News and Commentary for October 14

Tell us something we don’t already know. “However, Obama’s intellectual air belied an unsettling lack of understanding of the American spirit — and his “you didn’t build that” line revealed that.” Obama ‘clueless about this country in some profoundly disturbing ways’

Coercion. “The policy didn’t cover things such as maternity care or prescription drugs, but, Mulder said, his family is generally healthy and he was willing to take the risk.” 146,000 Michiganders-At Least-Face Loss of Cheap Policies Under New Health Care Reform Rules

It is not dead. “The push for amnesty is supported by various progressive groups — such as La Raza, unions and environmental groups — that favor government-imposed cultural variety, which is also called diversity. Increased diversity gives university-educated professionals more opportunities to arbitrage the resulting cultural and economic conflict for power, profit and status. Most immigrants tend to back Democratic candidates, spending priorities and activist groups. Also, political conflict gives journalists more cultural drama to write about.” New York Times reporter calls amnesty for illegal immigrants a ‘civil right’

It’s not who the media wants you to believe is responsible. “There is really nothing complicated about the facts. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted all the money required to keep all government activities going — except for ObamaCare.” Who Shut Down the Government?

The death of common sense. “And why do they need to do this in the first place? Are they two of those “irresponsible people” we keep hearing about? No. They’ve had a bare bones Kaiser plan which costs them around $7,200 per year. But it doesn’t “qualify” under Obamacare because it doesn’t offer certain mandatory types of coverage… specifically maternity care, healthy child visits and coverage for dependents up to age 26. But these people are in their sixties and none of those things apply to them.” Does your Obamacare cost too much? Make less money!

Collapse. “The government is now (through Obamacare rules) encouraging its citizens to stop earning their own money, and instead live off the largesse of their neighbors. If everyone takes that advice, our entire economic system will collapse.” Consider Reducing Your Income by Working Less to Get Obamacare Subsidy Says Chronicle

Theft. “Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits.”  Walmart shelves in Springhill, Mansfield, cleared in EBT glitch

Maddening. “These are the wages of the welfare state, my groovy babies: we’ve been mainlining the drug so long that we can’t go for an hour without it. DOOM isn’t foreign terrorists or enemy soldiers or dirty bombs. It’s legions of stupid people almost tearing down a Wal-Mart because their SNAP cards didn’t work for an hour or two. Now tell me what’s going to happen when the balloon really goes up and we can’t afford to keep ladling out government cheese any more. What happens if the SNAP cards stop working permanently? Do you think these hordes of angry stupid people are just going to grumble and go back home?” I saw DOOM drinking a piña colada at Trader Vic’s and his hair was perfect

Privacy Risks. This: “The Obamacare navigator program has fallen under heavy criticism for its privacy pitfalls, with the House Oversight Committee issuing a report only two weeks ago which warned that navigators would not be properly vetted to protect consumers.” And this: “[T]he main concern for consumers is the heightened risk of identity theft and financial loss from a poorly managed outreach campaign,” the Oversight Committee report said. “Navigators and Assisters will come into contact with a plethora of personally identifiable information (PII), including an applicant’s Social Security number, date of birth and income, as well as the PII of everyone in an applicant’s household.” Obamacare ‘navigator’ in Kansas has outstanding arrest warrant

Overreach. CO governor to gun-control groups: Don’t come around here no more

Inevitable. “Hospitals are cutting thousands of jobs, undercutting a sector that was a reliable source of growth, even through the recession.” A job engine sputters as hospitals cut staff

Ill-effects.This is a textbook case of why you do not want government trying to steer an industry or fixing prices.” A Sick Job Market in Health Care

Embarassing. “The American brand has been dealt some sharp blows under this administration.” The Insiders: Obamacare is a blemish on American technology

Pay attention! ““The propaganda was used not so much to win people over with ideas but by bludgeoning them with coercion, repression and making examples.”” The Six Principles of Propaganda Lenin Used to Consolidate Power

He’s more optimistic than I am. “The threat America faces isn’t so much death and destruction as it is the prospect of a long, slow decline. Of course, that’s not as dramatic as pronouncements of a countdown to midnight. Just more realistic.” The Folly of Doomsday Economics

Shhh! “The press will try to keep today’s events secret, but I doubt whether they can succeed. Time will tell, but this seems like the sort of revelatory moment that will reverberate and gain force with time.” Photos from the Million Vet March

Unwinding revisionist history one interview at a time. ““In our state, I’m really proud of the fact that the ones who overturned Jim Crow in Kentucky were Republicans fighting against an entirely unified Democratic Party, so I am proud to be Republican. I can’t imagine being anything else,” he added.” CNN Anchor Asks Rand Paul if He Would Consider Switching to the Democratic Party—This Was His Simple Response

Revisionist history. “As the poet says, read the whole thing. The JFK assassination may have been the first time that liberals blamed a national tragedy on ‘right wing hate’. And they’ve been getting lots of practice ever since.” Liberals as Scolds

More from yesterday, on the Baghdad Bobs of Obamacare. “The reason why the term “Baghdad Bob” is so powerful is that it sums up the willful denial of obvious reality, and that is what is underway in the administration’s response to Obamacare.” The natural reaction of nearly everyone is scorn. The Baghdad Bobs of Obamacare, Explained Further

It’s none of their damned business. Colorado 6th Graders, Parents, Required To Take “Righty/Lefty” Survey

When will the media stop lying? “CNN never covered Occupy Wall Street or the “Million Muslim March” on September 11 in such fashion.” CNN Derides Million Vet March

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