Fiscal Policy: The president tells business leaders he wants to do away with Congress when it comes to raising the country´s legal debt limit and be able to do it all by himself. aclgsIf hypocrisy were taxable, we should soon be able to balance the budget and repay the national debt. It was on display again Wednesday, when President Obama told CEOs at the Business Roundtable he is no longer playing the debt ceiling "game" of agreeing to raise the limit in exchange for administration concessions on spending and taxes. Calling the last debt battle in 2011 a "catastrophe"
0bama wants to do away with Congress period. No more of this insubordination for Dictator 0bama! The Supreme Court will be next. If his buddy Morsi can do it, why can´t he. After all he is a god, isn´t he?
Down goes the Donk Party, forever and ever! Most unpopular president in history of the US is where he is going. Bye! As for HOW to spend that money fast.... I do indeed wonder about what is going on at Eximbank, which would seem to provide a means for him to hand out money at any rate for any purpose to anybody, by making and forgiving loans, not really related to any budget process as far as I can tell, but I am not sure. Is this a measn for him to send that trillion on its way. Am not sure. Hearings please.
RUSH: Toby, Idaho Falls. Great to have you, sir. Hello. CALLER: How´s it going, Rush? RUSH: Good. Good. Good. Great to have you here. CALLER: The reason for my call was back in 1990 when I started listening -- this might help out some of the younger, newer listeners -- I was trying to figure out whether I was liberal or conservative, and I had it all lumped into one thing. Once I figured that, on your show you´re talking about government, when you´re talking about liberal versus conservative, that´s when I figured out that I was conservative. And I was wondering if
RUSH: Let me ask you a quick question here, folks. Can you imagine -- and I´m serious here, now -- can you imagine what the news would be like today if all of those 2,500 businesses and unions and others had not received Obamacare waivers? Can you imagine what it would be like? I mean, we are just getting the tiniest glimpse of the horrors of this. I mean, if you think Kathleen Sebelius is a jerk today, just wait, ´cause these waivers, they´re gonna expire. I´m gonna tell you what´s coming. The full weight, the full weight of the
RUSH: According to the Heritage Foundation, the regime´s caught in a new Obamacare dilemma. "Remember sequestration? Those automatic budget cuts that went into effect when Congress failed to do real budgeting a couple of years ago?" Well, guess what? Sequestration is running into Obamacare now. "Both laws have been around for awhile, but the Obama Administration hasn’t done anything to prepare for their collision," which is beginning to happen. "The cuts are hitting a set of subsidies that were supposed to help pay deductibles and co-pays for lower-income Americans with Obamacare coverage." Did you know that? Yes! The sequester, got bless it,
RUSH: Pretty much every insurance company is gonna have to cancel their current plans, folks, because none of the current plans out there will be able to provide coverage at the same price that they´re offering today when all of the new Obamacare mandates kick in. And that begins in January. So it´s happening, the insurance companies are simply getting a head start. I mean, they´re revving up. They know what´s coming in January and they´re not gonna be able to provide. That´s why you´re getting either cancellation notices and new price quotes. Your premium is more than likely doubling
Our younger readers--those who were born yesterday--may not remember when delaying ObamaCare was considered a wild idea, its exponents limited to crazy right-wing terrorists. Times have certainly changed since--oh, the beginning of this week. "Democrats facing difficult reelection campaigns in 2014--Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mark Begich of Alaska--came out on Wednesday evening in support of extending the open enrollment period of the law, as first proposed by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire, who is also up for reelection in 2014," Politico reports. All these senators were elected or
If you’re looking for an epitaph for the republic (and these days, who isn’t?) try this – from August 2010 and TechCrunch’s delirious preview of healthcare.gov: “We were working in a very very nimble hyper-consumer-focused way,” explained Todd Park, the Chief Technology Officer of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “all fused in this kind of maelstrom of pizza, Mountain Dew and all-nighters … and, you know, idealism. That kind of led to the magic that was produced.”
