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  • BREAKING: US judge blocks Trump funding order on sanctuary cities

    04/25/2017 2:49:39 PM PDT · 169 of 311
    i_robot73 to Trump20162020; All

    Fine. Can’t withhold the illegal transfers of taxpayers funds; we’ll remember that.

    Now, Sessions, do you job and enforce the the fullest. Not even being an elected official allows such blatant in-your-face subversion. String ‘em up by the short and curlies and don’t stop when they scream “Uncle”.

  • The GOP Has a Nuclear Option ...

    04/25/2017 5:17:06 AM PDT · 19 of 36
    i_robot73 to Ancesthntr; nathanbedford; spintreebob

    “It is absurd to address the spending side aka keep all of the goodies until the cost side is addressed. No plan, not current ACA, nor Ryancare I, nor Ryancare II, nor pre-AC”
    What everyone has to realize is that the costs of which you speak are not the cost of insurance. They are the cost of the underlying goods and services that make up our medical care system, and which the insurance is there to cover. It is the cost of these goods and services that is wildly out of control, with insurance merely following the trend. They are out of control because virtually the entire industry is massively in violation of our antitrust laws. In any other industry (except perhaps the airline industry), when two people are charged a different price for the exact same product or service, the federal government comes in and charges somebody with antitrust violations. Not so in the medical industry, resulting in the gigantic mess that we are in now. President Trump does not need to get Congressional approval to fix this problem. He merely has to tell Jeff sessions to prosecute a few dozen drug companies, hospitals, medical supply companies and doctors. Make an example of a few of them, and medical prices will come down considerably and quickly. There is no reason, for example, why an MRI costs $200 in Japan and several thousand dollars here in the United States. The reason for this is not that Japan is using inferior technology, but that Japan does not allow the owners of MRI machines to gouge it’s consumers. Similarly, there is no good reason why my daughter’s fairly routine knee surgery, combined with a simple 2 day hospital stay with no complications, cost $128,000. If you ask me, that hospital was no better than the mafia.

    If President Trump were to order the Department of Justice to go after those players in the medical industry who are in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, Trump would not only largely solve this problem, he would also be one of the biggest heroes imaginable. After that, tinkering with how insurance is delivered and what is to be covered would be a relatively minor footnote.

    Biggest problem is admitting there is a problem. Unfort., nobody has pointed out GOVT is that problem.

    Anti-trust was touched upon, but the truth that no monopoly can exist w/o the assistance of govt is also true.

    True, now. MRIs may only truly cost $200, but when 1st developed? The converse of the above is the iron fist of govt vs. competition, research and innovation, driving up the costs before even hitting the streets. Drugs that exist in Europe for 40yrs+ can’t be sold here, while trial lawyers make millions from those the FDA\etc. HAVE ‘approved’.

    Lastly, with wanting to eat the cake too, “reforming Obamacare along conservative lines by employing reconciliation” is another fallacy. Sad. If that’s what ‘conservatism’ has come to (not Fascism when *we* do it), it’s no wonder the country is in the bind it is...

  • End the Income Tax

    04/24/2017 11:27:55 AM PDT · 41 of 73
    i_robot73 to Mr. Douglas; Kaslin

    The only way we’re getting rid of the federal income tax is a collapse of the federal government itself.

    $20T+ in debt, $120T+ in unfunded liabilities, QE 3+, ‘rules\regs’ out out the wazzoo and 50.x% not paying a dime of income tax....

    Who’s got the pool going on just how long the ‘democracy’ facade continues??

    ‘Til they confiscate (steal) the 401K/Roths? IMO, more people would voluntarily slap on the shackles if they thought they’d be cared for like property...just look at the welfare system.

  • Sessions: Improper Tax Credit Payments to ‘Mostly Mexicans’ Could Fund Border Wall

    04/24/2017 11:18:03 AM PDT · 21 of 21
    i_robot73 to Rockitz

    >And this is just a single source of ill-gotten taxpayer dollars by illegals.

