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  • The Murder Of Charlie Gard

    07/27/2017 7:05:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Talks over boosting Illinois Medicaid payments fail

    06/27/2017 9:10:36 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 27, 2017 | By Karen Pierog
    Negotiations over increasing Illinois' payments to Medicaid providers have failed, opening the door for a U.S. judge to force the cash-strapped state to pay as much as $1 billion a month to ensure medical care continues for the program's three million recipients, according to a court filing on Monday. The move would cause a huge problem for the state, which has accumulated a $15 billion bill backlog due to a budget stalemate between its Republican governor and Democrats who control the legislature. It could force Illinois to stop making full payments on other state-mandated or court-ordered spending such as pensions...
  • I worked on the EPA’s climate change website. Its removal is a declaration of war.

    06/23/2017 10:05:19 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 141 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 23, 2017 | By Jason Samenow
    This spring, political officials at the Environmental Protection Agency removed the agency’s climate change website, one of the world’s top resources for information on the science and effects of climate change. To me, a scientist who managed this website for more than five years, its removal signifies a declaration of war on climate science by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. There can be no other interpretation. I draw this conclusion as a meteorologist with a specialization in climate science and as an independent voter who strives to keep my political and scientific views separate. I concede that this specific issue is...
  • Senate Leaders Unveil Bill to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

    06/22/2017 8:08:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    New York Times ^ | June 22, 2017 | By ROBERT PEAR and THOMAS KAPLAN
    Senate Republicans, who have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act for seven years, took a major step on Thursday toward that goal, unveiling a bill to cut Medicaid deeply and end the health law’s mandate that most Americans have health insurance. The 142-page bill would create a new system of federal tax credits to help people buy health insurance, while offering states the ability to drop many of the benefits required by the Affordable Care Act, like maternity care, emergency services and mental health treatment. The Senate bill — once promised as a top-to-bottom revamp of the health...
  • Fly Better

    06/14/2017 4:52:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | June 14, 2017 | John Stossel
    Wonder why your flight is late? Why planes keep circling? Why even after you've landed, you sometimes can't deplane? Bad weather plays a role, but flying is also nastier because American airports use 50-year-old technology. This shouldn't surprise us. Government bureaucracies are always slow. That's as true on the tarmac as everywhere else. It's not Federal Aviation Administration workers' fault. They're just following the government rulebook that says you must not change something without getting permission first. You must not buy anything without going through cumbersome acquisitions regulations. The FAA's new NextGen system was designed to make the system more...
  • Appalachia and the Rust Belt Do Not Need Big Government

    06/12/2017 1:53:57 PM PDT · by davikkm · 13 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    Laura Reston and Sara Jones wrote an April piece in the New Republic about why Appalachia needs big government. In the article, they lay out why the Appalachian Regional Commission, or ARC, is an example of big government at its best. And with Trump’s budget taking aim at this extra layer of government bureaucracy, the authors declare that the president has abandoned this part of the country that helped propel him to victory last fall. Places like Hancock County, Tennessee, have seen manufacturing jobs disappear over the last decade. Plants are moving to China. Coal jobs are vanishing. Since Hillary...
  • Why are California liberals pushing so hard to get rid of health insurance?

    06/07/2017 2:54:19 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | June 7, 2017 | BY ANGELA HART
    State Sen. Toni Atkins stood on a stage outside the Capitol last month and made the case for a Democratic-backed bid to transform California’s health care system into something that’s never been done in the U.S. “People shouldn’t have to experience anxiety over whether they’ll be covered based on who’s in the White House,” Atkins, D-San Diego, told a crowd of nurses and health care advocates who were cheering her on. “It’s time to cover everybody once and for all.” With Obamacare under assault in Washington by Republicans who see it as a broken system that hamstrings people with high...
  • The Possible Reasons Big Corporations Are So Eager for Trump to Break His Promise on Paris

    05/29/2017 12:19:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 26, 2017 | Fred Lucas
    European countries and major corporations are pressuring President Donald Trump to remain in the Paris climate agreement despite his promises on the campaign trail to withdraw the United States from the Obama-era deal that never gained congressional approval.The Trump administration so far is sticking with being undecided—at least until Trump returns to the United States from his first foreign trip, where on Friday, he’s meeting with Group of Seven ally countries, which support the agreement.Back home, the pressure is growing from multinational corporations, even the energy sector, which have opposed stricter limitations on carbon.Exxon Mobil Corp., once run by Trump’s...
  • With This Budget Deal, The Swamp Wins

