Delusion & Deception

 

The Ministry of Truth goes into overdrive with an election only a couple of months away…

Lois Lerner’s Blackberry was intentionally destroyed after Congress had begun its probe into IRS targeting of conservative groups, a senior IRS lawyer acknowledged in a sworn declaration. Thomas Kane, Deputy Assistant Chief Counsel for the IRS, wrote in the declaration, part of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the IRS, that the Blackberry was “removed or wiped clean of any sensitive or proprietary information and removed as scrap for disposal in June 2012.” That date – June 2012 – is significant because by that time, ex-IRS official Lerner had already been summoned before congressional staffers who interviewed her about reports of the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups. “We had already talked to her. Our personal staff and Oversight Committee staff had sat down with Ms. Lerner and confronted her about information we were getting from conservative groups in the state of Ohio and around the country,” Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News. (townhall)

Oh, and her emails weren’t destroyed by a hard drive crash, that was a Benghazi style deception…

In a speech this week, President Obama showed he’s just as detached about the economy as he is about foreign affairs, offering an upbeat economic assessment that would make even Pollyanna cringe.

In a single paragraph in his speech to the American Legion on Tuesday, Obama rattled off some of his alleged domestic achievements. More jobs, booming industries, more kids graduating.

But like most things Obama says that aren’t flat untruths, these claims are wildly misleading. For example, the president says his policies rescued the country from what could have been another Great Depression and as a result we’re now “stronger at home.”

But the Ministry of Truth and pure partisan Thought Police will make it true or else! 🙂

But as IBD pointed out recently, by several measures the economy is worse off than it was when the recovery started back in June 2009. Among them: median household incomes are down, poverty is up, Social Security is weaker, the national debt is far larger.

And the country is, remarkably, more pessimistic about the economy today than it was five years ago.

Obama also says that he’s overseen “the longest streak in private-sector job creation in American history.”

Technically, that’s true. But what Obama fails to note is that under Reagan and Clinton, private-sector jobs increased for 71 and 85 months, respectively, interrupted in both cases by just one month of a tiny decline.

Nor does he point out that average monthly job growth on his watch has been about 20% slower than it was during those two expansions.

In fact, if the rate of job growth during Obama’s recovery had been merely average, there’d be almost 8 million more people with jobs today.

Obama also claims that “our auto industry and manufacturing are booming.” Booming? Manufacturing jobs have edged up a mere 1.4% since January 2013, and they’re still 400,000 below where they stood when Obama took office.

The industry’s return on equity is lower than the peak under President Bush, according to data from the National Association of Manufacturers.

And NAM head Jay Timmons says the industry’s successes in recent years “have come in spite of Washington.” Obama’s forthcoming massive greenhouse and smog rules could choke these off.

What about the auto industry? Yes, sales are up from the recessionary trough, but they missed expectations in July, and passenger-car sales through last month were up just 1% compared with last year, according to Motor Intelligence.

Analysts expect 2014 sales to end up somewhere around where they were in 2006, which considering the fact that the U.S. population increased 18 million over those years, isn’t exactly saying much.

If this is what Obama considers “booming,” it’s no wonder the economy is in such terrible shape. (IBD)

President Obama is enduring an awful summer of domestic troubles, foreign tragedies and a lost national narrative that’s put him on the defensive. He’ll try to recapture control of the country’s political dialogue next month by igniting an emotional controversy over legalizing illegal aliens.

But Tuesday the Democrat was in Charlotte to describe to American Legion members an exotic foreign land where November voters should be delighted to keep his party members in office. Obama’s full text is available here.

We’ve gathered some excerpts with our comments in italics to provide a flavor of the alien land this president sees through his bullet-proof windows. He doesn’t seem so much detached as delusional:

“Even as we face, yes, the hard tasks of our time, we should never lose sight of our progress as a people or the strength of our leadership in the world. (Just take my word for it.) ….We are stronger at home. (What?) Over the past 53 months, our businesses have added nearly 10 million new jobs….

“Construction and housing are rebounding. Our auto industry and manufacturing are booming. Our high school graduation rate is at a record high. More young people are earning their college degrees than ever before. Millions more Americans now have quality, affordable healthcare (although the premium increases will surprise many). We’ve cut the deficit by more than half (from my own ridiculous trillion-dollar-plus deficits)….

