Judicial Reason V Activism, Common v Civil Law Wednesday, Jul 23 2014 

ObamaCare has been somewhat struck down, somewhat upheld, by various judges in the past few days – there’s much discussion everywhere about it. I think the law is an abomination, for many reasons, which are not the subject of this post. I hope it gets obliterated. I can’t get clearer.

Many on the Right – let’s use Todd Starnes, sage commentator of Fox News – opinionator of high order – lauded by many, quoted often, in the news – hell, he is the news-maker – let’s use him as our arbiter of two ideas: Judicial Reason and Judicial Activism. Which is related, believe it or not, to the differences between Common Law and Civil Law. Mr. Starnes is going to wax rhapsodic about how courts should strike down ObamaCare – indeed, he has. He wants judges to declare unconstitutional a duly enacted act of congress … and he’s just a stand in for most people on the Right, and quite a few on the Left it’s now surfacing as they realize this law screws them too.

If the Roberts court strikes down ObamaCare in whole or part, or any judge, this is “Judicial Reason” by the standards of the Right. Still, ObamaCare (ir)rationally affects 320,000,000 Americans – and is only somewhat emotional.

There’s another matter before the courts – one that rationally only affects only 5% of the people (despite frequent phone surveys that say 2%, but, still holds true if this small,) and yet emotionally affects 320,000,000 people – ooh, is it emotional – amazingly so. And if the courts strike down these laws, as they’ve been doing – then Mr. Starnes and cohorts and similarly situated – are up in arms over Judicial Activism. This would be marriage for gays, of course.

Well, you can’t be FOR “rational” judges overturning laws, and then be against judges overturning laws – either you think judges can overturn laws – any of them – or they can’t. It is inconsistent to say that for one set of cases declaring a law unconstitutional is good, wholesome, reasonable and the American way – and that when those same judges strike down another set of laws through such a declaration are now activist judges out of control – without being an utter mush ball. Mr. Starnes, he’s a mush ball on the subject. He does not think rationally about gay folks – he’s all emotion on the subject.

The reason, however, that judges can overturn and declare laws unconstitutional is our legal system – the Common Law – which comes from England, and is based on the 800 year old Magna Carta, and goes back even further than that, to Anglo-Saxon jurisprudence under Alfred the Great in the 890s AD – and perhaps before that too – it’s a long held tradition amongst the English for judges to be able to strike down laws as absurd and unconstitutional.

The other type of law in the world, which is the primary law of all Non-English speaking peoples, regardless of the name – the laws of Confucius and Hammurabi and Incan potentates are all “civil law” – Catholic Canon Law, Roman law, the Code of Justinian, the Napoleonic Code – all of it – the Civil Law – which is the unquestionable acts of the legislative body – and no judge can rule something unconstitutional. Judges apply the law, hand in hand with the prosecutor – which is why the rest of the world is screwed and wants to go to English speaking countries – where judges can tell legislative bodies “no, you can’t do that.”

Mr. Starnes, and ilk, which is not everyone on the “right” – and many in the American left to be sure – are for the Civil Law when it comes to gay folks, and the Common Law for everyone else. He’s for judges overturning laws when it suits him, and against it when his underpants are knotted. Liberals are like that too. They only like the judicial rulings they like, and otherwise the judges are horrendous critters wrecking the land.

For instance, in the recent Hobby Lobby case – Mr. Starnes was gleeful that the courts struck down provisions of ObamaCare – he was judicial activism! – while the Left was aghast at this “overreach of unelected judges” – why, they were all for Judicial Reason – and not Activism.

I suppose when a judge rules for you – he’s reasonable – when he rules against you – he’s activist. And so Starnes, emblematic of the Right, and many on the left, are both for and against judicial reasonableness and activism – they want their cake, and to eat it too – and to tell the baker what sort of cake to make for whom.

Well, it’s amusing to watch, that’s for sure. Let’s hope judges strike down even more laws – hell, the president and the legislative bodies, and bureaucracies, too, of this nation are hog-wild with decrees that make no sense – let us hope judges are active indeed.

Ho-hum, another survey to find gays Saturday, Jul 19 2014 

Well, another phone survey was conducted to find gays in the population. Every other phone survey admits to the same flaws as this one does – they simply call random houses and ask “Any gays there?” and then they miraculously conclude that there’s 2% of the population that is “gay and lesbian.” If every previous phone survey was flawed – why would this one be any better? Ah, but this one is new and improved – for the CDC supposedly did it – by contracting out to the same flawed phone polling services used previously.

So far, in recent history there were 8 phone surveys across the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. Then, Gallup did their big survey of 240,000 people oh, 2 years ago … now comes this one. And amazingly, the exact same number surfaces once again. Bizarrely, despite the obvious, blatant differences in the social and legal environment for gays since 1980, the surveys come up with the same number. Why? Well, that’s the number of gays! Yeah, right.

Astoundingly, just as in 1980, there seems to be near the exact same number of gay men as to women lesbians. Hell, even the vaunted Gary Gates survey 2 years ago, he a vaunted “gay demographer” (geez) took the old phone surveys and averaged them – without a shred of new data – not one new call or attempt to count – merely a recount of the same mush – and he concluded there were 2,491,034 gay men – exactly! – to the last 34th of us – and 1,540,000 some Lesbians – and it was bandied about as Scripture – and well, it’s just not true. Anyone remotely aware of the gay “community” (which leaves out the heterosexuals around us) can tell you that there’s oh, 5 gay men for every 2 lesbians. So, if a survey splits and says ½ men ½ women or even close – it simply cannot reflect the known reality among gay people.

Just as in 1980, a random set of phone numbers spread across a geographic area is called and the question asked out of the blue by a total stranger … “Hi, any gay people there?” – and from this, we expect a true answer based on the supposed equally random number of gay people sprinkled around the country in the exact same concentrations within the general population as for say, “What toothpaste do you use?” or, “Will you vote for Clod A or Clod B for public office?” or even “What do you think about the Ukraine?” And yet, what do we know about gay people in reality? … not on the phone – but, by, oh, looking at where gay people are. Say, at gay pride parades? There’s more than 2% of the population out at gay pride parades on one weekend nationwide in June for Heaven’s sake. And if one went to the parades one could clearly see that it’s 5-to-2 men to women. So any phone survey which doesn’t reflect this – just can’t be real.

One survey in the 1990s concluded California had 2% gay folks, while, astonishingly, an internet survey in Indiana in the same time frame concluded 5.7 percent were gay. And if you think Indiana has more gay people than California – well, you’re just not thinking.

