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"Emails viewed by congressional investigators nonetheless showed that Treasury and the IRS remained worried they were breaking the law. An email exchange between Treasury employees in the spring of 2011 expressed concern that they had no statutory authority to deem a federally run exchange the equivalent of a state-run exchange.
Yet rather than engage in a basic legal analysis—a core duty of an agency charged with tax laws—the IRS instead set about obtaining cover for its predetermined political goal. A March 27, 2011, email has IRS employees asking HHS political hires to cover the tax agency's backside by issuing its own rule deeming HHS-run exchanges to be state-run exchanges. HHS did so in July 2011. One month later the IRS rushed out its own rule—providing subsidies for all."
So much for the Dr. Strangelove narrative. The threat was there but HHS buried it.
1 day ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118868/dr-strangelove-and-don-corleone-debunk-halbig-obamacare-lawsuits
@Ragspierre Which still turned out to be zero. Too funny. =)
2 years, 2 months ago on Happy May Day (Update)
The trust in government is low because of obstructionist Republicans keeping the Obama administration from saving the country.
2 years, 3 months ago on Faith in Federal Government plunges
Reducing pollution and being more efficient are desirable goals on their own. That said, such measures have to be realistic. They have to work and pass a cost/benefit test. This would be true regardless of AGW. Too much of environmentalism is more about a power grab than anything that is going on in the environment.
2 years, 3 months ago on British climate alarmist recants his alarmism
I'll go even further. If congress stuck to its enumerated powers then there would be a lot less power whoring going on in Washington. With three and a half trillion dollars per year at stake do they really think there would be no outside interest, no outside sleaze oozing around? The problem is not campaign finance. The problem is what people like Ms. Pelosi are doing.
Getting back to the classical liberal idea of limited government will solve more of this than new regulations will.
2 years, 3 months ago on There’s a reason Nancy Pelosi is the least popular member of Congress
Ooops, that should be the GSA party in Vegas.
2 years, 3 months ago on Secret Service misconduct may mean deeper leadership problems
One more thing. With the DHS party in Vegas I don't think this is an outlier. It is a power and privilege thing. While it is not anything new it is still a scandal and it still shows what is wrong with the government. It is more about greed and power than it is about governing. That goes for both parties.
"How could the Obama White House even toy with the idea, which it has, of letting them happen?"
Easy one. With the reactionary left crowd, government comes first. Anything in you paycheck that you get to keep is a tax expenditure. You should be thanking the Obama administration for doing the heavy lifting of balancing the budget. Just don't expect a balanced budget.
As I was told by one lefty a few years ago, "Pay up. Shut up."
2 years, 3 months ago on Quote of the Day: How big and intrusive has government gotten edition
Why in the world would you think that the Senate would investigate anything that might embarrass their president going into the election 'silly' season? This will go down the memory hole. Right along with the gun walking.
Now, if this were a GOP president that had said he was scouting out vacation spots and the Secret Service were scouting out the whores then you'd never hear the end of it in the 'war on women'.
So move along, there is nothing to see.
@Ragspierre Just to be snarky...
Only slightly? Remind me again what the nationalist socialist slogan was?
2 years, 3 months ago on How important is this next election?
The Empty Election
It sheds some insight but I don't agree with all of it.
With the election most likely being Obama vs Romney I don't see a good result coming out of it.
I won't even be bothered to vote.
Meanwhile, in Europe, the debt crisis rears its ugly head again. Both Italy and Spain are on the hot seat now.
2 years, 3 months ago on Economic Statistics for 10 Apr 12
@Ragspierre Daniel J. Mitchell?
2 years, 3 months ago on New York Time editorial declares war on GOP [update]
@Neo_ Who was that guy who signed into to law the extension of the tax cuts? Hmmm.... can't seem to remember.
You're gonna love this. Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health-Care Law
Don't you understand? The future is with things like the Chevy Volt and Solyndra. /bs
2 years, 3 months ago on How Obama’s Keystone XL tantrum will cost the US
Benny and the Inkjets said no QE3 for now.
