I love postage-paid reply envelopes

April 5, 2014
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The “doc fix” is a recurring budget gimmick. Every year, the budget contains an assumption that Medicare will severely cut payments to doctors. Congress passes that budget to make the overall numbers look good, then later they always sneak back and undo the cuts to doctors.

This year, Speaker Boehner teamed up with Democrats to pass the budget-busting “doc fix” over the objections of fiscal conservatives in his own party who wanted to pay for it with offsetting budget cuts elsewhere.

Here’s what Club for Growth said about Boehner’s tactics on this vote:

Dear W.C.,

The act of publicly voting in Congress is fundamental to our nation.  It is fundamental to Democracy.

It is only through transparency that there can be accountability.  And a true democracy cannot exist without both of these. 

Which is why it was so outrageous – and frankly even a little hard for even us to believe – that House GOP leadership was able to pass a Medicare Spending Bill, otherwise known as the “Doc Fix”…WITHOUT A ROLL CALL VOTE! 

Last week, Speaker Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy gaveled through a bill that increased spending on Medicare reimbursements without it being offset by spending cuts elsewhere – something conservatives were demanding.  And again I repeat, they passed the bill WITHOUT A ROLL CALL VOTE.

Not only was the bill bad economic policy – but it violated the trust that the Republican conference is supposed to have with the Republican leadership. Sneaking a bill past your own colleagues is downright unconscionable.

So how did fiscal conservatives react?

“Bulls**t,” said Congressman Mick Mulvaney (SC-05).

Congressman Tom Massie (KY-04) described how the mind boggling deceit unfolded before his own eyes to the Washington, D.C. paperRoll Call:

“I was there on the floor of the House and I did observe it, but I didn’t believe that was happening,” he said in an interview. “I couldn’t grasp, I couldn’t bring myself to believe two things: One, that more than 400 members would be misled into thinking there’s no vote and then for the vote to occur. The other thing I was trying to resolve is that there were clearly Democrats on the floor and they were publicly opposed to the [sustainable growth rate] … also that the Democrats were in on this.“As I was trying to resolve all this, the gavel went down, the vote was done,” he said.Massie added that GOP staff was on the floor and celebrated as the vote was called.“The staff were giddy, almost like they shot off a firework and ran and got away with it,” he said. “It made me feel sick.”


I wish I could say that I was surprised that the GOP leadership stafferswere actually celebrating the fact that they misled their fellow Republicans.  But sadly, I am not.

This is just another addition to an increasingly growing list of times the House GOP leadership has betrayed not only their colleagues – but their constituents who elected them because of their claimed conservative values.

Another recent example is when House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went around Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling in order to pass a bill to increase taxpayer-backed subsidies for flood insurance.

And who did Cantor negotiate with instead of Hensarling? 

Liberal California Democrat Maxine Waters – lifetime Club forGrowth score: 10% (Hensarling has a lifetime 96%). 

The result?

More government, more spending, and more taxpayer exposure for beach-front properties!

House GOP leaders have also stymied Chairman Hensarling’s bill to reform the government’s role in the housing market and eliminate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac - a position the Club for Growth and almost every fiscal conservative supports. 

Coming up next in Congress will be debates over extending unemployment benefits and the so-called “tax extenders” — market-distorting provisions in the tax code like credits for NASCAR drivers and horse racing.   They are basically tax earmarks.

If Republican leadership negotiates from a position of weakness with people like Maxine Waters and Nancy Pelosi again, you can expect to see these policies sail through Congress.

And so if Republicans won’t hold themselves accountable on policy then the Club for Growth will!  It is clear that our role as the guard dogs of economic freedom has never been more needed in Congress than it is today.

We will watch.  We will report back.  And with your continued support, we will continue to hold politicians’ feet to the fire through our Congressional ScorecardKey Vote Alerts, and hard-hitting independent issue ads.

Best regards,
Chris
Chris Chocola
President, Club for Growth

78 Responses to I love postage-paid reply envelopes

  1. Ken_phd on April 5, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    W.C.:

    Thanks for posting the letter from Chris Chocola.

    It’s pretty obvious that we will never restrain spending. Time to bring the house down and start fresh.

    • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on April 6, 2014 at 8:35 am

      Off topic, I’ve uninstalled FireFox and started using the PaleMoon browser.
      They have a tool “pmmig” (pale moon migration) which copies all your bookmarks to the new browser. Effortless so far!

    • The Trolls on April 6, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Time to bring the house down and start fresh.

      That has been the radical right wing agenda since Obama was elected. If the right wing can’t be in power then burn it all down.

      Remember, Ken is the hilarious radical right winger who once called for “revolution” in these comment sections. He has great hopes for the Manchurian Candidate, Ted Cruz.

      Burn it all down, in hopes that a right wing utopia will rise from the ashes.

      Revolution! Revolution!

      Alas, Jeb Bush will be the GOP candidate in 2016…because it is no longer possible to parody the GOP.

      • Ken_phd on April 6, 2014 at 8:13 pm

        Pluto:

        “If the right wing can’t be in power then burn it all down ”

        Uh, no.

        Read it again, bub.

        • The Trolls on April 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm

          ^Uh, no, I got it right, bub. You are willing to burn it all down.

          • Ken_phd on April 7, 2014 at 8:33 am

            Pluto:

            “^Uh, no, I got it right”

            I am afraid you didn’t. You may highlight my statement instead of twisting my words.

            You have no one to blame but yourself for your present predicament.

          • The Trolls on April 7, 2014 at 4:44 pm

            ^Uh, no, I got it right, bub.

            You want revolution. You want to burn it all down.

            You have no one to blame but yourself for your present predicament.

          • Ken_phd on April 8, 2014 at 6:44 am

            Pluto:

            “You want revolution. You want to burn it all down.”

            You seem to “know” what everyone else wants. Do these incarnate truths come to you during spiritual seances or from gazing upon your jujube bush?

          • The Trolls on April 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

            You seem to “know” what everyone else wants.

            You are on record stating that you wish revolution. It isn’t difficult to “know” that.

            Do these incarnate truths come to you during spiritual seances or from gazing upon your jujube bush?

            Did you shave your mother’s back when you were young or did she use a mirror?

            You have no one to blame but yourself for your present predicament. If you are being smeared, it is because you smear.

          • Ken_phd on April 8, 2014 at 3:18 pm

            Pluto:

            “Did you shave your mother’s back when you were young or did she use a mirror?”

            Tsk. Tsk. It appears that I bruised your tender sensibilities. Did the “research scientist” get his pantries all twisted up?

          • The Trolls on April 8, 2014 at 5:17 pm

            Did the “research scientist” get his pantries all twisted up?

            Now, that makes a lot of sense.

            Your obsession is taking you to the brink of sanity. Step back and take a breather, cupcake.

          • Ken_phd on April 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm

            Pluto:

            Did the “research scientist” get his pantries all twisted up?
            “Now, that makes a lot of sense.”

            Indeed.

          • The Trolls on April 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm

            “Indeed.”

            Scratch a far right wing conservative, find a double standard. They twist words, then cry tears that their words are twisted.

            Great fun for the trolls.

            The far right wing conservatives will always be a marginal party, their only contribution being obstruction and the promotion of anarchy.

            Ken wants to burn it all down, revolution.

          • Ken_phd on April 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

            Pluto:

            “Great fun for the trolls.”

            Yes, masquerading as a “research scientist” is a bit humorous. Moronic but humorous.

          • The Trolls on April 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

            “Research scientist” sounds redundant. Your accusations would make more sense if you were to say, “researcher” or “scientist”. Plus, your “phd” suffix makes you appear obsessed with identity, both yours and others. Finally, you continually address “Pluto”.

            I’d take a breather, bub.

          • Ken_phd on April 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

            Pluto:

            “Research scientist” sounds redundant.”

            Yes it does. It also sounds like a troll pretending to be important. Important but delusional.

          • Ken_phd on April 8, 2014 at 6:54 pm

            Pluto:

            “you continually address “Pluto”.”

            Yes I do. That’s the name I address you by. It also the name of my neighbor’s dog.

            You’ll get used to it.

    • edward on April 8, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      When I taught at the community college I could get 3/32 steel plate shear cut to fit DNC return envelopes…. as i recall 7 or 8 oz. each…

  2. jackie blue on April 6, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Jim, what is the advantage of using Pale Moon over Firefox?

