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Greenspan: Democrat agenda in Congress caused housing crisis

Greenspan says Congress pushed Fed on housing boom
April 7, 2010 by Reuters

WASHINGTON, April 7 (Reuters) – Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan chastised critics on Wednesday by pointing out that Congress pushed the U.S. central bank to make sure lending to poorer Americans kept rising in the 2000s.

“If the Fed as a regulator had tried to thwart what everyone perceived as a fairly broad consensus that the trend was in the right direction, homeownership was rising and that was an unmitigated good, then Congress would have clamped down on us,” he told a questioner at a congressionally appointed commission investigating the financial crisis.

“There’s a presumption that the Federal Reserve’s an independent agency, and it is up to a point, but we are a creature of the Congress and if … we had said we’re running into a bubble and we need to retrench, the Congress would say ‘we haven’t a clue what you’re talking about’,” Greenspan said.

Obama doesn’t get it, urges new housing bubble
Report: The Role of Government Affordable Housing Policy in Creating the Global Financial Crisis of 2008
Federal Government Was Culprit in Housing and Economic Crisis, Says Congressional Report
Forgetful Frank faulted for financial proposal
Democrats in their own words protecting the cause of the housing crisis

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EPA increases ethanol requirements despite the harm it causes

Government Passes New Fuel Economy Standards
April 02, 2010 by U. S. News and World Report

Ethanol: dud as a fuel substitute and damages engines

Corn Ethanol Will Not Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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IRS to Withhold Refunds if You Don’t Buy Insurance

Shulman Says IRS Has Few ‘Punitive’ Ways to Enforce Health Law
April 5, 2010 by Ryan J. Donmoyer

(Bloomberg) — IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman said the agency will rely on insurance companies to provide information that individuals are buying coverage as required by the new health-care overhaul.

The Internal Revenue Service has limited ways of forcing those who lack coverage to pay a fine, Shulman said at the National Press Club in Washington today.

He said insurers eventually will be required to file a document similar to Form 1099 used by financial institutions to report investment income. The agency will send letters to the uninsured notifying them fines could be deducted from their tax refunds for refusing to comply with the new law, Shulman said.

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Mass. Lawsuit on Health Care a Test for Obamacare

Health insurers sue to raise rates
April 6, 2010 by Robert Weisman

A half-dozen health insurers yesterday filed a lawsuit against the state seeking to reverse last week’s decision by the insurance commissioner to block double-digit premium increases — a ruling they say could leave them with hundreds of millions in losses this year.

The proposed rate hikes would have taken effect April 1 for plans covering thousands of small businesses and individuals. Insurers wanted to raise base rates an average of 8 percent to 32 percent; tacked on to that are often additional costs calculated according to factors such as the size and age of the workforce.

Yesterday’s legal action sets the stage for a showdown between state regulators and the health insurance industry.

Governor Deval Patrick has made reining in runaway health care costs a centerpiece of his administration and his campaign for reelection — contending they are stifling the capacity of small businesses to create jobs. At the same time, health insurers argue that government is forcing them to sell policies at a loss that is unsustainable as the costs of medical services climb.

Filing the suit were Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, the state’s largest health insurer, and the five commercial members of the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Tufts Health Plan, Fallon Community Health Plan, Health New England, and Neighborhood Health Plan. All are nonprofit carriers.

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Any opposition to Obama is said to be racist rage

Suddenly ‘Rage’ Is All The Rage In News
April 6th, 2010 by Sweetness & Light

Numerous articles in the new template for any dissent from the Obama administration: it’s all racism. Progressive understanding and open-mindedness at its best.

AP Stereotypes Tea Party Race Demographics; Ignores Gallup Poll Showing Numbers in Line with Public
April 6, 2010 by Jeff Poor

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Hateful and violent Sean Penn getting sued

Paparazzo beat up by Sean Penn files suit
April 6, 2010 by Boston Herald

Sean Penn threatened to kill a photographer if he ever ran into him again, according to a new lawsuit that was filed by the paparazzo. Jordan Dawes alleges he was filming a documentary about paparazzi in October in Brentwood, Calif. when Penn suddenly began “kicking and punching” him, TMZ.com reports. In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Dawes says Penn broke his camera and then said, “The next time I see you, you will be in a box.” Dawes claims he had to have knee surgery as a result of the alleged attack. Penn was charged with criminal battery and vandalism over the incident in February – and that case is currently pending.

