New U.S. Tax Plan: I’ll Be Spending My Retirement Paying Down The Increased National Deficit

Yes, you heard right. Someone had asked the question “Hey, what are you going to do in your retirement?

Yes, now that American House and Senate passed the new “Tax Reform (Tax Plan)”, this unfortunately is going to be the fate of many, many Americans.

This is for the Electoral College and the people who voted for this current president, who is causing a ripple effect of greed, pigs feeding at that swamp trough (the so-called swamp draining that was to take place, yeah, that never took place – it expanded in a somewhat vicious and explosive manner). Folks, you sure picked a winner, one who is causing some real pain and angst to spread across the country, now and over the next decade… Lovely, isn’t it…

 

Here, let’s take a look at an example of another individual who believed a “wonderful new tax plan” would change the state. That individual is, the wonderful Kansas governor (just being facetious here), Brownback, as he tried to impress and win the hearts of all those wonderful Kansans. Brownback, back in 2012, started putting in place a massive tax cut scam, err, scheme to show the country that he could do that successfully and grow his state.

That did not happen. Many of the steep tax cuts put in place, ahhh, they were repealed already or are in the process of going the way of the DoDo bird (last seen sometime in the mid-17th century). After the tax cuts started hitting, you know (well, many of the logical and long-term thinkers knew) that school budgets were going to be cut. They were.

Also, city employee staffing (fire fighters, police and housing budgets) was also cut to help make up shortfalls. Here are a few more ‘fiscal policy’ victims that hit Kansas (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/zorn/ct-kansas-brownback-trickle-down-tax-fail-zorn-perspec-0621-md-20170620-column.html):

Public schools were planning to close early for lack of operating revenue. Kansas was shorting pension funds, skimping on road improvements, cutting Medicaid and slashing outlays for state universities.

Here is another quote from the article that is simply brilliant:

“It absolutely should put an end to the theory that tax cuts for the rich end up helping everybody, but you can’t kill it. It’s a vampire idea. No matter how many times it’s proven wrong, it keeps coming back.”

 

So, what is the lesson with these so called “tax cut plans” that will grow the economy?  And if you wish, ask the successors to Reagan and then even Bush (41) how they might feel about tax cuts. If the former was alive and the latter was allowed to answer.

The lesson is, which I am quite sure you already know the answer. When you cut taxes, the state and the nation take in less revenue. Then, how does the country or state make up for that shortfall – well, of course, you cut services everywhere. Cutting services makes for an excellent model of spending less money. However, when services are cut, the average citizens start getting hurt, big time.

  • Needed services see reduced hours and/or reduced staff (which in turn puts an extreme workload on the remaining staff members).
  • Fire in your neighborhood, hmmm, let’s see how many trucks are available since they took a hit in staffing (and if you need EMS, well…. they may be understaffed as well)
  • Hospitals, doctors and nurses – well…. You might want to bring some aspirin with you because, as the tax cuts kick in, there is no mandate to have individuals have medical coverage – and when many of these who do not want medical coverage all of a sudden have an emergency, where do the go? Yes, they go to the emergency room. And what does that do, why, yes, the young man with the blue baseball cap, needed services get sucked into the emergency rooms along with the need for more funding and it has to come from somewhere. So be warned – do not get sick, there may not be enough regular medical coverage to handle the mundane, day to day medical issues (tax cut sucked up any extra cash lying around).
  • Nice, serviceable roads to drive on, forgeddaboutit, they fall into disrepair – causing you to suffer car / truck damage. Be sure to up your vehicle insurance as you’re likely to have more bent wheel axles from bad roads (and yes, failing bridges).
  • And do not forget about national and state parks and other areas – they may be closed or have reduced hours as immediate victims of revenue shortfalls due to this ‘grand tax plan’… You might have to re-think your vacation/week-end plans.

Then, what is the result of multiple services being cut, wait – why, yes, the older guy in the Hawaiian shirt – you hit it bang on, states start imposing cost hikes on many things in the state. And, oh yes, the young woman in the brilliant teal blouse, you are correct – the states start begging, dang, sorry, requesting the federal government for hand-outs, errr, more funding relief.

So, yes, again, so – what are you going to be doing over the next decade as this ‘grand’ tax cut plan starts biting while the national deficit continues to balloon with that purported $1.5 Trillion figure (which I am fairly certain it will swell far beyond that) is tacked on to the CURRENT national deficit.