“And just as we’re stronger at home, the United States is better positioned to lead in the 21st century than any nation on Earth. It’s not even close. We have the most powerful military in history — that’s certainly not close. (Although I am cutting it to mid-20th century levels). From Europe to Asia, our alliances are unrivaled. Our economy is the most dynamic.

“We’ve got the best workers. We’ve got the best businesses. We have the best universities and the best scientists. With our domestic energy revolution, including more renewable energy, we’re more energy independent. Our technologies connect the world. (Because I have not secured the borders) our freedoms and opportunities attract (millions of illegal) immigrants….

“And moreover, nobody else can do what we do. No other nation does more to underwrite the security and prosperity on which the world depends. In times of crisis, no other nation can rally such broad coalitions to stand up for international norms and peace. (Take Libya, for instance, where we assembled a coalition to oust Moammar Gaddafi and create yet another failed state for terrorist bands to roam)….

“That’s why the United States is and will remain the one indispensable nation in the world.

“Now, sustaining our leadership, keeping America strong and secure, means we have to use our power wisely. ….You know the United States has to lead with strength and confidence and wisdom. And that’s why, after incredible sacrifice by so many of our men and women in uniform, we removed more than 140,000 troops from Iraq (leaving the vacuum that ISIL now inhabits)….

“As we go forward, we’ll continue to partner with Afghans so their country can never again be used to launch attacks against the United States. Now, as I’ve always made clear, the blows we’ve struck against al Qaeda’s leadership don’t mean the end to the terrorist threat. (To be honest, I’ve always made clear that Al Qaeda was “on the run”, “decimated” and “on the path to defeat.” I left out the ongoing threat part because of the 2012 election)….

“As Commander-in-Chief, the security of the American people is my highest priority, and that’s why, with the brutal terrorist group ISIL advancing in Iraq, I have (belatedly) authorized targeted strikes to protect our diplomats and military advisors….

“Our message to anyone who harms our people is simple: America does not forget. Our reach is long. We are patient. Justice will be done. We have proved time and time again we will do what’s necessary to capture those who harm Americans (which is why two years after the Benghazi murders we’ve already captured one of the attack leaders who’ve been interviewed so often by U.S. media)….

“Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won’t be easy and it won’t be quick. But tyrants and murderers before them should recognize that kind of hateful vision ultimately is no match for the strength and hopes of people who stand together for the security and dignity and freedom that is the birthright of every human being. (Although modern weapons seem to play a more important role than I like to admit).

“Even as our war in Afghanistan comes to an end, we will stay vigilant….When I was here at the Legion three years ago, I said that the bond between our forces and our citizens has to be a sacred trust, and that for me, for my administration, upholding our trust with our veterans is not just a matter of policy, it is a moral obligation. (Which is why I took no real VA reform steps until CNN began exposing chronic abuses throughout the medical system last year)….

“We’ve been able to accomplish historic increases to veterans funding (because as a Democrat, I measure success solely by money spent)….But what we’ve come to learn (by reading the media) is the misconduct we’ve seen at too many facilities — with long wait times, and veterans denied care, and folks cooking the books — is outrageous and inexcusable.

“As soon as it was disclosed (or within several months anyway), I got before the American people and I said we would not tolerate it….And we will not….. We are going to get to the bottom of these problems (that I campaigned against seven long years ago). We’re going to fix what is wrong….That is a solemn pledge and commitment that I’m making to you here (just as I repeatedly promised that all Americans could keep their doctor and insurance plans under ObamaCare)….

“Already (nearly one year after initial disclosures), we’re making sure that those responsible for manipulating or falsifying records are held accountable…..

“We’re in the midst of a new wave of veterans — more than a million service members returning to civilian life (because we’re so drastically cutting national defense)….So we have to do more to uphold that sacred trust not just this year or next year, but for decades to come….

“We’re also going to keep helping our troops transition to civilian life. Because of the work we’ve done together, if you already have a military truck driver’s license, every state now waives the skills test, so it’s easier for you to get a commercial driver’s license….

“Every American needs to join us in taking care of those who’ve taken care of us. Because only 1 percent of Americans may be fighting our wars, but 100 percent of Americans benefit from that 1 percent….

