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Gallup Poll Shows Americans' Views on U.S. Healthcare Quality Turned Downward with ObamaCare and More Government Control

Gallup just released a new survey summary under the sobering headline "Americans Sour on U.S. Healthcare Quality," but what's perhaps most notable is when the distinctive downturn began -- as ObamaCare took effect and government control over our healthcare increased significantly:



January 31, 2023 • 04:20 PM

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On Public Perception of the Federal Government:

"A line from legendary manager Casey Stengel fits the moment: 'Can't anybody here play this game?' He was talking about his hapless 1962 New York Mets, but the damning question can be fairly directed to both political parties and Washington itself.

"In one of the most worrisome signs of our era, the federal government has never been larger, richer and wielded more power over the lives of citizens. The size, debt and reach are astounding when compared to just a generation ago.

"Yet that bejeweled behemoth is failing miserably at many of its most basic duties. Public safety, border security, stable prices and quality public education are in decline, leaving many Americans angry about their government and cynical about the people who run it. ...

"Just two in 10 Americans believe the federal government does what it should, a low point in a decades-long decline. When the question was first asked in 1958, nearly 75% said they trusted the feds to do the right thing all or most of the time."

Read the entire article here.

— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
— Michael Goodwin, New York Post
Posted January 09, 2023 • 07:59 AM
Reporting on the Biden Administration Touting the Sale of Milliions of Barrels of America's Emergency Oil Reserves as a 'Top Accomplishment in 2022':

"The Biden administration is touting its decision to drain America's emergency oil reserves to historically low levels -- and sell millions of barrels to China and other foreign entities -- as one of its 'top accomplishments in 2022.'

"President Joe Biden's Energy Department in a Dec. 23 press release included its release of '190 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve' as second on its list of top 2022 accomplishments. The department said the reserve sales protected 'global energy security' -- a far cry from its reasoning behind the sales in April, when the department said a release of 30 million reserve barrels would aid domestic consumers by addressing 'the pain Americans are feeling at the pump.'

"The rhetorical shift comes after Biden faced bipartisan criticism for selling millions of reserve barrels to foreign entities, including the Chinese government. In April, Biden sold roughly one million barrels to Unipec, the trading arm of the China Petrochemical Corporation, which is wholly owned by the Chinese government. One month later, with domestic gas prices at record highs, more than five million U.S. reserve barrels were sent overseas to Europe and Asia, a move that Reuters said inhibited Biden's ability to 'lower record pump prices' through the sales. As a result of those releases, the United States -- which consumes roughly 20 million barrels of oil per day -- holds just 372 million barrels, its lowest level since 1983. ...

"While Biden has been quick to drain America's oil reserves, the Democrat campaigned in 2020 against domestic oil and gas production, promising to 'end fossil fuel.' Biden during his first month in office went on to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline and implement a moratorium on new gas leases on federal land."

Read the entire article here.

— Collin Anderson, Washington Free Beacon
— Collin Anderson, Washington Free Beacon
Posted January 06, 2023 • 08:42 AM
On the Biden Administration's New Clean Water Act Regulations:

"For a president who supposedly likes building infrastructure, President Joe Biden has a funny way of showing it. In a New Year's Eve news dump, the Environmental Protection Agency issued new Clean Water Act regulations that will make it more expensive for people to build roads, bridges, and homes.

"At issue is the definition of the term 'waters of the United States,' which for decades meant interstate waters that were 'navigable in fact,' such as a river, canal, or lake. But in a blatant power grab, the EPA expanded that definition to include not only 'intrastate lakes, rivers, streams' but also all 'mudflats, sandflats, wetlands, sloughs, prairie potholes, wet meadows, playa lakes, or natural ponds.'

"If there is a puddle somewhere, Biden wants authority over it. Under his administration's new definition, if your property has a dirt road that occasionally gets muddy after a hard rain, it was now part of the 'waters of the United States.' Under the Clean Water Act, this meant that if you wanted to pave the road, put a building on it, or run a power line over, you would need to get not only state and local permits but also a federal permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"Getting a permit to build even adjacent to 'waters of the United States' takes an average of 788 days and $271,596 in costs. Almost $2 billion is spent on federal water permits each year by people trying to improve infrastructure and housing stock. No wonder infrastructure and housing are so expensive."

Read the entire article here.

— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted January 05, 2023 • 09:36 AM
Reporting on News of Colorado Sending More Migrants to New York and Other Major Cities:

"Colorado Gov. Jared Polis plans to send migrants to major cities including New York, Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday, warning that the nation's largest city is already struggling to deal an influx of people sent from Texas and other Republican-led states.

"However, the Democratic governor told POLITICO shortly afterward that the state has been helping asylum seekers reach their final destinations -- including New York City -- for weeks. The only change has been a recent winter storm and ensuing travel catastrophe that created a backlog of migrants wanting to leave Denver, which is now being cleared. ...

"Like many major cities around the country, Denver has been struggling to provide services for a surge of people who have fled their home countries in Central and South America, crossed the southern border and sought asylum in the United States. Over the past month, more than 3,500 migrants have arrived in Denver, according to the city, and each night around 1,800 asylum seekers have sought shelter in the city."

Read the entire article here.

— Joe Anuta, Politico
— Joe Anuta, Politico
Posted January 04, 2023 • 07:51 AM
Reporting on the Global Economic Outlook:

"This year is going to be tougher on the global economy than the one we have left behind, the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) chief Kristalina Georgieva has warned.

"'Why? Because the three big economies, US, EU, China, are all slowing down simultaneously,' she said in an interview that aired on CBS Sunday.

"'We expect one third of the world economy to be in recession,' she said, adding that even for countries that are not in recession: 'It would feel like recession for hundreds of millions of people.'