  3. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    There is a controversy going on now.
    Here’s a start
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/04/mozilla-blowback-bursting-the-pc-bubble/

    • Wrigley on April 6, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      ^ Do you mean to say that you are boycotting Firefox? Because, Pale Moon is based upon Firefox. That is like boycotting a restaurant by ordering take out from that restaurant.

      • Wrigley on April 6, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        There was a campaign ad this past month in which GOP congressional candidate Will Brooke shot a copy of the ACA using a hunting rifle from Cooper Firearms. In 2008 the Cooper Firearms founder, Dan Cooper, was forced to resign in order to save his company from a boycott. The boycott was in response to Dan Cooper donating to Obama’s campaign.

        Politically correct goes both ways.

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

        If you use FireFox (owned by Mozilla), you support Mozilla financially.
        If you use Pale Moon you get a firefox-like interface (for people who were previously using ff and are familiar with it), you get a migration tool “pmmig” which makes the switch painless by copying your bookmarks without supporting Mozilla the company.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 7, 2014 at 9:43 am

      http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/04/why-hillary-clinton-cant-be-president-of-mozilla-or-the-united-states/2/
      Do we live in what 2008 Democratic gay marriage opponent John Edwards described as Two Americas? In one America, you can oppose gay marriage and get to be president of the United States. In the other, gay marriage opponents can’t even be president of a company competing with Internet Explorer.
      In one America, you don’t have to support gay marriage until 65 percent of the voters in your party do. In the other, you can’t donate to a ballot initiative that had 70 percent support among Obama’s strongest voting bloc.

      So let’s give Hillary Clinton the Eich treatment. After all, she’s not going to stand up for you until it involves absolutely no political risk. Why stand up for her in the new America, where people on the losing side of political debates are supposed to lose their jobs?

      • Jake on April 7, 2014 at 11:40 am

        There’s a huge difference between not supporting something and actively opposing it.

        “In one America, you don’t have to support gay marriage until 65 percent of the voters in your party do.”

        In a representative democracy that is called representing your constituents.

      • The Trolls on April 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        If you use FireFox (owned by Mozilla), you support Mozilla financially.

        It was free.

        • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm

          Do you know where tech companies get their money? Hint…not from people buying browsers.

          • L.G. on April 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

            Do you know where tech companies get their money?

            You mean Mozilla, since the subject is Mozilla. Mozilla gets most of its money from Google. It is all very complicated, boycotts on top of boycotts, and using a browser that borrows extensively from Mozilla but is not from Mozilla. Plus, that browser, Pale Moon, is run by M.C. Straver, who is into some strange deviant art. No way getting around it, the conservative blogosphere is absolutely dependent on nuts and bolts provided by weird folks.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on April 9, 2014 at 8:12 am

            I love it how lefties insult you for your so-called stupid actions…then when you explain all they are left with is sputtering about other people being deviant.
            LOL.
            http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=photo+of+glass+house&id=DD1155F003AD2D39DA429067E29A30D45A1FCB6D&FORM=IQFRBA#view=detail&id=F80AC1F43292EB3777BFA1A67850092A1CDBF892&selectedIndex=1

          • L.G. on April 9, 2014 at 5:23 pm

            I love it how lefties insult you

            Where?

            for your so-called stupid actions…

            That is your term.

            …sputtering…

            Your term again.

            about other people being deviant.

            I didn’t say that M.C. Straver was deviant. I said that his art was deviant. The word deviant was from his own website. M.C. Straver calls his art deviant, I think that he likes the term. And, the art is…different.

            The right wing internet is absolutely dependent on infrastructure provided by lefties. Google, wikipedia, the list goes on and on…

      • ie on April 7, 2014 at 8:46 pm

        After all, she’s not going to stand up for you until it involves absolutely no political risk.

        She stood up to Republicans when they were free associating their way to their fanciful Benghazi fiction. Then they free associated their way to their fanciful interpretation of Hillary standing up to their Benghazi fiction. Necessitating that she stand up to them again. At political risk because the GOP base is now all lathered up by their own antics.

        So, there’s that.

        • ie on April 7, 2014 at 8:51 pm

          Unfortunately, the upcoming Hillary Clinton debates with your Republican nominee, the Compassionate Conservative Jeb Bush, are probably going to be milquetoast.

        • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

          Turns out that the Benghazi event was not fanciful fiction.
          Quick action by Obama and his lackeys have slowed the story, that’s all.

          • The Trolls on April 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

            Quick action by Obama and his staff slowed the GOP fluffy propaganda, that’s all.

            There, fixed that for you.

          • The Trolls on April 8, 2014 at 8:09 pm

            ^You make my point precisely, you can link only to far right wing noisemakers. Fluffy propaganda, you can’t help but amplify it.

          • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on April 9, 2014 at 8:54 am

            As always, thanks for the clicks!

            We may not support Mozilla, but it’s good to know that you support us.

          • troll bait on April 9, 2014 at 8:56 am

            Dismissing information based upon the source is a dodge. In fact, it sounds like something of which you would accuse the ‘far right-wing’ in your colorful fever dreams.

            Why don’t you tell us what source you would consider to be reputable journalism?

            Your answer, or lack of it, should be revealing.

          • The Trolls on April 9, 2014 at 3:48 pm

            Dismissing information based upon the source is a dodge.

            I learned to dismiss sources from your side. It wasn’t a “dodge” then.

            Why don’t you tell us what source you would consider to be reputable journalism?

            So that you can dismiss it? See above.

            Your answer, or lack of it, should be revealing.

            By revealing you mean that you will spin it.

            Oh, darn, I didn’t take your bait.

          • The Trolls on April 9, 2014 at 3:52 pm

            We may not support Mozilla…

            But you do support Mozilla, by supporting Google. You do support Mozilla, every time that you use the internet.

            …but it’s good to know that you support us.

            My pleasure. I it is good to know that you support Pale Moon and his deviant art project.

          • troll bait on April 9, 2014 at 6:25 pm

            LOL–just as expected, coward.

            Dodge, bob and weave. You will never engage in actual reasoned debate because you know you will lose.

            You are a truly wretched and miserable individual. Ken has you pegged.

            Oh darn.

          • The Trolls on April 9, 2014 at 6:49 pm

            The far right wing conservatives on this blog don’t like pseudonyms.

            Except when they use them.

            Such as the cowardly, truly wretched and miserable individual, “troll bait”.

            Scratch a conservative, find a double standard.

  4. The Trolls on April 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    …the new America, where people on the losing side of political debates are supposed to lose their jobs…

    It is called the Dan Cooper treatment, lost his own company due to an irrational far right wing boycott.

    • Ken_phd on April 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      Pluto:

      “Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment, Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,

      There. I fixed it for you.

      • The Trolls on April 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

        Ken used to post once every two weeks, or more. Then it was once a week. Then it was daily.

        Now he is obsessed with the trolls, and logs on all the time.

        Idealists become bitter, not wiser, in old age, my word of warning to you, Ken.

        Regarding Dan Cooper, I’d urge you to google him, but Jim is boycotting Google because they give tens of millions to Mozilla.

        • Ken_phd on April 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm

          Pluto:

          Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,Dan Cooper treatment,

          There. Isn’t that what you wanted to say?

          • The Trolls on April 9, 2014 at 3:55 pm

            There. Isn’t that what you wanted to say?

            Say it again.

            Dan Cooper and the boycott of Cooper Firearms is a great example of far right wing intolerance, eating their own with right wing PC.

          • Ken_phd on April 10, 2014 at 7:32 am

            Pluto:

            OK. New trick. I am going to teach you to be a guard dog. I’ve got some errands to run so don’t let anyone on the property.

            (Hours later)

            What’s this! You’ve cornered an intruder? $%$#^%@## Good dog! Why it’s the unemployed TV repairman trying to sneak into the house. Up to no-good, as usual.

            Good dog! They’ll be an extra bone for you tonight.

            woof.

  5. The Trolls on April 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    In Republican America you can campaign on faith and family, then get caught hooking up with your staff.

    We’re looking at you, Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA), on video even.

    • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 10:20 am

      https://twitter.com/MelissaTweets/statuses/454310073347493888
      Politician kisses staffer? National scandal.
      Politician conspires to traffic shoulder-fired missiles? Local crime story.

      • The Trolls on April 10, 2014 at 11:03 pm

        Local crime story? Guess which of the two stories made it into the NYTimes.

        • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on April 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm

          Both?
          I notice this guy is much-fawned over by the NYT as a “pragmatic” businessman, not a evil right-winger.

