They’re calling it “Alcohockey”. Happy Weekend, everyone!
Everyone on my side of the aisle was raving about season one so, having broken ribs and nowhere to go, I watched it. It usually takes just four minutes before the first awful liberal cliché shows up in any recent American political television or movie production so I braced myself. When four minutes passed and there wasn’t one, I committed to the entire first episode. Then I devoured all thirteen. Yes, there are a few ridiculous moments but it isn’t full of that “Republicans the way liberal screenwriters who have never met one would write them” tripe that plagues entertainment these days.
Season two looks delicious.
Mr. Podesta, named a senior adviser to President Obama, is not currently a lobbyist and therefore does not have to worry about the Obama administration’s self-imposed ban on hiring lobbyists to administration jobs. But he will nonetheless arrive at the White House after having run an organization that has taken millions of dollars in corporate donations in recent years and has its own team of lobbyists who have pushed an agenda that sometimes echoes the interests of these corporate supporters.
These financial ties offer a hint of the blurry lines in Washington between the research organizations like Mr. Podesta’s — which is a virtual external policy arm of the Obama administration — and lobbying shops. The ties could also cause some complications for Mr. Podesta as he heads into the West Wing.
The parts of this article that aren’t apologetic are, as always, incurious. Quotes from the Center For American Progress” are left unchallenged. If they were coming from a right-leaning advocacy group they would be the subject of a seven part series. It all has a “so this is what is happening and it’s no big deal” feel.
At least we have learned that the lobbyist taint wears off if there is a buffer between doing that and heading to the White House.
(h/t Chicks On The Right)
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio went down to Washington, D.C. today to meet with President Barack Obama, emerging emboldened that a “progressive movement” was sweeping the nation.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, which includuded 15 other newly-elected mayors, Mr. de Blasio said it was clear to him that the fight against inequality–which formed the centerpiece of his campaign–was gaining steam far beyond the five boroughs.
Like all Progressives, he’s a delusional idiot. They are, however, politically well-organized delusional idiots.
“So what we have to do is organize it and amplify it,” he told Politicker.
“It was very interesting: a lot of them talked about pre-K, a lot of them talked about early childhood education as one of the breakthrough things we have to do to change the dynamics.”
I devoted an entire chapter in my new ebook to this concerted effort by Progressives to get to our kids as early as possible. Progressivism only takes strong root with brainwashed younger people. The Left has had a stranglehold on universities in the U.S. for decades but they need to work on the kids at a younger age. That’s the real reason they are so bitterly opposed to school choice, even though it would improve the lives of the at-risk inner-city youth they always pretend to care about. They can’t lose the indoctrination factories.
Progressives always say they want to do things for the children when in reality they want to do things to the children.
And that’s one of the many reasons they need to be stopped.
But there is a way out: Make the executive branch more powerful.
This is a good moment to advocate greater executive branch power because we’ve just seen a monumental example of executive branch incompetence: the botched Obamacare rollout. It’s important to advocate greater executive branch power in a chastened mood. It’s not that the executive branch is trustworthy; it’s just that we’re better off when the presidency is strong than we are when the rentier groups are strong, or when Congress, which is now completely captured by the rentier groups, is strong.
“You see, kids, the executive branch screwed up because the executive branch isn’t powerful enough.”
It is a hallmark of modern American progressives to scream for more government control every time there is a spectacular failure by that very same government. Brooks’ first example of an “advantage” is that the executive branch could easily come to a “policy conclusion” on something like immigration reform.
Leaving immigration policy in the hands of this current president is not only not something any real conservative would want, it is pretty much a fringe-left notion about how the United States government should be run.
Noah Rothman at Mediaite has an excellent takedown of Brooks and the Times‘ version of “conservative.”
With this latest thought-burp, Brooks seems to be going the full David Brock route. The sooner he admits he’s finally been assimilated by the Prog Borg, the better.
