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Gee, I wonder why wages are stagnant 7 years after The Great and Powerful Obama took charge of our economy?
U.S. wages and benefits grew in the spring at the slowest pace in 33 years, stark evidence that stronger hiring isn't lifting paychecks much for most Americans. The slowdown also likely reflects a sharp drop-off in bonus and incentive pay for some workers.
The employment cost index rose just 0.2 percent in the April-June quarter after a 0.7 increase in the first quarter, the Labor Department said Friday. The index tracks wages, salaries and benefits. Wages and salaries alone also rose just 0.2 percent.
Both measures recorded the smallest quarterly gains since the second quarter of 1982.
Salaries and benefits for private sector workers were unchanged, the weakest showing since the government began tracking the data in 1980.
Pay no attention to the community organizer behind the curtain.
Because really, after businesses are done paying all his extra taxes, and shelling out for Obamacare, and complying with thousands of onerous new regulations, who's got any money left for frivolous stuff like salaries?
But hey, you can always line up for more government cheese.
Remember right before 2012 election when the government swore the economy was recovering nicely?
And now that it doesn't matter, they can deign to tell us the truth.
So Obama's Commerce Department just quietly "revised" their GDP estimates for the last 3 years, downward.
The U.S. economy grew more slowly over the past three years than the government had previously estimated, held back by more frugal consumers and steeper spending cuts by state and local governments.
The economy expanded at just a 2 percent annual rate from 2012 through 2014, down from a previous estimate of 2.3 percent, the Commerce Department said Thursday. Nearly all the weaker-than-expected growth occurred in 2013, when the government now says the economy expanded just 1.5 percent, much less than its previous 2.2 percent estimate.
Well sure. 2013 was when the reality of facing 8 years of Obamunism really set in.
And with this latest "oops," Obama now ranks dead last among all US presidents since 1932. That's a new level of #fail over 80 years in the making.
Over the first five years of Obama's presidency, the U.S. economy grew more slowly than during any five-year period since just after the end of World War II, averaging less than 1.3 percent per year. If we leave out the sharp recession of 1945-46 following World War II, Obama looks even worse, ranking dead last among all presidents since 1932. No other president since the Great Depression has presided over such a steadily poor rate of economic growth during his first five years in office. This slow growth should not be a surprise in light of the policies this administration has pursued.
Ayup. Obamanomics sucks.
The numbers don't lie.
But Obama's administration does, or else they would have told us when it actually mattered.
Trickle-up poverty, it's the only thing Obama's good at, uh, creating. He'll
turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please.
Hey, isn't this a great time to cut the army to its lowest level since before World War II? Because that's what Dear Leader is doing. And Pinch Sulzberger's Pravda on the Hudson is giddy:
The Army's plan to cut 40,000 troops, as well as 17,000 civilian employees, over the next two years is unsettling many American communities. Congressmen and senators in the affected districts are railing against the reductions and insisting they will fight to reverse them. But the cutbacks are a sensible and necessary move.
Obama is reducing our active duty army from 570,000 troops to a pre-WWII level of 450,000. Because getting caught flat-footed again isn't something he worries about.
And the guys who signed up to serve their country? Yeah, it sucks to be them.
President Obama needs to make sure the Army is well positioned to do its job, but that does not mean maintaining bases and a level of troops that go beyond what the country needs and can afford.
Lavish social programs? Wealth redistribution? Obamacare subsidies? Green energy boondoggles? Obama doesn't care what that stuff costs. But his media sycophants are suddenly worried about cost containment when it comes to defending us from Islamofascists, Iranians, Russians, and probably Chinese too?
One can only conclude that these progressive bozos want to see us conquered.
I guess they're planning to be the Vichy Americans, and in their minds,
I almost had another heart attack when I saw my new property tax bill.
It's up almost 7 percent over last year.
Almost all of which is because the drunken sailors on our local school board hiked their tax bite by a whopping 10.5 percent.
Ten point five percent.
A double digit increase, when property taxes are supposed to be held to a 2% cap. By law.
What the hell is going on with the Caldwell - West Caldwell Board of Education?
Have they lost their minds?
Have they no shame?
Because this tax increase in unconscionable.
But this is what happens when the Democrats in our state legislature, who are of course a wholly owned subsidiary of the teachers union, decided to stop letting us vote on the school budget.
Without the voters to curb their profligacy, the school board runs amok, screwing the taxpayers with abandon.
So here's a special "thank you" to CWCBOE President Paula Getty, Vice President Thomas Adams, and board members Marie Lanfrank, John King, and Dan Cipoletti: You are a disgrace. You have failed in your fiduciary duty. You are unfit to call yourselves representatives of the hardworking taxpayers of Caldwell. You embody everything that is wrong with out-of-control government spending in this state. You have forgotten those of us who are affected by your wanton disregard for any semblance of budgetary restraint.
