News You Can Use for April 24

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Stop and smell the roses every day. Because no one knows what comes tomorrow…

Stories of the Day

Read this and weep.The world truly is in decline. “The British Columbia Health Ministry admits that it had shipped the remains of aborted fetuses to an Oregon waste-to-energy facility to produce electricity for residents of the Northwestern state.” Aborted fetuses incinerated at Oregon waste facility for energy purposes

Commentary on the above story. “Nauseating. I don’t have much to say about it – any commentary would be superfluous anyway. Have at it in the comments.” Burning aborted babies for electricity? Happening right here in the USA

Best thing I’ve read to describe the way Obama handles his job, ever. “Finally, the real discussion-stopper for the righteous — and there is no righteousness like an adolescent’s — is an assertion that has always been an Obama specialty. It is that there cannot be honorable and intelligent disagreement with him. So last week, less than two minutes after saying that the argument about the ACA “isn’t about me,” Obama said some important opposition to the ACA is about him, citing ‘states that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite.’” Barack Obama, the adolescent president

Some government workers need to go to jail. “At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.” A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital’s secret list

An absolute MUST READ. “Given the current state of the USA, Republicans should be winning every election from Seattle to Key West.  The economy hasn’t moved for years with the labor participation rate at record lows — people have given up – and bankruptcy over entitlements looming.  The international situation is in free fall with China becoming the global power, Iran making a mockery of faux negotiations and Putin on the way to reconstituting the Soviet Union.  Al Qaeda is not only alive, it’s growing.  (GM is dead.)  Optimism about our country is in the proverbial toilet. More Americans feel threatened by their own government than proud of it. Republicans should be winning by acclimation for every position from dog catcher to president. But they’re  not.  And you don’t need Strother Martin to tell you why – it’s a failure to communicate. And that’s not just the so-called establishment or the so-called Tea Party — it’s both.  Both are doing an atrocious job of taking their message to the people. The establishment remains super cautious, equivocating and boring while the Tea Party walks around pretending as if wearing a three-cornered hat and waving the Constitution (great as it is) is going to impress a culture the vast number of whom (incorrectly!) associate that Constitution with geriatric white slave holders in jodhpurs.  Also, you have to be at least as sophisticated as your high school sons and daughters.  We do live in 2014. (If you’re not, what you get is a clueless Sharron Angle losing to that hideous mafioso Harry Reid.) Rather than dealing with these realities, both sides — establishment and Tea Party — spend their time aiming fusillades at each other. How infantile and suicidal.” The Republicans’ Continued Public Relations Disaster

The so called “improving economy” is leaving an awful lot of people behind. “I have often said that in order to understand how bad our economy truly is, you have to have children at an age where they and their friends are getting out of school and looking for jobs. After five years of ostensible recovery, the job situation is brutal for young people. [Snip] The comments on the Strib article are interesting. Even in deep blue Minnesota, some people connect the dots. For example:

It’s quite clear we need to dramatically increase the number of H-1B visas as well as bring in 30 million new immigrant workers (of various skill levels) over the next decade. Not surprisingly, that is how the politicians are interpreting the data.” HOW BAD IS THE ECONOMY? THIS BAD

Michelle, trust me, there is NO COMPARISON between what political and military families go through. “But, she added, life on the campaign trail felt like military life. “Dealing with everything that I was dealing with — a spouse traveling, a job, kids — we didn’t deal with multiple moves, but I learned about the challenges that happen when you move from base to base to base; the way your kids have to adjust on a dime. And doing it knowing that the person you love is in harm’s way. And those stories moved me in a way that I didn’t expect.” Michelle Obama: Average American doesn’t ‘know much about the military’

From the comments concerning the above story: “I just can´t tolerate the utter hypocrisy of this woman. Meanwhile, her husband allows the VA to treat them like animals, is destroying the military with budget cuts, his social engineering pushing the gay agenda, cutting their insurance and benefits, etc. They´re both disgraceful how they stand up there and lie like they care about those men and women.” Lucianne: Michelle Obama Says Average American doesn’t ‘know much about the military’

Arizona Politics

Supporter of Obamacare looking for ways to fix its badness. “In the meantime, one House Democrat from Arizona wants the state to extend ObamaCare enrollment indefinitely:

Arizona Democratic Rep. Krysten Sinema still wants the Obama administration to push back the deadline for exchange enrollment even further.

