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Unions Wake Up from their Four-Year Slumber

Well, who would have thought that the very unions that spent millions of dollars to get Obamacare signed into law are now complaining to Democrat leaders in Congress about the same law, telling them, “We have a problem; you need to fix it.”

Flying High on the Tax Payers

I am one who appreciates our military and wants it to be strong and effective.  Under our Constitution, one of the main purposes of the federal government is to “provide for the common defense.”  But that does not mean that Congress and the Defense Department cannot root out wasteful spending.  Here is a good example of a problem that represents how difficult it is to cut the size of our government and why the sequester provides one way to

On the Hook for More Bailouts

On July 9, 2013, the Financial Stability Oversight Council voted to categorize American International Group (AIG) and GE Capital as systemically important according to a Washington Post article on the same day.  The designations were provided for by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act after the financial crisis of 20

Fraud? What, Me Worry?

While most of the public was focused on the Obama Administration’s announcement that the employer mandate under Obamacare would be delayed a year, another postponement was slipped in under the radar.  The administration decided to forgo, for the time being anyway, implanting the anti-fraud measures for those individuals that accept taxpayer-funded subsidies to purchase health insurance.  They were scheduled to take effect on Oct 1, 2013.

Heard It Through the Grape Vine

What would you think of a government that believes too many raisins are being grown and harvested in a particular year so it decides to confiscate a portion of the crop?  Even worse, more often than not, the government will not pay the farmer for the portion of the crop it has taken.  Sounds almost Soviet-esque doesn’t it?  But it happens here in the United States and has been in existence for 64 years.  It was created during the Truman Administration and is called the National Raisin Reserve.  The sole “raisin d’être” is to control how many raisins reach the market-place. 

Farm Bill, Part 2: Divide (the Bill) and Conquer (the Conservatives?)

Rep. Frank D. Lucas (R-Okla.), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has proposed a strategy to move the chamber’s recently failed 2013 Farm Bill forward to passage by the House and on to conference with the Senate’s already passed version.  Stung by the unprecedented defeat of a recurring piece of legislation once considered “must pass” by previous Congresses, Chairman Lucas is apparently threatening the old adage of “be careful what you ask for, you may get it.”

What's the Presidency For?"

On June 12, actor Robert Redford wrote an editorial in USA Today criticizing the president for taking little to no action with respect to global warming…oh pardon…climate change.   Redford stated, “Clearly, the president understands the climate issue.  But he owes more to future generations than his intellectual acknowledgement about the hardships they will face if nothing is done to address it.  He owes them action.”

Waking Up to Reality

The press and many fans of Obamacare are beginning to wake up to problems with the healthcare law.  It appears reality, not the Utopia that was promised, is settling in.  I have written about this in an earlier blog found here.  Now, the New York Times is pondering another possible scenario with respect to the law and employers. 

Boneheaded Bonuses and Boondoggles

Just when you thought the IRS had been properly chastised and humbled for its egregious behavior with respect to its over-the-top spending on training conferences, some $50 million between 2010 and 2012, the agency is now preparing to hand out $70 million in bonus money to its employees.  This is being done in spite of the fact that in April, the

Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

In April, I wrote about a developing story that some members of Congress were looking for ways to get themselves and their staff out from participating in Obamacare.  There was such a large kerfuffle and outrage about it that news reports quickly surfaced that Congress was doing no such thing.

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