Turns out that constantly bitching about capitalism can make a personal really, really ridiculously wealthy. Michael Moore, a documentarian shady filmmaker behind Capitalism: A Love Story and Sicko, owns a lot a property for someone who supposedly doesn’t like rich people, according to divorce records obtained by The Detroit News:
The filmmaker, 60, who split his time between a home here and one in New York, is leaving his wife of 22 years, Kathy Glynn.
By reaching a settlement, Moore avoids a trial that could have aired dirty laundry common in high-proile breakups and impugned his long-hewn image as a common man by disclosing details of his comfortable life.
His hit movies and best-selling books have begat a lifestyle far from most ballcap-wearing, duck-waddling denizens of Flint.
Moore and Glynn own nine properties in Michigan and New York, including a Manhattan condo that once was three apartments. CelebrityNetWorth.com pegs their wealth at $50 million.
In legal pleadings, Moore blames his wife for the expansion of the 10,000-square-foot home on Torch Lake, which has a value of $2 million.
What a joke: Obama now says he doesn’t watch the news because he knows what they’re going to say before they say it
During most of the Obama presidency, to the consternation of conservatives and the few remotely close to objective journalists out there, Obama has been claiming that he learned about various problems through the press. Of course, this is something that has caused his detractors to suggest that he is an impotent leader, and has no idea what his underlings are actually doing — presuming he’s not using these comments as a well-worn out lie.
As for his supporters, one can only assume that they’ve accepted these vacuous excuses simply because Obama has offered them.
But now it seems that really isn’t the case, or at least Obama is now saying that he actually does know what’s going on, without the assistance of the press. Of course, this is a far more believable scenario, but it doesn’t lend itself to letting the president blame anything on his lack of knowledge anymore.
It’s all about the angles, and on this one, there doesn’t seem to be an immediately obvious reason for Obama to finally say that he actually knows “things” before reading about or seeing them in the news.
While his polling numbers have been in the basement for a while now, they seem to have leveled off. In spite of the various world problems, he’s still been able to maintain his schedule of golfing and fundraising without major complaints from his base. Of course, Obama wouldn’t admit to this sort of thing to appease conservatives — if anything, he’s just opened a proverbial can of worms for them to feast on with this statement.
These people are begging Leftist heroine Elizabeth Warren to run for President, and they’re terrible
The same sort of creepy cult of personality that Barack Obama was able to build among his core supporters is beginning to take shape around Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Because crazy. Or something.
Basically, the Left views Warren as some sort of heroine and they want her to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, even if that means taking challenging Hillary Clinton. And drafting Warren apparently her involves a horrible song and footage of her cult from last weekend’s Netroots Nation conference:
Everything is terrible. This so freakin’ awful that the immediate reaction is: “Wait, this has to be a parody of how creepy and weird the Left’s personality cults can be.” Nope. It’s a thing, and it’s the worst.
Bruce Braley was so busy running for reelection that he didn’t bother to show up for VA oversight meetings
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA) has apparently forgotten that his constituents elected to him to, you know, actually show up and do his job. The Iowa Democrat, who’s running for U.S. Senate, has been missing-in-action from his committee duties, according to a report from The DesMoines Register:
Over a two-year period, Democratic U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley missed 75 percent of meetings for a committee that provides oversight over the Veterans Administration, including one meeting on a day he attended three fundraisers for his 2012 campaign.
A few months later, news reports exposed systemic problems in patient care that have since resulted in the resignation head of the federal department of veterans affairs.
Republicans argue that Braley, who missed 15 of the 20 Veterans’ Affairs Committee meetings in 2011 and 2012, has shown a lack of commitment to conditions within the health care system for veterans.
Veterans affairs have been in public floodlight because of news reports about sometimes-fatal delays for veterans waiting for care at VA hospitals, and fraudulent record-keeping meant to cover up the delays. The House Committee on Veterans Affairs, of which Braley was a member for two years, is responsible for oversight over the operations at the VA.
Another reason to fire Harry Reid: His “nuclear option” allowed Obama to pack the D.C. Circuit Court with Leftist judges
In November, amid the Obamacare rollout disaster, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) claimed that Republicans’ “unprecedented obstruction” had forced his hand, he had no choice but to invoke the nuclear option to eliminate the filibuster for most judicial and executive-level nominees.
Really, though, the true motive was to pack D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the second-most powerful court in the country, with Leftist judges appointed by President Barack Obama. The court regularly hears legal cases dealing with regulations and rules written by federal agencies. It has also been a thorn in the side of the Obama administration.
Although he’s denied in speeches on the Senate floor, Reid admitted that he was trying to tilt the court during an August 2013 interview with a Nevada radio station. “We’re focusing very intently on the D.C. Circuit,” said Reid, according to Talking Points Memo. “We need at least one more [seat filled]. There’s three vacancies. And that will switch the majority. So we’re working on it.”
That brings us to the yesterday’s decision in Halbig v. Burwell, in which a three-judge panel court ruled that the IRS acted outside of its statutory authority by extending subsidies to consumers who enrolled through the federal Obamacare Exchange.
The Obama White House’s whining doesn’t change the fact that the IRS illegally tried to rewrite Obamacare
The White House may not like the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals’ panel decision in Halbig v. Burwell, but President Barack Obama need only look to his own administration for what is yet another smackdown by the judicial branch.
