July 26th, 2011
Has the media begun to notice the wheels coming off at the White House? First, Politico notices that Barack Obama still hasn’t offered any solutions despite the late hour of the fiscal crisis at hand. Last night, CNN’s Gloria Borger noticed that Obama seems out of the loop on the actual proposals floating around the Beltway, too. Obama tried to pump up support for tax increases, which makes him a chorus of … one:
July 26th, 2011
The Daily Caller
One in eight small businesses have had or expect to have their health insurance plans terminated since the passage of President Obama’s health care reform.
This figure comes from a National Federation of Independent Business report which surveyed small businesses one year after the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The report, released today, found prevailing negative attitudes about the law’s impact among small business owners.
Among the most striking of NFIB’s findings was the number of employer health insurance plans that have been or will be eliminated since PPACA’s passage — 12 percent, or one in eight. Eliminating employer health care plans “is the first major consequence of PPACA that small-business owners likely feel,” the report said.
However, those plans are being replaced by new products. The number of small employers offering or not offering employee health insurance is likely to change little over the next 12 months, according to the report.
Still, the NFIB said the amount of change in plans was out of the ordinary.
“We are not aware of any data suggesting we’ve had turnover anywhere near this level in the past,” said William J. Dennis, a senior research fellow at the National Federation for Independent Business.
The NFIB study also found 20 percent of small employers expect to significantly change their benefit packages the next time they renew their health insurance plans. Almost all of them expected to see diminished benefits, increased employee costs, or both.
However, the American Public Health Association disputed the study’s findings. APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin said the study was mostly opinion and it was far too early to be criticizing the law, especially since most of it hasn’t even been rolled out yet.
“Most of the major parts haven’t gone into effect and shouldn’t be causing these market changes,” he said. “We’ve seen a lot of people blaming the law for things they ought not be blaming it for.”
July 26th, 2011
Washington (CNN) - As House Speaker John Boehner and the House Republican leadership continues to build support for its proposal to raise the debt ceiling, several influential tea party and conservative groups Tuesday voiced opposition to it.
House GOP leaders are working the conservative members of their caucus to try and get enough support to reach the 217 votes needed to pass the Speaker's plan in a vote scheduled for Wednesday. That proposal would couple $1.2 trillion in savings over a decade with a hike of just under $1 trillion in the debt limit that would extend it through the end of the year. It also calls for the formation of a congressional committee to find $1.8 trillion in deficit savings, and if that is enacted the debt limit would increase by $1.6 trillion.
"I do think that we're going to have some work to do to get it passed, but I think we can do it," Boehner told reporters Tuesday.
Many of these conservative groups and members only would support increasing the ceiling if it is accompanied by larger spending cuts as well as enactment of a balanced budget amendment while some others flatly oppose any hike.
Club for Growth, a national network of activists who promote economic growth and low taxes, announced Tuesday it was opposing the Speaker's plan. The group strongly backed the bill passed last week by the House that would have cut and then capped federal spending and pushed a balanced budget amendment.
"The Club for Growth strongly opposes the Boehner Debt Limit plan," Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said in a statement. "It cuts almost nothing immediately, it caps only discretionary spending, and it does not require passage of a balanced budget amendment. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, it simply doesn't fix the country's fiscal problems. We strongly oppose it, and we urge a no vote."
It said a congressman's vote on this debt bill will be a key part of its legislative scorecard.
Meanwhile, two key tea party groups also are opposing the Boehner plan – the Tea Party Express and the Tea Party Patriots.
Several groups, including the Tea Party Express and American Grassroots Coalition, are planning a "Hold the Line" rally Wednesday on Capitol Hill. Among the featured speakers are: Sens. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.
The group said it thinks the elements of "Cut, Cap and Balance" "absolutely must be an intrinsic part of any plan to raise the debt ceiling, or it will not have the support of the tea party movement," Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell told CNN. He said the group is activating its members to attend the rally, and if they can't they should call their lawmakers.
"We've been saying we don't want a deal, we want a solution!" Russell said.
Another group, Tea Party Patriots, opposes any increase in the debt ceiling.
