…and a flag and a bunch of bikers make a leftist school administrator look like a dumb shit.
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Let us briefly review the rapidly growing rolls of companies, unions, and states bursting out of the Obamacare escape hatch.
In early September, I noted the push by Obamacare promoter and Democrat Rep. Ron Wyden for a special state waiver from the very federal mandate he advocated for everyone else.
A few weeks later, McDonald’s finagled its own Obamacare waiver after warning federal regulators that it could be forced to drop its affordable health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 restaurant workers unless it got a pass.
In early October, the Obama administration announced it had granted waivers not only to McDonald’s, but also to several other firms and labor unions.
Now comes word that Torquemada HHS Secretay Kathleen Sebelius has approved a whopping 111 waivers for businesses of all sizes, along with more unions and other providers of health insurance. The escapees include employers of many low-wage and part-time workers whose health insurance plans would otherwise be dropped, including Darden Restaurants — the parent company of the Olive Garden and Red Lobster and other chains, which employ some 34,000 people.
It’s not that fewer Americans are searching for work. There are, to put it simply, less of us who want to work and to produce, and even among those of us who still want to work and produce, many of us are choosing to work fewer hours and to produce less.
And the reason for this is simple: because of the generous federal entitlements provided in the new “Obamacare” law.
According to none other than the Congressional Budget Office, many of us have decided we no longer will have to work as much as we once did, given all the “assistance” we can get via Obamacare.
This is not just political “spin” or partisan punditry. It comes directly from Douglas Elmendorf, the Director of the non-partisan C.B.O., a federal agency within the legislative branch of our government that employs people to analyze government policies, and consider their impact on the federal budget, and on the economy. The C.B.O. likely produces some of the most objective, “fair,” and non-politicized data that we receive from our government.
“The history of the world is oppression, tyranny, and control, and the United States is the exception because of our founding documents.”
— Rush Limbaugh
…a particular class, largely coastal, professional, and liberal, believes utopia is nearly here, if we just impose more regulation, higher taxes on businesses, and more environmental legislation. They have not a clue how others pump oil or gas, grow food, and produce lumber, only that they like driving, like eating, and like nice houses, but are not particularly interested in the grubby Neanderthals who allow that to happen.
So in times of near depression voters insist on stringent global warming/carbon emission laws, and keep adding regulations that hamper rather than encourage wealth creation. (Note: the more regulations we impose, the more they are ignored and the more lawless we become. Here in rural California, it is now common to see instant restaurants on the roadside: no septic systems, food preparation trailers plopped down with canopies, picnic tables, and plastic chairs, without the scrutiny that struggling restaurants put up with. Ditto instant hardware stores out on rural intersections where everything from new rakes to gas rototillers are peddled: no sales taxes, no questions, just a quick sale and on to the next location).
Reader comments to above story…
“Why is California different from the the Titanic?
Passengers on the Titanic did not vote in favor of hitting the iceberg.”
“I say we should give California to the Israelis. The Israeli/Middle East problem would be instantly solved. Is there anyone who doesn’t think the Jews could clean up California, deal with the illegal immigrant problems, innovate and create and bring reason and commonsense and jobs and wealth back to California?”
“Give California to the Palestinians. Solves the Palistine problem, and I’m sure the Hollywood/Academia types would be more than glad to be on board with a cause they readily support. Call it….Calistine.”
“It’s hard for a mid-western person to have much sympathy for California. It’s like someone who received a big inheritance and blew it.”
In the Indian wars of the 1870s, Sioux tribesmen used a tactic against the United States Cavalry known as a “brave run” or a “dare ride.” An Indian warrior would gallop close to the American soldiers, drawing their fire. The purpose was partly practical — to get the soldiers to waste their ammunition — and partly psychological — to taunt. The Sioux sometimes showed their contempt for their enemies by appearing naked or nearly so, displaying their genitals and buttocks. Then the Indians would close in. “Soldiers always tried to keep an enemy at bay, to kill him at a distance,” Thomas Powers writes in “The Killing of Crazy Horse,” his richly textured account of clashing civilizations on the Great Plains during the late 19th century. “The instinct of Sioux fighters was for exactly the opposite: to charge in and touch the enemy with a quirt, bow or naked hand while he was still alive. There is no terror in battle to equal physical contact — shouting, hot breath, the grip of a hand from a man close enough to smell.” The whites were repulsed by the smell of Indians — “an odor resembling a mixture of smoked beef, muskrat and polecat,” according to a correspondent for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly quoted by Powers; “a pungent, musty odor something like that of combined smoke and grease,” Lt. William Philo Clark, a cavalry officer, wrote. For the Sioux “who wanted nothing to do with whites, visceral differences like smell were only the beginning,” Powers writes. The Indians particularly resented white treatment of Indian women. “Many whites beat or abused Indian women, exploited them sexually after capture in battle, and sometimes bought them for cheap trinkets and liquor and later cast them aside.”
On my first flight to Europe, everyone dressed for success. Now everyone dresses for Gold’s Gym. And I’m sure the next step in TOTAL SECURITY will be to require everyone who is not of Arab descent to arrive with a note from their doctor attesting that they had a high colonic an hour before the airport to make the body cavity searches a bit more pleasant for the staff. Then there’s the added coach thrill of a blood clot developing in the legs that stops your heart at 50,000 feet. Plus… no peanuts! After all, think of the allergic children! Add to that the new innovation, no pillows! I don’t see why the airlines don’t simply install hooks and, working in concert with government’s laughable security cops, require everyone to hang from said hooks naked. It will come to that. You know it will.
“The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!”
— Eleanor Roosevelt, 1945