You should be ashamed of yourselves.
But that would require you to actually care about us taxpayers. Which
clearly, you do not.
Like everything else he's ever said, "hope and change" was a lie too.
Welcome to Obama's era of despair and misery.
About 1.7 million more children live in low-income working families today than during the Great Recession, according to the newly released 2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book from the Annie. E. Casey Foundation. In 2013, one in four children, 18.7 million, lived in a low-income working family in the United States. Nearly a third of children are living in families where no parent has full-time employment. And even when parents are working full time, wages and benefits are often not sufficient to adequately support a family.
"Although we are several years past the end of the recession, millions of families still have not benefited from the economic recovery," said Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the Casey Foundation. "While we've seen an increase in employment in recent years, many of these jobs are low-wage and cannot support even basic family expenses. Far too many families are still struggling to provide for the day-to-day needs of their children, notably for the 16 million kids who are living in poverty. We can and must do better: we can make policy choices to lift more families into economic stability."
Barack Obama's economic policies have pushed more kids into poverty.
Barack Obama's economic policies have actually reduced wages.
Barack Obama's economic policies have destroyed millions of good jobs.
Barack Obama's economic policies have turned us into a nation of part-time workers, scrounging just to make ends meet.
Barack Obama's economic policies are an unmitigated failure, especially for his core constituency.
Race is one of the strongest factors influencing a child's economic stability. Data show the economic recovery of the past several years has bypassed many children of color. Rates of unemployment at the close of 2014 were in single digits for all races except African Americans. African Americans were also the only group for whom unemployment remains higher than before the recession.
If only they had voted for a president who actually cared about their plight.
Or as Instapundit Glenn Reynolds likes to jibe, they told me that if I voted for Mitt Romney black people in this country would end up worse off, and they were right!
There's an opportunity for the GOP here. Ronald Reagan famously said "the best social program is a job." And I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about minimum wage, part-time jobs. America needs good jobs, and the only way to get them is to grow the economy. Progressive policies don't do that. Electing Hillary Clinton as president won't do that.
To grow our economy we need to get government out of the way. It's a simple message for the GOP to adopt. For far too long people have put their faith in government, and government has always let them down. So the solution is definitely not the Democrats' perpetual mantra of more government.
Unless we reverse course, America is headed for the same fate as Greece. It really is as simple, and as scary, as that. The choice is ours. All we have to do is choose wisely.
UPDATE 22 Jul 2015 14:27:
Adding insult to injury: Only fifty percent of black men born 25 years ago have jobs.
You've heard of the Rooney Rule, right? It's an NFL regulation which requires teams to interview at least one minority candidate for every open head coach and front office job.
Because in the meritocracy of pro football, tokenism counts.
So, after posting yesterday about Obama's secret town by town, block by block racial database I got to thinking about how he'll use it. And I thought, "Rooney Rule."
Imagine having to prove you tried to sell your house or rent your vacant apartment to at least one black person just to satisfy Obama's racial bean counters.
It's not as far-fetched an idea as you might want to believe.
Banks and mortgage companies already are required to amass volumes of statistics on the racial makeup of their loan portfolios, and they're in danger of being sued by the feds for not approving "enough" loans for low-income and minority borrowers. Welcome to the bizarro world of "disparate impact" litigation.
So why not another HUD form at closing to document how many minority buyers put in an offer on your house? Complete with a section for you to explain why you chose not to sell it to them, of course.
And no, price won't be a valid reason.
We've already seen how affirmative action requires colleges to allow lower SAT scores for minority applicants. So why wouldn't the Obamaunist social justice warriors demand that you accept a lower price for your house in order to fulfill their utopian goal of racial balance in housing?
Ditto for apartment rents. I can see Obama using his database to define below market rents that would only be available to minority tenants. Meanwhile, white guys, if you're even allowed to rent to them, still pay full price. You know, to make up for past discrimination, or slavery.
Because nothing can stand in the way of giving Obama's sycophants the right to
live wherever they desire, regardless of their ability to pay. It's all part
and parcel of the Equality Of Outcome worldview. From each according to his
ability, to each according to his needs.
The verdict on New Jersey is in, and it's time to get out while the getting is good.
The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's biannual Baker Tilly Spring Economic Outlook Survey brings grim news for the state's lagging employment prospects: Fourteen percent of those surveyed said they were currently considering moving their businesses out of New Jersey.
Ten of the 14 business leaders considering relocating their businesses blamed high taxes or high cost of living as their reason. Just four cited opportunities elsewhere.
Yay Chris Christie.
Old and busted: The Jersey Comeback.
New Hotness: Jersey says "come back!"
