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The Bible: Beyond the Pale
American Spectator, by Jackson Adams

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Posted By:StormCnter, 3/9/2013 5:16:30 AM

Ever since medieval mystery plays, the Bible has offered a lucrative playground for show business. The Good Book’s engrossing stories and a guaranteed audience provide the ingredients of success for a profession wedded to ratings. Believers rightly approach these attempts with trepidation. After all, not a little Christian blood has been spilled over the correctness of artistic forays into the spiritual. Jews and Muslims, Abraham’s other children, even ban such projects altogether. It is sensitivity to these issues that makes the brazen approach of the History Channel’s mini-series The Bible so lamentable. Rarely does a program manage to cheapen

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Spidey, 3/9/2013 5:42:37 AM     (No. 9216148)

I´m not about to watch anything produced by today´s revisionist liberals.To me, the Lincoln movie was a flop because they tried to make him a civil rights leader at the time.Of course the comparison you´re supposed to draw is Obama is a modern day Lincoln.

The left wants to make Christianity look like a cult and historical fabrication to discredit people of faith.They´ve already destroyed a great deal of morality in this country and obama is as far from a moral leader as you can get.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: sillykay, 3/9/2013 6:21:52 AM     (No. 9216160)

Spot on Poster #1.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rather Read, 3/9/2013 6:39:06 AM     (No. 9216170)

I was looking forward to this, but the ninja angel at Sodom and Gomorrah had me scratching my head. Then when they totally left off the story of Jacob and Esau and Joseph and his brothers, and cut from the sacrifice of Isaac to the slavery of the Jews in Egypt, I went on a rant.

I know that the producers had to make cuts, but to leave out Jacob and Joseph!!! Really.

I´ll give it another try Sunday, but I don´t think it will be much good.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rather Read, 3/9/2013 6:40:30 AM     (No. 9216172)

Oh, by the way. Mark Burnett and Roma Downey the producers are Christians. This is their vision and I am sad to say, so far I am not impressed.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: PoliticalJunky, 3/9/2013 6:54:51 AM     (No. 9216194)

Some instinct told me not to watch this. I am glad I took the warning as I do not need the aggravation.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Loretta, 3/9/2013 7:29:33 AM     (No. 9216235)

Gosh if you want the whole Bible -then read it.
I get tired of everything being nit-picked and looked at in a political way. Someone has to pay for this program and it can only be so long with the attention span of today´s tv viewers who prefer dumb stuff like Broke Girls. Give Burnett and Downey a break.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: oldbuffalo, 3/9/2013 7:57:20 AM     (No. 9216273)

Agreed #6, this series is meant to spark interest in the Bible itself, hoping to motivate people to want to look into it further. Give the producers credit for making this bold move. Roma Downey of Touched-by an Angel fame has a pretty good track record of credibility in my opinion.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: leesum, 3/9/2013 7:59:11 AM     (No. 9216278)

The movie is never as good as the book.


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Reply 9 - Posted by: AltaD, 3/9/2013 8:03:10 AM     (No. 9216289)

I gave it a try but gave up after the first night. If I´m going to spend time watching an inaccurate version of the Bible I´ll watch ´Jesus Christ Superstar´, at least that has great music.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Wetlander, 3/9/2013 8:12:26 AM     (No. 9216307)

What #6 & #7 said. If you stop to think about the millions who have never opened the Book, then if the TV documentary even provokes a few of them to read even a few verses, the show will have been a success. Having read the Book, I for one enjoyed the show as I was able to fill the omissions and commissions without being overly critical.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Bad Dog, 3/9/2013 8:24:28 AM     (No. 9216332)

Aw, come on, people. I´m not about to defend Ho´wood liberals, nor do I want to cast aspersions on my beloved husband. But I´ve been reading the Bible, mentioning from time to time some of the stories in the Old Testament, and this TV production got him interested enough to learn more.

Hubby is a dear, sweet man but he was raised nonreligiously. He´s a good man and believes there is a God, but he has just never studied it.

