Quotes of the day

posted at 10:11 pm on April 30, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

The U.S. economy barely grew in the first quarter as exports tumbled and businesses accumulated stocks at the slowest pace in nearly a year, but activity already appears to be bouncing back.

Gross domestic product expanded at a 0.1 percent annual rate, the slowest since the fourth quarter of 2012, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.

That was a sharp pullback from the fourth quarter’s 2.6 percent pace and was worse than economists’ expectations for a slowdown to a 1.2 percent rate. The slowdown partly reflected an unusually cold and disruptive winter, marked by declines in sectors ranging from business spending to home building.

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Today’s GDP estimate is subject to a number of notable influences, including historically severe winter weather, which temporarily lowered growth in the first quarter. The report also shows the positive impact of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act which, together with continued slowing in health costs, helped strengthen the economy in the first quarter. …

2. The first quarter of 2014 was marked by unusually severe winter weather, including record cold temperatures and snowstorms, which explains part of the difference in GDP growth relative to previous quarters. The left chart shows the quarterly deviation in heating degree days from its average for the same quarter over the previous five years. By this measure, the first quarter of 2014 was the third most unusually cold quarter over the last sixty years, behind only the first quarter of 1978 and the fourth quarter of 1976. In addition, there were four storms in the first quarter that rated on the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale (NESIS). The right chart shows that no quarter going back to 1956 had more than three such storms.

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As the U.S. economy teetered on the brink of contraction in the first quarter, one thing stood out. Healthcare spending increased at its fastest pace in more than three decades.

That surge is attributed to the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Because of Obamacare, the nation narrowly avoided its first decline in output in three years.

“GDP growth would have … been negative were it not for healthcare spending,” said Harm Bandholz, chief economist at UniCredit Research in New York.

Healthcare spending increased at a 9.9 percent annual rate, the quickest since the third quarter of 1980, and it contributed 1.1 percentage points to GDP growth.

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The truth is, nobody knows how much of this slowdown represents a blip that will reverse in coming months is — and how much of it reflects fundamental weakness in the economy. The weather does a good job of explaining why businesses held back on investment during the beginning of the year, but it doesn’t explain stubborn weakness in housing or why companies aren’t exporting more. The economic recovery – now almost five years old – is replete with false starts and dashed optimism.

The spring and summer should be revealing – and are enormously important for the debate in Washington and the mid-term election campaign. Economic growth is an important factor in many models predicting the outcome of mid-term elections. If it continues to perform poorly, endangered Democrats could have even more reason to worry. And there could be compounding factors. It’s been a bit of a mystery about why Obama’s approval numbers – another factor in the mid-term races – have fared poorly after his administration was able to turn the Affordable Care Act enrollment period into something of a success. Perhaps slow growth – hey, bad weather makes people depressed, too – had something to do with it.

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A housing recovery that was expected to accelerate this year is instead sputtering. And no, you can’t just blame the weather.

Sharp increases in home prices in much of the USA, along with higher mortgage rates, have discouraged many house-hunters. Home inventories are at historically low levels. First-time home buyers, who traditionally drive home sales, remain saddled with student debt and face still-stringent lending standards.

After bouncing back smartly in 2012 and most of 2013 following the 2006-09 real estate crash, the housing market began slowing last fall. Although an unusually cold and snowy winter hindered activity early this year, home sales and starts were disappointing again in March, even in the West and South.

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With the Republican-led filibuster of a Senate proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 on Wednesday, Democrats moved swiftly to frame the vote as an example of the gulf that exists between the two parties on matters of economic fairness and upward mobility.

The question is not just one of money, they said, but of morality. And in doing so the Democrats returned to the themes that were successful for their party and President Obama in 2012 when they convinced swing voters that Democrats were mindful of the best interests of all Americans — not just those who are powerful and wealthy.

Speaking from the White House shortly after the measure was defeated 54 to 42, with 60 votes needed to advance, Mr. Obama admonished Republicans and called on voters to punish them at the polls in November. “If there’s any good news here, it’s that Republicans in Congress don’t get the last word on this issue, or any issue,” Mr. Obama said. “You do, the American people, the voters.”

“If your member of Congress doesn’t support raising the minimum wage,” he added, “you have to let them know they’re out of step, and that if they keep putting politics ahead of working Americans, you’ll put them out of office.”

