A Little Bit of Lye
“Sellin’ hope’s like sellin’ soap, son I’ll tell you why — you can’t make either one without a little bit of lye.”My only comment...a little bit...???
Manny Mota...Mota...Mota (OK, not a helpful title...this blog is mostly about Economics, the Markets, Politics...and during the football season also about the New York Giants)
“Sellin’ hope’s like sellin’ soap, son I’ll tell you why — you can’t make either one without a little bit of lye.”My only comment...a little bit...???
Clearly, Obama did not spend the last year trying to build domestic American support for a deal that enables the regime that calls daily for the annihilation of America to become a nuclear power. With Iran building military bases all over Central and South America, Obama never bothered trying to make the case to the American people that they would be more secure with this regime in possession of the capacity to kill millions of Americans with one bomb.Obama did this all on his own. There is no fundamental demand for this deal emanating from the American people. And he didn't even attempt to tell us what he was doing, not directly nor through our elected representatives. Not wonder that there is bipartisan opposition building in Congress. We have a foreign policy conducted within the mind of one man.
Obama never stood before the Congress to explain how a deal that gives America’s Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval to Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program advances US national security. He never explained how allowing Iran to continue to enrich uranium decreases the likelihood of war.
So what did Obama need the last year for? If he wasn’t concerned with getting a less dangerous deal, and he didn’t care what the American people though about his facilitation of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, what prevented him from okaying the agreement last year? To ascertain the answer, it is worth considering Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s comments Sunday morning. Beyond noting the nuclear deal’s danger to Israel’s security, Lapid said, “I am worried not only over the deal but that we have lost the world’s attention.”This is an age-old leftist trope - if you are not satisfied with a phony peace, you are out for war. They had to prepare the ground with this sort of rhetoric to be in a position to jam this agreement on the world, which doesn't appear to be swallowing it too well.
And indeed, Israel has lost the world’s attention. Its appropriately deep concerns over Iran’s nuclear behavior were belittled, ignored and derided, first and foremost by the Obama administration. Worse than belittling Israel’s concerns, which are completely shared by the Sunni Arab world, Obama and Kerry have castigated as warmongers those Americans who agree with Israel’s concerns and have attacked them as traitors who seek to push America into an unnecessary war.
I have said it before and I will say it again, the story is not that Obama is not up to the job, the real story is that we (not me, but the electorate) ever thought for a moment that he was. Let me be as shockingly blunt and raw as I can - Obama's election was the mother of all affirmative action hires, and it is working out about as well as most affirmative actions hires work out. There I said it. It's probably what most Americans think but would never dare say, justifiably so perhaps. But we should be beyond the point of bowing to political correctness for perception's sake. This is our country we are talking about and we gave it over to a wholly unqualified - dangerously unqualified - man. As Mark Steyn has said, "The election of Barack Obama was a fundamentally unserious act by the US electorate..." The first step in recovery is to admit we have a problem. I sure hope all the rubes are admitting they have a problem.
Much of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic revival strategy is still on the drawing board, but earlier this month he helped his cause by abandoning Tokyo's 2009 pledge to reduce the country's carbon emissions by 25% from 1990 levels by 2020.The only formalized international effort to combat global warming climate change was the Kyoto Protocol, as in Kyoto, Japan. The fact that Japan is going back on emissions commitments is, symbolically at least, devastating.
As long-time readers of this blog know, I have advanced the theory - from almost the very moment that Barack Obama was elected - that he would be a disastrous President and that he would destroy the Democratic Party.Well, I just found this.
The Hill reports on a raucous meeting of House chiefs of staff yesterday. The room, it says, was “seething with anger over the immense damage being done to the Democratic party” by Obamacare. One chief of staff declared, “this either gets fixed or it could be the demise of the Democratic Party.”
And much as I love Walter Russell Mead, I note that he voted for this guy, and blandly assumed that an Ivy League pedigree was some sort of assurance of competence. Not so much. And it’s not as if the signs weren’t there, for those able to see them.I've had some thoughts in this regard, ya' know.
