The Heritage Insider: More freedom leads to more prosperity, the facts on inequality, who is intolerant?
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January 18, 2014
Latest Studies: 51 new items, including Reason Foundation analyses of what the Endangered Species Act has accomplished, a Washington Legal Foundation analysis of President Obama’s use of the recess appointments power, and more
Notes on the Week: More freedom leads to more prosperity, the facts on inequality, who is intolerant? and more
To Do: Defend life
Budget & Taxation
• Out of Sight: How Special Taxing Districts Circumvent Spending Limits and Decrease Accountability in Government – Goldwater Institute
• Tax Cuts for All: Tax Reform Means Savings to All NC Income Groups – John Locke Foundation
• Going Broke One City at a Time: Municipal Bankruptcies in America – Pacific Research Institute
• The Costs of Delaying the Funding of Public Pensions in Massachusetts – Pioneer Institute for Public Policy Research
• Pension Reform Case Study: Rhode Island – Reason Foundation
• Baked In the Cake: Why the Progressivity of the Income Tax Isn’t Visible in the Distribution of Tax Expenditures – Tax Foundation
• Illinois Considers Further Income Tax Increases as Temporary Tax Nears Expiration – Tax Foundation
• States Provide Income Tax Filing Guidance to Same-Sex Couples – Tax Foundation
Crime, Justice & the Law
• Why U.S. Citizens Should Not Be Branded as U.S. Criminals for Violating Foreign Law – The Heritage Foundation
• New York High Court Rejects Medical Monitoring Claims In Absence Of Physical Injury – Washington Legal Foundation
Economic and Political Thought
• Are We Good Enough for Liberty? – Foundation for Economic Education
• A Conservative Vision of Government – National Affairs
• Conservatism for the People – National Affairs
• The Brooklyn Burkeans – National Affairs
• Launching the Workshop School: How Technology Can Support Radical Redesign – American Enterprise Institute
• A Rebirth of Liberty and Learning – Hillsdale College
• The Humanities and Us – Manhattan Institute
• The Dubious Promise of Universal Preschool – National Affairs
Family, Culture & Community
• Adoption, Foster Care, and Conscience Protection – The Heritage Foundation
Foreign Policy/International Affairs
• America vs. Iran: The Competition for the Future of the Middle East – American Enterprise Institute
• After U.S. Signature, Dangers of U.N. Arms Trade Treaty Begin to Surface – The Heritage Foundation
• Latin America and the Caribbean: Congressional Priorities for 2014 – The Heritage Foundation
• Top Five Foreign Policy Priorities for 2014 – The Heritage Foundation
• U.S. Response to Chaos in the Central African Republic – The Heritage Foundation
• ObamaCare Cancellations – Independent Women’s Forum
• Will the Recent Slowdown in Health Care Cost Growth Improve Medicare’s Financing Outlook? – Mercatus Center
• Re-Imagining the Doctor – National Affairs
• The Current State of Digital Integration in Texas Public Schools – Texas Public Policy Foundation
• China Invests (Somewhat) More in the World – American Enterprise Institute
• Congress Should Block the Morally Hazardous IMF “Reform” Package – The Heritage Foundation
• The Family Act – Independent Women’s Forum
Monetary Policy/Financial Regulation
• Unrisky Business: Asset Management Cannot Create Systemic Risk – American Enterprise Institute
• Top Five National Security Priorities for Congress in 2014 – The Heritage Foundation
Natural Resources, Energy, Environment, & Science
• The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Aleutian Canada Goose – Reason Foundation
• The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: American Alligator – Reason Foundation
• The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: American Peregrine Falcon – Reason Foundation
• The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Arctic Peregrine Falcon – Reason Foundation
• The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Bald Eagle – Reason Foundation
• The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Hawaiian Hawk – Reason Foundation
• The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Hoover’s Woolly-Star – Reason Foundation
• The Endangered Species Act at 40: Species Profiles: Palau Fantail Flycatcher – Reason Foundation
• The Endangered Species Act at 40: Tinian Monarch – Reason Foundation
• Review of the President’s Climate Action Plan – Texas Public Policy Foundation
Regulation & Deregulation
• A Regulatory Flurry: The Year in Regulation – American Action Forum
• Billion-Dollar Regulations: Trends and Employment Implications – American Action Forum
• Electricity in Texas: Markets, not Manipulation – Texas Public Policy Foundation
The Constitution/Civil Liberties
• National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning – Washington Legal Foundation
• Bus Rapid Transit & Managed Lanes: Low-Cost, High-Quality Transportation Solutions for the 21st Century – Reason Foundation
• Organization and Innovation in Air Traffic Control – Reason Foundation