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Every other sentence out of the mouths of Barack Obama and other progressive Democrats seems to invoke the “middle class,” and when they’re not promising to help the middle class, they’re obsessing about how to humble the rich. In the past two weeks, the Left’s preoccupation with confiscating thy neighbor’s goods has been highlighted by two things: The reception of Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital in the Twenty-first Century, and the response to rumors that Senator Elizabeth (“Occupy Wall Street”) Warren might run for president. Both have received the full secular saint treatment, reflecting the progressives’ almost mob-like eagerness to lay hands on more of the property of the rich. Not for the poor, mind you, but for the “middle class” (translation: themselves).

The great advantage of being a liberal/progressive in America is that you are always judged on your intentions (or stated intentions) and not on results. While the pundits are swooning for Piketty and Warren, may we have even a moment’s pause to consider how well Obama’s brand of progressivism has done for the poor and middle class?

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To the extent we have an economic inequality problem, it’s not because a small percenatge of our population—comprised of professional entertainers and athletes, corporate CEOs, internet pioneers, and others—are wealthier than the average American. Young graduates bearing large student loans while facing a weak job market, families facing unemployment or low wages, and single parents struggling to raise children do not find their situations any more difficult because some in our nation are wealthy.

Yet, liberals seem to think otherwise, and here we find a stark illustration of the converse mindsets of liberals and conservatives. Liberals seem to want to reduce economic inequality by bringing the people at the top down, while conservatives want to reduce inequality by bringing the people at the bottom up. The left wants to focus on class warfare while the right wants to focus on economic growth, the proverbial rising tide that raises all boats.

If we want to reduce economic inequality, the only logical solution is to raise the living standards of the middle class and those at the lower end of the economic spectrum.


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Ratso!

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:12 PM

Ratso!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Dang it!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Dang it!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Heh…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:14 PM

I think Omaha lurks so he can be first.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Yep.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

I think Omaha lurks so he can be first.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

Quicks Draw McDraw…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

I’m watching all the flooding down south. Pensacola had over 15 inches of rain.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Full tilt demonization today. From all quarters.

wolly4321 on April 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

I’m watching all the flooding down south. Pensacola had over 15 inches of rain.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Horrible visuals…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I didn’t even look to see what the subject was. I’m a bad person.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Must. Destroy. The. TABBY!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

I didn’t even look to see what the subject was. I’m a bad person.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:17 PM

You are not alone…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Must. Destroy. The. TABBY!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

He is a Meezer…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Hey, Clash of the Titans in NC, Jeb Bush to campaign for Tillis in and Rand Paul to campaign for Brannon in N.C..

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I finally didn’t have to walk out my door straight into a dust storm.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

m watching all the flooding down south. Pensacola had over 15 inches of rain. crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:16 PM

That’ll make the gators and snakes move a bit.

wolly4321 on April 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Ratso & I are going out for a smoke…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

The U.S. economy barely grew in the first quarter

Heh…has it grown at all since about, oh, 2007?

ddrintn on April 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Nope-he’s just a very dumb tabby.
The Meezer-mix is 14 and she’s currenly on my lap trying to get into my cheese fries.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Has anyone seen Honestlib post? Hope he and his family are ok.

Barred on April 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Must. Destroy. The. TABBY!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:18 PM

Prayers ascending for HL…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

I still don’t get how 2.45 million is 67% of 8.1 million.

I think they are lieing.

wolly4321 on April 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Has anyone seen Honestlib post? Hope he and his family are ok.

Barred on April 30, 2014 at 10:21 PM

I don’t think he has been on. They had tornadoes and then flooding and he also was having back problems from carrying a water heater. Take your pick.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

“If your member of Congress doesn’t support raising the minimum wage,” he added, “you have to let them know they’re out of step, and that if they keep putting politics ahead of working Americans, you’ll put them out of office.”

…so the economy sucks…because of the minimum wage?…did JugEars EVER have an economic class in his life?…even in junior high?

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

All we need is another trillion dollar stimulus. That will fix everything.

cat_owner on April 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

The economy barely grew… 0.1 percent really doesn’t count as growing. But hey, we have racism for the President to beat us to death with, so I guess it’s all good.

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

did JugEars EVER have an economic class in his life?…even in junior high?

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

I’m quite sure the answer to that is no.

cat_owner on April 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

To my knowledge, no reports of casualties from his part of the state. I’ll do some more research…
And good evening!

Doc Holliday on April 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 10:19 PM

Guess we shouldn’t be surprised. Naturally Jeb is going to campaign for the establishment candidate. I have a feeling Tillis is going to win though.

cat_owner on April 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Evening all.

