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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: California Governor Names ‘Genius’ Feminist Studies Graduate to Transform California’s Power Sector

Posted by M. C. on November 10, 2019

As Kalifornia goes, so goes the nation.

https://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2019/11/california-governor-names-genius.html#more

Well, you knew this was going to happen.

Thanks to all kinds of regulations, the California power company with a state-granted monopoly, PG&E,  and other monopoly power companies in other regions, are resorting to shutting off power to millions when there is a threat that high winds may knockdown wires and cause fires.

The state has reacted, not by opening up the regions to more competition, which would most certainly include power suppliers who would provide the correct type of power lines to the high wind regions that would not be susceptible to the winds.

Instead, California Governor Gavin Newsom is going more statist.

He has named a new energy czar, Ana Matosantos. No doubt, new regulations are on their way that will distort and suffocate energy production even more with the heavy arm of the state at the helm.

But who is  Ana Matosantos?
Is she perhaps familiar with free markets and how they work so that her totalitarian rule over the energy sector will be lite?

Unfortunately, it does not appear that way.

 Ana Matosantos

K. Lloyd Billingsley at the Independent Institute provides a bit of background on the lady who will be in charge of the power switches.

Key snippets:

“PG&E as we know it cannot persist and continue,” proclaimed California governor Gavin Newsom last Friday. “It has to be completely transformed, culturally transformed, operationally transformed, with a safety culture first and foremost.”

Embattled and enflamed Californians might wonder how this complete transformation is to be achieved. On Friday, Gov. Newsom provided the answer when he named his cabinet secretary Ana Matosantos the new “Energy Czar.” Gov. Newsom is on record that his cabinet secretary is a “genius” and Capitol Weekly explains that Matosantos “makes the trains run on time.”

A Puerto Rico native from a wealthy family, Matosantos earned a BA in political science and feminist studies from Stanford. Those were rather meager qualifications for state finance director, but Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger picked Matosantos for that post in 2009. In 2011, she was busted for drunk driving in Sacramento, but Gov. Jerry Brown refused to accept her resignation. Matosantos served nearly four years as Brown’s chief budget advisor, and her tenure was marked by “multibillion-dollar shortfalls.”

Covered California, the state’s wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare, the so-called “Affordable Care Act,” then took on Matosantos at $120,000 for a six-month stint. Her performance did nothing to prevent Covered California from becoming what health journalist Emily Bazar described as “widespread consumer misery.”

In 2016, Congress passed the PROMESA legislation to deal with Puerto Rico’s $72 billion debt, and the legislation created the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Board. San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi favored Matosantos for a board post, and President Obama duly appointed her. It was not disclosed that Matosantos was also on the board of the Matosantos Commercial Corporation, owned by her wealthy family, with deep interests in the energy business on the island.

According to Christopher D. Coursen, former counsel of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee, the Oversight Board “has been a complete failure and has not achieved anything of significance.” President Trump and Congress need to replace members “clearly unfit to serve” with those dedicated to restoring fiscal responsibility in Puerto Rico. “Given the recent evidence of blatant conflicts of interest of Ana Matosantos,” Coursen said, “her removal seems like the best place to start. And that review and her subsequent removal needs to happen now.”

Hint to my friends in the California hills. Your only option, other than moving, is this.

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Half of Health Spending in the US Is Now Government Spending | Mises Wire

Posted by M. C. on November 10, 2018

Of course, prices continue to skyrocket in the US. But this is not because there is too much “market competition,” but because healthcare is heavily subsidized by various government interventions. As is always the case, subsidized goods and services experience growing demand as the cost — as perceived by consumers — goes down.

It would seem that the goal of the free-market reformer in the current climate must be to stop speaking of preventing “socialized medicine” but instead he or she ought to focus on carving out a role for the market in what is clearly a government dominated sector.

https://mises.org/wire/half-health-spending-us-now-government-spending

Needless to say, the idea that the US has a “free market” in health care is pure fantasy. The so-called safety net is huge, expensive, and dominates the industry. With so many Baby Boomers going on Medicare in the near future, and with continued expansion of Medicaid, it won’t be many more years before a much larger majority of healthcare spending is done by governments.

This, however, won’t mean a fundamental change in the the US healthcare system, but a continuation of an established trend.

I don’t say this to advocate for more government spending on health care, but merely to point out that the US has not embarked on any sort of new road it hasn’t already been traveling for years.

You Don’t Need a Single-Payer System to Get to Single-Payer Levels of Health Spending

As it is, the US is moving toward levels of public spending that will rival those of some nations that aren’t exactly known for any devotion to “free market” healthcare.

