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What Makes Free Birth Control Expensive

Michelle Stansbury

Initially, when my local pharmacy informed me that the nine dollar co-pay on my birth control was now waived, I was surprised. When they went on to ask for my grocery card to give me gas points on the birth control I didn’t pay for, I was appalled. Free birth control and gas points sound picture-perfect, if you ignore the long term ripple effect.

Memorably, Milton Friedman said it best, “There is no such thing as a free lunch.”  If insurance companies are mandated to provide free services at the pharmacy or doctor’s office, they have to bill the recipient later through higher premiums to compensate for the added expense. Sky-high premiums are already expected to take effect for many starting next year; the plan my family and I are on will see a dismal increase of 27 percent.

If you aren’t already seeing a frustrating shade of blue, there are also twenty new tax hikes on families and small businesses scheduled in 2013 and onward courtesy of Obamacare.

Simply put, through increased insurance premiums and taxes, I’ll be paying for my birth control and for those around me several times over when I could have paid a measly nine dollars a month. My budget will tighten because our government and the Sandra Flukes of the world refuse to heed a basic life principal: Nothing is free; no matter how many times the government mandates otherwise.

Michelle Stansbury is a political consultant, paid speaker, and Fox Radio Political Commentator. You can follow her on Twitter: @MBStansbury and Subscribe on Facebook here.

Lets Give the Liberals the Tax Hikes They Demand: Thanksgiving Edition

As the sweet aroma of Mom’s pumpkin pie fills the home this Thanksgiving morning, and with the turkey all set to go into the oven, I decided to take the time out to give thanks to Rich Mitchell and the CDN staff for giving me the platform to share my conservative news and opinion articles today. The following is my contribution to the CDN mission by producing some out-of-the-box ideas on the most important issue facing Americans in the coming year: How to reduce our massive national debt, and how to unlock the current Congressional stalemate by giving the Democrats the tax hikes they so fiercely demand. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at CDN. Enjoy your day. 

It is once again time to call the Liberal Democrat’s bluff. Let’s give them the tax increases they so heartily demand, but on their own stated ideological terms. Liberals have certain planks in their ideology that must be used in the tax increase debate up in Congress. This proposed tax increase leglislation has to include such lovely-sounding Liberal catch-phrases of wealth redistribution, social justice, equal justice, and President Obama’s personal favorite, community service. (while keeping in mind the Democrat’s past history of reneging on promised cuts in federal spending.)

Let’s start out by taking Wolf Blitzer’s often-asked question of whether GOP Presidential candidates would accept a 10 to 1 ratio of budget cuts to tax increase dollars. The GOP must call the Liberal media’s bluff and accept that scenario… in an intelligent, yet very simple way. Draw up the bill in the House of Representatives immediately that says yes, the GOP will accept $10 dollars in budget cuts for every single dollar in increases taxes. That is straight forward and simple enough, even for the mathematically challenged Democrats and President Obama to understand.  Now that we have agreed to Wolf Blitzer’s leftist-parroted demands for those tax increases during the current recession, let’s take it one step further in appeasing the Liberals. Let’s add the Liberal/OWS ideological planks of equal justice, social justice, wealth redistribution and community service into the new tax increase bill shall we? 

Introducing HR-2011-The Liberal Tax Increase Bill of 2011- (NOT an actual bill in congress)

Bill Sponsored by DJ Redman  No Co-sponsors to date.

Section 1-A: Equal Justice for all in the form of tax increases. 

Equal justice means just what the title says. Equal treatment for all Americans, regardless of race, national origin, income status, or political affiliation. Therefore, in keeping with the Liberal ideology of “equal justice for all” the tax increases will be applied to every adult of working age in America.( whether they actually work or not) Section 1-A of the Liberal tax increase bill of 2011,may also be referred to as, “Equal justice in paying your fair share in America.” In this section there will be a means tested chart for how much new taxes will be levied on every person in the USA, illegals included, regardless of private sector income. Welfare checks, rent subsidies, WIC coupons, utility bill payments, food stamps and every other hidden government pay- for- not- working entitlement program will be taxed before checks/payments will be sent out. Equal justice, as in everyone paying their fair share as outlined in this section should really have the support of every debt-spending Liberal in Congress, hands down. If the workers of America have to pay more taxes on their hard-earned wealth, making the non-workers pay taxes on their government handouts should also make the Unions quite happy. Millionaire Union Chiefs could say they are working hard to protect the workers in America by supporting tax increases on the freeloaders and non-producers of our society who unfairly burden their working class Union members. This section will do wonders for the entitlement class in America as they will be able to now stand up and be counted as actual taxpayers, instead of a 100% parasitic drain on society. 

