Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cruising the Web

Daniel Henninger believes, as do most conservatives, in Obamacare's eventual collapse and inevitable unpopularity. He has some advice for conservatives once the whole defunding plan fails.
Republicans and conservatives, instead of tilting at the defunding windmill, should be working now to present the American people with the policy ideas that will emerge inevitably when ObamaCare's declines. The system of private insurance exchanges being adopted by the likes of Walgreens suggests a parallel alternative to ObamaCare may be happening already.

If Republicans feel they must "do something" now, they could get behind Sen. David Vitter's measure to force Congress to enter the burning ObamaCare castle along with the rest of the American people. Come 2017, they can repeal the ruins.

The discrediting of the entitlement state begins next Tuesday. Let it happen.
The individual mandate is hitting home for the "young invincibles who are going to be forced to buy health insurance more expensive and expansive than they need in order to finance health insurance for the older and sicker.

Jay Carney stretches duplicity even further as he tries to explain why HHS's released report on how premiums under Obamacare will be "lower than expected" even though they're not comparing what people are paying now to what they will be paying under Obamacare. Instead it will drive up the costs for people who purchase their own coverage going up 99% for men and 62% for women.

The Washington Examiner has been running a series on how Obama has been abusing executive authority. Today's entry reminds us about how Obama was found in contempt of court in the administration's finagling statistics facts in order to impose a moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
All told, according to a 2012 American Petroleum Institute study, Obama’s Gulf oil drilling moratorium cost the United States more than $24 billion in lost energy investments and about 90,000 jobs.

Those losses make the $440,596.68 in legal fees the Eastern District forced Obama to pay the oil companies for defying its court order seem like a drop in the bucket.
Another example is how Obama unilaterally nullified the work requirement from the 1996 Welfare reform.
Liberals always hated the work requirement, and the stimulus was a perfect opportunity to repeal it. The results have been entirely predictable. A 2012 Congressional Research Service report found that the number of able-bodied American adults on food stamps has more than doubled, from 1.9 million in 2008 to 3.9 million in 2010.

The number of Americans receiving food stamps has continued to rise, even though the Obama economy is, supposedly, in recovery. In May 2009, less than 36 million Americans were on food stamps, compared to 48 million today.

But Obama was not satisfied with rolling back the work requirement just for the food stamp program. On July 12, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services issued an “information memorandum” inviting states to apply for waivers to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Buried in that memo was a single paragraph functionally gutting the federal welfare system’s overall work requirement.

The SEIU is under investigation for breaking campaign laws in their efforts to promote a Michigan ballot initiative to unionize home health care workers. Does this surprise anyone?

Charlie Cook finds some intriguing results on independents in polls today compared to 2010.

The Detroit pension situation is worse than previously known.
Detroit’s municipal pension fund made payments for decades to retirees, active workers and others above and beyond normal benefits, costing the struggling city billions of dollars and helping push it into bankruptcy, according to people who have reviewed the payments.

The payments, which were not publicly disclosed, included bonuses to retirees, supplements to workers not yet retired and cash to the families of workers who died before becoming eligible to collect a pension, according to reports by an outside actuary and other people with knowledge of the matter.