There has been a strong back and forth in the political class on whether the CBO said last week that Obamacare helps or does not help the economy. The easiest way to asses if Obamacare, according to the CBO, is a net positive or net negative to the economy, employment, the deficit and so on, is to compare the CBO’s economic and budget projections of last week to the ones they released in January 2010; two months before Obamacare was signed. That was the last pre-ACA projections that they made; making it the closest thing to an honest assessment how economic things changed from pre to post ACA. The charts below give you some context on a few key area:
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In 2012, about 46 million Americans were living in poverty and about 46 million Americans were on Food Stamps (SNAP). How does this stack up from an historical point of view? Well, in Bill Clinton’s last budget year, about 30 million Americans were in poverty but only 17 million received SNAP.
Basically, under Clinton the number of people on SNAP was only about 55% of the amount of people living in poverty, but in 2012 under Obama it was about 100% (see chart below).
And here is the issue:
So here we are, in 2014, and radical Islam is vowing to attack Russia in middle of the winter. In middle of the Winter Olympics, that is. Why? Because what better time or place to run around with ski masks without arousing suspicions than in Russia, in the dead of winter?
The Winter Olympics are set to launch in about two weeks (in the future or in the past, depending on when exactly it is that you’re reading this), in Sochi, Russia. Sochi, in southern Russia, is located a mere 300 miles from the terror hotbed that is Chechnya. (On a grand scale, 300 miles is pretty close. To put that into perspective, 300 miles is like from here – my office, that is – to 300 miles straight up in the air! That’s literally just a stones-throw away, folks!) Terrorists of the region have sworn by everything and anything they consider holy (exactly what these terrorists consider holy is up for debate, and I’m quite certain that many wars have been fought amongst various Islamist sects to settle this very query) to disrupt the events and festivities.
By: Aliza Bas Menachem
Shortly after the New York Post skillfully assassinated the character of Menachem Stark, it ran an article entitled “Post’s report on slain… draws harsh criticism.” The article provides an explanation of why the Post claims they do not need to apologize for their questionable journalism. The article quotes “a spokesman for the paper.” No name! What is the matter? Is there no one at the Post who will come out and say, “I am accountable for the front cover and inside story about Menachem Stark. I have listened to the calls for an apology, but I stand by my decision in this matter as being responsible journalism”? Either that or an apology. Nope, only a nameless spokesman. And no apology.
Did Stark have leaky apartments? what about the NYPD’s leaky detectives?
Is this the kind of treatment victims should expect from the NYPD? Do we have to expect that every bit of information the NYPD bumps into, considers or speculates in the course of an investigation would make its way straight to the phone lines of the tabloids?
Well, this is the treatment that the Stark family is getting. The following is a list of 22 leaks by the investigators and members of the Police Department to the tabloids, and the possible reasoning behind them:
By: Roizy Waldman
The Silence of the Good People
In light of the New York Post’s refusal to apologize for their lurid coverage of Menachem Stark’s murder, many people are questioning the necessity of the efforts the community has employed in the condemnation of this newspaper. The press conference in Borough Hall, the petitions on social media, the calls to advertisers asking them to boycott the paper, the numerous verbal denunciations by other newspapers, journals, blogs, etc. – all of it, it would appear, had been for naught. The Post has not apologized nor expressed regret in any way. In fact, they continue to refer to Stark derogatorily.
Brooklyn was abuzz Sunday. Elected officials voiced their disgust with the disgraceful NY Post coverage of Menachem Stark’s murder. The internet was awake, twitter was fuming, and all fire was directed at the New York Post editors and advertisers.
But did anyone pay attention, where did Larry Celona – one of the lead reporters in the despicable cover story – get his information from?
Nope. Sorry. Not by a long shot. I have no intention of coming to the defense of the New York Post. So what about the title, you wonder? Meh. I just made that up, because I wanted to get your attention. Because making up outrageously offensive titles is what sells these days. And because the very statement that I support the NY Post is about the most outrageously offensive thing I could come up with on such short notice.
His blood is still fresh. The tears of his widow and the eight young orphans are still warm, and the cheeks they run down on are still wet. The wound is still open and the pain is still excruciating. The suffering is still enormous.
A family is shattered and shaken. An entire community is grieving. A Heinous crime was committed, and Menachem Stark a 39 year old father of 8 – with the youngest barely a year - was abducted off a seemingly safe street Thursday late night and his dead tortured body was found the next morning.
The earth over his grave is still soft but these senseless journalists [or rather say "urinal-ists"] at the NY Post are picking up where the murderers left off: The contracted killers assassinated his life, now comes the contract assassins of the NY Post and assassinate his character.
The NY Post placed 10 – yes, ten – reporters on this hit job and headlined it “who didn’t want him dead?” as if Mr. Stark was an infamous mob boss or world dictator who killed people for fun. The Post relied on unnamed sources, disgruntled tenants, outdated internet reports, and even readers’ comments from a Jewish-run Neo-Nazi blog (whose Editor suggested that the kidnaping was staged), to smear and defame Mr. Stark as much as possible. Every grievance; every rumor, every complain was thrown into their report as fact and seemingly as justification for murdering Mr. Stark.
By: Efraim Greenberg
The New York Post is out today with another hate piece this time by Josh Saul whose primary job seems to be to trash the Orthodox Jewish Community. Saul took the words of – by the Posts’ own account – a career criminal with a long rap sheet that ”includes 20 collars for everything from burglary to assault”, and reported it on face value against the words of four honorable volunteers that give away their time every day of the week, to protect the community they live in.