Of course, given it's a foregone conclusion that one of the two tax-hiking Steves (Sweeney or Fulop) will be governor in 2017, the stampede down the Turnpike is only going to get bigger, fast.
Will the last guy to leave please turn off the lights?
Remember last month when I said you should pay attention to the Supreme Court's affirmation of "disparate impact" lawsuits? You know, the racial grievance industry's statistical tool to "prove" discrimination and guarantee equality of outcome and big paydays for the reparations crowd?
And remember too when I noted that Obama voided every zoning law in America in his quest for affordable housing?
Well, here's how his grand redistributionist scheme is playing out. While we weren't looking, he took census data and built a humongous database to map the racial makeup of every city, town, neighborhood, and block in America. It shows exactly how many minorities live on your street.
A key part of President Obama's legacy will be the fed's unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of "racial and economic justice."
Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama's racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document "inequalities" between minorities and whites.
This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already is using to make "disparate impact" cases against: banks that don't make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks; cities that don't offer enough Section 8 and other low-income housing for minorities; and employers who turn down African-Americans for jobs due to criminal backgrounds.
Big Brother Barack wants the databases operational before he leaves office, and much of the data in them will be posted online.
So civil-rights attorneys and urban activist groups will be able to exploit them to show patterns of "racial disparities" and "segregation," even if no other evidence of discrimination exists.
In Obama's world, all white people are racists. And his goal is to take from the whites and give to the blacks. Because slavery. And Confederate flags. Or something.
I suppose at some point he'll make us white folks pin yellow stars on our shirts too.
The idea of homogenizing America is not new. It's one of those utopian fantasies bantered around in college faculty lounges on Friday nights after everybody's gotten just a little high.
Except, President Choom Gang now has the power, and the desire, to impose this racial spoils system across America.
As I recall, there once was another country that kept detailed records of every citizen's race. They moved people around too, although their goal was to prevent mixing of the races, and they locked up the "undesirables."
So imagine my lack of surprise when retired General Wesley Clark, a true nut who's politics are even farther to the left than Obama's, floated the idea of segregating "radicalized Americans" from the "normal community."
In an interview with MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts, retired U.S. Army Gen. Wesley Clark suggested segregating "radicalized" Americans from those who are loyal to the United States.
Clark said he believes our government needs to get "increasingly tough" in its treatment of "radicalized" Americans and should reexamine our domestic law procedures.
Now let's parse that statement: "Radicalized Americans" who are not "loyal." Ergo, Conservatives. As in people opposed to Obama. What this president and his supporters demand is loyalty to his regime. Opposition to Obama is de facto evidence of racism.
Really, that's how they think. Ask a liberal. She'll tell you.
And of course the way to stamp out racism is to impose quotas. Quotas in housing. Quotas in lending. Quotas in employment. Quotas in education. Quotas everywhere. That's what his database is for. Ensuring the proper quotas. Deviate from the preferred racial makeup, and yup, you're a racist. So Obama will impose quotas on you.
Quotas ensure equality of outcome. Or so I'm told. Quotas will make us all "equal," no matter what that freedom of assembly clause says. And if anyone doesn't feel "equal," he sues, and then he gets a check. Cha-ching! Equality!
This is your future America. Obeisance to the racial bean counters.
Of course sooner or later we'll end up like
Zimbabwe — no white people allowed. But hey, that's a small price
to pay for "equality," right?
The latest Fox News national poll finds another reshuffling in the race for the 2016 Republican nomination, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gets a post-announcement bump and businessman Donald Trump claims more of the spotlight.
Among Republican primary voters, Trump captures 18 percent. He's closely followed by Walker at 15 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 14 percent. No one else reaches double-digits.
Support for Trump is up seven percentage points since last month and up 14 points since May. He's also the candidate GOP primary voters say they are most interested in learning more about during the debates.
Now, you may not like Donald Trump. I'm certainly not a fan, for a whole host of reasons not having anything to do with his current populist rhetoric. But he's out there telling people what they want to hear. He's saying things that need to be said. He's resonating with a whole lot of voters.
And the establishment, on both sides of the aisle, is scared of that.
The GOP shouldn't be.
In fact, they should embrace Trump.
Ride his wave. Harness the energy he's unleashing, and direct it into a dagger aimed at the heart of the Obama - Clinton progressive juggernaut.
Democrat policies are failed policies. And right now Trump is highlighting one of their more spectacular failures — unfettered illegal immigration coupled with law-flouting "sanctuary" cities. It's a deadly combination, and Kate Steinle's murder is the straw that broke the camel's back.
The fact that San Francisco democrats are unrepentant, doubling down on their sanctuary policies while reflexively calling for more useless gun control laws, only serves to further highlight how out of touch they are with average Americans.
