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Spending on the elderly is gobbling up the federal budget

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A recent Congressional Budget Office report, “The 2015 Long-Term Budget Outlook,” reminds us that the federal government is slowly becoming an agency for taking care of the elderly. Almost everything else is being crowded out. We ignored that during the Obama presidency, and now it seems that the presidential campaign may do likewise. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats plug fairer economic growth. Jeb Bush and other Republicans are more forthcoming (they talk about raising Social Security’s eligibility age) but concentrate their rhetoric on creating faster economic growth. There’s a bipartisan triumph of political expedience over professed beliefs. Liberals shrink many ...

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The Roberts Obamacare majority once more saves a bad law

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The Judicial Branch’s highest court seems oblivious to the fact that it is not judicial activism to overturn unconstitutional law The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, upheld a rather unique legal principle on Thursday – that despite what words are actually written into a law, they don’t necessarily mean what they actually say. That’s the logic a majority of justices – led by the chief justice, John Roberts – applied when ruling in favor of the White House when affirming that Obamacare-related taxpayer subsidies are valid in states that chose not to set up an exchange. The primary argument, ...

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Obamacare Is destroying our healthcare system

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The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, under the 2010 health care law. The outcome is the second major ...

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Obamacare Is Trampling On States Rights

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Ten Republican state attorneys general are asking Republican lawmakers to prevent the Obama administration from taking what they call “coercive efforts” to compel them into expanding their state Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. In a letter to Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), attorneys general from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Texas, South Carolina and Utah say they’re concerned the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) may threaten to withhold federal funds if they don’t expand Medicaid. “We welcome assistance from Congress in reigning-in CMS, an agency insistent upon trampling the rights of our sovereign states to ...

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Ruling on Obamacare Will Demand Need Swift Action by Republicans

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Republican tensions over Obamacare rose Tuesday after Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint ramped up pressure on the party not to extend health insurance subsidies—even temporarily—that the Supreme Court could erase within days. In an op-ed titled “Let the subsidies die,” the former senator and conservative kingmaker took aim at Republicans who are eyeing a backup plan that temporarily preserves the subsidies to avoid massive disruptions and loss of coverage for millions of Americans. “It would be uncaring and unfair for Congress to force taxpayers to continue funding Obamacare’s subsidies, DeMint wrote in the Washington Examiner. “Extending the subsidies would be political malpractice, ...

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Marijuana Has No Place In A Civilized Society

A Boulder County Caregivers employee holds a handful of marijuana at the dispensary in Boulder, Colo. on Friday, July 24, 2009. Sixteen glass jars of marijuana are lined up behind the counter with names like Skinny Pineapple and Early Pearl Maui, ranging from $375 to $420 an ounce.  It's all legal and it's all taxed. But this marijuana dispensary and nearly 60 others that are serving a growing number of medical marijuana users operate with little oversight by state or local authorities. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

So many things to consider when it comes to whether or not states should allow its citizens to smoke pot, but doing so for medicinal purposes ought not be one of them Marijuana users are typically passionate about one thing – smoking marijuana – and as such are generally immune to any scientific facts that dispel their belief that it isn’t just a recreational drug, it’s got medicine in it. Only, it doesn’t – never has and never will – and a brand-new study has confirms this. According to The Associated Press, researchers analyzed the effects of pot smoking in ...

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Predictably, Obama blames the Charleston killings on guns

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Another mass shooting and another shooter on dangerous mind-altering drugs but unfortunately, the president’s anti-gun agenda is more important Well, that didn’t take long. Police had barely enough time to set up a dragnet to snare 21-year-old Dylann Roof, the suspect who allegedly killed nine people at an African-American-founded church in Charleston, S.C., late Thursday, and the president of the United States had already solved the crime. The chief perpetrator, it seems, is the Second Amendment. “At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in ...

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