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I have yet to actually meet a person who's been "helped" by Obamacare. And according to this report on the impact Dear Leader's socialist schemes are having on New Jersey's small businesses, I probably never will.
Kim Greene warned her small-business clients that 2014 would be ugly.
But not like this.
At the start of last month, renewal notices for health plans that take effect in January began arriving at her insurance brokerage, Name Benefits in Hillsborough. And as she opened each notice, it became apparent to her just how confusing, complex and, in many cases, costly health insurance will be for small businesses next year.
"Sixty-eight percent, 43 percent, 40 percent," Greene said as she read off the rate hikes that her small-employer clients are facing in 2014. "Wow, 70.33 percent."
"I've never seen anything like this," she said. "Before the (Affordable Care Act), the highest increase I saw was 47 percent, but it was an old plan with very rich benefits."
In my day job we got hit by Aetna with a 38% increase. Which we then traded for a craptacular Oxford plan that only jacked up our rates by 15%, mostly by limiting our doctor network to 2 Pakistani interns with a clinic in Paterson.
OK, I exaggerate, but only a little. Our doctor and hospital network is indeed significantly smaller, and Oxford provides zero out of network benefits. And before they pay Dime One, I have to meet a $1,500 deductible and a $4,000 out-of-pocket max. We used to call that "catastrophic coverage" and it came with a low price tag. Not any more.
These days the catastrophe is Obamacare.
Thanks Democrats! I like getting hosed! Really. It's the best part of my
otherwise boring life.
The Obama Administration plans to let wind farms sacrifice bald eagles on the altar of green energy.
The Obama administration is moving toward finalizing a rule that would give alternative energy farms a pass for killing bald and golden eagles for decades.
The rule by the Interior Department extends the length of the permits that allow farms to unintentionally kill the eagles without penalty from five to 30 years, according to department records.
The rule authorizes the "non-purposeful" killing of eagles, but also will require farms to implement certain guidelines to help with eagle conservation. The White House finalized its review of the rule Thursday, The Hill reports.
So let me get this straight. The bald eagle, that stately, gallant, and graceful symbol of American patriotism, a species specifically protected by federal law, is fair game so long as you're genuflecting to green energy?
Meanwhile, the Keystone XL pipeline languishes, its construction held up by a never-ending parade of econuts who are apopleptic over the possibility of temporarily disrupting a few square miles of swampland in the middle of nowhere.
But then again, a swamp doesn't symbolize everything Barack Obama detests
Courtesy of the indefatigable Robert Stacy McCain:
Obama has a web site that doesn't work and drones that kill people. Amazon has a functioning web site and drones that deliver gifts.— Robert Stacy McCain (@rsmccain) December 3, 2013
Because the Real Problem with Obamacare is that nobody has explained it to you yet. And apparently, it's Chris Christie's job to do that.
The Christie administration's failure to use $7.6 million in federal money to help explain Obamacare to New Jerseyans has left them confused about their options, a coalition of consumer groups said today.
"The governor continues to pass the ball. His passivity really is a problem for consumers. They're not hearing what they need to hear," said Maura Collinsgru, health policy advocate at New Jersey Citizen Action.
Christie's spokesman batted away the criticism, pointing to the governor's previously expressed disdain for the coalition's Democratic ties.
So let me get this straight. The Democrats touted this turkey from Day 1. Dear Leader's been talking about it non-stop for more than 3 years now. The Ministry of Propaganda (aka the Main Stream Media) shills for it at every opportunity.
But if someone still hasn't bothered to learn his options, that's Chris Christie's fault? Puh-lease.
Maybe if these ignorant multitudes had done their homework we wouldn't be in this mess right now. But they voted for Obama, and now they're whinging because all his promises turned to shit. The joke's on you suckers, next time try being informed before you vote.
And not for nothing, but Chris Christie has already told you all you need to know about Obamacare.
Clearly you weren't paying attention then either.
And Pravda is positively giddy that he's going back on the offensive.
President Obama leaves the White House on Wednesday for one of the capital's most struggling neighborhoods to talk about the economy, not simply to divert attention from his troubled Affordable Care Act but to explain how that law, for all of its flaws, fits into his vision for Americans' economic security and upward mobility.
"President Obama will discuss the twin challenges of growing income inequality and shrinking economic mobility and how they pose a fundamental threat to the American dream," the White House said in a statement.
