In 1970 the eccentric but insightful economist Albert Hirschman published a book called "Exit, Voice and Loyalty." It explored how people respond when a private firm's or a government agency's performance is deteriorating.
Asked whether she needed to apologize to the formerly insured who have lost their health insurance plans, former House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said, "Did I ever tell my constituents that if they liked their plan they could keep it? I would have if I'd ever met anybody...
I'm with Alec Baldwin on punching aggressive paparazzi photographers. I'm with him against the word police. I'm with him on the stalker. I'm with him on using an electronic device on a plane before takeoff. I'm with him on Kim Basinger playing visitation games with their...
Just when you thought the Obama administration couldn't antagonize America any further, along comes Education Secretary Arne Duncan. He didn't just attack "white suburban moms" and children over their criticism of the Common Core "standards"/testing/data-...
There’s a joke in Washington that Democrats are the evil party and Republicans are the stupid party.
Except this joke isn’t very funny since a lot of bad policy occurs when gullible GOPers get lured into “bipartisan” deals that expand government....
Marty the Magician performed magic tricks for kids, including the traditional rabbit-out-of-a-hat. Then one day: "I was signing autographs and taking pictures with children and their parents," he told me. "Suddenly, a badge was thrown into the mix, and an inspector said, '...
Come on, Oprah.
You're way too smart to be this stupid.
When are you going to get off this kick about Barack Obama being disrespected more than previous presidents just because he is a black man?
It's getting embarrassing,...
Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Few events and people have had more words written about them than that day and that man. But, and I have to be honest here, I don’t get it. In fact, I’ve never gotten it.
WASHINGTON -- The hapless Richard Cohen has done it again. He was acting like a good scout in slandering Americans "with conventional views," and in the course of his noble endeavor he brought down on himself the full force of the virtue patrol. Well, he has only himself to blame...
The idea behind Obamacare is to make the young and the healthy overpay for insurance to subsidize everyone else.
In an effort to persuade individuals to purchase insurance, the law provides a scale of escalating penalties starting in 2014 and increasing in 2015, then again in 2016...
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"Uh-oh." That's the sound being uttered in doctors' offices and hospitals across the country as medical providers realize they're getting stuck with another bottomless Obamacare bill. While the White House desperately tries to pivot from the havoc wrought by the "Affordable Care Act," its hidden regulatory bombs keep exploding.
I heard about the latest problem this week from an eye doctor friend who received a letter from a Colorado-based insurer informing her that she's essentially on the hook for Obamacare's payment grace period for debtors. The optometrist is bracing for a flood of similar letters from other insurers. Like countless other independent providers, she's extremely concerned about the potential liability, uncertainty and fraud the rule imposes on her business.
Here's the raw deal: The Affordable Care Act created a 90-day grace period before insurers can drop patients who fall behind on premiums. So, delinquents who obtain tax-subsidized health insurance through an Obamacare health insurance exchange have three months to settle up their bills prior to their policy being canceled. As written, the law puts insurers on the hook for the grace period.
LAS VEGAS -- This is a town that looks better at night. Millions of lights pierce the darkness creating a visual that is both energetic and trance-inducing. The multilayered lightshow is dazzling and unique in America.
But when the sun comes up, Las Vegas speaks directly to the recession. Half-completed buildings loom over the landscape like giant steel skeletons. Some developers ran out of money and simply walked away leaving huge, hulking abandoned structures to absorb the desert wind.
But just down Las Vegas Blvd. are the winners: lavish hotels that cater to one's every need. This is a city that best defines the two Americas and our very competitive capitalistic system. If you want to understand the free marketplace, Las Vegas is an excellent classroom.
My parents voted for Richard Nixon in the 1960 presidential election. I had not yet developed a political worldview, but as a freshman at American University in Washington, D.C., I stayed up late to watch the election returns slowly trickle in before going to bed at 2 a.m. with the outcome still undecided.
The following year I was hired as a copyboy at NBC News, delivering wire service "copy" to news reporters in the network's Washington bureau. White House correspondent Sander Vanocur invited me to accompany him to observe the swearing-in of Adlai Stevenson as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
President Kennedy was there. It was the first time I had seen a president in person. My mother had told me about visits she and her parents had made to the White House when Calvin Coolidge was president, but this was something new for me.
After the Eisenhower years, my impression of the man was similar to that of many others: Kennedy looked so young.
Two years later on the way to work, Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, I stopped at a traffic light on River Road in Bethesda, Md. It was 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time. A bulletin interrupted the music I was listening to on the car radio. President Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. My first reaction was to roll down my car windows and shout to other motorists, "The president has been shot!" I then raced to the bureau where it was controlled chaos for the next four days.
The Great Communicator and Lawyer from Illinois has once again given us a “teachable moment” as he shredded one of the greatest communications from any lawyer from Illinois.
Because one has to be a deliberate idiot to ignore God when one works as president of the United States of America. The people note your ignorance in that instance and so does God.
As part of documentary filmmaker Ken Burns’ effort to commemorate Lincoln’s deliverance of the Gettysburg Address, Burns thoughtfully included the current president of the United States. In this effort Obama read the address on camera, says the White House, from a copy provided by Burns.
As widely reported, Obama choose to leave out the words “under God” in his recitation of the speech.
The White House has denied that the omission was intentional.
"He read the version of the address that Ken Burns provided," said White House Press Jester Jay Carney.
Yet like all things Obama, the facts and the reality conflict.
While he may have been provided a copy of the address that omitted the words “under God,” the omission presents us with the same conundrum that we always find with this president.
By his misstep, denials and evasions we are once again forced to ask ourselves: Is this dude a liar or is he really as stupid as he seems?
I’m inclined to believe that he’s booth stupid and a liar.
A sinking boat can be kept afloat by bailing water only so long before it inevitably sinks. Democrats in Congress are once again calling for the pails as America continues to flood with illegal immigration from leaks at the border. Rather than dealing with the source, Democrats are content to go down with the ship – pails in hand.
Estimates on the number of illegal aliens in the United States vary greatly; but none are insignificant. According to CNN, there were approximately 11.5 million illegal aliens in the United States in 2011. Yet, only 400,000 were deported the following year – a mere 3.4 percent. And, those sent back were simply replaced with hundreds of thousands more who exploited border vulnerabilities to enter the country.
Faced with this reality, the only logical approach to immigration reform is to begin fixing the problem at the source: secure the border. Democrats, however, want to start with opening the floodgates, and dealing with the economic consequences post hoc. If the ObamaCare disaster is any indication of what happens when Democrats tinker with a system they do not understand, we have ample reason to worry about this “let’s see what happens” approach to immigration reform.