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  • HHS secretary: No plan if Supreme Court guts Obamacare

    06/22/2015 10:58:30 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 6-22-2015 | Jim Acostsa
    Days before the Supreme Court could strip it of a central component, there is still no "plan B" for Obamacare. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell warned the Obama administration will be unable to cover the millions of Americans who could lose their medical insurance if the Supreme Court decides to unravel much of the Affordable Care Act. "We don't believe there is an administration solution that would undo all of that damage," Burwell said about the looming Supreme Court ruling in an exclusive interview with CNN. The court could rule as early as Monday in the health care...
  • Energy subsidies, A costly mistake

    05/20/2015 5:04:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 12 replies
    The Economist ^ | May 19th 2015 | Business and finance
    BIG mistakes in economic policymaking abound. But it would be hard to find a worse one than energy subsidies. Recent research has shown that they enrich middlemen, depress economic output and help the rich, who use lots of energy, more than they do the poor. But now a new working paper by the International Monetary Fund highlights another cost too: damage to the environment. Including this, the authors reckon that the total drag on the global economy caused by fuel subsidies now amounts to a stonking $5.3 trillion each year, or 6% of global GDP—more than world spends on health...
  • GAO: Dept. of Energy’s green energy loans, predicted to turn profit, will lose money

    04/29/2015 2:33:28 PM PDT · by yuffy · 5 replies
    Libertyunyielding ^ | April 28, 2015 at 10:26 am | By LU Staff
    It’s official: The Energy Department’s green energy loan program is expected to lose money despite media reports that such loans would net the government a profit. The Government Accountability Office says the DOE’s oft-touted $28 billion loan program will cost taxpayers $2.21 billion over the lifetime of the loans. Not only that, the costs to taxpayers for green loans has risen about $500 million as “the result of loan guarantee defaults” from companies like Solyndra and Abound Solar. The “credit subsidy cost of the loans and loan guarantees in its portfolio” is expected ”to be $2.21 billion, including $807 million...
  • Tesla should stop accepting subsidies says WSJ

    03/01/2015 6:40:39 PM PST · by thackney · 49 replies ^ | February 25, 2015 | STEVE HANLEY
    The European edition of The Wall Street Journal has said in an editorial that Tesla Motors should stop accepting federal and state subsidies. “Last year Tesla made a roughly $150 million killing from selling ZEV credits. That’s up from $130 million in 2013, $32 million in 2012, and $3 million in 2011. All told in 2014 Tesla sold about $216 million in credits,” the newspaper said. It goes on to say, Capitalism needs visionaries, but its reputation suffers when companies worth billions soak middle-class taxpayers for profits. Turn off the taxpayer tap, Mr Musk. It would earn you more friends...
  • Report: Solar Energy Subsidies Cost $39 Billion Per Year

    02/13/2015 12:33:34 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 10 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 2-12-2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Despite billions spent in investments over decades, solar energy will only make up 0.6 percent of total electricity generation in the United States, according to a report released by the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA). “In spite of government’s best efforts to encourage innovation by solar energy companies and encourage Americans to rely more heavily on solar electricity, solar power continues to be a losing proposition,” the report said. “American taxpayers spent an average of $39 billion a year over the past 5 years financing grants, subsidizing tax credits, guaranteeing loans, bailing out failed solar energy boondoggles and otherwise underwriting every idea...
  • If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Don’t Have to Pay...

