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Statistic of the Day: Going Carbon-Free Would Cost Every American $11,300 PER YEAR

From realistic climatologist Bjorn Lomborg, writing in The Wall Street Journal this week, a jarring analysis of the cost of imposing the Biden/Pelosi/Schumer/AOC carbon-free "Green New Deal" agenda for every American annually:

 

A new study in Nature finds that a 95% reduction in American carbon emissions by 2050 will annually cost 11.9% of U.S. gross domestic product. To put that in perspective: Total expenditure on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid came to 11.6% of GDP in 2019. The annual cost of trying to hit Mr. Biden’s target will rise to $4.4 trillion by 2050. That’s more than everything the federal government is projected to take in this year in tax revenue. It breaks down to $11,300 per person per year, or almost 500 times more than what a majority of Americans…[more]

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211 John Roberts and ObamaCare, Part II

When Chief Justice John Roberts changed his vote – and his reasoning – to uphold ObamaCare in NFIB v. Sebelius (2012), he drew the ire of many conservatives. His most vocal critics were the four Supreme Court justices whose majority opinion became the dissent after Roberts jumped ship. The quartet of Justices Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas and…

212 Five Huge Problems With Latest ObamaCare “Fix”

President Barack Obama’s latest "fix" to his signature health reform law is being greeted with none of the approval of his previous uses of so-called enforcement discretion. This past July, Obama announced that he would not enforce the employer mandate in 2014, the first year of ObamaCare’s implementation. The decision was met…

213 Obama’s Rhetorical Skill Now His Biggest Liability

There’s a deep, lusty irony to Barack Obama being undone by his own inability to keep quiet. After all, the President owes his ascension to the White House almost entirely to an oratorical ability that was regarded as near-magical back in 2008. Today, “near-fatal” might be a better characterization. A funny thing happens to presidents…

214 Obama Admin Caves to Union Pressure, Proposes Tax Exemption

After demanding payback for supporting Democratic candidates and the passage of ObamaCare, an influential group of labor unions is getting a special exemption from one of the health law’s most onerous taxes. But will it be enough to save them? Buried in a complicated regulatory announcement last week, the Department of Health and Human Services…

215 ObamaCare Lies & Incompetence May Be Enough To Bring It Down

Dishonesty was required to pass ObamaCare. Stupidity might be enough to elect the Congress that repeals it. By now, many Americans are all-too-familiar with Obama’s 29 videotaped assertions to Americans that, “If you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan.” Obama’s message was unmistakably…

216 HHS Wants to Change Your “Health-Relevant Behavior”

Are you ready to have the same federal agency that can’t run a website bombard you with social media messages designed to change your “health-related” behaviors? Last week, a little-known federal aggregator of health scholarship called the National Library of Medicine (NLM) announced that it plans to track how visitors to its website…

217 ObamaCare Implosion May Cement Obama’s Status among the Worst Presidents in History

This week, we passed a new presidential milestone.  According to the periodic NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, Barack Obama plummeted to an all-time low of 42% in public approval.  While that alone constitutes a notable event, it’s actually not the most important aspect of the survey, since peaks and troughs are cyclical realities…

218 The Infomercial President

Government interventions in the private sector are inevitably pockmarked by unintended consequences. Given both the scale and scope of ObamaCare, it is thus unsurprising that the program’s rollout has been met with a bevy of unforeseen shortcomings. The worst one of all: the President of the United States has been transformed into an infomercial…

219 A Stunning New Court Defeat for ObamaCare

Things just went from awful to worse this week for ObamaCare, and the Obama Administration more generally.  Nearly a month into its disastrous debut, it’s clear that the ObamaCare website isn’t just “glitching,” it’s completely melting down.  This is quickly becoming a watershed moment, a failure so obvious…

220 ObamaCare Shatters Progressive Dreams

Since the rise of the Progressive movement over a century ago, liberalism has been enchanted by the idea of enlightened administration — of beneficent, all-knowing bureaucrats who could steer public policy and shape it towards the public good, usually without the messy restraints of democracy or constitutional strictures. Edward Mandell House…

221 ObamaCare’s Higher Premiums, Deductibles Act as Massive Wealth Transfers

With health insurance premiums and deductibles spiraling out of control, ObamaCare is looking more and more like a vehicle for massive wealth redistribution. It hasn’t been a fun two weeks to be Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Shoddy work by foreign contractors rendered Healthcare.gov, the federal ObamaCare exchange, mostly…

222 Focus on ObamaCare Website Glitches Mask Larger Threat

One week in, and Healthcare.gov seems more like a make-work project for low-bid contractors than a portal to twenty-first century government. After spending $93.7 million to build parts of ObamaCare’s federal government insurance exchange website, the results are in.  Millions of people can’t create user accounts…

223 ObamaCare: “A Good First Step Toward Single Payer”?

With the ObamaCare insurance exchanges up and glitching, at least one high-profile supporter sees "better" days ahead. In an op-ed entitled, “A Good First Step Toward Single Payer,” Bernie Sanders, a United States Senator from Vermont and avowed socialist, argues plainly for using ObamaCare as a launching pad to expand Medicare…

224 ObamaCare’s Biggest Lie

Remember in 2009 when President Barack Obama was campaigning for his health reform law that became ObamaCare? He told anyone who would listen that despite widespread fear of a government takeover, “[W]e will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be…

225 Obama Admin Finally Upholds the Rule of Law

In a win for the rule of law late last Friday, the Obama Treasury department said it will not go against the plain meaning of the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) to carve out a costly exception for certain labor unions. The decision was made public in a letter to Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Earlier in the week, Hatch, the highest ranking Republican…

