(47H) 12/31/13

The American public is skeptical of the Obama adm. interim agreement with Iran concerning the Islamic Republics nuclear weapons program. Americans by a large majority mistrust the mullahs and believe that it’s unlikely Rouhani fantasies of a “historical reconciliation” with a state sponsor of terror that has been targeting America, our interests, and our allies for 35 years.
As it turns out, the American people are not isolationist, nor are they “war-weary,” as Obmaa has described them. They’re wary of their leaders and of the yawning gap between the white house public posture and its real intentions. 12/9 a Pew report on the agreement showed that 43% disapprove with 32% approving it. A large majority of respondents 62% say that the regime in Tehran is not serious about addressing international concerns over its nuclear enrichment program.
Luntz Ghlobal on behalf of al-Masdar net and the poll shows 84% of Americans believe Iran is using negotiations to stall as it continues to advance its nuclear weapons development. Only 16% think the regime is negotiation I good faith.
John Kerry admitted last week that the final deal would likely allow Iran some limited ability to continue to enrich uranium, 86% polled believed Iran should not be allowed to enrich at all.
77% disagree with the white house and argue that more sanctions and additional financial pressure are the best way to get 6th e regime to abandon its nuclear efforts.
Geneva does not require the Iranians to freeze their nuclear program as the pollsters said; nor does it neutralize Iran’s current stockpile. Most economic sanctions are for the moment left in place, the effect of Geneva is to unravel the sanctions regime, as international corporations are now lining up to do business with Tehran.
Iran would receive $7 billion in immediate relief was way too low; the real figure is much closer to Israel’s original assessment of $20 billion.
This shows that two-thirds of the US public is deeply skeptical that more jaw-jaw with the regime in Tehran is likely to lead to a permanent agreement to curb its nuclear weapons program. Virtually every poll gives clear evidence that Americans want a negotiated settlement. The American public does not believe the Iranians are dealing in good faith.
Americans are weary—of a president who takes a cavalier attitude toward national security.

Source—weekly standard, lee smith


12/31/13 (40H)

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour”—the Bible

“Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk”—Don Larson

“To know when to be generous and when firm—that is wisdom”—Elbert Hubbard

“One’s first step in wisdom is to question everything—and one’s last is to come to terms with everything”—George Lichtenbverg

“ It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things”—Henry Thoreau

“A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance”—Henry Thoreau

“A man begins cutting his wisdom teeth the first time he bites off more than he can chew”—Herb Caen

‘Science is organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life”—Immanuel Kant

“I believe that all wisdom consists in caring immensely for a few right things, and not caring a straw about the rest”—John Buchan

“Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another”—Juvenal

“It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err”—Gandhi

“We can be knowledgeable with other men’s knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom—Michel de Montaigne

“We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom”—Stephen Benet

“Nine-tenths of wisdom consists in being wise in time” –Theodore Roosevelt

“Well I learned a lot.. I went down to Latin America to find out fro them and learn their views. You’d be surprised. They’re all individual countries”–Ronald Reagan

“All that Hubert needs over there is a gal to answer the phone and a pencil with an eraser on it”—Lyndon Johnson on his VP Humphrey.

“If you don’t mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream”—Barry Goldwater