    01/31/2015 3:59:48 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 1/30/15 | Andrew Kloster
    If You Received a Higher Obamacare Subsidy Than You Were Eligible For, You Don’t Have to Pay It Back This Year **SNIP** However, the IRS will waive the 2014 late payment penalty for those who received an excessive premium tax credit. The IRS has now granted these recipients of excessive federal benefits a one-year holiday. Even though they clearly owe the overpayment for 2014, they will effectively not have to, and no doubt won’t, pay the money back because they will not face any penalty if they do not pay it immediately. If the Obama administration delays the payment again,...
  • RFS a No-Show at Freedom Summit

    Just days after Iowa Governor Terry Brandstad kicked off a campaign to promote the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as a “candidate” in the 2016 presidential race, it was basically a no-show at the conservative Freedom Summit featuring many presidential hopefuls. Asked about the RFS in an interview with the Des Moines Register on Friday, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said he would continue his opposition to the law as “a matter of principle.” One of the potential candidates who received some positive reviews at the summit was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who was recently criticized by biofuels producers in his...
  • A whopping 87 per cent of Obamacare customers to get taxpayer-funded subsidies in 2015...

    12/30/2014 9:38:27 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-30-14 | David Martosko
    About seven out of every eight Obamacare insurance customers who enrolled between November 15 and mid-December are poor enough to qualify for taxpayer-funded subsidies designed to lower their monthly premiums. The Department of Health and Human Services reported that number Tuesday, saying it's up from 80 per cent a year ago. Americans who participate in government-brokered medical insurance can get subsidies from the federal treasury if their households earn less than four times the government's official 'poverty' level. That situation describes 64 per cent of all U.S. residents, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. But far more are qualifying, suggesting...
  • Venezuela's future: 'Barbarity and people looting'

    12/01/2014 2:06:52 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 38 replies
    cnbc ^ | 12-1-2014
    "Scarcity is getting worse in Venezuela. Basic products are so hard to get," said Josseline Viera, a doctor in Venezuela. "It used to be that certain products were scarce, now it's basically everything." Viera says shortages have made it impossible for hospitals to find essential medical products such as gauze and acetaminophen. Oil accounts for 95 percent of Venezuela's export earnings,and combined with gas, it's 25 percent of the country's gross domestic product. As the price of oil hits a four-year low at $70 per barrel, the OPEC nation's oil-dependent economy is set to implode, experts say, bringing deeper political...
  • APNewsBreak: Vascular Solutions subsidy scrapped (Minnesota)

    11/19/2014 11:56:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 19, 2014 1:56 PM EST | Brian Bakst
    A medical-device company lost out on a hefty Minnesota subsidy on Wednesday after the firm and its leader were criminally charged. The Department of Employment and Economic Development scrapped a potential $800,000 package tied to an expansion and hiring proposal put forth by Vascular Solutions. The decision came Wednesday, a day after The Associated Press reported the deal was cast into doubt by last week’s federal indictment. A hearing to consider approval of the Minnesota Job Creation Fund award had been set for Friday. […] Vascular Solutions and CEO Howard Root were federally indicted last week on charges of conspiring...
  • KiOR files for bankruptcy, but not Mississippi unit

    11/10/2014 8:11:07 AM PST · by thackney · 10 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | November 10, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Kior, Inc., the Houston-area biofuels maker that hoped to tap new technology to produce clean energy, filed for bankruptcy Sunday. The company listed $58.3 million in assets along with $261.3 million debts in its filing in the federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, where the company is incorporated. The company was at one-time considered a leader in the development of what’s known as cellulosic fuel — gasoline and diesel that is made from inedible plant material like woodchips and grass clippings. Though other biofuels are made from plants — ethanol, for example, is made from corn or sugarcane — cellulosic fuels...
  • Little House on the Subsidized Prairie

    10/28/2014 7:46:17 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 10/27/2014 | Tom Gantert
    When actress Melissa Gilbert recently told a local newspaper that she wants to boost Michigan’s economy by starting a theater company near her home in Howell, the “Little House on the Prairie” star added some conditions. Gilbert wants the state to increase the subsidies it delivers to film producers from the current $50 million annual level. She also told The Daily Press & Argus that her theater company plans are dependent on her choice for governor – Democrat Mark Schauer – winning in November. While Gilbert lives in Michigan, she and her husband, actor Timothy Busfield, are also collecting subsidies...
  • CBO: Cost of Obamacare Subsidy Will Increase 8-Fold in 10 Years