PolitiFact Was Too Busy Lying For Obamacare 4 Years Ago To Notice This Year’s ‘Lie Of The Year’ When It Happened
While The Idiot King was lying all over the place to get his signature monstrosity passed, PolitiFact was focused on lying about the people who were telling the truth.
Of course, everything awful thing that the general public is finding out now was readily apparent to those of us who weren’t slobbering drunk on Kool-Aid back then, including the fact that Sarah Palin was right.
So, while it’s just fine and dandy that they were practically forced to acknowledge this Lie of the Year, PolitiFact gets so much wrong that I will attribute this to the “Broken Clock” theory and not get too excited.
The bland food lobby must be behind this.
New California health department rules could mean a Sriracha shortage until mid-January. According to the Los Angeles Times, the state’s Department of Public Health is enforcing stricter rules that mean the hot sauce (along with Huy Fong’s chili garlic and sambal oelek sauces) must be held for 30 days after between production and shipping. While so far, there are no details about how new this policy is or what caused the change, it means that Huy Fong won’t have new stock until next month, company COO Donna Lam told the San Jose Mercury News. “We’re backordered as it is but now we have to tell customers we aren’t sending anything until mid-January.”
There may be a very sound reason behind the new policy. May. Given the recent history of the Golden State and its penchant for crushing business through regulation, there probably isn’t.
For me, this is personal:
— SUBWAY Restaurants (@SUBWAY) December 12, 2013
This is one of those painful to read Lefty thought barfs that you can just tell was probably all the rage around the Think Progress bong this morning. The author is more than likely basking in the warmth that the exertion of patting oneself on the back brings.
As is almost always the case with any media mention of Pope Francis these days, his name is dropped solely so the commentator can share her/his vision of what the Roman Catholic Church should be. To the enduring credit of the Roman Catholic Church, it never pays attention to such things.
The author then makes what I am sure is a coherent case for the overwhelming cultural relevance of Miley Cyrus.
But whether or not you like Cyrus’ music, whether or not you find the video for “It Can’t Stop” appropriative or her performance at the Video Music Awards vulgar and racially insensitive, or whether you buy her suggestions that she’s self-aware and making her sexualized presentations deliberately ugly, it’s undeniable that Cyrus inspired incredibly important, and often rewardingly complex, conversations about the state of our mass culture this year.
“Appropriative” is failed novelist for “appropriate”, for those keeping score at home. But I am sure it sounds super lofty if you run with a crowd that had “incredibly important” and “rewardingly complex” discussions about culture that were inspired by an out-of-control twenty-one year old who is trying to distance herself from the Disney image that made her rich and famous by turning the Slut Meter to 11.
This is according to fast food workers. Some of the stuff looks awful (unless you’re a cardiac surgeon). The full list is here.
If you want to eat a more healthful diet, you’re going to have to shell out more cash, right? (After all, Whole Foods didn’t get the nickname “Whole Paycheck” for nothing.)
But until recently, that widely held bit of conventional wisdom hadn’t really been assessed in a rigorous, systematic way, says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health.
So he and his colleagues decided to pore over 27 studies from 10 different developed countries that looked at the retail prices of food grouped by healthfulness. Across these countries, it turns out, the cost difference between eating a healthful and unhealthful diet was pretty much the same: about $1.50 per day. And that price gap held true when they focused their research just on U.S. food prices, the researchers found in their meta-analysis of these studies.
As this is NPR, the discussion immediately gets around to finding ways for policymakers to get that extra $1.50 a day to low income people. It’s one of those classic liberal logic-free leaps: presuming that the money will be spent on healthy food.
A chilly Arctic summer has left 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 29 per cent.
The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013.
Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores.
Easier to see all the time why the Climate Church elders switched to the fluid “climate change” nonsense. It’s going to be difficult for the dire predictions of polar bears floating by 12th floor Manhattan windows to come true with all of this freezing going on.
Off to trap some methane…
MSNBC host Chris Matthews is on a roll, unfavorably comparing the reaction of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to President Obama’s election to that of South African apartheid-era president F.W. de Klerk and Nelson Mandela’s election Friday on Now with Alex Wagner.
