FULL-FILLING OUR PROMISES TO OUR VETERANS – AN EASY SOLUTION.

WHY OH WHY IS IT SO HARD TO RESOLVE ISSUES THAT ARE NOT CONTROVERSIAL?

FULL-FILLING OUR PROMISES TO OUR VETERANS – AN EASY SOLUTION.

Here is my proposal;

  1. Automatically enroll all Veterans in a Platinum ACA – Obama Care Plan, with an Olive Green Supplement – under which they will pay NO co-pays and NO deductibles.  Additionally, provide them with an automatic “line-jump” to the head of any cue created to wait for any and all medical care or procedures – treat them as the special class of citizens that they are!  They will, as will all Americans under ACA be able to access; we are told the best medical care available.  They deserve no less than that best!
  2. Immediately close and sell off, at current market value, all VA Healthcare facilities to private industry.  Since the same number of patients will then be seeking care in the same areas as are presently being serviced all of the good facilities will be acquired.  Those facilities not up to snuff will be sold at a discount and renovated.  Those not capable of being modernized should be torn down by the VA and the land sold at auction.  All of the proceeds should go to the general treasury.
  3. Terminate all VA Healthcare employees. Since the same number of patients will then be seeking care in the same areas as are presently being serviced all of the good employees will immediately be rehired at market wages.  Those employees not up to snuff but who are willing to be retrained and have their skills updated should be allowed, at the VA’s expense to be reeducated retrained and re-enter the job market.  Those not capable or willing to be retrained and have their skills updated of being modernized should receive currently contracted benefits and seek their futures in another segment of the economy.
  4. Since the VA healthcare system will no longer be a stand-alone system all administrators, managers and bureaucrats will no longer be needed and should re-enter the labor market.  Those with desirable skills will be employed and the others – well they are best not retained in any system providing care.

Now what possible objection could there be to these proposals?

  1. We are told quality and quantity of care under ACA will be first rate, so these cannot be issues.
  2. Since the same number of patients will need and be receiving the same high level of care, but without the extra costs attendant in the ACA (co-pays and deductibles) the Veterans should be happy.  They can like the rest of choose their own doctors and medical facilities!
  3. Since the same number of patients will need and be receiving the same high level of care, all of the good, worthy and caring employees of the VA Healthcare system will be immediately rehired and similarly with respect to the market need for good, modern, well located medical facilities!
  4. Costs the taxpayers will be dramatically reduced in several ways.
    1. Under ACA the typical family will save $2500.00 and since the VA will be paying all co-pays and deductibles, these saving will accrue to the Treasury.
    2. Since we will have integrated the care giving with existing organizations we will o longer need duplicative, facilities, support staffs, management organizations, administrations, record keeping etc.
    3. Old, unfit, poorly located facilities will be eliminated recycled and placed back on the market for re-use in their highest and best use.  This will leave the Veterans able to avail themselves of all the benefits of modern medicine (as available to all Americans under ACA.)

We will, however need to deal with a few pesky little problems, but none of these should affect the quality or quantity of care to be delivered to our Veterans.

  1. Politicians will have to give up the notion of retaining VA service facilities and employment in their own states and districts, where they are not needed – the market will cause them to be located based upon need and use, not political consideration.
  2. Unions will of course scream, but there is no law prohibiting them from organizing in the new to be expanded private medical sector.

But most importantly we will once and for all times not be providing our most worthy citizens and Veterans allegedly “SEPARATE BUT EQUAL” medical care and facilities with the stated intention of providing better care but with the actual delivery being uniformly SUBSTANDARD CARE!

TIME FOR A TAX REVOLT:

IT IS TIME TO REVOLT AGAINST OUR ABUSIVE FEDERAL INCOME TAX CODE – ABOLISH IT IN ITS ENTIRETY AND PROVIDE FOR THE JUST AND FAIR COLLECTION OF SUFFICIENT REVENUES TO SUPPORT A FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LIMITED IN ITS SCOPE TO THE POWERS ENUMERATED IN THE U.S. CONSTITUTION.

In that our Federal Income Tax Code, has become so large, so over-encompassing, so impossible for even full time experts and scholars to decipher with any consistent agreement, LETS START OVER!

The sole purpose of the code should be to raise revenue for legitimate Federal governmental purposes as enumerated in the U.S. Constitution.  It should not be a vehicle for achieving, the financing of State and Local governments within the United States or foreign governments without, no matter how friendly.  Funds for those purposes should be raised at the State or Local levels or NOT AT ALL!

Therefore I hereby propose the following New Federal Income Tax Code:

  1. REVOCATION: The Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) including the taxes assed on individuals and all artificial entities and each of its regulations and authorities are hereby revoked as of this date in its entirety, except as specified below.
  2. CORPORATE CODE; There is herby levied upon each and every legal (non-human) entity (without exception), a tax of;

(a) either 5% of gross receipts without deduction or exemption, or

(b) at the election of any entity having equity, member, partner or                   shareholder interests, (made by its first filling its annual return), 0,                   with the delivery to each of its of a proportional pass-through of all                   net income as determined under the Code.  Which passed through                   income shall be taxable to such individuals.

  1. INDIVIDUAL CODE; There is herby levied upon each and every individual (human) entity, a tax of 15% without deduction or exemption, of all gross receipts as determined under the Code.
  2. Procedural Matters:

(a) A gross receipt is any amount deposited or capable of being deposited in any financial account or its equivalent value in goods or services rendered delivered or given without consideration.

(b)  The full amount is be deducted and remitted upon each deposit.  For equivalent value in goods or services rendered delivered or given without consideration not deposited such amount is to be calculated and remitted by the recipient with in 30 days.