226 Special ObamaCare Subsidies for Unions Might Be Next

After a very public campaign of complaints saying that the Affordable Care Act (i.e. ObamaCare) would, among other things, “shatter… our hard-earned health benefits,” union leaders representing 20 million part-time workers are getting closer to their goal – a multi-billion dollar annual subsidy available only to them. In the…

227 A Conservative Alternative to ObamaCare

One of the reasons Republicans have had such a difficult time uniting around a single alternative to ObamaCare is that many of their reform proposals lack the comprehensiveness necessary to fully replace the controversial health law. Consider these highlights from a litany written up by GOP strategist Karl Rove. Tort reform advocates want to cap…

228 Media Continues to Misreport ObamaCare Employer Mandate Calculation

Perhaps the biggest – and costliest – misunderstood ObamaCare regulation is the so-called “Employer Shared Responsibility” requirement, i.e., the mandate that all employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees must provide health insurance or pay stiff penalties. The word equivalent bears emphasizing because it looms…

229 How ObamaCare Is Killing Labor Unions

As ObamaCare’s implementation draws near, the costs to unions could be fatal. For private-sector unions, the biggest danger comes from the health law’s increased coverage requirements. New entitlements like eliminating pre-existing conditions from eligibility considerations and paying for dependents up to age 26 add enormous costs to health…

230 Misunderstanding ObamaCare’s Employer Mandate could be Costly for Small Businesses

What if Congress amends a key part of ObamaCare, but doesn’t fix the underlying problem? That could very well be the case if either of two bills passes to change the health law’s definition of a full-time employee. As written, ObamaCare defines “full-time” as “an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours…

231 Detroit’s ObamaCare Bailout Could Bankrupt the Young and Healthy

With the Obama administration gearing up to spend $700 million on an advertising blitz to convince the young and healthy to sign-up for insurance under ObamaCare, cash-strapped cities like Detroit are emerging as the biggest obstacle. The reason: Tens of thousands of retired public employees are owed billions in lifetime health care coverage. In…

232 ObamaCare’s “Data Hub” Should be Its Death Knell

With a string of controversial policy decisions, ObamaCare’s Federal Data Hub is shaping up to be the new poster child for government waste, fraud and abuse.  The waste is apparent to anyone familiar with the current state of health technology. Already there are at least 100 companies that operate private health insurance exchanges, according…

233 ObamaCare Delays Will Increase Welfare Dependency

Delaying ObamaCare’s employer mandate and verification requirements is a brilliant case of liberals making lemonade out of lemons. Unfortunately for everyone else, the aftertaste will be terrible. In two low-key announcements last week, the Obama administration unilaterally suspended two crucial parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable…

234 ObamaCare Dividing Unions and White House

Labor union bosses were some of the fiercest supporters of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law now known as ObamaCare. But due to a rift over implementation, groups representing low-income and part-time workers will not get the special treatment they think is owed them. As a consequence, up to 20 million union members could lose their…

235 Democrats Look to Turn ObamaCare into State-Level Advantage in 2014

With the 2014 midterm elections coming into view, ObamaCare is poised to become one of the biggest issues in the campaign. But while Republicans hope to make gains in Congress, Democrats will target states whose voters might be willing to bypass their legislatures to accept one of the health law’s costliest programs. The outcomes of these two…

236 Sebelius’s ObamaCare Fundraising an Abuse of Power

With the revelation that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is soliciting health industry executives for millions of dollars in donations to promote ObamaCare, the distinction between coercion and crony capitalism is now almost erased.  The coercion inherent in Sebelius’s strategy is clear. Reports in the Washington Post and The New York…

237 ObamaCare Board Ought to Walk the Plank

One of the linchpins of ObamaCare looks more and more as if it’s coming loose. The ObamaCare monstrosity (officially misnamed the Affordable Care Act) is already heading for a “train wreck,” and a large majority of senators are on record for repealing one of its most hideous taxes.  But that medical device tax, important…

238 Unaccountable Congress Considers Exempting Self from ObamaCare Exchanges

This is not a joke. News broke late Wednesday night that a secret bipartisan deal is in the works to exempt Congress and its staff members from purchasing more expensive health insurance on an ObamaCare exchange.  The reason for the deal: Members of Congress can’t afford the cost of compliance. The reason for the secrecy: Congress exempting…

239 Leading Democrat Labels ObamaCare “Train Wreck”

With trademark petulance, Barack Obama denounced the Senate this week for rejecting his flawed gun control legislation.  Of course, considering the slow-motion disaster that is his most defining act to date – ObamaCare – Americans should breathe a sigh of relief.   Simply put, when Obama gets what he wants, it means calamity…

240 ObamaCare’s “Family Glitch” Hurts the Middle Class

“…no matter how we reform health care, we will keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what. My view is that health care reform should be guided by a simple principle…

 
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"'Come on H this is linked to Celtic's account.' Those nine words from a retired Secret Service agent to Hunter Biden in recently released emails may prove a nasty complication for some in Washington who have struggled to contain the blowback from the still-unfolding scandal linked to Hunter Biden's infamous laptop.'Celtic' was the Secret Service code name for Joe Biden, and recent disclosures may…[more]
 
 
—Jonathan Turley, Legal Analyst, Legal Scholar and Professor at George Washington University Law School
— Jonathan Turley, Legal Analyst, Legal Scholar and Professor at George Washington University Law School
 
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