[Snip] Sinema’s been trying to run away from ObamaCare ever since its disastrous rollout anyway,voting with Republicans to codify delays into law.  Her district, AZ-09, is narrowly Republican (R+1 in the Cook report), and so it’s hardly surprising that she wants to distance herself from the “Mission Accomplished” spin from the White House this month. Obama narrowly won this district in 2012, but Sinema underperformed Obama in the race, and must be feeling no small amount of heat in suburban Maricopa County.  That’s likely to be a universal experience in the midterms for Democrats.” Video: AFP launches ObamaCare attacks on four vulnerable Senate Dems

Benghazi

Initial intention was to kidnap. “A group called the Citizens Commission on Benghazi has come out with a damning report on events and decisions that led up to the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead. The commission, which is made up of former high-ranking US military officers, CIA insiders and think-tank fellows, gathered information on Benghazi across seven months. Their investigation included 85 Freedom of Information Act requests as well as contact with current officials who have direct knowledge of US actions during the months prior to the attack. [Snip] The commission also says that Islamists attacked the US facility in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, not intending to kill US Ambassador Christopher Steven, but to kidnap him. The attackers intended to grab him and use him to bargain for the release of “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdul Rahman, the mastermind of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center in New York.” Report: Benghazi Could Have Been Prevented if the US Hadn’t ‘Switched Sides in the War on Terror’

Big Government

Emphasis mine. “It is quite interesting to see, though, that the same bureaucrats refuse to enforce some of our federal border-protection laws and other domestic policies with which they disagree. Perhaps Mr. Reid’s time could be better spent explaining why it is acceptable for the federal government to pick and choose which laws it wishes to enforce.” CARSON: When government looks more like foe than friend: Feds who send arms against ranch families betray American values

Big Money in Politics

How do people like this live with themselves? “If money is the root of all political evil, can liberal money still be pure? If your name is Tom Steyer, the billionaire liberal environmental extremist, the answer is obvious. Steyer and other liberal donors are cracking the whip on President Obama to ensure that he doesn’t stray off the left-wing reservation even if it means approving a project that would boost the economy and U.S. energy independence. Steyer’s pledge to pour $100 million into the 2014 midterm elections was enough to influence the administration’s decision to stall the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline even though a State Department report debunked the claims that it would damage the environment. But don’t you dare compare Steyer to the conservative donors that are trying to do the same thing on the right. [Snip] But by trying to draw a distinction between conservative giving and the ways his money has been used to hammer the administration into opposing a vital project like Keystone, Steyer is demonstrating the contempt for democracy that is at the heart of modern liberalism. For such people, those who oppose their ideology can’t be opposed in a spirit of open and honest debate in which both sides are treated with respect. They must be damned as “un-American” (Reid’s epithet of choice for the Kochs) or lampooned as holding a Las Vegas auction for GOP presidential wannabes (as Adelson was in the last month even though Democratic notables flocked to Steyer’s San Francisco home just weeks earlier). Instead of looking to talk radio or the Tea Party to find the reason why politicians can’t find common ground anymore, pundits would do better to listen to Steyer and fellow liberals to discover the real reason why the partisan divide has become unbridgeable.” Steyer’s Payoff and Liberal Hypocrisy

Emphasis mine. “Now Steyer runs a giant “influence operation,” but it is perfectly legal and perfectly in the open.  But is is poorly understood and that is where the MSM is falling down.  “I’m not the Koch brothers” Steyer proclaims, but of course he is: He’s a wealthy American spending his money on various candidates and causes for reasons we can only dimly if ever suspect.  The Kochs appear genuinely interested in a world view anchored in free people and free markets.  Steyer seems genuinely motivated by a fear of global warming.  The latter motivation is as absurd to me as the former makes obvious sense based on history.  But the one thing that is certain is that the Kochs and Steyers are doing exactly the same thing: using money to influence politics.  And, to repeat, that is fine.  That’s the First Amendment at work.  See Putin’s Russia, the mullah’s Iran, the PRC or its client North Korea for states wherein such speech is not permitted. Where our MSM fails, however, is in shining a light on Steyer and the Kochs equally.  They are fooled by Steyer’s proclamations of “good guy” status and have given him a free ride on the origins of his wealth, or at least they are silent on that point.” Who Is Tom Steyer: The Important Work of Powerline’s John Hinderaker

