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  • Have We Lost America? Hell No!

    03/25/2013 4:12:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2013 | Kurt Schlichter
    It’s the easiest thing in the world to be a pessimist, and the least American. We’re optimists, and as tough as things are, as many skirmishes as we’ve lost, we haven’t lost this country to the left quite yet. If you had to choose between being them or us, you’d be crazy to choose being them. We’re going to win, and America is going to rise again. Pessimism is a cop-out, an excuse to do nothing and wait for the end instead of figuratively fixing bayonets and charging head-long into the enemy. That military metaphor is no accident, because...
  • Rahm gone, 'bam off the leash: "Rahm’s Departure...Reset Obama White House" Nation

    02/05/2011 10:45:05 AM PST · by tsomer · 15 replies
    The Nation ^ | September 30, 2010 | Ari Berman
    "...As I wrote in a Nation blog earlier this month, Rahm's exit is a good thing for Obama and a necessary first step in the much-needed shakeup of his White House. Rahm alone wasn't solely responsible for diluting Obama's unique outsider brand, but he was a major contributing factor. After all, throughout his career in politics, Rahm has been at odds with the very grassroots activists who propelled Obama to the White House and made his campaign so unique. ..."
  • Video, Quote and Word of the Day

    09/23/2009 4:47:06 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 193+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/22/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Sean Hannity interviews the Beckel brothers.
  • Liberal Lies, Misconceptions, and Misunderstanding about Health Care Reform

    09/19/2009 11:07:00 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 1 replies · 194+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/18/2009 | Mike Volpe
    The president is fond of correcting some of the most "egregious" lies and misconceptions that he sees coming from the other side: death panels, health care for illegals, tax payer funded abortions, etc. Well, I would say that you should take care of your own backyard before you worry about your neighbors'. So, here's some of the biggest lies, misconceptions, and misunderstandings from liberals on health care reform
  • Is FHA Next? II

    09/18/2009 10:42:09 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 2 replies · 239+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/18/2009 | Mike Volpe
    There's more troubling news regarding FHA loans. The Federal Housing Administration has been hit so hard by the mortgage crisis that for the first time, the agency's cash reserves will drop below the minimum level set by Congress, FHA officials said. The FHA guaranteed about a quarter of all U.S. home loans made this year, and the reserves are meant as a financial cushion to ensure that the agency can cover unexpected losses. "It's very serious," FHA Commissioner David H. Stevens said in an interview. "There's nothing more serious that we're addressing right now, outside the housing crisis in general,...
  • The President Has a Math Problem

    09/17/2009 2:21:46 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 1 replies · 391+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/17/2009 | Mike Volpe
    In mortgages, there's a trick that mortgage professionals use to hide costs. It's called "rolling in the costs". It's pretty simple. Let's say you owe $115,000 and closing costs are $3000. So, a mortgage broker will simply make your loan $118,000. The $3000 in closing costs are "rolled into the loan". They don't go away. Borrowers just don't see them because there aren't any out of pocket expense associated with them. Instead, you just owe that much more on your mortgage. You'll get that much less when you sell and your payment is that much higher. You aren't winning. All...
  • Health care reform faces inconvenient questions

    09/15/2009 1:29:56 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 226+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/15/2009 | Susan Ferrichio
    Now that President Obama has outlined his goals for an overhaul of the American health care system, Democrats are trying to fashion new legislation that will include all of Obama's aims. The president wants a new government-run insurance program, additional regulations for the insurance industry and rules requiring all Americans to buy insurance if they can afford it or be given coverage if they can't. Obama's plan draws elements from the multiple bills in Congress. But in trying to merge the ideas into a compromise bill, Democratic leaders face a series of inconvenient questions:
  • ObamaCare is Too Good to Be True

    09/13/2009 3:59:58 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 11 replies · 329+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 09/13/2009 | Debra Saunders
    Toward the end of his speech on health care Wednesday night, President Obama said that he had been thinking a lot about the phrase "the character of our country." Too bad the president's speech had all the character of a free lunch. Obama argued for the moral imperative of providing quality health care for all Americans -- but it's not such a moral imperative that most people should have to pay for it.
  • A Rose By Any Other Name...

