Sunday, May 11, 2014

Two more reminders unions and liberals are bottom feeding lowlifes!

Coach is Right ^ | 5/11/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
Unions will extort disabled people; will support Boko Haram. Unions and liberals make our world a little less livable every time they get a chance. Here are two stories that remind us of the depths these people will sink to in order to have their way. In Michigan the Service Employees Internal Union (SEIU) has recently seen an 80% decrease in its membership which was triggered as much by its own greed as the terrible economy Barack Obama has given us. In 2006 the Michigan SEIU was successful in their drive to forcibly unionize family members of disabled people living in their own homes and being cared for in their own homes. Disguised as “dues” the parents and guardians of severely disabled children were forced to pay a 2.75% extortion fee to the SEIU on every...
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Triple-Amputee Iraqi War Hero’s Letter Shames the President of the United States!

Independent Journal Review ^ | May 10, 2014 | Mike Miller
We embrace heroes in America. Senior Airman Brian Kolfage defines hero: the triple-amputee veteran of the Iraqi War overcame insurmountable odds to survive his horrific injuries. Kolfage recently sent a powerful – and damning – letter to his commander-in-chief: I nearly died in a war that you and most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have zero control over. I joined to serve my country and to better my life. I’ve seen things that you could never imagine, and they have made me the person I am today. Mr. Obama, even though we share extreme opposite views, we have one thing in common, we both attended school in Hawaii. However, that’s where the similarities end. You see, as you attended your exclusive, private school, I would ride my bike to Kaimuki High school in one of the roughest areas in Hawaii every morning and would ride past Punahou, the exclusive private school you attended. I would notice the Bentleys, Maseratis, and fancy foreign cars that all the kids were dropped off in; wow it must have been extremely rough in Hawaii living that life, right? I could only imagine what it was like to have that kind of money. Fortunately for you, not many people are aware of the school and the upper class citizens who attended it. The tuition to attend your exclusive, private school was more than it cost me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona. You talk a big game when it comes to financial inequality, yet I’m quite sure you have no idea what it’s truly like to have sacrifice. You were one of the elitist children in Hawaii. After High School, we each chose very different paths. You were able to attend Ivy League schools, and I sought out a military career in hopes of earning a degree. What we have in life as children usually sets the tone for what we will face later in life that will make us successful. I worked to get where I am today, and YOU WERE HANDED IT…Mr. Inequality. I volunteered to go to Iraq on both of my deployments, and the second time I begged to go even after I wasn’t selected, which ultimately got me placed on the team where I would lose both legs and my dominant arm. I’ve never asked myself was losing 3 limbs in a war worth it, even though many Americans were against it. I am frequently reminded of the many young Iraqi children who would beg me for water, food, and toys while I was stationed in Iraq. Children, who in all aspects made the poorest of poor American children look rich. You have no idea what it really means to be poor. It’s laughable that you, who would have no idea what it means to be poor would so frequently play the inequality card. While I was in Iraq, our mission was to liberate the Iraqi citizens from a tyrant and that’s what we did. Never forget; it was your people who sent us there, like the Clintons, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi & Carl Levin. However, since the day you busted onto the scene you’ve been talking about ending the war and pulling the troops out, not understanding the blood sweat and tears that so many Americans and Iraqi’s invested. And with complete disregard for every life sacrificed, every limb lost, and every broken family, you bailed on our mission to pursue an agenda that was completely centered on your re-election in 2012. If you didn’t bail on Iraq you were worried that you may not get reelected and that’s a fact. Just before elections on Oct 11, 2012 you said “Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.” Look at Iraq now; they are in shambles and the Al Qaeda flag is flying freely. Clearly, you’re unfit for duty as a Commander in Chief. You put your own agenda ahead of America’s agenda, and now you have single handedly ruined and destroyed nearly everything we gained in Iraq. It clearly means nothing to you, because the only thing that you’ve personally invested in that country was a promise to bail on them. However, people like me gave limbs, friends have died, and we’ve watched families destroyed by war’s aftermath. I’m not placing blame on you for the war, I’m placing blame on you for destroying what we’ve worked so hard to build. You’re not a leader, you’re a community organizer. A leader would have stood up regardless of the situation and put America’s agenda first and that is ensuring a secure Iraq even after 10 years of war. But, you placed Barack first, just as Robert Gates confirmed in his new book. I can’t help but think of those poor kids who I gave water and toys to 11 years ago. They’re probably 15 or 16 years old now, and I can only imagine what it’s like for them to have their nation being torn apart yet again; all because of your poor leadership qualities. Regardless of why we went to Iraq, its water under the bridge. We went there, we waged war, and we not only owed it to our KIA’s but we owed it to the citizens of Iraq. We invaded their country and turned it upside down, and you bailed on them. You bailed on our soldiers and you’ve wasted every death and every limb; it’s all for nothing. And to make matters worse, you blame others for your failures. You’re just another elitist rich thug who’s pretended to live the rough life growing up in the inner-city. You’re only worried about your own agenda and furthering your party instead of taking care of Americans. Your inability to be a leader at some of the most critical points has caused both of our wars to fail. You’ve been a joke to most of our veteran community and we have no faith in your ability to lead. Senior Airman Ret Brian Kolfage USAF Obviously, the courage of Senior Airman Brian Kolfage didn’t end on the battlefield. God bless this real American hero.

