Saturday, May 10, 2014

op ed review 5/11

No Op-Ed next week, I’ll be out of town.   -Gary

“There are 58 million working-age people in America who are not working, and the labor force participation rate stands at 62.8 percent, the lowest level in 36 years.

Just one of Obamacare’s many taxes could cost the U.S. hundreds of thousands more jobs over the next decade, according to an industry report .

A recent survey of insurance company premiums conducted by Morgan Stanley has revealed a nationwide increase of 11 to 12%, with some states experiencing downright crippling premium hikes. Florida has seen a 37% increase, California has had a 53% increase in premiums, and premiums in Delaware have gone up 100%. These rate hikes are higher and faster than at any time since analysts started tracking them.

The FBI reportedly is probing the failed launch of Oregon´s ObamaCare insurance exchange, joining several other agencies looking into the multimillion-dollar program that was scrapped last month.

The liberal Washington Post has discovered that  “ U.S. businesses are being destroyed faster than they’re being created….The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades….”

The Republican Party is at its strongest point in two decades heading into midterm elections, according to a new Pew Research-USA Today poll, the latest daunting sign for Democrats ahead of campaign season. The GOP is at an even stronger point than in previous "wave" elections in 1994 and 2010 and looks poised to make major gains — and possibly take control of the U.S. Senate.  According to the poll, out Monday, Republicans have a 47-43 lead on the generic congressional ballot. That's a 10-point swing from October, when Democrats, boosted by GOP blame for the federal government shutdown, held a 6-point lead in the Pew poll. 

Remember the sequester? When government was forced to cut $80 billion in spending, the cries of pain and outrage from government managers and the White House was overwhelming. All those poor, federal employees! Administration economists - and their lackeys in the press - even tried to claim that economic growth was severerly affected by the cuts. Now comes a GAO report that finds that last year’s sequester led to only one (1) federal layoff.

The House voted to hold former IRS official Lois Lerner in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify about the agency’s improper scrutiny of Tea Party groups. Republicans said the move to hold Lerner in contempt was both reluctant and a long time coming, after they’d tried to secure her testimony for more than 11 months.
Despite assurances to the contrary, the IRS didn’t destroy all of the donor lists scooped up in its tea party targeting — and a check of those lists reveals that the tax agency audited 10 percent of those donors, much higher than the audit rate for average Americans.
Government officials, reacting to the growing voice of conservative news outlets, especially on the internet, are angling to curtail the media's exemption from federal election laws governing political organizations, a potentially chilling intervention that the chairman of the Federal Election Commission is vowing to fight. “The picking and choosing has started to occur,” said Goodman. “There are some in this building that think we can actually regulate” media, added Goodman, a Republican whose chairmanship lasts through December. And if that occurs, he said, “then I am concerned about disparate treatment of conservative media.”

Visitor Logs Show Obama at “Debate Prep” While Americans Died in Benghazi – Too Busy to Make it to Situation Room.  This was after the embassy in Cairo was stormed that afternoon. Then Obama went to bed.
Jack Cashill:  What Obama Did on September 11, 2012
Poll: 72% want the truth about Benghazi

The Republican establishment gloated after three underfunded Tea Party challengers failed to knock off incumbent Republicans in primaries on Tuesday while another establishment-backed candidate secured the GOP nomination for Senate in North Carolina.
“It was pretty much a rout for Tea Party/insurgents in yesterday’s primaries……But before concluding that all is hopeless, consider a few aspects of the situation….”

Today the U.S. Supreme Court once again affirmed that the so-called “wall of separation” that exists between church and state is not quite the edifice that liberals would like it to be. The court ruled that a village in upstate New York did not violate the First Amendment in allowing members of clergy to begin town board meetings with prayers.

But officials at a Florida school banned a fifth grader from reading the Bible during “free reading” time, according to lawyers from the Liberty Institute who are threatening to sue the school for violating the First Amendment.

Decline of religion in the West has created a rise in black magic, Satanism and the occult

Atheists to launch the first TV channel dedicated to godlessness 

The first openly gay bishop in the Anglican church has announced he is divorcing his husband.
Turning into a witch hunt:  “HGTV pulls new home-flipping series after its stars were discovered to be “anti-gay activists”.
Cheers to Nintendo, which has decided not to allow gamers to play as gay in an upcoming life simulator game. The publisher of such gaming franchises as “The Legend of Zelda” and “Mario Bros.” said Tuesday it wouldn’t bow to pressure to allow players to engage in romantic activities with characters of the same sex in English editions of “Tomodachi Life.”

