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ALG's Daily Grind - Unethical lame duck funding floated 


Sept. 5, 2014

Permission to republish original opeds granted.

Unethical lame duck funding floated
Report: House leaders plan to only fund the government through the week of December 11-14 with a vote scheduled for next week. 

The permanent poor?
If the unemployment rate has truly been dropping since 2010, why has food stamp enrollment been increasing dramatically much of that time?

Big Green Radicals: Did Russia sponsor Leonardo DiCaprio anti-American energy propaganda video?
"Leonardo DiCaprio is out with a new fearmongering, anti-oil and gas video that appears to be partially supported by the Russian government."


ALG's Daily Grind - Walmart, Big Labor and the NLRB: Time for a change 


Jan. 21, 2014

Walmart, Big Labor and the NLRB: Time for a change
NLRB to investigate the nation's leading retailer's treatment of about 60 employees who participated in Black Friday "strikes" against the retailer.

Maybe the rent is too damn high
Which is a bigger problem for the poor: Low incomes or the high cost of living?

Dorfman: Free markets unquestionably help the poor
"If a country wants to get richer, policies that enhance economic freedom are good ones to follow."


CEI Today: Unemployment benefits, fuel poverty, Obamacare costs, and Fiat/Chrysler

Monday, January 6, 2014
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USA Today: Extending unemployment benefits would do more harm

Unemployment insurance extensions in the past five years have kept at least 600,000 people out of the labor force, because people tend to ride a gravy train. A year's extension would add $25 billion to the tab, or about $6.25 billion for three months. That money is not in the budget, and none of the options for getting it is pain-free.

So, what can we do that will actually generate economic growth and get people back to work?
> Read more

> See also: CEI Podcast: Rethinking Unemployment Insurance

> Interview Aloysius Hogan

> Follow Aloysius Hogan on Twitter


FUEL POVERTY - MARLO LEWIS UK Fuel Poverty: Green Energy Policies Partly to Blame

Today’s Climatewire (subscription required) reports that in the UK last year, “more than 30,000 winter deaths were thought to be caused by fuel poverty, up by a third from the previous year, according to the Office for National Statistics.”

What makes fuel poverty deadly? “Poor heating and a lack of insulation are known to increase the likelihood of strokes in the elderly and to exacerbate asthma and rheumatic disease in all age groups,” explains Climatewire correspondent Erica Rex. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis


OBAMACARE - HANS BADER Bogus Rationale for Obamacare Still Being Peddled Even after Study Debunked It


Emergency-room visits will go up, not down, due to Obamacare. Before Obamacare was enacted, only about two percent of all healthcare spending was on emergency-room care. > Read more

> Interview Hans Bader



Jim Bohannon Show

Chrysler wound up in the hands of Italian automaker Fiat, after a major push by the Obama administration. Fiat assumed full control of Chrysler through an over four billion dollar buyout of the shares that had been held by the United Autoworkers Union. Our guest tonight says you - all of us U.S. taxpayers - made it possible. He's John Berlau of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who has just written a blog on CEI's website entitled "The Great Italian Auto Bailout -- Courtesy of U.S. Taxpayers." > Listen to the interview starting at the :40:25 mark

> Interview John Berlau
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Dec112013 - Want to end poverty? Educate our children! 


Franklin Center president Jason Stverak appeared on Fox News to answer that question and give a little preview of what we can expect from next year!
When it comes to learning, it doesn't necessarily matter if you're rich or poor. Could it be that hard work - and lots of it - is a more important factor?
New Jersey Watchdog reporter Mark Lagerkvist joined the "Chasing New Jersey" news team to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!