2 years, 3 months ago on Economic Statistics for 3 Apr 12
Take a look at the previous post about overturning Obamacare.
The reactionary left has this idea that they know what is best for you and are willing to use force to prove it. You should thank them for the boot on your neck because it is for the greater good. It is the worst part of collectivist ideology.
2 years, 3 months ago on The cult of Che and the horror of the “greater good”
@Neo_ I'll still wager that they didn't spend time defending it because they thought the court would be populist and not concerned with the Constitution. There are ample examples for why they would believe this. To beat a dead horse, there are 4 justices who won't even question the idea of unlimited government via the commerce clause. They're almost half way there without lifting a finger.
2 years, 4 months ago on The liberal shock at the collapse of ObamaCare’s “Constitutional” arguments
@The Shark It is worse than that. IIRC the court found that Florida was in the wrong and the vote on that was 7-2. The vote over what to do about it was 5-4. So basically, two justices though things were amiss and wouldn't do anything about it.
I think the opponents of Obamacare had better not start cheering until the actual decision is handed down. I would not be surprised to see Kennedy say something like, "There may be Constitutional issues with the law but striking down the law at this time is not the proper course of action." It would be a pyrrhic victory in the opponents would be right but would lose anyway. At which point they'd be painted as mindless extremists because most of the non-political junkies would take the MSMs word for it and that word would be a glorious victory for the people over special interests. Nevermind that the law itself caters to special interests.
I'll still wager that this will turn out badly. Keep in mind, there are 4 left wing justices who simply won't question unlimited government power on the federal level. The argument was never really about how wrong they are.
No problem, simply invoke the precautionary principle. Just because it is not currently happening doesn't mean it can't happen and since *we all know* that climate change is real then it is best you give up your energy freedom and independence, not to mention the contents of your wallets to a global government that can defend you from this potential threat.
2 years, 4 months ago on New UN IPCC report drops AGW as the cause of climate change
I have an interesting observation about the reporting in that it is the conservative justices that need swaying and not the left wing ones. Justice Breyer came out and essentially said that congress' power was pretty much unlimited and no one bat an eye. It was jaw dropping for me.
2 years, 4 months ago on Ruminations about SCOTUS/ObamaCare
@Ott Scerb "See, what the government can do is socially constructed. There are no fundamental rights, the way you dense righties talk about them. We're just carbon-based life forms, and we construct whatever rights we want to, and chuck any that we don't like." contradicts this, "I've said I believe it should be done at the state level, because I'm really kind of libertarian."
Almost every libertarian I know believes in the following, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Rights are not defined by government. People form governments to protect the rights they are created with.
Or are you just engaging in satire. Because on a second pass your comment here seems far fetched.
2 years, 4 months ago on SCOTUS and ObamaCare: So how is Justice Kennedy feeling about this? [Update]
Justice Breyer on unlimited government via the commerce clause.
JUSTICE BREYER: All right. So if that is your difference -- if that is your difference, I'm somewhat uncertain about your answers to -- for example, Justice Kennedy asked, can you, under the Commerce Clause, Congress create commerce where previously none existed.
Well, yes, I thought the answer to that was, since McCulloch versus Maryland, when the Court said Congress could create the Bank of the United States which did not previously exist, which job was to create commerce that did not previously exist, since that time the answer has been, yes. I would have thought that your answer -- can the government, in fact, require you to buy cell phones or buy burials that, if we propose comparable situations, if we have, for example, a uniform United States system of paying for every burial such as Medicare Burial, Medicaid Burial, Ship Burial, ERISA Burial and Emergency Burial beside the side of the road, and Congress wanted to rationalize that system,wouldn't the answer be, yes, of course, they could.
How heavy was the burden for government intervention in the Raich case? We all know how badly that turned out.
Look for energy prices to rise.