More freedom, more prosperity: Once again, The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom finds a strong correlation between economic freedom and economic prosperity. Every year, the Index measures economic freedom throughout the world’s economies. The measurement is based on ten factors of economic freedom that consider things like corruption, taxes, government spending, labor regulations, the burden of business licensing, trade restrictions, and other factors. This year the Index ranked 178 countries. Below are some of the results when you compare economic freedom to per capita income and other measures of a country’s prosperity. The first two charts are from Chapter 1 and the third chart is from Chapter 2 of the Index:
The good news and the bad news on economic freedom: The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released this week, contains bad news for the United States but good news for the world. First, the bad news: In the United States, economic freedom has now declined seven years in a row, from a score of 81.2 in 2007 to 75.5 in 2014. During that span, the United States has fallen from the fifth freest economy in the world to the 12th. This year is the first time that the United States has not been in the top 10 in economic freedom. According to the Index, the primary culprits for this year’s decline are higher taxes, higher spending, and more regulation. [See also: “America’s Dwindling Economic Freedom,” by Terry Miller, Wall Street Journal, January 13]
Good news for the world: This year’s average country score, 60.3, is the highest in the history of the Index. That score means the average country in the world now has a moderately free economy—though barely. Once again, Hong Kong (90.1) tops the list of the most economically free countries in the world with Singapore (89.4) close behind. The rest of the top ten are Australia (82.0), Switzerland (81.6), New Zealand (81.2), Canada (80.2), Chile (78.7), Mauritius (76.5), Ireland (76.2), and Denmark (76.1). Of the 178 countries ranked, North Korea has the lowest score—1.0.
What difference does economic freedom make? As we noted earlier, there is considerable evidence that countries with more economic freedom have higher living standards. Freer countries also have fewer people living in poverty, more democratic governance, and better environmental results. [See in particular Chapter 1, by Terry Miller and Anthony Kim, and Chapter 2, by Anthony Kim, in this year’s Index of Economic Freedom.]
At a panel discussion launching the book on Tuesday, Bryan Riley (remarks at 44:54) noted that the very first Index was published 20 years ago, the same year that the North American Free Trade Agreement became law. Trade freedom is, of course, one of the components of economic freedom. As Riley explained, free trade has been a key driver of rising living standards in many countries around the world. Worldwide trade barriers have fallen roughly in half while the volume of international trade has tripled in the past 20 years. Over that period, roughly a billion people around the world have been lifted out of poverty.
[See also: “2014 Index of Economic Freedom: Five Points You Should Know,” by Anthony B. Kim, The Foundry, January 14]
And speaking of economic freedom: Alejandro Chaufen of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation has an idea for Pope Benedict: Instead of redistributing income, let’s make the distribution of economic freedom more equal—by giving it to those who don’t have it.
Hernando de Soto and his team of researchers and the Institute for Liberty and Democracy, showed how an overregulated economy creates such high costs of entrance to the market for the poor, that it ends up excluding them from just opportunities. In addition to this process, and to explain why so many poor can’t improve their lot, I have argued that we need to look into the unequal distribution of economic freedom. The unequal distribution of economic freedom leads to a system where the rich get richer because they are the only ones who can afford the costs of legality; or the ones who have a better chance to buy from producers other than the state the services, such as education and security, inefficiently produced by government officials and bureaucracies. The poor get stuck with little access to legality and poor essential services. In most indices that measure rule of law, only a minority of countries qualify as having a strong and just juridical framework. In those countries the population, as well as moralists, see how the rich who are close to the government continue to enrich themselves even in periods where most of the population is suffering. [Forbes, January 15]
And P.J. O’Rourke notices that Hong Kong (ranked the most economically free country in the world in the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom) offers a model of economic growth for Detroit:
I know how to fix Detroit, because it reminds me of another favorite place, Hong Kong—two things so opposite that they evoke each other the way any Kardashian is a reminder that you love home and mother.