I read today that the WH blamed the poor GDP on winter weather. Later in the day I read that the GDP for the same quarter in Canada was 2.5%. Does Canada not have winter????

More pablum (sp) for the LIVs.

I also am praying for HL. Hope he checks in soon.

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

The new flexible Communist country is almost complete…

Electrongod on April 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

eh…has it grown at all since about, oh, 2007? ddrintn on April 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Every graph I’ve ever seen does a nosedive after Jan. 3, 2007.

All of them.

wolly4321 on April 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

did JugEars EVER have an economic class in his life?…even in junior high?

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 10:24 PM

It should be easy enough to find out, just check those college transcripts…Oh, wait

predator on April 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

The weather excuse is a bunch of Bravo Sierra. The increase in utility costs more than covered the entire decline in business fixed investment, personal entertainment and personal dining out.

Oh, and when the purchase and government-sponsored abuse of a service is mandatory, should it really count on the positive side of the ledger?

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

To my knowledge, no reports of casualties from his part of the state. I’ll do some more research…
And good evening!

Doc Holliday on April 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I wasn’t thinking about casualties. I thought maybe they didn’t have electricity.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

To my knowledge, no reports of casualties from his part of the state. I’ll do some more research…
And good evening!

Doc Holliday on April 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Please do Doc. We are worried about him…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Doc Holliday on April 30, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Lots of electricity down.Maybe just lack of communication ability.

Barred on April 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

cat_owner on April 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

I’ll be happy with either but I kind of like it when they leave it up to the people.

Cindy Munford on April 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

I read today that the WH blamed the poor GDP on winter weather. Later in the day I read that the GDP for the same quarter in Canada was 2.5%. Does Canada not have winter????

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Not like ours….

We have 30+ million people not on the State run Healthcare…

That must be the difference…

I guess..

Electrongod on April 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Can’t find any reports of casualties, trying to find out about power outages now….

Doc Holliday on April 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Evening all.

I read today that the WH blamed the poor GDP on winter weather. Later in the day I read that the GDP for the same quarter in Canada was 2.5%. Does Canada not have winter????

More pablum (sp) for the LIVs.

I also am praying for HL. Hope he checks in soon.

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

The 2.5% is a rough estimate based on a slightly different measure of GDP from the first two months of the quarter. Unless March fell off the map for the Canadians, it might well be an understatement.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him.
He asked, “What are all those clocks?”
St. Peter answered, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move.”
“Oh,” said the man, “whose clock is that?”
“That’s Mother Teresa’s. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie.”
“Incredible,” said the man.
“That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life,” St. Peter informed him.
“Where’s Obama’s clock?”
“His clock is in Jesus’s office. He’s using it as a ceiling fan.”

trigon on April 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Evening all.

Frustrating day today. The pup ate my pepper, pumpkin and squash plants. So, I get to start those over this weekend AND build a fence.

NativeTexan on April 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Evening all.

I read today that the WH blamed the poor GDP on winter weather. Later in the day I read that the GDP for the same quarter in Canada was 2.5%. Does Canada not have winter????

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:27 PM

Huuuuuhhh ?
Isn’t it supposed to be global warming’s fault ?

burrata on April 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Rick Santelli’s HOLY COW!!! this morning.

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:34 PM

Electrongod on April 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

They have had state run health care for decades. Same with the UK. Both Canada and the UK have leaders more conservative than quite a few people in the GOP.

cat_owner on April 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Evening all.

Frustrating day today. The pup ate my pepper, pumpkin and squash plants. So, I get to start those over this weekend AND build a fence.

NativeTexan on April 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

I sympathise with you. I’ve learned to cover my containers with wire or anything that keeps the cats from digging in them while letting in the light.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Frustrating day today. The pup ate my pepper, pumpkin and squash plants. So, I get to start those over this weekend AND build a fence.

NativeTexan on April 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Your pup is a militant vegetarian?

predator on April 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I still don’t get how 2.45 million is 67% of 8.1 million.

I think they are lieing.

wolly4321 on April 30, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Because it is not. It is 67% of 3.65 million, which is what the gross enrollment on the federal PlaceboCare exchange is.

The 8.1 million includes unspecified bloat and those on state PlaceboCare exchanges.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

It’s been a bit of a mystery about why Obama’s approval numbers – another factor in the mid-term races – have fared poorly after his administration was able to turn the Affordable Care Act enrollment period into something of a success. Perhaps slow growth – hey, bad weather makes people depressed, too – had something to do with it.

