Heating bill sticker shock!
Forsyth MO – Many customers, like myself, who use Empire Electric have been clobbered with two increases this past December; a doubling of heating costs and a 13% increase in the base cost of electrical power. In my case, that translated to a $100 increase on a home budget that just saw a 200% increase in the cost of health insurance (courtesy of President Obama et al). Adding to the pain were continued high food and gas prices! – A case study in the old adage of the straw breaking some camel's back. Just call me Mr. Camel!
But wait! There's more! As January 2014 winds on down, the chilly trend looks like it will continue as we ride a roller coaster up and down that has seen below zero readings twice this month with another week to go!
How low will Obama's ratings go?
Charles Krauthammer was quoted as stating that “this (Obamacare) isn't just a wrinkle, this is a train wreck!” Like many others, he fully understands that if the Administration cannot get approximately seven million young and healthy citizens signed upped by mid March, the entire construct will collapse of its own weight. Adding to the anxiety are mega insurance conglomerates like Aetna's CEO, Mark Bertolini, who is now threatening to pull out of the program all together!
One has to wonder what all this will do to the President's ratings come March and, more importantly, what it will do to the Democratic Party at large come the fall elections...
California shoots itself in the foot...again!
The problems stem from efforts by some legislators to have a 'special technology' employed on guns sold in the state that would imprint a special id code onto any bullets a particular handgun fired. Smith and Wesson, in a statement, noted that “a number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive and, most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes.” According to Chuck Michel, a member of the West Coast consul for the NRA, “This is the latest attempt to undermine the Second Amendment in California by politicians with little to no knowledge of firearms, who seek to impose their liberal values upon those who choose to protect their families with the constitutional right to own a handgun...” I would have to agree with that statement...