Let’s take a look at Phoenix AZ – where I live today. The gay people are, of course, “everywhere” – but, they are concentrated in the center of the city – a rough 3 mile square between 16th Street to the east and 16th Avenue to the west, Camelback Road to the north and McDowell Road to the South. How do we know this? Well, that’s where all the gay bars and businesses are. Indeed, the biggest problem with these surveys is that they simply ignore the gayborhood – or the concentration in every city in America of gay folks in certain zip codes to the exclusion of others. If you did a phone survey of the three area codes of the Phoenix Metro Area and just randomly called and asked “Any gay people there?” – you’d wind up calling places like Mesa and Sun City – each to the far east and west, respectively, of the metro area – where, oddly, there are no gay bars, no gay businesses, and very likely, very few gay people. The people who were brought up in the metro area moved to the center – and the people like me who moved into the city – all went to the center. Gay people are just not moving to Mesa or Sun City. OK, a handful. But due to the disparity of concentration – if you called the edges, you’ll miss the center.

It is said by the opponents of gay folks that all the gays move to big cities. That we all live in the gay ghetto – hell, I’d wager ½ the country thinks all the gays live in just a few cities. When they find them in small cities they are aghast! But phone surveys will simply not cut it. And if even Lake Charles Louisiana, with which I’m intimately familiar with, has a gayborhood, you can rest assured that every other city has one.

It’s like in the 504 area code – the New Orleans metro area – which includes Metairie – a family suburb. Well, if you call numbers randomly in the 504 area code you will get at least ½ in Metairie and ½ in New Orleans – and thus, presto – less gay folks can be counted – for you’d miss the concentration by diluting the sample. Even if you just counted New Orleans city limits, you’d still wind up missing so many gays because they are concentrated along the river districts south of downtown, and are not, say, in the housing projects and Lakefront area.

Ah, more problems with phone surveys: a good ½ of gay men would never tell a total stranger on the phone “Yeah, I’m gay” – hahaha – I just know people personally who would run for their bed and hide under their covers should they get the call. Perhaps that would be listed under “I don’t know.” I don’t know. Then too, there’s the elder set, over 50, over 60, even over 70 and 80 – shy people – having lived through a lifetime of trauma and travail at the hands of heterosexuals – they’re not going to say to someone on the phone “Oh yah, gay, yep.” I know these people, they are friends of mine – they wouldn’t admit it you paid them!

Then there’s the issue of gays, say, between 8 and 25 living at home – they’re not “Out of the closet yet” – often, their own parents don’t know. I can imagine, with clarity, some mom getting a phone call, “Any gay guys in your house?” and she, truthfully from her perspective, says “Nope.” And then she looks at her 21 year old son sitting at the kitchen table who hasn’t spilled the beans yet (though, the lack of a girlfriend ever might be a clue) and thus, he’s uncounted.

One could go on about the flaws in all these surveys – hell, in my book “The Pink Sheep of the Ninth Circle” I examine them for more than 30 pages – it’s amazing what one can find when one thinks differently on the subject.

Oh, to be sure – gay groups are derelict in not trying to count us – but instead relying on heteros and then they shake their heads and say “well, that doesn’t seem right.” Of course it doesn’t – we know it isn’t – Gaydar tells us so. We walk around and we see, oh, 4 or 5% of the men are gay – and 2% of the gals – and well, we always come up intuitively with a bigger number. Forget Kinsey, I don’t have time to deal with mush from the 1940s, geez. But even he said 4% are “exclusively gay” and another 6% are “Mostly gay” – giving us the vaunted 10% figure.

Then there’s the gay bar issue – what? How could gay bars help us count gay men and woman? Well, there’s always far more gay men bars than lesbian bars in any given city. By a near 5 to 2 ratio, gay men’s groups versus lesbian groups – on and on through gay publications, gay everything – 5-2 – but heterosexuals are seemingly fixated on the idea that there’s an equal number of us. Ah, but what if 2% of a population is gay?

Let’s look at Abilene Texas – a place with one gay bar – and a little gayborhood – I know – I’ve been there. Abilene is a few tens of thousands. Let’s say 50,000 – pick any small city, I don’t care, want to find gay bars in small cities? Www.clubfly.com – every town over 50,000 has a gay bar – oddly, 1 bar for every increment of 50,000 – if a city has 100,000 then presto, 2 gay bars, 150,000, 3 gay bars – and so forth – Entrepreneur magazine and several state Small Business Development agencies say you need 5,000 people around a bar for it to survive – thus, if a city has 50,000 people and 1 gay bar there must, by common business reckoning, be 5,000 gay folks in that area.

Back to the funny numbers: If 1/3 of the people in a city are kids – roughly – then we get 30,000 adults, 20,000 kids – (oh, I’m going to ballpark this like everyone else.) So, ½ the 30,000 are men and the other ½ woman – so, we get 15,000 men, and 15,000 women. 10% of the men is 1,500. 5% is 750, 2% is what? 300! – And since only ½ the gay population goes to a bar that leaves us with a grand total of 150 gay men in Abilene Texas in a gay bar on Friday night – and this same 150 gay men must be going out 3 or 4 nights a week, week after week, month after month – and this you think is real? This is rational? It’s a joke, yes? No bar could survive with just 150 customers – no bar has the same 150 customers every night – and so – who else is in this place night after night, weekend after weekend? Obviously, there just must be more than 2% of the adults who are gay. If you use 5% of the men and 2% of the woman, and then add in a few bisexuals, transgendered … you get – Presto! 5,000 gay folks in a population of 50,000 – or 10% … yes? Yes.

Then too – if you don’t count the kids – and we all know we’re gay very very young – you’ve missed a slew of people.

Oh, I could go on – there’s a book in this already – “How no one knows how to count gay men.”

I find it odd too, that throughout all marriage studies – that is, the numbers of men and women who get married – 93% of men get married – 97% of women – somehow the 5-2 ratio holds there too.

But, to conclude, before I go about my day – it’s time for gay groups to count us – and stop relying on heterosexuals to count us. Relying on heterosexuals is just numbnuts – ludicrous even. Why, they have a vested interest in under-counting us! Anyway, I hope this little essay on the absurdity of this latest survey helps put it all in perspective.

Superficial misleading Facebook graphics Tuesday, Jul 15 2014 

I see lots of graphics on Facebook – some image with a few words – as if what is said is some profound and important thing … which can brook no opposition by whomever posted it. Who knows who makes them? I’ve been making a few of my own lately – anyone can have fun. These graphics often lead to heated arguments in the comment thread – and people call each other “idiots” and such and worse for not “understanding” or “believing” or “being against” something which the graphic purports to show. But behind every graphic there is a reality. And that reality cannot be expressed very succinctly on Facebook – but often takes lots and lots of words, till people’s eyes glaze over and they go for a video which is often just a moving graphic like just the two I’m going to look at today. Oh, I suppose I could analyze them endlessly, for they come in an endless supply. Most of it is utter mush, lunacy, ridiculousness, uninformed, and well, just not good. Let’s take a look

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Who is the “we” who polled these people? Why do they not proudly put their name upon their basket? No, someone decided they would be cute, and trash people who they don’t like. So, they made a pithy graphic. Vituperatively so. For I’m sure that most “members” of this amorphous thing called the “Tea Party” could indeed identify what a “homo sapien” is – and I’m sure most would not throw the kid out for this reason. I’m also sure that if anyone polled a 1000 Liberals, of the Jay Leno “man in the streets” bit kind … you know those videos he does – utter morons – about everything and anything. I’m sure those people would be just as moronic about the meaning of the word “homo sapien” as the alleged “Tea Partiers” mentioned.

