New findings by Border Patrol agents indicating the Obama administration’s policies have encouraged the recent surge of unaccompanied minors crossing illegally into the U.S. probably won’t phase the administration, some of whom already deny that Obama’s policies have anything to do with it.
The recent trend hasn’t made Attorney General Eric Holder rethink the administration’s handling of the situation either. On June 6, Holder announced the Justice Department will use taxpayer funds to “enroll approximately 100 lawyers and paralegals as AmeriCorps members to provide legal services” to “young people who must appear in immigration proceedings.”
They say it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission. Well, with the passage of Obamacare, the left didn’t really ask for permission or forgiveness. They just made lots of promises they didn’t intend to keep, and then the kind of acknowledged that maybe they overstated the benefits of the Affordable Care Act. To them, it’s still awesome and “beautiful.”
If you’re still wondering whether Obamacare has lowered health care premiums, Chris Jacobs has the scoop in his latest WSJ Think Tank blog post:
[D]uring the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised on numerous occasions that his plan would “cut costs” and “lower your premiums” by $2,500 per year for the average family. Ironically, the foundation for Mr. Obama’s promises rests in a memo released by three consultants to the 2008 campaign—one of whom, David Blumenthal, now heads the Commonwealth Fund.
Since the law was enacted, Commonwealth and other supporters, while saying that Obamacare would mitigate premium increases, have largely failed to address the earlier promise that the law would reduce them outright. Another author of the 2008 memo, David Cutler, said in 2012 that, in retrospect, Mr. Obama made “occasional misstatements” when pledging that premiums would fall by $2,500 annually. In August 2012, PolitiFact rated that premiums pledge a “promise broken.”
Supporters of the law started out saying that Obamacare would reduce premiums in absolute terms. Now, backers say that the law will lower premium increases relative to what they would have been without the law—a tougher metric to quantify and a more difficult measure of success to sell politically. This is another example of how in Washington, where one stands on an issue frequently depends upon where one sits.
The Hill reports the Environmental Agency (EPA) has delayed its Renewable Fuel Standard compliance deadline for a second time and noted that its 2014 rulemaking “has been more time consuming than originally anticipated, involving over 300,000 comments”:
Petroleum companies will get a breather from latest round of renewable fuel standard, as the Environmental Protection Agnecy (EPA) is once again delaying the deadline for compliance with the 2013 standards.
The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is a program started under the Bush administration that requires that increasing amounts of renewable fuels that emit lower levels of greenhouse gases be mixed with gas and diesel fuels, eventually reaching 36 billion gallons of renewable fuel by 2022.
But the EPA said Friday it is delaying last year’s compliance deadline for a second time. The original deadline for was set for Feb. 28 for petroleum companies to show their gas and diesel fuels met the previous year’s standards. But the agency pushed it back to June 30.
Planned Parenthood, an organization that is already controversial for using taxpayer funds for abortion, is receiving taxpayer funding for teen sex education under Obamacare.
If that makes you shudder, your instincts are pretty solid.
The Daily Signal has the scoop on an undercover investigation by Live Action, which reveals the dangerous nature of Planned Parenthood’s s0-called sex education for teens:
The undercover video consists of footage with counselors as well as Planned Parenthood’s own promotional materials. Those materials include a Planned Parenthood-sponsored series called “A Naked Notion” that features BDSM—a practice that involves sexual partners beating, lashing, or otherwise inflicting pain on each other—as the topic for one of its segments.
The new video spearheads Live Action’s nationwide campaign to spread awareness of Planned Parenthood’s track record: “The motto at Planned Parenthood seems to be ‘sex with no strings attached.’ Teens are told they can have sex whenever, however, with whomever, as long as it’s contracepted.”
What could be less palatable to a conservative championing limited government and free markets than a taxpayer-backed government entity boasting its alleged support of small business? A whole group of government entities getting together to boast about their alleged support of small business.
That’s happening June 26 when a variety of these entities will join the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) a their Expanding Horizons workshop for Florida’s small businesses:
OPIC officials will speak about the variety of financing and risk mitigation tools the Agency has to offer small businesses expanding into developing markets. Additional speakers will include senior officials from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Export-Import Bank of the U.S., the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the U.S. Department of Commerce.