As America watches ObamaCare self-destruct in real time, Oprah Winfrey, who recently snubbed a White House invite to promote ObamaCare, declared the criticism of its chief architect (Obama) racist.
Oprah is a masterful marketer who coincidentally makes racially inflammatory comments whenever a grievance movie needs promotion. This time, the ridiculous remarks were uttered during an overseas interview. The former undisputed queen of daytime talk, now undisputed queen of the Grievance Industry, explained to our transatlantic neighbors the motive behind Obama criticisms: Continue reading
A Walmart in Canton, Ohio, has set up a canned food drive so that its own employees can afford to pay for Thanksgiving dinner.
Need a hand-out? This picture, which shows a food drive set up for Walmart employees at an Ohio Walmart has sparked criticism for the retail giant
The fundraiser was revealed earlier this month when an employee snapped a picture of two plastic bins managers had set up in a break room at the store with a sign that reads, ‘Please donate food items here so Associates in Need and enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner.’
The image has become a lightning rod for criticism for the retail giant. Labor activists say it’s proof that Walmart doesn’t pay its employees nearly enough and that wages are so small that many can’t even afford the holiday meals that they work to sell. Continue reading
TODAY, we honor the nation’s 22 million veterans, including more than 2.5 million who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other fronts in the war against Al Qaeda. But we are turning our backs on hundreds of thousands of veterans who were discharged “under conditions other than honorable” and so do not qualify as veterans under federal law.
Their discharges, which include overly broad categories encompassing everything from administrative discharges for minor misconduct to dishonorable discharges following a court-martial, nevertheless make them ineligible for the health care, employment, housing and education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Because of the “bad paper” they carry in the form of their discharge certificates, many of these veterans struggle upon leaving the military. And when they falter, the burden for supporting them falls heavily on their local communities because federal agencies cannot, by law, help them. Continue reading
I recently took my two teenage sons to a talk by Frank Kravetz, a 90-year-old World War II veteran who survived Hitler’s Nuremberg prisons. Frank published his story in a memoir, Eleven Two: One WWII Airman’s Story of Capture, Survival and Freedom.
Frank’s ordeal began in November 1944 during a bomb-run over Germany. He took his regular position, crammed into the tail of a B-17. The target was Merseberg, a major industrial area. He flew amid an air armada of 500 heavy bombers—each carrying eighteen 250-pound bombs—escorted by 900 fighter planes.
While the Americans were ready for business, so was the Luftwaffe, which set aside every aircraft to defend Merseberg. Frank’s plane came under hot pursuit by German fighters. Frank took them on with a twin .50 caliber machine gun. It was a dogfight, and Frank was shot badly. His B-17 was filled with holes. The crew had to bail. Continue reading
Nona Willis-Aronowitz, 29 and Aaron Cassara, 32 got married in 2009 because Aaron needed health insurance. Four years later they might divorce because of Obamacare.
The Brooklyn couple, recently featured on a CBS News segment, would not qualify for subsidies under the Affordable Care Act because they make a combined income of more than $62,0000.Those costs include monthly premium and out-of-pocket costs for things like copays, deductibles and out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Together as only a family of two, Nona Willis-Aronowitz and Aaron Cassara make more than the $62,000 level to qualify for subsidies under Obamacare. But if they lived together, unmarried as individuals, they qualify for the subsidies and potentially could save hundreds of dollars a month. Now the couple is considering divorce. Continue reading
Delaware, Vice President Joe Biden’s home state, just spent $1 million per person to enroll four people in Obamacare. That’s a big f—ng deal.
More than a month after the launch of Delaware’s health insurance exchange, officials report only four Delawareans enrolled for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
As of Tuesday, Delaware’s marketplace guide organizations reported four enrollments, 31 enrollment applications completed and 218 accounts created for possible enrollment.
Four community organizations were hired to provide marketplace guides, using a $4 million federal grant. Continue reading
Everyone is jumping on the ‘making fun of Obamacare’ bandwagon. Last weekend the cast of SNL made fun of rollout train wreck and now the New Yorker is joining that group. This coming week’s cover (as seen below) is a drawing of Sebelius crossing her fingers and President Obama on the telephone, huddled around a computer with a tech trying to make it work.
