The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose Alphonse Karr
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose Alphonse Karr
Hope and Fear: Obama into 2014
By Eileen F. Toplansky
In the days before the 1905 Russian Revolution, there was great discontent with the Tsar's dictatorship. The revolution was a "wave of mass political and social unrest that spread through vast areas of the Russian Empire. Some of it was directed against the government, while some was undirected. It included terrorism, worker strikes, peasant unrest, and military mutinies."
These cataclysmic changes evoked a number of reactions. Isaac Leib Peretz, one of the luminaries of Yiddish literature, wrote a small essay entitled "Hope and Fear," wherein he asserted the following.
As victors. You may become the bureaucracy: apportioning to each his morsel, as to inmates in a poorhouse: allotting work, like a sentence of hard labor. You will destroy that creator of new worlds-the human spirit. You will fill the purest well of human happiness-initiative-the force that is able to pit one man against thousands. You will mechanize life. To improve it, you will command it to be burned.
You will be occupied with regulations: with writing, assessing, making notations. You'll be busy prescribing: how strongly, how often, a pulse is permitted to beat: how far an eye may see: how much an ear may take: what kind of dream is permitted to a yearning heart. More
The Origins of Political Correctness
An Accuracy in Academia Address by Bill Lind
February 5, 2000
Variations of this speech have been delivered to various AIA conferences including the 2000 Consevative University at American University
Where does all this stuff that you’ve heard about this morning – the victim feminism, the gay rights movement, the invented statistics, the rewritten history, the lies, the demands, all the rest of it – where does it come from? For the first time in our history, Americans have to be fearful of what they say, of what they write, and of what they think. They have to be afraid of using the wrong word, a word denounced as offensive or insensitive, or racist, sexist, or homophobic.
We have seen other countries, particularly in this century, where this has been the case. And we have always regarded them with a mixture of pity, and to be truthful, some amusement, because it has struck us as so strange that people would allow a situation to develop where they would be afraid of what words they used. More
Obamacare Cover-Up: Did HHS Encourage Violation of SEC Law? 2:18 PM, 11/3/12
Early this morning, the Hill reported that the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is relying on a private company — a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group — to play a central role in establishing and running Obamacare’s insurance “exchanges.” As the Hill writes, the report raises serious questions about competitive fairness, as “the quiet nature of the transaction, which was not disclosed to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has fueled suspicion among industry insiders that UnitedHealth Group may be gaining an advantage for its subsidiary, UnitedHealthcare.”
But there’s far more to this story. An insurance industry insider (speaking on the condition of anonymity) says that HHS, in an attempt to hide this transaction from public view until after the election, actively encouraged the violation of SEC law.
According to my source (the basis for most of this account), in January of this year, HHS awarded Quality Software Services, Inc. (QSSI) — a federal IT contractor — what the Hill describes as “a large contract to build a federal data services hub to help run the complex federal health insurance exchange.” More
CBO Underestimates Real Costs Of Delay Of ObamaCare
By BETSY MCCAUGHEY
Monday, August 5, 2013 ·
The Congressional Budget Office last week released its calculation of the impact of the Obama administration’s decision to delay ObamaCare’s employer mandate for one year. Intentionally or not, the CBO’s $12 billion estimate is flawed, understating by a wide margin the cost to taxpayers.
On July 3, the Obama administration said that it will not enforce the mandate until 2015, though the law states it “shall” be in effect as of Jan. 1, 2014. The CBO calculates $10 billion in lost revenue from penalties that noncompliant employers would have paid had the mandate been enforced in 2014.
The CBO also estimates that only 1 million workers will lose on-the-job coverage “because few employers are likely to drop health insurance from their employees’ compensation packages for just one year.”
CBO assumes half of these 1 million workers will enroll in taxpayer-subsidized plans on the exchanges, adding $3 billion to the costs of the health exchanges in 2014. The Obama administration’s decision to delay the mandate shifts these costs from employers to taxpayers.
But the CBO’s calculation omits two additional, very sizable costs. One is the cost of covering the dependents of these workers who lose on-the-job coverage. Last Feb. 1 the Internal Revenue Service ruled that as long as workers are offered “affordable” on-the-job coverage for themselves, their dependents will not be eligible for subsidized coverage on the health exchanges. More
Obamacare Co-ops Created Behind Closed Doors
"The Obama administration has authorized almost 2 billion in loan money to untested, unknown cooperatives in the healthcare field..." How many will default?
Sen. Rand Paul on Fox's Hannity Discussing the Benghazi Hearing - 1/23/13 "Without QuestionThere Was a Political Cover-up
"They tried to treat the embassy in Libya like you would the embassy in Paris. They tried to say their the same things and they're not - one's a war zone." "I think it has taken an emotional toll on her [Hillary]...these were tough decisions and she didn't show leadership in this."
Study: HHS adds $9.1 billion in new regs in January
The Department of Health and Human Services passed three new rules over the course of just four days, adding $9.1 billion of regulatory burden during the first month of the new year, a new report claims.
According to a study by the American Action Forum released Friday morning, the new regulations will “account for 797 pages, $9.1 billion in new costs, and 10.6 million additional paperwork burden hours.” More
Obama’s pathway to gun confiscation
Elected officials in California, Connecticut, Maryland and New York have told the rest of America the truth about their vision for private ownership of firearms in America. They want to eliminate it.
Only the most willfully blind believe that the politicians in these states would not have passed laws calling for the confiscation of firearms if not stopped by the recent landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision Heller v. D.C., which affirmed individual Second Amendment constitutional rights by the narrowest 5-4 margin.
THE TRUTH IS INCONTROVERTIBLE. MALICE MAY ATTACK IT, IGNORANCE MAY DERIDE IT, BUT IN THE END, THERE IT IS
Truth and Consequences
(will we look back 4 years from now and wish we had heeded the warnings presented in this article) 11/13/12
By Claudia Roazen
Many agree that this 2012 presidential election is the most significant election perhaps the country has ever faced in its history. Some say this election is about the economy, others contend it is about values– the truth is it is about our nation’s survival. This election is about ideology, and ideology is replete with a myriad of differences on the issues on one hand, and simply a stark choice between two ideas on the other hand. These two ideologies can be labeled many ways, such as left versus right, socialism versus capitalism, or anti-Americanism versus a constitutionally faithful Republic.
The liberalization of America is a myth– wrapped up in a façade of progressive lies and rationalizations– designed to distract Americans from guilt and accountability from our failed responsibility to preserve our founding father’s legacy. More
Pat Caddell Says: Media Have Become an "Enemy of the American people"
"It is one thing to...have a biased view, it is another thing to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know..." Pat Caddell
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