Friday, November 29, 2013

op ed review 11/30

Former President Ronald Reagan has edged out Franklin D. Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy as the nation’s greatest president in over a century, and President Obama was rated the biggest failure by a sizable margin over George W. Bush, Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter, according to a new poll.

“Obama Approval Falls to 50 Percent in Home State, Collapses in Ohio”
If voters had been aware last year that they might lose their health-care plans when Obamacare went into effect, Republican President Mitt Romney would be sitting in the White House today, according to a poll released Friday.

Almost 80 million people with employer health plans could find their coverage canceled next year because they are not compliant with ObamaCare, several experts predicted.
With the roll out of Obamacare being as disastrous as possible for the Obama administration, one group was given a $1 million grant to gather “success stories” of Americans dealing with Obamacare and distribute them to the media who often refer to them as an “independent” group.
“Obamacare Event Hands Out Free Condoms as Prizes….The condom give-away was a training event with young Democrats.”
“Cancer Patient Who Spoke Out Against ObamaCare Now Being Audited”
Boy with cancer loses coverage after Obamacare launch……Bureaucrats won't help unless he is 'pregnant or an illegal alien'”

“For the first time in nearly a decade we have halted parts of Iran’s nuclear program” announced a jubilant Barack Obama after the news of the just-signed Geneva six-month interim agreement with Iran. But the American goal for the accord was that the Iranians not “advance their program” of building a uranium nuclear bomb (and perhaps a plutonium bomb too); the apparent deal exactly permits such advancement, plus sanctions relief to Tehran worth about $9 billion. This wretched deal offers one of those rare occasions when comparison with Neville Chamberlain in Munich in 1938 is valid.
John Bolton:  “Abject Surrender by the United States”
Elliot Abrams:  “This agreement rewards Iran for a decade of lying to the IAEA and hiding its nuclear program, because it essentially accepts Iran’s enrichment program.”
For many of the Americans who were held hostage at the start of the Iranian revolution, "It's kind of like Jimmy Carter all over again.”

National Labor Relations Board lawyers okayed a major union's practice of paying people to protest against Walmart in a legal memorandum earlier this month. The federal labor law enforcement agency said the practice of paying workers $50 apiece to join protests “did not constitute unlawful … coercion of employees.” the NLRB lawyers determined that the UFCW's offer of $50 gift cards to anyone who showed up to protest “was a non-excessive strike benefit.”

The Supreme Court agreed to referee another dispute over President Obama's health care law: whether businesses may use religious objections to escape a requirement to cover birth control for employees.

In Colorado, efforts to recall a third anti-gun politician ended with the news that Senator Evie Hudak will resign. Hudak apparently decided that the election, which if lost could have flipped control of the state’s senate, was not worth the risk.
Actor Richard Dreyfuss: "The NRA is Not the Enemy, They Should Be Thought of as Heroes" saying that they are best group to turn to for solutions on gun violence while noting they are experts and were founded in order to education people about firearms.

Happy holidays from the Obama administration. Federal agencies are currently working on rolling out hundreds of environmental regulations, including major regulations that would limit emissions from power plants and expand the agency’s authority to bodies of water on private property.

Seattle goes to pot……On the first anniversary of legal weed in Washington State, Seattle will permit a big pot party on the site of Seattle Center’s old Fun Forest amusement park.  “…..a free, adults-only event, open to the public….light music, light catering and outdoor pot smoking by up to 500 people behind a double fence…”

Investors Business Daily  11/27

After spending three years promoting ObamaCare lies, the media elite now scramble to get out of the way of a train wreck they helped cause. Their backpedaling would be funny if so many lives weren't at risk.

As the redistributive mechanics of ObamaCare rear their ugly head, the president's propaganda puppets are suddenly sounding like conservative critics. Take the New York Times. In a fit of candor, it now agrees with what we've said all along — "redistribution of wealth lies at the heart of" the Affordable Care Act.

The paper reported that "economic justice" was Obama's real goal in taking over a sixth of the economy. But to make his plan "palatable" to "middle-class voters," he had to mislead them into thinking nothing would be taken from them. He had to assure them, in a "semantic sidestep," that ObamaCare was a win-win for all Americans, when in fact it created "losers as well as winners" — tens of millions of losers, as it turns out.

"Hiding in plain sight behind that pledge — visible to health policy experts but not the general public — was the redistribution required to extend health coverage to those who had been either locked out or priced out of the market," the Times said. "Now some of that redistribution has come clearly into view."

