News and Commentary for November 19

Can we trust anything the government tells us anymore? “In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington. The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.” Census ‘faked’ 2012 election jobs report

Rep. Krysten Sinema (AZ_CD9) voted yes for the Upton bill. She’s worried, and we’ll be happy to make her a one term congress person! “As analyst Stu Rothenberg noted in Roll Call, 23 of 25 House Democrats who are in trouble in 2014 defected from the president’s position on ObamaCare. While the vast majority of seats held by both parties are not competitive, that slice of the House in districts that only “lean Democrat” understand that taking a stand in favor of a bill that has always been deeply unpopular, but which is now in danger of becoming a millstone around their party’s neck, is not good politics.” The Democrats’ ObamaCare Crackup

Reality is setting in. “Most of the attendees were reporters.  The inevitable question came up: If not Obamacare, what?  And when a Republican ran through an answer (equalizing tax treatment of insurance bought through employers and individually; allowing insurance policies approved in one state to be sold in all; HSAs and high deductible plans; medical liability reform), the reception was attentive, not dismissive.” The Cure for Obamacare: The Widely Accepted Alternative and a New Idea to Go with It

Amazingly, the press is really going there. “Yet even if you think the analogy is a bum rap for Bush, there is a satisfaction in watching it employed by none other than the New York Times, in a Friday “news analysis” by Michael D. Shear.” Katrina and ObamaCare

Buried under lies. “The Washington Post reports this morning that the White House brought in outside consultants for a risk assessment months before HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius assured Congress that all was well, and they specifically warned the White House in March of the eventual disasters that the October 1 rollout produced.” White House knew in March that site was running off the rails

It’s what happens when redistribute other people’s money. “Hard-working Americans might wonder, “Why bother?”” Obamacare vs. the Dutiful

When will they learn? “So-called “progressive” ideas continue to make matters worse virtually every time they collide with reality.” 3 Lessons from Obamacare’s Failed Rollout

It’s a debacle all the way around. “But what if that’s all wrong? What if signing up for coverage by December 15th doesn’t by itself ensure that your new plan takes effect on January 1st? In fact, says Bier, in order to be covered at the start of 2014, not only do you need to sign up by 12/15 but you need to pay your first premium too.” Uh oh: White House might have even less time than thought to repair

“We don’t do things that way, so Obama, his party, and the country if not the world, will watch his power dissolve and the chaos he used to thrive on now overwhelm us all. We have, however, the — to me — happy pleasure of watching the arrogant press’s favorite party face humiliating and ruinous exposure as know-nothings who lied, covered up, ignored normal legislative procedures, constitutional law, public sentiment, math, technology, and common sense.” ‘Racist’ President Says Now You can Keep Your ‘Substandard Insurance’

“To see that, we have to understand something very basic about the health-care debate. We have the related problems we do — the problem of the uninsured and the problem of unsustainable government and private health costs — because we don’t know something: We don’t know how to run a health-financing system that’s efficient enough to provide the quality coverage and care we want while keeping costs relatively low and stable. So we need to figure out how to do that.” Obamacare’s Prescriptive Problem

“Further evidence that government that governs best governs least.” Obamacare Debacle Derails President’s Credibility

“Is the Obama presidency failing?  In a word, ‘yes’.  And if, as Luce claims, Obama is relegated to “permanent lame duck status”, so be it.  That may give the country an outside chance to survive this administration.” Is the Obama presidency failing?

“Even assuming that Obama had the best motives — a desire to see the uninsured covered — his greed to control and regulate the entire health-care system revealed a man without wisdom or prudence. He didn’t realize buying health insurance was so complicated, he explained last Thursday. Anyone who had even run a Kinko’s would know better. He didn’t keep tabs on those who were tasked with creating this massive, hydra-headed system. Perhaps he thought there were no problems in the world that wouldn’t yield to another Obama speech.” Obama’s Soft Despotism

“This president was lied to by his father who abandoned him, by his mother who abandoned him and by the grandmother who hugged him, but also revealed that she distrusted men of color. Now, he wants to be the only adult in town. He needs that much power to feel safe, because he was that disempowered and unsafe in the past. So, to him, we’re incompetents. To him, we’re just kids who need to take our medicine. And lying is the easy and justifiable way to get the job done.” Why it is easy for President Obama to lie to the American people

“But there has never, ever, been a more pitiful presser than the one conducted last week by President Obama. In a nutshell, he said sure, everything’s a mess, but he just didn’t know. Introspective for the first time, he acknowledged he “fumbled the rollout” of Obamacare, said his “you can keep it” pledge “ended up not being accurate” and admitted that his “credibility” is in the dumper. And he tossed out this gem: “What we’re also discovering is that insurance is complicated to buy.” Ya think?” The beginning of the end for Barack Obama

Liberalism doesn’t work once the low information folks realize who’s really paying. “You can only gauge someone’s actual support for a policy by informing that person of the likely costs they’ll be forced to bear to have that policy. But for four years, virtually everyone in a position of responsibility sought to hide those costs from the public.Sea Change: Majority of Public Now Says Guaranteeing “Access” To Health Care (A Euphemism for “Taxpayers Paying for It”) Is Not the Government’s Responsibility