“For him to recognize his role in history as a patriot at that point is so different than the way Mitch McConnell handled the election of Obama,” he said. “So different. To set it up that way, the juxtaposition, they were willing, the McConnell people onto the far right were willing to destroy the country in order to destroy Obama, whereas to succeed in a country he loved, F.W. de Klerk was willing to see it transformed to black rule so that it could be done successfully so he would have his country have a better future.”
He was set up for the comment by the not-so-reverend Al Sharpton. Having both Sharpton and Matthews on a panel is the intellectual equivalent of putting two puppies on brand new carpet until their diarrhea is better.
Have a look:
This is a post about the bias at work here, not about whether Cruz’s comments were correct/warranted/whatever. Having said that, I’m sure most will end up focusing on the comments themselves. Still, it’s important to catch some of the more subtle biases.
The headline is accurate but not very representative of the entire situation. It is meant solely to make Cruz supporters look indelicate and/or bigoted which, by extension makes Cruz himself appear to be the same.
That is the only reason ABC News posted this story.
As I write this, there are over 5,800 “Likes” on the Ted Cruz Facebook page for his statement. There are less than a thousand comments, many of which are lefties attacking Senator Cruz and all of his constituents. Yes, there are many supporters criticizing him and there is nothing wrong with that.
The point is that, percentage-wise, Cruz fans were overwhelmingly supportive of what he said. It’s not even close. One sentence in the post mentioned the number of likes but declined to indicate the small number of comments. If you read the whole thing you would get the impression that there were thousands of comments and all of them were critical of Cruz.
If there aren’t already, there will soon be demands that Cruz disavow these comments. This is the old lefty game that identifies an outlier in a story involving a Republican politician, which is followed by feigned outrage and demands that the politician make a public statement.
It’s disingenuous and a thinly veiled way of covering one’s you-know-what while slandering.
And it is only done to conservatives.
If anyone still suspects that National Public Radio has a consistently liberal bias, listen to Robert Siegel’s interview with Brigid Flaherty, organizing director for the Alliance for a Greater New York, a labor advocacy group, on Wednesday’s All Things Considered.
The topic was the poverty-level wages paid to bank tellers and other employees in the bottom half of the banking industry. Siegel reminded listeners that U.S. taxpayers bailed out the financial industry when many of the nation’s largest banks teetered on the brink of collapse. He also pointed out that despite the taxpayer subsidies, Wall Street banks nevertheless paid their top executives huge salaries and bonuses.
Then Siegel asked Flaherty about a new study conducted by economists at the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center on behalf of a group called the Committee for Better Banks. Flaherty explained that in New York state, one out of three bank tellers are receiving some form of public assistance — such as food stamps and Medicaid — because their wages are so low. Siegel asked Flaherty: “How much do, say, bank tellers in New York City make?” Flaherty responded: “So on average, they make around $11 an hour, which yearly comes out to about $14,000 a year.”
“That’s very tough to live with in New York City,” Siegel responded. “You might be able to make ends meet, though, in some other parts of the country on that.”
It is at this point that it becomes clear that Robert Siegel is totally out of touch with the realities of living in America.
So, NPR isn’t biased because Robert Siegel is ignorant of life beyond his Manhattan/D.C. frame of reference? Actually, being part of the Manhattan/Beltway media bubble pretty much defines liberal bias. It most certainly doesn’t discount it.
This is what passes for logic on the left. One guy didn’t get his groupthink talking points correct so it proves that an entire network isn’t biased. If the writer had said the fact that Siegel was wearing a yellow tie yesterday proved lack of bias it would have made as much sense.
For the record, NPR is quite biased.
Nice tribute from the franchise’s YouTube page. Stories like this make it clear he really was one of the good ones.
Calling himself a “scapegoat” for a political hiring system that continues to this day, Chicago’s convicted former Streets and Sanitation commissioner Al Sanchez filed nominating petitions Monday for a seat on the Cook County Board.
