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Obamacare, designed to
fail, is failing too soon

Washington Times, by James Richard Edwards

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 10/25/2013 8:33:15 PM

HOUSTON, — President Obama’s legacy may include a stake in the heart of a cherished dream of the progressive left: complete government control of healthcare in America. Obama has always wanted a single-payer, government-run healthcare system, and he set out a complicated but achievable path to get to that goal through Obamacare. The eventual failure of Obamacare would set the stage for single-payer healthcare. Unfortunately for him, he designed Obamacare to fail in the wrong ways at the wrong times, making it harder, not easier to achieve his goal of completely socialized healthcare. If Obamacare dies an early and spectacular failure, it will

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This is an excellent analysis of the premature failure of 0bamacare. I hope he is right.


      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: bassman, 10/25/2013 8:39:15 PM     (No. 9582708)

Obama is such a failure he fails at trying to fail.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: msctex1, 10/25/2013 8:40:38 PM     (No. 9582711)

This is an astute, well-written and knowledgeable piece of writing, and sums up the ongoing stupidity as well as anything I have encountered. This should be Must Read.

Send this to anyone with any questions.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 10/25/2013 8:46:39 PM     (No. 9582720)

FTA:"Pigs have flown, and Ted Cruz was right."

Everything in this well written article is true, and nothing is truer than the above quote. And if the Republican Leadership was smart (and most of know they are not)they would have backed Cruz. This would have prevented the Regime from doing pushing their current meme that it´s the Republicans fault.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: lil dotty, 10/25/2013 8:53:31 PM     (No. 9582726)

If this is, in fact, premature failure, I like premature failure. To see the creature stumble and fall would be such a blessing to all of us in America. Bring him down. And don´t forget his brains, ValJar. Sideline that witch as well.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: Italiano, 10/25/2013 9:02:16 PM     (No. 9582738)

All government entitlement programs eventually fail when the parasites overwhelm the system. Most recently, the Subprime Mortgage Reparations program collapsed the economy in 2008. All the financial industry legal shakedowns we´re seeing won´t change that. Social Security and Medicare will as well. This one failed prematurely and it´s absolutely hilarious to watch. Idiots in charge.



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Reply 6 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 10/25/2013 9:52:31 PM     (No. 9582786)

It is far, far too late to stop this. It is a dust devil that has blown up into a force 5 tornado. The insurance companies may be permanently damaged. Repealing the act NOW might actually start a recovery - but, that´s not going to happen, just as dumping Øbama is not going to happen. The nations is not going to survive this as the United States we know. Absolute chaos will ensue. Economic disaster we can not imagine could ever happen again looms.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: dr fate, 10/25/2013 11:36:55 PM     (No. 9582859)

Well, cheers to you too #6. What a lovely way to start a weekend.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 10/26/2013 1:04:35 AM     (No. 9582900)

How about ´crash and burn´ ?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 10/26/2013 1:17:05 AM     (No. 9582908)

#6, you have read the depths of my mind. I try not to think about it, not much I can do. Look at how the British are desperately trying to untangle the NHS mess. But it´s like trying to fix a bubble in wallpaper. Get it nice and flat and smooth and, lo and behold, another bubble swells up nearby.

I think about my childhood, when so many factories, stores, docks, houses, schools, churches, and other buildings were wiped out by Luftwaffe bombs. Destroyed buildings, fire-bombed facades, huge craters, acres of rubble with pulverized glass twinkling like diamonds on a sunny day, all were normal landscapes to a small child. Nobody stared at burned faces or missing limbs, there were so many of them from bombs and battles. Use all those images as a collective metaphor for what is happening to the standards and values of our country. Then realize it took DECADES to rebuild the UK after the war. Add in the administration´s blitzkrieg tactics and we have problems more serious than most people realize. We are overwhelmed.

