10 more reasons I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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November 19, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 7 comments.

Video shows Hillary Clinton saying that businesses don’t create jobs

They say that a candidate should cater to the left (or right) during the primary, and to the middle during the general election.

Hillary Clinton just made the absurd statement in this video, but if she wins the primary and runs for President, I think she’ll stop saying stuff like this during the general campaign. Good thing it’s on video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyUoCiWsTfI

 

 

 

October 25, 2014. Tags: , , , . Communism, Economics, Politics. 1 comment.

I just added these 23 new items to my list of Obama criticisms, which brings the total to 878

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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October 24, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

I just added 16 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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October 4, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

I just added 14 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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September 28, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

Would liberals please explain why union workplaces are exempt from SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage law?

The Washington Post recently published this article on the new $15 minimum wage law in SeaTac, Washington. The article states:

“… union workplaces are exempt…”

This exemption is wrong because the law is supposed to treat everyone equally.

But also, it is an extreme example of hypocrisy. It was unions who got the ball rolling on this $15 minimum wage. It was unions who said that all workers should be paid at least $15 an hour.

But now, these very same unions are getting an exemption from the very same law that they so strongly supported.

Would liberals please explain why union workshops got an exemption from SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage law that was initiated and supported by these very same unions?

 

September 7, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Politics, Unions. 2 comments.

I just added these 5 new items to my list of Obama’s misdeeds, bringing the total to 826

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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September 2, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 12 comments.

I just added 21 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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August 18, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

I just added 20 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:
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July 30, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

Democratic Underground posters get angry at new Hepatitis C drug that costs less than 1/6 as much as a liver transplant

Hepatitis C is a an infectious disease that, in the U.S., kills more people than AIDS.

Some patients require a liver transplant which costs an average of $577,000.

However, a new drug for the disease just came on the market. It’s called Sovaldi, and it costs $84,000 for a 12 week course of treatment.

Taking this drug lets patients avoid getting a liver transplant.

Those of us who understand math think that this is a wonderful thing. Spending $84,000 instead of $577,000 is a huge savings.

I think it’s great that this new drug has been invented.

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July 25, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economics, Health care, Politics. 10 comments.

Liberal and progressive hero Elizabeth Warren signs letter in support of trickle down economics

On November 8, 2012, it was reported that in response to the medical device tax that is part of Obamacare, some medical device manufacturers had announced plans to layoff employees, including Welch Allyn (275 planned layoffs), Stryker (1,170 planned layoffs), and Medtronic (1,000 planned layoffs).

On December 4, 2012, Elizabeth Warren joined Al Franken, John Kerry, and 15 other Democratic U.S. Senators in signing a letter to Harry Reid, asking him to delay the tax on medical devices, claiming that the tax would hurt job creation in their districts. The letter can be read here.

I think it’s great that Warren has come out in favor of trickle down economics, and I am glad that several of her Democratic colleagues have also embraced the position.

Unfortunately, the medical device tax is still in existence, and continues to wreak havoc. On February 18, 2014, it was reported that the medical device tax had destroyed 14,000 jobs, and had prevented an additional 19,000 new jobs from being created.

 

July 24, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Health care, Politics. 4 comments.

I just added 30 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:

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July 21, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

I just added 19 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The complete list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

Here are the new entries:

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July 19, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 3 comments.

I just added 31 new items to my list of Obama criticisms

The new entries are #701 through #731. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

July 7, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

700 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

June 27, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 2 comments.

Fracking in Williston, North Dakota, drives unemployment rate to less than 1%, so Wal-Mart offers $17.40 an hour

A Wal-Mart in Williston, North Dakota is offering starting salaries of $17.40 per hour.

The reason that this particular Wal-Mart is offering $17.40 an hour has nothing to do with unions, social justice, compassion, or any other such thing.

Instead, it’s simple supply and demand.

In particular, the article says that fracking has made it possible to access oil which had previously been unobtainable. This has driven the unemployment rate to less than 1% in the city where this Wal-Mart is located.

This presents an interesting situation for anyone who favors higher wages while simultaneously opposing fracking, i.e, a large percentage of people on the political left. Tradeoffs are a common part of life, and I am interested in hearing what other people think of this situation.

The Daily Signal reports:

Why One Walmart in North Dakota Is Paying $17.40 an Hour

A Walmart store in Williston, N.D., is offering to pay entry-level workers as much as $17.40 per hour…

… the historic oil boom in North Dakota has provided real, sustained growth in wages and lowered unemployment in North Dakota to 2.6 percent—the lowest statewide rate in the nation—and to less than 1 percent in Williston, which is near the oil fields in the western part of the state.

Those jobs are safe for the foreseeable future, too. Last year, a study conducted by the United States Geological Service estimated conservatively that 7.4 billion barrels of recoverable oil sit beneath North Dakota. Scientists have long known about these oil reserves, but two miles of solid rock precluded development. Recent advances in hydraulic fracturing and smart drilling technology have made production possible and triggered the present economic boom.

 

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June 11, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economics, Environmentalism, Politics, Technology. 2 comments.

666 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

May 14, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

650 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

April 14, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

619 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

March 29, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

608 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

March 11, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. Leave a comment.

New York Times: “Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law”

Before I get to the new article from the New York Times, I’d like to point out a few other things from the past.

In front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Obama administration argued that Obamacare’s employer mandate is a tax.

This particular Obamacare tax only applies to “full time” jobs, which Obamacare defines as 30 or more hours per week.