Obamacare turned into something of a success? Obama and liberals main problem now is that a majority of voters do not believe their lies anymore… They do not believe their lies on Obamacare because they know it is a mega disaster, they do not believe their lies on the economy because they know it is not recovering, they do not believe their lies on foreign policy because they know Obama that our enemies are stronger than ever… In other word, it is over for liberals and Obama until Obama leaves office January 20 2017…

mnjg on April 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

We should be getting our $2500 a year savings real soon…

d1carter on April 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Your pup is a militant vegetarian?

predator on April 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Or maybe he was saving them from vegetarianism.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

No reports of power outages–but Internet may be down, dunno….

Doc Holliday on April 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:32 PM

No clue Steve. I didn’t have time to read the article.

++++++

Global warming LOL

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

ooops where did the link go? Oh well, here it is again. HOLY COW!!!

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Erika included that (weak) video in the post.

I was expecting Santelli to really blow a gasket. Something tells me he’ll get another chance or two yet this week.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

They have had state run health care for decades. Same with the UK. Both Canada and the UK have leaders more conservative than quite a few people in the GOP.
cat_owner on April 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Then we have a messaging problem….

Electrongod on April 30, 2014 at 10:39 PM

when the purchase and government-sponsored abuse of a service is mandatory, should it really count on the positive side of the ledger? Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:29 PM

They have a term for that, don’t they?

I don’t know if you realize you just defined facism.

wolly4321 on April 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Or maybe he was saving them from vegetarianism.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Oh well in that case…Good Dog!

predator on April 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Why is Erika doing QOTD?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

The economy did not grow at all. Adjust for inflation, actual inflation not lies, and population growth and it shrank … … again.

VorDaj on April 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

LOL Steve….but she missed highlighting his “HOLY COW!!!” Sorry Newtie will tell you, I have a sick sense of humor.

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Why is Erika doing QOTD?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Allah had to make Happy Hour at the Kitty Lounge.

predator on April 30, 2014 at 10:42 PM

No clue Steve. I didn’t have time to read the article.

++++++

Global warming LOL

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Which is why I ran the number down from the source. Statistics Canada actually has more numbers than the BEA, but they’re scattered hodgepodge, and they do the European thing of not annualizing their GDP growth percentage.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Allah had to make Happy Hour at the Kitty Lounge.

predator on April 30, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Ratso appreciates…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:42 PM

I wished I could pull numbers apart the way you do. Kudos to you.

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Why is Erika doing QOTD?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Allah is recording for tonite’s Red Eye appearance :O

burrata on April 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

They have a term for that, don’t they?

I don’t know if you realize you just defined facism.

wolly4321 on April 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

There’s an s in there :-)

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Doc Holliday on April 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Thanks for checking Doc. Maybe he just got tired of us…j/k.

Barred on April 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

The first quarter of 2014 was marked by unusually severe winter weather, including record cold temperatures and snowstorms, which explains part of the difference in GDP growth relative to previous quarters

Total BS… OK now stupid liberals do want to have “Global Warming” so the economy gets better?

mnjg on April 30, 2014 at 10:45 PM

A teacher asked her 6th grade class how many of them were Obama fans.

Not really knowing what an Obama fan is, but wanting to be liked by the teacher, all the kids raised their hands except for Little Johnny.
The teacher asked Little Johnny why he has decided to be different .. again.

Little Johnny said, “Because I’m not an Obama fan.”

The teacher asked, “Why aren’t you a fan of Obama?” Johnny said, “Because I’m a Republican.”

The teacher asked him why he’s a Republican. Little Johnny answered, “Well, my Mom’s a Republican and my Dad’s a Republican, so I’m a Republican.”

Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, “If your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, what would that make you?”
With a big smile, Little Johnny replied, “That would make me an Obama fan.”

trigon on April 30, 2014 at 10:46 PM

Ratso and I going out for a smoke…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Why is Erika doing QOTD?

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

Because Allahpundit was at a meeting of Communists anonymous.

oscarwilde on April 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I wished I could pull numbers apart the way you do. Kudos to you.

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Everybody has something they’re really good at. I wish I could count writing as one of those things.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:41 PM

I’ll say…it’s sneakier than mine, but doesn’t need Tech Support to explain it ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Oh me too. I so admire Jackie’s way with words. She blows me away on some of her posts. :)

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Annoyed by this answer, the teacher asked, “If your mom was a moron and your dad was an idiot, what would that make you?”
With a big smile, Little Johnny replied, “That would make me an Obama fan.”
trigon on April 30, 2014 at 10:46 PM

That’s beautiful. I needs to get passed around as much as possible.

bluegill on April 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 10:50 PM

LOL…there she is. Yes sometimes I need a good roadmap :)

CoffeeLover on April 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

Ratso & I are going out for a smoke…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Ratso and I going out for a smoke…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Poor Ratso….

