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Government Shut Down: GOP Compromised til the End, Democrats Refused, News Media will Blame GOP for Not Comprimising

In case you’re keeping score, here’s the ping-pong that the Senate and House have played since Friday that led to the current government shutdown…

Read the Rest @ IT’S OFFICIAL: The Government Has Shut Down

So… the last compromise passed by the Republican led House was to delay forcing everyone to participate in Obamacare, allowing people to opt in or out to avoid that penalty for not participating (just like it was already delayed for employers), and NOT giving Congress and their staff special treatment…. the Democrats in the Senate refused to accept, and I can guarantee that the mainstream news media will solely blame the Republicans in the coming days for “not compromising”!? The game is rigged when you’ve got a corrupt mainstream news media making the news. Spread the word, we have to report the news ourselves these days since journalists have lost all interest in spreading news, propaganda is the new focus.

-Mr. Blacksheep

Want to see what the “unbiased” objective news media looks like when its in propaganda attack mode, skip to the 1:28 mark in the video below.

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NSA Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens – NYTimes.com

By James Risen

WASHINGTON — Since 2010, the National Security Agency has been exploiting its huge collections of data to create sophisticated graphs of some Americans’ social connections that can identify their associates, their locations at certain times, their traveling companions and other personal information, according to newly disclosed documents and interviews with officials. The spy agency began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after N.S.A. officials lifted restrictions on the practice, according to documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor.

The policy shift was intended to help the agency “discover and track” connections between intelligence targets overseas and people in the United States, according to an N.S.A. memorandum from January 2011. The agency was authorized to conduct “large-scale graph analysis on very large sets of communications metadata without having to check foreignness” of every e-mail address, phone number or other identifier, the document said. Because of concerns about infringing on the privacy of American citizens, the computer analysis of such data had previously been permitted only for foreigners.

The agency can augment the communications data with material from public, commercial and other sources, including bank codes, insurance information, Facebook profiles, passenger manifests, voter registration rolls and GPS location information, as well as property records and unspecified tax data, according to the documents. They do not indicate any restrictions on the use of such “enrichment” data, and several former senior Obama administration officials said the agency drew on it for both Americans and foreigners.

N.S.A. officials declined to say how many Americans have been caught up in the effort, including people involved in no wrongdoing. The documents do not describe what has resulted from the scrutiny, which links phone numbers and e-mails in a “contact chain” tied directly or indirectly to a person or organization overseas that is of foreign intelligence interest.

Read the Rest @ N.S.A. Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizens – NYTimes.com.

Milton Friedman – Health Care in a Free Market

Milton Friedman fields questions from medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic regarding his advocacy of a free market in health care. And since a few other questions come up, here’s a few related videos…

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(AUDIO) Ronald Reagan Speaks Out Against Socialized Medicine

Mark Levin on CNN w Jake Tapper Bashes Obama’s Scare Tactics Over Govt Shutdown

Bill Clinton: When It Comes to Obamacare, GOP ‘Begging for America to Fail’ – ABC News

By Benjamin Bell

The Republican Party is “begging for America to fail” by rooting for President Obama’s signature health care law to fail, former President Bill Clinton said during an interview for “This Week” with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos,

“I’ve never seen a time – can you remember a time in your lifetime when a major political party was just sitting around, begging for America to fail … I don’t know what’s going to happen. But I’ll be shocked if it fails,” Clinton, who attempted during his first term as president to overhaul the country’s healthcare system in the early 1990s, said during an interview taped Thursday in New York while the annual Clinton Global Initiative was taking place.

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Fundamental ACA / Obamacare Flaw: Is it Simply Nationalized Wealth Redistribution?

I’ve been following the debate regarding the Affordable Care Act very carefully over the last few years, hearing out various points of view on the topic. I’ve even presented my own compromised solution on how to move forward with the debate in a functional manner, you can read it here at The Unaffiliated Party ACA / ObamaCare Solution. The following is the most simple analysis I can provide you regarding what could be the Affordable Care Act’s fundamental flaw and why some are calling for its complete removal, not simply revisions here and there. It has to do with the economic model providing the foundation on which the ACA is built.

The Affordable Care Act prides itself on making health care more affordable. Its supporters have evidence that points to examples of this and its detractors have examples that show otherwise. My sticking point, what potentially makes the whole thing fall apart, are the “subsidies”, basically tax payer funded tax credits or discounts. Who hands out the subsidies? Government. Where does government get its money? Tax payers. Lets check out who qualifies for the subsidies and who doesn’t.

(Reuters) 09/25/13 – “Consumers who earn up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level, or $62,040 for a couple, will qualify for subsidies that will lower the price further.”

(The Exchange) 09/20/13 “Subsidies are phased out at 400% of the poverty line, which this year is $45,960 for an individual and $94,200 for a family of 4. Above that, people have to pay the full cost of coverage.”

(Yahoo News) 09/27/13 “To help pay for the program, the wealthiest Americans, families that make more than $250,000 a year, will have to pay a little bit more.” – President Obama

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(VIDEO) Senator Rand Paul Educates CBS’ Face the Nation on Constitutional Legislative Process

Check out the video above featuring Rand Paul discussing the House’s latest funding bill, which funds the government, avoids a government shutdown, and delays ObamaCare for a year. VIDEO LINK

Sen. Paul: Obama can’t get everything he wants on ObamaCare, if Congress fails to reach an agreement on the budget and Obamacare, and the government shuts down, Democrats’ “my way or the highway” approach would be to blame. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION to the hosts question at 2:30, basically, would you rather be correct than politically electable? Amazing question by a broadcaster who’s supposed to be looking out for the people.

