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Amen Louis DeBroux!  This piece is about as clear as it can get on what is going on with health care in America!  Everybody should take a few seconds to read it, but most of all, understand it!  A teaser:

This should come as no surprise to students of history. The brilliant French economist Frederic Bastiat warned, “Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.” Self-proclaimed socialist George Bernard Shaw was even more blunt, smugly admitting, “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.”

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If a FBI director is doing his job, we probably should neither see nor hear of him much on television.

The FBI director by his very office holds enormous power. And like the IRS director, by definition he or she must show restraint given the vast resources at his discretion and thus the potential for abuse. In other words, we want a FBI director to exude coolness, stay dispassionate, and remain professional. I don’t think that has ever been a description that fit Director James Comey.

Comey’s nadir came in the summer of 2016 when, confused over the investigatory role of the FBI and the prosecutorial prerogatives of the Justice Department, he de facto turned the FBI into investigator, prosecutor, judge, and jury in presenting damning evidence against Hillary Clinton, then nullifying it, then reopening the case, then re-reopening it and backing off — all in front of television cameras in the midst of a heated presidential campaign. And then after doing all that, Comey confused the act with its intent, and as a veritable legislator reinvented statutes about communicating classified information by suggesting that even if one likely committed a felony, but did not intend to (not a proven assertion), then it wasn’t really a felony. Comey’s behavior was never properly addressed. His recent performance in front of Congress likely sealed his fate. We do not expect our FBI director to whine, in teenager fashion, about being treated unfairly, as he alleged when Loretta Lynch dumped the Clinton e-mail scandal in his lap. (A good FBI director, of course, would simply have run the investigation, presented the findings to the Justice Department, and then have let them deal with it (if not Lynch, then someone else). Comey misrepresented the volume of Huma Abedin’s improper e-mails; and in general always fell back on loud assertions of FBI integrity rather than displaying it through his behavior and statements.

Nor did Comey have a reservoir of good will. Long ago, he acted bizarrely in the John Ashcroft hospitalization melodrama; he was responsible for the career of Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald who miscarried justice in the case of Scooter Libby (not to mention Fitzgerald’s own subsequent Conrad Black prosecution). His legacy is that Hillary Clinton paid no price for illegally setting up an improper e-mail server, destroying evidence, and communicating classified material in an insecure fashion. Comey seems to think that he could freely discuss the charges of Russian collusion, but not so transparently the far stronger evidence of unlawful unmasking of Americans caught up in (or in fact targeted by) government surveillance — apparently in understandable fear that the Democrats and media posed the greater danger to his career.

Politically, Comey’s thirst for celebrity rankled his own bureau and, finally, achieved the difficult result of alienating both Republicans (who thought he was an Obama operative in service to Hillary) and Democrats (who thought he was a tool of the FBI, freelancing to sink Hillary). Usually being roundly distrusted would be a sign of disinterested non-partisanship. But in Comey’s case, the universal disdain was more likely rare unity that Comey lacked the temperament to run the FBI and had created a climate of fear that at any given moment a Comey press conference would destroy someone’s career without commensurate investigation and evidence. Democrats, who despised Comey (see Hillary’s latest whine) and blamed him for Trump’s election, are already calling the firing cruel, mean spirited, and proof of a Trump conspiracy (why would Trump fire and set loose on the media the man who supposedly had handed him the election?); Republicans will shrug that long ago Comey should have been fired (the entire Clinton investigations, including the quid pro quo Clinton Foundation matters, were sloppy and amateurish), but the timing and methods of his firing seemed momentarily messy.

The proper analysis is probably twofold: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — roundly praised in bipartisan fashion (please read his detailed memo critiquing Comey’s performance) — wanted to start out with a clean slate and not have a damaged-goods FBI-director albatross around his neck for the next four years — in the contexts of the past recusals of Lynch and then Jeff Sessions. Second, the surveillance/unmasking scandal remains a potential bombshell and it was probably felt that Comey (who was loquacious about the collusion charge, but suddenly silent about likely felonious unmasking) could not be trusted to conduct a timely, fair, and prompt investigation. (Would he have had another press conference announcing that surveillance statutes had been violated by unmasking, but that “no reasonable prosecutor” would pursue such a case, supposedly given its lack of criminal intent?) The hysteria will subside, because in the end Comey has no supporters left, and lots of critics — he will be missed by very few.