  6. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Turns out the CEO of the company which launched the attack…has donated to an anti gay candidate.
    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/04/so-was-evisceration-of-brendan-eich-a-pr-stunt-nothing-but-a-pr-stunt/

  7. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Health premiums up strongly for the small-group and individual markets. Hmmm…. which section of the economy did ObamaCare roll out to this year?
    http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/07/survey-u-s-sees-sharpest-health-insurance-premium-increases-in-years/
    Americans have recently been hit with some of the largest premium increases in years, according to a Morgan Stanley survey of insurance brokers.

    The investment bank’s April survey of 148 brokers found that this quarter, the average premium increase for customers renewing an insurance plan is 12 percent in the small group market and 11 percent in the individual market, according to Forbes’ Scott Gottlieb.

    The hikes — the largest in the past three years, according to Morgan Stanley’s quarterly reports — are “largely due to changes under the [Affordable Care Act],” analysts concluded.

  8. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2014/04/08/gallup-uninsured-rate-up-since-obama-elected/
    “Since Obama was inaugurated in 2008, the net change is from 15.4 percent uninsured to 15.6 percent.”

    In spite of the massive amounts of money thrown at the problem and in spite of the large expansion of Medicaid coverage. Heckofa job.

    • The Trolls on April 8, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      Your job, Jim, is to link to any and every report that shines negative light on the ACA. You must never link to any report shining positive light on the ACA. You are directed to studiously avoid any venue that is willing to look positively at the ACA. Truth is nothing, belief is everything, Jim.

      Heckofajob, Jim.

      • Eleanor Perkins on April 9, 2014 at 10:38 am

        And remember:

        NO grievance is too small! Don’t be afraid to be petty or contradictory with complaints.

    • Merrill C. on April 8, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      The RAND Corporation states that the ranks of the insured increased by 9.3 million.

      That IS a heck of a job for the ACA!

      • Jim,MtnViewCA,USA on April 11, 2014 at 12:09 pm

        See below, Merrill.

  9. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 8, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Find out how long you have to work before you are done paying off the gov’t for the year.
    I have a couple of weeks to go, still.
    http://www.moneynews.com/newswidget/tax-freedom-Connecticut-Molloy/2014/04/07/id/564064/

  10. Ken_phd on April 10, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Jim:

    Good article on internal problems affecting the party of victims, er, Democrats. Which victim gets the relief?

    “CIVIL WAR ON THE LEFT”

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2014/04/civil-war-on-the-left-part-2.php

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Yes, I saw evidence of this at a local library. Several hundred Chinese parents, grandparents and kids showed up with a bullhorn for several hours to denounce the SCA-5 proposal mentioned in the “part 1″ of this article.
      These are apathetic people (politically) but they couldn’t bear the thought of their kids being victims of racial quotas.
      At our local Chinese grocery store the week later there was a voter signup booth, and people were lined up to register Republican.

  11. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Dang, looks like my comment was swallowed. Let’s retry.
    A set of articles on “gender pay gap”. This appears to be a big theme for Dems this cycle.
    When you adjust for female rocket scientists with similar background/experience as men rocket scientists the pay is about equal.
    But if you compare a female admin in an insurance company versus a male plumber, there can be big discrepancies.
    You’ll be hearing a lot about “77 cents” in the months ahead.

    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-04-08/government-can-t-fix-real-gender-pay-gap
    “The answer seems to be that almost all of the gap is driven by choice of occupation, and working hours, with an emphasis on working hours. Childless women who work the same hours as men make very close to what men do”

  12. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/04/09/president-obamas-persistent-77-cent-claim-on-the-wage-gap-gets-a-new-pinocchio-rating/
    Women make less than men in White House jobs: “the White House actually lags the District average calculated by the BLS.”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

      http://washingtonexaminer.com/house-democratic-women-take-on-white-house-economist-who-said-wage-gap-isnt-caused-by-discrimination/article/2546955
      Female Dem politicians dump on female Dem bureaucrat: “House Democratic women on Tuesday contradicted a White House economist who said that the wage gap between men and women reflects different professional choices that women make, rather than workplace gender discrimination. … Stevenson told reporters Monday that the oft-repeated statistic that women make 77 percent of what men make is not a statement about women and men in the same job.”

