that could keep us out of war, and ensures a nuclear North Korea, is that Trump wouldn’t know how to shut down half of the US Government, and his Twitter friends would tell him not to. They don’t want to lose the food stamps or mortgage write-off, or school lunches, etc.

This caution:

If anyone in authority has the slightest inkling in a dark corner of their mind that we might have to go to war with North Korea, and they want us to survive the likely outcome, they must do two things.

They must prepare the nation for an economic battering that would be almost as bad as China would experience. All business with the ChiComs could be shut down. All the money they loan us would dry up.

Any responsible leader who sees war as a possibility needs to initiate the draft – six months ago! To try and fight a “limited war” in this theater would be a greater insult to those who get killed than every war we’ve fought since 1945. And not a one of them turned out to be honorable or even effective.

To attack NoKo we would require MILLIONS of men. Many millions more than we have now. And that would only provide a vague hope of obliterating North Korea’s military. There’s no way to be sure of it and China would still be the wild card as they were in the ‘50s.

Finally, know this:

If we chose military conflict, it will be bloody and painful for EVERYONE. This will not be like Iraq and Afghanistan. The media will not report how another soldier was killed this week. If we hear at all, we will hear casualty reports that routinely reach into the thousands. At the beginning it might be tens of thousands.

If we chose not to fight we need to prepare ourselves for the Century of China. Our reign as the dominant superpower would truly be at an end. This is the ultimate line in the sand. If we cross it unprepared or chose not to cross it, we will lose – and lose BIG.

An interesting side note:  If we did decide to go all out on this, we’d have to take back the Panama Canal as well.  If you remember back in prehistoric times Jimmy Carter let go of the canal.  Do you know who runs it now?

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