Pelosi Doesn’t Remember Gruber

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According to a Washington Post story, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that, not only did Jonathan Gruber not play a significant role in drafting Obamacare, but that she doesn’t even “know who he is.”

Pelosi on Gruber: “I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.” According to the Washington Post, Pelosi mentioned Gruber and his work in November 2009, at the height of the Obamacare debate.

Here’s the transcript published by the Washington Post, via Nexis:

Q: As you know, the Republicans released their health- care bill this week. And I wanted to get your comment on the bill, and specifically on the CBO analysis that it would cost significantly less than the Democratic plan and that it would lower premiums.

PELOSI: Let me just say this. Anything you need to know about the difference between the Democratic bill and the Republican bill is that the Republicans do not end the health insurance companies’ discrimination against people with preexisting conditions. They let that stand. That’s scandalous, the fact that it exists. I don’t understand why they have not heard the American people, who have said preexisting conditions should not be a source of discrimination.

And secondly, the Republican plan ensures about 3 million more people than now, and ours does 36 million people. So that’s a very big difference in that.

We’re not finished getting all of our reports back from CBO, but we’ll have a side by side to compare. But our bill brings down rates. I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis of what the comparison is to the status quo versus what will happen in our bill for those who seek insurance within the exchange. And our bill takes down those costs, even some now, and much less preventing the upward spiral.

So again, we’re confident about what we set out to do in the bill: middle class affordability, security for our seniors, and accountability to our children.

In trying to distance herself from Gruber, Pelosi’s spokesperson Drew Hammill told the Post that the minority leader meant that she didn’t know Gruber personally. He posted this statement via Twitter to clarify the comment.

Mr. Gruber, who has been touted as a leading architect of ObamaCare, according to Pelosi and Hammill, played no role in drafting th bill

Apparently “the stupidity of the American voter” is something the Democrats are clinging to, somewhat like conservative cling to their guns and Bibles.

Justice Roberts Bought the Lie

Justice Roberts got ObamaCare wrong: ObamaCare was written as a fine because had it been written as a tax, it would not have passed. The American people bought this garbage legislation and SCOTUS gave it a stamp of approval.

President Obama wasn’t lying to conservatives, but rather liberals to get the Affordable Care Act passes. At least we know which group of people the Democrat party believes to be stupid, as no conservative believed the lies.

Chief Justice Roberts interpreted the law as written (a fine) to mean a tax. In Mr. Gruber’s words, “this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If the CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies.” Words have meaning, especially in laws and legal proceedings. Justice Roberts bought the lie.

SCOTUS has the opportunity to get it right when the ACA comes before them again soon. We’ll understand if the letter of the law matters or if just the intent of the law is acceptable, no matter how fuzzy or deceitful the language . If intent is good enough, then our system of government is finished.

It’s just — you can’t do it — politically. You just literally cannot do it. OK, transparent financing. Let’s start with transparent financing – transparent spending. I mean, the, this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure the CBO did not score the mandate as taxes. If the CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay. So its written to do that. In terms of, in terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you get a law which said healthy people are going to pay in — you made it explicit that healthy people pay in and sick people get money — it would not have passed. Okay. Just like the lack of — people — transparent — lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, you know, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to get the thing to pass. And, you know, it’s the second best argument, look, I wish Mark was right and we could make it all transparent, but I rather have this law than not. So its kind of like his reporter story, you know, yeah, there’s things I wish I could change, but rather have this law than not.

We should congratulate Mr. Gruber for his honesty.

1984: Just 30 Years Late

1984firstGeorge Orwell’s 1984 is a step closer to reality, albeit 30 years late. The top European Union court has deemed that if something on the Internet doesn’t suit you, it must be scrubbed. Left or right, this is a dangerous idea.

[T]he European Union’s top court that EU citizens have a legal right to control the availability of “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant or excessive” information about them, material that would otherwise remain permanently available via Google and other search engines. …

The “right to be forgotten” is the quintessential example of a slippery slope. It starts off with a seemingly undeniable premise, which is that the Web has made it easier than ever before to commit and disseminate libel and slander. Moreover, I think most of us would agree that there’s something decidedly discomfiting about the equally undeniable fact that a 12-year-old can post foolish comments about another person (or about himself) that will be universally accessible forever after. There oughta be a law, right? But the trouble with such arguments is that they have a way of running into the law of unintended consequences, at which point terrible things can happen. …

All this serves as a valuable reminder of how our existing notions of “truth” are being undermined by the migration of information from the printed page to cyberspace, which is infinitely malleable. George Orwell predicted as much when he wrote in Nineteen Eighty-Four of the ceaseless and insidious activities of the Ministry of Truth, one of whose functions was to alter previously published newspaper, magazine and encyclopedia articles to bring them into more perfect accord with the latest dictates of Big Brother. Any evidence to the contrary was promptly dropped down the nearest “memory hole” and whisked away to an incinerator. Today such rewriting is vastly easier: Any editor who longs to change history need only alter the electronic text of his online edition, instantly and at will. It’s carved in mush, not stone.”

