We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Today’s Democrats, however, are less members of a party than of the movement Left. Their objective, like Obama’s, is fundamental transformation of a society rooted in individual liberty and private property to one modeled on top-down, redistributionist statism. Since statism advances by concentrating governmental power, Democrats — regardless of what governmental branch they happen to inhabit — rally to whatever branch holds the greatest transformative potential. Right now, that is the presidency. Thus, congressional Democrats do not insist that the president must comply with congressional statutes. Laws, after all, must be consistent with the Constitution to be valid, and are thus apt to reflect the very constitutional values the Left is trying to supplant. Democrats want the president to use the enormous raw power vested in his office by Article II to achieve statist transformation. If he does so, they will support him. They’ll get back to obsessing over the “rule of law” if, by some misfortune, the Republicans someday win another presidential election.
The credit card processing firm that processes all credit/debit card sales for our largest grocery store in Western MT was hacked sometime around Thanksgiving week. US Bank immediately closed down every debit (cash) card caught in the cyber attack. The scary thing is this: US Bank NEVER notified any of it's customers that it was closing down their cash cards and re-issuing new cards. I did get a notice saying that my new cash card (issued sometime in September) had "expired". No explanation--NOTHING. If you want to keep your cash in a bank--I would seriously re-consider. There were hundreds of people standing around asking our local branch mgr why their cards were not working. Guess what? Corporate headquarters did not even notify their local branches what was going on until the proverbial hit the fan. Do you wanna bet on the chances of the local news media doing a story on this?
RE: drafting docs - the Wife's cousin is a Dr., an ortho one, and has a pretty good practice, and just got a GOV letter 'recommending adding Medicare\Medicaid patients to his clientele to support ACA'.
He chucked the letter, saying that the Mc\Ma patients never pay off, and their 'suggested' pricing is drastically low for the service she renders. Most of the other local docs say the same thing - cut-rate pricing and intimidation for ACA benefit and little for the providers.
I see a doc revolt, with many leaving, or, a lot of back-alley service being provided...
Though it is difficult, and certainly not impossible, the norm is that most who graduate from medical school are stronger intellects, with advanced math and science skills. Of course, there are always the daughters of some powerful person, who get through on minimum qualifications. HOWEVER, what is important to note is this: at no time have we heard a serious discussion regarding the ratio of doctors graduating from med school in comparison to the population growth of the world, and for us in particular, in comparison to the out of control population bomb that exploded south of the Rio Grande. Simple fact: THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH DOCTORS in the world to treat everybody! This should have been a part of the conversation when Obama Care was being designed. But the conversation was not really about health care, as so many of you now realize: Obama care was about destroying the greatest country that eve was!
For insight on Obamacare, look to csteventucker at wordpress (dot) com. The IRS is harassing him since he took on the cases for some ill people whose insurance was being cancelled by Obama mandate, which is apparently illegal.