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Insurance Companies are as Efficient as Federal Agencies

July 14, 2017

Insurance Companies own Politicians in DC and your state Legislature!

In addition to TV commercials and political contributions, they can’t count beans unless they have Palatial Offices in Marble Skyscrapers.  The first building to be called the tallest building in the world was an Insurance Company Building shown above.  Then, the third building to earn that title was another Insurance Company Building.

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Building in New York City became the fifth building to become the world’s tallest.  It is shown above and had 50 floors.  I visited that building in 1961 during my high school senior trip.  It was amazing watching banks of computers with spools of magnetic tape spinning around.

The MetLife Computer was probably a Univac with the capabilities of my smartphone but with a starting price of $7 million.

When I had Blue Cross I received piles of totally unnecessary mail from them. My cost for Blue Cross Healthcare Insurance was almost nothing when I first worked for the Federal Government in 1978. By the time I retired in 1996, Blue Cross was bloated and inefficient like ANY Agency in Federal or State Government.

This is a Blue Cross Building that was the Pennsylvania State Headquarters.  It only had 45 floors but every state has something similar.  I don’t know if this is still in use or if they needed a taller skyscraper?

The way Insurance Companies have a low Profit Margin is by lavish spending, exorbitant salaries and wasting money. Why have a meeting in the office when you can have a meeting on the French Riviera?

Insurance company bean counters make more than surgeons and state CEOs make millions.

If Walmart efficiency and management was present in the Insurance Industry, the Healthcare Crisis would be solved almost overnight!

In my 2007 book, TOP GUN MANAGEMENT, I wrote about waste and inefficiency. I remember when the Massachusetts Blue Cross CEO got a huge multi million dollar raise after losing a large percentage of customers.

Government Agencies and Insurance Companies have no incentive to be cost efficient. The Government simply raises taxes and Insurance Companies simply raises rates when funds are needed.  Are you able to do that in your household?

My last year with the Government I had a six figure surplus in civilian pay. I could have hired temporary or permanent employees or converted the surplus to another budget category.

I had a surplus because I didn’t hire employees I didn’t need or buy wall paintings and a Louis XIV desk for my office.

I turned the excess funds back to the Government. Do you think they went to pay down the National Debt or to fix broken combat aircraft?

They went to a typical Government Director who easily blew the funds.

Who do you think the Government had more respect for, the Director who blew the money or me?  You guessed it!

The famous government leaders you see on TV all the time, for the most part, never met a payroll or worried about paying bills.  They are either bureaucrats or politicians.  Most could not run a lemonade stand.  Couple the inefficiencies in both the insurance industry and the government with fraud, waste and abuse and you have the recipe for disaster.  Not a disaster for the government or the insurance company but a disaster for the taxpayers and subscribers.

Who polices the government and the insurance industry?  Usually the fox guards the hen house.  The government has a completely fraudulent watchdog system called the Inspector General System.  The IG’s almost never substantiate wrong doing but they come down hard on whistleblowers.  The IG works for the agency or military commander, they are not independent.  They are very careful not to embarrass their boss.

States have Insurance Commissioners who are no match for clever insurance executives.  Especially since too many sorry politicians get elected on the backs of insurance lobbyists who scratch their backs.

I think most of the people reading this fully understand why President Trump calls it the Swamp.  President Reagan said government is not the solution to the problem, government is the problem.  The same could be said for the insurance industry as it now functions.

If your Politician will get behind President Donald Trump, America has a chance.  It is unlikely that your politician will kill the insurance company that lays the golden egg.

If your Politician sticks with the Insurance and Hospital Lobbies, we are toast.

How Bad is the United Nations?

June 16, 2016

Why won’t CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, the New York Times and Washington Post point this out to you? Why is it left to me, an old Agent Orange ravaged former Fighter Pilot and Wing Commander?

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Anybody who loves America and was willing to shed blood to defend America and uphold the Constitution would want you to know this information. Is the United Nations a friend of America and Israel? I first visited the United Nations General Assembly Hall 55 years ago as a teenager. If I had known then what I know now, I probably would have vomited on the floor?

According to the United Nations, the most evil country in the world today is Israel. On March 24, 2016, the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) wrapped up its annual meeting in New York by condemning only one country for violating women’s rights anywhere on the planet – Israel, for violating the rights of Palestinian women.

On the same day, the U.N. Human Rights Council concluded its month-long session in Geneva by condemning Israel five times more than any other of the 192 UN member states.

There were five Council resolutions on Israel. One each on the likes of hellish countries like Syria, North Korea and Iran. Libya got an offer of “technical assistance.” And countries like Russia, Saudi Arabia and China were among the 95 percent of states that were never mentioned.

No slander is deemed too vile for the U.N. human rights bodies that routinely listen to highly orchestrated Palestinian versions of the ancient blood libel against the Jews.

