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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:

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January 31, 2023 • 04:20 PM

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On a New Law in New York Requiring Websites, Blogs and Social Media Networks to Have and Post Policies to Deal With What the State Deems Objectionable Speech:
 
 

"New York politicians are slapping a badge on my chest. A law going into effect Saturday requires social-media networks, including any site that allows comments, to publish a plan for responding to alleged hate speech by users.

The law blog I run fits the bill, so the law will mandate that I post publicly my policy for responding to comments that 'vilify, humiliate, or incite violence against a group' based on 'race, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.' It also requires that I give readers a way to complain about my blog's content and obligates me to respond directly.

I don't want to moderate such content and I don't endorse the state's definition of hate speech. I do sometimes delete comments, but I do it based on my own editorial judgment, not state command. Still, I'm being conscripted. By obligating me to do the state's bidding with regard to viewpoints that New York condemns, the law violates the First Amendment."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Eugene Volokh, Co-founder of the Volokh Conspiracy Blog and a Law Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles
— Eugene Volokh, Co-founder of the Volokh Conspiracy Blog and a Law Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles
Posted December 05, 2022 • 02:44 PM
 
 
Reporting on Florida's Decision to Divest the State's Assets from BlackRock Over the Financial Giant's ESG Policies:
 
 

"Florida is divesting from investment giant BlackRock, becoming the latest state to pull assets from the firm over its environment, social, and governance (ESG) policies.

"The Sunshine State's chief financial officer, Jimmy Patronis, announced Thursday that the Florida Treasury would immediately begin removing roughly $2 billion in assets from BlackRock's control in a process that should be completed by year's end.

"'Using Florida's cash to fund BlackRock's social-engineering project isn't something we signed up for,' Patronis tweeted in making the announcement. 'It's got nothing to do with maximizing returns and is the opposite of what an asset manager is paid to do.' ...

"BlackRock and other major financial institutions, like State Street and Vanguard, have spearheaded an effort to promote ESG standards over the last several years. The ESG movement broadly seeks to promote a green energy transition and left-wing social priorities through the financial sector.

"Republican states and groups like the State Financial Officers Foundation (SFOF), though, have waged a war against the ESG movement, arguing that it is anti-democratic and harmful to taxpayers by pushing investments that don't result in maximum earnings for consumers."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Breck Dumas, Fox Business
— Breck Dumas, Fox Business
Posted December 02, 2022 • 07:11 AM
 
 
On the Biden Administration's 'Social Cost of Carbon' Rulemaking:
 
 

"With the price of everything from gasoline to food soaring in America, nobody is surprised by inflated price tags these days. But even by Washington standards, an action taken earlier this month by the Environmental Protection Agency is creating sticker shock: a nearly fourfold increase in the government calculation of damages from carbon emissions.

"The so-called Social Cost of Carbon was first set in 2009 under then-President Barack Obama. Under Democrats it has been set for most of the last decade at $51 per metric ton. But in a rulemaking notice in mid-November, EPA said it had devised a new calculation that raises that damage estimate to $190 per metric ton by 2022 standards and as much as $410 by the year 2080.

"The figure isn't just hypothetical. If enacted, it could affect everything from the cost of methane regulations and tailpipe emissions to the 'climate reparations' that President Joe Biden has committed the United States to paying to poor countries in the future.

"The new estimate has sent shockwaves through the energy industry and raised the stakes for ongoing litigation being brought by Republican attorneys general in states like Louisiana that are challenging the Biden administration Social Cost of Carbon rulemaking as unconstitutional."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— John Solomon, Just the News
— John Solomon, Just the News
Posted December 01, 2022 • 08:34 AM
 
 
On Biden’s Hypocrisy on Labor Unions:
 
 

"'I intend to be the most pro-union president leading the most pro-union administration in American history,' President Biden promised last year. At least until a rail strike threatened his poll numbers.

"Biden is hammering Congress to enact legislation to effectively outlaw a strike next week by 100,000 railroad freight workers. Unions are threatening a work stoppage to compel railroad owners to provide sick leave.

"Biden declared in April, 'Workers who join a union gain power -- the power over decisions that affect their lives.' But not as much power as the president has over them. And considering how disruptive a strike would be for the national economy, Biden needs to stop it.

"Liberal activists are stunned at Biden's apparent betrayal of rank-and-file workers. But the Democrats' posturing is no surprise. Unions are great -- if someone else pays."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— James Bovard, New York Post
— James Bovard, New York Post
Posted November 30, 2022 • 08:01 AM
 
 
On a New Biden Administration Regulation Permitting Retirement Plan Managers to Offer Investment Options that Consider ESG Issues:
 
 

"The White House recently issued a new regulation that will allow investment fiduciaries, including 401(k) plan managers, to offer investment options that consider environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues, such as climate change and social justice initiatives. The move could radically transform retirement investing for tens of millions of Americans nationwide.

"Until now, those managing many retirement accounts were required to prioritize the best return on investment possible. By opening the door to left-wing investment plans, the Biden administration is permitting employers and private pension fund managers to effectively politicize retirement investments.

