News and Commentary for December 6

Sorry for another long delay between postings. Lots happening. We lost our dear, sweet Libby—our dog of 14 years. Politics just didn’t seem so important for a couple of days.

Liberty (AKA Libby). Rest in peace!

Liberty (AKA Libby). Rest in peace!

“The only way Obama can maintain control and power over each individual American’s health is if he keeps Sebelius as the HHS Secretary until the end of his term and does not appoint any members to IPAB until the very end of this term.” Sebelius as the Grim Reaper? Obama’s HHS head controls Medicare payouts

Shameless hypocrisy. “The NRSC has pointed out this super-nuanced reversal, eliciting denunciations from…their own candidate in the race, who seems worried that calling Pryor out on the ad could be construed as an attack on his faith.  It’s not, of course.  It’s an attack on his shamelessness.” Mark Pryor last year: Politicians shouldn’t rely on the Bible for political decisions, you know

If this guy worked in the real world, he’d be fired. “Remember, this is the same guy who said recently of the website, “We’re evaluating why it is exactly that I didn’t know soon enough that it wasn’t going to work the way it needed to.”” Total number of one-on-one meetings between Obama and Sebelius since ObamaCare was passed: One

“Obama, and those who think like him, focus so much on socio-economic causes of inequality that they tend to overlook the impact of cultural factors like the breakdown of the family and the decline of strong community institutions.” Obama flubs inequality message “As for a long-term strategy, the challenge will be to build an effective coalition that stands strong of its own accord and that is successful in its own right, not merely when the opposition screws up. Republicans by no means have that coalition yet. But if the trend that Obamacare has started continues at this rate, the Democrats won’t have one either.” Obamacare: The Exodus

“The refusal of the State Department to adequately defend American personnel in Benghazi was a shocking failure. The lies told after the attack by administration figures were appalling. So, too, is the unwillingness of Hillary Clinton to truly take responsibility for what happened. But the administration’s seeming lack of interest in bringing those responsible to justice is a scandal of an altogether higher order. Unless the president orders sufficient personnel to Libya to get the job done, this is an issue that will continue to haunt his administration as well as the future presidential hopes of Mrs. Clinton.” The Real Benghazi Scandal

“Along with the efforts to reach adults are those to reach children in schools.  The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of Obama’s education initiative called Common Core (recently admitted to be an “Obama initiative” by David Axelrod) is aiding in the effort to eviscerate the Second Amendment by emotionally manipulating and indoctrinating students.” Common Core’s Anti-Gun Lessons on Sandy Hook

“As a debater, Hillary is rigidly unimaginative. As a politician, she’s vacant. And her charisma doesn’t exist. The only way that she can get through her own party’s primaries and a national election is by scaring away every potential rival by being the inevitable candidate.” Why Hillary Will Lose Again

“What is indisputable is that the aspects of Obamacare the White House cites most often in its promotional campaign — the pre-existing conditions policy, or the estimated 3.4 million young Americans who can stay on their parents’ coverage until age 26 — involve numbers that are far smaller than the tens of millions of people who will likely face steeper costs, nearly unpayable deductibles and sharply limited doctor choices under Obamacare. (In addition to the 10-million person individual market, some experts believe such problems are coming soon to the 45-million person small-group market.)” No talk of affordable health care in Obamacare PR push

“Obamacare seems to be teaching a new generation and new immigrants a lesson other Americans learned from the 1970s and 1980s: free, decentralized markets generally work better than centralized command-and-control government. Republicans need an approach that pounds that lesson home.” Obamacare’s Architects Plugged Their Ears and Misled Public

““I think we are where we were in October,” he said, referring to the disastrous rollout earlier this year. “They launched this thing when it wasn’t ready. They had the political imperative to fix the front end. The back end, because it’s behind the curtain, it doesn’t matter how bad that is.”” Obamacare Fixes Hide a Big Mess on the Back End

“Now, five years later, we’re getting a pretty good idea of what that “fundamental transformation” entails: the remaking of the U.S. into a nation of billionaires and beggars, of “public servants” and supplicants, of an imperial capital in the reign of the Emperor Hussein and a threadbare, exploited heartland, which exists at the sufferance of its betters on the coasts.  All utterly predictable, if you understood back in 2008 who Obama was and whom he represented.” Comprehensively Yours

“Americans may be tiring of glimpsing Obama’s journey, but our secretarial media is not. Their fascination and support for modish liberalism is one of the reasons their industry is dying. When Steve Clemons provides content more or less indistinguishable from a reporter’s, why hire the reporter?” Dirty Pool: The Rise of Secretarial Journalism

