Monthly Archives: July 2014

IBD’s Merline, “Obama Recovery Turns 5: Are You Better Off?”

In a speech last week in Delaware, President Obama was positively bursting with pride about what his policies have produced since the economic recovery started five years ago.

“Our businesses have now added nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months,” he said. “Construction and housing are rebounding. The auto industry is booming. … Manufacturing is adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since September of 2008.”

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“Is the Tea Party good or bad?” – The Public Square


The Tea Party: Good or Bad?

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Who created the Tea Party? Was the Tea Party honestly responsible for the recent victory of David Brat over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor? We’re talking about the differences between perception and reality in American political life this weekend. Join in this enlightening and encouraging discussion on The Public Square®. This conversation just might change the way we all look at politics in America.

Topic: Elections

The Public Square® Long Format Program with hosts Dave Zanotti and Wayne Shepherd

Hobby Lobby Protest – Kevin O’Brien (Cleveland PD)

If patients were the real customers, health costs wouldn’t run a fever:   Kevin O’Brien – The Plain Dealer on July 15, 2014 at 4:46 PM, updated July 15, 2014 at 11:47 PM 

Hobby Lobby Protest

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Protesters took up station outside of a New Jersey Hobby Lobby after the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision was announced. Elizabeth Lara, Record of Bergen County via AP

CLEVELAND, Ohio — What American health insurance needs is a new customer: the old customer.

There was a time — and it wasn’t that long ago — when people paid doctors and hospitals on their own. They formed private alliances called mutual aid societies to help one another with big medical bills. Government wasn’t involved. Employers weren’t involved.

Costs were clear and transparent. And because an ocean of third-party money wasn’t sloshing around the medical system, costs were far more reasonable. There was a genuine market for health care, pegged to the means, needs and preferences of health care consumers and health care providers. And every individual had a say in it.

Americans today not only do not remember those times, they may well be incapable of imagining such a system.

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“Learning Curve – Are we a one party system?”

Posted on July 13, 2014 by Diana Skaff

“Today, I am a discouraged American. I am a Christian conservative wife, mother, grandmother who felt it time to contribute to the community in the political arena for the first time. I’ve had some pretty shocking lessons in the last year.

I know after talking with people that a majority of people I’ve met think that;

1) politicians are corrupt,
2) the system is corrupt and
3) no one in their right mind wants to associate or become involved in this arena.

But my feeling was and remains: how can you change it from the outside? Avoiding the political class certainly hasn’t proven very successful, now has it? By good moral people avoiding getting involved in politics, the power hungry have taken over. Anyone who attempts to rock the incumbent boat is destroyed.

The Republican party platform stands for smaller government, individual freedom, lower taxes, and the right to life. I believe in those things as well, so naturally I voted and call myself Republican.

However, I’m discovering that the two party system is really in essence a one party system. That one party is for the protection of the elite, not the ordinary citizens. Our Constitution is no longer the law of the land. The Rule of Law is being replaced by the Rule of Man. The country I grew up in has been fundamentally transformed and is no longer. I am a discouraged American.

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