It simply has not happened wherever and whenever tax cuts, to help corporations and the “middle/lower” class citizens, are put into law. Tax cuts end up being repealed with taxes going up again by another administration. Most corporations and wealthy individuals do what I (joe citizen) do, reinvest that money in myself (maybe in a savings or, gulp, a ‘401k’ account) for my own future. The majority of the companies who were “supposed” to be re-investing in its workforce to grow the company and those workers and by extension, the country – it just does not happen.

Do you think it is going to happen with this new, ‘grand’ tax plan? An expansion of growth across all American sectors…  Hmmm…. Think long and hard and most of all – do your own research (move away from the conspiracy theorists and hate mongers), then make that determination.

Your retirement may be in jeopardy because many states are going to be going hat in hand to the federal government for those hand-outs for the average citizens – us. And who will be looking out for you, guess who – it is going to be up to you to ensure you have enough salted away in your nest egg. That or continue working until you’re in your 70’s and 80’s…

 

What happened to strategic thinking in our government?  Where did it go? Where are all the forward thinkers? There are supposed to be adults in the American Congress, Senate and White House. Wait, I forgot, many of them were pushed out of many federal entities because they were smart and they used science-based as well as evidence-based data to drive new ideas and to disprove invalid/incorrect viewpoints. (Golly, I really hope I won’t get into any trouble for using words the HHS is attempting to ban from scientific and other professional use in HHS & CDC – Fetus, Transgender, Diversity, Vulnerable, Entitlement and the two I mentioned {that is, if this actually is a true situation***}.)

We, Americans, cannot even put in place a decent equitable number of women and other ethnic groups of people in these institutions. This is because so many people are only thinking “right now, right here and for me only” – instead of what is ahead, down the road, 5, 10 or 20 years to be who we can truly be.

Leaders of the free world, hmmm, not sure about that anymore, it appears the best and brightest gave up and left a lot of the slower thinking, short-term thinkers and less savvy individuals in charge, those who appear to only want to line their pockets.

Our future of growth looks bleak, very bleak and it will take quite some time to recover to where we, Americans, are great again. It’s the people, all the people, not just any one party over the other – it is not Conservatives or Liberals or Libertarians or Green Party or Religious groups or Atheists or gays or transgender or old or young or women or men – it is the people who come together for common good.

What we have right now is: “Me, me, me – gimme, gimme – I don’t want to share. I don’t want diversity. I want people to be like me and that’s it.”  That is what is scary, the lack of diversity – those not willing to embrace diversity in all of its wonderful possibilities.

*** A Seven-Word Mystery at the CDC https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2017-12-19/a-seven-word-mystery-at-the-cdc

 

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Electoral College and Alabama – Molesters and Sexual Harassment in Public Office

People of Alabama and Electoral College, what is occurring today is what you have wrought by disregarding common sense, dignity, respect and common courtesy.

Alabama, if the majority of people vote for this “Judge” Roy Moore, be prepared for the onslaught and backlash against the entire state of Alabama. Are you prepared for the results of what you do if Moore wins?

  • People across the country will start shunning your state (that is quite possible)
  • The Alabama state pile of revenue will slowly start to decrease as people recognize the backward thought processes of voting for a child molester “allegedly” and putting that person into one of the highest offices in America
  • Americans will start deciding that Alabama is not on their vacation list
  • Companies will likely start doing some deep thinking about their own brand and reputation and start deciding to sever ties with Alabama
  • Etc., etc., etc. Hoping you get the picture by this point

Why in the good name of reality are Alabamians willing to vote for someone who has already proven that his thinking is not for the good of “all” people, but only for some? What is wrong with thinking of and respecting other people who are gay, different races, foreign or female (women are not inferior to men and should not be treated as chattel as if we are back in the 16th or 17th century)? There is nothing wrong with people from those categories, the problem is with the people who think ill or less of them.

The problem is with the people who believe they are better than people in those categories without even:

  • Talking to and with those folks as equals and
  • Granting respect and common courtesy to others

Why would anyone want to grant the authority and power to someone else who is categorically (“allegedly”) a child molester?  Is it all because the political race is between a Conservative Republican and a ‘demonic’ Liberal Democrat? Sorry, I got carried away there doing my own research listening to some of the conservative talk show hosts, the really radical ones.  This paragraph is a bald-faced hint that you, the reader should be doing your own research about ‘facts’ and then do your own thinking to come up with your own conclusions as to reality. Don’t just listen to haranguers who constantly badger and slight others “without doing their own research!”

