Sunday, November 3, 2013

op ed review 11/3




THIS WEEK’S NEWS
A new WSJ/NBC News poll shows that the failed launch of Obamacare is proving a major drag with the public at large. President Obama’s job approval rating skidded to 42 percent, the lowest-ever rating in the poll. That’s an 11-point drop from his job approval rating following his re-election and 5 points since last month. The president’s tanking poll numbers and the surge in concern over the beleaguered ObamaCare rollout will push more moderate Democrats to conclude that their best path is away from the president and his law. Shutdowns are temporary. ObamaCare is forever.
“The misery (Obamacare) will bring to almost every American cannot be overestimated in its ability to incite anger -- and, anger has consequences and repercussions.  The failure of (Obamacare) has the potential to make 2014 a wave election for Republicans.  In 2016, we may see a true conservative as president.

Leftie publication Mother Jones is dismayed to report: "New Poll Shows Democratic Incumbents in Big Trouble.

Nearly 1.5 Million Lose Health Insurance Due to ObamaCare
From Florida to California, consumers are getting notices their health plans are cancelled. They were promised they could keep their plan if they liked it. That was a lie. They’ve been duped and dropped. The liar is none other than the President of the United States. On June 15, 2009, President Obama told a town hall meeting that “No matter how we reform healthcare, we will keep this promise…. if you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
Top Hospitals Opt Out of Obamacare?
“Obamacare Navigator Hasn't Signed Up Anyone Because It's Too Expensive” "Thus far everybody has taken a look at the rates and they've walked out the door."
They’re even making fun of Obamacare on Saturday Night Live.
Healthcare.gov´s implosion may be due to one of its major developers being selected less for its technical competence than for cronyism.
HHS Secretary Sebelius rejected calls from Republicans to personally enroll in one of the Obamacare marketplaces, saying she is happy with the coverage she gets as a federal employee.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/oct/30/sebelius-rejects-enrolling-obamacare-exchanges/#ixzz2jEOBqFqQ White House officials have pressured insurance industry executives to keep quiet amid mounting criticism over Obamacare's rollout.

 “Why is Hillary Clinton's popularity sliding?  Since leaving the Obama administration, Clinton's favorability ratings have plunged a net 18 points.”
Exactly half the nation sees the year-old killings of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans in Benghazi, Libya as a serious scandal — one many believe will hurt former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s chance to be the next president, according to a newly-released national poll.

Another Cold War coming?  Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time this week that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific. “The article features 30 photos and graphics detailing, among other things, damage projections for Seattle and Los Angeles after being hit by Chinese nuclear warheads and the deadly radiation that would spread all the way to Chicago.”
For months, administration officials have claimed no special operations forces were dispatched from outside Libya to Benghazi during the Sept. 11, 2012 al Qaeda terrorist attacks.  Turns out that was a lie.

NSA spied on the future Pope Francis before and during the Vatican conclave at which he was chosen to succeed Benedict XVI
The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is arguing in a new lawsuit that the Obama administration is engaged in a “conscious political strategy to marginalize and delegitimize” Catholic “religious views on contraception by holding them up for ridicule on the national stage.”

How’s that “fundamental transformation” working out for you?  :  Retired Army Maj. Gen. Patrick Brady, recipient of the Medal of Honor, says President Obama’s agenda is decimating the morale of the U.S. ranks to the point members no longer feel prepared to fight or have the desire to win. http://www.wnd.com/2013/10/top-generals-obama-is-purging-the-military/#CL0ZuDK1PEwpHl9S.99

Australia’s newly elected prime minister says his country’s carbon tax must be abolished as quickly as possible. “The carbon tax was basically socialism masquerading as environmentalism, and that’s why it’s going to get abolished.”

High school cheerleader car wash violates environmental laws

A federal appeals court on Thursday issued a ruling reinstating most of Texas´ tough new abortion restrictions in a decision that means as many as 12 clinics won´t be able to perform the procedure starting as soon as Friday.
On Monday, pro-abortion groups across the country launched an organized effort to “feature women telling uplifting stories of their abortions.”

