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Has Citizenship Jumped The Shark? | Right Wing News

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Written By : Derek Hunter
July 21, 2014

Growing up, I was – as I assume you were – inundated with lists of “the benefits of citizenship.” The list was long and capped, naturally, by the fact the United States was the best, strongest, freest nation on the planet.

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Being an American was a source of pride. But is it still? Do the benefits of citizenship still outweigh the alternative?

Derek Hunter

As progressives cheer the dissolution of our southern border and, by extension, our sovereignty, it’s worth looking at the benefits of non-citizenship illegal aliens now enjoy and comparing them to the responsibilities of citizenship.

Most people don’t like paying taxes. But it’s the price of citizenship, and if we don’t we face losing our property and jail time. We also do it because the government has legitimate functions that only it can do and that need to be paid for. It also does way more than it needs to or should, but that’s an argument for another time.

But the people flooding our border haven’t paid taxes and, to be honest, have no real prospects for paying taxes in the future, if they stay.

Most do not speak English, have no education and no real skills to contribute to the economy. No doubt some have potential in the future. But we don’t live in the future, and the total number who will fulfill that potential are almost as rare as unicorns.

Until those unicorns can draft a business plan, they all will be a drain on the economy, an economy that even after five “Recovery Summers” can’t employ enough Americans in full-time positions to return us to where we were before the last recession.

The jobs they take while they await their immigration hearings – and they will take jobs even though they aren’t legally allowed to – will be under-the-table jobs. No taxes will be paid. More importantly, those jobs won’t go to Americans who would have paid taxes on their wages. Medicare taxes will not be paid. Social Security taxes will not be paid. And the employers who hire them, illegally, for cash will save money too, not having to pay their share of taxes or for benefits.

In addition to the jobs they will fill, they will get sick. Everyone, citizen or not, can show up at an emergency room and get health care. The difference is a citizen will get a bill, but an illegal alien will not. A citizen is required to buy insurance; an illegal alien is not. A citizen who doesn’t buy insurance eventually will be forced to pay a fine for not following the law and may have to declare bankruptcy to pay for services received. Illegal aliens can…well, you get the idea.

Citizens who fall on hard times, such as the Obama economy, can avail themselves of the social safety net until they get back on their feet. But illegals can too. Sure, it’s against the law for illegal aliens to receive welfare, but the few documents that are required can be purchased easily on the black market. Identity theft is rampant in the illegal alien community, as it were.

Moreover, many states offer driver’s licenses and in-state tuition to illegals. You, as a citizen, can’t attend a college in another state without paying full-freight, but someone in the country illegally can. Illegal aliens are even boarding domestic flights without photo IDs, but you can’t. Advantage illegals.

As an American citizen you can be arrested for allowing your children to play in front of your house, as happened in 2012, or for allowing them to play in a park without you hovering over them, as happened this month. As an illegal alien, you can pay a human trafficker up to $10,000 to smuggle your child thousands of miles through several countries, have them enter the country illegally, and they’ll get free health care, food, housing and a plane ticket to be reunited with you.

Imagine placing an ad on Craig’s List seeking a stranger to drive your minor child from Los Angeles to St. Louis for cash. Forget not having anyone in St. Louis waiting for them; you’re just sending them to the city. How long do you suspect it would be before a SWAT team and child protective services kicked in your door? A half-hour at most?

That’s what these illegal aliens who’ve sent for their kids to join them here – and many, if not most, of the unaccompanied minors are sent for by their parents, not sent by them – are doing. Their children aren’t being taking into protective custody by social services, the parents aren’t being arrested or even investigated; they’re being reunited with their illegal alien children. And it’s all being done on our dime.

We aren’t there yet, but we’re fast approaching a time when it’s more advantageous to be in the United States illegally than it is to be a law-abiding citizen. If we don’t gain control of our borders and reclaim our sovereignty, we will jump that shark in the next 10 years. The president’s much ballyhooed “comprehensive immigration reform” won’t make a dent in the real problem of punishing citizens but will incentivize law breaking.

