The Obamacare Desertion

Probably no better indication of President Obama’s unpopularity in his own party can be found than the repudiation of the passage of Obamacare by two of his own senators who voted for it.

First was New York senator Chuck Schumer, who publicly stated that passing Obamacare in they way they did, and making it such a priority, was a wrong move. He obviously feels little loyalty nowadays to the presumed head of his own party:

Dr. Schumer

Close on his heels came retiring Iowa senator Tom Harkin, who, with nothing to lose anymore, echoed Schumer’s rejection of the Obama initiative:

Hands On Deck

The captain of this ship seems rather oblivious to the loss of some of his essential crewmen.

Of course, the president will continue to have the support of one very strong constituency:

Getaway Car

But no matter how hard the media tries to repair this wreck of a vehicle, all it can do is perhaps rework its image; it’s really not going anywhere.

Then there’s the very real possibility (probability?) that the Supreme Court may cripple it decisively when it rules on the case coming before it this spring.

Yes, there is hope.

The New Congress

Bill CassidyThe 2014 Senate elections are now complete. On Saturday, Republican Bill Cassidy defeated incumbent Louisiana senator Mary Landrieu 56-44%. Landrieu had served as a senator for eighteen years; now she will have to find out what the private sector is like, pretty much for the first time in her life. Don’t feel too sorry for her, though; she comes from a political family with deep ties to the corridors of power. She won’t exactly go hungry.

Cassidy, who is currently a congressman and who is a medical doctor, in an interview yesterday, said his top priority was to do something about Obamacare, which he believes is a complete failure. His addition to the Senate now puts the new Senate, which will be seated in January, at 54 Republicans and 46 Democrats, a stark reversal of the last eight years.

Martha McSallyOne House seat remains to be called. In Arizona, Republican challenger Martha McSally is leading incumbent Democrat Ron Barber by a mere 161 votes, so a recount is underway. Barring any political shenanigans, it appears McSally, a retired Air Force pilot, will win. That would give the Republicans the greatest majority they’ve had in the House since the 1928 election.

Now, the real question: What will Republicans do with control of both houses of Congress? Will they stand firm on principle or cave? Will they show the nation they can lead in a new direction or will they go along with the occupant of the White House just to get along?

I never expect everything to go the way I think it should politically, but I do expect improvement after this last round of elections. Pray for wisdom and stiff spines.

A New National Conversation

I’m fighting the temptation to write a blog that lists every action of the Obama administration that manifests scandal, deception, misinformation, racial division, or astounding incompetence, but I don’t have the time to write that long of an article—nor would many readers make it to the end. So I have to break up those incidents into bite-sized pieces.

Let’s just focus for now on the latest manifestations. Jonathan Gruber of Obamacare deception infamy will be testifying before a congressional panel soon. That will put him back in the limelight, which is important, because the public needs to be constantly reminded of what has been foisted upon them. When that happens, I fully expect this type of response from the White House:

Most Transparent Admin

The president’s chief enablers will probably step in at that point, and it will be hard to tell the difference between the White House spin and what the enablers are saying. But if they could be totally honest, we would hear something like this:

Our Job

Also, since Ferguson has been our obsession for the past week and a half, and we’ve made a hero out of a thug/thief, the administration has decided that we once again need a national conversation on race. If I had the authority, I think I would ban the phrase “national conversation on race” indefinitely. Why? The administration’s definition of any such national conversation only goes one way—blaming law enforcement for all the problems. In the past, we’ve had presidents who acted racially—think of Woodrow Wilson, a staunch supporter of segregation who acted it out during his administration—but now the pendulum has swung in the other direction:

Racial Profiling

Translation: guilty until proven innocent, and in our eyes, you are never innocent.

Almost unnoticed while the fallout from Ferguson continues is the new barrier we’ve broken with our national debt. The $18 trillion mark is now in our rearview mirror as we head on to new heights in the next two years. It is now an established fact that the Obama years have added more to the national debt than all other years in our nation’s history combined. Yet the president brushes it off as inconsequential while he seeks to add even more to that total:

How Much

What makes this particularly galling is that while running for president back in 2008, he specifically targeted the debt George Bush contributed, calling it “irresponsible” and a “failure of leadership.” Then, to add to the rhetorical flourish, he said that amassing a debt such as Bush had done was clearly “unpatriotic.”