    09/04/2009 6:53:18 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 1 replies · 189+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/04/2009 | Mike Volpe
    ...Is still a public option. With health care reform now flailing the President is weighing his options. There are those that say that he may give up the public option for an alternative. We'll all wait and see, but, make no mistake, any government involvement is still a public option, and all public options will lead to single payer health care.
  • New Facts Undercut Old Positions on Immigration

    09/03/2009 6:10:47 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 7 replies · 390+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 09/03/2009 | Michael Barrone
    Before leaving for his vacation on Martha's Vineyard, Barack Obama said the next big item on his legislative agenda -- well, after health care and cap-and-trade and maybe labor's bill to effectively abolish secret ballots in union elections -- was immigration reform. What he has in mind, apparently, is something like the comprehensive immigration bills that foundered in the House in 2006 and in the Senate in 2007. These featured guest-worker and enforcement provisions, as well as a path to legalization.
  • The Dirty Little Secret of Preventative Care and Costs

    09/02/2009 12:01:51 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 7 replies · 502+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 09/02/2009 | Mike Volpe
    A new study on the supposed cost savings of preventative care has put a mack truck hole in the idea that giving everyone access to preventative care will save health care costs. Using data from long-standing clinical trials, researchers projected the cost of caring for people with Type 2 diabetes as they progress from diagnosis to various complications and death. Enrolling federally-insured patients in a simple but aggressive program to control the disease would cost the government $1,024 per person per year -- money that largely would be recovered after 25 years through lower spending on dialysis, kidney transplants, amputations...
  • You Can Put Lipstick on a Liberal...

    08/27/2009 11:20:25 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 10 replies · 428+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/27/2009 | Mike Volpe
    There is now a plethora of analysis about where Obama's health care plans went wrong, where his agenda went wrong, and why his popularity is dropping like a lead balloon. The best analysis came from Scott Rasmussen. Rasmussen said that support for health care reform was tanking because it is the culmination of a multitude of domestic policies the public doesn't like: the stimulus, cash for clunkers, the bailouts, etc. The public had finally gotten fed up and their pent up anger had reached its limits.
  • Obama's Reality Problem

    08/26/2009 7:32:59 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 414+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 08/26/2009 | Michael Gerson
    At first it seemed plausible that President Obama had a communications problem on health care -- to which the solution was always more and more Obama. But exposure did not translate into persuasion. Then it seemed useful to diagnose a partisan problem, blaming a small minority of congressional obstructionists and town hall crazies for frustrating the will of the majority -- until polls showed a majority opposing Democratic approaches to health reform. More Americans (according to a recent Washington Post poll) now think that health quality, costs and their own insurance coverage will get worse under Obamacare than believe these...
  • Waxman about to double-cross pharmaceuticals on ObamaCare?

    08/26/2009 3:08:49 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 1 replies · 320+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 08/26/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    Barack Obama picked up considerable political support for his overhaul of the American health-care system by promising a limit on price concessions to the pharmaceutical manufacturers. They signed onto ObamaCare after getting assurances that their givebacks would amount to no more than $80 billion over 10 years and that the federal government would not try to bargain for lower pricing using its advantage through Medicare. Henry Waxman plans to renege on just about every aspect of that agreement:
  • The Issue With the Public Option

    08/26/2009 12:29:26 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 170+ views
    Glittering Eye ^ | 08/22/2009 | David Shuler
    As I was reading Paul Krugman’s column this morning, it struck me that I hadn’t commented on the “public option”. One brief aside on the column itself. Dr. Krugman laments
  • Reporting Outside The Kirk Town Hall Debate

    08/24/2009 9:01:40 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 6 replies · 525+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/24/2009 | Mike Volpe
    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then I will need to give a thousand words because my phone camera is not working and all my photos won't download.
  • It's the Big Government, Stupid