Emphasis mine. “Do I have any issues with a Tom Steyer using any of his legitimately earned billions of dollars to donate to political causes, candidates, campaigns, and super PACS in which he believes? Absolutely not. Do I have a problem with Tom Steyer smearing other billionaires for doing so, funding a perniciously targeted misinformation campaign full of flat-out falsehoods against the Keystone XL pipeline, and pretending that he has some sort of imagined moral high ground in this arena? Yes, yes I do.” Tom Steyer: I am absolutely nothing at all like the Koch brothers

California

A government beholden to the Greens helping all their Green friends. “While state law requires that these cap-and-trade “fees” fund programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Governor Jerry Brown last year seized, er, “borrowed” nearly all of the auction proceeds for general-fund expenses. Mr. Steinberg now plans to raise Mr. Brown by spending future cashflows on his personal favorites: 40% for “sustainable communities” (i.e., affordable housing in urban areas); 30% for mass transit; 20% for high-speed rail; and 10% for roads and bike paths. [Snip] We’ve written for years that cap and trade’s real purpose was to create another revenue stream for politicians, and California businesses are suing the board for illegally imposing a tax disguised as a regulatory fee. Mr. Steinberg’s “investment strategy” proves their case.” California’s Carbon Spending Rush: Sacramento proves that cap and trade is about income redistribution.

Civil Rights

Twisting the truth: The Democrats were mostly against it until they were for it. “Three points should be made. First, leftists rewrite the history of Republicans’ record on civil rights for blacks. Second, vile charges that “Republicans are racists” cost the GOP votes, especially among low-information voters. Third, unless, even at this late date, Republicans forcefully dispute these lies and set the record straight, they should expect to lose votes (and maybe elections) in the future.” The Radical Left Rewrites the History of Civil Rights

The Constitution

If we want to preserve our country, we had better win in 2014 AND 2016. “Winning elections is not the only purpose of politics. Ideology matters and Republican politicians must be held accountable for behavior that undermines the basic principles of limited government. But unless they want to wake up in an America in which the Sotomayors can twist the Constitution into a pretzel to preserve every variety of liberal legal atrocity, right-wingers need to get over their hostility to more moderate Republicans and work to build an electoral majority rather than a purist schismatic faction.” SCOTUS Roulette: Why Winning Matters

We need to pray that Ginsburg stays. “With her extreme positions and her elevated judicial standing, Sotomayor has now become the poster girl for self-interested racial preferences. Her mediocre performance on SAT and LSAT tests served as a predictor of her performance on the Court. Two fellow liberals on the Court abandoned her, leaving only Ginsburg in her camp. And as I have been reporting, the Left now is after Ginsburg, trying to get her to resign so that President Obama can appoint a young and healthy liberal to spend the next few decades rewriting the Constitution.” The ‘Wise Latina’ jumped the shark

If the Left gets it way, the constitution will become a “living one.” “The 14th Amendment guarantees all Americans the equal protection of the laws. For a public entity like a university to discriminate against an applicant because of his or her race is an obvious violation of the 14th Amendment. Indeed, the amendment was adopted precisely in order to ban race discrimination by public authorities. Yet Ginsburg and Sotomayor were prepared to hold the 14th Amendment “unconstitutional”–i.e., disapproved by the official Left–and require that all states discriminate on the basis of race (or at least preserve the option to do so) whether they like it or not. Their position was pretty much unanimously applauded in the liberal media.” THE CONSTITUTION IS STILL CONSTITUTIONAL, FOR NOW

Economy

The Left never learns from history. “One oddity of the current economic debate is that the more Barack Obama’s incompetent income-redistribution policies have failed, the more the left calls for more government-intervention policies to correct for the deficiencies of the earlier rounds. American middle-income families have lost nearly $3,000 in purchasing power since 2007, and the left’s only solution to get us out of the rut is more debt, more social-welfare spending, more income redistribution and higher taxes on the rich and big business. [Snip] That the left has come full circle to celebrating the confiscatory tax rates of the bad old days of the 1970s is a depressing reminder that liberals really haven’t learned much of anything over the last 30 years. In the 1970s, by the way, the combination of high tax rates and high inflation ended with the worst losses in middle-class incomes since the Great Depression. If U.S. politicians are dumb enough to take Piketty’s advice, a depression is just where the U.S. economy is headed.” The Left’s Advice Would Bring A Second Great Depression

Elections

You MUST click on over and watch Dr. Monica Wehby’s commercial. She’s running for Senate in the state of Oregon. “If Oregon wasn’t in play before, it is now.” THE DEMS ARE IN TROUBLE IN OREGON