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Here is an image of the few countries that VOTE WITH THE UNITED STATES in the United Nations. As you can see, most of the 192 UN member states oppose the Unites States. Yes, they bite the hand that has been feeding them since before I first set foot in the Cesspool in New York. Have you ever wondered why our political leaders cling to this vile organization? I guess it is the politically correct thing to do like embracing ISIS terrorists posing as Syrian refugees?

This next image is interesting to me and may be interesting to you once explained. You see, the Muslim countries all vote against us but they seem to like us more during Barack Obama’s Administration. Was it Obama’s bowing down to Muslim kings or what? I know the image says Arab countries but I don’t think there is an Arab alive who is not a Muslim.

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Did you notice Kuwait was voting against us 90% or more before Obama and against us about 66% of the time during Obama?  Do you remember we liberated Kuwait from their Muslim neighbor?

The following quote by Arthur Schlessinger Jr. is included here to provide prospective. He was an American historian, social critic, and public intellectual. Much of Schlesinger’s work explored the history of 20th-century American liberalism. In the 1952 and 1956 presidential campaigns, he was a primary speechwriter and adviser to the Democratic presidential nominee. He served as special assistant and “court historian” to President Kennedy from 1961 to 1963. He wrote a detailed account of the Kennedy administration, from the 1960 presidential campaign to the president’s state funeral, titled A Thousand Days: John F. Kennedy in the White House, which won the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. He later popularized the term “imperial presidency” during the Nixon administration book of the same name.

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“We are not going to achieve a new world order without paying for it in blood as well as in words and money,” warned Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in the July/August 1995 issue of Foreign Affairs. Schlesinger had taken to the pages of the flagship journal of the Council on Foreign Relations to vindicate the dubious proposition that the United Nations military represents the thin blue line dividing peaceful civilization from savagery — in short, our planetary police. But what happens when the planetary police run amok and become the agents of bloodshed? When local police abuse their power, the abused have avenues of redress. From what body can those abused by the planetary police seek justice? The escalating scandal of unpunished atrocities committed by UN “peacekeepers” illustrates that the planetary police are beyond accountability.

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“Perhaps our leaders should put the question to the people: what do we want the United Nations to be?” Schlesinger wrote. “Do we want it to avert more killing fields around the planet? Or do we want it to dwindle into impotence, leaving the world to the anarchy of nation-states?” Critics of the UN should eagerly embrace such a debate — provided that a copy of the above photograph is made available to all participants. First published in the United States on the cover of the June 24th issue of the left-wing weekly Village Voice, the photograph depicts two Belgian paladins of the new world order giddily holding a Somali child over an open flame. What have been called Beasts in Blue Berets have been filmed kicking and stabbing a Somali, and another UN Peacekeeper apparently urinating on the Somali’s dead body; another showed a Somali child being forced to drink salt water, vomit, and worms.

One atrocity not caught on camera involved the “punishment” of a Somali child by placing him in a metal container and withholding water from him for two days; predictably, the relentless African heat killed the child. One Belgian UN soldier testified that it was a regular practice to use metal boxes as prison cells, and that other Somalis probably died similarly gruesome deaths.

One might expect such photographs and first-person accounts of such atrocities to arouse public indignation against the UN’s “planetary police,” just as the endlessly replayed videotape of the Rodney King arrest turned public opinion against the Los Angeles Police Department and police prosecutions in Baltimore ripped the city apart. Perhaps this is why the photographs have been all but invisible in the United States, and precious little media attention has been devoted to an examination of UN atrocities.

Village Voice reporter Jennifer Gould came across the accounts of the Belgian atrocities while doing an earlier story about sexual harassment of female employees at UN headquarters. “When I spoke with people at the UN, time after time I was told, ‘If you think it’s bad here, you ought to see what happens in peacekeeping operations,’” Gould told The New American. “I started looking into that issue and found that the abuses I reported were well-known and easily documented. They were all over the media abroad, and I was really surprised it hadn’t been written about over here.”

Belgian military authorities launched an investigation into the atrocities following publication of a front-page story by Belgium’s Het Laatste Nieuws. Privates Claude Baert and Kurt Coelus, the two paratroopers photographed dangling the Somali child over a flame, were acquitted by a military court, which ruled that the incident — described by Baert and Coelus as a punishment for stealing — was “a form of playing without violence,” according to prosecutor Luc Walleyn. And what of discipline from the UN, whose “Code of Personal Conduct for Blue Helmets” requires that peacekeepers “respect and regard the human rights of all”? Gould reports that a UN spokesman dismissed the acquittal of Baert and Coelus by insisting that “the UN is not in the habit of embarrassing governments that contribute peacekeeping troops.”

