Cut!

Raise the cost of something, and inevitably demand for that thing goes down. It’s a venerable principle in economics.

So five years ago when ObamaCare was being enacted, we and many others warned that its coverage mandates for employers would result in hours being cut back and workers being laid off. We were criticized at the time as Chicken Littles. Now comes a survey of 743 personnel executives by the Society of Human Resource Management, as reported by Robert King of the Washington Examiner, that shows businesses are doing just that. Nearly 14% of firms have cut part-time hours for workers, King wrote, and another 6% plan to do so.

Still worse, 5% of companies have already either cut or plan to cut the total number of workers they have, thanks to ObamaCare.

ObamaCare’s employer mandate requires businesses with 100 or more employees to provide health insurance to 70% of their workers who put in 30 or more hours a week. That goes up to 95% next year.

Meanwhile, small businesses with 50 to 99 workers will start feeling the pinch in 2016, when the mandate hits them, too.

So it’s only logical: Businesses are cutting hours to avoid having to pay for the mandate — a predictable response in the real world, but apparently not in the world of the economists, politicians and planners who concocted ObamaCare’s destructive rules.

As for “bending the cost-curve down,” as President Obama promised repeatedly, forget about it. The survey found that 77% of companies had higher health-care costs this year than last year, and just 6% saw their costs decrease. For those who had costs rise, 24% saw costs go up 16% or more.

If you want to know why this job recovery has been the worst since the Great Depression, you need look no further than these depressing statistics.

In September 2009, President Obama addressed Congress, vowing that his healthcare plan would “slow the growth of healthcare costs for our families, our businesses, and our government.” But costs for all three have actually grown.

During the campaign in 2008, Obama repeatedly said that his health reform plan would save the average family $2,500 a year in premiums. But this year, almost half of those surveyed by CBS and the New York Times characterized “the affordability of basic medical care as a hardship.” That’s a quarter more people than said so last year.

The Kaiser Family Foundation, the New York Times, and Avalere Health crunched government numbers and concluded that even premiums for coverage offered on the exchanges would rise between 2 and 5% during 2015.

Meanwhile, a study from the National Bureau of Economic Research determined that premiums in the non-group market in 2014 increased by 24.4% over what they would have cost without Obamacare.

Costs for small businesses have also grown. Last year, the average cost of employer-sponsored health insurance for an individual exceeded $5,700. That’s 23% more than in 2009, the year before Obamacare was signed into law.

One in 10 businesses has laid off workers to cope with growing healthcare costs. And “one-third of small firms say they are purposefully not growing as a result of the Affordable Care Act,” according to a National Small Business Association Survey.

Meanwhile, one in five companies has reduced employee hours to avoid falling afoul of Obamacare’s employer mandate, which requires companies with 100 or more employees who work more than 30 hours a week to provide health insurance this year. Next year, companies with 50 or more workers will be subject to the mandate.

Companies who fail to comply must pay fines of the lesser of $3,000 per employee who receives subsidies in Obamacare’s insurance exchanges or $2,000 for every worker after the first 30.

The cost of Obamacare has also grown dramatically for the government — and thus for taxpayers. In 2009, President Obama claimed that his plan would cost a little more than $900 billion over the next decade. But according to a recent report from the Congressional Budget Office, the law’s net price tag has ballooned to nearly $1.2 trillion.

The law’s ballooning cost is largely the result of its failure to slow overall health spending. Nationwide, health spending grew 5% in 2014, compared to a 3.6% increase the year prior, according to a new report from Altarum Institute. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services forecast spending to grow by 6% a year from 2015 through 2023 — “largely as a result of the continued implementation of the ACA coverage expansions.”

To make matters worse, the health law has also failed to deliver “the best care, not just the most expensive care,” as the President promised in 2009. Under Obamacare, Americans now have fewer healthcare options than before.

The number of insurers selling to individual consumers in the exchanges has dropped by more than 20% compared to the year before Obamacare took effect, according to the Heritage Foundation. Consumers who buy coverage on the exchanges often find that their preferred hospitals are out of network, McKinsey & Co. reports.