Bogus polls starting a little early in the campaign season. “A new poll by the New York Times has Sen. Mark Pryor 10 points ahead of Rep. Tom Cotton, 46-36. Even with that result, the RCP average (which includes three additional polls taken since February) has Pryor ahead by only 2.2 points. Thus, the Times poll is, by definition, an outlier. But does it nonetheless reflect the current state of the race? I don’t think so. As Bill Kristol points out, the sample used by the New York Times contained an almost equal number of Romney and Obama voters. Yet Romney carried Arkansas by 24 points.” ABOUT THAT NEW YORK TIMES ARKANSAS SENATE POLL

Environmentalism

Sacrilege! “Do I have any issues with a Tom Steyer using any of his legitimately earned billions of dollars to donate to political causes, candidates, campaigns, and super PACS in which he believes? Absolutely not. Do I have a problem with Tom Steyer smearing other billionaires for doing so, funding a perniciously targeted misinformation campaign full of flat-out falsehoods against the Keystone XL pipeline, and pretending that he has some sort of imagined moral high ground in this arena? Yes, yes I do. ‘WHY MY DAUGHTER DOESN’T RECYCLE’: AN ECONOMICS PROFESSOR’S LETTER TO HIS CHILD’S TEACHER

Foreign Policy

Hope and change foreign policy style.Just reminding folks, the mouthpiece of Putin is Sergey Lavrov with whom Hillary believed she had forged a strong bond and through who the U.S.-Russian relationships was to be reset. It isn’t just the Russians who are pushing President Obama (and through his his present  Secretary of State John Kerry and his past representative to the world Hillary), it is also China, which issued a statement yesterday after the president reiteration of its standing alongside of Japan in its South China Sea Dispute with the PRC.  From the New York Times: A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, Qin Gang, said Wednesday that China was “firmly opposed to treating the U.S.-Japan security treaty as applying to the Diaoyu Islands.” “The United States should respect the facts, in a responsible manner abide by its commitment not to choose sides over a territorial sovereignty issue, be cautious on words and deeds and earnestly play a constructive role for peace and stability in the region…” “If we are attacked, we would certainly respond” – Hillary’s Friend, Sergey V. Lavrov

“The real “dumb war” is the new Cold War that Obama and Kerry — and Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton — have brought us with their impotent, naive U.S. foreign policy.” Obama’s Ideology-Driven ‘Dumb War’ Is A New Cold War

“It bears repeating that the 2004-05 Orange Revolution in Ukraine provided Putin with the same opportunity to seize Ukrainian territory he had this year. But he was then uncertain about international reaction to projecting force beyond his borders. Now he has no such doubts. And it is almost certainly too late to create any reason for Putin to hesitate in time to save Ukraine, though clearly the U.S. can and should do what it can to aid Ukrainian self-defense.” Finish the Sentence, Mr. Vice President

This, from the Washington Post no less. “The Politico Playbook, a popular tip sheet, asked readers Wednesday morning, “Be honest: did you even know Obama was away? Presidential trips like this used to dominate news and permeate the consciousness of ordinary Americans.” And they could again, if the president would be a newsmaker and not a tourist.” Overseas, President Obama projects a whole lot of nothing

Harry Reid

If you needed proof that politicians get rich being politicians, here it is. “While six-figure investments and million-dollar land deals most greatly impact Reid’s wealth, he also manages to save money through some of the perks that come with being the most powerful politician in Nevada (and the U.S. Senate, for that matter).” Harry Reid’s Long, Steady Accretion of Power & Wealth

Hillary Clinton

Another empty suit, but as we continue to point this out we’ll no longer be called racists. Now we’ll be asked why we hate women. “This week we have the case of Clinton’s 2010 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. Pressed by AP reporter Matt Lee at a Tuesday press conference, State Department flack Jen Psaki flailed away while failing to come up with a single “tangible achievement” from Clinton’s QDDR (video below). [Snip] There is no ill will between Psaki and Clinton. She wanted to do better. Indeed, having slept on it and done her homework, Psaki returned yesterday with a do-over. [Snip] Byron York reports on the exchange that followed:

Lee was not impressed. “Were there any of these that didn’t simply involve rearranging of the bureaucratic deck chairs or shuffling responsibilities between one bureau to another or creating a new level of bureaucracy?” he asked. “Were any of the accomplishments in – outside of that, those areas?” [Snip]

