July 2, 2013

Obama Administration Repeals Employer Mandate …

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:47 pm

for a year:

Looks like someone finally read the bill.

The Obama administration is postponing the ‘employer mandate’ – which would levy financial penalties on businesses with more than 50 employees that fail to provide health insurance that meet the minimum standards and “affordability” — until 2015. The move delays implementation of at least one component of the unpopular law until after the next mid-term elections. A coincidence, no doubt.

Individuals? You’re still on the hook.

What rubbish.

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UPDATE: Great questions, no good answers

In any event, the decision prompts several questions. Among them:
1 – Can the administration unilaterally decide when and how a law is implemented? If so, can Congress decide when and how to fund it?
2 – Why is the employer mandate delayed but not the individual mandate?
3 – Why is it that the populist Obama administration acts on complaints from large companies but fights all the way to the Supreme Court to levy fines on individuals?

Elmwood Place’s speed-camera abuse should probably end its independence

Filed under: Ohio Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:59 am

This column went up with minor revisions at Watchdog.org earlier this morning.

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By turning itself into a giant and then defiant speed trap, tiny Elmwood Place, Ohio has accelerated its seemingly inevitable trip into bankruptcy — or annexation, if its residents are lucky.

It’s not difficult to sympathize with the sense of financial desperation accompanied by a possibly valid concern for safety which led the village to install speed cameras at six intersections.

Elmwood Place has no manufacturing base. A United Dairy Farmers convenience store is probably its largest retail establishment. Until the speed camera idea came along, its general fund revenue was in the middle of shrinking by 9 percent over two years to barely $900,000. Any attempt to further tax its hard-pressed, mostly lower middle-income residents would surely cause its population, which shrank by nearly 18 percent during the previous decade to fewer than 2,200 people and only 900 households, to decline even further.

As to safety concerns, a pedestrian was killed in early 2012 on Vine Street, the village’s main thoroughfare, by a speeding driver who “struck (the victim) so hard, he was knocked out of his shoes.” But, as far as I could determine, that appears to have been the first such fatal incident in very many years (the most recent previous pedestrian fatality I could find was in 2005, and was tied to a personal dispute between the driver and victim).

That said, hundreds of non-resident drivers speed through Elmwood Place on a daily basis, secure in the knowledge that its undermanned, entirely part-time police force (except for the police chief) will more than likely not hold them accountable.

Setting aside the largely persuasive arguments against the idea, the village’s speed-camera implementation was disastrously clumsy, heavy-handed, greedy, and ultimately defiant.
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NewsBusted (070213)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:30 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– July 4th Holiday
– Obama Administration
– IRS Probe
– NSA Surveillance
– Google
– Housecat for Mayor
– Lost City
– Black Senator Switches Parties
– NBA to Push Obamacare

Best Line: “Two scientists claim to have confirmed the existence of a lost city at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Because it’s in ruins, scientists assume that the city was run by a Democrat mayor.”

The Signs Just Keep on Coming (Updates: Geller on Hannity, More Signs)

Filed under: Activism,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:20 am

ObamaSupportsMorsi

(HT Atlas Shrugs – Pamela Geller)

Quotes Morsi has never renounced:

  • Times of Israel, January 18 — “New clips show Morsi in 2010 calling Obama a liar, urging Jew-hatred”
  • Times of Israel, January 4 — “Egypt’s Morsi, in 2010 interviews posted online, called Zionists ‘bloodsuckers’ and descendants of pigs”

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UPDATE: Pamela Geller was on Hannity’s show last night, and demanded an apology for the other guest’s essentially accusing her of murder for a putting up a poster in New York City (!) on a previous show elsewhere. It’s in the last minute or so —

Hannity also pointed out in the beginning of the video that Morsi “is a 9/11 truther.”

And Barack Obama is providing him aid and comfort.

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UPDATE 2: More pics, via Doug Ross — “15 Photos From the Tahrir Square Protests You’ll Never See In Legacy Media.”

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (070213)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:10 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Hobby Lobby gets temporary reprieve from mandate fines

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Jul 1, 2013 / 05:57 pm

A district court has ruled that the national craft chain Hobby Lobby may move forward with its lawsuit against the federal contraception mandate without being penalized for violating the regulation.

“Hobby Lobby and the Green family faced the terrible choice of violating their faith or paying massive fines starting this Monday morning,” said Kyle Duncan, general counsel with the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents Hobby Lobby, in a June 28 press release.

“We are delighted that both the 10th Circuit and the district court have spared them from this unjust burden on their religious freedom.”

On June 28, the Federal District Court of Western Oklahoma ruled that Hobby Lobby will receive a temporary injunction to protect it from compliance with the federal contraception mandate and the penalties that accompany it.
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