DavidL's Breakfast Scramble
Taxing the sick to pay for Obama Care, David Freddoso, Washington Examiner:

You don’t think Democrats in Congress would knock over their own cancer-stricken mothers to squeeze out a few extra dollars for earmarks? Oh, you’re so wrong.

Currently, people with massive medical expenses — more than 7.5 percent of their income — can deduct them on their taxes. Under Obamacare, the threshold goes up to 10 percent in 2013 for younger taxpayers and in 2017 for older ones.

According to the Hill, this unnoticed tax hike will squeeze $15.2 billion out of 15 million very sick people, 99 percent of whom make less than $200,000 per year

Dana, he is just not that in to you, Dana Milbanks notices, finally, that his Dim Leader is simply does not have much use for a free and open press, Washington Post:

In the middle of it all was Obama — occupant of an office once informally known as “leader of the free world” — putting on a clinic for some of the world’s greatest dictators in how to circumvent a free press.

The only part of the summit, other than a post-meeting news conference, that was visible to the public was Obama’s eight-minute opening statement, which ended with the words: “I’m going to ask that we take a few moments to allow the press to exit before our first session.”

Dana you might has noticed the distinct lack of press conferences Dumbo had during the campaign.   The fact is that Obama is simply not articulate and prefers scripts to free discussions.  Or hadn’t you noticed before?

A GOP carpet bagger in New York, WHEC-TV:

Former Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Fred Smerlas, currently a New England resident, is considering becoming a New Yorker once again. This time, however, Smerlas will be competing for something else: Congress. Smerlas is being mentioned as a possible candidate to run against Democrat Louise Slaughter.

We New Yorkers seem to fond of electing carpet baggers to Congress, to wit Bobby Kennedy and Mrs. B.J. Clinton.   However a republican carpet bagger  would be new one.   I think Louise can be had.  i don’t know if Freddy the one to do it.  Alas not by district anyhow.

Curses, foiled again,  from Fausta:

Arianna goes on a snit

because her website got only one table at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner:

Arianna huffs about overbooked celebs at WHCD


Huffington asked for three tables, and on the assumption that her wish would be granted, invited 14 celebrity guests in advance, but only got one table.

If Zsa-Zsa ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.

Rats Eric, Arianna got one more table than the Swamp Stompers.  How will I ever live down the shame?   Well i don’t like fried chicken anyhow.    I am being to suspect that Fausta doesn’t like Arianna.   Who’d have thunk?

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