    Yes, but I read nothing about going after the law-breakers (tax\document fraud) either.

    In fact, I’m still waiting for The Law to make a couple examples of govs, mayors and other elected officials; and I’m not just talking ‘slaps on the wrist’.

    Course, I don’t recall Mr. Sessions bringing up any bills to enforce the Law while he was a member of Congress either...So, why should anyone expect anything different now?

  • Suffolk County Town Reeling After Four Murders; MS-13 Suspected

    04/22/2017 8:31:39 AM PDT · 10 of 29
    i_robot73 to AnotherUnixGeek; Epoch Times

    Call MS-13 what it is - a criminal terrorist organization. Politicians advocating sanctuary cities need to be called out for the reality that they are harboring and nurturing violent terrorists.

    MS-13 and the like are merely the muscle. The DEMs\Sanctuary XYZ enablers are the *KINGPINS*.

    Let the mafia re-take control of NY/Chicago/etc.; this kind of crap would never have been allowed.

  • Confirmed: Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin Publicly Supports Violent Left-Wing ANTIFA Group

    04/21/2017 12:19:59 PM PDT · 8 of 75
    i_robot73 to HarleyLady27

    Every biz/person affected by the riot should sue the City, the Mayor and make him personally liable.

    Any officer shown to NOT be doing their job, regardless of ‘orders’, should be fired.

  • Supreme Court appears ready to break down a church-state barrier in certain circumstances

    04/21/2017 9:17:58 AM PDT · 8 of 16
    i_robot73 to circlecity; blueplum; All

    Nothing in the constitution suggests that religious schools should be punished for their faith. A strict reading of these state “separation” requirements would mean that the fire department could not respond to a fire at a religious school.

    Logic? You’re looking for LOGIC? /s

    Least police/fire/etc., while still a *service*, are for use by the community as a whole.

    The service of schools are used, albeit temporarily, by those w/ children. One cannot use otherwise.

    A strict reading of the 5th and 13th should make ‘FREE\public’ schools null/void; they should be paid by those whom use them.

  • De Blasio Brags About New York Cigarette Price Floor Being Raised To ‘Highest Price In The Country’

    04/20/2017 8:13:24 AM PDT · 63 of 66
    i_robot73 to Gen.Blather; sickoflibs; All

    Had? I quit when FL doubled the tax..$2.50/pk > $5 over-night. Smoked the rest of the pack and never picked another up since.

    Politicians aren’t stupid enough to try prohibition of another sort. They’d rather make criminals of once lawful Citizens. Much faster way to strip Rights away when that ‘felony’ charge kicks more voting, 2nd, etc.

    The Civil War (War Between the States was NOT a ‘civil war’, by definition) can’t come fast enough; but, I suspect, it will take more boots on throats before it happens.

    Wonder if the cig machines in the halls of the elected are financed by taxpayer $$?? I suspect our alleged ‘betters’ are tax exempt.

  • De Blasio Brags About New York Cigarette Price Floor Being Raised To ‘Highest Price In The Country’

    04/20/2017 8:04:22 AM PDT · 61 of 66
    i_robot73 to SkyDancer; The_Republic_Of_Maine

    Cops jumped a black guy selling loosies at a buck a piece; took him down and the guy was unable to breathe with all those cops on him. He died. For a lousy buck.

    Correction: IIRC, he died of a heart attack. If one is not breathing, it makes it difficult to shout, “I can’t breathe.”

    Maybe, if he wasn’t resisting arrest...Stupid law, but he paid for breaking it.

  • De Blasio Brags About New York Cigarette Price Floor Being Raised To ‘Highest Price In The Country’

    04/20/2017 8:01:32 AM PDT · 60 of 66
    i_robot73 to Drew68; FatherofFive

    The decades-long campaign to ostracize smokers has worked. I’d imagine the rate of smoking among college-educated professionals is practically zero. Today, smoking is almost entirely a habit relegated to the poor and blue collar working class. And these are the people shouldering the burden of the $13 pack of cigarettes needed to fund the various programs that have come to depend on tobacco taxes.

