There’s been a lot going on this past week that has caught my attention. Here’s just a few:
I’ve written about most if not all of his points, but this is the first time they have all been lumped together.
The costs and consequences of ObamaCare are starting to show that this isn’t going to be the affordable vehicle for health insurance. For instance:
- Why are members of Congress and their staffs looking to bail out of the mandated coverage? Government-subsidized premiums will disappear at the end of the year under a provision in the health care law that forces aides and lawmakers onto ObamaCare exchanges, which could make their benefits exorbitantly expensive. Welcome to the hell that you forced onto the rest of us.
- ObamaCare requires businesses with 50 or more employees to offer “affordable” insurance to anyone working 30 or more hours per week—which must cost no more than 9.5 percent of the worker’s household income. Note that the 9.5 percent threshold applies only to the price of the individual worker’s insurance. Insuring children or other dependents could raise the cost far beyond 9.5 percent. So much for “affordable”.
- To qualify for coverage by the employer under ObamaCare, a person must work 30 or more hours a week. Companies are reducing employee hours to under 30, thus depriving the employees of both income and employee-sponsored coverage. Coverage now falls to the employee, whose funds are even more limited.
- Many groups, including Unions, which supported ObamaCare, are now applying for exceptions to exclude themselves from ObamaCare. Why? Because their members will pay more money for less coverage. Welcome to reality.
- The bureaucrats becoming involved in medical decisions showed up with the case of 10-year old Sarah Murnaghan needing a lung transplant. While Sarah received the transplant, the entire episode shows that the politicization of the medical process will increase, and things will get worse. I can see where “death panels” won’t be far behind.
There’s more, but you get the idea that this legislation is garbage.
The George Zimmerman trial is beginning this week after several weeks of pre-trial hearings and manipulations. The unethical trial by the media has already happened, finding Zimmerman guilty of protecting his neighborhood and himself. We’ll see if the criminal trial system does the same and ends this insanity by letting this person get back to what is left of his shattered life.
The next chapter in the NSA eavesdropping scandal has taken a nasty turn. Edward Snowden has left Hong Kong, and is reportedly flying to Russia. Here’s my take on this, and it’s probably not a popular one.
Snowden, should he land in US custody, should be charged with treason for revealing details of his work with the NSA to a foreign government or governments. This represents a breach of national security, and a violation of the confidentiality contract that he signed. This goes far beyond the “whistleblowing” of the NSA’s PRISM program, and even that should have been carried out in a different manner.
By the way, I think that while there is legal justification for the NSA’s actions, it’s still un-Constitutional.
I shocked to read this article from Townhall.com where Madonna (yes, THAT Madonna!) made statements that seem to support gun rights and gun ownership:
It’s rare to hear someone in the Hollywood scene speak the truth about guns, but that’s exactly what Madonna did in a recent interview with ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas.
When asked about the choice of choreography in her current tour, which drew criticism because of the first act’s heavy use of guns, the pop icon said she would have never left that part out.
“That would be like asking people to not have guns in action movies,” she said. “I mean the thing is, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. That whole first section of the show is like an action movie, and I was playing a super vixen who wanted revenge.”
Madonna even gave a statement that she does not condone violence, and that her work is art and nothing more.
“But I know there was several movies that delayed release because of the shootings, for example, at Sandy Hook Elementary school,” Vargas said.
“Well that’s not going to change the situation,” Madonna replied. “This all comes from fear and ignorance, and people not really raising their children, or not paying attention to what’s going on.”
And this is an Obama supporter!!
And speaking of President Obama, here is a list of some of the unconstitutional action that he has taken (from artist Jon McNaughton, whose pictures are absolutely fantastic!):
You signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. But now we can see that the administration’s trillion-dollar stimulus plan clearly is not working. Both the Constitution and history are witnesses that testify that the Stimulus Plan is both a federal usurpation of power and economically misguided. It may very well cause another “catastrophe.” You promised that this plan would create jobs immediately and keep the unemployment rate below eight percent. We are now at about 9.5% without including those who are no longer counted due to the length of their unemployment. Americans are asking, “Where are the jobs?” With 14.6 million people officially jobless, 5.9 million who have stopped looking but say they want a job, and 8.5 million who are working part time but would like to work full time, you end up with nearly 30 million Americans who cannot find the work they want and desperately need. The ARRA is primarily designed not to stimulate the economy, but to build the size and scope of government. Government spending plans do not stimulate the economy. They are based on the idea that feeding “new” money into the economy will create economic growth. But the money isn’t new—it’s either taxed or borrowed. It’s essentially redistributed from one group of people to another, and no new money is created. And also, State governors, looking down the gun barrel of long-term spending forced on them by your “stimulus” plan, are saying they will refuse to take the money. This is a Constitutional confrontation between the federal government and the states unlike any in our time.
You signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act into law. The federal government is now forcing Americans to buy health insurance. Even with the disapproval of the American majority you pushed through what we call “ObamaCare.” Over 20 states are now suing the federal government over your health care reform law. This law began the process to socialize America’s health care system. It forces Americans to buy health insurance from a private company against our will.
You appointed over thirty Czars without any Congressional oversight to control every aspect of the country.
You intervened in the troubled automotive industry, renewing loans for General Motors and Chrysler Corporation to continue operations while reorganizing. Over the following months the White House set terms for both firms’ bankruptcies, including reorganization of GM giving the U.S. government a temporary 60% equity stake in the company. Where in the Constitution does it say the government can do that?
You signed into law the popular Car Allowance Rebate System, known popularly as “Cash for Clunkers.” In the middle of our country’s worst financial crisis you give out freebees with taxpayer dollars?
You used your executive powers to shakedown British Petroleum after the oil leak catastrophe in the Gulf to create the $20-billion escrow (slush!) fund without any law, legal controls, or binding rules to guide it on how and how much those injured materially by the oil spill (and whom among them) will be paid.
You believe that the Constitution is a living, breathing document. I thought that the only way to change the Constitution was to amend it? It’s not all your fault, Mr. President. If Congress and the Supreme Court did their job properly you would have been checked and balanced.
Last, I found this video from YouViewed.com on that explains the insanity of our governmental system, and what we, the Citizens of this country, have let it become.