The longtime head of the Hispanic Democratic Organization (HDO) Southeast, Sanchez is just five months removed from the federal prison camp in Marion, Ill., where he lost 50 pounds.
He spent 2.5 years there for rigging city hiring and promotions to benefit soldiers in HDO, a now-defunct army of political workers that helped to elect and re-elect former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Monday was the filing deadline for the March 18 primary elections. Sanchez, 65, filed 1,150 signatures gathered in just three days to get his name on the ballot in the 4th District, a seat vacated by William Beavers, who ironically reported to prison on the same day.
You read that right: the guy getting out of prison is running for the seat of the guy who is going into the same prison. The City of Chicago does have some restrictions on convicted felons holding elected offices, which is probably why its employees are better at not getting caught. The state and Cook County are more lenient. Look for prison time to become the college degree of Illinois office holders soon.
If you have any doubt as to how much of a sports junkie Barack Obama is, check in with the entertainment moguls who attended a private briefing with the president Nov. 26 before his speech at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale.
At the end of the conversation — which touched on a myriad of topics, from piracy to Iran — Obama revealed what’s at the top of his bucket list post-White House: “At least I know what I want to do when I retire … host ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 list,” Obama quipped as he turned to Disney’s Robert Iger, whose empire includes ESPN.
The highlights countdown can feature everything from major sports to bull fighting to high school basketball. Other than having a good laugh, Iger apparently didn’t respond.
“Everyone had a good giggle,” says one person who attended.
A couple of years ago I might have giggled too. Now that we are living in a never ending headline from The Onion, and given the fact that the Hollywood types are among the few who are still fawning over The Idiot King, I worry that things like this may come true.
Obama: "Christmas is no time for Congress to tell more than 1 million of these Americans that they’ll lose this insurance." #ABetterBargain
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) December 4, 2013
The long, slow process of climate change may trigger “surprise” shifts that could threaten human communities in years or decades, researchers from the National Academy of Sciences warned Tuesday.
In a 200-page report, the scientists call for an early-warning system that would watch bellwethers like Midwestern aquifers, Antarctic ice sheets and tropical coral reefs for signs that a “tipping point” is coming. Accelerated environmental changes can already be seen in the loss of Arctic sea ice and bigger wildfires since 1980, the authors said.
Despite the fact that the warming isn’t so warm anymore, the preachers of the fastest growing religion on Earth need to justify their positions, so get out your wallets.
Virtually everything is now taken as sign of man-made climate change (“Aunt Louise burned the pie crust at Thanksgiving? SEA LEVELS DID THAT!”) and used to justify ever-increasing mounds of cash to be thrown down the Solyndra hole, which is all this is about. They have to line the pockets of their business partners fear-mongering.
After all, not everyone can get grant money to keep the Climate Church growing.
An assignment sent home from an Oak Forest, IL high school government class is raising eyebrows among parents who are shocked by the questionnaire they and their children are required to fill out. The questionnaire (below) has the parents identify their positions on a number of highly-charged issues, and then places them on a “political spectrum”.
The survey is part of Oak Forest High School’s Common Core curriculum, which according to the school district’s website is to …”provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them.”
There is a screenshot of the questionnaire at the link, as well as the lesson’s purported objectives, all of which could ostensibly be taught without hitting the parents with what looks like a political party fundraising survey.
It’s not a stretch to believe that the agenda here from the Common Core overlords is insidiously political when you remember that these are the people who used sentences like “Government officials’ commands must be obeyed by all” in an English lesson.
The state has the worst credit rating in the country according to S&P, and its pension crisis was having ripple effects throughout the state. Fitch cited it two weeks ago when it downgraded Chicago’s credit rating.
Officials hope the bill, which will among other things raise state workers’ retirement age on a sliding scale and introduce a 401(k) option, can save $160 billion over 30 years and reduce annual pension payments by up to $1.5 billion.
