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“SCOTUS” OR “PCOTUS”????

SCOTUS, The acronym for the Supreme Court of the United States has been in use for several years, apparently among young people who don’t know that S. CT has been the abbreviation in use for generations, if not centuries. Merriam-Webster.

I used to respect this group of nine supposedly honest, ethical, educated jurists who are appointed to evaluate legal disputes and render decisions based on the law, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I am also well-educated, a successful businessman and apparently spend more time watching the destruction of our freedoms than all nine of them. There is one major difference, I am not, and never intended to be a lawyer. I lost respect for and I have little confidence in any lawyer who has to be a politician to make a living. This brings me to explain my word, “PCOTUS” which is the correct definition of what used to be our Supreme Court. These nine people no longer deserve to have the word “Supreme” as any part of their title.

PCOTUS, my acronym for the Political Court of the United States which should be the official title. Seeing this court diminish into nothing more than rendering political opinions that help the political part they support. I have read the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and understand the laws of the land. These documents are not mysteries written as a novel to see if you can solve a crime. I will admit some laws like the Affordable Care Act, (ACA,) currently under review by “Pcotus” is one of the best mysterious documents ever produced by any Congress.  Year by year the army of Congressional lawyers who suck on the government teat astound me in how they have mastered the art of distortion and secrecy in laws that the average American would never understand. It appears that over my lifetime Law Schools must have included courses in “Chicanery”, “Political Justice” as well as “Distortion”. It appears that some law schools have also included lying, misrepresentation and unethical methods. I have several grandchildren who are lawyers and let me be clear that my feelings about lawyers is focused on those elected or working in any government position. Even though some these grandchildren are Liberal, it appears they have the ability to make an honest living. They all have enough common sense to know right from wrong.

The current case regarding the ACA is just another screw up by the lawyers who wrote the act and the 100% democratic vote to enact it without even reading the words. It is no secret that Obama and every Democrat would abolish all State laws if they could. It would not surprise me to see Obama try to do this by executive order.

PCOTUS has been reviewing this document since it was published. The Progressive-Liberal race to Socialize our Republic found the perfect “Dupe” in President Obama to finish off the socialization of medical care which was the dream of Hillary Clinton 25 years ago. The only roadblock the Democrats have had for the past several years is that they can’t get at least five Justices on the “Political Court” to change the Constitution to support mandatory Socialism. Even many of our Republican Presidents have been supporters of this change and some running now just hide behind smoke screens to get elected. We will likely see the “PCOTUS” ignore the law again as they have done previously when Justice Roberts sold out and ignored States Rights in a previous decision.

These Justices are holding lifetime jobs, make rather nice salaries for working about three months a year and at least four of them just ignore the laws of the land. Just because Obama ignores the laws we have four Justices who just vote as a block to support his agenda. The media has already ruled that any decision that makes Congress fix the mess will be unfair to too many people. Compassion is not a government decision, it’s either lawful or unlawful.

If President Obama and the 100% Democratic vote to create the ACA was wrong then Congress must fix it themselves. Sadly politics used to be limited to two legs of our government, the Legislative and Executive branches. Laws are now enforced as fairness rather than what is right or wrong under the law.

Now that I hope I have your attention let me introduce you to the current “PCOTUS” members. To make sure you see no age bias I am older than all nine of them as I will be 85 on August 31st. Statistics that I will share have thankfully not caught up with me yet. None of us have a contract for our lifespan and I am blessed. I hope and pray that the Justices are also blessed. Ruth Ginsburg (82) was born March 15, 1933. Antonin Scalia (79) was born March 11, 1936. Anthony Kennedy (78) was born July 23, 1936. Stephen Breyer (76) was born August 15, 1938. Samuel Alito (65) was born April 1, 1950. Sonia Sotomayor (60) was born June 25, 1954. John Roberts (60) was born January 27, 1955. The baby, Elena Kagan (55) was born April 28, 1960. I have one daughter older than the last four and two more children older than the last three.

