St. Jude: A Lost Cause?

With all the recent turmoil over Obamacare, it’s interesting to speculate about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. It came about through the vision and work of one person – Danny Thomas. He came up with the idea, figured out how to do it, got the funds for it and left a legacy for it. He dedicated it to the patron saint of lost causes, appropriate to the hospital’s mission of helping kids with incurable cancers.

Under good stewardship after Thomas’ death, St. Jude has become a world renowned institution and has saved countless lives. We are fortunate that Thomas started it when he did, in 1962. It was a time when Americans considered their country ran on capitalism and flourished because of it. It was a time when Americans saw charity as coming from themselves and not the government.

If Thomas had tried to start the hospital in the years following passage of Obamacare, could it have happened? I doubt it. In the bill was a provision to levy “massive amounts of red tape on hospitals that provide free health services to the poor and fines those that don’t comply,” according to an article in poorrichardsnews.com in 2013.

The fact that afflicted families never receive a bill from St. Jude’s doesn’t square well with a government health care system.

The article continues:

It’s ironic isn’t it? The left’s chief complaint about the American healthcare system is that it’s “for profit,” but Obamacare will end up forcing non-profit hospitals to either go under or become for-profit institutions themselves.

From day 1, Obamacare has not been about improving healthcare or making it more affordable. It’s been about government control. Sadly, the American people are only now beginning to find out the truth about how devastatingly unaffordable the Affordable Care Act really is.

St. Jude avoided this scenario because it is a research hospital. It falls under a different subset of tax laws than 501C(3) non-profit hospitals.
But what of others and why should it be like this?

The ACA was always about control, not about helping people. Like all things government, it is run by bureaucrats. The HHS Secretary, at the time of its birth was Kathleen Sebelius. If you’ll recall, she was given power over much of it ensconced in the phrase “As the Secretary shall deem…”

The secretary would not deem that a person like Danny Thomas – someone not in the medical field, someone not a business titan, nor government officer – could create something like St. Jude’s.

Only in a free society could that happen. Obamacare narrows our freedom so much that St. Jude would have become a lost cause had Thomas tried it today.
Congress needs to repeal it and soon.

Dead Speaker Walking

Paul Ryan might as well pack it in. He’s on the outs with just about everybody.

He failed and he failed bigly. He needs to get out of the way.

Yesterday I saw this at PJ Media, headline “Paul Ryan Takes the Barzini Meeting.” The reference is to the movie The Godfather, from which a wellspring of information on human nature and political strategy comes. Here’s the clip:

The author Michael Walsh explains:

And yet Paul Ryan walked straight into the Barzini trap that president Trump set for him. By insisting that the voters desired “Repeal and Replace” when in fact all anybody wanted was “Repeal, full stop,” Ryan’s inner wonk superseded his duties as the speaker of the House to ensure the votes were there for the “Replace” part of the equation. That they weren’t should be the end of his speakership.

Apparently, Ryan had been listening to the die-hard never-Trumpers too much, and actually thought he could skate on his opposition to the insurgent outsider, whose entire campaign was based on his contempt for the Permanent Bipartisan Fusion Party and apparatchiks like Ryan. Once the bright shiny penny of young GOP congressmen, Ryan blotted his copybook badly in his disappointing vice-presidential debate performance against a gibbering Joe Biden. He then played coy after House conservatives finally managed to sack former speaker John Boehner, but eventually accepted the proffered crown. During the election, he fought Trump every step of the way and lied about it.

So heading into round one of the health-care debate, there was no love lost between Trump and Ryan. Despite the fact that the House had already voted some 60 times to repeal Obamacare — which is all GOP voters had been asking for — Ryan got it into his head that what was really needed was a Republican version of Obamacare: “a better way.” And so he set about crafting the latest version of GOP me-tooism, the American Health Care Act, which was ignominiously yanked this afternoon when it was clear there were not enough votes to pass it.

Ryan’s team repeatedly fumbled the ball, diluted the free-market message they should have been selling, and lost sight of the point of repealing ObamaCare — which was to bring down insurance costs for millions of middle class families who’ve seen their premiums skyrocket and their benefits diminish under ObamaCare.

Last night there were signs of President Trump’s displeasure with Ryan. He tweeted:

And what do you know? Judge Jeanine called for Ryan to step down.

If Ryan’s smart, he’ll avoid sitting in a barbershop chair with a cloth over his eyes.

A Question

Where has Rudy Giuliani been? Where is he? What has he been doing?