The typhoon that killed thousands of people in the Philippines has energized debate about whether rich nations should compensate poor ones for climate-related losses, a proposal the U.S. and European Union are resisting.Yeah, we're resisting. We send billions in aid, much of which is lost to corruption and waste. Rich countries are OK with this an understand that this money is largely wasted, but they aren't going to formalize the transfer unless they get what they want too, which is international legitimacy to gain more control of their economies back at home. As it is, developing countries believe that western global warmist policies would force them to curtail their development, which they ain't gonna do. As such, why would the developed powers like the US hand over billions if these pesky developing countries aren't gonna be lock, stock and barrel committed to global warmism? If you are the US under Obama, you want developing countries to sign up to be the climate equivalents of welfare queens. You can't be skeptics and have the money too. And so we go back and forth.
“Listen, what I do with my black friends is not up to white America to dictate to me what’s appropriate and inappropriate.”Fair enough. Now, let me ask a question.
The White House recently whispered out the back door that President Obama would not appear in Pennsylvania next Tuesday at the ceremonies for the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. The political betting had been that this was a big-speech venue whose glow Mr. Obama would not want to miss. The higher-road expectation was that this particular Civil War anniversary required the presence of this particular American president. It's not happening. The administration's official attendee will be Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell.Henninger hints that this must be hard for a guy who feels the need to speechify at every turn in American life to pass on this chance to yammer at us again. I disagree. The nods to Lincoln during the 2008 campaign and throughout his first term were of a piece with all the lies and sundry phoninesses that we were made to swallow. The moderation, the unity inducing centrism, the world-healing coolness, the economic perspicacity...the constitutional lawyer ala Lincoln.
Lincoln's phrase, "a new birth of freedom," suggests a radical freedom. The Civil War had shaken the nation out of its unfree state, and Lincoln was asserting that America would now pursue an even higher state of freedom. But what would be the shape and content of this radical American freedom?
The clue may be found in the one word favored in all presidents' speeches—"we." There is general agreement that "we" is shorthand for "We the People" of the U.S. Constitution's Preamble. There is less consensus on what that phrase was intended to mean.We know what President Obama thinks it means. In every speech given during his presidency, and in virtually every policy direction he has proposed in those speeches, it is clear that when Mr. Obama says "we," he means the federal government acting at its seat of power in Washington, D.C.
Frankly, it is probably best. Obama's presence would sully the whole thing for many Americans, myself certainly included. It's best that the injustice of associating this loathsome man with one of America's greatest presidents cease altogether...at least for us adults who don't have TFK jammed on us.For Mr. Obama, and many others, "We the People" means not the Union of sovereign states, the Union for which a civil war was fought, but the single political agency of the national government. Had he decided to show up Tuesday in Gettsyburg, Mr. Obama would have repeated his belief that American freedom flows forward from acts taken by one national government, itself defining and administering the collective will of some inchoate force called "we."
“What I was doing was expressing not my own views but those of extreme right-wing Republican tea party people. I don’t have a problem with interracial marriage or same-sex marriage. In fact, I exult in them. It’s a slander”As an aged WaPo columnist and a resident of New York City, Cohen would know a Tea Partier if it bit him on ass. Once again now for the slow learners, the Tea Party is a movement centered on a political philosophy of smaller, constitutionally guided government and the reduced tax and debt burden that ought to go along with it. It is in no way, shape or form a social policy movement in the direct sense, it seeks only to reduce the power of the government in order to preserve the liberty of the citizenry.
The French government won’t shut any more of Electricite de France SA’s nuclear reactors after the country’s oldest plant closes in three years, Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg said.
The pledge undercuts President Francois Hollande’s promise, made in last year’s election campaign, to trim France’s atomic output to half of total energy production by about 2025 from 75 percent now. Montebourg’s comments will also be a boon to state-controlled EDF, which with 58 French reactors and another under construction is the biggest nuclear operator in the world.
“Nuclear offers a competitive advantage for the performance of France’s industrial base,” the minister said. “Our nuclear investment allows us to have competitive energy costs, less than elsewhere.” ...
The Socialist campaign pledge to reduce France’s dependence on atomic power emerged from a political accord with the anti-nuclear Greens and has provoked objections from trade unions.Translation, this green stupidity is killing our competitiveness (such as it is), so screw it.
Furthermore, those in thrall to the religion of climate change will wake up; expect Europe to drastically improve its competitiveness by jettisoning decades of wrong-headed warmist policy.
