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  • Steel Plant Manager to Obama: Why Are Health Care Costs Rising?

    10/05/2014 11:41:43 AM PDT · 13 of 25
    Let_It_Be_So to Nachum

    “because it turns out that this year, and in fact over the course of the last four years, premiums have gone up at the slowest rate in 50 years.”

    Obama gives a non-answer.
    The question was about “health care costs”, which isn’t restricted to premiums alone. The rate of increase in premiums may (or may not) have slowed but the costs for actual health care have increased considerably when considering increased premiums, increased deductibles and increased co-pays...for everyone except the dependent class that is.

  • Two stories offering more confirmation that Democrats are basically nitwits

    09/25/2014 11:58:40 AM PDT · 7 of 8
    Let_It_Be_So to afsnco

    (Just a couple of questions that have resulted in many a sleepless night for me.)

    How witty is a nit anyway? Does a nit who has not wit ever get invited to a wit party?

    How many half-wits does it take to make a nitwit?

    And now you’ve introduced the subwit into the conversation. I suppose a subwit is equivalent to a half-wit, but I’m really not sure of anything anymore.

    I’m close to giving up.

  • 300,000 marchers ring climate warning bell in NYC, around globe

    09/21/2014 8:17:49 PM PDT · 51 of 107
    Let_It_Be_So to ProtectOurFreedom

    “What, exactly, do these people propose to do about their perceived problem other than meet and talk with fellow-travellers?”

    The more “informed” of the crowd would say something like:

    “Why, uh, replace the evil fossil fuels and, uh, other carbon emissions with green, renewables, like uh, wind and solar power...of course! Don’t you flat-earthers care about saving the planet?? Good grief!”

  • Study warns of sudden climate change woes

    09/15/2014 2:51:59 PM PDT · 29 of 29
    Let_It_Be_So to Citizen Zed

    “The panel called on the government to create an early warning system.”

    It will be called the “CLEWS” (The Chicken Little Early Warning System).

    There is already something in existence that could be called a CLEWS, see UN IPPC Assessment Reports. They have a lot of Chicken Littles, issue a lot of “early warnings” and think of it as a system, sort of.

  • New Horizons Sights Tiny Pluto Moon As Spacecraft Races Toward Dwarf Planet

    09/15/2014 12:48:09 PM PDT · 2 of 24
    Let_It_Be_So to BenLurkin

    A plutoon!

  • Poll: Majority See Obama As Divisive Failure

    09/09/2014 8:10:06 AM PDT · 19 of 30
    Let_It_Be_So to skeeter

    Progressive/Liberal/Leftists SOP:

    If POTUS is Democrat/Liberal:

    1. Hide or de-emphasize anything negative
    2. Blast from the rooftop anything positive

    If POTUS is Republican/Conservative:

    1. Hide or de-emphasize anything positive
    2. Blast from the rooftop anything negative

  • Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

    06/30/2014 11:01:49 AM PDT · 39 of 49
    Let_It_Be_So to DestroyLiberalism

    I don’t see how simply ignoring the ruling would do them any good. If Hobby Lobby contracts with an insurance entity and the health insurance coverage for the Hobby Lobby employees excludes paying for contraceptives, what can anyone actually do to “punish” Hobby Lobby when payment for the contraceptives is denied at the point of sale or upon receipt of a bill for payment?

    The covered employee could file a lawsuit, but it wouldn’t get past first base in light of this USSC ruling, would it? If the Obama administration attempts to levy a fine against Hobby Lobby for refusing to pay for contraceptives, and Hobby Lobby simply refuses to pay the fine, what could the administration do about it?

  • How did the “Progressives” Empower Themselves at our Expense for Over 140 Years?

    06/28/2014 10:56:35 AM PDT · 11 of 31
    Let_It_Be_So to Oldpuppymax

    There are many ways progressives have empowered themselves, but the fact remains that those in elective office over the past several decades were “empowered” by our fellow Americans who voted them into positions of power in the first place.

    The “takeover” of the Judiciary happened by those in elective office appointing the members of the Judiciary (or consenting thereto).

    Bottom line: barring a hostile takeover, progressives could not have gained such power without a majority of our friends, neighbors and the rest of the voting public allowing it to happen, and in many cases, openly advocating for it to happen.

