News and Commentary for November 26

A MUST Read!!! “President Obama is the nominal leader for permanent bureaucracy.” The Front Man

No more celebrity presidents, please! “The Obama presidency, before it’s through, will likely cause the American people to be a bit more dubious about the next person who comes along and promises to heal the planet, remake the world, and slow the rise of the oceans; who campaigns on incantations and inspires a cult of personality; and who believes his mere touch is enough to transform things for the better.” The Conservative Moment

“At some point before the 2008 election, an angry sounding Michelle Obama snarled, “there are kids who still believe in the American dream. They think it exists!” For the past five years, her husband has been doing everything in his power to make sure it doesn’t. Under Obama, the American Dream –  the idea that anyone can achieve prosperity through hard work – is becoming a thing of the past. An overwhelming majority of Americans now believe that life was better for them when they were young, than it is, now.” Obama’s American Dream

“A typical politician is a slick used car salesman. A progressive politician is Iago.  The former seeks to gain his advantage within the existing political machinery, while leaving that machinery more or less intact.  The latter seeks a fundamental transformation of the existing arrangements, much as Iago seeks a fundamental transformation of Othello’s marriage to Desdemona.  And the methods used are virtually identical: foster in the victim a trust of his destroyer through pretended loyalty against imaginary rivals, stir doubts about the virtue of the innocent through insinuation and half-truth, and finally promote the victim’s self-destruction through traitorous trickery.” If You Like Your Tyranny, You Can Keep It

“The Senate vote Thursday to lower the barriers for presidential nominations should make it easier for President Obama to accomplish key second-term priorities, including tougher measures on climate change and financial regulation, that have faced intense opposition from Republicans in Congress.” Senate’s filibuster rule change should help Obama achieve key second-term priorities

“And the other part of it, as a conservative, I am extremely happy that the Democrats are doing this. The prospects are very strong that the Democrats are going to lose the Senate next year and there is an excellent chance of losing the White House. And the Democrats will absolutely rue the day because they not only are going to allow a Republican majority — which will come one day anyway — to get its nominees through, but Chuck Grassley has said that when Republicans come into you power, they’re going to include Supreme Court nominees, and that will be a devastating blow to the liberals on the Court and to the liberals in the country. So I don’t think Democrats will remember this day with any joy in the near future.” Krauthammer On Filibuster Change: “Democrats Will Absolutely Rue The Day”

“It’s about jobs. Why did Majority Leader Harry Reid decide to get rid of the 60-vote rule on administrative and lower court nominations now? There are at least three theories. I’d like to add a fourth.” Why Nuke Now?

I think this Democrat has had it with his party. “The rule of law has been replaced in Washington by “yes we can.” The events we witnessed Thursday in the Senate, that is Majority Leader Harry Reid’s success at invoking the so-called ‘nuclear option,’ stripping the minority party of its primary power to block nominations, have become a stunning capstone to what has been already a steady erosion of a government of laws down to a sort of semi-political banana republic.” America has gone from government of laws to semi-political banana republic Hat Tip:

“Today’s Democrats have grown up in the Saul Alinsky tradition, and on Thursday they proved it with a partisan vote to break the Senate filibuster rule for confirming judges and executive-branch nominees. The new rules will empower the party’s liberals for as long as they control the White House and Senate, but they will also set a precedent for conservatives to exploit in the future.” Senate Rules for Radicals Hat Tip:

“It’s also a move that all but guarantees a worsening climate for doing anything but confirming judges. This is a tacit admission that the president’s second-term agenda is kaput and suggests that the few broken shards of cooperation that still remained in Congress will be pulverized. On the upside for the president, this will increase the chances of a government shutdown/debt-limit crisis next year, an eventually the currently represents the sum of Democratic hopes for preventing a midterm rout. So there is that.” Under Attack on All Sides, Obama Democrats Return to Ramming Speed Hat Tip:

