News and Commentary for August 22

Information you can use for Thursday, August 22:

New York, California, Illinois Hemorrhage Tax Dollars

Common sense is not something the “Tax and Spend” Left has very much of. “One of the trends driving blue boosters to despair is that the most extensive government programs require taxes hikes which tend to cause businesses to flee, eventually taking residents and their tax dollars with them. This erosion of the tax base forces states to hike taxes further to keep the system running which only accelerates the process.”

Enemies, A Horror Story: Syria, Obama, and Iran

“Obama, despite his huffing and puffing, never acted, but now he is being presented with mass carnage not seen since Saddam Hussein gassed the Kurds in 1988. Will he do anything? Or will he leave it to the United Nations to “investigate” as he usually does?” Simple answer. Only if co-president Valerie Jarrett gives him the go ahead…

EXCLUSIVE: Feds are Building a Detective Squad to Target Consumers and Companies That Don’t Follow Obamacare’s Rules

Chaos. How will they decide who’s breaking the law if no one really knows what’s in the law? “More than 1,600 new employees hired by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in the aftermath of Obamacare’s passage include just two described as ‘consumer safety’ officers, but 86 tasked with ‘criminal investigating’ – indicating that the agency is building an army of detectives to sleuth out violations of a law that many in Congress who supported it still find confusing.

ObamaCare Delivers Bad News To UPS Workers

Similar article linked yesterday, but this is important stuff. “This is just the beginning. While almost no large companies excluded spouses from coverage three years ago, 6% did last year, according to Mercer. And many others are making such coverage exorbitantly costly in the hope that spouses will drop it on their own.”

Moving American Government Back to America

If we don’t stop the government bullies, we can expect continued and overwhelming oppression. “This destruction of federalism – that balance of federal and state power which was the salient issue at our Constitutional Convention – has destroyed the principle tool which citizens have to prevent government in America from becoming oppressive, unresponsive, and bullying.”

Suicide Pact

How to destroy a state’s economy in five easy steps (folks from California can tell you all about it): “There was a time — and it really wasn’t that long ago — when if you were a financial firm, you had to have an office in Lower Manhattan, when film studios had to have offices in Los Angeles, and high-tech firms really needed to be in Silicon Valley. If Travis Brown’s big data set shows us anything it is that those days are done. You can build very fine automobiles in the United States, but if you aren’t already in Detroit, you’d be a fool to set up shop there. For the feckless governors of high-tax, big-government states with Governor Perry and Governor Scott breathing down their necks, the only question is which Rick they’re going to get rolled by.”

America the Trivial

If you aren’t weeping yet, you will be after reading this. “The Kardashians and Anthony Weiner are deemed more worthy of attention than what affects the security and prosperity of our nation.”

The Democrats’ Anti-Gun Manual Exposed

Leftists are experts at manipulating our emotions. “A shocking new report reveals a deliberate plan by Democrats to exploit incidents of gun violence to their advantage.  As Rahm Emanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”  In other words, forget the facts of cases, the circumstances surrounding them, or even the victims themselves; just take advantage of circumstances and current events to push your agenda.  Or, as the manual puts it: “The most powerful time to communicate is when concern and emotions are running at their peak.””

Nevada AFL-CIO Not at All Happy with the White House and ObamaCare

You’ll get no sympathy from us. “Unions have been relentlessly lobbying the Obama administration to get them to preserve the current Taft-Hartley arrangement under which union members in certain industries can receive health care plans via the joint administration of participating unions and companies, but the administration is so far sticking to their guns on classifying the plans as equivalent to other employer-based plans that are not eligible for the much-vaunted subsidies. The unions are obviously not pleased.”

Economic Canaries – and Obamacare is the Cat

Our economy appears to be standing at a precipice. “Just as the Washington Establishment is trumpeting the economy’s revival, an alarming other story is gaining traction.”

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