Monday, December 3, 2012

Obama's unbalanced approach; Obamacare still has a Constitutional issue; Effects of Obamacare on employers and employees; The Medicaid argument for states; Greedy rich Susan Rice?; What Obama voters won; Obama's FEMA a failure after all; and more

President Barack Obama’s opening bid in negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff was neither balanced nor especially concerned about reducing the deficit despite the president’s claim to favor a “balanced approach” to solving the country’s fiscal crisis, Republicans said.
The White House did not offer any concrete commitments on spending cuts or entitlement reform.
The White House proposal was adopted from the president’s most recent budget proposal, which did not receive a single Democratic vote in either chamber of Congress. [But, but, but - the Democrats say they already cut spending - last year!  So they don't need to do that again!  And why on Earth are we not hearing that IF Republicans agree to raising taxes on the "greedy rich", the "greedy rich" would not start at $200,00/yr - but several million at least?]
[As I wrote the day following the Supreme Court's Obamacare decision:] Nevertheless, according to the Roberts opinion, the individual mandate survived its constitutional challenge as a tax. More important, according to Roberts, it survived only as a tax.
It also, ironically, precisely because it is a tax that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, as the Cato Institute’s Michael F. Cannon notes in his article in today’s Los Angeles Times (emphasis mine):
The Pacific Legal Foundation is challenging the individual mandate, which originated in the Senate, even though the Constitution requires that tax measures originate in the House.
And, the 16th Amendment carves out a special exemption from the Constitution’s requirement that taxes “shall be apportioned among the several States.” For any tax that is not an income tax, the Constitution’s original language applies and thus, per Cannon:  The mandate is also vulnerable because it is not uniform across all states.
Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, plans to begin denying health insurance to newly hired employees who work fewer than 30 hours a week, according to a copy of the company’s policy obtained by The Huffington Post. …

Walmart declined to disclose how many of its roughly 1.4 million U.S. workers are vulnerable to losing medical insurance under its new policy. …

Labor and health care experts portrayed Walmart’s decision to exclude workers from its medical plans as an attempt to limit costs while taking advantage of the national health care reform known as Obamacare. Among the key features of Obamacare is an expansion of Medicaid, the taxpayer-financed health insurance program for poor people. Many of the Walmart workers who might be dropped from the company’s health care plans earn so little that they would qualify for the expanded Medicaid program, these experts said.

By making the fine for not providing health care cheaper than providing health care, this was always the plan: to encourage employers to send us to the government.

Remember how Obama's big ObamaCare sell was, "You get to keep the health insurance you have"?

It was all a lie, a hustle, a con, a ruse…

[Here is the argument against accepting Obama's Medicaid expansion]: Turn it down, and governors risk coming off as callous toward their neediest residents. Not to mention the likely second-guessing for walking away from a pot of federal dollars estimated at nearly $1 trillion nationally over a decade.
If the Obama administration were to compromise, say by sweetening the offer to woo a reluctant state, it would face immediate demands from 49 others for similar deals that could run up the tab by tens of billions of dollars.
As state legislatures look ahead to their 2013 sessions, the calculating and the lobbying have already begun.
Conservative opponents of the health care law are leaning on lawmakers to turn down the Medicaid money. Hospitals, doctors’ groups, advocates for the poor and some business associations are pressing them to accept it.
“Here’s the big thing: The state does not want to expand Medicaid and get stuck with the bill,” said Dr. Bill Hazel, Virginia’s health secretary. “Our legislators do not like to raise taxes to pay for a benefit someone else has promised. The concerns we have ... are around federal solvency and the ability of the federal government to meet its commitment.”

Susan Rice’s Enrichment Program, Cont. [Or - does this make her as greedy and rich as Mitt Romney?  However, she even has a large investment with a company which does business with Iran.  She is worth more than $23 million.]

Rice has investments in bank defrauded by Madoff, in Irish pharmaceuticals, in firm located in Bermuda.
President Herman Cain wrote: Obama won the popular vote by 50.6 percent. OK, those of you that voted for him, you won. But you did not win the lottery. Here's what you won.
You won a president who wants unlimited federal spending powers with no federal debt ceiling. Would you give unlimited credit to a person who has maxed out all of their credit cards? If you say yes, then respectfully, you are a fool.

Obama voters, you won a president who is still campaigning, so he can keep using the lapdog mainstream media to tell you what he wants you to believe instead of telling you the truth. Strip away your preconceived notions about media channels that Obama told you not to watch, and you just might learn something.
Dozens of residents are still living without heat, hot water, or electricity in condemned structures flooded by both sea and sewer water in the Gerritsen Beach community of Brooklyn after a request to FEMA for temporary housing after Hurricane Sandy was denied.
“We need structures and housing. It is truly desperate,” said Jameson Wells, executive assistant to the director of GB Cares Sandy Relief, a volunteer relief organization. FEMA has said they did not have appropriate trailers.
“They told us they were unavailable because they are unheated and not insulated,” Wells said.
However, around 92 FEMA trailers are sitting idle and unused 145 miles away in Pennsylvania, the Free Beacon has found. Two employees from different companies located near the trailers’ location on Route 315 in Plains Township, Pa., confirmed the trailers were there.
Senator Rand Paul, speaking before the Senate on Wednesday said: (And these are not my words.....)“If you don't have a right to trial by jury, you do not have due process. You do not have a Constitution. What are you fighting against and for if you throw the Constitution out? When zealots of the government arrest suspects or radicals without warrants, hold them without trial, deny them access to counsel or admission of bail, we have shorn the Bill of Rights of its sanctity.”
Read more: Rand Paul's victory over the NDAA Indefinite Detention clause | Washington Times Communities
San Bernardino is so bankrupt that the city’s attorney is advising residents to “lock your doors and load your guns,” in the face of budgetary cuts that have downsized the police force by 80 officers.
Small businesses across the country are planning for economic hard times during President Barack Obama’s second term.
Basic Machinery Co., Inc. (BMC)—a small design firm in Siler City, N.C., that specializes in heavy industrial systems for the brick, tile, power generation, recycling, and ship and rail terminal industries—has already felt the negative effects of Obama’s policies and its executives are worried for the future.
The future of Twinkies is virtually assured.
Hostess Brands Inc. got final approval for its wind-down plans in bankruptcy court Thursday, setting the stage for its roster of snack cakes to find a second life with new owners - even as 18,000 jobs will be wiped out.
The update on the sale process came as Hostess received approval in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York in White Plains, N.Y. to give its top executives bonuses totaling up to $1.8 million for meeting certain liquidation goals. The company says the incentive pay is needed to retain the 19 corporate officers and "high-level managers" during the wind down process, which could take about a year.

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