“A hundred percent need to be supporting our military families.” (Which is why during the recent funeral of the first U.S. general officer combat casualty in decades, I was playing golf.) (IBD)

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Frog Tales

“That’s the good thing about being president. I can do whatever I want.” – President Obama

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Obama officials made clear in a press briefing that firms would not be allowed to lay off workers to get into the preferred class of those businesses with 50 to 99 employees. How will the feds know what employers were thinking when hiring and firing? Simple. Firms will be required to certify to the IRS – under penalty of perjury – that ObamaCare was not a motivating factor in their staffing decisions. To avoid ObamaCare costs you must swear that you are not trying to avoid ObamaCare costs. You can duck the law, but only if you promise not to say so.

And having the IRS serve as the talking-point enforcer for businesses tempted to speak out about firings under the law will sure help message discipline. (FOX)

Gee, no one saw the IRS Gestapo/Thought Police coming… 🙂

Desperate to keep ObamaCare from hurting Democrats’ chances in the midterm elections this November, the Obama administration is putting off part of the employer mandate for yet another year.

On Monday, administration officials said that companies with between 50 and 99 workers won’t have to comply with the mandate until 2016. Those with more than 100 workers will still have to provide “affordable” health benefits to their workers or pay a steep fine.

But larger firms will have to cover only 70% of their full-time workers next year to avoid any penalty, and 95% the year after. The Treasury Department claimed the delay was because medium-sized firms “need a little more time to adjust to providing coverage.”

Pure poppycock. The one and only reason for this delay is political. Obama wants to hide the job-killing effects of ObamaCare until after midterm elections.

When the administration first delayed the employer mandate last July — pushing it off to January 2015 — it claimed that companies needed more time to comply with all the new paperwork burdens.

Apparently, however, they didn’t realize this delay would force companies to confront the cost of the ObamaCare mandate just before the November elections. Thus the new extension.

The administration has now changed the law dozens of times, mainly to deal with political land mines going off. No one can make any serious plans based on it.

Just before its latest revision, for example, Obama decided to let people who wanted to keep their current plans do so for more than just one year. This was another political concession meant to prevent another round of cancellations stories.

The problem is that this law was supposedly written so all the pieces fit together just so.

Without an employer mandate, for example, companies would be more tempted to dump workers into the ObamaCare exchanges, forcing taxpayers to pick up the tab for any insurance subsidies.

And the claim that ObamaCare wouldn’t add to the deficit depended to some degree on companies paying those penalties. No employer mandate, no penalty.

Meanwhile, Republicans and conservatives have been busy crafting credible alternatives to ObamaCare — calling Obama’s recent bluff that he’ll consider any ideas so long as they help cover the uninsured, protect those with health problems, and cut health costs. (None of which ObamaCare effectively achieves, by the way.)

After the latest delay, House Majority Leader John Boehner complained that “once again, the president is rewriting law on a whim.”

It’s actually worse than that.

Obama is unilaterally changing ObamaCare for a reason. He wants to stretch the pain out as long as possible, hoping no one will notice they’ve been cooked. (IBD)

Because you throw a frog in Boiling Water, it leaps out. Throw it in cold or warm water and turn up the heat it boil to death. Just like you on ObamaCare.

Say who are those guys in the Black suits coming to the door… 🙂

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Here We Go Again

First, there was the delay of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts until after the election. Then there was the delay of the law’s employer mandate. Then there was the announcement, buried in the Federal Register, that the administration would delay enforcement of a number of key eligibility requirements for the law’s health insurance subsidies, relying on the “honor system” instead. Now comes word that another costly provision of the health law—its caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs—will be delayed for one more year.

Obamacare contains a blizzard of mandates and regulations that will make health insurance more costly. One of the most significant is its caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs, such as co-pays and deductibles. Section 2707(b) of the Public Health Service Act, as added by Obamacare, requires that “a group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage may not establish lifetime limits on the dollar value of benefits for the any participant or beneficiary.” Annual limits on cost-sharing are specified by Section 1302(c) of the Affordable Care Act; in addition, starting in 2014, deductibles are limited to $2,000 per year for individual plans, and $4,000 per year for family plans.

Out-of-pocket caps drive premiums upward

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. If you ban lifetime limits, and mandate lower deductibles, and cap out-of-pocket costs, premiums have to go up to reflect these changes. And unlike a lot of the “rate shock” problems we’ve been discussing, these limits apply not only to individually-purchased health insurance, but also to employer-sponsored coverage. (Self-insured employers are exempted.)