    08/23/2009 9:02:41 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 2 replies · 311+ views
    New York Post ^ | 08/22/2009 | Matt Welch
    It's been a hilarious August, watching media supporters of President Obama's health care package puzzle over the obscure motivations of the noncompliant Americans rallying against it.
  • Reporting from the Daley Plaza Recess Tea Party

    08/22/2009 1:08:27 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 6 replies · 519+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/22/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Today, at noon Central Time, Daley Plaza was the home of one of 435 tea party demonstrations against Obama Care. This particular protest was directed specifically at Senator Dick Durbin. Senator Durbin declined to attend and the crowd let Durbin know just how they felt about his lack of attention to his constituency. This demonstration was promoted by John and Cisco of 560 WIND. The Thomas More Law Center was also a sponsor and they did the leg work in getting the permit.
  • A Few Points for the President

    08/22/2009 7:04:36 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 12 replies · 395+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/22/2009 | Mike Volpe
    President Obama continued his public relations whirlwind health care tour with this op ed. He purported to "debunk" a series of health care myths that he claims were created by opponents of health care. These include that illegals will get health care, abortions will be funded with tax payer money, death panels, and that this is a government take over of health care.
  • "By Any Legislative Means Necessary"

    08/19/2009 8:30:37 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 7 replies · 302+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/19/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Here's what a Reid aide recently said about the Democrats' plan to pass health care reform. we will not make a decision to pursue reconciliation until we have exhausted efforts to produce a bipartisan bill.” “However,” he cautioned, “patience is not unlimited and we are determined to get something done this year by any legislative means necessary.” “By any means necessary”
  • THE HOPES OBAMACARE WOULD KILL

    08/18/2009 2:34:20 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 7 replies · 311+ views
    New York Post ^ | 08/18/2009 | Mark Siegel
    FOR generations, we doctors have promised our patients that medical advances will allow us all to live longer, more comfortable lives. Now that these results are finally arriving, "health-care reform" -- or "insurance reform," as they're now pitching it -- could snatch the rug out from under us.
  • Free Market or Government Rationing

    08/18/2009 8:26:12 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 4 replies · 173+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/18/2009 | Mike Volpe
    With the specter of government rationing provided in the health care bill, many liberals have taken to pointing out that we already have rationing today. They are absolutely correct. In fact, economics, by nature, is all about rationing. Economics figures out how the production of goods and services are distributed with the limited resources of the world. In fact, life is all about rationing. If it weren't, I would be writing this piece from some tropical island in Hawaii off my 50000 square foot cruiser. I am not because I can't afford that. So, of course liberals are right. The...
  • The Panel

    08/18/2009 4:40:27 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 12 replies · 500+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/18/2009 | Andrew Klavan
    The people behind the long table do not know what they've become. The drug of power has been sugared over in their mouths with a flavoring of righteousness. Someone has to make these decisions, they tell their friends at dinner parties. It's all very difficult for us. But you can see it in their eyes: It isn't really difficult at all. It feels good to them to be the ones who decide.
  • The Implosion of President Obama

    08/17/2009 8:54:40 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 9 replies · 890+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/17/2009 | Mike Volpe
    There is now full confusion over whether or not the White House has or has not backed away from the public option. On Sunday, HHS Secretary Sebelius suggested that the President could sign a bill that won't have a public option. Then, Senator Kent Conrad said that a public option doesn't have the votes in the Senate to pass. Now, this morning, the White House is back pedaling and claiming that Secretary Sebelius misspoke.
  • It's time to drag the Fed out from the shadows and open its books to auditors.