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What will Obamacare cost states?

The True Price of Reform
April 1, 2010 by Fox News, Glenn Beck Program

The health care bill is paid in party by a $500 Billion cut in Medicare funding just when 30% more people will enroll in Medicare when they turn 65.

In the first 2 years of the new health care bill there will be cuts to Medicare dialysis, Medicare home care, Medicare hospice care, Medicare reimbursements to hospitals and nursing homes.

There will be less care for people, and there will be shortages, and ultimately there won’t be enough money, and so they’ll have to ration the care for everyone.

We are going to insure healthy 20 year-olds at the expense of the elderly.

Cuts in Medicare reimbursement is so severe that some hospitals will simply stop taking Medicare.

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Why does Madonna hate Sarah Palin?

Madonna: ‘Sarah Palin Isn’t Welcome On Tour’
October 7, 2008 by Laura Elias

Madonna Downplays Her Physical Threats Against Sarah Palin: ‘It’s A Metaphor’
October 14, 2008 by Sarah Muller

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Obama says there are no corporate investments for the public good

I don’t want government any more than is necessary, but there’s some things that Bob or any CEO can’t invest in. Bob’s not going to build the roads to get to Celgard. No company is going to make investments for a public good.

So says President Barack Obama, at a Charlotte, NC battery parts company called Celgard. Had the president been susceptible to common sense he would not have spoken so stupidly. For example:

Hospitals provide health care
Pharmaceutical companies create medicines
Chemical companies produce innumerable goods we use everyday
Automotive, train, sea and airline companies provide means of transportation
Energy companies provide the fuel for using transportation
Manufacturing companies create the machines necessary for building almost everything we use
Media companies provide entertainment and news
Communications companies provide the ability to communicate around the world in real time
Communications companies also provide internet access, which many people consider a necessity
Computer companies provide computers, software and support for innumerable tasks we perform everyday
Food companies produce food for billions of people around the world
Grocery stores provide immediate access to food
Restaurants provide near-immediate access to food you don’t have to cook
Construction companies build structures for living and working
Music companies provide entertainment
Financial companies will help you with taxes, investments and provide funds to help you get stuff done
Apparel manufacturers clothe the world
Retail stores provide food, clothes, gadgets, entertainment, medicine, tools, toiletries, and more for the world
Mining companies acquire the raw resources needed for creating everything we use, from jewelry to medicine
Law firms provide legal advice and services
Repair companies fix all sorts of things

There are even private businesses designed to offer services traditionally provided by the government, such as shipping, roads, education, energy, consumer protection and more.

No one claims any of these things or the companies who provide them are perfect; that’s one reason we have laws. But in providing these goods and services companies also provide jobs. Many of these companies also donate to charities and noble causes of all sorts.

Why would anyone go through the effort and expense and regulatory hassle of doing these things? Because the businesses providing these goods and services make profit doing so. That’s how capitalism works: businesses survive and thrive only by offering what the public wants or needs. If you don’t like the product or service, or the customer service of a business you can go to their competition. For some reason, many people think these investments in the public good don’t count if someone makes money from them. And government’s supposedly beneficent provision doesn’t have to generate wealth to accomplish anything; government simply has to confiscate wealth from those who create it.

But if you don’t like your job what is stopping you from finding another or creating your own? It may take a while, and it will likely be difficult, but if you really want to find or create a different job for yourself there is no good reason to believe it can’t be done; at least, not in a capitalist society. Has America become so sanitized and dependent on big brother that a goal is considered impossible simply because it might be difficult? And do we now believe nothing can be accomplished without the government involved, telling us how to live our lives?

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If comparing Democrats to the Nazis is so abhorent…

Lib Rep Cohen Compares Tea Party Protesters to KKK (Video)
April 2, 2010 by Gateway Pundit

Awful lib Rep. Steve Cohen compared tea party protesters to the KKK in an interview this week. Of course, he has nothing to back up these hateful accusations but it’s not like the media is going to correct him. We all know that won’t happen.

“The tea party people are kind of without robes and hoods. They have really shown a very hardcore angry side of America that is against any type of diversity. We saw opposition to African-Americans, hostility towards gays, hostility towards anyone who, you know, just wasn’t a clone of George Wallace’s fan club.”

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