Let’s Get This Straight: Health CARE vs. Health INSURANCE

Lately in the fight to repeal Obamacare, the left has returned to an old lie, conflating health insurance with health care. It’s high time to debunk this in more detail than I can do in comments or Twitter posts.

Before doing that, let me explain right up front why the leftists are using and reusing this lie. If they can scare the low-information voters into thinking that repealing Obamacare will lead to them being turned away at the doctor’s office or ER, they think they can get people to call their Congresscritters to complain. Thus they are all repeating something they know is a cold and callous falsehood.

Obamacare is health insurance. It is not health care. There was health care in America long before Obamacare. In fact, four of the framers of the Constitution were doctors: James McClurg, James McHenry, Benjamin Rush, and Hugh Williamson. The hospital I work in was founded in 1901, over a century before Obamacare.

Also despite the leftists’ lies, there was cancer treatment in America prior to Obama signing his signature bill in 2010. The American Cancer Society was established in 1913, nearly a full century before Obamacare.

Please, if you care about the truth, push back against the lie that Obamacare = health care whenever you encounter it!

Updated! Democrats to Rehang “Pigs” Painting in Capitol Building

Well, I guess all the real big problems of the nation have been solved, since Democrats have the free time to deal with this:

Democratic lawmakers put back on display on Capitol Hill a controversial painting that angered police with its depiction of officers as pigs — after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter personally took down the picture last week.

The move Tuesday by members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., whose office for months had sponsored the display of the student artwork, could revive tensions with the law enforcement community.

And the Democrats think this is, as my Marine friends would say, the hill they want to die on? They want to make a big deal over a painting depicting law enforcement officers as swine, and named for said swine?

UPDATE: It appears the picture is down again.

Trump, Kushner, and Double Standards

Let us engage in a little thought experiment.

Let’s say that Hillary had won the election. And, a couple of weeks before the inauguration, news comes out that she’s going to name Marc Mezvinsky (Chelsea’s husband, therefore Hillary’s son-in-law) as a White House adviser. How do you think Trump supporters would react?

I think it’s pretty obvious many of them would be screaming bloody murder about nepotism and many other things.

Yet, Trump is reported to be naming his son-in-law to a White House adviser’s job, and I’ve not seen a peep out of the Trumpeters.

So, I guess it’s OK with the die-hard Trumpeters for Trump to do this.

But there’s more to this than a double standard. When another Democrat takes the Oval Office — and it will happen at some time, no party ever has a permanent lock on the Presidency — if he or she appoints family members to White House positions, the GOP will not be in any position to complain without being hypocrites.

This is the legacy of Trump.

The Value of Saying “Merry Christmas!”

So, it’s that time of year when many people refuse to say “Merry Christmas,” preferring the politically correct “Happy Holidays.”

Now, why do I think we should say “Merry Christmas”? Simple. Because that’s the holiday we’re celebrating! Yeah, there are Hanukkah celebrations and Kwanzaa and maybe even Festivus, but come on, the tradition in America is that Christmas is the major winter holiday.

Some might say that there are so many holidays in one month that using “Happy Holidays” is more “inclusive.” Well, look at February… Valentine’s Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday… but do you ever get or give a bright red heart full of chocolates that says “Happy February Holidays”? No, you give or get Valentine hearts!

Another reason is because it’s high time we push back against the SJWs and Christophobes that want to push every mention of Jesus, or Christ, out of the common language. When you get right down to it, they object to Christmas because of the first six letters of the word. It’s time to put that word back into conversation.

So, if you’re in a store and they wish you a “Happy Holidays,” just return their greeting with “Merry Christmas!” Don’t be mean about it, but don’t back down from saying what you wish. And keep in the back of your mind that “Holidays” is a shortened version of “holy days.” That’ll help you keep smiling as you say it.

The Double-Standard of the Trumpeters

Many of the Trumpeters — at least those that were politically aware prior to January, 2016 — have been known to use this video to characterize the people who supported Obama and, by extension, Obama himself.

However, these same people seem to be having a problem with this video.

Now, let us be honest here. The Trumpeters are trying to have it both ways, but they can’t. If it’s wrong to use videos of supporters to indicate the kind of people a given politician attracts, then it is always wrong. If it’s right and proper — and I think it is — then it is always right and proper.

In politics, it’s almost always the leftists that want the double standards. Just look at the Democrats on sex scandals. If a Republican is alleged to be involved in one, then It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (great song, by the way). But a Democrat? Nothing to see here, it’s just sex, let’s everyone just MoveOn (.org)*.

And now the Trumpeters are doing the same thing. But I think there’s another motivation. I think they’re upset that we are starting to see how many Trumpeters are alt-reich (another way of saying alt-right, one that I think is far more apropos) types. And that knowledge getting out scares them.

Trump Will Not “Drain The Swamp.” Trump IS The Swamp!

So, the Trumpeters are all agog about how Trump will “drain the swamp.” They need to take a good hard look at the transition team he’s assembling.

First, there’s Reince Priebus. If ever there was a swamp-dweller, it’s Priebus. But Priebus has been on the Trump Train since at least January when he famously removed NRO from the debates for writing not-nice things about The Don, so this is his reward.

And that’s just the start:

…[T]he Trump transition team is a who’s who of influence peddlers, including: energy adviser Michael Catanzaro, a lobbyist for Koch Industries and the Walt Disney Company; adviser Eric Ueland, a Senate Republican staffer who previously lobbied for Goldman Sachs; and Transition General Counsel William Palatucci, an attorney in New Jersey whose lobbying firm represents Aetna and Verizon. Rick Holt, Christine Ciccone, Rich Bagger, and Mike Ferguson are among the other corporate lobbyists helping to manage the transition effort.

This is nothing new. Trump supported swamp-dwellers Reid and Pelosi, not to mention Gang of Eight members Chuck Schumer (D), Dick Durbin (D), Bob Menendez (D), Lindsey Graham (who might as well be a D), and John McCain, who calls conservatives “wacko birds.”

Trumpeters, of course, say you gotta be a swamp-dweller to drain the swamp… but that is in marked contrast to what they said prior to November 9, where you had to be an outsider! In short, they’re moving the goalposts.