When the Democrat-majority House and Democrat-majority Senate passed the Affordable Care Act, the vote was split along party lines. NOT ONE REPUBLICAN VOTED FOR IT. Democrats own 100% of the catastrophe known as ObamaCare.
On May 4, 2017, the bill to repeal ObamaCare was passed by a Republican-majority House and sent to a Republican-majority Senate. Again, the vote was along party lines with the exception of 30 not-so-Republican Representatives siding with Democrats.
Naturally, the Democrats and the liberal media declare this will spell the end for Republican lawmakers in the midterm elections. Really? I disagree.
One of the chief reasons we the people elected businessman Donald Trump President was his promise to repeal and replace ObamaCare, the largest tax hike in history.
What are the facts? Simply stated: it’s a one-trillion-dollar tax cut for we American taxpayers. Let’s look at what taxes the House bill cuts. Source: Americans For Tax Reform
Abolishes the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax which hits 8 million Americans each year.
Abolishes the Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax. Together with the repeal of the Individual Mandate Tax repeal, this is a $270 billion tax cut.
Abolishes Obamacare’s Medicine Cabinet Tax which hits 20 million Americans with Health Savings Accounts and 30 million Americans with Flexible Spending Accounts. This is a $6 billion tax cut.
Abolishes Obamacare’s Flexible Spending Account tax on 30 million Americans. This is a $20 billion tax cut.
Abolishes Obamacare’s Chronic Care Tax on 10 million Americans with high out of pocket medical expenses. This is a $126 billion tax cut.
Abolishes Obamacare’s HSA withdrawal tax. This is a $100 million tax cut.
Abolishes Obamacare’s 10% excise tax on small businesses with indoor tanning services. This is a $600 million tax cut.
Abolishes the Obamacare health insurance tax. This is a $145 billion tax cut.
Abolishes the Obamacare 3.8% surtax on investment income. This is a $172 billion tax cut.
Abolishes the Obamacare medical device tax. This is a $20 billion tax cut.
Abolishes the Obamacare tax on prescription medicine. This is a $28 billion tax cut.
Abolishes the Obamacare tax on retiree prescription drug coverage. This is a $2 billion tax cut.
Democrats falsely claim this bill will lead to the deaths of millions of Americans due to no expansion of Medicaid. What are the facts on this point?
What time do you invest in your knowledge about economics?
What is money? Is it not proof you have served God’s other children?
In the formative years of our Republic, while organized as a confederacy, before ratification of the Constitution, representatives of the thirteen states unsuccessfully quibbled over this or that trade policy.
At the Constitutional convention of 1787, founding father John Adams pointed to the central issue: widespread ignorance of economics fundamentals, saying, “All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise not from defects in the Constitution or Confederation, not from a want of honor or virtue so much as from downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit, and circulation.”
Benjamin Franklin observed, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
The common American ignores economics until it bites him where the sun doesn’t shine. And when he or she feels the bite, anger erupts. Anger, when properly directed is good. God invented anger to motivate us in the right direction.
A great chasm of ignorance of economics divides liberals and conservatives. The first subscribes to Marxist socialism; the other (generally) to principles of free-market capitalism.
How are the two thoughts different? Socialism is an economic theory. Why a theory? It shall forever remain an economic theory BECAUSE IT HAS NEVER AND CAN NEVER BE PROVEN.
Capitalism, by contrast, is a natural system of economics. It is the exchange of goods and services among a free people. By natural, I mean this is God’s idea of economics. Examples?
Proverbs 20:10 “False weights and unequal measures — the Lord detests double standards of every kind.”
1 Thessalonians 5:22 “Stay away from every kind of evil.”
Leviticus 25:14 “When you make an agreement with your neighbor to buy or sell property, you must not take advantage of each other.”
Learn how freedom and capitalism are inextricably linked to your personal success. Learn from this 3-minute video titled “An Introduction to Milton Friedman’s Capitalism and Freedom – A Macat Economics Analysis“
For the more industrious among you, learn even more from this 10-minute video titled “Economic Schools of Thought: Crash Course Economics #14“
The following is from an email from Texas SD-2 Senator Bob Hall. I fully agree with SB 1356. Please read his message and respond with your input. Pilots in command and drivers behind the wheel bear responsibility for harm to fellow travelers, whether airborne or zipping down a public thoroughfare. – John White, Rockwall, Texas
Senate Bill 1356, A Real Solution to “Texting While Driving”
The Texas House has passed and the Senate has considered in committee legislation that would create a misdemeanor offense of using a handheld device to read, write, or send a text-based communication while operating a moving vehicle that is not stopped. Regrettably, the proposed solution will actually increase vehicle accidents.
Distracted driving that results in a vehicle accident (18 percent of all accidents) is a serious problem that needs a serious solution. But research does not support the banning of hand-held electronic devices to solve this issue. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (a premier organization on the issue) has multiple studies that show no decrease in accidents when cell phone bans were implemented. In fact, in many instances, accidents actually increased after the ban. Also, the data shows that prohibiting the use of cell phones has done little to stop the use of cell phones while driving. Banning is not the answer.
Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2013 show distracted driving accounted for 10 percent of all fatal crashes. Of that 10 percent of accidents, only 14 percent of crashes involved the use of a cell phone. In other words, 86 percent of fatal “distracted driving” accidents were caused by activity other than cell phones which was only 1.5 percent of all accidents.
“Distracted driving” is more serious than just cell phone use.
Distracted driving includes all distractions.
Texting bans do not reduce accidents.