Hong Kong’s per capita GDP is among the highest in the world. But it was once a worse mess than Detroit. Devastated by Japanese occupation, the British colony’s population had declined from 1.6 million in 1941 to 600,000 by 1945. Then, after the 1949 communist victory on the mainland, a million refugees arrived. Most of them were penniless. Britain’s Labor government was penniless, too. Maybe Hong Kong could have gone into Chapter 9. But who would have been the bankruptcy judge? Chairman Mao?
Instead Hong Kong had the good fortune to get John (later Sir John) Cowperthwaite, a young official sent out to push the colony’s economy toward recovery. “I did very little,” he once said. “All I did was to try to prevent some of the things that might undo it.”
Such as taxes. Even now, Hong Kong has no sales tax; no VAT; no taxes on capital gains, interest income or earnings outside Hong Kong; no import or export duties; and a top personal income-tax rate of 15%.
Cowperthwaite was financial secretary from 1961 to 1971, Hong Kong’s period of fastest economic growth. Sir John, however, wouldn’t allow collection of economic statistics for fear they’d lead to political meddling. Some statistics nonetheless: During Cowperthwaite’s tenure, Hong Kong’s exports grew by an average of 13.8% a year, industrial wages doubled and the number of households in extreme poverty shrank from half to 16%. [Wall Street Journal, January 9]
The facts on inequality tell a story that’s different from the one you’ve heard from the Left. The Brookings Institutions’ Gary Burtless put together this chart, based on data from the Congressional Budget Office, that shows how different segments of the income distribution have fared since 2000. The chart shows everybody gaining except the top 1 percent, and the bottom 20 percent gaining the most.
To be sure, the pre- and post-tax incomes of the top 1% improved in 2010 compared with 2009 while incomes in the bottom 90% of households remained essentially flat. Thus, almost all the net income gains in 2010 went to people at the very top. 2010 was the first year of the current recovery, and a disproportionate share of income gain in the early recovery was concentrated on the well-to-do. Income reports published by the IRS suggest this trend continued in 2011 and 2012, when the most affluent taxpayers continued to enjoy big income gains. The flip side is that Americans at the top of the distribution also saw the biggest percentage losses in their incomes during the Great Recession. CBO’s new numbers show that households in the top income percentile saw their before- and after-tax incomes shrink more than one-third between 2007 and 2009. Middle-income Americans experienced pre-tax income losses of 4.5% and after-tax income losses of just 1.4%. In the bottom one-fifth of U.S. households, after-tax incomes actually edged up during the recession. [Brookings Institution, January 6]
Jimmy Kimmel has spotted the problem with ObamaCare. He’s also spotted the problem with the politics of ObamaCare:
Watch out for the FCC’s crumbling house of cards. Courts are noticing that technology has brought new competition to the information marketplace, and at least one judge has now said that the changes mean the Federal Communications Commission can no longer justify regulations that impinge the First Amendment rights of cable television service providers.
