You WILL Be Punished!

The sequester was conceived to be so onerous that Congress would fix it. Did not happen, life went on. It was an ill considered approach based on the simple fact that the politics of the situation overwhelmed any reasonable definition of common sense or compromise. But, the predictions of doom simply did not materialize; shame on you for not taking the full brunt of your spanking, crying ‘uncle’ and blaming Republicans; how dare you?

Ah, but the opportunity for more political corporal punishment is upon us, closing down everything from National Parks to tiny little playgrounds near the capital. Yes, yes we know it costs more to shut them down than it does to ignore them, but if we ignore them where’s the fun in that? Where’s the punishment? How would we vent our political sadomasochism?

The incomprehensible reports of closings continue. Scenic overlooks with no staff and no facilities are shut down, open air memorials, playgrounds, parking lots, portable toilets are being rounded up and sent away and bus turnarounds at Mount Vernon are being closed down. In Florida the administration will attempt to shut down the ocean. Military Chaplains, were they to attempt to pursue their duties voluntarily, have been threatened with arrest; arrest for exercising First Amendment protections! One can only hope that those arrests actually happen and that there is someone there to cover it. How is it that such professionally printed ‘shut down’ signs were available and distributed first thing in the morning on Day One? According to some reports the entire National Mall may be shut down, that’s going to take a lot of fencing. Live Update; the grass on the Mall continues to grow in defiance of the shut down order.

This is nasty, petty, small ball by a frustrated administration and its supporters in Congress. But that petty BS is okay, because there is a political battle to be won; the plan is to win it by punishing you, once again. The political battle is to convince you that it’s all about the Tea Party, or Ted Cruz. The political battle is because Democrats fear the Tea Party and the grassroots motivation they can bring to bear in 2014. The political battle is about not having ObamaCare as a 2014 election issue because it’s a loser. The political battle is to hold the line until the ObamaCare subsidies kick in as the next level of ‘crack’ for the masses. The battle is to convince you, despite your knowledge to the contrary, that once a law is passed it should not be revisited, although it has been; not by those evil Tea Party folks but by the President himself. If law cannot be revisited and amended we would still have the exact same civil rights issues we had in the 1950’s.

Temper tantrums overwhelm logic. The last material offer was full government funding for a year’s delay in ObamaCare. Denied! The administration would rather defend a system that is clearly not working, is opposed by a majority of Americans and is clearly ill prepared for what it was designed to do despite three years to get it right. You will be punished!

America is beginning to see, finally, what’s in the bill. Not as a philosophical argument but as it affects individuals; they hate it! The shutdown can’t hold a candle to the punishment contained in the fact that, for many, premiums double and triple, high deductibles prevail; despite Lady Gaga and a host of low information pop star’s insistence that young people sign up, they are not doing so.

Young people may be on the verge of getting hip to the fact that in addition to paying social security that they may never see and Medicare that they may never use they are also expected to enroll in ObamaCare so that they can round out their societal commitment by paying outrageous insurance rates for care they may never use. The young may also figure out that they are expected to pay the health care freight for an aging population; this, in the context of so many of them being under or unemployed. The ObamaCare insistence that young people remain on their parent’s plans till age 26 will also inhibit young people signing up for ObamaCare. Wonder if anyone considered the impact of that provision?

By the way my young friends, forget the $95.00 fine, its $95.00 or 2% of your income whichever is greater. If you make $10,000 a year, that 2% is double the $95.00. So, forget the $95.00 and focus on the 2%. If you work 40 hours a week at the minimum wage your fine for not signing up is $302.00; more that what you make in a week, assuming you can actually get 40 hours!

You will be punished!

  • Bill Hedges

    Like a car where added cost comes with added features, my primary DOCTOR out of pocket continue to rise. First came nearly $20 for in-house blood work hike, today received bill for $30 for my last visit. Now this may have been for allotted time allowed exceeded am unsure. Never had done to me before. Inventive NEW COST TO ME is here & growing ??!!

    What I heard was $95 growing over time to $700 for fine not having insurance. Being possible more is not surprising.

    There are a lot of numbers out there but say there are 30,000,000 who still will not have insurance (unless MAJOR ILLNESS brings them in). Premise of bumcare was more people getting insurance, lower cost. With pre-condition covered, what is the incentive to buy insurance WHEN HEALTHY ? Having sickly with few healthy in plans RAISES COST (EXAMPLE SORT OF EXAGGERATION but to be seen).

    SAVINGS in my 2014 plan is a BIG FAT REDUCTION of $5.00 per primary visit more or less. APPEARS this was eaten up by 1000% increased cost as I have cried myself to sleep LONG BEFORE 2014 booklet from my insurance arrived.

