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Suspicious Timing of Census Bureau’s New Health Insurance Questions Helps ObamaCare

After compiling three decades-worth of responses to health insurance questions, the U.S. Census Bureau is about to implement a new version that will make it impossible to compare insurance coverage data before and after ObamaCare.

Coincidence?

It gets better.

“An internal Census Bureau document said that the new questionnaire included a ‘total revision to health insurance questions,’ and, in a test last year, produced lower estimates of the uninsured,” reports the New York Times.

In practical terms this means “it will be difficult to say how much of any change is attributable to the Affordable Care Act and how much to the use of a new survey instrument.”

According to the Times, the new survey has been in the works for awhile. But there is no explanation given for…[more]

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61 A Crisis of Transparency

Conservative critics of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were rightly exercised by her belligerent performance in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday. Clinton was a model of prevarication, particularly in a heated exchange with Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Pressed by Johnson on why the Obama Administration…

62 Cool Hand Conservatives?

This is a Seinfeld column. It is a political column about nothing. It is a column about nothing because there is a need for some breathing space. Last year, for many months, everybody who cares about public affairs was caught up in what seemed like a near-crisis atmosphere, talking and worrying and writing about the most consequential presidential…

63 Obama's Use of Children in Gun-Control Debate Is Dishonest

To understand why President Obama surrounded himself with a human shield of children last week as he ordered a tightening of our nation's gun controls, you have to remember this is an administration that never lets a "crisis" go to waste. Nor does it resist the use of a superficial prop to divert attention from serious deliberation. It also…

64 Biden Eyes 2016, But Hillary is the Better Bad Bet

With outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taking heat from Congress over the Benghazi scandal, many Democrats are looking to Vice President Joe Biden as a possible heir apparent to Barack Obama’s legacy.  Biden is courting the change in tune.  A well-sourced Politico article reports that Biden used the long weekend celebrating…

65 Postal Service Reform Falls Short

In recent years, conservative reformers have enjoyed much success in reforming government agencies.  Former Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels shrank wait times at the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles and increased approval ratings.  Wisconsin’s Scott Walker took on public employee unions and won more flexibility for local school…

66 Could Mike Pence be GOP’s Best Hope in 2016?

“Washington DC does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.”  With those words Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) voted against the New Year’s Day fiscal cliff deal that raised tax rates but failed to cut federal spending.  As he heads back home to become Governor of Indiana, Pence leaves Washington the way…

67 As Obama Exploits Massacre for Partisan “Fiscal Cliff” Gain, Some Important Gun Facts to Consider

What happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut isn’t fairly a “tragedy.”  A deadly auto accident is a tragedy.  A natural disaster is a tragedy.  What happened was evil.  It was murder.  It was depravity of the lowest, most perverse, diabolical, heartbreaking form.  The "…

68 Ben Franklin’s Conservative Economic Wisdom

Ben Franklin might have had something to say about Barack Obama’s twisted vendetta against the “rich.” The great and wise Franklin, sounding much like an 18th Century Jack Kemp, wrote a fascinating response in 1784 in answer to an English editor accusing Americans of predilections towards luxury. Franklin, despite his own personal…

69 Rudimentary Facts Refute Bob Costas on America’s “Gun Culture”

Bob Costas is perfectly free to unleash his shopworn leftist views upon audiences who’d probably prefer to enjoy a simple football game.  And frankly, given the seas in which Costas swims, he’d probably earnestly deny that his views are leftist at all, just as Dan Rather once named the New York Times when asked to identify what he…

70 A Good Man and a Good Campaign, but a Candidate Who Could Not Win

Imagine if someone assured you on Election Day morning of the following:  Barack Obama would barely exceed John McCain’s 2008 popular vote total, and he’d win almost 8 million fewer votes among whites, 1.5 million fewer votes among blacks, 4 million fewer from women and almost 2 million fewer from voters aged 18-29 than he did in 2008…

71 Obama Should Accept Boehner’s Offer to Deal

With a clear victory ushering in his second term, President Barack Obama is in the driver’s seat for the next three months. From now until February, he will negotiate some sort of tax deal with Republican House Speaker John Boehner, deliver his second inaugural address and speak to the nation about the State of the Union.  In each case,…

72 The GOP’s ‘Inclusion Problem’

Barack Obama, it turns out, is not magic. That was the opening I had prepared for a column announcing Mitt Romney’s defeat of the 44th president, but it turns out that it applies equally – and perhaps more menacingly – to the reality of Obama being reelected with surprising ease on Tuesday night. Obama’s not magic. He’…

73 Serious Republican Failures

For those who are right of center, this week’s election results look worse and worse the longer they are stared at. The situation is this: When all the votes are counted, Mitt Romney’s raw vote total will be almost exactly equivalent to the pathetic numbers achieved by John McCain four years earlier. Ten times more money, at least, was…

74 Regardless of Election Result, Conservatives Must Remain Vigilant

What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again.  There is nothing new under the sun.  ~Ecclesiastes 1:9  Regardless of one’s religious outlook, that famous Ecclesiastical wisdom neatly captures the essence of conservative thought.  Moreover, it bears consideration no matter whom America elects as President…

