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  • HHS Admits Nearly $5 Million Spent on Implementation of CLASS Act Prior to Abandoning Program

    10/26/2011 1:24:22 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    John Thune ^ | 10/26/11 | John Thune
    WASHINGTON, D.C.--Senator John Thune today criticized the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) admission at a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing that the Obama Administration has spent "just under $5 million" on the implementation of Obamacare's failed Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. The CLASS implementation figure cited today is more than twice the $2.2 million figure HHS claimed had been spent in a letter to Thune in August, just three months ago. "After ignoring repeated warnings from budget experts and Congressional Republicans, HHS still spent nearly $5 million of taxpayers' hard-earned money to implement...
  • BREAKING!! Obama's HHS ends controversial program in health reform law (Obamacare dying)

    10/14/2011 1:29:43 PM PDT · by milwguy · 130 replies
    the hill ^ | 10/14/2011 | sam baker
    The Obama administration will not implement a controversial piece of the healthcare reform law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Friday. Sebelius said the department will not continue trying to implement the CLASS program, which was intended to provide insurance for long-term care. Republicans charged that the program’s financial structure was unsustainable, and Sebelius conceded as much Friday. “We have not identified a way to make CLASS work at this time,” she wrote on the Huffington Post's website. Sebelius said HHS will “suspend” implementation of the program. The department recently reassigned the people it had placed in the...
  • Obama: "I'm A Warrior For The Middle Class" (Barfus Maximus)

    09/22/2011 3:10:07 PM PDT · by Nachum · 76 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 9/22/11 | staff
    "Now the Republicans, you know when I, I talked about this earlier in the week. They said 'well, this is class warfare.' You know what? If asking a billionaire to pay their fair of taxes. To pay the same tax rate as a plumber or a teacher is class warfare, then you know what? I, I, I, I, I'm, I'm a warrior for the middle class. I'm happy to fight for the middle class," President Obama said at the Brent Spence Bridge in Cincinnati, OH.
  • GOP lawmakers seek answers from Sebelius regarding CLASS Act

    09/22/2011 9:08:08 AM PDT · by Nachum · 3 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 9/22/11 | Tina Korbe
    Last week, a report from a Republican working group revealed that administration officials, in the rush to pass Obamacare, ignored internal warnings from government experts about the fiscal sustainability of a long-term care insurance entitlement program included in the health reform law. Throughout the health care debate, officials within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as the Health and Human Services Department, repeatedly warned that the CLASS Act would be a fiscal disaster. Yet, the final version of Obamacare not only included the CLASS Act; it even counted CLASS as a cost-saving measure. Now, the Republicans behind...
  • Obama Takes Class Warfare To The Next Level With The "Buffet Rule" And A New "Millionaire Tax"

    09/17/2011 10:20:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/17/11 | Tyler Durden
    In his increasingly desperate attempts to pander to a population that has by now entirely given up on the hope, and barely has any change left, Obama is going for broke (or technically the reverse) by setting the class warfare bar just that little bit higher. This time around, his targets are millionaires, who according to the NYT are about to see their taxes soar. Or not: nobody really knows if the proposed "Buffett Rule", affectionately known for crony communist #1, will impact just millionaires income tax, which incidentally is the same as what everyone else is paying, or, far...
  • Are we leaving gifted students behind?

    09/06/2011 11:44:40 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 29 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 31, 2011 | Stacy Teicher Khadaroo,
    Ian McKeachie is a freckled 15-year-old who "drifted along" in elementary school. Not because he didn't love to learn or because it wasn't a good school, but because he mastered new concepts so quickly that the classroom work presented no challenge. "My teachers would usually use me as a tutor for the other kids," he says, "so I was engaged in school, just not in a way that had me learning."
  • Feminist summer school: training the new generation of 'suffragettes'

    08/14/2011 2:48:23 PM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 14 replies
    (And you wonder why Britain is in trouble ....) After just one day of classes at her summer school of choice, Emily Birkenshaw had already learned a crucial lesson: how to "go floppy" when facing arrest. "You're heavier then, so you can't be carried," she said, with the genuine delight of a new recruit. The 24-year-old been practising by linking arms with her classmates and singing loudly at a pretend policeman. "It just felt really empowering," she said. "If that happened [in real life] – and I hope it wouldn't – I'd know how to do it without getting hurt."...
  • London riots: China raises questions over safety of 2012 Olympic Games