“My favorite stat: “Ninety-five percent (95%) of the Political Class have a favorable opinion of the health care law.”” Rasmussen: 58% now view ObamaCare unfavorably, a new high

“Eleven percent (11%) of voters say they have been helped by the health care law, but nearly three times as many (30%) say they have been hurt by it. Fifty-four percent (54%) have felt no impact. The number who say they have been helped is down from 15% in October and is the lowest finding this year… Sixty-six percent (66%) of Democrats continue to view the health care law favorably, although that’s down from 73% a month ago. Ninety percent (90%) of Republicans and 60% of voters not affiliated with either major party have an unfavorable opinion of the law. “This is yet another calculated deception, a willful continuation of the fraudulent scheme. The president well knew that, in implementing the “grandfathering” provision, his administration wrote regulations so narrow that tens of millions of existing plans would be eliminated. Congressional Democrats knew this, too: When Republicans endeavored in 2010 to enact legislation that would have broadened the regulation into a meaningful safe harbor, Democrats closed ranks and voted down the proposal – including Democrats such as Senator Mary Landrieu, who now pretends to be a crusader in the cause of letting Americans keep their insurance.” Obama’s ‘5 Percent’ Con Job

An update to a story I posted yesterday. “If this report is found to be accurate despite the administration’s fast denial, the fact that Jarrett is leading the U.S. negotiating team on Iran’s nuclear weapons program is very troubling.  She does not appear to have any foreign policy experience or history of being involved in such high level negotiations of this nature.” Report: Valerie Jarrett Led Secret Negotiations with Iran for Past Year

“Feminism is trying to yank the U.S. military in two directions at once. While claiming that women have no problem meeting the rigorous standards of the SEALs or infantry, advocates of opening these branches to women argue that female members of the military must be protected from the male sexual predators that, we are assured, are widely represented in the military. However, they can’t have it both ways. Are women “hear me roar” Amazons, or are they fragile flowers who must be protected from “sexual harassment,” encouraged to level the charge at the drop of the hat?” The feminist campaign to make weaklings of America’s warriors

The Obama administration is wreaking havoc everywhere. “This treaty negotiation additionally revealed shear duplicity by the White House. In January, a beneficial technology known as cellphone unlocking, the ability to take a phone from one carrier to another when your contract expires, became illegal because of a decision by the Librarian of Congress. Overnight, the use of this technology was made a felony punishable by 5 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.”  Obama Negotiates IP Treaty in Secret, Lets Special Interests Run Wild

Turning in their graves. “So what would the Founders say if they saw trillions of dollars being taxed away from society’s productive members to provide means-tested benefits to around a third of the population?”  What would shock our Founding Fathers most about America in 2013

We’re drowning in a sea of bureaucracy and they don’t care. “As a general rule, the main incentive faced by regulatory agencies is to produce more and more regulations. They have no incentives to even make sure that these regulations are needed, appropriately addressing a problem, or not causing more harm than good. The result is more and more regulations. How much more? Over at the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s blog, Ryan Young gives a list of 66 new regulations produced in a week.” Why Do We Have Excess Regulation, and Can We Get Rid of It?

“We see the same sort of thing on the Democratic side — go-alongers coexisting with true believers. Horowitz describes how progressives view Republicans as willing evildoers whose every policy, indeed every utterance, is consciously designed to entrench inequality and bolster privilege. But rank-and-file Democrats don’t think that way. Rank-and-file Democrats understand that Republicans may be (in their view) misguided, but are not evil and cruel and greedy; they know this because they actually know some Republicans. It’s like, say, Alabama and Auburn fans — they bust on each other but also are best friends, business partners, and fellow church members.” In Unity, Strength; in Dissent, Freedom

Intimidation. “In Wisconsin, dozens of conservative groups and allies of Gov. Scott Walker are undergoing political intimidation from the left at the hands of a special prosecutor.” Homes raided, subpoenas issued targeting conservative groups and allies of Scott Walker

Conservatives must be silenced. “Americans learned in the IRS political targeting scandal that government enforcement power can be used to stifle political speech. Something similar may be unfolding in Wisconsin, where a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker’s union reforms.” Wisconsin Political Speech Raid

Hypocrisy. “It is particularly troubling that the investigation targets only conservative groups; apparently all the pro-union money that flooded into Wisconsin to help unseat Walker doesn’t quite gnaw on the consciences of these particular investigators. One needs to look no further than the Internal Revenue Service scandal from earlier this year to realize how dangerous partisan government can be when it has an agenda.” Walker Faces Another Partisan Probe

They must be brainwashed. “The worksheets, published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” and “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation. That last sentence sounds suspiciously like the old Marxist axiom “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” Common Core Teaches Kids Government Must Be Obeyed

Ugly war on women is being waged by progressives. “Leftist politics, I maintain, are not a politics at all, but a psychological response to one’s shortcomings and feelings of failure. Leftist politics are, simply put, a way of getting even with a world that’s done one wrong — and most people carrying about such grievances against a world that’s done one wrong are psychologically broken.” Martin Bashir: Gee, I’m Awfully Sorry I Said Someone Should Defecate In Sarah Palin’s Mouth

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