How the Government Saves Us Money

As a part of the $2,500 a year that Obamacare was supposedly going to save each family, the “Affordable Care Act” mandates that all Americans have health insurance or pay a tax penalty. In 2014, the penalties were 1% of your household income or $95 per person—whichever was greater. In 2015, those penalties ramp up significantly to 2% of total household income, or $325 per person.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

One of the ideas that The Dread Pro-Se Kimberlin won’t let go of is that I have been using the National Bloggers Club to raise money for myself or that I have been one of the major funders of the National Bloggers Club or both at the same time. This exchange is from TDPK’s examination of me during the trial for the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance lawsuit.

MR. KIMBERLIN: So have you ever received any money, any funds at all from the National Bloggers Club?


MR. KIMBERLIN: Have you ever given money to the National Bloggers Club?

MR. OSTRONIC: Objection.

THE COURT: Sustained.

MR. KIMBERLIN: No further questions.

My answer under oath to the second question would have been “No.”

popcorn4bkKimberlin’s projection of his motivations and methods on to others has made it impossible for him to see what his opponents are really doing. While I’m pleased that Hogewash! now generates enough cash flow to pay its own way, its pre-tax profit is probably less than 5 % of my adjusted gross income. TDPK misunderstands what motivates people like me, and that’s one of the reasons why he is doomed to lose at lawfare.

The Collapse of the Ruble/The Collapse of Putin

Henry Meyer and Ilya Arkhipov have post over at Bloomberg dealing with the mutual collapse of the ruble and possible slide of Putin’s internal credibility.

The meltdown of the ruble, which has plunged 18 percent against the dollar in the last two days alone, is endangering the mantra of stability around which Putin has based his rule. While his approval rating is near an all-time high on the back of his stance over Ukraine, the currency crisis risks eroding it and undermining his authority, Moscow-based analysts said.

This strikes me as very dangerous.

Read the whole thing.