(14H) 12/31/13
The most influential strategist of the wars in Iraq and Afg may turn out to be Erik Prince. He has had a huge impact on how the US military operates isn’t necessarily a compliment. The former Navy Seal is the founder of Blackwater USA, the notorious “private military contractor” that garnered a great deal of unwanted publicity for its role performing security and logistics functions for the US government in various war zones. “Private military contractor” is just a euphemism for mercenary.
Blackwater should be remembered for more than controversy. As he was hauled before the House Oversight and government reform committee, Henry Waxman questioning about Nisour Square, the very next day, Blackwater contractors responded to a distress call in Baghdad form the US embassy and ended up saving the life of the badly wounded Polish ambassador to Iraq in a dramatic helicopter rescue mission.
The military can’t be all things to all people. So we have gaps. A temporary way to fill that gap is to contract that service. ”I just saw a number that the Pentagon is budgeting $2.1 million per solider in AFG. That number to me is so utterly staggering, it’s ridiculous. Another criticism was that military contractors in AFG were bilking taxpayers. It’s true that Blackwater received over $1 billion in government contracts in the span of a decade.
Prince also explains in detail how corrupt and broken the Pentagons contracting process is, with its “cost plus” arguments that let the government pick up the tab for unlimited cost overruns.
Blackwater started out in 1997 as a large compound in rural NC with the sole mission of renting out facilities to the US military and other law enforcement agencies. The post war military had been shutting down bases and cutting back on training expenses which was damaging to readiness.
After the USS Cole the Navy’s firearms procedures and training necessary to protect ships in port had severely degraded. The Blackwater compound was built to supply tactical shooting houses, sniper ranges, driving tracks and other training grounds, all within range of Quantico. ‘Blackwaters logistical capabilities just kept expanding all at the behest of the Uncle Sam. Soon they were in charge of providing the security detail for Paul Bremer the US administrator of postwar Iraq. Blackwater was even the go-between for the CIA and Afghan warlords looking to bring down the Taliban.
Other contracts worth $400 million were awarded to a company founded by Tim Spencer, a notorious mercenary whose previous work had included a botched mission to regain control of a copper mine that nearly destabilized the Papua New Guinean government and accusation he violated a UN arms embargo while doing shady work in West Africa.
“They cast us as villains for saying yes when the US government needed us”.
Prince regrets plans he couldn’t bring to fruition; he wanted to bring military defense and logistical capabilities to bear on humanitarian work what he calls “relief with teeth”.
Blackwater is still operation with different t owners under name Academi and similar outfits such as Triple Canopy and ArmorGroup are thriving.
It is hard to imagine the US going to war anytime soon without being heavily reliant on contractors.

Source—weekly standard, mark hemingway


40H 12/30/13

In 2013 there were 13 new taxes added due to OBC. Approximately at a cost of $300.00 a year to every American. Premiums tax has gone up 2%, and the user fee by 3.5%, reinsurance and risk adjustment fees up by 3.8% on investment income for couples making greater than $05k. Medicare A tax rate increased by 1.45% to 2.35% on incomes greater than $200k. There is a 3.5% fee starting 1/1/14 on the plans sold on the government system. A 30-year-old male least expensive plan will increase by 260% in 2013-14. Silver plan deductible at $2550.00 twice than those of employer plans. Insurance companies must spend 80% of their income on treatments/services or pay a fine.

40% of the businesses say they are going to cut back or not hire. 31% already have!

More regulations coming as Podesta hired to monitor them. Does this mean more taxes??? Look for more executive orders. There has been 14 OBC changes already. Add in the
B.P. fine, the IRS, the NSA, stopping off shore drilling and the GM bailout and we have a well functioning government. As mentioned, Podesta hired to keep those regulations and executive orders coming. Did you know if the OBC website gets hacked the government does not have to report it—its in the law. AS OF 11/13/13 there has been at least 16 attacks against the website.
Lawsuits—we spend $350 billion on those cases and even back to 2010 it was $265 billion. The cost of these lawsuits adds a cost of around 8.7% to companies cost.

Minimum wage changes to take effect in 13 states 1/1/14, will that cost jobs? To date there has been 1.8 million signed up for OBC, the government needed to see at least 3.3 million. As reported last week watch out for an insurance companies bailout from the government!


