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Unaffordable Care Act update: Cost of setting up state exchanges now double original estimate and rising

by Doug Powers on Thursday, April 11th, 2013

This is article 412 of 699 in the topic Healthcare

nullIt’s still a source of daily bemusement that the same people who push for truth in product labeling and oppose deceptive advertising practices for private sector goods and services don’t seem to mind one bit that the first word in the name of their uber-expensive, job killing, nation bankrupting law is “affordable.”

The latest “oops, our Obamacare estimates were way off” example comes to us by way of The Hill:

Setting up insurance exchanges — the centerpiece of President Obama’s healthcare reform law — is costing the Health and Human Services Department a whole lot more than it originally expected. According to budget documents released Wednesday, the department expects to spend $4.4 billion on exchange grants to the states by the end of this year — double its estimates a year ago.

The HHS is also asking Congress for another $1.5 billion to set up a federal exchange in 26 states. The department has cobbled together money from other programs to get started, but officials said they need another $800 million for operational costs and $550 million for outreach and education.

By the time all is said and done — if ever — the “double the original estimate” will probably itself be doubled, if not tripled or more.

Don’t worry though, because Democrats who wrote and are implementing the law are totally confident things will easily fall into place:

Complex. Complicated. Confusing. Beyond comprehension. Two prominent Democrats used these words this week to describe the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare.”

One of those Democrats, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.), was one of the key architects of the law. The other, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, is in charge of implementing the law.

“I believe that the Affordable Care Act is probably the most complex piece of legislation ever passed by the United States Congress. Tax reform obviously has been huge too, but up to this point it is just beyond comprehension,” Rockefeller said Tuesday at a Senate Finance confirmation hearing, according to The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard.
When asked about the challenges of implementing the ACA, Sebelius said, “I think that, probably, no one fully anticipated, when you have a law that phases in over time, how much confusion that creates for a lot of people.

What could possibly be confusing about this?




In a somewhat related story, from CNS News via Weasel Zippers, the Obama administration is approaching a dubious distinction:

In the historical tables it released along with President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget proposal this morning, the White House Office of Management and Budget revealed that in fiscal 2016, under the president’s budget proposal, it expects Obama to become the first president in the nation’s history to preside over a federal government that spends more than $4 trillion in one year.
According to OMB’s tables, the federal government would spend$3.7778 trillion in fiscal 2014 under Obama’s budget proposal. It would then spend $3.9801 trillion in fiscal 2015; $4.0898 trillion in fiscal 2016; and $4.2474 trillion in fiscal 2017.

According to the Biden Conjecture, all that spending saves money in the long run.

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Gridiron Control? Football Will Have to Change to Reduce Some of the Violence, Says Obama

by Doug Powers on Monday, January 28th, 2013

This is article 809 of 1015 in the topic Obama

obamafootballWe already know that if President Obama had a son, he’d look like Trayvon, but now we know that Obama’s hypothetical son would also probably not be allowed to play football:

“I’m a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I’d have to think long and hard before I let him play football,” says the president of the United States, the father of two young girls. “And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won’t have to examine our consciences quite as much.”

Do we have “football control” to look forward to? Dianne Feinstein’s gun control bill probably would outlaw use of the “shotgun formation,” but there is obviously more work to be done.

Hey, did the guy who once voted to keep third trimester abortions legal just say football makes him examine his conscience?

For some reason I’m now assuming that Obama’s next big push will be to allow college football players to unionize… for their own safety:

“I tend to be more worried about college players than NFL players in the sense that the NFL players have a union, they’re grown men, they can make some of these decisions on their own, and most of them are well-compensated for the violence they do to their bodies.”

I’m sure an excited Richard Trumka has already been on the phone to the White House giving Obama his proposal to unionize NCAA football players.

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The Recession Hits the Green Movement

by Daniel Greenfield on Sunday, November 27th, 2011

This is article 133 of 342 in the topic Global Warming

Do you know what Africa needs most of all? If you answered food or international peacekeepers, then you’re wrong and clearly not cut out to work for the government of a modern country. No what a continent filled with genocide, starving children, female genital mutilation and warring factions needs is help fighting global warming.

Even as Climategate 2.0 emails reveal that there’s less of science and more hot air to the whole thing, global leaders will do their part to cut carbon emissions by flying to South Africa to discuss how to cap global warming, and not in the usual way someone gets capped on the streets of Durban.

At stake in Durban is a whole lot of green or red or grey, depending on your country’s color of currency. The 100 billion dollar Green Climate Fund is supposed to be finalized and Kyoto 2.0 is supposed to do something about all those flatulent cows who are dooming the planet. It’s a serious problem, not because there are mobs of polar bears windsurfing on melting glaciers down to Hawaii, but because a whole lot of influential people who got in on the ground floor of Global Warming Scam 1.0 are about to lose their tie dyed shirts.