    Most recent example: voting for Barak Obama not once, but actually pulling the lever for him a second time.

    Even now, if enough people wanted it to happen, the Founders provided a mechanism to correct wrongs. Sadly, I don’t believe enough people want it to happen (yet).

  • John Pinette, stand-up comedian, dead at 50

    04/07/2014 7:53:24 PM PDT · 24 of 26
    Let_It_Be_So to Red in Blue PA

    At the waterpark...

    “So I’m in flipflops and my speedo...(audience laughter)

    Don’t visualize that!!! It’s burn your corneas and give you nightmares!”

    Funny guy. RIP, John.

  • Juan Williams Clashes with Eric Bolling: ‘We Need America to Be a Gun-Free Zone’

    04/05/2014 2:52:49 PM PDT · 38 of 96
    Let_It_Be_So to ThePatriotsFlag

    “He means a fum free zone like HIS HOUSE, he actiually stated on air there were no guns in his house...”

    I’m willing to give up all my fum, personally. Never used it much anyway.

  • IRS to give up, release all Lerner e-mails, documents

    03/09/2014 4:16:58 PM PDT · 47 of 48
    Let_It_Be_So to chessplayer

    My take:

    Giving a written order or directive to scrutinize conservative groups or groups with conservative-sounding names was most likely avoided. Rather, the directive was likely a verbal one, in a room with doors closed and recording devices absent.

    Therefore, emails would most likely not contain any kind of “smoking gun” evidence of wrongding.

  • Christine Todd Whitman: Yes, the EPA Has the Power to Stop Climate Change

    02/24/2014 6:25:41 AM PST · 64 of 72
    Let_It_Be_So to dr_lew

    “They think that the massive emissions, and they are that, of CO2 etc. by our industrial activities is inexorably changing the climate according to Natural Law, i.e. physics. It’s far from a ridiculous assertion.”

    One can make an otherwise reasonable assertion (massive emissions by industrial activities is inexorably changing the climate) that turns out to be ridiculously overstated when tested against observable reality, as has been shown to be the case here.

    What is ridiculous is for those same “asserters” to continue to put forward the same assertion even in the face of evidence to the contrary...and for any thinking person to continue to believe it.

  • Universities in FCC Newsroom Probe Have Close Ties to Soros, Got $1.8M in Funding

    02/22/2014 12:13:27 PM PST · 13 of 19
    Let_It_Be_So to loveliberty2

    “Since truth and reason have maintained their ground against false opinions in league with false facts, the press confined to truth needs no other legal restraint. The public judgment will correct false reasonings and opinions on a full hearing of all parties, and ...” —Thomas Jefferson: 2nd Inaugural Address, 1805. ME 3:381

    A key phrase in the above quote is “..the press CONFINED TO TRUTH ..” (caps added for emphasis). Alternatively, a press confined to obsfucation, deceit, propaganda, etc. , in coordination with those occupying the pillars of power, does no service to the people and their God-given rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Actually, just the opposite, they can justifiably be considered enemies of such.
    Thankfully, we are not constrained by the “mainstream press” in our quest for information..yet.

  • Judge strikes down Nebraska law that allowed Keystone pipeline to proceed through state

    02/19/2014 4:09:19 PM PST · 25 of 31
    Let_It_Be_So to CodeToad

    Was the role of the Public Utilities Commission (with reference to eminent domain matters) laid out in the Nebraska constitution? If so, the judge could be right.

    If not, why couldn’t the legislative branch, with signature of the Executive, make such a determination?

  • Daily Kos Publishes Worst Comic Ever: The One Rich Guy

    02/17/2014 2:07:20 PM PST · 71 of 71
    Let_It_Be_So to blueunicorn6

    This “comic” would be what one might expect from a kindergarten child of a set of leftist parents..seriously.

    There are so many “holes” in the thinking behind it (if you can call it “thinking”) it isn’t worth paying attention to in any serious way.

  • Ayers: Constitution needs to be replaced

    01/31/2014 7:59:56 AM PST · 31 of 36
    Let_It_Be_So to rktman

    I think Ayers (and others like him) would have all the face time they want whether anyone is allowed to counter his views or not. At least in this instance (assuming it was a valid debate forum), some of the audience would be given information from another point of view. Which point of view the student accepts is another matter.

