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  • ObamaCare Gulag

    Many people are rightly distressed by Obama's lies about Obamacare - that you can keep your insurance and doctor and costs will go down. Supreme Court Justice Robert's ruling on Obamacare was nothing short of treason. But if anything, our original fears understated the problem. We all know that Obamacare institutes socialized medicine and is vastly expensive (the latest estimates are that it will cost $2.6 trillion over the next 10 years). At least as disruptive though is that it requires the eventual incarceration of tens and probably hundreds of thousands of Americans. I wish this were a case of paranoia but unfortunately it's baked into the cake of what is needed to implement the law long-term.

    Most people should now be aware that it will require an added 16,000 IRS agents to administer Obamacare. This means for example that every tax return will have to be checked to see if the filer has written proof of insurance in evidence from their insurer, or whether they will be forced to pay a penalty for being uninsured. Of course this is a paperwork nightmare of huge proportion, which ensures that some individuals and businesses will be unable to fulfill the bureaucratic requirements and will be sucked into the maws of audits for that reason alone. What hasn't been investigated or reported on is how many people actually have to be jailed to keep Obamacare from falling apart. Partial compliance with the law would mean eventual total disregard of the law.

    It has been estimated that by 2016, 4 million people will need to pay the penalty fee of $695 for not being able to show insurance. Some of these people will be self-insured, some will be those too lazy to fill in documentation, etc. However some substantial proportion of those 4 million will be Patriots resisting the degradation of the Constitution by ignoring what they view to be a tyrannical mandate.

    It isn't very hard to conjure up tens and even hundreds of thousands of people who will be in breach of the Obamacare minimum payment. Millions are likely. Right now there is no enforcement mechanism other than the ability of the IRS to threaten/harass and to halt refunds for over withheld taxes. But if even 5% of the 4 million people supposed to pay the penalty refused, that will create a population of 200,000 malcontents who need to be incarcerated. Now we're talking political gulags for Americans when our president can't even keep Guantanamo Bay open to house murderous Al Queda.

    According to a recent IRS report, the voluntary compliance rate - the percentage of total tax revenues paid on a timely basis - was 83.1 percent in 2006. (Tax Gap) If 17% are statistically expected to be non compliant with the Obamacare penalty, that means the IRS needs a political Gulag for 680,000 free Americans.

    Could a Democratic administration ignore that number of people, as they have ignored the presence of illegal aliens for political advantage? Of course that's the rub, those who won't pay the Obamacare penalty will be composed of the usual small component of anarchists opposed to every law, but also a large contingent of conservatives who vehemently oppose Obamacare on constitutional principle. While Democrats might be willing to look the other way and provide sanctuary cities and churches for illegals because they are their voting constituency, they would have an insurrection on their hands if they allowed 200,000 plus conservatives to defy their pet law. After the IRS eventually became exasperated with noncompliance and was unable to close the growing funding gap, something would have to be done. That something is political gulags for conservatives.

    Some might say that this is paranoia and couldn't happen here, however, what choice will there be? The irony is that conservatives and Tea Partiers have always believed in the rule of law, while Democrats have believed in the penumbra of the law. Yet Leftists would be forced to be absolutist in their crackdown on those who defy their enforced healthcare mandate.

    There will be twenty new or higher taxes in Obamacare. The non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that the IRS has 47 new taxes and regulations to administer in overseeing Obamacare.

    The IRS is not capable of doing all this, as the quotation above confirms. 

    Here is the list:

