Do you remember September 2013?

In September 2013 I wrote a series of articles about what appeared to be the major weaknesses in the ACA. I stopped those articles in November 2013 and stated that I would withhold further judgment on the ACA until the results were in on the sign ups and the first blush of costs of the services being offered in 2014.

Today everyone knows the problems with the sign ups and the confusion surrounding the imposition of actual rules, court rulings and state-by-state participation.

Friday July 25, 2014 an “Associated Press”article noted in a non-front page story that the administration has changed the penalty for failure to Participate in the ACA plan. It was $95 for the first year or, and this is an important fact 1% of your annual household income! Well now the government has changed its mind again and they will charge you $2,448 for each person in your family or $12,240 for a family of five! These are no longer theoretical regulations they will actually be due when non-participates of the ACA file their 2014 taxes.

Additionally the administration has ruled that the uninsured will owe 1/12 of the annual payment for each month they or their dependents don’t have either coverage or an exemption according to the IRS. Yes the IRS with even more power.

These are actual changes occurring today and they portent more and larger penalties in the future. Interestingly the penalties are scheduled to double in 2016, the last year of Obama’s reign as President and creator of Obamacare, probably the biggest single cost imposed on the average citizen in the history of this government.

Mainstream media crys foul!

The mainstream media is outraged by the announcement today that Sarah Palin is going to join the democrat party. Off the record comments from major TV networks, certain cable serevices, liberal publishing outlets and blogger management are crying foul saying they collectively have spent seven years positioning Sarah Palin as an extreme right wing polarizing figure representing everything the liberals hate about the conservative political movement.

One unnamed publisher speculated on John McCain being elected and then God forbid dieing in office making Sarah Palin president? As president she is after all uneducated [no Ivy league school] right to lifer, anti-Sharia law, pro-drone attacks on ISIS and Al-Qaeda and supporting Scandinavian efforts to stop muslin immigrants from coming into their countries and imposing Sharia law. Further the east coast elitist say she can’t hold a candle to John Kerry and Teresa Heinz as intelligential leaders and of course the truly sophisticated countries like Italy, France, Greece, Spain still attempting to impose a socialist government on their people would not accept a dime of foreign aid from someone as unsophisticated as Sarah Palin particularly because she would demand value in kind. She would send the National Guard to the southern borders of our country and not allow one illegal immigrant from Honduras, Guatemala and Mexico to enter this country. She would have the NSA redirect their investigation into applications for immigration seeking engineers, scientist, and mathematicians and rejecting those with masters in physiology or other non-productive degrees. She would have a work permit program for foreign laborers that tracked these laborers in and out of the country. Finally within the walls of publishing houses and broadcast networks editor boards point out that they as the juggernaut of news information have put all of their efforts toward positioning Sarah as “white trash” the liberals most icky description of extreme conservatives and by inference paints all republicans as out of touch with reality, politically extremist. Worse, rumor has it that Al Sharpton is going to endorse Sarah to join the democrat party. Apparently he can’t find a way to make money by trying to stop the black on black violence in Chicago and hopes the move of Palin to the democrat party would take the headlines off of the record black on black deaths in Chicago, the model of a democrat city.

No, no, no! The mainstream media is formally announcing they will not accept Sarah Palin into the democrat party. The democrats must reject her request or risk losing all the efforts the mainstream media has made to assure the liberal agenda dominates the government of this country.

Alexis de Tocqueville

In the late 80’s and early 90’s I was working as a counselor on media marketing matters and had reason to call on different sources researching my presentations. I was a fan of using Second Order Change as a source. The web defines second order change as “any change, which takes place at a higher logical level than the problem state. This allows the change to affect the system, thereby rendering the erstwhile problem harmless, irrelevant or useful.’ I also tried to use quotes attributable to Alexis de Tocqueville and germane to media marketing problems and opportunities we faced in the early decade of the 90’s. The fact was that while there were many “quotes” from Alexis it was more difficult to trace the sources he used and so I only used one alleged quote “America’s system of democracy will prevail until that moment when politicians realize they can bribe their constituents with their own money” because it represented some issues I felt we were dealing with in the process of changing our media world and working media tools.

This week I went to see the movie “America” produced by Dinesh D’Souza, the same man who gave us the movie “2016” a scathing review of President Obama’s history, ideology and plans as Dinesh and his sources viewed them. He must have made an impression with that movie because it is number two in theatre and disc sales only to Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11” the highest grossing documentary in U.S. film history. Two decidedly different views of what’s wrong with America. I mentioned that Dinesh must have gotten the President’s attention because he was singled out for prosecution by the federal government for illegal political contributions and has a jail term pending of approximately eighteen months.

“America” is a dramatically different film centering on the ill’s of this country generated as the left or liberal elements see it with our moral failings with the Native Americans, blacks, Mexico and natural resources stolen from our own country and of course from other countries, mostly middle eastern and African nations. Dinesh tries to make the point that the American spirit and moral compass has driven our success by innovation from that the historical process of conquest. There is some reference to President Obama and Hillary Clinton and the origins of their ideological approach to this country. The film hits heavily on the alleged beliefs of both Obama and Hillary that there must be a redistribution of wealth from the upper and middle classes to the poor represented by lower educational levels, joblessness and a general malaise that sees no hope for their collective future. The film concentrates on showing clips and quotes from Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers and other noted communist/socialist leaders in the United States. On the other hand Denish attributed many statements to Alexis de Tocqueville from his trip to the United States in 1831 and in subsequent articles and books he wrote on America making the point that With a religious base and in essences a lack of cynicism we could only fail If we defeat ourselves. This contention is why I appreciate Alexis’s statement that “America’s system of democracy will prevail until that moment when politicians realize they can bribe their constituents with their own money.”

Do I think the movie “America” is worth seeing, yes if you want a dose of pride in your country and a reaffirmation of smaller government and a clear path away from redistribution of wealth? I suspect that if any of my liberal friends actually see the movie the moment their hear the words religious convictions in the script their cynicism will kick in and they will sneer at the elements of worth that Dinish attributes to “Americans.”