Meanwhile, Deloitte surveyed 20,000 doctors and discovered that many are cutting their work hours or leaving the practice of medicine altogether. USA TODAY recently reported that many doctors are limiting their intake of patients who bought coverage on the exchanges; the reimbursement rates offered by their policies are just too low.

“Physicians who are in solo practices have to be careful not to take too many patients reimbursed at lower rates or they’re not going to be in business too long,” said the President of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

For patients, this exodus of doctors translates into less access, longer waits before appointments, and less one-on-one time with the few doctors who will see them. Last year, patients had to wait an average of 18 days for appointments with specialty doctors. This waiting game is “going to get worse and not better,” according to a study from consultancy Merritt Hawkins.

But since it “felt good” and they “had the best of intentions” and it’s all the fault of evil insurance companies the Liberal won’t hold themselves responsible for making things much worse than if they hadn’t meddled in the first place.

Lie By Sword

Live by the sword, die by the sword, the Bible tells us. In Washington, it’s slightly different: Live by the CBO, die by the CBO.

The congressional number-crunchers, perhaps the capital’s closest thing to a neutral referee, came out with a new report Tuesday, and it wasn’t pretty for Obamacare. The CBO predicted the law would have a “substantially larger” impact on the labor market than it had previously expected: The law would reduce the workforce in 2021 by the equivalent of 2.3 million full-time workers, well more than the 800,000 originally anticipated. This will inevitably be a drag on economic growth, as more people decide government handouts are more attractive than working more and paying higher taxes.

This is grim news for the White House and for Democrats on the ballot in November. This independent arbiter, long embraced by the White House, has validated a core complaint of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) critics: that it will discourage work and become an ungainly entitlement. (WP)

But with this administration, and Democrats in general, it’s Lie by The Sword, Then just keep on lying until it has to be the truth because all you’ve got left is the lie.

Meanwhile, Gene Sperling, Obama’s top economic-policy adviser, walked to the White House lawn and told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that he rejected the finding. “When you have two parents and they’re both working full time to provide health care and they don’t feel they’re there to do homework with their kids and this allows one of [them] to work a little less because they have health care, that’s not costing jobs,” Sperling argued.

I’m sure that sounded convincing and just downright “awwww…” in his head. But, seriously, dude, that was pathetic. But if your job is to lie and to lie as convincingly and with as much conviction as possible you can’t beat an “economic policy advisor” for BS and doublespeak.

In general, the CBO explained, phasing out subsidies to buy health insurance when income rises “effectively raises people’s marginal tax rates . . . thus discouraging work.” (WP)

WHOOPS! 🙂

Lowest labor participation rate in 35 years…

Highest Disability and Food Stamps ever.

Gee, never saw that coming… 🙂

Jason Furman, head of the Council of Economic Advisers, who argued that the Affordable Care Act couldn’t possibly be a job killer because 8.1 million jobs had been created since it became law. This is true — but irrelevant to the CBO finding.

(That would be similar to millions of jobs created while the labor participation rate goes down and the number of people who have quit looking is in the millions)

Furman attempted to dispute the report (“I haven’t accepted the number”) without disparaging the authors (“We cite CBO all the time”). Delicately, he said the report “is subject to misinterpretation, doesn’t take into account every factor, and there’s uncertainty and debate around it.”

But there’s only so much White House officials could do. Obamacare has been undermined by the very entity they had used to validate it.

So it’s time to keep on lying and obfuscating and just generally BSing you’re way past it.

Lie By The Sword, Kill others with it first! 🙂

And then play the “moral” car that Homo Superior Liberalis would.

Witness, super liberal EJ Dionne:

The truth about this controversy is that there is a broad debate in our country over how much government should do to correct for market outcomes that leave so many Americans without enough income, opportunity or access to the essentials of modern life, notably health insurance.

Supporters of Obamacare, including those who wish it had gone even further, believe that social justice requires government to give significant assistance to those who find themselves on the wrong end of an economic system that is producing an increasingly unequal society. (WP)

Hits all the emotional, “moral” liberal notes doesn’t it.