What is the point of the graphic? Well, to somehow say “Tea Partiers” are anti-gay – but, in my considerable experience on the matter – Liberals and Conservatives of all religions can be or aren’t anti-gay in one way or the other – it’s quite a mishmash. In fact, there’s a whole cadre of African-American Liberal Democratic Pastors who are viciously anti-gay. The good Liberal Democrat New York state senator Ruben Diaz is a perfect example. I dare say, “Liberals” – which would seem to include all the 95% of the black population that votes Democratic – are just as likely to throw out their homo-son as Conservative White Rednecks. The gay thing is just not a Left-Right issue – it’s a hetero-gay issue.

Now we come to this rather legitimate seeming graphic about economics. It’s “A lesson in economic history” – which reports certain “facts” – and then makes a causality that is just not real.

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The “top tax rate” talked about in 1922 was only on incomes of over $1,000,000 a year – which very few people earned, like, a hundred or so. Meanwhile, the tax itself was only 6 years old at the time. So, technically, prior to 1916 there was no top tax rate whatsoever – and yet, prior to 1916 there were “panics” and “bank failures” and “runs on banks” and “recessions” and “depressions” and all manner of economic grief … as has been happening for well nigh 5,000 years now. Economics goes through cycles – they are called Kondratieff cycles … he being the man who noticed this. The theory’s been tweaked a bit – but still, economies go up, they do down – no one knows why. Not much. A little. However, if there were these economic disruptions prior to the income tax – it can’t very well be caused by reductions in the “top tax rate” – and Mr. Thom Hartmann, so gleefully putting his name to his mush (I applaud that!) is obviously then, unaware that economic history nor downturns or up-ticks is really related to the income tax which was 6 years old in 1922.

Meanwhile, real estate and the stock market are “gambling” in that all things which involve risk is gambling. Mr. Hartmann’s ride to work is a gamble. He’s gambling he won’t get in a wreck – he’s hedging his bet by buying insurance. Getting married is a gamble. Indeed, most of life is a gamble. So to use the word “gambling” is to somehow imply that economics is not a gamble unless evil mean Mr. Harding lowers the tax rate. Which shows that Mr. Hartmann is an economic illiterate. And, a pit of twit for using the word to imply some terrible negative.

Then too, the stock market crash of 1929 was amply laid at the feet of the Federal Reserve Board, itself just 8 years old at the time, by many economic historians, including Von Mises, Hayek, Friedman and others … and which Ben Bernacke, current poobah of the Federal Reserve Board admitted “yep, it’s true, the Federal Reserve wrecked the economy.” So, a tax cut to a few millionaires didn’t cause the crash – but, a contraction of credit by a government agency did.

Astonishingly, Mr. Hartmann, obviously a liberal into big taxes – complains that the rich in the stock market suffered and were made poor, as he wishes everyone to be, or at least “equal” I’m sure. At some level determined by the cads at the Federal Reserve Board or the IRS who perhaps shall be empowered to set the proper level of earnings for all Americans – the very people who caused the crash, as admitted by the man who runs the crashing agency, is now to be gloried with the power to rule the rest of it. Yeah. Brilliant. Yes? No.

Roosevelt raised the tax rates in 1932 – and the Depression got worse … and about the only economic boom times the country saw between 1929 and 1945 (the end of the imperium) was during World War II. So, from late 1929 until 1941, the economy essentially contracted, or muddled along – and regardless of the “top tax rate” not much changed. Then! – A war! When the booming economy that we created was to destroy Japan and Germany and their booming economies – amazingly, by them boom-booming all over the place. A veritable festival of booms and millions dead – and the War economy – you know, evil mean rich arms manufacturers – boomed – and we got corporate health care in the bargain (so we can now argue decades later about what we shall beg from our employers.)

Reagan got the “misery index” – that famous measure of the Carter Administration – which combines the Inflation rate with the Unemployment rate – down from 21 to 8 – but, because the inflation was running so high, and it had to be reeled in, the economy had to contract for a brief bit. All inflated economies have to go through that correction, as anyone who ever studied economics or its history can tell you. Mr. Hartmann here studied his politics, not his economics. So, for the first year or so of Reagan, which was the carryover from Carter who gave us the Misery Index (we were to blame, too, a “malaise” he said we had – cheeky fellow) – and then, once the inflation was rung out of the economy, the economy boomed for the rest of Reagan’s term – indeed, the longest continuous expansion of an economy the world had ever seen. Amazing.

The Savings and Loan “crisis” was more about fraud and government mandated loans to stop redlining – the old practice of not giving loans to blacks, a product of Democratic Party policies for deca…, well, forever … and this banking crisis was a result of HUD and “Fair Housing” and “A mortgage in every pot.” and well, the potheads, couldn’t pay the mortgages. And most of the problem was restricted to a few states, Arizona particularly … went through a few corrupt governors while they were at it. Republicans, true, but corruption is not party-specific.

The Clinton Era is well known for the Internet Bubble, conveniently not mentioned by the gambling bubble concerned Mr. Hartmann – which burst shortly after he left office, dumping his “boom” right into the lap of the hapless Bush, who got an even bigger boom right away, too. The “boom” of the Clinton Era was also related to the new found prosperity in China and Eastern Europe – which Reagan helped create by “Tear Down This Wall” … and so, as must be true for slow moving large objects – like the US economy – what happens in the term of one president perforce slips into the term of the next – to the detriment or boon to whomever is lucky or unlucky.

It’s also not mentioned by our Economic Historian Mr. Hartmann, that Bush senior famously said “read my lips, no new taxes” and proceeded to hide his lips and raise ‘em – and the economy fell! Suffered! Unemployment up! No boom – which led to his defeat to Clinton – who saw Bush’s raise and raised ‘em some more – like a gambler!

Anyway, the Internet Bubble burst, like bubbles do, and poor Bush junior got the gum all over his face.

As for the “Misinformed Viewers of FOX NEWS” I will not argue – all viewers of any TV news are misinformed – it’s the nature of the beast. I’d say it’s because if one is watching the news – which is about personality – one is not reading about economics or economic history – as Mr. Hartmann so valiantly illustrates. Thank you, sir, for illuminating this reality.

A Tale of Two Obama Graphics Monday, Jul 14 2014 

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These are two Obama graphs that I got from Facebook. They are interesting because they obviously say completely different things. I don’t know which came first, though obviously they are parodies of each other. And so, which is true? Well, they both are, in a way … but it’s the reasons they are both different and true that is the fascinating part. Let’s take a look.

