Thursday, March 10, 2016

If Republicans are Serious About Stopping Trump, Rubio Needs to Drop-Out Immediately

Conservative Outfitters asked 28,000 Voters if Marco Rubio should drop out.
 An overwhelming 90% said Rubio should drop out!

  2 days ago, Donald Trump won Mississippi and Michigan. There was no surprise Trump won Mississippi but in Michigan, there was a chance that John Kasich was going to win and if he did, this probably would not be a segment I would write about. In Michigan, Trump had 37%, Kasich had 25%, Cruz had 24% and Rubio had 9%. The obvious biggest loser of yesterday was Marco Rubio. Rubio only had 9% in Michigan and 5% in Mississippi. Republicans say that if Trump wins the presidency, it will be the end of the Republican party. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan along with other conservative politicians are already trying to come up with an alternative to the Republican Party!

If I am a donor, I would go to Rubio right now and say, listen, I can't have you in the race taking away votes from John Kasich in Ohio. You're probably wondering if this is a typo. It is not a typo. Yes, John Kasich because my least favorite candidate is Donald Trump, my second least
favorite is Ted Cruz (which is what the donors are thinking right now) so I would take a big gamble and see if John Kasich could have a great showing on March 15th and maybe even win Illinois. If he can't, Kasich needs to get out immediately and they need to invest everything we got in Cruz to take on Trump and hopefully get a good result. Now, why would you want Rubio to drop out oppose to Kasich? Because Rubio is getting destroyed everywhere and is losing by a large margin in his home state of Florida but Kasich has not emerged yet and he has a great shot at Ohio. According to Market Watch, "Kasich has an 8% chance of winning the nomination, Rubio has a 6% chance." That's pretty good for someone who was polling last in almost all of the primaries, projected to win in his home state of Ohio and his expectations are low opposed to Marco Rubio who had high expectations and is losing by 20% in his home state of Florida. 

  In conclusion, Rubio should drop out. The media and donors should take a big gamble on Kasich because he has a great shot at Ohio and possibly Illinois with hope that Kasich can beat Trump. If that doesn't work out, invest everything into Cruz.

  Note, I do not support John Kasich but at the same time I have nothing against Kasich. I am just explaining that the next move the Republicans should make is having Rubio drop-out and taking a chance and attempt to make Kasich their mainstream candidate. 

Signing Off......


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Speaking of Disaster, TrumpCare!

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump released details on what could potentially replace the Affordable Care Act. You'll probably be surprised that individual elements of Trump's plan are a disaster. I'm going to breakdown all seven elements that are mentioned on Note, is not owned by Donald Trump, a specific Super PAC or a political figure. It is an accurate source of information I used to understand what Donald Trump' guidelines for his
alternative are

Point 1:
Completely repeal Obamacare. We must eliminate the individual mandateNo person should be required to buy insurance unless he or she wants to

Repealing Obamacare means repealing pre-existing conditions which are great but keep in mind, we have to focus on what's best for the country. We know that Trump means he wants to get rid of pre existing conditions when he said he wants to eliminate the mandate but other than that, he has not mentioned anything else about the subject. Even though there is no other mention about the subject in this section, I still give it an A because their are only 2 main points that are straight forward, the mandate and the cost of the insurance

Grade: A

Wishlist For Healthcare (Points 2-7)

Point 2:
Modify existing law that inhibits the sale of health insurance across state lines

This actually sounds good because it would be great to see insurance companies compete for the lowest price but it really is not because insurance companies can set their interests rates as high as they want as long as it fits the criteria in the state's laws. That results in insurance companies only going to specific states. That means your state has a great chance of being left out. That is why this process is not in place anymore. 

Grade: F

Point 3:
Allow individuals to fully deduct health insurance premium payments from their tax returns under the current tax system

This will not help anyone in the middle class that does not have employer insurance because they won't be able to afford it. Not only that but anyone who has a pre-existing condition will not be included

Grade: F
Point 4:
Allow individuals to use Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Contributions into HSA's should be tax-free and should allow to accumulate

For those who are not familiar with the term HSA, it is a tax advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers in the U.S who are enrolled in the HDHP. If individuals are allowed to use HSAs, this could generate around $50 a month that could be used to pay hospital bills. Lets be honest though, $50 a month will not play a vital role when paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital bills. I give this point a C- due to the fact that it's still money.

