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The Coming Obamacare Bailout
American Spectator, by Peter Ferrara

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Posted By:StormCnter, 11/5/2013 6:12:12 AM

Think back to the fall of 2008. Congress was asked to pass a $700 billion taxpayer bailout for Wall Street. We were told it had to be passed, or else the economy would collapse, perhaps into another Great Depression. House conservatives voted it down. The stock market fell hundreds of points in response. In the ensuing panic, Congress went along and passed the bailout. That bailout, and the insane, nearly $1 trillion “stimulus” bill passed just a few months later as Obama’s first act, gave birth to the Tea Party revolution that gave Republicans a 63-seat landslide in the House in the

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: steveW, 11/5/2013 6:29:55 AM     (No. 9598959)

Inevitably inevitable.
As they say - a feature, not a bug.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: revdeppisch316, 11/5/2013 6:33:39 AM     (No. 9598961)

Bailouts have eroded our economy-- another will decimate it and hand dominance over to China.

I wonder if there is any point at which the treachery can be stopped-- or later reversed?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 11/5/2013 6:39:28 AM     (No. 9598963)

Correct about all, but not an accurate comparison to Wall Street Bailout #1 (2008).

All of that money was paid back, except some balance from AIG (will eventually be totally paid back). Only deadbeat is obamaMotors, giant sucking sound, not one dollar paid back.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: suedotsue, 11/5/2013 7:03:32 AM     (No. 9598989)

This is about John Boehner. The Supreme Court said ObamaCare is only legal as a tax. It was not legal as a mandate. That didn´t mean O´care was the law of the land as Boehner happily proclaimed two days after Obama´s re-election. Just that it was legal as a tax. Only the House can approve taxes. Boehner has refused to hold an up or down standalone vote on ObamaCare the tax as is his duty. O´Care as enacted is illegal. Aside from the tax matter, Boehner could´ve held a standalone vote to defund O´Care anytime from the day he was promoted to speaker by the Tea Party. He has very carefully refused to do so. Apparently his actions have a lot of support. But this is strictly the GOP´s fault. We gave them everything they needed to defund O´care and they refused. John Roberts gave them another gift, and they laughed in our face.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Passion, 11/5/2013 7:05:59 AM     (No. 9598994)

#3 thanks for reminding folks of that…something they too often forget: TARP´s bank stuff is paid back. Having said that, THIS would be great teachable moment. It was government perversion into the mortgage markets that caused the 08 meltdown…many folks missed that.

With this failure, it would be so obvious that it was government that caused the problem in the market, not a market problem.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Deedo, 11/5/2013 7:15:02 AM     (No. 9599006)

#3, I seem to recall that GM borrowed more money after it was seized by Obama, and used it to payback some of the early "investment".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: privateer, 11/5/2013 7:18:33 AM     (No. 9599013)

This was all planned from the beginning; the Cloward-Piven strategy aimed at crashing our economy, rendering us weak for takeover. I picture zero as mohamhead Atta at the controls of his death-jet obamacare, ready to crash it into the twin towers of our economy and our freedom. Unlike M A, he will walk away unscathed.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mizzmac, 11/5/2013 7:23:53 AM     (No. 9599020)

"If I like your healthcare plan, I´ll let you keep your healthcare plan. But I don´t. You shouldn´t have it, according to me. So I´ll make sure you don´t keep it, and I don´t give a damn how many millions of you suffer as long as I get my way." Impeach the liar. Just pick a cause: Obamacare fraud,IRS fraud, NSA fraud, foreign collusion with terrorists, Benghazi lies....

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Reply 9 - Posted by: texascunning, 11/5/2013 7:30:32 AM     (No. 9599031)

Not that I didn´t realize any of this, but reality can be depressing first thing in the morning. I´m going to have some coffee.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Rinktum, 11/5/2013 7:33:31 AM     (No. 9599034)

What evil hearts can conjur up such an abomination on the American people. Knowing this would collapse under the weight of its implementation and still plowing forward is unconscionable. Promising so much yet knowing it was a total lie for a once in a lifetime political power grab should sound the death knell for the democrat party. As Americans watch the greatest health care system in the world collapse before their very eyes, I have to wonder if they believe worshiping a con man like Obama was worth it. He, his media lackeys, and progressive Republicans should be run out of town on a rail. All this chaos for a political ideology that ensures misery, death, proverty and oppression. Way to go democrats. You parasites have killed the host.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: 3XALADY, 11/5/2013 7:36:58 AM     (No. 9599044)

