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Your Health Insurance Is About To Become Illegal

January 27, 2014

The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is already about as popular as male Zumba classes, but next year, it will be worse.  Much worse. 

This year, 4.7 million Americans had their health insurance canceled because it failed to conform to the strict standards of the ACA. 

Next year, the employer mandate kicks in.  That’s when the real fun begins, as an estimated 80 million Americans will find that the health plans they have fail to meet Obamacare requirements. 

Imagine the reaction if 80 million Americans find their healthcare plans canceled and have to go through a healthcare exchange to sign up for new coverage at a higher cost.  Affordable Care Act?  Really? 

Backward

October 20, 2013

Ironically, by focusing on defunding Obamacare, conservative Republicans helped the new entitlement by deflecting attention from the failed launch of the federal healthcare exchange that is Obamacare’s core program.

“Failed” is an understatement.  It was like a Fourth of July fireworks display on the Esplanade consisting of a single sparkler.  It was like fighting World War II with a slingshot.  It was like trying to end world hunger with a Happy Meal.  The Obama legacy is now, “Backward,” not “Forward.”  It’s “No, We Can’t,” not “Yes, We Can.”

The Buck Stops There

October 11, 2013

“America cannot be great if we go broke.”

National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform

Imagine a CEO who has been spending more money than his company takes in.  He has been operating without a budget for more than four years, because his budget proposals are so out of line, no one will support them.  His company will stop running if he fails to negotiate an agreement with his board of directors.  The CEO announces publicly that he will not negotiate.  He leaves the country and puts his CFO in charge of reaching a deal.  Except his CFO says he will not negotiate, either.  As a result, the company shuts down.

Whose fault is it?

In Obamaland, the fault never lies with the Commander in Chief, who seems to think his most important job is to blame others.  It’s a job he’s very good at.  While President Truman was famous for saying, “The buck stops here,” for President Obama, anything that happens is always someone else’s fault.

On the rare occasion that something good happens during his administration, though, he’s quick to take credit.  You may recall, for example, that he personally captured Osama Bin Laden.

How would you like to have a boss like that?

The World Is Upside Down - Part One

September 25, 2013

The earth isn’t cubed yet, like Bizarro World, but it increasingly seems to be upside down, inside out and moving backward instead of forward.

The fictional planet Htrae, aka Bizarro World, was invented by D.C. Comics as a comic spinoff from the typically stiff and serious world of Superman.  On Bizarro World, people would buy bonds to lose money and politicians would be put in charge because of their stupidity.  On Htrae, black is white and wrong is right.

Is Earth any different?  In today’s world, we have a President who “leads from behind.”  He snubs allies, but meets and negotiates with dictators, such as the president of Iran, who refuses to even shake his hand.

We have a United Nations that’s run by the thugs of the world.  The United Nations seems to exist to criticize the United States and Israel, even though America is its main source of funding and Israel is America’s ally.

The Difference Between Leaders and Politicians

September 18, 2013

Leaders lead.  And then there’s President Obama.

In his reaction to Syria’s use of chemical weapons, President Obama has demonstrated what the oxymoron “leading from behind” truly means.  It means not leading at all.

When France shows greater resolve and a tougher response than the United States in standing up to the world’s bullies, you know we’re in trouble.

President Obama is not a leader.  He is a politician.  There’s a big difference between the two …

The First Black President? Not Really.

July 23, 2013

Imagine if President Obama announced when he first ran for President that he was white.  An absurd thought, right?  But is it any different for him to call himself black?

President Obama is not black, of course.  He is multiracial and was raised by his white mother.

You would think he would be as accepting of his white heritage as he is of his black heritage.  Touting his multiracial background, he could have been a racial uniter, for the good of his country.  Instead, he is a racial divider who uses race for his own good.

The Genius of Obamanomics

June 27, 2013

I admit it.  I misunderstood President Obama.

As President, I thought it was his job to improve the economy.  Yet his every move seems designed to put companies out of business and their employees out of work.

But it all makes sense to me now.  I finally get it.  Because the worst the economy performs, the better the stock market performs.

It finally hit me yesterday, when the Bureau of Economic Analysis announced that the economy had grown by just 1.8% in the first quarter, down from an original estimate of 2.4%.  Because of the announcement, investors concluded that quantitative easing would continue -- and the Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 149.83 points.

Confessions of a “Right-Wing Fanatic”

June 5, 2013

In a democracy, people are entitled to express their opinions. 

I have many friends who think differently than I do, but we respect each other’s opinions.  But I was a bit startled when an associate of mine expressed his opinion that I’m a “right-wing fanatic.”

Another Blow to Small Businesses

May 7, 2013

Small businesses today are fighting to survive.  If the U.S. Senate has its way, many won’t.

By an astounding vote of 69-27, the U.S. Senate today passed another tax hike – one that will require even the smallest online businesses to track and charge sales and use taxes based on the country’s 9,600 different taxing authorities.

Unsequestration: What’s In the Obama Budget Proposal

April 12, 2013

Depending on who you talk to, America’s unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare and pensions of government employees add up to $86.8 trillion, $100 trillion or even $120 trillion.

But whatever number you use, the $120 billion trim to Social Security proposed by President Obama this week in his $3.77 trillion FY 2014 budget is “like trying to stop a runaway train with a fly swatter.”  The funds would be saved using “chained CPI,” which is just a different way of computing cost of living adjustments.