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7/3/2015

A Friendly Reminder

Filed under: General — JVW @ 8:27 am



[guest post by JVW]

Tomorrow’s holiday is Independence Day, not the Fourth of July.

Yeah, I’m one of those people. Happy Independence Day everyone.

– JVW

21 Responses to “A Friendly Reminder”

  1. To be fair, we Americans aren’t used to holidays which manage to fall upon the same calendar day year after year.

    JVW (8278a3)

  2. A good day to reflect on the state of the nation, too. Have we foresaken the American Revolution for the French?

    Patricia (5fc097)

  3. I know what you mean, JVW. But Christian-Americans have Christmas.

    felipe (56556d)

  4. But Christian-Americans have Christmas.

    You mean December Twenty-fifth?

    JVW (8278a3)

  5. Independence Day? Meh. Just another day to shill for this administration and spread their propaganda:

    “You should be prepared when Aunt Janine says something like, “Obamacare hasn’t helped anyone!” So here are a few points to remember during this long holiday weekend: Situation: Uncle Ted claims Obamacare is a train wreck and has cost jobs. You say: Uncle Ted, you’ve gotten ahold of some old talking points. With greater access to affordable, quality health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is helping individuals and strengthening our economy!”

    Dana (86e864)

  6. You say: Uncle Ted, you’ve gotten ahold of some old talking points. With greater access to affordable, quality health insurance, the Affordable Care Act is helping individuals and strengthening our economy!

    In other words, counter Uncle Ted’s “talking points” with talking points of your own. This administration is beyond parody.

    JVW (8278a3)

  7. Dana (86e864) — 7/3/2015 @ 9:15 Heh. I told them their page was not helpful.

    felipe (56556d)

  8. Make sure any SCOTUScare debate includes sharp focus on deductibles. Affordable Health Care isn’t affordable at all if deductibles are so high that up-front out-of-pocket costs prevent the newly insured from ever actually reaping any benefit from their compulsory health insurance.

    How can Americans who could never afford Obama’s health insurance without the advantage of generous government subsidies pay their regular monthly insurance premiums plus excessively high deductibles?

    ropelight (7e1792)

  9. “Aunt Janine” could do herself and all of us a big favor by accidentally leaving the annoying young leftist twerp’s portion of Independence Day potato salad out in the sun a little too long.

    elissa (966fbb)

  10. Speaking of ObamaCare, this Kaiser Foundation chart is interesting. It shows where people live who are receiving health insurance subsidies. Two things I noticed: You can see a correlation between politics and subsidies, and apparently there is no data for several States including California.

    DRJ (1dff03)

  11. I’ll call it “Independence Day” when we start to cut the government back to its Constitutional limits. I need some kind of sign. Say, it gets generally agreed that anyone, politician or reporter, who refers to slowing down the rate at which any government budget is growing as “Slashing the budget” is a liar or a dolt or (most likely) both. Or maybe simply recognizing that banning fireworks “for the children” is none of the governments goddamned business.

    I will celebrate on July 4th. I’ll cookout with the family, and we’ll watch 1776 that day too. But Independence Day? Get real.

    C. S. P. Schofield (a196fd)

  12. You can see a correlation between politics and subsidies, and apparently there is no data for several States including California.

    It’s not surprising to me, DRJ. The people who run our ObamaCare exchange, called Covered California, have been lying through their teeth since the initial rollout. While the rest of the country dealt with the horrible web interface for the federal ObamaCare site, Covered California claimed that millions of people were successfully logging into and navigating the site only to be caught conflating page views with unique visits. Then, after crowing about what a magnificent system they had built, they had to shut down the site for five whole days in order to fix “bugs” and “glitches.” They also like to brag that 1.2 million Californians are supposedly enrolled in Covered California plans, but they don’t bother to mention how that performance is almost 30% short of their target number for this year. [Note: the article in the link claims 1.4 million enrolled, but that has since been scaled back by Covered California to 1.27 million, further proof that they tend to release false and self-serving data.] This guy, Peter Lee, who runs Covered California strikes me as being the worst sort of political hack who is given the job of managing a complex and expensive bureaucracy, and treats it like a perpetual campaign commercial rather than a taxpayer-paid service.

    So I’m not surprised at all that they have avoided releasing any official data to the feds, because they don’t want the GOP Congress to investigate why they continue to deceive the public.

    JVW (8278a3)

  13. I will celebrate on July 4th. I’ll cookout with the family, and we’ll watch 1776 that day too. But Independence Day? Get real.

    I see it exactly opposite of you. To me, calling it July 4 fits in to the progressive notion that we aren’t truly independent, and that independence as a virtue is much less desirable than the comfort that comes from the loving embrace of big government. So I insist upon it being called Independence Day to remind myself (and hopefully others) that dammit, our rights are not granted by the government any more than government gives us “dignity.” We are, and of right ought to be, free peoples.

    JVW (8278a3)

  14. Happy Fourth of July! Fourth of July! Fourth of July!

    JEA (fb1111)

  15. I’ll call it Independence Day, JVW. And happy that it’s not “in Depends” day. Not for me, anyway. I don’t know about all these other grouches.

    nk (dbc370)

  16. Nice post, JVW. Whether it’s fireworks or a simple cup of coffee, it’s good to remember our independence and that it’s not free.

    DRJ (1dff03)

  17. Greetings:

    As it is written, so it shall be done.

    11B40 (0f96be)

  18. I always think of 2 July as “Independence Day” and the 4th of July as “The Fourth of July.”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Resolution

    Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

    That it is expedient forthwith to take the most effectual measures for forming foreign Alliances.
    That a plan of confederation be prepared and transmitted to the respective Colonies for their consideration and approbation.

    Twelve in favor, none against, New York abstained.

    htom (4ca1fa)

  19. … and have a safe and happy celebration!

    htom (4ca1fa)

  20. Happy Independence Day to everyone. Hope this isn’t the last.

    mg (31009b)

  21. Be safe this Independence Day – PROFILE.

    mg (31009b)


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