He will describe "the steps he has taken to help reverse these trends, restore mobility and increase economic security for every American, including the economic benefits of the Affordable Care Act," the statement said.
Economic benefits? Like the higher premiums? Or the astronomical deductibles and co-pays?
Nah, the wealth transfer! That's what he's talkin' about. Robbing "the rich" to give to his sycophantic supporters. Why should they work when Obama will give them free stuff?
After being on the defensive for weeks about the health care program's malfunctioning website and his own faulty promises, Mr. Obama previewed his economic case for the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday in a White House appearance with 19 people identified as its beneficiaries.
"For too long, few things left working families more vulnerable to the anxieties and insecurities of today's economy than a broken health care system," he said. So we took up the fight because we believe that, in America, nobody should have to worry about going broke just because somebody in their family or they get sick."
Um, who broke the health care system? Obama! Who still hasn't fixed his fiasco? Obama! Who keeps pretending rainbows and unicorns fly out of his ass? Obama!
"Now that the website is working for the vast majority of people," Mr. Obama added, we need to make sure that folks refocus on what's at stake here, which is the capacity for you or your families to be able to have the security of decent health insurance at a reasonable cost through choice and competition on this marketplace, and tax credits that you may be eligible for that can save you hundreds of dollars in premium costs every month, potentially."
The website is "working?" ROFL.
Trust me, I'm an IT guy. If I tried to pass off that piece of crap as "working" I'd be out of a job.
And I know exactly what's "at stake" here. I get to pay higher premiums
and higher taxes; Obamabots get more free stuff. From each according
to his ability, to each according to his needs. Yay Socialism.
If you manage to get yourself through the signup phase of the New And Improved Healthcare.gov website you probably think you're home free.
Guess again. Your data, garbled it is.
Despite the Obama administration's claim that HealthCare.gov is "vastly improved," insurance companies are still grappling with error-riddled files fed to them from the flawed website. The lingering glitch could cause major problems weeks down the road, resulting in people thinking they've signed up when insurance companies have no record of them doing so.
These so-called "back-end" problems were largely glossed over when federal health officials confidently claimed over the weekend they had met their own goals for improving the website by Dec. 1.
Administration officials said early Sunday that they have fixed roughly 400 computer "bugs" and increased capacity so the site can now handle more than 800,000 users daily with an error rate of less than 1 percent. Jeff Zients, the official appointed to fix the ObamaCare site since its disastrous Oct. 1 rollout, said it is "night and day from what it was."
Um, 1% of 800,000 means 8,000 errors per day. Success!
But insurers continue to deal with the same set of problems that have shaken their confidence for weeks in the system they have to rely on to enroll new customers.
"Until the enrollment process is working from end-to-end, many consumers will not be able to enroll in coverage," Karen Ignagni, president of America's Health Insurance Plans, said in a statement.
She said "significant 'back-end' issues'" need to be addressed, and particularly the "ongoing problems" processing enrollment files known as "834 files."
These are forms that give insurance companies basic information about would-be customers.
But they've had problems for weeks. AHIP spokesman Robert Zirkelbach told FoxNews.com that companies are receiving duplicative and inaccurate forms, and "in some cases, plans are not getting the enrollment files at all."
Getting that fixed, he said, is "critical."
The New York Times reports that companies are getting flooded with phone calls from people who think they've signed up -- though they're not on record as having done so.
The ongoing problems mean that people who believe they have a health plan could be in for a surprise on Jan. 1.
Though the administration has given people until the end of March to sign up for coverage if they want to avoid a fine, coverage for many is supposed to start on Jan. 1. That leaves just 30 days to fix the remaining glitches.
"This is not a functioning website yet," James Capretta, senior fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center, told Fox News.
People are starting to notice these things. The Washington Post now calls it PotemkinCare.
"The Obama administration has not created a functioning Web site. Rather, it has erected a Potemkin village online — a facade that temporarily conceals the lack of architecture behind it. . . . The Web site provides the illusion of a working health-care exchange, but while it takes your information, there's no telling what it will do with it. . . . Ironically, the president was the one to point it out: Obamacare is more than a Web site. The Web site is a portal. Now that you can enter it, you expect to get the insurance you paid for? Silly you."
And, in the coup de grace, Obamacare website security is still non-existent.
"It doesn't appear that any security fixes were done at all," David Kennedy, CEO of the online security firm TrustedSec, told the Washington Free Beacon.