"Under the new regulation, a retirement account fund manager or employer must continue to pledge to prioritize the interests of retirees, a longstanding requirement, but fiduciaries will now also be allowed to include factors like climate change and other ESG considerations in their analyses and decision-making processes. This will, by design, empower left-wing employers and fund managers to use retirement accounts to push leftist causes."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Justin Haskins, Executive Editor and Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute
— Justin Haskins, Executive Editor and Research Fellow at The Heartland Institute
Posted November 29, 2022 • 08:34 AM
 
 
On the Impending Rail Worker Strike:
 
 

"After all the supply chain problems the United States has suffered in the last two years, the very last thing the nation needs is a railroad strike. Unfortunately, it could happen any day now, as soon as Dec. 5. ...

"Needless to say, a strike by 15,000 rail workers would create a disaster for shipping ahead of the holiday season.

"Inflation is bad enough already, but if shipping problems worsen the scarcity of goods at the time of peak demand, the price of groceries, gas, and Christmas presents could go much higher than they already have. ...

"The good news is that the law governing labor relations on railroads is different from the law that governs them in most other industries.

"Congress, when it passed the Railway Labor Act in the 1920s, decided that railroads are just too important to be subjected to the whims of Big Labor the way other businesses are. Congress can force the striking workers back on the job by simply passing a resolution, which President Joe Biden would then have to sign.

"And of course, this is exactly what Congress should do..."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
— The Editors, Washington Examiner
Posted November 28, 2022 • 07:49 AM
 
 
 
 

"Happy Thanksgiving!"

 
 
— From Everyone at the Center for Individual Freedom
— From Everyone at the Center for Individual Freedom
Posted November 23, 2022 • 07:42 AM
 
 
Reporting On the Fight by Some Attorneys General Against the EPA's 'Environmental Justice' Rule:
 
 

"Twelve attorneys general have submitted comments to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan expressing concerns about a new proposed rule they argue will increase energy costs and risk Americans' safety.

At issue is the EPA's proposed rule, 'Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under Clean Air Act; Safer Communities by Chemical Accident Prevention.' (87 Fed. Reg. 53,556), which Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton argues is another attempt by the Biden administration to revive an Obama-era 'ennvironmental justice' regulation. If implemented, it would far exceed the statutory authority of the EPA, the attorneys general argue, which was curtailed by the Supreme Court earlier this year.

The rule would require a range of American facilities and industries to implement costly new processes to minimize 'climate change risks,' which the EPA hasn't proved will reduce such risks, they argue. Those impacted by the regulations would include petroleum refineries, chemical manufacturers, water and wastewater treatment systems, chemical and petroleum wholesalers and terminals, food manufacturers, packing plants, cold storage facilities, agricultural chemical distributors, midstream gas plants, among others.

The proposed rule would impose 'burdensome new regulatory requirements that do not lead to improvements in preventing accidental releases or minimizing the consequences any such releases,' they write, and 'would come at the cost of a greater regulatory burden without providing sufficient corresponding benefits.'"

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Bethany Blankley, The Center Square Contributor
— Bethany Blankley, The Center Square Contributor
Posted November 22, 2022 • 08:24 AM
 
 
Reporting On the Math for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to Become Speaker:
 
 

"House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has a math problem.

"He won the House GOP's nomination to be Speaker this week in a 188-31 vote.

"But far more GOP members voted against him than he can afford to lose on the floor Jan. 3 in a vote that would officially elect him Speaker. A vocal faction of Republicans who have the potential to make or break his Speakership continue to withhold support."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Emily Brooks, The Hill
— Emily Brooks, The Hill
Posted November 21, 2022 • 08:17 AM
 
 
On President Biden's Proposed New Supplemental Spending Binge:
 
 

"As if on cue, President Joe Biden asked the lame-duck Congress for yet another $47.7 billion supplemental spending package just as representatives and senators returned to Washington after the midterm elections.

"Lawmakers should reject Biden's spending binge.

"The lame-duck period is when Congress is least accountable, taking place after the American people voted out the Democratic majority in the House in favor of a slim Republican majority. Defeated and retiring lawmakers should not be adding billions to the taxpayers' tab, particularly after their reckless spending sparked inflation at a level not seen in four decades.

"This supplemental spending request for Ukraine aid and COVID-19 funding is more than an entire year's worth of regular appropriations for the departments of Agriculture and Interior combined.

"Biden's strategy is to attach these new spending requests onto a massive omnibus appropriations bill. A lame-duck omnibus would ram through a third year of liberal policy and inflationary spending agendas.

"Given our current fiscal and economic situation, every dollar of government spending -- coming on top of the $7.7 trillion spending spree since 2020 -- will add to inflationary pressures and burden American families."

Read the entire article here.

 
 
— Matthew Dickerson, Director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation
— Matthew Dickerson, Director of the Grover M. Hermann Center for the Federal Budget at The Heritage Foundation
Posted November 18, 2022 • 07:57 AM
 
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"California's secretary of state just issued data that show the 2022 election was a mess.Why? Because of voting by mail.Indeed, this was California's first election that relied on the United States Postal Service to get the mission accomplished. In September 2021, Sacramento passed new legislation that said everyone registered to vote -- dead or alive -- is automatically sent a ballot in the mail,…[more]
 
 
— J. Christian Adams, President of the Public Interest Legal Foundation
 
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