The Dow is indeed up above 16,000 – why? Well, one reason is inflation – for with a steady growth of the money supply by the Federal Reserve Banks shoveling between $40 and $80 billion a month to “stimulate” the economy – it has done that by simply inflating all the numbers. So, a good percentage of the 16,000 is merely extra numbers with no real value. That is, if the Dow as near 8,000 in 2009, with inflation, even if the Dow hadn’t gone up, it would be, oh, 11,000. Much as the price of a block of cheese or a pound of beef has gone from $2 and $7 respectively to $3 and $9 … the value of the items hasn’t increased, but the dollar amount has … it’s just zeros. But because the price is up, so are the corporate incomes, and thus things look rosier when you can say “a company earned $1 million in 2009 and now you can say it earned $1.4 million today … the $.4 is not “growth” but “inflation.” Indeed, the amount of things sold hasn’t gone up, and if anything declined … but the “income” appears higher in absolute numbers, in the ratio that is inflation the company has made the same amount of money.

Another reason the Dow is up is that the stimulus money to banks and the financial sector are just being plowed into the stock market for the lack of anything else to put it in. What is a bank or finance firm supposed to do with $1 billion? Eh, by stocks – pushing up the price. In sense, however, this is taking money from your average Joe and Jane and giving it to big banks … which is the very opposite of what the Democrats pretend to do. So, Obama is helping big banks at the expense of the people.

Still another reason the Dow is up is that foreign money is pouring into the place. For instance, because of the Russian-Ukraine near-war some $200 billion in capital has fled Russia – well, it has to go somewhere? So, it went into the stock market. Meanwhile, France raised its taxes on the wealthy sky high, so, capital is fleeing France – to the point of the French trying to pass yet another tax to prevent the capital outflows. Most of Europe is taxing more, thus, people there are moving their money here. They are, in a sense, outsourcing cash. Instead of putting it into European markets, they are putting that money here. I’m sure the fracases in Thailand, China, Venezuela, Nigeria, Iraq and sundry other places in the world is also pushing anyone with movable wealth to move it to New York. Well, that will drive the market up. Indeed, even though the US economy is moribund, it has more life than the mordant economies of the rest of the world. Thus, capital flows to the market, pushing the price up.

The “unemployment,” “full time workers” and “workforce participation” are all true … so, how does the first go down … and the other two also? Well the government doesn’t count people who have left the workforce as “unemployed.” That is, if you’re one of the 8 million people newly on disability you are no longer “unemployed.” How exactly 8 million people all of a sudden are disabled is not answered … nor do people seem to question it. But, apparently Americans are becoming disabled at an alarming rate – and yet, there is no press and news coverage of this epidemic of disability. The number of workers is down – the number of layoffs up. The numbers seeking new unemployment claims is up, the numbers of people on seemingly permanent “unemployment” is up … how? Well, it seems everybody is becoming “disabled” or simply gave up looking. How does one count that? They don’t really, they just surmise it while comparing the numbers of people “working” and the number of able bodied people that used to be available for work. So, with all these newly disabled people, and people who no longer wish to work – “unemployment” is down. But, all three of these figures must be counted at once, and compared, for a true picture to emerge. In a sense, the “unemployment” rate is a ruse and lie.

The GDP “growth” is a myth – partially fueled by inflation. The same way that a storm which sweeps through say, Miami, will be “more expensive” this year than last – because the “value” of the homes are higher, because of inflation. For most economic figures show a contracting economy in “real dollar terms” – that is, “adjusted for inflation” and well.

Oddly, the Right, you know, “Conservatives” – think that by touting that homeownership is down, and poverty is up, and the median income is down – they are showing Obama to be bad – and the Left, you know, “Liberals” – will use those figures to show that the rich get richer at the expense of the poor – after all, the Left argue that evil mean Wall Street which they prop up with stimulus money and the Ex-Im Bank are up, ergo, the average fellow is poorer. In a way, the right is helping the left push the “income inequality” nonsense. Not brilliant politics, but, that’s what they’re doing.

The numbers on food stamps has nearly doubled – but this is also a sign of “income inequality” – in a sense, the Right is giving ammo to the Left to call for more government leveling of the playing field, mostly by plowing the rich under. And of course, the Left uses this number to say “ooh, look, we care, and the heartless Right does not.” And then the Left blames the corporations for laying people off and not doing enough hiring and “outsourcing” – which is the supposed evil of sending jobs overseas.

One graphic compares the Debt to GDP and the other the Deficit – well, the Debt is that which is held already – and if you inflate an economy, as we have – then the Debt will “fall” because the Debt is a static number from the past, and is not inflated. Basically, if you owed a billion bucks and your economy is 10 billion you get a 1-10 ration, but if you still owed the same billion bucks but inflate your economy to 20 billion you get 1-20 – which makes it appear that the “debt to GDP” has indeed fallen – and in fact, this is exactly how governments throughout the ages have cheapened their debt. They inflated the economy. How much better to pay back a dollar with a “dollar” that is now worth 50 cents?

Meanwhile, the “deficit to GDP” if the amount of money not spent yet – but that will be spent, that we don’t have – because there’s less workers paying less taxes – and less real corporate income and a contracting economy. So, the Deficit to GDP is up because of a falling economy.

“Consumer Confidence” is measured in numerous ways – and if you ask the questions right, you wind up with a rosy picture. If you ask the right people, you get a rosy picture. In a sense it’s a mush number. The popularity of the president, congress, courts and media has tumbled to historic lows – which is not showing “confidence” at all. The numbers of people who say the country is going in the “wrong direction” is up … but, well, people feel like shopping, so, “confidence” is up. How so many people can proclaim so many problems – and there’s no shortage of them, either complainers or problems – and yet still have a heightened confidence is symbolic of the way the number can be created to be whatever one wishes. Whoever made this number – for which there is no source – wanted a happy picture.

Anyway – there’s still more that could be developed on this theme, but I really have no time – it is, however, as I said, fascinating how two graphics can show so much, especially when compared to each other – and so that each side can vindicate themselves and call for more measures which they think will right the problem – except avoid changing the measuring of it all – which doesn’t express the problems as they really are.

Republican “war on women” IS “Gays: change!” Sunday, Jul 13 2014 

Nothing is so aggravating as to be told by a political party who to smooch and why … and yet, there’s the Republican party demanding like petulant children whom gay men should smooch. Oh, they’ll offer “reparative” – what? It’s not even a damn word! – the word doesn’t exist – and they put it in their platforms – they shall require gay men to smooch – women! Which? Whose!? Whose daughters shall we marry? Well, that’s what’s got to happen yes? 5, 6, 10 million gay men have to wake up in the morning and “decide” or be “reparatated” to marry someone’s daughter! Whose? No one says. Certainly none are offering their own daughters – no, we shall go find some other women!

