America Has A 1.6% Inflation Rate. Aren’t You Lucky?

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In the Socialist Paradise where I live, inflation (as reported by the government) was 56% last year. This year the projects are for an inflation of 85% or more. But, you, my dear friends, don’t have an inflation problem back there in America, do you? I Googled US Inflation this morning and found this graph:

United States Inflation Rate

Wow! 1.6% inflation last month. I guess those blood-sucking Social Security recipients (like me) won’t being getting any adjustment to their benefits this year. Unfortunately, according to this article, those fixed-income blood-suckers and most everyone else are going to be in for some sticker shock and the grocery store very shortly. (Keep in mind that the government’s reported inflation rate does not take into effect price changes in volatile things like food or gasoline.) Take a look at what is happening to these food commodities so far this year:

Cattle              Hogs               Grains             Milk                Coffee

+28%              +25%              14%                +17%              +67%

Those increases should up in what you pay a the grocery store in April and May.

Why are these food commodity prices on the rise? The article linked above suggest it is due to speculators using the Feds easy money as the cause. I’m not buying that. The Fed’s Zero Interest Rate Policy( ZIRP) has been in effect for nearly five years now and the source the author used for the above table shows that these commodity prices were either flat or falling for all that time until just recently.  It is more likely due to normal supply and demand factors than anything else.

At any rate, your 1.6% inflation rate is about to bite you in the …

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch

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ObamaCare Affordable? Woman With Brain Tumor Gets Hours Cut, Copays Skyrocket, Because of ObamaCare

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Here’s yet another example of a person that is being harmed by the “Affordable” Care Act, also known as ObamaCare.  28 year old Amanda Pratt has found herself in dire straights.  Not only did she have a large brain tumor, ObamaCare, in spite of it’s promise to be “affordable,” has complicated Pratt’s treatment by making it unaffordable. 

That’s already somewhat jarring for young woman. Maybe it should have prepared her for what she saw when she went to the doctor last week. That’s where she got another shock: the cost of some of her care now that Obamacare had started taking effect.

Even more surprising? Initially, Pratt said she noticed that her insurance premiums went down — $14 per month to be exact. She received a 30-or-so-page booklet detailing in small print the changes to her plan that would come under Obamacare. But she didn’t look closely enough to avoid her recent sticker shock.

Amanda Pratt is studying social work at USC. In 2011, a CT scan found a brain tumor, which led to a series of five surgeries. Though the tumor has been removed, Pratt still faces several check-ups, which after Obamacare went into effect she said now come with costly copays.

Last week Pratt visited her primary care physician with a sore throat. It was strep. At the receptionist’s window and afterward at the pharmacy to fill a prescription, Pratt learned just how much more she would be paying for care.

“My copay for seeing the doctor went up $30 to $60. My copay for prescriptions went up $20 to $60 as well,” Pratt told TheBlaze.

But that’s not even the kicker. Having an MRI, something Pratt will need once a year for the next five years to monitor her brain, went from an $800 copay to $2,200.

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You know, increasing co-pays is really affordable, right?

But, it got even worse for the young brain tumor victim, as she was again victimized by the “affordable” care act…

Pratt thinks Obamacare is impacting her pocketbook in more ways than one. In addition to facing steeper medical bills, she said her part-time work has been cut so her employer could avoid the provision requiring insurance for employees working 30 hours or more a week.

“Before the [Affordable Care Act] I was working 35 hours a week, now I’m working 24,” Pratt, who works in the fast-food restaurant’s customer service department, said.

Pratt said she is working on navigating how should could qualify through various aid programs and noted that she has tried to check out the health care options offered in the federal exchange. In the two times she has tried to log onto the state-based exchange website in the last two weeks, it hasn’t worked, she said.

So, the “affordable” ObamaCare has not only caused this woman to pay more out of pocket for her care, she has less money, because her hours were cut at work-because of ObamaCare.  Of course, the democrats and their MSM sycophants will blame someone else (as usual), but prior to the “affordable” ObamaCare kicking in, this woman had a 35 hour a week job, insurance that was helping her, and she could afford it all.  Now, she has a a 24 hour a week job, and co-pays that has at least doubled, if not tripled.  All the negative outcomes are a direct consequence of ObamaCare.