We are no longer talking about a situation that can be assuaged by a “Little Dutch Boy” approach. The dike has collapsed, and we’re all wet.

Derek Hunter is Washington, DC based writer, radio host and political strategist. You can also stalk his thoughts 140 characters at a time on Twitter.

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Elizabeth Warren's Eleven Tenets of Moonbattery | Right Wing News

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Written By : Dave Blount
July 21, 2014

At first she was good for a laugh: a clueless limousine leftist who used Affirmative Action to establish herself at Harvard by pretending to be part Indian. Expressing a seemingly deliberate parody of far left ideology mainly in hysterical shrieks, she was more like a comedy act than a legitimate political candidate. But then she was elected Senator.

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That’s okay, we thought. It’s only Taxachusetts, the ultra-liberal wacko-land infamous for electing and repeatedly reelecting profoundly detestable characters like Gerry Studds, Barney Frank, Ted Kennedy, Hanoi John Kerry, et cetera.

But now that she wants to be president, it’s time to stop laughing. Liberals are ready to bail on Shrillary. The Historic First Black President has been an unmitigated disaster, so now they will push the Historic First Female President. If it isn’t going to be Shrillary, it will be Elizabeth Warren.

As Mitt Romney found out the hard way, we have reached the point in the Democrat Death Spiral where it doesn’t matter how unqualified or even demonstrably incompetent a candidate Democrats run. Anyone capable of reading the following off a Teleprompter is likely to win:

“I will confiscate the wealth other people create and give some of it to you.”

But Elizabeth Warren brings even more to the table. Evidently inspired by the 25 Points of the Nazi Party, her Eleven Tenets of Progressivism will terrify anyone who cherishes the hope that America might recover from Obamunism.

The complete list, with annotation:

1. “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.”

Warren regards herself as the Mother of Occupy Wall Street. Yet she backs a corporate welfare bank. Basically “stronger rules and tougher enforcement” means doubling down on the crony capitalism that has characterized the Obama regime. Investors will not be able to twitch a finger without federal permission. On the upside, they won’t be able to lose money, because they will be subsidized to the hilt and bailed out if anything goes wrong. Investments will be made on a political basis. Winners and losers will be chosen by Elizabeth Warren. The long-term consequences of replacing a free market economy with a command and control centralized economy are obvious to any student of Soviet history.

2. “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.”

By science, she means Lysenkoism (i.e., lunacy imposed as science for political reasons), as the second clause makes obvious. The tyrannical EPA will continue to run amok under Warren, destroying whole industries for ideological reasons and throwing people off their own property on a whim.

3. “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality.”

That means the federal government running the Internet. Do you like PBS? Would you like to see it on every channel? Fine, then you won’t mind an Internet run by people like Warren.

4. “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.”

Raising the minimum wage not only correspondingly raises unemployment by lifting the cost of labor above the market price, but increases long-term government dependency by making it impossible to reach the first rung on the ladder to economic success. Raising the minimum wage is an act of economic malice intended to force more people onto welfare.

5. “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.”

Hamburgers will be sold by vending machines under President Warren; otherwise it will not be economically feasible to sell them at all.

6. “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.”

The extravagantly expensive farce higher education has already degenerated into will only get worse. Not ready for the real world? No worries. Just spend 20 years working on your PhD in Queer Studies and stick taxpayers with the tab.

7. “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.”

To ensure that everyone gets a pension, the federal government will confiscate your 401K.

8. “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.”

Enforcing “equal pay for equal work” will entail all wages being dictated by Washington, on the basis not of merit but of political correctness.

9. “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.”

To ensure that perverted sexual liaisons are regarded as “equal” to holy matrimony, homosexuals will be granted ever more protections and privileges, so that hiring them will be mandatory and firing them forbidden.

10. “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.”

What “reform” means coming from Warren is amnesty. Combined with extravagantly lavish welfare benefits and a wide open board, it means the total eradication of the American people, who will be washed away by a tsunami of Third World parasites. This process is already underway under Obama.

11. “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!”

