The new funding formula was a little-known part of Florida’s 2011 Medicaid reform law, a Republican-driven overhaul of the state and federal insurance program for the poor.

The provision was intended to make the distribution of an estimated $1 billion a year in federal Medicaid matching funds more equitable. But its unintended consequences are now becoming clear, as the funding mechanism known as “tiering” is scheduled to take effect.

Hardest hit are hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured and Medicaid patients, and counties such as Miami-Dade that put their own residents’ tax dollars toward Medicaid. Those local dollars are matched by federal funds.

In the past, hospitals in the counties that raised the funds got nearly all of those federal dollars back. Now they are being shared with some communities that don’t raise their own funds. ~ Jackson Memorial Hospital expected to lose $140 million under new Medicaid law

Oh but hey! Why would people tax themselves to oblivion to support slackers?

Hudson is among those wondering why counties would continue taxing their residents to get a match that goes elsewhere.

Ahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!! Stop. Just stop. You’re cracking me up.



libertrianbs

When all is said and done, Civilizations do not fall because of the barbarians at the gates. Nor does a great city fall from the death wish of bored and morally bankrupt stewards presumably sworn to its defense. Civilizations fall only because each citizen of the city comes to accept that nothing can be done to rally and rebuild broken walls; that ground lost may never be recovered; and that greatness lived in our grandparents but not our grandchildren. Yes, our betters tell us these things daily. But that doesn’t mean we have to believe it.
The Undefended City No despair. ~ By Bill Whittle

There is another way of looking at the Ukraine and the reason Brother’s Grimm are still popular today. Some people think it’s Karma, but what it really is, is a testing of the fences for how ripe the stupidity has become. For quite awhile now, in spite of liberal press protests (“Blood for oil! American World Police!”) to the contrary, the US has been the defender of the weak and the keeper of world order. After Germanys attempt at owning the known world and subsequent beat down, the United States, amid hue and cry that we are bullies and occupiers, has stepped into places like Grenada and Kuwait and restored the status quo when the situation called for it. We held off the collective when it crept through weaker nations.

Read the current press on Obama’s response to Russia.

‘Vladimir Putin is seizing a neighboring territory — again — so President Obama must lead a meaningful, unified response.’

I’m sure Obama is scratching his head in confusion. He has to be asking himself, “Why should I give a rat’s ass?”

To everyone who elected Obama because they say they are tired of committing US troops to be the world police. They want to stop supporting a huge military and only engage if we are attacked on our own soil. I’m talking to you Ron Paul supporters. To everyone who thinks that every war is about oil and thinks that’s stupid. We don’t need to enrich the oil companies with the blood of our own. It’s time to support your President. He is doing exactly what you asked him to do.

The rest of us believe that inaction against aggressions like these leads to World Wars, as it has done twice. The rest of us believe in Karma; that if you do not act in defense of the weak, expect to be next. They are weak standing alone, but there is strength in numbers. If the US does not count itself as one of the numbers that make up the whole, if we back away and say, “Woa there, this is not MY fight.”, then we all fall.

There are a ton of Grimm’s Fairy Tales that teach this lesson and others. You could look to the original thirteen colonies for a good example of the strength in numbers strategy, but then you would need to believe in the myth of the United States and American Exceptionalism and you would have to understand what that means. They don’t teach that in schools anymore and Disney watered down the Brother’s Grimm because it was too violent.

This philosophy of Obama’s of backing off from a damsel in distress was on the table and discussed at length in the elections. His opponents were ridiculed, actually they were eviscerated by the American press for their stances on “power to prevent”; so Americans voted in a weak man to represent them. Obama has delivered on his promises.

You’re welcome.

Now stand by to live in the rainbows and unicorn world you asked for. This is the other part of every Grimm’s Fairy Tale. You should know, the Brother’s Grimm do not spare the stupid and the weak and the selfish. If you run from the wolf in part one, the pack of wolves eat you in part two. The people who know better, find a way to survive your self centered, vapid stupidity, of course, but you don’t because you are simply not capable of seeing it coming, and you think someone else will protect you. You think you will be able to just go on as you always have been, touting that you have free speech and a right to run things and everyone else should shut the hell up because when they exercise their free speech they are trampling on your free speech.

But let’s sit back and see how this all works out. If we are lucky, our kids will have to deal with it after we are dead and we won’t have to deal with it. ;-) Like everything else our generation does …

Please take a moment to read
The Undefended City No despair. ~ By Bill Whittle

Two generations, now, are being raised on this poison, and the reason for that is this: the enemies of this city cannot come out and simply say, “Do not defend the city.” Even the smartest among us can see that is simple treason. But they can say, “The City is not worth defending.” So they say that, and they say that all the time and in as many different ways as they are able.