    1. Prohibits group health plans from discriminating in favor of highly compensated individuals.
    1. Establishes a temporary reinsurance program to provide reimbursement for a portion of the cost of providing health insurance coverage to early retirees.
    1. Imposes a penalty on health plans identified in an annual Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) penalty fee report, which is to be collected by the Financial Management Service after notice by the Department of the Treasury (Treasury).
    1. Requires state exchanges to send to Treasury a list of the individuals exempt from having minimum essential coverage, those eligible for the premium assistance tax credit, and those who notified the exchange of change in employer or who ceased coverage of a qualified health plan.
    1. Provides tax exemption for nonprofit health insurance companies receiving federal start-up grants or loans to provide insurance to individuals and small groups.
    1. Provides tax exemption for entities providing reinsurance for individual policies during first 3 years of state exchanges.
    1. Provides premium assistance refundable tax credits for applicable taxpayers who purchase insurance through a state exchange, paid directly to the insurance plans monthly or to individuals who pay out-of-pocket at the end of the taxable year.
    1. Provides a cost-sharing subsidy for applicable taxpayers to reduce annual out-of-pocket deductibles.
    1. Outlines the procedures for determining eligibility for exchange participation, premium tax credits and reduced cost-sharing, and individual responsibility exemptions.
    1. Allows advance determinations and payment of premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions.
    1. Authorizes IRS to disclose certain taxpayer information to HHS for purposes of determining eligibility for premium tax credit, cost-sharing subsidy, or state programs including Medicaid, including (1) taxpayer identity; (2) the filing status of such taxpayer; (3) the modified adjusted gross income of taxpayer, spouse, or dependents; and (4) tax year of information.
    1. Provides nonrefundable tax credits for qualified small employers (no more than 25 full-time equivalents (FTE) with annual wages averaging no more than $50,000) for contributions made on behalf of its employees for premiums for qualified health plans.
    2. Requires all U.S. citizens and legal residents and their dependents to maintain minimum essential insurance coverage unless exempted starting in 2014 and imposes a fine on those failing to maintain such coverage.
    1. Requires every person who provides minimum essential coverage to file an information return with the insured individuals and with IRS.
    1. Imposes a penalty on large employers (50+ FTEs) who (1) do not offer coverage for all of their full-time employees, offer unaffordable minimum essential coverage, or offer plans with high out-of-pocket costs and (2) have at least one full-time employee certified as having purchased health insurance through a state exchange and was eligible for a tax credit or subsidy.
    1.  Requires information reporting of health insurance coverage information by large employers (subject to IRC 4980H) and certain other employers.
    1. Offers tax exclusion for reimbursement of premiums for small-group exchange participating health plans offered by small employers to all full-time employees as part of a cafeteria plan.
    1.  Subjects new group health plans to certain Public Health Service Act requirements and imposes the excise tax on plans that fail to meet those requirements. (Conforming amendment)
    1.  Authorizes IRS to disclose certain taxpayer information to the Social Security Administration (SSA) regarding reduction in the subsidy for Medicare Part D for high-income beneficiaries. (Conforming amendment)
    1.  Requires the independent institute partnering with the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to implement a key national indicator system to be a nonprofit entity under section 501(c)(3).
    1. . Imposes a fee through 2019 on specified health insurance policies and applicable self-insured health plans to fund the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust Fund to be used for comparative effectiveness research.
    1.  Imposes a 40 percent excise tax on high cost employer-sponsored health insurance coverage on the aggregate value of certain benefits that exceeds the threshold amount.
    1.  Requires employers to disclose the value of the employee’s health insurance coverage sponsored by the employer on the annual Form W-2.
    1.  Repeals the tax exclusion for over-the-counter medicines under a Health Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), Health Savings Account (HSA), or Archer Medical Savings Account (MSA), unless the medicine is prescribed by a physician.
    1.  Increases tax on distributions from HSAs and Archer MSAs not used for medical expenses.
    1.  Limits health FSAs under cafeteria plans to a maximum of $2,500 adjusted for inflation.
    1.  Imposes additional reporting requirements for charitable hospitals to qualify as tax-exempt under IRC 501(c)(3) and requires hospitals to conduct a community health needs assessment at least once every 3 years and to adopt a financial assistance policy and policy relating to emergency medical care.
    1.  Imposes a fee on each covered entity engaged in the business of manufacturing or importing branded prescription drugs.
    1.  Imposes an annual fee on any entity that provides health insurance for any U.S. health risk with net premiums written during the calendar year that exceed $25 million.
    1.  Allows the deduction for retiree prescription drug expenses only after the deduction amount is reduced by the amount of the excludable subsidy payments received.
    1. Increases the threshold for the itemized deduction for unreimbursed medical expenses from 7.5 percent of Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) to 10 percent of AGA (unless taxpayer turns 65 during 2013-2016 and then threshold remains at 7.5 percent).
    1.  Denies the business expenses deductions for wage payments made to individuals for services performed for certain health insurance providers if the payment exceeds $500,000.
    1. Imposes an additional Hospital Insurance (Medicare) Tax of 0.9 percent on wages over $200,000 for individuals and over $250,000 for couples filing jointly.
    1.  Limits eligibility for deductions under section 833 (treatment of Blue Cross and Blue Shield) unless the organizations meet a medical loss ratio standard of at least 85 percent for the taxable year.
    1.  Allows an exclusion from gross income for the value of specified Indian tribe health care benefits.
    1.  Allows small businesses to offer simple cafeteria plans—plans that increase employees’ health benefit options without the nondiscrimination requirements of regular cafeteria plans.
    1.  Establishes a 50 percent nonrefundable investment tax credit for qualified therapeutic discovery projects.
    1.  Requires employers to provide free choice vouchers to certain employees who contribute over 8 percent but less than 9.8 percent of their household income to the employer’s insurance plan to be used by employees to purchase health insurance though the exchange.
    1.  Imposes a tax on any indoor tanning service equal to 10 percent of amount paid for service.
    1.  Excludes from gross income amounts received by a taxpayer under any state loan repayment or loan forgiveness program that is intended to provide for the increased availability of health care services in underserved or health professional shortage areas.
    1.  Increases the maximum adoption tax credit and the maximum exclusion for employer-provided adoption assistance for 2010 and 2011 to $13,170 per eligible child.
    1.  Extends the exclusion from gross income for reimbursements for medical expenses under an employer-provided accident or health plan to employees’ children under 27 years.
    1.  Imposes an unearned income Medicare contribution tax of 3.8 percent on individuals, estates, and trusts on the lesser of net investment income or the excess of modified adjusted gross income (AGI + foreign earned income) over a threshold of $200,000 (individual) or $250,000 (joint).
    1.  Imposes a tax of 2.3 percent on the sale price of any taxable medical device on the manufacturer, producer, or importer
    1.  Amends the cellulosic biofuel producer credit (nonrefundable tax credit of about $1.01 for each gallon of qualified fuel production of the producer) to exclude fuels with significant water, sediment, or ash content (such as black liquor).
    1.  Clarifies and enhances the applications of the economic substance doctrine and imposes penalties for underpayments attributable to transactions lacking economic substance.
       
