If it weren’t for double standards…

…they’d have no standards at all..

Ringing Out The Year With Liberal Double Standards – Townhall

When Republicans are in power, “dissent is the highest form of patriotism.” When Democrats are in power, dissent is the racist fuming of “angry white men.”

Peaceful, law-abiding tea party groups who cleaned up after their protests — and got legal permits for them — were signs of nascent fascism lurking in the American soul. Violent, anarchic and illegal protests by Occupy Wall Street a few years ago or, more recently, in Ferguson, Missouri, were proof that a new idealistic generation was renewing its commitment to idealism.

When rich conservatives give money to Republicans, it is a sign that the whole system has been corrupted by fat cats. When it is revealed that liberal billionaires and left-wing super PACs outspent conservative groups in 2014: crickets.

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Saudi Facing Largest Deficit In Its History – OilPrice.com

The nearly 50 percent plunge in the price of oil during the past six months is expected to leave oil-rich Saudi Arabia with its first budget deficit since 2011 and the largest in its history.

The budget, announced on Dec. 25, will include spending during fiscal 2015 of $229.3 billion, higher than in 2014, despite revenues estimated at only $190.7 billion, lower than in the current fiscal year. That would leave a deficit of $38.6 billion.

Oil prices have been dropping since June because of a market glut, caused in part because of prodigious oil extraction in the United States from shale formations.

Given that the Saudis hold enormous sway over the United States government (especially the past 6 years), I can’t imagine that oil is going to stay this cheap for long.

As Medicaid Rolls Swell, Cuts in Payments to Doctors Threaten Access to Care – NY Times

WASHINGTON — Just as millions of people are gaining insurance through Medicaid, the program is poised to make deep cuts in payments to many doctors, prompting some physicians and consumer advocates to warn that the reductions could make it more difficult for Medicaid patients to obtain care.

The Affordable Care Act provided a big increase in Medicaid payments for primary care in 2013 and 2014. But the increase expires on Thursday — just weeks after the Obama administration told the Supreme Court that doctors and other providers had no legal right to challenge the adequacy of payments they received from Medicaid.

The impact will vary by state, but a study by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan research organization, estimates that doctors who have been receiving the enhanced payments will see their fees for primary care cut by 43 percent, on average.

Economics lesson:  When the government takes over an industry, the product that industry produces immediately becomes finite in nature.  There’s always shortages.

Obama Adviser Jonathan Gruber In 2009: Obamacare Will NOT Be Affordable – Daily Caller

This one’s a bombshell, folks.

Gruber said that Obamacare had no cost controls in it and would not be affordable in an October 2009 policy brief, presented here exclusively by TheDC. At the time, Gruber had already personally counseled Obama in the Oval Office and served on Obama’s presidential transition team. Obama, meanwhile, told the American people that their premiums would go down dramatically.

“The problem is it starts to go hand in hand with the mandate; you can’t mandate insurance that’s not affordable. This is going to be a major issue,” Gruber admitted in an October 2, 2009 lecture, the transcript of which comprised the policy brief.

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“The real substance of cost control is all about a single thing: telling patients they can’t have something they want. It’s about telling patients, ‘That surgery doesn’t do any good, so if you want it you have to pay the full cost.’”

That last sentence is called “Death Panels”.  If I had a nickel for every time some Left Wing douchebag in the media proudly called Sarah Palin a “dumb cunt” (both literally and figuratively) for claiming that death panels are a logical consequence of Obama Care, I’d be a fucking millionaire.

Sarah isn’t dumb, and she says some pretty fucking smart things that are critical of both parties.  In this case, she has a basic understanding of control-side economics (something at least half of the country doesn’t have a fucking clue about) and could see the obvious consequence of this horrific legislation.  All the while, the great Bi-Racial Hope lied through his pearly white teeth.

A Sad Year…

We lose talented, amazing people every year, but this year seemed worse.

Decider: Celebrity Deaths of 2014

Obviously, we lost some terrifically talented people too soon (Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Williams) and some legendary older stars (Lauren Bacall, Mike Nichols [who actually has a fucking EGOT]) but a lot of the people we lost this year I had particularly fond memories of.

Harold Ramis – I probably watched Ghostbusters and Stripes about a million times as a kid, not to mention Vacation.  And he always just seemed like an extremely likeable guy.

Jan Hooks – I had a pretty serious crush on Jan as a kid but mostly it’s because she was an amazing cast member at a time where SNL had one of its 2 or 3 greatest casts ever.  She didn’t have any avant-garde characters, she was more the talented glue that held everything together.  I still love the little black and white vignette, “Love is a Dream” she did with the late Phil Hartman.  Search for it on youtube if you haven’t seen it, it’s surprisingly touching.

Joan Rivers – It had really only been the past five years that I had come to appreciate just how amazing this woman was.  A pioneer in every definition of the word and still extremely funny at 81.  A damn shame that most people today simply associate her with plastic surgery and catty red carpet segments.

 

 

Obama’s ‘pen and phone’ barrage – The Hill

Obama knew he would have to rely on executive action given Republican control of Congress, and he has raced through 2014 to get as much done as possible.

The pace has only picked up since the midterm elections, with big announcements on immigration, climate change and foreign policy with Cuba.

“He’s pushing every executive power to the limit,” said Robert Cresanti, executive vice president of government relations at the International Franchise Association.

Here’s a look at how Obama used his power in 2014 and where he might be headed.

Imagine how the Media would cover this if the President was a Republican.  We’d hear the phrase “Imperial Presidency” morning, noon and night.

Politicians benefit from American tribal warfare – USA Today

My initial reaction to this piece was “Duh.” but I shouldn’t take it for granted that anything more than a tiny percentage of Americans realize that the majority of our political and social problems are linked to the exact kind of political and racial tribalism that Reynolds talks about in the above link.

How else can you explain the silence of Democrats everywhere as Barack Obama exceeds his authority time and time again?  Nuance is utterly absent and criticism of one element/topic automatically puts you firmly among the ranks of “the other side”.

From the article:

“What if I told you,” asks a Matrix-themed photo-meme that has been circulating on Facebook, “that you can be against cops murdering citizens and citizens murdering cops at the same time?”

Judging by the past few weeks, this really is a Matrix-level revelation, obvious as it may seem. We have Americans protesting because of police shootings, and we have police turning their backs on New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio over lack of support after two police were assassinated by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley, a gunman from Baltimore who said he was seeking revenge for the choking death of cigarette-tax evader Eric Garner.

And, as blogger Eric Raymond notes, the response has been divided: “Because humans are excessively tribal, it’s difficult now to call for justice against Eric Garner’s murderers without being lumped in with the ‘wrong side.’ Nor will Garner’s partisans, on the whole, have any truck with people who aren’t interested in poisonously racializing the circumstances of his death.”