So instead of bashing Trump, somebody had better figure out how to get him and his followers on board their bus.
What I'm trying to make clear is that while Donald Trump's prospects of either winning the GOP nomination or becoming the next president approach zero, there are an awful lot of people out there who have proven open to voting for non-viable fringe candidates. And if Donald Trump were to run as a third-party candidate and get even half of Ross Perot's numbers, then it is difficult to see how any Republican nominee could beat any Democratic nominee in 2016.
So before we go any further, consider: Donald Trump--the Donald Trump--holds in his hands something like veto power over the Republican quest to win the White House. Sit with that for a moment.
There are only two reasonable conclusions to be drawn from the Trump Contingency: (1) Democracy doesn't work and we all need to get behind Sweet Meteor of Death 2016; or (2) To the extent that Trump is standing in front of any sort of movement, that movement needs to be co-opted, not vanquished, if Republicans want to have a chance of victory this cycle.
If you want option #2-and I understand if you prefer #1-then you have to start by figuring out what Trump is selling that attracts voters. And this doesn't seem like rocket science.
Indeed. Trump is selling the one issue that overwhelmingly resonates with GOP primary voters. Immigration.
In 2012, the entire Republican field was caught by surprise when it turned out that immigration was the defining issue of the primary campaign. Without anyone having noticed, immigration displaced abortion as the major litmus test for GOP candidates. And then, to show that 2012 wasn't an aberration, two years later an unknown, unfunded, econ professor bushwhacked Eric Cantor by 11 points in a Republican House primary in Virginia. His primary issue-indeed, just about his only issue-was immigration.
So Republican strategists (and their candidates) ought to understand that Republican voters care a lot about immigration. And yet, the attitude of the GOP establishment towards these folks seems to be, as Mickey Kaus jokes, they just "cling to their rage about immigration because they can't get what they really want: Low capital gains taxes."
To say that the GOP establishment is out of touch is an understatement.
They lost to The Worst President In History, twice.
And they're on track to lose to the Worst Secretary Of State Ever.
Unless they get off their rocking chairs and give the voters what we want.
Here's a hint. What we don't want is a xenophobic nut. We want a candidate who'll treat immigration like the serious issue that we believe it is. Which means doing 5 things:
1. Embrace the immigrant heritage of America.
2. Distinguish between legal and illegal immigration.
3. Make the case that the rule of law still means something, no matter what John Roberts says.
4. Articulate that whatever benefits immigration may have, it comes with costs, too, as we see in the murder of Kathryn Steinle.
5. Explain that the simple logic of labor markets suggests that whatever we ultimately decide to do about immigration policy, the time to liberalize immigration is not when the real unemployment rate is (at the very least) north of 10 percent. Because when you add workers to an existing surplus of labor, wages will go down. If the people at the Chamber of Commerce, Facebook, and the Democratic National Committee want to embiggen the labor pool, the least they could do is wait until the employment market tightens and labor shortages are a constraint on growth. To insist on amnesty now isn't just bad economics. It's rent seeking by powerful interests.
Instead of calling Trump "crazy," we need a candidate who'll co-opt Trump's message. Emphasize positive immigration reforms. Make Democrats defend their sanctuary cities and their eager willingness to ignore the rule of law.
Democrats own him. Democrats created him.
Right now Donald Trump is the only candidate speaking out against him.
That has to change. A better candidate could ride Trump's wave into the White House.
The GOP needs Donald Trump. More importantly, they need to find a way
to work with him, to keep him in the fold, to use him as an asset. Because an
awful lot of voters are fed up with politics as usual. So why not give them
what they want?
Pope Obama, and 3 liberal judges, know more about the Catholic religion than any old group of nuns. Or so they say.
Moments ago, in a departure from the U.S. Supreme Court's protection of the Little Sisters of the Poor last year, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the Little Sisters must comply with the government's HHS mandate. This mandate forces religious ministries to violate their faith or pay massive IRS penalties …
Today the Tenth Circuit ruled that government can force the Little Sisters to either violate their faith or pay massive IRS penalties. The court held that participating in the government's contraception delivery scheme is "as easy as obtaining a parade permit, filing a simple tax form, or registering to vote" and that although the Sisters sincerely believe that participating in the scheme "make[s] them complicit in the overall delivery scheme," the court "ultimately rejects the merits of this claim," because "the court believes the scheme relieves [the Little Sisters] from complicity."
Beating up on nuns. Obama is a real class act. He couldn't take "no" for any answer from SCOTUS. So he schemed and he schemed and he didn't sleep until he found a loophole he could use to force the sisters into compliance with his evil mandate.
And a religious order is destroyed. Elderly nuns, who only want to care for the sick, old, and forgotten among us, are sacrificed to the false god of Obamacare.
