We have Obamacare because Democrats are Better at Lying than Republicans are at Telling the Truth

Posted by PITHOCRATES - October 24th, 2013

Politics 101

President Obama Habitually breaks Every Promise he makes and Suffers no Consequences

President Obama made a promise to Americans as he stumped for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).  He said if you like your insurance plan you can keep your plan.  If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.  And even those people who did like and want to keep their insurance and doctor would benefit under Obamacare.  Because they would get more for less.  If you do a search on YouTube you can see all sorts of videos where you can hear President Obama make these very promises.  Like this one.

The president was adamant.  He made these promises over and over.  Nothing in his plan would change anything for those happy with what they had.  Period.  He said that a lot.  Period.  These weren’t mere political promises that we expect to be broken as usual.  This was a solemn oath from President Obama.  And we could take that to the bank.  Well, it turns out the American people couldn’t take that to the bank.  For he broke every promise he made.

George Herbert Walker Bush became a one-term president because he said, “Read my lips.  No new taxes.”  And then he made a deal with devious Democrats to raise taxes in exchange for spending cuts.  Spending cuts that never came.  Bush broke one promise and it ended his political career.  While President Obama habitually breaks every promise he makes and suffers no consequences.  At least not yet.  But that may change.

Hackers will call the Obamacare Database the Mother Lode when it comes to Hacking

The whole point of the Affordable Care Act was to make health care affordable for everyone.  So everyone could have health insurance plans that covered everything.   While paying less than they ever had before for health insurance.  So far, though, that hasn’t been happening.  In fact, fewer people have health insurance since Obamacare was rolled out (see More Americans In 3 States Have Had Their Insurance Canceled Under ObamaCare Than Have Filed An Exchange Account In All 50 by Josh Archambault posted 10/24/2013 on Forbes).

This week the reality of the ObamaCare roll-out appeared in a set of news stories that serve as an ironic juxtaposition. Over 500,000 individuals have seen their insurance policies cancelled in just 3 states.  In all 50 states, only 476,000 applications have been “filed” in an exchange. (Even though we are still learning the true definition of “filed.”)…

As I have tracked enrollment by states, many are reporting out both Medicaid and exchange enrollment at the same time.

Therefore the 476,000 number is misleading. My best guess is that for the 17 states that have reported out some data, the number is closer to 193,818 applications (once you pull out the Medicaid applications that have been reported on). Of course, this number is also still too high as it is compromised by the jointly reported data.

People are losing the insurance they like because to keep it requires more than they can afford.  For Obamacare has made the insurance they liked and wanted to keep much more expensive (see Obamacare deductibles a dose of sticker shock by Peter Frost posted 10/13/2013 on the Chicago Tribune).

Many Illinoisans buying health coverage on their own next year will face a similar dilemma spurred by the health care overhaul: pay higher monthly insurance premiums or run the risk of having to shell out thousands more in deductibles for health care if they get sick.

To promote the Oct. 1 debut of the exchanges, the online marketplaces where consumers can shop and buy insurance, Obama administration and Illinois officials touted the lower-than-expected monthly premiums that would make insurance more affordable for millions of Americans. But a Tribune analysis shows that 21 of the 22 lowest-priced plans offered on the Illinois health insurance exchange for Cook County have annual deductibles of more than $4,000 for an individual and $8,000 for family coverage…

Plans with the least expensive monthly premiums — highlighted by state and federal officials as proof the new law will keep costs low for consumers — have deductibles as high as $6,350 for individuals and $12,700 for families, the highest levels allowed under the law.

And then there’s the website.  In an era where identity theft is running rampant where hackers can steal everything in your smartphone while sipping a coffee at Starbucks we are asked to enter all our personal and identifying information into this website.  And after they collect it they will store it in one massive database.  Or as that hacker in Starbucks would call it, the mother lode.  A hacker’s paradise.  So is our personal and identifying information safe?  It doesn’t matter.  For the government has written in the code that by entering our data we acknowledge that we have no expectation of privacy (see Obamacare Website Source Code: ‘No Reasonable Expectation of Privacy’ by JERYL BIER posted 10/14/2013 on The Weekly Standard).

