cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The cyber-attack suffered by Sony Studios has, so far, gone unanswered. Sony pulled the premier of its reportedly poorly done comedy that ends with the North Korean dictator’s head being blown off. That was a major victory for those who launched the cyber-attack and for all those who lurk in the shadows of the cyber world thinking about how they would disrupt this or that.
The December 9th Opinions page in our Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featured an article written by Stephen T. Parente titled “Obamacare spikes are coming”. It discusses the relatively hidden things in that law that will almost assure a major spike in the cost of health care coverage that will hit in 2017 and after. Mr. Parente is the director of the Medical Industry Leadership Institute at the University of Minnesota. He is also a professor of health finance at the U of M. With his credentials having been displayed, we can proceed to the expectations he sheds light on:
With the defeat (a/k/a dumping) of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), there are some amazing numbers floating around:
The Gates/Panetta Club gained another member over the past few days. Chuck Hagel becomes the third member of that club that has been created by President Obama’s hiring and/or firing for the lead position at the Pentagon.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) has landed the job of a lifetime for a policy-wonk such as him. He is the incoming Chair of the United States House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee. This committee position is often referred to as the fourth most important position in our nation’s government after those of President, Senate Majority Leader and House Majority Leader. It has been chased after by some of the greatest political figures in our history and has been typically held by people at much more advanced ages.
The several clips (at four so far) from MIT Economist Jonathon Gruber’s presentations where he discusses the creation of the Affordable Care Act, Obama Care as it is commonly known, have elicited the following quote from White House press secretary Josh Earnest:
(Note: Early voters can change their votes if they choose to do so before the election. They must go to the Clerk in their jurisdiction, indicate they wish to change their vote and the ballot will be located for them.)
Mary Burke being referred to by her predecessor at the Department of Commerce as “She’s a disaster” apparently was rather soft compared to what we now learn courtesy of Matt Kittle at www.WisconsinReporter.com who dropped the bombshell that now explains the time lapses in her resume’ that we’ve discussed earlier. Mary Burke was recalled from Europe and fired by her family over “steep overseas financial losses” and the “plummeting morale” of her staff.
Peggy Noonan has penned a blog that makes for an excellent read, in my opinion at least. She deals with ObamaCare and President Obama.
Charley Reese is a retired columnist for the Orlando Sentinel. This is lengthy but well worth time it takes to read it through.
An interesting array of things the President issued his orders concerning today; certainly not as daunting, on the surface, as some had opined. There are probably going to be some additional actions and among those may be the EPA weighing in on lead containment. I doubt this is going to cut into the fever of gun purchases evidenced every time I drive past Gander Mountain and Cabela's; if anything, it will increase the fever.
Considering the hand that was dealt, the Republicans came out of this dust-up in better position than expected. The Bush tax rates were largely codified permanently and the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) was made permanent without the need to have it annually updated for inflation. The AMT will now be automatically updated.
This video (click here) will show you, in a few short minutes, the predicament we've permitted ourselves to get into, and it is sobering at the very least.