Trump named him cyber czar. There have been lots of issues concerning that recently. Is he working on that and will he come out with some relevant information?

Or he is involved in some health issues?

You would think the press would ask these questions. Not in today’s world. Their function is to push Obama propaganda, not to search for the truth.

After Health Care Bill, Where Are We?

There have been so many conflicting voices on the healthcare bill, it’s been difficult to find a patch of clean water in the swamp mess.

You have President Trump and VP Pence working to get this bill passed. You have “conservatives” fighting against it. Paul Ryan shaped it. He’s not exactly trusted by true Republicans.

You have the Freedom Caucus which demanded Obamacare be repealed but still balked when they had the chance.

You have economists siding with Trump. Labor in the picture, too. All very confusing.

Sean Hannity asked the pertinent question – why didn’t the Republicans in Congress have a replacement ready to go since they knew from November 9 that this would be coming up? That gets to the heart of the matter.

Where is the truth in all of this? Where are the answers? What went wrong? Some explanation lies here:

These lobbyists are the ones writing the bills, just as they did in Obamacare. They do not want to let certain aspects of it go. Not providing health care is good for big businesses. Labor likes it, too. They give money to our politicians, but so do the Koch brothers, who worked hard to see that the uber conservative Freedom Caucus stopped the bill. Many of these get campaign money from people like the Koch brothers. They don’t want it cut off.

There really is no other explanation for their actions, since the bill got rid of Obamacare and gave them 80-90% of what they wanted.

The biggest loser in all this is not Donald Trump. I expect he will prevail. He has tweeted in the past: “Negotiations 101: The best deals you can make are the ones you walk away from…and then get them with better terms.”

No, the biggest loser is Paul Ryan.

As blogger Don Surber observed:

President Trump pantsed Paul Ryan and stripped him of his House speakership on Thursday by calling for a vote on Ryancare.

Presidents don’t run the House calendar, but Ryan is weak. So Trump scheduled the vote anyway, and now Ryan and Ryancare are history.

As a reader pointed out, the whole world is watching. I believe a few sphincters tightened a notch or two watching Trump humiliate the Washington establishment and its boy, Paul Ryan.
The reader said in a comment on my previous post:

This is also a display to everyone that Trump WILL walk away and blow up a deal. The world watched. North Korea watched. Iran watched. Nato watched. Theresa May watched. Mexico watched. All those countries that want to make a deal with the US watched Pres Trump throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Ryan flopped. Biggly. His speakership needs to be challenged. I can’t imagine Speakers in the past acting the way he did. They all knew not to bring a bill to the floor if it can’t pass. He’s impotent.

So is Whip Kevin McCarthy. Can you imagine Tom Delay failing like this? The “Velvet Hammer” got it done. Period, as Obama would say.

But neither is the whole business a disaster, as Matt Drudge keeps pumping on his website.

As Surber so rightly points out: “Foreigners at times seem to know our politics better than we do. Those liberals chortling over the end of Ryancare think Obamacare will live forever and ever.

“Just like they thought the Soviet Union would last.

“Boy are these liberals in for a November 8-level shock.

“Trump is a strong man. Not in a Mussolini manner, but in the Reagan manner. The bad guys know it, and I think they will want to leave us alone.”

Trump’s efforts have exposed all the players. We can see now what is going on in DC. He actually has more power now than before, despite what the media wants to tell you. That is, if you believe knowledge is power. What is the popular song’s message so often quoted: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

A fumble like this will not happen again.

A Whistleblower Steps Up

When Justice Roberts abruptly switched to vote for Obamacare, it signaled to me that they had something on him. I feel validated this morning on reading about a whistleblower who has now come forward.

The full story is at the Conservative Treehouse blog – a must read for anyone who wants to know what truly goes on in DC.

Freedom Watch notifies congress of a “Deep State” intelligence community whistle blower, Dennis Montgomery, with hundreds of millions of documents showing CIA and FBI and Intelligence Committees were spying on, and conducting surveillance on, American citizens for political purposes.

Mr. Montgomery is trying to use a legal “whistle-blower” process and not follow the same approach as Edward Snowden.

Here’s the relevant part from Freedom Works:

Even Supreme Court justices! These people have no shame.

Many forget that Justice Roberts suffers from epilepsy. At the time he switched his vote, I wondered if some of Obama’s spying included a clip of him in an epileptic fit. If that came out and was seen by millions of Americans, the media would have declared him unfit to serve on the High Court. He’d have lost his position. Was that why he surprised his fellow conservative jurists and went Obama’s way in the case in June 2012?