These mandates have already had drastic effects on a number of colleges and universities, which offer inexpensive, defined-cap plans to their healthy, youthful students. Premiums at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C., for example, rose from $245 per student in 2011-2012 to between $2,507 in 2012-2013. The University of Puget Sound paid $165 per student in 2011-2012; their rates rose to between $1,500 and $2,000 for 2012-2013. Other schools have been forced to drop coverage because they could no longer afford it.

According to the law, the limits on out-of-pocket costs for 2014 were $6,350 for individual policies and $12,700 for family ones. But in February, the Department of Labor published a little-noticed rule delaying the cap until 2015.

The delay was described yesterday by Robert Pear in the New York Times.

Last month the White House announced a one-year delay in enforcement of another major provision of the law, which requires larger employers to offer health coverage to full-time employees. Valerie Jarrett, Mr. Obama’s senior adviser, said that the delay of the employer mandate showed “we are listening” to businesses, which had complained about the complexity of federal reporting requirements.

Although the two delays are unrelated, together they underscore the difficulties the Obama administration is facing as it rolls out the health care law.

Advocates for people with chronic illnesses said they were dismayed by the policy decision on out-of-pocket costs.

“The government’s unexpected interpretation of the law will disproportionately harm people with complex chronic conditions and disabilities,” said Myrl Weinberg, the chief executive of the National Health Council, which speaks for more than 50 groups representing patients.

For people with serious illnesses like cancer and multiple sclerosis, Ms. Weinberg said, out-of-pocket costs can total tens of thousands of dollars a year.(NYT)

Delay needed to align ‘separate computer systems’

Notes Pear, “Under the [one-year delay], many group health plans will be able to maintain separate out-of-pocket limits for benefits in 2014. As a result, a consumer may be required to pay $6,350 for doctors’ services and hospital care, and an additional $6,350 for prescription drugs under a plan administered by a pharmacy benefit manager.”

The reason for the delay? “Federal officials said that many insurers and employers needed more time to comply because they used separate companies to help administer major medical coverage and drug benefits, with separate limits on out-of-pocket costs. In many cases, the companies have separate computer systems that cannot communicate with one another.”

The best part in Pear’s story is when a “senior administration official” said that “we had to balance the interests of consumers with the concerns of health plan sponsors and carriers…They asked for more time to comply.” Exactly how is it in consumers’ interests to pay far more for health insurance than they do already?

It’s not. Unless you have a serious, chronic condition, in which case you may benefit from the fact that law forces healthy people to subsidize your care. To progressives, this is the holy grail. But for economically rational individuals, it’s yet another reason to drop out of the insurance market altogether. For economically rational businesses, it’s a reason to self-insure, in order to get out from under these costly mandates.

Patient groups upset

While insurers and premium-payers will be happy with the delay—whose legal justification is dubious once again—there are groups that grumbled. Specifically, groups representing those with chronic diseases, and the pharmaceutical companies whose costly drugs they will use. “The American Cancer Society shares the concern” about the delay, says Pear, “and noted that some new cancer drugs cost $100,000 a year or more.” But a big part of the reason those drugs cost so much is because manufacturers know that government-run insurers will pay up.

“The promise of out-of-pocket limits was one of the main reasons we supported health reform,” says Theodore M. Thompson of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “We have wonderful new drugs, the biologics, to treat rheumatoid arthritis,” said Patience H. White of the Arthritis Foundation. “But they are extremely expensive.”

The progressive solution to expensive problems? More subsidies. But subsidies don’t reduce the underlying cost of care. They only excuse the high prices that manufacturers and service providers already charge.

It’s one of the many aspects of Obamacare that should be repealed, if we are to combat the rate shock that the health law imposes on tens of millions of Americans. But that will require Republicans to come up with a smarter strategy than shutting down the government. (Forbes)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/theapothecary/2012/03/22/how-obamacare-dramatically-increases-the-cost-of-insurance-for-young-workers/

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Going the Imperial Mile

“It’s a fascinating transformation for Obama,” said Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University who has become one of the administration’s chief legal critics.

“He rightfully criticized President Bush for violating the separation of powers and using signing statements to rewrite legislation, but Obama has been far more aggressive in circumventing Congress and far more successful in creating an imperial presidency,” he said.

Turley, who was a House page in the late 1970s, remembers lawmakers who fiercely defended the prerogatives of Congress even from the president of their own party.

