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  • The Left Wants To End the Separation of Church and State (Protestant Caucus)

    07/27/2015 6:04:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies
    The Federalist ^ | James Mann
    If there is one thing consistent about the tides of the culture wars, it is that whenever one side is emboldened, it inevitably leads to overreach. The secular Left is proving this point with gusto in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to nationalize gay marriage, calling for the removal of tax exemptions for churches and religious non-profits who continue to hold the tired old definition of marriage that existed all the way up until yesterday. This step, which would crush the budgets of many churches and non-profits, reveals an amusing hypocrisy of the modern Left’s turn against civil...
  • New York Times Columnist: ‘Time To End Tax Exemptions for Religious Institutions’

    From Mark Oppenheimer in Time: Two weeks ago, with a decision in Obergefell v. Hodges on the way, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) 100% of Utah introduced the First Amendment Defense Act, which ensures that religious institutions won’t lose their tax exemptions if they don’t support same-sex marriage. Liberals tend to think Sen. Lee’s fears are unwarranted, and they can even point to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Friday’s case, which promises “that religious organizations and persons [will be] given proper protection.” But I don’t think Sen. Lee is crazy. In the 1983 Bob Jones University case, the court ruled that...
  • Conservative Lawmakers and Faith Groups Seek Exemptions After Same-Sex Ruling

    06/27/2015 9:33:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 26, 2015 | Erik Eckholm
    Within hours of the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage, an array of conservatives including the governors of Texas and Louisiana and religious groups called for stronger legal protections for those who want to avoid any involvement in same-sex marriage, like catering a gay wedding or providing school housing to gay couples, based on religious beliefs. They demanded establishing clear religious exemptions from discrimination laws, tax penalties or other government regulations for individuals, businesses and religious-affiliated institutions wishing to avoid endorsing such marriages.
  • California to tighten vaccine law despite outcry over parental rights

    06/11/2015 11:23:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    The rash of tough pro-vaccine bills that infected state legislatures after the Disneyland measles outbreak has largely faded, and based on the uproar in California, it’s not hard to see why. The state capitol has been flooded off and on for months with parental-choice advocates drawing thousands for protests against Senate Bill 277, which would eliminate personal belief or religious exemptions and require all children without a medical exemption to be vaccinated before entering public school. And the outcry has only grown louder as the bill nears passage, spreading beyond the issue of vaccination safety and morphing into a full-blown...
  • L.A. City Council approves minimum-wage hike for hotel workers [unions are exempt]

    05/27/2015 6:43:02 PM PDT · by grundle · 11 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | David Zahniser and Emily Alpert Reyes
    Big hotels in Los Angeles will soon be required to pay at least $15.37 an hour to their workers... Hotels that have a unionized workforce can be exempted from paying the $15.37 hourly wage, if workers agree in their contract to relinquish that opportunity.
  • Did Congress Lie About Key Facts to Obtain Obamacare Exemption?

    02/06/2015 11:09:13 AM PST · by wildbill · 8 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 2/6/2015 | Kate Scanlon
    Sen. David Vitter, R-La., wants to know why members of Congress and their staff are exempted from Obamacare. “Washington insiders should be forced to live under Obamacare just like the rest of America without a special taxpayer funded subsidy,” says @DavidVitter Vitter, who launched an investigation this week, said in a statement that “false information may have been filed with the D.C. Health Benefits Exchange to allow Congress to be exempt from [the] Obamacare exchange.” The chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee cited a court filing obtained by Judicial Watch that admits Congress—with more than 16,000 employees—doesn’t fit...
  • Oklahoma district Bible class: Sinners will suffer