As the staggering global climate movement continues to fall apart, yet another pointless UN meeting looks to get bogged down in procedural wrangling. Each one of these meetings is less ambitious, and comes with less hoopla and hope than before.I've been on this and have, in fact, proclaimed the whole laughable spectacle dead.
Venezuelan bonds tumbled, sending yields to a 22-month high, after President Nicolas Maduro dispatched the military to take over a retail chain as part of his effort to quell inflation that’s soared above 50 percent.
The country’s benchmark bonds due 2027 fell 3.75 cents to 72.25 cents on the dollar as Maduro’s seizure of electronics retailer Daka and his warnings to other businesses to cut prices to “fair” levels deepened investor concern that growth is being choked off by government controls. Yields on the bonds soared 0.76 percentage point to 13.79 percent, the highest since January 2012, at 12:38 p.m. in New York.
Maduro, who took over as president this year after his socialist mentor Hugo Chavez died of cancer, is stiffening government-imposed price controls that have contributed to food and goods shortages across the South American country. Maduro blamed the “parasitic bourgeoisie” and said he’d impose limits on profit margins throughout the economy after inflation surged to 54 percent in October, the fastest pace in 16 years.Chavez ruined the country but was at least able to paper over the destruction with his charisma. Maduro won't be able to do the same. This could the beginning of the end for Chavismo.
In its almost 100-year history, the Fed had never bought one mortgage bond. Now my program was buying so many each day through active, unscripted trading that we constantly risked driving bond prices too high and crashing global confidence in key financial markets. We were working feverishly to preserve the impression that the Fed knew what it was doing.
In Germany, Die Welt, a consistently pro-American newspaper, regretted things were now at a point where it appeared the U.S. was trying to confirm every prejudice against it. This was happening, the paper’s publisher wrote in a front-page editorial last month, “under an American president who was once longed for in Europe like the Messiah, and whom Old Europeans finally saw as one—a president who didn’t arrive wearing Texas cowboy boots, and instead tucked his copy of Kant under his pillow. But that was fiction.”Maybe in the future they won't be so smugly dismissive of the cowboy boots, but probably not.
Can you tell a pronoun from a participle; use commas correctly in long sentences; describe the difference between its and it's?
If not, you have plenty of company in the world of job seekers. Despite stubbornly high unemployment, many employers complain that they can't find qualified candidates for the jobs they do have.
That came at 2 a.m. the following day, when the two men awoke to pounding on their bedroom doors.
It was campus security. They entered the home, went upstairs to the bedrooms and hammered on the doors, telling them to give up the weapons, the students said.and now for the delicious part...
The officers confiscated McIntosh’s Glock and Fagan’s shotgun, which he uses for hunting and sport shooting. The guns still haven’t been returned to the men...
and the two reported them stolen to Spokane police.I'm not sure what claim the University has for property seizure in this instance. I'm not a lawyer but I am pretty sure that a code of conduct violation does not allow for asset forfeiture.
Shocked skater Brenda Sabater, 15, of Manhattan, called the park “the safest place you could be.”
“This is the last place I thought something like this could happen,” she said. “I’ve seen stuff like this happen, but never in a place I felt safe.”The big question - is this a sign of things to come? Will DeBlasio's give a shit attitude toward quality of life policing turn back the clock? Will we revert to Needle Park, or some 21st century facsimile thereof, again?
3) Global Warming Is Dead - From a policy perspective that is. The climate will do what it does but there ain't gonna be a re-ordering of the global economy cooked up by the warmists. If you've been scared out of energy investments by the incessant bleating of global warmists, you've got to get back in. The world needs energy and it can't afford phony energy, so get invested in energy that works. So don't invest in solar or wind or any of that garbage (if any of it does turn out to actually work, the Exxons of the world will wind up owning it ultimately anyway). Furthermore, those in thrall to the religion of climate change will wake up; expect Europe to drastically improve its competitiveness by jettisoning decades of wrong-headed warmist policy.Along those lines, I present this.
Europe’s green energy dream has become a green energy nightmare to some, as renewable energy subsidies have driven up power prices for households and .
