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  • Hidden disaster in new budget: Demonic plot to raid pensions

    12/12/2013 3:09:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 44 replies
    Salon ^ | December 11, 2013 | David Dayen
    2013 has not been a pleasant year if you work for the federal government. You’ve been subject to pay freezes, furloughs and shutdowns. One of you got yelled at by a Tea Party Republican at the World War II memorial. And if Congress passes the budget deal announced Tuesday night by Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray – a big if – you will get a final Christmas present: You’ll have to pay more into your pension, an effective wage cut that just adds to the $114 billion, with a “B,” federal employees have already given back to the...
  • Congress divvies up staff healthcare plans under Obamacare exchanges

    11/01/2013 1:07:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | November 1, 2013 | Alexis Levinson
    WASHINGTON — Democrats and Republicans have sparred for the past few months over what should be done about staffers’ healthcare: should they go on the healthcare exchanges, as a provision in Obamacare seems to require, or should they stay on the healthcare plan they have now, where they receive an employer subsidy help defray the costs? The deadline for members to make that decision arrived at 5 p.m. on Halloween. Members could either designate staff as “official,” in which case they would be required to go on the exchanges, or “unofficial,” in which case they could remain on the Federal...
  • 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...
  • House GOP intent on forcing Congress, White House into Obamacare

    10/15/2013 12:24:08 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | October 15, 2013 | SUSAN CRABTREE
    If House Republicans get their way in budget talks, White House spokesman Jay Carney may be forced to make good on his pledge to sign up for Obamacare if his private insurance plan is dropped. House GOP leaders have pressed during the government shutdown fight to significantly delay or defund the president's signature healthcare reform laws. But with those efforts failing to take hold, Republicans on Tuesday shifted fears and are seeking to extract a different health care concession: Forcing members of Congress, President Obama and top White House officials to enroll in the law's insurance exchanges without subsidies. Carney...
  • Rebel Without a Caste

    09/28/2013 6:06:33 AM PDT · by keats5 · 7 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | September 27, 2013 | Matthew Continetti
    How fitting that Senator Ted Cruz’s 21-hour anti-Obamacare speech on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C., happened to coincide with the opening of the U.N. General Assembly and the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. Rarely is the distance separating the caste that rules our world from its few, heavily despised critics so literal.
  • PALIN SLAMS DC 'ASSCLOWNS' FOR THROWING 'PATHETIC' '#NERDPROM

    04/27/2013 10:27:48 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 331 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Sunday April 28, 2013
    Former Alaska governor and vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, who has fiercely fought crony capitalism and the permanent political class, absolutely blistered the White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday, tweeting that the dinner was "pathetic" and that "DC assclowns" were throwing "themselves a #nerdprom" while "the rest of America is out there working our assess off." @SarahPalinUSA: That #WHCD was pathetic. The rest of America is out there working our asses off while these DC assclowns throw themselves a #nerdprom In recent years, Washington veterans have expressed similar concerns. Tom Brokaw has compared Washington to "Versailles," Ron Fournier has said...
  • Government without objective

    04/23/2013 6:06:43 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 6 replies
    Red State ^ | 4/22/2013 | John Hayward
    Big Government programs never seem to have any definite objectives. There are no victory conditions, no exit strategies, no test a program could fail that would result in its termination. This is one of the many reasons it is obscene for socialists to appropriate the language of business and “investment” to peddle their schemes. Investment is voluntary, and every investor envisions some level of failure that would prompt him to pull the plug on a bad investment. By contrast, government programs go on forever, we’re told it’s impossible to pass terminal judgment against them, and we are not allowed to...
  • Where Did Your Tax Dollar Go?

    04/20/2013 9:48:43 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 2 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 4/15/2013 | Romina Boccia & Curtis Dubay
    Americans are waking up today to the worst “case of the Mondays” they’ll have all year: It’s Tax Day. Most Americans dread Tax Day, and for good reasons. Beyond the huge tab Americans pay to the government, the tax code is so complex that it’s difficult to figure out what we owe to the IRS. This is a pain for taxpayers and a huge drain on the economy. According to the federal Taxpayer Advocate in its 2012 report, Americans’ cost of complying with today’s complex tax code totaled $168 billion in 2010. That’s almost as large as the impact of...
  • Democrat senator denies prostitution allegations (Menendez)

