Congressional “Wounded Knee” : Affordable Care Act

THIS IS WHAT YOU GET WHEN YOU HAVE A BUNCH OF LITIGATORS TASKED WITH SOLVING A PROBLEM. 

Everything that is going on in Washington DC, is theatre – in Congress, the Administration and Media.  On one talk show this a.m., people were flinging terms around like principal, strategy, tactic… the difference of… the meaning of… and I’ve had it.  As a professional planner- my life centered around objectives, strategy and tactics for many years.  I lived to the “big objective”.  I participated in strategy discussions and the tactical implementation plans to achieve the objectives and I personally was involved with implementation and execution.

This is what we get when we ask a bunch of litigators to solve a problem.  They’ve made it bigger and worse and enough is enough.   For all those who don’t get “the big picture” — here it is:

Over-arching Objective for more than 50% of the U.S. population is for Congress to rescind the specific “parts” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that are in contention at present

Here is what the American Taxpayer wants Congress and the President to do:

  1. Clearly identify the “parts” of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that have achieved consensus – meaning MUTUAL AGREEMENT – across the aisle – and mark GO FOR IMPLEMENTATION,
  2. Clearly identify those “parts” of the ACA that are still in contention, and do not have the “support” in its current form, of the American taxpayer, and members of Congress, and pull them,
  3. Implement and enact those “parts” of the ACA that have the support of, and gained consensus by, the American Taxpayer and both parties of Congress,
  4. and take those “parts” STILL IN CONTENTION back to Congressional desks and hammer it out until you reach consensus across the aisle and re-present to the American people.

This is not about who is winning or losing in Congress or what party is winning or losing or is this a slight against the President.  The American taxpayer is shouldering this — and Congress and the President — IT IS ALL ABOUT US — the ones footing the bill.  NOT YOU.  And we need you all to stop being friggin lawyers and demonstrate an ounce of common sense. All this lip beating about shutting down the government is bull.  DO YOUR JOBS.

A message to Nancy Peolosi :  You personally said “You have to pass it in order to know what’s in it”.  Well, it was a stupid statement then, and it still is.   That was forcing us to agree to and sign a contract without being allowed to read the fine print, make objections and changes, and refine the essence of the agreement and contract.  That was a dark day in this country whether anyone realizes it or not. 

What’s the legal expression? Caveat Emptor (Let the buyer beware).  In a court of law — if someone used the defense of buying a TERRIBLE SERVICE CONTRACT and wanting to sue the entity they purchased it from, they could not use “I didn’t read the contract” as a legitimate complaint or rationale. It would be thrown out.  Just as “ignorance of the law is no excuse”, the same applies to caveat emptor – it is up to the buyer to be knowledgeable about what they are getting for their money.  It was wrong for Congress to force passage of a law that has financial implication and ramifications – without giving the American Taxpayer the opportunity to understand the short and long term implications and the right to REJECT IT OR REQUEST FURTHER DISTILLATION.    That was wrong then, and it is wrong now.  Period.

So we passed it, we read it and we don’t like all of it IN ITS ENTIRETY,  That doesn’t mean trash the whole thing, and throw tantrums.  That means pull out the stuff that reads bad, is bad, and may need a rewrite and put in motion the stuff that is beneficial and good for the American people.  The American taxpayer should never accept ANY BILL by ANY CONGRESS or ANY PRESIDENT without having the opportunity to personally read (if a person so chooses), change, delete, repeal or support — once they are knowledgeable about all components and implications.  WE ARE PAYING THE BILL, it’s my dollar.   

Now, most do not know that the IRS (if asked in writing) will be furnishing the HHS with taxpayer history that will be used in evaluating what level of care the taxpayer will be able to get.  This a biggy folks.  It’s right out of the mouth of the IRS.  “On Aug. 13, 2013, the Department of the Treasury and the IRS issued final regulations with rules for disclosure of return information to the Department of Health and Human Services that will be used to carry out eligibility determinations for advance payments of the premium tax credit, Medicaid and other health insurance affordability programs. For additional information on the final regulations, see our questions and answers.”