That is rarely the case today.

Turley cited the president’s decision not to enforce immigration laws with respect to young immigrants as a particularly egregious example — and one that was cheered by top Democrats.

“The president disagreed with Congress on immigration law. His response was to effectively negate the law.  . . .  That rocks our system to the core,” he said.

“What I find curious is how quiet Democrats have been,” he added. “What if this was a Republican president who simply told agencies that they were no longer going to enforce clean air and clean water regulations? They would cry foul. But there is no functional difference between that and what President Obama has done.”

The administration defended ending deportations of young immigrants as a use of prosecutorial discretion.

House Republicans recently voted for an amendment to prohibit funds from being used to implement that order, pitching it as enforcing the rule of law.

But such an amendment is DOA in the Senate and would be veto bait if it reached the White House.

And as for delaying the mandate, the administration is pointing to regulatory precedent, citing Section 7805(a) of the tax code for justification.

That reads, in part, the “Secretary shall prescribe all needful rules and regulations for the enforcement of this title, including all rules and regulations as may be necessary by reason of any alteration of law in relation to internal revenue.”

Precedents cited by the administration include an aviation fuel tax Obama signed Aug. 5, 2011, that applied retroactively to July 23, 2011. The administration delayed enforcement until Aug. 9, 2011.

In 2007, a small-business bill made changes to standards for tax return preparers to avoid paying penalties effective May 25 of that year. But the IRS announced it would not enforce the new rules on returns due before 2008.

Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, said Obama appeared to be stretching his authority to the limit.

“It’s less of a frontal assault than it is a flanking maneuver,” he said. “He may be violating the spirit of the law but not necessarily the letter. The legality is up in the air.”

Timothy Jost, a longtime supporter of the health care law and a law professor at Washington and Lee University, defended the mandate decision.

“This is really a question of enforcement and when the administration runs into practical difficulty, it delays enforcement,” he said.

He predicted the administration would get its way in the end.

“I don’t see the courts intervening here. I’m sure Congress will hold hearings but there really isn’t anything they can do.” (roll call)

On the heels of Tuesday’s report that Obamacare’s employer mandate would be delayed by a year, the Obama Administration delayed income-verification requirements for health exchange subsidies. This is another piece of the unraveling that has continued to take place even as the Obama administration has pressed forward with implementation.

From the Washington Post’s report:

 

The verification systems are meant to determine who qualifies for new benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The law includes tax subsidies to purchase health insurance for Americans who earn less than 400 percent of the poverty line, about $45,000 for an individual.

After encountering “legislative and operational barriers,” the federal government will not require the District and the 16 states that are running their own marketplaces to verify a consumer’s statement that they do not receive health insurance from their employer… The rule also scaled back states’ responsibilities to double-check the income levels that consumers report, which determine any tax subsidy they receive.

 

Avik Roy writes that this is an example of President Obama’s attitude of “subsidize first, ask questions later,” and that it’s a predictable consequence of the Obama administration being completely unprepared for the bureaucratic nightmare that is Obamacare:

 

According to the law, you aren’t eligible for Obamacare’s subsidies if your employer has offered you what the government considers “affordable” coverage. But if employers are no longer going to report whether or not they’ve offered “affordable” coverage, how can the government verify whether or not workers are eligible for subsidies?

Now we know the answer. The government is going with what Kliff and Somashekhar call “the honor system.” “We have concluded that the…proposed rule is not feasible for implementation for the first year of operations,” say the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The feds will also allow people to gain means-tested subsidized coverage on the exchanges without having to…test their means.

 

There have not been any penalties outlined for people who lie to the government in order to receive insurance subsidies, but there’s surely a small contingent of people who are put off by lying to the government in general. Nonetheless, considering fraud runs rampant through other government health programs, it’s safe to say that we can expect that to be the case here as well.

Roy also points to his colleague, who has suggested that the entirety of Obamacare be delayed by a year. At the rate that implementation is going, that may very well be the case. Obamacare is the law of the land, but it’s still troubling that the Obama administration has decided it can selectively determine when certain parts of the law will actually affect Americans. (townhall)

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The Best is Yet to Come


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WP:Nancy Pelosi told us there would be days like this. The only way to find out what was in Obamacare was to pass it and see what happens. Congress passed it, the messiah signed it, and we’re beginning to see what happens.

