"Thus by almost any objective measure, the financial health of the Social Security system has entered a concerning decline." - 2012 Social Security Administration Summary Many argue Social Security is not in trouble since the Social Security… Read More
Karen Seto, Professor of Geography and Urbanization praises the densification of US cities as the wave of the future. In this MSNBC interview she makes it clear that people need to live closely together so we… Read More
U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton this week introduced federal legislation that would prevent the Forest Service from implementing a permit clause requiring ski areas to transfer water rights to the federal government. Tipton's brief HR 3189 was… Read More
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Bait and Switch: The story of “You can keep your plan”From October 7, 2008 through October 25, 2013, President Obama, unequivocally assured Americans, “if you like your health plan you can keep your health plan.” The Affordable Care Act was sold as a choice, not a replacement. On November 4, 2013, his statement was dramatically reversed. Here is the timeline and documentation of what happened. […]Read More ...
Shock Report: U.S. protection of property rights drops to 30th among nationsIf you believe the United States is a bastion of economic freedom and the safest place to accumulate property knowing your rights are protected, you may have to think again. The link between economic freedom and prosperity is undeniable: the nations with the most economic freedom also offer people the best quality of life. In […]Read More ...
Proposed giant EPA land-grab is rigged, conflicted and corruptedWhat happens when Washington’s top environmental policymaker packs a government advisory board with federal grant recipients so she can regulate virtually every acre in the United States of America? For one thing, two powerful members of Congress angrily take notice and demand in a news release to know why “EPA Skirts the Law to Expand […]Read More ...
EPA Draft Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands ReportThe EPA report justifying the grab of additional waterways by eliminating the term “navigable” from the Clean Water Act. Connectivity of Streams and Wetlands – EPA’s Scientific EvidenceRead More ...
Obama EO Subjects States to Climate Change ControlThrough the stroke of a pen, President Obama on Friday used his executive powers to elevate and take control of climate change policies in an attempt to streamline sustainability initiatives – and potentially skirt legislative oversight and push a federal agenda on states. The executive order establishes a task force of state and local officials […]Read More ...
Planning: The Problem, The Vision, The DecisionPeople often ask me if all planning is bad and my answer is “no”. Planning is part of American history. In 1682, William Penn envisioned an urban greenbelt surrounding a grid work of Philadelphia streets and created a forerunner of the modern suburb. One of Congress’ first acts authorized the planning of Washington DC. In […]Read More ...
Did You Know? – Washington Math
To create the appearance that Obamacare would cost less, Congress assumed that, once passed, employers will drop employee health coverage and instead, opt to pay a $2000 fine. They further assumed employers would then give raises to those whose insurance had been dropped, resulting in an additional $53 billion in Social Security payments. Rather than apply the SS payments to the retirement system, Mr. Obama used the money to show a lower cost for his signature healthcare legislation.
According to Medicare actuary Richard Foster, in 2014, the net cost of Medicare is expected to increase from 3.5% to 14%, triple what it would have been without PPACA. Private insurance premiums increases are expected to double from 5% to 9.5%. As Rev. Wright would say, that chicken has “come home to roost!”
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