Articles by: Bob Adelmann

Social Security Stops Seizing Refund Checks for Decades-old Debts

Social Security Stops Seizing Refund Checks for Decades-old Debts

on April 17, 2014, 7:44 AM / in National News, News

Mary Grice, a resident of Maryland, was expecting her refund checks of $4,462 from the IRS and the state of Maryland. They never came. Instead she got a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) saying that they took them to settle a debt owed by her father — in 1977. When the Washington Post learned that she was filing […]

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Solution to LA’s Pension Shortfalls? Create Another Commission!

Solution to LA’s Pension Shortfalls? Create Another Commission!

on April 15, 2014, 7:02 AM / in National News, News

Expectations that the Los Angeles 2020 Commission’s second report would address reality and set in place strong recommendations to rescue the foundering city were dashed with its publication on April 9. In simple terms, the commission wimped out. A year ago Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson asked former Clinton Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor to put together a […]

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Using “Mental Health” to Take Away Guns

Using “Mental Health” to Take Away Guns

on April 5, 2014, 7:21 AM / in National News, News

Following the second Fort Hood massacre in five years, the post’s commanding general, Lt. General Mark Milley, told reporters on Thursday that the root cause of the attack was attacker Ivan Lopez’s mental illness: We have very strong evidence that [Lopez] had a medical history that indicates an unstable psychiatric or psychological condition. We’re going through all records to ensure […]

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Survey: Small Business Will Lay Off Workers if Minimum Wage Hiked

Survey: Small Business Will Lay Off Workers if Minimum Wage Hiked

on March 21, 2014, 6:48 AM / in National News, News

Bob Funk, the entrepreneur who founded and now operates Express Employment Professionals (claimed to be the largest privately owned employment service in the country), holds that the best way to determine the impact of a proposed law is to ask those who would be directly affected by it. This method reduces confusion, avoids extended discussions among economists who have never […]

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United States to Give Up Its Control of the Internet

United States to Give Up Its Control of the Internet

on March 19, 2014, 8:13 AM / in National News, News

Last Friday the Department of Commerce announced that in October 2015 it will relinquish all remaining control over the “root” of the Internet to an obscure but vital private non-profit organization. That group, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), promises to create a new structure that will keep the Internet private, safe, and robust. Many freedom-loving people and organizations […]

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Vallejo, California, Likely Headed for Second Bankruptcy

Vallejo, California, Likely Headed for Second Bankruptcy

on March 18, 2014, 7:08 AM / in National News, News

Back in February 2008, Vallejo, California, was in desperate shape. Councilwoman Stephanie Gomes saw what was coming: “Our financial situation is getting worse every single day. No [one] wants to declare bankruptcy, but if you’re facing insolvency, you have no choice,” she said at the time. Two months later her council voted 7-0 to declare Chapter 9 bankruptcy. In that […]

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Bill to Register all Firearms in Illinois Introduced

Bill to Register all Firearms in Illinois Introduced

on March 13, 2014, 8:56 AM / in National News, News

Another anti-gun bill mandating (this time) the registration of every firearm in the state of Illinois (plus permission slips to purchase ammunition) was introduced last month by self-proclaimed LGBT activist and progressive Democrat Kelly Cassidy. Representing state district 14, Cassidy’s bill is called simply: “Firearms Registration Act.” Cassidy’s goal is simple: She wants the Illinois State Police to know where every […]

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Connecticut Gun Confrontation Brewing Over Registration

Connecticut Gun Confrontation Brewing Over Registration

on March 1, 2014, 7:36 AM / in National News, News

Speculation about how the state of Connecticut would respond to the thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of gun owners who failed to register their firearms by December 31 ended when the state police sent out this January 2, 2014 letter to all those who registered late, but who in the process gave the state sufficient information to brand them as […]

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S&P Downgrades Puerto Rican Debt to Junk Status

S&P Downgrades Puerto Rican Debt to Junk Status

on February 6, 2014, 6:08 AM / in National News, News

  Now that credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s has ended the suspense by announcing that it is cutting Puerto Rico’s $70 billion worth of general obligation bonds to junk status, questions about the island’s economic future abound. Will Fitch and Moody’s follow suit as they warned they probably would back in December? If the country can’t arrange other financing to […]

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Moody’s Downgrades Health Insurers, Cites ObamaCare Uncertainty

Moody’s Downgrades Health Insurers, Cites ObamaCare Uncertainty

on January 26, 2014, 9:51 AM / in National News, News

In announcing credit rating firm Moody’s downgrade of all health insurers, Senior Vice President Stephen Zaharuk placed the blame firmly and directly on the Obamacare rollout and implementation: The ongoing and unstable and evolving environment is a key factor for our outlook change. The past few months have seen new regulations and announcements that impose operational changes well after product and […]

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Pushback Against Federal Roadside Checkpoints Increasing

