The Occupy Wall Street movement has not only disintegrated, but is now imploding. Left-wing news sites are gloating about the demise of their own. BuzzFeed ran a story last week on the hijacking of the primary Occupy Wall Street Twitter account by a transsexual who is now claiming to be the founding organizer of the movement.
Justine Tunney has caused quite an uproar within what remains of the dying Occupy movement for a couple of reasons. First, Occupy prided itself as being a "horizontal," leaderless movement, not a top-down organization directed by a leader like Tunney. The anonymous masses displaying their Guy Fawkes masks want the illusion that Occupy was spontaneously started by the working class ("the 99 percent"), idealistically how a Marxist utopian communist revolution should emerge; they don't want to admit it was a movement directed by any bourgeois leader. Secondly, Tunney is now a software engineer at Google, embodying big business and the corporate world, practically the antithesis of the Occupy movement that despises corporate America. In December, Occupiers attempted to block buses from large tech companies like Google and Apple from picking up their workers.
Tunney is not interested in working with the mainstream left. Blowing off the Democrat Party - the closest connection the Occupy movement ever had to power - makes it pretty unlikely Occupy will ever accomplish much. Tunney bragged last week about the negative relationship the clueless anarchist amateurs who started Occupy have with Democrats, "That's why Liberal Elite™ has always fought so hard to destroy Occupy. It's why they spread lies about us. Because we're #winning." more >>
The Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare," will encourage some Americans to work less, the Congressional Budget Office recently reported. That is great news, the Obama administration argued. Here is why they are wrong.
Workers will choose to supply less labor, the CBO concluded, because working more could mean a reduction in or loss of government subsidies for health insurance. This reduction in labor is the equivalent of two million jobs by 2017, and 2.5 million jobs by 2021.
Americans should feel encouraged by this news, according to the White House, because it means they will have more time to spend with their kids, their hobbies or just enjoying life. more >>
The president's annual state of the union address is another example of how dysfunctional our government in Washington has become.
Article 2, section 3 of the US Constitution says that the president "shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union…."
The president is the chief executive of our government. As chief executive, it makes sense that he report periodically about the state of affairs to the body responsible for passing laws, the Congress, so they have a sense of what needs to be done. more >>
Last week, Moody's rating agency lowered the outlook for health insurers from stable to negative, blaming Obamacare. Few Americans will shed tears for insurance companies. But the Moody's announcement is a warning sign to taxpayers. They'll be getting clobbered. Section 1342 of the Affordable Care Act forces taxpayers to make insurers whole for most of the losses incurred selling Obamacare exchange plans through 2016. The bailout is designed to conceal the failure of the president's signature health law until he is out of office.
No one in the Obama administration talked up the advantages of bailing out insurers. It was kept under wraps until the fall of 2013. That's when five to six million health plans were cancelled because they didn't comply with Obamacare's one-size- fits all coverage requirements effective January 1, 2014. . Insurers developed new plans, as the health law required, set premiums (generally higher) and sent out notices cancelling the old plans.
That caused public outrage. Trying to quell it, the president ignored his own law and told insurance companies on November 14 they could keep selling the old plans. Insurers were caught off guard. They predicted there would be less demand for their new plans, and they'd lose money. more >>
For generations, people worldwide who yearn for freedom have looked to the United States. Here, every citizen can speak his mind, pursue his passion, and exercise other God-given liberties that are unjustly denied many others around the globe.
But that doesn't mean we're above reproach in all areas of freedom. Take economic freedom, which continues to deteriorate a little more each year.
I'm not basing this on hearsay, or on the latest jobs report. Every year, The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal release a detailed, country-by-country policy guide known as the Index of Economic Freedom. And the news for the United States has been getting a little worse each year over the last several editions. more >>
The "rule of law" has served as the backbone of democracy from America's founding. First, all Americans agree to be held accountable under the law. To secure that consent, the process to enact, administer and enforce those laws must be transparent, democratically accessible, and impartial. While that process has rarely been perfect, it has consistently created stable, predictable laws that serve as the guide rails for civil society.
The last several decades have marked a continued erosion of the rule of law in America's federal government. The gradual change has resulted from Congress ceding its constitutional powers, leaving essentially a type of ad hoc rule by the President and the executive branch agencies.
For example, most of the recent political battles related to the EPA involve legislative authority delegated to the agency under the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act. The last major amendments to those laws by Congress occurred in 1987 and 1990 respectively. Since then, the executive branch has used its tremendous regulatory power to essentially create updated versions of the laws that carry the same force as those duly enacted several decades ago. more >>