“The editor of the New Republic, Franklin Foer, is in the latter camp. In a piece simply titled, “Obamacare’s Threat to Liberalism,” Foer yesterday outlined the case. Rejecting the derisive term that the Obama administration has contrived for dissenters — “bed-wetters” — Foer explains that “two months into the dysfunctional life of . . “that seems a perfectly appropriate physiological reaction.” With the disastrous launch, “the administration has badly injured that cause, confirming the worst slurs against the federal government. It has stifled bad news and fudged promises; it has failed to translate complex mechanisms of policy into plain English; it can’t even launch a damn website. What’s more, nobody responsible for the debacle has lost a job or suffered a demotion.”” New Republic Editor: Obamacare ‘Is a Threat to Liberalism’

“On the campaign trail and in subsequent interviews, Sawant recited all the themes one would expect from a Socialist Alternative candidate: She rails against corporate greed, calls capitalism “a dirty word” and pans it as an “oppressive” system that consolidates wealth to benefit the rich and perpetuates racism, and hails socialism as a way to “make society work for a vast majority of people.” Her proposals include a minimum-wage hike, taxes on the “super rich,” rent control, increased unionization, and the like. Philip Locker, the campaign’s political director, believes Sawant “has been elected on a very clear mandate” and will be able to pressure her colleagues on the council to enact such ordinances. (On the $15 minimum-wage bump, she already has the mayor-elect’s support.)” Socialist Seattle

“If we conservatives were Marxists, we would know. We would know that liberalism is collapsing from the internal contradictions between its Progressive Era mandarin philosophy and its more recent lefty “progressivism” for the 99%. On the one hand liberals want to be large-minded national technocrats devising rational programs that create order out of the chaos of robber barons and corrupt patronage machines. On the other hand liberals want to be passionate leaders of the traditionally marginalized and fight for the people against the powerful.” The People of the Lie

“Class warfare was Barack Obama’s signature achievement as a campaigner; pitting one part of the country against the other is who he is. That’s politics, and it is something he could always exit if he so chose. But once he infused that into his policies — and his policies to date have been a disaster — he found there are no exit doors in sight.” For Obama, Everything Is About Politics

“Of course, Mr. Obama is happy to flash more than the equivalent of the middle finger when he’s peeved. But it’s fascinating to watch the White House’s war on the media spread from almost exclusively with Fox News and Rush Limbaugh in 2009 and 2010, to the rest of the news media, now that the MSM is forced, despite itself, to report on the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, if only because of the sheer magnitude of the horror stories.” Obama White House Now Trolling MSM

Sarah Palin was right about the Death Panels. They are coming. “What a difference a couple of months make: “As has been explained here, here, here, here, here and here, the new health care law contains no death panels. The Independent Payment Advisory Board, a government panel that may determine some Medicare payments rates, is expressly banned from rationing care. End-of-life counseling, a provision in an early version of a health reform bill that would pay doctors to talk to Medicare patients about living wills, was stripped from the final version.”” Two Time Magazines in One

“On Monday, Time magazine’s senior political analyst Mark Halperin, appearing on Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Show, agreed that this was the case saying, “It’s built into the plan. It’s not like a guess or like a judgment. That’s going to be part of how costs are controlled”” Time’s Mark Halperin: Death Panels Are ‘Built Into’ ObamaCare

“Actually, I think that last bit explains why OFA is doing this, as creepy as it seems. They know ObamaCare’s going to come up at a lot of dinner tables this year and they know that most of what’s said won’t be happy. The talking-points memo isn’t meant to be followed to the letter — I hope — it’s just a way of nudging liberals to encourage people to reserve judgment when the subject does come up. In fact, given that young adults are (a) O-Care’s target consumers and (b) the demographic that’s probably most likely to click on a link from OFA, the whole “talking-points memo” is really just a way to encourage the people reading it to sign up themselves. There’s a lot of “young healthies” out there to be gouged before this boat will float.” OFA: Be sure to use Thanksgiving dinner to convince relatives to buy a plan on the ObamaCare exchange

