WITH TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY APPROACHING,
THE CONSEQUENCES OF BERKLEY, REID & PELOSI’S HEALTHCARE LAW
Berkley Doubles Down On ObamaCare – Votes Against Legislation Abolishing IPAB
Healthcare Law Gives 15 Unelected Bureaucrats The Power To Decide The Healthcare Decisions For Nevadans
WASHINGTON - Liberal U.S. Congresswoman Shelley Berkley today voted against a bill to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by ObamaCare.
President Barack Obama’s intrusive healthcare bill which is now the law of the land, forces every Nevadan to purchase health insurance, but also includes a provision that gives 15 unelected bureaucrats the power to decide which healthcare decisions are best for Nevadans – IPAB.
In fact, the American Hospital Association, along with over 70 medical groups warned Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and their fellow Democrats that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) could limit seniors’ access to Medicare and even the infrastructure for the entire healthcare system.
Additionally, it’s been reported that the IPAB’s true end game is to arbitrarily control the price of healthcare and decide what type of medical treatments patients in Nevada can receive.
As the Wall Street Journal reports:
Public opposition to the Affordable Care Act has grown in surprising and unpredictable ways since the entitlement passed two years ago, but few would have predicted then that so many Democrats would repudiate so many of President Obama’s core promises. Yet that is happening now, as Congress targets the 15-member central committee that is supposed to control health costs. … This turn is remarkable because the IPAB really does embody ObamaCare’s innermost values and beliefs—to wit, that health decisions are too important to leave to the people receiving the care (patients), the people providing the care (doctors and hospitals), the people paying for the care (taxpayers), or even the people who got the government involved in the first place (politicians). (Editorial, Independent Payment Advisory Revolt, Wall Street Journal, 03/09/12)
The House of Representatives today in a bipartisan manner voted to strip the IPAB of their power, but embattled Congresswoman Shelley Berkley and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi made their position clear by voting against the repeal.
“Liberal Congresswoman Shelley Berkley sent a loud and clear message today to the people of Nevada – she voted for ObamaCare and she’s sticking by it,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) spokesman Jahan Wilcox. “While Berkley made her position clear today, the people of Nevada will make their position clear in November when they reject her and ObamaCare.”
OBAMACARE ALLOWS FOR UNELECTED BUREAUCRATS TO CONTROL HEALTH CARE
ObamaCare Created The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) “To Come Up With Ways To Cut Medicare Spending If It Grows Too Fast.” “That’s the job description for the 15 members of the Independent Payment Advisory Board – the new panel created by President Barack Obama’s health care law to come up with ways to cut Medicare spending if it grows too fast.” (David Nather, “Medicare Cost-Cutting Job Could Be Worst in D.C.,” Politico, 5/14/11)
- “If Per Capita Costs Grow By More Than GDP Plus 0.5%, This Board Would Get More Power, Including An Automatic Budget Sequester To Enforce Its Rulings” To Cut Medicare Costs. “Fifteen members will serve on the Independent Payment Advisory Board, all appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. If per capita costs grow by more than GDP plus 0.5%, this board would get more power, including an automatic budget sequester to enforce its rulings. So 15 sages sitting in a room with the power of the purse will evidently find ways to control Medicare spending that no one has ever thought of before and that supposedly won’t harm seniors’ care, even as the largest cohort of the baby boom generation retires and starts to collect benefits.” (Editorial Board, “The Presidential Divider,” The Wall Street Journal , 4/14/2011)
The Wall Street Journal : IPAB Embraces The Thought That Health Care Decisions Are Best Made By Bureaucrats Rather Than Patients. “This turn is remarkable because the IPAB really does embody ObamaCare’s innermost values and beliefs-to wit, that health decisions are too important to leave to the people receiving the care (patients), the people providing the care (doctors and hospitals), the people paying for the care (taxpayers), or even the people who got the government involved in the first place (politicians).” (Editorial, “Independent Payment Advisory Revolt,” The Wall Street Journal , 3/9/12)
IPAB Threatens Patient Care
Obama’s HHS Secretary Admits That IPAB Threatens Seniors’ Access To Certain Procedures. “‘If Congress accepted the recommendations and made the decision that cuts in dialysis were appropriate,’ Sebelius replied, ‘I assume there could be some providers who would decide that would not be a service they would any longer deliver…’” (Kathleen Sebelius, “IPAB: The Controversial Consequences For Medicare And Seniors,” House Energy And Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, 7/13/11)