 

But wait. I almost forgot. The Electoral College, despite all available knowledge and the undeniable number of American voters voting for the “other” party – the Electoral College voted in a premier sexual harasser for the Presidency of America… Electing the current President of America opened the floodgates for uncivilized interactions. Yes, I am talking about civility because that makes many more situations work. Civility helps in diplomatic situations instead of throwing Twitter spitballs at everyone else who disagrees with you – this is called puerile behavior (for our current President that means ‘childish’ behavior).

The current American president makes many of us ashamed and embarrassed when we face other nations around the globe. Prior to living in the White House, our current president constantly bashed President Obama for taking the vacation trips that he did because they were wasting tax payers’ hard-earned money.

Well America, guess what?  Us American citizens are spending a whole heck of a boat load of money because of the current disrespectful, blow-hard, semi-literate (sorry but that got away from me too) American president is wasting GOBS of money on vacation trips AT LOCALES that financially benefit him (Trump) because he did not divest his portfolio or create a blind trust for “everything.”

We, America, are wasting GOBS of money in going around in circles on stupid situations EVERY SINGLE TIME he opens his rather large mouth. We have to have other people apologize, if you can seriously call it apologizing when they spew circuitous language.

We, America, are going to waste even more money when we (Americans) finally remove this individual from the White House and his boatload of swamp mates (because Trump forgot, even with “his great memory”, to drain the swamp and put in place unqualified individuals that ‘he likes’). We will have to restore:

  • Many lifesaving regulations, such as clean air and clean water (no more dumping – again)
  • Financial regulations back to a decent level where Elizabeth Warren started having success – the CFPB (for Trump, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
  • Federal Lands to preserve lands and parks AND American Natives legacies
  • Labor regulations for fair or better pay and not sweatshop conditions

All of this because the current president and many of his cronies hated/despised/disliked (whatever Trump thinks) the last President, Barack Obama. Instead of being jealous of the last president’s successes, use them and build on them – how hard can that be? Is the current president the role model you really want to look up to, to emulate and even worse, have your children follow…? Where cheating and lying is the norm in his everyday life. Remember, he lied about his family being from Scandinavia when actually, they are from Germany (again, do your own research so you can believe your own results)…

 

Come on people, WAKE UP! This is about progressive change for the future. This is not about selfish thinking in the immediate moment – it is not just about you. It is about all of us. If we continue to have divisive attitudes about others, we will slowly (or rapidly) delve into another era of robber barons, an era we worked so hard in trying to get out of. Do you really want to go backwards in time where suppression and repression were the key weapons of those who want to remain in power while you scrape by with crumbs? We are supposed to be progressing and moving forward, together. But, no one can just hand you progress, you – yes, you – you will have to show a concerted effort in wanting to do your part in growing. This is growth in yourself and growth with others, together.

We cannot move forward if so many people are willing to squabble over such backward thinking. Look at Roy Moore, he apparently believes the last and best time in America’s history when we were great was when Blacks were slaves. For those who are not up to the challenge of doing your own research, here are a few links to reputable news sources (these are not Fake News sites):

http://time.com/5056590/roy-moore-america-great-slavery/

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-alabama-senate-runoff-20170921-story.html

https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-12-08/roy-moore-chastises-america-praises-putin-in-newly-resurfaced-interview

Here is what Roy Moore responded with to a question at the September 17th Florence rally:

At Moore’s [17 September 2017] Florence rally, the former judge outlined all the wrongs he sees in Washington and “spiritual wickedness in high places.” He warned of “the awful calamity of abortion and sodomy and perverse behavior and murders and shootings and road rage” as “a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.”

In response to a question from one of the only African Americans in the audience — who asked when Moore thought America was last “great” — Moore acknowledged the nation’s history of racial divisions, but said: “I think it was great at the time when families were united — even though we had slavery — they cared for one another…. Our families were strong, our country had a direction.”

At the same event, Moore referred to Native Americans and Asian Americans as “reds and yellows[.”]

