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Hospital Lobby Continues Effort to Gut Anti-Fraud Provisions

Medicare fraud is widespread. One of the chief beneficiaries of this fraud is the hospital industry. That is why the hospital lobbyists are working to kill the Medicare fraud identification effort, the Recovery Audit Contractor Program. It’s worth $50 billion to the American Hospital Association.

That’s $50 billion of your tax dollars which goes to hospital bottom lines.

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The parade of hypocrisy which is Davos

Davos, for those who don’t know is a little town high in the Swiss Alps where many of the world’s financiers and intellectual muckity mucks gather once a year. There are conferences, lots of “Oprah style” conversations with bank CEOs and former heads of state, Kissinger waxes on about whatever. Perhaps little bit of skiing too (for those still limber enough) and expensive prostitutes (for the same limber set).  CNBC and Bloomberg descend to read the tea leaves and to rub elbows. Lots of business cards are exchanged. Much cognac is enjoyed. It’s a nice way for people who want to rule the world to get to know the people who actually DO run the world. In general it sounds like a pretty good time.

But man, are some of the folks who attend just stinking hypocrites. (Soros is there almost every year.)

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The Party of Small Government: Republican governors across the country are trying to raise taxes

When push comes to shove, it’s easier for many supposedly “conservative” governors to propose a tax increase with supposed benefits for his or her state than it is to simply let people keep their own money. The money they earned.

Whenever we go through these revenue increase phases it is always remarked that it’s been such and such number of years since the last increase so “we’re about due.”

No we’re not. We are not “due.” Just because the state’s piece of the pie hasn’t enlarged in a while doesn’t mean that for some reason it should now.

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Bob Dylan: ‘Government’s Not Going to Create Jobs,’ People Have to Do It

Bob Dylan is a personal favorite of mine and to be clear he’s not making some anarcho-capitalist statement here. He isn’t openly advocating a libertarian economic stance. It’s just common sense coming from an old man who has seen a whole lot of life, made a whole lot of money, and who has made his way observing the human condition.

Seems a reasonable position for the guy who once had a radical Marxist terrorist group name themselves after one of his lyrics and who once sang an ode to Woody Guthrie.

Times have indeed changed.

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Congress Looking Into Why IRS Has BIG MONEY Contract With Botched Healthcare.gov Company

One would have thought given how terrible the Obamacare rollout was that CGI (the company which designed the website for the program) would have been run out on a rail by this administration. Even despite the fact that one of CGI’s senior executives was Michelle Obama’s roommate at Princeton. Healthcare.gov was a cluster-you-know-what for the ages.

One would be wrong however.

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Iowa Ethanol Lobby Starts 2016 Campaign to Regain Its Influence

Ethanol makes no sense financially (for the country, for farmers it can be great), environmentally, and some people say it kills your gasoline engine when it is blended in. And yet the corn growers hold huge political sway and have been able to wrangle billions in subsidies for their crop.

Why?

That Iowa, where a lot of corn is grown holds the first presidential caucus has a lot to do with it.

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More Crony Clinton: (Hillary) plans to astound, intimidate with fundraising ‘like nothing you’ve seen’

Well she’s been doing the rounds for a long time already. 29 of the Dow 30 have already sent checks her way. But more money is coming.

I wonder what our friends on the legitimate Left are going to do about this? In the end probably vote to perpetuate crony capitalism I suspect.

As we’ve said before, many interests are very keen on seeing a Hillary/Jeb or Christie or Romney race in 2016. For the crony class it will be a win either way.

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