GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Women don’t need Gooferment “protection”

Monday, January 8, 2018

http://keywestlou.com/george-bernard-shaws-caesar-and-cleopatra

A blog post from Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)

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You have to admire Iceland. They are always a step ahead.

Following the bank debacle of 2008, they prosecuted and jailed bankers. Those at the top. Something I have been recommending for years we do in the U.S.

They elect women big time. Almost 50 percent of their Parliament is female. They elected a woman Prime Minister in November.

Iceland recently passed a law that allows companies who pay women less than men to be punished. Fined. No jail. A step forward, however.

Equal pay laws have no teeth. They tell the companies females must be paid equal to men. Enforcement lacking. Iceland recognized the problem and moved the step ahead.

It is generally acknowledged the law would not have come into being were it not for the large number of women in Parliament. 

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Equal pay laws are a joke.

The invisible hand of the free market will quickly, efficiently, and effectively punish companies that underpay women. It’s only logical. If a business systematically underpays anyone, they will leave for someone who will pay them what they are worth.

That brain drain will hurt in numerous ways  — cost of replacement, poor morale, loss of competitive advantage, bad image, impaired reputation.

The Gooferment probably is the worst offender in this regard. Politicians and bureaucrats routinely are exposed for pay disparities, but they always seem to spin their way out of it. Women don’t need “protection” and especially not from the Gooferment! Those “gals” are pretty tough imho.

Now if we could just end Gooferment Skrules, then both the girls and boys would not be brainwashed to think like serfs. Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Taxing Hospitals? Stupid is as stupid does!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

FROM BEHIND THE WSJ PAYWALL

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Why Tax Hospitals?

It’s a Medicaid Shell GameProviders pay the state. The state pays providers, then collects matching funds from Uncle Sam.

By Red JahnckeDec. 29, 2017 5:22 p.m. ET

When Connecticut faced a budget shortfall of $2.2 billion, or 11%, this year, it helped close the gap by almost doubling its tax on hospitals, to $900 million. Taxing hospitals sounds strange, especially since most are nonprofits. It also would seem to increase their costs and, thus, the cost of care—much of which, thanks to Medicaid, is borne by the state that levies the tax.

Yet 42 states tax hospitals. Why? One answer is the perverse incentives built into the Medicaid law. When a state returns tax money to hospitals through Medicaid “supplemental payments,” it qualifies for matching funds from Washington.

Connecticut hospitals will pay $900 million in taxes, but the state will offset that with $600 million in supplemental Medicaid payments—matched with $450 million of federal funds. The state keeps those matching funds, plus the $300 million from the hospital tax, meaning Hartford comes out ahead in the whole scheme by $750 million. Nice work if you can get it.

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Oh come on. Hope DJT45 shuts this stupidity down immediately. 

When you consider all the costs of “handling” this money from one Gooferment pocket to another, the Taxpayers are really getting screwed.

By “handling” I mean, the “loss” at each level of Gooferment that passes Taxpayer money to another level of Gooferment. I’ve seen calculations that estimate it at 50%. So a CT Taxpayer sends the “Federal” Gooferment a dollar, from which then the “Federal” Gooferment send the “Connecticut” Gooferment fifty cents. The CT Taxpayer would be better off just allowing the “Connecticut” Gooferment to steal the fifty cents directly. Argh! 

Why can’t “We, The Sheeple” see that?

Argh!

So if the “Connecticut” Gooferment steals 450M$ from the “Federal” Gooferment, then the “Federal” Gooferment has to steal 900M$ from everyone paying taxes. Mutliply that by 50 States and who knows what else and that’s a lot of <synonym for the act of procreation in real time> money.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Slower than driving? Slower than flying? Why are the Taxpayers subsidizing this?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

https://www.cato.org/blog/horrible-way-be-right

DECEMBER 18, 2017 3:50PM
A Horrible Way to Be Right
By RANDAL O’TOOLE

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No matter what speed, intercity passenger trains are obsolete and have been at least since the advent of jet airliner service. Even after hundreds of millions spent on improvements, this particular train would have been slower than driving from Seattle to Portland, but even the fastest high-speed trains are slower than flying.

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I really am tired of politicians and bureaucrats deciding how to waste Taxpayer money on feel good projects!

At some point in time, “We, The Sheeple” need to say “enuf’s enuf”.

There’s no need for these boondoggles and at least 6 people paid the ultimate price for this stupidity.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Why can’t the USA be more like Estonia?

Sunday, December 24, 2017

http://www.impactlab.net/2017/12/17/estonia-the-digital-republic/

December 17th, 2017 at 11:54 am
Estonia, the digital republic

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Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?