Sounds like socialism:  Pope demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

Disappointing.  “In typical RINO fashion, Mitt Romney has made a new statement calling on Republicans to drop their opposition to a minimum wage hike.”
Another disappointment:  “Sen Rand Paul Diverges From His Party Over Voter ID….it alienates and insults African-Americans and hurts the party.”

RomneyCare’s pioneering health insurance exchange in Massachusetts is headed for the scrap heap.

Pollster John Zogby reports that President Obama is no longer seen as an agent of change, but “the boss of an oppressive national security state.”

Convicted ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-IL) receives $8,700 per month in government disability pay, as well as a partial federal pension of $45,000. That generous $8,700 in disability comes thanks to Jackson’s sudden development of a “mood disorder” as the federal government began looking to indict him.

Ben Shapiro  4/16

On April 1, 2014, President Barack Obama triumphantly announced that 7.1 million Americans had selected a health insurance plan through Obamacare. In doing so, he nastily labeled his political opposition uncaring and unfeeling. "Why are folks working so hard for people not to have health insurance?" Obama asked. "Why are they so mad about the idea of people having health insurance?"

That night, Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert sat behind his desk at "The Colbert Report," playing his version of a conservative: vicious, mean and cruel. "I wish I could come to you with some good news, but the worst imaginable thing has happened: Millions of Americans are going to get health care."

This is why conservatives lose. They lose because while they proclaim that Obama's signature legislation fails on the merits, raising costs and lowering access to vital services, the left surges forth with a different message: Conservatives are rotten to the core.

This message doesn't just emanate from politicians in Washington. Entertainers like Colbert parrot back White House talking points in the guise of mockery. For many young people who get their news from Colbert, the only conservatism they see comes out of the mouth of a hard-core leftist playing a conservative who doesn't exist. There is no conservative sitting up nights wondering how to deprive Americans of health insurance. But many young people don't know that. They simply assume that the person Colbert is parodying must exist -- otherwise, his satire isn't satire at all, but a political smear job, an ugly and stereotypical blackfacing of conservatives.

For Colbert, to be funny, one of two alternatives must be true: Either his repulsive character must be based on a core reality -- conservatives are evil -- or his audience must believe in that core unreality. With the help of Obama and an entertainment industry dedicated full time to the defacing of conservatives' character, the latter has certainly become the case. Too many Americans now perceive conservatives as morally deficient. All it has cost is hundreds of millions of dollars and several decades of consistent attacks springing from Hollywood and the political world.

That's why so many Americans now seem comfortable giving the government power to violate freedom of conscience for conservatives: Evil people don't deserve freedom and therefore, can be deprived of it. People who consider themselves civil libertarians suddenly find their inner totalitarian when it comes to Christian-owned bakeries. That can only happen when those people become convinced that Christian-owned bakeries are fronts of hatred and darkness. And that can only happen when they are falsely maligned as such, over and over again.

Conservatives can win short-term political fights and lose the war for hearts and minds. And that's precisely what has happened, thanks to the lack of moral clarity on the right. It's not enough to be good on policy. Americans must think of you as good. By neglecting that deeper battle, conservatives sow the seeds of their own destruction -- and the destruction of American freedoms, as well.

“Ultimately, it will not matter if people in government cynically promote the theory that human activity is destroying the global climate as a means of taking control of your life, or if they take control of your life because they sincerely believe human activity is destroying the global climate. Either way, government will control of your life. … In a nation where government can de-develop the economy, stop population growth and redistribute wealth both inside and outside its borders, there will still be droughts, floods and hot summer nights. But there will be no freedom.”
                 -Terrence Jeffrey

The Obama administration has opened up a new front in its war on America’s eagles. For years, the president has relied on wind turbines to orchestrate his eco-genocide. Biologists estimate that wind farms kill as many as 328,000 birds each year by chopping them out of the sky. The administration’s successful weaponization of solar farms will only accelerate the death rate. “First, insects are drawn to the reflective light of the solar mirrors. That draws small, insect-eating birds, which in turn draw larger predatory birds. The rays of the mirrors’ reflected light produces temperatures from 800 degrees to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Any animal caught in the intense glare of the mirror’s rays may catch fire and plummet toward the ground, or spontaneously combust altogether.”