Barack Obama and the gang that can’t shoot straight aren’t having much fun, but if they think they aren’t having fun now, just wait. The “best” is yet to come.

The best the Democrats can say about Obamacare is that it’s an approaching train wreck, in the memorable description of Sen. Max Baucus of Montana. Mr. Baucus was one of the authors of the legislation and now he’s hurrying home to Montana for good, anxious to avert his eyes from all the hair, teeth and eyeballs soon to be scattered along the railroad right-of-way.

Pundits and professors are rifling through the thesaurus, looking for the right word to describe what the Wall Street Journal calls “a fiasco for the ages.” The Journal editorialists reminded everyone that they “fought the Affordable Care Act from start to passage, and we’d like to apologize to our readers. It turns out we weren’t nearly critical enough.”

The editors of The New York Times, Mr. Obama’s most reliable sycophants, are deep in mourning, but working furiously to apply more rouge to the corpse before it turns the parlor too fragrant for a wake. It’s summer, and they’re running out of ice.

The “downside” to the delay in implementing the employer mandate is that it gives Republican critics the facts and figures, the “ammunition to portray the health care reforms as a failure,” The Times says. But not to worry, the year’s delay decreed by the president will allow the Internal Revenue Service time to figure out “how this mandate will work … it is more important to do this right than to do it quickly.”

It’s ever so reassuring to know the IRS is on the case. 🙂

Mr. Obama and his gang obviously don’t know what to do next. Handwringing and delay is never a strategy for D-Day; when the beach slides under the bottom of the Higgins boats it’s too late to consider whether the invasion was a good idea.

The White House announced the one-year delay in enforcing the employer insurance mandate for Obamacare, which might not even be legal, just as everyone was hurrying out of Dodge for the Fourth of July holiday. Minions were hastily assigned to explain the delay.

Mark Mazur, the deputy assistant (or is it the assistant deputy?) of the Treasury assigned to dream up new taxes, complained that the delay was caused by the “complexity of the requirements.” Life, in addition to being unfair, turns out to be complicated, too.

Valerie Jarrett, the president’s most trusted (if not necessarily most competent) adviser, promised that the determined president is “staying the course.” This is not reassuring, either, since it’s “the course” that’s the source of the disaster. The flood has washed out the bridge across the river, but never mind, the road to where the bridge used to be is still there.

Obamacare probably can’t be fixed short of dumping it and starting over, but this would require an admission by the president and his men (and women) that they’re as incompetent and maladroit as events reveal them to be. The president’s acolytes in the media hail the delay as a genius stroke of politics, something to get the Democrats past the 2014 congressional elections before “the fiasco for the ages” is displayed in full.

The president knows better. If this is a genius stroke of politics, he would have called the correspondents into the Rose Garden and, flanked by Cabinet ministers, announced the delay to cheers and applause.

Over the weeks and months leading to November 2014, as The Times observes, the Republicans will have ample opportunity to apply their ammunition to a very fat and attractive target. Even now, the lawyers are searching for clients and precedents to attack the legality of Mr. Obama’s delay.

But do they have the balls to do it.

The language of the Affordable Care Act sets out in Section 1513 in “black-letter law” that its provisions “shall apply to months beginning after December 31, 2013.” The language is plain and clear; only a lawyer or judge could misunderstand it.

So the political move may in fact, be illegal… 🙂

Plain and clear though the language is, Obamacare was carelessly written and pounded through Congress with such speed and abandon that no one had time (or inclination) to see what was in it. Now we know, and the best is yet to come.

IBD: The IRS scandal has created a further chokepoint to force the reconsideration of Obama-Care. If House Republicans stand firm and refuse to fund any expansion of the IRS to administer ObamaCare, the public will support them in any confrontation with Obama.

Thousands of new IRS agents and employees costing billions will be needed to determine and verify eligibility for the ObamaCare tax credits for the purchase of health insurance. They are also needed to enforce the employer mandate, if it ever becomes effective, requiring employers of more than 50 full-time workers to buy certain health insurance for their workers.

They will also enforce the individual mandate requiring every individual without employer insurance to purchase the health insurance mandated by the federal government. This includes verifying that the insurance purchased by employers and individuals meets federal requirements, including designated benefits.

Without those new IRS resources Obama-Care will cause even more chaos, which we predict will include increasing the number of uninsured, rather than achieving universal coverage.