But some have cast the measure the bill as an inadequate stopgap. In a lengthy op-ed Friday, Citadel CEO Ken Griffin, a Republican, called it “a fiscal death sentence.”
“Here is where this story will inevitably end: Our state is going to be forced to break its promises to our government employees and retirees. They will receive less than they bargained for. Our state’s taxpayers will see the 67 percent “temporary” tax increase converted into a permanent tax increase. And soon we will hear that even further tax increases are needed to meet our obligations. This is the price we are all going to pay for sending the wrong leaders to Springfield for too many years.”
Things are so awful there that even many Democrats admitted something had to be done and Democrat Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign this into law. Still, there was the predictable weeping and gnashing of teeth from those most in the pockets of Big Labor:
Sen. William Delgado, a Democrat from Chicago, called the bill “morally wrong, morally corrupt,” according to the Sun-Times’ Dave McKinney, adding that the bill would, “punish retired teachers, the janitor, the woman who serves lunch to your child in school.”
No, those being punished are the people who have been paying for larcenous pension deals for decades.
I’m a Californian, I know whence I speak.
Here is the all too predictable result of devoting a couple of generations to focusing on the feelings of the students and the retirement plans of the teachers. Read ‘em and weep for the future of America (click to enlarge):
Chimpanzees are not people, no matter how they are dressed up for commercials, but perhaps they are close enough that they deserve some of the same rights humans have.
That is what an animal rights group claimed on Monday when it filed a classic writ of habeas corpus, that revered staple of American and English law and tired cliché of detective fiction — not for a human being held unlawfully, but for Tommy, a chimpanzee in Gloversville, N.Y.
This is no stunt. The Nonhuman Rights Project has been working on this legal strategy for years, sifting through decisions in all 50 states to find one that is strong on what is called common law, and one that recognizes animals as legal persons for the purpose of being the beneficiary of a trust.
The leader of the project, Steven M. Wise, who has written about the history of habeas corpus writs in the fight against human slavery and who views the crusade for animal rights as a lifelong project, said New York fit the bill.
I appreciate people trying to protect animals but I don’t appreciate people being insane, which is what you are if you are investing time and money to get Constitutional rights extended to chimpanzees.
Every time I read about or meet zealots like this I always think, “Aren’t there some humans in distress who you could be helping?”
Nothing seemed special about the plates from which students at a handful of Miami schools devoured their meals for a few weeks last spring — round, rigid and colorless, with four compartments for food and a fifth in the center for a carton of milk.
Looks, however, can be deceiving: They were the vanguard of what could become an environmental revolution in schools across the United States.
With any uneaten food, the plates, made from sugar cane, can be thrown away and turned into a product prized by gardeners and farmers everywhere: compost. If all goes as planned, compostable plates will replace plastic foam lunch trays by September not just for the 345,000 students in the Miami-Dade County school system, but also for more than 2.6 million others nationwide.
Of course, the hippie happy plates cost almost quadruple what the plastic plates do but, hey, FEEL GOOD STUFF!
We are forever being told that more money needs to be spent on education. And then it gets spent on almost anything but teaching kids how to read or write. Now they may very well end up finding a way to make this more feasible but the mere fact that hot mess districts like Los Angeles Unified are spending time on things like this rather than the bare bones of educating shows how awful the priorities are in public education.
A judge has given a dose of cold water to the hot sauce Sriracha, ruling Tuesday that the factory that manufactures the trendy condiment must partially shut down after neighbors complained of the spicy smells it was producing.
Judge Robert H. O’Brien found in favor of the city of Irwindale where Sriracha recently relocated, saying sauce maker Huy Fong Foods must stop any operations that could be causing the odors and make changes to mitigate them.
O’Brien’s injunction, given in response to a lawsuit filed by the city on Oct. 21, does not specify what types of actions are required or force the factory to shut down altogether, the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/17SSD2h) reported.