This led one German newspaper to claim that electricity has become a “luxury good” in the country and Europe’s top energy CEOs are warning that renewable subsidies could lead to continent-wide blackouts.
“Most of the European countries are scaling back their subsidies because it’s crushing them,” said Thomas Pyle, president of the free-market Institute for Energy Research.
Remember what we were staring down the barrel of during the first two years of the Obama administration: 1) ObamaCare, 2) Card Check 3) Cap & Trade. This represented a triple-barrel threat to the economy. We got ObamaCare (and businesses are nearly universally saying that it is a job-killer) but we avoided Card Check and Cap & Trade legislation by virtue of electing a bunch of Republicans to the Congress.Against this backdrop, I have repeatedly highlighted how the Obamacrats are conducting an economic policy agenda that is geared towards owners and holders of capital and that is terrible for workers.
We usually have access to the January rates by November 1st and have been able to present you with your options by now. Delays with Exchange websites have caused the non-exchange system to suffer as well and some of the carriers have not provided their rates.
The carriers are putting most of their energy into getting the exchange sites working and we believe this is the reason for the delay. We are checking the carrier sites frequently so that when the rates are available we will access them immediately. As soon as we have more information we will let you know.So, no shopping around for the time being. This is no huge biggie, just another medicine dropper drop of turd on this Everest-sized steaming pile.
Even in an attenuated form, ObamaCare is spreading its tender mercies across the land and we are on the cusp of an historic sellout of Israel in favor of fundamentalist Islamic Iran. Malaise. War.We deserve everything we get - depression, chaos, war, inflation, loss of liberty, social strife. It's coming and we deserve every last ounce. We have voted and we will get what we deserve...good and hard, I might add.We don't have exactly that list, but we have economic malaise, impending war (even if only a phony war), rising interest rates, a frighteningly expansive and expanding surveillance state, IRS political targeting scandal, Benghazi stone-walling, and racial tensions aplenty after the fomenting of the Trayvonesty and the Chris Lane thrill killing in Oklahoma (which, I might add, is already down the MSM memory hole). Add to that executive branch lawlessness, and I'd say I was dead on.
Was as easy a call I have ever made. Enjoy it America!
A new Gallup poll brings more terrible news for President Obama and his signature health plan. Only 22% of uninsured Americans intend to buy insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges. One of the major selling points for using ObamaCare to disrupt our health care system (that polls showed up to 80% of Americans were satisfied with), was to insure the uninsured. But according to this poll, only a very small minority of that small minority is even interested in being insured.That assumes that insuring the uninsured was the goal, which it was not. It was never about that, but that's what they had to tell all the rubes in order to get it passed - that, and you can keep your plan. And bending the cost curve. And it would create jobs. Oh, and that it would create medical innovation. And...
Under normal circumstances, the IRS has broad powers to collect taxes from those who don't pay what they owe. It can charge civil and criminal penalties, impose liens, and seize assets and bank accounts.
But ObamaCare specifically blocks the IRS from using these enforcement tools when it comes to collecting any unpaid ObamaCare tax penalties.
These restrictions "make it unlikely the IRS can effectively enforce the individual mandate," according to a detailed analysis of the tax penalty by Jordan Barry and Bryan Camp, law professors at the University of San Diego and Texas Tech University, respectively.
"The individual mandate," they conclude, "may not actually be mandatory after all."Naturally, I'm going to get some tax advice on this, but it looks like all the IRS can do to enforce the ObamaCare mandate is withhold refunds. For those whose tax circumstances are such that they are never in a position to claim a refund (owners of LLCs are usually never getting a refund), it might be possible to skirt the mandate penalty/tax thingy.
San Francisco architect Lee Hammack says he and his wife, JoEllen Brothers, are “cradle Democrats.” They have donated to the liberal group Organizing for America and worked the phone banks a year ago for President Obama’s re-election.
The couple — Lee, 60, and JoEllen, 59 — have been paying $550 a month for their health coverage — a plan that offers solid coverage, not one of the skimpy plans Obama has criticized. But recently, Kaiser informed them the plan would be canceled at the end of the year because it did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. The couple would need to find another one. The cost would be around double what they pay now, but the benefits would be worse.Dumb rubes. No sympathy from me. Collectivists like collectivism until they are collectivised. The putatively compassionate want compassion until they are sent the bill. Loss of freedom is no biggie until your freedom is taken away. More government is great until dictates come in the mail and you are lost in the bureaucratic maze.