    08/09/2011 8:23:48 AM PDT · by AfricanChristian · 29 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Peter Forster
    Questions are also being raised questions over whether London could be trusted to stage a safe Olympic Games. After months during which China has bridled over western lectures about its fierce crackdown on dissent in the wake of the Arab Spring uprisings, the country's official media reported on the shaming scenes in Britain with a mixture of shock and schadenfreude. "The West have been talking about supporting internet freedom, and oppose other countries' government to control this kind of websites, now we can say they are tasting the bitter fruit [of their complacency] and they can't complain about it," wrote...
  • The Biggest Middle Class Tax Increase In History Will Come In Five Months

    08/02/2011 1:41:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Business, Insider ^ | 8/2/11 | Bruce Krasting
    There is one aspect of the final debt deal from DC that took me by surprise. I was convinced the 2% reduction in payroll taxes would be extended through 2012. On July 12th I wrote about this and got it completely wrong. Not only did I think there would be a one year extension of the existing holiday; I forecast that the subsidy would actually be increased.
  • I'm sick of the shared sacrifice charade

    07/07/2011 7:38:12 AM PDT · by Marathoner · 28 replies
    Nealz Nuse ^ | 7/7/2011 | Neal Boortz
    Do you notice how the Democrats are cranking up the class warfare rhetoric? The ObamaMedia, of course, is loving it, and they’ve shown their eagerness to promote the message right into the election. Just know this … the media – with exceptions of course – is dedicated to the reelection of The Community Organizer. The only real tactical question is just how obvious they are going to be about it. The dumb masses must be reeled in --- so let’s not make it too obvious. Actually … it looks like the dumb masses have already been reeled in. I cited...
  • We Can Do Better

    06/16/2011 5:59:11 AM PDT · by radioone · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6-16-11 | Jeffrey Folks
    In its most recent report, Blue Chip Economic Indicators predicted that the nation's unemployment rate would fall to 8% by the end of 2012. That might seem like good news, considering the fact that unemployment now stands at 9.1%. But it is not good news for the President. Barring some cataclysmic event ("wag the dog") that would rally the country behind him, Obama's reelection rests on the health of the economy and especially on employment. The problem for this President is that unemployment rates during the second and third quarters of 2012, when undecided voters will make up their minds,...
  • America's Ruling Class-And the perils of a Revolution (the FOX allstars should read this)

    05/21/2011 3:37:47 AM PDT · by personalaccts · 26 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | July-August 2010 | Angelo Codevilla
    America's Ruling Class-And the perils of a Revolution Angelo Codevilla As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not...
  • The Students with Bush on 9/11: The Interrupted Reading

    05/04/2011 10:43:08 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 4 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 1 hr 9 mins ago | By TIM PADGETT
    There has rarely been a starker juxtaposition of evil and innocence than the moment President George W. Bush received the news about 9/11 while reading The Pet Goat with second-graders in Sarasota, Fla. Seven-year-olds can't understand what Islamic terrorism is all about. But they know when an adult's face is telling them something is wrong - and none of the students sitting in Sandra Kay Daniels' class at Emma E. Booker Elementary School that morning can forget the devastating change in Bush's expression when White House chief of staff Andrew Card whispered the terrible news of the al-Qaeda attack. Lazaro...
  • Obama’s Message Tonight? “Eat The Rich”….And I Will Get Re-Elected

    04/13/2011 9:02:21 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 17 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-13-11 | Curt
    A glimpse of tonight's speech by Obama: President Barack Obama will call tomorrow for a combination of reductions in entitlement spending and tax increases on higher-income Americans to address long-term fiscal debt while drawing a sharp contrast with the Republican alternative proposed by Representative Paul Ryan, according to a person familiar with the plan. This speech is just more evidence of the Marxist nature of our President. He will bandy about words such as "shared sacrifice" and "fairness" but in Obama's world shared sacrifice means you turn over more and more of YOUR labor and wealth to the government...
  • The social crisis of the working class