"While the US may end up avoiding a recession, the situation looks more bleak in Europe, which has been hit hard by the war in Ukraine, she said. 'Half of the European Union will be in recession,' Georgieva added.

"The IMF currently projects global growth to be at 2.7% this year, slowing from 3.2% in 2022."

Read the entire article here.

— Diksha Madhok, CNN
— Diksha Madhok, CNN
Posted January 03, 2023 • 08:53 AM
On the National Debt:

"This week, the party's over.

"We've been living on borrowed money for too long. No, we're not facing another 2009 financial meltdown. Banks and financial institutions are in much better shape now than they were then. But the government's not.

"Our national debt is massive -- at $31 trillion it's now bigger than our annual GDP. We used to laugh at countries that were caught in that bind.

"Of course, there's a reason this happened. The extraordinary moment of turning off the economy because of the pandemic created a unique crisis in which we had to spend a lot. But it was expected to be a temporary safety net for individuals and companies.

"Instead, the Biden administration doubled down on the spending to expand government in a way that is unsustainable -- way beyond what our private economy can maintain. That's led to our high inflation and rising interest rates, both of which are causing tremendous pain for families and businesses."

Read the entire article here.

— David Asman, Fox News
— David Asman, Fox News
Posted January 02, 2023 • 08:02 AM

"Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for a Happy and Healthy New Year!"

— From All of Us at the Center for Individual Freedom
— From All of Us at the Center for Individual Freedom
Posted December 22, 2022 • 08:36 AM
Reporting on the Senate Maneuvering to Pass the $1.7 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill:

"What do GOP fiscal hawks hate more, a mammoth spending bill or the threat of canceling their holiday flights because of a massive storm? The Senate might soon find out.

Congress is hustling to pass a $1.7 trillion year-end spending package before leaving Washington for the year, with government funding set to run out Friday. The Senate took its first procedural vote Tuesday after the sprawling bill's text was released in the pre-dawn hours -- but to meet its end-of-week deadline, much less finish work days early, the chamber will need buy-in from all 100 senators.

That includes a passel of conservatives, including one senator who has slammed the fast-paced spending debate as 'legislative barbarism' and 'extortion.' Republican leaders are hoping the proverbial scent of jet fumes calling senators home, combined with the threat of a snowstorm that will blanket half the country, will help deliver a holiday miracle: final passage of the bill as soon as Wednesday."

Read the entire article here.

— Jordain Carney, Katherine Tully-McManus and Caitlin Emma, Politico
— Jordain Carney, Katherine Tully-McManus and Caitlin Emma, Politico
Posted December 21, 2022 • 08:31 AM
On Democrats' Spending Rush:

"There are only 15 legislative Looting Days left until a new Congress takes office. Voters last month sent Washington a 'cease-and-desist' order by giving Republicans control of the House of Representatives. But congressional Democrats are racing to spend almost $2 trillion more before the clock runs out.

"President Joe Biden spent recent months portraying Republicans as a dire threat to the survival of democracy. But the biggest enemies of democracy nowadays are on Capitol Hill. ...

"'Train wreck' is the kindest term for what Congress will likely produce. The Washington Post reported last week that 'congressional leaders have again waited until deep into the holiday season to assemble must-pass bills -- and they've used them as legislative Christmas trees, attaching unrelated measures small and large.'

"The secret omnibus bill could be made public any day now. House Republicans were effectively excluded from the negotiations for this monstrosity. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) condemned the 'corrupt tactics' behind this bill.

"Democrats are addicted to spending money the government doesn't have to enact programs American citizens don't want. The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget warned that Congress' year-end spending rush could enact changes that 'add up to $4.5 trillion to 10-year deficits in a worst-case scenerio.'"

Read the entire article here.

— James Bovard, Author and Member of the USA Today Board of Contributors
— James Bovard, Author and Member of the USA Today Board of Contributors
Posted December 20, 2022 • 08:15 AM
On Nuclear Fusion and the Continued Need for Fossil Fuels:

"A future of nuclear fusion powering the country with limitless, carbon-free energy is promising but remains far out of sight, despite U.S. officials and scientists hailing what they described as a 'breakthrough' in fusion technology, according to experts.

"'There's a lot of hype and misreporting around this announcement,' said Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. 'It's more an incremental advance than a breakthrough. Nuclear fusion research is very expensive and requires incredible amounts of energy and technology. This latest technological development is a significant step forward, but we're many decades away from having fusion power for powering our homes.' ...

"Specifically, the latest fusion experiment conducted last week and unveiled on Tuesday put in 2.05 megajoules of energy and resulted in an output of 3.15 megajoules, meaning there was a net gain of energy from the reaction, officials said.

"However, this calculation didn't account for the significant amount of energy needed to power the lasers operating the fusion reactor. In this case, 300 megajoules needed to be drawn from the electrical grid to operate the lasers, according to Lawrence Livermore officials who spoke at the press conference.

"In other words, even though the fusion reaction itself produced more energy than it consumed, the reaction couldn't have been conducted in the first place without exponentially more power from what could be called the experi ment's wall-socket energy."

Read the entire article here.

— Aaron Kliegman, Just the News
— Aaron Kliegman, Just the News
Posted December 19, 2022 • 08:25 AM
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"When it comes to raising the debt limit, the White House keeps insisting on 'no negotiations,' a line President Joe Biden will likely repeat Tuesday in his State of the Union speech -- in stark contrast to his own decades-long record.It's not just that, as vice president, he led such negotiations time and again, calling them a 'normal political battle' and saying 'my way or the highway' is 'no way…[more]
— New York Post Editorial Board
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