That’s little comfort to Hammack. He’s written to California’s senators and his representative, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., asking for help.To have sympathy for these people is a judgement call - they seem like nice, reasonably intelligent people, but the bottom line is that these people believe things that aren't so. (Obligatory Reagan quote here.)
“We believe that the Act is good for health care, the economy, & the future of our nation. However, ACA options for middle income individuals ages 59 & 60 are unaffordable.Just because they believed these things, doesn't make them so. There are consequences to being wrong, to making a faulty analysis, and these people made a faulty analysis regarding the intersection of healthcare policy and progressive political goals. They are not alone, many did. And the consequences are here. I have no problem with consequences, people make choices, thus I have little sympathy for people who lament the predictable consequences of their actions and beliefs.
That’s what America gets for electing a president with charisma but no known skills apart (arguably) from delivering speeches.Where have I heard that before?
That anybody expected even the most basic level of governance from Obama, let alone monumental and transformative things, is the story of greatest import here. And it is not that the hope, dreams and expectations placed into the Obama vessel were so grand, it is that the vessel that is Obama is so small. I have said it before - in November of '08 I said we bought ourselves a pig in a poke...
disappointment and pain is what we deserve given that we elected a man of no consequence and no achievement to the highest office in the land. Why we expected a man with no discernable track record or proven record of leadership to lead and to achieve in the name of this massive and complex society is a story of historical proportions. Did we think that plucking just any man off the street - essentially what we did - to wield enormous power was wise? And a young man to boot. And a man who never held a job at a profit-making organization. Why did we think that the wisdom acquired over a long life and the first hand knowledge of commerce gained by private sector work somehow weren't relevant anymore? Why did we think that - after over 200 years of electing (with a few exceptions) staid, boring, but presumably wise, adults, who could draw to them the counsel and assistance of many more wise, older adults - we needed a rock star of relative adolescence? Why did we think that a man with no knowledge of the private sector would lead a mostly private sector nation out of a severe economic slump? Why did we think that a man who consorted with raving America-haters would inspire a mostly proud and patriotic nation to excellence? Why did we think that a man who views our role in the world as flawed would draw our allies nearer to us? Why did we think these things?
Christie is obviously an anomaly in New Jersey and before we get too deep in the weeds about what motivated the electorate there remember this: New Jersey’s senators are a guy who likes underage foreign hookers and a dude with an imaginary friend.And, in a sense, Bill DeBlasio is the price we New Yorkers will have to pay for having banished Weiner and Spitzer. It'll be a heavy price, but killing off the scumbags in politics has, at least, some value. It'd be nice if we could thump the scumbags AND avoid deluded, unreformed socialists, but, well...life is full of trade-offs, I guess.
The Tea Party Versus The Rot
In his tiny, focused classic Communism Richard Pipes illuminates the moral rot that infected the Soviet Union after years of Communism: "Lying became a means of survival, and from lying to cheating was one small step. Social ethics, which make possible a civil society, were shattered. No moral onus was attached to stealing. This manner of thinking led to the corruption of the whole nation."The Tea Party is a new political movement and as such it will display some political immaturity from time to time and it will have teething pains, but beyond the core positions of smaller, constitutionally-faithful government ask yourself - is what we need as a nation really more of the high art of political sophistication? Isn't that what got us to this pass? The Tea Party may be lacking in political strategy expertise, but that, to me, is one of its great appeals - it's just people, wanting government to answer to them, not the other way around.