You have to know what their objective was when they knew three years ago that 128 million people would have NO healthcare and the 19 million (I forget the numbers) layabouts, who already had care available thru Medicaid and ER´s, would be covered. In a sane world, how can this be going on?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Bohallx, 11/5/2013 7:38:41 AM     (No. 9599047)

#4 ~ as soon as you realize what "amend" means you realize why the Obamakkkare bill didn´t go back to the House ~ IT HAD ALREADY GONE THERE SINCE IT STARTED THERE.

Then the Senate version had to be accepted (left unchallenged by the House) since the Democrats couldn´t do reconciliation ~ due to a change in Senate membership ~ they´d had their vote and now there was this Senator Brown in Mass who was sworn to vote against it.

That´s where the ´deemed as passed´ business came from.

It was a tricky maneuver, and probably not constitutional but the current House doesn´t get to vote on it ~ we are past that part.

What we do now is NOT FUND THE BEAST and that means we have to purge the RINOs from the House.

Then, too, we need a long term plan to make whole the people deprived of due process of law (thereby forestalling more troublesome lawsuits that will allow leftwing jurists to play hob).

I propose A TAX ON DEMOCRATS. If you were ever a known Democrat, registered as one, voted as one, told people you were one, we´d levy a 50% jizya tax on you for your false beliefs and as a way of recompensing everybody else for your unethical misuse of the constitution and our laws.



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Reply 13 - Posted by: M2, 11/5/2013 7:44:42 AM     (No. 9599054)

Am I missing something? Why is the choice only between bailing out insurance companies or accepting Obamacare?

What about repealing Obamacare? What about eliminating the individual and employer mandates? Would not either put the insurance companies back in business?

If tomorrow the law was struck down as unconstitutional, despite SCOTUS, (it´s been known to happen), wouldn´t the insurance companies cease having to cancel policies in order to comply with O´Care?

What have I missed here? The resolve of the GOP and the American people to make repeal or gutting of this law possible? I can´t believe those are the only two choices we are given on this matter.

Counting both the employer provided and individual health insurance markets, Avik Roy of Forbes calculates that means that altogether 93 million Americans will lose their health insurance under Obamacare.

There´s not enough public outrage over this to change it? I can´t believe this is America. For God´s sake, we are Americans, not Russians. What happened to our resolve? We cannot be crushed that easily.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/5/2013 7:54:38 AM     (No. 9599071)

FTA:" But even the Washington establishment Congressional Budget Office scored Obamacare as still leaving 30 million uninsured 10 years after implementation!
But the reality is even worse than that."

That last sentence should be the stamped on the cover of every CBO report. Talk about something that needs to be defunded into non-existence! A staff of 300 bureaucrats that aided and abetted this whole mess in 2009.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: Poobah, 11/5/2013 8:06:45 AM     (No. 9599096)

The article ends with the thought that we are facing a choice between a huge bailout or socialized medicine. How about if we just throw out Obamacare?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: strike3, 11/5/2013 8:11:50 AM     (No. 9599103)

The government can´t scare anybody by claiming that obamacare is going to fail without a bailout - it has already failed. And most of us want it to fail.

The only way they can do this is by a massive tax increase/robbery of the US taxpayers or a confiscation of our wealth. The ONLY way. There will not be nearly enough money available to save this beast unless they outright steal it. I see the revolution right over the horizon.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: cshoff, 11/5/2013 8:26:20 AM     (No. 9599124)

False Choice argument.

Another choice is remove the 10 requirements insurance policies must cover. This will allow private insurance to sell people policies they want and can afford. No maternity for young single men or women over reproductive age.

Allow catastrophic insurance that pays everything over say $25,000/yr. Cheap. Allow individuals to pick the start point of the policy and pay accordingly. Some of the policies being issued now have $14,500 deductables with copay.