Their vision is so superior to yours that you can’t see it through the “noise” of people protesting it’s “Benefits”. (Fringe with Benefits?) 🙂

A Liberal commentor: “Obamacare will work just fine. As any other major program serving Americans, such as SS, Medicare, etc, it will require some fine tuning during implementation.”

Sucking up the kool-aid. Yeah, they are all going bankrupt, ya mindless twonk!

Homo Superior Liberalis is not capable of being wrong, in their own heads, so the fact that the very people, The CBO, that they used as a cudgel for their ObamaCare baby has now spit up puke dinner all over their face they will barely notice.

After all, they are the morally and intellectually superior lifeform, and you’re not!

SNAP!

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To Wit

others pay idiot

According to the popular economics site, ZeroHedge, of the approximately 1 million jobs created in 2013, only 23% of them were full-time.

“[W]hat really shows what is going on in America at least in 2013,” writes ZeroHedge, “is the following summary: of the 953K jobs ‘created’ so far in 2013, only 23%, or 222K, were full-time. Part-time jobs? 731K of the 953K total.”

The people who really need to grow up are the Peter Pan progressives who think that in order to fly all you have to do is wish for it.

It’s bad enough that you guys have become the biggest racists since the demise of the KKK.

But your economic illiteracy is destroying the fabric of America; those things that made America exceptional, creative and bold.

Progressive seem to think that conservatives are frightened of elections. John Boehner’s crying doesn’t represent all of us.

See you in 2014.

I’m looking forward to the fight.

Linda1423 wrote: If world comes to an end, there will be no history books, how dumb can you get.Clinton 2030: The World Will Come to an End

Dear Comrade 1423,

Well I guess you answered that question for us, didn’t you?

If you ever get the opportunity to study rhetoric, you might check out the use of sarcasm.

For your edification, here’s the Wikipedia definition. Normally I eschew Wiki definitions, but I find this one humorous:

Sarcasm is “a sharp, bitter, or cutting expression or remark; a bitter gibe or taunt.”[1][2] Sarcasm may employ ambivalence,[3] although sarcasm is not necessarily ironic.[4] “The distinctive quality of sarcasm is present in the spoken word and manifested chiefly by vocal inflections”. [5] Any comment could be considered sarcastic in the correct context, such as “Piers Morgan is REALLY smart”. [6]

Please note that in my example—“Quick! We better elect Hillary president before the world comes to an end and we run out of the opportunity to elect the first woman president of United States. History books later would be very unkind to us if we didn’t elect her now.”—I was being both sarcastic and ironic. (John Ransom)

I love sarcasm. I like for it. 🙂

And here’s a warning from Wikipedia: “This sophisticated understanding [of sarcasm] can be lacking in some people with certain forms of brain damage, dementia and autism (although not always),[12] and this perception has been located by MRI in the right parahippocampal gyrus.”

My friend Francesca Subramanian tells me that some people just don’t get sarcasm, therefore, they just aren’t big fans of mine.

This makes me feels better because I have often wanted to ask people who don’t like me to have some sort of medical test done to figure out what’s wrong with them.

You and your liberal friends might want to get that checked out, Comrade 1423.

And just so you know, I’m not being sarcastic now. Or now. Or even now.

(John Ransom)

Me either… 🙂

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Recovery Summer IV Results

Economy: After his embarrassing failure on the foreign policy front, President Obama decided to tout his success managing the U.S. economy — just as the historically weak recovery shows fresh signs of weakening further.

In a speech marking the fifth anniversary of the Lehman Bros. collapse, Obama ticked off a laundry list of alleged accomplishments since taking office: I stopped another Great Depression, saved the auto industry, put people to work, etc.

“We cleared away the rubble from the financial crisis,” he said, “and we’ve begun to lay a new foundation for economic growth and prosperity.”

Unfortunately, it’s a foundation built on quicksand.

Just last week we learned that retail sales have softened, consumer sentiment hit a five-month low, job growth in August was still tepid and the number of job losers posted its biggest jump since 2010.

