antigovernmentextremist:

Data from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Branch shows that Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster for businesses
From ZeroHedge:

What the survey found was very disturbing: not only did businesses report that as a result of Obamacare the number of workers they employ is lower than higher (18.2% vs 3.0%), that there has been an increase in part time jobs (18.2% higher vs 1.5% lower), leading to a big increase in outsourcing and most importantly, Obamacare costs are being largely passed on to customers (28.8% reporting higher vs 0.0% lower), the punchline was that while there is basically no change in the number of employees covered (17.6% higher vs 14.7% lower and 67.6% unchanged), there has been a big jump in Premiums, Deductibles, Out-of-pocket maximums, and Copays, which has been “matched” by a far greater reduction in the range of medical coverage and the size of the network.

All of this to say that those of us that were warning that you can’t get something for nothing were right. You can’t overhaul an entire sector of the economy and not expect the added costs of compliance to not fall onto consumers in the form of higher costs or onto the insured in the form of higher premiums, higher copays, higher deductibles and less coverage. In other words, Obamacare is playing out exactly as critics said that it would and attempts to spin it as a positive are being, at best, disingenuous.

antigovernmentextremist:

Data from the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Branch shows that Obamacare is an unmitigated disaster for businesses

From ZeroHedge:

What the survey found was very disturbing: not only did businesses report that as a result of Obamacare the number of workers they employ is lower than higher (18.2% vs 3.0%), that there has been an increase in part time jobs (18.2% higher vs 1.5% lower), leading to a big increase in outsourcing and most importantly, Obamacare costs are being largely passed on to customers (28.8% reporting higher vs 0.0% lower), the punchline was that while there is basically no change in the number of employees covered (17.6% higher vs 14.7% lower and 67.6% unchanged), there has been a big jump in Premiums, Deductibles, Out-of-pocket maximums, and Copays, which has been “matched” by a far greater reduction in the range of medical coverage and the size of the network.

All of this to say that those of us that were warning that you can’t get something for nothing were right. You can’t overhaul an entire sector of the economy and not expect the added costs of compliance to not fall onto consumers in the form of higher costs or onto the insured in the form of higher premiums, higher copays, higher deductibles and less coverage. In other words, Obamacare is playing out exactly as critics said that it would and attempts to spin it as a positive are being, at best, disingenuous.

(via the-liberty-republican)

So ISIS just beheaded a journalist and demanded Obama give in to their demands or they will behead another one.

What troubles me is that James Foley gives a little speech before being beheaded. In his speech, he calls for Americans to rise up against the “real killers” (America) and denounces his parents and brother (a US Air Force airmen). 

It’s kind of hard to feel sympathy for a man who is willing to betray his country and family in the face of evil. Something about this video just doesn’t sit right. Either James Foley is a traitor, or it’s fake. I haven’t decided what I think of it yet.

You can see the video here. As always, it is GRAPHIC so view it at your own risk.

EDIT: They say they have Steven Sotloff and will kill him next.

Border Crisis

big-morley:

Out of everything Obamas speech has covered he has yet to speak on the border crisis. I guess he thinks since he won’t answer on it America will forget about it.

"Never let a crisis go to waste"

I’m sure things are being done behind the scenes that will outrage us once they come to light. It happens every time.

Another Broken Promise: Obama Works Behind “Closed Doors” With Lobbyists On Immigration Policy

rncresearch:

Obama Is Currently Working To Draft An Executive Action “Almost Entirely Behind Closed Doors, Where Lobbyists And Interest Groups Invited To The White House Are Making Their Case Out Of Public View.” “Since then, the process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions,” The New York Times, 8/18/14)

  • Working With Lobbyists Has Opened Obama “To Criticism That He Is Presiding Over Opaque Policy-Making, With The Potential To Reward Political Backers At The Expense Of Other Interests, Including Some On The Losing Side Who Are Threatening To Sue.” “It also has opened the president, already facing charges of executive overreach, to criticism that he is presiding over opaque policy-making, with the potential to reward political backers at the expense of other interests, including some on the losing side who are threatening to sue.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions,” The New York Times, 8/18/14)

Administration Officials Have Said Obama Has Met With “An Array Of Lawmakers, Experts And Business Leaders For A Wide Range Of Perspectives To Inform His Plans For Executive Actions.” ““White House officials say Mr. Obama has been inclusive as he looks to wield his authority, reaching out to an array of lawmakers, experts and business leaders for a wide range of perspectives to inform his plans for executive actions.” (Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions,” The New York Times, 8/18/14)

  • “The Go-It-Alone Approach Has Left The Administration — Which Claims To Be The Most Transparent In United States History — Essentially Making Policy From The White House, Replacing Congressional Hearings And Floor Debates With Closed Meetings For Invited Constituencies.” ​(Julie Hirschfeld Davis, “Behind Closed Doors, Obama Crafts Executive Actions,” The New York Times, 8/18/14)

FLASHBACK: During His 2008 Campaign, Obama Spoke Out Against The Influence Of Lobbyists Engaging In “Secret Meetings”

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In 2008, Obama Said Washington Needed To Reform It’s Politics “By Taking Power Away From The Lobbyists That Kill Good Ideas And Good Plans With Secret Meetings And Campaign Checks.” OBAMA: “And change in Washington is what we need right now. Now, Green Bay—Green Bay, I want to be honest with you. I want to be honest with you. This change is not going to be easy. It’s going to require reforming our politics by taking power away from the lobbyists that kill good ideas and good plans with secret meetings and campaign checks.” (Barack Obama, Remarks, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 9/22/08)

Called it.

"Never let a crisis go to waste"

Ferguson isn’t being wasted.

I think this one is pretty self explanatory. By Sabo.

