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President Barack Obama: If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.

Rush Limbaugh,

You Magnificent Bastard!

Senate Dems Want IRS to Bail Them Out.
Want IRS to end conservative ads that target them.

HHS Secretary Sebelius Made Scores of Visits to White House in Run Up to ObamaCare and Met with Obama.
Are we to believe she really didn't tell Obama his signature program was in the toilet?

ObamaCare Enrollment Down in January.
The Obama administration is suggesting the opposite. And these numbers are inflated (see below).

ObamaCare Numbers Inflated.
Insurance industry says real enrollment numbers may be 25% below administration claims.

82% of ObamaCare Enrollees Receive Subsidies.
53% are 45 and older. This is a demographic disaster.

Ninth Circuit Upholds Right to Bear Arms outside Home.
Supports the notion that "bearing arms" means carrying a gun in public.

Map Shows U.S. Fleet Positions during Benghazi Attack.
Dozens of military ships including two aircraft carriers and 13 destroyers were stationed within the North African Area of Responsibility.

Facebook Announces 50 Ways to Define Gender.
Cis, Non-binary, and Two-spirit are options.

Let Them Eat Cake!
Obama dines on caviar and quail eggs, then campaigns against income inequality.

What's for Dinner?
The official menu for the White House state dinner.

Call to Limit Calories at White House Dinners.
Bill would restrict calories at White House functions to the same limits that Obama imposes on school kids.

Expected Attendees.
State dinner for the French president.

New York Times Correction.
The Gray Lady moves Stephen Colbert to the right.

State Dinners Ain't Cheap.
Likely cost of Hollande dinner north of $500,000.

Machiavellian New Obama IRS Regulation.
It's now illegal to say you had to fire people because of ObamaCare.

Hurricane Katrina Hero Convicted.
Former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin, who personally saved the city from Hurricane Katrina, convicted on 20 of 21 felony counts.

The Hillary Papers.
Archive of papers of Hillary Clinton's close friend proves revealing.

Golden Oldie.
Video shows Bill Clinton declaring, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."

ObamaCare Mandate Delayed Again.
Small companies have until 2015 to comply. Larger companies only have to have 70% compliance in 2015. Clearly, the plan is to delay until after the 2016 elections, but that won't be announced until 2015 – after the 2014 elections to avoid revealing the obvious political motivation.

ObamaCare's Huge Pay Cut.
Hidden in the Congressional Budget Office's recent report was this gem: ObamaCare will reduce worker compensation by $70 billion per year.

Bailing Out ObamaCare.
Congressional inquiry finds that Obama's plan to bail out insurance companies is illegal.

Gallup Economic Index.
Only in Washington D.C. is there a positive view of Obama's economy. All 50 states have negative ratings.

Attention Obama.
Republicans do have an alternative to ObamaCare.

IRS Hearings.
"This scandal is not over. The lying has not stopped."

The Obama Legacy.
1,154,000 fewer Americans working than five years ago.

Rush Limbaugh was especially brilliant today. He led his program with two segments that deserve our attention. The first contrasted the extravagant splendor that comprises the Obamas' life in the White House with the president's campaign against the growing economic disparity between the "haves" and the "have-nots." Since the Obamas' behavior is so strongly reminiscent of Marie Antoinette, let's call this segment, "Let Them Eat Cake."

Rush wanted to draw our attention to the state dinner the Obamas held in honor of the French president, Francois Hollande. 350 diners partied inside a gargantuan pavilion (tent) "lavishly decorated to replicate a Monet painting of spring in sunny France." Guests dined on caviar, quail eggs (I'm not making this up), and braised chard. For the evening, Michelle Obama wore Carolina Herrera. The value of her gown was estimated at $12,000.

A good estimate is that the total calorie count for the dinner was around 2500 – not including wine. Meanwhile, Obama's Department of Agriculture's school lunch program restricts growing children to 1,150 calories for breakfast and lunch combined! This is a Michelle Obama signature issue. Representative Rodney Davis (R, Ill.) is pushing a bill to limit White House dinners to the same calorie restrictions that the Obamas are imposing on the nation's school children.

A list of attendees is available in the column at left. I note that, apparently, if you have anything to do with the White House, you are automatically designated "The Honorable." Among the attendees was the television "comedian" Stephen Colbert. To resolve an awkward political contretemps the New York Times had to print a correction to stress that Mr. Colbert was to the right of Mrs. Obama, not the left.

The cost of the Hollande dinner is not yet known (the full cost will likely never be known), but the White House has previously admitted to spending more than half a million dollars on such spectacles.

The latest state dinner behind him, and no immediate multimillion dollar vacation in his plans, the president is now back on the campaign trail railing against economic disparity. As one has to be reminded so often, you can't make this stuff up.

Now, to Rush Limbaugh's second point. Let's call it "Obama's Latest Effort to Suppress American Citizens' Freedom of Speech."

As most everyone knows, the ObamaCare mandate has once again been delayed in an effort to prevent the reality of ObamaCare from fully hitting its victims prior to the 2014 elections. This new reprieve applies to businesses with fewer than 100 employees. The Obama administration anticipates that employers may try to trim their number of employees to less than 100 to avoid having to comply with the requirements of ObamaCare. Therefore, if employers do reduce their number of employees to below 100, they are required to swear to the IRS, under penalty of perjury, that the reduction in staffing did not occur as a result of ObamaCare.

I naively believed that the motivation for this new IRS regulation was just as it appeared. I assumed the administration wanted to prevent employers from firing employees simply to avoid ObamaCare. Rush knew better.

Obviously, it would be extremely difficult for the IRS to determine a company's motivation for reducing its workforce – although that would not prevent the IRS from harassing companies by accusing them of firing employees to avoid the onerous burden of ObamaCare. Rush theorizes that that was not the intent of the IRS. He believes the goal of the IRS wasn't to keep companies from firing employees to avoid ObamaCare. He believes the goal was to keep employers from saying that that's what they did.

Think about it. Republicans have been warning that employers would fire workers to avoid ObamaCare. Now, if they fire workers, companies must swear that it wasn't because of ObamaCare! The Obama administration has solved one of its biggest problems. No small business can complain that it reduced its employment (from above to below 100) because of ObamaCare. It's essentially against the law! Machiavelli would be so proud.
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