Just remember, if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.

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New Jersey’s New Gun Laws Result in Higher Murder Rate

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According to Wyblog, New Jersey  reacted to the Sandy Hook massacre by passing some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country.  And, like other states or cities that have passed strict gun laws, the murder rate went up…

In 2013 NJ enacted the stricted gun laws in the nation, and the murder rate soared

Last year our knee-jerk liberal fascists reacted predictably to the Newtown, CT school shooting by enacting some of the strictest gun control legislation in the nation.

Also last year the murder rate in our fine state soared to a seven-year high.

Coincidence? I mean really, how can criminals so easily acquire guns when New Jersey makes it so hard to buy and own them?

Oh, right, criminals don’t follow the law.

So naturally the solution is more gun control legislation!

[Newark Police Director Samuel] DeMaio said .45-caliber handguns — far more powerful than the 9 mm weapons once common in Newark — and the proliferation of assault weapons led to the city’s increased number of killings.

“If the federal government is really serious about gun control and the violence that’s taking place, not just in Newark, but in every city throughout this country, they will get strict and do the right thing with the gun laws,” he said. “Make them consistent. … Take the guns out of the criminals’ hands.”

As usual, gun grabbers fail to realize that criminals do not follow laws, so when you restrict guns, the only people restricted are people that follow the law.  Criminals, I would imagine, who will still be armed, see the newly disarmed populace in terms similar to “easy meat.”

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My Money vs. Other People’s Money: Consumers Say’No’ to Raises for Wal Mart Staff, Once They Find Out They Have to Pay for it!

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Other people’s money is very powerful thing; it can be stolen by government, wasted, and a small fraction spent on making a problem worse.  Unions can extort if from companies until there are layoffs, or entire industries are relocated or regions suffer (rust belt, anyone?).  Most Americans have no problem spending other people’s money.  But, there is a strange phenomena to report.  When other people’s money turns into MY money, the tune changes, and fast!

Peter Schiff, a big time investor, staged a mock protest; asking people if they are willing to have their money become other people’s money, and pay more for their products in order to increase he pay of Wal Mart workers…

While it’s apparently OK to spend other people’s money, MY money is not on the table, so to speak.

Which, of course, is why force is needed to MAKE other people give up their money.

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Obama Touted Woman Who Thanked Him for $169 a Month Insurance, Then She Found Out it Really Cost $621!

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If you recall, not only did Obama openly lie about you being able to keep your plan, but many of the few people that were able to sign up for ObamaCare were given false information regarding their premiums.  In other words, ObamaCare lied!  I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  Conservative Intel has the scoop on one woman who was the victim of this lie.

Well, Washington State Wire reports that one of these folks has turned up — Jessica Sanford of Federal Way, Wash., a freelance court reporter. She isn’t just any enrollee. As it happens, President Obama once mentioned her by name. She was so thrilled at getting a “gold” level insurance plan for herself and her son for just $169 per month that she had written Obama to thank him. And then he read from her letter and gave her a name-check in his October 21 Rose Garden speech. He told her story — one of the few positive ones out there — as part of his sales pitch:

“I recently received a letter from a woman named Jessica Sanford in Washington State, and here’s what she wrote: ‘I am a single mom, no child support, self-employed, and I haven’t had health insurance for 15 years because it is too expensive. My son has ADHD and requires regular doctor visits, and his meds alone cost $250 a month. I have had an ongoing tendinitis problem due to my line of work that I have to have treated. Now, finally, we get to have coverage because of the ACA for $169 a month. I was crying the other day when I signed up. So much stress lifted.’

“Now, that is not untypical for a lot of folks like Jessica who have been struggling without health insurance. That is what the Affordable Care Act is all about.”

Unfortunately, Washington State did finally got back to Sanford about her application. That $452 subsidy we said you’d get? That was a mistake. You actually get zero. So for that gold plan, instead of paying $169 per month, you’d pay $621 per month.