  • Surgeon general urges new resolve to end smoking

    01/19/2014 7:56:55 PM PST · 64 of 74
    Let_It_Be_So to doublecansiter

    “I’d like to see the tobacco companies call the government’s
    bluff...Do you think Congress would pass a law ordering them to continue selling the products?”

    Nah. They would then just go into overdrive trying to find new ways to tax more things, create a V.A.T., increase the corporate tax rate, increase the capital gains tax, tax the private retirement fund accounts, slap a tax on each bottle of bottled water, etc. They haven’t reached the bottom of their list of ways to increase revenues yet..far from it.

  • New Mayor Bill De Blasio Tells New York City, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality

    01/01/2014 8:32:26 PM PST · 136 of 144
    Let_It_Be_So to JohnBrowdie

    Putting your snarky reply aside, in case you’re interested, the correct answer is....nothing.

    Therefore, the 78% weren’t screwed by the 22%, they screwed themselves. Put another way, they can stop blaming the results of an election on the quarter of the electorate who voted (yes, for liberal candidates) and blame themselves and all who did not bother to vote at all.

  • New Mayor Bill De Blasio Tells New York City, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality

    01/01/2014 6:05:48 PM PST · 105 of 144
    Let_It_Be_So to JohnBrowdie

    “Then, to pursue the metaphor, 22 percent screwed the 78 percent.”

    The 78% were prevented from voting exactly how...?

  • Woodie Guthrie's New Years Resolution List, 1942

    12/31/2013 2:09:55 PM PST · 30 of 66
    Let_It_Be_So to Bernard Marx

    Thank you. Very informative.

  • Woodie Guthrie's New Years Resolution List, 1942

    12/31/2013 1:30:34 PM PST · 17 of 66
    Let_It_Be_So to Bernard Marx

    I read the lyrics and don’t find reference to communist ideology written therein. What are you talking about? (must have missed it somewhere)

  • Duck Dynasty: Freedom of speech vs. intolerance

    12/30/2013 6:58:59 AM PST · 16 of 17
    Let_It_Be_So to nickcarraway

    “I am not saying they should have fired him at all. I am just saying it’s not a Free Speech issue. Because A&E is not the government,”

    We don’t have a disagreement on that, fellow Freeper.

  • Duck Dynasty: Freedom of speech vs. intolerance

    12/29/2013 11:38:29 PM PST · 14 of 17
    Let_It_Be_So to nickcarraway

    Sure, I might. Depends on what he said of course.

    I believe A&E has the legal right to fire any employee for just cause, so whether they can do it and whether they should are two different things.

    Robertson said homosexuality is a sin according to scriptures, and basically that he agreed with what he considers his God to have said about the matter.

    Are you saying that an employee should be fired for quoting biblical passages and/or saying that he happens to agree with what the Bible has to say about a topic, especially if he said those things off-site, on his personal time away from the “job”?

    Again, if he had advocated violence (eg advocated a Holy War or death and destruction against all nonbelievers, etc) as you mentioned in your weak analogy, then by all means as owner of the TV network, you’d want to fire any such employee forthwith so as to not be associated with him in any employee-employer relationship.

  • Duck Dynasty: Freedom of speech vs. intolerance

    12/29/2013 8:40:33 PM PST · 12 of 17
    Let_It_Be_So to nickcarraway

    “If any Freepers owned a TV station would they let someone go on it and promote Jihad and Shariah?”

    Probably not.

    However, Phil Robertson didn’t express his views on A&E. Neither did express views that could be interpreted as advocating any physical harm to homosexuals or any other “sinner”, nor did he in any way promote the idea that his Christian beliefs be forced upon all nonbelievers?

    Therefore, your analogy doesn’t seem to work.

  • Obama Says 1 Million Signed up for Health Care (BS!!!)

    12/22/2013 12:25:11 PM PST · 54 of 57
    Let_It_Be_So to napscoordinator

    “This is so stupid. They should have just put those original 36 million without insurance on the Medicaid program.”

