Hillary Rodham Clinton, as a New York State Senator, now comes under this fancy “Congressional Retirement and Staffing Plan,” which means that even if she never gets re-elected, she STILL receives her Congressional salary until she dies.
If Bill out-lives her, he then inherits HER salary until HE dies. He is
already getting his Presidential salary until he dies.
If Hillary out-lives Bill, she also gets HIS salary until she dies. Guess who pays for that?
.It’s common knowledge that in order for her to establish NY residency, they purchased a million dollar-plus house in upscale Chappaqua. New York . Makes sense.
They are entitled to Secret Service protection for life. Still makes sense.
Here is where it becomes interesting.
Their mortgage payments hover at around $10,000 per month. BUT, an extra residence HAD to be built within the acreage to house the Secret Service agents. The Clintons charge the Federal government $10,000 monthly rent for the use of that extra residence, which is just about
equal to their mortgage payment.
This means that we, the taxpayers, are Clinton’s salary, mortgage, transportation, safety & security, as well as the salaries for their
12 man staff- and, this is all perfectly legal!
I Love it when the Democrats claim Republicans are big spenders, and liberals are representing “the average joe.”
I often find it difficult to track the positions of various politicians via mainstream media outlets. In this day of hugely biased reporting from both the left and the right, you almost have to listen to every speech, read everything written by a given politician to get a true sense of where they are coming from and where they stand – obviously, a daunting task at best.
This article describes a recent exchange between Senator Rand Paul and Senator Ted Cruz, two of the current darlings of the conservative movement. The exchange was triggered by foreign policy remarks in which senator Cruz drew a distinction between himself and his friend and ally, senator Paul.
I would expect these two gentlemen to differ somewhat; Rand Paul, like his father, has strong libertarian leanings; the libertarian platform is one of fairly extreme non-interventionism when it comes to foreign policy. Cruz, on the other hand, has a more traditional Republican approach to foreign policy – he would use foreign policy as one weapon in an arsenal to promote and protect U.S. interests abroad, but he also takes a strong position on human rights, and would use foreign policy, and force if necessary, to protect both human rights and U.S. interests if he deemed it appropriate.
I find this an interesting conversation. I am appalled by historical abuses of our military such as Vietnam and Afghanistan. I do not believe in sending our best young men and women into situations where we have no intention of letting them win.
On the other hand, I don’t have a problem with the use of military force, if needed, to protect human rights, expand liberty, and protect VALID U.S. interests (and U.S. citizens) abroad.
So, which is better? A policy leaning toward cooperation, diplomacy, and a “soft path”, as apparently supported by Senator Paul; or a more “big stick” policy as proposed by Senator Cruz?
As I have discussed several times before in this space, this is a time when we all must start being diligent to “vote with our dollars” and make a few sacrifices to demonstrate our loyalty to the Constitution, and our resistance to the “nanny state.”
Here, then are some suggestions on how you can resist the Obamacare juggernaut.
First, if you already have insurance through your employer, you are exempt… for now. Of course, there is a good chance that your coverage will decline and your premiums will go up as the market adjusts to the burden of Obamacare.
If you don’t currently have insurance, there are three legal ways to comply with Obamacare without enrolling in an exchange:
1. Go uninsured and pay the “uninsured tax.”
Penalties for adults without required coverage begin at $95 or up to 1% of your income in 2014, whichever is greater, and increase annually. Penalties for children under age 18 begin at $47.50.
Although exchange supporters encourage insured individuals and families to try to find lower-cost taxpayer-subsidized coverage on the government exchange, there is no reason to change coverage if an individual or family currently has private health insurance that meets federal requirements.
© Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom 2013 (651) 646-8935
If you can afford health insurance but choose not to buy it, you must pay a fee known as the individual shared responsibility payment.
The fee in 2014 is 1% of your yearly income or $95 per person for the year, whichever is higher. The fee increases every year. In 2016 it’s 2.5% of income or $695 per person, whichever is higher.
