“What you see above is a bill sent to me by a friend. This bill makes no sense unless you realize that a free market is not involved. Either Adventist Health System doesn’t think whoever is paying this bill cares, or is holding them at gunpoint.”
In a civilized society we would call the latter armed robbery.
We would call those who do such a thing criminals.
We would put them prisons.
We would civilly-forfeit every penny they have accumulated through their crimes and return what we can recover to their victims.
“The healing ministry of Christ” eh?
Is that the same sort of “healing” that is involved in anally-raping young boys? It sure sounds like it except this time there’s nobody left out of being screwed — it’s the financial rape of everyone.
The truth is that we don’t live in a civilized society. We live in a society where shoving a gun up someone’s nose through various legislative machinations toevade black letter law that says any person who conspires to restrain trade and competition has committed a felony is no longer a problem provided you’re in the right business, you hang out the right shingle, you woo and wheeze on the schwantz of the right “lawmakers” and they in return give you permission to screw the public to the maximum possible extent, colluding with everyone up and down the line as necessary to do so.
Oh, and as for the $12,000 battery (“cost”) referenced in the linked article? Anyone care to bet what it actually costs to make such a battery? Maybe $20 for a “commercially reasonable” version — mark it up to $100 for one that is made in a clean room and sealed sufficiently to be able to be safely implanted into the body. Hell, make it $200.
So this too is a racket with a mark-up with a factor of 100 times or more.
Want to know how we fix our competitiveness, our joblessness, our deteriorating economic picture?
Want to know how we, the people, instantly put an end to the entire budget problem at Federal, State and local levels? Want to know how your pension gets saved — whether you’re a teacher, policeman, firefighter or employed by a private business? Want to know how you cut your property taxes — and all other forms of taxes — in half? Want to know how your deteriorating purchasing power and financial picture is instantly turned from decline into stabilization and advancement?
You take every one of the institutions involved in this sort of racket and you prosecute them, strip all their assets and return the funds stolen to the extent you can to their victims, convict the firms and their officers, directors and employees and then lock every one of the people involved up, forcing them to make license plates, break rocks and pick up litter on the side of the road, feeding them only bread and water, until they die.
I pointed this out to [Gary] Johnson when he was contending for the Libertarian nomination in Orlando. He blew me off. The entire party thinks it’s more important to talk about gay marriage and smoking dope than to resolve this. As for the Democrats they’re in on it and a Republican who I put significant effort behind and who claimed to be interested in it (yes, that’s you Kerry Bentivolio [MI-11] you sniveling snake) instantly went dark on the issue as soon as he got to Washington DC.
I don’t want to hear one word about getting involved in any political anything from anyone until this changes.
Don’t think for one minute that it’s impossible to fix this problem as the people of this country either. It’s not — if we, the people, demand it. If we show up in the streets of the major cities, refusing to go to work, create economic activity and thus make it impossible to tax as we produce nothing until justice is done.
If we go on strike and refuse to call it off until this crap stops — not until a promise is made which will be broken just like all the rest have been but until it is stopped — period — it will end.
But not until.
In Egypt the people showed up in the street by the millions twice, effectively shutting down all commerce and therefore the taxable base upon which the government, which was screwing them less than these jackals are.
Yeah, I know, it’s tough to stand up. You might lose your job. You got a wife, a house, kids. And I know people will claim that it’s easy for a guy like me to pipe up because I did my thing years ago and have my “nut.” Well so be it but that doesn’t change a damn thing when it comes to outcomes because one guy waving a sign does nothing but millions refusing to work and waving signs, refusing to stand down until the outcome is achieved is the onlypeaceable way to solve this or any other similar problem.
You can either act or not, but if you don’t act you are certain to be financially screwed by this monster at an ever-increasing rate. For 30 years it’s been going on and it still is.
It grossly overshadows all other problems in our economic and political system.
WHERE THE HELL ARE YOU AMERICA? WHY ARE THE SO-CALLED “FREE” SNIVELING IN THE CORNER SO LONG AS ONLY ONE QUARTER OF EVERY DOLLAR SPENT IN THIS COUNTRY IS STOLEN BY THIS CRAP? HOW MANY OF YOUR PARENTS, GRANDPARENTS OR CHILDREN HAVE TO BE RENDERED DESTITUTE OR DIE BEFORE YOU WILL STAND UP AND SAY “NO MORE DAMNIT!”
Because as long as one quarter of every dollar spent in this country is stolen at gunpoint through this exact process there is no justice, there is no law, there is no reason for anyone to cooperate with any branch of the government whether it be state, local or federal as they are all involved in enabling, furthering and protecting this scam and they are shoving their (many) guns up your nose — both literally and figuratively — in doing so.
Never mind that those who sit complacently behind their television and soak up this crap just waiting for their turn in the financial rape-room “In the healing ministry of Christ” deserve exactly nothing either.
Happy complacent August 4th.