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HATE GROUPS ARE ON THE RISE, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER FINDS | The number of hate groups and antigovernment organizations “in the nation has continued to grow, according to a report released Wednesday by the Southern Poverty Law Center.” At least 1,018 hate groups were operating last year, SPLC found, while the “number of groups whose ideology is organized against specific racial, religious, sexual or other characteristics has risen steadily since 2000, when 602 were identified, the center said. Antigay groups, for example, have risen to 27 from 17 in 2010″:

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The 10 Terrible Provisions of Obamacare You May Not Have Heard Of.Obamacare includes such a variety and volume of negative policies that it’s hard to keep track of them all. Here is a list of 10 terrible provisions that every American should be aware of:

  1. It increases taxes on families earning over $250,000. In 2013, the employee portion of the Medicare payroll tax will increase from 1.45 percent to 2.35 percent for families earning $250,000 or more and individuals earning $200,000 or more. The income threshold is not indexed for inflation, so more and more middle-income families will be hit by the tax hike as time goes on.
  1. It adds a new tax to investment income. The increased payroll tax rate is also applied to high-earners’ investment income for the first time beginning in 2013. It will hit capital gains, dividends, rents, and royalties, discouraging investment and harming economic growth.
  2. It puts new limitations on those with HSAs and FSAs. Starting in 2012, Obamacare restricts the products that consumers may purchase with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Savings Account (FSA)—such as over-the-counter medications—and increases the penalty for such non-qualified uses of HSAs. It also limits the amount taxpayers may deposit into an FSA to $2,500 a year in 2013.
  3. It adds a new tax on those who purchase medical devices. In 2013, a 2.3 percent excise tax will be applied to medical devices, causing a $28.5 billion tax hike on medical device manufacturers. The industry will pay for this tax by reducing jobs and passing additional costs on to consumers.
  4. It penalizes marriage. Obamacare creates new taxpayer-funded subsidies for the low and middle classes to purchase health coverage, but the structure of the subsidies allows two individuals to claim more in subsidies alone than if married. This discriminates against married couples and discourages marriage at almost all age and income levels.
  5. It violates religious liberty. The Department of Health and Human Services included the full range of contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs, among the women-specific preventive services that Obamacare requires insurers to include with no cost-sharing. This mandate violates Americans’ conscience rights and religious liberty. Its narrow exemption for religious employers will force many who find these products morally objectionable—including religious charities, hospitals, and schools—to pay for them.
  6. It puts Medicare decisions in the hands of an unelected board. The Independent Payment Advisory Board, a board of 15 unelected officials, will have the power to cut Medicare spending without congressional approval. These unaccountable government appointees will be able to restrict seniors’ access to providers, treatments, and services.
  7. It puts a premium tax on health insurers. Obamacare adds a premium tax on health insurers that offer full coverage beginning in 2014. On average, the tax is expected to increase premiums by 1.9 percent to 2.3 percent in 2014 and between 2.8 percent and 3.7 percent by 2023. Combined with the other provisions in Obamacare, this tax will have a huge impact on the cost of premiums.
  8. It creates a new unsustainable entitlement program. On top of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, Obamacare created a new long-term care entitlement called the CLASS program. It is actuarially unsound, unworkable, and unsustainable. As a result, the Administration has already put its implementation “on hold.”
  9. It puts over half of all Americans on a government program. Because of Obamacare’s huge expansion of Medicaid and creation of taxpayer-funded subsidies to purchase health coverage, more than half of all Americans will be dependent on a government health care program (Medicare, Medicaid, or the government exchanges) by the end of this decade.
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Social Security Press Office: Patty Duke Turns 65, Applies Online for Social Security and Medicare benefits

 

After years of telling people they can apply online for Social Security in their pajamas, Patty Duke has taken her own advice.  Duke, who turns 65 today, applied online for retirement and Medicare benefits from home atwww.socialsecurity.gov.

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“I had no idea this would be such a momentous occasion,” said Duke, who for three years has volunteered her time promoting Social Security’s online services in numerous Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and media interviews.  In a new online video, Duke puts character acting aside and shows everyone what happened when she and her husband Mike Pearce sat down at the kitchen table, turned on their laptop, and applied for her retirement and Medicare benefits.

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“All of us at Social Security wish Patty a very happy birthday,” said Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security.  “She’s a Hollywood legend and an American treasure who reaches a very important milestone today.  True to form, she is the one giving us the birthday present by showing her fellow baby boomers the easiest way to apply for benefits.”The Patty Duke Show

 

In 2009, Duke reprised her roles as the identical cousins, Patty and Cathy Lane from the Patty Duke Show, for a series of PSAs promoting Social Security’s online services.  In 2010, Duke teamed up with the surviving Patty Duke Show cast members for an additional set of spots.  Earlier this year, she teamed up with entertainment icon George Takei to encourage people of all ages to “Boldly Go” to www.socialsecurity.gov.  In the three years since Duke has volunteered her time with Social Security, millions of people have visited the agency’s website and the percentage of online retirements has more than doubled.

