Yesterday was the last day to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. As expected the American people were inundated with ads by celebrities on TV, radio and social media outlets. Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s most trusted advisor, was even in Hollywood over the weekend talking to producers of TV shows about “product placement” for Obamacare.
The numbers just aren’t adding up for this administration and they are pulling out all the stops in an effort to encourage people (especially the youth) to sign up. For Obamacare to work, the younger generation must sign up to subsidize the older generation.
As if all of the Hollywood hype wasn’t enough, they are now using our pets to encourage us to sign up. Yes, over the weekend the administration many of us saw the following ad on Facebook.
As Women’s History Month wraps up, it’s only fitting to pay tribute to the trailblazers, glass ceiling breakers and icons that came before us. Enjoy these quotes that in many ways, are just as relevant today as they were when these wise words were first spoken.
“Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.” –Abigail Adams, Wife of John Adams (1744-1818)
“We have too many high-sounding words, and too few actions that correspond with them.” –Abigail Adams
“I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.” –Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minsister of the United Kingdom (1925-2013)
“Being a leader is like being a lady, if you have to go around telling people you are, you aren’t.” –Margaret Thatcher
“Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.” –Marilyn Monroe, Actress, Icon (1926-1962)Read more
In 2008, actress Ricki Lake and filmmaking partner Abby Epstein released The Business of Being Born, a critique of childbirthing norms in The United States. The films sparked a movement to empower women to trust their own bodies during the course of pregnancy. Lake and Epstein have now bought the movie rights to Sweetening the Pill: Or How We Got Hooked on Hormonal Birth Control, or STP, a book by Holly Grigg-Spall that calls for “informed and expanded choice” about the “unintended consequences and unexposed side effects” of hormonal birth control. As obvious a goal as this should be, a ThinkProgress piece from earlier this month found plenty of pill pushers – or, as the article calls them, “women’s health experts” – to give quotes that make Grigg-Spall’s work sound paranoid and hysterical.
Dr. David Grimes is quoted as saying “As doctors, we always say the best method is whatever women want and will use — we don’t twist arms”. Yet, as the same ThinkProgress author admits, women don’t feel educated about their birth control options and do not feel they are getting appropriate counseling from their doctor. What do you say to that, Dr. Grimes?Read more
Average state personal income growth slowed sharply in 2013 to 2.6% from 4.2% in 2012. Although this dip can be attributed to many factors, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis the drop is due in part to the "expiration at the beginning of 2013 of the 'payroll tax holiday'".
While every state showed a drop in personal income growth, there was a wide variation across the map. The growth ranged from a high of 7.6% in North Dakota to a low of 1.5% in West Virginia.
The states with the highest personal income growth in 2013 included:
- North Dakota at 7.6%
- Utah at 4.0%
- Texas at 3.7%
- Idaho at 3.7%
- Oregon at 3.5%
From the "Can the Left be Any More Shameless?" file comes word that Nancy Pelosi, self-described Catholic, will receive Planned Parenthood's Margaret Sanger Award.Read more