Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Cut Above

Some time ago I got a tweet from a young lady who informed me that she was sure that I was not paying my "fair share" and although she could neither tell me what my fair share would consist of or knew anything about the amount of tax and other state and federal assessments I pay, she was sure it was not enough and I should be forced to pay more. - Charlie Daniels/CNS

She said she had a hard time getting ahead and she seemed to think that part of the reason for that was because people like me did not pay their fair share of taxes so that people like her could get the government aid they were entitled to, to level the playing field, she also informed me not to tell her to "try harder" because she had done that and it simply didn't work.

At this point, I gave up even trying to reason with her, even though I wanted to tell her that, with the attitude she had, she was never going to achieve any higher position in life than she already had, for the simple reason that she had swallowed the one-size-fits-all, you-didn't-build-that, "somebody helped you," "the reason you don't prosper is because somebody else is unfairly taking your piece of the pie" socialistic crap.

MUST BE A SLOW NEWS DAY: Obama Just Left for a Coast-to-Coast Fundraising Trip

link - Doug Ross

Separate US appeals court upholds Obamacare subsidies

link - Reuters

WH Spokesman Josh Earnest: Administration Will Ignore Today’s Court Ruling on Obamacare (Video)

link - Jim Hoft/Gateway Pundit

A federal appeals court panel declared Tuesday that government subsidies worth billions of dollars that helped 4.7 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal. The 2-1 ruling, according to CNBC, said such subsidies can be granted only to people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia—not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov. The decision is a potentially crippling blow to the unpopular law.

◼ Wow – D.C. Court of Appeals strikes Obamacare federal insurance exchange subsidy regulation - Legal Insurrection, by William A. Jacobson

Decision just released in Halbig case. Here’s the punchline: Appellants are a group of individuals and employers residing in states that did not establish Exchanges. For reasons we explain more fully below, the IRS’s interpretation of section 36B makes them subject to certain penalties under the ACA that they would rather not face.

Court rules Obamacare subsidies illegal...

link - CNBC

In a potentially crippling blow to Obamacare, a top federal appeals court Tuesday said that billions of dollars worth of government subsidies that helped nearly 5 million people buy insurance on HealthCare.gov are illegal.

A judicial panel in a 2-1 ruling said such subsidies can be granted only to those people who bought insurance in an Obamacare exchange run by an individual state or the District of Columbia — not on the federally run exchange HealthCare.gov....

The Obama Administration is certain to seek a reversal of the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which does not immediately have the effect of law.

The ruling endorsed a controversial interpretation of the Affordable Care Act that argues that the HealthCare.gov subsidies are illegal because ACA does not explicitly empower a federal exchange to offer subsidized coverage, as it does in the case of state-created exchanges. Subsidies for more than 2 million people who bought coverage on state exchanges would not be affected by Tuesday's ruling if it is upheld.

Court rules subsidies illegal...
UPDATE: Appeals court rejects...
'Potentially crippling blow'...
'Massive setback'...
Premiums poised to spike for millions...
Obama appointed judges to review...
PAPER: 'Wording glitch'...
LAW PROF: 'I wouldn't bet' on law's survival...

Appeals court strikes major blow to Obamacare - Chicago Sun Times, by Staff
A federal appeals court has struck a major blow to Obamacare, ruling that premium subsidies are invalid in more than two dozen states. The Hill reports the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that the IRS cannot distribute premium subsidies in the federal Affordable Care Act exchanges, which means consumers have to bear the full cost of insurance. The government is expected to appeal the 2-1 ruling to the full D.C. Circuit, but either way, the case appears to be headed to the Supreme Court....

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The rumblings are early but unmistakable: A political earthquake is — finally — headed to California

link - Politico

The True Size of the Adult Immigration Wave, Revealed

link - John Hayward/Breitbart The Conversation

Washington Examiner columnist David Limbaugh had a column Thursday that deserves careful and thoughtful reading, especially by those to whom it is mainly addressed.

Do Republicans want to repeal Democrats' disastrous Big Government, or surrender to it? - Mark Tapscott/Washington Examiner

"That racism charge is a disgusting, false charge. Just because someone opposes a failed unjust agenda that makes them a racist, Mr. Attorney General?"


Obama picks first woman non-pilot to head Air Force in Pacific

Pressure builds on Ginsburg to step aside

link - The Hill

Could the next generation of Republicans already be here?

◼ Kyle Smith/New York Post

Friday, July 18, 2014

Why isn't Obama sending illegals to states with vulnerable Dems?

link - Washington Times


Friday, 7/18 through Thursday, 7/24

AMERICA (PG13), 1 hr. 43 min. NO PASSES
Fri (7/18): 12:50 3:30 6:10 8:50
Sat (7/19): 12:50 3:30 6:10 8:50
Sun (7/20): 12:50 3:30 6:10 8:50
Mon (7/21): 12:50 3:30 6:10 8:50
Tue (7/22): 12:50 3:30 6:10 8:50
Wed (7/23): 12:50 3:30 6:10 8:50
Thu (7/24): 12:50 3:30 6:10 8:50
SYNOPSIS: Someone once observed: "America is great because she is good; if she ever ceases to be good she will cease to be great." Today that notion of the essential goodness of America is under attack, replaced by another story in which theft and plunder are seen as the defining features of American history—from the theft of Native American and Mexican lands and the exploitation of African labor to a contemporary foreign policy said to be based on stealing oil and a capitalist system that robs people of their "fair share".

Our founding fathers warned us that, although the freedoms they gave us were hard fought, they could very easily be lost. America stands at a crossroads, and the way we understand our past will determine our future. America the movie takes 21st-century Americans into the future by first visiting our past.

Gerald Molen, the Academy-award winning producer of Schindler's List, and Dinesh D'Souza, the creator of 2016: Obama's America, invite you on a journey of discovery that will bring you face-to-face with the heroes who built America, in the times in which they lived, bled, and sacrificed in order to build a great nation: Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and others. You'll be there as Columbus sets foot on American soil, as bullets whiz by Washington's head, as Douglass demands that America live up to the promises of her Founding Fathers, and as Lincoln sacrifices thousands of lives, including his own, to right a great wrong of history.

We'll also meet their present-day critics, hear their stories, and then let you decide which America you believe in. From the team that created 2016: Obama's America comes the story not of a man but a nation, at the crossroads of hope or disaster, whose destination will soon be decided.