    Just the tip of that iceberg. Even come 2014, all of bumcare ((( SAVINGS ???))) will not be active. NO WONDER Pelosi & buma DID NOT EXPLAIN. Nancy the bill DID become law. THIS SHOULD BE death warrant for those supporting this IN NOVEMBER, AS IT WAS in 2010 election. IF NOT even more so. As deadline approaches, signing up for 2014 insurance without LATE FEE, election is after. Hopefully ALL VOTERS will be educated on this by then…

    By the way, online describing of plans are not fully on website by government. Government closing has also delayed THIS. New plans are still HOT OFF THE PRESSES.

    The rewards of US saying WE TOLD YOU SO IS/will be bitter-sweet…

  • Bob

    “100 UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES OF OBAMACARE”

    A partial list of companies cutting their health care coverage or making out right cuts in staff and/or hours due to Obamacare.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/node/359861/print

  • Bob

    “Most of the republicans digging in have no reason to fear voters will ever punish them……The vast majority of GOP lawmakers are safely ensconced in districts that based on the voter rolls would never think of electing a Democrat…….The congressional map is far more gerrymandered today than it was 17 years ago during the last shutdown.”

    From the article entitled: ” Government Shutdown: Why Many Republicans Have No Reason To Deal”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/government-shutdown-republicans-deal-97768.html?hp=l10

  • Bill Hedges

    Author wrote:

    “By the way my young friends, forget the $95.00 fine, its $95.00 or 2% of your income whichever is greater. If you make $10,000 a year, that 2% is double the $95.00. So, forget the $95.00 and focus on the 2%. If you work 40 hours a week at the minimum wage your fine for not signing up is $302.00; more that what you make in a week, assuming you can actually get 40 hours!”
    __

    “The fee in 2014 and beyond”

    “The fee in 2014 is 1% of your yearly income or $95 per person for the year, whichever is higher. The fee increases every year. In 2016 it is 2.5% of income or $695 per person, whichever is higher.”

    “In 2014 the fee for uninsured children is $47.50 per child. The most a family would have to pay in 2014 is $285.”

    “It’s important to remember that someone who pays the fee won’t get any health insurance coverage. They still will be responsible for 100% of the cost of their medical care.”

    “After open enrollment ends on March 31, 2014, they won’t be able to get health coverage through the Marketplace until the next annual enrollment period, unless they have a qualifying life event”

    https://www.healthcare.gov/what-if-someone-doesnt-have-health-coverage-in-2014/

    Won’t those who use the hospitals as their form of heath care STILL DO without paying their bills ? Aren’t hospitals still required to care for to a limited degree ?

    If uninsured can I get if I say get cancer using loophole of “unless they have a qualifying life event” ? Example say of moving to another State ???

    System will GET WORKED…

  • Bill Hedges

    “… There have been 17 funding gaps just since 1977 ranging in duration from one to 21 days. Under applicable federal law, operations and services would continue for those essential for “the safety of human life or the protection of property,” as well as those programs funded through multiyear or permanent appropriations”

    http://blog.heritage.org/2013/09/30/qa-what-happens-during-a-government-shutdown/

    Now buma is not even close to being my most hated acquaintance. I hate his politics WITH A PASSION. SO WHAT I AM ABOUT TO SAY turns my stomach. I have read that Bill C. did not close memorials in Hawaii. I understand unpaid police in DC killed that woman recently. What was closed in the “17 funding gaps just since 1977” that buma added ? Is this unique to just him ?

    Author wrote:

    “Yes, yes we know it costs more to shut them down than it does to ignore them, but if we ignore them where’s the fun in that? Where’s the punishment? How would we vent our political sadomasochism?”

    Sounds correct to me. Is buma suppose to “ignore” OR do as my Heritage Foundation remarks say he should do under these circumstance ? Isn’t buma doing that ?

    Let’s assume departments recommend what should be shut-down & that’s the end result. As devil’s advocate, I found no wrong with that. Attempt at following the law was performed.

    I now must wash my hands with Ajax & bleach to remove the dirty feeling I have.

    To build case that “political corporal punishment is upon us, closing down everything from National Parks to tiny little playgrounds near the capital” IT NEEDS TO BE ESTABLISHED this is all new under buma. It is NOT:

    “During the last government shutdown, for 28 days in 1995, national park closures sparked waves of angry calls to Congress and the White House”

    http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_24209569/government-shutdown-closing-national-parks-could-spark-public

    Take note THIS GUY IS A BUM in my book. BUT…fair is fair until proven IS NOT…

  • Bob

    While playing politics and attempting to inflict the most pain as possible during the close down President Obama is being very selective in closing down the most popular memorials while leaving some of the lesser ones open. But then again he attempted the same tactics during the sequester battle back in March. It’s his “You didn’t build that” mindset I suppose.

