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  • Insurance rate hike sets record for New Mexico exchange

    09/21/2017 12:00:46 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 7 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | September 20, 2017 | By Morgan Lee
    State regulators have approved the largest health insurance premium increase in the four-year history of New Mexico’s subsidized exchange, Superintendent of Insurance John Franchini said Wednesday. About 55,000 New Mexico residents sign up each year for federally subsidized insurance through the state’s exchange, known as beWellnm. Average premium increases for 2018 will range from 36 percent to 41 percent for midlevel insurance coverage, according to an analysis by the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance. The full range of premium increases runs from 17 percent to just over 49 percent. “This is the largest increase in the last four years,”...
  • Henry George and the turning point of big government in America

    09/17/2017 9:09:25 AM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 34 replies
    As I have written in the past, Progressivism would not exist at all if not for Henry George. John Dewey was influenced by George, many of the British Fabians, Margaret Sanger; one of the most proud proclaimations of progressive achievement in the early 20th century is Initiative, Referendum, and Recall - that entire movement was based on Georgist ideals (and dishonest ones at that.) The early unions, many of them were not socialist, they were Georgist. The Knights of Labor, Samuel Gompers, and others. But understanding the link between big government and Henry George is not well understood. The fact...
  • State Department says plans for cuts would trim 10 percent of budget in five years

    09/15/2017 3:02:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 15, 2017 | by Patricia Zengerle
    WASHINGTON - State Department officials briefed Senate staff on Friday on plans to cut up to $10 billion from the department’s budget over five years, but offered few specifics to ease concerns that the administration risked weakening U.S. standing in the world. Many lawmakers, including some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, worry about his plans to slash the State Department budget to help boost military spending. The Republican-led Senate Appropriations Committee issued a blistering report last week accompanying its spending plan for State, accusing the Trump administration of pursuing a “doctrine of retreat” on foreign policy. At a news conference this...
  • Sky Views: A new French Revolution?

    09/14/2017 8:16:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    Sky News ^ | September 14, 2017 | by Ian King, Business Presenter
    Most of France, famously, takes the whole of August off. Emmanuel Macron, the new President, did not. He was busy holed up in the Elysee Palace working on what he intends to be the biggest shake-up of France's labour laws since at least the Second World War. Frankly, it's amazing he and his circle of advisers did it all in a month. The 'Code du Travail', as it is known, is a complex 3,448-page document enshrining working practices that, in some cases, date back to the French Revolution more than two centuries ago. The code sets a maximum number of...
  • Carmakers face electric reality as combustion engine outlook dims

    09/12/2017 9:10:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 139 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2017 | by Laurence Frost, Edward Taylor
    FRANKFURT - European car bosses are beginning to address the realities of mass vehicle electrification, and its consequences for jobs and profit, their minds focused by government pledges to outlaw the combustion engine. As the latest such announcement on Monday by China added momentum to a push for zero-emissions motoring, Daimler, Volkswagen and PSA Group gave details about their electric programs that could give policymakers some pause. Planned electric Mercedes models will initially be just half as profitable as conventional alternatives, Daimler warned - forcing the group to find savings by outsourcing more component manufacturing, which may in turn threaten...
  • Cut government rules, like building codes, and private sector will solve society’s problems

    09/06/2017 2:41:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    San Jose Mercury-News ^ | September 6, 2017 | by Tim Draper
    Most governments compete for the innovators of the world. In the United States, however, every great innovation leads to more government departments and more regulation, lessening the incentive to innovate. So companies innovating around drones, Bitcoin and initial coin offerings, driverless cars, and many new drugs are moving their operations overseas. What if policymakers instead adopted an entrepreneurial mindset? Delegating responsibility for our poor, our criminals, our sick, and our uneducated to the government may seem easier. But in practice, if incentives are aligned, it is far more effective to keep responsibility with the people, who can innovate and provide...
  • I’m speaking to the media and I won’t mince words