    09/15/2014 7:59:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    cns news ^ | 9/15/14 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - The cost of the Obamacare subsidy that the U.S. Treasury will pay on behalf of people who earn under 400 percent of the federal poverty level and who buy a government-approved health-care plan on a government-run health-insurance exchange will increase by approximately 8-fold in its first ten years of operation, according to the latest budget estimate from the Congressional Budget Office. Medicaid spending will double in the first ten years of full implementation of Obamacare, according to the CBO estimates.
  • Can solar energy work in snowy Syracuse? Yes, with lots of taxpayer help

    09/10/2014 4:31:10 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 25 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 9.10.14 | Glenn Coin
    "The bottom line is solar works here," said Pete Wirth, whose 18 solar panels supply all of his Fayetteville home's electrical power. "It would probably work better if you had no cloudy days, but solar works perfectly fine in Central New York." The only way solar works here, or just about anywhere, is with heavy government subsidies. Wirth's system cost $24,000 when it was installed two years ago, but after tax credits and rebates, he paid about $6,200. That means taxpayers pick up about 75 percent of the cost of solar systems.
  • Discarded Children Still Bring in Subsidy Checks for the Adoptive Parents Who Tossed Them Aside

    09/02/2014 12:03:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Tuesday, September 2, 2014 | Nick Nehamas
    Hundreds of adoptive parents in New York City who've sent their children to live elsewhere continue to get monthly government subsidies of up to $1,700 per child. They can continue receiving the checks until the child turns 21 years old.They gave up on their “hard-to-place" adopted kids — but not on the government check intended for the discarded kids’ care. Hundreds of adoptive parents across the five boroughs who've sent their children to live elsewhere are continuing to pull in monthly checks of up to $1,700 per child while the city, state and feds look the other way, the Daily...
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to sue Obama Administration on Common Core

    08/27/2014 7:24:11 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-27-14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he was filing a lawsuit on Wednesday against the Obama administration over alleged manipulation of grant money to force states to accept Common Core as their school standards. Mr. Jindal is also accusing the White House of manipulating the regulatory process to compel states to take the much-disputed educational program, The Associated Press reported. The U.S. Department of Education used its $4.3 billion grant program and waiver policy to press states into accepting the same educational testing and standards program. Mr. Jindal said that action “effectively forces states down a path toward a national curriculum,”...
  • New York to DC: We'll Figure Out Immigration On Our Own Since You Can't

    08/04/2014 5:29:38 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 12 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4 Aug 2014 | Rebecca McCray
    This week felt like déjà vu all over again for immigration activists who held hunger strikes ahead of Christmas break. The House and Senate, one of the least productive to ever set foot in the nation's Capitol, left Washington this week to go on vacation without bringing forward a vote on reform. Again. But activists aren't the only ones fed up with Congress’ inaction on immigration reform. The country's largest states—California, New York, and Texas—have been looking for ways to take matters into their own hands when it comes to granting rights to undocumented residents. In New York, State Senator...
  • Obamacare Architect Admists Taxpayers in Non-Exchange States Won't Get the Subsidy

    07/28/2014 6:37:59 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Competitive Enterprise Institute ^ | July 24, 2014 | Ryan Radia
    UNKNOWN QUESTIONER:“Um, you mentioned the Health Insurance Exchanges for the States. And it’s my understanding that if the States don’t provide them, that the Federal Government will provide them.”M.I.T. economics Prof. Jonathan Gruber:“Yeah, so these Health Insurance Exchanges —once you go on and CRS [is] in Massachusetts—will be these new shopping places. And they’ll be the place that people go to get their subsidies for health insurance. “In the law it says [that] if States don’t provide them, the federal backstop will. The Federal Government has been sort-of slow in putting in this backstop, I think partially, because they...
  • Solar panel company pocketing govt subsidy cash intended for homeowners