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Disclaimer:  I read and research Congressional, Treasury, HHS, IRS and Supreme Court rulings and decisions that impact our daily life in terms of taxes, adherence and filing status for the American taxpayer, specifically child care professionals, not-for-profit, individuals, 1099’s and businesses.  I do this as part of my services for one of my clients and, his clients.

Murder of Chris Lane

Many know how I feel about murder – but murders that I call cold killings.  These guys are the scourge of the earth.  They had dead eyes – like sharks.  They killed a dog earlier – and when that wore off… they killed a person who didn’t have a clue what hit him.  My brother was killed in a similar manner.  The person who killed him, killed for fun.  There is a sector of our society that is drugged with violence.  This killing just increased their street worth in their twisted, useless lives that contribute nothing the betterment of humanity.  They are the ultimate parasite.  They are the scum.  Don’t bother trying to “reform”.  Sentence to life in prison, with the finest of food, best medical support, total comfort in summer and winter, so that they live a very very long time – in total silence.   That should be the sentence – that they are never spoken to again.   Nothing will ever make sense to Chris Lane’s family… nor should it.  These were the scum we have to deal with on planet earth.  Scum have varying levels —- and even people in 3-piece suits can be scum.  It’s all about the soul … and they are soulless.

Nyack’s Ghost Town: The Lost Village of Rockland Lake

Fabulous piece written by John Patrick Schutz.

At Home In Nyack

Well, it’s October again, and time for some more local ghost stories – this one is perhaps among the saddest of them all, a whole village that became a wraith of its former existence. The recent fast-tracking of the new Tappan Zee Bridge has brought back fears – well-founded – of homeowners forced to move because of state and federal projects. In Nyack, we mostly discuss the bi-section and gutting of the Village of South Nyack but South Nyack amazingly survived that amputation, other communities in the same time period did not do nearly so well. Not only did the New York State Thruway and the Tappan Zee Bridge project cut a wide swath across the middle portion of the county, but the state conservation movement decided, in the name of “open space” to condemn and forcibly move a good number of Rockland’s villages and hamlets. We tend to think of Harriman State Park and Hook Mountain State Park, and Tallman and the like…

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Were the Irish sea captains that transported slaves to America?

Yesterday I had a very lively discussion on the subject of racism, the roots of, the source, the difficulty it puts on the US because as long as we are divided by race (whatever that race may be), we will never truly be a “united” nation.

When I was reminiscing about my family background, on a very light scale, it was stated that the Irish transported African slaves.  Without any hesitation, I argued against it – just knowing what little I do of Irish history, but added that I would do a deeper dive, because, it is – a myth and one that must be challenged – if inaccurate.

So, this a.m. with fresh eyes… and instead of using my texts in my home, I put a simple question to Bing … “Were the Irish sea captains that transported slaves to America”.  The subject of slavery as been in practice since so-called civilization started, but to have someone actually say that the Irish were the sea captains that transported slaves … sat poorly.  Why? because based on everything I know, the Irish were dealing with their own set of problems –  to put it mildly.   [Anyone who read Leon Uris’  “Trinity” recalls how it fueled the embers of Irish indignation all over again revisiting Oliver Cromwell in his systematic eradication of nearly 1 million Irish in “service” to the crown.]  But I wanted new information – I wanted to search THE WEB and see what came up.   My search yielded lots of good stuff on the subject and let’s start with one interesting blog, http://www.africaresource.com/rasta/sesostris-the-great-the-egyptian-hercules/the-irish-slave-trade-forgotten-white-slaves/.  End note:  I decided to dive a little deeper into this site – because I wanted to learn more about the author (and authors) as well as read some of the subjects and comments.  Wow… there are some very heated discussions – worth reading. It appears no subject is off limits— and just one more source to consider for perspective.