It’s bizarre – the Republican Party is simply insane on this issue – and well, I don’t care, really – but you can’t keep this up with a straight face can you? Well, they do! They shall tell gay men “Get a gal!” Or? “Or else!” – it’s mind numbing really.

The Republicans claim to be against “group think” – there they are – demanding an entire group of citizens change their ways! And of course – “the homosexual lobby” – why, they think we all think alike. It’s astonishing, really.

The Republicans claim to be for “individuality”! – so long, of course, as gay men aren’t too individual at all – why, we’re to just – marry a gal!

And yet, no one, absolutely no one seems to wonder which women!

All over the Internet I see Republicans bewail their dwindling numbers – and laments over their loses. Yet, there’s a seeming inability for Republicans to ask for votes for people with like values on everything but smooching. No, on this you will call us a danger to society – for having jobs and paying taxes. Mind boggling. Truly.

Poor Allen West – lost by 2000 votes – in a district that is amazingly filled with gay men – who he told to go vote for the Democrat. Well, it’s abject stupidity for a politician to expect to win when he tells everyone to vote for the other fellow, yes? And this Mr. West is supposedly oh so smart? Really? Eh, he lost on purpose. I have no sympathy.

Ben Carson? A Brain Surgeon! And so moronic after decades of “studies” on gay men – he’s declared we choose to be gay and are thus a threat to society! We are part of society – and families – and Mr. Brain Surgeon is so blind to this I wonder if it’s just plain stupidity or willful ignorance.

Meanwhile, the Democrats – long part of the NO GAYS! Movement – and still many within the party completely insane also on the issue. The Black, African-Americans – utterly outraged that gay men use the words “civil rights” – NONE FOR YOU! They declaim. Beats me – I didn’t realize “civil rights” is like “nigger” – Only black folks can use the word.

Well, it’s astonishing, like I said – a nation of supposed adults – so bizarrely stupid on a simple issue – there’s gay men. Have at it folks. Enjoy. Watch the country spin out of control and go economically kerflooey as you’re all obsessed over what gay men might say to each other late at night. Children, heterosexuals are just children on the issue, truly. Not a one of you folks is rational on the matter, even if you’re “gay friendly.”

Stalin Giggled — my new book. Friday, Jul 11 2014 

My new book “Stalin Giggled” is now available at Amazon …

Here’s the cover …

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Hobby Lobby, Religion, Gays and ObamaCare Wednesday, Jul 2 2014 

Well, everyone in our up-in-arms one day and forget about it the next culture is agog over a decision by the Supreme Court over whether Hobby Lobby should have to offer 17 types of Birth Control rather than the 16 they do – I had no idea that there were even that many. Does Hobby Lobby fund abstinence too? I don’t know. Boycotts have been called for by people who probably haven’t set foot in a Hobby Lobby ever – they’re hobby being trashing anyone who disagrees with them, rather than, say, doing a painting. And, well, it’s just strange – “companies” made up of individuals have no rights supposedly, though “communities” made up of individuals do – yet both “groups” are made up of individuals and it is Individuals who decide things – not “companies” or “communities.”

Just as when I hear “society wants” – well, no – society doesn’t want anything – it’s just someone in society who wants something, and alas, they usually think everyone else in society wants the same thing – or should want it, whether they want it or not, and they’re just fool idiots for not wanting what “society” as defined and expressed by busybodies ‘want’. Society is against marijuana, but, well, people smoke it. Society is against gay folks, except that portion of it that doesn’t care, or is gay. Soceity, soschmiety – it’s what some individual wants. So, the law was struck down because “society” as expressed in a confounded law required “individuals” to want and pay for stuff they didn’t want.

In any event, I go to a site every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to make comment www.hopenchangecartoons.blogspot.com

And this is what I wrote there – it’s good for here: 

“Well, it’s certainly “A Thousand Points of Blight” with this administration. 
Meanwhile, I just read that 43% of voters now think that Obama is the worst president ever, with GW Bush coming in a paltry second at 33% – even Nixon was rated the worst by only 13%. That’s quite a feat, or feet — but just whom is kicking whom?

Strangely, the meme is “women denied healthcare!” and yet, it was merely decided who would pay for it — not who could get it or use it. To be “denied” is now “you pay for it”? — weird. Though, as I’ve pointed out repeatedly, any heterosexual can get all the birth control in the form of condoms, at least, FREE! at any gay establishment, paid for by gay men’s donations, and not the government. I’m sure a bucket of them can be placed in the break-rooms at Hobby Lobby. 

More strangely, somehow Salon, Slate, Huffpost and others have opined that somehow this ruling is good, or bad, depending on the author, for gay men — um, beats me — we seem to have cornered the market on 100% effective birth control … without taxpayer expense nor even insurance coverage required whatsoever — well, I can’t figure out why this bugs some gays, or straights oh so concerned about us, nope.

Then too, the Religious Rights law in question came as sort of a package with DOMA/DADT believe it or not — so that some religions could continue to be free to chastise those who don’t adhere to those religions, while still others were denied freedom from state sponsored religious belief or practice — which is, oddly, any and all laws against gayness in any way – it’s purely the establishment of religion, as Justice Scalia made clear in his dissent on why such state infringement on religious belief by gay men should be legal. He’s being quoted a lot in all the current cases. So, remember that as all the “No gay couples shall be recognized because our religious beliefs says so” laws fall across the nation. Taxpayers, being denied rights – I hate that, don’t you? Anyway, somehow, we’re tied up in this, as the fury over Arizona’s vetoed “religious freedom” law showed.

As for the “Republican War on Women” — I’m sorry, but they’re having a skirmish at least – demanding women take on the heterosexualizing of gay men is just down right unfair to those gals. No one ever seems to think of that angle, for if we all are “repaired” we shall require virgins by the millions – and well, there don’t seem to be any — at least not if all the Flukes of this nation are fluking to the point of requiring insurance coverage for abortifacients and 16 other types of birth control. (And you cannot believe how cranky some folks get after demanding I change that I have heard the word and will now demand to marry their own daughter. Someone else daughter seems to be whom they have in mind. Whose? Beats me. None have been offered.) 

In any event, it might become true that judges of the future quote Ginsburg’s dissent as much as Scalia’s in Lawrence is being quoted today.

Just goes to show what happens when religion and politics get together, which is why the 1st Amendment tried to stop it.

Of course, if the court had struck down ObamaCare in entirety when they had the chance, they wouldn’t be knocking down this or that part of it, as the president waives it for others, and still more opt out and/or demanding exemptions. What a monstrosity did that man cause.

Well, that’s my brief, strange view of this case … I’m off to Hobby Lobby for some paints — selling paintings is one of my jobs.”

And that’s a lot to say in a blog comment. But, well, sometimes dots must be connected.

Really, that law, ObamaCare has simply pit people against each other who otherwise would never had had cause to argue over anything – it’s amazing – and it’ll happen more with ObamaCare yet.