In Agape v. Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the FCC was within its power when it decided to let some rules requiring cable service providers to carry local television broadcasts expire. In his concurring opinion, Judge Brett Kavanaugh went further, writing that maintaining the rule would have been constitutionally impermissible. The Supreme Court had previously held that such regulations did not violate the First Amendment because counteracting cable operators’ monopoly power was a valid public purpose. The increased competition in the marketplace, said Kavanaugh, should now compel courts to strike down those regulations:
Cable operators today face intense competition from a burgeoning number of satellite, fiber optic, and Internet television providers – none of whom are saddled with the same program carriage and non-discrimination burdens that cable operators bear. As this Court has flatly stated, cable operators “no longer have the bottleneck power over programming that concerned the Congress in 1992.” Unsurprisingly, cable regulations adopted in the era of Cheers and The Cosby Show are ill-suited to a marketplace populated by Homeland and House of Cards. […]
Because cable operators no longer wield market power, the Government can no more tell a cable operator today which video programming networks it must carry than it can tell a bookstore what books to sell or tell a newspaper what columnists to publish. [Internal citations omitted.] [Agape Church v. Federal Communications Commission, United States District Court for the District of Columbia Circuit, December 27, 2013]
The reference to “House of Cards” is apt, says Randolph May, who predicts that before long other justices will join Kavanaugh in recognizing the constitutional problem: “This First Amendment jurisprudence is a ‘House of Cards’ waiting to crumble.” [Free State Foundation Blog, January 6]
Who is intolerant? Many of the kerfuffles that flare up from the world of pop culture are entertaining for all of 15 minutes. After that, you’re just wasting brain cells if you ever think of them again. L’affairre Robertson is not one of those. Phil Robertson’s comments about homosexuality to GQ magazine, the A&E network’s response of cancelling the show Duck Dynasty, and the subsequent reaction from the public teach two very important lessons: (1) The progressive side of our political cleavage is the real intolerant faction in America today; and (2) most of America instinctively understands that.
David Theroux’s review of the incident, published this week at Patheos, is comprehensive, thoughtful, and worth bookmarking for anybody tracking the culture wars. Some key facts and points to take away:
In the article, when asked about his religious faith, Robertson noted that his own youthful debauchery was self-destructive and put his marriage on the rocks, and that these were reversed only by his conversion to Christianity. He added that he now considers sexual relations other than those between a man and woman in wedlock to be sinful. In so doing, Robertson did not support bans on homosexual advocacy or relations […] .
In subsequent comments, he included himself as a “sexual sinner”: […] “However, I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
In contrast, Doug Ellin, creator of HBO’s Entourage, has actually tweeted a call for gays to shoot Robertson: “I think it would be a better show if gay people got to throw Phil Robertson [sic] up in the air and shoot at him then [sic] him shooting at cute ducks.” […]
A&E was seeking an entertainment show portraying Middle America as “hickville” in order to get people to disparage and laugh at those who do not subscribe to “progressive” culture (social liberalism achieved and policed through bullying and government mandates). What A&E was not expecting is that instead of the audience laughing at a self-described “bunch of rednecks from Louisiana,” the 14.6 million who view the program each week have been laughing with the Robertson’s at the hypocrisy, foolishness, and tyranny of “progressive” elites. […]
One of seven children raised in a log cabin in northern Louisiana with no electricity, bathtub, or toilet, Robertson grew up in a poor family living off garden fruits and vegetables; deer, squirrels, fish, and other animals that they hunted and fished; and the pigs, chickens, and cattle that they raised. Nevertheless, in high school he became All-State in football, baseball, and track and received a football scholarship to Louisiana Tech University. At Tech, later football legend Terry Bradshaw was at the time benched as second-string to Robertson, who was star quarterback. And although Robertson chose to quit football in college for the freedom to hunt during duck season, he went on to receive a master’s degree in education, taught school, and became a commercial fisherman. In 1972, the young enterprising Robertson patented his first duck call and created the Duck Commander Company, which has been leveraged into today’s vast fortune and cultural phenomenon that includes Duck Dynasty. […]
[P]ostmodern, cultural elites disdain almost everything upon which civilization has rested and work toward silencing all contrary views. Litmus tests that trigger such campaigns have included (but are not limited to) global warming, Obamacare, gender and race identity, Judeo-Christian beliefs, and birth- and gun- control.
In response, Duck Dynasty has remarkably broken through this Nanny-State malaise, connecting with many millions of people fed up with the absurdities and bullying of “liberal” elites. [Patheos, January 14; and Patheos, January 15]
Some people get to wait in traffic, others get told to shut up. There’s been a lot of pixels devoted to apparently politically-induced traffic jams in New Jersey, perhaps justifiably so. Meanwhile, there’s some political mendacity going on in Wisconsin that has gotten almost zero coverage in the national media. Wisconsin Reporter, however, has been on the story of Wisconsin’s John Doe investigation of conservative groups charged with illegally coordinating with Gov. Scott Walker during the state’s recall elections. This week, Wisconsin Reporter reports that Eric O’Keefe director of the Wisconsin Club for Growth is striking back:
O’Keefe’s attorney, David B. Rivkin has sent a letter to prosecutors stating the nearly two-year John Doe investigation, conducted with a court-ordered gag order in place, has no basis in Wisconsin law and that it violates O’Keefe’s First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and association.