Grade: C-

Point 5:
Require price transparency from all healthcare providers, especially doctors and healthcare organizations like clinics and hospitals

Out of all of the things Trump would want to keep from the Affordable Care Act, he chooses this! Give me a break! This means that the healthcare providers and organizations have the ability to know all of your bid prices, ask prices and trading quantities (stock, good, service) at any given time. Trump supporters, do you realize that Trump is going to make healthcare worse? Do you realize out of all of the things Trump could keep from the Affordable Care Act, he keeps this and there is nothing else he keeps? Giving this point an F would be lenient!

Grade: F

Point 6:
Block-grant Medicaid to the states

This is every Republican politicians dream. The problem is that it would make the cost of Medicaid go up tremendously, cause a lot more inflation and reduce benefits. The good part about it is that it would cut federal spending by $913 billion dollars. I believe there are other ways to cut government spending tremendously and this is a way where people will suffer financially. I give this a C- because it can result in a cut in federal spending.

Grade: C-

Point 7:
Remove barriers to entry into free markets for drug providers that offer safe, reliable and cheaper products

This is a complicated way to lower drug prices. What the government needs to do is what Donald Trump does for a living, they need to negotiate. They need to negotiate with the drug companies for lower prices. This point makes no sense.

Grade: F

If you are planning to vote for Donald Trump, keep in mind that Trumpcare will be much worse than what most the conservative politicians complain about, Obamacare. This is your warning. If your a Trump supporter, think about this for a few moments. Then think again!
I leave you with that......

Signing off......



Monday, March 7, 2016

Hillary Clinton Takes a U-Turn on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

   After presidential candidate and senator of Vermont Bernie Sanders opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and gained votes as a result, Hillary Clinton decided to "change her mind" on the TPP as well and she did it right before the polls opened on Super Saturday. According to The International Buisness Times, Hillary Clinton said, "I did not work on TPP." For those who don't know or are not familiar with the TPP, it is a complex trade deal involving the United States, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru. The deal is expected to grow economic ties between these nations, slashing tariffs (taxes on imports) and fostering trade to boost growth. Some of the reasons critics argue and disagree with the deal is because it can move jobs from the U.S to developing countries. The International Business Times stated, "Clinton publicly promoted the pact 45 separate times." Though, according to The International Business Times, Clinton said, "I advocated for a multinational trade agreement that would be the gold standard. But that was the responsibility of the United States Trade Representative." Even though she called the deal the gold standard, which is an intense comment to make in my view, she blames the U.S Trade Representative. Going back to an earlier quote, when she was Secratary of State and did not have to disagree with the TPP not knowing that she would be competing for the Democratic presidential nomination against a progressive socialist,  Clinton said, "With respect to the TPP, although the State Department does not have the lead on this, we work closely with the United States Trade Representative." So in one quote, she says it was the trade representative responsible but in the other quote, she says that she worked very closely with the trade representative. The article states, "The cables from 2009 and 2010, which were among a trove of documents disclosed by the website WikiLeaks, also show that the Clinton-run State Department advised the U.S Trade Representative's office on how to negotiate the deal with foreign government officials." So, Clinton said that she did not work on TPP but in this quote, it says that she closely advised on how to negotiate the deal. That means that she basically made the deal. If that's not enough evidence for you, According to CBS News, "A senior administration official told CBS News Correspondent Julianna Goldman that Clinton was one of the biggest backers of TPP." If your a Hillary Clinton supporter, do you really beleive that she had nothing to do with the TPP? If you still don't, Susan Rice, President Obama's National Security Advisor said, "She was integrally involved in all of the major initiatives of the of the first term of the administration. She was instrumental in implementing the rebalance in Asia, of which the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a part." This clearly means that she was strongly in favor of the agreement. To show you even more clearer that she was strongly in favor of the agreement, Clinton said, "The TPP will lower barriers, raise standards and drive long-term growth across the region." She went on to saying, "we are making progress toward finalizing a far-reaching new trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership." 

   Hillary Clinton supporters, understand what you are voting for. If you are voting for Clinton, don't be surprised if she goes into office and "changes her mind" again and supports the TPP because I promise you, that is exactly what is going to happen. Don't say I didn't warn you.

   I want to make it clear that I do not want this article to imply that I have something against Hillary Clinton nor do I want this article to imply that I am not supporting Hillary Clinton. I went to Hillary Clinton' rally on Super Tuesday and she is a very strong and bold individual and I have tremendous respect for. I admire her drive and passion towards her campaign and even more so towards helping the American people. I would also like to point out that I strongly appreciate the work the Clinton Administration has done and the work specific individuals tied to the Clinton Administration have done for the American people. Having said all of that, I am just giving my point of view on this specific issue. At this point, I support whoever the Democratic Nominee is, wether it is Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.  

Signing off......