Category Archives: Nanny State

FTEs – Something about Obamacare that I understand, and I don’t think anyone’s going to like.

FTEs. I deal with them everyday, all day. They are the heart of my job. Not many people know what they are, but get ready, you’re going to be hearing a lot about them.

In my job I deal with people and insuring that the right number of people are working at the right times to get the job done. But, in fact, people are messy and inconvenient and don’t fit into neat boxes without complaining. They like to eat, they like to take breaks, they like to call out, come in late, and leave early. Because of that we don’t talk about needing 15 people, we talk about needing 15 FTEs – Full Time Equivalents. It may take 18, 20, or more “people” to make my 15 FTEs. Think of an FTE as a perfect employee. They never eat, are never late, and never do any of those other crazy things that people do.

So how does this apply to Obamacare you ask? Simple.

You’ve probably read the stories about employers planning to limit individual hours to a level that will keep them under the 30 hour per week cap that triggers Obamacare penalties. Of course that means they will have to hire more people to offer the same level of service or to accomplish the same amount of work.

“See, Mr./Ms. Bureaucrat, I don’t have 50 full-time employees, I only have 30 people working full-time and 40 working part-time.”

“Not so fast, evil rich person,” says Mr./Ms. Bureaucrat, “We’re on to your little game.”

An applicable large employer with respect to a calendar year is defined in section 4980H(c)(2) as an employer that employed an average of at least 50 full-time employees on business days during the preceding calendar year. For purposes of determining whether an employer is an applicable large employer, full-time equivalent employees (FTEs), which are statutorily determined based on the hours of service of employees who are not full-time employees, are taken into account.

So, in our little example above, if the part-time workers were all limited to 20 hours/week the government is going to add up all those 20s and declare that you really have 30 full timers and 20 FTEs. Congratulations, you are still Obamahosed.

Businesses are going to try to get creative in their attempts to avoid the beast, but the beast is not going to be denied. I fully expect that every attempt to avoid, or even dampen the effects of Obamacare (ie remain profitable) is going to be adjudicated and/or regulated.

The short version, this is not a great time to be a business owner. It’s an even worse time to be an employee, even if it takes you and a friend to make one FTE.

Four Bells, Nancy

Admiral Farragut Pelosi has a wonderful idea, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue’s massive role in this election year.

Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Pelosi said in an interview being broadcast Sunday the ABC News program “This Week.”
We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress,” she said. “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”

Let me be honest here, I do agree with the Speaker that the role of our elected representatives is to, “do the job for the American people” rather than get elected to Congress with the sole goal of being reelected to Congress. Where she is wrong, totally wrong, is that the direction she is heading is 180 degrees from what the American people want. She seems willing to ignore that even while acknowledging the political price.

Her comments to ABC, in the interview released Sunday, seemed to acknowledge the widely held view that Democrats will lose House seats this fall — maybe a lot. They now control the chamber 255 to 178, with two vacancies. Pelosi stopped well short of suggesting Democrats could lose their majority, but she called on members of her party to make a bold move on health care with no prospects of GOP help.

“Time is up,” she said. “We really have to go forth.”

Conservatives, and anyone who is opposed to the unaffordable cost and government control issues inherent in this plan, need to continue their opposition and education. The Speaker is wrong on this as well.

Pelosi told CNN that “in a matter of days” Democrats will have specific legislative language on health care to show to the public and to wavering lawmakers. She predicted voters will warm up to the bill once they understand its details.

“When we have a bill,” she said, “you can bake the pie, you can sell the pie. But you have to have a pie to sell.”

OK, I’m not sure where pie fits into all of this, but I am confident in this; rather than warming up to the bill once they understand the details, smart, aware Americans will run from this monstrosity when they understand the details. It is up to us to continue to educate and inform people about the economy ruining, choice killing, innovation suppressing details of the coming legislation.

The actual quote, according to WikiAnswers is: “Damn the torpedoes! Four bells! Captain Crayton, go ahead! Joucett, full speed!” Thus the title to this post.

Cross posted at The Regiment.

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fishyMy first thought when the White House launched their fink-on-your-neighbors email campaign was that the fishiest comments concerning the health control bill (it is about control and power, not care and not insurance) were coming from the administration. Bryan Riley, writing for American Thinker, calls it the Obama Administration: Home of the Whopper. He examines 10 whoppers contained in a WaPo op-ed by Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Two of my “favorites”:

Whopper Number 5: Americans shouldn’t waste their time trying to understand the details of Obama’s proposal.