All are signs the economy isn’t going to live up to expectations in the final months of the year.

This comes after 50 months of sluggish growth that has left 4.3 million out of work long-term, helped drive 10 million out of the job market, pushed the labor participation rate to 35-year lows, boosted food stamp rolls by 14 million and pushed nearly 3 million into poverty.

Just 13 states have employment rates above their pre-recession peaks (all but four of them, by the way, voted against Obama in 2008).

Thanks to Obama’s sluggish growth, real median household income remains 4.4% below where it was when his “recovery” started.

The day Obama gave his remarks, the AP reported that the unemployment rate among low-income families is at Great Depression levels of 21%, but among upper-income households it’s 3.2%. That, AP’s analysis found, is the widest gap on record.

AP also found that middle-income workers are increasingly ending up with lower-wage jobs, forcing lower-skilled workers out of the job market.

Meanwhile, a survey out of the University of Chicago finds that a record 8.4% of Americans consider themselves “lower class.”

Here’s another way to look at it: Had Obama’s recovery merely been average, there would be 7.4 million more people gainfully employed today, and the economy would be $1.3 trillion bigger.

Even the left is noticing that, despite Obama’s endless blather about building prosperity from the ground up, his recovery has had the opposite effect — concentrating whatever gains there have been at the top.

The Huffington Post called it “the most uneven recovery in at least several decades” — which would include the Reagan, Clinton and Bush recoveries.

Among the evidence presented: Workers in the bottom 20% have seen their real average hourly wages decline steadily under Obama, compared with gains at the very top. And while 60% of the jobs lost in the recession paid mid-wages, only 22% of the jobs gained in Obama’s recovery did so.

Incredibly, amid all this, Obama claims to see “progress across the board.”  Then again, Obama thinks his foreign policy adventures have been a success, too. (IBD)

“Are some of these folks really so beholden to one extreme wing of their party that they’re willing to tank the entire economy just because they can’t get their way on this issue?” Obama said in a speech at the White House. “Are they really willing to hurt people just to score political points?” (Townhall)

WELL, we know HE IS. He’s been doing it for 5 years now! 🙂

Obama conceded the problems. “As any middle class family will tell you or anybody who’s striving to get in the middle class, we are not yet where we need to be,” he said.

And never will be, with Progressives in charge because they depend on making people poor and dependent on them and making rich people less rich and demonic to keep them them there.

“After all the progress that we’ve made over these last four and a half years, the idea of reversing that progress because of an unwillingness to compromise or because of some ideological agenda is the height of irresponsibility,” Obama said.

Which is why he won’t compromise on anything that has been done or will be done. But he’s not ideologically rigid… 🙂

After all, it’s “Congress” (Read: Republicans) Fault!

He’s not partisan. 🙂

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The Whole Hog

Richard Trumpka, of the AFL-CIO, Mr. Bully Union Thug: During a recent interview, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said employers are “restructuring their workforce to give workers 29 and a half hours so they don’t have to provide them healthcare.”

RICHARD TRUMKA, PRESIDENT AFL-CIO: The Affordable Care Act does need some modifications to it, because as it does right now, what’s happening is, you have employers that the law says if you pay your, if your employees work 30 hours or more a week, you’ve got to give them healthcare. So they’re restructuring their workforce to give workers 29 and a half hours so they don’t have to provide them healthcare. They’re also doing some taxing to nonprofit plans to pay for for-profit plans. (Newsbusters)

Hey, Richard, let me clue you in one something. This is all a part of the plan.

You see, since Liberal worship at the feet of Government and a Quasi-Government solution (aka “compromise”) goes down in flames the only answer, of course, is that we need MORE government…

And Ta Da, Single Payer, Canada/Britain Style is proposed as the solution since the “compromise” didn’t work.

You see, it has to fail the very people it’s suppose to “help” and it has to be a just enough of a  failure to the rest so that the Left can promote their “solution”.

The idea that the whole thing is rotten and should be thrown out isn’t even remotely conceivable to the Left.

They want The Whole Hog!