“2. Remember when you called me crazy for saying Obama wanted to “spread the wealth around,” based on not a scrap of evidence except for Obama himself saying he wanted to spread the wealth around? Yeah, there’s a NYT article that says that Obamacare is fundamentally a redistributive program — which means it “spreads the wealth around.” Yeah you were wrong on that, too.” Ace of Spades’ Talking Points for Talking With Your Obnoxious Progressive Family Members About Obamacare This Thanksgiving

“The new line is that the health-care law will save money. That’s also not true.” The Next ObamaCare Mirage

“See? There’s something in this law for everyone, just not exactly the way they said. But take heart, America. Brian Williams of the NBC Nightly News is on it, sending investigative reporters to look into the “fine print” of Obamacare. Isn’t that something that would have been more useful four years ago? Now NBC’s found out that large companies— add ‘em to the small companies and individual market plans—are also reducing benefits, raising co-pays and deductibles to cope with Obamacare’s new costs. So, if you have a catastrophic plan in the individual market, you’re losing the plan you may have liked for the privilege of paying more. If you had a middle-of-the-road individual market plan you liked, you’re losing that plan for the privilege of paying more often for fewer benefits. If you had a decent plan at a small employer, you’re likely to get dumped into the exchanges as mandate-heavy health care plans get too expensive for small businesses to afford. If you have a plan you like at a medium-sized employer, you’re likely to get dumped into the exchanges next year when the employer mandate kicks in, and your costs are already rising or benefits are going down. If you’re at a large employer with a very nice health insurance plan, sorry, you’re now going to have reduced benefits to avoid the “Cadillac” tax. Large employers cite upcoming Obamacare Cadillac tax for reduced benefits

“The president’s attempts to mitigate the political impact of all of this probably isn’t going to work. Despite delaying the deadline for insurance companies to publish their rates next year beyond the November election, those cancellation notices and company letters informing employees they’re going to be paying more for their insurance will start going out in late summer and early fall. That’s plenty of time for the negative impact to be felt by angry voters.” 80 million could lose group health insurance policies next year

We told you so. “Democrats pinned their hopes of competing in the 2014 midterms on the Obama administration’s ability to deliver on this pledge.  Now they’re beginning to realize that they’ve hitched their wagons to a failing star.” White House: Website won’t be fixed by December 1

Spinning because they lie. “JON KARL: On Monday the president said that f you had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law, you really like that plan, what we have said is that you can keep it if it hasn’t changed since the law was passed. I’m wondering, could you give me a citation of when the president ever said such a thing. JAY CARNEY: Sure, we went through this the other day, the president was referring to the law, and I can obviously point you to the law, and people who covered it and wrote it” .Carney vs. Karl: White House Unable To Point To Quote Obama Claims He Made On Obamacare

“I would almost call it a bit of a zinger from the New York Times, except that they still do their level best to couch the essential facts with every possible excuse. ‘Yes, President Obama and his administration did deliberately deceive the American people by actively refusing to call ObamaCare “redistribution,” but they had to do it, you see, because those uncivilized Republicans would have used the term as a political bludgeon. Let’s face it, he basically had no choice!’” NYT: The administration doesn’t want you to call ObamaCare “redistribution,” but just to be clear… it is.