2 years, 4 months ago on Economic Statistics for 27 Mar 12
This is almost certainly a political ploy to 'frame' the issue as the reactionary left is fond of doing. It'll go like this. The GOP candidate will accuse the president of blocking domestic or North American oil production and use the blocking of the Keystone pipeline as an example. The retort will be that such a thing is not true and that Obama is actually fast tracking the Keystone pipeline. No distinction will be made between the full pipeline and the southern portion. The GOP candidate will be accused of distorting the president's record while the whole story goes unreported.
2 years, 4 months ago on Obama administration set to “fast track” southern Keystone pipeline project
I would add that the welfare state imposes hardship on those that are forced to be 'charitable' AND those that grow dependent on it. The welfare lifestyle is not one to aspire to. The government is pretty miserable at it (see the bagel snafu). There is also the matter of the inevitable collapse of the welfare state as it becomes unaffordable. Those that have become dependent on the state will be economically crushed. You're seeing the results of this in Greece in the form of violent protests. So the welfare state represents a bad end to both sides.
2 years, 4 months ago on Why the Ryan budget is doomed
Put on your tinfoil beanies for a second because I have a conspiracy theory for you.
What if this was the plan? If you wanted to consolidate economic power in a central government then this would be an excellent way to use a crisis to pull it off. Greece is already losing its economic sovereignty. Why not go for the rest of the weaker economies. All you have to do is give them money for their 'A' rated sovereign debt which EVERYONE knows that the rating is bullcrap. When the sovereign bonds go to crap you get the choice assets as collateral and the country getting screwed has no choice but to capitulate or end up defaulting and heading to 3rd world status.
After all, it is not like the European central planners are not power whores.
2 years, 4 months ago on Oh. This can't be good…
IIRC, most theaters make the lions share of their money at the concession stand. So if this guy's suit is successful and they theaters can't keep charging high prices at the concession stand then the most likely result will be closed theaters.
I don't go to the theaters either. They are too expensive and there are too many rude people. I'll simply wait for a movie to come out on DVD and I'll watch it at home on my big screen TV. At $15 for a DVD it is just cheaper and more convenient.
2 years, 4 months ago on Concession prices too high at theaters? Then don’t buy them
This being against taxing the rich had generated one of the most surreal comments I've ever heard from the reactionary left. That being, "How can the middle class vote against their best interests like this?"
2 years, 5 months ago on Issues that unite: Opposing “tax the rich” and class warfare
I can't recall ever taking Louis Farrakhan seriously. I don't think I'll start now.
OTOH, the Democrats on black history month is hysterical. The dirty little secret hiding in plain view yet no one wants to talk about it.
2 years, 5 months ago on Obama in trouble? Time for racial scare tactics …
If Romney gets the nomination then any comments on Obamacare will be about how Romney signed a mandate into law when he was governor.
If Standorum gets the nomination then any comments on Obamacare will be about how it is a Christian idea to help the poor.
The last thing Obamacare will be as an issue is how bad it is. The MSM will see to that.
2 years, 5 months ago on Issues that unite: the repeal of ObamaCare
@scotterb Plunder is not a moral principle whether the fat cats on Wall Street do, or the power whores in Washington, or the unwashed masses do it. True, the system is broken but I find OWS only wants it broken in their favor. This buys them nothing.
2 years, 5 months ago on How is Romney different from Obama?
@scotterb The problem with this is I'm asking to compromise between being strangled to death or beaten to death. The idea of living free under the liberal (classical variety) idea of limited government is not an option here.
@Ragspierre It makes me wonder if scotterb is aware that fascism was a branch of socialism? In their version you didn't have to own the means of production you had only had to control the means of production to make sure they were not contrary to the goals of the state. This sort of economic policy is called corporatism, or, sometimes, social capitalism.
@scotterb Please, the OWS want to tax the rich because that is where the money is. They're part of the problem of dependency on government.