I think this one is pretty self explanatory. By Sabo.

Hey, remember that whole ‘Cash for Clunkers’ thing? Yeah, it didn’t work out so well.

poorrichardsnews:

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Texas A&M has a new report on the Cash for Clunkers program, and it’s not good.

From Fox News:

Researchers at Texas A&M, in a recently released report, measured the impact of Cash for Clunkers on sales and found the program actually decreased industry revenue by $3 billion over a nine-to-11-month period. Meanwhile, the “stimulus” also cost taxpayers $3 billion.

The Car Allowance Rebate System, commonly called Cash for Clunkers, was part of a 2009 economic stimulus program that was sold as a lifeline from the federal government to a sinking U.S. auto industry.

The program let people turn in their old cars for up to $4,500 in cash to be used toward the purchase of a more fuel-efficient alternative. Nearly 700,000 vehicles were traded in through the program.

But the Texas A&M University study, for the National Bureau of Economic Research, shows the program may have actually created a drag on the economy.

Read the Rest

This is nothing but a little microcosm of Keynesian economics. The “thinking” is that an economy can be stimulated by the government simply paying people. The problem is, it doesn’t work.

  • First of all, people were paid, but no actual wealth was created. People are simply the beneficiaries of something without working or creating anything.
  • Second, wealth (in the form of cars) was actually destroyed.
  • Third, it hurt those who were looking to purchase an inexpensive car because it raised the price of older, used cars. This happened because cars that were only worth a few hundred bucks could be traded in for $4,500. Anyone with a cheap car to sell, would be stupid not to take that deal. This lowered the number of cars in the marketplace and, as supply and demand might dictate, those who needed a cheap car (most likely the poor), could no longer afford one.
  • Fourth, it’s redistributive. Those who had no need for a car and didn’t have one to sell, had to fund the program anyway.
  • Fifth, the government went into debt to do it. This not only means that we’re now paying interest on it, but we’re saddling people with debt who weren’t even eligible to vote for the candidates who initiated the program.

It should come as no surprise that the program was a huge failure.

misspookamonga:

I’m not sure who the original editor of this particular picture is - I got this from a shared post of a friend on Facebook. In most cases I’d hesitate to post a picture I don’t know where to give credit to, but I think in this case it can be excused, given the severity of the issue at hand.
If you don’t already know, this is the Arabic letter Nun, equivalent to our letter “N.” It’s the first letter of the word “Nasara” or Nazarenes, which refers to Christians as followers of Jesus of Nazareth. ISIS is marking this symbol on buildings owned by Iraqi Christians in Mosul - it is essentially a death sentence. The radical terrorists are forcing people from their homes and systematically murdering anyone who refuses to convert to Islam. According to a recent CNN report, they are even beheading children.
Ignace Joseph III Younan, the Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antioch apparently said in an interview with Vatican Radio that there are no longer any Christians left in Mosul because of the threat to their lives. Many refugees have fled to Kurdistan, but according to Younan, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan has said it can no longer grant asylum since it appears that the area is already overpopulated with not only Christian refugees but several refugees from other targeted minority groups.
These people need our support.
I don’t care if you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, or what have you - people are being turned out on the streets and brutally tortured and killed. Their places of worship and sacred texts are being mercilessly destroyed. I know just spreading around a picture won’t do much in the grand scheme of things, but we can start somewhere. If you care at all for these victims, if you have any ounce of compassion in you for the members of the human family suffering right now, please reblog this “Nun” symbol to show support and spread the word to those who may still be ignorant of its meaning. If enough people are aware of what’s going on, then there is a greater chance of us pulling together to take real action.
(info from http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/07/nun-sign-of-genocide.html and http://news.msn.com/world/video?videoid=2bfdecd8-28d6-bd10-3bdb-9fe0cecfe467#tscptmf)

misspookamonga:

I’m not sure who the original editor of this particular picture is - I got this from a shared post of a friend on Facebook. In most cases I’d hesitate to post a picture I don’t know where to give credit to, but I think in this case it can be excused, given the severity of the issue at hand.

If you don’t already know, this is the Arabic letter Nun, equivalent to our letter “N.” It’s the first letter of the word “Nasara” or Nazarenes, which refers to Christians as followers of Jesus of Nazareth. ISIS is marking this symbol on buildings owned by Iraqi Christians in Mosul - it is essentially a death sentence. The radical terrorists are forcing people from their homes and systematically murdering anyone who refuses to convert to Islam. According to a recent CNN report, they are even beheading children.

Ignace Joseph III Younan, the Syrian Catholic Patriarch of Antioch apparently said in an interview with Vatican Radio that there are no longer any Christians left in Mosul because of the threat to their lives. Many refugees have fled to Kurdistan, but according to Younan, the Prime Minister of Kurdistan has said it can no longer grant asylum since it appears that the area is already overpopulated with not only Christian refugees but several refugees from other targeted minority groups.

These people need our support.

I don’t care if you’re Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Atheist, or what have you - people are being turned out on the streets and brutally tortured and killed. Their places of worship and sacred texts are being mercilessly destroyed. I know just spreading around a picture won’t do much in the grand scheme of things, but we can start somewhere. If you care at all for these victims, if you have any ounce of compassion in you for the members of the human family suffering right now, please reblog this “Nun” symbol to show support and spread the word to those who may still be ignorant of its meaning. If enough people are aware of what’s going on, then there is a greater chance of us pulling together to take real action.

(info from http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/07/nun-sign-of-genocide.html and http://news.msn.com/world/video?videoid=2bfdecd8-28d6-bd10-3bdb-9fe0cecfe467#tscptmf)

(via themoofster)

ragingcommonsense:

Oh, hey, look.

ragingcommonsense:

Oh, hey, look.