It is not enough that companies are compelled to provide birth control. They must be compelled to provide abortion, even if it is a profound violation of their religious beliefs. The objective is to eradicate morality in general and Christianity in particular.

Nothing could be more disgusting than to be ruled by the likes of Elizabeth Warren. But at this point it is impossible to deny that nearly all Democrats would vote for her against any Republican — and more Democrats are pouring over the open border by the millions.

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On tips from TED, Bodhisattva, ., Stormfax, R F, |, and Jester. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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5 More Monthly Dividend Stocks | Seeking Alpha | Medicare Insider

In December I compiled a list of Monthly Dividend Stocks to Snag in 2014, which has proven to be one of my most popular articles of the past year. It’s not hard to see the appeal of a monthly dividend, particularly if you are retired and living off your investments. Your expenses—including everything from house and car payments to your utilities and mobile phone bill—are almost always on a monthly cycle, whereas most income-producing investments pay quarterly or semiannually. A monthly dividend makes basic budgeting and planning a whole lot easier.

But let’s say that you’re still years from retirement. A monthly dividend is still preferable because, if you reinvest your dividends in new shares, your share count will grow faster, speeding up the process of compounding. This matters very little over the course of a single month. But over an investing lifetime, it can have an outsized effect on your returns.

Today, I’m going to give you five new monthly dividend stocks. But first, let’s quickly review my list from December. In the last article, I recommended monthly payers Realty Income (O), American Realty Capital Properties (ARCP), Banco Bradesco (BBD), Banco Itaú (ITUB), Whitestone REIT (WSR), and Student Transportation Inc. (STB).

With the single exception of ARCP, which has been in the doghouse with investors due to some questionable acquisitions of late, all of these monthly dividend stocks are positive for the year and beating the total return of the SP 500. I continue to recommend all six of these original picks as part of a diversified dividend portfolio.

Now, with no more ado, let’s add some new names to the list.

I’ll start with LTC Properties, Inc. (LTC), a real estate investment trust that invests primarily in the long-term care sector of the health care industry, including long-term care provider properties, skilled nursing properties, assisted living properties, independent living properties and memory care properties. LTC also invests in first-lien mortgages secured by long-term care properties.

A little over 80% of LTC’s portfolio is invested in properties, with the remainder in mortgages. And among properties, skilled nursing is the biggest single segment, at 55%. Assisted living comes in second at 37%.

LTC is backed by absolutely fantastic macro trends. As the Baby Boomers age, there will be unprecedented demand for long-term services—and thus unprecedented demand for long-term care facilities.

The elephant in the room when discussing long-term care is, of course, Medicare. It’s no secret that the U.S. government is short of funds these days, and Medicare cutbacks have been an unfortunate outcome. But that is what makes LTC such an attractive way to play the trend of Boomer aging. LTC is a landlord, not a care provider, so Medicare cutbacks will have little impact on revenues. And even better, as with Realty Income and American Capital Realty Properties, most of LTC’s properties are leased under triple-net leases, meaning the tenant covers taxes, insurance and maintenance.

LTC’s monthly dividend works out to a current yield of 5.2%.

Next on the list is Canadian entertainment and media company Corus Entertainment (OTCPK:CJREF). Corus has an extensive presence in both TV and radio. Corus’ television operations include the children’s brands YTV, Treehouse, Nickelodeon (Canada), TELETOON, Cartoon Network (Canada). They also include networks geared towards women, including W Network, Cosmopolitan TV, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada) and W Movies. Additional assets include Quebec’s French-language channels Historia and Séries+, HBO Canada, and three local over-the-air television stations. Corus also owns 39 radio stations that are among the most popular in Canada.

Corus recently reported earnings that were a little less than the Street expected, sending the shares down sharply. But revenues were up a not-too-shabby 14% for the quarter, and earnings per share were up 20% in the quarter.

If you buy Corus’ U.S.-traded ADR, be careful. While Corus has a $2 billion market cap, the ADR is traded over the counter and has low trading volume. Be sure to use a limit order to avoid moving the market.

Corus’ monthly dividend works out to a current yield of 4.5%.

