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President Obama promised that under the Affordable Care Act, “if you have health insurance, the only thing that changes for you is you’re more secure.” Not true for a pastor from Neenah, Wis., who at 62 was told she can’t keep the health plan she chose. A new plan on the Obamacare exchange will cost her an extra $4,000 a year. What difference does government’s intrusion make? With Obamacare, it is an assault on Wisconsin families’ freedom, budgets, and health and well-being.
Enough is enough. I want this lying corrupt fascist out of the White House, and I don’t want to give him 38 months to leave - 38 months in which he will relentlessly continue to destroy our economy and put our national security in gravest danger.
Fortunately, I am far from alone in this desire. Scores of millions of Americans feel the same way. And now, more have arrived on the battlefield. The Millennials are joining us.
I’ve been waiting a long time for this. We discussed Strauss & Howe’s generational model back in February 2004: The Curse of the Xers. Back then, I predicted that, as the Millennials seized control of the popular culture from the Xers, we’d be saying goodbye to smartass sleaze and cultural degeneration.
It’s taking a while, but the process has clearly begun. . . .
Read more by Dr. Jack Wheeler at ToThePointNews.com
For most Americans, the last two months of even-numbered years are a time to exhale and enjoy the peace and quiet after campaign season. We apply a pleasing exfoliating scrub to our brains in order to forget all the muck we just witnessed during the November elections.
But while most campaign shenanigans are worth blocking from memory, some are discarded too quickly. For instance, hardly anyone can remember the health plan Sen. John McCain pushed during his 2008 campaign against future-President Barack Obama. Had McCain won, his plan would have provided a more common-sense, consumer-based alternative to the disaster that has become Obamacare. . .
Read more by Christian Schneider at JSonline.com
Adding straws of scandal — Fast and Furious, the Associated Press monitoring, the IRS fiasco, and the NSA spying — on any presidential back except Barack Obama’s would have long ago broken it. Watergate ruined Richard Nixon. Iran-Contra earned a special prosecutor and nearly destroyed the Reagan second term. Katrina’s incompetent local and state reactions, coupled with a tardy federal effort — and the insurgency in postwar Iraq — ended the viability of George W. Bush in his second term.
Second, well apart from scandal, the perception of presidential lying usually ends presidential agendas. Richard Nixon resigned after never telling the truth about the Watergate cover-up. “Read my lips: no new taxes” cost George H.W. Bush his reelection. “I did not have sex with that woman” made Bill Clinton’s impeachment likely.
Yet Barack Obama on more than 20 occasions assured the American people that they could keep their existing health care coverage and their present doctor — and still save $2,500 a year per family. He knew those fables were absolutely untrue when he repeated them serially in the reelection cycle of 2012. Yet Obama has not faced any of the fallout of the sort that greeted his predecessors, even as the wreckage of the Affordable Care Act will affect the health of Americans in ways that transcend taxes or Oval Office sex.
Read more by Victor Davis Hanson at PJmedia.com
The good news, if you want to call it that, is that roughly 1.6 million Americans have enrolled in ObamaCare so far.
The not-so-good news is that 1.46 million of them actually signed up for Medicaid. If that trend continues, it could bankrupt both federal and state governments.
Medicaid is already America’s third-largest government program, trailing only Social Security and Medicare, as a proportion of the federal budget. Almost 8 cents out of every dollar that the federal government spends goes to Medicaid. That’s more than $265 billion per year.
Indeed, already Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid account for 48% of federal spending. Within the next few years, those three programs will eat up more than half of federal expenditures.
And it’s going to get worse. . . .
Read more by Michael D. Tanner rat NYpost.com
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation released financial data for all federally insured banks as of the end of the third quarter of 2013. The Quarterly Banking Profile, which is an important publication that provides a comprehensive summary of financial results for all FDIC-insured institutions, was also released. The “Quarterly,” as it is known in banking circles, is essential reading for analysts who follow the US economy.
The FDIC data confirms that the Fed’s policy of “quantitative easing” or QE is rapidly becoming a net negative for job growth, consumer income and the US economy overall. The data also suggests very strongly that QE is hurting, rather than helping, the US housing sector and the financial institutions that make mortgage loans. None of this is good for the US economic outlook.
–SNIP–In order to maintain the net interest margin for banks at +/- $100 billion per quarter, the Fed is robbing US savers, including companies, investors and the elderly, of almost the same amount each quarter in badly needed income.
Read more by Christopher Whalen at Breitbart.com
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How do you get your arms around the catastrophe known as Obamacare? Is it even possible?
At this point, I’m not sure it is. The list of individual disasters which threaten to ruin one-sixth of the U.S. economy and what has been, up until now, the best healthcare system in the world is exhaustive, and exhausting.
The examples I will identify here barely scratch the surface.
First but by no means foremost, we have the supposedly new and improved HealthCare.gov. Except it’s not, even the visible part. Stories still abound of people still failing to get in or to get through the enrollment process.
Read more by Tom Blumer at PJmedia.com
I owe Mitt Romney an apology.
During the 2012 Republican presidential primary season, I repeatedly criticized Romney — and personally challenged him during his editorial board meeting with the Washington Examiner — for promising that if elected, on day one of his presidency, he would grant Obamacare waivers to all 50 states.
As I reported, under the text of the law, the ability to offer waivers to states was subject to many restrictions and wouldn’t even be an option until 2017, four years after his hypothetical swearing in.
Though I still believe I was right about what the statute said, as it turns out, I was being old-fashioned by taking the letter of the law so literally.
Read more by Philip Klein at WashingtonExaminer.com
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A majority of America’s youngest adults would vote to recall the president.
Young Americans are turning against Barack Obama and Obamacare, according to a new survey of millennials, people between the ages of 18 and 29 who are vital to the fortunes of the president and his signature health care law.
The most startling finding of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics: A majority of Americans under age 25–the youngest millennials–would favor throwing Obama out of office.
Read more by Ron Fournier at NationalJournal.com
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true.
–SNIP– To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me.
Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal he received financial preferences, scholarships and/or loans, as a foreign student. They probably also reveal academic mediocrity, but that’s par for the course for many of our politicians (except it becomes embarrassing in Obama’s case where he has the reputation of being brilliant).
Read more by Roger L Simon at PJmedia.com
On this day in 1865, the 13th Amendment — abolishing slavery — became part of the Constitution — when ratified by three-quarters of the states.
Despite protests from the Democrats, the Republican Party made banning slavery part of its national platform in 1864. Senator Lyman Trumbull (R-IL) wrote the final version of the text, combining the proposed wordings of several other Republican congressmen.
All Republicans in Congress voted for the 13th Amendment, while nearly all Democrats voted against it. So strongly did President Abraham Lincoln (R-IL) support the 13th Amendment, he signed the document, though presidential approval is not part of the amendment process.
Yes, outlawing slavery was a Republican achievement.
From Grand Old Partisan
The centuries-old oath taken by health care professionals reads, “Do no harm.” It is time for Washington lawmakers to take a similar approach when working to fix the problems that exist in our broken health care system. Simply repealing the President’s health care law is not enough—it must be replaced.
Conservatives recognize that patient-centered reforms rooted in free markets are the best way to lower costs and solve problems in our health care system. That is why the Republican Study Committee (RSC) is proud to bring forward a pragmatic, practical, and portable free-market alternative to the current health care system. Simply put, our bill is a better way forward. Specifically, the RSC’s American Health Care Reform Act:
Read more by Dan Sebring at Dan Sebring for Congress