    04/25/2014 1:20:02 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 25, 2014 4:10 PM EDT | Bailey Elise McBride
    A high school curriculum supported by Hobby Lobby chain president Steve Green, billed as a way to teach archaeology, history and the arts through Bible stories, also tells students God is always there in times of trouble and that sinners must “suffer the consequences” of disobeying. The Mustang School Board in suburban Oklahoma City voted this month to place the Museum of the Bible’s curriculum in its schools as an elective for a one-year trial after being assured that the intent is not to proselytize but to use the Bible to explain key principles in the arts and sciences. While...
  • False alarm: First responders exempt from Obamacare employer calculations, Treasury says

    01/11/2014 2:05:16 AM PST · by Zakeet · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | January 10, 2014 | Tom Howell Jr.
    The Treasury said Friday it will not count “nominally compensated” volunteer firefighters or emergency medical services personnel as full-time employees when the employer mandate tied to Obamacare takes effect next year. In a blog post, the department said it reviewed the tax code and concluded it would not be reasonable to count first-responder volunteers against the law’s threshold of 50 employees. [Snip] The Treasury made its latest decision after accepting feedback from local fire and EMS departments.
  • Federal law says you CAN opt out of Obamacare and CAN NOT be penalized if you do

    01/09/2014 8:58:27 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 43 replies
    The DC Clothesline ^ | January 9, 2014 | Dr. Eowyn
    Ever heard of a federal law 42 USC § 18115: Freedom Not to Participate in Federal Health Insurance Programs? I haven’t either.But thanks to FOTM reader Joseph, now we all do!This is how Cornell University Law School’s website describes 42 USC § 18115: No individual, company, business, nonprofit entity, or health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall be required to participate in any Federal health insurance program created under this Act(or any amendments made by this Act), or in any Federal health insurance program expanded by this Act (or any such amendments), and there shall be no penalty or fine imposed upon any such...
  • Obamacare: Administration Grants More “Hardship” Exemptions

    12/20/2013 1:19:44 PM PST · by John Semmens · 21 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 Dec 2013 | John Semmens
    This week the Obama Administration granted yet another exemption from compliance with the Affordable Care Act. Using the “hardship clause” of the Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius ruled that “those whose previous insurance was canceled and who are unable to buy qualifying policies may buy substandard policies for the next year.” Sebelius admitted that “it's a bit ironic that our effort to push everyone into quality insurance plans has actually resulted in fewer people having health insurance than before the Affordable Care Act took effect. Among the more obedient segment of the population, the failures of the...
  • Sen. David Vitter wants to know which lawmakers are exempting staff from Obamacare

    10/31/2013 1:03:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2013 | Tom Howell, Jr
    Sen. David Vitter wants to put the klieg lights on any member of Congress who decides that certain staff members are not “official,” a maneuver that would exempt the employee from entering a health exchange tied to Obamacare as mandated by the 2010 law. Mr. Vitter, Louisiana Republican, filed the Show Your Exemption Act on Thursday to force lawmakers to reveal how they designate each of their staffers. Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, wrote an amendment to the Affordable Care Act that placed members of Congress and their staffs in the state-based insurance markets, or exchanges, set up by the...
  • 1-800-PANIC

    10/21/2013 2:26:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/21/2013 | Mickey Kaus
    Plans B, C, and D? The New York Times reports that weeks of work–and 5 million lines of code– may be needed to get the federal Obamacare exchanges running “smoothly.” Meanwhile, columnist-of-the-hour Megan McArdle notes once again that the administration has fewer weeks to spare than many say: It’s true that “open enrollment” ends on March 31, but you will need to get a policy by February 15 to avoid the law’s penalty (1% of your income!).But McArdle pooh-poohs what seems to be one obvious Plan B fallback for the White House–namely downplaying the website and enrolling people via telephone.[T]the...
  • Exemptions pose another big hurdle for Obamacare

    10/15/2013 9:46:24 AM PDT · by Theoria · 14 replies
    Politico ^ | 15 Oct 2013 | Kyle Cheney
    Think you’re exempt from Obamacare’s individual mandate? Good luck proving it. The health law’s least popular component — the requirement to obtain insurance or face a tax penalty — also features a lengthy list of exceptions for people facing certain hardships like foreclosure, domestic violence or homelessness. Members of certain religious sects or Native American tribes also are exempt. But if the online system for getting into Obamacare coverage is rickety, the system for getting out of the mandate doesn’t even exist yet. HHS says it will take another month at least for the administration to finalize the forms. The...
  • Amish go their own way on health insurance

