News and Commentary for December 21

Repeat after me… “ObamaCare is a debacle, wrapped in a catastrophe, shrouded in a disaster.” Utter Chaos: White House Exempts Millions From Obamacare’s Insurance Mandate, ‘Unaffordable’ Exchanges.

Obama’s legacy on the ropes. “Bottom line: there’s no fixing Obamacare. It is fundamentally flawed – its very premise a chimera. The more “tweaks” are tried, the worse it gets. What is extremely worrisome is that the entire private insurance market could collapse as Obamacare eventually dies, leaving millions uninsured and vulnerable.” Why the nature of Obamacare makes it impossible for it to work

Wimps. “Though they’ve been blamed, shamed and pushed around, industry leaders have remained mum.” Jonah Goldberg: Insurers show no backbone as White House keeps moving ACA goalposts

When will the Democrats raise the white flag? “The wrecking ball swung again toward the crumbling Obamacare edifice yesterday. Ironically, it continues to be the Obama administration that is operating the heavy machinery.” Obamacare Is Falling Apart Before Our Eyes

Maybe the white flag is already being waved. “The only political explanation for relaxing enforcement of the individual mandate—even at the risk of destabilizing ObamaCare in the long term—is that the White House is panicked that the whole entitlement is endangered.” Obama Repeals ObamaCare

“Each of these moves, if taken in isolation, might be defended as the exception to the rule of a smooth rollout. But taken together, it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that what we are witnessing is the slow-motion unraveling of a hubristic and complicated big government plan whose consequences weren’t fully thought out by an administration whose sole focus was putting it in place before it could be stopped by Republicans.” Latest Exemption Shows OCare Unraveling

“Do you need to comply with ObamaCare? Well, that depends on which part of the “law” you’re referring to and also on Obama’s mood, for in his mind, he is the state. Health-care hardship for millions, economic disarray, the redefinition of executive power to include the whims of the president–ObamaCare’s legacy grows more troubling by the day. Now we know what’s in the law, as Pelosi said, but it no longer matters.” A Government of Laws? The ObamaCare Rot

“However incoherent these fixes may seem, they send two messages, loud and clear. The first is that although liberal pundits may think that the law is a done deal, impossible to repeal, the administration does not believe that.” Obamacare Initiates Self-Destruction Sequence

“As all but the most dishonest pundits now admit, Obamacare is less about health care, and more about the perverse pathologies that progressives suffer from. It is about redistributing wealth by coercing some insured individuals to pay for the insurance of others.” ObamaCare: A Christmas Gift from the Poor to the Rich

The New York Times can’t hide the bad stuff anymore. “Ginger Chapman and her husband, Doug, are sitting on the health care cliff.” New Health Law Frustrates Many in Middle Class

Realities. “And while Wall Street has flourished, Main Street remains mired in the “new normal.” It is the new normal where a staggering 75 percent of the jobs created this year have not only been part-time, but low-paying. It is the new normal where the “decline” in unemployment to 7 percent is belied by the reality that a record high 91,541,000 of Americans are no longer in the labor force as of October, and the workforce participation rate is 63 percent, the lowest its been since 1978. Some of that decline can be attributed to Baby Boomers retiring, but the participation rate of workers aged 16-54 also declined during the recession–and has yet to recover.” Killing the Middle Class

“Self-esteem is the new intelligence. Obama’s intelligence was manufactured by pandering to the biases and tastes of his supporters. The more he shared their biases and tastes, the smarter he seemed to be and the smarter they felt by having so much in common with such a smart man.” Obama is too smart to fail

He’s not God after all. “It’s a credit to journalists like Tapper and writers like Geier and Klein who warned about the cult-like effect Mr. Obama was having on people then rather than to those who, having bought into it five years ago, are now left scrambling to explain why Obama turned out to be merely mortal.” Early Media Warnings About Deifying Obama

“Alas, the cheery interlude will be brief. Soon the red ink again will be growing, and the more government spends and taxes, the worse will be the economic impact. No wonder CBO warned of “the unsustainable nature of the federal government’s current tax and spending policies.” Washington only faces “difficult choices.” America’s political leaders need to start choosing among them instead of passing another dishonest feel-good budget agreement.” Congress Fakes Fiscal Responsibility

They’re still Obama’s lap dogs. “It is rare that the White House press corps asks exactly what I want it to ask, but today’s display, with a few notable exceptions, was truly irresponsible.” 12 questions the White House press corps could have asked Obama about Obamacare

They’re wiser than us. “Europe is thought of as a collection of welfare states loved by some and detested by others. That lineup, though, is headed for change: The Dutch are wisely dismantling the system that they can no longer sustain.” Dutch Move From Welfare State To ‘Participation Society’

Do not covet. “Marxists luxuriate in the sin of envy and compound it by blending in the sins of stealing, of murder, of perjury, and of almost everything else that God ordered us not to do.  That is the answer to Marxism.” Marxists and Misers

“But the rest of you liberals…  listen, I know you.  I know a lot of you are against the kind of oppressive and bigoted activity that is becoming more and more emblematic of leftist thought and action. But there comes a point where if you’re not against them, you’re for them.” Anti-Semitic Stalinist Eunuchs

Scratching the back of those who helped you into office. “Sherk points out that the government agreed to — actually, it engineered — terms quite different from those of ordinary bankruptcies. UAW members, unlike employees of bankrupt airlines, took essentially no haircut, and there was even $1 billion for UAW employees of Delphi, to whom GM had no legal obligation. (Delphi was spun off from GM several years before).” Government takes General Motors loss to protect UAW cronies

Ironic. “It’s a funny thing about the inequality debate that has consumed the American intelligentsia for the past several years: The individuals who are most interested in identifying, describing, diagnosing, and addressing the phenomenon of income inequality are the individuals least affected by it.” The Inequality Business

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