Now, he wants to. Can we give them credit for those like my husband who now might be more interested in picking up the original? I am thankful.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: msjena, 3/9/2013 8:39:53 AM     (No. 9216351)

The movie skips over most of Genesis--which is where a lot of the best narratives are (Jacob and Esau, Joseph and his brothers, Joseph in Egypt, Jacob´s ladder, etc.) But it did show the most important, which was the story of Abraham. Believe it or not, a lot of people don´t know this story. I heard someone, who was Jewish, say it was Moses who was asked to sacrifice his son. It´s better to get part of the story than none, in my opinion.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Susannah, 3/9/2013 8:42:30 AM     (No. 9216356)

Mark Burnett was the producer of "Sarah Palin´s Alaska" and "Stars Earn Stripes," featuring Todd Palin. The Palins wouldn´t do business with a Godless leftist, would they?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: zoidberg, 3/9/2013 8:51:28 AM     (No. 9216377)

I haven´t watched it, but heard someone say the acting was on a par with America´s Most Wanted.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: enuf8, 3/9/2013 8:56:19 AM     (No. 9216384)

# - 13 No matter the subject, one just cannot resist a derogatory intentioned remark about Gov. Palin. Most likely would not harm some to make an effort to watch the series and then look into the scriptures.
One could easily say something is missing from the life of one who makes such a pointed effort to attach Gov. Palin´s name at any opportunity in a ´negative´ way.


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Reply 16 - Posted by: sgtfox of the jarhead clan, 3/9/2013 8:57:59 AM     (No. 9216390)

When God finally gets angry enough and wants to get our attention he will not need to use a low budget movie with ninja angels . He won´t need WalMart to sponsor him . Even Democrats and Muslims will awaken from their stupor and pay attention. Omama -Biden stickers will be replaced with "honk if you love Jesus"

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Reply 17 - Posted by: tennisbum, 3/9/2013 9:08:10 AM     (No. 9216422)

In today´s TV world or media world in general where anything Christian is avoided like the plague, I commend Burnett and Downey for their efforts. I have read the Bible and still read it. The movie is not going to be as good as the book but perhaps it will entice some to open the Bible for the first time. The History channel is doing a good thing. The unbelievers and those who ridicule Christians have a ready platform on most all of the channels and programs to spew their hate. The source of my faith comes from the Bible....God´s word!

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Reply 18 - Posted by: RCFlyer98, 3/9/2013 9:09:50 AM     (No. 9216425)

Spot on #8. Skimming over the Old Testament did no favors to the Bible, IMHO. The movie Ten Commandments, was 3 hours or more. That covered only Moses. Some even think Charlton Heston was Moses. At least the producers could say their production was an overview of the Bible, not title the series The Bible. IMHO, the series is lacking, too many omissions, such that too many people could get the wrong impression of the Book called the Bible. I did like that fact that the production showed the place that Abraham (Abram) has in history and the Ishmael/Issac situation.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: STLstudent, 3/9/2013 9:14:48 AM     (No. 9216438)

I will NOT watch "The Bible" on the History Channel... period. I do not want to see the media´s spectacle about a God in whom they do not believe and a Christ they despise.

Why do we giggle with delight when the popular culture slaps us only a little bit? We are so grateful they don´t slap us too hard.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: wyowumin, 3/9/2013 9:18:16 AM     (No. 9216444)

The producers said they were inspired to do this series while watching "The Ten Commandments" with their children and the kids howled with laughter because they thought it was so hokey and they wanted to do something more realistic.

Sadly, in my opinion, they failed. Their production is going to be every bit as dated as DeMille´s "Ten Commandments"--which I think is still far better--with their Ninja angels and Samson the Rastafarian. Don´t think it´ll stand the test of time. And...DeMille did a far better crossing of the Red Sea than Barnett and Downey did.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 3/9/2013 9:24:07 AM     (No. 9216466)

I doubt that we will ever again see bible-based movies made on an epic scale by Hollywood. So Cecil B. deMille didn´t direct this production, and Edith Head wasn´t available for costume design. And they didn´t have a word-for-word recitation of the bible in King James´ English. That doesn´t mean the series wasn´t effective in reaching some people.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: FLCracker, 3/9/2013 9:27:39 AM     (No. 9216471)

I tuned in late, coming in just as Abraham is taking Isaac out into the desert.