This may explain a lot.

Interesting, too, was President Trump’s response when he was asked if he felt validated yesterday after Rep. Nunes came out and said there was evidence of his being surveiled. He replied “Somewhat.” It’s a big curious.

Perhaps he said somewhat because he knows the whistleblower will tell the rest of the story. There is surely more to come.

Stickin’ It to Us

This morning I was behind a large car that had three prominent bumper stickers. By the way, the car had a Texas license plate.

The first read “End Citizens United.” Obviously the driver is a lib, full of hatred for that ruling the justices brought down allowing more campaign money in politics.

The other read “Obama is not the dark skinned anti war socialist who gave away free health care. You’re thinking of Jesus.” Er, no, and not theologically correct on that one.

In a similar vein, another said, “Jesus loves you, but I’m his favorite.” Hubris anyone?

Guess we are getting a little deeper than Co-exist in symbols and “visualize world peas.”

We Are All Victims Now

I ran across this quote this morning: “When we all wish to be victims, there are too few oppressors to go around.”

The profundity of it hit me like a mental sledgehammer.

I had just walked the dog past a neighbor’s house with a brand new yard sign – “Protect the Aquifer.” It joins countless other signs in the neighbor asking us to “Save the Greensward,” “Save York Avenue” and a rather longer one that proclaims in America Love Is Still Love, Science Is Real and a host of other platitudes lined up horizontally. Of course there are still a few Clinton/Kaine signs perforating the landscape, too.

I thought of these after reading the quote, which is from a piece by Victor Davis Hansen at the National Review.

It wasn’t until the Clinton years in the 90s that victimhood became so popular. I don’t remember people seeing themselves as victims of some oppressor in an earlier America. But then it became a virtue. O.J. Simpson, although it seemed clear he killed two people, won release because he was seen as the victim of police brutality/white racism. It was an early triumph of victimhood status.

Feminism fueled it too. It progressed from wage and job inequality to other cultural and sexual matters. Right then half the population became victims. Still, that wasn’t enough. We have race victims, religious victims, illegal victims, gender victims, transgender victims, age victims, disease victims, ugly/beautiful victims, environmental victims, medical victims and anybody else who wants to classify him or herself this way.

As a result of what’s taught in schools about victimhood and oppressors, many young people have ditched professions and careers to become social justice warriors. Education has set them on the path to destroy oppressors and find some new ones, too.

Even businesses, once the target of victims, have joined in. Better to join than be an oppressor, eh? Businesses like Starbucks have become SJWs. Is it a surprise that veering from their product idea is causing them to lose business? The CEO’s stance of hiring 10,000 refugees has turned enough people off that their profits are falling.
The Trump victory has added more, too. Nordstrom’s and other retailers decided to be victims and oppose Ivanka Trump’s apparel line. Does it get any more ridiculous?

Apparently it does.

Now we have to worry about neighborhood victimization. And now water victimization.

How many oppressors are we going to have? Aren’t we running the risk of a shortage of them?

At what time do they become a victim group, too?

How can a nation ever be great or regain their greatness if everyone is a victim?

Maybe this election will steer us from the lemming path.

Or perhaps the Boomer generation is going out in a fit of frenzied self-recognition: It enjoyed all that was given to it, did not accomplish much itself, and left a mess to its successors. Its metaphor is California’s Oroville dam: Aging greens believe that it never should have been built; but since it was, it came in handy for the good life; but no one should spend any money on its repair; but when it nearly fails, we were all warned that it was never a good idea. And so no more dams will be built for our children.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/445934/political-culture-backlash-americans-retreat-when-theres-no-escaping-politics

Unraveling Yesterday’s Hearing

I found yesterday’s hearing typical. Everyone spoke gobbledeegook and no conclusions were had, despite the mainstream media’s attempt to drag out the phony Trump Russia allegations.

The GOPers could have taken a more aggressive line of questioning against Comey. Seems they can only get tough when they are grilling a Republican, like Nixon. Otherwise it’s just posturing.

One Republican, Elise Stefanik from New York, came closest to a good interrogation. She fell short, too, though and didn’t take the argument to its logical conclusion that Comey and Clapper may be the leakers. Here she is:

The conservative treehouse – mentioned by Laura Ingraham this morning on Fox & Friends – once again had the best evaluation.