How bad is it? The UN’s Certificates of Emission Reduction have lost half their value since June. That means if an Occupier brought a CER to resell at a profit to the factory owner down the block, then he just might be out of luck. The Euro flavored EUA variety of carbon indulgences aren’t doing any better.

“We’ve got a lot of carbon around. It’s been a little bit of a hothouse of supply coming in against very, very moderate demand and that has pushed prices down,” said an analyst for Barclays bank. Or to put it another way, when your hothouse is full of worthless pieces of paper that will only be of value if the world’s developed economies bow their knees to the Goddess of Global Warming which is a tough sell in the middle of a recession, then the temperature is going to keep rising.

Like being a bail bondsman in an anarchist state, it’s hard to make money on certificates that give people permission to build factories, drive to work and exhale when the people are busy exhaling without forking over money to the UN and Al Gore.

When all is said and done, and the fat lady sings without first buying a special certificate for the carbon being emitted by her lungs, the “Greens” might go down as the biggest financial scammers in history. But this is one scam where it’s hard to feel sorry for the scammed. Investing in bail bonds in the hopes that a billion people will be forced to go to economic jail is reprehensible.

Not only did the monotone hypocrites put a price on pollution and then proposed to put the money in their pockets, but they did while wearing their best self-righteous face and flying a private jet even as their victims were bleeding gas money from their wallets. And they’re not done yet. There are always more global warming conferences and proposals to save the planet from the carbon menace.

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Waiving a False Flag? From Operation Fast and Furious to al Qaeda , They are coming for your Guns America

by Greg Hedgepath on Saturday, June 4th, 2011

This is article 65 of 603 in the topic Gun Rights

Sunstein’s Path to a Gun ban?

Each time on outside power steps up its rhetoric about guns and killing Americans it moves us one step closer to a fight for the salvation of our precious 2nd Amendment.

The CIA created  al Qaeda and it set things in motion for the Patriot Act.  That was not enough power for the elite.  So once ObeyMe got selected as POTUS he appointed the racist Eric Holder as Attorney General of the US Department of In-Justice.  His cronies, using illegal gun running operations flooded the Streets of Mexico with guns in an effort, they claim was to track the flow of these weapons, until two US Agents got killed with those very guns.  It is most likely however this was set into motion to encourage the Mexican government to sue the US Gun Manufacturers and put them out of business.  This was/is a False Flag operation to overturn the 2nd Amendment.

Now we are back to using al Qaeda to waive the flag again.  Before you know it they will ban Gun shows, Gun stores and then ban bullets even. You will have to have a TSA pat down before you leave your house if you ever owned a gun at any point in your lifetime.  You think I am kidding?  Nothing would suit this president and his racist administration  more than to disarm the American people.  Tyranny works a whole lot better when the masses cannot fight back.

You think it cannot happen here in the grand ole USA?

Think again!

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Herman Cain: ‘Don’t Condemn Me Because the First Black One Was Bad’

by Stephen Levine on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

This is article 138 of 1298 in the topic 2012 Elections

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And while he’s diametrically opposed to Obama on the big issues, Herman Cain believes the fact that America has already elected its first African-American helps him.

“Now people are over this first black President thing,” he said. “But there are some people who will say, ‘I’m not going to vote for another black guy because this one didn’t work out.’

“And my response is, ‘Well, what about those 43 white guys you put in there? How did they work out?’

“Don’t condemn me because the first black one was bad,” Cain said with a smile.

MANCHESTER – Conservative Herman Cain, former business executive, author and one-time radio talk show host, minces no words when it comes to his belief that he can become the next President of the United States.

He says he’ll rely on his business background and his insights into how Americans think garnered over five years as a talk show host.

He sold a business in 1996 and “didn’t make a whole lot of money. I’m not in a position to self-finance a campaign like other people. My middle name is not Meg Whitman or Mitt Romney. You’ve got to have the right message and the right messenger.

“If you have the right messenger and the right message, you don’t have to have a whole lot of money,” Cain, a native of Atlanta, said in an interview.

Cain, who spoke on Friday night to the Hillsborough County Republican Committee at a fund-raiser dinner in Nashua, may not be well-known in New Hampshire. But he’s been working on that in a host of quiet visits to the state for almost a year.

In the Southeast, he has spoken to as many as 300,000 listeners turned in nightly to his talk show.

In that job, he “learned the depth of the problems that we face,” he said.

Cain said he became serious about exploring running for President as many of his callers “had gone from being concerned about this country and its direction to being fearful. People are scared to death.”