 

The reason for specifically not using the term United States is because we simply have too many people who are too divisive in America and are too bitterly against harmony and accepting people for who they are. These divisive individuals would rather force everyone to be like them instead of accepting differences.

Instead of helping each other, even with something as minor as respect for one another and the willingness to listen to one another – we are in a more overt battle with our fellow citizens.

All because of the Electoral College putting in place someone who never should have seen the inside of the White House for any reason. But now, he has access to the Nuclear football…

Bogus reviews on Amazon – Be Aware, Be Very Aware of what you want to buy…

Just a reminder to all to beware of the bogus 5 star reviews, especially from individuals who are not “Verified Purchasers”.

I did not purchase the item I was looking at – 2 sellers on Amazon, it was a cassette to mp3 player, by WeaKoo and a “Protable USB Tape-to-MP3 Converter” via WiKoonot my typo – but it did get my curiosity up to dig a little more.

Lately, I’ve become very leery about multiple items on amazon, the WeaKoo had 415 reviews and 97% positive at 5 stars. WiKoo had 86 reviews at 5 stars. — It is possible some products do receive all 5 stars – but…

This is not something you see everyday.
So, I looked at some of the reviewer’s profiles. None of whom were verified purchasers but they all averaged around 5 – 15 reviews.  A large majority of them had no reviews made available to the community.  Whereas, if you go look at other items from other vendors, different categories and take a look at the “Verified Purchasers”, you can see that their reviews are almost all available. You will want to read the reviews from “Verified Purchasers.”

On the reviewers for WeaKoo and WiKoo, I found a few of them purchased, excuse me, ‘reviewed’ identical items, in nearly the exact same time frames. I mean, what are the odds that multiple guys in a couple of weeks time span (& one of them twice in three days) give 5 stars for VereBeauty Long Dual Magnetic False Eyelashes or HTC 10 Glass Screen Protectors. (No, there is nothing wrong with guys buying false eyelashes.)
My point here, be careful on some of these reviews, they may be fake (think fake news…), misleading ‘us’ to want to buy the product, such as the cassette to MP3 Converter.

My hope is that Amazon staff reviewers occasionally check out some of these ‘stellar’ 5-star reviews for bogus reviewers… Does Amazon even have a team that checks out some of these ‘reviews’ to pull them out and stop wasting our time in looking at what is supposedly a ‘hot’ item.

But, what I did do is, I stopped searching on the cassette to mp3 converters on Amazon, mostly all Chinese vendors (i.e. look up PiDiEN or Antoble or some of the others in a search engine) selling the same models with different skins/vendor names.

I wound up buying one through the Hammacher Schlemmer site… and hoping they did not buy a cheap chinese version (at least Hammacher Schlemmer also has a guarantee)

U.S. Naval Ship Collisions & Hearing Loss at U.S. Embassies in Cuba – Coincidences…?

Hmmm, a quick take on our U.S. Navy ships involved in collisions with fatalities as well as auditory damage (hearing loss) of U.S. and Canadian Embassy personnel from some kind of sonic sources.

We need more brain power on this because there may be something here.  Maybe.

Are both of these spheres of damage, covert intentional attacks, with intelligence and/or military aspects, on U.S. personnel and property? SpecOps…. Because if either of the following are occuring:

  • manipulating a naval ship’s computer systems or
  • aiming some kind of sonic weapon at someone from another country – well, these approaches are a definite attack.

Are all the naval collisions in that region, in this year, all coincidental due to “incompetence” and “poor leadership”?  I’m finding that rather difficult to swallow.  Who in the world aboard any ship is not able to spot large tankers at a distance and not be able to avoid contact in time…?

Are these growing instances of U.S. and Canadian embassy personnel losing their hearing stemming from some kind of natural phenomena that no one has seen or heard of (no pun) prior to now?  I also find this very hard to believe.

Are the sources possible Russian or Chinese covert agents?

Agents from Russia in order to cause destabilizing effects on U.S. personnel? To get back at the U.S. because of the:

  • U.S. and U.N. sanctions placed on Russia? 
  • U.S. Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian activities related to the current individual in the White House?

Are the sources from China to cause destabilization of U.S. forces in the South China Sea and to grow Chinese naval influence in that hemisphere?

More to follow as I chew on this more to produce somewhat more analytical thoughts.