If you step far enough back to look at the whole of human history, you will begin to see a very plain rhythm: a heartbeat of civilization. Steep climbs out of disease and ignorance into the light of medicine and learning — and then a sudden collapse back into darkness. And it is in that darkness that most humans have lived their lives: poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

The pattern is always the same: at the height of a civilization’s powers something catastrophic seems to occur — a loss of will, a failure of nerve, and above all an unwillingness to identify with the values and customs that have produced such wonders.



What a perfect description of our commander in chief. Charles Krauthammer talks about the President’s statement on the Ukraine …

Krauthammer thinks Obama’s statement is about “three levels removed” from actual action. He explained: Obama said “we will stand with the international community — meaning we are going to negotiate with a dozen other countries who will water down the statement — in affirming that there will be costs — meaning in making a statement not even imposing a cost, but in making a statement about imposing a cost — for any military intervention.”

“What he’s saying is we’re not really going to do anything and we’re telling the world,” Krauthammer said.

Go listen

One person not at all surprised by the President’s statement is Sarah Palin, who predicted it, and probably Putin, who counted on it. I’m sure Liberal and uninformed America is wondering why it matters whether Russia moves back into the Ukraine as they did in Poland? To quote another popular Liberal icon: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??!!!!!!

Ya’ll kill me. You really do.

WWII is over and it happened before most of us were even born, but the battle for Europe is still being fought in other ways. What drives economic growth? Energy. Who controls the flow of energy based resources into Europe? Kind of looks like Russia now, yes? Is the EU a strong entity that will protect its interests and its own existence? Apparently not. Will the United States step in to protect the EU interests in maintaining a continued healthy existence? After THAT speech? I’m thinking … no. So. Is this the vacuum into which Russia expands? Why of course it does.

What happens next? Well I think history shows us where this is going.

Alas, the EU debate on Ukraine is rarely about Ukraine itself or the EU’s interests there. Instead, it is primarily about EU enlargement or Russia. On both issues, the positions of EU member states are irreconcilable. These issues are wrapped up with so much emotion and fear that the member states cannot talk about their foreign policy interests with respect to Ukraine in an objective way. But Ukraine is significant for the entire EU (EU27) in terms of political stability, security, and energy-related matters.

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Despite Russia’s attempts to redirect its gas supply to the EU through the Belarusian gas transit system and Nord Stream pipeline, Ukraine remains the most important transit country for Russian gas going to the EU. Today, twelve EU member states receive gas through the Ukrainian transit system (that’s about half of the EU) ~ What Ukraine Means for the EU Today

You can choose to fight the smaller battles and keep order Or. Wait and see what happens next, and then after, and after that, and so on, in a world that CAN actually end, in this Rube Goldberg machine called Earth.



Alec Baldwin has bowed out of public life with a final magnum opus that I actually read all the way to the end on my iPhone this morning. Ironically, a majority of Mr. Baldwin’s issues stem from the fact that everyone has an iPhone and they are taking his picture and posting it to Twitter and Facebook.

I? Do not have a Twitter account and I do not read Tweets. I have a Facebook account, but mostly for the cat videos.

His rant only reached me because such devices exist. It’s a vicious synchronicity, yes?

May I be the first to say that I have never been a fan of Alec Baldwin until now? And Now? I’m only a fan of his writing, not his body of work as an actor, his politics, his temper or his treatment of Kim Bassinger. I am actually sympathetic and empathetic to 90% of his essay. I disagree with the section on Obama being treated badly. I am not a birther, but … whatever. We disagree there.

He said something exquisitely profound in this rant. As all rambling expulsions of the real soul are given time, awareness of what matters is somewhere in there, rattling around in the dark corner everyone’s head and he said it perfectly.

I think America’s more fucked up now than it’s ever been. People are angry that in the game of musical chairs that is the U.S. economy, there are less seats at the table when the music stops. And at every recession, the music is stopping.

He never makes the connection that the entertainment apparatus he was such and integral part of, gets more empty and more viciously invasive into EVERYONE’S personal space with every turn of the Government and Economic screw.

His personal space has been violated? Really? Hilarious.

But. This one observation, amid all the rest of the pain he exposes, is solid. In the confusion that inevitably accompanied the realization that he made his bed with some of the most vicious, vacuous and dangerous toxins on earth and is surprised they turned on him … that paragraph, in context, makes actual sense and makes it worth the read. At some level he does understand a key element of the issues real people are being ground down by. Why this matters to him is not actually explained.