A Nose to Tail Government Health Care Feast. Which of course, will cause a famine, but like they care. This is about the Agenda, not about reality.

Especially while he’s exempted or politically delayed so much of it for so many of his friends and employers. Gotta get it done before the the Whole Pig roasts them first.

Last week, AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka let it be known that he was “working with the administration on ObamaCare” to find a solution for their oh-so-unexpected plight, ahem, but other leaders are still pretty frustrated with the lack of progress they’re seeing on getting concessions. Why has the administration catered to so many other special interest groups, but not us?, they wonder angrily:

“We are disappointed that the non-profit health plans offered by unions have not been given the same consideration as the Catholic Church, big business and Capitol Hill staffers,” Unite Here President D. Taylor told The Hill. …

“The Democrats have completely given the store away to the for-profit industry,” Taylor said. “Without any question, we have a scenario set up that ObamaCare has turned all the money over to the for-profit plans and the non-profit plans will fade away.”

“With open enrollment set to begin on October 1, time is of the essence, so we are working hard every day to find a solution to protect our members’ healthcare,” said Tim Schlittner, a spokesman for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). …

“The administration has found resolutions for a whole variety of issues and the fact that their biggest supporters will be put at the mercy of the for-profit insurance industry will leave a very bad, bad taste,” Taylor said. “You can’t blame the Republicans on this one. This is a Democratic bill through and through.”

Ouch. (Hot air)

I guess the kiss ass narcissism train hasn’t stopped there yet and there not happy. Well, that’s the Left for you.

If it’s good enough to do for everyone, it’s good enough to exempt me from it.

IBD: More than 250 employers have cut work hours, jobs or taken other steps to avoid ObamaCare costs, according to a new IBD analysis.

Mind the data have been the refrain from the White House as it downplays anecdotal reports of employers limiting workers to fewer than 30 hours per week.

But the anecdotes are piling high enough that they now constitute a body of data that can help gauge the impact of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate.

IBD is introducing ObamaCare Employer Mandate: A List Of Cuts To Work Hours, Jobs — a compilation of employers who have opted to restrict work hours to limit new liability for employee health coverage.

As of Sept. 3, this list has reached 258 — including more than 200 public-sector employers.

Almost all of those employers have cut the hours of part-time workers to below 30 per week — the point at which ObamaCare’s insurance mandate kicks in.

A few have cut payrolls to steer clear of ObamaCare’s 50 full-time-equivalent-worker definition of a large employer subject to employer fines. A few others have reduced staff while contracting with employment services firms to limit their ObamaCare exposure.

The scorecard reflects an extensive, though less than exhaustive, search. It only includes employers when there is convincing documentation (generally news accounts or public records) that job actions are specifically tied to ObamaCare.

For example, when Forever 21 said it was cutting hours for 192 workers to 29.5 per week or Lowe’s (LOW) said it would hire 9,000 permanent workers — all part-time — the ObamaCare connection wasn’t quite the slam dunk needed to land them on this list.

Because private firms may fear bad publicity or litigation if they admit to cutting hours to avoid ObamaCare’s coverage mandate, it’s not surprising that few would be willing to come right out and say it. It’s only logical to take their denials with a grain of salt.

Public employers, on the other hand, tend to make decisions in a much more transparent way. Even here, limiting hours for part-timers is often an administrative, rather than legislative, action, so documentation may be hard to come by.

All this is to say that the list in no way represents an accounting of ObamaCare’s actual impact on work hours.

Further, because relatively few employers on the list have provided specifics, the scorecard’s total of 19,300 workers facing reduced hours should in no way be used to minimize ObamaCare’s impact.

One useful bit of information that can be gleaned from the list is that 110 of the reports of reduced hours came in May and June alone. This flurry of activity has subsided significantly since the White House announced on July 2 a one-year delay of employer penalties.

The take-away: Many employers were only just beginning to understand and respond to ObamaCare’s regulations that were confusing and late in coming. This suggests another flurry of work-hour reductions can be expected next spring — assuming the mandate is still expected to come into force. That’s because penalties for 2015 will be based on staffing levels starting in the second half of 2014 — at the latest.