    And whom will be the next group to pariah?? Govt can *never* go w/o its ‘take’ (though having done NOTHING, but put hurdles\regs\red-tape in those that DO...but always 1st w/ their hand out for ‘their cut’), just think of the CHILDREN when the school funds go to $0. Whom will be filling the coffers? Junk food? Soda? Non-organic?

    As another had noted, the mafia, or others willing to take the risk, will fill the niche of need.

    Guess being a sanctuary city for the criminal invaders, they’ll have the ‘extra’ police.

  • Report: School-Issued Computers ‘Spy’ on Children Without Parental Consent

    04/18/2017 10:01:06 AM PDT · 34 of 35
    i_robot73 to American in Israel; davikkm

    A very high price is paid for free education. Why would parents agree to sending their kids to public edujamacaton?

    1) It’s not ‘free’
    2) It’s NOT ‘education’

    RE: the high price is paid, I suspect you mean the taxes stolen for a service (some) used for a limited amount of time but will be paid indefinitely?

    As for the WHY, I believe the above statement is the answer: it’s already ‘paid’ for, why not use it. Plus, taxed to the hilt, parents have little incentive/time/energy/ability to do better.

  • Report: School-Issued Computers ‘Spy’ on Children Without Parental Consent

    04/18/2017 9:55:43 AM PDT · 33 of 35
    i_robot73 to Neoliberalnot; AppyPappy

    Facebook has managed to do what the government has been doing for decades, collecting personal information for fun and profit. I don’t put anything on the cloud.

    FB, Twitter, etc. are all *voluntary*, unlike govt.

    Who watches the watchmen?

    We just got out of 8+yrs. of non-enforcement of Law (not that Zero could tell his ass from his elbow...OK, he may know the former personally).

  • Stop Congress from trashing Illinois’ concealed gun protections (barf alert)

    04/18/2017 9:35:34 AM PDT · 12 of 12
    i_robot73 to rellimpank

    -—the usual distortion and lying from the secondary Chiraq garbage wrap-—

    As if you/we expected anything new?

    Only a Socialist, Democrat @sshat, but I repeat myself, would posit that ‘well-regulated’ (in their definition of the word) and ‘shall NOT be infringed’ can exist in the same sentence w/o negation.

    Bring in the Princess Bride guy!

    SPOILERS: ‘well-regulated’ doesn’t mean what you think it means, dip-sh!t (not YOU you, R., them /s)

  • Reform the Tax Code Now!

    04/18/2017 8:47:10 AM PDT · 16 of 31
    i_robot73 to eyeamok

    Eliminate Mandatory Withholding and there will be a Tax Revolution overnight.

    (Small)biz already do this....don’t recall any street revolts just yet.

    You’re talking about EXISTING piggy-banks, I mean taxpayers. If they haven’t figured what’s taken out a/o WHY for/to WHOM, writing a quarterly check, IMO, isn’t going to do much for the other 50.x% whom don’t.

  • Reform the Tax Code Now!

    04/18/2017 8:42:51 AM PDT · 15 of 31
    i_robot73 to Mr. K

    FLAT TAX!!!!

    10% across the board- NO DEDUCTIONS (not even real estate)

    AND- (this is the important part) THE GOVERNMENT HAS TO LIVE WITHIN THAT INCOME - no more ‘deficit spending’

    And if you like the ‘fair tax’ with the ‘pre-bate’ and ‘tax inclusive’ 27% rate please allow me to beat some sense into you

    No. No. No. Fair Tax w/o ‘prebates’.