So, Obamacare is a tax on full time employment.

Everyone knows that whatever you tax, you get less of. For example, after Obama increased the cigarette tax by 61 cents per pack in 2009, John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society, said:

“Raising the price of tobacco products is one of the most effective approaches to encouraging people to quit and preventing kids from picking up the deadly habit in the first place.”

In July 2013, leaders of the Teamsters, UFCW, and UNITE-HERE, all of whom endorsed Obama in both elections, sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which said that Obamacare will

“destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class… the law creates an incentive for employers to keep employees’ work hours below 30 hours a week. Numerous employers have begun to cut workers’ hours to avoid this obligation.”

Now, The New York Times, which also endorsed Obama in both elections, is reporting:

Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law

Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say.

Among those whose hours have been restricted in recent months are police dispatchers, prison guards, substitute teachers, bus drivers, athletic coaches, school custodians, cafeteria workers and part-time professors.

In Medina, Ohio, about 30 miles south of Cleveland, Mayor Dennis Hanwell said the city had lowered the limit for part-time employees to 29 hours a week, from 35. Workers’ wages were reduced accordingly, he said.

Lawrence County, in western Pennsylvania, reduced the limit for part-time employees to 28 hours a week, from 32. Dan Vogler, the Republican chairman of the county Board of Commissioners, said the cuts affected prison guards and emergency service personnel at the county’s 911 call center.

In Virginia, part-time state employees are generally not allowed to work more than 29 hours a week on average over a 12-month period. Thousands of part-time state employees had been working more than that

To hold down the work hours of school bus drivers, Vigo County has reduced field trips for children and cut back transportation to athletic events. School employees who had two part-time jobs totaling more than 30 hours a week — for example, bus driver and basketball coach — were required to give up one of the jobs.

The Obama administration says “there is absolutely no evidence” of any job loss related to the Affordable Care Act.

The American Federation of Teachers lists on its website three dozen public colleges and universities in 15 states that it says have restricted the work assignments of adjunct or part-time faculty members to avoid the cost of providing health insurance.

The University of Akron, in Ohio, has cut back the hours of 400 part-time faculty members who were teaching more than 29 hours a week, said Eileen Korey, a spokeswoman for the school.

February 28, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Economics, Health care, Politics, Unions. Leave a comment.

Hugo Chavez was an incompetent, communist dictator, who wreaked havoc on Venezuela’s ability to produce goods and services

Last year, Hugo Chavez, the President of Venezuela, died.
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February 24, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Politics. 1 comment.

557 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

February 12, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

539 reasons why I’m sooo glad I didn’t vote for Obama

I’ve updated my list of Obama criticisms. The list can be found at http://danfromsquirrelhill.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/obama-252/

January 23, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Barack Obama, Politics. 1 comment.

Kim Jong Un shows Europe why North Korea is superior at cutting edge technology

The Washington Post just published this article and photograph. I realize that this sounds like satire from the Onion, but it really is a real news article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/12/31/this-photo-of-kim-jong-un-riding-a-ski-lift-is-north-koreas-way-of-flipping-off-europe/

This photo of Kim Jong Un riding a ski lift is North Korea’s way of flipping off Europe

December 31, 2013


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects the Masik Pass ski resort


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un takes a solemn ski lift ride during his inspection tour at the Masik Pass ski resort, near Wonsan, North Korea.

I’ll explain. Kim is thought to have developed a love for skiing when he went to boarding school (under a fake identity) in Switzerland. One of his pet projects since taking power two years ago has been building a giant ski resort, something that does not immediately serve the world’s poorest country but would be meant as a show of national greatness. So Kim made it a top national priority to build the resort, Masik Pass, and work has been proceeding feverishly.

But Kim’s pet project hit a major snag this August: ski lifts. Kim just could not get his hands on any ski lifts. North Korea doesn’t have the technology to build its own. And the countries that make them all tend to be in the West, where new sanctions imposed in March make it illegal to sell luxury goods to the Hermit Kingdom. North Korea tried offering millions of dollars to Austrian and French companies to import ski lifts, but both said no.

Finally, North Korea tried to import from a Swiss company, offering $7.7 million for the lifts. It would be a logical choice: The country’s well-known history of neutrality at times extends even to Pyongyang. But the Swiss government blocked the deal, calling the Masik Pass resort a “propaganda project.”

Pyongyang was so angry it issued a furious response via official state outlet KCNA, declaring, “This is an intolerable mockery of the social system and the people of the DPRK and a serious human rights abuse that politicizes sports and discriminates against the Koreans.” Yes, you read that correctly: North Korea called Switzerland’s refusal to sell it ski lifts a “serious human rights abuse.”

In the four months since Switzerland blocked the sale, North Korea appears to have somehow acquired ski lifts. It’s not clear how or from where; presumably they’re confident in the lift’s safety for Kim himself to take this lonely ride up the slope. The photo is surely meant primarily to demonstrate to North Koreans that the ski resort is coming along and that the ski lifts have the leader’s confidence. But it’s hard not to also see this as Kim thumbing his nose at Europe, as if to say that he doesn’t need their stinking ski lifts anyway.

North Korean state media called the ski lift a “great monumental structure.” Kim reportedly said that the resort was “at the center of the world’s attention” (it’s a central myth of North Korean propaganda that the entire globe is rapt with admiration and wonderment at North Korea’s every ribbon-cutting) and said it would open as soon as possible.

January 3, 2014. Tags: , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Humor, Politics. 2 comments.

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