Of course, it was visible to Times correspondents as well. But they're just now getting around to informing voters, after flooding them with pro-ObamaCare stories during the 2012 campaign. Time magazine has had its own miraculous conversion. After defending ObamaCare, its senior political analyst, Mark Halperin, now agrees with Sarah Palin that ObamaCare does in fact contain "death panels." Appearing on Newsmax TV's Steve Malzberg Show, Halperin said death panels are "built into" ObamaCare as part of the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

Malzberg: The death panels will be coming, call them what you will. Rationing is part of it.
Halperin: I agree. It's going to be a huge issue, and that's something else about which the president was not fully forthcoming and straightforward.
Malzberg: Alright, so you believe there will be rationing, aka death panels?
Halperin: It's built into the plan.

Oh, now you tell us. Just this past September, his magazine said Palin was wrong about the death panels and even insisted IPAB won't ration care. No doubt chastened by colleagues, Halperin clarified his remarks on White House propaganda arm MSNBC. "I said something imprecisely," he said.

Although he pointed out he never actually used the words "death panels," he reiterated that the government will have a role in deciding how much end-of-life care people get. "ObamaCare does that," Halperin said.
Such media honesty is likely just a temporary spasm.

White House-tied groups already have been paid to find and feed positive ObamaCare stories to the national media. Judging from past behavior, they'll report them unfiltered.

"The real solution to America's healthcare problems can be reduced to two ideas: liberty and free-market capitalism. We need a patient-centered system where the patient-doctor relationship comes first, not last. The ability of Americans to maintain health savings accounts on their own, to pick and choose what they want any insurance policy to cover, and the elimination of laws that prevent insurance companies from selling policies across state lines. We need a system in which a 900 page bill, and 11,000 pages of regulations -- not one word of which talks about tort reform -- is tossed on the ash heap of history. That's a viable beginning. I have no doubt there are experts in the field who can couple these ideas with a system in which people with chronic and/or pre-existing conditions can access the kind of safety net Americans would be more than happy to underwrite. One based on genuine need -- and genuine virtue."
                         -Arnold Ahlert

Star Parker:  I have lined up my Christmas presents this year for President Obama and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. I will send them both a copy of the last book written by one of greatest economists of the last century, and winner of the Nobel Prize in economics in 1974, F.A. Hayek. The book is called The Fatal Conceit: The Errors of Socialism.  (Hayek) noted the critical importance that we know what we don’t know. Thinking you know what you don’t and can’t know, the illusion that men can plan, organize, and control things far beyond their understanding is the “fatal conceit” of socialism.

Eighty million Americans are losing health insurance, and 26 million are jobless. But lefty Rep. Linda Sanchez has made oppression of gay and transgender Latinos her priority. Seems the smaller the cause, the better. At a field hearing attended by all of 20 people in Los Angeles on Monday, the California Democrat bemoaned all the time spent on matters such as the slow economy, runaway government spending, the millions losing their insurance under Obama-Care and the 7.8% unemployment rate. Such issues, the congresswoman believes, are diverting attention from problems experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Latinos and Latinas.

Fifty-six women have been killed in Pakistan this year for giving birth to a girl rather than a boy, human rights activist IA Rehman said at a symposium here on Monday

AFA is calling for a limited one-month boycott of Radio Shack over the company's censorship of the word "Christmas."   For years, Radio Shack has refused to use the word Christmas on its website, in television commercials, newspaper ads and in-store promotions, despite tens of thousands of consumer requests to recognize Christmas and in spite of repeated requests from AFA to do the same.

“Religious liberty is front and center on the nation´s Thanksgiving table. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The family-owned craft store company is intrepidly challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare´s abortion coverage mandate. Hobby Lobby´s faithful owners deserve our thanks and praise as they defend freedom of conscience for all Americans.”

