AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM


AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM: GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE,FOR THE PEOPLE -- ECONOMIC FREEDOM BASED ON FREE MARKET INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURISM -- WEALTH CREATION AS A SOURCE OF GREAT GOOD FOR THE DISADVANTAGED -- IMMIGRANTS PROVIDING UNPARALELLED ETHNIC, RELIGIOUS, RACIAL DIVERSITY -- OUR MILITARY PROVIDING AND PROTECTING WORLDWIDE INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM.

Friday, April 17, 2015

American Leadership and Humility At Its Very Best!!

What an example of leadership and humility this great man conveys on the lessons that history has taught us about evil that most sensible Americans understand about today's world.  Our President is clueless about the exceptionalism of great men like Jerry Ellen.

https://www.dvidshub.net/video/395572/jerry-yellin-world-war-ii-veteran-interview#.VTGA6yFVhHw

Courtesy Dave Walton

Friday, April 10, 2015

America Under Attack From Within


America's Decay Is Speeding Up


By Dennis Prager · Apr. 7, 2015

 

As one who loves America – not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history – I write the following words in sadness: With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline.

“Decay” is the word.

The Decline of the Family: Nearly half (48 percent) of American children are born to a mother who is not married. Forty-three percent of American children live without a father in the home. About 50 percent of Americans over 18 are married, compared to 72 percent in 1960. Americans are having so few children that the fertility rate fell to a record low 62.9 births per 1,000 women in 2013. And in an increasing number of states, there are now more deaths than births.

The Decline of Education: Compared to nearly all of American history, the average American school teaches much less about important subjects such as American history, English grammar, literature, music and art. Instead, schools are teaching much more about “social justice,” environmentalism and sex.

Any of us who receive emails from large numbers of Americans can attest to the deteriorating education – including among those who attended college – in written English. In sophisticated commentary on websites as well as in email, one encounters the most basic errors: “it’s” instead of “its;” “their” instead of “there;” “then” instead of “than,” etc.

Most universities have become secular seminaries for the dissemination of Leftism. Moreover, aside from indoctrination, students usually learn little. One can earn a BA in English at UCLA, for example, without having read a single Shakespeare play.

To the extent that American history is taught, beginning in high school and often earlier, American history is presented as the history of an immoral nation characterized by slavery, racism, colonialism, imperialism, economic exploitation, and militarism – not of a country that, more than any other, has been the beacon of freedom to mankind, and the country that has spent more treasure and spilled more blood to liberate other peoples than any other nation.

The End of Male and Female: Whatever one’s position on same-sex marriage, one must acknowledge that at the core of the argument for this redefinition of marriage is that gender doesn’t matter. Marriage is marriage, and gender means nothing, the argument goes. So, too, whether children are raised by mother and father or two mothers or two fathers doesn’t matter. A father has nothing unique to offer a child that a mother can’t provide and vice versa.

Why? Because – for the first time in recorded history – gender is regarded as meaningless. Indeed, increasingly gender doesn’t even exist; it’s merely a social construct imposed on children by parents and society based on the biological happenstance of their genitalia. When signing up for Facebook, one is offered nearly 60 options under “gender.” In various high schools across the country, boys are elected homecoming queen. A woman was recently kicked out of Planet Fitness for objecting to a man in the women’s locker room. She was accused of intolerance because the man said he felt that he was a woman.

The End of Right and Wrong: At least two generations of American young people have been taught that moral categories are nothing more than personal (or societal) preferences. Recently, an incredulous professor of philosophy wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times titled “Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts.” In it he noted, “Without fail, every value claim is labeled an opinion” (italics in original). This extends to assessing the most glaring of evils. Since the Nazis thought killing Jews was right, there is no way to know for sure whether it was wrong; it’s the Nazis' opinion against that of the Jews and anyone else who objects. I have heard this sentiment from American high school students – including many Jewish ones – for 30 years.

The End of Religion: There are no moral truths because there is no longer a religious basis for morality. More than the Enlightenment, it was the Bible – especially the Hebrew Bible (which was one reason America’s Christians were different from most European Christians) that guided the Founders' and other Americans' values. Not anymore. Instead of being guided by a code higher than themselves, Americans are taught to rely on their feelings to determine how to behave. Instead of being given moral guidance, children are asked, “How do you feel about it?”