Section 1-B of the Liberal Tax Increase Bill of 2011 will include several measures of the Liberals beloved “Social Justice” plank.  

Section 1-B will include mandatory work for welfare reforms built upon the 1994 GOP Welfare reform plan that reduced the number of people on welfare by 50% by the year 1998. Social justice demands that the welfare class do their part in society to reduce our national debt and rebuild America. Work for welfare will also have the added benefit of restoring some self-respect into the welfare class, so that when they scurry to their mailbox for their government entitlement ”paychecks” as they like to call them, they will have the added pleasure of knowing that they have actually earned that money. Social Justice will be well-served in this action, by evening out the class warfare of today that is being caused by 50% of the population demanding that the working class support them. True Social Justice demands that the working class be represented equally, not just the racial politics-driven minorities, the poor, or the illegal aliens in America. 

Section 1–C of the Liberal Tax Increase Bill of 2011 will also include a healthy dose of the wealth redistribution that President Obama has pushed his Democrats to achieve for 3 straight years. As in any “Social Justice, and Equal Justice” driven wealth redistributive policies, there has to be fairness across the economic spectrum. This has to start with sections 1-A and 1-B, where everyone not only shares in the wealth created by the citizenry, but also must include the sharing of the debt that the very government they have elected has created. There is no justice of any form inherent in the Liberal ideology of sharing in the wealth while refusing to share in the debt at the same time, period. Every single adult in America will share in our debt, one way or the other. This is a true form of Social Justice, so it should receive 100% Democratic support. In order to not infuriate the welfare class, we will use a long standing Democratic budgetary trick in not calling it a welfare tax. Let’s instead label it “Processing Fees to Improve America” on all unearned entitlement check stubs. That way, Democrats can stand up in Congress and tell their voting base that they did not, in fact raise taxes on them. (wink) Section 1-C simply states that every adult in America will now share in our national debt, not just the working class and job-creating business class. 

Section 2 of the Liberal Tax Increase Bill of 2011 will contain  penalties  provisions that simply states that any elected official found to be in violation of the 10 to 1 budget cuts to tax increases ratio in this bill, (as Democrats did when they increased spending by $480 billion after promising President Reagan $280 billion in cuts) will face an immediate Bernie Madoff-style trial after being suspended from Congress. For every dollar they are found to be increasing in spending instead of cutting, they will forfeit $10 dollars of their personal wealth, most of which they have acquired through illegal insider trading and ripping off the taxpayers to begin with. Every elected official who’s signature is found to be on any spending bill breaking the 10 to 1 budget cuts to tax increases provisions in this bill will share equally in paying off the illegal increased spending. How;s that for “Equal Justice” Congress ? We the people will now be able to hold elected officials responsible for their debt-spending thanks to the Liberal tax Increase bill of 2011. In the case of elected members of Congress found guilty of  increasing spending under this new law, and who can not afford to repay the citizenry the full amount, see section 3.

Section -2-A of the Liberal Tax Increase Bill of 2011 will include a very healthy dose of Barack Obama’s ideological roots that propelled him into politics in the first place: Community service. Any elected official found to be in violation of section 2, and can not repay the citizenry  for the illegal spending increases outlines in this bill will be mandated to perform community service to pay off their debt to society at a rate of 1 hour for every dollar they owe the American public. With the massive increases of manpower derived from this penalty phase,  politicians caught lying to the American people and not making the agreed upon budget cuts,  will be mandated to do everything Barack Obama says his fake jobs bill would do:  We will rebuild all of our bridges, roadways, and schools with this new-found free labor. We will send our convicted politicians into the downtrodden slums and ghettos to clean them up, giving Barack Obama and his Democrats the “urban renewal” they so desire, and it won’t cost the taxpayers one thin dime in labor. We can also have criminal politicians save the Post Office from the government and labor-union caused bankruptcy crisis they are currently under, by having them sort and deliver mail as part of their community service. Democrats have always been the champions of imprisoned felons rights groups, so we shall also mandate that all prisoners do extensive community service as part of the new social justice programs in HR 2011, thereby supplying America with an estimated annual 500 million free man-hours of labor to rebuild America.  Felonious members of Congress will be working side by side with the convicted murderers, rapists, Occupy Wall Street vermin, welfare class, and convicted illegal drug cartel members in the ultimate form of their beloved Social Justice.  