For its diligence in reporting unwelcome news, Het Laatste Nieuws was rewarded with a bomb threat. Reporter Lieve Van Bastelaere informed The New American that the man arrested for making the threat owned a local bar that is frequented by many people in the military, including veterans of “peacekeeping” missions. “He apparently had been angered by what he had read,” Bastelaere observed dryly. “We’ve enhanced our security here at the paper, and the police took the threat seriously, even though he may have been drunk when he made it. He claimed not to remember phoning in the threat when he was arrested.”

Three members of a now-disbanded elite Canadian paratroop regiment were tried and convicted of criminal charges in the beating death of a 16-year-old Somali boy named Shidane Arone; the three “peacekeepers” had been photographed smiling beside the bloody corpse of the boy, whose hands had been bound. The incident prompted the creation of a Canadian government commission to review that nation’s military and its involvement in “peacekeeping” missions; however, the inquiry foundered on the obstructionism of political and military bodies and produced what Canadian critics call an incomplete and inadequate report.

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Italian military officials admitted that Italian soldiers assigned to UN duty in Somalia had also tortured and otherwise abused Somali civilians. According to the Washington Post, “Two generals who led the Italian forces to Somalia resigned following publication of graphic reports of sexual violence against a Somali woman, electric torture of a young man and allegations that an officer had murdered a young boy.” Drugs and prostitutes also were allowed to circulate freely among Italian UN troops.

The Italian government assembled a five-member commission of inquiry, which interviewed 145 people and traveled to Africa to interview Somalis who had been tormented by UN troops or witnessed the bestial acts firsthand. The panel’s 46-page report documented that “the criminal events were not just the result of ‘rotten apples’ that you may find in any structure, but were rather the consequence of a stretched line of command and amused compliance toward such high jinks by some junior officers.”

“Shocking as it is, the UN scandal in Somalia is no anomaly,” wrote Gould in the Village Voice. “[An analysis] of documents and reports relating to recent UN peacekeeping operations has uncovered incidents ranging from murder and torture to sexual exploitation, harassment of and discrimination against local women and children.”

The New York Times reported that 47 Canadian UN troops who served in Bosnia were accused of “drunkenness, sex, black marketeering and patient abuse at a mental hospital they were guarding.” The soldiers had been assigned the “humanitarian” chore of guarding a mental hospital at Bakovici in order to secure it for the staff’s return. “The hospital instead became the setting for heavy drinking; sex between soldiers, nurses and interpreters that violated regulations; black-market sales; and harassment of the patients….”

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During the “frenzy of looting” that broke out in Liberia decades ago, peacekeepers used UN vehicles to make off with pilfered goods, according to USA Today. UN vehicles — and the troops responsible for them — have also been a boon to Balkan drug smugglers. The Washington Times reported that “U.S. and Bosnian officials suspect that high-ranking UN officials from Jordan based in the central Bosnian towns of Bugojno and Travnik routinely provided UN vehicles to help smugglers get contraband past checkpoints. The officers appear to have received money and the services of prostitutes from the smugglers, led by Islamic foreigners who entered Bosnia with U.S. approval to defend the Muslim government.”

UN forces in Rwanda actually abetted the worst bloodletting in recent memory — the Rwandan genocide, in which a half-million Tutsis were annihilated in approximately 100 days. “Many of the mass murderers were employees of the international relief agencies,” testified Peter Hammond of Frontline Fellowship in Holocaust in Rwanda. In one incident recounted by Hammond, Belgian UN troops stationed in a heavily fortified compound in Kigali “deceived the Tutsi refugees by assembling them for a meal in the dining hall and then they evacuated the base while the refugees were eating. Literally two minutes after the Belgians had driven out of their base, the Presidential Guard poured into the buildings annihilating the defenseless Tutsi refugees.”

The market in prostitution — including child prostitution — thrives wherever blue berets decamp. According to Gould, records of UN peacekeeping missions document that “brothels have sprouted nearby — and in one case allegedly inside — UN compounds. In the latter case, prostitutes were allegedly employed by the UN and were reportedly even shipped on UN planes to fornicate with a UN staff member in hotels paid for by the UN.”

A UN study on children in war reported that blue berets had been involved in child prostitution in six of the 12 countries studied. In country after country unfortunate enough to attract the UN’s “humanitarian” intervention, “the arrival of peacekeeping troops has been accompanied with a rapid rise in child prostitution,” the document reported. However, as Jennifer Gould learned, the mistreatment of women is something of a UN tradition — the world body’s enthusiastic support for radical feminism notwithstanding. Gould described the plight of Catherine Claxon, a UN employee who filed the first-ever sexual harassment complaint against the UN in 1991. After Claxon filed her complaint, “Someone fired a shot through the glass window of a coffee shop by the United Nations” — just above Claxon’s head. “Another bullet shattered Claxon’s windshield as she drove home from her job at the UN one night on the Long Island Expressway.” On three other occasions, Claxon was nearly run off the road — at the same spot where she was nearly killed by the gunshot. According to Gould, “UN women describe a godfather-like institution” — a network of cronyism and corruption. “This is compounded by the fact that in some UN member countries, women are treated as chattel instead of as equals.”