    2. Increases the required payment of corporate estimated tax due in the third quarter of 2014 by 15.75 percent for corporations with more than $1 billion in assets, and reduces the next payment due by the same amount

      It is unlikely that Obamacare will be completely erased, and instead we will be left with a hash of Banana Republic socialism. That's enough to give anyone nightmares, and the weakness of the Republican leadership does not give much hope that a grinding long-term collapse of the welfare state can be avoided. In fact the only saving grace may be that this whole Rube Goldberg system is destined to collapse, perhaps giving us an opportunity to reset the entire system. In the meantime, you and your family will have to find fallback positions.

      I have written a prepper's manual on how to prepare for the worst. You can't confront the juggernaut Eurosocialist state head-on so you will need to be nimble and find ways to sidestep the system to avoid ending up in Obama's gulags. At least until we take back our country.



      Going Galt: Surviving Economic Armageddon



      by Daxton Brown
      Available direct from Amazon.com and their printer Createspace Order Trade Paperback Here
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      The United States of America is now bankrupt. It doesn't matter which political party will be in power over the next decades, the over-hang of $100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities from the local to Federal level, plus a hollow banking system, means there is no way to tax ourselves enough, or even cut spending enough, to have any chance to grow our way out of our problems.

      What this means is that the productive elements of society will at some point go on strike, whether by choice or because they are forced to pack up their bags and hide. From Ayn Rand's famous novel Atlas Shrugged, comes the phrase "Who Is John Galt". Galt is the character who epitomizes the productive entrepreneur so fed up with the restrictions of the bureaucrats and corporatists that he decides to start a revolt of society's creators. In our current financial dilemma, Rand's theme has lead to the suggestion that productive citizens may only be able to survive by "Going Galt" and dropping out. The following Youtube gives a good idea of the pickle we are in.

      But how does one survive if one drops out of society, even for a short period? It isn't like you were taught this in high school. And living like a hermit in a cave isn't an option that would appeal to thinking humans. However, "Going Galt" isn't about dropping out of society, but how to harden and insulate your lifestyle from the chaos that will come as the welfare state collapses.

      The Federal Government only takes in 60% in revenues of what it spends, the difference being made up by the Federal Reserve printing Monopoly money. This distortion has already shown up in high inflation rates and unemployment, with statistics so bad the government lies about them. You have no choice but to plan an exit strategy.

      That's what this book is about, how to survive the upcoming economic collapse everyone knows is coming. What this book is not is anti-government, or anti-tax, or an anarchist cookbook, those are armchair discussions for the idle class. What "Going Galt" is about is surviving No Matter What Happens.


