President Teddy Roosevelt: Thoughts on Immigration

Teddy Roosevelt:  1907 comments about immigration

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin.  But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here.  Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all.  We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language…and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”

Voter Fraud: “It’s everywhere….it’s everywhere!”

 

Today’s BIG news is that Donald Trump feels that several million votes in the Presidential election were fraudulent. Well, that’s NOT big news today. Trump stated that was the case throughout the campaign maintaining there were fraudulent votes caste during the primary elections too. What IS new is that ALL the media — including Fox News — are making a huge deal out of it — not the potential voter fraud but that Trump still thinks it existed and that it should be investigated.

Why all the uproar about a voter fraud investigation? After all, the news gurus are saying over and over again when they report on it “there is absolutely no evidence to support that allegation.”

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about national politics and national media it’s that when they SAY there’s no there there, there ALWAYS is a “there there.”

What did they say when Barack Obama not only said there was voter fraud, he launched an investigation into voter fraud at the time? They said nothing. Why? It’s obvious: he’s Barack Obama. Why say something now then? It’s obvious: he’s Donald Trump.

Maybe they learned their lesson after President Obama: sometimes what’s being told to the media may not be accurate (or even truthful). And maybe, just maybe, news people should do what they say they’re here to do: to investigate reports of “things” to see if they’re true.

Does anyone but me think there just could possibly be a possibility that in California (for example) the state government passes out drivers licenses to illegals like cereal boxes — that’s to “illegals.” What’s the requirement in California to register to vote? A drivers license.

Maybe I’m being paranoid. Maybe there’s no there there. But maybe there IS. And if there is an IS there, it needs to outed for one purpose and one purpose only: only citizens are allowed to vote in the U.S. And anyone other than citizens who vote are doing so fraudulently.

So I suggest all those who are crying “foul” at Trump’s call for an investigation just sit down and do the same thing they did when Obama cried “foul” too: NOTHING. Let’s have an investigation and discover the truth. If it is determined there was voter fraud, let’s prosecute offenders. If there was no voter fraud, we are probably are going to be OK going forward. At least those who give serious thought to cheating in voting will think it through before doing so knowing they could get caught now. There’s a new Sheriff in town and he’s watching.

Difference between Conservatives and Liberals

There is an obvious vast divide between conservatives and liberals made more obvious by all of the vitriol between candidate camps during this election season — such anger and disgust never seen in any previous election in modern history.  The differences between political camps are numerous.  But there are fundamental traits that can be pointed to and which understandings serve well in grasping the true differences between these two political philosophies.  So what are they?  This is easiest to comprehend through Q & A.  Let’s get rolling.

  1. Conservatives think liberals are wrong; liberals think conservatives are evil.  Conservatives stared in disbelief as again and again liberals railed against not just Donald Trump but all who support him, not for being wrong but as being evil.  In their view that is the only reason anyone would be conservative.  On the other hand, conservatives typically feel liberals are misled by ideals that are unworkable, illogical, unethical, but all are counterproductive to life as we know it in the U.S.  Conservatives stop short of leveling personal attacks against liberals simply because they differ in philosophy.  Example: conservatives are aghast that any American would even contemplate allowing anyone into the United States without going through the legal process.  Liberals totally disregard laws regarding this, excusing the unlawful process in the name of humanity and common sense care for the downtrodden.  In their view it is America’s responsibility to feed, house, and clothe the World.  And anyone who thinks otherwise is simply inhuman, ignorant, uncaring, or evil.  Neither understands and/or accepts the views of the other on illegal immigration.
  2. Liberals know their political views are right and nothing can change that.  They refuse to consider alternative views as realistic or acceptable.  Conservatives like to talk and have adopted their conservative rules after much thought and consideration, and found their niche.  Conservatives are very comfortable having conversing with their opposites to try to reach consensus, even if without total agreement.  Liberals do not like to discuss views and compare with conservative ideas.  Why?  Because all conservatives are beneath liberals and therefore have ides that are stupid, incomprehensible, uneducated, and/or un-American. Liberals simply discover and maintain a nasty disdain for even talking with any hint of objectivity about conservative people or ideas.  Example:  television news anchors, reporters, and editorialists demonstrated exactly what this point is about night after night to the run-up to November 11th. Nighttime show hosts laughed at the thought of Trump even running for President, and none gave any hint of belief this could ever happen.  On election night one after another broke down with horror, shock, anger, and disbelief as they discovered that somehow the unthinkable was happening.  Conservatives knew that (because of liberal hate for conservatism) if Trump won, liberal reactions would be just like they were.  Why?  That’s what liberals do.   And the only way it could happen (and DID happen) was because everyone who voted Trump are idiots.