The launch of federal government’s Obamacare insurance exchange, Healthcare.gov, has been plagued with delays, errors, and poor website design, even prompting USA Today to call it an “inexcusable mess” and a “nightmare”.  Now comes another example of why the website’s reputation is in tatters.  Buried in the source code of Healthcare.gov is this sentence that could prove embarrassing: “You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.”  Though not visible to users and obviously not intended as part of the terms and conditions, the language is nevertheless a part of the underlying code for the “Terms & Conditions” page on the site…

The full portion of the code which does not appear on the visible page displayed for users reads as follows:

You have no reasonable expectation of privacy regarding any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.  At any time, and for any lawful Government purpose, the government may monitor, intercept, and search and seize any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system.  Any communication or data transiting or stored on this information system may be disclosed or used for any lawful Government purpose. [The sentence beginning “To continue” also appears again, but is only visible once on the page as displayed for users.]

Talk about your Big Brother.  Once upon a time the Constitution required a warrant for the government to collect this information.  Now it’s the price of health care.  You want to live?  Then you must sign away your Fourth Amendment Right.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Apparently the Obama administration has little regard for the U.S. Constitution.  Funny how these same people railed against George W. Bush and the Patriot Act.  And he was only wire-tapping international telephone calls to suspected terrorists.  Not throwing a dragnet to see what useful information the government could collect on potential political enemies of the state.  Which could be useful in the next election.  Or to silence a critic.

The Taxpayer Bill for the Obamacare Website is $1 Billion and Counting

Proponents of national health care like to say the United States is the only advanced economy without national health care.  But what they don’t say is that those countries they so admire have a mix of public and private.  And those who can choose the private over the public whenever they can.  Australia.  The United Kingdom.  Even Canada.  And the name of the Canadian private network?  The United States.  Well, before Obamacare, at least.  In fact, not only do patients travel across the border for the private American health care system.  So do doctors and nurses.  In search of a decent wage.  For in Canada they have little choice but to accept what the Canadian government pays them.  However little that is.

The lynchpin of Obamacare is getting young, healthy people to buy health insurance policies.  Who will only pay into the system.  For being young and healthy they won’t consume any health care resources.  So the young and healthy can pay for the old and sick.  And with an aging population, the old and sick outnumber the young and healthy.  So the young and healthy will be paying high premiums and high deductibles.  Just as is happening.  While families will pay even more.  And just as they are paying more for their now mandatory health insurance their household incomes are falling.  Employers are pushing full-time workers to part-time.  Laying off workers to have less than 30 on the payroll.  And they’re not hiring anyone to keep from having 30 workers on the payroll.  All because of Obamacare.  So the 10 million or so workers who left the labor force since President Obama assumed office won’t be going back to work any time soon.

So the Affordable Care Act is as bad as the Republicans said it would be.  And then there’s the cost of the website (see Late IT Cash Surge Foreshadowed Health-Law Woes by Peter Gosselin posted 10/24/2013 on Bloomberg Government).

Although the Affordable Care Act has been law for three and a half years, one third of the funds going to the top contractors working on the federal exchanges were awarded in the six months before the new insurance marketplaces opened Oct. 1, a Bloomberg Government Analysis has found. The torrent of late spending — almost $352 million of $1 billion in awards to the top 10 contractors — indicates the magnitude of the work still to be done as opening day approached, and helps explain the information technology problems that have dogged the exchange system since its launch.

$1 billion for a website.  And one that doesn’t work.  Imagine that.  But in the grand scheme of things this will still be the least costly part of the Affordable Care Act.  And we’ll look back to these days as the good old days of Obamacare.  Because it is horrible now.  And it will only get worse.  The Republicans knew this which is why none of them voted for it. The Democrats knew it, too, but they didn’t care.  Because for them Obamacare is not about health care.  It’s about acquiring power.  Sadly, they were able to win this political contest.  Because they are better at lying than the Republicans are at telling the truth.

