We just marked four looooonnnnnggg years since Obamacare was signed into law. Seems like an eternity, no? Let’s review what we’ve gotten for all of this upheaval, chaos, and trillions of dollars in spending.
The Army stood at 570,000 men and women at the height of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Under President Obama, it has been preparing to reduce its numbers to 490,000 men and women. Hagel’s proposal would get that level down to between 440,000 and 450,000 active-duty personnel.
President Barack Obama sat down with Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly before the Super Bowl, and when asked about something he said repeatedly—in various ways—during the 2008 campaign, Obama claimed he believes the opposite.
So. The Democrats are in freefall. Their “landmark” legislation—Obamacare,—rammed through without a single Republican vote, is in collapse. The president has been exposed as a liar (see: “If you like your health plan, you can keep it. Period.”). His poll numbers are tanking, from job approval to competency to trustworthiness to personal likeability. The poll numbers for the Democrat party are in the gutter as well, with the Republican party now pulling ahead on the generic ballot. Democrats are fleeing the scene of their own accident, refusing to be seen with the president and distancing themselves from the wreck that is Obamacare.
Barack Obama’s political history is littered with lies. There are smallish lies (”I never knew my Uncle Omar”) to the mega-lies (see the very partial list above.) One of my personal favorites is his constant refrain that if “anybody” has any “good ideas” about how to do X,Y, or Z, he’s “happy” to hear them out.
I’m still combing through the details of the “deal” that President Obama, Secretary John Kerry and others in the administration struck with the Iranian regime, but one thing is obvious: it essentially clears the way for Iran to become a nuclear-armed power. Setting aside multiple, hard-fought UN resolutions calling for Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, the “deal” allows Iran to continue enrichment and requires little to nothing of the regime in return for the easing of some sanctions.
Former President Bill Clinton, who, along with the light of his life, Hillary Rodham Clinton, tried and failed to get socialized medicine done in the early 1990s, has generally been supportive of President Obama’s success with Obamacare. You just know that Bubba was burning with resentment that the Bama was able to accomplish what he and Rodham were not; socialized medicine was supposed to be THEIR legacy, not the legacy of this arrogant whippersnapper who beat them in 2008.
This week every single Senate Democrat up for re-election next year stormed the White House (okay, “stormed” might be too strong a word, but they went to the White House in an unhappy mood) to attend a previously unscheduled meeting with President Obama. According to reports, they vented their frustrations with the nightmare that is Obamacare. Fox News’s White House correspondent Ed Henry said the participants characterized the exchange with Obama as “spicy.” As in a “spicy tuna roll,” but without the tastiness.
Hey: remember the Left’s chant-of-choice to taunt President Bush during the Iraq war? “Bush lied, thousands died.” That leftist groupthink rant was premised on the erroneous assumption that, in the run-up to the U.S.-led intervention, Bush knowingly lied about the presence of weapons of mass destruction to justify the invasion.
USA Today just published the results of its latest poll on the rolling disaster known as Obamacare. Contrary to what Senator Chuck Schumer predicted at the time of passage—that the more the American people got to know Obamacare, the more we’d just love it—the truth is that we’re hating it now more than ever. Across the political spectrum, from conservatives who warned about the dangerous implications of socialized medicine to labor union heads who pushed for it and now staunchly oppose it, the American people loathe Obamacare and want it repealed—either in its entirety or in massive chunks.
The Obama administration is all about failing up. If you have lied to the American people, overseen policies that resulted in the deaths of American citizens, created other policies that have undermined American law and interests, screwed up royally, and covered up your actions, then you are primed for position and promotion in the Obama administration.
Thought ObamaCare was an unaffordable and an unsustainable entitlement that hasn’t even kicked in yet? You haven’t seen anything yet…for behold amnesty for illegal aliens, which makes socialized medicine look like a walk in the budget park.
More bad jobs numbers. CNBC reports today: “The gloomy news continued for jobs as ADP reported Wednesday that private companies created just 119,000 new positions in April. That was well below expectations and confirmation that the labor market is slowing heading into late spring and early summer. Economists surveyed by Reuters expected the ADP report to show the private sector created 150,000 jobs in April.” This comes just two days before the government releases its numbers for April. Doesn’t look good. Unexpectedly!
Tamarlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother Dzhokhar came to the United States when they were boys, refugees from Russia. This country took their family in, gave them asylum, educated them, offered them every opportunity, and, according to the Boston Herald, provided them with taxpayer-funded welfare benefits. Of course we did. Here’s how The Herald reported it:
Immediately after the bombings of the London subway system in July 2005, British law enforcement authorities suspected a second bombing wave was coming. They suspected right. When they moved in to the area where the second wave suspects were thought to be hiding, the terrorists came running out with their hands up. They shouted, “We have rights! We have rights!”
CBS News is out with a new poll today, and it’s a doozy. Hey Washington politicians, from President Obama to the rank-and-file in Congress: you may want to run for your lives. By growing numbers, the American people are thoroughly disgusted with you.
When Dianne Feinstein (D-Democratic Republic of California) proposed a ban on so-called assault weapons as part of a broader gun control bill, she thought she had two things going for her: public support post-Newtown, and support from her party’s leadership in the Senate. Turns out, she had neither.
Members of the mainstream media have finally had a “light bulb” moment. After five years of getting the runaround or of being simply shut out from access to President Obama, it’s finally dawned on them that Obama loathes them and doesn’t give them much access at all—ever.
In January 2011, President Obama convened what he called the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Comprised of business leaders and economists, it was ostensibly set up to offer up ideas on how to get real economic growth and job creation going. Of course, it was all done for show, since A) it only met a handful of times over two years, B) the last time it met was a year ago, and C) in order to get meaningful growth and job creation, you’ve got to reverse literally every single Obama economic policy. Which was clearly not in the offing.
In his lyrical and heartfelt introduction of his running mate, Governor Mitt Romney said one thing that particularly struck me. Romney spoke of Wisconsin Congressman and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Midwestern background, and how it instilled in him a devotion and love of America. And then Romney said—in a brief biographical note—that Ryan’s father had passed away when he was young.