Nearly a week after the White House made the decision, "Obamacare" opponents are discovering that the administration apparently has walked away from the individual mandate that these opponents have been working so hard to delay.
Contained as an 'option' on a new Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," application for exemption form, the administration now lists "hardship in obtaining health insurance," with no limits defining what a hardship would be, as a valid reason for being exempt.
Last October, Republicans tried to delay the ACA's individual mandate for a year and shut down the government for two weeks in the process. President Barack Obama claimed at the time that the mandate was essential to implementation of his signature healthcare law. Last week, though, Obama quietly made changes to the individual mandate that allows anyone to avoid the requirement. more >>
The centenary of World War I is upon us. That Great War began in August 1914. We can expect a flood of new books and documentaries on what some then called "the war to end all wars." The rising power of the United States was not fully felt in Europe then. In fact, some German militarists unwisely dismissed the U.S. "They won't land a single soldier in France," one of their admirals vainly told his Kaiser. "Our U-boats will sink their troop ships."
One new book on the sudden outbreak of the war is attracting attention and critical praise. Diplomatic historian Margaret MacMillan's new work, The War that Ended Peace, has been "burbled" by no less a figure than former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Madame Secretary says this book "tells the story of how intelligent, well-meaning leaders guided their nations into catastrophe."
Do we have such intelligent, well-meaning leaders now? One would hope that a century after the Great War, we would have learned vital lessons. President Obama is certainly intelligent and well meaning. And he is the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. more >>
Tech billionaire Bill Gates expressed doubts about the impact of an increase in the minimum wage, despite his long-time support for President Barack Obama, who publicly endorses the policy idea.
"When people say we should raise the minimum wage, I worry about what that does to job creation," Gates, Microsoft founder and cofounder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, declared at a Washington, D.C. event at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday. The business giant argued that a minimum wage increase would "dampen the demand for labor."
Gates paraphrased Robert Dohrer, chair of the Forum of Firms at the International Federation of Accountants, who noted that "poverty in the United States is often related to employment and economic growth." The Microsoft founder warned that "capitalism over time will create more inequality and technology over time will adjust labor demand," meaning that the rich will become richer and the poor will lose their jobs and be replaced by machines. more >>
Clocks were not the only thing springing ahead this weekend, young conservatives showed their eagerness to restore conservatism and the ideals of limited government and fiscal responsibility. This past weekend thousands of young conservatives descended upon the Washington, DC area for CPAC. Enthusiasm and energy ran high among the crowd throughout the conference showing Millennials' desperation for real hope and change-longing for Obama's last day in office.
As youth unemployment, student loan debt, and the national debt soar, the real economic impact is felt by our nation's youth. The Obama administration's economic policies are hurting an already downtrodden millennial generation. Many young people see the American Dream slipping from their grasp as their financial burden grows and no hope of employment exists.
Many of the wide-eyed, twenty-something's who attended the conference clutched posters of their coveted conservative champion-Ronald Reagan. Reagan's legacy is far from dead among this generation of young people if anything it is experiencing a revival. Young conservatives view Ronald Reagan as their hero, a man who truly lived out his values. more >>
"Defense is not a budget issue. You spend what you need." Ronald Reagan
We currently spend more on defense than the next 13 highest spending countries combined. China is second at $125 billion a year, and they are only spending that because they want to be ready to come collect on all the money we have borrowed from them.
The Defense Department has become the Offense Department. We invade and occupy, we do not "defend." The staggering amount we spend on defense does not include military aid to countries like Pakistan and Egypt, nor does it include border security, Homeland Security, the NSA, the CIA, the FBI, etc. Folks, we spend a lot of money on "security" that we don't need to. It benefits the government to scare us so it can keep growing all its myriad agencies. more >>
What do TSA groping, NSA data-mining, and mercury-laced fluorescent light bulbs have to do with keeping your doctor? They are the products of seductively entitled but flawed laws. As Daniel Webster said, "good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority."
The Transportation Security Administration and the National Security Agency restrain our liberty under the auspices of the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (PATRIOT Act). The Energy Independence and Security Act is phasing out incandescent bulbs.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA/ "ObamaCare") sounds as though our best interests were at the heart of the legislation. But so far, the 400,000-word law that nobody read has spawned some 12 million words in regulations. Now these regulations that even fewer people read are coming between you and that doctor you were promised you could keep. more >>