July 23, 2014

Finding Out What's In It

Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, famously quipped about the Affordable Care Act that "We have to pass the bill so you can find out what's in it." Yesterday we found out a little more, and it's not good news for Nancy and Company.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District Columbia ruled that the plain language in ObamaCare specifying that premium subsidies are available on policies purchased via an exchange established by a state, means exactly what it says.

It also, according to the ruling, means that subsidies are not available for policies purchased on the exchange established by the federal government.

Despite the subsidy deal that was written into the law to entice states to set up exchanges, 37 states chose not to do so. Under the law as written people who are no longer eligible for subsidies and cannot afford Affordable Care, will be exempt from the individual mandate and it's penalties.

The court rightly decided that the law enforced should be the law that was passed. That if the Congress wanted to offer subsidies via the federal exchange they should have written the law accordingly. The court was also correct in asserting that it is not the role of the court to amend the legislation. That is the job of the legislature.

There will of course be an appeal to the full Appeals Court panel, and inevitably to the Supreme Court. If this ruling survives the appeals, ObamaCare will collapse under the weight of its own flaws.

Faster please.

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July 15, 2014

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations...

Just when I am convinced that we have we have seen the full extent of this administration's contempt for the individual rights, liberty and the rule of law we get a story like this:

The U.S. Department of Justice has sent a member of its Community Relations Service team to investigate a Nebraska parade float that criticized President Obama.

A Fourth of July parade float featured at the annual Independence Day parade in Norfolk sparked criticism when it depicted a zombie-like figure resembling Mr. Obama standing outside an outhouse, which was labeled the "Obama Presidential Library.”

Regardless of what you think of this float as political commentary; regardless of what you think of the appropriateness of this float in an Independence Day parade; regardless of what you think of the Obama administration; regardless of what you think of Barack Obama; this action by the Justice Department is an egregious and abusive violation of the right to free speech.

If the outhouse in the float represents the Obama Presidential Library, Attorney General Eric Holder can be found in the lower level of the reading room.

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July 14, 2014

Chillin Old School

The refrigerator decided to crap out this weekend. The parts that make the cold stopped making cold and the cost of new parts was approaching the cost of new refrigerator so a new refrigerator was ordered and is expected by Wednesday. Until then we have traveled back to a simpler time. A time when a refrigerator just kept things cold. It didn't serve you water and fresh uniform ice cubes. It didn't have wi-fi so it could order groceries for you.

Since the fans are all still working, I put two 20 lb. bags of ice in aluminum roasting pans in the freezer and a third one in the refrigerator section. We don't have any frozen food - but at least the cold food is staying cold. 

Based on the current rate of melting it looks like I'll have to replace 2 bags a day. Unfortunately there is no Ice Man with his kindly horse delivering ice to my door. That's the price of progress!

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July 10, 2014


I know why President Obama did not want to visit the southern border while he was in Texas. It's not just because there are no good golf courses there.

Everywhere the president goes he is accompanied by a large contingent of security and he is opposed to having any security on the border.

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July 06, 2014


Since Hold the Mayo was recovered from the great mu.nu crash of 2014 I have been thinking that in addition to a renewed commitment to writing here more often, it was time to update the look. 

Since this blog was started in August of 2003 it have lived on three different platforms. Even through the migrations the look of the site really never changed all that much.

So I decided to play with the design. Not really a huge change just a tweak hear and there. A new banner, new fonts and changed the look of the sidebar. Added a little orange here and there as an accent.

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July 04, 2014

Wishful Thinking

Steve Forbes has in interesting column headlined: The Time Has Come: Defund The IRS

I have no quarrel with virtually every word in the piece with the exception of this bit of wishful thinking:

Defenders of liberty, especially Republicans, must now think and act strategically.

With the exception of a small handful of individuals, looking to the Republican Party as a defender of liberty is simply delusional.

The Democrats and the Republicans are no longer two distinct political parties advocating two distinct political philosophies. They are nothing more than competing factions of the Washington Party.

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July 03, 2014

Outside of the Box

In 1776 a vision was put forth for a nation of free citizens with authority granted to the state to govern by the consent of the governed. This vision was later codified in the Constitution of the United States.

Little by little, and more recently in ever increasing chunks at an ever more rapid pace, that vision has been cast aside.

Now it seems as though this is the only relevant passage remaining:

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

The train of abuses and usurpations has indeed grown long and it often seems that the not only is the object to reduce us to a state of tyranny, but that this goal is precariously close.

The time has come to throw off such government. But I wonder if we can manage to do this at the ballot box.

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July 02, 2014

Get Another Hobby

The level of absurdity in the left's reaction to the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby case would be comical if it were not so predictable. The perpetual faux outrage of the left has gotten tedious.

They need to take up a new hobby.

Here's my take on it - and from what I have read it syncs up with fairly mainstream conservative opinion. 

Women have a right to privacy in making their personal medical and "reproductive health" choices. Women have an absolute right to purchase whatever method of birth control they prefer.

Women do not have the right to demand that everyone else pay for that choice.

The left claims they do not want government or their employer to be part of women's decisions on their "reproductive health." Good. I agree, They should have no part in it. Including paying for it.

But there is one fact that gets lost in all the caterwauling about birth control and "reproductive rights." The battle over the Affordable Care Act is not about birth control. It's about people control. Birth control is just one means to that end. The true source of the left's outrage is that a small segment of the population found a small way to get a little bit out from under the thumb of government control.

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