Judge Thomas B. Griffith realized the impact the decision could have on the availability of Obamacare subsidies for consumers who purchased plans on the federal Exchange. He was mindful, however, of the role the judicial branch plays in interpreting statues. And, in this instance, the Internal Revenue Service acted without authority by authorizing subsidies to consumers in states that refused to participate in Obamacare.
The Affordable Care Act, in §1311, makes it very clear that subsidies were limited to states with established Exchanges. Claims that Congress intended to apply the subsidies broadly, including to the federal Exchange, rang hollow. “The fact is that the legislative record provides little indication one way or the other of congressional intent,” Griffith wrote, “but the statutory text does.”
Rather than illegally promulgating guidance to dole out subsidies, the Obama administration should have gone to Congress to seek a legislative remedy to fix the problem. That’s something President Obama just wasn’t willing to do, whether it was pride holding him back or the prospect of having to try to forge a compromise with House Republicans on the law.
Today in Liberty: There are some new details about Lerner’s hard drive, oral arguments scheduled for another big Obamacare case
“Our natural, inalienable rights are now considered to be a dispensation from government, and freedom has never been so fragile, so close to slipping from our grasp as it is at this moment.” — Ronald Reagan
— So, there’s no evidence that Lerner’s hard drive was destroyed: This sordid mess just keeps getting crazier. Tech experts are asking questions about Lois Lerner’s hard drive, but the powerful tax agency isn’t answering them. “There is a certification of destruction any time a piece of equipment is sent to a disposal company,” the head of an IT trade group said, according to Politico. “Where is that?” Questions like this are coming on the heels of the testimony of an IRS official who said that he wasn’t sure that the backup tapes on which Lois Lerner’s emails were destroyed. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen will appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this morning at 10am. We’re expecting fireworks. So, yeah, popcorn.
WaPo columnist says that Millennials should move back home to help cut costs so they can pay for those expensive student loans
Hey, Millennials, you worked hard for four years in college, and now you’re ready to find a job making a lot of money in the field in which you studied as well as find a place of your own to settle down.
And, then, comes reality. You’re left with thousands of dollars worth of student loan debt that’s going to take you several years to pay off and that degree you worked hard to receive isn’t helping you find a job related to your major. Now, you’re stuck trying to figure out how you’re going to achieve your own individual version of the American Dream.
Well, Michelle Singletary, a business columnist at the Washington Post, has a brilliant idea (not really) to help you cut back your expenses so you can work on paying down student loan debt until your finances have improved: move back home and live with your parents.
“When people ask me about what they should do about their student loans, I ask: What are you willing to do to get rid of them as fast as you can?” Singletary writes. “And here’s my suggestion: Live for as long as you can with your parents, relatives or anyone who will allow you to stay rent-free or charge you a super-low rent.”
It has come to this.
In many instances, students have lived away from home in college dorms or their own housing to get the full experience of a four-year education. Young people, who have a particular fondness of their independence, may not want to go back home after they’ve left school.
Shortly after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) reached a budget deal in December with his Senate counterpart, Patty Murray (D-WA), he declared that the agreement “reduces the deficit — without raising taxes.” Well, that depends on your definition of a tax.
Thanks to the Ryan-Murray budget deal, the fee tax passengers pay to fly to fund the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) — known as the “September 11th security fee” — more than doubled on Monday, from $2.50 to $5.60 per one-way flight:
The current fee is $2.50 for a non-stop flight or $5 for a connecting flight. The new fee will be $5.60 for all flights, with any connection longer than four hours counting as a separate flight.
Congress agreed to the increase in December to raise $12.6 billion to cut the deficit. TSA estimates the hike will generate $16.9 billion more than current collections.
“In accordance with federal law, the revenue generated from the security fee will be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury,” said David Castelveter, a TSA spokesman. “The revenue is to be used to offset TSA costs for providing civil aviation security services, after stipulated amounts are applied to reduction of the federal deficit.”
The U.S. needs an “all of the above” energy strategy: House members are making a big push to expand offshore energy production
A group of House members is working to gain support from their colleagues to encourage the Department of the Interior to expand offshore energy access in the next Five Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program.
Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) is spearheading the effort along with Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX), Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Scott Rigell (R-VA) to make offshore energy access — not just in the Gulf of Mexico but also to the Mid- and South-Atlantic as well as the Arctic — part of the United States’ energy strategy.
“[W]e believe that when Americans are free to dream and innovate,” the four House members wrote in a memo to their colleagues, “they will always find cheaper, cleaner, safer, and more efficient ways to use and produce energy.”
By gaining support to expand offshore drilling in the House, these four members hope they can prod the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to make it a more prominent feature in the Five Year leasing program for 2017 to 2022. Along with the memo to colleagues, they’ve circulated a copy of the letter they intend to send to the Department of the Interior.
“Countries like Canada, Mexico and China are ramping up their efforts to develop their offshore resources and directly competing with the United States. Simply put: the status quo will not suffice,” the letter says. “By producing more American energy from our [Outer Continental Shelf] resources, we can help to insulate our nation from global price shocks and put the United States and our allies on a more secure path.”