*HR-2011 is reported to have national bi-partisan support, according to several ex-members of Congress, unnamed sources,and distant friends of ex-Congressional aides, all of whom who wish to remain anonymous for personal and national security reasons.

*HR-2011 is estimated to cut our national debt by over $4 trillion dollars a year by the newly formed *Common Sense Home Budgetarians/Working Taxpayers of America Foundation.

*Yes these statements are made in humor, using fictitious group’s names to make the point of how our government uses their government-funded non-profit puppet organizations statistics and unnamed sources to claim bi-partisan support, budgetary savings etc.

Would 230,000 New Jobs Get Obama Reelected?

A trillion taxpayer dollars wasted here and another trillion or so wasted over there, and we still have unemployment over 9%.  So what is an incumbent President to do to get reelected under such dismal U/E numbers, considering that in all of modern U.S. electoral history no sitting President has ever been reelected with an U/E rate over 7.2% ? As the economists, bloggers and media mouthpieces  across the nation tell us every single day,  the 2012 election will be all about JOBS, JOBS, JOBS.  So what is a president to do to make it appear as if he is creating the number of new jobs that America needs to point to a real recovery of  the going-on-3-year-Obama-recession that we face today? 

The Obama administration has already added a very large number of taxpayer-funded employees to the government payroll in the last 3 years, ( 379k in Obama first year alone here)  which adds to the already skyrocketing yearly deficits, and decreases actual operating funds for other government programs, as common sense business calculations prove.  The Obama administration and the current crop of Liberal fake democrats in Congress today just can not seem to grasp the reality of these facts.  In keeping with the Liberal big government expansion of the last few years that has proven to be a huge part of our current economic problems of  finding and authorizing funding for such important programs as FEMA and transportation projects. This points directly at a serious cash flow problem within the U. S. government today, yet  Barack Obama seems to think that expanding the government even further will magically reduce our deficits.  That statement is proven by the latest big government expansion plot that was exposed in this article by Ben Howe over at RedState.com:  EPA Calls Compliance With Own Law “Absurd or Impossible” and Requests 230k new Employees.  We have to wonder how the Extreme Political Activists at the EPA came up with that number in  their recently demanded increase of taxpayer funded government employees. Why not just round it off and ask for a quarter of a million new government climate change propagandists and business-bullies posing as ” EPA regulators” and assorted pencil pushers?   Ben Howe also outlined how the EPA is actually breaking their own laws in trying to assist Obama’s plan to expand big government and increase it’s power over the people.. at taxpayers expense, of course. Government jobs do not increase government revenue, contrary to Liberal ideology where bigger government is their solution to everything.

As stated above, these new jobs would serve the purpose of enforcing all of the new regulations under the Clean Air Act  which was created by the EPA in 2009.  So why are courts involved?  Because the EPA is deliberately violating the very Clean Air Act they are intending to enforce.

Mr Howe went on to cite how The Institute for Energy Research used sections of the EPA’s very own court brief in showing how ludicrous this big government expansion truly is, and the EPA’s own stated reasons for it, which included the following very informative tidbits:

Sources needing operating permits would jump from 14,700 to 6.1 million as a result of application of Title V to greenhouse gases, a 400-fold increase.…Hiring the 230,000 full-time employees necessary to produce the 1.4 billion work hours required to address the actual increase in permitting functions would result in an increase in Title V administration costs of $21 billion per year. (emphasis mine)