    10/09/2013 7:15:17 AM PDT · by kimtom · 42 replies
    http://articles.mcall.com ^ | October 05, 2013 | Staff Writer
    GORDONVILLE, LANCASTER COUNTY — — The debate over U.S. health-care reform that has gripped the nation and led to a government shutdown is of small concern in rural Pennsylvania's Amish country for a very simple reason. Along with eschewing cars and many other modern technologies, the descendants of 18th-Century German immigrants who practice the Amish and Old Order Mennonite religions, have effectively opted out of Obamacare, along with most federal safety net programs. little-known provision of the law with its roots in a 1950s battle over Social Security exempts these communities from the individual mandate, an element of the Affordable...
  • Obamacare Waivers Granted to Nevada and New Hampshire (Law of the Land except NV & NH)

    10/07/2013 10:12:44 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 19, 2011 | By Jeffrey H. Anderson
    President Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), headed by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, has now granted Obamacare waivers to the entire states of Nevada and New Hampshire. In its letter to Nevada, HHS admits that, without the waiver, “there is a reasonable likelihood” that Obamacare would result in “market destabilization, and thus harm to consumers.” Thus, to try to keep insurers from fleeing that state, HHS has exempted Nevada from a portion of Obamacare’s long list of mandates and requirements. HHS also admits to a “reasonable likelihood” that Obamacare would “destabilize the individual market” in New Hampshire, and has...
  • 72 reasons why hypocrite politicians & unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves

    09/30/2013 4:04:22 PM PDT · by grundle · 6 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 30, 2013 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Here are 72 reasons why hypocrite politicians and unions that support Obamacare want exemptions for themselves By Dan from Squirrel HillPosted on September 24, 2013. Updated on September 30, 2013.As the author of this blog post, I place it into the public domain. Anyone may freely copy it in any part or in its entirely, without asking my permission, and without paying any money. I do ask you please cite a link to http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/obamacare-59/I ask you to please show this list to as many people as possible. Sunshine really is the best disinfectant. I can’t stop...
  • The Hypocrisy Of Congress´s Gold-Plated Health Care

    09/24/2013 9:09:37 AM PDT · by opentalk · 7 replies
    WSJ ^ | September 23, 2013 | William Bennett & Christopher
    As close observers of history and human nature, James Madison and the other Founders of the U.S. Constitution knew that the equal and unbiased application of the law to all people, especially elected officials, is essential to freedom and justice and one of the primary safeguards from authoritarianism and oppression by a ruling class. And so, referring to the members of Congress, James Madison wrote in Federalist No. 57: "[T]hey can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as on the great mass of the society." Today, elected officials need...
  • Close ties between White House, NSA spying review

    09/22/2013 7:37:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 22, 2013 10:26 AM EDT | Stephen Braun
    Stung by public unease about new details of spying by the National Security Agency, President Barack Obama selected a panel of advisers he described as independent experts to scrutinize the NSA’s surveillance programs to be sure they weren’t violating civil liberties and to restore Americans’ trust. But with just weeks remaining before its first deadline to report back to the White House, the review panel has effectively been operating as an arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees the NSA and all other U.S. spy efforts.The panel’s advisers work in offices on loan from the...
  • Obama To Labor Unions With Multi-Employer Health Plans: Drop Dead