      • The Trolls on April 11, 2014 at 1:43 am

        Wow, I might actually agree with you on something. The Census Bureau information is likely real, and thereby underlying social forces are at play, but purposeful misinterpretation of that information for political reasons is disingenuous.

  13. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 7:52 am

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/04/democratic-campaign-season-built-on-a-100-lie/
    “Democrats are going all in on the War on Women campaign theme once again, focused this time not on free contraception but on the claim that women make only 77% percent of what men make for comparable work.”
    This article gives examples of the right-wing echo chamber media that calls the Dem position a lie: WaPo, NY times, CBS and others.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 7:54 am

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2014/04/09/phony-wage-gap-statistics-from-white-house-spur-a-backlash/
      “This has to be the worst idea since a staffer sent Air Force One’s backup plane to fly low over Manhattan.”

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 7:55 am

        Mark Udall pays women 85 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
        Mary Landrieu pays women 88 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
        Mark Begich pays women 82 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
        Mark Warner pays women 75 cents for every dollar that a man makes.
        Gary Peters pays women 67 cents for every dollar that a man makes.

        That means on average, these five Democrats on the ballot in battleground states pay women in their office 79 cents for every dollar made by a male employee.

        • Sam on April 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm

          Jim, have you normalized for the level of the position?

          For example, if a senior advisor position pays more than an administrative position, then you have to compare women versus men in advisor positions, and women versus men in administrative positions.

        • Jim,MtnView,Ca,USA on April 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm

          Sam, this is doing the same comparison method used by Dems when they claim that gender-discrimination is a big national issue.
          My belief if that in all these Dem offices, the pay is lower because the job is different…but that is also the case for their claims that gender discrimination is something that the federal gov’t has to come down on like a ton of bricks…..”Women 77c per every man’s dollar”

          The whole issue is bogus, which is why people are pointing out stats like pay in Dem Senator’s offices and pay in the White House.

      • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 7:57 am

        http://washingtonexaminer.com/article/2547002
        as you might expect, the “77 cent” figure is, in fact, misleading. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker gave Obama two Pinocchios for the claim. For years, the Post had given Obama one Pinocchio for the statistic, but since Obama refuses to stop using the number, a second Pinocchio was awarded. The Post considered giving three Pinocchios.

  14. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Ultra-lib columnist calls Dem gender-gap issue “revolting” and “demagoguery”.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ruth-marcus-democrats-equal-pay-demagoguery/2014/04/09/59425640-c037-11e3-b574-f8748871856a_story.html

    commenter: “When you’ve lost Ruth Marcus …”

  15. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 8:49 am

    The Trolls: “Your job, Jim, is to link to any and every report that shines negative light on the ACA.”

    No problemo, TT. It’s not really a “job”, it is more like shooting sharks in a bathtub.
    Defending ObamaCare–now _that_ would be a job.

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 8:56 am

      http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304058204579491582169198624
      ObamaCare’s Missing 3.2 Million
      The second biggest source [of signups], with a net gain of 5.9 million enrollees, was Medicaid–which is unsurprising, since ObamaCare expanded that program and it is free to recipients. … the biggest growth category was employer-sponsored insurance … only 3.9 million have insurance through the ObamaCare exchanges … Preliminary data showed early enrollments skewing much older than the administration had hoped.”

    • Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 8:57 am

      http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2014/04/10/Two-Studies-Raise-Red-Flags-Obamacare-s-First-Round
      Two New Studies Raise Red Flags On ObamaCare.
      “Before we get to these studies, though, we should recognize why we need outside organizations to validate White House claims in the first place. The Department of Health and Human Services still has no way to quantify important data about those consumers signing up for health insurance through state and federal exchanges. More than six months after the initial rollout of Obamacare — and four years after the ACA’s passage — the systems designed by HHS still cannot determine basic and critical information about enrollments such as whether a premium payment has been made.

  16. Jim,MtnView,CA,USA on April 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-04-09/more-puzzling-obamacare-numbers
    “In fact, we know that at least one midpoint is quite far from the truth, because there is no way to reconcile the 3.9 million people it says bought exchange policies with the Barack Obama administration’s official data showing that 7.3 million had selected exchange plans by the end of March.”

    commenter: My working hypothesis is that the White House is lying. Because, you know, of experience.

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