Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Obama’s Birth Control Mandate… or Why Car Insurance Companies Don’t Cover Oil Changes - Thanks to Obama: A Record Number of Adults Are Moving In With Their Parents - Dogs Against Romney!! - US government looks to mine social media to combat terrorist attacks, uprisings... - Exhibit 3,587,239 in the Long List of Liberal Democrat Racism.

Obama’s Birth Control Mandate… or Why Car Insurance Companies Don’t Cover Oil Changes - Say Anything Blog
Why should the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decree that any of us must pay for “insurance” that covers contraceptives?
I put “insurance” in quotes for a reason. Insurance is supposed to mean a contract, by which a company pays for large, unanticipated expenses in return for a premium: expenses like your house burning down, your car getting stolen or a big medical bill. Insurance is a bad idea for small, regular and predictable expenses. There are good reasons that your car insurance company doesn’t add $100 per year to your premium and then cover oil changes, and that your health insurance doesn’t charge $50 more per year and cover toothpaste. You’d have to fill out mountains of paperwork, the oil-change and toothpaste markets would become much less competitive, and you’d end up spending more.
How did we get to this point? It all leads back to the elephant in the room: the tax deductibility of employer-provided group insurance. If your employer pays you $100 less in salary and buys $100 of group insurance for you, you don’t pay taxes on that amount. Hence, the more insurance costs and covers, the less in taxes you seem to pay. (Even that savings is an illusion: The government still needs money and raises overall tax rates to make up the difference.)
In other words, Obama’s birth control/abortion mandate is just one more round of the shell game played by liberal Washington politicians using the tax code to buy our votes with our own money… while making things far more complicated and far more expensive in the process.
Obama's Misguided Birth Control Mandate - Reason.com
The president has picked the wrong fight.
Cathy Young | February 13, 2012
 The firestorm rages on over the Obama Administration rule under which all employee health insurance plans, including ones at religiously affiliated institutions such as Catholic charities and schools, must include full coverage for birth control. A proposed compromise  that would exempt such institutions from paying for such coverage but require insurers to extend it to their employees for free has not appeased critics. The battle has been framed  as one of religious freedom  versus reproductive rights. But it also illustrates two troubling phenomena unrelated to religion: intrusive micromanagement of insurance options under the new federal health care law, and the redefinition of contraception as a public good rather than a personal choice.


Obama Unveils Family Togetherness Plan: Economy Sucks So Bad That a Record Number of Adults Are Moving In With Their Parents
 According to a report released today by Pew Research, most Americans believe the young have been hardest hit by the Obama economic failures, nearly one quarter young adults aged 18-34 have been forced to move back in with their parents.

No Joke: Democrats Holding “Dogs Against Romney” Protest In NYC To “Ensure Pet Lovers Know Mitt Romney Is Mean To Dogs” 
"Outside the Westminster dog show at Madison Square Garden at noon the group “Dogs Against Romney” will protest “to ensure pet lovers are aware that Mitt Romney is mean to dogs,” according to the group’s press release. While it may seem silly to some, Democrats are have every intention of making sure – if Romney wins the GOP nomination – that every voting American knows about the story of Romney putting his family dog Seamus in a kennel on top of his roof and driving from Boston to Canada."

Romney's Blood Is Blue, Not Conservative - Riehl World View 
Byron York began his column, "How would Mitt Romney be received? Would the conservative crowd embrace him enthusiastically, or hold him at a distance?" That caused me to think it was a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation for Romney, before pondering his ending a bit more.
So after an undoubtedly friendly reception, Romney's speech left questions in some conservative minds. Why, after all these years of campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination, does he still feel the need to say the word "conservative" so many times that it calls attention to itself? And why, when he wanted to emphasize the strength of his conservatism, did he describe it as "severe"? The CPAC crowd was obviously receptive to Romney's message and his record. Why reach for more?
The simple answer is, Romney isn't conservative. Beyond that, his uncomfortable handling of the speech and the written text suggests he and whoever wrote it don't even think in those terms. He's been running for President as a Republican forever and obviously knows CPAC and a conservative movement exist, ... or does he? Ultimately, I'm reminded of something from Bush 43 I recently quoted in another context. Emphasis mine.
“What is this movement you keep talking about in the speech?” the president asked Latimer. Latimer explained that he meant the conservative movement — the movement that gave rise to groups like CPAC. Bush seemed perplexed. Latimer elaborated a bit more. Then Bush leaned forward, with a point to make. “Let me tell you something,” the president said. “I whupped Gary Bauer’s ass in 2000. So take out all this movement stuff. There is no movement.
  US government looks to mine social media to combat terrorist attacks, uprisings
  The U.S. government is seeking software that can mine social media to predict everything from future terrorist attacks to foreign uprisings, according to requests posted online by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Hundreds of intelligence analysts already sift overseas Twitter and Facebook posts to track events such as the Arab Spring. But in a formal "request for information" from potential contractors, the FBI recently outlined its desire for a digital tool to scan the entire universe of social media — more data than humans could ever crunch.

Exhibit 3,587,239 in the Long List of Liberal Democrat Racism - 54°40′ Or Fight!
At CPAC over the weekend, one of the most inspiring figures was Mia Love. Mia is running for the newly created 4th Congressional District in Utah. Mia was the talk of the conference, inspiring comparisons to Marco Rubio and Allen West. Mia currently serves as the Mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah, and if elected, would be the first ever black Republican woman in Congress.

You have probably already guessed where this is going …
As a strong, Conservative black woman, Mia is an automatic target of the Left. “According to them, I’m not supposed to exist,” she said in a speech in front of the Conservative Inclusion 101 panel. She continued, “I know that I am going to be a target for the left. I have something to say to them: Game On.”

The timing of her challenge to the leftist plantation orthodoxy could not have been more prescient.

Today, Daily Kos published an article on redistricting in Utah, and how they hope (comically enough, given Utah’s heavy Republican majority) that the Democrats and “Team Blue” can pick up a Congressional seat.
That’s not the offensive part....

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