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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 Monday, April 20

HEALTHCARE: Group Takes On Insurance Companies Over Obamacare “Justin Danhof, general counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, challenged the president of Humana Thursday for his support of Obamacare during a shareholder’s meeting. Danhof took aim at Bruce D. Broussard, president of the insurance giant Humana, over his support of Obamacare, particularly in light of ongoing legal challenges. Broussard defended his position arguing healthcare is a right and therefore must be respected, an answer Danhof disputed. “I think at Humana, we have one fundamental belief and that is that individuals have the right to receive health ...

News Briefing for April 18

HEALTHCARE: Under Obamacare, Competition Is Costly For Consumers “Normally, market competition is good for consumers. More competition generally means competitors are battling each other to lower their prices and/or raise the quality of their goods. But when it comes to Obamacare, the market is working backwards, at least for people receiving health insurance subsidies through the exchanges. The more competitive the marketplace, often the more people have to pay for insurance. How did this happen? The Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, created a series of exchanges where people can shop for health insurance if they don’t already receive it from ...

News Briefing for Friday, April 17

HEALTHCARE: 27.49% of Everyone's Tax Bill Is Spent on Health Care Share of Each Taxpayer Dollar Spent on Health Care Up 22 Percent Since 2012. “Every year since 2011, the White House has used tax time to post a "Federal Taxpayer Receipt" showing taxpayers how their federal tax dollars are being spent. President Obama introduced the concept in his 2011 State of the Union address, and Wednesday the White House posted the fifth installment so taxpayers can see how "tax dollars are being spent on priorities like education, veterans benefits, and health care."  While users can punch in their own tax liability and see dollar amounts assigned to each ...

News Briefing for Thursday, April 16

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Marco Rubio and the Three-Strikes Theory of Politics “…In the past year or so, Rubio has been trying to regain the trust of his party’s hard-liners, saying that nobody has an automatic right to immigrate to the United States and stressing that improving border security should be the first priority. He’s had some success in this enterprise. “I think that Sen. Rubio has done something that most politicians don’t do,” Jenny Beth Martin, the president and co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots group, told Politico. “He evaluated what went wrong … [and] is working to make sure he doesn’t make the same mistakes ...

News Briefing for Wednesday, April 15

TEA PARTY PATRIOTS: Marco Rubio jumps into 2016 presidential race “…Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, hailed Rubio's announcement. "Marco Rubio's candidacy and the 2016 election are about the future, not the past," Martin said. "He knows firsthand that prosperity comes not from a government program but from free markets and the hard work done by millions of individuals and small business that still believe in the promise of the American Dream."…” http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2015/04/13/rubio-tells-donors-he-is-running-for-white-house/25707281/   Rubio vows to lead new 'American ...