Obama Administration Admits Obamacare Will Cost More; The Failure Of Partisan Social Liberalism; Obama Backer Tapped For Surgeon General; Tech Gets Technical To Block NSA; Venezuela Arrests ‘Bourgeois’ Capitalists – TGIF Friday Morning News Roundup 11-15-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

  • The Obama Administration has directly conceded for the first time that ‘in many cases,’ health insurance plans offered through government exchanges are more expensive than plans consumers bought before the Affordable Care Act became law – even when government subsidies are figured in. Source: Daily Mail…

 

  • Charles Krauthammer quickly penned an opinion piece Thursday after President Barack Obama’s “administrative fix” speech, noting the disaster isn’t just driving a wedge between Congressional Democrats; it’s pushing a revolt against Obama’s wider vision of America: “As the only socially transformational legislation in modern American history to be enacted on a straight party-line vote, Obamacare is wholly owned by the Democrats. Its unraveling would catastrophically undermine their underlying ideology of ever-expansive central government providing cradle-to-grave care for an ever-grateful citizenry. For four years, this debate has been theoretical. Now it’s real. And for Democrats, it’s a disaster.” Source: The Washington Post…

 

  • President Barack Obama will nominate the head of a doctors group that promotes his signature healthcare law to be the next U.S. surgeon general, the White House said on Thursday, shortly after Obama proposed a “fix” for the latest problem with the law. Source: Reuters…

 

  • Google Inc., Facebook Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. are fighting back against the National Security Agency by using harder-to-crack code to shield their networks and online customer data from unauthorized U.S. spying. The companies, burned by disclosures they’ve cooperated with U.S. surveillance programs, are protecting user e-mail and social-media posts with strengthened encryption that the U.S. government says won’t be easily broken until 2030. Source: Bloomberg…

 

  • Venezuela’s socialist government has arrested more than 100 “bourgeois” businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging at hundreds of shops and companies since the weekend, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday. The successor to the late Hugo Chavez also said his government was preparing a law to limit Venezuelan businesses’ profits to between 15 percent and 30 percent. Officials say unscrupulous companies have been hiking prices of electronics and other goods more than 1,000 percent. Critics say failed socialist economic policies and restricted access to foreign currency are behind Venezuela’s runaway inflation. Source: Reuters…

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  • CORMAC___NJ

    Krauthammer is completely correct that the crashing and burning of Obamacare will bring with it the entire fraud that is liberal expansion of government. But I think that the effect will be even greater than he describes.

    To illustrate the degree to which this will occur, do a comparison to the only comparably massive implementation of socialism in history: Communist Russia.

    Democrats will never admit it, but that’s their model. A few visionaries in Moscow didn’t let a good crisis go to waste – they successfully turned one of the largest nations on earth into a socialist state, and kept it that way for half a century.

    And the only thing that brought it down was the USA. Democrats look at that and think to themselves: “We could do that here, and there would be no USA to end it!”

    But they overlook 3 fatal differences:

    1. Large portions of this country still hold their freedoms dear. They own guns, they’ve read the Constitution, and they live in communities where government intrusion is not welcome. Russia never had such traditions.

    2. The liberals who Obama is counting on to make it happen are not exactly newly-minted revolutionaries on the march. They’ve had 4 years of privilege and pampering. Any group that can’t put together a web site with 3 years and 500 million dollars is NOT going to be able to run the US economy. The momentum is long gone. All that’s left are bar-stool potatoes, and you can’t take over anything with that

    3. The age of internet communications creates an environment that is completely the opposite of that in which Soviet Russia was born. Print media, and especially radio, are good at concentrating control over public knowledge and opinion, and thus political power, into the hands of a very few. They are one-way media, and their distribution can be easily controlled. Meanwhile, internet communication is widely distributed, hard to control, and often two ways. I’m a complete nobody, and yet you are reading my comment on a world-wide platform.

    So not only will the failure of ACA be spectacular, and its fundamental reasons be understood (that government should not run something like healthcare in the first place), but it will happen in full view of a public that can instantly add their 2 cents to the discussion, in real-time.

    Now all we need are free and honest elections to rid ourselves of the scourge that is socialism. Hope we still have that. I’m just not sure…