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Tuesday, January 26. 2010
The new New Left consists of public employees and their handlers, says Malanga.
There are two Americas: the tax-eaters and the taxpayers. And, he says, there are no red or blue states: only blue metropolitan areas. One quote:
Malanga at City Journal with The Real Engine of Blue America. (h/t, reader BL). I am reminded of Ben Franklin's quote:
"When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic."
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To wit: the votes on Measure 66 and 67 here in Oregon today which will be decided by either the 130,000 public employees in Multnomah county (Portland mostly) or the rest of the state that isn't "blue".
521k population, 417k over 18, 223k households. So roughly half the city is on the government teat directly, with an additional large portion benefitting from such.
People by and large (every damn knee jerk liberal) do not seem to grasp the notion that when the economy is down over 10% it's a bad thing to raise taxes, retro-actively to Jan 1, 2009, and on gross receipts as well. "tax the rich" means "raise prices on all you suckers" and they line up for it.
The problem then, as usual, is a lack of civics knowledge, fueled by a voracious appetite for medical marijuana, seeped in hatred of all things Corporate, Republican, or "rich", and a general sense that every problem is someone else's fault. I mean, these people actually believe the liars they elect year after year, or they pretend to. The other narrative is a mirror, and people don't like those when things go badly.
It's the fundamental problem of democracy - legislators bribing electors with their own money, and electors voting themselves state handouts. It's always the same - though the manifestations are enormously different in different countries - and always will be.
Go right to the root of the problem.
Separate legislatures - one to pass laws, one to raise taxes to pay for them. So buying a law-passer gets you nowhere - he doesn’t control the purse strings. Buying a taxing legislator gets you exactly the same distance. He can’t pass laws, except tax laws.
Thon Brocket ... Are you really reely sure that you want to double the number of Federal legislators in Washington? The mind boggles at the thought of so many possibly bribe-able new folks being placed within convenient reach of the mountain of bribe money which permanently exists in D.C.
We talk a lot about our dissatisfaction with the two major existing parties. Wouldn't it be nice if we actually had a Taxpayer Party and a Tax-Eating Party?
"the mountain of bribe money which permanently exists in D.C".
Think it through. The taxing legislature has powers ONLY to tax, not legislate, and its members are elected solely on their promises to tax responsibly. The enacting legislature can not credibly make election promises without the prospect of being able to persuade the flinty, parsimonious and separately-elected taxers.
That mountain of bribe money exists because of the ability of legislators both to tax AND to spend, and enables the universal standard corrupt bargain: "Vote for me, and I'll tax the other guy to buy you goodies". That is the problem, and that is what the separated-powers proposal addresses.
We all remember the TV show “Roots” could this have been the real inspiration for AmeriChoice Health. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION Whiffed pitch No. 6: blatant stereotyping. By Mark Athitakis April 1, 2003 (Business 2.0)– GRAND PRIZE WINNER, DUMBEST MOMENT OF 2002
In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted neighborhoods in New York City and gives away coupons for free chickens as an incentive for the underprivileged to switch their Medicare coverage. New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general. The 101 Dumbest Moments In Business 2003 EDITION – April 1, 2003 Apr 1, 2003 … Just don’t tell him about the “Chinese health balls.” ….. In September, insurance company AmeriChoice brings trucks to blighted … New York state senator Carl Kruger files a complaint with the state attorney general….. Falling on his sword, Welch announces he’ll give up most of the perks,…
2009 and 2010 $120,000 from your tax dollars at work
Philadelphia PA Mayor Nutter received two years in a row $60,000 checks to help keep open and operate the city swimming pools. These checks came from AmeriChoice Health and on the surface seems like fine gifts. Yet, they are Bribes non the less, these checks come from a company who receives all its money from the Federal State Governments as a vendor for Medicare Medicaid services is not allowed to offer bribes kickbacks and money gifts of any kind in order to promote its share of the market place. This is also not allowed as a use of your taxpayers dollars yet it happens.What does it really cost the City of Philadelphia to receive this money? Americhoice Health has a long history of corruption over the years yet seems to be protected by those who are responsible to over see their actions why is that? Sorry must apologize just received a notice that AmeriChoice Health was under the impression they thought they were suppose to have started their very own stimulus and economic program package and the one they implemented, they had no idea it violated all the Stark ,Health and Kickbacks laws. Some one will have to notify the following departments it was all a mistake or error in judgement, the Department of Justice, CMS, Dept of health and Human resourses,the FBI,and IRS, and any other agency effected by this tragedy or unfortunate misunderstanding. No harm, no fowl, forgive and forget, OK, then how about some coupons for a free whole fried chicken…..
Among its provisions, the anti-kickback statute penalizes anyone who knowingly and willfully solicits, receives, offers or pays remuneration in cash or in kind to induce, or in return for: A. Referring an individual to a person for the furnishing, or arranging for the furnishing, of any item or service payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program; or B. Purchasing, leasing or ordering , or arranging for or recommending purchasing, leasing or ordering, any goods, facility, service or item payable under the Medicare or Medicaid program. Violators are subject to criminal penalties, or exclusion from participation in the Medicare and Medicaid rograms, or both. A violation of the anti-kickback law is a felony offense that carries criminal fines of up to $25,000 per violation, imprisonment for up to five years and exclusion from government health care programs.The federal anti-kickback statute, 42 U.S.C.§ 1320a-7b(b), prohibits individuals or entities from knowingly and willfully offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by Medicare, Medicaid or any other federally funded program.
If this were any one person not a corporation they would be in jail now, if the FBI were called in on this matter they would be in jail now, if the IRS were notified they would be in jail now. Since all Ameri-Choice checks come from the United Health’s home office they should be held equally responsible for any bribes, kickbacks, Stark, Fraud and inducements violations that have occured. Federal and State Governments have developed such a depended position with this company that laws and rules no longer apply for them.This role is nothing new for the AmeriChoice people and its been going on for years, look at some of the prior news articles that date back for years only now they can afford to hire the best of Law firms and give the most for Political contributations all on the back of the taxpayer. Sure the Laws have become tighter but you can still dance away their problems.
Three years ago they were reported to these Federal agency’s and as of todays date not only were they allowed to continue doing business but were never charged once. Protected vendor status sure, politics sure,limited government budgets sure, Federal and State officals looking the other way sure, and rather then stop these activities a strong desire not to rock the boat existed. Even with the vast changes in the laws and budgets,a hands off policy remains, you tell me what’s wrong with this picture? The Government created this monster and now they don’t know what to do about it, like shooting yourself in your own foot etc. Tons of money to advance their national growth, its market positions, tons of money for political donations, tons of money to send 75 millon back to its home office from New York state alone, tons of money to suppot National TV shows, tons of money to pay hugh State fines, tons of money to hire the very best law firms, tons of money to pay for bribes and kickbacks, tons of money for hugh salarys and bonuses, all done on the back of the American taxpayor, you see this company receives all its money from the Federal government. Should your tax dollars be held to a higher standard? Should the government agencys responsible for there review be held to that same standard?Should the IRS audit their corruption? Why has this company not been charged? How long can the buck be passed here in more ways then one? Hey, it’s your tax dollars don’t complain now then don’t complain later.tax dollars for bribes // Oct 6, 2010 at 8:57 am