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Published: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Uh-oh, don't look now but the Oracle of Omaha, Warren Buffett, says it's time to scrap ObamaCare and start over. “Attack the costs first and then worry about expanding coverage,” he told Money Morning. Bottom line: If President Obama has lost the usually ardent support of Mr. Buffett, ObamaCare is a lost cause. ... The Treasury Department says the federal government pulled in a record of nearly $2.5 trillion in tax revenues for the first 11 months of fiscal 2013. But it still put up a $755 billion deficit for the same period, CNSNews.com reports. Why do we get the impression that no matter how much the government conscripts, it would overspend? ... Those opposing any plan to privatize liquor sales in Pennsylvania invariably claim that all manner of drunken-driving Armageddon will befall us if the state's role is diminished. But as the Commonwealth Foundation's Nathan Benefield reminds, “The truth is that Pennsylvania currently ranks higher than the national average in accidents related to DUIs according to MADD — despite 80 years of the state government's total control over alcohol sales.” Nothing quite like the sobering facts to slay the myths of the drunken apologists for statism. ... The New York Post reports that under ObamaCare, doctors will be required to ask you “Are you sexually active?” and “If so, with one partner, multiple partners or same-sex partners?” To which any true-blue American should respond, “Tell the president it's none of his (expletive deleted) business.”

 

 
 


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