While President Obama has been criticized for not choosing a diverse enough cabinet for his second term, his extended administration just might be the most diverse of all time. Though, considering history, that might not be saying much. When National Journal conducted its Decision Makers survey in 2001, 59 percent of the top officials in the Bush Administration were white males.
In the current survey of Decision Makers (a National Journal selection of 250 officials), just 48 percent were white males. This is down four percentage points from our 2009 survey (although that had a larger sample size, and our selection of Decision Makers isn't a random assortment). We don't have the data to prove it, but it's safe to say this is probably the first time white men are in the minority in high-ranking positions.
Where white males lose footing in the second-term administration, white females, blacks, and hispanic gain. Blacks in the Administration are approaching numbers representing the population at large. According to the Census Bureau, 13.6 percent of Americans are black. Thirteen percent of Obama's top decision makers are black as well. Women, however, are still underrepresented in respect to their portion of the population, as demonstrated in the chart below. NJ
Full List of All Taxes in ObamaCare / All Taxes in the Affordable Care ActThe following list of new ObamaCare taxes collectively raise over $800 billion by 2022. Here is a complete list of new fees and taxes contained within ObamaCare:
ObamaCare Taxes That Most Likely Won't Directly Affect the Average American
• 2.3% Tax on Medical Device Manufacturers 2014
• 10% Tax on Indoor Tanning Services 2014
• Blue Cross/Blue Shield Tax Hike
• Excise Tax on Charitable Hospitals which fail to comply with the requirements of ObamaCare
• Tax on Brand Name Drugs
• Tax on Health Insurers
• $500,000 Annual Executive Compensation Limit for Health Insurance Executives
• Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage in coordination with Medicare Part D
• Employer Mandate on business with over 50 full-time equivalent employees to provide health insurance to full-time employees. $2000 per employee $3000 if employee uses tax credits to buy insurance on the exchange (marketplace). (pushed back to 2015)
• Medicare Tax on Investment Income 3.8% over $200k/$250k
• Medicare Part A Tax increase of .9% over $200k/$250k
ObamaCare Taxes That (may) Directly Affect the Average American
• 40% Excise Tax "Cadillac" on high-end Premium Health Insurance Plans 2018
• An annual $63 fee levied by ObamaCare on all plans (decreased each year until 2017 when pre-existing conditions are eliminated) to help pay for insurance companies covering the costs of high-risk pools.
• Medicine Cabinet Tax
Over the counter medicines no longer qualified as medical expenses for flexible spending accounts (FSAs), health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), health savings accounts (HSAs), and Archer Medical Saving accounts (MSAs).
• Additional Tax on HSA/MSA Distributions
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who was the face of the president's health care law, is resigning from the Obama administration -- a decision that closes one of the rockiest tenures in Obama's Cabinet.
Sebelius leaves the administration after the tumultuous launch of the Affordable Care Act exchanges last fall. Despite calls for her ouster from Republicans at the time, she stayed on until the enrollment period ended at the end of March.
The administration has since touted the surge in enrollment in the last few weeks, with Sebelius saying Thursday that 7.5 million American have now signed up for coverage under the law.
But the technical difficulties surrounding the launch, as well as ongoing concerns about the implementation of the law, hung over her. She leaves just one week after the enrollment period ended, and as a tough midterm election cycle expected to focus heavily on ObamaCare begins.
Wrong again, over 12-17 new taxes to support Obamacare and a cut of 500 billion in medicare over ten years. We been down this road before but can do a mind refresher if you wish. This is obvious in your face taxes and cuts. Cuts also in Advantage, however been redued.
New birth of another ugly troll on 4/10/2014. Your first posts show clearly your lack of intelligence. Ignore list now.
After a two-hour meeting behind closed doors, the House Ways and Means Committee voted along partisan lines on Wednesday to officially urge Attorney General Eric Holder to consider criminal charges against former IRS official Lois Lerner.