    1) Flat tax is still an involuntary\slave tax, Fair Tax is VOLUNTARY.
    2) Flat tax does NOT encompass ALL (there are those still w/o skin in the game).
    3) The govt. is TOO damn big; start it @ 10-15% and reduce it til it IS of Constitutional size. (Fair Tax is too high); it need not be ‘revenue neutral’.
    4) Flat tax would still require SOME form of collection agency. Fair Tax uses the existing sales tax (person/biz > biz > State > Fed) = no need for record keeping/etc. & multi-steps removed from govt intrusion.
    5) Fair Tax would encourage re-use/barter/trade/etc.

    NOBODY should pay $0% taxes. Govt for/by/of the People, ALL the People should pay.

    If you got any more ‘sense’ to debate, I’m listening.

  • President Trump Threatens To Cut Obamacare Subsidies

    04/18/2017 5:45:14 AM PDT · 60 of 60
    i_robot73 to Rurudyne

    Add to that the fact that they are, per Roberts, levying a “tax” on not complying with a Regulation .... something that should be properly called a “fine”, not a tax, and for which due process should be guaranteed!

    I guess cities should start calling fines for speeding “taxes” rather than “fines” and eliminate all that expensive giving due process guff, huh?

    Po-ta-toe v. po-tat-oe.

    When govt can take EVERYTHING one owns/has/will and NOT call that slavery, but *legal* and “paying your fair share”; when ‘rules\regs’ of from the non-elected have the authority, force and punishment of Law...

    As you suggest, all they need to do if flip the meaning of a word and it’s *poof* magically (more) legal...just add more ‘legalize’.

    Don’t give ‘em any more hints, though, will ya? /s

  • Jury starts deliberating in first Bunkerville standoff trial

    04/18/2017 5:16:21 AM PDT · 15 of 15
    i_robot73 to Ben Ficklin

    “Doubt the judge or prosecutors would allow a reading of the constitution”

    Sure they will, and they would correctly point you to the “property clause” of the constitution.

    But you are like all the other poorly educated and incorrectly maintain that the “enclave clause” applies.
    Well, bless your heart.

    Yes, the magical clause(s) that supersede the rest of the text in entirety. Surprised you didn’t whip out the ol’ ‘Commerce Clause’ as well. Guess it’s what I should suspect, we’ve long been a dead Republic.

    But, you are correct in one point. I was poorly educated in the publik skool system. Luckily, I was still taught to read and strive to correct that deficiency, to comprehend; you may have missed that last part with your ‘ivy league’ learnins. Or just dropped on your head.

  • US government asks public which departments to ax

    04/18/2017 5:04:04 AM PDT · 114 of 118
    i_robot73 to Chode

    >you sir are a Constitutionalist

    Yes, I know, I know. The ‘thought’, that govt should abide by the words and deeds We have allowed it to exist; as *if* it were some sort of plain English....with no context. /s

    Truly sad is there are too few here: gore their ox and the fangs come out.

  • U.S. May Launch Strike If North Korea Reaches For Nuclear Trigger

    04/14/2017 8:45:59 AM PDT · 61 of 67
    i_robot73 to mass55th; wastedyears

    “Why have we gotten so involved in world affairs?”

    Since when is keeping the U.S. from getting nuked a world affair? Japan says he may also have the capability of arming missiles with sarin.


    Gased in Syria, Car bomb in Paris...what’s next for the U.S. to stick it to the taxpayers, paid by young blood? Atomic wedgie in Iceland?

    ‘Vital national interest(s)’ is akin to the ‘Commerce Clause’; no restrictions on anything else.

  • Jury starts deliberating in first Bunkerville standoff trial

    04/14/2017 8:41:01 AM PDT · 9 of 15
    i_robot73 to All

    “Govt lands”? BLM? Well, I guess it worked for the (native) Indians, right? /s

    Doubt the ‘judge’ or prosecutors would allow a reading of the Constitution...

    Hedley Lamarr: Wait a minute... there might be legal precedent. Of course! Land-snatching!
    [grabs a law book]
    Land, land... “Land: see Snatch.”
    [flips back several pages]
    Ah, Haley vs. United States. Haley: 7, United States: nothing. You see, it can be done