    09/04/2017 12:53:58 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 39 replies
    NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION ^ | September 1, 2017 | NEA's Lily Eskelsen García
    I have the best job in the whole wide world: I’m a teacher who gets to advocate for kids and for the work NEA members do, no matter what our job titles, to cultivate students’ curiosity and set them off toward fulfilling, successful futures. On September 8 at the National Press Club Headliners Luncheon, I’ll get the chance to speak about all of that, along with the challenges we face and how we uplift public education in the pro-voucher Trump era.I’m humbled by the company I’m in. Past luncheon speakers have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Garrison Keilor,...
  • Trump wants Texas to set the standard for disaster relief: 'This is the way to do it'

    08/29/2017 12:27:22 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Aug 29, 2017, 1:28 PM | by Melissa Quinn |
    President Trump said Tuesday he wants the recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey to be looked at in the next decade as an example of how to appropriately respond to a national disaster. "We want to do it better than ever before," Trump said Tuesday during a briefing on Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Corpus Christi, Texas. "We want to be looked at in five years and 10 years from now as, this is the way to do it. This was of epic proportion. No one has ever seen anything like this." "I just want to say in working with...
  • WH Homeland Security Adviser: ‘Now Is Not the Time to Lose Faith in Your Government Institutions’

    08/25/2017 6:30:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 25, 2017 | 5:40 PM EDT | Melanie Arter
    White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert said Friday that with Hurricane Harvey - predicted to be the most powerful storm to hit the U.S. in more than a decade - set to hit Texas and possibly Louisiana, residents should not “lose faith” in government. Bossert cautioned, however, not to plan for the federal government to “swoop in and provide everything” that residents need when they need it. He said while the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA “are responsible for bringing together the firepower of the federal government to assist the state and local governments,” state and local governments...
  • Drowning in debt, Connecticut faces budget crunch

    08/23/2017 5:59:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 23, 2017 | 7:28 AM | Hillary Russ
    Connecticut, home to hedge fund billionaires alongside cities mired in poverty, is racing against the clock to pass a budget or face further spending cuts to education and municipal aid across the state. Nearly two months without a budget, Connecticut is getting crushed by a burdensome debt load that has squeezed spending and amplified legislative discord. State lawmakers must agree on a biennial budget soon or else Governor Dannel Malloy’s executive order to slash state aid to municipalities and eliminate school funding for some districts will go into effect in October. The state faces a $3.5 billion deficit over the...
  • Donald Trump: The 'Fascist' Who Cuts Taxes And Deregulates (Whose policies are closer to Nazis?)

    08/23/2017 1:59:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    IBD ^ | 08/23/2017 | Kerry Jackson
    Evverybody knows by now that President Trump is a fascist. He's a Nazi just like the white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12. We know this because the mainstream media, a host of dimwit celebrities, various Democratic politicians and the highly reputable antifa tell us he is. What we really know, though, is these groups don't know anything except how to shriek louder and longer than everyone else. A few also well know how to break other people's property and set things that don't belong to them on fire. But they don't know their history, and therefore...
  • Millions in federal funds to encourage low-income Californians to shop at farmers markets

    08/09/2017 6:46:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 44 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 8, 2017 | By Hannah Knowles
    A $3.9 million federal grant awarded to the California Department of Food and Agriculture will help the state expand a program that encourages low-income people to shop at farmers markets, state officials announced this week. In July, the department launched the California Nutrition Incentive Program, or CNIP, which rewards recipients of CalFresh food stamps who buy fruits and vegetables grown in the state by doubling the value of their vouchers when they purchase at 339 farmers markets throughout the state. The program’s latest infusion of funds, a three-year Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, builds...
  • IQ costs Oregon parents their kids, but is that fair?

    08/07/2017 10:03:35 PM PDT · by TBP · 36 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 18, 2017 | Samantha Swindler
    The nursery in Amy Fabbrini and Eric Ziegler's home is filled with unread children's books and unworn baby clothes. A Winnie the Pooh blanket lies untouched inside a crib where a child has never slept. For nearly four years, the Redmond couple has been fighting to prove to the state of Oregon that they are intellectually capable of raising their children. The Department of Human Services has removed both of their boys, saying the parents are too mentally limited to be good parents. Fabbrini, 31, and Ziegler, 38, lost custody of their older son, Christopher, shortly after he was born....
  • Pew: Most Americans Say Democratic Party Has Become Too Statist

