May 042017

The American Health Care Act (HR 1628) passed by the House today reduces taxes on the American people by $1.489 trillion. The bill abolishes the following taxes imposed by Obama and the Democrat party in 2010 as part of Obamacare:

1. -Abolishes the Obamacare Individual Mandate Tax which hits 8 million Americans each year.

2. -Abolishes the Obamacare Employer Mandate Tax. Together with repeal of the Individual Mandate Tax repeal that’s a $270 billion tax cut.

3. -Abolishes Obamacare’s Medicine Cabinet Tax which hits 20 million Americans with Health Savings Accounts and 30 million Americans with Flexible Spending Accounts. This is a $6 billion tax cut. Sub-total,  $276 billion.

4. -Abolishes Obamacare’s Flexible Spending Account tax on 30 million Americans. This is a $20 billion tax cut. Sub-total, Sub-total, $296 billion

5. -Abolishes Obamacare’s Chronic Care Tax on 10 million Americans with high out of pocket medical expenses. This is a $126 billion tax cut. Sub-total, $422 billion.

6. -Abolishes Obamacare’s HSA withdrawal tax. That’s a $100 million tax cut. Sub-total, $522 billion

7. -Abolishes Obamacare’s 10% excise tax on small businesses with indoor tanning services. That’s a $600 million tax cut. Sub-total, $1,022 billion or $1.122 Trillion

8. -Abolishes the Obamacare health insurance tax. This is a $145 billion tax cut.Sub-total, $1.267 trillion

9. -Abolishes the Obamacare 3.8% surtax on investment income. This is a $172 billion tax cut. Sub-total, $1.439 trillion

10. -Abolishes the Obamacare medical device tax. This is a $20 billion tax cut. Sub-total, $1.459 trillion

11. -Abolishes the Obamacare tax on prescription medicine. This is a $28 billion tax cut.Sub-total, $1.487 trillion

12. -Abolishes the Obamacare tax on retiree prescription drug coverage. This is a further $2 billion tax cut. Sub-total, $1.489 trillion dollars.

May 042017

Brian Fitzpatrick, alleged to be a RINO proved it by voting with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats against President Trump’s repeal of Obamacare today. That’s tantamount to a resignation from Congress unless Fitzpatrick runs as a Democrat next year because he will lose if there is a primary election challenger against him.

Brian is as good as the Democrats can do and unless the Republicans elect a different candidate Representative Fitzpatrick will be on his way way to a massive defeat next year. A big disappointment for Bucks County Republicans but true to his Democrat Levittown roots, Fitzpatrick has been a “No Repeal” voter all along.

It’s a surprise because Brian’s older and wiser brother Mike did his best for Bucks County for decades before bringing Brian back from Democratic California. Rob Boyson, President of the Lower Bucks County Tea Party Patriots, a group who supported Congressman Fitzpatrick was neither surprised nor disappointed as were the rest of the Tea Party people in Bucks County PA and nationwide because Brian Fitzpatrick is acting as he thinks he should. Oh well, . .

May 042017

Medical Insurance is not Medical Care. Medical Insurance doesn’t cure disease. It takes qualified people to do that.

Obamacare never provided medical care. Obamacare didn’t pay for medical care either. It forced insurance companies to pay and it forced doctors and hospitals to provide medical care.

Government drove up the price of medical care by ordering it to be done or else punishment would be extracted on medical people who refused to accept the government’s amount for medical service.

Some insurance companies went out of business because they could not charge enough to pay for medical care and still make a profit. Some medical practitioners went out of business because the government tried to force them to work at a loss. Government interference with the free markets related to medicine caused health care prices to increase far more than the market would support.

But it’s far too late to make the moral case for a free market in medicine. The medical schools control enrollment to they keep the number of doctors low to keep the prices to provide medical care artificially high.
Regulation instead of a free market is the cause of the high cost of medical care. Obama made that cost even higher by design with the interruption of the free market. The removal of regulations will drop the cost. One answer is to also lure foreign immigrants who are doctors and nurses. 




May 042017

Pope Francis said: “An offense is overcome with forgiveness, by living in peace with everyone.” What about Justice?
Sin is before all else an offense against God. Why does the Catholic Church make punishment a part of the sacrament of Penance?
Why does the church preach about punishment for the guilty after death?

 What fact of reality gave rise to the concept “justice”? Answer: The fact that individuals must draw conclusions about the things, people and events around them, i.e., must judge and evaluate them. Is human judgment automatically right? No. What causes judgment to be wrong? The lack of sufficient evidence, or the evasion of the evidence, or the inclusion of considerations other than the facts of the case.

How, then, is one to arrive at the right judgment? By basing it exclusively on the factual evidence and by considering all the relevant evidence available. But isn’t this a description of “objectivity”? Yes, “objective judgment” is one of the wider categories to which the concept “justice” belongs.