As it is now, government-sector spending in the US is similar to that of Chile (which, by the way, has a slightly higher life expectancy).

Given the growth of Medicare benefit spending has nearly doubled over the past decade, it’s not impossible to imagine overall public spending rising to levels we now see in some countries with so-called “socialized” medicine.

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Source. “OECD Health Statistics 2015 – Country Notes”

After all, contrary to the widely-held misconception that all healthcare (including prescription drugs) in Canada is “free,” nearly 30 percent of all healthcare spending takes place in the private sector — mostly to cover prescription drugs, dental care, and other types of care not covered by the state.

Moreover, healthcare in the US offered by ostensibly private sector firms in the US is done overwhelmingly through heavily regulated and highly bureaucratic insurance schemes.

This sort of insurance is so widespread that fewer Americans purchase health services out-of-pocket than in most other OECD countries. While Swiss, Italian, and Australian out-of-pocket expenses constitute at least one-fifth of health spending, the total is only 12 percent in the US. The US is well below the OECD average of 19.5 percent. The idea that millions of Americans are handing over huge sums of cash out-of-pocket to afford basic medical procedures is fiction.

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Source. “OECD Health Statistics 2015 – Country Notes”

At this point, the debate isn’t over a choice between a market healthcare system or a government healthcare system. We’re now just really talking about how much the government sector should grow as a component of all health spending.

Now that the federal government is, by far, the largest single payer for healthcare purchases in the US, we have to openly admit that there is no longer any functioning market pricing system in healthcare. The industry is now dominated by government contracts, government spending, and government regulations on healthcare services.

Of course, prices continue to skyrocket in the US. But this is not because there is too much “market competition,” but because healthcare is heavily subsidized by various government interventions. As is always the case, subsidized goods and services experience growing demand as the cost — as perceived by consumers — goes down. This happens everywhere that healthcare is subsidized, but US policymakers, so far, have lacked the stomach for controlling costs by denying care to people, or making them wait in long queues — as is done in other government-controlled healthcare systems.

It would seem that the goal of the free-market reformer in the current climate must be to stop speaking of preventing “socialized medicine” but instead he or she ought to focus on carving out a role for the market in what is clearly a government dominated sector.

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'Due to funding cuts, the Government has supplied us with its very own doctor!'

‘Due to funding cuts, the Government has supplied us with its very own doctor!’

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EconomicPolicyJournal.com: Republicans’ Responsibility for Socialism’s Comeback

Posted by M. C. on September 18, 2018

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/09/republicans-responsibility-for.html

By Ron Paul

According to a recent Reuters/Ipsos survey, 70 percent of Americans, including about 50 percent of Republicans, support Medicare for all, the latest incarnation of single-payer health care. Republican support for a health plan labeled “Medicare for all” is not surprising considering that Republican
politicians support Medicare and that one of their attacks on Obamacare was that it would harm the program. Furthermore, the biggest expansion of Medicare since its creation — the Part D prescription drug program — occurred under a conservative president working with a conservative Congress.

Conservative Republicans do propose reforming Medicare to reduce its costs, but their proposals are always framed as “saving Medicare,” and most reform plans increase spending. Few conservative Republicans would dare advocate allowing young people to opt out of paying Medicare taxes in exchange for agreeing to forgo Medicare benefits.

Many conservative Republicans favor other government interventions into health care, including many features of Obamacare. In fact, Obamacare’s individual mandate originated as a conservative proposal and was once championed by many leading Republicans. Many other Republicans simply lack the courage to repeal Obamacare, so they say they only want to repeal the “unpopular” parts of the law. It would not be surprising if we soon heard conservatives and Republican politicians talk about defending Obamacare from supporters of socialized medicine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Free-Market Hypocrisy – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on August 4, 2018

Don’t be fooled by patriotic sounding names. Most stink tanks are represent power, want power and want your money.

Your welfare is the least of their worries.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/08/walter-e-block/the-hypocrisy-of-the-heritage-foundation/

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The Heritage Foundation has become the new hiring hall for the Trump Administration, filling key vacancies, providing the foot soldiers for the Trump revolution, and sending the left into a full-tilt panic…

The Heritage Foundation may claim to be fighting the good fight for “free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional values and a strong national defense,” but for those who really believe in individual liberty and small government, the Heritage Foundation agenda is liberty lite, a thin conservative façade applied to Main Street Republicanism.

