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The upside down country

Among all the distractions, scandals and foreign policy failures, we’ve sort of lost track on how the economy is going.  And that’s one small favor I assume the administration is happy about.

For instance the jobs picture.

Behind Wal-Mart, the second-largest employer in America is Kelly Services, a temporary work provider.

Friday’s disappointing jobs report showed that part-time jobs are at anall-time high, with 28 million Americans now working part-time. The report also showed another disturbing fact: There are now a record number of Americans with temporary jobs.

Approximately 2.7 million, in fact. And the trend has been growing.

And dependance:

The number of Americans receiving subsidized food assistance from the federal government has risen to 101 million, representing roughly a third of the U.S. population.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.

That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S.

Oh happy day.  We now have more people receiving food assistance than are working (other than regulations, what do government workers contribute to the economy?).  That’s obviously something that can’t continue, can it?  Reminds one of Social Security, which is approaching the same problem.  Not enough workers to support those drawing SS.

So who is going to pay for all this?  Those temp workers?

But not to worry, we have ObamaCare on the horizon which will mean “less costly” health care, right?  And there are stringent checks to ensure that  only those eligible for “government funded subsidies”, aka taxpayer funded, will get them:

The Washington Post reported on Saturday that the Obama Administration will get rid of verification requirements in ObamaCare to determine whether or not applicants are eligible for taxpayer-funded subsidies to purchase health insurance coverage from the state exchanges.

“The Obama administration announced Friday that it would significantly scale back the health law’s requirements that new insurance marketplaces verify consumers’ income and health insurance status,” wrote Sarah Kliff and Sandhya Somashekhar at the Washington Post. “Instead, the federal government will rely more heavily on consumers’ self-reported information until 2015, when it plans to have stronger verification systems in place.”

Wait, what?  2015 … maybe?  In the meantime, free-for-all, just apply and you’ll get it, because, you know, there’s no such thing as fraud (*cough* 60 billion in Medicare each year *cough*).  And besides, all those young folks who don’t want or need health insurance will be picking up the tab anyway.

~McQ

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18 Responses to The upside down country

  • “Let me tell you something else, David,” NBC News’s Chuck Todd told David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday, “the White House had been so confident that they were going to sign immigration reform this year. But for the first time I am hearing that there is some doubt seeping in, that they think that maybe the House won’t act … The problem is there’s no trigger at the end of this year. … So I don’t know how this happens by the end of this year and suddenly now the White House doesn’t see a path to how this happens.”

    Todd is right. Something did change in the immigration debate last week. But it wasn’t the realization that there is no “trigger” to force the House to act. That has been true since the beginning of the debate. What changed this week is that Republicans lost all trust in President Obama’s ability to faithfully execute the laws of the United States.

    On Tuesday of last week, news broke that the Treasury Department was about to announce it’s intention to delay implementation of Obamacare’s employer mandate for a year. Nothing in the law gives the Obama administration authority to delay the mandate, but he did it anyway.

    The first law of holes is “never disturb somebody when they are digging a hole”

    • Wow, are people finally starting to realize that any “tough border enforcement” provision of Amnesty 2: Electric Boogaloo will be DOA as soon as it hits the desk of one President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho? 

      There is hope yet for the American people in that if they don’t remember history, at least they may observe two acts simultaneously and reach the logical conclusion.

  • It’s all preceedent.  This cretin can delay his own signature law for a spell, a GOP Pres. can just eliminate it.
     
    Like I say,  I don’t want any of this changed. Capture, exploit, destroy. Only when the left suffers will a lesson maybe be learned. And even if they don’t learn, then at least they’ll still deserve the suffering. Win-win.

    • They will not learn. They will be appalled when a GOP guy does this. Then when its their guy they revert right back.
      And if the right now decides to do as you suggest, which is tempting, the dems will say the same of us.

  • Heh, and to think Reagan worried about the Boland Amendment….he could have just instructed the various branches interested not to enforce it till the Administration was done playing with the Contras.
     