In his great article delving into the Greek sovereign debt crisis, Michael Lewis describes a similar rot that has infected quasi-socialist Greece: "The Greek state was not just corrupt but also corrupting. Once you saw how it worked you could understand a phenomenon which otherwise made no sense at all: the difficulty Greek people have saying a kind word about one another. Individual Greeks are delightful: funny, warm, smart, and good company. I left two dozen interviews saying to myself, “What great people!” They do not share the sentiment about one another: the hardest thing to do in Greece is to get one Greek to compliment another behind his back. No success of any kind is regarded without suspicion. Everyone is pretty sure everyone is cheating on his taxes, or bribing politicians, or taking bribes, or lying about the value of his real estate. And this total absence of faith in one another is self-reinforcing. The epidemic of lying and cheating and stealing makes any sort of civic life impossible; the collapse of civic life only encourages more lying, cheating, and stealing."The Soviet Union and modern Greece do not share this degraded civic state by coincidence. Complete civic rot is a feature of socialism, an unavoidable result of that governing system's destructive force. Thus Ludwig Von Mises rightly notes that socialism is not an alternative to capitalism, it is an abyss: "A man who chooses between drinking a glass of milk and a glass of a solution of potassium cyanide does not choose between two beverages; he chooses between life and death. A society that chooses between capitalism and socialism does not choose between two social systems; it chooses between social cooperation and the disintegration of society. Socialism is not an alternative to capitalism; it is an alternative to any system under which men can live as human beings." (HT: Carpe Diem)Don't think it can happen here? Just take a look at the size and broken state of our entitlements, our public pension crisis, the bitter struggle emerging between those who finance the system and those who feed off of it and how that struggle has polluted our politics. Politics in America today is not about solving our problems, it is solely about taking away and handing out money. It is simply about who finances what for whom and the rot is setting in; you can't have a civil discussion about fiscal priorities - i.e. Chris Christie has to wage all out war to keep from spending billions more than the state has, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino gets sued by the County Board to stop from cutting $160 million out of a $1.8 billion budget. You can't say "wait a second" regarding the gargantuan and growing expenditure of resources that we don't have without incurring the vicious ire of whole swaths of our society. Question teacher pensions in New York and you can be sure that transit cops in California and sanitation workers in Seattle will hate your guts. It's early but the rot is showing early signs of arriving on these shores. The Tea Partiers see it, that is why they are so passionate, that is why they emblazon themselves with Founding Era garb and slogans, and why they are so keen to find ways to succeed - they are out to cleanse the system before the rot gets worse. It is a restoration project and the stakes are so high. When people say we could "end up like Greece" they are talking about unsustainable debt levels but the real danger is not the debt but the civic rot that lies underneath that allows the debt to pile up so high that it buries the nation. Well before we get to Greek-like debt levels, the rot will be so bad that there will be no turning back. The Tea Party is going to ensure we don't get remotely close to that point.
U.K. services growth unexpectedly accelerated to the fastest pace in 16 years in October as the economy showed signs of pulling away from the rest of Europe.
A gauge of activity rose to 62.5 from 60.3 in September, the highest since May 1997, Markit Economics said today in London. The report came as the European Commission forecast the U.K. economy will grow 2.2 percent next year, twice the pace of the euro area and more than Germany and France.Unexpected because the journalistic and policy elite believe deeply in all manner of Keynesian nonsense. Elites have spouted rubbish for years now (from the Cameron government's first day to be precise) about how ever-so-slightly reining in Britain's atrocious budget deficits and debt would bring a hellfire of economic woe. (Of course, I predicted the silliness.) Cameron's Britain has been one of the few European governments to even attempt to get a handle on fiscal policy in a responsible and logical way by cutting profligacy and wastefulness. The results are encouraging and the elites scratch their heads, 'Gee, that's unexpected.'
“… You know, at this level, you’re a man. You’re not a little boy. You’re not a freshman in . You’re a man. So I think everything has its limits. So there’s no way that another man is gonna make me pay for something that I choose not to pay for.”
Rolle hopes that Martin is able to get back on the field, but again, he reiterated he believes the second-year player deserves some blame.
“Hopefully he’s able to bounce back and recover from all that has happened and understand it, and take awareness of, you know, that, you’re a grown-a– man,” Rolle said. “You need to stand up for yourself.”How f**ked up are we that this isn't obvious to all?
It has long been obvious that the 65-and-over population doesn't fit the Depression-era stereotype of being uniformly poor, sickly and helpless. Like under-65 Americans, those 65 and over are diverse. Some are poor, sickly and dependent. Many more are financially comfortable (or rich), in reasonably good health and more self-reliant than not. With life expectancy of 19 years at age 65, most face many years of government-subsidized retirement. The stereotype survives because it's politically useful. It protects those subsidies. It discourages us from asking: Are they all desirable or deserved? For whom? At what age?Kinda like when I said that we are going bankrupt buying hip replacements for the richest cohort of people to ever walk the Earth.