Next on the list is another Canadian stock, Shaw Communications (SJR). Shaw can be thought of as Canada’s Comcast (CMCSA). It’s one of Canada’s largest cable companies and is particularly dominant in Western Canada. Shaw provides internet service, cable TV and home phone service to more than 3 million Canadian households.

Paid TV is no longer a growth business, of course. Cord cutting is a long-term problem that won’t be going away anytime soon. But a home internet connection is more important than ever in the age of streaming media, and Shaw’s overall business looks to remain stable for the foreseeable future.

Unlike Corus, Shaw’s ADR trades on the NYSE and is far more liquid, with average volume of over 200,000 shares per day.

Shaw’s monthly dividend currently yields 4.1%.

Investor who have grown to love MLPs over the years should also love this next monthly dividend payer: The Tortoise Power Energy Infrastructure Fund (TPZ). TPZ is a closed-end fund, which means that, unlike ETFs or mutual funds, its share price can vary wildly from the value of its underlying holdings. As of this writing, TPZ traded at a discount to its net asset value of 10%.

TPZ’s portfolio is an interesting mix. It’s currently invested about 50% in stocks and 68% in bonds. And yes, I realize that this adds up to well over 100%. TPZ, like many closed-end funds, can use leverage to juice returns.

TPZ’s biggest holdings include some of the most familiar names in the MLP space, including Kinder Morgan Management (KMR), Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) and Enterprise Products Partners (EPD).

At current prices, TPZ’s monthly dividend works out to a yield of 5.3%.

Most of my recommendations in this article and in the previous article on monthly dividends have been pretty conservative. If you want to add something with a little sizzle to your portfolio, consider the PIMCO Global StockPLUS Income Fund (PGP), managed by Bill Gross protégé Dan Ivascyn.

Like TPZ, this PIMCO fund is a closed-end fund, meaning it can trade for above or below its net asset value. PGP currently trades at a massive premium to NAV of about 73%, though this is within normal ranges for this fund. Part of the reason for the inflated premium is Ivascyn’s use of derivatives, but a big factor as well has been the consistently high income that the fund throws off.

At current prices, PGP’s monthly dividend yields 8.5%

If you decide to buy PGP, be prepared for a wild ride. Its share price is known to fluctuate wildly. But investors have been more than compensated for the volatility by the fund’s returns of recent years. PGP has enjoyed annualized returns of 29.5% over the past five years.

This article first appeared on InvestorPlace and on Sizemore Insights as Five MORE Monthly Dividend Stocks.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be considered specific investment advice or as a solicitation to buy or sell any securities. Sizemore Capital personnel and clients will often have an interest in the securities mentioned. There is risk in any investment in traded securities, and all Sizemore Capital investment strategies have the possibility of loss. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Article source: http://seekingalpha.com/article/2311185-5-more-monthly-dividend-stocks

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Hyper-Progressive Elizabeth Warren Releases Her 11

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Written By : William Teach
July 19, 2014

Progressives, who Jonah Goldberg referred to as “nice fascists” in his book Liberal Fascism, have been gaga for Elizabeth Warren from the first. They willing ignored her blatant lies about being a Native American, because of racial politics. They excuse her fundraising from big wig 1%ers. She pushes a progressive populism, while being one of the very rich who work the system she pro-ports to despise (remember that at the end). Search “hypocrite” and you’ll find more than enough to take on her 11 Commandments. But, there is no doubt that the Nutroots, the hardcore Progressive activists, want her to run for President in 2016. Hence, here we go, per National Journal