Well done, though. I don’t believe the Prima Donna exit left, but thanks anyway and I’m sure he’ll be back on a screen near me after his vacation ends and his ego is repaired.

Piers Morgan? Mr. Morgan, you need to listen more and talk less. You don’t get it. You don’t see it. You can’t hear it. Off you go, then. Don’t let the door hit you in the ass as you leave, hopefully for good.

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… but they created the virus.

Sitting on a clip stand where family photographs and important notes hang out on my desk is a filled out form, signed, in the envelope, addressed and stamped, containing a change from Republican (Since I registered at 18) to Independent. I was a Republican before I could even register. My parents were both teachers and Democrats. Their parents were Democrats. Every morning when time allowed, I would read sections of the newspaper out loud at the breakfast table and add comments. My parents never asked me to read the paper. All Dad said was that I wasn’t allowed to read romance novels at the table.

So I started reading the paper at the table.

At first I probably just read it quietly like my parents did. We fought over sections. Dad always wanted the sports section. Mom did the crosswords. I? Could not stay silent when reading sections A and B … the sections no one else wanted. I didn’t pontificate or opinionate. I did not pretend I was the knower of all things. I riffed on the articles, how they were written, combined one story that was directly contradicting another and mocked the hell out of it. I picked out yellow journalism from facts and snarked the ever loving crap out of current events.

Yes. Even in Junior High and High School the only thing I really paid attention to, was how the world around me was being manipulated and wonder at how people so smart, could be so blind to it all. It was the mother lode of humor though. If you can’t change it, snark it. People will pay more attention to irreverence than they will to the actual horror that prompted it. This is one of the reasons I like the group Pussy Riot in Russia. They have no respect for the system, because it doesn’t warrant respect. I feel much the same way about our own leaders currently, political and the fourth estaters.

So why did I register Republican and remain loyal all these years? Well. Mostly loyal … except for the time I voted for the guy who could levitate rather that Bush. Because Republicans, historically, were less inclined to push guilt on me for wanting to succeed. They were more inclined to let me succeed, because they seemed to understand that if I succeeded, they succeeded. Republicans generally despised communists … so do I. I say “despise(d)” past tense because I really can’t tell, anymore, if the Republican Party is anti-communist.

My parents, as Democrats, certainly lived decent lives. But they were a different kind of Democrat from the new squids taking over. My parents would not recognize the Democratic Party today.

But to be fair? I don’t recognize the Republican Party anymore either.

I see Ann Coulter insisting that the Tea Party stop attacking incumbents. She is arguing passionately that we need as many R-butt’s in a seat as possible, no matter how flakey. She seems to believe we can fix this if we can just get back control of the House and Senate.

This drama was all set off by Thomas Sowell. There are rumblings that the Tea Party has been co-opted by evil Democrats looking to Scotland as a model for how to take down the clans.

Perhaps so.

The argument can be made that if the Republican Party eats itself, there will be no stopping the Democrats from bankrupting the country and breaking the back of the Republic. That certainly seems to be in line with the current Democrat philosophy. ‘

“…we have an imperative to take advantage of a historic opportunity to break the conservative movement’s backs and crush their spirits.” ~ Markos Moulitsas Zúniga

“The most important aspect of this Tuesday’s election is to finalize their humiliating repudiation and to bury them for what they’ve done.” ~ Glen Greenwald – Salon

I propose that the spine of the Republic is already broken. Just based on the “Pen and a phone”-”I’m the President. I can do whatever I want” stories of late and House members offering to help tear down the Government structures with President Obama, I’d say you could put a full majority of Republicans in both houses and Obama will just choose not to enforce any laws they pass as it suits him and no one will say “Boo” back. The Senate and the House are irrelevant. The Supreme Court is irrelevant. If the Tea Party wants to tear apart the walls of an empty institution, I say let them.

My change of party to Independent form is ready to mail, I am just waiting for the right moment.



Today’s Quote: “(…) the Federal Communications Commission’s plans to put government monitors in TV and radio newsrooms to assess their coverage of eight “critical information needs”, and “underserved populations”. ~ Steyn

Ironically the public seems to have no need of actual information …

I want to see their official definition of underserved populations, actually.



The Other McCain posted about the predicted break down in Venezuela.

Socialism: People keep on trying it, and it keeps on failing.

A facebook friend sent me this video

On the 826 Palmetto Expy yesterday morning the Solo Cup overpass artists (think LA Story road sign god only human and Dixie cups) wrote.

SOS Venezuela!!!

Some people get the pulse of the day online. I get it via overpass cup messaging

Then I saw this headline

venezuea on the brink

and realized Venezuela is coming apart at the seams.

This sucks to watch. It sucks even more knowing we are probably next.