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Political Promises, Lies and the Advancement of an Political Agenda

Posted by PITHOCRATES - April 11th, 2013

Politics 101

Government Helps the Poor by Keeping them Poor so they Remain Dependent on Government

Politicians lie.  Everyone knows this.  It’s a running joke in comedy movies and television programs.  And a common plotline in dramas.  Because politicians will say and promise anything to get elected.  Which is their primary and only objective.  Winning an election.  And the needs and wants of the people are secondary.  Things they can easily brush aside once ascending to elected office.  Because they don’t really care about the people.  At least, they don’t care for them as much as they care for themselves.

And once they’re in office the promises keep coming.  To help them win the next election.  And to keep the size of government growing.  As well as the amount of taxes they collect.  Which gives them wealth.  And power.  The ultimate goal in running for elected office.  That’s why they sneer at the concept of limited government.  And tax cuts.  Because the less government we have the less wealth and power they enjoy.  For if we really are the self-reliant people of the Founding what need do we have for an expanding government?

Of course the answer to that question is we would have little need for an expanding government.  For we can earn our pay and take care of ourselves.  And our families.  The way Americans did before Woodrow Wilson, FDR, LBJ and Barack Obama.  Men who do not like that independent spirit.  And will use a host of arguments to condemn it.  It’s not fair being their favorite.  Because who can argue against being fair?  So everything they do is about leveling the playing field.  To make sure the rich pay their fair share.  And to help the little guy.  By making him dependent on government.  And perpetually poor.  So they will remain dependent on government.  So they can keep taking care of these poor.

Government rarely chooses Tax-Cutting for Stimulus as Cutting Taxes doesn’t Increase the Size of Government

LBJ declared a War on Poverty.  Justifying a huge increase in federal spending starting the Sixties.  And after spending untold billions to eradicate poverty what did we get?  Not much.  We still have poverty.  And the government spends more with each passing year to alleviate the suffering of the impoverished.  But it never goes away.  Poverty.  And the government nurtures it.  Protects it.  By making it more attractive to stay on a meager government assistance instead of going to work.  And building a career.  Doing something you love.  While leaving your mark on the world.  Instead we get ever increasing federal spending.  And a permanent underclass the government can be savior to.  You see they don’t want to win the War on Poverty.  Because if they win it then we won’t need them anymore.

The greatest killer of poverty is a job.  People gainfully employed can provide themselves food, shelter, etc.  They can have clean drinking water.  And heat in the winter.  It’s only the unemployed who look at food, shelter and heat as sought after luxuries.  For people with jobs are those self-reliant people.  Who provide tax dollars instead of consuming them.  This is no secret.  So it would follow that the best thing to do during a recession is to make it as easy as possible to create jobs.  You do that by lowering taxes.  And cutting regulations.  Not by raising taxes.  Or adding regulatory costs.  And you sure don’t pass a quasi national health care plan like Obamacare.

Also, history has shown that Keynesian stimulus spending does not pull economies out of recession.  If it did Ronald Reagan would not have won in a landslide against Jimmy Carter.  And Europe would not be in a sovereign debt crisis.  Keynesians know this.  But they can’t pass up the opportunity to increase federal spending.  So they promise lower unemployment rates and higher GDP numbers if only Congress does the right thing and “pass this stimulus bill.”  And when it doesn’t work they have two predictable explanations.  They didn’t spend enough.  And that even they didn’t realize how bad their predecessor destroyed the economy.  Calling the recession du jour the worst since the Great Depression.  Covering their lies about ending the recession with statements like “things would have been worse if we didn’t act.”  And though they didn’t reduce unemployment they’ll make incredulous claims like “we saved 800,000 jobs with this bold action.”  Predictable.  For their primary objective isn’t to end any recession.  It is to exploit the crisis to advance their agenda.  Basically, increasing the size of government.  And we know this because there are two ways to put more money into people’s pockets to stimulate the economy.  You can cut taxes so they have more money to spend.  Or you can tax, borrow and print money so the government can spend more.  Very rarely do they ever choose the tax-cutting route.  Because the tax-cutting way works against their agenda of increasing the size of government.