Kennedy said fundamental safeguards missing from Healthcare.gov that were identified by his company more than a month ago have yet to be put in place.
So, it's easier for hackers to steal your personal information than it is for Obamacare to successfully transfer that information to someone who can sell you an actual health insurance policy.
It's almost like they wanted this thing to fail. Because then, single
payer!. But before you libtards go all "yeah, that's the ticket" on me,
consider this. These asshats can't run a website. What makes you think they
can provide us with decent health care?
If you're an online retailer, New York State wants to tax you, no matter where you are. And the U.S. Supreme Court says they can.
The US Supreme Court upheld Monday New York state's law requiring Amazon to collect sales tax on items sold online, the latest decision in a long battle over ecommerce taxes.
The top US court dismissed without comment an appeal from Amazon and online retailer Overstock.com, after the New York state Court of Appeals ruled the tax constitutional in March.
The decision requires Amazon to collect and remit sales taxes for goods sold to residents of New York state, an important battleground over the question of taxes for online sales.
State governments and brick-and-mortar retailers have long argued that online retailers should be required to collect sales taxes, to avoid giving an unfair advantage to ecommerce sites.
Amazon and others have argued that the US constitution bars taxes on interstate commerce, and prior court decisions have held that etailers must collect sales taxes only in states where they have a physical presence.
"The world has changed dramatically in the last two decades, and it may be that the physical presence test is outdated," the state court opinion said.
It added that "active, in-state solicitation" establishes a presence in the state which requires the collection of sales taxes.
So, what's a "physical presence?" It used to be a building with your name on it. Now, SCOTUS says it's anyone who even tangentially works on your behalf. Like say, the mailman. Or a web site viewed in New York that displays your banner ad. Congratulations! Pixels are a "physical presence." Please make your check payable to Andrew Cuomo.
Sales tax is one of the most convoluted creatures ever conceived. Big guys like Amazon will easily handle all the nuances of every state, county, city, town, school district, and sewer authority's myriad tax rules. But the little guy trying to eke out a living on eBay? Yeah, he's toast.
And just wait until New York wants to audit you. They really won't care if you're in Idaho either. Taxation without representation, it's now The Law Of The Land.
What's that old saying about death and taxes? Because thanks to SCOTUS, taxes
are gonna be the death of us.
Because their main job appears to be giving your kids the education the billions of dollars we throw at the Abbott districts doesn't give them.
Essex County College President Gale Gibson is known to march from office to office with a poster-sized board under her arm.
With crushed corners and tears, the well-worn board makes one thing clear: ECC ranks at the bottom of New Jersey's 19 county colleges as far as graduation and retention rates.
Gibson — who was appointed interim college president in April and confirmed as president Oct. 15 by the board of trustees — has made boosting ECC's rank her top mission and has laid out an ambitious five-year plan.
"There's no place for Essex County College to go but up," Gibson said in an interview. "I see the college in a better place in five years and if it isn't I shouldn't be sitting in this chair. It cannot remain where it is right now."
The numbers on the ranking chart paint a stark picture: 5 percent of full-time ECC students who began in fall 2007 graduate within three years and just 46 percent of students who began in fall 2009 returned in fall 2010.
But inching up the rankings means overcoming major academic challenges — especially at a college where an alarming number of students arrive unprepared for college level work from Newark, East Orange, Irvington and nearby towns. About 90 percent of students take at least one remedial course and 80 percent of students enroll in at least two.
Newark receives more than $672 million of our tax dollars in education funding. East Orange garners $170 million, and Irvington gets $106 million. Add in $63 million for the City of Orange and that's more than a billion dollars a year to subsidize a public school system which graduates a crop of students who are utterly unprepared for the rigors of community college.
95 out of 100 kids who enroll in ECC fail to graduate.
Your Tax Dollars At Work. Or so the educrats would like you to believe.
You know, Mark Zuckerberg rode into Newark with a check for $100 million dollars and they gave him a parade. But the taxpayers of Essex County pony up ten times that much year after year and we don't get so much as a card saying "kiss my ass." And why not? Because if you question how the teachers union spends your money you're a racist. Or anti-teacher. Or an anti-teacher racist.
But to my mind, for a billion dollars a year those kids ought to be enrolling in Harvard instead of ECC's Remedial Reading for Rejects. Of course the educrats will disagree. They've got charts, and statistics, and studies, and excuses. Lots and lots of excuses.