I did some research to let you see how comfortable you feel having elderly (65+) Justices. Americas leading causes of death after 65 is; 1. A Heart Attack, 2. Cancer, 3. A Stroke, 4. Is a tie, COPD and Diabetes. 5. Pneumonia/Influenza. The health issue that scares me the most is Alzheimer’s. I read that roughly 19% of men will contact this horrible disease if they live long enough. It is only about 13% for women. Based on the mass of five to four votes to decide whether something is lawful or un-lawful tends to reflect that we likely have some Justices who might be having problems.

Every employee that is over 65 and draws a check from the government should have to be tested for Dementia and then once every year if they continue to serve. If all 535  members of Congress were made to take this test, regardless of age, we would not have to worry about term limits. I doubt that half of them could pass 12th grade exams.

If none of the PCOTUS members die before or after the next President is sworn-in, the balance of power in this Court will change the course of history. If the Progressive-Liberal democrats, likely Hillary Clinton, is our next President there will never be another conservative government elected. We have seen what our hate-filled President and a conservative Congress have accomplished, “Nothing”. This will be the end of our two-party government as the rules to elect our President will be changed to eliminate the weighted Electoral College method.

I suppose I should just ignore what is happening, live out my days ignoring the loss of freedoms we have already given up. That is what most Americans seem to desire including some in my own family. That will not happen as long as I am alive and I do hope my heirs have a better life than I have lived.

I proudly display my Conservative views with a bumper sticker on my car. It has a picture of an Eagle with the following words;

“I WILL FIGHT SOCIALISM UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER, THEN I WILL FIGHT ON THE ICE!    

C BREWER 

SENIOR CITIZENS BEWARE – PART TWO

Well it took me nearly four years and over 800 articles to successfully stir up a hornets nest. The “Senior Citizens Beware” article I posted recently, sharing the actual experience of a man in Arizona, finally stirred up some Liberals. The recap of his encounter with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or as it is better known, “Obamacare” flushed out some rather radical feedback. Next let me thank everyone that took the time to at least comment, both pro and con as feedback is always a sign that someone at least read your work. I have recapped some of the negative comments I received;

  1. Blatant Liar
  2. George Bush created the problem with “Medical Observations” not Obamacare.
  3. The problem with non-payment for “Medical Observations” has nothing to do with the ACA.
  4. My article is “Completely Inaccurate”
  5. I am a “hypocrite”.

You are free to read every word except #5 if you go to the published article on WordPress. I always approve every comment I receive if the language is civil, even the ones questioning my creditability and/or my sanity. The “hypocrite” accusation came by E mail from one of my golfing friends who said Lyndon Johnson was the creator of Medicare and my being on Medicare and criticizing it was dishonest.

This week I listened to President Obama stand with a straight face on TV and make the following statements;

  1. Our economy is the best shape it has ever been.
  2. Unemployment is not a problem anymore.
  3. I have elevated the respect for America worldwide as when I was elected it lower than China or Russia.

I feel sure my Progressive-Liberal critics and the entire national media would argue and complain about my wording. As usual they will all ignore Obama’s “blatant lies”. If the word “liar” had a picture beside it in a dictionary to describe what a liar looks like it would be President Obama. History will record that Obama was the most successful “Con Man” that ever lived on Earth. No one ever has or ever will be able to divide free people and destroy a nation faster than he has. He has surpassed Hitler in the speed of destroying a nation.

Let me share some facts for anyone who reads my articles, especially the ones who do not know me or my creditability. I volunteered to serve in the US Navy at 17. I spent 32 years in senior management positions for two fortune 500 companies. I started nine different businesses in three countries. I passed the Mensa Exam at the 99th percentile and was honored to be a member of Mensa and Intertel. I worked or visited in 32 countries and 49 states. I wrote a “Standard” for the American Petroleum Institute as an individual instead of by committee. I trained over 30,000 individuals in nine different countries in multiple subjects. I passed the Professional Engineering exam without a technical Degree. I received a Master’s Degree in Management with a GPA of 3.92 without an undergraduate degree. I chaired a National ASME Committee on Offshore oil and Gas Safety Valves for several years. I designed a Quality Management Systems for over 200 companies worldwide. I doubt that some of my own family know all of this.

My parents and God gave me a mind and I choose to fill and use it. I am one of very few people who actually achieved the self-satisfaction of meeting or exceeding every goal I ever set for myself. I am married to my second wife for over 54 years. I currently have 43 kids, grandkids and great grandkids, including spouses. Five are doctors, three are lawyers, several hold technical degrees or serve in management positions or business owners, one is a CPA and four are teachers or education specialists. One is also a member of Mensa and Intertel and passed the exam at 14. They range in age from one to sixty-six and I love them all.