Obamacare Myth-Making: Five phony success stories.

The Weekly Standard ^ | 05/10/2014 | Jay Cost
With enrollment in the Obamacare exchanges now closed, Democrats and their friends in the media are ebullient. Obamacare is an enormous success, they say, and conservatives have been humiliated. On closer inspection, however, things seem decidedly less bullish for President Obama’s signature achievement. Among the many exaggerations and inaccuracies the law’s defenders are touting, five stand out. • First, they say that premium rates are down. In support of this, liberals cite research from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), but they misinterpret it. In fact, the CBO’s most recent estimate of premiums shows a decline not from what they were in 2013, before the implementation of Obamacare, but rather from what CBO estimated they would be in 2014. Studies from many outlets have shown that rates have gone up since 2013, substantially for many people. This is no mystery. Obamacare basically outlawed insurance underwriting, so rates must go up as healthy people pay the price for the sick. Insurers, moreover, have also increased deductibles and co-pays and narrowed doctor networks and drug formularies. • Second, supporters claim that Obamacare exceeded the enrollment target promulgated by the CBO. This is questionable. The CBO last year projected 7 million enrollees, and the Obama administration now gloats that 8 million people selected a plan in the exchanges. But not everybody who selected a plan will pay for it. The best estimate right now is that about 15 percent of initial enrollees are not paying their first premiums. If that holds, paid enrollment will come in slightly under CBO’s 2013 prediction. But there is more. CBO downgraded its forecast earlier this year from 7 million to 6 million, and this month declined to update it even after the “surge” of last-minute enrollees began. The reason: The prediction is an annual average.
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The “Economic Recovery” Continues: Businesses Are Being Destroyed Faster Than They Are Being Created!