 

The bit about the coincidence of naval ship incidents, I gleaned that from Medium where Omaid F. has posited that possibly the Chinese are testing their capabilities.  Because of my background, it also struck a nerve as a high possibility.  It seems highly plausible that the Chinese OR Russians could be doing just that.

(Omaid’s article on Medium: https://medium.com/@omaidfaizyar/did-china-hack-the-seventh-fleet-483f3f03d51b points to another article: https://rntfnd.org/2016/09/26/china-jamming-us-forces-gps/)

 

Lunacy – Politics, Dictators (& Trump) and Race

It is now 2017 and we, as a global people, are facing more and more lunacy in the world.

In Turkey, we have Erdogan who constantly expands his political powers to where it is reaching dictatorial levels. When you:

  • Modify the political system;
  • Suppress journalists, military, educators, other political parties and
  • Control the media

— you are a dictator.

In Venezuela, we have Maduro with his recent critically gained presidency. Currently he is an authoritarian (some of us prefer the term ‘dictator’). He appears to be on a track to continue absorbing more power – by rewriting their country’s constitution, even while it is reported that 98% of the country’s people rejected that idea. Approximately, 3.6 million people voted according to an independent analysis. Here are a few of the actions he, Maduro, has implemented or rather, allowed to take place:

  • delayed elections,
  • jailing of opposition leaders,
  • increasing influence of the army, and
  • efforts by the government-appointed courts to curtail the powers of the opposition-held national assembly.

Note, he has the backing of Russian and Cuban leadership…

In Iran, Hassan Rouhani, won the recent presidential election to continue holding office. One item he ran on was to include women in the cabinet. That, as it turns out, did not occur – it is an all-male cabinet…  That is not progress. He ran on the platform of being a reformist.

In Russia, well, actually, do we need to add anything more on him than what we already know of him (and Medvedev)…? When you:

  • Control the political system (arrest opposition on false charges of embezzlement in order to label the person as a criminal, which under Russian laws, the person cannot run for certain offices);
  • Control the country’s media (to spread whatever propaganda is desired); put in a VPN prohibition (so citizens cannot have secure & private communication with the outside world);
  • Use your police force, your military & intelligence services to force how ‘protest rallies should be held (i.e. maximum of 250 people and constrained to protest only within a few block area)’; and
  • Control state conglomerates in order to line the leadership’s pockets with BILLIONS of dollars (& Swiss Francs, Euros, British Pounds and even Bitcoins)

— if that is not dictatorial, not sure what else it could possibly be.

In China, we have a country that wants to be capitalistic but is still hugely communistic. This is a country that:

  • Is also banning private citizen use of VPNs – sorry, correction, citizens can ‘apply’ for use of a VPN (but that means that citizen would have to provide a back door {or front door} into that VPN’s communication path…
  • Has a Communist party with significant control over the country’s media – with an iron fist.
  • HAS BUILT a man-made island in the South China Seas (Spratly Islands) in order to, ahhh what was it they stated (one reason) – to protect their sovereign rights and regional territories. Remember, that area is a hotly contested area for “centuries” by countries in the area (Taiwan, China, Vietnam, with Malaysia and the Philippines).
  • Wants foreign investors (tech) to give up source code to ensure there is nothing hinky or spying related in order for those foreign firms to do business in China.
  • Still has huge human rights issues (think Falun Gong and {two spellings} Uyghur & Uighur people of western China)
  • Wants to completely take over Hong Kong despite what China promised in 1999 (freedom to continue progressing)
  • Suppresses all (or as much as they can find) negative commentary regarding the country and the political leaders

In America, we have someone who may not be dictatorial but is clearly not of the right mettle (and state of mind) to run a country and grow.When we have:

  • An EPA that is relaxing/eliminating rules/regulations left and right to allow toxins into the air and water, it is a very bad sign.
  • A Dept of Education that believed that HBCUs were a wonderful alternative and is attempting to have more charter schools across the country AND not listening to the educators in her own Department – that is a bad sign for our children and future leaders.
  • An Attorney General that should not have been appointed to being with (there are all kinds of reasons to choose from if you wish to do a little research and analysis of your own) – that is a bad sign for the country’s law enforcement system.
  • A Commerce secretary who wants to relax rules and regulations (just recall the sweat shops and lack of workplace violations of yesterday) – we have a problem in that more business will start doing what they want to do without protecting their employees.
  • A secretary of State who does not talk to his own senior leadership nor allow press conferences – that is a bad omen of things happening behind closed doors.