Gould described the UN as “a bizarre universe of intrigue and outrage, where diplomats from 185 countries — stuffed suits simmering with regional, religious, and class-bred hatreds — try to promote world peace.” Such is the character of the institution whose masters crave the power to enforce “world law.” The essence of that abstraction is captured in the photograph of “peacekeepers” Baert and Coelus playfully swinging a Somali child over a fire: Unaccountable power employed mercilessly against the helpless.

More than seven decades ago, while the U.S. Senate was debating ratification of the League of Nations Covenant, Senator William Borah (R-ID) sought to cool the ardor of the League’s supporters by dousing it with a bracing shower of cold reality. Those who believed that a world army would consist of stainless champions of “world peace” were ignoring the unyielding facts about human nature. A world army, Borah declared, would consist of “the gathered scum of the nations organized into a conglomerate international police force ordered hither and thither by the most heterogeneous and irresponsible body or court that ever confused or confounded the natural instincts and noble passions of a people.” Can there be any doubt that the UN has vindicated Borah’s dismal prophecy?

I will leave you with this, a United Nations whistleblower who was suspended for exposing the sexual abuse of children by peacekeepers has resigned over the organization’s failure to hold senior officials to account. By the way, this resignation happened this month, June 2016!

Anders Kompass, director of field operations at the UN human rights office in Geneva, announced his resignation on Tuesday. Kompass – whose suspension last year for exposing the sexual abuse of children in Central African Republic was revealed by the Guardian – said he could no longer work for an organization with no accountability.

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“The complete impunity for those who have been found to have, in various degrees, abused their authority, together with the unwillingness of the hierarchy to express any regrets for the way they acted towards me sadly confirms that lack of accountability is entrenched in the United Nations. This makes it impossible for me to continue working there,” he told the IRIN news agency.

Kompass announced his resignation five months after a report commissioned by Ban Ki-moon into the scandal completely exonerated him for sharing confidential documents that revealed children as young as eight and nine were being raped by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic.

Kompass passed the information to French prosecutors after becoming frustrated that nothing was being done by the UN to stop the abuse.

Kompass’s resignation comes after one of the key senior UN figures involved in his suspension in April last year announced last month her intention to seek the position of UN secretary general when Ban stands down at the end of this year.

★★Final thoughts: You will never learn the truth about the UN from the American News Media. Congress will continue to pour our tax dollars down the UN rat hole. It would not surprise me to see Barack Obama as the Secretary General of the UN soon, even if he has to become a citizen of Syria to do so.

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THE DIRTY GOVERNMENT SECRET

June 13, 2013

Probably 90% of federal employees are union. 98% of union contributions go to who? That’s right, DEMOCRATS, can you trust them?

Agencies like NSA & IRS keep hiring. NSA occupies a building the size of the Pentagon and also has unionized employees all over the world. The more make-work projects you have the more unionized employees you need.

As private sector union workers have dropped precipitously, public sector union workers have more than taken up the slack.

Taxpayers have no choice other than to support the government unions that work against their best interests by electing people like Barack Obama, Elijah Cummings, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Anthony Weiner, Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeff Merkley, Dick Durbin, Sherrod Brown, Tom Harkin, Barbara Mikulski, Tom Udall, Ben Cardin, Yvette Clarke, William Lacy Clay, John Conyers, Danny Davis, Donna Edwards, Mike Honda, Barbara Lee, John Lewis, Jim McGovern, John Olver, Bobby Rush, Linda Sanchez, Pete Stark, Lynn Woolsey, Claire McCaskill, are you getting the picture?

You are more likely to run into an illegal alien from Yemen or Somalia in DC and Maryland than a Conservative. So who are these NSA and IRS workers? Mostly Democrats, of course. Who runs Human Resources and does the hiring? Democrats of course. Who plays loose with the Constitution and fends off Conservative Non-Profit Political Organizations? Who spies on Law Abiding Citizens? Who mans the United States Department of State? Who are the bean counters in the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security?

When Democrats see a new Federal Program that involves hiring more Federal Employees they see Dollar Signs. The odds that any Government Union will donate to any Republican are less than the odds the Union Hall Lectern will be struck by lightning.
The so-called Collective Bargaining you find in Government Unions is one Democrat Government Employee negotiating with another Democrat Government Employee. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. It’s a win win situation. Who loses? THE TAXPAYERS!

Thank You Jimmy Carter for government unions.