Posts Tagged ‘Paul Ryan’

The Genius of Donald Trump’s Debt Ceiling Deal

Posted by Troy on 7th September 2017 in Political

The Left and Media is crowing about their win.  Conservative Pundits are spitting fire.  Never Trumpers are spewing “Told ya so!”  And most Trump supports are saying… “Meh.”

I think “Meh.”  Sums it up.  I often look at Trump’s actions and think “He’s either insane or genius.”  As he is fabulously wealthy, I have to assume that he is not insane.  So let me explain why the move was genius.

The debt ceiling was going to get raised.  Let’s just be honest about this for once.  We all know it.  We can have this “Oh, we’ll shut down the government,” spiting contests which are little more than roosters preening.  At the end of the day, the debt ceiling gets raised.  Trump knows this.  He knows it’s a waste of time.  He has hurricanes to deal with.  He knows that, if he takes too long getting the aid to the hurricane victims, the media is going to roast him (unfairly, but they don’t wish to be fair or impartial).

Trump wants to use energy on useful things.  There is nothing business people hate more than being stuck in some stupid meeting that is mandated by some out of touch bureaucrat.  That’s all this fight is.  Trump knows what’s going to happen.  Why bother wasting time and effort?  Far better to get it out of the way so that his people can work on more important things, like tax reform.

It also is a backhand to the Republicans.  The republicans are proving all small government lovers’ worst fear: that the Republicans are just as in love with big government and what the Democrats are doing.  They want to be able to rant and rave and get elected but never actually slow or stop that big government agenda.  They want a big government too.  The only thing that Republicans love to do is have pointless, meaningless stands.  The debt ceiling is the best fight of all!  They can get up and gnash their teeth and then capitulate because they can’t very well let America default on the debt, can they?

It’s a wake-up call to the Republicans in Congress.  Now they know that Trump is not on the Republican side.  Trump is on Trump’s side (to which, I honestly believe that Trump believes that Trump’s side IS America’s side).  Maybe this scares them, which is good.

Along these lines, it is also a page out of Sun Tzu’s Art of War.    “Put them in a spot where they have no place to go, and they will die before fleeing. If they are to die there, what can they not do? Warriors exert their full strength. When warriors are in great danger, then they have no fear. When there is nowhere to go they are firm, when they are deeply involved they stick to it. If they have no choice, they will fight.”  In other words, if your army feels like they are in danger of being absolutely destroyed, they will fight like hell to survive.  This is pretty hardcore, but there it is.  Now the Republicans might understand that they have to get something done, or Trump will try to get his agenda done by any means necessary, even if its working with the Democrats.

Likewise, DACA was  a great move.  It takes a program and puts it on the bargain table.  In the end, I think Trump’s pitch will be this:  “If you secure with border with… oh… I don’t know… a wall, we can work out something for these ‘Dreamers.’”

This is good stuff.  This is how deals are made.  And what did he give up?  Nothing.  The debt ceiling was going to be made.  DACA was going to be overturned by the courts and would have eventually been saved by Congress due to media pressure.  This is why I say these moves are genius.

Long Live the Constitution!

Happenings at the Republican National Convention

Posted by Troy on 29th August 2012 in Current Events, Political

First, let me say that I really enjoyed Ann Romney’s speech.  It actually made me feel a little better about voting for the guy, and I’m not moved by such things generally.  She came across as utterly sincere.  I believe that she loves her husband absolutely and unconditionally.  When she said that her husband does not fail, I believe her.  I bet he has always accomplished his goals.  She also reminded people that, although they are wealthy now, they had their rough times when they were first getting started and during her illness.  Of course, all of this was summed up by Juan Williams calling her a “corporate wife.”  Pretty bloody insulting there.  So we sum people up with a two word phrase, eh?  I postulate that there was nothing Ann could have said that Juan wouldn’t have trashed.  Of course, calling her a corporate wife who cannot relate to the common man must be based upon the assumption that Michelle Obama can somehow relate to the common man with her jet trips and fancy clothes and foods.  Hey, at least the Romneys pay for their own extravagance, not the taxpayers.  One thing that I can tell you we will never hear from Ann Romney say is: “For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country!”  Know who said that?  Michelle Obama.  And she did it on two separate occasions.  I can tell you that there is no way Michelle Obama can relate to me.  I have always been proud of my country, even when they screw up and elect someone like Obama.

In other news, Yahoo fired David Chalian for saying that Republicans are “happy to have a party with black people drowning.”  Good for them.  Let me just say, I’m sick and tired of everyone crying and flying the flag at half mast over every single death (oh, and so far there’s only one confirmed death from Hurricane Issac).  Here’s a question to Chalian, “What do you suppose we do then?  Should everybody stop living their lives and fake mourn and wail for people we don’t know?”  No.  I would say we should probably carry on with our own lives.  If we feel so compelled, it would be nice to contribute to relief efforts and what not, but this is a piddy little Category 1 storm.  Psh!  Grow up, dude.  This isn’t Katrina.

