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Yes the USA government is a Big Ponzi scheme. It started when they passed the Social Security Act. They never planned on people living so damn long after they retired. If you are 30 or younger don't plan on it being there when you retire. The whole country is screwed.
Under the provisions in the stimulus bill, states will once again be paid a bounty for expanding their welfare rolls. As reported by Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation, the federal government will now pay states 80 percent of the cost for each new family they sign up for welfare. That means that states will get $4 for every $1 they spend. This will leave the main welfare program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), with a funding mechanism similar to the one that supports Medicaid. As Brian Blase argues here, Medicaid’s funding ratio, which gives states $1 to $3 for every dollar they spend, has caused state Medicaid spending to skyrocket. If Medicaid’s dollar-for-dollar model has proved ruinous, Obama’s new $4-to-$1 ratio for welfare will prove, in all likelihood, four times so.
One new bureaucracy, the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, will monitor treatments to make sure your doctor is doing what the federal government deems appropriate and cost effective. The goal is to reduce costs and “guide” your doctor’s decisions (442, 446). These provisions in the stimulus bill are virtually identical to what Daschle prescribed in his 2008 book, “Critical: What We Can Do About the Health-Care Crisis.” According to Daschle, doctors have to give up autonomy and “learn to operate less like solo practitioners.”
The stimulus bill does that, and calls it the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research (190-192). The goal, Daschle’s book explained, is to slow the development and use of new medications and technologies because they are driving up costs. He praises Europeans for being more willing to accept “hopeless diagnoses” and “forgo experimental treatments,” and he chastises Americans for expecting too much from the health-care system.
Daschle says health-care reform “will not be pain free.” Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.
The Office of the Federal Detention Trustee (OFDT) was established in September 2001 by a directive of Congress. OFDT reports directly to the Deputy Attorney General, with a mandate to coordinate detention activities for the Department of Justice (DOJ) and with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
OFDT's oversight of detention management is focused on improving the planning and integration of federal detention capabilities while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of federal detention operations. Given the authority to manage the DOJ's detention resource allocations, OFDT is responsible for the financial management of detention operations as it coordinates with the components of other federal agencies involved in detention. The Trustee's office employs sound strategic planning to improve integration of federal detention capabilities while keeping federal detention standards in focus.
The major functions and responsibilities of the Federal Detention Trustee are to:
- Direct and coordinate the budget and strategic planning submissions of detention operations to ensure internal consistency and elimination of duplication;
- Develop, implement, and monitor compliance with Department-wide standards, policies, and procedures;
- Develop and manage comprehensive statistical and financial databases describing detention activities;
- Develop and implement strategies to deal with detention "hot spots" and crises;
- Review existing detention practices and develop alternatives to improve mission efficiency and cost effectiveness; and
- Integrate existing predictive workload models to develop comprehensive, Department-wide detention planning capabilities.
This is the beginning of the "Brave New World".
Thank you for the very informative post Professor a lot of great information and assesment there. These are truly troubling and disturbing things being legislated. The Constitution seems to have nothing to do with the concept of governing anymore. If word and understanding of these things truly become known to the masses the bravery needed to address this new world might just be found.
In October of 1939 amid the turmoil of the outbreak of war Hitler ordered widespread "mercy killing" of the sick and disabled. Code named "Aktion T 4," the Nazi euthanasia program to eliminate "life unworthy of life" at first focused on newborns and very young children. Midwives and doctors were required to register children up to age three who showed symptoms of mental retardation, physical deformity, or other symptoms included on a questionnaire from the Reich Health Ministry. A decision on whether to allow the child to live was then made by three medical experts solely on the basis of the questionnaire, without any examination and without reading any medical records. Each expert placed a + mark in red pencil or - mark in blue pencil under the term "treatment" on a special form. A red plus mark meant a decision to kill the child. A blue minus sign meant a decision against killing. Three plus symbols resulted in a euthanasia warrant being issued and the transfer of the child to a 'Children's Specialty Department' for death by injection or gradual starvation. The decision had to be unanimous. In cases where the decision was not unanimous the child was kept under observation and another attempt would be made to get a unanimous decision. The Nazi euthanasia program quickly expanded to include older disabled children and adults. Hitler's decree of October, 1939, typed on his personal stationary, enlarged "the authority of certain physicians to be designated by name in such manner that persons who, according to human judgment, are incurable can, upon a most careful diagnosis of their condition of sickness, be accorded a mercy death." Questionnaires were then distributed to mental institutions, hospitals and other institutions caring for the chronically ill. Patients had to be reported if they suffered from schizophrenia, epilepsy, senile disorders, therapy resistant paralysis and syphilitic diseases, retardation, encephalitis, Huntington's chorea and other neurological conditions, also those who had been continuously in institutions for at least 5 years, or were criminally insane, or did not posses German citizenship or were not of German or related blood, including Jews, Negroes, and Gypsies. A total of six killing centers were established including the well known psychiatric clinic at Hadamar. The euthanasia program was eventually headed by an SS man named Christian Wirth, a notorious brute with the nickname 'the savage Christian.' At Brandenburg, a former prison was converted into a killing center where the first Nazi experimental gassings took place. The gas chambers were disguised as shower rooms, but were actually hermetically sealed chambers connected by pipes to cylinders of carbon monoxide. Patients were generally drugged before being led naked into the gas chamber. Each killing center included a crematorium where the bodies were taken for disposal. Families were then falsely told the cause of death was medical such as heart failure or pneumonia.
Originally posted by mikerussellus
"Rage, rage against the dying of the light"?
I have been screaming about this for the last year (I'm a contributing editor to useless-knowlege.com) but just to paraphrase Obama, he won. The sheep that make up american population voted him in and now we are all reaping the bitter fruits of their moronic actions
People like Daschle are not very far away from Hitler and the Nazis.