News and Commentary for December 7

7 Dec

Yes, this is a serious question. Is English grammar being taught in school anymore? “Your session got expired.” Hill staffers hit errors galore as they try to sign up for ObamaCare

Can we believe much of anything our government is telling us these days? “Why didn’t the Labor Department include a note like that? A source who knows the department well says the concept of data being falsified is so unprecedented that the bureaucrats just don’t know how to react.” Warning: Jobless rate may be rigged

More on Obama’s lies. “Under either explanation — pathological lying or willful failure to learn the truth — we’re at a sad place. An administration that can’t be trusted accurately to provide basic biographical information about the president is an administration that can’t be trusted to provide accurate information about anything.” Obama’s wretchedly convoluted presidency

“The Obama Administration has yet to produce a list of the “dozens” of dates and times it claims Obama and Sebelius spent working on Obamacare.” Politico Destroys White House Claim of Secret Obama-Sebelius Meetings

“But even if it were true that we could get better treatment at a lower cost by restricting peoples’ choices, people would still hate having their choices restricted. Americans love choice! There is a reason that the abortion-rights movement has framed itself around the concept of choice and keeping medical decisions between a woman and her doctor, rather than around a more straight feminist argument about the life limitations imposed by an untimely pregnancy.” `Doc Shock’ On Deck in Obamacare Wars

Here’s a good compilation of all that’s wrong with Obamacare. “How bad is it? According to PJM alumnus Richard Pollock at the Washington Examiner, “An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state’s Obamacare health insurance exchange and won’t participate, the head of the state’s largest medical association said.”” And Now, for News of Fresh Obamacare Disaster

“A recent article by Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick claims that the nuclear deal reached with Iran, eagerly pursued by the Americans, was “not just to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power…the goal of Obama’s foreign policy is to weaken the state of Israel.” Her thesis is cogently argued and based on persuasive evidence. Behind-the-scenes negotiations have been going on for an entire year, “yet the deal reflects Iran’s opening position.” Since nothing had changed from day one, why did Obama wait until the present moment to conclude an agreement?” A Great Reckoning in a Little Room

“When former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died, President Obama did not lower the White House flags, nor did he attend her funeral, instead sending ex-Secretaries of State George Shultz and James Baker III. The Sun reported, “[Downing] Street is most angered by rejections from Obama, First Lady Michelle and Vice-President Joe Biden.” After Snubbing Thatcher Funeral, Obama and Michelle to Visit South Africa for Mandela

“On Fox & Friends on Friday, Schweizer emphasized that ignorance should never be an excuse for a leader.” WH Claims Obama ‘Regularly’ Meets with Sebelius Off the Record

Never let a crisis go to waste. “Benghazi, the Ukraine, the Middle East, China, Obamacare —  are regarded not as governance problems to be solved but crises never to be wasted. They are news cycle events to be spun. Opportunities for more power. Burned consulates, fighting displacing millions, the prospect of a nuclear breakout, the danger of war in the Pacific, the cancellation of millions of policies, the ruin of myriad lives are nothing but random objects spinning in the wake of a ship of state madly dashing across an uncharted ocean.” With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Narcissism on steroids. “During his 593-word statement, Obama managed to reference the deceased freedom fighter eight times. Predictably, Obama also managed to reference Obama 14 times.” In touching tribute to Mandela, Obama posts photo of himself watching TV

Insurance salesmen as liberators—is this a joke? “The shrunken but still substantial subset of the press corps that remains servile to the Obama agenda has been devoting a lot of attention of late to denying Phases 1 and 2–assuring that the “website” is working fine and that all those fraud victims will find satisfactory recompense in ObamaCare policies. But Ryan Cooper, a protegé of the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, is getting out ahead of the story. He’s already denying Phase 3. In a post titled “Why Millennials Will Come Around on Obamacare,” he enumerates six reasons why young adults will soon be greeting insurance salesmen as liberators.” Indemnity! Whiskey! Sexy!

“President Obama’s abuse of executive power has grown to the point that “he’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid,” Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor at George Washington University, told the House Judiciary Committee at a Dec. 3 hearing on the issue. Turley also pointed to what he described as “increasing autonomy and decreasing transparency” of the rapidly growing federal bureaucracy.” Examiner Editorial: Congress must take back its constitutional powers

“Government big enough to menace and harass its critics is bad enough. But what makes it worse is that government is increasingly controlled by people convinced with absolute metaphysical certainty of their own intellect and righteousness — which means that any criticism or opposition is, definitionally, contrary to the public good, and that, in turn, justifies any and all means used to squelch such malevolence.” Elizabeth Warren, Socialist Hero, Threatens Her Critics

Opposing views must be silenced at all cost! “The best way for Warren to stifle criticism from think tanks is to go after their funders, to unleash the left blogosphere on them.  In order to do that, you need to know who funds them, who works with them, and who supports them.” Elizabeth Warren launches war on critical think tanks

Will anyone stop this disaster that is being brought upon us? “What do millions of people do in a world in which, in Marxian terms, “capital” no longer needs “labor”? America’s liberal elite seem to enjoy having a domestic-servant class on hand, but, unlike the Downton Abbey crowd, are vaguely uncomfortable with having them drawn from the sturdy yokel stock of the village, and thus favor, to a degree only the Saudis can match, importing their maids and pool-boys from a permanent subordinate class of cheap foreign labor. Hence the fetishization of the “undocumented,” soon to be reflected in the multi-million bipartisan amnesty for those willing to do “the jobs Americans won’t do.”” The Post-Work Economy

“Hiking the minimum wage eliminates jobs from the workforce, forcing people onto welfare, and helping unions by restricting competition among those offering their labor.” Labor Storms the Golden Arches

“But I can think of no president who has lied in the way Obama has: about the fundamentals of who he is politically. About his plans for the United States. About the most basic details of a huge program he’s promoting, knowing he’s lying even as he’s promoting it. That’s why I get so angry when I hear Obama supporters excusing him by saying “all presidents lie.” Not like Obama, they don’t.” All Presidents Lie

Buggy. “A spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Friday suggested that the only way those who enrolled in October and November can be sure they will be covered in January is by paying their insurance bill and contacting their insurer to confirm their standing.” 1 in 4 Obamacare enrollments affected by technical bugs

Who’s going to hold them accountable? “The Obama administration is painting a much rosier picture of American jobs than the data supports, two researchers claim.” Report: Private sector SHRANK in 41 states under Obama

“Federal, state and local governments hired a net additional 338,000 workers in November, equaling 41 percent of the total of 818,000 net additional jobs created in the United States during the month.” 41% of Net New Jobs in November Were in Government

“Yet the Obama campaign’s behavior makes sense in light of the broader pattern.  If Obama had been directly asked about his New Party membership by a staffer, he would either have had to confess it or have been implicated in a damaging lie.  Better to let others deal with the issue.  That way, any mistakes or misrepresentations could be blamed on the failure of staff to consult with Obama, as happened in the Omar case.” Uncle Omar and Obama’s Management Style

“Here’s the raw deal: The Affordable Care Act created a 90-day grace period before insurers can drop patients who fall behind on premiums. So, delinquents who obtain tax-subsidized health insurance through an Obamacare health-insurance exchange have three months to settle up their bills prior to their policy’s being canceled. As written, the law puts insurers on the hook for the grace period.” Obamacare Dumps Unpaid Bills on Providers

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