    07/12/2014 7:57:00 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7-12-14 | Jazz Shaw
    The US government has been pushing the idea of home solar panels for quite a while now, giving the industry a significant, additional nudge when the current federal subsidy program was generously expanded in 2008. The idea behind this was that if homeowners wanted to save some money on their energy bill by using solar power, they could receive a 30% subsidy to help cover the costs. Sounds pretty sweet, eh? Well, when the government is giving away taxpayer cash, plenty of people will line up to get it… and it’s not always those who were intended to benefit. This...
  • More taxpayer dollars for green energy?

    07/07/2014 7:05:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 7/7/2014 | Marita Noon
    There is an intentional tension in Washington. Our founding fathers planned that opposing views would balance each other out—a push-pull takes place. Spend. Don’t spend. This tug-of-war is seen, perhaps most obviously, in the so-called renewable energy field. After Solyndra, and the more than fifty other stimulus-funded green energy projects that have failed or are circling the drain, the public has grown weary, and wary, of any more spending on green energy. The money isn’t there to spend and the motive behind the 2009 rush to push billions of taxpayer dollars out through the Department of Energy has been tainted...
  • Solar farms to lose UK government financial support

    05/13/2014 11:10:49 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 9 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | May 13, 2014 | by Fiona Harvey
    The government is to make drastic changes to its financial support for solar energy farms, in a move condemned by green activists and renewable power companies as likely to reduce the UK's ability to generate low-carbon power and green jobs. The move is being seen as another victory for the Conservative party, many of whom are opposed to what the prime minister has been alleged to call "green crap", such as renewable energy measures that add to consumer bills.
  • Obama announces new Midwest manufacturing hubs

    02/25/2014 12:54:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 25, 2014 3:41 PM EST | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama is announcing the creation of two Pentagon-led institutes, using public and private resources, to boost advanced manufacturing, help create jobs and perhaps build the next “Iron Man.” One center will be in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, concentrating on high-tech digital manufacturing and design. The other will be located in Canton, Mich., near Detroit, and specialize in light metal manufacturing. …
  • For Venezuela, the magic land of cheap gas, a big hike

    02/01/2014 1:46:22 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1-19-14 | Nick Miroff
    CARACAS, Venezuela — Gasoline is so dirt-cheap in this country that the comparison undervalues dirt. Or, for that matter, almost any other element Venezuelan drivers can think of. “It’s cheaper than water,” said one motorist, pointing out that bottled water costs far more than the 95-octane gasoline gushing into his Ford Explorer. “Cheaper than air,” said the driver of a Chevy Tahoe, after paying more to fill a tire than the tank. “The cheapest in the world,” a third SUV owner boasted. “We could wash our hands with it.” And why not? Venezuela sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves,...
  • Other voices: Let the wind subsidy blow away

    01/08/2014 5:58:03 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Pioneer Press/Chicago Trib ^ | 1-8-14 | Editors
    In the early 1990s, with dreams of cheap and clean wind energy ascendant, Congress lavished a generous subsidy on power from the tall, twirling turbines. The wind industry responded, and since then has increased its installed generating capacity 30-fold. For 20-plus years the subsidy has been intermittent, although not as unreliable as the winds that drive the turbines. The most recent authorization, a 2013 extension tucked into the federal budget deal that avoided the so-called fiscal cliff, expired Dec. 31. Applause, please, for our do-little Congress: What's known as the wind production tax credit has long outlived any public policy...
  • Next Big Obamacare Shock May Come at Tax Time

    12/28/2013 6:03:32 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12-28-13 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    People who use subsidies to help pay for their Obamacare policies may get a nasty shock at tax time, when the Internal Revenue Service could hit them with a big demand to repay the money. While it's in the law, it's still likely to make plenty of Obamacare subscribers angry at the IRS. "If I were the IRS, I would be very concerned that I’m going to be viewed as the villain when people have to pay back money the government gave them for health insurance,” says Chris Condeluci, who served as Senate Finance Committee GOP tax counsel when Obamacare...
  • Venezuela’s Gasoline Prices May Rise to $1.60 a Gallon, From 5 Cents