    04/13/2011 2:39:33 AM PDT · by Scanian · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | April 12, 2011 | Rich Lowry
    The size of government threatens the American way of life as we know it. The solution is straightforward -- cut government. A vibrant grassroots movement insists that it happen, and Washington is lousy with rival plans for how to go about it. The social threat to the American way of life is as dire, if not more so. But it is more insidious, and more complicated. No grassroots movement has mobilized against it, and no high-profile bipartisan commission is suggesting remedies. Yet it proceeds apace, all but ignored except in the lives of Americans. Among those trying to sound the...
  • Arrogance Incarnate – Obama and his union friends…

    04/05/2011 7:09:15 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-05-11 | Vince
    Life not fair. Nor for that matter is it unfair. It simply is. It’s not fair or unfair that the lion feasts on the slowest zebra or that the penguin who leaps into the ocean at just the wrong moment becomes dinner for an Orca. Life is life… fair doesn’t come into play. Fair is a fundamentally human concept that is defined by a lack of preference or favoritism and or injustice. Despite its subjective nature, fairness is a word that the left loves to bring to what should be an objective realm, politics. It’s not fair that CEOs...
  • What Class Are YOU? (Courtesy of PBS indoctrination)

    03/10/2011 8:11:32 PM PST · by RushIsMyTeddyBear · 44 replies
    PBS ^ | 3/10/2011 | me
    Lawdy.
  • Robert Reich Calls for Class War

    03/05/2011 6:10:25 AM PST · by Son House · 23 replies
    Rush Limbaugh Show ^ | March 2, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Robert B. Reichhhh, you've got to hear this. Robert B. Reichhhh was on NBC live last night with the anchor Cenk Uygur, and he spoke with Reich, and Cenk Uygur said, "This isn't just about let's get the money from the rich because that's where it is and they've accumulated all the wealth up at the top. It also makes sense for the rich if we had more equal distribution of income because of the effect it would have on the middle class. Tell us about that, why do you think [it's better to redistribute the wealth?] Now if...
  • The Means of Coercion The privileged are revolting in Wisconsin

    02/23/2011 12:03:47 PM PST · by bigbob · 17 replies
    WSJ Best of the Web ^ | 2-23-11 | JAMES TARANTO
    To make sense of what's going on in Wisconsin, it helps to understand that the left in America lives in an ideological fantasy world. The dispute between the state government and the unions representing its employees is "about power," Paul Krugman of the New York Times observes accurately, before going off the rails: What [Gov. Scott] Walker and his backers are trying to do is to make Wisconsin--and eventually, America--less of a functioning democracy and more of a third-world-style oligarchy. And that's why anyone who believes that we need some counterweight to the political power of big money should be...
  • Nick Clegg orders universities to lower entrance requirements - but only for poorer students

    02/08/2011 10:13:07 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:17 PM on 8th February 2011 | James Chapman
    Nick Clegg is to make an explosive attack on British universities as ‘instruments of social segregation’ as he orders them to stop taking so many middle-class students. The Deputy Prime Minister will this week insist that top institutions must ‘throw open their doors’ and lower their entrance requirements for the less well-off.
  • The government ruling class by the numbers

    01/03/2011 11:42:51 AM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    american thinker ^ | 1/3/11 | K.E. Campbell
    The ruling class continues to live high on the hog at the expense of the rest of the country -- staggering national debt, 10th Amendment and Great Recession be damned. The figures that follow are more consistent with an aristocracy, monarchy or plutocracy than our constitutional republic. Home prices According to the Washington Post, the Washington DC area experienced "the highest year-over-year home price gains in the nation this fall, as real estate values slumped in nearly every other metropolitan area." The article cited Standard & Poor's latest S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices released last week. From October 2009 to October...
  • Obama’s class warfare and incitement to violence bears fruit

    12/16/2010 8:40:01 AM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-16-10 | DrJohn
    Barack Obama has a substantial record of using thug-like language: ** Obama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun” ** Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!” ** Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!” ** Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard” ** Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“ ** Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat” ** Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight...
  • Rules for class warfare