If you’re paying under the $95 per person method, in 2014 the payment for uninsured children is $47.50 per child. The most a family would have to pay under this method in 2014 is $285.
You make the payment when you file your 2014 taxes, which are due in April 2015.
2. Obtain private health insurance.
Find a plan outside the government exchanges that meets the Affordable Care Act’s “minimum essential coverage” requirement. This could include the private individual purchase of health insurance, a health insurance policy available from a person’s employer or a policy purchased through a private health insurance exchange.
3. Claim one or more of the nine exemptions to Obamacare.
There are four exemptions from the individual mandate and five exemptions (including an additional list of hardship exemptions) from the “uninsured tax.”
The exempt include:
•Members of health-sharing organizations, certain religious groups that receive no Social Security and Native American tribes.
•Undocumented immigrants, incarcerated individuals, people with insufficient income to pay taxes, and people for whom health insurance is considered unaffordable (premiums after subsidies/contributions exceed 8% of income).Complete list at: https://www.healthcare.gov/
Most people must have health coverage or pay a fee (the “individual shared responsibility payment”). You can get an exemption in certain cases.
You may qualify for an exemption if:
- You’re uninsured for less than 3 months of the year
- The lowest-priced coverage available to you would cost more than 8% of your household income
- You don’t have to file a tax return because your income is too low (Learn about the filing limit.)
- You’re a member of a federally recognized tribe or eligible for services through an Indian Health Services provider
- You’re a member of a recognized health care sharing ministry
- You’re a member of a recognized religious sect with religious objections to insurance, including Social Security and Medicare
- You’re incarcerated, and not awaiting the disposition of charges against you
- You’re not lawfully present in the U.S.
If you have any of the circumstances below that affect your ability to purchase health insurance coverage, you may qualify for a “hardship” exemption:
- You were homeless.
- You were evicted in the past 6 months or were facing eviction or foreclosure.
- You received a shut-off notice from a utility company.
- You recently experienced domestic violence.
- You recently experienced the death of a close family member.
- You experienced a fire, flood, or other natural or human-caused disaster that caused substantial damage to your property.
- You filed for bankruptcy in the last 6 months.
- You had medical expenses you couldn’t pay in the last 24 months.
- You experienced unexpected increases in necessary expenses due to caring for an ill, disabled, or aging family member.
- You expect to claim a child as a tax dependent who’s been denied coverage in Medicaid and CHIP, and another person is required by court order to give medical support to the child. In this case, you do not have the pay the penalty for the child.
- As a result of an eligibility appeals decision, you’re eligible for enrollment in a qualified health plan (QHP) through the Marketplace, lower costs on your monthly premiums, or cost-sharing reductions for a time period when you weren’t enrolled in a QHP through the Marketplace.
- You were determined ineligible for Medicaid because your state didn’t expand eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
- Your individual insurance plan was cancelled and you believe other Marketplace plans are unaffordable.
If you are applying for an exemption based on: coverage being unaffordable; membership in a health care sharing ministry; membership in a federally-recognized tribe; or being incarcerated:
You have two options–
- You can claim these exemptions when you fill out your 2014 federal tax return, which is due in April 2015
- You can apply for the exemptions using the appropriate form:
- Form to apply for exemption based on coverage being unaffordable (if you live in a state using Healthcare.gov)
- Form to apply for exemption based on coverage being unaffordable (if you live in a state using its own health exchange)
- Form to apply for exemption based on membership in a health care sharing ministry
- Form to apply for exemption for American Indians and Alaska Natives and others who are eligible for services from an Indian health care provider
- Form to apply for exemption based on being incarcerated
Note: If you get an exemption because coverage is unaffordable based on your expected income, you may also qualify to buy catastrophic coverage through the Marketplace. This may be more affordable than your other options.
