Our #1 article talks about the Obama Administration Friday evening dump of news they don’t want to get a lot of attention. Besides expanding military action in Uganda the CLASS Act in Obamacare has been abandoned (long term care). It was never going to be viable, but the Democrats needed to collect money for five years without paying any benefits to justify their claim Obamacare would reduce the deficit. Article #2 talks about how the Communists and the Nazi’s have both endorsed the “occupy movement” while Occupy Portland has a group explaining in song how they feel about the country. #3 shows how the protesters in New York descended on Times Square to cause problems and get more of them arrested. Story #4 shows the hypocrisy of the MSM in how they cover Republican governors actually solving financial problems while failing to show Illinois’ failure to do the same as they raised taxes and still have massive problems.
1. First CLASS, What Next?
In a Friday bad-news dump that was a whopper even by its own standards, the Obama administration added to THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF A NEAR-RECORD ANNUAL DEFICIT and AN ESCALATION OF UNDECLARED WAR IN UGANDA the news that THE CLASS ACT, AN ILL-CONCEIVED ADJUNCT OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, IS NO MORE. The upshot is this: Obamacare just got a whole lot more expensive than advertised, and there is reason to believe that its Democratic architects have long known this would happen.
The Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act was the brainchild of the late senator Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, and it was supposed to be a kind of Social Security that provided long-term care for the elderly. IT FIGURED HEAVILY INTO THE DEMOCRATS’ DUBIOUS ACCOUNTING OF THE COST OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT, AND AT THE TIME OF PASSAGE WAS EXPECTED TO ACCOUNT FOR $70 BILLION OUT OF A TOTAL $143 BILLION IN “DEFICIT REDUCTION” CLAIMED IN THE BILL….
It’s time to put Obamacare out of its misery and repeal it.
2. Why the “Occupy” movement is poison for the left
OCCUPY PORTLAND PROTESTERS SHOW HOW THEY FEEL ABOUT AMERICA
NAZIS AND COMMUNISTS COME OUT IN FAVOR OF THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT.
So far we have the Nazis, the Communists and a number of Democratic elected officials supporting OWS.
3. Pandemonium as mob descends on Times Square
The "Crossroads of the World" were jammed WHEN THOUSANDS OF OCCUPY WALL
STREET PROTESTERS BROUGHT THEIR PARTY TO TIMES SQUARE, CREATING
PANDEMONIUM AS CHANTING MASSES COLLIDED WITH TOURISTS AND
THEATERGOERS AND RESULTING IN OVER 40 ARRESTS.
Shouting, "This is what democracy looks like," throngs of protesters energized by yesterday's victory in the face of possible eviction from their Zuccotti Park shantytown formed inside metal police barricades.
Police, some in riot gear and mounted on horses, tried to push them out of the square and onto the sidewalks in an attempt to funnel the crowds away.
Sandy Peterson of Salt Lake City, who was in Times Square after seeing "The Book of Mormon" musical on Broadway, got caught up in the disorder.
"WE'RE GETTING OUT OF HERE BEFORE THIS GETS UGLY," SHE SAID….
TEA Party like? Not a chance.
4. Are Higher Taxes The Answer?
Sometimes it's really hard to understand why certain events get heavy national press coverage while others which are arguably at least as significant and serious get little if any notice. This is one of them. SCOTT WALKER, WHO SOLVED A $3 BILLION PROJECTED DEFICIT IN WISCONSIN, IS A MEDIA AND LEFTIST (BUT I REPEAT MYSELF) ARCH-VILLAIN BECAUSE MUCH OF THE BALANCING WAS DONE BY ADJUSTING PUBLIC-SECTOR EMPLOYEE CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS HEALTH AND PENSION BENEFITS to more closely but still more generously resemble what's seen in the private sector, and by reducing public-sector employees' ability to restore them to their formerly out-of-control levels through collective bargaining. Ditto for John Kasich in Ohio, where the projected deficit was $8 billion.
Meanwhile, THE STATE OF ILLINOIS DEFERS BILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF PAYMENTS TO VENDORS BY FOUR OR MORE MONTHS BECAUSE, DESPITE 67% AND 46% INCREASES IN PERSONAL AND BUSINESS INCOME TAXES, respectively, it still doesn't have the money to come even close to staying current. Yet virtually all we've seen from the national press on the problem is one Associated Press story conveniently filed on a Saturday. Here are key paragraphs from a report by Christopher Wills (bolds are mine throughout this post):
DEADBEAT STATE: ILL. OWES BILLIONS IN UNPAID BILLS
DROWNING IN DEFICITS, ILLINOIS HAS TURNED TO A DELIBERATE POLICY OF NOT PAYING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN BILLS FOR MONTHS AT A TIME, creating a cycle of hardship and sacrifice for residents and businesses helping the state carry out some of the most important government tasks.
Once intended as a stop-gap, the months-long delay in paying bills has now become a regular part of the state's budget management, forcing businesses and charity groups to borrow money, cut jobs and services and take on personal debt. Getting paid can be such a confusing process that it requires begging the state for money and sometimes has more to do with knowing the right people than being next in line.
AS OF EARLY LAST MONTH, THE STATE OWED ON 166,000 UNPAID BILLS WORTH A BREATHTAKING $5 BILLION, WITH NEARLY HALF OF THAT AMOUNT MORE THAN A MONTH OVERDUE AND HUNDREDS OF BILLS DATING BACK TO 2010, according to an Associated Press analysis of state documents….
The raising taxes on the rich canard is simply a diversion from what the real problem is—excessive spending by the left. I’m sure they want to raise taxes on the rich for “fairness” sake, but it won’t solve the problem and they know it. But you won’