    11/28/2010 5:02:24 PM PST · by logic101.net · 12 replies
    Mark A Sity
    I need to know the rules for the Democrat’s class warfare. I understand that we are supposed to hate the rich, but which rich? I don’t understand the rules that separate friend from foe. We are supposed to hate successful manufacturers. But we are supposed to love a man who came to the Senate as a pauper, then used his position to become a multi-millionaire. We are supposed to hate Wall Street Bankers. But we are supposed to love a sleazy ambulance chaser. We are supposed to hate Paris for inheriting millions from a daddy who made it big in...
  • Democrats to hold votes on middle class tax cuts

    11/18/2010 5:25:22 PM PST · by PROCON · 33 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 18, 2010 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) - After meeting with President Barack Obama Thursday, Democratic leaders in Congress said they plan to hold a series of politically charged votes to extend middle-class tax cuts while letting tax cuts for the wealthy expire. Excerpted per FR posting rules.
  • Colorless, Tasteless but Not Dangerous

    11/16/2010 11:43:32 AM PST · by La Lydia · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 16, 2010 | Dwight Garner
    ...Christian Lander’s low-key but excellent “Whiter Shades of Pale” is a sequel to his first book, “Stuff White People Like” (2008)...Lander’s books are about that demographic slice of educated (or self-cultivated) people who are drawn to places where the good cheese stores, coffee bars, bookshops, art movie houses and indie bands are — places where, as importantly, there are plenty of other people pretty much like themselves. Needless to say, this bunch is easily satirized, and few people alive are as deft at this as is Lander...The conceit of Lander’s books is that he’s explaining, like some cross-cultural docent, the...
  • Bush says he won’t criticize Obama

    11/05/2010 2:53:04 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 69 replies
    Hot Air ^ | NOVEMBER 4, 2010 | ED MORRISSEY
    George W. Bush has come out of his self-imposed media blackout to promote his new book, Decision Points, which goes into full release on November 9th. Oprah Winfrey will air a pretaped interview with the former President on that day, but has a preview of the appearance out already, via The Right Scoop. In this clip, Bush tells Winfrey that he refrains from opining on Barack Obama’s performance because he wants to treat the current President the way he wished other former Presidents had treated him. Also, he elects to stay out of the “swamp” of punditry when Winfrey asks...
  • Consumers' right to file class actions (lawsuits) is in danger (AT&T & the Supreme Court)

    11/05/2010 12:33:38 AM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/05/10 | David Lazarus
    Consumers' right to file class actions is in dangerIf AT&T has its way before the Supreme Court, any business that issues a contract to customers would be able to prevent them from joining class-action lawsuits, taking away arguably the most powerful legal tool available to the little guy. By David Lazarus November 5, 2010 It hasn't gotten a lot of press, but a case involving AT&T that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week has sweeping ramifications for potentially millions of consumers. If a majority of the nine justices vote the telecom giant's way, any business that issues a...
  • OBAMACARE’S STEALTH PAYROLL TAX BEGINS JAN. 1, 2011

    10/20/2010 4:48:36 AM PDT · by geraldmcg · 25 replies · 1+ views
    WebToday ^ | 10-20-10 | WebToday
    Hidden in ObamaCare, Section 8002, is a new payroll tax that will hit paychecks of American employees beginning 01/01/2011. It was placed in ObamaCare to make the legislation appear to cost almost $100 billion less than the true cost. That’s according to Ron Greiner of StopObamaCare101.com,a national medical insurance expert. The program is called the Community Living Assistance Services and Support Program (ironically dubbed: “CLASS Act”). Even the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee (Senator Kent Conrad D-ND) called it, “A Ponzi Scheme of the first order, the kind of thing that Bernie Madoff would have been proud of.” (Charles...
  • Autonation CEO Succumbs To Obama Derangement Syndrome: Says President Is Playing Class Warfare Card

    09/15/2010 6:43:02 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 9-15-2010 | Joe Weisenthal
    Autonation CEO Succumbs To Obama Derangement Syndrome: Says President Is Playing The Class Warfare Card To Divide America Joe Weisenthal Sep. 15, 2010, 8:01 AM Oh hey look! It's another CEO outraged that Obama plans to raise taxes on the rich. This time it's Autonation CEO Mike Jackson who says on CNBC that the President is playing class warfare to divide Americans. Apparently returning tax rates for the richest Americans to where they were prior to Bush -- which actually we don't think is a great idea -- is class warfare. All of these CEOs keep bashing Obama, which is...
  • George and Laura Bush thank Maine families