Where is this going?  ”Belgium considering unprecedented law to grant euthanasia for children, dementia patients”
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Schlafely  10/30  “Amnesty is Republican Suicide”
An enormous body of survey research shows that large majorities of recent immigrants, who are mostly Hispanic and Asian, hold liberal views on most policy issues and therefore vote Democratic two-to-one. Their motivation is not our immigration policy; it is economic issues.
The 2008 National Annenberg Election Survey found that 62 percent of immigrants prefer a single government-run health care system. The 2010 Cooperative Congressional Election Study found that 69 percent of immigrants support Obamacare, and the Pew Research Center found that 75 percent of Hispanic and 55 percent of Asian immigrants support bigger government.
The Pew Research Center reported in 2011 that, of all groups surveyed, Hispanics have the most negative view of capitalism in America -- 55 percent. This is even higher than the supporters of Occupy Wall Street.
The data do not support the notion that immigrants are social conservatives. Heather MacDonald of the Manhattan Institute points out that, "It is not immigration policy that creates the strong bond between Hispanics and the Democratic Party, but the core Democratic principles of a more generous safety net, strong government intervention in the economy, and progressive taxation."
The current level of immigration, even without amnesty, will add nearly 15 million new potential voters by 2036, a large share of whom will favor the left. To allow this to happen will make Republicans a permanent minority party.
Looking at the political motivation of the groups pushing higher immigration and amnesty, it's obvious that the Democrats promote large-scale immigration because it produces more Democratic votes. But why are some prominent Republicans pushing amnesty?
The pro-amnesty New York Times gleefully reported on Oct. 26 the front-page news that big-business leaders and Republican big donors are gearing up for a "lobbying blitz," backed up by money threats, to get Congress to pass amnesty. Big business wants amnesty in order to get more cheap labor and keep wages forever low, and that is a gross betrayal of the legal immigrants who hope to rise into the middle class and achieve the American dream.
The big donors poured $400,000,000 into the campaigns of losing establishment-backed Republican candidates in 2012. They would rather elect Democrats than conservative, social-issue Tea Party-type grassroots Republicans who don't take orders from the establishment.
If the Republican Party is to remain nationally competitive, it must defeat amnesty in every form. Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, summed it up: "I think it would be crazy for the House Republican leadership to enter into negotiations with (Obama) on immigration, and I'm a proponent of immigration reform. ... He's trying to destroy the Republican Party, and I think that anything that we do right now with the president on immigration will be with that same goal in mind, which is to destroy the Republican Party and not to get good policies."
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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"Despite the fact that today's increasing levels of federal government spending are unsustainable, there is little evidence that Americans have the willingness to do anything about it. Any politician who'd even talk about significantly reining in unsustainable entitlement spending would be run out of town. Any politician telling the American people they must pay higher taxes to support handout spending, instead of concealing spending through deficits and running up the national debt and inflation, would also be run out of town. Can you imagine what the American people would do to a presidential candidate who'd declare, as James Madison did in a 1794 speech to the House of Representatives, 'Charity is no part of the legislative duty of the government'? If we are to be able to avoid ultimate collapse, it's going to take a moral reawakening and renewed constitutional respect -- not by politicians but by the American people."
                   -Walter Williams
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BOOKS
“Crazifornia: How California is Destroying Itself and Why It Matters to America”  When the agency responsible for California’s roads spends $4 million on new cars and trucks, then parks them, unused, for two years, that’s Crazifornia. When cancer warnings are required on buildings because they may contain estrogen or testosterone, that’s Crazifornia. And when a full-frontal governmental assault on jobs and business drives enough people out of a state in ten years to double the population of Oregon, well, that’s Crazifornia too. How the PEER Axis – Progressives, Environmentalists, Educators and Reporters – took over the Golden State.
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GLOBALONEY
A Colorado-based solar company that got hundreds of millions of dollars in federal loan guarantees before going belly-up didn´t just empty taxpayers´ wallets - it left behind a toxic mess of carcinogens, broken glass and contaminated water, according to a new report.
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ARTICLES
“Stephen Jimenez didn’t set out to be the most dangerous journalist on earth. Or, more to the point, the most dangerous gay journalist. But Jimenez unearthed a story that few people wanted to hear. And it calls into question everything you think you know about the life and death of one of the leading icons of our age.”

Krauthammer:  Obamacare Laid Bare
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NOTEWORTHY WEBSITES
“The Republican Governors Association is launching the first five of what will be a series of ads featuring Republican Governors from around the country.  We are also beginning a national online advertising campaign designed to bring the stories of our Republican Governors to the public. We are no longer going to outsource the Republican brand to the talking heads in Washington. We are not going to allow the Republican Party to be defined by the dysfunction in Washington. We are not going to allow the antics in Washington to damage or destroy what we stand for. The media are focused on Republican infighting — they want to pit the “establishment” versus the “grassroots”. Republican Governors are showing that when you turn conservative principles into real policies, they work.
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LATE NITE
Leno: It's really trick-or-treat time at the White House. President Obama tricked us into thinking we'd be able to afford treatment……..Con artists are using Obamacare confusion to sign people up for fake health insurance. The scammers lure victims with false promises like, "If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan." The scammers will tell you that, so you have to be careful……..A lot of people are accusing the president of being less than truthful. In fact, a couple of weeks ago President Obama called me and told me personally that if I like my current job, I can keep my current job. And I believed him!........According to a new report, more than 700 fake ObamaCare websites have been created. Security experts say it's simple to identify the phony sites because they are easy to log on to.
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WISE WORDS
"Let it simply be asked, where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths…"
                           -George Washington


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