The private-sector anecdotal entries help interpret industry workweek data. The list includes sharp hour reductions by several firms that provide social assistance to the elderly. That suggests it is no mere coincidence that the workweek among providers of services to the elderly and disabled has tumbled to a record-low 27.6 hours.

Further, it is evident — and hardly surprising — that the private-sector hour cuts have virtually all come in low-wage industries.

Therefore, to evaluate ObamaCare’s impact on the workweek, focus on low-wage industries. Over the past 18 months, the low-wage workweek has fallen back near the recessionary low-point.

The list of more than 200 public-sector employers cutting work hours is surely the most surprising revelation.

The main take-away is that ObamaCare’s employer mandate is a real problem for the segment of public-sector employers who offer generous coverage (as most all of them do) but don’t cover part-timers who work more than 30 hours.

In at least one case, the list goes beyond mere anecdote to reveal a clear pattern. It includes 34 universities and colleges — or college systems — cutting hours of part-time or adjunct faculty. That may not seem like much, until you consider that those reports cover more than 150 campuses attended by more than 1.4 million students.

Another 67 entries on the list involve school boards cutting hours of part-time instructional aides, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and coaches.

The entire list is available on our website, in a format that can be easily downloaded into a spreadsheet for further analysis. It will continue to be updated as more employer announcements are made.

But if we cause you enough pain you’ll want government to solve the problem.

Entire, The WHOLE HOG!

And it will never want to leave the trough.

 

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The Bridge to Nowhere

Four+years and $825 billion later, the results are clear. Instead of producing an economic recovery, the stimulus produced only broken promises and massive debt. The stimulus failed—and by the president’s own standards at that.

But they’ll never admit to it. And besides it’s the Republican’s fault for “obstructing” the process anyhow. 🙂

Ironic and Prophetic, unintentionally??

In the Obama era, the unemployment rate peaked at 10.0 percent in October 2010. It did not dip below 9 percent until October 2011, when it hit 8.9 percent.  From August to September 2012, it dropped from 8.1 percent to 7.8 percent—the first time during Obama’s tenure it went under 8 percent.

Since then, the lowest it has gone has been 7.5 percent—the rate it hit in April. But after April, it ticked back up to 7.6 percent in May and stayed at 7.6 percent in June.

Prior to Obama’s presidency, the longest stretch of national unemployment at 7.5 percent or higher, as reported by the BLS, was 32 months from September 1981 through April 1984. From August 1981 to September 1981, unemployment climbed from 7.4 percent to 7.6 percent. It then stayed above 7.5 percent until April 1984, when it was at 7.7 percent. In May 1984, it dropped to 7.4 percent.

On January 10, 2009, Christina Romer, who was President-elect Barack Obama’s top economic adviser, and Jared Bernstein, who was Vice President-elect Joe Biden’s top economic adviser, published a report predicting that if Obama’s proposed stimulus plan were enacted the unemployment rate would not top 8 percent.

In a February 2013 report on the impact of Obama’s stimulus law—the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)—the Congressional Budget Office said that it estimated the law would have the net effect of increasing federal budget deficits by $830 billion between 2009 and 2019.

CBO also estimated that the stimulus had the impact in the last quarter of 2012 of lowering “the unemployment rate by between 0.1 percentage points and 0.4 percentage points.”

A Trillion dollars for nothing. Gee, no one saw that coming… 🙂

The report showed that despite the dire warnings from federal bureaucrats, politicians and K Street lobbyists, the jobs market didn’t fall apart because Republicans forced the government to spend less than it planned.

And of course, like anything else D.C.-related, the Democrat policies have it exactly backwards.

While it’s true that job growth was robust, it came from the growth of PART-TIME jobs, which are the only kind available. On a net basis, the economy lost 326,000 fulltime jobs.

Obamacare changes the definition of full time employment to 30 hour a week from 32 hours and requires companies over a certain size to purchase health benefits for all fulltime employees. As a result, companies are doing what we all knew they would: They are cutting full time employment and replacing it with part-time help.

