Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Cruising the Web

The Social Security Administration backs down from the program that was seizing tax refunds of people who might have been overpaid when they were in children or whose parents might have been overpaid. The Washington Post had written about this last week and it just took the outrage that that story engendered for the Social Security Administration to rethink its policy. What I found funny from the original Post story was that this change in the law to allow the SSA to go after people decades later had been inserted into a farm bill in 2008 and no one will fess up that they were responsible for writing that provision. Perhaps it's time for all provisions in a law to have a footnote explaining which congressman or senator wanted that provision inserted into the law. That might produce some valuable transparency. Maybe some politicians would balk at some of what they do if it could be traced back to them. I would fully endorse such a change in congressional procedures.

The Supreme Court will hear the case next week on whether lying in politics is protected by the First Amendment. And former Senator Mike DeWine who is the attorney general of Ohio has produced briefs on both sides of the law.

Obamacare is increasing health-insurance premiums at the fastest rate in decades. And, as the LA Times notes, this especially burdens the working poor.

Mayor de Blasio seeks to mold New York City into his own version of what the ideals of progressivism should be.

Maybe Jay Carney could explain to President Obama why his wife chose flexibility over a higher salary. Obama doesn't seem to think that women want that.

ABC discovers the story of Halbig v. Sebelius, the case wending its way through the courts that could eventually gut Obamacare. The essential question is whether the words of the law matter.

The Lilly Ledbetter lie that will not die.

Ed Morrissey notes the one accomplishment of Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State - she helped Boeing sell jets to Russia. And scored a major donation from Boeing to her husband's foundation plus a fundraiser for her super PAC.

At least eight members of the House Ways and Means Committee of both parties have not paid some of their taxes. Of course.

The Daily Beast explains why being a doctor has become the "most miserable profession."

Meet the man whose goal in life is to make sure that the first primary takes place in New Hampshire.

Forget the health of the city and its economy or, of course, the taxpayers. This is what the SEIU is asking for of San Francisco for government employees.
-- A 15 percent raise over the next three years.

-- A $21-an-hour minimum wage for all city workers.

-- Fully paid health coverage for single workers, 98 percent paid coverage for couples and 85 percent coverage for families.

-- A free clinic just for city workers to go along with the health coverage.

-- A free $50,000 life insurance policy for SEIU workers. Seven other city unions already have free life insurance.

The union has dropped its call for a $76-a-month commuter subsidy and premium pay while off on paid holidays.

The city is countering with a 2.5 percent raise over two years, and no clinic, no free life insurance and a health care package of 93 percent coverage for singles and couples and 83 percent for families.
The average SEIU worker gets $33 an hour, plus benefits. But now they need more.