Here, some paintings:

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The Immigration Dilemma Monday, Jun 30 2014 

The problem of illegal immigration, or undocumented workers, or unauthorized guest workers – or whatever you wish to call them so you’re not offended and you can befuddle the issue more than it is – is rather complex.

First, why are these people leaving? How terrible is it down the in Mexico and South America that people are leaving by the millions, at a steady clip, millions more seemingly waiting their chance? Somehow, it seems to be, this question must be asked. It seems not to be. There seems to be on the one hand this meme that everything is simply wonderful in their culturally strong Latino-ness. And of course, so many say that the poor folks who come are being oppressed and subject to racism and worse – still, they keep coming. Seems they don’t care. Or, are willing to suffer the indignity here as better than the obvious indignity of life there. Or perhaps there’s not really any oppression and racism at all.

Indeed, it seems to be true also that all the illegal aliens (yet another term) are taking all the jobs from good Americans – who are said to not want those jobs, because they’re busy becoming social workers so they can, um, help the poor downtrodden immigrants – Or, they are all on welfare sucking the nation dry. Perhaps some would say they are both all on welfare, and all working at the same time. How they manage to do this is anybody’s guess. One would think you would need to present a photo ID and some proof of citizenship to get food stamps and Section 8 housing and even an Obama phone. And to present a real Social Security number, too. But no, apparently, some say, the illegals are getting “welfare” – what kind? I’m not sure. The vague word signifying no particular program is used.

Or, as I said, they’re working because they want to destroy America by bringing the Southwest and who knows where else back into Mexico – which poses the bizarre idea that these people are coming here by walking across the desert and perhaps swimming a river or two, and certainly going over a wall, and then mowing lawns or breaking old sheet rock, or some other manual labor, and learning English as fast as they can – yet, crave to recreate the conditions South of the Border, north of it – I don’t think that can really be true – I don’t think the immigrants are coming here to recreate what they left – I think they’re coming here to get away from it.

Here in Phoenix, and elsewhere I’ve been – there’s an English language school on nearly every third block – someone must be paying to keep all these places open. They all look well staffed and plenty of people going to and fro. And I know in Mexico itself there’s an English language school on every other corner – and that vast multitudes are working hard to learn the language. Why, the Mexican government itself has a program to teach all school children from Kindergarten through High School to speak English. Certainly the youth are learning it fast. I dare say, within 50 or 80 years there might not be anyone left down there speaking Spanish.

Then too there’s what to do with the folks here. To round them up seems such an expense. The nation is broke, and we’re to spend billions checking people’s papers – by handing our current government vast new police powers – and that can’t be a good idea. If you’re against lots of police power and brutality and warrantless searches and marauding police free to inquire without cause – well, having the police or even the army go after the illegals doesn’t quite seem like a good idea. And too, if they’re working, they must be doing something good for the economy. Some have suggested that with fake Soc-Sec numbers they are pumping a billion or two a year into that tottering system without getting anything in return.

Then too there’s the money they send back to Mexico – billions more – and if that money is cut off then Mexico teeters just a bit more – and the poverty increases – which will, strangely, drive more people north. And what is Mexico going to do with7 or 8 or 10 million of its citizens returning? There’s no real jobs for them there, nor prospects – and if largest hordes of unemployed people wander about a nation often goes into violent revolution – and that can’t be good for us. To have an even more broken Mexico is not a good idea. And suppose there is vast civil unrest after the millions return, and vast new poverty? Will we then allow them to come north to escape the ravages? Or will we just watch as the country decays into warlords and a shooting war? Then perhaps will send in billions of humanitarian aid, so the kids can eat and the mothers perhaps wash their clothes without worry of being shot.

Then too, there’s the idea of why should the illegals be allowed to vote? They don’t really speak English, as is often said, even by the Liberals para los chicanos y la causa y raza – si? Yes, Liberals are sure that Spanish is the preferred language for Mexicans, hence everything is Oprima Numero Ocho if you want … and so, they really can’t understand what’s going on – for the Liberals use big words in English. And certainly, with them working in oppressive conditions for 10, 12 and 16 hours a day, they have no time to read up on the plights of the nation. They certainly didn’t grow up to think democratically, and are cannot be said to understand American ways. Indeed, many Liberals are sure that the poor Mexicans are so un-educatable that they must be kept handmaidens of the government forever – once they get legal, or something.

Some churches seem to be helping the poor cross the border – while others are sending in the militias to guard the border – and so we get church groups at odds over the issue. Others seem to think that by bringing in more illegals will do wonders — Liberals seem to — while at the same time they complain about the way they are treated – and the lack of jobs – -and the cost of health care – -while Conservatives don’t want the immigrants, but won’t propose anything other than “Liberals suck.”

Then too, are they a net drain or plus to the nation? Well, immigrants are always good, actually – and this crop is no different than previous ones. Oddly, during the heyday of “legal immigration” there was a system that organized the entry of anyone – and they got their papers when they got here. Now we require them to get their papers back at home, and wait – sort of like waiting in VA waiting room – you’ll see someone shortly, I’m sure.

In Hermosillo Mexico, a city of a million or so, just south of Tucson, there’s one little window, the size of your computer screen, for you to apply at. Daily there’s a thousand or more people milling about waiting to see someone at that window. We have made it so ridiculously difficult to get permission to cross – because we don’t want all the immigrants – that the immigrants are coming without permission, because it seems to be, like with most consumer-based issues – what the consumer wants – not what the government or sellers want. The government is offering a service: legal permission to cross – and not providing enough of it at convenient locations – and so the consumers are going elsewhere to obtain the product – mostly be just walking across.

Will building a wall work? What cost? Do we buy up all the land within a mile or two of the border and strip it bare and destroy the habitat and clear out the cactus and brush and anything else that lives there, and set up guard towers with folks set to shoot a warning shot if someone starts to cross? Or do we just but a 20 foot high wall and hope they don’t have 22 foot tall ladders? How close do we put people? It’s sort of whack-a-mole if we have them every mile – the illegals will cross at the half-mile points. If we go for the ½ mile, perhaps they’ll find the ¼ mile stretch just fine. How many soldiers, police, ICE agents, etc, do we need to patrol 2,000 miles? Will the cost of that all be just as much as the cost of the immigrants themselves? Who has done the cost-benefit analysis?

Do we pump billions in foreign aid to them while they are still down south? Do we go for regime change? How can Americans get rid of the medieval laws these countries operate under? Their law is from Alphonso XII in 1280 AD – King of Castille – he’s the guy who set this up – how do we get rid of that? 

And what about just opening the border – but, we require Mexico to let Americans buy land, hold jobs, do things – reciprocity. No, we don’t even bring this up. I have rarely seen anyone bring up the matter of unifying the laws of the two nations regarding an open border policy – and what will that do to Mexico? Oh, it won’t do much to the US – people will move to where the work is – but Americans want to retire south, perhaps – and we can’t buy the land – and there’s no civil rights as we know them – basically, how do we make Mexico more like the USA and Canada?

