The Case for the Affordable Care Act Repeal

Currently, the United States Senate is considering a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obama Care. As of today, July 16, 2017, it doesn’t appear that the United States Senate has the votes required to pass a replacement, according to Senator Rand Paul. In this article, without debate of whether the ACA is fair or unjust, I will make the argument for a full repeal of the ACA by the United States Congress.

This brings us to the question of why I feel that the ACA should be repealed. I feel that government should be codified and administered at the lowest possible level to allow the people the greatest amount of representation in their laws and operations. If we ask ourselves, can the States codify and administer something similar to the ACA, I believe the answer is yes.

Is it logical for the Federal Government to build roads in towns? Likewise, does it make sense for towns to administer their own armies for their protection? That is a pretty easy answer in both cases, and the answer is no.

If the Federal government were to come in to build and maintain the roads of a town, there would likely be some very well constructed roads that would come with hefty price tags. Along with that, the citizens of the town would have very little say in how those roads were built. Also, those roads may not fit the needs of the people of the town. This is because the Federal government answers to the needs of the entire Republic and not the needs of the people of the town. In addition, it would also be tougher to identify price fixing and kickbacks by the towns because of the decreased insight into those operations administered by the Federal government.

If a town were to try to maintain a standing army, they simply would not have means of purchasing the necessary equipment for current day warfare. The town would also not have efficient coordination with the other standing armies of nearby towns for defense of the Republic from outside invasion. Our founders recognized those issues and designated the United States Congress to take care of those needs.

In Europe, countries codify and administer their own health and welfare systems. In most cases, the countries in Europe that are running their own health and welfare systems have similar or smaller population than many of our states. All things besides population being equal, this gives the European countries an advantage in efficiency when running their healthcare systems when compared to the Federal government administering the ACA. This, in turn, gives European countries a tax advantage and allows European companies to be more efficient than companies based in the United States because the European Companies will pay less taxes. In the short run most people won’t notice the disadvantages, but in the long run this can create some big disadvantages with businesses based in the United States.

With these reasons listed above, I argue that the ACA should be repealed by the United States Congress and each state should take charge in passing laws and administering something similar to the ACA if the people of that state desire it be so.

August 2017 Schedule of East Texas Events

Below are some of the top events happening during August 2017 for East Texas

August 11
Kid’s Night Out
Kids play night
6:30-10:00 pm
Tyler, TX – Green Acres Baptist Church
https://www.gabc.org/kids-night-out/

August 11
John Ritter Tribute Showcase
Country music talent contest
Carthage, TX
https://www.tcmhof.com/showcase/19-showcase

August 12
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Show
Show honoring Texans who made their mark in the Country Music industry
Carthage, TX
https://www.tcmhof.com/

August 12
Main Street Art Stroll
Art & Entertainment
Noon to 5 pm
Gladewater, TX
https://www.facebook.com/artstroll

August 12 & 13
163rd East Texas Sacred Harp Singing National Competition
Folk Christian Music
Henderson, TX
http://visithendersontx.com/events/157th-east-texas-sacred-harp-singing-convention/”>

August 26 & 27
Jefferson Gun & Knife Show
Boutique Style Gun & Knife Show
Jeffersonian Institute Building – Jefferson, TX
http://www.jefferson-texas.com/gun-and-knife-exposition/

Main Street Art Stroll

10 Things You May Not Anticipate When Moving From California to East Texas

1. Fireflies – Unlike California, those sparks flying through the evening sky aren’t a threat to light the chaparral or tumbleweeds on fire.

2. Morning Dew – In California, morning dew is associated with the cool air coming off the Pacific Ocean. In East Texas, this morning dew has nothing to do with the cool air coming off the Pacific Ocean, and can exist at 80 degrees or more.

3. Overcast Morning Skies – Kinda like June Gloom, but again, at 80 degrees or more. Also, without those mountains, finds it’s way 250 miles inland.

4. Ya’ll – When “you guys” get replaced by “ya’ll” it takes a bit of time getting used to.

5. BBQ Brisket Tacos – Yes, there can be a better taco, and I found it in East Texas. If this post gets to 50 comments, I will let “ya’ll” know where you can get them at.

6. Wasps – Yes, California has wasps, but it seems that these little guys join us just about every time we are barbequing (so cliché) outside in East Texas. If you have ever been stung by one, you would have a proper respect and understanding of these creatures.

7. Rain Only Associated with Lightning and Thunder – In California, it generally rains without lightning and thunder. In East Texas, I’m pretty sure that never happens. Oh, and when it rains, it’s likely to drop 2 inches in less than an hour.

8. Cheaper Gas – You understand that gas will be cheaper in Texas than in California. What you may not realize is that gas in East Texas is generally cheaper than the rest of Texas.

9. Turtles – Let’s just say, they’re everywhere.

10. The Trashman – Probably the best of all, the trashman will get out of his truck and pick up the garbage I place outside of the overflowing can.

East Texas Pines

Tips for traveling Southern California on a budget

As a CPA it is natural for me to analyze the best deals for exploring Southern California. My goal is to get the best experience for the best price. If I am able to effectively accomplish my goal, I may have some money left over for another adventure.

I plan on writing a variety of articles on how to travel Southern California on a budget. I want to bring my experience as well as my analytical talents to others looking for a good time while not trying to break the bank. In this article I will give some general ideas for saving money on a day trip.

Tip #1 – Pack a lunch

It may not be the sexiest travel idea for a day trip, but generally speaking, it could easily save you $20 for a family of four per meal. That equates to a minimum of $60 for a days worth of meals.

Tip #2 – Check the air pressure

Studies have shown that low tire pressure could result in the loss of a couple of miles per gallon. In theory, the harder the car has to work, the more gas it will use. It makes sense. A couple of miles a gallon isn’t much over a short distance, but it can add up over multiple, long trips.

Tip #3 – Pick a destination close to home

There are usually spots around most communities that go unvisited. If I get a comment saying that someone has visited every worthwhile location within a 25 mile radius around their house, I would have trouble believing them and would have to prove them wrong. Do a little research on Google and visit one of those locations.

Tip #4 – Look for discounts

Many locations offer a variety of discounts throughout the year. For instance, Catalina Express offers a birthday special that we took advantage of last year. Multiple business around the island offer buy-one get-one free packages. The ferry ride over was also free for the person on his birthday.

Tip #5 – Travel off season

Many businesses offer better deals during certain times of the year. Summer tends to be the most expensive with the most demand, so prices will generally be higher. I talked to one of the shopkeepers at Calico Ghost Town which is east of Barstow in the Mojave Desert. She told me that their busiest time of year is in the summer. I don’t know if you have ever been to the Mojave Desert in the summer, but it can be awfully miserable. This goes to show that people will endure even the most miserable conditions to travel during that time of year.

Tip #6 – Watch for free events

It seems that throughout the year, especially during the summer, many communities and organizations host free events. A few summers ago I was able to see the Commodores and Kansas for free in a show hosted by a neighbor city. Total cost for each show was approximately $6 (gas). I suggest each person to take some time every few months and locate a couple of local events to attend.

Now carry on my wayward sons and daughters and go experience the world around you!

Warmer weather is here!

Its early May in California and its starting to feel a bit like summer. California is well known for its temperate climate, but what makes Southern California unique is that the sudden elevation changes allow those that are here to adjust our climate.

Within a 50 mile radius of my house I can see 3 different climates with multiple micro-climates in between them. From my experience, California is a unique place. If anyone has any questions about travel activities in Southern California, feel free to email me a JoshOlney@gmail.com