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Premiums Doubled Once Obamacare Took Full Effect, Report Says

Obamacare introduced new regulations into the health care marketplace that contributed to premiums doubling after the legislation took full effect in 2014, according to a report the Department of Health and Human Services released Tuesday evening. HHS compared premiums in the exchange marketplaces in 2013, one year before Obamacare regulations took full effect, to premiums in the exchange marketplace in 2017. The report found that average monthly premiums increased from $224 in 2013 to $476 in 2017. That constitutes a 105 percent increase in only 4 years. “With data that shows average premiums doubling nationwide and Americans paying nearly $3,000 more for health insurance per year, this report is a sobering reminder of why reforming our health care system remains a top priority of the Trump Administration,” Alleigh Marré, national spokesman for HHS, … Read entire article »

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Trump’s Budget Moves Higher Education in the Right Direction

President Donald Trump released his budget proposal on Tuesday, which includes some dramatic changes to higher education funding. While there is still room for improvement, the president’s proposals would be a significant first step in reducing the federal government’s role in higher education and giving much-needed relief to the U.S. taxpayer. Elimination of Public Service Loan Forgiveness The president’s budget proposal eliminates the costly Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which offers special student loan forgiveness to graduates for performing certain public service jobs. This will be welcome news to taxpayers, who have been picking up the tab for federal employees who, under this policy, have their loans forgiven after just 10 years of payments. Loan forgiveness in general is bad policy—it encourages students to take on large amounts of debt, often without a plan to … Read entire article »

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The Education Budget Has a Lot to Love and a Little to Critique

The Trump administration’s full budget for education for fiscal year 2018 would make some long-overdue cuts at the Department of Education. The proposal targets reductions in spending totaling $9 billion—a 13 percent cut in the agency’s current $68 billion annual budget. That type of reduction signals a serious commitment to reducing federal intervention in education—a necessary condition to make space for a restoration of state and local control. Program Eliminations and Spending Reductions The budget proposal includes actual reductions in spending and program count. As Andrew Ujifusa at Education Week reported, it would be the largest single-year percentage cut in the department’s discretionary budget since President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 budget proposal. In recognition that many federal education programs are better supported—and appropriately supported—by state and local as well as private funds, the budget would … Read entire article »

Filed under: Department of Education, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Why the Free Market Is Diversity’s Best Friend

Millions of people love Apple computers and wouldn’t be caught using a PC. By contrast, there are many millions of PC users who feel the same way about Apple computers. Many men like double-breasted suits, but I wouldn’t be caught dead in one. Some people swear by Cadillac cars, but my favorite is Mercedes-Benz. Despite these strongly held preferences, there’s no conflict. We never see Apple computer lovers picketing firms that serve PC lovers. Mercedes-Benz lovers don’t battle Cadillac lovers. In free markets, people with strong differences in preferences get along and often are good friends. The reason is simple. If you like double-breasted suits and I like single-breasted suits, we get what we want. Contrast the harmony that emerges when there’s market allocation with the discord when there’s government allocation. For example, some parents want … Read entire article »

Filed under: Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

America’s Social Fabric Is Eroding. Government Must Avoid Feeding the Problem.

Our nation, today, faces very real economic challenges. Economic growth during the recovery has been meager and uneven. The U.S. economy has become less dynamic and innovative in recent decades. We miss the strong productivity growth America enjoyed in the mid-20th century and the unusually large wage gains it brought. However, in historical and comparative perspective, most Americans enjoy unprecedented material living standards. Our economic problems often take the form of unsatisfactory rates of improvement—we are growing richer less quickly than we did when we were poorer. Nevertheless, many Americans—poor, middle class, and wealthy—feel that something is amiss. It is a feeling that cannot be reduced to economic anxiety. Rather, there is a sense that our social fabric is fraying. And these concerns are reflected in objective measures of family and community health. To cite … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

Is the Pope An Ally or Enemy of the U.S.?

President Trump and his family met with Pope Francis in the Vatican earlier this week, and while the meeting was met with mixed emotions, voters still generally believe the United States has a friend in the pope. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 49% of Likely U.S. Voters think Pope Francis is an ally of the United States. Just six percent (6%) think he is an enemy of the United States, while 35% think he is somewhere in between. Another 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on May 23-24, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. … Read entire article »

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Most Say ISIS Must Be Totally Destroyed To Stop Terror

The radical Islamic State group (ISIS) has proudly taken credit for the slaughter of innocents earlier this week at a concert in Manchester, England, and voters here strongly agree with President Trump that ISIS needs to be totally wiped out. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 87% of Likely U.S. Voters consider ISIS a serious threat to the United States, with 61% who say it’s a Very Serious one. Just 10% describe the radical terror group as a not very or Not At All Serious threat to this country. (To see survey question wording, click here.) (Want a free daily e-mail update? If it’s in the news, it’s in our polls). Rasmussen Reports updates are also available on Twitter or Facebook. The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 23-24, … Read entire article »

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Unfriended: Mark Zuckerberg’s pitch for ‘universal basic income’

Unfriended: Mark Zuckerberg’s pitch for ‘universal basic income’

**Written by Doug Powers Example #4,503 why billionaires with visions of making the world their social experimentation Petri dish are disconcerting: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called on the need to consider universal basic income for Americans during his Harvard Commencement Speech. Zuckerberg’s comments reflect those of other Silicon Valley bigwigs, including Sam Altman, the president of venture capital firm Y Combinator. “Every generation expands its definition of equality. Now it’s time for our generation to define a new social … Read entire article »

Filed under: Economic/Financial Collapse, Government Corruption, Government Waste, Main Stream Media Bias, Political Campaigning, Politics, Problems of Big Government, Restoring America

CBS News post-Obama safety alert: Improving economy is unsafe at any speed

CBS News post-Obama safety alert: Improving economy is unsafe at any speed

**Written by Doug Powers CBS News had a report Thursday morning basically saying that larger vehicles are safer when it comes to crash survivability than smaller cars, which is nothing new. However, this is the angle that was taken: Well look at that, the Hope & Change™ economy was like an extra airbag on your life expectancy! In other words, if you get into a fender bender this year, blame Trump! **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe … Read entire article »

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John Kerry tells grads to end terrorism by offering them ‘good governance’ and jobs

**Written by Doug Powers During his commencement address yesterday at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, John Kerry urged grads to focus on one of the major enemies of humanity — no, not air conditioning, the other one. Kerry revisited one of the Obama administration’s more laughable assumptions, which was that terrorism exists because of governments unresponsive to their citizens needs and a lack of jobs: The former secretary of state praised Mr. Trump’s speech in Saudi Arabia Sunday that called on Muslim nations around to globe to “drive out” Islamic extremists, but argued that education and jobs are the big-picture answer to combating terrorism. “What we need is not a martial plan for the 20th century, what we need is a new plan for the 21st century,” Mr. Kerry said. “Surely … Read entire article »

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