Manditory insurance in a free market. Use the crisis to accomplish something.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: dudette4freedom, 11/5/2013 8:49:12 AM     (No. 9599171)

#11 O cheer your proposition but how? When doctors will be penalized fornot working w/ obamacare? Where can the free market work in this climate and over-regulation without a host of dcotors and patients getting thronw in the slammer? CSeriously, I would like to know the way we get to ignoring it like we did in prohibition

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Jebediah, 11/5/2013 9:27:42 AM     (No. 9599231)

Single payer hell is right!!!!!!!-------if Congressional Democrats let THAT one go through they are, as candidates, gone forever!!! Our Rep, Jim Himes in Ct., had whole ads bragging on how he read every single bill put before him (he must have been a speed reader) and was/is(?) a BIG Obamacare fan, even though we now have only TWO healthcare choices here, and the platinum plan has been taken down. I hope Himes suffers.......although if the Ct. Republicans keep putting idiots up top bat he may not.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Avogadra, 11/5/2013 9:35:38 AM     (No. 9599244)

#19, when Prohibition got bad enough, there were speak-easies. If Obamacare gets bad enough, there will be doc-easies. Sadly, just as there were no guarantees of liquor safety in Prohibition, there will be no guarantees of doctor quality in the doc-easies. I don´t know what the doc-easies will look like, but American ingenuity will find a way to defeat the Progressives who want to run every aspect of our lives for us.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: oh-heck, 11/5/2013 10:00:47 AM     (No. 9599276)

It is the HHS regulations that are causing the dropped policies. That authority to write regulations that precipitate loss of grandfathering must be taken away and the issued regulation reviewed/revoked.

The coverage for the uninsured with Preexisting Conditions is a growing disaster that is causing HHS to drive cancelations. PCIP needs to revert back to the states who were running it at a third the cost. The level of nationwide taxpayer support should be decided annually in the budget so that this doesn´t become an entitlement. Sorry Charlie but if you decided insurance was too expensive until you go sick, it´s going to cost you more now.

My personal preference is the immediate repeal of Obamacare combined with the return of PCIP to the states with some sort of federal assistance to the state run pools. The assistance would be a dollar per patient grant that would need budget approval each year. The choice of coverage should be left to the insurers.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 11/5/2013 10:16:18 AM     (No. 9599299)

I am now convinced our government is ´totally´ corrupt. After reading Jeff Lord´s piece on Trump today and the attempted shake down by the NY AG. I believe John Roberts, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and a host of other Republicans have been shook down and extorted!
And then I read of Freedom Works having their website audited and finding the many visits by DHS, IRS, and the WH.
"The Department of Justice visited the site 769 times, the Social Security Administration 812 times and the White House checked in on FreedomWorks.org 235 times averaging 20 minutes a visit."
And I will bet you they are visiting here too.
These are really dangerous times. And the Republican Establishment is in on it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: gwmcclintok, 11/5/2013 10:20:07 AM     (No. 9599307)

Oh yes, I meant to add:
While the number of visits is dwarfed by FreedomWorks.org actual traffic from its six million activist members, the DHS visited the site more than 1,560 times, averaging just over twice a day.

While the IRS only visited the site less than 250 times, it is the very agency at the core of the administration’s targeting of Tea Party groups with abusive scrutiny and slow-walking of non-profit status applications.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 11/5/2013 10:22:19 AM     (No. 9599310)

The end of this article gives two choices; bailout or single payer. There is a third option, let the insurance industry go under, they supported this mess based on the promise of more business as a result of the individual mandate. What will rise from the ashes are people making choices how to spend their money to their advantage. Congress will need pass a short bill to eliminate all federal government involvement and regulation. The market will do a better job.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 11/5/2013 10:27:18 AM     (No. 9599323)

Repeal!

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Distorted, 11/5/2013 10:43:38 AM     (No. 9599362)

THE PLAN

If you desire government single-payer as the "solution," what would your plan be? Answer:first bankrupt and destroy the health insurance companies leaving no where else to turn.

How would you do that? Answer: make the insurance companies insure the high risk patients at low premiums and price the low risk ones so high they will not sign up and pay the freight.

The result: the ins. cos. are left with contracts for high risk payments to have to honor with grossly insufficient premium flow to pay for it. Presto Chango, bankruptcy. Of course a raft of people, doctors & institutions are going to go down that hole too, but that´s the way the cookie crumbles in hardcore Leftist politics. Poor & desperate people are the base of the Lefty Party, and the more the better.