    First, I doubt the 36M figure is a valid number and even if it was, a good percentage of that number were people who chose to not buy insurance. The number of people who wanted insurance and couldn’t get it was quite small and THAT group could have been added to an expanded Medicaid program, imo.

    Secondly, I agree with you and a variation of this (expanding Medicaid) was part of the Republicans’ proposed alternative to Obamacare when it was being debated in Congress...only to be summarily dismissed/ignored by the democrats in control of both houses of Congress at the time,iirc.

  • VIDEO: Why You Gotta Lie, Unions? 'Google Employee' Angrily Yelling At Protesters Actually A Plant

    12/11/2013 5:57:04 PM PST · 19 of 24
    Let_It_Be_So to bushbuddy

    “Ever notice “lie”, “liar” and “liberal” all contain the same letters?”

    Not until you pointed it out, but did you ever notice that “Press”, “Grope” and “Progressive” all contain the same letters?

    And while we’re at it, “Vast”, “Coin” and “Conservative” contain the same letters.

  • John Boehner: Conservative Groups' Reaction to Budget Deal Is 'Ridiculous'

    12/11/2013 11:32:40 AM PST · 53 of 57
    Let_It_Be_So to Beave Meister

    “They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals,” he said.

    As opposed to you (Boehner) using OUR members and using the American people for YOUR own goals?

  • Republicans moving to overhaul 2016 primary process

    12/11/2013 11:30:17 AM PST · 66 of 82
    Let_It_Be_So to cripplecreek

    “I think a better primary system would be 5 ten state primary dates with states from each region chosen on a rotating lottery system.
    On each date you would get 2 western, 2 eastern, 2 northern, 2 southern, and 2 central states.”

    The more I think of your idea, the more I really like it!! The current system truly disenfranchises millions of voters (at least in the nominating process) and it seems this would give those millions a voice when it matters, and that would be a wonderful departure from the status quo.

  • Reid sets up votes on nominees

    12/10/2013 11:20:23 AM PST · 13 of 14
    Let_It_Be_So to ModernDayCato

    Thanks for your reply, ModernDayCato. I agree with your sentiment that there would seem to be something they could have done. But I just can’t figure out what it would have been once the majority voted to take the filibusterer off the table.

  • Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists

    12/10/2013 11:11:59 AM PST · 266 of 275
    Let_It_Be_So to donmeaker

    donmeaker, I appreciate having a friendly “back and forth” on this subject matter and enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you and anyone else reading our posts. I can’t figure out how you came up with “others know better than you..” from my latest post, but I assure you that isn’t at all what I was trying to say.

    Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts with me.

  • Reid sets up votes on nominees

    12/09/2013 7:52:28 PM PST · 11 of 14
    Let_It_Be_So to ModernDayCato

    “So the stupid party did what it usually does...NOTHING.”

    I’m not trying to argue with you, but what exactly could they have done?

  • Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists

    12/09/2013 7:42:31 PM PST · 246 of 275
    Let_It_Be_So to donmeaker

    “Perhaps you like math...”
    “...the second best thing for you to do is to solve intergral equations...”
    “...So you are now reduced to performing differentiation, your third favorite thing. The after life is still good, but after only 20,000, you after life quality is significantly diminished.”
    “And as time goes on, you see that you will be reduced to doing things that you are increasingly less enthusiastic about doing...”

    A lot of assumptions there. Like assuming that whatever things you liked during your wisp of time on Earth are all you will “like” in the afterlife. That would be like a four year old thinking that he doesn’t want to become an adult because he would be bored doing adult things since everyone knows the only thing worth doing is playing on his scooter, or perhaps riding that red bike with training wheels.

    Also, the “as time goes on” assumes the afterlife is bound within the constraints of time as it was when on Earth.

    Finally, your thought process seems to be bound by the dimensions you have learned while on Earth, when in the afterlife you very well may find your new “reality” to be much less constrained.

    Sure, we all will make certain assumptions when speculating about the afterlife, but why limit yourself to those assumptions that make it an undesirable “place” to be?

    In the end, it really doesn’t matter what we speculate the afterlife to be, it will be what it will be, regardless of our speculations.

  • Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists

    12/09/2013 7:02:27 PM PST · 237 of 275
    Let_It_Be_So to dmz

    dmz: “That Q&A works on everything. It turns honest believers into agnostics. Just replace God in the 3rd question with the phrase ‘proof that God doesn’t exist’. It’s not a terribly illuminating line of questioning in that respect.”

    Not really. If one searches for something and finds it, he becomes a believer in that thing’s existence. There may be a lot of things he doesn’t know, but one thing he no longer doubts...the existence of that thing he has found. Further, he will possibly want to learn more of this thing he’s found (it’s character, attributes, traits, etc), but he will no longer search for it as he has already found it.

    On the other hand, if one doubts the existence of something he may hold fast in his belief that the thing does not exist, until he finds it. He has searched for that thing, and has not found it, and he now believes the thing does not exist.

    The question for that person, then, is “Have you looked everywhere yet? If not, would you at least acknowledge the possibility of that thing existing somewhere you have yet to look?”

  • Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists

    12/09/2013 12:48:26 PM PST · 214 of 275
    Let_It_Be_So to donmeaker

    “By that reasoning, perhaps Christians would also be agnostics, in that if they were to, in the after life come face to face with Set, Moloch, or Dagon (as opposed to St. Peter) they would then have enough information to change their mind.”

    Nice attempt at humor there, but in reality one can not be an agnostic and a believer in God at the same time, by definition.

    Of course, your point may be that our “God” may not be who we believers think Him to be. In that case, we would still not be agnostic, but just...wrong.

  • NYT: My, many of these ObamaCare premiums aren’t really as low as they seem, are they?

    12/09/2013 12:32:31 PM PST · 35 of 35
    Let_It_Be_So to sickoflibs

    Good points, all.

  • NYT: My, many of these ObamaCare premiums aren’t really as low as they seem, are they?

    12/09/2013 9:12:30 AM PST · 27 of 35
    Let_It_Be_So to sickoflibs

    “Where’s the polls saying Americans trust Dems to impose single payer?”

    Good point, for now. But keep in mind that the polls clearly showed Americans’ disdain for Obamacare before it was rammed down our throats.

    At any rate, I’m guessing you’ll start hearing about how those evil insurance companies (Big Insurance) are inflating health care costs with their evil profit motives (high compensation packages for Big Insurance execs, etc). That if we simply cut out the middle man and “self-insure” as a nation (nationalize the industry), we could bring costs to the consumer down to a more affordable level...blah, blah, blah. They will say, yes, it will increase the cost of government but “you like your Medicare, don’t you?”.

    It will take a few years, but Progressives believe that those in favor of single-payor health care will increase to the tipping point, thereby increasing the number of congressmen who share that vision, and voila!...nationalized health care will pass or so they believe.

    Unfortunately for them, the fiasco with the federal exchange website set them back but they believe only temporarily. They have been working toward this for decades and they look at it over the long term, with temporary setbacks being only bumps in the road.

    I hate being such a skeptic, but that’s the way I see it with my crystal ball. I hope I’m dead wrong.

  • Global Study Finds Majority Believe Traditional Hospitals Will Be Obsolete In The Near Future

    12/09/2013 9:12:08 AM PST · 20 of 22
    Let_It_Be_So to Innovative

    “Intel Health Innovation Barometer was conducted online by Penn Schoen Berland in Brazil, China, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the United States. It was conducted among a representative sample of 12,000 adults aged 18 and older...”

    An online poll? 12,000 respondents from 8 countries with a combined population of how many BILLIONS?

    Uh, yeah. Okay.

  • Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists

    12/08/2013 4:56:54 PM PST · 132 of 275
    Let_It_Be_So to Kip Russell

    Kip: “The proper answer to this question is “Since I have no belief in any deity while not affirming that no deities exist, I am an atheist of the weak variety rather than a strong atheist. This is distinct from being an agnostic, is it not, who when asked if God exists answers, ‘Maybe’?”

    My reply:
    The intellectually honest agnostic answers something like “I don’t know, really. I suppose it’s possible God exists, I’m just not convinced of it”. He could answer “maybe” as a short-cut to his true answer, of course.

    I would propose that your “weak atheist” categorization is another way of saying “I don’t believe there is a God, although I’m not saying he doesn’t exist either”. Leaving open the door to the possibility of God existing. Sounds like an agnostic with an identity confusion issue.

