Wednesday, October 30, 2013

"Nope. Nothing wrong here."

In a surprise turnaround from their Liberal Lapdog misinformation campaign of the last two generations, the New York Times ran a critical story on the Obama administration's repeated assertions that Obama himself didn't know the Obamacare website was such a disaster until after it failed. Here, in a nutshell, is the rest of the Times story:

According to the White House:
Obamacare website fail? Obama didn't know.
NSA spying on allied leaders? Obama didn't know.
Operation Fast and Furious gets an American border agent killed? Obama didn't know.
IRS targeting conservative groups? Obama didn't know.
Obama Justice Department stealing phone logs from a reporter? Obama didn't know.

We can only assume that when Obama repeatedly told Americans "If you want to keep your doctor, you can. If you want to keep your insurance, you can" that he simply "didn't know." (But every other Democrat in Washington did.) 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Obama's economy - It's worse than we think

For several years I've pointed out how the "official" unemployment rate under Obama has been artificially low, due to the increasing number of people who are not counted as unemployed. Anyone who is unemployed and who has given up looking for a job is not counted as "unemployed." Yes, it's crazy. The percentage of people working or looking for work, known as "Labor Force Participation Rate," has dropped like a rock under Obama.
The labor report for September, which has been released very very quietly, shows a terrifying statistic. In the last six months, more than two-thirds of the increase in working-age population is not in the workforce. Our working-age population has increased by 993,000 but the workforce has only increased by 321,000.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Even though larger numbers of people are not working, because of government's imaginary numbers process, the official unemployment rate has gone down.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Others Say Smart Stuff, Too - Part XLIII

Derek Hunter's take on the problems with the October 1 implementation of Obamacare:

"The roll out of Obamacare has been a disaster that makes “New Coke” look like the iPad."

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Liberal Answer to Everything: Reject Reality

The prime characteristic of Liberals -- their ability to twist reality to conform to their beliefs -- was dramatically illustrated to me a couple of days ago. In the film Hating Breitbart, a documentary about the conservative firebrand, several minutes are devoted to the John Lewis "n-word" controversy.

A refresher on the subject: At one point during the 2010 debates over the Obamacare legislation, Tea Partiers held a rally against the Democrat law in Washington. While approaching the building where Obama was to speak, several black Democrat congressmen, including Lewis, passed through the Tea Party protest. The congressmen subsequently reported that they were repeatedly called "n***er" and spat upon by Tea Partiers. The media, of course, ran with the story as an excuse to blast the Tea Party movement as racist.

Andrew Breitbart, deeply acquainted with the Tea Party movement and rallies, doubted the reports. He offered $10,000 -- later increased to $100,000 -- to anyone who could provide video or audio proof of the n-word being used just once.

In the sea of television cameras and microphones, hundreds if not thousands of cell phones and video cameras held by individuals that day, not a single instance of anyone using the n-word has turned up. Remember, this was not an incident that occurred in a room with a closed door and no one else present. This was as public as it gets.

The bounty is uncollected to this day.

Breitbart analyzed the situation, I think accurately. "I think the press release was written before they walked through the crowd, and the reality of it didn't materialize, but they went ahead with their plan anyway." Regardless of what happened (or didn't) they were claiming Tea Partiers called them names.

Despite the lack of a single shred of evidence or proof, Liberals still believe the story. In Hating Breitbart, Mediaite political editor Tommy Christopher says, "My assumption, especially for someone like John Lewis, uh, is that that guy's not gonna lie......about that." 

So the fact that he agrees with someone politically outweighs anything else, including reality. And that's why arguments against Liberals are essentially pointless. Liberalism is their religion, and anything that refutes or disproves that religion is to be ignored.  

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Others Say Smart Stuff Too - Part XLII

The Democrats have made a lot of stew out of the supposed "unconstitutionality" of the Republican House's actions regarding funding the government. The Republicans have been described as anarchists, terrorists, hostage takers, and other names less savory. Critics say, "Obamacare was passed by both (Democrat) houses of Congress, signed into law by the (Democrat) President, and ruled Constitutional." (My notes added to improve accuracy.) The overall Democrat theme is "How dare Republicans use funding in this way?"

The answer lies in the words of James Madison, America's fourth President, and the man often referred to as "The Father of the Constitution." Here's what he had to say about the House of Representatives and funding (Some emphasis is mine):

"The House of Representatives can not only refuse, but they alone can propose the supplies requisite for the support of Government. They, in a word, hold the purse; that powerful instrument by which we behold, in the history of the British Constitution, an infant and humble representation of the People gradually enlarging the sphere of its activity and importance, and finally reducing, as far as it seems to have wished, all the overgrown prerogatives of the other branches of the Government.

"This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon, with which any Constitution can arm the immediate Representatives of the People, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure." - James Madison, Federalist Papers #58 (1788)
As the closest representatives of the people (the majority of whom oppose Obamacare) it is the House's duty to use the power of the purse to fulfill the people's wishes. Refusing funding, reducing the prerogatives ("excesses") of other branches of government, and redressing ("remedying") the grievances of the people are right in line with what the Founders had in mind when they wrote the Constitution.

Monday, October 07, 2013

Reality Bites

Barack Obama said in 2009 that under Obamacare " If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.

However, a study by the journal Health Affairs said more than half of Americans who had individual insurance in 2010 were enrolled in plans that would not qualify because they didn't meet all the new requirements. To add the benefits Obamacare requires, insurance companies have to raise premiums, so that sick people and those who are in good health pay the same amounts. Yes, you can keep your health care plan, but costs will go through the roof.

Residents in Liberal mecca San Francisco are finding this out. One Obama supporter reports that his premiums went up $10,000 a year. Suddenly he understand the point Republicans have been making for the last three years. Another woman's premiums increased by $1200, and she's bewildered. ""Of course, I want people to have health care. I just didn't realize I would be the one who was going to pay for it personally."

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Nothing Successful About Obamacare So Far

Explaining Obamacare
The Obama administration is spinning like a dreidel in their attempt to make the implementation of Obamacare look like something less than the complete disaster it is. Some of the news we have so far:

The first week of enrollment for Obamacare, the website either crashed completely or ran so slowly that people played a complete game of Monopoly between pages. The administration had three years to get the website right (twenty times longer than they took to actually think about the legislation.) The Obama administration tries to write off the problems because of the "intense interest" in enrolling, but IT experts disagree. They say the problem is the architecture of the website itself.

Chad Henderson, the Obamacare "hero" who the media swooned over as one of the first enrollees, turned out to be fake. Backtracking on his earlier claim, he never enrolled in an insurance plan. "When I said 'enroll,' I guess I got the terminology wrong. I meant that I was able to actually get in and have access to compare the prices," Chad said.

They don't know how many people have actually enrolled in Obamacare. When asked about the actual number, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew hemmed, hawed, and stonewalled.

Others Say Smart Stuff, Too - Part XLI

To a Liberal commenter's repeat of the Democrat talking point "Obamacare is the law, upheld by the Supreme court," John Ransom replied:

"Obamacare may be the law, but it is a law that is enforced very unevenly. Whole classes of people have been exempted under the law because of the dislocation "the law" could have to the economy.If you have clout with the administration, you get a waiver. If you have clout with the administration- and enough lobbyists- you get the law postponed.But if you are some poor sucker living in Peoria, you get stuck with the bill."