The End of Beauty: Just as morality is subjective; so are beauty and excellence. There is no good or bad art or literature. You like Beethoven; I like rap. You like Shakespeare; I like Batman. “Street art” (aka graffiti) is worthy of museum exhibition; paint thrown by an “artist” from atop a ladder onto a canvas is considered high art and fetches over $100 million; and a giant sculpture of a dog with lifted leg urinating adorns the front of the Orange County Museum of Art in California.

If you acknowledge that American society is in decay, it is your obligation to fight to undo it. If you can’t acknowledge that American society is in decay, you are providing proof that it is.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Different Perspectives



If a Conservative doesn't like guns, he doesn't buy one. If a Liberal doesn't like guns, he wants all guns outlawed. If a Conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn't eat meat. If a Liberal is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone. If a Conservative is homosexual, he quietly leads his life. If a Liberal is homosexual, he demands legislated respect. If a Conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation. If a Liberal is down-and-out, he wonders who is going to take care of him. If a Conservative doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels. A Liberal demands that those they don't like be shut down. If a Conservative is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church. A Liberal non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced. If a Conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. If a Liberal decides he needs health care, he demands that the rest of us pay for his. If a Conservative reads this, he'll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh. A Liberal will delete it because he's "offended".

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Bibi's Churchillian Moment Filling America's Leadership Vacuum


By Wayne Allyn Root

 

Wasn't that refreshing? Don't you wish we had Benjamin Netanyahu as president, instead of Obama? I took a sampling among my friends- all smart, educated business owners. Men of substance. Every one of them said if they had a choice, they'd choose Bibi over Obama for president...of the United States.

 

The media will concentrate on the substance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu's speech. But let's first look at the style. I am a business and motivational speaker who speaks all over the globe, often to audiences in the thousands. I understand communication, charisma, chutzpah and salesmanship. Bibi gets an A+ in all four categories. He delivered the speech of a lifetime.

 

Americans and the world just got a lesson in CHUTZPAH. That's the Jewish word for "balls." No one else in the world could have pulled off what Bibi just did. Talk about a masterful speech. He walked into a joint session of the U.S. Congress like he owned it. Like he was the President of the United States. He received 29 standing ovations. If you just dropped in from another planet, you might have assumed you were watching U.S. President Netanyahu give his State of the Union.

 

Keep in mind Bibi is the leader of a tiny nation with the population of some anonymous, obscure African nation. Yet he held court over the U.S. Congress for almost an hour like he was the most powerful man in the world. Like he was the leader of America, Russia, China, UK or Germany. That takes chutzpah. 

 

Can you imagine the look on the faces of Obama, Michelle and Valerie Jarrett. I'd have paid a million dollars to be a fly on that wall!

 

Can you imagine the looks on the faces of the leaders of every Muslim nation on earth? The anger, shock, jealousy. Why Bibi? Why is he presiding over the U.S. Congress? Why are they fawning over his every word? Oh to be a fly on the wall of the leaders of Iran or Qatar or Afghanistan. 

 

How about the looks on the faces of the leaders of ISIS. Can't you picture them saying, "Israel's leader gets the attention of the world by addressing a joint session of Congress...we have to set fire to prisoners in cages to get anyone's attention!"

 

And that vibe. Bibi gave off the vibe that he alone holds the key to saving the world. And just maybe...he does.

 

Now to the substance of Bibi's speech. Bibi walked onto the biggest stage in America and embarrassed Obama. He schooled him. He took him to the woodshed. And here's the masterful part- he killed him with kindness! Bibi pulled off a speech ripping America's president to shreds, in front of the political leadership of America...in front of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi...in front of the American people...and he did like only a master of communication, chutzpah and salesmanship could- by first praising him. By thanking Obama. By showering him with compliments. Then he proceeded to strip him naked and pummel him into submission.

 

What was the main takeaway of the speech? That you can't reward bad behavior. That you must punish bad behavior. That you can't agree to deals with tyrants, terrorists, liars, thieves and murderers whose word cannot be trusted. 

 

That the only deal worth doing punishes Iran and takes away their nuclear capabilities until they change their behavior...until they stop supporting and funding terrorism...until they stop vowing to annihilate their neighbor Israel and kill all the Jewish people...until they check their aggressive support of militant, radical Islam all over the world. That to allow any nuclear capability for a militant Muslim nation is suicide for the entire world.

 

Do you understand the chutzpah of Bibi. The leader of tiny Israel was giving Obama lessons in negotiation. This was more entertaining to conservatives like me than watching "American Sniper." I asked my family to pass the popcorn.