    01/31/2013 8:21:01 AM PST · by IbJensen · 23 replies
    GOP USA ^ | January 31, 2013 | Staff
    The office of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., issued a statement Wednesday denying allegations a Florida doctor who is a friend lined up prostitutes for him. The FBI Tuesday raided the office Dr. Salomon Melgen, an eye doctor practicing in West Palm Beach, Fla., who is the target of an Internal Revenue Service lien for more than $11 million, The Miami Herald reported. The newspaper said federal investigators were believed to be looking into Melgen's finances as well as the allegations about prostitutes. "Dr. Melgen has been a friend and political supporter of Senator Menendez for many years," the statement...
  • (America's Leadership) Washington, D.C., Residents Watch More Porn Than The Rest Of America: Study

    01/11/2013 12:11:36 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    NYDN ^ | Thursday, January 10, 2013 | Adam Edelman
    Washington, D.C., residents watch more porn than the rest of America: study • Research from PornHub.com says residents of the nation’s capital watch 14.18 online videos per person in a year. Hawaii is second, with 7.57 per year. Politics has always been dirty, but a new study takes the expression to a level so stimulating that it’s hard to believe. Residents of Washington, D.C., watch nearly twice as much online pornography as people in any of the 50 states, according to a study published by XXX site PornHub.com. Horndogs in the nation’s capital consumed online pornography at a rate of...
  • Icebergs in Way of Health Care Reform

    04/12/2012 6:37:32 AM PDT · by Aspenhuskerette · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | April 12, 2012 | Melanie Sturm
    Prior to its maiden voyage 100 years ago this week, the Titanic's captain proclaimed, “I cannot conceive of any vital disaster happening to this vessel.” Yet hubris, misaligned priorities and bad planning conspired to sink the Titanic. The same mismanagement and arrogance afflict the Titanic-like health care law (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that passed through icy congressional waters in 2010. Given lethal icebergs en route, both Capt. Edward Smith and America's lawmakers would undoubtedly Think Again before declaring “Full speed ahead.” If polled, Titanic's passengers would've preferred slower navigation (and more lifeboats) to the record-breaking speed favored...
  • The people can beat political class

    01/30/2012 12:26:18 PM PST · by SmileRight · 7 replies
    BIZPACReview.com ^ | 1/30/2012 | John R. Smith
    People are funny about some things. A person who believes he controls his own destiny is sometimes the same person who won’t get involved in politics. He literally bristles at the suggestion that he can’t have it both ways. An occasional theme running through BizPac Review’s pages highlights the puzzling logic of such people, who sit back and let the political train run them over. To me, such people have their heads stuck so far in the sand that only their behinds are visible. They’re part of the problem. Here’s why: The function of politics -- and its highest form,...
  • 67% of Political Class Say U.S. Heading in Right Direction, 84% of Mainstream Disagrees

    08/24/2011 6:40:43 AM PDT · by Sudetenland · 12 replies
    Rassmussen Reports ^ | August 03, 2010 | Rassmussen
    Recent polling has shown huge gaps between the Political Class and Mainstream Americans on issues ranging from immigration to health care to the virtues of free markets. The gap is just as big when it comes to the traditional right direction/wrong track polling question. A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 67% of Political Class voters believe the United States is generally heading in the right direction. However, things look a lot different to Mainstream Americans. Among these voters, 84% say the country has gotten off on the wrong track. Twenty-four percent (24%) of Mainstream voters consider fiscal policy...
  • The Economic Delusions of the Political Class(Spending=growth=deficit reduction)

    08/17/2011 7:35:53 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 7 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | August 16, 2011 | William L. Anderson
    The New York Times recently ran an "analysis" article entitled, "Debt Problem's Sure Cure: Economic Growth." This is something that falls into the category of "Gee, why didn't I think of that?" All you need is growth, so let's go get us some growth! That will take care of everything! Journalist Catherine Rampell asserts, There is, in theory, a happy solution to our debt troubles. It's called economic growth. No need to raise taxes or cut programs. Just get the economy growing the way it used to. Rampell admits that this is a dicey proposition. She holds to the belief...
  • It's All Coming Apart