When the question is raised during Hillary’s candidacy, it will doubtless be deemed another front in the war on women and an offense against majesty. Until that time we should probably enjoy the spectacle.” HILLARY’S GREATEST HITS

Inequality

Liberty vs equality, it’s a no-brainer for everyone but our Leftist elites. “Thanks of course to Thomas Piketty and millions of words in op-eds, blog posts, and social-media screeds, now is apparently the time for the coastal elite to talk about inequality. It’s a big thing — the biggest thing — and unless it’s fixed, it may very well destabilize the developed world. At the same time, however, millions of Americans really don’t think about inequality — unless someone forces the conversation on them — but they think a lot about liberty. They really, really want government to stop putting its thumb on the scales of life, want to be left alone, and fear a future where the expression of their deepest beliefs may lead to exclusion from the economic and cultural life of their countries and communities. In fact, they think about liberty so much, that the continued heavy hand of government is on the verge of creating real instability. [Snip] One set of activists demand equality and seeks more government intervention to force the issue. Another set of activists demand liberty and reject the heavy hand of government in favor of private energy and initiative. We don’t see the same problems and differ on the solutions. We see different problems and demand incompatible solutions. Now that is a recipe for instability.” Red and Blue Don’t Live the Same Lives and Aren’t Enraged about the Same Things

The Internet

Another dumb idea by the Democrats. “Last month, the Turkish government blocked access to Twitter in an attempt to silence its opponents. When critics protested the change via YouTube, the government tried to cut off access to that site as well. Governments like Turkey have no formal role in Internet governance today, so such censorship stops at the border, and citizens can access foreign networks to express their views. But will that continue to be the case? Today, representatives from around the globe are convening in São Paulo, Brazil, for NETmundial, a summit billed as a “Global Multistakeholder Meeting on the Future of Internet Governance.” The gathering is being co-hosted by twelve countries, including Brazil, the United States, and — you guessed it — Turkey. They are welcoming governments with an established record of hostility to Internet freedom: Russian, Cuban, and Chinese representatives are scheduled to give opening remarks. Is it any wonder that so many Americans were alarmed by the U.S. Commerce Department’s recent announcement that the United States intends to relinquish its role in Internet governance?” Giving Up the Internet: Still Risky: Relinquishing control of ICANN to international stakeholders could empower repressive regimes.

The IRS

The amount of scrutiny you get all depends on what side of the aisle you’re on. “The IRS is demonstrating vigor in enforcing the rules for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations against influencing elections with its recent revocation of the tax-exempt status of the conservative Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty for anti-Hillary Clinton and John Kerry articles posted to the group’s Web site. Perhaps the non-partisan Internal Revenue Service will balance the scales of justice by revoking the tax-exempt status of the Democratic Party front group Media Matters for America. [Snip] The IRS won’t have to look far for evidence. The Twitter profile of Media Matters Chairman David Brock would be a good place to start. There Brock proudly identifies himself as a ‘Democratic political activist.’” Will IRS Revoke Media Matters Tax-Exempt Status? Chairman Brock is ‘Democratic Political Activist’

Obamacare

Bureaucracy continuing to extend its tentacles. “I’m posting this report, not because I think anyone actually expected the Obama administration to abide by the requirements it set out for itself when devising this leviathan of a law (LOLz) — I mean, the thing is huge, and it would just be totally unreasonable to expect the administration to be able to churn out regulations and studies on time, every time, right? …Which is exactly my point. I’d just like to take this opportunity to once again highlight the practically unknowable degree to which Obama’s crowning legislative achievement is expanding our bureaucracy and its involvement in one-sixth of the United States’ economy, via the WFB:

The administration has failed to meet 44 statutory deadlines required under Obamacare, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). CRS report: The administration has missed 44 of its own ObamaCare deadlines

We should NEVER forgive ANYONE who was or still is for this. Since when is the government better at doing anything???? Emphasis mine. “But you’ve probably never heard of Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation – a wicked stepchild of Obamacare – that will have broad, sweeping powers to change Medicare without congressional approval.

Wall Street Journal:

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has flown below the political radar. That’s due to its seemingly innocuous mission: promoting new and more efficient “payment systems” and “models of care.” But this agency is just as dangerous as IPAB. [Snip]

A billion dollars over 10 years for staffing this agency. All those people have to be given something to do. Just what is it they’re planning?