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  • “We believe that Wall Street needs stronger rules and tougher enforcement, and we’re willing to fight for it.” (Warren raises lots and lots of money from Wall Street)
  • “We believe in science, and that means that we have a responsibility to protect this Earth.” (yet, she and all these little progressives took fossil fueled travel to get to the conference)
  • “We believe that the Internet shouldn’t be rigged to benefit big corporations, and that means real net neutrality (in other words, Government should fully control it)
  • “We believe that no one should work full-time and still live in poverty, and that means raising the minimum wage.” (and putting the low wage workers on the unemployment line. Oh, say, has Liz started paying her interns yet?)
  • “We believe that fast-food workers deserve a livable wage, and that means that when they take to the picket line, we are proud to fight alongside them.” (good news: they’ll be replaced with machines, so they can work on their standing in lines skills)
  • “We believe that students are entitled to get an education without being crushed by debt.” (says the woman who charged $350,000 to teach one class)
  • “We believe that after a lifetime of work, people are entitled to retire with dignity, and that means protecting Social Security, Medicare, and pensions.” (that’s a worthy goal. It might help if she believed in freeing the marketplace so people could earn money to retire)
  • “We believe—I can’t believe I have to say this in 2014—we believe in equal pay for equal work.” (she should tell this to Obama, who pays women less than men)
  • “We believe that equal means equal, and that’s true in marriage, it’s true in the workplace, it’s true in all of America.” (equal means equal, unless you are a group that Progressives do not like, then they will work to limit your equality)
  • “We believe that immigration has made this country strong and vibrant, and that means reform.” (in other words, open borders and amnesty)
  • “And we believe that corporations are not people, that women have a right to their bodies. We will overturn Hobby Lobby and we will fight for it. We will fight for it!” (hooray, no one has to pay $9 a month for birth control pills! Screw your religious freedom)

Jim Hoft notes that this “proves once again that she knows nothing about capitalism and economics. And, her supporters are too stupid to know it.” Knowing or not knowing is never the point with the hard left: it’s all about Progressive populism designed to whip up the masses. We saw something similar in Germany in the 1930′s.

And the main tenet of conservatives’ philosophy, according to Warren? “I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.”

Says the woman who is one of those fat cats, charges $350k to teach one class, flipping homes (which was decried by Progressives), and fought against compensation for coal and asbestos workers. She supports the Ex-Im Bank. She’s made quite a bit of money working Wall Street, and, as mentioned, receives quite a bit of campaign money from Wall Street. Like any good Progressives, she’s willing to bully other people, because equality or something. She takes every tax deduction she can, but, then, she avoided another Progressive mantra about the rich paying their fair share. I wonder why? Altogeher, she is a typical Democrat hypocrite, pushing one thing while doing another. She got hers, and greedily sticks her hand out for more more more.

Red State’s Dan McLaughlin compares Warren and Ted Cruz for 2016. Now that would be a fun election cycle!

At the end of the day, Progressives will say anything, whip up a bunch of populism, regardless of the damage it does to the country, regardless of the division it creates in the country, all for more power, and to move the nation towards “nice fascism”.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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Medicare will be bankrupt in eight years | Medicare Insider



Regarding Sen. Tom Harkins article in the Aug. 17 Gazette, Ryan Budget would end Medicare as we know it, he is right. It would save it. Medicare as we know it will be bankrupt in as little as eight years.

What Harkin neatly avoids saying is to finance ObamaCare, $716 billion will be stripped from Medicare. And how to handle the obvious ensuing Medicare shortages? Easy, put the decisions of what medical services will be provided and what will be cut, by a panel of 15 unelected individuals.

The Ryan plan doesnt strip Medicare of $716 billion of ObamaCare, which most Americans dont even want. Instead, seniors 55 years and older would retain existing benefits with younger Americans given more options with continued quality care. The end result is Medicare would be sustainable.

Harkin writes that there is a fundamental choice this November for voters. Thats for sure.

Bob Bevenour

Cedar Rapids

 

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Jon Stewart blasts right-wing cruelty towards immigrant kids

But let’s get to our top story tonight, America’s Immigration Crisis: Kids Edition.

ANNA WERNER (6/21/2014): Since October, 52,000 unaccompanied children have been picked up trying to cross into the U.S.

MIGUEL MARQUEZ (7/12/2014): What’s driving these people north is crippling poverty and out-of-control violence in places like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Ah, there are kids in trouble.  You know what, I was always taught by my parents to follow the Golden Rule.  Whenever you see a kid in trouble, yell at them in a language they don’t understand.

PROTESTER #1: Go home!!