So, that list could have easily continued but many of you know the shortfalls of our current administration. We now come to our president – a choice that the electoral college should never have made when the popular national vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the other candidate. We have a president who:

  • Listens to select individuals, who may not be qualified to provide those kinds of opinions
  • Says whatever he wishes without ANY deep thoughts or consideration, from what we observe – he likes to gain information and content from Alex Jones
  • Gives oversight and strategic control of the military to the generals – that is a bad idea (extrapolate down the road and into the future – you’ve got a big brain to do so)
  • Is a completely bad and wrong role model for youth growing up, who aspire to be someone important – do we want that kind of leader sprouting up everywhere in 10-20 years…? He is definitely not a role model for many of us.
  • Allegedly cooked the books for his Grand Hyatt hotel partnership in New York in the mid-80s (here is one link but please do your due diligence: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/trump-files-how-donald-screwed-over-new-york-city-his-tax-bill/) – Trump had ordered the Grant Hyatt to change its accounting methods to lower its reported profits. Check out what the city’s auditor general at the time (Karen Burstein) reported. And he, Trump, is well known for stiffing everyone he can, from lawyers to chefs in order to get out of paying for it.
  • Barely raises an eyebrow at the Charlottesville, VA white supremacist rally where James Alex Fields Jr, allegedly killed, via a hit & run, a female pedestrian and injured 19 others (ala, an ISIS style vehicle attack). And if I’m not mistaken, he was on the stage behind  and on Trump’s right at some Trump rally late last year or earlier this year. Some media outlet should do a facial scan for this person in the archives – to see what kind of rally he and his friends were attending.  And also, no, Obama did not raise the white racist, supremacist, Nazi spectre when the idiot, Dylann Roof, shot the people in the church. But that was a different scenario – this time (Charlottesville) it was a massive gathering the day after a Tikki firelight march by, hmmmm, individuals of a certain color. The tension and hatred was already at a known and anticipated high level (witness the police and state trooper presence). The Charlottesville situation was not a surprise but our president only gave a rather tepid response for this mass gathering and protest that many people have likened to Hitler and his brown shirts…

The U.S. has a president that is causing this country to waste more money and time on stupidity and inane actions, not just domestically but globally, than we should have to. NOTHING is really getting done and please do not tell the rest of us that he is bringing back manufacturing jobs, those numbers are not significant, especially not for the long run.

 

So, with that list above – definitely not an all-encompassing list of lunatic actions around the globe but it seems to be a glide path for disaster if we do not somehow come together to make change happen. Selfish racial beliefs are not beneficial for a society as a whole – it should be societal belief of everyone helping everyone (no, I’m not intimating that we should be become a socialist society, sorry). We should be working, together, around the globe to make life better for everyone. We, the U.S. cannot even:

  • Make health care affordable to everyone, from poor to middle class in this country when there are other countries who are making it work by using one form or another of Universal Health Care or a One Payer system.
  • Improve our infrastructure system.
  • Innovate and improve our educational system so that it is equitable for all, not just pockets of people scattered around the country.
  • And for sure, we are still leap years behind where we should be where it comes to diversity and dropping discrimination of all forms (race, gender, age) to historic lows.

Instead, we, Americans, have a president that seems oblivious to who he has selected to help run the country – oblivious to what he is saying to the world (where he is a laughing stock, check it out) and oblivious to the image he projects to others outside of his base (which appears to be shrinking, finally).

We should still be the leader of the free world, but that may be gone now in no small part due to our leader. And without having that kind of leader status, we may be a contributing (not root) cause to the rise of lunacy in the world – in race, politics and pop-up dictators.

 

Kaiser Permanente’s website inaccuracies (BAD!) – Agree To Our Terms – Take It Or Not Use It…

Your only remedy if you are dissatisfied with the Kaiser Permanente site is to stop using it.

How crazy bad is that…???   Yes, that is what is listed, as of Jun 17, 2017, on a Health Care organizations’ web site, Kaiser Permanente…. I wanted to post this on the Facebook page of Kaiser Permanente but they make it somewhat difficult to post on their own facebook page.