Having just read a book i\on the concept of the "Beloved Son," the substitution of a lamb instead of a ram was quite striking -- and a wonderful example of (I assume) unintentional Christian bias.

Lamb provided by God to save Isaac equals Lamb of God provided by God to save all of us (aka Jesus Christ.)

After this deep and serious subject was given short shrift, the whole crew then went to Eqypt -- with me scrambling, trying to figure out why Abraham would be going to Egypt AFTER this event. I finally realized we were skipping ahead three generations.

Perhaps this program might get some people interested in the Bible, but all it did was confuse me and seem to me so shallow, it could hardly elicit someone´s interest.

Not to mention, the drearily reverential, hackneyed backgroud music gave me a headache.


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Reply 23 - Posted by: RoseOfTexas, 3/9/2013 9:29:20 AM     (No. 9216475)

If this Mark Burnett is the one who produced Sarah Palin´s Alaska & Stars Earn Stripes then I´ll give him the benefit of the doubt that his intentions are to be respectful of the Bible. Stars Earn Stripes was definitely respectful of our military & I enjoyed it so much. "Star" Dean Cain fawned all over Chris Kyle when he learned they were paired as a team - deservedly so.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Old Army Vet, 3/9/2013 9:32:16 AM     (No. 9216479)

After hearing all the hype I was very disappointed.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Envirodude, 3/9/2013 9:32:46 AM     (No. 9216483)

If you want Hollywood to pay a attention to the Christians, Christians should watch, or TiVo, this series. No, it will not have your favorite story. Get over it and support fellow Christians and their work bother wise stop complaining about there being nothing good on television.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: lcasal, 3/9/2013 9:43:29 AM     (No. 9216515)

I don´t know the Bible very well at all. CBN recommended the series The Bible and I watched it. I really liked it. I know more now. But I was puzzled by some things, life was harsh in the old testament, for instance killing all the first born. They were just innocences. I will watch the rest of the series though to learn more. Thumbs up!

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Reply 27 - Posted by: TOOTALL, 3/9/2013 9:44:58 AM     (No. 9216518)

For what its worth..Laura Ingraham and Raymond Arrolo spoke very highly of this series. I decided to skip show one because I thought it would be like other ´History´ channel shows like Storage wars or Pawn Stars. Bible
Wars... brought to you by Barnes and Noble.I might give it a look.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 3/9/2013 10:01:47 AM     (No. 9216550)

If you guys hate how two avowed Christians have told this story so far, you will really hate the story of Noah coming out next year I believe. Word has it they are turning Noah into somekind of environmentalist. They did choose a good actor though, Russell Crowe.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Chief1942, 3/9/2013 10:20:03 AM     (No. 9216582)

Like so many ventures into religion, this series has it´s positives and negatives. It really is a "tickle your ears" approch to God´s word. Having said that, it is also by leaps and bounds better than the typical TV fare that we have been inundated with over the last few decades. The only harm I see from such a production as this, is that there really are people out there who take whatever "hollywood" puts on the screen (TV or movie) as "reality. They will accept it as "real" and have it shape their views. In this case, the truth is a victim and those that accept this production as such, will be the losers in the long run. People should accept it for what it is, a financially/ideologically motivated production that was done under the guise of "entertainment". Nothing more, nothing less.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Aubreyesque, 3/9/2013 10:29:50 AM     (No. 9216599)

Mohammed was NEVER Abraham´s "other child." He was the interloper that stole and harrassed and lied his way into the religious world.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: roytheelectrician, 3/9/2013 11:25:59 AM     (No. 9216679)

The History Channel is a rather poetic name for a reality TV based organization.

I was saddened when I had seen they were going to explain the Bible to everyone.

If you are ever compelled to read the Bible, it explains quite well what is happening in this world, and why the likes of the history channel have to tell insulting out-right lies about God´s Word.

If you want to know about Gods Word, read the Bible, pray and go to church. Its that easy.