There we see that during the current harsh economic times that forces households across America to cut back on their budget to make ends meet, Obama appointee Lisa Jackson and company at the EPA want to strap another 230k government paychecks onto the backs of the working class taxpaying citizens. Instead of accepting the obviously painful fact that our government must be cut back to stem the bleeding known as our $1.5 trillion dollar deficits that led to the first U.S credit downgrade in American history due to increasing our debt load, these lunatics want to expand big government exponentially.  Considering that democratic operative James Carville stated that the Democratic Party was set up for a 40-year dynasty after Obama was elected, we now see how big government expansion fits into their long-term plans to remain in power.  The Extreme Political Activists that Obama has installed into the EPA have been bypassing Congress for years and trying to create laws by passing new regulations, which a federal judge explained in detail from  The New Media Journal:

      Federal Judge Slaps Down EPA”s Attempt to Create law by Regulation

A federal court has sharply rebuked the EPA for exceeding its statutory authority. On May 26, 2011, Judge Richard Leon of the federal district court for the District of Columbia ruled that the agency’s regulatory process cannot trump a clear Congressional mandate, nor override judicial authority to compel EPA’s compliance with the law. (emphasis mine)

 

In summary we see that the EPA is caught making laws by regulation by over-stepping their authority more and more every day. The  Extreme Political Activists of today feel that they are somehow above the rule of law.  Now they want another 230,000 taxpayer funded employees to continue their march towards a Liberal Socialist agenda of crushing businesses, and stealing hard-earned wealth through over-regulation based on their phony climate change propaganda. When will the American public stand up to these tyrants and demand an end to the EPA? Not a stiff cut in taxpayer funding, but a complete end to this Marxist manipulation of our system of government by the Extreme Activists in the EPA ? You can also bet the bank that if Obama and Jackson manage to  pull this power-grab/snow-job of a  massive increase in taxpayer-funded EPA employees over on Congress, we will see liberals across the land using those 230k jobs to try to paint themselves as being the real job creation saviors of the middle class in America. Those soundbites might sound good for about a week, until the middle class citizens actually get the bill for it, which will come in the form of higher taxes once again.

 

Is President Obama Pushing Us Into a Double Dip Recession? History Says YES

President Obama’s approval ratings among American voters have been dropping to historic lows as he heads into the third year of his first, and only term, as President of The United States. Electoral history backs up that last statement, in the fact that no incumbent President has ever been reelected with our current stubbornly high unemployment rate hovering over 9%. Throw in the fact that the dollar is weak, gasoline is still about double what it was when he took office, and the fact that many economists point to the total unemployment as to being more like 17%, not the 9% that the new Liberal math is using to get it at that level, and we end up with 63% of Americans  saying they do not like the direction the country is going under Barack Obama. That points to Obama as being what is simply know as a “One and done President.”

 Does Barack Obama know he is a one and done president?  He must know how disgusted most of America is  in the hope and change slogan that has now become simply,  no hope and change for the worse, when we see those sharply tanking approval ratings. Since Obama knows he will be defeated in 2012, relegated to the dustbin of being known as the worst President in modern American history, many folks believe he is setting up the next Republican President administration to fail by damaging our economy immensely. History also shows this to be a pattern of past Presidents. If you can create an atmosphere of long-term instability in our economy, it could lead Americans to eventually voting for Hope and Change 2.0.  in 2016,  just like they did in 2006 without any clear definition of just what kind of trans-formative change  candidate Obama was  talking about.

Barack Obama and his Liberal Party USA group of advisers, czars and high-powered appointees have been shown to try to replicate the failed Socialistic policies of past administrations of the lefto-sphere numerous times since Obama was elected. They have also used the gimmickry and manipulation of the masses techniques of past Presidents Carter, Wilson, Hoover, FDR, and Clinton often, ( while ignoring Truman’s economy recovery facts)  in trying to make their case for their Liberal wealth redistribution to buy votes campaigns.  Jimmy Carter, whom is widely known as the worst POTUS in modern history, along with Bill Clinton who is infamous for disgracing our White House with his Monica Lewinski down-under policies, are both still heavily involved in pimping the Barack Obama tax hike agenda of today. Do these Liberal elitists ever retire?  It says a lot about the current administration in their willingness to ignore Carter and Clinton’s incompetence and perversions, while trying to prop them up as respected people that Americans should listen to today.