    09/14/2013 7:26:21 AM PDT · by xzins · 101 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/14/2013 | Roy Avik
    Well played, Mr. President. Last week, prior to the big AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles, President Obama personally spoke to AFL-CIO chief Richard Trumka, asking him to water down several anti-Obamacare resolutions that union leaders were planning to pass there. Trumka obliged, keeping a call to repeal Obamacare out of the official AFL-CIO resolution on the health law. Then, on Friday evening, after the convention was over, the Obama administration revealed that it would be ignoring unions’ demands to offer Obamacare’s subsidies to their members. As a result, some unions fear they will wither away. “I guarantee you by your...
  • Unions meet with Obama over health care concerns

    09/13/2013 2:20:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2013 5:17 PM EDT | Sam Hananel
    AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he hopes the White House will act within a week to address the growing concerns that labor unions have over the new health care law. … Unions want members to be eligible for the same federal subsidies available to low-income workers in the new health exchanges. …
  • CARSON: When servants behave as rulers

    08/21/2013 9:54:08 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 21, 2013 | Ben S. Carson
    With its Obamacare exemption, Congress has traded service for privilegeThe Founders of our nation toiled long and hard to establish a government that was representative of the people. They actually designed a reasonably effective system, but over the years, significant metamorphosis has occurred, producing something that is quite dissimilar from their original intent. There were not a lot of perks for early congressional representatives, and the pay was quite meager. People willing to take on such responsibilities were unlikely to be desirous of perpetual re-election. In many ways, this was a good thing — frequent replacement of representatives increased the...
  • Obamacare? We were just leaving …

    06/13/2013 4:55:54 AM PDT · by upchuck · 35 replies
    Politico ^ | Thursday, June 13, 2013 | ANNA PALMER and JAKE SHERMAN
    Dozens of lawmakers and aides are so afraid that their health insurance premiums will skyrocket next year thanks to Obamacare that they are thinking about retiring early or just quitting... The fear: Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that nudges aides and lawmakers onto the government health care exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive... If the issue isn’t resolved, and massive numbers of lawmakers and aides bolt, many on Capitol Hill fear it could lead to a brain drain just as Congress tackles a slew of...
  • Friends of Obama Allowed to Opt Out

    06/04/2012 6:56:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    Emigrant Bank was recently identified to receive a waiver that would allow the bank to opt out of rigorous Dodd-Frank requirements. These of course are the same new rules and regulations that Barack deems essential to the nation. Yet when the bank’s owner, Howard Milstein, who is a close friend and was a bundler for President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, protested that the new rules would seriously crimp operations of his bank, the Obama Administration worked with members of congress to grant him a waiver from the new rules. Other financial institutions and banks have consistently and vehemently argued that...
  • No Obamacare for Muslims (EXEMPT!!!!)

    06/29/2012 2:52:45 PM PDT · by djf · 53 replies
    The new Obamacare legislation that was forced on unwilling Americans this week specifically mandates that we all purchase health insurance. That is, unless you don’t believe in that sort of thing. That’s right, the current health care bill contains a clause which exempts certain individuals form the requirements and penalties set forth in it. ” EXEMPTIONS FROM INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY REQUIREMENTS. —In the case of an individual who is seeking an exemption certificate under section 1311(d)(4)(H) from any requirement or penalty imposed by section 5000A, the following information: In the case of an individual seeking exemption based on the individual’s status...
  • Contraception Accomodation: Who Pays For This?

    02/10/2012 10:39:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 10, 2012 | by Jake Tapper
    If not the religious institutions….or the women….who pays for the contraceptive services? The Obama administration claims it pays for itself, pointing to this new report: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2012/contraceptives/ib.shtml “While the costs of contraceptives for individual women can be substantial and can influence choice of contraceptive methods, available data indicate that providing contraceptive coverage as part of a health insurance benefit does not add to the cost of providing insurance coverage. Evidence from well-documented prior expansions of contraceptive coverage indicates that the cost to issuers ... is zero.” We shall see what the insurance companies say…
  • WOLF: Loudest Obamacare cheerleader wants out