      Contents

      1. Economic Armageddon
      2. How Life Will Change
      3. Money In A Collapsing Society
      4. Financial Survival
      5. Stocks, Bonds, Real Estate
      6. Employment
      7. What To Prepare For?
      8. Survival Priorities
      9. Four Day Survival Kit
      10. Exposure
      11. Emergency Shelter
      12. Water Treatment & Storage
      13. Emergency Sanitation
      14. Store Food or Starve
      15. Meals Ready to Eat
      16. Storage Containers
      17. Gardening
      18. Storage Space
      19. Health, Fitness & Hygiene
      20. Basic First Aid
      21. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
      22. Survival Fire Safety
      23. Terrorist Attack
      24. Urban Survival
      25. Bugging Out
      26. Sarajevo War Experience
      27. Post Katrina Disaster Survival
      28. Defensive Weapons
      29. Transportation & Mobile Shelter
      30. Clothing
      31. Fuels for Heating and Cooking
      32. Emergency Lighting
      33. Electrical Power
      34. Master Preparedness List

    Amazon reviews


    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:
    Could be best Survival Preparedness book of 2011, March 22, 2011
    By Citizen John (USA)
    (TOP 50 REVIEWER) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
    This review is from: Going Galt: Surviving Economic Armageddon (Paperback) I recommend this book for relevance, presentation and tone. At the same time I was disappointed with much of the coverage that was too brief, hasty and therefore superficial. Survival preparedness books usually cover too much at the expense of depth. However, Daxton Brown just scored a big win for the genre by producing a highly readable, page-turner edition.

    Going Galt is one of the best in Survival Preparedness literature. It's easier to read than most, and the author has an excellent tone of urgency tempered with reasonableness. Survival literature is a growth area. At this time, James Rawles' book, How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times, is in the Top 100 best-selling Amazon list.

    The 34 chapters visible ("Look Inside" shown on cover) advertise the topics. The average chapter is just over 10 pages, with variation. Water treatment & storage has 29 pages. For urban survival, water storage could be problematic for many. Treatment depends on several conditions. Options are well-presented. Advantages and disadvantages of the many water treatment methods highlight the difficulty of this topic. Chlorine treatment alone has several subcategories. There are instructions for building a berkey water filter from scratch to use for storm water ponds or runoff from parking lots. Water treatment is also well-covered by Arthur Bradley in Handbook to Practical Disaster Preparedness for the Family.

    One topic dealt with in only the most introductory manner is urban survival. For some reason, authors tend to gloss over this area and it vexes me. For those of us with children and elderly people to look after, relocation to a safe area away from a population center is extra difficult. Brown says if your neighbors have their own food and water, it will be possible to form a common defense with them. This is consistent with Sean Brodrick's approach in The Ultimate Suburban Survivalist Guide: The Smartest Money Moves to Prepare for Any Crisis. However, Rawles has thought about this problem deeply. His best-selling book presents the argument for a rural retreat, far enough away from a city and the highways people can use. I'm afraid that when the bad time arrives, we won't discover which author is correct until it's too late to exercise the option. However, I worked out the cost of Rawles' retreat to be tens of thousands of dollars not counting the real estate.

    As with almost all survival books, many lists are presented. There are exhaustive lists for food and good content on food as well. Brown says not to worry about what we'll have to think about during this difficult time. We'll be thinking of food and how to get it. The Sarajevo War Experience list was intriguing but no sources were provided. Some very interesting comments were quoted from one Sarajevo War survivor who was not named. Apparently, toilet paper was a luxury. We could conclude toilet paper would be a great item to stock for utility and trade value, but again - I want sources.

    Brown is urgent yet reasonable. He advises we start redirecting some time and energy from our normal activities toward survival preparation. The book covers Declinism in 4 pages (Chapter I), which is appropriate for a survival book. At this stage, it's prudent to limit time spent trying to figure out if the "system" is going to collapse. What is needed now is good preparation so that we may helpful to others when the time comes. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews


    7 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars Best Survival Book So Far...., April 16, 2011
    By S. Hodges (Texas, USA) - See all my reviews
    (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)
    This review is from: Going Galt: Surviving Economic Armageddon (Paperback)
    This book is readable, entertaining, and more sensible and well balanced than any other survival book I've read. I started reading a friend's copy and before finishing I was compelled to order one for my own reference library. Even though I'm fairly well prepared, I found several pointers and ideas to incorporate. Brown (unlike Rawles) doesn't make me feel like the book is just an excuse to show off his knowledge--it reads more like a conversation between friends. The editing & writing style were acceptalble to me--I actually think a PERSON edited rather than depending on spell-check! If you are just starting to read & think about preparedness, buy this book! And if you've read all the survival books--I'll bet even you will find some little pearls! Help other customers find the most helpful reviews
    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought..., October 11, 2011
    By Thomas Griswold Jr. (Rockwall, Texas United States) - See all my reviewsAmazon Verified Purchase(What's this?)

    This review is from: Going Galt: Surviving Economic Armageddon (Paperback) This book gives a lot of information for actions before and after society's collapse. The list of most stolen items after unrest is worth the price of the book.


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