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From the press release: In this ground-breaking new history of early America, historian Robert Zimmerman not only exposes the lie behind The New York Times 1619 Project that falsely claims slavery is central to the history of the United States, he also provides profound lessons about the nature of human societies, lessons important for Americans today as well as for all future settlers on Mars and elsewhere in space.

 
Conscious Choice: The origins of slavery in America and why it matters today and for our future in outer space, is a riveting page-turning story that documents how slavery slowly became pervasive in the southern British colonies of North America, colonies founded by a people and culture that not only did not allow slavery but in every way were hostile to the practice.  
Conscious Choice does more however. In telling the tragic history of the Virginia colony and the rise of slavery there, Zimmerman lays out the proper path for creating healthy societies in places like the Moon and Mars.

 

“Zimmerman’s ground-breaking history provides every future generation the basic framework for establishing new societies on other worlds. We would be wise to heed what he says.” —Robert Zubrin, founder of founder of the Mars Society.

 

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“This year, my premium is going up 96 percent. Ninety-six percent.”

Finding out what’s in it: Link here. This quote kind of says it all:

When President Obama sold Obamacare to the American people, he promised three things. 1) That we could keep our plans if we liked them. 2) That the new system would offer competition between great options through an Obamacare marketplace, and 3) That our premiums would go down. Not “go up slower” or “go up but eventually go down,” but go down— $2,500 was the figure.

The letter I got last week is a betrayal of every one of those promises. I did not get to keep the plan I liked. The new system does not offer competition between great options through an Obamacare marketplace. And my premiums have gone up more than 150 percent in two years.

This was all predictable and predicted, by many (including me!).

Nor was she alone. Every single prediction by conservatives about Obamacare has proven true. And everything promised by Obama and the Democrats has turned out to be an insulting lie.

But don’t worry. Americans plan to make Hillary Clinton president and give Congress back to the Democrats so that she and the Democrats can use their same dishonest incompetence to fix the mess they themselves created.

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9 comments

  • Cotour

    I again offer some predictive evidence to refute your last sentence:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/28/professor-whos-predicted-30-years-of-presidential-elections-correctly-is-doubling-down-on-a-trump-win/

    This latest Hillary / FBI revelation, existing Wikileaks revelations and what ever else may turn up and Trump tightening his rhetoric and focusing his message support my contention that Hillary is no shoe in and a Trump presidency is eminent.

    We can all expect the Democrats and their Leftist operatives at all levels to do anything (ANYTHING) to shift the trend that is right now unfolding.

  • Cotour

    PS:

    Next month I lose my health insurance because my carrier, Oxford, will no longer provide individual insurance in my market. I suppose because they are going broke under this Leftist utopian dream. I once again must begin my search for one that still does.

    Almost every word that has issued forth from Barack Hussein Obama’s mouth and every other Democrat adherent has necessarily been a lie as we all have pointed out from the start of this modern day debacle. We all knew it from the start but we were forced to endure it as his empowerment by a number of Americans played itself out.

    And now we are at the end, if Trump prevails.

  • Des

    Millions of people now have insurance that didn’t have insurance before.

  • Cotour

    Des:

    Initially I will make a basic point here, this is no longer “insurance”. “Insurance” is a business model based on calculating risk.

    “Insurance is a means of protection from financial loss. It is a form of risk management primarily used to hedge against the risk of a contingent, uncertain loss.”

    When the government forced this un Constitutional thing that is called Obamacare down the throats of the American public the concept of “insurance” ended. So from the get go your statement is flawed.

  • t-dub

    You may have “insurance” but you will not have coverage. Just look at the size of the deductibles you have to pay out of pocket before the plans pay a penny.

  • Edward

    Millions of people now have insurance that didn’t have insurance before.

    But with such high premiums and such high deductibles, what good is this “insurance?”

  • eddie willers

    “Millions of people now have insurance that didn’t have insurance before.”

    LOL….they’ve got paper. Just wait til they try and get healthcare with it.

  • ken anthony

    Insurance is a specific thing. Govt. does not get to redefine its meaning.

    When you accept the govt’s redefinition it only proves you an idiot.

    Competition is the word most abused by govt.

  • Edward

    Des,
    It wasn’t a rhetorical question. I really want to know what good the modern US health insurance is for us.

    I am a healthy scofflaw. Three years ago, I used to purchase catastrophic health insurance, back before it was declared “junk,” because the premium was affordable and the deductible was almost reasonable. Now, however, the premiums and the deductibles are both more than three times as much as they were back then, and as the article said, “My health insurance used to be a rational and responsible purchase.” But from day one, Obamacare insurance was neither.

    Now, however, I have to have use $17,000 worth of covered medical expenses for the insurance to break even, and that kind of ill health is still decades away, for me. In the meantime, I break even on a $100,000 catastrophic illness by not buying this expensive insurance for a mere 8-1/2 years. It is far, far more worth doing as Mary Katharine Ham suggested: “not having insurance, save the monthly payment, and squirrel it away for a catastrophic event that may never occur. Should a catastrophic event occur, work out a payment plan with doctors and hospitals, for which you’d use the squirreled away premiums until the next open enrollment period, at which point you just jump right back into a plan again because they can’t keep you out for preexisting conditions.

    This makes economic sense, whereas the ACA Obamacare fiasco makes no sense, considering that the premiums continue to climb at rocket pace and insurance companies continue to dump plans and states that also do not make economic sense.

    Obamacare insurance was so bad three years ago that Congress and their staffs were made eligible for Obamacare subsidies because they could not afford the upcoming health insurance all the way back then. If these highly paid people cannot afford the insurance, what chance do the rest of us have?

    This centralized direction of what is covered and how healthcare is administered prevents efficiency and effectiveness from being explored and invented by those who actually administer and receive healthcare. It prevents the market (We the People) from determining which plans are better for We the Consumers. Instead, some uncaring bureaucrat who has employer-paid coverage determines the rules that run up the costs and reduces the benefits.

    So I ask again in all sincerity, “with such high premiums and such high deductibles, what good is this ‘insurance?’

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