(c)  Failure to comply fully in any respect will result in the immediate loss of all social services and benefits payable in whole or in part from the Federal government until payment in full, with interest and a 25% penalty has been satisfied for the Taxpayer, the Remitter and their families.

Lest this be thought unfair and unprogressive here are three examples;

  1. An individual earning $10.10 per hour over 2000 hours in the year will pay $303.00 in total – far less than her current payroll taxes alone.
  2. Two earners in a home in a community property state, one earning nothing and the other earning $200,000,00 will pay $30,000.00, which is less than their current average tax burden.
  3. An individual earning $2,000,000 composed of distributed profits from entities, tax-free interest from municipal bonds and earnings from work will pay $300,000.00, most probably more than he is currently paying.

In sum, that above tax code is SIMPLE, EASY to apply, understand and enforce.  Favors no one with political or economic clout and will greatly diminish the cost of the current tax collection and administration system.

 

A NEW “OLD” PARTY – THE CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICANS

A NEW “OLD” PARTY – THE CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICANS

It is time to form a new political party, when the old party is so corrupted that it no longer deserves the support of its members.  As a life long Republican I am saddened to see the passing of the Party of Reagan, but not nearly as saddened as he would be to see the his Party, the Party of Lincoln and Roosevelt (Teddy that is) and Bush (41 and 43) become irrelevant!  (Since third parties always loose elections and in fact guarantee the loss of the party that they “split-off from” the hope is that with enough backing the New Party – will NOT be a THIRD part but rather BECOME THE  SUCCESSOR TO THE OLD PARTY AND TAKE OVER THE EXISTING PARTY – A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN!)

Conservative lessons learned or Parenting a Nation:

Our last two National elections have, I believe left a number of clear messages.

  1. Julius Caesar was right – to divide and conquer is still a valid strategy.
  2. Marx and Engels were right – democracy and free enterprise cannot be taught to those with an empty belly.
  3. Goebbels was right – repeat a big enough lie often enough and it becomes the truth
  4. Thatcher was right – socialism fails when government runs out of other peoples money to spend

All of the above paraphrases are mine, but the lessons belong to us all.  As an unrepentant Conservative and a putative Republican I am well aware of the fact that politics “is the art of the possible.”  It makes no sense to alienate an electorate by taking positions that CANNOT prevail if you are seeking an elective victory.

This does NOT mean that Constitutional Conservatives need to give up their dearly held beliefs and values.  It does mean that we must reinvent ourselves, rebrand our image and remarket those core values and beliefs that can prevail and de-emphasize those views that are “out-of-favor.”  We must recognize that total agreement across the board within and across any large heterogeneous group is not only impossible to achieve but will necessarily result in a verbal regression to the mean with a resultingly bland statement of beliefs and values.

So lets start with a clear statement of conservative Constitutional beliefs and values;

We the Constitutional Conservatives (REPUBLICANS) of the United States of America believe:

  1. All men and women, irrespective of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, country of birth, condition of health or environment, or any other current or future politically correct modifier, are entitled to “equality of opportunity”.
  2. Equality of opportunity does not mean or imply that all individuals are possessed of equal skills, intelligence, drive, interest, financial or social resources, or work ethic and we acknowledge that these differences, as well as many others exist and will result in inequalities of out comes.  And that those differences add to the richness and variety of our society.
  3. Civilized and compassionate society does have an obligation to provide for the truly unfortunate, (by any measure) and to provide a “hand-up” to the less fortunate but does not have any obligation to those who seek to avoid their own responsibilities for themselves and others, in other words there is no obligation to provide a “hand-out.”
  4. It is reasonable and appropriate to expect a Quid for each Quo, all actions have a cost and all members of society who benefit from the society must contribute the whole.

Our Founders (who art in heaven hallowed be their names,) created in their divinely inspired wisdom, a framework for a government for the protection of individual liberties and freedoms FROM governmental overreach.

We have wandered far from these moorings and allowed, by our inaction those very freedoms and liberties given to us all by “natural law” (our Creator) to erode! And we must reclaim them or perish!

  1. The Constitution provides for just 18 enumerated and certain specified powers and authorities to be delegated by the People to the Federal Government, (See The U.S. Constitution Article I, Section 8) and expressly reserves the remainder to the States and the sovereigns  – “the PEOPLE.”  (See The U.S. Constitution Article I, Amendments IX and X)
  2. Accordingly each of the following divisive issues should be banished from the national – FEDERAL debate as having been expressly reserved to the individual states or the people.
  1. Marriage
  2. Sexual orientation
  3. Equality of outcomes
  4. Family matters and arrangements, including all aspects of procreation
  5. Religion (Except as expressly provided in The U.S. Constitution Article I, Amendments I) the non-establishment clause.
  6. Gun Control (A natural right of the people which the Federal Government “shall not infringe”.)

We must resolve NOT to allow the terms of the debate and the very words used in description of issues to become loaded with secondary emotional uses and meanings distractive to logical free debate of issues and negotiated settlements and compromises on truly Constitutionally Reserved Federal issues.  We can accomplish this by agreeing on the meaning of words and making those meanings clear and using only those words with those meanings in the National Debate and REFUSE to participate in national political discussions of issues that are expressly not Federal Constitutional issues!

IN THIS MANNER, WE CAN AGAIN WIN THE BATTLE OF IDEAS IN THE NATIONAL – FEDERAL FORUM AND THEREBY WIN ELECTIONS AND REESTABLISH THE GOVERNMENT OF OUR FOUNDERS.  WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROMOTING OUR INDIVIDUAL DEARLY HELD VALUES AND BELIEFS IN THE CORRECT FORUMS – OUR STATES, OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BODIES (COUNTIES AND CITIES, TOWNS) OUR PLACES OF WORSHIP AND WITHIN OUR FAMILIES!