POLITICAL: $15/hour condemns minority youths to poverty

Saturday, June 4, 2016

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/walter-e-williams/proof-elite-hate-people/

Elitist Arrogance
By Walter E. Williams
June 1, 2016

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President Barack Obama, the Congressional Black Caucus, black state and local politicians, and civil rights organizations are neither naive nor stupid. They have been made aware of the unemployment effects of the labor laws they support; however, they are part of a political coalition. In order to get labor unions, environmental groups, business groups and other vested interests to support their handout agenda and make campaign contributions, they must give political support to what these groups want. They must support minimum wage increases even though it condemns generations of black youths to high unemployment rates.

I can’t imagine what black politicians and civil rights groups are getting in return for condemning black youths to a high rate of unemployment and its devastating effects on upward economic mobility that makes doing so worthwhile, but then again, I’m not a politician.

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What kind of stupidity does it take to think that this is good policy?

Continuing to “legislate / regulate / demonstrate” entry level jobs out of existence is sheer madness.

Self-inflicted economic poverty of the whole society.

We need all “our” Human Resources operating a maximum efficiency. 

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POLITICAL: Nothing to see here — like Property Tax Reform!

Friday, June 3, 2016

2016-Jun-03

http://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/s/frrfz/gov-chris-christie-signs-4-bills-into-law?utm_source=alert-breakingnews&utm_medium=email&utm_term=politics%20%26%20government&utm_campaign=alert

Gov. Chris Christie Signs 4 Bills Into Law
Gov. Chris Christie has signed four bills into law, including legislation intended to save N.J.’s most historic tourism landmark.

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S-977/A-2447 (Lesniak, Sarlo/Eustace, Holley, Gusciora) – Prohibits possession, transport, import, export, processing, sale or shipment of parts and products of certain animal species threatened with extinction

S-978/A-2510 (Lesniak, Sarlo/Eustace, Holley, Gusciora) – Prohibits possession and transport of parts and products of certain animals at PANYNJ airports and port facilities

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Not like there is anything important facing the Pepuls Republic of Nu Jerzee like Property Tax reform!

Argh!

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POLITICAL: The end of the road for free speech

Friday, May 20, 2016

2016-May-18

Shame on the U.S. Supreme Court for Making a Mockery of the First Amendment
By John W. Whitehead
The Rutherford Institute
May 18, 2016

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No wonder interactions with politicians have become increasingly manufactured and distant in recent decades. The powers-that-be wants us kept at a distance. Press conferences and televised speeches now largely take the place of face-to-face interaction with constituents. Elected officials keep voters at arms-length through the use of electronic meetings and ticketed events. And there has been an increased use of so-called “free speech zones,” designated areas for expressive activity used to corral and block protestors at political events from interacting with public officials. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have used “free speech zones” at various conventions to mute any and all criticism of their policies and likely will do so again this year.

We’re nearing the end of the road for free speech and freedom in general, folks.

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Argh!

The politicians and bureaucrats don’t want to be bothered by the rabble!

Gooferment censorship leads to self-censorship.

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No wonder interactions with politicians have become increasingly manufactured and distant in recent decades. The powers-that-be wants us kept at a distance. Press conferences and televised speeches now largely take the place of face-to-face interaction with constituents. Elected officials keep voters at arms-length through the use of electronic meetings and ticketed events. And there has been an increased use of so-called “free speech zones,” designated areas for expressive activity used to corral and block protestors at political events from interacting with public officials. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have used “free speech zones” at various conventions to mute any and all criticism of their policies and likely will do so again this year.

We’re nearing the end of the road for free speech and freedom in general, folks.


POLITICAL: Miners walk on Hillary; when do Black Americans do the same to the Democrats

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/05/10/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders-west-virginia-trump-nebraska/84185016/

Sanders defeats Clinton in West Virginia
Heidi M Przybyla, USA TODAY 10:29 p.m. EDT May 10, 2016

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Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in West Virginia’s Democratic primary Tuesday, while Donald Trump, with no remaining challengers, claimed an easy victory there and in Nebraska among Republicans.

At a rally in Salem, Ore., following his win, Sanders, a Vermont senator, told supporters “it appears that we won a big, big victory in West Virginia.”

“West Virginia is a working-class state, and like many other states in this country, including Oregon, working people are hurting,” he said. “And what the people of West Virginia said tonight, and I believe the people of Oregon and Kentucky will say next week, is that we need an economy that works for all of us, not just the one percent.”

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May I offer Bernie another interpretation?

The D’s have long been anti-coal. Here’s the average working-class joe sixpack sending HRC a message.

I’d be astonished if WV does go big for Trump.

Bill Clinton, for all his faults, was spot on with “It’s the economy, stupid!”