Witnesses At A Recent Congressional Hearing Argued That IPAB Would Reduce Access To Medical Care. “The Independent Payment Advisory Board, created under the health care law to help control Medicare costs, lacks flexibility to do much more than cut provider payments that would lead to a reduction in access to care, witnesses told a House Ways and Means panel March 6.” (Ralph Lindeman, “IPAB Would Reduce Access to Care, Witnesses Tell Ways and Means Panel,” Bloomberg, 3/7/12)
The Wall Street Journal : IPAB’s “End Game” Will Limit Patient Care.” “The only alternative, and the IPAB’s true end game, is harsher and more arbitrary price controls and eventually limits on the care patients are allowed to receive. The New England Journalists (of Medicine) deny this reality because ObamaCare has a clause that prohibits ‘rationing,’ even as the law leaves that term undefined. But reducing treatment options will be inevitable as government costs explode.” (Editorial, “Independent Payment Advisory Revolt,” The Wall Street Journal , 3/9/12)
- The Wall Street Journal : IPAB Will Allow Bureaucrats To “Throw Granny Over The Cliff.” “One place to start is by attacking the Democratic plan to cut Medicare via political rationing. Mr. Ryan’s budget had the virtue of embarrassing President Obama’s spend-more initial budget, and the White House responded by proposing to increase the power of the new Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to decide what, and how much, Medicare will pay for. The ObamaCare bill goes to great lengths to shelter this 15-member, unelected board from Congressional review, with the goal of letting these bureaucrats throw granny over the cliff if Medicare isn’t reformed. Yet few Americans know anything about IPAB or its rationing intentions.” (Editorial, “The GOP’s New York Spanking,” The Wall Street Journal , 5/26/11)
Industry Groups Worry That IPAB’s Actions Will Result In “Rationing.” “While the board is not supposed to be able to cut benefits, industry groups fear that its actions would result in rationing care. The board … could cut payments to health care providers.” (Duff Wilson, “Industry Aims At Medicare Board,” The New York Times‘ ” Prescription,” 11/4/10)
Paul Howard And Douglas Holtz-Eakin: IPAB Is “Fatally Flawed,” Spurns Innovation, And Will “Threaten Seniors’ Access To Care.” “IPAB is fatally flawed, structured to punish innovative health care providers and threaten seniors’ access to care while leaving the largest sources of Medicare spending untouched. It continues Washington’s obsession with price-fixing in Medicare’s separate ‘silos’ rather than changing the incentives that have led to rampant overspending, fraud and uneven care quality.” (Paul Howard & Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Op-Ed, “Repeal And Replace IPAB,” Politico, 7/12/11)
IPAB BUREAUCRATS WILL HAVE NO ACCOUNTABILITY
Membership To The IPAB Is Not Limited To Health Care Professionals. “The Act requires the appointed membership of the IPAB to include individuals who enjoy ‘national recognition’ in several stated aspects of health policy, including health finance and economics, and further stipulates occupations which should be represented on the Board including physicians and ‘experts in pharmaco-economics.’ The Act specifies that the appointed IPAB members have broad geographic representation and that the Board be balanced between urban and rural representatives. In order to preclude conflicts of interest, the Act stipulates that a majority of the appointed members of the IPAB are not be persons ‘directly involved’ in the provision or management of the delivery of items and services covered by Medicare.” (Congressional Research Service, Memo To Senator Coburn, 3/18/11)
ObamaCare Gives Obama The Power To Appoint Members To IPAB During Recess. “Because the President’s recess appointment authority is unqualified, it appears that he could fill member positions on the IPAB by recess appointment during any period when he could otherwise make such appointments. Under certain circumstances, such appointments might be subject to pay restrictions, but the analysis of such a possibility is beyond the scope of this memorandum.” (Congressional Research Service, Memo To Senator Coburn, 3/18/11)
The American Medical Association Opposes IPAB On The Ground That The Board Has Little “Accountability.” “The AMA has consistently expressed its opposition to the IPAB on several grounds. The IPAB puts important health care payment and policy decisions in the hands of an independent body that has far too little accountability.” (James L. Madara, American Medical Association CEO, Letter To Representatives Joe Pitts, 2/27/12)
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During the debate over Obamacare, Democrats and the president claimed that the law would lower health care costs, create hundreds of thousands of jobs, protect Medicare, and allow Americans to keep their health care plans. Two years later, it’s clear that not one of those promises will be kept. Instead, the health care law will drive up families’ premiums by more than $2,000, force cash-strapped state governments to shoulder more than $100 billion in new Medicaid costs, take more than half a trillion dollars from Medicare, and encourage employers to drop health care coverage for up to 35 million Americans. And far from creating jobs, the health care law will actually result in 800,000 fewer jobs over the next decade. It’s time to repeal Obamacare and replace it with commonsense, step-by-step reforms that will actually lower costs.
