April 30, 2010

Supporters of Religious Freedom Win One in Top Court

Christian Coalition of America has fought for years to keep a large cross in a war memorial in the Mojave National Preserve in California. The God-hating groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), People for the "American Way", and the truly atheistic Freedom from Religion group -- along with many other malcontents in the Democrat Party and in the "mainstream media" -- have been trying for years to expunge religion from the public square.

However, the God-haters were delt a huge blow in the United States Supreme Court on Wednesday. In a 5-4 decision, the majority ruled that the lower federal court was wrong in ruling that the cross must be removed. The usual swing vote on the court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, wrote the plurality opinion in the Salazar v. Buono case.

The Supreme Court basically ruled that the federal district court was wrong in barring the federal government from implementing the land transfer under the cross. Incredibly, the cross at the war memorial has been covered with plywood for the past several years because the God-haters in these left-wing groups were offended by the sight of it (in a desert, mind you)... (READ MORE)


Obama Administration Hid Health Care Report Until After ObamaCare Vote

There's more news from the "We need to pass it so you'll know what's in it" file. In this case, it's more to do with the consequences of ObamaCare, as determined in a report by Obama's own Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The report was compiled by the actuaries for Medicare and Medicaid. The findings project that the costs of health care would go up by almost $400 billion by the end of the decade, 14 million Americans would lose their employer based insurance (thus INCREASING the number of people without insurance which would move millions more Americans onto Medicaid), and that approximately four million Americans would be hit with the insurance tax penalty that the law would create.

These are all things that the supporters of ObamaCare said would NOT happen. In fact, they campaigned on the rationale that it would reduce health care costs, costs less money for the government, and provide insurance coverage to more people... (READ MORE)


Another ObamaCare Surprise: An Avalanche of New Paperwork for Businesses

In what is becoming an almost daily occurrence, yet another previously unknown (to the public) provision has been found in Obama's new health care law. In this case, it has to do with new reporting requirements for business... and LOTS more paperwork.

Via Cato:

Most people know about the individual mandate in the new health care bill, but the bill contained another mandate that could be far more costly.

A few wording changes to the tax code's section 6041 regarding 1099 reporting were slipped into the 2000-page health legislation. The changes will force millions of businesses to issue hundreds of millions, perhaps billions, of additional IRS Form 1099s every year. It appears to be a costly, anti-business nightmare... (READ MORE)


Most People Think Government is "Broken"

There's a new poll out by Fox News/Opinion Dynamics which, if you're an elected official, probably won't give you warm, fuzzy feelings. If you're an average American however, it will probably seem all too familiar.

The bottom line? A majority of Americans have lost faith in government. In fact, it's a pretty large majority. The poll finds that 58% of voters say that the government is "broken". Only 9% say it's working "pretty well", while 30% say that government functions "just okay". Of course, the differences are more pronounced when you take party ID into account, as 75% of Republicans see the government as "broken", but only 37% of Democrats would agree... (READ MORE)


Does President Obama Think You've Made Enough Money?

Did Barack Obama accidentally admit what he thinks about capitalism? Perhaps. This week he was out on his latest political swing, making speeches to push the benefits of things like the "stimulus", ObamaCare and the Democrats version of financial regulation reform. In the course of his travels he happened to make a speech were he seems to have gone a little "off script".

He stated:

"We're not, we're not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that's fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you're providing a good product or providing good service. We don't want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy"... (READ MORE)


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