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  • Thousands in Switzerland are blacklisted for not paying health insurance premiums

    11/18/2017 4:54:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 17 November 2017 11:45 CET+01:00
    Nearly 30,000 people in Switzerland are on a “blacklist” because they don’t pay their health insurance premiums, according to Swiss media. Blacklists have only been permitted as an option since 2012 and only nine cantons have chosen to introduce them, the Aargauer Zeitung reported on Wednesday. The lists include people who do not pay their premiums or fall behind in their payments. […] Those blacklisted will no longer receive cover for medical bills apart from in an emergency. […] Swiss basic health insurance (LaMal) is compulsory for everyone in Switzerland. Individuals can choose from one of over 60 private insurers...
  • Non-defense agencies spend $1.5 billion of your tax dollars on military-style guns and ammo

    11/17/2017 8:34:37 AM PST · by sloop3 · 11 replies
    An IRS Special Agent gets to carry an AR15 in certain circumstances. Another agency, Health & Human Services, trains special agents on heavy military-style weapon platforms by the same vendors that train our Special Forces warriors.
  • [UK] Government backs down on Universal Credit wait

    11/15/2017 6:56:28 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 2 replies
    Sky News ^ | November 15, 2017 | By Beth Rigby
    The Government is to cut the controversial six-week wait for Universal Credit payments in the comings days in a bid to see off a Conservative rebellion. Universal Credit combines six benefits into one single benefit and is designed to simplify the welfare system and to "make work pay". It was the flagship welfare reform of David Cameron's coalition government, but has been plagued with delays since its inception and by criticism over its design. One flaw is the six-week wait time which has been criticised across the political divide amid concerns it is pushing claimants into arrears on rent and...
  • U.S. budget deficit up sharply in October

    11/13/2017 1:55:55 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    CBS News ^ | November 13, 2017
    WASHINGTON - The federal government began its new budget year with an October deficit of $63.2 billion, up sharply from a year ago. The Treasury Department reported Monday that the October deficit was 37.9 percent higher than the $45.8 billion deficit recorded in October 2016. Both government receipts and spending were up for the month, with receipts climbing 14.3 percent to $235.3 billion, a record for the month of October. The larger spending figure was up a sizable 11.6 percent to $298.6 billion. The deficit for the 2017 budget year, which ended on Sept. 30, totaled $666 billion, up 13.7...
  • More than 400 millionaires tell Congress: Don’t cut our taxes

    11/13/2017 11:19:11 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 12, 2017 | by Heather Long
    More than 400 American millionaires and billionaires are sending a letter to Congress this week urging Republican lawmakers not to cut their taxes. The wealthy Americans — including doctors, lawyers, entrepreneurs and chief executives — say the GOP is making a mistake by reducing taxes on the richest families at a time when the nation's debt is high and inequality is back at the worst level since the 1920s. The letter calls on Congress not to pass any tax bill that “further exacerbates inequality” and adds to the debt. Instead of petitioning tax cuts for the wealthy, the letter tells...
  • What if Government Steals Liberty and Fails to Deliver Safety?

    11/09/2017 6:34:33 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2017 | Andrew Napolitano
    What if the government doesn't really deliver for us? What if its failures to protect our lives, liberties and property are glaring? What if nothing changes after these failures? What if the National Security Agency -- the federal government's domestic spying apparatus -- has convinced Congress that it needs to cut constitutional corners in order to spy on as many people in America as possible? What if Congress has bought that argument and passed a statute that put a secret court between the NSA and its appetite for all electronically transmitted data in America? What if that secret court --...
  • Ignorance Versus Stupidity

    11/08/2017 9:41:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2017 | Walter E. Williams
    One of the most challenging and important jobs for an economics professor is to teach students how little we know and can possibly know. My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell says, "It takes considerable knowledge just to realize the extent of your own ignorance." Nobel laureate Friedrich August von Hayek admonished, "The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design." The fact that we have gross ignorance about how the world operates is ignored by the know-it-all elites who seek to control our lives. Let's...
  • Climate change already costing U.S. billions, GAO report says

    10/24/2017 10:27:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 24, 2017 | by Michael Biesecker
    A non-partisan federal watchdog says climate change is already costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year, with those costs expected to rise as devastating storms, floods, wildfires and droughts become more frequent in the coming decades. A Government Accountability Office report released Monday said the federal government has spent more than $350 billion over the last decade on disaster assistance programs and losses from flood and crop insurance. That tally does not include the massive toll from this year's three major hurricanes and wildfires, expected to be among the most costly in the nation's history. The report predicts these...
  • 5 Ways Republicans Could Ruin Tax Reform

    10/19/2017 3:58:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 17, 2017 | Rachel Greszler
    Policymakers want to unleash economic growth in America by fixing our broken tax system. Or so they say. Now that the conversation has moved beyond just lowering tax rates, pro-growth tax reform is in danger of losing the stuff that actually makes it pro-growth. That’s because policymakers are caving to big-government advocates and other special interests. Here are the top five worst ideas that would surely dampen pro-growth tax reform. 1. Failing to enact full expensing. Full expensing—allowing businesses to deduct the full cost of their investments when they incur those costs, instead of spreading them out over many years—is...
  • Hillary’s from the Government, and She’s Here to Help You