Sorry about that

Now she says her dream of affordable health insurance has gone poof. She can’t afford it. She’ll have to go without. “I’m really terribly embarrassed,” she says. “It has completely turned around on me. I mean, completely.”

At least she was able to enroll her son in Medicaid for $30 per month — but that might be another mistake. As the piece notes, her income is actually slightly too high for that.

Well, sadly, this poor woman trusted Obama, and ObamaCare, and she was rewarded with no insurance what-so-ever.  But don’t worry, she can pay the ObamaCare tax for not having insurance!

I guess it’s time for the usual refrain; if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.  Elections have consequences, and sadly, millions are paying the price for your gullibility.   The millions harmed so far is just the tip of the iceberg.  More pain is coming, for many millions more.

And id I mention that by voting for Obama, you voted for that too?

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ObamaCare Damage: NBC Airs Report That Shows Small Business Owner’s Plan Goes up 400%, Mandates Maternity Coverage for His 59 year-old Wife

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Those pesky 59 year-old wives, you never know what they are going to do.  At least according to ObamaCare, they needed maternity coverage.  That, and they REQUIRE maternity coverage.  Welcome to the world of ObamaCare! As NBC news shows, a small businessman is getting hosed by the law…

The gentlemen is only one of millions of Americans that can not only lose their plan, but will now pay many times more, for coverage that they neither want nor need.

By the way, I would be remiss if I did not inform you that if you voted for Obama, you voted for this.  And, we tried to warn people.  This was easily predictable.

Elections have consequences.

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Oil Production In America Setting Records In Spite of Obama and His Green Marxist Friends

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It’s not easy finding good news to report on these days. But, I did manage to find some that you may have missed. In spite of President Obama bowing to every wish of his environmental extremist supporters to kill oil and gas production in America and to force Americans to pay ever-increasing costs for energy, the private sector has been going gang busters on private lands. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that America is the world’s largest producer of petroleum liquids for the eight straight month. This EIA graph comparing US production to that od Saudi Arabia was lifted from an article at the American Enterprise Institute.

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That is pretty impressive! And yes, Mr. President, the private sector did do that. They did develop the fracking and horizontal drilling technology that made this happen.

Imagine where we might be in oil and gas production if it wasn’t declining on federal lands due to Obama policies. Shameful! But it is not just the federal government that is hindering US oil and gas production from reaching its full potential. The People’s Socialist Republic of California is sitting on top of the huge Monterey shale deposit (supposedly four times bigger than the Bakken deposit in North Dakota), but the green weenies of California do not want it developed.

Imagine what America would be capable of if our government(s) put America ahead of their socialist agendas.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

Original Post:  Asylum Watch

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Media Matters Boycotts Rush Limbaugh, and His Ratings Increase as Much as 60%!

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It seems that the left has a problem-their boycotts help the targets!  Remember the boycott against Chick-fil-A, and the restaurant chain had records sales, with some stores running out of product to sell?  Then, came the boycott against Rush Limbaugh, who called a woman, who demanded that the government fund her sex-life, a slut.  Some  advertisers left, and wanted to come back, when their business suffered.  And, now, we see the final results of that boycott…his ratings are up!  Fire Andrea Mitchell has the video…

well, maybe we should have lefties boycott the CH 2.0? I could use the extra traffic!


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Gun Free Chicago Overrun with Unidentified Murder Victims!

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Imagine that you live in gun free Chicago.  They passed some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation.  And, as you look towards the sky, unicorns float by.  And look!  One just farted a rainbow!  Yes, that’s gun free Chicago for you, so idyllic, so peaceful-all because of the gun ban.  Until, that is, the calm is interrupted by the nearly incessant gunfire Chicago endures on a daily basis.  In fact, this mysterious and completely unanticipated gunfire has the Chicago PD with it’s back against the wall.  It appears that they have more murders than they can solve.  In fact, they can’t even identify the bodies fast enough.   Doug Ross has more…

Hey: anyone know how the nation’s most restrictive gun control laws are working out?

For the first time, the Cook County medical examiner’s office has posted photos of unclaimed bodies on their website in an effort to help identify them.