The Estonian government is so eager to take on big problems that many ambitious techies leave the private sector to join it.

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I asked Kaevats what he saw when he looked at the U.S. Two things, he said. First, a technical mess. Data architecture was too centralized. Citizens didn’t control their own data; it was sold, instead, by brokers. Basic security was lax. “For example, I can tell you my I.D. number—I don’t fucking care,” he said. “You have a Social Security number, which is, like, a big secret.” He laughed. “This does not work!” The U.S. had backward notions of protection, he said, and the result was a bigger problem: a systemic loss of community and trust. “Snowden things and whatnot have done a lot of damage. But they have also proved that these fears are justified.

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There’s a plethora of great ideas in this story. So many that it’s hard to absorb them in one sitting.

I love the citizen is in control of their data. 

In the USA would be IMPOSSIBLE without the (unconstitutional) Social Security “number”.

Why can’t “we” have all these benefits here?

Simple Crony Capitalism. What would all the “info protection”, credit reporting, Gooferment “suppliers”  and consultants to the Gooferment do? All those lost “campaign contributions”! 

And, imagine all the waste, fraud, and abuse that would be found.

If DJT45 wants to drain the swamp, then here’s how to do it.

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Marginal Rates Could Top 100% for Some?

Saturday, December 16, 2017

FROM BEHIND THE WSJ PAYWALL

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-taxman-cometh-senate-bills-marginal-rates-could-top-100-for-some-1512942118

POLITICS
The Taxman Cometh: Senate Bill’s Marginal Rates Could Top 100% for Some
Certain high-income business owners would face backwards incentives; lawmakers work to bridge gap
By Richard RubinUpdated Dec. 10, 2017 6:46 p.m. ET

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WASHINGTON—Some high-income business owners could face marginal tax rates exceeding 100% under the Senate’s tax bill, far beyond the listed rates in the Republican plan.

That means a business owner’s next $100 in earnings, under certain circumstances, would require paying more than $100 in additional federal and state taxes.

As lawmakers rush to write the final tax bill over the next week, they already are looking at changes to prevent this from happening. Broadly, House and Senate Republicans are trying to reconcile their bills, looking for ways to pay for eliminating the most contentious proposals. The formal House-Senate conference committee will meet on Wednesday, and GOP lawmakers may unveil an agreement by week’s end.

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Would anyone like them to be required to READ what they are voting on?

DNF Democrat Nancy Pelosi’s “Have to pass the bill so you can see what’s in it”?

Argh!

https://downsizedc.org/rtba/

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If ignorance of the law is no excuse for me, neither can it be permitted to you.

Congress keeps voting on healthcare bills that no member has even seen, let alone read. This must end. But I can’t expect Congressional leaders to end the practice because they benefit from it. That means I have to rely on YOU, my supposed representative.

I can see no good reason why you would NOT introduce RTBA. I want you to immediately contact Downsize DC and work with them to introduce this bill.

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Seems simple enough!

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Harvard students don’t know how many Communism killed?

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

FROM TOM WOODS’ (DAILY) EMAIL

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The Crimson, the student newspaper at Harvard, just ran an article by Laura Nicolae, a sophomore, on how sympathy for communism has become chic there.

She writes, “my classmates will graduate with the impression that communism represents a light-hearted critique of the status quo, rather than an empirically violent philosophy that destroyed millions of lives.”

She noted further that among students across the country, one third believe that George W. Bush — of whom I am no fan, as you well know — was responsible for more deaths than Joseph Stalin.

Millennials know next to nothing about the history of communism.

Laura sure does, though. Her own father fled the horrors of communist Romania.

I’ll be having her on my show sometime soon.

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Since Harvard is a Gooferment Skrule by virtue of all the Gooferment money it gets, you’d think it might teach some history there. You thought wrong!

How about the perspective that “mass murderers” can’t really murder masses without having control of a Gooferment?

Serial killers and church shooters are pikers when you compare them to a “good socialist dictator”.

Argh!

So let’s ask the “democratic socialists” — like Comrade Bernie — who and how many they plan to kill when they get into power?

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Georgia “sheeple” take a billion dollar haircut

Saturday, December 2, 2017

https://www.garynorth.com/public/17403.cfm

The Best-Laid Plans…
Gary North – November 22, 2017

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After 25 years, it was time to say goodbye to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

It cost Georgia taxpayers $214 million to build, 1989-1992. In today’s dollars, that is $385 million.
The new Mercedes-Benz Stadium is going to replace it, right next door. Total public funding: $600 million.

Here today. Gone tomorrow.

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Well, I guess the “suckers in Georgia” aka the Taxpayers are happy being sheered like the “We, The Sheeple” they are.

Argh!

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