    12/24/2013 12:23:36 PM PST · by nascarnation · 30 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | 12/24/2013 | TTAC Staff
    As Venezuela faces an economic crisis that is depleting government coffers, President Nicolas Maduro is threatening to end something many citizens of that oil producing country consider to be their patrimony, incredibly cheap gasoline, the equivalent of 5 U.S. cents per gallon. That price hasn’t changed in almost two decades. In 1989 the price of gasoline was raised, prompting deadly rioting that went on for days and killed over 300 people. To keep the retail price that low, the government subsidizes gasoline to the tune of more than $12.5 billion a year. The result is that Venezuelans aren’t interested in...
  • Harry Reid Net Worth

    12/19/2013 4:22:49 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    How much is Harry Reid Worth? $5 Million Harry Reid is a senior U.S. Senator and a member of the Democratic Party, as well as an attorney at law and has a net worth of $5 million. Harry Reid has earned his net worth through his lucrative career in politics Harry Reid: 'Why Would We Want To' Help One ... For full story visit:
  • Harry Reid Takes Subsidy: ‘My Employer Helps Me Pay for My Health Care’

    12/19/2013 1:43:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | December 18, 2013 - 3:52 PM | Penny Starr
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D.-Nev.), whose salary is $193,400 a year, said he has purchased a health care plan through the D.C. Obamacare exchange and that he is accepting the federal subsidy that can run up up to $11,378 per year for a member of Congress to purchase a plan on that exchange. “I’m just like 150 million other people in America,” Reid said. “My employer helps me pay for my health care.” …
  • Expanded Medicaid’s fine print holds surprise: ‘payback’ from estate after death

    12/16/2013 7:39:27 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 167 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 12-15-13 | Carol Ostrom
    As thousands of state residents enroll in Washington’s expanded Medicaid program, many will be surprised at fine print: After you’re dead, your estate can be billed for ordinary health-care expenses. State officials are scrambling to change the rule. It wasn’t the moonlight, holiday-season euphoria or family pressure that made Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn, both 62, suddenly decide to get married. It was the fine print. As fine print is wont to do, it had buried itself in a long form — Balhorn’s application for free health insurance through the expanded state Medicaid program. As the paperwork lay on the...
  • What Obamacare Coverage Costs Congressmen

    12/05/2013 11:43:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-2-13 | Rebecca Ballhaus and Louise Radnofsky
    Some members of Congress are about to get their own kind of sticker shock when they head to the new insurance exchanges. A few will get a price cut. As the Journal has reported, a provision in the health law requires lawmakers to get their benefits alongside small-business employees for the first time, and that means lawmakers’ premiums will suddenly be tied to their age. Members of Congress used to pay the same rate, regardless of how old they were, which was around $186 a month to cover just themselves on one popular plan after their employer (in this case,...
  • ObamaCare Subsidy ‘Workaround’ Could Put Small Insurers Out of Business (Pelosi knew)

    12/04/2013 5:18:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 12/04/13 | Gabrielle Karol
    For subsidized plans to go into effect under ObamaCare, the government needs to hold up its end of the bargain – by paying its portion of premiums and cost-sharing payments. But some experts say a last-minute fix that would enable insurance companies to seek payment from the government for these costs may not be the Hail Mary intended by the Obama administration. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has not yet completed the back-end technology necessary to automatically transfer payment from the government to insurance providers for subsidized plans. Until this aspect of the website is fixed, the...
  • Obamacare: We’re Workin-arounding as Fast as We Can. That’s an estimate.