It will take even more decades to repair the widespread carpet bombings, tank offensives and storm trooper activities of this administration if something isn´t done very quickly.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: steveW, 10/26/2013 2:03:31 AM     (No. 9582925)

I´m glad to read someone who understands the catastrophe is not a crashed website, but the trojan horse of socialism. Too many conservative pundits have wasted energy gloating over a .gov that will - very soon - be fixed, as if that was the big problem with Obamacare! It´s the socialism, stupid.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: TXspyder, 10/26/2013 2:09:37 AM     (No. 9582929)

Socialism will always fail. USSR as an example. The question is how long will it take here?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Country Boy, 10/26/2013 4:21:17 AM     (No. 9582957)

A must read, for sure.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Trigger2, 10/26/2013 6:24:30 AM     (No. 9583004)

The #1 reason to dispose of every demonrat up for reelection.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 10/26/2013 6:43:33 AM     (No. 9583019)

Considering this L.Com post last night, Zippy and Co. may have had a profitable hand in OCare´s early collapse, on our dime:

Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Starlady, 10/26/2013 7:44:20 AM     (No. 9583094)

I too am skeptical about Obamacare´s quick demise, although I would rejoice if it turns out to be true. While reading the article I couldn´t help but think of all the doctors who have retired or will do so in the very near future. This is a tremendous loss to our healthcare system. Insurance rates are rising and will probably never return to reasonable rates after this even if Obama´s plan fails. He has messed things up big time.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: JAN, 10/26/2013 8:04:40 AM     (No. 9583122)

The abomination that is the website is the least harmful aspect of Obamacare.

Little to people know how lucky they are that they couldn´t access the system.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: reilly, 10/26/2013 8:04:52 AM     (No. 9583123)


Be careful. Here in screwy Vermont the two "private" insurers left are in the tank for government, and really have been since the liberals kicked all their competitors out over the past two decades. The local hospital folks love Pat Leahy and have forced almost all doctors into partnerships.
See how the creeping monster works?



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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rinktum, 10/26/2013 8:15:56 AM     (No. 9583144)

Everything progressives touch, they destroy because their thought processes are not grounded in truth. The Obamacare math never worked out. It was a lie to gain power, nothing more. They promised what they knew they could not deliver because they were confident they could convince enough people to follow them. They would worry about the details later. The agenda was their first consideration.

So here we are. People are losing their insurance and what happens to them when the deadline comes and they have not been able to purchase health insurance? They will be uninsured. Accidents happen. Illnesses occur. These people will be in limbo while facing enormous medical bills. The chaos is coming and with it comes the solution provided by the ever benevolent Barack Obama, single payer.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: chicodon, 10/26/2013 8:29:08 AM     (No. 9583164)

Obviously a Rush listener.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/10/24/obama_is_so_incompetent_he_couldn_t_properly_build_a_system_designed_to_fail

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 10/26/2013 8:39:12 AM     (No. 9583178)

I too hope that Edward´s is right. But, if Obie goes down for his failure, he will not go down quietly. I am sure Obie already has a scorched-earth strategy up his sleeve for punishing America for not conforming to his way and the punishment will be carried out on or before January 2017.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: bpl40, 10/26/2013 8:40:19 AM     (No. 9583179)

Under ordinary circumstances this should create a political opportunity of a life time. But the Beltway leadership of whimpering, spineless RINOs is not only willing but eager to split the difference with evil (also expressed as ´the law of the land´). What a waste!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: M2, 10/26/2013 9:25:04 AM     (No. 9583240)

Edwards´ (and Rush´s) point about the website being only that - a way to maneuver the insurance companies with the consumer -- is very important. The government isn´t selling Obamacare. It doesn´t produce any products. It just regulates.

The website really IS "just a website", designed only to interface the insurers with the insured. But insurers are going broke trying to insure, and the insured are going broke trying to buy expensive insurance.

How can that possibly work? Or is the real goal to crash both insurers and the insured, get the uninsured to die (death panels) for lack of timely treatment, and then place the government in charge of hiring second-rate doctors and taking over existing hospitals, nationalizing them under a single bollixed-up system that will garnish the wages of anyone who won´t comply?

What a hideous, insidious plan.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: maryc, 10/26/2013 10:07:49 AM     (No. 9583306)

Meanwhile they print billions a month in dollars and add up more bad debt with debacles like this. What it means is bankruptcy faster and government take over of everything. Obamacare is just a means to an end. The dollar is close to devaluation and we will all suffer much more than we can imagine.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: starboard, 10/26/2013 10:12:45 AM     (No. 9583314)

Great piece and straight to the point.
I agree, that this failure could be a knock out punch to the progressives for awhile. However, not forever. They will continue to prey on the food stampers, the undocumented and the phony disabled for their base while they tell the rest of us to shut up and pay the bills.
We need a strong, fearless and likable leader. This person will need all our support to help us out of this mess. Moreover, there needs to be a strategy and a take no prisoners approach. The old way of running a campaign won´t work. More than anything, we need to be united. There will always be those among us who find faults. However, fighting with each other is counterproductive at this time. As you know, there´s strength in numbers and we need all the power we can muster. We can deal with minor issues later on. We are fighting a war on multiple fronts and need to stand as a solid block.