Please meet Chris Fields who’s running for United States Congress in Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. If that district seems familiar to you, it should, it’s currently being represented by the apparently Islamic supremacist Keith Ellison… for the purpose of this introduction I’ll spare you the diatribe on Ellison and why I think he should be replaced and instead opt to have Chris tell you about himself and why he thinks he’s the best person for the job.
Why Chris is Running
Like many, I have grown increasingly concerned with the state of our nation as I have witnessed our political leaders become further entrenched in partisan politics with little to no progress. Washington, DC is no longer a place where our elected officials come together to do the work of the people. Rather, it is a sea of stubbornness filled with men and women who have lost sight of their purpose. That purpose being to provide leadership. Many of our elected officials today demonstrate that their biggest concern is getting re-elected. They neglect their responsibilities and the true desires of their constituents, who want nothing more than a non-intrusive and effective government that honors its obligations to its citizens.
“Honor, Courage and Commitment“ is instilled in every Marine. It is the reason I proudly served our country for 21 years in the United States Marine Corps. It drives the passion I possess to serve my community and it is the reason why I am running to become your Congressman.
In January 2007, when Congressman Ellison was first sworn-in to represent the people of our District, the unemployment rate was 4.6%, and the African American unemployment rate was 8%. In January 2007, the National debt was 8.6 trillion dollars.
Congressman Ellison’s lack of leadership and economic policies have badly hurt the people of our country. When he does choose to engage he chooses partisanship over leadership. The unemployment rate is now 9.1%. The total number of unemployed, under-employed, and those who have given up hope of finding a job, is even worse: 17% nationwide, and over 24% in the African American community; a level which even Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters says is “unconscionable.” In August 2011, for the first time since 1945, there were no new jobs created. Today, the National debt is 15 trillion dollars.
I believe that we are ready to recognize. That this is our community and not the ideological playground of politicians. Our votes have been used to divide us rather than to create solutions for all of us. The economic hardships that many of us face are being exploited and not resolved. We have seen too much decline and with strong leadership as well as effective representation we can prosper once again.
I am running because, if elected, I will fight for you and not for special interests. It is true that America is at a crossroads. We now face a broad array of tough decisions that can no longer be delayed. Washington needs a new era of leaders who are ready to put people first. I will provide the leadership required that will create jobs and get Americans back to work, and I will always put the people over a political party.
His Life of Service
Raised in the South Bronx, the oldest of three children to a teenage mother, I learned that life is a challenge. Survival for my family was not easy. My mother, determined to give us a better life, worked long hours at the local grocery store. I was often left home alone to care for my younger brother and sister.
Despite the challenges of being a young black youth, I was able to stay away from the troubles that have plagued much of the poor inner-city. I excelled in school, but with this success came a set of challenges such as ridicule, bullying, and violence from the neighborhood kids. It was during this time that my stepfather would enter our lives to influence me in ways which I could never have imagined. A young white man from the suburbs, with a dream of making the inner-city neighborhood in the South Bronx better, my stepfather began what would become one of the most successful sweat equity projects of its time. The non-profit organization he founded, Banana Kelly, still stands and serves as a reminder of what people working together can achieve.
Though I have faced many struggles during my younger years, I managed to graduate from high school the Valedictorian. College seemed like a reasonable next step for me, but that was not to be. I found a job as a messenger delivering packages in the heart of New York City. Hard working and eager to learn the ropes, I soon found myself climbing the difficult ladders in a rough and tumble business. Though rising through the ranks and rubbing elbows with NYC’s movers and shakers was exciting for a kid from the South Bronx, I still sought a higher purpose, a life of service.
I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. In the Marine Corps I traveled around the world and fought in Iraq during the second Iraq War. Later I would earn a commission as a Marine Corps Officer and finish college with the academic distinction of Magna Cum Laude. These experiences have given me a birds-eye view of the challenges facing the world today.
