You think we created this Website? We didn't create this website well all created this website and it could have been better if the Republican opposition knew a do-loop from a F-35!
But seriously, no one in this country gets away scot free from taking care of their fellows. It 's written in the big book, Am I my brothers Keeper? And of course the answer is hell yes, to the tune of 10 plus percentum over your current giving. So get the staples out of your wallet and stand up for America!
[WATCHDOG.ORG] Scranton could be headed towards another fiscal crisis like the one that resulted in city workers having their pay cut to minimum wage in 2012, according to a major credit ratings agency.
In a weekly publication, Moody's warned investors that Scranton could be facing the threat of default or bankruptcy thanks to a $20 million budget gap for the fiscal year that begins Jan. 1. The city is supposed to approve a new budget by Nov. 15, which would have to close that deficit to balance the budget.
Without a balanced budget, the ratings agency warned that two financial institutions could withdraw from scheduled debt financing for the beleaguered northeastern Pennsylvania city.
"The resulting liquidity squeeze would leave the city with few options to meet its financial obligations, raising the threat of default or bankruptcy," warned Moody's analysts.
A similar crisis hit the city in July 2012, which lead to Mayor Chris Doherty cutting all city workers' pay to minimum wage for several weeks, a move that made national headlines.
Just declare bankruptcy and walk away. Let the voters fend for themselves without government services. They don't need the police and fire departments after all as long as the welfare checks keep coming.
[FINANCE.YAHOO] Fitch Ratings has downgraded the credit worthiness of reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown's ... home of Al Capone, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel,... bond debt because of its public pension problems.
Fitch dropped the rating from AA- to A- on $8 billion in general obligation bonds, backed by property taxes.
It also dropped the rating on $497 million in sales tax bonds -- paid for by both the city's local sales tax and its share of the state sales tax. And the rating was downgraded on $200 million in commercial paper notes, financed by a general obligation pledge from any available city fund.
Friday's downgrade stems from "the lack of meaningful solutions" to the city's pension situation. City and fire pension programs have no more than 30 percent of the money needed to cover obligations.
[Forbes] Even as stories pour in of Americans facing steeply higher health insurance premiums and canceled coverage, Team TISI 0% Obama just imposed new regulations that will make those problems worse. It's almost like they can't help themselves.
On Friday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new regulations mandating health insurers cover mental and behavioral health to the same extent they cover physical health care.
A "mental health parity" mandate was passed by Congress in 2008, but Obama officials claim health insurers aren't fully complying. (You'll just have to overlook the irony of the B.O. regime, which has postponed several provisions of Obamacare without any legal authority to do so, complaining that others aren't complying with some law.)
The more likely explanation is the administration is desperately trying to redirect peoples' attention from the Obamacare rollout that has become a non-stop string of stories about failed websites, higher premiums and canceled policies.
President B.O.'s latest effort to divert public attention ignores a fundamental problem: it's much easier to know when a broken bone has healed than a broken mind. That ambiguity opens the door to overtreatment and fraud.
Health insurers and actuaries have a lot of experience in this area because most states have passed some form of mental health parity legislation.
The Council for Affordable Health Insurance used to publish an annual chart tracking the number of state mandates, and health actuaries provided a general estimate of how much various mandates added to the cost of a basic health insurance policy. Depending on what it required, mental health parity was one of the most expensive mandates, adding between 5 percent and 10 percent. [Full disclosure: I ran CAHI for eight years.]
Mental health data will be secure, and not leaked for political purposes, and consultations about any mental health issues at all will not be communicated to BATF and they will not come and inspect homes for and confiscate any firearms there to prevent them from falling into the hands of the mentally ill. Right?
I remember having to re-do paperwork at the hospital after Obamacare was passed, in there was a clause which stated my info could be used in the event that a foreign dignitary was threatened. I suppose a clever lawyer could mean that to be any politician involved in foreign nation negotiations. If then, then municipalities who pick and choose which immigration laws to enforce auto qualify as foreign negotiators. It would not be too far a stretch at that point to include school board, emergency management, chamber of commerce, so forth.
A bit of stretch armstrong, but remember sebelius doesn't take a crap without marching orders on how to set the roll of toilet paper; all mouth and no head.
[BALTIMORE.CBSLOCAL] Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor's office of much of its power.
Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor. When the city next elects a Democrat as mayor does the Council then restore his power?
Under Arnett's legislation, the mayor's post would be largely ceremonial. The mayor would retain a single vote on the council. Arnett says the change would stabilize the city's management.
If the measure is approved, it would mean the Democratic-dominated council would be removing the powers of the first Republican mayor elected since 1997.
Last week, Republican Mike Pantelides defeated Democratic incumbent Josh Cohen.
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If the measure is approved, it would mean the Democratic-dominated council..
And there in lies the key feature about power. The issue at hand is what is the 'threshold' to exercise the power. As much as everyone talks about the balance of executive-legislative-judicial powers in the national government, a clear reading of the Constitution shows that with 2/3rd control of both the House and Senate, a single minded party can impeach judges and presidents and send a flurry of amendments to the states or call for a convention thereof.
Traditionally, that kind of behavior has been kept in check by cultural tradition, but as noted in these pages, one political philosophy has been pushing to alter the culture and pushing damn hard at grasping, expanding, and imposing that power which has worn that threshold to a very thin margin.
Yes, Maryland has had years of political inbreeding. First symptoms to be observed are a compulsive disorder to vote Democrat and join welfare programs.Even if it means lower standard of living. Willful neglect.
Err, isn't that defying the power of the people? I know if I were an Anapolis citizen, even a Democrat one, I would be hopping mad about it and would require the impecahment for any Councelor who voted for this.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.