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Nancy Pelosi predicted CBO’s terrible Obamacare report

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its regular report scoring Obamacare’s impact on the budget and economic outlook over 10 years. It fails, of course. Big time. But at least Democrats saw it coming.

While arguing in support of the bill just after its passage in 2010, House Speaker at the time, Nancy Pelosi called Obamacare an “entrepreneurial bill”:

…a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care.

Nevermind that someone else will be subsidizing your funemployment. Not only was this loss of 2.5 million jobs over 10 years expected, it was celebrated by Pelosi (and presumably many other Democrats) as a good thing.

Your needs are not a claim check on my means

welfare state

When I was in high school, I made a big decision for the rest of my life: I decided I would become a lawyer. To that end, I decided I would attend an Ivy League college, study day and night, apply to law school, and make six figures by the time I was 26.

Things didn’t work out quite the way I’d planned. For one, I found my newly-acquired freedoms away from my parents to be a slight distraction from my studies, and I realized that my Ivy League education wouldn’t get me much if I didn’t actually attend classes.

The second obstacle to my grand plan was that I actually found pre-law course work dull. I liked foreign languages and creative writing. I liked history and politics. I couldn’t imagine myself sitting in a library 12 hours every day, digging through case law, written in a language that resembled English, but that required the Rosetta Stone to decipher.

No thanks!

So after graduation, and after spending a year temping and bartending, I decided I would join the military – not as an officer, but as a mere enlisted Soldier. Why? Because the job I wanted to do in the military did not have a path for officers. So I became a disc jockey – or a Broadcast Journalist, as the Army calls them.

A few years later, I left the military after completing my contract, and I got a job as a news anchor and reporter at my local radio station. Local radio did not pay a lot. I started my broadcasting career making $22,000 per year, working sometimes as much as 12 hours per day, including some weekends and most holidays. At that point in my life, it was OK. We had one child, an inexpensive home we were renting in a rural area, and I knew that this was just the start for me.

NY Times: 2.5 million fewer full-time jobs is totes cool

It seems that The New York Times is pulling directly from White House talking points about Obamacare. In response to the devastating CBO budget report released yesterday, the paper’s editorial board says that 2.5 million fewer full-time workers in the labor force by 2024 is actually a good thing (emphasis added):

The Congressional Budget Office estimated on Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by 2.5 million over the next decade. That is mostly a good thing, a liberating result of the law. Of course, Republicans immediately tried to brand the findings as “devastating” and stark evidence of President Obama’s health care reform as a failure and a job killer. It is no such thing.
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The new law will free people, young and old, to pursue careers or retirement without having to worry about health coverage. Workers can seek positions they are most qualified for and will no longer need to feel locked into a job they don’t like because they need insurance for themselves or their families. It is hard to view this as any kind of disaster.

Uh. What? Obamacare incentivizes people not to work so that they can gain greater subsidies for insurance coverage, thus reducing their productivity. How can that be considered a good thing in the mind of any rational person?

Mitt Romney on the Culture of Entitlement

Mitt Romney

There is no denying that Mitt Romney has had a rough go of things lately. President Barack Obama managed to get a decent bounce out of the Democratic National Convention, though it seems to be diminishing in recent polls, and the aftermath of the attack on the United States Embassy in Libya was contentious thanks to the media focusing on his criticisms of Obama rather than the substance of his comments about the incident.

The latest outrage is that Mitt Romney has written off 47% of voters who he says will never vote for him because they are too dependent on the government:

During a private reception with wealthy donors this year, Mitt Romney described almost half of Americans as “people who pay no income tax” and are “dependent upon government.” Those voters, he said, would probably support  President Obama because they believe they are “victims” who are “entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it.”


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