    08/16/2009 6:46:30 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 12 replies · 555+ views
    Philadephia Inquirer ^ | 08/16/2009 | Ron Paul
    The Federal Reserve's unprecedented intervention into the U.S. economy has inflamed more Americans than almost any other issue in recent memory. More than 75 percent of Americans now support an audit of the Federal Reserve system, and it's no wonder
  • Bleeding Heart Liberalism:Theory Vs. Reality

    08/14/2009 9:03:43 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 4 replies · 343+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/14/2009 | Mike Volpe
    One of the most remarkable things about the implosion of the Obama agenda is that on principle it's no different from anything that he campaigned on. A couple years ago I spoke with Republican activist who told me that the Republicans were losing the health care debate. I couldn't believe that the public at large was being swayed by socialized medicine but in fact for the last two years of the Bush administration that's exactly what was happening.
  • Dem Senator: Get rid of cap-and-trade

    08/14/2009 9:38:20 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 11 replies · 1,115+ views
    Hot Air ^ | 08/14/2009 | Ed Morrissey
    The measure of the impact of health-care protests can now be seen on another major item on the Barack Obama agenda. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) has called on the Senate to jettison the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill for this year, calling it “too big” after the political turmoil of the eruption of anger on ObamaCare. Three other Democrats have publicly supported the idea of focusing only on promotion of renewable energy:
  • FOX News Poll: Most Americans Want Unused Stimulus Money Returned to Taxpayers

    08/13/2009 12:19:12 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 9 replies · 576+ views
    Fox News ^ | 08/13/2009 | Foxnews
    Like most economists, many Americans think the worst of the nation's economic troubles are in the past. The latest FOX News poll finds that 44 percent say the worst is over -- up significantly from 27 percent who thought so in April. Still, nearly half of the public (49 percent) says the worst is yet to come, down significantly from 66 percent from five months ago.
  • The whining class

    08/12/2009 1:36:32 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 4 replies · 461+ views
    Politico ^ | 08/12/2009 | GEORGE NETHERCUTT
    As a former member of Congress, I have read with some disappointment the indignant wailing of predominantly Democratic members of the House and Senate as voters, unhappy with the actions of the 111th Congress, have shown up at town hall meetings to express their displeasure with the state of national affairs, particularly the reworking of the nation’s health care system. It is reminiscent of the 1994 incident in which then
  • Some Thoughts on Geithner's Request to Raise the Debt Limit

    08/11/2009 10:05:35 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 594+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/11/2009 | Mike Volpe
    There's a story that has received way too little attention over the last couple days. Although the US debt ceiling currently stands at $12.1 trillion, the ceiling could be shattered by October as the national debt is rapidly approaching $12 trillion. Should the national debt be allowed to grow without limit?
  • Falling Out of Love with Barack Obama

    08/11/2009 5:25:50 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 19 replies · 1,080+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 08/11/2009 | ed Koch
    I continue to be a supporter of President Barack Obama. He has had several outstanding successes. The major one has been a positive change in the economy due primarily, I believe, to his hand-picked team of economic advisers who, from all indications, have fashioned an effective economic recovery plan. The recovery still has a long way to go, but using the language of my doctors at the hospital in which I recently spent six critical weeks recovering from open-heart surgery, "All the numbers are going in the right direction." I also believe his reaching out to our allies and those...
  • The Enthusiasm Gap and Its Consequences

    08/09/2009 7:16:59 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 1 replies · 387+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/09/2009 | Mike Volpe
    On election night, I found myself at the only Republican event in Chicago. Even at the swanky loop hotel, there was an Obama party downstairs. Walking to the train station through the city, the scene reminded me of some of the Chicago Bulls celebrations after one of their six championships. Cars were honking, people were celebrating, and there was a total sense of jubilation. Now, maybe Chicago isn't the best city to gauge the enthusiasm for President Obama on election night since after all Chicago is his home city. Still, I'd never seen a scene following a political election like...
  • The Evolution of the Tea Parties

    08/09/2009 6:35:00 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 1 replies · 233+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/09/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Introduction: I must admit that I have a fascination with the Tea Parties in large part because I believe that I predicted their creation in this piece. That particular piece was written when the Bush administration was still in power. At the time, I had first discovered just exactly what loan modifications are. I believed that loan modifications would lead to a mortgage class war. Of course, the Tea Party movement grew in large part following a rant by Rick Santelli in which he railed against these very loan modifications.
  • Times Touts Economic Recovery Momentum: 1992 Not So Much

