Monthly Archives: December, 2013

Washington Judge Strikes Part of Minimum Wage Hike Measure

On Friday, a Washington state judge struck part of the voter-approved $15 an hour minimum wage measure for airport workers in SeaTac. King County Superior Court Judge Andrea Darvas says the measure applies to about 1,600 hotel and parking lot workers in the city of SeaTac, but does not apply to employees and contractors working within Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is operated by the Port of Seattle.

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U.S. judge upholds NSA phone surveillance program

Did we expect otherwise? A US judge has just ruled the NSA’s program that collects records of millions of Americans’ phone calls is lawful, rejecting a challenge by the American Civil Liberties Union to the controversial counter-terrorism program. Friday’s decision by U.S. District Judge William Pauley in Manhattan diverges from a December 16 ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon in Washington, D.C., who said the “almost Orwellian” program was likely unconstitutional.

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Obama’s War on Coal Will Harm Economy, Do Little for Environment

West Virginia and Kentucky, which are coal mining states  are facing huge job losses and many Americans will see a rise in electricity costs due to Environmental Protection Agency regulations that critics call President Obama’s “war on coal.”  Specifics on the stringent new regulations on coal are expected to be finalized sometime next year, and existing coal-fired power plants will likely be shuttered around the country in an effort to appease environmental concerns.

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Obamacare and the mandate exemption

Even though the Republicans from the beginning were pushing for a delay of the individual mandate, the Obama administration announced December 19 that it would be doing just that for Americans whose health insurance policies were cancelled because they did not comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Obummer thinks this will pacify us, and get us in time, to sign up still, for his plan.

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$11 Mil for Equipment to Make Healthier School Meals for Poor Kids

And now for word of wasteful government spending. To meet the requirements of Michelle Obama’s multi-billion-dollar childhood obesity law, her husband’s administration is dedicating $11 million so public schools can buy kitchen equipment to prepare healthier meals for low-income students. This is just the latest in the hairbrained scheme of the Obamas as they push for healthier eating.

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New Taxes Set to Kick In Under Obamacare

Millions of Americans will soon be facing g hidden tax surcharges on their insurance premiums under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law as well as new health-related taxes on their income tax bills. Seems Obummer is going to be screwing us even more. Some health insurance companies are not informing patients about the Obamacare taxes, instead deciding to quietly pass them on to its customers. But Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama has revealed the taxes on its bills with a separate line item for “Affordable Care Act Fees and Taxes.”

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Obamacare Vending Machine Mandate Expected to Cost Millions

It looks like even vending machines will be touched by the Obamacare mandates.   Under the bill’s new labeling regulations nutrition information must be placed next to each slot of candy bars, chips, peanuts and cracker-jacks. Around 457 pages into Obamcare, section 4205 stipulates:

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1.3 million to lose unemployment benefits as Obama pushes for aid extension

Obummer, stop admiring yourself in that mirror and wake up….we can’t extend this forever and make unemployment the next welfare, we need jobs.  Federal unemployment benefits runs out for over 1.3 million on Saturday.  Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada and Democratic Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island have proposed extending for three months benefits that more than 1 million Americans will lose. Obama called the two senators separately on Friday, describing it as an urgent economic priority.

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Obamacare Shock: Strip Assets From Dead Seniors

As we have been saying all along, Obamacare isn’t wonderful, is it? The Affordable Care Act was designed to dramatically increase the number of Americans who qualify for Medicaid. In fact, the ACA will literally FORCE many low income seniors onto Medicaid rolls as subsidies for regular ObamaCare plans are NOT available to those over 55 years of age who earn less than 138% of the federal poverty level ($15,856 for individuals; $21,403 for married couples). And without such subsidies, ObamaCare plans are generally far too expensive for older, low-income individuals or couples.

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States lag far behind on ObamaCare enrollment

The states that are running their own exchanges under Obamacare, are lagging far behind their enrollment targets, even as scrutiny centers on the federally run HealthCare.gov. On Monday, the Obama Administration set a deadline for people to sign up if they want coverage by Jan. 1, though ended up pushing it back until Tuesday amid concerns about the federal website. HealthCare.gov, despite surpassing one million visits, continued to exhibit problems, with the site sending would-be applicants into a virtual waiting line whenever it was overloaded with visitors.

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