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Medical Devices Tax: Media Spin Distorting Truth Behind ObamaCare Flaws, Providing Cover

Check out this recent news article I just finished reading. As usual, I’ve added some thoughts at the end of the article…

By Stephen Ohlemacher

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers on both sides of the Capitol already have overwhelmingly rejected the medical device tax that House Republicans insist on repealing as a condition for keeping the government open. It’s just that those earlier votes didn’t count.

Despite its unpopularity, both the White House and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., vowed this week they would not let Republicans make the tax a bargaining chip in averting a government shutdown on Tuesday. Republicans nonetheless put that chip on the table Saturday, along with a new demand to delay for a year making people buy medical insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law. The requirement goes into effect Jan. 1.

Reid, through a spokesman, called the idea of repealing the medical device tax as part of an anti-shutdown bill “stupid.” ”The Senate will reject any (funding bill) that includes a repeal of the medical device tax,” said Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson. “Absolutely not,” White House spokesman Jay Carney answered when asked if President Barack Obama would support repealing the tax.

The 2.3 percent tax, which took effect in January, is aimed at U.S. sales of medical devices used chiefly by doctors and hospitals, such as pacemakers and CT scan machines. Consumer items are exempted, including eyeglasses, contact lenses and hearing aids.

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Thomas Sowell: Basic Economics (Includes Health Care & ObamaCare)

Thomas Sowell gives one of the best analysis regarding our nations current health care system and what you can expect if we continue to head down the path in which the President’s Affordable Care Act is intended to lead us, single payer health care.

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Can $1 Stamp Rescue the US Postal Service?

By Rick Newman

The U.S. Postal Service wants to raise the price of a stamp by three cents, to $0.49. That’s not enough. We should hike the price of a stamp to $1, fix the U.S. Postal Service for good, and end the sorry spectacle of Congress forever toying with an institution it’s too inept to govern.

The Postal Service has become a poster child for incompetence thanks to an astonishing $41 billion in losses since 2006. Any normal company that lost that much money would either be bankrupt or thoroughly thrashed by irate shareholders. Yet the Postal Service bumbles on, with even bigger troubles on the way. It predicts annual losses could exceed $18 billion by 2015.

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If the Government Shuts Down, Who Will Spy on Americans?

By Alina Selyukh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees have abused secret surveillance programs in the past decade, most often to spy on their significant others, according to the latest findings of the agency’s internal watchdog. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, Charles Grassley, NSA Inspector General George Ellard outlined 12 instances of “intentional misuse” of the agency’s intelligence gathering programs since January 1, 2003.

Grassley had asked the NSA internal watchdog to report on “intentional and willful” abuse of the NSA surveillance authority as public concerns mount over the vast scope of the U.S. government’s spying program. The agency’s operations have come under intense scrutiny since disclosures this spring by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. government collects far more Internet and telephone data than previously publicly known.

…”If you only focus on instances in which the NSA violated those laws, you’re missing the forest for the trees,” he said. “The bigger concern is not with willful violations of the law but rather with what the law itself allows.”

Read the Rest @ U.S. internal watchdog finds NSA workers spied on significant others – Yahoo News.
Related Article @ NSA reveals more about its spying efforts at home

And don’t forget, spying even on our friends…

Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt

It’s a shame that the video above is not far from the truth. Check out the article below to see what I mean.

By CHRIS COX AND BILL ARCHER

A decade and a half ago, both of us served on President Clinton’s Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, the forerunner to President Obama’s recent National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. In 1994 we predicted that, unless something was done to control runaway entitlement spending, Medicare and Social Security would eventually go bankrupt or confront severe benefit cuts. Eighteen years later, nothing has been done. Why? The usual reason is that entitlement reform is the third rail of American politics. That explanation presupposes voter demand for entitlements at any cost, even if it means bankrupting the nation.

A better explanation is that the full extent of the problem has remained hidden from policy makers and the public because of less than transparent government financial statements. How else could responsible officials claim that Medicare and Social Security have the resources they need to fulfill their commitments for years to come? As Washington wrestles with the roughly $600 billion “fiscal cliff” and the 2013 budget, the far greater fiscal challenge of the U.S. government’s unfunded pension and health-care liabilities remains offstage. The truly important figures would appear on the federal balance sheet—if the government prepared an accurate one.

The actual liabilities of the federal government—including Social Security, Medicare, and federal employees’ future retirement benefits—already exceed $86.8 trillion, or 550% of GDP.

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Pelosi: We should look to cut government where we can BUT there’s NOTHING left to cut

The mainstream news media is allowing the irresponsible politicians in government to MISLEAD & DESTROY AMERICA. Nobody is saying they want NO government!!! These pretend politicians only say what sounds good to their constituents but they have no intent to do what they say because they have no constructive principles guiding them.

Related article @ Cox and Archer: Why $16 Trillion Only Hints at the True U.S. Debt

Classless Politicians, No Surprise. Sen Mikulski: “Tea Baggers”

The double standard in our political landscape is INCREDIBLE… Are voters actually proud of their filthy representatives?