“…we’ll tell them they can keep their plans…”

Despite the promise that the Affordable Care Act would lead to better and less expensive healthcare, 33% of Americans have put off a medical treatment due to high cost. This is the highest rate in 14 years. More details here.

On Friday, the Obama Administration announced its “new” regulations, those that are about to be finalized and implemented. The Agency Rule List for 2014 includes 3415 new regulations. Of the new rules, 189 will cost more than $100 Million each to implement. Today, the White House proposed an additional draft air pollution rule that could be the most expensive regulation ever. Thanks.

“First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law." - President Obama, Calling for peaceful demonstrations in Ferguson MO, 11/24/14

President Obama, Calling for peaceful demonstrations in response to the Michael Brown Grand Jury decision, 11/24/14

“First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law” says President Obama. But why would citizens listen to a President who does not respect the rule of law? Protestors in Ferguson did not, and riots began even as the President spoke. This is the cost of accepting leaders who refuse to honor and follow Constitutional and other legal boundaries. More discussion from an earlier post here.

From those wits at SNL:

(The only error I see is that the skit doesn’t mention that we ALREADY have Immigration Law, passed by Congress and signed by a President.)

“(T)here is one principle which pervades all the institutions of this country, and which must always operate as an obstacle to the granting of favors to new comers. This is a land, not of privileges, but of equal rights. Privileges are granted by European sovereigns to particular classes of individuals, for purposes of general policy; but the general impression here is that privileges granted to one denomination of people, can very seldom be discriminated from erosions of the rights of others.

Emigrants from Germany, therefore, or from elsewhere, coming here, are not to expect favors from the governments. They are to expect, if they choose to become citizens, equal rights with those of the natives of the country. They are to expect, if affluent, to possess the means of making their property productive, with moderation, and with safety;—if indigent, but industrious, honest and frugal, the means of obtaining easy and comfortable subsistence for themselves and their families.

They come to a life of independence, but to a life of labor—and, if they cannot accommodate themselves to the character, moral, political, and physical, of this country, with all its compensating balances of good and evil, the Atlantic is always open to them, to return to the land of their nativity and their fathers.” – Letter, Secretary of State John Q. Adams, 1819