I am fortunate to have many close friends who share their knowledge and correspondence with me that I selectively publish to share knowledge or create articles that are obviously ultraconservative as advertised by the title of my WordPress Blog. I usually try to identify my sources and I don’t or ever will question their honesty or ethics. If you disagree with my articles I always encourage and approve all comments.

Let me summarize the reason I published this article. If my writing annoys, upsets, causes you to suffer in any way, I did not make you read it. Maybe you should “STOP READING MY WORK!”

Until Obama, Hillary or other Progressive-Liberal nut cases get the first Amendment to the Constitution repealed I will write whatever I choose, whenever I choose as long as my two fingers can type. Learning requires full knowledge of a subject and I read more Liberal drivel than you would ever believe. I write to keep my old mind active and there are no charges to read my work. Like subsistence Obama provides for over 40 million lazy Americans it is free. If my writing makes you mad like it does to one of my daughters and two granddaughters, so be it.

For anyone who takes the time to read this and is older than 85, I honor you with my respect. For those younger my first wish is for you to be fortunate enough to live this long. My second wish is that you will share your knowledge and experiences with others.

Writing this article made me feel real good about the life I have lived and I hope it makes at least one other freedom loving American smile. Smiling is a way to make others smile, try it yourself. 

C Brewer   “Super Senior”

DEMOCRATS SURREPTITIOUS AGENDAS!

Watching the Democrats manipulate the media and the Republican leaders with illusions, deceit, guilt and inequities is like watching a magician perform. When Obama arrived the Progressive-Liberals found a virtuoso, half white and trained by the best Socialist/Marxists masters of illusion America ever produced.

For those who care 38% of our total national debt has been created since President Obama was sworn in five years ago. He then surrounded himself with the most clandestine group of Czars ever assembled to divide the American people into hating each other. Obama then mesmerized Congressional leaders Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi with illusions of power and grandeur. These two had no trouble deceiving all Congressional Democrats who have performed with Oscar winning illusions like puppets and lap dogs.

The first overt operation was the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) commonly named Obamacare. This was step one in the mission to divide Americans with inequity issues. It was also a ploy to win the votes of women by focusing attention on free birth control and making the Republicans look like idiots when they went ballistic over paying for abortions. The Democrats have used Roe vs Wade to capture the women’s vote with overt success so many times it is unbelievable. Every time a Republican screams about what they accomplished they stick in their ear for having no sympathy for the poor or the women, and it works every time.

Unfortunately Obamacare was so complicated even the Democrats have suffered with the screw-ups it has exposed. It has been no trouble for this President as he has also set new records for ignoring the laws he wants changed. The exceptions he has granted to calm government employees, unions and largest political donors has been done with surgical skills and against the very laws enacted by the ACA. Who cares what laws are ignored, he got re-elected didn’t he.

Obamacare complications and the covert gathering of information about Democratic enemies by the NSA have caused too many problems in finishing the Progressive goal to socialize America. The next illusion will be to divert the focus on these problems with issues to further divide the American people using equality to foster more hate.

He announced Monday another try to equalize wealth by taking more money from the tax payers and give it to the poor. They are poor because to keep their votes they must survive on Democratic handouts to eat. When the Republicans scream he can reinforce his hold on the poor by having the media call them heartless. They are not heartless they are as just dumb as a door knob and get trapped every time. They scream we can’t afford the cost instead of shutting up and letting the Progressives bankrupt the country which is their goal. When the poor has no food because the Democrats mismanaged the spending, they will understand that Obama ran out of someone else’s money. Then they will know it was the Democrats who screwed them.

To further divide the people Obama, Reid and Pelosi will insist on raising the minimum wages and the same Republican run for cover will occur. To provide more crisis cover he will push for granting amnesty to the 13 million illegals and this time gain the support of the Hispanic Republican Congressmen at least. The main stream Republicans will suffer the loss of 13 million new voters using leaderless logic and be gored again by the Democratic Wizards of deception.

