– Time For Government To Shrink, Not Expand

Almost 200 years ago, French observer Alexis de Tocqueville warned Americans about a new kind of despotism, not the tyrannical kings of Europe but rather the tyranny of too many laws. He predicted that the people’s own elected lawmakers would generate stifling regulations meant for their own good. Such a network of “complicated rules,” he warned, “enervates, extinguishes and stupefies a people.” That’s precisely how Americans feel. Andrew Puzder, CEO of CKE Restaurants, says the regulatory maze has gotten so bad that it’s easier to open a restaurant in Siberia than in California. His U.S. franchises have increased in number by only 2 percent over the past three years, but overseas they’ve increased by 53 percent.
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Oregon Attorney General Sues Oracle Over Dysfunctional Obamacare Website – Yahoo Finance

The lawsuit is seeking more than $200 million in damages related to “false statement and false claims,” according to AP. Oracle was responsible for building the website for Oregon’s Obamacare website, called Cover Oregon. But it failed to meet the Oct. 1 deadline last year, and Oregonians are applying for healthcare through paper forms. Oracle has blamed the state of Oregon for the dysfunctional website, and has charged the state more than $90 million over the last two years, although Cover Oregon is refusing to pay the invoices. According to previous reports, the state of Oregon has paid $134 million to Oracle so far, in addition to $7 million for setting up the paper-based process. The site has cost more than $200 million so far for Oracle.
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Curse Of Obamacare Now Curses Cursed Chicago Cubs [VIDEO] – Yahoo News

The short-staffing situation has in turn been caused by the decision by Cubs management to keep the seasonal workers who maintain the field working fewer than 130 hours each month. Anyone who works over 130 hours each month is defined as a full-time employee under the 2010 Affordable Care Act and is thus eligible for certain benefits. Unidentified sources told the Sun-Times that the Cubs grounds crew supervisors sent 10 employees home on Thursday despite a weather forecast calling for thunderstorms to linger through Thursday and Friday . Consequently, the grounds crew was undermanned. Officials with other Major League teams criticized the decision. Cheap, one told the Second City newspaper. Embarrassing, opined another, and they got caught. Julian Green, a spokesman for the Cubs, described the staffing decisions as organizational changes made by management. Every organization, whether its baseball or corporate, is always continuing to evaluate inefficiencies, and obviously that translates to ours, Green told the Sun-Times. However, our efforts to manage costs had nothing to do with the episode on Tuesday night, he added.
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