Daily Archives: June 8, 2011

Nanny-State Key Grab?

Should the city have the keys to all business, apartments, and rental properties within a city? The Cedar Falls, Iowa city council thinks so.

This past May, council began holding hearings on passing an unfunded mandate on property owners requiring them have keys to their property in lock boxes to give emergency responders easier access to the property, in case of an emergency. The boxes will cost property owners between $250 to as high as $2,000 if passed.

WCF Courier

Nothing could possibly go wrong, could it?

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Great Question, 5th Listener!

I posted this message on the MarketWatch.com site today
“Hey friends at Market Watch…what are you going to do with all those articles you wrote ahead of time…expecting OPEC to flood market with oil, bringing it down to $76 per barrel? Will you just shelve them in expectation of the next plan, EU to dump oil on markets? I am just a “watcher”, so tell me. What shall you do now?”
Why did I post this? They don’t read their own message boards. But, maybe someone will think about it. I think my reason was that I felt that Bernanke was meeting with his contacts to attack the price of oil. I could sense impending meetings in high places by politicians attempting to solve the oil demand/supply price problem, in hopes of refloating the markets. It is an elusive “hope” for a sustained recovery that plagues this current administration. They cannot change their policy without losing face before the public. They cannot take a path that will succeed, lest some opponent say “I told you so”. They ignored all the suggestions of the weak and the wise, and now they fear the recovery is taking too long in America and Europe, that it will slowly sink back into a dive, and the result will be worse than the start. They fear voters will shift and their fellow political shipmates will abandon ship, in favor of a safe haven. They cannot move, and yet a failure to move means they will create a self fulfilling prophecy of doom.
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McKenna Makes It Official, He’s Running for Governor

As expected, Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna announced his candidacy for governor this evening. Video of his announcement HERE (announcement begins at about 22 min mark)

McKenna campaign website HERE

McKenna Clark County website HERE

Democrats have held Washington States Governor’s office for 26 years. Republican’s see McKenna as their best chance to gain the Governor’s office since John Spellman left office in 1985.

In his announcement he rightfully said, “The fact of the matter is that the direction we are headed in is simply unsustainable.”

Seattle Times

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Millionaires Call for Thousandaires to be Taxed Like Millionaires

A couple of socialist groups have asked millionaires to cut a video calling for higher taxes. Unfortunately for we thousandaires, they’re calling for higher taxes for us, too. Obama already wants a 62% tax rate as Stephen Moore points out here.
I guess my question would be: What’s the hold up? What’s stopping you from sending the check today?

IRS (Internal Revenue Service)
  Address: 10th St and Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20530
  Web Site: www.IRS.gov

 

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Delta Airlines Pick Up the White COURTESY Phone

After several members of an Army unit took a video complaining of each being charged $200.00 to check a fourth bag they were assured would be free, Delta has “changed” its policy. With the “change” the video of the disgruntled soldiers has been removed! 
The soldiers had just come back from Afghanistan and were traveling from Baltimore to Louisiana. Their trip included an 18 hour layover. Nice, huh? 
As one of the soldiers added sardonically, “Great business plan, Delta!”


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Mr. Why: $35K/Mo?!! The Rent is Too Damn High for CRC. Metro to Vote on Thursday As Questions Grow About Possible Cooked Books.

A Metro vote on the CRC is Thursday. There is nothing normal or acceptable about the condition of accounting with the CRC. And the concern is not only about the $35,000.00/month rent for the CRC.
CRC officials can’t even produce a financial statement or reasonable facsimile to account for the approximately $150,000,000.00 of taxpayer funds it has already spent. Please see the report from the forensic accountant below.
Here’s a memo to members of Metro:
If any of you vote to proceed with the CRC with this kind of scandal emerging then you are certainly part of the scandal.
It matters not whether it is by gross negligence, fiduciary irresponsibility, incompetence, an ideologically driven agenda or conflict of interest.
Any public official who, by their vote, condones this abhorrent handling of tax dollars has lost both their integrity and credibility.  
The media may have ignored their responsibility but elected public officials do not have the option to ignore their fiduciary responsibilities.    
Please halt this travesty until a full investigation can identify exactly where the $150 million went and what taxpayers got for their money. 
David Madore of NoTolls.com has ponied up the money to pay for a forensic accountant, a former government auditor, to take a look at the books. Here’s Victoria Taft’s interview the other day with Tiffany Couch. Couch’s assessment is just underway but take a look at her power point presentation here.
 