Irwindale is a rarity in these troubled economic times-a California city that recently had a business move to it. The standard procedure here in the Golden State is to send businesses fleeing to Anywhere But Here and watch the tax revenue dwindle until the only local industry is bankruptcy law. So the first thing Irwindale does when given a chance to buck the trend is ask the gift horse to open wide so they can take a peek.
Then again, this is the city that blew $20 million trying to woo the Raiders before they fled back to Oakland.
After years of secrecy, the National Security Agency’s phone records surveillance program had its day in open court on Friday, as civil liberties lawyers asked a federal judge in New York to shut it down, and government lawyers claimed ordinary Americans cannot legally challenge it.
Can’t we find some intermediate ground, where the NSA can do its job but not run around completely unchecked?
Who is knocking at my door this late on a Friday???
Through the city’s renaissance program, a committee of parents chose Mastery Charter Schools to lead the effort to pull Gratz out of the muck. It’s still a neighborhood school, and about 65 percent of the kids are from low-income families. But now it’s run by Gordon’s private nonprofit, not the school district. He likes to say Mastery’s track record shows poverty is not destiny.
“I think if you spoke to folks prior to the turnaround, some would have assumed [in] a school like Gratz, kids couldn’t achieve,” says Gordon. “For lots of reasons: ‘There’s a culture of violence in the school; kids aren’t prepared.’ And it turns out not to be true. While poverty creates real obstacles, obstacles that require resources to overcome … our kids are smart, resilient, and given the right circumstances and support, will fly and succeed.”
On the academic side, Mastery reduced class size and added tutoring programs and specialized reading classes. It also revamped the curriculum. And robust intervention — whether addressing reading, truancy or poverty — has proved essential: If a student stops coming to class, Mastery will send a social worker to the house. Teachers are in frequent touch with parents, even helping link them with social assistance if they need it. The school has set up GED classes for the community, as well as free legal clinics and tax prep help for parents.
School choice may be the most winning issue for conservatives but isn’t being paid sufficient attention for reasons I’ve never been able to fathom. There are remarkable stories like this happening all over the country every year that definitely undermine the Democrats’, “We just need to spend more” narrative. Many (most?) of the schools being turned around were run into the ground by the unholy Democrat/Big Labor alliance (Detroit, anyone?).
This is something that helps people via freeing them from the yoke of government and appeals to various parts of the electorate Republicans have long wondered how to capture.
Switzerland may be known for watches, wealth and secretive bank accounts, but increasingly people believe that not everyone is reaping their share of the country’s economic well-being.
So on Sunday, the Swiss will vote on a referendum that would limit a CEO’s pay to 12 times that of the company’s lowest-paid worker.
The youth wing of the Social Democratic Party collected the 100,000 signatures necessary to turn the measure, known as the 1:12 initiative, into a national referendum.
David Roth, head of the party’s youth wing, says that 25 years ago Swiss CEOs made six times more than the average worker; today, they earn more than 40 times as much. Roth says in a country of 8 million, 400,000 workers don’t make enough to live on.
“I think we have to change something, because otherwise we’ll go in a direction like the USA did in the last decade where people get homeless, for example, and other people had millions of dollars,” he says. “It’s a big problem if you have such inequality in a rich country.”
Is this a glimpse into the future here? The zero sum morons pollute academia now and are cranking out millions of “educated” kids who believe the “I’m poor because he’s rich” insanity. They actually believe that if the CEOs make less the money will flow directly into their pockets.
Oh, these fringe loons are in charge of the Democrats too.
If today’s extremist rhetoric sounds familiar, that’s because it is eerily, poignantly similar to the vitriol aimed squarely at John F. Kennedy during his presidency.
And just like today, Texans were leading what some of them saw as a moral crusade.
To find the very roots of the tea party of 2013, just go back to downtown Dallas in 1963, back to the months and weeks leading to the Kennedy assassination. It was where and when a deeply angry political polarization, driven by a band of zealots, burst wide open in America.
This is a perfectly valid train of thought if you ignore the facts. Oswald was a commie and Texas a Democrat stronghold in the early 1960s.
