Washington stupidity at its best

Chuck Kurtz

Chuck Kurtz

So, let me see if I understand this correctly…

House Republicans shut down the government because President Obama and the Senate refuse to negotiate anything that has to do with The Affordable Care Act.

Non-essential government workers are sent home, non-essential government programs and institutions are stopped and closed; the government tried to bar WWII veterans from visiting the World War II Memorial and an innocent young park ranger was verbally accosted by Congressman Randy Neugebauer who told her her she should be ashamed even though he voted to shutdown the government; it is barricading scenic roadside parking areas to prevent people from viewing Mt. Rushmore; closing parking lots to privately run businesses that happen to be on government land; forcing people, including physically handicapped seniors, from their homes that sit on government park land; and not allowing privately run charter fishing businesses to operate off the coast of Florida are just a few examples. Continue reading

Shutdown doesn’t deter Affordable Care Act

It’s a crazy time as Americans shop for health care insurance

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance Writer

Scanning the Infosphere after a crazy day on Capitol Hill to seek some health care clarity, I came away with a few thoughts on the first day of shopping for federally subsidized health care plans.

1. It’s smart to start shopping now, but wait awhile to push the “buy” button. There are still details to be worked out and information to be gathered.

2. Residents of states that opted out of the federal health exchange will have a more difficult time gathering information, but if they are persistent they can find it.

3. The devil is in the details. What results in lower health care costs for  one family on the neighborhood cul de sac may result in higher costs for another. Continue reading

Shutdown doesn’t deter Affordable Care Act

It’s a crazy time as Americans shop for health care insurance

By FINN M. BULLERS

Scanning the Infosphere after a crazy day on Capitol Hill to seek some health care clarity, I came away with a few thoughts on the first day of shopping for federally subsidized health care plans.

1. It’s smart to start shopping now, but wait awhile to push the “buy” button. There are still details to be worked out and information to be gathered.

2. Residents of states that opted out of the federal health exchange will have a more difficult time gathering information, but if they are persistent they can find it.

3. The devil is in the details. What results in lower health care costs for  one family on the neighborhood cul de sac may result in higher costs for another.

Let’s scan the Internet for perspective, guidance and maybe even a few gold nuggets of information to make our shopping less painful. Continue reading

Government shutdown hogwash

In the words of philosopher Forrest Gump, “Stupid is as stupid does.”

That pretty much sums up my thoughts on both houses of Congress as well as the president.

All our elected officials in Washington are to blame for this government shutdown fiasco, sending folks home on unpaid furloughs while they continue to receive their $200,000 salaries, enjoy their Cadillac health insurance coverage, for doing nothing more than reading Green Eggs and Ham on the Senate floor while claiming they are listening to the American people.

What a waste of hogwash! Continue reading

Chartrand…

Next time, let a ninth-grader write the Health Care Act

David Chartrand

David Chartrand

According to polls, Americans find the ObamaCare health insurance law “confusing” or “very confusing.” The survey results have a margin of error of plus/minus 100% because the questionnaire failed to include an option for “I’d rather have my teeth drilled.”

The public confusion is disappointing to President Obama, who takes pride in his communication skills, and to members of Congress, most of whom do not.  The White House and Capitol Hill summoned the best statutory draftsmen and government attorneys in the land to make sure every working American could read and understand the new law and its impact on their health care.  Rumor has it that the drafters spent an entire Sunday evening rewriting the statutory provisions, stopping only to send sext messages and receive briefings about the crisis on “Breaking Bad.” Continue reading

Other views…

MLK’s dream burning bright

But promise of equal opportunity ‘great unfinished business’

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance writer/editor

Standing in the shadow of the great emancipator, President Barack Obama on Wednesday stood exactly where slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. did 50 years earlier to “awaken the slumbering conscience of America.”

On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Obama borrowed heavily from King’s 1963 “I have a dream” speech to chronicle the rapid societal changes the landmark oratory set in motion for America’s excluded minorities.

It wasn’t just a black thing. It was a Latino thing. An Asian thing. A women thing.  A gay thing. A Catholic thing. A Jewish thing.

And it was a people with disabilities thing, the President of the United States told tens of thousands of Americans from all walks of life on a rainy day in Washington, D.C. Continue reading

Obama rule pushes jobs for people with disabilities

Harkin: “Historic” effort moves country toward equal opportunity

By FINN M. BULLERS
Freelance writer/editor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vice President Joe Biden recently announced that the Obama aministration will implement a new rule to promote employment for individuals with disabilities.

The rule, aimed at federal contractors and subcontractors, is designed to increase the hiring, retention and promotion of qualified individuals with disabilities.

The rule enforces Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and for the first time sets a goal that at least 7 percent of the federal contractor workforce, at all levels, should be made up of qualified individuals with disabilities. Continue reading

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