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Even gangsters knew better

Even gangsters knew better.

As my gangster, Owney Madden, says in my novel, And All the Saints (soon to be out on Kindle and all other e-book platforms):

By now, even the Feds had pretty much given up enforcing Prohibition, and Hoover trumped up a typical Goo-goo commission, this one named after some clown called Wickersham, to prove that what they thought had been such a swell notion just ten years earlier that they went and amended the Constitution was now a rotten idea and what they needed to do was, of course, amend the Constitution again. This, I thought, was the true genius of Goo-goos and reformers everywhere; that they never had to admit Reform was a mistake, and if it was, then all it took was more Reform to set it right.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose… now it’s the Patient Deflection and Unaffordable Care Act the Congresscads want to amend or delay, in order to save their own wretched skins –

New Hampshire’s Jeanne Shaheen is leading a coalition asking for an unspecified extension of ObamaCare’s March 15 enrollment deadline. Mr. Begich (Alaska), Mark Pryor (Arkansas) and Mark Udall (Colorado) are among those on this bus, though Ms. Shaheen has special cause for alarm given that New Hampshire’s joint state-federal exchange enlisted only a single insurer, whose narrow network excludes 10 of the state’s 26 acute-care hospitals.

But her idea would merely draw out the technical agony, and the exchange premiums are based on assumptions of a full year of coverage. Premiums may not cover claims if people delay or forgo signing up in 2014, and then rates will spike the next year. All of this would also give the exchanges a stigma as untrustworthy, more so than even Health and Human Services incompetence.

It’s true that not a single Republican voted for Obamacare upon its forced passage. But neither has the appetite for repeal been very strong since. The House can pass all the repeal bills it wants, secure in the knowledge that the Senate will never go along with them, and that the president would veto any such legislation. Moral preening is, after all, one of the attractions of the racket, and “safe” votes are strictly for domestic consumption. Speaker John Boehner’s sandbagging of Senator Ted Cruz said all that needs be said on that subject.

So I say it’s spinach and I say the hell with it. If you think Obamacare is bad now — and it’s very, very bad, a direct assault on the most fundamental freedom Americans used to enjoy, which was the freedom to be left alone by the federal government — wait until the “employer mandate” kicks in. Already illegally “postponed” by Obama, it will destroy, by design, the insurance market in the U.S., send the economy into an even worse tailspin than it’s in now, and disrupt the lives and budgets of untold millions of Americans.

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Judge Roberts decision was ludicrously wrong. The constitution grants the federal government the power to levy 3 kinds of taxes. First are direct taxes, where every citizen of a state pays the same amount. Second are excise taxes which are taxes upon goods. And third are income taxes. The Obamacare tax/fine is quite obviously none of the above , being a tax upon failure to purchase a good. Consequently the federal government has no power to levy it. Roberts is a lawless moron.
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Actually I think the Chief Justice did the rest of us a favor. He showed us that we get exactly the government we vote for. I have a family full of ardent ObamaBots and boy has it been quiet around here since they found out what they are going to have to pay for insurance now that they have a few dependents. Nothing like having some parasites instead of being one.
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and it’s very, very bad, a direct assault on the most fundamental freedom Americans used to enjoy, which was the freedom to be left alone by the federal government.

This is of course the problem.

If the government wants to take fifty billion bucks a year and set up free walk-in clinics for whoever wants them, I'd say OK. Just leave everything else alone. It will adjust, and probably for the better.

The problem is with the details of Obamacare, virtually every one is intrusive, abusive, expensive, and guaranteed to fail.

And thanks for quoting that five cent cigar thing, I thought I was the only living person who still remembered the phrase.
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I really liked the part about the "Fusion Party". I have been calling the Republican establishment the "Democrat Lite" Party. If we are going to "hell in a hand basket", the exact speed of the descent hardly matters.
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Well said, Mr. Walsh.
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ObamaCare is set up to encourage fraud, it is by design.

They want their voter base to engage in fraud so that they can hang it over their heads at election time. Nothing will give their voters skin in the game like a potential Federal fraud indictment should the Dem's ever lose power.
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All we need to fix everything and make the nation a utopia is a tax on liberals. I suggest a flat rate of 110% for those making more than $1 a year.

The benefits are two-fold. First we can redistribute all the money back to those who actually earned it and second, we'll soon be rid of liberals.

If you want less of something, tax it.
22 weeks ago
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Michael, in your previous article on John McCain "American 'Hero'", you wrote:

"...But like all torture victims, he eventually broke and signed a forced “confession,”..."

I would just like to note that Col. Leo Thorsness NEVER confessed in the almost 6-yrs of confinement and torture that he endured.
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Judge Roberts decision was ludicrously wrong. The constitution grants the federal government the power to levy 3 kinds of taxes. First are direct taxes, where every citizen of a state pays the same amount. Second are excise taxes which are taxes upon goods. And third are income taxes. The Obamacare tax/fine is quite obviously none of the above , being a tax upon failure to purchase a good. Consequently the federal government has no power to levy it. Roberts is a lawless moron.
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You are not the first to note that this so called tax is not an apportioned tax and hence is illegal. The hard part to understand is why Roberts went to such great lengths to justify it as a tax and then allowed it to stand as an unconstitutional tax.
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"It’s a decision that will live in Supreme Court infamy until the day the act is repealed."

What on God's green earth makes you think that enough voters are going to go Republican in '16 to repeal this monstrosity, or that you'll actually find Republicans with a better idea than "oh shucks, let's just expand Medicare" at that point?

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Look, we don't need no bleeping Congress! They don't bother to read the bills they enact. They don't bother with a proper budget. They don't do serious oversight, specially of mis-, mal, and non-feasance. Send them all home for good. Have the coronation regalia of the Emperor Bokassa sent over and crown the Divine Barack,Emperor and Saviour of all the Earth. Why not? We couldn't be worse governed than we already are. the Constitution? To Hell with the Constitution! Ain't we got the power? sarc off
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How Big Business Crushed Washington’s GMO Labeling Effort Food and agriculture corporations with a stake in the outcome of Washington state’s Initiative 522 poured millions into the ‘no’ campaign. By Trisha Marczak | November 11, 2013

http://www.mintpressnews.com/how-big-business-crushed-washingtons-gmo-labeling-effort/172291/
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What has this got to do with the subject under discussion?
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How are the intern wages at MMFA and OFA these days? Askin' for a friend...
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