The program is generating some controversy because of the graphic images, but for the sake of people missing loved ones, this is a decision where the medical examiner believes the ends justify the means.

The site contains information about when the bodies were found and where, along with as much identifying information as possible—including, in some cases–photos of the victim’s face.

Here’s an idea. Perhaps Chicago could introduce a mobile app for identifying bodies. Of course, these kinds of innovations are only necessary because:

Only 132 of the 507 murder cases in the city last year were closed last year. That makes for a homicide clearance rate of 26 percent—the lowest in two decades, according to internal police records provided to Chicago. (The true picture is even worse; more on that later.) To put it another way: About three-quarters of the people who killed someone in Chicago in 2012 have gotten away with murder—so far, at least. “Those stats suggest a crisis,” says Arthur Lurigio, a criminologist at Loyola University Chicago…

…Last year’s department-wide consolidation and reorganization, initiated by Superintendent Garry McCarthy, has made a bad situation even worse. As one South Side detective put it: “It’s a perfect storm of s***.”

Now, I know what you are all thinking, “surely there can’t be any murders in gun free Chicago, they don’t allow guns there!”  Well, if you actually believe the gun control lowers crime, I have a slightly used unicorn to sell you.

He farts rainbows, don’t ya know?


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Donna Brazile Runs Into ObamaCare Reality: Denies it

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I really love it when a liberal runs face first into reality, and has no clue that their policies created that reality.  The latest victim of this cognitive dissonance is Donna Brazile, the current DNC vice- Chair.  Nice Deb has info on Ms. Brazile’s recent brush with reality…

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Now, how could she had known that her premiums were going to go up?  Could she have been warned?  Well, friends, those types of warnings are a speciality here at the CH2.0.

Elections have Consequences: Health Insurance Premiums to Hit $20,000?

ObamaCare Damage: Health Insurance Premiums to Double?

Maybe They Should Have Read it: ObamaCare Causes Massive Increase in Health Insurance Premiums

Elections Have Consequences: “Startling Rate Increases” Due to ObamaCare

ObamaCare Damage: Health Insurance Premiums Rise Under Obama

College Students Hammered by ObamaCare-Just in Time for the Election

ObamaCare Damage: Increased Costs to Consumers, Just as Predicted

In other words, she could have come to this site (note that the last link was a post from 2010!).  She would have known all along that this was going to happen.

As for Ms. Brazile? Well, even a brush with reality could not waken her from her useful idiocy, and she later tweeted that the insurance companies were “price gouging.”  Then again, we know that liberals are immune from reality.

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Hey Smokers, Look at How ObamaCare Might Jack up Your Premiums!

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As you all recall, Nancy Pelosi told the House that they had to pass ObamaCare to see what is in it.  So, they passed it, and within the tangled web of lies, deceit and failure, there is a poison pill for those that are smokers. Our good friend at Wyblog has the info…

Hey smokers, has anyone told you about Obamacare’s 50% insurance premium surcharge yet?

Starting next year health insurers can charge smokers 50% more.

Millions of smokers could be priced out of health insurance because of tobacco penalties in President Barack Obama’s health care law, according to experts who are just now teasing out the potential impact of a little-noted provision in the massive legislation.

The Affordable Care Act — “Obamacare” to its detractors — allows health insurers to charge smokers buying individual policies up to 50 percent higher premiums starting next Jan. 1.

For a 55-year-old smoker, the penalty could reach nearly $4,250 a year. A 60-year-old could wind up paying nearly $5,100 on top of premiums.

Younger smokers could be charged lower penalties under rules proposed last fall by the Obama administration. But older smokers could face a heavy hit on their household budgets at a time in life when smoking-related illnesses tend to emerge.

OK, when you think of it, premiums have already gone up under Obama, and ObamaCare still isn’t fully implemented yet.  Now, insurers now are able to discriminate against smokers.  Note that the law does not require insurers to ding smokers for their nasty habit, but it allows them to.  And, even if they don’t right away, they might have to, in order to offset the other costs of ObamaCare.