Summary: Hillary Clinton political operatives manufactured the illusion of a computer connection between Russian entities (financial banks) and the Trump campaign/organization. Those manufactured points of evidence were then passed along to White House entities who used the political intel community (Clapper to Comey) to open an investigation of nothingness – to nowhere. The mere existence of that investigation was then used as the originating point for a series of media intel leaks (the narrative) intended to cloud and damage the Trump campaign/organization. FBI Director James Comey, as head of one of the investigative agencies, became part of that political apparatus. Now, usefulness exhausted and with the media engaged, it’s CYA time all around for the originating entities.

“Because of the sensitivity of the matter” ~ James Comey

Shelby GOP Picks Officers

In case you missed it, the Republican Party of Shelby County held its biennial reorganization convention Sunday at Houston High School in Germantown, TN. Lee Mills was elected as the Chairman for the 2017-2019 term.

Mr. Mills had served as 1st Vice Chair under Chairman Mary Wagner. He was elevated to Chairman late last year after Governor Bill Haslam appointed Chairman Mary Wagner to her position as Circuit Court Judge.

The entire 2017-2019 Shelby County Executive Committee is as follows:
2017-2019 Shelby County Executive Committee

Lee Mills Chairman
Judy Pearson 1st Vice Chair
Richard Morton 2nd Vice Chair
Amy Stanfill Spicer 3rd Vice Chair
Tom Owen 4th Vice Chair
John Niven Treasurer
Garrett Dorris Vice Treasurer
Sharon Ohsfeldt Recording Secretary
Lyn Windsor Corresponding Secretary
Jane Pierotti At-Large 1
Chris Connolly At-Large 2
Tim Beacham At-Large 3
Nancy Boatright At-Large 4
Amber Mills At-Large 5
Louis Focht At-Large 6
Randy Hendon At-Large 7
Kevin Hardin At-Large 8
Charlotte Bergmann District 83 Representative
Sharon Hyde District 84 Representative
Arnold Weiner District 85 Representative
Bob Morgan District 87 Representative
Nancy Tapp District 88 Representative
Michael Gilroy District 90 Representative
Jennifer Nichols District 91 Representative
David Wittman District 93 Representative
Naser Fazlullah District 95 Representative
Price Harris District 96 Representative
Billy Bryan District 97 Representative
David Shiffman District 98 Representative
Kenny Crenshaw District 99 Representative

What Congress Should Do

If you’re familiar with the Cloward and Piven theory of the manufactured crisis, you know the blueprint the Democrats have followed for 70 years. Their plans as outlined here: http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2008/09/barack_obama_and_the_strategy.html. In brief, they sought to use disruption in American life to bring attention to their issues, then flood the media et al with constant discussion of the problem before instituting their own radical plans to change into a socialist world.

In other words, the financial collapse of 2008 was used to their advantage, as were the increase of the welfare state and other entitlements that stress us to the point of collapse. Then they can plan a whole new U.S. according to their beliefs.

Time this gets used against this group of lefty Alinskyites.

How? Do what they did. Republican lawmakers need to flood Congress with laws and bills. They need to fire away with them so as to knock the Democrats off their message. It would force the Democrats to put out so many fires that they don’t know what to attack next.

The Right should take elements of the health care revision, separate them and push them through. While doing that they should start up tax reforms and bring that up. Then immigration, then education, then energy, then whatever else. Force the Dems to go on defense. It’s the position they continually put us in and it’s a losing one.

CNN and MSNBC would not be able to devote much time to each topic. They could not dwell on something – as they have the fake Russian connection story – until it becomes believable. Their hosts would have to hop from topic to topic, never making inroads with viewers.

Republicans should have a never ending group of victims of Dem policies paraded before friendly shows or at news conferences or at rallies, too. President Trump is very good at turning the tables on them. Follow his leadership.

Whatever new crisis comes up – say the threat of the Oroville dam bursting – Republicans should extrapolate on that and demand attention on all the infrastructure collapsing as a way to prep for Trump’s infrastructure programs. After all, it’s mostly Democrat states like California that haven’t paid attention to the vital needs of its citizens.

Every illegal immigrant attack on Americans (like the poor 14 year old girl raped last week in a Michigan school by two of them) should be brought up. Every attack by radical Islamic terrorists – even in other countries – should be highlighted. Every Democrat demanding Trump’s tax records should be ridiculed when theirs are not or fall short. Bernie Sanders, the Clinton Global Initiative anyone?

Republicans have many avenues to success – if they’ll use them. That’s the rub.