Read the WSJ story Airbrushing the Internet

Neil Young: This Must Be a Joke

Neil Young: Special DeluxeThe talented Neil Young has released a turkey of a song, Who is Going to Stand Up. To make matters worse, but illustrates the hypocrisy of many celebrities that are concerned about global warming, this coincides with the release of his book Special Deluxe: A Memoir of Life and Cars. Last I checked, the vast majority of cars run on fossil fuels.

Young addresses the contradiction, in the epilogue, writing: “I would have to come clean about a lot of my feelings concerning fossil fuels, global warming, and American politics that might end up driving away readers. The automobile is only one symptom of the big problem, and the big problem is turning the ship of earth around and heading in a different direction.”


Lyrics “Who’s Going to Stand Up”

Protect the wild, tomorrow’s child
Protect the land from the greed of man
Take down the dams, stand up to oil
Protect the plants, and renew the soil

Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough?
Who’s gonna take on the big machine?
Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me

Damn the dams, save the rivers
Starve the takers and feed the givers
Build a dream, save the world
We’re the people know as earth

Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough?
Who’s gonna take on the big machine?
Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me

Ban fossil fuel, draw the line
Before we build, one more pipeline
Ban fracking now, save the waters
And build a life, for our sons and daughters

Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough?
Who’s gonna take on the big machine?
Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth?
This all starts with you and me

Who’s gonna stand up…

Obama the Albatross

Sen Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) was laughed at by the audience at the New Hampshire Senate Debate on Tuesday when she would not give a clear answer on whether she approved of the job President Obama is doing.

Watch the video and read the full story on Breitbart

College Economics: 1978 vs 2014

 

1978minimumwage_collegeCould a student that worked a summer minimum wage job make enough to pay a year’s tuition in 1978? If someone was to work a full-time summer job today, how much would the minimum wage need to be?

In 1978, the minimum wage was $2.65. Working a full-time summer job (40 hrs x 12 weeks) would gross $1,272.

I couldn’t find the average tuition for a four-year degree in 1978, but in 1981 it was $3,951.

That 1978 summer job would only pay 32.1% of that tuition bill, leaving one $2,679 short. The claim that working a summer job at minimum wage would pay a year’s tuition is obviously false.

Fast forward to 2014. What will minimum wage get you?

Working a summer job at today’s minimum wage of $7.25 would gross $3,489.

The average annual tuition in 2012 was $33,716 (2012 is the most recent data I could find). A full-time summer job in 2012 would only pay 10.3% of that tuition.

Granted, $7.25 today is not equal to $2.65 in 1978. 1978’s $2.65 per hour, when adjusted for inflation, would equal $9.69/hour today; that means $2.65 in 1978 was worth 33% more than $7.25 is worth in 2014.

The average annual tuition in 1981 was $3,951. Adjusted for inflation, that would be $9,554 (in 2012). The average yearly tuition in 2012 came to $33,716. That’s a whopping 352% increase in tuition costs.

Today’s minimum wage rate lags behind the wage in 1978. What is extraordinary, however, is the exponential increase in college tuition.

To earn $33,716 working a minimum wage job full time during the summer break, the minimum wage would need to be $70.24.

Sources:

Historical minimum wage data: http://www.dol.gov/whd/minwage/chart.htm

Education costs: http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=76

10 Life Lessons to Change the World

Ten life lessons to change the world, from Naval Admiral William H. McRaven, University of Texas (Austin) 2014 Commencement Address.

  1. Make your bed. You will have accomplished something as your first act of the day.
  2. Find someone to help you accomplish your goals.
  3. Measure people by the size of their heart and skill.
  4. Get over trying to be perfect. No one is.
  5. You will fail. It will make you stronger.
  6. Be fearless and innovative.
  7. Don’t back down from danger, stand your ground.
  8. Be your very best in the darkest moments.
  9. Never give up hope. Inspire others with your hope.
  10. Don’t ever give up.

Obama Gets His Briefings from News

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Barack Obama only read about (insert scandal here) in the newspaper.” This incompetence is what we get for elevating a mediocre community organizer and hack lawyer to the office of President.

Listen to Obama, ‎Jay Carney and others explain that they are getting their information from the news:

Maybe President Obama should stay off the golf course once and a while and go to briefings.

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