    12/04/2013 7:00:13 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 7 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 12-4-2013 | MOTUS
    Watch for another really BIG speech from BIG Guy later today: “President Obama will discuss the twin challenges of growing income inequality and shrinking economic mobility and how they pose a fundamental threat to the American dream,” the White House said in a statement. *sigh* We’ve certainly nailed the “shrinking economic mobility” part. Butt regarding the “growing income inequality” - even I, equipped as I am with advanced refraction capabilities, grow weary of deflecting these spurious arguments. So today I’m going to let Charles Krauthammer do it for me:Just where, in the Book of Life, does it say that life...
  • (Exempt) Sen. Mary Landrieu will buy health coverage in Louisiana and lose out on federal subsidy

    11/22/2013 4:06:07 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    NOLA ^ | 11/22/13 | Bruce Alpert
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Friday that she and her husband will buy their health insurance from Louisiana's Affordable Care Act marketplace. That decision means she won't qualify for the federal subsidy provided to federal employees, including members of Congress and their staffs. The subsidy can be as high as $11,377 for a family health plan. **SNIP** As a result of her personal decision on health coverage, Landrieu could also lose federal retirement health benefits. To qualify for retirement benefits, a member of Congress or federal government employee must be enrolled in a federal health plan, or, for...
  • Taxpayer-Backed Green Energy Firm Takes Millions, Goes Bankrupt and Leaves Toxic Mess Behind

    11/01/2013 7:34:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 10/31/2013 | Becket Adams
    A taxpayer-funded “green” energy company that went bankrupt in July 2012 didn’t just leave behind a legal mess for its creditors – it left behind a mess of contaminated water and toxic carcinogens. Taxpayer Backed Green Energy Firm Takes Millions, Goes Bankrupt and Leaves Behind Toxic Mess Image Source: Associated Press. And its up to the owners of Abound Solar’s deserted 37,000 square foot facility to clean up the broken glass and hazardous wastes.
  • 500,000 Californians lose health policies

    10/26/2013 9:47:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 46 replies
    National Review -- The Corner ^ | 10-26-13 | Wesley J. Smith
    My wife, the syndicated San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra J. Saunders, has learned that at least 500,000 Californians may lose their health insurance next year — and that’s a conservative estimate. From her Token Conservative blog: According to this link as of December 2012, there were 491,977 covered lives in individual health care plans regulated by the state Department Insurance that are not grandfathered under the Affordable Care Act. (If they bought a plan after March 2010, their coverage is not grandfathered.) This is a 2012 number, but if the number of people with private coverage hasn’t changed much in...
  • GOP Congressman: Not ‘Unfair’ for Him to Get Tax Subsidy for Obamacare (Joe Barton, RINO-TX)

    10/23/2013 11:21:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 23, 2013 - 10:29 AM | Susan Jones
    Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) told C-SPAN’s Washington Journal on Wednesday that as a member of Congress, he’ll be forced to get his own insurance through the Obamacare exchanges, and that he thinks taxpayers should continue helping him pay his premiums. Members of Congress, like Barton, get paid $174,000 per year, and, as Barton noted on C-SPAN, he also gets a subsidy of more than $10,800 per year to pay for his health insurance. …
  • The Affordable Health Care Act, government cheese and slavery

    10/01/2013 5:12:43 PM PDT · by JOHN W K · 4 replies
    10/1/2013 | johnwk
    If you do not consider the Affordable Health Care Act as part of Obama’s desire to enslave a large segment of America’s population and place them under the heel of an iron fisted government, then ask yourself, what is the object of slavery? Is it not an act in which the fruits of one person’s labor is forcefully taken and used for the personal economic wants and desires of another? Those who have studied the Obamacare subsidy schedule quickly realize the very object is to take the bread which productive working class citizens have earned and redistribute it to those...
  • Republicans think Labor Department has secret Obamacare 'fix' for unions