There is the fantasy option I joke about – all 105 million Mexican move north to the USA – making them ¼ of the new population of 440 million or so – and then we’ll have a big national park to the south – or, we could give it to the gay people of the world so we don’t have to bother anyone again.

Though, seriously, not one politician current offering any plan seems to be aware of half this problem and none are proposing any solution other than “reform” and vague words and promises.

It’s a mess – and there’s not much rational thinking by anyone, frankly.  

The gnats gnaw on the gnus Wednesday, Jun 25 2014 

It’s not the problems: where’s the solutions?

Everyone complains – I don’t think I’ve seen a time in my life when so many people complain about so much – We live in the richest, most powerful country on earth, the one with the most impact on the world today, the one still looked to by the world as something to be, emulate, or at least envy and demand a piece of the pie. And yet, it seems everyone is accusing everyone else of destroying the place. If one were just plunked down without knowing who was who, the politicians, lobbyists, advocates, religious figures, entertainers – all are accused of destroying America. And it’s always that other person over there who is “destroying” America, who in turn say, “no, it’s you who are destroying America.” There’s so many Americans destroying America now it’s a wonder the place is still standing.

Everyone seems to be sure there’s problems galore. Most seem to think, too, that we should pass a law, and that will solve a problem. Who knows what that problem is – seems everyone has three or four problems that they think should be dealt with and laws passed to ban or prohibit, allow and support something or other. So many people are calling for things to be banned, hemmed in, eliminated, corralled and otherwise stopped that if we get all this law and enforcement there won’t be a thing left legal.

And much of the problems proclaimed are by people with no facts, no reason, no logic, but plenty of emotional claptrap to make a grown man cry. Or are such hypocrites as to boggle the mind.

We have millionaires complaining about rich people. Hollywood stars are aghast that someone like Romney has $300,000,000 while they are pleased as bunch that Michael Jordan hit the $1 billion mark. George Clooney is so filthy rich he can’t find the way out of his counting room, as he grows morose that the “poor” have the same 48 inch plazma screen bundle entertainment communication iPad/Pod/Pud and Peed that he does …

We have poor-folks-done-good like Matt Damon and Oprah wondering where all the middle class have gone – well, they got rich! At least on paper. The numbers of millionaires has grown so big that there’s a regular call by advocates and politicians to strip the bad millionaires of their money because good millionaires ask that it be done for the good of the poor no one can find except to import more of them from Latino paradises of good culture to the south that are filled with people aching to get out. They’re not coming here by the millions legally and illegally because they wish to be repressed and oppressed and poorly paid by the evil white businessmen who prowl the land growing companies and having their lawns mowed.

Though too, we have a whole class of seemingly uneducated and even violent young black men in what can alas, still, perhaps, if we weren’t afraid to be accused of racism, inner city ghettos – all but walled off by mal-intentioned freeways built by city planners decades ago in a time of true racism so that suburbanites could zoom to downtowns strewn with government subsidized skyscrapers carefully zoned into existence by politicians with absolutely no study of city planning or design or the works of Jane Jacobs about the organic organizing of the things. But if we mention any of this, we are terrible people. And we are to respect the situation, because, well, they have the right to be who they are. And well they do – but surely, someone must have the duty to get them jobs, yes? Perhaps legalizing marijuana and all the drugs could channel much entrepreneurial energy obviously present, into a more productive, above ground, peaceful, marketplace …

We have passed untold thousands of pages of laws now – each with little bits of authority and power and a police force to back it up to dozens of federal agencies. There’s something like 90 federal police forces … hell, there’s a cheese police now. They have come to stop the use of age old traditional methods of cheese making, because apparently those age old traditional artisan small producer goodies are to be destroyed for modern methods by the Office of Cheese Making Standards (I forget the name of the exact office, can’t be bothered to look it up, I’m not that kind of blogger, but there’s a Federal Cheese Office – what can I say? Who knew? Why? What on earth could a modern educated bureaucrat possibly know about making cheese? Cheese has been made, mostly by Europeans, for the past, oh, 50,000 years at least, that we have any evidence for … I’m sure cheese makers know what they’re doing by now, and a bureaucrat with a degree in “Administrative Systems Analysis” doesn’t have a blessed clue …) anyway, where was I? 

Oh yes, the Cheese Police shall ban age old methods – while the National agencies for the preservation of artisans and age old practices, and cultural heritage, foods, cuisines, dances, theater and the like, in cooperation with the Small Business Development Fund and the Office of Entrepreneurial Ventures (Another whacko oxymoronic office that exists by one name or another, or both and more, in Commerce, HUD, Endowments for Humanities and Funds for Arts programs) work diligently together with the State Counterparts, to um, promote the making of artisan cheeses by small local producers using age old methods to age cheese.

Sort of like when the Drug Enforcement Agency comes close to eliminating marijuana (hahaha, dreams, stoned dreams) the Environmental Protection Agency will have to step in and preserve it as an endangered species – it’s the law!

Meanwhile, the VA is hopeless, criminal and insane, but the entire national health care system is being handed over to the same people for operations, or waiting, or whatever other criminal malfeasance as can be devised and covered up can produce … 

And the IRS which requires everyone to keep a receipt for bubble gum 7 years at least, 10 if you’re really afraid of the audit, cavalierly tosses the hard-drive of Lois Lerner and probably others we don’t know about yet, into the garbage shredder and says “oops, we didn’t know we were supposed to save that!” – why, no doubt they were in a meeting for designing a new form when the memo-cryer came by and in soft voice said “Don’t throw out the hard-drives” – I’m sure.

But what can be done about it? Supposedly we shall elect the right people! Yes, still the age old concept of getting the right prince, baron, duke, lord and king, and a cardinal and pastor or two for good measure, into the seat of power so they can change things – reform – make it better. Not a one of them running anywhere seems to have a plan to change a thing. At most, tinker around the edges, much as a gnat gnaws on a gnu’s back.

Anybody who thinks any Republican or Democrat is going to “solve” anything is really being rather silly. Oh, I know, I get in trouble all the time for saying it – “but we have to vote for one or the other!”

But no, you don’t. There’s the Libertarian party – they’re about the only rational ones left, or right, middle or anywhere else.

Perhaps that’s the problem – we like complaining more than proposing solutions. I see incessant complaint – Obama’s a bum, Koch brothers suck, Reid’s an idiot, Cruz is terrible – on and on. When required figures of the past can be thrown into the bucket of warm spit, as John Nance Garner once called the vice-presidency – and he was one! Palin is crazy, Carter was the worst, Romney is evil, Clinton is a cad … On the local level each state and city has their troop of trollops at the public trough. Brewer and Napolitano for my current state of Arizona. The Jan and Janet show … so, um, Janus even – two faced, as each of their supporters tells the other and of course exactly how Arizona is a blue or red state or a purple one, or given the number of Mexicans perhaps even green, white and red with a golden seal upon it.