The agency’s broad mandate reveals the mind-set of ObamaCare’s authors. The premise is that the federal government is best positioned to lead an effort in innovation in medical delivery, despite all evidence to the contrary. The history of Medicare’spayment systems over four decades is one of politicized decision-making by regulators, protection of incumbent providers, and roadblocks to new medical technologies and new ways of doing business, such as using information technology to consult with patients, or employing non-physician clinics for routine patient care. It’s the opposite of an environment conducive to innovation. Consequently, inefficiency is rampant in Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service program. [Snip]

Once again, we see that Obamacare is not about improving quality or access, but rather control.” Vast powers of new Obamacare agency

Can we survive all of the evil within this monstrous bill? “Remember when commentators argued that ObamaCare would “destroy marriage for the middle class the same way that the Great Society welfare state destroyed the black family with financial incentives for staying single”?  Now there is a growing understanding that – as much as anything else – ObamaCare is aimed at subsidizing a life of singleness among women, particularly unmarried mothers.  Little wonder many pro-marriage activists view the bill as “a direct attack on marriage.”  The Heritage Foundation reports that the annual “penalty” for being married could go as high as $10,000, and, cumulatively, a married couple “could face a penalty of over $200,000 during the course of their marriage.”  The bill would ‘hit young married couples hard” and “bite back at empty-nesters” by creating “enormous pressure for couples to live together without marriage – or even get divorced – by charging married couples thousands of dollars more in premiums and fees.” [Snip] The domestic and social policies of the Democratic Party are typically shaped by feminist input. [Snip] These perks to the administration’s feminist allies are costing American taxpayers hundreds upon hundreds of billions a year.  Current welfare programs total close to $1 trillion a year (twice as much as national defense and nearly the size of the federal deficit); ObamaCare will add another $2.5 trillion.  There’s no end in sight to the increasing costs of these entitlements. Democratic staffers supposedly told reporters that they “had to decide what their goals were” with Health Care Reform legislation, and they clearly put identity politics and payoffs ahead of economic growth and prosperity.  They should learn from history: more than forty years of failed policies have shown that when the wrong solution is applied to a bad situation, increases in funding simply magnify the problem.  Evidently they didn’t care, as long as they could say, ‘We won.’” ObamaCare Destroying Marriages (before They Begin)

Let’s remember in November. “Jeanne Shaheen, the senior senator from New Hampshire, won her seat by defeating a Republican incumbent in 2008. She was thought to have a safe seat this year, and most polls and observers still give her an edge, if a tenuous one, over likely GOP challenger Scott Brown. [Snip] Not surprisingly, Shaheen–whose first name is pronounced “gene,” not “genie”–is facing hard questions from constituents suffering under the new health-care regime. Her approach to answering them seems an unpromising one. It is to suggest that they don’t know what they’re talking about. [Snip]

So Shaheen was an active participant, if perhaps an unwitting one, in a massive consumer fraud at the expense of many of her own constituents. No wonder she’s so defensive.

If we lie to the government, it’s a felony. If the government lies to us, it’s politics as usual.” JAMES TARANTO: ‘A Lot of Misinformation:’ Defending ObamaCare, Sen. Shaheen gets defensive.

Mission accomplished not so mission accomplished. “You’d think that with such good news, the administration would want to put out as many details as possible, as soon as possible. But judging by previous months, the latest Health and Human Services enrollment report is now nearly two weeks behind schedule. As a result, we still don’t know where 2.7 million ObamaCare enrollees came from.” 2.7 Million ObamaCare Enrollees Still Unaccounted For

Student Loans

As I continue say: Everything the Left does has unintended, and awful, consequences. “The federal student loan program is becoming so costly to taxpayers that even President Obama is pretending to fix it. Readers will recall Mr. Obama as the man who has spent much of his Presidency expanding this program, creating new ways for borrowers to avoid repayment, and then campaigning about these dubious achievements on campuses nationwide. Now Team Obama is acknowledging that his policies are turning out to be more expensive than he claimed. Participation in federal debt-forgiveness programs is surging. In a mere six months the number of borrowers who’ve signed up for such plans has increased to more than 1.3 million from less than a million, with total balances rising to $72 billion from $52 billion. Maybe the White House didn’t understand that when you give people an economic incentive not to repay a loan, more people won’t repay.” Telling Students to Earn Less: Obama now calls for reforming his bleeding college loan program.

 

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