Wisconsin Supreme Court Recount is Complete

23 May 2011

Prosser wins recount in Wisconsin Supreme Court race

Final recount numbers submitted to the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board show Prosser with 7,006 more votes than Kloppenburg.

The opportunity for a lawsuit still remains until August 1.


Obama Working on Gun Control “Under the Radar”

20 May 2011

Obama: “I’m working on gun control under the radar”

While the Obama administration said it is committed to gun rights, a gun control advocate has spilled the beans, saying Obama is using stealth to work on firearms restrictions.

The couple reportedly were meeting with press secretary, Jay Carney, when, according to Sarah Brady, the President came in. She said the President told her he wanted to talk about gun control and “fill us in that it was very much on his agenda.”

She went on to say Obama told her, “I just want you to know that we are working on it. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”

This is not surprising. Keep an eye out. Is there any other recourse than the courts or elections?

State of Maine is Waived from Helath Care Law

17 May 2011

Maine gets first state waiver from healthcare law provision

Maine health insurers are getting a temporary waiver from the health reform law’s requirement that they spend at least 80 percent of premiums on care, federal regulators decided Tuesday.

Maine is the first state to get a waiver. Three other states — New Hampshire, Nevada and Kentucky — have pending waiver applications.

The law requires plans in the individual market to meet an 80 percent medical loss ratio threshold or offer rebates to enrollees for the difference. The Maine Bureau of Insurance in December asked to retain its existing 65 percent ratio, arguing that a higher ratio would disrupt its market.

This was from back in March 2011. Again – if it will disrupt the market today, it will disrupt the market down the road when the waiver expires. Is anybody looking at this?

Health Care Waivers Increase by over 200

17 May 2011

HHS approves 200 more new healthcare reform waivers

The Obama administration approved 204 new waivers to Democrats’ healthcare reform law over the past month, bringing the total to 1,372.

The waivers are temporary and only apply to one provision of the law, which requires health plans to offer at least $750,000 worth of annual medical benefits before leaving patients to fend for themselves.

Administration officials say the law allows the Health and Human Services Department to grant the waivers to avoid disrupting the insurance market before the law overhauls the insurance system in 2014.

Can we be real here? If this is really good legislation, this would not be necessary. Companies have stated that they would have trouble remaining in business if they had to follow the legislation.

What’s going to happen in 2014? If it’s bad for companies now, what will make it better in 2014? Nothing. Except President Obama will not be running for re-election.

Time is ticking on this bomb.

United States Reaches Debt Limit

17 May 2011

As Debt Limit Reached, Agreement Still Far Off

The U.S. government is expected to hit the $14.294 trillion debt ceiling Monday, setting in motion an uncertain, 11-week political scramble to avoid a default.

The Treasury Department said Monday it will stop issuing and reinvesting government securities in certain government pension plans, part of a series of steps designed to delay a default until Aug. 2.

The U.S. government has hit the debt ceiling before, most notably in 1995 and 1996 when the Clinton administration and House Republicans squared off over government spending. Eventually, though, lawmakers reached deals and the country hasn’t defaulted on its debt in modern history.

Try not to fall for all of the media spin and end of the world theories. Find the facts and react as you see fit.

Beware of cutting deals that involve increasing the debt limit and cutting spending. Reagan made a deal with Congress to cut spending, and they never held up their end of the bargain.

The Stimulus Plan: Failure on Private Sector Employment

17 May 2011

A Verdict on Obama’s “Stimulus” Plan

REPORT: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act: Public Sector Jobs Saved, Private Sector Jobs Forestalled

We estimate the Act created/saved 450 thousand government-sector jobs and destroyed/forestalled one million private sector jobs. State and local government jobs were saved because ARRA funds were largely used to off set state revenue shortfalls and Medicaid increases (Fig. A) rather than boost private sector employment (e.g. Fig. B). The majority of destroyed/forestalled jobs were in growth industries including health, education, professional and business services.

And note that many of these government jobs are unionized, which union organizations automatically deduct money from paychecks.

Government jobs saved. Private jobs destroyed. This is what occurred from the money that was spent.

Indiana: Court Allows Unwarranted Entry by Police

17 May 2011

Court: No right to resist illegal cop entry into home

In a 3-2 decision, Justice Steven David writing for the court said if a police officer wants to enter a home for any reason or no reason at all, a homeowner cannot do anything to block the officer’s entry.

Professor Ivan Bodensteiner, of Valparaiso University School of Law, said the court’s decision is consistent with the idea of preventing violence.

Justice Robert Rucker, a Gary native, and Justice Brent Dickson, a Hobart native, dissented from the ruling, saying the court’s decision runs afoul of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“In my view the majority sweeps with far too broad a brush by essentially telling Indiana citizens that government agents may now enter their homes illegally — that is, without the necessity of a warrant, consent or exigent circumstances,” Rucker said. “I disagree.”

So the motivation for this ruling is preventing violence. I don’t remember that as one of the main tenets of the Constitution. Next, they will make rulings contrary to the Second Amendment because it prevents violence.

This is bad for Indiana. Hopefully appeals will be made.