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NHDP - The Facts on Medicaid Expansion: Its Good Health Policy, Good Fiscal Policy And Good Economic Policy

Concord – This morning, New Hampshire Tea Party organizations and their legislative allies plan to hold a press conference restating their tired, broken, and misleading talking points for opposing Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire.  They have consistently ignored evidence from independent non-partisan economists and health policy experts who have reported that Medicaid Expansion would strengthen the economic and heath security of New Hampshire families and small businesses. 
The facts are clear; Medicaid Expansion in New Hampshire is good health policy, good economic policy and good fiscal policy.  That is why even some of the most conservative Republican Governors in the country have opted to expand Medicaid.
Medicaid Expansion In New Hampshire Is Good Health Policy, Good Economic Policy And Good Fiscal Policy

Lewin Group: Moving forward with Medicaid Expansion would bring $2.5 billion into the economy, create 700 jobs, and save the state $92 million. [Lewin Group, Jan 2013]

Think Tank: Postponing Medicaid Expansion Even By One Year Would Cost An NH Irreplaceable $340 Billion. Economic and heath care policy experts at the NHFPI predict that "If New Hampshire delays, it would lose out for a year - maybe more - on the 100 percent federal match.  In detailed reports assessing the impact of theMedicaid expansion on New Hampshire, the Lewin Group estimated that a one-year delay would reduce the federal funds coming into New Hampshire by $340 million." [NHFPI, 5/28/2013]

STUDY: "Medicaid Virtually Wiped Out Crippling Medical Expenses Among The Poor." "The big news is that Medicaid virtually wiped out crippling medical expenses among the poor: The percentage of people who faced catastrophic out-of-pocket medical expenditures (that is, greater than 30 percent of annual income) declined from 5.5 percent to about 1 percent. In addition, the people on Medicaid were about half as likely to experience other forms of financial strain-like borrowing money or delaying payments on other bills because of medical expenses." [The New Republic, 5/1/2013]

STUDY: "People On Medicaid Ended Up With Significantly Better Mental Health." "The other big finding was that people on Medicaid ended up with significantly better mental health: The rate of depression among Medicaid beneficiaries was 30 percent lower than the rate of depression among people who remained uninsured. That's not just good health policy. That's good fiscal policy, given the enormous costs that mental health problems impose on society-by reducing productivity, increasing the incidence of violence and self-destructive behavior, and so on." [The New Republic,5/1/2013

Accepting Federal Funding for Expanded Medicaid Would Bring NH A "Number of Economic Benefits." The non-partisan New Hampshire fiscal policy institute found, "if New Hampshire takes the federal money, it will enjoy a number of economic benefits as well. It will gain an average of 5,100 new jobs; the state will enjoy a $2.8 billion increase in gross state product; personal income will increase by more than $2 billion, and; household spending on health care will drop by almost $100 million statewide." [NHFPI Testimony, 5/9/2013]

STUDY: Refusing to Expand Medicaid Will Be “More-Costly,” Require States Higher Spending on Uncompensated Care.  A non-partisan study revealed, “State policymakers should be aware that if they do not expand Medicaid, fewer people will have health insurance, and that will trigger higher state and local spending for uncompensated medical care,” Price said. “Choosing to not expand Medicaid may turn out to be the more-costly path for state and local governments.” [The Hill, 6/3/2013]

Study Shows New Hampshire Could Cave $22 Million Over Six Years
“A new study says New Hampshire could save $22 million on health care for inmates over six years if the state expands Medicaid… The state is considering expanding Medicaid, which would mean more inmates eligible for cheaper health care.” [WMUR, 10/30/2013]

Conservative Republican Governor’s Support Medicaid Expansion To Improve Health And Economic Security Of Families And Small Businesses

Some of the most conservative Republican Governors in the country are accepting federal funding for Medicaid expansion.  Republican Chris Christie in New Jersey, Republican John Kasich in Ohio, Republican Rick Scott in Florida and other Republicans across the country have all announced they will be accepting the federal funding for expansion. [National Medicaid Map]

GOP Governor Christie: Expansion will save taxpayers money. In announcing plans to accept federal funding for expanded Medicaid Christie said, “accepting these federal resources will provide health insurance to tens of thousands of low-income New Jerseyans, help keep our hospitals financially healthy and actually save money for New Jersey taxpayers.” [Forbes, 2/26/2013]

GOP Governor Brewer is Vetoed Any Legislation That Reached Her Desk Before Expansion. Republican Govnernor Jan Brewer is “so determined to put the Obamacare Medicaid expansion in place in her state that she’s vetoing any legislation that reaches her desk until the Republican Legislature caves.” [Politico, 6/5/2013]