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The New American Dream?

ObamaCare is already responsible for people losing their jobs or being forced from a full-time position to a part-time position. Now we have also found out that more jobs will go away and that ObamaCare will actually create a disincentive to work according to FOX News.

The head of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office delivered a damning assessment Wednesday of the Affordable Care Act, telling lawmakers that ObamaCare creates a "disincentive for people to work," adding fuel to Republican arguments that the law will hurt the economy.

The testimony from CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf comes after his office released a highly controversial report that detailed how millions of workers could cut back their hours or opt out of the job market entirely because of benefits under the health law.

The White House and its Democratic allies accused Republicans, and the media, of mischaracterizing the findings. But Elmendorf backed Republicans' central argument -- fewer people will work because of the law's subsidies.

"The act creates a disincentive for people to work," Elmendorf said, under questioning from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Ryan clarified that the CBO report found not that employers would lay people off, but that more individuals would choose not to work.

"As a result ... that [lower] labor supply lowers economic growth," Ryan said.

Elmendorf answered: "Yes, that's right."

Ryan fumed that this would mean fewer people would be "joining the middle class."

"It's adding insult to injury," he said. "As the welfare state expands, the incentive to work declines -- meaning grow the government, you shrink the economy."

Democrats have been in spin mode since this report came out, but privately I bet they are happy. Why? Democrats flourish when more people are taking government handouts and that is exactly what will happen with ObamaCare. The CBO said it. ObamaCare creates a disincentive to work. Why? Because the less money you make, the more subsidies you get. You can also get food stamps, Obamaphones, etc.

Is this the new American Dream? Being poor and living off the government? Sadly for many Americans it is and the Democrats couldn't be happier.


Comedian Jerry Seinfeld isn't interested in diversity for diversity sake. Recently, Seinfeld was interviewed by the website Buzzfeed and his comments aren't sitting well with some according to CNN.

Don't ask Jerry Seinfeld about race.

In a recent interview with Buzzfeed on "CBS This Morning" the comedian was asked about the fact that most of the guests on his Web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" have been white males. Seinfeld's initial response was "It really pisses me off."

"People think [comedy] is the census or something, it's gotta represent the actual pie chart of America," he said. "Who cares?"

With his Super Bowl commercial, Seinfeld is back on the radar, but his comments come at the same time as debate about diversity in comedy. "Saturday Night Live" hired its first black female cast member in years after an outcry over the show's lack of diversity.

Gawker writer Kyle Chayka writes that by Seinfeld saying, "I have no interest in gender or race or anything like that," the comic "seems to suggest that any comedian who is not a white male is also not funny, though he's also likely fed up with the amount of bad comedy he's been forced to sit through in his (waning) career."

"Which is too bad, because Seinfeld is downplaying the work of everyone from Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby to Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, and Eddie Huang, who are all in various stages of their own sitcoms that just might turn out to be the next 'Seinfeld,' " Chayka writes.

It's not the first time Seinfeld has faced criticism regarding racial issues.

When his hit NBC series "Seinfeld" ended in 1998, the Los Angeles Times had a feature about how it was a "nonevent" for many in the black community because it had never seemed to capture the black audience because of a perceived lack of diversity.

Some people, including the writer from Gawker, are missing the point. Jerry Seinfeld is doing the fairest thing possible. No matter your age, race, or sex, if he finds you funny then he will work with you. Seinfeld isn't going to promote a black comic who isn't funny just because he/she is black. Jerry Seinfeld has a reputation in the comedy world and I don't blame him for wanting to keep that reputation.

The rest of the country could learn from Seinfeld's comments. If you are good at something, you get the job, promotion, raise, admission, etc. Who cares about your race? We should stop using race as a clutch and instead go with what people can actually do. Take race out of the equation.

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