If you’re applying for an exemption based on: membership in a recognized religious sect whose members object to insurance; eligibility for services through an Indian health care provider; or one of the hardships described above:
· You fill out an exemption application using the appropriate form:
If your income will be low enough that you will not be required to file taxes:
- You don’t need to apply for an exemption. This is true even if you file a return in order to get a refund of money withheld from your paycheck. You won’t have to make the shared responsibility payment.
If you have a gap in coverage of less than 3 months, or you are not lawfully present in the U.S.:
- You don’t need to apply for an exemption. This will be handled when you file your taxes.
I would encourage every citizen who must make a choice about Obamacare to carefully, prayerfully consider your options. Remember this is not about “affordable healthcare” – Obamacare is neither affordable, nor healthy – for us, our healthcare system, or our nation.
I am very much in favor of the maximum possible personal liberty; in fact, I am probably more Libertarian than Republican in most respects.
One of the points that has become a mantra for me in business is “don’t give me responsibility unless you also give me authority.” What I mean by that is, if my employer assigns me a project and they give me a leadership role, then they must also give me the level of authority necessary to make the project successful; this might include things like choosing the team members, managing the budget, interacting with customers, or other items necessary to get the project done and make it a success. If I have no authority, than I cannot be responsible for the outcome.
Obviously, then, the corollary must also be true: if I have authority, then I must assume responsibility.
In the area of politics and personal liberty, this means, if I want true personal freedom (authority) then I must be willing to exercise self control and self discipline (responsibility.)
If I cannot govern myself, then I must perforce be governed by an external power.
I realize there are some times and places and topics where the government has an appropriate role to play, but I think there needs to be more thought and more restraint around what, exactly, that role might be. As I consider this, though, I must look for places where I can prove that I can act responsibly, and thus justify my claim to personal liberty, free of government intrusion.
I am going to start blogging here on my thoughts around this topic in the coming weeks. I hope others will join the conversation as appropriate.
This article discusses a “Request for Proposals” (RFP) from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Apparently, “the Fed” is growing a bit concerned about all the negative publicity it is receiving.
On the “plus” side, this is a good indication that the “free and open exchanged of ideas” that has been resurrected via the internet is having a measurable impact.
On the “minus” side, if you are an organization like the Federal Reserve, and you want to protect your political turf, you can now access the “who doesn’t like us” list and take action to shut your enemies up… or shut them down.
We need to be vigilant, we need to be aware, and we need to be brave. Our children’s and our grandchildren’s freedom depends on it!
Today is election day in Pennsylvania.
There is not a lot of excitement in the local elections, but there are a couple of noteworthy selections:
1. Local Sheriff. You need to vote carefully for this office. The Sheriff is the only duly elected law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as I have discussed previously on this site. There are a lot of reasons to invest heavily in, and vote carefully for this office. I suggest you vote wisely and then get to know your sheriff.
2. Retaining state judges. I am voting AGAINST retaining Max Baer and Ron Castille for two reasons: a) I believe in term limits, so it’s a matter of principal and b) both of these men voted against the voter ID laws. I still don’t understand how we can require ID to buy cigarettes, alcohol, get a credit card, access our bank accounts, and a wide variety of other daily transactions large and small, but where it’s really important to have integrity through positive identification of an individual – the exercise of the right to vote – suddenly it’s a violation of someone’s civil rights to ask for ID. Hogwash. These justices did not earn the right to stay on the bench in my opinion.
Remember, if you don’t vote, you DON’T have the right to complain – or even to express an opinion on legislative matters. Your vote IS an expression of your opinion, and it’s the only one that really counts at the end of the day. GO VOTE.
Our government has proven that they do not deserve our respect, or our allegiance.
I salute and celebrate those who oppose tyranny, who are willing to stand up and say “we’re not going to take this anymore.”
This not about creating lawlessness, this is about DEFYING lawlessness, and a lack of respect for all things American – BY OUR OWN GOVERNMENT.