In an interview with comedian Jimmy Kimmel, Fox News anchor and columnist Bill O'Reilly discussed his Super Bowl interview with President Obama and his new book, Killing Jesus.
"I want to ask you if you think Jesus would watch Fox News," Kimmel asked O'Reilly Tuesday night in ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studio in Hollywood, CA, right before a commercial break. O'Reilly burst out laughing, and the break cut off any answer he might have given.
Kimmel asked the Jesus question because of O'Reilly's new book, Killing Jesus. The comedian mentioned the other books in O'Reilly's death narrative sequence, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy, asking "is there any question if there's a serial killer here?" The author joked that one man used time-warp technology to kill all three. more >>
President Obama is using the Internal Revenue Service to silence employers unhappy about Obamacare. That's the hidden purpose behind the employer mandate delay announced on February 10th.
The administration released 227 pages of mind-numbing regulations ridiculously billed as making " the compliance process simpler and easier" for employers. Hidden in the gobbledy-gook (on pages 125-6) is a requirement that employers sign a statement to the IRS, meaning under penalty of perjury, that they have not reduced the number of employees or cut hours to shield themselves from the costs of Obamacare.
The administration called it a mandate delay. Nonsense. The delay applies only to a miniscule fraction of mid-size employers (50-99 full time workers) who currently don't provide coverage. They're mostly in retail and hospitality, and they will be allowed to continue not offering it. Their workers (about 1.9 million) plus dependents will either stay uninsured or sign up with Obamacare. The administration is hoping for the latter. more >>
John Wayne's Westerns stand among the best films of all-time. I can honestly say that there has not been one film in which "The Duke" appears that has left me disappointed. The mere mention of titles such as "True Grit," "The Searchers," "McLintock," "El Dorado," "Hondo," "Stagecoach," and "The War Wagon," invokes memories of a much younger America full of dusty trails, smoky trains, rugged cowboys, fearless Indians, galloping horses, stampeding buffalo, and, of course, the quick draw.
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," is a classic movie which includes both "The Duke" and another Hollywood legend – Jimmy Stewart. Ransom Stoddard (Jimmy Stewart) is a young lawyer and newcomer to the western town of Shinbone. Upon entering the territory, his stagecoach is hijacked by the ruffian Liberty Valance. Liberty seems to enjoy the run of the town except that he is kept in check by a gunslinger named Tom Doniphon (John Wayne).
Desiring to handle the hijack and ensuing assault in a civil manner, Ransom Stoddard attempts to file legal charges in town to no avail. After Ransom settles in town, Liberty Valance continues to harass him throughout the film, until one day, Ransom takes the law into his own hands by challenging Liberty to a duel. Everyone in town knows that Ransom is handier with a book than a pistol, and they rightfully fear the worst. When Liberty takes his time torturing Ransom with a series of flesh wounds, Ransom surprisingly gets off a left-handed shot, mortally wounding Liberty Valance. more >>
A Tuesday report by the Congressional Budget Office estimates that increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour would lead to about 500,000 fewer jobs and most of the benefits would go to those out of poverty than in poverty.
In last month's State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama proposed increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25.
The report shows that 900,000 workers would be lifted out of poverty under Obama's proposal, but at the cost of 500,000 fewer jobs. Plus, some who are already well above the poverty line would benefit more than those below the poverty line. more >>
Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported that the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) would likely have a significantly larger negative effect on the labor supply decisions of Americans than previously estimated. They now estimate that workers will choose to work fewer hours, to avoid losing eligibility for Obamacare subsidies; an amount that further decreases the labor force by the equivalent of 2 million full-time jobs, or 1.5-2 percent of the labor force.
In our hypersensitive political environment, partisans quickly jumped on the "news". Opponents of Obamacare used the report to call Obamacare a "war on work", another reason to repeal and replace it. Defenders of Obamacare were busy spinning how the report was actually good news; under Obamacare, people will no longer be forced to go to work, simply to get health insurance. In fact, nothing actually changed with the CBO report. Those opposed to Obamacare are just more convinced of its damaging effects, and those in favor of it are not going to be convinced otherwise by this report.
Nonetheless, the CBO report might be a useful teachable moment; an instance where an economic effect which is usually hidden from sight, becomes visible to everyone in a way which improves our understanding. Generally, neither side is disputing the CBO report. Both sides agree with the finding that the manner in which subsidies are designed in Obamacare will give rise to the negative incentive effects that CBO estimates. more >>
President Obama is launching a new initiative to help young men of color. It's called My Brother's Keeper.
The President told Charles Barkley in a television interview last night that he wants create special educational, mentorship and apprenticeship programs – for a specific segment of the population.
"We're going to pull together private philanthropies, foundations working with governors, mayors non-profits and we're going to focus on young men of color and find ways in which to create more pathways to success for them," the president told Barkley. more >>