And Charity For All

The Republican Party had overwhelming won elections in both houses of Congress in November, 2010. President Obama had failed to route the Great Recession (no one talked about Depressions anymore, but everyone snickered about this euphemism). General Motors had “married” Chrysler, and had failed to market the electric Jeep properly (or perhaps the American people said one thing when they meant something else). The Chyrsler-GM brand was no more.

Ford had failed soon after, and then the automotive suppliers. That led to the failure of the rest of the automotive plants sited in America. With the death of the desire for “new cars” (unlike Henry Ford, the leaders of the automotive industry had never considered that their employees might not be able to afford their cars), and their expensive “safety” features, Americans were moving back into the inner cities, or nearer their work.

Entitlements were a big issue for Americans. Everyone wanted to beggar their neighbor. The concern for those less fortunate was fading. Adult children looked at their parents, and saw they had programs that took care of them (and no tax burden). The “kids” were expected to pay the upkeep on a massive “defense” program that had not seen a war on our shores since the Indian Wars. They were expected to maintain medical programs for the elderly when they could not afford insurance for themselves or their own kids. They wanted “change” so they voted Republican.

The Republican Party looked at things. They were not the party of “tax and spend”, but reducing taxes. Even though the elderly were a big block of their voters they decided to do what was good for the majority of the country that actually consumed, and kept the economy going. Newly into their terms , and with a 61 seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the Republicans had decided that doing what was good for the majority was more important than reelection.

On January 4, 2011, the new Congress was sworn in, and the next day (after all the pictures were taken) got down to work. A junior Congressman from Ohio (who did not expect he would do much after this) put a bill, “The Charity Encouragement Act”, into the hopper that called for the elimination of all federal entitlement programs. An additional part of this bill encouraged individuals and “other legal entities” to contribute to individuals who had medical needs (including nursing home care) or financial needs (up to $10,000 per “needy” adult, or $6,000 for a “needy” child). In return, any contributions could be subtracted from their gross income, and not taxed. This had the signatures of all members of the Republican majority.

A quick vote led to its passage (the last check would go out in February, 2011). This program would creat its own beaucracy trying to ensure that the “likeable needy” did not receive thousands while the “assholes” received no charity. Churches were encouraged to fill this need.

The recall in Toledo, Ohio was successful. Carty Finkbeiner vacated the office of mayor, and a Republican, Jim Murphy, was elected to office. He contracted out the collection of garbage to the lowest bidder, and the “Cadillac” of garbage collection was no more. It cost a little more, but the city no longer had to consider future pension programs for this class of worker.

He eliminated all entitlement programs in the city, and eliminated the fire companies in the inner city (while at the same time reducing taxes for the inhabitants of those districts). He was doing what was good for the majority, and did not worry about reelection. As houses caught fire, and burned down (because of the slow response time of the department) people began to consider moving to safer (but more expensive) areas. Large parts of the inner city began to look like the pastures and orchards it had once been. The outer belts of the city were happy because the costs of the fire department were becoming less. And the costs of policing the city were becoming less.

Millions of the elderly, and poor were receiving “charity” from those who wanted to lessen their tax burden. And millions were not. Children were taking care of their elderly parents for the “tax break”, and those without issue looked to strangers for concern. Some were too proud to reach out. The government could not entirely get out of the entitlement program. They had to still coordinate the efforts of millions to help others, and, hopefully, leave no one untouched who needed it.

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...raised to meet the needs of defense and other expenditures? After all, you allow all "charity" contributions to be non-taxable, and the taxable amount of gross income would become smaller. Unless, we start relying on charitable contributions to fund the defense of our nation (with no taxation on the amount).

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Again, use charity. Permit anyone to contribute to a pool of money (their contribution would not be taxed by the federal government), and anyone with less than a living wage to draw from it (this is what is considered the minimum living wage, without entitlements, in Toledo, Ohio, http://www.livingwage.geog.psu.edu/places/3909577000, or $30,495 per year for a woman with one child, and no health insurance, in Lucas County). These individuals would be able to bring an income tax statement, or a paycheck, to the managers of the pool. Hopefully, there would be representatives, perhaps from non-profit organizations, in each local municipality.