It takes a Big Man to squash a bunch of little old nuns.
What are you gonna do next Chief? Kick a dog? Punch a kid?
I wouldn't put it past him. Because exercising his absolute despotic power is his greatest pleasure. He gets off on pummeling his "enemies." I'm sure he's ecstatic over putting these nuns in their place. He'll probably make them kiss his ring too.
You'll note though that his enemies are not the enemies of America.
Nope. He makes common cause with our real enemies. Which, of course, is why he gave Iran the bomb. With Obamacare, he's at war with Christians, and Catholics in particular. With the bomb, Iran can wipe out the Jews. And maybe a few million Christians for good measure too.
And on that day, Obama will be happier than he's ever been.
How evil is Planned Parenthood?
Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood's senior director for medical services, is caught on video bragging about how she aborts babies in such a way that their body parts and organs can later be sold for profit.
"We've been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I'm not gonna crush that part," Nucatola tells actors posing as organ traffickers. "I'm gonna basically crush below, I'm gonna crush above, and I'm gonna see if I can get it all intact."
"I'd say a lot of people want liver," Nucatola continued. "And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they'll know where they're putting their forceps."
Dr. Mengele, please call your office.
They're murdering children to harvest their organs.
Try to wrap your mind around that.
Planned Parenthood is murdering children to harvest their organs.
That's what they mean by "pro-choice."
That's why they perform so many late-term abortions. Why they encourage women to have abortions. Why they vociferously advocate for unfettered access to abortion on demand.
They want the body parts.
Watch the video. And be prepared to recoil in horror.
This isn't the case of some outlier part-time staffer caught in a manufactured sting.
Dr. Deborah Nucatola is Planned Parenthood's senior director for medical services. A top executive in the national organization. Someone who sets policy. And her idea of a "medical service" is the harvesting of body parts for sale on the black market.
She teaches other doctors how to best kill a baby without damaging the most valuable organs.
And she brags about it.
Planned Parenthood is evil incarnate. And their enablers are firmly in the grasp of Satan himself.
Children are being murdered for their body parts. And meanwhile, our national outrage is directed at a flag.
I weep for civilization.
It's the tale of two Hillarys.
Some of you work too hard. You need government to save you from free enterprise.
And then some of you don't pay enough in taxes.
Left unanswered? How working less translates into more tax payments.
Oh, right, she's gonna tax the other guys.
Hillary's economic populism is a disjointed bunch of rubbish. She's trying to steal Bernie Sanders' thunder, but all she's accomplished is to make him look sane by comparison.
Here's the first part of her economic plan. Work less. Let government do more.
"Many Americans are making extra money renting out a spare room, designing websites, selling products they design themselves at home, or even driving their own car," she said, according to MarketWatch. "This 'on demand' or so-called 'gig economy' is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation, but it's also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future."
She cited the need for paid family leave, earned sick days, fair pay, and fair scheduling — all workplace protections that contractors don't receive.
Sit on your ass, light up a Camel, and collect welfare. It's what Hillary's government wants you to do.
Seriously. This is exactly the kind of thinking that kills good things.
"Oh, you.ve got something nice there. Seems to be working all right, but here, let me just add a few regulations for your own protection."
And the next thing you know, you.ve got a taxi commission. Or a board that dictates what you can do with your property.
Either way, it's all about less freedom and more government.
Yup. Hillary loves her some more government. Except the oversight part. She's really not a fan of that. I imagine that Inspectors General will become an endangered species in her administration.
Anyway, her second point involves how to pay for more government.
Can you guess she wants to raise taxes?
Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Monday took a giant step toward letting Democratic voters know she's representing the progressive agenda, calling for tax increases and more regulation on Wall Street -- while making a play for a liberal base that has been gravitating toward Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Clinton also vowed to increase taxes on large corporations and the country's highest wage-earners, an apparent effort to recapture her party's progressive base now captivated by surging primary challenger Sanders and the reformer agenda of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is not a 2016 candidate.
Clinton specifically vowed to revive efforts to institute the so-called Buffet Rule, which is essentially a 30 percent "millionaire tax."
"Those at the top have to pay their share," Clinton said during her roughly 35-minute speech at the New School, a New York City college and bastion for progressive ideals. "Wealthy financiers pay artificially low tax rates."
Speaking of wealthy financiers, how's Chelsea's husband doing these days?
Rumor has it he won't be paying anywhere near 30% in taxes!
Neither will the Clinton Foundation, aka Hillary and Bill's personal slush fund. See that's the thing with Hillary. She talks a good game. But she adamantly insists her rules don't apply to her.
In her world taxes are something people who are not named Clinton pay.
So let's recap Hillary's plan to save our economy.
Step 1: Regulate your new home business into the ground.
