Obamacare Architect Says AGAIN That Subsidies Were Only Supposed To Go To State Exchanges
While Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber has brushed aside a video of himself arguing that Obamacare subsidies are only allowable in state-run exchanges as a “speak-o” — or verbal typo — a second audio tape has now emerged of Gruber making the very same comments yet again.
“That is really the ultimate threat — will people understand that gee, if your governor doesn’t set up an exchange, you’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits to be delivered to your citizens,” Gruber says in the audio clip, resurfaced by Morgan Richmond and John Sexton. “So that’s the other threat, is will states do what they need to do to set it up.”
Gruber made the comments in a public appearance at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco in January 2012. Gruber’s argument in the clip is even stronger that only state-run exchanges will be given premium tax credit subsidies.
At issue is a phrase written repeatedly in the Affordable Care Act that allows premium tax credit subsidies only for exchanges “established by the state.” Two appeals courts split earlier this week on whether the phrase makes subsidies in the 36 states that didn’t create their own exchanges illegal. Gruber, a chief author of the law, has repeatedly called the cases “nutty.”
But the audio recording is the second to emerge this week that shows that before the lawsuits were brought against the federal exchanges subsidies, Gruber appeared to believe that only states that ran their own exchanges would receive the payments.
In response, Gruber said his comments were a “just a speak-o — you know, like a typo.” (RELATED: Obamacare Architects Claims Comments Were Just A ‘Typo’)
U.S. Defense Department looks to track “all human activities that can be measured”
by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | JULY 25, 2014
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting companies to provide new technology that would allow the U.S. Department of Defense to predict future “societal unrest” by keeping track of “all human activities that can be measured.”
A solicitation posted on FedBizOpps outlines DARPA’s intent to fund research and development of “game-changing technologies” that will “provide a decisive information advantage for the U.S. and its allies,” opening the door to “powerful ways to gain insight into the world.”
“Essentially all human activities that can be measured, from mercantile to military, are being quantitatively re-examined in the context of this new, “big data”, capability. Early demonstrations have produced remarkable insights into human activities and enabled quantitative decision making,” states the solicitation, adding that the agency is looking to develop new algorithms which can forecast “online correlation for societal unrest.”
DARPA has already been heavily engaged in research aimed at forecasting social unrest, most notably the agency’s Crisis Early Warning System (ICEWS), but the results have been patchy, with ICEWS only successful in predicting four out of sixteen rebellions, political upheavals and incidents of ethnic violence during the time period over which it was applied.
Over the past six years, the Pentagon has shown an increased interest in creating models that can forecast domestic and international disorder.
A report produced in 2008 by the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Institute warned that the United States may experience massive civil unrest in the wake of a series of crises which it termed “strategic shock.”
“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” stated the report, authored by [Ret.] Lt. Col. Nathan Freir, adding that the military may be needed to quell “purposeful domestic resistance.”
We have also reported numerous times over the past several years on how the federal government is gearing up for civil unrest, including the Department of Homeland Security’s purchase last October of 240,000 pepper spray projectiles, 100 pepper spray launchers, as well as 36 “riot expansion kits.”
In 2011, the DHS announced that it would intensify its monitoring of social media in order to pre-empt social dislocation within the United States.
Back in 2012, we reported on FM 3-39.40 Internment and Resettlement Operations, a U.S. Army manual that describes how political activists in prison camps will be indoctrinated by specially assigned psychological operations officers. The document makes numerous references to how government agencies like the DHS, ICE and FEMA will be involved in the domestic internment of U.S. citizens during “civil support operations.”
A second US Army Military Police manual that was leaked months later also outlined how military assets would be used domestically to quell riots, confiscate firearms and even kill Americans on U.S. soil during mass civil unrest in the aftermath of a crisis.
Syria is probably the number one threat
By Douglas Ernst -The Washington Times Thursday, July 24, 2014
The concentration of radical Islamic fighters in Syria, coupled with the length of time they’ve been training and fighting, has led U.S. officials to put the terrorism threat they pose to the U.S. on par with organizations operating out of Yemen.
“Syria is probably the number one threat — or, with … threats out of Yemen — to the American homeland right now and elsewhere in the west,” Michael Vickers, the Pentagon’s Under Secretary for Defense Intelligence, said while speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on Thursday, ABC News reported.
SEE ALSO: ‘We’re coming for you, Barack Obama’: Top U.S. official discloses threat from ISIL
Mr. Vickers, a former special forces operator, added that foreign fighters “who are Western passport holders, including Americans — a subset of that numbers in the four digits.”