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/feds-close-popular-memorials-leave-little-known-sites-open/article/2536725

  • Bill Hedges

    See my previous comment…

  • Bill Hedges

    Author wrote “political corporal punishment is upon us, closing down everything from National Parks to tiny little playgrounds near the capital”. I proved Clinton closed down National Parks. That takes a straight pin & bust Landreaux balloon on that.

    Now bob plays similar game writing:

    “While playing politics and attempting to inflict the most pain as possible during the close down President Obama is being very selective in closing down the most popular memorials while leaving some of the lesser ones open. But then again he attempted the same tactics during the sequester battle back in March. It’s his “You didn’t build that” mindset I suppose”

    Somebody in bob’s link confirms this in a matter:

    “It appears as though only the highly visible monuments and areas are being closed to the public — further proof that the Obama Administration is only playing politics and purposely choosing to make this shut down as painful as possible,” House Natural Resources Committee chairman Doc Hastings, R-Wash., said.”

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/feds-close-popular-memorials-leave-little-known-sites-open/article/2536725

    NOTICE Doc Hastings DID NOT SAY this was different than under Clinton, or other Presidents that face shut-downs. With him beginning with “It appears as though” he’s covering his words for possible ridicule OR evidence to the contrary to what he stated.

    I provided foundation that Landreaux was AT LEAST IN PART incorrect in his statement. Doc Hastings does not provide definitive proof buma is “playing politics and purposely choosing to make this shut down as painful as possible”.

    Without, bob statement is mere conjecture. Not worth reasonable discussion. It gets into appearance of bias OR WORSE. When I put buma down I want to substantiate with facts NOT conjecture. NOT MY MAIN WITNESS, Doc Hastings, beginning his comment with “It appears as though”. I want my STAR witness saying NEVER HAPPENED like this under any previous President when government closed. That is definitive evidence…

  • Bill Hedges

    As stated, starting off with “It appears as though” IS NOT BUILDING MY CONFIDENCE in way THIS DOES.

    Different than done by ALL PRESIENTS clinches buma is out to put the hurt on. OR is at least STRONG SUPPORTING EVIDENCE:

    “Although President Obama claims that he can’t avoid shutting down public sites and monuments, war memorials were in fact kept open during the 1995/1996 government shutdowns. The administration’s decision to barricade the Lincoln Memorial marks the first time in its history the memorial has been totally off limits to visitors during a shutdown”

    That’s what I wanted & am talking about. “first time in its history the memorial has been totally off limits to visitors during a shutdown”

    EVEN MORE outrageous ?:

    “Warren Meyer of Phoenix, AZ, is owner and president of Recreation Resource Management, Inc. RRM employs about 400-500 camp workers and managers across about a dozen states. It is one of a handful of companies that have been managing national parks and campgrounds as tenants for years, through previous government shutdowns including the last one in 1995-1996. Those previous shutdowns never closed any of the parks managed in this way, but the current shutdown threatens closure”

    http://rare.us/story/37983/

    Now THERE IS PROOF “the bum” is going beyond what any President has gone before DURING GOVEVERNMENT SHUT-DOWN. Is not REPUBLICAN BAD BLOOD, bias Or racist thing. IS A FACT.

    WE SHOULD BE ON our soupbox telling all the voters who will lesson. Not using … ambiguous statements …

  • Bill Hedges

    Not lesson BUT listen…

  • Bob

    William:

    I would suggest you start your own blog and then you wouldn’t have to deal with us mere mortals constantly making mistakes.But there is little interest or demand for blogs which don’t deal in any opinion nor views but simply grade and critique OTHERS WHO DO GIVE OPINIONS.

  • Bill Hedges

    Thanks for the compliment. 1 % is not 2 %. Have seen how you appreciate misinformation and can spread it. You must KNOW HOW MUCH your opinion means to me. Will give it the consideration THAT IT so deserves. Have seen Nate DO CORRECTING. IMAGINE can find where he corrected YOU.

    “Can’t take the heat, …”. HOLDING YOUR breath for my departure will leave you breathless. Really Yogi !!??!! Dare I say I have been here longest of all except for Nate & his wife.

    “It appears as though” YOUR _ tu·mult _ is voice in the doomster doing a solo & NOT JOINED by owner of site. Worth LESS than a “grain of salt” mill.

    Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke of his willingness to “compromise” on FNC Your World with Neil Cavuto JUST NOW…