The prosecutors’ legal reasoning “is unsupportable as a matter of law and crystal clear evidence of bad faith,” the release states.
“I am confident that any federal court that reviews the facts will see your investigation for what it is, put a stop to it, and hold you publicly accountable,” the letter states. […]
The letter demands Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, and the other prosecutors in the multiple-county probe “close the investigation immediately, publicly exonerate Mr. O’Keefe and the Club, and dissolve the gag order that bars discussion of the proceeding.” […]
The court-sanctioned dragnet has subpoenaed more than 100 conservative and free-market activists. Though gagged by provisions of the subpoenas, several sources have told Wisconsin Reporter the manifold legal attack on nonprofit political organizations has included pre-dawn raids on homes and offices; confiscated equipment and files; and demands for phone, email and other records.
Judge Gregory A. Peterson, the probe’s presiding judge, on Friday quashed several of the subpoenas to conservative groups and ordered the return of property to the targets of a so-called John Doe campaign-finance probe, according to a story broken by the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board.
O’Keefe’s Wisconsin Club for Growth – as well as Walker’s campaign, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce Inc., and Citizens for a Strong America – were victims of improper subpoenas, according to the judge. Peterson said the subpoenas “do not show probable cause that the moving parties committed any violations of the campaign finance laws,” according to the sealed opinion, obtained by the Journal. [Wisconsin Reporter, January 15]
• Defend life, by participating in the annual March for Life Rally—the most important pro-life rally of the year. The rally starts at 11:15 a.m. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Also: Listen to Jim DeMint’s message on why this event is so important!
• Go behind the scenes to get the story of how the Supreme Court’s disastrous Roe v. Wade decision came to be. Clarke Forsythe will be at The Heritage Foundation to talk about his new book Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade. Forsythe’s talk will begin at noon on January 23.
• Hear what P.J. O’Rourke thinks about his own generation. O’Rourke will be at the Cato Institute to talk about his new book, The Baby Boom: How It Got That Way … And It Wasn’t My Fault … And I’ll Never Do It Again. O’Rourke’s talk will begin at 6 p.m. on January 22.
• Plan your activities for National School Choice Week, which officially runs January 26 to February 1. There will be over 5,500 events around the country that highlight the benefits of giving families choices in primary schooling. You can get an early start on the week by participating in The Heritage Foundation’s Run for School Choice 5K. The run starts at 11 a.m. on January 25 at Fletcher’s Cove Boathouse, 4940 Canal Road, NW, in Washington, D.C.
• Discover what the television show “House of Cards” teaches us about politics as it really is. The Learn Liberty Academy, a project of the Institute for Humane Studies, is offering an online course on “House Of Cards: Politics Without Romance.” Steve Horwitz, Professor of Economics at St. Lawrence University, will teach the course, which uses the episodes of “House of Cards” to illustrate the principles behind public choice theory. The one-week course will begin March 3.
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Hospital employee suspended for ‘God Bless America’
November 19, 2013
A retired military veteran was placed on administrative leave after his employer denied his right to display "God Bless America" with his e-mail signature. The veteran, Boots Hawks, was asked to remove the statement from his signature block by his employer, Dameron Hospital, in Stockton, California.
It is very important that you forward this alert to your friends and family members.
Posted: 05 Nov 2013 09:07 AM PST
Not that anyone in the West seems to care. The rebels being trained and armed by our government are the ones murdering Christians in the name of Allah. But we have to show our tolerance by funding Jihad.
ICN—The bodies of 30 Christian civilians, including women and children, killed by Islamist militias, have been found in two separate mass graves, in the city of Sadad. The number of Christian civilians confirmed dead in this small town halfway between Homs and Damascus has reached 45. Many are injured and several are missing.
Posted: 02 Nov 2013 04:28 PM PDT
But we should always remember that, no matter how many non-Muslims are slaughtered in the name of Allah, Islamophobia is still the real problem.