Security experts expect a percentage of those passport holders to try and attack the American homeland.
“The number of foreign fighters that are already in place in Syria, and a number of other Westerners in that group, is one that is unprecedented and is a larger number than we ever saw in ungoverned spaces in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” said John Carlin, the assistant attorney general for national security at the Justice Department, ABC News reported.
Members of the panel also discussed one of their biggest concerns, which is the prospect of terrorists using nonmetallic bombs in a terrorist attack.
On July 1, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, reported that Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, the master bomb maker who helped Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab with his failed 2009 Christmas Day terror attack, pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is serving a life sentence as a result of his guilty plea to all eight counts of a federal indictment charging him for his role in the botched bombing of Northwest Airlines flight 253 over Detroit.
“ISIS’s rapid advance from Syria into Iraq is … winning the group new recruits and the admiration of some other terrorists, including one of the world’s most notorious bomb makers,” Mr. Engel said.
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Millions spent on sections of border fence and then left open for months at a time.
Infowars reporter Joe Biggs is at the border fence in Hereford, Arizona with Glenn Spencer of American Border Patrol. They break down how millions of dollars are spent on sections of the border fence and are then left open for months at a time. This just further demonstrates the blatant manipulation by the elite to spend billions of dollars constructing a facade fence to then just leave it open so immigrants and drugs can continue pouring into the United States in order to wreck the entire country.
Border holes common
Infowars reporter Joe Biggs continues investigating the border in Hereford, Arizona. In a major drug smuggling corridor there are massive holes that have been cut open by drug cartels in order to drive truck loads full of drugs into the U.S. Not only are these border holes common but they are left open for years at a time allowing an endless amount of immigrants and drugs to pour across the border into the United States.
Proposals included trying to prevent a future executive amnesty by Obama..
by JONATHAN STRONG 25 Jul 2014, 8:42 AM PDT 1490 POST A COMMENT
In a free-wheeling discussion that touched on dozens of proposals for how to address the tens of thousands of illegal immigrant children streaming across the southern U.S. borders, one thread connected the calls to add to or change a border crisis proposal from GOP leadership: President Barack Obama.
The proposals included trying to prevent a future executive amnesty by Obama, telling the president what he should do to enforce the law in a non-binding resolution, and even putting impeachment on the table.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) told colleagues that the House should pass legislation with new steps to secure the border, and tell Obama if he didn’t implement it, they would impeach him.
“He either enforces the laws on the books—as he was hired and elected to do—or he leaves Congress no option. This is not our choice, this is the President’s choice and I would advise him to uphold the law on the books,” Yoho said in a written statement after the meeting.
“People were hissing at that because they don’t want to go there,” said a GOP member who was in the room.
At the other end of the spectrum, Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), a top proponent of comprehensive immigration reform, expressed befuddled frustration with conservative colleagues resistant to passing the package put together by a working group of members appointed by Speaker John Boehner.
“I have all my ideas about this, a lot of you guys – what you tell me is, we gotta secure the border and send ‘em home. Now you have a chance to secure the border and send ‘em home, but you’re saying we can’t do it,” he said, to laughter.
There were divergent views from lawmakers on whether the meeting produced a strong impetus to pass a bill in the House next week, with some lawmakers saying the conference had achieved a consensus on moving forward while critics of the border package raised questions about whether it could secure the necessary votes.
The discussion is, at this point, about optics, since it’s widely regarded that the House bill will not be enacted into law.
“Whatever we do, we gotta figure Reid isn’t going to go ahead with it, so basically it’s a message bill, well we’re going to go tell our constituents, ‘well here’s what we’ve done, Reid won’t do it.’ So this is kind of just political blame shifting,” said Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL).
One option discussed is a resolution outlining steps Obama should take to secure the border.
“Trent Franks mentioned he has a resolution that specifically lists all the ways the president has failed and invited the crisis, lists a number of things that the president could actually do to solve the crisis. I think there’s a lot of sense that that’s a good idea, right out of the gate, to do that. And then whatever you do after that, we’ll see,” DeSantis said.
Another was addressing the push to address a future executive action by Obama in a stand-alone bill.
“We could at least put it on the floor separately. That’s what my recommendation has been to the task force: if you don’t want to put it in the bill, at least let us vote on it,” said Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX).
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said he supported addressing Obama’s executive actions in the package. “I think we should, but we’ll see. I think we should, but I would vote for it anyway. Whatever comes out is a step in the right direction. You can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” he said.
Members remarked about a very wide array of ideas being proposed.
“Every subject under the moon” was discussed, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) said.
“Oh, yeah – too many,” King said when asked if many views were expressed.