Presidents Cup 2013: Biggest Takeaways from the United States’ Victory
No one knows the exact day because you can’t know what tomorrow’s tax revenues will look like. – The United States defaults when the money runs out, right? It depends how you define default. Historically, default is when a country misses a payment to a creditor. The Obama administration says default would include any missed payment, such as payments for public health insurance. The first really big bill due after hitting the debt ceiling is a $12 billion Social Security payment on October 23. – When would financial markets melt down? Markets would be alarmed if it looked like bondholders would go unpaid for an extended period, and might even panic if any government checks were delayed. Many analysts think the administration would at least try to prioritize payments on the national debt, but Treasury officials say picking and choosing which bills to pay would be impossible. The first debt payments due after hitting the debt ceiling are on October 17, 24 and 31. The first of those shouldn’t be a problem, according the CBO analysis. But there might not be enough money for the payments due on the 24th or the 31st.
Per the current World Golf Rankings, the United States boasts seven of the Top 11 players in the world but only nine of the Top 20. Although the teams are not divvied up straight down the line, the Europeans are often able to pit its meaty middle playersguys ranked in that 11-20 rangeagainst relative weaklings from the United States. But what happens by forcing all 12 players into action? That’s where the depth of the U.S. talent shines. Seven of the players ranked from 21-28 are from the United States. When crafting a roster of their best 12 and needing each to play every day, the Europeans are unable to limit the effect ofRichard Sterne being on the team. I posit this as only a theory, of course, but it’s just something to think about. Tiger Woods, What Do We Do With You? Andy Lyons/Getty Images As an unabashed Woodsian supporterI like greatness and still despise the Schadenfreude folks displayed when he was having personal issuesit’s become increasingly difficult to stay optimistic. Any other player on tour, save for maybe Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy, would have killed for Woods’ 2013 season. He won five times, stayed in contention in half the year’s majors and won the PGA Tour Player of the Year award. But then the cracks began to show. You look at Tigers’ fourth-round stats and the tears start to well. You realize it’s been a half-decade since he won a major, and a solitary tear rolls down your face.
Report: States failing to curb prescription abuse
4, 2013: 4AutoInsuranceQuote.com, a website that offers car insurance quotes to drivers throughout the United States, has just posted a new article to the site that lists the five countries that have the highest auto insurance rates. As the article, Highest Car Insurance Rates , noted, the United States holds the dubious honor of being the most costly country for purchasing car insurance. According to the newly-posted article, the average amount that people pay for car insurance in the United States is a whopping $1,706.86 per year. With the average income for most Americans hovering right around $50,000, the article points out that this equates to around 3 percent of a person’s annual income going towards car insurance. Since each state varies in terms of how much drivers pay, the average figure does vary a bit depending on where people live; for example, in some states drivers might pay around $1,000 per year for auto insurance, while in others it can soar to well over $2,000 annually. While the overall cost of car insurance also varies from country to country, the main factors that drive up the price of premiums are essentially the same no matter where somebody lives. For example, the article said, insurance companies take the safety of the roads in the particular country into consideration, as well as the types of vehicles that people are driving there. “In general, you are going to find that the wealthier nations are actually the places where auto insurance tends to be the most expensive,” the article noted, adding that the various issues that influence how much people will pay for car insurance can change from region to region in places like the United States. “If you want to know where you are going to pay the most for car insurance, then you have to look at the places where people are driving fancy sports cars and seem to always find themselves in an auto accident.” Coming in at second place on the list of the top five costly car insurance countries is Austria, where insurance is typically paid for on a month-to-month basis. Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia round out the rest of the list. Search The Auto Channel
Despite these shocking statistics, a new report from Trust for America’s Health finds many states are lacking effective strategies to curb prescription drug abuse. The report, titled ” Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic ,” shows more than half the states scored a six or less on the advocacy organization’s scale, which assesses the ways states are trying to combat prescription drug abuse. Only two states, New Mexico and Vermont, scored 10 out of 10. “In the past two decades we’ve seen many advances in the development of new prescription drugs, which have been a miracle for many,” said Jeff Levi, executive director of Trust for America’s Health. “But we’ve also seen a corresponding rise in misuse, and the consequences can be dire.” There is some good news. The estimated number of Americans who abuse prescription drugs was 6.1 million in 2011, down from 7 million the previous year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. But the number of drug overdose deaths, the majority of which are due to prescription drugs, has doubled in 29 states since 1999, according to this new report. And in some of those states the number of deaths has tripled, or even quadrupled. Trust for America’s Health evaluated each state on several strategies that have shown promise in fighting against prescription drug abuse. One was prescription drug monitoring programs, which help pharmacists and doctors identify patients who are “doctor shopping,” or visiting various doctors to fill more prescriptions. While 49 of the 50 states had these programs in place, only 16 required medical providers to use them, according to the report. The organization also looked at Rescue Drug laws in each state. “Rescue Drug” refers to the prescription drug naloxone, which has shown to be effective in counteracting an overdose. “People who have to take these pain relievers or who are caring for someone taking them may want to explore whether they can get a prescription for naloxone to have it on hand as a rescue drug in the event of an overdose,” said Andrea Geilen, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. But researchers found just 17 states, and Washington D.C., allow the general population to access and administer this drug.