But it all boils down to one thing. Send more money. Send lots and lots and
lots of money. Then send some more. Because all the money we've already dumped
into their toilets has worked out so well already, hasn't it?
Because the last two "electable" moderates did so well. Here comes Chris Christie to lead the 2016 primary pack.
Governor Christie's lead among potential GOP presidential candidates has grown, a new national poll released today found.
Twenty-four percent of voters surveyed in a CNN/ORC Poll said they would support Christie for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, that's up from 17 percent in a September survey.
Behind Christie is Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul with 13 percent, Wisconsin Sen. Paul Ryan with 11 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 10 percent, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio with 9 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry with 7 percent, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum each with 6 percent. Another 6 percent said they planned to vote for someone not listed, 2 percent said they don't support anyone and 6 percent said they had no opinion.
Yawn. It's far too early to get excited about these polls, except to note that
the media would love for Christie to get the nod. Wny? Because the same polls
inevitably also show the Hilldabeast trouncing Christie in a head-to-head
matchup. And we all know how much the media would love to see her in the
White House, with Lizzie "Faucahontas" Warren as Veep. So count on them to
push the Christie juggernaut for all it's worth, right up until he clinches
the nomination, then they'll turn on him like the rabidly partisan attack
dogs we all know they are.
They're still clinging to the "too much traffic will crash our New And Improved website" excuse. So sorry Obamabots, no Healthcare.gov for you this weekend!
White House officials are urging their own allies to avoid the ObamaCare website they've spent the last two months trying to repair.
The administration, ahead of its self-imposed Nov. 30 deadline for fixing HealthCare.gov, specifically is asking allied groups not to drive traffic to the site this weekend -- out of concern that a surge in users could crash the page. A White House official, who confirmed they made the request in a meeting earlier this week, said they want to first see how the website handles traffic before encouraging grassroots efforts to enroll more people.
That's Obama, lowering expectations since 2008!
Meanwhile, Organizing For Assholes, aka Dear Leader's Ministry Of Propaganda, is busy distributing pro-Obamacare talking points, and encouraging their Obamabot zombie army to pitch this turkey to their presumably rational family members over Thanksgiving dinner.
Because Obamabots are the voice of reason, or so Mooch's frantic fund-raising emails would lead you to believe. They've even got propagandized Thanksgivukkah cards! These guys have thought of everything. Except, you know, how to actually code a website.
Just repeat after me America. No matter how big your turkey is this
Thanksgiving, Obamacare is the biggest turkey of all. And since we're
mixing metaphors, when the inevitable Obot cousin pipes up with her
paean to bureaucratic ineptitude, remind her that Dear Leader himself
is asking folks to lay low for a few more weeks, and finish with "put
a fork in it Toots, Obamacare is done."
NJ Blue Cross and Blue Shield isn't buying what Obama is shoveling. They're not willing to deal with the uncertainty of keeping what he calls a "crummy" health plan around for another year, even if he wants them to.
So another 90,000 New Jerseyans are getting booted off their affordable Basic And Essential health plans and into the nightmare of Obamacare.
Ninety thousand New Jersey residents next year will lose their low-cost bare-bones health plans issued by the state's largest insurer — forcing them to purchase new Obamacare policies, possibly with subsidies, or pay a fine.
The announcement by Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey came just 90 minutes after Governor Christie said he would leave the decision about whether to renew all kinds of canceled health policies to the insurers, which President Obama said earlier this month they could do with state approval.
Calling the Affordable Care Act "a mess," Christie said, "New Jersey has decided to let the free market dictate the way forward."
The most popular type of coverage for people who buy their own insurance — a so-called basic and essential plan — would have to be redesigned to do away with its $600 annual limit on preventive care, $700 limit on visits to doctors for illness and $500 limit on outpatient testing, according to the state Insurance Department.
Such a redesigned plan "would cost substantially more," Horizon said in a statement. We do not consider that a viable option for our individual members."
Who buys B&E plans? Young, healthy people, who don't require a lot of medical attention. Who does Obama need to subsidize all the sick, elderly folks signing up for Obamacare? Young, healthy people!
Welcome to Wealth Transfer on an astronomical scale.
Or as the Obamunists describe it, From each according to his abilities, to
each according to his needs.