By your own words, you will be judged.

Might I suggest a new national conversation? How about we talk nationally about the voters’ responsibility to place men and women of honor and integrity in office? For some reason, I doubt the eagerness of the Obama administration to take part in that national conversation.

Identifying the Truly Stupid Voters

I think we’re now at six videos of Jonathan Gruber talking about the stupidity of the American voter and how to pull the wool over their eyes . . . and counting.

Apparently, Prof. Gruber is not a shy individual; he has been broadcasting his views about pulling a fast one with Obamacare for a number of years. So why are we only now hearing about this, when so many videos are available to view? Might it have something to do with the media blackout on the dysfunctional nature of the misnamed Affordable Care Act?

Melissa FrancisMelissa Francis, formerly of CNBC, and now with Fox Business Network, has come forward to tell her tale. She says when Obamacare was being pushed she ran the numbers on it and saw just how phony it all was—it couldn’t really work. She started talking about that on the air—it’s called real reporting—but then was taken to the woodshed by her superiors, who told her that her critique of Obamacare was “disrespecting the office of the presidency.” She had to curtail her honest reporting from that time on. Fortunately for her, she’s now at a network where she can tell the truth to the American people.

Meanwhile, our president, who has a superb track record of throwing people under the bus—Bill Ayers was just someone in his neighborhood; Jeremiah Wright was like the crazy uncle and he never heard him say such things in the twenty years he sat under his teaching—has now tossed Prof. Gruber under the same vehicle.

When questioned about Gruber, the Obama response was one that anyone who has paid any attention to him over the past six years could have guessed ahead of time. You see, he just found out about all this controversy, he hardly even knew Gruber (just by name as he sat around a table with many others), and he was “some adviser” who wasn’t on the president’s staff.

Goodbye, Mr. Gruber, it was nice not really knowing you all that well:

Professor Friend

Ignore, of course, that Gruber was paid nearly $6 million in taxpayer money to be merely “some adviser.” Don’t mention that he was “on loan” at one point by the White House to Congress to spread his wisdom there also. No, don’t pay any attention to those distractions; just believe whatever we tell you:

I'm with Stupid

Yes, many voters were fooled, but they were lied to repeatedly and wanted to trust their governmental leaders. That’s not the same thing as being stupid. If we truly want to tag that label on any voters, how about the ones who didn’t find any problem voting for a law they hadn’t read?

Critical

Now, there is the prime example of outright stupidity. Keep in mind that not even one Republican signed on to this monstrosity. This wasn’t bipartisan stupidity; it’s “owned” by one party only.

The Obamacare Polygraph

A couple days ago I wrote about MIT professor Jonathan Gruber’s arrogant comments about how he helped construct and pass Obamacare, noting that he and others “in the know” deliberately muddled the language of the law to help it pass. The most infamous part of his comments was his putdown of American voters as stupid.

Gruber then went on MSNBC (where he was assured of a friendly hearing) to say he was speaking “off the cuff,” so we shouldn’t take his words seriously. However, shortly after that, because someone was doing some actual investigative reporting, two more videos of Gruber saying nearly identical things surfaced.

If you haven’t heard much about any of this, it’s because you watch network news, which has ignored the story entirely. Yet this is major. It strips away all the pretense about Obamacare and reveals the underhanded way in which it was developed and promoted. In short, it’s all a pack of lies.

Polygraph

This revelation, of course, is hardly a revelation to those of us who have perceived its faulty foundation from the start, and have warned that it’s a huge Ponzi scheme dedicated to the ultimate goal of placing all healthcare in the hands of the government.

The Obama administration has said virtually nothing about this. I imagine the president, if pressed on his need to respond, might have this attitude:

What Do They Know

The sad thing is that he’s probably correct, at least in the case of a certain segment of voters:

Some of the People

Gruber’s attempt to obfuscate in the language of the law helped win the day—along with the usual political shenanigans at the time that assured its passage. Anyone remember the Louisiana Purchase of Sen. Mary Landrieu?

Ironically, the law is heading back to the Supreme Court, with a case that focuses on some of its wording about how only the state exchanges can receive federal subsidies, not the exchanges set up by the federal government. Fewer than twenty states set up exchanges (some of which were complete fiascoes), so all those subsidies being handed out to the other states should be ruled illegal by the Court, if it follows the wording of the law itself.