 

Bibi made three great points that emasculated Obama:

     

#1) The art of negotiating. Bibi compared negotiating with Iran to negotiating at a Persian bazaar. Hilarious, and so true. "If they threaten to walk away, let them." Bibi said. "Because they'll be back." It takes an Israeli to understand the human nature of Persians. That threat of walking away is just part of a negotiation. Bibi understands that. 

 

Can Obama be that stupid? Bibi sure made him seem that stupid. But I know Bibi knows what I know. He just can't say it in public. Obama is not stupid. He knows exactly what he's doing. He's not on Israel's side. So Bibi had to play a masterful game of chess with Obama. So he painted him as naïve and stupid. He embarrassed him in front of the world. He made it clear the deal Obama has negotiated is Neville Chamberlain all over again. It's a repeat of the worst deal ever agreed to- Chamberlain's deal with Hitler.

 

#2) Secondly, Bibi made it clear that Iran is not a normal country. It shouldn't be treated like a normal country. It is a militant Islamic country. Obama can't even use those words. He thinks "Islamic" is some kind of compliment. Remember we're dealing with a man who claims Islam was a founding religion of America. Bibi understands who he is dealing with.

 

Bibi pointed out that Iran is a rogue terrorist state no different than ISIS. Iran is the enemy of ISIS, so Bibi had to make a very interesting point. Iran and ISIS are the same people. They want the same thing. They say it. They tweet it. Iran wrote it in their constitution. They are dedicated to killing, conquering, converting and enslavng first the entire region, then the world. Iran is only fighting ISIS to determine who gets to do it in the name of Allah. Bibi then drove the nail home, "The enemy of your enemy...is your enemy." Great line! I hope Obama was wearing a cup. If not, he may be down for a while.

    

#3) Thirdly, Bibi made a simple clear point that the American people can understand. Forget intellectual arguments. Forget the fancy words of lawyers and Ivy Leaguers like Obama, meant to obscure, confuse, distract and deceive the people. Bibi spoke from the heart. He painted a picture of militant radical Muslims like ISIS and how they act- they cut off heads...they torture...they throw gays off buildings...they parade prisoners in cages...they set people on fire...they kill women and children...even babies are cut in half and mutilated at the hands of militant radical Muslims. And Obama wants to allow them to possess NUCLEAR WEAPONS? And he thinks that's okay? He thinks they'll change? He thinks they'll stop being angry and aggressive with a nuclear weapon now in their hands? 

 

No wonder Obama didn't show up at the speech. At this point the whole world could see our emperor has no clothes.

 

No one watching can forget Bibi's lesson: No militant Islamic state can ever be allowed to possess nuclear weapons...or they will certainly use them. No one in the world will be ever again sleep soundly. No one's children will ever again be safe. Bibi made it clear Obama's deal with Iran allows them to possess nuclear weapons. It's only a matter of when. That cannot be allowed to pass.

 

I think I could hear Obama and Valerie Jarrett screaming at the TV set inside the White House "war room." Bibi embarrassed them. Thrashed them. Emasculated them. By the way, not only is it clear Obama does not like Israel...that Obama is a Muslim sympathizer...that Obama is trying to weaken Israel and put her people in danger...but the ruler of Obama's White House is Valerie Jarrett. Where was Valerie born? Iran.

 

Obama's actions and negotiations are no mistake...fluke...coincidence...not done out of naivete. Bibi knows that as well as I do. So he had to deconstruct this president and his Iranian-born svengali in a nice way...in front of the Congress...in Obama's own house.   

 

Bibi had to kill Obama with kindness. He could not win over the American people by ripping our president in our own home stadium. So he never once named Obama as the bad guy. He never once blamed Obama for a bad deal, or bad negotiations. He never said out loud "Your president is trying to hurt Israel." But he didn't have to. We all know. 

 

Bravo Bibi. You just showed us all what a real leader looks like- someone who stands up to evil, instead of negotiating and compromising in the face of another Hitler. Bibi made his point subtly...as subtly as a jackhammer and blowtorch. Congrats Bibi, you made a lot of smart Americans wish you were our president instead of Obama.

 

And the bonus is...we all got a 2 for the price of 1. Bibi's speech destroyed both Iran and Obama. A 2 for 1 sale on the floor of the U.S. Congress? It's kind of like a Persian bazaar.