Anyway, the convention is going great.  Paul Ryan gave a tremendous speech.  Hopefully the ticket will be able to stay on message.  If they keep hammering the truth about the economy and the budget, there is little that Obama will be able to do.  If someone is wielding the sword truth against you, you will soon find your shield of lies shall shatter.

Long Live the Constitution!

How to fix Medicare

Posted by Troy on 15th August 2012 in Political, Uncategorized

The Democrats are trying to kill Paul Ryan over Medicare.  First of all, Obama himself said that the current system is dying and must be replaced.  Second, Obama and the Democrats are cutting $500,000,000,000 from Medicare to pay for Obamacare (a fairytale that won’t happen…they just told the CBO this to hide the massive cost of this new program).  Third, Paul Ryan’s plan will not change anything for anyone ages 55 and up.  Of course, we at Swamp Fox Press have another grand idea:

1)  Medicaid will be linked by Social Security Number to each citizen.  They will be given a grant of $25,000 (indexed for inflation) from which each person can draw.  Exempt from this would be amounts paid in regards to pregnancies.

2)  The employee portion of Medicare taxes (up to the amount on the first $100,000) will be paid into a spending account that will be due to the employee and will be in the employee’s name.  The employer portion (and excess employee portion) will go towards paying for Medicaid listed above.

3)  The employee can use the money for any medical expenses or it can be paid out at the date of death.

4)  The employee can contribute, tax-free, more to this account up to $2,000/year.

5)  The account can be used to pay for the medical expenses of others, even if they are unrelated.

6)  This ccount will accrue a 3% return on their money.

7)  The rate can be adjusted to promote good health practices or lowered to discourage bad ones.  Taking an annual exam and having a BMI under 23 and being a non-smoker would raise the rate to 4% (for example).

8) Everyone can get 1 free, annual exam at a free clinic.  This is optional and would go towards number 7 above.

This plan would provide an incentive for medical savings.  It would also give a direct reward for paying medicare tax.  It would provide for the poor basic health services.  It would provide a fair limit on how much is spent per citizen on these programs.  It would increase the incentives for healthy living.  It would encourage price competition as it is their money they are spending.  It would allow for communities to contribute to the health care of a treasured neighbor.  It would also cause the elderly or terminally ill to consider their treatment options.  If I can give my kids $100,000 in inheritance or spend it on medical treatments to extend my life 6 months, I would probably take the first choice.  If it was someone else’s money, why wouldn’t I take the treatments?

Long Live the Constitution!

Paul Ryan as Vice Presidential Pick

Posted by Troy on 12th August 2012 in Current Events, Political

With Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan, one must assume then that Romney has decided to take a hard line stance and make his candidacy about the economy and future solvency.  The GOP is enthused and so are the Democrats.  We will have to see how the Independents fall.  Republicans like him because he admits the truth that these systems cannot continue indefinitely.  In fact, in 12 years, we are in real trouble.  The Democrats love him because they know that people love free stuff.  Now that over half of the country is takers, not tax payers, then they think their power is cemented.  Of course, this is why I believe that government assistance should come with an obligation to turn over your vote.  Now that we’ve allowed legalized theft, the end of the republic may follow.  Once the majority of the people vote that they can take from the minority of the people, the republic is doomed.  So we have a real choice: 1) accept reality like adults, and try to fix the system as best we can or 2) continue to believe the fairy-tale the Democrats offer up that we can all have everything for nothing and it can be sustained forever–of course, once the bond market dries up, we will awaken to a much darker reality than if we did something today.

Long Live the Constitution!

NY-26 Kathy Hochul Wins: Medicare, are our Seniors Adult Enough to Handle the Truth?

Posted by Troy on 25th May 2011 in Current Events, Political

NY-26 went to a Democrat.  The news organizations are trying to say that this is the GOP’s watershed moment–that the American people have spoken and loudly proclaimed “Hands off our benefits!”

We’re broke, people.  That’s pure and simple.  No matter how you cut it, we are going to have to cut something.  We can cut defense, but ask yourselves, would you rather have a pitiful retirement plan in the form of Social Security and Medicare, or the world’s most kick-ass army?  The only reason Europe can afford all these social programs is that we are the world’s police force.  If we convert our defense money into benefit money, who is going to protect us?

Things have to change.  That’s all there is to it.  This next election is a turning point.  We are at a fork in the road right now.  We can move towards a welfare state or a freedom state.  A friend remarked to me today how he hasn’t heard anyone use the expression “Hey, it’s a free country,” in years.  That’s because, deep down, we realize that we’re not nearly as free as we used to be.  We live in a world where sending a joke tweet about suicide bombers can land a 13 year old boy in an interrogation room with the Secret Service.  This next election will determine if we want to face the truth and own up to what needs to be done or if we want to believe the lies we’re told and hide our heads in the sand.  If Obama wins re-election and (GOD FORBID) the Democrats take both houses again, we are done.  Period.

You must read 2084.  Everything I wrote about is happening faster than I predicted.  I will get it out this weekend.

Long Live the Constitution of the United States of America!