Sunday, June 14, 2015

Observations From the Back Row

Obama Taunts Supreme Court on Obamacare Case - It’s déjà vu all over again. President Obama’s comments about King v. Burwell during a press conference at the G-7 summit in Germany earlier this week echo those he made when the Affordable Care Act was before the Supreme Court in 2012.Putting on his constitutional-lawyer-in-chief hat in 2012, Obama said, “I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”Apparently, Obama believes that as long as a majority in Congress agrees, they can do anything they want, no matter how unconstitutional…..

Obama: King v. Burwell 'Easy Case' That Supreme Court Probably 'Shouldn't' Have Taken Up - “I agree with the president that the case should be ‘easy’ to decide since by the letter of the statute, tax credits are available only to those who purchase insurance on an exchange ‘established by the State,’ not to those who purchase insurance through the federally-run exchange,” he said. “When Congress passes a law that says one thing, the administration should not be able to ‘interpret’ that law so as to argue that Congress really meant the exact opposite of the plain language contained in the statute they passed.”…

How Much Would You Save If Congress Removed Obamacare's Insurance Regulations?- Every day there seems to be another article focused on how many individuals might lose their subsidies if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the plaintiffs in the King v. Burwell case.  Yet, an even bigger group of individuals harmed by Obamacare has an equally good claim for relief that hasn’t gotten as much attention—the people who, thanks to Obamacare, must pay more for health insurance but who never got subsidies.  The Obamacare subsidies were intended, in part, to hide the law’s unpopular effects. At their root, Obamacare’s costly regulations, dictating what insurers can sell and what individuals and employers can buy, have resulted in premium costs going up, not down. In the 34 states potentially affected by the Court’s ruling, those regulations have driven up costs not only for the estimated 6.4 million receiving coverage subsidies, but also for at least another 15 million who have been forced to pay more for their health insurance without getting any subsidy.

The New Congressional Plan to Repeal and Replace Obamacare - Lawmakers released the plan Thursday as the GOP-led Congress prepares to attack the Affordable Care Act. Both houses of Congress have already signaled their intentions to repeal Obamacare by a simple majority vote using the reconciliation process—just as the law was passed in 2010. The new GOP plan, American Health Care Reform Act, was written by Reps. Phil Roe of Tennessee and Austin Scott of Georgia. It has the backing of the Republican Study Committee, a caucus made up of nearly 170 members of the House of Representatives…..

Rocky Mountain High Producing Some Undesirable Side Effects – De Beque, Colo., is little more than an outpost nestled along I-70 as it winds its way through the rugged hills of western Colorado. Clearly visible from the highway is the quirky façade of Kush Gardens, the first recreational pot shop to be approved in Mesa County….

4 Liberal Myths About Ronald Reagan Debunked - Presidential historian H. W. Brands’ new biography of Ronald Reagan and his conclusion that modern American politics is best seen as “The Age of Reagan” has aroused liberals to circulate once again the hoariest myths about the man and his presidency, including the malicious charge that Reagan was deliberately indifferent to the lot of African-Americans and other minorities.  Liberal Myth No. 1: Reagan’s dangerously belligerent foreign policy had little to do with the disintegration of Soviet Communism. Mikhail Gorbachev was the leader most responsible for bringing the Cold War to a non-nuclear conclusion…..

Campolo Accepts Sodomy Because He Rejects Scripture - When we come to any issue, as Christians, there should always be this question that pops into our head. What does the Bible say? So whether we are asking a question concerning business, family relations or sexual morality, we should always seek the wisdom of the word of God. Now, this is the attitude of many Christians, but for those who are only Christian in name, this is not an option. So, when someone like Tony Campolo declares his acceptance of sodomite couples into his fellowship, we should not be surprised. He can make this decision because he has rejected Scripture.  Christian News reports  …..

Movie Night at the State Dep't: 'Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine' - June 12 is movie night at the U.S. State Department, where the push for global homosexual "rights" has never been stronger.  In conjunction with the Council for Global Equality, the Obama State Department plans to screen the award-winning documentary, "Matt Shepard Is a Friend of Mine."  "This film powerfully shares the story of University of Wyoming student, Matthew Shepard, who was beaten and killed for being gay," the State Department announced……The Obama administration has made "gay rights" both a domestic and a foreign policy priority."Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally -- the heart and conscience of our diplomacy," Secretary of State Kerry said this past February, when he named Berry as the nation's first envoy for gay rights...

