News and Commentary for November 18

Need a good laugh today? Read this! “Gee — only 12? You would think an Obamabot like Matthew Lynch (“Ed.D.”), a clueless git writing at Huffpo, could have come up with at least a half dozen more reasons why President Obama is one of the best presidents in the history of…history. I will give you a sampling of each reason — no sense spoiling your appetite. 1. He is for The People. Say what you will about Barack Obama, but unlike the many presidents who preceded him, he cares about what is best for the greater good. I will probably mention this more than once. This is a guy with a doctorate degree. Why does he think like a sophomore in high school?” Did You Know There Are 12 Reasons Why Obama Is One of the Best Presidents Evah?

How much more is Obama and his team going to be allowed to get away with? The Tenth Life of an Obamacat

Valerie Jarrett as key figure in the secret talks???? How does Obama get away with this stuff? “The report, which relied on unnamed senior Israeli officials, said the US team to the secret talks was led by Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Her primary interlocutor, the report said, was the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi. The talks have been taking place in various Gulf states.” ‘Geneva talks a facade, US-Iran worked secretly on deal for past year’

Our SEALS deserve so much better. Disgusting.Navy SEALs are the toast of America, but revelations show that the top brass has not always watched their backs during the Obama administration.” Navy SEALs cite shabby treatment as Obama administration helps Hollywood instead

From the comments: “Notice the daily American death toll from the wars stopped immediately after Obama was sworn in? For those over 25, remember those on places like Yahoo! “news”? Every stinking day we got a death toll list even if no one died. Now Americans die and no one at home hears about it the last 5 years. Political propaganda in our news? Oh yeah.” Afghan Villagers find the bodies of six beheaded contractors in restive south province

My favorite writer, Victor Davis Hanson, lays it out how we are closer to living in a Hunger Games-like world than anyone can imagine. “We are entering the age of the bread-and-circuses Coliseum:  luxury box seats for the fleshy senatorial class, free food and tickets for the rest — and the shrinking middle out in the sand of the arena providing the entertainment.” The World of the Coliseum

This is what we are fighting. “The Administration, the alphabet bureaucracy, and their liberal supporters continue to mislead and misdirect the American public with inept and misguided policies. Policies that inch us closer to the European style of a sectarian social society. Indeed, we’ve allowed our government to invigorate a welfare system that not only includes the poor, but has crawled into the middle class, and encompasses many in the Big Business arena (e.g., corporate farms). And it’s weakening our basic foundation.” The Heavy Hand of the Government

Another article on how the rich are just getting richer in Washington D.C. “The avalanche of cash that made Washington rich in the last decade has transformed the culture of a once staid capital and created a new wave of well-heeled insiders.” D.C. awash in contracts, lobbying wealth

To control the folks, government needs more poor people. “The new data suggest that despite modest recoveries in many states, the middle class has been shrinking while households have been added in the lowest and highest income brackets. In many states and nationally, the highest income brackets saw more growth than the lowest, but households in the middle brackets continued to decline. The state-by-state data compare incomes from a pair of three-year periods: 2007 through 2009, a span that included the Great Recession, and 2010 through 2012, a period that included the ongoing and modest recovery.” In many states, the recovery is making the income gap worse

I am fascinated by this whole election debacle in New York City, which is why I keep posting articles about their new mayor, and the reactions he is getting from the business community. “The media selected its radical leftist, but their corporations are also going to have to live with him. They’re going to have to live with his crime waves, his tax hikes, his race riots, his dirty deals and his bankruptcies.” Bill de Blasio: “I Believe in the Heavy Hand of Government”

Tyranny. “We see here an evolution of liberalism from early 20th century progressivism to something closer to its contemporary ideology, Leninism. The focus is no longer on giving all reasonably like-minded experts their say and reaching consensus; it has shifted to “democratic centralism,” an oxymoron under which decision making is in the sole hands of a small circle of party leaders.” Liberal Leninism

