Obamacare: Undergoing Self-Destruction

From Town Hall:

The Obama Administration pulled the plug on one of the key provisions of their health care takeover legislation.

The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program, a new entitlement for long-term care that was long a dream of Ted Kennedy, was officially nixed by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius last week.

“Despite our best analytical efforts, I do not see a viable path forward for CLASS implementation at this time,” she wrote in a letter to Congressional leaders. 

Thankfully, the legislation required that before implementation of CLASS, the Administration was required to certify that the program would be financially solvent for 75 years.

After 19 months of trying to pull a rabbit out of the hat, Sebelius had to admit what critics had been saying all along – it was unsustainable. 

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Napolitano: DHS Authorizing Illegal Aliens to Work in U.S.

From CNS News:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that under the administration’s policy of exercising “prosecutorial discretion” in the enforcement of the immigration laws, her department is currently authorizing some illegal aliens to work in the United States.

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Herman Cain Gets Black Marks From Racist Liberals

From Capitol Commentary:

The fact that Herman Cain is black and that this helps him to a degree is an irrefutable fact.  The racist Left claims that Conservatives are pushing Herman Cain’s candidacy so they can claim to anyone who will listen that the Republican Party is not filled with racists.  Liberal apologists view Cain’s growing support among voters as nothing more than a fig leaf of respectability so the white man can win.  Their view is no different from the country club owner who admits a single Jew to their membership so they can claim they don’t discriminate.

Leave it to the Left to employ small thinking and twisted logic so they won’t have to re-evaluate their opinions.  After all, which president gave more money to help fight AIDS in Africa or had the most racially diverse cabinet in White House history or nominated the first Hispanic to be a Supreme Court Justice or appointed the first black (and woman) to be Secretary of State?

It was… a Republican (George W. Bush).

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Cost of California’s high-speed rail may surge

From the SF Examiner:

A new report says California’s proposed high-speed railroad could cost state taxpayers more than three times the official $43 billion cost projection.

This $138 billion estimate comes from a trio of Bay Area analysts who have followed the project, which was conceived to carry residents from San Francisco to Los Angeles in about 2½ hours.

The revised cost comes from new construction developments and lower-than-expected federal contributions, said coauthor and entrepreneur William Warren, who has a Masters in business from Stanford University.

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Effort to overturn California Dream Act hits the streets

From the Sac Bee:

Opponents of a new law that allows illegal immigrants to receive college financial aid were given the green light to begin collecting signatures for a referendum to overturn the measure, Secretary of State Debra Bowen‘s office announced today.

Led by Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, referendum backers hope to halt implementation of the California Dream Act. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the measure Oct. 8.

 

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The Reality Behind California vs. Texas

From the Sac Bee:

Gov. Jerry Brown made an appearance in Santa Clara this week as the Texas-based Dell computer company broke ground for a new research and development center.

The symbolism was unmistakable.

With California’s economy stuck in a recessionary trough, critics have been drawing contrasts with Texas, its economic, cultural and political rival to the east, so Dell’s project is an anecdotal antidote.

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Assemblyman Brian Jones: Brown’s Realignment Plan Puts Our Communities at Risk

From East County Magazine:

There are many reasons people enter into public service. For some, it is to gain power and influence. For others it is to make a profound difference for their community. As a lifelong resident of Santee, I put myself firmly into the second category. And since my early days on the Santee City Council, public safety has been a top priority.

I ran for the State Assembly last year in order to bring some of our community’s common sense ideas back to Sacramento. While spending the last year on the Assembly floor I have realized one thing – common sense doesn’t seem to carry the day in the State Legislature.

A prime example was this year’s battle over public safety “realignment,” which is the shifting of thousands of inmates from state prison to county jails. It is a historic and fundamental shift in our prison system proposed by Governor Jerry Brown and approved on a partisan vote earlier this year. The plan took effect on October 1.

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Solyndra Tax Break Not Going Away: CA Dems Keep the Slush Fund

From the Bay Citizen:

State Treasurer Bill Lockyer told lawmakers Wednesday that he continued to support a law that grants large tax breaks to alternative-energy companies — even though the bankrupt solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra was its first and largest recipient.

Solyndra was granted a $34.5 million subsidy under SB 71, a 2010 law championed by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that exempts alternative energy companies from paying taxes on purchases of new manufacturing equipment.

Lockyer’s statements marked a departure from the stance he took last month. After The Bay Citizen revealed Solyndra’s tax break, which the state granted without scrutinizing the company’s finances, Lockyer called for a moratorium on issuing additional subsidies under the law, saying, “[W]e owe it to taxpayers to see if there is more we can do to make sure we don’t give their money to companies headed for a fall.”

But on Wednesday, he told a joint hearing of two state Senate committees that SB 71 is a “wise and needed law” that incentivizes green-energy manufacturing and serves as “a model for how tax expenditure statutes ought to be written.”

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Candidates in heated Assembly races line up backers

From the LA Times:

Two Democrats vying for the newly drawn 51st Assembly District seat each announced key endorsements this week. Nurses union official Jimmy Gomez of Echo Park landed the support of Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes, while Luis Lopez, president of the Los Angeles East Area Planning Commission, received backing from the Victory Fund, a prominent organization of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

In the recently reconstituted 66th Assembly District, Torrance Unified School District Board Member Al Muratsuchi announced his endorsement by state Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance). Lieu joins a slew of other Democratic officeholders and activists in backing Muratsuchi. Republican Nathan Mintz, who ran unsuccessfully for a different, strongly Democratic  South Bay-based Assembly seat last year, is making another bid for office here. 

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CalPERS & CalSTRS: cracking down on ‘spiking’

From Calpensions.com:

In a settlement of a wrongful firing, a suburban San Diego water district agreed six years later to put its former general counsel back on the payroll for one year at $222,000, with a leave of absence that left him free to take another job.

The rancorous firing of Thomas Harron and six others by the Otay Water District in 2001 was alleged to be a race-based purge. A lawsuit contended that a district board member said: “We got to get rid of all of the gringos.”

Harron acknowledged during a CalPERS board hearing yesterday that the one-year return to the payroll in February 2008, with a prohibition against returning to district offices, was intended to increase his pension.

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