What distinguishes “justice” from other instances of objective judgment? When one evaluates the nature or actions of inanimate objects, the criterion of judgment is determined by the particular purpose for which one evaluates them. But how does one determine a criterion for evaluating the character and actions of people, in view of the fact that people possess the faculty of volition?

What science can provide an objective criterion of evaluation in regard to volitional matters? Ethics. Now, do I need a concept to designate the act of judging a man’s character and/or actions exclusively on the basis of all the factual evidence available, and of evaluating it by means of an objective moral criterion? Yes. That concept is “justice.”

That’s what the Pope is fighting against. Justice requires punishment. Forgiveness is not in the hands of the person committing a sin. It’s in the hands of the people who judge. that’s what the Pope should do instead of condemning justice as he did when he spoke of the mis-application of justice by crushing it with forgiveness.

Western law requires penalties for the breach of law. Imagine if the Pope idea was implemented after a trial. Convicted criminals would be forgiven and let loose upon society to commit more crime.  

President Trump should be given an apology when he arrives in the Vatican to visit with the Pope. 


May 042017

Moses lived, . . . there is some dispute about the dates but from about 1590 BC; Buddha from about the sixth century BC when the basis of Hinduism seems to have begun, to Jesus from about the beginning of the first century and Muhammad from 641 AD. Together they represent the largest legions of followers of religion but among whom there are differences and between them wars have been propagated. For example, the attacks of 9/11/2001 were the result of religious differences. About 78% of the world follow some type of religious practice. Science has appeared and it represents the biggest challenge to religion. So far there is no reconciliation either between the religions or within them that answers science.

Into those situations governments has found itself. Jerusalem is a particularly precise place where there are major clashes, seemingly everyday even though people of different religions live there is some kind of co-existence. Here in America the “Ground Zero Mosque” was proposed. the “hot war” in Syria has both religious and secular or non-religious elements. On the secular side Presidents Trump and Putin are involved. So are popes, priests, prophets, Imans, Rabbi’s and a great number of religious experts of varying degrees. What do prophets say about that?

Unfair question say some. It’s about oil or money, not religion say others. America stepped back from religion upon it’s founding with an attempt to keep religion and government separated. The reports about the success of that are very, very mixed as flash points are constantly appearing in places like, …well, all over. What is the answer?

The broadest comment is: what’s the question? That leads to the foundational elements of all religions.

What is religion? Most answers point to the existence of the supernatural and that leads to the questions about the beginnings of the earth as well as the beginnings of everything, about which many religions but not all, have something to say. The earth is 4,543 million years old. Subtract 1500 BC from that to find how long the earth found itself without religion. It’s been about 14 billion years from the Big Bang when the universe was so concentrated it exploded. The redshifts of supernovae indicate the expansion of the universe is accelerating, an observation attributed to dark energy’s existence which seems to bring the Clinton’s into the picture.

What about morality? Most religious people use religion to justify morality which is a set of rules to guide behavior. Religions have o lot to say about morality but there is no philosophical agreement on the moral basis of the various religions or even about religion itself.

Three questions: where an I? How do I know it? What should I do? Religions offer various answers. So does science.
Where are we? Science says: in a knowable universe.
How do I know it? By studying the evidence.

What should I do?

The American Constitution offers “The Pursuit of Happiness” but a lot of people find happiness outside of America. Within America many are delighted even though this last election is causing political unhappiness and just as the religious people don’t agree, neither do the politicians, many of whom insist on following their religion while trying to impose rules, laws and regulations on America. Some of those rules spill over into the rest of the world. Syria, North Korea and Israel pit the followers of the various religions with no answer to What should I do? America seems to have the best answer: pursue happiness. If this is unsatisfying to you you need to find your own set of answers, . . . just keep me and America out of your dilemma. You can go to the Vatican, to Jerusalem, to Mecca, to India to MIT or UCLA for answers. You can go to a bar or a pot shop and for many those are about as good as they can do, just follow the law and the best place for that is in America. If you aren’t here, there are an amazing number of wonderful and satisfying places, ex president Obama went to the South Sea Island that was favored by Marlon Brando. The island of Santorini is a personal favorite, as is South Africa if it were free of politics which it isn’t, the Mediterranean if you can forget the politics or get to a place private and safe enough, Europe in general and Paris….well the politics all over Europe just caused the CIA to issue an unsafe alert for Americans in Europe so it’s back to this land of Jefferson who wrote the Declaration to include the pursuit of happiness as a fundamental right.

The Right to the Pursuit of Happiness means your right to live for yourself, to choose what constitutes your own private, personal, individual happiness and to work for its achievement. It means the collective cannot decide. It is a secular idea.