I was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps on August 1st, 2011 and I now seek to continue my life of service to our community and country.
I am happily married to Christa Groshek, a lifelong resident of Minnesota, and I am the proud father of a 20-year old son. We make our home in the Minneapolis area.
America you have seen the destruction with your own eyes. You have heard in his voice and you have witnessed the true desires of this Progressive Marxist whom is our President. Their should now be zero doubt in your minds of what his idea of ” Hope and Change ” meant for our country. It is time to take a stand and stop this destruction.
Obama has overstepped his bounds! His latest Executive Order essentially gives him blank checks to continue to drive Americans deeper and deeper into debt.
Since Obama’s election a bounty of approximately $14,000 a year has been added to every man, woman, and child in this country. As it stands now, a child born today will a debt of inherit $1.5M. And Obama has no plans on stopping the spending orgy!
Passage of the NDAA at the end of 2011 allows the government to arrest and detain anybody considered a terrorist, while H.R. 367 removes your 1st Amendment rights to free speech, as you can be arrested for legal protests.
This is why Obama can not be re-elected. Your donation of $10, $20, $50, $100 or more will help us to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Imagine what Obama will spend if he were to get 4 more years. America can’t afford this and neither can we.
As you drive America’s ribbon of highway, from California to the New York island, there’s one reality that can’t be escaped — gas prices keep going up, with no end in sight. But instead of taking action to bring relief to the American people, the Obama Administration is patting itself on the back for a job well done while mocking those who are calling for a commonsense energy policy.
This week saw the highest average gas price ever recorded in March — a whopping $3.87 per gallon. That’s up 4 cents from over a week ago, and 30 cents more than last year. On the West Coast, it’s up to $4.23 a gallon, but no matter where you go in America, you’ll feel the burn.
Meanwhile, the President is still beating the drums for his energy strategy, which he highlighted yesterday in a visit to the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility in Boulder City, Nevada. Anticipating the obvious criticism — that his investment in the Solyndra solar plant went belly up, costing American taxpayers $535 million — the President mocked those who question his ideas, saying they “lack imagination,” and he turned to name calling in order to deflect legitimate concerns about the viability of his green pipe dream and the fact that it has not produced the jobs that he promised:
One member of Congress who shall remain unnamed called these jobs ‘phony’ — called them phony jobs. I mean, think about that mindset, that attitude that says because something is new, it must not be real. If these guys were around when Columbus set sail, they’d be charter members of the Flat Earth Society.
But as Heritage’s Nick Loris points out, those who criticize the President’s policies aren’t opposed to new ideas. The Administration’s record of burning billions in taxpayer dollars to somehow transition America to a new energy economy have not produced results that earn confidence. The American people’s money is being used to offset private-sector investments and artificially prop up industries until they go bankrupt, like Solyndra, Beacon, Ener1, Abound, and so on. Only when technologies such as solar, wind, and biofuels become affordable and reliable will consumers embrace them.
While the President is out West selling his spending and tax hikes, back home in Washington his Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, is giving himself kudos for a job well done. In testimony before Congress this week, Chu was asked whether he would give himself an “A minus” on controlling the cost of gasoline. His response? “I would I say I would give myself a little higher in that since I became Secretary of Energy, I’ve been doing everything I can to get long-term solutions.” For the record, this is the same Steven Chu who said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe” (which are routinely above $8 per gallon). Perhaps in that context, he does deserve an “A.”
Heritage’s Rob Bluey reports that ”the Obama Administration is overseeing a sharp decline in fossil fuel production (coal, oil, and natural gas) on federal lands, which recently hit its lowest point in nine years.” Those actions include withdrawing areas offered for 77 oil and gas leases in Utah, canceling lease sales in the Western Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic coast, delaying exploration off the coast of Alaska, keeping other resource-rich areas off limits, finalizing rules that establish more hurdles to onshore oil and natural gas production on federal lands, and withdrawing 61 oil and natural gas leases in Montana as part of a lawsuit settlement over climate change.
And then there’s the issue of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would deliver 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Alberta, Canada, to Gulf Coast refineries. When given the chance to approve the project, President Obama flat out said “no.”
Now, though, he is attempting to have it both ways, and is expected to announce plans to fast-track the southern portion of the pipeline. But this is all for show, as his announcement won’t change anything. TransCanada told Bloomberg News that the President’s announcement won’t affect their schedule at all, where construction on the southern portion is already slated to begin in June.