“While I just applied for retirement benefits, I’m not retiring from being a Social Security spokesperson,” Duke says.  “I urge my fellow baby boomers to go online to www.socialsecurity.gov.  If you’re not sure how to get started on the computer, ask a loved one to help you out.  I did, and it was so easy.”

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Millionaire Candidates

 As the costs of running for office have escalated, more and more candidates are jumping into politics   using their personal fortune, rather than trying to raise all those funds from other people.

Though they don’t lack for money, self-funded candidates typically lose at the polls.

 Election cycle: 2008 -2006 -2004 -2002

 Chamber Candidate Self-funding -Raised from Others Percentage- Self-funded Result

 Senate Ned Lamont (D-Conn) $16,975,678 $3,604,925 82.5%

Lost Senate Pete Ricketts (R-Neb) $12,025,597 $1,399,299 89.6%

Lost Senate Jim Pederson (D-Ariz) $10,910,827 $3,798,801 74.2%

 Lost Senate Richard E Tarrant (R-Vt) $7,200,000 $115,854 98.4%

 Lost Senate Herb Kohl (D-Wis) $5,755,000 $334,212 94.5%

Won House Vernon Buchanan (R-Fla) $5,450,000 $2,673,186 67.1%

Won Senate Joshua B Rales (D-Md) $5,250,397 $691,187 88.4%

 Lost Primary Senate Bob Corker (R-Tenn) $4,169,200 $14,690,249 22.1%

 Won House Eric Roach (R-Calif) $2,849,894 $67,150 97.7%

 Lost Primary House David McSweeney (R-Ill) $2,766,938 $2,291,884 54.7%

Lost Senate Katherine Harris (R-Fla) $2,575,150 $6,091,653 29.7%

Lost House Steve Kagen (D-Wis) $2,551,000 $669,730 79.2%

Won House Charles H Taylor (R-NC) $2,530,580 $1,613,143 61.1%

 Lost Senate Michael McGavick (R-Wash) $2,510,000 $8,343,230 23.1%

 Lost Senate John R Raese (R-WVa) $2,285,700 $868,848 72.5%

Lost House Jack Davis (D-NY) $2,255,377 $144,030 94.0%

Lost House Capri Cafaro (D-Ohio) $2,098,749 $22,686 98.9%

 Lost Primary House Mike Erickson (R-Ore) $1,567,400 $218,644 87.8%

Lost House William J Hauf (R-Calif) $1,562,942 $10,810 99.3%

Lost Primary House Frank A Guglielmi (R-Ohio) $1,562,850 $101,699 93.9%

 Lost Primary House Bob Shamansky (D-Ohio) $1,400,000 $288,254 82.9%

Lost Senate Edward F Cox (R-NY) $1,272,000 $336,069 79.1%

Dropped Out House Kathleen R Salvi (R-Ill) $1,259,593 $326,322 79.4%

Lost Primary House Richard H Roberts (R-Tenn) $1,223,491 $1,068,843 53.4%

 Lost Primary House Alan Kurt Uke (R-Calif) $1,149,685 $182,778 86.3%

Lost Primary Senate Lincoln D Chafee (R-RI) $1,139,702 $4,282,551 21.0%

Lost Senate Harris N Miller (D-Va) $1,043,556 $689,121 60.2%

Lost Primary House Van Taylor (R-Texas) $1,020,000 $1,569,364 39.4%

Lost Senate Alan M Sandals (D-Pa) $788,419 $67,389 92.1%

Lost Primary Senate William McBride (R-Fla) $755,000 $312,296 70.7%

Lost Primary House Ellen Simon (D-Ariz) $710,369 $804,591 46.9%

Lost House John A Yarmuth (D-Ky) $708,301 $1,541,997 31.5%

Won House Lukin Gilliland Jr (D-Texas) $700,000 $355,772 66.3%

Lost House Alan Mark Grayson (D-Fla) $675,000 $55,146 92.5% 

Lost Primary Senate Kelly Doran (D-Minn) $649,060 $112,630 85.2%

Dropped Out Senate Kathleen Troia McFarland (R-NY) $600,000 $1,044,740 36.5%

Lost Primary House Quentin Kuhio Kawananakoa (R-Hawaii) $578,000 $238,686 70.8%

Lost Primary House David Magnum (R-Wis) $558,000 $391,832 58.8%

Lost House Mike Whalen (R-Iowa) $552,523 $1,767,120 23.8%

Lost Senate Keith Butler (R-Mich) $544,254 $2,697,507 16.8%

Lost Primary House John Dee Jacob (R-Utah) $544,000 $47,830 91.9%

Lost Primary House Lavar Christensen (R-Utah) $540,000 $325,800 62.4%

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