Friday, August 23, 2013

Obamacare - #4563 - VIDEO: Greta VanSusteren Interview with Ted Cruz - Defund Obamacare Tour on Cruz Control - Fox (2) Ted Cruz, a Traitor to his Harvard Class - American Thinker (3) VIDEO: Bill O'Reilly: Economy: The Biggest Failure of the Obama Administration - Fox (4) Feds are Building a Detective Squad to Target Consumers and Companies that Don't Follow Obamacare Rules - Mail Online

 Greta VanSusteren Interview with Ted Cruz - Defund Obamacare Tour on Cruz Control.


(2) Ted Cruz, a Traitor to his Harvard Class - HotAirAn incisive point from Rich Lowry about the identity politics driving the left’s unusual contempt for Cruz. It’s not so much that they consider him a traitor to his race, as they do most conservatives who are black or Latino, as to his ruling-class pedigree. A national debate champion educated by Princeton and Harvard Law — and leading the charge against ObamaCare. He’s the John Walker Lindh of the Ivy League. The party’s highest-profile Texans, George W. Bush and Rick Perry, tended to match inarticulateness with cowboy swagger and lend themselves to mockery as intellectual lightweights. Bush went to Yale and Harvard Business School, yet no one naturally thinks of him as an Ivy Leaguer. The two Lone Star State governors played into the left’s stereotypes so nicely that if they didn’t exist, Gail Collins would have had to make them up. Cruz is different — a Princeton and Harvard man who not only matriculated at those fine institutions but excelled at them. Champion debater at Princeton. Magna cum laude graduate at Harvard. Supreme Court clerkship, on the way to Texas solicitor general and dozens of cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Read more.......


(3) Bill O'Reilly: Economy: The Biggest Failure of the Obama Administration. 


 (4) Feds are Building a Detective Squad to Target Consumers and Companies that Don't Follow Obamacare's Rules - Mail Online - More than 1,600 new employees hired by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources in the aftermath of Obamacare's passage include just two described as 'consumer safety' officers, but 86 tasked with 'criminal investigating' – indicating that the agency is building an army of detectives to sleuth out violations of a law that many in Congress who supported it still find confusing. On the day President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law in 2010, HHS received authority from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to make as many as 1,814 new hires under an emergency 'Direct Hiring Authority' order. The Obama administration ordered that employment expansion despite a government-wide hiring freeze. A total of 1,684 of those positions were filled. An analysis by MailOnline shows that at 2010 federal government salary rates, the new employees' salaries alone cost the U.S. at least $138.8 million every year. Had the agency filled all its available jobs, that cost would have been a minimum of $159 million. The hiring began in May 2010 and continued through June 2013, making the later hires eligible for higher salaries as a result of annual cost-of-living increases. The difference between what HHS spent on new Obamacare-related employees and what it was authorized to spend is explained by its failure to hire most of the 261 'consumer safety officers' it was authorized to bring aboard. Only two such employees were hired. But while OPM authorized HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Denise Carter -- later renamed Denise Wells -- to hire 50 criminal investigators, the agency increased that number to 86 on its own. Read more........

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