Step 2: If by some miracle step 1 doesn't kill you, tax you into oblivion.
Remember when America was the Land Of Opportunity?
Yeah, me neither.
Your town doesn't have enough black people.
Obama is going to fix that.
And if it means turning your neighborhood into a slum, well that's the price you gotta pay.
Citing "exclusionary zoning" HUD Secretary Julian Castro released Obama's totalitarian regulatory onslaught against suburbia. The goal? Uniformity in racial balance and housing quality for every town, city, hamlet, and village in America.
AFFH is easily one of President Obama's most radical initiatives, on a par with Obamacare in its transformative potential. In effect, AFFH gives the federal government a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike, and weakening or casting aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities, from zoning to transportation to education. Not only the policy but the political implications are immense — at the presidential, congressional, state, and local levels.
It doesn't matter what kind of neighborhood you want to live in.
Obama will dictate who moves in next door.
Obama will dictate what kind of house you'll be allowed to build.
Obama will dictate where you live, where you shop, where you work, and how you get around town.
It's the culmination of decades of "equality of outcome" nonsense spewed by the denizens of "fairness." Because it's "unfair" that someone who worked hard all his life has a nicer house than someone who is sliding by on Section 8 vouchers.
The Obama administration announced new rules on Wednesday that are meant to racially integrate America's neighborhoods but some conservatives claim are an attempt by Washington to play a heavy-handed role in creating "utopias."
The new HUD housing rule comes on the heels of a landmark Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed the federal agency's power to ban housing policies that hurt minorities.
The Fair Housing Act, which originally was passed in 1968 and barred racial discrimination, demanded the government end segregation.
The new rule takes this a step further and requires cities across the country to scrutinize their housing patterns for racial bias and report the results every three to five years. Communities would also have to set and track goals to further reduce segregation.
"Unfortunately, too many Americans find their dreams limited by where they come from, and a ZIP code should never determine a child's future," Julian Castro, the secretary of the department of Housing and Urban Development, said Wednesday in a written statement. "This important step will give local leaders the tools they need to provide all Americans with access to safe, affordable housing in communities that are rich with opportunity."
They couldn't wave their magic wands and make the inner cites safer and nicer. So they're going to force every town to look more like the inner cities. Only they're called "transit villages" now. High density housing. Designated retail locations. Bus and train depots. And no parking lots.
Sounds wonderful, right?
And if that's what you want, great. Go for it.
But America is not a communist central planner's blank canvas. Our towns and cities each have unique features that make them desirable to different groups of people. Homogenizing our living experiences will not bring us all closer together; it'll bring conflict and foster resentment since we'll lose control over how and where we live.
Or does no one remember what East Germany looked like before the Berlin Wall came down? Because that's Obama's vision for your town. Depressing, unappealing sameness, miles and miles of bleak utilitarian boxes, devoid of color and indistinguishable from any other corner, anywhere.
I don't want to live there.
Usually the quid pro quo isn't so blatant.
But Jamie Dimon doesn't do subtle.
Hot on the heels of his generous donation of $1 million dollars to Jersey City schools for "job training" he's in line to reap an $18 million dollar annual windfall in economic development tax breaks.
JPMorgan Chase is looking to move 2,150 jobs to Jersey City from New York, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The state Economic Development Authority is expected Thursday to consider granting the firm $18.8 million in tax credits annually over 10 years. JPMorgan received $225 million in tax credits last year to create 1,000 jobs in Jersey City and retain 2,612 existing jobs.
$18.8 million annually for 10 years makes for a total of $188 million bucks.
How's a nice tidy $187 million dollar profit on the backs of New Jersey's taxpayers sound to you?
Yeah, I'm pretty excited about it too.
Soon your doctor will be required to tell you how much your end-of-life care is going to cost. But please don't call it a "death panel."
Advocates for better end-of-life care expect Medicare to soon announce that it will start paying physicians for having advanced-care planning conversations with patients — reviving the widely misunderstood provision that gave rise to "death panel" fears and nearly sank the Affordable Care Act.
Spin, Politico, spin!
If it looks like a death panel, and it acts like a death panel, well, I'm gonna call it a death panel.
The new policy could be part of an annual Medicare physician payment rule, which could be released any day.
With an aging population and growing public awareness that high-tech interventions are often futile at the end of life, doctors have encouraged private insurers to cover advanced-care conversations. Some state Medicaid programs already do so.
Sorry Grandma, you're not worth it.
Oh, wait, I'm being "hysterical" again.
Such a policy shift would come six years after former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's wild charges of "death panels" triggered near-hysteria that bureaucrats might begin to withhold medical care from older Americans. Polls showed that the charges stuck, and the ongoing uproar in the summer of 2009 almost derailed Obamacare. The same fears have shadowed the law ever since.