    04/19/2011 3:42:44 AM PDT · by Scanian · 53 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2011 | Monty Pelerin
    Despite Government propaganda and manipulated statistics to the contrary, our economy continues to deteriorate. For every "green shoot" highlighted by the Government and its lackey media, multiple contra-examples are cited by independent analysts. To continue to deny reality risks credibility. Perhaps that is why S&P, arguably a sock-puppet of Wall Street, on Monday made its announcement regarding the financial condition of the US. As reported by the Wall Street Journal: "Standard & Poor's Ratings Services Inc. cut its outlook on the U.S. to negative, increasing the likelihood of a potential downgrade from its triple-A rating, as the path from large...
  • Calling Evil By Its Name

    04/10/2011 1:54:37 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 4/102011 | Linda Kimball
    In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, James Taranto describes the growing bloodlust of the progressive left: " America's liberal left is preoccupied with salacious fantasies of political violence. These take two forms: dreams of leftist insurrection, and nightmares of reactionary bloodshed." Taranto goes on to report that a sympathetic mainstream media suppresses and/or whitewashes the former type of fantasy while treating the latter as if it reflects reality. (The Politics of Bloodlust, The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 27, 2011) There are five things we must understand about the West's Progressive Liberal "elite" if we are to make sense of their...
  • Gunning for Eliot: Grasso vs. Spitzer for mayor?

    03/03/2011 3:22:49 AM PST · by Scanian · 6 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 2, 2011 | Charles Gasparino
    Eliot Spitzer's resurrection -- from the disgraced gov ernor better known as Cli ent 9 to CNN talk-show host -- has the political class buzzing about him running for mayor in 2013. Wilder still, one of his former targets is talking about running against him. Former New York Stock Exchange chief Dick Grasso -- one of the highest-profile targets of Spitzer's uneven assault on Wall Street -- has quietly been telling friends that he's leaning toward challenging Spitzer as a Republican (particularly if Police Commissioner Ray Kelly doesn't seek the GOP nomination himself, as some speculate he will). Sure, Grasso...
  • Daniels: Tax hikes might be necessary (Mitch - 'we need to be grownups about it')

    09/11/2010 8:41:55 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 84 replies
    gop12.com ^ | Saturday September 11, 2010
    From Andrew Romano's great new profile of a Mitch Daniels he portrays as pragmatic and principled (kind of oxymoronic, but one of Daniels' principles appears to be pragmatism). To wit, his suggestions: Let’s raise the retirement age, he says. Let’s reduce Social Security for the rich. And let’s reconsider our military commitments, too. When I ask about taxes—in 2005 Daniels proposed a hike on the $100,000-plus crowd, which his own party promptly torpedoed—he refuses to revert to Republican talking points. “At some stage there could well be a tax increase,” he says with a sigh. “They say we can’t have...
  • These spoiled-brat voters are having quite the temper tantrum, aren’t they?

    Via RCP. Don’t misunderstand: This is 100 percent nonpartisan criticism, he insists. It could have been written at any point in the last 10 years. "According to polls, Americans are in a mood to hold their breath until they turn blue. Voters appear to be so fed up with the Democrats that they’re ready to toss them out in favor of the Republicans — for whom, according to those same polls, the nation has even greater contempt. This isn’t an “electoral wave,” it’s a temper tantrum…" "In the punditry business, it’s considered bad form to question the essential wisdom of...
  • The Stark Reality

    08/02/2010 2:43:51 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 02, 2010 | Sally Zelikovsky
    At the end of June, the nation witnessed firsthand the behavior of California Congressman, Fortney "Pete" Stark, towards what he clearly regards as the commoners in his district. This video received over 259,000 hits from a populace tired of being told by elected officials across the land to "talk to the hand." Stark's contemptuous behavior just reared its ugly head once again this past Saturday, July 24th at another town hall meeting in his district. (video link) As evidenced by the endless repertoire of snarky comments and silly hand gestures, Fortney "Pete" Stark is consistently contemptuous of the good people...
  • Voters Are Much More Embarrassed by Political Class Than By Arizona (Rasmussen)

    07/14/2010 3:36:29 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 2 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | July 14, 2010
    Washington Post political columnist Dana Milbank recently wrote a column about Arizona’s response to illegal immigration and called it a “pariah state.” However, voters nationwide are far more worried about the nation’s Political Class than about Arizona’s response to illegal immigration. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 26% of voters are embarrassed by Arizona and its behavior. Sixty-two percent (62%) are not. However, 59% are embarrassed by the nation’s Political Class and its behavior. Twenty-three percent (23%) are not. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of Republicans are embarrassed by the Political Class, along with 63% of unaffiliated voters. Democrats...
  • Tea Party 48% Obama 44%