75 Barack Obama: Closing Arguments

Almost exactly four years ago, as a speechwriter serving George W. Bush in the final days of his presidency, I stood on a terrace outside of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building (the gargantuan facility directly adjacent to the West Wing) puffing on a cigarette – the only fleeting respite one could find from the manic schedule of a White…

76 Lame Duck Will Be Very Active

If you’re weary of the constant campaigning and looking forward to a quiet lame duck session from Congress, think again.  Once the winner for President is declared, attention in Washington will shift immediately to debating “Taxmageddon,” the $500 billion tax hike that takes effect January 1.  If Congress fails to act,…

77 Obama Money Machine: As Loose with Campaign Dollars as with Yours

Apparently, Democrats are just as irresponsible with their own dollars as they are with taxpayer dollars.  In fact, considering recent revelations that the Obama campaign accepts donations from illegal foreign sources, they’re even blowing foreigners’ money.  Regardless, perhaps it’s finally time for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz…

78 America’s Failed Marriage to Barack Obama

Back in January of 2009 – a time when Barack Obama still believed that scripture could issue from somewhere other than his own lips – the new president saw fit to cite the Bible in his inaugural address, telling the overflow crowd on the National Mall in Washington that “the time has come to set aside childish things,” a reference…

79 The President’s Poster Children

In 2008, 66 percent of voters ages 18 to 29 helped put Barack Obama in the White House.  Four years later, they are suffering the consequences.  Anyone in or familiar with the 20-something cohort knows about the group’s depressing economic prospects.  Currently, 53 percent of college graduates under 25 are unemployed or underemployed…

80 Bush’s Successful “Policies of the Past”

Now is a time not to bury George W. Bush, but to praise him. One of Governor Mitt Romney’s best answers in Tuesday night’s debate came when he was asked to differentiate himself from former President Bush. Romney correctly and effectively distanced himself from Bush’s deficit spending, believably pledged to do more to encourage fossil…

81 Obama’s Debate Performance: Fluent, But False

On Tuesday night, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney met for their second debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. Unlike his listless performance in the first debate in Denver, the president this time was energetic and aggressive. What he wasn’t, however, was particularly cogent. Here, then, are some of his most misleading statements…

82 On Debates, Gingrich Was Right

Desperately grasping for a rationale other than Barack Obama’s utter implosion as a public speaker after last week’s inaugural presidential debate, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took to the air in the moments after the scrimmage and called the result a draw, noting peevishly that the proceedings had spun out of control thanks to the absentee…

83 A Full Drawer of Untapped Issues

Leading into the vice-presidential debate on Thursday night, Mitt Romney obviously had the momentum in the presidential race – but he still has left a number of useful issues in a file drawer somewhere rather than effectively using them on the campaign trail. The Obama team, on the other hand, has hit Romney on just about every conceivable weakness…

84 Barack Obama, Bubble Boy

Parents with the good sense to resist the hysterical impulses of modern child-rearing – where the young are handled with a delicacy previously reserved for antique porcelain – have long understood a counterintuitive fact: Kids who get filthy, run around outdoors and even eat the occasional serving of dirt tend to have fewer health…

85 Vote Fraud Threatens This Year’s Elections

If this election is a close one, it could well be stolen by what would otherwise be the losing side. Those weren’t the exact words uttered in a program last Friday at the Heritage Foundation by co-authors of an important new book, but that’s one practical message an attentive listener would take away from the event. The authors are John…

86 Romney Pushes Proper Policies

Good policy is good politics. While policy wonkishness rarely wins major elections, it is true that voters in tough times sometimes do want a sense, backed by at least some details, of how a candidate proposes to change things. For whatever reason, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has gone a bit light on the policy front in most of his…

87 The Democratic Betrayal of African-American Voters

When Barack Obama was elected to the presidency in 2008, even his most voracious critics conceded that one possible benefit of his tenure in office would be a new era of reduced racial tension. It wasn’t an unreasonable proposition at the time. Born of a black father and a white mother, Obama’s public record – from his two autobiographies…

88 Secret Fed Housing Giveaway Endangers Local Recovery, Safety

Unless Congress acts quickly to stop a federal pilot program to convert thousands of foreclosed houses into long-term rental properties, homeowners in once thriving communities will likely see their property values plunge and crime statistics jump.  When the housing bubble burst in 2008, Congress had two options.  Either let the market bottom…

89 Pew Research Center: Republicans More Knowledgeable Than Democrats (Again)

“On average, Republican voters fare somewhat better than Democratic voters (7.8 versus 6.9 questions correct) on the twelve-question knowledge quiz.” “Somewhat better?”  Not exactly.  Given an eleven-to-one disparity, “significantly better” would be more accurate.  The preceding quote of questionable…

90 Tea For ’12: The Rumors of the Tea Party’s Death Were Premature

Against the notion that innovation is synonymous with progress, one of the stronger arguments may be the current state of the American news media. Thanks to cable news networks, Twitter, talk radio and the blogosphere, we now inhabit the world of the 24-hour news cycle (upon observation, however, it becomes obvious that this is a 30-minute news cycle…

 
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