Interesting ideas from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson:  “Mr Johnson, who last week called for the ten biggest taxpayers to be handed knighthoods, acknowledged that growing inequality was creating ‘resentment’.
He said ministers needed to do more to promote social mobility. ‘Though it would be wrong to  persecute the rich, and madness to try and stifle wealth creation, and futile to try to stamp out inequality, we should only tolerate this wealth gap on two conditions.  ‘One, that we help those who genuinely cannot compete; and, two, that we provide opportunity for those who can.’  Delivering the annual Margaret Thatcher Lecture – staged by the Centre for Policy Studies think-tank – he insisted the rich had a duty to help the poor and embrace philanthropy. And he urged the Government to do much more to help bright children from poor homes to get a good education.”
But let’s not paint a target on our back with “greed is good”:  “Conservatives clearly must defend free markets against the fatal conceit that big government knows best — that collectivism and redistribution are somehow more moral alternatives. History proves they are not. But in the process of defending capitalism, we must also avoid even the appearance of a “greed is good” mentality — both in our hearts and in our rhetoric. This begins at home. Just as we have a corporate responsibility, as individuals we must strive to be generous and compassionate. And while I don’t want to blame the victim, but the truth is that some of the liberal overreach has been invited by conservative people of faith who haven’t always acted according to their values.”

It’s no secret that President Obama was behind the push to end the filibuster as a means of blocking nominees for U.S. appeals court judgeships. At a fundraiser earlier this month, he told liberal donors that he is “remaking the courts.” Recognizing that the filibuster stood in the way of a full radical makeover, Obama personally lobbied three Democratic Senators who were undecided about whether to eliminate it. Obama reportedly told them “how important this was to him and our ability to get anything done for the rest of the term.”

Larry Elder:  The "knockout game" -- and the media underreporting of it -- combines the breakdown of the family with the media's condescending determination to serve as a public relations bureau for blacks…..Both National Public Radio and The New York Times say these reports of the "knockout game" being widespread are overblown and do not represent a trend. Really?  According to Colin Flaherty, author of "White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It," the knockout game has gone national. He describes "knockouts" in Philadelphia, Atlantic City, St. Louis, Birmingham, Chicago, Charlotte, Milwaukee, Denver, Minneapolis, Georgetown, New York City, Greensboro, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Miami, Cleveland, Nashville, Peoria, Seattle, Saratoga Springs, Atlanta and a host of others towns and cities…..From a distance, the media can spot some lone idiot holding up an offensive sign at a tea party rally. But when it comes to black perp/white victim crime, there is a very different attitude.
Remember the crowd at the Democrat convention booing Jerusalem? Obama is lifting sanctions on Iran for them. He wants to give Democrats a happy feeling over their morning cup of coffee, instead of another stomachache reading about those 5 million people who have lost their health care and will be voting Republican in 2014. With the fracking revolution bringing down the worldwide price of oil, Iran was finally feeling the economic pinch from sanctions, and facing a restive population. By lifting sanctions, Obama has saved the mullahs, without getting a halt to their nuclear weapons program in return.

Push for minimum wage hike led by localities, Democrats…….Supporters and opponents of the $15 proposal in SeaTac, Wash., spent more than $2 million on advertising, mailings and polling — in a city with just 12,106 registered voters. The measure passed by 77 votes out of just more than 6,000 cast, meaning supporters and opponents spent about $327 per vote.

“A health care lemon” by Dr Ben Carson

NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES is a new website devoted to collecting health insurance cancellation notices and stories from Obamacare’s victims.

Thanksgiving 2013: ObamaCare Talking Point Survival Guide

A newer conservative website, run by insiders but with an outsider appeal, has rocketed past its better-known competitors in traffic by aiming intensely at social sharing and taking advantage of a massive and accelerating shift toward Facebook as the key source of traffic to publishers.

10 Spectacular Images That Could Change the Way You Look at Snowstorms

Leno:  When President Obama was in Los Angeles, he visited the DreamWorks Studios. Now don't confuse DreamWorks with Obamacare — that was a dream that didn't work….. President Obama's approval rating is at 37 percent, the lowest point of his presidency. Here's how bad it is. You know the Thanksgiving turkey he's pardoning this week? The turkey said: No pictures. It didn't want to be seen.

"[I]t is appropriate that we recall the first thanksgiving, celebrated in the autumn of 1621. After surviving a bitter winter, the Pilgrims planted and harvested a bountiful crop. After the harvest they gathered their families together and joined in celebration and prayer with the Native Americans who had taught them so much. Clearly our forefathers were thankful not only for the material well being of their harvest but for this abundance of goodwill as well. In this spirit, Thanksgiving has become a day when Americans extend a helping hand to the less fortunate. Long before there was a government welfare program, this spirit of voluntary giving was ingrained in the American character. Americans have always understood that, truly, one must give in order to receive. This should be a day of giving as well as a day of thanks. ... Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people."
                       -Ronald Reagan

Saturday, November 23, 2013

op ed review 11/24

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked the “nuclear option”, disposing of filibuster rules that have guided the Senate since 1789.
“…the biggest change to the institutional character of the Senate since the ratification of the 17th Amendment.”
Democratic pollster Pat Caddell calls it an “institutional act of coup de etat.”