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Reply 25 - Posted by: uno, 10/26/2013 10:13:52 AM     (No. 9583316)

When the Obamboozler writes his auto-biography, it should be titled: Of Flying Pigs, Screwed Pooches, Brass Monkey Eunichs and the Usual Sheep Suspects.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Farmwife1, 10/26/2013 10:30:45 AM     (No. 9583350)

I wish this were true, however, the rino bums will promise the sun, moon, and stars loaded with pork two months out and the sheeple will follow along. Idealistic talk is fine, but people vote their pocketbooks.

Sometimes I wonder if the rino bums know those voting for them in the primaries are democrats, (see Rush’s Operation Chaos) and are juggling their base and those wolves in sheeple’s clothing. They promise everyone everything and then once firmly ensconced for another 6 years go about their happy business of salting away more and more taxpayer dollars for their own. Fraud works in mysterious ways.


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Reply 27 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 10/26/2013 10:32:39 AM     (No. 9583352)

If #14 is reading the tea leaves correctly, it just proves correct the old saying, follow the money.

I believe I have commented here previously that I have long held the suspicion that this was nothing more that a gigantic kickback scheme to fleece the taxpayers of a gigantic amount of money. The fact that one of Moochie´s old classmates is part of it just adds some fuel to the fire.

This was never meant to succeed in the first place. It was just meant to line the pockets of Obama and his buds. Possibly even Soros.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Avogadra, 10/26/2013 10:46:58 AM     (No. 9583376)

El Rushbo thinks that all of this is heading us toward single payer. Single payer is failing in Great Britain. If it were tried here, it would fail even faster. There aren´t enough tax dollars or national debt dollars to finance single payer health care in this country. Our expectations of the health care system in this country are too high. Long lines, shoddy care and early death may work in the inner city but will have a much harder time being accepted across the rest of the U.S.A.

The Obama administration clearly does not know what it is doing. From the start they have believed that good intentions were the guarantee of good results. That may be true in a communist utopia, but the real world is different. When their dreamy progressive ideas subject large numbers of Americans to constant worries about whether they can risk doing without health insurance and whether they will be able to get medical care if they need it, there will be a backlash.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: jglas, 10/26/2013 10:56:06 AM     (No. 9583403)

I´ve thought that was the plan from the beginning, destroy the insurance companies so the government in its infinite mercy has to step in to rescue the helpless citizens and take control of their health and their lives. It would be a blessing if that plan blows up right now but I´m not so sure it would work even if it continues on to eliminate the insurance companies. There will come a point at which the country as a whole will have to choose between multiple private competing insurers (which would require, for instance, not killing them with impossible rules like having to accept pre-existing conditions . . . let the states and charitable organizations take care of that) or having the federal government as the single all powerful bestower of healthcare (which would probably be presented as a ´public option´ which sounds innocent but just authorizes the government to run all private insurers out of the market and take over). That´s when we really have to make the decision between the free market (which we`ve had since the country was formed and which has made us rich) and socialism (which has never worked anywhere anytime). I think that if someone can make those points with the public (hello Republicans, Ted, Marco, Mike, anyone?), we will choose the free market.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: owl, 10/26/2013 11:06:35 AM     (No. 9583430)

#6. Even tho Americans have grown fat, lazy and apathetic, which is the reason we´re where we are, that is also the reason forcing some sort of other governing system won´t work here. We´re too used to what we have. No other country has ever enjoyed our standard of living. When/if all our electronic conveniences and toys begin to disappear, the stores shelves begin to empty , etc.., notice will begin. But before that will be the loss of private enterprise and business´. When a socialist can´t get their car fixed, grumblings will lead back to our Founding. No, Obama and his crew are an experiment that just wont fly here. The dichotomy is a circle of paradigm.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: geoguy, 10/26/2013 11:58:32 AM     (No. 9583543)

Poster #20 makes a very good point. The Tea Party/Republicans better have a Plan B ready to go that would include a dossier to be used for Articles of Impeachment. He won´t get found guilty by the senate, but at least it would allow the country to focus on his crimes which are numerous.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 10/26/2013 12:25:01 PM     (No. 9583580)

Brilliant analysis! Mr. Edwards has given me a fresh, optimistic, perspective on the Obama administration and Obamacare. So much so that I am once again going to contact my three Maryland Congressclowns who (don´t) represent me.