Recently I signed in to Kaiser and saw they had a new set of:

Agree to our Terms and Conditions

Summary of our Terms and Conditions

So, I scanned through that one and a half page of content to see what was up. Towards the end, I was completely shocked to see that very first line of the post above. Here is what popped out at me:

THE SITE IS OFFERED “AS IS.” THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES OF THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE INFORMATION OR SERVICES PROVIDED ON THE SITE. Kaiser Permanente is not responsible for:

  • any damages you may incur
  • errors on this website
  • the content, security, or privacy of third-party websites that are accessed from this website

You use this site at your own risk and assume all responsibility for doing so. Your only remedy if you are dissatisfied with the site is to stop using it.

Right now, Kaiser is stating if there are inaccuracies –too bad.”  And if it results in loss of money, I’m sorry, I meant ‘damages’ – too bad.”

In order to see anything else of your medical content, you “have” to click on “I Agree” or else you will need to take your body down to the nearest Kaiser facility to get any info. And in doing so, you incur the time for:

  • travel to & from,
  • waiting on service and then 
  • waiting on record retrieval, pharmacy prescriptions, etc

Kaiser believes they have us all over a barrel because of this agreement – that is incorrect!!!

I’m not sure about other folks but soon as I change jobs, I will be choosing a different health care organization that “DOES” care about the website content and any inaccuracies that may appear, for the members using the site.

I am not aware of what other health care sites state but I’m gonna have to take my chances by denying any further monies leaving my bank account and going to Kaiser.

Yes, the organization wants to take care of its members, but the organization should also be very concerned about inaccuracies and security in members using their web site… It is a simple matter of due diligence.

I am highly surprised the Permanente lawyers and medical ethicists allowed this to go forward as is…

 

 

Part 2 – Donald Trump: Taking America Backwards & Laughing Stock…. Very Sad

Continued from Part 1 @ https://patrick642nu.wordpress.com/2017/06/04/part-1-donald-trump-taking-america-backwards-laughing-stock-very-sad/

 

Medical Care – Universal Health Care[1]

For decades, there have been individuals who wanted to put something like Universal Health Care (UHC) into play, people such as; Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt (1901-1909), FDR (1935 & 1939), Harry S. Truman in 1949 as part of the Fair Deal to our last president (Obama). You can also check Wikipedia[2] if you wish but do your own reading and thoughtful introspection.

So, what’s the big deal about UHC, our future – that is what is at stake? At stake is a future of healthier individuals, across the country. It is a future where costs will actually be lower because early care will preclude major medical disasters later and there will be no monstrous medical bills to be picked up by the families involved and tax payers due to an escalation of emergency room visits…

My thoughts on what these past presidents and current UHC (or Affordable Care) leaders thinking is that we need to cover everyone to bring down emergency room visits; to bring down the costs of catastrophic medical situations so that down the road, we Americans, will not have such significant numbers of people across the country without coverage. We would have in the future, a greatly reduced number of Americans without serious medical problems because the medical problems would have been caught very early in life and prevented. And the problems would have been prevented at a significantly fraction of the cost, instead of letting it go festering on for decades, with each year seeing more of that families (and tax payers – think emergency rooms) money going down the drain when it could have been prevented due to long-term thinkers who have been trying to get UHC instilled into the American psyche.

Just imagine more people:

  • With healthy looking teeth so they can go and gain better jobs instead of being automatically assigned as a person of low income and low intellect and passed over for someone else who simply looks better
  • Walking around on healthy legs or prostheses instead of a stump and a crutch(es) or obsolete decrepit wheel chair
  • With the ability to see rather than being blinded due to malnutrition or bad school lunch plans and more

Do you not believe UHC would better everyone? Okay, think about an event occurring where you lose your high paying job and you were the primary bread winner with a great insurance plan. Well, your plan is gone and you suddenly find yourself in a medical catastrophic situation and it is going to be hugely expensive. What are you going to do? Bemoan the fact that you have UHC at that point.

Grow up people, stop thinking about yourselves because you have a better life – think about others out there who are not as fortunate as you.

Wouldn’t you want to see:

  • Every American in this country reaping the benefits of great health care 10 years from now? {That 10 year number is only an educated guess as to we could start seeing better health care efficacy…}
  • A dramatic reduction of emergency room visits 10 years from now, while at the same time – a significant reduction of tax payers paying for so many unnecessary ER visits?
  • No more prohibitively expensive and labor sapping hospital visits 10 years from now because preventive UHC took care of problems before they exploded into the problems they are today?