The B-side of the plan is to simultaneously overflow Medicair rolls in classic Cloward/Piven fashion for just the purpose those Marxist envisioned, all of which to be wrapped and promoted in the further classic Alinsky Rules For Radicals pack of lies and deceit.

It´s working like a charm. Remember the chant, "It´s The Law!"

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Reply 27 - Posted by: maryc, 11/5/2013 10:50:43 AM     (No. 9599375)

Might as well be monopoly money with what the dollar is really worth now. Funny money and fake health care seems appropriate considering the man in the oval office now.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Hermit_Crab, 11/5/2013 11:11:04 AM     (No. 9599415)

Hobson´s Choice for Us All: It´s going to be
either single payer hell or another bailout."


Well, not ALL of us. Those of us at the Gulch; Those of us who have taken the stand of "I Shall NOT Comply" already made our choices.

And if just 5% of taxpayers, 5% of producers would have the courage to take that stand, the whole thing collapses and we go back to free market, no matter how many trillions Bernanke and then Janet Yellin print up and throw at it.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: peterfleming, 11/5/2013 11:24:25 AM     (No. 9599443)

A brilliant repeat performance above by Devan 95 !
Well done !
What is truly scary in all this bailout, secret executive orders, outright plain and simple bald faced media lying exercise is, there is no spokesperson for the magnificent insurance industry, perhaps the greatest single economic protector in our rational society.
We have star Robert Wagner and the ex Law and Order DA, speaking for retirement home mortgages. This moment, the great Samuel Jackson speaking for some kind of bank credit card. Fine actor, William Devane speaking for gold sales. For many years, Ronald Reagan spoke for General Electric and all its innovative inventions.

And now we have a communist conspiracy style attack on a major arm of the entire insurance industry, our police state forcing insurers to cancel policies on untold millions of innocent, hard working, contributing members of society ..... And guess what? There is in fact, nobody.
Not a single soul is outq there speaking for all the insurance companies, the backbone of a stable economy.. Where would responsible citizens be without insurance of all types and sizes? How can the IRS, the police state, drunken Congress, lying presidents try to take over a part of this great industry, and they don,t even have an Alan Dershowitz giving news interviews about this threatening injutice

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Reply 30 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 11/5/2013 11:47:42 AM     (No. 9599494)

The choice TODAY would include simply repealing Obamacare and going back to the previous system.

However, that choice will likely not be available by 2017, when we will hopefully have a Republican president who will sign a repeal bill. Forget about repealing it before then. It´s mathematically impossible for the Republicans to get a veto-proof majority in the Senate (not enough seats are in play), and you know there´s no way the Kenyan will sign away his "signature accomplishment."

The insurance companies may be toast by then, so the alternatives would indeed be a bailout or socialized medicine.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Tulsa, 11/5/2013 11:50:08 AM     (No. 9599501)

Those are not the only two options.

A Republican Potus and Senate can and will repeal or rewrite aca. We will hold the house.

The democrat party is in the deepest kim chee I´ve witnessed. Potus and Party equally. And old media is in just as bad shape.

The people don´t like this At All and don´t want it. It will not stand.

I won and his cohorts do not have enough time remaining for aca to become entrenched.

VOTE Republican. I pray you LPers are listening. Even Ron Paul said this yesterday. Vote Republican

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Reply 32 - Posted by: patrick28nov45, 11/5/2013 12:01:38 PM     (No. 9599527)

Obama the great uniter presides over a hopelessly divided nation of his own making.

PBA

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Reply 33 - Posted by: jglas, 11/5/2013 1:06:44 PM     (No. 9599665)

The real crime will be if this scam goes down as planned and they switch us to single payer socialized medicine when Obamacare fails on schedule. I hope the Republicans are up to explaining why single payer would create the worse kind of health care possible in which you are held in thrall to a government that holds your life in their hands. LoFos and young people are going to say "I don´t give a damn as long as someone else is paying for it." Explaining why that´s not true will require an education program.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Libertygal, 11/5/2013 3:03:13 PM     (No. 9599865)

All this accomplished was swapping the uninsured enrollment. It went from poor, lower class, who couod have insured themselves with Medicaid anyway, who, when they went to the emergency rooms, tax payers footed the bills for anyways, to now being middle class poor who will be uninsured and that cannot afford it. Primarily because of the premium increases to insure these hundreds of thousands of new Medicaid enrollees, who will still abuse the emergency rooms. Whether due to an inability to find a doctor to find a doctor willing to taje Medicaid, or more likely, out of ignorance of how to take care of themselves, non-compliance which is very high among the poor, or simple laziness. It is much easier to go to the ER than to actually schedule a doctors appt and make the effort. But, I digress.