CBS Poll: 84% of Democrats Want ObamaCare Changed or Repealed

A new and independent analysis of ObamaCare warns of a ticking time bomb, predicting a second wave of 50 million to 100 million insurance policy cancellations next fall -- right before the mid-term elections. (update:  the administration has moved this event until just AFTER the election)
 “(Obamacare) is the most amazing spectacle of mayhem and meltdown anyone has seen in politics since Watergate.”

It’s an old marketing maxim — sex sells. And since nothing else is helping Obamacare sell, supporters in Colorado have decided to give this notion a try. A raunchy ad campaign by ProgressNow Colorado and the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative shows an excited woman holding a packet of birth-control pills next to a man with his arm around her waist……

Chutzpah:  President Obama told a gathering of business executives that the federal government was not "lavishly spending" on social programs.
?? President Barack Obama told a conference-call audience of progressive volunteers that 'more than 100 million Americans' – in a nation of less than 314 million – have successfully signed up for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D- Mo.) says Republicans are “misleading people” about ObamaCare, which she calls a “free market solution".

Census ‘faked’ 2012 election jobs report. In the home stretch of the 2012 presidential campaign, from August to September, the unemployment rate fell sharply — raising eyebrows from Wall Street to Washington. The decline — from 8.1 percent in August to 7.8 percent in September — might not have been all it seemed. The numbers, according to a reliable source, were manipulated.

A draft rule from the EPA proposes expanding which waterways are federally protected under the Clean Water Act to include virtually any stream or ditch, and hand environmentalists another way to sue property owners. “…the government might soon be able to declare jurisdiction over a seasonal stream in your backyard.”

The Federal Election Commission declined to grant a tea party group the same exemption from disclosure that it has long granted to left-wing political parties. The panel voted 3-2 against a proposal that would have allowed the Tea Party Leadership Fund to shield the names and information of their donors from public scrutiny.

Seattle’s newest socialist councilmember urges Boeing workers to seize factories…

More fundamental transformation:  President Obama omitted the words "under God" from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary.  
“President Obama awards Gloria Steinem the Medal of Freedom for Abortion Advocacy.”   “The male-bashing, anti-family, anti-American Steinem beamed as the guy who voted three times against a partial-birth abortion ban while in the Illinois state Senate placed the medal around her neck.”
Secretary of State John Kerry just scrapped 190 years of U.S. foreign policy in Latin America, casually declaring the Monroe Doctrine is over.

“Women of MSNBC Silent on Martin Bashir´s Palin Comments”

Socialized medicine news:  “Britain´s cancer shame was exposed last night as a major report showed our survival rates are still no better than Eastern Europe. Women with cervical cancer in the UK are less likely to be alive after five years than their counterparts in Slovenia and the Czech Republic, a major international study found.

Duck Dynasty-endorsed Republican wins La. House seat

Obamacare and Liberal Cruelty
Karin McQuillan  11/22

No one has the right to sacrifice your life to save someone else's life. No one has the right to harm your family to help someone else's family. That's a bedrock principle in America.  Until Obamacare. The Democrats want a different America. In the new America, you are expendable. Your life, your health, your family's financial well-being, can be taken away if the government decides that other people's lives, health and finances will benefit. You do not get to know about the law in advance, so you do not have the option of using your vote to stop it. This is the basic meaning of the transformational change to America that Obama and his Democrat supporters dreamed of. They are upset it hasn't worked, but they are unrepentant about their vision, their values and their tactics.

In a standard academic test of moral reasoning, people are asked to imagine a scenario: you see that a runaway trolley is bearing down on five strangers.  The only action you can take to save those people is to push the stranger standing next to you onto the tracks, to be killed by the trolley.  Ninety percent of Americans say they would not kill one person to save five. The numbers don't change the morality. We do not have the right to choose who lives and who dies. It would not matter if one is old and one is young, one is male and one is female, one is rich and one is poor. We do not have the right to play God by actively sacrificing another's life.
Until Obamacare. Obamacare privileges the poor over the rich, the middle aged over the young, women over men, and everyone else over the elderly on Medicare. In order to extend more government control over private insurers, doctors and hospitals, Democrats have chosen to sacrifice the financial well- being and even the lives of other Americans. They justify it because they want to offer government subsidized insurance to those they deem needier.