Politicians Promise and Lie to the Young and Naïve to Advance a Political Agenda

And speaking of Obamacare President Obama promised the American people that if you liked your private health insurance plan you could keep it.  And the cost of that health care plan would go down.  Because they had a massive convoluted health care plan that was going to give health care to everyone.  Increase the quality of health care from what it is now.  And it was going to be less expensive.  Which was a lie.  Because you can’t have more of anything for less money.  Life just doesn’t work that way.  As they implement Obamacare its taxes and regulations are forcing business owners to push people from full-time to part-time.  So they aren’t forced into providing mandated health insurance plans.  Some even have no choice but to drop their health care coverage for all of their employees.  Because their health care costs went up.  Not down.  And they’re predicting doctor shortages.  Because the only cost savings they can get is by forcing people to work for less in the health care industry.  So they’re leaving.  Under Obamacare there will be higher costs, longer wait times, rationing, denial of services and lower quality.  Everything they promised wouldn’t happen.  And everything critics said would happen.  So are the proponents of Obamacare just so utterly ignorant?  Or were they lying through their teeth because they just wanted to take over one-sixth of the U.S. economy?  With an agenda to increase the size of government one has to go with lying through their teeth.

President Obama blamed George W. Bush for the world hating America.  When he became president he no longer projected American power.  Instead he wanted to talk to our enemies.  To negotiate with them.  He even dropped words from official usage.  Like the War on Terror.  To make our enemies like us.  Because people like people who aren’t bullies.  And that was what George W. Bush was.  A bully.  So President Obama warmed up to the Islamic world.  So the Islamic world would warm up to us.  Even announcing withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan early in his administration.  Ending the war on you-know-what.  So he could use that money for Obamacare.  Promising the American people the world would be a safer place.  Even passing on an opportunity to help overthrow the government in Iran.  America’s greatest enemy.  Instead, he helped people overthrow a couple of our allies.  Hosni Mubarak in Egypt.  And Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.  Who since the Iraq war had been an ally in the War on Terror.  And the thanks for this new Islam-friendly American policy?  They killed our ambassador in Benghazi along with three other Americans.  Al Qaeda is now in Libya.  And the Muslim Brotherhood is in Egypt.  And it looks like al Qaeda is now in Syria.  Another enemy of the United States the people were trying to overthrow that President Obama chose not to help.  The Middle East may burn now.  Making the world a more dangerous place.  But the president got what he wanted.  All that money we were spending overseas they can now spend at home.  Rewarding friends and campaign contributors.  As well as buying votes.

And now they are calling for tighter gun control measures.  Greater background checks.  And a national gun register.  To protect the kids they say.  So another Newtown massacre doesn’t happen.  Even though they themselves will admit that every measure they proposed thus far would not have stopped the shooter at Newton.  Aurora.  Tucson.  Virginia Tech.  Or any other shooting where some mentally unsound person killed random strangers.  These people didn’t kill because guns made them kill.  They killed because they were sick.  And we didn’t protect society by institutionalizing these people.  The only thing we could have done to stop them once they started shooting we didn’t do.  Having someone armed in these ‘gun-free’ zones.  For these sick people shoot unarmed innocents until someone with a gun arrives on the scene to shoot back.  So arming teachers may save children from another Newtown.  While everything they proposed thus far will do absolutely nothing to prevent a future Newton.  Yet they press for further restrictions on gun ownership.  And if it won’t make children safer one wonders why they want to exploit these shootings to advance their anti-gun-ownership agenda.  As they are interested in acquiring greater wealth and power one would have to assume it’s the power.  Perhaps making them feel more all-powerful if they can actually nullify the Second Amendment.

So politicians promise and lie to advance an agenda.  Which is why the young typically vote for those who promise and lie so much.  The liberal Democrats.  As the young are naïve and easy to lie to.  While older people tend to vote Republican.  For they are older.  They have heard all of the promises and lies before.  And they’re wiser.  Which comes with age.  Which is why the liberal Democrats get them while they’re young. For it’s hard to keep them once they gain knowledge and experience.

