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ObamaCare Entitlement

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ObamaCare was passed by the Democrats on Christmas Eve 2009, so we could find out what was in the bill. It has been unpopular with the American people ever since.

But since then it has become the ObamaCare entitlement.

Now, despite all the people who lost their doctors. And all the people who lost their insurance coverage. Twenty million other people will lose the coverage they never had before the bill was passed. At least that’s what the CBO says.

And that has the Republicans scared.

Trump Income Tax Short Form

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Two pages of the 2005 Donald Trump income tax return fell in to the hands of Rachel Maddow last week. On her show she played it for all it was worth. It turns out it was worth about $38 million to Uncle Sam in taxes paid on an income of $150 million. That’s an effective rate of  about 25%. The revelation made The Donald look good compared to accusations that he doesn’t pay any income taxes at all.

It also made him look good compared to Barack Obama’s 2015 effective rate of 18.5%, Bernie Sanders 2014 effective rate of 13.5%, and Mitt Romney’s 2011 rate of 14.1%

Even Van Jones called it a good night for Donald Trump.

The purloined returns showed up in the mailbox of journalist David Cay Johnston. He says he knows nothing. Revealing private income tax information is a felony.

Trump denies that he had anything to do with it.

Republicans’ Pre-Existing Condition

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The Republicans are selling a health care plan with no mandate that you buy it. And they won’t turn you down if you have a pre-existing condition. So why would you pay for health care before you need it?

Here’s Dr. Krauthammer on that:

It’s not just Donald Trump who ran on retaining this new, yes, entitlement. Everyone did. But it’s very problematic. If people know that they can sign up for insurance after they get sick, the very idea of insurance is undermined. People won’t sign up when healthy and the insurance companies will go broke.

Sixty Five Thousand Dollar A Year Middlebury College Minds

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Middlebury College students, and some of their professors, didn’t want to hear what author Charles Murray had to say. So they turned their backs on him and chanted slogans during his lecture. Then, as he was forced out of the lecture hall, protesters assaulted him and his group. A Middlebury professor accompanying Dr. Murray was injured.

Tuition, room and board, and fees at Middlebury College amount to $65,000 a year.

Conspiracy Theories Run Wild in Washington

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Conspiracy theories are running wild in Washington. But there is no evidence that President Obama climbed a pole and personally wiretapped President Trump’s phone. Angela Merkel’s phone? Well, maybe a little.

Fox News’s Judge Napolitano says Obama got the Brits to do it for him.

Update 3/21/17:

The L.A. Times reports that Fox News has pulled Judge Andrew Napolitano off the air. He had claimed to have unnamed sources who say Obama used British intelligence to spy on Trump. The Brits say that’s ridiculous.

“By bypassing all American intelligence services, Obama would have had access to what he wanted with no Obama administration fingerprints,” Napolitano wrote in a column on FoxNews.com.

The judge also claimed that Fox News backed up his claim.

“Fox News knows of no evidence of any kind that the now-president of the United States was surveilled at any time, in any way,” Shepard Smith told viewers Friday.