Gee, I wonder why?
Oh, right, because cutting Medicare / Medicaid reimbursement rates is the one thing Obamacare has been good at doing. Except that doctors voted with their feet, leaving an acute shortage of physicians willing to play by Obamacare's rules.
So what do you do when there aren't enough doctors to go around?
You ration care!
How do you ration care?
By making old people feel guilty for "wasting" the doctor's time. They're just going to die anyway, why prolong their agony?
You've heard the push for assisted suicide — the humane choice! — to supposedly enable suffering patients to die with "dignity."
Now imagine how that'll play out in conjunction with discussions of costs for end-of-life care. Grandma has a duty to die, before she wastes precious resources that could be used for more important stuff like sex-change operations and free birth control.
Sure sounds like a death panel to me.
Oh, right, you thought Obama was trying to help the economy. Sorry to burst your bubble. Obama is doing everything possible to ensure Hillary gets elected president.
Just read between the lines.
And no, the population hasn't fallen to 1977 levels. Far from it.
So were did all those job-seekers go?
Into the arms of Big Government. They went on the dole and joined the Democratic Party. Because, as the saying goes, it's easier than getting a job.
All is proceeding according to George Soros' diabolical plan.
And no one is heeding the lesson of Greece. Least of all, Puerto Rico. Or, for that matter Chicago. Democrats nationwide continue on their tax-and-spend course, not caring that our spiraling national debt is unsustainable. Throw in the coming public pension tsunami, and oh, did you just lose your lunch?
Sorry about that. But the news, it is not rosy. Not today. And not tomorrow.
Climate alarmists say
the world is running out of water. I'd be worried, except we're going to
run out of Other People's Money first. And then the fun really starts.
At this point it's probably easier to list the Republicans who aren't running for president.
Four years late, and a few scandals later, Chris Christie finally decided he's got what it takes to beat Hillary Clinton. Because apparently he says what he means and he means what he says.
That's his official campaign slogan, anyway.
In Real Life he sends a somewhat more muddled message. Unless he actually kept that promise he made to lower my property taxes, and I'm just too stupid to see how he did it. Maybe I only imagine I'm paying more than ever each quarter.
Christie is very good at talking the talk. Heck, go back and read my posts about "Governor Awesome" from 4 or 5 years ago. Because yeah, I bought into his hype. Until he let me, and everyone else, down.
Is he a better governor than Jon Corzine was? Sure.
But that's kind of like saying one root canal is better than two.
Then again, he's not the worst person running. That distinction still belongs to Donald Trump. So, since someone asked me this morning, here's how I see ranking the 2016 field.
1. Ted Cruz
2. Marco Rubio
3. Rick Perry
4. Carly Fiorina
5. Bobby Jindal
6. Rand Paul
7. Chris Christie
8. Jeb Bush
9. Rick Santorum
10. Mike Huckabee
11. Lindsey Graham
12. George Pataki
13. Ben Carson
14. Donald Trump
If as expected Scott Walker jumps in, I'd slot him at #2 and bump everyone else down a notch. Word is that John Kasich is also going to declare (hey, why not make it an even 16!) in which case he'd fall between Jeb Bush and Rick Santorum.
Quite frankly though, the GOP needs to whittle this list down PDQ. Keep the top 3 (or 4 if Walker gets in) and relegate the rest to angling for VP or a cabinet slot. Too many candidates dilutes the message. And it lets the media play them against each other instead of contrasting them with the Hilldabeest. The last thing we need is a repeat of 2012's circular firing squad, er debates. By the time Mitt Romney emerged from that guantlet he was damaged goods, and we got stuck with 4 more years of Obamunism because of that.
So my dream ticket right now is Cruz / Fiorina. Ted Cruz embodies everything our Founding Fathers stood for, and he's not beholden to the GOP establishment. Carly fights, and she doesn't come off as a bully like Christie does.
What we need is for Reince Priebus or Mitt Romney to drag the other candidates
into a room and explain the facts of life to them. Get them out now for the good
of the country. Rally the party behind a team that can win. And then
go out there and win one for the Gipper.
The devil is having a good week. Hot on the heels of legalizing homosexual "marriage," today the evil one's lackeys on the Supreme Court blocked Texas from enforcing abortion clinic restrictions.
The Supreme Court refused on Monday to allow Texas to enforce restrictions that would force 10 abortion clinics to close.The justices voted 5-4 to grant an emergency appeal from the clinics after a federal appeals court upheld new regulations and refused to keep them on hold while the clinics appealed to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court order will remain in effect at least until the court decides whether to hear the clinics' appeal of the lower court ruling, not before the fall.
The court's decision to block the regulations is a strong indication that the justices will hear the full appeal, which could be the biggest abortion case at the Supreme Court in nearly 25 years.