The "swap" in enrollees here is the real news that no one seems to be speaking about. The once-insured, the once-responsible, who are literally being frozen out due to the sheer inability to pay these high premiums.

They are also the most sue-able, they have assets, homes and cars to seize. Things to actually lose. Things to have taken from them, in a case of catastrophic illness or accident. The ones that will "deserve" it, when that time comes, because, "they should have had insurance".

No matter that they are funding the coverage for hakf their neighborhood.


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Reply 35 - Posted by: shamus, 11/5/2013 4:25:20 PM     (No. 9600018)

Ferrara is being overly dramatic. It´s certain that individual markets will have a problem with adverse selection which will cause premiums to go way up in 2015. However, very few insurers are involved with the ACA exchanges. Almost all the big insurers have declined to participate, so the need for a bailout seems farfetched. Moreover, the subset of insurers that lose money in 2014 can simply raise prices in 2015 to compensate. Further, the idea that voters will buy into single payer after seeing the giant mess foisted on them by Obama is a nonstarter.

There are many things that can be done to fix the problems created by the ACA, and the worse it gets, the more motivated the politicians will be to act. Obama can veto legislation, but that probably would lead to him being impeached, as the public would be out for blood by that point.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 11/5/2013 5:23:57 PM     (No. 9600115)

There are calls for repeal. How?

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Reply 37 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 11/5/2013 6:02:35 PM     (No. 9600181)

#3, you describe the TARP money bailout, of which only half was ever distributed and most of that has already come back with interest. HOWEVER THEN THERE´S THE FED printing of over $3t and growing, and that counts too.

On the other hand, there is nothing grossly wrong with Obamacare once the mandatory stuff is repealed. By my scribbles a "bailout" will "only" be about $10b/year. That´s PEANUTS anymore! Put the money back to Medicare, repeal all the stupid new taxes, and let Bernankebux fill the gap. Sure, ten years ago that would have been an outrage, today it´s Hobson´s Choice with a cherry on it.


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PJ Media, by Roger L. Simon    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 4:52:33 AM     Post Reply
What happens when presidents lie? The American public has had plenty of experience with this in recent years. Liar-president could be the new hyphenate occupation like writer-producer or architect-contractor. Almost every president has shaded things a bit, but three modern ones have been unabashed bull artists — Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and, of course, Barack Obama. Clinton ultimately got a pass for his prevarications. Nixon didn’t. Neither deserved one. But our current liar-president deserves one even less, because his lies have been of substance, affecting policy. Nixon and Clinton just lied in self-defense — normal human cowardice. Obama is something else again. He

Obama shuts down debate
New York Post, by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 4:43:12 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama trumpeted the 8 million figure representing people who had signed up for ObamaCare, he didn’t just declare it a victory. He declared the debate over — and told Republicans “it’s well time to move on.” Now, we understand the eagerness of politicians to declare debates over. It’s certainly easier than defending ObamaCare’s broken promises, or even providing the breakdowns behind that 8 million top-line number that would let us measure if the program is getting the sign-ups it needs. Increasingly, however, it seems that the “shut up and move on” trope has become the go-to response of liberals on

Oklahoma will charge homeowners
who generate their own power
Hot Air, by Jazz Shaw    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 4:39:18 AM     Post Reply
A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy companies will be paying a fee for the privilege. Utility customers who want to install rooftop solar panels or small wind turbines could face extra charges on their bills after legislation passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Monday. Senate Bill 1456 passed 83-5 after no debate

Easter 2014: A celebration of hope
Fox News, by Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 7:32:56 AM     Post Reply
Over 2 billion people are celebrating Easter today, April 20, as the calendars of Western and Eastern churches coincide this year, and these billions of faithful people are celebrating HOPE. The Easter message begins with the hopeful news that death has been overcome by life, that hatred has been overcome by love, and that sorrow has been overcome by joy. The elements of the story involve women arriving at a garden tomb and finding it empty, but even better, meeting the risen Lord, the embodiment of life and love. Their lives are changed forever and so are the lives of many, many