The only think I wonder is when Black Americans will wake up like West Virginians? Their loyalty to the Democratic Party has been both misplaces and abused. Go through the classic Civil Rights legislation and count the Democrats who opposed it and Republican who did. Go through the litany of cities with Democratic mayor and machines, count the ones that for all intents and purposes are little better than war zones. Some Iraqi and Syrian cities look better than Detroit. Finally, go thru the casualties in the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and the Welfare State’s destruction of the black families and the black churches.

Then tell me how good the D’s are for the country! (Not that the R’s are that much better. But one must pick the prettiest horse in the glue factory coral.)

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POLITICAL: Negative rights are the only rights we have?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/04/walter-e-williams/rights-vs-wishes/

Rights Versus Wishes
By Walter E. Williams
April 20, 2016

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Here is what presidential aspirant Sen. Bernie Sanders said: “I believe that health care is a right of all people.” President Barack Obama declared that health care “should be a right for every American.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: “Every person has a right to adequate health care.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his January 1944 message to Congress, called for “the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health.” And it is not just a health care right that people claim. There are rights to decent housing, good food, and a decent job, and for senior citizens, there’s a right to prescription drugs. In a free and moral society, do people have these rights? Let’s look at it.

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So how is that “right” to “affordable care” working out for you?

I have no obligation to pay for anyone else’s “stuff”.

Argh!

A “positive” right to something implies that someone must provide it.

In nature, everything has a cost. Even “free health care”.

http://tomwoods.com/d/bernie.pdf

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For example, why should a free man have to worry about prosecution for “possessing”anything? In what way does the mere fact of “possession” entail a harm caused to some other person?
How is it that a free man can be told – at gunpoint – what he may not put into his body?
I refer, of course, to the lunacy that is the “war” on some (arbitrarily decided upon) “drugs.”
Of all the many things wrong with America, this is perhaps the most obvious – and yet, the one most people seem to have trouble appreciating. A cop who drinks alcohol – who possesses and consumes this drug – is legally empowered to throw people in a cage for possessing or consuming that drug.
Or even if not.


POLITICAL: The Israel Lobby?

Friday, April 22, 2016

http://tomwoods.com/podcast/ep-642-the-israel-lobby-what-it-does-and-how-it-works/

Ep. 642 The Israel Lobby: What It Does and How It Works
18th April 2016
Tom Woods

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We are supposed to believe that the network of organizations promoting a particular view of Israel and the U.S. relationship with that country doesn’t exist, and that anyone who says it does is a crank and a hater. Yet it’s precisely the network of organizations that would call such a person a hater that we’re talking about in the first pace. Grant Smith joins me for a rational discussion of this inexplicably sensitive issue.

About the Guest

Grant F. Smith is director of research at the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.

Book Discussed

Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby Moves America

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Basically, I don’t understand anyone who doesn’t have sympathy for Israel after the Shoah considering American actions before it (i.e., rejection of the Saint Louis; the anti-semitism of the US State Department; the failure of the executive to order the US Army Air Corp to stop the trains; the failure to inform the American people of what known facts when it was happening). 

That being said, not all the Israeli and USA interests are ALWAYS aligned.

It was an eye opening podcast that exposes how much the Israeli Gooferment manipulates the USA Gooferment to its benefit.

Argh!

Entirely too much Gooferment is my bottom line.

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We are supposed to believe that the network of organizations promoting a particular view of Israel and the U.S. relationship with that country doesn’t exist, and that anyone who says it does is a crank and a hater. Yet it’s precisely the network of organizations that would call such a person a hater that we’re talking about in the first pace. Grant Smith joins me for a rational discussion of this inexplicably sensitive issue.

About the Guest

Grant F. Smith is director of research at the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy in Washington, D.C.

Book Discussed

Big Israel: How Israel’s Lobby Moves America


POLITICAL: Jeanne Shaheen supports the ACA!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In response to my letter opposing the ACA.

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Dear Ferdinand,

 

Thank you for contacting my office about health care reform and the Affordable Care Act. This is one of the most important issues facing our nation and I appreciate hearing your thoughts. 

I support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and believe that the law was a necessary step toward improving our nation’s health insurance system and broadening access to coverage for individuals in New Hampshire and throughout the country. While I believe the law should be improved, I oppose efforts to repeal or dismantle it. The law makes critical insurance reforms, such as guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26 and limiting annual out-of-pocket costs to consumers. The ACA is providing insurance options to millions of Americans who were previously uninsured, ensuring that many of them have access to health insurance for the first time. 

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the ACA will reduce the federal deficit over the next ten years and into the following decade. However, we must continue to focus on efficient and effective implementation of the ACA to ensure these significant savings. I am pleased that millions of Americans are receiving insurance plans through the online marketplaces, in addition to the millions nationally who have bought plans outside of the health insurance exchanges, and those who benefit from Medicaid expansion in our state. This demonstrates the ongoing need for the essential reforms that this law made. 