Last November, when the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) proposed moderating years of escalating mandates by reducing the amount of ethanol that must be mixed into gasoline, a top ethanol lobbyist seemed perplexed. "We´re all just sort of scratching our heads here today and wondering why this administration is telling us to burn less of a clean-burning American fuel," Bob Dineen, head of the Renewable Fuels Association, told The New York Times. Here are a few possible reasons why: America´s ethanol requirement destroys the environment, damages car engines, increases gas prices, and contributes to the starvation of the global poor.

New Mexico college spends $5 million on solar array to save $200,000 in utility bills

“The Obama Administration released a new report on global cooling/global warming/climate change this week, and its findings and recommendations are about what you’d expect: conservatives are stupidheads who hate Science, so give us eleventy trillion dollars”

Hillary Clinton is likely to run for the White House in 2016. If her role in the Benghazi debacle wasn't a deal killer, her views on the Constitution certainly should be. She once again openly admitted her hostility to the Second Amendment Tuesday, telling the National Council for Behavioral Health, "We have to rein in what has become almost an article of faith, that anybody can own a gun anywhere, anytime. And I don't believe that." She warned that because there are "so many people with guns everywhere" there will be shootings over "chewing gum loudly or talking on their cell phone" during a movie.

The founder of a website for 'Saudi Liberals' has been sentenced to 10 years jail and a thousand lashes.

“The War on Former Muslim Women”

One of the little known facts about the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls by an Islamic terrorist organization in Nigeria is that most of the victims are Christians.   “….news coverage of the schoolgirl’s abduction has for the most part portrayed the Boko Haram without context. To add any sort of context to the accounts of abductions, instructions from Allah, people sold in slave markets, etc. is to raise disturbing questions about things we are taught do not exist. Religious war? Slavery — in Africa?  And where on earth do the Boko Haram get their guns and training?”

“Texas Is Permanently Shutting Abortion Clinics and the Supreme Court Can't Do Anything About It.”  There were more than 40 clinics that provided abortions in Texas in 2011. There are now 20 still open, and after the law's last steps of implementation are taken in September, all but six are expected to close.”

John Kerry: Terrorists are bad people because, among other sins,  “they don't offer a health care plan.”

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its 2014 Congressional Pig Book, the 22nd edition of the group’s exposé on pork-barrel spending…….only a few individual members of Congress could be directly linked to earmark requests in FY 2014. For example, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund received $15 million through the support of Senate Appropriations Committee member Patty Murray (D-Wash.).

With enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges now closed, Democrats and their friends in the media are ebullient. Obamacare is an enormous success, they say, and conservatives have been humiliated. On closer inspection, however, things seem decidedly less bullish for President Obama’s signature achievement. Among the many exaggerations and inaccuracies the law’s defenders are touting, five stand out.

Score a rather remarkable win for Texas in the business recruitment game: Toyota has announced that it is moving its California-based national headquarters to Texas. This is a considerable deal. Toyota has had its U.S. headquarters and marketing operations based in Torrance, California (a suburb of LA) for almost 60 years – time enough to witness California’s descent into a neo-socialist hell of high income taxes, high property taxes, high sales taxes, high regulations, and high home prices, all combined with breathtakingly bad government services.

Obamacare’s Killer Burden on Nurses

Chart:  What Happens To The Unemployment Rate If You Add Back Labor Force Dropouts since 2009? (Answer, ten percent unemployment)

10 Maps That Explain the 2014 Midterms

Ten IRS Scandal Excuses That Are Now Completely Discredited

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz released a definitive list Wednesday of 76 “lawless” Obama administration actions and abuses of power.

Yes, there are a few.  “Conservatives in Hollywood: Celebrities who lean right”

“But let me offer you my definition of social justice: I keep what I earn and you keep what you earn. Do you disagree? Well then tell me how much of what I earn belongs to you - and why?”
                              ― Walter E. Williams

“The virtues of men are of more consequence to society than their abilities; and for this reason, the heart should be cultivated with more assiduity than the head."
                        -Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

Argus Hamilton: "John Boehner will create a House Select Committee to investigate the White House cover-up of the al-Qaeda attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi. At the time the president knew nothing about the cover-up. He was too busy not knowing about the IRS targeting conservatives."

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