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The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to intervene on behalf of victims and also provides whistleblower protections for government employees who expose violations of this law. The “Boneta Bill,” filed before the Assembly on Jan. 2 by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter has similar aims, and some noble language: “It will ensure that no government official, elected or appointed, will restrict the right to property that our Founding Fathers, many of whom were Virginia farmers, held as inherent and sacred.”
“Beating Obamacare 2014: Avoid the Landmines and Protect Your Health, Income and Freedom” by Betsy McCaughey, published Monday by Regnery Books.
“The law is a nearly unreadable 2,572 pages. Why so long? The framers of the U.S. Constitution created the entire federal government in just 18 pages. If only the Washington bigwigs of today showed the same restraint,” writes the author, a health care policy expert and the former lieutenant governor of New York.
BOOMERS MAY NEVER RETIRE
Baby boomers are not keen on retiring, a phenomenon which could vex younger generations who are unemployed and/or weary of their elders. But are the boomers remaining on the job because they are workaholics or for serious financial reasons?
“True to their ‘live to work’ reputation, some baby boomers are digging in their heels at the workplace as they approach the traditional retirement age of 65,” says a new Gallup analysis noting that boomers still make up a third of the workforce.
“Nearly half (49 percent) of boomers still working say they don’t expect to retire until they are 66 or older, including one in 10 who predict they will never retire,” the research says.
Popular mythology frames boomers as the “70 is the new 50” crowd who are bent on staying young and playing in a garage band until they are ancient geezers. Well, maybe. But circumstances have worked against the generation who once feared turning 30.
“Concerns about money likely play a significant role in explaining why so many baby boomers see themselves working longer,” Gallup says, citing an ill-timed “perfect storm” for boomers created by the 2008 recession, plus personal debt, plummeting home values, paltry savings accounts and so-so Social Security payments. The pollster has reasonable advice for the situation which will surely annoy young adults still seeking meaningful employment.
“As they continue to age and work, it is important that their organizations build workplaces with outstanding managers who leverage the experiences of older workers by positioning them to do what they do best — listening to their insights and opinions, and continuing to develop their talents into strengths,” Gallup says.
POLL DU JOUR
• 67 percent of U.S. voters will likely watch President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday; 53 percent of Republicans and 81 percent of Democrats agree.
• 53 percent of voters overall say the Obama administration has not been competent running the government; 86 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of Democrats agree.
• 49 percent overall say Mr. Obama is not “honest and trustworthy”; 82 percent of Republicans and 17 percent of Democrats agree.
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