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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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Reporting On Americans Being Forced to Delay Financial Milestones Because of the Economy:

"The majority of Americans are delaying financial milestones and even abandoning certain events and activities because of the current state of the economy.

"According to a new survey from Bankrate, 53% of Americans have had to delay milestones such as home improvements and renovations as well as buying or leasing a car.

"Meanwhile, 58% of Americans have had to miss out on certain activities such as postponing vacations and opting out of dinners with family or friends.

"The data revealed that 15% of respondents had to hold off on purchasing a home, while 10% have had to push off furthering their education. Nine percent have pushed off retiring, 7% pushed off career advancements and 7% even postponed getting married. Additionally, another 7% pushed off having children."

Read the entire article here.

— Daniella Genovese, Fox Business
— Daniella Genovese, Fox Business
Posted November 17, 2022 • 08:21 AM
On Government Spending and the Statutory Debt Ceiling:

"The federal statutory debt ceiling makes for good policy. Congressional Democrats who want to repeal it to give themselves a permanent blank check to spend American taxpayer dollars are equal parts smug elites and constitutional vandals.

"Congressional Republicans should absolutely fight to defend the statutory debt limit this year and leverage it next year to extract badly needed spending reforms from President Joe Biden and his party. ...

"Contrary to the phony narrative coming soon to an editorial page near you, the debt ceiling is not a formality. It is not an anachronism or a symbol. It is an indispensable tool, specifically designed to protect taxpayers and check the ambitions of entitled politicians. The contempt elites in both parties have for the debt ceiling is compelling evidence for its value. ...

"The Constitution and federal law are thick with restrictions on overnment's ability to spend your money. The Origination Clause. The Spending Clause. Appropriations time limits. Since our founding, Americans have always known that politicians cannot be trusted with a blank check with your name on it.

"This timeless truth takes on new urgency today, as federal overspending triggered America's worst inflation crisis in 40 years, and a new recession. For the first time in a generation, wages are not keeping up with prices. The costs of gasoline, food, and housing have exploded as Biden and congressional Democrats drowned the economy in almost $5 trillion in additional deficit spending in less than two years."

Read the entire article here.

— Dr. Kevin Roberts, President of the Heritage Foundation.
— Dr. Kevin Roberts, President of the Heritage Foundation.
Posted November 16, 2022 • 07:07 AM
Reporting on Congress the Government Funding Crunch:

"Lawmakers are facing a serious time crunch to hash out government funding for fiscal 2023 as they return to the Capitol with Republicans poised to take a narrow House majority. Congress has until Dec. 16 to agree on new funding levels to avert a government shutdown. And while they can punt the deadline if negotiations require more time, lawmakers on both sides have been adamant that Congress finish its work before January, when a new Congress will be sworn in.

"Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Sunday that he's already begun telling colleagues to prepare for 'heavy work' and 'long hours' ahead of lawmakers' return this week. 'We'regoing to try to have as productive a lame-duck session as possible,' he said.

"His comments underline the jam-packed list of legislative tasks lawmakers have to check off in the coming weeks, all the while sorting through the nation's finances.

"As Congress holds votes for the first time in weeks on Monday, lawmakers are staring down a critical monthlong stretch until government funding is scheduled to lapse. However, none of the annual appropriations bills have made it through both chambers, as the midterm cycle has dominated much of the focus on Capitol Hill for months."

Read the entire article here.

— Aris Folley, The Hill
— Aris Folley, The Hill
Posted November 15, 2022 • 08:19 AM
On Challenges Facing Republicans Following the Midterm Elections:

"The challenge for Republicans is to learn what led this election to be the least predictable election in my lifetime. They also must think through a clear, positive program that creates a vivid alternative of workable, doable solutions that solve the American people's problems. This should represent 90% of their effort.

"The Commitment to America was a start, and I promoted it everywhere. But it didn't become the center of the campaign the way the Contract with America did in 1994. The 75% who said America is on the wrong track want to know what Republicans will do to get America on the right track. McCarthy made a start in this direction, but the party system never drove it home and made it vivid."

Read the entire article here.

— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
— Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
Posted November 14, 2022 • 08:13 AM
Happy Veterans Day:

"Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it. It flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it."

— Unknown
— Unknown
Posted November 11, 2022 • 07:30 AM
On the GOP and the Midterm Elections:

"A cloud hangs over Republicans. The election did not go as well as they thought. They expected the results nationwide to resemble the results in Florida, where Republicans walloped Democrats. Didn't happen. Florida now seems to be as exceptional politically as it is culturally.

"Races across the country are much closer than expected. Many have yet to be called. Chances are that the House will flip to Republicans, and Senate control will depend on the outcome of Adam Laxalt's race in Nevada and a probable December runoff between Raphael Warnock and Herschel Walker in Georgia. It may be a month before we know for sure, but Joe Biden can still become the fifth straight president to lose Congress in a midterm election."

Read the entire article here.

