Where do I start?
I remember when I first laid eyes on you. Everyone thought you were just like the rest of them, but beneath that political exterior, I had a feeling you could be so much more. You were different. You cared. I really should have seen it coming. more >>
Settled law. That's what we were told Obamacare was. But there's nothing settled about it, which is what makes it so unsettling-from the Supreme Court's ruling that the government can compel citizens to engage in commerce (thereby delegitimizing the people's liberty), to the amateurish rollout of the health care website, to Congress excusing themselves from the law, to the (thus far) twenty-nine changes, exemptions, and cut outs President Obama has implemented without congressional approval. It makes one ask: Mr. President, if you like your health care law why don't you keep your health care law? Which might be humorous if it wasn't so serious.
Each change in the law disrupts lives and burdens businesses with additional expenses. In a constricted economy, many businesses, which are already struggling to make profits, are finding their very survival dependent upon on either cutting staff, cutting hours, or cutting insurance benefits.
Of course the changes shouldn't come as a surprise. The President warned the American people he would act alone if need be. "One of the things that I'll be emphasizing," he said at a press conference on January 14, 2014, "is the fact that we are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we're providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I've got a pen and I've got a phone." And then, at the State of the Union, he defiantly waved his pen and phone under the nose of Congress. Never mind the fact that leading constitutional scholars deem the unilateral exercise of the president's pen and phone as unconstitutional. more >>
President Barack Obama is under fire from some of his liberal friends after nominating Georgia state Judge Michael Boggs, who has a pro-life and pro-traditional marriage voting record as a state representative, for a federal court judgeship.
"President Obama has asked the Senate to confirm a judicial nominee who tried to channel funds to anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers and make a parental consent law even more extreme," NARAL Pro-Choice America said in a message to supporters.
NARAL will launch a campaign to oppose the nomination, the message said. The group is asking supporters to contact their senators to pressure them to oppose the nomination. more >>
Over on the Campaign Spot Jim Geraghty highlights an issue that's bothered me ever since I first began to meet our "elite" up-close and personal 23 years ago this fall. Simply put, we celebrate and elevate people who just don't know much (but think they do). Here's Mr. Geraghty discussing one of the keynote speakers at this year's South by Southwest festival - a leading-edge technology, film, and music event: drum roll, please - Chelsea Clinton! After decrying our obsession with celebrity politicians, Geraghty rightly says this:
If you are a key Democratic-party figure, you will be saluted and celebrated relentlessly, even in ways that are so off base they're ridiculous. Men's Fitness named Barack Obama one of the 25 fittest men in America twice . . . while he was still a smoker. Hillary Clinton received 19 awards in the year after she left the State Department, including the Helen Keller Humanitarian Award, The Elton John Foundation's Founders' Award, and the Michael Kors Award for Outstanding Community Service. From 2005 to 2008, the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album went to Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama again. Really? Those were the single-best spoken word performances in the country four years running? Better than all those other nominees, like George Carlin, Steve Martin, Maya Angelou, Bob Newhart, David Sedaris?
But it gets worse than salutes and celebrations. If you've got the right politics, you can play an expert on, well, almost anything. One of the more eye-opening aspects of my time in "elite" academia (attending Harvard Law School, teaching at Cornell Law School) was the extent to which leftists pontificated at length - and were taken seriously - on matters far, far outside their areas of expertise or even knowledge. A contemporary example that would be hilarious if it weren't so bigoted is the insistence of humanities academics in the Modern Language Association and the American Studies Association to weigh in on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. "Professor Jones, I know your expertise is the gendered "othering" inherent in fast food commercials, but please do tell me about the international law of armed conflict and how it relates to Operation Cast Lead. I can't wait to hear your thoughts." more >>
The Congressional Budget Office just reported that Obamacare will shrink the U.S. workforce by 2.5 million full-time jobs. That's stunning confirmation of how President Barack Obama's favorite legislative legacy is (as even Democrats have admitted) a "train wreck."
The job loss is caused by businesses reducing their employees' hours in order to avoid paying the employer mandate to buy insurance. Even more striking is the callous way Obama's friends are trying to put a happy face on this bad news by claiming that Americans who are reduced to part-time jobs by Obamacare will be better off because they are liberated to exercise choice about how to spend their unemployed hours. As The New York Times wrote, it will be "more possible" to leave jobs (or reduce hours for less pay) because "new government subsidies will help pay premiums."
Fifty million Americans of working age (18 to 65) are not employed, and this number has held constant throughout Obama's presidential years. That's an awesome 31 percent, a devastating blow to families' livelihoods, self-respect and belief in America as the land of opportunity. more >>
With National Youth Enrollment Day just around the corner, new reports say that Healthcare.gov will be shut down for scheduled maintenance beginning on Saturday, February 15-the last day to enroll for coverage beginning March 1.
February 15 is also National Youth Enrollment Day, where the administration is promoting over 200 nationwide events where young people can get covered. Groups such as United Way, Young Invincibles, Get Covered America, and the American Cancer Society are partnering to promote enrollment through different events.
Yet again the administration continues to fail the American people, especially our youth. Young people are the key to Obamacare's success, but they are not enrolling. Obamacare is wildly unpopular among Millennials-not surprising, considering they are the tech-savvy generation, and the Healthcare.gov website is a bungled mess. more >>