    07/31/2017 9:31:13 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 31 July 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    A recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that a majority of Americans say the Democratic Party “too often sees government as the only way to solve problems.” The Pew survey, conducted this summer among a national sample of 2,504 adults 18 years of age or older, found that 61 percent of Americans see the Democratic Party as too government-centered, believing that the state should be the only recourse for solving problems in society. Among those surveyed, even substantial percentages of those describing themselves as Democrats or liberals believe that the Democratic Party has gone too far in turning...
  • McCain supports government healthcare because Theodore did

    07/30/2017 4:46:22 PM PDT · by ProgressingAmerica · 28 replies
    Those who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it. So it is, where countless articles have been written now about McCain's recent betrayal on the Obamacare repeal vote, but none of them looks at the issue historically. McCain is being true to his hero Theodore Roosevelt here. This is a high-school boy-crush on McCain's part, and it is pure progressive ideology on display for all to see who wish to see it in its raw ugliness. They all want government to control your healthcare, the progressives, and they've wanted it this way since 1912. One of the...
  • The Murder Of Charlie Gard

    07/27/2017 7:05:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    As the father of a 2-month-old, I can only imagine the horror the parents of 11-month-old Charlie Gard are going through. No words, no thoughts or prayers, or even time, will be able to wipe away their pain. But that pain did not have to be so great, and it may not have had to have been at all were it not for the single-payer health care system in the United Kingdom and the bureaucrats politicians who rallied to keep Charlie a prisoner to it. Gard was born with a rare genetic disease that was working to destroy his body....
  • Mika: Too Late to Repeal Obamacare, “Whether You Were for it or Not”

    07/26/2017 9:01:29 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Knowingly or not, Mika Brzezinski has exposed the progressive strategy for ever-increasing government control of our lives. On today’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough actually made a principled conservative case against Obamacare, saying that many conservatives “do not believe that the federal government should compel people to buy insurance. Should not compel young people to buy health insurance if they do not want to buy health insurance.” Mika responded saying that she understood Joe’s point about “sticking to conservative principles,” acknowledging that “many Republicans were deeply offended by the concept of Obamacare.” But Brzezinski then proceeded to give away the liberal...
  • We Must Declare Independence from Big Government Tyranny

    07/06/2017 5:26:37 AM PDT · by davikkm · 3 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    241 years ago, Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence due to Great Britain’s tyrannical rule of the colonies. Today, Washington DC claims more of our money and has confiscated many of our liberties as King George did back during those revolutionary times. Jefferson’s historic writing begins: “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect...
  • ‘Amsterdam on steroids’: Las Vegas dispensaries brace for Saturday start of recreational sales

    06/29/2017 8:21:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 190 replies
    lasvegassun.com ^ | 6/29/2017 | Chris Kudialis
    Fueled by one of the world’s largest tourism industries, Nevada is preparing to do the same on July 1. A May report published by Gov. Brian Sandoval’s task force on marijuana estimates that up to 63 percent of recreational buyers will be tourists. “Everything we know shows that millennials are very pro-marijuana, and that’s the new marketing push,” said Nevada state Sen. Tick Segerblom, a longtime marijuana advocate. “This is a game-changer for Las Vegas and tourism here as far as I’m concerned.” “Amsterdam on steroids,” he added.
  • Wind Energy Meets Just 0.46% Of Global Energy Demand—Despite Hundreds Of Billions In Investment

    06/27/2017 11:12:16 AM PDT · by Thalean · 41 replies
    National Economics Editorial ^ | June 26, 2017 | Spencer P Morrison
    Between 2013 and 2014, using IEA data, global demand for energy grew by 2,000 terawatt hours. Let’s figure out how many wind turbines we’d need to build to meet this growing demand—we’ll ignore the fact that “environmentalists” would like us to simultaneously replace existing generating capacity. Given that a standard two-megawatt wind turbine can produce 0.005 terawatt hours per year, we’d need to build some 350,000 wind turbines to meet this demand. That’s 50% more turbines than we’ve build since the year 2000. And it gets worse: at a standard density of 1 megawatt per 50 acres of land, we’d...