So, what’s to be done? Well, that’s were you got to almost write a book on the thing – it’s too complex for all these quick blurbs and pithy graphics that are bandied about. I’m not sure there’s a serious person left in the debate … and well, it’s just amazing.

Of course, among the morass of what to do about the issues that affect oh, 320,000,000 Americans, and pretty much everyone else in the world (A cranky president low in the polls with the throw-weight of a US Nimitz class carrier group can certainly enliven the news here and abroad) comes a small group of guys who just want to smooch in peace – but, well, that’s got to be discussed endlessly too. 

And that’s who ridiculous our nation has become. Well, I’m sure the Khardashians are up to something – how many are there? 4? 5? Beats me – though, they are more boring that the Gabor sisters ever were.

Well, over in Iraq things are worse, and the president is releasing generals for their cause from Gitmo – and there’s nothing more I can say, so, I will git now …

Yahoo Mangling Health Care Thought Wednesday, Jun 18 2014 

I ran cross this article today on yahoo – a site that is forever pushing for more government … and I wonder how unquestioning, how blind the author is – some broad named Liz Dryier or something – who cares – it’s the mindless mush – not the mush mind it came from – for any one of the mush headed morons at this site could have written this.

http://news.yahoo.com/country-best-health-care-world-nope-not-u-221416373.html

I deal with the entire text — there isn’t much, not by any stretch of the word:

Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:14:16 PDT

Our cousins across the pond in the U.K. are known for complaining about the National Health Service’s notoriously long wait times for surgery and other medical treatment. But according to the latest report from the nonpartisan health organization the Commonweath Fund, that nation’s publicly funded system is the best in the world. Meanwhile, for those of us living in the colonies, the report ranks health care in the United States in an abysmal last place.”

So – forget what the people who use the system say – let’s listen to what the people who run the system say! Why, that’s like the Soviet Concentration Camp leaders arguing with the Nazi Concentration Camp leaders over who has the best camps – and those in the camps? Eh, who cares what they think! And what “colonies” are we living in? We live in an independent Republic precisely because we didn’t believe a thing the “Commonwealth Fund” run by King George III said. And who is the “Commonwealth Fund”? – why, it’s a group funded by the British government. And well when one gets one’s own government to say their government run program is the best – I’m sure it is. After all, they wouldn’t just make stuff up, would they? Hahaha! – egad, blind.

Meanwhile, the world comes to America for health care – and surely nearly all the advances, science, procedures, drugs – etc – why, from memory alone (ain’t gonna’ go look it up) we’re #1 in science prizes, Nobels and such. And every country we shall find in the article is hemorrhaging people into the USA – and no USA folks are moving there. Weird, yes? Why do so many abandon their wondrous systems to come and partake of our “abysmal last place” solution?

To create its quadrennial rankings of health care systems in 11 of the most prosperous nations in North America, Europe, and Australasia, the fund crunches data on well-being from a slew of international policy and think tanks, including the World Health Organization and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Along with being bested by the U.K., America’s health care system ranked worse than those of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Sweden.”

The 8 nations listed all have considerably less population than the USA – and far more homogeneous populations. They don’t have lots of immigrants and those of African descent – and I’m sure if one removes them from the counting, one would find that the European-American population is just as healthy and long lived and low infant mortality rates as Europe. What is “Australiasian” and why then not count Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia and such places in one’s assessment? They are part of that area yes? And why is not “Europe” “Eurasia” – they’re connected you know. And what is with “North America” – only 3 countries here – one far worse off than the other two. Though Canadians are heading here in droves for “the world’s last best” health care to get away from their “world’s best.” Does the author not know this?

In comparison, our doctors and hospitals are terrible at providing low-cost, efficient, and equitable care, and we have much higher infant mortality and low life expectancy. The biggest obstacle to a healthier society and better health care system? We still don’t have single-payer health insurance.”

There’s no evidence of this – and – the article itself leads off with a refutation of the very premise. But why does a “single payer health” system work? Why, for it just decrees lower costs – so that people wind up complaining about waiting lists – which cost nothing. How easy it is to cut costs by not providing the service! Why is “Lost cost” some holy grail on health care when on nearly any other subject they are “costs are no object”? Surely for the environment we must spend trillions yes? And to save the bear and antelope? No costs matters – it’s the mush of emotion that works.

Why does America have a higher infant mortality and a lower life-expectancy? Could it be because we’re not allowed to mention that certain races and socio-economic realities not present in Europe befuddle the numbers? For instance, immigrants, legal and illegal, tend to just be in poorer health because that’s what they brought with them – they come with illnesses and malnourished – hence, their health is worse. African-Americans tend to shoot each other, lowering the life expectancy. Plus, there just seems to be something in the genetic make up of various cohorts that lead to this – and now these Europeans compare nearly 95% solid European-White-Caucasian populations to our 70%-30% mix – well, let’s take out the 30% and see what happens to the 70% leftover, yes?

Other nations ensure the accessibility of care through universal health systems and through better ties between patients and the physician practices that serve as their medical homes,” the report’s authors wrote.

Well, when you can’t read from one end of your own short article to the other side, that’s just sad – here, the very opening line: “Our cousins across the pond in the U.K. are known for complaining about the National Health Service’s notoriously long wait times for surgery and other medical treatment.

What then, are they complaining about? Apparently there is not a better tie between patient and physician practices – indeed, from the article itself it seems the patients aren’t seeing the physicians at all. Do people read their own stuff anymore? Hmm.

Hope could be on the horizon. The report primarily used data from 2011, which is well before the advent of Obamacare. The Fund hopes that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act “will further encourage the efficient organization and delivery of health care, as well as investment in important preventive and population health measures.” Given the millions of Americans who signed up for health insurance and now have the ability to go see a doctor, look out, U.K.: We’re coming for the top spot.

The Fund can hope all day long about the “implementation” of the ObamaCare-PPACA all it wants – the reality it hasn’t worked whatsoever. The numbers of “millions” seem to be fake, or not signing up for what they thought they were, or aren’t paying, or can’t get through the website, or are now subject to fines and penalties for they weren’t eligible, and on top of that – having a piece of paper in one’s hand that says “Insurance” does NOT mean there’s a doctor in the house – even Neville Chamberlain learned about empty promises on pieces of paper.

And we were told there were 30, 40, even 50 million without insurance – and then the government could barely get 6 or 7 million to attempt to sign up for what they don’t know what and can’t afford – meanwhile, it strikes me that all the rest already had a fine health care system they liked.

And so, I suppose, for the “top spot” we too shall become “Our cousins across the pond in the U.S. are known for complaining about the National Health Service’s notoriously long wait times for surgery and other medical treatment.”

Egad, faith and stupidity know no bounds.  I’m writing a book about this — I hope to have it out by July Fourth:

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