    04/07/2010 5:01:00 AM PDT · by RogerFGay · 10 replies · 506+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | April 7, 2010 | Roger F. Gay
    On major issues, 48% of voters say that the average Tea Party member is closer to their views than President Barack Obama. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 44% hold the opposite view and believe the president’s views are closer to their own. Not surprisingly, there was a powerful split between mainstream Americans and members of the Political Class. Eighty-seven percent (87%) of those in the Political Class say their views are closer to the president. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Mainstream Americans say their views are closer to the Tea Party. The divide is reflected in...
  • Health Care Reform --- Say no to separate but unequal treatment for the Political Class

    07/25/2009 12:43:45 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 3 replies · 346+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | July 25, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    Congress should first write a Health Care Reform Bill for themselves, and then make it available to the rest of the country. The concept there are two classes of people in the country, a political class and the great unwashed (us) that have separate and distinctly unequal access to health care, is abhorrent. They are the ones who will get treatment at the Bethesda Naval Medical Center, and we will have VA hospital quality care. There is a difference! The Senate bill specifically exempts Congress and Federal employees from provisions of health....
  • Would health insurance stamps (like food stamps) be a better way to universal coverage?

    06/30/2009 5:29:39 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 8 replies · 315+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | June 30, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    There has to be a better way to cover the uninsured than the massively expensive government run health plan being proposed by congressional Democrats and the administration. Not only will it destroy the existing health industry, but it will result in rationing to control costs. It will bring VA quality health care to the general public, as Congress and the very wealthy get Bethesda Naval Medical Center treatment. Here is a better alternative. It is a plan is to offer “health insurance stamps” similar to food stamps to the needy who are not covered by employer funded health care. With...
  • Obama on rationing health care … a double standard?

    06/25/2009 6:45:52 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 16 replies · 805+ views
    Island Turtle ^ | June 25, 2009 | Corky Boyd
    The LA Times reports on the ABC Obama health care special yesterday. It touched on the issue of medical rationing for the elderly. "In a nationally televised event at the White House, Obama said families need better information so they don't unthinkingly approve 'additional tests or additional drugs that the evidence shows is not necessarily going to improve care.' " He added: "Maybe you're better off not having the surgery, but taking the painkiller." Has anyone asked Senator Ted Kennedy....
  • The rise of a new class war

    04/24/2009 9:32:06 AM PDT · by Danae · 30 replies · 948+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 4-24-2009 | Dianna Cotter
    Wednesday April 22 saw a very interesting poll released by Rasmussen. This poll shows that 60% of Americans believe that the Government has too much power. 60% also say they believe that tax cuts help the economy. 51% have a favorable view on the Tax Day Tea Parties that were held last week. Clearly, more than half of Americans are at the very least concerned with what the government is doing, and how much power it has. This is now a civil rights issue, if only because more than half of Americans are not supportive of the governments’ plans. On...
  • Bush to Speak About Immigration on Monday , 5/15/06

    05/12/2006 7:31:27 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 124 replies · 2,788+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/12/06 | Terence Hunt - ap
    WASHINGTON - President Bush plans to address the nation Monday night on the immigration debate, trying to build momentum for legislation that could provide millions of illegal immigrants a chance to become American citizens. The White House said it was seeking time from television networks for the president's remarks. "This is crunch time," Tony Snow, the new White House press secretary said Friday at his first off-camera, or informal, briefing. On Thursday, Senate leaders reached a deal to revive a broad immigration bill that had appeared doomed just several weeks ago. Key to the agreement is who will be negotiating...
  • The Right to Shut Up and Pay Your Taxes

    12/14/2003 1:27:01 AM PST · by JesseHousman · 13 replies · 157+ views
    Town Hall ^ | December 14, 2003 | Paul Jacob
    Let a thousand voices boom across the airwaves, the Internet and in newspaper columns condemning the assault that Congress and the Supreme Court have inflicted on the First Amendment--on our most essential, fundamental speech: the ability to criticize our elected officials. I join the chorus. However, it is the cynical nature of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law that permits us to speak in these ways. We are merely prohibited from communications that could--even ever so indirectly--endanger the reelection of incumbents in Congress. That is the speech that has been criminalized: speech that could threaten the very powerful congressmen, who wrote...