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Religion, Obamacare, and immigration


Headline from

The Oklahoman

“The Ten Commandments monument must be removed from the grounds of the state Capitol, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.”

Between the Lines

One might ask who would object to such radical rules as “Thou shalt not kill.”

Or perhaps not. This kind of Orwellian Newspeak is not surprising when our government punishes a Christian baker for not wanting to bake a cake for a gay couple, but does nothing to the Muslim baker who does the same thing.

Headline from


“é The labor force participation rate the share of people holding down jobs or seeking them fell to 62.6 percent, the lowest point since 1977.”

Between the Lines

We continue to hear about the economic recovery, but it’s hard to accept when we are not living it. Numbers fed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS or just BS for short) to the major media, tell us that the recovery is real. Jobs are being created and unemployment numbers are down.

Despite the rosy picture painted each month with the numbers of new jobs created, once the headlines are made, they change. Invariably, they are revised downward, but folks tend to remember the initial rosy headlines.

When you look closer at the jobs numbers and unemployment statistics, neither are what they appear at first glance.

There are not more new jobs, and unemployment is not down. What is down, in fact, is the number of folks still trying to find jobs, because many have quit looking. Therefore, they are no longer counted among the unemployed.

As reported in the same article, we are set to add 2.5 million jobs this year. Wow! That makes good headlines for the administration. But lost in the narrative is the fact that this is .6 million fewer than were added last year. What’s to celebrate?

Where is the good news?

Headline from

The New York Times

“Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected.”

Between the Lines

Now that it has been written about in The New York Times, we can believe it. Despite all President Obama’s claims about the success of his health-care reform, Americans are living the truth, and the truth is they are paying higher prices for limited care, and fewer choices.

Headline from


“An issue that should be agreed upon by all reasonable Americans, however, is the need for our government to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.”

Between the Lines

Instead of agreement on immigration, it has become a point of contention between the two parties. Anyone who mentions controlling the border is called a racist.

That’s absurd because there already are more Americans living below the poverty level and on government assistance than ever before. How will it help American workers if we open the borders to hundreds of thousands of additional foreign workers?

This has to do with logistics, not race.

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