    08/09/2009 6:11:20 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 2 replies · 214+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/09/2009 | Byron York
    The front page of the New York Times is filled with hope about the nation's economic situation. The lead story, "Job Losses Slow, Signaling Momentum for a Recovery," reporting a decline in the unemployment rate from 9.5 percent in June to 9.4 percent in July, begins by declaring that, "The most heartening employment report since last summer suggested on Friday that a recovery was under way -- and perhaps gathering steam."
  • Medicaid's Inheritance Tax and the House Health Care Bill

    08/09/2009 5:27:56 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 9 replies · 540+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/09/2009 | Mike Volpe
    There is a little known section of Medicaid that allows each individual state to place on lien on the insured's personal and real property and allows those states to force sale in order to collect on bills following the insured's death. Most people likely think that Medicaid provides insurance for those that can't provide for themselves. In some sense, that's true. On the other hand, there is a plethora of medical procedures that Medicaid doesn't provide and if a patient is subject to one of them, a lien will be slapped on their property. Some of the medical procedures that...
  • Just a Few Quick Questions for Cash for Clunkers

    08/06/2009 8:40:51 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 10 replies · 426+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/06/2009 | Mike Volpe
    The Senate passed a $2 billion extension of cars for clunkers sending the extension to the president. The House passed it last week. Pedal to the metal, Congress sent President Obama legislation Thursday night with an additional $2 billion for "cash for clunkers," the economy-boosting rebate program that caught the fancy of car buyers and instantly increased sales for an auto industry long mired in recession. The Senate approved the money on a 60-37 vote after administration officials said an initial $1 billion had run out in only 10 days. The House voted last week to keep alive the program,...
  • Health Care Battle Won't Be Won Over the Summer

    08/04/2009 12:27:11 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 7 replies · 370+ views
    National Journal ^ | 08/04/2009 | Amy Walter
    Much has been made about August being a "make or break" month for the health care debate. At this point, though, Republicans have already won the messaging war -- never mind the fist bumps House Democrats gave each other last week for passing a bill out of the Energy and Commerce Committee. Do Dems really have a chance to rewrite the debate over the dog days of summer?
  • Middle Class: When They Raise Your Taxes...

    08/04/2009 7:31:18 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 465+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/04/2009 | Mike Volpe
    They will blame the Bush administration for it. How many times have you heard the president claim that he inherited a $1.3 trillion deficit? How many times have you heard the president proclaim that he inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression? How many times have you heard the president proclaim that the massive stimulus was absolutely necessary in bringing the economy back from the brink? How many times have you heard that TARP was necessary for bringing banks back from the brink?
  • Barack Obama Wants Too Much

    08/02/2009 8:01:29 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 1 replies · 260+ views
    Times Online ^ | 08/02/2009 | Irwin Seltzer
    started out like a song ... we knew we had a good thing going. And if I wanted too much, was that such a mistake? President Barack Obama’s answer to composer Stephen Sondheim’s question would be “yes”, were he the sort who readily admits error — which he most definitely is not.
  • Interview With Senator John McCain

    08/02/2009 7:58:51 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 505+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/02/2009 | Stephen Moore
    John McCain is red in the face and hopping mad. I’m sitting in his office in the Senate Russell Office Building, and he’s just rushed in after delivering a speech on the Senate floor where he seethed about the earmarks in the Homeland Security Bill.
  • Deconstructing Cash for Clunkers

    08/01/2009 3:35:56 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 10 replies · 527+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 08/01/2009 | Mike Volpe
    Rarely has a program as small as cash for clunkers received so much attention. Yet, the cash for clunkers program has received more attention than much bigger programs like the Public Private Investment Program which started out as a $1 trillion program. So, how does it work and is it a good idea?
  • Meet the New Executive Human Resources Director: Barney Frank

    07/31/2009 4:54:59 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 6 replies · 359+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/31/2009 | Mike Volpe
    The House passed the most sweeping regulatory bill on limitations of executive pay today. The House approved a measure Friday that would put new constraints on executive pay, capitalizing on outrage over multimillion-dollar bonuses to Wall Street executives whose firms were bailed out by taxpayers. The measure, which applies to any firm with more than $1 billion in assets, passed 237 to 185, with most lawmakers voting along party lines. The Senate will not take up a similar measure until after it returns from its August recess in September.
  • The Cash For Clunker Debacle

