The title says it all. But if you need some clarification on my position, I support President Trump. And here is why: My favorite author is Edward Abbey. My favorite quote by Edward Abbey is “our only hope is catastrophe.” The meaning of the quote: the only thing that is going to save us is self-destruction. The earth will rejuvenate and man (we hope with more sound thought this time) will rebuild and recover. The sooner we get it over with, the better.

Thank you Trump, thank you Israel, for taking us another step closer to self-destruction!

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I make it a point to not pay much attention to what is going on in government- my time is much more valuable. Health care is the one issue that I cannot ignore, at least once a year, as I see my family’s insurance bill rise yet again. This year it was slated to go up another $275 per month- and that would have been for coverage only on the Front Range of Colorado where we live and a few other locations! If we traveled to Utah for example we would not have been covered! If someone can explain the logic behind this, and the legality, I would like to hear it.

For some background, before the ACA- the Affordable Care Act (which I like to call the Affordable Care my Ass act), before health care became affordable, my family had very adequate coverage, a low deductible, low copay, and we were covered wherever we went and whatever we did. We paid about $450 a month for that coverage as part of a small business owners’ group plan.  That plan become illegal under the ACA (not enough money in it for Big Business).

Now that health care has become affordable, to get the same coverage would cost us around $2200 a month.  As it stands, this year we chose a short-term plan, the cheapest option available at about $650 per month.  From my perspective it amounts to nothing more than a payoff to keep the government off our backs, as we essentially have no health care. We have a very high deductible, no copay, and nearly everything is paid out of pocket. Basically none of us will go to a doctor this year. But at least we are “covered” beyond our own back yard. If we are injured on a trip outside of Colorado, we do have “coverage”, whatever that means.

 

 

 

My son and I both subscribe to the Investopedia website.  It has very informative articles sent out daily, and a stock simulator which allows you to lose digital, simulated currency playing the stock market instead of fiat currency in the real stock market. This morning’s email started out with an article on buying gold. I was struck by the fact that first on the list of ways to hold gold was through physical possession, something that has always been frowned upon by financial planners and most “investment experts.” Next came holding gold through ETF’s and stocks. There was even a reference in the article to planning for an “end-of-the-world” scenario.  It seems even the mainstream investment strategists are seeing the light, or darkness as it may turn out to be.

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