If you want to know & believe the lies, watch the history channel.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: beth, 3/9/2013 12:02:18 PM     (No. 9216749)

The stories in the Bible don´t need embellishments, they are exciting and inspirational on their own. Sad to see these two put so much time into this series while at the same time refusing to stay true to the stories. We watched the first one but were very disappointed.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: elonfever, 3/9/2013 12:24:27 PM     (No. 9216786)

geez, we finally get Christians with the ability to get a message out there and we complain it is not good enough! It is a verry long book, you can´t cover everything to suit everybody

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Reply 34 - Posted by: StormCnter, 3/9/2013 12:26:49 PM     (No. 9216790)

#26, I´m with you. When my brothers and I were young, our grandmother gave us a Hurlbut´s Story of the Bible. We devoured it, but I worried for a long time about how to please God, because poor Job tried and tried and something was always upsetting God, anyway. Only in adulthood did a seminarian explain that relationship in a way I could comprehend.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: redink, 3/9/2013 3:21:33 PM     (No. 9217024)

Kudos to Roma and her husband for getting the message out. We lament the people who know nothing about anything important and here is a decent effort to help those who never heard the Word.

Give it a rest, theologians, God reaches us all differently and in ways we can understand.

I once read a story about a man who was ready to commit suicide, but kept hearing the words from his daughter´s Veggie Tales videos and gave his life to Christ instead. And all he heard was the voice of a tomato character saying: "God loves you very much."
...and he decided to believe it.

There´s power in Word, no matter how it´s presented.


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Reply 36 - Posted by: Penney, 3/9/2013 6:47:54 PM     (No. 9217246)

Although we also noticed the omissions of pivotal Scriptural events recorded in Genesis, as well as the emphasis diverted to others in this film, it does seem to be a quality production. The movie presents a sort of too rapid timeline through so many years of history and, as such, simply cannot dramatize everything in this movie series.

However, we know that God´s word, ´´will not return void,´´ so hopefully viewers will be inspired by this admirable, yet flawed, production to read the Bible for themselves, beginning with Genesis, and then they will be able to sort out the events from film´s descrepencies. The timeline format reveals the lineage leading to the birth of the Messiah.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: mitzi, 3/9/2013 6:57:19 PM     (No. 9217260)

I saw the first episode and it wasn´t that bad.

It´s entertainment - not theology. I don´t expect secular television and actors, producers and directors to provide religious instruction.

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American Thinker, by C. Edmund Wright    Original Article
Posted By: quantumman- 4/21/2014 7:22:21 AM     Post Reply
As he moves from lobbyists to the golf course, from press conferences to the tanning bed, he remains oblivious to all that is around him. He has power, incredible power, and yet to this day he has no understanding of the election that made it so. Moreover, all around him are astonishing opportunities for him to be an historic figure -- one who could and should be the man who did more than any other single person in turning back the red tide of Obama. It’s all there for Speaker of the House, and yet John Boehner manages to miss

Stop dressing so tacky for church
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CNN, by John Blake    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/20/2014 4:40:56 AM     Post Reply
If the Rev. John DeBonville could preach a sermon to lift the souls of churchgoers across America, his message would be simple: Stop dressing so tacky for church. DeBonville has heard about the “come as you are” approach to dressing down for Sunday service, but he says the Sabbath is getting too sloppy. When he scans the pews of churches, DeBonville sees rows of people dressed in their Sunday worst. They saunter into church in baggy shorts, flip-flop sandals, tennis shoes and grubby T-shirts. Some even slide into the pews carrying coffee in plastic foam containers as if they’re going to Starbucks. “It’s like

A rancher´s armed battle against the US
government is standard libertarian fare

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Guardian [UK], by Kieran Suckling    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/21/2014 8:10:33 AM     Post Reply
Perhaps the most remarkable feature of American democracy is the magnificent estate of public land that it reserved from the very beginning for the use of all citizens, rich or poor. There is nothing like it in the democracies of Europe, which came into being with nations already carved up into private fiefdoms. The Great Idea that hundreds of millions of acres of forests, deserts, rivers and prairies should be owned by, and managed for, the public interest has had a profound and lasting influence on American culture. But not everyone has accepted it. Cliven Bundy’s armed standoff with the National Park