Oh, and if you are a smoker, and you voted for Obama, you asked for this.  You approved it with your vote.  Romney was the best chance to stop ObamaCare, so you picked it.  Enjoy your higher premiums, and remember that elections have consequences.

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Gun Control Works? Think Again!

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The faulty premise of all faulty premise is that gun control works towards preventing crime.  To take a honest look at that thought, perhaps we ought to look towards a nation that established gun control, like Great Britain…

Let’s see what effect once great Britain’s draconian authoritarianism has had. Here’s a report from 2009:

The latest Government figures show that the total number of firearm offences in England and Wales has increased from 5,209 in 1998/99 to 9,865 last year — a rise of 89 per cent.

In some parts of the country, the number of offences has increased more than five-fold.

In eighteen police areas, gun crime at least doubled.

Tony Blair and his gang of Labour leftists used the Dunblane Massacre as a pretext to inflict the Nazi-esque Firearms Acts in 1997. They banned private ownership of all handguns.

Lancashire suffered the single largest rise in gun crime, with recorded offences increasing from 50 in 1998/99 to 349 in 2007/08, an increase of 598 per cent. …

The number of people injured or killed by guns, excluding air weapons, has increased from 864 in 1998/99 to a provisional figure of 1,760 in 2008/09, an increase of 104 per cent.

OK then, the UK banned handgun ownership, and gun crime went up??  You mean, when the government bans something,people still possess it?  Do you mean, that when good, law abiding people turned in their firearms, that they then became prey to the bad folks that didn’t?  Doe it mean that even though it’s illegal to have guns, that the folks that don’t follow other laws didn’t follow the gun law either?

Who could have saw that coming?  Obviously not the bleeding hearts in the UK, who created more crime, and more misery, and probably won’t admit their guilt in creating more gun crime.  And, neither will our liberals, should they be successful here.  The MSM won’t report the predictable increases in crime, and if they do, they’ll blame it on someone else.

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Maybe They Should Have Read it: ObamaCare Causes Massive Increase in Health Insurance Premiums

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We’ve covered it before, and it’s still happening.  Health insurance premiums have taken off with the impending implementation of ObamaCare, and don’t appear to be slowing anytime soon.  We covered the beginning of this just recently.

ObamaCare Damage: Health Insurance Premiums Rise Under Obama

Elections Have Consequences: “Startling Rate Increases” Due to ObamaCare

However, our friend Wyblog has the latest.  

Obamacare: You get less than half the value at more than twice the price!

I think Democrats call that “fairness”.

Meanwhile in California, rates are going up twenty percent next year.

Blue Shield of California is calling for a 20% rate hike on some individual policyholders. The company expects higher costs from an influx of new customers under the federal healthcare law in 2014.

Remember when Obama said we’d save $2,500 per year on our health insurance?

Me neither.

Then there’s all the crippling taxes buried in Obamacare’s fine print. They had to pass the bill to find out what’s in it dontcha know. And when they found out, they weren’t happy.

Sixteen Democratic senators who voted for the Affordable Care Act are asking that one of its fundraising mechanisms, a 2.3 percent tax on medical devices scheduled to take effect January 1, be delayed. Echoing arguments made by Republicans against Obamacare, the Democratic senators say the levy will cost jobs — in a statement Monday, Sen. Al Franken called it a “job-killing tax” — and also impair American competitiveness in the medical device field.

Wait, raising taxes kills jobs? Why wasn’t I informed!

You mean, when the President promised that premiums would go down, they went up?  You mean, it was “unexpected?”  You mean, that it  really is Cloward-Piven for private insurance?  You mean, increasing the cost of doing business kills jobs?  If only some Conservative Bloggers could have pointed that out!

Oh wait!

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Welfare is Highest Single Budget in Item in 2011: 1.03 Trillion Dollars!

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Liberals often harp on Military spending, and wish to cut it, citing it’s percentage of the government.  However, under President Obama, Welfare spending alone has gone over 1.03 trillion dollars.  And yes, that is trillions with a “t.” The Lonely Conservative has more…

Welfare spending – that’s President Obama’s economic plan. Last year the federal government spent over $1 trillion on welfare programs. It’s the one thing Obama has been good at – getting people on the dole and hoping they vote for more.