Although we have already seen benefits from the ACA, I am very concerned about problems that remain and I am dedicated to making this law work for New Hampshire residents. Last year, I was pleased to author the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act, which is the first bipartisan standalone, health-related fix to the ACA to pass both the House and the Senate, and I’m proud that the President has signed it into law. This legislation amends the ACA to allow New Hampshire and other states the option to treat employers with 51 to 100 employees as large employers for the purposes of health insurance markets, preventing potential rate increases that could have otherwise taken place. 

Furthermore, I remain concerned that some individuals have faced insurance premium increases and understand that the rising cost of health insurance is a burden on many American families and small businesses. While health insurance premiums have typically increased annually in recent years, the ACA includes provisions to rein in insurance company abuses, such as requiring insurance companies to justify extreme cost growths to the consumer and ensuring that they spend a minimum of 80 percent of premium costs on actual health care services as opposed to administrative costs.

As you know, insurance premiums are based on underlying health care costs and a number of factors such as the use of the latest, most expensive technology and our fee-for-service model of health care delivery, where quantity rather than quality is rewarded. The ACA also took important steps to address the cost of health care, and I am hopeful that as the law’s implementation progresses, its innovative reforms and cost-saving measures will result in a more efficient and less costly health care system. 

I am pleased that five insurance companies are selling insurance plans in New Hampshire’s marketplace for coverage in 2016. This will ensure that our residents have access to a broader range of hospitals and providers throughout the state. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance or information related to the health reform law, please contact my Manchester office at 603-647-7500. In addition, Covering New Hampshire is an information resource available to all Granite State residents; please visit www.coveringnewhampshire.org to get in touch with the organization. 

Please be assured that I will continue to look for commonsense ways to improve the law to help ensure that Americans have access to affordable health insurance coverage. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me, and please do not hesitate to contact my office with any future concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Jeanne Shaheen
United States Senator

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Argh!

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Dear Ferdinand,

 

Thank you for contacting my office about health care reform and the Affordable Care Act. This is one of the most important issues facing our nation and I appreciate hearing your thoughts. 

I support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and believe that the law was a necessary step toward improving our nation’s health insurance system and broadening access to coverage for individuals in New Hampshire and throughout the country. While I believe the law should be improved, I oppose efforts to repeal or dismantle it. The law makes critical insurance reforms, such as guaranteeing coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, allowing young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until age 26 and limiting annual out-of-pocket costs to consumers. The ACA is providing insurance options to millions of Americans who were previously uninsured, ensuring that many of them have access to health insurance for the first time. 

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office projects that the ACA will reduce the federal deficit over the next ten years and into the following decade. However, we must continue to focus on efficient and effective implementation of the ACA to ensure these significant savings. I am pleased that millions of Americans are receiving insurance plans through the online marketplaces, in addition to the millions nationally who have bought plans outside of the health insurance exchanges, and those who benefit from Medicaid expansion in our state. This demonstrates the ongoing need for the essential reforms that this law made. 

Although we have already seen benefits from the ACA, I am very concerned about problems that remain and I am dedicated to making this law work for New Hampshire residents. Last year, I was pleased to author the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act, which is the first bipartisan standalone, health-related fix to the ACA to pass both the House and the Senate, and I’m proud that the President has signed it into law. This legislation amends the ACA to allow New Hampshire and other states the option to treat employers with 51 to 100 employees as large employers for the purposes of health insurance markets, preventing potential rate increases that could have otherwise taken place. 

Furthermore, I remain concerned that some individuals have faced insurance premium increases and understand that the rising cost of health insurance is a burden on many American families and small businesses. While health insurance premiums have typically increased annually in recent years, the ACA includes provisions to rein in insurance company abuses, such as requiring insurance companies to justify extreme cost growths to the consumer and ensuring that they spend a minimum of 80 percent of premium costs on actual health care services as opposed to administrative costs.

As you know, insurance premiums are based on underlying health care costs and a number of factors such as the use of the latest, most expensive technology and our fee-for-service model of health care delivery, where quantity rather than quality is rewarded. The ACA also took important steps to address the cost of health care, and I am hopeful that as the law’s implementation progresses, its innovative reforms and cost-saving measures will result in a more efficient and less costly health care system. 

I am pleased that five insurance companies are selling insurance plans in New Hampshire’s marketplace for coverage in 2016. This will ensure that our residents have access to a broader range of hospitals and providers throughout the state. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance or information related to the health reform law, please contact my Manchester office at 603-647-7500. In addition, Covering New Hampshire is an information resource available to all Granite State residents; please visit www.coveringnewhampshire.org to get in touch with the organization. 

Please be assured that I will continue to look for commonsense ways to improve the law to help ensure that Americans have access to affordable health insurance coverage. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me, and please do not hesitate to contact my office with any future concerns.

 

Sincerely,

Jeanne Shaheen
United States Senator


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