You´re on the clock:
Doctors rush patients out the door

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USA Today*, by Roni Caryn Rabin    Original Article
Posted By: Pluperfect- 4/21/2014 4:35:59 AM     Post Reply
Joan Eisenstodt didn´t have a stopwatch when she went to see an ear, nose and throat specialist recently, but she is certain the physician was not in the exam room with her for more than three or four minutes. "He looked up my nose, said it was inflamed, told me to see the nurse for a prescription and was gone," said the 66-year-old Washington, D.C., consultant, who was suffering from an acute sinus infection. When she started protesting the doctor´s choice of medication, "He just cut me off totally," she said. "I´ve never been in and out from a visit faster." These days,

The Increasing Desperation of Democrats
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National Review Online, by John Fund    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/21/2014 5:19:02 AM     Post Reply
Harry Reid isn’t backing down from his claim that rancher Cliven Bundy’s supporters are “domestic terrorists.” It’s astonishing rhetoric given the White House’s characterization of the mass shooting by a genuine terrorist, Major Nidal Hasan, who killed 13 Americans at the Fort Hood Army base after yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is great.) Rather than labeling Hasan’s actions “domestic terrorism,” the Obama administration is prosecuting him for having committed “workplace violence.” Democratic rhetoric is become ever more desperate and overheated as we approach the November midterm elections. Last week, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that GOP positions on immigration were motivated by

Wasserman-Schultz: Midterm Election
´Absolutely Not´ A Referendum on Obama

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
Posted By: Toledo- 4/21/2014 8:22:28 AM     Post Reply
"No, absolutely not," the November midterm election is not a referendum on President Obama and his policies, Democrat Party Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC´s "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "[T]hese elections, particularly the Senate elections, are referendums on the candidates running," she said. Asked about vulnerable Democrats who have criticized President Obama´s flawed healthcare law, Wasserman Schultz said they are running their own race. "They have to talk about and focus on the issues that are important to their constituents. And what´s also true is, if you look at the success rate and the track record of

A Marine´s story: Women set up
to fail USMC’s most grueling test

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ABC News, by Martha Raddatz*    Original Article
Posted By: NorthernDog- 4/21/2014 11:13:10 AM     Post Reply
At a petite 5’3’’, Sage Santangelo may not look like a combat fighter at first glance. But the female second lieutenant has never let that hold her back from pursuing her dream of becoming an infantry officer in the Marine Corps. Growing up, Santangelo found she was always able to keep up with the guys and enjoyed playing hockey on all boys’ teams. But when she joined the Marines, Santangelo found the playing field changed; she was segregated into female-only training units and as a woman, was relegated to less strenuous physical training than her male counterparts. And that’s why,

John Kerry’s Easter Message:
I’m ‘First Catholic Secretary of
State in 33 Years’

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Cybercast News Service, by Terence P. Jeffrey    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/21/2014 2:26:51 AM     Post Reply
In an op-ed published in the Boston Globe on Easter Sunday and posted on the State Department website, Secretary of State John Kerry recalled his days as an altar boy and pointed out that he is “the first Catholic Secretary of State in 33 years.” Alexander Haig, who served as secretary of state to President Ronald Reagan from January 1981 to July 1982, was also a Catholic. Last month, I traveled to Rome with President Obama, where I was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis,” said Kerry. “As an altar boy six decades ago, I never imagined that I

The Growing Financial Disaster of Obamacare
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Power Line, by John Hinderaker    Original Article
Posted By: StormCnter- 4/19/2014 5:55:20 PM     Post Reply
President Obama asserts that 8 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as though that were something to be proud of. In fact, Obamacare has always been a fiasco from a fiscal perspective–a black hole of subsidies and expanded Medicaid, with largely fictitious mechanisms in place to pay for it. As the number of subsidized participants grows, the disaster gets worse. Charles Blahous explains: Our national discussion…is missing the truly significant story here; what is unfolding before our eyes is a colossal fiscal disaster, poised to haunt legislators and taxpayers for decades to come. It is quite possible that the ACA is


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