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Oregon ObamaCare

The state takes over health insurance to make insurance more affordable? The house passed an insurance exchange plan yesterday which essentially will act as a broker to make health insurance more “affordable.”
Someone grab the smelling salts, the health care committee needs to come-to.

Within months, the state will establish the Oregon Health Insurance Exchange as a public corporation governed by a nine-member board. It will be charged with offering small businesses and individuals insurance plans in an exchange by Jan. 1, 2014.

Quote of the day:

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, D-Portland, co-chair of the health committee, said the exchange will create a marketplace with fair competition, which does not exist now.

If a “fair” “marketplace” doesn’t exist now shouldn’t we take up with these guys?
As Steve Buckstein of Cascade Policy Institute testified in his understated way,

In order to make such decisions meaningful, Oregonians should have more insurance plan options than the state currently allows.  As I testified here on March 7th in favor of HB 2977, Oregonians should be allowed to purchase any policy offered in other states by companies licensed to sell insurance in those states. I’m sure that DCBS concerns about putting these companies on a level regulatory playing field with companies already approved to sell insurance in Oregon can be satisfied.

Show of hands: how many really think the state will allow insurance companies across state lines to be a part of a larger array of plans open to Oregonians? (Isn’t it nice that the state feels it’s in charge of your health insurance?)
Buckstein goes on:

The exchange should also be open to approving new policies offered within Oregon that do not include all the current state mandates. Whatever decisions are made at the national level regarding the so-called “Essential Health Benefits” package, Oregon should be a leader in allowing our citizens as much choice as possible consistent with full disclosure. This will allow the exchange to satisfy the needs of consumers who want more affordable insurance choices as well as those who want more comprehensive coverage.

Show of hands: who else thinks that the state won’t add on all of its mandates on any new company which MAY be allowed to “compete.” Anyone? Anyone?

Taking over the private sector to preserve the market? Where have I heard that before. Government will provide more of a market? Are they kidding? 
The Zero also gullibly reports:

It is one of two bills key to Oregon’s health reform efforts. The other, House Bill 3650, which is still in committee, would foster teams of doctors, nurses and other providers focused on primary and preventive care to reduce costs, improve quality and simplify health care.

But I’m sure they’ll force companies to cover sex change operations. Thank goodness.

This is where it’s going: Health insurance becomes a right. Health care is further commoditized. Doctors don’t treat patients, they treat widgets. Or else.  Got it.

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Great Question, 5th Listener!

I posted this message on the MarketWatch.com site today
“Hey friends at Market Watch…what are you going to do with all those articles you wrote ahead of time…expecting OPEC to flood market with oil, bringing it down to $76 per barrel? Will you just shelve them in expectation of the next plan, EU to dump oil on markets? I am just a “watcher”, so tell me. What shall you do now?”
Why did I post this? They don’t read their own message boards. But, maybe someone will think about it. I think my reason was that I felt that Bernanke was meeting with his contacts to attack the price of oil. I could sense impending meetings in high places by politicians attempting to solve the oil demand/supply price problem, in hopes of refloating the markets. It is an elusive “hope” for a sustained recovery that plagues this current administration. They cannot change their policy without losing face before the public. They cannot take a path that will succeed, lest some opponent say “I told you so”. They ignored all the suggestions of the weak and the wise, and now they fear the recovery is taking too long in America and Europe, that it will slowly sink back into a dive, and the result will be worse than the start. They fear voters will shift and their fellow political shipmates will abandon ship, in favor of a safe haven. They cannot move, and yet a failure to move means they will create a self fulfilling prophecy of doom.
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Millionaires Call for Thousandaires to be Taxed Like Millionaires

A couple of socialist groups have asked millionaires to cut a video calling for higher taxes. Unfortunately for we thousandaires, they’re calling for higher taxes for us, too. Obama already wants a 62% tax rate as Stephen Moore points out here.
I guess my question would be: What’s the hold up? What’s stopping you from sending the check today?

IRS (Internal Revenue Service)
  Address: 10th St and Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC 20530
  Web Site: www.IRS.gov

 

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