Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Black by Popular Demand: Dr Walter E. Williams on Black Unemployment

The most popular post on HHCapitalism for the past 30 days, and 4th most popular in 8 years!

See: http://www.hhcapitalism.com/2014/10/dr-walter-e-williams-on-black.html.

Obamacare adviser warned of premium increases as Obama vowed savings

While President Obama campaigned on a promise that his universal health care plan would lower premiums, his controversial adviser and plan architect [Jonathan Gruber] was privately warning the state of Wisconsin that Obamacare was poised to massively increase insurance costs for average residents, internal documents show.

Read the full article at The Washington Times.

Obama’s Immigration Enablers

Regrettably, the Office of Legal Counsel’s made-to-order legal analysis is shockingly flawed in five major respects.

Read the full article by David B. Rivkin and Elizabeth Price Foley at The Wall Street Journal.

Thomas Piketty’s Policies On Economic Inequality Aren’t Selling

The idea that the rich get richer while everyone else doesn’t gets pretty wide agreement in the polls. So does the Democrats’ one redistributionist policy — raising the minimum wage. As a policy to address inequality, though, it’s rather pathetic.

Read the full article by Michael Barone at WesternJournalism.com.

Post-Midterm Obamacare Prognosis: Hold the Champagne

Conservatives and citizens concerned with the direction of the country under Democrat rule turned out in sufficiently large numbers on Election Day to return the Senate to Republican control. But if you think this marks the beginning of the end of Obamacare, think again.

Read the full article by Richard Amerling, M.D. at The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.

Dodd-Frank: A Bad Law And A Big Mess

Dodd-Frank insulates regulators from democratic accountability. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a creature of Dodd-Frank, is not even funded by our elected representatives, but instead gets financed directly from the Federal Reserve. Translation: If the “middle class” ever decides that Congress should relieve it of the CFPB’s ministrations, they will be unable to exert any influence.

Read the full article by Mona Charen at WesternJournalism.com.

Obamacare’s Jonathan Gruber and the Superhero Oath

Gruber has admitted that the 40 percent tax on “Cadillac” company insurance coverage was really a hidden way to tax affected workers while ensuring that employers would receive the blame for expensive plans. Every economist knows that who the tax is legally imposed on does not change who actually bears the burden. Gruber and others used this knowledge to mislead Americans into thinking someone else would pay, and so many supported a policy they would have opposed had they not been deceived.

Read the full article by Gary Galles at The Mises Institute.

The Obamacare Opportunities

The pending U.S. Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare coupled with a small provision buried in the law could give Republicans in the new Congress the opportunity to power-boost free-market health reform.

Read the full article by Grace Marie Turner at The Galen Institute.

Scientific Misconduct: The Manipulation of Evidence for Political Advocacy in Health Care and Climate Policy

Science is increasingly being manipulated by those who try to use it to justify political choices based on their ethical preferences and who are willing to suppress evidence of conflict between those preferences and the underlying reality. This problem is clearly seen in two policy domains, health care and climate policy.

Read the complete article at The Cato Institute.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Door Opens For Scrutiny of Federal Reserve

The new Republican majority in the Senate opens a door for a new level of scrutiny of the Federal Reserve, the quasi-public organization that largely controls U.S. monetary policy behind closed doors.

Read the complete article by Bob Unruh at World Net Daily.

What Happened to American Medicine?

America once had the best healthcare system around, but no longer. We still have the best doctors and nurses, but they are stymied and frustrated by a system that hampers rather than helps them when they try to care for us. Why?

Read the complete article by Deanne Waldman at AmericanThinker.com.

What the Inequality Warriors Realy Want

Inequality may be a symptom of economic problems. But why is inequality itself an economic problem?

Read the complete article by John H. Cochrane at The Cato Institute.

WSJ: How Life Teaches Us Basics of the Economy

Knowledge of economics is not acquired in a Choom Gang environment or as a student on “scholarship” at privileged schools or as a community organizer or politician.

Read the complete article at The Wall Street Journal.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Midterm Miracles

By Burt Prelutsky
Perhaps because I define myself as a optimistic pessimist or a pessimistic optimist, I was blindsided by the election results. As much time as I devoted to poring over the Senate races, I just couldn’t see how the GOP could wind up with more than 51.

The (Post-Election) Schadenfreude Edition

By William Saracino
Webster’s defines schadenfreude as “pleasure derived from the misfortune of others”, and boy do they have my mood pegged.

Bittersweet Victory

By Howard Hyde
Watching the returns on election night, it was difficult not to be thrilled by what can only be characterized as the best election for Republicans in at least a decade, and in some ways, in nearly a century.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Best of Post-Election 2014 Analysis

The Best Post-Election 2014 Analysis from the Wall Street Journal (and a few others)
In case you missed it, we recently had a midterm election in the U.S. in which Republicans and their agenda made some of the greatest gains in a generation.

Best of HHCapitalism.com

Here is a sampling of the most popular posts on HHCapitalism over the past few years.

Obamacare is terminally ill. What next?

