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all dirt roads lead to Obamacare

October23

as most of you know, I went to college at Radford University.

that’s where I first heard the derisive remark that, “all dirt roads lead to Virginia Tech”.

while I never actually had an issue with the denizens of Blacksburg, I see a lot of reasons to take shots at the hapless Obamacare website that now turns the term national healthcare into an oxymoron.

almost every path you take with the new healthcare system going forward is going to feel like a dimly lit rutted road. thusly, all dirt road will lead to Obamacare.

perhaps Virginia Tech can heave a sigh of collective relief to have that monkey off their backs. not even Michael Vick could scramble out of the hole the oval office has spawned for an unfortunate raison d’être.

never being lost for an opinion, and often with a strident effort, I’m getting a lot of feedback on my thoughts around whats not happening with the Obamacare website. Here is a significant point I’m going to focus on awhile…

j edgar hooverthe GOP worked ferociously to convince the White House to push this off for a year. That’s what fueled the government shut-down that the media-centric “obamacrats” skewered Republicans over. I doubt they knew the healthcare sit was going to blow-up, let alone be the biggest security blunder since J Edgar Hoover. but, had Obama worked with the Republicans instead of drawing his saber and standing over his toys, they would have ironically helped him save face.

this might be a new best example of, “lost opportunity cost”. another term the White House is likely all to familiar with.  perhaps now we know why Obama waited until his final term to try and pull this off.  it had to be on his terms… terms. terms. terms.

I wonder if this is the fatal “burning platform” for the Democrats?

so… If you watch news that is trending platforms like Yahoo!, you won’t see much information about Obaitandswitchrama aka Obamacare.

That’s because the media won’t let you frown at the current administration. evidently the Oval office had no idea the most massive piece of software developed since SAP was more buggy than an ant hill.

well… some potentially good news for CEO’s that come under any civil or criminal scrutiny is that they will be able to play, “the Obama card” and claim, by precedent, that despite their fiduciary responsibilities, they had no idea what was happening around them.

by the way… don’t bother wiring your Congressman about this problem that will soon define who we are as a people… both the House and Senate are exempt from the predations and faults of the new healthcare system. they represent you with the same level of care they might actually donate a kidney to you with.

this is an Ayn Ran nightmare. Obama is not Atlas. problem is none of us dare shrug.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

white people tax

May31

I probably have your attention.

but, this post is not what you might initially think. I’m not stapling the race card to my forehead, here (I’ll let Obama do that). in fact, when he learned of the topic and before he read the actual post, one of your Congressman contacted me with a tirade that turned to redoubtable bluster once he understood the true message.

to wit…

although this warrants more research, Ben Battell gave me a heads-up over some legislation that didn’t get much press, but has (had?) ramifications and implications that are down right fascinating, and culturally relevant.

take a look at the following article aptly titled: Tanning salons burned by new health care law.

come on… you gotta hand it to him, Obama is slick. and, the Democrats are insidious in their relentless efforts to undermine best practices and stick it to the GOP. the Obama administration turned-up the heat on tanning salons across the country with the passage of its new health care bill.

a 10% tax on individuals receiving indoor tanning services was tacked on, and the initiative is expected to generate $2.7 billion over ten years. as a result, many salon goers and owners are outraged by the so-called “tanning tax” and think they’re being unfairly targeted by the bill.

evidently, the foundation of all this has some loose statistics around tanning beds and cancer.

fair enough…

An indoor tanning tax will therefore “serve as a signal from the federal government to young people that indoor tanning is dangerous and should be avoided,” said Dr. William James, president of the academy.

In addition, because the United States currently spends about $1.8 billion on treating skin cancers each year and $300 million on melanoma alone, the tax will significantly reduce the future costs of treating skin cancers, Dr. James said.

but, tanning enthusiasts (and race car drivers) have pushed back saying,”There was no due diligence done on how much money this will raise, and it’s going to be nowhere near what they are expecting,” he said. “After taxing female entrepreneurs and primarily female customers, this is the other part of what’s so repulsive about this tax.”

“This is going to close tanning salons,” said Joseph Levy, vice president of the International Smart Tan Network, which has 3,000 member salons. “You can’t just pass on a tax like this to customers and not have it hurt your bottom line.”

however, this is really a direct shot at a class of people (or, people without class) that frequent tanning salons with discretionary income in-hand.

namely, white Republicans.

