While there has been much talk about the civil war which is currently brewing in the Republican party Barack Obama seems to be quietly losing influence within his own party–to an extent.
Last week Barack Obama drew the ire of many in the Democratic party when he punted on the Keystone Pipeline. On top of that many Democrats in red-leaning states are distancing themselves from Obamacare despite his pleas for them to embrace it, and this week he is in Asia promoting a trade policy which is dead on arrival in the Congress because the Democrats (and the unions) are united with the Republicans in opposition.
Here is more:
ABC (yes ABC) did a report on the IRS and in this story we learned that the IRS paid out $1,000,000 in bonuses to employees who are late on their taxes, and as many as 1,000 tax delinquent IRS employees received extra time off. (Maybe they should have used that extra time to do their taxes.)
The report also claims that 69 employees received pay raises but was not clear on whether the people in question here are late on their taxes.
Here is the report:
How did that old American Express slogan go? Oh yeah: membership has its privileges. Perhaps the IRS should pay as much attention to the people they have working for them as they do to the conservative groups they were targeting. Or perhaps this was a reward for a job well done…..
Colorado healthcare exchange wants to charge a fee on all healthcare plans to help pay for Obamacare
The Colorado healthcare exchange is facing financial difficulties so they have devised a new scheme in order to help keep it solvent–they want to add a fee to all healthcare plans in the state.
Colorado’s latest effort to ensure its state-run health care exchange is self-sufficient involves a $13 million fee collected from all Coloradans with health insurance, regardless of whether they bought their policies through Obamacare.
Many of the people who have signed up for insurance through the Obamacare exchanges are people who previously had healthcare but lost it due to the new regulations, and in many cases these people are paying higher premiums, but now if this plan goes through they will be paying even more.
But even if you live in Colorado and you were one of the lucky ones who still have insurance and did not have to sign up for Obamacare you are probably paying higher premiums and you will also be required to pay this fee in order to help pay for those who lost their insurance due to the healthcare reform law in the first place.
But I thought Obamacare was supposed to save people an average of $2,500 and make healthcare more affordable?
Melissa Harris-Perry says Democrats should tell people who have lost their healthcare due to Obamacare: “just deal with that”
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry is upset that the Democrats are not taking Barack Obama’s advice and embracing Obamacare before the 2014 election. She claims this shows that the Democratic party has no swagger and she wants to see them go on the offensive.
After claiming that Obamacare has provided millions of people with insurance (while forgetting to mention many of these people had insurance before Obamacare but it was canceled) she lamented the fact that more Democrats do not seem to be promoting Barack Obama’s signature legislation.
Here is part of what she had to say:
Massachusetts Democratic Representative Stephen Lynch, who is actually perhaps the lone reasonable Democrat in a state run my the ultra-left, had some interesting comments on Obamacare.
Here is part of what he had to say:
“We will lose seats in the House,” said Lynch. “And I think we may lose the Senate. I think that’s a possibility if things continue to go the way they have been… primarily because of health care.”
Lynch added, “There’s all these taxes and fees that are the tough medicine, that up to now they haven’t implemented. I don’t know who’s going to do that. Maybe… they expect the next administration is going to put these penalties in place. I think that’s the time it’s going to hit the fan.”
While Barack Obama is trying to convince Democrats to be proud of Obamacare this is one Democrat who apparently is not falling for the regime’s line, in fact he seems to be doing the opposite.
He actually admitted what many on the right have been saying for quite some time and that is the fact that the most painful aspects of this law have been delayed until after the election when Barack Obama will not have to worry about being the person who implements all these tax increases, even though he is responsible for them.
As for his prediction: we can only hope he is right.
A new government funded study on biofuels has reached the conclusion that biofuels are actually worse for the environment than gasoline.
Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.
A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline.
When I first heard the report that Harry Reid called the people who showed up to support Cliven Bundy ‘domestic terrorists’ I was skeptical because it was based solely on a tweet by a reporter who claimed Harry Reid made the statement. However, Harry Reid quickly confirmed this report when he said the following:
600 people came in, armed. They had practiced, they had maneuvered, they knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women in children — in fact one retired sheriff from Arizona boasted that he put women and children so that they would get hit first.
So, 600 people. If there were ever an example of people who were domestic, violent terrorist wannabes, these are the guys. And I think that we should call it that way.
Before I get to the subject of this post let us examine three lies Harry Reid I believe he made in that quote above. First; the Bundy supporters did not put women and children on the front line. This was a foolish and moronic statement made by Sheriff Richard Mack but thankfully his advice was not followed. Second; all reports claim there were a few dozen people there and not the 600 Harry Reid claimed. In fact, these people are proud of the fact that they were vastly outnumbered by 200 Feds and managed to push them back. And third; there have been no reports that any of the supporters were carrying illegal automatic weapons. Harry Reid just made that up on the spot.