Total injured – 2,213,000 (100 percent)
Distracted driving – 424,000 (18 percent)
Cell phone use – 34,000 (1.5 percent)
Senate Bill 1356 would provide that any person causing a collision from the operation of a moving motor vehicle commits an offense if the person is engaged in an activity that is not related to the operation of the motor vehicle and interferes with the driver’s ability to pay attention to the road. An offense would be a Class C misdemeanor for minimal damage, or a state jail felony if the collision results in serious bodily injury or death.
The bill would prohibit local authorities from regulating or prohibiting distracted driving, ending the patchwork of regulation we currently have in place. Existing statutes prohibiting the cell phone use by minor drivers and cell phone use in school zones would not be affected.
If we want to improve vehicle safety and reduce the problem of distracted driving, we must address the whole distracted driving issue, not just a fraction of it. An accident caused by a distraction other than cell phone use is no less serious than the one caused by an individual on their cell phone. And, if the statistics are correct, it is much more likely to occur.
That is why I have filed Senate Bill 1356 which would address the reduction of distracted driving accidents by focusing on the punishment of the consequences, rather than the banning of any specific activity. Driving is a serious responsibility and failure to recognize that should be treated seriously.
If you have input on this item, please provide them to my Legislative Director, Kathi Seay. She can be reached by email at Kathi.Seay@senate.texas.gov or by phone at 512.463.0102.
If you are interested in reading other pending bills and sending any comments to our office, they may be found at http://www.legis.texas.gov/.
As always, I appreciate the opportunity to represent you in the Texas Senate.
As Margaret Thatcher wisely noted about the end of socialism, “The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”
“The South American nation of Venezuela is about to erupt.
“Thousands of citizens are fed up and are now taking to the streets to express their anger and frustration towards President Nicolas Maduro, a man that has forced a sizable portion of the population to go to bed hungry and live without the necessary medications they need to stay alive.
“And according to the Economist, that’s not all, inflation is estimated to exceed 1,600% this year, a situation that will make it even more difficult for the average person to purchase food when it’s available.” CBN News, 12 April 2017 http://tinyurl.com/mxdl94a
“To say life is hard in Venezuela is an understatement. The socialist regime has continued to fail their people in every way imaginable. Thousands of natives are forced to stand in lines for necessities like food and medicine. In January the first infant death from starvation in Venezuela this year was reported. Citizens have had to take measures including the consumption of dogs, cats, and exotic animals in an extreme attempt to survive.” – Natural News, 14 February 2017 http://tinyurl.com/l3d4e4k
Most of South America is struggling economically, nutritionally, and spiritually. The empty promises of socialism remind us that socialism shall forever remain an unproven economic theory.
My Cuban friends endured a similar fate after the Soviet Union withdrew its support from that island bastion of socialism.
I invite your prayers of intercession for the desperate people of Venezuela. Their chief need is a nationwide spiritual revival. Between now and such time there comes a spiritual revival, ask the Lord to deliver the people from the ham-fisted tyranny of a socialist government led by a belligerent former bus driver.
Founding Father Thomas Jefferson foretold our present-day situation.
Where is the greatest concentration of wealth? Hint: It’s not in any of the fifty states or any of the commonwealths.
Last year, the District of Columbia paid Uncle Sam $37,000 per person in federal income, payroll and estate taxes. The next closest was Delaware, at $16,000 per person.
“It’s where the money is,” said Roberton Williams, a fellow at the Tax Policy Center. “The reason the District pays so much in taxes is that there are a lot of high-income people there.” – AP Top News 16 April 2017
Since the foundation of our Republic, the consolidation of power in Washington, District of Columbia has grown unabated. As Jefferson warned, the consequences remain apace the corruption.
Recent news stories feature Maxine Water’s incessant rants against President Trump. Other news stories reveal her corrupt practices over her many years in office.
Holy scripture warns, “For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.”
Foggy Bottom corruption isn’t endemic to a political party. Corrupted governments have been around since the dawn of mankind dating back to the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan.
We aren’t sinners because we sin; we sin because we are sinners.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned…Adam is a symbol, a representation of Christ, who was yet to come…For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many…Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person [Jesus Christ] obeyed God, many will be made righteous. – Romans 5:12-19 NLT
By what means do we stamp out corruption in government? Try as we may, there is nothing we citizens can do to eliminate corruption – sin – from the centers of power.
Long before Thomas Jefferson voiced his warning, a plan was set in place to make us whole. There is this one verse in the Bible that addresses the big ‘why’ Jesus Christ came to dwell among men, to die and resurrect himself from the grave. This verse is found in 1 John 3:8.
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
That word destroy means to loosen, break up, dissolve, melt, put off, to deprive of authority. When linking 1 John 3:8 with 2 Corinthians 5:17 we can understand we are all born as sinners – you, me and Maxine Waters alike.
What am I saying? While car buying the appearance and odors of a used car cannot reveal its old nature. But, a new car has that unmistakeable odor and appearance of a vehicle never before owned by anyone.
This is the work of Jesus Christ in our lives. He destroys, he loosens and undoes all the work of Satan in our lives. We become new creations as though sin never happened.
God the Father did not send his son just to get us off the hook. His purpose is to bring the Kingdom of God to earth.
Jesus works today in the lives of politicians, government employees, you, and me to restore us to God’s original design for his family.
Yes, Jesus died for our sins. He defeated death through his ordeal and by resurrecting himself from the dead to return to Heaven where God continues his work of restoration of all mankind through the agency of the Holy Spirit.
Today, April 16, 2017, is Resurrection Day celebrated to commemorate the Passover.
All authority comes from God who is exposing the corruption of authority throughout the world today. It is God who uses the agency of elected officials to “drain the swamp”.
May God drain the swamp and bless America as he reveals his Son to all mankind.