PROTESTER #2: Not again!  Not our problem!

PROTESTER #3: If Obama likes them so much, let them stay at the White House!

That is an interesting suggestion.  Although a grown man inviting thousands of kids to his house gives off a little bit of a Neverland Ranch vibe.  (audience laughter)

All right, so look, it’s not like these countries developed problems overnight.  Why the sudden kids-plosion?

SHEPARD SMITH (6/24/2014): Republicans point to the President’s 2012 order that protects some children from deportation, but that applies only to those who entered the United States before 2007.

Shit!  If I have told kids fleeing violence and poverty once, I’ve told them a thousand times.  Immigrant minors seeking asylum post-2007 must apply at their consulate with form N-400 and a biometrics fee.  Then, appear for a series of processing interviews to ascertain priority determination, unless they have family living in the United States, in which case they file form I-130.  And then, you file form DS-260 under your NVC case number.  Unless, of course, you have skills attractive to an employer.  Well, do you?  Do you, child fleeing violence and poverty?  Because if you do, you’re gonna want to go with form I-140.  I mean, it’s not that difficult.  Child.  (audience laughter)

Now you may be wondering, if they didn’t fill out the forms, can’t we just deport these kids?  Well first of all, what the fuck is wrong with you?  (wild audience cheering and applause)  These are children!  Why would you even ask that?  And second of all, good question.  Why can’t we just deport them?

ABC NEWS (7/13/2014): A 2008 law signed by President George W. Bush says children from countries not bordering the U.S. cannot be immediately deported.

Stupid liberals!  That’s why we need a Republican in the White House.  Oh.

Well, since we apparently have a process in place, why all the hullabaloo?

NEWS REPORT (7/7/2014): They can appear in court, and make the case for staying.

BROOKE BALDWIN (7/10/2014): Tens of thousand of undocumented and often unaccompanied children are overwhelming federal facilities.

Well, of course, the agents of the Border Patrol are doing what they can to help these kids.

U.S. CUSTOMS BORDER PROTECTION COMMISSIONER GIL KERLIKOWSKE (6/13/2014): I’ve watched them do everything from change diapers to heat formula. … Many of these are single young men who are not particularly good at that, but they’re really getting better.

It’s all going to be documented in the new hit movie, Three Men and 50,000 Babies.

(audience laughter)

Steve… one of them….  Is that…?  Guttenberg’s back baby!

So we’ve got ourselves a genuine humanitarian crisis.  Unless someone would like to label it differently.

REP. LOUIE GOHMERT, R-TX (7/11/2014): World English dictionary defines “invasion” … it’s any encroachment or intrusion … or advent of something harmful, as in a disease.

Ah, Representative Louie Gohmert.  He’s like Old Faithful, if instead of hot water, it regularly shot out stupid.

REP. LOUIE GOHMERT, R-TX (7/11/2014): In the Constitution, under Article I, Section 8, it says that Congress has the authority to call for the military during times of invasion.

You want the Marines on this one.  You want tip of the spear, all right.  Now I’m not a military expert, obviously, but generally, an enemy invasion force is not particularly dangerous until it can reach and open its own cereal.  (wild audience cheering and applause)

Now, from what I know, even Hitler wasn’t always an imminent threat.

(shocked audience laughter)

That’s actually someone who works here’s child.  (audience laughter)

I’m just, I’m waiting for the day when that kid, 20 years from now, just hunts me down, comes to my door, and goes, “Yeah, that’s real fucking funny.  Yeah, that’s real, real funny.”  (audience laughter and applause)

Anyway, so, humanitarian crisis, response system overwhelmed, where have we seen this before, this… anybody, anybody?  Oh, you!  Fellow Lone Star Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold.

REP. BLAKE FARENTHOLD, R-TX (7/11/2014): This is President Obama’s Katrina.

Well, I believe in this case, it’s pronounced “Katariña”.  (audience laughter)

Although to be fair, when it comes to glaring gaps in what are supposed to be secure barriers…

(audience laughter and cheering)

I think Farenthold knows what he’s talking about.  In fact, oh my God, hang on, the crisis is so bad, they’re everywhere!  They’re… NOOOOOOO!!!!!