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4 Comments

  1. Angus Rangus May 11, 2017 at 7:53 am -  Reply

    Its OK Boss… most of your admirers read the story already… we nod approvingly!

    Recall the GOP Party Platform …
    …. was to agree with the four dissenting SCOTUS Justices careful review that found it was indeed NO COINCIDENCE our ‘states’ had regulated HealthCare / Health Insurance / Barbers / Septic Tank Cleaners…
    … for the past 300 years!! {yep, even as Colonies…}
    … because our Founders wanted it “that way”…
    … and did not include such usurpation within Fed GOVT ENUMERATED POWERS!!

    I contend the Senate is now diddling with not terminated BARAMAcare taxes solely as SCOTUS would indeed have to revisit that Chief Justice ‘legislating’ it was the power to tax that allowed such nonsense!!

    At least FDR’s threat to pack SCOTUS with 11 more DNC stoolies never misstated he knew full well what he was doing was ILLEGAL…

  2. Old Jim May 11, 2017 at 7:58 am -  Reply

    America has a World Class Health Insurer Industry…
    … 1,500 Insurers operating in one or more of all 50 states…
    … so competitive their industry in in bottom quartile in the 2% net profit range!!

    SO.. Aetna will no longer participate in ANY BARAMAcare exchanges??
    OMG… some states got just one “Exchange Member” left??

    Consider, Aetna refuse to participate in Connecticut’s BARAMAcare Exchange… simply as the 8% VIG collected was 4 times that industry NET PROFIT %!!

  3. uniwersity of barssom at helium adjunct professor emeritus May 11, 2017 at 8:11 am -  Reply

    THIS AIN’T GNU stuff!!

    Back in the 1970’s we openly discussed Federal vs State regulation of Insurance…

    … famously State Farm and Allstate were then on opposite sides of the question…

    … which centered on massive compliance issues of ‘crossing state lines’…

    … that resolved themselves quite nicely with Multi-State Compacts and industry initiatives – NCCI / ISO / etc.

    Today, the worst of the GOP shill several absurd LIES / CANARDS of their own:

    1. CROSSING STATE LINES… see State Farm / Allstate / Cigna /Aetna / et al…
    … who got their AI Electronics doing the ONLINE filings …
    … Financials with state of domicile for full fiduciary review…
    … standard forms with ‘state exception’ pages for each state they CHOOSE to operate marketing within.

    2. Age 26… REALLY, just as we are seeing over 60% of nations employees being sent to the Individual Health Plans as Gross Salary Employees of the more enlightened non-union companies?? Lost in this TOTAL BULLSHAT is the very expensive actuarial response from the remaining Employer Plans of charging ‘dependent rates’ calculated to protect such ‘self-insured’ mechanisms used!!

    3. PRE_EXISTING PLANS… Every state has been free to FIX as they deem needed!! Only Massachewsits did so with its RomneyCare!! That FIX is to simply include Non-Med Plans within the normal Community Rating… so all insured share the pain of a few who don’t bother to ever keep their health insurance from lapsing by paying that premium!!

    REPEAL … Just like you promised you side with those 4 SCOTUS Justices … who said it ain’t no goddamn business the Fed GOVT can do !!

  4. uniwersity of barssom at helium adjunct professor emeritus May 11, 2017 at 8:14 am -  Reply

    Should GOV Rick Scott sue Feds …

    … for pirating our AHCA = Agency for Health Care Administration…

    … very liberal bent due to medical profession backgrounds…

    … who audit our 250 Hospitals – including those 8 VA Hospitals and 8 VA Nursing Homes which seem to do a better job just treating for medical audit the same as our private??

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