The  bottom line is that, true to their Liberal ideology, Barack Obama and company are trying to tax us into a double-dip recession. History proves it, and the current stagnant economy due to the failed policies of the past 3 years, coupled with the numerous stealth tax increases hidden in the Obama agenda such as those being found in Obama-care, will prove deadly to our economy in the near future. Tax increases and massive over-regulation are piling up in all sectors of our economy, with many of them being back-loaded until…. 2013, right after Obama is kicked out of office. Coincidence? Not likely. Fake Democrats have a well-documented history of implementing stealth policies in able to regain power in future elections by crippling the economy through failed Keynesian economic policies. Then, they sit back and start screaming that it is all the conservative policies that hurt working Americans and everyone should get out and vote for Democrats. This is the proven cycle of the two-party political system, and people fall for it time and time again while ignoring the history of American economics.

         Today, on my local news I saw that Bill Clinton is telling Americans and Congress to pass Obama’s current massive tax hikes plan(s) RIGHT AWAY. The doomed-to-fail American Jobs Act, the newly announced Buffet Rule, and the hidden agenda of letting the Bush tax cuts expire are all in fact, tax hikes on every man, woman and child in America. ( Except for most of the Liberal base though, as they, like Buffett and Obama-bedpal G. E. , very rarely actually pay taxes)  That sent red flags dancing across my vision immediately. Bill Clinton’s fallacy about just what happened when he was President has been very well-exposed as to containing a very heavy dose of leftist propaganda in saying our economy skyrocketed during the Clinton years simply because he raised taxes on the rich. To be perfectly clear, history points to raising taxes as prohibitive to growing our economy time and time again. The current Liberal administration seems very good at using past history to dig out the trickery and manipulation tactics that have been used before to fool the American public into going along with tax increases that, in fact, will lead us into a double-dip recession. Is Barack Obama pushing us into a double dip recession on purpose? History says he is doing  just that, when we look at how past tax hikes have resulted in severe downturns in our economy throughout our presidential history.

In an article from The Heritage Foundation titled, Hoover, FDR and Clinton Tax Increases: A Brief Historical Lesson, we see indisputable facts that prove to us that raising taxes during a recession only leads us into a double-dip recession or even a depression. These historic examples  also show us to be the exact same tactics that the Obama administration is now using  as we head in  2012 and the Presidential elections.

                          Lets start with President Herbert Hoover back in the troubled economic times of  the early 1930’s.:

” After the 1929 stock market crash, the Smoot-Hawley tariff of 1930 raised import prices and more importantly threw a bucket of cold water on global trade flows, helping send the economy into deep depression. The economy had very little chance to recover. Along with gross and ongoing monetary policy mismanagement, President Hoover raised taxes in 1932. The consequences were devastating. As Alan Reynolds points out: ‘ President Herbert Hoover asked for a temporary tax increase…in June 1932, raising the top income tax rate from 25% to 63% and quadrupling the lowest tax rate from 1.1% to 4%. That didn’t help confidence or the Treasury. Revenue from the individual income tax dropped from $834 million in 1931 to $427 million in 1932 and $353 million in 1933′ ”  ( emphasis mine)

Note the highlighted lines there. Those were some whopping tax increases, and if Barack Obama and the Liberals in Congress get their way we will see the exact same thing when we look at the big picture and actually add all of the Obama tax increases already on the books to the new ones he is proposing today. Hoover’s huge tax increases also point us towards  the failed New Deal  Keynesian-style spending  that is always at the root of Progressive ( posing as democratic) policy. It led directly to a double-dip recession that really hurt the very working class people Democrats at the time purported to represent as we see here:

This caused a “double-dip” recession, sky-rocketing the unemployment rate to well above 20 percent. After 1933, the economy showed glimmers of recovery: unemployment dropped from near 25 percent in 1934 to under 15 percent in 1937, and economic activity was picking up. Contrary to Keynesian conventional wisdom, however, the recovery didn’t come as a result of New Deal spending. Christina Romer, former chief economic advisor to President Obama, makes clear: “Fiscal policy played a relatively small role in stimulating recovery in the United States.” Rather, the initial recovery happened largely because of monetary expansion, the “money supply increased nearly 42 percent between 1933 and 1937,” according to Ms. Romer. ( the monetary expansion link there gives us a very detailed look at the Great Depression and it’s causes)