The government spent approximately $1.03 trillion on 83 means-tested federal welfare programs in fiscal year 2011 alone — a price tag that makes welfare that year the government’s largest expenditure, according to new data released by the Republican side of the Senate Budget Committee.

The total sum taxpayers spent on federal welfare programs was derived from a new Congressional Research Service (CRS) report on federal welfare spending — which topped out at $745.84 billion for fiscal year 2011 — combined with an analysis from the Republican Senate Budget Committee staff of state spending on federal welfare programs (based on “The Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government Finance”), which reached $282.7 billion in fiscal year 2011.

The data excludes spending on Social Security, Medicare, means-tested health care for veterans without service-connected disabilities, and the means-tested veterans pension program. (Read More)

So, more welfare, more democrats?  That has been the theory for years.  the more people that get on the government drug, the more people that will vote to keep the benefits.

But whatever you do, never ever call it dependency!

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ObamaCare Damage: Health Insurance Premiums Rise Under Obama

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It seems that another Obama promise has hit the dust.  During the 2008 campaign, and into the early part of his term, the current POTUS promised to lower insurance premiums of families by an average of $2055.  Unfortunately for families, Obama’s policies have cause rates to instead increase by more than $3000.  Investor’s Business Daily has more…

During his first run for president, Barack Obama made one very specific promise to voters: He would cut health insurance premiums for families by $2,500, and do so in his first term.

But it turns out that family premiums have increased by more than $3,000 since Obama’s vow, according to the latest annual Kaiser Family Foundation employee health benefits survey.

Premiums for employer-provided family coverage rose $3,065 — 24% — from 2008 to 2012, the Kaiser survey found. Even if you start counting in 2009, premiums have climbed $2,370.

What’s more, premiums climbed faster in Obama’s four years than they did in the previous four under President Bush, the survey data show.

That’s more than a $5500 difference in the Obama promise, and the Obama reality.  Of course, if we follow the mantra of “Promise everything, deliver nothing, and blame someone else,” we can conclude the following…

1.  It’s Bush’s fault.

2.  The Republicans did it, even though the Democrats had super majorities for almost the first full two years of the Obama Presidency.

3.  It really isn’t happening.  premiums have come down, just like Obama promised, but evil capitalists are trying to confound the sheeple with mathematics again!

When are more people going to wake up?

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Conservative Policies Lead Canada to Pass Increasingly Liberal America in Household Wealth

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One of my undergraduate degrees is in International Relations and through this I began to study other nations and their public policies. Over the years, I have continued to follow the politics of other nations- my post on Yulia Tymoshenko, former PM of Ukraine, is one of my most popular posts. And of course I live a short distance from the great nation of Canada, so it was with great interest that I read the story of how Canadians are now more wealthy than Americans.

Here is the important data:

...In 2011 the net worth of the average Canadian household was $363,202 compared to the average American household at $319,970. That gives the average Canadian $43,232 more than the average American… America’s “liquid (non-real estate) assets are still greater than Canadians’”… while Canada’s unemployment rate has fallen to 7.2 percent, America’s was stuck at 8.2 percent…

Although I’m no expert in Canadian politics, I will note a couple reasons why Canadian wealth seems to be holding steady or going slightly up. A lot of the credit goes to Paul Martin, who as finance minister for most of the 90s made huge budget cuts, scaling down government to 1951 levels and eventually balancing the budget. Although this led to a short term reduction in economic growth and a temporary loss in tax revenue, the economy was crucially rebalanced away from the public sector towards the private sector, soon resulting to an increase in Canada’s credit rating and rapid increases in government revenue resulting from a quickly growing economy. Martin was even responsible for lowering Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio from a peak of seventy per cent to about fifty per cent in the mid-1990s.

Although his stint as prime minister from 2003 to 2006 was less successful, Canadian politics had been moved in a crucial way more towards conservatism and the results of this turn were very successful. After Stephen Harper’s Conservative Party took control of the government, he continued to make cuts to government, attempt to balance the budget, expand free trade, expand drilling and the energy industry, and move away from other failed liberal ideas such as green energy and increased regulations.