Some Democrats argue that Republican “obstructionism” and “constant DC infighting” is holding back the job market, but looking back at some of the most chaotic moments in Washington politics of the last 40 years, one sees that the job market continued doing just fine despite “infighting.” Heck, even with an economy 1/3 the current size and off the heels of the 1973 oil crisis, the US produced 1.3 million jobs in the 12 months leading up to Nixon’s resignation. Perhaps the two millions jobs of the last 12 months is not the best considering the current size of the economy, but that is at the feet of Obama’s weak economic policies. Infighting, as recent history shows, has nothing to do with it. See Chart Here
Bill, Hillary and Obama’s tweets and posts about Nelson Mandela are very self-centered. The Clintons called him Madiba; the name used for him out of affection, and Bill’s tweet showed him sitting with Mandela (“my friend Madiba”). The WH posted a photo of Obama visiting Mandela’s prison cell. Bush 43 on the other hand did nothing of this kind. His center simply released a short statement, which is interesting because Bush did more for South Africa (which Mandela led 1994-1999) than Obama and Clinton combined as illustrated in my tweet:
In a post published on her Facebook Page, New York City Councilwoman-Elect Laurie Cumbo who will be representing residents of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, has shocked most elected officials and community leaders by suggesting that part of the reasoning behind the knockout attacks against Jews might stem from jealousy of Jewish success.
The Stock Market moves one way or another based on the monthly Employment Report from the payroll firm ADP. Every month, two days before Government releases its own estimate, ADP releases a report of how many private sector jobs have been added or lost in the previous month. ”It has had an average miss of 41,000,” John Briggs from RBS told CNBC, but the fact is ADP has been off by only a few thousand jobs per month and here is the what people like Briggs are missing:
If you are a family of four living in Brooklyn with a personal pre-tax income of $71,000 a year, good luck trying to pay for health insurance.
Here is the simple math:
If Child Health Plus will be around in 2014, you will pay $90 a month to cover your two children. This is a $1,080 cost for the year; which is indeed very cheap and a great help for taxable families. However, if you and your spouse want to enroll in a middle of the road (Silver) Obamacare Plan, you will need to pay an after-subsidy annual premium of $6,745, excluding your children’s coverage.
Secretary of State John Kerry thinks you are stupid or that it’s 1972 and no one can double-check news and facts! Following the collapse of the Nuclear talks with Iran, Kerry said Sunday that the President held all along that a no deal with Iran is better than a bad deal. Kerry made it appear as if the U.S. backed away from the talks because only a bad deal was in the works, but the fact is the French upended Kerry and rejected a deal as per Saturday reports, and Kerry today morning admits that in fact the U.S. was ready to move forward with a deal, a bad deal that is, but Iran said no thank you.
The one who smiles now is Bibi Netanyahu. He is the one that argued a no deal is better than a bad deal. He begged his “allies” in the West not to make these offers to Iran. Kerry refused. He walked into the talks Saturday head-held-high thinking he is on the cusp of a historic deal, but all went to hell.
Turnout in this week’s Rockland County elections were at record levels. Republicans, Democrats, Preserve Ramapo-types; Liberal and Ultra Orthodox Jews went to the polls in high numbers. In this turnout, Republican County Executive Candidate Ed Day defeated his Democratic opponent David Fried by a clear margin.
This in one sentence means Mr. Day has a mandate to lead. The question remains how he will lead it.
The recent website rollout of HealthCare.gov is proving to be the perfect example of what should – and what should not – be done when dealing with consumers.
As reported by the media, the launching of this new healthcare reform website has angered many Americans. Creating an account is proving to be difficult; signing up for an insurance plan is nearly impossible; and senior administration officials themselves have acknowledged it as “one big debacle.”
Let’s take a moment to analyze this chaotic situation.
The Republicans running for County Executive in adjoining Westchester and Rockland Counties in New York State want to make it clear to suburban voters thinking of sitting out this year’s uninspiring local elections: the stakes are higher than usual.
“Whole neighborhoods have been laid bare and transformed into mere shells of their former beauty,” says Rockland County legislator Ed Day, vowing to end a spate of zoning changes that permit more multifamily construction in Monsey if he wins the county’s top elected post on Tuesday.
By: Rabbi Moishe Indig
On Election Day, Tuesday November 5th, New York voters will find on the ballot an initiative called “Proposal 1” allowing the State to sanction the building of seven Casino gaming resorts throughout the State, including in Sullivan County; the home of many Orthodox Jewish summer camps and vacation homes.
At times things go really crazy at Politico. Here is the latest example.
Today morning Politico’s main headline reads “Donors’ frustration with GOP Mounts.” The lead-in reports that “Republican donors were horrified in November after pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into campaigns for president and Congress with nothing to show for it. A year later they’re appalled by how little has changed, angered by the behavior of Republican lawmakers during a string of legislative battles this year capped by the shutdown, and searching for answers.”
Joe Lhota made an unannounced, unplanned visit to the Shomer Shabbos synagogue on Thirteenth Avenue in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, while the afternoon prayer services was in progress.
Again this was not a planned event.
Counter Op-Ed by Yaacov Behrman as published in today’s Hamodia: Last week Hamodia printed an opinion article by Dovid Margolin criticizing mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio for volunteering in Nicaragua during the Sandinista regime. Margolin accused de Blasio of being a Marxist and likened his affiliation with the Sandinistas to someone who is a Nazi sympathizer.
Candidates who run for public office obviously expect their views, both past and present, to be challenged and their personal and public history scrutinized. It is an essential part of democracy and helps ensure a fair election process.