    08/26/2010 9:52:20 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Corner -- National Review Online ^ | 8-26-10 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    OGUNQUIT, Maine – Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura surprised participants in the third annual “Run for the Fallen” Sunday. Dozens of runners took part in the event to remember the 65 servicemen and women from Maine who have died overseas since 2001. When the run ended, people gathered at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth for a lobster bake. They were surprised with a visit from former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura. They wanted to thank the runners and organizers for this tribute to the fallen. The Bushes spoke with the families of...
  • Understanding America's Class System

    08/22/2010 11:52:59 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 21 replies
    Joe Bageant ^ | August 16th 2010 | Joe Bageant
    How about them political elites, huh? Five million bucks for Chelsea Clinton's wedding, 15K just to rent the air-conditioned shitters -- huge chrome and glass babies with hot water and everything. No gas masks and waxy little squares of toilet paper for those guys. Yes, it looks big time from the cheap seats. But the truth is that when we are looking at the political elite, we are looking at the dancing monkey, not the organ grinder who calls the tune. Washington's political class is about as upwardly removed from ordinary citizens as the ruling class is from the political...
  • The Class-Warfare Gambit

    08/16/2010 6:30:27 PM PDT · by Son House · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Heritage Foundation ^ | August 10, 2010 | by Michael Franc
    Imagine you are one of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s top political strategists. The polls show your party needs a game-changer, something that will transform what looks like a losing political hand into a winner. “I know,” you shout, “let’s push for a large tax increase on the ‘fortunate few’ — the 2 or 3 percent of the population with so much money they won’t even miss a few thousand bucks. The other 97 or 98 percent will feel no pain, and we’ll be able to call ourselves deficit hawks when all those billions start rolling in.” On paper, this strategy...
  • A Facebook comment re: the Pres. Bush at DFW Airport post below

    08/11/2010 9:27:22 PM PDT · by 4buttons · 32 replies
    Facebook ^ | 11 Aug, '10 | Loretta Varner Jones
    Comment posted in first reply.
  • Disparities in cardiovascular risk based more on socioeconomic status than race, ethnicity

    08/02/2010 1:36:10 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 16 replies · 5+ views
    University of California - Los Angeles ^ | 8-2-2010 | Dr. Arun Karlamangla
    A new UCLA study suggests that disparities in cardiovascular disease risk in the United States are due less to race or ethnicity than to socioeconomic status. In the study, published in the August issue of the journal Annals of Epidemiology, researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and colleagues found that there are large differences in risk by socioeconomic status within racial and ethnic groups — with the poorest individuals having the highest risk — but that there are few differences in risk between racial and ethnic groups. "Most ethnic differences in cardiovascular risk are really due...
  • Our Era's Tom Paine - The Political Class vs. The Rest of Us

    07/30/2010 7:28:00 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 7/25/2010 | Jac McHugh
    Rush Limbaugh recently dedicated a substantial portion of his show to an incredible article by Angelo M. Codevilla in the current American Spectator: America's Ruling Class — And the Perils of Revolution. (Here's the text of Limbaugh's monologue.) Here's how important I think this article is: It makes me think of Thomas Paine's Common Sense. Published in January 1776, Paine's most portentuous work "fixed" in written words (like a fly is "fixed" in amber) a lot of things that people intuitively knew and felt but had never heard boldly stated in clear, plain English. And once the words had been...
  • CLASS is the next huge taxpayer bailout

    Are you ready for the next massive taxpayer bailout? Many of the same lawmakers who infuriated taxpayers by bailing out Wall Street, the auto companies, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently created a new program virtually guaranteed to require bailouts. And unlike those one-time bailouts, this one will become an annual taxpayer expense. The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act is a new long-term care insurance program. The concept had floated around Washington for years before Congress inserted it into the Obamacare health law — most likely to provide a $70 billion piggybank that could be raided...
  • The Ruling Class Creates its Own Demise