    09/21/2013 4:16:36 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9-21-13 | Sean Higgins
    Two Republican House lawmakers asked the Labor Department to provide "all legal analyses" it has done on a proposed Obamacare "fix" sought by Big Labor. The lawmakers think the administration is secretly working on a such a fix but trying to keep it hidden from the public. In a letter Wednesday to Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, House Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, R-Minn., and Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., said their request was prompted by the mysterious disappearance of a posting on the Office of Management and Budget's website saying it had received DOL's proposed rule on the...
  • Green Acres 94103

    09/15/2013 6:46:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | September 15, 2013 | Debra J. Saunders
    In 2012, the federal government paid some $5 billion in direct payments to farmers of wheat, corn, barley, oats, cotton, rice, soybeans, peanuts and other crops -- except the recipients cannot all be farmers. According to the Environmental Working Group, 116 of those tillers of the earth reside in San Francisco. For their farming activities, they pocketed $446,302. How is it, you might ask, that a government saddled with $17 trillion in debt can afford to send checks to more than 18,000 urban farmers? The group's senior vice president for government affairs, Scott Faber, calls the direct payments program "one...
  • Google Jet Fleet Loses a Pentagon Fuel Perk

    09/13/2013 8:02:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 13, 2013, 4:35 p.m. ET | Mark Maremont
    Google Inc. founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin may have to dig deeper to operate their fleet of private jets, after the U.S. Department of Defense ended a little-known arrangement that for years allowed the tech billionaires to travel on sharply discounted jet fuel bought from the Pentagon. The agreement between the Google founders and the government, which started in 2007, ended Aug. 31 after officials at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration—which sponsored the arrangement—opted not to renew it, according to a Pentagon spokeswoman. The move followed discussions earlier this year between the Pentagon and NASA over whether the...
  • Tale of Two Teslas (half news/half vanity)

    08/25/2013 7:28:17 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 22 replies
    self | 8/25/2013 | self
    So, coming across this article on Tesla ranking above the likes of Porsche, Volvo and Land Rover in sales in California, I recalled a recent article that wasn't quite as glowing as the propaganda a few weeks ago about their Earnings Report.The article I recalled (I'll get to that) wasn't quite as glowing. To put it bluntly, there is still quite a lot at risk for Elon Musk & Tesla. For one thing, the glowing propaganda on their earnings is about as equally honest as the housing recovery in public statements from industry reps and government officials. Worse, the aforementioned...
  • D.C. government program to subsidize pot for poor patients

    08/21/2013 11:29:08 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 17 replies ^ | 8/21/13 | Celina Durgin
    An unprecedented D.C. government program will require medical marijuana dispensaries to put aside 2 percent of their profits in order to subsidize pot purchases for poor patients. Under the proposed rule, which was published in the D.C. Register last week and is in the midst of a 30-day review period, dispensaries will give at least a 20 percent discount on marijuana to low-income people at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Clinics often offer discounts to poor patients, and other states mention low-income provisions in medical marijuana legislation. But Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National...
  • Tesla Model S scores highest marks ever on U.S. crash testing

    08/20/2013 9:10:28 PM PDT · by grundle · 62 replies ^ | August 20, 2013 | Justin Hyde
    As much as electric car builders hail their vehicles as the future of transportation, one question they couldn't answer fully was just how well their vehicles would withstand a crash. Automakers have spent decades finessing their chassis; what happened when an engine-less vehicle went head-on into a barrier wasn't clear, and as the post crash-test smoldering of a Chevy Volt demonstrated, the batteries posed new challenges. Leave it to Tesla to provide the first hard evidence — with data from U.S. government tests showing the Model S sedan may be the most crash-proof passenger vehicle on the road today. Normally,...
  • Nordex USA Closes Wind Turbine Plant Despite Millions in Subsidies