    10/16/2017 6:16:10 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” — Ronald Reagan How tone-deaf is Hillary Clinton? There she was on CNN yesterday, sounding like a bad parody of Ronald Reagan’s famous line. Appearing on Fareed Zakaria’s show, Hillary said: “The real threat to your future is a government that doesn’t care about you.” View the video here.
  • Utah's 'Negro Bill Canyon' renamed after years of debate [now Grandstaff Canyon]

    10/12/2017 6:43:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 12, 2017 6:51 PM EDT
    After years of debate, a U.S. government board has voted to rename Utah’s Negro Bill Canyon, overruling a recommendation by Utah officials to keep the name. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names decided Thursday to rename it Grandstaff Canyon to get rid of an offensive name, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. The vote was 12-0, with one member declining to vote. The decision comes 16 years after the board voted to keep the name. The new name honors black rancher and prospector William Grandstaff, whose cattle grazed there in the 1870s. “His name was Grandstaff; it was not Negro Bill,”...
  • An Important New Step for Religious Freedom

    10/11/2017 1:04:27 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 11, 2017 | Star Parker
    Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, religiously affiliated institutions that find the requirement opposed to their religious principles, or nonreligious employers who find it morally objectionable, can stop providing this coverage. The birth control mandate when first issued under the ACA exempted only houses of worship. This provoked a host of lawsuits among which was that of Hobby Lobby, a...
  • If Trump doesn’t deal on DACA, some Democrats threaten a government shutdown

    10/09/2017 5:51:58 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 59 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | October 9, 2017 | Ed O'Keefe and David Nakamura
    Some House Democrats are raising the specter of withholding support for must-pass spending legislation later this year in response to President Trump’s hard-line immigration proposals — meaning the fate of roughly 690,000 younger undocumented immigrants could become a major factor in negotiations to keep the government open after December. Democrats on Monday dismissed Trump’s calls to construct a wall along the entire length of the U.S.-Mexico border, crack down on “sanctuary cities” and seek ways to curb Central American migrants from illegally crossing into the country. But conservative Republicans insisted that such issues must be addressed before Congress considers offering...
  • Buffett says government should do more to combat poverty

    10/03/2017 9:00:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2017 4:20 PM EDT | Josh Funk
    Billionaire Warren Buffett says America will continue to prosper overall, but government and philanthropists should do more to ensure that poverty doesn’t remain a barrier success. “The American dream has succeeded in aggregate. We have failed, in my view, to create the equality of opportunity,” Buffett said Tuesday at the national Purpose Built Communities conference in Omaha. Buffett supports the Atlanta-based nonprofit group that helps communities come up with holistic plans to redevelop high-poverty areas. Government should do more to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to succeed through measures such as the earned income tax credit, Buffett said. And...
  • Feds admit harassing small Butte meat plant, but take no action

    10/01/2017 9:27:03 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 23 replies
    Missoulian ^ | Sep 17, 2017 | DAVID McCUMBER
    As a boy growing up in Butte, Bart Riley loved spending time at the family business, Riley Meats, on West Park Street. Young Bart and his siblings would help out cleaning the shop after his father was done cutting meat for the day.
  • Pa. Liquor Control Board posts $114 million net loss in fiscal 2017

    10/01/2017 9:12:13 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer via Philly.com ^ | September 28, 2017 — 7:51 PM EDT | Harold Brubaker
    After paying $216.7 million into the state’s general fund in the year ended June 30, more than twice the $100 million paid to help fund state operations the year before, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board had a bottom line loss of $114.3 million, according to the agency’s latest financial results. Despite the strain from larger-than-usual payments to the state, the agency’s spokeswoman pointed out that its cash and short-term investments were only $66 million lower on June 30, despite the additional $117 million contributed to the state’s coffers. The PLCB board told legislators that they are comfortable with a $185...
  • Government jobs sprouting as legal pot looms in California

    09/30/2017 10:29:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 30, 2017 10:39 AM EDT | Michael R. Blood
    One of the things to blossom in California’s emerging marijuana industry isn’t green and leafy — it’s government jobs. Recreational marijuana use becomes legal in California in 2018 and the state is on a hiring binge to help bring order to the new pot economy. Scientists. Tax collectors. Typists. Analysts. Lawyers. There could be nearly 500 new jobs by mid-2019. …
  • Zinke: One-third of Interior employees not loyal to Trump

    09/25/2017 8:03:44 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 25, 2017, 8:22 PM ET | Matthew Daly
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Monday that nearly one-third of employees at his department are not loyal to him and President Donald Trump, adding that he is working to change the department’s regulatory culture to be more business friendly. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL, said he knew when he took over the 70,000-employee department in March that, “I got 30 percent of the crew that’s not loyal to the flag.” In a speech to an oil industry group, Zinke compared Interior to a pirate ship that captures “a prized ship at sea and only the captain and the first mate...
  • 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 · 35 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...