Why don’t the Republicans learn to put the spotlight on the wealth of the Democrats when they push inequity of wealth? They need the courage and guidance to counter these offenses with some real proposals.

My suggestion is for Republicans to challenge the Congressional Democrats to join them and agree to work for no salary and reduce the pay of all government employees by 20% until the budget is balanced. They should ask the President and his Cabinet and Czars to forgo pay as they will do. Even more would be to ask all media executives, actors, athletes and everyone who earns more than a million dollars to donate what they make in excess of the million until Congress and the President balance the budget.

That my friends is a common sense plan to share the wealth and focus on America’s future rather than play their silly charades. Create jobs rather than welfare. Put people to work rather than pay them to stay home. Today the Senate will vote to add another $25,000,000,000.00 to the national debt by extending unemployment benefits, again. Can you imagine how many jobs could be created by the private sector with 25 billion dollars. Will Congress ever think about all Americans rather than segmental support to gain votes. Unite the American people rather than divide them for political gain. 

I hope I live long enough to see if a leader can be found to unite rather than divide the people like we had when I was a boy. One thing is sure we will have true public servants to vote for rather than the leeches we have today if they receive no pay until they fix the problem. This is another way to remove all lawyers from Congress and they can resume chasing ambulances or possibly become doctors and relieve the shortage they caused when they voted for Obamacare.

This is the “United States of America”. Well it used to be “United” when we had Ronald Reagan.

C Brewer

“OBAMA SCARE”, Affordable Care Act or ACA?

 “OBAMA SCARE”, Affordable Care Act or ACA? 

 

I have ordered the book noted at the end of this message and I hope everyone who votes will read the entire book.

C Brewer

Here is how complete implementation will affect the average American taxpayer, those who have not been exempted from it already by the President.  Answer’s are complex and depend on who you are – a college student, senior on Medicare, uninsured, self-employed, has a pre-existing health condition or get insurance through your employer.

One thing is certain: Obama Care will restructure the way healthcare is delivered in significant ways we will all feel. Regardless of your political views – whether you like what the law sets out to do or believe it is the wrong way to go – change is coming your way.

In fact, it’s already begun with many provisions already in place, or soon to roll out, in the following five key ways that will alter healthcare for Americans. Facts are facts

1. Medicare Changes

The presidential campaign has turned Medicare into a political football, with Democrats and Republicans. Each side is accusing the other side of seeking to cut or gut the federal government’s health insurance program for Americans age 65 and older and the disabled.

Under Obamacare, Medicare reductions would add up to $716 billion in 10 years, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. (Interestingly, that figure is identical to Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget proposal. Healthcare experts believe those reductions will largely leave Medicare unchanged for Americans 55 and older. But the real changes come in 2022. Predictably perhaps, Republicans and Democrats have different ideas about how to preserve Medicare down the road.)

Those reductions in reimbursement to hospitals, insurers and the Medicare Advantage program (by about $68 less per month, according to the Congressional Budget Office) could lead to cuts in benefits and services for some seniors, even though Obama Care does not specify what they might be.

Medicare changes also close the so-called “donut hole” in drug coverage, giving seniors a break on their out-of-pocket costs for medications. But other changes could occur to Medicare as a result of the new healthcare law that could affect their care and costs.

For instance, higher-income earners — individuals earning $85,000 or higher, couples exceeding $170,000 — will receive reduced subsidies to pay for drugs. Obama Care also raises Medicaid payment rates to primary care doctors to Medicare levels in 2014, which some argue could dilute or compromise the level of care given seniors.

Obama Care also creates a panel of experts, known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board, empowered to force Medicare cuts if costs rise beyond certain levels and Congress fails to act. Although the law explicitly prohibits the board from rationing care, shifting costs to retirees, restricting benefits or increasing the Medicare eligibility age, critics believe the IPAB could recommend changes that could lead to rationing.

The board has yet to be named, and its members would ultimately have to be confirmed by the Senate.

2. Price Controls

Will Obama Care limit soaring health costs for healthcare for most Americans? It’s too early to say for sure. But it seems unlikely, at least in the short run.