Americans who were recipients of means-tested government benefits in 2011 outnumbered year-round full-time workers, according to data released this month by the Census Bureau. They also out-numbered the total population of the Philippines. There were 108,592,000 people in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2011 who were recipients of one or more means-tested government benefit programs, the Census Bureau said in data released this week. Meanwhile, according to the Census Bureau, there were 101,716,000 people who worked full-time year round in 2011. That included both private-sector and government workers. That means there were about 1.07 people getting some form of means-tested
BOSTON -- The Harvard School of Public health gave former President Clinton and his daughter, Chelsea, awards for their work in health programs, the school said. The awards, for the Clintons and others, were presented in Boston Thursday during the school´s 100th anniversary celebration, The Boston Globe reported. President Clinton received the Centennial Medal, along with Dr. Jim Yong Jim, president of the World Bank Group and former faculty member of the Harvard School of Public Health, and Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway and director general of the World Health Organization. Chelsea Clinton was awarded the Next Generation Award for
Hillary Clinton only spoke for a few minutes Thursday night, beside stone columns lit with red and blue lights, and before an iPhone-toting crowd that had gathered to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Center for American Progress. But her words were unmistakably those of a politician who had not yet retired from the electoral game. She criticized Congress for “careening from crisis to crisis instead of having a plan” and attacked the “scorched earth” politics of the modern age. She praised progressives for pushing “the cause of affordable, quality health care for every American back on the national agenda,” and
Park rangers, scientific researchers and wildlife enthusiasts all rely on field guides to identify plant and animal species, along with careful notations spelling out their helpful and harmful characteristics. Though we don´t normally associate field guides with people, perhaps one is in order for President Obama. He clearly needs help in distinguishing between friends and enemies of the United States. After all, he´s continued to extend olive branches to our fiercest adversaries, while throwing allies, both foreign and domestic, under the bus. During Obama´s nearly five years in office, he has created a "bizarro-world," in which up is down and down is
Jeanne Shaheen doesn´t sound like a Democrat who just won a government-shutdown "victory." Ms. Shaheen sounds like a Democrat who thinks she´s going to lose her job. The New Hampshire senator fundamentally altered the health-care fight on Tuesday with a letter to the White House demanding it both extend the ObamaCare enrollment deadline and waive tax penalties for those unable to unroll. Within nanoseconds, Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor had endorsed her "common-sense idea." By Wednesday night, five Senate Democrats were on board, pushing for . . . what´s that dirty GOP word? Oh, right. "Delay." After 16 long days of vowing to
Immigration: It is urgent, the president says, to enact immigration reform this year. But the only urgency is in the minds of Democrats trying to shore up their political fortunes. As ObamaCare flames out, and the economy continues its slo-mo grind, the issue that has suddenly jumped to the top of his priority list is immigration reform. "We´ve kicked this particular can down the road too long," President Obama insisted Thursday in a speech at the White House. But given the real issues facing the U.S. — from high, long-term joblessness in an economy that cannot grow and now millions of Americans
Sen. John McCain’s daughter says that her father is “depressed” and “frustrated” with the impact the “hyper-conservative wing of the party” is having on national politics, including on the recent government shutdown. “We’re both frustrated with the idea that only the hyper-conservative wing of the party is going to represent the masses,” Meghan McCain said in a joint interview with ABC and Yahoo News. Ms. McCain, who has her own reality show “Raising McCain,” said the last time she can remember her father was so depressed about the state of politics was after his failed 2008 presidential bid. “He is
Does President Obama belong on the same list as John Kennedy and Bill Clinton when it comes to presidents who are sex symbols? That’s what Entertainment Tonight reporter Rocsi Diaz thinks. First Lady Michelle Obama chuckled and smiled as Diaz asked her what it’s like to be married to someone who’s seen by many women as a “sex symbol,” in an interview that aired Tuesday evening. “He’s got a little swag, you know, that’s okay,” the first lady said. “I’m proud of him. He’s a stylish man who is healthy and he’s smart and he’s passionate and he’s inspiring. And
