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Source: Official White House Pool 2012
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What Will Obamacare Cost? IRS Estimates $20,000 Minimum A Year For Average Family

(Photo by Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)With the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act - or Obamacare - everyone will be mandated to buy health insurance or pay a tax to the Internal Revenue Service.

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Hybrid Auto Owners Could Face A Fee To Help Recoup Lost Gasoline Revenues To Fix Highways

Sometimes you get what you pay for.  And sometimes, cause and effect aren't what they really seem to be.

Automobiles need roads to drive on.  Roads cost money.  In the past, state governments have raised money for these roadways via gasoline tax money.

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Source: Statelyenglishmanor via flickr
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Tomato Prices Could Double; Trade Agreement With Mexico In Question

It seems we live in interesting times.  Or, maybe we should say expensive times.  First it was gas.  Then it was our paychecks.  Next was the price of milk.  Now, it appears that the prices we pay for tomatoes might be getting ready to double - if a trade agreement that the United States has with Mexico falls through.

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Source: muffet via flickr
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Free Milk On Wednesday For Superior And Douglas County Residents In Need

Seven-hundred cases of milk are on their way to Superior, with a planned-giveaway to happen on Wednesday January 23rd - starting at 10AM.  Superior and Douglas County residents in need will be able to pick up a case or two for free, outside of the Solid Rock Mission.

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(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Obama’s News Taxes Expected To Hurt The Restaurant Industry In A Major Way

Observers close to the food and restaurant industry are watching their bottom line shrink, with profits expected to be lost due to new taxes that went into effect on January 1st.  With Obamacare putting a halt to hiring and forcing some managers to cut staff and hours, the industry was already forecasting a pale 2013.  But now with the reversal of the payroll tax holiday that eats an additional 2% from employees take-home check, the companies and supervisors that manage the nations biggest restaurant chains are fearful for what that will mean for their bottom line.  Rising gas prices don't help, either.

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Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images
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Obamacare Equals Reduced Hours For Some Wendy’s Employees

Apparently they weren't empty threats.  When The Obama administration pushed for the passage of the Affordable Health Care Act, some of the nations largest employers said that the costs associated with the new mandate would force them into reducing hours, a cut-back on hiring, or worse

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Obama Administration Rolls Out New Food Regulations

Over 80% of the nations food supply will now be subject to new regulations.

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Source: Tyrone Warner via flickr
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Fiscal Cliff And Milk Prices; Deal Reached To Avert Prices Doubling

An update on a post from two weeks ago:  Congress has passed a deal to extend the 2008 Farm Bill that heads off rising milk prices in 2013.

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Source:  Marcin Wichary via flickr
Source: Marcin Wichary via flickr
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Gun Control Battle Results In Massive Ammo Sales; More Than Three Years Worth Sold In 72 Hours By Brownells

No matter which side of the gun-control issue you're on, the recent sales figures released by ammunition supplier Brownells is both staggering and telling.  The store has disclosed that in a recent 72 hour period, they sold more ammunition than they do in an average three year period.

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Source: Old Shoe Woman via flickr
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Olive Garden And Red Lobster Owner Darden Continues To Underperform

Revamped menus and marketing didn't help Florida-based Darden Restaurants boost their sales in the most-recent quarter.  The parent company of Red Lobster, Olive Garden, and Longhorn Steakhouse posted numbers that were even lower than analysts had forecasted.

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The Consequences Of The Affordable Care Act; Obamacare Roll-Out Unveils New Fees

Call it the Affordable Care Act.  Call It Obamacare.  Most folks are going to call it costly.  As the roll-out of Obamacare starts, taxpayers and insurance customers are going to notice that they're paying additional fees that weren't effectively presented up front.

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(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Chicago Public Schools Resort to Bribing Parents With Gift Cards to Show Up at Conferences for Their Children; Idea is the Brainchild of Former Obama Administrator Rahm Emanuel

How sad is this?  Public schools in Chicago were having a tough time getting parents to show up at conferences for their children.  So, they've started bribing them with gift cards in an effort to increase attendance

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