    05/03/2017 3:56:57 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 64 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 5/2/2017 | Staff
    Big Government: You can tell whether a spending agreement is good or bad based on who is smiling: the swamp dwellers, or those who want to drain the swamp. This budget made the swamp dwellers very happy. Shortly after announcing a $1.1 trillion — with a "t" — spending deal to fund the federal government's domestic and military programs for the next five months, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called it a "very good deal for the American people." House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said it "reflects Democrats' values to protect health care, environment and education." Senate Majority Leader Mitch...
  • Legislation would improve patient care, staffing at 560 California dialysis clinics

    04/30/2017 9:01:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    The Pasadena Star-News ^ | April 29, 2017 | By Kevin Smith
    A bill aimed at improving patient care and staffing at 560 California dialysis clinics that serve more than 63,000 patients is threading its way through the state Legislature despite sharp opposition from some in the industry. Authored by state Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, the measure has been fueled by dialysis workers in California who have been attempting to unionize through SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. SB 349 calls for a staffing ratio of one registered nurse for every eight dialysis patients, one technician for every three patients and one social worker for every 75 patients. It also mandates a 45-minute...
  • Here's A Yuuuge Wage Gap That Trump Ought To Close

    04/29/2017 4:28:05 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/28/2017 | Staff
    Big Government: We hear endless lamentations about the alleged gender pay gap. But what about the other, very real, pay gap? The one where government workers make far more than their private sector counterparts. To get a clear picture of public-private pay gap, the Congressional Budget Office looked at pay scales from 2011 through 2015, controlling for things like location, occupation, veteran status, demographics, as well as education. It found that among those with a high school diploma, federal civilian workers earned 34% more, on average, than similar workers in the private sector. But government workers also get benefits that...
  • America’s Addiction to Big Government

    04/19/2017 12:00:20 PM PDT · by davikkm · 6 replies
    IWB ^ | Robert Carbery
    On Friday, April 7th, Congress left town for two weeks for Easter vacation. When they return to work on April 25th, they will have only four days to pass a bill to continue funding the federal government or there will be a government shutdown starting on the 29th. Will we change the status quo or enjoy yet another shutdown of the federal government and watch the politicians attempt to spin it to their advantage? We’ll find out at the end of this month, on exactly the 100th day of the Trump presidency. Thanks Obama… Herbert Stein, an American economist and...
  • Oops, Oakland City Website Down; Domain Name Not Renewed

    04/14/2017 9:01:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 13, 2017 | Dave Debolt
    The city of Oakland’s website was down Thursday for some Internet users because the city had not renewed its domain name, spokeswoman Karen Boyd said. People trying to access were met a placeholder page for a domain registration site, which read, “back order domain, renew now.” The city’s information technology department has renewed the domain name “but it takes time to propagate” to all the servers, Boyd said.
  • California Woman Who Tried to Sell a Moon Rock Wins Round Against NASA

    04/14/2017 9:25:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 102 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 14, 2017 | Liam Truchard
    Joann Davis had a moon rock. Yes, it was real. A gift, she said, from Neil Armstrong to her late husband. She also had an ill son and the Lake Elsinore resident wanted to help with his medical care. So she contacted NASA about her intention to sell it. That led to a nightmare situation on May 19, 2011, when Davis stood in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant in pants soaked in urine, answering questions from a federal agent about a rice-sized piece of moon. “He kept saying, ‘You will be going to federal court, you will be...
  • It's Official: Trump's Swamp-Draining Begins

    04/14/2017 4:56:07 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 38 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 4/13/2017 | Staff
    Bureaucracy: With surprisingly little fanfare, President Trump has set about doing something that has evaded presidents of both parties for decades: reshaping, resizing and reforming our vast, dysfunctional federal bureaucracy. If he succeeds, all Americans will be the better for it. It's not an easy task. But it is a vital one. Last Wednesday, the ball really got rolling when Trump ended his temporary freeze on federal hiring, and announced a plan to "resize" the government to make it less costly, more productive and more responsive to average citizens. It's the kind of thing that private businesses do all the...
  • California Cities' Pension Tab Seen Almost Doubling in 5 Years

    04/10/2017 11:56:20 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | April 10, 2017 | by Romy Varghese
    California cities and counties will see their required contributions to the largest U.S. pension fund almost double in five years, according to an analysis by the California Policy Center. Including the costs paid by cities and counties that run their own systems, the fiscal 2018 tab will be at least $13 billion to meet retirement obligations for public workers, according to the analysis, which is based on actuarial reports and audited financial statements. Barring any changes to pensions, "several California cities and counties will find themselves forced to slash other spending," the group wrote in its report. "The less fortunate...