Barred on April 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

CL, are you doing better?

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

ause it is not. It is 67% of 3.65 million, which is what the gross enrollment on the federal PlaceboCare exchange is. The 8.1 million includes unspecified bloat and those on state PlaceboCare exchanges. Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

I think I get it, maybe. They are using the State numbers as the variable. If the numbers are false, it’s not on them.

It’s so convoluted it’s hard to keep up.

wolly4321 on April 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

The economy isnt growing. The Middle class is sunk. This has been the trend since 1971. We were distracted in the meantime by meaningless crap.

antisense on April 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

predator on April 30, 2014 at 10:36 PM

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM

I think she’s just a jerk. They were in 5 gallon buckets up on a table. She had to work to get them.

NativeTexan on April 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Everybody has something they’re really good at. I wish I could count writing as one of those things.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

I saw a comment from someone here at HA today saying that they hoped to see you writing more often.

Maybe you’re better at it than you realize or feel like you are.

lineholder on April 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

NativeTexan on April 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

I’d ask about chew toys, but I know how Garfield is about Jon’s ferns…

Newtie and the Beauty on April 30, 2014 at 10:55 PM

That’s beautiful. I needs to get passed around as much as possible.

bluegill on April 30, 2014 at 10:51 PM

Sounds like my 60 something year old grandmother would pass around.

The problem with you guys is… legion.

But humor-wise you come across as very lame. Ya don’t got it, kiddo.

Don’t worry, you’ll find something else to fall back on.

antisense on April 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The economy isnt growing. The Middle class is sunk. This has been the trend since 1971. We were distracted in the meantime by meaningless crap.

antisense on April 30, 2014 at 10:54 PM

We are in effect in a depression not unlike the great one. Millions of people don’t have jobs or are working at part time or temp jobs. I don’t know the numbers of people on welfare or food stamps or Medicaid. We have almost no manufacturing. The government is driving businesses out.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM

I think I get it, maybe. They are using the State numbers as the variable. If the numbers are false, it’s not on them.

It’s so convoluted it’s hard to keep up.

wolly4321 on April 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM

The House committee isn’t using the state exchanges at all in the math. They’re just running the numbers on the federal exchange as provided by the insurance companies.

In short, just ignore the 8.1 million Bravo Sierra number.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 10:40 PM

AP’s cat had a date and AP had to play chaperone?

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM

We are in effect in a depression not unlike the great one. Millions of people don’t have jobs or are working at part time or temp jobs. I don’t know the numbers of people on welfare or food stamps or Medicaid. We have almost no manufacturing. The government is driving businesses out.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM

The US is kept afloat by military hegemony. We have nothing else. If the world were to stop using dollars we would be Uganda… but with less literacy.

antisense on April 30, 2014 at 10:58 PM

NativeTexan on April 30, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Gonna work on mine this weekend. I have dogs too. I have a fence too.

KCB on April 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

But humor-wise you come across as very lame. Ya don’t got it, kiddo.

antisense on April 30, 2014 at 10:57 PM

You think people like you have good sense of humor? lol

non-nonpartisan on April 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

The US is kept afloat by military hegemony. We have nothing else. If the world were to stop using dollars we would be Uganda… but with less literacy.

antisense on April 30, 2014 at 10:58 PM

I’m not sure what that means. We don’t have much of a military left.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I got to meet some of my son’s fellow college conservatives today.
They’re nice kids.
I think that I made a good first impression on them.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Everybody has something they’re really good at. I wish I could count writing as one of those things.

Steve Eggleston on April 30, 2014 at 10:48 PM

…I like it when you write…as I said earlier….it’s been tooooo looong since you wrote a piece for here.

KOOLAID2 on April 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

So, I like watching The Voice on YouTube…not just US but other countries, too. Personal quirk of mine.

Here’s the winner of The Voice Holland 2014. Julia van der Toorn. She’s good!

lineholder on April 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Ratso is pissed about the wimpy drizzly rain…

OmahaConservative on April 30, 2014 at 11:01 PM

I think that I made a good first impression on them.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM

I’ll bet you did. Did your son tell you what they said about you afterward.

crankyoldlady on April 30, 2014 at 11:02 PM

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