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Sunday
Feb282010

CEI - SEIU Boss Stern Scores Obama Appointment to ... Deficit Commission?!

Can union boss Andrew Stern of the SEIU help whack away at the federal deficit?  Interestingly enough, President Barack Obama has appointed Stern to a new commission charged with that task.  CEI labor policy expert Ivan Osorio calls this a "clear conflict of interest," given that Stern's union organizes public sector workers who live off the government payroll.
 
"Would Stern be willing to reduce growth of the sector where his union is most likely to find new members? More likely are calls for higher taxes to fund more 'public services' for SEIU to unionize. That also shouldn’t be surprising. Today, government employee unions constitute a permanent special interest lobby favoring the growth of government, one that is motivated, organized, and well-funded."  > View the full comment by Ivan Osorio on OpenMarket.org.



Sunday
Feb282010

ALG Blasts Obama for "Lying about the Increased Cost of Premiums" under Plan at Health Summit 

"The American people have had enough of Barack Obama and Congress' lies. It's time to scrap this bill once and for all."—ALG President Bill Wilson.

February 26th, 2010, Fairfax, VA—Americans for Limited Government President Bill Wilson today condemned the Obama Administration for "lying about the increased cost of insurance premiums as reported by the Congressional Budget Office at his fraudulent 'bipartisan' health takeover summit."

"Yesterday, Barack Obama flat out lied to the American people, claiming that his plan would, according to CBO, lower the cost of insurance premiums," Wilson said.

Wilson pointed to the relevant Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report, which stated, "CBO and JCT estimate that the average premium per person covered (including dependents) for new nongroup policies would be about 10 percent to 13 percent higher in 2016 than the average premium for nongroup coverage in that same year under current law… Average premiums per policy in the nongroup market in 2016 would be roughly $5,800 for single policies and $15,200 for family policies under the proposal, compared with roughly $5,500 for single policies and $13,100 for family policies under current law."

The CBO also reported, "About half of those enrollees would receive government subsidies that would reduce their costs well below the premiums that would be charged for such policies under current law," which formed the basis of Obama's claim, responding to Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN), stating, "Lamar, when you mentioned earlier that you said premiums go up, that's just not the case, according to the Congressional Budget Office."

Wilson said Obama was "misleading the American people.  This is not a case where Obama and Alexander were 'both right.' Obama was wrong."

Wilson explained, "Subsidizing premiums does not lower the cost of health care, it shifts the burden of the price of health coverage increasingly to taxpayers.  At the same time, ObamaCare increases the minimum requirements for insurance coverage, which forces premiums up, as noted by the CBO."

The CBO report also stated, "the average insurance policy in this market would cover a substantially larger share of enrollees' costs for health care (on average) and a slightly wider range of benefits. Those expansions would reflect both the minimum level of coverage (and related requirements) specified in the proposal and people's decisions to purchase more extensive coverage in response to the structure of subsidies."

"Because of the subsidy, Obama wants to claim that individuals would be paying less for premiums, and that therefore the cost of health coverage is somehow being reduced," Wilson said, adding, "This is like claiming that subsidized housing and mortgage loans are causing the price of housing to go down, or that subsidized student loans are causing the price of education to go down, which of course is absurd."

"In fact, subsidies across the economic spectrum have been directly linked to housing inflation, education inflation, and other asset bubbles, because the subsidies inflate demand artificially, which directly causes prices to increase," Wilson explained.

"These sorts of blatant lies explain exactly why the American people are completely opposed to this bill.  For example, Harry Reid claimed yesterday that 'no one' was considering the use of reconciliation when he himself was speaking of it publicly.  Or, Obama claiming in his address to the joint-session of Congress that his bill would reduce the deficit when the entire entitlement will be operating in the red within less than 20 years, costing over $2.5 trillion from 2014 to 2023," Wilson added.

"It just goes on and on.  The American people have had enough of Barack Obama and Congress' lies.  It's time to scrap this bill once and for all," Wilson concluded.



Thursday
Feb182010

NetRight Daily: Polls, Mount Vernon and More 

The Mount Vernon Statement:  As you may know, NetRight Nation is a part of Americans for Limited Government. Today, Bill Wilson, the President of Americans for Limited Government, was a part of the original authors that signed the Mount Vernon Statement. Read the statement here.

NYT Report on Polls Conceals Public's Intense Opposition to Democrats:  Every president comes back down to earth from the stratospheric highs that greet every incoming administration. Even so, Obama's fall from grace has been particularly precipitous, according to recent polls. Most Americans now say that he does not deserve re-election and disapprove of his performance.

New York Times, Meet Phil Jones:  Just a few weeks before the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference convened in December of 2009, the New York Times saw fit to report on "a growing body of scientific evidence" showing human emissions are largely responsible for global warming that could prove catastrophic. The newspaper was hardly alone in promoting the alarmist position -- at the expense of other research that shows the human connection has been greatly exaggerated.

NCLB Should Be Repealed, Not Revamped:  The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), signed into law by Bush in 2002, relied on financial coercion to improve state education standards and school district performance, with a focus on reading and math. This federal mandate, oddly supported by Republican lawmakers despite its obvious violation of limited government principles and states' rights, was unnecessary and, according to some, unconstitutional.

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Thursday
Feb182010

DNC - One Year: Later Despite Opposit ion from Senator Gregg President Obama's Economic Recovery Act Has Saved Economy

On First Anniversary of President Obama’s Signing of Recovery Act, Evidence Shows Bill Has Funded Jobs in New Hampshire

One year after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), evidence is showing that the bill has funded up to 2 million jobs nationally and brought the economy back from the brink.  Yet these successes have occurred no thanks to Senator Judd Gregg, who voted against the bill.  In fact, nearly every Republican in Congress voted against this legislation that has done so much for our country.

“President Obama’s Economic Recovery Act has saved or created thousands of jobs in New Hampshire and brought our economy back from the brink, despite Senator Gregg and the Republican Party’s best efforts to see it fail,” said DNC Regional Press Secretary Michael Czin. “This is just another example of Senator Gregg’s and the GOP’s willingness to put political posturing ahead of the best interests of Granite Staters.  Senator Gregg has shown time and time again that he is more interested in seeing the President fail than in doing what’s best for New Hampshire and the country. It’s time for Senator Gregg and the GOP to stop playing politics with our economic security and start working with President Obama and Congressional Democrats in their continued efforts to undo the damage of the last eight years.”



Thursday
Feb042010

NetRight Daily: Lobbying, Scott Brown and More 

Obama Makes a Mockery Of His Own Lobbyist Ban:  More than 40 former lobbyists work in senior positions in the Obama administration, including three Cabinet secretaries and the CIA director. Yet in his State of the Union address, Obama claimed, "We've excluded lobbyists from policymaking jobs."

Scott Brown Should Be Seated Immediately:  Scott Brown was elected to the open Massachusetts Senate seat on January 19th, but has yet to be seated. This, despite the fact that he won by over 109,000 votes. The Democrat Massachusetts Secretary of State has yet to certify the results. And until then, the Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has refused to seat the Republican Senator-elect.

Objections to Controversial Labor Nominee Ignored:  A controversial nominee to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) with strong ties to union leaders told U.S. Senators Tuesday that he would not use his position to force major legal changes opposed by business groups.

Absence of Republican Obstructionism Should Be News Story:  U.S. Senate Republicans have been called out for supposedly blocking President Obama's top domestic priorities throughout 2009. The Obama White House and liberal news organs have been quick to fix the "obstructionist" label on the opposition party in light of where the president's legislative agenda currently sits.  And there's history here.

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