We will self destruct if we run trillion dollar deficits by giving the wealthiest cohort of individuals to ever walk the Earth free artificial joints and unneeded retirement income, which is what Medicare and Social Security amount to.Short answer: AARP. Once upon a time, they were a smallish lobbying group mostly representing an actual and somewhat deserving constituency. Now, they are a near impervious back-room power player run by a bunch of professional lefty redistributionists with only a tangential motivation in serving their nominal constituency's best interests.
I'm talking first principles. Why do we do things? At the basic level. Why?
What is the government's response when a large chunk of the very best doctors tell patients who carry a government insurance card to beat it? Can the government demand that these doctors treat patients? Is this practical, let alone constitutional? I doubt it.Well, it looks like Dems are revving up the coercion machine as ObamaCare hits the skids.
As a sign of what may be to come as ObamaCare crumbles before our eyes, a Democratic candidate for the House of Delegates in Virginia has suggested legislation to force doctors to treat Medicare and Medicaid patients.And, of course, we know what this policy really is...slavery.
Washington Free Beacon writer Ellison Barber told Megyn Kelly on Friday that surging Medicaid enrollments, rather than sign-ups for private insurance, threaten to derail ObamaCare.
“Clearly, if they’re not enrolling in the exchanges … that undercuts the entire picture that (the administration) presented: that enrollment was being successful at the state program, because (people) were enrolling in an entirely different program,” she said on "The Kelly File."
That’s a major problem, Barber explained, because the system is unsustainable if only sick people are collecting insurance subsidies and Medicaid. “If you don’t have healthy people paying into the exchanges, then the entire system will collapse,” she said.
And unlike the federal government, which can run a budget deficit, nearly all states have balanced budget provisions – which severely curtails their spending flexibility when it comes to accommodating all the new Medicaid recipients.
“(The states) cannot expand spending, even if they want to,” she said. “To have to care for all these people on Medicaid now, when they haven’t planned for it in their budget, they’re either going to have to raise taxes, raise income payroll taxes, or cut things from other spending, like roads, schools and things like that.”John Kasich, not so much.
Is your health insurance getting the boot with the Obamacare launch?If your health insurance got cancelled, BY DEFINITION you are not grandfathered.
Don't freak out.
Check to see if you are 'grandfathered'
If your current policy is "grandfathered," you can keep it.
Grandfathered policies are ones in effect when the president signed the Affordable Care Act on March 23, 2010, and that have not changed premium or out-of-pocket costs since.
It’s not puzzling at all. The movement from high-tax, high-housing-cost states to low-tax, low-housing-cost states has been going on for more than 40 years, as I note in my new book “Shaping Our Nation: How Surges of Migration Transformed America and Its Politics.”
From 1970 to 2010, the population of New York state rose from 18 million to 19 million. In that same period, the population of Texas grew from 11 million to 25 million.
The picture is even starker if you look at major metro areas. The New York metropolitan area, including counties in New Jersey and Connecticut, rose from 17.8 million in 1970 to 19.2 million in 2010 — up 8 percent. In that time, the nation grew 52 percent.
In the same period, the four big metro areas in Texas — Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin — grew from 6 million to 15.6 million, up 160 percent.
Contrary to Noah’s inference, people don’t move away from opportunity. They move partly in response to economic incentives, but also to pursue dreams and escape nightmares.I've seen it first hand. I've seen numerous friends, co-workers and neighbors move away over the years and emphatically call it "escaping." I work in finance, so I've seen the rest of country pick the NYC finance industry apart and take tens of thousands of our jobs (especially Dallas). I see our infrastructure crumbling all around us as there is no money left after the unions gobble all the tax dollars up. In most cases, you'd be crazy to start or run a business in New York. Same with most of the Northeast's moribund urban centers. Largest city in Connecticut? Shithole. Providence? Bankrupt. Philly? Scarily dangerous. Baltimore? Doubly scary. Boston? Bureaucratic hellhole. Jersey? Newark at one end, Camden/Trenton at the other. (That's coming from a proud Jersey native.)