.HERMAN CAIN—- (53GH) 12/27/13

“We obviously are going to have to remarket and rebrand, and that will be challenging in this political environment.”
“The Affordable Care Act as I said, the bill itself, has got very good concepts and yes I would support it again.” (Senator Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, December 4, 2013)

“The product is good, people want it and we should not live in a country where people are going bankrupt because they get sick.” (President Obama November 26, 2013)

Telling people the product is good when millions of people have experienced the opposite is no way to sell a product filled with broken promises. But the president didn’t stop there. He threw in a little scare tactic about going bankrupt if you get sick. Rasmussen Reports telephone survey (December 3, 2013) shows that 81 percent of voters believe ObamaCare should be repealed or changed, the president and the Democrats are clinging to their health care “titanic” full speed ahead!
Here are the facts! (Just a reminder for most of you):

· The Affordable (a.k.a. Unaffordable) Care Act is a redistribution of health care costs scheme. It shifts costs from richer to poorer, younger to older, healthier to sicker, and men to women.
· Everyone is required to buy the same features in their health insurance policies, even if they do not need or want them.
· As a result, everybody’s health insurance costs will increase significantly unless you are poor enough to qualify for the elusive subsidies, which are difficult to determine. If not, you might qualify for Medicaid.
· You may not be able to keep your current health insurance plan (or your doctor) if it covers less than what the law defines as a “good” plan. In which case, your plan is considered a “junk” or inferior plan even though you were happy with it.
· If you do not buy health insurance, then you will be fined a penalty and the IRS is responsible for collecting it as the designated health care police.
· If your health insurance plan is “too good” or better than the top platinum plan allowed by ObamaCare, you will also be fined. (a.k.a. Cadillac plan tax)
Bureaucratic limitations of doctors’ and patients’ choices for treatment, and sub-par reimbursements to health care providers, will decrease overall quality of care.
Using a dysfunctional website costing nearly three times its original estimate to build (and counting) is a prescription for further failure. It will not work, but the president does not care what. We the People think, because we are not smart enough to make decisions for ourselves.

It’s not about political power. It’s about people, and they’re hurting.

HERMAN CAIN: (53GH) 12/27/13

You are now going to pay more and you can’t keep your plan. You can’t keep your doctor. And you may not be able to go to the hospital nearest your home. You may have to drive past the one closest to you to get to a hospital in “network,” and those specialty hospitals for illnesses like cancer will be at your own cost. So they are vulnerable until they can find a plan more expensive than what they had, or until they can find one on the ObamaCare exchanges, which will also cost more because of mandated features they may not want or need.
Shortly after President Obama was elected for his first term, he reminded the Republicans that “I’m the president.” This was during a photo-op pretending to listen to the other side of the aisle on the national debt and other issues, and the critical need to stop the spending. He didn’t listen.

On another occasion, President Obama reminded the Republicans in Congress and the rest of us that he won re-election.


The Empowering Patients First Act.

HERMAN CAIN— (53GH) 12/27/13

Barack Obama doesn’t only lie about his illegal alien uncle. He also lies when he stands there time after time and insists Republicans have offered no alternative to ObamaCare. In fact, Republicans have offered many alternatives to ObamaCare, and one of the best comes from Congressman Tom Price, who is from my state of Georgia and is also a physician.
Known as the Empowering Patients First Act, Tom’s bill is H.R. 2300 and would save taxpayers $2.34 trillion over its first 10 years according to an analysis from Douglas Holtz-Eakin, the former head of the Congressional Budget Office. The key elements are: It extends tax deductions for health insurance to those who buy as individuals, thus eliminating the perverse incentive that favored employer-purchased insurance. It gives patients true portability by making them the owners of their insurance – not their employers. It gives doctors the real power to make treatment decisions, not insurance companies or the government. It reforms medical liability laws and thus saves money by reducing the practice of defensive medicine.
Tom’s bill is not about physicians so much as it is about empowering you, the patient, to make decisions about your own health care and to have the economic freedom and wherewithal to pay for it. The premise of ObamaCare is that everyone should accept the insurance the government wants them to have, because they think that’s what makes the system work. As we have already seen, the system doesn’t work at all. The premise of the Empowering Patients First Act is that you should be able to choose what kind of coverage you want, and where you get it.