TOPLINE: Stuff You Need to Know for Tuesday, August 5, 2014



Murderers, Rapists, Gang Members Among Immigrant ‘Children’

The children streaming across our border are refugees fleeing violence in their home countries, Democrats say. That isn’t true. The primary reason they came to the U.S. was because they think they’ll be allowed to stay, said 219 of 230 illegal immigrant children and adult family members interviewed by the Border Patrol in May, according to a report by the El Paso Intelligence Center. …Murder rates may be declining in Central America in part because some of the killers are coming here. About 25 percent of illegals apprehended in Texas, 20 percent in Arizona have criminal records in their home countries, local authorities say. Some of the “children” sport tattoos indicating membership in MS-13, the vicious Salvadoran street gang.

A grim picture of what the Obama administration’s doing with immigration.


Report: Doctors Struggling With Low Obamacare Reimbursements

Obamacare is low-balling private doctors caring for the newly insured, paying close to Medicare rates – and forcing some physicians to stop accepting certain Affordable Care Act-covered patients at all, a joint report by Kaiser Health News and National Public Radio says. “I cannot accept a plan [in which] potentially commercial-type reimbursement rates were now going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates,” Hartford, Conn., Dr. Doug Gerard tells NPR.  “You have to maintain a certain mix in private practice between the low reimbursers and the high reimbursers to be able to keep the lights on.” For example, NPR reports, Gerard could get $100 or more from a private insurer after a patient’s quick visit and some tests. For the same visit, Medicare pays about $80.

Obamacare just keeps getting worse and worse.


Why Corporations Shouldn’t Pay Any Taxes — Zero, Zilch, Nada

“It ain’t right,” says President Barack Obama. American companies who dodge the taxman by merging with overseas rivals are “renouncing their U.S. citizenship” and should be brandedcorporate deserters,” he says. And in name of “economic patriotism,” Obama wants Congress to quickly close the corporate “inversion” loophole so these Benedict Arnold multinationals keep paying their fair share to Uncle Sam. …  for many U.S. multinationals, there is little incentive to stay officially based in America and remain subject to a complex, confiscatory tax code. It’s not just that the U.S. has the highest statutory corporate tax rate — it’s 40 percent including federal and state levies —among advanced economies. Even once myriad tax breaks are factored in, the effective U.S. corporate tax rate is still tops. There’s no mystery as to why companies are going through all this trouble to escape the Treasury Department.

Now this is a conversation worth having!  Read the whole thing here.–zero-zilch-nada


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