If the President were truly supportive of the project, he would not have personally lobbied Senate Democrats two weeks ago to vote against an amendment that would have authorized construction of the entire pipeline. He cannot now say he is expediting anything. President Obama is merely putting political rhetoric over smart policy in order to appease his environmental base and boost his sagging poll numbers simultaneously.
According to Gallup, those who are following the issue favor building the pipeline by a 78-22 margin. And even including those who are not following the issue closely, the pipeline still has the support of 57 percent of the nation.
President Obama uses the language of “all of the above,” but his actions speak greater volumes. Rather than give themselves an “A” for gas prices and mock their opponents, the Obama Administration should immediately speed up the permitting and leasing processes, remove litigation risks, reform punitive regulations, and stop throwing billions in taxpayer money at broken companies like Solyndra and calling it an answer.
The Controversial Obamacare Panel Has Drawn Harsh Criticism From House Democrats, Silence From Democrat Senators
IPAB Will ‘Do The Inevitable Dirty Work Of Denying Care’
MEDICAL GROUPS: “The IPAB reductions … could jeopardize both access for Medicare beneficiaries and even infrastructure for the entire health care system.” (Letter To Sen. Reid And Rep. Pelosi, 73 Medical Groups, 1/11/10)
“…the IPAB’s true end game, is harsher and more arbitrary price controls and eventually limits on the care patients are allowed to receive.” (Editorial, “Independent Payment Advisory Revolt,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/9/12)
· “… the IPAB really does embody ObamaCare’s innermost values and beliefs—to wit, that health decisions are too important to leave to the people receiving the care (patients), the people providing the care (doctors and hospitals), the people paying for the care (taxpayers), or even the people who got the government involved in the first place (politicians).” (Editorial, “Independent Payment Advisory Revolt,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/9/12)
“As usual, the most dangerous parts of ObamaCare aren’t receiving the scrutiny they deserve … this remote, impersonal and unaccountable central committee [will] to do the inevitable dirty work of denying care.” (Editorial, “The Rationing Commission,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/15/09)
FMR WH OFFICIAL: IPAB Would Make America ‘Less Democratic,’ ‘Less Accountable To Voters’
PETER ORSZAG, Former OMB Director: “[B]uild a new set of rules and institutions … making them a bit less democratic … less accountable to voters.” “…we need to jettison the Civics 101 fairy tale about pure representative democracy and instead begin to build a new set of rules and institutions … relying more on automatic policies and depoliticized commissions for certain policy decisions. In other words, radical as it sounds, we need to counter the gridlock of our political institutions by making them a bit less democratic. … reduce the power of elected officials and therefore make our government somewhat less accountable to voters.” (Peter Orszag, “Too Much Of A Good Thing,” The New Republic, 9/14/11)
· “Perhaps the most dramatic example of this idea is the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), created as part of the recent health care reform legislation.” (Peter Orszag, “Too Much Of A Good Thing,” The New Republic, 9/14/11)
“Peter R. Orszag was President Obama’s first budget director, helping to shape … the health care legislation passed in early 2010.” (“Peter R. Orszag,” The New York Times, 8/12/10)
Repeal Supported By 20 House Dems, Zero Senate Dems
“…a bill from Tennessee Republican Phil Roe that would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB, the new ObamaCare bureaucracy with vast powers to control health care and health markets starting next year. A straight majority of the House has joined Mr. Roe as co-sponsors—some 234 Members, including 20 Democrats.” (Editorial, “Independent Payment Advisory Revolt,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/9/12)
· 20 Democrats Have Co-Sponsored H.R.452, The Medicare Decisions Accountability Act Of 2011: Reps. Joe Baca (D-CA), John Barrow (D-GA), Shelley Berkley (D-NV), Timothy Bishop (D-NY), Michael Capuano (D-MA), Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Donna Christensen (D-VI), Joe Courtney (D-CT), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Barney Frank (D-MA), Eddie Johnson (D-TX), Larry Kissell (D-NC), Jim Matheson (D-UT), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Mike Ross (D-AR), Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), and Allyson Schwartz (D-PA). (H.R.452, Introduced 1/26/11)
REP. ALLYSON SCHWARTZ (D-PA): “I cannot condone the implementation of a flawed policy that will risk beneficiary access to care.” (Rep. Schwartz, “Schwartz: IPAB Is The Wrong Path Toward Medicare Payment Reform,” Press Release, 4/15/11)
REP. FRANK PALLONE (D-NJ): “I’ve never supported it… I’m opposed to independent commissions or outside groups playing a role other than on a recommendatory basis.” (“Dems Split On Health Payment Panel,” Politico, 7/10/11)
REP. LARRY KISSELL (D-NC): “We must leave as much of the decision making surrounding healthcare where it belongs – between patients and their doctors.” (Rep. Kissell, “This Week In Washington,” Press Release, 3/18/11)
NOTE: “These desperate attacks only serve to highlight two things: that Shelley Berkley is the only candidate who voted for President Obama’s job-killing health care bill, which cut $500 billion from Medicare, and that under the failed leadership of her liberal mentor Harry Reid, the Senate hasn’t even passed a budget in over a thousand days,” said Jahan Wilcox, a spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
From the Las Vegas Sun:
With the anniversary of the national health care law coming Friday and the Supreme Court’s much-anticipated consideration of a lawsuit to repeal it on tap Monday, this should have been Republicans’ week to drop the political bombs related to medical coverage.
