This isn’t Health Care Reform, Either…

Can anyone really doubt at this point what a failure Obamacare has been? With the huge increases in premiums, it’s a sinking ship and it’s taking on water faster by the minute. We need to face that Obamacare was never anything but another scam to make those who work pay the bills for those who don’t.

So are we rejoicing here at Back Door Politics about the new Republican Plan to replace it? Unfortunately, no. Yes, we do agree those mandates need to go. People who can’t afford insurance in the first place can’t afford to be fined for not having it, either. But what about the savings we have been hearing about to be achieved by allowing us to buy health insurance across state lines to promote real competition among insurance providers? What about using President Trump’s proven negotiating skills to bring down the cost of pharmaceuticals? Neither of these are in the current Republican plan.

The response of the President and others for their absence is they will be added in additional phases of the plan yet to come. That’s not what we voted for. If the problem is going to be fixed, it needs to be fixed now and without giving us the run around about how promised elements of the plan will somehow be added later. If that’s what we wanted, we might as well have voted for Hillary Clinton.

Reportedly, if those provisions were in the plan now, it would be rejected in the Senate. If that’s the case, let’s get the problem out in the open. Won’t they pass in the Senate because of loyalty to insurance and pharmaceutical special interests at the expense of the rest of us? It certainly sounds like it and if so, that needs to stop now. If that’s not the reason, let’s hear what the real problem is. We didn’t elect the current administration to work against us on behalf of special interest groups. We’ve already had too much of that for far too long. If the government must be in the healthcare business, it’s time for real health care reform instead of politics as usual…

Time to Deal with Mexico in Terms They Understand

I’m advised today that the Associated Press is reporting that Mexico is going to commit fifty million dollars in legal fees to help illegals in the United States fight deportation back to Mexico. It’s bad enough they aren’t helping secure the border to stop drug and human traffic. For a foreign government to interfere with immigration law enforcement in the United States is way over the line.

I suppose the problem stems from all of the money legal and illegal Mexicans send back to their families in Mexico. More deportations mean less cash flowing into Mexico – and these funds, referred to as remittances, add up to some serious money that Mexico has started to depend on.

The solution? Tax the remittances at a percentage they are going to feel and generate an amount of tax money this will be useful for border security. Maybe this will help Mexico pay for that wall as well as discourage them from interfering with our legal system…

Join the Truth-Tellers

BPD has long been involved in the Truth-Tellers project in which we challenge the misrepresentations and outright lies spread by the leftist print media. These far-left extremists are no friends of our American Republic and present a distorted view of American life and values on a daily basis. Yes, I know I didn’t really need to tell you that. It’s pretty obvious.

It isn’t easy for regular citizens to do something about these daily injustices, but Truth-Tellers has put together a program that allows anyone to be part of a truth squad to set the record straight. Does it have an effect? Apparently so. I think one can judge the effectiveness of these sorts of things by the angst it engenders among the members of the far-left, themselves. Or, in other words: how much push-back do we get? Quite a bit, it would seem. I’ve been doing this for a couple of years in respect to some major newspapers and I not only get hate mail from the left, I get so much hate mail that I’ve had to establish a separate email address for it: hatemail@backdoorpolitics.com. I encourage you to join the fight. Contact me at my hate mail email address. It will be nice to get something a little less hateful for a change…

When Jobs Leave America…

There’s still a lot of talk in the media around here about those $25 per hour Carrier and Rexnord jobs that are going to Mexico to pay Mexicans an hourly wage of something closer to three bucks. Of course, when someone says a worker is going to lose his or her job, it’s pretty clear there is a misunderstanding of economics. It’s not the worker’s job – it’s his employer’s job to give or take away or move someplace else. It’s a harsh reality, but reality nonetheless. What the worker has are job skills – to use with his current employer or to take to another employer that is more to his or her liking. The problem is when workers have no transferable job skills. American workers are priced out of the unskilled job market and the result is they are being replaced by either by automation or lower compensated foreign workers. Long term employment is not so much about having a job, it’s about having marketable job skills.

Could the solution for American workers possibly be more obvious? I daresay it could not, but don’t hold your breath. There’s a lot of resistance by those who seem to think if they complain loudly enough, high-paying unskilled jobs will make a return.  I wish them luck. I certainly think they are going to need it…

The Cory Booker Lesson

It was a sad lesson learned from the unfortunate testimony of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker during the Attorney General confirmation hearings this week. Although Senator Booker had recently praised nominee and fellow senator Jeff Sessions as a friend and valued colleague, he was quick to try and brand Sessions as a racist when it more suited his purposes. It’s not that we learned anything about Booker we didn’t already know. Anyone who viewed his screamfest at the Democratic National Convention well knows that he is little more than another shrieking hysterical from the far-left fringe.