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FUNDAMENTAL TRUTH #74: “When negotiating it’s important to understand the ‘time value’ of promises. The longer out in time something is promised the less likely that promise will be kept.” -Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 12th, 2011

A Swath of Broken Promises

Mothers aren’t stupid.  They won’t let their kids have dessert until they eat their peas.  They don’t fall for the old, “I promise to eat my peas after I eat my dessert” line because she knows it won’t happen.  For the same reason kids have to clean their rooms first before they go out and play.  Mothers are on to their kids.  These sneaky little bastards will say or promise anything to get what they want now with no intention of keeping that promise later.  Especially when that promise is due light years into the future.  Like an hour or more later.

For kids are a lot like men.  Who also have a singular focus.  They want only one thing while dating.  And will say and promise anything to get that one thing.  They’ll say, “I love you.”  They’ll promise that their love will be everlasting.  That he will never leave her.  That he’ll be true and faithful.  Never love another.  Never could love another.  For their love is special.  Unique.  And greater than all other loves.  Combined.  If only she will just give it up to prove her love to him.  Which she eventually does, unable to resist his charms.  Or maybe it was all that binge drinking.  Next thing she knows she’s pregnant.  She bumps into her best friend at the clinic where their doctors coincidentally diagnose them with the same venereal disease.  And spends the next 18 years as a single mother chasing down that deadbeat dad for child support.

Of course, not all romances turn out this way.  Some men and women marry and live happily ever after.  Despite leaving a swath of broken promises in their wake.  A promise to watch sports with him on Sunday afternoons.  And a promise to keep going out dancing after getting married.  Even promising to take ballroom dancing lessons.  A promise to have sex as often as he wants to.  And a promise that sex won’t be just the 10 minutes between Sports Center and sleep.  A promise that her mother wouldn’t spend much time in their house filling her head with new ways to criticize him.  And a promise to pee in the toilet.  Not around it.  And to always leave with the seat down.

The Time Value of Promises

A lot of us make these promises with no intentions to break them.  We just do.  Because we wanted something at the time of the promise.  And making the promise just proved expedient.  But sometimes we make promises we have no intention of keeping.  Or know full well that in time we forget a lot of promises.  Such as manufacturers using mail-in rebates to entice us to buy their products. 

Manufacturers could give you a coupon for the savings.  But everyone gets their discount at the register with a coupon.  Which means everyone buying because of that coupon will get those savings.  But a rebate requires a lot of work after the purchase.  Bar codes to cut off.  Envelopes to address.  Stamps to buy.  It takes time.  At a most inopportune time.  You just want to play with your new toy.  Not do paperwork.  So people procrastinate.  And a lot of them forget about that rebate.  As the promise of those savings get pushed out further in time more people will forget.  And not get those savings.  So only a small percentage of people who buy because of a rebate get their savings.  Unlike the coupon user.

Businesses understand the time value of promises.  A future promise (a rebate) is less costly than present promise (a coupon).  It’s similar for compensation.  During difficult economic times employers prefer bonuses over raises.  They’ll promise a raise later when things get better.  But things may not get better.  You may not get that raise.  And if you don’t get another bonus next year you’ll be taking a pay cut.  That’s why unions are dead set against merit pay or profit sharing in lieu of pay raises.  Pay raises are forever.  Profit sharing is not.  Especially if they do some creating accounting that limits their income taxes.  Which ‘inadvertently’ reduces your share of the profits.  Lots of things happen before money becomes profits.  A lot of bookkeeping.  And unless you’re a CPA you haven’t a clue what it all means.  With gross, though, it’s a different story.  What you see is what you get.  That’s why the big movie stars get a share of the gross.  There’s little time to devalue that promise.  If ticket sales are good the movie star’s pay is good.  Simple.

Broken Promises are just a Diplomacy Tool for the Dictator

And then there are those who promise only to buy time.  Or improve their position.  These people have no intention of keeping their promises.  Like dictators.  Hitler promised Chamberlain that the Sudetenland was his last territorial ambition.  So Chamberlain gave him part of Czechoslovakia.   To get “peace in our time.”  Hitler then took the rest.  To protect his right flank for a future territorial ambition.  East Prussia.  Across the Danzig corridor.  But before he attacked Poland he needed to make a deal to protect the back door.