Another source wrote Irish indentured labour in the Caribbean, and last, is
England’s Irish Slaves – http://www.ewtn.com/library/HUMANITY/SLAVES.TXT

No one should be a slave – not then, not now, not ever.  But as long as there are humans who want to exert their power over others … slavery will exist.  It is done the disguise of religion, culture, family, whatever.  Subjugation is subjugation. 

My grandfather was a NYC Policeman from 1909 – 1939(ish)

His proudest boast?  In his career he never had to discharge his gun.  He had his throat cut from ear to ear, transporting – on foot – a criminal.  What saved his life was his club… and the echo it made on the city streets of lower manhattan.  The other policeman – two blocks up – heard the club.  It saved his life.  In 1941 after retiring, he became a night watchman at Fort Dix.  That’s where he found what became my mother’s first baby – Freshie.  A six digit kitten who had a really bad attitude.  My grandfather used to dawn gantlets to play with him – hence the name Freshie.  Freshie also dragged a turkey off the dining room table, and decided to beat the crap out of a great dane.  My grandfather I never knew.  I do know he used to bring home men from the Bowery (as it was called) if he felt they had fallen on bad times and just needed a little help.  My grandmother, according to history, would take care of them until they could stand on their own… and many of the men gave thanks in sweet ways.  They were considered, by many, good Samaritans.  I never met these people, but I was given insight to them by their actions, as told to me by non-family sources.  My grandfather never liked being a cop.  He needed a steady job to support my grandmother, their children – and my grandmother’s nieces and nephews because her brother was a drunk and his wife died.  My grandfather raised 5 children plus his own.  he was a unique soul.  He stressed to his offspring to select a position they will enjoy working at. 

Racism and the IRS

The reason I want to introduce the IRS into the equation is because I see inconsistencies in our daily lives.  In one stream of conversation, we are talking about people, voting, identification, racism, discrimination, etc.  A new stream is about the IRS and what it is doing to get information on taxpayers.  Very probative stuff.  How do I know?  My client is a tax specialist and I am reading about taxes, tax law, tax enforcement, tax deliverables, tax questionnaires that are all IRS generated.  Why is this relevant?  Because right now, 100,000 households in CA have been sent a head of household questionnaire where they will have to prove their head of household status.  It is going to small business owners that have in-home businesses… it is probative and it is mandatory.  These taxpayers will have to prove who they are – and their status.  Now, let’s go back to voting.  Producing ID is an issue for some about being eligible to vote.  Jurisdictions, geography, convenience.  Then why don’t we all feel the same about adhering to the IRS stuff.  It’s a command… YOU MUST RETURN THIS BY.  It’s not a suggestion – it is a requirement.  Some homes may get audited.  Because the IRS doesn’t trust us… and btw, you do know that the IRS adheres to roman law and not civil law.  You are guilty until proven innocent.

If we are ever going to get anywhere in this great nation of ours – we have to have basic ground rules for what it is we are talking about.  If the white race is going to take on the responsibility – of all the ages – of all the discrimination – like girls not being able to own land, or transfer of ownership of property or money (as in the English and Irish history)… discrimination has gone on through the ages across colors and ancestry.  I’m watching it in Africa right now – along with genocide that no one seems to be noticing… but if we in the United States who are white and want this discussion to stop and go away … we need to make a commitment to make it happen.  At the same time, I want and expect the Black community to give me achievable objectives that I can actually make happen.  Not a blanket statement that I can’t do anything with.  If I am going to assume ownership of racism – I expect to be able to assume ownership to making changes.  In order to do that, I need to know what changes need to be made.  I am not articulate on the subject.  There are going to be multiple sides — the key is coming to a agreeable solution and answer.  If we can’t do that, we’re screwed.

Let’s talk about racism

I have been having a discussion with Michele Lewis – and some of her friends, colleagues, constituents, etc., and I have known Mich for over 20 years.  We come from different backgrounds.  To me, she was raised in a “rockwellian” household, from what she shared over the years.  I came from the stereotypical screwed-up house, fighting, violence, guns, alcohol, and the list goes on.  We met in Corporate America.  Our lives have taken different paths.