    03/27/2011 1:48:13 AM PDT · by Scanian · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 25, 2011 | Dr. Milton R. Wolf
    Becoming the most hypocritical politician in America is not an easy goal to achieve, but New York’s Rep. Anthony Weiner, a Democrat, is up to the task. Earlier this year, the Obama administration began rewarding its union friends and others with an escape from the clutches of Obamacare. Now one of the most outspoken Obamacare supporters - the man who actually said, “I wrote the bill … the bill and I are one” wants his own “get out of jail free” card from this abominable law. Moments of unmistakable clarity may not always find their way to the president’s teleprompter,...
  • Congress Will Probe Special Exemptions to Health-Care Law

    01/28/2011 9:10:32 AM PST · by jda · 6 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 27 January 2011 | Fred Lucas
    "The Obama administration’s waivers to temporarily exempt certain companies, unions, and charities from rules established by the new health care law are a “perfect example of special interests” having influence in the administration and will be looked into by Congress, Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee told CNSNews.com. "'You’re going to find out that by the president doing that with the secretary of HHS, he violated one of his main principles when he ran for office--and that was that special interests were not going to have an in in his administration,' said Grassley. 'And this...
  • Health care waivers smack of corruption, say watchdogs.

    01/16/2011 8:20:04 PM PST · by danielmryan · 14 replies
    Enter Stage Right ^ | January 16, 2011 | Jim Kouri
    A news story that doesn't receive the coverage it deserves is the so-called ObamaCare waivers that will be handed out to "friends" of the President and supporters of his health care power-grab, according to a public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption. President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law does not specify which companies or labor unions should receive waivers for its requirements and under what circumstances. Critics of how Heath and Human Services Department has chosen to handle these waiver requests highlight the haphazard nature of the approval process and the fact that companies able to secure these coveted Obamacare exemptions...
  • Wanna see who's exempt from Obamacare?

    12/07/2010 3:39:37 PM PST · by OL Hickory · 11 replies
    http://www.hhs.gov/ ^ | December 3, 2010 | Dept of health and human services
    Applications for waivers from annual limit requirements are reviewed on a case by case basis by Department officials who look at a series of factors including whether or not a premium increase is large or if a significant number of enrollees would lose access to their current plan because the coverage would not be offered in the absence of a waiver
  • Big Polluters Freed From Environmental Oversight By Obama Administration Stimulus, 175,000 waivers.

    11/29/2010 8:56:33 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 9 replies
    Center for Public Integrity ^ | November 29, 2010 | Kristin Lombardi
    In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the nation’s biggest polluters and granted them sweeping exemptions from the most basic form of environmental oversight, a Center for Public Integrity investigation has found. Related Stories: ■NEPA Exemptions: The Dirty Dozen List ■Wisconsin Firm Receives Energy Grant Despite Chronic Pollution Problems The administration has awarded more than 179,000 “categorical exclusions” to stimulus projects funded by federal agencies, freeing those projects from review under the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA. Coal-burning utilities like Westar Energy...
  • Health overhaul waived for some (MN)

    11/11/2010 11:57:49 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 6 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-10-10 | Christopher Snowbeck
    Two companies based in the Twin Cities are among the more than 100 health-plan sponsors that have received waivers so far from certain requirements of the federal health care overhaul that Congress passed earlier this year. The restaurant division of Minnetonka-based Carlson and Regis Corp., the Edina-based operator of hair salons around the country, were granted the waivers last month. The federal legislation phases out the use of annual dollar limits on the amount of health plan coverage for essential benefits. But the government says the changes could be exceedingly expensive for a group of health plans that provide coverage...
  • The Unraveling Of Obamacare

    10/12/2010 8:32:56 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Thirty companies and organizations get waivers from the new health care overhaul because otherwise they'd have to raise rates or drop coverage. The president said neither would happen. Hey, where's our waiver? asks Investor's Business Daily (IBD). After telling federal regulators that it would be "economically prohibitive" for its insurance carrier to continue to cover its 30,000 hourly workers unless it received a waiver for its mini-med plans, McDonald's now has waivers for 115,000 workers, not just 30,000. Jack in the Box also has a waiver, as do 28 other companies and organizations. The largest waiver, for 351,000 people, is...
  • Teachers union gets a pass on ObamaCare rule

