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Meet the New Barack Obama!

Words fail to cover it:

Actually, a few words cover it; Some working at the WaPo are blithering idiots!

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In Santa Clara county, California (color me unsurprised!) county supervisors are proposing a ban on toys in fast food meals:

Convinced that Happy Meals and other food promotions aimed at children could make kids fat as well as happy, county officials in Silicon Valley are poised to outlaw the little toys that often come with high-calorie offerings.

The proposed ban is the latest in a growing string of efforts to change the types of foods aimed at youngsters and the way they are cooked and sold. Across the nation, cities, states and school boards have taken aim at excessive sugar, salt and certain types of fats.

Believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, the proposal would forbid the inclusion of a toy in any restaurant meal that has more than 485 calories, more than 600 mg of salt or high amounts of sugar or fat. In the case of McDonald’s, the limits would include all of the chain’s Happy Meals — even those that include apple sticks instead of French fries.

Ok I admit it, I’m dumber than a box of rocks, so much so I have completely forgotten how to SAY FRIGGIN’ NO!

Actually, I lied, I do know how and very loudly I might add.

Supporters say the ban would encourage restaurants to offer more-nutritious foods to kids and would make unhealthful items less appealing. But opponents believe it amounts to government meddling in parental decisions. The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider the proposal Tuesday.

Well yeah stay the fuck out of my parental decision making process.

That said does anyone truly think a kid zeros in solely on the toy? It’s the taste stupid, specifically in my kids case the spaghetti Happy Meal. The cheap-assed toy is secondary.

Ken Yeager, the Santa Clara County supervisor who is behind the effort, says the toys in kids’ meals are contributing to America’s obesity epidemic by encouraging children to eat unhealthful, fattening foods.

“People ask why I want to take toys out of the hands of children,” said Yeager, who is president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. “But we now know that 70% of the kids that are overweight or obese will be overweight or obese as adults. Why would we want to burden anybody with a lifetime of chronic illness?”

Pssst Mr. Yeager if you hadn’t noticed everyone will soon have ObamaCare my fat assed kids, and whatever damn obesity epidemic they may or may not contribute to won’t be out of yours or anyone’s pocket but mine.

These friggin’ Food Nazi’s can all kiss my fat ass.

And one last thing, if this goes thru what do you suppose will happen to McDonald’s bottom-line.

Their profit margin goes up of course, no toy less overhead.

Santa Clara county Supervisors, aiding and abetting big business to become bigger.

Corporate shills you are.

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Can someone remind the U.S House of Representatives Asshats there’s a recession going on and that pay raises for anyone, least of all employees of a Government that is so far in the hole it may never float above the redline again, they don’t NEED a pay raise!

Glad to say for some members a reminder wasn’t needed, in a vote of 402-15 the pay raise was voted down.

But to some, specifically the 15 Democrats who all voted “yeah we wanna raise,” screw you greedy bastards!

Does anyone honestly think if this was a secret ballot the number voting to cash-in would have been much greater than 15?

I damn sure don’t.

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The amount of lies, distortions and outright Bovine Excrement flung around prior to ObamaCare being passed would have filled-up every landfill on Earth if it were toxic waste.

Come to think of it, it may have actually been toxic waste – but I digress.

More to the point the chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, has released a report (pdf file) that lays out the actual cost of ObamaCare.

Note, that’s “actual cost,” as opposed to the Fairy Tale issued by the Congressional Budget Office. You know the one where everything was Unicorns and Lolly-pops where 30 million people could be added to the healthcare rolls at the low, LOW price of – Nothing!.

Now that reality has set-in, and Obama’s bullshit walks, the professional Beancounters have their say:

President Obama’s health care overhaul law will increase the nation’s health care tab instead of bringing costs down, government economic forecasters concluded Thursday in a sobering assessment of the sweeping legislation.

How can this be?

During the health care debate President Obama argued that we couldn’t afford not to pass health care reform bill.