But the real story here is not the growth of the wealth of Canadians households, which we should applaud, but rather the sudden and stunning decline in wealth in American households, which should lead to hard and important questions. Canadian Douglas Haddow, writing in The Guardian, put it best when he wrote (source):

“Being richer than an America that has seen its blue-collar cities gutted and its middle class begin to hollow out is a rather empty sort of victory. Especially when you begin to suspect that we’re not actually winning, we’re just losing more slowly.”

Or as Rulein Hades at The Globe and Mail put it (source)-

“We’re not suddenly that much richer – our American cousins are suddenly that much poorer.”

The whole world is catching on that under President Barack Obama and the Democrats who support him in Congress, including Senator Stabenow here in Michigan, America is in decline- its middle class is being hallowed out as government policy increases the divide between rich (those who have government connections) and poor (those who do not have government connections) and government ceaselessly attacks capitalism and wealth creation. Although I have my doubts that we will ever recover to where we once were, the first step is for us to stop digging the hole, and we can do this by changing our leadership in November.

UPDATE: Let me be clear about something- Canada has not become a ‘conservative’ nation, it has instead become more conservative than it used to be and thus experienced growth (or at least less decline). Relative to its past, it has now more embraced life, liberty, and the creation and protection of property, and the results have been an increase in household wealth. Of course there are still many liberal elements in Canada, but these do not explain the growth in wealth and I would argue are in reality holding Canada back from further wealth and happiness. Conservative policies are a positive variable to the government equation, and the introduction of them into a closed system brings more prosperity and happiness to people.

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Food Prices Rise Under Obama

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Hope and Change apparently means higher food prices.  Big Government has the evidence…

So you think you’ve been paying more for groceries because your food bill is too high?

You’re right. Barack Obama is consuming fine dining while you’re putting another helping of macaroni on your plate. In 2011, with Obama’s inflation beginning to hit, prices skyrocketed for staples that you consume, according to the government:

  • Beef: +10.2%
  • Pork: +8.5%
  • Fish: +7.1%
  • Eggs: +9.2%
  • Dairy: +6.8%
  • Oils and Fats: +9.3%

Thanks to those kinds of prices, more and more people are opting to stay home for dinner – restaurants are simply too expensive. The gap between how much Americans eat out and how much they eat at home is the biggest since the mid-1970’s oil crisis.

These, of course, will have a disproportionate impact on the poor and middle class.  Once again, it shows how little this administration cares for those two segments of the population.  But, I wonder how many from each will vote for Obama, so he can do even more, “hope and change.”

To those who will vote for the empty suit in November, I can only ask one thing…

How ya likin’ that change?

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The Obama Effect: Obama’s Anti-Gun History Actually Stimulates Firearm Industry

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I guess I owe the President an apology. Actually, I don’t, but bear with me for a few minutes.  When we said that Obama has stimulated nothing, we were a tad bit off.  He has stimulated the living (you know what) out of the Firearm industry.  For the details, here is more from The Blaze…

Just to show a few statistics illustrating what those in the industry call ”the Obama effect:”

  • Ruger’s firearm sales have gone from $117 million to $232 million, an increase of 98%
  • Winchester’s sales of ammunition have gone from $431.7 million to $572 million, an increase of 33%
  • Federal excise taxes collected on the sale of new firearms and ammunition has risen 48.3%
  • January 2012 was the 20th straight month of increases in NICS background checks compared to the same month in the previous year
  • December 2011 saw over 1.41 million NICS background checks run, the most ever for a single month
  • The few states which regularly report concealed carry permit numbers have seen increases in active permit holders ranging from 46% to 161%

Those are some pretty astounding numbers.  It would seem that his policies have caused freedom loving Americans to “stock up” on the Second Amendment.  But for a fuller picture, The Blaze article links to this graphic, from Ammo.net

 

Once again, those are astounding numbers.  And, I have to wonder, how would any government confiscate that many weapons, especailly when gun owners are so alert to the threats to their freedom?

I also wonder if the occupods and union goons are reading?

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