Friday, March 6, 2015

Churchill - Netanyahu; Chamberlain - Obama. The Comparisons Are Frightening

Source: Center For Individual Freedom

As they say, history may not repeat itself, but it often rhymes. 
Sixty-nine years ago this week, one august foreign leader widely admired in the United States delivered a historic speech to an American audience, sounding the alarm against a looming malevolent regime. 
This week, another august foreign leader also widely admired in the United States echoed the same wisdom before an American audience. 
The first occurred on March 5, 1946, when Winston Churchill delivered his immortal "Iron Curtain" speech at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. 
In addition to famously naming the Iron Curtain that stretched "from Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic," Churchill warned against complacency and weakness in facing a new global threat that too many preferred at the time to deny.  His admonition then rings no less imperative today: 
"It is because I am sure that our fortunes are still in our own hands, and that we hold the power to save the future, that I feel the duty to speak out now that I have the occasion and the opportunity to do so...  Our difficulties and dangers will not be removed by closing our eyes to them.  They will not be removed by merely waiting to see what happens.  Nor will they be removed by a policy of appeasement.  What is needed is a settlement, and the longer this is delayed, the more difficult it will be and the greater our dangers will become. 
"From what I have seen of our Russian friends and allies during the war, I am convinced that there is nothing they admire so much as strength, and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for weakness, especially military weakness.  For that reason, the old doctrine of a balance of power is unsound.  We cannot afford, if we can help it, to work on narrow margins, offering a temptation to a trial of strength." 
For offering such foresight, Churchill was subjected to disapproval and disrespect from self-appointed sophisticates who considered him excessively crude and belligerent. 
That, however, was nothing new to Churchill.  He had received the same treatment a decade prior, when he warned against the looming threat of Adolf Hitler.  In fact, Churchill noted that experience in his Westminster College speech: 
"Last time I saw it coming and I cried aloud to my own fellow countrymen and to the world, but no one paid any attention.  Up until the year 1933 or 1935, Germany might have been saved from the awful fate which has overtaken her, and we all might have been spared the miseries Hitler let loose upon mankind.  There never was a war in history easier to prevent by timely action than the one which has just desolated many areas of the globe." 
In that preceding decade, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain infamously waved a worthless paper treaty to which Hitler's signature was affixed, naively announcing "peace in our time."  The effete classes bestowed their approval.  One year later they were exposed as tragically foolish. 
Today, Barack Obama appears curiously frantic to finalize a similarly worthless paper treaty with the malevolent nuclear aspirant Iran.  As with Chamberlain, Obama's admirers applaud in fealty. 
Never mind that before our very eyes, the worthlessness of such paper accords with snickering tyrants is confirmed in such places as North Korea and Ukraine, where Vladimir Putin disregards decades worth of pledges to peaceably respect that nation's sovereignty.  Or with Iran itself, whose regime continues nearly four decades of oppression, terrorism, aggression and violation of nuclear limitation agreements. 
Enter Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who this week delivered a historic speech before Congress raising a cautionary alarm similar to Churchill's. 
Spelling out the ongoing terrorist and expansionist nature of Iran's leaders, Netanyahu dismantled the prospective nuclear agreement that Obama so desperately seeks, and pointed out that succumbing to Iran's negotiating demands would only encourage it to behave worse: 
"Would Iran be less aggressive when sanctions are removed and its economy is stronger?  Why would Iran's radical regime change for the better when it can enjoy the best of both worlds - aggression abroad, prosperity at home?" 
Like Churchill this week in 1946, Netanyahu highlighted the "special relationship" between his country and the United States, and the parallel manner in which our nations confront foreign threats. 
Like Churchill, Netanyahu pleaded that we learn the obvious lessons of history as we go forward facing new but similar challenges.  In the audience sat Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, to whom Netanyahu said, "I wish I could promise you, Elie, that the lessons of history have been learned, but I can only urge the leaders of the world not to repeat the mistakes of the past."  
And like Churchill, Netanyahu was immediately met with scorn for daring to speak truth to evil.  Come to think of it, America's greatest post-war president Ronald Reagan was initially excoriated on the same basis. 
Unlike Churchill, however, Netanyahu was also met not with approval from America's sitting president, but with scorn.  Indeed, Obama's visibly perturbed response was disturbingly similar to that of Iran itself. 
But Netanyahu remains focused on far greater concerns than Obama's pique. 
The nation of Israel, and the Jewish people themselves, have been ceaselessly hounded from nation to nation through the millennia, persecuted and prohibited from even entering various trades and targeted for extinction.  In the context of such a sordid parade of genocidal history, trivial and petty diplomatic politesse rightfully remain a background concern. 
Fortunately, the American people appear to agree with Netanyahu.  In addition to approximately 70% approval toward the state of Israel, Americans maintain a net 21-point positive rating toward Netanyahu himself.  Some 84% of Americans surveyed believe that the prospective nuclear accord with Iran is a bad one, while 65% even approve of the use of force if necessary to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear capability. 
And while Obama displayed pettiness in refusing to even meet Netanyahu, Americans by more than a two-to-one margin said it was a good thing that he was invited to address Congress. 
While Obama and those who share his worldview may remain willfully blind to the lessons of history, the American people themselves thankfully appear to welcome the wisdom of such men as Churchill and Netanyahu. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Spending Time With Family/Friends

Whether A True Story Or Not - This Is Really Nice!

