Skiers on a ski-lift

Obamacare: “As Snowboarders Say: Bummer”

The Union Leader reports that in New Hampshire, Obamacare may mean shorter ski seasons for some ski resorts:

Among Obamacare’s myriad negative effects on small businesses could be this: shorter ski seasons in New Hampshire.

At a forum on the Affordable Care Act held last week, Greg Goddard, general manager of Gunstock Ski Resort, said the resort might shorten its season because it cannot afford to offer health insurance to its full-time seasonal employees who work for more than 120 consecutive days, as the law requires.

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Capitol Building

Morning Action: One Thing That Would Encourage More Illegal Immigration

AMNESTY.  The Heritage Foundation writes about the latest attempt by some members of Congress to foist amnesty on the American people:

Here’s a disturbing new idea from some members of Congress: Trade instant citizenship to illegal immigrants if they’ll agree to serve in the U.S. military.

Serving in the military is a high calling and a privilege—certainly not something to be treated as a bargaining chip in immigration politics. Yet these congressmen are trying to sneak this provision into the larger National Defense Authorization Act, which lays out the budget for the Department of Defense.

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Rally on Capitol Mall

Running Away From the Ryan Budget

What practical impact will the House-passed Ryan Budget have on policy making in an election year?

Unfortunately, since 2010, there has been a notable unwillingness among House Republicans — particularly their leadership — to fight for the policies embodied in Ryan’s budgets

House Republicans and Chairman Ryan deserve credit for passing a budget, but Americans are growing tired of Washington’s budget-this-way, govern-that-way doublespeak. Lawmakers should not make the mistake, as Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) recently did, of suggesting a budget resolution alone is “a strong signal to our base that if we can deliver the election victories that we need, we’re prepared to make some really tough decisions.” 

We will only believe that promise when we see some evidence to support it. 

Read the whole Politico Magazine piece.

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The Best of the Forge

Shorter Obama: Why Won’t House Lawmakers Let Me Bully Them into Passing Senate Amnesty Bill?

A year ago yesterday, the Senate introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744). Since then, the House has not taken up the legislation due to President Obama’s refusal to enforce federal laws — including current immigration laws — he deems unworthy of enforcement and his unilateral creation of laws Congress has not passed, not to mention the terrible policy in the bill.

Policy Analyst with Chronic Pain Condition: Obamacare Has Failed Me

Priya Abraham, a senior policy analyst for the Commonwealth Foundation, a free market think tank in Pennsylvania, is qualified to talk about Obamacare on several accounts. She is a policy analyst; she suffers from a pre-existing condition, fibromyalgia, a chronic and often debilitating pain condition; and she has bought an Obamacare plan that has failed to meet her needs.

Obama is Clearly Pro-Amnesty, But What About the House?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told donors and industry groups this week he is “hellbent on getting this done”, in reference to tackling so-called immigration reform before the November elections.

According to the Wall Street Journal (sub. req’d), an spokesman for Boehner said that no action is possible this year until President Obama “proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.”

Pentagon on Budget Cuts: Forces Will Assume Substantial Additional Risks

One of the great privileges of being American is the protection and security afforded us by our men and women in the military, arguably the finest military ever assembled. Examples of unrest in other countries around the world abound in the news, and history is replete with examples of nations unable to protect their sovereignty and integrity because they were unprepared or too weak militarily. Presumably, the Pentagon has taken current threats to the U.S. into account and has learned from the past to determine the needs of our military today.

IRS Prepares for Greater Role in Implementing Obamacare
“We’re always worried about that,” IRS

Commissioner John Koskinen said when asked whether he was concerned the agency could suffer similar tech problems suffered — or caused — by the Department of Health and Human Services as they worked to implement Obamacare.

Heritage Expert: Take CBO 2014 Budget Projection with “Heap of Salt”

Today, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its updated budget projections for 2014 to 2024, which contains some seemingly good news about the deficit — it’s smaller than it was in 2013. But Heritage Foundation analyst Romina Boccia cautions the CBO analysis “should be taken with a heap of salt.”

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