          Five years later FDR repeated the same mistake as Hoover, as we see here

 

Unfortunately, President Roosevelt made the same crucial mistake President Hoover made 5 years earlier, so the recovery didn’t last. FDR raised taxes sharply in 1937 in an attempt to balance the budget. Once tax increases took effect, the economy collapsed into another recession – the second stage of the double-dip which lasted into WWII. ( emphasis mine)

 

 

       President Harry S. Truman, whom we all know was a huge history buff and an avid reader, learned just how dangerous Keynesian economic policies had been while he was serving as FDR”s Vice President , and as President in 1945 directed a true economic recovery through conservative, pro-growth principles:

As Burt Fulsom writes:

Congress reduced taxes. Income tax rates were cut across the board. FDR’s top marginal rate, 94% on all income over $200,000, was cut to 86.45%. The lowest rate was cut to 19% from 23%, and with a change in the amount of income exempt from taxation an estimated 12 million Americans were eliminated from the tax rolls entirely.

Corporate tax rates were trimmed and FDR’s “excess profits” tax was repealed, which meant that top marginal corporate tax rates effectively went to 38% from 90% after 1945….By the late 1940s, a revived economy was generating more annual federal revenue than the U.S. had received during the war years, when tax rates were higher. Price controls from the war were also eliminated by the end of 1946. The U.S. began running budget surpluses. ( emphasis mine)

How many of our readers can even imagine what a tax rate of 90%, as highlighted above, would do to this country ? Could that happen again? History already shows us that it will, if we do not address the current economic cliff we are standing on the edge of, and if we do not reinstate the free market principles that lead to overall  economic growth and create a stable economic climate . That simply means less taxation through corporate tax rate deductions and a repeal of the overbearing, expensive regulations that stifle economic growth.  The more companies and businesses pay in taxes, the less money there is for expansion and new job creation. It doesn’t take a Harvard trained elitist or a career politician to understand these facts. To the contrary, all it takes is a look at the history of economics above, with an eye on just what policies were good for America and which ones were proven to lead to double-dip recessions. It is historical fact.

             Last but certainly least, President Clinton’s policy record shows us both how misleading Liberals are when they say he lead us into the most prosperous economy in U.S. history, and their fallacy of whether or not he raised taxes to do it:

The disastrous mistakes from Presidents Hoover and Roosevelt underscore the importance that Washington not raise taxes in a weak economy. But that doesn’t stop the Left from advancing the notion. They point to Clinton’s record as proof. After all, Congress pushed through a big tax increase under President Clinton, and the economy boomed, right?  ( emphasis mine)

That much-overstated Liberal propaganda, when discussing the history of U.S. economic policy with regard to the Liberal tax-the- rich schemes, is in fact just that, mainly mind-manipulating propaganda put out by the ever- economically- illiterate Socialists posing as working-class champion Democrats as we see here:

Heritage senior fellow JD Foster adds:

The first period, from 1993 to 1996, began with a significant tax increase as the economy was accelerating out of recession. The second period, from 1997 to 2000, began with a modest tax cut as the economy should have settled into a normal growth period. The economy was decidedly stronger following the tax cut than it was following the tax increase. ( emphasis mine)

So there we have it, from Presidents Hoover, to FDR, to Truman, and finally to the myth of President Bill Clinton’s much-stated tax increases having ‘supposedly’ led to economic prosperity and job creation, we see that U.S. economic history shows us that raising taxes , especially during the current Obama-recession, will lead us straight into a double-sip recession. A double-dip recession, and possible  great depression are on the horizon for America due to Barack Obama’s current numerous tax increases, ( some obvious and many hidden) and  his big government-over- regulation-laden agenda. Obama knows he is a one and done President, and is doing everything he can to set up the next administration to fail by pushing for massive tax hikes during the current recession, while all the time blaming it on Republicans.  History tells us that this is, in fact, Barack Obama’s current agenda. Let’s all work together to avoid a double-dip recession that will hurt all Americans, and defeat Barack Obama in 2012.