     

    • The Republicans “wild card” going forward is to include language that gives standing to enough individuals to sue the Administration if the fail to execute the law.

      • Ah no, it’s great to have a foreign exchange student from Kenya Constitutional scholar expert as President isn’t it?  Not one of these bozo jet jockey yahoo actor former governor types.
        King Barry President Obama understands what the founders really meant!

  • Our words for the day, boys and girls, is Cloward-Pivin…can you say that? Sure you can!

  • Although the Constitution has no Article VIII, the administration acts as though there is one that reads: “Notwithstanding all that stuff in other articles about how laws are made, if a president finds a law politically inconvenient, he can simply post on the White House Web site a notice saying: Never mind.”
    Never mind that the law stipulates 2014 as the year when employers with 50 full-time workers are mandated to offer them health-care coverage or pay fines. Instead, 2015 will be the year. Unless Democrats see a presidential election coming.
    This lesson in the Obama administration’s approach to the rule of law is pertinent to the immigration bill, which at last count had 222 instances of a discretionary “may” and 153 of “waive.” Such language means that were the Senate bill to become law, the executive branch would be able to do pretty much as it pleases, even to the point of saying about almost anything: Never mind.
    —George Will
    People do not trust the BIG GOVERNMENT model of the Collective.
    Americans are disgusted with the Obamabanana Republic.
    Give us back our nation of laws, Mr. Pres. Snoop-Dog.

    • The Congress now has to decided if they will let this stand.
      The Democrats have to ask if they will allow the next Nixon to sequester funds on his own.

  • We’ve got to have the brightest minds to help solve our biggest challenges. And it’s a reminder that in this democracy, we the people recognize that this government belongs to us, and it’s up to each of us and every one of us to make it work better. We can’t just stand on the sidelines. We can’t take comfort in just being cynical. We all have a stake in government’s success, because the government is us, and we’re doing things right. When we’re tracking weather more effectively, that saves lives for folks who are in the path of a tornado. …

    Classic Pres. Snoop-Dog.  Except this was from yesterday.

    • We are trying to make it work better. We are asking for an investigation of the IRS. But President Outraged doesn’t seem to want to push on that one, funny.

  • Yeah…..that whole weather thing helps when you have 5 minutes to clear the path of a mile wide tornado, and that has sooooooooooo much to do with ‘government’ spying on everyone, or using the IRS to punish your enemies, or giving away free citizenship to anyone who sneaks into the country between now and the citizenship sale end date next Friday, or f*ing up relations with long time allies and apologizing to long time foes for getting in the way of their plans for the last 50 years, or legally defrauding bond/stock holders to favor your union buddies, or handing out bogus green energy funds to your business buddies, or implementing laws without knowing what they are and then deciding when and if they’ll be enforced to suit the President’s convenience.
     
    All that has to do with good weather forecasting it’s obvious.   Keeping our borders secure?  Following and enforcing the laws even handedly?  not so much.

    • And the funny thing is that weather forecasting has such an obvious cost-benefit ratio that if the government didn’t do it, it would have long ago been done by the private sector for their own needs. The entire transportation and agriculture industries, for example, need it. That alone would have been enough to fund a consortium to do it.

      By now, they would almost certainly have made it free to everyone, with perhaps a bit of advertising. Heck, it costs a lot less to provide to users than email. (I sometimes wonder what defense mechanism a leftie uses when he rails about how corporations are obsessed with screwing their customers and charging everything they can get away with – while using their free gmail account.)

      Of course, a leftist can’t see the possibility of the private sector providing forecasting, because their blind faith in the goodness and wonder of government makes them think all good things flow from it. I wonder how long it will be before they offer up prayers to government before they eat their meals. 

      • With the added advantage of dispensing with frivolous government supported bullshit global warming forecasters like Mann.
         
        Being wrong in the private sector frequently results in failure to profit, and failure to profit results in going out of business.
         
        Frankly I think the government forecasters are wrong more frequently now that they have data and models than when they had to use their own wisdom from years on the job.

    • Let’s not forget selling/giving arms to people he just got through saying are our enemies.