Medicare

Cost Of Universal Healthcare In California: A Mere 2x The State's Entire Annual Budget

Back in February, a gaggle of California Senators introduced Senate Bill 562, a publicly funded universal healthcare system otherwise conveniently marketed as "The Healthy California Act"...because who in their right mind would oppose Californians being healthy?  Presumably "The California Single-Payer Healthcare System, Courtesy of A Back-Breaking $400 Billion Tax, Act" was passed over because the truth isn't quite so 'marketable' in this particular case.

The Final Show Of The Greatest Country On Earth

Yesterday, the Greatest Show on Earth held its final performance in Uniondale, New York, after 146-years in the business. A century ago this would have seemed impossible... And just like how people viewed Ringling Brothers 100-years ago, it’s difficult for anyone to imagine a world in which the US isn’t the dominant superpower...

Frontrunning: May 16

  • Trump Says He Has ‘Absolute Right’ to Share Terrorism Facts with Russia (WSJ)
  • Russia's response: don't read U.S. newspapers (Reuters)
  • How the Democrats Are Trying to Beat Back Trump (BBG)
  • Trump to Join Pence in Disclosing 2016 Financial Information (BBG)
  • Clue in Ransomware Cyberattack Points to a Group Linked to North Korea (WSJ)

Doug Casey On The Opioid Crisis

"The government learned absolutely nothing from the failure of alcohol prohibition. What they’re doing with drugs makes an occasional, trivial problem into a national catastrophe..."

"Apocalypse Now": The Horror Of The Deep State's Plan Exposed - Part 3

Decades of propaganda, false flags, and misinformation campaigns have enabled the Deep State to gain power and control over the U.S. government. When war or a financial crisis is necessary to keep the profits flowing, events will be steered to such an outcome. With the latest financial plundering operation running out of steam, the Deep State is once again pushing the world toward global conflict.

April Was Cruel… To The US Treasury

Last month was not so good to the US Treasury. “Individual Income and Employment Taxes, Not Withheld” (the Treasury line item for receipts outside the customary withholding process) were down 5.7% year over year to $182 billion. Moreover, this is the lowest April haul since 2012. The April tax receipts of 2013 to 2016 ran between $193 billion (2014) to $219 billion (2015). This year’s receipt totals are far from those.

Obamacare Repeal Next Steps: Why Goldman Is Suddenly Far Less Optimistic

"The revival of health legislation, which could at least take a few more months to conclude, could substantially delay consideration of the remainder of the legislative agenda. This further reduces the likelihood that Congress will enact a tax cut before year-end, in light of the additional steps that would be necessary once the health bill has been enacted."

5 Actual 'Facts' About Tax Reform

Investors want to see corporate tax reform (including repatriation relief) succeed. Individual tax reform is a “Nice to have” but negotiations there could derail the corporate side.

Trump Abandons Economic Reforms To Embrace War Spending

It is now increasingly clear that the Trump administration is going to be at least four years of endless war, budget-busting spending, massive deficits, and more big government in general. His demonstrated preference is not for addressing the issues that won him the Rust Belt states. He's a war president now, and has better things to do.