 

Two Cows

 

We often get confused when we hear different types of world governments labeled in the press and conversations with others.  Quite honestly there are quite a variety of government philosophies in the World today.  Through history many have come and gone, but many find their way around to countries throughout the World from time to time.  When that happens they are usually revised to fit applicable differences in government thought and philosophy, but usually the core of each remains intact.

Because there are so many, I thought it would  be fun to use some “comparative humor” in explaining their differences.  In doing so, the economic perspective seems to me to be one we can all relate to.  Enjoy!

SOCIALISM

You have 2 cows.  You give one to your neighbor

COMMUNISM

You have 2 cows.  The State takes both and gives you some milk

FASCISM

You have 2 cows.  The State takes both and sells you some milk

NAZISM

You have 2 cows.  The State takes both and shoots you

BUREAUCRATISM

You have 2 cows.  The State takes both, shoots one, milks the other, and then
throws the milk away

TRADITIONAL CAPITALISM

You have two cows.  You sell one and buy a bull.  Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows.  You sell them and retire on the income

ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND (VENTURE) CAPITALISM

You have two cows.  You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island Company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company.  The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. You sell one cow to buy a new president of the United States, leaving you with nine cows. No balance sheet provided with the release.  The public then buys your bull.

SURREALISM

You have two giraffes.  The government requires you to take harmonica lessons.

AN AMERICAN CORPORATION

You have two cows.  You sell one, and force the other to produce the milk of four cows.  Later, you hire a consultant to analyze why the cow has dropped dead.

A GREEK CORPORATION

You have two cows. You borrow lots of euros to build barns, milking sheds, hay stores, feed sheds, dairies, cold stores, abattoir, cheese unit and packing sheds.  You still only have two cows.
A FRENCH CORPORATION

You have two cows.  You go on strike, organize a riot, and block the roads, because you want three cows.

A JAPANESE CORPORATION

You have two cows. You redesign them so they are one-tenth the size of an ordinary cow and produce twenty times the milk. You then create a clever cow cartoon image called a Cowkimona and market it worldwide.

AN ITALIAN CORPORATION

You have two cows, but you don’t know where they are.
You decide to have lunch.

A SWISS CORPORATION

You have 5000 cows. None of them belong to you.
You charge the owners for storing them.

A CHINESE CORPORATION

You have two cows.  You have 300 people milking them.
You claim that you have full employment, and high bovine productivity.
You arrest the newsman who reported the real situation.

AN INDIAN CORPORATION

You have two cows.  You worship them.
A BRITISH CORPORATION

You have two cows.  Both are mad.

AN IRAQI CORPORATION

Everyone thinks you have lots of cows.  You tell them that you have none.
No one believes you, so they bomb the ** out of you and invade your country.
You still have no cows, but at least you are now a Democracy.

AN AUSTRALIAN CORPORATION

You have two cows.  Business seems pretty good.  You close the office and go for a few beers to celebrate.

A NEW ZEALAND CORPORATION

You have two cows.  The one on the left looks very attractive…

Ireland 2015

You have two cows.  The government introduces a cow tax and you sell them to pay the tax. The government introduces a no cow tax.

Ireland:

You have two cows. Your neighbor has three. You hate him.

Ireland:

You had two cows but one was forced to immigrate to the US and the other drank itself to death.

 

Trumpism #2: The Democratization of Presidential Communication

 

I’d love to take credit for the name of this particular blog, but it actually came from Kelly Anne Conway – senior advisor to President-elect Donald Trump who also was his Campaign Manager.  In stating the above, she identified what is probably the biggest current fear of the national media: to be left out of the heretofore national media-only process of disseminating all news from the White House to the American people.  For decades this outflow of White House news came chiefly from the daily briefings the Press Secretary held.  In those meetings only those media reporters and writers whom the President deems qualified enough and cooperative enough to put out the message he so chooses and stated just how the President expects are invited to participate.  Any exceptions to this process have historically meant the rescission of daily briefing invitations to any offenders.