TEC ^ | 05/10/2014 | Michael Snyder
What would you say about an economy where businesses are shutting down faster than they are opening? Well, a shocking new study released by the Brookings Institution indicates that this is exactly what is happening in the United States. We are absolutely killing small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit in this country, and as you will see below, the number of self-employed Americans has been on a downward trend for a decade even though our population has been steadily growing. Traditionally, small businesses have been the primary engine of job growth in this nation, so the fact that study after study has found that small business creation is being crippled in the United States is a really bad sign for our economic future. Personally, I write about our long-term economic decline nearly every day, but even I had no idea that businesses were being destroyed faster than they were being created. According to the Brookings Institution, this first started happening in 2009...
The American economy is less entrepreneurial now than at any point in the last three decades. That's the conclusion of a new study out from the Brookings Institution, which looks at the rates of new business creation and destruction since 1978.Not only that, but during the most recent three years of the study -- 2009, 2010 and 2011 -- businesses were collapsing faster than they were being formed, a first.
And this mirrors an earlier study conducted by economist Tim Kane. According to his analysis of U.S. Department of Labor data, the following is how the decline in the number of new business jobs per one thousand Americans breaks down by presidential administration...Bush Sr.: 11.3Clinton: 11.2Bush Jr.: 10.8Obama: 7.8As you can see, this is a problem that has been building for decades and that has accelerated under the Obama administration.We are strangling small business creation to death, and as a result the number of Americans that are self-employed just keeps going down. Just check out this chart...Self-Employed 2014And keep in mind that throughout this entire time the U.S. population has been growing. So the numbers in the chart above should be going up steadily as the population grows. But instead they have just kept going down.Meanwhile, the "economic recovery" is continuing in the corporate world as well.On Tuesday, we learned that Office Depot is going to be closing 400 stores.Why would that happen if the economy was actually getting better?When this was announced, shares of Office Depot rose about 20 percent.I can never understand why that happens. You would think that when a business makes an announcement that essentially says "our business is failing" that it would cause people to dump the stock.In any event, this comes on the heels of an announcement by Staples back in March that it was going to shut down 225 stores in the United States and Canada.So where will we buy our pens and paper from now on?If the economy really was "recovering", you would think that demand for office supplies would actually be on the rise.But the only places where the economy is "recovering" is in places such as Washington D.C., New York City and San Francisco.Those at the top of the pyramid are doing well, but almost everyone else in the country is really suffering right now.When you kill off small businesses and the entrepreneurial spirit, it tends to increasingly funnel money to the very top of the food chain. And this is precisely what is happening in America at this point. In a recent article, Charles Hugh Smith included a chart that shows how average household net worth in the U.S. breaks down by quartile...Bottom 25%: $4,600
From 25% to 50%: $21,700
From 50% to 75%: $78,900
From 75% to 90%: $242,800
Top 10%: $1,606,600As you can see, the bottom 50 percent are really not that much above zero at all. In the old days, it seemed like almost everyone was "middle class" in America, but now that is rapidly changing.We can see this increasing divide in the real estate market as well. According to Bloomberg, sales of million dollar homes are booming, but sales of homes at the low end are plunging...
"Million-dollar homes in the U.S. are selling at double their historical average while middle-class property demand stumbles, showing that the housing recovery is mirroring America’s wealth divide.Purchases costing $1 million or more rose 7.8 percent in March from a year earlier, according to data released last week by the National Association of Realtors. Transactions for $250,000 or less, which represent almost two-thirds of the market, plunged 12 percent in the period"
So this explains why it is almost impossible to find an affordable home in San Francisco, but the overall homeownership rate in the United States has dropped to the lowest level in 19 years.But even in our wealthy enclaves there are signs of deep economic trouble. For example, in New York City the number of homeless children has soared to a new all-time high...
They're just like other kids except they have a secret. They are homeless. Children are living hidden lives in plain sight. They are part a growing number of low income families who find themselves with no way out but they are working hard to find a solution.It's a big issue. And it's growing. More than 23,000 children sleep in homeless shelters every night, an all-time high, according to the Coalition for the Homeless.
The only "recovery" being experienced in America is the one that is happening on Wall Street, in boardrooms in Silicon Valley and in the halls of power in Washington.In the rest of the country, retail stores are closing at the fastest pace that we have seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers, 20 percent of all families do not have a single member that is employed and 49 million Americans are dealing with food insecurity.There is no way that we are ever going to have a broad-based economic recovery in this nation if we continue to destroy small businesses. They are the lifeblood of any economy and they are the primary engine of job creation.Sadly, our politicians seem completely clueless about all of this. So they will continue to do the same things that they have always been doing and then wonder why the economy never seems to turn around.

U.S. Is Largest Producer of ‘Political Gas’ While Leaving Huge Energy Reserves Untapped!