He even gave me a new expression for the ´MSM´: "the government and its partners in the mainstream media."

#6 fired me up and I was all set to take umbrage (whatever the heck that is) until I read #9. I was crushed; Mrs. A seemed to be as pessimistic as #6. I hated to be in disagreement with her. Then I read her last sentence: "It will take even more decades to repair the widespread [damage] of this administration if something isn´t done very quickly. [The unfailing optimism of a WWII Brit survivor peeps out in those last 4 words.]

I´m beginning to think we´ll be alright. In any case, look for some shocking international news to blow our trivial problems with Obamacare off the front pages.





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Reply 33 - Posted by: hicokid, 10/26/2013 1:01:17 PM     (No. 9583633)

Nice, thoughtful article, but obama is given way too much credit for serious thinking. He just says and does whatever is convenient for the moment. He is simply a sociopath and a pathological liar.

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Reply 34 - Posted by: Tulsa, 10/26/2013 2:09:54 PM     (No. 9583704)

I see the writers point, but this can not possibly fail soon enough.

We are too big. 330 million people. Socialism will not work here. We will not put up with it, imo.

Keep praying for Divine Intervention.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 10/26/2013 11:54:19 PM     (No. 9584221)

Well, he said that all the senators up for reelection are calling for a delay........Not our "beloved" Al Franken. He believes it´s too early and we should be patient and things are steadily improving. One would think it should be easy to run against such a buffoon, but we all know that when the final vote is in, he will have received 120% of the votes in some counties, and bags of ballots will be found in parked cars, etc., to insure the egomaniacal crook another six years.

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Reply 36 - Posted by: Peterfleming, 10/27/2013 10:37:06 AM     (No. 9584635)

WashTimes Journalist James Edwards, and a few good Ldotters, start off on the wrong semantic distracting foot.
They call all this unconstitutional garbage, "progressive".
They even soften it as, "socialized", when, in fact, the grand, covert scheme is to communize COMMUNIZE a vital major segment of our relatively free economy. So let´s get some vital terminology straight: obamacide is the latest bankrupting attempt of a Communist takeover, and includes in this instance, complete domination and control of the most valuable safety valve in all free market industry.... the most important service, insurance.
Without insurance no proper business can function with safety. Worse, the communist driven Obama Soros Jaret Reid Puglosi Feinstein Schumer Waxman cabal of violence provoking Marxist Leninists scheme to covertly
destroy our amazing universal safeguard, open market,
voluntary, free choice, competitively provided insurance!
All business covers itself with legimate, competitive insurance. Government does not insure itself against war, failure, property damage. No, government just covers its ass by printing, out of thin air, more pay-off and bribe money. It steals from ITSELF ! ! !
The one silent voice we do not see or hear at all, is the common sense voice of insurance, the ultimate and very wonderful and true protection. The last thing we all need, is for our destructive so called leaders to create so much chaos and confusion, that we allow them to distract us while they destroy open free market insurance.
Instead of watching dummies Tom Hanks and George Clooney running around the White House kissing it up with the imposter, why doesn´t the insurance industry find a celebrity super star who is not a Communist, and
offer him or her the job of describing the importance of freely chosen insurance in this great country of America!



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Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 11:42:44 AM     Post Reply
DENVER — The Mile High City was jammed with pot revelers Sunday for the annual 4/20 festival, but the mood was far from celebratory Monday as state legislators moved to tighten rules on marijuana products in the wake of two tragic deaths. The Colorado House passed unanimously bills to set possession limits for concentrated forms of marijuana such as hash oil, and to make cookies, candy and other foods infused with pot more easily identifiable. The votes came after what are believed to be the state’s first marijuana-related deaths — both involving sweet treats infused with marijuana — since Colorado unveiled



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Obama to free hundreds of drug
felons under clemency rules
designed to un-do mandatory
sentences from ´War on Drugs´ era

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Daily Mail [UK], by David Martosko    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 4/21/2014 11:37:51 PM     Post Reply
The Obama administration is poised to entertain a flood of new clemency applications from thousands of federal prisoners who were given harsh sentences under mandatory-minimum laws following drug convictions, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. Holder said in a short videotaped statement that he wants to shrink the federal prison population by a modest amount while ensuring ´that those who have paid their debts have a chance to become productive citizens.´ At the center of the move is a set of old sentencing rules that punished crack-cocaine offenders with more time behind bars than users or traffickers of powder cocaine.