If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign.
Can you guess that Anthony Kennedy was the fifth vote?
Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas would have allowed the state to move ahead with regulations requiring abortion facilities to be constructed like surgical centers. Doctors at all clinics also would be forced to have admitting privileges at a local hospital.
There are stricter regulations on tanning salons than on the charnal houses of Planned Parenthood. Texas tried to change that. The devil made sure they couldn't.
Please pray for the souls of the innocent children. And pray that the hearts
of their murderers will be turned away from the forces of darkness. A future
ruled by evil is no future at all.
The most activist Supreme Court in history just kicked it up a notch.
God help us, but same-sex "marriage" is now the law of the land.
Let me tell you how this is going to play out.
See what the progressive fascists are doing with the Confederate flag? See how they're erasing it from every nook and cranny of America? See the defacement of Confederate monuments? Hear the calls for censorship of classics like Gone With The Wind?
You ain't seen nothin' yet.
Because the rainbow-shirts are coming. And they're coming for us.
I figure the first church burning is only hours away.
Within days it'll be impossible to say the words "homosexual" and "sin" in the same sentence anywhere in America.
So let me say it here:
Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience
an exclusive or predominant sexual attraction toward persons of the same sex.
It has taken a great variety of forms through the centuries and in different
cultures. Its psychological genesis remains largely unexplained. Basing itself
on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity,
tradition has always declared that "homosexual acts are intrinsically
disordered." They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act
to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual
complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.
— Catechism of the Catholic Church
I guarantee that within the remainder of my lifetime making the above statement in public will be grounds for arrest. Because the homofascists will not stop until every last Christian is beaten into compliance.
The State of New York recently ordered a Christian couple to undergo re-education for the crime of opposing same-sex "marriage." Do you really think the Obama Administration will do anythlng less vile nationwide?
Lest you think me an alarmist, I give you an excerpt from the dissent:
"The majority graciously suggests that religious believers may continue to 'advocate' and 'teach' their views of marriage. The First Amendment guarantees, however, the freedom to 'exercise' religion. Ominously, that is not a word the majority uses."
The free exercise of religion is dead. One can no longer engage in commerce and uphold Christian morality. We must choose — penury, or sin.
Our forefathers came to these shores to escape religious persecution.
Today religious persecution has been enshrined as an official policy of the United States government.
May God have mercy on their souls.
Hey, if you're going to mangle the English language to keep Obamacare alive, why not stand the Declaration of Independence on its head too? All in a day's work for our black-robed poobahs as they socially re-engineer our republic.
The court upheld the validity of "disparate impact" lawsuits, in which statistical analysis is used to uncover supposedly unconscious racism.
The Supreme Court handed a surprising victory to the Obama administration and civil rights groups on Thursday when it upheld a key tool used for more than four decades to fight housing discrimination.
The justices ruled 5-4 that federal housing laws prohibit seemingly neutral practices that harm minorities, even without proof of intentional discrimination.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, often a swing vote, joined the court's four liberal members in upholding the use of so-called "disparate impact" cases.
Everybody's a racist! We've got the spreadsheets to prove it!
The ruling is a win for housing advocates who argued that the housing law allows challenges to race-neutral policies that have a negative impact on minority groups. The Justice Department has used disparate impact lawsuits to win more than $500 million in legal settlements from companies accused of bias against black and Hispanic customers.
In upholding the tactic, the Supreme Court preserved a legal strategy that has been used for more than 40 years to attack discrimination in zoning laws, occupancy rules, mortgage lending practices and insurance underwriting. Every federal appeals court to consider it has upheld the practice, though the Supreme Court had never previously taken it up.
Writing for the majority, Kennedy said that language in the housing law banning discrimination "because of race" includes disparate impact cases. He said such lawsuits allow plaintiffs "to counteract unconscious prejudices and disguised animus that escape easy classification" under traditional legal theories.
What's discrimination? Whatever Al Sharpton says it is!
It's a helluva way to run a railroad.
"In this way disparate-impact liability may prevent segregated housing patterns that might otherwise result from covert and illicit stereotyping," Kennedy said.
Does your neighborhood have enough black people? No? Pay up!
And then drag 'em in, kicking and screaming if you have to, or you'll keep paying up. Welcome to the race hustlers' biggest wet dream ever. Get ready for a cottage industry of roving social justice warriors rolling into towns across America with census data in tow. "Nice little neighborhood you got here, now pay us to keep quiet about your unconscious racism."
Instead of working for the American dream like our forefathers did, SCOTUS
has now established it as every minority resident's birthright. Equality
of Outcome is henceforth the law of the land. No one can have more than
his neighbor, because the disparate impact of your success is de facto
proof of your guilt. And the guilty must be punished.
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