AMAC ^ | 05/09/2014 | John Grimaldi

Bureaucrats instead focus on ‘green’ energy schemes “The U.S. is arguably the world’s largest producer of ‘political gas’ at a time when we need real sources of energy if we are to quicken the pace of job creation and reinvigorate our sluggish economy,” according to Dan Weber, president of the Association of Mature American Citizens. “What is frustrating is that we are sitting on proven energy reserves that could put us back in the game as the world’s leading power broker in more ways than one can imagine.” He pointed out that if America were willing to tap our known oil reserves and do away with natural gas export restrictions, it would help us regain control of global energy market. “This would enable us to achieve total energy independence and foreign policy successes instead of failures. We’d level the playing field in the middle east and elsewhere. For example, our ability and willingness to replace Russia as Europe’s prime provider would certainly stand us in good stead in the current foreign policy showdown between President Obama and President Putin.” Weber cited independent research provided by energy experts at Forbes Insights and the CIT Corporate Finance group. Their studies show the “overwhelming majority of industry executives predict energy independence in the U.S. in as little as ten to 15 years, if the government begins to play ball.” He noted the focus that “bureaucratic ideologues have placed on green energy have inhibited home grown energy production. The government would argue that there’s been a significant increase in oil and gas production, he said, but the growth has all come from resource recovery on private land. In fact, a report issued just a few weeks ago by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service stated that: “Non-federal crude oil production has been rapidly increasing in the past few years partly due to favorable geology and the relative ease of leasing from private parties, rising by 2.1 million barrels per day (mbd) between FY2009-FY2013, causing the federal share of total U.S. crude oil production to fall by nearly 11%.” Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this week blocked another effort to pass legislation in that body giving a green light to the construction of the Keystone Pipeline, a project has broad-based support and the potential of creating tens of thousands of jobs. Weber concluded that “a lot has happened in recent years to improve energy development prospects for the country. The U.S. is now the largest producer of natural gas in the world and our reserves of crude oil are growing by leaps and bounds due to improved exploration techniques. Creation of alternative fuels is a commendable goal, but it will take decades to become a reality—time we can’t afford while there are so many people out of work, while our national debt soars unchecked, while our economy is in dire need of a jump start and while our allies and our enemies around the world sneer at our fumbling foreign policy forays.” He said that he is confident that the U.S. can “retake the initiative on all fronts, if new faces are in the next Senate after this fall’s elections.”


BREITBART TV ^ | 11 May 2014
VIDEO AT LINKOn Saturday’s “Justice w/ Judge Jeanine” on the Fox News Channel, conservative commentator Ann Coulter, author of "Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican," broke down the latest in the decades-old saga of Bill Clinton’s sexual indiscretions with intern Monica Lewinsky, which came in the form of an essay from Lewinsky that appears in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine. Coulter speculated the timing of the piece was an effort to get the story out there, but in the long-run she dismissed the notion coming from some corners of the media that this would help former first lady Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions.
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Why Hillary fears Monica

The Washington Times ^ | May 8, 2014 | Tammy Bruce
Monica Lewinsky has returned, and it's a good thing. She's a smart, thoughtful woman who deserves to be able to take her life back from those who prefer she stay silent, and stay away. I'm sure there's nothing more irritating to Hillary Clinton than those you use and abandon who actually survive and return, determined to tell their story. Ms. Lewinsky has re-emerged with an essay she's written for Vanity Fair, which appears in its June issue, but excerpts released on the Web are already causing Mrs. Clinton's supporters to go ballistic. In the article, Ms. Lewinsky says it's time to stop "tiptoeing around my past — and other people's futures." "I am determined to have a different ending to my story. I've decided, finally, to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past. (What this will cost me, I will soon find out.)" Good for her. She knows there will be a price to pay, because the same rotten core that drives Mrs. Clinton, compelling her to enable her husband all these years, has only become more craven....
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Reports: More Obamacare Cancellations, Premium Hikes On the Way (Pelosi knew)!

Townhall ^ | 5/09/14 | Guy Benson
The Obamacare "winning streak" continues apace. Kaiser Health News reports on the increasing likelihood of more and more large employers dumping employees into Obamacare's exchanges. An untold number of employees will discover that they can't keep their plan, especially if they're a high-risk, high-cost employee. The Obama administration estimated that as many as 93 million Americans will lose their existing coverage under the new law, despite what the president promised repeatedly. We wrote about "targeted dumping" back in 2011. Those concerns are now being realized:
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Take a Cruz!