It's Smart Diplomacy™, the Muslim-in-Chief way. Taking a page out of progressive nutjob Bill de Blasio's playbook, Barack Obama is distancing the U.S. from any diplomatic contact with Pope Francis and The Vatican, by moving our ambassador to a closet in the Italian Embassy.
The Obama administration is going to close the US Embassy at The Holy See and move the offices over to the US Italian Embassy.
The administration says the Vatican office is unsafe.
It's unsafe. Really. That's their excuse.
Unsafe for those in the grip of devil, that's for sure. Being in the presence of so much holiness must be unnerving for Obama's heathen hordes, because they can't really walk around in their "I had an abortion" T-shirts like they do at the White House.
But unsafe as in "insecure?" Gimme a break.
As a part of the security reviews that followed the attacks on our embassy in Benghazi last year, State Department officials are now claiming that the current U.S. Embassy to the Holy See is no longer safe.
Oh brother. And we can't possibly make it safe, now can we. Nope. Gotta shut it down, and if that pokes a stick in that Francis feller's eye, well that's just icing on the cake, now isn't it. After all, who does he think he is, acting all Catholic by tellin' us enlightened progressives we shouldn't force nuns to pay for birth control. We'll show him!
This afternoon I spoke with former Vatican Ambassador James Nicholson. He wanted me to tell CV readers:
"It's another manifestation of the antipathy of this administration both to Catholics and to the Vatican — and to Christians in the Middle East. This is a key post for intermediation in so many sovereignties but particularly in the Middle East. This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence.
"The State Department has for a long time wanted to do this. It came up when I was an ambassador. I explained the folly of this and it went away. But now they seem determined to do this. The perception is [with this action] that the United States is showing a lack of appreciation for the relevance of its diplomatic partner in the Vatican."
Diplomatic relations between the United States and the Holy See suffered for generations because of rampant anti-Catholicism in our country. It took until 1984, twenty-four years after the election of a Catholic president, for President Ronald Reagan to officially create the first United States Ambassador to the Holy See.
And of course Obama is determined to undo every single one of President Reagan's accomplishments. Reagan stood up to Iran; Obama is kissing their ass. How did Iran celebrate his appeasement? By chanting "Death To America!" at the site of our former embassy in Tehran. Wanna bet Obama plans to reopen that embassy? "Safety" be damned?
This president is inexorably moving the United States into alignment with the Muslim world and away from our traditional allies like England and Israel. And now he's sending a clear message to the world's Catholics — submit.
The fundamental transformation of America continues…
May Almighty God have mercy on our souls.
Caliph Barack I doesn't like Republicans.
President Barack Obama sounded a nostalgic personal note Sunday night and offered a rare self-assessment while criticizing congressional Republicans as an "impediment" to governing during the start of a West Coast fundraising tour for the Democratic Party.
I think he means impediment to "dictating," not governing. And I'm damn glad to do it! Because someone has to try and stop this Marxist Muslim madman from destroying our great nation.
And get a load of his "rare self-assessment."
"I'm not a particularly ideological person," he said, adding he still is passionate about giving people a fair shake, about the environment, and working for peace and national security. "But I'm pretty pragmatic about how we get there."
Wait, he's not "ideological?"
Have you ever read anything funnier in your life? No? Me neither!
Obama is the embodiment of radical progressive ideology. He spends every waking minute waging class warfare while demagoguing anyone who disagrees with him. His administration lives for "payback" against their perceived enemies. He refuses to compromise. He refuses to negotiate with Republicans, while giving away the store to our enemies. He hates everything the Founding Fathers believed in, because he worships at the feet of Jeremiah "God Damn America" Wright while lapping up the rantings of domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. His ultimate goal is no less than the destruction of Judeo-Christian Western Civilization.
So yeah, I'm damn proud to impede this president. And his ignorant sycophants. Every chance I get. Because I'm a patriot. And because America is bigger than any pissant little narcissist.
They say "social justice," I say "theft."
Irvington, NJ plans to seize mortgage contracts via eminent domain. Not houses. Not land. Investments. Investments they've decided are "overvalued." So they're gonna force the bank to take a haircut. At the point of a gun.
Like I said, theft. Here's how it'll work.
Irvington is the second municipality in the country to declare its intent to use eminent domain to purchase homes in foreclosure, behind Richmond, Calif. Support for the tactic is gaining traction nationwide in municipalities besieged by foreclosures. Irvington's neighbor Newark, as well as Brockton, Mass., Chicago, and Yonkers, N.Y., have floated or are studying the idea.
