The Augusta Chronicle, Georgia, on Obamacare:
Unsure of Obamacare's fiscal toll on the nation?
You're in good company - the nation's top budgetary scorekeeper doesn't know either.
The Congressional Budget Office, which four years ago said Obamacare would reduce the deficit by $120 billion over 10 years, now says measuring the law's fiscal impact is impossible because of all the changes.
"Provisions of the Affordable Care Act significantly modified existing federal programs and made changes to the Internal Revenue Code," the office wrote in a little-noticed footnote from April. "Isolating the incremental effects of those provisions on previously existing programs and revenues four years after enactment is not possible."
This is Congress' own budget adviser giving the verbal equivalent of a shoulder shrug to the central question facing the most sweeping legislation in a generation.
So it's official: The experts are unsure whether Obamacare - the largest expansion of government-subsidized health care - will reduce or increase the national debt. We're not experts, but if we were forced to wager, we know exactly where we would place our bet.
The CBO revelation hardly instills confidence in a horribly flawed health care law that is supposed to be President Obama's crowning achievement.
If the CBO can't figure out which direction this labyrinth law is headed, where are Americans worried about the nation's fiscal health supposed to turn for guidance?
To the Democratic policy wonks and lobbyists who helped draft this abomination in secret?
To the Democratic lawmakers who rammed the law through Congress so we could "find out what's in it"?
To the Democratic president who told us that if we liked our existing doctors and health insurance, we could keep them?
Sorry. We'll take a rain check on that.
Albany (Georgia) Herald on Operation Overlord:
For 70 years, the date of June 6 has been one uttered with a deserved degree of reverence around the world.
It was the day, perhaps more than any other, that started a clock ticking, one that would continue until a madman's dream of world domination came to an abrupt, violent end in with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a bunker.
We recently marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a day that was as horrible as it was necessary. German military personnel were entrenched in Normandy, France, on that day in 1944. From the seas and from the skies came a massive military operation by the United States and its Allies.
It was the largest seaborne invasion in the history of the world.
More than 160,000 troops stormed the beaches that day, facing tremendous fire from their Nazi foes.
Supported by 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft, that 50-mile stretch of French coastline became the focus of a world at war. The cost was great. More than 12,000 brave Allied troops were wounded or killed that day, a tremendous human sacrifice. Each grain of sand captured was done so with the blood of men fighting for an ideal.
When it was over, the Allies who were intent on saving the world from rule by the Axis powers prevailed.
America and its Allies now had a toehold from which they would march — 100,000 troops strong, followed by thousands more as the month wore on — into Europe and repel the forces of German dictator Adolph Hitler. Tyranny had seen its day, and the sunset was nearing. The French Republic would soon be free from Axis domination, as would the rest of Europe.
Had this Operation Overlord not worked, it's anyone's guess as to what our world would look like today.
The story of what happened on June 6, 1944 is not something that glorifies war. It is the story of how men and women stood up for freedom and placed their lives on the line to ensure that their families then, those of us here today and those who will follow us would never have to bow a knee to a petty dictator. We owe these brave souls a great deal, and this is a good day to remember that, and to fully appreciate it.