Dole: Cruz, Paul & Rubio
lack experience for 2016

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Mario Trujillo    Original Article
Posted By: KarenJ1- 4/22/2014 11:18:06 AM     Post Reply
Former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) said a number of junior GOP senators considering a presidential run in 2016 do not yet have the experience — specifically naming Rand Paul (Ky.), Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Ted Cruz (Texas). The former 1996 GOP presidential candidate sounded particularly skeptical of Cruz in an interview this week with The Wichita Eagle. "A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy, Ted Cruz — all running for president now. I don´t think they´ve got enough experience yet," Dole said. The 90-year-old former senator said, however, his main concern about 2016 is living

Jeb Bush is your only chance
against Hillary, Republicans

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Hot Air, by Bob Schrum    Original Article
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If Jeb reaches for the nomination, there will be a titanic battle between the party establishment and the Tea Party. Steve Schmidt, McCain’s strategist in 2008, insists that in the end Republicans usually settle on the most electable candidate. To get by, this Bush may be forced to trim his positions, although the cautionary tale of Romney suggests that he would have to tack artfully and carefully for the sake of the general election. Certainly he will have the resources to outlast, discredit, and disqualify his rivals.

Michelle Obama:
´splurging is the key to life´

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Associated Press, by Staff    Original Article
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Washington - Michelle Obama said "splurging is the key to life" if you regularly eat right and stay active. Her biggest guilty pleasure: French fries. "How would you appreciate vegetables if you never had chocolate?" she asked. "You couldn´t live without a little chocolate, a little French fries." The first lady took questions from children reporters Monday after appearing at the White House Easter Egg Roll. She told the children that if they eat right the majority of the time, then a splurge or snack is not going to hurt them. "I still splurge when I can, but that's why I try to exercise almost every day," she said.

But Seriously, Just How
Slow-Witted is John Boehner?

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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

Would YOU be underwater if the
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if sea levels rose by 260ft

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Daily Mail (UK), by Ellie Zolfagharifard    Original Article
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Global sea levels have risen by 8 inches (20cm) since 1880 and scientists predict they could rise up to 3ft (98cm) by 2100. But despite the UN’s recent threats of war, famine and extreme weather, such a dramatically different world caused by sea level rise can be hard to imagine. To help picture the future, Martin Vargic, an amateur graphic designer from Slovakia, has created a map depicting the planet with sea levels around 260ft (79m) higher than they are today. He imagines what Earth would look like if the ice sheets surrounding the North and South poles melted, releasing

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

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USA Today*, by Roni Caryn Rabin    Original Article
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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,

Reid: ´We Are a Nation of Laws,
Not of Men and Women´

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Cybercast News Service, by Susan Jones    Original Article
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It may not be tomorrow, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says "something will happen" to force a Nevada rancher to obey a court order to stop grazing his cattle on federal land and pay his grazing fees. "It´s obvious that you can´t just walk away from this," Reid said in an April 18 interview with a Nevada´s KSNV-TV News 3 program “What’s Your Point?” "You can´t have a law that is -- we´re a nation of laws, not of men and women," he said. (Video) Reid noted that most cattlemen pay their taxes, pay their fees, and follow

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

Fraud runs rampant in Census Bureau
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New York Post, by John Crudele    Original Article
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There’s a pattern of falsifying statistics throughout the entire Census Bureau. And anyone who attempts to blow the whistle on the fraud is either retaliated against or ignored, according to two new sources who have experienced the process firsthand. As I’ve been writing for more than six months, the Census Bureau office in Philadelphia uncovered a case of fraud in 2010, did nothing about it and allowed the practice to continue. In that instance, a data collector named Julius Buckmon was faking reports that went into the nation’s all-important jobless tally and consumer-inflation survey. Because the Census Bureau’s surveys are scientific — meaning

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

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
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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,


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