It’s called “Affordable Care,” Donna.
It’s called “Affordable Care,” Donna.
Economic freedom leads to longer life expectancy, higher per capita GDP, and more happiness (based on a Gallup index). The Heritage Foundation annually calculates an Index of Economic Freedom for most of the countries of the world, then assigns each country to one of five subgroups ranking from Free economy to Repressed economy.
Table 1 shows that Free countries have significantly higher life expectancies and do better in other quality of life measures:
Another way to reach the conclusion that freedom is the determining factor is to compare very similar peoples where the major difference is freedom. An extreme example is repressed North Korea vs. mostly free South Korea. Or the Chinese people in free Hong Kong, mostly free Taiwan, and the mostly unfree Peoples Republic of China.
Economic freedom leads to health, wealth and happiness. Lack of freedom leads to death, poverty and misery.
The sequester is a mere 2% of the federal budget. If they really wanted to cut spending don’t you think they just might be able to find 2% of waste in that enormous budget. How about they start by trimming these items:
The author reports that he found this $22 billion of savings in about 40 minutes. Don’t you think the politicians in Washington could find $85 billion of non-essential spending in a couple days time?
No, the Obama administration will try to find the most painful things to cut so as to put pressure on for no cuts at all.
So far it has taken twice as long to review the Keystone Pipeline application as it would take to build the pipeline. The application for approval has been under review by the U.S. government for more than four years, far longer than any other cross-border pipeline project.
A teenager was walking through snow and ice to a job interview 10 miles away. Not to a job, just to an interview for a possible minimum wage job. Along the way he asked someone how far it was to his destination. Hearing that it was 6 or 7 miles, he turned and kept on walking.
It happened that the someone was a restaurant owner. A bit later the owner was driving down the road and saw the teenager still walking. He pulled over, invited the teen to hop in, and that is when he learned the young man was walking to a job interview.
The restauranteur was so impressed with the youngster’s work ethic, that he told him if he didn’t get that job, there would be a job waiting for him at the restaurant.
The restaurant owner posted this story on Facebook and it went viral – more than 14,000 “like”s in just a couple of days.
Ya think? Rasmussen.
From Glenn Reynolds (InstaPundit) in NY Post:
Republicans do badly with young voters, and one of the main reasons is that they’re seen as uncool. This is probably unfair — it’s not Republicans who are imposing college speech codes on students — but it’s the perception.
As a reader of my blog named Jeff Wimble wrote:
“Everything comes down to the movie ‘Footloose.’ For a large majority of people,the political question is, ‘How would the sanctimonious preacher from the movie ‘Footloose’ feel about this subject?’ They answer the question, and then take the opposite position.
“This mind-set is absolutely ingrained in a lot of people my age (a couple of years younger than Gen-X). For every preachy moral conservative I’ve met in real life, I’ve seen 20 on TV. For each Baptist I know in real life, I’ve seen 10 in movies. To me, they are all the preacher from ‘Footloose.’ ”
In real life, I don’t know any Republicans like that. To the contrary, we are the party working for more liberty, to reduce the control government has over our lives. The Democrats are the ones continually taking more and more power for government.
Nonetheless, the media do their best to give the impression that Republicans are preachy moral types. Reynolds suggests that the GOP can do more to counter that impression.