Illegal Immigration, Healthcare,Ghadafi and the YMCA All Topics on the Morning Zone[Audio}
In his new book reporting on the imminent decline of America, Suicide of a Superpower, former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan wrote a chronology as to how and why America might not survive another 20 years. We may be hard pressed to make it through the next nine years to 2020.
Quite often, when I write about legal and illegal immigration, an angry Mexican living in California, who calls himself Subcomandante Pedro, MeCha Brown Berets Infiltration Brigades, La Alta, CA, Aztlan, otherwise known as Dominick Perez, tells me how fast his Mexican forces are taking over America by sheer birth rates. One look at the gangs, violence and breakdown in Los Angeles validates his charges. His scathing letters to me exemplify President Teddy Roosevelt’s greatest statement:
“The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, or preventing all possibility of its continuing as a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities and languages.”
As you can see from this letter by Pedro, Roosevelt hit the nail on the head and we are well along the path of our own demise. Subcomandante Pedro mocks Americans, while, at the same time, his kids use our free lunch programs, ESL programs, schools, medical care and other welfare freebees. He agreed with part three of this book review of Buchanan’s Suicide of a Superpower: Catch Frosty Wooldridge with his discussion on this on The Morning Zone at 7:07AM MDT.
At 8:07AM, Wyoming Liberty Groups' Regina Meena guests. She will be discussing,an article first appeared in the Wyoming Business Report’s October 2011 edition.
If Congress tackles the thorny issue of entitlement reform this fall, our leaders could move the debate forward with one swift move. They could agree that expanding government-run health programs is not the solution to our health care woes. Allowing Americans to purchase low-cost private health insurance outside their state can be.
Hammering out agreement on entitlement reform is an arduous task in a good economy. In the midst of a national debt crisis, it is grueling. Yet, that is what the so-called “super committee” formed as part of the debt deal in Congress may do as it tries to find $1.5 trillion in additional spending cuts. The committee’s proposals are due to the House and Senate on November 23.
The combination of a desperate economy and states in crisis may speed their decision-making. Certainly it will force members to focus on one cold fact: Americans suffer under a regulated private health insurance market that limits their options.
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, approximately 32 million Americans are without health insurance (42 million if you count 10 million non-citizens). Of these, 20 million live in households earning between $49,777 and $75,000 annually. Many choose not to purchase health insurance because it is simply too expensive.
Wage and price controls during WWII limited employer’s ability to recruit workers. To solve this problem, employers offered health insurance as a benefit. Then Congress passed the McCarran-Ferguson Act of 1945, which partially exempted insurance companies from the federal antitrust legislation that applies to most businesses. The new law also allowed for state regulation of health insurance and permitted states to establish mandatory licensing requirements.
What Americans ended up with was employer-based policies that exclude millions of people, impose unfair federal tax codes, create small risk pools confined to state populations, and permit industry protectionism. The newly regulated climate also paved the way for inferior plans loaded with service mandates that don’t meet needs, outrageous premiums and limited options.
No wonder Americans are rejecting their health insurance. The product is no longer viable. I
Then at 8:37AM, national security expert John Wohlstetter will be our guest regarding Gaddafi. Happy days? Likely not. In the event, America can little influence things there. But start with a chuckle, as the Russians protest that killing Gaddafi violated international law. Yep, that's right: the Russians. A vindication for Obama's Libya policy? Certainly not. WHICH policy? His FIRST policy was to protect innocent lives--WITHOUT removing Gaddafi, though Gaddafi was the prime threat to the safety of innocents in Libya. His SECOND policy was to see Gaddafi step down, WITHOUT harming his person. His THIRD policy was to try to kill him, WITHOUT acknowledging the obvious--i.e., that Gaddafi WAS a target. And all along, he choose to "lead from behind" and thus allow NATO to show how it could barely defeat a fourth-rate power, even with US infrastructure support, as detailed in this New York Times article. WITHOUT such support, how would NATO have done? Don't even ask. Tuesday, November 1, Wyoming Liberty Group will host a public policy discussion on this topic.
Phil McGovern, Director of the Cheyenne Family YMCA comes in to update us on the latest from the "Y" at 9:07.