California lawmakers showing typical two-faced hypocrisy
by Marty Carlson
Some people in California will no longer face losing their drivers licenses because of unpaid traffic tickets.
State Sen. Bob Hertzberg introduced legislation to ensure people’s lives are not derailed by traffic tickets, California Gov. Jerry Brown said the punishment of suspending drivers licenses to collect unpaid fines can send low income people into a cycle of job losses and more poverty.
Brown has approved the provision as part of a series of bills he signed Tuesday that will be enacted in the state budget starting next month. It will prevent courts from suspending drivers license simply because of unpaid fines.
The governor stated there does not appear to be a strong connection between license suspensions and collecting the fines, in the primary consequence his inability to legally drive to work or take one’s children to school.
In March about 488,000 people had suspended driver’s license for unpaid tickets for missing court appearances, according to Department of Motor Vehicles.
Opponents argue that the suspensions are a useful tool to compel people to pay fines, but supporters of this bill say losing the ability to drive prevents people from earning money and actually make low income drivers less likely to pay fines.
Courts will still be able to suspend licenses for other infractions like failing to appear in court.
Sen. Hertzberg also has a related bill advancing through the legislature that would allow low income people who cannot afford their traffic tickets to ask the judge to lower fines or substitute them the service.
The governor of the state always likes to make statements about the bit well-being of the low income people, but is more than willing to put exorbitant taxes and fees on their registrations and gasoline purchased. That seems to be a two-faced hypocrisy that we keep hearing out of Sacramento these days. Either you are concerned for the low income people or you’re not, they need to be more consistent.
Now I have really sore muscles……..
IF I WERE THE DEVIL FROM 1965
$400 BILLION TO REMAKE CALIFORNIA’S MARKETPLACE
by Marty Carlson
According to the Sacramento Bee and multiple other media outlets, the price tag for California proposed health insurance marketplace to create a publicly funded universal healthcare system was analyzed by a state financial analyst and the results were released Monday.
An additional $200 billion a year would have to be added to California’s budget, which would require new tax revenues to create a so-called single payer system. The analysis assumes the state would retain the existing $200 billion in local, state, and federal funding currently funk received to offset the total $400 billion price tag.
The cost analysis is seen as the biggest hurdle to creating a universal system, this system was proposed by Senators Ricardo Lara, D – Bell Gardens, and Tony Atkins, D – San Diego.
It obviously remains a longshot bid. Projected costs have derailed the efforts for over the last two decades in attempts to establish such a system in California.
Currently, $100 billion-$150 billion per year is being spent currently by employers. Which are numbers which could be available to help offset total cost, according to the analysis so new spending to implement the system would be between $50 billion and $100 billion per year.
Sen. Lara stated Monday at an appropriation hearing that “healthcare spending is growing faster than the overall economy…. Yet we do not have better health outcomes and we cover fewer people,” he went on to say is critical that California charts their own path.
The idea behind SB-562 is to overhaul California’s insurance marketplace’s, reduce overall healthcare costs and expand coverage to everyone in the state regardless of immigration status or ability to pay. Instead of private insurers, state government would be to single-payer for everyone’s health care throughout a new payroll taxing structure, similar to the way Medicare operates.
Put aside the immigration issue for just a minute, and look at the tax burden alone that would be placed on what is the remaining workers in California. This states leaders have an opinion there is an unending supply of money through taxation, as a constantly increase the burden upon the working class, which includes the low-income class. In addition, past history has shown California has not been able to act responsibly with major influxes of cash through taxation, the most recent being the new road tax, these assessments, cash flow for the California where they have not acted responsibly or used those tax dollars for what was intended. The previous billions of dollars paid for the roads in taxes at the pump, car registrations, not to even mention the massive amount of money paid for out of state trucking pays to use the roads.
Now you throw in an added factor of illegal aliens being provide coverage how do you sustain that type of expense in today’s working environment in California, which is becoming very quickly a benefit and welfare state.
Also keep in mind we are not talking about health care with this issue, we are talking about health care insurance, which I think is a notable difference. Until we have a healthcare system that is patient orientated and not profit orientated there will be no good solution to any of this. Obama care was not a good solution, but I do think it was a start in the right direction but poorly implemented, and the so-called Trump care is not much different.
IF YOU HAVE FACEBOOK MESSENGER YOU MAY BE RECORDED EVEN WHEN YOU ARE NOT ON THE PHONE
by Marty Carlson
If you have Facebook messenger on your phone or handheld device you may consider deleting. If you re-download messenger and actually read the terms of agreement you might be surprised that what’s in there.
I personally heard about this about five years ago and I hesitated on putting the app on my phone, and I refuse to put Facebook on my phone because they want to read your personal information including your contacts and text messages.
Government regulations are now requiring many new things in cell phones to be done by the manufacturers. Notice you are unable to take batteries out these days. Facebook messenger app users are asked to agree to terms of service that allow the social networking giant to use the microphone on the device record audio at any time without their permission.
Please read excerpts from those terms of agreements and terms of service below:
If you note it also authorizes Facebook to take videos and pictures using the phone’s camera at any time without your permission. As well as directly calling numbers, again without your permission, that could incur charges.
Facebook can also read your phone call log and data about contacts stored on your phone, including the frequency in which you’ve called, emailed or communicated know the ways with specific individuals.
Many other apps on android and Apple devices include similar terms to those above, but this appears to be by far the most invasive application that I have seen so far.
Most people agreed to terms of service without even reading them, and Facebook users are agreeing to let Facebook monitor them 24/7, green lighting the kind of open and wiretap that would even make the NSA jealous.
Other Companies also require you to allow them to approximate your location, and send SMS messages from your phone that could cost you money, read your contact, read your phone status and identity, and get full network access to your communications (in other words listen to your phone calls), modify or delete the contents of USB storage, and disable your screen lock.
I have noted in the past that embedded microphones in video games like Xbox have been suspected of doing this in the past.
Always remember there is video everywhere that includes audio, and there seems to be no privacy whatsoever with the availability of the Internet everywhere in our lives.
WHO IS WITH ME ON THIS ONE?