We can do that!!!! But we have to agree to do this now, as a country. We cannot just provide UHC for the elite and better paid Americans and continue arguing and kicking this can down the road, EVERY SINGLE BLOODY YEAR as we are doing now!!!! We can change that paradigm!

 

Laughing Stock?

Back to the U.S. becoming the laughing stock country. Is that true, what do you think? Remember, do your own research and analysis; do not rely solely on news folks (TV or radio), or talk shows, or conspiracy theorists and only your inner circle – expand your horizons.

Why can’t the U.S. spend more money, evenly, on all levels of education to ratchet up the education and knowledge of American students? Why can’t the U.S. be like Canada, Great Britain and Germany[3]? Education goes a long way in making for a better citizenry… And we, the U.S., we need to do better if we want to be ‘the’ world leader – we need better education to get there. Check out a Pew article[4] for some info on where we stand.

 

What about international diplomacy? You too must think this is a laughing stock situation, right? Look at the current secretary of state, Tillerson – a person who does not grant interviews and press conferences. He wants to do mostly behind the scene affairs. Do you believe that is an open and transparent way to handle diplomacy, not sharing information with the country he represents?

Oh wait-a-minute that does not really matter. Our president and OMB person (Mick Mulvaney) want to cut the budget for State Department and USAID because we do not require or need this kind of effort around the world. Surely you believe this is laughable too… Right?

 

What about cleaner air, well, no? Apparently we not require or need this either. Our latest president and EPA head seem to believe their own knowledge on climate change and disregard what scientists who have been studying this for years. We should let companies dump waste in rivers and pollute the air, sure why not…? That is quite laughable, the president and EPA head that is, oh and include Bannon in that lot.

 

What about all the extraordinarily significant amount of time the U.S. is spending on the current president, his family, inner circle of administration officials and business cronies staying at Mar-a-Lago and at Trump Tower? Do you not believe this is laughable enough? Why yes, it is. The U.S. is spending far too much time on illicit activities, ummm – excuse me, alleged illicit activities. And we are spending far too much money on all of this as a result.

And the end result is that, most of the other hard stuff is not getting accomplished. Here are some of the things not getting done like; infrastructure (roads, bridges, dams, levees, power grid, water, etc.) across the country, all of which need attention. Then there is the tax reform; there is equality in the work place which needs more attention.

Take a look at the rampant, vitriolic, unvarnished display of outright racism being displayed across this once great nation. This is worse than when the last president was in office. And remember, that last president did not spew nonsense and idiotic content such as “knock ‘em out,” or “grab ‘em by the p_ _ _ y” or even using 7th grade language for that matter – sometimes, just sometimes, using ‘plain spoken language’ can mean talking down to someone and insult that person’s intelligence….

What is going on? What is happening to this once great country? Why are so many people willing to condone this current president? Why condone someone who continues to willingly lie to the country, to the world – on multiple topics? And many people were (and are still) willing to continue listening to and believe in this individual even though what this current president promised will never happen again (think coal and massive manual manufacturing)…

More people in this country need to start thinking of each other, no matter their race, religion, age, gender, sexual preferences or what part of the country they live in. We are all here together, right now.  Look at each other, deeply look at each other and consider the travels and hardship they may have endured to get to where they are now (of course I’m talking about honest, hard work and legal efforts). And remember that no matter whom you see in front of you, or whether they live 2,500 miles away, that other person may be smarter than you and have better cognitive skills than you. These are people who are walking around right now – with or without:

  • a college degree (that other person who ‘looks’ unintelligent may hold several degrees including a doctorate for all that you are aware)
  • a family trust fund
  • the best looks
  • the best smile or
  • the best speech abilities / speaking mannerisms.

So take note, that other person just may be a better person than you – rich or poor though they may be…

 

[1] “A Brief History: Universal Health Care Efforts in the US,” 1999, www.pnhp.org/facts/a-brief-history-universal-health-care-efforts-in-the-us

[2] “History of health care reform in the U.S.,” retrieved June 3, 2017, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_health_care_reform_in_the_United_States

[3] “Best Countries for Education,” March 7, 2017, https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/best-education

[4] “U.S. students’ academic achievement still lags that of their peers in many other countries,” February 15, 2017, www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/02/15/u-s-students-internationally-math-science/