But the practice, which gives municipalities the power to circumvent mortgage contracts, acquire loans from bondholders, write them down and give them back to the bondholders, is controversial. It has drawn zealous opposition from Wall Street, real estate groups and some in Washington.
According to Cornell University law professor Robert C. Hockett, who helped devise the plan, eminent domain works because only government has the power to forcibly sidestep mortgage contracts.
The eminent domain plans focus on so-called private label security mortgages, or ones that are not backed by the U.S. government. And that worries some who believe the use of eminent domain could cause investors not to put money in mortgage-backed securities.
"By investing in this type of security, you risk the potential that a municipality, without anything you have control over, says, 'It's OK to take that contract and give it a substantial haircut.' That's the risk you take? It's unquantifiable," said Tim Cameron, managing director and head of SIFMA's asset management group. The group represents security firms, banks and asset managers.
Cameron said that the financial industry wonders if eminent domain could be a slippery slope and that it penalizes people who save and invest.
"Where do you stop?" he asked. "If we do it with homes, why couldn't we do it with credit cards?"
Of course it penalizes people who save and invest. And it penalizes schmucks like me who pay their bills. But it rewards deadbeats, and deadbeats vote Democrat, so there's that.
And the government of Yonkers, NY is interested too.
Chuck Lesnick, president of the Yonkers City Council, said it wants to use eminent domain. Lesnick said he's been talking with other officials elsewhere about the proposal.
"It's really an example of paying Peter without robbing Paul," Lesnick said. "We're allowing people to remain in their homes because of a government action, and it's not costing taxpayers any money."
Got that? He's paying Peter without robbing Paul. But robbing Tim? These guys don't give a shit about Tim. He's the banker. He's rich. This is Social Justice. People deserve to keep the houses they can't actually pay for.
It's mind-boggling to me. They're rewarding deadbeats. Government is supposed to ensure everyone is treated fairly in commerce. That means no free rides, and no rewriting the rules on-the-fly. But here comes Irvington, where instead of forcing people to honor the contracts they signed Big Government is arbitrarily gonna give 'em a mulligan.
You'd have to be an idiot not to rush on out and buy the biggest, baddest, most expensive house you can find. Who cares if you can't pay it back? The government will simply tell those mean bankers to cut your debt down to whatever pittance you decide you're willing to pay. And voila! You get a free house. And the do-gooders get to pat themselves on the back.
Meanwhile, all semblance of order and consistency in lending and investing is destroyed. And since bankers aren't stupid, they'll soon decide to never again lend money in Irvington. Not for houses. Not for cars. Not for furniture or big screen TVs. Why should they? There's no upside, and there's always the spectre of being completely wiped out at the stroke of some bureaucrat's pen.
Seizing mortgages is tyranny. And rewarding irresponsibility is a sure-fire
path to anarchy. America, we are doomed.
Anyone here remember a guy who ran for president and promised to get us out of Afghanistan? You know, something about undoing all the damage wrought by that evil warmonger Bush? It was in all the papers.
Anyway, yesterday President Dronekiller released the specifics of his new security agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and darn if it doesn't keep U.S. troops in harm's way until after 2024.
You read that right, Two Thousand Twenty Four.
If a draft agreement between the Obama administration and President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan is finalized, U.S. troops will remain in that country indefinitely — instead of being withdrawn at the end of 2014, as the administration has said.
This is a confession of failure. America's longest war is nowhere near its end.
This Agreement shall enter into force on January 1, 2015.… It shall remain in force until the end of 2024 and beyond, unless terminated pursuant to paragraph 4 of this Article [requiring two years written notice]. [Emphasis added.]
Under the proposed agreement, the U.S. government would continue to train, arm, and assist the Afghan military. "In addition," the unsigned document continues, "the Parties acknowledge that continued U.S. military operations to defeat al-Qaeda and its affiliates may be appropriate and agree to continue their close cooperation and coordination toward that end."
Oh, and we (ie, the taxpayers) get to keep picking up the tab for the Afghan army too. Because otherwise they might start to hate us, or something.
The only conclusion I can make is, that Obama fellow really likes war. Well, except when he has to use it to protect Americans.
Curiously though, all those anti-war demonstrators who came out against Bush aren't protesting Obama's endless wars. I'm sure there's a rational explanation for that. Oh, right, they're just a bunch of partisan tools.