Enter President-elect Donald Trump.  Does anyone reading not understand that Trump does not like the Media?  No, he has made that clear to all.  It should come as no surprise that this group of media elitists who have for decades been the mouthpieces of the White House for dissemination of the latest news and information to the nation are trembling and in desperation for their jobs.  Why?  The idea of not having these daily briefings is actually floating around Washington.  And they are all scared to death.  Without those White House press briefing they are not needed.

Not only are the White House news pundits fearful – so are senior members of Congress who live on the left side of the aisles of both Houses.  It appears that Trump who has lived for years in a world of business in which he has learned through many scrums with media that the truth is not always important to the media.  Media pundits know full well that news perception is the only reality that matters to the World.  And when they are the sole conduit for shaping and reporting news to the World, they alone hold the power of exactly what to and what not to say, and further to shape that narrative the way THEY choose, not based on the intentions of those who give the stories.  Uh Oh…then Trump discovered Twitter.

The political benefits to having and using Twitter are two-fold:  1.  The “Twitter-er” can easily speak as often as desired directly to those who follow him or her, or the “Twitter-ees;”  2.  There is no mediator who receives the message from the Twitter-er and “interprets” the content of that news to “Twitter-ees.”  That makes the mediators (or news reporters/writers) unnecessary.    Donald Trump has mastered the art of news reporting in just 140 characters.  He discovered that in doing so he can now reach exactly who he needs to reach with the news HE wants to put out.  Combined he has 45 million people he can speak directly to whenever he wants, saying whatever he wants without any media filters.  (45 million is the combination of his Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram followers) Real example today:  By 8:00 AM today he had tweeted six times about several different topics.  Each tweet contained no more than the requisite 140 characters.  I got the information contained in all six immediately, but not from ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, or MSNBC.  I received each of the six as did the other 44.99 other DJT social media followers directly from him!  By using this messaging process, Trump got to us all when he wanted with what he wanted us to see and hear.  And media hacks are horrified.

This new Presidential method of communicating information to American has horrified even Chuck Schumer – minority leader in the U.S. Senate.  The New York Democrat has blasted Trump for “giving his policies to American with 140-character sound bytes.  Americans deserve more.”

There are a couple of things in play here that the Liberal Left are struggling to get a handle on.  One is that they have always controlled the political information narrative – either by initiating news items or pushing their news items out to their media buddies for print and/or broadcast.  Secondly, because of that process, they have always controlled not only the content of what was made news, but the behind-the-scenes narrative of what THEY wanted the supporting “facts” to be.  And in many cases it has turned out that those “facts” were just liberal narrative.  But by the time Americans discovered that, it was too late.  Liberals love that.

Founders of Twitter never realized their platform would revolutionize White House Communications.  But it has.  Trump has Twitter; Trump has YouTube.  With those social media platforms, he can easily bypass the riffraff in Washington D.C. and much more effectively and efficiently reach all those who really count – Americans who live outside the Beltway.  Buckle in American media: it’s going to be a heck of a media ride!

 

How to Fix Healthcare in Just 3 Easy Steps

 

 

First, let’s make one thing clear:  U.S. Healthcare is in great shape…period.  It is the finest on Earth.  There’s nothing wrong with Healthcare.  What’s wrong is in healthcare reimbursement issues and the fallout from those as they impact every level of healthcare.  I’ve been in Medical Reimbursement Management for 25 years and work with and for healthcare providers in virtually every field of medicine.  If we can simply repair provider reimbursement, healthcare will be fine.  And we can offer affordable healthcare to all without any pre-existing condition restrictions.  How?