Healthcare insurance executives were received at the White House today — but not to confront President Obama about the flub-ridden exchange launched on Oct. 1. Instead, the CEOs of Aetna, Humana, CareFirst, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida, Health Net, Inc., Health Care Services Corporation, Independence Blue Cross, America’s Health Insurance Plans, Molina Healthcare, Centene Corp., Tufts Health Plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Wellpoint and Kaiser Permanente got to meet with Obama’s senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. Meanwhile, on the Hill, Pelosi brushed off the tech implosion as something they just have to be able to fix because she doesn’t want to
Senate majority leader Harry Reid says that "Everybody" is "willing to pay more" taxes. He said so in an interview with a Nevada Public Radio host. “The only people who feel there shouldn’t be more coming in to the federal government from the rich people are the Republicans in the Congress,” Reid told the radio host, according to Roll Call. “Everybody else, including the rich people, are willing to pay more. They want to pay more.” Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts
The Healthcare.gov debacle has been thoroughly dissected so far by America´s best health journalists and policy analysts. To be sure, every major rollout of a new or changed social policy, including Medicare itself, is rough and takes weeks or months to resolve. (Snip) It is the larger failure of public administration that has been endemic in the Obama White House, and is probably the president´s most significant weakness. The first clues to this problem came during the transition in 2008. George W. Bush and his chief of staff, Josh Bolten, offered exemplary assistance to the incoming Obama team—but many of the
More than 700 websites have been created with names playing off of Obamacare or Healthcare.gov, making it likely that some Americans will mistakenly hand over private information to unknown third-parties. For instance, there is a website — www.obama-care.us — that brands itself as part of the "Obamacare enrollment team," directs people to an "Obamacare enrollment form" and asks users for their name, address, Social Security number and other contact information. According to a counter at the bottom of the page, more than 3,000 people have visited obama-care.us.
It took a tea-party insurrection that disabled the federal government and wrecked the Republican brand, but after months of handwringing, establishment Republicans are preparing to attack ultraconservative ideologues across red America. (Snip) "Hopefully we´ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them," said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. "We´re going to be very aggressive and we´re going to get in their faces." The caterwauling over the GOP brand ramped up after President Obama´s
We´re hearing for the first time from a security officer who witnessed the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last year. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack on the mission and a nearby annex. In an interview for "60 Minutes," correspondent Lara Logan spoke with a British citizen, who had been hired to train the Libyan guards at the U.S. mission. He calls himself Morgan Jones, a pseudonym to protect his safety.Jones says he was annoyed that the State Department wouldn´t allow his guards to carry guns. As the
Marines are decrying a new look President Obama has planned for their uniforms — namely, a unisex-style cap that they say looks more French than American, more “girly” than hard-charging. “We don’t even have enough funding to buy bullets and the DoD [Department of Defense] is pushing to spend $8 million on covers that look like women’s hats,” one senior Marine said to The New York Post. “The Marines deserve better. It makes them look ridiculous.” One estimate is that the new hats could cost about $8 million. The hats are thinner and smaller, aimed at looking equally good on females as well
On the top of Thursday´s broadcast of his radio show, Sean Hannity revealed Erling Davis, the Obamacare operator he called early in his Monday show, got fired. Hannity quizzed her on how well the law is being received by applicants and she revealed no one liked it. Hannity had Davis on his show today and revealed he will give her a year´s salary of $26,000 and help her find a new job.
If House lawmakers wanted a clear admission of guilt during today’s testimony from four government contractors behind the botched healthcare.gov launch, they must have been sorely disappointed. Instead, the committee hearing offered a daisy chain of blame and interconnected responsibilities—a reflection of just how convoluted the massive effort became. An official from CGI Group (GIB/A:CN), the main contractor for the Obamacare health exchanges, described 55 different subcontractors who worked on the site, which consisted of six main “complicated systems” and interacted with numerous
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is rebuffing calls from Republicans for her to resign over the troubled launch of the ObamaCare sign-up website, saying those asking her to resign are “people I don’t work for.” Sebelius gave the comments on a tour Thursday of an ObamaCare call center in Phoenix, which kicks off a multi-city tour by administration officials to promote the health care law amid the website´s troubles. Sebelius said “no one is getting fired” over the litches and that her main focus is to get the website up and running.