¿Donde está?

All right.  You know, I wouldn’t be so quick to blame Obama for this flood of immigrants.  I mean, maybe they got the idea that America was a great place to come, from some other people.

EX-SEN. SCOTT BROWN, R-MA (7/25/2014): We live in the greatest country in the world.

SEN. RON JOHNSON, R-WI (6/20/2014): … the greatest nation in the history of mankind.

SEN. JERRY MORAN, R-KS (5/6/2014): … the strongest, greatest, free-est country.

REP. PHIL GINGREY, R-GA (2/4/2014): … the greatest health care …

JOE SCARBOROUGH (1/14/2013): … the greatest universities, the greatest schools …

REP. CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS, R-WA (1/29/2014): … the greatest rise of freedom and opportunity …

REP. LOUIE GOHMERT, R-TX (4/12/2013): … greater than Solomon’s Israel.

SEN. MARCO RUBIO, R-FL (6/23/2014): … the single greatest nation in the history of all mankind.

REP. TOM PRICE, R-GA (1/28/2012): … the greatest country ever.

I don’t know about you, but I really feel like fucking an apple pie right now.  (wild audience cheering and applause)

Why would you not come to a place that great?  In fact, it’s why all of our ancestors came to this country, and were themselves originally unwelcome.  Because that’s the story of America.  From Ben Franklin’s worry that Germans were ruining Pennsylvania, to our 19th century 60-year ban on the Chinese immigrants who had just finished building our rail system, to our very real and justifiable concerns about the Irish, and their insatiable “applying for jobs”.

(audience laughter)

We have always been a nation of immigrants who hate the newer immigrants.  Because Lady Liberty may appear to be a beacon to those yearning to breathe free, but the truth is, she’s actually a bouncer.

(audience laughter)

We’ll be right back.

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Great Z's: Saving Medicare Becomes Doctors' Burden

The Congressional Budget Office released a new report yesterday and it was all good news for Medicare. According to the CBO, the government healthcare program for the elderly and disabled will remain financially solvent for five more years than previously predicted. Instead of going bankrupt in 2025, it is now going to fall into the abyss in the year 2030. Hmm, that’s right about the time I’ll become eligible for the program. But anyway, that’s beside the point.

The reasons the CBO gave for increasing the longevity of Medicare aren’t anything to celebrate though. The agency states that Medicare will be helped by a lower than projected rate of economic growth. Since people spend more on health care when their incomes go up, a worse economy will cause people to use less, thus saving the government money. Sinking the economy to improve a government program doesn’t sound like such a great bargain in my opinion.

The CBO also says that interest rates are likely to fall since the economy won’t be as robust as predicted. This will save the government billions in interest payments. I find this hard to accept since interest rates are already being kept at near zero by the Federal Reserve. How can the rates possibly go lower over the next quarter century? Even if they did fall from its current miniscule yield, I’m not sure how much money the government will save if rates fall from 0.25% to 0%.

Then the agency gives the healthcare industry a kick in the guts when it finally states what will help keep Medicare solvent for the next fifteen years–lower payments to doctors and hospitals. It is counting on Congress holding the line on sustainable growth rate reimbursement cuts to take place next April. That means a 24% chop to doctors payments unless they do another doc fix. According to the report, “Evidence suggests that hospitals and other providers may be able to achieve significant productivity gains or to restrain the growth of their costs in some other way.”

In other words, work harder, make less money. They are projecting the number of patients using Medicare will increase by the millions every year for the next fifty years. However they are counting on doctors seeing all those new patients for the same amount of money they are getting now. The best deal the AMA could get to fix the SGR formula last spring was for reimbursement increases under the level of consumer price inflation for five years then a pay freeze for the next five. Even with defeatist negotiating tactics like that, the AMA still couldn’t get Congress to pass a doc fix, which both political parties pledged they wanted.