Pushback Against Federal Roadside Checkpoints Increasing

on January 14, 2014, 7:06 AM / in National News, News

With some 60 cities participating in federal checkpoints, pushback from citizens and local police and sheriff’s departments is increasing. In its defense, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in an e-mail: Each year, close to 10,000 people die in drunk driving crashes: 27 people a day, or one person every 53 minutes, according to [our] data. To better […]

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Reports of Death of Incandescent Light Bulb are Premature

Reports of Death of Incandescent Light Bulb are Premature

on January 13, 2014, 9:59 AM / in National News, News

Amidst celebrations welcoming the New Year, commentators were also announcing the death of the ubiquitous light bulb — the incandescent variety — that Congress, in a fit of environmental overreach, banned in stages with legislation passed in 2007. For instance, Shawn Regan, writing at Reason magazine, called it “Lights Out for America’s Favorite Light Bulb,” while CNN wrote an obituary for it, adding that […]

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Military Gender Issue Reignites as 45 Percent of Female Marines Fail Pull-up Test

Military Gender Issue Reignites as 45 Percent of Female Marines Fail Pull-up Test

on January 7, 2014, 5:00 AM / in National News, News, Opinion

A brief announcement on the U.S. Marine Corps’ social networking site was enough to set off another round in the gender wars: “Corps postpones pull-ups for women & female Marines.” The reason was simple: Despite being given more than a year’s warning that pull-ups would be the only option for testing females’ upper body strength in the Corps’ Physical Fitness Test […]

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Gun Accessories Firm Magpul Leaves Colorado After New Anti-Gun Laws

Gun Accessories Firm Magpul Leaves Colorado After New Anti-Gun Laws

on January 3, 2014, 10:06 AM / in National News, News

Just when some of its customers were beginning to question gun accessories company Magpul Industries’ sincerity about moving out of Colorado in response to anti-gun legislation passed last summer, the organization announced that it has finalized its moves to Wyoming and Texas. The company gained national attention last spring when state representative Lori Saine read a message from the firm’s CEO […]

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Bill de Blasio: New York City’s “Progressive” New Mayor

Bill de Blasio: New York City’s “Progressive” New Mayor

on January 3, 2014, 7:08 AM / in National News, News

When Bill de Blasio was celebrating his mayoral victory last November, he made clear exactly what his agenda is for New York City: My fellow New Yorkers: Today you spoke out loudly and clearly for a new direction for our city. Make no mistake: the people of this city have chosen a progressive path, and tonight we set forth on […]

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More Hidden Costs of ObamaCare Coming to Light

More Hidden Costs of ObamaCare Coming to Light

on January 3, 2014, 7:02 AM / in National News, News

The latest tally shows that ObamaCare enrollments are just over two million, falling far short of the estimated 3.3 million expected to sign up by January 1, and putting into serious doubt the goal of seven million by the end of March. At first blush, the reason for the lackluster enrollment is the premium cost. Many people are learning to their […]

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Another ObamaCare Surprise: Estate Recovery

Another ObamaCare Surprise: Estate Recovery

on December 20, 2013, 7:28 AM / in National News, News

Editor’s Note: This is the meaning of Health Insurance Reform Sofia Prins and Gary Balhorn were about to sign applications for free coverage under Washington State’s Medicaid program — recently expanded under ObamaCare — when Sofia began reading the fine print: If you’re over age 55, the state of Washington will bill your estate for your health expenses when you […]

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Senator Tom Coburn Releases 2013 “Wastebook”

Senator Tom Coburn Releases 2013 “Wastebook”

on December 18, 2013, 8:11 AM / in National News, News

In a press release Tuesday, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced the publication of his annual “Wastebook,” which highlights Congress’ “most egregious spending” while at the same time distancing himself from the big spenders and ear-markers in Congress who provided fodder for his book: While politicians in Washington spent much of 2013 complaining about sequestration’s impact on domestic programs and our national defense, we […]

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White House Thanksgiving Day Reminder: Be Thankful for SNAP

White House Thanksgiving Day Reminder: Be Thankful for SNAP

on December 3, 2013, 6:41 AM / in National News, News

Last week the White House issued a Thanksgiving Day reminder: “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps millions of Americans put food on the table.” Then began a litany of statistics and charts along with explanations of how wonderful SNAP is, even getting in a dig at those selfish “House Republicans [who] would cause nearly 4 million Americans to lose access […]

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Colo. State Senator Resigns to Avoid Being Recalled Over Gun Issue

Colo. State Senator Resigns to Avoid Being Recalled Over Gun Issue

on November 30, 2013, 6:12 AM / in National News, News

In anticipation that the recall movement that had successfully ousted two other Colorado state senators over gun control issues this past summer was about to overwhelm a third, state senator Evie Hudak (shown) abruptly resigned on Wednesday, rather than face a recall election. By resigning, under Colorado law her successor must be appointed by the Democrat Party, thus preserving a one-vote […]

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