What’s most irritating, however, is the notion that harsh political rhetoric is a relatively new thing in the United States. Those who believe this to be true might want to read up on the Jackson/Adams election of 1828 or check out some of what detractors used to say about Abraham Lincoln.
And rhetoric doesn’t kill presidents. Leftists who don’t like people with differing opinions do.
Former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger will appeal the racketeering conviction that landed him a life sentence last week.
Bulger’s attorneys, J.W. Carney Jr. and Hank Brennan, filed the one-sentence notice of appeal in federal court on Wednesday evening. The appeal notice had been expected.
The lawyers have said Bulger believes his trial was a “sham” because he wasn’t allowed to argue that a now-deceased federal prosecutor gave him immunity to commit crimes.
Bulger was convicted in August in a broad racketeering case, including 11 killings and other gangland crimes in the 1970s and 80s. He was sentenced Nov. 14 to two consecutive life terms after a two-day hearing at which families of his victims vented their anger, and Judge Denise Casper castigated him for “almost unfathomable depravity.”
But he was on the government payroll for a while, does that mean he gets a pension?
If he wanted immunity to commit crimes he should have run for Congress like the others.
President Barack Obama’s signature health law has helped spur stronger economic growth by contributing to slower increases in healthcare prices and spending, the White House said on Wednesday.
The White House’s assertion of the economic benefits of the law commonly called Obamacare runs counter to the views of many critics, who say it is raising insurance premiums and chilling job creation.
A report by the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA), an office within the White House, said that healthcare spending grew at an estimated average 1.3 percent rate per capita over the three years since 2010, the lowest rate on record for any three-year period.
It said the law has contributed to slower growth in healthcare prices because of a provision that reduces overpayments of the Medicare program for the elderly to private insurers and medical providers. Reforms that have cut the rates at which people are re-admitted to hospital have also helped, it said.
Yes, the same law that has seen nothing go right during its implementation and has only accomplished leaving millions uninsured is magically having a positive economic effect.
OR…it could just be that this administration is still presiding over a tanking economy five years later.
But a spokesmen for U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, said in response that a January study by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services cited the recession, rather than the health law, as responsible for slow growth in health spending.
“The government’s non-partisan actuaries report this is the result of the terrible economy under President Obama, not his health care law,” Boehner press secretary Brendan Buck said in an email. “The White House is, in effect, celebrating its own failure to create jobs.”
The United States could start missing payments on its obligations sometime between March and June if lawmakers fail to raise a legal limit on borrowing by early February, congressional analysts said on Wednesday.
The Obama administration was able to bump against the government’s debt ceiling for five months this year before it came to the brink of default.
President Barack Obama signed into law a bill last month that suspended a $16.7 trillion cap on the national debt until February 7, when it will reset to whatever level the debt has reached.
Absent a decision to raise it again, the Treasury Department would be able to manage its cash a little longer before it starts missing payments.
Welcome to the new normal. Create a crisis, pretend to do something then let it become a crisis again rather quickly.
It has been a little over a month since the Capitol Hill Back Slappers congratulated themselves for coming to a “sensible” resolution. And the people who support the establishment in either party all went along with the charade.
The press will now do its part to ratchet up the tension for the next airing of “Groundhog Day”.
Until then, here is a classic Python skit to get you through these contentious times.
Republicans and Democrats actually are “fighting inside the 40-yard lines” on key issues, President Obama said Tuesday, and anyone who doubts that needs to visit other countries to get a look at real political and ideological divides.
American partisans often accuse the other party of being “socialists” (a Republican charge against Democrats) or “fascists” (the reverse), and Mr. Obama mocked the former at a meeting of top CEOs hosted by the Wall Street Journal in Washington.
“People call me a socialist sometimes. But, no, you’ve got to meet real socialists. You’ll have a sense of what a socialist is,” Mr. Obama said.
To prove his point, Obama went on to tout his massive redistribution of wealth in the guise of health care reform.