Without getting too deep into the weeds here are the main bullet points of the report:

  • By delaying the major spending provisions until 2014, Democrats hid the true 10-year cost of their legislation: “Because of these transition effects and the fact that most of the coverage provisions would be in effect for only 6 of the 10 years of the budget period, the cost estimates shown in this memorandum do not represent a full 10-year cost for the new legislation,” CMS says.
  • Medicare cuts are unlikely to materialize: The CMS report cautions that “it is important to note that the estimated savings shown in this memorandum for one category of Medicare provisions may be unrealistic.” The reason is that if the proposed cuts to payments to hospitals, nursing facilities, and home health agencies go into effect, “roughly 15 percent of Part A providers would become unprofitable within the 10-year projection period…” The only way to resolve this problem would be to prevent the cuts, which in turn would eat up some of the projected savings from the legislation.
  • You can’t double count the Medicare savings: While in theory Medicare Part A cuts would extend solvency of the program by 12 years, the actuary writes, “In practice the improved (Medicare hospital insurance) financing cannot be simultaneously used to finance other Federal outlays (such as the coverage expansions) and to extend the trust fund, despite the appearance of this result from the respective accounting conventions.”
  • The CLASS Act is a ponzi scheme: One of the most under-reported aspects of the new health care legislation was that it creates a smaller new entitlement within the massive entitlement – a program pushed by Ted Kennedy that would allow individuals to purchase long-term care insurance through the government. But the program begins collecting premiums before paying out benefits, making it produce surpluses in the early years that Democrats claimed as deficit savings. However, CMS notes that, “After 2015, as benefits are paid, the net savings from this program will decline; in 2025 and later, projected benefits exceed premium revenues, resulting in a net Federal costs in the longer term.”

Do any of you ObamaBots still want to argue this health care “reform” was about cutting costs as opposed to taking over a large section of the U.S. economy?

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You know that loon Glen Beck, he wants to dismantle the U.S. Department of Education.

Do away with it he says.

And you know what, I must be friggin’ crazy to.. I agree.

Cut their funding and let’em die in the vine.

As it is the 50 states send billions of dollars to the Feds only to have them return over 80% of it back from wince in came.

Why bother, screw them.

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We’ve all grown up with a U.S. Postal Service whose postal carriers lived by the creed; “Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet nor dark of night shall stay these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

That may no longer be the case as GAO points out

The U.S. Postal Service’s current business model “is not viable” and the mail agency should make deeper job and wage cuts, hire more part-time staff and consider outsourcing operations, according to a draft of a government audit acquired by The Federal Eye.

Auditors also urge Congress to remove restrictions on the Postal Service’s ability to cut Saturday mail delivery and close post offices, according to the report, which offers recommendations similar to the USPS’s own proposed 10-year business plan.

Lawmakers requested the Government Accountability Office report, set for a Monday release, as they prepare to consider the USPS plan, which was introduced last month. The proposals call for an end to six-day delivery and ask Congress to give the mail agency the ability to raise prices beyond the rate of inflation and close post offices if necessary.

In recent weeks we’ve seen rumbles of cutting Saturday mail delivery as a way to slice into the USPS budget deficit.

While that may be a good thing for mail carriers, who could use the Saturday downtime to watch cartoons or college basketball and football games, it’s no so much a good thing for users of the service.

You, as the consumer of the USPS, will be faced with higher prices, less service and fewer locations to conduct that business. Let me pose this question:

If this was a private industry operating with a projected loss of $7 billion would you continue to support it? (With a $238 billion projected loss over the next decade)

Hell no you wouldn’t!

You’d take your business to the most convenient location and one that offers the service at the best price. The USPS fails to fit anywhere in that description.

Considering every policy decision effecting the postal service must be approved by Congress it’s like doubling-down on stupid.

A failed service, offering nothing that can’t be gotten from the private sector, and run be the same people that are bringing you $10 trillion deficits for the next decade.

Postmaster General John E. Potter claims giving the USPS more autonomy – presumably cutting Congress’ apron strings – with the ability to set prices, delivery schedules and labor costs could save the service.

But why bother.

Obama administration’s 2011 budget [excerpt – PDF] calls for a continuation of six-day mail delivery and says the White House “will work with the Postal Service, its employee unions, the Congress, and other stakeholders to make sure the Postal Service has the tools and authorities it needs to remain viable as a pillar of the American economy and a vital public resource through the current crisis and over the long haul.”

The key phrase being “employee unions,” Obama has never met a union he didn’t like or bow down to in supplication.

It’s way past time to cut the losses both in actual terms and figuratively, sell this overblown monstrosity and privatize it.

The USPS budget, reportedly approaching $70 billion per year, is “off budget” anyway, make it really far off budget by selling the parts and pieces to FedEx and UPS.

Both FedEx and UPS provide cheaper service with the same effectiveness there’s no longer a viable reason for a government run postal service.

Sell this dung heap now.

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