Barack Obama, the first guy to adorn himself with a Nobel Peace Prize while
perpetually waging war. Yes Toto, we definitely aren't in Kansas anymore.
Dear Leader is making up the rules as he goes along, because, it's good to be king! And because it'll probably help Democrats retain control of the Senate. Nevermind that the law says "October 15th," November 15th it is!
The Obama administration plans to delay the start of next year's ObamaCare enrollment period, a move pitched as a way to give consumers and insurance companies more time to study their options -- but which also conveniently pushes the second round of enrollment past the 2014 midterm elections.
A Department of Health and Human Services official confirmed the change to Fox News. The decision does not affect those trying to enroll this year, despite the myriad problems with the launch of the law and HealthCare.gov. Rather, it affects those who will sign up late next year for 2015 coverage.
The administration will allow consumers to start signing up on Nov. 15, 2014, as opposed to Oct. 15. Enrollment will last until Jan. 15, 2015, instead of Dec. 7.
Their transparently ridiculous motivation? To give us "more time" to evaluate our options. As if an entire year isn't enough time, but one more month is!
"This change is good news for consumers, who will have more time to learn about plans before enrolling and an open enrollment period that's a week longer."
With new regulations set to ban more policies and the prospect of millions of Americans being dumped from their employer-based health insurance, next fall promises to be a painful season for ObamaCare implementation. But by delaying the start of the enrollment season, the White House may be able to push some of the outrage past Election Day and perhaps spare vulnerable Democrats.
How does Obamacare lower your insurance costs? By severely limiting your health care provider choices!
As Americans have begun shopping for health plans on the insurance exchanges, they are discovering that insurers are restricting their choice of doctors and hospitals in order to keep costs low, and that many of the plans exclude top-rated hospitals.
The Obama administration made it a priority to keep down the cost of insurance on the exchanges, the online marketplaces that are central to the Affordable Care Act. But one way that insurers have been able to offer lower rates is by creating networks that are far smaller than what most Americans are accustomed to.
The decisions have provoked a backlash. In one closely watched case, Seattle Children's Hospital has filed suit against Washington's insurance commissioner after a number of insurers kept it out of their provider networks. "It is unprecedented in our market to have major insurance plans exclude Seattle Children's," said Sandy Melzer, senior vice president.
The result, some argue, is a two-tiered system of health care: Many of the people who buy health plans on the exchanges have fewer hospitals and doctors to choose from than those with coverage through their employers.
A number of the nation's top hospitals — including the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and children's hospitals in Seattle, Houston and St. Louis — are cut out of most plans sold on the exchange.
In most cases, the decision was about the cost of care.
But don't worry America. That "two-tier" thing is only temporary. Soon nobody will be able to keep their doctor, because next year is when those employer-sponsored plans get deep-sixed by Obamacare's rules.
A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall -- right before the mid-term elections.
The next round of cancellations and premium hikes is expected to hit employees, particularly of small businesses. While the administration has tried to downplay the cancellation notices hitting policyholders on the individual market by noting they represent a relatively small fraction of the population, the swath of people who will be affected by the shakeup in employer-sponsored coverage will be much broader.
An analysis by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, shows the administration anticipates half to two-thirds of small businesses would have policies canceled or be compelled to send workers onto the ObamaCare exchanges. They predict up to 100 million small and large business policies could be canceled next year.
Hmm. 100 million very pissed-off people, mad-as-hell in fact, facing uncertainty in their health care situation, and walking into a voting booth for the 2014 mid-term elections. Yeah, that's a recipe for Democratic Party electoral success.
And gee, that vile snake Dingy Harry Reid just eliminated the Senate filibuster, because appointing a few second-tier Marxists to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals is more important than respecting 200+ years of decorum and tradition.
So OK, you guys want nuclear? I've got nuclear.
When Mitch McConnell becomes Majority Leader and declares that only 51 votes are required to repeal Obamacare, or overturn Roe v. Wade, well, I don't want to hear Peep One from any of you libtards lurking in the WyBlog shadows.
And after that? We move on to the
Real Fun. Because that's what happens when you repeatedly and purposefully
lie to the American people. Sorry Barry, if you like your job, you
can't keep your job.
Earlier this month a judge ordered Jon Corzine to make 100% restitution to MF Global's clients. But Corzine has other ideas, and he's appealing the ruling.