    10/08/2010 3:55:32 PM PDT · by opentalk · 29 replies
    NewYork Post ^ | October 8, 2010 | CHARLES HURT, YOAV GONEN
    The United Federation of Teachers -- one of President Obama's key political backers -- is the biggest beneficiary of a White House sweetheart deal that will exempt certain outfits from complying with new health-care rules, officials revealed yesterday. The quietly approved federal waivers for 30 companies, health insurers, unions and other groups across the country means the UFT doesn't have to gradually phase out caps on annual health coverage like everyone else. The UFT was concerned that could have been a major financial hit on the union. The one-year waiver, approved last month by the Department of Health and Human...
  • McDonald's, 29 other firms get health care coverage waivers

    10/07/2010 4:09:38 AM PDT · by safetysign · 47 replies · 1+ views
    timesnewsnet ^ | 10/10/2010 | staff
    USA Today is reporting that nearly a million workers won't get a consumer protection in the U.S. health reform law meant to cap insurance costs because the government exempted their employers. Thirty companies and organizations, including McDonald's and Jack in the Box won't be required to raise the minimum annual benefit included in low-cost health plans, which are often used to cover part-time or low-wage employees. The Department of Health and Human Services, which provided a list of exemptions, said it granted waivers in late September so workers with such plans wouldn't lose coverage from employers who might choose instead...
  • If you like your health coverage you can keep it; if your lucky enough to be the president.

    03/25/2010 5:49:11 PM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 4 replies · 283+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 03-25-10 | Robert Ehrenkaufer
    I guess when President Obama uttered the promise "If you like your coverage you can keep it" he was speaking to the ruling elite. It must have been so since the adoring sycophants on the Hill were not exempted from this bill but their bosses were. How about that change guys? The following Fox News story outlines the controversy brewing in Washington:
  • Drafters still immune to bill's ills

    03/24/2010 4:09:22 AM PDT · by Scanian · 5 replies · 472+ views
    NY Post ^ | March 24, 2010 | GEOFF EARLE
    WASHINGTON -- It turns out that President Obama and the congressional staffers who actually sat down and wrote the health-care bill might not have to contend with the complicated new health "exchanges" the new law is creating. "It's pretty unbelievable that the president and his closest advisers remain untouched by the reforms they pushed for the rest of the country," fumed Sen. Charles Grassley (R- Iowa). When health care was moving through the Senate, Grassley tried, unsuccessfully, to include an amendment to force all political appointees from the president on down to get their health care through the same exchanges...
  • Guess who's exempt?

    03/24/2010 2:09:30 AM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 33 replies · 1,466+ views
    New York Post ^ | March 24, 2010 | New York Post
    Good old Joe Biden, introducing Barack Obama at the health-care bill-signing lollapalooza in Washington yesterday, leaned over and whispered into the presidential ear (and a nearby open mike): "This is a big f---ing deal." Sure was -- though not personally to Veep Potty-Mouth, nor to the president. They're exempt, you see. Really. No worrying for them about the personal consequences of ObamaCare's overbearing regulation, worrisome coverage uncertainties and financial confusions. Same for members of the presidential Cabinet -- and all of their staff members. They and their families are exempt from the calamitous health-care "reform" plan they've hung on the...
  • Tell DC OFF: Only fill out # of people in your home on Census form, Change withholding to 20

    03/03/2010 6:23:25 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 98 replies · 2,684+ views
    March 3, 2010 | steelers6
    When you get your census form in a couple of weeks just fill out the number of people in your household. Also, go into your employer tommorrow and ask for a W-2 Blue Card and change your Federal exemptions to 20 with no other withholding. Increase your state to the maximum allowed as well unless you have no state income tax. They don't want to do what we ask, it's time to send a message.
  • Obama's Healthcare Discrimination