I'm going to paraphrase something I read over at Cato. It is not who is paying the taxes. It is what it is getting spent on.
Tinkering with the revenue side is not going to help a problem of way too much spending. On this subject almost all the politicians are talking the same talk.
Nancy Pelosi clears things up for you.http://www.zerohedge.com/news/nancy-pelosi-issues-statement-soaring-gas-prices
It is simply shocking that this woman holds a post above dog catcher. (apologies to any dog catchers out there)
2 years, 5 months ago on Energy prices are rising, but energy demand is declining.
The DOW priced in gold.http://www.zerohedge.com/news/dow-passes-13000-nominal-terms-here-real-picture
Central Bank aggregate balance sheet.http://www.zerohedge.com/news/here-why-dow-just-passed-13000
I don't think Carville is wrong. Reagan out shined Carter by a lot. Clinton was much more charismatic than Bush Sr (who had terrible problems with his base that lead to a 3rd party candidate being a spoiler). Not a one of the GOP candidates can claim this. Let's not kid ourselves that the MSM is going to get behind any sort of 'anybody but Obama' movement. I'll wager they'll label such sentiment as racist. It is still a long ways out but I'll still go with the idea that the best chance Obama has for re-election is the poor quality of the GOP candidates.
2 years, 5 months ago on There are polls and then there are polls
@Ragspierre Why can't they both be lying? If Joe says the sky is pink and Frank says the sky is purple then who do you believe?Neither, I hope.
2 years, 5 months ago on Is the “enthusiasm gap” now on the side of Democrats?
If the GOP nominates Romney then I think it'll be one of the most boring elections ever. They agree on too many topics so the campaign will run on fringe/meaningless issues. If it is Romney vs Obama I won't even be bothered to vote.If Santorum gets the nod then he will get crushed. He doesn't have the organization to pull it off. There aren't nearly enough social conservatives to make him viable. It is not even close.If Gingrich gets the nod then it will be a dirty campaign. He'll get pulled into a mud slinging fight and the MSM will be sure to handicap him in such an ordeal. Then again, Gingrich's miles long baggage train handicaps him.Then there is Paul. He is considered a crank by most and the establishment GOP won't support him. He is the only one I'd consider voting for but I see that chance somewhere between slim and none.
So the same deal is in play. The best chance for Obama being re-elected is the poor quality of the GOP candidates. I'm not surprised by the lack of enthusiasm.
Let me share something with you that I was once told by an Obama supporter. It went something like this, "Obama hasn't failed America, but rather, the American people have failed Obama." It is not much different than the old excuse that communism will work with the right people.
Who those people are, leaders and citizens alike, remain elusive.
2 years, 5 months ago on Why has the collapse of Communism had so little impact on political discourse in the West?
"The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that there will be no vehicles costing $15,000 or less, the segment of the market that college students and low-income consumers depend upon. Altogether, an estimated seven million buyers will be forced out of the market for new cars."
This is probably considered a feature. If the rich would only pay a little bit more in taxes then the poor and cash strapped college kids could have adequate public transportation to use. Certainly these people would be better off spending $15,000 on their education or on their families. Not to mention it gets the young turned off to the idea of independent, expensive, and polluting transportation!
Not that I buy such an argument but from a central planning perspective I think it would make sense.
2 years, 5 months ago on CAFE standards, market distortion and the usual results
Think of it along the lines of what Obama had to say about coal electric plants. You can buy a gasoline powered car but he'll make it prohibitively expensive to do so.
2 years, 5 months ago on An Electric Car Mandate?
@looker Not much different from Obamacare giving the Democrats a lock on power for a generation.
2 years, 5 months ago on The jobs report
@looker they don't have to revise all that much. As ZH points out, at this pace of people dropping out of the workforce they'll have a negative unemployment rate come election day. Of course, if you're one of those people who dropped out you'll know and if you cast you're vote based on this then the Obama adminstration is decieving itself.