Outrageous—159 new commissions, boards and agencies created as a result of Obamacare!!! “ObamaCare carries with it a massive expansion of government bureaucracy, with 159 new commissions, boards, and agencies created by the bill, adding even more barriers between the caregiver and the patient. That such a contrivance could possibly contribute to bettering health care making it more affordable is simply beyond comprehension.” ObamaCare for the Vast Majority

But can they vote for Republicans? “The glass-half-full read: This is proof positive that Democrats do not, in fact, own the Latino vote. They can blow it, and to some extent may already have. But then, we already knew that from previous Gallup polls.” Wow: Obama down 23 points among Latinos in 2013

“The U.S.’s postwar system of foreign alliances is cracking, or even collapsing.” Henninger: Obama’s Red-Line Presidency

“The ideological histories of these new DHS lawyers undermine confidence that the federal government will vigorously enforce federal laws, notwithstanding any congressional “mandates” to do so.” Amnesty Incorporated: DHS Hires Activist Immigration Lawyers

“Mr. Obama returned to his favorite theme of rising income inequality on Wednesday, which he called “the defining challenge of our time.” He ought to know since few Presidents have done more to increase inequality than he has. Median household income has fallen since the economic recovery began, while the rich who own capital assets have done very well thanks to the Federal Reserve’s focus on reflating stock and home prices. Mr. Obama is the Chief Economist of Nottingham posing as Robin Hood.” The War of the Wages

“But such shenanigans not only occur when dedicated taxes are producing surpluses, they even happen when there’s a shortfall. We see this with ObamaCare, which is raiding Medicare by $700 billion, even though Medicare, like Social Security, is cash-flow negative. If Liz Warren cared about retirees she’d be squawking about the raid on Medicare and demanding that it be stopped. But Liz doesn’t really care about retirees, especially the retirees of the future. For them, “it’s gonna be like slavery.”” Targeting the Low Information Voter

“The push to hike fast-food wages is indicative not of a brutal new economy but of a labor movement that is not only disconnected from reality but also almost completely devoid of vision. Remember in the late 1980s and early 1990s when soothsayers were bitching and moaning about “McJobs” and the perils of becoming a “nation of burger flippers”? Back then, Big Labor was convinced that the North American Free Trade Agreement would export all but the most servile tasks down Mexico way (they were way, way wrong about that, by the way). Nowadays, the SEIU and other groups seem to see flipping burgers as positively aspirational.” Big Labors Big Mac Attack

“So the IRS has had at least a month’s warning that Congress had noticed the security gaps on their side of ObamaCare, and their answer now is still we’re working on it. After seeing the security gaps go live on the HHS side of the online infrastructure, does anyone have any confidence at all that the IRS will do any better?” Great news: IRS hasn’t got sufficient anti-fraud protection on ObamaCare systems

Why isn’t the entire country protesting this president’s lawlessness? “Some are familiar to you — declaring that he wouldn’t deport illegals who might qualify for DREAM, refusing to enforce the employer mandate, etc — but the ones about him shifting money around without regard to how Congress has appropriated it might not be. Turley makes two valuable points here. One: Courts tend to give the executive a wide berth in separation-of-powers challenges on the theory that Congress has the power of the purse and can defund any executive agency it likes. But that’s not true anymore, he says. Obama, by defying appropriations, has claimed some of that power for himself. What check does Congress have left? That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him because no one can show an injury from his power grabs that’s concrete enough to justify a federal lawsuit. So the courts can’t check him either.” Liberal law prof: Obama’s unconstitutional power grabs are creating a “very dangerous and unstable system”

“People say Mr. Obama never had to run anything, but it may be more important that he never worked for the guy who had to run something, and things got fouled up along the way and he had to turn it around. He never had to meet a payroll, never knew that stress. He probably never had to buy insurance! And you know, his policies were probably gold-plated—at the law firm, through his wife’s considerable hospital job, in the Illinois Legislature, in the U.S. Senate. Those guys know how to take care of themselves! Maybe he felt guilty. Maybe that’s to his credit, knowing he was lucky. Too bad he didn’t know what he didn’t know, like how every part has to work for a complicated machine to work.” Low-Information Leadership

Coincidence? “There is a disturbing undercurrent in Obama’s campaign-style speech on behalf of Obamacare at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building today. Obama never credits opponents of the law with the substance of their criticism. He does not attribute decent motives or good faith opposition to them. Rather, he treats them as “wreckers” (as they were deemed in the Soviet Union) guilty of destructive thought crime.” Wreckers of the World Unite