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Barack Obama and the politics of lies
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Washington Examiner [DC], by Editorial    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 5:45:25 AM     Post Reply
That was quite a victory dance President Obama did Thursday while claiming Obamacare is “working” because eight million people have now supposedly signed up for the health care program. He even indulged in some less-than-subtle mockery of Republicans - and by extension the majority of Americans who have disapproved of Obamacare since before it became law. "The repeal debate is and should be over,” Obama said, taking a dig at Republicans who are “going through, you know, the stages of grief … anger and denial and all that stuff …” But a president who is viewed by most Americans as less

But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

You´re on the clock:
Doctors rush patients out the door

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USA Today*, by Roni Caryn Rabin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Joan Eisenstodt didn´t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. "He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection. When she started protesting the doctor´s choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I´ve never been in and out from a visit faster." These days,

A Marine´s story: Women set up
to fail USMC’s most grueling test

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ABC News, by Martha Raddatz*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/21/2014 11:13:10 AM     Post Reply
At a petite 5’3’’, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys’ teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And that’s why,

Would YOU be underwater if the
polar caps melted? Map reveals
what our planet would look like
if sea levels rose by 260ft

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 5:20:21 PM     Post Reply
Global sea levels have risen by 8 inches (20cm) since 1880 and scientists predict they could rise up to 3ft (98cm) by 2100. But despite the UN’s recent threats of war, famine and extreme weather, such a dramatically different world caused by sea level rise can be hard to imagine. To help picture the future, Martin Vargic, an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia, has created a map depicting the planet with sea levels around 260ft (79m) higher than they are today. He imagines what Earth would look like if the ice sheets surrounding the North and South poles melted, releasing

A rancher´s armed battle against the US
government is standard libertarian fare

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Guardian [UK], by Kieran Suckling    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/21/2014 8:10:33 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the public interest has had a profound and lasting influence on American culture. But not everyone has accepted it. Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with the National Park

Stop dressing so tacky for church
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CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 4:40:56 AM     Post Reply
If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple: Stop dressing so tacky for church. DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy. When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks. “It’s like

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

Wasserman-Schultz: Midterm Election
´Absolutely Not´ A Referendum on Obama

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/21/2014 8:22:28 AM     Post Reply
"No, absolutely not," the November midterm election is not a referendum on President Obama and his policies, Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC´s "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "[T]hese elections, particularly the Senate elections, are referendums on the candidates running," she said. Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama´s flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race. "They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents. And what´s also true is, if you look at the success rate and the track record of

John Kerry’s Easter Message:
I’m ‘First Catholic Secretary of
State in 33 Years’

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Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 2:26:51 AM     Post Reply
In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is “the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.” Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis,” said Kerry. “As an altar boy six decades ago, I never imagined that I

The Incredibly Stupid War on
the Common Core

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Daily Beast, by Charles Upton Sahm    Original Article
Posted By: tisHimself- 4/21/2014 7:22:12 AM     Post Reply
An unholy alliance between the Tea Party and the teachers’ unions threatens to derail the most promising education reform in decades. Like Rocky in the early rounds, the new Common Core math and reading standards are being pummeled left and right. From the left: Education icon Diane Ravitch says the Common Core represents a “utilitarian view of education” that is too focused on testing, data, and accountability. From the right, “ObamaCore” is denounced as federal intrusion. Heritage Foundation education fellow Lindsey Burke calls it “an effort to impose a uniform, standardized curriculum across the country.” From the further right, the always

Gospel story of Jesus’ resurrection a
source of deep rifts in Christian religion

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Washington Post, by Kimberley Winston    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/19/2014 10:46:11 PM     Post Reply
“On the third day, he rose again.” That line, from the Nicene Creed, is a foundational statement of Christian belief. It declares that three days after Jesus died on the cross, he was resurrected, a glimmer of the eternal life promised to believers. It’s the heart of the Easter story in seven little words. But how that statement is interpreted is the source of some of the deepest rifts in Christianity — and a stumbling block for some Christians, and more than a few skeptics. Did Jesus literally come back from the dead in a bodily resurrection, as many traditionalist


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