(CNN)—French radio journalists Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon have been found dead in northern Mali, the French Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
Cuomo can’t dodge flak on gun law
on October 30, 2013 – 7:40 PM
, updated October 31, 2013 at 1:56 AM
Probably the only person who feels worse than Paul Wojdan about the gun owner’s arrest for having more than seven rounds in his magazine is Andrew Cuomo.
The governor has practically taken up residence in Western New York in trying to win the only region of the state he lost last time around, counting on a 2014 sweep to buttress any presidential bid two years later.
But any traction he has gained with his repeated visits is undermined every time another otherwise legal gun owner is ensnared by one of the more ridiculous provisions of New York’s SAFE Act. Wojdan is the latest.
The Lockport resident got arrested two weeks ago when the car he was in got stopped, the cop asked about guns, and Wojdan revealed he had a pistol in the glove compartment. Alas, the 10 rounds in the magazine violated the law rammed through earlier this year dropping the legal limit from 10 rounds to seven.
It’s one of the provisions that has led to lawsuits, protests and pillorying of the governor.
In the meantime, Cuomo is here regularly to bask in the glow of the $375 million University at Buffalo Medical School being built downtown, the continuing Canalside development, the Buffalo Sabres’ $175 million HarborCenter project and the momentum created by his “Buffalo Billion.” And who can forget – amid all the reminders – the state’s investment in Ralph Wilson Stadium to keep football here for now.
It’s an impressive Western New York bouquet from a rejected suitor, enabling Cuomo to keep his promise – a rarity for any politician.
The last thing he needs now is the SAFE Act back in the news, with Wodjan’s arrest, the suspension of his pistol permit and the court order to turn in all of his guns. State officials say that such an order is standard procedure pending “a fair hearing.” Having more than seven rounds in a magazine is “an alarm bell,” said David Bookstaver, spokesman for the state court system.
Admittedly, in an era drenched in blood from gun violence, law enforcement would be castigated if a person stopped for violating gun laws was allowed to keep a weapon and then did something crazy.
But gun rights advocates will hear their own alarms bells in a rationale that seems to view every gun owner as a potential mass murderer. They will wonder why the cop even asked about weapons – rather than just license, registration and insurance – during a traffic stop. Was it because of some Big Brother database that cross-referenced the license plate number to a residence with a pistol permit?
More likely, it was because Wojdan’s wife tried to flee while driving without a license. But cases such as this only fuel gun owners’ suspicions about government – even a government bearing gifts. That’s the last thing Cuomo needs.
On the other hand, maybe the SAFE Act isn’t so bad for Western New York. Every time someone gets nabbed for filling a magazine, it puts the controversial law back in view, riling residents and undermining whatever inroads Cuomo has made.
That means the governor will have to compensate by bringing more and more resources here to drive his poll numbers back up.
Let’s hope he has lots of money.
Saudi Islamists Gang Rape 3 Year Old Girl "Rupturing Her Insides" (The religion of rape, why is this so common in Islam?)
Bill Maher: Obama Should Not Have Lied About Obamacare
Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 04:10 AM
By Greg Richter
Comedian and liberal political commentator Bill Maher says President Barack Obama should have been upfront that people would lose the health insurance they like under the Affordable Care Act.
But Maher believes that if he had, Obamacare likely would never have passed.
"I don’t think Obama should have lied to people," Maher said Tuesday on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live. Host Morgan, a supporter of Obamacare and native of Great Britain where healthcare is provided by the government, agreed with Maher that Obama’s repeated promise was "a barefaced lie."
Republican politicians and conservative pundits alike said Obama wasn’t being honest when he said that his signature healthcare plan would allow anyone who liked his or her insurance policy to keep it. Rules written after the bill passed made virtually all the "grandfathered" policies illegal.
"The thing passed by this much," Maher said holding his thumb and forefinger inches apart. Had Obama told people that many of them would lose the insurance they like it wouldn’t have had a chance, he admitted.
Maher also doubts Obama is being truthful when he says he was unaware the United States was spying on the leaders of allied countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The White House’s insistence that Obama was out of the loop is "not credible and not excusable," Maher said. "I thought he was the detail guy."
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