He announced in January the formation of an exploratory committee for a potential candidacy.

Firm background

While he has steered away from elective politics, Cain brings to the campaign a rich business background and, because of his radio background, an ability to easily keep his audience’s attention.

An executive for Pillsbury for several years, in the early 1980s, Cain then managed 400 Burger Kings, a subsidiary of Pillsbury, before being appointed to head Godfather’s Pizza, another Pillsbury subsidiary. In 1988, Cain and a group of investors purchased the company. He said that when he left eight years later, the company employed about 12,000 people.

While far from a household name, Cain, 65, has been getting noticed in the liberty movement. He made headlines when he told the Conservative Political Action Conference recently that “stupid people are running America.”

His book is titled, “They Think You’re Stupid: Why Democrats Lost Your Vote and What Republicans Must Do to Keep It.”

In February, Cain won a Tea Party Patriots straw poll in Phoenix.

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Patriots Not Shy.

by Skip MacLure on Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

This is article 47 of 576 in the topic Media

We love the Patriot Action Network here at the Skip MacLure blog. I followed the Patriots from the beginning, and was a member way before I started this column. 80,000 strong, and you can just bet there’s a whole lot of people who follow the network who aren’t necessarily members.

The Patriots do a superb job of passing vital information to members and the community. They focus on issues vital to the restoration of a free constitutional republic. They also follow the leftists like a second skin, reporting the latest outrages against our civil society to the Patriots and the new media.

A few times I’ve experienced a spooky sensation as someone, somewhere in the network will open a leftist can of worms and blow the whole thing wide open about something I’d either been working on, or was wondering about. That tells me that the members of this network are constantly on their toes and not buying any of the left’s bull roar.

But I didn’t write this article to tell you guys how good you are, but to offer a retraction of sorts to the article I wrote yesterday that got a lot of comments, most of which started with ‘Are you nuts?’. Just kidding. One thing you may rest assured of is that Patriots speak their minds and aren’t a bit shy about it either.

Well, it seems that at the end of my article yesterday I wrote, “That the ineptitude of this president is going to put this country at grave risk”. Whoops. Wrong move. I got a veritable chorus of, ‘Whaddaya mean, going to put this country at risk?’ and, ‘we’re already there!’.

Ok guys, I surrender (grins), you’re right. We are there. And the more I look around this floating blue marble of ours, the more potential catastrophes I see. They’re not hard to find… just look for a muslim and you’ll soon find dissension, aggression and war.

Our mission as Patriots has not changed. There is a pretender to defeat, a Senate to recapture, wars to win and a country to safeguard. We really have to hold our Congressmen and Senators feet to the fire. It’s aggravating and frustrating, I know… a little like herding cats, but that’s what it’s going to take.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2011

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With a third year of around $1.4 to $1.5 trillion deficits, Republicans are not thrilled about Obama promising even more spending

by John Lott on Monday, January 24th, 2011

This is article 164 of 526 in the topic Government Spending
What Mitch McConnell had to say on Fox News Sunday.

WALLACE: Well, let me ask you about that, because the White House says while the president will call for budget cuts, that he’s also going to call for some new spending in areas like education and research and infrastructure. Will you support any of that?
MCCONNELL: Well, look, when you hear, with all due respect to our Democratic friends, any time they want to spend, they call it investment, so I think you will hear the president talk about investing a lot Tuesday night.
We’ve got a huge spending problem here. We’ve had over $1 trillion annual deficit each of the last two years. Our friends on the other side a couple of years ago passed a budget that will double the national debt in five and triple it in 10. I mean, most of us think, and most American — of the American people think that we need to do something about this and start doing it now.
We’ll take a look at his recommendations. We always do. But this is not a time to be looking at pumping up government spending in very many areas.
WALLACE: Well, I mean, let me ask you again, specifically, as he says, and you’re exactly right, they’re calling it investments, in education, in research, things like renewable energy, in infrastructure. How does that sound to you?
MCCONNELL: Well, I don’t think anything ought to be off-limits for the effort to reduce spending. And I’ve said to my constituents over the last couple of weeks, as they brought up particular areas of interest, don’t assume that we can tackle this without impacting something you like.
So I don’t think we ought to start out with the notion that — that a whole lot of areas in the budget are exempt from reducing spending, which is what we really need to do and do it quickly. . . .

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What Would You Resolve To Do If The World Were To End In 2012?

by John Myers on Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

This is article 3 of 13 in the topic Doomsday Theories

What Would You Resolve To Do If The World Were To End In 2012?

Countdown to 21.12.2012. It is called the end of time; the end of the world, a.k.a. the end of Mayan Long Count. Whether you call it that or just the apocalypse, some say that all of us have less than two years to live. That’s when the Mayan calendar runs out.