That’s because both employers and individuals will scramble to avoid the mandate, and many, especially healthy younger adults, will rely on the regulations requiring insurers to sell to them no matter how sick they become, at the same price as for those not sick.

The chaos will also include the soaring health insurance premiums we are already seeing because of the guaranteed issue and community rating regulations and all the additional required “free” benefits. That will further increase the number of uninsured.

Lower Incomes, Higher Unemployment

ObamaCare — and the uncertainty that surrounds it — will exacerbate declining real incomes and persistent high unemployment among middle-class working people as employers reduce millions to part-time employment, and restrict employment altogether, to evade ObamaCare.

This is part of the reason for the delay in the employer mandate, but a one-year delay is not a fix. Rising health insurance premiums are another form of “taxation,” burdening further an economy still in recession.

The ObamaCare chaos will further restrict access to health care in the form of $716 billion in Medicare cuts, and the limits on health care access contained in health insurance offered on the ObamaCare exchanges (attempting to keep costs down).

Such chaos will increasingly force congressional Democrats to consider alternatives to ObamaCare. House Republicans should take advantage of that by targeting some of the most politically vulnerable components of ObamaCare, namely:

• Passing a bill prohibiting ObamaCare from denying health care to anyone based on age.

• Repealing the Medicare cuts contained in ObamaCare. Medicare’s chief actuary says those cuts will cause chaos as a result of closed hospitals and other facilities and denials of health care for seniors.

• Repealing the ObamaCare Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which has the authority to adopt further cuts to Medicare without congressional approval.

• Also voting to repeal the unpopular Obama-Care medical device tax and the counterproductive $100 billion a year tax on health insurance (which would also increase the uninsured).

• Repealing as well the ObamaCare slush fund that smuggles billions of taxpayer dollars to left-wing, “progressive,” Obama political activists ostensibly to help explain how to navigate ObamaCare, but actually to help further build a national political machine, effectively taking the Chicago political machine national.

• Voting to give Obama his one-year delay in the employer mandate, along with a one-year delay in the individual mandate, and the rest of the ObamaCare taxes. Or maybe they should just vote to delay the whole thing to 2017, after the next presidential election.

These actions are not intended to “fix” Obama-Care, which is not fixable, but only to further highlight what is wrong with it and challenge Democrats to abandon it. These actions will build the momentum for what ultimately needs to be done: House approval of a full Republican alternative to ObamaCare.

That were ignored 5 years ago by Democrats….and would still be ignored now because Democrats suffer from a terminal case of elitist narcissism.
They believe they, Homo Superior Liberlis, are the vastly superior beings and are incapable of error or even of listening to the prattle of lesser beings.
There’s the fact that they waited 90 years for their Holy Grail wet dream and they won’t give up it no matter how much YOU suffer.
So the Best is yet to come. 🙂

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Dismiss,Diminish,Distract,Delay,Deflect…

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“I am not a crook” — Richard Nixon.

“I did not have sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky” — Bill Clinton

“it’s Complicated”– AG Eric Holder about lying to Congress.

“There’s no attempt at any kind of cover-up,” Holder told lawmakers well into a hearing about whether he had been forthright in responding to requests of the House Oversight and Government Relations Committee led by Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

“We’re not going to be hiding behind any kind of privileges or anything,” he said.

I know I believe him…:(   NOT!
“That was among the worst things I’ve ever seen in Congress” Holder scolded. “There’s a whole bunch of things that I could say about what you just did, maybe this is the way you do things in Idaho or wherever you’re from, but understand something — I‘m proud of the work that I’ve done as attorney general of the United States, and looked at fairly, I think that I’ve done a pretty good job.”
Sound like Obama giving himself a B+, anyone?
“And what you have just done is if nothing else, disrespectful. And if you don‘t like me that’s one thing. You should respect the fact that I hold an office that is deserving of respect.”“And you know, maybe you’re new to this committee, I don’t know, I don‘t know how long you’ve been here,” Holder continued. “But my hope would be that we can get beyond that kind of interaction, that kind of treatment of a witness whether it’s me or somebody else because I think what you just did was fundamentally unfair, just not right,”
My, me thinks he doth protest (childishly) too much!  So will he hold his breath and turn blue until people stop picking me on him! 🙂
“Not only did I not authorize those tactics, when I found out about them I told the field and everybody in the United States Department of Justice that those tactics had to stop. That they were not acceptable and that gunwalking was to stop. That was what my reaction [was] to my finding out about the use of that technique,” he added.