Rumors of Obamacare's viability were greatly exagerated. There never was majority support for it, and now that the American people know what's in it, they like it less and less with each passing day. Every Republican Senator who unseated a sitting Democrat senator in the election just past ran on a Repeal-and-Replace, anti-Obamacare platform.
But if Obamacare is dead, what do we do now?
We proceed incrementally but inexorably to reverse all of the destructive provisions of the ACA and implement free market-oriented reform. There is bipartisan agreement on things like repealing the medical device tax; we can start there.
Republicans should not shy away from putting bills on Obama's desk that he is likely to veto. Let him show his true colors to the American people and demonstrate the need for a differently-oriented president come the 2016 election.
As I wrote in detail last February in Front Page Magazine, there are and always have been plenty of alternatives to socialized medicine. The task now is to get those alternatives into the public consciousness, before the liberals promote Single Payer as the only viable option.
Read the full article at FrontPageMag.com.

Townhall: BLS Jobs Report Points To the "Meh" Economy

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their report on non-farm payroll jobs ... and estimated that the American economy added 214,000 jobs - pointing to an economy that continues to be sluggish. The workforce participation rate is unchanged from a year ago, at 62.8%. The unemployment rate edged slightly downward over the past month, though, and now sits at 5.8%.
Read the full article at Townhall.com.

Wall Street Journal: Latinos Lag Under Health Law

One quarter of Hispanics in the U.S. lack health insurance, the highest rate for any racial or ethnic group.
Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

Wall Street Journal: Health-Law Enrollment in 2015 Won’t Meet Forecast

Millions fewer people will enroll in private health plans under the Affordable Care Act next year than the Congressional Budget Office had predicted.
Attracting new enrollees to the health law’s insurance exchanges has proven more difficult than advocates had predicted, and a slice of those who do sign up for plans haven’t kept up with premiums.
Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

Forbes: Obamacare Ushers In Pile Of New 2014 Tax Forms

Now that the Obamacare 2014 individual health insurance mandate is in effect, many taxpayers will face confusion over tax penalties, exemptions, premium tax credits, claw backs of subsidies (advanced credits) and extra tax-preparation fees to comply with Obamacare on 2014 tax filings.
Read the full article at Forbes.com.

More Obamacare stories linked at ObamacareReporter.com.

The Hill: Small businesses were an afterthought in Obamacare

Since the passage of and initial implementation of Obamacare, small businesses have been ill-served – delays, confusion, and higher costs characterize their experience with the law to date. After one year, a report card for the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) created by Obamacare would have a failing grade, and a non-partisan study this week shows the problems are even worse than expected.
Read the full article at TheHill.com.

More Obamacare stories linked at ObamacareReporter.com.

New York Times: Cost of Coverage Under ACA to Increase in 2015

The Obama administration on Friday unveiled data showing that many Americans with health insurance bought under the Affordable Care Act could face substantial price increases next year — in some cases as much as 20 percent — unless they switch plans.
Read the full article at The New York Times.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Obamacare and the Gruber Firestorm: 17+ Stories

We can all take off our tin-foil hats now. We don't have to apologize anymore for being skeptical at best that the Affordable Care Act was passed with the best of intentions, through honorable and constitutional channels, and above all informed by impartial, unbiased and disinterested expert advice.
Take your pick of the following stories from just the past few days.
The Obamacare cheerleaders must be grateful that this information only gained wide exposure after the recent election was safely over; otherwise the Republican tnsumami might have been even greater.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Howard Hyde Interviewed about Obamacare on Califonia Edition

UPDATE 3PM: Here is the direct link to the video:

Howard Hyde will be appearing on California Edition, a news and interview program hosted by Brad Pomerance on the California Channel, next Thursday, November 13 at 8:00 AM and again at 8:00 PM. The topic is the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.

In Southern California - on Charter, the California Channel is broadcast on Channel 177. On Time Warner Cable, the California Channel broadcasts on Channel 229. In Central California, on Charter, the California Channel is broadcast on Channel 90. In Sacramento, the California Channel is broadcast on Comcast Channel 108. Through Cox Communications, the California Channel airs on Channel 3, 18 or 23.
Otherwise, for local listings, please check www.calchannel.com/local-listing/.

If your carrier doesn't have The California Channel, look for the video on YouTube:

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the next meeting of the Southern California Republican Women and Men, Saturday, November 22 at 11:30 AM at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant, Van Nuys Airport
16320 Raymer Street, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Featured panel: Republican Candidates for Los Angeles City Council

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Dr Walter E. Williams on Black Unemployment

Black unemployment has been double that of white Americans for more than 50 years. The black youth unemployment rate is more than 40 percent nationally. In some cities, unemployment for black working-age males is more than 50 percent.
From 1900 to 1954, blacks were more active than whites in the labor market.
I doubt whether anyone would argue that the reason for lower unemployment, higher labor force participation and shorter duration of unemployment among blacks in the first half of the 20th century was that there was less racial discrimination. I also doubt whether anyone would argue that during earlier periods, blacks had higher education and greater skills attainment than whites.

Read the full article at TheACRU.org.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Whither the replacement for Eric Holder?

Maybe this is the Democrat's chance to confirm Jeremiah Wright as Attorney General.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Quote of the Day - Sowell

"A successful insurgency often puts leaders of the insurgents into closer contact with knowledge that was either unavailable or not so vivid when the insurgents were outsiders, and thereby forces correction of plausible beliefs that will not stand authentication."
-Thomas Sowell, Knowledge and Decisions