    In any event, I agree with you that each individual is free to hold whatever beliefs he chooses to hold.

  • Dear Christians, We Hate You. Sincerely, Atheists

    12/08/2013 1:51:20 PM PST · 52 of 275
    Let_It_Be_So to Irenic

    Unless he/she knows all there is to know, an “atheist” is most likely an agnostic without having reached that conclusion yet.

    It goes like this, in an interview with someone who professes to be an atheist:

    Q. Do you know all there is to know?
    A. No.

    Q. Do you know half of all there is to know?
    A. No.

    Q. Let’s say you do. Is it possible that you could find God in that half of what you do not know?
    A. Yes, it’s possible, though I don’t believe so.

    Q. Then, in essence you are an agnostic since you acknowledge it is possible for God to exist, correct?
    A. ?

  • IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers

    12/07/2013 10:48:35 AM PST · 26 of 43
    Let_It_Be_So to markomalley

    This is what you get when we have a system where the government is charged with the responsibility of collecting taxes from income.

    If we had a Fair Tax system, all of this would be completely moot would it not? The amount and source of income would be irrelevant.

  • Question: BitCoin transactions taxable?

    12/06/2013 9:44:00 AM PST · 30 of 34
    Let_It_Be_So to thetallguy24

    I like the Fair Tax concept, understanding the need for constitutional amendment-including a provision limiting spending to no more than revenues, etc.

    How would Obama and the Democrats have funded their health care legislation without the ability to tax (impose fines) individuals/companies? You could ask the same question of a myriad of other spending measures. The only answer would be that our elected representatives would be forced to look at setting spending priorities based on anticipated revenues and live within our means. Novel concept, I know.

  • You Picked A Fine Time to Leave Me, Blue Shield

    12/05/2013 4:36:56 PM PST · 7 of 16
    Let_It_Be_So to BfloGuy

    I know it’s funny, but was it the insurance company or your favorite Democrat Senator that is the villain here?

  • Obama Laughs Off Negative Poll Numbers to Barbara Walters: ‘Nowhere to Go But Up’ (Video)

    11/30/2013 7:08:21 AM PST · 4 of 46
    Let_It_Be_So to Hotlanta Mike

    No where to go but up? Actually, there’s up, down, stay the same and my favorite... out.

  • Why experts blew the 2013 hurricane forecasts

    11/25/2013 2:08:37 PM PST · 43 of 69
    Let_It_Be_So to Cincinatus' Wife

    From the article: “’A combination of conditions acted to offset several climate patterns that historically have produced active hurricane seasons,’ said Gerry Bell, NOAA’s lead hurricane forecaster. ‘As a result, we did not see the large numbers of hurricanes that typically accompany these climate patterns.’”

    Translation: We failed in our predictions because, uh, there were some, uh, conditions that, uh, acted to offset.. never mind, we just really didn’t know what we were doing. But you can trust us next time, because we’re the experts and we’re experts because we know what we are doing.


  • Obama's simple promises vex complex health rollout

    11/05/2013 6:54:11 AM PST · 8 of 10
    Let_It_Be_So to Oldeconomybuyer

    From the article: “’You have to pay attention to what your opponents are saying, and do what you can to correct the record,’ said Nick Papas, the White House’s spokesman for health care for the first three years after the law passed. ‘The Republicans in Washington were lying to people and leaving tens of millions of Americans with the impression they were going to lose their health insurance, that this was going to be an apocalyptic development for the American health care system.’”

    Wow. The reason they lied about people not losing their insurance was because Republicans were saying that people were going to lose their insurance. So, if they didn’t lie about it, the people would rise up in opposition to it, so they lied to be able to “sell” it. Never mind that in reality people actually ARE losing their insurance. Amazing.

    Also from the article: “Anna Greenberg, a Democratic pollster who has studied public opinion on health care, said what’s been missing from the White House’s message is how completely dysfunctional the health insurance system was before “Obamacare.”

    Really, Anna? At least 85% of the people were happy with their insurance before Obamacare. That’s “completely dysfunctional” in your world? Now, AFTER Obamacare, what percentage would you think will be happy with their “new and improved” (and more expensive) plans????