A  young man learns what's most important in life from the guy next door.         


Over the phone, his mother told him, "Mr. Belser died last night. The funeral is Wednesday." Memories flashed through his mind like an old newsreel as he sat quietly remembering his childhood days.

"Jack, did you hear me?"

"Oh, sorry, Mom. Yes, I heard you. It's been so long since I thought of him. I'm sorry, but I honestly thought he died years ago," Jack said...

"Well, he didn't forget you. Every time I saw him he'd ask how you were doing. He'd reminisce about the many days you spent over 'his side of the fence' as he put it," Mom told him.

"I loved that old house he lived in," Jack said.

"You know, Jack, after your father died, Mr. Belser stepped in to make sure you had a man's influence in your life," she said.

"He's the one who taught me carpentry," he said. "I wouldn't be in this business if it weren't for him. He spent a lot of time teaching me things he thought were important. Mom, I'll be there for the funeral," Jack said.

As busy as he was, he kept his word. Jack caught the next flight to his hometown. Mr. Belser's funeral was small and uneventful. He had no children of his own, and most of his relatives had passed away.

The night before he had to return home, Jack and his Mom stopped by to see the old house next door one more time.

Standing in the doorway, Jack paused for a moment. It was like crossing over into another dimension, a leap through space and time. The house was exactly as he remembered. Every step held memories. Every picture, every piece of furniture. Jack stopped suddenly...

"What's wrong, Jack?" his Mom asked.

"The box is gone," he said

"What box?" Mom asked.

"There was a small gold box that he kept locked on top of his desk. I must have asked him a thousand times what was inside. All he'd ever tell me was 'the thing I value most,'" Jack said.

It was gone. Everything about the house was exactly how Jack remembered it, except for the box. He figured someone from the Belser family had taken it.

"Now I'll never know what was so valuable to him," Jack said. "I better get some sleep. I have an early flight home, Mom."

It had been about two weeks since Mr. Belser died. Returning home from work one day Jack discovered a note in his mailbox: "Signature required on a package. No one at home. Please stop by the main post office within the next three days," the note read. Early the next day Jack retrieved the package. The small box was old and looked like it had been mailed a hundred years ago. The handwriting was difficult to read, but the return address caught his attention. "Mr. Harold Belser" it read. Jack took the box out to his car and ripped open the package. There inside was the gold box and an envelope. Jack's hands shook as he read the note inside.

"Upon my death, please forward this box and its contents to Jack Bennett. It's the thing I valued most in my life." A small key was taped to the letter. His heart racing, as tears filling his eyes, Jack carefully unlocked the box. There inside he found a beautiful gold pocket watch.

Running his fingers slowly over the finely etched casing, he unlatched the cover. Inside he found these words engraved:

"Jack, Thanks for your time! -Harold Belser."

"The thing he valued most was... my time"

Jack held the watch for a few minutes, then called his office and cleared his appointments for the next two days. "Why?" Janet, his assistant asked.

"I need some time to spend with a friend," he said.

"Oh, by the way, Janet, thanks for your time!"
 
 
Courtesy Rick Lewis

Monday, March 2, 2015

Myth: Republicans Are Not Offering Alternatives To Obamacare.

Source: FreedomWorks

1. Health care decisions should be made between patients and their doctors – the government should never have a say. Nothing is more personal and particular to an individual than their health. Every person is different, with different needs, different preferences, and different responses to treatment. Doctors are trained to take these individual differences into account, and many develop lasting relationships with their patients. Any efforts to reform the health care system must allow patients and their doctors to maintain absolute control of health care decisions.

2. Increasing access is about more than having an insurance policy. We need lower costs and higher quality care. Markets are superior to top-down control because only the price system allows businesses and consumers to adjust their behavior in real-time as conditions change. Companies have to respond to the demands of their customers, and customers dissatisfied with a company’s practices can take their business elsewhere in search of a better deal. Having an insurance policy is meaningless if you can’t afford the deductible, or if 3 you can’t see a doctor. Meaningful health care reform must focus on creating the right incentives for competition, innovation, and adaptability—all of which drive down costs and increase quality of care.

