ObamaCare for thee, little peons, but not for the majestic aristocracy of Congress and their loyal courtiers! His Majesty King Barack I has once again sniffed disdainfully at that dust-covered old scrap of parchment we call “The Constitution,” dispensed with its antiquated “separation of powers” claptrap, and issued a royal decree that Congress shall be immune from the health-care boondoggle that’s killing the American job market.
The Affordable Care Act requires Members of Congress and their staffs to participate in its insurance exchanges, in order to gain first-hand experience with what they’re about to impose on their constituents. Harry Truman enrolled as the first Medicare beneficiary in 1965, and why shouldn’t the Members live under the same laws they pass for the rest of the country?
That was the idea when Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley proposed the original good-enough-for-thee, good-enough-for-me amendment in 2009, and the Finance Committee unanimously adopted his rule. Declared Chairman Max Baucus, “I’m very gratified that you have so much confidence in our program that you’re going to be able to purchase the new program yourself and I’m confident too that the system will work very well.”
Harry Reid revised the Grassley amendment when he rammed through his infamous ObamaCare bill that no one had read for a vote on Christmas eve. But he neglected to include language about what would happen to the premium contributions that the government makes for its employees. Whether it was intentional or not, the fairest reading of the statute as written is that if Democrats thought somebody earning $174,000 didn’t deserve an exchange subsidy, then this person doesn’t get a subsidy merely because he happens to work in Congress.
But all of that is old news, because His Majesty has once again asserted powers absolutely unknown to the Constitution, and rewritten a duly ratified body of law to create a very special carve-out for those very special six-figure employees of Congress. There’s not a single phrase in the Affordable Care Act that gives the President executive power to lift the ObamaCare requirements from the ruling class, any more than he has the power to unilaterally revise the date when the employer mandate goes into effect on the lowly serfs in the private sector.
I got to know Grant during his rookie year with the Pistons in 1994-95, when I worked for Joe Dumars. We'd play Madden football on the Playstation, I got to run with the guys in a few games during the lockout, and hit Dave and Busters for some heated video game sessions. I found Grant to be well-grounded, humble, and genuine nice guy. When I moved back to Denver in the summer of 1998, Grant showed up at my going away party.
I've got a few mementos from those days, including a game-worn, signed jersey from his rookie year hanging in my office:
along with a picture of him scoring on me on the court one morning while we were screwing around:
Grant will probably make the Hall of Fame on the strength of his collegiate record-3 Final Fours in four years, will most likely get him in. The NBA will miss his character, his competitiveness, and his desire.
I hope we see him in the game in a front office role sooner than later.
I was able to visit with him while he was in hospice, and was happy to catch up on old times and share some laughs. I'll remember him as a guy who always had a smile on his face, and had a lust for life. I'm glad that he was able to receive friends and family before he passed, seeing the love and friendship that was always there around him.
The White Cross has gained new luster from his life.
Mr Bryan, a former adviser to Bill Clinton who helped raise funds for Mr Obama's re-election campaign, has owed the money to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) since 2006, according to court filings obtained by The Daily Telegraph from Texas.
Mr Bryan, who has been in a relationship with Ms Wintour since 1999, was also pursued for outstanding Texas property taxes, and has had energy companies he owns in the state chided by local authorities for falling behind on their financial filings.
The findings may threaten Ms Wintour's confirmation as a US ambassador if nominated by Mr Obama. Her appointment would need to be approved by the US Senate, which has in the past objected to irregularities in the tax affairs of nominees and their partners.
Mr Bryan, 66, was said to have a fortune of $30 million when he left his second wife, Katherine, for Ms Wintour 13 years ago. He reportedly suffered a decline in personal wealth amid the financial crisis, however, and frequently stays at Ms Wintour's $10 million townhouse in Manhattan.
Ms Wintour was one of Mr Obama's leading fundraisers during his re-election campaign, bringing in $500,000 to the president's coffers. At one $35,000-a-plate fundraising dinner in August, Mr Obama thanked "Anna and Shelby for being such extraordinary hosts".
In the scrub-brush desert town of Queen Creek, Ariz., high school bullies were throwing trash at sophomore Chy Johnson. Calling her "stupid." Pushing her in the halls.
Chy's brain works at only a third-grade level because of a genetic birth defect, but she knew enough to feel hate.
"She'd come home every night at the start of the school year crying and upset," says her mom, Liz Johnson. "That permanent smile she had, that gleam in her eye, that was all gone."
Her mom says she tried to talk to teachers and administrators and got nowhere. So she tried a whole new path -- the starting quarterback of the undefeated football team. After all, senior Carson Jones had once escorted Chy to the Special Olympics.
"Just keep your ear to the ground," Liz wrote to Carson on his Facebook page. "Maybe get me some names?"
But Carson Jones did something better than that. Instead of ratting other kids out, he decided to take one in -- Chy.
He started asking her to eat at the cool kids' lunch table with him and his teammates. "I just thought that if they saw her with us every day, maybe they'd start treating her better," Carson says. "Telling on kids would've just caused more problems."
Despite setting sales records and drawing praise for its zippy performance and large screen, Apple’s new iPhone is causing headaches, and not just as the harbinger of a major map catastrophe. The problem: The new “Lightning” connector, in all its skinny glory, has laid waste to millions of existing iPhone accessories, affecting customers and gadget designers alike.
(For perspective, the entire recorded music industry only produces $6 billion of revenue per year. The gadget that originated as a music player has now created an industry three times larger than the one it originally served.)
While Lightning was barely discussed at the iPhone 5 keynote, it’s causing independent design firms, loosely bankrolled by personal sources and Kickstarter campaigns, to scramble for alterations. How are they adjusting for the new protocol? We reached out to a few of the affected creators to hear their plans.