And ObamaCare’s mandates and fine kick in at 30 hours. True, he put it off until after the election so it doesn’t get worse than it is, but an employer looks down the road and what he sees is that the bridge over the chasm is missing…

The report, however, also provides clear evidence that the the nation is splitting into two; only 47% of Americans have a full-time job and those who don’t are finding it increasingly out of reach. 

Of the 144 million Americans employed last month, only 116 million were working full-time. Friday’s report showed that 58.7% of the civilian adult population of 245 million was working last month. Only 47% of Americans, however, had a full-time job.

So now you have 53% who have a vested interest in the welfare state. Gee, the Democrats aren’t pandering to them are they?

So the Democrats have a vested interest in it NOT getting better.

Class envy. Class warfare. Hate the Rich.

20 Million illegals who will make it even worse.

Welcome to the Visigoth Sloth.

Who needs a Civil War when you can invade the rot that’s already there.

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Droning On…

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The Eric Holder Thrill of the week:

Barack Obama ‘has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil’. President Barack Obama has the authority to use an unmanned drone strike to kill US citizens on American soil, his attorney general has said.

“The president could conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland,” Mr Holder said.

Under close questioning by Sen. Ted Cruz, Mr. Holder repeatedly said American citizens on U.S. soil were not “appropriate” targets for extrajudicial executions.

Mr. Cruz said that wasn’t good enough.

“You keep saying ‘appropriate.’ My question isn’t about propriety. My question is about whether something is constitutional or not,” the Texas Republican said.

“Let me be clear: Translate my ‘appropriate’ to ‘no.’ I thought I was saying no, all right? No,” Mr. Holder said.

Mr. Holder also said he is not sure Congress could ban the president from using drones to kill Americans on U.S. soil.

Translation:  YES.

Mind you this is the same Eric Holder who sued a State for enforcing FEDERAL Immigration law, and also covered up best he could Selling Guns the Left doesn’t want Americans to own to Mexican Drug Cartels!!

The Agenda is the Agenda.

Do as I say, Not as I do.

OBAMACARE UPDATE

The shift to part-time work accelerated in February ahead of a key, midyear ObamaCare deadline, Gallup reported on Monday.

Gallup’s survey found that the percentage of part-time workers as a share of the overall labor force surged to 20.6%, the highest level in data going back to the start of 2010 — just as the employment recovery began.

The report provides the most dramatic evidence yet of the impact the 2010 health law is now beginning to have on employers of modest-wage workers and — even more importantly — on their workers.

Treasury Department guidelines released in January gave businesses until June 30 before their staffing levels begin to influence fines that may apply in 2014 when the ObamaCare exchanges launch.

The law exempts companies with fewer than 50 full-time equivalent employees from providing health care coverage. Firms with at least 50 workers face fines based on the number of employees who receive ObamaCare subsidies, which are only available to people who lack affordable coverage from an employer.

But those fines — up to $3,000 per ObamaCare subsidized worker — won’t apply for part-time workers, which the law defines as 30 hours per week.

An obvious strategy to minimize fines is to cut some workers to just below the 30-hour threshold. Staying below the 50-worker threshold also may be an option.

A check of new Securities and Exchange Commission filings adds to the list of companies considering employment changes to limit the cost of complying with ObamaCare.

“Our compliance … may result in significant modifications to our employment and benefits policies and practices,” The Wendy’s Co. (WEN) said.

It also warned that “modifications to our business practices may be disruptive to our operations and impact our ability to attract and retain personnel.”

Fiesta Restaurant Group (FRGI), which operates 251 restaurants in four states, said it is “reviewing our strategy for employing part-time vs. full-time employees” in managing compliance costs.

O’Reilly Automotive (ORLY), an auto parts retailer, said it was evaluating “operational changes to minimize the impact of the legislation to our cost structure.”

As Washington considers action on raising the minimum wage, Jacobe said that full-time jobs were “certainly as important” on the policy agenda.

“Part-time workers find it hard to live on their own, let alone support a family.” (IBD)

But don’t worry, only the Left cares about the Poor and Middle Class! 🙂

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