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Poll: Which Senate seats will switch parties in 2014?

December 31, 2013

Republicans need to pick up 6 to gain control of the Senate. The latest polls are here.

Which Senate seats will switch parties in 2014?

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Chart of the year

December 31, 2013

The people who put Obama in office are SO screwed!

Editing the wikilaw

December 27, 2013

Government by whim: No one can safely plan in this environment. Jay Carney’s declarations have a shelf life of hours, not weeks, but the more lasting damage inheres in the idea that the law can be dictated by the White House. The changes are not matters of implementation but structural elements going to the...

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“Merry Christmas” from a VERY unlikely source

December 24, 2013

A Republican president could simply waive taxes he doesn’t like!

December 21, 2013

Just like Obama is doing: Given that individual mandate was upheld as a tax, are there other examples of a president waiving taxes for certain groups? Goodbye Death Tax. President Rand Paul could simply waive it for everyone making less than $1 trillion a year. And how about waiving taxes over 25% of their...

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My word of the year

December 20, 2013


Obama has turned [Obamacare] into a constantly evolving wikilaw, with editing privileges restricted to himself and a few administration officials.

Obamacare will cost YOU another $7,500 per year

December 15, 2013

Using Obama’s own math: First, Obama promised on numerous occasions that the average family of four will save $2,500 a year in premiums. Where did that number come from? Three Harvard economists wrote a memo in 2007 in which they claimed that then-Senator Obama’s health-care plan would reduce national health-care spending by $200 billion....

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You get what you pay for

December 15, 2013

Why that Mandela funeral sign language interpreter didn’t know what he was doing: Mr. Jantjie was paid a grand total of $85 for his simultaneous translation of the speeches of the U.N. secretary-general, six presidents, the head of the African Union, and a dozen other dignitaries. Ms. Bogopane-Zulu notes that the going rate for...

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Jang Song Thaek, the Von Stauffenberg of North Korea

December 13, 2013

Looks like Kim Jong Un’s executed uncle/deputy was trying to stage a coup and reform the country. From the write-up from KCNA, North Korea’s “news” agency: As regards the means and methods for staging the coup, Jang said: “I was going to stage the coup by using army officers who had close ties with...

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UNinsured people hate Obamacare!

December 13, 2013

NBC/WSJ: Obamacare has lost the uninsured. A Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released this week asked uninsured individuals whether or not they thought the law was a good idea. Just 24 percent said they thought it was. In contrast, half the uninsured polled said they thought it was a bad idea. As the Journal...

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How much is Obamacare costing YOU?

November 26, 2013

It’s costing me a fortune.

First, there’s the extra $3,000 per year I’ll have to pay for my mom’s insurance.

Then there’s the havoc Obamacare is wreaking on my insurance.

I have very good insurance from my employer. Until last year, I didn’t have to pay a single cent in deductibles or co-pays. I could see any doctor I wanted, and get any prescription drugs they prescribed.

But Obamacare imposes a 40% tax on the value by which such “cadillac” insurance plans exceed $10,200. This is done to discourage such plans, thus bringing down health costs overall. The intention is that, if you really like your insurance, Obamacare is going to make damn sure you don’t get to keep it.

To prepare for this tax to hit in 2018, formerly-generous employers like mine have started introducing co-pays and deductibles where there weren’t any before. I now have a $1,500 deductible and co-pays of 10% after that, until a total out-of-pocket maximum of $2,500 per year.

So Obamacare costs me personally an extra $5,500 a year – $3,000 more for my mom’s insurance and $2,500 for mine.

How much will it cost you?

Eeyore again

November 23, 2013

Thanks to Obamacare woes, if the elections were held today, Democrats would suffer large losses. But the elections aren’t being held today. There’s plenty of time, between now and the actual elections, for voters to forget what’s going on now, and for Democrats to demonize the eeevil insurance companies.

As a reminder, here’s Charles Krauthammer at the end of September 2011, predicting a landslide defeat for Obama.

Will Obamacare’s woes hurt the Democrats?

November 3, 2013

After all, about 5 percent of the country will find itself in the same boat as my mom… Surely, they must be mad enough to come out and vote against Democrats… The sad fact is that’s simply not true. As I’ve been saying for a couple of years now, American politics has turned into...

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Syria’s massive refugee crisis

October 25, 2013

Conversation with my mom

October 24, 2013

Here in Washington state, the state-run Obamacare health insurance exchange will actually allow you to sign up for an insurance plan. But that doesn’t change the fundamental problems with Obamacare, including a one-size-fits-all approach to insurance.

So I had to have the following conversation with my mom:

Me: Mom, you know how you pay $319 a month for your health insurance? With a $10,000 deductible?
Mom: Yeah…
Me: Well, starting January 1st, you won’t be able to do that anymore. Your plan is going away. The closest plan to that is a “Bronze” plan, with a $557 premium per month, and a $6,350 deductible. So your premiums are going up by about $250 per month.
Mom: But why? I don’t buy my insurance from the government! I buy it from a private company! How can Obama tell me what I can buy??

Indeed. I told her to ask her friends, who’d been touting Obama in 2012.