People who watch Fox News or read the Wall St. Journal have seen the faces and heard the voices of cancer patients who have lost the doctors and hospitals who are keeping them alive. Families working as hard as they can to maintain themselves find their insurance bills jumping to calamitous rates. We have heard from quietly desperate mothers saying their family cannot afford these rate hikes and that they don't know what they are going to do. The government has taken the power to divert the train. It is morally wrong…….

Americans until this generation were raised from childhood to celebrate Columbus, the Pilgrims, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The Biblical primacy of the individual was learned through our Pilgrim and Founding generations. Our precious gifts of limited constitutional government and free enterprise were understood as a living legacy, protected by our Constitution, sacrosanct….Until now.

The generation that voted in Barack Obama as president is new in American history. They were raised to mistake support of grievance-mongering for caring, special treatment for justice, and self-indulgence for sacred rights. They were taught to reject and be ashamed of our national values of freedom and responsibility. Freedom makes those who are irresponsible look bad, because they fail. Millennials mistake conservatives' love of freedom and responsibility for cruelty and racism. They have been taught people's problems are always society's fault, not that people learn from mistakes and grow strong by solving their own problems. They've bought the Big Lie that government can and should solve people's problems.

So we have the Obamacare Democratic Party that earned the respect and loyalty of most people under thirty, most unmarried women, and most minorities. They want the government to help them and everyone with everything -- jobs, school, health care, food, arts, science, what you are allowed to drive and wear and eat and do, even what light bulb to buy. They think government is capable of doing these things. Worse, they think government can be trusted to do a capable and a fair job. And they are willing to pay for it with their freedom.
They want the government to take over more and more of our lives, in order to take care of more and more able-bodied adults. They want the government to have the power to throw people off the bridge, because it will be for the greater good……

These liberals believe that helping some sick and some poor makes it okay to harm other people. The needs of the masses trump individual rights, so they keep talking about 30 million uninsured (never mind that the same number will remain uninsured after Obamacare). The ones who have lost their insurance or can no longer afford it are dismissed as, on average, healthier and middle class. If you were able to afford insurance before out of your own pocket, it's your turn to suffer now……

Democrats love to think they're taking care of the needy. Integrity?  Democracy?  Clearly not very important. The lying was okay, because once the subsidies kick in, think of all the people the government is helping. And if Obamacare destroys the entire private insurance system, so much the better; they really wanted socialized medicine, so the government can be in charge of everybody's health care.

Democrats believe that the benefit of government subsidies justify the lies and the sacrifice of strangers.
These liberals have indeed rejected American values, although they do not admit it to themselves. They are the 10% in those experiments on moral reasoning who say you should push a stranger in front of a train. They are proud to assert that groups of people they select should be sacrificed for the poorer and sicker. They think these are superior morals.

For conservatives who love and treasure America's core values, morality does not go by numbers, by salary levels, by race or by age. Our right to life and liberty and our own pursuit of happiness is not on government sufferance. It cannot be abridged by progressive policies. We are all equal. And we are all protected from tyranny. That is what the Tea Party is talking about when we say we want to take back our country. The government has no more right than an individual to choose who will be hit by the train.

Obamacare has exposed the ugly reality of government running our lives. People are upset and angry. How deep will the lesson go?  Will single women, millennials and minorities stop selling their birthright for government potage?  It is too soon to tell. After pulling down Obamacare, conservatives need to demonstrate that smaller government and larger free enterprise are the best and only way to increase fairness and excellence. Then we will have won our country back. Things seem more hopeful than they have in a long time.