There were few things Hitler hated as much as Jews.  Except, perhaps, Russians.  And Soviet Communism.  The NaziCommunist hatred went back years.  There were political rivals in Germany between the wars, each vying for power.  Hitler finally put an end to the rivalry when he torched the Reichstag and blamed it on the communists.  But before he attacked Poland he needed to make nice-nice with Joseph Stalin.  Which he did.  They made a non-aggression pact.  Agreed they would not attack each other.  Then they conquered Poland (the Nazis from the west and the Soviets from the east).  And partitioned it between them. 

That promise with the Soviets gave Hitler time to invade Denmark & Norway.  And France.  And after obtaining Atlantic ports for his U-boats, airbases within striking distance of the UK and securing his western border, he was ready to do what he always wanted to do.  Attack the Soviet Union.  Break that promise with Stalin.  For he no longer needed him.  And Stalin had something he wanted.  Lebensraum.  Living space.  With lots of grain.  And oil.  Everything an empire needs.  So through a series of broken promises he was going to expand Germany at the expense of the Soviet Union.  Using the time value of promises to his advantage.  Getting what he needed when he needed it.  And making his enemies wait a long time to get what they wanted.  Peace.  Which proved to be a promise not worth holding on to.

A lot of things happen between Tax Hikes and the Spending Cuts

Politicians make a lot of promises, too.  Most of which they break.  For they are professional liars.  But in a way they are worse than Hitler.  Hitler raped and pillaged other countries.  Politicians rape and pillage their own constituents.  They promise the moon to get their vote knowing full well they can deliver little of what they promised.   And then to add insult to injury, their policies just impoverish their constituents.  With higher taxes.  Or costly regulations that increase consumer costs.

But politician on politician lying is some of the worse lying out there.  And the king of all liars is the liberal Democrat.  Who want to tax and spend and change the way you live your life.  Things that don’t help you win elections.  So they lie during elections.  And lie during political debates.  Because being tax and spend liberals, they need high tax rates.  And fat benefits programs.  In fact, their favorite tactic is to deliver the benefits first and then try to find a way to pay for it.  Usually by browbeating Republicans to be ‘responsible’ and increase taxes.  When they resist the liberals belittle them and say they want to kill old people and starve children.  Of course, spending money they didn’t have in the first place is not really the model of responsibility.  But that’s different.  I don’t know how it is.  But in the liberal Democrat world it just is.

And then the negotiations begin.  Yes, everyone agrees the government needs to balance its books.  That they can’t spend money they don’t have.  The Democrats want to fix that problem by increasing taxes.  Whereas the Republicans want to cut spending.  Then the Democrats, being the devious little bastards they are, fall back on an old favorite.  They use the time value of promises to screw Republicans.  They offer spending cuts in exchange for tax hikes.  Often in 2-1 or a 3-1 ratio.  For every new dollar in taxes they’ll make $3 in spending cuts.  But these are a special kind of tax cuts.  They call them ‘future’ tax cuts.  And they happen at some mystical time far out in the future.  Where all responsible government apparently lies. 

Because they often make these deals during a crisis, they need to implement the tax hikes right away so the government can mail those Social Security checks.  And pay their soldiers.  But with the people suffering from the bad economy, they’ll ease the spending cuts in later to ease their pain.  Because they ‘care’ about the people.  That’s why they are always ‘future’ tax cuts.  Of course, a lot of things happen between those tax hikes and future spending cuts.  They write new budgets every year.  And there are Congressional elections every 2 years.  And a lot of the time the new Congress people just write those spending cuts out of the budget.  Especially if the Democrats pick up a lot of seats.  Which is why Democrats are quick to offer this deal.  Because they get what they want when they want.  And a lot of time to renege on those spending cuts promises.

It’s amazing how often the Republicans fall for this trick.  Then again, poor old Charlie Brown will forever try to kick that football.  Unwisely trusting Lucy, his devious sister.  Who no doubt will grow up one day to become a registered Democrat.

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