"Our local coordinators by 95% reject the proposal Speaker Boehner currently has on the table. It does not seriously address the overspending problems our government faces," Jenny Beth Martin, the co-founder and national coordinator for the group, told CNN. She said her group also has been urging its members to call Capitol Hill with the message: "Enough is enough. The American people will no longer stand for promises of the future. We demand real cuts and real action now!"
To try to assuage conservatives' concern, Boehner again called Rush Limbaugh's show on Tuesday saying Republicans won't give President Obama a blank check for spending and will not raise taxes as part of any deficit deal.
"It cuts $2.5 trillion from the discretionary portion of the budget over the next ten years, and puts spending caps in place that will make sure that that savings actually does, in fact, occur … [B]ecause the greatest risk to our country is not missing August the 2nd, the greatest risk is that we do not make the cuts necessary to put our financial house in order."
Seventy-four percent of tea party supporters would favor raising the debt ceiling if a balanced budget amendment were passed by both houses of Congress and substantial spending cuts and caps on future spending were approved. Seventy- four percent of tea party supporters also said in the same poll that they would oppose raising the ceiling several times in the next 18 months while cutting a smaller amount in government spending and not raising taxes.
CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh and Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story.
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July 26th, 2011
Below is a hateful diatribe recently received from yet another "enlightened" member of the left-wing:
"Republican Scum" I WONDER IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT SCUM THE REPS ARE. EVER SINCE OBABAMA'S WIN, YOU'VE BEEN FURIOUS AT BEING BEATEN BY A BLACK MAN. YOUR HATE IS A PALPABLE THING. YOU GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AS IF THE POPULACE..WHICH YOU'RE SCREWING BADLY..DOESN'T EXIST. IF I THOUGHT PRAYER WORKED, I'D PRAY FOR CANCER TO ATTACK EVERY ONE OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. YOU PEOPLE ARE A BLIGHT ON THE FACE OF AMERICA. AND..MOST OF YOU ARE TOO STUPID TO BE BELIEVED.
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I WONDER IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHAT SCUM THE REPS ARE. EVER SINCE OBABAMA'S WIN, YOU'VE BEEN FURIOUS AT BEING BEATEN BY A BLACK MAN. YOUR HATE IS A PALPABLE THING. YOU GO ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS AS IF THE POPULACE..WHICH YOU'RE SCREWING BADLY..DOESN'T EXIST. IF I THOUGHT PRAYER WORKED, I'D PRAY FOR CANCER TO ATTACK EVERY ONE OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES. YOU PEOPLE ARE A BLIGHT ON THE FACE OF AMERICA. AND..MOST OF YOU ARE TOO STUPID TO BE BELIEVED.
Now, if this person can just learn how to properly spell Obama's name. "Obabama" is rather catchy, however... perhaps an idea for later.
Duly noted that at least, within some remote vestige of articulate thought, this individual is considering prayer, albeit of the black sabbath variety, alas, but consideration of prayer is a good start, nonetheless.
Always great to hear from those who have rejected the road to serfdom in favor of the bullet train to hell.
July 26th, 2011
Glaring Beck Quotes
1. "This president I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture ... I'm not saying he doesn't like white people, I'm saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist." Fox News show, July 28, 2009
2. "The only [Katrina victims] we're seeing on television are the scumbags." –"The Glenn Beck Program," Sept. 9, 2005
3. "I'm thinking about killing Michael Moore, and I'm wondering if I could kill him myself, or if I would need to hire somebody to do it. ... No, I think I could. I think he could be looking me in the eye, you know, and I could just be choking the life out. Is this wrong? I stopped wearing my What Would Jesus – band – Do, and I've lost all sense of right and wrong now. I used to be able to say, 'Yeah, I'd kill Michael Moore,' and then I'd see the little band: What Would Jesus Do? And then I'd realise, 'Oh, you wouldn't kill Michael Moore. Or at least you wouldn't choke him to death.' And you know, well, I'm not sure." The Glenn Beck Program, May 17, 2005
4. "Al Gore's not going to be rounding up Jews and exterminating them. It is the same tactic, however. The goal is different. The goal is globalisation ... And you must silence all dissenting voices. That's what Hitler did. That's what Al Gore, the U.N., and everybody on the global warming bandwagon [are doing]." The Glenn Beck Program, May 1, 2007
5. "When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining." The Glenn Beck Program, Sept 9, 2005