Upon releasing the letter to Holder, committee chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., said in a statement that Lerner took "serious, unprecedented" actions" to unfairly target conservative groups.
"Today's action highlights specific wrongdoing for the Department of Justice to pursue," Camp said. "DOJ has a responsibility to act, and Lois Lerner must be held accountable. It is also important that the American people know what really occurred at the IRS, so this powerful agency cannot target American taxpayers ever again."
In response to the letter, the Justice Department on Wednesday pointed out it's already investigating the controversy.
"As the Department has repeatedly confirmed, there is already an active, ongoing investigation into the IRS's handling of applications by tax-exempt organizations," Justice Department spokesperson Emily Pierce said in a statement. "It remains a high priority of the Department. We will review the letter once we receive it and take it under consideration."
Waste of time, under the rug to never see the light of the day.
RS workers in several offices have been openly supporting President Obama, including by donning pro-Obama paraphernalia and urging callers to reelect the president in 2012, according to allegations contained in a new government watchdog report.
A report by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, released Wednesday, cited accusations that workers at a Dallas IRS office may have violated federal law by wearing pro-Obama items like shirts, stickers and buttons. The Hatch Act forbids Executive Branch workers from engaging in partisan political activity.
The report comes as two House committees move to take action against former IRS official Lois Lerner regarding the agency's targeting of conservative groups.
The report, further fueling allegations of bias at the agency, claimed that several accusations were made against the Dallas office claiming pro-Obama gear was “commonplace” there. Employees allegedly wore Obama shirts, buttons and stickers to work and had Obama screensavers on their IRS computers.
The report said it was unclear whether this activity happened before or after the 2012 election, but an advisory was issued to all Dallas-area employees that such activity was prohibited.
What difference does it make now????
It really is!!! However, I disagree Americans going to take back anything. It's only going to get worst, more so with University's brain washing our youth with leftest thinking. Moral decay of America is alive and well.
At least 20 people were injured after a stabbing spree inside Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., at the start of the school day, emergency management officials said.
Westmoreland County emergency management spokesman Dan Stevens said no fatalities were reported.
At least four people with injuries Stevens described as "serious" were flown to area hospitals for treatment. He said most of the injured suffered stab wounds to the extremities.
The breakdown of injured and whether they were students or staff was not immediately known, but two hospitals reported nine patients ranging in age from 15 to 60.
Stevens said the alleged stabber, whose identity has not been released, was in custody.
A statement posted on the Franklin Regional School District's website said "all elementary schools are cancelled, the middle school and high school students are secure. Additional information will be released as soon as possible. Please keep our campus clear of traffic." ABC 4/9/14
Brandeis University in Massachusetts announced Tuesday that it had withdrawn the planned awarding of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a staunch critic of Islam and its treatment of women, after protests from students and faculty.
The university said in a statement posted online that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.
"She is a compelling public figure and advocate for women's rights, and we respect and appreciate her work to protect and defend the rights of women and girls throughout the world," said the university's statement. "That said, we cannot overlook certain of her past statements that are inconsistent with Brandeis University's core values."
Ali, a member of the Dutch Parliament from 2003 to 2006, has been quoted as making comments critical of Islam. That includes a 2007 interview with Reason Magazine in which she said of the religion, "Once it's defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It's very difficult to even talk about peace now. They're not interested in peace. I think that we are at war with Islam. And there's no middle ground in wars."
Ali was raised in a strict Muslim family, but after surviving a civil war, genital mutilation, beatings and an arranged marriage, she renounced the faith in her 30s. She has not commented publicly on the issue of the honorary degree.
Brandeis University's core values? Dogs are treated better in Muslim countries!
Craigie, I would never put you on ignore list. I always enjoy watching a clown making a fool of himself.
We have tons of gun laws on the books. More than enough to be effective IF enforce!!! Liberals answers to everything is more laws. DOJ & Obama is selective in just what laws they want to enforce.