Another good read:  Andrew McCarthy explains “The Scheme behind the Obamacare Fraud”

“A free society requires the free flow of information. In any public policy dispute, if only one side is heard from, we are likely to get further and further away from the truth. The attackers will find there is no penalty for getting minor facts wrong or shading the truth. That will embolden them to make more serious errors, eventually resorting to downright lying. If the only entity providing any push back is the Washington Post fact checker, we are in real trouble. …”
                    -John C. Goodman

“[O]n ABC’s ‘This Week’ on Sunday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., outright admitted that Obama’s ‘keep your plan’ promises were false. She said: ‘We all knew. The whole point of the plan is to cover things people need, like preventive care, birth control, pregnancy.’ So, you see, the entire national Democratic Party apparatus has conspired to deceive Americans about a vital matter – their own health care – in order to advance its agenda. You still think this is just about health care? Well, another Democratic leader, Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, admitted that with Obamacare, what Democrats are ‘trying to do is change a values system in our country.’ That pretty much sums up modern liberalism as embodied in the Democratic Party. Come hell or high water, Democrats will coerce us, via the power of the federal government, into thinking and believing as they do and living under their utopian Leviathan state.”
                     -David Limbaugh

“If you are obsessed with equality, as they are in Europe, what you end up with is chronic unemployment. Because the real engine of growth is low regulation, low taxation and you allow the golden goose, meaning the private economy, to go ahead and to flourish. And when you over-regulate and you over-tax it, especially if you are doing it in the name of reducing inequality, you are going to get the opposite effect.”
                    -Charles Krauthammer

Global warming' protest greeted by snowstorm -- only 50 protesters show up...

Modern-day America is civilized in that, while we conduct plenty of witch hunts, we do at least stop right before the burning-at-the-stake part. That’s progress! But it’s not much consolation for Mark Regnerus, whose scholarly research questioning same-sex parenting has drawn a seemingly unprecedented level of ire from left-wing activists and their academic allies. The Washington Times reported last week that Regnerus’s foes are still at it, having acquired the university e-mails of his editor in order to conduct a fishing expedition.

In the wake of MSNBC host Martin Bashir’s inflammatory comments in which he recommended graphic and excessive slavery-era punishments for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin after the former vice presidential candidate equated America’s national debt to enslavement, the fallout continues to mount. Discussing a recent column on Fox News Channel’s America’s Newsroom on Wednesday, Mediaite columnist Joe Concha said that the editorial “culture” at MSNBC “almost encourages” Bashir’s level of discourse. “It’s a problem with the culture over there,” Concha said.

Does the Obamacare debacle mean the death of the American liberal dream? Thomas Edsall, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, thinks that it might. In a strongly worded and closely reasoned piece, Edsall asks what, for many loyal Times readers, is the unthinkable question: [I]s the federal government capable of managing the provision of a fundamental service through an extraordinarily complex system? Sounding like some kind of Fox News contributor, the left-leaning Edsall goes on to point out that the Obamacare dream ignores some basic realities about the way the world and the government work.

It was not the Tea Party that stabbed Ken Cuccinelli in the back but the establishment of his own party. Once a real conservative candidate gets nominated, the party loses interest. And because they lose interest, they hold back funds, thus assuring their own prediction that this candidate can’t win.  Cuccinelli lagged in total funding by $14 million. In the early months of the campaign, because of lack of funding, he was brutally attacked in ads that went unanswered.

VDH:  What is the common denominator of the Obama administration’s serial scandals — the Justice Department’s spying on AP, the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the NSA surveillance, the lies about Benghazi and the ACA — and much of the White House damage-control rhetoric? In a word: the advancement of postmodern notions of justice at the expense of traditional truth.

With the astonishing ineptitude of his all-pervasive statism, the president is manufacturing libertarians everywhere he goes. And it’s not just the massive Obamacare boondoggle, although that’s the worst and most public example at the moment. Every aspect of the administration from the extraordinary (and growing) deficits to the clueless foreign policy is an advertisement for the overweening incompetence of big government.

Conservative Points Against Gay Marriage

James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released video showing an Obamacare navigator conspiring to release private data for political purposes.

Leno:  President Obama and his top aides met with insurance company CEOs at the White House on Friday. So we've got politicians meeting with insurance salesmen. You know, if you throw in a couple of used car dealers, you have the trifecta of professional lying right there…… The ratings for Al Jazeera America has now dipped even lower than Al Gore's Current TV, which it replaced. That's how you know you're boring, OK? When Al Gore is considered more entertaining to people than what you have…….The Dow Jones average hit 16,000 for the first time. How about that? The bad news?  It took us going $17 trillion in debt to get there……

“Every new regulation concerning commerce or revenue … presents a new harvest to those who watch the change and can trace its consequences; a harvest reared not by themselves but by the toils and cares of the great body of their fellow citizens. This is a state of things in which it may be said with some truth that laws are made for the few not for the many.”
                         –James Madison