Mind you no one found out about it until Agent Brian Terry was Dead! Then the fecal matter hit the air circulation device and the fan blades of doublespeak have been working overtime ever since.
Then comes the usual response from a politician caught with his privates in a bear trap…(but especially a Liberal one)
Diminish, Distract, Delay and say “oh, it’s nothing”
He added that he doesn’t think that the situation warranted the kind of response Republicans were giving after his department provided thousands of documents, and planned to deliver more. 
It’s no big deal.
Having Sex in the Oval Office was not a big deal either remember.
“What he did with the intern and the kind of activity they engaged in…he told everybody, ‘look, what we did, that’s not sex,’.
No big Deal.
Now, run up a fake “covert agent”‘s cover being blown (when they were in Virginia) into a Crisis of epic proportions when it was totally bogus AND totally political that’s a real “scandal”!!!. 😦  (Deliberately walking assault rifles and guns into a foreign country and knowingly selling them to violent sociopaths is not apparently)
Because that was George W Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld. The 3 horseman of the Apocalypse to the Liberal Media!!
The Liberal Media has tried to stay away from this story as much as possible.
But so far no one, not even a ‘Scotter’ Libby has been arrested, convicted or even charged in Fast & Furious.
One resigned (so naturally it’s all HIS fault!). The others got ‘lateral’ promotions to Departments deep in the bowels of the Federal Castle so they can’t talk.
Keep your Friends Close and your Enemies (or potential squealers) Closer!
“I don’t think the American people have lost trust in me. … This has become political, I get that,” he said.

The Black Panther Case, Arizona, Alabama, South Carolina, Illegal Immigration, Voter ID Registration,etc.
Yeah, Eric, everyone loves you, except evil partisan Republicans.
You are immune from political forces.
<<barf bag on standby>>

“I didn’t know about Operation Fast and Furious until the beginning parts of 2011 after I received that letter from Senator Grassley, I guess at the end of January and then that was about Operation Gun Runner. I actually learned about the Fast and Furious operation in February of that year.”

Gun Runner was Fast & Furious effectively But done by the Evil Bush (and the Mexicans were in on it and when it went pear shape they shut it down- not cover it up!!), but don’t tell him that, he’s too busy weaseling and blaming someone else!

A “few weeks”,a “few months”, “beginning of the year” “February” what will it be next time I wonder??

Especially when the emails in the document dump last week clearly show he was told the night that Terry died and why. But don’t let the truth get in the way of a political weasel job– it never does.

Holder told the committee, “I’m not sure exactly how I found out about the term, ‘Fast and Furious.'” He testified repeatedly that he never authorized the controversial tactics employed in the operation. 

This the Orwellian Liberal word game. The “term” “Fast and Furious”. If someone told him about it but didn’t use that exact “term” then that doesn’t count. 🙂

It’s all about what the definition of “is” is…. 🙂

“There is no attempt at any kind of cover-up,” Holder said. “We have shared huge amounts of information” and will continue to do so, he said.

But the Committee’s count 8% of the requested info and 2 Friday Night Info Dumps later that’s “huge”. 🙂

Sen. Burton went on to say that 93,000 documents related to the operation are being withheld by the Justice Department even though they’ve been turned over internally to the department’s inspector general, a political appointee, Burton said. 

“And you’re saying, well, the separation of powers prohibits you from (delivering them to Congress). That’s baloney. That is just baloney,” Burton said. 

Dismiss, Delay…

Holder said earlier during testimony that he would release additional materials “to the extent that I can.”

Weasel!

The mother of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry had harsh words for Attorney General Eric Holder after Thursday’s House oversight committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious.

“THIS IS FOR YOU SON,” Mrs. Terry posted on Facebook at about 3:30 p.m. “Mr. Holder. How come you can never say my sons name. You never have. All i ever hear you say is ‘i didnt find out or I cant say’ Im actually tired of hearing your double talk in answering questions. What a joke you are. You know my son was a real AMERICAN, a WARRIOR, and a HERO, who was also protecting COWARD POLITICANS like you.”

“Hope you remember that,” Mrs. Terry added in her message to Holder before signing it: “PROUD MOM OF BRIAN A. TERRY.”

Dismiss,Diminish,Distract,Delay,Deflect…Democrat.

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