    07/19/2010 11:06:48 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 19, 2010 | Henry Oliner
    In his recent American Spectator article "America's Ruling Class- and the Perils of Revolution" (July/ August 2010), Professor Angelo Cordevilla observed that most of the voters who identify themselves as Democrats are reasonably satisfied that the Democratic Party represents them well, but only a fourth of the voters who call themselves Republican feel they are well represented by the Republican Party. While the Democrats may voice opposition to their elected leaders on select issues, they are more likely to overcome their stands on individual issues and vote the party line at election time. Many Democrats think their party sold out...
  • America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution

    07/16/2010 4:35:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 218 replies · 5+ views
    American Spectator ^ | Angelo M. Codevilla
    As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment...
  • America's Ruling Class -- And the Perils of Revolution (Long, but very worthy and important read)

    07/18/2010 4:50:26 PM PDT · by LuigiBonnafini · 51 replies · 4+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | July, 2010 | Angelo M. Codevilla
    As over-leveraged investment houses began to fail in September 2008, the leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties, of major corporations, and opinion leaders stretching from the National Review magazine (and the Wall Street Journal) on the right to the Nation magazine on the left, agreed that spending some $700 billion to buy the investors' "toxic assets" was the only alternative to the U.S. economy's "systemic collapse." In this, President George W. Bush and his would-be Republican successor John McCain agreed with the Democratic candidate, Barack Obama. Many, if not most, people around them also agreed upon the eventual commitment...
  • How I learned to stop worrying and shoot (NJ)

    06/11/2010 6:32:59 AM PDT · by marktwain · 48 replies · 1,419+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | 11 June, 2010 | ELLEN BEDROSIAN
    FOR MOST of my life, I've been pretty much a "make love, not war" type of North Jersey woman. The very thought of owning, much less firing, a gun was as far from my mind-set as voting for a Republican or rooting for the Boston Red Sox. So why did I enroll in a National Rifle Association basic pistol class? I was pretty disgusted with all of the vitriol spewed last summer by the more extreme right-wing politicians, some of whom urged their supporters to become "armed and dangerous." With all of the shouts from the Tea Party crowd about...
  • Video: Ivanka Trump takes on Obama- Class envy & debt make bad economics!

    05/02/2010 10:56:21 AM PDT · by iloveamerica1980 · 34 replies · 1,196+ views
    Economic Vindicator! ^ | 5-2-10 | James
    The gorgeous and lovley Ivanka Trump is interviewed on Fox News: She's asked: How do think this President is doing? "I'm fearful for my grandchildren.....America wants to hear about jobs, not anti-business rhetoric"
  • RNC: Obama playing on 'class warfare and race'

    04/28/2010 7:13:25 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 24 replies · 537+ views
    POLITICO ^ | April 28th , 2010 | Ben Smith
    RNC: Obama playing on 'class warfare and race'April 28, 2010 The Republican National Committee Tuesday night accused President Obama of making "an appeal based on class warfare and race" after Obama outlined his party's midterm strategy of returning people who voted for the first time in 2008 to the polls in November.Obama, in a video released this week, spoke in the demographic terms more commonly -- though very commonly -- used by political consultants, saying Democrats must appeal to "young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008 [to] stand together once again." The Wall Street Journal...
  • CBO: Millions of Middle-Class Americans Will Pay ObamaCare Tax Penalty

    04/23/2010 7:25:14 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 19 replies · 832+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 4.22.10 @ 4:16PM | By Philip Klein
    the Congressional Budget Office has released data estimating that by 2016, 3 million Americans earning less than $59,000 a year will face a penalty for not having health insurance. An additional 900,000 earning more than that will also pay the penalty. To be clear, these numbers underestimate the full cost of the mandate. To start with, the estimates don't include those Americans who will decide to purchase insurance in response to the mandate. If somebody otherwise wouldn't choose to purchase insurance but because of the mandate ends up paying thousands of dollars in of premiums, that represents a cost, too....
  • Read the bill: Obamacare socks middle class with $3.9 billion tax increase

    04/13/2010 12:44:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 1,297+ views
    washington examiner ^ | 4/13/10 | Mark Hemingway
    One more small detail they forgot to tell you about in the health care bill: Taxpayers earning less than $200,000 a year will pay roughly $3.9 billion more in taxes — in 2019 alone — because of healthcare reform, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’ official scorekeeper for legislation. The new law raises $15.2 billion over 10 years by limiting the medical expense deduction, a provision widely used by taxpayers who either have a serious illness or are older.
  • Duchess of Yorkski: Just what is Sarah Ferguson doing plugging social climbing classes...?

