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The Obamacare website: The world outruns the government — by a decade

No Comments 22 October 2013

By Seton Motley — We recently found out that the incredibly effective ObamaCare exchange website is – well, not exactly state-of-the-art.

The federal health care exchange was built using 10-year-old technology that may require constant fixes and updates for the next six months and the eventual overhaul of the entire system, technology experts told USA TODAY.

The site could be perfect, but if the systems from which it draws data are not up to speed, it doesn’t matter, said John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace, a cloud computer service provider.

“It is a core problem in the sense of it’s fundamental to this thing actually working, but it’s not necessarily a problem that the people who wrote HealthCare.gov can get to,” Engates said. “Even if they had a perfect system, it still won’t work.”

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Another Debt Ceiling Fight Will Happen. The Shutdown Tells Us How to Solve It.

No Comments 21 October 2013

By Iain Murray and George Landrith — The debt ceiling conflict is over, as is the shutdown. But as is usual in Washington DC, the can has just been kicked down the road (I95 is positively littered with them these days). We face another debt ceiling fight in the New Year, but this time the GOP will have longer to prepare its strategy for dealing with it. They must indeed recognize that it would be a disaster for the global economy to see America default on its debts. At the same time, Democrats must also recognize that a debt that has grown from $10 trillion when President Obama took office to almost $17 trillion today is unsustainable in the long run.  As a nation we must find a sustainable long-term solution to run away debt and eventual insolvency.

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Negotiating with Yourself Doesn’t Work

No Comments 17 October 2013

By Seton Motley — We are into Week Three of the 17% federal government slowdown.  (If 83% of the nearly $4-trillion-a-year Leviathan is still open, it isn’t a shutdown.)

There is so little (to no) damage done by this, President Barack Obama has been creating as much artificial pain as possible.  Often illegally – and routinely absurdly.  His ridiculous attempted closures of open-air monuments and open oceans have cost the National Park Service $76 million a day – in addition to being capricious and obnoxious.

Before we even got to to the slowdown, House Republicans passed a billfunding every nook and cranny of the gi-normous governmentsave for the incredibly effective and popular ObamaCare – the Democrats wouldn’t budge.

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The Confidence-Inspiring Competence of Government: The ObamaCare Website

No Comments 15 October 2013

By Seton Motley — We are two weeks into the ObamaCare exchange experience.  It is but the latest disaster aboard this rolling, rollicking federal government train wreck.

ObamaCare is blowing up private sector health insurance premiums.

ObamaCare Will Increase Avg. Individual-Market Insurance Premiums By 99% For Men, 62% For Women

It is blowing up private sector health insurance.

Estimated Loss of Health Coverage Under ObamaCare

Congressional Budget Office (CBO): 11 million people

Office of the Actuary – Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: 14 million

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Obama’s intransigence closed America’s natural wonders

No Comments 14 October 2013

By Ron Arnold — For anyone who doubts that President Obama and his minions are trying to make the government shutdown as painful as possible, remember that it’s a decades-old White House ploy with a revealing name: “the Washington Monument Strategy.”

It works like this: Turn visitors away from our great national memorials to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, then point up the Mall toward Capitol Hill, yell “Congress made me do it” – and hope the public falls for it.

This president is taking the tactic far beyond what his predecessors ever did – and it t almost backfired the morning of October 1, when a group of 92 veterans arrived at the barricaded World War II Memorial, guests of a citizen sponsored “Honor Flight” from Mississippi. A National Park Service policewoman wouldn’t let them in.

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Where’s the concern over private sector furloughs?

No Comments 14 October 2013

By Paul Driessen — In 2009, President Obama told Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA), “Elections have consequences, and I won.” As with his healthcare law, amid this year’s impasse, he said “there will be no negotiations on the debt ceiling” and “I shouldn’t have to offer anything” in dealing with Republicans. To ensure that Americans got the message, the National Park Service was told “to make life as difficult for people as we can,” one frustrated ranger informed reporters.

As the White House, Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse over debt limits, the budget and the growing disaster that is Obamacare, the situation has become surreal.

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The science fiction of IPCC climate models

No Comments 12 October 2013

By Kesten C. Green, J. Scott Armstrong and Willie Soon — The human race has prospered by relying on forecasts that the seasons will follow their usual course, while knowing they will sometimes be better or worse. Are things different now?

For the fifth time now, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change claims they are. The difference, the IPCC asserts, is increased human emissions of carbon dioxide: a colorless, odorless, non-toxic gas that is a byproduct of growing prosperity. It is also a product of all animal respiration and is also essential for most life on Earth, yet in total it makes up only 0.0004 of the atmosphere.

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Taking cancer to the mat – 2013 updates in courage

No Comments 02 October 2013

By Paul Driessen — My daughter had just learned she would have to endure still more chemotherapy for her leukemia. A tear welled up in her eye. But she quickly stopped herself, and her steely resolve returned. “If Ben can go through everything he’s had to deal with,” she said, “I can do this.”

Amy kept her commitment, with flying colors. So did Ben.

Ben Rubenstein is a cancer survivor nonpareil and author of Twice: How I became a cancer-slaying Super Man before I turned 21. It’s a book that every cancer patient should read. So should every member of families dealing with cancer, and every healthcare professional working to save those patients.

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The tax-exemption rip-off

No Comments 02 October 2013

By  Nick Nichols — If you believe future IRS abuses will be prevented by putting Lois Learner and her merry band of political hacks in the hoosegow, stop drinking Potomac River Kool-Aid and start partaking in a dose of reality.

The most effective way to eliminate political hackery at the IRS would be to abolish the so-called progressive income tax and completely dismantle the tax agency.  Too draconian?  Only if you believe the Tea Party purge is the solitary scandal rolling around the halls at the IRS.  It’s not.

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The latest Italian job

No Comments 26 September 2013

By Mischa Popoff

“Politicians are people who, when they see light at the end of the tunnel, go out and buy some more tunnel.”  John Quinton, UK George Cross recipient

Nowhere is the art of bureaucratic precaution and obfuscation practiced with greater enthusiasm and single-minded efficiency than in Europe. And nowhere is this more in evidence than in Europe’s battle against technological progress in farming.

The following true saga captures the insanity, hypocrisy and tyranny of Europe’s war on chemicals and biotechnology. Lewis Carroll would have been proud to have authored it. The tale would be hilarious, if it were not so costly to so many. The situation certainly has gotten “curiouser and curiouser” with every passing year.

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