I don’t give a whole lot of weight to the Mayans and their calendar, even if they did build a great empire. If they really had a crystal ball you would think they would have been forewarned that the Spaniards were bringing smallpox to the Yucatán in the 16th Century and they wouldn’t have let themselves be enslaved to relatively few soldiers wearing funny hats and riding strange animals.

Still, there are books out there, along with text and video on the Internet, that claim we are counting down towards destruction worse than Noah faced.

I don’t know much about the Mayans or how good they or other ancients were at prophesying the future. But after almost 30 years in the business, I know a thing or two about publishing. Frankly, doom sells. After I worked as a reporter in Calgary for a year I came to work for my dad’s newsletter in 1980. I was, as he said, a dumb college kid and ill prepared to be a contributing writer to his newsletter. So I started off reading everything that came into my office. That included almost every newsletter that was published at that time.

One of those publications was The Granville Letter, written by Joe Granville, who knew my dad. Granville had a huge following at the time. In January of 1981, he had become extremely bearish. His office made 3,000 phone calls to clients urging them to sell everything. Granville didn’t make this prediction because he foresaw the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates or a sneak attack by some foreign power. Instead, he said the Dow Jones Industrial Average was going to collapse because California was going to be struck by an earthquake measuring 8.3 Richter in Los Angeles in May.

Here is the really interesting part. Some people actually believed his prediction. You don’t have to take my word for it, just Google, “Joe Granville earthquake.”

On the day of Granville’s dire forecast the Dow Industrials actually fell 24 points, or almost 3 percent, in what was then the heaviest volume in the history of the New York Stock Exchange. As it turned out, Granville had it dead wrong, and not just about the earthquake. Eight months following his prediction the Dow hit its final bottom and started an 18-year bull run which would take it from 777 to 11,750.

My doom and gloom research culminated 11 years ago this month when I was an editor for Mark Skousen’s newsletter, Forecasts & Strategies. I was reading what some others were predicting about Y2K and what they said would be the ensuing economic collapse. Over the years I have read much about coming calamities. I have even been accused of being a doomster myself.

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Orange County No Longer Nixon Country — It’s Tea Party Country!

by Donald Douglas on Monday, August 30th, 2010

This is article 10 of 75 in the topic Tea Party

Hey. Wow.

The New York Times discovers The O.C.!

Yeah, we actually have diversity down here, and there’s still a whole lot of patriotism left. But NYT is watching and waiting, hoping for that demographic tide to topple the county’s GOP hegemony:

Orange remains a Republican county, at least relatively: an influx of immigrants certainly does not equate to automatic Democratic gains, here or anywhere else across the country. Many Vietnamese immigrants are socially conservative and run for office as Republicans. Until the increased identification of the Republican Party with tough measures on immigration in recent years, Latino voters were also clearly in play for Republicans. Most elected officials in Orange County are Republicans.

But the political texture of this county, which is larger in population than Nevada or Iowa, is changing, and many officials say it is only a matter of time before many Republican officeholders get swept out with the tide.

Well, it ain’t happening any time soon, not if local tea party action is any indication:







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Not A Whole Lot Of Love – Eighty Five Days And Counting.

by Skip MacLure on Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

I’ve never seen America act like this. The sense of purpose out there grows daily. I meet people on a daily basis where it’s seldom that the conversation doesn’t turn to the economy or where it might be headed. The consensus seems to be pessimistic about a recovery any time soon, and more people think that the recession may linger for two or more years than do not. But more than that. They are angry. They know what’s been done and by whom.

Business isn’t thinking about expansion… it’s scared to death and just trying to hold what it’s got. They are not hiring and they are not going to hire… they’re too busy trying to figure out how not to have to lay off the staff they have. We have public officials at virtually all levels of government who are scamming their way through the ongoing financial upheaval.

It’s a sad statement on our times that the people responsible for all, or most, of what the nation is going through will most likely never see a jury, although a Republican Congress should certainly look into the obvious monkey-business that’s been going on with all of these billions of TARP and stimulus dollars.

All the while the American people, American patriots, are becoming more informed and carrying the message of Conservatism to others. I think that we have a much more well-informed and politically aware country now, much more so than before. America knows it’s been lied to and deceived. They have watched our betrayal by a self-privileged group of self-proclaimed elitists, who foster racial discontent and bigotry as a matter of policy, whose stated goal is the complete control of every American man, woman, and child. It has welded our populace together with a fierce purpose like probably nothing else could have.

Americans, we have eighty-five days until November 2. Make the most of them.

Semper Vigilans, Semper Fidelis

© Skip MacLure 2010

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