It’s not much of a secret that Booker fancies himself as the next Barack Obama. What we learned from him was how disgraceful an aspirant for the Democratic presidential nomination must be to curry favour with the party base. It’s not a matter of issues, democratic values or causes. Booker makes it clear it now takes a seething approach of insults, name calling and character assassination to resonate with those who will choose the next nominee. If this has become the face of what remains of the national Democratic Party, it’s no surprise there are but 472 Democrat counties left in the United States of America. Most Americans won’t accept a hateful approach and they very well shouldn’t. Democrats have 25 Senators up for election in 2018. If this is the approach they are taking, they will lose at least ten of them and 472 counties will seem like a high mark by comparison.  The time may have come to sell your stock in the Democratic National Railroad as it sounds more every day like this train has the disappearin’ railroad blues…

Hollywood Democrats

I’ve been checking the numbers and apparently there remain 472 Democratic counties in the United States of America. That’s opposed to well over 3,000 Republican counties. Virtually all of these are metropolitan counties and a lot of them seem to be near one coast or another.

I’ve been trying to think of the best name for what used to be the national Democratic Party, now that they aren’t really a national party, anymore. Others have suggested Coastal Democratic Party and I’ve used the term myself. But upon further review, it’s a bit misleading since these few Democratic counties are scattered about the country.

I’m now thinking Hollywood Democratic Party since it seems to be the showbiz crowd that is speaking publicly for Democrats these days. If you were unfortunate enough to see the recent Golden Globe Awards, you know what I’m talking about. Who are these self-appointed showbiz political spokesmen? They’re those who make a living pretending to be someone else and reading lines written by others.

Where could we possibly find better political spokesmen for regular folks than these Hollywood types?

Check the white pages…

A Cold Day in Indiana

It’s a cold day here in Indiana and it seems as good a time as any to stay inside and see what is going on around the state. A new Republican governor will be sworn in here on Monday and the far-left hysterical press is already lining up to berate him for everything he does. I’m sure the new governor already knows that no matter how well he performs in office, he’ll receive nothing but opposition, criticism and bizarrely bad advice from far-left party operatives, political columnists, commentators and self-appointed critics at large. No matter how many elections they lose in Indiana by wide margins, the left never loses the delusion that elected Republicans should be following a twisted and rejected far-left agenda. At least that’s what they’re constantly whining about. There are indeed a very few far-left areas of the country, but Indiana isn’t one of them and is unlikely to be anytime soon.

There was a promotion ceremony here in Indianapolis for officers of the local police department who are moving up. Naturally, some lunatic fringe city councilman thought this was a good opportunity to whine about the high percentage of white officers compared to blacks and other minorities. Yes, you read that right, he’s talking percentage quotas by race instead of selecting and promoting the absolute best possible candidates for police work. The last thing law enforcement needs is to be handcuffed by political correctness. When we need help from the police, we don’t care what colour responding officers are, we want the most qualified people to come to our aid, not someone who was just chosen to fill a racial quota.

In other matters, due to all the hate mail I receive, I’ve set up a new mailbox just for that. Friends and foes are always welcome to comment regarding any BDP posts, but for those wishing to insult me with more privacy, you are welcome to email me at hatemail@backdoorpolitics.com. Don’t take that privacy thing too seriously, as I’ll likely publish some of the most interesting emails.

American State-Sponsored Anti-Semitism?

What was that all about when the United States failed to veto the most recent anti-Israel resolution in the United Nations? This was nothing but state-sponsored anti-Semitism and it’s outrageous. As hard as the far-left has tried to paint Donald Trump as a Nazi, this is the most Nazi-like thing the United States government has done in decades. They should be ashamed of themselves, but clearly, they are not. The rambling 72-minute subsequent explanation by John Kerry claiming it was in the interest of peace in Israel was nothing short of laughable. If he and the administration really wanted to do something to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians, they would do something about Hamas…

You know how one thing leads to another…

Basketball is a big thing here in Indiana and every year we have this great tradition where Indiana U, Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler all play basketball here in Indianapolis at the Crossroads Classic. The games were yesterday and all four teams are nationally ranked. Indiana is number 9, Purdue is 15th, Butler is 18th and Notre Dame 24th. Purdue beat Notre Dame and Butler beat Indiana U. That one was a bit of an upset, although IU fans should be getting used to losing to Butler by now. But they aren’t and are whining about it just like they always do. Now I expect IU fans who voted for Hillary are going to plead with top 25 voters to disregard the outcome of the game and vote not to drop IU in the polls as a matter of conscience. This stuff just never stops, but it could be worse. You should have heard them after the IU football team lost three times in a row to Ball State…

What Should We Call the Democratic Party, Now?

I suppose this is just an addendum to my last post, but how should we now refer to what is left (no pun intended) of the once national Democratic Party? Now that it’s just mostly in the east and west coastal areas, perhaps it’s the now the Coastal Democratic Party. Even that’s giving them the benefit of the doubt since it’s not really the east coast at all, it’s just the northeast coast. I suppose it would be more correct to call it the Northeast Coast, Chicago and West Coast Party, but at the risk of sounding like one of those law firms where all the partners just have to have their names on the letterhead. Or maybe it’s like one of those railroads named after every city it’s tracks go through. I think I’ll lean toward the railroad analogy as this train really does seem to have the disappearin’ railroad blues…