    01/19/2010 3:48:10 AM PST · by Scanian · 213+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 19, 2010 | Selwyn Duke
    One thing we get with our mother's milk today is revulsion for what civil-rights lawyers call "invidious" discrimination. For the civil-rights lawyers who attained their status through the invidious discrimination known as affirmative action, the parenthesized word means "likely to create ill will" or "offensively or unfairly discriminating." Now, the problem with judging invidiousness is that it requires you know what fairness is. For instance, it certainly creates ill will when Americans are rejected simply because they're too white or too male, but the government doesn't trouble much about that. We also have an unfair progressive income tax that evokes...
  • GAO: DOD lacks evidence for exemptions

    03/07/2008 2:46:59 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 183+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/7/08 | Erica Werner - ap
    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon hasn't made the case for exemptions from three environmental laws or provided examples of how military operations have been impeded by them, a congressional report said Friday. The Government Accountability Office report came after the Navy lost in court over training exercises it was conducting under an exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Environmentalists contended that the Navy's use of sonar could harm whales off the Southern California coast, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled March 2 that the Navy had to limit the sonar use. In a written response included in...
  • Commissioner wants to repeal arts tax credit (Frederick, MD)

    12/29/2007 11:06:02 AM PST · by JZelle · 7 replies · 358+ views
    Fredericknewspost.com ^ | 12-29-07 | Meg Bernhardt
    Frederick County Commissioner John L. Thompson Jr. believes artists should not get more tax breaks than other property owners. He hopes to repeal a property tax credit for renovations on buildings used for arts and entertainment. The credit was introduced in 2004 and the county has no record of anyone applying for or receiving it, Frederick County Treasurer Lori Decker said. Thompson, the sole commissioner to vote against the credit in 2004, said he is bringing it up again because he hopes the commissioners elected last year will be open to reconsidering it. "Artists and entertainers, they should pay money...
  • Perry signs toll road bill

    06/13/2007 7:17:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 819+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | June 12, 2007 | Stephen Palkot
    A bill that places a two-year moratorium on private toll road agreements in Texas was signed by Gov. Rick Perry on Monday. The bill, Senate Bill 792, was pushed by opponents of the Trans Texas Corridor, which is a proposed set of privately-funded toll roads throughout Texas. The final version of the bill represents a compromise between opponents of the TTC and Perry, its main backer. Specifically, the bill prevents the Texas Department of Transportation from entering what are called comprehensive development agreements, or CDAs, which are contracts for private companies to build and profit from toll roads in Texas....
  • Lobbyist describes status of toll roads

    06/08/2007 4:16:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 560+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | June 8, 2007 | Lauren Thompson
    Hank Gilbert was not impressed with the 80th meeting of the Texas Legislature. Gilbert, a former candidate for agriculture commissioner and Democratic anti-toll road lobbyist, offered his opinions and reported on his efforts, specifically on bills concerning the toll roads, at the Texas Democratic Women of Gregg County's monthly meeting Thursday. "The 80th session probably had some high points," he said of the Democrats' progress. "But I didn't see them; except the raising of the minimum wage to $7.25, which won't go into effect for another two years." Gilbert spoke in detail about Texas House Bill 1892, a piece of...
  • Perry's office sees no toll moratorium at all

    06/04/2007 4:24:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 403+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | June 3, 2007 | Patrick Driscoll
    Now that legislators have gone home and trumpeted how they passed a bill to freeze private financing of toll roads, the governor's office has some bubble-busting news. There isn't much of a moratorium in Senate Bill 792. "Of any kind, that we can tell," said Robert Black, spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry. "Unless there was something screwy that happened." Actually, there were plenty of screwy machinations in the Legislature as lawmakers hammered out bills to rein in tolling powers of the Texas Department of Transportation. Slapping a two-year moratorium on privatization contracts started out simple. But skittish lawmakers carved out...
  • Iffy interstate: Harris County pulls out of I-69 Alliance