So if you think you are working to the point of exhaustion already, the federal government has news for you. This is the golden age of healthcare reimbursements for doctors and hospitals. The situation is likely to deteriorate badly in the near future. And if doctors don’t accept their duty to see patients for whatever price is dictated to them, then they will be the ones responsible for the eventual bankruptcy of Medicare.

Article source: http://www.blog.greatzs.com/2014/07/saving-medicare-becomes-doctors-burden.html

13 Quotes You Need To Read About Illegal Immigration | Right Wing

1) “Could legalizing an estimated 11 million illegal aliens tip our precarious national finances into insolvency? Could be. Robert Rector, who works on such problems at the Heritage Foundation stated, “Granting amnesty or legal status to illegals will generate costs in Medicare and Social Security alone of $2.5 trillion above any taxes paid in” (Daily Caller, January 31). Two and a half trillion dollars? Yep. That’s Trillion with a T!” — Jim Robb

2) “57 percent of all households that are led by an immigrant (legal or illegal) are enrolled in at least one welfare program.” – Michael Snyder

3) “According to the California Hospital Association, health care for illegal aliens is costing state taxpayers well over $1 billion a year. Eighty-four hospitals across California have already been forced to close because of unpaid bills by illegal aliens.” – Ann Coulter

4) “While harrying and stalling tea party groups seeking nonprofit status, the Internal Revenue Service mailed $4.2 billion in child-credit checks to undocumented immigrants. Critics say midlevel IRS bureaucrats continue to abuse the Additional Child Tax Credit program by dispensing $1,000 checks to families in this country illegally.

“The law needs clarification that undocumented immigrants are not eligible,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told Watchdog.org in a statement….…The IRS has said it doesn’t believe the ACTC law allows the agency to deny payment to undocumented immigrants. Watchdog reported in June that disbursement of ACTC credits has grown rapidly — and suspiciously — with increased issuance of Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers as substitutes for Social Security numbers. ITIN holders are not required to prove legal residency, and ITIN applications are running at the rate of 1 million a year.

…Federal investigators identified one address in Atlanta where 23,994 ITIN refunds totaling $46,378,040 were delivered. A single bank account there received 8,393 refunds.Records indicate that undocumented immigrants in Virginia received $87.9 million in ACTC cash from the IRS. Watchdog reported that $163,711 went to a single address in the tiny eastern shore town of Parksley.” — Watchdog.org

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Medicare will be bankrupt in eight years | Medicare Insider



Regarding Sen. Tom Harkins article in the Aug. 17 Gazette, Ryan Budget would end Medicare as we know it, he is right. It would save it. Medicare as we know it will be bankrupt in as little as eight years.

What Harkin neatly avoids saying is to finance ObamaCare, $716 billion will be stripped from Medicare. And how to handle the obvious ensuing Medicare shortages? Easy, put the decisions of what medical services will be provided and what will be cut, by a panel of 15 unelected individuals.

The Ryan plan doesnt strip Medicare of $716 billion of ObamaCare, which most Americans dont even want. Instead, seniors 55 years and older would retain existing benefits with younger Americans given more options with continued quality care. The end result is Medicare would be sustainable.

Harkin writes that there is a fundamental choice this November for voters. Thats for sure.

Bob Bevenour

Cedar Rapids

 

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Medicare will be bankrupt in eight years | Medicare Insider



Regarding Sen. Tom Harkins article in the Aug. 17 Gazette, Ryan Budget would end Medicare as we know it, he is right. It would save it. Medicare as we know it will be bankrupt in as little as eight years.

What Harkin neatly avoids saying is to finance ObamaCare, $716 billion will be stripped from Medicare. And how to handle the obvious ensuing Medicare shortages? Easy, put the decisions of what medical services will be provided and what will be cut, by a panel of 15 unelected individuals.

The Ryan plan doesnt strip Medicare of $716 billion of ObamaCare, which most Americans dont even want. Instead, seniors 55 years and older would retain existing benefits with younger Americans given more options with continued quality care. The end result is Medicare would be sustainable.

Harkin writes that there is a fundamental choice this November for voters. Thats for sure.

Bob Bevenour

Cedar Rapids

 

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