Jon Corzine and other ex-managers of bankrupt MF Global Inc. are appealing a court ruling calling for 100 percent repayment of customers of the failed brokerage, they said in court papers.
A notice of appeal was filed yesterday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan by Corzine, the ex-New Jersey governor and onetime Goldman Sachs Group co-chairman, and by managers targeted in a lawsuit including senior executives Bradley Abelow and Henri Steenkamp. They are challenging a Nov. 5 ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Martin Glenn that would allow all missing customer funds to be returned by the end of the year.
Corzine and other parties previously objected to the distributions, saying in past court papers that they would allow the trustee for customers, James Giddens, to improperly assign funds that could be part of the general creditors' estate.
The distributions require the court to find that there is a shortfall in the customers' estate of at least $632 million, and advance funds from the general estate of $233 million, according to court papers.
James Kobak, a lawyer for Giddens, said in the Nov. 5 hearing that there is only $837 million in the general estate, and he hopes the amount will be "fortified" by further recoveries. The only potential source of more recoveries is a lawsuit against Corzine and the other managers brought by customers who claim mismanagement led to the company's downfall.
Translation: Jon Corzine doesn't want to repay the folks his firm ripped off.
He still refuses to accept responsibility.
Which, of course, makes him Just Another Typical Democrat.
Government of the people, by the people, and for the people has in fact perished from the Earth.
The Census Bureau "faked" their 2012 election jobs report. Why? To re-elect Obama, that's why. It's what I predicted when Obama subsumed the census under the auspices of his partisan White House cronies. And of course I was right.
The IRS launched a full-frontal assault on Tea Party and other Conservative groups, and kept them out of the 2012 election. Why? To re-elect Obama, that's why. They're unionized public employees, and the public employee unions are wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Democratic Party.
The DOJ continues to defy the Supreme Court's invalidation of their interference in Texas elections. Why? To elect more Democrats in Texas, that's why. They want to turn Texas "blue," and they'll stop at nothing to achieve that goal.
The Secretary of Education chastized "white suburban moms" who dared to question Common Core. Why? To inflame racial tensions, that's why. Angry Blacks are motivated to keep voting Democrat, and the Democrats are currently in deep doo-doo over the Obamacare fiasco. Ergo, they need those votes to hang to their Senate majority in 2014.
The Federal Reserve cares not one whit about saving and investment, it serves only one master, you guessed it, The Democratic Party. And they're driving our economy right over the Weimar cliff, because printing money and passing it out like candy to subservient voters is easier than building a foundation for strong markets and vibrant commerce.
The sad truth is that our government no longer represents "we the people." It marches to the tune of one particular political party: The Democratic Party. And thus we can no longer trust it. Because they are not acting on behalf of all Americans; nay, they are consumed with only one ideal — power — and every action they take is weighed as to how it will benefit the Democratic Party.
Of course, my liberal friends see this trend as a Good Thing.
In the end they'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please.
God save us from the "hegemonic uniformity" of the "one line of thought", "fruit of the spirit of the world that negotiates everything", even the faith. This was Pope Francis' prayer during mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, commenting on a passage from the Book of Maccabees, in which the leaders of the people do not want Israel to be isolated from other nations, and so abandon their traditions to negotiate with the king.
They go to "negotiate" and are excited about it. It is as if they said "we are progressives; let's follow progress like everyone else does." As reported by Vatican Radio, the Pope noted that this is the "spirit of adolescent progressivism" according to which "any move forward and any choice is better than remaining within the routine of fidelity." These people, therefore, negotiate "loyalty to God who is always faithful" with the king. "This is called apostasy", "adultery." They are, in fact, negotiating their values, "negotiating the very essence of being faithful to the Lord."
"And this is a contradiction: we do not negotiate values, but faithfulness. And this is the fruit of the devil, the prince of this world, who leads us forward with the spirit of worldliness. And then there are the direct consequences. They accepted the habits of the pagan, then a further step: the king wrote to his whole kingdom that all should be one people, and everyone would abandon their customs. A globalizing conformity of all nations is not beautiful, rather, each with own customs but united, but it is the hegemonic uniformity of globalization, the single line of thought. And this single line of thought is the result of worldliness."
Progressivism replaces God with The State, and Jesus with the state's sovereign. But the state is a false god, because in order to give to one, the state must take from another. Yet God gives freely to all.
American (small-c) catholics who are in bed with the state will not like hearing
these truths. But His Holiness speaks truth nonetheless.
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