Obama Care aims to cover uninsured Americans by expanding Medicaid and the “individual mandate” requiring everyone to have insurance or pay a tax. Those moves could hold down healthcare costs over time because many of the 37 million uninsured Americans seek care through hospital Emergency Rooms for dire problems that are more costly to treat, than prevent or manage (such as heart attacks, infections and complications from chronic conditions).

Costs are now borne by taxpayers and people with insurance.

Obama Care proponents have argued people who have insurance are more likely to work with their doctors to manage chronic conditions – such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer – in ways that are less expensive, up front, than hospital care and may help head off serious problems down the road.

But since the law’s signing in 2010, costs and premiums have been increasing. According to the non-partisan Health Care Cost Institute, U.S. healthcare spending grew at a faster pace last year than in the previous two years, when increases in costs actually slowed.

Health insurers have also projected premiums will continue to rise – at least 2-3 percent per year– and nothing in the law bars insurance companies from passing along those increases to policy holders.

But the true acid test may be found in Massachusetts. Under the Romney Care plan, the template for Obama Care, signed into law in 2006, the number of uninsured residents dropped to the lowest level in the country (3 percent), but insurance premiums have risen to the highest cost of any state in the nation for a family of four, according to the Commonwealth Fund. Ooops! 

3. Doctor Practices

One unanswered question about Obama Care that could affect consumers: Will the law drive changes in doctor practices that could worsen physician shortages?

Polls of doctors suggest the answer may be yes. A survey of 2,400 physicians conducted in 2010 for the Physicians Foundation found 40 percent would “retire, seek a non-clinical job in health care or seek a job unrelated to health care” during the next three years. Investor’s Business Daily predicted as many as 360,000 physicians could leave the profession, based on a 2009 forecast survey of 1,300 doctors.

ACA supporters have argued the survey is not a true measurement of physician sentiment, since it came at the height of national debate over Obama Care.

But the truth is no one can predict how the medical profession may respond to the coming changes. One thing is clear, however: the nation is already experiencing a doctor shortage; with the Associate of American Medical Colleges estimating by 2015 the nation will need 60,000 more doctors than the U.S. is expected to have. Adding another 37 million uninsured Americans to insurance rolls and Medicaid, as Obama Care aims to do, is likely to add to the problems caused by existing doctor shortages.

4. Unwritten Provisions

Some impacts of the new law are unpredictable simply because many provisions have yet to be written and Congress must still authorize funding for some of them.

For instance, federal health officials (Health & Human Services – HHS) have yet to identify “essential health benefits” that insurers will be required to provide. Although experts expect those benefits will be comparable to what is now offered through typical employer-based health plans (that now cover about 150 million Americans), the details have not been determined. It’s also unclear how effectively the states – or federal government – will be in expanding Medicaid and creating new “healthcare exchanges” designed to allow millions to purchase affordable, high-quality individual plans.

As we saw with the controversy over just one early provision of Obama Care — the question of insurance coverage for contraception, which the Catholic Church and others vehemently opposed — many similarly contentious measures may be similarly difficult to resolve and implement.

5. Independent Payment Advisory Board

One controversial aspect of Obama Care involves the creation of a presidential commission called the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). This board of 15 experts – chosen by the president and approved by the Senate – will be empowered to cut Medicare spending and make other healthcare decisions independently, unless counteracted by a three-fifths “super-majority” vote in Congress.

The driving idea behind the IPAB’s creation is that the board would be able to make tough budgetary decisions that might be politically difficult for Congress or the president to implement (such as additional Medicare reductions).But because the IPAB won’t be elected, critics argue the board could wield enormous powers and increase government control over of the nation’s health care system.

As is true with many aspects of Obama Care, the devil will be in the details of the law’s implementation. And, like the IPAB itself, Obama Care is very much a work in progress.

The true test of the law’s viability will likely come in 2014, when Obama Care’s most significant and costly provisions are implemented – including the individual mandate that all Americans have insurance, the expansion of Medicaid and the creation of the new state “healthcare exchanges” designed to give individuals without insurance through their employers or government programs the ability to choose affordable insurance plans with guaranteed “essential health benefits.”

These facts are presented by Nick Tate who is the author of the Obama Care Survival Guide: The Affordable Care Act and What it Means for You and Your Healthcare,” published by Humanix Books.

Thanks Ron, I hope this awakens enough people to stop this train wreck.    C Brewer

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