Stupid Voters

Figuring out the precise wording, though, may be tricky, thanks to Prof. Gruber.

The Obamacare Deception

Jonathan GruberJonathan Gruber. Ever heard of him? He’s now infamous, at least for those who are paying attention to the latest Obamacare development. Gruber is an MIT health economist who was one of the key architects of Obamacare. A video has surfaced from 2013 where he is on a panel discussing the passage of that law. His comments are eye-opening.

First of all, he admits the bill “was written in a tortured way to make sure [the Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes.” So, it was a tax, but the wording was so convoluted that it would be hard to figure that out. Understand, this is not Gruber bemoaning that fact, but trumpeting it as a “win.”

He continued by saying that the goal was to hide the truth from the American people: “If you had a law which said that healthy people are going to pay in – you made explicit healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed.”

Well, he’s right about that. But, as Nancy Pelosi, one of the self-proclaimed brilliant minds of the Congress, informed us back then, we needed to pass this bill so we could find out what is in it. Right. That’s how all bills should be passed—vote first, read it later.

Gruber wasn’t done. He then got to the bottom line: “Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical for the thing to pass.”

Obamacare LogoThere you have it. The people who designed Obamacare, and those who promoted it, essentially relied upon Americans’ stupidity to make it law. There’s the demeaning aspect of Gruber’s comment—how he and others in this administration view the American public—but there’s also the element of truth in his analysis: the American people can sometimes be terribly stupid and go along with policies intended to destroy them.

Gruber concluded those comments with this: “Look, I wish … we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

Let me translate: “The ends justify the means.”

Why would Gruber be so open about this? Did he think this would go unnoticed because the American people are so stupid? Is it simply the hubris of the arrogant class that knows what is good for the rest of us and will impose it upon us without our consent?

Regardless, the most transparent administration in history—in theory, not in reality—has just had a bright light shined on its deceptive practices. This is not an isolated incident; it’s the modus operandi for this White House in all things. Think Benghazi, the IRS, the DOJ, the NSA.

If you have been an Obama supporter in any fashion, you have aided in this deception. It’s time to wake up to the truth.

Now, will the mainstream media mention this or will they once again feign ignorance or declare it’s a non-story?

If you want to view this video, I hope you can. According to the account I read, though, it was pulled off YouTube yesterday after the initial furor. The coverup begins.

Ebola & Public Confidence

The Ebola scare seems to be subsiding at the moment. We need to keep in mind, though, that there is an incubation period for the virus. Our health officials seem to be of two minds, however, as to the length of that period. Is it 21 days or 42? Whom do we trust to tell us? The information from the CDC has been wildly contradictory on all fronts.

Audit the Nurse

That’s right. We wouldn’t want the public to lose confidence in the omnicompetence of our government. Yet when any government agency, like the CDC, seems to defy logic, refusing to back a ban on travel into the U.S. from Ebola-infested countries, how are we supposed to trust?

CDC Security

It’s not just the CDC. Does anyone remember the DOJ’s brilliant idea of tracking guns sold to Mexican drug cartels? How did that work out?

But don’t worry, we now have an Ebola czar. Never mind that there already is one somewhere in the underground caverns of the Department of Health and Human Services. No, we have to add another layer of bureaucracy. And who do we get for this new “czar”? A political hack by the name of Ron Klain, whose chief claim to fame was his connection to the failed Solyndra company that received tons of tax funding. He also was a counselor to Al Gore and Chief of Staff for Joe Biden.

So what is there about Klain’s background that’s supposed to inspire confidence in the public? Cartoonists have a common theme in their depictions of Klain. It’s not hard to discern:

Play Doctor

Not a Doctor

Ebola Czar

There’s already speculation that this is merely a steppingstone for Klain, as he has been promised a higher-profile position if he accepted this one. He didn’t exactly jump into the job, missing the first congressional hearing on the issue.

What this really says to me is that this administration is not serious about the threat. As with any crisis in this White House, the first response is how to handle it politically.

Why would we think the Obama administration is vitally concerned about the health of American citizens? Ah, Obamacare, of course. How is that working out for us?