All proposed in part by doctors, who should know! “Again, these are just four alternatives to Obamacare that Republicans have introduced. Whether or not the bills would be any better than Obamacare is unknown, and whether Democrats would admit they were better than Obamacare is unlikely, but the fact remains that Republican alternatives are out there.” Yes, Obama, Republicans have offered Obamacare alternatives

“But Obama never said who those people were, and, unlike other events, the White House did not release their names or biographies. A spokesman later said the White House would not provide the information. A pool report called the group “19 individuals whom the White House said benefited from health care reform.” Beyond that, their connection to Obamacare remains unknown.” Who was standing behind Obama today? White House won’t say

“These are but a few big-government programs that failed to stop the advance of still more mammoth government failures. Never underestimate the seductive power of promises of “free” stuff and a better life, provided by an omniscient and benevolent state.” As Big Government Programs Go, Obamacare Works

“The public overwhelmingly believes the country is headed in the wrong direction, that current economic policies aren’t working, that President Obama is doing a bad job, that government should be smaller and that ObamaCare should be repealed. But not Democrats.” Dems Are the Out-of-Touch Extremists

“Hey, he can’t even sell Harry Reid on implementing ObamaCare. Why should the rest of us listen, especially after the parade of lies that Obama has used for the last several years to sell it in the first place?  The more he tries, the less credibility he will have — and that means trouble for the rest of his agenda, too.” The only Congressional leader to exempt staffers from ObamaCare is…

I’ve been doing my happy dance all morning. “This is not just a momentary disaster for Barack Obama, but a generational disaster for Democrats.  It also raises a big question in the midterms: where will Democrats get their volunteers and activists? It also raises an even bigger question for ObamaCare, as these millenials aren’t going to rush into the economic vise of the exchanges. And that will only get worse as the mandate rolls forward.” Harvard poll: Millennial meltdown for Obama

“The results conform with a story I did this summer with the help of the IOP (“The Outsiders: How Can Millennials Change Washington If They Hate It?”), arguing that while Millennials are deeply committed to public service they don’t see government as an efficient way to improve their lives or their communities.” Millennials Abandon Obama and Obamacare

“Almost a year ago, I announced that I was going to make a full-hearted effort to pull back from the temptation to ideological excess, and I completely meant it. I was tired of being angry, more than a little convinced that my anger suited the purposes of others, beyond my ken, and fed up with consenting to being bitter — which was not only exhausting but took me nowhere I wanted to go.” Couched Behind our Ideologies; Blocked from Salvation

Motives. “Labor unions love it for a very simple reason, even though few unionized workers earn the minimum wage: labor contracts are often predicated on the minimum wage, with the bottom tier of workers earning 1.5 or 2 or 3 times the minimum wage. So if the minimum wage goes up, so do the wages of all the workers covered by such a contract. Labor leaders may shed crocodile tears for the poor and downtrodden, but what they care about—because that’s what they’re paid to care about—are their often well-paid workers.” Other People’s Money: The Minimum Wage

Apparently. “Racist and sexist attacks on women and minorities are acceptable, if the targets are conservative.” The War on Conservative Minorities

So true. “Adding straws of scandal — Fast and Furious, the Associated Press monitoring, the IRS fiasco, and the NSA spying — on any presidential back except Barack Obama’s would have long ago broken it. Watergate ruined Richard Nixon. Iran-Contra earned a special prosecutor and nearly destroyed the Reagan second term. Katrina’s incompetent local and state reactions, coupled with a tardy federal effort — and the insurgency in postwar Iraq — ended the viability of George W. Bush in his second term.” Obama and the Suspension of Disbelief

“The Left has no scruples about distorting the truth in service of its agenda.” A World of Lies

The truth must be silenced. “They may be right about that. Last week, the IRS unveiled an end-run around the problem of illegally targeting conservatives with a rules change. The new policy would reverse a 54-year-old regulation and essentially eliminate an entire class of advocacy groups that just happens to be used by far more right-wing activists than left-wingers. But to ensure that this transparently political maneuver by an agency that is supposed to be above partisanship got as little coverage as possible, the change was announced Tuesday with the rule only being posted on the Federal Register on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The pre-holiday news dump was largely successful as the development was buried over the long weekend. But the proposed change, which would severely limit the ability of advocacy groups to gain the crucial advantage afforded by those with tax-exempt-status, should not go unchallenged. The shift would essentially legalize the attempt by some in the IRS to target activists that came under fire back in the spring. Changing the rules in this manner is merely another effort by liberals to regulate and suppress political speech.” Latest IRS Scandal? Changing the Rules.

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