“As I write, I am glancing out the window, looking for airborne swine, for the New York Times today published an op-ed, revealing to its readers for the first time that redistribution of wealth is the engine that powers Obamacare. John Harwood, who works for the Times and CNBC, began by pointing out the Obama administration’s aversion to the term “redistribution.” New York Times and the redistributionist scheme of Obamacare

“The idea that “failure is not an option” is a fantasy version of how non-engineers should motivate engineers. That sentiment was invented by a screenwriter, riffing on an after-the-fact observation about Apollo 13; no one said it at the time. (If you ever say it, wash your mouth out with soap. If anyone ever says it to you, run.) Even NASA’s vaunted moonshot, so often referred to as the best of government innovation, tested with dozens of unmanned missions first, several of which failed outright.” and the Gulf Between Planning and Reality

“According to the journalist’s inside-the-administration sources, a memo went from the Obamacare website developers to the White House several months ago.  It laid out in detail the problems with the now-infamous website and recommended – maybe begged is closer to it – the launch’s delay.  Otherwise, they said, the website was sure to fail. Sounds familiar, yes?  Here is the twist.  The memo was returned to the sender with a one-sentence note scrawled on the top.  The note was from senior presidential advisor (who some consider the shadow president) Valery Jarrett.  It read, “Failure is not an option.” “Obamacare and Snap of the Fingers Government”

Wait, I thought super rich people were only on the Right. “Meet the liberal billionaires who rule your world.” The Secret Masters

Only the elites will have single family homes—the rest of us will be forced to live on top of one another. “A plan to squeeze most residents of the San Francisco Bay Area into multifamily housing offers a test case of whether land-use bureaucracies nationwide, encouraged by the Obama administration, should be allowed to transform American lifestyles under the pretext of combating climate change.” Do Single-Family Homes Threaten the Planet?

Turning friendships on their heads. “British member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan, in speaking about President Obama, told Jamie Weinstein of The Daily Caller, “I’m not sure there has ever been a president who cares less about the U.S.’s relations with her traditional friends.”” Obama, Iran, and Israel

“In 1938, Chamberlain bought time to rearm. In 2013, Obama gives Iran time to go nuclear.” Worse Than Munich

“But that perception is fast changing. First the American pullout from Iraq, then the deal with Syria, now the deal with Iran cast into serious doubt American resolve to stop Iran’s power grab and understandably alarm our allies. It feels as if there is a realignment of power taking place, with the U.S. counting for less and less: Both our friends and our enemies are less respectful now of American power and less likely to defer to us.” The Unraveling of Iran Sanctions

“The word “historic,” which has been used in many articles about the deal with the Iranians, has no particular valence—no relation to good or bad or indifferent. It merely means something of significance to history. And when the Iranians are happy about something and hail it as a “new era,” and the Israelis are furious, condemning it as a “historic mistake,” you better believe it’s not of significance in a good way.” The Obama Doctrine bids us welcome our new ally Iran…

“The saddest part of this negotiated fiasco is that everyone agrees why Iran came to the bargaining table. The sanctions worked; the mullahs had run out of cash, and Tehran determined that the easiest way to get the funds flowing was to get the West to back off.” Munich II

“Professors know that bored students do their Facebooking rather than listen to lectures. Commuters fear that texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving. Pedestrians are hit by other strollers whose heads are glued to iPhones. No one believes that such fixations arise from watching the History Channel, googling the Renaissance, or reading the Economist. No matter — in our therapeutic culture, in theory millions of students could do all those things, so the next new fad for our broke universities and trillion-dollar indebted college students is to provide them all with free iPads. Only the absence of an iPad robs us of future Edisons and Einsteins.” A Culture in Ruins

“For nations as for individuals, pretending self-interest doesn’t exist is perilous.” The War on Human Nature

Outreach. “Seeking to end the assumption that most minorities will inevitably support the Democratic party, the RNC launched an official review of Republican strategy called the Growth & Opportunity Project.” Republicans Reach Out to Minority Voters

Pigs must have flown. “Dreyfuss, a perceived liberal, seemed to surprise Morgan when he suggested that the NRA — and not the U.S. government — should decide who can own guns and which guns should be in the hands of the American people.” ‘I Don’t Think the NRA Is a Villain’: Oscar-Winning Actor & Obama Supporter’s Surprising Idea on Guns & the 2nd Amendment

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