This is why we need to change our tactics. The Left never sleeps. “The Wall Street Journal reports that there are two subpoenas from special prosecutor Francis Schmitz requiring the release of “all memoranda, email . . . correspondence, and communications” both inside the subpoena targets and also between the subpoena targets and roughly 30 conservative groups. Some of the groups involved are the Friends of Scott Walker and the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the League of American Voters, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Americans for Prosperity—Wisconsin, American Crossroads, and the Republican Governors Association.” Wisconsin Special Prosecutor Targets Supporters of Scott Walker

The National Journal’s Ron Fournier continues to hit Obama and his administration hard. Please keep it up! “Incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability doomed the Obamacare rollout. That’s old news.  What’s new? The nagging durability of the White House’s incompetence, deception, and lack of accountability.” President Obama and His Gang That (Still) Isn’t Shooting Straight

File this away for future reference! “But with an established track record of supporting Obamacare, will Hillary be able to successfully distance herself from the policy’s unpopularity? Here are just five examples of Hillary’s support for the Obamacare.” Hillary Clinton can run, but she can’t hide, from Obamacare debacle

It cannot be repeated enough and we must shout it from the rooftops—“The Emperor has no clothes.” “But even Americans who can’t name the Vice President of the United States know something about Obamacare, so they are not likely to be easily manipulated.” The Emperor’s New Rules

The writer of this article voted for Obama TWICE. “This was eyepopping. Obamacare is the single most important initiative of his presidency. The website rollout was, as the President himself has repeatedly stated, the most important element of the law’s debut. Domestically speaking there was no higher priority for the President and his staff than getting this right. And the President is telling the world that a week before the disaster he had no idea how that website was doing.” The Most Shocking Obamacare Revelation

Killing self-reliance, one cancelled policy at a time. “These are the 5 million — and counting — self-reliant types who have not merely suffered the indignity of being forcefully deprived of plans with which they were largely happy, but have also been forced to sit helplessly by while a parade of imperious, preening elites explained to them with barely concealed disdain that their choices could no longer be tolerated by the state.” Obamacare vs. the Dutiful

The contempt these people have for us is breath taking. “That last bit is a corruption of the words of the Declaration of Independence, the statement of belief that “all men are… are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Look closely at how she flipped that idea about limited government into a basis for vastly expanded government.” Nancy Pelosi explains her “pass the bill so that you can find out what’s in it, accepts her “hoop di doo and ado,” and flips the old “Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness” on us

It’s hard to see how “Lying as an excuse” is preferred to “Incompetence as an excuse.” In my book, both are equally bad. “Whether he was uninformed of or simply incurious about the potential failures, Obama’s lack of preparedness and competence in implementing his signature piece of legislation not only diminishes his credibility as a problem-solver, but it jeopardizes the faith in government that liberals rely on. When government looks hapless, private-sector innovators are empowered and emboldened. For liberals, that’s bad for business. Better they hope he was merely being dishonest.” Why Dems better hope Obama’s lying

Get ready for the second wave of cancellations. “The Obama administration has repeatedly said that the health-insurance-plan cancellations receiving so much attention in the news in recent days will affect only the 5 percent of Americans who purchase insurance on the individual market. The Department of Justice, however, in a brief filed in federal court last month, conceded that the number may be much higher. According to the administration’s numbers, nearly 80 million additional Americans, “a majority” of those on employer-sponsored health plans, may also be out of luck.” In 2010, Administration Predicted ‘Majority’ of Employer-Based Health Plans Would Disappear

Wise words. “Obamacare is a terrible crisis, a threat to the national health, and not just in its cost but in its assault on human freedom and free enterprise. Battling it — winning 2014 and 2016 — requires a vast coalition of the willing, which requires open and extended communication and a pause if not an end to the intra-conservative warfare. Soon. Perhaps today.” Obamacare disaster should unite the Right, not divide it

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