Students at a liberal university in Boulder, Colorado suprisingly blamed President Obama and the Democrats for the government shutdown, despite national polls indicating most Americans blame Republicans.
When asked why he blamed President Obama, one student said, "He's just being really stubborn, not willing to negotiate at all, not taking ideas from anybody else. It's either his way or the highway and apparently they shut down the government because of that."
Caleb Bonham, a Campus Reform reporter, asked students at the University of Colorado (CU Boulder) "Who Should We Blame" for the shutdown. At the end of the video, tallies put President Obama first with 11 votes, the Democrats next with 5, and the Republicans last – with a mere 2. In a statement to CP, Bonham listed 26 votes – 8 for Democrats, 15 for Obama, 2 for Republicans, and one rescinded. more >>
Loyola Marymount University [LMU], a Jesuit college in Los Angeles, Calif., will vote Monday on whether to continue providing elective abortion coverage on the health insurance plans of faculty and staff. The issue has created a deep schism at the university between faculty members who wish to not alienate their non-Christian students, and those wishing to stay true to the university's religious credo.
Loyola Marymount's Board of Trustees Chair Kathleen Hannon Aikenhead and President David W. Burcham sent a letter to all faculty and staff back in August announcing plans to "thoroughly discuss" the elective abortion coverage option on their health insurance on October 7. Additionally, Burcham told The Los Angeles Loyolan that the school had renewed its inquiries regarding abortion insurance coverage late last year in preparation of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
In the weeks leading up to Monday's Board of Trustees meeting, professors and others on campus have become involved in a heated debate regarding abortion coverage at the university. Although one of LMU's healthcare providers, Anthem, dropped its abortion coverage option early in 2013, the other provider, Kaiser, reportedly still offers the option. more >>
A controversial televangelist has recently stated that diets low in carbohydrates are in violation of the principles of God.
Pat Robertson, author and current head of Regent University, said in an episode of "The 700 Club" on Monday that the Atkins diet "violates the principles that God set down."
"When your body burns this stuff with no carbohydrates what happens is you build up the clinkers," said Robertson. more >>
The Democrats are chanting that Republicans must fully fund Obamacare because it is the law of the land, passed by Congress, signed by the president and upheld by the Supreme Court. Therefore, they say, it must be obeyed and can't be altered by Republicans who want to defund it.
That argument is both wrong and hypocritical. Any federal law can be changed, repealed, amended or defunded by our legislative branch of government, Congress.
The Republican House wants to deal with the controversial huge "continuing resolution" bill in separate pieces, giving the OK to worthwhile federal spending purposes while leaving others (like Obamacare) without funds. Obama refuses to negotiate and demands a "clean" (blank-check) bill; his position is all or nothing-at-all. more >>
The media is dramatically reporting that the federal government shut down on October 1 - yet hardly anyone has noticed. This is because it is not really a "government shutdown." If only a few non-essential government functions have been temporarily halted, it is misleading to characterize it as if the entire government has shut down.
Congress came to an impasse on passing a budget last week, which left it up to the Obama administration as the executive branch to pick and choose which federal government programs to temporarily shut down as negotiations continue. Taking a cue from the government shutdowns of 1995-96, Obama knows which parts of government to shut down in order to ensure that Republicans again receive the blame. He's left in place the parts of government that people really need, like the military, federal prisons, the Post Office, operating the power grid, guarding federal property and mailing out Social Security checks. He's shut down the parks, museums and national monuments, because that will affect Americans' vacations. Having their vacations ruined is not enough to really hurt people, but it's enough to irritate them.
Obama furloughed 800,000 non-essential government employees out of 2.5 million federal civilian employees. He knows this sounds appalling to average Americans, who are struggling to make a living in the Obama economy. Wonder why there hasn't been a peep from the federal employees' unions? Obama is well aware that most of the media, which is in the tank for him, will not report that the "furloughs" are nothing more than extra free vacations. After previous government shutdowns, federal employees who were furloughed were retroactively paid. Sure enough, the House passed a bill on October 5 granting retroactive pay for the furloughed employees, which the Senate and Obama are expected to approve. more >>
While the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange system went live on Tuesday morning with a number of glitches, the American Center for Law and Justice has reminded citizens that one of the main issues with the Obama administration's health care law is that it forces family business owners to choose between running their business and following the principles of their faith.
"The so-called 'HHS Mandate' – a set of regulations enacted under Obamacare – is a major problem for business owners who object to paying for things like the 'morning-after-pill,' sterilization and contraception," Francis J. Manion, senior counsel of the ACLJ, shared in a statement to The Christian Post on Friday.
"If they don't include such things in their health plans, they get fined $100 per day per employee. The Obama Administration refuses to recognize a religious exemption for what are often small family businesses that just want to continue to run their businesses in a way that doesn't contradict their faith." more >>