High Risk States Raise Everyone’s Premiums

Maybe it is time to get rid of FEMA.  I mean, why should Wisconsinites help pay for disasters around the country especially in HIGH RISK areas?  Isn’t it those state’s fault that they are prone to bad conditions or bad administrative decisions?  One could say that the Tornadoes in Oklahoma are a preexisting condition:  Floods in North Dakota.  Hurricanes in South Carolina.  Fires, mudslides, tsunami waves, and earthquakes in California.  All of these are preexisting conditions that citizens who live there are well aware of, yet, they choose to live there.  Why is it in Wisconsinites’ best interest to pay for the lack of proper forest management in Colorado?  Why didn’t Colorado’s government spend more money to prevent wildfires in first place through better forest management?  Seems like they’ve made some foolish decisions in their past.

I guess, maybe it is for the greater good.  I suppose it is for those rare times when Wisconsin’s acute problems flare up and we need a good specialist to help make things right.

FEMA has some problems and glitches and like any other system it isn’t perfect.  Of course, this single payer system is working pretty well, especially for those folks, ahem, states that have chronic issues.

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Source: World Economic Forum

 

 

The New Normal

Imagine going back to the days when you would lose your job because you were trying to re-cooperate or care for a sick loved one.
 
The Family Medical Leave Act was signed by Pres. Bill Clinton. Democrats passed the act in 1993. The House, Senate and White House were controlled by Democrats. The House vote was 265-163 (134 republicans voted against).  The Senate Vote was 71-27 (27 republicans voted against)
 
Not surprising, Republicans voted against the FMLA. Who do they support? It wasn’t us then. It isn’t us now. This Act could have just as easily become divisive like the ACA is today. FMLA costs employers tens of billions of dollars per year and two-thirds of employers struggle with intermittent employee leave. However, thankfully, “As we reflect on changes in the U.S. workplace since the passage of FMLA in 1993, it is clear it has evolved significantly. Consistent and fair treatment of employees who need unplanned or extended leave has become an expectation of the U.S. workforce – part of the new normal.” — Total Absence Management Two Decades After the Passage of FMLA
 
It is too bad that preexisting conditions aren’t part of our “new normal” yet.
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Trump Tweet Watch

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A lot has happened since the last Trump Tweet Watch. I’ve been busy the last few weeks so I missed out on writing up the weekly Trump Tweet Watch. Here is the updated chart. You’ll notice that his twitter activity has increased since April 21. I think this is because he realized that his 100th day in office was fast approaching and he hadn’t succeeded with anything. Anyway, here it is:

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The Trump Tweet Watch

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I posed a question (maybe it was a theory) earlier if Donald Trump would quit his Twitter account after ordering his first attack last night.  Although it wasn’t his own original thought he responded a few hours ago by retweeting something Ivanka posted.  Yea – TTW will likely continue!

Trump used Twitter this week to spout more insults, election victory gloating, to spread more FAKE NEWS, and of course deflection away from his Russia ties this week.  He didn’t disappoint.   Continue reading “The Trump Tweet Watch”

This is not a conservative party

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Republicans used the “nuclear option” and dismantled the Senate rule requiring 60 votes to confirm a Supreme Court nomination.  These seats are lifetime appointments so they are very important to get right.  Last year, after Justice Andrew Scalia died, President Obama should have been allowed to nominate and confirm the next justice.  It was his privilege as the President to do so.  His nominee, Marrick Garland, didn’t even get a hearing.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) said, “The schedule in the Senate is set by the majority leader. Continue reading “This is not a conservative party”