The “What’s Next” of Homosexuality and Transsexuality is here, and it is Worse than You Thought - With all the new isms and sexual variances popping up in our society, clamoring to be heard and given special rights, we have focused solely on the sexual sin and the direction that things could move. Many have been warning that the Homosexual rights movement was not the end. Many have been saying that bestiality and multi-couples were just over the horizon. The fear being that if the people of the same sex can marry, then why can’t a man marry his dog? What is wrong with four people marrying each other?  As frightening as these possibilities are, they may pale to what is coming out of Canada.  Breitbart reported….
Unions Hate Fast-Track So Much, Even Worker Protections Are Worth Sacrificing - Unions are praising House Democrats for killing a program meant to help workers negatively impacted by international trade Friday in an effort to damage another measure that could grant President Barack Obama unilateral trade powers. “In rejecting the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) portion of the trade package this afternoon, a resounding bipartisan majority of lawmakers agreed that workers don’t want to be retrained for a new career,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said in a statement. “They want to keep the good middle-class jobs they have now. Despite the fact the House also approved the fast track portion of the package doesn’t change that. The House considered the same joint legislation that the Senate passed last month and said no.” …..To Read More…..

New Jersey Supreme Court Allows Christie's Cut in Pension Contributions - The Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled in a 5-2 decision today in favor of the Chris Christie administration, reversing a lower court’s ruling that found Gov. Christie’s roughly $1.6 billion cut in 2015 pension contributions violated an enforceable contractual obligation. The state’s high court ruling effectively allows that and future proposed cuts to stand. This is welcomed news for Christie and the state of New Jersey as an unexpected decline in revenue means the state has no money to make the contributions…… Hopefully this decision will spur New Jersey to action and fiscal sanity rather than allowing the state to kick the can down the road. New Jersey faces significant fiscal woes, and massive unfunded public pension obligations are a huge part of those woes. Every bill that is not paid and every pension contribution that is not made will be added, with interest, to future taxpayers’ bill...
CNN Anchor HatesPolitical Correctness thinks Liberals are “Least Tolerant”! - CNN’s Don Lemon is a popular personality on their daily TV programming. While he is African-American and homosexual, Lemon can often be counted on to express opinions that run counter to liberal orthodoxy, and for that he is generally respected on both sides of the political aisle…..
Hillary Clinton Battered by Awesome Republican Attacks - How will She Make it Through the Campaign? - Carly Fiorina and the Republican National Committee released dueling ads on Thursday that take a few good swings at the presumptive Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Here is the RNC’s excoriating ad which paints a bleak picture of Hillary Clintons moral fiber and of her willingness to dirty her hands in some contemptible practices……

Let America Fix the Highways Washington Broke - Sen. Mike Lee and Rep. Ron DeSantis want to give the states, not Washington, control over highways and slash the gas tax from 18 cents a gallon to 4 cents.

Ex-Intelligence Chief: “Iran Has EveryIntention to Build an ICBM and a Nuclear Weapons Program” - The former chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency delivered a stinging critique of the Obama administration’s Mideast policies on Wednesday, slamming its refusal to define the enemy as Islamic extremism, arguing that its approach towards Iran amounts to “wishful thinking,” and saying the U.S. has lost the trust of its allies in the region.  In oral and written testimony on Capitol Hill, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said he believes Iran has every intention of building a nuclear weapon, and warned that the ripple effects of that outcome would shift the global balance of power….

Nonproliferation Expert: Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Will Be a Historic Blunder,’ ‘Strategic Mistake’ - The emerging nuclear agreement with Iran would be a “historic blunder” that eclipses other foreign policy debacles in recent decades, a former undersecretary of state for arms control and international security told lawmakers on Wednesday.  "In my view, if there is an agreement along the lines that has been described by the White House and by the Iranian leadership, I believe it will represent perhaps the single greatest strategic mistake in the national security area in the past 35-plus years of my career,” said Ambassador Robert Joseph.  “And this includes some real blunders,” he continued, citing the Carter administration’s botched attempt to rescue U.S. hostages in Iran in 1980; the 1994 “Agreed Framework” nuclear deal with North Korea; the Obama administration’s attempted Russian “reset” in 2009; and the 2013 Syrian chemical weapons “red line debacle.”….. “Ballistic missiles are not a separate and secondary issue, but part and parcel of Iran’s nuclear weapons infrastructure,” he said. “That’s why Congress has targeted Iran’s missile program with sanctions right alongside its nuclear program.”

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