  • We the People V. Obamacare

    11/05/2013 6:37:28 AM PST · 3 of 5
    Let_It_Be_So to Kaslin

    From the excerpt: “And that’s only possible if we “un-elect” in 2014 every politician who voted for it.”

    Can’t do that, unfortunately.

    First, the main congressional culprit in this mess is the Senate and all Democrat Senators who voted for the ACA are not up for reelection in 2014, and therefore cannot be “un-elected” . Only a third of the Senate is up for reelection every two years.

    Secondly, the Executive can veto any repeal Bill and the Executive cannot be “un-elected” in 2014. Therefore, the Senate would have to be “veto-proof” and that’s not going to happen in one election cycle (see item one above).

    “We the People” can only begin to do something in 2014 and will have to continue “doing something” for at least one additional election in 2016 and probably several after that.

    The best chance was in 2012 and “We the People” blew it.

  • World Is Spending $1 Billion Per Day To Tackle Global Warming [dropping like a rock]

    10/22/2013 2:02:11 PM PDT · 24 of 33
    Let_It_Be_So to Our man in washington

    Here is an interesting video that demonstrates the relative volume of CO2 in our atmosphere that is “human-caused”, compared to the rest of the “greenhouse gases” in the atmosphere overall. (The current estimates of 400 ppm is up from the 385 ppm mentioned in the video, but the point remains the same)

    Your post says that we could remove 11% of the CO2 from the atmosphere. Were you talking about 11% of the human-caused CO2? In any case, I would be interested in hearing why it is you think removal of 11% (or 100% for that matter) would have ANY positive effect on our global climate.

    Thank you.

  • Obama asks public to spread word about health law

    09/28/2013 9:57:03 AM PDT · 56 of 60
    Let_It_Be_So to Bryanw92

    “Is that the next step? “

    No, unless it is stopped NOW (and I don’t really see it happening), the next step will be single payer. It appears the 2012 elections sealed our nation’s fate on this.

    Since most of the problems associated with Obamacare will be blamed on the “greedy” insurance companies and their “evil profit motives”, after enough time has passed, some future Congress/Executive will come to the rescue with 100% government PROVIDED health care (See the UK system).

    They will giddily do so under the auspices of an electoral mandate following key elections. At least, that’s the way I see it coming down...hope I’m wrong!

  • Pop quiz: What’s wrong with the tea party?

    09/28/2013 5:14:08 AM PDT · 28 of 72
    Let_It_Be_So to Vaquero

    Correct. The question “what’s wrong with THE Tea Party?” implies the conservative movement is a monolithic political party. A movement is not a political party. The underlying impetus for the “Tea Party” was, and is, “taxed enough already”! (Reign in the spending and the resulting size and soft tyranny of the federal government.)

    It would be akin to labeling a group of citizens who are anti-capitalist progressives, who favor Redistribution And Taxation, “The R.A.T. Party” and acting like they are a political party.

    So it’s the Teas vs the Rats in sudden death overtime.

  • Minnesota's health exchange premiums lowest in nation, feds say

    09/26/2013 6:41:42 AM PDT · 15 of 22
    Let_It_Be_So to TurboZamboni

    “How much is your premium” is the wrong question.

    The proper question is “How much is the cost of your health care coverage and who is paying for it?”

    In most cases, the patient (assuming he/she accesses the health care system) pays a certain amount, depending upon co-pays and deductibles as well as the type of coverage. But the rest of the cost is borne by taxpayers (to pay for the subsidies for low income patients and program administration) and/or consumers (in the form of higher prices should the employer continue to participate in plans for their employees).

    Over time, the actual cost of health care for the individual will rise or the quality of actual health care will go down...or both. Either way, the cost to the taxpayers and consumers will steadily rise as government spending continues to rise in the administration of the health care law.

    This has been the case for Medicaid (low income families and children) and Medicare (basically elderly) for several decades now. The difference, of course, is that the rest of the people in the country have now been forced into the mix.

    Enacting this law was a significant first step for those who dream of transforming this country into a European style Socialist Democracy form of government.

    The logical next step is to default to a “single payer” system when the level of complaints about this new system reach a “critical mass” (probably within one generation).