— Matthew Continetti, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Founding Editor of the Washington Free Beacon
— Matthew Continetti, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Founding Editor of the Washington Free Beacon
Posted November 10, 2022 • 07:58 AM
On Voter Frustration and the Mid-Term Elections:

"A newly energized Republican Party fought Tuesday night to channel voter frustration with inflation, crime and the direction of the country in their bid to win back control of Congress and blunt the agenda of Joe Biden and ruling Democrats in governor's mansions and statehouses nationwide.

"But like the last presidential contest, a verdict was deferred in many close races beyond election day, leaving America with another cliffhanger in a closely divided nation. Even another runoff in a Georgia Senate race was still in the cards early Wednesday. ...

"CNN's exit poll showed more than seven in 10 voters nationwide believed the country was on the wrong track in the hands of Biden Democrats and that inflation was their number one concern. Gallup showed the dissatisfaction level even higher at 81%."

— John Solomon, Just the News
— John Solomon, Just the News
Posted November 09, 2022 • 07:54 AM
On Democrats and the U.S. Constitution:

"Founding Father James Madison crafted a Constitution for the worst of times -- and the worst of leaders. He famously observed that we needed a system that did not depend on the good intentions or motivations of our rulers: 'If men were angels, no government would be necessary.' So he created a system that contains a series of checks and balances to prevent the concentration -- and the abuse -- of power. ...

"There has been a growing crisis of faith on the left as leaders and pundits have attacked our Constitution and its institutions, including the Supreme Court. These objections appear to be based not on the Constitution failing to resist extraconstitutional demands but on it failing to yield to such demands. These figures apparently are upset that the democratic process or the Supreme Court have not given them what they demand. Thus, the Constitution or the court must go.

"Widespread references to Jan. 6 should inspire greater confidence in our constitutional system and dispel the doubts being voiced by President Biden and others. The Capitol riot was denounced by most Americans; Republican leaders like Vice President Pence and Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) carried out their constitutional duties. Federal judges (including many appointed by then-President Trump) uniformly rejected challenges to the election; the Supreme Court, with six conservative justices, repeatedly ruled against Trump -- including all three of his appointees.

"The Constitution has weathered every storm in our history, including a Civil War and a 'war' over civil rights. We've tackled everything from a depression to desegregation; we've faced periods of violence and vitriol that tore us apart. And yet, we remain."

Read the entire article here.

— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
— Jonathan Turley, Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University
Posted November 07, 2022 • 07:48 AM
Reporting on the Races that May Determine Which Political Party Controls the U.S. Senate:

"As Election Day nears and the nation prepares to head to the polls, it's still unclear which party has the best chance to win control of the Senate. But four volatile races in different regions of the country will likely determine the balance of power between Democrats and Republicans.

"The Senate races in Arizona, Nevada, Georgia and Pennsylvania are ground zero in the battle for Congress' upper chamber, with polling averages showing no clear advantage for either Republicans or Democrats, and the candidates in each race are clamoring to be the win that brings their respective party over the 50-seat threshold for a majority. ...

"The Senate is currently split 50-50 between the two parties, with Vice President Kamala Harris' tie-breaking vote giving Democrats the slimmest possible majority. Assuming Republicans win the races in Ohio, Florida, North Carolina and Wisconsin, as well as every other race they are heavily favored to win, they would need to win two of the four critical toss-up seats to gain control of the Senate or one of the four seats to maintain the 50-50 split."

Read the entire article here.

— Brandon Gillespie, Associate Editor at Fox News
— Brandon Gillespie, Associate Editor at Fox News
Posted November 04, 2022 • 08:34 AM
On the Biden Administration's Misleading Rhetoric:

"U.S. President Joe Biden's administration is not serving U.S. economic, energy or national security when it issues unrealistic statements and assessments of what each requires.

"While every administration exaggerates to some extent, misleading claims have become more problematic in today's changing policymaking environment.

"I am not talking about embarrassing misjudgments, like the administration's costly belief that rising inflation was 'transitory.' Political misinformation falls along a spectrum, from the Biden administration repeatedly defending ridiculous statements (the Afghan withdrawal was a success) and shifting blame (expensive gas is due to 'Putin's price hike') to his predecessors Donald Trump cherry-picking pandemic data and Bill Clinton relying on semantic obfuscation.

"Most recently, Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have repeatedly asserted that America's southern border is secure, even though they know perfectly well that it is not. The administration's own delayed data release late last month reveals a record-shattering 2.4 million border-patrol encounters for the fiscal year, plus an estimated half-million illegal migrants who evaded an encounter.

"Squandering credibility is a high price to pay for temporary relief from political pain. Presidents Richard Nixon and Clinton were badly damaged for lying about their scandals and each is now properly remembered as much for that as for what he accomplished in office."

Read the entire article here.

— Michael Boskin, Chairman of George H.W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers and Current Professor of Economics at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
— Michael Boskin, Chairman of George H.W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers and Current Professor of Economics at Stanford University and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution
Posted November 03, 2022 • 08:57 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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