Instead, Democrats are firing off health-related shots at Republicans, thanks to the release of House Budget Director Paul Ryan’s 2013 budget proposal.
Ryan’s bill isn’t a replica of the budget bill that caused a months-long political fight last year over whether Republicans intended to kill or save Medicare. But it is, to the Democrats at least, new life for the issue they see as their biggest winner on the campaign trail — an issue which, in Nevada, both Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley and Republican Sen. Dean Heller have said they intend to make part of their Senate campaigns.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., declares that he was “disappointed” in President Obama’s speech on a federal spending plan, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 13, 2011. He is flanked by Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., left, and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, right.
“I feel as if it’s deja vu all over again,” Berkley said Wednesday on the House floor. “Just one year ago, Washington Republicans proposed a plan to kill Medicare by turning it over to private insurance companies. … Now, just one year later, Republicans are pushing yet another plan to end Medicare and devastate Nevada seniors by forcing them to pay thousands more out of their own pockets for health care.
“It was a bad idea for Nevada seniors when it was first proposed; it’s a bad idea for Nevada seniors now.”
The good: The Toshiba Excite 10 LE is the thinnest, lightest 10-inch tablet yet, an achievement made more impressive by the inclusion of HDMI, Micro-USB, and microSD memory expansion.
The bad: The proprietary charging adapter is a beast; the screen is so-so; the internal speakers sound thin; and the construction quality looks better than it feels.
The bottom line: The Toshiba Excite 10 LE sets a new design standard for thin and light 10-inch tablets, but the specs don’t live up to the name.
With every new $100 level increment in Apple‘s (AAPL) stock price, we hear a chorus of worrywarts on business TV saying it just can’t continue.
It’s unprecedented, they say. Apple’s now too big. Steve Jobs is gone. Everyone likes it. It’s a bubble.
Yet, no company this big before has ever had the opportunities and relatively low market share that Apple now has. And Steve’s greatness actually masked how good the rest of the team is.
We’re at $600 now, but I think Apple has much further to go from here. If things play out as I expect, Apple will hit $1,650 by the end of 2015. Here’s how.
This is the most ignored part of the Apple portfolio. It has consistently grown faster than the PC industry. Macs grew their revenues 26% Y/Y in the last quarter and 22% for the last fiscal year. Macs’ growth rate is actually increasing over time. The Apple halo effect is truly starting to take hold. More
NSA chief General Keith Alexander faced tough — and funny — questions from Congress Tuesday stemming from Wired’s story on the NSA’s capabalities and warrantless wiretapping program.
Congressman Hank Johnson, a Georgia Democrat, asked Alexander whether the NSA could, at the direction of Dick Cheney, identify people who sent e-mails making fun of his inability to hunt in order to waterboard them.
Alexander said “No,” adding that the “NSA does not have the ability to do that in the United States.” Elaborating, Alexander added: “We don’t have the technical insights in the United States. In other words, you have to have [...] some way of doing that either by going to a service provider with a warrant or you have to be collecting in that area. We’re not authorized to do that, nor do we have the equipment in the United States to collect that kind of information.”
That statement seemingly contradicts James Bamford’s story, The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say), as well as stories from The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Wired, which collectively drew a picture of the NSA’s post-9/11 foray into wiretapping the nation’s telecommunication’s infrastructure to spy on Americans without getting warrants. More