SEBELIUS: [W]e can’t let the details distract us from the huge benefits that reform will bring. Nor should we let ourselves be distracted by attacks that try to use the complexity of health reform to freeze Americans in inaction.

FACT: An insurance agent who advised his clients to ignore the fine print in a proposed policy could wind up in jail. Anyone who says “don’t worry about the details, this is too complex for you to understand anyway,” probably has something to hide.

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Whopper Number 9: Government health care will deliver incredible results at low prices.

SEBELIUS: Instead, we can make investments in prevention, wellness and health information technology that will allow the health-care system to deliver incredible results at prices we can all afford.

FACT: Because government programs under-pay doctors and hospitals for their services, those health care providers are forced to make up the difference by shifting costs to people who have insurance. According to Milliman, Inc., Medicare and Medicaid under-payments increase the cost of health insurance by $88 billion. Instead of fixing this problem, President Obama has proposed even more Medicare cuts.

Read the whole thing. This FISHY bill can still be stopped, and it needs to be stopped. Secretary Sebelius, your explanations are about as fishy as they come. Please turn yourself in immediately.

Living In Government Housing

Living in government housing used to be limited to military personnel (I still remember visiting my uncle and his family at Ft. Dix) and, what we used to call, “the projects”. Not anymore.

I bet you thought that if you bought a house, you actually own it and can, with reasonable exceptions, do with it what you want. You probably think that if you want to live in a log cabin, with wood stoves that belch smoke into the air for heat, and an old washer and dryer that don’t have those little EnergyStar stickers on them you can because it’s your life and your property. You paid for it with money you earned with the sweat of your brow and what the heck is America anyhow if a body can’t live in the home they want furnished with the appliances they want?

Ah, silly you. You didn’t reckon on the Democratic Party’s desire to control every minuscule aspect of your life.

Jimmie Bise’s post is a sobering and disturbing look at just one section of passed-without-reading Waxman-Markey mess. It’s section 304, and it says, in part:

(A) preparation, and public disclosure of the label through filing with tax and title records at the time of–

(i) a building audit conducted with support from Federal or State funds;

(ii) a building energy-efficiency retrofit conducted in response to such an audit;

(iii) a final inspection of major renovations or additions made to a building in accordance with a building permit issued by a local government entity;

(iv) a sale that is recorded for title and tax purposes consistent with paragraph (8);

(v) a new lien recorded on the property for more than a set percentage of the assessed value of the property, if that lien reflects public financial assistance for energy-related improvements to that building; or

(vi) a change in ownership or operation of the building for purposes of utility billing; or

(B) other appropriate means.

As Bise notes, “Pay close attention to (iii), (iv), and (vi) because those hit you right where you live.” You need to read his whole post. If your head doesn’t explode (I make no guarantees) head over to this post by Stephen Spruiell & Kevin Williamson and read about 49 other little tidbits of nanny state delight, including:

43. Waxman-Markey also enables Obama to indulge his persistent desire to use the tax code to transfer wealth from people who pay taxes to people who don’t — i.e., from likely Republican voters to likely Obama voters. The bill “amends the Internal Revenue Code to allow certain low income taxpayers a refundable energy tax credit to compensate such taxpayers for reductions in their purchasing power, as identified and calculated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), resulting from regulation of GHGs (greenhouse gases).”

44. Not only will Waxman-Markey slip more redistribution into the tax code, it will establish a new monthly welfare check. It will create an “Energy Refund Program” that will “give low-income households a monthly cash energy refund equal to the estimated loss in purchasing power resulting from this Act.”

45. Another new class of government dependents will be created by Waxman-Markey: Americans put out of work by Waxman-Markey. The bill establishes a program to distribute “climate change adjustment assistance to adversely affected workers.”

The bottom line is you are going to have less (much less) on your bottom line. Beyond that you are going to have less (much less) personal freedom and rights.

It’s passed in the House. We can not allow it to move forward in the Senate. The amount of damage this bill can do between now and 2010/2012 is mind-boggling. Make no mistake, this bill will do nothing to stop “climate change” (how can you fix a hoax?), but will do plenty to stop prosperity and replace capitalism with government redistribution of wealth.

If this doesn’t scare you, you’re just not paying attention.

Sugar Narcs?

M&M CharacterI don’t have a “Silliness Scale” that will measure this:

Michael Sheridan was stripped of his title as class vice president, barred from attending an honors student dinner and suspended for a day after buying a bag of Skittles from a classmate.

School spokeswoman Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo says the New Haven school system banned candy sales in 2003 as part of a districtwide school wellness policy.

What a bunch of meddling, nanny state morons.