3. Tax policy shouldn’t favor individuals or companies with regard to purchasing health insurance. Current policy provides tax benefits for companies that spend money on health insurance plans for their employees. Individuals, however, do not share the same benefit. Granting individuals the same tax treatment as corporations would be a meaningful step towards creating insurance plans that are designed for people instead of businesses. This policy will also help shield workers who change jobs.

4. Regulation of private health insurance should be done by the states, not federal government. ObamaCare eliminates a state’s ability to compete within the health care marketplace by imposing a onesize-fits-all mandate on insurance companies across the country. The result of this has been dropped policies, increased costs, and reduced services. Patient–centered health care reform must restore states’ abilities to control insurance regulations within their own borders, allowing states to adopt policies that work best for their citizens.

5. Medicare should allow seniors an array of plan options, and an opportunity to opt out if they choose. No matter their age, we believe everyone deserves health care choices. Currently, seniors are offered one option – Medicare. This type of planning crowds out private alternatives that could provide better care. Worse, Medicare penalizes seniors who want to opt out – effectively trapping most in the program. Seniors should be allowed to opt out of Medicare if they choose. Government should allow private companies to offer a variety of plans that will ensure that seniors can get better quality care at prices they can afford.

6. Medicaid should move towards a state-controlled model where the states have flexibility to innovate and find ways to deliver better quality care with their Medicaid dollars. ObamaCare makes a concerted effort to drive millions of Americans into Medicaid—some of whom were forced in after their private health insurance was cancelled. However, because Medicaid payments to doctors are so low, patients face longer wait times for appointments—if they find a doctor who will even take Medicaid at all. In the few states that have been granted even limited ability to introduce patient-centered reforms to their Medicaid programs, the results have been promising. Giving Medicaid fully over to the states will lead to more responsible spending, tailored to the diverse needs of individual states, and will increase low-income patients’ access to and quality of care. Since state legislatures are closer to the people they represent, they will always be better stewards of tax dollars than the federal government.

7. Patients should be incentivized to save and spend their own money (tax-free) on health care through health savings accounts. This would encourage price transparency from health care providers, foster price competition, and lower costs. People are more responsible with their own money than with other peoples’ money. The current health insurance model prevents patients from ever seeing the true cost of the medical services they consume. Someone else is paying the bills, so there’s no incentive to shop around for the best price. As a result, there’s little reason for doctors to advertise their prices and compete with one another, since most patients are more or less indifferent to the actual costs of care paid by insurance companies. Health savings accounts (HSAs) offer a solution to this problem. By having a tax-free account available for health care spending, patients will be sensitive to high prices and seek the best deal for their money. HSAs also motivate health care providers to be more transparent in their pricing, and to compete with one another to provide the best care for the lowest cost.

8. The abuses of the medical malpractice system must be addressed at the state level. Most people now recognize that the medical malpractice system is broken. Doctors are forced to pay astronomical premiums for malpractice insurance, and are incentivized to order unnecessary tests and drugs out of fear of being sued for negligence. The inherent risk of the field has been taken by too many courts as a consequence of bad doctors, when in most instances this is simply not the case. The result is high prices and a misallocation of medical resources resulting from “defensive medicine.” The medical malpractice system must be reformed, but changes need to be implemented at the state level. A blanket policy from the federal government would violate the right of states to regulate their own tort law.

9. Accommodate individuals with pre-existing conditions at the state level. The population that ObamaCare was supposed to take care of—those most in need of assistance—are individuals with chronic health conditions that require constant (and expensive) maintenance care. These individuals make up only a small fraction of our population, but were used to justify a wholesale change in every single patient’s insurance. While a federal solution would interfere with the states’ ability to manage their own insurance markets, states can set up systems as they see fit – whether through high-risk or risk-transfer pools (or other policy means), to ensure that patients with pre-existing conditions have access to health insurance.

10. ObamaCare must be dismantled entirely – there is nothing about the Affordable Care Act that encourages either freedom or affordability in health care. Opinion polls show that the law has been consistently unpopular with the American people. Despite all these problems, there are still those who argue that the Affordable Care Act can be salvaged, that it can be fixed. Wrong. There is nothing about ObamaCare that increases choice, fosters competition, lowers prices, or improves the quality of medical care. Additionally, it violates individual rights by compelling people to buy a product they don’t want.

Leadership Vacuum