    05/28/2007 1:14:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 695+ views
    Victoria Advocate ^ | May 28, 2007 | Rebecca Holm
    The future of an interstate planned to run through Victoria appears murkier than ever. Harris County, a key point along the proposed Interstate 69 route, pulled out of the I-69 Alliance in mid-May. In an article in the May 15 Houston Chronicle, Bill Murphy and Rad Sallee wrote that Harris County pulled out of the I-69 Alliance after county commissioners decided too much was spent annually in membership costs. The county hopes that a bill in legislation right now is passed, because it would give them access to build a toll road as part of the Trans-Texas Corridor parallel to...
  • Toll road bill still awaits Perry's signature

    05/29/2007 2:34:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 643+ views
    WFAA ^ | May 29, 2007 | Jake Batsell (Dallas Morning News)
    AUSTIN – Lawmakers broke camp Monday, taking it on faith that Gov. Rick Perry won't slam the brakes on a compromise toll road bill. Monday's session finale came and went without Mr. Perry signing the bill, which imposes a partial two-year freeze on private toll road deals. Lawmakers did not try to override his veto on their initial bill to overhaul the state's toll policies. Many involved in the contentious toll road debate were expecting Mr. Perry to approve the bill by now because his office was closely involved in hammering out the compromise. Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody said the...
  • Architect of toll road freeze is credited for her tenacity

    05/26/2007 6:07:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 701+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | May 26, 2007 | Jake Batsell
    Those persuasion skills were key to Ms. Kolkhorst marshaling support for a partial two-year moratorium on private toll roads. The bill could get lawmakers' final blessing today. The Brenham Republican has emerged as a central figure in the Legislature's efforts to slow down the privatization of Texas roads. She has persuaded nearly all of her 149 House colleagues to back the moratorium, which excludes most North Texas toll projects. Ms. Kolkhorst, 42, has parlayed a blend of persistence, fearlessness, smarts and country charm into a more visible role in Austin. In addition to leading the toll road freeze, she has...
  • Toll road agreement reached

    05/25/2007 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 663+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 25, 2007 | Ben Wear
    House, Senate passage seem likely The careening vehicle that has been this legislative session's toll road overhaul appeared to pull into the garage about 4:35 p.m. Thursday. At that moment, Republican state Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville, after spending several moments huddling on the floor with Sen. Tommy Williams, sponsor of Senate Bill 792, affixed his signature to a compromise version of the bill, and the two shook hands. "We've got a deal now," Williams, R-The Woodlands, said about an hour later. "This is really going to move transportation issues forward, particularly in large metropolitan areas." The deal was among...
  • Toll-road pact is still in talks

    05/24/2007 10:15:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 566+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | May 24, 2007 | Aman Batheja
    AUSTIN -- Key negotiators were still working Wednesday night to hammer out a compromise version of a toll-road moratorium bill that Gov. Rick Perry won't veto. Earlier Wednesday, Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, said a compromise between the House and Senate versions of a transportation bill had been negotiated, but key House members quickly insisted that a deal had not been reached. The compromise version would require both chambers' approval. Perry vetoed a toll-road moratorium bill last week, citing concerns that it would cost the state federal funding of transportation projects. Different versions of a second moratorium passed both chambers last...
  • TTC Wars: Will Perry’s pet project prevail?

    05/23/2007 3:22:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 493+ views
    Lone Star Times ^ | May 23, 2007 | Rick G
    Paul Burka’s blog has a nice update on the legislative efforts to de-rail Gov. Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor project. It hasn’t been stopped yet (reference to bills are bills to halt the TTC): So here’s where we are. HB 1892, the original bill, has been vetoed. SB 792, Carona’s bill, is in conference committee. The governor’s office, through former senator Ken Armbrister, is trying to round up enough votes in the Senate (11) to block an override of the veto. If he is successful, then the governor holds all the cards. He can veto 792 as well, with the calendar...