This is quite amusing because the tech guy is trying to use a floppy disc to make improvements on the healthcare.gov website. As many people know, the use of floppy discs has basically become so outdated they are not in use anymore. Perhaps it is time to do more than hire outdated techs and just crossing your fingers to make things better. Continue reading
Millions of people are receiving notices that their health insurance policies are being discontinued, forcing them to pay more for Affordable Care Act coverage.
MIAMI Dean Griffin liked the health insurance he purchased for himself and his wife three years ago and thought he’d be able to keep the plan even after the federal Affordable Care Act took effect.
But the 64-year-old recently received a letter notifying him the plan was being canceled because it didn’t cover certain benefits required under the law. Continue reading
A new federal court ruling may legally doom ObamaCare before it ultimately collapses under its own unsustainable weight.
Things just went from awful to worse this week for ObamaCare, and the Obama Administration more generally.
Nearly a month into its disastrous debut, it’s clear that the ObamaCare website isn’t just “glitching,” it’s completely melting down. This is quickly becoming a watershed moment, a failure so obvious and deep that it could permanently stain Obama’s presidential legacy among historians long after he’s gone. Among the familiar litany of failures throughout his tenure, healthcare legislation was the one signature legislative act to which he could point.
And now it is disintegrating before his very eyes. Continue reading
Protesters marched Saturday in Washington, D.C., to protest government surveillance programs revealed this year by Edward Snowden on the 12th anniversary of the law that made them legal.
Carrying signs reading: ‘Stop Mass Spying,’ ‘Thank you, Edward Snowden’ and ‘Unplug Big Brother,’ people gathered at the foot of the Capitol to demonstrate against the online surveillance by the National Security Agency.
One protester also read a statement released by Mr Snowden prior to the rally.
Organizers estimated that more than 2,000 attended the demonstration, but Capitol Police said they do not typically provide estimates on the size of demonstrations.
The march made for unusual allies, with liberal privacy advocates walking alongside members of the conservative Tea Party movement – both sides oppose what they say is unlawful government spying on Americans. Continue reading
It was around 50 years ago when I first became aware of Bob Dylan. I was just as mystified by his lyrics and disregard for tradition and accepted musical standards as were the other thousands of people who would listen to a Dylan song and try to glean it’s meaning and Dylan’s intent for using the English language in such disjointed fashion, the more self perceived intellectuals actually imagining they had discovered some deeper meaning, some profound insight the rest of us mere mental mortals would never be able to grasp. Continue reading
The middle class is already disappearing
With wages falling and inequality increasing, new ideas are needed to prevent the emergence of a new underclass.
Imagine a future in which real wages for most workers decline year after year; a future in which middle-class jobs that disappeared in the Great Recession won’t be coming back; a future in which young Americans either squeeze into an increasingly wealthy elite or tumble to the bottom, with fewer and fewer in what we once called the middle class.
Actually, that’s a description of the present. The future looks even bleaker, according to libertarian economist Tyler Cowen.
For his new book, “Average Is Over,” Cowen projected current trends out over the next 20 years. His conclusion?
“Our future will bring more wealthy people than ever before, but also more poor people,” he writes. “Rather than balancing our budget with higher taxes or lower benefits, we will allow the real wages of many workers to fall — and thus we will allow the creation of a new underclass.” Continue reading
Never mind nickel-and-diming… the city of New Pork is now stooping to nickel-and-pennying.
This week, The Post reported how the city’s taxi drivers are now being charged a new tax of 6 cents — i.e., a nickel and a penny — per ride. The hidden add-on is supposed to go toward programs that help cabbies figure out ObamaCare (good luck with that one) and for disability insurance “over and above” what medallion owners must already provide.
Six cents a ride may not sound like much. But for drivers who handle more than 100 fares a week (many get more), it adds up to a new $300-plus annual tax. Continue reading