It is not just that the Heritage Foundation has failed to call for the total elimination of any government department, not one. And for all of its chest-beating about economic liberty, it grows very shy about taking apart the engine of state economic engineering: the minimum wage law, tariffs, welfare, and business bailouts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dave Hodges Defines the NFL’s Role as Collaborator with DHS Gestapo in Destroying American Constitutional Rights (And How to Stop Them) Dec. 8, 2013

Posted by M. C. on June 28, 2018

Every NFL Stadium Is a FEMA Camp Hiding In Plain Sight

On September 23, 2011, children, without warning, were abducted from their Denver schools by FEMA and taken to the Colorado Sports Authority football stadium. At my son’s middle school, we cannot even have my son’s aunt pick him unless she is registered with the school and shows identification. Yet, FEMA can literally abduct children from their schools without parental permission or notification…

I am a typical NFL fan. This is outrageous. Someone should do something. Tell me again when do pre-season games start?

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http://educate-yourself.org/cn/nflNWOcollaborators08dec13.shtml

Dave Hodges

Whatever happened to just playing football? When I used to watch an NFL game on television, I only wanted to watch the game. I never appreciated listening to their liberal political agenda often being spewed out by their talking heads such as Bob Costas.

The NFL Is An Extension of the TSA

The NFL pat downs.

Invasive  NFL security. What’s the difference?

 The NFL has decided it is not enough for Americans to be abused by the TSA at the airport, the NFL has become the newest version of the TSA.

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As the beast of Obamacare is put out of its misery, health care innovations spring up, starting with Amazon, et al

Posted by M. C. on February 1, 2018

Government out, free market in. It can’t be any worse. Still, not happy JP Morgan is involved. It is a shame most big banks are crooked as a dog’s hind leg.

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2018/01/as_the_beast_of_obamacare_is_put_out_of_its_misery_new_innovations_spring_up_starting_with_amazon_et_al.html

The stock market was rattled by news of a bigfoot new entrant in healthcare, slowly coming up the horizon … thud … thud … like Godzilla, stomping everything in its path.

Investor’s Business Daily, in its editorial, noted the that that reaction to the news that Amazon was teaming up with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase was the sign of a disruptive force in the market, writing: Read the rest of this entry »

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Obamacare And Republicrats-What Is The Fix?

Posted by M. C. on August 2, 2017

The failure to repeal Obamacare tells us a few things.

Despite X number of attempts to repeal, the Republicans never had a replacement plan.

Now that Republicans control the white house all but a few do NOT want to repeal. Full repeal, skinny repeal, any repeal-Nope, no way. It is all “Fake”.

Too many sheeple have been sucked in. Voter rebellion would be devastating.

Obamacare repeal was a campaign issue and nothing more. Republicans never wanted repeal. That is because Republicans are Democrats.

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Trump’s Futile Faith in His Market-Based Negotiating Skills

Posted by M. C. on May 1, 2017

http://www.garynorth.com/public/16533.cfm

That law was a monstrosity from day one. Surrendering American sovereignty to some international organization is always a bad idea. From a philosophical standpoint, getting a better deal out of NAFTA is a bad idea. It means surrendering to the idea of the transfer of any national sovereignty to an unelected agency of the New World Order. 
All you need to remember one line from this post- Surrendering American sovereignty to some international organization is always a bad idea.

Think UN.

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UN Interference with Efforts to Repeal and Replace Obamacare – 

Posted by M. C. on April 30, 2017

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The Washington Post has uncovered a transmittal letter dated February 2, 2017 from the UN Office of High Commissioner of Human Rights, forwarding to the then acting U.S. Secretary of State, Thomas Shannon, Jr., a complaint from one of the UN’s Special Rapporteurs about plans to repeal and replace Obamacare.  This Special Rapporteur “on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health,” Dainius Puras, believes it is within his mandate to intervene in the internal debate going on within the U.S. Congress and the executive branch as to what to do about Obamacare. 

Imagine Hillary being a UN pawn in running Obamacare. How long before the UN would have been running the whole show.

We are running too close to the edge. Too close to disaster. Something stupid like this could easily end the Republic.

Dreaded nationalism, America Firstism has arrived just in time. 

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Is Health Care a Right? – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on March 30, 2017

https://lewrockwell.com/2017/03/andrew-p-napolitano/health-care-right/

The regulatory structure of Obamacare orders every primary care physician to keep all medical records on personal computers, to which the Department of Health and Human Services has access. Thus, the long-revered and uniquely American value of the patient-physician privilege — the certain knowledge that your doctor will not reveal what you tell her or him — has been obliterated. The statute also has given the secretary of HHS unreviewable powers to regulate intricacies of the delivery of health care in America.
I didn’t know that either.

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