    07/31/2009 8:17:29 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 2 replies · 267+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/31/2009 | Mike Volpe
    With the loan modification program the problem so far is that the program is so complicated, confusing and convoluted that it's hard to get any loans approved under the program. As such, a program that was supposed to save millions of homeowners from has saved a fraction of that. The cash for clunkers program has a totally different problem. It's so lucrative and straight forward that it's exceeded demand and is now out of money. This was supposed to be a $1 billion program in which car buyers traded in their older cars for new fuel efficient vehicles and received...
  • The Public Isn't Buying Obama's Smooth Talk

    07/31/2009 6:28:15 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 544+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 07/30/2009 | Suzanne Fields
    Barack Obama was a rock star on the campaign trail and his aura went undimmed in his first few months of office. But then he began taking too many curtain calls. The applause subsided, but he kept coming back to center stage to try harder to wow us. He forgot what every star must learn, that you've got to know when to get off that center stage. If you don't have anything new to say, shut up. This applies even to presidents.
  • Hubris and Naivete Are Bringing The President Down

    07/30/2009 10:15:16 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 15 replies · 674+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/30/2009 | Mike Volpe
    I don't know the president and so I want to be careful in making character observations. That usually requires reading some one's mind. Instead, I want to analyze his actions which I believe speak for themselves. Right now, health care reform is on life support. If that doesn't pass, it will also spell doom for cap and trade. Without either initiative passing, the president will face mid term elections in which we'll have near double digit unemployment, near two trillion dollars in deficits, and no major legislative accomplishments. That will create a bloodbath for any Democrat running in November of...
  • Why I Oppose National Health Care

    07/29/2009 9:41:02 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 9 replies · 498+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | 07/29/2009 | Meghan McArdle
    I know, most of you have already figured out why I oppose national health care. In a nutshell, I hate the poor and want them to die so that all my rich friends can use their bodies as mulch for their diamond ranches. But y'all keep asking, so here goes the longer explanation.
  • Obama's Failed Domestic Agenda = Economic Improvement?

    07/27/2009 1:11:39 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 3 replies · 184+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/27/2009 | Mike Volpe
    If you're a conservative, there probably is no question mark at the end but an exclamation point. Is this correct? Let's examine the situation. First, there's no doubt that the disintegration of health care reform, in its current form, will be a blessing for our economy. Right now, about 11 million small business owners are facing the prospects of either a new tax or being forced to provide health insurance for their employees. There are roughly 27 million small businesses in this country, any business with 500 and less employees. About 40% of those don't currently provide health insurance to...
  • Current Health Care Reform is a Political Cancer

    07/27/2009 8:40:57 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 317+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/27/2009 | Mike Volpe
    There are all sorts of things that one can learn by having a statcounter on their web site. For instance, after I published this piece in which I listed the page numbers along with some of the most insidious portions of the House health care bill, I received an interesting set of hits from google searches. Almost immediately, I got an enormous amount of hits with the search term (page 425 health care bill). Page 425 creates "advanced care planning consultation" and thereby sets regulations for treating those near death. In other words, it rations the care of those near...
  • CBO: IMAC Savings only Marginal

    07/25/2009 8:54:43 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 2 replies · 134+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/25/2009 | Mike Volpe
    For the last week, the president has been touting the Independent Medical Advisory Council as a means of saving significant money in Medicare. According the the Congressional Budget Office, those savings will be anything but significant. The CBO estimates that the savings would be $2 billion over the next ten years.
  • Key House Paney to Hold Votes

    07/22/2009 6:22:35 PM PDT · by fiscon1 · 5 replies · 335+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 07/22/2009 | Chad Pergram
    Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the only House committee yet to vote on health care legislation, said Wednesday he intends to forge ahead with a vote Thursday afternoon. At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., signaled that the House bill was ripe for passage on the floor.