    03/10/2010 9:49:35 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies · 615+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 11:45 AM on 10th March 2010 | Zoe Brennan
    The Duchess of York flicks back her distinctive auburn hair and leans towards the camera. 'The world is changing,' she confides earnestly. 'The future never more uncertain, with an increasing population and a scarcity of national resources.' The words 'Deforestation', 'Terrorism', 'Global Warming', 'Credit Crunch' and 'Famine' flick alarmingly across the screen. 'The demand for well-paid jobs that are spiritually enriching is far outstripping supply,' she continues in Sloaney vowels. 'I want to give my children a chance - the best possible chance.' All rather confusing, given that her children - Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie - are fifth and sixth...
  • Katie Couric Gets Some of Her Own Class Warfare Medicine for $14m Salary

    02/03/2010 9:17:24 AM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies · 1,871+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 2/3/10 | Lachlan Markay
    Katie Couric may be getting a taste of her own populist medicine. When the Dow hit 10,000 last October, she (and other network news personalities) used the opportunity to bemoan massive payments to Wall Street bankers. But now the populist sentiment has turned on her. She faces dramatic pay cuts as CBS News downsizes Couric, shown in a, er, file photo at right, "makes enough to pay 200 news reporters $75,000 a year! It's complete insanity," one CBS News insider told the Drudge Report. "We report with great enthusiasm how much bankers are making, how it is out of step...
  • Obama announces initiatives for middle class

    01/25/2010 9:23:00 AM PST · by Nachum · 37 replies · 1,103+ views
    ap ^ | 1/25/10 | Julie Pace
    Obama announces economic aid for struggling middle class families WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is offering new ideas meant to help struggling people pay bills and care for their families, aiming to help a middle-class he says has been "under assault for a long time." Obama and Vice President Joe Biden outlined a series of proposals that will be in Obama's budget next month. They include a doubling of the child care tax credit for families earning under $85,000, a program to cap student loan payments for people carrying a big college debt burden and aid for families taking...
  • New Payroll Tax About to Be Hiked for Second Time

    01/11/2010 10:12:35 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 15 replies · 1,100+ views
    American Spectator ^ | 1.11.10 @ 11:04AM | By Philip Klein
    the new Medicare payroll tax hasn't even become law yet, and it's already on its way to being hiked for the second time. The tax was set at 0.5 percent in the orginal Senate bill, and then got raised to 0.9 percent in Harry Reid's final version that passed the Senate. And now the NYT tells us, its going to rise once again. This would actually follow the historical pattern of payroll taxes. The Social Security tax has been raised 20 times since first being implemented in 1935, from 1 percent to 6.2 percent, while the Medicare tax has gone...
  • Study: Race, class and gender shape religion's effect on American voters

    11/25/2009 7:48:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 716+ views
    PhysOrg ^ | Wednesday, November 25, 2009 | Cornell University
    How Americans vote is strongly linked to their religious identities, but it is not an independent influence that transcends race, socio-economic class and gender... Thomas A. Hirschl, Cornell professor of development sociology and first author... James Booth, Cornell professor of biological statistics and computational biology, and Leland Glenna, a sociologist at Pennsylvania State University (who has a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School) -- found, for example, that "white support for Republicans is fractured by religious tradition, biblical authority, social class and gender," while black support for Democrats is equally strong across religious tradition, biblical authority, social class and gender,...
  • Rosenberg: Class Warfare Coming Your Way

    11/16/2009 1:18:36 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 756+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 11-16-2009 | Joe Weisenthal
    Rosenberg: Class Warfare Coming Your Way Joe WeisenthalNov. 16, 2009, 11:28 AM With the Dow just a couple of good days away from hitting 11,000, David Rosenberg's message is as harsh as ever. ---- CLASS WARFARE COMING YOUR WAY We have to admit that we cannot recall a time when the potential returns in Canada looked so attractive compared to the U.S. while the risks are so much lower — fiscal, economic, financial and political. Now we see that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is planning a slate of tax rate hikes on the upper class (defined to mean anyone...