I am not sabre-rattling!

I simply think this is hilarious. it’s the perfect crime. Democrats will tell black people that tanning booths are just another self-indulgence enjoyed by “rich white people”. so, they’ll be all for it. let’s throw Asian and Hispanics into that pot as well.

wait… it get’s better. the 10% tanning tax has replaced the 5% tax on cosmetic surgery that was originally included in the bill. that tax, nicknamed the “Botax,” would have included Botox injections and breast implants among other elective surgeries, but was cut out of the bill last year after heavy lobbying from the medical and dermatology industries.

but, the problem is the wives of wealthy athletes and members of the House and Senate (the later with health plans subsidized by your tax dollars) also want botox and fake boobs. so, that was “nipped” in the bud.

it should, and will be noted, here, that Mary Dailey (see comments in that referenced article) offered her own hardly unique, and Democratic perspective (and, likely with a raspy voice):

I don’t see anything wrong with there being a tax on tanning. They have already taxed the hell out of ciggarettes which are just as unhealthy as tanning. I don’t tan because I don’t want premature wrinkles.

dear Mary… how many avid smokers do you know that don’t have a lot of wrinkles (and, smelly clothes)? well… maybe people that smoke a lot and have fake tans and boobs die quicker so we don’t see as many of them around Milton, Georgia and the Polo Grounds (more likely so Kentucky, Northern California and Tennessee). but, it’s a good bet Obama will work hard to bum-rush them through Natural Selection to the voting booths so they can take everyone else with them.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

its Civil War, then

September15

So… I’ll never shy away from waxing political and opinionated, on this Blog.

Oh Really? Says, you.

And, today, and this very day, I’ll add another prediction to my growing inventory of good calls…

It’s going to be civil war in-and-amongst the Democrats because Barack Obama has set them up for failure.

Obama has always been so bereft of business, or any kind of acumen, that he really had no idea he could never hope to live up to the high-flying promises he made to get elected as our President. He promised us… well… most of you that voted for him “…great and sweeping change”. Okay… Here is comes [feel it… feel it]: However, the only thing he’s really changed has been his mind – and, that endlessly, as he’s flip-flopped around like a baby seal facing-off against the Japanese.

And, now with unemployment high Obama’s popularity below fifty percent (50%), Republicans likely feel the primaries have reflected an enthusiasm that would serve the party well in the fall, when control of Congress will be at stake.

This means incumbent Democrats don’t know where to turn – other than upon one another.

I’m reasonably certain that most members of the House and Senate fail to represent their constituents, and focus their energies, daily, on staying elected, as much to enjoy platinum benefits and life-styles unrealized by the people they pretend to represent. Today, facing an election year, they can’t even hide behind a presidential smoke screen shrouding a grandiose platform of nonsensical reform. It’s going to look like Jones Town once the real smoke from the fire-fight dissipates. All the “kool-aid” drinkers will have cupped themselves.

Many Democrats are asking Obama to hold-off on making a stand on things like budgets and changes in the tax code until after the elections just so they don’t have to make a stand themselves. But, the Republicans see this from a mile away, are forming tea-parties, and calling their opponents out early. This means Democrats facing real competition for their seats might have to step away from party line and doctrine and actually stand-up for something their constituents need and want. The biggest problem for Democrats is that they don’t know how to do things like work, stand up form themselves, or suck anything up (other than up to celebrity tree-higgers that promise donations). They live off the entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit of everyone else, sucking the blood out of everything – escpecially if “they” means highly-placed workers in government. So, as they single themselves out, they will be picked apart by their own party as traitors, and Republicans alike that know how to fight independently, or for independent thinking and capitalistic values.

It’s going to be like a good old-fashioned border war that will divide states and families into a bitter feud. But, once everything is settled, the lines will have been drawn with more focus, and expectations will likely be made that much clearer with citizen-oriented oversight.

I’m not saying change is always good. It just might mean things are different. But, if you don’t like what’s happening, you have the choice of either changing the rules, or changing the circumstances. And, that is, more often than not, the cause celebre of most Civil Wars.

Stay tuned.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

…Concocted from my iPad – and, thusly, unedited

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