Those in need of health insurance would bring a contract from the health insurance company of their choice (allowing the “free market” to work), and they would have a check for the annual premium “cut” for the health insurance company of their choice. This would continue until the fund ran out of money, on a first come, first serve basis. This would also allow insurance carriers to compete based not on cost, but the quality of healthcare they provide. It would also allow those outside the program to see who is getting good covereage. In time, the poorly performing companies would be run out of business.

Old South End Broadway

...$151 a month in Toledo (or $1812 a year). I suppose that would be for health insurance coverage. My brother's wife pays $500+ a month for a family of five for health insurance, and she has several hundred in deductibles. She gets her insurance through the Federal program where she has a few hundred insurance companies to choose from (she is a rural carrier in Michigan).

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Except for the fact that locally we might be in a "depression" as opposed to a nationwide recession, there is no reason why such "pools" could not be instituted at the local level. We could have pools open to the citizens of this city, this county, or this state. By opening such a "pool" at a national level we have the broadest coverage, but some areas may not be "Johnny on the spot" when it came to residents signing up for health insurance.

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...U.S?

.Where does the U.S. get most of the raw steel that it uses for manufacturing? Is it the continental U.S., or cheaper manufacturers overseas? If the demand for expensive automobiles goes down in the U.S. (which seems to be the kind of vehicles that the Big 3 have a penchant for building) where will we get our automobiles from? If there is excess capacity in the U.S. will the buyers of the bankrupt Big 3 factories open them or “mothball” them? The facilities might stay idled for years waiting for some national need for them to reopen. And unless more people begin to make more money (which is not likely) only the “professional” class will have the cash to purchase the automobiles that the auto makers want to make (because we “demand” them). If we do away with Medicare (as I suggest) that will have a huge impact on the health-care industry who relies on Medicare for their bread-and-butter, and they may not have the money (as individuals) to support such an industry
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This link from the “The New Republic” gives a liberal side for the automotive industry, http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html?id=a4893b49-36df-4784-9859-2dfa3a.... Maybe it’s best we call it a day, and forget about manufacturing cars in this country. We will still have the facilities “mothballed”, and ready to begin production in a national emergency.

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She realized that it was hypocritical for the U.S. to try to shut down cocaine production (which was quite lucrative) when U.S. citizens were willing to go to any lengths to abuse it. In one of her first press briefings she warned American citizens that they should no longer expect narcotics entering the U.S. to be "untainted". She did not mind if she could not stand for reelection. She had seen the damage to her own family when one of her children became addicted to "crack".

She got a "finding" from the CIA that she felt allowed her to conduct an operation as she wished. She ordered a special operations team to prepare to move on a warehouse in Medillin, Columbia. It would be all "in house" with trainees used to do the "hump" work.
They were "feet dry" at 0200 local time, and landed an hour later near the warehouse. The operators "removed" the warehouse guards, and the trainees loaded the bags of cocaine into the CH-47. They arrived in Mexico a few hours later, sleep the day away, and began to "convert" the power to "rock" with an additional "kick". Next, it was offered for sale to a drug lord at a reasonable price.

A few weeks later "crack-heads" began dying in Detroit. A routine autopsy on one who was shot revealed a lethal dose of strychnine in his tissues. By the end of the month there were 12,000 dead from "overdosing", and while families bewailed their loss, communities did not.

The secret was kept for a while, but additional "operations" involving heroin, and marijuana could not be kept quiet forever. The President was hounded by the press, and the Justice Department but was not perturbed from her course. The price of drugs began to go down, and manufacturers made extraordinary efforts to make sure their product was "clean". Dealing became a more dangerous occupation as "users" killed many dealers they suspected of dealing in "poisoned" product. The trust between "dealers" and "clients" was broken.

"Heads" began to make a real effort to clean up. The real possibility of death sharpens the will to come clean. Seeing friends and acquaintances dying in agony took the romance from coke and heroin.

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