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Survival, The “New Normal” of Obamacare

“Basically, I’m helping support three families right now – mine, my daughter and my youngest son,” shared Norma, a Tennessee mom who has seen just how destructive bad policies like Obamacare can be. It’s difficult to watch anyone undergo hardships, but when it’s your own family, the heartache is even more painful. Norma’s three grown children, all who work and have kids, have been adversely affected by the new healthcare law. “They are trying to be the best they can,” said Norma. But, in a system where opportunity is impeded by rules, regulations and high costs, any type of economic advancement seems out of reach. One of her ...

Shocking update: America has enormous energy resources

In the last few years, almost every American has heard of “lithium.” However, who knew it was this important? From an article in 2009: Lithium-ion batteries are everywhere — in your phone, laptop, and by this time next year, maybe your car. The technology is slated for GM’s Chevy Volt, Toyota’s plug-in Prius, and electric versions of the Daimler Smart and BMW Mini. Until recently, lithium went primarily into ceramics and glass. Now batteries make up one-fifth of the world’s end-use market for the mineral… As expected, we imported a lot of it: Higher lithium prices could also give the nascent U.S. battery industry a steeper climb to ...

”New-Normal” economy bar set incredibly low

This morning, new jobs numbers came out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). They are middling at best. Some highlights: • The country added 236,000 jobs – above estimates, and good news indeed. • The unemployment rate dropped to 7.7% from 7.9%, also good news in certain respects. • The construction industry added 48,000 jobs, which observers seem to agree is a solid number. • CNN, though, notes 130,000 people dropped out of the work force, which explains part of the unemployment rate drop, “and long-term unemployment remains a problem.” • The report revises December’s jobs numbers up by 23,000, but January’s down by ...

Norm Dicks calls it quits

There has been a rash of articles lately about possible favoritism by Washington D.C. lawmakers for earmarking millions of dollars for agencies run by family members. One man that has drawn fire is Norm Dicks, 71, (WA. D.) Journalists and the Dicks family have parried back and forth in The Washington Post, The Bellingham Herald, Citizen Review Online, The Seattle Times, and others. Some are critical of the veteran politician from the Puget Sound but most defend him. The fact is Norm is a very experienced politician and he knows how to pull strings and make things happen. He has been doing it since 1976. His concern for a clean Puget Sound is ...

Why run against Norm Dicks

Why run against Norm Dicks - or suggest doing so? By Larry Killion, Tea Party Patriot Citizen Journalist Over the past several years many voters have become more and more concerned about the direction America is going. It is encouraging to see in movements like the Tea Party that people are getting stirred up and getting involved. If only more would have heard the Dicks Cloud Debate in Sequim back before the last election. Many there believed Doug won the debate but  he lost the election. That is no surprise to most folks when we consider the zombie like fashion in which most of the drones of the Evergreen State go to the polls after drinking in ...

News Briefing for Thursday, May 28

HEALTHCARE: Overhead costs exploding under ObamaCare, study finds “Five years after the passage of ObamaCare, there is one expense that’s still causing sticker shock across the healthcare industry: overhead costs. The administrative costs for healthcare plans are expected to explode by more than a quarter of a trillion dollars over the next decade, according to a new study published by the Health Affairs blog. The $270 billion in new costs, for both private insurance companies and government programs, will be “over and above what would have been expected had the law not been enacted,” one of the authors, David Himmelstein, wrote Wednesday. ...

Final Push to Protect the 4th Amendment

Now that everyone is back to their normal routines after the long Memorial Day weekend, I wanted to give you a recap of what happened last week and over the weekend in regards to the Patriot Act. Many of you were likely traveling or spending time with loved ones to remember those who served and paid the ultimate price protecting our freedoms. We recognize that generations of Americans have been so selfless that they have given their lives to ensure our liberty. I happened to be in Washington, DC, last Wednesday when Senator Rand Paul (KY) began his filibuster of the Patriot Act. I had some free time, so I decided to visit the Senate gallery to ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, May 27

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: GOP Praises Court Halting Amnesty: 'Impatient Presidents Don't Get to Change the Law'  “…Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, declared, "on to the Supreme Court." "The U.S. Constitution vests the Congress with authority over immigration and naturalization. And as U.S. District Judge Hanen pointed out, President Obama simply treated Congress — and Article 2 — as if they didn’t exist.  "We are a Constitutional Republic, not a banana republic," Martin added. "Our Constitution, with its three co-equal branches, is the roadmap for the governing process. "As much as this would-be imperial president ...

News Briefing for Monday, May 25

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Far left, far right unite on some issues in Congress “…Just last week, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Tea Party Patriots joined forces in a media blitz aimed at forcing Congress to reject a reauthorization of the NSA bulk data collection program. On Wednesday, Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul went to the Senate floor to rail against the NSA in a filibuster-style speech. Sen. Martin Heinrich, a New Mexico Democrat, joined him with a speech of his own. “Given the overwhelming evidence that the current bulk collection program is not only unnecessary but also illegal, we’ve reached a critical turning ...

News Briefing for Friday, May 22

HEALTHCARE: Costs trouble Obamacare enrollees “More than one-third of Obamacare enrollees aren't happy with the extra out-of-pocket costs they must still pay for healthcare. Thirty-seven percent of respondents to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released Thursday said they're "somewhat" or "very" dissatisfied with their plan's deductible — a set sum consumers must pay for some doctors visits or treatments before their insurer steps in. Those on plans that meet the new requirements under the Affordable Care Act were more likely to report problems with costs — like being unable to pay their medical bills or skipping doctors visits because of cost ...