Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Point by Point Continued

***Let me hasten to say that I'm not doing this to defend Donald Trump, I'm sure most of you know that. I'm just pointing out the selective nature and downright falsehoods of the far Left, and the ease with which they lead their adherents. Donald Trump has indeed stretched the truth at times, but some of these points are so completely false it's even amazing that the Left can believe them.

Okay, we're on point #4.

Notice the weak "Army generals said..." No citations, no names, we're just supposed to believe it because this rag says it. The truth about the army, and the military in general:

Even though the number and severity of threats to the United States continues to expand, the US military is only getting smaller. In the 1990s, the US prematurely dismantled the force that helped it win the Cold War. After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the size of the US Air Force and US Navy continued to decline, while the size of the US Army rose temporarily before contracting just as sharply. Only the US Marine Corps, the smallest of the armed services, may remain as large as it was in the mid-1990s.
Last year, the bipartisan National Defense Panel reached the conclusion that the size of the US military “is inadequate given the future strategic and operational environment.”

Full report here. Source is the American Enterprise Institute, which is nonpartisan. Point #4 is one of the most egregious lies on this list.

Point #5: Really, does *anyone* believe this? Obamacare is an abject failure, but they cling to it like a lifeboat. I could provide three days' worth of refutations for this one, but I'll pare it down a bit here.

One of the nation's top insurance companies has threatened to pull out of the government-run health insurance exchanges, while others are raising rates by double-digits after realizing that people signing up for insurance tend to be older and sicker than originally hoped.
On top of that, enrollment projections are way off.

But perhaps the biggest immediate crisis facing the Obama administration's signature health reform measure is the utter collapse of many of the so-called cooperatives that were set up by states as part of the 2010 law.
The Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan, or Co-Op, portion of the health care law established nonprofit health insurers that would receive federal funding and were intended to compete with private, for-private insurers on the exchanges as a way to lower prices. They were supposed to be small-scale single-payer systems that would be free from the profit motive; a progressive's dream solution to the problem of providing health insurance for all.
Instead, they've turned into a nightmare. So far, 12 of the 23 co-ops have failed, defaulting on more than $1.2 billion in federal loans. Only two have been able to break even so far, and most of the remaining co-ops are eyeing massive premium increases—as high as 40 percent in some cases—to stay solvent.

Source:Reason, Nov. 2015.

From Investors.com:
The promise of ObamaCare wasn’t just that insurance would be cheaper. It was that health care itself would be more affordable. It’s an important distinction.
Insurance that doesn’t cover anything, strictly limits the doctors you can see, imposes fantastically high deductibles, or costs too much to buy, does nothing to improve access to health care. Nor do insurance plans — like Medicaid — that doctors refuse to accept.
So far, that’s all ObamaCare has delivered.
Premiums are sky high and deductibles for a Bronze plan average more than $5,000. To keep costs down, insurers skimp on provider networks, making it more likely patients will end up paying out of pocket for care they need. Medicaid enrollment has exploded while the number of doctors willing to take Medicaid shrinks.

There is so much more, but you get the idea. Donald Trump certainly wasn't lying about that one.

More tomorrow!

***Here's a timely piece from Forbes magazine: How to pick a winning NCAA bracket.

***Whoa. Man charged in Michigan shootings says Uber app took him over. Oooookay.

A man charged with killing six people in a series of shootings in southwestern Michigan interspersed with stints as an Uber driver told investigators he was being controlled by the ride-hailing app through his cellphone, police said Monday.
According to a police report, Jason Dalton told authorities, "it feels like it is coming from the phone itself" and he didn't know how to describe that. He also described something "like an artificial presence," the report said.
Dalton is charged with murder and attempted murder in the Kalamazoo-area shootings Feb. 20 outside an apartment complex, a restaurant and at a car lot. Two people survived. Investigators say Dalton didn't know the victims and described the shootings as "random." They still are trying to determine a motive. A judge earlier this month ordered Dalton to undergo a mental competency exam.

*** That's what I call the ultimate green car:

the ultimate green car funny picture

***Great story about how one man helped another and learned his story.

***“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain 

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