Healthcare providers in today’s world do not get paid timely and sometimes do not get paid at all for services they provide – even from insurance companies.  Wait a minute:  government intervention into this will not correct that problem.  We’ve seen that debacle already with Obamacare.  Everything necessary to correct this problem already exists, believe it or not.  It all began years ago with HCFA (the Healthcare Finance Administration) that has been renamed CMS, or Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  This department of the U.S. government exists primarily to be the watchdog over government health insurance programs and their financing.  It is a monstrosity that is primarily responsible for almost 20% of the U.S. economy.  How so?

There is no building in D.C. with “Medicare” or “Medicaid” on the side.  Medicare patients’ bills are not sent to a Medicare office with people who pay for Medicare patients’ medical procedures.  CMS contracts with private insurance companies around the nation to process patient claims and pay those with funds provided by CMS.  When a Medicare patient calls the toll free customer service number on the back of their Medicare card and someone answers “Medicare,” they are NOT talking to Medicare, but someone at that private insurance company responsible for their claims.  By accident in doing this our government has done a good thing:  outsourcing rather than hiring tens of thousands of employees to do this work that is done much better in the private sector.

In this process, the main element necessary to right the Healthcare ship was created years ago under Medicare Part B.  There are two main parts to Medicare – Part A and Part B.  Part A is for hospital reimbursement for Medicare, Part B is for all other types of medical providers:  physicians, out patient clinics, medical transportation, etc.  Part A is a financial horror and is horribly abused.  But under Part B the old HCFA created a fee schedule under which every type of medical treatment is identified and an exact reimbursement amount under Medicare is set.  Obviously the cost for treatments vary from place to place, so these fee schedule allowables are set based on zip codes.  You will hear arguments from Part B providers as to the fairness of Part B fee schedule reimbursement amounts, but my 3-step solution will address those concerns and others.

First, let’s do away with Part A and create a fee schedule that works for all private insured and government insured healthcare procedures.  Structure it identically as the current Part B Medicare fee schedule, adjusted by zip code.  (Example:  an MRI in Manhattan costs more than an MRI in Ruston, Louisiana for obvious reasons, so the Part B fee reimbursement for that MRI is higher in Manhattan than in Ruston)  Trust me when I say every medical procedure has been included on the Part B fee schedule and is universally available – several hundred thousand.

Secondly, make this Fee Schedule a universal requirement for all insurers and healthcare providers – private and governmental.  How?  Remember, private insurance companies contract with CMS to process Medicare claims and make millions of dollars for that work.  To be eligible to do so each insurance company will be required to adhere to that fee schedule for reimbursement to providers not just for Medicare patients, but for private patients as well.  Healthcare providers to be able to treat Medicare patients and receive reimbursement for doing so must accept fee schedule allowable amounts as payment in full for all patients – not just Medicare.

The third step is actually multiple small steps that cleanup this process.  They include removing restrictions for insurers from selling policies across state lines (which will drive policy premiums down because of competition), continuing the current restriction against pre-existing conditions for insuring patients.  Assuring all healthcare providers they will be paid for their services in no more than 45 calendar days from the date insurance companies receive an accurate, correctly coded and documented claim for services provided will excite doctors and facilities who often spend months fighting to receive accurate and timely payments for their services.  Patient medical records must be made available in electronic format and maintained for every patient so that when going from doctor to doctor, those records are made available immediately so that any necessary medical information for appropriate and timely patient treatment is there always.

These three steps will sew up 90% of the issues with U.S. healthcare while immediately stopping damage to actual healthcare that is happening now under Obamacare.  We do not have a healthcare problem in America, we have a Healthcare reimbursement problem.  And it is fixable.  Taking care of this 90% will go a long way to take care of the other 10%:  quality healthcare for indigents.  With Medicaid made available with similar reimbursement processes in place using the same fee schedule for payment, no one will ever again have to visit an emergency room to receive non-emergency care.  And physicians and facilities will receive reimbursement for treating those Americans just as those with other insurance.

This could quickly be a reasonable fix for this problem through a true partnership between the government and private sector.  This would be a business model using this philosophy:  no one knows everything about everything.  But what is necessary to be known in healthcare is always available.  There are people who know and understand each part of the process.  Put all those together and you put all the information in place necessary to handle U.S. Healthcare Reimbursement.  We can do so without destroying our Healthcare.   And correcting Healthcare Reimbursement will assure the top physicians, technicians, and facilities remain available and are financially viable.