Whoa, what a surprise! We hope you’re sitting down. The Congressional Budget Office, the independent arm of Congress, recently extended its cost estimates for President Barack Obama’s health care law out to 2022, and, we’re shocked, SHOCKED, that the bill substantially is more expensive. Actually, twice as much as the original $900-billion price tag. Projected cost: $1.76 trillion. And this doesn’t even include implementation costs. So, in essence, the bill is going to cost nearly twice as much as projected and cover possibly 2 million fewer people. Fear not: the CBO goes on to say the law will actually reduce the deficit thanks to a projected $81 billion more in income than prior projections, courtesy of new taxes and penalties on individuals, employers and insurance companies. Just another government train wreck waiting to happen.
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We’ve been watching the start of the U.S. 31 project these last few weeks, and while we are impressed with the dispatch by which the crews are operating, we’re less than thrilled our fellow motorists cannot seem to read signage. Just last Wednesday after work, we were on U.S. 31 North, where the speed limit decreases to 40 mph – owing to a shoulder-less thoroughfare – and one would have thought it was an invitation to run a grand prix course. We were just at the speed limit – and clearly were in jeopardy of being run off the road and into the concrete barriers. This is serious business, folks. Crews are doing their best to complete the prep work in an expedient fashion. Read the signs and believe them; the local officers of the law will teach you a very expensive lesson if you choose to do otherwise.