    07/18/2013 10:22:17 AM PDT · by digger48 · 18 replies ^ | July 18, 2013 | James M. Taylor
    Wind turbine manufacturer Nordex USA announced it will close its Arkansas production facility after accepting millions of dollars in subsidies and promising to create 750 jobs. Nordex employed only 50 workers at its Jonesboro, Arkansas facility on June 28 when the company announced it would be shutting down turbine production in the state. Gov. Mike Beebe (D) committed Arkansas taxpayers to millions of dollars in subsidies to attract Nordex to the state in 2008. Beebe gave Nordex $8 million from the Governor’s Quick-Action Closing Fund. The Arkansas Development Finance Authority gave Nordex another $11 million. The wind turbine manufacturer never...
  • Malaysia's fuel prices among world's lowest - Ahmad Maslan

    07/17/2013 8:37:18 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    New Straits Times ^ | 07/18/2013 | Zarina Zakariah
    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's fuel prices are among the lowest in the world, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan told the Dewan Rakyat today. Only seven other nations — Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, United Emirates, Iran and Nigeria — sold fuel at prices lower than Malaysia. In his winding-up speech of a supplementary bill, Mazlan said Malaysia was able to sell cheaper fuel because of the significant subsidy borne by the government. He was answering to questions by several members of parliament on why the country’s fuel prices remained high although Malaysia is one of the main oil and...
  • Wisconsin private schools gear up for voucher program

    07/08/2013 1:43:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7-6-13 | Erin Richards
    On the heels of Gov. Scott Walker signing into law the 2013-'15 state budget — and the provision for a statewide private-school voucher program — private schools are mobilizing to participate and meet a rapidly approaching set of deadlines. Details about how the program will work are still being finalized at the state level, but many private schools have launched marketing campaigns and scheduled information sessions to attract local families, readying them for a quick sign-up window in August. Meanwhile, some private schools are experiencing a new world of prickly community relations, a side effect of a controversial program that...
  • House defeats farm bill amid bipartisan opposition

    06/20/2013 11:24:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 151 replies
    Fox ^ | 6/20/13
    <p>More than 60 House Republicans defected and voted against the half-trillion-dollar bill, which sets funding for farm subsidies and other assistance as well as food stamps.</p> <p>The vote was 234-195 against the bill.</p>
  • WI SOS to fellow Dems: Quit bashing WEDC

    06/14/2013 7:21:04 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 6-14-13 | Ryan Ekvall
    MADISON — Secretary of State Doug La Follette wants his fellow Democrats to quit bashing the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. It appears that La Follette’s plea went unheard, as three senate Democrats on Wednesday called for a criminal investigation into the state’s main business subsidy agency. “In some cases, the violations of state statute that took place appear to have risen to the level of criminal offenses,” Democrat state Sens. Bob Wirch of Somers, Dave Hansen of Green Bay and Jon Erpenbach of Middleton wrote in a letter to Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne. “We ask that you investigate...
  • Bill would add natural gas-based ethanol to federal biofuels mandate

    05/14/2013 7:41:57 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 14, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    To the federal government, ethanol only counts as a conventional biofuel if it is produced from switchgrass, corn starch or some other easily replenished materials. But Texas Rep. Pete Olson wants to change that. On Tuesday, the Houston-area Republican is introducing legislation that would allow ethanol produced from natural gas to compete with corn-based ethanol under the federal renewable fuels standard, an eight-year-old mandate that forces refiners to blend an increasing amount of alternatives into petroleum-based fuels. Technically, the measure would create a new “domestic alternative fuel” category under the RFS, under which the natural-gas based product would qualify. Olson...
  • IG: Add LG Chem to Obama’s green-tech subsidy flops

    02/14/2013 5:26:26 PM PST · by lowbridge · 1 replies
    hot air ^ | february 13, 2013 | Ed Morrissey
    This comes as no surprise to Hot Air readers, who learned about the value of the Obama administration’s $150 million subsidy investment of LG Chem last fall. After furloughing its workers at their Grand Rapids plant without having a single one of their batteries installed in a consumer vehicle, the local NBC affiliate produced this report on the way taxpayer money got spent: